Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Spesch stamps stamp sale


All clear stamps at Spesch Designer Stamps will be on sale from 31st August until 7th of September. Prices will be $7USD each and the Engagement stamp will be $6USD each. Be quick if you want them as they will not be this price for long.

some Paperific photos

a before and after shot of our stand!!Looks pretty big huh!

waiting for the customers...

It was so lovely to meet and work with the gorgeous Tracey Feeger ...this (below) is a piccy of the two of us in the stall - do we look tired?? It's at the end of Manic Friday!! thanks for all your work and for EVERYTHING Trace! It was so awesome to meet Tracey after blogging and MSN chats! I felt like I knew her really well already but real life certainly is the best right! :D She's a total sweetie!

This is me walking to the Tram on Saturday morning!

On Saturday the wonderful Annette and Rosanna came to help out! They were such a pleasure to meet and have helping out! THANKS so much to you both! good thing we like purple... makes for a matching photograph really!! lol! Annette is my purple buddy .. we both love it! Has been awesome having Annette on my team this year and look forward to chatting more and catching up again soon! Looking forward to seeing more of Rosanna's great crafting too!

The Beautiful Emma came on Sunday and I was so thrilled to finally meet her! Although we'd chatted on skype + webcam it was great to be in the same spot and not have my computer cut in and out hehe. THANKS Em - it was awesome to catch up and have you there and look forward to catching up again for a chatting session soon!!

not only did I meet those wonderful girls on my DT... I also met other awesome people from blogland.... Jasmine from the Lollipop ladies DT came up and said Hi - YAY! And she was with Mel! It was fun to meet these two as I have really been drooling over their gorgeous scrapbook layouts recently and wish I could scrap like that! hehe THANKS for coming to say HI :D maybe they will even inspire me to Scrap again!!

Mandi popped in a few times as she was teaching people how to colour with Copics each day and doing a fabulous job by the sounds of it! Everyone came around saying how helpful the classes were! It was awesome to meet Mandi who used to be on the Mad for Markers DT but then became one of Australia's Regional Instructors for Copic Australia. I also got to meet Jacqui from Copic Australia briefly on the Sunday .. thanks for coming to say Hi! I'm Sorry I was too busy to really chat or get a photo!!

And a BIG HIGHLIGHT of the show was meeting Debbie P! YAY! This gorgeous lady and I were on Marcia's Stamp Spot DT together and I was thrilled to meet her IRL ... I have loved getting to know her over DT teams.. TSS and Spesch Stamps...and also through emails.. she has been a great support to me with encouraging words in tough times this past YEAR! so it was very special to meet her! Here's a pic I stole off her facebook as mine came out blurry!

so that's it! A Full on weekend of setting up the stall.. running it and meeting lots of wonderful people.. bloggers, facebookers and customers! Here is a pic of me whilst we were packing up....

Now I am home and pretty tired out... feeling a bit sick and not sure if I picked up a bug or am just run down... time will tell.. anyway - so glad I went and so thankful to my sister Nic who came and helped out.. .despite the fact she's running off to Paris again in a couple of days... THANKS LOVELY I really could not have done it without you!!!

I am hoping to catch up on what everyone is blogland has been up to over the next couple of days...

Sunday, 29 August 2010

another card to share

This is another one that I made to send to my friend T for her pile of cards I love this little Tilda.. she is so sweet! A few blogging friends have stamped up this image for me! Yay! Thanks friends!

I'll keep this short and sweet as it's the 4th post in a row I've scheduled and I have run out of words! Today is the last day of Paperific so will be home tomorrow night!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Oh Alice ... CHAPTER 28 :: Child of the Pure Unclouded Brow ...

I'm still away at Paperific ... so this post is scheduled... hope it shows up properly :D

(taken from "Child of the Pure Unclouded Brow: preface to "Through the Looking Glass"

Child of the pure unclouded brow
And dreaming eyes of wonder!
Though time be fleet, and I and thou
Are half a life asunder,
Thy loving smile will surely hail
The love-gift of a fairy-tale.

I have not seen thy sunny face,
Nor heard thy silver laughter;
No thought of me shall find a place
In thy young life's hereafter -
Enough that now thou wilt not fail
To listen to my fairy-tale.

