Monday, 9 November 2009

Ooh la la!


A couple of weeks back, I was fortunate enough to meet the gorgeous Zoe Pearn. Zoe is one very talented chickie, and such an inspiration! Zoe designs paper products for My Minds Eye as well as digi scrapping goodies for Sweet Shoppe Designs.

I was also lucky enough to take one of Zoe's classes, and create this gorgeous layout using her pretty Ooh la la range!

Another layout that I've finally had a chance to photograph. Aiden hanging around after his playgroup party. I've been reading up on my camera manual and playing with the manual functions a lot more lately. I was really pleased with how this one turned out (even if it is a little out of focus).

Friday, 30 October 2009

Handmade goodies...

Lillipilli Lane have just launched their gorgeous handmade clothing website.

Make sure you check out their blog too, as they are running a competition to celebrate the launch of their new website!!  

You could win an item of your choice from their madeit store, handmade by the gorgeous Keryn! Check out the lillipilli lane blog for more info...

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Our budding artist



Erin's been loving painting her little heart out lately! I took this photo a couple of months ago, and was planning on scrapping it at our little get together at Flourish a couple of weeks ago. How time flies! Anyway, I finally got to scrap it on the weekend. It fit Karen's fresh challenge over at Scrap-Pile perfectly! Very hard not to add too many embellishments, but I really do love the end result, especially the soft colours.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

I'm in "Handmade" Heaven!

Woohooo!! I just found out that I won a $30 gift voucher over at Micky's Handmadies blog, to spend at "Handmade Heaven". I haven't had the pleasure of popping by yet, however this will get my butt moving! Owww.. I can't wait to check out all the gorgeous handmade products they have in store! Thanks so much, Micky! Looking forward to meeting the Handmade Heaven girlies too :)

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Ever since I started work on Keryn's website - lillipilli lane, I've been a bit addicted to checking out all the gorgeous handmade stuff that's out there... and on my journey, I discovered Handmade Heaven. I am so in love with all their goodies, and can't wait for an opportunity to take a little visit over there soon!

In the meantime, I'll just have to keep on entering their competitions. You too could win a $30 gift voucher if you head on over to the Handmadies blog.

Oh, and be sure to check out the upcoming Handmade Expo too! It will be held on Saturday 17th October from 8am to 2pm at the Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Rd, Bundamba. $2 entry for adults and kids are free. There will be a Guiness World Record attempt as well and over 1500 people are needed for Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Over 100 stalls of handmade goods for sale from kids clothing and accessories to cupcakes, fudge, ceramics, shabby chic, toys, jams & chutney's, greeting cards, timber goods, gourmet fresh and much more.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Picking strawberries

We had a gorgeous day today with my SIL and her little boy at a nearby strawberry farm. The kids loved picking their own too, and they were divine!! Just like we used to grow at home. I wish I'd known about this months ago, as they're closing for the season next week. :( We'll definitely be back next year though!









PS check out Erin's tongue in this last pic... do you think she's loving the chocolate dipping sauce??? Just like her Mummy :)

A little bit of green

I don't usually work with green, but Karen has inspired me to try and use it a little more. I do believe it's her favouritist colour in the whole wide world!

Liz has challenged us to make this gorgeous Dahlia (instructions here) and use it on a card. It's a gorgeous flower, and so easy to make! I've been loving these gorgeous Daisy Bucket papers.



This is a card for Liz's monochromatic challenge from WCMD last weekend. A little late, but I really wanted to give this a go, as I've never tried monochromatic before. Loved the result, but I tell you, it was a HUGE challenge not to add any other colours! Using the Daisy Bucket papers again, as well as labels 8, and a few new Christmas stamps I acquired the other day - Stampendous and Stamp It, I think?

Sunday, 4 October 2009

World Card Making Day

I had so much fun making cards for the WCMD challenges at Scrap Pile and Scrap Boutique tonight.

I loved making Karen's tri-fold card. Much easier than I thought, and looks fabulous all done! I do love these October Afternoon papers, even though they're old!


I did a couple of easy peasy Chrissy cards for Gill's challenge, using only 1 layer, 1 stamp (not coloured), and 1 embellishment. Loved these, and will definitely be creating some more before Christmas!



Manon gave some instructions for this cute little tag card. Very easy & fun to make! I used some more of my old Pink Paislee papers. I also made a little pocket to put a gift card in.


This one is for Liz's sketch challenge. I used craft and the back of some Chrissy paper ;)


Liz also challenged us to make a Christmas card with no boundaries! Love how this one turned out!

Friday, 2 October 2009

All things handmade


A gorgeous friend of mine has some of her handmade clothing over at Handmade Heaven, and I just saw they're having a surprise giveaway. Go check it out if you have a chance! They have some gorgeous stuff!

