Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cyber Crop at Mystical - Travel/Holiday theme

Come and join in at Mystical Scrapbooks on Friday, 3 January for a weekend of fun. You will have a week to get your entries in to the challenges.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Card for Day 360

Here is a card for 365 Cards challenge for Day 360. It's an anything goes theme but I have yet to show this Christmas card. It's a little bit different, usual colours though.

Today I have taken down all my Christmas decorations and tree. I did miss one though. I bought a Santa this year that has a parachute and I hung him from the chandelier in the lounge room. I spotted him this afternoon. Pity as I have packed everything up. Does anyone else ever do that? Miss one decoration?

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

I would like to wish all of my followers a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful, happy New Year.  Here is a little Christmas cheer. My son Mark took this video of me singing with the chorus I'm in, A Cappella West, in the City of Perth last Friday night.

Stay safe and have a great holiday season.  Thanks for following my blog. I hope I have inspired you in some small way.

Love Dale x

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Reindeer Christmas Card

Here is a Christmas card that's a bit different that I have made using a little folding technique. I'm entering this in the December 2013 Artastic challenge.  I've picked the word reindeer as my inspiration from this pic.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas cone tree

Frustrated by my attempts to purchase a Christmas tree topper that would stay on the tree I have been inspired by Leslie's post over at Counterfeit Kits (see it here) to make my own.

Here is a pic of it outside so you can see that it does sparkle a little.

Here is a pic of it on the tree. As you can see it fits perfectly and does not try to fall off like the metal one I bought did.

I'm entering this in Liz's challenge THC69 at Soul Scrappers which is to create something Christmassy that is off the page.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas scrapbook layout challenge

I'm feeling very festive just lately. Is anyone looking for a challenge to do for a Christmas page? Yes, terrific. Please head over and do my challenge at Soul Scrappers. You can win a RAK from me. Yay.

It is an easy one. Trust me.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Published at

I'm proud to say that I've  had a feature article published at magazine here. It's about a layout featuring circles. If you have come from there welcome to my blog and I'd love for you to become a follower. Thanks for your interest and have a great day.

Dale xxx

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gingerbread House layout


The inspiration pic this month is the house below. It is called a Gingerbread House. The extra criteria is Christmas.

As it happens, last year was the first year that I made a gingerbread house. I should say assembled really because I bought the house pieces from Ikea. All I had to do was make royal icing and arrange lollies on it. It wasn't a superior effort on my behalf but I'm going to have another go this year. I've bought a bigger one from Coles already. Damon can eat this one as well as it is dairy free.

Back to the layout. I used the cream colour of the house and the foilage on the right hand corners as my inspiration.  From there I chose the other papers because the boys were wearing pink hats, one pp was of gingerbread houses and the other one was camping but looked like Christmas trees and I wanted to add a little blue. I added a blue semi-circle sticker because of the porch treatments on the house. I've added some nice G45 chipboard pieces and made a pinwheel.

Our December prize from Scrapping Clearly. These are Heidi Swapp words,flower centres and chevron bags. please check out her website and she is the biggest stockist of Heidi Swapp products in Australia.  You can't win unless you enter so go to to put in your entry. Good luck!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

KC Base Coat layout

I love the Base Coat ranges, a lot. I was so happy working with the original Base Coat range today.
Here is my layout called Horse & Boy.

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This layout is for two challenges. It turns out they worked together beautifully.

The first is the November sketch #5 for Kaisercraft. You had until tonight at midnight to do it so I hopped straight on to it.
Everything I've used for the layout is by KC except the alphas. They're by CM.

The second is for LIFT7 at Soul Scrappers. We had to lift the following layout:

You can see how similar the two challenges are.

I've used two of the Base coat patterned papers as my base. I distressed and then inked them. I wanted to match them to my photo of the painting of the horse and boy. I've added two KC wooden frames which I have painted. I thought that these were appropriate as my layout was about art. I have used some of the handy strips from the 12" base coat papers. So pleased when a Company does this.

Thanks for looking.

Scrapping challenges


I have a tutorial using inks and budget products to make a layout up on the Mystical blog here. Take a look.
My challenge is still current and you have until the 16th of December to make up a layout using my pink, gold and white mood board.

Watch our for a new challenge at Archiscraps tomorrow. It's Christmassy. November's winner will also  be announced.

