Got the Silhouette machines working

After my big move I have not really had time to play with my Silhouette machines and so they have sat in situ for a few months now and so I decided to crank them up today since I had to quickly churn out a challenge inspirational project for Altair Art since I once again got the rules wrong!  Ho hum, details, details, details.  I am actually very sorry Anka.

So, the theme is celebration and my 2 projects I have done for the month are to do with a new baby and so I did a boy scrapbooking layout and a girl scrapbooking layout.  For the inspirational piece I have chosen to go with birthday celebration and did a kind of flower display I guess.  I got the file from and off we went.  It was all pretty easy to assemble and then I added in a few more elements that I die cut out on my Sizzix machine, just to add a bit more to the layout.

It is ok as a finished product, but not really my sort of thing.  I might even play around with it and see if I can jazz it up a bit more.  …

Finally some time to just be creative for myself

With my huge change of life of recent months, there has barely been enough time to keep up with my design team commitments and I do not like that at all.  Going from a Mum to one, to a Mum to four, ranging in age from 5 to 18 has been a huge change and been challenging, rewarding, exciting, frustrating, hilarious and just plain crazy, all at different times and sometimes all at the same time.  Being with someone that I truly love, more than I ever thought possible is the reward and what a reward it is, but loving someone takes time and so something had to give and that was the time I have to craft.

So, I got some time to just simply do my own thing and I enjoyed that very much.  I used to churn out a piece every 2-3 days and now it is more like once a week, well, for now anyway.  I very much enjoyed working on this design, I just had a bit of fun with it and I really love the colouring and the colour mix that is happening.

Catch up time on Altair Art

I have done so many different projects for Altair Art lately and so I thought that it was high time that I shared them, so here they are.  To see more of the awesome papers released by AltairArt, please go to their blog at

This first piece was inspired by all the circles and the space background of the Altair Art papers, I followed that circle theme right through.  With room for three images, it will look beautiful with the final images added.

Below is my very first attempt at a canvas, again using elements of the various Altair Art papers, plus a few bits and pieces from Kaisercraft and Dusty Attic and other sources.  The dreamcatcher is gorgeous and I love the final finish which has been achieved by colouring with wax pastes and then covering most with crackle paint.  The theme is "Dream" and whatever that may be for you.

Polka dot creation below for Altair Art June Challenge.  I just wanted this layout to be bright, happy and fun, it seems to have …

Flower Power with Hero Arts and A2Z scrapbooking

Flower Power is the theme of the month over at A2Z scrapbooking this month.  Literally, say no more!  I do believe we have already established that I loooove flowers.  Not in my garden though, just in my art!  I prefer non-flowering plants in my garden - strange, I know!!

So, using the Hero Arts Digital Download called Pretty Blossoms I coloured the flowers in photoshop and then printed them out on gloss photo paper and fussy cut them out.  I started with some white card and clear gessoed it so that it was prepared for future textures and sprays.  Using a Kaisercraft flower stencil I used white embossing paste and applied that to the background and them mixed some white embossing paste with some "Polka Purple" from Lindy's Magicals and applied that through a Prima stencil.  My favourite Lindy's Magical is "Oom Pah Pah Pink" and so I lightly sprinkled some of that over the embossed background and hit it with the water spray and it certainly worked its magic.…

Don't Wake Up to be Ordinary

I have a few statements that I like to use and live by and "Don't Wake Up to be Ordinary" is my new favourite.  Another favourite is "a year from now you will wish you started a year ago", that one had a great impact on my recent life change.  The one that I live by everyday is "do unto others as you would have done unto you", sooo important.

Anyway, creative time for Altair Art - this time I wanted to do something off the page and this new favourite statement seemed like a good match with a garlic cutting board thing I had found and put in the "future off the page" cupboard.  I started by covering it with white gesso and then got out some Ranger Perfect Pearls and painted it blue and then I had a little play with my new Distress Oxides and got some groovy effects going on, but nothing that you will be able to see.  I then smeared some texture paste over the top and using Altair Art papers I laid a yellow and white check to the inner backgro…

Latest AltairArt creation - Unique Beauty

I have been playing once again with my AltairArt collection utilising two different collections - Sunrise and EverDream collections.  Sunrise 5 is a beautiful paper, I really love the colouring throughout this paper and it made the perfect background.  Strangely, I was in a dark mood when I sat down to be creative and so I wanted to grunge the design up a bit.  So I did and I initially spread some white modelling paste in my creative areas and then I used graphite texture paste through a graffiti type Dusty Attic stencil.  After that, out came the sprays and I splattered and dribbled them around the page.  

Once this was dry, I started building up my photo matte and then on goes the process of lace, ribbon, ephemera and plenty of flowers, finished off with some bling.  Close ups below.  Hope you like it.  To see more of my work, please go to

AltairArt Design Team member and my works so far

Okay, so yes, I am back!  Been away for a few months as I changed my life from being a city chick and becoming a farm chick!!  It has been an amazing ride.  I now live on an 8000 acre cattle property after coming for an interview for a nanny and falling in love with the absolute love of my life.  So, I guess I became a stepmum almost overnight and living on a farm with cattle, driving utes and four wheel drives on many a dirt road and having to drive at least an hour to get groceries.  I love it all, my life is how it was always meant to be and I am more happy than I can possibly describe.  
Finding time to be creative has been most difficult, first of all I had no space, but found a table outside, but then the weather caused all sorts of issues even though it was undercover.  Some more accommodation was added to the house which freed up another large room and then that has become the classroom and my craft room.  So, I finally have some space and in that time I found out that I had …