Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year...and a free Quickpage!

Slow starts to the day, water sports and family time have been the mainstays of our holiday time during Christmas-New Year week. The weather has been gradually warming up during the week and we are heading for a scorcher of 41C (106F) on New Year’s Eve. The boys have been kept occupied by boogie-boarding at the beach and “donut” rides behind the boat interspersed with watching and playing backyard cricket. Matthew even had a try at water-skiing and nearly got up and going. Perhaps he will be successful next time.

I have been sleeping in well past 9am most mornings and breakfast seems to blur into morning tea and into lunch very quickly. However, it doesn’t really matter as everyone is chilling out this week with DH on holidays as well.

Here's a few photos taken over the last few days.

I especially like how this one turned out!

Still have some Christmas photos to's a quickpage to save you time!
Catch you all in 2010!

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas over for another year.....and Template 100!

Our Christmas went very smoothly this year. I even got to sleep in until 7.45am....then the boys decided it was time we were up so they could open more presents! We told them on Christmas Eve that that we didn't want to be woken before 7am. When they were younger it wasn't unusual to be woken well before 6am! I'm glad those days are behind us!

If you missed out on my 12 Days of Christmas mini kit, it is now in both my Pickleberrypop and A Cherry on Top stores.

Also new at Pickleberrypop are two new template sets. Template Duo 2 is multi-purpose, whereas Template Duo 3 is for Christmas pages.

Don't forget my sale which is still happening at both my stores until December 31st.

And here's a new Christmas template for you....number 100!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 12.....Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers, and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Day.

It's only a few hours from our bedtime on Christmas Eve here Down Under! My boys are getting extremely excited and can hardly wait until the morning.

Here's what your finished mini kit looks like if you have collected all the pieces over the last 12 days. If you missed any pieces, it will be available to purchase in both my stores in the next 2 or 3 days.

And finally, the last part of 12 Days of Christmas....enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 11....12 Days of Christmas

Day 11 of 12 days of downloads already! That means there's only 2 more sleeps until Christmas!
We had a stinker of a day today - it was 38C (100.4F) .... and during this hot day I started a new snow kit! It made me feel quite cool working on it!

Catch you all tomorrow for the last part!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day 10....12 Days of Christmas

Only 3 more sleeps to go until the big jolly man in the red suit arrives!
With most of the food shopping done, and presents now wrapped, I think I am ready. The weather forecast for Christmas Day is 25C (77F), which will be perfect for relaxing outside. It's not going to be stinking hot, but the boys will probably swim anyway.

Just a reminder that my stores are both on SALE for 20% off everything until December 31st.

Here's day 10....two more days to go! Can't wait to show you the finished preview in a couple of days.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 9.....12 Days of Christmas....and 20% off SALE!

Today I decided to buy my turkey and other food supplies for Christmas Day. I asked my boys if any of them wanted to come help me.....and to my surprise they all wanted to come! I should have known better and gone by myself! One was good, one wanted to push the trolley, and one wanted to be a pest and stop in front of the trolley all the time!! It was kind of like comedy capers!

If you have some of my designs on your wish list....stock up now!
All products at both Pickleberrypop and A Cherry on Top are on SALE for 20% right through until December 31st!!

I counted up how many layouts I have done so far in 2009.....and much to my surprise, I have done 160!!!! I never would have guessed that I had done that many!

Below is number 160.....made with my Home for Christmas kit....

.....and here's a few more from my amazing CT!

Day 9 already of 12 Days of Christmas.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 8.....12 Days of Christmas

With only a few days to go until Christmas, we decided to go check out some lights last night. When the boys were younger we used to go looking at lights every year, but more recently we haven't bothered. I realised that we needed to do it again before they all get too old and didn't want to go any more! I should have taken my tripod for clearer photos...the picture below is about as clear as I got.

Here's day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 7....12 Days of Christmas

Last night I had an enjoyable evening out at DH's work Christmas dinner. I had almost forgotten what it was like to socialise with no kids around! It was quite late (by our standards) by the time we got home, then this morning I decided to get up early to tackle the shops for one last time before Christmas! Consequently, I am a little tired today and am looking forward to an early night.....after going out to see some Christmas lights!

Today I managed to get my new kit Home for Christmas uploaded at A Cherry on Top, so now it is available in both my stores. Below are a few layouts done with the kit.

Six days down....six to's day 7! That must mean it's only 6 days to Christmas!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 6....12 Days of Christmas...and Home for Christmas!

Another day closer to Christmas.....and one more Christmas kit!

I have my last kit for the year - Home for Christmas - out now at Pickleberrypop. Tomorrow I hope to solve my internet problems and get it into my A Cherry on Top shop too.

the detail...

I also have some co-ordinating quickpages in both PBP and ACOT shops...

....and also a Home For Christmas scallop album to fit the Basic Grey Albums.

And of course, here's day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas. If I run out of bandwidth while I am sleeping, don't panic! I will check in the morning and sort it out!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 5....12 Days of Christmas

The wild storm passed last night without any interuption to power or internet. One house however wasn't so lucky, and got damaged when hit by lightning!

With only one week to go now until Christmas Eve, I really need to check my lists and make sure I am organised. I don't know how some people can get organised weeks or months before Christmas....I always think of things at the last minute that I need to buy!