Hello everyone! We are celebrating the wonder of childhood today here at Oh, Alice and are thrilled to announce this week's sponsor, Paper Pretties Stamps! Are you all familiar with Paper Pretties? If you're new to them, check out their darling images! If it's been a while, Paper Pretties is PROUD to announce that they're under NEW ownership and is pleased to offer you faster, cheaper shipping, WAY more reliable service, and lots of new items in the store. We are thrilled to congratulate Heather Lee-Reppen on her new endeavor and are honored to have her sponsorship this week!

Paper Pretties is offering a Prize package of rubber stamps this week to ONE lucky winner! This week's theme is simply to make a card with a LITTLE GIRL theme:) Alice is such a whimsical free spirit and we LOVE that about her! Channel your inner girlie this week with this great (and free-to-be-you!) challenge! Here's your weekly inspiration from the DT:

Jessica {The Mad Hatter}
Stephanie {August tea party Guest}
{the Twisted thirteen}
and Me...
Thanks again to Paper Pretties for this great prize and for letting the DT play, too! You have until FRIDAY, September 3rd at 8pm CST to play along this week for the prize! Winner will be announced next week on the Oh, Alice blog!

Enjoy being young at heart and we'll see you soon back in WONDERLAND!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Spesch Stamps :: Samantha

Thought I'd share a card I made with you... this is one of my favourite Spesch Stamps images... and her name is Samantha - what a great name huh! LOL!

This card should now be in the hands of my friend T ... I sent her a few cards to use to give to people.. hope she likes them and they are OK!

Well Paperific starts today!! YAY!!! :D So of course this post is another scheduled one!! Hope y'all y'all have great weekends!! We'll be working busily away soon HOPEFULLY!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Sweet Pea card - Just for fun!

Well .. by the time you read this I will be on the way to Melbourne .. no on second thoughts I should be there by now! Yipee!! :D Looking forward to Paperific... hopefully will sell some stuff and get the Mad for Markers name out there a bit more... and also Spesch Stamps and the Stamp Spot as will be selling stamps from them both, and Trace is coming Thurs to set up and Friday to sell. yay! I'm so excited! Can't wait to meet Trace who I speak to everyday ..well kinda - MSN is speaking right! LOL! and So excited to also meet my DT girls - Annetta and Rosanna on Sat and Emma on Sunday AND the lovely Debbie P and Mandi who will be running Copic Classes...YAY! If you are in Melbourne come and say Hi! :D

Anyway .. enough of my chattering... Here is a card I made to share! This image was stamped up for me by a lovely blogging friend and was such fun to colour.

Anyway.. am pretty tired here so think I will sign off now! Look forward to getting back and catching up on your blogs next week!!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge : A rose is a rose

I'm just scraping in with my entry for the current Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge which is:
"So anything with a rose on it, papers, hand made, paper rose, fabric rose etc is a pass!"

I have used this gorgeous image that one of my lovely stamping blogging buddies sent to me so I could have a little play AND there is a rose on the image - how apt.. oh, and I added some rose petals too (which I coloured black first).

I have always thought this Lil Lolita looked a little sad so thought the sentiment "thinking of you" would work well! I got the newsletter from my LSS this week and they are now selling Kellie's Lil Lolitas! How cool!

Hope you are all having lovely weeks.. mine has been a bit hectic thus far but tomorrow I do to Melbourne! YAY! Can't wait!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Artful INKables :: Think Ink #27

Hello, Sorry I have not been around much... been busy getting ready for Paperific and then/ now not feeling too crash hot!! Just popping in this evening with an Artful INKables creation... I loved making magets the other day that I thought I'd make some more.. and these Spot on Summer stamps are perfect for little magnets. So for the current Think INK challenge - I decided to bling it on some magnets! :)

Here they are on our fridge :D
Details for this challenge....

* You are not required to use AI stamps, but if you have them, we'd love to see you use them! **IF YOU USE AI STAMPS, YOU GET 2 ENTRIES FOR YOUR CREATION! JUST ENTER YOUR NAME/LINK TWICE ON MR. LINKY!!!

* You have until Monday, August 30 , 2010, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to this post. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, August 31, 2010 to win a BADGE TO DISPLAY ON YOUR BLOG AND TO HOST ONE OF THE UPCOMING AI CHALLENGES! You will not need AI stamps to host, we will send you instructions on what to do.

