Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sneak peek for Orange Paperie and Co

Well the end of another month and it will soon be time for another challenge at so being the good DT member that I am I already have my page done so I thought I would give you a little peek and whet your appetite.

The Challenge is being set by the lovely Miss Mary and I am sure you will all love it.
Hugs and love till then
Annette xo

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Birds of a feather

 I am so incredibly lucky to live where I do and just recently there has been so many birds around my home,which is in the middle of suburbia but surrounded by lots of trees, so the camera has been getting a bit of a workout. Hope you enjoy looking at the following pics as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 Thanks for looking, hugs and love 
Annette xo

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Latest Challenge at Orange Paperie and Co

Just recently I posted an amazing challenge at and while it is truly amazing it is also a lot of fun. I created a recipe and then had to scrap a page for it, I don't tend to think these things through carefully sometimes, basically just go that sounds like a great idea, let's do that and then it's ooh now I have to do it. The end result was a page I really love, gorgeous pic of my three cheeky nephews and lots of fun embellies from the Boys only Embellie kit at my2angels The products and colours were just perfect and really made the page come alive.

The recipe is

1 black and white pic
and a two word title 
and here is my page
I used an old copy of Tom Sawyer for the banner and behind the pic, while the pages were oldish looking a bit of glimmer mist and some distress ink helped to age it a bit more.
So I hope that you will come and join us and have a go at my challenge, as you can see it really is quite easy and a lot of fun.
Hugs and love till then 
Annette xo


Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's been a while

Yes I know, my bad, have let my blog fall by the wayside again, but I am back and would love to share this page that I completed recently for the September Challenge at my2angels.
The brief was to use Black, White and one other colour with the majority of the products used to be from my2angels. Easy as I totally love and adore the embellie kits that Tracy has created and have purchased quite a few of them in the past. All the embellies on this page are from the first ever kit (excluding the washi tape and butterflies) I bought and which were absolutely perfect for this pic.

The alphas were part of the kit and I used some dimensional magic, which I purchased from the shop to add a bit of shine to them.
Loved how this page turned out, first time I have played with hexagonals and am really pleased with the effect.
Anyway that's it for now, will be back soon to share some more pages, until then, hugs and love Annette xo

Friday, June 22, 2012

Brissy Expo or On the road again (Part I)

Well the gorgeous Miss Kim has certainly done an awesome job of documenting our recent trip to Brissy for the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo, so, it is time for me to give you all my version, not that much different from hers but just as fun.
We started off on a freezing morning at the Orange Railway Station, thankfully the coach was there early so we didn't have to stand around waiting for it.

After what was a long day of sitting around we arrived in the gorgeous warmth of Qld, found our Hotel, within walking distance of the Roma Street Railway, bonus. Dumped our gear and found 325 on George just around the corner and had a great steak, chip and salad meal, best thing was that we sat outside, wow it was great.

Not too early Friday morning we ventured back to 325 on George for brekkie, snapped this pic to show the gorgeous day and super tall buildings surrounding us.

This was our home away from home for the time we were up there, The Explorers Inn, can't say that I was really impressed with it, the room was very cramped, beds were rock hard, and the bathroom was so tiny that I couldn't get dressed in it.
After breakfast, again eaten outside, love it, we went and found (eventually) Roma Street Parklands. How fantastic to have such a beautiful area in the heart of the city, we spent a good couple of hours just strolling around, enjoying all the gorgeous plants and the awesome weather.

 How great to see birds, including bush turkeys in this oasis with multi storey buildings so close by.
 The gorgeous and lovely Miss Kim
 This little, well not so little, lizard was not in the least camera shy, could have touched him.

Grabbed some lunch and back to the railway to pick up the lovely Miss Cheryl and bought her back to The Explorers. Walked over to the convention center, only about 20 minutes and across the river, lovely walk. Kim met Julie Winks and bought her out to Cheryl and I, mandatory hug time. Cheryl spotted Rachel Greig so I bounded over to say hello (this was the beginning of a stalking session that lasted all weekend).

Next was an epic walk to find another lovely, Jo Tritton who was staying at the Novotel, you know it really does help if you check out which direction the arrrow is pointing on the gps and follow it, oops. Again we went to 325 on George, unfortunately while Kim, Jo and myself had our meals reasonably quickly the same couldn't be said for Cheryl, she got her main as we were eating our desert. Oh dear, she did a bottle of red out of it though.

Home to the Inn, unpack a few essentials and sleep, hard for some, double shot coffee is not so good of a night (right Kim) but certainly lots of excitement and a few nerves (again Kim).

 Hope you enjoyed Part I, II will be up soon, hugs and love xo

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mogo Zoo

 How amazing was Mogo Zoo, so enjoyed my time there and saw some of the most incredible, cute, and downright scarey animals.

