Stuff I've been making

Layout just for fun - using Elle's Studio tags from the Q Tea Baboushka Baby kit, and a few items from Kiti Q, such as this Sass Lass paper.
Check out the funky stamp, one of Lusi Austin's designs for Buzz & Bloom. This journaling spot is from this stamp set.
The layout also features a couple more Sassafras Lass papers from Kiti Q, some new Hambly (from the RAK I got from them), and some Pink Paislee alphabet stickers. Photos are of Viv's girls and Sienna eating gelati at Noarlunga in March.
I did this layout last night for ScrapBoutique's April cybercrop challenge. One of the challenges was to use a new technique you've not used before on a layout, and I've never used wire before. I got a cute little spool of red wire in a RAK from Emily F, so was glad to try it out :)
These PJs for Ash. I *thought* I was making them a generous size, actually they are exactly right just now. He is always bigger than I think he is. Size 3 now, and very little difference between him and Sienna. I made Sienna a top (below), but am still playing around with getting necklines right on stretch tops. I keep trying different methods - Ash's PJ neckline was more successful. I also made Sienna a vintage-y embellished cord skirt, will hopefully photograph this week.

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This one (above) is in the current Scrapbook Creations magazine, in the Top Ten Travel layouts section.

'Just Be You' uses new Pink Paislee (Spring Fling papers and Office Lingo die-cuts, plus the little alpha stickers) that just arrived at Kiti Q. I'm currently working on a boy themed mini-album class kit using the Pink Paislee papers and alpha stickers, and some Lusi Austin designed chipboard from Buzz and Bloom. Will share pics soon.

This last page uses new Sass Lass paper and stickers, Pink Paislee die-cuts and Daisy D's Wonder Years stickers and die-cuts. A few Love, Elsie details as well. My cutie nephew Caden, this photo is about 9 months old, so he is quite a bit bigger now.

I did those two layouts last night, am really inspired by these new products at the moment. Yay for me :)

Wonder Years Tree

This is the kid's bedroom. It is the biggest room in our little house, so Ash has one side and Sienna the other - not that they are at an age to care much. I painted this tree on Monday evening, and added the birds, leaves and music notes yesterday morning - all made out of Daisy D's Wonder Years patterned paper. Love the whimsy :)


Marelle, I drew your name for my Stash It Forward
(it was very technical process, names on bits of paper put in a jar!)

Please send me your address, just email

Today I'm working on something fun in the kid's room, will post pics when I'm done!


SIA comp entry. Now that it's announced, I'm sure I can show this here.

I love e.e. cummings poems for the unique formatting and flow of thought. This layout features about half of one of his poems. Uses some new Hambly, woodgrain contact paper (Q Tea Kit) on Cosmo Cricket blackboard chip shapes, Cherry Arte, Hambly and Fancy Pants rub-ons. Letter Q from an RAK from Emily. Bam Pop frame, Rouge de Garance sticker and Doodlebug alphabet. Photos by Donna Wild.

Stash it Forward - GO! ***AUSTRALIA ONLY***

So this box I have is a good 3" deep, 12"x12" box full to the brim of fun stuff. It is, in fact, an entire STASH IN A BOX. How it works is...

Emily of the generous heart and brilliant ideas had this idea, and I, among others, am joining right in. In her words:

"i have a box chokka-block full of stuff for someone who actually needs it ;)
[just to be clear - someone who doesn't have a budget at all for art supplies!]. leave me a comment if you, or someone you know of could really do with some artsy goodness, and i'll draw a random name."

So the specifics for my giveaway are... I'll draw a name on Tuesday morning (AEST), and am limiting the giveaway to Australian residents. Sorry anyone else, but this box is HEAVY and the joy would somewhat dissipate if shipping the thing kills my own budget! I noticed most of the other stash-it-forwarders are limiting their to the States, so I'm doing it for us Antipodeans (I don't even know if that makes sense, but it sounds cool!). Feel free to name a friend or someone you know who needs it, this is all about helping someone who longs to create but is unable to finance buying supplies.
The box includes stuff from Queen & Co, Rouge de Garance, Love Elsie, KI Memories, Scenic Route, Basic Grey, Heidi Swapp, SEI, Bazzill, Hambly, Bam Pop, Collage Press, Making Memories, We R Memory Keepers, American Crafts, Cherry Arte, Fontwerks, Sassafras Lass, Autumn Leaves, Rusty Pickly, Jenni Bowlin, Plain Jane Chipboard, Creative Imaginations, a full Q Tea Kit as well as a bunch of lace, fabric, vintage and funky bits and pieces.

So... GO!

Lusi Austin stamps

Well, you probably all know that the gorgeous fabulous Lusi Austin has designed a range of gorgeous fabulous products for Buzz and Bloom. I have a set of her stamps (and some chipboard but that is for another day) and the page I showed yesterday uses two stamps from that set. Here are the close-ups I was too slack to post yesterday ;)
This page has a patterned paper background, with another piece of pp stuck over it toward the right half of the page. Then I painted gesso around that general area and when it dried I painted over the top lightly with watercolour paint.
I stamped multiples of both the dragonfly and dandelion stamps from 'You Rock My World' in black Stazon ink. Then I watercoloured inside the stamping. And HERE is where I get my Lusi stamps and chipboard. Fun stuff!

