Monday, November 29, 2010

Crop for a Cause workshop November 2010

Well I don't know how I did it being at the end of my pregnancy but I recently attended the latest Crop for a Cause Workshop that was held on the 20th November. It is a 12 hr crop that raises funds for many different causes and it run and organised by Melissa Kennedy. She is one amazing woman always finding time to organise these workshops which have a huge amount of giveaways, prizes and competitions. The door prizes alone of which there are HEAPS are all individually wrapped... it is like Christmas presents under your tree times 10! And we all know how much time present wrapping takes. I have provided enclosure links above if you would like more information about the crops which are held in Geelong Victoria and also one to Melissa's blog.

I don't usually get a great deal done at crops, as I am never organised and spend too much time gas bagging! Also, I must say I scrap best in my own space at home with all my tools and embellishments at hands reach. This time was different however... I actually found time to complete the double layout and Christmas decoration challenge prior to attending and also completed a couple of layouts on the day. One of which I can't share yet - sorry :( This was aside from competing in a scrap off where we were all given the same paper and embellishments to come up with a layout for.

I had a VERY eventful day and my luck was definitely with me. I won the double layout challenge where you had to scrap a double Christmas themed layout. Below is what I came up with and there was some REALLY STIFF competition so I was just thrilled to have won.

I am totally in love with the paper I used on this one - it was 'My Minds Eye - Holly Jolly' - my favourite Christmas paper to date. Oh and a HEAP of Helmar glues to make everything stick including PVA, 450 and Scrap Dots. Where would I be without my Helmar?

Also, here is the decoration I created. I didn't win first, second or third in this one, but I enjoyed creating it and knowing that the decoration we created was being added to the hampers everyone supplied goodies for. The box below the tree was filled with Cadbury favourites, so even if my work isn't the favourite thing on their Christmas table, I am sure the chocolates will please :D

I was also lucky enough to win the layout scrap off, where we had 45 minutes to scrap away and come up with a layout. For those that know me, know I take a great deal of time to create my layouts and would NEVER get one done in this time let alone it be good enough to have won! It was a Christmas layout and I have just the perfect photo to put in there, so I am extra thrilled to have gotten another layout done. I will add a photo as soon as I have had a chance to take one :D

I really enjoyed the crop - probably because we got there earlier this time and probably because I know going to the next one will be a real challenge for me to make it to having a new bub on my hands by then. If you are in the area and can get a chance to go I really recommend it. All the ladies that attend are lovely and it is just a wonderful atmosphere to scrap in. Just wish they were more often :D

Well that is all from me... I will have a post shortly of a layout I finished for Tomorrow's Memories. It is for a kit that you can purchase in the shop or via post. Just contact the shop if you are interested. It would have arrived in the shop already, so you are welcome to check it out in real life when you pop in.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Fancy Pants at Tomorrow's Memories

I was lucky enough to receive some yummy new Fancy Pants papers from Tomorrow's
Memories to work with. I just LOVE fancy pants, and couldn't believe how well the colours went with some photos my hubby took of me when I got to drive my brand new car out of the show room.

I was SO excited to finally get my new car, and it was lovely the deal they made at the dealership. It is rare that I get photos taken of me (as with most of us I am usually the one behind the camera) so it was nice to record something that was special to me. I will never forget when I picked it up as it was 2 days before we found out we were expecting our second child. It is funny how two events together can help you remember the dates of special moments.

I think my favourite part of the papers was the acetate overlay that I got to match. I couldn't believe how well it just lifted the design of the paper. I had not used one of these before on my layouts, so it was nice to work with something a little different and a new challenge. It is hard to pick which part of the layout it is, but it has all the leaves and flowers that are around the edge, and the rest of it is clear. It is great for some extra thickness and makes the layout more sturdy too which is great. These papers are sure to sell quickly, so if you are wanting to get your hands on them, pop down to the shop as soon as you can!

I also received the new Artee kids line of papers to create some invitations with. Invitations are always a little challenging, but I hope it helps people to come up with some invitations for parties that are a little extra special.

As always these will be on display at Tomorrow's Memories arriving there either late this week or early next week, so pop down and see them in real life.