Friday, 31 July 2009

Last chance & I'm a Winner!

OK, today is your last chance to leave a comment on my RAK giveway post below supporting Scrapability Sketches, as I will be announcing a winner tomorrow!
In other news, I have found out that I won the scraplift challenge for the Christmas in July CC at SBT50. For winning this challenge, I will be receiving a prize pack courtesy of Scraphappy Kat...thanks Kathie! (I also found out today that I won a RAK of some ribbons from there so am twice as excited now!)
Here are the last 2 challenges that I completed but hadn't posted here for the SBT50 July CC...

"The Night Before Christmas" - LO created for "This n That" Challenge. For this challenge we each had our own criteria. Mine was use a mask, doodling, ink or paint the edges and use a quote from a movie or song (I used a little creative license and used a line from the poem "The Night Before Christmas".)

This is the card box that I created for the OTP Challenge. We had to create a card box using Christmas colours. Mine weren't traditional colours, but I did use Kaiser's "Wish Upon" Christmas range to do it. (At least I have somewhere to keep all my cards now!)

I've also been up to some secret scrapping for Scrapability Sketches...I'll share that soon!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Scrapability News and a RAK Giveaway!

Lots of news for Scrapability Sketches!
Firstly, there are still quite a few days for everyone to get their entries in for the 2nd July sketch. Up for grabs is not only a prize, but also the chance to be the 'Golden Girl' for September. The Golden Girl is a guest CT member for the month and along with the other challenges, gets their VERY OWN sketch from Bec to complete!

And coming in August...the first August sketch is being sponsored by Arty Pants, who will be putting a fabulous kit up for grabs for the winner. Sneak peeks will be coming soon! A brand new challenge is also coming! In addition to the 2 monthly sketches, there will also be an extra scrapping challenge for everyone to have a go at. Up for grabs for this challenge, will be a gorgeous Vintage Christmas kit from the girls at What's Old Is New. Details will be posted soon.

And last but not least, a RAK Giveaway from me!!! Here's the need to get over and visit Scrapability Sketches. Become a follower of the site and then come back here and leave me a comment on this post to let me know that you have joined. Easy!!! I'll announce a winner next week...

Lots to Share!

OK, you'll have to bear with me today...I have lots to share due to scrapping up a storm this week. All my mad scrapping has been for the Christmas in July CC at SBT50. Deadline is creeping up and I really want to get all the challenges done for this one (9 in total!) I have managed to complete 5 LOs in the last 5 days, which has got to be a record for me!

"Adorable" - LO created for the Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge. We had to use a Christmas photo we were asked to upload before the CC began. Other than that, we had free rein with the criteria.

"2 Little Pigs" - LO created for Scraplift Challenge. We had to scraplift a LO provided and do our own take on it. I chose to replicate the basic structure of the LO, as well as using some of the techniques and elements used. Most of all, I wanted to use a bright colour scheme like the original.

"Seeing Santa" - created for the LO With an Edge Challenge. We had to use decorative edge papers for this one.

"The Ears" - LO created for the Funny Face Challenge. We had to include a photo of someone with a funny face. The pic is of me celebrating my 31st birthday. The journalling is about how I wore the ears out all night just because I was dared to.

"Green Meets Blue" - LO created for the Christmas Celebration Challenge. For this challenge, we each had our own criteria. The criteria I received was to use cardstock only - NO printed paper (what!?!), punched or handmade flowers, handmade or rub-on flourishes, subject was to be nature and had to include word 'green' in the title. I struggled with this criteria for quite some time and found it difficult to get motivated to do it. In the end, I decided to complete the LO as simply as I could whilst still incorporating each of the elements.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

At the Park!

Just thought I'd share a couple of pics from last Friday. (I know I've been terrible this week!) Last Friday, Brielle & I met up with our mum's group for lunch and a play at the park. We haven't gotten together in over a month because of our various colds, flus and other commitments. The last time we were together, the kids were all just starting to take a few steps and now they are all well and truly walking. (We all spent the entire time chasing our kids all over the park.) Here's a couple of pics...

Friday, 17 July 2009

Secret Scrapping Revealed!

