Monday, October 31, 2011

Purple Pumpkin Sketch

I almost forgot to post this layout I did for the October Sketch Challenge over at Purple Pumpkin  I totally loved this gorgeous sketch, here is my take on it

Lily fell in love the minute she saw the Giant Panda's at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, and couldn't resist a cuddle with this statue outside their enclosure. Just the one Purple Pumpkin spotty button on the layout, I had to make a few changes to my original embellishment plan but love how this has turned out. 


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christmas Planning

My final Christmas Showcase challenge is up at Scrapz today. I decided to make a planner that I can use to keep all my Christmas organisation in the one place. I have used the stunning Echo Park Seasons Greetings range, utilising the sticker sheet so my planner wasn't too lumpy bumpy!

For the inside I made up a few pages I will need for Christmas - such as Christmas cards list, shopping lists, gift lists etc. You can see more pictures of my planner over at Scrapz

It was a lot of fun creating the christmas showcase this month, next month I am working with one of the gorgeous Ticklez Kits. 


Monday, October 24, 2011

The most wonderful time of the year!

I have created a Christmas layout this week over at Scrapz for the Christmas Showcase. With all the gorgeous new product coming out, it is the perfect time to be scrapping those photos from last Christmas (or earlier) that you haven't gotten around to!

This is one of the photos I took for my December Daily album ... I haven't actually done the album though! It is of my Lemax Santas Wonderland Christmas village that I started collecting before we had kids. Gorgeous little lit houses, which for a few years since the kids arrived I hadn't been able to display. I was very excited to display it last year! I love it, it is my favourite Christmas decor!

 I have mainly used the gorgeous Echo Park Seasons Greetings range which you can find here.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bossy Little Thing!

Lily is usually a sweetie, but she has her moments, more so now as she is getting bored and ready for school next year. I like to scrap the good and the bad. This is actually an older photo of her, she pulls this face a bit more now unfortunately, but she is generally quite sweet natured, so hopefully it is just a phase at the moment!

Hopefully someone likes my page, as Miss Lily is VERY unimpressed with it - haha! I am quickly posting while she is enjoying PlaySchool. I am doing a much nicer one of her now so she will be happy.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Deck the Halls

It's Sunday again, which means I have another guest designer challenge over at Scrapz in the Christmas Showcase. This time I have gone with an OTP project, not something I do regularly, but I do like to make OTP Christmas stuff!

With all the Christmas decorations out already, I have been thinking about colour schemes. There are so many to choose from these days, but I love my traditional red & gold. I am planning to add a bit of green into the mix this year. So to add to my decorations for this year I have made some pretty bunting:

A closer look:

You can find all the details about this challenge and lots of other inspiration here at Scrapz!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Two More!

Still on the previous weekends crop day layouts, I have two more to show. Pretty excited that I had 3 of the 5 pages I did at the crop picked up by Scrapbooking Memories! I must remember to be that productive more often. I was happy with all my layouts from that day which is the most important thing!!

This one is another holiday page. I totally love these lanterns from 2 crafty and they were perfect for my page on the Po Lin Monastery. I had these little chinese coins since forever, finally a chance to use them!

I have some hidden journalling under the photo, straight from my holiday blog post

I didn't just do holiday pages though. This one is a set of photos from our family photo shoot back in July. While I wasn't thrilled with the photos, I did like that she included everything so I got these shots of Zane & Lily clowning around. They look cute in a sequence!

I have used some more 2 crafty  chipboard, this time the giant film strip and the gorgeous new Crate Paper Farmhouse papers.

Hoping to do some more scrapping tonight, so hopefully some more pages to share in a few days.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Are you ready for Christmas?

Over at Scrapz we are getting ready! I am fortunate to be Guest Designing again this month and doing a Christmas Showcase!!! Each Sunday of this month I will be showcasing some ideas for getting organised early for Christmas.

This week I have started with a set of cards, all the details can be found here

I hope you will stop by and check it out.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Back to Scrapping

I am a bit behind in showing off my recent layouts. I have been scrapping but wanted to get all my holiday recollections all together!

