Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Getting messy with Gauche (and a DT call!!)

There's a new challenge over at Gauche Alchemy for May and the Alchemists are sharing how-to's. Lots of interesting posts are going up.
Mine has a bit of a run down on how I create my unique backgrounds, you can check it out here.
This page was the final result.

There is also an open call for the Gauche Design Team, you can check out all the details here. I must say that this team is truly one-of-a-kind AWESOME!
Thanks for coming by

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Hobart, Tasmania

A post about our holiday with a scrapbook page at the end. 

This is one of the reasons April disappeared so fast in our house.
Hubby and I took the two younger boys to Hobart for a week in the school holidays. Rather than drive around, this time we based ourselves in a cute terrace found on AirBnB, it was cosy and warm and had all mod cons (including a spa) and was an easy stroll to Elizabeth St Mall and the Waterfront

We splashed out and got tickets for the 'Posh Pit' on the ferry to MONA. Very nice with complementary bevvies (hot, cold, and alcoholic) and canapes.
I didn't manage to get in many photos but here we all are, feet at least.

And the boat...

This was the exhibit that impressed the most. Laser-cut steel, a life sized low loader rig with a cement mixer on the back.

There was a lot to see inside, a very interesting and eclectic mix of modern art to get you pondering, inside an amazing building, underground.
Dex found an old piano and treated us to 40 mins of his virtuosity, acquiring a bit of an audience and a round of applause at the end. All just practice to him.

We went on a wilderness 'cruise' to the Southern Ocean to see wildlife in its natural habitat, seals, albatross, and shags on rocks. This was awesome fun, we got to taste fresh-from-the-sea seaweed, quite good and nowhere near as salty as I expected, and wear head to toe raincoats to protect us from the wind and spray when the boat was a rocket.

We took a bus to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, this was Eddy's activity pick, he wanted to see some devils. We got up close and personal with a wombat, a devil, a koala, some native birds, and lots of roos!

and then on to historic Richmond.

On the weekend we wandered around Salamanca Market 

and caught up with my wonderful scrappy friend Sharmaine when she picked us up and took us home to enjoy a delicious lunch with her lovely family.

The boys and I had a marvellous time. Not quite sure about Phil, he seemed to lose his happy half way through and didn't find it again until we got to the airport to come home. It's not the first time and it inspired me to scrap this page when I went to retreat (also in April).

I see separate holidays in our future, it's a good thing.

Thanks so much for coming by

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Ooops, running late

April was a mad month, in the BEST way possible :-D
With a school holiday family trip to Hobart, Tasmania, and a long-weekend art retreat with my most awesome gals, I have spent a fair bit of time without screens. It has been GOOD!
I will catch you up on my fun in a little while but for now here is my Gauche Alchemy project for April. 

You can look here for more details and the amazing mood board. Then check out the blog home page for what the other Alchemists have done. There is some seriously amazing work to inspire you in your creative pursuits.
Thanks for coming by

Saturday, 4 April 2015

K+ April

From this recipe board

Thanks for looking

Jot Mood

Playing with the Jot challenge for April I came up with this.

Loving some old Hambly transparencies on a misted background.

From this mood board, isn't it pretty?!
Thanks for coming by

Monday, 16 March 2015

Kraft +

The K+ challenge for March is a sketch and sparkles, here's my page.
I'm working my way through some old photos at the moment in an effort to scrap rather than print.

Lots of different washi tapes from lots of different places, a pre-made background from cleaning up stencils used for other pages, Dymo, glitter stickers and a gorgeous flower stem from Imaginarium Designs.
It's based on this sketch, rotated and slightly modified.

Thanks for coming by

Monday, 9 March 2015

Love a Quote

Quotes are my fave kick off point for a challenge
so this month over at Gauche Alchemy was perfect.
I had a play in my art journal and came up with this.
Head on over to the blog for more deets and 

This is the challenge board, you don't have to use it, you can create anything you want just make sure you use a quote. Entries here.

Have fun!

Monday, 23 February 2015

It's a Love / Hate Thing

The February challenge over at Gauche Alchemy is a twist on the regular schmaltzy Valentines and gave me something to think about before I came up with this. It's a layout very much in keeping with my warts and all documentation of life. I love and adore this man for so many reasons... 
Smoking is not one of them.

This is the mood board
and you can check out what the other gals are doing on the blog.

We'd love you to join us, the linky tab is looking a little neglected so come and get your gauche on with us! Anything goes, creatively speaking.

Thanks for coming by

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Kraft +

There has been a kraft shaped hole in scrappy challenges since the demise of Kraft It Up so it's great to see a brand new challenge site for using kraft card.
The inaugural challenge is up this month and of course I had to play along.
This is my page...

and this is the challenge...
Click on the image to go to the site.

Come and play!