Well I just can't contain myself any longer, I have to get the secret scrapping out from under wraps. For the last couple of days I have been working on making card fronts for a card swap on Scrapbooking Top50. As it has been "Christmas in July" there with the CC happening at the moment, we decided to do Christmas cards. I did 2 separate designs and am pretty happy with how they came out. I recently saw an article in a mag which featured some cards made in a "naive" style and really liked them, so decided to try my hand at it. This style really suits me, as I like the clean look of them and the white space (much like my LO's).

Christmas card fronts created for card swap on SBT50

The second lot of secret scrapping has been for the "Secret Santa" gift swap on SBT50. We each had to create a gift for our recipient for under $10. I did a frame with a beautiful quote inside. The quote can be removed and replaced with a photo if wished (and then even used on a LO, as I printed it on transparency). I also used pps from the Kaiser "Be Mine" range, some bling and a rub-on. Pretty happy with the end result (and even happier when Shannon told me that he thought it "looked like a bought one")...

New Scrapability sketch up!

Well the second July sketch has just been posted up on the Scrapability Sketches blog! (It looks great and is a good chance to use a couple of 6x4 photos up!) Those who complete a LO based on this sketch and submit it by the end of the month not only go into the running for a prize, but also for the chance to be named Scrapability's "Golden Girl" for September. The Golden Girl is our guest CT member for a month, and along with completing the regular sketches, gets their VERY OWN sketch from resident designer Bec to complete. There are also few new and exciting things coming up...check it all out at Scrapability Sketches

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The Christmas Spirit!

Everyone is definitely in the Christmas spirit over at Scrapbooking Top 50 at the moment, with the "Christmas In July" Cyber Crop well and truly underway. I did manage some scrapping last night, but can't share any of it just yet. One was for a Secret Santa I am taking part in and the other is for a Christmas card swap I am also taking part in. So if you are looking for some fun scrapping challenges with fab prizes, you'll just have to get on over for a look at SBT50's Christmas In July CC. As part of the celebrations, there's also a blog hop happening, and for all you hoppers, make sure you check out the pages of memories belonging to one of our other resident forum moderators!

Monday, 13 July 2009

More to Share!

Well illness has hit our house AGAIN this week, only now it's my turn! Despite the fact that my nose has been running like a tap, I have managed a couple of creative bursts the over the last few days.
One of the features of our SBT50 Christmas in July CC launch party on Friday was a Mystery Challenge set by another one of the Forum Mods, Vick. Her challenge was for members to create a Christmas card using red & white scraps, ribbon and stamping. The card had to be completed and uploaded in about 4 hours. (It wasn't a mystery to me though, as I created an example card.)
"Joy" card, created as an example for Vickstar's Mystery Challenge for SBT50 CC party.

The first of the actual CC challenges was a Blind Card Challenge. We were provided a list of materials and the instructions to complete the card, with the rest being up to us! I did not have the materials exactly as listed so was forced to improvise. Here's the result...

"Merry Christmas" card created for SBT50 CC, Blind Card Challenge.

The next challenge I managed to complete was the the third one for the CC - "Just One Word". The only criteria for this challenge was that we had to include the word "giving" in the title of our LO, and that we needed to use at least one technique. I began by running through ideas for titles and one I thought of was "Giving Perspective". I immediately knew I had a photo that would suit this perfectly that was waiting to be scrapped, and so my idea began. As the subject of the photo is Brielle's tiny, delicate hand, I wanted to use delicate papers and embellishments to suit it. I chose layering as my technique.

"Giving Perspective" - LO created for SBT50 CC "Just One Word" challenge. Pic is of Brielle's hand at 7 weeks old wrapped around the tip of Shannon's finger...really does put it in perspective doesn't it???

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Another LO & CC Begins!

I finished another LO for the SBT50 July challenges last night. This one is a bit different for me, as it's using a colour combo I wouldn't normally use, and also using pp for the background. The challenge was a "Recipe Challenge" and we had to create our LO using the exact ingredients set. The criteria was to use 2 photos; 3 patterned papers; 2 pieces of cardstock; 6 flowers; 3 shaped chipboard; inking and a one word title from a list of words supplied (I chose 'altogether').

