Sunday, January 31, 2010

Blog - Aversary BLUES!!

GEEze!!!

I forgot my one year blog annaversay on December 27th 2009......I'm such a knuckle head!!

So those of you whom would like to celebrate this special event (that has now passed lol), I have a surprize for you :)

Random draw of a RAK .... How do you win!!

Just leave me a comment in this post and you will go in the draw. If you have been following my blog you might even like to suggest what was your favourite layout of mine that you liked this past year....... :) Will post a pic of the prize shortly and will draw the winner at the end of the month to give everyone a chance!

Best of luck!!

Shazza

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Scrapbooking from Scratch... AWESOME SALE!!

Here's what Peta has to say.......

Hello to you all,
I hope you have all survived the school holiday period, Christmas & New Year and ready to get back into your 'normal' routine - what ever that maybe....
I just wanted to send you all a quick email to let you know that I have reduced 99% of my online stock so that I clear it out to make way for the 1000's of NEW items arriving in Australia over the next few months.
I would also appriciate it if you could pass this info onto your scrapping friends either by email or on your blog, as I would really like to make sure all scrappers can benefit from this sale.
Thankyou in advance for helping em get the word out - and I look forward to chatting with you over this year 2010 - it is going to be an AWESOME one thats for sure!!!
Regards
Peta MacBeth
www.scrapbookingfromscratch.com
peta@scrapbookingfromscratch.com

So don't miss out... get in quick!!

Another DT offer for 'Soulology' on-line course

I have been asked by Erika Martin (Stampin Mama) to join her as DT member for her next Soulology on-line scrapbooking course. It runs from February 8th - April 12th. If you book in please mention my name (Shazza) so, Erika knows where the referral came from........

Here's a little bit about the course............

It's BACK - The "Soulology Project" Online

Scrapbooking Course

Banner


Scrapbook_019new_2 Are you always the one behind the camera? Do the people that look at your scrapbooks see YOU in them....really see YOU?

Or do they just see the pictures you took of everyone else and not really see the real you?

Will future generations have a record of who you are....the things that make you the person you are?

Many times, we are the historians for our families. We take the pictures. We create the art that is put into our scrapbooks. We tell the stories. But for many of us, there's one key person missing. Ourselves!

This online scrapbooking course is focused on putting yourself into your scrapbooks. Into recording the things that make you who you are. The things that make you tick and the things that tick you off. The dreams, hopes, failures, aspirations, flaws, imperfections, triumphs, passions....the things that make you uniquely YOU!

It's time to tell your story.

It's time to leave your legacy.

It's time to dig deep and share your soul.

The "Soulology Project" Course will take you on a journey of discovery and will challenge you to tap into your creative side to share your soul artistically.

Dreadfull_journey_3 The "Soulolgoy Project" Online Scrapbooking Course starts February 8th and runs through April 12th.

All of the classes and galleries will be archived on the site so if you can't get to the challenges and homework right away, you can always go back to it. This course is meant to do at YOUR pace!

Each week's class will include:

** Techniques, tips and ideas to stimulate your creative process

** Tasks to complete

** Challenges

** Sample pages each week from me (Erika Martin) and 3 other amazingly talented scrapbook artists:

** A layout sketch gallery for each week's Design Team layouts - by the end of the course, the sketch gallery will have a total of 50 sketches (10 each from each of the Design Team members and 20 from me)

** A gallery for you to upload your pages to so that we can all share with each other

** An interactive forum with discussions on each week's work

** PDF files with all of the course outlines so that you can print them out or save them to your computer for future use

** One-on-one email correspondence with me (Erika Martin) if you need help with any of the tasks


Goseedo_2 Class size is limited....so register today!

This course is limited to allow for a focused and interactive experience.

Registration is on a first paid basis.

This interactive and creative online 10-week course can be paid for in 2 different ways:


Pay for the course in full and SAVE $6!

- $69.00

Pay for the course in 3 monthly payments of $25 each (for a total of $75) - $25.00 per month for 3 months*

Use the "Add to Cart" buttons above to pay securely with Visa or MasterCard. If you'd like to pay with PayPal, please contact me at erikaerin2001@yahoo.com to request an invoice. Registration is on a first come, first paid basis. Class size is limited, so make sure you register today!

A confirmation and welcome letter will be emailed to you as soon as your payment is submitted.

