Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Hello everyone :))))

Can't believe its nearly the end of 2011...what a year!! We had so many happy moments during the year that its now when I look back and reflect the year, I am glad that I love to scrapbook.  These moments can now last a lifetime....

2012 is already looking like its going to be a blast....we have good friends staying, Brad's parents are coming for a few days, a girly weekend away for my sister, the same sister getting married, Riley starting Prep and much much more and that is only January!!!! ooooh exciting times ahead!!

Well to end off another year I will show you some 'just because' pages that I managed to scrap before Christmas.

Wet Season.....  Can't half tell I scrapped this on a rainy day....what can I say...rain inspires me!!
Okay top paper is Bo Bunny, throw in some Glitz Design and Prima and there you have it!

A Charms Creations lollipop :))

A Purple Pumpkin button snuck in there too....

Next layout is a layout I created in a matter of 1/2hr one night totally inspired by Finnabair.  Earlier in the month she had a video of a Prima demonstration.  Badly lacking inspiration and motivation that night, I sat down and watched it and then proceed to have a go...why not...she has some amazing tips and techniques.  Mine is and never will be as good as her work but I loved seeing her process and how it all came together.  Think I will give this another go sometime.  My misting kinda went all over the place...hehe..!!

My taken on Fathers Day 2011...

Some closeups....

Love my Tim Holtz light bulb :))))

And my Maya Road spools :))))

Well that's all I can show you now for 2011...

Seeing as tho we will be busy tomorrow with some of our very good friends I want to wish you all a wonderful, happy and safe New Years!! Looking forward to being inspired by you all in 2012!!!

I have some very exciting scrappy news to share too which I can't wait!!
I hope you will continue to share in my journey!
Take care and all the best for what is already promising to be a great 2012!!!

Min xx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Remembering this time last year....

Hello everyone,

As I did a little shopping earlier this week, I noticed a certain buzz in the air...yes its getting real close to Christmas and there is that excitement, but for most of the people in the town I live in, its more like this year they can relax and enjoy the holiday celebrations....because last year, they were either stranded, flooded in or lost everything in the devastating Christmas/New Year floods. Even tho Emerald floodwaters did not peak until New Years Eve, prior to that moment everyone was doing all that they could to prepare for when that moment arrived.

So it got me thinking about this time last year and I wanted to record OUR story, not that we were affected in anyway like others were, but I wanted to take a moment and remember all those that died, lost everything and those that day after day selflessly helped others in need.

Here is my layout dedicated to last Christmas, based on the latest Colour Room palette #89.

Remembering the 2010 Christmas Floods....

In the photo is the main river passage as well as one of our major shopping centres.... which does not even show you half of what the town looked like during those days. 

My journaling on the back....

Even tho 12 months have nearly passed, while most people are back on their feet, there are still many homes empty. I really hope that all those towns that were affected with floods during last years holiday season, enjoy themselves this year!!!!

On a brighter note...... this will be my last blog post before we head off for a few days over the Christmas long weekend.  Have a very safe and happy Christmas and I will see you all back here next week sometime!!

Thanks for visiting and happy holidays!! :))))
Min xx

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Stuck?! Sketches...

Hello everyone :))

Just a quick one tonight...I am sure most of you have already seen the latest sketch for Stuck?! Sketches.  Here is my CT sample.

December 15th Sketch:

You are oh so precious.....Squint real hard and you will see the sketch....hehe!!

Lots of Prima here again and love that little chippie bike...not sure where I got that from now...think it might be Scrapmatts.

Lots of gesso, mists and distress inks...basically just played around with this layout.....

Hope you get a chance to play along...I know its an extremely busy time of year but if you do feel like crafting over the next few weeks there are some great prizes up for grabs! 

Some more Christmas photos of the little boy was not wanting to play along...sigh...!!!

Oh! You better watch out

You better not cry

You better not pout I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list

Checking it twice

Gonna find out who's naughty or nice

Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping

He knows when you're awake

He knows if you've been bad or good

So be good for goodness sake!

So not perfectly posed photos but they have character and that's who my boys are...real characters!!!!!!!!

Thanks for visiting :))
Min xx

Monday, December 19, 2011

It feels like Christmas....

Hello everyone,

How are all your Christmas preparations going? I hope you are all finding some time to relax.  With all my DT commitments out of the road last week I decided to do some 'just because' scrapping...I just wanted to do my own thing and I have been having lots of fun....

