Monday, 16 April 2018

Sketchy Boards challenge - May 2018

Hello,
and YES!!
It's been awhile since I had a chance to create for a challenge...

so, when Heidi asked us if 
The Crafty Chain
could sponsor the 
Sketchy Boards challenge   
for May, we said Yes!!

There is a great mood board for the Yellow lovers!!

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You can create a layout, Card or if you prefer something Beyond the Page?
You can use Yellow
or try the sketch?

I don't have a lot of 'spare' time these days so I told Shelley I was going to sit down for about an hour, and this is the result...

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I found this background patterned paper in out 50cent range - so don't underestimate your stash!!
Gave the yellow cardstock a wide border so you can see the chrysanthemums - the strips cut off from the cardstock were torn and adhere to create a bit of  interest? 
We had this beautiful piece of Scrapmatts chipboard, the oval with flourishes and bonus butterflies (Still have 2 large butterflies for another day!!) I have just randomly inked it with a couple of yellow shades - the same colours were used to stamp the background with a Dare 2 B Artzy set that Paige recently used in her card class - it's really a lovely set!!
I found a large lace bloom and some smaller yellow shades and did a bit of floristry - easy!!

Photo is our cute niece Sienna - she is the youngest in her family, so is totally spoilt with love!!

So grab some YELLOW and have a go, 
we'd love to see your entry,
Alison xx


Saturday, 10 March 2018

All that Glitters is not Gold - update

Yes, an update... and an open letter, of sorts?
Although I don't feel confident to share my inner most thoughts and feelings in a public domain, it helps me to know that I have no secrets or skeletons and that this is the story of MY life!
Life isn't always Butterflies and Rainbows... 

Since my original blog post, I've been overwhelmed with all of the comments on my blog, on my facebook and in person! 
I've had so many hugs, messages of support and kindness shown...
from YOU, my beautiful friends!!

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As a side note, yes from my friends, not one 'family' member has shown any empathy, compassion nor support... they have spoken of 'my embarrassing them' that 'they didn't think I would do that!' that 'perhaps it's time to forgive' and 'I should just get over it' or there has just been 'silence'.... Wow!! Right? ...such a shallow, immature and unhealthy way?

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Almost 4 years ago now and I've held a glimmer of HOPE, in light of recent events I have decided I actually don't need such a toxic environment to 'live, love or laugh', our children certainly are still confused how anyone could share a coffee, much less a meal with this type of person or people... I have no answers for them? I have not 'brainwashed' them, they can see for themselves! Just that you cannot see you are being 'groomed' and manipulated... you will, when you open your eyes to the truth!

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The hashtags, the comments, the photos, and the Wordy pictures - make me feel sorry for you!!

Yes, I have been back to Bravehearts - to learn to cope without a 'family'!
No, I didn't write a blog post for the attention... I have plenty of 'attention' in the craft world, and
No, I didn't write your names, but if people can work out who you are and think differently about you, then perhaps your choices are not the best?
Interesting that while you read the comments on my FB, you never comment, and more interesting that when you see the nice things people choose to say about me that you are critical of those comments... while I certainly am not a 'saint', the term used loosely is a compliment, that my 'family' can't even see about me!
I feel sad that you think that once is ok, but 10 times is not - once is the lowest of the low!

I have NOT done the wrong thing here - 

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I am loved by my family of five,
unconditional love,
not the fake type where no one speaks of subjects too difficult or
 just pretends there is no problem.. 


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So, please go about your 'life', have grandparents for your children, have a step aunt, don't follow up on your 'do something about it', damage our bond permanently, enjoy catching up with your brother or brother-in-law... but, I no longer will allow you to make me feel like this is,
 MY fault,

Ask some questions?
Do some research?
Think about your pieces of the puzzle and add them to mine?

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Closing the door..

and,
for those wondering about my Mum
...Step 9...

Thank you for reading,
Thank you for not judging me,
Thank you,
Alison



ps, I am so pleased to be starting the new year... I'm looking forward to making memories with my wonderful husband and children. We have a bunch of plans as a family and will focus on making sure they know how very much they are loved, each and every day... no matter what!

xx

Updated Sunday 11th March 2018
ps, Yes, I wrote this blog post on the last day of 2017... didn't push 'publish' but after Friday's and now Sunday's disappointment with the other side, I am closing the gate and have extinguished the glimmer of hope I have kept glowing..

Thank you for all the lessons learnt, I really do appreciate them all, just wish they didn't hurt my heart so much!


Monday, 11 September 2017

Masculine group post for Imaginarium Designs - September 2017

September in Australia means Fathers Day,
our group post this month is to create a 
Masculine project

I didn't want to create a card,
I thought maybe a page about my wonderful husband,
and then I came across these mini prints of my Brother and his wife...
I only have one brother and one sister-in-law
and this page is for them both!!

