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Scrap happy

You may have noticed I've been on a scrapbooking binge.  Don't worry I haven't abandoned card making or other paper craft - I'm branching out and hopefully encouraging some of you to as well.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, hubby and I love our wine.  The photos from these pages were taken in the Coonawarra.  And yes - a lot of wine was consumed :-)

These are probably my favourite pages that I've scrapped in a while - yet they were the easiest to do!  I used 2 jumbo wheels - Watercolour Vine & Very Vintage to create the background prints and kept the colour palate very simple - basic black, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Kiwi Kiss, and Very Vanilla.  A few stamps and punches and the whole page is embellished easily.
I found a new use for one of my favourite punches to create the flowers on the pages - can you guess which one?  It's easy if you take a good look at the last photo..... the butterfly punch!  Isn't it great to discover a new way to use…

Cards to inspire you

A short post for you... I hope you're all enjoying the long weekend and spending it catching up with loved ones, and doing your favourite things.  I'm off to visit my family so I won't be back online again until Monday.  Until then... no more explantations or chit chat... just some photos for you to enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by.


Continuing on with my scrapping theme - and our journey.... On the same trip we also went to the Coonawarra region.  Hubby and I do love our wines. Out of the hundreds of photos of grapes that I took I managed to narrow it down to these few.  (Ok there will be a few more I share next week....)

I was particularly taken with the Ladbroke winery red Bedford truck and managed to waste quite some time taking photos of it... so it was only fitting that it got a full page to itself.  I'm not entirely happy with the simplicity of these pages, but on the day that I was doing this I had given myself a goal of scrapping 6 pages minimum so I was working for speed more than anything.  I don't think it's bad to do this - but it's certainly not my preferred way to scrapbook.  I'd much rather spend hours just on 1-2 pages :-)

That's all I have to share today - short and sweet really.  I've been much busier at work that expected and have pulled a few late nights to catch u…

OMG - I can scrap!

A few weeks ago I had a friend over for the afternoon to do some scrapbooking.  She'd never done it before, and being recently married wanted to start scrapbooking her gorgeous wedding pics.  I haven't scrapbooked for ages so I was delighted to help her start as it was just the motivation I needed to get back into it.

Scrapbookers don't get too excited.  I don't think I'm going to get back into it with the same passion that I have for other paper craft projects, but I am definitely going to do more of it and also work out how to incorporate it into my classes in the future.  I love the idea of scrapbooking to preserve memories and stories from the past - I'm just not as great at the time commitment needed to keep up to date with it.  Oh and I rarely appear in the pictures so often it appears like hubby went on holidays by himself :-)

So to commence sharing some of my scrapbook pages I'm going to start with some pages from one of our early trips in the first…

What goes on behind the scenes

Today I want to take you behind the scenes of a class to give you an idea of what goes on - and hopefully encourage you to come along to one.

Classes are a great way to try out a new hobby, or reignite passion for an old one.  With a group of other like minded crafters (and some first timers) you get to make and take wonderful cards and projects.  It's a pretty relaxed atmosphere.  We laugh, drink lots of tea & coffee (or wine on Tuesday nights....hey I need one!) and let our creative juices flow.

While I provide the template and designs for the class, this is just a starting point for you to copy, or use as inspiration to customise your cards or project further.

I run a range of classes - stamp-a-stacks, project classes, short stacks and even custom classes in your home.  To check out the full range of what's on offer click here.  The current schedule is always list on my blog, but if you want to get a sneak peak sign up for my newsletter here.  You can register by sendin…

Change of dates

Hi all,

Just a quick note to let you know of a change of date in my May classes.  I've decided to go to the Stampin' Up! convention in May so have had to move my stamp-a-stack class scheduled for the 22nd to the 15th.  Hope you all can make it.

Also on a quick note - sorry for the lack of updates the last week.  I've been struck down with the flue over the weekend and have only just struggled out of bed now.  Hopefully I'm on the road to recovery and I'll have more projects to show you in the coming days.


Remembering moments

So often I want to share precious memories with people, but not necessarily online or in a scrapbook (although I do the former often).  There is something really special about giving a loved one a gift of photos  and a card to let them know you care and share part of you life with them.  The double tri-shutter album is perfect for this.  What starts out as a card, becomes an opportunity to share some special memories and moments with others.  As my parents live interstate it's a great way to share our life with them.

I made this album a little while ago as a demonstration project for my future classes, but I haven't shown you yet.   All the photos were from hubby's and my trip to Europe and the US last year.  I went for a simple colour palate of neutrals as I wanted to highlight the photos rather than the stamping or papers.  I've left space on the far left and right panels for journalling and writing to a message.

If you like this you register for my project class in …

Save the date!

Have you got you pens out and diaries at hand?  If not go get them because you're going to want to write this down.  On Sunday 30 May I'm hosting my next FREE Champagne, Cupcakes and Craft open house!

We'll kick of at 3pm with Champagne, cupcakes, demo's free make and takes and so much more.  The whole afternoon is FREE and is an opportunity for you to check out some of my projects up close, play with new stamps and tools from the Autumn/Winter mini and just hang out with a bunch of girls who love craft.

RSVP's are essential so let me know if you can make it.  You can email me at or call 0412 631 658

Hope to see you there.

New classes posted

Happy Monday.

If you subscribe to my newsletter you'd have already seen what I'm about to show you.....

This adorable little bird card is part of this months stamp a stack class.  We'll be making 4 of the cards using the Extra-large Two-step bird punch from the Autumn/Winter mini (I'll show you the other 4 tomorrow).  I love love love this bird punch.  In fact it was the first thing I HAD to have when I opened the mini.  It's just so versatile and can be used in so many different ways.  I've gone for a retro feel here and some really simple colour combos repeated twice on the page for effect.  Hope you like them.

I still have seats available for both classes so let me know if you can make it.

Want to find out what classes are coming up so you can secure your seat?  Like to find out about specials I'm offering in advance?  Want to learn tips and tricks from my classes?  My monthly newsletter will contain all this and more.  Subscribe on the link to the righ…

Thank you

One of the things I love most about card making is the great excuse I have to make things - to give them away!  You can make birthday cards, engagement cards, graduation cards - the list is endless.  Possibly two of my most favourite types of cards to make are Thank you cards and any occasion cards - you know when a friend needs to know you're thinking of them.

This year my opportunities to make both of these kinds of cards has grown since joining Stampin' Up!  I'm forever thanking people and thinking of them.  It's wonderful to have a hobby (and business) which really focusses so much of your time, efforts and thoughts on others.  It truly is a pleasure to make things to give away.

Today I'm showing you 5 thank you cards I made this week.  I have a whole bunch of customers to thank and I wanted to send them a little something from me to brighten their day.

I focused on using products from the new mini and used colours, stamps and punches.  I love the bird punch.  …