Last weekend I attended the All About Scrapbooks monthly crop and did a record 5 pages!!! My girlfriend and I decided to set ourselves a challenge of doing 8 pages - never going to happen but it pushed me to actually get five done instead of my usual 3.  Of course this meant I needed to be organised and sort out what I was doing - it made a difference!

Today I have two of the three holiday layouts I did:

Stanley Markets where we did some shopping on the last day of our trip. I took a couple of pics of some of our purchases from there too. I have used October Afternoon Boarding Pass range.

Next one was from our visit to Lantau Island where we stopped for a late lunch. We hadn't taken any cosies for the kids but they really wanted to swim so we let them, even though we had no towels either! I have used gauze for the background and rope, Ocatober Afternoon stickers and the cute lollipop flower is Purple Pumpkin

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, October 7, 2011

World Card Making Day 2011

Last Saturday was World Card Making Day, and over at Scrapz they ran some cardmaking challenges. I finished 4 out of the 6 cards:

Challenge #1 - Use 2 stickers, circular element, punched edge and twine:

Challenge #2 - Make a card based on this sketch

Challenge #3 - Any type of Christmas Card

And Challenge #6 - a teapot card

I also went to a crop day last Saturday so we will be back later today or tomorrow to share some of my layouts from then!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hong Kong Day 5 - Stanley Markets

Our 5th and final day in Hong Kong and it was time to do some shopping!! We had a late and relaxing start to the day because we were all a bit tired from all the walking the previous days.  We got a taxi to Times Square, the shopping centre near where Cathy & Calle work and had a bit of a shop – which was more of a browse as we discovered some prices were similar to home and decided to wait and see what we would find at the markets.
At lunch time we met Cathy & Calle and got to experience Dim Sum, which was delicious, but the fussy pair were not impressed, Zane wouldn’t try anything but some rice. At least Lily ate some beef and rice but wasn’t going anywhere near the Dim Sum!
Soon after lunch we grabbed a taxi to take us off to Stanley Markets. The markets themselves were a lot smaller than Murray and I imagined but there was quite a lot of things still. The kids busied themselves finding toys and getting small gifts for their friends back home. We didn’t buy too much, in hindsight I wish I had bought a bit more!! We did of course stop for an ice-cream break.

After getting back from the markets we went back to the local shopping centre, Pacific Place to buy an Ipad which is meant to be for everyone, but it has a red cover which clearly means it is mine J followed by dinner at Triple 0’s which is a burger joint (because we decided it was a good idea to have something the kids would eat! )
 Then sadly it was back to pack as we would be heading to the airport very early the next day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hong Kong Day 4 - Ocean Park

Another day and another theme park! This time we were off to Ocean Park, just the four of us as our lovely hosts had to work.  We made our way to the bus depot, got our tickets and then hopped onto the bus and held on tight – gee they get so close to each other and we were sitting up the top. Scary stuff!!  Thankfully it was only a short trip and we arrived safely.
Once inside the kids spotted Swift the Dolphin, one of Ocean Parks mascots, they made a beeline to him to get a photo, and then posed for several pics with various animal statues.

We headed to the lagoon with its geysers shooting high into the air. Quite pretty, but the kids had done it on the photos already! Ocean Park is divided into 2 sections on either side of a mountain. We decided to head to the far side first, The Summit, to see the dolphin show, so we hopped onto the cable cars. These ones were a bit freaky as they bumped along over the supports and the drop was quite steep!

We had a bit of time so we decided to take the kids on The Rapids ride, but when we got there it had a height restriction which meant Lily couldn’t go on – even though she went on the one at the Gold Coast when she was only 3 – no idea what the restriction was for on this one? Instead she had to console herself with the water pistols and shoot water at Murray and Zane as they went by.

After that we made our way to the Ocean Theatre to see the seals & dolphins perform in the Sea Dreams show. The dolphins and seals were pretty clever and it was an enjoyable show.

Next stop was to check out some rides, both kids had been eyeing off the Ferris Wheel so we headed there first and it was a short wait to get on. The kids enjoyed it, but I wasn’t so keen on Lily repeatedly trying to stand up when she was close to the door!

