Thursday, July 31, 2008

Happy Birthday Cathie!

Hope you have a fantastic day!! I'm looking forward to catching up this weekend - yummy Thai food, way too much champagne and hopefully some karaoke - what a way to celebrate!!

Apart from scrapping I will admit to another, more expensive addiction .... ebay!! I am lucky with my addiction though - Cathie and Kylie are just as bad!! LOL If either Cathie, Kylie or myself place an order with a seller we ask each other if we want to add to the order and split P&H. I am so excited - I had 2 parcels arrive yesterday. It was stuff for my Cuttlebug - some word (Luv Ya, Babe and Wedding Day) dies and the "Curls & Swirls" alphabet set!! Yahoo!!! Kylie just emailed me to let me know that an order from the USA has arrived today - more Cuttlebug dies!!! Woo Hoo!! I can't wait to see her after work to pick my stuff up!!

I am going to pop over to This & That during lunch today to submit my August challenge LO entry. It is a pic of my DH and our gorgeous nephew Cohan (yep, that's the little cutie who is appearing in a lot of my LO).

I finished my final July challenge last night (it was a sketch challenge for an online competition) - PHEW!! Keep an eye out - I will put pics up here. Tomorrow is the 1st of the month - so all the craziness starts again!! LOL

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A small thrill.....

A number of my LO are up in the galleries at various challenge sites. I will confess that it gives me a small thrill to see them up there!! LOL Closing date for the July competitions is tomorrow - so I should know sometime over the next week how I've gone.

Since June I have stepped out of my scrapping comfort zone and started to enter a lot of challenges and I have been totally loving it! I found that I was in a rut and didn't feel inspired to scrap - so not much was getting done, but the pile of papers and photos was increasing :o( I had a large number of challenges picked this month and only missed doing 2 - so I'm pretty happy with that. I'm attempting a variety of challenges - colour, sketch, technique, kits, etc.

I submitted my Creative Artz July challenge kit to the shop today. I scrapped a cute photo of Jedi "standing guard" at the fence watching some kids in the park behind us. I forgot to take a photo - so when I get the LO back at the end of August I will put a photo on here. I didn't think the LO was due until tomorrow - so I had to go home last night and get it finished. The colours were not something I have ever used together on a LO- brown cardstock, papers (7Gypsies) were a combination of fluoro yellow, brown, blue and white - one with a giant brown rose printed in the middle-I think the fluoro yellow colour and ugly rose really confused me. It didn't inspire me at all and I dragged my feet when it came to scrapping it.

Here's a few more of this month's challenge LO, a couple of June challenge LO and 2 that used some my large of pile of "waiting to be scrapped photos"...

White with 1 June challenge

Stuck! Sketches #48

White with 1 July challenge

Scrap Outside the Page June challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Embellished IDOL Wildcard.....

Embellished Idol is having a wildcard round! All you have to do is email in a recent LO. After some encouragement from Kylie and Cathie, then a quick email of a couple of LO to friends for a poll - I took a HUGE breath and hit the "send" button!! Fingers crossed!! :o) Keep an eye out on the Idol blog.

A slow trickle of LO...

Thought I would add a few more LO for you to check out..

July Stuck! Sketch #45

Scrapbook Savvy July sketch challenge

July 1,2,3 Challenge

Scrapbook Savvy July Random challenge

Monday, July 28, 2008

A productive weekend and some layouts...

First of all a huge CONGRATS to Kylie for making it through to round 4 of Embellished Idol!! Way to go!!!! Make sure you pop over to the Idol site and check it out.

As usual, the midnight crop at This & That was fabulous!! I got to catch up with everyone, maanaged to scrap a heap of LO and even brought some great new products.

I scrapped up a storm on Sunday!! I got a few challenge LO done and added some finishing touches to some LO that have been sitting in a box waiting to be finished.

Thank you to the lovely Kylie for taking pics of my LO for me!! As promised in an earlier post, I have added some LO to my blog. These are a few of my recent LO that I have entered into LSS challenges or simply loved the photos and was inspired to scrap them!! I have a few more LO to add over the next couple of days, so keep popping back in for a look.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Woo hoo...midnight crop tonight!

For those non-scrappers- no, I am not going to water dope plants at midnight!! A crop is where a group of scrapbookers meet to scrap and chat. I go to my local scrap shop - This & That Scrap Shack (nice plug there! LOL) on the last friday of every month 6pm - midnight. I usually get a fair bit done + some shopping at the same time!!

Hoping to have some layouts up on my blog after the weekend - so pop back in to check them out.

While I think about it...One of my very creative friends - Kylie - is currently in the Embellished Idol scrapbook competition. For anyone who is a fan of the singing version - it's very similar. Entrants are given a set challenge every week, the public votes, then those left go through to the next round (competition goes for 8 weeks). So, "why would this interest me?", I hear you all asking, well....I'm hoping you guys will go to Kylie's link (check out the "Blogs I visit" link on the right) and have a look at her FABULOUS entry and then go through and vote for her!!! While you are checking out her entry - don't forget to leave a comment!! She has a comp going, that after 500 visitors - she will send one lucky winner a RAK!!! Good luck!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Getting there....slowly

Woo hoo!! I already have comments...the money invested in my "rent a crowd" has paid off!! LOL Thanks Cathie and Kylie!!

I am still setting up all my links - it is such a slow process!! You may have noticed that I haven't set up my profile yet - I will confess that I am struggling with what to write. I will probably change it a dozen times before I am happy with it. Knowing me, the whole layout will probably change a few times as well.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Check out my new banner!!!

I will admit I am not computer savvy in any way, which is why I dragged my feet about setting up this blog. Now I have started I am totally loving the whole concept!! It's actually pretty similar to scrapping a page - picture, title, embellishments, journalling and general layout. I can mentally see certian friends shaking their heads in disbelief at that comparison!! LOL

You may have noticed that not only have I put a fabulous banner on here, but I have taken the plunge and added my profile and even worked out how to add a pic!! Now I just need to work out how to put a counter on - think that might be best to wait for Kylie to show me how to do it!! :o)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hello...My name's Shandell and I'm a scrap addict....

Well....where do I start?!?!? Okay....I decided to set this blog up to help family and friends keep up to date with my busy life and to be able to share my scrap addiction with other like minded people. I'll be talking about what I've been up to, show pics of what I have scrapped and be prepared for lots of photos (I'm not known as "the paparazzi" by my family and friends for nothing!!!).

Just so you know, I'm very new to blogging so things will be a little slow while I work out how to navigate my way round!