Saturday, October 25, 2008

October photo swap layout -

Hi there - me again.

I have been given permission by the lovely Sue to post a pic of the photo swap LO that I prepared for her ... for the swap that runs most months over at Scrapchat.

It know it's very green, which is not a colour that I normally work with, but it's also very sparkly, which matches the pic perfectly, I think.

Thanks for letting me post it on my blog Sue!

And now, back to the housework. Ugh ....

Hello sunshine!

Hello all :)

Just a quick one from me today ... and I don't even really have anything to report.

Just wanted to wish you all a wonderful weekend! It's going to be a super day in Melbourne town today - 30 degrees! The sun is already shining, and it's lovely and warm outside already.

A day of action is ahead for me - we have friends for dinner tonight, so there's all the housework and shopping to be done, as well as washing the dog (which she's NOT going to enjoy... she loves water, just not being washed :D), fixing our curtain rail that fell down yesterday, and I have to get some drinks for tonight as well - Kath's bringing the Singstar, so I'll need to get some Dutch courage !!

I hope everyone has a lovely day, and I'll have some more pics to post in the next few days - I've been busy preparing sketch challenge samples and photo swap LOs, so I'll be able to post the challenges at the end of the month, and will post my pics here too when I can.

Talk to you soon,

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A new scrapbooking resource website has been launched ...

Hello all -

Just a quick one for today - letting you know that a fantastic new scrapbooking and papercrafting website has been launched - the Scrapbook Hub.

It's chock-full of inspiration, and useful information and links, and showcases specifically the Australian papercrafting industry.

It's well worth the look if you want to check it out ...

Talk to you soon,

Stampin' Up! specials for the month ...

Oops - I almost forgot to mention the 20th Birthday Specials that Stampin' Up! are having this month. Just spend $20 on regular catalogue merchandise and you will recieve 20% off the following sets.

Item Page # Description Regular Price 20% Off Price
112594 37 Big Bold Birthday $53.95 $43.16
108894 38 Pretty Princess $45.95 $36.76
108753 51 Birthday Best $25.95 $20.76
110246 55 Crab & Company $52.95 $42.36
112318 118 Short & Sweet $29.95 $23.96

and the extra bonus is that you only have to spend the $20 once and get as many discounted sets you like on that order. This offer expires 31st October, so check out your catalogues, or if you don’t have one yet, there are links here on my blog to the catalogues on the Stampin’ Up! website.

Let me know if there is anything I can help you with!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Long time no blog ... and Happy Birthday to my future daughter-in-law!

Hello again -

Sorry it's been well over a week since my last blog post, but life just seems to get in the way sometimes!

I've been busy busy busy lately - not with anything in particular though, just generally busy.

On Friday night I caught up with my friend (and Stampin' Up! upline) Tanja, and her other downline Genna, and had a lovely night (well, night and morning, considering I didn't leave Genna's house until 2.00am!!) I didn't get a huge deal done though ... mostly chatted :) I did make a couple of cards and did some stamping to use on future cards, so all was not lost. Here's a nice simple male birthday card ....

We have just had a lovely weekend weather-wise here in Melbourne, so the boys and I (including the big boy!) got out into the garden on Saturday and tidied up the back yard - all the trees had become a bit overgrown since we've moved in, so we've chopped off a few branches, and pulled out a few shrubs that hadn't survived the drier conditions, and it looks soooo much tidier in our yard now. Nick even got the mower and whippersnipper out - I don't think the neighbours knew what those strange sounds coming from over the fence were! The whippersnipper protested a bit initially, but eventually Nick got it started, and away he went. Anyway, the garden is looking great - he even got out and did the nature strip!

Then, on Saturday night, we had our friends Greg and Brooke over for dinner, and so I could show them the mock-ups of their invitations (I'm making their wedding invitations for them) - and I was very pleased to see that they liked what I had prepared. They have decided which one they want, and I'm now organising to order everything in, so I can get cracking. I'm doing 50 invitations, 50 RSVP cards, and 100 placecards - so I'm going to be a busy little bee in the near future. The design they've decided on is using a lot of Stampin' Up! stuff - and is basically a replica of the invitation in the current Idea Book & Catalogue (which is what Brooke had asked for) ... and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Sunday was a sensationally sunny day, so we got out early and went to a couple of nurseries, and bought a few little plants to re-stock our newly tidied garden beds, and then headed home to watch Bathurst. It was a good race, but it never seems to have quite the level of excitement if it's not raining LOL. There was a very good tussle for position in the closing laps though, which made for excellent viewing.

And then, before I knew it ... it was time to head back to work yesterday. Bleh. Didn't have a bad day at work at all, but after such a lovely weekend, it's always icky being stuck back in an office.

Today was the usual Tuesday thing - swimming lessons for Ashton, and then to the playcentre - but today we had the added bonus of it being Hannah's second birthday! We gave her a gorgeous little handbag and purse (what is it with little girls and handbags??), some necklaces and bangles, and a plush Elmo - and she looked so cute running around the playcentre with Elmo poking out of her brand new handbag :)

Well, my scrapping to-do list is again at monolithic proportions, so I'd best get my little kidlets into bed and get to work.

Hope everyone has had a good week so far, and I'll talk to you again soon.