Thursday, October 14, 2010 2 comments

A Combined Challenge

Hello all
I was meant to have pictures of my wedding invite up for you all to see but they are on the camera but I have lost the cable to connect to the computer.  Grrr... I even took the photos of the card here on the same camera but luckily for me I still have the card so I took another shot with my little camera. 
It has been a crazy time in our household - organising a wedding from the opposite side of the country, starting my own business, attending courses have been amoung the range of things we have been up to! 

But on with this card for two different challenges this week.  Firstly we have Makeesha's Inkspiration Challenge which provides the sketch and the Embellish Challenge which provides the colour and an added extra of felt!  Now the issue I had was that I thought I had no felt but then I found some in my stash and it was totally the wrong colour.  So I still proceeded and just used a little bit and attacked it with my SU choc chip marker to ink it.  Hint - its the little dot on the ribbon!  The colours I thought were interesting and I normally do not do the pink and brown thing but I thought this time I would give it a go!

Here is the sketch:

Here are the colours:

Here is my card:

Sorry about the photo quality and then for some reason when I uploaded it - it decided to come up the wrong way - the joy of technology.  I promise though when I either find the cord or I just go and purchase a new one I will definitely get the invite photos up!

Don't forget to go to the respective sites to view the other wonderful entries! 

Heaps of Hugs
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 0 comments

I Love Stationary!

Most people that know me - know that I can get a little obsessed with stationary! No boring coloured manillar folders or binders for me! So now tht I am starting this business venture I can actually get the stationary that suits me - not someone else!

So I have been looking online because there isn't much up here although there is one shop but it is all so expensive but then again so is a lot of what i have found too but not to matter!

Have a look at these beauties!
Most have matching items too which just adds to my excitement! The website I found these on is here. The brand is Cavallini. Ahhhhh back to some dreaming...haha!

Hugs to all

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2 comments

Embellish Colour Challenge with Ric Rac

Hi everyone!
Today I finally got around to the Embellish Colour Challenge and the main reason for that was because I didn't seem to have anything that resembled ric rac at all not to mention in the colours! But then in this sticker booklet that I forgot I even had I found something that resembled it! YAY! So here is the photo that shows the colours - I just love the photos and if you do too head over to Travelingmama's Etsy shop where you can purchase them in a postcard set!

And here is my creation - the original one I had to use glue on for the ribbon but I just found another roll of tape so I just put another layer of ribbon over the top so the horrible wet marks went away! YAY!

It feels great having some time out for getting creative again but then I think about all the pages I want to do and I feel myself getting a little overwhelmed! Haha!

This card is going to some dear friends of mine that have been taking care of our beloved Kimani (our aussie bulldog) whilst we have been off galavanting around the country this year. They have been great and they are very much appreciated! I bet that they are happy that next time we go away they are too - it will be for the wedding!

Ingredient List:
Cardstock: Bazzil Kraft, SU Taken with Teal, SU Choc Chip; Ink: SU Choc Chip, SU Only Orange; Stamps: Seaside, Boho Backgrounds; Ribbon: SU Tangerine Tango; Basic Grey Button.

Hugs to all

Thursday, July 22, 2010 1 comments

Makeesha's Inkspiration Colour Challenge #32

Hi all - I hope that you are enjoying your week so far. Today I have participated in Makeesha's Colour Challenge #32 which you can find out about here. It feels great to be getting back into the groove of making cards and scrapbook pages!

Firstly here is the colour combo!
And here is my card - simple but I like it! Sorry about the picture quality though!

I hope that you all have a look at the other wonderful submissions so far this week!

Hugs to all!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1 comments

What have I been up to...Part 3

Hello once again! I left off last time after announcing that I had been made redundant (did I mention how much I dispise of that word) and so much has happened since then so I will get started!

Every two years Damo's family have a camping trip on the Murray River but this time around we organised to go a little upmarket and treat ourselves to some luxury...we hired out a HUGE houseboat which is the one in the photo above. I had been waiting for 1.5 years for this and it was well worth it! 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 10 person hot tub, deck chairs for all, kitchen upstairs and downstairs! Magnificent! The weather was spectacular too - sun out no rain for the 7 days! Apart from this wonderful holiday there were other things that needed to be accomplished whilst we were over East.....organising Our Wedding! In a week we managed to find his ring, my dress (ordered), my bridesmaid's dresses, our venue, our photographer, hair and makeup...Keep thinking I have missed something but either way thats alot don't you think?!

