Spent all day at home w/Amalie, who was sick - well - she's coughing a bit and have rosey-rosey cheeks, but otherwise she's her usual self. She loves everything pwincess these days, as well as wabbits, so she was kept entertained playing "Josefine" on the pc, watching youtube-clips of Pingu and watching "Sleeping Beauty" and "Snow White" on dvd. Oh, and we baked too - ofcourse. Nothing's like fresh baked lunch hm?

Finished reading "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne for Adrian, after having heard about the book from Tracie. Albeit I found a few passages slightly hm, clumsily (annoying "pedagogic" repeat-stuff), in the end it's quite moving. Although. I have to admit I haven't read the middle-parts as I've been away for a while :p I liked the Norwegian translation ("Røveren" - Fury, Alt-Trist - Out-With). And well. Adrian seemed to like the book, or well, he loves being read to in general....but when asked if he liked the book he shook his head. He didn't like it because of the ending (I kinda explained that one to him - they're killed in one of these "showers" in Auschwitz). He seemed to like "The Wolves in the Wall" by Neil Gaiman too, and laughed at the ending, but when asked if he wanted to re-read it he shook his head - it's a bit too scary he admitted. Hrm. I'm such a bad mother for putting him through such books? He is after all a bit sensitive...ohwell...we'll see how Amalie handles these books when she grows up =)

Anyhoooooow..........am itching to share some new scrappy stuff -- am working diligently on the BG December kit..putting the finishing touches to the last layout atm actually... but in the meantime....I tried out for a PageMaps sketch call, but didn't get picked up so I'll show it here instead. Love to combine 12x12 and 8x8 from the same line- very cool! :) The papers, chipboard and rubon are from Fancy Pants "the Daily Grind", the journalinpad from MM and the transparency from Hambly. Love these photos :)

Oh. And normally I don't really respond to "blog-candies". Company ones maybe, but otherwise, naa. BUT. This one is for a good cause and I do want to do a shout-out for Salte aka Linda..... she's shed 30kgs so far (66lbs)!!! WAY TO GO, I am so happy and proud of you!!!!!! You and people like you are nothing short but amazing and I totally admire and respect your will and determination (hand out some please :p)! *cheers* *big hugs*

Check out the Luxe Holiday Card ideas - with focus on being frugal. Nice! And speaking of holidays - don't forget that the Bad Girls Christmas Workshop is still open -- 22 amazing classes available with just one (or uh, two or three at least :P) click! :D And Norwegians - this time there's like, 4 classes out of 22 made by Norwegians so do check it out and show us some support! :D

Okes. Got a Hambly project I'm dying to share w/you, so check back soon :)

Det er satt opp et ekstra kurs til "It's in the box" på Hobbykroken lørdag 6. desember klokken 15.30-18.30 (2. desember er fullt). Kurset koster 300kr. Mer info her - mail Hobbykroken på post@hobbykroken.no eller ring 55015829 for påmelding.

Håper vi sees...tudelidu :)

Lots and lots of photos incoming.....just skip & hop if you like ;p
In short: a summary of my last 2 weeks when away travelling & teaching in Oslo & Ålesund :)

Right. Was in Oslo from 13th to 20th...

Kjørte søs til danskebåten på fredag....(og henta henne igjen søndag kveld)

Møtte Anette S på Fru Hagen før Marit Larsen konserten...♥♥

Nøt to timer med Marit Larsen ♥♥♥♥

Hadde litt kurs på Bia..

Anette, Kine, meg :)

Anette, Camilla (sjekk det kule smykket hennes!!), meg og Kine :)

Fikk denne superNYDELIGE cookieposen fra Kine..med de deiligste cookiene oppi!!!! YUMM!!!!!!! Kine, du ruler!!! :D Rett og slett!!! ♥♥

Se bare så kul hun er da :D Sjekk den kule lommeboka :D ♥♥

Noen glade vinnere fra Prima-kursene på Bia (skjønner ikke hvorfor jeg må med på bildene men Prima sier så såååå :P) :D

Traff Mari helt tilfeldigvis på flyplassen da jeg skulle til Ålesund :D
(og på flyet ble jeg spurt om alder for jeg satt rett ved nødutgangen og barn har ikke lov til å sitte der og flyvertinnen så på meg med et bekymret blikk......og traff på en hyggelig jente med flyskrekk som ikke ble beroliget av at kapteinen nevnte at vi hadde sommerdekk og fulle tanker i tilfelle vi ble nødt til å sirkle over Ålesund før vi kunne lande igjen...)

