Thursday, April 16, 2015

Its been a loooong time

Hello all my gorgeous bloggy friends. (Im am hopeful there are some of you still around, who haven't tired of my lack of activity of late). For those few who are still around, you have probably been wondering where I have been.. Well, no where, really, and Ive done nothing very exciting either. I guess, I just needed a bit of a break from it all. Organising the Scrapping with the stars retreat last November was HUGE. It was fabulous, and I loved every minute of it, but, the amount of organising that goes in to such a big event, was all consuming for a few months there. Add to that, my DT commitments, and LIFE, I just got a little burned out, and just needed to take a few months off to re group. I feel I have done that now, and am totally ready to jump back in to this wonderful crafty world we all love so much...
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I have a couple of projects to share, which I did a little while back. Both have been published in magazines lately.
This first one was published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine. Cute photos of my beautiful daughter Ashlee, when she was about 11  :) 
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This next one, was done for Australia Scrapbook Ideas magazine. Starring my youngest, Harry...

Thanks to those who didn't give up on me. I plan on making a blog post every week from now on (please don't hold me to that), So, I will be back soon, with more to share...
Have a wonderful week, and weekend, and I will be back soon xoxox

Monday, November 10, 2014

Scrapping with the stars-Retreat vacancies !!

Hi everyone :)
Firstly, I want to apologise for my lack of blogging !! My poor little blog is looking very neglected.. But, I do have a good reason. I have been flat out, organising the 'Scrapping with the stars-retreat', which is this coming weekend, 14th to 16th of November.
We have had a couple of cancellations at the last minute, due to illness, so, we STILL HAVE A COUPLE OF PLACES AVAILABLE if you are interested. This retreat is going to be HUGE.. We have 3 incredible tutors (see below), as well as some amazing free make and takes... not to mention some amazing sponsorship, which includes a goodie bag to die for..  All the info is on our blog, and facebook page...
If you want any more info, email us at scrappingwiththestars[@]
  Brother Australia are donating the top of the range 'Scan N Cut' machine
Graphic 45 have donated paper pads for everyone, as well as sticker sheets and more
Dusty Attic have included chipboard for everybody
Manor House Creations are giving us bags of beautiful flowers for all
Scrapbook Creations magazine is giving everyone a recent issue of the magazine
Scraptopia have kindly donated a stunning mask for each person
Lindys stamp gang are donating some gorgeous packs of sprays

Kaisercraft again have donated some wonderful prizes
Studio M Designs will be donating some amazing scrapbook, and mixed media kits
Scrapbooking Memories magazine has donated some incredible packs of goodies
Seriously scrapbooking have given each attendee a gorgeous gift also

Sassy Scrappers have generously donated some giveaways, and also a discount voucher for everyone
And just wait till you see our incredible lolly buffet, donated my Deer little parties

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WIN - plus retreat sneak peeks from our stars

  Hello my friends... wow, I didn't realise it had been so long since I've blogged anything...  I have way to many social media things happening, and I just keep forgetting about my poor little blog...  Life is flat out, as always, with my family, farm, organising our retreat for November, design team work, etc etc, you know the song :) ....  But, I am super excited about our classes happening at our 'Scrapping with the stars-retreat, in November, and just had to share...

Our Scrapping with the stars - retreat is on Phillip Island, in Victoria, 14th, 15th & 16th of November...  Visit HERE for all the details.. there are still places left, and there's still 9 days left to take advantage of our 'Early bird specials..
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Explore the possibilities in Mixed Media with this reverse canvas. Create unique backgrounds and full of depth and interesting texture within a rustic scene.
You can add a photo to this project or keep it just as a rustic themed 10”x12”canvas that you can add your favourite quote to.

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"All that Glitters is Gold" …… Be wowed in this layout class with Steph Devlin, full of glamour and bling. Steph mixes cutting edge techniques she has been taught, fused with her interpretation and style. This layout as full of glitz and glamour. Book early, so you don't miss out. It truly is divine.  

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Join Maggie in her beautiful mixed media extravaganza project.  More than just a layout, this is a project you'll want to display to the world!  Showcasing an altered photo of that special girl in your life, you will create an ethereal piece using a custom mix of blossoms, charms and vintage laces and muslin. 

Note about booking:
Upon confirmation of booking, please email the photo you intend to use to  Maggie will digitally alter the background and colourings and email directly back to you for printing.  This is all included in the cost of the class.  Ideally your photo will be a head and neck shot with the face slightly tilted upwards.

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WIN......... a fabulous gift basket, full of gorgeous scrappy goodness... All you need to do is SHARE THIS BLOG POST, on your blog, or share all 4 of our facebook posts ( ) 
 from Michelle, Maggie, and Steph on your FB page, blog, or other social media site... ( if posting on FB, you must share all 4 posts to be eligible) The prize will be drawn on October 15th... so get sharing... The more places you share, the more times you enter.... please leave a comment below, or on our FB page when you share... 

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How do you book to do these classes you ask...  Well, its easy, simply follow the link Scrapping with the stars retreat registration , to register for our retreat, in November.
please remember that our 'early bird specials' finish at the end of the month (September 30th), so you only have 10 days to register and pay, to get the super deal... Check out HERE for all the details...

