Thursday, 10 July 2014

This and That

Hi Everyone,
A few things to share today - a few thoughts, and a little creativity.

Change.  I hate change.  Well maybe not all change, heaven knows Im a great one for shuffling furniture around ;)  so some change is good.  But then theres some change I don't like.  Like changes to staffing at work.  I hate that.  Since the earthquakes we have had a huge turnover of staff.  It feels like you just get over someone new arriving and settling in and then they're off.  I know that my job provides so much variety to choose to practice in, and heaven knows Ive worked in so many different specialities so Im probably not one to talk.  Or maybe its an age thing?

One of the Clinical Team Co-ordinators has left on maternity leave for a year, and I made a wooden letter for her.  The letter is decorated with an older BoBunny collection, "On the Go".

And a card to complete the gift, although it doesn't match the letter like I would usually do, but I love it all the same.  The paper is very old.  Like way way way back when, its Daisy D's - does anyone remember them?  They were one of my favourites back when I started scrapping.

The sketch I used as the basis for the card is from Cardabilities #102 - liked it so much I used it for a sympathy card Forbes asked me to make. 

The Lyric Collection from Prima was one of my favourites and the quote I thought was perfect for the card.  It looks quite flat but the close up shows the different layers and dimension.

Which brings me to the news.  I like to be informed, so I watch the news.  I read Stuff and I read The Press.  But lately its so demoralising.  If someones not trying to rip someone off, or trying to kill someone, then its the devastation of floods, war and disease. Some more warm fuzzy stories would be nice.  Like the one about the lady in Christchurch who has started a campaign of helping the homeless.

   I wonder what an alien would think of us if he flew over our planet?  The world seems to have pockets of good and bad.  But I think I like my little slice of paradise the best.  Its not perfect but its mine :)

Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Somewhere in Time - BoBunny DT

Hi Everyone,

Today I have something to share that I have to say Im really proud of.  Not that Im not happy with everything I make, but this project I had a lot of fun creating and Im so pleased with how it turned out :)  like really really pleased.

One of BoBunny's latest collections is Somewhere in Time, and its fast become one of favourite ever!  I wasn't sure about the mustard colour in the beginning but now I love that pop of colour :)  I think its quite an old fashioned/steampunk collection and I wanted my project to reflect that, so I chose to revamp a mannequin into an old fashioned lady.

To create the bustle at the back I cut 3 different sized squares, rolled them to form cone shapes and they layered them on top of each other.  For the skirt I die cut strips of paper with Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One and sprayed them with water to make them more pliable.

Close up of flower vine cluster at the waist with some pleated burlap.

And every fashionable woman needs jewellery so Ive backed an old locket I had onto one of Bobunny's trinkets to complete her outfit.  I think she looks quite fashionista!

Thanks for popping by :)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

More Letters and Cards

Hello there!

Be warned theres a lot to show you in this post!

Lately Ive been making quite a few more letters and cards, some are orders, and some are gifts from me.  Letters are really quick and easy to create - as long as you don't do what I did when I wasn't paying attention and traced the wrong side of the letter and didn't notice til I went to start playing with embellishments :(  Easy fix though thankfully!

 C is for Carter :)  The paper and stickers Ive used are from Echo Park - About a Boy, really loved this collection!

And the card from so left over scraps. Pretty plain and simple for a change ;)

A couple more letters for a cute couple of girls in Auckland, using an older range from BoBunny Lil Miss.

These next two were using another older BoBunny collection, Prairie Chic and were Christmas presents for friends of ours who were going through a heartbreaking period of time with their son is now confined to a wheelchair.  We wanted to do something to cheer Tyler up but didn't want his sister to feel left out either so Forbes suggested the letters.  To say they were thrilled was an understatement.  They phoned us Christmas Day and said they were the best present they had got!  How sweet were they :)

Yes there are some cards to come ;)
The first is one of my favourite Teresa Collins collections.

 And the next three cards are from quite an old MME range, the original Lost & Found.  I loved this range when it came out and Ive only just started cutting into it lol.   The first one uses some embellishments from PaperVine and was for husband on our wedding anniversary.

These next two were birthday cards, using a 6x6 paper pad.

Thats all folks!
Thank for popping by :)

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Time flies with Double Dot ;)

Hi Everyone :)

Another month has flown by in the blink of an eye! - they seem to go faster the older I get, well it seems that way to me :)  But it also means its getting colder over here, which is by no means a good thing when its been so wet with flooding already, makes you wonder what else mother nature thinks we need this winter! There is a lot to be thankful for though - I don't live near my friend Lynn in Canada where it gets to -28 in the winter!; we don't live in an area like the Flockton Basin that is now prone to flooding since the earthquake; and our country isn't being over run by terrorists or extremists - so I guess in the grand scheme of things live in little ole NZ for me is pretty sweet!

Over at BoBunny for the last week of May we focused on Double Dot.  I LOVE double dot, particularly the vintage collection - no surprises there lol - the patterns and textures are gorgeous!  Did you know you can get them at Artfull Crafts now?  which is way cool for us Kiwi's because before they arrived in my first DT box I had never seen them here  before.  We had also been fielding questions about double layouts so I volunteered to do one for my post with double dot - yes I know!  Im not known for my layouts really and to do a double?!!  Shock horror :)  Im pretty pleased with it though :)

I mixed three sheets of Vintage Maize Double Dot with the darker Chocolate to create my background and randomly stamped over it with my current fav clear stamp from BoBunny Distressed Textures.  The edges were inked with 2 different Tim Holt distressed ink pads.

