Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Le Cirque

Who doesn't love the circus.... Over the years we have been too many a different circus and loved them all - Cirque du Soleil is one of my favourites!! Will never forget the first time we saw Saltimbanco!!!!!

Anyway I digress lol!! When Graphic 45 brought out their new Le Cirque range I couldn't wait to get my hands on it - it is bright and fun and full of character... some have even said it is scary!!!! But no - once you start playing with it is makes creating so much more fun - the papers simply work together so well that despite a few of them being very busy in design they work together!!!!!!!!!

For something a bit fun and to go with a few of my Cirque Dusoleil items I made this mini village tent!! The minature houses, shadowbox and circus tent are all by Twiddleybitz and work so well with the Graphic 45 papers I had.

Add in some smooch'es and the new VIVA precious metal colour paints I have just discovered (available from Rachel Greig at Darkroom Door ) and voila!!!!

Material List
Graphic 45
Le Cirque range
Le Cirque 4500303
Circus Parade 4500305
Manifique 4500306
Extravaganza 4500310
Dazzle and Delight 4500309
Greatest Show on Earth 4500311
Le Cirque tags 4500314

Circus Friends CIR001
Circus Big Top CIR 003
Rectangular Shadowbox SBR004
Miniature Houses TMH001

Flourish with a Bling – Rhinestones Black and Silver
Smooch – Moonlight, Sundance
VIVA Precious Metal Colours #603 & #404
Tim Holtz Distress ink – vintage Photo & Black Soot

Thankyou all for your kind words and messages left - I do love reading them all :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Magic of Oz

My spook!! Love this photo of Chionia - she started out as a ghost but had to have her face painted at a friends Halloween birthday party :)

So when I saw the papers in Graphic 45's new collection Magic of Oz I knew exactly which LO I was going to do - add into the mix the stunning Staples - metal flowers, doorknobs and buttons and voila!!!!!!!! I just LOVE the metal staples! Check out Graphic 45's blog to see some world wide inspiration from Jane and Hilde as well using this magical range of papers :)

Material List
Graphic 45
Magic of Oz – Journey to Oz #4500343
Emerald City #4500347
Chipboard Die Cuts 2 #4500355
Staples Ornate Doorplate & knob #4500297
Metal Flowers #4500300
Paper Flowers #4500 230
Alpha Stickers #4500235
Envelope Tag #4500233
Twiddleybitz Vintage overlay (OV001) with Crafty Notions Black Gold Jewel Enamels CCE15D
Curved Name plate (NP002) with Crafty Notions Apitie Jewel Enamels CCE17
Thickers Alpha’s
Flourish with a Bling - Jack Vine Olive
Tim Holtz key
German Scraps
My 2 Angels hatpin
Prima flowers

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

G45 and Want 2 Scrap Winners and Thanks to....

woohoo what a week!!!!!!!!!!

First of all thankyou to everyone who has stopped by my blog and either had a squizzy or left a message - it is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! AND if you left a message both on one of our blogs or on facebook you were entered into a comp for some awesome G45 goodies and Want 2 Scrap items :)

Without futher ado.....drum roll....

The winners of the Graphic 45 prize pack are Manhatan Mandie who left a comment on Tara Orr's blog this week, and Patti Goodding Swartz who left a comment on the Graphic 45 Facebook page. Congratulations ladies! Please email us at with your shipping information so we can send you your prizes!

Had a quiet weekend just gone - it was nice to not go anywhere or entertain and just relax at home :) been a busy few months lately and fingers crossed another busy few ahead work wise!!!!!!!! Just waiting on an email or two with those - very impatiently too I might add!!!!!!

Sneak peak....cause I so want to share!!!!!

And last but not least a big thankyou to Lynette at My Lens and My photography. At the Camp mojo weekend I had a mini session with her - now normally I am the one behind the camera in this house and there aren't too many photo's with me in it...hence the photo session..... and she has worked wonders with that camera and computer of hers - I do love it :) ..... another sneak peak of one of the photo's - the rest are winging their way to me as we speak from sunny Queensland - if you are close to her and want some awesome shots - look her up :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Blog hopping time with Graphic 45 and Want 2 Scrap

Welcome from all the way down under :) I am so glad you could join us for the Graphic 45 and Want2Scrap blog hop! The hop kicked off earlier this week and runs until August 12th, 2011. So sorry if you visited earlier and this post wasn't up - not sure why blogger didn't do it as scheduled - I obviously didn't hit the right button lol.

Today from the Want2Scrap Team, we have their design team member Terre Fry and from Graphic 45 join Gloria and Nancy and myself for some inspiring projects!!!Make sure that you stop by each designers' blog, the Graphic 45 Blog and Want2Scrap blog for your chance to win a bunch of amazing goodies!

Want2Scrap and Graphic 45 will both be giving out two prizes. One prize on each of our blogs and one prize on each of our Facebook Pages. Want2Scrap will be giving out two $25 Gift Certificates and Graphic 45 will be giving out two prize packages valued over $25. For the blog prize winner, we will pick a random person who comments on one of the designers' blog posts. For the Facebook prize winner, we will pick a random person who leaves a comment on our Facebook fanpage.

