Monday, 31 December 2012

Nearly time for Resolution 2013

Here in New Zealand we are getting ready for New Years Eve. In preparation for the New Year I have started to create an altered journal for myself.

I have prepared an old book by ripping out some of the pages and glueing them to create a solid base of various sizes and a few pockets, of course!
The cover is started with the TH Cabinet card die and the baroque die and a selection of letters and numbers from various packs including some very cool grunge numbers. I have gessoed the cover and will be adding ink and other gorgeous stuff as I go.
 I think I will use this to journal January and prepare myself for the year ahead. Plans and hopes and lots of dreams.

Hope you and yours have a totally fabulous New Year and I look forward to meeting again in 2013.

xxx Michelle

Friday, 28 December 2012

Latest Videos are here

I have uploaded a couple of videos to show my latest projects.

The links are below if you would like to have a look

The Grand Mini Album

Ticket to Venice Travel Journal

If you would like to join in the fun with the Ticket to Venice Online class the link is '

Hope you are enjoying the last days of December 2012!!

xx Michelle

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it. Santa has been to my house and we are getting ready for a day with extended family. Here are a few shots of Christmas at my house.

I made the tree above many years ago and it still comes out every year.

The Kaisercraft advent calendar was made last year, and the Rocking horse is a treasure that is much loved.

The roses and sweetpeas were picked from the garden yesterday.

Christmas day in New Zealand - hats and sunscreen required!!

Wishing you all a Beautiful day wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Xxx Michelle 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

I got a new toy

Yes I did get a new toy - an iPhone. I wanted Instagram. It looks like fun when other people do it, but of course it took me weeks to figure out how to get the photos off the camera and onto the computer. I am now going to try something very clever (well... for me!) A few snapshots of what I have been making lately.

I have lots of photos on the proper camera but I have organised the cord away somewhere very safe and since I cannot find it now, I cannot show you those photos.

I made three Christmas books and gave them away. I have the paper cut out for my Xmas book but I think that will be for 2013 now!!

Random photo of the the cutest puppy - Gypsy style - Ruby

I made a Recipe Album and that will be given to the Beautiful Bride shortly. I have a video to upload later today to show a quick flip through. The colour is a surprise for me. It is the favourite colour of the recipient. 

Been busy learning new binding styles.  

The journals are filled with my tea and coffee dyed paper.... Yum

New Journal - layered the cover of the Journey Journal from Marion Smith. Covered with various tissue tapes and then mod podged a layer of dressmaker tissue. Ready to leave home next year. Perfect size for the hand bag - it is 5 3/4" x 3 3/4 " 

The latest download from Marion Smith ... the Grand. Very rich and lush. I covered one of my binder albums with the paper and embellies from the line. Love it - Thank you to the lovely Ellen Bee of the Womens waiting room for spoiling me. xxx

Ruby got a haircut for Christmas 

and looks pretty happy with it

All over my desk and currently obsessed by 

Taking my first course on book binding with Mary Ann Moss and loving it!

Hope December is treating you well
Thanks for visiting 
xx Michelle