Thursday, June 30, 2011

Moments of Reflection

Warning: This is a post of reflection. If you're feeling down it might not be a good one to stay and read.

Starting with the positive. I was thrilled to be a winner for the last challenge at Once Upon a Sketch

The girls over there are so caring and nurturing. I love the idea of a blog with a focus on journalling. We all scrap for so many reasons but journalling seems be the one part of a layout that is often neglected. Honestly I'm a big journaler. I've always had way too much to say. lol.
Unfortunately, most of my writing is on the back of my los so you rarely get to see it. There was a time when I used to write heaps on the front but as my creativity shifted so too did my written prose.

Here's the gorgeous Nadia's sketch for the new challenge.

And here's my take. "Soul Artist." 

Dusty Attic words

On angel's wings

The statue of the garden angel watching over the children was placed in our garden as a reminder of my grandma who watches over my kids. We had a little ceremony when she died and placed it among her favourite flowers.

Let me tell you about my dearest Grandma. It is the anniversary of her death and her birth around this time of year. She has been gone for three years now and I still miss her every day. Coming from a family who really doesn't get it on a creative level, she was my sole inspiration and she created from her heart. She was a gifted crafter, dressmaker and designer.
An awesome talent. She inspired me to create from the soul.

Journalling reads: She was my sole creative inspiration.
She created with her hands,
her heart and always with love.
She taught me to create with soul.

My grandma was such a dynamic, active person, sadly the last two years of her life she was a shadow of herself.
I wrote this for my children as a way to explain not long before she died. I've taken it from an old layout.

My final sad note for this post is a shocking one. My daughter's teacher died yesterday. She was 44 years old. She had been off work for the past 6 weeks due to an unrelated injury. She was due back at work and visited the kids last week. She had a stoke and died hours later. We're all so shocked and saddened by her death. Please say a few prayers for her and her family and for the beauty of all the souls gone before us.

Hug your kids just a little tighter tonight and remember just how wonderful but tenous life can be.
Thanks so much.

Friday, June 24, 2011


I want to join in the fun and celebrate!

It's  time to celebrate the joy of friendships.
It's time for the warmth of summer in the north.
It's time to celebrate the cozy winter in the south.
It's time to celebrate my daughter's birthday party on Sunday (even though it's not her birthday for a while, lol)
It's time to celebrate the joy in every creative moment.

It's no secret that Webster's Pages is my absolutely fav company for their stunning designs and creative embellishments. I just adore all their collections. I want to celebrate Webster's and their fabulous team.

Aren't these just the cutest? I think they are so sweet. They're my fav.

These I MUST have. lol

And these are pretty darn adorable. I love the texture and homemade look of these.

And the trims I just adore with the fun bling.

Can't get enough of the gorgeous designs.

Such beauty in the papers.
Here's the whole line.
Thanks girls for such wonderful inspirations. I want to celebrate your art.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

I made my own free digi frame here. It was so easy even for a traditional scrapper.
Thanks for dropping in.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Been meaning to put this one up.

This is the one I did for a challenge. Not your usual challenge, lol! Gabi Pollacco challenged me to do this one for the June Dusty Attic scrap the dt artist. This month is Finn and Gabi.
Here's the one I did inspired by the beautiful work of Finn. I'm just loving creating and getting messy. lol
Here's the close up pic of Sienna looking extremely serene and mature.

and one of all my "sprayed the heck out of" collection of elements.

Webster's Pages are having a fun week of celebrations.

Can't wait to see all their new collections.
Thanks for visiting me.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thrilled - OUAS

I was so thrilled to be voted a winner over at Once Upon a Sketch. Congrats to the other girls who shared the vote count.
Thanks to all the girls for your support and all the encouragement from Nadia and the gang who have dropped in here.
I am humbled by the talent of the wonderful scrappers over there.
Does anyone else think scrapping has lifted to a whole new level of creativity?


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sweet Moments

Here's another one using my fav Country Estate pp from Webster's. I just can't get enough of all the beautiful imagery. It makes it so easy to create with.  Such a cute pic of my then 1 year old. She had so little hair at that age. Picture was taken in Portsea, Vic for the Aussies, and it was a summer day! Well that's Melb weather for you.
Have a great day.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Once Upon a Sketch

One of the loveliest scrappers in the business is Nadia Cannizzo
Her kind and thoughtful way shines though her love of her kids and her scrapping.
I've been wanting to join in Nadia's sketch challenges and this week I had the chance.
Here's the sketch:

And my take on it:

I just love this pic of Sienna doing some supermodel pose. LOL. Actually it was her saying, "Enough mum!"
Journalling reads: She challenges me everyday in be patient and resilient, kind and loving. And to be the best mum I can be.
Some close ups.

The little image I created is some Dust Attic wings and a keyhole. lol with some 7 Gypsy rubons sent to as a gift by dear sweet Romy

Thanks for dropping by.

Thanks so much

Firstly I want to say thanks to all you lovely ladies who post comments on my blog. I've tried to comment on some of your blogs but blogger keeps bumping me out. I'll keep tying but please accept my huge THANKS!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Serenity Now!

LOL I was such a big fan of Seinfeld and every time I hear the word serenity I think of the line, "Serenity Now"
A couple of weeks ago we visited the most gorgous garden in blume. I was lucky to get some great pics of my two enjoying the serenity. The colours were amazing.

 These beautiful flowers were created by my dear friend Paulien. Such a gorgeous, generous, crafty lady.

MCS lost another wonderful talent today when the amazingly gifted Gerry signed off. Gerry wishing you all the very best hun.
Wow so many have departed the dt ranks at MCS recently!

Hoping the future is bright for everyone.
Have a great week.
Thanks for dropping in.