Ink Inclinations

Claire Harrison Independent Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrator

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Time Flies... and blog awards

Well here I am, finally back to chat to you after a whole month away from my blog - terrible blogging, my apologies. I have been flat out making things I can't share with you - gifts for my secret sister, I can't show you those until we have the "big reveal"later this month and swaps for Stampin' Up! convention in Sydney in a couple of weeks. However, it seems you love me still even when I neglect you for so long... In my inbox this week I have been delighted to receive not one but TWO blog awards - how excitement! But before I talk about those, I should probably show you the one thing I have made lately that is NOT a secret.

This is a photo of my little guy when he was about 18 months. We had some pics taken by a professional photographer who was looking for images for greeting cards. I loved this one, and it has only taken me 10 years to scrap it! The layout is a pagemaps sketch a wonderful source of inspiration, and the whole thing came together really quickly at the girls scrap night I try to get to each month (thanks for the inspiration lovely ladies!) I had trouble getting a good pic of it but hopefully you get the idea.

In this layout I have used a combination of the Urban Oasis, Sweet Slumber and Washington Apple Designer Series Papers, I also used the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel and the Life Definitions stamp set. It's a really simple layout but I am thrilled with how it came together - as I say, the photo does not really do it justice. But I hope you like it.

Now onto the blog awards. The first one I received was a Beautiful Blog award

from my upline Mae Collins - thanks Mae. In accepting this award I need to nominate 10 other beautiful blogs and tell you ten things about myself. OK so here are 10 of my fave blogs to stalk for inspiration:

Tanya Kitto - Stamp n' Chat
Marelle Taylor
Nicole Derendorf - Stamping Down Under
Kirrily Matthews - KM Designs
Gardenia Pepworth - A Little Less Useless
Stamping with Steph
Rainbows by Robin
Bronwyn Eastley - addINKtive designs
Creating Cards with Andrea
Lynda Moss - StampINKins

Phew! That list took a while to compile. Now 10 things about myself hmmm

  1. I am married to a chef I met whilst travelling in the UK
  2. I have one brother.
  3. I have one son.
  4. My fave things to do include having lunch with my girlfriends, craft time with girlfriends and having lunch and/or crafting with my mum!
  5. I LOVE elephants!
  6. My husband thinks my elephant collection may eventually overrun the house and leave us nowhere to sit/sleep/etc (lol!)
  7. The best thing about joining Stampin' Up! for me has been the wonderful people I have met both face to face and on line.
  8. I am going to my first Stampin' Up! convention in 2 weeks!
  9. I spent several months of my 20's backpacking overland from Kathmandu to London.
  10. I have a pet dog called Snoopy.

Now the other award I received was from the lovely Leah click on her name to check out her gorgeous blog.

I need to nominate some recipients for this blog too - and link to their blogs so here we go:

Andrea Lowcock - EnchantInk
Stampin with Sonia
Susan Hogan - Time to Play
Ann Wills - Crafty Squirrel
Leonie Schroder - Stamp A Latte

Thanks to all of those listed above for the wonderful inspiration they share on their blogs. When my mojo a- go-gos, these are the places I head to so my creative ideas start to flow again!

Hopefully it won't be so long between posts this time - but I'm not promising!!

Thanks for stopping by!



alittlelessuseless said...

Oh you are too sweet Claire, thanks so much for the lovely award!And love that scrap book page, it is gorgeous! the photo is a great one too!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

How sweet to pass this sunshine award onto me! Thanks so much Claire! It's so nice to meet new blog friends and I think that is one of the loveliest thing about sharing our love of stamping! The nice people you meet along the way! Hugs, Andrea xxx

Robyn said...

Hi Claire! Thank you so much! I love this beautiful blogger award because you get to find out such interesting stuff about your fellow bloggers! We went to see Mali not long ago (the baby elephant at Melb zoo- she is SO cute!!) And lucky you being married to a chef! Have fun at Convention and thanks again Hugs! Robyn

Bronwyn Eastley said...

I feel the LOVE!!! Thanks Claire. Looking forward to meeting you properly and hanging out at Convention!!

Susan Hogan said...

Well, thank you Claire - I am delighted to get this award! I love that photo of your little man - so cute!

Sonia G said...

It was great to meet you at convention. I went too fast and I didn't get enough time to chat with everybody.
Anyway I am begging you to blog your swaps..... please, please, please! I just loved the Asian Artistry one, but you didn't have enough left by the time I found you on Friday morning.