Friday, 31 October 2008

50 years

Today is my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and they are cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest. Today they stop in Vienna where they will enjoy a Viennese Concert and my Dad will ask my Mum to waltz when they play the Blue Danube, her favourite song.
Truly romantic isn't it!
50 years! We just notched up 10 a couple of weeks ago and I am so thankful my parents have set great examples of how to stay married forever. Sure there are certain things we don't do like them, sometimes we try to be different on purpose ;) but on the whole we take a lot from their relationship.
I can't wait to hear all about their trip. Happy Anniversary Ma & Pa

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Girls Night In - WIN BIG

Hey Girls (and Guys), I'm so excited to show you what Stampin' Up! sent me in support of the stall I'm running at the Girls Night In event at Toongabbie Public School Friday Night. Check it out!!!
Everything here has been donated by SU! to help raise money for Cancer research. There's ribbon, punches, a Simply Sent Kit, DS paper, cardstock, spectrum inkpads, copper tags, scrapping kits, a wire kit, accordian book kits and more ribbon!! All from last years catalogue. So if you're nearby come along from 7:30pm and see what you can do to win one of these fantastic prizes and help raise money for such a needy cause.
I've been very busy creating all sorts of things to display tomorrow night so the blog should be busy (all going well in other areas of life that is!) over the next few weeks! Can't wait to show you and tell you how much is raised.

Connor Samuel Aaron arrives

We were so excited last night to go and meet the new little man in our lives.
Toby was very pleased to see Connor is a boy so he can join in the game of Boys Forts at our home. ( maybe in a year or so)
Jakey was pleased he too has 3 names.Jakey can sure be rough and loud and well, just "2" basically and, yes, he was all of those things last night but in a more beautiful moment he gave Connor the sweetest gentlest kisses showing his loving heart. Congrats to Thomas and Tara on such a gorgeous boy and brother to Clare. Congrats to Aunty Erin too.

Monday, 27 October 2008

four 6's equals 12?

Seeing as two of my nephews and a future niece-in-law were doing there HSC maths exam today they may be glad I didn't offer tutoring!! You probably know by now that I love the 6x6 layout size. It's just so quick and easy to finish and that's important. Here's a photo of the boys with their Poppy on Poppy's birthday having cake. See a finger very close to the cake? I mean how tempting is it to sit right in front of a cake and only look at it! not fair! My littlest Jake loves cake so that's where the title came from and it wasn't hard to find several other shots where he is eating cake of some sort. So I've put together four 6"x6" pages to make one 12" x 12" layout. I just trimmed them a little and used the corner punch to allow the background patterned paper to show through. By linking the titles across the four pages I have now a perfect layout for my 12" albums. And yes I like eating cake too so no guessing where he gets it from! Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 Stamp: Big Deal Alphabet, Short Order Alphabet Paper: Petals and Paisley DS paper, Ballet Blue cardstock, (background retired) ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: white grosgrain, On Board chipboard

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

more secret garden

Just a quick post to show some other things I've made using the Secret Garden kit. This 6x6 page is inspired by an 8 1/2" x 11" layout on the packet which I just adjusted to fit this size. Just need to add a photo! Then I used a notecard to make the card very simple and SO quick! We're holidaying at the moment and I'm getting heaps of crafting done just got to take the photos and get on the computer to show and tell! but we're having too much fun to get on the computer much -sorry better go!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

