Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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October Challenge - Ali

Hiya Amanda, here is my take on the mid-October challenge. I had fun actually sitting and scrapping last night! Thanks for the inspiration, I have needed it!! Happy Tuesday!!

Ali i just LOVE that background paper? fabric? I am so envious of your whimsical style - you are fantastic at it! It looks so effortless and yet so damn good!

Clever outlining of the title, the photo is divine, and cute, cute, cute ruffle.

This is totally DE-LISH!

Monday, October 24, 2011

mid October challenge - Sue

I was inspired by Sandra's Dutchland themed i headed to my pile of photos from overseas and grabbed these. With some pp, paint smearing, inking of my ampersand template, i added some scraps of paper, did some folding, sanding & even some tearing, folding paper to make the pleated flowers....this page came together to sort-of look like the mid October challenge!!

Thanks Amanda for this challenge!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October Challenge - Tiff

Hi Amanda.
A lo for the mid October challenge.
I've simplified the inspo even further by reducing it to one rectangular element and a white with one colour scheme. The story is the important bit and as there is a lot of it, the embellishing has been kept very minimal so has to not distract from it. I've taken the layering idea and used with a different approach.

The paper edge looks so frilly! I like the white on white effect. Nice work Tiff.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October Challenge - Sandra

Hi Amanda
Love love loved this challenge!
My fingers were itching to have a go at creating  that grungey background.
and yay!! another challenge completed!!

Bye for now

ooooooooooooooooooh this is totally YUMMO Sandra. Yes i am itching to try out that distressed background too!

Fantastic title and very cute photos / embellishments. Loving the folds and general 'torn wallpaper' kinda look.


Retreat Shares - Amy

hi here are my retreat layouts finally.  I was quite pleased with how many I did  but a little cheating was involved coz most of them were from maps. 'the little things'  was a lift from a layout I saw on pinterest ( I love pinterest).  As you can see I'm a bit partial to the A4 lately. Anyway happy scrappin every1 :) Amy

Gosh Amy I am loving all of these amazing creations!!

Goodness me @ the Angry Birds inspired birthday - it looks incredible!! Fantastic party and you have scrapped the pictures perfectly!

Love what you have done with that beautiful OA paper in Colour my world. The colours really pop against that delicious white/cream cardstock.

Same with the 'little things' layout - yummy circle work!! Beautiful. I sighed a lot when i saw this one!

Great accents in Gavin's Garden! Cute little clusters!

School photos are hard to scrap but you have done so well with the first page - Awesome!

And wowsers at the All Aboard page - the red accents are fantastic.

Thanks so much for sending these in to share - you are so clever!

Sorry about the delay in popping these in the blog.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mid October challenge

Feast your eyes on this :

Ohmygoodness - isn't it delicious!??

Be inspired by the colours.  The whimsey. The distressing. The folds. The layout of the rectangles.

See what you can create using this as your jumping off point.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Inspiration ...

So where do you find your inspiration on the internet???? Post a link in the comments for us all to check out!!

I saw this post today ...

and was really inspired!

I am loving ...

by October Afternoon ... I have made a card and nearly a layout in the last day with these beautiful papers and embellishments!

This would be a great way to use wasabi tape card ... LOL washi tape ;-)

Card-Linda-You're My Type
SourceLove Letter Card by Linda Barber

This amazing layout by Kinsey Wilson ... stitching, misting and tags = fantabulous!!


These amazing stencils from Crafter's Workshop ...


Source: Kelly Purkey

A recent purchase from Marcy Penner's shop Hello Forever ...

Image of Snapshots Badges

can't wait to create with them!!

Amanda Hall's amazing designs for the 2012 Retreat ... 

no previews yet ;-) but let me tell you she is a very clever chick!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scrapathon layout - Sue

I just realised i hadn't shared here with you any layouts from the scrapathon. I only managed to get 4 pages done over the scrapping brain was elsewhere that weekend, but none the less this one was one of my favs. The cute little angry face on this little fella was just one photo that couldn't be packed away in a box!!

