Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas...


Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Right now I am probably sitting at mum's eating yummy food and getting carried away with my kids and their excitement.

Even though it is Christmas, Twisted sketches is still humming along and I have my card here to share with you...

This weeks twist is 'faith' and here is my take on the sketch...

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Top of my Christmas shopping list...

is Children's panadol....nope, I am not kidding :).

You see every public holiday when doctor surgeries and chemists are locked up tight you can guarantee that my kids will come down with something!! Last year we had Noah in the ER at 3am on Christmas morning with a mild dose of croup and in the last two days I have had both of them at the doctors with high temps and sore throats. Just a viral infection!!! Can I get that printed on a t-shirt? I am glad my doctors bulk bill for kids otherwise that statement probably would have landed me in some serious trouble by now...lol.

So yes, I am a little nervous heading into the holiday...and went and stocked up on the wonderful strawberry/vanilla flavoured syrup tonight :).

I have finished off a few cards in the last few days...my family get annoyed when I hand them a store bought card because I have sent the rest out to friends so I thought I better get my act into gear this year.




Thank you for all your lovely comments on the previous post and if you don't pop in again before Christmas then I wish you a wonderful day filled with fun and laughter!!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Aussie Cards for sale...

Have you seen this?

What an absolutely fabulous idea and I am throwing my hat in the ring to be one of their designers!!

Here are some of my current card creations that I am submitting...

This is one of a set of three that is featured in this months CSPC Magazine....can see a little peak here.


and a few little cute critters...


and a little Christmas cheer...


You can also see more of my cards by clicking the cards tag on the left!

Wish my luck.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's a little grey...

I should be in the kitchen baking gingerbread for our annual 'Gingerbread decorating night,' but I forgot to get the butter out of the fridge to soften so I thought I would spend a little time in here and share a few pages I have gotten done this week while I wait.

Dam was in Melbourne for most of the week...last travel for the year...YAY!!!...and I had the nights to fill. I have run out of ink for my printer so the December Daily has come to a grinding halt but I had a few photos printed out so I sat down to work with them.

Remember this story...

well, I really wanted to document this part of his life and how he takes it all in his stride and the White with 1 challenge was perfect for this...


As his mother, it hurts my heart to see that patch on him but like the title says...he takes it all in his stride. We got his portfolio from Pre-school this week and there was a story in it about kids asking him why he wore glasses and he told them that his eyes don't work like theirs so he needs glasses to help him see. He also stated that they made him look handsome!! Oh how I love this boy :)!!

Well, off to get the gingerbread started and sort out an argument between my two...we are having one of those days :(.

Hope you are all well and ready for Christmas...I am pretty much there...always feel good to be organised!!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Better late than never....

Been a bit crazy around here lately and I forgot to mention that Scrap with V had a cyber crop on Friday night...but don't' stress there is still plenty of time to have some fun and get your entries in!!!

I got the privilege of setting the sketch challenge and I came up with this...

and here is my take on it...


Abi was more interested in wearing the decorations this year than putting them on the tree...how typical!!

So pop over and join it the fun.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Cheer...

Getting into the swing of it around here.

Yesterday my little man turned 5.....gasp...where oh where has that time gone!!! So that means we now kick the whole Christmas thing up a notch or two. I am still trying to finish decorating the house but since we are leaving on Christmas Eve to celebrate Christmas in Newcastle, I am really not in the mood to pull out all of the bits and pieces that turns my house into a Christmas wonderland. I am in the minimal mood this year.

Today is Twisted Sketches (for team A :)) day...

here is the sketch...and here is my take on it...


the twist this week is SHINE...so I added glossy accents to various parts of the engine and dug through my buttons to find some shiny ones.



Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

busy, busy, busy...

I love Christmas but I am so not a fan of the weeks leading up to it....everything and everywhere is pure madness!!! Even a quick trip to the shops turns into a half day affair...I am going a little nutty atm...lol.

I few bits and pieces to share and then I am off to clean the bedroom fans and finish putting up the Christmas decorations. The kidlets are at pre-school today and I have to say that I am enjoying the peace and quiet!!!

Daddy and his girl when we were on holidays in October...I just love these photos I quickly snapped of them.


This photo is also from our holiday. It wasn't exactly swimming weather but what is a beach holiday without a dip in the ocean. Afterwards they would lay on the cement around the ocean bath to get warm again. Mummy was the only sensible one...lol.


Now don't laugh but I have one last thing to share...


