Thursday, March 15, 2018

Star Gazer Australasian Blog Hop

Such a simple but effective layout for any 5x7 photo!
Oh I like this one! Welcome to our March Australasian Blog Hop featuring the bright and cheerful “Star Gazer” collection. Did you arrive here from Doris' Blog or just by chance? Either way, welcome! Please follow the links at the bottom of each post to see what we’ve all been creating. We would love it if you leave a comment too.

This pack features primary colours and works for a huge range of scrapbooking pages. I particularly love it for my Science mad son but it also worked great for go kart photos and our trip to the LEGO exhibition. Forgive the multiple pages of similar photos - these are double layouts for each of my children. Hopefully they show you there is always more than one way to skin a cat!

I love layouts that celebrate moments or traditions by pulling photos from different times together.  This page also uses faux stitching and pen work which I just love as a quick and easy way to add a little bit of extra oomph.
This pack works with so many different shades of cardstock - I particularly liked using it with Poppy, Honey, Pacifica and Slate
Do you like my "Awesome" title? Before you throw away your used sticker sheet check that there is not more potential to be gained by a bit of fussy cutting and matting onto coloured cardstock.  

Endless Summer PML cards are a great way to stretch your Stargazer supplies that little bit further and they work perfectly to celebrate our Aussie Summer days!

That is it for me this month.  Hop on over to Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craft-room to see some more ideas! And don't forget to join us early in April for our Stamp of the Month Hop!
Keep smiling,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Make Waves Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Australasian Feature Paper Blog Hop for February.  Did you arrive here from Doreen's lovely blog ?
"Make Waves" is perfect for beach and pool photos, and anyone with mermaid-mad little girls is going to love this one but with a bit of thought this paper pack works for just about anything.

It also plays really nicely with Chelsea Gardens and Stargazing - like this page:
Stickers from the Make Waves and Stargazer Complements, Green scale paper from Make Waves, grey and white spot from Chelsea Gardens

Zip strips and coordinating cardstock make quick easy pages! Bashful and Lagoon cardstock
Another simple zip strip and the February Stamp of the Month on a cricut cut sun (I used canary ink to dauber around the edges)

I love how many different colours this paper pack works with! And how cute are those mermaids?

Sweet and simple! The little Make Waves Flower sequins add a little disco bling.

This is the card I made out of Making Waves using our new Make it From Your Heart Vol 4 Pattern 4.  I wanted to use our Birthday Sparkles Stamp but couldn't find it in my messy craftroom - any sentiment would work!
So that is it for me.  Please hop onto Doris's Blog to continue the hop (and we would love for you to leave a comment)
Keep smiling,

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunny Thoughts February SOM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our February Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  Hello to those that arrived from Denise's lovely blog and hello to all of you who found your way here by chance or accident.

The Sunny Thoughts SOM has a wonderful mix of sentiments and sweet floral motifs.

Fern ink and cardstock.  Sometimes I like to let great photos be the highlight of my page and keep the embellishments sweet and simple.
I particularly like the "Thank You" sentiment on this one - just the right size for quick easy cards.  Thank you cards are my favourite type of card to make and give.  We have so much to be thankful for in our lives and I hope that by having a stack of thank you cards on hand it makes it easy for my kids to show gratitude to others.  Even small kindnesses shouldn't go unacknowledged if it means we can brighten someone else's day.

Now, I initially thought this set would work beautifully with the Chelsea Gardens range (and it does!)  I can't get enough of the Sweetleaf and Glacier combination at the moment!)

Charcoal ink, Sweetleaf cardstock, Chelsea Gardens paper and complements
Sweet leaf and Glacier ink with a Charcoal sentiment.  I fussy cut the Glacier flowers and attached them with foam tape

The pale side of Glacier cardstock with some whisper twine and the Chelsea Garden's complements - I like to put some faux stitching with a journalling pen.

These cards were so quick and simple to make that I thought while I was on a roll I could use Make Waves:
Using Make Waves paper and complements

And then Stargazer!

I am certain that I have made more scrapbooking pages with this stamp but can't find them in the messy craft space (which is definitely above 40 degrees today - much too hot to play in!)

Make waves paper and complements

And Stargazer for a more masculine theme - I was so lazy with this one that I just used the two PML cards still joined together and then just put the sentiment over the top of the rocket.

