Thursday, December 3, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Layout - the joker

Hello crafters!

Can you honestly believe it is December already? Only 5 days of school left for The Boy, and 11 days of work for me before holidays! Where did the year go?  

I will be taking a bit of a break from blogging in the new year to work on some projects.  I am not sure if it's just the time of year, or that I've had such a big year with The Boy's big operation in May, or putting on a huge festival in October, but I am seriously worn out in the motivation and mojo departments.  If you know of any neat inspirational blogs, or some great YouTube how-to clips, please let me know!

Anyway - This fortnight we have a great challenge for you over at Southern Girls - 'do whatever takes your fancy' - so show us your favourite technique or product, or just whatever you feel like!  For me, I knew I wanted to do a layout, and this picture of The Boy enjoying a hot chocolate has been on my must-scrap pile for awhile.  As soon as I saw the picture (taken by The Man) I couldn't stop laughing at his Joker makeup... and so I have been holding on to the photo until I could find the right title.  I ended up using my new baby - my Silhouette Cameo - to make the title, and I used an emerging favourite - gelatos - to make the messy circles, reflecting the messy chocolate smile.

 

Layout recipe 
Cardstock/paper: Pink Paislee 'Atlas', red bazill
Ink: Not Quite Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Dies: Circles (Stampin' Up!)
Other: mini badge (Merci), Gelatos, Distress Stickles - Brushed Pewter (Tim Holtz), water brush, sponge, glossy accents

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope to see you again soon!

Love,
OMM xox

Thursday, November 5, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Card - love featuring Sakura

 Hello hello!

I hope you are all well! Is the weather treating you kindly? It's quite pleasant here today, but summer is definitely on its way.

Our challenge this fortnight over at Southern Girls is Twine, tape or ribbon.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  

Today I have a CAS card for you featuring Sakura from Chin Chou Kuik - isn't she divine?!  I really enjoyed colouring her up for the card, and I even wrote down all the copic colours for you... and promptly left them on my desk at home.  No matter!  I just used 3 shades of pink in the same family and C1, C3 and C5, with a touch of B000 and BG0000 for the wings.

 

As always our fabulous sponsors are providing some terrific prizes for our winners, and with such an easy challenge there is no excuse not to get your craft on this week!

Card recipe:
Digi stamp: Sakura from Chin Chouc Kuik 
Colouring medium: copics
Cardstock: white, burgundy
Ribbon: burgundy
Other: pink flower, silver charm

Thanks for visiting my blog today and if you join in the challenge leave me a little comment below so I can be sure to call in and say hello!

OMM xox

Friday, October 30, 2015

Off the page - Christmas configurations box

Hello hello!

I've finally managed to wrap up the biggest project of my life - a festival - and brushing away the cobwebs in my craft room and Pinterest board to get enthused and motivated about crafting again!

I had a week off following the festival, and so besides catching up on a lot of TV and R&R (and some angel gown sewing :)) I also finally put together my configurations box that I bought from Kaszazz 2-3 years ago!   The perfect opportunity came up when WOW Chipboard offered up their Triple Treat Challenge again (like their Facebook page to get an update when the next one is).

 

I challenged myself to only use items I already had... which worked FINE until I ran out of paint and needed some 3D decos to really set it off... haha. 

Project recipe:
Configurations box - Kaszazz
Acrylic paint - red and gold
Craft glue
Paper: Christmas Emporium (Graphic 45), Stampin' Up (retired Christmas papers), Kaisercraft (December 25)
Chipboard: WOW Christmas shapes ("Our Christmas", presents, stars)
Dies/cut files: Nativity (Silhouette store), various flowers, tag
Other: Christmas decorations (misc.), cracker from a DIY kit, ribbon,  bells, cork stars

Challenges entered:
WOW - triple treat challenge (October)

I'm working on something delicate for our next Southern Girls challenge... hope to see you join in the fun! The current challenge is here if you want to head over and see what the girls have come up with for our current stripes challenge!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Card - Merry Christmas

Hi there!

