Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Tag... and a Card!!!

As promised, I am back to share the tags I have created to dress up my gifts this Christmas. I have cut the reindeer using my Slice, then embellished it with a punched circle of Eskimo Kisses pp for the nose and Kaiser pearls for the eyes;

Pretty cute, huh?!!

I also managed to sit down and create a card for this week's Noteworthy challenge at Scrapz.Biz. Mel set the chaalenge this week, and she asked us to create a card using a photo. I found a great pic of a blackboard on a stock photo site which I thought would be perfect for a card to celebrate my little bro who has just finished his year 12 exams. Here's what I came up with;

Aside from my time spent crafting today, I also ran a sausage sizzle at my work for a few of the ladies that were scrapping there today to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. I did it as part of Coles' Great Aussie Sausage Sizzle. I raised $38. Thanks to Jordie for allowing me to run the sizzle, and also to the lovely ladies who supported such a wonderful charity with their donations today.

That's it from me for a few days at least.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Update?!!

I am getting good at this 'keeping-thy-blog-updated-thing'!!! 5 posts in the last few weeks or so makes quite a change from my recent lack of updates. I'll try my best to keep it up!

I am posting for the second time in 3 days because I couldn't wait to share my first batch of Christmas cards for 2009. This one is a mini card, and uses Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses line and die-cuts created with my Slice! Here's my card;

I heart my Slice right now!!! I have my eye on about 4 Design Cards at the moment... DH said I can get them for my birthday in January. Yippee!!!

Anyway, I aim to make another couple of batches of cards, but different designs etc. One lot will be photo cards for family, another set will have to be pretty flat/light for mailing out, and then I'll also need a batch for DH's workmates. Phew!!!

Oh, and before I go, thought I'd share this photo of Ollie, taken today. Finally got a pick of my little man smiling... only took 4 weeks!!!

I'll be back tomorrow to share a stack of gift tags that I've made. They're just waiting for me to buy some ribbon to tie through them. They are so so so cute!!!

See you then!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

There's No Place Like the Finish Line...

I did it! I managed to complete all four challenges in The Scrapper of Oz comp at Scrapz.Biz! A layout a week is a huge achievement for me anytime, even moreso with a newborn! My entry for last Thursday's challenge is this;

We had to scrap our favourite shoes, subtly incorporate our 4 'secret weapons', and include a special effect. I particularly enjoyed the special effect aspect of this challenge. I printed two of my photo, one in colour and one in black and white. I then cut the thongs from the colour photo and stuck them over the other photo with foam squares, giving the image a 3D effect! Looks great IRL!

Last weekend I did a class at my LSS. It was taught by my good friend Tanya, and was her first class ever. She did an amazing job!!! This is what we created;

Rest assured, these are not my first Christmas cards! I made a start on my cards a couple of months ago, but they were put to the backburner for a while since Ollie was born. Well, I pulled them out last night and did a bit more on them... I hope to have the majority of them done by the end of the week so I can begin writing in them before December rolls around. Not long left til Christmas! Aargh!!!

In other, non-scrappy news, yesterday was Ollie 2 month birthday. We celebrated with a little blue cupcake with a candle in the top. We used to do this wih Tilly every month leading up to her first birthday. Bad Mummy forgot all about Ollie's first month birthday, but I guess at least I remembered this month!!! Here's a pic;

Tilly was most pleased that Ollie is too little to eat cupcakes;

At 2 months, Oliver;

  • weighs just over 5.4 kg and measures 58.5 cm (yes he's grown shorter since birth?!?)

  • loves to cuddle and hold hands, especially when he's upset

  • coos

  • has had his first immunisations - he was very brave but they did make him very sleepy

  • still eats every 2 to 2.5 hours

  • has had his first bottles of expressed milk, fed to him by Daddy and Tilly

  • wakes twice in the night, 11-12pm and 3.30am

  • is happiest in the morning (unlike his Mummy!)

  • sleeps in bed with Mummy every morning until 8.30am

  • loves bathtime

  • hates the car, but is otherwise very easy to take out places

  • has developed VERY strong neck muscles (the health nurse commented that he is holding his head as well as a 3 month old!)

  • hates being put down - we almost always have to carry him

  • is the cutest, sweetest, most wonderful baby boy I have ever known!!!

  • Oh and one other thing while I remember to mention it... look out for a card of mine that is published on page 91 in this month's issue of Scrapbook Creations, number 72! They have just launched a stamping and card-making section, and I was lucky enough to have one of my cards included in it... on the same spred as cards by Maxine Hazebroek, Carole Jansen, and Belinda Venables!!! Eek!!! I should also have cards in the following two issues.

    Well, that's it for today... off to work on my Christmas cards for a bit before my angel wakes from Slumberland!

    Happy Sunday!

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Round 3!

    The kiddos are asleep but due to wake up any moment, so I better make this quick... just wanted to share my latest layout which I have made for Round 3 of The Scrapper of Oz. Here it is;

    This week we had the following criteria to incorporate;

    • the chore you/or someone else despise the most
    • a title that followed the pattern "pat, pat, pat" (the verb repeated three times)
    • distressing techniques to symbolize your dislike of your chosen task
    • a red flower and white ribbon or string somewhere on the page

    As always, Heike pushed me to the limits with her very creative challenge-setting skills, but I am happy with the end result.

    You may have noticed my Round 2 entry has been removed from my blog... it has been accepted for pub! Yay!!! This is only my third layout acceptance, so I'm pretty stoked. Can't wait to see my baby boy in print!

    The peace is now over... DD is awake. Time for me to go!

    Have a good week!