Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Last post ...

...for the year. Yep. I think this is it. We are leaving tomorrow night and where I'm going there will be no/very limited internet connection. Sadly, I won't be able to scrap either. No space in my luggage for scrapping gear. Lol! At least I will have my camera with me. :)
Just wanted to share my last layout for the year with you. I've used the AC Dear Lizzy 'Enchanted' paper range for this one. I've done a bit of fussy cutting and used a couple of Martha Stewart punches. All products used are available here.
I love these pics of DD and I. She's such a sweetie. :)
And a couple of close ups.

Okay. I'm of to do some packing. I hope everybody will have a fabulous Christmas and New Year! Will 'see' you all in January! Mwah!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

November Sketch at HBS and a great offer on Thickers!

Hi everybody! I've been MIA for a while. Life gets very hectic in my household this time of the year. I'm also leaving on a looooong holiday soon. Yay!!

Just wanted to blog about Handmade by Suzanne's Sketch Challenge this month. Our guest DT member for November, Melinda Spinks, has created this gorgeous sketch. To see Melinda and other DT examples as well as the entries so far, have a look here.

This is my take on the sketch.

And a close up. ;) Love those Prima flower centres.
So, why not give the sketch a go? You can win yourself an awesome prize!
And now for a bit of retail therapy.
"This week's phenomenal bargain at 'Handmade by Suzanne' is.... Thickers!! Suzanne is marking down All Thickers to a measly $5.75! That is between 20 and 30% off. Sale ends Friday 26 November, so be quick before all stock sells out."
That's it for now. Will be back with another post soon. Have a great week!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Hehehee... thought I would try and get your attention this way. :)
Just want to share the following fabulous news from Handmade by Suzanne.

"At Handmade By Suzanne commencing this week we are offering customers amazing weekly specials which last for just a short time and until stock runs out.
This week and the very first special HBS have discounted ALL Cuttlebug products by 30%! That is better than any Christmas sale! This includes all the Companion Folder sets and the Cut & Emboss combos! Special ends midnight Friday 19th November.
Be quick while stocks last and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to hear about the next amazing deal."

Friday, November 12, 2010

Do I have to?

Hi there all my bloggy friends. Woohoo, it's Friday! Just a tad happy about it being weekend. :)
Just want to share another layout I did with my DT kit this month. I've used the gorgeous 'Tinsel and Twig' range from The Girls Paperie but I deliberately did a non Christmas layout this time. The photos are of my DS during a recent photoshoot that my friend Kathy did for us. He did a lot of sighing and face pulling unaware that the camera was clicking away. Too funny! :)
All products used are available from Handmade by Suzanne.
A close up of my crocheted and felt-topped flower. (Couldn't resist putting at least one flower on my layout). :)
I've stitched my journalling strips onto the page and boy, did I have a lot of fun with that red paint! Must do that again soon...
That's all for now, but I'll be back with another layout and hopefully some cards soon. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend.
Take care.
M xox

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'm doing it right now!!!

I must be the world's worst 'blog award passer onner' (I'm sure there is a word like that?) I just never seem to be able to sit down, think about it and then actually blog it. I've got a layout to share but its overcast here in Perth, so I can't photograph it yet. So, I've decided NOW, I have to do it NOW! So wish me luck, before I find something else that I need to do instead... Oh, I'm hopeless!!

First up: A Cherry On Top Blog Award

I've received this one from 3 (yes you've heard right, 3) gorgeous ladies over the last 2 and a half months. Okay, 2 of them were in the last 2 weeks. Thank you to Chloe, Trudi and Nadia. You are all wonderful and I'm very flattered that you have thought of me when passing on this lovely award. You guys are the best!
So, the rules for this award are:

1. Thank the person (in my case persons) that passed it to you. Thank you Chloe, Trudi and Nadia! You guys rock!

2. Copy the award to your blog.

3. Share three things about youself that you enjoy doing.

4. Pass the award to 5 others.

Now for 3 things about me that I enjoy doing.

I think the first thing will have to be 'sleeping in'. I'm a bit of night owl and have no problem to stay awake until all hours of the morning but boy, do I struggle to get up in the mornings!

I love being a mom and I will honestly be lost without my kids when they move out of home one day. That day is coming closer as DS is 17 and DD 15. It feels like just the other day they were only babies.

I love spending time with my friends. We are a close group of friends who regulary get together for morning tea, lunch or weekend barbeques. I also love the occasional restaurant meal when its only DH and me.

I want to pass this award on to the following gorgeous ladies who always inspire me to do better with their continues lovely comments on my blog.

The Bonny Blog Award:
This blog award was passed on to me by the very talented and inspirational Kathie Link, way back in June (told you I was bad!). Thank you Kathie!

The rules for this award are:

1. Put the Swap Sisters Bonny Blog Award on my blog.
2. Share 5 things about myself.
3. Pass the award onto 5 other Bonny Blogs.
4. Add links to my 5 chosen Bonny Blog Winners.
5. Let them know they have been chosen to win the Swap Sisters Bonny Blog Award by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok, so 5 things about me. Something you don't already know....

1. I am very tall (1.8 m to be exact), but I'm only the 3rd tallest in our family of 4 as DS was very proud to outgrow me about a year and a half ago. He now is the tallest, followed by DH, myself and then DD who is only about 5 cm shorter than me.

2. I studied fashion design and designed wedding gowns, etc for many years until my responsibilities as a mother became more important than having a satisfied client.

3. I recently got my first pair of reading glasses (as old age caught up with me).

4. I started playing netball again last year after about 20 years of not playing at all. My team consist mainly out of uni students. Lol! They keep me fit and young.

5. I've been married for 20 years and can't imagine life without my DH. He is my best friend and we have dreams of travelling the world together. Lol! We also have dreams of winning the Lotto! :)

I would like to pass this award on to 5 beautiful ladies who are always leaving lovely comments on my blog. Thank you girls. You are awesome.






Now, there are more than just these few girls that visit my blog and leave comments. :) I wish I could pass this on to all of you. I hope I haven't offended anyone...

Wish you all an awesome day!!

M xox

Friday, November 05, 2010

Christmas Grinches?

Yes. It's that time of the year already and before you know it you will hear 'Jingle Bells' playing in every shop you walk into. To get us into the Christmas spirit we are all doing Christmas layouts at 'Handmade by Suzanne' this month. I've got to play with the 'Tinsel & Twig' range from The Girls Paperie. I love these papers and the sticker pad in this range is such great value for money. You can check it out here. I've also added some 'Flourish with a Bling' Metallic Vine and red pearls as well as a Basic Grey Bloomers fabric flower. I've stitched all along the lines and edges of my background paper to make it look more 'real'. There is a tiny bit of black in some of these papers but I tried to make more of a feature of this by adding black stitching and embellishments.
A close up of the stitcing and embellie cluster.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families! Gotta go and get my DD from school.
Thanks for visiting my little blog. :)
M xox