Saturday, October 29, 2011

All Hallows

Crafted for Manor House Creations

Ok so if you're from Aus or Europe, you're wondering what all the fuss is about. I remember growing up thinking I wish we celebrated Halloween - all those free lollies! What kid doesn't want that kind of celebration!

When your dh is Canadian you take on some of his celebrations. How funny is this story? When our kids were little we used to give our friends lollies so they could give them to our kids when we dropped in on Halloween night. lol
One year when we lived up in Darwin, we couldn't get an orange pumpkin at that time of year, so we improvised and painted green ones orange.

This is my Halloween crafting this year. Well this, a gift for my son, and of course making costumes.
All Hallows comes from the original name for Halloween. Most people think of it as a pagan festival. Well most kids just think of it as a candy festival! But it's origins are based on the Christian belief of all souls rising from the dead which is Nov 2nd.

On to the project, lol
I found the wooden houses in Walmart and thought  (like all scrapbookers do) hmmm I think I can do something with that. lol Well many hours later this was the result. I can't help myself. I'm just one of those who love all the little details.

 The houses were all black before I started. On this one I used brick red crackle paint. Flowers and leaves are all from the new summer collection at Manor House Creations.
Trim is Webster's, Family plaque is Bo Bunny, Dusty Attic chipboard piece.
These little flowers are gorgeous. I love the inked edges. Just added a light touch of paint to the leaves.
The pirate (Jera's costume from two years ago) house all locked up with a DA gate and letter box.
On this one I used textured fibre paste and rub paint. It has a great weathered look IRL.

 This lovely flourish is from Flourish With a Bling and worked as a perfect vine on the ghost house.
 I love this pic of Jera sitting so proudly on the tractor with all those wonderful pumpkins.
                                    Sienna was a fairy a couple of years ago.
                         I kept the witch black to give the appearance of a silhouette.
This is Jera's costume this year, minus the moustache. He's the "Ghost of Moustaches Past." I know you're probably thinking what on earth!!! One of the characters from the show Wizards of Waverly Place dressed as this. At least it was an easy costume. lol
Found these cute little skulls and crossbones.
 I'll finish with these gorgeous blooms from Manor House in the sunlight.
                               HAPPY HALLOWEEN for the 31st to all those of you who celebrate.
                                           Have a great scrapping week if you don't.

I'm off to check in on your blogs.I've been so busy crafting lately, I just can't get enough time in the day.
Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


This is my latest layout out today for Manor House Creations using their gorgeous flowers.
Lots of textured paint, fiber paint, gesso, Perfect Pearls, inks and mists to create an arty concoction for my background.
Castaway was the thought that came into my mind when I saw this pic. Couldn't you just sail away?
Here's the pic. Isn't that a gorgeous sunset! The water really did have that wonderful reflection.
Some lovely Manor House Creations flowers with a touch of Perfect Pearls and glimmermist.

Imaginarium Designs chipboard words and frame.
Some canvas as a backdrop for the pic. I love the way it takes colour so beautifully and adds so much texture.
Casting a net. Flourish With a Bling flourish to add some bling. lol
Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments and love reading them.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Join me in a BLOG HOP - Scrap That!

Welcome to the Scrap That! October “Bella Rosa Kit” Reveal Blog Hop! Try saying that a few times quickly. lol

*Scrap That! October “Bella Rosa”  Blog Hop Reveal at -
MANY PRIZES up for grabs and a surprise guest designer! (that's me!)

If you have just arrived here from 
Dusty Attic -  you are in the correct place!  If not, head back to the Scrap That! blog for the blog hop order and links.
Here's the hop order.
Scrap That! -
Dusty Attic -
Jeni O’Connor -    YOU'RE HERE!!!
Lisa -
Robin -
Shona -
Vicky -
Today, as Guest Designer for October at Scrap That, I'd like to share my layouts created with the "Bella Rosa" kit, featuring the lovely Prima Romantique line. But, before you read on you might need a coffee or tea. lol It's a long post!
                                                          "FAIRY FOLK"
Growing up one of my favourite stories was "The Magic Faraway Tree." A wonderful book about how three kids climb a tree and find magical lands at the top.  It's funny how childhhod stories can leave such  a lasting impression on us. I'm sure a lot of my storybook scrapping is drawn from those memories. 
There's something about this tree from Prima that is reminiscent of that childhood magic.
I had some great pics of my kids playing around and climbing trees that were perfect for this little world.
The background was all created from tissue paper, gesso, textured paste and mists. I'll add a little tutoral on this in the next few days if you'd like to check back.