A cluster of leaves from the Autumn Song Noteworthy pack was arranged underneath the banner sticker.  Scraps of chipboard were used to make the hearts and that bling flourish is from BoBunny as well.

I like to journal if I can, for a couple of reasons.  For generations to come it shows them what my handwriting was like and it tells the story without which they would be wondering who poor ole Dougal was.  So this was about Dougal as a puppy, he was so darn cute the little things he used to do! <3

The stamps in the bottom cluster were part of the Emphera Happy Tails pack - such a great value for money pack of different goodies full of flowers, stamps, bling, buttons, papers and card stock to match each paper collection.  Ive doodled along the scalloped borders, the hearts and the dog collars to tie it all  together, and used foam tape and chipboard scraps to separate the layers giving depth.

Its currently on display in Artfull Crafts if you want to see it in real life :)

Thats it from me, stay warm or enjoy the sun where ever you live!
Thanks for popping by :)

Saturday, 31 May 2014

BoBunny DT

If you've hung in there this long, you've done well :)  sorry it a been awhile between posts!

This month over at BoBunny Ive had two posts up.  This first one was a double layout using the very cute Happy Tails.

This layout told the story of my dynamic duo not being the typically photographic angels they usually are - just goes to show no ones perfect everyday!

The chipboard is one Ive had for ages waiting for the perfect papers!  from ScrapFx - painted with gesso and then inked with archival ink and stamped.

Ive kept this page page pretty simple and not a flower in sight ;)  using some of the Noteworthy and chipboard collections for my embellishments.  Ive also used one of the 3x4 journalling cards from Happy Tails Misc Me in my layout.

My second project this month was on the blog today, a set of drawers I found on sale at the Warehouse.  I had offered to make something for my sister as part of a fundraising raffle for her Leisure Marching Team.  This is going to be first prize.

I wanted to create my cluster on top with a cascading effect over the side of the box, so Ive used one of my fav dies from Memory Box, to create a 'vine' and then added some butterflies and netting from a BB stamp and lace.

The oval frame is actually part of a double frame, Ive just folded in half and adhered it to the top of the box.  The birdcage is lightly inked with pinecone to create antiqued effect.

For the handles on the drawers I took off the ugly veneers and replaced them with circles from the Noteworthy collection and layered them with jewels.  The punched strip along the bottom drawer is merged in the middle with some BB wash - loving that stuff!

I hope the long wait between posts was worth it! :)
Thanks for popping by!

Friday, 20 December 2013

BoBunny Design Team December Blog Hop

Welcome to the BoBunny Design Team December Blog Hop! 

Today six of my fellow DT members at BoBunny  are sharing a little bit more about themselves on their  blogs so that you get to know more about us.  The blog hop begins on the BoBunny blog, and there you will see a question next to each designers name. Click on their name to visit each of the designer's blogs and look for the answer to their question. Collect the correct answer to each of the questions and enter them below using the Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win. One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive an amazing BoBunny prize package!!!  Having seen a prize provided by BoBunny at Scrapfest this year I can say they are very generous! :)

If theres one time of year thats my favourite time, its Christmas :) I love decorating the house and picking out gifts for friends and family.  In New Zealand its summer this time of year which is quite a bit different for those of you currently having a white Christmas.  Its not unusual here to have an outdoor barbecue dinner on Christmas Day.  This year we are spending the day at my sisters down in Pleasant Point, and like most Christmas's we will all be together :)
If theres one thing Im always drawn to with decorations, not matter if its scrapbooking embellishments or Christmas decorations, when it comes to snowflakes Im like a bear to a honey pot, I LOVE them!!  Which is weird I guess when Ive never had a white Christmas ;)

This year I made a new decoration for the door, using Elf Magic.  Its such a fun range with its quirky little elves :)  I picked this dimensional star up in a sales bin at a department store in Invercargill - it was pretty boring just painted plain old aqua/green, with no decorations at all - absolutely perfect for me to transform!

Ive used the front and back of one piece of paper to create the background, and layered some large glittered snowflakes on top.  To create the cluster I have taken two elves from the noteworthy range and arranged them to peek out from behind clusters of layered poinsettia's, which Ive made from double dot.

Aren't they so cute?!

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Chorus, Mischief/Elf Magic
Double Dot: Wild Berry
Chipboard: 12 x 12 Elf Magic
Noteworthy: Elf Magic
Jewels: Elf Magic

As promised, here is the blog hop list. Be sure to find the answer to the question that each of us asked at the BoBunny blog.   When you are done collecting all the answers to the questions, enter them on the BoBunny blog using the Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win.  A random draw will be made and the winner will recieve a lovely Bo Bunny prize! The giveaway will be open until December 23rd 1200 AM MST.

Blog Hop Order:
7. Megan Gourlay (Me!)

Good luck and Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

We have a winner!

At the end of November I promised to giveaway the Misc Me diary I had made for 2014.  I must apologise for the delay!  Theres been the usual Christmas dramas going on in my house with - nothing unusual there, it isn't called the silly season for nothing! ;) but added in along the way were some other not so nice dramas that because of the awfulness of what they are, just end up bringing a family closer together, especially knowing that family will always be there to help pick up the pieces.

So, enough with the drama!  I have gone back over the comments from my blog and those comments left on the BoBunny blog and asked my gorgeous husband to pick  a number between 1-7.  Could the lucky winner please email me with their address so I can send some happy mail their way :)

The winning person is……………………………………………………………………

 helly1 said...
What a wonderful idea. I have only seen this diary on blogs so would love to see the real thing!
December 1, 2013 at 10:32 PM