Stargazer Complements with Charcoal ink

So that is it for me this month.  Thanks for all  of the lovely comments on our Chelsea Garden Blog Hop.  Now head over to our creative friend Doris to share the love!
Keep smiling,

Monday, January 15, 2018

Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our January feature paper Blog Hop for Australasia.  Did you arrive here from Doreen's Blog

Now I know that I regularly fall in love with Close to My Heart new paper but I think I have to say that Chelsea Gardens is truly my favourite paper pack right now!  This stunning collection celebrates family and gardens/nature and coordinates beautifully with a huge range of our core cardstock (especially Glacier, Charcoal, and Sweet Leaf)  I adore both of the stamp sets that coordinate with Chelsea Gardens and think that they are among the most versatile in our current Seasonal Expressions.

This card uses the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamp C1709 with watercolour pencils and the shimmer brush - the "get well soon" is an old sentiment but could be swapped out with one of the sentiments from C1709. Don't you love that charcoal spot paper from the Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack X7230B?

This one uses the cardmaking stamp set C1709 with Sweet Leaf ink and cardstock and one of our little tag thin cuts with a scrap of vellum behind it.

I  was asked to make some sympathy cards for a friend.  This uses the beautiful flower and leaves from the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp D1760 in Glacier and Sweet Leaf inks with a few Chelsea Gardens dots (Z4155) and a teeny bit of pen work.  So sweet and simple.
School holidays have given me the opportunity for lots of scrapping and sorting out.  I have made a start on our family album and each of the kids' 2018 albums. This page made use of our new number thin cuts (Z4159)  I cut a circle from our basic Cricut shapes for a different page and then used the rest of the paper with the circle removed as the base for our 2018 title page.  You might notice that I have used the flowers from D1760 but teamed them with a sticker leaf from the Chelsea Gardens Complements X7230C - don't be afraid to mix and match stamped images with complement stickers - everything in this range is designed to go together!

Maddie's title page - super simple with Glacier cardstock, a zip strip and those stunning butterflies from the cardmaking stamp set.  I like to add a few dots to the butterflies' flight paths with our journalling pen.

Dan's Title Page - just proving that Chelsea Gardens doesn't have to be girly!  I used some of the navy compliments from our Star Gazer collection for the "Awesome" and the stars.  The use of the navy and the charcoal give this page strength.

Hannah's title page - literally using scraps from other Chelsea Garden's projects.  Once again I cut the 2018 with the thin cuts and mix and matched stamped images and compliment stickers.

Using one of the PML cards - I love this page so much! A couple of years ago I did a Big Picture Class with Stacey Julian and she encouraged me to do this kind of page instead of chronological scrapping. I will never lose sight of chronologically scrapping events but I so love these kind of pages!

Ridiculous photos but they still capture the fun that my husband and daughter have together.  Don't you love the "Something Wonderful Together" sentiment from the Scrapbooking stamp set?  Such a great versatile title equally appropriate for weddings, anniversaries and celebrating relationships.

So that is it from me this month (I am off to scrap some more pages!!!)  Please leave me a comment and hop on over to Maz to see what wonderful creations she has for you!
Hope you love Chelsea Gardens as much as I do!
Keep smiling,

Monday, January 1, 2018

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - Bloom and Grow SOM

Happy New Year and welcome to our Australasian CTMH blog hop for January.  If you arrived here from Doreen then welcome. A big welcome to my regular readers too and to those who arrived here by happy accident.

This little stamp set has some very sweet sentiments. I have always been a firm believer in the phrase "Bloom where you are planted" so love having it available on a stamp.  The little seed packet is just adorable and I can't wait to use it to package up seeds from my own garden for friends.

I have made these little seed packets on the cricut using the CTMH Artiste cartridge, nutmeg ink and the citrus green from our watercolour pencils

I particularly like the "Be-You-tiful" Picture My Life cards (Z4149) as a great way of extending pages and also making quick easy cards. They fit beautifully with this stamp and are very well priced!
These two cards took next to no time.  The first just needed the sentiment stamped in charcoal ink and a couple of sequins.  I added some gold shimmer to the flower stamens and mounted the PML card on juniper cardstock.

This one just needed a spare sticker and a few little bitty sparkles with the sentiment (again stamped in charcoal) added to the PML card, and then it is mounted on a piece of cardstock. So quick and so pretty!

PML cards are also great for embellishing pages.

That bottom border is just a PML card cut in half and the little tab at the top is a scrap leftover from something else. Once again I have coloured in the seed packet with a citrus green watercolour pencil.
How sweet do those little leaves and blossoms look in the corners of this layout? I can't wait to take some pretty photos of my litttle girl for this page.

So that is it for me.  I really do just love this sweet, old fashioned stamp set. As usual it is available for $7.50 with a $75 purchase.
Head on over to Doris to continue the hop.
Wishing you a wonderful start to 2018 with time spent with loved ones (and some sneaky scrapping time too!)
Keep smiling

Friday, December 29, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that Jazz!

