Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NZ ... here we come ....

I'm flying off to the land of the long white cloud this morning ..... 
NEW ZEALAND 
to teach at the Autumn Escape Retreat ....

Keep an eye on what I'm up to thru Instagram ... HAPPYDAKS...


See you soon

Natalie

Sunday, April 20, 2014

APOCD ....


Happy Sunday peeps - and Happy Easter to you all.

Hope you are not all overdoing it on the chocolate and the kids are being awesome ....

Speaking of Awesome ... today I'm sharing a layout I created using the March Cupcake kit.
I have got so much out of this kit this month - really impressed!

For this page, I used the Wisteria Twinkling H2O's to create a watercolour background that coordinated with the papers in the kit.


Now some of you might know ... I'm not a big fan of purple - in fact when I saw this in the kit, I cringed!

But - I'm so wrapped with how this came out - I'm still not a purple lover but the colours as just perfect with the paper!


I used a few of my cut files and my Cameo to cut the Speech Bubble and circle and backed the circles with papers from the kit.


So head over and have a look at all the goodies in the shop ....

Happy Easter people - Stay Safe and enjoy every second with your families

xxx
Natalie May





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scrapbook Creations 104 ....


So the latest issue of Scrapbook Creations Magazine is out this week - Issue 104 ....



I have a couple of projects in it and have to say ... THIS ISSUE ROCKS!

Here is one of my projects
Head down to your local newsagent or Scrapbook store today & 
grab a copy (Seriously Scrapbooking has them in stock)



"Photography by Scrapbook Creations/Amanda Reddicliffe"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Big Shot Cards ...


 Hi there
Happy Monday!
Just stopping by with the cards I taught on the weekend!

Have a great day!

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ovarian Cancer ....


 I had a weird light bulb moment this morning reading the paper ....

It sounds ridiculous but after reading the great article in the Sunday Mail in the Body+Soul liftout about Ovarian Cancer ... I realized what a rather big bullet I dodged .....

Why this didnt click to me sooner - I dont know ....

What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is the growth of malignant cells in one or both ovaries, and is often accompanied by the spread of malignant cells to surrounding organs in the abdominal cavity. Whilst a small number of cases appear to have an underlying genetic component, in most instances the causes of ovarian cancer are unknown.
DIAGNOSIS
How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?
There is no screening test available for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is usually detected by a combination of several tests and examinations. The final diagnosis always requires the pathological analysis of a tissue sample.
Physical examination: A general check up, including an internal pelvic examination.
Blood tests: A full blood count may be done and a measure of the blood protein CA 125, which is often raised in women with ovarian cancer. Other special 'tumour markers' may also be tested for, but some tumours will not have elevations of these markers and the type of marker depends on the type of tumour.
Imaging tests: A chest and/or abdominal x-rays and an ultrasound scan of the pelvis are usually done. Ultrasound scanning cannot give a definite diagnosis though. A CT scan may see if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, but this cannot definitely diagnose ovarian cancer either.
Biopsy: This is sometimes done during the operation. A sample of tissue is sent to the laboratory to be looked at under the microscope to confirm or exclude the diagnosis.


WHAT ARE THE STATISTICS?

Incidence
  • Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer 
  • Every year approximately 1,200 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, most of them with an advanced stage of the disease
  • On average 3 Australian women are diagnosed every day
  • One in 90 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime
  • Six out of 10 ovarian cancer cases occur in women over the age of 60 
  • The average age of women at diagnosis is 63 years
  • The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age
  • An estimated 1,488 women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015
Mortality
  • Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cause of cancer death in Australian women
  • Ovarian cancer is the most common cause of death from a gynaecological cancer
Survival
Every woman with ovarian cancer is treated as an individual case, depending on the stage of the disease and other personal factors. It is therefore very difficult to give a general prognosis. If the cancer is diagnosed and treated early, between 80-100% of patients will survive for more than five years. But only approximately 30% of women diagnosed at advanced stages will survive for more than five years.  See 'How is Ovarian Cancer Treated?' for further information about survival rates.
  • The five year survival rate for Australian women with ovarian cancer is only about 40%
  • In comparison, the five year survival rate for breast cancer is about 88%

Get into Witchery and buy a white shirt ... today ...

