Saturday, September 25, 2010

Some great news to share.......

Last week I went to a crop at my favourite scrapbooking store called Flutterbuy's. (The two lovely ladies that run the shop (Robin amd Samantha) approached me during the night and asked if I would like to be on their newly formed DT for their new gallery on their on-line shop site.

I was sooo happy to be asked :)

...............but it gets better..... any pages I make up for the the gallery will be of product just sold in the shop.........that means I get to design and make layouts with free product. Yippeee!!!!! Once I have completed my pages they get showcased in the Flutterbuy's gallery and also in the shop :)

So today I went in the morning and collected cardstock, pp, ribbon, flowers, brads, double sided tape and lots of other bits and pieces to make up 3 pages and a flower pot.

I'm so happy that someone finally has acknowledged my work and of course I hope all the products I have used on my pages sell like hotcakes in the shop :)

(Just double click on the banner and it will take you to the on-line shop)


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Britt - 2nd Annaversary !

Britt Lapthorne's parents Dale and Elke are back in Croatia on the second anniversary of their daughter's death.

THE parents of tragic Victorian backpacker Britt Lapthorne claim an investigation into their daughter's death has been "shovelled away in a drawer''.

Britt's parents, Dale and Elke, are in Dubrovnik for the second anniversary of the 21-year-old's death.

Mr Lapthorne said the couple had work to do in Croatia.

"Obviously the police are doing very little,'' Mr Lapthorne said.

"Since the AFP review several months ago they feel that's all done, everything’s clear and they can just shovel it away in a drawer.

Britt Lapthorne's parents Dale and Elke are back in Croatia on the second anniversary of their daughter's death.

"We've got our own work to be done.''

Mrs Lapthorne said it was difficult for the pair to be in Croatia.

"Someone just walked past the studio here and told us the police are upset that we're back again so that's put a smile on our face because that's what we're here for,'' she said.

"We are here to prompt the police.

"The case has sort of gone dormant and we don't want that to happen.''

The former Kilmore International School student's body was found in a Dubrovnik bay almost three weeks after she disappeared from a local nightclub on September 18, 2008. - (Source, is the Herald


I have my own way of thinking about Britt and expressing these feeling and as you would know, is through my art. So, I actually did a little scrapbooking page that I think has turned out just beautiful, and I wanted to share it with everyone, as this is my way of remembering beautiful Britt. I dont want others to forget also .......

For the ones that don't know, my connection to the Lapthorne's is through Elke whom I work with.

'Fly Like a Bird...and Soar'

Thanks for looking and keep some prayers in your heart for Elke and Dale

- Shazza

Thursday, September 16, 2010

First Day of School Butterflies

Here is my submission for this fortnights 'Scrap that Poetry' challenge, the poem to scrap to is

First Day of School
by Eddie Garcia

you have to the end of the month to get your entries in :)

This scrapbook page is designed to look like an antique school slate (I got the idea and inspiration from Vintage Image Craft), which was once used by Victorian children for practising their letters and numbers. I used black card stock for the slate and then made a simple frame using wood-grain pp. I even mitred the corners on the frame. Across the bottom I assembled a collage of 'Vintage' school children (figures cut from vintage images), with various artifacts as slates, pens, ink wells, balls, books, globes and apples of course.

The first day of school can be an emotional collage of excitement, bewilderment, fear and adventure. Here is Adam on his first day of school, (photos taken at home). He is sitting on our front letterbox complaining that he is feeling funny in the tummy (nerves of course!). Just like the poem, once Adam got to School and found his friend David Reichelt (from up the street) was in his class he was right as rain :)

David and Adam still remain close friends, they are 26 years old now!

I would like to thank Melissa O'Neill for her gorgeous stamped butterflies which I recently received in a 'Kraft' swap........... I think they make the perfect touch to this page :)

Do I get an 'A' plus for this school scrapbooking page! lol

What do you think?


