Monday, June 30, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

My dear Mum Julie has tagged me! I am excited to be playing along!

Here's how it works...
Answer the questions about yourself. At the end of your post, tag another 4 people & post their names. Go to their blogs & leave a comment letting them know they've been tagged.
Let the person who tagged you know that you have posted your answers.

My answers are;

Q1: Ten years ago.....
I was a few months away from beconing a teenager... that's gotta make Mum feel old!

Q2: Five things on today's "to do list".....
Go grocery shopping, sketch ideas for a set of cards I am making for my DT position at Memories and More, photograph and submit a few LOs to Scrapbooking Memories magazine, shop for DD's 2nd birthday presents (thinking a trampoline and a puppy atm), and sleep!!! I am soooo tired today!

Q3: Snacks I enjoy.....
Mars bars, fruit that is not too unripe but not too ripe either, cheese and crackers.

Q4: Things I would do if I was a millionaire.....
Travel around the world for as long as possible, adopt a few children that need a loving home, start a no-kill animal refuge of my own, buy DH a restaurant, buy out Making Memories or Basic Grey!!! Hehehe!

Q5. Places I have lived.....
Perth WA, St Kilda VIC, Penrith and Sydney NSW.

I am tagging.....

Friday, June 27, 2008

Chook Scraps Cybercrop Creations

Last weekend was Chook Scraps' June Cybercrop. Like usual, we all had a ball, chatting, playing games (I won 20 Questions #1 on the Friday!!!), and completing the challenges. I worked all day Saturday and was quite busy with the party on Sunday so I only had enough time to complete two of the four challenges.

This month, Chook Scraps newest DT member, Sue-Maree, set her first cybercrop challenge, Challenge 4, which was to create a card based on her lovely sketch. Here's what I came up with;

I used pp from Kaiser, MM chipboard (which I covered with white Bazzill), Creative Imaginations ribbon, and a rub-on by Little Yellow Bicycle. I just love how striking the green, black, and white look together.

I also had a chance to complete Challendge 2 which was set by Jan. She formulated a word sketch' for us to follow, just like those released each month on Scrapping Word Pictures. I chose to use a photo of my DD taken at Perth Zoo on Mother's Day. My take on the sketch varies quite a bit from how it should have turned out b/c my photo is in landscape orientation whereas the requirement was to use a portrait photo. I had to make a few changes to accomodate this, but I am happy how it eventually turned out. Here it is;

As you can see... I used the Sugared range by Basic Grey for this LO... definitly my fave right now!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Busy, busy, busy!!!

Wowee! I have been so busy the last week! I cannot believe its been over a week since I last posted here! But never fear... I have still had a bit of time to create so I have plenty to show you!!!

But before I show you what I have been up to, I can finally announce that I have been accepted as a member of the Design Team for Memories and More, an amazing online store based in Atherton, Queensland! My main role will be creating step-by-step projects for the Class Handouts released each week. Unfortunately I cannot show the projects that I make for these Class Handouts here, but if you would like to have a peek, just head to Memories and More and you can buy your own Class Handout for only $6.95 or $24.95 for six months. In fact, this weeks handout is by me... a scrapbooked wall clock that you can fill with all your favourite photos! Bargain inspiration hey!!!

So... I think it's now time to show you what I have been up to in terms of my papercrafting...

Last Sunday was my fiance's 25th birthday. I made him this card on behalf of our daughter and I (I'd just like to point out that his first comment was, "It's got the toilet sign on it!" Nice, hey?!);

For the past week, Two Peas has been celebrating Worldwide Stamping Week. Given that I'm a bit partial to a stamp or two (or 200!) I thought I'd give one of the many challenges a go. I chose to paricipate in the Skulls and Bones challenge set by my new friend Sarah Schwerin from Inkurable Stampers. The criteria was to create a predominantly pink project using stamps with skulls and/or bones. Here's my entry;

Last but not least, I would like to show you a layout done by my nearly two-year-old daughter. She completed this as part of the Chicken's Challenge set by Chook Scraps at their June Cybercrop this weekend. She had to incorporate hand-cut elements, bling, and stamping into her design. I only helped her with the cutting, so I'm sure you'll agree she did an amazing job, especially for someone so little! Here it is;

I'm off to my mother-in-law's 50th birthday bash today but I will hopefully get time to finish off the layout and card I have been creating as part of the challenges set at the Chook Scraps June Cybercrop... I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

My Star Obsession!

It seems I have a small obsession with stars at this present time! Last week I did the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star LO and today it's a card featuring a handmade star accent! I made this one by die-cutting a star from Bazzill using a Sizzix die. I then curled a piece of wire using round-nosed pliers and stuck it behind the star using foam pads. I think stars are the perfect accent for any baby-related project, whether it be for a girl or boy!!!

