16 October 2009

Fabulous Friday!

I never used to appreciate Fridays as much as I should have until I stopped working them! Since starting my new job and only doing three days a week, I can tell you Fridays are now officially my favourite day of the week - followed swiftly by Mondays rofl! Fridays are my scrapbooking day. I catch up on my CT duties, I post around the place, I finish up pages, I update the PBP fan page on Facebook (and play some games while I'm there!), and I generally have a great time. Then a couple of hours before I have to get the kids from school I race around the house like a mad woman, cleaning, tidying, washing etc etc until the place is sorted. Sounds crazy doesn't it! Why don't I just spend the whole day cleaning, taking my time and not turning my house into an Indy race track. There is a simple answer - I don't want to hahaha! It's nuts but I like it :)

I wanted to share with you some pages that I posted this week using one of our new designers at Pickleberrypop - Joyce Paul! Woohoo, I really love her style, so clean and elegant!!

It's just Me!
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and My Family My Life
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and lastly using a fabulous new Collab by my sweet Dawn Inskip and Joyce

My Christmas Angel
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On the family front I finally got to see Bella play a Netball game on Wednesday night (last week I was laid up with a migraine) and I was really impressed with how she went. Not that I know much about the game but still it is always nice to see your child happy and enjoying themselves in a team environment. I think it is a wonderful experience for her to have prior to High School and she has already met two new girls through netball that will be going to the same High School so all in all I am very pleased. And added to all that, the blue Dolphins won! haha!

Here is a pic of Bella in her Netball gear after the game on Wednesday - I have cut out her two friends if you don't mind as I respect their privacy.

My cat is still hanging in there even thought the tumour is getting larger (did I mention that here or on Facebook??). Just in case I didn't mention it, Chelsea my lovely old puss has bone cancer and she doesn't have long to live. How long the Vet can't say as it is a very rare cancer in cats (dogs and people yes, but not many cats) so he has no helpful time frame to offer us. She still doesn't seem to be in any pain and the Vet said only to bring her in when her quality of life beings to fail. She is currently sleeping on the beds every night, eating tit-bits fed to her by the kids, and probably more cuddling than a dying animal really wants so until the time comes I would rather not think about the future right now.

I have had to cut out alcohol from my diet (omg) as my helpful husband saw that alcohol might be a migraine trigger and suggested strongly that I go off it for awhile and see what happens - sadly I haven't had a migraine since Saturday so I think that he might be right *sob*. It's going to be a long weekend, no chocolate, no wine, no fun BUT no headache hopefully! LOL there ARE worse things to complain about I know!

Anyway it's that time of the Friday where I will start to run around cleaning so I will catch you later!

10 October 2009

Good morning friends!

Well it has been one LOOOOOng week here I can tell you! I have been having a migraine cluster and a half and even though I am on medication they kept coming!! Last count was 5 in four days!! Eeeek. Thankfully I have come out the other end now (phew) and (touch wood) every thing has settled down again. Needless to say my scrapping, housework, parenting and work duties have all suffered to varying degrees AND I believe that I have missed two days in my P365 *sob*! But I can't complain - its over for now!

Today I am taking Bella to try on her new High School uniforms and order them so they will be ready for next year. We are going with friends of ours so the girls can giggle and have fun while her mother and I have to be resuscitated over the price of everything! Its at times like this when I wonder why we didn't go public schooling and I am pretty sure I'll think it again when we get our first semester school fees hahahaha!

I'll let you in on a secret, I am making Bella a Photo Book to commemorate her Primary School years! I have done most of the hard word so far, except for Grade 7, and I just have some class photos to scan in. I'm pretty pleased with it so far - it's not a work of art but then it isn't supposed to be, its a record of the past 9 years of her life! Of course I can't do Grade 7 yet as I want to put in photos of her graduation and certificate presentations etc etc but hopefully it will be ready by the time she for her starting High School next January! This last term is going to fly by so quickly!

