Monday, 1 August 2016


Pixels and Paper, this month has very delicious -looking, decorated  cupcakes to inspire you, with the addition of tiny embellishments. Pop on over to:pixelsandpaper and check out what the rest of the team has been up to.

From this, I've used some of the colours  (blue, pink, green) in a  slightly softer hue, circles, domes and the tiny embellishments.

I tore paper to resemble a shell, and misted music background paper, to link with colours in the photo, as well as the title.
I sewed with string, used wire, mother of pearl shell discs, charms, rhinestones, seed pearls, jewellery backings and chipboard pieces.

First page of layout

Second page of layout

I foiled the chipboard music staff and heat embossed the title, shells and sea horses.

The photo for this layout was taken when on a short break with family, at Mooloolaba Qld. The day and night before was wet and we were wondering what had happened to the glorious weather. I decided to have an early start with some photography and was lucky enough to capture the various phases of dawn on the ocean (all from the balcony of the apartment we were staying in). Truly amazingly peaceful, and beautiful, soft hues.
The break away could have been longer, so this location is being added to a bucket list of places to revisit.

Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

Friday, 29 July 2016


Archiscraps this month has a challenge involving distressing and wood.... a perfect combination for the photo I've used on my layout.


This is the juvenile of our 2008-2009 tawny pair. By far, this particular one has been the most inquisitive, wide-awake juvie. Everything attracted its attention when it should have been sleeping!! Maybe it had ADHD!! This shot is when its head feathers were really misbehaving.
I can relate to that at the moment, with my hair, after chemo, wanting to grow in different directions and never knowing what it'll be like each day.
I've used corrugated packaging, torn and inked for the background. To this I've added additional layers of paper, fibre, and bark from trees. Additional wooden components are the leaves and speech bubble.
This is the inspiration photo from archiscraps.

Pop on over and check it out.
Catch you soon,
Cheers, Di

Saturday, 2 July 2016


Winter has certainly shown its face here at last, with some icy winds and frosts in our area and snowfalls in other parts of the country.
This month's inspiration photo for Pixels and Paper makes you think of the cold, misty mornings so the criteria is winter and what it means to you.

For this I chose photos from our first snow experience,  a trip to Tasmania's Mt Wellington , Hobart. The tower in the photo, moments before this was taken, had been covered in sheets of ice, which fell off and smashed. Bushes covered with flowers had turned into ice crystals; a real wonderland.
The page was smooshed with white distress ink to represent the feeling of mist and cold. I added strips of Kraft paper as well as glittered paper to give the snowy, crystalline effect that we saw when the sun glinted off the ice. Snowflakes were drawn on.

Pop on over to:pixelsandpaper and check out how the team has used the inspiration photo. Why not come and play. We'd love to see your ideas.
Cheers for now,

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Hi! Over at pixelsandpaper  this month it's all about distressing. Check out this fab photo to help you with your inspiration.

This month I decided to go with a shabby style layout with lots of paper tearing, layering and inking.

I've added some soft gauze handmade roses, picked up at a local craft fair, and some beautiful vintage style velvet pansies, given to me from a close friend.
The black and white photo is a family grouping of the Chase/Davison Family. Seated, shows my Great, Great Grandmother (Esther Bowd), George Chase ( Great Grandfather), and Angelina Chase, my Great Grandmother. She was widowed when younger. Standing in the centre of the back row, is my Grandfather (Arthur Davison). He was the first child of Angelina and her first husband. The rest of the photo show his siblings.
I have added hidden journalling which can be revealed when you pull on the ribbon on the side of the photo.
Check out what the rest of the team has done with this month's challenge.

Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

Saturday, 28 May 2016


Hi! Just a quick post up today, showing my entry for: archiscraps where the criteria was to show layering and something reflective.

For this I have treated  the background paper with Color Burst Metallic Liquid which gives a great shimmery effect. I've also used pearlised cream cardstock and silver mirrorboard, finishing off with crystal beads.
The gorgeous black swans were photographed on the Derwent River, near Hobart.  We were lucky to have been in the right spot to see them fairly close by and were able to take some shots showing their reflections.
Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

Monday, 23 May 2016


Hi! Just a quick peep at tghe post I have put up on Pixels and Paper Challenge site. Each month one of the team posts a tip or technique we like using and it's my turn this month.

Check out how I did this and what else I've done at:pixelsandpaper.
Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Pixels and Paper again have a great challenge this month. You will definitely be using flowers as this is the additional criteria for this inspirational photo.

You might also think about celebrations, cake, decorated cakes and the colours used.
My take on this was a wedding day photo taken of my mum and self on my wedding day.. September 1st, 1973. (the first day of spring downunder). This is quite a rare photo of the two of us as mum really didn't like having her photo taken, so it is really special.

I used several papers from the same range  in layers. these were torn and inked with Old Paper Distress Ink. To the page I also added swirls of pink pearls, glass leaves, bought flowers and hand-quilled roses. I've also added a porcelain 'bluebird of happiness'. The roses were chosen, not only because of the inspiration photo but also because they were mum's favourite flowers. The blue quilled ones were from the inside of a business envelope.
From the inspiration photo, I also chose some of the colours: pinks, green, blue and white.
I was going to put my journalling on the page, but because there was so much to say, have written on the reverse side.
Pop on over to: pixelsandpaper and check out what the rest of the team has done with this photo. We'd also love to see your work here.
Cheers for now.