Christmas Mini Houses

I’ve continued my mini house creating in a Christmas theme! First I made a little Peppermint House, a variation on a Gingerbread House.

I used red striped paper as the base of the house wall colour and then added window frames and candy canes painted with stripes and covered with Glossy Accents, and I covered the round peppermints with Glossy Accents too. The edges of the house, base, roof tiles and door were all inked in red. I finished off the house with a red Christmas tree.

I then moved on to a Christmas Cottage and Church.

Both of these buildings I used wooden patterned paper for the sides and painted corrugated card for the roofs.

I added some Christmas garlands and bows (Glossy Accent on the bows) all around each building, and a wreath on the front of each door. I put a Christmas tree in the church yard and on the cottage veranda.

On roof of the cottage I added Santa and his reindeer.

I decided for both of these to not attach the building to the base so I could add a small electric tealight inside which gives a glow through the windows! (Just make sure you don’t use the ‘candle effect’ ones and make your house look like it is fire!)

I love these little houses, and my Christmas visitors enjoyed them too.

December Daily 2017

Welcome to my first post for Southern Girls Challenge Design Team! The theme for this challenge is ‘Anything Goes’ so I thought I’d share with you my December Daily.

My book is 4 inches square, and I used Distress Oxides for the background of this cover. I added die cuts of the ornaments and gingerbread man (I love this little gingerbread man!)  I added a chipboard phrase and created the title using one of my Dymos, mounting it on chipboard too.


For the pages I folded the two outside thirds into the centre. I used Distress Oxide for the two outside triangles and the centre, and then white card on the two inside triangles. I added number brads to the corner of each page. I will used my Instax Share printer each day and put the picture in the centre, and then I can add journaling on the two white triangles. I have already cut some more of the small shapes – ornaments, gingerbread men, candy canes, presents, Christmas trees and stockings, so one or two of them will be added to the pages as well as some more of the chipboard phrases.

I love creating a December Daily, keeping a record of all the traditions that we do each year as well as the different things. And this year I have decided to go all the way to the 31 December instead of just Christmas Day. Keep an eye on my Facebook Page and Instagram as I will post pictures of some of the finished pages.

Jot Magazine November 2017 Mood Board

I’ve recently discovered Jot Magazine, there is some great inspiration in the magazine and on their website. I decided to create a layout using their November Mood Board – see it here.

I love the yellow and turquoise in this mood board an found this picture of me aged 11 month in Kerikeri that was a perfect match.

I used two Distress Oxides (my current favourite things!) to create the turquoise green, then cut in circles and inked the edges. I mounted some of them with foam as well as using foam on the picture. Next I painted some wooden buttons and added thread them them when they were dry.

To created the title and date I printed out the words, then laid them over the layout and created stitch holes around the edge of the title and the centre of the date. Then I stitched with the same thread as was in the buttons.

I love the colours, the feeling of water and the texture of the stitching on this layout.

A Village

Wow, it is so long since I wrote a blog post! Not that I haven’t been creating, just not blogging about it… I thought I’d share with you my latest love, creating mini houses with the Tim Holtz Village dies. These dies come with the base buildings – the Dwelling and the Brownstone; then you can buy addon dies with additional structures and decorations (like window frames and fence).

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I’ve started making a little village street! The two houses use the Village Dwelling die, and the church uses the Brownstone.

This first little house I used Distress Oxides to create the colour on the boards and roof tiles, then layered them onto the house. I created the grass, path, porch and door using Distress Oxides too.

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The dormer windows and fence come from the Bungalow die, and the tree was cut from the Landscape die from a thin chipboard before being painted. I then added a little swing to the tree.

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The second little house also has Distress Oxide to colour the roof tiles and, this time, the bricks.

Mini Bungalow

The shutters and fence also came from the Bungalow die, and the tree is from the Landscape die.

Mini Bungalow back

The little church uses the Bell Tower addon, and for the weather boards I painted white cardstock white (!).

Mini Church

The roof is made from corrugated card. I coloured the window frames using a Distress Markers to match the roof. For this one I decided to put edges on the corners to finish it off.

Mini Church back

I’m loving making these little houses, and have some planned for Christmas…so keep an eye out!

Art This Year

I can’t believe it has been so long since last time I blogged! I’ve been busy this year doing some online art classes – Wanderlust from Everything Art and Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. So I thought I would share a few of the projects I’ve been working on.

