Wednesday, July 30, 2008

3 more working days

till I start at Queenstown Primary as a release teacher in a 0.54 position. Half a teacher LOL. Until then I am releiving at a local Kindergarten - only an 8 minute drive from home which is good considering I filled up with petrol today - my first tank over $100 so I'm not doing too badly there (I don't normally let the car get this empty). Last weekend I worked on the layout below - using more October Afternoon of course. the photo is one we took when up in Marlborough wine region in one of the school holidays last year.
I did the following layout for the first weeks challenge at Scrap In Style TV - had to use two things from a list - I went for rubbish bags and paper towel. Don't you love our pretty blue Southern Lakes rubbish bags? I glimmermisted the paper towel before stitching it to the layout. the rainbow stamp Vicky had designed for one of the SBO kits way back when was a perfect addition... with some watercolour crayons from Stampin Up (I just got a cool roller stamp from SU today...It is lines with dotted lines in the centre - beginning writer lines... hoping the kids will do a handwriting sampler for me tomorrow with it).

Check out The new Celebrity at Sketchbook!
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

some stuff

This card and envie were for a challenge - Project Catwalk Week Two at SIStv - had to use the cellophane outer from some supplies in the creation of a 'green' card and had to create a matching envelope using newspaper.
'meadow' glimmermist
green felt
Prima and October Afternoon patterned papers
Love Elsie 'toby' stickers
Pink Paislee stickers
sewing machine
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

in response to the challenges

I was 'dared' to take inspiration from a fashion mag page & make it about winter... took the simplicity of a single figure on the page and the grid like pattern of the tiles and put them in my layout. Happy 50th dare No. 8 Wired. Have a few more ideas on this one... will see if I get them done though.
materials: Stampin Up notebook designer series paper; Fancy Pants felt snowflake, MM rub ons and I cut the title from paper scraps using 'red tag sale' in the cuttlebug. On the snowflake I brushed some Jo Sonja's opal dust - love that stuff.

Have you been to Kiwijackmeup lately? They have a jack of Heidi Barclay awaiting your 'jacking' and I think you have till Friday 25th to do it... but don't quote me on it. From heidi's layout I used the arrow and the 'collection' of items around a corner as well as a frame of patterned paper around the photo.
materials: white cardstock lightly sprayed with antique rose glimmermist which was in the June Scrapbook Outletnz Kit; Heidi Swapp lettering - yes I added tombow so these would stay stuck; Sassafrass Lass arrow, Stampin Up bird stamp, Rubbadubba doo fantail stamp (on acetate then adhered to the page) and Some Sassa paper cut out and stickers. Used some paper scraps for the frame around the photo.

Sketchbook NZ - this was created in a response to a challenge by Laura Vegas... to use ribbon and flowers in a layout. I used my fave Elsie rainbow ribbon (want more of this) and I stamped flowers onto acetate then cut them out for my flowers. The wooden bit outside the dark green shaped edge is my floor - not part of the layout!
materials: Making Memories Passport paper from one of the Scrapbook Outlet NZ kits, White Bazzill, Elsie rainbow ribbon, Ki cardstock letter stickers, October Afternoon journaling block and acetate flowers (close up below) that I'd stamped and then cut around. I used an MM brad in the centre of one of the flowers.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

October Afternoon

This is one of my new favourite paper manufacturers. Love this range: daydream & love the range Vicky has been working with too (have that in my 'shopping cart at Scrapbook Outlet NZ). Have really been enjoying playing with stamps too.

October Afternoon Patterned paper & journaling card
Prima flower
Lucy's Stamps 'children stamp' on back ground stamped with Black SU ink
Heidi Swapp journaling spots

October Afternoon patterned paper, die cut shapes and journaling cards
Rubbadubado toitoi and piwakawaka stamps

October afternoon patterned papers & some MME patterned papers
Making memories foam stamp and Fancy pants journaling stamp with 'close to cocoa' SU ink
October Afternoon label
manilla card with journaling
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More Prima

this paper range - angelique is very romantic, elegant and theatrical! perfect for some reflective journaling and our children's shows that we are required to watch and participate in! They went to 'the princess and the pea' at a small theature last week which was a real live performance. Hopefully we can get to 'snow white' when it comes to central Otago next month.

Prima papers, lace and flowers
BG brad
misc. sequins in flower centre.

