Friday, 15 April 2016

A Day Late.....

a buck short, I'm writing the report, on losing and failing.  When I move I flailing now. 
Blink 182

There you go, start your day with a little punk rock I always say :)

Anyway, I am a day late with with this card for the southern girls challenge.
This fortnight is the turn of Team Lou (yep my team),  and we want to see patterned paper on  your project.
YEP, that's it, add some patterned paper and you could be into win a prize from Lacy Sunshine or Pppinkydolls.

I have used a Ppinkydoll image on my card.
Her name is Fifi.

When I started this card I knew exactly who I was making it for which made life a lot easier.  My dad wanted to send my Aunty a card as she has been in hospital unwell, she is home now though so that is FANTASTIC!  So this card is her get well card :)

I used some paper out of my stash and cut the base using a cut file from the Silhouette Design store.  SO EASY!

I coloured my image with my birthday promarkers (better than copics IMO)
and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Thanks loads for dropping by and I hope you like my card,

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges....

Simon Says Stamp - Lets do the Polka
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Get Well
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes

Sunday, 10 April 2016

OAC Kit Swap #2 and the Blatherings of a Soccer Mum

This is the second layout I completed from the OAC kit swap.

I used quite an old photo of Will from when he had his curly locks.
Man his his was CUTE!

This kit was put together by Robyn for us all.

The papers in this kit were from KaiserCraft and the letter stickers are both American Crafts Thickers.  The letters came from my stash.

Yesterday we had Soccer grading day, it went pretty well.
Although this year I found things more stressful as i actually had to go!  Normally I just send hubster along with the boys and stay home with the two littlies.  But this year,  I had to go as I am now part of the soccer committee.
Oh well, I guess the things we do for our kids hey?

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, 9 April 2016

OAC Kit Swap Layout #1 and some fantasy tv programming love.

In my last post I showed my layout for the OAC kit swap.
Today I am sharing a layout I completed with Raewyn's kit.
The photo is of my kids and my close friend's children.

I am not sure what the papers are that were included in the kit or the diecut, BUT I love how this turned out :)

I am also so excited as we have re-signed up with Neon TV this month so we can watch season 6 of Game of Thrones.
Even more exciting is they have a new show starting at the end of April based on Terry Brooks Shanara series YAY!   I am looking forward to that and hope it lives up to my expectations.  I kind of thought Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy would be made into a series first but hey ho, I will take what I can get.

Thanks for dropping by,

Friday, 8 April 2016

Such A Useless Blogger!!!!!!!!

I don't know what is up with me and blogging at the moment!
I have been creating, I have actually been doing HEAPS of scrapbooking.
I joined a kit swap with my fellow scrappers from the Otane Arts Center where I attend a monthly scrap crop.

This is the layout kit I gave to the participants.... 

It was made with an older collection from Kaisercraft and silhouette cuts.

I will share some of my layouts made with kits I received in the swap in some upcoming posts.

Thanks for dropping by,

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

On A Wing And A Prayer....

Hi, so you may remember a couple of cards ago that I mentioned that I send my Brother and SisterIL's cards together?
Well here is my brothers card....

A bit different to my usual style but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I have used an image from Sassy Cheryl called A Wing and a Prayer.
I coloured with copics this time, although  am now preferring my promarkers to colour with.

The background is prismacolor pencil.
I cut the hill with my new Lawn Fawn border dies which I was inspired to buy by Karen who makes LOADS of amazeballs cards with them.

Thanks loads for dropping by :)

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Crafty Kiwi Mama: Blogaversary - Candy

My good friend Wendy is having a fantastic giveaway on her blog - make sure and go and check it out at ...... Crafty Kiwi Mama: Blogaversary - Candy:

Monday, 7 March 2016

A Bubble Kind Of Wish

Hi lovely Peeps :) It is such a stunningly beautiful day here today.
I won't make this a long post as I want to get outside and enjoy it before it gets too hot.

Today I have a card made with a Lia Stamps image coloured with promarkers to share with you.

I have used a sketch from Paper Play Sketches for the layout...

I have used papers from the My Girl stack by American crafts and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The beautiful sequins are from SpiegelMom Scraps.

I am entering in the following challenges apart from the sketch mentioned above....
Creative Moments - Anything Goes with optional sentiment on front
Allsorts Challenge - Feminine 
Crafty Friends - Flowers

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

ADFD Card For Carolyn

Way back in January it was my sister in law's birthday. And last week it was my brothers.  Me being quite a bit Scottish descended I don't like to waste money, so I always send their cards together.  I know, tight aye ;)

I have recently rediscovered my love for A DAY FOR DAISIES stamps, I used to use these ALL the time but then I started doing more DT work which meant I had to use certain images and many of my much loved stamps and companies were put on the back burner.  Well now I'm back (haha just had a Gloria Gaynor moment) and embracing all those stamp companies I love.

