Monday, June 30, 2014


Hello everyone, I hope you are all well .
Sadly this is my last post for 
Megs Garden
I have decided to step down from two of my Design teams 
you will still see my work on Maja design , Dusty Attic and CSI 
This year has been exhausting for me 
with Baden having Cancer and an ongoing health issue of my own 
I am feeling burnt out .
Meg very kindly invited me to do some guest spots if I want to .
Thanks so much Meg for having me on the team for more than 2 years 
I have enjoyed the journey designing with the unique papers, big hugz x .
Today I have another layout for you using the new Correspondence Paper Collection 
designed by Kerry-Jean Watson for Megs Garden 
these papers are the perfect marriage with the earthy hues I love .


the stunning photograph was taken by GEORGE SAAD 
I am very grateful George gave me permission to use his photos in my work

I created lots of different shaped tags with the paper and have them poking out from under the layers.
Correspondence Collection
Vintage brads 
Marion Smith papers..Nirvana
cottage cutz/ leafy dies 
 I love to light candles each night and watch the dappled light create a soft relaxing atmosphere.
when I saw these papers I knew I would use this photograph .
I used lots of layering with diecuts 
These blooms work in perfectly with the theme .
a cluster of the rose buds, the small ivory roses 
with some diecut leaves .  
 I cut this heart with the paper and then light rubbed on some Rusty hinge distress ink 
to create contrast ( these papers absorb the distress ink beautifully )
for the final touch I applied some crackle paint and a vintage brad .
lots of layering of diecuts with touches of Rusty Hinge distress ink  
more layering under the photo 
I find that the extra strips of matching paper 
are fabulous for layering on my work . 

Items Used from Megs Garden 
 Correspondence Collection
Marion Smith Designs-Nirvana 
Small rectangular Parisian Frame fr005
mini Rose Buds - Ivory
Small roses -Ivory
Mia - white
Vintage brads
To go to Megs Garden blog  
thanks so much for popping by to look at my work 
I always love having you here and I breathe your words into my soul
bye for now x

Saturday, June 28, 2014

CSI - Case file #129 ... ENJOY !

case file #129
to go to CSI for more info 
Pictured Below is how I solved this case .
 one of my rustic outdoor settings. 
 Dusty Attic chippies.
chevrons, flowers, numbers, silver metal, stitching.
One of my joys in life is to invite friends around for drinks and a meal , 
especially in the Spring.
I love to create rustic settings and serve 
inviting, delicious food .
Thanks so much for dropping by my little blog
take care and happy scrapping until  next time we meet 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

More than a Birthday card - Maja Design

Hello all my beautiful friends
I am so grateful to have you here .

 On May 21st , my twin sister Lorraine and I celebrated our 65th Birthday . 
'Twins' ... celebrating 65 years together x
I am on the right .

Below are some early photos of us
 when we were age 5, with our friend Libby .

We were age 23 here .
we had this photo on our business card for our first hairdressing salon in 1973
Salon Gemini .

I wanted to create a special card
 so I decided to use a concertina Base and add lots of tags and notes
 as a celebration of our life together .'Twins' ... celebrating 65 years together x


When I handed it to Lorraine her eyes lit up and she smiled and laughed 
as she took in all the details,
 the bits and pieces and all the memories I journalled about .
 Here is a view of the side section, 
showing how the concertina foundation is perfect for holding the tags and cards in place. 
This paper collection has the perfect tags , a calendar and little darling butterflies .
 All the items can be lifted out and moved around . 
Nothing is glued in permanetly so I can also add items later if desired  .

 I included some photos when we were small children in a little tag/pocket .

 Inside this tag/card holds some photos, quotes and some journaling .
I had such fun creating this project I am making another one for my daughter .

Sofiero  Collection - A romantic picnic in the park…….
 Vintage Spring Basics – Days to remember , 6th May. 
 Thanks for popping by my little blog
 and happy scrapping until next time we meet here .. take care x


Saturday, June 21, 2014


Hello and a very warm welcome to my blog
This layout is loaded with Dusty Attic chippy 
to go to the DA blog 
where you can find beautiful chipboard, blooms paints and more.
Today I am showcasing a layout loaded with Dusty Attic chippy
I have created quite a graphic creation today 
starring the stunning camera. 
There are also other chippies , the large and small film strip, flourish and border strips. 
one of my fave color combos are 
Red, black and white .
this Graphic layout is Deep maroon red. black and off white.   

 I used the offwhite for my background with random stamping , and softly inked around the border.
lots of fussy cutting and the photo I found on free printables . 
Just perfect for this theme .

