Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Hello...

Hello Friends.  We are back online and on the grid.  :)  The electricity grid that is... The last four days has seen our little family in the dark due to the floods in Queensland.  The kids struggled somewhat... (mostly due to the high humidity and heat) but at least we were dry. And that is something I am very grateful for.
In the meantime, Jillibean Soup has shared some gorgeous cards from the DT.  Here  is mine... 

products used: cs - kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup: Coconut Lime Soup/Cumin; other - Jillibean Soup: Pea Pod Parts (Homemade 6 Bean Soup), Wood Flags (Hello), Kraft Tag (Small) & Bean Stalks (Turquoise Baker's Twine), distress ink; tools - border punch, Fancy That Dies (doily, card easel), machine stitching.

I wanted it to be a little bit 3D with the layers and I love the butterfly patterned paper (Coconut Lime - Cumin).  Don't forget to go over to the Jillibean Soup blog and leave some love! I'd love to see you there.  Thanks for visiting..x

Monday, January 28, 2013

A little update | floods...

Hi Friends.  Just letting you know that we are experiencing some flooding in our area at the moment.  Nothing disastrous and scary like the 2011 floods but we have been without power/electricity for the last 22 hrs.  The water here is running off quickly but I thought I'd share a few photos of it around our house...

We live in a semi-rural area with a few little creeks on either side of us.  We are up on a slight rise so there is no danger of water flooding into our house.  These photos show that the water here is much lower that two years ago... see this blog post >>here<<.  But the rain and the wind were quite fierce this time around.  And all thanks to ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

We are thinking of all the people who are and will be affected in the coming days, by this weather in Brisbane, Ipswich, Bundaberg & Gladstone.  I'm sure the "mud army" will rally once more even though so many Queenslanders are flood weary at the moment.

Thanks for visiting..x

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jillibean Soup | cards...

Hello Friends.  Things should start picking up around here soon.  :)  This is the last week of Summer holidays for the kids and we are currently being very busy, getting back into "back to school" mode.  Today I even went and collected Tahlia's new uniforms for high school.  eeeeeek! They fall off her a little bit (and that's with the extra small shorts!) and it reminds me all over again of her first day at pre-school.. :(  sigh.

Anyway.. onto some scrappy shares.  Today, I have some cards to share with you that have been posted over at the Jillibean Soup blog

It's the weather for it here in Australia.  And we have been sharing a lot of picnics this Summer Holiday season. :)

And then there is this belated Christmas card..

Belated because it was held over on the blog due to some exciting CHA sneak peeks!  So let's just call this a really early Christmas card instead and be done with it!  LOL!!

Head on over to Jillibean and check out what the other DT members have been creating!!  So many gorgeous projects to look at!!  Thanks for visiting..x

Friday, January 18, 2013

Stuck?! | Bunny Face..

Hello Friends.  Stuck?! Sketches has revealed their second sketch for the month...  It may seem a little bit minimal but there is plenty of room for interpretation.

And here is my version.. :)

"Bunny Face"

products used: cs - kaisercraft; pp - Bo Bunny, Bella BLVD, October Afternoon, unknown; alpha - American Crafts; other - Greatest View flair/badge, FTD Mixed leaves, kaisercraft paint, Bella BLVD designer tape, washi tape, string, brad, Jenni Bowlin journaling card; tools - The Crafters Template stencil, machine stitching,  star punch.

I know it's a bit early to be scrapping Easter photos and that I really should be recording those Christmas memories but... I just couldn't go past that cute little bunny badge/flair from Greatest View.

So head on over to Stuck now to join in on the sketch fun!  Link up your layout so we can all enjoy what you do with such a minimalist sketch.  Thanks for visiting..x

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | House Rules...

Hi Everyone! Have you been enjoying all the photos of CHA - Winter 2013?  I must admit that I've been stalking Instagram and FB for sneak peeks and general photos of what's going on over there!! *grin*

Today I have another share created with my DT kit from The Scrapbook Store and my new toy

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Pebbles Inc (Family Ties); alpha - Jillibean Soup; other - Pebbles Inc Chips & Stickers (Family Ties); tools - Silhouette Portrait, foam tape, ink.


The Pebbles Inc - Family Ties paper collection is so much fun to play with! It's bright colours just lends itself perfectly to my quirky Instagram photo!  The "Subway Art" silhouette cut was one that I created by just playing around with the weld feature.

If you want to check out more of the fun patterned papers in this collection, head on over to The Scrapbook Store and order yours today!  It might be the motivation you need to scrap some more Summer fun photos! 

Thanks for visiting..x

Friday, January 11, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Whole lot of Lovely...

It's layouts on Thursday again over at Jillibean Soup.  Head on over to check out the fabulous inspiration from the DT.

products used: cs - bazzill, kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup: Coconut Lime Soup/Straw Mushrooms, Cumin; Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup/Garlic Flakes; Blossom Soup/Corn Kernels: Soup Staples II/Red Salt, Green Salt; other - Jillibean Soup: Coordinating Cardstock Stickers: Coconut Lime Soup, Macho Nacho Soup, Pea Pod Parts: Coconut Lime Soup, Epoxy Chipboard Buttons: Coconut Lime Soup & Kraft Tag: Small; tools - machine stitching, typewriter, ink, color mist, foam tape, corner rounder punch, MFT die.

 And while you there, don't forget to check out the gorgeous new products on display at CHA!  Thanks for visiting..x

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Greatest View | New Flairs...

