Saturday, August 22, 2009

What's Ad About !?!

I know it's been a while since i've blogged, but just a quick one today with a LO i just did. It's for a site i just found - Wicked Princesses. They have started a blog called "What's Ad About !?!" where they post a monthly challenge to create a LO based on an ad. Here's this month's ad:

And here's the LO i was inspired to produce from it:

I was inspired by the writing on the background (hence the background PP with the occasional bit of writing), and the colours - though i translated these into more of a pink and black rather than red. I was also inspired by the picture - to create a page with a 'hug' in it.

The products i've used are from Terresa Collins "Documented" range, Little Yellow Bicycle "Love Letters" range, some glittered thickers and the cute little owl is a RW Laser Cuts chipboard piece which i've painted, then put some glimmer mist on. It's a shame the photo doesn't pick up on how glitzy this page is, 'cause it's quite nice IRL!!

Enjoy! And check out the wicked princesses website as they've got a big comp about to start in September with some awesome prizes!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Last week at work, and Embellished Idol

Yay! I just found out i'm through to the third round of the Embellished Idol competition, with this layout:

Aren't these papers so delicious!! They are new from "Little Yellow Bicycle", in their new 'Traveller' range. The challenge was to make a 'circular' layout with the theme 'around the world'. For the third round, we have to create a monochromatic layout (with black and white). Not sure what i'm going to scrap with this, but i'm sure i'll come up with something!!

So, this week is my last week of work - Thursday being my last day. I am SO looking forward to not working. I am so sore and really need my rest these days. It also seems that my first trimester nausea is back!! Terrible thing to have come back, but never mind!! Our little boy is growing well now - he should be about 2kg now - hard to believe!! At our obstetrician appointment last week, our doctor confirmed that he's the right way up (that is head down!!). We have our 34 week ultrasound on Friday morning, and we're both really looking forward to seeing him again!! It's amazing that in 6 weeks (maybe less, maybe more), we will have our little boy in our arms, God willing. We are both SO excited about it!! It's just going to be very hard to wait that long!!!

Well, before i finish this post, i'll share a couple more recent layouts with you. The first one is using some of Basic Grey's new 'Lemonade' range:

And the above layout is using some Pink Paisley 'Captivating' papers. Isn't the picture so cute?!?! Both layouts above are from our trip down the coast in June/July, on the beach at Tathra. The photo of Napoleon is him at his happiest i think!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Showers, Contractions and Design Teams!

Well, a lot has happened since my last post! Saturday 1st August was my baby shower, which was just a fabulous day!! Jeremy's mum came down and stayed with us all weekend, which was lovely, and the actual baby shower was at my mum's place in Sydney. It was just wonderful that mum took care of pretty much everything on the day, so i didn't have to worry about things - just turn up and eat and chat all afternoon!!

Here's what i looked like on the day - 32.5 weeks here:

We all sat outside and had lunch, which was really lovely. Mum made heaps of lovely quiches and slices for us to enjoy! We all look very blue (except me...) because i asked everyone to wear blue - to celebrate our baby boy!! After i sent the invites with that request, i realised that i didn't have anything blue that fit me!! So i decided to go completely the other day with my lovely hot pink top!!

After our lovely lunch in the sun, we went inside to open some pressies and play a couple of games. Mum organised it very well so that the prizes were lush bath bombs, and the 'nappy pin' game certainally kept my sister and her friend amused while we were opening the pressies!!

And check out the beautiful cake that mum made for the event - she really is very talented at cake decorating!!

So yes, it was a very busy, enjoyable day that went way too quickly!!

In other news, i've been experiencing some Branxton Hicks contractions in the last week or so. I had a whole day last week - from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon where they were few and far between - i would get 3-4 an hour then nothing for an hour or so, then it would begin again. Then on Friday night i had a single contraction. We've just been to the obstetrician and he said that it's a good thing - my body is getting ready for what's to come!! Bubs is the right way around too, which is just fabulous! We've got our next ultrasound next week, which will determine if my placenta has lifted. It's fairly likely that it has, but if it hasn't, we may be looking at a C-section. Please pray for this for us - it's certainly been at the top of our prayer list!!

So another HUGE thing that's happened in the last week or so is that i've been chosen to be on the design team for Scrapbook Capital!!! I'm SO excited about this - it's the first design team i've been on - it's a 6 month position, and i just can't wait to get started with it all. I'm also still on the ScrapBoutique design team for the month of August, while the owner (Chelsea) takes a break after the massive month she had in July celebrating the shop's second birthday!

And here's some actual scrapping that i've done recently (how have i had time!?!?!). This is a page i did for the Embellished idol competition, using some SEI papers, Prima embellishments and Heidi Swapp Invisibles alphas!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ongoing Layout Challenge - Finished and Updated!!

Well the week-long CC at ScrapBoutique has been going just great! There have been LOTS of challenges and prizes up for grabs, plus games and general frivolity!

One of the most interesting challenges for me has been the ongoing layout challenge! Each night, a DT member posts an instruction without consulting with the rest of the team, and you just have to build it as you go! Here's how mine has been building so far:

Can't wait to see how it finishes up when i'm done!! 2 more steps to go. I've been using some of the lovely new Kaisercraft Q1 releases - the Loire Valley range. So cute, and really challenging my normal colour scheme!!

**Update** Here's my finished layout! Isn't it fab? Thanks to the boutique babes who organised this one - loving it!!!