Friday, October 22, 2010

So Exciting !!!!

I won - I won - I won

I'm so excited. I entered the Southern Girls Challenge competition last week, as I usually do, and my name was drawn out to win a prize. I'm so excited - as you can probably tell.

The Southern Girl Challenges' have helped me to get my mojo back and I'm starting to feel a lot more confident in myself and happy to experiment with more things. I think this is a brilliant site to follow because the talent that is being shared is amazing. I learn so much and am often in awe of the fantastic things these ladies come up with.

I'm going to have a go at the challenge this week - glitter - which will certainly be quite challenging for me. I'm not quite sure where to start yet, but I'm going to have a go and start at the beginning - probably more than once if I know myself.

I spent some time at Scrapaholics (it was called Arty Farty) last night doing some scrapping. The atmosphere was awesome - Cherie, who used to work for Scrapbook Studio, has started working there every Thursday night til 9 p.m. and on alternate Friday night crops. It's awesome having a fantastic place to go to get inspiration and positive guidance when things turn to custard (well, they might not turn to custard for you but they certainly do for me).

I'm really looking forward to spending more time at the shop. If you are in Auckland, do make the time to go and check it out - Scrapaholics, Moore Street, Howick (it's under Arty Farty in the phone book)

I'm going to head off now and make a start on the next challenge. Hope you are all participating or have participated in the challenge so I can see what you've created. Have a good week everyone :)


Sunday, October 3, 2010

I'm So Allergic to Mornings

mmm well, daylight saving is now upon us - which is great, don't get me wrong - but OMG I'm allergic to mornings at the best of times and now losing an hour in the mornings as of last weekend - I'm having a severe reaction to lack of sleep as I am still wide awake at midnight, rearing to go but struggle when the alarm goes off in the morning - and boy, don't my sons know it. They are steering well clear of me at the moment.

 Well, i went to Megan's Retreat last weekend and had a fantastic time. Lianne Gray took a class using Gesso (not sure how to spell it), a 12 x 12 stencil and thick chipboard. We placed the stencil on top of the chipboard then scraped Gesso over the holes, smoothing it out with an old credit card/store card. Once we got all the bubbles out and had an even coverage, we carefully lifted the stencil off, leaving a thick image behind. It was awesome. Once it was dry, we painted it with acrylic paint, rubbing it off we a rag. Again once the base colour was dry, we then added other colours of our choice to create the look we wanted. I had heaps of fun doing this - didn't get my hands too dirty either - which was great. (those of you who know me are very aware of my lack of enthusiasm in getting my hands dirty - once I get into it though, it's all good - just the initial yucky yucky thought). Once all the paint was dry, we then started adding our embelishments and photo/s. As usual, I didn't finish mine, but when it's done, I'll put it up for all to see.

I went to Shopaholics on Friday night for their crop night. I managed to get my layout completed for the Southern Girls Challenge, which I've titled "Luv u Jess". I'm really happy with the layout, which I'm not going to attempt to upload it to their website. I'm guaranteed to spend at least an hour trying to work out how to do this, but hey, it's good practice - I guess

Hope you guys check out the Southern Girls Challenge website, if you haven't already. It's great fun participating in their fortnightly challenges - it certainly gave me heaps of inspiration to get back into scrapping my photos.

Hope your week goes well -  and you get heaps of scrapbooking done - Bye for now