Friday, May 27, 2011

A little canvas

This little project is up on the Aussie Scrap Source blog today.

It features Prima products. I created a background using a dress pattern, as well as patterned paper and journaling notecards from Prima’s Botanical collection. Then I painted, misted and stamped all over the top of it :).

I've used Donna Downey's (for Prima) Dress Form foam stamp to create the dress - I simply stamped the image onto several pieces of patterned paper from the Botanical collection, then cut them up and pieced them all back into a pretty little stripey dress.

It was such a fun canvas to make. I think I might send it to my sister for her birthday!

Kathie xx

Monday, May 23, 2011

Finally some creating!

I finally have another project to share! My creating time has really dried up these days, so at best I get through one project a week. This project is for Aussie Scrap Source this week. Our challenge was to show a new or different use for templates and masks.

Now, usually I associate these things with creating misted backgrounds. So I decided to instead use them to create a picture. I've taken a canvas panel and created a simple background with acrylic paints (I created my own cloud shaped mask from cardboard, and sponged around that to create a subtle background texture - not that easily seen in the pictures here.)

Then I used some templates to create flowers and butterflies from fabric, which I've adhered onto my background into a little fantasy garden.

That's it for now! Enjoy your week :)

Kathie xx

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Around here

We have had a busy month. Here are some snippets of stuff that's been going on.

Hanging out, doing what we do

Posing for the camera, Mothers Day brunch


Batman and his mama

Bubble fun

Backyard fun


It's definitely Autumn! On my walk this morning.

Gloom skies means Winter's almost here

Kathie xx

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy This Way Issue 86

I had a layout published in Scrapbook Creations Issue 86 recently. It's one I did back a while ago for The Color Room DT:

Journaling: "An ice-cream container, egg carton and cardboard tube. You were busy “constructing” for ages... this particular construction required considerable engineering skill, not to mention sticky tape. You wanted a “skeletope” (ie telescope) at the front of your helmet. The egg container was to house your weapon (you have that in your hand in these photos) so it had to be capable of opening and closing without falling off the side of the helmet. When it was finally finished to your liking you were happy to pose and show it off for the camera. Ah, you are wonderful!"

I must admit that it is still a bit of a favourite ;) for the tale it tells, and for the photos. Ah, that boy, I do love him so....

I must purchase some more crochet flowers. I am almost out of them. They do seem to be the one flower that I have no qualms about plonking on Jamie's pages. Funny 'bout that.

Have a great week!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Give away winner

Pauline, you have won a copy of Scrapbook Trends' March issue of Create: Quick and Easy. Can you please email me your mailing address (my email address can be found in my profile details) and I'll get it sent out in the post to you.

Kathie xx

Thursday, May 05, 2011

United by Art

Ronda Palazzari is one of my scrapbooking idols. I have long admired her creativity and stalked her blog and galleries. And then I was lucky enough to work with her on The Color Room design team and I discovered that she is fabulous, fun, friendly and totally down to earth. Just my kind of person :).

Anyway, a couple of days back Ronda wrote and asked if she could feature some of my work in a weekly post she's doing on her blog called "United by Art". I was totally beside myself that she would even think of me. Totally thrilled. Here is her post.

Our craft does bring us together and unite us with people the world over. Is that true for you too?

Kathie xx

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Style Lounge - my style

This week in the Style Lounge over at Aussie Scrap Source, we are featuring ... me! :). These are the layouts I have shared as typical of my style:

Journaling: Ah Sausage, you really make me laugh. You will rarely smile or pose for the camera. But every now and then you ham it up for me and I can capture the complete nutty personality that is you at age five. Ah, I really do love you.

This page features BasicGrey's Life of the Party line. Perfectly colourful and fun for a Jamie page.

The photos were taken one morning just before Jamie started school. We were hanging about inside because it was super hot outside. And he was lounging on the couch just doing what five year old kids do. I couldn't help but be amused at the mischief he got up to with his toy doctor's kit. Especially wearing it on his head, lol.

I really miss having him around the house so much... He has a wobbly tooth at the moment. Argh, he grows up way too fast. But secretly I'm so pleased for each and every new thing he does and learns. His reading amazes me every day! But anyway I digress....

Journaling: You loved this Thomas train track. We gave it to you for your 2nd birthday. I had boom-gates that went up and down as the train went past, a bridge that opened and closed, and flashing lights. It even had a loader that would drop logs into Thomas' truck as he went past. But best of all, it played the Thomas theme song every time he came into the station.

The next page uses a bit of paper piecing, which is really what I love to do. I've used some chipboard elements from Crate Paper's Neighbourhood range to make a little scene reminiscent of the village railway scene in the focal photo.

I have great difficulty in labelling my "style". I can point to no other scrapbooker in the world who has the same "style" as me. Maybe my regular readers are a better judge of my style than I am? Who does similar work to me, do you think?

I chose to highlight the gorgeous work of Kaori Watanabe, from Japan, in the article. She does "playful" so delightfully. And she is masterful at the boy layout that somehow turns out whimsical and beautiful without ever being overly girly. I admire her work greatly. She's a bit of an idol of mine. Have a look over at the Aussie blog to see what I say about her.

Anyway.... playful style we've called it... and you have a chance to join in on the fun. Create a playful style layout and email it to by next Wednesday 11th May for a chance to win a prize pack full of playful goodies!

Kathie xx

Sunday, May 01, 2011

There's a lot going on..

There's a lot going on at Aussie Scrap Source at the moment. We've just kicked off another competition.

Style Lounge: A Reader's Challenge is going to run for the next couple of months. It will be looking at different scrapbooking styles and attempting to identify and emulate them. Each of the design team members has been asked to identify their favourite style and create and share some examples of that style.

Readers will be invited to create and send in a layout or project that reflects the style featured each week. The projects will be featured on the Aussie Scrap Source blog and a winning layout that best represents the featured style will be selected. The winner will be sent a prize pack of goodies reflecting the featured style. And, at the end of the challenge, there's a prize pack if you you complete all the styles by the weekly deadlines.

Janine Koczwara starts off the challenge with some beautiful Shabby Chic projects. Pop over here and have a look.

And don't forget that you have a few more days to enter the Webster's Pages challenge at Aussie, for a chance to win a spot as a Guest Designer at the Webster's Pages blog. Entries are due by 4 May. Check out the competition details here.

Kathie xx

Sideshow Alley

This layout appeared in the April issue of Scrapbook Trends magazine (US). If it looks familiar, you may have seen it on the Scrapbook Trends blog, as they featured it in one of their videos last month.

Journaling: When you were three we took you to your first Royal Adelaide Show. At first the crowds and noise of sideshow alley were overwhelming but before long you were right in the swing of things with your dad.

Ah, I do love Sassafras Lass. I mixed a few collections onto this page. The colours were perfect for the colours of the sideshows at our local Show.

Kathie xx