Friday, October 31, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - 31st Oct 08.

It's been a few weeks since I last joined in the fun of Skywatch Friday! I've been really busy lately, and just haven't had a chance! But I took some great sunset shots last weekend that I couldn't resist sharing.

Since today is Halloween, I chose one of the spookiest looking ones:


This photo was taken last week at Spoon Bay, on the Central Coast of NSW. The sun was setting and had just gone down past the hillside which had these great looking trees on it. As luck would have it, a nice cloud formation was overhead, which was glowing from the light of the sun.

Thanks for looking! :)

~Sarah~

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What's this?

"'tis some visitor...", I muttered, "..rapping at my chamber door. Merely this, and nothing more".


Quoth the Raven "Nevermore!".

Check it out in full here. :)

~Sarah~

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Photo challenge, and 6 things you may not know about me!

Boy oh boy have I been busy lately! With the Tarisota stuff I did, and the Scrapbook Savvy Cybercrop examples, I'm all scrapped out at the moment! So I'm enjoying some time away from my craft desk at the moment. So no paper creations to share today!

However, I do have this photo to share, which is my example for Renee D's photo challenge for October. This month's theme is Landscapes.

I took this photo on the way back down from the Mt Selwyn Snowfields on our recent trip to the snow. It was the first time I'd even seen snow and it was so magical! It snowed the whole time we were there which was awesome! The kids had a ball - we all did!

We were there only about 6 weeks ago however, it's already beach weather here! We went up to teh central coast yesterday to do some house hunting, and it was sooo hot! We took them to Forrester's Beach for the afternoon and had some fun - although my little man didn't like it all that much! After vomiting all through the car just as we got to Gosford (too much milk, Twisties, and car sickness!) we though he'd enjoy the beach. He did for a while, but ended up getting dunked by a wave, which made him grumpy for the rest of the afternoon! "I HATE SAND!" and "I WANT TO GO HOME!" and "I'M COLD!" were his faves - so needless to say I didn't get the great beach shots that I was after. Oh well. Better luck next time I hope! I'm sure you'll see a few of the better ones in my scrapbook pages soon enough!

I've been tagged by the ultra talented Shirley Fyfe to share 6 things you may not know about me, so here goes:

1. I was once an extra in an Australian movie, however all the bits I was in ended up on the cutting room floor! LOL!

2. I've never been overseas! My first plane flight was when I was 18 and I was terrified! I ended up quite enjoying it as I had to fly back and forth to Perth a lot before I moved there to be with my boyfriend (who is now my husband), and I haven't flown anywhere since! It's been about 8 years.

3. I'm a definite home body. I love nothing more than curling up on the couch with a blanket and watching a DVD!

4. Shirley - I have to confess! I'm a fellow hoarder! I'm not as bad as those extreme cases you see on Oprah, however I do need to force myself to get rid of stuff! I get caught up in an overwhelming urge that I might need whatever it is one day, so I keep it stashed away for later. Am looking forward to doing a big clear out before we move and heaps of my old scrapping stuff will end up on ebay!

5. I have 7 ear piercings - 4 in one ear on 3 in the other. No other piercings!

6. I can't swim. I know enough to keep myself afloat for a while, but all those swimming lessons as a child were fruitless. Having my head / face / ears in the water, and the whole breathing thing freaks me out. Could probably swim a lap if I really had to, but I'd prefer to doggy paddle! LOL!

I am tagging Vicky, Wendy, Sarah, Sandie, Renee C, and Diane.

I'll be back in the next few days to share some pics from the Canon Pixma / Scrapbooking Memories party that I went to on Friday night! Had a ball!

Until then.....
~Sarah~

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Cybercrop Layouts!

Woweeeeee I have been a busy girl lately!! This weekend I am hosting the "Mad About The Movies" cybercrop at Scrapbook Savvy so I have been scrapping up a storm to get my challenge examples done!