This course is sure to inspire, challenge and teach you, but you're also sure to come away from this course with a scrapbook that reflects and showcases many different parts of the UNIQUE person that you are. Through the interactive website you'll be learning on, you'll also be sure to come away with some new found friends.

To check out some of my most recent scrapbook pages, CLICK HERE.

Looking forward to creating with you!

Erika Martin (Stampin' Mama)

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at erikaerin2001@yahoo.com

* Monthly plans will be billed at $25.00 each month, for the duration of three months, starting from the date you register. Your payment method of choice will be automatically charged on a 30 day cycle.

The "Soulology Project" Online Scrapbooking Course is intended only for those that pay for the course. Entrance into the site for this course is by payment only and is limited by invite and passwords for course students only. Thank you for respecting these limitations.



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OOh Jenna has lost a day

This is my take for Amandas Quote challenge at 'Aussie Girls Gone Scrappin'

For this challenge you had to use the quote.............' A day without laughter is a day wasted' by Charlie Chaplin.................and to also use flowers and buttons on your LO

Have covered all criteria. Used a photo of Jenna when she was little in one of her grumpy moods! I put the quote inside a little frame.

I called it 'Ooh Jenna has lost a day' because of her moodiness, she didn't have a very good day! It was wasted on tears and tantrums, a day she will never get back!!

...............and a close up of the grumpiness lol


TFL
Shazza

Friday, January 22, 2010

Scrap That Poetry's 1st Blog Hop

Welcome to our 1st Scrap That Poetry Blog Hop!


Hello & welcome to the first ever Scrap That Poetry Blog Hop. Scrap That Poetry's Blog was your 1st stop and you are now at the 5th stop of the hop. I have my own little prize to give away. All you need to do to win is to become a follower of my blog, and you will go in the draw for a 'Scrapware' chipboard Wisteria Lane Kit. Don't forget to also become a follower of 'Scrap that Poetry' that way, you want miss out on the latest poems or any additional info :)

Here is a pic of the kit made up!



But you must leave a comment on this post to be entered to win.
After you have visited all the blogs and made a post, be sure to go back to the Scrap That Poetry's blog and post when you are finished.
The overall RAK is a $15 online gift certificate to your favorite online store.
(as long as they offer gift certificates.)
Thanks for hopping with us!

Your next stop is Tonia's blog.

We are posting a bonus poem in honor of this hop as well as Valentine's Day! .

How Do I Love Thee
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my souls can reach, when feeling out of sight
for the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
most quiet need, by sun and candle-light
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
with my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Here is my take on the poem.......
a 'love you' card


If you choose to scrap a layout, card or project that uses a line, verse or inspiration from the poem and you link it to the post on Scrap that Poetry, you will get 5 extra chances to win the gift certificate. If you post a link to Scrap that Poetry blog and mention the blog hop on your blog, you will receive an extra 2 chances if you tell us in the comment section.
If scrap that Poetry breaks 100 followers, Jennifer will raise the gift certificate to $20.

Thank you so much for joining us! We hope you enjoy yourself!

Cheers
Shazza

P.S If you are already one of my (68) followers and are joining in the hop, just leave me a reminder with your comment!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I'm Feeling Sad Today.......

Today is the eleventh year anniversary of my Dads passing. I've felt quite down all morning, usually all the family get together and go to the 'Old England Hotel' in Heidelberg for a get together, as this was his old drinking place. My mum is not feeling up to going so we are leaving it this year.
I've got a photo of dad holding a beer, he's keeping me company today while I scrap and sew, that's him below 'Graeme'. He was a great Dad, a real prancster and always clowning around!!

Miss ya Dad!!


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Not sure if any followers read in the papers about the horrific road accident in Mill Park where 5 young teenagers lost their lives (one young girl survived).... 6 in the car!!!

Well!! I work 1.5 kms from where the accident occurred further down along Plenty Road and had to go post the scene yesterday afternoon. There were about 4o teenagers in small groups and milling around, they have spray painted messages on the tree stumps and back fences that back onto the area..... it was very sad to see where it actually happened and flowers everywhere.....

I have mixed emotions, I feel so sorry for the families involved and also anger that this has happened.....as I said... I'm feeling sad today!!

TFL
Shazza

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yippee!! I'm on a Design Team.......

I'm busting to tell you all that I am one of six ladies picked for 'Scrap that Poetry' Design Team.