I think I have a page to share with you that I did a little while ago for Cheryl with her luscious new kit La Serenissima that I held off posting until the Two Little Pixels Newsletter came out. I really loved the yummy rich blues in this kit!

Mandy Lou

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Well I have loads of things to catch up today so I had better get a move on - thanks for hanging out with me! ta ta for now!

03 October 2009

Is facebook the end of my blog?

Hmmm the jury is still out on that one at the moment but I am starting to think so. My FB page is much more up to date than my poor neglected blog. But I don't plan on letting go with out a fight and once I have come back from harvesting my Farmville crops, battling rampaging wizards on School of Magic, planting onions on my Island and dealing with blood suckers on Vampire Wars, I am SO coming back here to update my blog ROFL *stupid FB*. But I am still taking my daily photo I promise you and I am still amazed that I have made is so far throughout the year I mean wow it's October and I am still on track! And after tomorrow i will have endless netball photos to take now that Bella will be starting Summer season netball. Its a first for both of us, she has never played club netball before and I have never watched it before (or even understand it to be honest! Ball games are so not my thing!). But you know I look at it as a mother's duty to spend perfectly good scrapping time watching sweaty teenagers run around a court ROFL!

Seeing as I am here and posting I would like to share with you this page I did the other day that I love - the colours are just so vibrant and so different from all the Fall kits that we are seeing at the moment (that I have to admit that I am a bit over, please dont hate me!).

My Pretty Petals

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Oh and I have to share this page that I did for the Colour Challenge over at Pickleberrypop this month - You make me Smile!

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Ok I had better hit the road, there are a few things I need to do before I hit the hay.

17 August 2009

OMG I'm back and I'm finally caught UP!! Woohoo!

I'm sorry I haven't been around much recently, I was just sooooo busy doing so many other things that blogging just seemed too much on top of it all. BUT oh wow I have a wonderful feeling of satisfaction as I have finally managed something that I never thought I would, I am up to date with my project pages!!!! I could feel the project slipping further and further out of reach as each week passed but YAY after a big day of sitting down and just doing it I'm now up to date!! The pages aren't beautiful but they are done!And now that it's done I am going to go back to blogging once a week again (at least that is the plan hahaha!)

Ok without rambling on and on here are my Project 365 pages UP TO DATE!!!!

Week 26 - July 06 to July 12

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper,flourish & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally, Word Art - Weeds N Wildflowers

Week 27 - July 13 to July 19

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, flourish & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally, Butterfly & paint - About Collab, word art - Sue Cummings

Week 28 - July 20 to July 26

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, flourish & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally, Paint splat - About Collab

Week 29 - July 27 to August 02

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally, Paint splats - About Collab

Week 30 - August 03 to August 09

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally, Butterfly - About Collab

Week 31 - August 10 to August 16

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally, Butterfly - About Collab

I am going to come back a bit later and do some CT page posting as I am pretty behind posting about that but before I go I just want to share with you a little freebie that I made for the August Pickleberrypop newsletter using the gorgeous Pickleberrypop Collab Playful Reverie if you are interested. Its a desktop for September and its available in three sizes including Widescreen. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and I have put it on my own computer and thing it looks pretty cute (if I do say so myself hahahaha) ............. if you like it you can grab it from the Pickleberrypop store here.

Well I hope I'll be back later - but for now I am going to head off and do some catching up with my friends blogs! Put the kettle on guys I'm popping in ROFL!

26 July 2009

Helloooooo *wipes away the dust*

Ummmmm I really really can NOT believe that it's been over a month since I posted! That seems really weird to me - perhaps if I wasn't spending so much time on YoVille on Facebook I would be here more often rofl. Stupid game has taken over my life but I really really wanted to get a new bath for my bathroom so I have been working hard and saving my pennies hahahaha. But in between working at YoVille I have been mucking around helping get some very exciting things ready over at Pickleberrypop for their third birthday celebrations next weekend. I'll show you a quick sneak peek a bit later of a wonderful surprise that will be unveiled - you will love it!!