For this card I have used an image called "A Special Flower" I have coloured her up with promarkers....

The papers are MME Stella & Rose - Mabel. The flowers are from Fancy Pants
and I cut the sentiment on my silhouette cutter.

Thanks loads for dropping by,

I would like to enter the following challenges....
A Day For Daisies - Dimensional Flowers
Crafty Boots - Something for the ladies
Crafty Cardmakers - for a special woman
Shopping Our Stash - No White Paper
Inky Chicks - Ribbon or Lace

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Mad Keen Hunter Layout

Yesterday was the last Saturday of the month so that means Otane Scrap Crop day.
Yesterday was my second time and I love it!!!  I blasted out 3 and a bit layouts.  Today I am sharing one which is based on a sketch at STUCK?! Sketches

Here is my layout....

and here is the sketch I followed...

I have flipped it as you will be able to tell.
I used papers from Fancy Pants' Happy Go Lucky collection.  I would normally have sewn the circle with a sewing machine but since I was at a crop and didn't see the sewing machine in the corner until I was onto my third layout I have used bakers twine.
The alphas are thickers and the other bits and pieces are all from my stash.

Thanks loads for dropping by

Monday, 22 February 2016

Ode To Summer.....

I think this year has been the best summer in absolutely ages!
Lots of lovely swimming weather along with enough rainy days to keep our tanks ticking over without the water tanker being called on. 

So as a little homage to the gorgeous summer I have created this card using the sketch from Sketch Saturday 

The image is from All Dressed Up and the papers are Stella & Rose - Mabel by My Minds Eye.
I cut the sentiment on my silhouette.  The image is coloured with Promarkers which I just picked up for a bargain from a lady on a colouring group on FB.

Thanks loads for dropping by to see my summery card.

Along with the sketch challenge mentioned in my post  I would also like to enter the following challenges...
Passion for Promarkers - Luscious Locks
Crafting with friends - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge- Anything Goes

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Adding A Little Sparkle With Southern Giirls

This fortnight over at Southern Girls Challenge our theme is Sparkle.
I made this layout, along with two others (go me), at our monthly Otane Scrap Crop.

I used a plain white cardstock base and sprayed it with some Heidi Swapp sprays then layered my papers on top.  The paper are from the "Dream in Color" collection from Websters Pages.
I fussy cut the flowers in the corners on the left hand side from a paper from the same collection.
I inked the edges of my papers to make them blend together a little better using a hero arts ink pad in "splash"  .  The sequins are from Spiegel Mom Scraps and the flowers and journal card are from a kit from Random Kits and Pieces.

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to check out the challenge.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Cute & Colourful With All Dressed Up

It is nearly the end of the school holidays, only one week to go :(
I have really enjoyed these holidays with the kids and we have been having a few little outings which has been fun.

The only trouble with the holidays though is finding time to craft.
And I feel funny if I don't do something a little crafty arty every couple of days.

This morning I have had a chance, since hubby is home, to sit down and make a card from start to finish which is a miracle in this house I tell you.

So here it is my cute and colourful card made with an All Dressed Up image...

The image is called Happy Birthday and best of all you can find her in the FREEBIES section of the All Dressed Up blog.
I KNOW - free, can you believe it.
But also make sure and visit the shop because there are loads of cuties there too, I can speak from experience as I spend most of my digi allowance there lately.

I coloured her with copic markers.
The papers are from my scrap bin and are leftovers from scrapbook layouts.
I used a couple of dies through my cuttlebug on this card too, from spellbinders, memory box and couture creations.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I would like to enter this card in the All Dressed Up challenge.

Thanks loads fr dropping by...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A Bit Of Random Fun With Southern Girls

Over at Southern Girls for the next fortnight we have a nice, easy Anything Goes challenge for you to join in with.
We have been sponsored by the East Wind and A Random Fan.
I drew A Random Fan to work with and chose this super cute Sweet Honey Bee image to use.
I had Connor's little friend in mind when I made it as he is off to her surprise party today which he is pretty excited about.
We are off gift shopping later so it will be interesting see what he thinks a 10 year old girl would like.

I coloured the image using copic markers.  The papers are MME from my most favourite collection ever to make cards with, it will be a sad day when I finish my last 6x6 paper pad of this one.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts where I buy all my flowers as they have an awesome selection and the shipping to NZ is super reasonable.
I printed the sentiment in word and punched using SU punches from my demo days.