Anyway, here's part 5 of 12 Days of Christmas....enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 4....12 Days of Christmas

This will be a quick post because we are having a wild thunder storm at the moment and I'm not sure how long we will have power or internet! It is really nice listening to the heavy rain after such a stinking hot day though!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 3...12 Days of Christmas

It seems that my 12 Days of Christmas is so popular that I ran out of bandwidth!!! It has now been fixed and if you are really quick you can still get the first two days of downloads for a few more hours!

With Christmas coming and Summer already here, it's nearly time for the release of my last full kit for the year. Here's a sneak peek at what's coming out on Friday! There will also be a co-ordinating set of quickpages and a scallop album.

Be quick to get day 3!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Day 2....12 Days of Christmas

I hope everyone is having fun collecting the daily pieces to my 12 Days of Christmas mini kit - my present to you all!

I just realised that I haven't even shown my unpacked Grab Bag yet!
Last week got away with shopping and pre-Christmas BBQs.
If you missed the grab bag, here's what you can now buy individually in my stores at Pickleberrypop and A Cherry on Top.

A mini kit...

A pack of versatile white papers...

Glitter splatters to add some glitz to your pages...

A fun Santa Hat alpha...

Some plain frame strips to make your photos stand out (with and without shadows)...

A set of 12" border masks which can be used on papers or photos...

...and lastly, a new set of simple can never have enough clipping masks!

Now here's day 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas mini kit for you to unwrap!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

12 Days of Downloads!

The Christmas tree is up, the shopping is mostly done and I think I am nearly ready for the big day! My boys are now all on school holidays for their 6 1/2 weeks summer break, so I can look forward to lots of sleep-ins! The summer holidays are officially here - now all we need is the hot weather to go with it! We haven't been able to swim for 3 weeks!

Today I have an extra special Christmas treat for all my blog readers!
A free mini kit - 12 Days of Christmas! You can collect all the pieces over the next 12 days, but each link will only work for a couple of days, so be quick!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A bonus Christmas card

My days of peace and quiet are quickly coming to an end for the year, with the boys only having 3 more days of school before their 6 weeks of summer holidays. Although I do like to have 6 weeks of sleep-ins and lazy days!
Our Matthew is coming home tomorrow after a fun few days in the outback. Hopefully they were fun anyway! He got chosen along with 8 other year 6 students from his school to buddy up with 9 visiting kids from England and 9 kids from the outback. The group of 27 kids have been doing all sorts of interesting activities over the last week. Matthew was particularly looking forward to the horse-riding. I hope he comes home with some interesting photos to scrap!

Just a reminder that you can still get my Grab Bag for a few days. After December 11th, it will all be revealed!

I did this layout a while ago with my Christmas Trimmings kit and thought it would make a great Christmas card.... if you haven't done your cards yet, grab this one while you can!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Grab Bag and Cricket Mini Kit 'Stumped'

In our household we normally put up our Christmas tree on the last Sunday in November, but last weekend got away. Luckily we found time to decorate it tonight, and I think I took about 100 photos! Hopefully there will be a few good ones to scrap.

I have a new Grab Bag in my Pickleberrypop store which is overflowing with 7 products.

Here's one page done with a few of the items in the bag. The photos were taken way back in 2004, just after decorating the tree.

Now....for those who were wondering what my new unique themed mini kit is, it's a cricket kit. I searched and couldn't find one anywhere so I made one! With 3 boys who love playing cricket, I have heaps of photos to scrap. Of course the papers and some elements can be used for other purposes too.

This photo is of Matthew all dressed for his first ever game of school cricket. The alpha is from my Cooked to Perfection kit.

Here is something similar to what's in the Grab Bag. Hope you all have a good weekend!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Templates in Shop

I have been a bit of a lazy blogger this week because I keep getting distracted! I sit and browse the net, or get ideas and design for hours! Today I even edited some holiday video from our trip in April. Perhaps tomorrow I might even find some time to scrap a page or two around my many errands I have to run. I still have lots of Christmas shopping to do, and feel like I don't have enough days to do it! I should leave the computer off for a whole day and see how much shopping I could do!
During my time designing, I keep getting requests to buy some of my templates which were offered here. Well, my first set has just hit the store! Template Duo 1 contains my old template 96, and a new one which is similar to an older template. This set comes in PSD and TIFF format and is available at Pickleberrypop now.
Keep your eyes peeled for a new grab bag.....coming soon! And a very unique themed mini kit! If you go to DST, you can try to guess the theme and win a $5 voucher to my Pickleberrypop store!

I have given my templates a makeover to give them a brighter, fresher look! What do you think? Here's number 99....nearly got my century!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday SALE....and Bonus Christmas Frames

By now all the Black Friday sales will be well underway, and I'm sure there are many bargains to be found! There certainly are in my shops where you can find everything marked down 30-50% until November 30!

I can't believe another week has flown by and we are now only 4 weeks away from Christmas. My boys will be breaking up from school in the next week or two for their 7 week Summer holiday, so I will lose my peace and quiet for a while! They are getting extremely frustrated with their cricket at the moment because it keeps getting cancelled! One week it's too hot, then it's too wet, then they have a bye.....and tomorrow it will probably be too wet again! The weather at the moment is totally wacko!

Anyway, I have a little freebie for you...a set of glitter edged frames to co-ordinate with my Christmas Trimmings kit.

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