Wednesday, 24 December 2008


I've made this card with love for my wonderful online friends who visit often, and especially who always leave messages because I love reading each and every one of them (hug) And especially especially who have become my friends outside of blog-land (hug hug)..... Merry merry Christmas, have a safe and joyous season with your families xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

AN AWARD from Julie

This is called The Proximity Award."These blogs invest and believe in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. I need to pass this onto eight wonderful scrappy bloggers.....but at this late stage Christmas Eve...time is (well you know how it is) though I want to thank Julie who is the epitome of this award!!

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

GROW (I've been busy today....)

I'm sooo thrilled how this turned out. I'm learning to make those flowers and I love it! I should be doing Christmassy preparation stuff here at home...but after coming in from the garden....weeeeeell, I just felt like scrapping....and fiddling with flowers!!!


Well the silly season is upon us, and we are all busy with preparations for the big day. I've been scrapping, but nothing I can show you here yet - I've got secrets!! All will be revealed in the New Year along with new LO's in the pipeline. (big smile) I played with this one of Paige this morning - another lovely under the Christmas tree!! Dont you just love Christmas!!!

Thursday, 18 December 2008


This is really different style for me - but the subject dictated it! Here's the challenge. I felt challenged to scrap a part of my career I dislike - the lead up to 'Curtain Up' .......taking the colour out of the photo gave a coldness creating the mood.......its pre-production time- the details that take well into the night, night after night............the perfectionism that will end up delighting the audience .........and the nervousness and overwhelm-ness I feel to the pit of my stomach right up until the curtain it doesnt open on opens on escape, while I'm in the darkness with headsets on, watching and directing every sound and movement like a cat on a hot tin roof


The new song is ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS and I've used the lyrics 'Underneath the Christmas Tree'. It suits Paige perfectly sitting under our Christmas tree a couple of nights ago in a reflective mood....very photograph-able moment!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

AUSSIE SCRAPJACK (and picked as a FAVE!!!!)whoohoo!

I adore Louise Nelson's work - so I set about looking through her LO's to see which one I'd like to scrap - TALK about DECISIONS!! So so so many fabulous creations!! Anyway I chose this one and the inspiration came from the lacework, the gold and the leaves - I love its intricacy but yet simplicity of her LO and tried to recreate this really important element. Therefore, this is what evolved! Thanks Lou! (The gold is hard to see - click to enlarge) And yes - yet more finch photos - but they are sooooo photograph-able and scrap-able!! Thats Scrappy in the front with Booky sitting on nest behind!

Saturday, 13 December 2008

123 Challenge AND Purple Onion Gift Wrapping Challenge

Above is my 123 December Sample Layout: I know I scrap my little finches alot - but they are just sooooo darned cute especially since sitting on eggs. Poor ole Scrappy (in foreground) has been somewhat plucked from behind her neck so that Booky can feather the nest - despite being given recommended materials to do so!!!! She's been a little bit more left alone since putting cotton wool in there! They are funny little things! Now then girls - this month 123 has the most FABULOUS Criteria!! A Christmas Tree A big splash of paint LOTS of bling! 


have a gift wrapping challenge on over at their blog
I absoloutely LOVE their stamps!!!
Here's my entry! I've been able to use what I love - RIBBON, gold, texture texture texture!!!
Arent those little stamps cute!!! Note to self - NO PEEKING!! (hopeless!!)

Friday, 12 December 2008

Another Christmas Giftbag

This is another one of my giftbags made from one sheet of pp. This is Christmas paper from MM - just love the glitter - everything super Chrismassy about it!! I've cut and placed an acetate window in it so it displays yummy shortbread!

Paige is working with her dad to make special treats for her teachers at school. They do this together every year. Who loves Chocolate Royals!!!

A LYB chrissy card - and a quick little wreath. Any excuse to splash paint around. The inside of the card was too 'white' - nothing a bit of cream paint cant fix!!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Dec OTP kit

This is a little kit class I ran tonight at Scrap Therapy. I'm really hoping for a new sewing machine for Christmas!! My just conked out after many years!

Wednesday, 10 December 2008


This week's song is 'Peace on Earth' and what perfect title for my two little finches nesting on 3 little December eggs They are the picture of 'Peace on Earth'

Monday, 8 December 2008


This was just the inspiration to record how 'Blackie' came into our family. He was feral, he had been abused, and even eight years later there is only one person he trusts...... me. The only time he will climb into my lap is when I'm on the computer. He knows when I'm sick and he knows when I need a cuddle. He's lost many of his nine lives. I doubt if he has any left. It was Christmas morning of 2000 when we were unwrapping presents that a faint 'meow' could be heard. The night before dh had nailed the last plank down of our new back veranda......and this tiny skinny little black cat had been stuck underneath. He was so lucky we heard him as that afternoon we were leaving to go away on holiday and he would have surely perished horribly. We let him out, I fed him, (much to dh disgust!) and when we returned off holidays, he was still there, still skinny - he adopted me. It took him 18months before he would jump up onto my lap and it took 2-3yrs before he trusted me. The re-education of a feral cat takes patience and years. We have an extraordinary relationship that I doubt I'd ever have from a domesticated cat.

Sunday, 7 December 2008


A couple of moments caught on camera. I loved the pink blue and brown of Colour Combo this week....struggled a little bit with the tan colour! Everytime I put that tan up to the LO - it stood out like a sore thumb! But a button worked and the tan is in the photos!

Scrapping Across the Universe #4- OMG!!! IT WON!!!

It's nearly over - a sneak shot from side stage as the girls are positioning themselves for curtain calls as their end of year ballet production finally comes to a close. OH-MY-GOODNESS!!! And this is what they said: The Winner for Challenge #4 is mandysea. It was almost UNANIMOUS! We all loved your layout...


This weeks song is 'In my Life' by the Beatles and I've used the opening lyrics of 'Places I'll remember. This is my Paige in my Parent's Christmas Loungeroom and its just one of those magical places our extended family gather together for Christmas Day. And while the photos aren't great, its still a memory captured and treasured. The little white porcelian Christmas tree in the middle is very sentimental as mum made it hereself and those little globes light up - the children love it.

Friday, 5 December 2008


You can visit here to find all the challenges! Here's a MERRY little look at what your challenge will be tonight! And in keeping with Christmas and gift-giving - you need to create: - A Christmas Card A Gift Bag (or you can alter one) A Gift Card (for the bag) Here is my sample:
MY GIFT BAG instructions are here over at Scrap Therapy if you'd love to have a go at making them.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Little Christmas trees

Here's a merry little project I whipped up this is Kaisercraft and the other Basic Grey - prefect for name place tags on the Christmas table. Easy peasy to make - just a few semi-circles, a toothpick and some trim & bling!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


This weekend we have our 'SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS' Cybercrop at Scrap Therapy all planned out!!! (click on the link for some CLUES!)
See you there around 7pm as the first Challege goes up!!
Last weekend the Design Team revealed our creations on the new American Crafts Albums and here's mine:
Here's a close up....because for some reason the ribbons came out quite 'grey' in the photo above.