Saturday, March 29, 2014

I Met Heidi Swapp!!!


Hello Friends,

I had an exciting time meeting Heidi Swapp at Spoltlight on the Gold Coast yesterday.
I took Nicholas to playgroup in the morning and then we dropped into Spotlight on our way home.  Nicky fell asleep while we were there and was just waking up as this photo was taken.  
(It was his normal nap time, but I am so glad I went!)


 Heidi was so lovely and genuine and down-to earth and friendly.  It was amazing to see her "make pretty stuff" in real life.  The gathering was small and the people were friendly.  Heidi showed us how to make this little tag/card using her awesome new glittery sprays and stencils.  It was fun!! Then she signed it for me.


Plus, my name was pulled out of the hat and I won this!!! How cool!!!


Made my day really...it was super fun and a real treat for me.
Becky Higgins is going to be at Spotlight on Monday and I cant wait!!!!
I will hopefully blog about that too.

Have a happy weekend,
Love Alicia xx

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Free Edition of My Favourite Card Making Magazine for you!!

My infrequent blogging has been a reality now for about two years...since the birth of this gorgeous boy, blogging has taken a much bigger back seat than the four years prior...Sometimes I think about blogging more regularly...and other times life keeps going on and I just dont make it a priority... Life is all about seasons dont you think...


Today I am here to tell you about a free magazine you can download. I submit cards to this magazine regularly.  I find it very rewarding to see my cards printed in a magazine. Anyone can submit some work, so maybe you should give it a try! Have a think about that, and in the meantime definitely follow the link and see the magazine.  I have some cards inside it.

GET YOUR FREE DIGITAL SAMPLER MAGAZINE NOW AT http://www.patchworkandcraft.com.au/digital-magazines/cardmaking.html
PLUS DIGITAL BACK ISSUES  NOW AVAILABLE!
Check out our online shopping sites www.patchworkandcraft.com.au and www.magstore.com.au


Thanks for dropping in.  I hope you have a beautiful and peaceful day full of sunshine : )

Alicia xx

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hello out there


This feels so weird to be writing a blog post.  It seems like another lifetime when I maintained this blog and sometimes posted nearly every day!  I have been thinking about blogging lately and all of a sudden here I am at my computer, typing away.  Since my last post in June we have moved house and Nicholas is walking.  I have published more cards and have been making lots, just not photographing them or blogging about them.


I have taken a few classes at Big Picture Classes, dusted off my sewing machine and made myself a skirt, read some awesome books, have been trying to keep up with my Project Life, and have started Nicholas' baby album.
And just the usual of cooking dinner, keeping the house tidy and spending lots of time with Ben and Nicholas.  Life is good, really good.  I am extremely grateful for everything we have.  We are so lucky.

How are you?

Alicia xxx

Monday, June 10, 2013

I am interviewed....


Hi Blogging friends,

Just a quick post to share my excitement.
This month I am in the Australian, Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft Magazine.  
There is an interview on me in the Cardmaker's Profile section and a few samples of the work I have submitted. Very exciting!! I do love this magazine.  It is filled with motivation and inspiration every month and anyone can submit their work.  Why not check it out here.

Have a beautiful day full of love, light and peace.

Alicia xx

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A moment in time...



Hello my neglected Blogging friends...

So, so long since my last post.  It is Mother's Day in Australia today.  Happy Mothers Day to all the mums!!  My dear, sweet, kind husband has taken Nicholas for a sleep-drive and left me to work on my Project Life catch up.  I have printed over 50 photos and popped them in.  I know because I have run out of photo paper!! They are not back yet so I thought I would pop on and do a quick little blog post.  Who knows, maybe I might be able to get back into this!!

Our sweet little man is growing up and celebrated his first birthday last month.  We absolutely adore him.  We are loving living back in Queensland and I am making cards.  Very simple ones, no colouring at this stage.  I am trying so hard to catch up with my Project Life.  Anyone else of you doing it??  I hope you are all well and happy.

