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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

WOW Christmas Eve, I cant believe I havent posted a blog entry since November 11...

Things have been super busy, I have hardly scrapped and am behind in completing my December Daily album, although I am ready for Christmas, just a few gifts to wrap, food is organised, just need to put the pool up for the kids, clean up my scrapping desk and hopefully that will get things moving again, it isnt for lack of new things toplay with either.
I have ordered a heap of the new BG Bittersweet from Blue Bazaar and am hanging out for that to turn up so hopefully next week woohoo!!!

Anyhow this is just a quick update and to wish everyone I know a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year!!

I will post some Xmas pics and hopefully my almost finished December Daily album soon LOL!

Take Care

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Another overdue update

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Well things have been busy since I last posted, firstly you if you are a member of Scraptacular, please go and vote for my friend Emma, there is a tie for who makes it through to the Semi Final Round of SYTYCS, head on over HERE.
You need to send a PM to SYTYCS Votes, Em's work has been awesome through the comp so far, please head on over and help her out!!!!

White with 1, I am so late updating about this months criteria and the latest swap,

This month's criteria has been set by one of my team ...Kayla Renee...

She would like to see the following on your layouts...
Novembers Criteria:
White - dominant colour
with 1 - LIME
with 1 - Scallops

This months swap colour is RED, however sign-ups closed yesterday, so if you want to join in please check out the blog towards the end of the month!!!

The latest Stuck?! Sketch is up and this is my example of this weeks sketch:

Scrap The girls is looking for a number of girls to join the Creative Team, if you want to find out more and what you need to do to apply, please head on over HERE!

I have made my December Daily album, I got totally inspired from Ali Edwards, if you want to see what she did head on over here
I dont do a lot of OTP work but had so much fun with this and managed to get it done in a weekend and am totally loving it!!!
I am now going to attempt to do one for our trip to Melbourne last month!

I better head off and wake these kids up, why cant they sleep in on weekends not weekdays???

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An overdue update again...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Long time no post again, things have been busy, I have hardly scrapped anything except for this weekend I have completed 4 layouts in 3 days which is MASSIVE for me LOL!

I have a HUGE stack of Sassafras Lass here all the new lines to play with, I am in love with BG's Urban Prairie, not getting sick of using that at all and I still want to play more with the Mr Campy too, just need to find the time.

*** White with 1 are having their first ever swap, this month's colour is TEAL, if you would like to play along please head on over HERE and follow Suse's instructions :-)

Speaking of White with 1 I am a bit slack this month, if you want to join in here are this months requirements:

This month I have taken inspiration from one of the Halloween colours (even though we don't really celebrate it in Aus...I thought it would be fun)...
So I would like to see the following on your layouts...
Octobers Criteria:
White - dominant colour
with 1 - Orange

with 1 - Stamping

Here is my example for this month -
Over on the Black Magic Blog I set the first fortnight's sketch challenge and the colours and technique, if you want to join in you can win a $25 voucher to the NEW Mystical Scrapbooks now owned by Donna!!!
You need to create a 8.5x11 or 12x12 layout using the following colours, Black, Orange and Teal, your technique that you need to use is CLUSTERING!
If you want to join in the fun head on over to the Blog!
Here is my example LO -

We are off to Melbourne this week to take the kids to the Zoo and the Aquarium we are also looking at some Spec Home Estates for Matt's boss not looking forward to driving over there but hoping that the Nav Man will be helpful, the kids are super excited and are counting down the sleeps, Chloe has her wallet out and is saving some money and Nan Heather is going to give them some paper money so they are looking forward to that LOL!

For this week's SYTYCS we had to do a LO based on heartfelt journaling, minimum of 100 hand written words or 200 typed, 1 piece of patterned paper and a photo no larger than 6x4. It took me a while as to waht to write as I havent really had anything really sad happen to me, so I decided to write how I worry about Chloe's shyness...This next one is for Embellished's FNL challenge for this weekend, you had to life one of four Kelly Goree layouts and use at least one Basic Grey item, I used the Urban Prairie and had heaps of fun with it, I love Kelly's work so it wasnt a tough challenge LOL!
This one was last weeks Stuck?! Sketch, used some of the new Sass Lass and Making Memories
This last one was a just for fun one that I started last weekend


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Scraptacular - SYTYCS Week 4

Sunday, September 28, 2008

SO this weeks scrap-eography was:

You need to create a LO either 12 x 12 or 8.5x11 and include the following on the layout.

