Monday, July 27, 2009

New Competition at Scrapbook Capital

A new competition will be commencing in August at Scrapbook Capital and here are the details...

  • I need at least 12 to sign up
  • it will be an elimination competition
  • there will be 6 rounds
  • 1 winner
  • for those elliminated, a gallery will be set up and a small prize will be up for grabs too
  • a prize is yet to be decided but will let you know asap.
  • the competition is "so you think you can scrap!" This will really get your mojo going and your creative side exploding.... definetely something for everyone
  • each round will have a closing date. no late entries will be excepted
  • Competition will start in August
  • You MUST register to take part.
Come on girls.... sign up!!! you've got to be in it to win it!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Week Long Cyber Crop at ScrapBoutique

Want some extra scrapping challenges this week, with a chance to win some great prizes? Head on over to ScrapBoutique for thier week long 2nd Birthday Cyber Crop!!!! 

I've just posted one of the challenges - a challenge to create 3 birthday cards for upcoming birthdays!! Here's what i came up with:




The first card uses October Afternoon 'Cherry Hill' papers and die cuts, plus some Stampin' Up! rubons (no longer available). The other two cards use Making Memories 'Just Chillin' Boy' 8x8 papers plus die cuts, and the super cute little alphabet stamps from Stampin' Up!

Friday night on the Cyber Crop, we had a "Speed Scrap" - creating a layout in an hour, based on a sketch with some extra criteria. Here's what i came up with:


Part of the challenge was to use some PP that's been in your stash for over a year - i've used some old Scenic Route, which i LOVE, but i just never used!! Glad i did - i'll probably use it again soon!! I've also used a really lovely RW laser cuts chipboard embellishment, a College Press die cut circle, some thickers and carolee's creations alphas, along with a *yummy* retired Stampin' Up journal stamp - love it!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Holy Tolledo Batman - That's Not Our Kitchen!!!!!

Well, we just couldn't believe our eyes when we got home yesterday and took a peek at our new kitchen floor - it's AMAZING!!! Why didn't we do it years ago? (because we couldn't quite afford it...and we didn't have a little one on the way wwho was going to scrap his knees on the concrete as soon as he tried to crawl...). It really is beyond what we could have imagined - we have never been so happy with anything in our house (well, it seems that way after every major reno, doesn't it?!?!).

We got so inspired that we raced down to Bunnings that night to pick some paint to finish the other 3 walls in the room, before we put all the furniture back. The tilers initially told us that we'd be able to use the space again the next day (today), but yesterday they asked us to wait and extra day, so we figured what's *another* day, in the grand sc

I'll have some better pictures over the weekend, when i can actually go in and walk on the floor (these shots were just taken from the doorway...)

If you're not doing anything tonight, you should head on over to ScrapBoutique for their annual birthday WEEK LONG cybercrop - it's going to be unreal!! It will be kicked off tonight with a speed scrap from 8pm!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My kitchen is all over my house!!

We're having our kitching/dining room/laundry tiled tomorrow, so the contents of the area are all over our house!! Because our garage is under the house, it's much more convienient to put stuff around the house and deal with it for a couple of days than it is to move everything to the garage! Check it out - here's the now empty room:

And our 'nursery' is has our freezer, washing machine and dishwasher packed into it:

Our living room is crowded with our fridge, computer and 'island' unit from our kitchen (plus tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a toaster - so we're set for a living room breakfast tomorrow!!)

Our bedroom has our buffet unit plus the drawers from our 'island' unit, along with a couple of chairs and bits and pieces.

And my craft room is stacked with heaps of random stuff, like our wine racks, and bits of the laundry. The dining table and chairs got sent down to the garage, along with a bit more of our laundry. Thankfully it's only for 2 nights - We should be right to walk on the tiles on Friday, and hence move everything back in. I hope we don't have too much trouble getting everything moved back in!!

We've been looking forward to doing this for ages now - we've been in the house almost 3 years and living with a floor consisting of 3 separate floors - 2 concrete floors with very dodgy brick joining, and a timber floor in the corner (we think this was the original kitchen). It's just amazing what you can live with, i've learnt through this house!! We didn't even have a laundry until 6 months ago!! But, with bubs on the way, we really needed to get it all sorted. I might even have a linen closet one of these days...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Using Fantasy Film

Has anyone ever used Fantasy Film before? I got introduced to it a couple of weeks ago, and i can't stop using it since!! Check out the butterfly's on these cards:



SO, how do i use it? Well, with these instructions, i'm going to show you how to change this:


to this:


Well, the first step is to get a piece of PP or cardstock (base), and cut a piece of fantasy film to fit your base.