I was really pleased with this still life, and the techniques I learned can be translated to many other projects.

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It was fun to try something new in this grid-based art board.

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I also enjoyed creating a textured picture based (loosely) on a photograph I took with the sun rays standing out dramatically.

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In this class there is also a focus on art journalling, here are a couple of the layouts I’ve created

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Inspiration Wednesday is all about art journalling, here are a couple of my favourite layouts.

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So, as you can see, I have been busy doing lots of art! Creating new things and trying new techniques.

December Daily 2015

It is that time of year again – getting my December Daily ready! This year I’ve chosen to use Simple Stories Claus & Co range, a lovely clean colour range. I did an Album-in-a-Day class with Vicki Boutin, and I used some of the techniques I learned with her. And I matched with with Barn Door and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.

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I loved red on the spine, so decided to build on this. I used a tag and banner shaped page, with the edges inked, I added two ribbons tied around the cover, and then a ‘Joy’ card and cut the ’25 Days of December’ card into a circle, added the ‘2015’ and mounted with foam tape. I finished off with some stickers: Christmas lights (one of my favourite things!), presents and stars. To add some bling I used Distress Stickles and Enamel Dots.

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On the inside cover I used a December calendar card, some stickers and doilies.

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The first page inside is from the Journal Pages, a folded page that has ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ on the front and a December calendar inside. I used one of the cards to create the ‘To Do’ list and mounted each square with foam mount.

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I put the cards into each of the pocket pages, giving most days a double spread (some days I know I have more planned so gave extra days. I will be using my Instax Share Printer, so will need cards in all pockets, and adding journaling and stickers as I go.

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On the pages that came from the Journal Pages, I’ve created flaps and pockets.

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Another of Journal Pages is a ‘December Documented’ double page, taking some snapshots of this December.

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So my book is ready for the 1st of December, with stickers (both alphabet and pictures), a plan for the month, and a whole lot of good intentions! Keep an eye on my Facebook Page and I’ll (try) and update with pictures of the finished layouts.

Travel Journal

Those of you who follow my blog will know that when I go away I love to create a Travel Journal. This is my record while we are away, including photos, ephemera, and journaling.

For our latest holiday we went to Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, and as usual I created a journal, so I thought I’d share some tips and my method to making this work for you (and even for your kids).

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I started out with a travel journal I created with Teresa Collins at Autumn Escape using her Wanderlust Collection. Before I left I packed my journal with an extra 6×6 pad (I knew I would need to add pages to it), the leftover embellishments from creating the book, and white and black cardstock. I also packed a travelling kit which includes the basics (scissors, knife, journaling pen, pencil, rubber, ruler etc), a glue stick, a mini Dymo and tape, a cutting mat, Tiny Attacher and Instax Share printer. Depending on the book, I sometimes take a coordinating inkpad too. I should also have packed a hole punch – I had to purchase one while there!

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The first thing you need to remember to do is to save the receipts, boarding passes etc – the stuff you’d usually throw away, and make sure you pick up a business card or brochure of the places you visit (my DH is very helpful with this now). And remember to take photos too.

Each day or two I sit down and work on my journal – don’t be afraid of cutting things up to fit into your book, you want it to reflect what you did on that holiday. I use my Instax Share printer for instant photos that go directly into my book, add some journaling, and the page for the day is done.

An example of one day was our day at the zoo:

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I added the day and date with my Dymo, and created the title from the brochure. I picked up a souvenir coin at the zoo, so I added it to a small ziplock bag and punched holes in it so I could add it to my book.

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I also used the zoo brochure (I needed a couple so I could cut things from both sides!) to add all the captions and times to my page of photos.

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We were given a zoo map at the beginning of the day, so I saved that and glued the edge a page with the map folded in half as a better size.

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On the back of the map I stuck some white card and added my journaling for the day.

When I got home, I had a couple of days to complete, which didn’t take long. I added the map we’d been using for the holiday, and my journal was complete – a full record of our time away that can be referred back to at any time.

May 2015 Tag

Wow, I can’t believe my last post was the April Tag from my 12 Tags of 2015, and here I am with the May one! It has been a busy month, and if you follow my Facebook Page you can see some of the things I’ve been doing.