"Altogether" - LO created for SBT50 July "Recipe Challenge". Pics are of Shannon & I taken on a camping trip to Fraser Island...awww!

Now I've completed 2 LO's for the July challenges, it's time for me to move on to some of the challenges for the "Christmas in July" CC happening RIGHT NOW at SBT50. The crop kicked off in fine style last night with a "party" that included live chat, bingo, games & quizzes. I posted a Christmas Trivia Quiz and enlisted Brielle's help to draw a winner this morning...

Thursday, 9 July 2009

First July Challenge LO!

I have just completed my first July Challenge LO for SBT50 - the "Sound of Music" challenge. We could create a card, LO or OTP item, but it had to contain sheet music somewhere. The title also had to contain the word 'music'. I downloaded some sheet music from the internet and then printed it onto some pink paper. The music can be downloaded here (Thanks to Tracy from my2angels for the tip.)

"Music to my Heart" - LO created for SBT50 "Sound of Music" challenge.

With only 1 day to go until the SBT50 Christmas in July CC starts and a heap of other challenges to get through, I better get my scrapping skates on!

Monday, 6 July 2009

My Bathing Beauty!

Just had to share these pics I took of my bathing beauty, Brielle, in the bath tonight. Shannon has made a game out of squirting the water out of her bath toys and she catches it in her mouth...LOL

The Countdown Is On!

Well the countdown is on to the Scrapbook Top 50 "Christmas In July" Cyber Crop! Only 4 more sleeps until the official start, although the hints and giveaways have already started! There are going to be heaps of challenges, games and prizes on offer, it's shaping up to be HUGE! The CC is going to be kicked off with a party on Friday night at 7.30pm - live chat, bingo, games and a mystery challenge are all planned. To check out what's happening for yourself, have a look here...

Friday, 3 July 2009

Challenge Winner!

Here's a little something I scored from SBT50...

I found out I won one of the CC challenges - the one for my double LO! (Not what I considered my best one, but I wasn't judging it.) So I will be receiving a prize pack in the mail soon - how exciting, new goodies! It turns out that I will also be receiving some adhesives as a prize for the quote challenge I did, so it's a double-whammy of goodies!

On top of that, I received a very lovely RAK in the mail from the gorgeous Tracy from my2angels. (Thanks Tracy...MWAH!) She sent me some STUNNING embellishments that she MADE! (How talented is this lady???) Check these out...

First Scrapability LO!

My first official LO as a Creative Team member of Scrapability Sketches is now up on the blog! (I must admit I was a bit nervous when I submitted this LO, as I have never really "put myself out there" like this before.) I was really impressed with the LO's by the other CT members and am in awe to be included in such a talented team. You can check out the 1st July sketch, and see what the other members of the CT came up with here.

Here's my take on Bec's sketch:

"These Two I Love" - first CT LO for Scrapability Sketches. Pic is of Shannon & Brielle down on the beach at the end of our street.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Last of June's LO's!

Here are the last of my June LO's. The first one was for the Quote Challenge at Scrapbook Top 50. We were given the quote "Someplace to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing". Other than that, we were given free rein to do what we liked. I already had a picture of our family that I was wanting to scrap, and it just came together from that. I love how it's come out, (although the colours look different IRL).

"Family" - created for SBT50 June Quote challenge. Pic is of Shannon, Brielle & I down the beach on Mothers Day.
The next LO was for the 1,2,3 Challenge Blog. It was for an additional challenge that was set this month - the BIG challenge. The criteria that had to be included was bling, a big date and a quote. I chose to use Robert DeNiro's famous movie quote from the movie Taxi Driver - "Are You Talkin' To Me?" We also had to choose at least 2 other criteria to include. I managed to use staples, alpha stickers, die cut paper and a pink, red & black colour scheme. This LO is a bit more reflective of the current more 'random' style I am enjoying.

"Are You Talkin' To Me?" - LO created for the 1,2,3 Blog big challenge. Pic was taken by one of the mums from our mum's group.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Pics of my girl!

Just thought I'd share a few new pics of my girl that have been taken over the last week...


Just pick up the phone and call me...(phone obsessed!)

Freddo time! A special treat for afternoon tea the other day.