But firstly I will show you another layout I did last month for Manorhouse Creations.  We were given some gorgeous 'Colour-Me's" and was asked to explain/show what we did to colour them....

This is what they look like before they are coloured....I used the "Plain- Janes"

And this is what I used.  All Shimmerz products that I happened to get in the mail at the beginning of last month, so I was eager to test them out and boy do I LOVE them!!

Christmas 2010.... Love how they made the flowers and leaves all shimmery and sparkly...perfect for Christmas layouts! Also using some of the Cozy Christmas papers :)))

And because I had some of the same photos printed out in colour, I scrapped them again....! I really just picked up scraps on my desk and went for it...I am happy with the effect of paper scrunching!!

oooh...just love the Prima heart...its sooo beautiful!!

I inked my chippie Christmas tree with some Tim Holtz Distress Stain and then sprinkled some Shimmerz Enamelz to give it a little Christmas sparkle!

And I will end this blog post with a sneak peak of my Christmas this one...hehe!!

I know we are all busy at this time of year so anyone who leaves me a comment, I really really appreciate it..:)))

Be back soon with more "just because" layouts! :))))

Thanks for making my day!
Min xo

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cosy Christmas....

Hello everyone :))))

How's your  week going?? If it is anything like mine, its zooming by far too quickly for my liking!!! Anyway, last month I was soooo very lucky to receive the most gorgeous romantic Christmas papers I have seen.  I am not a huge fan of Christmas papers but these ones are just my liking...not to bright and overpowering.

Teamed with some gorgeous flowers from Manorhouse Creations....I created this layout!

Lil Santa.... Photo of Finlay from last Christmas!!  I am not sure why but I find 'events' hard to scrap!!??? 

Couldn't resist using the diecut shaped paper for this layout.  And what the....!! I used pink on a boys layout!! hehe...well its actually a has red/pink tones and I just thought...whatever, go with the flow hey!

Its actually deceiving but that cute flower that I squished up is sprayed with some Red glimmermist!

Love the texture on this flower...the puffy bits just give it that little extra  :))

A Charms Creations lollipop tucked in there and that red (yes its red) flower is painted with some Fire Engine Red Shimmerz. Oh it just gives it a beautiful glossy sheen to it :)))

That frame is is also painted with some Shimmerz Pearlz.

And lastly, my little cute reindeer from Scrapmatts which I painted with some Tim Holtz crackle paint.

Okay baking day here today....Christmas gingerbread men is on the top of the list!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for any lovely comments left :)))
Min xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

WINNER & MHC Inspiration

Hello Monday...where did you come from???

Seriously the weekend went in a flash but I guess that is what happens when every moment was nearly spent having good friends over for yummy BBQ's or being invited out by more friends and catching up with lots of beautiful cousins who we haven't seen in a long time! Loved every moment and so did the boys! I lost count at how many storms we had over the weekend tho.  We had 4 yesterday and I know there was about 2 on Saturday...and its sticky again today so we could be in for some more!

First of all THANK YOU for everyone who left a comment on my last post...wish I could give you all something but here are the winners.....

Winner of the Scrapbook Nook Kit......

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Winner of the Coco Daisy Kit......

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Email me here your postal address and I will get them out to you!
Enjoy your kits deserve them!

Okay now onto some Manorhouse Creations layouts....I have been a little slack at getting them up here....oops!

Showcasing some new summer flowers with some flowers from the spring collection. Love the vibrant yellow one. The background effect was done using a few different coloured inks in the Pink Paislee mistable paper.

I am not sure if you follow the Manorhouse Creations Blog but they have recently been associated with and supporting World Vision Australia, raising money for the victims of the African drought. While children are starving and dying at a rapid rate, we are doing our best to help with monthly donations to the appeal and thanks to public support, MHC have made their very first donation.  I am so very proud to be part of the Design Team.  What an amazing generous thing to do.

So last month we were sent some beautiful flowers especially made for this cause and the names of these flowers are names of little African girls....sooo sweet.

Loving you at Three...  Apart from the white flower and the misted green flower, all other flowers and leaves are from the World Vision collection...just gorgeous!

A couple of months ago I got hooked on Shimmerz...big fact you will probably being seeing a lot more of how I have used their products coming up very soon ;)  You will notice around the edges of this layout the darker smudged areas.  I first of all inked the edges with some TH Distress Ink.  Then got my handy little paint brush and started painting on Pearlz.  By adding this to the ink, it really gave the edges more of a grunge look... Here is a closer up look at it.  It looks so great IRL!!