Monday 16 December 2019

Peace on Earth

Hello there!

The Mini Challenge at More Than Words has been released early this month to allow time in your busy schedule to get a mini project made!

The word to use is PEACE.

I don't often use purple but I thought it suited a Christmas tag well.

I hope to see your entry on the More Than Words facebook page soon!

Happy scrappin'!


Sunday 8 December 2019


Hello again.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

This month at Kraft+ the challenge is to use the sketch provided and non-traditional Christmas colours. The colours shown on the challenge board are pink and turquoise. My photos weren't about Chriatmas at all but they were perfect for this challenge - I had three of them (which is what the sketch required) and they were pink. Here's what I made:

Here's the sketch to use:

I have to confess - this sketch scared me! How could I put colourful photos on top of those patterned squares in the background? How could I deal with that gap between the photos?

I dealt with the first problem by not using patterned paper squares. I was at a friend's house for a meeting recently and she had serviettes sitting on the table. They had black and white leaves printed on them. I loved them so, with her permission, I took some home. (I know - I'm an obsessed scrapper!) I glued these to more solid paper then cut them into squares for the background, but this was too busy. I then cut the leaves from the square shapes, then die-cut 9 simple square frames, then added my leaves inside them. I love how they turned out! This is what they looked like on their own.

Because my photos are taller and narrrower than the sketch asked for, I had a bigger problem with that gap between the photos. I solved it by moving my title there. I used tall, skinny letters to fill the space.

Will you join us in the sketch challenge this month? You can find the details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Sunday 1 December 2019

Rejoice at More Than Words!

Ho, ho, ho it's coming up to that time of year again! With that in mind, we want to see you REJOICE at More Than Words. And, because it's such a busy time of year, ANYTHING GOES as far as the creative challenge is concerned. So, be inspired by the word Rejoice, and create in any style you like!

I thought about what makes me want to rejoice. More Than Words is a big part of my life and I want to celebrate the four wonderful years I've had working with Nicole Doiron. She has been such an incredible person to work with. In four years there has never been a cross word between us. So I wanted to dedicate this layout to our friendship.

Here's my journalling.

Yes, Nicole is leaving MTW. She needs a break to concentrate on other things in her life. Running a challenge blog is a lot of work! I will miss her dreadfully.

The funny thing about this layout is that it started with a scrap piece of paper that I cleaned my gelli plate off with. I just grabbed a sheet of paper that was lying next to me. It had some ink splats, some adding up and some rough stamped images where I was cleaning off my stamps on it. I pulled a print off my gelli plate to clean it then threw the paper in the bin. I then saw what I'd printed and pulled it back out of the bin! I loved it!

Here's what it looked like:

I cut it down to just the green area then added it to a sheet of white cardstock. I used other gelli-print scraps to create the blue and pink areas. I added lots of stamping and messy stitiching.

The chippy is from Dusty Attic. I just painted it white then covered the flowers with gelli-printed paper. The title and the circles are all cut from the same papers.

I added our challenge blog name down the side of the page. It's also a way of subtly saying that Nicole means More Than Words to me!

I hope you can join us and show us what makes you rejoice this month! You can find the details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday 23 November 2019

A GREAT Mini Challenge!

Hello there! The new Mini Challenge over at More Than Words is to use the word GREAT on your card, tag, ATC or postcard.

I made this tag to attach to my nieces's birthday present.

The background is a piece of gelli-printed paper I had lying around on my desk (I really need to clean up!). I grabbed a few embellishments, painted them white and gold then added the sentiment over the top. The punched shapes are also from the gelli-printed paper.

I hope you can join us this month. The winer receives a US$25 voucher from the Dusty Attic! You can find the details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday 7 November 2019

Flower Art

Hello and welcome back!

The challenge this month at Kraft+ is to be inspired by flower art. Cool! I was visiting a friend in hospital recently and I saw a great watercolour painting there of three tulips. It wasn't until a few days later that the penny dropped that this was my inpiration for the challenge!

My flower art-inspired layout :)

The tulips are all made from gelli prints that I made recently. I love the effect of colours like this on a kraft background. I found some tulip images online and used them as templates to draw and cut out my tulips.

I chose areas of the gelli-printed paper to cut my tulips from that had lovely ombre effects. Some of the tulips have patterns in them because this paper is left over from another project I made. I think it's such a cool effect!

There is lots of stencilling, stamping and added embellies. The chippie tree is a really old one from Twiddleybitz. Of course, I had to add stitching!

This photo of my daughter was taken on a fantastic day we all had together. She was overseas and we hadn't seen each other for a long time. If I could never take any photos for the rest of my life I think I would happily scrap every one of the photos I took that day. We were all so excited and happy!

