Sunday, November 30, 2008

Five LO and a long post....

We had another busy weekend :o) Friday night Kylie & I went to Creative Artz for the midnight crop - we had an absolute blast! I have been saying all year that I want to be more organised for a crop- have pics, papers, sketches, etc all sorted in individual mini kits - instead of just throwing everything that "looks good" into my bag and hoping I have all that I need. I got up early Friday morning and made up 6 kits - and actually managed to work on all the LO I planned. Admittedly I didn't get them finished - but all I had to do when I got home was add some embellishments, title, etc. I have finished 5, and am still working on one more.

The lovely Donna from Creative Artz gave me some new stock to play with - so I created these 2 LO. Pop into her store if you would like to have a better look.

This one is my favourite - I love the gorgeous chocolate & cream flocked paper- very elegant!

This one has some more of Petrina's fun chippies! I brought some different ones - so keep an eye out for them.

This is the Black Magic November sketch #2 - it doesn't meet the colour guidelines, but I did this one just for fun.

Stuck! Sketch #66

White with 1 November challenge. While I was at the crop - I brought an aqua brush (I think that's what it's called) and some more Twinkling H2O. I used them on the journal block (also from Creative Artz) - the green I had was way too bright, so I just rubbed some white paint over the top with my finger - love that shabby chic look! LOL Because I didn't finish this LO until tonight - it was pretty bad lighting to take a picture. I actually took 12 different pics with a variety of lighting and in a variety of locations - so this isn't the best quality pic - but the best I could come up with :o)

Saturday night we went to a BBQ with all the management staff from work. It was a nice relaxing night - they brought a TV out into the shed where the party was and set up Singstar. DH got up and had a sing, which is unusual for him! He said he was just practicing ready for the Singstar party we are having at home next weekend! PMSL

This morning we did some spring cleaning and set up the Christmas tree. Will put a pic up here soon...

BTW Pop over to Kylie's blog and check out the amazing tutorials she has made - there is one on how to make your own foam stamps. I love the giraffe - too cute!!

Christmas countdown...25 sleeps!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thursday ramblings....

I finished this LO last night. Yep - it's using the same Stuck! sketch as the "Prep" LO in the previous post :o) It's much brighter IRL, unfortunately I'm still trying to work out how to best photograph my LO.

My stamps from Ebay arrived yesterday... more tickets!! LOL They are sooo cute and I couldn't help it - good thing I got them pretty cheap!

I mailed my "red" embellishments for the White with 1 swap - hopefully I should get my parcel next week. I can't wait to see what everyone has made!

Christmas countdown...28 sleeps!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy 1st birthday Brody...

Hope you had a wonderful day and got spoilt rotten with lots of presents!

I finished this LO of Cody's prep photo this morning. This is the 3rd attempt at scrapping this pic and I'm happy with the finished result.

Stuck! Sketch #57

BTW I uploaded a better pic of my Halloween LO from yesterday's post.

I LOVE Christmas - presents, spending time with family & friends, presents, Christmas lights, presents, decorating the tree, presents, yummy food, presents, parties, presents, Santa photos...oh and did I mention presents? LOL I'm really just a big kid at heart - I'm already trying to talk DH into letting me set up the Christmas tree!! I will begin the Christmas countdown..

Christmas countdown...30 sleeps!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another card....

Even though we are on the late shift at work I have been getting up early and just watching TV ...okay, I admit it, I'm watching "Murder She Wrote" - how sad am I?!? LOL Since I was still feeling very scrap-inspired I thought I would make a card for a friend and work a bit more on a half-finished LO.

This is today's creation...

I'm on Facebook - and I'm warning you's completely addictive!! LOL I am enjoying catching up with friends from high school, uni and workmates!! Still learning to navigate my way round though.

Erin & Walter have returned home from their honeymoon and I gave them the disk of their wedding photos today. Erin sent me a text tonight saying they were "ecstatic" about the photos - so that's a big relief! :o)

My "Lizard" LO is up on Petrina's blog showing off her new range of chippies - very exciting! She also has a few interesting tutorials - pop over there and have a look.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Another scrappy Sunday...

Petrina's class yesterday was fantastic - it really made me scrap outside of my comfort zone and try some new techniques. We did 2 different LO - I finished one today and I am still working on the 2nd LO. BTW - notice the buckle? It's one of Petrina's new chippy releases that I won off her blog.

I also made my embellishments for the White with 1 - "red" - I love them!! I made them with half love words & half Christmas words so there was a bit of choice. How cute are those I "heart" Santa ones?!?!

