Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Swirlydoos April sketch challenge

Hi there again!

I stumbled across Swirlydoos a couple of days ago - what a great place!  I love their coordinated scrapbook kits.  It makes scrapbooking so easy when EVERYTHING supplied is co-ordinating!

I also fell in love with the current sketch they have up for the April challenge.

So, here is my take on the sketch:

A couple of weeks ago we had an afternoon storm with a deluge of rain.  My, almost 16 year old, darling daughter informed me that she wished she could go out & play & dance in the rain.  When I asked her what was stopping her, she shrugged her shoulders and promptly ran into the back yard!  She had a wonderful time, singing and dancing and running and jumping in puddles.  All of which I captured with my phone camera.  I didn't want to miss any photo opportunity by fishing around for the camera - therefore the photo isn't the BEST quality, but it serves the purpose.

I love the quote "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain", and I think my daughter encapsulates it on an almost daily basis.  She is all about grabbing life by the reins and taking control of where she wants to be.  She isn't waiting for things to be perfect before she does anything, she IS dancing in the rain!  I am truly blessed to have the amazing, intelligent, responsible, beautiful daughter that I do and I am so proud of the young lady she has become.

Products used:
Paper:  Authentique Classique Elegant Collection
Viva Decor Modelling paste:  Mother of Pearl
Inks:  Charcoal
Tattered Angels Glimmermist: True Turquoise & Chalkboard Teal High Heel
Dylusions: Black Marble
Flourish with a Bling: Jasmine pearl
Stencils:  TWC Mini paint lids & mini halftone circles and Tim Holtz Dot fade
Stamps: Kaisercraft
Black embossing powder
Lettering:  Sandylion & Provocraft
Flat back pearls
Flowers:  Kaisercraft, Prima & Petaloo
Seam binding
Black embroidery thread

I really hope you like my layout and thank you for looking. ;-)

Until next time…
Yvette x

Sunday, April 27, 2014

C'est Magnifique April Challenge

Hello again!
I have been sitting on this gorgeous shimmery paper for some time now waiting for the right photos/sketch/layout….  so I thought I'd use them with the beautiful sketch provided by Michele Singh for C'est Magnifique.  

Here is the sketch:

Now here is my take on the sketch:

It is difficult to see the beautiful shimmer in these papers in these photos.  (I'm still learning how best to photograph my pages!) 

Products used:
Paper:  Bella! J'adore Paperz - Love Birds & Love
Lace:  purchased from LSS, Bella Paperie
Chipboard:  Dusty Attic (large oval frame unknown purchased from LSS)
Kaisercraft bling
Adirondack Gold acrylic paint
Prima Chalk Ink:  Cold Ice
Iridescent Medium
Stickles in Stardust
Flowers:   Prima & Kaisercraft
Leaves from my stash
Black zig writer
Memory Box Kaleidescope Butterfly die
Vivaldi crystal Blossom sprays

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you like my layout!

Until next time,
Yvette x

Mad about Scrappin April challenge

Good Morning!  What beautiful autumn weather - feels more like its still summer - we've had for another glorious long weekend.  It would be so easy to get used to 3 day weekends!!

Mad about Scrappin's April challenge is based on the following sketch by Amy Prior.

And here is my take on the sketch:

Unfortunately, when I photographed this page the colours are not a true indication of the finished product - the colours are actually much prettier!

I was lucky enough to visit my 15 year old daughter while she was on a 6 month exchange in Germany at Christmas time, and we took advantage of the close proximity of Paris.  We spent 4 magical days exploring the wonders and sites of the city of romance - it truly was a very special time that we were able to share and experience together.  At every major tourist spot, Emily had to do a selfie, which is what I have used in this layout.  There are many more selflie's too, but I'll leave them for another layout!