I know, I know...statistics show that this will probably not get finished and I wasn't even going to attempt it this year but I sat down the other night and started putting it together and so far I am up to date. Posting this may jinx me...hehehe...but I am determined to complete it. I think it may also help that I love how I have put it together this year and look forward every couple of days to sit down and put the entries in. Plus I am also remembering to take photos each day...no matter how boring or crazy our day may be!!! Wish me luck!

I would love to see how other people are putting theirs together...so leave me a link.

Hope you are all well and the crazy season is treating you well.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Straight to the point...

this morning!!! No time to muck around as we are off to see Santa. The kids are super excited and can't wait to give him their very long lists...hehehe. I didn't think Abi would be up to the task this year...she still seems a too little but last night she asked where Santa was and when would he come to 'my house'. It was so cute. She then went on to tell me that she wanted new glasses (sunglasses :)) and a new hat...need to add them to her list...lol.

I did say straight to the point, didn't I? :)

This weeks sketch at Twisted...



The twist this week is 'layers.'

Thanks for stopping by....hope you are all having a great weekend.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

All that sparkles...

I am on a little high atm...and not from getting too carried away with glitter...lol.

I don't write much on here about my personal life...I learnt from previous blog attempts to 'keep it simple' and just use this technology for my papercraft.

So most of you don't know that my son has to wear a patch on his eye atm. It is to strengthen his very weak left eye. It started back in May when we were given a patch that slides over the arm of his glasses and covers one lens. It had a pirate ship on it and for a little while he thought it was pretty cool. The only problem was that even with his glasses on it made it extremely difficult for him to see...that is how bad his left eye is. So during the day I would catch him with his glasses sitting on the end of his nose and looking over the top of them.

At his next appointment it was easy to see that it had not helped his eye and that he would have to wear a permanent patch to see it any improvement could be made. My heart sunk on that day. None of us want our kids to be the ones who stand out, who appear different or even ridiculed. He took it in his stride and we went to purchase the new patches that would stick over his eye.

I am so proud of my little man. He gets a little upset in the mornings when we put it on...especially now that it is getting hot as it gets hot and itchy under that sticky material. But he puts he shoulders back, accepts that it is to help him see better and off he goes about his day. It is weird to see him without it now and so when a lady approached me the other day I was a little confused about what she was saying.

We were leaving the shopping centre on Monday afternoon. Noah was holding my mum's hand as we headed into the car park and I had stopped to argue with Abigail about why she had to hold my hand. The lady walked past us and then stopped, turned around and held out her hand. At first I thought I must have dropped something so I automatically held my hand out. She dropped two one dollar coins into my hand and told me to give them to my son for wearing his patch.

I had a sick feeling in my stomach and I had to bite my tongue before I snapped at her to not pity him. I held the money back out to her and said that I couldn't take her money and she went on to explain that her son also had to wear a patch for eight years and everyday was an absolute nightmare and he rarely wore it. She want to give Noah a reward for being so good about wearing it and a little encouragement to continue to to so. Again I told her that while it was very kind I couldn't take her money. She just smiled, waved and continued on her way.

By the time I caught up with Noah and Mum and told them what had happened my heart was so full of happiness and hope. There are still good and kind people out there. Some days it is hard to remember this as I seem to run into more rude people than not!!

Noah's face lit up like a Christmas tree and he held on tight to that money for the rest of the day until he got home to put it in his money box.

So I still believe and know that by teaching my children to be kind, polite and gracious is the right thing to do because as silly as it sounds I have questioned that a lot. Some days I feel that I am not preparing them for the real world and that they are going to get walked all over ...but that one little act of kindness and thoughtfulness has filled me so much more hope!

Thank you for letting me share!!

Now onto crafty stuff...HO HO HO

Can't you feel it in the air...I love LOVE LOVE this time of year!!!


I love dragging out my glitters at this time of year!! Nothing says Christmas more than sparkly stuff...hehehe.


This is for the current challenge over at Meljens Designs...the holly is a freebie and can be found here.

And how about a LO as well...it's been a while and this a bit of an oldie :)



Thanks for stopping by...and reading my long long long post :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's oh so quiet...

...so I thought I should pop in for a quick share because my weekend is going to get CRAZY!!!...but a good crazy with a little time for just Hubby and myself thrown in....yay!!

Did this some time ago...my baby girl on her last day in the baby class at swimming. I am not quite sure who was more upset...

