Warrior Princess – CSI #140

Hi everyone,

The weather is super nasty here in Auckland!  I expect we will have some more power outages today.  We have already have had one with this horrible wind.

The latest case file is up at CSI.  Here is its:140flat

My layout:CSI 140 Michelle Whorwood

Evidence used: Stripes, hearts, woodgrain

Testimony: I journalled about an adventure.  The girls dressing up as little warriors for the torch lighting ceremony in Fiji.  The girls had so much fun running around and taking turns lighting the torches with their new friend Alice. I was super surprised you both took part so willingly after being quite afraid of the ‘fire’ when you first saw the torches lit up.
CSI 140 Michelle Whorwood detailThanks for stopping by today!

Michelle x

Clique Kits and The Cut Shoppe Team Up

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I’m super super excited to be sharing two layouts I have created with September kit from Clique Kits.  If you are a usual reader of my blog you will know that I love creating with kits and this one was NO exception.  The Cut Shoppe team was super lucky to receive a FULL kit to play with.  Here are two layouts I have created:
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My first layout is soft and girly – I love pinks and greens together!   I have used the Flash Cards 3×4 cut file behind my photo – cut out on white cardstock.  I have coloured in the 2 & 3 in green with my Mister Huey’s water colours because they are the ages of my two girls in the photo. I have used the Live More Think Less cut file and added these words from the actual cut onto my layout. You will also notice the ‘love’ above the white tag.  I created this word using random letters from the cut file to create the word love.  I have also added some white gesso to the little people, the heart and the triangle sequins to wash out the colours a bit to blend them more with the colours on my layout.
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 My second layout features my 10 year old son with his 2 year old sister and I have used the Right on Target cut file and sewed this onto my layout.  I really wanted to keep the colour palette simple and focused on the blues in the Clique kit as I loved the way these colours worked with my photo.  The black script words in the kit were just perfect for the sentiment I wanted to create on my layout.Clique kits 1
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Annelie Maddock – http://swewi.wordpress.com/
Jody Speigelhoff – http://spiegelmomscraps.com/
Michelle Whorwood – http://harbourgal.wordpress.com/ – — you are here!


I had the most amazing time creating with the Clique Kit and the cut files that accompanied the kit.  I will be creating some more with this kit for my The Cut Shoppe DT reveal at the end of September.

These are all the cut files exclusively designed for the Study Abroad Clique Kit by Ashley available in store now!


Make sure you comment on The Cut Shoppe Blog to go into the draw to win a $15 voucher for the store.  Also, Clique Kits is giving away a a box of goodies from the September Kit!!!  Gotta be in to win.


Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you have enjoyed my layouts I have created with this amazing kit.
Take care
Michelle  xx

Sketchabilities Sketch Reveal #123

Hi everyone,

The latest sketch reveal is up at Sketchabilities.

10489642_10202145541027192_6107465530814850752_nAnd here is my take,  Taylor is our little artist… well she actually likes scissors and cutting things up and gluing things more than straight colouring in.  Hmmmm, where does she get that from I wonder!  

Michelle Whorwood Sketch 123I have used papers and embellies from my Crazy Monday Kits, mixed in with some Maggie Holmes embellishments.  I am really loving the black, white and green colour combo at the moment.  And with the black and white photo of Taylor I love the end result.   Close up of some of the details:

Michelle Whorwood Sketch 123 detail 1 Michelle Whorwood Sketch 123 detailAND  This month’s sponsor is Creative Embellishments.

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality  chipboard and wood products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near  future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.
I just so happens that Creative Embellishments has a 25% off Easter Sale going on right now, head over and get yourself some awesome chipboard.
Creative Embellishments is offering up a $20.00 gift card to their online store.  In order to Qualify for this Gift Certificate you will need to complete the sketch below and link using our linky system, by the due date September 28th.
Do go check out their blog to see the rest of the DT’s reveal – so much amazing talent on display!!
Take care

I love what you do!

Hi eveyrone,

My next DT layout is up at the Cut Shoppe blog has two different cut files from the store.

 On my layout today, I have first misted my white cardstock background in Teal using a Heidi Swapp Shine Mist to match in with my colour choices in my photo and patterned paper.  I then cut the Arrows with Attitude cut file also in white cardstock and outlined it in black pen.  I then started layering all my patterned papers and photos and embellishments.  To create another layer I then also cut some of the arrows from the Target Practice Cut file and coloured these lightly in orange and pink to again match in with the colours on my layout.    
You may have noticed I love using white cardstock to cut out my Cut Shoppe cut files for several reasons, firstly I have lots of it and it is so easy and economical to use; and I like that I can add extra layering elements on my layouts without feeling like I am overwhelming my photos and embellishments.
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Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have enjoyed my DT share.

Reach for the Stars!

Hi all

My latest layout is up on the Cut Shoppe Blog today!

I have used one of the files from our recent blog hop called A Walk in the Clouds. Which I absolutely fell in love with and couldn’t wait to use on one of my own layouts.

