Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Floods and storms

Canberra has had one of it's wettest spring/summer and now into autumn that we have had for years. Most of the time we head into March with everything brown and dead, no matter how much (restricted) water we pour on. This year we didn't even need the sprinklers at all. Too odd.

So this months Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge -
Using sketch 9 – April showers bring May flowers – scrap about a rainfall, or storm. Perhaps the weather ruined your plans, or perhaps you were experiencing a drought or dry well and were relieved to see the heavens open. Or you can scrap about anything in the springtime, how it makes you feel after the long winter, new life, whatever speaks of this time to you!! You might not want to scrap about your garden though, as you may be doing that soon here – hint, hint!!

here is the sketch -

and here is my Lo - I'm not too rapt in the result, Anne very kindly called it rustic and she did like the banner so that's ok. I guess my paper scrapping is still a bit rusty at the moment. Be patient with me please....

I do like the colour of the water flowing out of the lake over the dam wall - very reminiscent of Willy Wonker's chocolate river -

Anyway come and play, I'm sure with all the wild weather around in the past year that you have some photos/memories of storms that happened near you. Would love to see them.

And of course I have a little digi Lo as well to show you - Henry again won an Easter bunny in the school raffle. He has come to assume it is his right now after a couple of wins.
And this is making me very happy at the moment -
This is a scene from Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - one of my favourite series of books, set in Melbourne in the 1920's. the TV show is just wonderful, they have cast really well, and although Jack is different from the book, I like the difference. Only two left in the series to go - desperately hope they keep making them.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Paper scrapping

Managed to drag some of my long neglected kits out and put together a couple of LO's. The first one I did will have to wait until tomorrow as it is for AFSC and the reveal is on the 15th. The second is for Punky Scraps - using this picture as inspiration.

Love the bright colours on top of white. And the little bit of quilling as well.

here's mine - ink splatters (of course) and a couple of tiny quilled (ok rolled roughly..) bits as well. Loving the whole hexagon trend at the moment, this stamp is from Cocoa daisy - which also came with a patterned hexagon - love it! I have a freebie template from The Lilypad as well that features Hexagons, so will show you that soon.

This is Henry with one of his big cousins.

And I have decided (again) to add things that make me happy at the moment as I have had a bad March, the rest of the year shall be positive.

So today the thing that makes me happy is opening my inbox every day to find something like this -

Ahhh Design Seeds - the colours and photography- yum. And everyday they email out four colour schemes to admire. Love it!

See you tomorrow. xx

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Very Late winners!

Hey everyone,

I just realised that through the confusion that was March and the sickness (boring change of seasons colds) that has been April so far, I haven't drawn my prize for My Charity walk. I am pleased to report that I raised just under $300 for the week- more than $100 more than I hoped for. This will contribute in a big way towards a new well in a village somewhere.

Ok, so the winner of the main pack is -

Julie Tucker-Wolek (yay!) Thanks for a big plug on her blog as well.

and the second prize winner is

Alicia (good luck with the imminent arrival of baby no 1 ..)

And as a bonus my Valentines day draw went unclaimed so I redrew and the winner is


Ok, I already have Julie's address so just need Wendi and Alicia to email me and I will pop those int the post.

Thank you to everyone who contributed - I really appreciate it. I took lots of photos on my walks so hope to finish off scrapping them soon.

Now just a quick digi Lo on the only craft I have manged to do in the past month (only one!!! paper Lo in over a month - eep). It is getting colder so the knitting needles come out and I found the quickest scarf pattern ever. One ball of the latest trendy wool and a couple of nights and it was done. even Meaghan likes it!

have a day of packing more boxes today as well as normal housework that has been sorely neglected as I have been wallowing in self pity (practically a man flu sook I'm sorry to say!).

Both My Cocoa Daisy kit and Studio Calico Kit have arrived a week earlier than normal so have to find time and inspiration to start scrapping again. Will be back in a day or two for the newest AFSC challenge (which I haven't quite finished yet - sorry Anne..).

Ok, catch you later. xxx

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter

We are off to the coast for a few nights, have a safe happy Easter.

Karen xx

Monday, April 2, 2012


Or Happy April's fool day for yesterday. That's the theme for this month's challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge -

This is April Fool’s day – scrap about a trick or prank that was either pulled on you, a friend, or that you pulled on someone else!! If you have difficulty with this, you could alternatively scrap about a surprise you experienced or that you prepared for someone else (surprise birthday party??).

I have been to only one surprise party, for my eldest brother's 40th. It worked ok up until the point he drove into his street and saw all our cars and it didn't take long for him to put two and two together (being a policeman, he was clever like that...). But it was still a great night, he loved it and all the kids thought hiding was the best thing ever.

so pop on over and check out the other DT work, really good stuff there. And we are so pleased that more and more of you are joining in out challenges - not always the easiest but very interesting and always rewarding to get them done.

Just a follow up to my last LO featuring my tongue in cheek view that our house knows it is about to be demolished and has taken to fighting back. Well, the spookiest thing happened the other day.

I was home alone and had been pottering around both upstairs and in the back yard when I ventured into the kitchen for lunch. The cupboard door below the sink had flung itself open and ripped the top hinge out of the melamine frame. The front door was locked, I was properly spooked....

Am currently tip toeing around the house whispering soothing lies that we have changed our minds, although the number of boxes currently around may give the game away. Fingers crossed nothing else happens before we leave...

Also feeling better this week generally. I am just bought some wool to knit a scarf, the best thing about winter is my hands on craft increases. Love that.

have a great day xx