MDS Monday Sketch Challenge

It’s time again for another sketch Challenge! Remember, you don’t have to have MDS to participate! You can do paper and ink projects too!! The challenge is open for two weeks and you can enter on Nicole’s Blog – HERE.

Here’s the Sketch:



And here is my version:

MDS Monday Projects-004 (Copy)


I did a page with some pictures I took of my Tommy at Hockey a few weeks ago.  This is his first ever season playing! Kate has joined too so stay tuned for her pics which I’m sure to scrap in the next wee while.

Until next time!
Happy Creating!



Scrapping again!! Yay!!!

Hi!!  I have been trying very hard to get into the groove of my scrapbooking again.  I realised recently that this year (May) marks my five year anniversary with Stampin’ Up!!  FIVE YEARS!!  When I joined it was primarily because I scrapbooked.  And then, cards came on the scene and with three kids (at the time) cards were quicker and scrapbooking took much more of a back seat. But I’ve realised I want to get back into recording the special things that my kids do. Keeping the memories of all the stuff that’s important to us alive. So it’s my resolution to do more scrapbooking this year. I have a goal of at least 26 layouts for the year but would love to do 52. That’s only one a week. I reckon I could do that!!  Anyway!  Here is my first double layout of the year!

I’ve done one other one which I’ll pop up here later this week.  Hope you like.

Until next time,


Scrapbooking! Gasp!

I know! I scrapbooked! Can you imagine??  I “say” I’m a scrapper.  After all, that’s really what started my love affair with paper a mere 10 or so years ago (eek). But in the last few years since I’ve been doing Stampin’ Up! I’ve mostly been doing cards.  Because they’re quick, less messy (lol) and I can manage to do a few in the same allotted time frame as I can do one page.  However, a couple of weekends ago I put my head down and got a whopping 31 pages done for a gift.  It was a very last minute thing to help someone out.  I really love to help others who want to do nice things for other people. ‘Cause it keeps the nice going around. If you know what I mean??  Aaannyway…let me move along.  Here are some of the pages for your viewing pleasure. Keep in mind that a lot of the pages required only one photograph.  There were 31 pages to go in the album so there are not a lot of bumpy embellishments, so that it wasn’t too bulky.  And some of the journalling will be done by the recipients at a later date. Okay. Ready?  Here we go:

Oh and I’m sorry sorry sorry but the Simply Scrapping Kit that I used is a retired one. I was lucky to have this one on hand to perfectly fit the needs of this album.  It meat I was able to get stuck into it without having to wait for supplies.  Who knew hoarding stuff would come in so handy?! I understand from Mandy that the album was very much liked, and that makes me pleased. I was glad to have helped someone out of a spot.

And, guess what? That’s three days of posting on the blog in a ROW! Amazing! hehehe.

Until next time!
Happy Creating!

Keeping it Simple

sweet nothings page
One of my {unspoken} goals for 2010 is to get back into doing some scrapbooking.  One of the ways i’m doing that is by keeping it simple.  Not overthinking it.  I’m not entering any competitions.  I’m doing it for me.  For my family.  For the record and the memories.

Stampin’ Up! help me keep it simple by using the Simply Scrappin’ Kits.  This time i’ve used the Sweet Nothings Kit.   For only $36.95 you get heaps of pages and elements to use.  This kit was a gift from my secret sister on the ESAD forum.  Be warned, i’ve been using it HEAPS so you’re all going to be seeing some more stuff done with it.  I LOVE it!  sweet nothings kit

For this page I’ve used one of the photos from our family photo shoot in October of Mark & I.  I’ve kept it simple, because I want the photo to be the focus. Aren’t we cute?  LOL
sweet nothings page1

I like it.  Quick and easy and starting to meet my resoloutions!!

Hope your all having a super Saturday!
Until next time,

Envelope Scrapbook Tutorial

envelope scrapbook1

Remember my post about the Envelope Scrapbook I demonstrated at Regionals?  Well I’ve finally gotten around to doing a quick tutorial.  I’m sorry about the delay but I have had my holiday go-slows on!!  We got back from the Beach on Tuesday and I have had my Mum staying with me so I have just been enjoying doing not much of anything!!

