Sunday, October 30, 2005

Another Sunday morning

Sunday mornings are the best when you get up and everything is tidy from the night before. Dishes done, washing done, house is tidy. I love it. AND 'It's a beautiful day' (U2 song comes to mind). AANND everyone is safe at home from their nights out.
Just have a cuppa or two, some breaky - avocado and marmite on vogels - don't mock it till you try it - yummy.
Think about what to do today.
Think abit more about the layout I'm working on. When don't I!!!
Have to work tomorrow so I'm going to make the most of today.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

A challenge

The colour combination in this picture really appealed to me, so I challenged myself to use them on a layout. Here's the result. Have a try - white, yellow and biege/tan. The Bazzill c/s I used is 'Wheat'.
Oh and I printed the photo on the 'Wheat' c/s too. I've used this photo before, I know. It is a great photo printed on textured c/s.

Glass handbag

As promised photo of the cute gift I bought my Mum. Why I did not take an aerial shot of it I don't know cause it's actually an open bag with 2 handles and would make an awesome vase.
And my handsome son playing with the camera on our fishing trip last weekend. LOL James. And a must read on Kelly's blog- The Creative Process.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Thought I'd share ...

my pages published in the recent issue of For Keeps magazine #35.
'Like Sisters' was for a rub ons article - I used MOD rub ons on the blue c/s and title.
'Waitara Beach' was for a Beaded monogram article.
Scans are pre APE. I used to scan then stitch the layouts in Paint, until I discovered how easy it was in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Must re-scan and stitch when I have time.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Check this out ....

Check out Cath's blog. Scroll down (on her blog that is) to see all her wonderful work.
Cath was a Kiwiscraps consultant and I did not know she was such a great artist.
I just love her paintings.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Relax and enjoy

I've been so tired this week. It's funny how you build yourself up for something and then after the event it just hits you. I was so nervous about teaching classes last weekend, and when it was over and I relaxed and realised how well it went I just got so tired.

So it's a long weekend this weekend - Labour weekend (not that it makes any difference to me cause I don't work on Mondays usually). James is away all weekend at a surf comp and Rob is away on a fishing trip. So Emma and I are lazing around. She's been unwell since the school holidays 2 weeks ago so I want her to sleep in and do nothing and get better. I of course will catch up on a few unfinished projects and housework and we have DVD's. The weather is not good as usual lately so I won't feel guilty being inside.
I think we might go and see my Mum and Lionel tomorrow. They live about 2 hours away up north. So Emma and I can cruise up there - stop at the Honey Centre in Warkworth and get yummy fresh honey. I bought Mum this cool as present. It's wrapped up at the mo but when she unwraps it I'll take a pic. I saw it in a flower shop window yesterday and I thought of her straight away. It's the first time I've seen something and thought "Oh yeah, Mum will love that". It's a cute as little handbag made of glass in this cool colour. I can just see it displayed on her gorgeous furniture. It's about 6" x 4". They had lots in all sorts of bright and funky colours. Hope she likes it.

I really like this idea. Might try it.

My latest layout is this for the recent Ad Inspiration on 2peas. Click on the page to see in more detail.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


I work in a school and we held our annual Calf Club Day last Friday and I just had to share this cute as little creature one of the kids made as part of their craft activities. He is really simple but he really appealed to me.
I know you think I'm crazy!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

new stamps, doodling and stamped jeans

This was a fun layout. I used my New Hero Arts stitches and ribbon stamps and a bit of doodling (used to draw these bugs when I was a kid).
And my jeans below.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Home again

I am very tired after a wonderful, fun weekend at SENZ.
Friday - taught a great class on Friday called Ink, Layer and Paint. Attended Christina's Designing with Fabric class - very cool.
Wendy and I spent Friday night painting/stamping our jeans ala Heidi Swapp style. They look so cool.
Saturday - taught a cool Heidi Swapp travel layout class. Attened the very cool Scrapbooking Daisies polymer clay class. Did some shopping. :))))
Sunday - attended Wendy's wonderful Waxed Trio class and taught the Heidi Swapp class again.
All in all a fun inspirational weekend. Met and caught up with lots of great people.
And had the priviledge to meet and chat briefly with Kerrin Quall. Very lovely, cool lady.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