Well, back to my card... I made this one for a surprise sketch challenge on one of my favourite forums, Chook Scraps. If you would like to view the challenge, including the sketch I have used, follow this link;

I used the sketch almost exactly for my take except that I removed the greeting from the top left corner.

Here's my card;

Oh... and I should mention that the paper and sticker I have used here are from the Hush-a-Bye range by the lovely Melissa Frances. TFL!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Mission Accomplished!

Yep... I did it... I completed all of the challenges for KTM's June CC! The last challenge left for me to complete was Kerryn's Nursey Rhyme challenge. I decided to scrap a photo of my DD and I on our first night together after she was born. I used a variation of the nursery rhyme, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The rhyme reads, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Darling baby here you are!". I chose this rhyme b/c I wanted to scrap my DD's arrival as well as the joy of sharing our first night together. I was suffering from a bit of a mojo-crisis at the time I made this particular LO, but I am pretty with how it eventually turned out. I hope you like it too!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

My entries for the June KTM CC

Last Sunday night, I participated in Keep'n The Memories second cybercrop. If you would like to check out all the fun that was had on the night, follow this link;

I had a really good time chatting with all of the girls on the KTM forum, I loved playing the games (especially as I won myself an awesome set of Inkadinkadoo stamps!), and I have enjoyed participating in the five fantastic challenges that were set on the night. I have so far completed all but one of these challenges.

The first challenge was by Nicole who challenged us to take our inspiration from her gorgeous LO... thrice! Here is her example;

I chose to scraplift Nicole's use of Basic Grey paper, the patterned paper background, and the use of flowers as accents.

To make the flowers you can see on my LO, I punched circles from patterned paper, which I then crumpled and inked. Over the circle I layered a BG Sugared Element sticker, which I also inked. To finish, I accented the flowers with buttons, and then attached them to my page with foam tape. I also created stems for my flowers using thin strips of patterned paper. Here's my scraplift;

The second challenge was by Delys who asked us to create a LO using 80% of products from the one manufacturer only. I created a double-page LO using products from Scenic Route, including patterned paper and chipboard from the Lynden range, as well as alpha stickers and background patterned paper. The only non-Scenic Route things used were the adhesives, ink and date stamp. Here is my page (sorry about the wonky photo!!!);

The fourth challenge was by Suzi who asked us to create a layout without using ANY store-bought embellishments! This one was tough for me as I am a bit of a pre-made embellishment junkie! I chose to keep my LO paper-based with very minimal embellishment. I used the Girl Power range by Cherry Arte. I hand cut the title and flower from the pp, then created a painted frame around my photo using a Crafter's Workshop template as a guide. I coated the painted dots with Glossy Accents for a bit more dimension. I am really happy with how this page has turned out!

The last challenge was by Michelle who challenged us to to create a set of 6 cards using 1 patterned paper, 1 contrast cardstock colour, and embossing. I dry embossed my black card bases and butterfly accents with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, then highlighted the raised portion with silver ink. The one patterned paper, journalling blocks, and clock stamp I have used are by Heidi Swapp. I really enjoyed making a whole set of cards rather than just a single card like that which is usually required by online challenges such as these. It was far more demanding coming up with six different designs using the same products than it usually is to create just one. I think I will end up giving this card set away as a gift. Here they are;

The third challenge of the night is the only challenge I am yet to complete. This challenge was set by Kerryn. She asked us to create a layout based on a nursery rhyme of our choice. I am thinking I will either use Hey Diddle Diddle or Humpty Dumpty as the nursery rhyme- I just need to check my photos to see which I'd prefer to scrap. I'll keep you posted on my progress- I only have until midnight Sunday to complete it, so wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ain't this just the Cat's Pyjama's???

Well here it is... my blog!!! Isn't it just the Cat's Pyjamas??? I'm so glad that I finally managed to stop procrastinating and get this idea of mine into action! It was a long time coming!!!

Like everyone else, I have my day-to-day, just-cannot-ignore commitments like work, family and home-duties, but whenever I can, I love to indulge in a few hours of papercrafting. If for some reason it is absolutely impossible to do so, I will instead think about papercrafting, brainstorming my current project or planning my next. So, in other words, it is more than safe to say that I live, breathe, and simply adore papercrafts!

This addiction began with a cheap $3 kit my Mum bought from Kmart for our weekly 'Craft Day' get-together. That was in February of last year. Since then, my stash has grown to amazing proportions, my skills have improved, and my repertoire has expanded to also include scrapbooking, invitation-making, and various forms of off-the-page projects.

Through the posts I make through this blog I hope to encourage and inspire the Paper Artist within you to create new and exciting projects for yourself and everyone around you.

So without further ado, here is a layout I recently created using the Berry Sweet range by K&Company, Lace Cardstock by KI Memories, Hambly Mini Graph transparency, American Crafts Thickers, Fancy Pants Fashion Sense felt shapes, and several other products. I hope you like it!