I am so lucky to be designing beside so many creative and inspiring ladies. You will get to meet them all soon as we will be having our first Blog Hop January 22-24th The current design team will be introducing our newest designers to you! Plus we will have a bonus poem posted as well as some lovely work to share with you! Jennifer will be giving away a gift certificate to an online store to one lucky hopper who completes the entire blog hop and follows the criteria!

So don't go too far away...................

Cheers
Shazza

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Little Horse

Here is the current poem at 'Scrap that Poetry', I couldn't resist doing this challenge, the words in the poem were so inspiring. Here is the poem.........

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here,
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer,
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Here is my take called 'My Little Horse'


I wanted the layout to look dark and grungy so I wrote the poem on to grey card stock and shaped into clouds, I used black silhouetted trees to try and create the woods looking dark and deep. I added 'snow tex' (loving that stuff!!), to the branches to make it look like they are snow covered. A little silhouette of a stag just added the right touch.

Here is a close up, you can see the 'snow tex' better, it was a bit fiddly applying it with a tiny spatula.



TFL
Shazza

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sorry Ladies, another one I forgot to upload......

This is my December ARTastic submission, the inspiration came from the Vermeer painting
'Girl with a Pearl Earring'.

Monthly Artist for December


Shazza Bishop - My Girl with the Pearl Earring


Ok Ladies... I followed the criteria with an earring on the page (lampshade pearl stuck to a Stampin UP! filigree brad). I used this portrait style photo of my DD Jenna, as she has a comtemplative look in her eye and I love the similarity to 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring'.
I used earthy tones for the flowers and a blue background taking the colors from the painting.
I cut a felt frame (my2angels) and used the flowers to fill up the space left on the corners. I love the painting and I love Vermeer as an Artist.

TFL
Shazza

Thursday, January 14, 2010

FS2S submission for January

For January you have to take your inspiration from the poster 'Alfie'





Added criteria:

1. Black and white layout
2. Using one strong color

*Movie Diva Demand* For an extra bonus two points .......
use three or more black and white photos on your layout
( This is optional, you dont have to do this but it does give you the extra bonus points!)

Here is my take:

Shazza Bishop - Cowgirl in Training

Okay, It's done and dusted!! I think I should have called this one 'Cowgirl in Pooh' !!
My Christmas mojo was not very good to me and left me thinking ...'what have I actually created here'!!! I do not get the bonus points as I only used one black and white photo :(
However, at least I went with the black and white layout and one strong color!!
Not my best ever layout, that's for sure lol


This challenge still has two weeks left, so if you are interested in giving this a go, you still have plenty of time :) You can find this challenge here.

Cheers
Shazza

My submission for From Screen 2 Scrap from December....

Let it Snow

This is the poster to use for your inspiration plus the added criteria below.


Decembers Poster'Deck the Halls' Criteria....

1. Use a Christmas Song title for you layout title

2. Use 3 or more Christmas embellishments
stars, candy canes, snow man, presents etc....

3. Lots of colourful bling




Hi Everyone!!

I have followed the criteria for this layout, I used the song title 'Let it Snow'. I hand made my fat snowman and used a felt tree and red stamped presents, (Stampin UP! roller - Gifts Galore), I also used paper snowflakes (3 or more Christmas embellishments used). For lots of bling I attached plastic fairy lights to wire and fixed to my layout with wire and tied off at the back of the layout, I strung them around the photo copying the lights around the house on the Deck the Halls movie poster. I also used Snow-Tex on the word Snow for authenticity. The photo was taken last year Christmas day with my neice Tiliesha (better known as Tillie) posing for me with the North Pole sign..... she is such a character!!

I also entered this in the January Challenge # 4 - Winter Song at Dixie Pieces.

TFL
Shazza

My ARTastic submission for January!


We had to take the inspiration from Pro Harts - Foral # 2

Monthly Artist for January


Here is my take on the challenge.



I used Pro Harts use of blues and reds as part of my color scheme. A bouquet of orange and red flowers and a cute pic of Jenna (DD) when she was a kinder kid. I added two little Raggedy Anne's pics to match the curtains in the background.
- Cheers Shazza


Reminder........ Forever Always DT call




Forever Always is having a New Years Cleanout….not that we are outing the old and bringing in the new, but it is time for something fresh and new. You may have noted a few changes, each of the DT family will now have a role that they are committed to each month to create on specifically.

And we are looking to adopt… So if you think you can add something special to our family on a monthly basis we want you….

Yes it’s a DT call but one with a difference… we are looking for a Cybercrop Queens and Tutorial Queens….