But first off I am going to catch up with some of my project 365 pages - I know I am sadlly behind with these but I spent a bit of time this weekend catching up. My pages are not terribly fancy and I have kept the decorations very plain. I still have a couple of weeks to do but I am a LOT closer than I was to finally catching up than I was yesterday lol.

So without further ado here are some of my outstanding pages:

Week 22 - June 8 to June 14

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally

Week 23 - June 15 to June 21

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples and flourish - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally

Week 24 - June 22 to June 28

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples and flourish - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally

Week 25 - June 29 to July 5

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally and Weeds and Wildflowers - Hodge podge stuff

Phew I feel so much better now those are off my chest lol - I still have a couple of weeks to go before I catch up but I'm getting there. I am totally surprised with myself that I have continued to keep up with my Project 365 - I have made it half way through the year! It's all down hill from here!

In scrapping news I was very flattered and excited to be invited by the delightful Dawn Inskip to be on her Creative Team - I have always enjoyed scrapping with her kits since she joined PBP's design team and I have tried to use everyone she put out - so I guess we are just formalising our realtionship hahaha.

Now since the last time I posted and now I have scrapped a fair few pages and I think it would be really unkind of me to put you through looking at them all so I will just post a couple of my particular favorites and leave the rest.

You have my Heart

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You are a great reader!

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Magic books

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And lastly I promised you a sneak peek at PBP Birthday Celebrations -

July 30th is PBP's 3rd Birthday and we are having a huge party to celebrate! Here is a sneak peek at one of the things the team has been busy preparing - it's another HUGE collaborative kit!

Now I can't say too much or it will ruin the surprise but I CAN say that you will definitely NOT want to miss out on this celebration - so leave so time free to come on over and play along with the challenges and games that we will have on - you never know what you might win!!!

All right I have droned on enough for one post - I'll be back later on with my last couple of Project 365 pages I ummmmm promise???? lol

22 June 2009

12 days later ....... sigh!

Well I finally made it back here to post - I have been pretty flat out since getting back from our quick trip to Townsville and it seems like every time I sat down to blog something else more important came up! but here I am sneaking in a clandestine few moments between piles of laundry (still waiting to be put away from last weekend) and the vacuum cleaner that is currently sitting on the floor near me reproaching me in silence. I would like to post some of my recent pages as it seems to me that my blog has been taken over by my project 365 (which I am still going with!!) and I am not getting to show off my new things!

So here are some of my recent pages for your viewing pleasure - at least I hope your enjoy them *wink*

This page was made with the scrummy collab between FruitLoOp Sally and Tracey Stroud called Peppermint Smoothie available at PBP


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Here is my latest page using the lovely goodies from Cherpea Designs at Two Little Pixels - this is from her lovely kit Danielle!

You are the Rulers of my heart

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This page was made using Cherpea Designs new kit Anya - it has such lovely pinks and browns! It's available now at 2LP.

Nature Girl

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This was my first page as a CT member for Cherpea Designs - I love the rich green colour of the paper and the fun and funky alpha!! It was perfect for this cute photo of Tasha with her new hair cut!

Big Girls Haircut

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This page is a scraplift of this page created by the talented Kaye (nockosh) for our June Scraplift Challenge over at Pickleberrypop - you should come over and have a go at this challenge as you could win $10 GC to the Pickleberrypop Shop *wink*

Everything about you makes me Smile!

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I made this page using the delightful kit Candy Lane by Joanne Bain - there are some really lovely elements and papers in this kit! Yummy!!


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This page was created for the June 10 by 10 Challenge over at Pickleberrypop and I scrapped my own bucket list! Such a fun and challenging challenge (lol) and I encourage you to give it a go and you might win a $10 GC to the store!!

