My Time at Artified with Dina and the girls

Last Friday I had the privileged of attending one of Dina Wakley's classes while she was in Australia again this year. I had attended them last year and when I saw she was coming out again I couldn't resist catching up and having some creating time with her.

I attended the little journal making class and thoroughly enjoyed it .... as I knew I would.

Lots of stenciling, stamping and random "Just do, don't think" .... Dina's motto for the class!

The little journal has become a memory of my time in the class as I've added the little photos into it that we took after the class in the photo booth .... yes there was a photo booth!!!

I also purchased some of the Chit Chat word stickers while I was there so I could add them to my book. I've been eyeing these off for sometime now and figured it was the perfect opportunity to grab them ... before they all disappeared!! 

My little journal also took on a story in itself. Thanks to Dina and her thoughtfulness ....
Let me explain.

I had been attending a conference that day for work and was sure I'd make it on time if I left at afternoon tea break .... and then in true Melbourne Spring weather fashion .... it rained. No let me refphrase that .. it POURED down .... and when it pours down in Melbourne people forget how to drive!!! So here I am driving down the freeway ... at 20kms an hour!!!! So naturally I was VERY late for the class.

But Like I said, Dina is a very thoughtful lady and she had actually started my little book for me .... It was being used as her demo piece "A glorous Mess" as she called it ..... I was so thankful as I would have had to have gone FLAT OUT to make up the time, but instead all I had to do was join in with where everyone was up to already!!

And the bonus was ... as I mentioned to Dina .... that she had done the hardest part for me ... she had chosen the colour combo I would be using (I always procrastinate about this step). It was gorgeous, of course, yellow, Fuchsia and some Cheddar ...... and a hint of turquoise ...

It was so mush fun catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I love the social side of attending classes almost as much as I love learning new techniques and having some time to create freely.

And so more about the photo booth!!
You can see here Kylie and I are on our best behaviour because we are in the booth with Dina .....

I should have known better .... I knew from past experiences that Dina likes a laugh ... or twenty, so when she suggested we silly it up for the next photo we joined in the fun ....

I got a bit sillier and Dina, well she was hilarious as per Dina would be .... Kylie, still a bit sedate (nice glasses btw) but then ...... on the third photo ....

Quote of the day from Dina "Here, hold my leg!" Oh boy ..... we laughed and laughed and laughed and then laughed again when the photo was printed!!!

I was blessed enough to have some "us time" too while at dinner and I did manage one really nice photo  .....

But in all honesty ..... I love the sillier ones better ... it just wouldn't be Dina time if there wasn't the odd silly photo or two!

Thank you so much Mel at Artified for bringing Dina out again. You are such a fabulous supporter of artists both locally and Internationally.

Thank you Dina for being you and being so inspiring ... until next time xx

A Little Canvas for 7 Dots Studio

Hello! I'm  here with you today to share a little canvas I have made using the 7 Dots Studio "Fortune-teller" collection.

I collaged some of the paper scraps I have and some of the die cut elements onto the background with a gel medium and then gave it a light brush over with white gesso and some black carbon water soluable pencil.

I love the shadow effect it gives with each piece of the collage. Next I layered up some goodies to created a focal piece. I simply used more scraps and a couple of tags from the 12x12 piece. I grunged them up a bit with some ink and gesso and added them with a strong glue and cardboard in between to lift each layer.

The finishing touch was to add some distressed cheese cloth, some splashes of colour and a gorgeous "Dream Catcher" chipboard piece from the Um Wow Studio range that compliments the Fortune-teller collection.

I hope you have enjoyed my little canvas piece. I will see you all again very soon.

Guest Designer Over at More Than Words for October

I am beyond thrilled to have been asked to be a guest designer over at More Than Words this month. The inspirational word they have chosen for the month is "Change" and the creative element is "Ombre". This is what I created.

And here is the inspirational panel from More than Words.
My creation today is based around my handmade ombre background. I have a link to the tutorial so you can learn how it came together and maybe give it a go yourself.

 I styled my layout on one of my favourite designs that I fondly refer to as "The Elephant". With the ombre I felt that it suited it perfectly, the way it cascades down the page just like the colours do. 

Here is the video tutorial on how I created the Ombre background.

I believe change can be a funny thing. On the one hand we need to change to be able to move forward in the world but on the other hand there are some things I really don't like having to change. In general I'm ok with change. I work in an ever changing environment and like to keep up with current trends so change is inevitable and I manage it well but when it comes to some changes in my personal life, I find myself struggling. The changes that have occurred so quickly right in front of my eyes. 

My children growing into young adults. They have grown up way too fast and although this change in life, from child to adult, I know is so important for them, it is really hard for me to let them be "grown ups". I am still practising how to let them go. 

I have got better but every now and then they remind me "Mum ...... it's ok I've got this".  So I titled my page "Never Change A Thing" but journaled around the design with words that encouraged their growth such as "change is always a good thing" and "Change makes us stronger". A very conflicting page but I think it has been good therapy for me to remember that it's ok "They've got this"

You can find the challenge details HERE

Until next time xxx

Product list:

Water color Ink -  BlackAmber Yellow and Pink
Stencil - Swirls
SPLASH! Inks - PinkWhiteGlitter Pink
Ayeeda Mists - Chalk FuchsiaPastel BerryPastel Pink

Um Wow Studio Chipboard
Potty People
Potty People Mash

Viva Las Vegastamps
Invoice Background

Halloween Blog Hop with VLVS

The famous monster I have chosen is the American Werewolf in London! from 1981 (My teen years)

Not that I ever remember seeing the movie. I just know it was pretty big for it's time. Me. Well ..... 
I'm more of a 1985 "Teen Wolf" girl myself.

But recently I've noticed that the Image of a werewolf has changed ...... I'd say for the better!!

If you're keen to know more about famous werewolves from movies here is a link you can check out.

Here is my little creation .... a loot bag with a werewolf on it!

You can win a $25USD voucher to spend at the Viva Las Vegastamps online store by joining us on our hop!

Hop your way through these talented ladies blog posts!!

So stop by each member's blog, check out their project, leave 'em a little love then head on back to the VLVS site and tell us your favorite thing about Halloween! One comment per blog = 7 comments. 7 comments = an entry into the drawing for our gift certificate. 

VLVStamps used:

I hope you will be able to join us on our hop and check out all the other awesome Famous Monster creations from my team mates!!

A Little Art Journal Cover for VLVS

Hello I'm here to share with you a little bit of inspiration using the wonderful Viva Las Vegastamps!!

This is a little art journal that I have created from an old book. I keep all my special little notes and cards that people send me in it.

I decorated the cover using some VLVS Stamps. I drew the heart but if you wanted to you could use the Squiggle Heart also. Doodle frame down the spine side and then some stitching stamps around the gesso block in the middle to frame it.

A little title to finish it all off. This one is almost full already. I think I'll have to start a new one!


The Stitching stamps can be found on 

I hope you've liked my little bit of inspiration.

Moments - A Layout for 13Arts

Hello my gorgeous 13@rts friends. Fiona here with you today to share a layout I have created using lots of yummy 13@rts beads, glitter and microspheres.

I created this layout on a canvas board so I could layer up all the beads and other 3D elements without worrying about my paper being over loaded. The canvas board makes such a sturdy base.

I used Ayeeda Medium Gel Medium to adhere them with. This ensures they are not going to fall off.

I used the chipboard to create my title. I coated it with some Navy Blue SPLASH! Ink.

I hope you've enjoyed my layout. Thank you for popping in and checking it out.

13@rts Products used: