Sunday, 15 July 2018

Hello Quake Shakes

Just loving that Sketchabilities is back πŸ’–

Here's the July sketch...
And here's my take on it...
I love this Cocoa Vanilla paper, it didn't need much in the way of mixed media, just a few extra spatters to tie it all together. And the cut file couldn't have been more perfect! So going to miss this place, those shakes were the all time best 😞

Friday, 6 July 2018


Bre had wanted to go to Hobbiton for a long time, and earlier this year we finally got there. What an amazing place! The lengths Peter Jackson went to in order to bring his vision to the big screen!

This page was made at Creative Adventure Downunder last weekend, under the wonderful Terhi Koskinen's supervision. I don't use green a lot, but this was perfect for these photos 😊

Hope you like it as much as I do!

Exciting News!

I'm so excited to share that I'll be joining the Colourblast Australia Design Team!
Just love love love these products ❤❤❤
Proud to be the first Kiwi girl on the team , joining these fabulous designers!

Here's the blog link -

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Hello Girls

Hello - welcome to my page if this is your first visit, this is my first layout as a CSI Detective! (Otherwise known as a Design Team member for Color Stories Inspiration πŸ˜†)

Here's the inspiration....
I used the colour scheme - it reminds me of a yummy milkshake πŸ˜€

Here's what I made...

I used Pretty Little Studio Dream Big collection which suited this colour scheme perfectly. .The background uses Prima Watercolours "Pastels".
And here's a couple of close ups...
Thanks for visiting me!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Things Are Looking Up!

Another page for a Hip Kit weekly sketch challenge 😁

I just knew I wanted to use the Vicki Boutin acrylics for my background, and I stuck fairly close to the sketch for the rest...
Love this little bunch πŸ’“

So Happy Together

This is a just for fun page I made for a Hip Kit challenge - here's the sketch

And here's the layout

 The kids were such cuties back then, and used to love playing with Shenae and Jessie just down the road πŸ’–

Friday, 22 June 2018

Magenta Hair - Dont Care

Bre is just like her Mum - I also remember dressing as Magenta, hers was to go to a Halloween party, and she even convinced her boyfriend at the time, Aaron, to dress as Riff Raff 😜

This is my last layout for the Scrap Our Stash Design Team, I'm sad to leave these lovely people but it's time to let someone else have a go, and to do something new myself also!

Here's the blend a sketch challenge...

I added the vertical element from the right sketch with Colourblast inks, and I also used the title placement from here. I used the photo size and placement from the left hand sketch. The stars are from Charm Creations - I just love them

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Beautiful Child

This is my very first layout for Sketchabilities - I've always loved these sketches from Karan, and admired the designers, so I'm very honoured to be a part of the new team πŸ’“

Here's my take on the sketch, some lovely smiley photos from a rare snow day here a few years ago...

I used 7Dots papers, Inks from Colourblast Australia, a heart from Charm Creations, and American Crafts letters.
Here's the sketch again...
 Take the time, give it a go!

Friday, 8 June 2018

Good Life

Hi I'm back again with a layout for the June Scrap Our Stash Golden Globe challenge.
This movie refers to a father and his son, so I thought since DH has only daughters, I would scrap a photo of them in their happy place They both love to bike, so this huge bike near Lake Taupo was the perfect spot.
I kept the page fairly simple, with just a few splashes of Colourblast ink at the end.
For the additional challenge, I used...
F = Flair, flower
A = Amy Tan, arrow
T = twine
H = heart
E = Epoxy stickers
R = Rub on

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

21 Renfrew Street

I found this great photo of the first house I lived in, my Dad built it straight after the war when size and material restrictions were still in place. So many memories of that place (both good and bad!) Sleepin in Mum and Dads room when I was sick, finding Santa presents under the bed in the spare room (oops) the toilet that the night cart used to pick up out in the outdoor wash house, and the yummy gooseberries growing out the back.

