Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas is Coming

The Most wonderful Time of the Year is just around the corner. Still have a few things to get ready. time just seems to slip away.

We had the Scrapbooking Christmas party at Pam's last Saturday evening. Pam acted as Santa and did a top job. Not only was Pam a great Santa but she was a wonderful hostess as well.

My friends from Canberra called in for a couple of days and we did a practice Christmas dinner roast on the Barbque. It was a great evening.

We are counting down the days until the Scrapbooking Cruise. I actually have my photos ready. Looking forward to the cruise. Tony is going to be busy while we are away as we have a lot of bookings for the Bed and Breakfast. I sure he will cope with the help of the 'kids'.
Hope every one has a wonderful Christmas and may 2011 have many hours of Scrapbooking and Quilting.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

November News

I have been a bit slack in keeping the blog up to date. The above photo is of the first quilt that I have completed with my quiliting machine. Have others to do. Will get there one day.

The response to the March Scrapbooking weekend has been overwhelming. All the workshops have been finalised and our guest tutor, Kaye, has put together a stunning workshop. Even though it is not until March it will be here before we know it.
I have taken the plunge a got together a small shop as there is not readily available scrapbook shop here now. I have lots of Prima, alphabets, cardstock, papers and bits and pieces.

Pam and I are looking forward to going to the Scrapbooking Cruise in January. There is a good contingent of people from Wagga also going, althought not all scrappers. It will be nice to share this experience with Raywen.

Last weekend I had nine ladies from the Canberra 'Stitch and Bitch' quilters come for a weekend of doing their own thing. By all accounts they had a great time. So beautiful work was created. The quilters do not have as much stuff with them as the scrappers.

I have been busy putting together kits for Pam and I to do and take on the cruise. Have still managed to do a few layouts.
Until next time.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Daisy Tutorial

I used a small and a medium daisy punch. You could cut out a template if you do not have the punches. The paper I used was printed on one side however you can use double sided paper or cardstock.
Ink, pearls for the centres and foam squares to stick together or glue if you prefer.

Cut two medium and one small daisy. Ink the the edges and the back. the small flower will need inking all over the back.

Pinch and push up the petals on all the flowers.
Stack the two large petals on top of each other, off setting them, right side up with foam squares. Place the small flower reverse side up on top. Place a pearl into the middle of the flower.
Below is the finished flower with a flower made from double sided paper.

Sara did this layout using cardstock to make the flowers.
Thank you for looking.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Scrap That colour contest

Scrap That have a colour contest until the 15th September. the colours are pink, light blue and light grey/brown. The Scrap That link is at the right.

The colours are not what I usually use however I was happy with the end result. As I don't as yet have the September kit I had to improvise with the papers. As we do not have a scrapbook shop in the area I ended up making the pink paper on the computer.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Successful Retreat

The weekend weather was very wet and windy but this did not have an impact on a great Scrapping Retreat. Ten ladies attended for the weekend with two ladies braving the conditions and coming down from Batlow for the Saturday afternoon workshop. This was an off the page canvas presented by Jan Agnew. This workshop was very well received by all the ladies.

Ladies travelled from Jindabyne, Wagga and Queanbeyan as well a local. Three workshops were held as part of the retreat with an optional techniques workshop.
The Friday night workshop was devised by Kaye Snow who unfortunatly was attendeing another workshop at the South Coast. I am hopeing that Kaye will terach some of the wornderful techniques she has learnt using Tim Holtz products at our next retreat.
I have started organising the workshops for the next retreat even though it be some months until we have the retreat. This is due to bookings of quilting groups, the school holidays, some tripping around and two retreats that I will be attending and Christmas.
Happy scrapping

Friday, August 27, 2010

End of August

Well it is the end of August. Only one week to go until the next retreat. Every thing has arrived and the kits are mostly packed. I have added a couple of layouts I have done recently. I am trying to do layouts with several photos.

It is still very wet here but spring is starting to show her colours.

Have a great day.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Spring is Coming

All the guests have gone and having a cuppa and a quiet moment looking out over the front of the property. We have had a lot of rain over the past few weeks. The violets are well in bloom and the country is green. I took this photo from the front verandah to share the moment with you all.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Scrap That Kit

I made my first layout with the July Scrap That kit. The layout was a bit daughting at first but once I distressed the paper the rest came easy. The photo if of my big sister, Pam and big brother Rennie.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Scrapping Retreat - September

Sara a new chum to Scrapping at the last retreat.
Preparations are well on the way for the last Scrapping Retreat for the year. This retreat will have a guest tutor for one one the workshops (Prima paper and emblishments). There are new techniques to learn and some great papers will be featured in the workshops.
Retreats are a great weekend away for cooking and housework. Great friends can be made and great greations happen. Every one learns new things both in workshops and from others attending.

