Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Can you tell what I am doing Tonight

Going out drinking with friends, NO, I am home scrapping away the night. I stumbled across Scrapbooking Top 50 forum the other day. They have a section listing all Australian sketch competitions, so it has got my attention, and my creativity flowing. The first project I have have completed is a card sketch from 'Fireside Crafts' http://www.firesidecrafts.com.au/ I have created a Friendship card (had to include a flourish from my Slice Machine, basic shapes 3 design card. Loving this machine, well worth the wait and money!! I have used it sooo much the blade has already been replaced! Plus I am in dire need of more glue (Hint Hint Marie!!)
I love the colors the chocolate brown, green and pink.

My second creation for the night is a Layout I have made using a sketch from '123 Scrapbook' http://www.123scrapbook.com.au. The challenge was to use 3 photos, a large title and doodling. If you know me you will know doodling is not my most favorite scraping theme! I have simply made a scroll page border and main photo border. Sorry for the REALLY crap photo, James took this (I think I was pushing my luck - he would usually never give me a photo like this!!)

Off to see if I can pull off a few more layouts before the new year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas everyone. I am so lucky Ethan and Imogen are still in bed asleep at 7.41am on Christmas Day, I thought they might have been up really early this year.
Have a great day filled with good food and good company be it family or friends.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas in Melbourne

On Sunday we went into Melbourne and spent the afternoon seeing the Christmas sights in the City. Ethan was in his element, Immy got bored fast especially waiting to see the windows. We walked through Burke Street Mall and watched the buskers, Ethan's and my favorite was this man who was dressed as a Santa statue, he just slightly moved his fingers at Ethan when he put money in his hat.
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Then they had a ride on the Santa train at Myers . This was the first year Imogen has been able to have a ride. While we waited the ride when 3 times around the track. The train the kids went on only went once so we never got good photos.

After the train we went to see the Mirabel tree. Ethan loved showing James that it talks when you press the hand. Then it was Hungary Jacks for tea.
Then we went to Federation Square to see the advent calender and the birds in the atrium. Immy liked the fish in the wall best.


Then we went back to Myer to see if the window line had gotten any smaller, which it had not! But it didn't take us long to get to the windows. Ethan loved them, Immy was a bit over them because she had seen enough while waiting in the line. She enjoyed dancing while we waited to the music playing over the speakers. We also brought the book "How Santa Really Works" so now Ethan thinks elves are hiding everywhere watching him.

We then jumped on a tram, our feet had done heaps of walking, and went to see the Crown show, it was packed! Then home or the day, and even after such a big day the kids didn't sleep on the way home, they where just so excited.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Heidi Swapp Ohh My God...

Heidi Swapp's Create 08 was on Tuesday, and I simply loved it, apart from all the stuff we worked on and received (I have a new love Distress Inks) I gained confidence in my scrapping ability and confidence in myself as a worthy scrapper.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ethan's last day of Kinder




How bitter sweet. It has been a great year for Ethan at Kinder he has grown and learnt so much. I am so happy with the kinder and can not wait for Immy to go in two years time. They had a Russian Christmas Celebration, in which the kids sang carols in English and other languages.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Scrapbook Hub Card Sketch


I had some free time this morning and so I created this card using a sketch from Scrapbook Hub http://www.scrapbookhub.com.au/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=72

I have created a Christmas Card using...
*White Cardstock
*Basic Grey Urban Prairie Morning Glory Patterned Paper
*Pink Paislee Tinsel Town Collection Polar Express Patterned Paper
*Making Memories rub ons
*Antique brass brads
*Basic Grey Two Scoops Stamp
*White flower
*Pink button
Hope you like it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Disney Desperate Housewives

While searching for an image I found this...

For those of you who know me, you know I am a Desperate Housewives freak. LOVE IT!!!

Pernickety Challenge


The Challenge for this week was to create as many small pieces of art you could with one photo. I have created 3 Twinchies, 3 Inchies and 2 Moos(don't you just feel crazy talking like that!!) I could have maybe got more out of my photo, but I wanted the bauble that said Merry Christmas on a Twinchie. More Christmas Tags,!