Requirements:
·As Cybercrop Queen – it will be your responsibility to come up with the monthly topic, and at least 2 challenges with supporting inspirational layouts. You will also be required to be present in the forum during Cybercrops.
·As Tutorial Queen – it will be your responsibility to come up with the monthly topic and at least 2 layouts or examples to be posted in the forum and on our blog.
·Complete challenges
·Be active within our site, including daily posting in the forum and regular layouts in the gallery beyond your required role
·Help promote our family and site through blogs etc including advertising of your Cybercrop or Tutorial releases and all other sneak peaks.
·Have a love for our store and the products it contains you will also provide links to them when you have used them. (Although we understand that we don’t stock all products and the you will want to use other product at times….please be mindful of items we have in store when scrapping).
·Be on call for other jobs if needed when a family member is either sick or away.

Benefits:
·Being apart of the best online family there is.
·Online recognition as a Design Team Family Member this will include your portrait in the family album, your bio and layouts will be featured on the Forever Always Website, Forum, Gallery and Blog.
·Discounts and FA Shopping dollars for all items including our Retreats.

I would encourage all applicants to visit our website http://www.foreveralways.com.au/ and become a part of our forum to be sure this is the Design Team for you.

To apply for one of our positions, please submit a minimum of 3 examples of your work that have never been posted on the World Wide Web or in a Magazine.

If you are applying to be a Cybercrop Queen – please send us a Theme topic and four challenges showing us your skills.

If you are applying to be a Tutorial Queen – pleases send us a Tutorial showing us your skills

In addition, please answers to the following questions, and return with your submissions.
·Name: Email address: Location:
·How would you describe your Scrapping Style?
·Would you say that you are a master of a particular technique? YES/NO If yes what technique?
·Are you or have you already been a member of a design team? – Please list companies and/or websites with links.
·Have you had your work published before? If so where and when? Can you commit to time deadlines for techniques and class contributions?
·Do you have a blog? If so, please send the link.
·If you have work in online galleries, please provide links, so that we may view more of your work.
·Are you currently active online? If so what communities and what is your Username (please proved links)
·Why are you interested in becoming a member of our design team?
·Can you jump in and help out your FA family and complete assignments with short notice if necessary?
·Tell us what commitment means to you?

Please send submissions to info@foreveralways.com.au
Deadline for submissions on both calls is Friday, January 29, 2010
With New roles being active in February – the new adoptee’s will be announced in the February Newsletter.

Go for it Ladies!!............... a great opportunity to work alongside a great lot of ladies

Cheers
Shazza

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 - My Word

This is my first year that I have actually participated in My Word.

I have been thinking and deciding on the best word to suit me for 2010....and after much deliberation I have decided on the word 'STEPS' !!!

In everything I do, I go at things like a 'Bull at a Gate', rushing around and I always take on too much whether its at work or home or scrapping........everything is a blur sometimes so I have decided to slow down and the word that best suits me is 'Steps'.

'Steps' to me is any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal even if I get there taking baby steps!! I'm going to take these smaller steps this year, take things slowly, and enjoy what I am doing, one baby step at a time............

You will probably see the word 'Steps' pop up in a few layouts this year :)

Cheers for now
Shazza

Monday, January 11, 2010

Week # 12- Erika Martin's Journaling 101 course

Week # 12 "Sequential Photo Journaling"

Double Decker Bus Ride


This is what the journaling says:

Jenna and Rachel just loved the double decker bus ride, they sat up top and waved to everyone!! Kinder 1994

Stampin UP! products used:
PP from Designer Series Bella Rose
C/S is Earth elements 'old olive'
corduroy kiwi kiss buttons


Non Stampin' UP! product:
American crafts thickers 'Rockabye in white and green

cheers
Shazza

Week # 11 - Erika Martin's Journaling 101 course

Week # 11 "Creative Story Telling Journaling"

Once Upon a time......



Challenge = Tell it like you've never told it before!

This is what the journaling says:

Long, long ago…. A romance bloomed between two teenagers. He was handsome and strong and liked riding motor bikes, she was sweet and beautiful and taught Sunday school. They met at a coffee shop and spent the day talking and getting to know each other.


Far, far away…. They ended up getting married

and moved to Rosanna. They had four children,

Sharon, Debbie, Craig and Lorel. They loved to

go on boating holidays where all the children

learnt how to water ski, they also spent a lot of

family time camping.


