Sunday, 22 May 2011


Last month I joined an international Art Doll Swap hosted by the amazingly talented Linda Baldock.  I've wanted to have a play with her style dolls for ages, but as usual just needed the shove to get moving... which came in the form of an invite to join the swap.

Have to admit... I was somewhat daunted once I saw what was being created, there are some extremely gifted people out there!! But... I started, I played, I had a ball and created Penelope:

She's flat and I drew the template for her body all on my ownsome... I cast the face with sculpy clay, baked it and then hand painted her with Golden paints.  I collaged her body with patterned papers and then went and covered it all up with fabric LOL!!  She's dressed in muslin, lace and some of my grandmothers hand crocheted doilies. Sprays of white and cream paper roses were then added, with some iddy vintage buttons tucked in here and there.

I added some Dusty Attic Feathers as a feature, they were screaming to be added!  I gesso'd them and then embossed them with Lindy's Stamp Gang Two Toned Embossing Powder {Angel Wings} and Allison Ellis Embossing Powder {Ivory Sparkle}.  The eye of the feathers was backed with Angelina Fusilble Iridescent Film... love this stuff!

Once she was all dressed and ready I decided she needed colour, as you do!  So I sprayed her with Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Peacock, then white washed her with gesso... like Anna Dabrowska-Pekocka does on her layouts.  The effect was perfect!!

I am so so happy with her, and will be sad but excited when she starts her journey to the UK this week... hope her new owner loves her!!

Thanks Michelle for naming her... Penelope just suited, clever girl!!

Take care of you.


Enjoy Art

I created this for Tomorrow's Memories using the latest release papers, tissue and diecut shapes from Collections Elements!  LOVE the tissue papers, its just fabulous to work with!!

It's made up from 4 little 4x4 inch canvases, each with it's own collage of papers and diecuts, overlayed with tissue, then inked and painted with gold leaf and finally sealed with Ranger's Glue and Seal {awesome stuff}.

I had a wonderful messy ball creating this... really love the effect of the tissue over the top of the papers and chipboard shapes and alphas!

Take care of you.

Princess? NOT

This is about as close as I get to acting like a spoiled princess, a plastic tiara! Some days I just wish I could have myself a nice little tantrum to get my way... only because it seems to work so well for others, but I just can't go there, it's not my nature, so I keep my tiara for dress ups only... and for silly photo days!

I have used the large frame from the stunning Baroque Frame Set - Circle {DA0542}. Papers are from Making Memories {Je t'adore Range}.

There is a tutorial on how I did the frame up at Dusty Attic HERE, I'll convert it to a PDF later for easy download but until there it's viewable at Dusty, you'll just have to sign in to see it.

Take care of you.


Love these Pink Paislee papers... not my normal style but I loved them nonetheless, so I've applied some of Emeline's styling to them and created this happy bright LO as a challenge for this weekends CC over at Red Earth Scrapping.

I have used Leafy Stems #2 {DA0566} here, loved the simple clean lines of them! 

The leafy stems were painted with gesso and then inked with Smooches, love the subtle colour tonings it produces.

Sorry about the shadowing, this is one of those LO's that just wouldn't photograph well in the shade so needed the direct sunlight...

Take care of you.

GCD Antiquities by Donna Salazar: Gentleman

Love these papers, seriously love them!!

I don't usually use flowers on masculine pages {babies excepted LOL}, but not only was my grandfather an engineer, he had the most gorgeous garden and loved his flowers... so I felt he'd be very happy to have flowers with his cogs!

The cogs had all sorts of treatment thrown at them, I was trying out some rusting powder, we didn't get along very well, until I discovered that rust takes that 'time' factor to happen. It activated beautifully with vinegar and being left overnight, it gave it that earthy rough rusty look, and then I added some more paint colours etc over the top to add some more depth.

Take care of you.

Sisters: Friends - Inspired by Emeline

Over at Dusty Attic we are having an "Inspired by" challenge each fortnight... just to get us all out of our comfort zones and try new things!  It's great fun and already I have gained so much out of it.  Our first challenge was Emeline Seet's stunning style!

I wandered through her gallery many times carefully looking at what she does that makes them unmistakeably hers, it was great fun and a fabulous learning experience!

I loved the quote Emeline used on her JE Layout so have lifted that as well... it's so true of my sister, so glad she is also a friend to me, someone I can always rely on to get me back on track.

