Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry

OK, so it's been a few months since my last post (in which I said one of my goals for 2016 was to get back into blogging!), but I'm back today posting a card I made for two challenges. Firstly, Tim Holtz is debuting "Creative Chemistry 103" at Online Card Classes, and in the lead up to that new class starting, he is issuing challenges related to CC 101 and CC 102.

Tim's first challenge, based on Days 1 and 2 of Creative Chemistry 101, was to use at least four colours of Distress in a new project.

Here is my card:  I used Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass and Wilted Violet on the background, with Tim's blended distress/spritz & flick technique.

I mentioned that this card was for two challenges. The second challenge was hosted by the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook page and it was simply to use a Power Poppy image on a project. As it was my birthday last week and I still need to give thank you cards to a few friends, I chose the Lavender stamp set to make my cards.

To stamp the image, I used another of Tim's techniques - the brushless water colour - I used Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet inks on my stamp.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Scrapbook Boutique challenge

It's been a long time since I blogged - almost 5 years!! One of my goals for 2016 though is to get back into blogging, and what better way than with a challenge.

I have followed the Scrapbook Boutique blog for a long time and always like their monthly challenges, even when I don't get a chance to play along. They have now changed their challenges to a mood board inspiration, so this was like a signal to me to get into both blogging and creating!

I've also been doing a card class with May Flaum - Tried and True: Cards. So I was able to join the class and the challenge and use some really cute Mama Elephant monkey stamps to come up with this birthday card:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Challenges for Scrapbook Boutique

I've been following the Scrapbook Boutique blog for a few months now. In fact it's been ever since I bought the fantastic Fashion Doll die set from them to do an online class at Scrap Time.

Scrapbook Boutique has a great challenge every month but this is the first month I've actually finished the challenge on time! This month the challenge was to use a bow or ribbon on a page. I've made 2 LOs using a bow I fashioned with staples!

The designs for these LOs are based on a formula called "Freaky Fast Pages" (don't you just love the alliteration!) created by Frances Sylvia for The Scrap Room.

China Doll aka me 1/4 of a lifetime ago!

I have been reading a fantastic book called "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See. This has been the first book that our new online book club, hosted by Suzanne Dean at Color Me Creative has read together.

The book is about friendship and life lessons. It's set in China in the 1800s and has been a fascinating read. We were challenged to create a project inspired by the book in some way. And I knew straight away what I wanted to do.

Back when we were living in Hong Kong, I think around 2000, I went to Shenzhen (a Chinese industrial city just across the border from HK) with some of my students. Apparently it's quite a popular thing to do to go to Shenzhen and get some photos taken. We got our hair and makeup done and got to choose our outfits. The photographer was amazing - he only took one of each outfit/pose/hair do and all the photos turned out.

The sketch for this LO was created by Aphra Boyler from The Scrap Room!

So here I am as a China Doll

Monday, August 29, 2011

Want to win ... how about 1000 sheets of paper

Yep, you read right! Amy from "A Thousand sheets of Paper" has just that - 1000 sheets of paper to give away.

Want to see how you can win? Just click here

Meet Gryffindor

We have a new puppy. We are so in love with our new Golden Retriever. Conor decided on the name. His full name is Gryffindor Lyndock McCann. Gryffindor will be obvious to anyone who's read Harry Potter (it's the name of Harry's house at Hogwarts). Lyndock is the name of the ship that our convict ancestor travelled to Australia on back in the 1830s. And McCann is our surname.

Monday, February 7, 2011


We spent pretty much all of January in Kiama which was just beautiful. Mainly we went to Surf Beach which is 310 steps (yes, Anthony counted!) from our front door. But towards the end of our stay we discovered Bombo Beach, which was only a 5 minute drive away. The beach was just beautiful and it was patrolled and generally there was hardly anyone there. Here is Conor showing his excitement and getting ready for some body boarding action!