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Updated: 2015-09-17T03:03:54.145+10:00


The time has come......


So, I have decided to take a little break from designing. It is a decision that I really struggled to make, but in the end decided that it is the right one for me. At least at this point in time.
I have gotten to know some amazing people, and made some wonderful friends over the last 3 years and want to thank them for all that they have taught me during that time. Thank you also to all that supported me!

Have a good one


Happy 2010 and a freebie celebration!


Happy New Year to you all and welcome 2010!! We ended up having a relatively quiet night at a friends place, just a few drinks and a little Balderdash! Have you ever played that game? What an absolute hoot!! LOL What better way to ring in the Scrapping New Year than with a freebie, right? Well how about a whole bunch of co-ordinating freebies, that will make up one awesome kit? Start at the beginning of the hop so that you don’t miss any, then make your way to each blog where more delicious goodies await you. Make sure you leave a comment at each and every blog along the way because one lucky hopper will be chosen at random from one of the blogs to receive a $25 gift certificate to the DSO store! Whoot!Here is my part……. If you didn't come here from Jodiann’s blog you've missed a stop! And I'm sure you don't want to miss a single piece! Look at all the goodies that the DSO designers have come up with....If at any time you get lost, you can go back to the beginning by clicking here . Your next stop on the blog hoppin’ highway is Shannon! Enjoy! Still got some Christmas photos that need scrapping?…….well for one week only from the 1st January to the 7th January inclusive you can get my All I Want For Christmas kit for 50% off! You can check it out HERE.Cya’s next time![...]

All Girls Weekend, Little Nashville (aka Gnaw Bone, lol) Indiana


So we headed out Friday morning on the all girls trip to Brown County Indiana.  We hit the road about 11:30 and as you can see below, Bunny and Sis were both really excited! We checked in to our hotel about 3pm, and went up stairs to check out the room….. Look at the size of that bed! yes, that IS a fire place! and although you can’t see it, there is a spa bath in that there bathroom!  Whoo hoo! Ok maybe it is worth paying the extra $40/night! We skipped lunch while we were travelling, so decided to go eat early, and just for something different, had mexican. And mmmmmmm, was it good?!?!? By the time we got back to the room after dinner, the sunset was just beautiful, so whipped out the camera and snapped a few of the sunset and the view…   Next morning, headed off to shop till we dropped!  Some shots from around town….        The queen bee and her lil honey bee posing for a picture….. Ain’t they cute!?!?! LOL        We went for a ride/tour around town on this little train, and it was sooooo cold!  The wind was blowing a gail just about the whole time!  I was warm though….. someone was smart enough to remember their jacket unlike someone else *clearsthroatbunnycough* LOL And here is Forte, isn’t he beautiful?!?!  He took us for a 20 minute carriage ride…   and when we got back, Sis got to fed him a treat…… and get slobbered on too!  LOL   And after a long hard day of walking and shopping, this is how I finished it off……… ahhhhhh…. heaven! LOL   Be sure and check Bunny’s blog and my photo blog for some more pics! Until next time, ciao! [...]

Out and about in the USA


Hi everyone! Well I thought I would give you all a little update on what has been going on while I've been here in the US.Bunny has been taking me all over the place, and we have been worn out!Here we are are the infamous 'Hell'-mart! Really it wasn't that bad, and we ended up spending less than she normally would, so maybe I'm a good shopping influence! LOLFor Bunny's special day on Friday, we went out for a girls day!We got our nails done......And we went out for lunch at Bunny's favourite place to eat, ElBracero'sIt was so funny,we were half way through eating when all the little mexican waiters come out singing and carrying a bowl of icecream, which they then proceeded to smear all over her face!!!She was clapping and cheering like a 6 year old!And then I got a turn with the hat....LOLAnd then Bunny insisted we document just how full you get eating at this place. This is me, about to be sick cause I've eaten so much food!LOLThen Saturday we decided we were going to cut and colour Bunny's hair.Here is the before is the during shot.........and you will have to stay tuned for the after shot, haven't taken that one yet.LOLYesterday we decided to go for a drive around and see what we could see.Here are a few from the park...OMG and here is the nose tree!! It looks just like a nose, and Bunny thought it needed a little pickin'! LOLTomorrow we are heading out to the 'big city' to gettin a little more shopping, should be a good day! [...]

Phew.... I made it!


