Friday, June 12, 2009

Good News and Bad News...

I know, I know it's been a ridiculously long time between posts - but I can explain! I've been busy with something very, very exciting ... I've just launched my new business PaperArtsy
PaperArtsy is an online store that sells papercrafting kits. Each month I release three new kits: a Scrapbooking Kit, a Card Making kit and an Off-The-Page kit. Each kit contains heaps of yummy products and a set off detailed instructions on how to create the projects. The idea is that I do all the designing, sourcing, coordinating and instructions and so you just get to create and have fun! How good is that? So please head on over and take a look HERE.
Well that's the good news, so what's the bad? Well as we all know, you can't have your cake and eat it too, which means I've had to resign from Stampin' Up. I know, it's heartbreaking! But having my own online business has been a dream of mine for so so so so long, and thanks to my wonderfully supportive and encouraging hubby Rob and also my fabulous brother Ji, it's become a reality. But for those of you that are desperate to get your hands on SU product - I have contacts ;-) Just email me and I'll put you in touch with someone!
So this will be my last post at blogspot - you can keep up to date with all that is going on at my NEW BLOG HERE. Please drop on in and say hello!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More Scrap Creations

Thanks to the school holidays, I've managed to squeeze in more playtime! Once again, I put these cards together using scraps left over from another project. There's something really satisfying about using up your scraps ... possibly the fact that it comes with the feeling that I can justify buying more papers because I've used some up (although I know that if I never bought another piece of paper again I still have more than enoughto keep me going for years - but where's the fun in that???)

So here's my scrappy cards...

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Check this out!!

I got up the other morning to the sound of my kids laughing hysterically and this is what I found...

One of the kids came out to get something out of their bag and found Dora Puss hanging out in Jordyn's Pre-school bag! I suspect she had deliberately sourced a quiet spot away from the kids but it didn't last long for her. She aint called "Dora the Explorer" for nothin'!!

Using up Scraps

I had some left over scraps of some Kaiser papers sitting on my desk from a scrapbook layout of my boys that I'd made. In fact I've got great mileage out of these papers as the pieces I used for the layout were scraps that I'd used on my clipboards some time ago - so I guess I've used scraps from scraps!! Anyway, I love these papers and couldn't bring myself to throw away the little pieces that I had left so here's what I made with them...

Sadly I now have no more scaps from this range left :-(

Well , it's bucketing down here so the combination of that and school holidays makes it perfect "lock yourself in your craftroom" conditions. But before I do that, Mikayla and I are going to do a few more rows of knitting on her octopus (now that's a lesson in patience...teaching a 6 year old to knit!!)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Guessing Competition Winner

I forgot to mention the winner for my cake guessing competition. Congratulations Jacob, you were the first to guess correctly ... it was a Banana Split! I'll get a prize to you soon :-)

Some Random Creations

Well I've been having a bit of a tidy up in my craft room and as I was getting organized I found some things that I've had tucked away and thought you might want to take a look. So here's some random creations for you to peek at...

I was asked to teach a little something at our church's Mums & Bubs group, so I put this 6x6 layout together. The mums had the option of either using it as an album page or for those that didn't have 6x6 albums they mounted it onto chipboard and either stuck magnets behind it for the fridge or punched holes in the top and threaded string through to hang as a picture. Gotta love quick & easy!!

Ok, this one's an oldie, but in my opinion a goodie! Just look at how adorable Jordy was when she was little ... she was just so cute!! I absolutely love this photo of her, I've scrapped it so many times in so many ways.

This is a Blessings Book that I made for Mikayla last year. I got quite ill at one stage last year and from that point she became really insecure and started struggling with school and friends and would cry when it was time to go to school and wouldn't want to leave me. It was a horrible time for both of us and absolutely heartbreaking for me. Her lovely teacher suggested that we get her a little book that we could all write positive things in to encourage her. But of course I couldn't just leave it at a plain note book could I???

Unfortunately, these aren't the most brilliant photos, I kept getting reflections in the glass but you get the idea. These were some window frames that I had a play with with the intention of selling at the markets, but I just don't know that I can part with them! I think they'll either find their way onto my walls or become gifts for people who I know will appreciate them. Does anyone else find there are some things you just can't part with?

Thanks for dropping in and have a fabulous easter!

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Guessing Competition!

A frightening thing happened on Friday ... my eldest turned 11! He informed me that he is now a "tween". You see, he's not a kid, and he's not a teenager, he's in-be-"tween". And I'd have to agree with him! Each of our kids has a party every second year (you kinda have to do that with 4 kids!!) and as Ryan had his "big"party last year he had one special friend come and sleep over for this birthday. As per tradition, the kids also get their choice of dinner so we indulged in KFC followed by birthday cake with the family (and Sam). So here's where the guessing competition comes in. I had a bit of a shocker with the cake - runny icing, crumbly cake and just a down-right-difficult cake to make! (I might revise my rules about the kids choosing any cake they want!!) So here's a pic, can you guess what it is?? And no, it's not a Viking ship as my grandfather thought (I'll put that down to him being 81!) So leave a comment, first correct answer wins a prize!

Here's a few more pics from the day. I just love this next one as it really shows the difference between my boys ... Jake up and dressed and ready for school and Ryan still with bed head, sleepy eyes and his new shirt thrown over the top of his PJs.

The presents ... oh boy were there presents ... it was like christmas - thanks Noonie!!

And lastly, the cake I made to take to school - far more successful! I know they say don't play with your food, but this was just too cute. Apparently it was a hit with the kids.