Pink Paislee Pastels

I've finally organised all my papers by manufacturer. I think I must be the last to do this in the entire scrapping world, but now it's done, and I'm loving it! As a result of my big clean-up, I found these gorgeous Pink Paislee papers hiding away, so just had to bring them to life!


This is Erin playing peek-a-boo in the cubby house. Love this pic and how her eyes really shine!


Here are our kids with my brother's boys. They all get on so well!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Look at the sky!




I took these photos at lunch time of our view of the dust coming over from the dust storms. It's put a real eerie yellow tinge on everything, as well as a fine layer of red dust. Lucky I haven't cleaned the house for Aiden's party yet :)


The poor sun trying to shine through all the dust! Looks pretty spooky actually!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Circus

We do so many fun and cool things with playgroup and I honestly don't know what I'd do without them. We've pretty much met up every week since our big kids were babies (nearly 4 years), and have formed such a great support network and friendship along the way. They are all such gorgeous girls, and would jump up to help at any chance. I'm so grateful for their friendship and support.

Here's a few photos of the circus we went to see today at Garden City. The kids absolutely loved it, and were in awe of the cool things they were doing. I'm sure Erin was taking note of all the aerial performances for future reference around the house!! LOL! Aiden loved the clown, and his jokes and the performances too :)







I've been playing around with the settings on my cameras after managing to read about 2 pages of the 2peas photo tutorial... obviously I need to read more, but I did get some okay shots out of my little point and shoot on manual settings.

Saying goodbye

Today we had news that Al's Pop passed away. Pop was such an incredibly strong and patient man, who always wore a smile. He played such an important part in our lives, and we will miss him dearly. He loved the kids, and always asked after them. I am so thankful for the time I spent getting to know Pop through helping him collate a book of his past for Mayes Cottage a few years ago. Ever since then, we've shared a special bond, and we would often go around to help him with his latest computer problem. He would try almost anything, and embraced all the new technologies. He'd call me up to talk through his latest discovery on the computer or find out how to do something. I will dearly miss his phone calls and skype chats. I only wish I could have said goodbye and told him how much he meant to me!


Celebrating Mothers Day at our place in May. Pop's at the front with Nana.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Some boy layouts for a change :)

I know a big smack on my bottom for not updating sooner, but here are a couple of layouts I did last week.

Aiden was so cute when he inquisitively asked, "Mum, are we having grasshopper meat for dinner?", as I pulled the roast chicken out of the oven. I couldn't stop laughing.

I used some recycled corrugated cardboard from a huge box I tore up from one of the kids toys. I just couldn't throw it out! I painted it with some Tim Holtz crackle paint. Loved the effect.


And our little Harry Potter. All dressed up for Becca & Zoe's Fairy and Wizard party. He wore Al's old school tie, a cape I bought from spotlight, the glasses $2 from Woolies and a hint of eyeliner for the scar! Easy peasy wizard outfit!

Friday, 28 August 2009

A gorgeous day with friends

It's been way too long since I've scrapped, and sadly, the drought wasn't broken today, even though I had a fantastic time at a friend's place scrapping (more like chatting) with the girls. Thanks for the great company and yummy scrummy eats too!! So nice to have some adult conversation!

But, hey, I did manage to make a card for Manon's challenge at ScrapBoutique. I haven't added photos yet, so I'll post another day, but OMG I can say that I just adore the "never ending card idea"! Leone and I were mesmerised by this cool card. Check out the instructions over at Scrap Boutique. Definitely worth a go!

Since I don't have much to share in the way of scrapping lately, here are the layouts I did for the Stamp and Scrapbook Madness classes I taught back in June/July.





Friday, 7 August 2009

Some lemon loving...

A little while ago my beautiful neighbours gave me a bunch of lemons picked fresh off their tree. While pondering what I could do with these little beauties, I found a scrummy recipe for Lemon Chicken which uses 'preserved lemons', which was thoughtfully proceeded by a recipe for preserved lemons! Perfect! I ended up making 2 jars of the lemons, with the intention of giving one back to them to put in their cupboard.

Well, today (6 weeks later!), I finally managed to do up some little tags, and a label using the gorgeous Labels 4 spellbinder that Karen graciously lent me for a 'little while'. Thanks sweetie! I will return them soon.



I took them over this afternoon with the recipe that I'd found in the magazine, and they loved the little package that I'd made. That made me smile! :) I'm so thankful for all the friends we've made since moving here. Our lives wouldn't be the same without them as a part of it!

Speed scrapping across the universe...

LOL funny how those old songs just pop into your head at a totally irrelevant time... star trekking across the universe... sorry, it's getting late!

So, we've been speed scrapping tonight over at Scrap Pile. I created a nice little sketch for the girls to play with, and OMG they came up with some beauties in an hour and a half! Nice work girls!

