Monday, 14 November 2011

AND THE WINNER IS...

I am so sorry for the delay in drawing the winner of my little give away... as usual life has been getting in the way!

Without any further adieu... drum roll please... the RANDOM GENERATOR SAYS... THE WINNER IS...  ok so that was maybe a little further adieu ;)


Comment NUMBER 10.... which was...



Blogger Baggles said...

I am loving you r work, If i stuff up a LO I usually pull it apart and start again it usually ends up better than the one I stuffed up lol
6 November 2011 11:06 AM
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Congratulations Baggles!!!  ;)

If you let me know your address I will pop this package in the post for you chick! You can email me at abcdcox@e-wire.net.au or Facebook Message me (see right hand column).

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by, said nice things and left comments... I really appreciate the support and the sharing... it was a bit of a giggle to read what becomes of all your "stuff ups"! ;)

Thanks also to the amazing Sandra Wallace for organising us all and making this blog hop happen.  Thanks too to all the amazing Twiddleybitz Design Team... you are a constant source of inspiraton and amusement!

Finally... a HUGE and heartfelt thank you to Mr and Mrs Twiddleybitz who create THE VERY BEST CHIPBOARD and give us the opportunity to play with it.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to be allowed the opportunity.

Until next time... keep on Twiddlin' chickies! ;)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Welcome to my blog on the Twiddleybitz hop...

Hi there... thanks for stopping by... so glad you have made it this far.  Our apologies for all the delays.  Blogger hasn't been playing nice. :/  There's a nice blogger... please publish my post. ;)

How are you enjoying the hop apart from the hassles?  I for one am totally blown away by all the amazing talent that we have seen so far... in fact... so much so I think I am having a bit of a confidence crises... especially having to follow Karen McLauchlan. ;)

Just to get us started... and not to be outdone by the other DT girls who think those pretty boys are "eye candy"...  What about THESE lookers???  I give to you your TWIDDLEY ANGELS (well some of them plus a retired one at least!) ;)


Now, just as I promised, I am going to share my not so proudest of moments first (surely it can only get better from here right?).  Have you ever started a LO that looked just fabulous in your head but that just would NOT co-operate and translate onto the page.  I think I have my ambitions mixed up with my abilities and reality of late!!!  I have always been a bit of a "more is more" type of girl... but this next LO was definitely one I should have left well enough alone on!!!!  I am still going to show it to you... because I am also a "wear your heart on your sleeve and air your dirty laundry in public" sort of girl too! LOL ;)  Anyway, it does have a few techniques on it that I wanted to share... and I hope you will give them a try and post you creations in the gallery at the ning.

You may or may not know by now what a cheap skate Twiddler I am... I used my Twiddleybitz pieces as a mask with Crafty Notions Black Tulip spray on this piece of white cardstock BEFORE I used them on another project  (if you scroll right down to the bottom of THIS POST you can see the other project I used the actual Twiddleybitz pieces on) .  I just had a think about what else they could be used for and positioned them on my background for another project when I sprayed them.

I also used TWO Tweeny Bitz Cogs as a temporary stamp.  I just used double sided tape and attached them to a small acrylic block and dipped them in paint... here's where I got a bit carried away... and wrecked it... but I digress... it's all about the technique... "EMBRACE IMPERFECTION," Tim Holtz says... "excuse my crap," I whisper. LOL ;) I tried the stamping technique using the word Baby too.



The Twiddleybitz had become rather soggy at this point... so in true stingey fashion I also peeled the pieces (very carefully) apart so as to make two for the price of one...  you have to be VERY gentle and patient.  I used an awl to prise the layers apart.  So there is actually only three Tweeny Bitz Cogs used on this whole page plus three word titles.