- masking tape (or another form of decorative sticky tape)
- rub-ons
- add hand written journalling directly onto your photo
- use bright colors

So here is what I created this afternoon, totally different to what I normally do but I really like it!!!We had Chloe's soccer presentation today and she got up on stage with her team plus Lily and accepted her trophy and typically me what did I forget?? Yes a camera LOL! then lily waited until the next team went up while I was madly waving to her to sit down and she is shouting out HUH? and What???? SO EMBARASSING LOL! Anyhow Matt had to go up to the stage and get her off, she is such a funny kid that one!

Tonight we are off out for mums birthday dinner so that should be good and then its back to another week, why is it that weekends go far too fast and weekdays take forever to end LOL!

Oh and congrats to all the Hawks fans out there, I really thought Geelong would win, I dont think the hawks played any better than they normally do, I just think Geelong didnt play like they normally do...
I was happy to see Shane Crawford get a Premiership medal since he has played for so long, now he can announce his retirement!!!
Actually one thing that makes me mad is that each year they get the little auskick kids up there to present the medals and the footy guys give them a hat, NOW I am sure that if you are not in the grand final and you are an AFL footballer you will watch the game, I think there is no excuse that when you go up to the little child and they put the medal on you and then they get the hat how hard is it to shake that childs hand????? There were a few of the hawks that couldnt even do that, yes I realise it is exciting but you are also adults and professional athletes it's not hard to make an effort and do the right thing up there!!!!!
OK so I have had my rant, I better head off LOL!
Thanks for stopping by :-)
Mel x

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Finally on the mend...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Well school holidays have come and gone and the three of us, Chloe, Lily and myself were sick and spent pretty much most of it in bed LOL!
I ended up with some horrible reactions to the antibiotics I had but finally I think we are heading in the right direction.
Why is it that yourself or the kids always get sick on the school holidays?

I havent done a lot of scrapping just commitments for Stuck, Black Magic, White with 1, I am still in the running over at Scraptacular in their competition SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SCRAP, I have had heaps of fun with all three challenges so far!
I only managed one challenge over at Embellished on the weekend, they have started FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES again, which is always a heap of fun!!!

Matt is still spending his weekdays down at Coles Bay and looks like it will be that way for another couple of months, it was hard while we were sick but hopefully things will get a bit easier now!
Chloe starts swimming and trampolining back up this week, she had to put trampolining on hold during the soccer season as training was on trampolining nights so she is looking forward to that this week!
She also bought home a leaflet for Little Athletics for her school, not sure if we will sign up or not yet...
Anyhow here are some of the latest layouts that I have completed hope you like them :-)

This is week 2 for SYTYCS @ Scraptacular -
This is week 3 - This is the layout for one of the challenges at Embellished's FNG, the challenge was a monochromatic LO:
This one is for Stuck?! this week -
This one is for the 2nd challenge over at Black Magic, if you want to win yourself a Cropper Hopper Canvas Organiser head on over HERE!!!
All you need to do is create a layout using the the colours you wish from the specified colour scheme and the sketch provided and use PAINTS as your technique!!!Not sure what is going on there with the underline, I couldnt get rid of it???
So I am desperately waiting on Basic Grey's Urban Prairie and Sass Lass's new papers that I have ordered from AUS and the US cant wait to get them both and have a play, all I need is some new photos which I must do this week!
There is one more layout that I tried to upload but it kept coming up sideways so I chucked it and left it as I couldnt work out how to turn it around LOL!
I am off to watch a new show called True Blood, its a vampire show and I am totally addicted, I have been watching as soon as someone uploads as it airs on Sunday nights in the US they have only shown 3 episodes but I am hooked LOL!
Also loving the NEW 90210, Project Runway Season 5, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Supernatural and the second season of Secret Diary of a Callgirl, all of which I am watching online as I cant wait for them to reach here!

OH I almost forgot Sara from Stuck?! Sketches is looking for some new people to join the Creative Team,
"Have you ever wanted to be a Stuck?! Sketches CT member? Well now is the time to prove it. We are currently taking sign ups for a mini comp to prove just how much you want to be a Stuck?! CT member.

We will have 3 positions available for a 6 month term beginning on October 27 2008. We will accept applications from anywhere in the world whether it be Australia, the US or even Antartica hehe."
Head on over HERE to this post for more information!!!!

Anyhow will be back again to share some more layouts soon, if I manage to get anymore done LOL!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

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Long time between posts...

