Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Clean, Simple and Cheery Card


Good morning!

Happy Tuesday to you all!

Do you like honey? Our family LOVES it.  My uncle is a bee keeper and gives us the best, yummiest honey ever!!

I am sharing a Clean, Simple and Cheery card today I made to give to my Aunt and Uncle to remind them how much we appreciate their honey.

This card was quick and easy to make.  Here's how I did it:
  1. I added the sentiment and clip art picture in Microsoft word and printed it out onto A4 white card stock.
  2. I coloured the image with Copic Markers: Y38, Y17, YR16, E49, E35, E57, E37.
  3. I drew some little dots on the card showing where the bees have flown around with a black pen.
  4. I added Kindy Glitz to the honey
  5. I tied a big, bright, yellow bow.



I must say I am lending towards clean and simple cards at the moment.  I am appreciating more white space. Do you like the clean and simple look?

Just for fun I am linking up at Less is More
There are some gorgeous Clean and Simple cards over there if you want to take a look.

Before you go though, have you considered entering my Gratitude Link Up?  Are you a bit like me and like to practice Gratitude?


Or would you like to check out my Simple Scrapbooking Sketch?
Nobody has entered yet and there is a prize to be won, which I would love to post away to you!!!



Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I hope you have a gorgeous day.

Alicia xxx

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Monday Message


Happy Monday!! 
The start of a fresh and new week.
I hope you had a lovely weekend.

A beautiful quote by the amazing Mother Theresa today.

I am sending a big smile your way.  
I hope you have a happy day.

Alicia xxx

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simple Scrapbooking with Multiple Photos - Fast and Easy - Link Up for a Chance to Win!!!


Hello Friends,

I hope you are having a beautiful week! The sun is shining here on the Gold Coast today which always makes me smile : )

Do you have a little group of photos from a special event? A birthday, happy memory, Mother's Day??? I had these cute little photos.  Ben took them in sequence when I opened my Mother's Day present from Nicky.  These little photos warm my heart and I wanted them to have a special page in my Project Life Album.  But I wanted something quick and easy...this is what I came up with...

How I made the Layout
1. I chose four matching papers
2. I chose four photos
3. I layered the photos onto 3x4 cards (2 per photo).
4. I chose to add doilies to two of the layered photos.
5. I added a couple of embellishments and a hand-written title.
6. I drew on borders with a white gel pen.

Thats it!!
I did this beside the TV with Nicholas watching me do it.  It was easy and quick! I slipped it in to my Project Life Album as a feature page to celebrate Mother's Day.

The products I used are:
  • Dreamy Paper Pad 6x6 Heidi Swapp
  • Project Life 3x4 cards but I cant remember exactly what kit they come from.
  • Heidi Swapp Hello Today Flair Embellishments
  • Heidi Swapp Dreamy Ephemera
  • Heidi Swapp Happy Chipboard stickers.
So would you like to play along??
All you need is four photos, some paper, some 3x4 cards and a couple of embellishments and doilies.  Here is a rough sketch.
(Ok very rough...but you get the idea lol!)


  1. Post your Layout on your Blog.
  2. Link up your post in the comments below.
  3. And become a follower of my blog

Thats it! You could win this Stampin' Up Sentiment Stamp Set.  I will post internationally. The winner will be drawn on the 31st August so you have a little over a month to enter.


I cant wait to see what you create!!!
Alicia xx

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Monday Message


  • The Teachings of Abraham have taught me this.
  • This quote means so much to me.  
  • Feeling good is so important.  
  • I need this reminder today. 
  • When you feel good, good things happen.  
  • I hope you have a day full of good times today.

Alicia xx

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Exciting Crafty News


Hello!

Last night we went to Ben's work's End Of Financial Year Ball at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast.

I had a quite a day of pampering really.  I had my hair and make-up done which was a real treat. It was a beautiful night, lovely food and we stayed the night at the Hotel - so really living it up. 

 Nicky was babysat in our Hotel room by two lovely friends of ours, so I could relax and enjoy the night.




I also have some exciting news to share today! 


I have been accepted to be part of a new Design Team!! Jessica over at Craftin' and Stampin' has accepted my application and I begin in August!! Jessica sells Close to My Heart Products and she advertised for people to use her products and make crafty things for her business. 

That sounded really exciting to me because I love to work with new products - who doesnt?!



It is a small and friendly Design Team and my job will be a Friday Post using Picture My Life Kits.
Picture My Life is "Pocket Scrapbooking"

This is an example of the beautiful BabyCakes Scrapbooking Program.  These kits are $24.95 USD and include 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™ (various designs)


These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.