Right now onto my project for today!!!!!!!! A few weeks ago I went to an awesome retreat known as Camp Mojo and had a ball!!! So what better to scrap than a weekend away with good friends :) I always grumble a bit about mini albums as I don't like the getting it all together ready to scrap bit - but print out a bunch of photo's - cover each page with different paper and start at the beginning!!!!!! I ALWAYS fall in love with it as I go and by the end of it - discover it is so worth the effort and love how mini albums turn out :)

Graphic 45's Le Cirque papers were just perfect for this album and if you take an extra close look you may discover another one of my projects in the making... ;)


Graphic 45 – papers all used from the 8x8 Pad Le Cirque – 4500316
Paper’s used include : Bohemian Floral 4500304
Greatest Show on Earth 4500311
Le Cirque 4500303
Circus Parade 4500305
Extravaganza 4500310
Wizards of Wonders 4500307
Dazzle and Delight 4500309
Under the Big Top 4500308
Flying High 4500312
Magnifique 4500306
Le Cirque borders 4500313
Le Cirque tags 4500314
Graphic 45 Staples – Flower staples 4500230
Want 2 Scrap – Scalloped album, Pearl flourish, Pearl brackets, single black pearls, black pearl name tags
Imaginarium Designs chipboard – leaf
Various ribbons including May Arts
My 2 Angels – date hatpin
Nestabilities – Floral Doily Motif S5-041
Tim Holtz – Doorknob, film strip, Kraft resist paper, vintage photo ink, tag
Making Memories mini alpha’s
3D mount tape
Hambly screen prints transparency and rubons (crown and wings)

Hints / Tips
• To add extra pages into album trace around scalloped chipboard page onto cardstock/transparency and cut out. Page maybe folded in half and stuck together to give a different size page in album.

• Chipboard pages were traced around onto G45 paper then cut out and adhered using Mod Podge Matt. Ink all edges once dry to give a professional finish

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Jolly Good Cause

Why do bad things happen to good people....

A few weeks ago I met Helen Jolly IRL!! at the Camp mojo retreat and she is simply a gorgeous person - speaking with her you had the sense that her family was everything to her and that life was good.

On Monday her husband was killed in a motor vehicle accident on the way home from work - just like that her life has been turned upside down. With 2 young boys she is facing this with incredible strength and determination. Watching another close friend go through this over the last 15 months I know how much heartache there is ahead and the struggles this family will face. The lose of a spouse or loved one is one of my greatest fears of mine and don't know how I would cope in this situation. My thoughts and prayers are with you Helen and your boys.

Some wonderful friends of hers have set up a Facebook page (with her knowledge!) called A Jolly good cause where you can make a small donation that will be forwarded onto the family to help where it is needed. Give up that cup of coffee today and make a donation - all donations above $2.00 are tax deductible :) Please LIKE the page and follow the link - it is the least I can do..

The scrapping community here in Australia has once again shown how wonderful and supportive it is and that is comforting to see.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Class Photo's True Blue Claremont Showgrounds Aug 2011

For those ladies who wanted photo's of the classes they did over the last 2 days at Claremont Showgrounds here you go :)

Fridays card class

Saturday Card Class

Mini house in Shadowbox

Timeless Layout

Also - the photo I have used in my Timeless Layout is of a good friends daughter and was taken by the very talented Sandie Mallon Pop over to her website and have a squizzy at her stunning photo's!!!! :)

AND Jennifer Hodge's very clever mum hand crotcheted all the beautiful flowers for our class too - thankyou!!!!!! Pop over to Jen's blog (Twiddleybitz sidebar) if you wish for more info on them!!

Happy scrapping :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

To those wonderful ladies who have completed my classes in the last couple of days

lol to top things off the computer is playing up - first the keyboard battery dies so hubby xx changes it over for me! OK

I am in the middle of downloading and editing photo's - I will post a lot more tomorrow morning - particular those of today's impromptu class due to the original one selling out yesterday.. WOW Thankyou

Everyone of you who a class did an awesome job - I was really pleased with how every single project turned out!!!!!!!!!! You all had fun and played in the glitter storm or inks and colour sprays todays with of course CHIPBOARD! I am so sorry most names are a blur - but one little message - LARISSA your house in shadowbox beat your mum's - it was cool and loved your bold choice of colour :) ;) cool name too .. Leave me an email and I will be touch with a little giveaway for you :) Either through Twiddleybitz website or here - :) Thankyou :)

My little one is calling for cuddles - nite all - photo's tomorrow for you - HAPPY SCRAPPING :)

Sold out classes, Christmas projects and craft shows!

What a busy couple of days and back at it again today - so just a quick post for you all!!

Graphic 45's post today is all about Christmas..... I created this wallhanging which I love - lots of TWIDDLEYBITZ houses on a special wreath kit....

and guess what.....

You can buy the kit at the True Blue Craft Fair at Claremont Showgrounds this weekend!! How's that for timing lol!!! Pop by the stand for a visit this weekend - I am teaching classes between 10am and 2pm which are great

fun - sold out of the card one yesterday before lunchtime so stayed up late last night creating a new class :) Less glitter in this one!! And yes that's right it was the card class I sold out of! lol

Gotta run - busy day ahead!!!!!! Thanks for popping by :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stay tuned for an amazing Blog Hop

Graphic 45 and Want2Scrap are teaming up next week for a fabulous blog hop!!!! Join us from 8th August for some amazing creations :)

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