Monday, September 8, 2008

As I am sitting here waiting for paint to dry, I thought I had better update my blog, thanks to a certain someone who tells me they are sick of seeing that I am still sick LOL! ;-)

Anyhow I had just started to get over what I had before when wham a lovely bout of gastro Saturday night hits me, what else could I get lately???
So I missed out on scrapping Sunday as I felt absolutely horrid, thankfully a good nights sleep last night did wonders and I woke up today feeling a bit better than I thought I would!
I have finished off a layout for a CC challenge over at Mystical and uploaded my SYTYCS layout yesterday at Scraptacular so I can share those layouts plus another one I did a couple of weeks ago...
Ok so this first one is my SYTYCS LO, using Mr Campy which I LOVE!!!This one is the CC Challenge at Mysticaland this one is one I started up at Susan's a couple of weeks ago!
Hopefully I will have more to share this week, I plan to get heaps of scrapping done over the next 2 weeks, I have even got organised and put my name down for 4 swaps over at Mystical and have 3 already finished and ready to go thanks to Wends for helping out today ;-)

The kids are on school holidays so we have a few things planned although poor Chloe is sick at the moment as well, we are going to head up to Grindlewald and play some Putt Putt golf and head to the movies to see Wall E, Matt is on holidays the following week so we are going to head to the minature world place near Sheffield and take the kids to the beach and a few other things, they are looking forward to spending heaps of time with him as he is working at Coles Bay, 2 hours away during the week and only comes home on the weekend, looks like it will be like that for the next couple of months too!

Anyhow I better get back to this LO thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave me a comment :-)

Mel x

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Still sick :-(

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It has been over a week now and despite the drugs the doctor prescribed I dont really feel that much better, I am seriously tired all day then night time comes and I cant sleep???
I woke up this morning and literally can not hear out of my left ear and it feels all numb and icky, the right one is similar but I can hear a little better out of that one, hopefully the repeat of the medication will keep things moving.
Matt is in Coles Bay all week, so the girls and I are having a great girly time home alone LOL! We are heading down to CB this weekend with some friends and the kids are off to my sisters and mums for the weekend, it is going to be heaps of fun, I must remember to take my camera!!

Well I got voted out of IDOL last week, which I pretty much new was coming, I really didnt have a great creation for the last challenge and I struggled with it...
I am so happy I made it as far as I did because boy there were some talented ladies involved!!!
I am rooting for AM she seriously kicks butt and am loving everything that woman does at the moment!!!
In other news I havent done a lot of scrapping, I have finished my first layout for White With 1 for next month but cant show that yet, I have also done one for the Black Magic Blog but cant show that yet either LOL
Here is this weeks Stuck sketch, I am not overly happy with the LO but the sketch was a great one and am definitely going to use it again!

I am working on next week's Stuck sketch and have a long list of other things I want to do but am just not getting to them, I have no idea what is going on there!

Oh I got a great parcel of the new Basic Grey and I am in love, it is all so yummy!!! I have Mr Campy on the way from Embellished and cant wait for that, all I need now is some of that gorgeous Sass Lass!!!

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This week...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Has been horrid apart from being crook all week and a week of hardly any sleep I still just managed to get my IDOL layout completed, this weeks challenge was a tough one again, they certainly are making us work for it thats for sure LOL!
You had to:
Create a 12x12 layout with all pp used (including background AND Cardstock) to be no bigger than 8cm square , you must include a Photo, Title and journaling....
This weeks sketch from STUCK was a great one, I had heaps of fun with it, check it out here and enter you can win some great prizes!!!
This is my take on sketch 52 -

**In other exciting news I am now a member of the WHITE WITH 1 BLOG, I have joined some gorgeous girls over there and I can't wait to get started into our first assignment!!!
Head on over here WW1 and check out this months requirements!!
This is what the blog is all about:

This blog has been created to give scrappers an alternate to the usual sketch type blogs. I am providing monthly challenges to scrappers that contain the basic colour scheme of white with... 1 other colour & 1 other requirement ...this could be an element, technique, product type,anything really,thats the challenge.
Here is this months details:

This months sees the Cancer Councils Daffodil Day supporting cancer research so I thought we might draw our criteria from this fantastic cause.


August Criteria:

White - dominant colour
with 1 - Yellow
with 1 - flowers (not necessarily daffodils any type will be fine)


Hope this inspires some beautiful Layouts.

