Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Show Envy




Well I'm a tad jealous of my sister and her sister going to the Papercraft Expo in Brisbane at the weekend, but absolutely thrilled for them at the same time. The photos have sent me into orbit so I can only imagine what it was like to be there.
So much inspiration!!!!!!!
However I musn't be jealous I'm one weekend away from going to the Limor workshops at Scrapbook Paradise and I can't wait.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

So Far it's Been an Eventful Week......

It snowed on Monday night and then froze, we had to get Molly to the vet early on Tuesday morning to be speyed and the vet is higher up the hill than we are..... but with nerves of steel we made it, a couple of scary moments but we got there.
That was almost the easy part, then we had to occupy ourselves until it was time to pick the wee girl up. I was pretty scared about how she would be, but she was dozey but fine, her wee tummy's shaved and she's got the tiniest little scar. She slept most of last night  and even today she's  pretty sleepy, but she's good really. It's going to be hard to leave her tomorrow and go back to work but at least Faye will still be here and she'll take good care of her.
I've been working on Sam's graduation album again and I've got three pages to do and then I can send it to her, I love it heaps and I hope she days. It's been awesome to do it for her the photos are gorgeous and everyone brings back so many memories. Might have to do one for myself.


Actually I need to do one for myself, it was such a special day and one I never want to forget.
But right now I think it's time for bed, back to work tomorrow.....another week begins.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Autumn is Definitely Here....

it's been really cold the last few days but still very pretty with the Autumn sun, and the leaves changing colour. This weather, and of course having just come back from Scrap Camp, has kept my inspiration going and on my days off I was busy at my table creating. I love the peaceful feeling I get when I do this, the world slows down and I feel like I can breathe. A big change once I get back to work, when I feel like my brain is bombarded with ideas, facts and jobs which leaves my head spinning and before I know it I'm playing catch up.   But hey that's how it is for everyone these days I think.
Anyway on Tuesday, still on days off and still buzzing from Scrap Camp I did this page, I have to say I really love it. I had no idea when I started what I was going to do, I started with stenciling the doiley with Gesso and then cut a piece of Prima paper, stamped and inked to create the photo mat, cut and punched the strip for under the photo and placed it down. Got my new Kaisercraft background stamps and randomly stamped around the page. The little heart is special, my best friend Tatted it for me and it fitted beautifully on the page. from there it was a couple of stamped tags, and some flowers. The butterfly is very cool, it's on a thick transparency. Bought a packet of them at Warehouse Stationary.  I absolutely love this photo of Molly, she's got her kitten face on, which we don't see quite as much now as she is starting to grow into a little cat, which of course has brought on another worry, I have to have her speyed and I really don't want to put her through it. It seems pointless when I don't intend to let her outside, but when you buy a purebred cat you have to agree with the breeder that you will have it done. I understand it's to protect the breeders line but I just don't want to put her through anything bad...... ah dilemmas!
Anyway better go and do something, hope everyone's having a lovely day and enjoying the last of the Autumn sun.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Artful Crafts Challenge.

Well over at Artful Crafts their scrap challenge is animals so I couldn't resist doing a Molly layout.
I'm really in the "scrap groove" after spending the weekend at Scrap camp, it was a amazing....not much sleep but a lot of fun and fabulous company.
Thanks girls it was awesome.
Went a bit "experimental" with this one. Used the stamps like Washi tape, did the background with Gesso and some masks. Pretty happy with how it turned out actually.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014




Back to Scrapping....

and I have to say I'm loving it again. I had completely lost my mojo somewhere along the way, but I've definitely found it again. I guess after all this time it was only natural to lose the excitement but somehow it's back and this time when I think of an idea, it goes together really fast and I actually love the creative process again.
I'm so excited about going to Scrapcamp and just letting go of everything and playing in the creative process, like I did last night until 4am this morning. I know, crazy right? But it was fun and I love the canvas I created. I took some photos of the display in the Wall street Mall to celebrate Dunedin's ID Fashion week and just knew I had to do a canvas with them.
At the moment I seem to have so many photos I want to scrap and having a new printer is a big help when I want to do "in the moment" stuff.


But right now I have to go and help Molly find her large collection of balls which she loses all over the house, and then wanders around looking sad until someone finds them for her.
But who could resist this face?

So off on a ball search I go...

Ltrs!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

So March is here....

and sadly so is Autumn it seems. The summer was pretty scrappy but now it seems decidedly Autumn. 
I am sitting in my chair with my laptop and Miss Molly in her now normal place, squashed between my leg and the arm of the chair. She is growing so fast and has become very settled and loves to be with us and we are of course devoted to her. I am amazed at some of the traits she has that are similar to Gussie but she's very much her own girl that's for sure, quite independent, and yet very cuddly and huggy.
The only downfall to having a kitten in the house is I feel very nervous to get all my scrappy stuff out, but today I have a real urge to create so I think I'll have to be brave and get all my stuff out and just hope for the best.
Hopefully there'll be photos later.
I've got scrap camp in a couple of months so I have to find my mojo before then ......so here I go, lets see how far I get !!!!!!


