"With simply paper and a little creativity anyone can create"

Friday, November 30, 2012

OUAS Dec. Challenge (with Swirlydoos + Helmar adhesives)


(For Meg's Garden Blog hop see next post - 15 PRIZES)

Today is the reveal day for the Once Upon a Sketch (OUAS) challenge for December and my last post using the gorgeous November Swirlydoos "Nouveau" kit. I adored the beautiful Kaisercraft papers and flowers in this kit! I used the teal Silks paint (included in the main kit) on the title and bird in the birdcage. I am in love with this brand of paint/glaze. Also included in the main kit is a cute stamp set - I used the hot air balloon and stamped in grey to match the birds in the bottom left of the paper.

The picture is hubby and I on a boat cruise with our tour guides.

The theme is "December" for the OUAS challenge  - so why did I do a tropical layout? Because my wedding anniversary is December 1st... and I was married in the Bahamas. I hate the winter so when the snow starts to fall I start dreaming of the ocean and the beach. Don't get me wrong I love Christmas - just wish I was decorating palm trees instead of spruce trees.

Hidden journaling reads: One fine day we will be living the best of both worlds, Summer and Fall in Canada and then become snow birds for Winter and Spring. I love the fact that December always starts with fabulous memories of our tropical wedding (before we get knee deep in snow).

Here is a close-up of my handmade flower from my recent DIY "mistable" flower tutorial.

Here is a peek at the current OUAS challenge. I hope you can play along this month! Check out the amazing DT reveal this month and the terrific prizes up for grabs! Thank you Imaginarium Designs for sponsoring the chipboard on my layout (corners, title and fence).


This project was created with the special help of Helmar Adhesives - especially my two favorites: the Premium Craft glue for paper and 450 Quick Dry for flowers and embellishments. I also used the acid-free glue for the chipboard too!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meg's Garden Blog Hop - 15 PRIZES!!!

Welcome to the Meg’s Garden Design Team Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from Stephanie’s blog (http://scrappers-heavencanada.blogspot.ca) you are on the right path.

We are circling the globe this weekend. We start in the Adelaide Hills at Meg’s Garden in Hahndorf, South Australia & then head down the hill to Adelaide to visit Adriana, Heather, Chantal and Denise. We then hop almost all the way across Australia to Ashby, Western Australia to Jen. After a long hop across the ocean to South Africa we visit Evgenia. Then North to Sylvie in France, Lill in Sweden, and Elena in Belarus. Another log hop across another ocean to Canada where we pop in to Stephanie and Vicky. Back downunder again to Sandrine in Queensland, Shell in Victoria, then to Victor Harbor to blog at Gayle’s in South Australia and then up the hill back to Meg’s Garden.
How many time zones is that?

Each blog hop will have an Eye Candy especially chosen by that blogger from Meg’s Garden.
These will be shown on www.megsgarden.com and also on that Design Team member’s blog. Here is my prize to be won by a lucky blog hop participant:


My "cardmaker's dream" prize pack details:
MINI PAPERS PACK - A Musical Christmas Pack
A4 PAPER - Victorian Santas
VELVET FLOWERS - Forget me not - garnet
TASSELS - Pale green & gold tassel
LACE - Lace - off white 1.6cm
CHARM - Clock - sm fancy

Meg’s Garden is also giving away one goodies package to one lucky winner chosen from those who survived the oceans, desert and maybe some snow! 

Soooo... 15 prizes in total!

All you have to do is become a follower of the Meg’s Garden Blog and “like us” on Facebook, as well as visit each participating blog, become of follower of those blogs and leave a comment on each blog.


Her is a little celebratory birthday cupcake shaped gift box - in honour of Meg's Birthday. I used the new "A Musical Chrismas" collection and handmade the topping using my recent DIY mistable flower tutorial.

Here is a peek of all the cupcake box components before assembling. I used the amazing template from  The Digi Chick for this cute little box.

When you have visited everyone return to the Meg’s Garden blog and leave us a comment letting us know how much fun you had! If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you will be entered into the drawing twice for an extra chance to win!


We are sure you will be inspired by our talented design team! There are lots of goodies to win and you won’t want to miss out on one. The blog hop is, of course, open to international entries. The hop will start on 30th November, 2012 at 5pm and you have until Monday 3rd December, 2012 at 5pm SA time (Central Summer Time South Australia) to complete the hop.The winner will be announced on the Meg’s Garden blog on 5th December (Meg’s birthday!). Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…Have Fun! Meg’s Garden – http://www.megsgarden.com

The blog hop order:

Meg’s Garden – Australia – http://megsgardenblog.blogspot.com

Adriana Bolzon – Australia - http://abinspirations.blogspot.com.au

Heather Jacob – Australia – http://heatherartandlife.blogspot.com.au

Chantal VanDenberg – Australia - http://girlsjustwannascrapbook.blogspot.com.au

Denise Boddey – Australia - http://passionscrapping.blogspot.com

Jenny Burns – Australia - http://burns900.blogspot.com.au

Evgenia Petzer – South Africa - http://evgeniapetzer.blogspot.com

Sylvie Peixoto - France - http://scrapdream.canalblog.com

Ulrika Blomfelt - Sweden - http://lillblommanskapar.blogspot.com.au

Elena Olinivech – Belarus - http://eleele-handmade.blogspot.com

Stephanie Dinnell - Canada - http://scrappers-heavencanada.blogspot.ca

Vicky Alberto – Canada - http://simplypaperandcreativity.blogspot.ca (you are here!)

Sandrine Dawes – Australia - http://sandrinedawes10.blogspot.com.au

Shell Carmen – Australia - http://www.anotherscrappyday.blogspot.com

Gayle Price – Australia – http://blissandgesso.blogspot.com


Monday, November 26, 2012

Meg's Garden blog hop on FRIDAY!

Mark your calendars for the...
Meg’s Garden Design Team Blog Hop! 

Make sure you complete the list – become a follower, like us on FB and leave a comment – at each blog. There will be Eye Candy at each blog and a PRIZE WINNER at the end FOR EACH BLOG! Starts November 29th 2012 for 3 days at 11:30 pm on Thursday on my blog (MST) = 5:00 p.m. Australia on Nov 30th.


One of the longest Blog Hops ever done – around the World.

From Wikipedia: ‘Phileas Fogg is the main fictional character in the 1873 Jules Verne novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the late Victorian world in eighty days, or less, for a wager of £20,000 with members of London’s Reform Club. He takes the wager and leaves with Passepartout, vowing to return by 8:45 pm on Saturday 21 December 1872. Under suspicion of robbing the Bank of England, he is followed by a detective named Fix. Fogg has no idea about Fix's true intentions and Fix (wanting to get Fogg back to England so that he can arrest him) works with Fogg in the last half of the book.While in India he saves a widowed princess, named Aouda from Suttee during her husband's funeral. Passepartout rescues her and she accompanies Fogg for the rest of his journey. She and Fogg eventually fall in love and marry at the end of the book. Fix, who is really supposed to arrest Fogg, attempts to sabotage him by putting him in prison near the end of the book but he is quickly released. Fogg, who has been careful to keep track of every day in his diary, believes that he arrives home on Sunday and that he has lost his bet. However, he discovers, almost too late, that he has forgotten to adjust his timekeeping for having crossed the International Date Line and he wins his bet after all.’Phileas Fogg had 80 days to circle the globe - we are allowing 4 days only but we have an advantage over his modes of travel – he had to catch trains, ride an elephant, an air balloon and more...

See you on Thursday night!