Friday, February 24, 2012

Frosted Designs...

Hello Everyone!  First of all I would like to say a huge congratulations and warm welcome to the new design team members!!!  Frosted Designs is a fun and friendly place to be....a family really.  I hope my readers....are enjoying the challenges presented and play along.  Its truly a wonderful place to be.

I don't know about you but for me Friday sure does seem to come around fast and its time for another Fabulous Friday Frosted Designs challenge.  The challenge this week is to "Shape it Up".  Use at least 3 geometric shapes on your project or layout.  I ended up with a couple of different shapes on my layout.

Just a few snapshots from our summer holiday trip.

I had these wee chipboard frames and pieces that I painted and added patterned paper to.  They added just the right touch of accent to my page.  I've also added a few chipboard circles and pearls.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  I hope you'll play along with this week's challenge.  Make sure you link up your projects to the Frosted Designs blog for the chance to win a great prize and so I can check them out. 

Happy Crafting!!  :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Frosted Designs...

Hello Everyone!  First I want to say how thrilled I am to be staying on with Frosted Designs for another term.  I'm losing track but I do believe this is 3 terms now.  I am loving our little FD family.  Its such a great place to design for and work with other very talented designers.  The newest team has just been announced and I am so happy to be designing along side of my best friend Lynne and my sister-in-law Michelle.  They are so talented!!!  Its going to be fun to work with them.  There are other new and returning designers that have heaps of talent too.  Make sure you stop by the blog to check them out.

Its time for another Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs.  The challenge this week is "brads/eyelets".  Any way, any how just use brads and/or eyelets on your project.  I used a few wee white brads from my stash and made this simple card.

I wanted to be able to give my card away so I cut the prongs off the brads and adhered them with glossy accents.  That way the inside of my card is still nice and smooth.

I hope you'll join us for the "brad/eyelet" challenge.  Make sure you link up your projects to the Frosted Designs blog for the chance to win a prize and so I can check them out.

Happy Crafting!!  :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Challenge Me Happy...

Today I did a layout just for fun.  Well, and for a challenge.  :)  The challenge over at Challenge Me Happy  is to make a layout with "10 years ago" as the base of your layout.  I had these photos of Ian that I just love even if his beautiful smile isn't showing.

I thought they were perfect for this challenge as Ian is 10 1/2 in these pictures.

  My journaling reads.....

10 years ago......"I had a smiling 6 month old.  Now these are the faces I get.  Still love you with all my heart.  Bring back the smile."

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  Off to create something else.  :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Scrapbookers Anonymous ABC challenge...

Hello Everyone!  First of all I'd like to say thank you to all my new followers!  It has been very exciting for me to see my follower number climb the last few days.  I'm so honored that somewhere along the way YOU have seen what you liked or read and want to keep up with me and my work.  I really appreciate that.  I also appreciate all your sweet comments.  I read each one.  :)  Thank you!

Its time for the mid-month ABC challenge Scrapbookers Anonymous.  We are up to the letter G.  For my layout I have used Graphic 45 and Glimmer mist.

I hope you'll dig in your stash and find your "G's".  Make sure you check out the Design team's projects.  Some pretty great G's out there.  :)  Don't forget to link your project up to the blog for the chance to win a prize and so I can check them out.

Happy Crafting!!  :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Frosted Designs Love is in the Air Blog Hop...

Hello Everyone!

 I hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far.  If you have not come from Frosted Designs then hop on over there and start from the beginning.  If you have come from Joanne's blog then you are on the right track.  :)

For this blog hop, each designer will have a word or two that you need to collect and email them to  for a chance to win the prize.  You can check out the prize on the Frosted Designs blog.  

I just love this photo of my youngest Aden.  He has such a fun personality.  We had taken a day trip to Central Otago (about 2 hours from Dunedin where we live) to pick cherries.  He and I picked waaaay too many but it was so much fun finding just the perfect ripe ones.  And he did plenty of eating along the way too.

I hope you'll join in on the blog hopping fun!  Just make sure you use "love" in your project somewhere. Your next stop is Angela's blog.  Hop on over there and check out her project.  Don't forget to collect your word or words along the way.  My words are........

"Valentine's Day."

