Saturday, December 20, 2008

A busy week ....

Evening all :)

Well, what a busy week it's been for me .... not only did I get a layout accepted for publication by Scrapbook Creations, but I have also been offered a position on the Design Team for Scrapping Around, which I have of course accepted - very excited to be part of the team!

Plus, I had the most delicious Christmas lunch with work at Rockpool yesterday - it was just divine! Next time I'm flush with money (yeah, right!), I'm going to take Nick there. The food was fabulous, the service the best I've had in a long time, and the decor was really lovely too - all in all a wonderul dining experience - especially because I didn't have to pay the bill! Hooley dooley - the dearest steak on the menu (Wagyu) was $110 .... I DIDN'T order that one LOL!

Well, I hope the pre-Christmas madness isn't doing your head in too much .... I have had a very busy day today, and am currently finishing off a nice glass of wine, and will be heading to bed shortly.

Only a couple of creations to show you tonight ...

Here is the layout I did as part of my DT application ... it's the pics from Ashton's orientation days at primary school.

And here's a clock I did as a step-by-step ... love that photo of my boys.

Hope everyone has a lovely Sunday, and I'll talk to you soon.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I've received an award ....

.... from the lovely Annie at The Scrapbook Hub. I have received a Proximity Award!

"These blogs invest and believe in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers, who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

So the 8 bloggers I choose to pass on the award to are Tanja, Chelle, Kylie, Manda, Lisa, Belynda, Gypsyangel and Tanyah.

I love reading your blogs ladies - keep up the good work!

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Been very busy ....

Hello all -

Just a quick post from me tonight - I have been madly trying to prepare for Christmas so haven't been posting much, but wanted to share some news with you ...

At the recommendation of my friend Tanja, I've decided to apply for a Design Team position, and was busy on the weekend putting my application together. I sent everything off last night, so it's beyond my control now .... I think applications close on the 19th, so wish me luck!

Also, I decided to try and submit a few layouts to the Scrapbook Creations magazine, just to see what happened. It's one thing on my scrapping to-do list ... getting a layout published at some stage .... and considering I got bumped by Scrapbooking Memories a few months back, I thought it was time to try again.

Well, I have had some success - I got a lovely email back today, advising they want to publish one of my layouts in a forthcoming edition of Scrapbook Creations!! Very exciting :) See - doesn't hurt to try!

Now I need to cross all my fingers and toes, and hope that this one doesn't get bumped too :)

I will, of course, keep you posted, and I will post pics of my Design Team application pieces as soon as I can.

And now, it's late, and I need sleep .... so I'll talk to you soon. Hope you have a good week!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Another present completed ...

Hello all :)

Wow - what a wet weekend we're having here in Melbourne - and isn't it fabulous?? I can hear a collective sigh of relief from all the Melbourne gardens ... desperately needed a good watering.

Well, after finally fishing off the canvas during the week, I had the chance to work on the gift box of cards that I gave to mum.

I had a paper mache cigar box from Spotlight sitting here on the shelf - covered the lid in some Crate paper, added some Kaiser rub-ons, some Green Tara flowers and a selection of green, blue and silver bling, and it's done! Here is the finished product :)

Gave it to mum last night as her Christmas present, and she loved it. And, we gave her the canvas today too, as we won't be seeing her for her birthday, and she was absolutely thrilled - even teared up a little bit! Awwwwwww .... very pleased I decided to finish it off for her.

I've got a little project that I need to work on at the moment, so I hope to get the boys into bed shortly so I can get some scrapping done and make a start on it. They've had a couple of late nights in a row, and they are VERY tired, so hopefully they won't put up too much of a fight and I can grab a glass of wine and head to my craft room.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Finally finished ....

Evening all!

I'm pleased to say that I have finally finished the canvas that I started back in May ... I'd painted it, and stuck the photos and PP down, but that was it. I lost motivation, and put it aside. Well, I had a brainwave last night that I could finish it off and give it to mum for her birthday, so now, it's finally complete!

It's a pretty big canvas - 15 inches x 30 inches, and I just love those photos of my beautiful boys. I hope mum likes her pressie!

I've also been madly working on cards lately too - making my Christmas cards, but also making normal cards that I'm giving to mum in a gift box as her Christmas present. Just finished decorating the box tonight too, but it's too late to take a pic, so will post that one tomorrow. Here's a pic of one of my Christmas cards (I've made all different cards this year) with thanks to Claire for the colour combination idea, and also just a general card I made to give as part of mum's present.

Well, we ended up having a pretty busy weekend - I had a work Christmas dinner on Friday night which was lovely, and then we had a wedding to go to on Saturday night at the Melbourne Savage Club. Very interesting venue, and as it's traditionally a men only club (no, not THAT sort of men's club! :) ) I doubt I'll ever see anything like it again. Lots of leather couches and hunting equipment and valuable paintings and books and pool tables and poker tables ... very stuffy, but still an interesting venue for a wedding reception. The food was lovely, and it was also nice to be able to wash it down with a glass or two of 1988 (yes, that's 1988) Wynn's Coonawarra. Yummo!

Sunday was really just a clean-up day, as I'm trying to give our house a nice big spring clean, as we've got friends coming to stay over Christmas and New Year. My to-do list is massive, so I'm trying to whittle a few tasks off it each day.

And this evening has been very exciting, celebrating the announcement of the 2008 Scrapbooking Memories Masters, as my friend Chelle has been 'crowned' a Master - congratulations Chelle - such fabulous work by you, and look - you're even on the cover!! Well done indeed ... what a fabulous year lies ahead for you - enjoy your prize :)

Hope the rest of the week treats you well ...

Talk to you soon,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's December ....

..... and that means that I can finally show you the card I made, using one of the stamp sets from the new Summer Mini from Stampin' Up! I also borrowed one of the new scallop punches when I was at Genna's house - very easy to use!

This is the Embrace Life set, and I also have the Eastern Blooms set, but am yet to use it ...

I love the products in the new mini - I've got some of the felt flowers coming my way, as well as some of the coordinating rubons ... they look lovely! If you're interested in getting any of the Stampin' Up! products, just give me a hoy!

I've been busily making Christmas cards this week, and also cards to give in a gift box to my mum as her present, so haven't done a scrapbooking layout for what feels like ages ... although I did make the trip down to the new Kaisercraft store in Geelong today and got some lovely papers and bits and pieces, so who knows ... maybe there's a scrapbooking page not too far away.

Hope everyone has had a good week so far,
Talk to you soon,