Yippe-i-a! But let me tell you, that was one LOOOOOONG time on a plane! LOL, I thought would never end!
Well at least it wasn't as scary as I imagined! I didn't miss the plane, get on the wrong plane or even forget to get off the plane and end up in Alaska! Hahahaha. I did however, have a small drama. Would you believe.... they lost my suit case!?! So I was all ready to be wearing Bunny's clothes, but they found it and sent it on up here the very next day! YAY!

And the countdown is on......


.....and I'm starting to get really nervous! See the countdown widget over there----> not long to go now!! I'm starting to panic a little I think, subconciously anyway.....
I dreamt last night that 1- I missed the plane, 2- I got on the wrong plane, 3- I got sick and couldn't go! I wonder which one is it going to be???? LOL
In fact, what worries me more is navagating my way through LAX! Isn't it one of the hugest most busiest airports in the world?? I keep telling my it's going to be fine, but every now and again I have a little worry attack, LOL.

Another Commercial Use Template set


I've added another CU template set to the store today, and instead of the usual 30% for the first week, I am going to include this brand new set in the 60% off sale! Whoo hoo!!


Cut-it-Out - Back to School
Was $2.99 Now $1.20

Don't forget that all my commercial use templates are also on sale for 60% off, but only for a limited time! You can check them out here


Save 60% for 1 week only!


All my Commercial Use templates are on sale at 60% OFF!Save massively during this one week sale! Baby Face Was $3.50 Now $1.40 Curled Corner TemplatesWas $3.50 Now $1.40 Cut-it-Out - At the BeachWas $2.99 Now $1.20 Cut-it-Out - At the Park Was $2.99 Now $1.20 Cut-it-Out - FlowersWas $2.99 Now $1.20Cut-it-out - In the GardenWas $2.99 Now $1.20 Cut-it-Out - HeartsWas $2.99 Now $1.20 Cut-it-Out - Stars Was $2.99 Now$1.20Cut-it-Out - TagsWas $2.99 Now $1.20Envelope Tie Template for Commercial UseWas $3.50 Now $1.40 [...]

Grab Bags revealed


Well it the end of the PU Grab Bag week at DSO, so I can finally show you what was inside!
They will all be on sale for 30% off until the 19th.
Madison Mini Kit
Was $2.50 Now $1.75 Save: 30% off

Madison Quick Page
Was $0.99 Now $0.69 Save: 30% off

Cut-it-out Templates - In the Garden
Was $2.99 Now $2.09 Save: 30% off

Scrap-in-a-Flash Brag Book Templates
Was $3.50 Now $2.45 Save: 30% off

Painted Papers 3 - Sunsets
Was $3.50 Now $2.45 Save: 30% off

And don't forget I still have this QP freebie available for a couple more days

OK, gotta run now, we have soccer presentation this morning.


Did I show you my new toy???


Canon EOS 1000D Twin Lens Kit
10.1 megapixel APS-C size CMOS Sensor
DiG!C III Image Processor
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Compatible with over 60+ EF & EF-S Lenses
Noise Reduction for high ISO speedsand comes with 2 lenses, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II and the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III.

Went out looking for a new vacuum the other day. Turns out we didn't need a new vacuum, only a new turbine head for it, sooooo.......
the money we would have spent on the vacuum went to a new camera for me! YAY!!
All ready for those stunning Kentucky autumn leaves now Bunny! YIPEEEEE!!!

Speaking of Kentucky in autumn, or as the Americans would say.... fall, my trip is getting closer and closer! The count down is definately on now!
Bunny and I have been trying to think of places to visit while I'm there.
If anyone has any ideas of cool things to see and places to go in the KY, IN or TN areas, I would love to hear from you!

Happy Fathers Day to all the Aussie Dad's out there, hope you all had a wonderful day!
We spent the lovely spring afternoon at my PIL's, the kids played and enjoyed the sunshine!
Here are a few snapshots I took.....

And here is DD#1's poor sore foot......
Silly Billy came hobling in the door from school last week, telling me she didn't think she would be able to go to dancing. Upon closer inspection, I discover these two huge lumps. Now, I'm no expert, but they definately didn't look like they should be there, so off we went to have it x-rayed. Turns out, no fracture, but plenty of soft tissue damage, and will need regular physiotherapy if there is any chance she can go in the dance concert this year!


More on PU Bag week at DSO, and a freebie!



