Sunday, 29 January 2012

Birthday week in our house.....

Well this week saw my "little" boys turn 12 years of age. My Australia day boys enjoyed their day even though they haven't made any friends here yet because school has not yet started and their are no kids their age in the street. As a matter of fact I have seen very few kids in the street at all.

We had some extended family over for a BBQ lunch and after they left we headed into the city to the Esplanade near the Carillon to watch the Skyworks which is of course the boy's favourite thing to do on their birthday. They think they are very special to get fireworks on their birthday. It was all very easy, headed in via train, got off and walked not even a kilometre and we were there where we wanted to be. The weather had been hot and some rain managed to fall which was nice for about 10mins and then it was gone and we dried off quick. There was a lovely natural light show before the fireworks began at 8pm and by 8.30pm it was all over and we toddled off amongst the crowd back to the train station. We caught the second train out and was home by 9.15pm. All very easy and civilised.

Of course Wednesday night I was up till midnight making cards for them all - which I don't normally do as they get tossed pretty quickly but I thought this year they are taking a lot more notice of what I give to others so figured that maybe I should make the effort and give them something different each. I pulled out some stamp sets from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard and some Fiskars border punches and away I went.

Owls for Ethan
A froggy for Keelan
And a birdie for Mitchell

I had fun creating but was glad to pour myself into bed when I finally finished. I think they turned out rather cute and the kids have them on display on their desks so I must have done something right for a change.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and not sweating it out like we are here in Perth.....
Happy craftin'

Monday, 23 January 2012

Looking over my shoulder

One of the problems with having my scrap area upstairs and my back to the stairs whilst at the computer is that my charming children are doing their utmost to scare the pants of me by creeping up the stairs and sneaking up behind me. I have become so paranoid about it that I am now in the habit of checking over my shoulder continuously so that I can hear or see them before they reach me. They think it is hillarious when they actually achieve their result and I jump.

I finished off Heather's Mid Week Sketch 3-12 from Scrappy Sketches last night and used some really old papers I had in my stash. I think this will really be the concept behind all of my layouts for this year.
I even sorted out my photos from my trip that are left and am determined to get them scrapped over the coming weeks.
Whilst in Vielsalm, Belgium the weather was cold and damp so hiking was not really on the agenda. We found this great tank and thinking of our boys back home both Ingeborg and I decided we would get photos of something that might actually take the boys interest. We did not realise the meaning of the tank's presence until we reached it and read the memorial. It was left in the area following the Americans fighting at the Battle of Bulge and it is there as a memorial to those who fought valiantly at St. Vith. You do not realise how big these machines are until you are standing right next to one.

We got out and about a little this weekend by going to an open movie screening by the local council on Friday night. We saw Spirited Away a very interesting animated story. The kids enjoyed it even though the movie did not excite them so much.
Yesterday we went to Adventure World water and ride park which is only about 10-15 minutes from our place. It was busy as.... and of course we chose a day with a record number of people there. I didn't get many photos cos by the time they lined up and you waited and waited you never knew when to expect them to be ready with the camera. Still.... the boys and I went on the chairlift and the boys and Bruce went on the pedal rail around the front of the park and the kids enjoyed the Kahuna falls with water splashing in every different direction and some small slides.

It was a good day that the kids enjoyed out.

Happy craftin'.....

Friday, 20 January 2012

Continuing to play....

The weather has been hot and humid and hard work to keep the brain focussed on anything but I have played around a little in the evenings to keep the mojo flowing.
Heather had another Mid week sketch up at Scrappy Sketches so I had more photos of the Cathedral to scrap and decided to use them and the same papers as my earlier layout to carry the theme of the Cathedral through both layouts. Not that I want them as a double page but I just wanted to link the story. This is what I came up with.

I also wanted to play with the Cricut machine and make some cards but have only gotten around to one so far so here is the first card I have made entirely from using the Cricut.... apart from the card base that I already had. I had no intention of doing it just from black and white, I was just testing the sizes of some of the cuts to familiarize myself with them again and I decided to use them. Some brads, kindyglitz and the floral fantasy Cuttlebug folder along with only the George and Basic shapes cartridge, gave me this lovely simple card which looks quite elegant in real life.
Well after not much sleep and thunderstorms all night long... I have been up early (most unusual for me) enjoying the cooler break in the weather and having a chance to do some computer things without sweating it out in my little upstairs room. The blue skies are peeking through again though so I don't think the cool will last too long.
Have a good weekend all and happy craftin'

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Joining in the Fun on Friday night

On Friday night over at Home and Scrapped we had the first of Heather's Step-by-step challenges for the year. I'm always a little skeptical of doing SBS challenges as they often are nothing like I would do but because I hadn't caught up with the girls since my move I decided to join the fun and play along.

I really enjoyed the background stamping and the fun of working out what embellishments to use when you don't really know what the layout is going to look like until you are nearly at the end. I found a great conifer SVG file from the SVG blog that I purchased files from and I altered it to make it taller and cut it with the ecraft. The rest of the embellishments were a RAK from Heather of her lovely handmade flowers and die-cut vines and leaves. The paper are again old, old ones and from Scrapbooking Memories free paper and a cardmaking magazine free papers.
I was so inspired by the SBS that I decided to keep going for the night and used the Mid Week Sketch 1-12 at Scrappy sketches to showcase these lovely photos from the inside of St John's Cathedral at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands which goes along with the stained glass windows layout from yesterdays post. I'm sure I have one more layout to do about this lovely Church.

Well, am off to find some card inspiration and get going with a start on my Christmas cards this year...... Better check out Fab's blog to see if there is some inspiration starters there.....

Happy craftin'

Monday, 16 January 2012

Welcome to the New Year

It has taken me a while to get into the swing of things but I have finally got all the boxes unpacked and have ventured into my creative endeavours again. I just wish my scrappin' area was not so hot! Still it cools at night time when the Fremantle Doctor ventures in so I guess most of my playtime will be at night.

My first layout for the year was the January sketch challenge at Home and Scrapped which actually had three photos on it but as I am still behind in scrapping my travel photos from over a year ago now then I only used the 4"x6"'s that I had printed.

I followed it up with a double inspired by a layout from Susan Longman in issue 11 of Australian Scrapbook ideas. Of course mine is nowhere near as stunning as hers and the papers are from me very old stash as I am on a stash busting clean out for the year and truly do not need to buy any more papers for a long time to come. This layout was for the Home and Scrapped colour challenge for Jan to use cream and green. The photo does not do it justice really and the colours are a little distorted as I could not find a decent place in the house to take photos of layouts in without lots of shadows or rays of sunshine overtaking the photo. Working on that concept still.

Yesterday the family took time out in the heat to head up to AQWA (the Aquarium of Western Australia) up at Hilary's Boat Harbour. It was expensive but worthwhile to do on the odd occasion. The boys favourites were the sharks swimming overhead, the sting rays in the sting ray bay and the large tube with the jellyfish. I got some better than expected photos from it which I'm sure will feature in a layout at some stage.

My funny story for the week was walking into a local card supplies shop looking for a product that I use to lengthen the life of my Cricut mats. The staff were interested in my use of the Cricut and as I had mentioned that I had been running crops and card classes in Adelaide for a few years now they were interested to know if I may like to teach some Cricut classes...... well, how could one say no to that? So, it has been an interesting week and we will see what eventuates.

Happy creating all!