Have you ever lost time?  I swear, it was only a week ago that I posted my last project for Southern Girls, and here I am again with another share for another challenge.  I have been very unmotivated to craft lately, I've just been so tired after work.  We (the micro-company I work for) are putting on a big community festival next weekend, and boy - I don't think people realise how much work goes into them!   

This fortnight's challenge at Southern Girls Challenges is "Let's Celebrate!" so what better time to start (or continue!) your Christmas cards.  We love to see your creations so please go link them up this week - but do remember to follow the rules, including only one entry per person.  Thank you!

Here's today's card, which is the first of this year's Christmas cards.  When I saw Santa spreading joy in our sponsor Lacy Sunshine's store, I just knew he needed to be looking in through a window.  And what an opportunity to create a faux shaker card! (I saw faux because there is no way that glitter is going anywhere haha!)


 


Card recipe:
Stamp: Santa spreading joy (Lacy Sunshine)
Colouring medium: copics
Cardstock: white and green
Silhouette cut file: Christmas window frame
Other: gold stickers, liquid pearls, clear acetate, glitter

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and I hope you play along with us this fortnight.  When I go through the entries to leave comments I am blown away EVERY time about how creative you all are, and I can't wait for some energy and some downtime to get back to my craft room, inspired by your lovely projects!  So THANKS GUYS! xo

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Hello carousel hanger

Hello crafters!

Well it has been a busy month for me.  The Atherton BikeFest is really starting to come together and so I haven't had much time (or energy) for crafting :(  but on the upside the weekend should be lots of of fun!

Today is reveal day over at Southern Girls Challenges, and this fortnight we want to see your LAYERS!

The first thing I think of when I hear 'layers' in relation to any project is of course paper piecing.  Have you got the patience for cutting out the tiny sections and sticking them together? I am the QUEEN of fiddly work (just ask my stamping friends) and I don't mind sitting in front of the tv cutting out the sections.  Funnily enough though I'm not into paper tole at all! Go figure!  Then I looked at the Doodle Pantry store and gosh, I just love the carousel collection - I already have a couple from a challenge win a year or two ago, and so I added this beauty to my collection.  Eventually I want to use them to make a 3D carousel!


Project recipe:
Stamps: Carousel Horse #3 (Doodle Pantry)
Cardstock: various scraps in brown, pink, dark pink, grey, clear transparency
Other: rhinestones, alphas, Ice stickles 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: #161 ATG 

Thanks for visiting my blog today - I hope you will join us with our layers challenge!!

OMM
xox


Thursday, August 13, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Layout - happy traveller

Hi!

I've been enjoying getting my scrap on over the last little while, and getting back into the challenges.  Today's layout was inspired by four challenges, and I'm really happy with how it came out.  And how yummy is watercolouring with gelatos??? I'm in deep serious love!

This fortnight's challenge over at Southern Girls is 'shiny stuff' - and what fun I had thinking over all the options!  'Shiny' elements on a layout is really in right now, and without much in my stash that fit the bill I ended up making my own 'happy' shiny title and added some sequins.  I never thought I'd like using sequins, but I really like the subtle glamour and fun they can add to a project. 

 

I hope you will play along with us this time, and don't forget that if you entered the last challenge (anything goes, posted 30/07/15) and you enter this one as well - you get TWO entries into the draw to win a prize from one our great sponsors... just link your project up twice (but the DT will be checking :))

Layout recipe:
Cardstock & paper - Bazzill, Simple Stories, gold card, offcuts
Dies: circles (Stampin' Up!), 'happy' (Heidi Swapp), edgelit (Stampin' Up!)
Stamp: Off the grid (Stampin' Up!)
Other: stickers (Simple Stories), polaroid (La De Dah), bottle caps, button (Stampin' Up!), twine, rhinestones, cork arrow (Studio Calico), gold sequins, gelatos, paper clip (Stampin' Up!), water brush


Challenges entered:


P = polaroid frame; A = arrow; P = paper clip; E = edgelit; R = rhinestones

I hope you will play along with us at Southern Girls this week, and that you have some time out to do some creating this week.