Then, you need to get your piece right away from your base, and start applying Impasto Gel evenly across. I believe mod podge also works, but i havn't tried it myself (does anyone else know what else you can use with this?)


Once you've completely covered your base, put your nice clean piece of fantasy film over your base, and smooth over with CLEAN fingers. Get rid of as many bubbles as you can by smoothing over.


Now, to 'stick' the film to your base, you'll need a heat gun, like what you use during embossing. Simply run the heat gun along the film until it sort of 'bubbles' - but not too much!! You'll get use to how much heat to use.


And you're done!!

You've now transformed a piece of ordinary PP/Cardstock into something really special!! I think this goes really well with cuttlebug dies / embossing folders, but you can just use it as another layer on a page etc. The beauty of fantasy film, is that it turns out different every time, depending on what film colour and what base you use!! Unreal!!

Hope you enjoy this new technique girls!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Spring Catalogue Sneak Peeks

Well it's been a little bit since i last blogged, and i've since recieved some of the lovely new stamps from the new Spring catalogue (to be released 1st August), so i've had a change to play. Here's a sneak peek at what i've been creating from it:

Like what you see? Don't forget to come along to my Spring catalogue launch - 1pm Sunday 2nd August at my place - email me on for more details and to book your spot.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I'm a Celebrity!!

Did you know that i'm a celebrity design team member this month at Scrap Boutique? Well, i am!! It's Scrap Boutique's 2nd Birthday this month, and there is a challenge every week, plus a week long cybercrop from 22nd July!! I'm roster on for the 2nd week challenge, and i just uploaded it today. The challenge is to scrap a page with 2 of everything! Here's my example:

Each challenge is due at the end of the month and there are lots of awesome prizes up for grabs!! Plus, there is an unreal giveaway - for every $50 spent in the boutique during the birthday month (that's this month!!), you get a raffle ticket to win one of 4 awesome prizes, including a tote and a clip it up! Come and join me in the Boutique this month and enjoy some awesome fun, and the potential to win some great prizes!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Scrapboutique Winter Retreat

Well i've just been away for an awesome weekend at Noonaweena for the ScrapBoutique winter retreat!! It was unreal to meet some more of the Boutique Babes, and spend time with some of the 'oldies' that i already knew. Plus, meeting some brand new people that were new to the Boutique!! Mum came along with me for the weekend, which was nice - we got to spend some time together relaxing and creating together.

The spa was just great too - it was awesome to watch the sunset over the mountains while sitting in the warmth of a spa! The bubbles were so good on my sore back, which is becoming increasingly sore as i am progressing through this pregnancy!

But the real reason we were all there was to scrap!! Here's a few pages i got done over the weekend:

This last one was for Liz's June A Page From My Sketchbook challenge!!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I just got...

...the new Stampin' Up! Spring mini catalogue in the mail today!! It's a sneak peek - the official release date is 1st August. It has some YUMMY things in it!! As a teaser, there are:
  • Stamps available individually (!)
  • Butterflies
  • A new scallop punch
  • Lovely new designer series papers in Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, Kraft and Chocolate Chip (to name just a few!!)
  • New coloured rub-ons
  • Beautiful brads
  • New Christmas stamps, papers and ribbons
Very exciting!! I will be hosting a workshop at my house on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd August to show you all the new catalogue, and allow you to have a play with all the new goodies. Email me at for more info, and to confirm your spot (spots are limited!). I'll be posting sneak peeks throughout this month too - especially once i recieve my pre-ordered items!!

Don't forget that there is still a fabulous hostess special on until the end of July! Host a workshop with sales over $600 and recieve an EXTRA $40 to spend on anything in the catalogue - so you end up with $110 to spend + an exclusive hostess level 1 or 2 stamp set! Contact me today to book your demonstration today!

As a little extra incentive to my customers this month, i'm also going to draw a hostess set for anyone who places an order over $100 (when orders reach $600). Place an order today for your chance to win a little something extra just for shopping with Stampin' Up!

I'll leave you tonight with a few Scrapbook pages i did last week while i was away: