Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Paper Stories Design Team = ME!!! :)

Good morning everyone!!! 
I have got some very exciting news to share.....
Lucky me made it onto the
Paper Stories Design Team
along with this amazing group of Ladies...
Palina Kanoha
Riikka Kovasin
ME!! ----->Anita Stokes
Melinda Thompson
Victoria Freze
Zeneva Kovic
Paper Stories have a sketch challenge every month and there is still 5 days left to get an entry into our current challenge to win a stack of Crate Paper Story Teller goodies!!

Have a great day and can not wait to share my layout for the Feb Paper Stories sketch!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

String.... who always cuts too much?? = me!

Happy Saturday everyone!
Hope everyone is having a lovely day.
Later on I am going to visit my Aunty who had an operation to remove her breast cancer yesterday. Fingers crossed they have got all the bad bits out so she doesn't have to have more surgery. She is an amazing women, and a fighter. This cancer will never take over her. She will get on top of it.
I think this is a great quote, "She might fall, but she will never lie down"
To Deb if your reading...." The road to recovery is here now, take your time, breathe, and think of all the fluffy bunnies, elephants and pink fluffy rugs that surround your room. Never forgot we are always here to help and support you where we can, xxxooo".
I wanted to quickly share the layout I have created for the challenge site, Scrap for Help. they have an awesome DT over there. You should pop over and check out the talent!!
The challenge was to use string. Now I have a box of "off cuts", bit and pieces that I always cut too much of. So I got the stash out and used a some on my layout.
I have used the Paper Stories "Love Song" kit to make this layout. I have created two layouts with it so far and I have heaps left over for at least another 2 layouts or some cards. Everything you see is in the kit apart from the string, and tag. I have used my normal mixed media supplies to create this layout. My trusty faithful Crafters Workshop templates (can't wait to get my hands on the new release CHA ones), texture paste, Gesso, Heidi Swapp Colorshine in Gold, some distress stains and regular painters masking tape. (My hubby is a painter so I raid his stash quite often!)
The layout is of my boy - he never stops exploring and searching for new things to see. Here we are at Bibra Lake. Funny enough it's my husbands ancestors land. They settled in the area and there is a plaque in memorial of them. The lake isn't massive but has a decent walking/running track of 6km round. So 1/2 hour run for those fit people (you might have to do it twice!!)
So here it is...
Don't forget about my GIVEAWAY here....!!
Nothing Stops You

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
:) :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

as promised... my scrap stash GIVEAWAY!

Ok, so better late than never!?
I went through my scrap stash and put together a little kit for someone to win.

Some closies....

Heidi Swapp tags, Maya Road twine, Prima flowers, Purple Pumpkin buttons & tickets, Websters Pages resin, Maya Road chipboard

2Crafty Chipboard, BoBunny & Maya Road stamps, tags, "texture pack" includes wood wool, vintage book papers, dress pattern, more twine

Full BoBunny Serenade collection papers, more Prima & Maya Road flowers, Maya Road trinkets, twine, Collections chipboard
There is a big mixture of products, it is a pizza box full of goodies!
So to be in the running to win this all you need to do is become a follower of mine and leave me a comment on this post.
For an extra chance to win blog or facebook about this giveaway, just leave me an extra comment with the link.
I will pay postage (and internationally too!)
I will draw the winner on the 15th February 2013.
Hope you like my giveaway as much as I do!!!
Have a great day :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Paper Stories Kit & Sketch

A big hello to you all and a special Hello to my new followers! 
I have just realised that the giveaway I promised I still haven't posted on here. Was soooo busy before we left to go on holidays I forgot. So I will attempt to photograph it and post it up very very soon.
On a bit of older news, at the beginning of December the lovely Georgia from Paper Stories chose my layout as the winner of her sketch comp so with that I got a lovely prize of 7Gypsies goodies and at the same time I thought I would give one of her kits a go. I purchased the 'Love Song' kit featuring Basic Grey Serenade & Lucille and also some Heidi Swapp papers and tags.
Now I have never worked with a kit before so felt a little stumbled at first because when I normally scrap I have all the things out I want to use and scrapping away I go.
So I got out the kit and just dived into creating a layout. I used the current Paper Stories sketch as a starting point. Remember that when you use a sketch you can build from it. Adding extra layers, embellishments and you can mix things up. A sketch to me is just that, a 'sketch'.
Ok, here is my layout - Age One

It's of my daughter at obviously, one years old and I wanted to document a bit about her. She is full of life and personality! There is no dullness to this girl.
The only things I have added to this kit are really just mixed media stuff. Most of the main items and embellishments are from the kit! I added cotton & sequins, masking tape, gesso, dress pattern paper, tag and used some Tim Holtz distress stains and inks with a Crafters Workshop template to make the page me with some outlining with a Sharpie marker.
A few tips.
The background is pretty much made up of one sheet of patterned paper, Basic Grey Serenade Chemise.
I cut the border out then I collaged it back together with masking tape and Prima Washi Tape (which is included in the kit) and inked the edges for definition with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap. I also tore paper and inked edges and put a little bit of dress pattern between the layers just for a bit extra.
Hope you have a lovely day!
Bye for now.