Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I've Been Tagged

By the lovely Donna so here goes...

1-post these rules
2-each person tagged must post 8 random (... hopefully interesting) facts about themselves
3-taggees should write a blogpost of these facts4- at the end of the post 8 more bloggers are tagged and named and released back into the wild5-go to their blog and leave a comment telling them they're tagged*

1. I have broken both of my big toes (on separate occassions)

2. I can't stand celery...its the one food that I simply don't like

3. I lived in Australia for 15 years: Sydney & Gold Coast

4. I failed high school english through lack of confidence - I didn't do any oral presentations (lots of convenient sickies)

5. I was a virgin when I married my 1st husband

6. I received a cheque from Scrapbook Creations yesterday

7. My 2 kids unintentionally have animal names: Taiga (tiger) & Raven

8. I have lived in this house for 3 years & its the LONGEST I have ever lived in one place

So there you have it - not all that interesting.

I'm not tagging anyone, butif you would like to share some random facts, consdier yourself tagged :o)

Friday, July 27, 2007

3 Days in a row

I might just be back into the swing of things :o)
I've got a couple of LOs to share that I did yesterday.
OMG was done for the warm up challenge for the Ultimate Scrapper Comp over at Scrapbook Essentials
And Winter Delight, is my entry for the July challenge at Embellished.
It was quite fun to do the OMG one...I was thinking my scrappy space looks like a train wreck, so I added the choo choo ribbon & then I had a closer look at the photo & there was actually a train wreck there - tooo funny - a train & plane have collided on my desk LOL - so that worked out even better than I had hoped.

Looks like I may have a full on time over the next 8 weeks - I've signed on for both the Embellished Idol 2007 Comp & SE's Ultimate Scrapper..I think it'll be fun to have a play with the challenges & hopefully gain some more skills & techniques along the way.
Now, I picked up some Adirndack Paint Dabbers from Scrapbook Studio the other day & i've gotta say I'm in LOVE!!!!
The paint on both these LOs comes from a dabber - red & pearl white - they are just soooooo easy to use, mess free & no waste - sure they cost a little more that a tube of paint - but I figure that there's so little waste that it probably works out to be the same price if you compare the quantity of paint actually used...did I mention there's no paint brushes to wash afterwards???? Yeah, now I'm convincing myself I'm saving time & money hahahahahaha.
OK, just one last thing before I go..just want to send my thanks out to the universe for giving me an fantastic year....I've had alot of awesome things happen this year & I just want to say that I am completely grateful for them all.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I'm Baaaaack!!

Yes another post!

Yeehaa, I may be getting back into the swing of things :o)
It'll have to be a quickie cos I just got a text from Mum saying she's on her way :o)
So, I had my first teaching night last night & it was sooooo much fun - it was a beginner class with a lovely bunch of ladies.
It was so refreshing to see people embracing the craft with beginner's eyes...man I feel so invigorated & honestly, so blessed to be able to share my love of scrapbooking with these ladies..I can't wait for next week!!!
So, I thought I'd share some stuff that's been sitting on my desk for a week or 4 LOL, I had to go to spotlight & grab some more page protectors...I swear they disappear!!! That's about my 3rd 50 page pack for the year!!!
So, first up we have have a Ravey page...I got these Junkitz papers from Scrapcamp LOVE 'em - but think this is a bit busy & too plain at the same time LOL!!
Next, we have one of the free online classes that comes with the SBD kits....I think this was JO's class - I couldn't make it on the night...and mine has gone off on a tangent quite far removed from the original....but the cutout heart remains :o)
I did this one at scrapcamp...I'm obviously VERY behind on my sharing!!
This was a very cool kit...very pretty & lots of wee embellies that are waay cute...must get around to using them!!
And finally a little number I did at the Scrapbook Studio crop the other night, I used a left over frame from piece of French Twist paper & then added some bits & pieces from my Embellished kit & my SE kit...do you get the sence that I'm a kit junkie????....might need some therapy for that - retail therapy hahahahahahaaha
I have another little confession - but we'll save that for another day ;o)
OK...so not as quick as I thought I could be...Mum's here with my little Mal Mal (malakai) so I might just grab some pics of the boys playing together :o)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Its Been A While..

but here I am & I realise that I have not shared my Pesto work here yet...of course you may have seen it over at the Paper Pesto Blog, but sharing it here give me that chance to say how much I LOVED this kit.

