Sketchabilities #126

November 14th, 2014

A sweet layout of my girls with the November kit from Crazy Monday Kits.






Sketchabilities #124

October 1st, 2014

I had a bit of spare time, Grace and I spent the morning creating so I decided to give this Sketchabilities sketch a go. As soon as I saw the honeycomb blocks I knew I had to get out my mask with some texture paste, it’s perfect!



A few close ups.



I bought a Crazy Monday scrapbook kit for the first time this month and really like the contents so used the denim paper from it along with the alphas and enamel dots. Here’s the instagram photo of the kit I received.


Grace’s 5th Birthday Party

October 1st, 2014

I found this post I’d written about Grace’s 5th Birthday (she’s now 6!) in my drafts folder so thought I’d post it since somehow I missed it way back then!! oops!


Way back in July our beautiful girl Grace celebrated her fifth birthday. After Grace got a pirate costume for Christmas that she wore and wore we decided that her special birthday had to be pirate themed! Probably not a typical girly theme but it was heaps of fun organising something less pink and both the boys and girls invited including the birthday girl were very excited about it.

This year we decided to have the party at a local church hall as it was a big party and the weather can be somewhat unreliable in mid July, although we’ve been exceptionally lucky and had a 24C day for Grace’s 4th birthday! We were relieved to say the least at our decision though when on her birthday this year there threats of snow and it hailed and sleeted all afternoon.

We decorated the hall with pirate touches with the help of some good friends, thanks so much J & T your help was awesome!

The HMS Grace that Craig and Grace made out of some big boxes and paper plates, the kids had fun climbing in and out of it and playing with the blue and white “sea” balloons.


The photo board with five years of Grace photos and the little pirate loot boxes for the guests when they went home.



The table all set ready for some pirate munchies.



A friend loaned us this great chest which made a fab present spot.


The kids were asked to dress in there pirate gear for the party and quite a few of the adults joined in the fun wearing all manner of pirate get up and we were no exception!


We hired some entertainment in the form of a pirate puppet show group. They entertained the kids with the puppets then we all had fun with their huge rainbow parachute.


July 2013


After we’d had fun enjoying the entertainment it was time to have some afternoon tea, the kids and there parents tucked into all sorts of pirate themed party treats.


My first attempt at cake pops, actually a clever way to use up leftover frosting and the offcuts from the birthday cake.







After all the treats were devoured it was time to cut the cake. Grace had requested a treasure island cake and it had given me quite a challenge but I love how it turned out in the end. I just wish I managed to take a better photo of the cake in all the craziness of the party.



After Grace opened her presents which everyone was so generous with it was time to say goodbye and send everyone home with there pirate loot.



I think that wraps up Grace’s 5th birthday party, another fun party done and dusted.

Precious moments – A mini album

October 1st, 2014

Another share from the Autumn retreat back in May. I’ve had this little album on the go for months and finally got it finished at the retreat. I loved the paper range and it went so well with photos of the girls, I just had fun plying with texture paste and mists and a range of embellishments.





Little moments

October 1st, 2014

Whilst at the Autumn scrapbooking retreat in May I created this inverted canvas frame with the sweetest photo of Grace and Kate. I was lucky enough to win a lovely prize pack of some seriously lovely goodies from the very generous Megan! I used some of those goodies to create this beautiful frame.






Autumn Retreat

October 1st, 2014

After completely ignoring my blog for months I opened up my blog writer and was having a look in the drafts folder and noticed there are a few posts that I haven’t shared, blogging doesn’t happen much these days but I still love that I have one place with most of my creative things together. This is months overdue but I realised I never shared the layouts and projects I completed at the Autumn retreat at Glentui back in May.

As always it was a fun weekend catching up with local and national scrapbooking friends, endless creating with some paper shuffling thrown in for good measure and not having to cook all weekend!


A quick look at the layouts and OTP projects I completed over the weekend and close up photos further down. I did some cool classes and use a layout kit which really inspired me to try some different ideas and meant I got a few more layouts ticked off. I also created a mini album of the girls and a inverted canvas frame which I will share in close ups in another post.

Ceative stuff 2014














Sketchabilities #116

June 12th, 2014

I haven’t found any time recently to keep up with the fantastic Sketchabilities sketch challenges. Starting Project Life this year has changed how I scrap, it seems to take any creative time I have. I am up to date with it so thought I’d have a go at one of the cool sketches and love how my layout turned out, very hard to photograph all of the texture etc. though.

I used lot’s of texture paste, glimmermists and some Heidi Swapp colour shine and my new fave sequins! I added some washi tape, veneers and ephemera pieces that matched the Kaisercraft Confetti papers I used.








A lovely little picture tray

February 28th, 2014

Recently my MIL celebrated her 60th birthday and I wanted to do something special for her. Like most of us these days she didn’t really need or want anything but she adores her grandkids so I created her this 8×8 picture tray of our family. I sponged the frame first with dark brown then cream coloured paint to give it a vintage feel then embellished it, I absolutely love it, was hard to give it away!



I added these lovely wee diamond headed pins with some vintage glass buttons to give the feel of knitting needles and handcrafts as each winter she lovingly knits jerseys etc. for all the grandkids.


Lastly the card I made with some glimmer misted flowers to match the beautiful Prima papers.


A little Valentine’s album

February 21st, 2014

I found these lovely paper a few months back and decided to make a Valentines album for Craig. I know it’s not really something he’d get overly excited about but I loved the papers and thought it would be a little keepsake of us. It was fun to just have a play with texture paste, washi tapes, doilies, veneers and all sorts of bits and bobs and put the album together.





Sketchabilities #109

February 21st, 2014

Gosh it’s been ages since I blogged, mainly because Christmas happened and all that goes with it! Then  in the new year this thing called “Project Life” came into my creative life and ever since it’s pretty much been about keeping my album up to date! I’m not going to bore you all with my album, it’s my private family story but I promise to share sketches and other creative stuff I get up too.

I’m up to date with my album so thought it was about time to try a sketch, Project Life is fun but not as arty as layouts so I’m going to keep doing them for fun!  I LOVE Sketchabilities sketches, they are such a great inspiration to me with the grungy look so I thought I’d start with theirs.

So here is Sketchabilities sketch #109 and my take on it.

sketchabilities _109





I started with a white piece of cardstock and added lots of glimmer mist, paint and texture paste to it. I threw on some tulle that I tore up and some veneer butterflies and used my Cameo for the leaves, scallop edge and the title. I love it!

Thanks for having a look and leave a comment if you like, I love hearing what you think! I’ll be back soon with some OTP projects I’ve been working on too.