Another page done for my Book of Me - a page about an important heirloom that I have been lucky enough to have passed onto me.
My parental grandparents led very interesting lives living and working in Shanghai, China from 1924 until 1937. My Grandparents were British but moved to Shanghai when my Grandpop got a job working for the Shanghai Police Force and my Nana worked for the British High Commission. During their many years in Shanghai they both developed a life long love for the game of Mah Jong and played it regularly. They planned to live in Shanghai for the forseeable future and my Father and Uncle were born there, however life took a dramatic turn when the the Japanese over ran Shanghai and all foreigners had to get out fast, my Grandparents got out on the last boat and made their way to live and work in India. One of the precious items they managed to take with them was the family Mah Jong set.
Luck was not on their side and unfortunately they had to make another decision about where to live when India went through Partition (the division of British India into Pakistan, Bangladesh & India) in 1947 and they chose New Zealand as their final place to live out their days.
They continued to love Mah Jong and as a small child I remember them playing regularly with my Mother and Father well into the night. I was taught to play in my teens and played regularly with my parents and husband - many happy nights of laughter and conversation.
The set was passed to me some years ago and I am now the 3rd generation to own and love this set. Late last year we decided our son was old enough to learn to play and he has taken to it like a duck to water and often beats us adults - something his Grandmother is very proud of. He will be the 4th generation to own this set when its his time to have the set passed onto him and I hope he shares all the fun and laughter by teaching his children how to play and spending time as a family around the table, playing, laughing and enjoying each others company.
Do you have any important stories about the things you treasure you need to record in your BOM - if so there is no time like the present!!!.
Fiskars template - Circles 1
Fiskars Ultra Shape Express
Ink by Steph - "Doheney" pattern paper
Heidi Grace - Clear Flourish Stickers "Forever Love"
Kimberley Poloson - Alphabet Stickers "Nature's Flora"
Have you seen the great classes that are being offered in the FISKARS CLASSROOM at the Scrapbook and Papercrafting Expo & Convention in Brisbane the long weekend in June 6-8th?
It's not too late to book a class.....you can click on the link at the bottom of this post and it will take you to the booking info......
There are still some vacancies in Ngaire's "Dress it Up" Classes and Monday's "Mini Canvas Wall Hanging" Classs with Jill why not book a spot today with a friend and have some FISKARS FUN using some of the wonderful NEW TOOLS as well as being shown how to get the most out of your tools.....learn how to use the new Scallop Squeeze Punches,Stamp Factory,NEW Fingertip Rotary Cutter and so much more....see class descriptions below........
These ladies are such fun people to work with and they are only too willing to share their knowledge and passion with others!
9.30am to 11.30am - SOLD OUT
The Art of My Home with Ngaire Bartlam
Skill level: Advanced scrapbooking skills, and have a desire for fun and colour and art.
You will create a 12 x 12 layout, including three to four 5cm x 5cm photos, hand journaling, and a stunning cottage and garden collage. You will make your own mini houses for this layout, and decorate them to suit your own style. This is a fun and joyful class to take, as you will be playing with some beautiful product, and some fabulous new tools from Fiskars. Your finished project will be a perfect addition to your scrapbook, an easel in your art room, or framed on a wall in your home. You will need to know basic scrapbooking skills, and be open to a relaxed and more arty way of creating, and you will need to be ready for a jolly and productive time.
The use of many fabulous Fiskars tools: Fiskars Squeeze Punches (NEW Scalloped varieties) Eyelet Setters, Stamping tools which include NEW Stamp Factory and Stamp Press, Fingertip Craft Knife, NEW Fingertip Rotary Cutter, (some inks and art stamps for the project will be supplied). PLUS your extensive project kit with a beautiful range of papers from 7Gypsies, Coredinations cardstock, 97% complete sticker sheet, a ribbon pack, brads and buttons, plus your own set of letter stamps to keep!
Students are to bring:
Expo Tool Kit
3 photos, each 5cm x 5cm of your home, garden or a room you love
Inks - any that you have that you like to use
Fine tip black pen
Double sided tape
Kindy glitz and dimensional magic (or similar) may be added after the class for extra prettiness. We will not be adding this in class though as it takes time to dry.
Class cost: $45
12noon to 2pm VACANCIES still each day
Dress It Up with Ngaire Bartlam
Skill level: Need to know how to use a trimmer
In this class you will make a gorgeous name banner for a girl's bedroom (with the option however to make a generic coloured banner if you are wanting to make one for a boy). You will learn techniques such as punching, template work, fussy cutting and stamping as well as general tips on creating 'off the page' items. We will be using Fiskars tools, papers and embellishments from the Chatterbox range. This will be a fairly busy class, so make sure you bring plenty of energy.
A page kit from Chatterbox as well as fabric and chipboard to complete your banner. You will have the chance to use the following Fiskars tools: Squeeze Punches, Ultra Shape Express, Jumbo Templates, NEW Fingertip Swivel Knife, Acrylic Stamps, NEW Stamp Factory and NEW Fingertip Rotary Cutter.