Anyway you didn’t come here to hear me waffling.  With this scrapbook, you can have as many pockets as you please.  I chose four because I have four children.  I’m sure it would work with as many as you needed it to.

Start with a Whisper White Envelope with the flap open:

ES Tutorial1
Add sticky strip around the flap section, making sure that you do not go right up to the fold.  You want to leave a couple of milimetre gap to give you a little room to fill the pocket and still be able to open and shut the scrapbook easily.
ES Tutorial2

Carefully attach your first envelope to the second.  Ensuring that it’s straight and that the envelopes are both facing the same way.

ES Tutorial3

Keep adhering the envelopes together until you have the necessary amount for your scrapbook.  I used a circle punch to then take out the tab piece from the front of the envelope.  It helps to get the inserts out.

ES Tutorial4

The inserts for the envelopes measured 10cm x 15 cm.  I just used part of an I wish Scrapping Kit to decorate mine.  I think i’d like to do one using some different colours.  It would make a cute gift for a new baby too!

envelope scrapbook inserts

Very easy to put together! 

I hope that helped.  Please email me if you have any questions.

Until next time,
Happy stamping!


Regional Training Workshop Wow

Hi all.  I’m back today with pictures of the Workshop Wow that I presented at the Stampin’ Up! Regional training in Brisbane yesterday.   I must say it was highly nerve wracking to present to a group of my peers.  I am grateful that I didn’t trip going up the stairs!!  It was embarrasing when the microphone didn’t work and Aaron, the Business Development Manager for SU! Australia had to lift my shirt to fiddle with the microphone thing!  I had a Bridget Jones knicker moment!!  LOL.  I suppose that’s better than a diamonte thong though eh??  LOL

If I was clever, I would have taken many photos prior to the day, however it totally slipped my mind so I only have the one of my kids and not the other.  Same principle though.

envelope scrapbook1Above is the scrapbook closed with a ribbon acting as the belly band.  I have created this scrapbook using 4 Whisper White SU! Envelopes and part of the I Wish Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Below is the album open.  Both stand up and flat.

envelope scrapbook open

envelope scrapbook open2

envelope scrapbook inserts

Above you can see the inserts that I added pictures of my kids to.  I also created a sample that was un-embellished using Bella Rose DSP.  The inserts were cut at 10x15cm. 

The other project I demonstrated was an accordian card holder.  I made this one using the I wish kit as well.  The other sample I made used the Bella Rose DSP.  Again no pics.  If I had a brain just think of what I could achieve!!!!  LOL

I wish accordian card holder

accordian card holder open

accordian card holder open with inserts

The other sample that I created had 4 little 3×3 love note cards inside.  This sample I created some tree decorations.  I love having pictures of the kids on the tree as I can track their changes each year!!  I think this would make a great gift for grandparents that have everything as well!!

I’m working on the tutorials for both of these projects and if you are interested, please email me.

I hope you enjoyed these.  I had fun making them and i’m very relieved Regionals are over!!  If you were there, please leave a comment, I’d love to hear your feedback.

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!!

So much to post…..

So little time to do it in!!  I’ve been collecting pictures and i’ve got a whole bunch of stuff to post.  I want to show you all of it now, but i’ve no time to upload all the pictures so you’ll have to be content with as much as I can squeeze into the time i’ve got!! ;-)

Ok, well, i’ll go back to the workshop I did for Carmel (my dear SIL) a couple of weeks ago.  It was a scrapbooking workshop and the girls all made 6×6 pages.  I showed them how to convert the 6×6 page to an A4 page and then onto 12×12.  I also showed how to put the 6×6 straight onto a 12×12.  This particular group of crafters have all not long had babies (with the exception of a grandma, excuse me Sally) so the theme was geared toward their little bundles of joy!

So first up the 6×6 page.  I used the same materials that the girls were given.  I used the Nursery Necessities stamp set and co-ordinating Star Punches.


A 6×6 page adding a strip of DSP and some hardware and ribbon to “dress” it up a little.


Next was the A4 page.  I added some ribbon behind the 6×6 page, a “film strip” of pictures at the bottom of the A4 and it was done.


