Tuesday, September 30, 2008

SPRING HAS SPRUNG CC

Hi All


yet another cc has passed at the fabo allcraftz. I managed to do all four challenges and had a ball. The ladies over there really know how to motivate and inspire. I find that i am doing something a bit different everytime i enter a cc, and the bonus is that i am finally using up my photos.




There was a card sketch by the talented and beautiful Hannah. I used some K&Co papers that i had and altered the card a little bit but i loved the finished result. So sorry the photo is crappy.




There was a great layout sketch too by the flower loving Krissy. I love her stuff, so girlie and pretty. I used a recent photo for this one of our plum tree flowering. You know that spring is here when that tree bursts into bloom.




Another challenge was to do an OTP using a peice of recycled packaging. This took me a bit of serious thinking but i ended up using some little plastic bags that i had from were i brought some buttons ages ago. I really love how they turned out.




Last but not least was the ATC challenge. We had to make at least 3 atcs and have a different colour for each one. We also had to include glitter, bling and flowers. Mine are all the same except for the colours. i am going to have to work out what to do with them now lol.




well as you can see it has been a great cc. I love participating with these guys, the ladies are just unreal.
cheers
marnie

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunny Days

Hi all
I managed to get a great nights sleep last night and i am happy and refreshed and ready for a day of scrapping. i have two challenges left to do for the cc and then i will pop them all in the gallery asap. Krissy has done a gorgeous layout sketch which i can not wait to do and then there is the OTP that i need to find in the bin. yep you read right we need to recycle something and make it into an otp. Krissy did a beautiful milo can for her example. i am really going to have to pull a miracle out for this one lol.

It is so beautiful and sunny today. The sky is the most brillant blue and there is not a cloud to be seen anywhere. I am looking forward to maybe doing a little bit of gardening if i get the chance. Our vege patch is coming along nicely. I planted some really old squash seeds and of course they all came up lol. I have also done the same stupid thing with some old carrot seeds and we have a lovely little carpet of carrot tops showing. Ray is not impressed but hey who cares they were old seeds that would never had been planted unless i did it lol.

cheers
marnie

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tummy Bug

Hi all

Welcome to the sick house lol. The tummy bug has hit. Grace had it for a couple of days and now i have it and this morning poor little Thomas has woken up vomitting and feeling really yukky. I hate it when i have it but it is so much worse when one of the little ones get it.

Cybercrop on at Allcraftz this weekend. I am hoping to get into my craft room really soon and create something. I noticed that there is an ATC challenge which i am really looking forward to doing. I love the ATCs that we have been making and sending everywhere. They are so easy to make and the fact that they are quick and easy just makes it so much more fun. There is also 2 really great sketches to do and an otp project. i love otps so i will have to put my thinking cap on and get really really busy. COME ON give it a go. The ladies are great on the forum and you will not be sorry for joining up.

cheers
marnie
ps i will hopefully put some pics up soon of what i have created.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Charity Day

Hi all

Today was charity day at Tamworth Puclic school. This is a day where the kids from yrs 5 & 6 run little stalls to raise money for a charity that the school chooses. Grace and Gemma set up a stall of Butterfly pencils and normal pencils and make your own kits plus a lucky dip. well the lucky dip sold out so quickly and then the pencils were all gone. I made the butterfly pencils by rapping 2 pipecleaners around a pencil. I added a pompom on top for the body. i then cut a pipecleaner in half and made each half into wings and glued them onto the back of the pompom. i only wished i had taken a pic of them. i might have to make some more i think just for my kids lol.

