Wednesday, December 31, 2008

***Happy New Year***

From my desk to your desk,
Happy New year..
Love Sarah

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Merry Christmas hope you all have a fabulous day.

Santa rocked this year apparently according to our girl. Here she is in the middle of an unwrapping frenzy of christmas goodies.

And the best Christmas present for me was this message from my man. (I have been assured that those fluffy side burns have now gone..Thank god..LOL) Merry Christmas babe, love you stay safe and see you soon..
Love Sarah

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Little something special.

I have been working on this little 2" mini book for someone very special for Christmas. Inside will house photos and special little drawings.. I only have a couple more days to have it done and get it in the mail.

And big thank you's to the lovely Peta who
has awarded me this lovely blog award.. Thank you Peta.
Love Sarah

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Inkurable Stampers ATC swap

I participated in an ATC swap with Inkurable Stampers and I recieved them back today. The theme was to use any of Tim Holtz's stamps.. I love all the ATC's and all the different ways people used the stamps.

Monday, November 17, 2008

What a weekend..

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a 2 day workshop with the wonderfully talented Judy Wilkenfeld. Wow this girl sure oozes talent and seeing her work up close and personal was a real honour, let alone learning her techniques and processes of creating a masterpiece.

Though I havent done any more on my book since the class (thanks to the lovely cough/cold bug), I cant wait to dive in and get it done.
I had a ball with all the girls who took the class. Spent most of the weekend in tears of laughter courtesy of my partner in crime Jen. Bouncy Bouncy.. Happy 1st week anniversary Jen...LOL I also got to meet the one of the worlds kindest, warm hearted and talented lady Ro Bruhn and see her wonderful jewellery. This lady is amazing..
Points for me to remember this weekend.
-Dinner with Judy, Jen and Ro
-Dinner with all the girls, and Jen's kiss of death of Judy's glass of wine poured all over Kathy.
-Hotel complaint about me and partner in crime for being too loud..LOL
-Buying stunning vintage pieces from Judy.. Wow she has some seriously nice stuff.
-Seeing, touching and hearing about Judy's Fair Maid of Perth book..
- bookshop in Kew
-Finally getting to meet the wonderful Coby.
After years of chatting online with her through Blue Bazaar..
-Wonderful organisers of the whole weekend, Marg and Kathy.. Thank you for bringing Judy down for us all...
Thank you Judy for a wondeful weekend of inspiration and teaching us some of your secrets..
Love Sarah

Happy Mail Day

Today I recieved this wonderful nicho from PaperForest Designs which I won through my Halloween piece I did for Inkurable stampers last month. I was so excited when Sarah from Inkurable Stampers emailed me to tell me I had won one of the sponsors prizes. Thank you Sarah and thank you to Jo from PaperForest. Now any thoughts on how to decorate my lovely little nicho???
Love Sarah

Rememberance Day

Last Tuesday I tagged along my daughters school excursion to the Shrine of Remembrance. The class entered their fabulous poster in a competition and won. Apparently the reason why they won was because when the shrine first opened, they released white doves. As seen in their poster. Though the kids didn't know that when they made it. The Shrine did a fabulous job of framing and displaying it. The kids got a small guided tour through the crypt and a prize of beautiful books for the school library.
Love Sarah

Family house for house book swap

Here my house for this months theme of the "Family House" I do hope Kaeren likes it. It will be in the mail tomorrow for you Kaeren.
Love Sarah

Aussie Dares- String

This months theme over at Aussie Dares is "String." I made an ATC covering it with tiny squares of bakers twine in a seagrass matt feel, added a little Collections beach house, a few broken bits of shell and muslin..

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Cream house

This page is for Greta's book theme this month of the cream house..
Hope you like it Greta..
Love Sarah

French House

Here is my page for my French house book.. Once all the girls have sent all their pages in, I will take photos of them for you all to see..
Love Sarah

Friday, October 31, 2008

***h@pPy H@LLoWeEn***

Happy Halloween to everyone who is celebrating tonight.. Only if I was more organised I would have more to show in my Halloween book. However Mr Owl will have to suffice for now. The inspiration for Mr Owl came from the woman herself Jenny
and the window from the awesome talented Audrey . Both owl, windows and branches are all part of the Collections goodness I came home with from Paperific.
Today went junk shopping and this is what I had to come home with. A beautiful oval frame, that shall be painted black.. An old index card drawer, that will house my handmade cards. A fabulous old bread bakers tin that will house my bits and pieces on my desk such as scissors, glues, inks all the essentials.. I also got some lovely tattered and crochets doiles, gloves, postcards that will be used next weekend at Judy's
class here in Melbourne. I am so looking forward to it. I am just hoping that the perfect book I bought off ebay, many months ago for this class, arrives this week. If not plan B will have to have to be used.. Dont ask, I dont have one yet!!!LOL
Love Sarah

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kate's Tag

The lovely Lisa came up with a wonderful idea to make tags for the beautiful Kate and her brave little girl Chelsea..
So there is many of us from BB participating, just a little something to say that we are thinking of her and her family.. You can read all about Kates brave girl here.
Thinking of you Kate and so glad Chelsea is home with her family again..
Love Sarah

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Paperific and Collections..