And then last of all the above page matted onto the 12×12 base.  I’ve just printed some journalling about her birth story onto the Regal Rose card stock using Ali Edwards Font.  i’d still like to add a title down the side inbetween the journalling block and the A4 page, but i’m not sure yet what I want that to be.


The next pictures are of the page I did for Carmel as the hostess.  I used James, who happens to be my adorable Godson as well as nephew.  Lucky aren’t I??  I think i’d like to replicate this layout for my own album because I was very happy with the way it turned out.  First off the 6×6 using most of the same materials as the girls layout above with the exception of some DSP.


And then i’ve put it onto a 12×12 sheet of whisper white.  I’ve used lots of stars and i’ve stapled elements to the page to give it a more masculine feel.  The alphabet used for the title is Big Deal.


Now i’ve got heaps of other things to show you but it will have to be another day as we’ve got visitors arriving any moment and I need to get some food prepared!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful long weekend!  I’m off to the Scrapbook fair tomorrow and i’m going to have a blast!!  I’m doing a class by the uber talented Teneale Williams, so i’ll have to post my creations on the blog sometime next week!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!

Alexandra @ 2


She’s my sweet angel on a good day and a mischievous monkey on a bad.  She’s determined and stubborn and gives the best “squeezy” hugs you’ll ever feel!  She’s just adorable and really…SO much like me!! PMSL


Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Other: On Board Simon Lower, Cherished Rubons, pretties kit flowers & half back pearls, Wide Choc Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Choc Chip DSP, Berrry Bliss DSP, Scallop Border punch.

It might be a bit hard to see but i’ve put a journalling tab behind her photo with all the things that she is at 2 – Cute, demanding, sweet, loving, demanding!, learning new things everyday, in love with the Wiggles, Dorothy the Dinosaur & The Night Garden, a light in our lives.

I coloured the flowers with my markers and adhered them with pop up glue dots and crystal effects for the ones that wouldn’t stick!

I hope you like it!  I’ll be back tomorrow with the cards I made for my husbands cousins baby shower thank-you’s!

Until next time!
Happy Stamping!

A fishy challenge & some good lookin’ chicks!

How’d that title grab you?? Well it had me chuckling. That could be the glass of wine I have consumed with dinner making it more funnier than it really is though!!

Tuesday saw my dearest downline (suck, grovel, suck) Kirsty come and do some stamping with me. We were so prolific in our card making we got two whole cards made in the day!! Woot woo!! The first card was a bit of a challenge. Kirsty wanted to play with her new SU! Watercolour pencils and she also mentioned she’d never used the colour wheel before. Sounded like a challenge to me!! We gave it a bit of a spin and came up with a combo that seemed in theory to go with the fishy stamp set – Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Cameo Coral. Now I don’t mind a bit of Cameo Coral but it had Kirsty just about needing a sicky bucket!! (Too too funny I tell you!). Anyway, after much too-ing and fro-ing this is the card I made. I even gave my ‘bug a workout!! (Ta to Kirsty for the lend of the folders too!)  Head on over to Kirsty’s blog and check out the card that she made! (link in my side bar to the right!).


Stamp sets were Fishy Friends and So Many Sayings (hostess).  Colouring was done with an aqua painter and the SU watercolour pencils.  The glitter is the chunky glitter and it was adhered with the Tombow multi.  Texture is from the cuttlebug embossing folders.  I used the Mat Pack to get the paper piercing so straight.  Comments appreciated!!


Oooh I had so much fun with these chicks!!  Aren’t they adorable?!?  I masked the centre one to get the other two to look as though they are standing behind him/her.  Papers are from the Petals & Paisley DSP’s ( they retire with the catty i’d guess!)  The stamp set is A Good Egg.  I water coloured the chicks with the Water colour crayons and an aqua painter.  Hope you like ‘em!  I do!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!

A way to help

I think that the devastation and pure horror of what has happened in Victoria this last week has rippled throughout the country.  If you are like me and have donated some cash but don’t know what else to do, Sara Gladman is organising a Scrapbook drive called Memory Gifts:


I am certainly going to participate in this and if you are a scrapper and have some spare cardstock & time I urge you to as well.

My thoughts & prayers are with the families and friends in our southern states.