I have used Dusty Attic's Scroll #5 {DA0218} here, simply painted with a green acrylic paint to match.

Papers by Websters, Flowers by Prima, Bling by Delish Designs, Button Centre by Tim Holtz, and there's Melissa Frances Vintage Resin Shapes as well, and satin ribbon.

I love Emeline's use of ribbon, and her punchwork... these are elements I think I'll be using more of in my future layouts!

Take care of you.

Monday, 2 May 2011

She's Quiet...

I had a ball creating this one!  While spending the day catching up online at Red and Dusty I was also plodding along with this LO.  It took me all day but mostly because I was just enjoying the journey of creating it... it was so fun!  I adore these soft colours lately, flowers, butterflies... heaven!!

The chipboard was dabbed with warm white paint, then sprayed with ChalkBoard Glimmer Mist {Apricot Nectar and Peacock}, and then simply coated with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint {Clear Rock Candy} - simple but effective!

The papers are BoBunny Gabrielle and there's some Websters Bloomers, Prima Trim, Tim Holtz Trim, Prima and Green Tara Flowers, and some gorgeous Glass Butterflies from Kays Kreative and naturally some delicious Dusty Attic Mini Ornate Frame and Botanic Accents #1

Take care of you.

GCD Antiquities by Donna Salazar

This month at Red Earth Scrapping I'm focusing on these stunning GCD Antiquities by Donna Salazar Papers, they would have to be favourites of mine for sure!!  I'm a bit of a fan of hers and these papers... just divine!!


This is my gorgeous sister, it's rare she lets me take a photo, so was rapt when I got such a beautiful one of her.
I have used GCD Antiquities by Donna Salazar {Time for Tea}, White and Mauve Cardstock, Paper Doily, Crochet Trim & Doilies, Crochet Flower, Green Tara Flowers and Mini Rosebuds, Prima Innocence Flowers, Zva Pearl Swirl & Pearl Dots, American Crafts Thickers {Emerald Flocked}, Green Tara Silver Sprays, Dusty Attic Skeleton Clock Face and Vintage NamePlate, Green Tara Lace.

The chipboard was painted with white acrylic paint, dabbed with Tim Holtz Distress Stains {Dusty Concordeand Spun Sugar} and then dabbed with more white paint.

Rough Lot

This is my grandfather with some of his workmates when he was working in Port Augusta.  He had written 'Rough Lot' on the back of the photo, so I've titled the LO the same.

I have used: GCD Antiquities by Donna Salazar {Tales of Travel}, Brown and Yellow Cardstock, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Hessian, American Crafts Thickers {Emerald Flocked}, Ribbon and Jute Trim, Vintage Buttons, Craft Queen Crochet Mirror Flower, Bo Bunny Brads {Timepiece}, Dusty Attic Chipboard {Leafy Stems, Fancy Letterbox, Pocket Watch}, Collections Name Holder.

The chippies here have been dabbed with warm white paint, then dabbed with Tim Holtz Distress Stains {Dusty Concorde, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo}, then dabbed again with more paint to blend the colours.

and finally:

She was the Music

This is my grandmother, my grandfather adored her, totally... it was plain as day how much he loved her.  His last words as he left us were "I am going to see Jeannie now, she's waiting for me", so beautiful.
I have used: GCD Antiquities by Donna Salazar {Let's Ride}, Cardstock, Fabric offcut, Prima Spray, BoBunny Gabrielle Trinket, Kaiser Bling Flourish, Kaiser and Green Tara Flowers, Green Tara Leaves, Prima Pebble {Script}, Heidi Grace Pins, Vintage Buttons, Craft Queen  Crochet Mirror Flower, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and Salvage Stickers, Bella Journal Card, Kay's Kreative Transparent Butterfly, Dusty Attic Ornate Fence #1

For the chippy, I have first stained with with Tim Holtz Distress Stains {Wild Honey, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo}, dabbed with with white paint, sprayed it with Chalkboard Glimmer Mist {Charcoal} and then dabbed with more white paint! After this was dry I added spots of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle {Clear Rock Candy} which brings through more intense colours in the parts that are coated.

All the products above in bold are available now at Red Earth Scrapping!  We've also got something fun happening very soon, keep your eyes peeled!!

Take care of you.