Last weekend was Paperific here in Melbourne and I had the wonderful pleasure of working for the wonderful Julie of Collections. It was totally crazy from wo to go, non stop enjoyment for a paperlover I can tell you that much. Julie was absoutley lovely, Jenny was a hoot as always, and the lovely Kerry was an absolute laugh and a pleasure to work along side with.
Jenny and I tag teamed the make and take table, and can I say teaching 300 make and takes over the weekend is no easy feat. They were so popular the waiting list at times reached a 3 hour wait. For most part most of the ladies were incredibly patient and some so not. But one has to realise the make and takes are free for starters, there are many people at different levels of paper crafting and may have never sponged ink, used chipboard etc, so as a teacher we want to share these techniques to people so they too can expand and enjoy their papercrafting experience.
I also met many online friends and put names to faces. Many I didnt get a chance to chat with, but I was there to work afterall, and unfortunately was unable to go out to the dinner with them on the Friday night. But I was thinking of you all. Paperific was fabulous, would do it again in a heartbeat, meeting and teaching was incredibly fun, so thank you Julie for a wonderful weekend.
Can you see all the Collections goodies I came home with... Oh hours of fun there...
Love Sarah

1 more necklace..

I made another necklace for a dear friend Michele who owns Scrapbook Shenanigans. It was the shops 5th Birthday 2 weekends ago, and I wanted to do something just a little different for her. It arrived last week and I am so glad you like it Michele.
Happy 5th birthday to SBS.. If your in Townsville, you must pay a visit to her wonderful shop. I can say she is to blame for reignighting my love all things paper, and the path that has been paved ever since.
Scrapbook Shenanigans is located at 2 Kern Bros Drive, Kirwan Townsville.. Tell her Sarah sent you...LOL
Love Sarah

Water ATC

Here is my "Water" themed ATC for the ladies over at Blue Bazaar hosted by the lovely Kim C.
I choose to do the lovely Botticelli "Birth of Venus".
Love Sarah

Spoilt with ATC goodness..

I have been spoilt with ATC goodness in the last 2 weeks.
1st of all I was sent this really cool ATC by the lovely Teresa who was paticipating in a photo both ATC swap with Rachel Greig.
I wish I had done it too now.
Thank you Teresa for your ATC, I shall post 1 out for you too.
Then all the ATC's arrived for the Halloween swap I hosted. I think they look fabulous all togeather, thank you to all the ladies who participated. A beautifully spooky lot of ATC's.
Then last week I was totally spoilt with a box load of ATC's that were sent down from North Queensland. These ladies who began there ATC journey only a few months back with the lovely Kim C, all made me several ATC's with that weeks theme. I am over joyed and incredibly thankful they thought of me... Thank you girls, I am glad you all are enjoying making and swapping your ATC's..
I shall hopefully send some ATC goodness back up north in the near future I promise...
Love Sarah

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bon Fires, Blog award and Boo!!!

Last night we went to girlfriends farm for a bon fire. It was absoutley fabulous. Big, bright and beautiful. The toasted marshmellows were a hit with us all, especially the kids. Thank you Lyn for a fabulous day and night..
The lovely Sarah who runs Inkurable Stampers awarded this blog award to me, Thank you Sarah, I am always humbled by everyones kind and encouraging comments here on my little ol' blog.
for wonderful monthly challenges and a chance to win some awesome prizes from their sponsors.
This months theme is "Spooky" so I had to play along. The stamps I used to create this hanger is my beloved Zettiology stamps, tree and skeleton are from
Victorian Originals and the happy halloween made from copper and metal etching is from Inkadinkado.
Now to award 5 other blogs that I love and enjoy.
A Nostalgic Halloween (Awesome Halloween ATC's)
A fanciful twist Beautiful photography and art work
Amazing paper grace Amazing card maker
Alskar Sott Every pic is drool worthy
Velvet Strawberries Sooo sooo pretty.
Hope you all have a fabulous week. If anyone is Melbourne bound this weekend. Pop into Paperific at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and say g-day I shall be helping out Julie and Jenny from Collections on the stand.
Love Sarah

Monday, October 06, 2008

Architectural House

This is my house for one of this months theme for the house book swap. Now onto my theme of the French house.. wee wee...
Love Sarah

Monday, September 29, 2008

My 1st MM Jewellery Piece.