By this stage I hated the LO so much anyway that I thought, "why not go for broke" and I added more watered down paint (the turquoise) by flicking with a toothbrush (way messy...  note to self: don't be wearing a white singlet at this point)... and even more Crafty Notions "Jaffalicious" Colour Spray.  The background would probably be ok for another project... just not this photo... too many different things going on (trying to be whimsical / cutesy with the twine and hearts and grungy all on one LO just isn't doing it for me!) and it's too all over the place. I think it looks TOTALLY crap and to be totally honest I will probably pull it all apart and redo it... but yeah, the thought was there and it is SUPPOSED to be the thought that counts isn't it? ;)


Anyway, I hope you had a laugh and learned something from my mistakes experimentation!!! ;) Why not have a go using your Twiddleybitz in some new ways... masking, stamping and then splitting into layers... now THERE'S some bang for your Twiddley buck... but ssssssssssssshhhhh don't tell Mr Twiddley... he already thinks I am a scrooge! ;)

Here's another one I did using the new Birds on Tree Trunk (November release).  I love this photo of my biggest boy.  It's hard to believe he is fast becoming a man. I also adore this piece of Twiddleybitz.. my latest favourite... but again it just didn't turn out quite like I had hoped.  It's ok... just not as spectacular as I had imagined in my head!  My imagination knows no bounds... shame my fingers can't keep up the pace.  Oh and just for the record I KNOW I won't be able to leave this one alone either... I have a couple of ideas to "fix it" already!!!!  ;)  I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder for this piece.  I used some Twiddley Alpha Square letters and stickers to complete the title.


OK here is one I really DO love... I adore this photo of my darling husband and our girls... and I really like how it turned out.  Simple is my new look I think.  I am still in love with everything Steampunk. ;)


Another really simple and quick one of my biggest girl...  I can't get enough of these Nero Wrought Iron Filligree pieces and I have used them on LOTS of LOs as that little finishing touch. There are also some $2 shop, cheap arse, contraband letters on this one... sssssssssssssssshhhhhhh don't tell on me ok!!! ;)  I need MORE alphas pretty please Mrs Twiddley!!! ;) 


The big girl again... she has been giving Mumma's camera better smiles lately... take them while you can get them I say! ;)  I love the new My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2 range of papers... I had to have them all... and they co-ordinate with so many Twiddleybitz pieces that I think it's a match made in heaven!  Just a few touches of Twiddleybitz here to finish it off... Nero Wrought Iron Mantle and just a small Flourish in the bottom left corner under the flowers.


I just had to add this one in... even Miss 9 loves to Twiddle... she chose all these products and put it together completely and all by herself with NO interruptions or suggestions from Mum! ;)  She simply inked the Fantasy Butterfly with a black Versa Color cube.  Those are some more contraband alphas there... did I mention I needed more alphas? ;)  I personally love the lead pencil ruled line under the title to keep it "straight"... too cute. ;)


OK... last project for me.  I completed this mini album for Tomorrow's Memories as a shop sample for the Webster's Pages Let's Celebrate Range.  I have included a double page for each of her birthdays up to age 18.  It started out as a quick "just throw something together" project but it ended up bigger than Ben Hur and I used heaps of Twiddleybitz to complete it.  You could adapt this project to suit any theme but it would make a great GIFT (I am nothing if not subtle!) for a first birthday present for someone special. ;) 

I heat embossed the title word... 


I also painted the back of the title word white so it looked nicer seen through the transparent cover.  I heat embossed the baby basics.


Mmmmmmmmmmmm... no Twiddleybitz here??? Will have to fix that when I get it back! ;)


I must have missed taking a photo of the 2nd Birthday page. :'(

Just a painted heart on this page.


These mushrooms and the fairy have all been heat embossed.  It was a bit fiddly doing different colours (you just need to mask off each section with a piece of paper as you do each colour) but they turned out really well I think.  Click on the photo for a larger image to see the details.


I covered this banner with left over scraps... a bit fiddly to sand the edges... but I think it looks cute. ;)


More heat embossing on the cupcakes... they almost look good enough to eat IRL! ;)


Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Twiddleybitz-less again... I think I am out of hearts too Mrs Twiddley! ;)


Heat embossing on the musical notes. ;)


I painted this section of banner and added some doodling with a black pen.  Don't be afraid to cut your Twiddleybitz down to the size you need.