I layered the camera, black ink on the large camera, with mahogany on the small size.
I really like the look when chipboard is layered like this .
Dusty Attic items used .
Vintage Camera:DA1039
FilmStrip large  :DA0934
Filmstrips small: DA0935
French Flourish 2pk :DA0273
Baroque Corners:DA0543
Dusty in color soot: DA0925
Dusty in Colour Clear Crackle Varnish : DA 0900

thanks so much for dropping by I really love to have you here 
until I see you again, have fun scrapping x

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Butterfly Wings

Hi everyone and a great big welcome to my blog 
Today I am sharing how I solved case #127 at CSI
for more info 

 I followed sections of the sketch by Emma Stafrace slightly, just making a few changes .

my tag with hidden journaling - tucked under the photo.

string, lace, ruffles, wood, hinge/buckle, retro image (photo)
I have hidden some of my journaling on a tag tucked under the photo .
I like the idea of the retro theme and when I saw this case file palette, I knew I was going to use theis post card image.
back in my teenage years I re,member always being fascinated
 by the Art Nouveau images. I often read my poster books and browse through my collection of post cards featuring these dreamy images . 
there seems to be so much emotion woven into these delightful whimsical images. I love the pensive look and I wonder what she is thinking? 
such a soft and enchanting image of butterfly wings x
thanks so much for dropping by, I love to have you here .
until next time , stay safe and happy scrapping x

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Birthday TAG in a Pocket

Hello all my scrapping sistas 
I am so happy to have you here .
Today I am sharing a tag in a pocket I created for Megs Garden 
I love to give handmade cards/tags to my friends for birthday celebrations.

I created this project with the beautiful
Correspondence Collection - designed by Kerry-Jean Watson for Megs Garden .

As most of you know I love earthy tones 
I have added brown ribbon with chocolate blooms and some dies in white cardstock 
as a contrast to the Correspodence papers

My stacked elements, created with various dies, in both white card and Correspondence Collection
complete with a metal embellie and a chipboard heart, altered with white gesso and crackle paint .
  I also discovered these beautiful
are perfect for adding as a prop in my photos  
 I created my stacked elements with dies and completed it with a metal embellie
 and a chipboard heart, which I altered with distress ink, gesso and crackle paint .  

 This tag lives inside the pocket, ready to write a message on .
I embellished it simply with some paper on the top section. 
Adding some stamps to tone in with the Correspondence theme .
Megs Garden materials used 
Correspondence Collection
Chocolate small paper roses

thanks so much for popping by 
and I do hope you are inspired to play with these papers
from the divine new Correspondence Collection 

Have fun and enjoy playing and creating.
see you all again soon 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Getting to Know ME

Recently I was asked by my friend Lynn who lives in the UK
 if I wanted to join in this 
I thought it sounded like a lotta fun so I said yes please !
CLICK HERE to go to Lynns blog 
Lynn is on the design team for Scrapology 
My list of friends with links are at the bottom of this post 
They will be posting next week 23rd June.

 Getting to know me ...

1. What am I working on right now .
Right now I am completing some more pages for my art journal .

2. How long does it take to create a project .
Mmmm that depends on what I am creating. 
Sometimes I can take up to 10 hours to complete a LO/Project
 or it can come together in 4 or 5 hours .

3. What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment
I adore layering , and texture. 
I always reach for my inks, gesso and texture paste with my masks .

4. How does my creating process work
I always choose my photo first .
 Then depending on the emotion and story
behind the photo I work on color, design and elements 
I especially love to choose some elements, cast a spell and see what happens, 
 Subtle shadows, light and color are all ingredients for casting the spell.

some of My ART journal pages .

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired .
without doubt NATURE inspires me .
I am in harmony with my garden and its inhabitants, 
connecting with the beauty that surrounds me. 
For me it is all-consuming, inspiring and a natural expression of my inner self, 
which I love to weave into my works.
I am inspired by colour and texture
There are so many exquisite colors, shapes , shadows , in nature.

6. What is my signature style
well I think stitching, layering and chipboard are my trade marks 
definately stitching, layering and chippies are on everything I create .
I love creating OTP and Layouts 
 I see my style as EARTHY with attention to detail…
I tend to lean toward monochromatic themes with a little shabby chic/grunge thrown in

One of my Grungy Books AND a Box created with Graphic45 papers .

One of my really crazy Grungy books about my garden .

LOVE - soft and delicate 

AGED - bold and grungy

A little about my friends 
Helen Wallace 
Helen is the Queen of journaling . Her work is oozing with beautiful , glorious words
embracing stunning works of art .I love breathing in her words and allowing them to flow through my soul.
So much warmth and love is woven into Helens creations 
Margaret Mifsud 
Margy is the Queen of cards. Exquisite, softly stunning feminine cards with intricate details 
and brilliant Grungy masculine cards with the midus touch .
all stunning works of art . 
Paula Perry 
Paula has a beautiful arty style with lots of gesso, paint and striking color combos. 
her creations are magical and enchanting
 with lots of texture and distressing on glorious background work.
A feast for the eyes. 
Patricia Basson 
Patricia has an earthy organic, eclectic style, 
so many wonderful, interesting and velvety layers woven into her work .
Patricia’s work is pure bliss and delight as she shares her love of rich colors,
detail and creativity in each project she creates.
Valerie Thorpe
Val's work oozes with personality, layering and texture.
Vals bubbly personality is written all over her work and the splashes of color
reflect such beauty, love and brillance to everything she creates .
Glorious, fun pieces of art woven with love .

Links to my friends joining in this Blog hop 
Helen Wallace 
Margaret Mifsud 
Paula Perry 
Patricia Basson  
Valerie Thorpe

all these girls will be posting for this blog hop next week 23rd June  
pop over to their blogs to learn about them 
I feel so blessed to have met these beautiful girls, 
connecting through this hobby we call scrapbooking .
They are all treasured friends for life .
thanks so much for popping by
 and I do hope you have fun with this blog hop
 and discover some new bloggers .
take care and happy scrapping x