Sunday, December 23, 2012

'Lost & Found 3' layout and card

Just a quick share before Christmas. :)  I am finally ready, I think... :)
This is another layout using my DT kit from 'The Scrapbook Store'. This time I used a photo of DH and I, taken only 8 days ago. I have used the beautiful MME Lost & Found 3 'Ruby' collection.
A close up of my cluster using Prima and Manor House flowers and Green Tara Mini roses. The pearl fourish is from Kaisercraft.
 Another close up. :)
 Love these gorgeous red Thickers.
A card I made using the left overs from my kit.  I am sending this to a very sweet new blog friend.  Hope she'll like it. :)
Finally, to all my beautiful blog friends and followers... I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and blessed 2013!  Thank you so much for all your support and lovely comments throughout the year! 
Until next time!
M xox

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blog Hop winner and new layout

First of all, I want to thank everybody who took part in the Scrap The Girls Blog Hop and a big welcome to all my new followers.  Because I'm not that tech savvy and didn't have time to ask for help or struggle with it myself, I did it the old fashioned way and put all the names in a bowl to draw a winner. :) AND the random prize winner of my little RAK is Toni Herron.  Congratulations Toni! Can you please email me with your address at and I will get it in the mail to you asap. :)
Don't forget to check out the Scrap The Girls Blog later this week for the announcement of the overall winner and to take part in the Birthday Celebration challenges.

I have a new layout to share with you as well. With me being away for the first week of December and then getting back to Mount Washmore, I fell a bit behind on my scrapping. :)  I found a few spare hours on Saturday and came up with this layout.  I probably don't have to tell anybody how much I love MME, do I? Lol!   This is from the new Lost & Found 3 'Ruby' collection available at The Scrapbook Store.  The photo is of my DD and her date, at her Year 12 Ball earlier this year.
A close up of the gorgeous Prima flowers and Green Tara Paper leaves. Love the glitter on these flowers.
These AC Thickers were the perfect red for my layout and they are soft like velvet. :)  Just about everything else on my layout are from this gorgeous collection.
That's all I have to share for today.  I'm hoping to pop in with another layout later on in the week.
Thank you for visiting my blog and for you beautiful comments.  They make my day!  Have a lovely week.
Until next time.
M xox

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Scrap The Girls December Challenge and Blog Hop

Scrap The Girls is turning 4 this month and is celebrating with a Blog Hop!
Each Design Team member's blog will have a prize up for grabs and an overall winner will be announced on the Scrap The Girls Blog. NO kidding! :)

What do you need to do?

Register your name in the comments section of the official blog hop post and become a follower on the Scrap The Girls blog here.

Visit each of the CT's blogs listed below, become a follower and leave a comment on their blog hop posts.  Make a note of the secret 'bolded' word on each blog.
Put together the question and place your answer on the post at Scrap The Girls by Friday, 14 Decembr 2012 to be eligible for the major prize.

The blog hop runs over two days.  The first day was on Saturday, 8 December and the second day is today.  If you missed the post on the Scrap The Girls blog on Saturday, these were the blogs.
Kim Price
Leonie Neal-Dawson
Fiona Johnstone
Donna White
Jodie Armitage

Today is the second day of the hop and here are the blogs to visit today:
Charmane Koch
Chiqui Gutierrez
Karen Hansson
Marisa Page

Marelize Frisby - you're already here :)

This is what you can win from me, by commenting and becoming a follower of my blog (if you're not already one). There are 3 sets of Basic Grey stamps, Prima flowers and butterflies and some chipboard stickers. :)

Okay, over to the December challenge at Scrap The Girls.  This month you have to scrap a page using a list.  You will see some amazing examples by the rest of the DT here.  My layout is listing the things I love about my DD. :)  I have used the Prima 'Rondelle' range.  I just can't seem to get enough of this beautiful collection.
 A little close up. :)
 Loved using my Texture Magic and Crafter's Workshop Mini Brick template.
 The fabric alpha stickers are from Prima too. Love them!
Hope you will all play along with the Blog Hop and the challenge for December.  There are some amazing prizes up for grabs.
Thanks for visiting!
Until next time.
M xox