Moos for Artilicious


They might be late, but at least I got them done. I have used a photo of babbles, pink cardstock, Karen Foster paper and Making Memories rubons. Very cute gift tags I think.

Sandie's Place Sketch #9


I have gone very vintage this week with Sandie's Sketch! I love the idea of a ATC and Inchie on a card. I have used Basic Grey Wassail French Hen (reverse) paper inked with pinecone,a vintage Christmas image is my ATC, which I have sanded, inked and distressed the edges. My inchie is a square of navy paper, sanded and sprayed with Creme de Cocoa Glimmermist, the ribbon is made from Basic Grey Wassail Spiced tea paper, and an antique brass brad i have inked the edges in pinecone ink. I have added believe as the sentiment the stamp is from Snag'em Stamps Snowy Jo Collection.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ethan's 2nd Prep Visit

On Tuesday Ethan had his second visit to his school for next year. He even wore his uniform. He looked so small! They made hats that said "I went to school today" Ethan was so happy when I dropped him off and even more when I picked him up. He never cared that I left, which was great, but Mum was a little sad her baby boy is getting independent. We then had to have a rush lunch and he was off to Kinder for the afternoon. I wish I had have thought to take the photo before I took his uniform off!!

Bad To The Bone


My darling daughter spends a lot of her day on the naughty chair some days. Maybe I need to get her a less comfy chair! I think she had worked herself up so much (as only the cranky pants herself can) and the time out was all she needed to finally crash. I do love this photo.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Melbourne Shopping Day

I spent the day in Melbourne with Mum and the kids. I wanted to take the kids to the Santa Land at Myer and have a ride on the Santa train, and see the windows. Well we did NONE!! The line for the windows was about 3 hours wait, the Santa line equally long and the train was not running until after midday! I was not happy, but we still had a good day. Plus Nicole took some good photo's on Saturday of the kids with Santa, she did really well considering Imogen has ran away from Santa when ever she has seen him this year.

We did see the Crown Christmas show,

the big Christmas tree (that talks! Ethan was so excited), and Nannie and the kids had a ride on the "Short Family Carousel"
which was built in Germany in 1878. One man said to Mum after they got off the ride "That was a big horse for such a little Girl". I felt like saying to him, try telling her that!

Busy, busy!!

What a week! The weather might not fit "normal Christmas" weather, but it is the silly season! This week has just been insane! Monday night we had class at Simply Said http://mariesheil.typepad.com/said_simply/. It was our bird page for our bug book. Tuesday was just silly, I had to start early and the local paper which was due out never came out until the next day so everyone was peeved and taking it out on us. Wednesday I missed our Chat and Create session at Simply Said, so I did the Decoration class with Nic that night, got home completely buggered only to have to take Ethan to Casualty with shortness of breath and wheezing. But we didn't have to wait we where taken straight in and Ethan was diagnosed with Asthma, which we have always thought he could progress to.
Thursday morning was spent divided between the hospital and Doctors, before I dragged myself off to work (feeling really tired and down because I have the flu!!) I took Friday off work, took the Kids to creche and went to the Fiskars sale in Port Melbourne. Got some great bargains!! Which cheered me up substantially!!! James was checking the phone messages when we got home and said "if James' will let you out" I gave him a puzzled look and listened to the message. Which was Marie inviting me to a casual create night at the shop. Which was just what I needed so off I went again (The house has been very empty and neglected this week!!).
So I started my Scrappers Journal. I am loving it. I hope to have it ready to take to Heidi Swapp later this month so I can get her to sign it. Then Saturday was spent at Simply Said for their Christmas Chaos Day. We had a very full day and a lot of very happy Scrappers and Children by the end. Marie took some cute photos of my cherubs making their Gingerbread. She has a great photo of Immy on her blog http://mariesheil.typepad.com/said_simply/.