Thanks loads for visiting :)

Monday, 11 January 2016

Oh Jane - You are SOOOOOOOO Wild

Today I have a card made with a new image from Bloobel Stamps.
Bloobel stamps is pretty new, only starting in October last year.
The images are a bit crazy funny, I love them.

This image is called Jane and as soon as I saw her on the Bloobel FB page I knew what I wanted to make.  I went crazy with my Silhouette portrait for this card as you can see....

Jane is coloured with Copic markers.

I wish I could find some adhesive refills for my Xyron 510, it would have been loads better to stick the cuts down than using fabritac.

So there you have Jane, I hope you enjoyed her.


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges...
Crafty Calendar - Something New
Scrappers Delights - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can - Something New
Dragonfly Journeys - You Crack Me Up

Saturday, 9 January 2016

All Dressed Up Floral Bomb

Have I ever told you just how much I love All Dressed Up Images ???
Well I do!  They are marvellous, so wonderful to colour and just a little bit different from the other girly images, almost like calista flockheart lollipop girls ;) 
And I was a huge fan of Ally McBeal, I miss those shows.  You know the ones like Ally and Boston Legal etc.  Much better than lame cooking and house reno programmes.  Thank cripes for Netflix really.

So onto my card.....

The image is called Top Knot and I have coloured her with copic markers.
The papers are "We Are Family" by Echo Park.
The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I added glossy accents to my wood veneers after inking the outside with Poppy Parade stamp pad from SU.  I added liquid pearls as an accent around the image and on the scallop edges of the die cuts.
The sentiment is also Stampin Up.

Thanks loads for visiting :)

I would like to add my card in the following challenges...
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything New ( new Image)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Punches or Dies
Lil Red Wagon - Thank You
Cute Card Thursday - Hey What's New? (new image)

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Whoopin It Up With Some Yellow

3 in a row - I am on a roll ;)
After yesterday's dark and sombre layout I am back to my colourful self with this layout

Here is the challenge image...

I used scraps from my scrap draw, I am using up some of them before I cut up some new sheets as they were getting out of control.
I misted the background with Mister Hueys over a Studio Calico stencil then once it was dry added my layered photo.  On the layers I inked the edges of each piece of paper with Squeezed Lemon distress ink.
The chippy and brad are both Echo Park from a summer collection called Summer Bliss by Lori Whitlock released last year or the year before maybe?
The flair is from my stash and the ribbon and sequins are from SpiegelMom Scrap shop.
The Alphas are Thickers.

Hope you enjoy my layout, let me know what you think.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year = More Scrapping!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!
The start of a New Year brings resolutions and this year mine is to scrap more.
Last year I think I did 2 layouts - holy moly batman - not great.
SOOOO  this year is about crafting productively.
I may even get back into PL, but that may not happen as I always forget to take photos everyday and then things just get a little boring.  Also we have no life LOL - well we do but we live in the country and don't "go" places.
It could be a PL full of photos of mine and the kidlets crafting, now that would be exciting.

I have made a great start to the year and completed 3 layouts in the last week, so I know technically 2 were before New Years but I am patting myself on the back anyway.

My latest layout, which I did this morning, is for the csi color stories inspiration major challenge for January.

The colours were a NIGHTMARE for me but I got there eventually.

Here is my "ROCK CHICK" layout

The hardest colour was the burgundy, I have NOTHING burgundy in my stash so ended up gessoing the frame and painting it with brown and red H2Os and inking up the hessian hearts and star and veneer with some SU ink.
Also chocolate brown isn't a fave either.  I will probably end up rescrapping the photo for Jodie's own album in more girly colours down the track.

I may have a rather gruesome layout in a few days as my oldest son is staying at his Nana & Pop's and has been shooting rabbits with a bow and arrow.
He is saving them for me to take a photo of so tomorrow when I pick him him up so you can all look forward to that LOL.

Catch you up soon

Friday, 1 January 2016



I have been instagraming for about 2 years now, but have recently started following a lot more scrappers, cardmakers, mixed media artists and artists.   It really is a huge outlet for lots of really talented crafters and individuals.  You can spend hours on there finding like minded individuals and inspiration.

Plus it is awesome for editing and sharing your photos.  My instagram name is loulouforsyth and if you visit my profile you will see LOTS of random photos of both my creative stuff and my family.  For those of you not on instagram I am going to share some of my recent family faves with you....

So there you have it, if you haven't already discovered how completely awesome instagram is, give it a go :0)