Familieminner, Ålesund - 21.-24.

Første kurs i Ålesund...:D

Noen bilder fra fotokurset jeg holdt...

De døve damene fra Ålesund :)
(ok, en tolk med, men hun var med som deltaker :) )

Noen vinnere fra Familieminner, Ålesund :D

Hm hva kan jeg si? Slitsomt? Ja. Gøy? Ja!!
TUSEN TAKK til alle sammen som kom og var med på kurs- har mange flere bilder - men akk så lite plass *fnis* De fleste av dere har vel gått lei av å se på denne posten nå og greier sååå :P


Nå har jeg "bare" to kurs igjen - her i Bergen - på Hobbykroken - kurset 2. desember er fullt, men det er satt opp et ekstrakurs 6. desember - og vi lager tre layouts som passer inn i en ramme fra IKEA :)

Idag har jeg prøvd å "catche up" på div. email mm, gjort litt klesvask og sånn og ellers slappet litt av. Nå er det en del deadlines som gjelder, catchup på blogfronten, litt wow-spilling ("åtte levels til og jeg er like mange levels som deg mamma!" sitat Adrian - og "mm du må få ræva i gir nå" sitat Simen) og ikke minst - snart JULEBORD med scrappedamene på lørdag!!! WHEEEEEEEEE :D


Okay this is totally a sceduled one as I don't have access to the net atm (yikes). (I do have access to my gmail though :) )
I hope I am reading a lot (Hi Neil Gaiman!) and scrapping a lot too (hi Bad Girls Dec&Jan kits!).
I also hope the classes are going well here in Ålesund where I am at for the moment being and that I don't oversleep for the early classes. *smile*

Love this layout because of the colors.
Love this because of the little story. Amalie is in the age where stickers are WHEEEEEE so she went totally wild over the retro Hambly-stickers we got in one of the DT-boxes. Stickers all over, her little book that I made her for this specifically, hers, dads and mine arms, the floor in the living-room and the floor in her bedroom (still some stuck there :p). You can see some of the stickers on the upper page, under the frame-transparency.

Have a nice sunday :)

3.37am 4am 5am and I'm still not done with my preparations for the next travel. How come I always think I am sooo prepared and that what's left only should take 2-3 hours top....when it isnt the case???? *need to work with myself*

The taxi is coming in 3 2 1/2 1 1/2 hours - early flight - double-yey!

I predict.......lots and lots and lots of coffee tomorrow.....and I don't even really drink coffee (only fancy-schmancy moccas)!!

If I keep yawning...it's me, NOT YOU!!!! **apologises in advance**

Oh, also - Hobbykroken added a class w/my shadowbox-class Dec 2nd - excellent class for Christmas. Kinda filled up fast (love you gals :) ). Still entitled to think it's scary cause if you're not happy with it I bet I'll get to know that at every crop after this one!! ;P

Bad Girls Kits have had their Pre Workshop Classes posted every day since 15th -- today (well, later today) marks the real Workshop and my class is the first one out methinks. I am SO SORRY that I won't be around to answer any questions etc -- won't have Internet this whole weekend (it's ok, Ive got my BG kits, a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl and Neil Gaimans Fragile Things to entertain me this weekend. And the ladies at my classes ofcourse :D)

I am feeling really daring (must be the lack of sleep) so I'll post a piccie of my project now....what's a few hours?? And besides, I need something scrappy to show on this blog (bet you're tired of watching me ramble about classes and stuff already :p) Maybe it'll get you wanting to do this class...it's free ;)

Or stay awake??

Oh by the way! Luxe Designs is doing a Virtual Warehouse Sale thingie :D
Check this out for more info :) (well, when flickr is done w/its mainentance - image not avail atm :p)

Kathy and Jeremiah
October 11, 2008
Smith Park Menasha
Ridgeview Country Club - Neenah


Jeremiah and Kathy contacted me a few months before their wedding ceremony. It was a little short notice... and I already had a wedding booked out of town the day before. There was just something about these two that I really liked and I wanted to shoot their wedding!!!

Kathy's beautiful white wedding gown stood out sooo beautifully against Jeremiah's dress blues. I have shot a lot of weddings where the groom was in the military, but none wore their dress uniform. The colors, the formality, it was pretty cool to capture this wedding.

