Friday, October 4, 2013

A few photos...

Hi everyone,

Well almost 26 weeks pregnant and I haven't had much time or energy for crafting. My pregnant brain is often scattered at the moment, and often when I sit down to do something, I often completely forget what it was!

So please find below a few photos of the scarce times that I have felt inspired to craft in the last few months!

Above: Father's Day card for my Dad who is an airplane enthusiast (aka nut!). The planes are paper pierced from a 3D kit I brought sometime ago at a craft expo at the Royal Exhibition Building. I really like these, as while some of the smaller features are quite fiddley, the are really good when you need to get a quick card done.

Above: I made this little 'briefcase' and matching card for my cousin's confirmation. I'd been hoarding the paper for about four years and decided to just use it and was really happy with the end result. These briefcases are really easy to make. I got the instructions and measurements from SplitCoast Stampers.

Above: My cousin and his fiance recently got married in Las Vegas but had a committment ceremony here in Australia first. I made them this suitcase and passport card, complete with their photo inside.

Above: An altered canvas (20cm x 20cm square) for my baby's nursery. The Tigger was cut at 8 inches using the Winnie the Pooh font Cricut cartridge, and the letters actually are covered with Glossy Accents though it doesn't show in the picture.
Above: Card I made for my Sister-In-Law's birthday in April, featuring Mo Manning rubber stamp.

Above: Finally, a birthday card made for my other Sister-In-Law using a LotV stamp. I learnt a valuable lesson about selecting the right ink to stamp and colour with that day! When colouring with watercolours, make sure to NOT choose a waterbased ink to stamp with.

Also just wanted to share an image from the opening of the exhibition I was working on, First Peoples at Melbourne Museum. I worked on the Many Nations section and am immensely proud of the work we did. If you are in Melbourne, make sure you go and check it out!

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Still here....

Hi all (for all those who still are following my blog, bless you),

I am still here, still alive! My apologies for my absence as of late but my husband and I received some life altering news in May and real life has just sucked out any creative spirit at the moment!

We found out we are having a baby! This pregnancy is kicking my butt at the moment with morning sickness  (more like 'all day sickness') along with feeling completely exhausted all the time! I'm lucky if I have enough energy to make dinner let alone make any crafty cards!

I'm trying to get back into the flow of things, so hopefully in time I will be back with some more creations. Until then, take care.


Thursday, March 28, 2013


Hi everyone,

Work has been crazy busy but we have finally managed to get all of the labels drafted, totaling 490 at last count. I wrote over half of them, a fact I am immensely proud of. Now it's on to image selections and cultural permissions...and looking for another job since my contract is up soon.

I had entered three challenges with my previous card, and I was lucky enough to win the Sassy Studio Designs Challenge! So exciting! I love the range of their images, so much that I decided to share another card that I made for my sister's birthday. It's an hommage to the effable Ms. Audrey Hepburn whose epic performance as Eliza Dolittle in 'My Fair Lady' is a favourite for us both.
(I apologise in advance for the quality of the image. The better photos were on my stolen laptop :( )

The image is Sassy Eliza (I think that's the right name) from Sassy Studio Designs. She is coloured in Distress Inks. The card stock is flocked from Cristina Re, with pieces of 1cm double satin black ribbon, and some beautiful black lace in between. The sentiment is my own, referencing the scene where Audrey wears this amazing costume at Ascot, yelling for her horse Rover to "move your bloomin' ar$e!"

I'm entering this in the Dare to Be Sassy Thursday #170 Challenge - funny or witty sentiments.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter for all those who celebrate it.

<3 Louise

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Feeling Sassy

Hi Everyone,

Once again a long time between posts. It's been crazy busy at work as we are in the last few months of exhibition production, getting context and text ready. Out of 500 digital labels for the section of the exhibition I am working it, we have about two dozen left - myself having written over 200 of them, a fact I am immensely proud of.

I was having a really bad week this past week, with Wednesday taking the cake - our house was broken into. Thankfully only one thing was stolen however, it's perhaps the most precious to laptop and mouse! I was so upset. Although I did back up some things, a lot of the things I thought  I backed up, didn't actually work so I lost ALL of my digital stamps, all of my private pictures and all of my family history data that I worked over ten years to put together. Thankfully, most of the family history things are online or on my ancient  old laptop that I currently have to use until our insurance can replace my stolen one. It's a very unnerving thought that someone broke into your house, which I often consider my sanctuary. I'm sure anyone who has ever experienced a home violation feels just that way...violated.

Anyway, thankfully I posted this image on facebook prior to my laptop being stolen and my deleting the original picture from my phone. I made this for my husband for our three year wedding anniversary. He is a massive geek (<3 one of the things I love about him!) and a big Star Wars fan, so I thought he would get a kick out of it:

Here are the details:

The image of Sassy Leia is from Sassy Studio Designs (you can purchase her here). She is coloured with Distress Inks. Have to say, I'm really pleased with the way she turned out.

The diecut is from Cheery Lynn designs, known as 'Sophia's Heart'. This was the first time I've ever used one of these dies, and whilst they are a lot of work the effect is totally worthwhile. They are a bit pricey in Australia though, with the only reason for me buying this die, was that my scrapbooking store was closing down and going through a change of management, so they had 70% off everything (suffice it to say I spent A LOT of money that day!). You can find these dies here.

I was being quite thrifty in that I recycled some card stock for this card...the red paper used for matting and the doily diecut is actually from an old periodical the library at work was deaccessioning, with the red card stock separating each issue. I also used the little hearts which were a negative from the diecut.

I will be entering this card into the following challenge (my first in a while):

Thanks everyone. Have a great weekend (a long one for us in Melbourne!)

~ Louise

Friday, February 15, 2013


Hi everyone,

It's been quite a while since I last posted. Work has been crazy busy, and I recently received a promotion (more like a formal recognition for the work I've been doing for the last six months), so I haven't much time to craft. As a result, I had to stand down as a DT from Dream Valley, as I felt it wasn't fair to the other ladies, since I couldn't pull my weight. When crafting becomes a chore not a hobby, you need to make some tough decisions.

I'm starting to catch up on posting some older things, so here is the card I made for my niece Lily for her first birthday in November. She adores Elmo, and the look on her face when she first saw her card, made it all worth while!

Hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day! Just remember, there are 364 other days in the year to tell your special someone that you love them!