Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mum's just gotta snap .......

It's been a while since I took some photos of the girls, so we packed up my camera bag and headed off to Mt. Lofty Botanic Gardens (where hubby works) for a picnic.  I just adore it up there, the scenery is absolutely beautiful this time of year, everything so green and lush .... so perfect to get photos.

Em is becoming much more confident now her teeth are straightening up.... I mean she is no stranger for posing for photographs, but as her adult teeth revealed their true nature, she stopped smiling for the camera.  Even now I have to remind her to smile, and I can't help but adore her radiance when she smiles naturally.

I love this photo of Emma and Mark, you can just see Mark, but the story of their relationship couldn't be more beautiful than the way this photo captures the moment.  She really is a daddy's little girl.

As for Miss Madi, she wasn't in the mood for photographs.  I had to coax her, bribe her and just about beg her to pose for me, and I only ended up getting a few good shots.

I did however get some super photos of them together, Madi feels so comfortable posing with Emma, and the results are usually magic.  I have been experimenting with light lately, and its always such a challenge with the two of them because Em being so light in hair and skin color and Madi being the exact opposite.

Life has settled down a little since my hard decision have been made, and now I am solely designing for Prima and Seriously Scrapbooking.  I feel more focused about what I am doing and slowly I am starting to get more direction in my life.  My layout below is my November layout for Pink Pasislee using the gorgeous Artisan and Portfolio Collection.  The icing on the cake was using the Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  Trust me this is just not a plug for PP.  The HS Color shine is GORGEOUS.  The color is amazing.  I just love it.  The best thing is that it has a little metal ball in the bottom of the bottle so the applicator doesn't get blocked.   Its amazing how a little feature like that can totally make you happy.

I was completely blown away by the marriage of the Artisan Collection and the Heidi Swapp Color Shine, the hues are SO vibrant and outrageous I just fell in total love with them.  I adore the way my Artisan Pieces came up after they were sprayed, and the way the colors intermingle with each other to create secondary colors is absolutely beautiful.

I used the Color Shine in Mint Green, Tropicana Teal and Chartruese.  I found that when I sprayed the Artisan Resist Paper, by using a baby wipe the colors blend in beautifully, and you can wipe the excess of the “resist” sections with ease.   Just remember that not all baby wipes are created equal, just check to see which ones are not to moist, as they will buckle and distort your paper.

I found when it came to applying color to the Artisan Squares, a paint brush worked beautifully.  I just sprayed a couple of spurts into an empty lid and dipped my paintbrush into the color.

Material List

Over at Prima blog, we are Prima are hosting a 12 days of Christmas challenge, where we have to contribute a chirsmtas card.  

It's quite easy-just make a card based on one of our samples (all shown below) and post it anywhere online. Link us in the comments section for the card day you chose. We have PRIZES for 12 lucky winners that we will award on Nov 30th!



We want YOU to play along with our 12 Days of Christmas Card challenge!

Here's all you have to do:

  1. Pick a card that inspired you and make your own card/tag based on it.

  2. Post your Prima-inspired card on our Facebook Fan Page (Prima Marketing Flowers), or on your own blog, on Pinterest, or on any other site.

  3. Please mark your card/tag "Prima's 12 Days of Christmas-Day 1", or Day 2, Day 3, etc. so we know which project inspired you!

  4. Make sure you come back to this post and include your link so we can find the cards!

  5. We will pick 12 wonderful winners on November 30th (one from each card day) to receive some FUN Prima goodies!

You can find our other inspiring cards here:

5 nov magda Day 1

6 nov brit,jpg Day 2

7 nov felicity Day 3

9 nov hege Day 4

Card12days1 Day 5

11 nov stacey2 Day 6

12 nov leslie Day 7

13 nov larissa Day 8

14 nov gerry Day 9

16 nov solange Day 10

Well, thanks for popping over here, and have a fantastic, fun week with family and loved ones.


  1. Those photos are stunning and so is that Layout!! I saw the card on the Prima blog and its AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZing!!

  2. Gosh, your girls are both so photogenic! And gorgeous girls + a mom who has a talent for photography = stunning pics :)

    I'm also completely in love with that amazing lay-out! So many luscious layers and striking colours - just fab! Your card is a true beauty too!

  3. The photos of your beautiful girls are wonderful! The layout is so beautiful--love those layers! And then there is that breathtaking card I saw over at the Prima blog. Everything you make is gorgeous!

  4. Such beautiful photos, the layout is amazing and the card is stunning.. Your blog is a lovely place to visit!!

  5. Your projects are amazing as always, but those photos are just absolutely gorgeous! Your girls are beautiful like their Mum, and you are getting some amazing shots playing with the lighting, they have a soft and magical look to them!!! Glad things are getting settled more for you!!! Hugs!

  6. Awesome projects Steph!Ur photos r gorgeous. Luv the sunlight shining through. So happy that life is more settled for u XX