Lots of Love,
Alicia xxx





Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blog Candy Winner, Publications, Moving and Taking a Break


Hi Blogging Friends,

It has been a long time since my last post.  Things have been very busy here.  Just life in general.  But life in general means I rarely get time to make much, or blog much.  I have decided to step down from the Mad for Markers team and I am going to take a little break from Blogging.  Just post when I feel like it.  Not as regularly as I have been.  We have to move house again, so my time is really going to be focused on packing etc.  I am really concentrating my project life though, so I hope to post some photos of that from time to time.

The good news is that I am going to announce my candy winner today!!!
And the winner is Carol Dee!!!
Congratulations Carol.  I will be in touch to get your details.

Today I am sharing some cards that I have recently had published.

I hope you are all well and happy,

Alicia xx










Monday, December 24, 2012

300 Follower Candy


Hello Blogging Friends,

I realise I am nearly at 300 followers and I am honoured that so many people are interested in reading my blog.  I felt this was real cause for celebration so I have put together a little candy in appreciation of you all.  I will randomly draw out the name when I reach 300 followers.

What the candy contains:

Some Odd Girl stamp - Gifty Gwen
Some Odd Girl Stamp - Sweet Thinkin' Mae
 (both have been inked up a couple of times)
Flourish with a Bling - 100 Mango Pearl Dots
Flourish with a Bling - Jasmine Orange Puffy
Flourish with a Bling - Green Leaf (Adam) Metallic
Basic Grey Serenade - Flags and Banners
Basic Grey Serenade - Chipboard Alphabet
(All brand new products)
Kaisercraft 6 1/2 " Paper Pad - Black and White Timeless
Kaisercraft 6 1/2 " Paper Pad - December 25th
Kaisercraft 6 1/2 " Paper Pad - Velvet Ensemble
(Some pages have been removed from the paper pads)

So it is a mixture of brand-new and pre-loved products.  If you would like to take part in the competition please leave a comment on this post and make sure you are a follower.
Please let your friends know about this candy too so they can also have a chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog.

Alicia xx

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mad for Markers Closing Down Sale


Hi Blogging Friends,

Did you know Mad for Markers is closing their shop??
The challenges will continue to run and will still be a fun place to go for Copic inspiration and fun!
But Sammi is having a sale, so if you want some cheap Copics or stamps you really need to head on over here.

My turn to have a go at the current challenge - Aussie Christmas...which means no snow...I picked this cute little stamp and made it into a Christmas tag.  I coloured her with Chrissie colours:

Skin: E00, E21, E11
Red: R46, R35, R22
Green: YG11, YG03
Yellow: Y06, Y02, Y00

Do you think I could wait for the glitter to dry...no, no no! I had to keep playing with it and so I smudged it a bit..oh well!  I wasnt sure how I would cut her out, so I decided to make her into a tag instead.  Just added some sticker strips and paper strips, a little bit of chip board and a green ribbon.
Didnt take me long, from start to finish it all fit into Nicholas' morning sleep.

Hope your Christmas present shopping is going well : )
If you make up something Chrismassy (without snow) why not link it up to our challenge.

Alicia xx

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Some Published Cards


Hi Blogging Friends,

I dont know about you, but I can feel the busyness of the season hyping up a bit.  I am starting to get a bit frantic about presents that I havent bought yet and the fact that I havent sent out my Chrissie cards.
No hand-made ones from me this year.  I am using the free ones that Becky Higgins has on her site here.  Just add a photo and print them out and you are done!  I am really hoping mine will be delivered from Big W online tomorrow then its just put them in envelopes and post them out.

This card above was published in the latest Stamping, Papercraft and Card making Mag as well as the second one from the bottom.  Featured on Pages 58 and 59 if you have the current issue.

The products are American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 
I LOVED these papers and embellishments.
I had a ball making these up for the mag and my fave of all is the very last card.






I have been using every spare minute I get when Nicholas is sleeping to work on my Project Life.
I have a few goals I would love to achieve by the end of this calendar year...
We will see how I go!

Love to you all,
Happy Christmas shopping!!
Alicia xx

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A spot of Colouring


Hi Blogging Friends,

My post for Mad for Markers this week is in between challenges so I took the opportunity to colour anything I wanted in any colours I wanted to!!  So I picked this beautiful Saturated Canary image and coloured away...check out that hair!!!!