A bit of paint splatting happening here, some crazy cutting, and some yummy washi tape from a dear friend!!

Thanks for sharing all your layouts here, it's been great to see them all on my screen!!:)


Monday, October 10, 2011

Sonia - Scrapathon layouts

Hi Amanda + girls

From Sandra’s invitation I’ve taken some photos of some layouts from the scrapathon weekend. A relaxing weekend and super company at the table with an endless stream of ideas! Thankyou to the girls who bought their shop supplies down – really made it great to get up and have a browse for a bit, grab something interesting and continue on scrapping.

Favourite layout was ‘Grandpa Tommy’ – we had some photos a friend altered on an iphone application and it just realy made me laugh to consider what Tommy would end up looking like when he is an 80 year old man. :)

Sonia Ford

oh wow Sonia - love the waves in Grandpa Tommy layout - they are fantastic! Also wowee at that ageing app - how cool!!!!

STUNNING weaving in the layout above with some fab colour choices too. - cute little footy player!! And omg at that wonderful crazy stitching!!

Those owls in the middle layout are sensational! Love the pastels too. So pretty. Those button eyes look so effective too Sonia. Clever chook.

Well done and thanks for showing us your pages. Awesome work!

Scrapathon Recipes from Kathryn ...

Spicy couscous recipe 

Jamie Oliver - The Naked Chef page 180

425m1 stock or water
1 medium shallot or onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 knobs of butter
1 level teaspoon cumin seeds
1 heaped teaspoon coriander seeds
1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 small dried chilli or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
255g couscous

Bring the stock to the boil. In a thick bottomed, deepish pan slowly fry the shallot or onion with the olive oil and half the butter without colouring. In a pestle and mortar smash up the cumin, coriander, fennel, chilli and salt. (If you haven`t got a pestle and mortar you can do this by spreading out a tea towel putting your spices in the middle folding the tea towel up and smashing it with a rolling pin or hammer. This works quite well but be careful not to break anything)
Add the spices bay leaf and garlic to the onions and continue to fry, they should look and feel like marmalade but not be coloured or burnt.
Add the vinegar and sugar and reduce to a syrup.
Add the couscous and stir.
Add the hot stock and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Fork through the rest of the butter to lighten.

This Recipe Serves 4

then you need the ...

Balsamic Dressing

Preparation Time
5 minutes
125mls (1/2 cup)
Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Pinch of brown sugar
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place the oil, vinegar, garlic and sugar in a small airtight bottle or jar. Shake well to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Storage: This dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Bring to room temperature before using. Serving suggestions: Drizzle over a tomato, basil and bocconcini cheese salad or toss through mixed salad leaves.
and the assembly of the dish ...

Marinated Chicken, Pumpkin, Feta and Asparagus Salad

Handful of Spinach leaves
Marinated Chicken Steaks (Gourmet Meats Pt Lincoln) sliced and stir fry until cooked
Piece of Pumpkin, cut into small cubes, toss in a little oil and roast in oven till cooked and brown
Chunk feta, cut into cubes
Sliced Capsicum, lightly stir fried
Asparagus, cut into 2cm lengths and lightly stir fry
Handful pine nuts, lightly brown in dry frypan, stirring constantly

Layer the above on a plate, in that order and serve with Spicy Cous Cous.

Finish with Balsamic Dressing

This meal can be made to your liking. Instead of asparagus, cut green beans into 2cm lengths. Quantities depend on how many you are cooking for. Have fun playing with this recipe.

Beef, vegetable and pearl barley soup

Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500g beef chuck steak, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 3 carrots, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 swede, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup pearl barley

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Add a third of the beef and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with oil and beef.
  2. Add remaining oil and onion to pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Add paprika and cook for 1 minute. Add carrots, swede, celery, stock, 6 cups water, barley and beef. Bring to the boil. Skim scum. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  • To freeze: Ladle cooled soup into single serve containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat: Thaw in the fridge. Microwave, covered, on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) for 2 to 4 minutes, stirring every minute, or until hot.
 Source :
            Super Food Ideas magazine June 2005, Page 81

Enjoy these yummy dishes!!