Sunday, January 22, 2012

USA. CHA and Grapic 45 - Here I Come

Starting to get excited, it is now only 5 sleeps until Josh and I fly off again to the states. I am attending CHA again as well as doing so sight seeing. This time I will be traveling with my son. This year Graphic 45 asked the design team if any of us wanted to demonstrated at CHA. I put my hand up straight away. What an honor - Tim Hotz, Heidi Swap, Terese Collins and other Scrapbooking Super Stars demo at CHA, not the Jane Tregenza's from Adelaide! But this year I have a 2 hour gig demoing Pop up elements on Cards and Pages. I hope its ok to share a sneak peek here! 
I have also had to get a heap of projects ready to take with me and I have just loved the two new collections I received. Little Darlings is the prettiest baby collection I have ever seen and Olde curiiosity Shopp is already my all time favorite. Due to time constraints Diane from Graphic 45 could only send the design team one of each print paper and as they are double sided the delemar has been, which side to use and how to get as many projects out of the papers as possible. I photocopied mine onto white A3 paper and made mock layouts so I could plan it down to the last scrap. We were asked to do a layout in each of the collections. But as I am also teaching in Brisbane at the expo (June longweek end), and want to use the olde cruiostiy shoppe for my classes. The projects have to be ready by the 10th Feb but I will still be in the States. This means the projects have to be done this week and photographed before I leave. This has meant my papers from Diane have had to be stretched to cover 2 layouts for CHA, 2 layouts for the expo, 1 altered art project for CHA, 1 patchwork pieces project for the expo 1 popup card for CHA and a tag for CHA. Needless to say, I have nothing left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
I have also done some projects using little darlings and the tropical travelogue. I hope to share some of these projects once I am back from the states.
So back to work, I have every project started but none finished. Everything just needs those finishing touches and some Imaginarium Designs Chipboard.
Wish me luck!

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's My turn at Imaginarium Designs

Imaginarium Designs have been introducing the new design team over the past two weeks and today it is my turn. I got to chose two favorite layouts to show + share some information about myself.

I decided to show one of my favorite layouts I did for Graphic 45 about 2 and a half years ago. I still love it.
Make sure you visit their site and see the other wonderful Ladies on their new 2012 Design Team. They now have a new Ning site. You can join by clicking the button on the left side of my blog. There are 100's of wonderful projects using Imaginarium Designs to inspire you.
thanks for looking

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Graphic 45's new Little Darlings Collecton

 Graphic 45 is showcasing their new collections. This is a great opportunity for those of you who are unable to attend CHA to see the wonderful new papers and embellishments that Diane has designed. Graphic 45 is sharing one of the collections on their blog. Here is what they had to say.
"Welcome back to another grand and exciting day of sneak peeks here at Graphic 45! This is the time of year we always look forward to with so much. Getting to unveil our new product and share it with all of you is always such a joy. Plus we love to read your feedback! Judging from what we've been reading on our blog and Facebook page, you are all just as excited as we are about this enchanting new collection! There are more wonders in store for you today as we reveal the gorgeous coordinating chipboard die-cuts and stickers from Little Darlings! Get ready to fall even more in love with this adorable new collection! But first we have 4 more winners to announce for today's Little Darlings prize packs! We're picking 4 winners every day during our big Winter CHA 2012 sneak peek event between now and January 25th. That's 52 prizes total! Winners are chosen at random from our blog and Facebook comments. All you need to do to enter to win an amazing Little Darlings prize back is to leave a comment on our blog or Facebook page! All this week we are giving away 4 Little Darlings prize packs that include a 12x12 paper pad, both chipboard die-cuts and stickers! Win it before it's even available in stores! "
Graphic 45 sent all the design team samples of the papers for us to create projects for CHA, so I have this collection in my little hot hands as I speak and I can say that it is the most beautiful baby collection I have ever seen!