Have you been over to DSO and checked out all the awesome grab bags yet?
There are 11 bags all crammed full of scrapping goodies for the amazingly low price of just $3 each! Hurry, you don't want to miss this, they are available for 1 week only , and then they will all be opened at full price!

Here are some LO's to give you a sneak peak at what you will find inside my bag.....

Lillian by txbubbles

Adoration by me
I love these photo's of DD#2 taken last weekend while we were visiting my mum for her b'day. I know I said it already, but I'll say it again.... Happy Birthday Mum!
I've also made this layout into a Quick Page for anyone that would like it.
You can download it via 4shared by clicking on the image.

OK, that's it from me for today, hope everyone is having a great weekend!


It's here, it's here!...


DSO's 2nd Annual Persoanl Use Grab Bag Sale!The designers at DSO have been buuuuusy! From the 4th through until the 11th you can get all the goodies contained in these bags for only $3 a bag! And let me tell you, I've seen what's in them and they are definatelty worth it!There are 11 bags in total, bags from ...... Jill Jazzy Di Charlie AndreaKimLouceeLynnMistySassyAnd here is mine.... It contains 5 brand new never before released personal use products! $14 worth of product for just $3... what a bargain! Here is a LO by txbubbles using just some of the products you will find in the bag....Isn't she gorgeous? Thanks Vicki! :)OK, heading out the door to soccer, be back later with some more LO's and maybe even a freebie! :O)C'ya's [...]

Getting out my Paul Simon CD......


"I'm going to Graceland,
in Memphis Tennessee,
Im going to Graceland"

See the countdown widget over there----->
not long to go now and I'm off to the good ol' US of A! Whoo hooo!
Was chatting to Bunny yesterday talking about what we are going to do during my visit (besides scrapping and laundry, LOL ) and thought it's not too far to drive to Memphis is it? So we might just do that....... whoo hoo!!
" I'm going to Graceland, Granceland......" LOL There's a few other ideas bouncing around, nothing concrete yet, but sufice to say...... I think I'm going to have a ball!! YIPPEE!!

I've got some new paper packs in the store. Painted Papers are a series of photographs modified into beautiful works of art! All are 12 x 12 inches and 300dpi. All photographs taken by me.




all on sale for 30% OFF until the 12th.

Look at what the awesome DSO CT has been up to too!
txbubbles and LauraLea have used my Little Explorer kit
to create these....

The Acorn Arsenal by txbubbles

Explorer by LauraLea

Hehehehe, so cute, thanks so much guys!

Okies, I'm outta here for today.... time to go get the dinner on!


New Kit and a little freebie


I'm sitting here, ever so patiently waiting for the latest episode of True Blood to be uploaded. Man, it's usually up by now, why isn't it up yet??? Don't these people know I have time restraints??? LOL Maybe I should learn to just be a little more patient, and grateful for the fact that I can actually see them now instead of having to wait years for them to come out on DVD.
Anyway......I have just added to my store today, my Little Explorer kit. Perfect for scrapping the little explorer in your life....




Normally $6.00 but on sale at 30% OFF for one week only
Check it out in store by clicking HERE

Here is a page I made with the kit, I just love these photo's of DS....
I have made this into a QP for you all, I hope you enjoy it.
You can download it by clicking HERE

4th of July Sale!


Save 30% OFF STOREWIDE at DSO this 4th of July!

That's right everything* is on sale for 1 day only!
(*excluding grab bags and services)

And while you are there, don't forget to check out this month's designer of the month, Shannon!
Shannon has created this adorable kit in celebration and for the month of July, it's FREE just for stopping by and checking out her store!


DSO is calling!!


That's right, DSO is having a designer call!
(click image to enlarge)

So if you are looking for a friendly new place to call home, or just starting out in the design world, why not give it a shot?!? You can read more about it HERE

We are also having a store CT call!

(click image to enlarge)

DSO is looking for a few TALENTED scrappers and hybrid crafters to showcase our products!
Potential CT persons should have a love of scrapbooking, be fun, friendly, and willing to work with a variety of design styles! For more info click HERE.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


I haven't really fallen off the face of the planet....


....I'm still here, not that you would know it from my blog posts! I'm terrible I know. Bunny, how'd you go with that tumble weed image for me?!?!?

Well better late than never I always say, and as promised I do have something new to show you all!
My CT has been riding me about a baby themed kit, so I finally got one done! YAY! I have called it.... (what other name is there for your little bundles of joy????)
Bundle of Joy!
There is a girl version and a boy version



Or if you want both, you can get both kits for an amazingly discounted price in the Bundle Pack.