OMM xox

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Counterfeit kit challenge - August post #1

Hello!
One of the new-to-me challenges that I'm trying this month is the Counterfeit Kit ChalÅ‚enge. I've come across it before but this is the first time I've actually played along. It sounds like fun and what a great way to use up some of my stash! 

So the first step is to dig through the stash and find bits and pieces to put together your own kit, using similar colours, patterns and/or themes. Here's the August inspiration:

And here's what I've put together to start my own kit:
Papers from 
  • Stampin Up (I Am Me & Epic Day - both retired)
  • Simple Stories (Summer Paradise)
  • Kaisercraft (Happy Snaps) 
  • and an unnamed piece  
Other stuff
  • Alphas from Kaisercraft and Simple Stories
  • Travel themed stickers in place of ephemera from Simple Stories
  • Cork arrows and chevron from Studio Calico
  • Polaroids from La De Dah 
  • Kraft pocket/envelope from Paper Fields. 
I also have some Kraft card, my scoring board and an envelope template ready to make some extra envelopes (not pictured).

Now to wait and see what the challenges are this month to use up my "new" goodies :).  We are not really 'travellers' - yet - but I'm sure I have some beach or trip themed photos that will work nicely :)

Are you playing along too? I can't wait to see your kit!

OMM xox

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Layout - you rock!

Hello hello!

I'm very happy to finally be sharing some new projects with you between DT shares.  I spent a huge amount of time in the last few weeks tidying and sorting at home so that Sunday afternoon I finally had space and time to get my ink on.  

So I went hunting for some new challenges to play with... I've got a few picked out that I have never played in before - so stay tuned for those over the coming week or two as I get inspired and projects come together.  The layout I'm sharing today was inspired by a challenge at an old favourite Scrapping Outback, who have a monthly "White with a twist" challenge inspired by a photo. This month is a gorgeous blue number:

Isn't it dreamy? Here's my take on the colours, with a fun layout featuring (who else?!) The Boy enjoying an ice cream a few days after his first cochlear implant switch on in January 2013.

 

Layout recipe:
Cardstock & paper -  Bazzill, Doodlebug Designs, Simple Stories
Inky goodness - gold paint, Lindy's Stamp Gang, twinkling H2Os, metallic rub, gelatos
Ephemera - Cocoa Vanilla, Crate Paper, gold heart sequins, bronze curly clips, cardboard tube from roll of rubbish bags (what a great make-do stamp for that glass ring look!),clear transparency sheets, gold pen
Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop
Dies - arrows by Kaisercraft (in clear transparency)
Chipboard - WOW (title "you rock")

Challenge entered:

Thanks for visiting me today, if you drop by please leave me a little note so I can call by your blog tomorrow! 
OMM oxo

Thursday, July 16, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Get inky! challenge

Hi!

Things are so incredibly busy at this time of year, aren't they?  I have been busily working in the background on some upcoming projects, plus some angel gown transformations and working extra hours to get the BikeFest up and running (it's looking good!).

Today we have a fun 'get inky' challenge on over at Southern Girls. We want you to stamp, sponge, spray, splatter, paint or otherwise ink up your projects!  I just knew I had to do a grungy boy layout for my DT project:



I love how this turned out!

Layout recipe:
Cardstock/paper: Kaisercraft, Amy Tangerine
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!), clock (Kaszazz), Hello Lovely (Stampin' Up!)
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist (all Stampin' Up!), silver
Other: brads, brushed pewter crackle paint (Ranger Inc), black sticky bling, lock wood veneer (Kaisercraft), bronze metallic rub, thickers, ephemera (Cocoa Vanilla)


Thanks for visiting me today, and hope you get a chance to create something fun!

OMM xox

Thursday, June 25, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Card - sugar plum birthday wishes

 Hello hello! Are you well? I hope so!

