Friday, February 25, 2011

ARTastic February Challenge

Just a quick post that I will come back to edit.

Thought I would pop up my entry to ARTastic's
February Challange.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Internation Card Swap @ LSBS

Hi all, have been participating in a international card swap over at LSBS, we had to complete 5 card fronts with the theme Easter vintage/shabby chic. (These are my finished products above).
I was really excited to get into this challenge. I haven't participated in a card swap of any kind before and actually really would not have called myself a card maker at all before venturing onto the LSBS site. With their cybercrops and season challenges,cards have been on the menu so I was initiated. It has taken me a little while to get my head around the small amount of space to work with but I am getting there.
From the start I knew what elements I wanted to work with. One of the ladies @ LSBS sent me a beautiful 'Peter Rabbit' RAK. Just lovely thank you Debi. I fell in love with all the goodies she sent me. Well the design rumbled around in my head for days. I made a sample as I was scrapping with friends and I thought I would take the card with me for their input. The night before I put together another sample and sought their advice on the two.
Well I changed my mind again and above is the end result, finally I am happy with the challenge, the best I could do. I hope the recipient's enjoy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Freaky Weather Thursday 17th

This was my view as I drove home today, weird weather. Looked like a tornedo was brewing and unfortunately for me it was hovering right over Emu Plains. All it brought with it though was some heavy rain, it certainly looked weird.

Have had a busy week, not much time for anything apart from work, doctor's appointments,MRI's,housework and popping things on ebay for my DH and DS. Sounds quick when they say 'let's pop this on ebay' but I am the only one that 'pops' things on ebay, hahaha.

Have a date this weekend with 'operation tidy up garage' with DH. Not the most fun task but he has been awfully patient with the kids using it as their dumping ground lately.

Both my DS and DD have had changes in their living conditions over the past year and have scaled down considerably from where they were living and you guessed it, the excess ended up in DH's garage.

Now DH's garage is not your usual garage. DH was and still is an avid motor sport enthusiast and he was a driver of some note. His garage is his pride and joy.

It is 12 square, tiled , airconditioned, has a lounge room, pool room, 2 storage rooms, toilet and workshop area, memorabilia gallery and it does garage 1 car and a car trailer. It sounds rather over the top when I put it all on paper but if you knew my man well, he is rather over the top himself, a huge personality and his garage matches. Anyway the kids have made it a bit of a dumping ground and it has made him rather stressed to say the least, so this weekend is 'G' day, hopefully the end result will make him less stressed.

Hope to catch up with some scrapping over the weekend at some time. Have to finish off my 'international'card swap cards, which are all planned and construction is underway, so should finish those over by the weekend, hope to make the post Monday. Next I have some ATC's to do, planned (hope they go a little more to plan than my cards did, I think I am overthinking the design a bit too much) then some challenges for ARTastic and the LSBS 4-7-11 to tackle. Enjoy your weekend and we will chat soon. Ciao.....
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Loved Up Cyber Crop over @ LSBS

Hi ladies, Happy Valentine's Day if that is your want. DH always buys me some flowers and again this year he didn't disappoint, gotta love them.
Over the weekend @ LSBS they held their February 'Loved Up' Cyber Crop. This year their DT have redesigned the challenges and really are extending us so early in the year. They also reduced the number of challenges to do, which has helped.
If you are looking for a way to kick start your interest again or just to join in the fun, this is the site for you, a lovely bunch of ladies can be found on this site, very supportive.
Above are my submissions for the weekends challenges.
No 1 was a card challenge, with a sketch provided, just in time for V Day.
No. 2 was a poster inspired challenge with the wording 'I Love You' and a touch of pink, perfect for this picture I snapped of my Godson, Sam.
No. 3 was 'any kind of love' inspired challenge with a sketch, 'Crazy love' was perfect for this
No.4 was anything goes with a twist, there were a number of criteria plus a paint challenge thrown in.
Awesome work by the DT.
Must away, will chat soon.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pages from Narellan

Hi girls,

Just thought I would pop in quickly and show you some pages I have done with the lovely April over at Scrapbook Sensations @ Narellan. I love April's work, it is very layered and the pages are packed with detail. This is not my usual way of scrapping but I find I have learnt so many things from her and I thoroughly enjoy scrapping in her classes. She always shares technical tips with us that help with our scrapping.

