Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Xmas Joy Layout

Good morning everyone,

This is my last layout for the year! It is for the White With 1 December Challenge (White + Red + Xmas photo). I decided to use a giant bauble as a feature and  for this layout I used NO pattern paper! The red and white dot you can see on the page is actually washi tape! I have had this roll on my desk for ages and my personal challenge was to use it! I have to say it was a lot of fun!!! I made a frame around the layout and also stuck some on some scrap cardstock and die cut it (the banner under photo). I also coloured some scrap cardstock with Distress Ink "Festive Berries" using the direct on paper technique and punched shapes out and die cut some branches too! Used the same ink with Xmas stamps. My bauble is actually a chipboard circle frame wrapped in Baker's Twine! See how versatile chipboard is and why I am so addicted to it!

This is my original title using die cut Xmas socks and Prima Alphabet letters

Some gorgeous die-cut Poinsettas!
For some tiny details I added more Baker's Twine, red embroidery floss and red cotton thread attached to buttons, stamped tags, paper clip! I hand-cut a zig zag border around. And yes my signature hand-stiched border around the layout.
Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely Xmas! I really hope to visit you while on holidays!
Til next time! Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

In love with Meg's Garden's Spring Paislee Collection

Hello to all my gorgeous followers and visitors!

I have another project completed for Meg's Garden using the stunning Spring Paislee Collection! With loads of products from the shop too! I have lots of closies for you today, this layout's style is grungy, with lots of layers. I do have to admit I love white and any pastel colour schemes so when I saw this gorgeous Spring Paislee Collection I fell in love!


Closie of the gorgeous paislee and leaves and Dusty Attic Blooms:

Take a look at this test tube filled with green beads!

Some gorgeous charms covered in gesso, some lace, some German Scrap and Tim Holtz mini paper clips:

Look at all the different textures, so grungy!

I would like to share some tips on how I used Meg's Garden gorgeous products.
- GERMAN SCRAP BORDERS WHITE: in my layout I tore and inked bits of scrap and then glued them down with foam tape for added dimension
- DUSTY ATTIC GRASSY KNOLL FLOWERS: I added a thin layer of gesso to grunge them up
-  FILIGREE AND TIM HOLTZ MINI PAPER CLIPS: can also be gessoed for grunginess use strong clear drying glue to adher to your page.
- LACE: use to add great texture to your design, adhere with clear quick drying glue
- PATTERNED PAPER: look at your pattern and cut out your favourite designs, in this instance the paislee and leaves/branches were cut out of Green Eau de Lavande and edges inked.
- TINY TEST TUBE: that is my favourite element! I filled it with green glass beads, to keep them in I added some dimensional magic at the top! I have more of those, I will share some more idea on how to use this very versatile product in my next Meg's Garden Post.

Well I hope you enjoyed my layout and tips. I had great fun creating it!




Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Hello all,

This is one of my last posts for 2012, so it will be a long one! You all know I have a soft spot for chipboard, and I got to use a bit over the years, I still buy new pieces when I already have so much in my stash!
All the following projects are my favourites, each project uses a different technique! And as a bonus I will share a complementary tutorial at the end of the post so stay tune to the end LOL!
Here they are in no particular order:

1. Chipboard with Picket Fence Distress Stain:

"Treasures of the Heart"

2. Chipboard with Distress Ink and Crackle medium:

"Merry" and "Christmas" Canvases

3. Chipboard with Crackle paint:


4. Raw Chipboard
"Remember Summer"

5. Chipboard covered with paper
"All Grown Up"

6. Chipboard Painted Album

"Sleeping Beauty"

7. Chipboard and liquid snow


8. Chipboard with Dry Embossing

"Baby Love"

9. Chipboard with Heat Embossing

"Love this Boy"

10. Chipboard with Faux Coral Coating

"Beach Babe"

11. Complimentary Tutorial: Faux Coral Technique

That's it for me today I hope you did make it to the end! If Adriana or Heather come by they might guess what I am doing with this blog post, wink wink!
So to all of you bloggers and followers, thank you for a fantastic year, it has been very exciting and I am looking to many more challenges in 2013!
Oh Hey! One more fav just because I can!


Blog Hop's Winners announced!!!!