Any questions email

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I made the cover :)

Hi friends..
Well, I'm just a little bit excited...  My layout made the cover of Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine this month.. woo hoo.. This is the second time I've been fortunate enough to have one of my layouts featured on the cover, and both times, its been photos of my daughter, Ashlee.
This is the full pic of the layout.. One of my last for Graphic 45 design team
And, below, is my layout that was featured on the cover of the same magazine, a couple of years ago..
The original layout had a black and white photo, but, the magazine prefers colour photos for the cover (tip for anyone wanting to increase their chances of being published on a cover).
Thanks so much for visiting, I will be back soon, to share the other 2 layouts I made for the same issue of the magazine, all featuring the latest graphic 45 paper collections xo

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Yes, Im still here :)

Hello everyone...
I have been gone for so long...  My life has just been so out of control busy the last few months. Some of you would know about my Dads accident, and how we almost lost him, and then the trauma to our family surrounding that, well, it just seems to have continued on from there. I wont go into a tonne of detail (as I'm sure you are all tired of hearing my tales of woe)  but, it has been one hell of a few months, that's for sure. Hopefully we are out the other side of it now, and life can go back to the calm, boring normal that I like  :)
I haven't done a lot of creating since my term with Graphic 45 finished. I was feeling a little burned out, then with all the medical dramas happening at home, my mojo has taken a holiday too. But I have been doing a few things, behind the scenes... One of the things I am most excited about is.........
I will be teaching classes at Paperific in Melbourne on the 29 - 31 August 2014.. The details will be available on the Paperific website on the 8th of July, if anyone is thinking of coming along. Scrapping with the stars - retreats will also have a stand at the show, Stacey and I will both be there, so, if you are planning on going to the show, please stop by our stand, and say hi...
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And the other thing that has been keeping me busy is my new role as a designer for Brother Australia..  I have been playing with my Scan n cut die cutting machine, and loving it. My first project will be up on their blog etc in the next few days... Very exciting...

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BUT, the biggest, and most exciting thing, that has kept me busy these past few months, is organising our 'Scrapping with the stars - retreat'.. For those of you, in Australia, who haven't heard of our retreat, please, go check out our blog, and FB page.. It is gearing up to be one of the biggest, and the best retreats in Australia. We have some amazing tutors, demonstrators, and fantastic sponsors, who have donated an incredible array of goodies. This really is one not to be missed... The venue is amazing, right on the beach, at Phillip Island. The rooms are lovely, and there is even an in ground pool...PLUS, we will have a bus service, running from Ballarat, through to Tullamarine Airport, then on to Phillip Island... The retreat will be held from Friday November 14th to Sunday 16th..

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I do have 1 lonely little project to share today.. its a layout I did for Scrapbook Creations magazine, as member of the 'Colour Challenge' team..  the theme was wintery whites, blues, and silver...
Here is what I created. (sorry, but, the monochromatic colours don't photograph too well)

'Baby it's cold outside'

I used some diamond dust, on the top of the window, and fences, to make some 'snow'. And, as usual. lots of Manor House Creations flowers.

Thanks to anyone who still takes the time to call in to my blog, even after I have been so neglectful of it... Please, if you are still here, leave me a comment, so I know you were here...

Have a wonderful weekend

Karen xo

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Scrapbook Creations Magazine - Colour challenge

Hi my friends...
Today, I want to share a layout with you, that I did as a member of the 'colour Challenge team' at Scrapbook Creations magazine. Each month, the team are given a colour palette, we need to design a layout, featuring all those colours.....
The colour palette last month was very masculine, with lots of blues, and green... As you know, my style is quite shabby, and feminine, so I struggled with these colours a little.. but, once I completed the layout, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. A very different one for me, but, I'm sure my 4 boys will appreciate the lack of 'shabby girly' in it  :)
I've given my dies a good workout in this LO. My favourite die at the moment is this cool 'chain link' die (used to attach the stars to the rosette) 
Thanks for calling in, and for any comments...  I love to read comments, and always plan to visit everyone who takes the time out of their to write something.... but, time has been something I have been lacking sadly in the last few months... but, I have now reduced a lot of my scrapping commitments, out of necessity...  I was feeling overwhelmed by all I had to do, and wasn't loving anything about scrapbooking for a while there..  It was becoming a job, and a chore... I don't want that to happen, so, I've dropped a lot of things, and hope, now, to get the love of the craft back, and to be able to have the time to reconnect with all my scrappy online friends.. Thanks for sticking with me, and continuing to visit my blog, even though a lot of the time, I didn't reply to your lovely messages...  I promise things will be different from now on...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Some more inspiration-Graphic 45 and Manor House Creations

"I was blown away by ‘Botanical tea’, and while I adore every single collection Graphic 45 creates, I honestly have to say, that this one is my all-time favourite. I love every single page, and can see myself using this beautiful collection, over, and over again. And, I have to say, don't these adorable Manor House Creations flowers match the G45 collection perfectly.

I love this photo of my son, Samuel, and his FIANCE (as of last week) :)  :)  Sharnee. I love the way the suns rays are shining behind them. Its the perfect photo for this layout, I think...
G45 Botanical tea_layout_main_January_Karen Shady
The new heart die from Spellbinders is fast becoming my favourite die ever!!
G45 Botanical tea_layout_main_January_Karen Shady

G45 Botanical tea_layout_main_January_Karen Shady

G45 Botanical tea_layout_main_January_Karen Shady
Products: Botanical tea paper collection - Botanical tea, Sweet Chamomile, Love notes, Fauna, Fields
of flowers, Birds of a feather. Manor House Creations flowers.