Tuesday, 17 August 2010

FINALLY...

She gets her a into g and chooses a winner... sorry Twiddleybitz Happy (blog) Hoppers... life has been flying by a the rate of knots lately.

I originally asked Miss 8 to pick a number between 1 and 59 (the number of comments on the giveaway / blog hop post below)... she predictably said "25" (her birth date)... I counted down to 25 and it was none other than Tiff THE TERRIFIC Sawyer herself! LOL ;) 

Well, seeing as she has her own stash of Twiddley-deliciousness, I told her to pick another number... instead she scrolled through the comments with her eyes closed and stopped at aussiescrapper's lovely comment... so I have a little pack of goodies with your name on it chick... now it just needs your address and it is ALL YOURS!  I hope you enjoy...

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

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Getting ready for a BIG {scrappy and happy} weekend...


 

I had a fabulous time meeting some of the wonderful Twiddleybitz chickies at the True Blue Craft Fair last weekend and I was more than just a little bit chuffed to see some of my work on display...

The stand was easily the best of the entire show... and I am not just saying that... I know, I know, I am biased but seriously it was simply stunning... TOP CLASS... a notch or three above the rest... we have an amazing design team and Nicole and Andrew obviously have very good taste! hehehehe ;)  You guys did an amazing job of setting up... only next year we need a BIGGER SPACE... it was packed to the rafters!  Some serious shopping going on and the classes by Janent Vincent, The Magnificent Mel and Rachel Walsh and the make and takes were obviously very popular... well dones chicks [oh and rooster, Mr TBZ! ;)].  WE ROCKED IT!  DEFINITELY getting more organised (read: finding a babysitter!) so I can participate properly next year.

Now... the fun has only just begun...


A message to all members of Twiddleybitz...


Shouting out a big hello to all our valued Twiddleybitz members, you are all invited to join us this weekend for our first ever Twiddleybitz blog hop. There will be a weekend of inspiration from our talented designers, chatting and some fabulous RAK'S and prizes to be won.

So if your stash is low, join us for a chance to win some Twiddleybitz. And don't worry, if you have never done a blog hop before, all you need to do is check out the Ning forum at 6.30pm AEST this Friday, Aug 6th for all the details.

If you are not already registered just sign up on the ning site here... and please come play along...  we would love to have you.

Hope to see you there for some fun and happy hopping :):):)



I am also teaching my Mini Flip Album at Tomorrow's Memories on Saturday...

Monday night I am starting my basic photography course with Sharon Manning.  I am so excited.  Really looking forward to it...

OKies... I gotta go clean my house and do some laundry (the bane of my life)... it seriously looks like a STY!  Chat to you over the weekend I hope...

Take care of YOU first, then you can take care of YOURS even better... ;)