Monday, July 27, 2015

Scrapbooking with friends ....

Every so often I get together with some of my 'scrapbook loving' local friends .... on these nights I usually organise a 'kit' of products and create a layout that we can sit and do together. Its a great way to chat...scrap and for them to try some new techniques and new products. 

Just recently we scrapped this records our incident packed trip to the Eagles concert... there were so many disastrous moments on this trip that it just needed to be put down on paper. Like the inclement weather and a freak lightening storm.... our soaking wet bed... and the wheel that fell off our friends car on the way home. 
So I added in a handmade flip album to house some additional photos. and a pocket to slip in the tickets and extra memorabilia.

 Supplies / Cardstock - Bazzill, Canson Watercolour paper. Pattern papers - Crate paper open road collection. Alphabets - October Afternoon stickers.  Embellishments - Epiphany clear dots, Heidi Swapp masks and mists, machine stitching.

I really loved the way it came together so on the night as the girls were creating theirs....I made another ...almost identical but with different papers to pop in the photos of our recent weekend in Adelaide.

Supplies / Cardstock - Bazzill, Watercolour paper. Pattern papers - American Crafts.. Alphabets - October Afternoon stickers.  Embellishments - Epiphany clear dots, Heidi Swapp masks and mists, machine stitching.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sassy Scrappers July mood board challenge...

Ooolala... (or "Doolally" as spellcheck prefers ;) 
Talk about a dramatic mood board this month at Sassy Scrappers...
That striking masquerade mask makeup grabbed my attention and who doesn't love roses.

...and here is the stunning mood board...

and a closie..

SUPPLIES // Canson Watercolour paper. Pattern paper - Crate paper (Maggie Holmes and Open Road) Alphas - Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp 'happy' die. Embellishments - Maggie Holmes ephemera, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Heidi Swapp trim. Other - Heidi Swapp mist, frond punch, machine stitching. 

All the challenge details can be found at 'Sassy Scrappers' .... and thanks again for the fun challenge Sassy girls.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

June 2015 - a Review

 I know my family love reading these posts more than just looking at layouts..
so for that reason.... here was our June...
* I took part in the Dirt War Survivor event.

* Ian and I spent a Sunday driving to Wentworth via the old coach road.

* After a search spanning many years I stumbled across an old school reader that Ian has wanted for is now deemed almost as precious as his treasured 'moon book'

* I stitched Mitch a lap quilt using all the T shirts he left behind when he moved out.

* I bought a stack of Jigsaws from Buy Swap and Sell.... the girls were delighted especially when they realised they all featured fairies.

* Brayden became 'train' mad.

* We kicked off some scrapbooking with friends again ...  The lovely girls at Shabby Chic Shack helped me with a layout kit and the girls loved it.

* Briony was home from Uni on placement at Glossop Primary.... that meant lots of time spent with the kids... baking...playing...and cuddling.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kraft+plus challenge - Mustard Explosion

Gosh the Kraft+plus girls know how to set a challenge...
Just when I thought nothing could top circles with animal print...
they set the "A Mustard Explosion" challenge.
Oh my Lordy..

Here are the details.... and mood board... the Kraft + girls sure made it look easy.

and some details....

Supplies Cardstock -Kraft, Pattern paper - Crate paper, Simple Stories Alphabets - Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments - Heidi Swapp speech sticker, photo corners, ephemera. A.P.O.C.D kit - washi tape, sequins, doiley. Other - yellow paint, machine stitching.

Thanks for another awesome challenge girls...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Briony made a Quilt..

I am so proud of my girl....
She finally finished her quilt.... with just a tiny bit of help from me.

It is made from 6" squares... all chosen and cut by her...and I think it looks absolutely fabulous.

I don't think she is rushing to begin another one anytime soon...
this may be the one and only..
just as well she did such a sensational job.

Monday, July 13, 2015

D I Y - Heat beanies for the kids...

 Little tootsies get so cold at night....
So every little chicken needs a snuggly hot 'heat beanie' to take to bed at night...
or just for snuggling on the couch watching 'George the Monkey' or 'Little Ponies' . Well that's my opinion anyway.

So when Bella asked me to make her one....I thought it would be fun if she designed it herself.

I gave her a sheet of paper and asked her to draw her 'heat beanie' I then took her 'Cheetah' design (surprise surprise...who would have guessed it would be a cheetah) and created it out of fabric.. filled it with white rice and ta-da!

Brookies design took a little artistic  interpretation.... that single straight line on the paper... that is Brookies version of a frog! Oh yeah... of course...I can see that.

Then to even it up so Brayden wasn't left out....we stitched him a one-eyed monster.

Now Mummy and Daddy have put in there orders ...

Saturday, July 11, 2015


We did it!
Put a big fat tick alongside 'Dirt Wars Survivor' on my bucket list.

I had always always wanted to take part in one of these events.... but Id never timed it right...
I was either working... not fit enough....or didn't get organised.
This year it just fell into place... so when Rose my gym instructor asked if I would be keen I jumped at the chance. We had an awesome team of 4...and I cant thank Rose..Jade and Toni enough for making it the best experience possible.

The course was 8.5km long...
and there were 75 obstacles... when we arrived at 10 am it was 10 deg!!
The very first obstacle launched us into a mud channel up to our waists.... that set the scene for the day...we were cold... covered in mud and I had hysterical giggles.

We were so proud of ourselves at the end....
there were bruises.... and scrapes....but no injuries...
and I am pretty sure we would all do it again another year.

There was some great footage added to the Dirt Wars Survivor Facebook page too..