My next Soul Scrappers challenge goes live on the 5th. It is also Christmassy.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chance : Jason Momoa


I rolled a 4 this week, which was chance. You had to use a film strip or poloroid frame on your page, plus pick one of the other challenges to do. I chose challenge 1 which was:

Here is my layout:

I started out with white cardstock and took the lids off many different co-ordinating inks and flicked the tube attached to the lid across the paper. I didn't at that point even know what photo I was going to use. Then, I remembered I had this truly wicked photo of Jason Momoa that I had from Comic-con this year. It certainly is lots larger than 6x4. I added the film strip from the Kit I bought at the start of this Monopoly challenge as more of  a design element. I also had some washi tape that was a film strip which I've added, plus 2 more washi - top right.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Central London layout

I could not have asked for a more perfect base for this layout than this October Afternoon paper which depicts the Royal Atlas of England & Walks.  My layout is about us walking about the City of London. There is no better way to get to know a new place than to walk its streets.

This layout is to be included in my 2010 UK trip album. I created it today from the inspiration magazine cover for week #30 at Papercrafter's Corner.  Here is the mag pic:

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Inspiration Piece (image)

My inspiration came from the layout of the pictures and writing. I also wanted to use the colours of cream, red and green as well. I also wanted to add a few words as there is so much writing so I've got a few stickers with writing on and a travel quote on vellum. I also like that my base paper is covered in words (street names) as well.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Set of 3 Christmas cards


Challenge 3 – Yana’s Glittery Christmas Card

Your challenge: share with us your sparkly, glitter card inspired by Yana’s tutorial.

Why do one card when you can do three?  I have 3 special friends who I get together with each Christmas and have a drink, a nibble and exchange gifts. This year I am hosting the event at my place. I wanted 3 cards, one for each friend, which were similar, yet different.

I have the white cardstock base, the red and white patterned paper, the red is flocked and really pretty in real life. The top two cards have Merry Christmas all glittery and the bottom card has sparklet centres.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Colour challenge for Mystical Scrapbooks

I have a colour challenge using a mood board up at Mystical Scrapbooks. Click here for more details on how to enter.

This also happens to be the current mood board challenge at Jot Magazine. Go here to see it.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Christmas scrapbook page for Wk#7 at SBT50 Monopoly comp

I rolled a 3 which is Family Close at SBT50's Monopoly challenge this week.

I just love this photo of my son, Aunt and Nan. Damon has grown so much taller than my relies, which isn't hard as they are only around 5 foot tall. But they wanted a photo with him and everyone had such great smiles. I think Damon looks really very handsome as well.

I've used a row of felt hearts to satisfy that element. I wanted them to pop a bit so I've picked up the blue colour of Damon's shorts and used a torn piece of paper to highlight them.
The quote is gorgeous. It is We live, we laugh, we play, we love. I thought this photo really suited the quote. I've written it on my chipboard journal piece.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Misted layout for SBT50 Wk 6

Week 6's challenge at Scrapbooking top 50's Monopoly competition is :

I rolled a 1 which was the above but I should have rolled a 4 because that was Doily Dale.

I focused on the misting. I took a little white paper doily from the Monopoly Kit you could purchase at the start of the competition and misted over it on my base paper with 3 different mists. I chose a CSI printable with a sentiment and it fitted perfectly into the centre of the masked impression left from the doily  misting. I'ved added my 6 resin flowers in co-ordinating colours to this as well.

I cut up the paper doily and turned it into a flower, adding a daisy flower and a crocheted centre.

I have two chipboard pieces which I've added next to the flower.

One more technique on the page is the dark purple paper behind my photo. I've taken mint green cardstock and stamped a flower using Versa watermark. Then I've added a purple paint wash to create my own background paper.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Ladybird card using Earth Art International stamp

I learned the technique for this card from Mitzi Lutrell.  You stamp on to photo paper and run ink over the image. I then used my coloured scrappy pens to go over the outlines of the patterns of the stamp.

The stamp is a beautiful Earth Art International given to me by Jessica Griffin. Love their stamps. They are incredible. I love ladybirds too.

This card is entered into Week 29 at Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Monday. Here's the inspiration.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays-Week Twenty-Nine Inspiration Piece (image)

I was inspired by the big butterfly which is filled with different colours and images inside the wings and the brightness of the image above it.

Sporty scrapbook page

Today's layout was created for the Week 5 challenge at Scrapbooking Top 50's Monopoly competition.

