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Hi...my name is Carol aka cass. I live in the land downunder and love all things crafty. I have been doing digital scrapping for about 5 years and love to create special pages for my grandchildren. I have been on Helen's Creative Team for quite some time and love using her kits with the large number of very old photos I have, some dating back to the 1800s. I also create pages with the amazing elements in Helen's kits to give me some really special pages for the family.
A little poem page using Doggy Treats embellishments.
Vintage Wedding using Vintage Patina
Love the colours in this kit
A Christmas Layout using "A Christmas Carol"
Back to a little fantasy with my youngest grandson, this layout compruises three separate photos, taken during the week at a Dinosaur show, The kit I have used is "Time Began in a Garden", just seemed the rightr kit for Dinosaurs.
Some pages for my Fijian Holiday Album, all made using the new kit "From Time to Time"
Here is a layout using Helen's new "From Time to Time" (Cameo silhouette is not part of the kit) First picture is the digital version, the second is a Hybrid Card I made, replacing the Cameo with a wooden one.
I have just completed another collage, called Emerald. Such beautiful green elements in so many of Helens' kits.
Here's is a collage I have just done, using many of Helen's kits, each piece of this scene (except for the face and hands) has been overlayed with a different paper, in all I used 6 different kits
Collage Obsessions are having a Love theme, what better than to get some beautiful elements from Helen's kits. I have used bits and pieces from a number of kits including, Garden Treasures and Summer Past
Had a chance to play with Helen's "Doggy Treat" kit and came up with these two pages, the first is our little dog, she is a pug/cavalier spaniel cross as cute as a button, although she does molt all the time, and I do mean all of the time, hubby's job to brush her.
This fun vintage image caught my eye for the second page
Went on the Puffing Billy Dinner Special the other night, if you ever get to Victoria in Australia it is a must do - great night. I've used Helen's new kit "Nature Notes" to make a page for our great night out.
Yeah! some me time, got to do some scrapping. Here are a couple more pages using the Jewelled Seas Kit, so versatile.
There are some cute baby Elephant sculptures in Melbourne at the moment here are 3.
It has been so cold and wet where I live, I just wanted to sit by the fire, so I thought lets create some small pictures, go and sit by the fire and do some hybrid. I have used Retro Designs 'Nostalgic Scrapbook' to create these cards, added a little bling and now I have 4 cards I can send to friends.
I am so loving Helens new kit "Nostalgic Scrapbook". So many ideas for this one.
Photo is of one of the statues on the front porch of Ripponlea, a beautiful heritage estate near Melbourne. Helens Vintage Whimsy kit worked perfectly.
Here are a couple of pages completed with Helens Vintage Whimsy kit, love the colours.
Picture of the boat house at Ripponlea. I have used Helen's kit called Summer Past, seemed very appropriate for this photo.
Just found a fun picture from our Daylesford trip, and if you know swans at all, you know they can become very demanding, which they did just after this photo was taken. The Simply Serene Kit it is so versatile.
Went to a nephews engagement party last night. Here is a picture of one of my nieces, Carey holding my youngest grandniece, Abrielle. Put plenty of bling on it, because the baby tried to eat my watch, earrings, rings etc. The soft colours of Simply Serence worked beautifully with this photo.
Another school holiday trip took us to Daylesford, famous for its Spring Water even with three boys in tow my daughter and I had a relaxing day, and who wouldn't with this scenery to look at..... I have used Retrro Designs 'Sweetness and Light' great colours and embellishments for a scenery photo.
School Holidays in Australia, and I have been lucky enough this year to be well enough and have the time to going on picnics, drives and outings with my grandchildren. These three pages are from a visit to Gumbuyah Park in Victoria, Helens' new 'Kit Sweetness and Light' which can be found in her new store at http://www.retrodesigning.com/ is so versatile I have used it on these three pages showing off some of our native fauna.
Who can't resist our cute and cuddle Koalas, Sometimes you can be lucky, I was the other day, this young Koala left its Mum’s back and came down to walk to the next tree for some food, close enough for me to touch. But , I didn’t!
Little Wallaby, just sitting in the shade (It was quite hot)
I can't seem to shake the Christmas feeling off this year, tree still up but will be down by tomorrow, here are 3 pages I have created with Helens beautiful A Christmas Carol kit. Gorgeous elements!
On Thursday my daughter and I went into Melbourne to catch the Dolly Parton show, had a great time. But first we went to Federation Square for dinner. The had rows and rows of pine trees on the square, it looked magical, luckily I had my camera with me, here is a page using a paper and element from Helen's Golden Memories Kit
I am very lucky to live about a 30 minute walk from the beach, but only about a 3 minute walk to a rural area and this gorgeous site. I have used Helen's Golden Memories Kit
These pages have been created with Helen's Golden Memories Kit.
This one is of my Mother, my sister and I as brides. My sister and I will both be celebrating our 40th Anniversary next year. (Yes, Mum and Dad really lucked out, we are over 5 years difference in age, but got married only 8 months apart.
This page is for Remembrance day in Australia, 11th November. Both my grandfather and father returned from their service.
I have start by saying I am not a rose lover, EXCEPT when they are a simple single bloom, I planted this rose just before I got sick and nearly lost it through neglect, it has come back wonderfully this year, as our drought has broken and everything is green and lucious.