It's been a while since I have posted anything on my blog, simply because I have been run off my feet!  We spent nearly all of May interstate while The Boy received a second cochlear implant, and since we have been back I have been working really hard on a festival we are putting together at work, and preparing with The Boy for his Confirmation and First Communion.  And of course I have been sewing angel gowns, and I knitted some angel blankets while we were away.  Now that things are settling back into a routine, I'm looking forward to some more time to create!


This fortnight's challenge at Southern Girls Challenge is a colour combo, sponsored by Lacy Sunshine.  Now when you look at the photos below don't be puzzled - no need to adjust your screen - yep I really did use apricot (not orange) instead of pink.  I don't know where I got THAT idea from, but when I posted the card to our DT blog this morning I was a bit surprised LOL!!  But if you look carefully, some of the smaller flowers are a soft apricot, so *phew* :D


Card recipe:
Stamp: Sugar Plum Fairy Ethereal Enchantress (Lacy Sunshine), sentiment (retired, Stampin' Up!)
Colouring medium: copics, with ice stickles, black pen
Other: flowers, cardstock

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Inspiration destination  - anything goes
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes


Thanks for visiting :)

(P.S. My Facebook page is currently offline.  I would love to see you over on Twitter or Instagram xx)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Card - happy birthday wishes

Hello!

There's a new challenge up over at Southern Girls: DOTS AND SPOTS.

I'm not a huge fan of spotty paper, so when I saw what the challenge was I had to give it some thought.  I decided to stretch the concept further and use dotted outlines around my sentiment and image (which is totally cute by the way, and from All Dressed Up - one of our sponsors this month) and then I added some extra spots to this little darling's dress (the bodice is already spotty).  I continued the round theme with a button and round flowers.


Thanks for popping in to visit me today, and I hope you will play along with the challenge!

Love,
OMM
xox

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spiegelmom Scraps + Southern Girls Blog Hop!



Happy NSD all!  We are totally excited that you’ve joined us this weekend for this extra special blog hop.  SpiegelMom Scraps and the Southern Girls Challenge Blog owners and Design Teams have united and are aspiring to inspire YOU!  This hop has such wide variety of paper crafting styles and media being used that it’s sure to knock your socks off.   Our blog hop is hosted by the lovely Jody Spiegelhoff who owns SpiegelMom Scraps! and Louise of the Southern Girls Challenge Blog.   

Our hop today is all about the scrappin'!  If you jump over to the event page on Facebook, there are challenges going over this weekend - one of which is a layout sketch:
I based my layout on this sketch, using only two photos and rectangular embellies as the other two squares. Love those layers, and all the inking gives this layout featuring my gorgeous Nanna just the right vintage feel!  The shiny gold elements of the layout didn't really come out in this photo, but in real life they add an elegant touch to this very special project.

 





I hope you will play along with our awesome National Scrapbooking Day weekend of fun, creating and prizes including prizes from our sub sponsor Auzz Trinkets & Crafts.

Thanks to Neha at Auzz Trinkets & Crafts for sending me some lovely Sospero Transparente flowers to play with!! You can see them on this layout, they were such fun to make!

Come and join in the fun - Sign up at https://www.facebook.com/events/352855381575724/

And you can use this special discount code in the Spiegelmom Scraps store to select some goodies to play with.....

NSD15 (valid until the end of May 2015)
If you're following the blog hop, you should have come here from Kat's blog - wasn't her layout fabulous? And next you will be off to visit Lou.  

I’d love for you to follow my blog using BlogLovin’ or you can also connect with me in other social media venues by using the icons to the right, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Happy NSD all! 

Here’s your line up!




















Thanks for calling by to say hello!  I can't wait to see all your entries into our fun NSD event!

Love,
OMM
xox

Sunday, April 26, 2015

(Inter)National Scrapbooking Day Weekend Extravaganza!

Southern Girls Challenge and SpiegelMom Scraps are teaming up to bring you a full on, awesome National Scrapbooking Day Weekend of fun, creating and prizes including prizes from our sub sponsor Auzz Trinkets & Crafts
Come and join in the fun - Sign up at https://www.facebook.com/events/352855381575724/

And you can use this special discount code in the Spiegelmom Scraps store to select some goodies to play with.....