* When posting your link, please post the link directly to your creation- so if it's on your blog, please link it directly to the specific post with your creation.

*Please make sure that you link your creation back to the AI Blog

* If uploading to SCS or PCP, please add the keyword AIC27

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Tell your friends!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Pink draggy

This is another of the new Spesch stamps images... Draggy! So cute right??!
You can get yours HERE!!
Oh ... and whilst I think of it... did you notice what colour Draggy is ... PINK! Don't forget to enter your pink creations on the Mad for Markers blog :) On this creation I used pinks - R81,83,85 and then some violets - V12, 15, 17 ... outlines in c5

Sunday, 22 August 2010

2nd Fairytale release

Yipee! It's time for the 2nd release of Spesch Stamps this month! YAY!! Today there are 4 beautiful new designs by the very talented Sylvia being released :D

I thought I'd show you two of these today... although if you do pop on over to the Spesch Stamps blog you can see all of the gorgeous new images.

The cards I have today are using Little Elf

and Forest Elf

You can buy your own lovely fairytale images today at Spesch stamps HERE!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Oh Alice...CHAPTER 27 :: Prizes for Dodo ...

"This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, `EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.'

`But who is to give the prizes?' quite a chorus of voices asked.

`Why, SHE, of course,' said the Dodo, pointing to Alice with one finger; and the whole party at once crowded round her, calling out in a confused way, `Prizes! Prizes!'

Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes. There was exactly one a-piece all round. `But she must have a prize herself, you know,' said the Mouse.

`Of course,' the Dodo replied very gravely. `What else have you got in your pocket?' he went on, turning to Alice..."

Hello all!

We are so excited about today's inspiration piece, which just so happens to feature Alice and the lovable Dodo she encounters along her adventures in Wonderland. We'll even spare Dodo the croquet game today...less headache! ;)

The Mad Hatter herself is VERY fond of Tarina Tarantino jewelry and is lucky enough to own a VERY fun ring that she scored while in Disneyworld last time. Check out the fabulous Queen Alice ring HERE.

For today's challenge, we are all gaga over this beautiful piece:

Your mission today is to create SPARKLY FABULOUSNESS (yes, include some BLING, please!) as inspired by the above photo.

There are some very blingtastic samples from the DT over at Oh, Alice!

I coloured up this gorgeous sweet pea image that I stamped at CA the other night (THANKS Mel) and well... dragons are hoarders of treasure/ prizes/ bling right?? I added some pretty sparkles that were given to my by my friend T (she has been quite unwell recently - so if you are the praying type please remember her in your prayers!)

I'm off to finish packing boxes of stuff to ship to Melbourne on Monday! boy it's a bigger job than I thought! LOL! Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Friday, 20 August 2010

a quick post

Mmmm.. the back end of my week has become a bit of a mess ... so no crafting or commenting from me these last few days. I did want to share quickly this little Toby the Artist card I made a couple of weeks ago.. I think this little image is too cute. He is a The Greeting Farm digi :)
Still need to practise my fur technique a little bit

Well I'll be back on Saturday ... after exercising my democratic right to vote.
Have a great Friday!!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Lollipop Ladies :: Cupcake with Ruffles

Good morning...It's time for another challenge at The Lollipop Ladies - the challenge is to use this delicious cupcake as inspiration to CREATE!! mmm.... yummo!!

What would a sweet treat such as a cupcake be without a cherry on top OR some ruffles like this gorgeous one.. so our bonus challenge (should you choose to accept) is to add some ruffles.

Check out the gorgeous Candy Stripes creations for some delicious inspiration...

Here is my card.. I have used a Creepy Cakes image from The Greeting Farm and went with the theme - cupcakes + colour pink and of course ruffles.. her hair - the lacey ribbon and the scribbly doodling.

Link up your entries over at THE LOLLIPOP LADIES blog for your chance to win a gift certificate to Mad for Markers :D I have used nearly all the Pink Copics I own for this card! Oh, that reminds me... we have a colouring Pink challenge going on at Mad for Markers.. please join in... International entrants welcome!!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Free digi at Spesch stamps

Tracey is giving away a free digi today over at Spesch stamps... quick - hurry on over and snap one up :D

Monday, 16 August 2010

CA&F :: Watcha tootin about Wednesday

I LOVED Kim's tutorial over on Club Anya and Friends Whatcha Tooting about Wednesday - Tooting Magnetism - and just had to have a go at creating me some TFG magnets of my own!

