Good news and update!!

Good news first.......Well on the scrap front......I made it through to the next round of the DT competition at Scrap Therapy! My next task is to run an online I have my thinking cap on BIG TIME now!!! The competition is getting much tougher and there are only 6 of us left with this I am pretty sure being the last challenge.

Now life things.......hmm.......not much. On holidays, absolutely adoring the sleep ins and just being able to bum around the house! Getting some scrapping done too which I am loving.

Started a healthy eating kick last Sunday and have been doing really well. Havent let myself down yet! And I have even cut out the caffeine and are drinking decaf too! Hopefully I can keep it up and lose a couple of kg's before going overseas.

Some pages to share:

This page was done for the 123 Cybercrop challenge 3 and also its the Forever Always Sketch. Its a piccie of myself and a top girl from uni. The 123 challenge was to use the sketch, green and bling.

Products used: Fancy Pants 'True' patterned papers, My Minds Eye patterned papers, Hambly screen prints borders, Petaloo flower, Daisy D's cardstock stickers and buttons, Heidi Chipboard alpha, Scenic route journalling diecut, Ki Memories patterned paper quote, Ribbon, lace, Making Memories rub ons, Heidi Swapp Bling, My Minds Eye Bohemia Bling

This page was completed as part of the Fireside Crafts Monthly Sketch, its of my brother and his golf clubs that he got for his 2nd birthday, I had an unfortunate (But deserved) encounter with them.

Products used: Scenic Route patterned paper, American Crafts Patterned Paper, Fancy Pants patterned paper, Heidi chipboard letters, plastic letters and Bling, Buzz and Bloom Arrow, American Crafts Stars, Scenic Route stickers, DeJa Views Rub on, 7 Gypsies journal card, doodlebug frills.

This page was done for the Scrap Therapy Monthly Manufacturer Challenge - KI MEMORIES

It's a piccie of my mum and dad when they were younger. Although they are not together anymore they are still good friends.

Products used: KI - love elsie pp, love elsie rub ons, love elsie alpha, love elsie trinket stickers. EXTRAS - sequin ribbon, hambly transparency and rub on, queen and co heart and swirl, SR sticker, petaloo flower, doodlebug trim, mm letter stickers

And this page I did Just for FUN!! It is a piccie of my cousins absolutely gorgeous daughter!

Products used: Kraft cardstock, Bazzill - scalloped, Basic Grey patterned paper, lil davis letters, heidi clock and chip * and cherry bling, MM heart, lace, My minds Eye rub on, Kaiser craft bling.

Last night I went to a crop at my LSS, Chandon Craft. Had a nice time and was able to get a few things done.

Its Grandfinal Day today, and although it is a big deal with most people I wouldnt be fussed if I watched it or not........bad I know, especially when I live in Geelong, which is crazy at the moment with navy and white everywhere you look!

Plans for the rest of the holidays.....................

* Hoping to get started on my Scrap Therapy online class, its free of course so I will post a link when I am done for you all to see!!!!! Think 'Off the Page' and Christmas..........I am hoping it will turn out nice!

*Couple of cybercrops on that I am hoping to join in with one is BonsScraps and the other next week at Scrap Therapy.

*Working next Mon, Tues and Fri at School Holiday Program.

* Going to the Scrap and Chat next Saturday with Carmen in Belgrave....this day is run by Bons Scraps and KitiQ. Its from 12-5pm so it should be a nice day and a great excuse to gain some inspiration and scrap!!

And then the holidays will be over and it will be back to school before I can blink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope everyone is having a lovely holidays!!
Thanks for the lovely comments, its nice to know someone is actually reading this.

Take care xoxoxo

* Bon, my thoughts are with you and you're family.

Yuck.....right now! *warning* BIG Post!!

Well here I am posting a blog update at nearly 2pm from home on a Tuesday.....why am I not at school you may be thinking?!?! Because I feel like poo! haha. This is my first sickie from teaching in nearly two years, what a record! I woke up this morning with a heavy, heavy head and major blockage in my nose! Yucky!! Worst I've felt in a long time. After calling work I had a nice sleep in and feel a little better. My nose is caining though, from blowing it so much, it's as red as a beetroot!!!

Oh well, enough of the 'sick' talk....not much has been happening here really.

I had a FANTASTIC weekend away with Scraptacular, oh my goodness, those girls are absolute pissers!! I'm hoping to catch up and go to a Sensational Weekend crop soon.....Mandy and I are in the process of organising dates. Silly me did not take any piccies of the weekend (well I did but on Mandys camera) so I will pinch one off Kim's blog. Here is a group shot from our 'Bling' dress up night. The costumes were hilarious!!

Mandy and I really enjoyed everyones company, we even had a burl on 'Singstar' so not a 'me' thing to do! The shop was fantastic and Mandy and I had a nice little spree, I was actually naughtier than her! Though I have been madly saving so I was bound to have a little hiccup somewhere!

In no particular order, here are the names of the lovely ladies we met : Kim, Julie, Deb, Cara, Mardi, Didi, Shazza, Robbie, Elle, Kelly, Ange, Wendy, Robyn, Rosemary, Hayley, Lisa, Caroline, Kylie, Allie, Kate, Linda, Kerry, Kim, Rachael & Jodie - Thanks Kim, I copy and pasted again!! :o) And the quote of the trip.......just to end my recount.....lovin' ya's all sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O.k .......what else to update??? wise.....nearly the end of term!! Yeah!! Very excited about that.....I'm hankering for a good break! Only working School Holiday Program 4 days over hols and the TAFE teaching looks like its fallen through (not enough numbers) so I'll be resting a lot more.