NSD15

We Are looking forward to this joint awesomeness and hope you will all come and join us!!! I've seen some of the DT projects and you will definitely be inspired!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Card - here's a sign... that I love you!

Hi crafters!

When I was still at school, on a whim I did a sign language course - I don't remember a lot of it (a little like those 7 years of Japanese I did! All gone!) but I do remember a few key phrases, and I can still rock parts of "My Heart Will Go On" (Celine Dion) with my hands... which was the #1 song at the time (yes, it was THAT long ago).  Maybe it was a sign (excuse the pun) of things to come, when I would have my own deaf child.  We don't use sign language - we've focused on speech and listening with hearing aids and Cochlear Implants - but it has been so helpful to know a few for those times when the background noise is just so overwhelming and The Boy just can't hear anything.  A few key ones for us have been "OK?", "toilet", "I love you", "look", "show me", "thank you" and "can you see?" - especially useful when there are tall people in front of us at a show, church or display.

So when I saw that Kraftin' Kimmie had Tara - who signs - I just had to have her.  Isn't she divine? She was a lot of fun to colour too, I'll have to revisit her dress when I come to the clothing class over at Kit and Clowder! 


Card recipe:
Cardstock: white, purple
Paper: Kaszazz
Stamp: Tara (including sentiment) (Kraftin' Kimmie)
Colouring medium: copics
Other: hexagon embossing folder, gold heart brads, purple pearl paint

Challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie: sketch (April) + twine (#276)
 





Monday, April 20, 2015

Card - just because I love you

Hello! Welcome to my corner of the blogosphere!

I applied for the last Tiddly Inks DT call (there's another one on now) and was so excited to be chosen as a runner up.  The lovely Christy asked all of the runners up to take part in a blog hop which has finally rolled around for today! Be sure to hop over to the Tiddly Inks blog to check out the amazing projects created by some very talented ladies :)

Here is my share today, featuring Wryn - Smart Cookie:
 
 

Isn't she adorable? And she comes with some really cute sentiments!

Card recipe:
Cardstock/paper: Crate Paper 'Craft Market' - Handmade Patterned Paper, Crate Paper 'Craft Market' - Project Glittered Double Sided Speciality Paper, white cardstock, pink cardstock
Stamps: Wryn - Smart Cookie (Tiddly Inks), Petite Petals (SU!)
Colouring mediium: Copics
Ink: Strawberry Slush (SU!)
Other: Crate Paper 'Craft Market' Ephemera Pack, pink doily

Challenges:
Besides the hop, I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Sister Act: #102 ATG
Tiddly Inks: #155 Spring's in

Thanks for swinging by today! 

Love, 
OMM xox


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Card - 100% organic awesome

** NOTE: If you're looking for my DT post for Southern Girls, please scroll down or click here. **

Happy April Fools Day!

Did you play a prank, or were you pranked? I read a fun article this morning on the top 10 pranks that fooled nations - I did have a bit of a chuckle about some of those!

I have finally had a chance to get my Copics and stamps back out, and I'm so pleased to see that my colouring is improving.  I am STILL working through the hair and skin class over at Kit and Clowder, but I am going to work on that over the next few weeks and hopefully get it finished.  I'm keen to move onto the clothing class but my OCD wants me to finish one before I start the next *grin* - I wish that extended to actual craft projects! HAHA!

Today I have a fun boy's card for you featuring Hipster Kody from Some Odd Girl.  I have coloured him before, but this is the first time he's actually made it to a finished card!  The sentiment is also from this set.


Card recipe:
Stamp set: Hipster Kody (Some Odd Girl)
Colouring medium: Copics
Cardstock/paper: Old Olive (SU!), patterned paper and circles (Kaszazz), offcut of blue
Other: distressing tool, twine, Not Quite Navy pen (SU!), circle collection dies (SU!)

