Have had a few issues with blogger this week - so I'm really happy to finally be able to update. Yay!!
For some reason my layouts just aren't happening at the moment, so for something different I have taken on Sandie's 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. I figure it will be a good way to put a dint in my stash while getting some cards made. We are up to day 5 but you can join in at any time ;) Here's what I've made so far:
On the first day of Christmas..... the challenge was to create a card inspired by a partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas..... create a card using 2 pp and 2 tags.
On the third day of Christmas.... have 3 Christmas trees.On the fourth day of Christmas.... use 4 squares of patterned paper.On the fifth day of Christmas.... use 5 golden brads.I also made this album for Little Scrapbook Shop's November CC. The challenge was to prepare an album where you can record all the little conversations and memories that happen in your day-to-day lives and these are the pages I've prepared so far:and one page already filled in with the details of Cameron learning to ride without the training wheels :)
We have a busy weekend planned, but I'll be back when I have more cards made :)

Time for this week's catch up...

I finally finished and posted the Christmas cards I signed up to make to help raise funds for Christmas hampers for struggling families, organised by Monk on the Blue Bazaar forum.
I've gone for a pretty simple design so it would be easy to replicate and I like how they have turned out.

I've also stamped the back of each card with this cute little stamp I got from BB.

An Award...
I'm very happy to have been given a blog award from the very talented Sandie who is the busiest blogger I've ever known ;)
The Rules are :-1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.3. Nominate 5 blogs.4. Put links to their blogs.5. Leave a message for your nominees.
And now comes the hard part.... because there are so many wonderful blogs I love to visit, but his time I'm passing the award on to: Carole, Naomi, Renee D, Skye, Edleen, Wendy and Sue-Ann. I know I was meant to only choose 5, but some rules are just meant to be broken :)

And speaking of Sandie... here is another Chrissy card I made for her weekly blog sketch.
I came up with the idea of creating my own varnished accents by coating paper cut-outs with nail polish - and I've got to say it turned out great! But while its perfect to use on cards, I do not recommend using the accents on your layouts. I got this shade at the clearance section at the chemist and love the shimmery finish.I also got some of Sandie's handmade goodness when a pack of her gorgeous daisies that I'd won on her blog arrived in the mail this week. To get some daisies of your very own be sure to check out Sandie's blog. and I've been tagged....
By the lovely Lauren :) Here are some fact you may not know about me:
1. When I grew up I wanted to be a lawyer - which may explain why I watch Law & Order re-runs late at night while I scrap ;)
2. I have been speaking Polish all my life, but only learnt to read/write the language about a year ago, with the help of a translation dictionary when I began contact with my dad who lives there.
3. Before I had kids, I use to do I use to do catwalk and photographic modelling and promotions.
4. I have a bit of a hoarding problem, and have a garage full of stuff I can't bear to part with.
5. I suffer from allergies all year round, and carry tissues with me where ever I go.
6. I think I know the words to every Prince song ever written :)
And now Lis, Maxine, Renee, Rebecca, Ness and Sar I want to know 6 things about you!

And last but not least, a DT layout for Click 'n' Scrap using beads and the gorgeous BG Urban Prairie range -perfect for this cute photo of little Miya!
Have a great weekend
Aga xx

November Dare....

I can't believe how fast the year is going! and being November it's time for a new dare at Aussie Dares. This month's theme is to use 'string' on a project. I'm sure you will love all the different ideas for turning this very basic item into something fabulous for your next project.I came up with the idea of creating some funky string blossoms by adapting the technique used to make pom-poms, which were very quick and simple to make.
and here's a little card I've made for Sandie's sketch challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend :)

New projects and my new toy....

I have finished my final project for Blue Bazaar's Mixed Media challenge. The theme for this month was to use fabric, and I decided to do a layout using this cute printed t-shirt I scored at Tightrope for just $3 (I got one to wear too LOL :) I stiched the t-shirt onto some chipboard and embellished it with these glittery reeds I created and added shimmery fabric leaves and sequins, then layered some tulle for the photo mat - it's a lot more sparkly in real life!
In other news... I got an email saying I've had another layout accepted for publishing - I'm feeling on a bit of a roll :) and speaking of published work I have two layouts in the Aussie reader gallery of Creating Keepsakes magazine this month!!

I'm loving this little bag with matching gift tag I learned to make in one of 123 Scrapbook's free classes - it was surprisingly easy to make and I can see myself making some versions for Christmas.
And after having 'bug' envy for so long now, I finally have my very own Cuttlebug!!! I got a selection of folders to try out and have been embossing anything and everything for the past few days and I just love the Nestabilities dies and can't wait to actually make something with it all.
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