Thursday, February 24, 2011

5 Things I'm Lovin'

Hey there Bloggers.  It's been another crazy week - The new class Schedule at work is out  so I've been frantically trying to get my class examples finished so that they are ready. Hmmm...good luck with that ;) Anyway, to try and get my creative Mojo going I thought I'd do my five fave things list a little early.  So, here goes:

1.  Hero Arts

I love this stamp company, they have a great range of stamps in clear, cling and wood. I have the owl stamp used in the card below and love to dress it up (re: my Halloween card) I love how this person on the Hero Arts blog dressed it up with a hat, shoes and pearls - hilarious!  And that other card is just cracking me up!

2.  Arian Armstrong

These prints are done by Arian Armstrong.  I've been stalking her blog ever since I stumbled upon it.  She's an artist that sells her stuff on her blog or etsy, you can custom order prints for your kiddies for their room.  Very cute.  Maybe I should commission her to create me a print with Frogs and Chickens in it (with maybe an owl peeking out ;)

I cannot wait until our Stampendous order arrives at the shop!  I am actually quite excited by alot of the new stamps that they just released at CHA.  Not just these great ones but also some really good collections of sayings and sentiments. So soon it will be - good-bye pay cheque, hello stamps ;)

4.  Prima

I know, I know! Some of you will be very shocked that Prima has made my top 5 list (I am SO not normally a girly girl ;) but I ambushed Fiona as she was unpacking 2 enormous boxes that arrived at the shop on Monday and there were the most stunning metal trinkets in there!  I'm in love.

5.  Distress Inks

I know it's no surprise to most of you that I am ever so slightly (snort!) obsessed by Distress Inks.  I find that they are one of my go-to items when I'm in mortal combat with the Mojo-Monster (you know, the beast that drains all of your creative ideas out of your ear when you are sleeping, until you wake up in the morning and can barely operate scissors? ;)  I think I've been reading too much Jim Butcher ;)
Any hoo, I love them and am slowly building up my stash.  I love them for their versatility - you can ink with them, stamp with them, paint with them, the uses are endless.  I'm also using the re-inkers in my technique trio class.

Well, that's enough of my rambling, I'm off to my sick-bed, I suspect I've caught one of the many bugs that the kids bring home from School and Daycare :(
You know it's bad when you don't want coffee ;)
Have a great night!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


We have been frantic at work - when-ever we approach the cross over from one class schedule to the next it's action/panic stations for a while.  Not only do we have to design and create a heap of classes, but we also have to schedule them - which can be a nightmare in itself.

So, anyhow here is one of my new upcoming classes called Spellbound (because it's all about using Spellbinders - I think Fiona goes a little kooky when she's naming the classes)

This next one in from another class coming up called Technique Trio.  Dion actually really likes this one - I do too, it's kinda Batik-looking.

Also a big shout out to the fabulous Linda (AKA Little Miss Puddleduck) for the lend of her telly - since ours blew up in the storm on Monday night.  My kids are your biggest fans!  Linda will be soon doing some kits and guest teaching at work (yay).  You can check out her blog here
Anyway, that's it for me so far - gotta get back to the craft desk (if I can find it ;)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Issue 5 is Here, and some Show & Tell

Well, in all the fun and games going on around here I forgot to mention that the latest Issue of Australian Scrapbook Ideas has hit the newsstand!
(That's my Buzz Lightyear layout in the top left corner)

I've also realised that I haven't actually put any of the layouts etc up on my blog from previous Issues.  So I shall start uploading them to my blog from time to time (and as I get them back)

 This layout was from Issue 2 of Australian Scrapbook Ideas. The article was interactive layouts.  There is hidden journaling on a tag behind the bottom photo and a 'postcard' I created behind the top photo (my computer didn't want to upload photos of them today so I'll add them at a later date)
Anyway gotta dash - I'm teaching my Twinchies class today.
Have a fab Friday!

Monday, February 07, 2011

They Say it's My Birthday (and 5 things I'm Lovin')

Hey there bloggers! Well today I turned 34  - say it loud and proud I say.  I've had a quiet but good Birthday - my boys were blessedly well-behaved, I had coffee with my Mother-in-Law and have so far racked up 4 (count 'em,4) Birthday cakes.  I guess that makes up for the couple of years where I didn't have one ;)

This week's faves revolve mostly around what I've been up to last week - leading up to my Birthday  so bare with me ;)

1. Panic Hair

My bestie Kylie has been hanging her head in shame in regards to me - I admit I only get my hair done once a year for my Birthday.  And recently I had to confess to her that I had cut my fringe with a pair of nail scissors in sheer frustration.  My excuse is that pre-children I had dead straight hair.  Now after 2 kids I have out of control curls (I mean really, what's that about?)  I hadn't been able to find a hairdresser that actually knew how to cut curly hair properly so I lived in sufference ;)
I finally succumbed and went to her Hairdresser on Thursday, and am now a convert.  I swear, if Kaycee moved to Zabizi I would follow her!  My hair looks fabulous! (if I do say so myself ;)
These guys are in St Lucia and are super fabulous (and they make you milkshakes or coffees)
To check them out click on the panic button ;)

2.Make Up School

I went to make-up school Friday!  Kylie and I booked in for Make-up 101 at Gorgeous Cosmetics in the city.  It was so much fun and actually very informative and useful.
I mean, I know how to do my make-up but I just wanted to learn a few different ways to do it and learn some tricks.  This was fabulous!
They sit you up with your own brush-roll and lighted mirror after you've been quizzed on the colour wheel (seriously, we were quizzed on Primary, Secondary and Complimentary colours) and the fab Tiffany taught us all her secrets.  She did one half, then we had to do the other - it was great, you learn about application, contouring, blending and a thousand other things.  You learn 4 different 'looks' and the best bit is that you then get your 'class' fee back in product!  Brilliant.  Highly recommend it.  Lots of fun.

3. Belly Dancing

Yes, I have been going to Belly Dancing lessons, Tribal belly dancing no less.  I look forward to the day that I will progress to balancing a sword on my head ;)
Seriously - that is on the cards, Dion is very excited but has informed me that none of his are up for grabs (spoilsport)
This is great, you have so much fun, there is no pressure or worries about your flobboly dobboly's (technical term) as you are meant to have a belly!  And great exercise - you really have to concentrate to make sure the top bits stay still while the bottom bits are doing their thang (and vica versa)

4. Adele

Dion is an avid Facebook-er and haunts You-Tube like no man's business.  In his cyber-travels he came across this fab singer (I realize that she is recent and popular at the moment but hey - we listen to radio stations that plays the 80's and Rage doesn't even get a look in in our house between Sponge Bob Square Pants and Despicable Me ;)
He bought me her latest CD '21' and I am lovin' it. You can check out one of her filmclips (complete with Ninja's) here.

5.  Sharlene

I'm always lovin' Sharlene, but she's leaving next week to go and live in Singapore for 2 years so I thought I'd put in a little homage to her.
For those of you who haven't met her she is seriously one of the most lovely, generous and wonderful people you'll EVER meet.
She is such a sweetheart.  Never an unkind word to say about anyone, always cheerful and basically an all-round wholesome individual (even if she does have an un-natural obsession with Bon jovi ;)
She is a talented Scrapbooker, always eager to lend a hand to help and very patient with the more challenging of customers (and work-mates ;) that she comes across.
I shall sorely miss her while she's off gallavanting through the fancy Scrap-Bars of Singapore.
We love you Sharlene!!

Well, that's enough of that - those cakes wont eat themselves! ;)