October afternoon dotty paper & green strip
Prima paper for the journaling & prima flowers
BG brads
MM foam stamp for the swirl
owl stamp from previous SBO kit
prima glitter letter 'M'
MM glitter pink 'E'
Maing Memories 'now'

Prima papers and flowers
MME 'adore' bingo card and die cut shapes
BG brads
Heidi Swapp journaling stickers (thanks Janine AKA Angel Girl).
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My Minds Eye
more nice thick papers new in at Scrapbook Outlet NZ!
the first 3 layouts go back in time by a few years and the last one is more recent. I'm kind of running out of alpha so having to explore different ways to create titles - could cut them on the cricut but that would be too easy LOL.

papers: MME Garden Party Range
October afternoon scallop strip - daydream
Bam Pop journaling frame
Fancy Pants stamp
MM buttons
Scenic Route lettering
SU - close to cocoa ink

MME Garden Party range papers
October Afternoon 'daydream' green paper
Owl's from previous SBO kit
MM paint for title
October afternoon 'daydream' journaling card
SU black ink & 'wild about you' bird stamp
Pink Paislee and MM lettering stickers

MME garden party patterned paper
Heidi Swapp wide tape
American Crafts ribbon
Scenic Route lettering
MME die cut flowers - garden party range
MM paper bag paint

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Playing with Prima

Andrea sent some of the Prima range that she just got in store at SBO. Funnily enough both layouts are about clothing belonging to my oldest daughter!

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Sunday, July 13, 2008


gotta love term break... two posts in one week!
I created fossick using some of the Ki lace paper from Scrapbook Outlet and some scraps from my overflowing pizza box, really enjoyed stamping onto the different textures with some of the big fancy pants swrily stamps that I got at SENZ South last year (was given them after using them for some make & takes I set up for Scrapbook Outlet) I have been busy putting class stuff together for SENZ in Welly later this year over the last couple of days - so sweet and twinkly!

This layout is such 'an everyday moment'. It's in the friday night challenge at Sketchbook which was all about the 'everyday' Nic H style. This story still makes me giggle.
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Friday, July 11, 2008


the dare was to use pipecleaners... initially I was thinking these circles would make great dandilion heads, then flower centres and then they became soft accents on a baby page.

I used some of the new Prima and October Afternoon papers from Scrapbook Outlet NZ - I love pizza boxes. Other bits include some glitter lettering from a past SBO kit & pipecleaners from the kids art box.

Girls are 'creating' and E is getting frustrated that the lego bits won't go together... hmm it's only the end of week one of term break.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Was fantastic. This term has been soo full on and has brought about many changes for me the chance to get away and just create was brilliant! Here are two layouts I created that are up at the SBO gallery also.

I had my last day at Frankton Playcentre today where I have been working on Wednesdays through this term. They have a parent who is keen to take on the supervising which is fantastic - Playcentre is all about the parents being the teachers! I only have 2 days left at Queenstown Playcentre where I have been involved for the last 5 years - Ethan was about 5 weeks old when we first went - it was a life saver for a mum with three children under three and as the centre needed a trained supervisor I did the training & then even did a grad. diploma in ECE teaching (already had a dip in teaching -primary) as I needed to understand this whole Early Childhood Thing. For the last 3 years I have worked five mornings a week 9- 12:30 during school terms at Playcentre and now that Ethan is at school it's time for me to go back too. I was unsucessful in two jobs I applied for at Queenstown Primary (not the school my three go to) but had decided to go releiving next term any way so I can get back into it. I accepted a 2 week releiving position for the Head Teacher at a Kindergarten and the next day was asked by the principal of the school that I had been unsucessful with if he could meet with me as something had come up that he thought I might be interested in. Within 2 .5 hours I was back in town for an interview. He phoned back this morning to say I had the job - I'm rapt. It's a 0.5 position a couple of hours every morning to release reading recovery teachers (I'm teaching numeracy in their classes) and right through till 3pm one afternoon (not sure which one yet). Perfect as I can still go swimming at lunch time a couple of times a week - I had worked up to 1.5 Km swims 3 times a week but got the flu and it's hard to breathe at the best of times let alone to breathe when swimming... so i haven't been as regularly for a couple of weeks. Hope to go tomorrow.

Sad day today though as I went to the funeral of one of our Playcentre boys who drowned while on holiday overseas. So sad. Only 3. heart breaking.
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