My last post for a few days. I'm off to SENZ (Scrapbooking and Stamping Expo in New Zealand) Friday - Sunday. I'm teaching 3 classes - 1 each day and i'm looking forward to attending a class called Scrapbooking Daisies - a class making millefiori (sp) flowers using polymer clay for scrapbooking - fun.
Here's a picture. Aren't they divine.
Getting a bit behind with the updates. You can tell I'm back at work.
Well I didn't get the phone call from For Keeps for the Elite team , an Award or the new Design Team. Boohoo. So my time on the DT is up I guess, though half of my stuff hasn't even been published yet. I'd love to share my entries but last year one of my layouts was picked up for Australian Paper Crafts mag so there's still hope of one or two being published yet.

Have a look at this clothing tag that was on a top I bought in the holidays.
Look familiar?? Those funky flowers are so in aren't they. I love them.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Ad Inspiration page

And here's the Ad challenge.

Sunday morning up with the larks, think I'll take a walk in the park, hey, hey , hey it's a beautiful day.

NOT. It's a crap day as it has been for days now. I'm definitely up with the larks but the weather's awful. You'd think I would sleep in for the last day of the holidays wouldn't you. NO too many ideas rushing round in my head.

James made it home safe and sound at about 1.30am. Glad that's over. I am actually very proud of him for achieving that.

Rock Star INXS - This is for you Megs - I am happy with the choice for their band. When I heard JD sing the new song with the band he was perfect. I felt sorry for Mig most of all. Near the end they were all so good, but definitely, I think, JD was best for them. Marty will be better on his own. I would love to see him and Suzy together. I tell you who else was awesome and that was the lead guitarist of the House Band - Rafael. I loooooved watching him.
Can't get 'Trees' and 'Pretty Vegas' out of my head. Great songs.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Blog cruising - leave me a comment so I can visit your blog.

Just cruising a few blogs today. Left you a message Ruth (Ruth is sad cause no one's left comments lately - I know what you mean Ruth - I love comments too).

Took some photos in to be developed and will pick up this afternoon to complete my final For Keeps Design Team layout.

Nearly finished my Ad Inspiration page - will post later.

Found Rhonna Farrer's blog today.

And here's a funny photo of Emma the other morning.....
hair cut, lots of product in hair, slept on it, voila, just like the ad on TV for pads. ROFL.
Ooohhh bad hair Emma!!!

And here's a nice photo of her.

oops, just joking. silly emma.

Here's the nice one.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

He made it OK, what a relief. And they did fine with the drive.

I have been wanting to try a landscape 8.5 x 11 layout.
So I had a go and enjoyed doing this layout.
I'm working on another for my Ad Inspiration page.
I have a huge worry today. My son and his girlfriend and their 2 friends are driving down to Gisborne today - a 6 - 7 hour drive - for the first time he's driven that far. His friend has his full licence so he's driving most of the way and then James is driving the last bit through the gorge which he knows better than his friend. It's the first time they've driven so far on their own and it is a hard trip. I'm going to worry myself sick all day. The weather is terrible, there's lots of big trucks on the road, there's other crazy drivers, what if they drive too fast and can't handle it. This would have to be my worst worry so far.
James is going down to do a judging course for surfing on Saturday but one of them has to be home for something on Sunday so they are driving back on Saturday night. I am so not happy about that, after a day's course, but his friend will drive I think.
OMG I'm scared.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


I've copied Nic who copied Tia with this idea of taking angle shots. I had heaps of fun snapping shots of Emma and the dogs in the sand dunes yesterday. Not fantatsic shots but they were fun. Did I say that already. Though Emma got sick of it after awhile and ran away from me.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Bright and colourful challenge

Did this for Kim Archer's bright and colourful challenge on her blog. Check out her Challenge gallery in her blog. Link in my sidebar.

I painted all the circles in the background with various objects and cut out the heart so you can see the back ground. Was fun to do.