My Bucket List

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I made this page using the fun new template Deb Fisher has created - they were so great to use and I really loved how the bright papers from Deb's Happiness kit make the circles just pop!!

This is what Happy looks like!

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Phew - glad that's off my chest - I told you it had been a while since I posted anything other than Project 365 pages and I bet you are sick of looking at my pages now LOL. Well I hope to be back here soon with some P365 pages - I am a bit behind with those at the moment as I have sooooo many photos to edit from our trip to Townsville that I am trying to get through!

I have to tell you though we had a great time in Townsville - the weather was just gorgeous (as only winter in Townsville can be), the company was delightful and the kids were pretty much well behaved (LOL). We really did have a lovely time, we reminisced about the good 'ol days, we walked along the Strand, went up Castle Hill, strolled along the Riverway Boardwalks, the kids swam in the pools there, we visited with old friends, got together with family, had photos taken (by me eeek!), ate yummy seafood and just pretty much Chill-axed (apparently thats a word young people use these days ROFL) as much as we could!

We might have to go for a week next time as the girls wanted to go over to magnetic island and drive up to Crystal Creek and we didn't have time :)

Our next adventure is happening this weekend coming as we head up to the Bunya Mountains for a weekend of eating, drinking, sleeping, bush walking, bird feeding and relaxing! I'm hoping that the weather will take a steep plunge downwards before we leave so that we can snuggle in frount of the log fire place. We are staying there with two other families, who are our best friends, and their kids and it should be a blast! And the best bit is that there will even MORE photos to edit when I get back hahahaha - hmmm I might have to invest in a bigger XD card for my camera at this rate LOL

Well thanks for sticking with me in my rambles - I really had better get some housework done! So I will bid you all a fond adieu!

10 June 2009

No I haven't fallen off the Project 365 wagon......

But I have been a bit slack at the posting of my photos and posting on my blog - sorry! I have managed to keep up my photos daily so far except for one day where my migraine shattered me and I took a pile of pills and went to bed.

It's a fly by posting from me I'm afraid - I will try to get updated after we get back from our trip up to Townsville. We are leaving on Friday and are going to have a fabulous time catching up with family and friends! We haven't been back to Townsville in 8 years and I can't wait to see how the old place has changed! It's a wonderful opportunity for the girls to see where Mum and Dad met and were we lived. I imagine that I will take lots and lots and lots of photos - enough to tide me over until the next time we get up there!

Anyway I won't ramble on - I have sinus and an earache at the moment and all I want to do is go to bed so here are the past two weeks Project pages and i will bid you all a fond farewell!!

Project 365 - Week 20 - May 25 to May 31

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, glitter splots & staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally

Week 21 - June 1 to June 6

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally & P365 stuff from Studio MGL!

Oh before I go I just wanted to share with you the exciting news that Cheryl of Cherpea Designs invited me to be part of her CT! I was just thrilled as I have been a fan of Cheryl's for a while! So of course I said YES! more about this later when I can share some pages I have made recently! I have a new blinkie to add to my collection over on the right!

25 May 2009

Project 365 - May 18 to May 24

Well I can't believe it but here I am - on time and ready to post last weeks page! Woohoo. Feeling a bit proud of myself and I am hoping that this means I am finally getting my act together. I'm pinching myself that I am still going strong with the project and although some days are harder to come up with a photo idea than others (check out the peg basket rofl) I haven't lost my enthusiasm so far.

I have realised that I don't have a lot of interesting knick knacks around my house to take photos of though a
nd I thought that I should maybe invest in some to give me more stuff to photograph *grin*. I somehow don't think hubby will be very agreeable with that idea so I might pass for now. I am hoping to do a self portrait this week so you can tell me if my face is looking any thinner hahahaha as I can't really see any difference but then again I see myself every day.

So here you are - on time for once - Week ummmm 19? of my Project 365!

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally & P365 stuff from Flergs!

