Thursday, 29 October 2009

A Quick Share!

Here is my last official LO for the SBT50 "Let's Go Retro" CC. This layout was for the "Flip for the 50's" challenge and the criteria was that it had to be vintage style, include circles and an embellishment cluster. You also had to use a 50's slang word in the title or subtitle. I used the word "dolly", which meant "cute girl". This was really appropriate as I have a friend who has called Brielle "little dolly" ever since she was born (due to her small size at birth). I used the same pp that I had used earlier for my vintage card for the opening night challenge, as well as some flowers, lace and fabric that I had tea-dyed to give them an "aged" look. The picture I used is one of Brielle from her 1st birthday party. The outfit she was wearing that day reminded me of times gone by, and once I printed it in sepia it was perfect!
Here is my LO, "Little Dolly"...

Before I forget, Scrapbooking Top 50 has a very special Christmas Treasure Hunt coming up soon! Make sure you click on the banner in the sidebar to check out the details...there are going to be LOTS of goodies up for grabs!!!

I'm back!!!

I'm baaa-aack!!! (Said in best "Poltergeist" voice...LOL)
Brielle and I have been away the last week visiting my sister Mandy, and her family in Townsville. We had such a great time, as it was the first time we had ever scrapped together and it was GREAT! Late nights EVERY night though...LOL. (It was the first time I had ever actually scrapped with anyone.) We each had our own desk to work on in her study / scrap room, we turned up the 80's music and sang and scrapped and laughed! We had a ball!
It wasn't only us that had fun though, the kids did too. Brielle loved seeing her cousins Madeline and Jackson and followed them everywhere. (And she also loved having all new toys to play with!) They loved having her there too, and both of them were great with her. As an added bonus we also had nana to help us amuse the kids, as mum travelled up with me so we could all be together. Our time there was WAY too short though, I can't wait to visit again!
Here are a couple of pics of the kids, these are the best I could get when working with kids who are 4 1/2, 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 years old! (Whoever said don't work with kids or animals wasn't kidding...LOL)

Brielle, Madeline & Jackson...

Friday, 16 October 2009

Retro CC LO's!

Well I have managed quite a bit of scrapping this week, all for the Scrapbooking Top 50 "Let's Go Retro Cyber Crop. As I mentioned in my previous post, many of the challenges have been set "by decade", with the criteria inspired by key features of each one.

This first LO was completed for the "Shagadelic 70's" challenge. The criteria for this challenge was to use hand-decorated cardstock (inspired by colourful hand-painted combi vans), bling (very disco!) and a minimalist approach (in honour of the mini skirt). I chose to decorate my cardstock by stamping and hand-colouring it.

This next LO was for the "Fab 60's" challenge. The criteria for this challenge involved taking inspiration from a famous album cover of the 60's, 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' by the Beatles. The cover could be used in any way to inspire a LO, but 3 key features that had to be included were a black and white photo, layering and a title & subtitle. I also chose to use a silhouetted photo and lots of colour.

This final LO, was for the individual criteria challenge, "What's Your Scene?" Members were asked to select 4 images from a list of 12, with each one being representative of a criteria. As our DT already knew what the criteria were, ours were selected by members. I ended up with use a monochromatic colour scheme, embellishment cluster, lace and doodling. I also used my avatar photo, which we usually ask members to do for each CC. This month we asked members to posta "retro" picture of themselves, so I posted one of me in the 70's...just a toddler.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Let's Go Retro!

Scrapbooking Top 50 is currently holding it's October Cyber Crop and the theme is "Let's Go Retro". Each day so far, a challenge has been posted with criteria relevent to different retro "decades". The first challenge posted was my "Awesome 80's" challenge. The criteria for this challenge was based on some 80's fashion highlights - bright colours, tearing (think ripped jeans), lace & staples (think Madonna) and the LO also had to have a fashion inspired theme / title. Here is my example layout, "How low is too low?"...

I also completed Vicki & Kat's Opening Night Challenge, which was to "age" some embellishments using tea, coffee or ink. These were then to be used to create a vintage style card using a sketch that was provided. I decided to dye some things with tea and then used some of them on my card. (The image was given to me by Melissa, one of our lovely SBT50 members.) This was my first ever attempt at anything "vintage"...

Besides the CC, I have also managed to complete Vicki's "Think Pink" Challenge, one of the other SBT50 DT monthly challenges for October. In honour of breast cancer awareness month, the criteria for this challenge were to use the colour pink and also lyrics from a Pink song. (I chose the song "Bad Influence".) I really loved doing this challenge as it combined my favourite colour as well as my favourite song at the moment...and it gave me a chance to use this cheeky pic of myself!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Go Fly a Kite!

A family outing for us today - Shannon and I took Brielle to the Coolum Kite Festival for a couple of hours this morning. Luckily, we had beautiful weather with plenty of wind for the kites. The beach looked great with all the colourful kites flying above, but unfortunately they failed to impress Brielle...LOL. She spent most of her time studying the sand under her feet and wanting to run around amongst the crowd. Hopefully by next year she will have more of an appreciation for what is going on up in the sky.
Here's where Brielle spent much of her time looking...

And here's some of what she would have seen, had she LOOKED UP...

I also managed to squeeze in some scrapping! 10 card fronts to celebrate World Card Making Day (which I am going to use for my October card front swap at SBT50) AND a LO! Unfortunately, the LO is under wraps at the moment, as it is for the upcoming "Let's Go Retro" CC at SBT50 starting on Thursday. More details about this soon!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

My October DT Challenge!

Well it's the 1st of the month again and that means the DT's new monthly challenges have been posted up on Scrapbooking Top 50. There are three challenges in all (one from Vicki, Kathie and myself) and each one has a fabulous prize up for grabs. Entries are due on 31st October, giving you plenty of time to complete one, two or all three! My challenge is called "Feeling Blue" and is in honour of the fact that October is beyondblue Anxiety and Depression Awareness (ADA) Month. Here is my example LO "Dads Girl", featuring a photo of Shannon with Brielle at 5 weeks old.

You can check out the full details of my October challenge here.