More pages yet to be Twiddley-fied for extra birthdays yet to come. ;)





Most of my recent projects / LOs on this blog have Twiddleybitz on them so please feel free to have a look around... I have a page devoted to Twiddleybitz here and of course my ning gallery too.

Thank you so much for stopping by... I also have a prize pack to giveaway...  to be in the running please follow my blog and leave me a comment... I'd LOVE to hear what you do when you ruin a LO / project... Do you chuck a tantie?  Throw the lot in the bin?  Pull all the "good stuff" off and start again?  Or just keep throwing good product / time after bad like me????!!!!! ;)  I have heard there have been a few issues with not being able to comment on some of the blogs... if you are having trouble with mine please copy and paste this link below directly into your browser and see if that helps...


if not... let me know on Facebook. ;)  

Also... if you are heading off to the Paper Crafts Festival in Penrith today we also have more prizes on offer... check out the ning (scroll down on the Home Page under the picture of Lucile Ball) to see how you can win Twiddleybitz just for stopping by the Twiddleybitz booth and saying hello. ;)



Keep checking back on the Twiddleybitz (Chipboard & Craft) Facebook page too... tag yourself in the picture of Lucille Ball for another chance to win. ;)

NEXT STOP ON THE HOP IS... drum roll please...  LISA KAMPHUIS' BLOG  at 3pm AEDST...

Sandra has listed it as AEST but they are on Daylight Savings Time at the moment... if you get lost along the way... check the schedule here. ;)  

Happy hopping... hope you are all having fun and thanks again for stopping by and don't forget to ask your local stores to get Twiddleybitz in stock... it really is a fabulous product! ;)

Friday, 4 November 2011

IT'S TONIGHT!!! The Twiddleybitz RAKamania Bloghop!!


Welcome to the 
it starts today!! 

Each of the DT members has a RAK waiting for you to win when you
 visit their blog during the hop.
THAT'S FIFTEEN RAKS!!
We hope you find lots of inspiration and ideas,
have a bit of fun and maybe pick up a prize or two along the way. ;-)
The schedule for the hop is below, but make sure to keep popping back into the ning and on our
Facebook page for more inspiration, fun and even more chances of winning!

Going to the Australian Papercraft Festival this SUNDAY??
Be the first of 20 to go to the Twiddleybitz Booth and say these Secret words..

**TWIDDLEYBITZ ROCKS SYDNEY!!**

and we will give you a piece of Twiddleybitz! Too Easy!
BUT
 (of course there is a but, lol)
you must be a member of the Twiddleybitz Ning and it is only on the Sunday.
 So....Ready to start the Bloghop??
The schedule is below with the times that each DT members Blog goes live. The DT Angels can’t wait to show  what they have created for you.
 and PSSSTTT!!
 Be on the look out for secret words!!
These will be highlighted somehow in each of the posts along the way. Don’t worry, they will be easy to find. ;-) They are the words of a quote and will be in order. All you have to do is collect them along the way and then send me, Sandra Wallace, a personal message telling me what you think the quote is. All correct entries will be placed into a prize draw.
The RAKamania bloghop starts with the VERY talented
and super gorgeous Mel Forbes.
For the rest of the schedule please click the following link

Now let's get this party started...  the first blog to visit tonight... Friday 4th November... will be the amazing 

7pm AEST
9pm NZ
6:30pm SA
6pm QLD
5:30pm NT
4pm WA

 FINAL WORD OF THE SECRET QUOTE WILL BE
GIVEN ON SUNDAY, 8PM AEST
ON THE NING

SEE YOU ON THE HOP!!

:-)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

There's life in the old scrapper yet...

I have not played along in a cyber crop for I don't know how long...  so when I saw the post on Facebook that Scrapbook Savvy was having their's last weekend I thought I might just have a go at a challenge or two.

This is my take on Sara's Sketch Challenge...  the only other requirement was the background had to be patterned paper.  I am a hoarder of ridiculous proportions when it comes to patterned paper... so this is a "vintage" My Mind's Eye piece from the Tres Jolie Bonjour Memories range... it is so old it's been archived on their website! LOL ;)



It's not too late to play along if you want to check it out... I think you have until  Thursday 27th October... I assume she means midnight???