Here are the colours I used:

Pinks - RV09, RV06,  RV04, RV02, 00, RV000
Hair - 100, C9, C7, C5

Two of my fave colour combos.

I'm off to catch up on blogging comments...

Have a great weekend xxxx

Alicia xxx

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Challenge at Mad for Markers - Ys and YRs


Hi Blogging friends,

Another quick post here today for Mad for Markers using this Saturated Canary image available in Sammi's store here.

I went for a monotone card today using mainly Ys and YRs for the current challenge here.

Copics:
Ys: Y08, Y06, Y02, Y00
YRs: YR07, YR04, YR02, YR00

My cards are getting so much simpler now... I am not as big on embellishing as I used to be.  It could be to do with my de-cluttering of my craft room.  It is rather a slow process, but the more I get rid of, the more I want to get rid of and try to keep everything clean and neat.  I am so not naturally a neat person.  I have to work really hard at it.  Or, it could be to do with the fact that I dont like the embellishments I put on a card as much anymore...not too sure, are the trends changing?? Is washi tape replacing flowers?  I havent bought any washi tape yet, but I do want some!!

Anyway, to leave you on this rainy Saturday afternoon with a picture of our gorgeous boy helping himself to some Copics.  He LOVES them!!!


Thanks for stopping by,

Alicia xx

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Release Swing Digi



Hi Copic Lovers,

Here is a journal page I made using one of the new As the Crow Flies Digis - Swing.  You can get this digi here.  I used yellow Copics for her dress...but shame on me I didn't record the colours!!  I think it was because I made such a big mess making this page!!!  But it was lots of fun.  
Have you entered the Mad for Markers November challenge yet to use Y and YR markers?
I look forward to seeing what you create!

Have a sunshiney day,

Alicia xx

Recent Creations



Just a super quick post while Nicholas is having an unusually long nap.
I made this card for a new little bubby in our extended family and wrapped the present to match.



I am making cards for my cousin's business Natural Instinct Healing.  The first mail out has gone out.  These are the cards I designed with their logo as the focus.  Feel like a health retreat in Bali? Check out their amazing website here.

Also if you are interested in meditation check out this amazing free series of audios to create abundance in your life here.  I am loving it, so I had to share it with you.

Take care,
Love Alicia xx

Project Life Update

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Card, Winners and Photos


Hi Blogging Friends,

I havent blogged for a little while...the days have been rolling past.
Here is a card I made recently.
I have had the image coloured for a long time and I found some papers and ribbon that matched perfectly.  This is such a quick easy sketch.  If you have some doilies in your stash, give it a go.  It takes no time at all and looks pretty.



Colours are:
Yellow - YR23, Y08, Y15, Y11
Skin: E11, E02. E00
Hair - E53, E33, E51, E50

This stamp can be purchased at the M4M store here.


Winner of my ribbon candy is: Gin Oaks!!
Winner of the As the Crow Flies Digi is: Merry!!
I will be in touch to sort out details.

I will leave you with a couple of cute little pics.

Have a great weekend,

Alicia xxx



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ribbon Candy


Hi Blogging Friends,

I am giving away 20 rolls of ribbon.  11 of these rolls have not even been opened and still are in their plastic wrap.  If you think you could use these ribbons in your crafting and would like to participate, leave a comment below and make sure you are a follower of my blog.  It is that easy!!  This candy will last for two weeks and then a lucky winner will be drawn.  
Good luck!

Alicia xx

Stamp Sale - Great Bargains - Be Quick!!

Hi Blogging Friends,

In my quest for a clutter-free life I am cleaning out my crafty things and have decided to let go of some Stampin' Up stamp sets.  They are listed here with the price.  If you are interested please email me with the set/s you would like and I will get a postage quote for you.  They are all in great condition and have hardly been used.  First in, first served!!

Set 5 - $10
Big on Spring 



Set 10 - $15
Heard from the Heart


Set 11 - $15
Imagine



Set 15 - $20
Mixed (Some SU and some not)


Set 16 - $20
Sentiments





Thanks for looking,

Alicia xx