Another awesome part of this wedding day were my special second and third shooters. Aubrey Robinson and Samantha Johnson of Every Little Moment Photography - Salt Lake City, Utah. We totally rocked the day's photos and it was such a blast to be able to second shoot at my own ceremony. I totally trusted these girls and they delivered beautiful photographs that were well exposed and artfully composed.

Kathy was filled with so much emotion. I love seeing in a bride's eyes when they are so ready, so in love, so right.



Jeremiah's daughter is a budding photographer... Aubrey and Samantha had a blast sharing their expensive cameras with the little girl.



Here are some of my many many favorites from the day...










And a quote from the bride:
Thank You Amy!!

The photos are beautiful. Everything Jeremiah and I dreamed of. You did an amazing job... Once again we are so thankful to have had you be a part of our day. You truly captured everything we wanted and did a job beyond our expectations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Kathy S.

December 1-12

Ardent Photography will be taking part in an amazing 10 days in Hawaii. The retreat started in 2007 by Rachel Hadiashar of MERGEweddings.com. This year there are 4 photographers joining up in the Aloha State. Check out the website at refreshrenewexplore.com.

I am closing down the studio November 26 - December 16 any print orders need to be placed before November 20 to be guaranteed for Christmas delivery.

Grr no photos to share yet, that'll have to wait until I'm home again next week methinks.
BUT! I am so pumped right now I just have to share!!
LOVED meeting all the nice, lovely ladies tonight at my class, LOVED finally getting to say hi to Kine (and totally LOVED her "C is for Cookie" bag containing - duh - cookies!! for me!!! :D YUMMY cookies too!) (ok, Anette too but I kinda met her already on friday when I was too early for the Marit Larsen concert (which, by the way - TOTALLY ROCKED, looooooove Marit Larsen!!! Did lots and lots of photos during the concert -- will share a few later on :D) and as she (anette :p) lived like, next door to the concert venue we met up for a lil tea/mocca/beer & chat before I had to go to the concert :D), loved meeting Fatima and Kirsten again & Camilla whom Im pretty positve Ive met before but can't recall where or if I really did or not (you know, avatars can make you think youve seen or met someone before even if you havent met irl :P) :P And all the new & nice ladies (I guess some of them maybe are online too but I am not sure who they are if so...blush)

AND! When I got home I got two totally cool emails waiting for me from Scrapbook Trends, requesting two of my projects for their April-issue - YAY!! *happy* :D (Oh, and Im pubbed in the ST December magazine, hm, wonder if that one is out yet or not, hmmmm)

Right. Luxe Designs is having another one of their Lazy Luxe bloggiveaway - >check this post out for a chance for 40$ worth of Luxe products :D

Also, on a more serious note: This fire in California is affecting a LOT of lives right now. And it's all like, fine and dandy until someone you know are/might be affected. >Bad Girls kits boss Wendy Rago and her family are one of those who have been preparing for a possible evacuation - scary scary - right now I have no idea if she and her family have evacuated or not - I hope not.

Okaaay har fått en del tilbakemeldinger på at kursteksten til shadowbox-kurset har vært litt "ullen" - og det ser jeg jo selv og igrunn nå i ettertid - så tenkte jeg skulle benytte anledningen til å prøve å skrive om kursteksten for å gjøre den litt mer forståelig (sorry - avogtil tenker jeg bare ikke helt klart :P)

Håper dette hjelper! :)

It's in the box
Her lager vi tre forskjellige lekre layouts spesielt med tanke på å plassere de i en 9x9" eller 12x12" ramme i ettertid. Vi kommer til å lage disse i tre forskjellige stiler – romantisk, tøft og elegant. Supert til veggene i stua eller som gaveide til jul!

Nb; ramme medfølger ikke.

Kurset holdes på Bikuben i Strømmen tirsdag 18. november kl 18-21 og Familieminner i Ålesund søndag 23. november 11-14 :)

Sånn!! Siste kursbabbel fra meg, lover!!! Nå skal det ikke komme noe kursbabbel annet enn post-kurs-postene med bilder og sånn!! *smile* :D


Sketch #111 w/ Sarah Jane Dowsett!! :D Head over here to see her fabby sketch & layout, and the other girls lovely layouts!! :D

My little cutiepie.
I love taking such shots of the kids. Pretty shots. But also kinda hard to "connect" shots as in, uh, hard to scrap something (to me!) meaningful about. Like, if you look at this photo it doesn't really tell you much apart from how cute my little girl is *smirk*, but it's actually taken in Vigelandsparken in Oslo :p These days I want the layout to be about something concrete kinda - to tell more than just how pretty she is (and pretty she is! *grin*). Then it dawned on me - Amalie has two kindergarten-songs she's fond of and likes to sing here at home. I need to scrap them before she forgets them - that way we still have the lyrics here and get to show her when she's bigger what kind of songs she liked when she was little. Score :) And I have another song for another photo like this, yay :)