Happily Ever After…. They built a beautiful

two storey house, went on overseas holidays and

ran a family souvenir business together……. This

is the story of Melvie and Graeme [my parents]


Stampin UP! products used:
Stampin UP! Rub ons - Love birds
Green and brown strip across page are stickers from 'Sweet nothings Kit'
Light saffron colored strips across page are stickers from 'Love Sparkles' kit

Non Stampin' UP! product:
Once upon a time cardstock with glitter from 'OUAT' stack
Gold frame around photo - 'OUAT' photo mat stack
Bella! Fly aways - Butterflys lge
Bella! Petites - Butterflys small
Black pen

cheers
Shazza

Tanya is 40!!

My friend Tanya (and Stampin' UP! up-line) is 40 on the 17th January, so a few of her closest girlfriends got together and did a few special things for her during the month leading up to her birthday. From the 1st January til the 17th we all did something special!!


I made her up a jar of scrapbooking bits and pieces and decorated it! I then organised with her husband whilst she was at work to go around and hide it in her house and then 'sms' her some clues so she could hunt around and find it, when she got home from work. I hid it in her dryer in the laundry...... she doesnt use the dryer much on these hot Melbourne days and infact I'm not sure if she uses the dryer much at all considering the state of the laundry!!........................... lol
(She's going to kill me now!!)


'Tanya's Bits and Pieces'

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I also sent her a voucher in the mail, she should get it tomorrow or Wednesday:


IOU Voucher

#Ts2010-01-10 Date 11/01/2010

This voucher entitles the holder to one hour (maybe two) of my precious time.

To be used for the following only

*Washing the dog
* cleaning the chimney
* Dusting the balcony (applies to second storey apartments only)
* Shining the spa
* Vacuming the swimming pool
(hehehe......she doesn't have any of the above!!)
However.... can also be used for

* Baby sitting, tidying up, mending, sorting, ironing and general house duties

- cannot be exchanged for cash

- cannot be used in conjunction with other vouchers

- Must be redeemed within 7 days of date of issue..........lol

From super Sadie Shazza's Cleaning and ///maintenance Services

.................only kidding about the 7 days (make it 14 days!!....lmao)
(hehehe........she will be away in Queensland for her birthday and want be back in time to redeem!!)

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TFL
Shazza

Amanda's About Me Challenge

About time!!......... I finally had some time to have a go at Amanda's challenge at 'Aussie Girls Gone Scrappin'

You have to find a book title that best describes you! Plus a pic of you and you must also include a book page and use the distressing technique somewhere on your page. Here is my take....


I used the title 'A Woman of Substance' by Barbara Taylor Bradford


Here are a few close ups!!


and



Thanks Amanda it was an enjoyable challenge, I'm glad I had a chance to join in this month!

TFL
Shazza

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Week # 10 - Erika Martin's Journaling Course

Week # 10 "Random Pictures from Different Times"

Timeless!!

Challenge = to use photos from 5 or more years ago

I chose to only use one photo from more than 5 years ago,
apart from sentimental value, I thought it was worth telling the story behind it.....


This is what the journaling says:


When I was a little girl, I remember a

beautiful etched glass photo frame with

a photo of me at five years, sitting crossed

legged talking on an old fashioned telephone.

It took pride of place on a telephone table

at my Grandmothers house.

Many years later my mother inherited it

and it sat inside a glass cabinet in our

lounge room. I loved that photo frame!!

After my dad passed away in 1999, my

mum sold our family home. Her two

storey five bedroom home was too much

for her to look after so she moved to a smaller

unit. During the packing up she gave me

the etched photo frame to keep.

Putting it up on a shelf in my own home,

I dropped it and shattered the glass frame…….

I was devastated, that frame was so beautiful!!

I started to sweep up the glass and on taking

the photo of me out of the frame, I discovered

another photo hidden behind my photo in

the frame, obviously my photo had been

placed over the top by my Grandmother.

Amazing!! It was an old sepia photograph

taken of my Grandmother ‘Annie Amelia

Chalk, as a little girl standing next to my

Great Grandmother ‘Henrietta Lucy Taylor’.

This is the only family photo we have of

my grandmother as a little girl and the only

photo in existence of my Grandmother.

What a find……

This photo is Timeless!!