I had a few glossy accents disasters.. oops not again! LOL .. (this time it was me just getting fingers and other things in the wrong place and messing it up) But I did end up with two decent magnets... Here they are.
I used Anya from the Spotlight set and cut her out with a nestie :D, stuck a promotional magnet on the back of her and added the glossy accents! This one came out ok.. it's fairly thin :)this is the back of it...
and for my second magnet I have used a Miss Anya and a little circular magnet .. oops the glossy accents on this one are not completely dry!

side view to see the back of the magnet...

and here is a portion of our fridge... now holding the two gorgeous TGF magnets :D

Thanks for stopping by!!


CA&F Sketchy Saturday

I just love the sketches that Pam puts up for Saturday Sketches at Club Anya and Friends.. so glad to be able to play along again! :D Here is my card using Stella (from The Greeting Farm)... I must admit I went a little crazy on the Kinderglitz ... perhaps I thought I was back in Kinder. lol!

Mum and Dad bought me back a few sets of stamps when they returned from Paris earlier this year and I realised last night when asked by Mum that I had not used them yet... as mostly just been using digis and DT stamps recently.. so I inked up these postal ones!

Speaking of postal stamps... If you are looking for some really funky ones check out Bizzy Becs - she has some fun new ones just released!!

I used the airbrush on all coloured areas of this (even the PP).. except the skin... the first version had pink airbrushing over the skin but I could not cope so recoloured on white and then layered up my image!

Thanks for stopping by!

PS... like the pink??? Our M4M challenge this month is to colour pink... so would love you to pop on over and join in!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Southern Girls Challenge

Two of my gorgeous Mad for Markers DT girls - Louise and Tracy have started a new challenge blog and are having a DESIGN TEAM call!!! Why not hop on over and apply! I can tell it's gonna be LOTS of fun!! I've copied a little blurb about their challenge blog below...

"The Southern Girls is a fortnightly papercraft challenge blog. Challenges are open to Scrappers and Cardmarkers and you could win some awesome prizes. Based in New Zealand the aim of our blog is to give the papercrafters from downunder a chance to play along in some wicked challenges. You can use any companies products, so there are no restrictions to using certain images or papers. And remember you don't have to be a Kiwi or an Aussie to play along, the aim is to have some FUN! "

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Oh Alice...CHAPTER 26: Sizin' up a Sketch...

"The Caterpillar was the first to speak.

`What size do you want to be?' it asked.

`Oh, I'm not particular as to size,' Alice hastily replied; `only one doesn't like changing so often, you know.'

`I DON'T know,' said the Caterpillar.

Alice said nothing: she had never been so much contradicted in her life before, and she felt that she was losing her temper.

`Are you content now?' said the Caterpillar.

`Well, I should like to be a LITTLE larger, sir, if you wouldn't mind,' said Alice: `three inches is such a wretched height to be.'

`It is a very good height indeed!' said the Caterpillar angrily, rearing itself upright as it spoke (it was exactly three inches high).

`But I'm not used to it!' pleaded poor Alice in a piteous tone. And she thought of herself, `I wish the creatures wouldn't be so easily offended!'

`You'll get used to it in time,' said the Caterpillar; and it put the hookah into its mouth and began smoking again..."

Hello! How is everyone here in Wonderland today?

We are sizing up a GREAT sketch by JEN and the main panel just HAPPENS to be THREE. INCHES. TALL. :) Now, of course you don't have to stick to this if your image won't fit, but we didn't want to anger Mr. Caterpillar by saying that Three inches wasn't a respectable height, so here's the sketch:

And here are some samples by our AWESOMELY Twisted team:
Jessica {The Mad Hatter}
Stephanie {August tea party Guest}
{the Twisted thirteen}
and Me...

This image is the Cheshire Cat - A digi image from Spesch Stamps ... I coloured her up during our Copic club (a.ka. Copics Anonymous) Friday night...Colours are R81, 83, 85 and BV02, 04

Have a mad day ... I know that I will!!