10 years in the garden

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Last Friday it was our 10th Wedding Anniversary woo hoo! I can't believe it's been that long. Over the years we have certainly done a lot together. My sister was saying when you step back and think about how many times you've moved house, had kids, holidays, different jobs, cars etc then you realise why you're so tired! :) One thing that we both have enjoyed doing and has had a big impact on our marriage was going away with friends to marriage enrichment courses. The lead up to the weekends were always a bit daunting, not knowing what was going to come up when you actually make time to talk, but we would always come away from the weekends with something new, a better understanding of one another, new skills to use for conflict resolution and a deeper love for one another. (yes getting mushy I'm afraid) One of the exercises we did one time was to think about our life in terms of paddocks and when we marry two paddocks settle side by side with a gate in between. There is the temptation to just barge into your mate's paddock uninvited sometimes (by bringing up a difficult issue without warning or putting your own needs first etc.) so you may need to set boundaries about how communication happens and respecting each individuals own space (this probably isn't making much sense here but it did to me at the time). Anyway through doing that exercise I realised that actually I felt like I had been able to explore a bit more of my own paddock since I had married and had the confidence of being loved and a companion to share life with... my imagery was more of holding hands and walking through the field together finding and trying new things. Perhaps a field or garden would be a nicer image than paddock, whatever works for you. I'd highly recommend doing marriage enrichment courses. As a society we focus on investing in our home, car, super, shares (or not!) etc. but how often do we think about investing in our relationships and how much more valuable are they? So to use the Secret Garden on our wedding photo is quite appropriate, as my husband loves gardening too. I took inspiration for the layout from the cover of the kit where there are several examples of layouts, cards and gift ideas. Paper: Simply Scrappin' Secret Garden Ink: Black Journaler Accessories: On Board Accents

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

cards by Jen

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So while we were away last weekend I got to some crafting (surprise surprise) with my sister-in-law Jen. We made up some Christmas cards. These are some of the designs we are doing at our stamp-a-stack this Friday night. I have a couple of spaces left if you'd like to book in. How cute is 'Hung Up on the Holidays'? I just love that one. We mixed it up between tearing and scalloping the edges and with the different ribbons and colour schemes each card is unique! I borrowed some ideas from (I've run out of descriptives for the talented, wonderful, amazing....) Marelle using the 'Season of Joy' stamp set which is my current favourite. It's just so versatile, love it!

Monday, 13 October 2008

Card By Toby

We had our 10th Wedding Anniversary on Friday (YAY!) and as we were preparing to go out my 4 year old asked if he could use some bits and pieces he found in my craft room. Next thing I know he's put it together like this (minus the bow of course). I was quietly impressed by his eye for design and putting the ribbon across the stamped image as if it's all wrapped up in love. I offered to help him by snipping the side of the card so we could poke the ribbon through (how the ribbon was going to get around was distressing him) and then I tied the bow. He wouldn't let me trim the ribbon as you may have guessed. He was so pleased to give it to his Aunty Suzy who looked after Jake and him for the evening and who he loves very much!
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Thursday, 9 October 2008

WCMD special offer

To celebrate World Card Making Day (yes there is such a day) Stampin' Up! are offering 20% off Simply Sent Kits from 4-11 October. You can see them on page 12-14 of the catalogue. They make a great gift and are also a great way to get started with stamping. They are easy to take away on holidays because they are so compact, and contain everything you need in there. The cardstock is all pre-cut for you, and there are even instructions. So got someone's birthday coming up? - or Christmas is getting close - what a great buy! Email me to place your order by Friday.

rocket man & fruit loops

just a quick post... we had a great weekend up at my Mum & Dads at Forster and how cute is my little man in his rocket 'jamies out feeding the horses before breakfast. He was so brave patting them up close
and my big man was so cute adopting the Kenny Koala from Kindy that Jake was supposed to take everywhere but wasn't the slightest bit interested in. So Kenny went everywhere with Tobes and was even allowed to share his special 'holiday treat' breakfast of Fruit Loops - Lucky Kenny! Back tomorrow with cards hopefully!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

guest book

Last week I joined my "sister" stampers at Ruth's place where she taught us how she makes these gorgeous albums.Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 I've decided to use mine as a Guest Book as I've always loved that idea. My parents have one and it's always funny looking back to see who came, when and read the comments that remind us of good times spent together. We are off to my parents this weekend so will get to write in it again - hopefully more good times ahead! And now I'm looking forward to the first entry in our new Guest Book. If you're keen to make your own album, be it used for a guest book, photo album, signature book or scrapbook, let me know and I'll organise a class. Stamps: Short Order Alphabet Ink: Black StazOn Paper: Summer Picnic Ribbon: 5/8" Old Olive Access: Pewter Hodgepodge, A Perfect Day Rub Ons, Crystal Effects, On Board Accents Chipboard, Dimensionals, glue stick, sanding block

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