Stampin UP! products used:
Chocolate Chip stamping ink pad
A4 c/s - Chocolate Chip
A4 c/s - Soft Sky
Textured c/s - Creamy Caramel
Clock face from 'Sense of time' stamp set
and hand cut flowers from
Parisian Breeze Speciality Designer Paper

Non Stampin' UP! product:
Thickers foam letters - Rockabye
Bella Large flowers
Maya Rd - Velvet pleated blossoms

TFL
Shazza

Week # 9 - Erika Martins journaling 101 course

Week # 9 "Letter Writing Journaling"

Dear Santa

Challenge = Hand write some (or all) of your letter or personally sign it



This is what the journaling says:

Dear Santa!!

Greeting from Shazza, I hope this letter finds you and Mrs Claus warm and in good spirits. Christmas is my favourite time of year, as I love getting together with my family and friends. I have to watch my cash and try and find perfect inexpensive gifts for Hasan, Jenna, Adam, Jarred and the rest of my family, all in the next few weeks. So, Santa could you please lend me an elf or two!!

At the top of my wish list is to lessen peoples suffering around the world and no bush fires in my community. If you have extra space in your sleigh, our family could use a new dish washer. You’ll know you’ve reached our house when you hear the sound of Band Aides “Do they know its Christmas” on repeat; I play it all season long.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Sincerely

Shazza xx



Stampin UP! products used:
Simply Scrapping 'Winter Bright' designer series paper - pp

Simply Scrapping 'Winter Bright' self adhesive die cuts - star,
12 days of..., Merry Christmas, red ric-rac, green snowflake,
stickers inside flower, and stips
, happy sticker

Wild Wasabi striped G/Grain Ribbon

Designer series paper - Dashing - snowflake pp


Non Stampin' UP! product:
Puffy alphabet stickers
Twine
Xmas tree button
Felt word Santa, felt heart and hugs and kisses felt
Red/white spotted flower
Card stock natural used for Santa letter scroll

TFL
Shazza

Blog Candy Alert!!

Like to try and win some of this blog candy from Scrapz n' Stuff

Melissa is giving away some cool stuff, wanna make a calendar for this year with an awesome Basic Grey Kit? Come on, it's only 5 days in! :)


So, here's what I want you to do...

1. Follow me!
2. Spread the word by posting about my candy on your blog.
3. Leave me a comment letting me know you've done the 2 above things.
4. Do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around(ok, not really, but you can...it's optional!)

I'll randomly select a winner next Tuesday afternoon @ 1pm PST! (Jan 12)
Good Luck! - Melissa

Cheers
Shazza

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Week # 8 - From Erika Martin's Journaling 101 Course

Week # 8 "Using Lyrics as your Journaling"

Distant Dreamer

Challenge = is to use chipboard in some way on your layout.

I used a chunky single corner piece of chipboard on one corner of my photo




Here are the Lyrics to Duffy's 'Distant Dreamer' (Rockferry)

Distant Dreamer
Although you think I cope,
my head is filled with hope...
of some place other than here.

Although you think I smile,
inside all the while...
I'm wondering about my destiny.

I'm thinking about,
all the things,
I'd like to do in my life.

I'm a dreamer,
a distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope, from today.

Even when you see me frown,
my heart won't let me down,
because I know there's better things to come (Woah Yeah).

And when life gets tough,
I feel I've had enough,
I hold on to a distant star,

I'm thinking about,
all the things,
I'd like to do in my life...

I'm a dreamer,
A distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope from today.

I'm a dreamer,
A distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope from today.

Yeah, I'm a dreamer

Oooooooh...
Oooooooh...
Oooooooh...

I'm a dreamer,
a distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope from today,

Yeah i'm a dreamer...

Oooooooh...
Oooooooh...
Oooooooh...

I'm a dreamer.

- Duffy
Rockferry


Stampin UP! products used:
Baja Breeze 1" G/Grain ribbon
Textured c/s - chocolate chip
Textured c/s - Creamy Caramel
Parisian Breeze Speciality Designer Paper for pp
and hand cut flowers

Non Stampin' UP! product:
Thickers foam letters - giggles
staples
Chunky corner chipboard

Cheers
Shazza

Week # 7 - From Erika Martin's Journaling 101 Course

Week # 7 "Powerful Bullet Journaling"

Sisters
(Believe in each other)

Challenge = is to create your journaling on separate strips of paper.

This is what the journaling says:

Sisters = A sister is a forever friend.
A sister can share childhood memories and grown-up dreams.

Keira = Those baby blue eyes capture everyone's heart.
Keira loves watching her sister Megan play!

