Archive for September, 2014

Trying something new

I’ve always loved the idea of an art journal, but I’m not very good at drawing and really don’t know where to start. My sister-in-law makes fabulous art journals (she even runs workshops on how to do it – but we live in different countries, so I can’t take one from her).

Anyway, a blog I’ve been reading recently is That Artist Woman. She has great ideas for quick easy art for kids. When I saw this tutorial I thought it would be something I could manage and so I set out to create my first art journal page. Gorgeous Girl also made a page with me. I didn’t have access to craft foam and so just drew the tree trunks freehand.

autumn journal page

Also my internet was down when we were doing this, so I had to rely on memory for the steps. I’m reasonably happy with how this turned out and I learned a lot. I think the hardest part of starting an art journal was doing the first page.

Gorgeous Girl tells me that tomorrow she is going to do a guest post on the blog using the photos she took today at the orchid garden. Given that tomorrow is her first day back at school after the holidays we’ll see how she’s feeling…

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Scrapbooking page

As I was looking at the sketch for the card on the Let’s Capture Our Memories blog, their sketch Number 90 for scrapbooking also caught my eye.

Layout Sketch 90 by Laura Whitaker

Many years ago, when I was 20, I went to China as a “foreign friend” and worked as a volunteer English teacher for one year in a high school. In the middle of that year I had the opportunity to go to the USA during my summer holidays. I spent a few weeks riding Greyhound buses and visiting many of the tourist sights. This was the days of film camera and when I got back to China I had the photos developed. Then they sat in a box for 20 years. This was the layout to get some of them scrapped.


I trimmed the photos square and used the Stampin’ Up corner rounder punch to give them a vintage look.  The grey background paper is from a DCWV Neutrals Cardstock Stack, and the paper tags and background paper is from Stampin’ Up, the paper doilies are some cheap ones I picked up at KMart when we were in Australia.

Everything on the page is straight really, I just couldn’t seem to take a straight on picture of it. I’m thankful to the sketch, it feels really good to get these old photos out of the box and onto a page.

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On a roll

I needed yet another birthday card and sketch Number 90 at Let’s Capture Our Memories caught my eye. I am really pleased with how this one turned out.


I hope the recipient will like it.

I used a text page from a deconstructed book sent to me by Kate a while ago. I inked the edges of the card and the entire tag using distress ink and I edged the card and the tag with a darker brown chalk pad. Balloon, border and letters are from a sticker pack whose name is sadly lost to time.

Thanks for looking.

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I needed a pick-me-up card for a friend this week and so put this one together. I’m happy with how it turned out.

remembrance card2

I’m mainly putting this here so that the friends and relatives who have contributed to the card by sending me bits and pieces from their die cutting machines can see how I’m using them.

remembrance card1

I think next time I’ll add some detailing to the leaves.

Lots of quick easily finished projects at the moment. The thesis is definitely on a downhill slope so I’m looking forward to having a little bit more crafting time come December.

What have you been up to?

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A quick card

Just a quick card using die cuts and water colour pencils for another of the many birthdays occurring in our  extended family at this time of year.

quick birthday card

I’m happy with it.

Hippo has half a head, if all goes to plan he should be completed by tomorrow…

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Many years ago I dyed some roving. Some of it worked really well and some got felted. The spinning below was from one of the more felted rovings, so a lot of it was unspinnable.

felted roving

I ended up with 101 metres from 57 grams and it’s sport weight, about 12 wraps per inch.

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Insert fancy title here

I’m entering this scrapbooking page in Frosted Design’s Friday Challenge. 

This challenge was right up my alley as the brief was to use paint, doodling or handwriting on a page, all of which are regularly on my pages, so I thought I’d join in. Here’s my page. This was taken on our first Christmas in Australia with Gorgeous Girl.


I doodled around the bird. That didn’t quite work out like I had planned. Gorgeous Girl saw me doing it and said “Mummy, you’re making it worse.”


And hand wrote my title. Should have drawn a line to write on…


I also edged the page with white ink.

It’s a very simple page, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

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I have been a little obsessed with this project. It’s currently my only yarn related work in progress. I keep mumbling to myself “The designer is a genius I tell you. A genius!”

So, without further ado, presenting hippo’s butt. Information on the pattern can be found here.


I’m loving how this is coming together. I’m also a huge fan of the join as you go technique for joining the hexagons together. I’ve always been put off granny square crochet rugs by the thought of sewing all the little squares together. This technique means that there may be some of them in my future.

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Independence Day

There are times when I realise that I’m incredibly lucky to be able to experience what many people will only see in the pages of National Geographic. On Tuesday Papua New Guinea celebrated Independence Day. We went along to some celebrations.

Gorgeous Girl enjoying the dances.

A in crowd

People dressed in the traditional dress for their region and performed dances. This group are from Manus Island


They danced to a collection of drums.

manus drums

These young men come from Milne Bay.

Milne Bay

They had painted their bodies black.

These people are from Gulf Province.

gulf province

This gentleman comes from Simbu Province.


I can’t remember the location for this group.


I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into what was an amazing day.

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Scrapping again

I’m entering this page in the September Scrap365 challenge. Here is the sketch we were asked to use.

September American Crafts 365

This is my take on it.


It’s a photo of Gorgeous Girl last year after she gave herself a haircut. I used water colour pencils and a sharpie pen to outline the circles.

In a first for me, as far as scrapbooking goes, I also added some splatters to the page.


They are a little bit hard to see in my photo.

I wrote the title by hand.


I really enjoyed working with this sketch.

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