September - The month that was.

I finally made it back to share with you all what I got up to in September.

At the beginning of September I joined the Artistic Document Forum and started playing along with their Around the World in 80 Days Challenge.  This is an ongoing challenge (80 days to be exact) where a new destination and challenge is posted every 8 days.  So far we have visited Victorian London for a Steam Punk Challenge, Paris France to pay homage to our favorite Impressionist Painter, and Istanbul Turkey to admire the colours and patterns of their beautiful ceramic tiles.

Victorian London, Steampunk Layout.

Claude Monet, Waterlillies Inspired Layout

Turkish Tiles Inspired Layout

The Stick N Giggle Scrap Retreat at Caloundra was in September so I travelled their with Shazz from the Scrap Lounge and her friend Cheryl.  We had a blast and I don't think I have laughed so much in a long time.  For the retreat I made some Summer/Beach Themed ATC's to swap. 

2 of the 3 ATC's I made to swap at the Retreat

We also had the option of doing a class where we made a gorgeous Steam Punk Moving Layout.

Steam Punk Class Layout at the Stick N Giggle Retreat

Celebrations a plenty, it was my sisters, my own and my father's birthday's during the month.  My DH surpised me by having the day off work and taking me to a surprise lunch with my family.  I also received some beautiful cards from my scrapping/blogging friends.

In between both my own birthday and my fathers was our Butterfly Day Fundraiser.........where we held two card making sessions so the weeks prior to this day were often spent cutting up the pieces to make the card I was teaching on the day in front of the TV at night.  It was a wonderful day had by all and I was very lucky to come home the winner of quite a few raffle prizes which included some beautiful bromeliads, a set of Dark Room Door Stamps, a beautiful plate, and a quilted/patchwork pillow.  Below is one of the cards made on the day.

The butterfly card I designed to teach at our Fundraiser Day

I also found sometime to participate in two of the Scrap Lounge September Cybercrop Challenges

This was the sketch challenge.  I just love Elephants.

At the end of August I had placed an order from Bottlecap Inc in the U.S. which arrived mid September.  I am planning on selling bottlecaps to make scrapbook embellishments, keyrings, fridge magnets and jewellery as well as making these items to sell.  So I just couldn't resist taking some time out to play with these items too!  I made some monogrammed keyrings to give each of the girls who make up the Compassionate Crafters Group to celebrate our very first fundraising event.

As well as all of the above I also was busy with my Design Team Committments, the weekly Party Time Tuesdays Challenge Examples and the October ScrapLounge Projects for their Sketch and Technique Challenges.  I also joined in an Inspirational Word ATC Swap on the Artistic Document Forum so have completed 9 of these to get in the post on Monday. 

Finally to finish the month in Honor of World Card Making Day, which is October 1st.   I was asked to do a challenge on the ScrapLounge.  I made it a card sketch challenge based on the design of one of the cards I received from my blogging and card making friend Christy for my birthday.  Below is the sketch and my example that I made.

So as you can see although I wasn't posting as regularly on here I was busy.  I will be back tommorrow to share with you my October Projects for the Scrap Lounge.

Thanks for stopping by.


Lone Pine Designs said...

Wow, what a busy month you had and very productive one with all these lovely creations!

Tammy said...

Awesome and productive month for you! Love each of your creations and glad to know you are out and about having fun crafting!

Lynn McAuley said...

Amazing work, Danie!! What treasures you have shared today!! Absolutely remarkable!!

AnnMarie said...

You have a real scrapbook talent!! Your layouts are all fabulous!! My favorites are the steampunk ones!! Super nice job and thank you for sharing! :)