Started with this very sleepy Bengal Tiger, look at the size of those paws.
 It was quite a warm day and some of the animals were really feeling the heat, this little one was out for the count.
Because all the animals are in cages, were I could I managed to get my camera through the links to get some pretty cool pics.
I did have a pic of this big boy and his lady "together" may have to put that up another time.
This tiger really unnerved me while I was taking his pic, his eyes were staring straight at me, didn't look away, very freaky.
This little Red Panda was a bit more active and what a sweet little face.
The pygmy Marmosets are without double the tiniest little monkeys I have ever seen, omg they are so gorgeous.
My all time fav critter at the Zoo are the Meerkats, I had hoped to do an encounter with them but, unfortunately got there too late, but hey something to look forward to next time.
Small clawed Otters, very busy little creatures always on the move.
One of the most incredible creatures, the white Lion, they are totally extinct in the wild, the Zoo have at least 4 that I saw, truly magnificent.
Daddy Giraffe, Mum and bub were moving around to much to take pics, but Dad was just standing around having a chew.
How weird is it to see a giraffe beside a gum tree!!!!
Little poser, love this pic
It's not easy being green, unless you are a rather large Iguana.

    Last pic of the little pygmy Marmoset, they were in an enclosure behind glass, so that made the pic taking a tad difficult.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My South Coast Escape

Wow what an amazing time I am having so far, been in Kiama for two and a half days now, so not looking forward to when I have to leave.

Started the trip by visiting my oldest and dearest friend Anne in Goulburn, it has been two years since I saw her last so we had a really lovely time. The view from her back yard is really lovely, at night you can see the lights of the city.

Drove down to Fitzroy Falls from her place, only took an hour to get there, the last time I was there it was in a drought and hardly any water was over the falls, wow what a difference now.

some cool fungi

Japanese tourist took this shot of me after I took one of his group.

lots of walking, stairs, mud, fun

played around with hipstamatic on my iphone and got some pretty awesome effects, this is one of the twin falls.

Got to Kiama at about  2ish, really busy as there was the Jazz and Blues festival on, so people everywhere, this was my first pic of the ocean, taken near the harbour.

Heaps more to add but it will have to wait for another couple of days, see you all soon hugs and love xo

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Handmade Xmas Cards and Tags

I love making Xmas cards and sending them to people I know will not only enjoy but also appreciate the effort that goes into making them. It can be a pretty time consuming job and even with all the best intentions in the world I always seem to leave it to the last minute..............but NOT this year. With all my xmas stuff still out I put it to Mary and Kim that instead of doing our normal scrapping every second weekend perhaps we could make a start on our cards for this year, of course they saw the amazing logic behind it soooo we had a few saturdays of making cards and tags. I would like to share with you some that I made and let you know some techniques that I used.

This couldn't be more simple (pinched the idea from the gorgeous Miss Kim) just small squares of pp, inked and placed on the card, I kept the embellies pretty simple, metal tags I have had forever, pieces of snowflake ribbon from and small white Kaiser flowers that I spent an insane amout of time inking, totally forgetting that I already had some in the right colour d'oh!.

Next up I used my cuttlebug (used it quite a few times), got the idea for this off the net, for the life of me can't remember where, but thanks. Ribbon again from Craft Queen and Santa image from the Graphics Fairy she has some amazing Xmas images there.

Again with the cuttlebug, folders are Tuscan Tiles (Craft Concepts Universal Folder) and Polka Dots (Cuttlebug), used a gorgeous stamp on the card first and then stamped the greeting, with a red pen coloured in some of the little holly berries, you could also use Kiddy Glitz.

Using the same Tuscan Tiles folder and a tri fold card with rectangle window, lightly rubbed silver ink over the embossed section (again pinched this idea from Kim, very talented lady) then just added some rhinestones and couple of other embellies.

Again pretty simple all ribbons from Craft Queen, bits of Kaiser embellies, hand made tulle flower and gorgeous poinsettia flower from

Again saw this on the net and downloaded the tutorial for it from my2angels a bit fidly cutting out the little presents from the pp, but the end effect  was worth it.

This started out as a small tag, but when I put it on the big tag and then on the brown cs card I thought, well don't mind how that looks.

Another idea from the net, totally loved it so put my spin on it, printed out some xmas music onto plain paper and then because the white was way too stark, sprayed with Creme de Chocolate Glimmer Mist (yummy) inked over it in places with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Peeled paint, added some cream Kaiser pearls, bakers twine.

Made some lovely (well I think they are) tags, using lots of technique, first up a really gorgeous Darkroom Door Stamp over Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Peeled Painted and Fired Brick, added Holly Leaf Ribbon from Craft Queen and some lace as well as a Bo Bunny Brad.

 After Miss Mary told me about this technique she saw, doing the Creative Jump Start Summit at Nathalie Kalbachs' blog I had to enrol (free) and see, now I can't remember which talented lady it was that did this but the idea wasn't really for making tags as such, it was a warm up exercise to help kick start the creative process, but I soooo loved it that I knew I wanted to use it as a technique.

So what do you do, easy peasy, get a sheet of plastic, acrylic, nothing absorbent, spray onto it glimmer mist in whatever colours you like at the time, here I used Santa Baby and Key Lime Green, spritz with a bit of water and then just slap your tag across the puddles of colour, and you end up with something a bit like this.

Once it's dry spray with a bit more glimer, stamp, run through the cuttlebug and add some embellies and voila, a very unique Xmas tag.
Well that's it for now, if you still have some of your Chrissy stuff out why not think about giving yourself a really good head start to your Xmas Cards, it is so much more fun if you aren't pushing a deadline plus there is the knowledge that you have one xmas thing ticked off the list.

Hugs and love Annette xo