Monday, December 10, 2012

December Sketch at The Scrapbook Store

Hi everyone! I'm back from a very enjoyable and relaxing week long break in Bali with my girl and her best friend and her mum. We did some shopping, relaxing, had a few massages and ate some great food! But now it's back to reality and with Christmas around the corner, I think reality is going to hit pretty hard! Lol! I am so not ready yet. :)
For now, I want to share the December Sketch at The Scrapbook Store with you.  It's another gorgeous sketch designed by Nadia. If you find a bit of time to be  creative (in the midst of you Christmas planning), why not give it a go?  You can win a cool $40 store voucher!
Okay, back to the sketch.
My take on it.  I've used an older collection from Authentique, called 'Gathering'.  The pic is of my hubby fishing in the shallow waters while on holidays earlier this year. :)
The flowers are from Prima and the resin flowers from Kaisercraft.  I have also used my Poppy Stamps 'Lorelai Leaf' Die to cut a few extra leaves.
 I have used a WOW chipboard word for my title.  Just coated it with some Glimmer Mist.
I hope you will find some time to play along.  You can find the gallery full of inspiration from the rest of the DT here.  Oh, and before I forget.... The Scrapbook Store is having it's 3RD BIRTHDAY SALE at the moment, with 20 % off storewide! Go and check it out!
That's all for today.  I better get some sleep so I can cope with the mountain of washing that's wating for me. :)
Thank you for visiting.  Hope you have an awesome week!
Until next time.
M xox

Friday, November 30, 2012

'Stuck' anyone?

I am really outdoing myself this week!  3 blog posts in 4 days!  There is method behind my madness though.  It's nearly end of the month, which means all the challenge entries need to be in.  I'm also leaving on a little holiday with my DD early tomorrow morning.  So it might be a bit quiet around here for the next week or so. :) 
Today I'm sharing both my November entries for 'Stuck?! Sketches'.  I always have so much fun with Sara's sketches.  First up is the 1st November sketch.
 Here is my take on it using a photo of my friend's gorgeous little girl again.  Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the beautiful photo, as my lovely friend, Kathy, took it and edited it.  I have had the papers (Crate Paper 'Emmas's Shoppe') in my stash for a while now, waiting for the right opportunity to use it. I'm so glad I waited, as I think it's just perfect for this pic.
 My cluster using a variety of different flowers, mainly from Prima and Kaisercraft.
 Another little close up. :)  The rhinestone flourish is also from Kaisercraft.
 My title is from WOW chipboard.  I painted the whole chippie with gesso and then changed 'eyes' to turqoise to match the colour of her eyes.

Now for the 15th November sketch.
... and my take on it, using another photo of my mum on her wedding day. The lady with her, is her mother (my grandmother). I've used the Prima 'Rondelle' collection, which I LOVE.
 A close up of my cluster.  The rhinestone flourish is from Kaisercraft.  The vine is from Prima and so are most of the flowers and leaves.
 I really love the fabric alpha stickers that Prima has with most of their collections now.
 A little cluster in the top corner. :)
That is all for this week I think.  I have to start packing soon or I will be up all night. :O
Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments. I really appreciate it.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Until next time.
M xox

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Trying out multi medium techniques

Hi everyone! I'm back with my first 'multi medium' layout (as promised). I hope you weren't expecting too much. Lol! You must remember, it's my first go at it and I'm not really one for 'mess', if you know what I mean. 
I have decided to play along with the November sketch over at Once Upon A Sketch this month. Nadia does the most amazing sketches. Here it is.
 My take on this awesome sketch. The photo is of my mum on her wedding day 54 years ago. :)  My journaling says that she is still as beautiful today as back then and such a perfect lady. :)
I started by using a white piece of cardstock and then used mists, templates, Texture Magic and stamps to build my layers.  It's nowhere near as layered as I'd like it to be, but I think I'm happy with the end result. :)
 A close up of my title and journaling. The title is a wooden word from Kaisercraft, which I painted using Gesso.

 A close up showing more of the textured background.
I would love to hear what you think  and any tips would be appreciated.  I am planning on doing more of this 'messiness' in the future.  Thank you for visiting!
Until next time.
M xox

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Pickled Pear!

Hi everyone! I have been a very busy little bee... I'm sure you all know the feeling at this time of the year.  Can't complain too much though, as I've just spent the most wonderful weekend at The Scrapbook Store's Retreat.  The women who attend our retreats are seriously awesome.  Such a bunch of great girls sharing and laughing and having a great time. Loved every minute of it!
I have quite a few layout to share, as you can imagine, but I'll only do a few at a time. I know I've promised to share my first multi medium layout next, but I haven't photographed it yet, so will have to wait for next time.  So, first up are my last 2 layouts using my all time favourite Kaisercraft collection 'Pickled Pear'.
I have played along with the #3 November Saturday Sketch at Kaisercraft.  Here's the sketch.
...and my take on it.  The photo is of my friend's gorgeous baby girl when she was 7 months old.  Just love the joy on her little face. :)
I have mainly used Kaisercraft products on here, with the exception of the AC Thickers and an old Basic Grey rhinestone flourish that I've had in my stash forever. :)

Another layout using 'Pickled Pear'.  My DD took these photos of her and DH on her iPhone at her Year 12 Dinner.  These two share a great sense of humour. :)   Don't you just love how versatile this collection is?  It goes with anything! :)
Used the Crafters Workshop Mini Chickenwire Reversed template with some Texture Magic and then Glimmer Mist.  Also love my Tim Holtz Film strip ribbon.
 The colours of this collection are beautiful and so are the butterflies. :)
Well, that's all for today! Will be back in a day or two with more to share. Oh, and if you would like to know more about my scrapbooking process, check out my '5 Minute Chat' on the Scrapbooking Memories Magazine Blog. :):)
Hope you are having a lovely week and are getting a little time to get crafty.
Thank you for visiting.  Until next time!
M xox

Monday, November 19, 2012

I love Pickled Pear!

