Thursday, 29 January 2009

MIA......

Well I haven't been around for days because we took a trip up to Mildura for the last week of school holidays and then had the boys birthday on Monday. Can you believe it, I have survived 9 years with triplet boys?

Where has the time gone?

I haven't been doing too much creating as we have been busy getting back into the swing of things with school starting. This heat is also getting to my head..... 40+ degree days are not my kind of fun really and truly.

Today I went to craft with the plan of making some cards for a card class next month and with all the talking I did, I only completed one. I came home and finished two more but the fourth is still sitting there waiting for me to finish it. Must get it done tomorrow so I can plan my newsletter and classes for the next two months. I work so much better at things when someone gives me a pack of stuff and says "make something with this". When it is up to me to decide what to do for myself I get out my procrastinating side and take forever. Why is that?

I have completed one more layout from "the write stuff" classes and printed a stack of photos yesterday. I also took advantage of Snapfish's 9 cent photo offer and printed heaps of photos from our Mildura trip. Still waiting for those to arrive. Guess I'll have some to keep me going for a while.

If you are looking for something for inspiration this weekend then head over to Heaven-Sent for some great challenges from Melanie and Brigitte. The challenges went up today and you have until midnight South Australian time on Monday to upload to the gallery.


cybercropjanuary.jpgOur first Cyber Crop of the year at Heaven-Sent is on during the last weekend of this month. There will be four challenges, which are created by two of our Design Team members, Brigitte and Melanie. The challenges will be posted on our forum on Thursday January 29, 2009. All the layouts have to be uploaded in our Cyber Crop Gallery by midnight on Monday February 2, 2009. On Saturday night we will do a game and chat on our forum too! Cyber Crops are a great way of getting some scrapping done, using products from your stash and to have fun with other members of our Heaven-Sent community. There are prizes to be won and the winners will randomly be drawn on Tuesday February 3, 2009.

Come and join us for some fun....

Keep cool!

Monday, 12 January 2009

Part way through January already.....

Well this month I have joined Jen Hall's "The write stuff" online classes. It is a month long focus on journaling on our pages. I'm really enjoying it so far. If you are interested then head to her blog: http://www.jenhall.typepad.com/ and find out the details.

Layout #7 - be happy enjoy
This is nothing like Jen's layout but I really wanted to use this paper by Urban Lily so thought the circles would work in well.

Layout #5 - Defining Keelan


Layout #3 - Always be happy


Layout #2 - Adolescence

Layout #1 - New Year goals

Over at Heaven-Sent we have a blind challenge Competition for January 2009 :
For the month of January we have ONE competition at Heaven-Sent Scrapbooking. The winner will receive a $ 25.00 gift voucher to spend in our store. All the details of the competition can be found on the forum.

This month's competition is the so called ‘Blind Scrapping Challenge’ as mentioned in the Scrapbook Creations magazine (No.61, Vol 7, No 10, page 74/75). For a chance to win a gift voucher at the Heaven-Sent Scrapbooking store, here are the rules:

• Upload the pictures of your work in the January 2009 Competition gallery BEFORE midnight on January 31, 2009;
• You can enter as many times as you like;
• The challenge is open to anyone, but you will need to register on our site if you want to upload into our gallery!


This has been my go at it using mainly Fiskars products. Heidi Grace - Little bird's tale papers, Fiskars - border patrol stamps and a Heidi Grace photo corner accent. Cardstock is TLC.

I had quite a lot of fun doing this one and it is the first time I have done a blind scrapping challenge as such although it is very similar to doing a step-by-step challeng over at Scrapwitch. Not that I find time to do many of those unfortunately.

Back to some Octoberfest layouts from Jen's October classes. I can't believe I still have about 13 of these to catch up on. I thought I was cruising through them but I still have heaps on my list. I should stop procrastinating and just do them.


Layout #4 - Life is good

Layout #2 - Look w hat I made Mum
(How hard is it to photograph a transparency page?)