Love these Fancy Pants products - it's mostly older products, like the prettyprettypretty rose-paper (oh how I love this one) and the pretty flower-rubons..the beautiful blue paper is from the birthday-line, love this one too - the blue hue is gorg and the backside is funny in a beautiful way too (again - darn doublesided papers :p). Added this frame-transparency over the photo (5x7") w/white glitterflowers too, and used chipboard from uh, the daily grind I think. Flowers (glitterified with stickles) and transparency-tape from Prima :)

Tomorrow's my first class at Bikuben - eeks. Be nice :)

Kjapp kursupdate:

Det er fortsatt plass på kursene mine neste uke hos Bikuben :) Mandagens kurs var egentlig fullt men nå er det lagt noen flere plasser til den :) Og det er også plass på minialbum-kursene (en på tirsdag og en på onsdag) og shadowbox-kurset tirsdag kveld (mitt favoritt-kurs kanskje - det har vært litt forvirring ang dette kurset, så jeg prøver å forklare litt bedre her: Vi lager layouts som kan plasseres i en litt dyp ramme (shadowboks). Så egentlig er dette også et layout-kurs :) Og vi lager tre slike layouter her! :) (bare litt finere kanskje siden vi anstrenger oss for å gjøre det fint og pent sånn at vi kan vise det til hele verden ;) Hm. Ikke at de andre layoutkurset ikke er like fint, haha. Er. Right. *smirk*). Kjempekjekk gaveide til jul!! :D

Første kurs hos Familieminner i Ålesund er også fullt - men jeg holder også kurs på søndagen og mandagen og det er fortsatt muligheter til å være med her :) Sees snart? :)


Just droppin by real quick to keep ya updated on my upcoming classes....

the one this monday at Bikuben is almost sold out, but there's still room! :D There's also room in the three other classes tuesday and weds...check out the info here :)

Also, the first class in Ålesund (friday) is also sold out; but here there's also available spaces in the other classes (sunday and monday) :)

Also!! DINOS!!!

My lil dinos made with RiffRaff chipboards (love'em!) on minicanvases was shown at the Tattered Angels blog yesterday. Originally made them for my Glimmer Mist demo at Papir i Hjertet some weeks ago. I love these, am going to hang them up in the childrens room, grouped like this. Cute cute cute :D
There's closeups of the dinos + detailed info what kind of Glimmer Mist/paint was used on the TA blog :)

Alright..off to the Marit Larsen concert..yeyyy!!

WOTLK arrived yesterday.
The long awaited expansion to World of Warcraft.
We quit WoW like, in the spring or so. Tried Age of Conan and Warhammer Online some, didn't really catch our interest (although I must admit I enjoyed PVP way more in Warhammer than I do in WoW. I totally suck at PKing in wow :( ) Anyways. Came back to WoW a few weeks ago in preparation for Wrath Of the Lich King. And yesterday, the game arrived. Adrian was totally happy as seen on the piccies :p He got up at 6.30am this morning just to play the game before school. Heh. He thinks that death-knights are the coolest thing ever, since he gets to start one at level 55 and not 1, which makes this the highest toon he's played ever (apart from mine/my husbands characters). Oh yeah, he's happy about that for sure :p

And me? Well. It's kinda typically that the expansion launced last midnight now that I am leaving home for almost 2 weeks. Yay. Guess my husband's gotta level us up without me :p

Oh also, we kinda revieved Aurora Polaris, our guild from EverQuest. Mal even went ahead and registered aurora-polaris.com (some nitwit got aurorapolaris.com after we dropped that domain, grr) & made us a forum - if you by some tiny weeny chance were involved with AP or WAP in the good ole days - do drop by :) (Fat chance any of you guys are reading this blog but ey still a tiny chance I guess :p)

Right. Off to Oslo.
Concert tomorrow, visiting grandma on saturday and well, classes next week. YAY!
See ya around :)

BTW!!! OMG!!!! Dexter!!!!!!! Just learned from Danielle Thompson that the guy playing Dexter (Michael C Hall....swoon) is dating the girl playing Deb in real life...who's like, his sister in the show....OMG *faint* lol.
Just. Had to share. *cough*