This is my 1st real MM jewellery piece totally inspired by the wonderful
I finally got my hands on a Dremel and went to town in the last few days with driling, grinding, cutting, polishing etc etc... This little tool is incredibly addictive, and so wonderfully easy to use, I am in love with my new toy can you tell.
Here I played with metal etching and patinas which I did a few months, just waiting for the chance to drill a few holes in it. Chopped a tiny birdcage in half, used a penny tin type photo, attempted to make a birds nest. Now all I have to do is learn to make some links for a chain and then it will be completed.
The half birdcage idea came from Judy of Red Velevet, from her "Fair Maid of Perth" book she has on her blog. Absoutley stunning book, and she is teaching it in Melbourne in November and I cant wait. I am so behind in stocking up on supplies for it though, so later this week, looks like I will be hitting the internet big time, and hoping the goods arrive before the class.
Check out Judy and Jens blog to see awesome work...
Love Sarah

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I finally did it too...

After months of putting it off, I finally conquered the nerves to go for my grading for yellow belt this morning.
Imogen did hers a couple of months back, and I was suppose to do it with her, though big mama bear here got a wee bit scared. Plus I had to learn a few extra things than what she needed to do. I am sore and tired, but relieved its finally done...
Love Sarah

Friday, September 19, 2008

Aussie Dares- Sept

This is my piece for this months theme over at Aussie Dares. This months theme is "The Everyday."
Can you spot the spelling mistake. That darn "Y" went for a wonder around my desk, and wasnt discovered until it went up on the Aussie Dares site, then decided to reappear on my desk. Have I fixed it yet. Sadly no, though I do plan to.. Only if there was spell check on art pieces hey!!! Shows I am only human...LOL
Anyway Rebecca has worked hard at getting 20 new designers for Aussie Dares , so pop over and see a wonderful assortment of art work. I look forward to getting to know all the girls and especially cant wait to see more of their work..
Love Sarah

House Book swap- The Glass house..

This house is for Nikki and her theme was "The Glass house."
This one had me stumped there for awhile, but once I got started I really enjoyed making this one.
I cuttlebugged thick transparencies and cut them up and made a mosiac as the background. Hard to see in the pic, and fiddly to do... But I got the overall effect I was after... I hope both Nikki and Gail like their houses.
Love Sarah

House Book swap- Vintage Men..

This is the 1st house for a house book swap I am in. The are 15 ladies, and each of us have chosen our own theme for our book, and each month we make a house with the chosen theme and post it on the lady who's month it is. Did any of that make sense????
This is for Gails house book and her theme was "Vintage Men."
Love Sarah

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

MM challenge @ Blue Bazaar

This months mixed media theme over @ Blue Bazaar is "Texture Paste".

So I dug out those Making Memories dingbat foam stamps and stamped them into the texture paste that I lathered onto a canvas. Waited patiently for it to dry (not) used a heat gun, painted a wash of golden paints over it, a couple of script stamps, flowers, metal frame and of course the queen herself Marie Antoinette, who needed some pearls, beads and feathers and hung her up with a vintage bag holder, no less from France itself. Big thank you to Greta for that too.. The perfect finishing touch for such a queenly lady who probably had never carried a shopping bag in her life.. One can only wish!!!!Love Sarahx0x0x0x0x0

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Halloween Book

And lastly for todays posts, here is one more page for my Halloween book. Stamps are from Zettiology, one of my favourite stamp companies..
Love Sarah

Happy mail week...

This week my postie has delivered twinchies, kit swap ATC's and a few other treats and not some treats (bills). But this one made me squeal like a kid. The lovely Kelsey sent 2 gorgeoussly dark ATC's just for me. Now these are just stunning. I just love her work and techniques. Thank you so much Kelsey, and no I didnt let Miss Jen touch them...hehehehe
Love Sarah


Here are the twinchies I promised from my other post. The theme was orange, black, white and you could use 1 more colour. Very challenging, but I do love a challenge. Again I love getting everyones creations arent they beautiful.

Kit swap ATC's

Here is my kit swap ATC and the other wonderful ladies creations all using the same goodies prepared by Greta. This was one of the most challenging ATC's I think I have ever done, but I love how we all get the same recipe, yet they are all so different.
Love Sarah