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We welcome entries that are not traditional scrapbooking - such as art journalling, painting, cards, mixed media, off-the-page work. However you like to create - we welcome your work!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

15th sketch 15 december 2011

One of our dear designers, Sandi Taloumis sends her apologies, but she is unable to participate with us for a while.  Sandi has had some surgery and will be out of commission until sometime in the new year.  I sure am missing her friendly demeanour, and her AWESOME layouts.  She'll be back as soon as she is able to!!

Here is our sketch for this challenge:

A very simple sketch, wide open to interpretation.  We ask that there is some resemblance to the sketch in your design.

Further - scrap a favourite recipe – use a photo of the item if you can or wish to. Make sure the recipe is included on the layout!!

Are you ready yet for Christmas?????

Monday, December 12, 2011

monday's mentions 12 december 2011

Sarah Groen was a winner over at Stuck Sketches this month - congratulations Sarah!!!

Nadia Cannizzo and Patrice were faves at Sketchy Thursdays.

My friend Lee Schertzing received this amazing package of ribbon from 217 Creations a couple of weeks ago.  I just had to share the photos:

Friday, December 9, 2011

announcing our latest guest designer nadia cannizzo!!!!

Wow - I've recently met Nadia Cannizzo since she has begun playing along with this blog, and am just loving her work.  I am quite thrilled that she has accepted to guest DT with us and offer all of us inspiration with her distinct style!! Here is a little more about Nadia in her own words!!

My name is Nadia Cannizzo, and I live in Sydney Australia. I was born and raised in Greece and moved to Australia when I was 11. I am a mummy to 2, much loved and much wanted little girls and I have been married to my husband for the last 12 years. I am a Primary School teacher and have been teaching for about 11 years. I have been scrapping/papercfrafting officially for just under 2 years now and in March of 2011 I started my own challenge blog called Once Upon A...Sketch. At present I am on the Design Team for an Australian online store called Handmade By Suzanne. I am SO excited to be here and THANK YOU so very much Anne for inviting me.
Here is my blog: Just My Scrapping World

Something uplifting ...

I have always loved this - I think it is the same one I posted on my personal blog last year.  Enjoy it ladies!! It will put a smile on your face for sure!! And no, I get no kickbacks from Scrapbook.com, lol.  They don't even supply me with their gift certificates for the blog ... it is simply uplifting, especially if you love to scrap like we do!

fave fridays 9 december 2011

My friend Lee Schertzing sent me a couple of links to share today with you all.  Here are a couple of her favourite scrapbooking links this week:

How to make a 3D Pinecone (217 Creations)

Freebies to download at Jack and Cat Studio

The freebies are Christmas ephemera at a high resolution - very useful indeed and GORGEOUS!!

Thanks so much Lee!! You are a doll!!

... and speaking of 217 Creations and gorgeous - stay tuned on Monday when we post Monday's mentions and show you some photos of some GORGEOUS ribbon that they sent to Lee one day a few weeks ago.  What a freaking bonanza!! You've got to see it.

Have a great weekend - never be shy to post links you like in the comments section on Fridays, or send me fave links at anne.pennington@xplornet.com - just mention fave fridays in your subject line.  Even if your fave link is your own blog - post away!! We love to share here, and we'd love to see your stuff.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

shining stars on the seventh - 7 december 11

Julie Jeavon's daughter Siobhan is just as artistic and crafty as her Mom!! Here is a recent example of her work:

Loving the tags and the card!!!  You have used great colours and embellishments, Siobhan.  The Christmas pressies and tree ornaments are making me in the mood for Christmas!!! Awesome work - I really hope that I see more of it!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Monday, December 5, 2011

freaking faves for november 2011's challenges

Wow - there were so many awesome entries for the challenges this month, that we had a very hard time choosing the faves.  But there was only one winner of the gift certificate, and she was chosen as a lucky number blindly by my son Chris. The winner of the gift certificate was Lizzy Hill.  Lizzy - e-mail me at anne.pennington@xplornet.com and I will see about having your gift certificate e-mailed to you! Lizzy had two chances to win this month, as she played along with both challenges.

Now the faves :

November 1st challenge

November 15th challenge:

Congratulations, ladies, and thank you so much for joining in on the fun with us!!! Feel free to take our fave blinkie and feature it on your blog!!

monday's mentions 5 december 2011

Donna O'Leary has been on a roll - she was a fave at Scrapbookers Anonymous and she won a challenge at Nz Paper Chase.

