Thursday, April 30, 2009

Life is Sweet - My Little Sketch Blook Apr 26th sketch

This was such a fun sketch to work with
 and certainly  a fave layout of the week for me . 

The sketch inspired me to pick out the SF Vintage Yummy Memory Lane pp 
which I found a little challenging to use - 
normally I would love to use such pps as is 
but I wanted to do more cutout work 
with Sassafras papers,
so I cut apart the pp in into 3 parts 
I pop dotted the middle arched part to be able to ink it 
& create more dimension.
I also cut an 8x8 scalloped die cut MM Flower patch pp into half
 & layered that following the sketch 

the hidden journaling ( on the tag behind the photo ) 
is about DD at this playgroup started by my neighbour 
She joined this playgroup at 18mths and in this pic she's 29 mths old.(she's in pink here ) 
Thank goodness for the date stamp in the pic 
else I wouldn't have recalled that much. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Border Punch love

Trying out theEK Success Parisian Border punch here. 
Swiss Cheese EK Success Border Punch 

With my 2  earlier Fiskars acquisitions, I didn't use them immediately after getting them 
& they're just lying around still . 
So I had to make sure I broke into these ASAP . lol . 

Martha Steward Border punches 
are still some of the most desirable designs 
now that I have at least 2 brands on hand to know. 

Supplies : Sosketchy April card sketches , DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies , K&CO Dimensional Butterflies

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ICS #14

Check out this week's sketch & DT inspiration here .

Dawn herself is sponsoring this week's prize with a sweet RAK . 

Love this combination of colors for this card  -
using WRMK Tiffany pps , CI cupcake stickers & tag, Core'Dinations White washed CS 

Monday, April 27, 2009

CPS 113 & award time

Jing Jing Nickel passed on  this blog award to me - thank you so much JJ! 
You're too kind! 

& I'm not great about passing on awards 
as I really do not like excluding bloggers on the list , 

Nevertheless , this  time I am passing it on to : 

 Here are 2 wonderfully talented sketch artists
 who are also fab scrappers in their own right . 

I dare say some of my best work this year 
have been inspired 
by their sketches 

so here goes : 
& Julie Bonner - 52 sketches 52 weeks 

Do visit their blogs to appreciate their work & see what I mean ! ;-) 

& let's go round the world for the next 5 links : 

Australia - the Queen of3D work - ;-) - Carole Janson -
Sweden - the Queen of Vintage  - Ingvild Bolme -
Holland - the Queen of Stitched cards - Peet -
To Russia  - with Papercrafting Love - Anat -
Japan - (there are sooo many fab scrappers/crafters in Japan ! fascinating ) -Imeka

My take on CPS113 this week , 
inspired by Linda Beeson's card

I really wanted to try out my new Parisian EK Success Border Punch 
to see how it turns out . 
Still have some practising to do getting the punching right. 

other supplies : New Anna Griffin pps ,
Crafty Little Secrets Heartwarming Vintage stickers

Sunday, April 26, 2009

oh snap !

A fave teen activity round the world these days !
My DD & church pal taking pics of themselves .

Continuing with Scrapping Outback's Chipboard Highschool lesson this week ,
which was to use an emboss resist technique -
a technique I have forgotten to try for the longest time too -
I inked the chipboard scrolls in 4 colors
after embossing in white embossing powder .

Other supplies :
Prima Rebellion papers , Fiesta Flowers
Glitz Design Audrey Script pp
Making Memories' Puffly alphas - Just Chillin' line

Saturday, April 25, 2009

a fave pic from 2008

I just love how the BG Lime Rickey pps simply draw out the colors in my pics
& that also helped me with what to journal easily.
I like the juvenile feel of the Howdy Doody bird prints here &
I don't think they are overpowering in anyway, googly eyes and all.

Did some doodling for a change to outline the pps .

a Donna Downey canvas tag used here.

One of the most natural pics I was able to get of DS last year. & taken indoors too !

April sketch , Sosketchy

Allison does lovely sketches for both cards & layouts .
Not too challenging that you can't get started
& yet interesting enough to play around with it .

