Taking Stock…December 2017

As the year draws to a close, my focus is often on the year that was and the year to come. I love to do this in December so I start the new year organised & focused.
It’s been a long time since I last did a ‘Taking Stock’ post so here it is for December 2017…

Making: my next art journal page
Cooking: dinner for tomorrow night
Drinking: tea, so many cups of tea
Reading: ‘Mrs Lincoln’s Rival’ by Jennifer Chiaverini
Wanting: Summer to be over already
Looking: through the lens of my new camera

Playing: with new art supplies, as always!
Deciding: which uni subject to tackle next semester
Enjoying: Monday mornings at the dog park with Josh & my babies

Waiting: for this evening when I see my photography buddies
Liking: lots of posts on Instagram
Wondering: what my word for 2018 will be
Loving: my family
Pondering: holiday plans for 2018
Considering: how much work I got done over a weekend with Tonja Sell at Jane’s

Watching: NCIS LA
Marvelling: at the idea that my son is going back to France to sing for his country on Anzac Day 2018
Needing: nothing at all
Smelling: warm Summer air
Following: the FMS photo a day challenges

Noticing: the odd way my whippets are lazing around in the heat

Knowing:  the satisfaction that comes from successfully completing two uni photographic subjects this year
Thinking: about the month that was. Lots of fantastic
Feeling: excited for a quiet week with lots of arting
Admiring: the sheer tenacity for survival and excellence of Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer

Sorting: my art room
Buying: Christmas presents
Getting: my study organised and ready for a weekend of art making
Bookmarking: encaustic tutorials
Disliking: the heat, is Summer over already?
Opening: our first Christmas card for 2017 – thank you Kaylene!
Feeling: tired from the gym this morning
Snacking: dieting!
Hearing: dinner bubble on the stove

As always, a huge thanks to Pip Lincoln for this ace list!





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Stampendous November Blog Hop!

Each month I am creating a project with Stampendous stamps to inspire you. You also have a chance to win them via the monthly blog hop competition run by The Stencil Specialists, the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous.

This month we are using the Frog Yoga stamp set and I’ve created a cute card for you. The image is coloured with Distress Oxide inks, I love how they layer to create a wonderful blotchy effect that mimics a frog skin so well.














Why not visit all the blogs on the hop, leave a comment on each November blog hop post and you could be in the running to win this cute set.

Julie – The Stencil Specialists

Donna – Luv to Emboss

Tracy Moloney – Tracy’s Creative Adventures

Contest details –

To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the November blog hop post, make sure you tell us what state you live in so we know you are an Aussie. Each comment is one entry, so comment on each blog and you will have four entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after the end of the month. The prize will be cling Frog Yoga SSC1269.

We have decided to make this our last blog hop for 2017 but we will be back with a bumper prize for January 2018.

Good luck!

PS You can subscribe to my blog to receive updates and sneaks for the next challenge.




Christmas Cards with Darkroom Door

Join me at Bella Paperie on November 17 to create this gorgeous set of Christmas cards in traditional colours. The class will feature a number of Darkroom Door Christmas stamps, so it is a great opportunity to come and play with one you have been eyeing.

Supplies to bring –

  • Usual cardmaking kit including dauber, wet glue, foam adhesive & sharp scissors
  • Black permanent ink (not Stazon)
  • Red Geranium Archival ink
  • Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink
  • Fired Brick Distress Ink
  • Gold pigment ink
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Sponge dauber
  • Glitter glue for baubles
  • Dye based markers for colouring bauble
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • Baby wipes
  • Aquash brush or small paint brush & water container
  • Ruler, pencil & rubber
  • Scoreboard/bone folder
  • Corner rounder

Class will be held, Friday Nov 17, 9.30am – 12.30pm, cost is $25. Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Please phone 3205 5911 to book.




Life is Good – Guest DT Post for Couture Creations

Life is Good!

It sure seemed like that when I recently received a lovely pack of goodies to create some mixed media projects for Couture Creations. It was fun to stretch my creative muscle and use colours that aren’t my ‘usual’.  Pop by the Couture Creations blog to check out details of how my art journal page came together.

My pack included some of the Couture Creations Anna Griffin Texture Paste & Couture Creations pigment powders so I decided to use them in a way similar to paper clay to create a unique embellishment for my page.

A huge thanks to Couture Creations for inviting me to be a guest designer, check out their product range while you visit the blog – so many wonderful goodies to play with! I hope you enjoy checking out my project.


Colourful Quirky Birds – my November Mixed Media Journal Class

Feeling like a bit of creative play this weekend? Why not join me at Bella Paperie for my monthly art journal class? I recently attended a two day retailer only workshop with Dyan Reaveley where she shared masses of her art journaling and mixed media techniques. It was a packed two days and I’m still processing the huge amount of information Dyan shared with us.

In my November mixed media art journaling class, we will channel our inner Dyan Reaveley to create a multi-page spread featuring a variety of techniques that will take your pages from go to WOW! We will journal, doodle, stencil and stamp to create unique pages that become totally your own.

The page is a bit hard to photograph for full effect, so I created a little video for you –


If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details.

Supplies to bring:

  • The lyrics of a poem or song that is special to you, either printed or selected on your phone. We will use the words for journaling beneath one of the pages.
  • ~ A5 size piece of cardstock for stamping images
  • colourful, permanent stamping inks
  • Dylusions shaped journaling block if you have one
  • Fine black pen for journaling
  • Pencil, rubber
  • Scissors
  • Tape to reattach journal page – Dina Wakley Media Tape or Dylusions Journal Tape is the best to purchase but masking tape or wide washi tape will also work.
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of warm & cool colours – bring your Dylusions paints if you have them
  • White gesso or white paint
  • Black gesso or paint
  • Liquitex Matt medium
  • Dylusions black & white paint pens, or small brush and black/white paint
  • Sponge for stencilling, the Tim Holtz mini ink blending tool and a few sponges will be handy
  • Variety of stencils for pattern making
  • A selection of paint brushes for mark making
  • ~ 1” wide, flat brush for matt medium
  • Quote stamps – I will bring the ones I have used (Dylusions) plus a few Tim Holtz sets with interesting quotes
  • Quirky imagery – I will have the Darkroom Door birds but bring some alternatives if you have them
  • Small amount of thin collage paper
  • Paint palette
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towel
  • Container for water
  • Heat tool

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, November 5 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.