Not much else to share at the moment... but at least I have been scrapping... I am getting it all ready for our Twiddleybitz RAKamania starting on the 4th Novemeber... watch this space as they say! ;)


Thanks for popping in... best wishes and Happy Halloween to you and yours. ;)

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Just sharin' some "stuff"...

These two LOs are samples I did for Tomorrow's Memories.  You can buy them as a kit in store.



I did this LO using some old Basic Grey Boxer papers that Melissa Heather gave me eons ago... this LO was about 4 years in the making and I finally got it completed at Camp Mojo... with just a tiny bit of Twiddleybitz to finish it off.  It's my darling husband and his dad at his18th birthday.  


I used to be cute... in 1979!!!! ;) My Mum used to make these dresses for me and my two sisters... I hated them... and used to wear shorts underneath to get changed when I got to school... for which I am SURE one of them dobbed me in!!! ;) Mum was mad that the school photographer didn't make me take the green cardigan off... man WHO sends their kid to school in a red dress and green cardy???? Anyway, now I wish I could sew and make my girls dresses like this... but I bet my bottom dollar THEY WOULD wear shorts underneath to get changed too! ;)



FASTEST LO EVER! 15 minutes to make a challenge (vintage pack) deadline at Camp Mojo... I didn't muck around with tape or glue... I STAPLED it all down to make it in time!!! ;) With just a tad of Twiddleybitz and a little butterfly form Chelley Bean Designs to finish it off! ;)


This one of my littlest man, Albert was another Mojo challenge... brown and teal and thread and calico if I remember rightly... or something like that.  More from A Lil' Somethin' {well they WERE sitting right behind me!!! ;) } and the new "little" words and an adorable pram from Twiddleybitz.


This one is using the new Twiddleybitz rusting powders... if you can get your hands on some of this stuff then DO!  BUT you have to be a bit patient with it.  To be honest I tried it and almost threw the whole thing out!  It DOES take a bit of time for the effect to show... even overnight if you can stand it.  I applied Gesso then the powder then sprayed with vinegar... then WAIT.  It is worth it I promise! ;)  


This is my Kindergarten photo... told ya I WAS cute! ;)  I absolutely love the My Minds Eye Lost & Found papers... teamed with a bit of texture paste and colour spray... and LOTS of Twiddleybitz of course! ;)


Just for fun... and another Mojo challenge.  I think it was orange, lace and a die cut???  Maybe? ;)  I think my brain is fried... when I did this LO I actually put 3&4 on it... lucky I WAS sitting behind Wendy Smith because she pointed out my error so I fixed it! ;)


Anyway, as I said before you may have seen these posted on my Facebook page before... but I am just putting them here for my own record.

Thanks for stopping by... happy day to you and yours. ;)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

... and again!

You might have seen these on the Twiddleybitz Facebook page already... just posting these here for my own record...  more Twiddleybitz stuff. ;)  

An ATC for our DT display...


Some Christmas Cards... eeekkkk... is it really almost THAT time of year again?

Using a technique I learned at Camp Mojo from Jane Clark.  It is basically Tim Holtz Distress Stains, Inks and heat embossing.  I also used my Cuttlebug to dry emboss. 


Denim is cool for something a little different through the Cuttlebug too.



Again with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks... this time a technique I learned at Camp Mojo from Rachel Greig of Darkroom Door fame.


Loving the Tim Holtz Distress Inks... a little Christmas Tag Book... with room for a wish list on the back.



Again with the off the page stuff... what's with THAT?  This Twiddleybitz Small Shadow Box measures about 6x4... I have used it here with the Miniature Houses and a few other Twiddleybitz pieces.  Austin loved this little frame so much he wanted to run off and play with it.  I am thinking they would look super cute as a set of three... or maybe even more.


Anyway, as I said... just posting fo rmy record.