Her shop is beautifully stocked with all the latest goodies (and well stocked I might add) her hubby, Deryck works in the shop with her on a Saturday and he is a real personality, they make our afternoon very enjoyable.

On these pages posted today I have scrapped photo's of my Mum, Mary, as an eight year old and then as a seventeen year old. My mum was a very beautiful young lady. I love to use April's pages for my family albums, especially the heritage pages.

Also today helped my DS's partner celebrate her birthday (24). We ventured over to a great Brazillian BBQ Restaurant in Newport, which is a bit of a hike from our place but was well worth the trip. Their food was delicious and the service excellant. We met her Mum and sister for the first time, they both flew up from Melbourne to share her birthday. Both girls share the same birthday, 3 years apart, crazy.

I have some pages I will share with you, over @ LSBS they just had their February Cybercrop wit 4 challenges set up for the weekend. Managed to get all 4 done and will upload those pages tomorrow hopefully.

Will call in and chat soon.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A quick catch up

Thought I would just pop in and upload the other page that I completed to go with the LO submitted to the January ARTastic challenge. Loved how this turned out.

I have been slacking a little lately in the creating stakes. I have attended a few classess with Michelle and Helen (will share those LO's soon, just need some photo's) and planning some projects but not doing much else. Also have moved my computer out of my scrap room and find I don't multi task like I used to. I needed to use a proper chair as my back has been a killer lately.

Also I have been rather busy with the family, DH has had another round of his dental surgery today (2 down and 2 to go), he is not feeling too bad but let me say rather him than me, hopefully the outcome will be worth all his pain. Also DS has required some assistance in getting his house ready to rent out with packing, vacuuming, washing floors and the like, doesn't leave much time with work thrown in there as well and also a DD that manages to cultivate mould in unusual places??? Who am I a miracle worker?

It is now a very late hour, best off to bed. Have been planning my February ATC challenge over @ LSBS, theme animalia/insect. A bit excited, hope it works out. Sometimes the creative juices flow way out of control and my execution is not as good as my mind would like but will share soon. Let me say a few words, embossing, texture paste, paint, cutting and pasting, hahahahah.

Talk soon. Ciao

Purple Pumpkin

Hi all, just a quick drop in to tell you about a great blog I found tonight, here

Gorgeous handmade embellishments and kits.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Where does the time go....

Hi all, wow where does the time go. A few things have happened since I last popped in here. DH is back from is sojourn to all things Speedway in Warnambool, Vic. He had a really exciting time and tells me this will be a permanent fixture on his calender from now on so will perhaps have to organise a crafty weekend in Kiama for this time next year, sounds good to me.
Went to see my surgeon today who performed my ankle surgery, to get the all clear. Also took along my back x-rays just to get some advice. he was very happy with my ankle and hopes I have warded off a ankle replacement for at least 10 more years, fingers crossed. He said my back was 'terrible' full of arthritas and has referred me on to another specialist. Will have a MRI and a visit with him to see how the best way to manage that for at least another 10 years as well. Anyway, for the moment the pain has stopped so I will just tread carefully for a while.

Have finished my ATC's for the Gold/Silver theme swap over @ LSBS. Here is a few pictures of my lot. Above is the little production line I had going. Once I had the design set, I was right. Below is the finished product. I was really
pleased with the end result but was a little nervous as I sent them off. But received some feedback that the 'standard' was
fine and now I am looking forward to receiving my 'other' ATC's from the swap.
Had some lovely news that my entry over at the ARTastic January challenge had won a random prize draw, so yeah!!! and also @ LSBS
my 'Trust' LO of my DS won its section in their January CC with a lovely shopping voucher to g with it so all round a lovely month for me.
I did get adventurous and I sent of an application to Paper Inklings DT call, but :( they didn't want me, they did send me a lovely 'no thank you' email so you never know, will try again sometime.
Working tomorrow as had today off and then off to Narellan to scrap with Michelle and Helen on Saturday, looking forward to that.
Hope you all have had a lovely 'scrappy' week and for those with kidlets starting school, hope it wasn't too traumatic for you all.
Will talk soon. Ciao