Please email me your layouts by midnight AUGUST 31st to be in the running for a $25prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks our fantastic 1st prize sponsor with the 1st runner up receiving a $15 Gift Voucher from Scrapbook Savvy and the 2nd runner up receives a $10 Gift Voucher from Scrapbook Divas

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Black Magic Sketches, comps and more!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The next fortnightly challenge is up at the Black Magic Blog
This months colours are:
You are required to use 1,2,3,4 or all 5 of the colours from this months palette and your technique that you need to use is: DISTRESSING!
To be in the running for this awesome prize:
You need to have your entry emailed to: mysticalscrapbooks@yahoo.com by the 31st of this month!

Here is my example for this sketch -

Last night I completed my entry for Round 1 in the Scrapbooking Olympics over at CD Doodles
Our first challenge was to create a layout of any size using BLING, so this is what I whipped up last night whilst I was chatting to AM on MSN!!!
It is 6x12, half of a Jenni Bowlin Label, am really loving those colours, might have a play around with some more today if I get time...

Am looking forward to Phelp's last race today the Mens Relay I am so hoping they can win gold, not that I dont want Australia to win but just for the pure fact that I want him to get the record of 8 GOLD Medals!

Chloe played soccer yesterday and had a blinder! She was fantastic, gave some of the other boys some serious body shunting, although she gave away a free kick with one of them, she has been watching Uncle Ry Ry too much LOL and she scored two goals, she was quite pleased with herself!
The only have 2 games left and then they get a trophy so she is really excited about that LOL!

OK better go and do some housework, this place is a tip, I am sure I have forgotten something but will get to it later.

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IDOL Rd 6...Phew!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Well this weeks IDOL challenge -

"Create your own embellishments - no store bought ones are to be used on the page and you must include plastic, metal and fabric. Page must contain at least 3 different handmade embellishments! The layout must contain Photo, title and journaling"

Needless to say I struggled with this one BIG TIME, I still don't know if it is finished and know that it is probably not one of my best but here it is have a look and tell me what you think :-) (be kind though LOL)
My requirements met:
Plastic - hand cut birds made from a Heidi Swapp plastic packet
Fabric - Leaves on the tree and clouds

Metal - the beaded leaf at the bottom of the page and the flowers, I found these button things in my nans old button box and used brads to make them look like flowers
Handmade Sun, tree, clouds, birds and leaves.

Products Used: SEI, Sass Lass, SR, Scrapworks.
So if you think it is worth your VOTE, please, please go and VOTE for me HERE!

In other news I have updated the Scrap The Girls blog, we are continuing LISA OXLEYS Paint challenge until the end of this month, head on over HERE and have a look, wouldlove to see a heap more entries this month ;-)

I am totally loving the Olympics and my fav swimmer Michael Phelps is well on his way to getting the record 8 GOLD here are a couple of eye candy images for you... ;-)

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IDOL Rd 5

Friday, August 8, 2008

OK I finished, its been uploaded to the gallery, now it is time to ask for your VOTES :-)))
If you like what I have done please, please vote for me over at the NEW Embellished FORUM, you need to sign up if you havent already but it wont take long!
I would love to get through to the next round, I will just have to sweat it out until Sunday night LOL!

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WOOHOO :-)

Monday, August 4, 2008

I made it to the TOP 16 of Embellished IDOL!!!
I have been having heaps of fun with this competition and have created some layouts that I LOVE :-)
This weeks is another doozie, creating a non-person based LO!!! I already have some ideas, just need to get cracking LOL!
Check the challenge out HERE!

Thanks to everyone who has been voting for me, I really appreciate it!!!

I will be updating the Scrap The Girls blog either tonight or tomorrow so please be patient with me there :-)

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IDOL Rd 4 - Stitching

Friday, August 1, 2008

CREATE 08 - Heidi Swapp
I have sent off my money and registered for the Melbourne event, I have never been to something like this before and am both nervous and excited, even though it is ages away yet LOL! Hopefully some of you out there are going so that I will have someone I know there to sit with :-)

Embellished IDOL

Well I finished my IDOL layout after midnight last night but I had so much fun doing it, I went and purchased a new sewing machine, which is a big thing for me considering I only sew on layouts LOL!
It made such a difference and was so easy, I am hooked, look out for more sewing on future layouts LOL!
Voting will start tonight over at the Forum HERE, please VOTE for me if you like what I have created, I would love to stay in the comp, I have been having heaps of fun with the challenges and have basically done something that I don't normally do each week :-)
Ok so here is this weeks entry:



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Black Magic Challenge 1 - ON SITE NOW

Monday, July 28, 2008


...We are very excited to post Black Magic's first fortnightly challenge.

To be in the running for the fabulous prize you will be required to produce a layout using
  • August sketch no 1
  • the technique of distressing
  • predominantly black
  • and a combinations of the colours featured in Augusts palette...

