Sunday, October 19, 2014

7Dots Sept-Oct 2014 Challenge- New Beginnings!




Hello all :)

I've had this layout sitting on my desk, half finished for the last
few weeks & yesterday I had a chance to complete it!

The challenge at 7 Dots was just perfect for this
belly shot of my darling niece, Roxanne and her
39ish week, belly bump!


 I have used 7dots Acceptance pp from the Illumination Range
& Stamps from the Cold Country Collection 
The chipboard cogs & hinges are from Scrapmatts

I have also used a PRIMA STAMP & TIM HOLTZ, Doily stencil.






 I took this photo at night, so colours were a bit off but I still really like it!


 

  
I do hope you are all having a very creative weekend!

Thanks for stopping in!

Cheers

PS.... here is the very precious little man who called that belly home for nine months!!!
        
 {Jayden}





Friday, October 17, 2014

Challenge 18 by Rachael Funnell of Australia & A New Team Member at Scrap Around The World!






Hello all :)

The Mid-month Reveal is up at 
This months mood board was designed by fellow
Aussie,
 Rachael Funnell 

Firstly, I will share my layout and then a few other exciting 
things that are happening at SATW.

  Family isn't an important thing.
It's everything
                                        M.J.Fox
                             
 This photo is of my eldest son, with his now WIFE and their son
Flynn went so well with the colours in the image!


 I love how Alex & Flynn are looking straight at the camera
& Sharon only has eye's for Flynn!



I have used lots of
 on this layout...
I love how the butterfly turned out!



Here is Rachael's fabulous Mood Board!


 This month I was inspired by the shoe image in Rachael's Mood Board!


Please remember that in order to be eligible for our random prize each 
month you do need to share your project on our Facebook Wall.

You only need to be inspired by ONE image but can be inspired by
 more than one or even ALL the images - it really is UP TO YOU!!

We are NOT A COLOUR CHALLENGE SITE so there is no need
to follow our colours, although of course if they are your source of
inspiration you are welcome to use them all, or just some of them,
otherwise none at all!  You have complete artistic freedom BUT
we do need to be able to SEE HOW YOU WERE INSPIRED!
So please remember to tell us in your post!!
To be eligible for judging you need to follow our
 10 Golden Rules HEREwhich include:- 

1)  Sharing the mood board image in your blog post.

2)  Mentioning Scrap Around The World {in full - not just 
SATW} & LINKING BACK to our current challenge.

3)  Explaining how you were inspired by our mood board

4)  Linking back to your SATW blog post NOT YOUR ENTIRE BLOG.

5) We do not accept cards, tags, Off-the-Page items or mini-books.
Only layouts, canvases or art journal pages or spreads.
(see our rules for minimum sizes please).
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If receiving comments from some of our Design Team members is important
 to you please ensure that you have WORD VERIFICATION TURNED OFF.
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  Please sign up to follow us on Google Friend Connect 
{in our right-hand side bar where it says JOIN THIS SITE to be eligible for our prizes}
And follow us on Blog Lovin' as we have anew post up EVERY 4TH DAY 
so there is always something interesting happening here at SATW - 
we have Guest Designers, Guest Teams & TWO tutorials EVERY MONTH
 to keep your creative juices flowing...
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LOOK
  who has joined the Scrap Around The World Design
 Team!

 

we welcome Heather McMahon to our team
Heather joins us as another Australian Ambassador.
A very warm welcome, Heather! 
(That's a total of 4 Aussie's, Oi!)



Now for the AMAZING
Prizes...Prizes...PRIZES!!!!!
 
1ST PRIZE
 $50 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!



Green Tara IS an Australian based company, importer & wholesaler of 
handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons, fabric & paper flowers, 
washi tape & more!  They are continually adding to their collections of high
 quality products with beautiful embellishments in rich colours & textures!


Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara products worth $50.

Blog:  http://www.greentara1.blogspot.com.au/
Website:  http://www.greentara.com.au/home.php 


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2ND PRIZE

$40 worth of fantastic stamps from Darkroom Door 
{the lovely Christmas one you see below plus MORE!}



Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps
 &  papercrafting products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations,collage, 
mixed media & altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products
 have a strong photographic element in their design.




Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their
 full selection along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/rachelgreig
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3RD PRIZE

$30 worth of product from 7Dots Studio!


7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboards. 
Quality of our products is our top priority. 

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our
 papers, which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from 
our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.


