Friday, 6 August 2010

{hopping} along...

Hey everyone... welcome to my blog!  Hope you are having as much fun as me so far!!!!   This is my first ever blog hop but more importantly my FIRST EVER BLOG GIVEAWAY!!!!   So don't forget to leave a comment to be in the draw for some Twiddley mail!

Let me start by saying how excited I am to be on the Twiddleybitz Design Team.  Just a few short months ago I was having a bit of a  mojo-less crises of confidence as far as my scrapping was concerned and decided I needed some new scrapping goals.  One of those goals was to try out for a manufacturer's design team... I kid you not... I put the thought out there and lo and behold I have a message on facebook from the Magnificent Mel THE VERY NEXT DAY!!!  I gotta tell ya it was a wee bit weird... I started thinking she was some kind of super-hacker chick that had spied on me reading the Twiddleybitz DT call on the ning site the night before!!!!!!  Then I get chatting to Tiff "THE TERRIFIC" Sawyer and found we have much in common... and Mel "LissyK" Connell (one of my VERY first favourite scrappers ever) joins the DT too... yep, it was just meant to be! ;)   I am so glad to be part of such a wonderful team and I am always really inspired by the wonderful work all YOU chickies share in the gallery too.  I found my new home adn it sure is warm and comfy! ;)

OK, OK, I know I bang on a bit... so here's a few of my most recent LOs...

watch ya THINKING 'bout?  I really love this photo of my darling boy and...



the new cogs are MY FAVORITE EVER TBZ pack! I heat embossed them with Metallic Finish Pewter... LOVE LOVE LOVE 'em!  I teamed them with the new BG Basics pp... which is my current ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE EVER patterned paper. The 2 "black holes" in the centre of the cogs are actually holes right through the background paper... just for added interest. I added a few alphas and a BG rub on... Spattered it with some of ssssssshhhhh... that "other" stuff (only because I don't have any Crafty Notions spray yet!). Plus some maniacal distressing... my favourite "technique" to hide crappy handwritten journalling that just doesn't look any good... oh and a few scraps of pp that were floating around on my desk.... and I got my sewing machine out again.
 
... and anothery just like the othery... told ya I love 'em! ;)
 
 
This boy-man of mine is well and truly in touch with his inner child...

I am loving my DYMO Labeller again lately (inspired by Tara Scobie)... but I had run out of black tape so this is a free font download from da font.  Another excellent way to hide crappy handwriting... I really am struggling to just let things be on my LOs at the moment... but I like how this one turned out in the end.

Here is my DEAR son... a bit of Louise Nelson type distressing and grunging going on here.  I want to give credit again to Tara Scobie for that title idea too... really loving her style at the moment.



Now, at the risk of looking like a tight @#$% scrooge [YES, ANDREW, I KNOW, I KNOW!!!! ;)] I split these scrolls into two and misted them.  Cheap you [HE may] say?  More bang for your buck I say! hehehehehe ;) 

... and here is my Sugar Babe... My biggest {little} girl... sweet like sugar... but she also makes my teeth ache! ;)  More Louinspiration here too.


... and again with the sewing machine... while it is out I will use it A LOT!!!!

I used some coffee stained sheet music (I chose this piece especially because of the title)... some scraps, a twig and some rusty wire... a Hambly Screen Prints rub on and a BG office tab (quite possibly my favourite BG embellishment EVER!)... and of course some TBZ Musical Notes (simply inked with black Versa Color Cube).

Sorry about this photo... I was so hell bent on getting these LOs to Mrs Twiddleybitz herself for the True Blue Craft Fair last weekend that I didn't get a chance to take photos before the show...
 

I just LOVE this new Fantasy Butterfly... I have heat embossed it with Black Glitter Finish... yummo!

This is why I got my sewing machine out in the first place... I really stuffed this LO up... it was coming along really nicely (it is a very close lift of my own FOREVER LO) then I had a brain fart (as I am prone to do on more than the odd occasion) and thought I could free hand drawn the butterfly's path with a black marker... it looked crap so I tried to sew over it... that looked even more crap... so, as I usually find more is so much more... I just kept sewing and sewing and sewing (hey, no use getting it out for one little stitch now is there???) until I think I kinda like it! ;)

Just click on these links if you'd like to read more of my Twiddleybitz-ing misadventures... you might get a laugh out of my lesson in what NOT to do... about my ill fated (but quite good looking in the end, even if I DO say so myself) Curly Christmas Tree...or my post about my Floating Frame

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far...  I KNOW I am!!!!

Don't forget to leave me a comment... I'd love to pick YOUR name for the pack of goodies I have sitting here! ;) 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend...  and get that mojo flowing... the next designer to be going live will be Jennifer Hodge at 10am AEST tomorrow morning, Saturday the 7th August.  Please pop over and see what goodies she has for you...

AMC
Binxcat1
xxxooo

59 comments:

Tiff Sawyer said...