Petrina sent me a link for different free download templates - check them out here.

I also scrapped last year's Halloween photos - now I just need to do this year's!! LOL

I have a few other LO I'm still working on tonight.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another November baby....

We have another nephew!! DH's brother Luke and his partner Lorrinda welcomed Riley Traye (will have to confirm spelling) into the world this morning!! Baby and mum are doing well. We are hoping to get some pics soon :o)

My ebay stuff arrived over the last 2 days - I can't wait till the weekend when I will have a chance to play with it all!!
Yep another alphabet die....I admit I have an addiction!!

I'm really excited about going to Petrina's class at Creative Artz tomorrow! I'm still undecided about what pics I will take to scrap. It will be nice just to take my tool tote and not have to worry about dragging all my other scrap stuff!! I'm hoping to stay scrap motivated - I want to make a card and work on some challenge LO over the weekend.

A funny story....before DH & I went on holidays we were walking past the shops across the road from our workplace. I said to DH that it would be perfect if a scrapbook shop opened up in one of the empty shops - DH said it would be his worst nightmare (drama queen!!!) .... Well, one of my LSS - This 'n' That- has decided to move to a new location, and yep, it's just across the road in that empty shop!!! PMSL You should have seen the look on DH face when I told him!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy birthday Lacey!

Hope you have a wonderful day and get lots of presents!!

Yep, DH & I have been off sick - BLAH!! I'm starting to feel better and have dragged myself out of bed. Usually I'm pretty lucky and don't get any of the dreaded bugs that go around work, but I wasn't so lucky this time....

Now for the exciting news....I won a fabulous Mymini from Karen!!And I know exactly what I'm going to use it for....our holiday photos!!! I'm always saying to Cathie & Kylie that I want to have a go at making a mini album - this is just the "push" I needed!!

I managed to add the finishing touches to 2 LO on Monday night

Stuck!Sketch #63

Collage is definitely not my usual style, but I was inspired by the Sassafras papers to try something a little different. I LOVE the way this turned out!!

I still have 2 OTP I'm working on (I hope to be finished them by the weekend) and I want to make 2 more cards.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday catch up....

I had such a big weekend that I was too tired (and a little too lazy) to post get ready for lots of pics!!!

We went to Cooper's first birthday party in the morning. It was a teddy bears picnic, and yes, I took my teddy :o) I can't believe how big he has gotten! Here's a picture of the birthday boy...

Then I went off to the ISTIA Christmas break up. Here's all the ladies...

Petrina and Cassie have been very busy making us all a lovely thank-you gift!

They also arranged for a Stampin' Up demonstrator to come in and show us a few great ideas - gift bags made out of envelopes, a popsicle card and how to decorate a candle. Cassie & Petrina brought us all a candle - so we had a go at decorating them. I added the ribbon and bling last night.

In amongst all the demonstrations and fun I did manage to work on a few LO - once I add the finishing touches I will post them.

Also I was very lucky to win some of Petrina's new chipboard designs off her blog giveaway!! Pop over here and check out the other new releases.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Garage sales and a productive day....

My mum LOVES going to garage sales - she gets up super early on a Saturday morning to go to them - I like my sleep too much to haul my butt out of bed that early. LOL She has picked up some amazing bargains and always picks up little things for me. Today she got me a pair of brand new sandals (still in the box) for $3 and this beautiful glass cake stand for $1..

After she come home with one lot of stuff, Mum wanted to check out some more garage sales - so I decided to go along and check it out. I picked up a a heap of soft toys for Indy (since it only took him one night to rip apart the new, expensive toy we brought him Thursday). He thought he was in doggy heaven....

And this for $10 - marked down from $20 - bargain!!.....

I've always loved these! Now I just need to work out where to put it and how to explain it to DH....LOL

So apart from bargain hunting, I had a go at making these tickets. I downloaded the template from this blog (I've posted about this blog before - she has fabulous (free) journalling templates. Then last night I changed all the words into English and particular sayings or themes to suit future LO and printed up an A4 size piece of card stock. On the blog it has a basic tutorial about how to create the ticket shape - very simple. So I spent today finishing them - I am REALLY pleased with how these turned out!! :o)

I then made all of the invites for Bec's baby shower (not the best quality pic) - I just need to confirm where she has a gift registry so I can print up the vellum for the inside.

Just going to do a bit more housework, then relax ready for singstar at Elena's tonight - can't wait!!