Blog/website: http://7dotsstudio.com/

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4TH PRIZE

$20 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!
{plus FREE POSTAGE!}
Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Our online store has an incredible selection of products for all papercraft
artists. Our Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative juices flowing!  Be sure to 
check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place that 
includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last! 

We also have a blog &  Facebook page
where you can find loads of inspiration!
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5TH PRIZE

 $15 worth of 2Crafty Chipboard!

2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog!

Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. 
Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of 
2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.


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RANDOM PRIZE

$25 worth of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, as well as
 a BONUS 9 EXQUISITE LACE FLOWERS  
sponsored by SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB!

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs that
cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other kit clubs offer.
Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to a level beyond.
We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market that will enable you
 to create not "just a layout", but a work of art.

Please also check out the inspiration from our design team on the shop's blog!
You can also find us on Facebook & Pinterest & YouTube - let's connect!
Our tutorials you can find here!
Store: http://store.scrapsofdarkness.com
Blog: http://scrapsofdarkness.blogspot.com/
Community / Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapsofdarkness
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ALL OUR PRIZES ALWAYS INCLUDE FREE INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE!!

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The deadline for this challenge is  FRIDAY 31st OCTOBER 2014.

Hope you have got your entry in or have this challenge
on your TO DO LIST?!

Until next time
Happy Scrapping


 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15 is Pregnancy Loss Awareness-Remembance Day.






So this is very different to what I usually post!

Today I want to share some of
 My Story about Pregnancy Loss.
 
    The day started like any other....older children ( 11, 9 & 6) fed, dressed and off to school, younger
two, (aged 4 &2) fed and ready for the day ahead. I was 39 and a half weeks pregnant and awaiting the arrival of, (what we had planned) to be our final child to complete our family. Our day progressed as normal around mid-morning I said to my hubby that I hadn't felt the baby move for a while? We rang the hospital and they told us to come in for a check. When we arrived they took us straight in and checked for a fetal heart beat with the portable ultrasound machine.....they couldn't detect one!?  Hubby took off with the younger 2 children to drop them at a good friends, place. 
 They then took me to the x-ray/ ultrasound unit in the hospital and had one of the senior sonographers take a look. As we looked at the screen, everything was still.....no flickering little heartbeat....just stillness!! 
  I felt so sick....how could this be happening? Not to me? I'm a good person...I just wanted to wake-up and find it was a nightmare! But NO, I had to deal with it. 
 As I walked back down to the maternity unit with one of the doctors I asked "what happens now, can I have a c-section?"
 He told me they prefer to deliver naturally and since labor hasn't started I could go home and spend the night with family and come back tomorrow or we could get things started now. I decided it was best to get things started. 
 Hubby returned and I told him the news...we hugged, we cried.
  With labor induced and an epidural the next 4 hrs passed, the midwife & student midwife who attended  us were brilliant!
 I was pretty composed until it was time to push....my legs shook and the tears streamed down my face. It was so surreal once he was born....so silent....so quiet. We held him, washed him, let our tears touch his little face (somehow thinking they would awake him from his sleep), held him....so perfect. Little fingers, little toes, he looked so much like his other brothers. We held him for hours but it felt like only minutes. Roy left to head home to our older children. I had a shower and was taken to a small single room. It was such a hard night....my belly gone and no precious bundle to hold. A beautiful midwife came and sat with me for a while and just let me cry on her shoulder....I can never thank her enough for that kindness! 
 I left the hospital the next morning. The next few days we were allowed to visit him, we took the older children in to see their brother. I thank god I had my other children to focus on, I am not sure how I would have got through this without them!
 We took photo's and some video footage. Our friends were so amazing...the love and support was amazing!
 You think some crazy thoughts when you go through a loss like this....you question everything!
Was it because I talked to that lady who had a stillborn? Did I eat too many eggs during pregnancy?
Am I a bad person? Why me? Crazy thoughts....and not at all logical.
  We had him cremated and his ashes placed in a beautiful little urn with a hand painted teddy bear on it along with his name and date of birth
Harrison James Ewins
21st September 2000
The urn sits on the top shelf of a bookcase with a lovely handmade ceramic plate which hangs above it with his special details on it....made by a lovely friend. To some this might sound a bit morbid having baby ashes in the house...but for my hubby and I, he is here with us and that is where he should be!
 
PS. We did go on to have 3 more children. A daughter, Sidney (Harrison was born during the Sydney Olympic Games and this is a way for us to connect her to him) and two sons McKenzie and Hugo. 
 
Thank you for visiting
 
Hugs
 
Kim





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