Sunday, October 31, 2010

It’s been eventful here!

On Wednesday it was the Rotorua ‘Pink Walk’ so Mikayla and I decided that we’d join in.  We’d already registered so then it was just a case of coming out with outfits to wear… and for those of you who have done the walk before you’ll know that some of the outfits are pretty outrageous!!

Here’s what Mikayla and I came up with:full length

Mikayla found the ‘perfect’ wig and she adorned it with a Canteen bandana (another cause we both support)… she also added these ‘cool’ pink tights!  As for me… I borrowed Mum’s ‘lucky’ petticoat, a hot pink shirt, feather boa, pink fluffy hair ties and this very cool jesters hat!close up

We met up with Nina from the Scrapbook Dreams night classes:IMG_0749

And quite a few of the teachers from school:IMG_0756

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There was some Zumba to get us all warmed up:IMG_0755

Then we were off:crowd

Over 1800 people took part in the walk and it was loads of fun!  Just as we were getting to the end of the walk one of the organisers came up to us and handed us these:Tickets

Two tickets to the Four Nations test – Kiwis vs Papua New Guinea!  We’ve never been to a league game before (or even watched one of TV) so it was pretty exciting!

Last night Mikayla and I headed off to the league… and we had a GREAT introduction to the game!  It was fast… exciting… and just a brilliant night!   We sang the National Anthem with the crowds... cheered for both teams... had fantastic burgers... and took 138 photos!

So after LOTS of these:IMG_0870

And quite a few of these:IMG_0851

We ended up with this:IMG_0919

It took us ages to warm up last night but it was SO worth it!!  This morning I got quite a few photos printed off and created a double layout… haven’t done one of those in a LONG time!

Here’s the left side:Left

And here’s the right:Right

And here’s what it looks like all together:Whole

Once I worked out HOW to put it all together it was lots of fun… and YES I’m pretty thrilled with it!

Hope you have all had a good weekend too!  Shell xx

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Giving back has it’s own rewards :)

Mikayla is really big on 'giving back' at the moment. A few days before her 16th birthday last week she said that she wanted to 'give back' and she'd decided she wanted to be a blood donor. She rang up and found out when she could donate - we have a temporary set up here in Rotorua.

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Last Thursday I took her down after school and she filled in all the forms and read all the pamphlets and decided that she really wanted to do it!

They had a bit of trouble getting the veins working right... apparently she hadn't drunk enough water during the day. She was amazingly calm as the poked and prodded at her and when they got it all working right she had a HUGE grin on her face... sorry I forgot the camera!!

Unfortunately she bruised really badly over the next couple of days (which isn't normal):bruises

After she was done we went to the Rotorua night market and bought her these:flowers

She's all recovered now and the bruises are quickly disappearing... and she's all set to donate again in late January... except this time she's going to go with Grandma and they'll be donating together!!   Well done Mikayla... I'm really proud of you!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finally a layout!!

Well I’ve finally managed to get a layout done!!  This one is for the ‘faceless’ challenge at Scrapbook Dreams this month.  You can find all the details for the challenge HERE!

I used a great photo of my niece taken after jumping on the trampoline:

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Such a cool photo and so much fun to scrap it finally!

In other news… Miss Mikayla is celebrating her 16th birthday today :)  She’s had a great day at school… got some nice cards and presents… and then tonight we’re having KFC for dinner. 

I hope you’re all having a great week!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tags and Layouts :)

Hi there :)

On the weekend I spent some time with one of my scrapping friends Lynne and we did a tag class.  It was so neat to learn lots of new techniques… and refresh on some old ones.

We made 4 tags during the afternoon involving inking, using metals, hammers, Tim Holtz embellishments, texture plates, embossing etc… talk about FUN!

So far I’ve finished off two of the tags so I thought I’d share them:IMG_0666_1The ‘Time’ tag was created using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and LOTS of inking so I loved it!  The clock, time words and hour glass were all made from metal which we ran through a Ten Studios embossing plate and then banged with a texture hammer to distress.  Next I added some metal chain, brads and mini flower along with a heart charm and larger flower that I distressed with paint.

Here’s a closer look at the Time tag:IMG_0665_1  I finished off the second tag this morning.  I got quite a bit done in class… inking and stamping with paint (quite like the effect of that!) and then I did the grungeboard bird… but it ‘needed something’.  So this morning I inked and embossed some flowers, layered them up and added a hitch fastener along with jump rings to add the wee bird… really happy with it now!IMG_0664_1Following on from emails received about the Bugs & Butterflies retreat I thought I’d better share the layouts I did for the classes.

In the first class we created two layouts from My Minds Eye paper… really liked this one because it was so lovely to work with.Loves me_1 In the first layout we added photos to a film strip that I cut on the cricut.  The paper is double sided so it was easy to make sure it all coordinated.   We also worked with some mesh ribbon (great for inking!), Prima flowers, Tim Holtz journaling tags and sealing wax.  I did a layout about one of my nieces and love that the paper worked so well with colour photos :)

The second layout had a different feel to it… but still using the same paper:Simple things_1 This time we did some cutting, distressing and layering plus we created brads with the i-top brad maker so they match perfectly with the paper.  My niece loves flowers and these photos were perfect for the layout :)

In the other layout class we went for a very different look using some new Bo Bunny paper (Learning Curve Collection):IMG_0627_1 We cut a large circle and then layered various pp strips to create a bit of depth to the layout.  We also used Tim Holtz ruler ribbon, mini paper clips, buttons and brads.  I did my layout using a photo of me when I started school and one taken earlier this year… yes I’m still at Primary School (must be a SLOW learner LOL)

Hope you enjoyed looking at all the creativity :)

Have a great week… Shell xx

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Another Magnolia Card

On Thursday Mikayla and I went to the Pig & Whistle for a friends engagement party.  It was pretty informal and no gifts etc but I wanted to make her a nice card so I grabbed out my Magnolia Bride stamp and inked it up for the first time!

I have to say that it’s a really gorgeous stamp to work with… and here’s my card":

Engagement cardI decided to go with a semi vintage look… lots of flowers, pretty lace and a bit of distressing.  The background paper is from My Minds Eye and it worked really well.

I coloured the image using Distress Inks and added lots of kindy glitz to the brides dress which really sparkled.

The best part is that I actually did give the card away!! 

Meanwhile I’ve been stamping and colouring lots of other images so I’ll share them once they’ve actually been made into cards :)

Hope you’re all having a great weekend… we’re off to enjoy the sunshine :)