Hi There!!  Yes Christmas is over for another season, but it is time to pull out those recently snapped photos and get them scrapped!  Gail over at Greatest View has the perfect embellishment to go along with anything Christmassy!!  *grin*  Please check out her new (and totally GORGEOUS) badges..

products used: cs - kaisercraft; pp - Lilybee; Greatest View - Dear Santa flair/badges, yoyo flower, kraft baggie,  gold and silver metallic bakers twine, sequins; alpha - Lilybee, American Crafts; other - Fancy That Dies doily, washi tape, Lilybee sticker.

The shop is now open, so don't forget to go and visit.  Thanks for visiting..x

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

**GiveAway** at Bella Blvd...

Woo Hoo!!  There's more fun to be had with the pre-CHA giveaways over at Bella BLVD. Not long to go now folks!!! *grin*

Have you seen these...

or this new collection...

or what about this other new collection!! ...

OH MY GOSH!!!  I can't wait to get my hands on them.  :D  By now you must know the deal.  Head on over to Bella Blvd for your chance to win before you can buy!!

Good luck..x

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | Hello...

Hello Everyone.  I have layout to share today that I created with my DT kit from The Scrapbook Store.  This month I get to play with the delightful Pebbles - Family Ties collection.  It is just so fresh and Summery!  I love it.


products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Pebbles (Family Ties); other - Greatest View flair/badge, Pebbles: chipboard & stickers, brads, October Afternoon sprinklers, Mister Huey's color mist, Versacolor ink; tools - silhouette portrait, my own cut files.

In between this post and the last, I've also had a chance to sit down and discover what my Christmas present can do!  LOL!  I spent half a day just playing.  *grin*  Of course I started off with basic techniques.  I can now weld letters together so I can create a cursive title rather than just cut individual letters... easy peasy!

Then I thought I might like to try welding a few shapes together.. So I grabbed the "&" symbol and welded it to the circle frame.  This frustrated me for some time because each time I tried to weld the two together, the "&" sign would just disappear or cut lines would still be in place!  grrr... Not what I had in mind. :)  Eventually after some (okay... many, many) google searches I gathered enough information to continue on with my quest of learning more about my new tool!! :D

Once I accomplished this, it was time for bigger things... Armed with knowing how to put together frames and shapes, I now wanted to put words into frames.

yay!  It worked.  *grin*  No issues now and I am definitely on a roll!  LOL!  And Oh My!!!  The possibilities are endless.  :)

After I finished this LO, I became even more adventurous, and created a full subway art with frame (coming soon on another LO!).  See... I have been busy. Probably too busy on the computer!  LOL!  It's a good thing that it is school holidays and the kids are happy to veg in front of the tv.  *whoops*

Thanks for visiting..x

side note:  The Silhouette machine I am using is a Portrait, rather than a Cameo.  The only difference being that it's cutting width is smaller at 8.5in x 11in.... The perfect size for me!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Stuck?! | Happy Travels...

Hello Everyone!  I have a scrappy share today!!  Yay!  Woo Hoo!  LOL!  Am I excited much?  hee hee... (see... I need to get back into my scrapping studio and play with some paper before I go car-razy!!) Today over at Stuck?! Sketches the second half of the CT have layouts to reveal.  Check out this fantastic sketch by Sara.

And here is my sample...

"Happy Travels"

products used: cs - kaisercraft; pp - October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup; alpha - American Crafts, Jillibean Soup; other - Jillibean Soup twine, staple, vellum, Mister Huey's colormist; tools - scallop punch, small round punch, machine stitching.

Also... If you are interested, there is still some time left if you want to apply to be on this fabulous team!!  The Girls are so friendly and the sketches are really fun and inspiring! Please visit >>here<< if you think you might be interested.  :)

Thanks for visiting and I promise to go straight to my studio now and play with some paper.. Oh!  And my new Christmas present!!! ;)

Stay tuned...  :)

Friday, January 4, 2013

**Giveaway** at Bella Blvd...

Today's exciting giveaway with the CHA sneaks over at Bella BLVD are for these little beauties!! 


Aren't they fun???  AND cute!!!  I am loving the colours and quirkiness of these crocheted hearts!  And of course I have to share my favourite..

sigh... Valentine's Day is approaching!  hee hee..

Please visit Bella BLVD to see the entire collection AND for your chance to win some CHA goodies before you can buy them.  Goodluck..x


Thursday, January 3, 2013

**Give Away** at Bella Blvd...

Hi everyone!  It's that exciting time of year when CHA creates monsters of us all and there are sneak peeks flying about all over the place!  LOL!  I love the excitement of seeing new ideas and even better... getting my hands on those new ideas!! Especially the papers!  Oh!  And the embellishments.. AND the designer tapes!  and... well, if you love scrapping, then you know how I feel!  LOL!!  sigh... anyway.. I digress!  *grin*

Stephanie over at Bella Blvd and the team are trying to encourage as many people to get their hands on some new goodies!  Today if you go over to Bella BLVD >>>here<<< you will have the chance to win some of these gorgeous Designer Tapes before anyone can buy them!  And that's not all.  All this week there will be another chance to win something new and then another!!  All you have to do is check in with the team or come back here and I will help you get there! 

Are you excited??

Let's have a little sneak shall we...


I think my favourite is this one... Mmmmmm!

So.. Off you go.  Yes.  Right now.  Over to Bella for your chance to win.  Be in it to win it!!  Good luck..x