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


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 


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


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 side bar and thanks for playing.
Alicia xxx

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Latest Publication


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


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" 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 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.

Check out our online shopping sites and

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, 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