Susan's Saga

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My New Stampin' Up! Website!

I'm so pleased to announce that I have a new Stampin' Up! website for your viewing pleasure. It has news, new project ideas, a way to subscribe to my newsletter, and even a way for Aussie readers to become demonstrators on my Team. It's also linked to PaperCraftCentral through the Craft Store (Shopping) link.

Let me know what you think if you check it out, and yes, it is fine to link me to your own blog/site :)

(PS: There's a new mini Summer catalogue coming out Dec 1st - check back on that date to see it here first!)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Swap cards



What a fun time I had this afternoon! Tomorrow is a Stampin' Up! Regional Training Day and I am going to go. We all like to swap card fronts so I made a couple today to be ready :) Actually there are 23 of these. They went together pretty quickly once I figured out what I was doing! Lol! I gave my punches a workout too. There's a circle punch or two, a scallop punch and a spiral paper punch involved in the making of these. I used Baha Breeze designer papers and the stamp sets were Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Occasional Greetings and Tart & Tangy. I used both Rose Red Taffeta ribbon and stitched ribbon too.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Anniversay layouts




I made a couple of layouts of our anniversary photos. This one was done according to a sketch by Tanyah. Which reminds me - I need to upload this to her gallery! Lol! It was a lot of fun to make this. I liked swiping the ink on and doing the borders with ink pads. The little embellishment was made from twisted paper and a large brad (thank you for the brad, Carla! I save them for special occasions as you can tell!) and I cut down some webbing and twisted it to make the other part of it. Oh and i made the leaves form cardstock and ink.

It was a beautiful place.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Scrapping from Lexie's Stash




On the weekend I attended a wonderful retreat with a bunch of girls I've gotten to know online and have become friends with in real life :) It was a lot of fun! I loved catching up with everyone.

One of the best things about a scrapping retreat is that you get hours of uninterrupted time to scrap! I took part in a challenge run by Lexie - it was to make a layout from 'scraps' she had in a huge box. I made this layout with only a little help from my own stash - a rubon, some multi coloured flowers, some stitching, a little gold ink...and of course the photo. This sunset happened while my dear husband and I were celebrating our recent anniversary :) so it is a special one.

Lexie just now notified me that I won her challenge! I am so amazed and delighted! Thank you for the fun challenge, Lexie. I really enjoyed it!

Pearl's Sketch Challenge





I've been scrapping this weekend! I went away on a Scrapping Retreat and managed to get a few layouts done. I took one of the sketches I got from Pearl's inspiring blog with me and made a double layout with it. I was happy with how it turned out - thank you Pearl!

My husband Colin is currently taking part in a fundraising venture to raise money for research into men's health issues. I had to scrap about that! He is growing a Mo for the entire month of November - hence the name Mo-vember as my page title. He has a page where people can follow the progress of the growth of his Mo, and also for people to donate to the cause if they so wish. I am so proud of him for wanting to do this.

I'll be back soon with more scrapping done on the weekend!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Natural Skincare Recipe Book


I don't know about you but I have been on the hunt for natural skin care recipes that didn't cost me a fortune to make. I found this wonderful book of them on the web and just had to share them with you! They are so easy and quick to make and I had most of the ingredients in my pantry anyway :) (I just love sharing good stuff with you all!) My online friend Sue Dolan wrote the book and she has it available as an e-book as well as a hard copy if you would prefer that.

I also love that Sue is giving away some free 'recipe' cards with the book right now. It gave me ideas for hand crafted Christmas presents - why not make some of the recipes from the book, then dress up the containers as only we know how? They would make sensational (oops - SKINsational! Lol!) gifts!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Embellish This Week 3 Entry




Week 3 of Embellish This! had lots of criteria - we had to use teal, hot pink, black and white, three different textured backgrounds, lots of bling, a feather and a handmade embellishment. While I met all the criteria with this layout of a horse the family used to look after (the inspiration for the challenge was the Melbourne Cup logo so I thought a horse would fit in!) I didn't get through to round 4. The competition was pretty wonderful though so I am happy :)

If you want to see the other entries and follow along, head on over to this gallery. The competition involves eliminations every week of the registered participants so no one else can join in (unless they upload to a general member's area as unofficial participants)