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Soul Scrappers ATC's

Here are my August ATC's for Soul Scrappers.

The first theme was Lighthouses, here is mine below made with love for Mary Steinmetz


Here is my Favourite Quote made with love for Barbara Turpin


Friday, September 10, 2010

1000th member at Soul Scrappers

I would love one of my followers to be the 1000th member at Soul Scrappers, so join now!!! We are up to 997.....only three more to go........ If one of my followers becomes the lucky 1000th.

A Lisa K kit will come your way :)


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

About Me challenge - South Morang

hi Ladies!

Here is my entry to Mary Steinmetz's first 'About Me' challenge at Soul Scrappers .....'Exploring your home town name'.

Here is the criteria-

1. Add the of your city as the title

2. Try find out the origin ofthe city name

3. The meaning of the name

4. Try and use 2 photo's....a past and present

and you have until September the 14th to get your entry in :)

South Morang

The journaling says:

The journaling reads:
South Morang is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,
23kms north east from Melbourne’s CBD. It is on the Plenty
River and sits between Mill Park and Mernda. Originally
known as Morang South, it derives its name from the Parish
of Morang which was named after an aboriginal word thought
to mean cloudy or sky.
We don’t have town as such and only last year we had a huge
Westfield Shopping Centre built. We had little stores scattered
around our area before then.
Like most Australian towns the ‘Pub or Hotel was the local
gathering place. Here the commercial hotel was erected in
1890 which replaced an earlier wooden hotel burnt down
the year before. This is one of the oldest landmarks in South

I really enjoyed researching for this challenge and putting it altogether.

Thanks Mary and I'm looking forward to your next challenge already :)


Christmas Cheer

Here is my entry for Gretchens sketch challenge at Soul Scrappers.

The deadline for Gretchens challenge is the 12th September

so come on over and have a go :)

Christmas Cheer of me last Christmas 2009 at Craig and Linda's house (Brother and sister-in-law)

I used epoxy sticker bauballs and hung them from the page with gold thread along with a tag with journaling (where and when) and a flocked Rub on 'Christmas cheer' title.


SSQ # 3 Be Mine

This is my page for the SSQ # 3 (Soul Scrap Quest) hosted by myself.....

What is Soul Scrap Quest... Well is FREE stuff....yep your heard me right. Free stuff to make a page and enter the competition :)

If you would like to know more about SSQ # 3, join Soul Scrappers as the next SSQ # 4 is going to start very soon.

What is Soul Scrap Quest?

You will be sent a pack of embellishments to use on your page. Everyone
receives the same items (color and size may vary). The conecpt is to
scrap a page using all or most of these items. You can add anything you
like but you must use all or most of your FREE STUFF!

What makes this a QUEST unique..... is that until you open your
envelope you are really not going to know what is in it, and what you
are expected to use. Some of the embellies could be shop bought,
painted items, stickers, stamped images, polymer clay items, metal
items, hand pieced images, handmade flowers, sewn items, felt items
etc......... the list goes on!!

Benefit of the Quest!!
1. You scrap items you may never have thought of scrapping before
2. You get to see how 11 other individuals use their items and you will be amazed at all the creative ideas.
3. You use techniques and ideas on your future scrap booking pages.
4. Makes you think out side the square, you become more creative and arty!
5. Perfect for begginers because you will learn so much


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

From Screen 2 Scrap September Challenge

This is the inspiration for the challenge at FS2S this month. We have some great prizes up for grabs from Purple Pumpkin and Pretty Petals

You have until Tuesday 28th September to get your entries in.

Come on give this challenge a go!!

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Added criteria for an extra 6 bonus Points

1. Black title = 1 pt

2. Must use red and yellow card stock on the page = 2 pts

3. A hand print somewhere on the page = 3 pts

Here is my submission

Ok here it is!! This is Jarred back in the 'Kinder' days.