Friday, April 24, 2009

Flavor of the Week : BG Lime Rickey

My fave collection from Basic Grey this past 12 months I have to say ! 
I quickly whipped up 3 layouts ,much to my surprise.
 I have so many already printed photos that go with the papers . 
Such a hoot ! So versatile is this collection ! 
Suits so many themes - not necessarily  only summery ones. 
Some of my old fave BG patterns have been revived in this collection 
& given new vibrant colors.  

This one is for OLW's Journey 
using a Liz Qualman's sketch for inspo. 

Life can only be understood backwards, 
but it must be lived forwards.""

     - Soren Kierkegaard

Having more fun using Glimmer Mist to mask .

Almost everything is BG Lime Rickey except for 
Donna Downey's Canvas Flower for Prima
stickles , Jazz Blue Glimmer Mist 

I found this fun Lime Rickey recipe , must let my kids try it : 

Cool lime rickeys are a refreshing way to quench your thirst, but you can change the flavor of this recipe simply by blending your favorite flavored syrups.


  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 8 fluid ounces carbonated water
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger raspberry syrup

Cooking Instructions

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice. Squeeze each of the lime wedges into glass, and drop in. Fill glass nearly to the top with carbonated water, and top with raspberry syrup.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Di Hickman's Card Sketch #4

If you haven't checked out Di's card sketches recently
you may or may not have realised she now
does her fab sketches in nice color too
It does help to get the ideas going faster for me .

Using some of my fave supplies for cards these days :

Supplies: Core'dination vintage cardstock, Lily Bee French Couture pp ,
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cat Crazy , Cuttlebug Embossing folder - Houndstooth , Prima flowers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ICS #13

Check out this week's sketch here 

Our amazing sponsor this week, is Dustin Pike. He has an incredible digi stamps in his Etsy Shop. Be sure to go check them out. On Wednesdays Dustin has freebies for you to enjoy. So be sure to get his freebies during that time. Dustin has kindly offered the winner for this weeks sketch challenge these lovely digi stamps!

Since I am still too lazy to do rubberstamping properly I have been acquiring
 I didn't even realise how many they have in that range !
 I certainly do not have even half yet ! lol 

Supplies  : Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage  Cat Crazy 
Core'dinations Vintage Cardstock , 
Lily Bee Brackets French Couture Die Cut brackets & pps 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

52 sketches 52 weeks - Sketch #16

So much stash, so little time to use it all -
That's a more than familiar scrapper's refrain these days ! 
So tired of hoarding these "berry" sweet Webster's Sweet Life papers 
I found some cute & sweet pics to go with them ! 
My adorable African Chinese neighbour at 2 . 

Supplies : Webster's Pages Sweet Life pps & Die Cut stickers  , 
Stickles , Tim Holtz's Adage ticket , Dark Brown ink ,
 K&Co Dimensional stickers , JB pearl flower 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dare to be Remarkable ! Britain's Got Talent !!!

Cutting into my latest stash additions :
using Fancy Pants On A Whimsy , Prima Sew Cute pp , WP Storytellers Alphas

& here's how to Dream a Dream !!!!

47 Year old Susan Boyle
wows the judges
with her performance in the auditions
for Britains Got Talent,
singing I dreamed a dream from Les Miserables.

Susan Boyle

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Scrapping The Music #81 - This is Me

Title & journaling based on the song This is Me by Demi Lovato -

our oldest niece who is sweet 16 here .

Using BG Wisteria , CI Narratives journaling spots , Prima Life Color pp - Harmony

So tickled
This layout was also LOTD over at CMK yesterday .

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Thanks to everyone for joining us this last week. 

Scrapbook Dreamer is our awesome sponsor this week.
Laura the owner has generously offered the
winner of this week sketch a nice gift certificate of the amount of
Laura will ship anywhere.

Be sure to check out what the awesome designers created this week ! 

Supplies : WRMK Tiffany, Prima Cadoobles, Deja Views layered rub ons ,
 Core'dinations white washed CS 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Got Sketch #79

Lots of sketch challenges for cards & layouts 
out there this month . 

