Thursday, 31 May 2012

Terrific twine!!

Happy June 1st to you all!
Ok I have a scrappers confession for you all...... I love to buy different coloured bakers twine but I very rarely use it. Do you do the same with twine? Or maybe you like to collect another scrappy product but not use it : )

This scrappy confession prompted my monthly challenge over at Scrapbooking top 50.
So I decided to set a challenge to use up a bit of my twine and to motivate others to do the same.
As twine really is very versatile and can be used in so many ways.

I'd love for you to pop on over and give my challenge a go. There is a wonderful prize- goodies from D-lish scraps.
Make sure to check out Ant's sketch challenge, using an exclusive page drafts sketch and Vicki's grunge style challenge.

Now back to the twine!
I have seen twine used to create frames on pages and photos, twine and a glue pen used to create title words made completely out of twine and multiple other embellishments made out of twine.

Here are some closeups of the way I have used twine on my layout (my apologies for the dull photos- it is overcast here today):

You can give chipboard alphas some great texture by covering them in strips of twine:

A cute and cheap embellishment can be made by cutting a scrap paper circle and gluing twine in a spiral too it. Add a button in the centre for added cuteness : )

Give an old embellishment a makeover by covering it in twine. I grabbed an old kaisercraft wooden flower and wrapped lots of twine over it, covering the chipboard. I then added a button to the centre. 

Here is my full layout

Products used:
Authentique patterned paper
My minds eye patterned paper, button and lace
Pink paislee expressions chipboard alphas
Crafters workshop template
Prima flower
Kaisercraft lace, acrylic paints and wooden flower
Charm's creations page runners
Rainbow splendour doily and mini pinwheel
D-lish scraps; twine, washi tape and mini rose
Lil Red rocket twine
Typo bull dog clip
Machine stitching
Beutron button
Vintage doily
3D foam tape
Helmer's scrap dots

Sarah xo

Wednesday, 30 May 2012


So have you checked out the casino cyber crop we have going on at SBT50.

Here is my example layout for the Jackpot challenge I set,
Criteria is to use, bright colours, bling and a big title.

I managed to do just that. The title is relatively big compared to the usual size alphas I use and also compared to the other text on my page, I used bright colours and yep bling!

I hope you jump on over and have a go at the challenges in the crop.
There are great prizes up for grabs.

Products used:
Crate paper patterned paper
Pink paislee alphas
Prima flower
Crafters workshop template
The Chip chop shop doilies
Charm's creations; Lucious lollipop, lovely lollipops and heavenly heart
ScrAp this fuzzy felt jotters
Lime tree creations doily 
Purple pumpkin button
Rainbow splendour windmill
D-lish scraps adhesive lace tape
Sam and lucy word stickers
Metal butterflies removed from an equip necklace : )
Bling letter "M" was part of a necklace from diva.
3D foam tape
Helmer's scrap dots


Sunday, 27 May 2012

Little miss fancy

Hello everyone! Happy monday to you!

Case file 21 is up at CSI.

I just managed in the nick of time to get a DT layout done for the reveal.

For my "evidence" I have used:
Icing (grey tinged gesso scrapped over embellishments and page)

For my testimony I have used:
3 different sized journalling spots
A"two" approach to journaling--pros/cons, .
The inspiration word fancy

Journalling reads:
"you want to wear fancy clothes EVERYWHERE we go. You love to dress up in petti skirts, tutus and fairy outfits. No place is too casual for your outfits"

"Pro's: you look super cute, makes for great photos."
"Con's: often impractical, sometimes not weather appropriate"

Products used:
American crafts patterned paper and journalling sticker
Basic grey pattered paper
Sassafras alphas
Manor house creations flower
Dusty attic chipboard
Prima flowers
Kaisercraft lace
D-lish scraps resin blooms and hat pin
ScrAp this felt bloom and fuzzy felt jotters
Vintage doilies
Gesso Acrylic paint
3D foam tape 
Helmer's scrap dots

Sarah x

Casino cyber crop!