The dates are 3 - 5 September.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July Report

Pelecians at Lake Coongie

It has been a month since I have made a post. A lot has happened in that time. Tony and I went to South Australia and Tony did a two day flyover of Lake Eyre and surrounding countryside. I stayed in Adelaide.

The school holidays are here and I have actually set up my quilting frame after nearly two years of it sitting in a box. I have nearly finished a quilt. I have also had the pleasure of having my grandson for a week.
Yesterday I took some time out from our busy time with the Bed and Breakfast and did some workshops with Kylie Tout from Scrapping Clearly and Bridget Gibson from Scraping 4 Keeps. There were four workshops. Three need some finishing touches. The altered frame I did get finished.
Planning is on the way for the next Scrapping Retreat in September. There will be a guest tutor for one of the workshops. The retreat is $190 and includes two night accommodation, meals and at least three workshops.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Scrap That! Blog Hop!

The Scrap That! Blog Hop! A group of wonderful scrappers who design for Scrap That.

Monday, June 7, 2010

June Scrapbooking Retreat

Eight ladies from Wagga Wagga, Gundagai and Tumut had a great weekend of scrapping at the June Scrapbooking retreat at Russellee.

The Scrapbooking Retreat focused on handmade flowers. The workshops incoporated different techniques of making flowers. It was great to see these flowers being added to layouts made over the weekend.

There were two challenges. One was a kit of four papers and the other was using a MLSB sketch and your own papers. Both produced excellent results.

Monday, April 26, 2010


The Bed and Breakfast has had a very busy three weeks with Easter, the school holidays and the ANZAC weekend which was also the Festival of the Falling Leaf.

The April Little Red Scrapbook kit arrived during this and I used the papers to create two layout. We had my brother, Rennie, and Ele staying as well as several guests. We gave them a bar-b-que on the Monday of the long weekend. The weather was great, the leaves are just starting to turn and the view was lovely.
This layout is one of the Scrapbooking Cruise Kaye, Pam and I did last November.
Don't forget our June Scrapping Retreat.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scrapbooking update

Pam and I managed to fit in a day of scrapbooking on Sunday.

Pam did a great layout on on a photo she had taken a of her and Bob on one of their manhy cruises.

My layout is of Tony and me at Evendale in Tasmania. This was a pretty little town. Not far from there we went to a sauce factory. Great sauces and jams.

Preparations are on the way for the nest Scrapbooking Retreat the first weekend in June. If you are interested in coming please let me know soon.

We have also booked on the next scrapbooking cruise in January. I have a link to the info for anyone else interested in going.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cropping Weekend

Tony and I had two great weeks in Tasmania. Lots of photo opportunities. Tasmaina is a great place to tour around. I did not know much about it until we went. I now have a greater understanding of it and enjoyed it very much. There was a lot of diversity, history and
wonderful food. The Makehams team and fellow passenger were great to be with. If you have not been to Tassie try and go. It is worth the effort.

On Saturday we had a scrapping day which flowed over to Sunday. I managed to get some layouts done for myself. There was a newby to Scrapbooking. Sarah managed to complete two layouts. a great effort considering she had not done it before.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Competitions Entry

I have posted an entry into the February Competition. There is still time to enter.
Tony and I are going away for two weeks to Tasmania on Sunday. The judging of the competiton will take place when we return.

I have also included a layout I did of a sketch from Crafty Sketches website.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Scrappin' and Quilting Weekend

Russellee had a busy weekend with two groups of ladies enjoying their chosen crafts. We had a group of eight ladies from Canberra (thanks to Sandy Thompson) working on their own projects in the Blue Wren.
We also had a group of regular ladies working in the living room of the main house. Glenys Hugget from Jinderbyne joined this group for the first time. Thank you Glenys for coming. The group had a challenge layout for the weekend. We asked the visiting quilting ladies to pick a layout of the weekend. Kaye's double page layout of her grandaughter was our winner.

All in all we had a great weekend. I even managed to get a couple of layouts done. I was pleased with the one I did of Pam and Kaye on the cruise.

Thanks also to Kim Kendal of Heirloom Scraps for bringing a small shop of the ladies to indulge in.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Layouts from sketch

I did a couple of quick layouts using the sketch below. Looking forward to seeing what others contribute. Enjoy your scrappin

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Russellee Page Sketch

I am running a page competition using this sketch. There is a prize pack of papers and emblishments for the winning entry.

If you are interested having a go at this competition please send me a photo of your page to russeldr@bigpond.com by the 27th February.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The New Year

The New Year has come. We had a sad start to it with the death of my mother. However, the year s young and we must go forward.

I have my grandson staying and I took him to the South Coast for a couple of days. I enjoyed the grandmother thing and took him to the Mogo Zoo and the Birdpark at Batesman Bay. We had a wonderful couple of days. I took some great photos to scrap.

Planning is on the way for the February Scrapping Retreat. I have an optional workshop planned that I hope will appeal to all. Finding the papers and embellishments took a bit of doing but I now have them all.