And here are a couple of pages I made with the kits.....



I've made them into quick pages for you guys to have. They will be up on my blog for 1 week only, and then they will be moved to my store.



Click on the images to be taken to the download page. And don't forget while you are there to leave me a quick G'day, I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Scrapping


OK, OK....hint taken!


I know, I know..... I'm a neglectful blog mother!
If only there were more hours in the day I might have a chance to get everything done! I know.... I just need to go find me a hot vampire and get myself bitten!
Hahahaha Then... I wouldn't need to sleep!
I promise there will be an update very soon, and maybe *gasp, shock, gasp* even something new to show you!

You have to check this out!


Kim is celebrating her 2nd year anniverssary with DSO, and has put together this awesome grab bag for us!
(image) Everything is CU OK, you guys don't want to miss this!! I have just bought it myself and can I just say....WOWZERS! I can't WAIT to have a play with all the goodies in here!
Just $7 for 7 brand spankin' new quality products! That's just $1 each!

My Flitter Flutter kit will only be available for free until the end of April, and then it will be full price, so if you want to grab it, now is the time to do it!


And don't forget this weeks freebie, available for download here



We're home!


No matter how great the trip away, is it's always good to be home, don't you think? LOLWe had a fabulous time at Mallacoota, it is such a pretty place! Aside from one day nearly being blown away, (and I mean literally..... we made a mad dash for home after a tree nearly fell on the car, due to the 70kph winds, only to find complete strangers standing in out campsite trying to save all out stuff!!!) the weather was beautiful, and much warmer than it is suppossed to be for this time of year! Although I didn't get too many photo's this time ( my good camera is broken ) I did manage to snap a few happy snaps.Fishing on the JettyThe Flathead that DS caughtWaiting for lunch, or keeping warm maybe?LOL, perhaps both!All the kids on the boatWe loved it so much down there, we have booked to go again next January. And now it's back to normality, and I have the dreaded unpack. UGH. Not to mention the 500 loads of washing to do. Ahhhh, the joys of coming home from holiday. LOLThe winner of this weeks draw for a free item from my store is...... Theresa! Congratulations Theresa, I will be emailing you soon with details on how to claim your prize!If you would like to go into the draw to win a personal use product of your choice, all you have to do is this. Check out with a minimum purchase of $5 of products by melanie ann designs, forward your order confirmation to me at and you will be entered into the draw! It's that easy! There are lots of great bargains to be had in my store at the moment, everything is still on sale! A minimum 30% off everything over .99c and a few things have even been marked down to just $1! And don't forget Flitter Flutter is still available in my store just for visiting.And here is this weeks freebieYou can download it HERE. If you download it, I'd love for you to leave me a little G'day. And please remember, my freebies are not for sharing, instead send your friends here where they can download it for themselves and we'll all be happy :o)That's it for today, I have to go and attack this pile of washing that sticks of campfire smoke, LOL.Until next time have a great day![...]

Let the celebrations continue! LOL


Well it' week 2 of April, and the DOTM continues with more fun! YIPPEE!!
The winner of week 1 prize drawing is .....drum roll please LOL ............

Melanie! And no, that's not me!!! LOL

Congratulations Melanie, I will sending you an email with instructions on how to claim your prize shortly!

If you would like to go into the draw to win a personal use product of your choice, all you have to do is this. Check out with a minimum purchase of $5 of products by melanie ann designs, forward your order confirmation to me at and you will be entered into the draw! It's that easy! There are lots of great bargains to be had in my store at the moment, everything is still on sale! A minimum 30% off everything over .99c and a few things have even been marked down to just $1! And don't forget, Flitter Flutter can be yours, just for visiting my store!


And here is another littel freebie for you.


You can download it here

Please remember that my files and the images contained within them are covered by copyright laws, so please don't share them in any way shape or form. Instead sends your friends here to my blog where they can download it themselves!

We are leaving this morning for a 9 day camping trip with NOOOO internet, (AAAAAAAHHHHH! Withdrawls! ) so I won't be around for a bit.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Easter, CYA's!