Loving my kids at school at the moment, they have changed dramatically from the start of the year. I was leaving school at the start of the year so exhausted and they were so naughty! I have a good routine and clear expectations in my class so thankfully they have responded well, other teachers have commented on their improvement too, which is lovely!

Ummm......general life news???? Went to the travel agent to get some is all so overwhelming, and I am having trouble believing that we are actually gonna do this! I'm currently waiting for my full birth certificate to arrive, then I will have to apply for my passport and working visas and ofcourse finalise everything with booking tickets!!

Scrappy Chat..............I spent last weekend cleaning my scrap stuff out of the dining room and moving it into the study (where it should be). I wanted to organise my stuff so I knew exactly where to find things and so it is all easily accessible....I moved all the books from the bookshelf to the cupboard and have taken over the bookshelp with my scrap stuff. My 'pink' room finally now looks pink, with pretty storage boxes and a rug......beautiful.....will post piccies in my next post.

Other things.......I will be teaching a class at Chandon's 'Lend a Hand for Leukaemia - Scrapbooking Fundraiser Day' are some details, its for a great cause and one that has great importance to me, after losing someone special to this illness.

When: Sunday 4th November
Where: Geelong Football Club. Skilled Stadium. Fred Flannigan rooms.
Why: To raise money for the Leukaemia foundation.
Time: 10am-4pm

For more info visit Chandon Craft's Blog

Seats for the All Day Crop are on sale, so get in soon and book. You wont want to miss this event.

In conjunction with the All Day Crop they are also running six individual classes. There will be 2 classrooms and each class will be 2hrs duration.

Classroom One-
9.30-11.30 Puzzle Class
12.00- 2.00 Mini Album Class
2.30-4.30 Large Letter Class
Classroom Two-
9.30-11.30 Basic Grey Lily Kate (MY CLASS!!)
12.00- 2.00 Christmas Card Making
2.30-4.30 Wooden Christmas Tree

Other news......I made it to round three of the Scrap Therapy Design Team call challenge - The first round was just to add any pages which showed your style to the gallery, here are a few that I posted.

Products used: Scenic route pp, creative Imaginations pp, felt, thread, Heidi Ribbon, Urban Lily and Making memories rub on, 3 bugs in a rug sticker, Daisy d bookplate, scenic route chipboard, queen and co sequin shapes, american craft thickers, cherry arte chipboard, machine stitching

Products used: Collage Press Patterned PAper, Autumn Leaves Patterned Paper, Basic Grey rub ons, Urban Lily Rub ons, Heidi Swapp Bling, Heidi Grace buckle and pin, Ribbon, Scenic Route Chipboard circle, Queen and Co Sequin,Heidi Swapp clock, brad

Products used: SEI patterned paper, KI Memories patterned paper, bazzill,American Crafts rub ons, American Crafts thickers, Doddlebug letterstickers, EK success letter stickers, felt, machine stitching

The second round challenge was to use embossing, buttons, and 3 or more photos, heres mine:

Products used: LUXE patterned paper, Collage Press patterned paper, Lil Davis letters, American Crafts thickers, Heidi Swapp Damask Sticker, Heidi Grace ribbon slide, American Crafts foam flower, Making Memories rub on, ribbon, buttons, Kaiser Jewels.

I am now one of ten people still left. For round 3 we had to do a page using a product pack sent to us by Natalie.....the pack had 4 6x6 pieces of funky autumn leaves paper and two blue bitty blossoms.

Here is mine (I had great fun with it)

Products - love elsie pp, Autumn leaves pp, scenic route journal spots and chip circle, heidi letters, thickers, ki memories letter stickers, queen and co felt, doodlebug frills, hambly rub ons, basic grey rub ons, chloe's closet chip buttons, poppy ink stamp, black pen.

Now for the wait to see who goes through to the next round, I think there are only 3 people going through so I'm not liking my chances.

Other news.....scrappy not much really....on the retreat I completed my page for the September 123 challenge. Here is is - Its the first page I have done using a transparency as the main background. This is a piccie of my lovely brother and his girlfriend.

Products used: Black bazzill, Hambly screen print and rub ons, Love elsie pp rub ons and stickers, felt ribbon, lace, sequins ribbon, buzz and bloom alpha, heidi alpha, queen and co sequins.

Also heres a page of me and my boy just for fun....I was hanging out to use the new BG papers and Hambly birdy rub ons.

Products used: BG patterned paper, MME transparency, Hambly Rub ons, Lil Davis Chipboard letters, American Crafts Thickers, embroidery thread.

And one more page before I go using the new BG mellow range....

Products used: BG pp, Kaiser jewels, MME journal card, colourblock alphas, Kindy glitz.

What scrap stuff I am loving at the moment?
* Hambly anything!! * Thickers - any sort *Doodlebug frills *Lola and Riley Love Eslie stuff (I need to get me some!!!!!!!!!) * My poppy ink kits, just too gorgeous

Alrighty.....what a huge post! Not much coming up for me apart from holidays!

Will post again during the hols.

Take care xoxoxo