Products used:
12x12 chipboard
Moulding paste
Prima crackle stencil
Bobunny, Kaisercraft & Clearly Impressed stamps
Gold embossing powder
Versamark ink
Chipboards:  Imaginarium & Kaisercraft
Adirondack gold acrylic paint
Black archival ink
Heidi Swapp colour shine - Teal
Lindy's stamp gang Starburst - Jack in the Pulpit Teal
Laces - purchased from LSS, Bella Paperie, Brendale
Resin flowers
Enamel hearts
Blue & white acrylic paint
Flowers: Kaisercraft & Petaloo

Thank you for stopping by and looking.  I hope you like my layout, I certainly had fun creating it!

Until next time,
Yvette x

Monday, April 21, 2014

Black with 2 challenge

Hi there!
How lucky have we been to have such beautiful weather over this Easter long weekend?!  It has been magnificent.

I love using black as a background for scrapbook layouts occasionally for something different, and found this challenge on the "Black with 2" Facebook page.

Now to this months challenge:
its DOMINANT black
inspo word = INSPIRATION

So I thought I'd give it a shot...

Here is my layout based on the sketch and colour palette…

My inspiration is my children.  They inspire me everyday to be a better mother and person.

Products used:
Paper - Kaisercraft Violet Crush Collection and BoBunny
Chipboard - Dusty Attic and Memory Maze
Flowers - Petaloo and Prima
Distress Paint - Seedless Preserves
Punches - Martha Stewart
Flat back pearls
Kaisercraft Doily and bling
Lace purchased from Bella Paperie
Doodlebug letter stickers

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time.
Yvette x 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Once Upon a … Sketch April challenge

Happy Easter!  Hope the Easter Bunny found you all with some yummy chocolate eggs!

I thought I would enter the "Once Upon a … Sketch" challenge this month with my layout titled "Discover".  It is a little, well a lot different to the other pages that are in this challenge.  

This is my take on the sketch…

It features my gorgeous little man some 13 years ago picking flowers for me from our front yard.  My journalling is on the back for Mitchell to look back on in years to come.  I wrote:

To my sweet little man Mitchell,
Having you has changed my life in so many ways, but on this particular day in November 2001, at 16 months of age, you were already showing your gentle, sweet and caring personality by picking me flowers.  You would pick one and run to present it to me saying "Mamma", then run back for another.  If that is indeed, a glimpse of the man you'll become, there is one very lucky lady out there waiting for you!  
Love you to infinity and beyond.
Mum xx

Products used:
Bazzill cardstockP
Paper - Pion Design Grandma's school book: Daisy
Chipboard - Memory Maze, Scrapware, Dusty Attic
Distress Ink - Bundled Sage
Liquid Pearls - Avocado
Antique White acrylic paint
Lace (purchased at Bella Paperie)
Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Iridescent Gold
Crackle Accents
Kaisercraft rub on
Assorted flowers

I really hope you like my layout.  I enjoyed creating it and look forward to next months challenge. 

Until next time,
Yvette :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hello and Happy Easter!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend with family and loved ones.

I thought I would share with you a layout I did recently, inspired by and using techniques I learnt from my good scrapping friend Tina Ollett.

This was done on a sheet of chipboard that was covered generously with gesso.  I then spritzed on the colour, used texture paste and a stencil and embellished with flowers.  To finish off, everything got a coat of iridescent medium for added glimmer!

Materials used:
Perfect Pearls Mists - Grape fizz & Blue raspberry
Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
Kaisercraft chipboard 
Distress Crackle paint - Picket Fence
Bella Blvd feather
Texture paste
 The Crafters Workshop "Dots all around" stencil
Petaloo & Kaisercraft flowers
Prima resin and zipper pull
Dimensional Magic
Iridescent Medium

And since it's Easter, I thought I'd share an Easter layout I did years ago (therefore I have no materials list, sorry).

Gee, time flies!  This was Easter 2005 and the kids were only 7 and 5 years old.  This year they are turning 16 and 14!!

Until next time…Happy Easter.
Yvette x

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Welcome to my blog!  I've finally decided now is the time to start this.  Not because I believe my creations are fabulous (trust me, I don't!), but simply to enable me to enter a few online scrapbook challenges every now and then.  Add to that some pushing from a friend.  
I am new to the world of blogging scrapbook pages, so please be gentle with me.  

I'll be back soon with my first REAL post!