Sunday, 27 June 2010

Look what I am up to now...

Check this out...

Come and see all the awesome chickies I am on this creative team with...

SO EXCITED!  Hope you will come join in our first challenge. ;)

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Purple and green anyone?

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... I would say it is not exactly my favourite colour combo in the spectrum... but I actually think I kinda like it now.  I did this one for the Monthly Ribbon Club Pack at Tomorrow's Memories.  I ran the ribbon through my Xyron Create-a-Sticker then stuck it to cardstock so I could draw the leaves on the carddstock side and cut them out more easily.  I then inked the edges of each one!  Time consuming but strangely therapeutic! ;)

The tree trunk is, of course, a Twiddlebitz Heart Tree... which I have heat embossed.  OMG!  Heat embossing is so cool!  I have resisted having anything to do with it until now... so as not to create a new "must have" obsession... WEEEEEEEEEEEEEELL, TO HELL WITH THAT!  I am totally addicted now...  I am on an embossing rampage... look out kids, cat, husband... sit still long enough and I might just embosss YOU!

This was my 5" x 3" piece for the CANCER COUNCIL INSPIRATION COLLAGE that was completed as part of the Biggest Morning Tea held in conjunction with the 6th Birthday Celebrations at the store in May 2010.

There are some exciting new classes with Sonya and Kathy happening at Tomorrow's Memories... hope you will pop over and have a look.  Personally, I am signing up for the Sharon Manning Photography course! ;)  They are also running the "Kidz Kreate" Classes over the July school holidays... holy crap it's nearly school holidays again???  WTF!  Where HAS this year gone?

Have a good one people...

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

A long, long time ago...

I agreed to do a some Guest DT work for the lovely Michelle at Scrapbook Divas... now because my life has been full of snotty, shitty kids of late followed by a serious bout of mojoitis non comprendis I have taken weeks, nay MONTHS, to get this LO done. Michelle has the patience of a saint... thank you chick!

This is using the My Mind's Eye Hello World papers... I adore MME... always have. The patterns are delish, it has the most glorious texture and they even smell great! I love this photo of my growing-up-way-too-fast, not-so-little-anymore girl. This photo was taken on her 8th birthday... you'll be seeing more of it because I love it so much. ;)

At the same time Michelle also sent me a Maya Road Heart Binder Album and some Pink Paislee Cupid papers and embellies. I got a bit carried away with this little project and I really like how it turned out in the end but I wouldn't recommend putting quite so much in... it barely holds together when it's jammed this full!!!  

I hope you are enjoying the rain... I know we need it... but seriously I wish it would just rain in the dams and on the paddocks! ;)

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Happy, happy, happy CAMPER...

Camp Mojo HERE I COME!!!! 

OK... so I know it is 13 months away BUT I just cannot wait... is this shaping up to be THE scrappy event of 2011 or what???

Haven't told DH yet... but he's good like that... and he owes me a couple of days off.

I am sure he will have his next trip away organised BEFORE I go though! 

This is one way to make the year go slow... the last few have flown past at the rate of knots so that has got to be a good thing! ;)

Happy , scrappy evening to you people.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

It's a proud, PROUD day

Just had to share (for family record keeping purposes)... I think most of you know my darling oldest boy is Autistic.  He is high functioning but we still struggle with a lot of "stuff"... it's hard to explain without writing a novel (and I might do just that one day) so I am not going into it all here again but we have been (finally) getting some real and useful help from AIM, the Autism Association of WA's Employment Service. 

I can't begin to explain what it feels like to finally be getting somewhere and seeing tangible results.  It is like a hand has reached down and pulled our heads just ever so slightly above the waves.  Not to be melodramatic but... and I know there are lots of you who will just "get it" when I say this... we have been slowly drowning and feeling totally overwhelmed with what the future would hold for this fantastic kid who just needs a little helping hand and an opportunity to show how much he CAN do rather than been constantly defeated and confused by the world.  I have always said that it was when Brad left school that we were really going to need help but I have always feared we wouldn't get that help.  Well we jumped through all the hoops and got a referral to AIM.  They said they would help and they have...  I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders.  

Brad had his first day of work experience at a local(ish) pharmacy today.  It was to be two weeks of work experience with the possibility of it turning into paid work... maybe... if it all turned out favourably and went well for both him and them. 

