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Come to the beach with me

 It has been FOREVER since I traditionally scrapbooked.  I normally digi-scrap now, it's so easy and portable.  I need to update my frames in my new house though, so I'm starting with some beach photos and the perfect embellies from Tanya Leigh Designs.

I started with a base of 2 double sided papers.  One side had sand, shells and starfish, and the other was water.  So I used one paper as the base, and then tore the other paper in half with a wave so that it looked like waves on the beach.

Since this layout is going in a shadow-box frame, I could get nice and lumpy.  I laid out my photos and matted the one with my daughter.  I added an acetate postage stamp to one photo and then layered some rings from the 3-in-1 Word Ring pack - Travel, some acetate film strips, a post card and some acetate clocks.


I layered a cocktail umbrella with the word ring, acetate clock and doodled around the photos.

For this photo I layered the photo with the acetate film strips (I cut 2 in half to give the illusion that they are really long).  I added a word ring, acetate clock and then some clock pieces.  I always find that time just stops when we are at the beach.  I also snuck in some real shells with the photographed ones!

I added lots of natural elements like some offcuts of burlap (from another project I made), some twine and more shells.  I also tucked in some gems for a little extra sparkle.

I have joined in the following challenges:
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges - Buttons, Bling & Brads
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes

2017 Poe Blog Hop Day 1

It's E. A. Poe appreciation Day! So Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is having a 5 day blog hop.

A little while ago I created a Pocket Letter with a E. A. Poe theme.  It was so much fun to make, with 3D elements, glittery blood, lots of ink and tons of Poe goodness.



The heart you see at the top of the post is hidden behind the middle pocket.  It opens like a door.  I added lots of wood shapes, buttons, a golden key that I bronzed up, some vintage clocks, charms, feathers and tags. I roughly shaped an eraser to the heart shape on the Keep Calm poster so that I could stamp the shape in clear ink and then add red sparkling embossing powder.


I created a little video so that you can see the little door open and see the Telltale Heart.


If you would like to join the blog hop just add your project here!


Light My Fire

After a short break the Southern Girls are back and ready to rock on in 2017! We have a host of new sponsors, lots of amazing inspiration from new and original designers and tons of prizes up for grabs.

My first card for the year uses a cute image from Sasayaki Glitter. I coloured it up using my Copics and added some gloss for a wet look.

I had a ton of fun constructing this card.  First I free-hand designed the buildings, which are meant to be off-square.  I added some windows and then cut right through the card front.  Sandwiched between the building shape and the card front is some vellum.  Lastly I fussy-cut some flames in yellow and red card and added them to the windows.  I used a white colouring pencil to add some smoke lines and stickles to add sparkle to the flames.  The left side windows I coloured in with a grey Copic to look like darkened windows.  The stars were made using Liquid Pearls and I doodled a double black line around the edge of the entire card to look like stitching - our challenge theme.  The fun begins when you turn the lights out!

If you put a little battery operated tea-light candle inside the card - it looks like the flames are really lit and the building is on fire!

Finally, I have used the outer ring of the 3-in-1 word rings (Sentiments Pack) from Tanya Leigh Designz.  These are so versatile, and can be used in so many different ways. I cut this ring, and pulled the ends to create a white ribbon.  Living in the country, we come face to face with bush fires every fire season and I am so thankful for our firies and volunteer firies for looking after us and keeping us safe.

The cardboard Fire Engine in the photo was given to my daughter to build after a visit with the QFRS.  She got to climb on board, look at all the levers and play with the fire hose.  The little fire hat was created with red cardstock and I got the template from {here}

I am joining the following challenges:

Crafting by Design - Inspired by a movie (Backdraft)
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes

Little Bush Baby

If there is one thing I love about Australia, it's all the bush babies here.  The kangaroos, kookaburras, cockatoos, platypus and the iconic koalas - just to name a few.

When I first arrived in this beautiful country, I was given a koala.  I still have it, and its cute little shirt that has the Australian flag on it that says "I love Australia".

Today I've created this cute little belly box from My Scrap Chick.  It comes as several different files so you can use them in your cutting machine - my cutting machine is my trusty pair of scissors :)


Isn't she adorable?! I printed out the 2 page pattern, then traced over the shapes onto the coloured card that I wanted to use.  Then I cut out the pieces. I also distressed the edges to give her a fuzzy look.  I assembled everything and adhered with hot glue.  I used my Copics to add some colouring to the edges, and a white pen to add shine to her nose, feet and eyes.

Now because she's a belly box - you can put treats inside her belly! I chose some Aussie Drops that smell of Eucalyptus leaves - but you can add anything!

I added some of Tanya's twine that she sent me as well as a Tanya Leigh Designz mini postcard.


I plan on making one of these boxes for each month of the year, so don't forget to check back and see what I make next!

I have joined the following challenges:

Crafting When We Can - Anything Goes
Come and Get it Challenges - Anything New
The Paper Players - Going Green (Recycled bow & twine)
Hiding in my Craftroom - Freestyle
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes

Baby Dragon

I love dragons, there's something magical about them, and how they make appearances in so many of my favourite books.

I've chosen this cutie from MelJen's Designs (no longer open) to colour with my Copics.  I thought greens and yellows was a nice neutral colour for a baby.  I used lots of paper scraps from my stash and even dug out my Cuttlebug for some texture!
I ran my background paper through my Cuttlebug and then gently sanded the pattern.  I also distressed the edges of the papers and doodled a border on my image.  I added letter stickers, twill tape, gems and liquid pearls.

The gems give the card a nice sparkle, and there is also gloss on the little dragons horns, spikes and toes.

I have joined the following challenges:

Do-Al (l) Creatives - Something New
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Something New
Crafting With an Attitude - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Something New
Dream Valley Challenges - Something New