The two boys were so good at the school and Ashley kept thinking that he was right and ready to stay as he is a big boy now at 4 lol. I gave all three boys a number 4 head shave yesterday and i must say that the 3 of them just look great. I love that i dont have to try and take the little ones to the hairdressers as they just wouldnt sit still. Anthony loves his doo too. I think that it is so easy to look after now for him and also with it starting to get hot he doesnt like the longer hair.

cheers
marnie

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ten Pin Bowling

Hi all
What a fun game ten pin is. I rekon it would be even more fun if you got to play it. Anthony had his end of term scouts meeting at ten pin last night and it was so kaotic at the centre as they had over booked the lanes. So all up there were two scout troops and a couple of teenage girl hockey teams there. You could imagine the noise. I ended up scoring half way through the game and had a ball as i made the kids cheer and scream and just goof around. Anthony got two strikes and loved it. Grace is now really looking forward to her birthday party now as i promised to take her to ten pin bowling with gemma and all of our family.

I am hoping to charge up my batteries today and take some pics of a layout i did and the latest atcs. i might even pop up some of the others that i recieved lately. I can not remember if i showed you the asian/red ones or not so i might just have to display them too lol.

well have a great day
cheers
marnie

Monday, September 22, 2008

Today is the day

Hi all
Today is the day that i am going to scrap something. Now i dont care what it is as long as it is something. I have gone a couple of days without scrapping a thing and it is starting to irritate me. I am the sort of person who likes to scrap daily, even if it is just popping some paint on something. I hate being idle like this. It cant be helped though with the way things are happening around here. Saturday was a write off with hockey, shopping etc. Sunday i had Grace being really sick with a tummy bug. The poor little thing couldnt get away from the toilet at all. I have kept her home from school today so she will probally scrap too. I love that we can share ideas and just hang out together. Oh and she can clean her bloomin room while she is going. i am a bit over seeing the mess.

There is a new lot of atcs that need to be made so i might just jump in and give them a go. I love the atc at allcraftz. The ladies are just unreal and we have a blast making these things and sharing them with each other.

cheers
marnie

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sore feet

Hi all

what a busy day. It started with a phone call from rays idiot friend at 7,30. i could have killed the bloke. then at 9 grace and i were out and shopping. We visited the salvation army shop and got some great buys. i found a tshirt by calvin klien for grace for 2.5o bargain. then we ran to the life line shop where i found a summer uniform for grace for 4 bucks. Then we decided to head to the warehouse to find some shoes for her to wear at point wolstencroft when she goes for her excursion. We found some aqua shoes and some clogs. Next was big w where i found two pairs of sneakers for her for 32 dollars. By this time i was starting to get a bit sick of shopping. I headed off to coles and did the groceries. gee we would be rich if we didnt have to eat. i made it back in time to make lunch and some snacks to take to hockey. All the kids came out to hockey and we cheered Beth on. Unfortunatly they lost the grandfinal but it was a really good game. I am now toying with the idea of loosing a heap of weight and playing next year. It has been such a long time since i played. Anyway dinner is done and i am soooooo tired i could curl up and have a good sleep.

cheers
marnie

Friday, September 19, 2008

Two stitches and a logie

Hi all

I have had fun and games here today with Grace. At about 1 i got a phone call from the school saying that Grace had cut her knee open and that it just wouldnt close up properly. So I rang my mother up to watch the boys and headed to the school to pick her up. We hit the emergency doors at about 1.20 and sat for about 3 hours. Grace finally got in and they decided it needed 2 stitches. Well move over Nicole Kidman, Grace put on such a performance it was unreal. I have never seen a kid shake and cry and hyperventilate like she did. The poor thing had worked herself up into a real state so when it was time for the local she just went into a panic. I wasnt much use to her as all i could do was laugh. The poor dr hadnt even touched her and she was screaming OUCH. i kid you not. He had the needle 5 cm away from her knee and she was screaming and saying she was alright now and that she needed to go to the toilet and that i needed to help her and get her out of there. Total crack up. They ended up trying to numb it a bit before the needle went in. Oh well she is fine now and got an icecream for all her distress.

cheers
marnie

Thursday, September 18, 2008

TOP up

Hi all

I have finally got some time to upload the pic of Graces canvas. Sorry if it is a bit blurry. My days seem to go so fast that i just can not get things done. I suppose that is just motherhood though lol.

Graces concert went well, she got to clang the cymbals together as a girl read a certain part of a story. I ended up staying the whole concert after all as graces class was the last act.

