Saturday, November 30, 2013

BW2 December Palette

It's the first of the month!
Reveal Day at
And what a gorgeous palette this month
Crystal Blue
Candy Apple Red
Dominant Black Background

My December Card.
Sadly the last card for BW2.
Eve has decided to discontinue
 the card challenge in
 the New Year.

This is my first ever Easel Card....

Using Spellbinders
 "Grand Decorative Ovals One" 
American Crafts Black cardstock.
Blue glitter paper.

The poinsettias are
Heartfelt Creations
 "Petite Poinsettia" stamps.
The sentiment is
 Just Rite
 "Grand Christmas Sentiments"
embossed with
 "Seafoam White"
 embossing powder.

Kaiser black Sparklets
 for the poinsettia centres.
Red flourishes are
"Jewel Flowers & Flourishes"
A wee bit white organza ribbon
 and a few pine fronds.

I have kept this months layout CAS.
I just love the pop of red
 from the candles.

The background paper
 is from the
 Bo Bunny

The candles are
Marianne Creatables
"Candles" (243)
With a few pine fronds
 and wee red roses.

The photo mat is punched with
 Martha Stewart
 "Double Arches"
Deep Edge PATP.

Photo is youngest
 Granddaughter Emma
 from last year.

American Crafts black
 cardstock and red
 craft paper.

The title is from my stash.

So, the final palette for 2013.
You must join in the challenge,
 such beautiful colours.
And, over at the
 Eve is announcing some great
 new ideas for 2014.
So, you just have to head
over there and take a look.
Also to see what my fellow
 DT girls have done with
this month's palette.
See you there.


Friday, November 22, 2013

SOUS Sketch Reveal

Welcome friends to Sketch Reveal
A wonderful sketch from
 our Leah this week.
Perfect for my three


Leah's Sketch...

I have used
Teresa Collins

Along with the elements
and date stickers from
the same collection.

Just a few wee splodges
of black acrylic paint
 (which didn't quite
splash the way I wanted
 it to!)

Granddaughter #1 - Rebekah.

Granddaughter #2 - Erin.

Granddaughter #3 - Emma.

Love these papers
- this certainly does matter!

Some black and white
 cardstock - happy!

Now it's your turn.
Head over to
to see the wonderful
 work of my fellow
 DT girls.
Then upload your project,
 using the sketch,
 to the SOUS Blog
 and we will all come
 by and leave you
 some scrappy love.
You have two weeks
to participate.
Can't wait to see your


Monday, November 11, 2013

Thankful Blog Hop Thank You...

Thank you for joining us on the
Whimsical Designs
 Give Thanks
 Blog Hop.
I hope you were able to get
lots of inspiration.

Thank you to everyone for
 their beautiful comments,
 and some lovely
 new followers.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Whimsical Designs Blog Hop

Welcome! Welcome!
To the Whimsical Designs
"Give Thanks"
 Blog Hop!

The Hop runs from
 Friday 8th Nov 7pm EST
Sunday 10th Nov midnight EST.

For those of us in the UK
 that means midnight on Friday 8th
 until 5am Monday 11th.
Confusing or

(And to make it even more confusing,
 my Blog still thinks it lives in
 Perth, Western Australia!!!
 So the time and date on the post will be
 different again. I have tried to change it,
 but whichever country you set it up
 in is the country it stays
You should have arrived here from
 Nanne's Blog.
If not, return to
 Whimsical Designs,
 where a complete list of
participating Blogs
 is given.
You don't want to miss any
 of the gorgeous projects
 on show.

I have created a layout for the Hop.
A recent photo of my gorgeous
 eldest Granddaughter
 from our recent trip
 to London

My background paper is from
 Webster's Designs
 "Nature's Storybook".

Title and date
Sassafras Lass
"Khaki Type"

The leaves are
 "Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves"
 Just Rite Stamps
on Vanilla
American Crafts cardstock.

And then some colouring fun with
 Distress Markers!
spiced marmalade
rusty hinge
shabby shutters
antique linen
scattered straw
crushed olive
tea dye.

I then painted a thin coating of
 KindyGlitz "Crystalina"
 over them and
 the frame.

The frame is from
 "Ornate Frames 11".

In the wee plastic bag
 is one of the leaves
 from the photograph.

And I have written the story
of the leaf on the back
 of the layout.
 A treasured moment with my
 (Click on picture to enlarge
 and read - quite cute!)

Your next stop on the Hop
 is the gorgeous
And, a final photo....

How stunning is this!!
Enjoy the Hop


Friday, November 8, 2013

SOUS Sketch Reveal

Hello dear scrappy friends!
It's time for the latest
 Sketch Reveal
 over at
I have so wanted to do a
 layout of this subject
 for a long time.
And this time of year
 is perfect!

The Sketch from our own
 Leah Schaeffer.....

This coming Sunday is
 Remembrance Sunday.
And Monday 11th November is
 Remembrance Day.
This layout features my
six great uncles.
My Maternal Grandmother's
 six brothers. 

They all fought in World War II
 - representing the three forces -
Royal Navy
Royal Air Force.

Thankfully, all six returned
from the war.
However, two of them died
soon after as a result of war
 injuries - the two on the
extreme right of the photo,
 both young men in
 their late 20s.
Thus I never knew them.

The other four became known
as my "old Uncles".
They all had white hair by the
 time I knew them, and lived
 into their 70s, except the baby
 of the family, who sadly
 died at the age of 54.
And between these six boys
 only one of them
 had a child!

I wear my Poppy with pride
 every year, and this year
 I have placed my
 Poppy on this

The papers are from
"Remember Me"
and the
 from the same collection.

The border punch is
 Martha Stewart
 "Scallop Dot".
The individual frames are
 "Lattice Rectangles".

The original photo,
which I inherited and treasure,
 sat on my Great Grandmothers
 sideboard for as many
 years as I can
She outlived four of her sons,
 passing at the age of 93!

I am fortunate not to have
 any family currently serving
 in any of the war zones,
 but my respect and gratitude
 goes out to those who are
 serving and
 their families.
Lest We Forget

Don't forget the Blog Hop
 coming up in a
 few short hours.
Inspiration and Candy galore.

In the meantime, head on
over to
 and see what the rest of
the DT have done with
 the sketch - amazing work.
Then have a wee play yourself.
Can't wait to see what you come up with.
See you in a few hours for the