I hope you can join us at Kraft+ this month. You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Friday 1 November 2019

Go Tiges!

Hi there!

I never used to be a passionate Australian rules football supporter but 35 years of being a partner to a mad Tigers fan has rubbed off on me! I went to my first ever grand final this year and we won! It was an amazing experience.

The challenge at More Than Words this month is to be inspired by the word SUCCESS and to use a KEY on your project. Our team's win was the biggest success I've experienced lately so I just had to scrap about that.

Here's what I made:

I should point out that "Tiges" in an Aussie abbreviation of "Tigers". "Go Tiges" is what we all yell out at the game!

Our team's colours are yellow and black so I used these as my dominant colours, however I added other colours to break up the starkness. I added messy stitching and some punched paper strips left over from punching stars.

I grunged up my background and hung my "keys to the city" from one of the alphas.

I had some gelli prints left over from another project so I used one of these to back the photo. I adore gelli plate prints - the colours are amazing. I love how I could add my journalling to it too!

I printed a Tiger image on transparency.

I hope you can join in our challenge this month! You can find the details here..

Happy scrappin'!


Wednesday 23 October 2019

A Very Tricksy Challenge!

Hello again! My poor blog has been missing a bit of loving lately. I've been too busy with other artsy ventures to have the time to pop in here!

Have you seen the new challenge at More Than Words? We have a choice this month - use the word Trick and/or Treat on your card, tag, ATC or postcard.

We don't do the Halloween thing where I live so I had to think outside the square for this one. At some stage the word "Tricksy" popped into my head and I knew I had to feature Gollum!

Here's my tag:

I really had a lot of fun making this. I took an old Kaisercraft packaging piece and trimmed it to size. I used my Gelli plate to make the background and could have stopped there, it was so gorgeous. I added gold stamping and some cool stencilling using two-toned metallic paint. I coated all my chippies with Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. These worked so well! I used different coloured paints underneath two different coloured Metallic Melts to get coordinating, but different, effects. The chippies are all from The Dusty Attic.

Would you believe the only difficult part of making this tag was cutting the photo! It took five attempts to get those stamp-edges straight - lol.

Will you be able to join in the challenge this month? You only have til the last day of the month so be quick. You can find the details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday 8 October 2019

Opening Doors at Kraft+

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Have you seen the new challenge over at Kraft+ yet? There is an awesome photo to be inspired by!

I made this:

I swiped metallic paint behind the photo with a serrated tool from Michelle Grant Designs. This highlighted the corrugated iron wall in the photo.

I added inks plus Tinby Designs Metallic Melts to the scroll under the photo for a rusty, aged look.

To make the shutters, I die-cut them then treated them the same as the chippie above to match the rusty shutters in the photo.

I layered flowers, gems and die-cut pieces.

Here's the image to inspire you at Kraft+. I hope you can join us! You can find more details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday 1 October 2019

Back in Black

Hullo again! The new challenge has just been revealed at More Than Words. You have to be inspired by the word COSTUME and create your project on a BLACK BACKGROUND. Do yourself a favour and check out the reveal post - the ladies have done such awesome work! You can find it here.

Here's my page:

I went with a movie-star theme on this one as my child was playing a part in a friend's movie and was wearing a borrowed costume.

I used gold and metallic blue/green paint on the spotted black background and added a few plain chippie pieces.

I ran a trail of stars across the page. The chippies are all from The Dusty Attic. I love the large vintage movie camera!

Ther are heaps of great prizes to win so I hope you can join us this month.

You can find more details about the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Monday 23 September 2019

To Dad, From Us!

Hello there!

The September Mini Challenge has been revealed at More Than Words! The challenge is to use the word FROM on your card, tag, ATC or postcard. Easy, peasy!

I did something different and made a stand-up tag.

You can see the base it 's attached to here.

I made this for my dad for Fathers Day. Dad celebrated his 90th birthday recently. We had a bit of a party for him and we all had a great time. Who'd have thought that a 90th birthday party would be a whole heap of fun?

I've made a step-by-step on how I made the tag and the base.

Step 1
Use a geli plate to create a cool background. Add stamping.

Step 2:
Add more stamping, plus textural elements such as mesh and thread.

Step 3:
Add chippies, stars, die-cuts and words.

Step 4:
Finish the tag with more elements.

Step 5:
To make the base, cut a strip of cardstock to a little wider or narrower than your tag, depending on whether or not you want it to show behind your tag. Fold it so the length of the front suits the size of your tag, then make the back the same length. The base should be very roughly two-thirds of the length of the other sides. Join together with strong tape.

Step 6
Fold the base section as shown. Don't worry of the cardstock curves a bit. It will straighten when the tag goes on it.

Step 7
Attach the tag to the front of the stand.

I hope you can join us at More Than Words this month. You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!