The challenges were all revealed on Friday, and you have until midnight Tuesday 14th Oct 08 to get them finished and in the gallery for your chance to win some fabulous prizes! See the forum for individual challenge details.

Challenge #1 is my "Pretty in Pink" challenge! Inspired by the cover of te Pretty in Pink DVD, and to coincide with the Pink Ribbon appeal, your task is to create a layout using only Pink, Black, and White, and something old from your stash. Here is my example:


I don't use a lot of pink usually, so finding pink papers in my stash to match the photos was a challenge in itself! LOL! I ended up using Bazzill patterned cardstock!

I will personally be donating $1.00 for each entry for this challenge to the Pink Ribbon Appeal, so well worth getting a layout done to support such a worthy cause.

Challenge #2 is my "Remakes" challenge! Inspired by films that have been remade from originals, your task is to recreate one of your old dodgy layouts from when you first started scrapping! I chose to remake the very first layout that I ever did. See the horror here. OMG - no title, no journaling - no names or dates! And what's with all the butterfly stickers?! LMAO! Here is my remake:


Sooooo much better! I revamped the photo in photoshop, and used gorgeous papers from the Basic Grey Ambrosia range. Here is a close up of the butterfly embellishment:


The butterfly has been coated in Dimensional Magic, and mounted on the flower using foam pads. I have used Kaisercraft pearls for it's body.

Challenge #3 is my "Movie Quotes" challenge! You task is to create a layout and use a movie quote as your title and/or journaling. Here is my example:


The quote I used for my title was spoken by Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in Psycho.
Again, I have used papers from the BG Ambrosia range. Poor hubby was a little shocked when he read it - but I think he was lucky I didn't use the one I originally had in mind - "Stupid is as Stupid Does" from Forest Gump! LMAO!!

So, there's still heaps of time to come on over and join in the fun of the cybercrop! The prizes on offer are awesome, and there are great incentives to get all the challenges done! Details can be found here in the forum. Hope to see you there! :)

~Sarah~

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Tarisota Projects!

The October gallery is now up at Tarisota for your viewing pleasure!

I had lots of fun creating with the "La Vie En Rose" kit, even though it was so very PINK! LOL!

I am very honoured to be guest designer this month, and have my creations displayed alongside the projects from the very talented Tarisota DT! You simply must check out the gallery - there are some awesome pics there!

Here are a few sneak peeks of my projects to whet your appetite:




Enjoy! :)

~Sarah~

Monday, October 6, 2008

Exciting stuff!

Quite a few exciting things have been happening to me lately, but I have been so busy with creating stuff for deadlines, that I haven't had a chance to share any of my news! So I'm jam packing this post with lots of exciting goodness! LOL!

I am the Guest Designer this month at Tarisota!

Very excited to have been asked back after being the special guest designer with their "Inklination" kit in August.

This time I am working with the whole shebang - the gorgeous "La Vie en Rose" kit which is available now here.

It's full of lots of scrummy goodness - very pink - and lots of potential for shabby chic goodness!

Here is a pic of what's inside:


Have been very busy working on my examples which will be revealed in the gallery sometime on the 8th October. Not long now! :)

Speaking of Pink, I have a layout featured in the latest issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine! (Vol 10 No 7). It's a special pink issue supporting breast cancer research by donating 10c from every issue sold in newsagents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. My layout features one of my older sisters when she was a toddler - you can see it on page 91 in the Family History gallery.

Speaking of Scrapbooking Memories, I have been very lucky enough to be invited to the inaugural Canon Pixma Party! Inside my invitation was a 1GB USB drive for me to load photos to being on the night to "print t-shirts, glossy photos, and other exciting items"!! How cool is that! Really looking forward to seeing the new Canon Pixma in real life! I will also get the chance to catch up with scrapbooking goddess, Julie Heard, as well as some of the other girls at the Scrapbook Savvy forum, so I'm really excited about that! If you're going too, let me know and we can catch up! :) Sounds like it will be a really great night!