I just wanted to say that I had a fabulous time at the Pickleberrypop Casual Chat on Friday night - the girls are all such a laugh and it was wonderful to chat, listen to great 80's music and discuss the love interests of Bob the Builder (you really had to be there!). They really are a great bunch of girls and I can't recommend enough that you come along and join us this time next month for a another fabulous evening of fun and laughter!

Ok that's it from me today - I have loads of housework to do now that it has stopped raining here and things are starting to dry out. It was just too hard to do the housework with the kids stuck inside as they made a mess as quickly as I tried to tidy up. In the end I gave up and plonked myself down in front of the computer for the rest of the weekend and caught up on my blog hopping LOL. I am trying hard to air out my car at the moment too as it still smells from the mini flooding it got last week - I have sprinkled Bi-Carb of Soda all over the carpets in an effort to de-stench it! But at least it didn't float away so I am not complaining one little bit! Ok that's good-bye from me for today!

24 May 2009

It's a fly by posting of the CT variety

Hi I'm just shooting past with a quick blog post - I'm doing a bit of blog hopping this morning and I hope that I make it to all your blogs to say Hi!!

I would like to post some of the pages that I have scrapped this week - I went on a bit of a scrapping bender late in the week and this is the result :)

The Sea
using Olga Unger's great new Sea Paradise

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There is something so magical about the sea. It is a vastly powerful force, untameable, unknowable and yet so intriguing. Here is my DD walking alone the beach at Hervey Bay pondering the mysteries of the sea.

Close to you
inspired by the Carpenter's song :) and using Dawn Inskip's fab new Strawberry Crush

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Looking at Natasha I often have this song just pop into my head, when she was little I would sing it to her with her Lullabies at bedtime. I think it's the angels appearing and sprinkling "moondust in your hair and starlight in your eyes of blue oooooh oh" that gets me every time!

The Beach
using Joanne Bain's delicious new kit Beachy Treasure

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One of the things Tasha enjoys most about our trips to the Gold Coast is the feeling of digging into the sand and discovering all the wonderful treasures hidden there.

Oh and I found these two pages that I created at the end of last week but forgot to post!

Mother's Day
using Joanne Bain's adorable new kit - Summer Dayz

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Every year the four of us pose for our Mother's Day photo - Mum, the girls and me. I love looking back and seeing us in our special Mother's Day photo and seeing how much we are changing each year! I did this page for the Pickle Jar Challenge - thanks Pat!

Cuddles from my Kitty
using FruitLoOp Sally's Organic Artisty

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My silly cat is terrified of the birds in our backyard and hides from them in the bushes all the time. But when I come out into the backyard to hang out washing she always runs over to me meowing - as if to show the birds she's not scared - this is one of the few times she lets me pick her up and give her a cuddle

I'm a bit stunned to see that I have scrapped 5 pages in the space of a week and a couple of days! If I keep this up I am going to fall into a mojo rut soon rofl!

Well that is all from me today - I will be back tomorrow with this week's Project page and I can say that with confidence because it's all finished except for todays photo LOL so I will have no excuse hahaha.

23 May 2009

Project 365 - 11 May to 17 May

Well another week goes by and I realise that I still haven't posted my last Project page here. Maybe I just like to work behind the deadline LOL. I have managed to get last weeks page finished and maybe if I REALLY concentrate I will actually post my current weeks page on Monday!

Project 365 - May 11 to May 17

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally!

It's been a busy week really with lots going on at home and work. I had Tasha home sick on Monday, a busy day at work on Tuesday and then Wednesday this week was particularly exciting/scary when we had the biggest "rain event" here in Brisbane since the 70's (so I have heard). There was so much rain that we had widespread flooding across the city. At work my car is parked in a side street and all morning the water ran down the road steadily. but after staying at the gutter level all morning it suddenly rose high enough to put an inch of water in my car.