Before heading home we had a few nights in the beautiful Melbourne so shopping and lots of eating and drinking followed!! Then it was home and back to reality....what about a job!

Whilst this had been going on I had already been contacted by several people in the industry to see if I was looking to do work for them etc but as tempting as that was the offers were not taking a step forward but back and I wanted forward! One call stood out from all of them but it was both a scary and exciting was to start my own business! It was as if it all happened for a reason but I knew not to rush I had to weigh everything up and after lots of meetings, stressing, doing the numbers etc I have decided to do it! Damo has been wonderful throughout the process and continues to support my crazy ways!

So that is why I was away for the past two weeks it was induction to the dealer group I am going through for my license and right now I am in my office (working from home) and my business is Think Future Financial Management! See happy endings are always the best - but you can also see why I havent really been around very much in blogland or been able to do anything creative! I hope to make more time now!

I will be back tonight or tomorrow morning with my post for Makeesha's Inkspiration Challenge!

Hugs to all!

Saturday, July 3, 2010 2 comments

What have I been up to...Part 2

Whilst I was in New Zealand I took time out to relax (even though we had that BUSY schedule) to think about what I do and where I want to be with my career etc because living up here there is money to be made in other industries even in Administration if I wanted too but I really didn't want to go back to that after putting so much time and effort into studying for Financial Planning. I had even considered starting my own business up here and cutting ties with the firm I work for over East. Then it moved on to other elements like getting married and children.

Well, I didn't have to think too much more about the work part because when I got home I was informed on my first day back at work that my position was being made redundant - I finished at the end of that week! Yes this is the company that had just paid for me to go to NZ but this was an unexpected matter and I was not the only one that lost their job. In a way now that I look back on that it was the best thing to happen because it made me have to make a decision not dwell on the pros and cons of every situation which is what I can get caught up in. To provide some further insight where I live there are not many work opportunities for what I am trained in and what I am very passionate about so it really was my first wake up call for me living up here and what that was going to mean for me. Jobs are not hard to find here which I have to be very thankful for but there was still that feeling in my stomach that I was going to have to give up something that I had worked so hard towards.

I do have a photo for up on here but I have no access to my main drive as it is backing up and I wanted to make sure I got Part 2 up before I have to head to Sydney for a week and then Perth. I will be back with the rest of the story on my return and hopefully this time with some more photos and layouts!

Heaps of Hugs
Friday, July 2, 2010 0 comments

What have I been up to....Part 1

Hello again everyone!

Late last year I was offered by my employer to attend the Annual Conference this year in Feb with them and when I heard where it was being held I automatically went YES (and so did Damo)! Why you ask...because it was going to be held in Auckland, New Zealand. 1 - I have always wanted to go to NZ, 2 - Tracey my best friend had just moved there with her husband and young daughter Emily (my neice who turned 1 in Feb and I hadn't met her yet), 3 - Damo could come and this would be his first trip outside of Australia. So it was decided we were going to NZ - the only problem was we only had 6 days after the conference to see the South Island. I could have spent 6 months there!

We were wined and dined whilst in Auckland which was lovely and good to be able to get dressed up and meet all the people I speak to generally only by phone. Damo went and did a few of the "couples" itinerary. They are mostly women so he was in his element being all charming as he is! Either way it was lots of late nights and early mornings (ie lack of sleep) but fun!

I got to meet Emily and catch up with Tracey which was great - I miss her so much.