Happy monday everyone. Feel like starting your week off with some scrappy fun!? Well you are in luck as our super exciting Casino cyber crop is starting tonight at Scrapbooking Top 50.
There is a chat tonight, with bingo and we will start uploading super fun casino themed challenges for you. There are awesome prizes up for grabs.

Pop on over here to pick your bingo words for tonight and find the chat room link:

Hope to see you all there x

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Charm's creations Sale

You may notice on a lot of my work I have used gorgeous goodies from Charm's creations.
Your next opportunity to get your hands on some of these wonderful goodies is coming up soon.

You should go and like Charm's creations facebook page to see sneak peaks of whats on sale and even pre-order your goodies so you don't miss out.

Here is one of my favourite pages this year using Charm's Creations goodies.
I used a teal page runner and lovely lollipop on this page.
It's a special layout to me as it was a photo taken from the shot we had done by the wonderful photographer Fiona from Lumsdaine photography. She came to us as a volunteer photographer organised by the the charity Heartfelt. She took beautiful photos of Dwight, Lachlan and I- the day of Lachlan's death. Such a beautiful gift for grieving parents
I think the Charm's creations goodies add such a perfect touch of teal colour to this layout.

Sarah xo

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Garden Kisses

I hope you are all having a happy monday.

Case file number 20 is open for investigation at CSI.

Here is the awesome case file:

For my evidence I used:
A kraft bacground
Machine stitching
Staggered heights of embellishments
"White space"
Felt accents 
Paint drops

For my testimony:
I said 4 important things
I used the inspiration word cute
And I journalled part of my journalling on a twine trail

My first 3 important things are journalled around  the outside of the page highlighted with red stitching under them. The 4th one is in the bottom right hand corner above the twine trail.

Journalling reads:
1. Madeline and Daddy,
2. Home from a fete,
3.In our front garden,
4. Sharing super cute kisses.

Products used:
My minds eye patterned paper
Prima flowers
Kaisercraft flowers and resin bloom
Sassafras flower and alphas
D-lish scraps satin flowers and washi tapes
Rainbow splendour windmill
Lovely bug bits n bobs button
My little bit of whimsy pin
Machine stitching
Kaisercraft acrylic paint
Lots of 3D foam tape and Helmer's scrap dots.

TFL xo

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Eternal life Canvas

So have you checked out Show us your stuff recently?
There are some awesome challenges happening over there at the moment.

Here is my example layout for the Group 2 may challenge. Using the try this technique from the uber talented Stacey Young. Pop on over here to check out Stacey's tutorial and give the challenge a go.

While you are there please check out the fun May 1st challenge and the exciting Sophie's corner challenge which is just for junior scrappers!

This is my first ever canvas. It's a tribute to my son Lachlan, who was born, lived briefly and then died in December. The photo is of us holding his little feet. The photo session was arranged for us by a Charity photography organisation called Heartfelt and the amazing volunteer photographer they sent us was Fiona from Lumsdaine photography.

I learnt a couple of things making this canvas which I will be sure to remember on my next canvas.
1) Rub ons do not apply easily to canvas- LOL
2) I think next time I would try and blend the photo more into the background of the canvas, So avoid using embellishments which mean that I have to raise the photo up on 3d foam tape.

Anyway here is my canvas, given the fore mentioned things I am not 100% happy with it. But I'd like to share it with you.

Products used:
Mont Marte 12x12 Canvas
Tattered angels Glimmer mists
Dusty attic chipboard
Prima flower
Petaloo flowers
Guaze bandage
American crafts rub ons
Kaisercraft wooden frame
2 crafty chipboard
And of course lovely lollipops from Charm's Creations.

Sarah x

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Nearly 3

Case file number 19 is in full swing at CSI. Check out the current gorgeous case here:  case number 19.

Isn't the palette beautiful! Here is my layout:

For my evidence I have used:
White wash/gesso
Circular elements
Circular accents

For my testimony:
I made a circle shaped booklet and listed my top ten favourite things about my daughter at nearly 3.

When the birdie  in the top right corner is lifted up the booklet is revealed.

