Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another Magnolia card :)

I had a really fun day on Saturday… spent some time in my craft room pottering around with various bits and pieces and then spent the evening with some scrapping friends!

I also managed to make another Pirate Tilda card… quite different from my last one which you can view HERE.

This time I wanted to do something not so pink LOL… here’s the front of my card:Pirate TildaThis time I stamped the Pirate Tilda and then masked her and used part of the Castle Window stamp so that it looks more like a brick wall.  I coloured the stamped image with Distress Inks… the red of her shirt and hat is actually Aged Mahogany and I loved how it turned out!

The ‘starry’ paper and ruler ribbon were part of the July Scraptastic paper kit which is still available at Scrapbook Dreams.

I kept the inside of the card fairly simple:InsideAnd here is the card standing up:Open The flower is a Prima one from my stash and I inked the Adage Ticket using my new favourite Distress Ink… Tea Dye!

I’ve got a few more Magnolia cards in the partly done stage so hopefully I’ll get some time to finish them off over the next few days…

And if you like stamping you might just like to win this:Candy-Version-1The very generous Kellie has 30+ stamps up for grabs and all you have to do is visit her blog and follow 3 REALLY simple instructions!

That really would be a prize worth winning!!

Happy crafting… Shell xx

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The July Scraptastic was GREAT!

I’ve finally gathered some energy after the Scraptastic weekend.  What a fun time… so much inspiration and so many new ideas!

Firstly a BIG thank you to everyone who supported this event and helped out in lots of different ways… we couldn’t have done it without you :)

We had some really good demonstrations including one from Lynne who showed us 4 different ways to make our own flowers… so simple but sooo effective!Lynns demo Later on in the day Mikayla got this photo… where was everyone??Where is everyone At another demo… this one was done by Tracey and she was demonstrating the Tim Holtz sizzix dies and embossing folders… VERY cool!Tracey's Demo While everyone was busy doing that Mikayla managed to get a couple of photos of our scrapping stalls… here’s some of what Creative Bugs had in stock:Creative Bugs And here’s some of Scrapbook Dreams:Scrapbook Dreams By this stage lots of people had started on the challenge pack and here’s the results:  

There were so many wonderful layouts created with the challenge pack but here is the winning layout created by Lynne:

If you’d like to grab your own challenge pack we’ve got some available at Scrapbook Dreams :)

Some of the ladies spent the afternoon doing the Grungeboard Album class… and their albums were stunning!!!  Sorry we were so busy that I forgot to get any photos.  However Rangi made it over for the class with little Isaac and ‘Auntie Tracey’ was in baby heaven:Auntie Tracey At only 6 weeks he was extremely content to be carried and cuddled while Mum did some inking LOL

There were LOTS of prizes handed out during the day… here’s a peek at the prize table:Retreat info and prizes Each one of those little envelopes on the ribbon represents another prize! 

Along with the challenge pack competition and Scrapbookers bingo we also had the Bossy Scrapper challenge… it was the quietest time of the whole day while everyone was concentrating!Bossy Scrapper Jane won the Bossy Scrapper but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the winning layout so if you could email me one that would be GREAT!

By the end of the night there was only one prize left to go… and it was a good one (valued at over $200)… the Queen of the Crop!  And the winner was Lynne from Tauranga:Queen of the Crop Congratulations Lynne!  We really hope you enjoy all your scrapping goodies :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

July Scraptastic is almost here!

This week is really zooming by… and the courier must almost have my address on auto-pilot now LOL

I’ve got a long list of things to finish before the Scraptastic on Saturday and more and more of it is getting marked off!

Last night we got all the challenge packs finished… and they are so COOL!  Plus the little goodie bags are done!  Prize envelopes done!

The courier was here four times yesterday with parcels of goodies… and there’s some cool stuff!!!

Auntie Daphne is arriving later today from Whangarei and she’s going to give me a hand on Friday… SO lucky!!!

If you haven’t got your ticket yet there’s still a few more available in the online shop:

Web ticket And keep your eyes peeled after the weekend because we’ve got some VERY exciting news to announce!

Monday, July 5, 2010

I got a ‘baby’ for my birthday!

When my sister (Katey) announced that she was expecting her third baby in July I was quite excited… and since she’d gone into labour early with both of her previous girls I thought that it was feasible that this one might go early too so I told her that I wanted a baby for my birthday!

All through her pregnancy I’ve been teasing her about having the baby on my birthday… and she kept saying that it was never going to happen.

Anyway… last Sunday I had my 40th birthday (which was fantastic!) and Katey rang me in the morning.  When I asked her how she was she said that there were NO niggles of any kind and I wasn’t getting a baby for my birthday… and then I got a call from her in the evening!

She wanted to know ‘how’ I’d done it because at 5.22pm she had her baby!!!  I now have a lovely new niece called Samantha :)Katey

After I finished work on Monday the girls and I went over to the hospital to visit and I couldn’t resist getting this photo:Shells birthday present Krystal certainly found something funny to share with Samantha:Krystal And Mikayla was amazed by how ‘soft’ she wasMikaylaIt was a great visit… and then this weekend I actually found some time to make Samantha’s birth card.closedI used a new stamp set from CC Designs which I coloured using Distress Inks.  The design is one I saw on the internet and adjusted for what I wanted.openAs you can see, it’s a little gatefold card.  It’s really cute in size… the closed card measures 4 x 4 inches… and on the inside is another little monkey :)Inside I’m really happy with how it turned out… and the kindy glitz on the flowers adds just a little bit of sparkle.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to have cuddles with Miss Samantha and her big sister very soon!!Shell Welcome to the family Samantha!  Love Auntie Shell xx

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge #31

I’m really enjoying some of the challenges on different blogs lately and as soon as I saw the sketch for the Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge #31 I knew exactly which image I wanted to use!

Here’s the sketch:sketch31 And here’s the card I made featuring Pirate Edwin… he’s just so utterly adorable!Pirate Edwin I coloured Captain Edwin using Tim Holtz Distress Inks… I love that you can layer colours to create real depth on your image!

The stripe paper is from Imaginisce which I layered with black cardstock… and for the first time EVER I actually got out my sewing machine and stitched the paper together!  I can’t believe that it’s taken me so long to do that because I absolutely love the effect!Pirate Edwin2 I also added some pirate ribbon that I got from Spotlight along with the glitzy cardstock… it’s super sparkly!!  Then I finished it all off with some alpha stickers and black pearls from my stash along with some Tim Holtz embellishments.

As you can see from the photo above I did a little decorating on the inside too.Pirate Edwin insideI think it’s nice to have a little something special inside :)

So I’ve had a wonderfully creative start to my weekend!