Here is the list of Designer's blogs.......

Don't forget you can always hop back to Frosted Designs blog or back here to my blog if you get lost along the way.  Hope you'll join our fun!  Make sure you link up your projects to the Frosted Designs blog for a chance to win the prize and so I can check them out!  

Happy Crafting!!  :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Frosted Designs Show Me Sunday...

Hello Everyone!  Today for Frosted Designs Show Me Sunday I have a fun project to share with you.  I've always liked the printed masking tape you can buy in the scrapbook stores but since that tape is hard to come by here in New Zealand I thought why not try making my own.

I started with a few basic supplies....masking tape, a stamp, and an ink pad.  In this photo is also the box I used to make my project and acrylic paint to paint it.

Start by lining your masking tape on a surface you can peel off when you are done stamping.  I used my nonstick mat but a page protector would work well too.  If you make more strips than you need, you can store them on the page proetctor until you want them for a project.

Next, ink your stamp and stamp on the masking tape.  I found the "Dew Drop" inks to not smear as the distress ink did.  The best choice would be a Stayz On ink or something like that.

I painted my box with acrylic paint so no brown would be showing through the tape.  I also painted the inside of my box to give it a more finished look.

After the paint had dried, I began to wrap the box with the stapmed masking tape until the whole box was covered including the edges of the lid.  I decided not to cover the whole lid since I was going to decorate the top of it.

I chose to cover my box with 3 different colours of ink that I applied with a foam applicator.

Last I used some flowers that coordinated with the ink colours and decorated the top.  Now I have a box that could be used as a gift box or to keep something special in.

I hope this has given you inspiration for a simple yet lovely project.
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Scrapbookers Anonymous...

Hello Everyone!  While I'd like to say "can you believe its Februray already"....I'm really saying YAY Its February already!!!  Here in NZ, that means the boys have started a new school year and routine is coming back into our house.  Ahhhhhhh......I can feel it now......

But since it is February, there is a new challenge up at Scrapbookers Anonymous.  This month's challenge is "hearts and stitching".  It doesn't matter what you make or how you incorporate your hearts and stitching...just make sure those two things are on your project!  A couple weeks ago I just needed to get my hands messy and play.  I love scrapping photos of my boy onto layouts but I had been having the feeling of needeing to just play.  As I was creating, I realized that if I incorporated some stitching that I was also completing an assignment.  :)  So I did.

I got my inspiration from this pin on Pinterest.  My best friend first Lynne pinned it and I really loved it.  I kept the hearts but made the canvas's my own.

I used 4 mini canvas's and did each one as its own artwork.  The letter stickers were a tan colour and I painted them teal with acrylic paint.  Mists, paints, stamps, buttons, lace....were all a part of what I used.

I painted my background canvas and then stamped it with my script stamp and attached the doilies.  Thanks to my best friend Lynne for helping me with her sewing machine to do the stitching on the background canvas.  She has always done stitching on her layouts and while I admired it, I was a bit scared of it.  When she buys her new one, I'm buying hers!  And I'm pretty excited about that.  I can feel a new addiction coming on.  :)  Thanks for being my inspiration Lynne!!  :)

Here are some close ups of my stitching.  The thread is white but the colour of the canvas seemed to change the colour of the thread.  I was a bit nervous starting with it....even asked Lynne to leave the room!  lol...but soon got the hang of it and as I said, I think it will be a new addiction.  :)

I hope you'll play along with the Scrapbookers Anonymous February challenge.  Make sure you link up your project to the blog for the chance to win a prize and so I can check them out.

Happy Crafting!!  :)

Something more...

When I started this blog, it was just as much about my life here in New Zealand as it was scrapbooking.  I am going to strive to get back into that.  I love having a place to post my scrapping creations and my design team projects but I want to share some of life here too.

So let's start.......this week marks my boys starting a new school year.  I have to say I was really glad that school is back in session.  I love my boys but have really been in need of routine.  And school is part of that. heart breaker.  10.5...year 7 (6th grade)

 Aron...voted nicest boy by the girls in his class.....12...year 8 (7th grade) baby...8...year 4 (3rd grade)

I'm looking forward to sharing more of life with you blog friends.