Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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As every thread of gold @ ARTastic

December inspiration "Merry Christmas" by Alice Ju 

Here is the ARTastic

December inspiration "Merry Christmas" by Alice Ju

A little about Alice Ju ...

Alice Ju’s artworks are best known for her photo-realistic and dramatic colour, emphasising the radiant splendor of both the urban and natural world. She confidently employs dynamic artistic mediums in her works including oil paint, watercolour, acrylic, pastel, charcoal and pencil.
Alice was classically trained under renowned Australian artist, Kay Maloney.
Alice’s artworks have been displayed in various art galleries and public exhibitions including Mosman Art Gallery, Drummoyne Art Society and NSW Transport Public Art Exhibition. Her stunning works are regularly featured in support of charities and other non-profit organisations including the Exodus Foundation and the LEAD Group. Alice is the founder and director of Creative Einstein Education, a private education centre located in Campsie, NSW.
Now I decided to use my Art Journal for this one - working on a double page.....I work in it from time to time & intend to do more in 2016.
I choose to use the other bauble colours as well...such a pretty inspiration.
Here is my 2 page arty journal.
I began with a thin layer of Decorart Old Gold paint...then Finnabair gold crackle paint & a stencil.
Then Heidi Swapp stencils &  Colourshine Mint, Pink & Aqua

Stamping using about 5 different stamps (I never remember where they are from) & Dew Drop inks
 I choose this Old English quote
As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.
I certainly enjoyed playing with these pages over the last few days.

Thank you for a lovely end of year challenge.
Will miss the outgoing DT's - always lovely work.
Hugs xx





Sunday, December 20, 2015

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Love @ Show Us Your Stuff

has this great sketch

for December

so I had to join in.....


and here is mine, with a little jiggle of the sketch.

This page is about my brother Lance who sadly died in 1992, with his daughter Melissa - who unfortunately the family has lost touch with.  
This is such a lovely photo - shame things change sometimes.

My handmade item is a piece of cream doily, as well as the little butterfly.

Thank you for a great challenge - I enjoyed working with this photo very much.

Hugs xx

Monday, November 30, 2015

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Sweet Moments @ Arci-scraps


This is the Archi-scraps November challenge & the theme is TRANSPORT.

So I used a photo from 1974, of me being one of the Jacaranda Princesses in Grafton.

The Jacaranda Festival is a long running festival, celebrating all the beautiful Jacaranda trees blossoming.

Here is my dad driving me & my little attendants along with the float procession.
Dad loved this Ford Falcon!

I have layered & found all sorts of matching ephemera....& loved working on this page.

Great challenge!

Hugs xx


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Figgy Pudding @ JIngle Belles

Playing along with Jingle Belles inspiration this fortnight.

And it is another goodie!

Take a look...

Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding

This fortnight we're making cards that celebrate holiday foods & drinks: Gingerbread and candy canes... Christmas cookies and cocoa... Sugar plums and figgy pudding... maybe even Who-hash and Roast Beast for you Dr. Seuss fans? Whatever your favorites, we can't wait to see them! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:
So here is my card...inspired by fruit 

I have used some older Simple Stories Paper & embellishments, on a lovely cream card.

Then topped by another Simple Stories clear overlay.

Very happy with this Christmas card making....its so fun.

Thank you for the inspiration.

Hugs xx

Friday, November 6, 2015

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Merry Christmas @ Freshly Made Sketches

Another wonderful sketch from

Very versatile, & very pretty I think! 

So I am in a 'Christmas card making mode' & turning the sketch on the side...I loved making this one.

I have used a creamy card as my has a gentle sheen to it & some machine stitching.

 I have added a delightful vellum washi tape with silver threads & then some lovely light muslin.

I then added a beautiful die cut sent to me by my dear friend Karen from Canada.  I love the sparklies on the flower, & feel it sets it off well.

Thank you for a great challenge once again.

Hugs xx


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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Merry Christmas @ Feeling Sketchy

Playing across at my old favourite challenge blog Feeling Sketchy with this great sketch.

I really love this one & I believe I will make more cards with this design. 

And here is my card.....

I have used a Crate Paper 6 x 6 paper pad from 2010, but these papers I like & its good to start on the Christmas cards.