Here was the criteria:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cooking Up a muted page, add some sequins

My Soul Scrappers challenge is up. Go here:

I'm going with one of the latest trends in scrapbooking and adding some sequins to the mix.  For this challenge you will need to:
  1. Use muted colours only
  2. Use any of the words: forever, cherish or adore
  3. Add journalling
  4. Have a small title
  5. Add flowers
  6. Add sequins
Have your page in the gallery by 28 November please. If 8 or more entries are received I'll give away the prize that I couldn't give away last month. It suits this month's creation too I think.

This is the RAK I'm giving away.

Products used:
Webster's Pages - In Love Collection
Flavia pp
Creative Memories pp
Glitz Teeny Alphas - Aquas Stripe
Creative Memories Copper pen
Prima flowers - Lyric collection
resin rose
angie Winter Designer sequins - clear
D'Lish Scraps flower

Thursday, October 31, 2013

S.E.A. Aquarium, a layout for a challenge at Archi-Scraps

I've created the above layout for this month's challenge at Archi-scraps where I am a Designer. This month's inspiration building is amazing.

The extra criteria is the sea.

First of all, I have the word sea in my title. We went to Singapore on holidays this year and visited the S.E.A. Aquarium. It's a really incredible place with loads of diversity.
When I looked at the building it just reminded me the massive cylindrical aquarium that was at S.E.A. It was filled with coral and beautiful fish. I have also used all of the colours of the image and made some sea plants with paper also representing the curved lines of the building structure.

There is a great Christmassy prize on offer so go and check it out. You have to be in it to win it.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A stamped layout with leaves

I created this layout for Scrapbooking Top 50's Week 4 of their Monopoly challenge. I got Stamp St, so use at least 2 stamps and leaves. I have leaves in my photo, 2 of the stamps have leaves and I've added 2 Rainbow Splendour yellow felt leaves. I have a bee stamp, a bird, 2 birds in a nest and a vine leaf stamp which I've coloured in.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I Love Rick

It's true, anyone who knows me well knows that I love Rick Springfield.  I have created a layout about him for week 3 challenge in the Monopoly game at SBT50. I rolled a 1 this week which gave me this:

Absolutely no problem I thought.  My touch of colour is red. My hidden journalling is on a black and white tag behind the photo on the left.

Great photos, no? In case you might have picked up on the the fact that my photos are not taken from in the audience let me tell you, I had the special privilege of viewing the concert from the back side of the stage. At one point he turned around the gestured to me (and the other 2 girls I guess). Swoon.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Back to School layout for SBT50 Monopoly Wk#2

Clean and Simple:
This is a light and elegant style. A Photo and journaling is a key element of a page. A selected background is sole-colored, unostentatious, mostly in light tones, and takes the largest part of the page. Minimum of simple embellishments is used here. Generally, close-up photos could be seen in this style.

I rolled a 4 this week for the Scrapbooking Top 50 Monopoly week 2 challenge - STYLES. This gave me the take a chance box. I chose to do Clean Street. If you know my work at all you will certainly agree that the majority of my layouts are of the clean and simple variety. So this week was easy peasy for me. I reckoned I've nailed it this week.

'Deed I Do for mag Monday at Papercrafters

This year I joined a chorus called A Capella West. On 24 July 2013 they had a Christmas in July concert on chorus night. Quartets and small groups performed and afterwards we all ate and drank the goodies everyone brought along.
When these photos were taken I was still a prospective member. I had not sung in front of anyone yet. I was asked to perform a song I was learning for my audition in a small group. The top photo shows me doing that. It was a lot of fun. In the bottom photo is Josephine and I in the middle. Josephine was supposed to go up and perform 'Deed I do in the group. She dragged me up with her so I had to sing again. I didn't mind that. All good practice. I'm the one in the purple pants.

This layout was created for Week #26 magazine Monday challenge for Papercrafter's Corner.  There were 3 inspiration pieces. I chose the Rolling Stones music cover. Pretty interesting cover with Some Girls as the title. I immediately thought of my chorus singers. I've used 2 long photos with lots of ladies singing and listed their names underneath like the cover.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Twenty-Six Music Inspiration Piece

My layout was a winner.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Layout for Scrapbookit - Explore

Above is the very appealing sketch for October's challenge at Scrapbookit. I felt compelled to do a page for it.  I started by adding a border in each corner using a stencil and 2 coloured pens. I added a cool travel pp and two types of mist. I loved The Avenues door pp by Bo Bunny.  I felt it went really well with my photo. I had to print it in black and white as that's the additional criteria for the challenge. I love how the sunlight looks in the photo. Well done to my husband with this lucky effect of his photography.