The journaling says: Here's Jarred at Kinder in 1990. Always building something and always busy with his hands. This is Jarreds handprint from Fathers Day in 1990.

The red 'Helping Hands' is stitched :) I have covered all the criteria...and even added a few monster embellies that I handmade :)


ARTastic September challenge

Come join in the September challenge at ARTastic, this month we have some gorgeous prizes from Lil Red Rocket and Pretty Petals :)

You have until Tuesday 28th September to get your entries in :)

come on give it a go!!!

Here is the inspiration:-

Frida Kahlo - Self Portrait with Monkey

Diva demand for an extra 6 bonus points, give me ......

1. A photo of you or family member with your pet/pets = 1pt

2. Shades of brown and orange on your layout = 2pts

3. A single tropical flower or plant = 3pts

and here's what I came up with.........


....Have you stopped laughing!!!!.....As you can see this is not my best layout, infact its probably rates as my worst :(
Definately not going to win any sub points from the other DT's this month lol
My excuse....... I'm under the pump this month and really did not put any thought into this (As if you can't tell!!)
However I do love this photo of Nick (DD's Boyfriend) and Duke our Chihauhau, the journalling reads.....'Nick keeping Duke warm on a cold winters day! Duke's happy tucked into Nick's hoodie'!! - Cheers Shazza

Scrap that Poetry current challenge

Ode to the End of Summer by Phillis McGinley

Its a long poem, so you are best to read it here.

This challenge is due Septmeber 14th, so you have a week to get your entries in :)

I would love to see you join in!

The journaling says:

This is our travelling gnome who comes away with us on our holidays.

This photo was taken on the last day in Playa del Carmen, Mexico at our beautiful resort the 'Gran Porto Real'

We were due to fly home to cold wintry Melbourne, Australia the next day.

This was our farewell to the beautiful Mexican summer!


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Faux Cloisonne challenge at Soul Scrappers

Here is my entry for Gwens Faux Cloisonne technique challenge at Soul Scrappers,

The Tutorial for the technique can be be found HERE.

You are required to:
  • Create a 12x12 layout. Either a 1 or 2 page layout (your choice)
  • Use the Faux Cloisonne' technique on your page
  • Include a minimum of 2 matted photos per page
  • Post your photo to the proper Gallery
  • Have fun!
Create a scrapbook page following the challenge guidelines. Next, upload the photo of your page to the Gallery using the challenge tag TC17 in your photo tag. Submissions must be uploaded and tagged by 7 pm Eastern time Thursday , September 9, 2010. A winner will be drawn at random on Friday morning September 10, 2010

Here is my entry for Gwens TC17 - Faux Cloisonne challenge. I used the butterfly and journaling spot from the Stampin' UP! set 'Great Friend. I stamped onto the Skooter man glossy magazine page and then embossed with gold. I love this technique.

This is Kahlii my Niece on her 18th birthday which she celebrated on November 20th 2009.

I love the background pp (creative imaginations - Christine Adolph called 'Voyez en Arriere')

And a close up

Here is a close up of Gwens TC17 - Faux Cloisonne technique.

Hopefully you can see the embossing a lot clearer.

And here is the Glossy magazine page that I used for the embossing

Hi Gwen!

I really loved your challenge. I havn't embossed for a long time and forgot how much fun it can be.

The tutorial was great and very easy to follow. I will definately use this technique again sometime soon. :)


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The winner of my blog hop at FS2S for the 1st Birthday Celebrations is....

The winner of
2. Shazza Bishop's Blog hop


Faye Maree,

she left this comment.....
OMG!!!! What a fantastic prize. Thanks for the chance!!!
p.s. I'm a follower!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations!!! Faye, please send me your address details to and I will get this sent to you :)

You have won the gorgeous
Echo Park Summertime
Collection Kit.

Echo Park Summertime
Collection Kit.


Tara Maynard from Magpie Club has sponsored this fantastic kit