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Did someone say Mouse?

I hope you have all recovered from the holiday break. I personally never want to eat again, I am still full from Christmas Lunch. We had a lovely day catching up with family.

And the best part about a break? Having time to sit and scrap. I found a really great sketch over at the Paper Stories Blog and you all know I cannot resist a good sketch.

I have had this photo of my parents cat Q looking fixedly at a little toy mouse for quite a while but hadn't got round to making a layout.

I have used a bit of everything on this layout but am really happy with how it turned out.

I got some little Halloween tags in the Elle's Studio grab bag I bought on Black Friday. We don't really have Halloween out here but I thought they were perfect for this layout. I used to just cast aside things I didn't think I would use but now I try to re purpose them by cutting them up, using them as layers or cover bits with washi.

I hope you found some time to do some scrapping too.
Thanks for stopping by,

Long time no see...

I am sure you are all rushing around busy for Christmas and here has been no different. I have been busy shopping, baking and all the other things that go with the festive season.

I was hoping to share some more of my DD with you all but I just haven't had a chance to photograph it properly so I am just posting some Instagram photos to give you a peek.

I am so glad I used an album with page protectors this year, I think that has helped me a lot to keep organised. Also I am absolutely LOVING the vellum numbers from the Crate Paper Sleigh Ride Collection. 

As I am one to leave things to the last minute I have decided to have a go at "auditioning" for the ScrapFriends Design Team I have never tried out for a DT before but I have high hopes for myself for the New Year so I thought I may as well give it a go :)

Hope you all have a wonderful, happy and safe holidays and that all your Christmas wishes come true,

Love from Harry &

December Daily - Title Page

Like I said in my last post I am already behind in my December Daily. The problem started with the album cover. I ordered the Acorn Avenue Wood Veneer by Crate Paper because they had a cute little deer in them but they haven't arrived yet. So because the cover wasn't done I kept putting it off. Well they still aren't here so I have to start or I will be doing it in November next year like last years.

So even though I am off to a slow start I do have all my photo's organised and edited so that is a start and I completed the cover page. I am using a Simple Stories 6x8 album which is a good size for me to work with because it's not too small. 

I used silver POW paper and cut the frame and numbers with my silhouette. The main paper I am using is Christmas Cheer by Lily Bee but I will be mixing others in and of course the trees are Studio Calico. 

If you are doing a December daily please feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can come over and check it out. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

A Christmas Tradition

Happy December! Are you all doing a december daily? I am but being me of course I haven't started - I know, I'm hopeless. But I have been taking my pictures so I might start on it tonight.

To get myself in the christmas spirit I decided to do a layout about my favourite decoration. I was given this cute little guy when I was a child and every year I always hang him at the front of the tree.

I used some lovely Elle's Studio cut outs from the Be Merry Collection.

And as you can see I have been at the stitching and twine again. I also added some sequins to tie in with the baubles in the picture.

The washi is from Freckled Fawn. See how cute my little guy is!

So to celebrate the start of December how about a freebie? I have made up a little calendar to go into my december daily.

If you would like to have one you can grab it here. The file includes a PDF of a 4x6 card and also a .jpg file. Hope you like them.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, 

Sleepy Cat

I hope you all had a great weekend. I have been up at my parents place in the country which is always a nice break away from busy Melbourne. When I am up there I also get to see my "baby" Winston.
Because I live in a small place I can only have Harry with me here (because he is older and likes to be indoors). So when I come home Winston loves to spend time with me and even curls up to sleep next to me and has a habit of sleeping in. So that is how this layout came about.

I used this week Studio Calico Sunday Sketch as a starting point.

I used Studio Calico Sock Hop Kit and have totally fallen in LOVE with the little geometric shapes from the Darling Dear Triangle and Diamond Veneer. So much fun and I will have to get a second pack I think :) 

The little "z"s are from Amy Tangerine Scene Sketchbook Foam Thicker's in silver - love them too!

The little polaroid frames where cut with my silhouette (I still have the SD - maybe santa will bring the cameo).

Thanks for stopping by, 

Christmas Cards - Part 1

Well the silly season is upon us so it is time to organise cards, I am really slack at this because I don't really have anyone close who I send them to and they usually go out about a day before christmas when I think of someone I forgot but I really enjoy making them. I started earlier this year and did some in October but I am still making them when I can. Here are some of the ones I have made already:

I will be sharing some more later in the week. I hope you all have a great weekend and to those of you in the states Happy Thanksgiving!


Just wanted to share this because it really made me smile

December Daily (2011)

I wish I was organised enough to show the base for 2012 but the honest truth is I have only just finished last years. I got way behind, then I just really thought I wasn't going to bother but then I saw all the DD inspiration everywhere and I got fired up and finished. I am so glad I did and I thought I would share a couple of pages with you. 
I used OA Holiday Style from last year which was a lovely collection. I used paper from the 8X8 pad which is single sided so I stitched two pages back to back to create my pages. 

The outside is covered with my last piece of Hambly Transparencies - I miss them.

Anyway thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you have planned for your DD this year,

ScrapFriends Colour Palette Challenge

I was super excited last month when I was a winner in the ScapFriends colour palette challenge and as part of the prize I was asked to be a Guest Designer for this months challenge. The colour palette was a lovely combination:
I cam across two photo's that I thought were very alike. One is of me aged 17 months and the other is of my dad around the same age. We have the exact same look on our faces, which is a bit of a pout (so now I know where I get it from!).

I used bits and pieces from all through my stash and also did a couple of silhouette cuts which I made myself.

Make sure you stop by the ScrapFriends Blog and play along for your chance to win a fabulous pack of goodies from Jenni Bowlin.

