Happy Australia Day


Happy Australia Day everyone! 

I hope you have plans for a relaxed day enjoying all the delights of our Australian landscape and culture.  Our house is about to get busy.  Each year our daughter hosts a ‘Hottest 100’ Countdown Party.  A National radio Station, JJJ, plays the most popular songs of the year as voted by it’s listeners.  The day involves lazing by the pool, eating yummy food and enjoying friendships new and old as the songs play.

I realised the other night I’ve never made a page about this event.  I have corrected that now – really important as this is likely to be the last one held here.  So, here is my page. (If you are reading this early, there are no photos – check back this afternoon to see them)

Inspiration fro this layout came from p22 of the Reflections How To Book.

Inspiration for this layout came from p22 of the “Reflections” How To Book.

The 1-10 title will be used to list the top 10 songs and the top 10 highlights of the day – there is always much hilarity and some classic quotes that are worth recording.  I cut this title from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (p81).

I was happy to find a photo mat with stars too.  It’s on p65 of the Atrbooking Cricut Cartridge.

The Celebrat Australia Stamp (D1640) is perfect for Australia Day photos.

The Celebrate Australia Stamp (D1640) is perfect for Australia Day photos.

The title was fun to create. I cut large letters with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and added the fircracker stars to each letter.  I then embossed these with silver heat embossing powder and fussy cut the firecrackers below the letters.  The Triangle Border punch added detail and then I sanded it for some texture.

The Australian Flag stamp in this set is very clever.  You stamp the flag in Outdoor Denim ink onto white cardstock and then stamp the smaller cross in Cranberry.  It’s easy to line up because our stamps and blocks are clear.

Hav a fabulous Australia Day, remember to take lots of photos and make some pages of your traditions.

Keep Smiling,



Australasian November 2014 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1411 It’s the Little Things


Welcome to November’s Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  We have all been creating with the ‘It’s the Little Things’ stamp set.  If you arrived here from Wendy’s Blog you are in the right spot.  If you happened upon us accidently, WELCOME to the hop.  Once you’ve checked out my post you can click on the link at the bottom to visit the next blog on the tour.  Eventually you’ll end up back here.  Enjoy!

Little things pages

I wanted to create a bright and cheerful layout to match the mood of these photos taken on Formal night during our recent Mediterranean Cruise.  We were cruising to celebrate my sister’s 50th birthday.  Not every family member could join us but we so rarely get the opportunity for family portraits we jumped at this one.

I recently watched a You Tube video on the ‘Smack Down’ stamping technique and I just had to try it.  Before I was a scrapbooker I used to spend hours creating fabric using machine embroidery.  This stamping technique reminded me of that process.  Click here to watch the Smack Down Stamping clip.

little things masking

The photo above shows my masking and smack down stamping.  I followed the exact process demonstrated in the video.

little things stamp

I used just the top left flower for the smack down stamping.  My three colours were Pixie, Sorbet and Cranberry.  Then I stamped the bottom right flower and the concentric circles onto scrap daisy white paper and embossed the centres with Silver Heat Embossing powder. Do your embossing while the stamped images are on a larger piece of paper and cut them out when you are finished. I daubed the edges of the cut outs with slate ink to help them stand out from the background.  I created an accent cluster top left and bottom right of the double page layout.  I also used the dotty flower centre to define the edge of the smack down design and in the centre of the Cranberry flowers on the page. The leaves were stamped using Pear Pigment Ink so they would stand out against the pink and red background.

little things

The It’s the Little Things Stamp of the Month is only available during the month of November.  Full retail price is $27 (S1410) but why pay that much when you can get it for just $5 with an accompanying $75 order? Visit your consultant’s website to place your order or write your wish list.

Feel free to leave a comment or share this blog post with friends before you hop over to Anne’s Blog to see what she has created.

Happy scrappin’