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Photos are always the easiest way to document your memories,
Print them,
Put them in an album,
write the details (you'll probably forget!)
and then you can take a trip down memory lane whenever you choose!!
#makingmemories

Thank you for visiting,
Alison xx

Wonderful Wednesday - Imaginarium Designs DT

Hello!!
 and Welcome to my September blog post - 
tentatively titled,
Wonderful Wednesday!!
Well, okay I obviously couldn't think of something better so kept it - 
as Wednesday are a wonderful...

I was going to make Christmas cards, bought some beautiful red papers,
had some fabulous chipboard pieces ready and then...
I was at a scrapbook store and saw a small paper pad with lovely images and soft colours, so
here you have the cards created from those papers with just a little chipboard - 

I can never have too many CARDS
 - it's always handy to have a variety ready at short notice!!

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they are all very simple,
Inked chipboard to add some colour

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this title inked with Oxides and then sprinkled with water - love that effect!

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The paper was so lovely I just added a chipboard frame for the sentiment -

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...and a little camera!

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How lovely are these little frames on cards - such a good size!!

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The frames hold a little flower perfectly on a bed of crackle medium - 

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A little bonus stamping for the background

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Do you love Oxides for colouring chipboard?
It just looks so good!!

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I was loving these funny photos,
so did a bit of scrapping too!

The Great Escape... from reality?

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Take 2 silly photos
2 beautiful daughters,
add a doiley, or two, 
a couple of handmade embellishments (Thanks Shaneen)

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a sprinkling of blooms
and

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some beautiful flourish chipboard pieces to go with the title
done!!

I recently visited SENZ in New Zealand, while I was there my friend Melissa and I had a little adventure on Sunday morning, we had a civilised coffee and cake in Centrepoint - 
we enjoyed the 360' views of Auckland and,
then there was an opportunity for some photos with an optical illusion,
of course Melissa had to get a funny photo...
and I documented the 'green screen' action - 

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I even included a squashed penny we rolled while we were there as a memento!!

  

 

 
Rufus Embellishments                    Leah Frame

 

 
Chevron Border                   Forever and Always

Chipboard is so easy to include on any papercrafting projects,
what piece will you choose for your next project?

Perhaps next month I'll get those Christmas cards completed?
Hope you'll come back to check...

Thank you for visiting,
Alison xx






Saturday, 9 September 2017

White with One - Soul Pea - September 2017

Who doesn't love a soft minty green!!


One of my favourite colours is Green, all shades!!

SEPTEMBER Moodboard ...

It's such a pretty colour..
and together with my 

The Resin Rainbow

subscription kit
Thanks Janet for making it so easy to participate in the

White with One challenge each month!!

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A page with no title?
Eek, I just couldn't 'name' the page
little Sienna is so sweet...
and that's enough - her Mum can write some journalling about the photo to tell the story!!

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A 'stamped' the Oxide ink pad in a grid pattern and sprinkled with water for the background - you can see a little in this close up - the ink pad creates it's own texture and the water reacts with the Oxide ink which is always lovely!!

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The resin pieces were so pretty, 
I just added some Prima Flowers, a D-lish Scraps sequin bow

Why not give it a go today!!
Another photo scrapped - tick!!
Alison xx



Scrapping Outback - September challenge 2017

Hello September!!

The team at Scrapping Outback has a lovely colour pallette this month


The 'rules' are to start with a sheet of white,
use Navy tones, Grey and Kraft,
and must include chipboard (I always have chipboard on every layout, so this is easy!!)

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So, I sprinkled some Lindy's Magicals in a vertical strip on the right hand side, flicked some Distress Spray and swiped the Oxide ink pad around the edge for a border.
A D-lish Scraps doily, some layers of 49 & Market paper, The Resin Rainbow doily (from a subscription kit) an old acetate camera from Maya Rd, some Prima flowers, a couple of Rosie's medallions and a few pearls.

Thanks for visiting,
Alison xx

Kraft Plus - September challenge 2017

Hello Kraft Plus!!
It's been so long since I had some spare time to participate in the challenge,
and then I saw the September 
"What's the Buzz"
challenge, 
the hexagons, bees and a hint of yellow
I picked up some bits and pieces from here and there,
and created a layout!!

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It's a good one, hey?

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Kraft, hexagons, my BEAutiful family (well, minus Tim) and a hint of yellow - 

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A cute D-lish Scraps Glitter bow in gold

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I love how the Decoart crackle paste soaks up the spray colour from underneath - beautiful effect?

Have you participated in the Kraft Plus challenge?
if not... why not give it a go this month!!
Alison xx