An old book page, from some kids books that I found at the local second hand bookshop, was a perfect embellishment.

This next layout I created using the fabulous sketch from ScrapThat dt member the amazing Robin.
Such a great sketch to work with. Thanks Robin.

                                                                    "TIME FOR US"
This layout was made with only the contents of the lovely "Bella Rosa" kit.
Not far from us is a stunning place, Linden Gardens, that has the most wonderous nature gardens. The flowers and grounds are just amazing. You can wander through the gardens with little streams running through or just relax and enjoy the beauty. Most Sundays we try to set aside as family day. It's a day when we just have "time for us."
Here's Robin's sketch.
Here's some close ups
The clock came from the Prima packaging.
Jera was actually whispering silly things in Sienna's ear.
I love a beautiful flower garden.

"Changing colours of nature" title is a play on words. Love the colours that nature gives us and Sienna's nature... well lets just say it's always changing. You'd never think so looking at that sweet face. lol

The Dusty Attic sweet pea border was swapped for this scroll. Otherwise everything is from the "Bella Rosa" kit.

I love stamping a script stamp just about anywhere. Here I used it on the edges of the flowers. Added a little ink to the flower edges too.

The bling adds such a lovely touch.

Did anyone notice the spelling of the word Gypsy is Gypsey in this? Maybe it's an old way of writing it.
(Kelly if you're reading this I'm sure you'll know. lol)
Such a thoughful look on my dd's face. She's continues to face quite a few challenges in life. One of them is eczema which she battles with on her face. You can see it here on the left side.

This layout was created from my extra bits in the kit. And I still have enough to create another layout.
- The large flower was created from the gluber, so easy to use. All the flowers are from the kit. I converted them into a vine with some florist wire.
-The background is a serviette/napkin that I sprayed and mod podged. The little butterflies, I punched out (used them on the other layouts) and used the negative side as a stencil and inked them on the page.
-Then added some gauze to give it a more ethereal look. For the life of me I couldn't find muslin anywhere around here. But this time of year is great for Halloween decorations and they're fabulous for adding to layouts.
Gluber flower

That little gate is actually the plastic overlay from the stamp, it doubles as a transparency.
The chippies are all from Dusty Attic. I was on their 2010 dt so I'm lucky to still have some pieces in my stash. Love that little bird bath.

A blooming vine. So easy to create and transforms your flowers.


I went and changed the pic.
I know I'm crazy. I'm a terrible fiddler. lol. I asked a couple of friends and they like the first one best. I just love the sun's glow in this. What do you think? Oh added some pearls too.
Here's the gorgeous kit that thse were all created from.
                                                              "BELLA ROSA"
October “Bella Rosa” Contents List:
Prima Romantique Collection of Papers
Creative Imaginations IOD - Provencial - Provencial
Creative Imaginations IOD - Provencial - Bordeaux
Creative Imaginations IOD - Provencial - Jolie
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Chiffon / Leapfrog / Wheat
Prima Romantique Alphas - may be substituted for other Prima Alphas
Prima Blossom Branches - Pistachio
Prima Say it in Crystals Strip
3 Prima Cottage Blossoms - Baby Blue
12 Prima Romantique Avon Roses
6 Prima Athena Flowers - Pink
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Buttercup
Dusty Attic Sweet Pea Border DA0593
4 two inch Cosmo Cricket Glubers
1 Length of Crocheted Lace

Embellishment Add -On Kit Contents
Prima Bengal Blooms - Mauve
Prima Romatnique - Flower Market
Kaiser Craft paper Blooms - Dusty Pink

There are THREE prizes to win, and THREE ways for you to enter.
We have THREE prizes up for grabs:
A Dusty Attic Prize Pack - generously provided by Jennifer Hedger owner of DA
A Scrap That! Paper Crafting Kit
A Scrap That! Store Gift Certificate
Read on to learn THREE ways you can win!

                                            HOW TO PLAY ALONG.

First of all, you will need to visit all EIGHT blogs and leave a comment on each blog :)

**This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **.  (Please note:  Dusty Attic does not have a blog but just follow the link leave a comment on the forum thread in their community.)  Dusty Attic will choose a comment winner from their forum.

If you want to enter to win the Grand Prize of a Scrap That! Paper Crafting Kit, then head over to our COMMUNITY for details on our monthly challenge.  The challenge will run from October 7th to October 24th so you have LOTS of time to post your creations.  You can enter as many times as you like.  You do not need to be a subscriber to participate.  The more entries, the more chances you have to win! 