Edited to add: Check out Sienna's little painting. This is a 5" canvas, and she also used Lusi's stamps - the ladybird in the garden :) She finger painted our two cats on either side. So cute!


Read this and hug your kids a bit tighter. I did. Of course the bittersweet warm and fuzziness was somewhat dampened by the tantrum that ensued for some reason, as the kids fought over some item or other. But what on earth would we do without them.

Of course, it is a great new foundation to keep in mind for fundraising ideas or charitable donations. And there is information on the site that I wasn't aware of, about kids sharing food and stuff like that. Stuff to think about in a practical sense as well.

So, I did a layout the other day while I was proofing photos. It was so intuitive and fast, which was cool. Well not fast in actual time since I was doing two things at once, but if I totalled the time on the layout itself, definitely under an hour, which is fast for me. I had lyrics in my head from my current fave cd - this album, recommended by this amazing woman. Love her blog. Love her work. Go Tara.

Anyhow, had lyrics in my head, had the new Sass Lass papers from Kiti Q, just delivered to me by my lovely sister Kelly. Well that day or the day before or something. And the proof sheet from our Wild Creative Photography session last year was sitting on my desk. It all just MADE SENSE. And so I made it. Yay! There are a couple of bits of Q Tea Kits in there as well, plus two die-cuts from the new Daisy D's Wonder Years range, which I am totally in love with. Between that and the new Sass Lass I am just overwhelmed. So many beautiful papers. Close-ups of this layout are on my flickr.

Hey did you know that the author Jodi Picoult will be in Mt Barker for a signing in mid-May? Cool, hey. Tell Bec maybe? (That was for my sister Hayley, everyone else, in case you wondered)

Ooh I got a fabulous camera strap for my Canon - from the gorgeous Emily, of course. Buy them on etsy. Here is a pic of it along with the goodies she added to my parcel, what a sweetie. Speaking of Em, she is doing a thing on her blog called 'stash it forward'. The idea being that those of us lucky enough to have big stashes with regular injections of new product could probably spare some for the more budget-restricted scrappers out there. I certainly could spare some cool things, so I will be adding a 'stash it forward' to this blog tonight or tomorrow. Keep an eye out, any of you who need supplies but can't afford them, or know someone in that position. By tomorrow. OK.

Yesterday afternoon the kids and I went in the garden to take some photos. Had fun with the remote control and these little concrete toadstools I have. Bought them here, well from the real life shop, not the website, but these are the same people. Don't you just adore that silhouette on the homepage? It is on their business cards too, I have one on my inspiration board. Which is totally not big enough for me. But that's another story. Here are some pics. Please excuse the rubbish quality, you can check them out properly if you like on my flickr instead.

OK so I have joined RedBubble and am starting to add some artwork there. So far I have a few photos and a painting available to purchase as cards or prints. Eventually I thought I'd do art prints etc on etsy, but in the meantime this is the only way to buy any of my stuff. Just in case anyone wanted to, LOL. Am going to try and increase the number of artworks there, just need to get better images of some of my paintings. Here is one photo on there that would make a cute card I think.

I'm off now to make a nice parcel for my stash it forward :)

A couple to share

Things are quiet ish here (on my blog) because I've been quite busy - with my folks over for the weekend there was plenty of fun hanging out time, and I've also been finishing proofing Kathy and Shannon's wedding from a few weeks ago. Both things are complete now, so I'm looking to the next thing on my list!

I've just got my hands on the new Sassafras Lass from Kiti Q - OMG I am so in love with these papers. Combined with Daisy D's Wonder Years range which I just got the other week, my absolute new favourite range, I am just HANGING OUT for scrap happiness. I did one very quick page yesterday, will try and get it up here tomorrow.

So here are a couple of layouts from the end of March. My fave - Mwah! - was done for the blind challenge at ScrapBoutique's cybercrop. I was so disorganised (despite them providing a list in advance), that I ended up running around the house inbetween steps to find various items. So it was quite hilarious actually. The photo is one of those stretched-out-arm-with-camera shots from about 9-10 months ago. And as mentioned in all that fabulous feedback a couple of posts ago - a close-up shot as well :)

The Lost Gardens of Heligan layout was one of my April creative team projects for ScrapLounge. For this page I used the Mijimoo Stitch Assist template, piercing the holes through to my black bling bazzill before going over the pattern with machine stitching (in two colours). Then I cut around the floral feature and used Mijimoo black gingham patterned paper to 'patch' fill in the flowers, before placing the whole thing over my green background sheet of paper (Scenic Route). The ribbon strips in the background are from The Craft Queen.

I also just ordered some completely adorable fabrics for upcoming Q Tea Kits, which I am so excited about. Can't wait for the kits to come around.

And the winner is...

Robyn W 2:07pm, come on down! LOL. OK Robyn, congrats, I will send you a fun little parcel and the March issue of Memory Makers - just email me your addy :)

New Faves

A couple of favourite photos from my current proofing...

And a new favourite song to add to my collection - just found this one. This is especially for KELLY, TERESA, SYLVIA and JEFF (my Jamie Cullum concert buddies) - doesn't it just make you wanna groove?

Check back tomorrow AM for the winner of the Memory Makers RAK :)