After seeing the 1st November Saturday Sketch on the Kaisercraft blog, I decided to play along.  It's a gorgeous sketch and I've decided to use my equally gorgeous DT kit from The Scrapbook Store to create my take on it. Here is the sketch.

Here is my take on it.  I've used the Kaisercraft 'Pickled Pear' collection.  I think this is my favourite Kaisercraft range ever!  The photo is of 3 of my cousins when they were little, back in 1966.  I have no idea how I am so fortunate to have this amazing photo of them. Weren't they just the cutest?
A close up of my punched borders, using the Martha Stewart 'Swirling Lace' border punch and I simply adore the pearl strips from Kaisercraft.
My title. :)
 ... and another close up. :)
That's it for today.  I am hoping to show you my first multi medium layout soon. :)  Just got to do the finishing touches.  I just don't know when, as I am running around like a crazy monkey trying to organise myself before the TSS Retreat that's this coming weekend.  I am so excited to meet up with all the lovely ladies I've met during the last 2 retreats!
I have to apologise.  I just haven't had a chance to comment on all my favourite blogs yet, but I promise to give it my best shot in the next day or two. So, hopefully I will 'see' you soon. Fingers crossed. :)
Thanks so much for visiting.  Until next time,
M xox

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More 'Glitz Design'

Hi everyone! Just popping in to share another layout I did using my DT pack from The Scrapbook Store.  Remember my 'wild' layout from my last blog post?  Lol! Well, I tried to tone it down a little with this one.  This lovely pic is of my mum when she was 26. At 81 (it's her birthday tomorrow), she is still as beautiful as back then. xx
I have used this gorgeous sketch from Scrap Africa as inspiration.  Love their sketches. 
Here's my layout using the Glitz Design 'Cashmere Dame' collection.  The flourishes and the words are TSS Chipboard. The yellow scalloped half circles on the edge of my page were punched from a We Are Memory Keepers Washi Sheet (now available from The Scrapbook Store).  It comes in a range of colours and patterns and in 12 x 12 size, which means you are no longer limited to what you can do with it. :)
 I've used an assortment of Prima flowers and Green Tara Mini Roses and Rose Buds.
 A close up of the title and the gorgeous chippies. :)
I have more to share but will leave it for another day.
I'm off to an early Christmas dinner with some friends tonight, but will be back tomorrow to leave some love on my fave blogs.
Thanks for visiting!
Until next time.
M xox

Friday, November 09, 2012

A bit of 'Glitz'

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you are having a good one. Lots of exciting things happening here. One of them being DD getting her very first car.  As you can probably imagine, she is very excited!
Anyway, I'm here to share my first October DT layout for The Scrapbook Store with you.  I received the gorgeous Glitz Design 'Cashmere Dame' collection in my kit.  It has a very 'artsy' feel to it and is probably not my usual style, but then what is life without a few challenges? Lol!  One of the cards in the 'Whatnots' pack has the following saying on it 'With this smile, I can get away with anything!'  I immediately went searching for this photo of my DD. :)
 A close up of my flower cluster. Love the giant rhinestones that come with this collection.
I have seen this great tip on using templates the other day.  You spray your mist all over your template (with old newspaper underneath). Place it where you want on your layout and then spread texture paste /gesso over it.  It will pick up the colour from your mist and transfer it onto your page.  I tried it on here and worked a treat.  Also used the excess paste to create random lines on my page. Finished it of by using loads of different Washi tapes.
 A close up of the quote. :)

That's all from me on this lovely Friday evening. :) Thank you for visiting my blog and have a great weekend!
Until next time.
M xox

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Scrap The Girls November Challenge

Hi everyone! Just popping in to share the new challenge at Scrap The Girls with you.  This month we have a colour challenge.  Create a layout using teal, orange and white.  The CT members have done an amazing job, so hop on over HERE to see all their examples.   Here is my layout.  It was amazing what I could find in my stash once I started looking for these colours.  The papers are from 2 older MME collections called 'Alphabet Soup' and 'Fine and Dandy'.
The flowers are TSS Mulberry Paper Roses and the chipboard twig is from Dusty Attic.
More TSS Mulberry Paper Roses mixed with Kaisercraft Paper Blooms.  The leaves were punched using my Martha Stewart 'frond' punch.
 I simply love this TSS chipboard flourish.  I painted it white using my finger and some Gesso. :)
I hope you get a chance to play along this month.  Would love to see your entries.

That's all for today.   Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you have a wonderful week.
Until next time.
M xox