OMG, this was def worth the wait hon, picking my gob up off the floor right now!!! I could just stare at your stuff all day Anne-Marie, you are an amazing mother, wife, friend and artist (sure there are many more too), my hat of to you for all you do and achieve in your life (she's not paying me I promise *wink*) and thanks for the kind words too hon, straight back at you. Wow, off to soak up some more magic :):):)

Angelickell said...

Huge congrats on the DT hun - your work is just gorgeous!!!!! Ive always loved your work though!!!!

Danielle said...

Oooh yeah, so worth the wait!!

Hilarious stuff about the butterfly page - it turned out gorgeous. My brain farts usually turn out to be silent but deadly, even in the scrapping dept. Will have to read up on your scrapping misadventures to see if I can find out how to fix my mistakes in the future. There's sure a book in that, hey.

I think the musical page will be on my scraplift list as my DD's are starting to learn piano, at home, from a book.

Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kirsty said...

Wooooooo Hoooooo!!! Go you!! Awesome work hun, i love your work and your sense of humour ~x~

Rachel said...

Gorgeous gorgeous work A-M, totally loving all your LO's - particularly love that butterfly one, couldn't stop looking at it at the fair last weekend!

Lorena said...

Wowzah wowzah wowzah, I know why they picked you for the DT! Your work is simply fantastic! Love your humour throughout your blog posts. I'm defiantly inspired!

If you would like, please check out my blog at www.scrapingcorner.blogspot.com

Completly in awe;

Lorena

Angela said...

How utterly gorgeous ALL your lo's are!!! Sensational love love love everything! I am loving that BG paper too ATM!

Donna said...

woohoo AM these are all stunning!!...as you known, I've been a fan of your work now for years and you never cease to amaze me!!

Jennifer said...

Anne-Marie you are amazing and so are your layouts! My fav (although hard to pick just 1!) would have to be the 'beautiful' layout - great subject, love the butterfly and you're a legend for sewing!! You are super talented and I am feeling very priveledged to be on the team with you, I find your layouts truly inspirational - I have one complaint... Why do I have to go next after your beautiful work??? :-)

Chookie said...

Gorgeous layouts - love the cogs teamed with the Basic Grey basics range - can't wait to get my hands on some of them. Love your story about the flight path of the butterfly............

yuki said...

Hi! All your pages are amazing!! Thanks for a lot of inspiration!

Beckie Dreyer said...

Love all the things you have posted here, they are stunning, it's great to see some male layouts too.

Aga said...

Congrats on the new gig AM :)
Loving how simple but fantastic the inner child page looks! oh and cannot believe you could ever be lacking in confidence... your work rocks!!!!
Aga xx

:) Tiff said...

man your stuff ups are so not stuffed up. either that or you recover them so damn well. love that butterfly flight path. love it love it. love it.

well done AM. You've done TB proud.

kathie said...

Love them all AM! Love the butterfly tracks especially :)

Gina B said...

All your pages are wonderful, truly inspirational, love them all. I cant wait to get started on some bike riding photos of my husband using those cogs. The butterfly is soooo beautiful!!!!!

Scossie Jane said...

Stunning work... Mesmerised.... the cogs are too cool... and the butterfly is stunning... You have used them all to stunning effect... Love it xx

Kim Nath said...

These are wonderful! I especially love the music one as my daughter plays several instruments. She would love that one.

Louise Williams said...

wow I love your stuff, so many cool techniques and the way you use twiddley... awesome :)

Ruth said...

Hi,

I am thrilled to have finally landed on your blog.....love your description of yourself and your chaotic family!!
I also love your layouts and know exactly how you feel about crappy handwriting. I have a finished layout that I daren't photograph because I am too scared to write on it and mess it all up. I might just blog it without writing and do that bit afterwards!!
Am having fun hopping....by!!!

headwitch said...

well you had me LOL i can't beleive you stuff up, i just can't, they all look sooooo right in the end just perfect. keep it up because it definately works. very inspiring.

sandra said...

stunning stunning stunning
These are brilliant AM!!
LOVE your post too.
Always love reading about your misadventures...or happy accidents....
and I always come away with a smile
;-)

Emma said...

awesome stuff A-M. love the butterfly, love all the sewing, and im with you with the office tab being your fav BG embelly! I lurrrrveeee it ;)

RenaeW said...

WOW Anne-Marie!! Your work is amazing and congrats on the new DT gig with TBZ. I love the LO's you have done and that butterfly (and the LO of course) is gorgeous.

Tiff Sawyer said...

So I guess the consensus is in then, your work is crap hehe NOT!!!

Loobylou said...

I love your style of writing, Anne-marie. It feels like I am having a conversation with you! Your Big Boy pages are to die for (Mum of TEEN boys here)- You have me covetting the Twiddleybitz cogs! Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Sarah in WA

DebiJ said...

How amazing is that butterfly & its trail...then I read your words Anne-Marie... I think it is so wonderful!! Amazing how you thought it was bad, but it is beautiful. All your LO's of your son & daughter are so amazing...love the feel of your work...and working on cardboards...oh I love it too!! Thank you for letting me hop by!