Plus some BG paper embellies & a Christmas Pointsettia

Great challenge - thank you.

Hugs xx


Friday, October 30, 2015

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Time Flies @ Let's Get Shabby/Arty

Playing along right at the end of the month with this great challenge at  

Let's Get Arty
Challenge # 68
Show us any genre of project with.....
Small dots or spots and distinct outlines

It's a great inspiration... 

So here is my 8.5 x 11 watercolour page.

I love WC paper - the texture, the ability it has to do just what I want!

I used a stencil along with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine & Dylusions sprays as the background.

I love how things just 'lob' on my desk....I am the only scrapper here, but suddenly this card showed up with all these lovely circular words & signs, so with some terrible fussy cutting here it is in close-up.

I have used my new Chameleon pens, gold Zig writer to outline circles & embellies, along with some BG stickers &  dear little enamel dots from an unknown source!

It was great to work on this page about my little granddaughter, I enjoyed the freedom of the page.

Hugs xx


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Peace Love & Joy @ Jingle Belles

I have not played along with Jingle Belles before, but seeing my friend Julene's card I decided to make a card with their great sketch. 

I believe I will be making more with this one too - its great!

Bet you like it too!

So here is my card.  I have used all Kaisercraft
 papers & embellishments on a white card base.

Thank you for a lovely challenge.

Hugs xx


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Happy Faces @ The Memory Nest

Leslie has another great sketch for Make it Monday 47 over at The Memory Nest

So I was inspired to work on this today. 

I used these delightful photos of my little GD Pippi & her best friend Fynn.

Fabulous pp by Websters Pages, with me swiping Dew Drop inks across the page to give me the matching colours & stripes like the sketch.

Gorgeous faces really!

I used some AC Thickers & some really old alpha sticks along with some Amy Tan puffy ones. 
Thanks for a great challenge.

Hugs xx

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Time is Precious @ Pixels & Paper

Onto my next project - working on Pixels & Paper October Challenge

and it is another great one.


It is an 'anything goes' challenge, but with an explanation of what inspired you.

So here is my page

Well I was inspired by the Great Bell of 'Big Ben' - and I used a photo of the very tower I took on our OS trip in 2005. 

I loved the textures of the tower, the stone, the majesty of this old building.
I tried to add layers, & depth to my LO in light of this.

We arrived at Heathrow, Jade took us to our accommodation & then straight on the tube, to alight at Westminster our first 'real' glimpse of London was this!

I have used Kaisercraft 'Timeless' & Base Camp papers & embellies here, along with a big Prima flower, The Scrap Girls flair, kraft card & my Zig writer.

I really enjoyed scrapping this photo - thank you for the challenge.

Hugs xx

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Good Times at Scraptober Fest

What a fabulous group of challenge blogs making up this fabulous idea!

Here is my page....


Firstly there is this challenge from Challenge YOUrself


with this one...always good to scrap yourself...well, sometimes hey! 

2nd challenge is from Scrap Our Stash


And I have used 3 washi tapes  

3rd challenge is from My Scraps & More


I had fun with these colours - for sure!

With the 4th challenge from The Memory Nest

Great sketch Leslie!

So thank you for this inspiration.

Hugs xx



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Thank you, thank you always @ Use Your Stuff

Over at Use Your Stuff is this great challenge..

Challenge # 196 Thankful


So here is a card I just made.



I have used pink CS as my base, then a mixed media style card front using inks, stencils & gesso then Craft words, & a Heidi Swapp wordie. Topped by a lovely flower, & little pink elements.

Thank you for a great challenge, once again.

Hugs xx
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Yum @ Archi-scraps

Joining in with this fun inspiration over at Archi-scraps this month..


It is part of a roof feature by Gaudi, in Spain.

This could be cut squares, serendipity squares,in fact any type of mosaic!

I really like this - a very clever piece!

So here is my page using a pretty Pippi photo

I used some paper scraps, as well as some packaging torn up in to little squares along with some Basic Grey shapes.

I also stamped a lovely Studio Calico pineapple & coloured with my new chameleons - thought it suited the theme too.

Thanks for a great challenge.

Hugs xx

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