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Sunday, June 26, 2011


Have been so busy lately but seem to have nothing to show for it.  Work is getting busier so I find myself down there a lot more except when Emma is unwell and then we are just here at home.  I cannot believe how quickly her next lot of chemo has come around.  We head to Brisbane on Tuesday and will get home Friday or Saturday depending on how she is feeling.  This will be her last cycle of chemo.  Don't know what the next step is but will find out on Tuesday.

I have loads of scrapping to share with you but it is for either Mad about Scrappin or Kaisercraft so unfortunately I am unable to share with you at this point.

Took Emma to her first ever concert on Tuesday night.  We went to Miley Cyrus and it was fantastic..... Emma could not wipe the smile off her face for the entire night and the following day.  I was broke though by the end of it as she wanted a tshirt, poster, book and then a lanyard eek - the prices they charge are disgusting. 

Anyway I still have loads to get finished before we head up on Tuesday so I should probably get back to it.  I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy.
Love Leanne

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kaisercraft Retreat

Well this weekend saw the inaugural retreat fro Kaisercraft Robina.  I only went out for the Saturday night as I was teaching two classes the next morning.  Can I just say that I am so sore from laughing so hard.  I just cannot believe how hilarious they all were, especially a certain Bev Watt........ Don't ever change Bev as you are just a legend as you are LOL.

I took my camera but oops I forgot the battery (snigger)  so therefore I have no photos.  I do believe that there will be some on facebook soon so I will have to pop over there and borrow them for my blog.  

I am so tired tonight though as it was reasonably late by the time we got to sleep last night and then the silly fire alarm went off this morning at some un Godly hour this morning.... What a wake up, went to get out of the bunk and kinda missed the second step (silly me)

Anyway will go now but as soon as I get my hands on some of the photos then I will post them for you to all have a little giggly. Oh before I go I did manage to get two layouts done but they are for Mad about
scrappin (DT) so I cannot share with you yet.....

I am off to bed now for a decent sleep

Love to  you all
Leanne xx

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Been a bit of a slacker

Just noticed how long it was since I had blogged.... oops but I have been super busy.

Am heading off to Tamborine Mountain tonight to join with the girls on the first Kaisercraft Robina retreat.  Am teaching two classes tomorrow so that should be fun.  I had to go out and buy myself a jacket though as apparently it is incredibly cold... I don't mind being cold just not freezing cold.  I have packed my heater also lol.....

Not a lot has been happening here, Emma is excited as Tuesday night she gets to go and see Miley Cyrus in concert - Yah.  Should be a fun night.  She then has to go up to Brisbane to see her specialist on Thursday and then the following Tuesday we are back up there for her final round of chemo - double YAH.  We still don't know what the next step will be but hopefully it will be easier than the chemo. 

Ok well I still have loads of housework to do before I head off up the mountain so should probably go and do it.

See you on the flip side
Leanne xxxx

PS I am going to remember to take my camera this time

Monday, June 13, 2011

Busy Weekend and Layouts

Wow, what a busy weekend........

Val and I headed up to Brisbane on Friday afternoon for the papercraft convention.  We stayed at a lovely little place called Riverside Hotel.  Although the rooms were slightly small and the lighting not that good, they were very clean and tidy, the staff were fabulous and the food in the restaurant was AMAZING.

Once we had settled into our room and had a cup of tea, we decided to venture out and head on down to Southbank.  I thought when I booked the accommodation that we would have to drive to the convention centre and the parklands but we found out that we were barely a five minute walk away (yah).  We took in the Friday night markets, walked around stopped for coffee and just chatted for about an hour and a half when we then decided to head back to the room and get ready for dinner.

Dinner was FANTASTIC....... I could not believe how fabulous the meal was.  Yummo, we have agreed that we will definately be going back there next year.  Oh yeah - it was also very reasonably priced and the underground car parking was free.

Ok well onto the convention, got there early on the Saturday morning which was good as the line up was miles long and it seemed to take forever to get in.  I really got annoyed at all the little ladies who decided that it would be easier to go up the front and push in, grrrrr why can't they wait like everyone else has to. 
Was slightly disappointed once we walked around as there appeared to be a few stores missing, well actually more than just a few.  There were not many stores but loads more people..... I still managed to make a bit of a dent in my credit card.

I would love to show you some snap shots of what I made in my first two classes but the truth is the dog ate them.........

no actually I lost them...................................

Ok ok I will tell you the truth,  I haven't finished them!!!!!!!  I will get them finished eventually, maybe once I finish the stuff from the convention last year then I can make a start on the stuff from this year.......

Saturday night saw Val and I head on out to dinner with Cindy, Karen, Kylie, Tanya P and heaps of other lovely ladies oh and a couple of gentlemen as well.  We went to a Mediterranean restaurant in southbank and it was delicious.  Didn't stay out too late but late enough to make me tired the next day. ugh!!!

I can share with you the three awesome layouts that I created in the talented Melissa Kennedy's class on the Sunday morning using the "Chapter One" collection (yah one of my favs).

The following two layouts and beyond the page item were the items I created for the Kaisercraft DT final round.  I am still pinching myself and giggling every time I think about making it through.

Anyway guys, all in all Val and I had a great time at the convention.  I was in bed by 8pm Sunday night though as I was just plum tuckered out.

