Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

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Thala Beach Lodge - Port Douglas

Yes, the R & R did Pete & I the world of good up at Thala Beach Lodge near Port Douglas...relaxing in the pool, or in our beautifully appointed very air conditioned cabin...
Had to scrap about it quick sticks!!
Hugs xxx
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PageDrafts Christmas Cheer

My dear friend - the amazing Em Stafrace - invited me join in with some other lovely laydeez in ringing in Christmas with a delightful selection of fabulous sketches that only Em could design...for her design blog PageDrafts.

So with a difficult choice from her great sketches I choose this cool one  - it really is great hey!!

I had just taken these candid shots of Harry outside BigW.  They had their decorations out but hadn't set them up, so we had a play with the reindeer...I just love reindeers...
Of course I had to have fun with some texture paste & ink, then some lovely Basic Grey bits & bobs, along with some great Pink Paislee paper...Harry loved this goggle eyed reindeer too!
Do take a look at Em's PageDrafts for the best sketches around!!
Hugs xx

Monday, December 17, 2012

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Our Beautiful Pip

Who can resist our little Miss Pippa...and a beautiful combination of
aqua/white and one neutral colour
from inspiration by Julie Winks..
This is Challenge 3, celebrating STG 4th Birthday!
I choose Tim Holtz Weathered Wood, along with some gessoing & then adding the ink when srying & tissuing some off, texture paint, gauze, and had a ball working with 2 small photos of our dear little grand daughter.
And my 'life lesson'
She believed she could, so she did!
Why not join in the fun at Scrap the Girls too?
Hugs xxx

Sunday, December 16, 2012

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Anything but a square card challenge...

So I made 4 Chrissie tags using lovely Tattered Inspirations handmade goodies, & Cosmos Cricket embellies, buttons & flowers.
Thank you dear Clare for a lovely challenge.
May your Merry be Very!
Hugs xxxx
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Jingle Bells

Lets Get Shabby this month # 41, has a lovely choice of 3 Christmassy challenges.  I choose # 18, and made a Jingle Bells card...
I love making Chrissie cards, so this one will be written on later & posted..cos I have run short this year!
Why dont you join in too at Lets Get Shabby
Hugs & may your Merry be Very.
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It's just Fun & Games being me!

I am joining in the 4th Birthday fun at Scrap the Girls this month, and here is my effort for their first challenge -
The DECEMBER challenge 1 is
scrap a page USING A LIST.
I used some delicious Kraft, with a Cosmo Cricket Mini Deck, and some Basic Grey embellies with October Afternoon & Carolee Creations alphas, plus my fave of machine stitching....I am so into banners & flags atm...when will it end! Hehehhe
Thank you for taking a peek, and Christmas Hugs to you too.
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She has brought us so much joy

This month at Black with 2 the challenge is
So I decided I had some scrapping time this morning (should be packing!!) and here is mine...
Such a heavenly photo of our new little grand daughter...I couldn't resist popping this on a page, esp with such lovely criteria!
I have used balck Bazzil CS in my favoured 8.5 x 11 size, with Cosmo Cricket  & Delish papers, bling & pearls, sequins, lace, machine stitching &
October Afternoon & Carolee Creations alphas.
Thank you for a great challenge & Merry Christmas!
Hugs xxxx

Saturday, December 15, 2012

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The Gatekeeper

This is the challenge over at Archiscraps for November...and I am sliding in by the skin of my teeth with this one!

I have used the gatekeepers spot at Edinburgh Castle, with Jadie standing proud & tall in it...hehehhe

Used some hessian, a 2scrapping angels gate with keys, prima flowers & paper too.
I love Julene's challenges...and hopefully with do the next one before the 11th hour!
Hugs xxx

Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Henry & Isabel

Over at Soul Scrappers Liz has a challenge to find a technique you have not used before, and work on a LO with it.
So I perused the net & found a technique that I tried & I love the results..it was using gesso on CS & then inking..
Here is my recipe -
Get CS ready & apply a line of gesso to a scrap piece of heavier CS or spalula. Place gesso'd spatula on top of your base CS & drag downwards. I added gesso to my spatula about 3 times & continued on down the page. Let dry completely. You can use a heat gun if you wish for this step.
Swipe a Distress Ink pad over your CS, concentraiting on areas without the gesso.  Wet a cloth & wipe it over your page, quickly.  Dry with a tissue or dry cloth & then leave again to completely dry.
Voila - an altered piece of CS.

I used a cream CS, & 2 Distress inks - Antique Linen (thank you Leanne) & Old Paper.
This is a photo of Pete's mum Garland parents & unfortunately we are unsure of the year...dont they look fabulous though! 
Sadly Henry died young, but Isabel married again & they all lived happily together. 
Hugs xx

Friday, December 7, 2012

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Its the most wonderful time of the year...

Over at Sandie's place the card this time was a shaker card.  
I used a store bought Chrissie tree shaker, with a lovely Chrissie kit from Tattered Inspirations.. where there is the most fab vintage gorgeousness to be found...
Hugs xx

Sunday, December 2, 2012

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Merry Christmas with a Snowman

Oh I wish I had some of that snowman coolness...gee it is hot every day now....

Had a great time making a snowman card - thank Margaret!!
Used lots of Basic Greay mini papers & embellies.
Hugs xx
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This Christmas.........Simply Us

For December at From Screen 2 Scrap  
 we are using this wonderful movie poster
This Christmas(suggested by shazza)

with this criteria

1pt = Use the technique 'Tearing' on your page
2pts = Red Card Stock
3pts = Use a Family photo

Here is my page
I used this great photo taken at Benni's 21st in Nov 2000, of the 4 of us that make up our family...great papers, doodling & tearing & I am happy with the result.
Here is one of the prizes you can win...this is a RAK donated by me.

So do join us - it is always fun..
Hugs xxx 
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Snowman & the North Pole

This was Sandie's criteria for this weeks cards...so decided to make this card for my little grandson Harry...

Yes, I know it is funny - but Harry loves it!!! Hehehe
Hugs xx

Saturday, December 1, 2012

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Nothing is ever just Black & White

Our December inspiration for ARTastic will come to you from canvas and body artist, Emma Hack, and is hosted by our creative team member Sarah.

Added Criteria - large, bold patterned paper or paint

A little about Emma Hack
Adelaide-based artist, Emma Hack, has been exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999. Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, Emma's works evoke a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

Emma's recent collaboration on Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' has seen her profile skyrocket with the single in UK, Europe and US charts and over 100 million hits on YouTube.

And here was my page for this one..

I so enjoyed putting together this page!
This is my sister Judith's wedding photo from the early '60's...the bridesmade's frocks were the most beautiful gold, and their bouquets included wheat..my sister is always one for original thinking.
I gesso'd my white CS then layered a black and white paper servietter then when dry went a bit berserk with my machine stitiching...but you know I love doing that!
Why not join in with us at ARTastic this month...fabulous criteria!
Hugs Debi xx

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