Challenges:
Sister Act: ATG #99
Craft Your Passion: ATG #255
Some Odd Girl: Linky party

Thanks for swinging by my blog today!

Love,
OMM xox

Friday, March 27, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Layout - Moments in my arms

Hello hello!

Today I am sharing my very first DT project for Southern Girls Challenge.  The challenge this fortnight is ...

DIES AND PUNCHES

Which of course, are my favourite things ever!  I've loved punches since I used a Santa shaped one in primary school for a craft activity... I'm not going to admit how many years ago THAT was though :) (let's just say in the 90s).


This layout features The Boy and I, while he was getting over the trauma of general anesthetic used so he could have an MRI.  He woke up screaming, and didn't stop for a good 45 minutes, and then we had to sit in this position for another 90 minutes wrapped in the first quilt I ever made, until he recovered enough that we could go home.  Poor little mite!  Instead of focusing on the MRI though, which I have scrapped on a previous occasion, I've focused the layout on the two of us (plus Stinky Bear!) in a comforting and loving moment, captured on film by The Man. 

Layout recipe:
Cardstock, paper, embellishments: February Main Cake Kit from A Piece of Cake Designs
Dies: Block Words (Kaisercraft), A Gilded Life lace (Spellbinders)
Journalling: Chocolate Chip pen (SU!)

Come on over and join in the fun, just use your favourite dies and punches to create a layout, card or other project and link it up!

Have a creative day!

Love,
OMM xox

Monday, March 16, 2015

Layout - love shared reading



Happy Monday!

Did you have a good weekend? I hope you got your craft on, I definitely did.  Lots of sewing and a layout to boot! Yeah!

I finally managed to get my hands on a Main Cake kit from A Piece of Cake Designs a few weeks ago, and it finally arrived last Monday.  My hubby teased me with photos of the box knowing that I was stuck at work and then off to a meeting and would barely get a chance to crack it open that day never mind playing with it.  For nearly a whole week the kit lay spread out at the end of our kitchen table - I couldn't bring myself to cut into any of it, lest I regret it.  Such scrumptious papers! And LOADS of embellishments!

Lately I find that I work best if I have a sketch to start me off.  So I picked up the first March sketch from Stuck?! Sketches (see below) and here's my take on it, kinda rotated and flipped:




The photo doesn't do justice to all the glittery, sparkly, shiny elements!  I can't wait to get started on my next layout using this kit!

Layout recipe:
Papers, cardstock, embellishments: A Piece of Cake Designs February Main Cake Kit
Other: cork arrow and chevron (Studio Calico)

Challenges:
Stuck?!: March 1 sketch

Scrapbook Boutique: Colour challenge


Do you share books (take turns to read pages/paragraphs) with your kids? The Boy mainly reads independently now, but sometimes he will read aloud to me and we will talk about the story just like we used to :D Love that kid!

Love,
OMM xox

Monday, March 2, 2015

Layout - NO1DAD

Hi crafters and craftees!!

I was super excited to be invited to be the March guest designer for Scrap Our Stash, and I have been bursting with the news for the past few weeks! And here it is!!!


My layout celebrates the close relationship between my son and hubby, but the journalling is about our son's first triathlon - he was so excited to participate (training wheels and all), and finished with a huge smile on his face. He was just so proud of himself, and we couldn't have been prouder of him either. I have used a combination of Kaisercraft (Garage Days), DCWV and Stampin' Up! paper, with lots of fussy cutting, inking and hand stitching!

This month's SOS challenge is STENCIL:

S - SU! paper, stitching

T - tape, tags, twine

E - edging, embossing

N - numbers, "N01-D4D"

C - circles, cotton

I - ink

L - lemon twine


HINT: Take a picture of your kids with their participation certificates - they are DATED and will help you work out exactly when the event was years later when you get around to scrapping them!

I really hope you'll play along with the challenge!

Love,

OMM xox

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baking - rainbow Berk birthday cake!