Speaking of magazines, I am excited to have been asked to take part in 2 upcoming "Lusi's Top 10" articles by Lusi Austin in Scrapbook Creations! I can't share the themes with you just yet, but they are very cool! I will let you know here when they have been published.


Another very exciting piece of news is that a new sponsor, Paper Forest Designs, has come one board at Inkurable Stampers! In celebration of this, we are running a very special Nicho challenge for 5 very lucky participants! You simply must check out the details here - it promises to bring some awesome eye candy! I am also lucky enough to be getting a Nicho to play with, so am very excited! Will share pics as soon as I can!

Well that's about it from me for today! Off to finish my Tarisota samples, and then start on my examples for the upcoming Scrapbook Savvy Cybercrop that I am hosting on the 10th-14th October! The theme is "Mad About the Movies" and it will be a blast! See the details here. I hope to see you there! :)

Happy scrapping!

~Sarah~

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Inkurable Stampers - October Challenge!

This month at Inkurable Stampers, we're getting SERIOUSLY SPOOKY!!

Your challenge this month is to create something spooky - think all things spooky and scary - skeletons, crows, ghosts, ghouls, black cats, Poe, gothic, graveyards, witches, demons, Halloween - you get the picture!

Here is my example:


I have used my favourite goth girl stamps from Stampotique again! Don't they go well with that great gothic script "Happy Birthday" stamp??! Love them!

This month, your stamp doesn't need to be spooky - as long as you use at least 1 stamp in your spooky creation it will meet the criteria.

You can see the full challenge details here, and this month's prizes here.

Entries need to be in by midnight 31st October 2008 - please see the sidebar at Inkurable Stampers for more info on how to submit your entry.

There is also an extra special Nicho challenge this month, sponsored by our new sponsor "Paper Forest Designs" so make sure you check it out as there is sure to be some awesome eye candy on display!

Happy stamping!

~Sarah~

Friday, October 3, 2008

$5.00 Savvy Saver Layout!

It was my turn again this month to create the Savvy Saver layout for the newsletter - a layout that can be made for under $5.00!

Here is my layout:


I have used:

* 3 x Pink Paislee papers @ $1.00 each ("Office Lingo collection).
* Pink Paislee "Holly Doodle" letter stickers (broken down from price for the packet into price per number of letters used) = $1.05

TOTAL COST = $4.05!

Here's the even better news - Pink Paislee products are on special this month at Scrapbook Savvy, so are now even more affordable!

Until the 31st of October, the entire range of Pink Paislee products are 15% off, which means these gorgeous papers are only 85 cents a sheet, and the stickers are only $2.76 per packet! Unbelievable value! Check out the store and grab a bargain!

Happy shopping! :)

~Sarah~

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sarah's Random Challenge! October '08.

Oh my goodness it's October already! I seriously don't know where the year has disappeared to! Seems like just last week that I was uploading September's Random Challenge!

My Random Challenge for October is to create a layout using Bracket Shapes!

Here is my example:


I have used:

* Basic Grey patterned paper (Boxer Range).
* Basic Grey elements sticker.
* Bazzill Cardstock.
* Heidi Swapp chipboard letters.
* Heidi Swapp mirror heart.
* Carolee's creations letter stickers.
* Rub on stitching (by Autumn Leaves).
* Ink, black pen; white gel pen.

I turned the photo black and white with photoshop, and edited it so that the natural colour of my son's eyes showed through.

I traced around a large Jenni Bowlin bracket shaped patterned paper onto my Basic Grey paper to get the background bracket shape.

The smaller bracket shape which holds the title and journaling was traced from a Collections chipboard shape.

These bracket shapes are very common these days - there seems to be one in just about every size and product! I'm sure you have at least one of these shapes in your stash somewhere!

So, get your entries into the Scrapbook Savvy Gallery by midnight 31st October for your chance to win a $10.00 Scrapbook Savvy voucher!

Happy scrapping!

~Sarah~