Friday, December 31

A New Scrapping Store.

For those of you who don't know, my mother has recently taken over ownership of a scrapbook store in Rockhampton in central QLD called A Crafter's Passion.

The previous owner had some personal issues which prevented her from keeping the store up to date, so Mum is currently putting in lots of time and effort to freshen up the store and re-stock with lots of brand new stuff. Classes have re-commenced, and a brand new challenge kit is starting today. She hopes to have have full product kits available from next month.

Here is the January challenge kit. The kit is only $10 (+$6.95 P&H). Papers are so very pretty. They are Lilac House from Fancy Pants.

Create an entry from your kit and submit to the store by midnight on January 31st (either in person, by email or via facebook) to be in the running to win the following challenge kit for free!
Please note that these kits are EXTREMELY limited in numbers and are expected to go very quickly.
To get you started, here is a layout I created from the kit.

Meanwhile we would love to get the word out there, so we are running a little giveaway. The winner will receive this months challenge kit Free (including postage), plus a little something extra.

You have multiple ways to win.
1. Head over to the store blog here and become a follower of the blog, and also leave a comment on the most recent post. (To become a follower, just click the "follow"button on the left hand side.
2. For an EXTRA entry to win, visit the facebook page, become a liker and leave a comment. Simple as that!

You have until Midnight on Sunday the 9th of January to enter.

We would love it if you would tell all your friends about us too and give them a chance to win also.

Saturday, December 4

Helmar Holiday Hop.

Welcome Everyone to our first Annual Helmar Holiday Hop

If you haven't "LIKED" Helmar yet on our facebook page, make sure you do, because we will be taking over Santa's job today on the Helmar Facebook Page. What better gift at Christmas than some Crafting Goodies right?


If you have happened to arrive here without starting right from the beginning, be sure to head to the Helmar blog for the starting instructions, then follow the link on each blog leaving comments as you go to be in the draw for some great prizes. I'd also like to invite you all to become a follower of my blog by clicking the "Follow" button over there on the right.

I have made for you a lolly tree which will be the centrepiece for our desert on Christmas day. Each person coming has their own little spot on the tree. The bottom layer has jelly bean lolly bags. The middle layer has mini lolly boxes, and for the top layer, I have made little cupcake holders, filled with chocolates.

I have used gorgeous Christmas papers from Helmar Preferred partner (and fellow Design Team company) Best Creation. How perfect that the papers are all pre-glittered. Saves me lots of time that I would have otherwise spent glittering and waiting to dry.

For this project I have used a combination of adhesives, depending on which part of the project it is. I have used:
Helmar adhesive tape runner: to construct my little boxes, and for the ribbon, and paper strips.

Helmar 450 Quick dry adhesive: For layering paper flowers.

Helmar Scrap dots: For attaching all the hand cut flowers.

Next, it is time to head over to see what the lovely Gayle Martin has created for you. Just click on Santa's face. Thanks for visiting.

Best Creation Blog Hop winners and another Blog Hop.

Thanks to all of the people who came along for the Best Creation blog Hop., ans especially thanks for all the really sweet comments on my project. Congrats to Cindy Foster who was the big winner. You can see all the winners of course on the Best Creation blog.

This week, I have another blog hop passing through. This one is for Helmar. of course, there are lots of great prizes up for grabs yet again. This one kicks off from the Helmar blog in just a few hours, so be sure to check over there for the instructions.

Sunday, November 28

Best Creation Blog Hop.

Welcome to all those participating in the first ever Best Creation blog hop. You should have arrived here from Jona's blog. If this is your first stop please go to the Best Creation blog to start and make sure you visit all the hop stops!

It's our first blog hop at Best Creation today and all of us are excited to show you lots of fabulous projects for the upcoming Holiday and we are giving 1 lucky person a chance to win $100 worth of Best Creations products and a second person a chance to win our Valentine Collection of papers and stickers! How wonderful is that!!

Best Creation have such beautiful papers and are obviously known for their glittered papers, and who doesn't love a bit of glitter...especially as Christmas time.

To make a simple, but eye catching table centrepiece for Christmas, arrange some pillar candles on a white decorative plate. Cut strips from your chosen papers and adhere horizontally to your candle using a Helmar tape runner. Cut flowers from the Best Creation papers in varying sizes. Shape them, then layer together with Helmar zap dots. Adhere them to the candles, along with some spiral and punched flowers.

To complete the blog hop, you will have already collected a series of letters to create our winning word. The final letter is...


For a second chance to win the valentines collection, please become a follower of this blog by clicking the "follow" button on the right.

You need to leave a comment here as on each of the blogs, and head back to the Best Creation to leave a final comment to complete the blog hop and be in the draw to win the major prize worth over $100

Email your final answer to

So to be sure you are in the draw:
1. Comment here and on each stop along the way
2. Become a follower of this blog
3. Post a final comment on the Best Creation blog
4. Email the winning word to

The Winners will be announced on Friday Dec 3rd so good luck and I hope you had fun hopping.

Helmar blogging

Over the last couple of weekends I have had my first posts on the Helmar blog, so I can share those projects on here now too.

Check out the blog here, to see how I made the title.

Here's the second one.

See the blog post here.

Best Creation are running a Holiday blog hop, starting tomorrow. There are some great prizes to be won, so it would be great to have lots of friends playing along. (It's international).
Here's a sneak at the prizes on offer:

It all starts on the Best Creation blog at See you there.

Monday, November 8

Christmas Card Sets

So, I have been making Christmas card sets for sale this year. I mostly go through facebook, but I know that not everyone is on there, so I thought I would post them here to. If you see something you like, you can purchase through my Made It store or you email me directly at

Each set is $15 +P&H and includes 5 handmade cards (no two ever the same), plus envelopes, plus 5 matching gift tags.

Trim the Tree:

Purple Christmas


Saturday, November 6

New month of challenges at Scrapping Outback.

Oops, I'm a few days late with these, but the challenges go for the whole month, so it's all good.

I had the sketch challenge this month. it was really nice to create a sketch again. It's been a very long time.

I also had the DT mini kit this month, which had very pretty Prima flowers with multicoloured paper flowers. I made some cute little quilled butterflies out of the patterned paper.

You have until the end of the month to complete the challenges and upload to the SO gallery to earn store credit.

there is also a cybercrop coming up, with some great challenges, games and of course prizes.

Friday, October 29

Best Creation Prettiness

This is a layout that I did for Scrapping Outback a little while ago, that is also featured on the Best Creation blog today. See here. It's a little hard to tell but it is actually a shaped layout, the brown is not part of the layout.

I also got an acceptance today for a layout to go into Scrapbook News and Review Magazine (online publication), so I'm a bit excited about that too.

I hate to do it, but I have had so many stupid SPAM messages coming through, that I am going to have to put comment moderation on. I know it is a giant pain in the backside to have to do the code thing, but I do love your comment, so please bear with me. Also, don't forget that there is a follow me button over there on the right.

Saturday, October 23


For any one of my scrapping friends, if you look at your glue supplies, you will almost certainly have something with the name Helmar on it. Well, I have been lucky enough to have been asked to join their Australia branch of their design team. We'll be working along side the US design team,. and the Educator design team, so now there are 22 of us all up, and it already feels like it is going to be a really fun team to work on, AND they are partners with Best Creation, my other US Design Team, which works out just perfectly.

Looking forward to getting started.

Thursday, October 21

Halloween fun.

There's a new blog post at best Creation, and my Halloween table decoration is included. You can see the post here. Here's my project:

And here are a couple of cards using Best Creation papers and Stamps from Whipper Snapper Designs.