This script was taken from a sign in the kitchen of the Kyneton Museum, makes me glad to be a modern woman. I have used Pretty Shabby by Retro Designs.
Took a train ride to Kyneton on Friday, bit cold, but we had a great time and did a lot of walking. Here are a couple of pages using Pretty Shabby, with photos from the museum we visited.
We had Melbourne Open House last weekend, which is a two day period where a number of buildings in Melbourne are open to the public to visit and photograph behind the scenes. My sister and I went into Melbourne and spent 5 hours wandering and photographing to our hearts content. here are some photos I took of the Block Arcade in Melbourne (A very popular and famous Arcade, with some wonderful shops and cafes) I have used Helen's Nouveau Summer with its rich colours to highlight these photos.
My mouth is still watering at the memory of these beautiful window at the Hopetoun Tearooms. Just looking in the window was enough to put on the kilos.
A wonderful Doll and Teddy shop where you can purchase some beautiful dolls butr also have your dolls and teddies repaired and dressed.
These photos of the beautiful windows, were taken on a behind the scenes walk of the Block Arcade
Love using Helen's 'Jewelled Seas', found these old photos the other day and even though they are from the 70s and the colour has deteriorated, they still come up fine on the computer. I look at this little bundle and can hardly believe he is now over 6 feet. Had to add the cute little seahorse that Helen has offered on the blog.
Went to Phillip Island over the weekend and here are some photos I took. It was cold and windy but at least it wasn't raining. I have used Helen's Jewelled Seas, which always goes wonderfully well with the Australian Coastline.
I love summer and detest winter, I count the days to the winter solace, so that I know when the days are getting longer, we have had virtually no summer in Melbourne this year and although we have had a couple of really lovely autumn weeks, we seem to be entering winter with a bang and we still have 20 days of autumn left. I have sat at home today and worked on different projects, feeling utterly miserable due to the weather, I need sunshine, I have gotten overcast skies and rain, rain, and more rain all day. So to lift my spirits I created a page with pictures from my front garden last spring using Helen's 'Time Began in a Garden' kit. Lifted my spirits to see all those great colours, going to the gym probably helped as well.
Love the 'Time began in a Garden' QP. I have used a photo of the driveway to an orchard my sister and I visited last week to pick apples, even added some of the delicious apples to my potting shed.
With cute baby ancestors like these, no wonder my grandchildren are cute. Here is a photo taken in 1924 of my Auntie and my Dad, not sure what all the clouds were for, I suppose a special way of taking children's pictures in the 20s. But it has become one of my favorites. Helen's "Heart of Gold" kit was perfect for this photo.
I have only just recently been given some photos of my paternal Grandfather when he was a young man, even got one of my dad when he was very young, that will be scrapped later, but as it is coming up to Anzac day I thought Helen's 'Heart of Gold' Kit would be appropriate for this layout, I have added some poppies from her 'Nouveau Summer' kit.
I have been playing with Helen's Shabby Chic Room 3 kit and came up with these three pages, each a little different, so many ways to use these kits. 1st page shows our youngest grandson hiding behind a tree
The second page I added some very old photos that we have, the one on the left is my husband's uncle around 1930, on the right are relatives of my husbands taken about 1880. I love this room it looks so cosy and inviting to curl up and read a book in. I also added the chair and table from The Shabby Chic Room 2 kit.
and the last one has a photo of my grandson again with his cousin at a wedding, it is a photo I have made to look hand coloured and is int he final wedding album. To get the edging to the page, I used one of the frames and some blending.
A reminder of one of the very few hot days we have had this summer. A trip to the beach early one morning. I have used the Flight of Fancy kit, blending a paper into one of the photos I took of the very blue horizon.
My Hubby and I took our youngest grandson into town on Saturday for a the train rain ride (he loves trains) and to walk along the Yarra. I took this photo whilst we were walking back to the station, such a contrast in Architecture. I used the Flight of Fancy QP as I think the Amber and golden coloured elements reflect the colours of our Flinders St Station
Maybe it has to do with getting older, I don't know, but as a child I was never interested in dolls houses, now I would love to have one to decorate, furnish etc. Thanks to Helen's great Shabby Chic Rooms, I now have one, here is a little house I created. It has been decorated and furnished with The Shabby Chic Rooms 2 Kit. I cannot remember how many layers, but I saved, and saved and saved as I went along, hope you like it right down to the pen and paper on the table ready for the letter to be written.
With another year about to commence, it is time to reflect and to think of the future, I know I am going to have a great year and I hope you are too! Here is the kit Vintage Patina with a Happy New Year message.
A couple of past Christmas memories using Noel Nouveau. The first one is my sister and I as children.
Christmas time again, how quickly this lovely season comes and how quickly it seems to go. Here is a page with my oldest grandson and a candle he made. I have used Helen's lovely "Noel Nouveau", such a pretty kit and as blue is my favorite colour it makes it extra special.
Here is one I have created with SHABBY CHIC ROOMS PART 1
Here is another page using SHABBY CHIC ROOMS PART 1
And now the new bride, my daughter on her wedding day, I have used elements from the Shabby Chic Rooms Part 1 Kit.
Yes this is my beautiful daughter
I have used the Vintage Patina Kit for this page, Chateau Wyuna