Saturday, 1 October 2016


Hi! October already!!!! Pixels and Paper, this month has gone shabby chic with frames as the additional criteria.
For this challenge, I went with the shabby chic feel and used a background paper that was patterned like lace. On this I stencilled overlapping oval frames, using a white pearl modelling cream.

In the corners, I added a lace diecut and then randomly added white and gold flowers. Some of these have ribbon and pearl centres, and on others I have added quilled roses I made from pearlised cream or gold paper.

The centres of the frames were cut out and photos inserted underneath. These were taken at  two different balls held in Lismore at the City Hall, 1973 and 1974. These are of my other half and myself.

Pop on over to:pixelsandpaper and check out what the rest of the team has done with this inspiration photo.

Catch you soon. Cheers, Di

Sunday, 4 September 2016


Hi and welcome. With the coming of spring here in our part of the world (and another wedding anniversary celebrated on the 1st September... 43 years!)  Pixels and Paper have used a colour palette to help inspire you.
For this, I had the perfect photos that matched the palette; a series of waterlily photos taken at our local dam, Rocky Creek Dam, near Lismore.

Background for the layout and the mini-album on top. Mini-album has been decorated with punched dragonflies. Pages have been edged with dots of Perfect Pearls. This has also been used for centres of flowers on the background paper.
My son was experimenting with his camera lens to take a series of photos, zooming in to take macro shots of parts of the lilies. As I wanted these to feature on the one page without making the photos smaller, I designed a series of pages that could be used as a mini- album. These were placed on cardstock, also reflecting the colour palette to be used.

To coordinate the pages, I used the punched dragonflies and Perfect Pearls on each. Additional journalling has been written on this last page since these photos were taken. This tells about the day these were taken and the lucky viewing we had of freshwater turtles not far from the waterlilies.

As you can see from the inspiration photo, the palette is very springlike with the colours to be used. You might also like to take your inspiration from flowers, a spring-time event or even insects.

Pop on over to:pixelsandpaper and check out what the team has done for this month's challenge.
Thank you for dropping by.
Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

Saturday, 27 August 2016


Hi! Spring is drawing closer in our part of the world... although some chilly winds remind us that it's not quite here!
Archiscraps challenge for this month was to add butterflies to our creations.
For this challenge I have done a large tag, featuring butterflies and an inspirational message. This has been written in the cut out left-over from one of the butterflies used. These were die cut and put through an embossing folder.

The papers they were made from were hand done experiments with stencilling and sprays.The bottom butterfly has metallic blues, greens and golds on it, but these are not showing up clearly. To give the effect from the inspirational photo from archiscraps, one of the butterflies was cut from acetate packaging material and coloured using alcohol inks.
I also added some chipboard butterflies and wooden butterfly buttons.

Pop on over to archiscraps and check out what the team has created.
Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

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