Students are to bring:
Expo Tool Kit
Kindy Glitz can be added at the class or at home
Class cost: $50
2.30pm to 4.30pm SOLD OUT Saturday/Sunday.....still vacancies for Monday
Mini Canvas Wall Hanging with Jill Geraghty-Groves
Skill level: All levels
You will make a gorgeous wall hanging display using three tiny canvases suitable for any home. Learn wonderful techniques including layering, distressing and vintaging. You will only need to know the basics, Jill will teach you the rest.
Class includes: use of Fiskars tools including: Trimmer, Squeeze Punches, NEW Stamp Factory, Craft Drill, Scissors. Project kit will consist of mini canvases, Paper from 7Gypsies, Coredinations cardstock, Stamps from 7Gypsies and Making Memories, Basic Grey Embellishments, Ribbon and Embossing powders.
Students are to bring:
Expo Tool Kit
Edge distressing tools
Glue/double sided tape
Distressing ink (any dark brown colour)
No photos are required
Class cost: $50To book for classes click here
What do you give a 31 year old son for his birthday?
Well my oldest son....Brendan turns 31 this coming Friday June 5th so I decided to make him this card.
I just used up some scrap cardstock.....some Heidi Grace rub-ons from Sweetest Bug Range and some fun doodling!
Fiskars Rotary Trimmer
Fiskars Craft Mat
Fiskars Cameo Appearance Scallop Squeeze Punch
Fiskars Squeeze Punch "Round the bend"(1/2")
Brendan really is "one of a kind "
He is: patient.....honest....athletic....intelligent....humourous.....organised.....and is a great role model for our other 3 sons! He will also be a DAD come late September!
We have decided to give him a DAY PASS to Mount Buller......that way he will be able to do what he loves doing...."skiiing and snowboarding".
I must admit I have been playing around doodling more on my cards lately.....after seeing what Annette does with her doodling....it's inspired me to do more on my own cards.....thanks Annette!
I love this photo of me.... My parents have few photos of me from when I was little. They couldn't afford to print photos so therefore they took only a few. When my parents found this photo I fell in love instantly. I thought it was just so cute.
The story behind this photo was about the teddy that I am holding. It was a perfect photo for the Book of Me prompt for today. The teddy was a gift to me from my great grandma who lived in Mons, Belgium at the time I was born. I was lucky enough to meet her twice in my life (once when I has the aged in the photo, 2 years old and once when I was 12 years old). She gave me the teddy which was actually a pale blue and white rabbit.. though it never really looked like a rabbit. I went everywhere with it and I got upset when it wasn't with me.
Unfortunately I don't know what happened to the teddy. I guess it finally gave up after being much loved or perhaps it just got lost. I am not sure bit of a shame really.
Heidi Grace - Reagan's Closet paper range and clear stamps
I hope to scrap layouts about my children's favourite toys next. I still have all their first teddies and hope to keep them for them for when they get older as a memento of when they were little for them to look back on an remember. I think this is definitely a nice thing to remember.
Why not give this challenge a go.
Cheers, Michelle x
Hello there! Ready for another BOM prompt? Todays inspiration is to scrap a picture of a favourite toy or the memory you have of it. I have been wanting to document Hoppy for many years, so I am really glad this topic came up. Many of my childhood memories revolve around having (or not having lol) Hoppy by my side...so it will come as no surprise that I still have him here! I did pay someone to replicate him for Thomas when he was a baby too...just wanting to share the love, but they did not do a very good job at all. So I let him have the real deal for about 2 days! He wasn't as into him as I thought he would be (go figure!!) so back to the cupboard went Hoppy for another 8 years!
I have used the beautiful range of papers from Cloud 9 called Alyssa's Garden. Is it not just so fun and funky!!! I love it!
Our FISKARS CRAFT TEAM are all eagerly awaiting the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair on June 10-14th.
For those of you who saw our FISKARS CRAFT TEAM in Sydney last year at the Stitches and Craft Show will know how much fun was had.....well this year the TEAM shall all be wearing orange shirts at the Craft and Quilt Fair.......Fiskars aprons....and smiles a mile wide!!
TEAM LEADER for Sydney Show this year shall be Lorraine Lee Tynerman.
She shall be joined by Aussie Ambassadors Jacky MCLeod and Lee Woodside and Demonstrators Eve Hawkes, Azza Zedrak, Eunice Pollock, Tara Capewell, Robyn Wilkinson and Debbie Guihot.
The girls shall have lots of the wonderful FISKARS TOOLS for you to play with to create a fun papercraft project.....or perhaps you would like to try the NEW Donna Dewberry endorsed Fiskars Quilting Tools......including this Fabric Strip Cutter below.....
Why not make a day of it and bring along a friend or two to have some Crafting Fun in the Fiskars Craft Studio!
Fiskars Craft Studio shall also be coming to Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair from July 23-26th.....so mark your calendars Melbournites!!
Both Dawn Stan and I shall be in attendance each day of the Fair in Melbourne!