Friday, January 16, 2015

January Major Case File

Hi Scrapbookers!

I am back from holiday and what an awesome break it was, filled with sunshine and friends and family. Wow I needed that change of pace and change of scenery. But now I'm back and full of energy and passion for this craft, let's do this! I have the children home for the next three weeks but will be taking time where I can, are you feeling super enthusiastic or a little blah? Either way you should take a look you just might want to get involved.

Today I wanted to share with you the Major Case File from CSI

I loved the grumpy cat inspiration! Did you see the grumpy cat Christmas movie that was on just before Christmas? hilarious! My husband thought it was awful, shows how much he knows. Small fluffy sarcastic things are hilarious.

The colours for this challenge were great, fortunately I found all of them (or close to) in this Teresa Collins collection. 

One of the testimony options this time was 'journal about a birthday mishap'... I had to jump right on that as this disaster was so fresh in my mind from Gabby's birthday in early December. First I mucked up the cake by leaving out the cake pops and I was so cross at myself but I had resigned to just using the cake anyway as it was going to be just too wasteful to make another for no good reason but my obvious failure. Gabby  could feel my pain and put it all right for me by walking past and taking a large handful of the cake, thus making it unusable, I simply had to make another. 

I flipped the sketch on it's side to make it more usable for my single photograph and it came together quickly. From the evidence I used the sprinkle something and the cupcake (stamp).

So how about it? Want to give it a go? You have until the 31st January to get it done, if you do feel free to hook me up with a link on here, you tube or on CSI. There are some great prizes too, who doesn't love prizes.

So happy to be back!
Hope you are having a fab day

Monday, November 3, 2014

CSI Case File No. CC-3

Good Morning!

Today I want to share a page and video with you that I did for CSI (

The Case this week looked like this:

and my page looks like this:

My main colours are the white and the brown but I did manage to use them all quite a bit.
From the evidence I used the feathers and string and an overall nature theme.
I journaled about nature in my handwriting and I also used the inspirational word 'outside' in my title.

My journaling: The best toy ever is called outside. My girls are always outside, I don't know if they are just made that way or simply because they have always been encouraged to spend time out and about in the sunshine or the rain. I love that they are out climbing trees, digging holes, exploring and being marveled by nature. Nature is awesome.

If you would like to see my process video for this page you can find it below:

Thanks so much for coming by
Have a fab day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Day!

Hi guys!

I'm so excited to announce today that I have been selected to join the CSI design team. WAHOOOOOO! I really love CSI and I am beyond thrilled. It is my favourite place to hangout and be challenged and I think Debbi does a truly wonderful job. It's quite different from a lot of challenge sites and it has a lot of things that make it special but of course it really is the people. It's always the people.

So you will be seeing some more challenges from me! If you haven't already come on over, you really should, it might just be a perfect fit for you too.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A little family adventure...

Hi Scrapbookers! 

How is your crafting going? I am so loving the challenges at CSI this month, so fun and super inspiring! The colour scheme is just beautiful. This is my third week guest designing for CSI and my favourite challenge so far..

The topic is 'journal about an adventure' so I decided to journal about this train trip we went on which the girls enjoyed so much.

From the evidence I used: stripes (background), wood/woodgrain (used woodgrain paper and wood dots), hearts (I embossed a heart stamp) and I also used some twine.

My journaling: Today we had a little family adventure at Ferrymead. Over the summer on some weekends they run the steam trains. The girls had never been before and thought it was the most wonderful way to travel.

The girls were fascinated that there were no seat belts and they enjoyed the freedom of being able to climb up and look out the window or walk across the cabin and sit with Dad. They are already asking to go again this summer.

Close ups:

Process Video:

Thanks for coming by today!
Have a blessed day

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reluctant BFFS

Hi my Scrapbookers!

Happy Saturday!
Today I am sharing my second page that I am making for my guest designer spot at CSI.
Here is the case:

Such a great case and with the bonus of it being a sketch week. I really enjoy Emma's sketches, I love that I can make them as simple or complex as I like by adding or taking away.

Here is my page... featuring the lovely Olivia and the handsome Scholes:

When I saw the black/white and yellow/lime green combination I knew right away that I was going to reach for my Amy Tangerine Plus One collection as it included all of those colours. Then I used the light blue as a minor accent colour.

The topic is 'document something special about pets/animals' and I knew these photos that I had printing a few weeks ago, would be great to tell the story of this relationship.

From the evidence I used: clouds (I used these in my top right cluster and underneath the blue everyday arrow and I also used an animal accent (the black cat face)

My journaling: 
Scholes isn't always the most trustworthy of cats. He swipes, sometimes bites and is at times bad tempered.  Rightly so the girls don't trust him. He still wants them to love him though and play with him but he doesn't make the connection. Olivia gives him the most chances but she is still cautious. 
Liv was outside on the picnic table writing in her notebook and Scholes just wouldn't leave her alone. Liv isn't even aware that they are best friends but I'm sure that's what Scholes thinks.

If you would like to see how the page came together and my thought process behind it please watch my process video:

Thanks for coming by... now go and find a pet photo and come join us!
Have a wonderful weekend

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Hi Scrapbookers!

Guess what? Fabulous news this month I am a Special Investigator (Guest Designer) for

This website and community is truly one of the best scrapbooking places on the internet. The challenges really do suit me, with their three way approach but it wasn't just the challenges that kept coming me back. The community is so positive and supportive it really is quite a unique place. If you haven't tried CSI out I urge you to go on over and see what you think. You can follow me along this month with my four challenges, I am hoping to have a process video for each so you can see a little look into how my CSI challenges come together.

Here is the Challenge:

and here is my page:

A few closeups and a link to my process video:

Process Video:

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lovely Day

Good Morning Scrapbookers!

How is your crafting going? I must say I have been a little bit flat in August, just haven't felt my normal self, I have still made quite a few pages but my normal focus hasn't been there. So Goodbye August, September and I are going to be much better friends. It already sounds better because here in NZ, September = spring and we all know after a long winter how much you look forward to spring.

I saw this wonderful sketch over at Creative Scrappers and I really wanted to squeeze it into August and finish on a good note.

Here is the sketch:

 and here is my page:

And some closeups:

Thanks for coming by...
I hope what ever you are up to today is wonderful.
Take care