So as soon as my kit arrives (its not the one shown above that I will be working with) I will be making some pages of Picture My Life Scrapbooking to share with you.
I am very excited!!

Don't forget to enter my Gratitude Link-Up party.
I will be sending a little Gratitude happy mail to all those who participate.

Thats all for now.
See you tomorrow for the Monday Message.

Alicia xxx

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Monday Message


Good morning!
 Welcome to a bright and sunny new day!
Lets paint today exactly as we want it.
Maybe you might like to enter my Gratitude Link-Up?
Scroll down to the next post to see or click here.
Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.
Alicia xx

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Gratitude Link-Up


Hello!

Welcome to a new idea I am trying on my blog...I have called it the "Gratitude Link-Up." Expressing Gratitude is one sure fire way to make you feel really happy and attract lots of goodness into your life. The more you do it (express gratitude) the better you feel.

If you would like to participate in this feel-good link-up you need to do four simple things:
  1. Take a photo of something you are really grateful for.  It could be something small or big...whatever you like.   (You may already have a photo you can use.)
  2. Post the photo on your blog with a few words to express your gratitude.
  3. Link your post to the link-up below.  Please include a link to my blogpost so other people may join in the fun.
  4. Leave a comment for someone else - this will make them smile : )
Thats it! Easy, fun and one small way we can make gratitude waves around the world.  I would love you to participate.

Here's my entry:


Nicky was giving me these beautiful big long hugs the other night and I asked Ben to take a photo because I wanted to capture the moment and remember it forever.
I am sooo grateful for the yummy hugs this gorgeous little boy gives.
He makes our lives so meaningful.  We are forever grateful for him.

Now its your turn!
Link up in the comments below and thanks for playing.
Alicia xxx

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Latest Publication


Hello!

I have a set of Ten Quick Cards to share today. These cards were published in Australian Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft Magazine Volume 20 Number 9. This magazine was on sale last month, but I actually made these cards about a year ago. They came together very quickly and easily using Kaisercraft Lavender Haze paper pad and matching collectables and a bit of lace from my stash.  I remember making them in the car while Nicky was having a sleep. I LOVE making sets of cards. Gone are the days where I sit down to make one card.  I much prefer to make a set of them now. But I have to be inspired by products and a purpose.  I am always on the look out for yummy products to catch my eye.

Have you noticed on my blog that I now have a Publications Page? I finally went through and photographed all the sets of cards I have had published from the magazines and set them up here.  Many of them have never been blogged before so it is worth a look!

I am trying something new and exciting on my blog tomorrow, so pop back then and join in the fun!

Happy Friday,
Alicia xx

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Monday Message


Good morning, and happy Monday!

During my busy week last week with my Mum, Sister and her three kids staying with us for a holiday I was thinking about enjoying the moments.

We had so many lovely special moments together with our children playing and enjoying new experiences.  This photo of them on the beach was one of them.

I got to thinking, each moment is a precious gift and things will never be exactly the same as they are right now, so enjoy it! Often when I see a special moment I like to take a photo.  Because once that moment has gone, the photo turns it into a special memory.

So my quote for this week is about taking a breath and enjoying the moment.  Then consider snapping a photo and preserving a feeling or emotion as a memory.

I hope you have a beautiful week.

Alicia xxx

Friday, July 4, 2014

A little bit of Project Life


Hello, 

I hope you are having a beautiful and sunshiney day today!
I have a bit of Project Life to share today.

I put this double layout together of some cherished photos from back in 2007.
A weekend trip home for my Nan's 80th birthday. (My Nan has now passed away.)
It was a sentimental weekend for me.
I remember being a bit home sick and missing all my family 
and so treasuring the moments I got to have with them. 
I love the way a photo helps you remember your feelings and thoughts at the time it was taken.

I am going to aim to share a Project Life spread here on the blog regularly from now on!!
The cards are from Maggie Holmes Flea Market Mini Kit.  Embellishments are Heidi Swapp.

Happy Friday!
Alicia xxx



Monday, June 30, 2014

The Monday Message


You may have noticed my efforts in attempting to get back into the Blogging world....some photos have been posted...but not so many words!!

On a Monday I would like to start the week with a quote of some type...I'm calling it "The Monday Message"...you know, something inspirational to start off the week.

This week's quote is perfect for all you crafty ladies...and one that actually makes me feel relieved...I like to think that we will never run out of creativity...and that the more we use, the more we have!! I like to think that about money too!!!!

Have a beautiful week.

Alicia xx

Thursday, June 19, 2014

See my cards in Australian Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft


Follow this great magazine on Facebook to stay up with all the latest trends!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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