This page was also from the May kit from The Paper Teapot, along with a cut file from the Hip Kit which I coloured with Artist Inks from Colourblast Australia.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


Just a quick page with my gorgeous little niece Leah πŸ’–
 This was my 3rd layout from the May kit from The Paper Teapot, using lots of Pink Paislee and Bella Blvd, with a Cocoa Vanilla cut file.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Stay Magical

My brother and his wife are pretty much game to try anything  - these were their outfits for the June 2016 World Cup Darts in Auckland.

This page was a partial scraplift (, I loved that the paper was torn into strips and reassembled and sewn. I used Pink Paislee paper, journal cards, rub ons and stickers, Bella Blvd diecuts, Neat and Tangled sequins, and Dear Lizzy glitter die cuts - all from the May kit from The Paper Teapot. 

I also used gesso, Ranger ink and Colourblast paste on the background.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Rosie by any other name

This gorgeous little dog can be a bouncy little ball of energy, even though she's no puppy any more, but she does stop still enough occasionally for the odd photo πŸ•

I started off trying to keep the inks separate on this page, but when one ended up running into another, I decided well, bugger it, and did it on purpose also. I love how the spatter show on top of each other with the Colourblast inks too πŸ’–

The flower layers are from Pretty Little Studio, I also used a very old Kaisercraft transparency and stamp, and a cute flair from Bramble Fox.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Cheers Ears!

Its great to catch up with old friends, especially after they move away πŸ’— (Miss you Lisa!)
We caught up in Albany along with Shiloh, Jenna and Connor, yummy mexican food and margaritas 🍸🍸🍸

This page is from The Paper Teapot May 18 kit - OMG, so many cool things! The instructions for this page are included if you buy it - just the main kit needed, but so many more things if you include the embellie kit too... (get it here)

Laugh Out Loud

This was down at the Waikawa Bay waterfront near Picton, at the start of our holiday in January this year. It was a beautiful night, and not spoilt by the "party" at the table next to us, even if they did drop both sunglasses and a phone over the side of the wharf, and later vomited 😬 At least we weren't eating when that happened! An eventful night lol.

I wanted to try and kill my May 2017 Hip Kit before the 2018 version arrived, but although I did used quite a bit, there is STILL some left!

I used my current fave technique of semi random washes of colour under cut files. This is a great free file from Paper Issues.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Night Noodles

The summer night noodle markets are always a bit of fun to go to, and good friends make it even better. Especially as Shannon's nickname is Noodle 😁

This page is for the May Blend a Sketch challenge over at Scrap Our Stash.

 I used the large circle and title placement from the first sketch, and the quartered background plus the diagonal flow of the stars (but I used hearts) from the second sketch.
I thought I could pretty much use up my entire stash of heart wood veneers but I may have just a *few* left lol.

Here are the sketches that we had to blend...

  I love how it turned out - purple isn't a colour I use that much but I might a bit more often now πŸ’•

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Laugh Out Loud

This photo was taken at the start of our last holiday, down at the Marina at Waikawa Bay. The group of young people at the table next to us had been there drinking all afternoon, so were quite "merry". While we were there, first a pair of sunnies, then a cell phone went over the side of the wharf 😲

  I made this page at a recent crop day - I thought I really needed to use up my May 2017 Hip Kit before the 2018 one arrived! I also used a Paper Issues cut file, with Prima watercolours underneath.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

How to Cat

Well I had to do a layout of our little lion for this challenge - well at least she thinks that's what she is sometimes! I just love how this photo shows her cute little pink paw pads
It was pretty easy to find cat embellies for this, but I kept it to a single flair and the cat button that's part of the charm.

But look! No mixed media at all! So unusual for me, but nice for a change πŸ˜‰
Here's the challenge...
Not too hard for all you pet lovers out there!

I love the way this one turned out πŸ’—πŸ˜ΊπŸ’—

Friday, 27 April 2018

Rain is just...