Often I love cut files but think how could I use it on my layout where it fits in with the overall theme or idea I am trying to portray.  In this instance, I used the clouds as a reference to the sky and my sentiment of reaching for the stars and how you can achieve amazing things if you put your mind to it.

Here is my layout:

Be Brave Banner

Liam – was part of a team of four year 6 kids who participated in a spelling competition recently at Albany Junior High School and their team came first in the team round.  The kids had to answer a series of spelling related questions in ten rounds – some of them were quite difficult for some adults in the audience to answer even!!  Liam was pretty excited to be part of the winning team where they won several prizes (including a hire of a chocolate fountain – school wasn’t too excited about that one!).  Once the team round was over the kids all had to spell 20 words and anyone who got more than 12 out of 20 right was entered into the  traditional individual spelling bee. Liam and most of his team mates made this round but all came unstuck on the same word in the second round which was a bit of a bummer.  It was a great life experience for Liam, getting up in front of an audience and peers, using a microphone and having to spell out words correctly and within the rules of the competiton was a big learning curve for lots of the kids.  Liam and his team mates earned the Oteha Valley Star (school wide certificate) for their hard work prior to the competition as well as their results on the night and of course placing first and third (their other team) out of the other schools competing.

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The latest sketch is up at Sketchabilities!

10526164_10202145538307124_6694560472681785073_nAnd here is my take:

MichelleWhorwood sketch 122Black/White and green is a bit of a fav colour combo of mine at the moment. This photo of Taylor pretty much sums up how much she hates waiting around for her big brother to finish whatever sport he is playing.  I remember she was so desperate to come with me that day to Liam’s swimming sports but of course the fun soon wore off and she sat waiting – bored!!!  I have used one of my Crazy Monday Kits for most of this layout and the ‘Sweet’ card was hand made by the amazingly talented Lianne Gray.

Some close ups:
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We have an awesome sponsor with us for the month of August, and they are back for this reveal.

Heartfelt Creations provides a unique line of artistic stamps, detailed dies and designer papers. Many of our stamps coordinate with our exclusive Spellbinders™ dies. The innovation of our stamps paired with matching dies offers a whole new dimension of possibilities and quickly adds eye-popping 3D depth to any project. Our designer papers are designed to coordinate with our product collections adding the perfect complement to any Heartfelt Creations stamp or die.
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Creative Scrappers / The Cut Shoppe Team Up


Super excited to be playing along with the latest Creative Scrappers sketch #276 as part of a Creative Scrappers and The Cut Shoppe Team Up.


Today is a very special day – Creative Scrappers is teaming up with The Cut Shoppe!

So make sure you play along with sketch #276, Ashley from The Cut Shoppe will be offering a $20 prize to her shoppe to one lucky winner who participates with sketch 276 and submits it by August 31st!!!

Here is the sketch:

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And here is my layout.  CTS 1st dance class banner

I just loved taking Aimee to her first dance class!  She looked so adorable in her little tutu – dancing with her cute friend Indi.  However, I haven’t actually managed to get her back to class again – she won’t go.  The frustrating thing is that she really enjoyed herself when she was there!

I’ve used two cut files on this layout.  I created the arrow borders using the cut file from the blog hop called Straight as an Arrow and instead of actually using the exact file I used it as a stencil and texture pasted the arrows onto my layouts. I then used my Mister Huey water colour paint in grey to tie the colour of the texture paste into the colour palette.  The second cut file is the ‘documented’ frame from the word frame  cut file and then backed it with some washi tape to make the documented stand out on my layout.

Hope you can come and play along with us – I loved playing along with another Creative Scrappers Sketch.  They certainly push my creativity comfort zone with the PL style sketches!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Michelle xx


Blog Hop Winner!

Just a quick post to reveal the winner of the “You’ve been Punch’d” cut file – thanks to everyone who visited and commented on my post!


The winner is:


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Congrats Carolyn!


Please contact Ashley on thecutshoppe[at]yahoo.com to claim your prize!

Ma Bear – Sketchabilities #121

Hi everyone!

The first sketch has been revealed at Sketchabilities!  The new DT has done an amazing job – check it out here

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And my layout.  I chose some cute photos of Aimee with her carebears.  She loves carrying them around so much we got a ‘back up bear’.  They go everywhere with her .  MichelleWhorwood sketch 121

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This month’s sponsor is:

Heartfelt Creations provides a unique line of artistic stamps, detailed dies and designer papers. Many of our stamps coordinate with our exclusive Spellbinders™ dies. The innovation of our stamps paired with matching dies offers a whole new dimension of possibilities and quickly adds eye-popping 3D depth to any project. Our designer papers are designed to coordinate with our product collections adding the perfect complement to any Heartfelt Creations stamp or die.
Please like and follow them on the following media links :

Heartfelt Creations is offering up three $30.00 gift certificates to three random scrappers who link up and submit a project based on this sketch! You have until August 28th to link up!

Hope you can play along with us this month.