OMG! Have you guys seen the DSO April 2009 Collab?!?!? It turned out so stinkin' cute! Here's a preview.....(image) April Showers NORMAL PRICE: $7.00 NOW SELLING FOR $5.60 SAVE 20% off This spring kit is all about the water. Both watery skies and water-colors! Gorgeous watercolored elements will make this one a fun one to work with for SURE! This Kit contains: 30 Papers 59 Elements (including wordart, bows, borders, and watercolor embellishments!)
This kit is the first 2009 Collab by DSO Designers. Contributing designers include: Beth Long, Andrea Dickinson, Jazzy, Kim Broedelet, Livia Yamada, Lynn Powell, Melanie Chynoweth, and Shannon Neparko.
Livia has made some gorgeous quickpages with this kit, AND she is giving away 1 a day on the DSO blog! No guarentee's on how long these will be up for, so you had better hurry on over to snag them while you can! Here is the first one...
(image) You think that's cute, wait till you see the others!!! LOL

Don't forget, Featured Designer of the Month celebrations continue in my store with everything reduced, some items as low as just $1. And also don't forget, you can get this kit Flitter Flutter just for stopping by!


Have a wonderful day!


YAY.... It's April!!!


It's finally arrived!! April has always been the BEST month, just ask DH, he'll agree with me! (yes we both have a birthday in April, hehehehehe)Well this year, April is special for more reasons than one! Not only am I having a birthday (happy birthday to me...hehehehe) I am the featured Designer of the Month at DSO! So in celebration there are all sorts of goodies!Firstly I have marked some of the items in my store down to just $1, and everything else is on sale for 30% off. You can check it out HEREAlso, during the month of April, for every purchase of $5 worth of products from my store, go into the weekly draw to receive a personal use item* of your choice, absolutely free!Simply check out with products totaling minimum $5 by melanie ann designs and forward your order confirmation on to me at You will then receive an email confiming your entry into the draw. There are 4 weekly draws, and winners will be notified by email!*Please note: offer valid for products by melanie ann designs only.Not only that, I have also created this kit Flitter Flutter, that is all yours, just for stopping by my store.Click on image to see larger previewHere are some LO's done with it alreadyThis one is from Livia How adorable is this???And this one came from Gaye, just look at that gorgeous little bubba, almost makes you clucky again!! LOLLynn created this page, I just love the way she has done the title!And here's one I did myself, this is a friends little girl who has just turned 1. Infact, we are going to her birthday party this afternoon! Happy Birthday Shelby!I have made this into a quick page for you all to use.If you would like it, you can download it HEREAnd what's a celebration without a little blog freebie?I made this lil' freebie using items from the Flitter Flutter kit.You can download it HERE**Please note that all my freebies are for personal use only, and no sharing of the files or the images contained within them is allowed. **Stay tuned for more celebration freebies!Have a great day, and happy scrapping everyone![...]

OK OK, hint taken!


So it's been a while since I've updated, and certain people, who shall remain nameless, (*coughBunnycoughLiviacough* hehehehehe) are giving me a hard time about it! LOL
I knew it had been a while, but I didn't realise it had beena month!!! Man, where does all the time go??? AND another thing I want to know.... where is all this free time I was going to have once the kids were ALL finally at school?!?!? I pictured my days all to myself, shopping, socialising, watching soapy's on my favourite couch, (yes..... the one that puts me to sleep all the time!)and maybe doing a bit of a tidy up every now and then. Let's just say, I haven't had time to scratch myself, well so far anyway!

April is nearly here! April is a great month for more reasons than one this year. Not only is it my birthday YAY!! (No, we don;t need to talk about how old I am actually turning!) I am also featured designer of the month at DSO!
So, in celebration I will be having sales, giveaways, freebies and prizes! Make sure you check back for that!

Have a great day everyone!

I've been tagged!


LOL, thanks Bunny, this one kinda looks fun.....OK so I gotta go to my photo's and get the 6th photo from the 6th folder and give a description of it. Let's go see what's there......

Hahahahaha....check this out!

(image) This is a photo of my middle two playing at an indoor playground 4 1/2 years ago! The twins were only like 5 months old, and we headed there with my cousin (who used to come around and give me a hand sometimes) to get out of the craziness that was out house! Weren't they cute back then?!?!? Oh how times change!! LOL

OK, so here's the rules of the game....
•Go to your photo folder in your computer
•Go to the 6th folder of photos
•Go to the sixth picture
•Put the picture on your blog and a description of it
•Invite six friends to join the challenge
•Link them in your blog.

I'm gonna tag
1. Kim

Have a great day!