I was just looking through some photos on my phone and realised that I forgot to share our birthday cake endeavours of a few weeks ago!

We wanted something special, but not overly difficult.  The Boy wanted a How To Train Your Dragon cake (of course).  I paled (of course) and tried to talk him out of it (of course).  He was adamant, so we set about finding something super easy to do, but that would be fun :)

So we decided we would be One Messy Mamma + One Messy Boy and make a rainbow cake! 


We used 2 x 69c buttercake packets (because YES I'm that hopeless at baking!) and divided the mixture into six lots (3 from each packet). And added food colouring! (That's purple, not grey!)


Then The Boy helped spoon the different colours into the cake tin. Don't mind our very messy sideboard, it always looks like that... it's our "landing strip" LOL.


Doesn't it look... um... delicious?


Baked.  The bottom fell off it, but that's not unusual for me.  I just sat the cake on top of the bottom piece - I don't think anyone could tell - and pretended it didn't happen!


And started to decorate.  Those rocky mountain cliffs are upside down cupcakes.  The houses are Mars Pods on top of Cadbury Flake bites.  I just used a teaspoon dipped in boiling water to slightly melt the chocolate so they'd stick together.  Aren't they cute?


And ta-da! One Island of Berk cake!  Complete with blue jelly water... which melted in the heat but that just meant the boys had to eat it quicker!


And the inside worked beautifully.  The Boy was absolutely busting by the time we cut the cake to tell someone, anyone about the secret inside the cake and it was worth waiting to reveal the surprise!

 Next is my birthday, and I think I'm putting a request in for "any kind of cake, not made by me".  

You know, my usual order.


Until next time, 
Love, OMM xox

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Layout - my favourite vacation

Hi everyone!

It's been a few weeks since I've posted anything on my blog! Lots has happened! Some I can reveal, and some I need to wait a bit before I can spill the beans :)  (hint: notice anything different on my blog? maybe over <--------------??)

It's been a bad few days weather-wise here, lots of rain and local flooding, particularly in the next town over where The Man works.  It knocked out our internet services on Sunday, and we only really got them back last night.  Some roads are still closed, and weather reports predict that the rain will return at the end of the week.  So it's going to be a wet February! I'm also trying to clean out my scrap room, and boy it is a BIG job (where on earth did all this stuff come from, and why can't I find anything??? LOL)

The Boy's birthday was on Sunday, and I have to share some piccies of his cake - I'm a bit proud of myself, particularly as I HATE cooking and baking and anything to do with it!  I'm not good at it, I don't enjoy it, but I make a special effort every year for The Boy's birthday to make a special cake.  I'll share that in another post soon.

Today I have a layout to share with you.  This is another one for The Boy's Hearing Scrapbook, as it was one of the adventures we had while we were in Sydney for his Cochlear Implant surgery.  This particular day we spent at a Railway Museum in Thirlmere, and took a ride on one of the trains.  The train was double ended - the drivers switched to the back controls to travel back to the station rather than turn around.  It was a bit of a rough ride, and left me feeling a tad nauseated but the boys had a ball!  It was a special day, and included meeting a man who also had a CI who was very friendly and showed The Boy his "cool gear" and shook his hand.  So uplifting at a time when we needed the reassurance most!

The journalling card and one of the tickets is included in the layout in a library pocket style holder. 


Scrapbook recipe:
Paper/cardstock: Oh Boy! (Kaisercraft), offcuts of Bazzill
Chipboard: heart, honeycomb
Stamp set: Off the grid (SU!)
Ink: Real Red, Soft Suede (SU!)
Other: Big Shot, spots embossing folder, wood veneer (Studio Calico), canvas phrase, library pocket (Paper Fields, free in magazine), bottle cap, white pen, eyelets, brads, thickers

Challenges
Scrap Our Stash: #23 WASHI (W = wood veneer, A = alphas, S = spots, H = honeycomb/hexagons, I = ink)
Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge:  ATG
Stuck?!: February 1 sketch

I hope you are enjoying yourself, and finding time to create!