I ran out and moved my car to higher ground in the street (soaking my shoes and my trousers to the knees in the process) only to find that when I went to leave work that afternoon I had to wade through thigh deep water just to get out of my work place. Here is what the road where I was parking in the morning looked like when I went home - can you see a gap between two submerged cars on the left hand side? That is where I WAS parked - omg!

At the end of the trees is a main intersection and it was just chaos down there, detours helped ease the problem though. Wow what a day! The trip home was exciting as a few streets on the way home were closed. I can't complain though, so many people lost their household possessions and their cars! So I am really lucky!

Anyway - it's late and I will come back and post some pages that I have made tomorrow! I promise! tata!

11 May 2009

Project 365 TWO weeks LOL

Yes I am so very, very slack and I have gotten so behind in my posting. So rather than beat myself up I am going to just post two full weeks of photos and consider myself all caught up lol. I am finding myself very tired at the moment and all I seem to want to do is surf around the net for a bit in the evenings and then go to bed. I'm going to be upping my exercise regime this week so i am hoping that my energy levels will improve. I have plateaued in my weight loss journey (giggle I hated it in Biggest Loser when they said "my weight loss journey"!) a bit over the last few weeks and I think I need a kick start back into it again so I can be a few more kgs lighter when I go back to Townsville in June. Even though it will be nearly Winter then Townsville is still pretty much shorts and teeshirt weather all year round and I would like to look a little better in the shorts before then lol!

So without further ado here are the past two weeks Project photos for your perusal.

Project 365 - April 27 to May 3

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, flourish & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally!

Project 365 - May 4 to May 10

Credits - Paper & template - DebF, stitching,paper, & Staples - ksharonk, Alpha - FruitLoOp Sally & P365 stuff from Flergs!

There has been a little (very little) scrapping going on here LOL. And here are a few pages that I have made recently for your viewing pleasure!

Once I was - for the Poetry Challenge I am hosting this month over @ PBP using PST Designs gorgeous kit Ever - come on over and scrap a page with a poem and you could win a $10 GC to the Pickleberrypop Store!!

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Happy you are OK - I had fun using this fun kit Happy Time!

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Celebrate! For the Scraplift Challenge @ PBP - using Joanne Bain's cool Parte' kit!

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And lastly but by no means least - Abbey Medieval Festival using Dawn Inskip's fantastic Imagination kit!

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Well that is all from me today - I have been working on this post for the better part of the morning and I KNOW that I have loads of other things that need to be done today.

02 May 2009

Project 365 - Apr 20 to Apr 26 & a GREAT reveal!

Hi everyone, how is everything going with you? Things have been a bit messed up here with me unfortunately *sniff* I got another migraine on Wednesday and it has taken me until today to shake the darn thing! I am pretty sure I know what triggered it (lunch at an Asian cafe) but I'm not sure WHAT in lunch triggered it (they say there is no msg in their products). It was pretty nasty and I felt so fragile for three days, I couldn't even look outside the windows because the light hurt - but anyway I'm better now and I won't be eating THERE again so all's well that ends well!

I have finally finished last weeks Project photos and I have created another page for it - it really is an easy way of showing off the photos :)

Credits: DebF's Year in Review template & paper & everything else from ksharonk designs.

There are lots of things going on in the background that I am working on and I can't wait to share some of them with you but until then you will have to make do with this BIG REVEAL!!

Here is the GORGEOUS Free kit with purchase available from Pickleberrypop right now .......

The Enchanted Pickleberry Tree
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except for commercial use, most 20% off!

Spend $15AUD (approx. $10USD) or more and receive The Enchanted Pickleberry Tree Part 1 FREE!


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Isn't FANTABULOUS??????? I love it to bits.

I had a play with this gorgeous kit last week and came up with these three very different pages to show how versatile this kit is!

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The Magic in a Book
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You make me Believe
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Well that is all from me right now - I have lots of stores to check out for iNSD as I have decided to spend some of my hard earned cash on some of the fabulous sales that will be going on over the weekend. I hope you all have a great weekend too!!!!