Crop night was great too. There was only a couple of us there so we finished up early and Belinda and i headed to maccas. I have had a lovely cuppa with a great friend and managed to chat with out kids interrupting all the time. I really cherish my time with Belinda as we can talk about absolutely anything and there is no judgement at all. I believe god was looking out for me when he sent Belinda to be my friend.

cheers
marnie

Just Grin and Bare IT

Hi all

i am going to ask you all to be patient with me. i am trying really hard to make my blog pretty. Problem being i have absolutely no bloomin idea what i am doing lol. I love the way some have the really pretty headers and then links to shops and other people blogs. I will get there it just might take me a few attempts. So for now please just grin and bear it with me. Thanks to for those who have been leaving comments. I love hearing from you all.

I dont know if anyone else knows but it looks like the talented miss krissy from the allcraftz dt is going to be published in an upcoming issue of sbm (scrapbook memories). I am so excited for her as i just love her work. WTG krissy.

Todays big effort was to finish off my canvas for Grace. I love it and i am now praying that Grace will love it too. I have put pics of her favourites on it. So she has a pic of her noni (grandmother), her cat (miss francis), Grace dancing, her being outdoors, and Grace with her best friend Gemma.
Why is it that everything happens on crop nights. Grace has a concert at the conservatorium of music tonight for the school. It should be good. I am going to watch her play then sneak out and go scrapping. I am lucky my mum is going to sit through the whole show and then take her home for the night. Mind you i got the big guilt trip though lol. I know i know i am a bad mother. Oh that reminds me i better go and wash her clothes so that she looks the part tonight.
cheers
marnie

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ATC heaven












Hi all







I have been busy today making atcs for a swap i am in. There was a catch to this swap though that made is a bit tougher then usual.


I could only use TIM HOLTZ stamps. Now that in itself isnt hard but i only own one Tim Holtz stamp lol.


We could embellish it in whatever way we wanted but there had to be a stamp on there somewhere. I ended up printing off some old vintage type images and then making a frame around them with texture paste. I then took the 1 Tim Holtz stamp i owned and inked it with Tim Holtz Walnut ink and pressed it into the texture paste. I love the finished results. The atcs feel unreal to touch and the little flowers and words just seemed to work well with them. I made a card with the

extra Atc that i made for the lady organising the swap and

then the box to store them in. I might have to invest in some

more of Tims stamps as i really enjoyed using this one.



My next project is to do a double 8x8 layout for a circle journal i signed up for. The theme is "B stands for ................". Now what do i choose. Any ideas are welcomed. I was thinking B stands for blooms and taking some pics of what is
flowering right now in my garden. I dont know i might have to think on this one for a day.






If anyone happens to stumble apon my blog leave a

comment please as i love hearing from you all.


cheers










Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Finally something to show you all



Hi all

well i have something to show you all at last. I have been pretty pathetic lately havent i?

I have an upcoming baby shower and i decided to make a nappy cake for angela as i thought it would be useful. You will have to tell me what you think guys as this is my first one and i thought that i would make them again if another baby shower pops up. Oh and i made the little card that is on top too. I had been busting to use the little giraffe.

I also managed to finish a layout of my friend Belinda's son Lachlans 5th birthday. I took the photos on the day as poor Belinda was running around organising food and coffees and games and just kids full stop lol. I love the pic of Lachlan blowing out his candles. He is such a dude. I tried to be a bit more bold with this layout to show off his personality.

cheers

marnie

Monday, September 15, 2008

ITS RAINING ITS POURING

Hi all
What a wet day yesterday was and it looks like today might just be the same. I love the rain. Listening to it on the roof just makes me sleep so well.

Tempers have been high here though and it doesnt seem to matter what i do it is still wrong so i have stopped trying. I am sure he will get over it really soon and things will be back to normal well as normal as you can get lol.

