Sunday, August 29, 2010

Creating, creating, creating......

This is my page for Helen's weekly challenge from a couple of weeks ago. It was a sketch challenge, but the tricky part was to scrap yourself, can't say I've ever done terribly much of that!

Pretty happy with how it turned out. The photo is actually a photo of a newspaper article I had in the local paper, some 16yrs or so ago, when I was an apprentice painter/ decorator & was nominated in the NSW Training Awards.

How good does this next piccie look?

Well it's the Red Earth Scrapping September Mini Kit, which is going on sale in a couple of days for just $9! Perfect if you've got autumn photos that need scrapping. There's also plenty of little bits & pieces to make some great cards too. I'll be sharing my creations in a few days.

The next couple of pages I created for the Red Earth Scrapping Election Scrap-a-thon last weekend.

And these last 3 pages are my entries for Rounds 2-4 of Scrap that Ad @ I'm having so much fun with these challenges at the moment. The next one is due to be posted in the forum tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing which ad Heike has chosen this time!

These photos were taken last weekend when we visited the Australian Reptile Park @ Somersby. We were lucky enough to have been given a family pass by some friends & it made for a fantastic impromptu family day out!

In other "kid news", both Lily & Mackenzie presented their "If I were....." speeches to their class this week & both went over quite well which is very pleasing. So proud of them both for getting up & having a go.

Lily chose to pretend she was a photographer & planned a trip around the world with various destinations of sites she'd love to see & things she'd love to do, including visiting the pyramids in Egypt, an animal safari in Africa & climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Mackenzie chose to be a "Masterchef" & described how to make ladybird cupcakes!

Lily also received a merit card for "producing quality work at all times" on Friday which we're off course very proud of too.

I also a little stroke of luck (after a stroke of very bad luck.....lost a very expensive & sentimental earring earlier in the week), my name was drawn out at the My Little Bit of Whimsy giveaway. How cool is that! Thanks so much Steph.

Thanks for stopping by & for checking out this monster post. I'm off to have some lovely brushcetta for dinner.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Get ready to scrap @ Red Earth Scrapping

This is what Helen has got going on over the weekend @ Red Earth Scrapping, so pop on over & join in the fun with there's a sale! (& who doesn't love a bargain)

Sick of hearing about the up coming federal election? Sick of the media hype and constant polls and debates?

I know I am ... so on Saturday, once you've played your part in Australia's political history by casting your vote, you can forget ALL ABOUT the election ... and think about SCRAPPING!!!

If just scrapping isn't incentive enough, how about some goodies and vouchers to help get the mojo flowing this weekend?

Here's what's on offer ...

MME Combo Pack of your choice - these are the new release CHA ranges and have arrived in store TODAY

Prima Flowers

Green Tara Flowers

And the big one ... an election day only SALE!!! Stay tuned for details about this one

How do you win these goodies?

1. Scrap up a storm this weekend - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August. Upload all your layouts or cards or off-the-page creations to the gallery by midnight (your local time) Sunday.

You will receive 1 entry in the draw for each layout etc you upload.

Please ensure your layouts/cards/projects are created this weekend only (see the competition guidelines).

2. Place an order any time between Friday 20th - Monday 23rd and for each dollar spent you will receive 2 entries in the draw.

Keep your eyes peeled for details of the SALE

3. Introduce a friend to Red Earth Scrapping - your friend needs to register as a member any time between Friday 20th - Monday 23rd and you will receive 1 entry in the draw for each friend who registers.

Please e-mail me with the names of your friends you invite so when I approve their registration I can be sure to put your entry in the draw. Your friends will also receive an entry in the draw, and they can earn more entries by participating in the above activities.

So are you READY TO SCRAP?

It is sure to be waaaaay more exciting than an election, surely!

*** Helen ***

My Blog "Musings & Memories" www.countryscrapper.blogspot

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Spaghetti bolognocchi.......

that's what Mackenzie named our dinner last night, it's made me giggle all day!

Craig's not a fan of gnocchi so he had the spaghetti with meatballs version of bolognase thus causing the conflict with what our's was actually

The things she comes out with are so funny & cute sometimes & generally I forget to write them down.

Actually whilst I'm talking about Mackenzie, I should mention that today she had some of her artwork displayed in the school newsletter. Another piece of Kindy memorabilia to keep for her!

(she's not actually a child prodigy artist by the way, she did however draw the emu's neck under it's head, which was drawn by a teacher I'm assuming & then she painted the whole picture, which is kind of hard to tell from the B&W copy shown)

This is another thing that made me smile yesterday, our first daffodil of the season. Spring can't be far away, although today's weather definitely has been the polar opposite to the last few days, so who can tell! Funny how some bug has beaten me to see it too, seems you have to quick around here.

Helen has put up some very enticing sneak peeks of some upcoming classes at Red Earth Scrapping. Mistra's class will be in October & she'll be using this divine prettiness to work her magic.

& Penny Hackney will be using this lovely & bright collection for her class in November. I can't wait!

& last of all, this is my entry for Round 1 of the Scrap that Ad competition currently running at Scrapz. Go & check it out, as with all of Heike's competitions you can join in at any time. The criteria she chooses & challenges she sets are always so fun.

Reposting this for a fantastic giveaway at My Little Bit of Whimsy. Thought I might try my luck, you just never know & everything there is just so cute.

Vacation Alert! & Super Duper Whimsy Giveaway

Hi Whimsy Folks!!!
Vacation officially begins today and I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it! I will be away from the shop between August 8th-15th and any orders placed during this time will be shipped out August 16th :) The shop is up to date, so feel free to place your orders while we are enjoying the foot-loose and fancy free week ahead! hehe
I thought it would be appropriate to have another Whimsy Giveaway while we are away, with many chances to win! See below:

- Be a follower of this blog (= 1 entry)
- Post this on your blog with a link back to here. (= 2 entries)
- Be a "Fan" on Facebook (= 1 entry)
- Send out a Facebook referral to the Whimsy Fan page to your friends (= 2 entries)
*So if you do all 4 of these, you have 6 chances to win! Yay!
Leave a link on this post with your entry details and I will draw a name when we return from vacation!
I've been spring cleaning in the shop, so this giveaway will be a doozy!!!
Have a wonderful week :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

My turn for a weekly challenge @ RES

Go & check it out here

A nice & easy one to start off, but a way to get some downwards movement in the "stash department" just the same.

The criteria for this challenge is to: Using only scraps, create a shaped card, include a handmade embellishment & to use an oval shape.

Here's the certificate I received last week at the 2010 Central Coast Public Education Awards. Got to say I am most thrilled with it, there's been an abundance of volunteer hours that have contributed to the honour of receiving that award.

Wishing you all a lovely week & as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

School Open Day

Some of Lily's work

& in Mackenzie's classroom

Also the shoes Mackenzie & I made for the Book Week display in the school library. Here's a link to the template we used.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Red Earth Day"

Today Helen officially opens the "cyber doors" of Red Earth Scrapping for trading! Go & check it out, there's a grand opening SALE on for today only plus lots of other games & things going on in the forum to mark the occasion.

Above are the cards & L/Os, I've made using the Fancy Pants "Like Father, Like Son" range for my first CT creations @ Red Earth Scrapping.

Lily & Mackenzie got their school photos back last week too, so here they are in a little collage. It's hard to believe Mackenzie is already 1/2 way through Kindergarten & I'm sure Lily would love Year 3 to go on indefinitely as she absolutely has loved having Mr Jackson as her teacher this year.

Can't finish off with out wishing all horses everywhere a collective "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" & I hope lots of people everywhere went out & planted trees today too!