Nadia Cannizzo was a fave at Sketchy Thursdays.

Were you mentioned anywhere this week?  Please let us know in the comments below. 

You can also let us know before Monday of any week so that we can put your name in our blog posting for monday's mentions.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1 december 2011 prompt challenge

Wow - the 1st of December - Christmas is coming ....

Our challenge this time around is to scrap a treasured Thanksgiving memory for you, DO NOT USE THE COLOUR ORANGE anywhere in the layout. Ha ha!! If you do not celebrate Thanksgiving – how about scrapping what you are thankful for, or why not scrap a family reunion or gathering????

Here are some contributions from some members of our lovely design team - and no, that is not orange in my layout - it is a salmony pink and yellow from Sassafrass!:

and me :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

monday's mentions 28 november 11

Our awesome designer Donna O'Leary has been selected for another design team!! So happy to see that others have brains out there!! We don't know which one yet, as she is not at liberty to divulge, but we sure are proud and happy for her!!!!

Have you or anyone else who hangs out here been mentioned this week?  Please leave a link in the comments to lead us to the mention!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

fave fridays 25 november 11 ...

Here is a cute little card technique.


Have you had anything to share in your internet travels this week??

Monday, November 21, 2011

monday's mentions 21 november 11 ...

Georgia was a winner over at Bird is the Word for her layout entitled "Together" - and what a wonderful layout it was!!!

Mieke Nagtegaal was featured in Issue 59 of Scrapbook magazine - love the layout Mieke! Congratulations!!

Have you been mentioned anywhere this week????

Friday, November 18, 2011

fave fridays 18 november 11 ...


This is not about scrapbooking, but it is about life - what else matters really but that you help others to be happy and are happy yourself ...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

15 november sketch challenge

Here is our sketch this month to play along with!!

Scrap your favourite book – you can use a scan of the cover, a picture that represents  the book’s theme, you can journal why it is a favourite of yours.  You have until the 30th of the month to play along!!!

 Our prize to play for this month is a $25.00 gift certificate from Scrapbooking.com!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

monday's mentions ... 14 november 2011

Donna O'Leary was a winner of the RAK over at Carol's Paper Pantry!! You have been so lucky lately chickie!!!

Have you been mentioned anywhere this week?  Let us know!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

fave fridays 11 11 11 ...

My friend Lee Schertzing sent me the link to this website where they feature challenges and sketches from all over.  You can use their website to see a lot of the challenges out there, what their requirements are and deadlines all at a glance.  Looks pretty cool:


Where have you been this week????

Monday, November 7, 2011

shining stars on the seventh - 7 november 11

This is an area for you to feature your children's scrapbooking, cardmaking or other artwork if you wish!

monday's mentions ... 7 november 2011

Roxy Rolla was a fave last month at Scrapbookers Anonymous!! That's not all - she won a Golden Globe from From Screen 2 Scrap!!  Congratulations Roxy!! Great work!! You really are rolling!

And speaking of Scrapbookers Anonymous -Yvonne Yam and Karen Wray were faves there as well last month. Karen was also the lucky winner of their random prize!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

fave fridays 4 nov 11 ...

Here's a tutorial I ran across this week to make flowers:  http://jonesdesigncompany.com/flowers/rolled-paper-flowers-tutorial/

What have you run across this week online???

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

some freaking faves for october 2011's challenges

Wow - the DT and I have picked some awesome faves for this week, but before we tell you who they are - I want to announce the winner of our gift certificate - Karen Williams!!! Yay!! E-mail me at anne.pennington@xplornet.com Karen giving me your e-mail address so that I can arrange the gift certificate being sent to you!

Now for the winners of our faves:

30 September challenge:

15 October challenge:

Yay!!!! Congratulations ladies for your awesome work - we thank you so much for participating.  If it was not for you all, well, we would have no reason to be here!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

1 november 2011 prompt challenge

Wow - another month has passed - hard to believe!!! Time for another prompt challenge - you have until the 30th of November to play along with this challenge and the next challenge that we will post on the 15th of this month.  This month's challenge is to scrap about a belief, or philosophy you have – it can be something deep or something silly. It might be a religious or other philosophy, or something as light as your theory on how you can put two socks into the washing machine and only one ever comes back to you. Take this challenge as seriously or not as you would like to!!

Our prize to play for this month is a $25.00 gift certificate from Scrapbooking.com!!