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I love all the layers on the May Tag from Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015, and I replicated it pretty well with what I have. I stuck some burlap down onto my tag and trimmed around it, then used Whipped Spackle and a stencil and my new Cracked Pistachio ink. The ephemera was bits from my stash, and I had a photo stamp of the young girl.

I really want the Tiny Tattered Florals dies, but they aren’t available here yet, so I used some roses already had. The bingo tile came from PaperVine, and as you know I love buttons, so having them on this tag made me happy! Finishing off with spritz from the Distress Marker Spritzer with Black Soot and Festive Berries.

I’m certainly planning to blog sooner than the June tag! I still have some Autumn Escape class projects to show you, and some new Inspiration Wednesday pages.


April 2015 Tag

Welcome back! It’s that time of the month again, 12 Tags of 2015 time, based on Tim Holtz’s April Tag.

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As usual I made a few changes: I used my flower stamps but didn’t have a stem so used a permanent marker and drew them in! I coloured using Tim’s technique, and I thought this worked really well.  I cut the words using a Silhouette (loving this machine!). I stitched on the flowers, added a little heart button, and coloured my ribbon to match.  A very sweet tag!


Prima Projects

Among all the busyness of the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to make some projects using beautiful Prima products. (Warning: there are lots of photos in this post!)

In one of my op-shop checks I found this cute little glass butter dish complete with a cloche, I fell in love with it, but I don’t put butter out like this, so I needed to find another use for it.Always Flowers 1


I got some flowers from Free Spirit range, some roses and some flat flowers, and I also had some lovely metal roses from Finnebar.  I started out with part of a polystyrene ball in the middle, covered with some of the flat flowers, and then started to add the 3D roses.  For the metal roses, I took the flat flowers and cut them into separate petals so that there was colour in between the metal petals.

Always Flowers 2Once I had added all the flowers, I then finished off the display with some twirled stems (I separated them from the flowers so I could add where I wanted) and a little stamped sign that says ‘Always’.  So now I can enjoy both the flowers and the butter dish!

Today (Saturday 25 April) is Anzac Day, a time to remember the men and women who served our country.  As this is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, there has been quite a big build up, and I wanted to remember some of my ancestors who fought and died in WW1.  My Great Nana had six brothers, five of whom signed up to fight for England.  Great Great Uncle John was killed on the Somme in August 1918, and Great Great Uncle Joe served in the Royal Navy in both WW1 and WW2; neither of these men left any direct descendants, so I feel it is even more important for us to remember them.

Green Brothers 1I found old records (again while op-shop browsing!) and thought they would make great covers for a book, and they work really well with The Archivist collection.  I cut circular pages, distressed the edges, and inked with chalk ink. I was able to punch holes in the records using my crop-a-dile.  I want to preserve the integrity of the records, so I cut circles for the labels, not covering the whole record.  These five brave men fought for England, so I wanted to include an English-style poppy on the front, as well as the New Zealand one, to link the past and present.  There has also been an Anzac 50 cent coin released, so I added one of these to the front of the book too.  The last embellishment was a clock from the Wood Icons set.  And I made the title with one of Dymos.

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My Great Uncle Harry did a lot of family genealogy and I have been lucky enough to get pictures and information from him.  The first page in my book has a copy of an article in the local paper in 1915, about these five brothers.  I added another Wood Icon and a light bulb from a packet of Junkyard Findings.

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For each of the five brothers, I printed out a picture of them, a short biography of what the did in WW1, and used the Dymo on the back of a Wood Icon to highlight their name.

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My third project is a little book for my work desk – and I appropriately used the Coffee Break collection for this.

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I started out with a 6×6 pad, and cut all the pages with a pink cardstock base and patterned paper pages using build your own mini album cutting files on the Silhouette. I then inked all the edges with chalk ink before assembling all the pages.

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I found some of my favourite quotes, and printed them all out on a variety of Dymo machines and wheels, giving me a cohesive look but different fonts.

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Each quote was mounted onto some paper (left over from cutting the pages), then onto chipboard for a 3D effect.

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Next was embellishing the pages.  I had a pack of 3D Coffee Break stickers which also include coordinating bling. I also used some more Junkyard Findings (LOVE these), some mini flowers, and Coffee Break stamps coloured with watercolour pencils and fussy cut out.

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This book is now a fat and fun book that I can glance through and smile at during my Coffee Break!

Thank you for bearing with me until the end of this long post, and I hope you’ve found something to inspire you!