... The first ever fortnightly challenge is up on the Black Magic Blog, head on over HERE to check out more information, the Creative Team have done an awesome job on the first sketch and I cant wait to see what the other girls come up with on the next one!!!
Here is my example of the first challenge ~

* This weeks challenge over at IDOL is fantastic, something that I have been meaning to do for some time now ~ STITCHING
Head on over to the NEW forum for more details HERE!

** Here is my last week's STUCK?! Sketches example layout, head on over HERE to see the sketches and the other CT girls examples and to enter to win some great monthly prizes!!

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IDOL Week 3

Friday, July 25, 2008

This is a quick post as I have to go to work very, very soon, I am so running behind today LOL!
Here is my OTP, Life Motto piece for this weeks challenge at Embellished!
I played around with a canvas and had heaps of fun it is now up on the wall, if you like it head over HERE after 5pm to VOTE for me :-)


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IDOL, a Tag and more...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Well I made it through to round 3 in IDOL, thanks to everyone who voted for me, I really really appreciate it!!!
This week our challenge is to think outside the square, we have to scrap a life motto, however we are not able to use cardstock or paper as our base!!, I have mine beside me, just need to get started on it but I am loving it so far!!!

Will upload my entry here on Friday for you to see :-)

Well I have been meaning to do this for a while now, Melis tagged me a few weeks ago... so sorry I am so slack in getting to this LOL!


So.... Who gets the “Brilliante Webblog Award“? Websites and blogs of your choice for their designs that are especially noteworthy.
Here are the Award Rules:


1. The winner can take the logo

2. Place a link to the person that sent you the award

3. Give the Award to at least 7 other Scrapbooking-Blogs, which by its currency, the issues of choice and for their designs are especially noteworthy

4. Put a link to these sites on your Blog.

5. Write a comment on their Blogs that they’ve won an Award

So here they are:

AM - One of the funniest and most creative people I know, so happy that I got to know her!!!

Alice - A gorgeous, creative soul, who's work blows me away :-)

Kell - One of my best online friends!!!!

Jolene Pienaar - I know she has already been tagged, however I am so in love with her work, the texture she creates and colours she uses are amazing!

Dee - I havent caught up with her in ages but I konw when we do we will chat for hours!!!!

Kelly Goree - I don't know her personally but I LOVE her work, it totally inspires me!

Danielle Thompson - Her photos are so AMAZING, the colours, her subjects everything, her blog is total eye candy!!!

I will also be updating the Scrap The Girls blog tonight, I have been slack the past couple of weeks and it is neglected, head on over HERE to check out Lisa Oxley's awesome challenge for this month, you still have until the end of the month to whip something up and be in the running for some great prizes...
If you have a layout you would like to send us for the blog please do so here: scrapthegirls@hotmail.com

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Embellished IDOL - Round 2

Friday, July 18, 2008

This week's challenge for Embellished IDOL was to use paints and a mask, now don't get me wrong I love paints and other mediums, I just don't know how to use them LOL!
Anyhow I had heaps of fun creating this layout and I really like it, if you do to please head on over to the IDOL BLOG and vote for me :-)

Voting starts at 5pm!!!


In other news Chloe has gastro again, she was up last night vomiting which has been heaps of fun, she does look a little better now, getting a bit more colour in her cheeks, now it is just keeping Lily from touching anything that Chloe did or we will have last weekend all over again...

Ok am off to get ready for work, will be back with a tag later on.

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Another blog....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Well after much persuasion from a certain someone...cough, cough Melis :-) Here is a blog that will be just about me and nothing to do with my old site Scrap World, all about me and my creations!!!

On that note I suppose I had better get to it, I have a growing pile of things to do and no time at the moment to do anything.

This weekend is going to be pretty much soccer related with Chloe, she has her normal game on Saturday and then on Sunday they are playing at half time at the A-League game that is down here at Aurora stadium so I am hoping to get some great pics!!!

I had my hair cut and coloured today, love the colour but not so much the cut at the moment, will see how it looks after straightening tomorrow morning, speaking of hair cuts, MISS CHLOE had hers done tonight and she has been transformed.
Chloe wanted to have hers cute shorter like Lily's and she wanted a fringe, she has never had one so it is taking a bit of getting used to, here is a pic of what it used to look like and this one I took quickly to send to mum tonight, will get better ones soon.
Oh yeah she doesnt usually have it boofy like that either, although her curls are coming back...



and after...

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