....confetti from the sky
Okay so here's something different...i thought I would have a go at Art Journalling.
I ended up teaching the project to a class last weekend for The Paper Teapot.
Everyone had a blast and surprisingly didn't get too dirty!!
Here are some close-ups

And here's the full double spread...

I think that I'll be doing more of this - so cathartic! 

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Huka Falls

Taupo is such a great holiday spot - so many things to see and do...

This page started out as an experiment, layering watercolours on with a brayer and building up colour. I then realised I hadn't left much in the way of white space, so I added tissue to break it up. I also used the swipe on swipe off technique through a new fave stencil (feel like the Karate Kid - Wax on, wax off 😁😁😁). I also used some Colourblast paste to make string as well as stencilling.
The embellies are mostly Vicki Boutin, plus a beautiful Charm I've been waiting for the right place for.

Hope you love it as much as I do! 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Friends and Brothers

I don't do boy pages that often, but here's one of my great-nephews while out for a nature walk. 
 Here are a couple of close ups...

Here's the sketch challenge 

From the left sketch I used the flags and the general layout (although it did mutate a bit πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†), and from the second sketch I used the circles and stars in the background.
I used dotty washi tape, but in case it doesn't count I also used enamel dots as I think I have around a million πŸ˜‰
I luurrve this flair from Accent Scrapbooking too! And of course the Charm Creation Arrow is pretty awesome πŸ’–
I also used the February boy kit from The Paper Teapot for all the great Pinkfresh, Tim Holtz and Cocoa Vanilla awesomeness 😁
Make sure to have fun with it!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Be fabulous

My gorgeous little great-niece Leah actually looking quite girly for a change!!

I used Sketchabilities #146 for this, changing 2 of the photos over to Pink Paislee quotes.
I used Distress Oxides under my  Just Nick die cut rather than using paper to back it - one of my favourite techniques at the moment πŸ’“

The title and stars Shimelles Glitter Girl and added just enough bling!

Good Vibes

I have had the background for this layout waiting for ages for the right photos, and these were nice and bright, so made the grade 😁
The CafΓ© L'Arte was full of this oversized mosaic furniture, which reminded us greatly of Dr Seuss, and Breanna was quite happy to pose on it!
The background is Prima Watercolours, and I used various Hip Kits for my layers (mostly Crate Paper Good Vibes), and a stack of Vicki Boutin ephemera . I entered this In the Hip Kit Club sketch challenge for the week beginning April 13th 😜

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Life is Good

I took this photo as the absolute epitome of a relaxing day - lying on the beach, blue skies, warm sun and the sound of seagulls and waves 🌞🌞🌞

This is for the April Scrap Our Stash Movie challenge, and the movie this month is "UP"
Once I had chosen the cloud cut file (thanks Nicole) I had the idea to use Colourblast Artist Inks with loose brushstrokes as the background, and I love how it came out πŸ’–

So pop on over tp the Scrap Our Stash blog for more details and have a go! 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Love U2

These girls have been friends since babies, and while I had lots of photos of them when they were little, it's harder to get them now.
This page uses the March kit from The Paper Teapot, which is jam packed with great papers and embelliesπŸ’–
I used Colourblast shimmer cubes to ombre colour the word, and also flick a few little spatters. I didn't want to go overboard with paint on this one.
There's a great mix of Cocoa Vanilla, Pinkfresh and American Crafts to satisfy all tastes 😍Get yours now!

Some of the little details....

And here's the  full page! 
I just πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— that sketchy flower paper!
Go grab yourself a kit now!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

One of the Family

I just love using these colours together, and the February Hip Kit provided the perfect papers and embellishments πŸ’–
Distress oxides are amazing and so simple to use, one of my favourite techniques at the moment is to lay a cut file over mixed media blends...
And what a great combo of ephemera, stickers, puffys, and epoxy flowers, hearts, birds, and bugs also!


This is the full layout...

which is a blend of these 2 sketches for the March challenge at Scrap Our Stash πŸ˜„