Friday, 4 June 2010


First some photos of our fabulous trip (except I managed to get myself unwell and we've had to do 'Plan B' stuff....none of which has taken away from our holiday)!  Looky here...Hannah with a real live snake around her neck - I CANNOT believe it!!!  She said it felt sooo cold!  I was at the scrappy retreat (more about that  further down) so dh took Hannah and Paige touring!!  Look what I missed!

Here she is with two little wallabies!   Hannah has a way with animals - its special.
After the retreat we headed to
Port Douglas - my beautiful girls - I'm so lucky.
Then onto
Cape Tribulation -Paige looking gorgeous.

And we were sooo incredibly lucky....on this remote beach all by ourselves a pod of dophins swam close to shore...we could not believe it.  Amazing!!!  Nobody for miles and yet at this moment in time...this happened.
Touring back a few days later to
Palm Cove -
Hannah and Paige in the resort pool

Lap pool behind - Hannah on her way to breakfast
(Julie T-W you noticed Hannah's haircut!!!!- no one at the retreat did!!)

An unwelcome visitor!!!  'Dont worry about it' says the will just crawl up a tree!!(A tree snake)
Sorry bout the blurry photo but was very nervous!! It had an orange-y yellow belly.

Packing to leave heading back to Cairns for a couple of nights there in our favourite place to stay
Our hire car.

Back in Cairns!
Hannah getting out of the lap pool

Looking down from our veranda of our apartment. Ooh love this place.  Hannah and Paige in one of the four pools.


What fun and all the girls there were fabulous and I enjoyed each of their company!
What a wonderful time!!!
This was most of the girls...
Top from left to right - Margie, Melinda, Lisa, Sonya, Vicki, Helen, Mel, Julie, Mandy (on end)

Bottom from left to right - Leanne, Carol, Karen, Muriel (LeeAnne's Mum) Lee-Anne (owner Scrap Therapy) Sandra, Trisha, HelenP (I hope) Judi.

The Shabby class I took!

Carole's Class - this was amazing. I mandy-ised  it a bit lol!!
And Carole has a few more pics on her blog.
 (Lisa took a class too and I have yet to finish hers but will!!)
 Hannah twirling.


Here's my DT sample. You can find the sketch here and the twist is 'chipboard'.


Here's a new shop Scrap Matrix who has some wonderful eye candy to give away!
You can find it here!

Just want to mention two of my most fave etsy places too!!!
Cant stop shopping here!!!

Ooooh and for May I won
both fabulous sites to challenge yourself!!

is back in blogger- land exiting ning
(I rather blogland anyhows!!)
You can now find it here....

and in the next day or so, there will be a new fabulous challenge
so check back!!

and lastly


The 123 Challenge is BACK>>>> come and check out the 123 Challenge blog on the 1st of June for our COMEBACK!!!

The 123 Challenge for June is based on:


A combination of the 3 Criterias
The Rules:
The WORD can be used in the title, in the journalling or ANYWHERE on the page/project as long as it's VISIBLE and a feature - we don't want it HIDDEN it has to be seen!

The Dominant Colour MUST be dominant - you must use it so that it is the MOST NOTICEABLE of the colours you use on your page!

The Mystery Criteria will be given by either one of the Creative Team, Charmane or even maybe a Guest or Contributor - submit your ideas to

We have 3 Websites donating - so three chances to WIN! More details coming shortly!

Want to be on the Creative Team? Charmane will be keeping an eye out for the next few months or so, to see who regularly contributes AND is inspirational and most creative and will be limiting the number on the Creative Team  wanting to "keep it simple" this time around....
I'm so thrilled.  Its always been a big favourite of mine because it was the first online Challenge Blog I had the courage to enter such a long time ago.
I found Scrap Therapy from there and the rest is history
So with this history...I said yes to continuing being on the CT for its once a month challenge.
So for June:
Its all about  white,
the word 'new'
and using paint this month
Hannah who always faces new days with courage


So with all that said, hopefully in a few days I'll make it home in one piece and I'll catch up with you all as soon as I can


Bec said...

Oh Mandy!!! Just gorgeous!!
Love your class layout and Carol's class layout!
Great pics of the girls too!
Hope you feeling better soon!

And congrats on the wins!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwww!! Mandy!!! U have been BUSY!! Loveeeeeeeeee the photos...and loving Hannah's HAIR!!! And I wanna KNOW who's in the picture!!! JULIE?????? Christine???? I wanna know! :):):):):):) And wow wow wow wow wow!!! Congrats on all the wins and those GORGEOUS lo's!!! U never cease to AMAZE ME! :):):):):):):):?):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Bekka said...

I love the photos on your layouts. They're so vibrant!

PS - I can't look at that snake photo. If you read what I posted on my blog tonight, you'll know why. LOL

Gladie said...

Awsome photos - looks like a fab vacation! :))) Your Los are stunning as always - georgeous work!!! And congrats on the winnings! :)))

mandysea said...

Wow Julie T_W you are amazing with what you notice!!
I've edited and put in names for the retreat girls!!!

Jenneke said...

GREAT pictures, Mandy!!! Thanks for showing us!!
Oh, and those layouts.....what can I say: they are just PERFECT!!!!! Can't believe you made such beauties in such a short time, and also not feeling well too!!

Giving you a big, big hug!!!

zandra said...

Wow, looks like you had a grand time! Love all the classes.
Hugz, Z

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! I guessed right on which one was Mandy and Julie.....bummer Christine couldn't be there!!! But what FUN!!!!! And wowwwwwwwwww....really???? No one noticed her hair???? WOW!!! I noticed it right away...and I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it!!! It frames her face so perfectly! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Julie said...

Holly smokes Missy Mandy these are just divine and most I managed to see irl. Congrats on the wins. So loving the pics too.

BrigitteG said...

Heyy beaudiful Mandy !!
Again...haven't come to visit her for quite some time and..oh myyy !! Looks like Hannah has been sooo brave with this snake eeerk !!! :)

and as usual... your LOs... absolutely gorgeous work ofyours, loooove them :)

Have a great week beaudiful !!

Brigitte G.

MirjamC said...

great photo's, looks like you had a super vacation!!! and your lo's are beautiful as alway' the one with the music paper, gorgeous!!!

jacque4u2c said...

All of these rock! And oh how I wish I could if been there with YOU! (accept for the snake part! EEK!)

Debbi Tehrani said...

What a cool page! Love the way you painted over the torn bits of pages!

Liszha said...

Wow, what a beautiful girls you have got.
Your photos made me so jealous. Dolphins that close.......sigh.....lucky you!

Nancy said...

a whole lot of FABULOUSNESS!!!!