Hope you and yours are well.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Twiddling again! ;)

I don't as a general rule do OTPs... but I made this set of Twiddleybitz Shadow Box Frames... and I was really pleased with how they turned out in the end.  If you have a few moments to spare drop by the Twiddleybitz ning site and check out my tutorial for a basic step-by-step on how I did them.

I need to do two more for the two little boys... I was going to use LEARN for one title... as in Live, Laugh, Love, Learn... but what is another "L" word I can use for the last one?  Any suggestions anyone?


I wanted to add a HUGE thank you to the irrepressable Sherry Mendoza just because she ROCKS... and she gave me two sheets of this Pink Paislee House of Three Parisian Anthology paper which I need to complete the two extra frames and that I could not find anywhere.  Thanks heaps Sherry you really are just the best... now you sure you won't organise another Camp Mojo??? ;)

Anyway, I hope you will check out my little tutorial... enjoy. ;)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

2 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes since Camp Mojo...


What can I say about Mojo?  Words just don't seem enough.

Well, I am totally and utterly exhausted... glad to be home but missing the whole experience already.

It was everything I expected and so much more.  I had the most amazing weekend.  I chatted and laughed and ate and drank... and even got into a few deep and meaningful conversations... Lisa Oxley, my darling, my desert is looking just that bit  more welcoming with an oasis at its centre... my cube has it's old spark back... my ladder grew about 80 rungs... that horse is looking a damn sight better and even those poor, little, wilted flowers are blooming a little brighter today. ;)  Now lots of these photos are shared ones... so I will credit where I think I know... but please forgive (and feel free to correct me) if I have it wrong.


Finally I meet Lisa Witch Oxley... thanks for sharing this great shot of us chick. ;)


I have been chatting to these girls online for about 6 years.   The fabulous Lauren Condon came for a drive to visit especially...  Finally, we met face to face and and I think it was her camera that Peta MacBeth (yet ANOTHER awesome chick that I hope to meet again one day soon) took this gorgeous photo with.  Lisa Oxley, Ali McDonald, Lauren and Sarah Ward and Me... that's my scrapping history right there...


... and Alyssa Vollmann too!

I got to meet some of the most amazing women in the scrapbooking / crafting / arting world... I caught up with lots of old "online" friends in real life FINALLY and got to make some unexpected and just plain awesome new friends too.



Two of my most favouritest people in the whole wide world... Loolabelle and Lucy "crazymumm" O'Malley-Powter (I think this is a Lisa Oxley photo).

That is LOUISE NELSON!!!  Taking MY PHOTO!!!!!


WA was well represented with Mel Forbes, Lyn and Tahlia Marafioti, Bev Lemm, Rachel Walsh, Mel Connell, Jenny BurnsMegan Black and me all making the trek.  The trip over was good and the taxi ride up to the Hunter Valley Retreat was an experience to say the least! ;)  Thanks so much to Lauren Bell for organising us from Sydney Airport to the actual retreat...  and back to the airport on Sunday afternoon.

I did Jane Clark's card class and learned a very clever faux rust technique using Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Inks and clear embossing.

I got to do Sarah Gladman's canvas class... I have been chatting to this amazing creative genius for 6 years online and it was fabulous to finally meet her in real life... and of course I have not yet finished the project!!! ;)


On Friday, after lunch, I had the AMAZING opportunity to have a mini photo shoot with Lynette Van Barrelo of My Lens and Me Photography.  Lynette and I were Scrapbooking Memories Masters together back in 2009... and I have been chatting online to her since.  It was a pleasure and a privilege meeting you chick... and HOLY CRAP, YOU MADE ME LOOK HOT (even if I do say so myself)! ;) hahahahaha


I also did Sherry's canvas class... again NOT YET FINISHED... perhaps those teachers back in primary school had it right... if Anne-Marie didn't talk so much and focussed on the task at hand she would complete more work on time. ;) 

Finally, I also did Rachel Grieg's card class which was really cool.  I am so not a cards person... but after this class and seeing how simple it really is to get a cool look using Tim Holtz and Darkroom Door... I think I've changed my mind! ;)  These I did finish... BUT they are being posted home... I will share when they get here.