Megan = Megan loves having books read to her.
An animal lover from such a young age.



Stampin UP! products used:
Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons
Elegant eggplant 1/4" G/Grain ribbon
Elegant Eggplant Stamping ink
Best friend alphabet Lower
Glossy white A4 Cardstock
'Heart' stamp from 'Always' stamp set

Non Stampin' UP! product:
Weave extra teeny tint letter stickers
Card Stock A/C Lilac
Card Stock A/C Dark Lilac

TFL
Shazza

Scrap That Poetry - Challenge # 7

This is my second challenge entry for the year, Jennifer Campbell has this great challenge site called 'Scrap That Poetry', so if you love poetry as much as I do then head on over and check it out.......

I am really happy with the way this layout turned out, and enjoyed every minute putting it together. From the little owl with Emily Dickenson's photo tucked under her wing, to my Niece Megan holding 'HOPE' above her head. Across the tree branch I have journaled....'shout it from the tree tops'.....very appropriate I would say.....

Challenge # 7 is the beautiful piece by Emily Dickenson called Hope.

Hope
by Emily Dickenson

Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune - without the words,
and never stops at all,
and sweetest in the gale is heard;
and sore must be the storm
that could abash the little bird
that kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land,
and on the strangest sea;
Yet, never in extremity,
it asked a crumb of me.


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TFL
Shazza

Jo's 40th Birthday card.

My friend Jo is turning 4o today and to celebrate her special occasion she is having a BEACH PARTY. You get to wear your favourite thongs, shorts t-shirts or bikini...........lol

This is the beach themed card I made her today.


TFL
Shazza

My First Challenge for 2010.......

I love challenges, but for the last three months I have been toooo busy with other projects to enter in challenges so, for my very first challenge for the New Year, 'I' wanted to try something different.

I went blog hopping and found this really cool challenge blog at 'Candy Shoppe Designs', the theme of the challenge is 'I' which you can interpret however you want.

This is what I came up with.......

'I' may not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent.


'Tongue in cheek of course'...... I just loved this challenge, trying to think of some phrase or quote using the letter 'I' was fun and I enjoyed putting this layout together. I will check out next months criteria hmmmmm............. maybe I will become a regular! :)

Cheers
Shazza

Friday, January 8, 2010

Are you a Cyber Queen or a Tutorial Queen..........???

'Forever Always' is looking for Cyber Queens and Tutorial Queens.... if you are interested here is what you have to do.......



Forever Always is having a New Years Cleanout….not that we are outing the old and bringing in the new, but it is time for something fresh and new. You may have noted a few changes, each of the DT family will now have a role that they are committed to each month to create on specifically.

And we are looking to adopt… So if you think you can add something special to our family on a monthly basis we want you….

Yes it’s a DT call but one with a difference… we are looking for a Cybercrop Queens and Tutorial Queens….

Requirements:
·As Cybercrop Queen – it will be your responsibility to come up with the monthly topic, and at least 2 challenges with supporting inspirational layouts. You will also be required to be present in the forum during Cybercrops.
·As Tutorial Queen – it will be your responsibility to come up with the monthly topic and at least 2 layouts or examples to be posted in the forum and on our blog.
·Complete challenges
·Be active within our site, including daily posting in the forum and regular layouts in the gallery beyond your required role
·Help promote our family and site through blogs etc including advertising of your Cybercrop or Tutorial releases and all other sneak peaks.
·Have a love for our store and the products it contains you will also provide links to them when you have used them. (Although we understand that we don’t stock all products and the you will want to use other product at times….please be mindful of items we have in store when scrapping).
·Be on call for other jobs if needed when a family member is either sick or away.

Benefits:
·Being apart of the best online family there is.
·Online recognition as a Design Team Family Member this will include your portrait in the family album, your bio and layouts will be featured on the Forever Always Website, Forum, Gallery and Blog.
·Discounts and FA Shopping dollars for all items including our Retreats.

I would encourage all applicants to visit our website http://www.foreveralways.com.au/ and become a part of our forum to be sure this is the Design Team for you.

To apply for one of our positions, please submit a minimum of 3 examples of your work that have never been posted on the World Wide Web or in a Magazine.

If you are applying to be a Cybercrop Queen – please send us a Theme topic and four challenges showing us your skills.