And to celebrate being a guest designer I have a free download of the "& frame" I designed. It is a studio file and you can download it here

Thank you for stopping by, 

We have a winner... (and a freebie)

Thank you to everyone who stops by my blog and leaves lovely comments, I love reading them so much. And as promised I have drawn a winner for the Amy Tangerine stamp set and the winner is...

Congrats on the Sunday Sketch! That is exciting :) Love the stamp set.

Congratulations Monica and thank you to everyone who entered!

Also some of you who do Project Life and read Becky Higgins blog will know she recently had a competition to design a Christmas card for readers to download for free and add their own photo too. I entered two designs but alas was not chosen however I figured there was no reason why I couldn't share them with you anyways. These are the cards I designed (I have added the picture so you will know what they look like decorated)

You can download the free .png files here:
merry & bright
be merry

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Handmade Hat and a Shop Update

Last tuesday was Melbourne Cup, a horse race which is nicknamed "the race that stops the nation" and it pretty much does. It is a public holiday here in Victoria but the rest of the country likes to stop at 3.00pm for 3 minutes to see who will win and more often than not it is not a favourite.
I went along to the racecourse where it was held this year and of course needed a hat to wear.
I LOVE hats, I wish I could wear a hat every day of the week. Anyway I had checked out some of the hats and fascinators in Myers and David Jones (our two big department stores here) and I have to tell you I am in the wrong business. A nice-ish fascinator goes for about AU$100, a great one is over AU$200!!!!

Anyway I wanted a new hat and the one I loved was worth a weeks rent and I thought why not make my own. So I did. It was actually quite easy I just used some fabric and interlining which I quickly stitched into a long rectangle and then ironed pleats into it. I attached it to a head band, added a fabric flower I had in my sewing box and a quill. Viola new fascinator for about $5 (and I did get lots of nice comments and questions about it so I was pretty pleased!)

Today my Etsy Store has been updated with my newest designs of printable journal cards. I have to say these cards are my favourite and I hope you will like them too.

Tomorrow I will be drawing the winner of the Amy Tangerine Stamp so if you haven't entered yet, have a look at this post

Thanks for dropping by, 

Sunday Sketch and a Giveaway

I was super excited to be asked to do a layout this week for Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch based on a beautiful layout by the very talented Amy Tan. This is the layout I did:

To find out more about the sketch and also to play along for a chance to win a $5 gift card to the SC shop make sure you visit the blog.

To celebrate I am giving you a chance to win this fantastic stamp set from Amy Tangerine.

All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Friday (remember I am in Australia so that make it Thursday for my friends in the US).
Thanks for stopping by,

Spring is in the air (allegedly!)

So I have probably mentioned this before but I live in Melbourne, Australia but I am not from here originally. I spent the best part of the first three decades near Sydney which is north of here.
I have now lived down here for about three year and I CANNOT get used to the weather here. Melbourne is famous for having four seasons in one day but this is a blatant lie because there is only two - autumn and winter! Today is the first warm day and we are almost in November but just so we don't get too used to it it will be cold again by the weekend. Anyway the point is I recently made this page as a celebrate Spring layout but apart from the blossoms (which have all blown away now) it still feels cold.

I used bits and pieces for all over the place but had some printed tissue paper that I was not sure what to do with so I made a paper flower. Here is a close up:

It was super easy to make, I just followed this youtube tutorial by Emma from Feeling Fuzzy

I have also put the new Christmas journal cards in my Etsy Shop and as an opening special you can get 40% off your order by using the code: OPEN40

Thanks for stopping by:

I may be the worlds worst blogger...

I do have good intentions but life seems to be getting in the way. I am at University and that takes up a lot of time with homework etc and then when I am done with all that I generally want to scrap so blogging is fairly low on my priorities. But I am making an effort to get back to it... I promise :)

Anyway I wanted to share a page I did a couple of weeks ago. At my parents place (where I still lived until recently - long story) there is a little Blackbird that seems to be on his own and is always fossicking in the back yard. He seems to do a good job at it because he is a little fat bird!

Anyway I loved the chevron pattern on the back of the My Minds Eye Tapestry paper that came with SC Central High kit. It was lying on my desk sideways and I got the idea that it was the shape of a birds beak. So I started from there.

I wanted to sew the little triangles on but of course my sewing machine had a tanty! Anyway I forged ahead and although it is not the best stitching it worked with the rest of the page (and I was not giving up my beloved chevron paper!).

I also used my Silhouette. It is an SD and we have a major love/hate relationship - it loves to ruin the cuts and I hate it. But for once I managed to get it to work which means maybe we can become friends after all.

The title is made with the Amy Tangerine Baxter alphabet. I wasn't sure what to do with them when I first got them but after using them here I have decided I absolutely love them.

WOW This has been long post for me but before I go I just wanted to mention I have been working on some journal cards that will fit project life page protectors and are perfect for December Daily.
Here is a peak:

These are printable and are available through my Etsy Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

The Price of Beauty

Hi everyone, sorry for the absence. I would like to say it is because I have been super busy doing fun things but infact all I have done is a round of dental appointments and lost my scrappy mojo.
Never fear, it is back and I am up today with a layout I made for the Scrap Friends Sketch Challenge #6 which looks like this:

I wanted to grunge the page up a little to match the photo (walking around in my stockinged feet! What would my grandmother of said?) so I cracked open the gesso and distressed the edges of my paper with a nail file. 

 My poor sore feet, those heels kill me but I love them so!

One part of the sketch I really liked was the thread element so I knew I wanted to include that in my finished layout the challenge was to make it happen. So I used a couple of dots of glossy accents and then held the thread in place with some wood veneer stars.

Thanks so much for stoping by, hope you all have a wonderful weekend.