“Use Your Scrap That! Stash Challenge - featuring the "Bella Rosa" Sketch.  Create a layout using the sketch from this months "Bella Rosa" kit. You must use 50 percent Scrap That! products either from a kit or from the store in order to qualify.  So dig into your Scrap That! goodies and lets see your creations!
Finally, if you post our blinkie on your blog you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Store Gift Certificate - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog on the Scrap That! Blog so we can come visit :).

We hope you all had good fun hopping with us today, thank you so much for playing along!  Watch the Scrap That! newsletter on October 22nd to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

Next hop along the way, head to :

 Thanks to the Scrap That team for their gorgeous "Bella Rosa" kit and for having me as October Guest Designer.
Thanks so much for dropping by too. If you're new and following the blog hop please become a follower and drop back again.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guest Designer at SCRAP THAT

I'm so thrilled to tell you all that I'm the October Guest at Scrap That.
What a privilege to be asked.  Please if you get a chance, I'd love you to come on over and "hi" to me.

Scrap That has the most gorgeous kits in scrapping. Lori, the owner, puts together a fabulous array of pp and embellies, and they're Canadian based.
She also has some of the most wonderful designers on the team. The girls have always amazed me by the way they creatively use their kits. So inspiring!

Here's a peek at the reveal coming up this Friday.

Here's a look at my peeks up close.

Come and join in the fun of the blog hop this Friday at Scrap That. There's some great prizes to be won too!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Sketchy Kinda Day

and that's not just the weather, which is awfully sketchy today.

Sketches are everywhere these days. It wasn't so long ago I never really gave a second thought to using a sketch when I scrapbook. But I've absolutely been converted. Not just 'cause I belong to the team at Once Upon a Sketch. I just love having a plan. It's makes scrapping so easy when you have an idea where you're heading. The beauty of it is, it's just a starting point and from there everyone has their own scrappy perspective.
Ok enough of me monologuing.  Here's the lastest at OUAS for Oct 1 challenge.

October 1st challenge

Journalling Criteria: WRITE  2 noteworthy (to you anyway) events of the past week. Your journalling can be as long as you wishThere is NO limit to how much journalling you include but in order to qualify as a winner for this challenge, we must see AT LEAST 1 SENTENCE of journalling on WHY each event was noteworthy. 

Here's my interpretation.
I kept pretty close to Nadia's fabulous sketch.
 The pic of Sienna is the one on the left side of the page. I flipped it to give the idea of different directions. There's bits and pieces from lots of differect companies. The tree, I cut from the new Prima Romantique line. The stencil is a Crafter's Workshop one. They're fabulous.
 That cute little chipboard girl and alpha are from Imaginarium Designs.

Journalling is all about how this year my two went to separate schools for the first time. Sienna has always relied on her "younger, bigger brother" as she likes to call him. Mind you that 2 mins makes all the difference to her.This year she has to walk home on her own. I struggle with that everyday as she's not one of those street wise type of kids. Just yesterday she was late home. When I asked her what she was doing she said, "Throwing stones in the river." Then said I thought I'd better leave when I noticed no one was around. Yikes!
Our solution was to get them walkies talkies (oh I know a mobile/cell phone is what every kid wants but these old fashioned devises work well and don't have any on going costs, lol). Now they talk to each other on the way home from their schools.

Manorhouse Creations lovely blooms with a touch of ink.

Love these stencils and aren't those girls so cute.

Lots of prizes to be won girls so come and show us your lo.

How would you like to be our Guest Designer for November? This is the challenge where you have the chance to win a spot on our design team for the whole upcoming month simply by winning this challenge. As well as being our Guest Designer, as chosen by our Design team, you will also receive.....

This fabulous collection from the amazing Nikki Sivils 

Our second placed winner will  receive these beautifully, handcrafted embellishments from 
Bibby's One Of A Kind
It's 6 months since OUAS started and it has become such a fabulous place to visit for inspiration, join in the sketchy fun and even win a great prize.

From our leader Nadia...

"Since it is our 6 months anniversary, I would like to send out some prizes of my own to 3 lucky RANDOMLY DRAWN winners. These will be something from me, Nadia,  but at this point I will keep them a surprise."

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!! Don't you hate those ads.


Our very first sketch competition

From the MHC blog:
"Thanks to the wonderful Monika, we have our very first sketch competition for you to enter.  Just email us your version of this skecth using any of the TSC paper collections or Manor House Creations flowers to enter." 
What a gorgeous sketch.
Here's Monika’s fabulous layout. I love the size she creates in.
That's it from me on this rainy Oct 1st day.
Have a good one girls and Happy Scrapping!