I have managed to do a couple of scrappy things so hopefully i might get the time to take some pics and show you all. It seems to be so long ago that i actually put things up for show and tell.

cheers
marnie

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Am i ever going to scrap again

I have been trying to get to my scrap table for days now and just cant find it under the mess. I have been buying big time too which means it will not be long and even more stuff will be cluttering up my mess. I have got to get some peg board and put up on my wall to organise my mess.
I managed today to sort out some of my stamps. I really love the new Tim Holtz stamp folder but i just cant spend anymore. So i put my thinking cap on and i found a four ring binder and made some holders out of 8x8 refills and there you have it a stamp organiser. I cut the refill horizontally in half and used my sowing machine to seal up the bottom openning and then ran two lines vertically. i will have to take a pic and show you all what i mean as i am sure my dribble is really confusing.
cheers
marnie

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

STAMP FEVER

Hi all
What is it about a stamp that just makes us weak at the knees and drool and have to have it. I am becoming serious addicted to these little suckers. I have just ordered more stamps off allcraftz and cant wait to get my hands on them. I am even thinking of entering a bit of a comp at ccee stampers. just not sure yet. I might have to have a play and see what happens.

Big news too................ Rays sister is moving back to Tamworth next year. woo hoo. I am really excited about that as that means i get to spoil my neice sarah to bits. I got so excited that i cried like a big nancy girl. lol.

Well this is not getting any stamping done.
cheers
marnie

Monday, September 8, 2008

NO HOPE

Hi all
Well i am just blown away. I have been looking at some of the entries that didnt make it into the top 50 masters. My god they are just unreal. I didnt stand a chance against some of these ladies. I think i am going to have to really lift my came if i ever want to compete in these sort of things. I found this one http://charcamilleri.blogspot.com/2008/09/masters.html. This lady rocks. I keep going back to look at her beautiful creations. All the little embellies that she has put on her creations rock big time.

All is quiet on the front here at the moment. The boys are watching the cartoons and the others have gone to school and work. I really should get up and clean while the little ones are occupied.
cheers
marnie

Sunday, September 7, 2008

RIP

Hi all
I have some really sad news to tell you all and i am trying my hardest not to cry as i do it. My poor chickens are all dead but one. They were murdered. Yep that is right my babies were murdered by that mungrel dog next door. I only have one little bantom left now and she is sooooo lonely. Ray come home from work the other day and as it had been raining all day i hadnt been out side, so he called me out and there was davidia dead under the clothes line and then up further was my beautiful rooster Duck all plucked and dead. We still havent found the body of cutie. I am so depressed over this and i use to love the chooks and talked to them daily as i hung out my clothes. I dare that bloomin dog to come back.

To top that i saw myself in the mirror today NAKED and just wanted to cry again. OMG i am huge. I really need to get my ass into gear and ring tony ferguson and see if the cost and that is reasonable. I just wish i could find someone in the public system to do the lap band for me. I just can not stop eating. Anyway enough sooking it isnt going to get me anywhere is it.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the daddies out there. Ray has been spoilt today with heaps of goodies. The list goes
1. rain gauge
2. seed potatoes
3. socks.
4. trousers
5. coffee cup
6. lollies
7. corn seeds
8. gardening gloves.
see he is spoilt rotton.


It is also my uncle Peters birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER. I hope the day brings you heaps of love and joy. We are having cake at two with Peter and Beth so that will be fun.

cheers
marnie

Friday, September 5, 2008

Masters Callup

Hi all
Well the top 50 at SBM has been announced over in their forum for the masters. I am not one of them lol. It is all good though. I have read some of the names and just gone OMG i love her stuff. Deciding on the top 10 is going to be a really hard task for the judges out of this group. I dont envy them at all. I wish all you ladies the best of luck and cant wait to see your entries.

Its raining its pouring. I just love the rain and it has rained all night here. My vege patch is going to love this. We woke up to find 8 roos in the front paddock and they were just as happy to see the rain too i think. There are a couple of joeys around too which is lovely to see.