Some more close ups

Products used:

Basic great patterned paper
American crafts cardstock
Prima flower
Manor House Creations flower
Kaisercraft doily,  rub ons and tiny alphas
2 Crafty chipboard
Pink paisley chipboard
Ribtex bird
Crate paper rub on alphas
Tattered angels glimmer mist
Bo bunny chipboard number
Purple pumpkin button
Vintage doilies
Acrylic paints
Machine stitching.

TFL xo

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Growing up

I hope you are all having a great sunday.
Lucky me has a full uninterrupted scrappy day today. DP has taking little miss up the coast so I can scrap and she can see her grandparents. Thanks darling xo

Well I am super excited and honoured to be on the CSI design team.
This is my first case as a CSI Detective.
It's a gorgeous one.

For my layout I have used one of the journalling inspiration words growth to inspire the theme of my layout- my daughter growing up at the rate of notts! 

So for my" "evidence" I used:
tissue paper layered over my background patterned paper as it was a darker grey than I wanted so I layered the white tissue paper over it to lighten it.
I also have leaves (chipboard)
I have twisted some prima twisters to try and visually link the two areas of my layout.
I also have a couple of pieces of bling.

For my "testimony" I used the inspiration words as jumping points; growth, extreme and bloom.
I also "grew" my journalling by writing more than I generally word.
And I also made the journalling all about the growth of someone (my daughter)

Journalling is written around the edges of the page and reads; " you are growing up so very fast. Both physically and mentally you have changed so much since your birth. Your physical growth has been steady over the time since your birth. But it feels like since one and a half the emotional development has accelerated. You are now so smart, sweet and incredible. I love you so much." 

Products used:
Kaisercraft, My minds eye and Echo park patterned papers
Tissue paper
Little yellow bicycle stickers
Prima flowers, twisters and crystal trinket
Kaisercraft resin blooms and acrylic paints
Tattered angels glimmer mist
Dustic attic chipboard
Collections chipboard
2 crafty chipboard
Charms creations; heavenly heart, sun and lovely lollipop.
Lovely bug bits n bobs button
Corrugated cardboard
Paper doilies
Vintage doilies
3d foam tape
Helmer's scrap dots


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The teeth games

Have you ever heard of Zentangle before?
I hadn't until a new member on Scrapbooking top 50 mentioned it.
That prompted Vicki to set a Zentangle challenge for the month of April. She even did a zentangle tutorial to go along with it. Pretty cool hey!

I found it really relaxing doing all that doodling.
Here is my take on the challenge:

Products used:
Basic grey and Kaisercraft patterned papers
American crafts alphas
Sassafras journal sticker and feltie
D-lish scraps; washi tape and flag
Burdy's handmade embellies yo yo's
Rainbow splendour felt pinwheel and windmill
Purple pumpkin button
Pretty paper petals denim flower
Lovely bug bits n bobs button
Acrylic paint
Helmer's scrap dots
Zig zag markers
3d foam tape


Easter 2012

Can you believe it's May already! This year is going very fast. Ant, Vicki and I have all uploaded our May challenges for you over at Scrapbooking  top 50.

I have seen a lot of banner layouts recently on  blogs. I am loving the trend and thought I would jump on board. 

So this challenge I have set for May at Scrapbooking top 50 is all about banners. Please go here to see the challenge, I would love you to play along. A great prize from Handmade by Halo is up for grabs.

I used a lot of scrap for this layout. My border patterned paper and the paper inside the title frames are both scraps. I also had a lot of half doilies lying around that I used too.

I have used twine for my banners string and attached it with staples, glue and machine stitiching.

The use of the mini Melissa francis frames housing my title letters was inspired by Merdrey Chew and her recent use of Melissa francis resin products. Please check out her gorgeous blog

Products used:
Authentique and Sassafras patterned papers
Co-ordinations cardstock
Hambly screen prints rub ons
Heidi grace heart pin
Melissa francis resin frames
Crate paper rub on alphas
Kaisercraft acrylic paint
D-lish scraps; Washi tapes, forget me nots, hat pin
Charm's creations page runner
Rainbow splendour felt Pinwheels
The chip chop shop doilies
My little bit of whimsy button
Mini pegs
Machine stitching
3d foam tape
Helmer's scrap dots
Vintage doilies