The textured paper was delicious to work with...the paint is a surprisingly versatile colour...suits me just fine...there were plenty of embellies & the stickers were absolutely gorgeous...I'm on a bit of a sticker binge at the mo...they are soooooo much easier than rub-ons ;o)
The whole kit was sooooooo well put together....I'm thinking I must see if I can get in quick for the next kit, which is shaping up to be pretty darn gorgeous too!!

Back to the subject of stickers...I have a little confession to make (Wayne close your eyes)...I have had a little ebay splurge...you see, the thing is that the exchange rate is just so damn good at the mo it really would be criminal not to take advantage...so I have succumbed to the call of the mighty greenback.

So that's one thing that I've got up to date...I'll share some more layouts soon..I'm just scattered at the mo...been busy doing nothing & spending waaaayyyyy too much TOTALLY unproductive time on the PC.

OK I can see rain clouds forming, so I'd better get my damp washing off the line & throw it in the dryer...see sometimes I do actually leave this office to do housework...Oh, I'd better cook some dinner & feed the kids while I'm at it :o)

Monday, July 16, 2007

.......And Another School Term Starts

Wow!! Where has the first half of 2007 gone????

Taigy headed back to school today - happy as Larry.

Rave & I are hanging out together at home in this wet weather - YUK - not looking forward to the school pick-up ;o)

Had a fantastic get together yesterday with the local forum girls from Scrapbooking by Design - way cool bunch of chicks & Lisa is just so fabulous & generous for opening the shop for us to have our get-together.

I played with beads yesterday...haven't finished the LOs so nothing to show just yet.

I have been quite slack with the sharing of late...hmmmmm it may have something to do with getting used to my new camera & the "15 step process" of taking pics & uploading - was MUCH easier with my little canon.

Then again, I'm at a different place with my scrapping at the mo - I have still been doing quite a few challenges, but not necessarily uploading - just enjoying the challenge really.

This morning there was a thump at the doorstep & I opened the door to find my contributors copy of Scrapbook Creations #44...Ravey's LO got a full page on pg100 - pretty stoked with that.

And last week I received my 2nd ever cheque from SC...I think the LO was published back in Feb...but I kind of enjoy the seeming randomness of payments - makes for a lovely surprise when it does arrive & keeps the anticipation alive every time I go for the mail LOL ;o)

This weather is not very conducive to positive thinking...I'm feeling more inclined to tuck myself up on the couch with a good book rather than scrap at the mo...but I have a few unfinished bits & bobs that I would like to get done - so I might just work on them today.

I have delved into the world of wearing make-up over the last couple of days....scored tickets to the L'Oreal friends & family sale & there were some serious bargains to be found....LOTS of anti-aging creams, hair dyes, lippies, nail polishes, self tan products...so this summer I'll be glowing with youth & looking superbly tanned while casually flicking my lightened locks rom my dazzlingly beautified eye lids & lashes...oooh I can't wait to see those pics hahahahahahaha

Well, I think Rave needs to be feed, so I'd better prioritise my afternoon :o)

One last little link to share with you before I go....a one-stop shop for CHA 2007 Sneak peeks

Friday, July 06, 2007

Embellished Idol is BACK!!!!!


Embellished Idol is back!!

Check it out here

You have to sign up before 31st July & the comp kicks off on 1st August.

Last year's winner was Melissa (poppysmum) & she highly recommends getting on board.....so what are you waiting for???

Thursday, July 05, 2007

RAKKety RAK - where's it at??

I am having a bit of a tidy up at the mo and got to thinking that over the past couple of months I have received some awesome RAKs but haven't had the chance to use them.