Tuesday, 4 February 2014



Just couldn't resist sharing some more photos of Molly, she's very photogenic, the camera loves her that's for sure.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Been a while........

Since I've posted anything on my poor neglected blog, but a lot has happened in my world. This gorgeous little girl came to live with is three weeks ago, her name is Miss Molly Moonlight and she is Gus's half sister. She is absolutely adorable and we love her to bits. She settled in perfectly and you'd think she'd lived here for ever.
Apart from that I've been busy with work as usual and have been trying to cram in some scrapping, well at the moment I'm into my two Smash books, one of our trip to Oz and one with kitten photos of Molly, it's a quicker form of scrapping and more "diary like" I guess.
Anyway apart from that life's been fairly busy but the best bits involve our darling Molly who right now is sitting beside me waiting to pounce on the keyboard!!!!!! Lol!


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Am I really Home Already?

Wow how the past week has flown, I have flown to Australia with my best friend, driven from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise, and back to Brisbane. We have explored the beaches, gone crazy over the shops, got lost driving at night, seen huge malls, wonderful shops, eaten great food but the biggest thing is we saw my darling niece graduate high school, and felt so proud and excited for her.
The graduation ceremony was held at the school in the morning and it was so uplifting and inspiring. The emotion level was very high I must admit, so proud to see my darling girl graduate high school.
But when it came to drama it had to be the ball at night. OMG! They went all out, it was a fairy tale event, held in a very beautiful hotel. The couples arrived in beautiful verteran cars, my niece and her partner, who is also her lovely boyfriend, in a blue and silver Impala. Her gorgeous black dress would have been at home on the red carpet at the Oscars. Everything was perfect except for the fact that only boys from the school were allowed to accompany the girls to the actual dinner and ball. Guests were welcome to stay for the presentation of the girls and then before the dinner and dance we were asked to leave, but what an experience, and of course what a huge night for the graduates.


I was so proud of our gorgeous girl, she just carried the whole thing off so well.
It was also lovely to meet her lovely boyfriend and some of her friends.
We went on to have many more adventures on the land of Oz, so watch this space.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Our Beautiful Boy.

 

Our Beautiful Boy.

I just found this photo of Gussie, it was taken just after we got him, probably about the beginning of 2004.  What a gorgeous boy, I’d forgotten how big he was when he was younger. I just love the look on his face, it shows how much he hated having his photo taken when he first came to live with us. I guess he just became resigned to the paparazzi. LOL.

I’m going to see these two….

 

Just some pics that were on the camera (2)

 

Real Soon…… can’t wait.

Three Sleeps To Go…..

Before we fly off to Brisbane and then drive to Surfer’s Paradise. Sooooo excited, nervous and impatient all at once lol!

So much to look forward to, going someone we’ve never been, being brave enough to drive in another country, (this is a biggie) but the biggest is seeing Sam graduate High School. This is such a big deal I can’t even explain.

And then we get to go back to Brisbane and explore this amazing city. I’ve been to Melbourne and Sydney but Faye has never been out of New Zealand so it’s going to be so huge for her.

We have been planning what we want to see and do but essentially I just want it to be an adventure that we totally love.

But there will be updates and of course there will be photos, so watch this space.

Anyone know where the Scrapbook shops are in Brisbane?

Watch this space.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I actually finished a card...

So I actually sat here today and made a card. No deliberating, just sat and did it. I coloured the image last night and just started this afternoon, cut the background and went for it. I'm so thrilled to have finished something, it's been a while since I have 
I love this wee stamp, it's a real baby Tilda and she's so cute.
Almost tempted to go and start something else.
Mmmmmm!


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Just got to get through today......

and I'll have three days off, and boy do I feel I need them, I'm shattered lol!
I'm hoping to get some card-making done, I've got an idea taking shape on my table so that's a start.
But 4 weeks today my best friend and I will be heading for our Aussie adventure!!! Woohoo, sooooo can't wait. It'll be so exciting to see something different, and explore somewhere we've never been. Of course the main reason for going is super exciting in itself, my darling niece is graduation high school and she's invited us to be there. I'm gonna be the proudest Auntie in the hall lol!
And I have been checking out some of the highlights of the area so I do have a must see list, a must try list and a must buy list. But most of all I just can't wait for the adventure, to be somewhere different, seeing new sites and enjoying it all.
Four weeks! Wow that's gonna go fast!!!!!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Vintage Dresses.

I absolutely love this line from a Taylor Swift song, so when I got the gorgeous dress stamp from the Montarga stand at Dunkley's craft show on Saturday I pretty much knew what I was going to do with it.
I had a ball doing this last night. I Mod-podged torn pieces of various papers onto the canvas, added some interest by using a texture template with some Texture paste mixed with Tim Holtz refill ink in random places. Then I used Gesso and a stencil here and there. I added a Doiley and attached the dresses. Painstakingly stamped the wording using my Kaisercraft typewriter stamps onto a sheet of card which I cut into strips and added to the canvas. From there I added some die-cut butterflys, and some flowers, pearls and some Distress Stickles here and there.
I really love it and know I'll use that dress stamp heaps.