I haven't tried a Got sketch challenge for cards before
So here goes one

Lily Bee French Couture pps , Fiskars border punches ,Prima flowers , Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage sticker

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Postal Inspiration

This G45 St Louis paper inspired me
to create a postal theme layout
incorporating the use of an envelope
to hold more pics related to this working trip to Adelaide
which I made way back in 1996 .

I also used Khaki Glimmer Mist on the envelope to change its color
& I pulled out some old yarn to reflect the amazing coat of many colors
I tried in at this Aldgate crafts store .

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lily Bee's : Friday Faves

Delighted to see my fave layout of the week featured on Lily Bee Design's
new blog feature

Wishing all my blogging friends are a Blessed Easter weekend !

Friday, April 10, 2009

Graphic 45 -Transatlantique line

The perfect paper line for"retro"holiday pics to me! 

My in -laws were on tour in New York in June 1999. This pic was taken aboard a ferry  during their tour around the Statue of Liberty area . 

All Transatlantique pps , Glossy & Crackled Accents , parts of the pp were popped up on foam pads, Hampton Arts Black Glitter glue , Khaki Glimmer Mist

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Di Hickman's Card Sketch Apr #2

Supplies: CI's Marah Johnson's Heiress Line - A List pp , Christine Adolph Mon Ami stickers , Bazzill Swiss Dot cs , Ice Stickles 

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Notre -Dame de Paris

my new fave layout for the moment . 

Carolee's creations die cut pp , Lily Bee pps , Primas , Bo Bunny chipboard 
Art Chix faux postage , sketch by Liz Qualman 

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

ICSketches #11

Thanks to each and everyone of you for joining us in last week's sketch. 
We appreciate your time and creations. 
So keep them coming.

This week, we are very delighted that Leslie from Treasured Scrapbooking is sponsoring us. 
The prize is a March Card kit ! 
Check it out here

Card supplies : Bazzill Swiss Dot CS , CI Marah Johnson's A List pp -Heiress Collection ,Stickers - ChristineAdolph  Mon Ani line , stickles 

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Constant motion forward

Everyone who's serious about what they're doing
 must be in constant motion forward. ~Ed O'Brien. 

More Phuket holiday pics on horseback at sunset .

This is my friend, the father of Damien, 
 in the layout - Explore -   below. 

I am now lovin the 7 Gypsies' - Gypsy Market papers - 
so lush the colors & details ! 

Masked in some circular lines 
in Walnut Stain ,Mahogany & Blue Jeans distressed inks . 

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Pink Paislee Winsome

This layout was created for a recipe challenge
 that required a trio of elements
 like circles, florals & patterned papers . 
Some chipboard & ribbon had to be added in  for good measure too. 

Nothing like a great challenge to get some mojo flowing. 
I've waited forever to scrap this pic of little Damien , 
youngest DS of my friends,  
experiencing the natural beauty of a Phuket beach 
on the back of a horse at sunset .

These PP papers are  just perfect for the colours of this pic  . 
Definitely a fave layout of mine at the mo . ;-) 

I used my handy dandy paper plate  template
 to mask in some circles on the die cut -
 the one in blue jeans distressed ink can barely be seen around the inner circle.

Supplies : Pink Paislee Captivating & Fetching pps  ,Enchanting  Chipboard Elements , Fascinating Alphas 
Flocked DCWV  floral cutouts 
Jillibean Sprouts

Friday, April 03, 2009

Di Hickman's Card Sketch Apr #1

Carolee's Creations Adornit What a Hoot pp & sticker ; 
Prima Cadoobles , 
Core'dinations Whitewashed cardstock 

This Carolee's Creations What a Hoot pp is soo cute with different owls - 
I simply had to make 2 at one go .

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

My Little Sketch Blook Mar 29th sketch

Trying out a Teen in Paris page with 

some New Lily Bee French Couture pps , 
MYLB Die Cut pp , 
Prima D'vines, Bonnet Bloom ,asstd florals ,
butterflies from SEI Bridgeport Pavillion pp , 
K&Co Dimensional stickers, 
Prima packaging as photo matt.