Monday, November 28, 2011

December- Where did the year go?- OUAS

I'ts December! I know everyone always says, "Where did the year go?" But where, oh where did those 11 months go?
                                                  I'M GOING HOME TODAY!!!!!
Yep that's right, we are off on our 23 hour multi-plane flight.Yikes I hate all that travelling. The older I get the less I cope with those long hauls. I think I've seen way too many disaster shows.
I can't wait to see the surprise on my parents' faces when my two come knocking on their door. My sister is picking us up at the airport but my parents have no idea we're coming.

Here's my contribution to honour the month of December and what I'm looking forward to.

Our challenge for Dec 1st at Once Upon a Sketch
Check out what the amazing dt have created here.
Journalling Criteria/theme: The thing I look most forward to in December.
Write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to? Note:Your layout DOES NOT have to be about Christmas! It can be about anything December brings.

Other ideas for journalling: an annual holiday or celebration, a specific event such as putting up the Christmas tree or pre Christmas traditions you might have leading up to Christmas, family time, snow covered fields or warmer weather, time off work, school holidays, change of weather, new season fruit.
Great prizes to be won too.
Here's Nadia's fabulous sketch to inspire you. Love this design Nadia.
My take:
I'm so looking forward to these girls getting together again. This is the last pic of all the girl cousins together, taken Christmas 5 years ago. Each girl is the daughter of one of my siblings. L-R Amelia is my older sister's, Sienna is my girl, Alice (now a stunning 21 year old, who hated her gorgeous curly hair at that age) is my younger sister's, Emily is my younger brother's and Laura is my older brother's daughter.

How funny is this? This is a page I did last year at this time for Webster's Page Gdt. 
It works so well with Nadia's design.

Back to this year's close ups.
Lots of cutting.
Journalling reads: "It's been five years since these cousins have been together. Five years of growing and changing. This December, it's going to be fabulous when they all catch up again.
We're all looking forward to a wonderful reunion this Christmas, 2011"
I popped out all the girls in the front.Looks great IRL.
"Who's that knocking at my door?" Anyone remember Men at Work?
That's what my parents will be saying. lol
I'm not sure how much access I'm going to have over the next few weeks, so I want to wish you all a very 
Merry Christmas from

Here's some of the fabulous prizes to be won.
We welcome a BRAND new sponsor to our blog this month! 

One lucky person will receive this prize from Handmade By Suzanne!
And one lucky person will win this..
A set of My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 paper pads in 4 different collections

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Catching Up- A long one.

It's catch up time. There just doesn't seems to be enough of any time at the moment. I'm so far behind in my blog drops ins. Thanks to all of you who are still dropping by visiting me. I really do appreciate it. I'm hoping next week after all my commitments are finished I'll have time to drop in on you.

Been meaning to post the new challenge that's up at Once Upon A Sketch. 

 This is such a wonderful design. I reckon it's one of my favs so far from the lovely Nadia. The dt girls have done an awesome job showing their fabulous talents off as women and their creative talents as scrappers.
    Heres what you can win.

A fabulous chipboard collection for 1 randomly chosen winner by Imaginarium Designs.  

A stunning collection of goodies to the value of $25.00 to one randomly chosen winner from The Chip Chop Shop 

The winner of this challenge receives this embellishment collection from BasicGrey's Jovial  fabulous Christmas line.

We're off on our big trip in exactly two weeks. Yikes. I haven't even thought about packing. Although the kids are started. Their suitcases are sitting in the living room and each day they seem to add a little more. Pretty cute really.  It'll be the first time in five years that all my family will be together. We're all so excited. Hoping we don't give my parents heart attacks when they see everyone. lol

Here's the lastest one I did with the Summer flower collection over at Manor House Creations.
Papers are all from The Scrap cake. Once again wishing you some summer sunshine.

 Not the clearest pic of Sienna taken by her bro. But the pose makes me smile and sometimes it's nice to scrap the imperfect ones. The pic was taken on a camping trip where they were have so much fun playing and snapping pics of each other.

The clothes line reminds me of the ropes strung between the trees at the campsites.

Here's some early Christmas los too. They're in this month's Scrapbook Creations magazine. The Colour Team were all given different colours to scrap for the Christmas feature. I was lucky I scored the easy colours- red and blue. We were allowed a second colour used minimally and neutral colours of b/w and beige to compliment.

Ok does anyone see something that doesn't belong in this pic? lol

Most of the pp is last years Bo Bunny. When you scrap for Christmas features it's usually 4 months ahead and most of the new Christmas lines aren't out.

