Tuesday 6 June 2017

First Communion

What an overwhelming feeling of pride it was to be included in Joaquin's First Communion ceremony.
I could not for the life of me figure out where the years had gone.
He was surrounded by his Godparents and family. The day couldn't have been more special for him and those of us who count our blessings in being part  of his world.

The layout is based on the Stick It Down June double-page sketch. It's a great sketch when you have so many pictures you want to display.  

I was thrilled to find such great themed paper. Blinging up a Silhouette cut file of a rosary was just the thing for drawing attention to our special man's big moment.

Stick It Down also releases a card and single-page sketch on the 1st of each month as well. Why not trying joining in with one or more of them?
Single Page Sketch

Card Sketch

Thursday 11 May 2017

I'm #1

Your first birthday should be something special and Eliya's sure topped that special scale on her big day. She even dressed to match her cupcake.
Does she not look like she became one with her birthday cupcake? Brother Sam was right there ensuring that the requisite sugar high and big mess were perfectly executed.

The inspiration for Eliya's layout came from the May 1st Stuck?! sketch designed by Laura Whitaker. I love that I got to play with thread and do some stitching on the page. This sketch lends itself to a quick fun layout.

Stuck?! will have another sketch on May 15th.
Check it out and get your creative on. Link up for a chance to win one of the monthly prizes.

Tuesday 9 May 2017

happy Easter

Easter is such a "sweet" time of year. The time when our family puts on their bunny ears and gets together for great fun and far too much food and treats. After all they wouldn't celebrate all things chocolate, let alone hunt for it, if you weren't supposed to eat it. Right?

The layout is based on the Stick It Down May double-page sketch. I found there was lots of opportunity for creativity given the wide opens space and the fun idea of a large title.

Stick It Down also releases a card and single-page sketch on the 1st of each month as well. Why not trying joining in with one or more of them?

Single-page Sketch
Card Sketch

Saturday 1 April 2017


I'm very pleased to be the April featured member of the double-page design team at Stick It Down.

I chose pictures from our 2016 of our summer vacation. One of the things that is a constant during vacations is the ever present jigsaw puzzle. In a week we probably do at least five of them. They lay out on a table and everyone puts a few pieces in here and there as they wander by. The first thing you know you have a completed masterpiece and it's off to the next one.

The sketch presented some great opportunities and the odd challenge.
I'm not a big 'white space' person so I wanted to do something with the background outside of my usual misting of ink. 
Because I'm a quilter and there's more thread than food in my house, I chose to sew large puzzle pieces to offset the 'white' of my paper. Then, and this is thanks to my friend and mentor Danie, I used a black ink pad on cheese cloth, scrunched it up and nailed it down.
Some cut out puzzle pieces and flags got me to just where I wanted to be with this layout.

Double-page Layout

As well as this great sketch you'll find a single-page and a card sketch posted on the Stick It Down blog.

Card Layout

Single-page Layout
Post your designs on the Stick It Down blog so we can all enjoy your talents. Who knows, you might become a featured designed for the following month.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Life Is A Party

You have to admit it's fun getting dressed up once in a while and going to a great party.

It had been a number of years since I'd last attended an employee party. What a great time it turned out to be. I was accompanied by best friends and my daughter. It was wonderful to see people I hadn't bumped into for quite a while.

Maybe I won't leave it so long to attend another gala.

 I followed along with the Stick It Down sketch by using a template of frames. I chose stars to complement the decorations at the party. Other than making some of the stars different colours to give the page some shine, it didn't take a lot of embellishing.

Double Page Sketch

The sketch is the March double page layout from Stick It Down. There's are also a single page and card layout to play along with too. Be sure to post your finished product on the Stick It Down blog and maybe it will be you we next see as a featured designer.

Card Sketch

Single Page Sketch