So Christmas is done and dusted and it really was a lovely one with just the right amount of presents, family, extended family, beach time and down time and more food than could sink a ship.

I have been indulging in lots of knitting time while the Giftalong was on and this year even managed an Opadoo (which means nothing to non-knitters but is a pretty big deal if you have been hanging out on ravelry!)  These were just some of my projects:
Downton cowl for Hannah's teacher

Onder for Maddie's teacher - loved this one so much!

Clan Fraser boot cuffs for my brown boots - Jack got very excited by the possum/merino yarn!

Tiana's Coming Home Cardigan - I love this pattern so much I think I will queue it in my size!

Shallows Mitts - perfect for last minute gift giving and super economical to make

Hypen - I see lots of these in my future - perfect for handspun!

All of these are in my Ravelry projects if you want more details.
We are now in that lazy haze between Christmas and New Years, one of my favourite times of the year - nowhere to be and nothing that needs doing, plenty of time to reflect on the year that was and think about the year to come.

Next year I want to get back into blogging crafty stuff more frequently. I will still do the Australasian CTMH blog hops but I want to do more informal posts as well. I am giving myself permission not to do anything in March (which is already Mad March) and also in November/December which is when the wheels fell off this year!

I am beginning the year "Cold sheeping" to get my fibre stash under control (there may be more about that in a later post) - the plan is to use up lots of my stash on charity knitting in January!

I am hoping that the year ahead holds less stress, more gratitude, more appreciation for the sweet, simple things in life, a greater awareness of the preciousness of family time.  I hope to learn to say "no" graciously, to master new technology, to be more confident in myself and my own abilities, to practise better sleeping habits and to try out some new recipes. So no New Year's Resolutions as such, but lots of thinking going on.

Where ever you are, who ever you are, may the year ahead be bright and full of potential.
Keep smiling,

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Self-imposed quarantine and all things boringly domestic

Oopeday! I realised this had never been posted.  This is what happened mid term 4! Pretty ick and I had to bow out of a lot of commitments including blog hops!
So it appears that 3 out of the 5 of us may have whooping cough (despite being vaccinated - and please people, let's not go there about the whole vaccination versus not debate - everyone is entitled to their own opinion)

Anyhow, Hannah and I have been in quarantine this week and feeling truly miserable. Today the drugs finally kicked in and I was able to do a few domestic type things around the house.  Mostly washing, but also a double batch of cornflake cookies (which is really just my basic biscuit recipe with handfuls of mixed fruit thrown in towards the end and then rolled in cornflakes)  This is the recipe that I was taught when I was about 8 and it works for everything - choc chip cookies, jam drops, etc etc and also doubles as a pastry base when you need one.

Put 125g of butter (real butter not margarine) in the mixer bowl and then add about the same amount of sugar.  Put a good splosh of real vanilla and mix on high until it gets creamy. Add 2 eggs and mix. Then just thicken with SR flour bit by bit until the mix will roll into balls without getting your hands gunky.

If you want to turn these into the best peanut butter biscuits ever then just add a big spoonful of peanut butter and a bit more flour and a couple of handfuls of peanuts.

We had lots of eggs because we've been sick and off our tucker so I made a big zucchini slice too. It felt good to be back pottering around in the kitchen.  I think Spring must be getting to me as I even cleaned the kitchen and wiped down tiles and cupboards!

My garden is looking magnificent. All of the bare rooted roses I planted last year have come into their own and are flowering beautifully.  I do so love my David Austens.

We've lost quite a few of the shrub natives in the wet last year so I have replanted some and it is delightful to see the little honeyeaters discovering them.  We've had so many of the little green and yellow friends this year with not so many fairy wrens.  I may need to fix that with a few fuschias.

Being sick has made me think a lot about home comforts and comfort food.  I find that I am not really a materialistic person (flash cars and money don't do it for me) but I do really love sweet, simple things.  When I am sick nothing tastes better than tea in the mug from Nanny's house.  My morning toast is always nicer on a fine china plate and when it is buttered with a silver handled butter knife.  I have told you about my little blue jug collection? Roses always seem rosier in a blue jug.

When my throat was really sore I craved rice pudding and scotch finger biscuits.  That is really much more an emotional response to food than anything else.  I wonder why some foods and objects can trigger that sort of response in us?

Thankfully a new load of book arrived yesterday to cheer me up.  I love these Gail Pan ones - can't wait to get started on a few Christmas gifts out of these when I am feeling better.

I am still knit, knit, knitting on a test cardigan for me in a lovely Spring green. I can't wait for it to be finished. I am so much better at lots of little projects than one big one!

fingers crossed Hannah and I get the all clear tomorrow.
Keep smiling,