Jules said...

Your creations are gorgeous love the black and white ones just fantastic Love them....Really enjoying the hop so far..

Helen Kinsela said...

Glad I popped in when I did AM because I've been hit in the face with CREATIVE inspiration overload. You're one clever chicky ya know!!! Love your work, always.

Wirg's Creative World said...

Wow your LO's are gorgeous, I had to laugh about your sewing the butterfly path but it looks so good! And so is that butterfly, it's gorgeous! Glad I can finally see your pages this morning, well worth the wait.

inkspiring you 2 stamp said...

I adore your layouts and scrapping style....thanks for sharing and I have to agree withe keep going theory...the butterfly path looks fabulous!!!

Chloe :-) said...

Gorgeous work here ... thanks for sharing ... I'm off to visit the rest of your blog for more inspiration :-) :-)

Crystal Bowman said...

Just totally freakin awesome layouts!!! I am soo inspired now to use that BG paper, I have tons but haven't used it yet!!

P.S I also have a little "Scrap Crush" on Tara atm!

Jo Kinder said...

You crack me up AM. You totally rock everything you touch, its hard to believe that you ever EVA! make a stuff up LOL
Love your style!

Kerry-Sue Thomson said...

Very cool layout, Boys are so much more difficult to scrap than girls, I think I might need some of those cogs ;-P

Susanne Perry said...

Fantastic L/Os Anne Marie, the cogs are so perfect on your "boy" pages as are the music notes on your DD's page & the sewing for the fantasy butterfly's trail is just spectacular, definitely my fave!

Peg said...

Love your work Binxcat, so my style of scrapping! The TBZ pieces are a great addition.

FRANCINE SCRAPCAT said...

OH WOW SOOO COOL HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED YOUR WORKI BINXY!!! AND SOOO LOVE THE DOTRESSED LOOK YOU DO IT VERY WELL....

maree said...

Well, you just got me introuble as hubby came down to the office to see what I was laughing at?
I love the way you write, you tell a story.
But wow your work is truly amazing.. i love how you do LO's of your son, I only wish my 21 year old son would co operate.. I so love your blog

Lisa K said...

These boy pages are the BOMB - as the mother of 3 boys I am always looking for cool boy pages and I LOVE yours!!

Lynda said...

Wow I love your style!!!You rock those pages!!Thanks.

I will be checking back from now on.Thanks for sharing.

KarenB said...

I'm a first-time visitor to your blog and I have to say I'm LOVING your work!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration and the honest, straight-talking commentary about the journey of creation for each one.

Kirsten said...

LOL your funny ann marie. i love those cogs too, and i bet that black butterfly looks awesome in real life. great work

scrapwitch said...

breathtaking AM ..your work is so lush

maryanne said...

loving these pages,they look fantastic!!

gypsylcm said...

Your layouts look stunning!

Nessa said...

These are great LO's its hard to find good inspiration for BOY Layouts.. now I know where to come in future. I love your style and your blurb is funny and interesting to read too!! Keep up the great work.

aussiescrapper said...

OMG your works are just magnificent, oh wow, I have had a look but just have to have another, wow so much technique ( I love your son's new haircut) by the way, he looks different in the latter layout, and the mystical butterfly with your daughter in it, wow, wow, just divine. Melxxxx

Magda said...

Wow, fantastic projects!
Magda

~Lisa J~ said...

These are gorgeous pages! I especially love the fantasy butterfly page. Love the Cogs too! TFS :)

elpimpi said...

WOW!!! All your pages are just amazing!! Thanks for a lot of inspiration!

Tusia said...

Fantastic layouts!

Huma said...

I love your LOs!!! they are great:)

lynne1 said...

Wow I am loving your black and white pages. Awesome!!!!!!!!

Scrapping Down a Lane said...

Bin (A.M) hun your ROC..ing the chippy with all that Basic Grey PP...... I can understand totally why your on the design team.... Congratulations you deserve it sweet. xxx Love your butterfly tails that is a special layout and love your Young men one as well. yep! I'm still about haunting your blog posts.

cheers Crazy xxx

Rebecca Beattie said...

OH AM love your latest work.... I too am a fan of the cogs, but haven't received any yet so guess what I will be requesting??? It is my first blog hop and what fun it has been. I hadn't a chance to go an comment when I checked them all out... busy getting my project finished for my post LOL. BUT here I am now :) Still loving your work, and find it SO inspiring!!

amie said...

WOW.........great layouts...i really love the boy/man ones...its so hard to get them right!! u have done a great job and my mind is ticking over...thanks heaps for sharing them with us!!

Xx

Louise said...

Damned Brilliant Creativty AM, I just can get enuf of it!!!!!

xoxo

Jules said...

Hey ... ditto with the love at first sight anne-marie!!! :)) LOVE yr stuff.... no such thing as stuff ups hunni... just creative challenges! Big congrats for the DT spot. Thanks for your lovn... hugs Jx