So what I would like to put to you is....if you have RAKed me & have been wondering if I 'm ever gonna put your goodies to use, please leave a comment giving a description - however vague (cos I know you probably can't remember exactly what you sent) and I will do my best to put your goods to use.

I honestly do appreciate the thought that goes into your RAKs & while I do get to use some, others get set aside for "one day" or "the ideal LO" so I just want to honour all my thoughtful friends who have sent me something & give you the opportunity to give me a kick up the butt ;o)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Back From ScrapCamp

Man!! those girls (Yolande & Lianne) really know how to put on a scrapcamp!!
I had an absolute blast.

The scrapping...the shopping...the classes....the inspiration...far out I LOVE SCRAPCAMP!!!!!

It was sooooooo great to catch up with some girls from the Nov '06 camp...I don't want to name names (Sandra) in case I miss somebody out.....but it was great to chat to Tracy & Lee...although I didn't get to chat to Ruth, I know who she is now...so I'll be hunting her down next camp to have a chat ;o)

Awesome to meet Andrea from SBO, also Rach, and to see Trina & Donna again after a brief meeting at SENZ...always awesome to see MichelleTW - she's just plain cool!!

And of course it goes without saying that it was an absolute delight to meet Chris & to hear her beautiful aussie twang - dang that makes me want to move back to QLD!!! I'm telling ya queenslanders are just pure sunshine & joy!!!

She taught a sensational class using mod podge...I'm hooked!!!

It was fabulous to spend time with my roomies, Kirsty, Kelly, Kirstin, Ilka & Heidi-Hi...I really enjoyed getting to know Kirsty better - she was at our table last year, but had a little one, so went home @ night ...so this year was just better having her there fulltime.

Then there was the fabulous Ms Walker & her posse...its always good to see Lisa & I'm so glad Tracey joined her - it was AMAZING to see Nicky in action...she tutors at Scrapbook Studio & her work was just GORGEOUS..actually the finishing to the SJ binder's that went on at Lisa's table was inspirational... then there was also Rachael & Kate at the table & another lady who's name I didn't get but she was waaaayyyyy cool and had a funky hippie outfit on, like a 70's undercover cop who was toking LOL! Rachel the big sweetie-pie gave me a little felt needle holder...one of the MANY highlights of my weekend!

I didn't get to chat to any of the girls on Faye's table....I'll put that on my list for next camp...and there was another table or two that I didn't have the pleasure of chatting with, I think it was the girls at Sandra's table...and one other table had a couple of the challenge winners on it - so I'll get off my tooshy a bit more next camp.

Now, I haven't forgotten my PESTO peeps - those chickies are soooo cool...Kate's all sweet & innocent looking - fabulous disguise for the outrageous rebel that lies within!! Steph is just a delight...I get the impression that she's the quiet one of the bunch..but with Fi & Kate at her side I don't think she stands much hope of staying uncorrupted.

I took my July pesto kit (Ruby Razzle) down with me to work on & it is GORGEOUS...I know I'm biased...but I'm telling you it was sooooooo easy to work with - I popped out 3 layouts no sweat...problem is it was so damn easy to use that it's almost all gone already.

The whole kit is just gorgeous...your senses will be reeling when you get it...you'll want to paw everything...I fell in love almost instantly ( I don't so anything instantly anymore...I'm always being distracted LOL).

There were a couple of ladies who came up & had a look at the kit & they fell in LOVE, so I get the feeling that you'd better be in quick for this month because a little birdy told me that the numbers are definately limited on this baby.
I just popped over to Nic's blog & she mentioned that this is the first scrapcamp she's missed - poor bugger.
I'm telling you girls start saving your pennies for next year because it is an AWESOME weekend...and it keeps getting better!!
Oh I should mention that Ms Heidi-Lucky-Pants & I were hoping to score some sequins a la Rachel's on the way out of town & as Hiedi-Hi's luck would have it we arrived at like 1.59 & the shop shut at 2pm - so we were in like Flynn - yeah baby!!! And we knew Lisa was heading that way too so we grabbed a couple of extra packs before they closed the till & locked us out :o)