Wandering around we found the Flying Swing and Zane and I had a turn on these. Zane loved the feeling of flying and wanted to go on it again, but Lily was a bit over missing out on rides due to height restrictions that we thought it would be best to head back over to the other side of the park and find some rides she could go on.
Before we got back on the rickety cable cars we stopped in to see the amazing Jellyfish Spectacular, this was fabulous, lots of glowing jellyfish to see and we all thought it lived up to its name, it was pretty spectacular!

The cable cars didn’t seem as scary the second time J Back over in the section called The Waterfront, we headed to the Sea Life Carousel, Zane had to ride a shark and Lily wanted a dolphin – thankfully they both found the ones they wanted and were both so happy.

From here we made our way into Whiskers Harbour which was a kiddie area with lots of little rides, a jumping castle and a playground area too. We had some lunch and the kids had a play in the playground and on the jumping castle while we had a rest. The best bit about the kids’ area was there was no one there! Hardly any families with littler kids were around so we virtually had the place to ourselves and the kids got to go on heaps of rides over and over again! The Merry go round, the Clown Around and the Frog Hopper got the most repeat visits, they also had turns on the mini Ferris wheel and the Loco trains. They loved it!

Now it was time to check out the main aquarium! We made our way out of Whiskers Harbour and Zane spotted a Shark! It was one of the Park Mascots.  He ran straight up to it and had the biggest grin. It wasn’t till I was checking the photos later on that I realised the Shark was eating Zane LOL!

We got to the Grand Aquarium and there were quite a few people in there! It was busy and I was annoyed at the amount of people using their flash on their cameras despite numerous signs and announcements in English and Cantonese! The kids got to check out some pretty coral, seahorses and giant crabs but were more interested in the bigger fish – like sharks! Though once they had a quick look they were over it and were more interested in playing.

Once outside we sat down by the Lagoon to have a rest.  I got a nice photo of the two of them this time, but I was not the only one.

As usual people wanted to take Lily’s photo and quite often Zane’s as well. This happened a few times throughout the day, we always checked to make sure she was okay, even though she would go straight into pose mode!! This time though it was a bit crazy, there were a heap of people. I decided to quickly take a photo of them taking pics of the kids. Murray was there of course, but he  got moved out of the way apparently. It was all over pretty quick and neither Lily nor Zane said anything even though we checked again…
So onto the Pandas we went. Lily was so excited, she declared she loved Pandas! There was only one out in the main enclosure of the Giant Panda exhibit. The others must have been resting. Outside there was a large panda statue which Lily couldn’t wait to snuggle into.

We decided to try the Panda Village to see if we could spot some more Pandas. We had to go past the Mascot Meet & Greet area again and this time we met a friendly Gator! 

And then we came to the Gator Marsh and met a not so friendly one! Zane couldn’t decide if it was real or not – and we didn’t really help at first!

The Panda Village was next to the Gator Marsh and was a quiet area, so this really tested Zane. We spotted two  Pandas here; one was laying on a platform up a tree and was hard to see. Lily spotted a really cute one poking his head through the rocks though.

We exited the panda village into goldfish treasures, with cute little ponds of fish and turtles as well as wishing walls with the idea to write a wish about looking after nature  or something similar. Anyway the kids made a wish, pretty sure Zane’s was for toys,  as that is his usual type of wish, but Lily’s was a bit sad. I asked what she wished and she replied “ I don’t want anyone to touch me” then “I don’t know why everyone wants to take my photo all the time” Aww my poor baby! Of course they won’t anymore! I think that last group really did it as before that it had been one or two people not a crowd like that.

More rides were needed so we went back to Whiskers Harbour and the kids had a heap more rides, still with no one else really there. They declared the Frog Hopper their favourite ride with the Carousel and Clown Around bugs up there as well according to Lily.  We left there and greeted another Mascot, this one was the funniest one and the kids had a ball playing with him!

It was getting pretty late by this stage and the kids had been pretty good for the most part - despite Lily asking Murray and I “Why do you both make my life so hard?” when we were trying to get her to choose something to eat!  We decided to head home via picking out a souvenir for each of them. Lily chose a walking Panda because she loved the Pandas so much, and Zane loved the Sharks best of all so got a pack of sea creatures.