Hannahs wishing well is nearly finished but i can not show a pic until she has seen it herself lol. I am really happy with how it is turning out. Now to get in and do a few more things i need to do. I have the asian/red atcs and box to make up and some cards that need doing. Gee i am falling behind and need to pull my finger out. i might get in and do it all while the boys are stuck inside watching dvds. The kitchen table is free so why not hey? While on the scrapping subject i noticed that allcraftz have some great stamp sets on special so why not go over and buy some i did lol. Ebony has also got some great comps on too which have some great prizes up for grabs.
cheers
marnie

Thursday, September 4, 2008

last brag for now i promise





Hi all

it is very overcast here today.. of course it is the day i have washing to put out to dry. i have a pile of washing to do. i love the washing but gee i hate the hanging. i have a bit of an ocd thing with the washing when i hang it out. i like things to be put up just the right way or i go ape. ray just throws things on " because they dry no matter how you hang them marnie". pigs butt they do. i peg marks in the centre of clothes are just a no no and at one stage i was even so bad that i had to hang things with matching coloured pegs. i know i am a sick sick woman lol.

the last of my pics are up now. i hope you have all enjoyed them. i love them all and i cant really say i have a favourite at all. the oh so beautiful layout i can not take the credit for. the very talented krissy from the allcraftz design team put this kit together. i was lucky that i had the perfect pic to go with it. i think now that my pics are improving a little bit the layouts are becoming easier to do. i really need to do a photography course and really get my money worth out of my camera.

cheers

marnie

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Time to Brag part 2






Hi all

What is it with mornings. Just of late i hate the very thought of getting out of bed before 7.30. I shouldnt be that upset as i used to be up at 6.30 and have everything ready for when all the others got up and ready for work/school. I cant blame the cold as it really isnt that bad anymore. I might have to start going to bed a bit earlier and turn the bloody tv off. I will admit i have a bit of a thing going for all saints. I get to watch old re runs at 2 and then on a tuesday i get to watch the new series at 9.30. i just love it, and now i have packed to the rafters on before hand and the secret diaries of a call girl afterwards. see i dont get to bed til nearly 12 lol.

I have attached some more pics for you all of my layouts completed at keepit. I have a secret project on the go at the moment for the gorgeous hannah butcher. It is her wishing well surprise. Dont tell her but i have no idea what i am doing but i am blundering along happily anyway. lol. i wish there were more hours in a day so i could actually finish so stuff that i start. i have the biggest cupboard of WIPS (works in progress). it is embarrassing when you can open it and they all fall out at you. i will get there one day.

cheers

marn

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Time to brag part 1






Hi all

well i dont know if you call it bragging or just sharing lol. Over the next couple of days i am going to add a few layout shots that i did on retreat. I forgot to mention that Lisa had on the best apron during the retreat that read, "this one time at scrap camp" i so want one lol. YOu will probally be getting one or two of these moments off me over the next month. Anyway this isnt showing off my layouts now is it. Have a great day everyone i am hoping to get the kids organised and working (older two are home aswell) and then scrap up a storm.

cheers

marnie

Monday, September 1, 2008

I AM BACK


Hi all
I am back from the retreat and my god what a bloody retreat it was too. I had an absolute blast. I managed to do 15 layouts all up and that is a major acheivement for me. I have put them in the gallery at allcraftz for anyone to look at if they are interested. I am still recovering from the late nights and all the laughing I did. I would love to thank Bronwen Taylor for her patience, Marianne Parsons for her giggling, Kelly Chambers for her honesty, Pauline Claire for her wisdom and Megan Carberry for her companionship over the weekend. I wish i got to spend a lot more time with you ladies as one weekend just doesnt seem like enough. The ladies who ran the event were amazingly gracious and gave so much in prizes and time so thankyou to you all. I would also like to wish Liza Johnson all the best for the upcoming arrival of her 4th bub due in 7 weeks. I dont know how you managed to put the whole weekend together and run a shop and do a class and scrap while so preggars. You are a legend lady............. I only have to wait until July next year now for the next one woo hoo. Allcraftz is having one too and i am getting pretty excited about that aswell.
cheers
marnie