First a very big thank you for all of those who participated in Meg's Garden Blog Hop, it went really really well! And a big welcome to all my new followers! Wow!
Now it is time to announce the winner of my prize:

Drum roll..........

Congratulations Karen Shady!

Karen ShadyDecember 1, 2012 10:58 PM

I am so glad I did this hop. Ive discovered some wonderful designers along the way... Im a new follower, and love your work.. I will be back :)

Karen, can you please e-mail your mailing address to, thank you!!!

Head over to Meg's Garden's blog to view the list og all the winners!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Meg's Garden Blog Hop

Welcome to the Meg’s Garden Design Team Blog Hop!


if you arrived here from Vicky’s(
you are on the right way

We are circling the globe this weekend. We start in the Adelaide Hills at Meg’s Garden in Hahndorf, South Australia & then head down the hill to Adelaide to visit Adriana, Heather, Chantal & Denise. We then hop almost all the way across Australia to Ashby, Western Australia to Jen. After a long hop across the ocean to South Africa we visit Evgenia. Then North to Sylvie in France, Lillin Sweden, & Elena in Belarus. Another log hop across another ocean to Canada where we pop in to Stephanie & Vicky. Backdownunder again to Sandrine in Queensland, Shell in Victoria, then to Victor Harbor to blog at Gayle’s in South Australia & then up the hill back to Meg’s Garden.

How many time zones was that??

Each blog hop will have an Eye Candy especially chosen by that blogger from Meg’s Garden!
These will be shown on and also on that Design Team member’s blog.

Meg’s Garden is also giving away one goodies package to one lucky winner chosen from those who survived the oceans, desert & maybe some snow!
What will it be?? Posting at the start of the blog hop.

All you have to do is become a follower of the Meg’s Garden Blog and “like us” on Facebook, as well as visit each participating blog, become of follower of those blogs and leave a comment.

The blog hop order!

Meg’s Garden – Australia –
Adriana Bolzon – Australia -
Heather Jacob – Australia –
Chantal VanDenberg – Australia -
Denise Boddey – Australia -
Jenny Burns – Australia -
Evgenia Petzer – South Africa -
Sylvie Peixoto - France -
Ulrika Blomfelt - Sweden -
Elena Olinivech – Belarus -
Stephanie Dinnell - Canada -
Sandrine Dawes – Australia -
Shell Carmen – Australia -
Gayle Price – Australia –

When you have visited everyone return to the Meg’s Garden blog and leave us a comment letting us know how much fun you had!

If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you will be entered into the drawing twice for an extra chance to win!

We are sure you will be inspired by our talented design team
There are lots of goodies to win and you won’t want to miss out on one.
The blog hop is, of course, 0pen to international entries.

The hop will start on 30th November, 2012 at 5pm & you have until Monday 3rd December, 2012 at 5pm SA time (Central Summer Time South Australia) to complete the hop.

The winner will be announced on the Meg’s Garden blog on 5th December (Meg’s birthday).
Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…

This is the fabulous prize you could win on my blog, a delightful cardmaking paper pack, some ribbon and lace, doilie, matching blooms and a slide mailer!

Have Fun!

Meg’s Garden –

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fat Cats fun!

Just a quick share today, a layout created for Fat Cats using various dies available in the shop! A shabby layout about a kangouroo! For something different, I do love nature and Australian wildlife!

A bit of a monochromatic colour scheme to match the photo!
Products used:
- Cheery Lynn Designs Build a Flower #1
- Cheery Lynn chicken wire die
- Joy Craft Banner die
- Die-Namics Leaf set
- Mariannes Creatables Tiny Flower #2
- Nellie Snellen Rectangle Frames

I applied one coat of Picket Fence Distress Stain on some kraft cardstock and die cut it, I also added some white crackle paint around the page, used Meg's Garden German Scrap Border, some gauze, an old bread clip, a book page, some Pink Paislee scraps, my photo was mounted on some coiled rope for extra dimension! And some GM splatters!
Thank you for your visit! See you next time!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Meg's Garden's Design Team Blog Hop coming very soon!!!!

Mark your calendars for the

Meg’s Garden Design Team Blog Hop!

one of the longest Blog Hops ever done – around the World.

From Wikipedia: ‘Phileas Fogg is the main fictional character in the 1873 Jules Verne novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.

Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the late Victorian world in eighty days, or less, for a wager of £20,000 with members of London’s Reform Club. He takes the wager and leaves with Passepartout, vowing to return by 8:45 pm on Saturday 21 December 1872. Under suspicion of robbing the Bank of England, he is followed by a detective named Fix. Fogg has no idea about Fix's true intentions and Fix (wanting to get Fogg back to England so that he can arrest him) works with Fogg in the last half of the book.

While in India he saves a widowed princess, named Aouda from Suttee during her husband's funeral. Passepartout rescues her and she accompanies Fogg for the rest of his journey. She and Fogg eventually fall in love and marry at the end of the book. Fix, who is really supposed to arrest Fogg, attempts to sabotage him by putting him in prison near the end of the book but he is quickly released. Fogg, who has been careful to keep track of every day in his diary, believes that he arrives home on Sunday and that he has lost his bet. However, he discovers, almost too late, that he has forgotten to adjust his timekeeping for having crossed the International Date Line and he wins his bet after all.’

Phileas Fogg had 80 days to circle the globe - we are allowing 4 days only but we have an advantage over his modes of travel – he had to catch trains, ride an elephant, an air balloon & more....

Make sure you complete the list – become a follower, like us on FB & leave a comment – at each blog.

Starts 30, November 2012 for 3 days at 5:00 p.m.

Eye Candy at each blog & a prize at the end !!

Monday, November 19, 2012

She is my Muse!

Good morning,

Another share, now this is a special layout because I got to use my prize won on the amazing Stacey Young's blog, I was so spoiled! Anyway I went grungy yet again and I think it is so me! I love the dirty/shabby look and it was so fun too! That is so important to have fun!!! I used loads of haberdashery items from my evergroing stash!

There was quite a lot of introspection while creating this layout, my layouts are always very photo focused, it always starts with the emotion I captured in a particular photo, in this photo I see my child and I love the look she gives me and I know she looks very dirty (she has just smeared the face paint I just put on, trying to make her look like a poodle lol) but it is her, little miss personality! Since the photo was face painting fun I decided to let loose with the gesso, my background is gesso heaven and all my handcut flowers and metal clasps, chain and denim got a slim layer as well!
I got my journalling rolled up and stashed into a spool. Also threw some sequins around the place, wrapped some Baker's Twine around a chipboard circle frame, splattered some TA glimmermist.
I got an old pair of jeans and cut out my photo frame, lollipop flowers and a banner, very cheap!
Well that is it for me today! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Xmas Project for Meg's Garden!!!


I am very happy to share with you my very first project for Meg's Garden! I am using one of my favourite Xmas paper "Red & Cream Lace" out of The Vintage Christmas Collection , it has a traditional colour combo of red, beige and gold!
It also has gorgeous flourishes through it!
Every year I try to create little decorations to scatter around the house to decorate and make it feel like Christmas. And yes! every year I dress up the kids for a photo shoot, I do not have to force them they love dressing up and they actually have lots of fun too! The 2 photos I chose for my mini canvases are from last year but they are so cute and I haven't had a chance for a photo shoot yet this year.

What attracted me to this paper was the colours and the gorgeous flourishes so ideal for fussy cutting!
After knowing the colour combo I was playing with for my project, I went through my own supplies for paints, inks and matching cardstock. I like to organise a little before I start any kind of work. I first painted my canvases with some cream acrylic paint. I then proceeded with working with the gorgeous chipboard frames also available from Meg's Garden. Distress Ink Pad "Fired Brick" is the perfect match for the paper, after covering each frame with ink I added a coat of Crackle paint in "Rock Candy" it gave the frames a luscious red crackle effect! Perfect for the festive feel I wanted to create. I used the border around the paper to cut 2 rosettes. I then added some gold glitter in the centre of each rosette. Those canvases have loads of layers and mounting foam to give lots of dimension. I chose a giant banner as the bottom layer of my canvases as it is so trendy at the moment! I added some stamped words and punched circles around the canvas for balance and also some cut out flourishes/branches out of the paper. For a little bit more detail I added some inked German Scrap and a little gold bell hanging off a bit of rope. Meg has an amazing array of products it was so so fun to play!