Or go to www.ocrf.com.au
 

APOCD ....


Happy Sunday peeps....

Is it just me or did the last week really fly by?
It's my turn to blog over at A Piece Of Cake Designs today

I have scrapped up a storm this week and again, loved playing with my March Cupcake Kit.




This photo was a particularly hard one to scrap as it was the day my mum cut off all my hair before the chemotherapy make it fall out.
I went from having hair half way down my back to up to my ears in a flash - but I did try to embrace it and tried to not let it get to me ... the next to come was the clippers .... I'm yet to scrap those photos.

But ... as we all do these days ... I went to social media for some moral support.... some reassurance ...

I posted this photo on Instagram and by the end of the day, the kind words and Insta-Love had lifted me higher .... Where would we be without Social Media!

So the Insta-Love Frames and Veneers couldn't be more perfect for this page.

Did you know that you can trim them down?
I took to mine with my little Fiskars Guillotine and corner rounder and it was a better fit for my page.

 I even used the offcuts and tucked them in under my photo for a little balance.

 

 



Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some love
xxx
Natalie May

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kits ... Kits... Kits ......

Want to do some easy Scrapping?

I have just released a new selection of kits!

Head over to the web page and have a look - lots of Double Pages, Cards and Mini Books - plus there are more going up next week! 


HERE

Easy Scrapbooking at it's best with cheap postage within Australia!


Monday, April 7, 2014

It's my turn to blog over at APOCD...
Today I'm sharing with you a rather grungy page using elements from the new Cupcake Kit.
Gorgeous kit and I especially love the Teresa Collins Masks that are included - 
there are THREE of them in the kit! 
That's right peeps -- I said .... THREE!
 
I created my background using the heart mask with a little texture paste then added various mists and stamps from my stash at home before using the damask and word mask with Ranger Archival ink.
(The hessian and fiber is also from my stash)
 Kinda LOVING the results!
I used some of the gorgeous papers for layering under my photo of Miss Jessica on the beach
 And how good is this new flair?
It's just a taste of whats coming out soon!
Have a great day guys 
Thanks for stopping by
Natalie May

Tonight is my Sketch Class - 7pm at Seriously Scrapbooking .....

There are three pages we will be working with are based on these three designs ....



Please bring a variety of 6x4 photos as we will be designing the pages to fit more than one photo

Monday, March 31, 2014

Scrap The Boys

Scrap The Boys class this Thursday night 
Come and create a double page using Simple Stories Papers 
lots of fun and will be a great addition to your album 
Photos used - 4 Horizontal 6x4 inch images.... Please call 8277 1298 to book in

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Right Now .... APOCD

 Happy Sunday to you all.

I'm sharing another easy page today using a little Cherry Flair from A Piece of Cake Designs!

I love this set - has to be one of the most versatile sets as it
covers so many occasions and events.
 

I got my hands on some new Heidi Swapp Hello Today ephemera and ink
and used the bits and pieces to frame this Instagram photo taken
of us at the Hunters & Collectors concert last month.  




Well that's it from me today - short sharp & shiny!

Have a great week
Natalie


Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Piece of Cake Designs


Happy Sunday!!!!

Today I'm sharing a couple of pages I created using the February Main kit from A Piece of Cake Designs

 
LOVED playing with this kit - has so many options ...

This first one is nice and simple ... I used the gorg papers and also a
couple of die cuts from the Basic Grey pack.


I added in some vellum from my stash and some super messy machine stitching!
 
The Daily Flash Alpha sheet was perfectly colour coordinated!

This next page is another one that is relativity simple in design but I used the Basic Grey Die Cuts to create some pretty major interest! The papers, wood stars and sequins are straight from the Main kit.

 I love the combination of acetate and cardstock in the pack - so easy to work with


I used Cherry Flair from two different sets for this page

And one from Blooming Lovely


So thanks for stopping by
Have a great week
Natalie