If you are applying to be a Tutorial Queen – pleases send us a Tutorial showing us your skills

In addition, please answers to the following questions, and return with your submissions.
·Name: Email address: Location:
·How would you describe your Scrapping Style?
·Would you say that you are a master of a particular technique? YES/NO If yes what technique?
·Are you or have you already been a member of a design team? – Please list companies and/or websites with links.
·Have you had your work published before? If so where and when? Can you commit to time deadlines for techniques and class contributions?
·Do you have a blog? If so, please send the link.
·If you have work in online galleries, please provide links, so that we may view more of your work.
·Are you currently active online? If so what communities and what is your Username (please proved links)
·Why are you interested in becoming a member of our design team?
·Can you jump in and help out your FA family and complete assignments with short notice if necessary?
·Tell us what commitment means to you?

Please send submissions to info@foreveralways.com.au
Deadline for submissions on both calls is Friday, January 29, 2010
With New roles being active in February – the new adoptee’s will be announced in the February Newsletter.


TFL
Shazza

Week # 6 - from Erika Martins Journaling 101 Course

Week # 6 Telling a Story without Pictures


Yummy Turkish Delight

Challenge = No challenge for this assignment



Journalling says:

Yummy Turkish Delight!

In September of 2000, I had travelled to the city to do some shopping with a girlfriend. Little did I know that my life would change forever this day! The company I worked for back then had a Centre for Staff Health and Wellbeing. We had stopped in there for a short while and I was chatting to the receptionist about my friend who had recently visited Turkey, and had described to me the fantastic experiences she had there.

As I was about to leave, a young man walked up to the counter. He was the Physiotherapist at the centre, and I must admit had a cheeky look in his eye. He turned to me and said, “I heard you talking about Turkey. “ I replied that my friend had recently been there. He asked me if I had ever been and I mentioned I hadn’t. “Do you like Turkish food?” He asked. I replied that I had never had authentic Turkish food. He stared ahead of me for a few long moments, seeming lost in thought. He then turned to me and said “Would you like to go to a Turkish restaurant?!” I was a bit surprised. This young man appeared to be in his early twenties. I was 42 at the time and had been separated from my husband for about a year... I guess it would be nice to go out on a dinner date I thought. I replied to the young man, “That sounds nice!” He then told me about the fluffy Turkish bread, the lovely shaved lamb, layered with spices and different sauces. He then took the time to properly introduce himself. His name was Hasan. He was of Turkish Cypriot heritage. I asked him how old he was and got both a shock and surprised little thrill when he told me he was 24, almost 25. I imagined telling my girlfriends how I was going to have a date with a handsome 24 year old man. We agreed to meet the next evening at Alasya Restaurant on Sydney Road. Back in 2000, this restaurant was still occupied by its original owners, and was the most famous Turkish Restaurant in Melbourne.

I was a bit nervous, but also excited – I was really looking forward to trying Turkish food. I met Hasan at the Restaurant at 7pm. He gave me a traditional 2-cheek kiss and welcomed me inside. He explained all the items on the menu – and recommended a selection of dips and some shaved lamb. One of the highlights of going to a Turkish restaurant is the beautiful bread. Fluffy and sliced into strips, it arrives straight from the oven, and is the perfect accompaniment for dips. The lamb was succulent, but nice and trim - it was delightful! Hasan and I chatted about work and a bit about our background. He mentioned his parents had arrived in Australia as refugees from the Civil War in Cyprus on the mid 70s. He was born here not too long after they had arrived. He has been a Physio for the last 2 years and had been working at the place I met him for about a year. I told him that I had 3 kids and was separated from my husband. Whilst I was talking, he smiled a lot and made eye contact. Despite our age difference, we both felt totally relaxed. I started to wonder what would eventuate when our dinner date came to an end. We had some lovely Turkish desserts, and sat to watch the Belly dancer that performed that night. At the end of the evening, when it was time to get going, he came close to me and said, “Hey Shazza. I think you’re gorgeous! How about we catch up again?” I blushed a little. Hasan suggested we go for a picnic the following day. I had such a lovely night with him, I answered “That sounds great!”

Hasan and I have been together for almost 10 years now, we have a wonderful time together, do alot of travelling and a lot of cuddling (wink wink). He truly is my Yummy Turkish Delight!


Stampin UP! products used:
Belle Bleu Designer series paper 12x12
yummy stamp used from Yummy Set
Filagree Brads sml
Black Card stock used for silohuette

Non Stampin' UP! product:
'Turkish Delight title cut from 'Walkers' milk chocolate Turkish delights box
Mini Flower button

Cheers
Shazza