One day in and they were so happy with him that they offered him a position already!  He starts his first "real" job next week! 

I am so very proud of you my son... but best of all YOU are proud of YOURSELF. 

Best reward a mother could ask for... seeing your child succeed is like a dose of life's elixir!  Feeling  like I could walk on air.  I needed that. ;) 

Hang tough ASD parents... our kids only choose the best because they know you can stand up and go into bat for them when they need you.  You are stronger than you think and smarter than you know.  I know there will be more challenges along the way... but I am savouring this win for now. ;) 

... and some more super exciting news

I am so excited... OK, so here's the story.  I have been feeling a bit out of the scrapping loop lately and started thinking what am I doing?  Am I going to get my fat a into g, jump in boots and all and actually DO something with this scrapping gig or just plod along doing my own thing for me?  So, in true "glutton for punishment" style, I decided this year my scrapping goals were going to be pull my finger out and really get this ball rolling.  So I said YES to the teaching job at Tomorrow's Memories... and am really looking forward to making even more of that in the very near future. 

Then I decided my other goals were going to be get myself a Design Team position with a manufacturer... Weeeeeeeeeellll....  only a few weeks ago I was reading about a DT call on a manufacturer's ning site.  I thought... mmmmmm... maybe I could do that... but didn't actually commit to applying.  Then lo and behold and totally out of the blue just a few days later Miss Melanie (of the Forbes variety!) messaged me on Facebook.  I started thinking, "Did I post something in the forum saying I was giving it a shot????"   Or maybe she's hacked my computer and can see my web surfing history!!!! ;)  Seriously, I mean, c'mon... that has got to be a sign right?  Maybe a sign to be careful what you ask for, but a sign none the less! ;) 

Soooooooooooo...  I am going to be a DT member for Twiddleybitz!!!!  Holy Crap how cool is that????   I am so over the moon... have you SEEN their stuff.  Totally awesome... and I thought that BEFORE I got this amazing envelop of goodies to play with!!!!  Thank you so much Mel for thinking of me!  I am totally stoked.  Thanks heaps Tiff and Jo for the warm welcome, very, VERY much appreciated.  Finally, a HUGE thanks to Nic and Andrew for giving me this opportunity, I am so very, VERY grateful and excited, and inspired and revved up and ready to create! 

Here are a few sneak peaks, make that "exclusive previews" ;)

Please stop over for a look at the gallery where I have posted a few things I have done already... with more to come... much more... you really should see all this delicious stuff Nic sent me to play with! ;)

Happy scrappin' people... hope you are having a fabulous day. ;)  Sorry for all the cliches and hyper active enthusiasm... but hey, I really am THAT excited! ;)

Friday, 4 June 2010

Soooooooooooooooooooooo... here's my BIG news

I am so excited!!! 

I have finally taken the big step of actually TEACHING a class!!!!  

Here is a little sneak peak... though I am quite partial to the term "exclusive viewing" myself... even if it does sound pretentious!  ;)  

I'll be showing several simple but effective techniques to create a textured, weathered look in beautiful natural colour tones.  We'll have a play with crackle paint, rub 'n' buff, crackle medium, distressing, inking, stamping, Glimmermist, masking... basically lots of mess and fun and a few unusual embellishments to finish it off with!

Here's all the details:
Simply Natural Layout

Date: Saturday 26 June
Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $21.50
Where: 31 Old Perth Road, Bassendean, WA, 6054

Telephone: (08) 9279 2183

You can see all the details here also at Tomorrow's Memories.

Vicki, Jo and Clori at Tomorrow's Memories asked me to join their amazing team and I AM!!!  Can you see my head swelling from there?  I'm not surprised, I have to tell you I am more than just a little thrilled at the whole prospect of being able to say, "I teach scrapping at Tomorrow's Memories".  I mean have YOU SEEN the chicks they have on their teaching / design team... and they want ME to be a part of it???   Totally, completely thrilled!  I have been doing DT stuff for them for a while now but actually teaching????  My dream job!  Thanks so much chickies for the wonderful opportunity and for encouraging me to take this step.  

Am I excited? Oh, just a little bit!!! ;) (read: EXTREMELY).  Organised?  Sure am.  Nervous?  HELL YEAH!  BUT ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT TO GET STARTED...   So please, pretty please come book in and play with me so I don't look like a Nigel No-Friends!!!!