31 December, 2013

Sketchabilities #106 - Fairy Whispers

Its hard to believe it is time for another challenge at Sketchabilities! I am sure everyone has lots of wonderful holiday photos to scrap! So head on over and check out Sketch#106 ( another cool Karan Gerber sketch!) and be inspired by all the Design Team samples!

The sketch: Love, love it!!
My sample and some close ups:

A very happy New Year to everyone and I hope the year will be filled with happy times and wonderful memories!
Sue :)

16 December, 2013

Love this photo! Sketchabilities #105

Time for another great Sketchabilities challenge! Sketch #105 is up on the blog with some very inspiring DT projects! I just love seeing the wide variety of projects at each reveal!

For this one, I just had to go Christmassy after seeing this photo! My daughter and DIL dressed up the grandbabies for our very first Christmas photoshoot. After a while the novelty and hot weather got the better of them. Pop came home for lunch and popped the kids on his knee, so we quickly put a Santa hat on his head and took a pic! ( At the bottom of the LO post I will add some of the cute pics we got while the clothes were still on! )

The sketch:
My layout:

I am also putting this in the challenge at 1-2-3 Get Scrappy. I have used banners, ornament (the rosette was a Xmas decoration I made last year) and colour green.

And, Southern Girls Challenge, Christmas

And some of our cute photoshoot pics. (So hard to get Miss M who was 10 months to sit still and Master B, at 11 weeks, to smile on demand!)

Its our 40th wedding anniversary today, so I am looking forward to opening the bottle of champagne waiting in the fridge and having some cheers!!!
Sue :)

01 December, 2013

Sketchabilities #104 So tired!

Another awesome sketch is up on the Sketchabilities blog!
I get excited everytime I look at the next one to do.

Below is my DT sample, but hop over to the blog to see all the other awesome DT inspiration!

 After a busy morning crawling, crawling, crawling, I've had my lunch, my thumb is in my mouth and I am so ready for a sleep!!

I have used more of  the gorgeous product that is in the Frosted Designs November Kit! I am loving the gold embellies!
I am also putting this layout in the current challenge at Southern Girls - Lumpy Bumpy! (love the title, girls)

Have a good weekend!
Sue :)

24 November, 2013


Just a quick post, because it is so hot in this room today!!
Miss M was fascinated with her first sparkler on Guy Fawkes Day. In New Zealand we can still buy fireworks. Every year there is debate about it and I'm sure it wont be many years before only public displays will be allowed. But in the meantime there is nothing quite like the magic of a sparkler!

I used the sketch from Sketches with a Twist (use texture paste/paint)

I have used some more of the goodies in the November kit from Frosted Designs (love that punched star paper) and am putting this layout into their Fabulous Friday 11 item Challenge.

Off to find a breeze and a cold drink!!
Sue :)

17 November, 2013


Firstly the story behind this layout! Jeff was heading over to Sydney  and Aimee asked him to pop into Myers and get a couple of nice things for Blake. She said she was really wanting a couple of Bonds sleepsuits. So, Jeff rocks up and as he is going past the shoe dept, he sees some very cute Baby Nikes. (Jeff loves shoes!!). He carries on up to the childrens wear and is mind boggled at so much stuff!. After a few minutes he notices a security person is watching him. He thinks with all the Mum's and bubs around he probably thinks he is a pervert!! Consequently, he leaves with nothing, heads back to the shoe dept and buys the expensive baby Nikes!! He went home very pleased with himself.

I used the sketch from Week 2 at Let's Get Sketchy

 and the tic tac toe board, #4 at 1-2-3 Get Scrappy
(bird, circle, buttons)

I have used products from the Frosted Designs November Kit. I haven't bought a kit for a very long time, but I loved the colours and papers -the whole look of the kit! And I love it! So, if you are looking for a great kit that is suitable for boys and girls and plenty of stuff for at least 4 or 5 layouts, check it out, here. I have already used it for a sweet little girl's layout, but I am using it for a Sketchabilities DT  reveal, so will have to wait until Nov 30th to post it! But here is a sneeky peeky!

Sue :)


16 November, 2013

Just me and Dad Sketchabilities #103

Sketchabilities #103 is posted! Another awesome sketch by Karan Gerber!

Below is my DT layout, but pop over HERE to see loads of amazing inspiration from the other DT girls.

As usual there is a very generous and cool prize for one random winner!

Looking forward to seeing your layouts!
Sue :)

09 November, 2013

Rock a Bye Baby

When I saw this months sketch challenge at Scrapfriends, I thought "Oh my goodness! What am I going to do with this? Probably NOT feathers!!)
Then my daughter-in-law sent me this pic of my cutie grandson, taken by a photographer friend of hers (Karleena Lincoln Photography -for any Rodney girls who read my blog and want a great baby/family photographer).
 And the feathers in the sketch suddenly took on a new appeal! A nest and feathers!
I had just bought a few Graphic 45, Mother Goose Collection, papers from Scottie Crafts as well, because I thought they had some good 'baby boy' papers!
So here it is!
The sketch:

And the layout:

Have a great weekend!
Sue :)

06 November, 2013

Best Friends

Miss M just loves their dog, Frank. He sits next to her when she is playing and she climbs all over him and giggles with delight whenever he is racing around chasing a ball or playing with Dad.

I have used this month's cool sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.
I am also putting this into the gallery of another challenge blog that I have just recently found (via Sarah's blog), 123 Challenge blog (even though I realised after doing it that it is not eligible for the draw as it is a sole challenge), but I want to acknowledge that, for my layout, I did use their criteria of 1.Colour,Teal, 2.Word ,Cool, 3.Technique, Stamping.

Sue :)

03 November, 2013

Scottie Crafts cracker fun

Hope you are all having a 'cracker time' !!! I am loving seeing the amazing DT crackers and cant wait to see  more over the next few days!
Meanwhile, a little more inspiration!

Some instructions:

Cut a tube into a 4" and 2x 2" pieces and tack onto your cardstock or paper with a gap of about 1".
To make the crease - lightly brush some water around the paper to soften it, crumple it a little and push the ends into the centre.

Cut a rosette from the Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette and a smaller one from the Mini Snowflake Rosette
Run a strip of TH paper tape or other washi tape along the back of the rosettes, so that when you fold them, they dont split.
Grab a favourite Christmas stamp and randomly stamp.
Form rosettes. (I use a hot glue gun) Using a dauber, brush the edges with  Evergreen bough Distress ink (or a colour to match your chosen patterned paper). Spray with Perfect Pearls to give a lovely sheen.

The patterned paper I have used is from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas paper.
Layer up your rosette and add ribbons and bling!

The word(s) you are looking for are:

Facebook Page

Don't forget to check Scotties blog tomorrow for the next cracker and clue!
Have fun !! 
Cheers, Sue :)

31 October, 2013

Sketchabilities #102

Time for another great sketch at Sketchabilities!!! I am loving these very cool sketches designed by Karan Gerber.
Here's my DT project for Sketch #102:

Pop on over here and check out all the cool inspiration from the Design Team and then get creative!!
As usual there is a great prize up for grabs to one random winner!

Sue :)

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