Thank you so much for your visit, it always makes my day!!!
Have a lovely week-end!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Not So Spooky

Hello bloggers!

I hope you are all having a nice week-end! I just finished a layout using new Papers from Scrapping Outback! Another green layout but I have some black, cream and white for a vintage feel! DD dressed up in her witch costume, I could not call her spooky hence the title "Not so Spooky", she is too cute for words :)

"Not So Spooky"

The chipboard title was inked using Distress Ink Bundled Sage and I added a coat of Rock Candy Distress Stickles. The Papers are WeR Memory Keepers Halloween theme, availalble here.
I am also still playing with Pink Paislee papers and stamps from the Portfolio collection, I am enjoying stamps so much lately!
My next project is coming soon and is a Meg Garden's project!!!!
Thanks for passing by!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On 2 Wheels...


Another sunny day here in Queensland! Today I would like to share my layout for White With One November Challenge: Greens with chevrons!
I used October Afternoon "Midway" collection available here. Also made papers with October Afternoon Sprinklers "Witch's Brew", added some We Are Memory Keepers twine in green, and of course cut out chevrons out of patterned paper. The photo is DS riding on 2 wheels, I was so so proud of him that day!

Just a quick post today! Will be back soon with more ideas!
Have a lovely day and thank you for coming!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012



I can't believe it is November already! OMG I have already bought Xmas presents for my family in France this year is going so so quick!!! I have something to share with you today, a layout for Scrapping Outback November Chipboard tutorial! It is a very easy technique to create coral texture, here is a link to the full tutorial.
Here is my layout, full of textures:

"Angel of the Sea"


I mainly used Pink Paislee Papers with a splash of Kaisercraft and a variety of flowers from Manorhouse, Prima and Kaiser. Also had fun with Marianne Designs Dies and of course with Chipboard.
The circle frame is WOW covered with a couple of coats of Picket Fence Distress Stain and Bundled Sage Distress Ink pad, I also roughened the edge a bit. For the Seahorse and Crab (Scrap FX available here) I covered it with beads, gesso and sprays  and inks :) It was a lot of fun!!!
These are the other medium/textures I used: Gesso background with old credit card + stamped gesso cap around the page. Lots of recycled plastic netting and some gauze, some crunched up doilies.
This layout is now hanging on DD's bedroom wall!
Will be back soon to share more projects, thank you for all your lovely comments!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chick Magnet...

Morning all!

Have lots of projects on the go at the moment...I have one to share today, it is one I created for White With One, the challenge is to use white with yellow and stars. We got 3 chicks 2 weeks ago, they weren't yellow when we got them but I thought that the challenge would be perfect for photos of DS posing with a chick, too funny!
I experienced with different papers here again, this time I played with white tissue paper for my main background and inked paper towel from the kitchen, I was inspired by an article in the latest Somerset Workshop magazine! Here are the photos:

The chicken is from Twiddlybitz, and is so cute! I sprayed the raw piece with water and separated the layers at the tail and on the head to make it fluffy, I then added a couple of coats of white gesso.
There is a couple of white tags on the layout, I circled the hole with a piece of rolled paper towel!

Here is a close of the background and title, you can also see a home made mini peg covered with paper holding a stamped word!

Here a closie of my home made star (made with a template) to create those beautiful textured stars I took a sheet of paper towel and inked with "Scattered Straw" distress ink then sprayed with water to spread the colour over the piece of paper towel. I then cut a star out of scrap paper and glued tissue star over it.
Another detail is the flower centre made of rolled yellow twine :) I also made little stars with 3 staples.
There are plenty of punched circles around the page as per usual :D and a hand stitched border
Material list:
Papers: Prima, Pink Paislee, Kaisercraft, Fancy Pants
Flowers: Manor House Creations, Prima (Got Flowers)
Pink Paislee Portfolio Stamps, stars
Distress ink and pen in Scattered Straw
Gauze, buttons, pins, brads, pearls, twine.
Now I am in the process of making vintage Xmas card for the Fatcats Booth at the Adelaide Paper Show next month. Will be back soon with pictures.
One last thing, go and leave a comment here for your chance to win a gorgeous pack of Meg Garden's Papers!!! Well worth the effort if you ask me!!!
Thank you for your lovely comments, it always makes my day!