Here's my sketch - using elements from Shabby Miss Jenn Designs Little Buckaroo Princess kit.


My paper based example


My digi scrapping example - again using elements from Shabby Miss Jenn Designs Little Buckaroo Princess kit.


and a card I made tonight using the sketch! (loving these new Kaiser papers!!)


Phew, I'm stuffed now! Leone came round to have a play, and she created a gorgeous layout too! I'm sure she'll put it up here soon :) We had some yummy choc coated strawberries and cherries to keep us busy too!!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Colouring with distress inks

Check out this gorgeous tutorial on colouring with distress inksl! How easy does that look! Still love my H2Os though! Will be using a mixture of pencils, H2Os and distress inks from now on though! Love the softness of them all!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Going digital???

I've been thinking about digital scrapping a lot lately. In fact, two of my favourite brands, Hero Arts and Kaisercraft have just started producing digital kits and stamps and all sorts of other yummy things digital. OMG it's totally freaking me out! Well, not really, but as much as I love digital designing, I just can't bear the thought of parting with my crafty, lumpy, bumpy goods, nor sitting at my computer for work and play!

I design websites and online graphics all day every day (well, while I'm working), and although I wouldn't give it up for the world, if there's one thing I could change, it would be sitting in front of a computer screen all day. I need a release, a rest from the screen. In fact, I can still see the words, "I could never sit at a desk all day" written all over my face when my Mum asked me what kind of job I wanted. And still, here I am sitting in front of a computer, behind a desk!

In my mind, I see the positives of digital scrapping:
- quicker
- cheaper
- unlimited products
- immediate access to products (once purchased)
- no need to print out individual photos

and the negatives:
- no hands on crafty work (which I so dearly love)
- would need to buy an A3 printer
- unsure of longevity of final print out (although I guess you could say the same about home-printed photos)

So, the dilemma of whether to scrap digitally or not continues... for now I might just try integrating a few little things into my cards and layouts, like these gorgeous Kaisercraft Apple Tree brushes and flourishes and see how I go!

I'd love to hear your thoughts about digital scrapping, and if you've ever tried it, what medium do you use to print them out on so they last?

Saturday, 1 August 2009

A few cards and a roast!

I've been having some fun playing with my new stamps and nesties. I've been trying out the gorgeous twinkling H2Os and distress inks... obviously still need lots of practice, but I'm loving playing :)

I made these 3 cards for Kylie's birthday card challenge over at ScrapBoutique.

This first one I used the gorgeous new Kaiser Pennyroyal papers. They are so rich and regal! I've added a couple of prima roses inked with pink distress ink. They look gorgeous in real life.


I tried out this cool technique with the cuttlebug and nesties, where you leave parts of the image outside of the nestability frame. I got the idea from Katarina. I really do love the effect, although it is quite a bit of work to cut it out neatly, and takes some time and patience!


I'm really loving the colours that I used on this image. I used a combination of twinkling H2Os and watercolour pencils for the shading. Karen gave me these gorgeous basic grey 6x6 papers, and the colours worked really well with the image. I also used distress inks, inkadinkadoo stamps and a fiskars lace border punch.


And finally, this is the Thursday (aka Sunday) Roast over at ScrapBoutique. I had such a great time following Manon's instructions, and I really love how it's turned out! I also made a flower (top right) using Liz's flower technique!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Vintage Moon cards


I loved these gorgeous Pink Paislee Vintage Moon papers when I bought them, and I still do! This card is the second of Liz's birthday card projects. Loved making this cute flower in the middle. I used my giga and mega punches, and just hand cut out that shape on the right.



Love the vibrancy and the variety of patterns in this range too, and hoo could resist this cute little owl! :) I've cut him and the branch out, and I've used Helen's technique of raising the edges of the leaves with some scrapdots! Thanks lovie for the excellent tip!!! Mwah!!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Some scrappy stuff for a change :)


I've really been inspired by some of the gorgeous projects that Liz has posted for the 2nd birthday celebrations at ScrapBoutique.

I saw this project on Jewls' blog and just had to have a go. I loved how easy it was to make, and only took about 30mins. I didn't decorate it much, as the papers were doing that nicely. Don't you just adore these gorgeous papers!! They are definitely my fav's of the moment!

Then I just wanted to keep scrapping... but the kids woke up! So, I set them to work cutting and pasting some of the goodies in their "useful box", which I created this card (another one of Liz's projects). I just adored this flower and will definitely be using this technique again soon! PS notice the super old papers I'm using up here.


Monday, 20 July 2009

More gorgeous Whiff of Joy stamps up for grabs!


Want to own some gorgeous Whiff of Joy stamps :) Check out the Whiff of Joy blog for more details.