We had a public holiday here in Australia today which allowed me the opportunity to complete some chores that I had needed to get done.  Am off to work tomorrow for a few hours. 
I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy
Leanne xxxx

Friday, June 10, 2011


Well I did it!  I managed to get myself on the Kaisercraft Design Team for 2011-2012 - YAH ME!!!!!!!!!  Here is a snippet of the letter that I received a few days ago.  Boy oh boy it has been so very difficult trying to keep the news in.  I have been wanting to tell everyone but couldn't.

Hi Leanne,

The team at Kaisercraft absolutely loved your application - so much so we'd love you to be a part of our team!

Congratulations on being selected to be a member of Kaisercraft’s Contributing Design Team 2011 – 2012 !!!!

Now we know this is HUGE news, however, we’d love it if you could not tell anyone (other than CLOSE family members) as we will not be announcing the successful Design Team members until Friday the 10th on the Kaisercraft blog

Can you imagine not being able to tell anyone when all you want to do is shout it from the rooftops........ Hard I tell you.

Well that is all I have to say today.  Val and I are heading off to Brisbane this afternoon for the papercraft convention yippee yi yo and away we go.........

I will be back Sunday to tell you all about our adventures and to tell you all about all the yummy goodies that I managed to buy........

Leanne xxx

Thursday, June 9, 2011

1 more sleep

Only one more sleep until we find out who the new Kaisercraft DT will be (fingers crossed)

and only one more sleep until Val and I hit the road and head on up to Brissie - YAH

Leanne :-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Ok I know that I said I would post this piccie two days ago but with all that happens in our little household I completely forgot, oopsie. 

I did this layout using the Kaisercraft Chapter One range of papers, mmmm divine aren't they....

love this paper and I love this photo of Em and I being silly

Class we did with Lynette Carrol using the Kaisercraft frame.  I just need to finish it but I couldn't wait and just had to share it with you.

Cannot believe that there are only 3 more sleeps until they announce the new Kaiser DT,  I really really really hope I am one of the lucky 12 but if not then I will try again next year and the year after etc, you get the idea.

I also cannot believe that the papercraft convention has come around so fast either.  Val and I are doing our usual yearly pilgrimage and staying up there for the Friday and Saturday night.  Next year I think that we should stay for the 3 nights.  It is so much fun and I love going to the classes and learning new stuff.  This year I am doing "Chapter One, Two Three" with Melissa Kennedy using (yep you guessed it, Chapter one papers), "Patchwork Pieces" from Paris with Jane Tregenza and finally "Just You" also with Jane Tregenza.  If there are vacancies in any of the other classes then I may just do another, if not the I guess I will have no other option but to shop...... Cannot waste time sitting around doing nothing when there is shopping to be done. 

I hope I run in to loads of friends and if you are going then call me and maybe we can catch up for a coffee and chat.  If you don't have my phone number then email me and I will give it to you.

Hope this finds you all happy and healthy
Leanne :-)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

DT Goodies

I guess it comes as no secret that I am kinda partial to Kaisercraft products.  Well imagine my delight when my DT kit arrived from Mad about Scrappin filled to the brim with yummy Kaiser goodies - YAH.

I have been scrapping all afternoon and have only just completed one layout.  Decided to give 12 x 12 a go again.  Found it a little difficult but am very happy with how it turned out.  I will post a piccie tomorrow but I used the Kaisercraft "Chapter One Collection".  That and the new "Velvet Ensemble" would have to be my all time faves at the moment although on saying that I am sure it will change, usually does.

Emma has been fantastic and very chirpy today so I am sending her to school tomorrow.  If she needs me to pick her up early then so be it.  She is so much better being at school than sitting around the house feeling sorry for herself.

Well not much else to tell.  Will post a few piccies tomorrow.


Leanne xxx

Saturday, June 4, 2011

6 sleeps

Only 6 more sleeps until the announcement of the new Kaisercraft DT and only 6 more sleeps until I head up to Brissie for the weekend for the papercraft convention with my bestie YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO

All good on the home front.  Emma is glad to be home from chemo.  She will be a bit ill for the next couple of days but should be back at school by Wednesday.

Thank you once again for your prayers and kind thoughts.

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hi guys,  here are my layouts this month for Mad about Scrappin.  I LOVED the papers that I got to work with and you can grab them with full instructions from HERE

Emma had a good night, she slept well which was great but then when we got to the hospital this morning for her chemo she got a nurse she didn't know and got sad.  She started crying and said that she didn't want any more chemo so this nurse stormed off and said "fine, you can stay here all day then"  She was so horrible and that made Emma feel even worse.  If you are not kind and compassionate then for goodness sake do not work with children in a cancer ward.  These children are going through enough and the last thing they need is a sad old lady nursing them........  I spoke to the ladies at the reception and they promptly got us a lovely nurse who was caring and spoke to Emma is a supporting way.  I can't believe how horrible this visit has been for us.  Poor Emma is beside herself and feeling so sick this time.  Only one more cycle to go, that is what I keep reminding myself and Emma. 

Thank you so very much for your beautiful comments yesterday.  It is so comforting knowing that there are people out there thinking of and praying for us.

God Bless
Leanne xxx