Friday, November 14, 2008


Three weeks of late shift is just about killing me!! I like the sleep in till 7.30 / 8.00am - but then we don't get home till around 7.30pm! The days are soooo long!! We are on late shift again next week- but hoping for early shift after that. DH has been rostered on to work tomorrow, but my role in the company means I'm lucky enough to have the day off :o)

My new alphabet die arrived!!

I have since won a different alphabet die (from the same seller) - so that should arrive next week! I also won some clear stamps in an auction and brought some cute bits & pieces from a store. Hmmm wonder if there is an Ebay annon group I could join?!?! LOL

Tonight is 'catch & kill' night - so we made pizzas- YUM!! Just filling in time waiting for them to cook! I have the new Indiana Jones move - might watch that....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Mum (MIL), Julie and Cooper!

Hope you all have a fantastic day! Special birthday wishes to Cooper - 1 year old today!!!

I found these pics of Jedi & Indy the other day while I was filing my pics cute are they?!?! I thought DH had placed the toy at the door - but he swears Indy put it there while they were waiting to be fed!! Indy is pretty funny actually - every morning when we go to let them outside, we find his food bowl in his bed?!?!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A card...

I made this last night while I was sitting watching TV. It's nothing like I had visualised in my mind - but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Maybe if I hadn't have been so rushed I would have added more stuff. It's a "thank you" card for Lis for sending me some blog candy.

I'm looking forward to this weekend - Singstar at Elena's on Saturday night and then Sunday is Cooper's 1st birthday party and then an afternoon scrapping at ISTIA!! Somewhere in there I will get started on Bec's baby shower invites!!

PS - As promised I uploaded a better pic of the LO I put on yesterday's post....

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Cody!

Happy 6th birthday - hope you have a wonderful day and get lots of presents!

I have signed up on Facebook and am already addicted!! LOL I have found a heap of people from high school - it's great catching up with all of them!! Still trying to navigate my way around though.

This is the LO I entered into This & That's competition last month...This is a pic of my bestie Bec and her DH Dale.

Well better go - I'm working on a card and designing Bec's baby shower invites...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Erin & Walter's Wedding

We had a great time at the wedding! Lots of dancing, yummy food and too much champagne - it was a fabulous celebration!! And yes, I wore a dress!! I thought DH and I scrubbed up pretty well! LOL

Erin & Walter asked me to be the photographer for them... pretty nerve wrecking!! LOL I pretty much had free-range over the pics - all they requested was lots of "fun" shots. So using photos from Katie's wedding a s basis and doing a bit of surfing on the net I was prepared with lots of ideas. Adding to my stress level - one of the guests was a professional photographer, so I did feel a bit intimidated :o) He was very lovely though-he didn't try to take over or tell us we were doing it wrong. He actually complimented us on having some unique ideas and gave me some great suggestions about taking photos in a church!!

A HUGE thanks to Cathie for being my assistant on the day - I really appreciated it!!

These are some of my favourite photos... (BTW none of these have been edited yet)

My blog candy from Lis arrived Friday! Might use some of that today if I get motivated enough to do some scrapping :o)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Recent layouts...

Here are a few completed LO I started last Sunday at Cathie's...

This one is for the November Puzzle Sketches blog

I got my alphabet dies from ebay yesterday and finished these two LO last night.

I loved the Black Magic October sketch #2 so much that I used it again for this LO. I had attempted to scrap this photo a few times, but it "didn't work" - I'm really happy with this LO!

Black Magic November sketch #1 challenge.

These are the 2x new 12" Sizzix alphabet dies..

Wingo Zingo

Honky Dory

I have put my name down to attend one of Petrina's classes at Creative Artz. Glimmermist and twinkling H2O are not something I would usually use on one of my LO - but I have trying been to "step out of my scrapping comfort zone" and thought I would try something new :o) I've never done a scrapping class before - so I am really looking forward to it!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Exciting news...

Katie & James are moving closer :o) James has gotten a job at Blackwater, so they are currently in the process of packing and moving. Mt Isa was so far away - at least it means we can spend Christmas together this year!

I haven't been on Ebay as much as I usually am lately, but after Kylie told me about all the great bargains she's been picking up - I was motivated to have a look around. This parcel of scrap stuff arrived yesterday :o)

I'm just waiting on 3x 12" alphabet strip dies to arrive. I have a few different alphabet dies, but the letters are all the same size. I brought some alphabet stickers on the weekend and realised I need to invest in some smaller fonts. Well that's my justification for buying them anyway!! LOL