I used so of my left over dt stash from Dusty Attic for these adorable little houses.

  Here's my two looking ever so cute and cuddy for a Christmas pic on Christmas day last year. It's the best day to get smilie pics. lol

To use the words taken from the lo, "May health, peace and sweet content be yours," dear friends.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Little Bit of Sunshine

Ok so I know there's lots of you in the north thinking summer is a lifetime away. But it wasn't that long ago when the days were long, the nights were warm, school was out and camping and beach days ... I know it's sad isn't it? lol I'm such a summer devotee. Give me a summer's day every day.
Oh yes, I enjoy the autumn walks and crisp morning air and that first snow fall... but I'm over it after about a week!!!
            So here's some summer sunshine for you.

                                    CREATED FOR MANOR HOUSE CREATIONS

                                            That little bikini at the bottom makes me laugh.

The pic was taken a few years ago on the beach at Surfer's Paradise, Aus, as my two spent hours combing the beach for shells.

Such gorgeous blooms.

The pp is all from The Scrap Cake. Manor House is the Aus distributer for TSC so we get to play with their lovely products.

These adorable little houses are from Flourish With a Bling. I just love them. For those of you wondering what they're all about, on some of the foreshores in Australia we have these wooden little sheds that were build in the 1920's and 30's. They were used by families to store their summer boats and equipment.
Here's a pic of one of the beaches near where I grew up, in Melbourne. They're now protected for their historical value and everyone paints them bright colours.

Another lo? I find I don't scrap nearly as many pics of my gorgeous boy. Scrapping seems to focus so much on the pretty girlie pages. So here's one of my handsome son. Lots of flowers on his los too.

Thankful For You

This boy of mine has such a beautifully smilie face.

Flourish with a Bling's lovely Jack' Vine
Added some chipboard from Imaginarium Designs for a touch of  nautical

 Love that cute little hot air balloon
More blooms and the pp is all Webster's.
Oh the sun is just peeking through the clouds, I betta get out there. LOL
Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WHY SCRAP?- Once Upon a Sketch

Here's the lastest at Once Upon a Sketch!

Why do you scrap and when did you start?
This is my layout. I've had this pic of Sienna for a while and always wanted to scrap it but never quite found the right reasons. Then when I read this topic I thought it's perfect. Now you might be wondering how come? I could think of  heaps of reasons why I scrap, the main reason being 'cause I just have the need. to create. IYKWIM.

But it's also to capture all those special moments. The ones that are spontaneously caught in a pic. Oh sure we all have lots of posed pics for birthdays and celebrationS but I love these pics. The ones that are random, and I was going to say caught on film but, that's pretty outdated these days.

This is one of those moments. Her nose crinkles, her dimples pop out and Sienna lets out the most infectious joyous laugh. She throws her head back and thoroughly enjoys the moment. A wonderful pic!
I could have done without the gum. lol

The lovely chipboard is all from our sponsor Imaginarium Designs...
 and the stunning flowers are from the new summer collection at Manor House Designs. Added a touch of gesso.
 My journalling reads: In 1995 I opened a window. (I guess most people would say a door but I've always been a scrapbooker from the time I was child. So the window seemed more appropriate. lol)
I am telling our story...capturing precious moments in time to explore, to create: Destination Art.

Here's our challenge for November 1st. Just upload here:
We love checking out everyone's takes on Nadia's fabulous sketches. And the prizes are amazing.
November 1st Challenge
Journalling Criteria: This time you need to journal at least 
2 SENTENCES on WHEN you started scrapping and WHY?
You MUST combine our journalling criteria with this sketch.

How would you like to be our Guest Designer for December? This is the challenge where you have the chance to win a spot on our design team for the whole upcoming month simply by winning this challenge. As well as being our Guest Designer, the first placed winner as chosen by the Design Team will win this prize..

The complete October kit from Swirlydoos kit club.

This kit is simply stunning. It includes the captivating Vintage Blue line from Glitz Designs, papers, flowers, wood flourishes and rub ons from Kaisercraft, Prima Resin Old Window, Maya Road wooden spools and pearl pins and much much more.

This time we also have 2 prizes to give away to RANDOMLY chosen people!

The first prize for one randomly chosen winner will receive a mixture of products from "the chip chop shop" to the value of $25.00 plus postage.
Our other randomly drawn winner will receive the gorgeous Webster's Pagespaper collection Ladies and Gents which includes 1 sheet of alphas, 1 die cut paper, 1 vellum paper, and 6 sheets of patterned paper.

Now who wouldn't want to win one of these awesome prizes!

Thanks for dropping by,