I like to step out and use papers on men’s layouts that I’d not normally consider.  These photos were taken at Chifley Dam near Bathurst on a cold but beautiful winter’s day.  I didn’t want the layout to look ‘bleak’ so brightened it up with the Speciality Designer Paper from Stampin’ Up!, Affectionately Yours.  It’s beautiful beautiful floral paper with hints of copper through it.  Very ‘on trend’ just now.   It was a wonderful day and I really wanted to record it with something special.

The layout was inspired from one I saw on Digichick and lots of fun to do, but I’m afraid to say I think I’m allergic to cutting very exact triangles.  lol.




Once again this layout features our son, Tony with his wee lad, Xavier  both busy inspecting the huge overflow at the dam.  It was roaring!!!

Recipe for Success:

DSP – Affectionately Yours Speciality Designer Series Paper

Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush and Flirty Flamingo.

Ink – Black Archival

Framelits – Large Letters

Until next time, stay happy,



Christmas is almost here (I know right??).  Stampin’up! don’t rest, on the 5th January a brand-spanking new Occasions Catalogue will be released.  (I think this is my fave ever!)  the release of this catalogue coincides with sale-a-bration.  Which means spend $90 and receive something from the SAB catty for FREE!!! YES FOR FREE!!!!

Want these catalogues in your hot hands?  Contact me now and I’ll post them direct to your door.

To show off some of the new products I’ve completed this sensational single page layout of my adorable grandson, Xavier.  (oh he is a darling!!)


Recipe for Success:

DSP – Sale-a-bration freebie

Framelits:  Balloon framelits and stamp set “Lift me Up” new in the Occasions Catalogue.  Without a doubt one of the nicest stamp/die sets we have had.  Love them!

Card stock:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo, Smokey Slate, Night of Navy

Grandson – Xavier Crouch (sorry not for sale!!!)

Until next time,

Stay happy,


Sometimes you just see a photograph and it just strikes a chord with you and you go “Ahhhh……..how lovely is that?”   I saw such a photograph a few months ago of a friend of mine from the Central Coast.  Her name is Dannielle Bernaur and she a Stampin’ Up demonstrator too.  I asked her if she was going to scrap it and she told me that she rarely gets time to scrap these days between working her S.U. demonstratorship and running a busy hairdressing salon as well.  So secretly I decided to have a copy of the photo made and scrap it for her.  I was able to give it to her at Stampin’ Up!s annual On Stage event recently, in Brisbane.img_1545

You may recognize the layout.  It’s the same one as I use below in the Sweet Sixteen layout and I used Moroccan DSP.  In this one I’ve used the totally adorable Paisley and Petals DSP.  I’m such a 70s girl ’cause I’ve always been in love with paisley.  Simple layout using lots of sponging.  couple of circles made by covering card stock with appropriate DSP, more sponging.  Adding a small title.  Same layout.  Different DSP.  Totally different look.  Easily done and brought a smile to the face of my friend.  Mwah. xoxoxo

Until next time stay happy,


It’s here!!! But for such a short time!!! You’ve 24 hours to purchase some of the things on this list at a heavily reduced price.    But whatever you do don’t miss out!  Follow this link to the complete list.



I really do think that I’m falling in love with this DSP.  I cannot stop using it!!!  It’s such a mixture of the earthy and the vibrant. Much like I imagine Morocco to be.


Recipe for Success:

Card stock:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Dapper Denim

DSP:  Moroccan (of course!)

Inks:  Crumb Cake and Basic Black

Stamp sets – Garden in Bloom (title block), Writing Notes (the journalling block)

Washi Tape – Playful Palette

Layout template lifted from Pinterest board of Craftychick.

Until next time,

Stay happy



Sometimes when you are searching through a storage box you stumble across something that takes your breath.  I had such a moment recently.  I found this photograph.  Sitting.  Waiting.  It’s a photograph that is 52 years old.  A photograph of a young 16 year old who had found the man of her dreams.  (as you do at 16!!!)

I was attending a sports coaching camp in Narrabeen, Sydney and met this delicious young man who stole my heart and held it in his hands for a few years.  We visited each others homes (geographically we didn’t live close by).

As time went on I began to believe the lie that most childhood sexual assault survivors tell themselves. i.e.  “how could YOU ever be good enough for him or his loving and close-knit family”?  I came from a fractured dysfunctional family.  I convinced myself that our lives could not collide, and broke both our hearts by ending the relationship.

Here staring at me was a memory.  So vivid.  So memorable.  So vital.  I had to scrap it immediately!!!

Here is the result.  I’ve used Stampin’ Up! Moroccan DSP.  It suited the aged color of the photo and was quite kind to the coloring.  I’ve left space to journal some personal thoughts.  I’ve even left space for a wee envelope on the right hand side of the page because I still have a letter that Peter wrote me and I’ll pop that into the envelope.  Another beautiful memory preserved.  Thanks Stampin’Up! for making it so very easy.

Did you know that during the month of October if you buy three (3) packs of DSP you get a fourth one free (offer excludes speciality papers).  Contact me now to place your order.IMG_1521 (1).jpg

Recipe for Success:

Cardstock – Kraft, Very Vanilla, Basic Black

DSP – Moroccan

Stamps – Writing Notes

Framelits – Banners (largest)

Inks – Crumb Cake and Black Archival

Delicious young man – Peter Kolatchew

Until next time, stay happy.


Why did I wait so long?

This photograph is almost 30 years old!!!  #1 daughter Sharon was shopping (read wagging school) and ran into this man in a red suit.  He was handing out jelly beans to good children.  I’ve no idea what story he was spun but he did give them a jelly bean each.  Sucked in Santa!!!!

I’d put off scrapping this pic as the blue/teal uniform really had me struggling to use some Christmas themed papers.  So the photo had remained in the bottom of a drawer for some time (read years).

I don’t know why I waited!!!  I think it looks fine in traditional red and green Christmas colours.


Recipe for Success:

DSP – This Christmas Speciality DSP

Cardstock – Real Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

Punch – Festive Flower builder

Until next time thanks for visiting me and stay happy!



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