After the conference we flew to Christchurch and hired a little van to drive around in. We visited Akaroa first which was beautiful and had these very cute little cottages, then onto Lake Tekapo, went to the Visitors Centre for Mount Cook, on to Te Anau before visiting Milford Sound, back to Queenstown (sensational) and then to Fox Glacier where we took a helicopter flight up to the top of the glacier and we got to get out on to the ice...OMG that was the most spectacular experience of my life and I recommend to anyone that has the opportunity - yes it is expensive but worth every cent! After there we went on to a small little place called Jackson. We stayed at this wonderful motorhome park and there is a local tavern where we ate and drank with the locals (Aust V NZ in the cricket was also playing so that added to the entertainment!) We were offered by a local dairy farmer to go to his place the next morning to help milk the cows and see how it is all done. It was great even with the early start! After that we went back to Christchurch before heading back home via a night in Perth because we couldnt get home all in one day.

We met lots of great people on our little adventure but it was all over way to fast and we both want to go back as soon as we can!

Here is a scrapbook page of our trip to Milford Sound!

The Journalling reads "Words can not describe this magical hear about it but nothing prepares for its beauty, peacefullness and vastness. The colours, the sounds, the water, the eeriness even draws you in. We almost missed our chance but we made it - the drive alone to get to this place was worth every minute. Another inspiring moment and place in NZ. THs trip was Damo's first outside of Australia and not I believe he has THE BUG"

So I hope that you have enjoyed part 1 - I will show more of this wonderful trip in scrapbook pages to come but this is just a brief run down - part 2 of what I have been up to will come up tomorrow hopefully!

Heaps of Hugs


Hi and a sketch challenge

Hi to everyone - I made this card 2 days ago and only just got to put it up (and only because of the wonderful thing of time difference from Australia to Canada!) It is the first card I have made since February and I must say I had hit some what of a creative block but I also just have not had ANY time to do anything creative! Part 1 of that will be online today. But first to this card - it is for Makeesha's Inkspiration Sketch Challenge. This is hosted by Cindy this week! Here is the sketch:

Cindy also added the additional challenge to use something we have been oh my I have stacks to choose from then....haha! Here is my creation:

Great to have something so bright and cheery for everyone that is not enjoying winter so much! Where I live Winter is our summer where we can actually get out and do things because our days now range from 25 to 28 C as a top. Ahhh the Pilbara is a wonderful place!

Be back again later today!

Thursday, June 10, 2010 0 comments

Never Fear I Am Still Here!

It has been so long since I have posted and to make this even worse I have not been busy with cards or layouts in this long hiatus from Blog World! BUT lots of other exciting things have been happening and I will have these coming up for you in the next week or so - so please stay tuned! I have to say though - it has been hard catching up on other blogs reading pages and pages of posts but it has also been fun! Lots of ideas for projects to complete and post for you!

I will post again soon!
Heaps of Hugs
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 0 comments

A Long Awaited Return

Hello everyone and I hope that you are all having a great start to 2010! It has been a while since I have been on here and updated you all with what has been happening - to tell you the truth I have had quite a bit on and haven't really gotten back into the swing of things in creative terms! Since my last post we went to Coral Bay for a couple of days over the Christmas break - it was absolutley beautiful as I expected. It was great to get away and just relax, go snorkelling, walks along the beach and we also went on a sunset Quad Bike tour (so much fun). Here is a picture of the boat ramp area of Coral Bay...yes the water is that colour! More on this once the scrapbook pages are finished!

I then had to go away for work in January - only for a week though but any travel from here takes a while so it seems like it is forever - the best part was I could shop for some crafting goodies to bring back with me. Then it was catch up until February came along work wise! The begining of February though is my parents wedding anniversary and this year they celebrated 30 years. I made a card for them and I am very happy with this one as it was one of the first I had made in a while! Here it is:

I have been trying to get back into the swing of challenges and I try to get some done and then miss the cut off or something else comes up so once I get back from my next trip away I will endevour to do just that! Another trip I here you say...yes this week Damo and I leave for New Zealand for 2 weeks. For 5 of those days it is my works conference so that is not all that exciting but it will be once the conference is over. I am looking forward so much for cooler me you do miss it after 12 months of heat and no rain!

So there are lots of plans and plenty to do - 2010 is going to be very busy for us and I cant wait - but I will make sure that I keep everyone up to date! Here is one last card I have done lately...not overly happy with it but I will share anyway!

Thanks for stopping by and Hugs to all of you!