So make sure you visit the Graphic 45 Blog and face book page and leave a comment to go into the draw to win. I am attending CHA and leaving in 15 sleeps (not counting or anything!) by then I have to have done 30 projects for all my commitments with classes, shows and magazines. Totally up to my eye balls with my PLATTER over flowing. With that much to do I am finding it hard to get started as I am a last minute kinda girl, but can't afford to wait as I know I will run out of time in a big way. So this weekend I will have to start. Wish me luck and lots of creativity juices flowing.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Honoured to be on a Japan Scrapbooking Site

When Naomi contacted me from "page of my Book" and asked  be to be one of their Guest Designers for January I was delighted to accept. I love how our craft/art is international and able to speak any languages.Each month this site puts up a "page" and it is entirely up to you as to how you interpret it. This months challenge was the word "PLACE". As soon as I saw what the word was I knew exactly which place I wanted to share.
This is their page and word for this month.

I was able to visit the States this year for CHA and afterwards went to San Francisco. I spent one day visiting Alcatraz prison. It was a very moving experience and one I will never forget. I was standing in the D block of the prison where the detention cells were. The way the prison is built means the prisoners don’t have windows to see out of. The island Alcatraz is built on is not far away from San Francisco and the prisoners although they could not see, could hear the sounds of people and music from the piers on a quiet evening. The photo captures the feeling of being shut in and looking out. The View from the window was beautiful and restful. Quite a contrast to the feeling you had inside the prison. I have used spinners to make a compass pointing to the title words. “Alcatraz one significant Place” I added lots of metal embellishments and chipboard from Imaginarium Designs. The papers are all from Graphic 45’s new Tropical Travelogue. For the word “place” I have used the new sticker sheets from Graphic 45 with some glossy accents on top.
For the clock, I removed the middle of it so I only had the frame and no numbers. This is one of Imaginarium Designs new releases. I inked it with Vintage Photo distress ink and then stamped it with a fine writing stamp and embossed with distress embossing powder from Tim Holz, I using vintage photo. Once it was cold I rubbed at the embossing until I had an old look to it. It is a bit hard to see in the photo. The key hole is one of Tim's sizzix die and embossed with the distress vintage photo, but this time you need to do it all over.
Please visit this challenge site and see what their design team and the other Guest Designer has come up with. I am sure you will enjoy looking!
thanks so much
see you all soon
PS It has been very hot in Adelaide this week, with the temp today getting to 41C that is about 110F last night it didn't get below 24C. Can't really do too much as we don't have air con, just a wet tea towel around the neck and ceiling fans. Bit of a cool change due in a day or two.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Imaginarium Designs - New Design Team for 2012

Imaginarium Designs announced their design team for 2012 today
Here is the list of ladies who made the team.
In no particular order here they are.

The Exquisite Adriana Bolzon (AUS)

The Imaginative Asuka Miyamoto (Japan)

The Chic Carole Maurin (France)

The Inspirational Gerry van Gent (Netherlands)

The Glorious Gloria Stengel (USA)

The Distinguished Heather Jacob (AUS)

The Excellent Hilde Janbroers (Netherlands)

The Creative Jane Tregenza (AUS)

The Passionate Julianne McKenna-De Lumen (AUS)

The Wonderful Kaori Fujimoto (Japan)

The Amazing Karen Zueger (USA)

The lovely Lady Grace Belarmino (Philippines)

The Eclectic Larissa Albernaz (Brazil)

The Charming Maiko Miwa (Japan)

The Outstanding Nadia Cannizzo (AUS)

The Brilliant Natalie May (AUS)

The Delightful Sandie Edwards (AUS)

The Beautiful Solange Marques (Brazil)

In House Designers

The Unique Louise Nelson (AUS)

The Gorgeous Stephanie Devlin (AUS)

It looks like being a wonderful year and I am delighted to be on a team with all these wonderful Ladies. Imaginarium Designs now has a Ning site. Please click on the link on my side bar and join. I have been busy working at home and have managed to get 10 projects done for January including a couple for CHA as well.
Hope you all had a great new years celebration and I wish you all a safe and wonderful 2012.