Abi? Nah, she couldn't wait to be in a 'big' class like her brother 'Roah.'

Nessa?...her swimming teacher? Nope, I am pretty sure she got a few grey hairs with my Miss A in her class.

Daddy?....oh yeah!!! When his time ended with Noah he knew he still got to share the experience with Abi but this was it...no more Saturday morning swimming with Daddy for anyone. I felt so sorry for him on this day.


I was a little worried about her going up to the next level as she can be a little clingy and once she is in a pattern it is best not to change it...lol. So different to her 'go with the flow' brother!!!
But she loves it and is bursting with excitement as we drive to the pool every Thursday morning. Her new teacher is perfect for her...doesn't put up with crap...hehehe...and she puts everything into it. It is so fun to watch her learn and have fun at the same time!!!

Well, I am going to try and get a little scrapping done...won't be sitting here for a few days after tonight...but I am not complaining!!!

Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh the places...

you can play with paper is just amazing. Every time I do a little surfing I seem to stumble across a new challenge site...and I am loving it!!!

I never used to be a challenge junkie...I used to complete my DT assignments and then relish in the 'just for me' time with my paper and glue. These days I find myself needing to be pushed that little bit more...maybe it is because I have such little time to create that I like to make sure I find something that is going to keep me focused and centred...I am a great procrastinator :).

So when I found the Lollipop Ladies through the wonderful Cathy Cufun's blog I got a little excited. Nothing speaks to me more than lollies...lol.
I said last post that I am having a lot of fun with digital stamps and some of the cutest ones I have found are from Meljen's Designs. There was a 50% off sale last week and I am pretty sure I bought up the whole shop...lol. Must remember to hide that credit card bill...hehehe. But even better is that she gives away a freebie every Monday...check them out here. Soooooo...I knew that this
weeks challenge would go perfectly with the cutest little soda.



I was once asked by a fellow papercrafter how I can make cards without stamping. Most of you know that I am NOT a stamper...but like any good papercrafter have a couple of draws filled with them....blush....hehehe. But you don't need to be a stamper to make cards. All of this was done using my computer...even the sentiment on the tag was done in a Word document, printed out and trimmed into a tag. I love that there is very little room for error in my method :)...no smudging, no ink disasters, no wastage...just quick and easy fun!!

Thanks for stopping by...







Related challenges...
Case Study - Challenge #14
Meljens Designs - Food challenge
Lollipop Ladies
- Challenge #8 Jumping Jellybeans

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Your listening to...

There is a new sketch up at Scrap with V...


and here is my take on it...


My little radio DJ...tee hee. This is his new game to play and it is so cute to listen to. He even has special guests...aka. Daddy and Abigail :). I know I have said it a hundred times before but I love nothing more than watching his imagination take him places. Most days we have magical adventures and I wouldn't trade it for the world!!!

Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lets twist again...

That time of the week again...

I am in such a card mood atm...haven't done a LO for sometime now as I just can't stop making cards. Plus I found a new love...digi stamps!! Oh my, I am having so much fun with images mostly from here...they are just too cute and perfect for paper piecing!!

So this weeks sketch at Twisted Sketches was right up my alley...you could take it in so many different directions...but don't forget to use the twist...which is 'brad' this week.

Here is the sketch...
and here is my take on it...



Did you ever read this story as a child? Little Ballerina by Dorothy Grider. It was published in 1958 and my sister had a later release of the book when we were kids. If I took the time to hunt around at mum's I could probably find it and I really want to read it to Abi. I had no desire to be a ballerina as a kid...I am not a dancer at all...lol...but I loved this story and the illustrations were just stunning. So when I found this image you could imagine my excitement!! I knew it would be perfect for this sketch.

Well, I have bathrooms to clean and a quiche to make as the in laws are coming down for lunch...oh yay...note the sarcasm...hehehe.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend...we are in the low 30's and I am loving it!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

sweet and juicy...

I loved this weeks card sketch over at Twisted Sketches. It is my week off but I just had to play with this sketch. Had this idea swimming in my head from the minute I saw it and teamed it with this weeks palette at The Colour Room.



Here is this weeks colour palette...


These colours remind me of summer....sunny days, juicy watermelon and Christmas cherries!!

Go and check out both sites for some awesome inspiration!!

As for my letter to Summer... well, things are starting to improve. A bit warmer today and we might...just might...reach a lovely 30degrees by Friday. Fingers crossed :).

Thanks for stopping by and all your lovely comments. I love reading them.

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