I met Jodi Dolbel, a top chick, who had us all in stitches with her Glee performance... which certainly falls under the "What happens at Mojo stays at Mojo" clause!!! ;)


I met my most recent favourite scrapper... Crystal Goulding, the dark horse and my newest Facebook friend... and current Master Bridgette Hatton who is just the most lovely chick you could ever hope to know. ;)


I met Kat Hall (meow) who sat to my left while we talked to much and scrapped not enough!!! ;) I will cherish those heartfelt memories and treasure the moments FOREVER chick! bwahahahahahha ;)


I wanna be Sharryn Thomson when I grow up!  This chick made the whole weekend an absolute blast. :)


along with Sandra Staples... with whom I enjoyed my respite care!!! ;)



I also met and LOVED Lisa Warren and Ebony van der Starre and Marelle Jackman and Angela Connolly and Libby Morris and Andrea North and Deb Godley and Maree Warren and Katherine Fletcher and Carol Mead  and Kim Jeffress and Kris Pace and Tarrah McLean and Michelle Winston and Sherie Goodrich and Ellen Woodbridge and Tatum Woodroffe and her sister Lauren Boase and Lisa Pate and Peg Hewitt and Penny Lees and Alita Pereira and Melanie Jefferson and Teresa Crouch and Vickie Deans and Wirg Hampson... man it really WAS a who's who of the scrapping world! ;)

Tracey Henly and Judie Willoughby and Helen Jolly were especially fabulous, generous and fun chicks too...

I met sister act Wendy Smith and Susan Longman of A Lil' Somethin' fame... LOVE their "stuff", LOVE their work, LOVE their sense of humour.  These chicks rocked Mojo for sure! ;)


Sadly it seems Camp Mojo is to be a one off... though I reckon if we keep harrassing Sherry Mendoza and Jane Clark for long enough they might just concede and do it all again next year... well, a girl can dream can't she?? ;)

I created stuff all... started LOTS but didn't finish much.  I did do a few LOs but they are still in transit because I had to jettison some luggage!!!  The wonderful Jo "Twiddleybitz" Kinder is kindly posting them back for me... that's if she doesn't ransack my stash!  I will share soon.  She was the BESTEST roomie and scrappy neighbour EVER!!  Jo thank you so much for a fabulous weekend... We SO have to do it again one day in the not too distant future!!!



I got to meet LOTS of the Twiddley Angels too... what an AWESOME bunch of chicks... and Tracy Lamoon came for a visit and a photo too! ;)


Look at us getting our Angel poses on! ;)

Jo and I (well I was the ideas man... Jo did the actual creating!) made Sherry a floppy, fabric chicken with a sign around his neck saying "Knock, knock Motherfucker!"  I think she liked it... so if you see a whole lot of chickens popping up on Facebook you will know why! ;)

Actually, I think I was having a bit of a crises of confidence surrounded by all that talent... star struck and stage fright... but man the inspiration was flowing and now that I am home I have finally got my Mojo happening!

Here's my LO from the last pre-Mojo challenge... lots of Twiddleybitz... if you pop over to the Twiddleybitz ning site I am going to do a little give away for whoever is the first to tell me how many different pieces (excluding duplicates and the alphas count as one).  You have to add your comment to my photo in the gallery there though, not here ok.  Can you see that little pink and green button... near the rope yellow one?  That's one of Michelle Jamieson's little ChelleBean Designs creations that she asked me to make something with, oh I don't know... about 3 years ago!!!!  Slow scrapper much?  Sorry Chelle... it's on a page now!!! ;)


This is one I started at Camp Mojo and just finished this morning... it's the first LO that I have really loved in a while.  I have decided I am an ideas man... my ability just cannot keep up with my creativity and imagination is all! LOL ;)


Well... that was my Camp Mojo round up... if we can't do Mojo again I hope at the very least I get to meet some of these amazing women again soon.  Seriously, it was just THAT damn good! ;)

Thanks for stopping by... happiness to you and yours.