Monday, May 31, 2010

Scrappassion is looking for one more CT member!

We had our very first Creative Team meeting from 'Scrappassion' last Saturday. It was lovely to meet the six other girls! We decided to add one more person to the team, so make sure you check the 'Scrappassion Challenge Blog' for details. Unfortunately for all my international friends, this Creative Team call is for Dutch and possibly Belgian girls only ... This is a photo taken last Saturday:

We chatted a lot, but managed to scrap a bit here and there too. I created a 'challenge kit' with a few papers and embellishments and we all made a layout using the products from this kit. This is the layout I made:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

BBQ with the family ...

We had wonderful weather during our long weekend, so we celebrated Pentecost with a lovely family BBQ!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cute little baby birds in our back yard ...

Today we discovered a few little baby birds in our backyard. They could fly, but didn't mind cuddles with us ... so we have used these perfect photo opportunities! These birds are called 'koolmeesjes/ koolmezen' in Dutch.

I didn't know the English word for them, so I looked in the dictionary. I find the translation a bit 'strange', but I checked a few dictionaries and they all mentioned the two same words: 'great tit' or 'great titmouse', strange, hey? You only see them in Europe I believe, but I don't know too much about birds, so I could be wrong about this one too ... But hey, I surely think they are cute!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Another award ...

Liesbeth gave me this Dutch Blogging Friendship Award ... I'd like to pass it on to : Carla, the owner of 'De Scrapheap' (my favourite Dutch scrapbooking store), Wendy en Judith!
I have done some more scrapping, but I cannot show it yet, since it is all 'Design Team stuff' ...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The first pictures of our new home ...

In the last week we have moved. Here are the first few pictures of our new home. The pictures above show the living room and the pictures below show the dining room and my scraproom.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Embellish It Competition; come on and join us!

Last year the 'Embellish It' Competition was a huge success! Therefore Tanyah and her team at 'Scrap 'N' Craft' decided to do it again! I participated last time and I have never been challenged to think outside the box, but I have never been more inspired too! And ... since I am part of the Tanyah's DT, I created a challenge for this competition too!

So ... it would be wonderful if some of you would have a go too! There are 2 parts this year, so please read carefully ... Please note that all prizes are in Australian dollars ...

To register by the 6th of June please ....

  1. email your full name and gallery name to: Tanyah. We also need to know which competition you would like to be a part of (see details below).
  2. register in the GALLERY
  3. register in our SHOP


  1. Will run for nine (9) weeks starting with the first challenge on Friday the 11 th of June at 12 midday AEST.
  2. ALL challenge entries will need to be put up in the Scrap N Craft with T Gallery by the following Wednesday, ready for our lovely Design Team girls to judge.
  3. Only one entry per person. Your first entry for the week is the one that will count regardless of if you have or have not met the criteria.
  4. No step by step photos allowed please. If you would like to do this please email us and we can do a separate blog post in a future week.
  5. Everyone will need to register to participate. This is to be done in the gallery and shop. You will also need to email me with your gallery name and real name to make it easier to work out who has won the prizes.
  6. Each Design Team member will provide 5 points that each week's criteria for their project will be judged on. This will change every week due to different projects that the Design Team member will do.
  7. There will be weekly prize of a $20 voucher to the week's winning entry plus a Design Team gift.
  8. The winner will receive a $100 voucher and $50 of goodies included in their order with a total of $150 for the winner. Second place will receive a $75 voucher and third place will win a $50 voucher.
  9. There are permanent Design Team positions up for grabs but this is optional if you accept.
  10. This year we are offering everyone who enters our competition and completes their weekly entries (in both the main competition and challenge section) a 10% discount in the shop. If you fail to create an entry for a week, your 10% discount ends.
Challenge Section

If you don't want to be eliminated and want to just feel challenged and want to extend your skills, than this is for you!
  1. This is just for fun.
  2. There will be the same challenges as the above competition challenges
  3. If not all criteria isn’t met it will not matter.
  4. There will be no judging of your work. Entering at all is the fun part, and will keep you in the running!
  5. At the end of the ninth week, we will have a first and second prize that will be picked by Tanyah Payne (owner).
  6. All eliminated entrants of the main competition are allowed to enter and be part of this challenge and be in the draw to win the first prize of $40 and second prize of $25.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day Every Day, a layout and an award ...

This weekend we celebrate Mother's Day all over the world. For all the mums reading this blog ... I do wish you all a wonderful Mother's Day (even though I like to think every day is Mother's Day) ... And ... I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you about the organization: 'Mother's Day Every Day'.

'Mother's Day Every Day' believes that empowering women – beginning with a healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth – is the key to greater overall global health, self-sufficiency, economic growth and peaceful sustainability. Mothers raise children and provide their families with income and food. They ensure that children are educated and receive the health care they need. In short, when mothers survive childbirth, they give birth to healthier families, communities and nations.

I made this layout for 'Scrap 'N' Craft' using the gorgeous Basic Grey range 'Green at Heart' once again! We had a little 'Mother's Day' photo shoot happening and Emma and I both wore pink (our favourite colour)!

I received the award below from my scrapping friend, Hanneke. I am always honoured to receive an award, since it means my blog brings inspiration to others and that's the whole point of blogging anyway, right?

I would like to pass this award on to: Ria, Moira and Angele! I visit yours blogs regularly and I am always inspired by your work! Thanks girls! And ... again, to all the mums out there:

Mothers Day Profile Graphics and Comments

Monday, May 3, 2010

New dare at 'Dare to use Color' ... red and white ...

The photos above are from a very cute store in Maastricht: 'De Sprookjeskamer' ... so many red and white products ... I got my inspiration for the red and white challenge whilst I was shopping here ... I bought the ribbon for my layout below in this store too ... I just love dots!

This month's dare at 'Dare to Use Color' is to create a layout using only red and white. This is the layout I made about Emma, when she was about 18 months old. If you'd like to see the layouts the other girls of the creative team have made, please click HERE. If you'd like to participate, but you don't speak Dutch, please don't hesitate to email me!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New month ... new challenge at Scrappassion ...

Today is the 1st of May, which means there is a new challenge at Scrappassion. The challenge for this month is to create a layout using:
  • white cardstock as a base
  • a border punch
  • one 13 cm x 18 cm (or 5 inch x 7 inch) picture
  • at least one star (please note: the stars cannot be a pattern on the patterned paper, but you have to use chipboard, brads, stamps, stitching etc.)

Click HERE to see all the layouts that the Creative Team made for this challenge! The blog is in Dutch, so please let me know if you'd like to participate and/ or need translation ... Happy scrapping!