Layout #1 - Make everyday count
It's the front side of layout two transparent page.


Funnily enough I really enjoyed doing these pages after not being sure having done a couple of acrylic albums and not really enjoying them. It must just be the fact that they are mini albums and not my forte.
On the home front - yes I do, do the occasional thing around the house..... we shifted about 5 tonnes of dirt to level out the lawn area over the last couple of weeks.

This is how the pile looked after about a third of the dirt was shifted.

This is how it looked after quite a lot was shifted up to level it out and below are the clydesdales we employed to even it out.

It will look a bit like this for a while as we wait for the lawn to regrow back over the top of it. I finally also can walk all the way up to my clothesline up the back without stepping off of paving bricks. That's very exciting after almost a year of uneven ground and patches of dirt.

The little rainwater tank is now in but with 41 degree heat tomorrow I don't expect that it will get filled in a hurry.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Hi everyone, Happy 2009 to you all!

I have lots of shares to catch up on considering I haven't dropped by for a few days.

First of all is my puzzlesketches entry for December. Finally I managed to get it completed and in 'just' in time and voting is now open for the next two days. If you get a chance, feel free to drop by www.puzzlesketches.blogspot.com and vote for Melissa.


Amazingly enough on Christmas morning I managed to get a photo of us all together. Good thing Jason was thinking about using the self timer....... It's a rare occasion that you get all the Docking boys together but here they are. I could really have made an effort to crop the photo a little but you get the idea.


I even managed to get a photo of the tree just after Santa had dropped by, by the looks. The boys were very excited to receive a Nintendo DS each from Santa. Luckily they had forewarned their big brothers that Santa was probably going to bring them one as that is what had been requested so big brothers helped out and bought some games for them. It's the quietest Christmas we've had in ages.

Even Rufus got in on the act for Christmas with a new pair of duds. Mitchell had asked Auntie Bronwyn, who is a wiz with the sewing machine..... if she could possibly make a new pair of overalls for Rufus whose old ones were almost falling apart. Well, lo and behold a parcel arrived for Rufus a couple of days before Christmas containing a new pair. Nice red ones that match his jumper beautifully. A big thank you to Auntie Bronwyn for that one.....!


In my last post I reminded anyone who was free to drop by the Cybercrop at Heaven-Sent last weekend. As expected it did turn out to be a rather quiet one. I surprised myself by getting all four challenges done though.


#4 - My focus for 2009
This was about your resolutions
but as I'm not into making them
this is what I came up with.
#3 - Emping
A challenge about something that you
enjoy or like that others may not know about.
and L3tos at Flikr who kindly allowed me to
use images they have photographed of this
Indonesian food that I miss.
#2 - Baby boy card
Challenge to make a card for a new baby.


#1 - What's not to love about this face?
Challenge to scrap something new in your life.
This is my sister's new 9wk old boxer puppy - Holly.



Today I have uploaded my design team work for January. I had some lovely Basic Grey - Urban Prairie papers, die-cut stickers and rub-ons to work with, along with a piece of kraft cardstock and some owl Hambly studio stickers. We had very definite instructions as to what we were allowed to use on which layout and what was to be made. Here are a few examples:







There is another layout to see and some more cards but you need to visit : http://heaven-sent.com.au/index.php?option=com_gallery2&Itemid=56&g2_itemId=1641
to see the rest.


I have made a start on the Blind challenge that is happening over at Heaven-Sent this month in conjunction with Scrapbook Creations magazine. Funnily enough the layout is almost complete but I just need to find a photo that goes. I have also downloaded the instructions for my first layout with Jennifer Hall in her new month long classes called "The Write Stuff" - journaling on your layouts. Check out her blog for more info: http://www.jenhall.typepad.com/
I was also going to share some photos of the dirt we have been shifting over the last few days but I'm running out of steam tonight. Will have to catch up with that another day.
Cheers!