The 'Three Sisters' & the Jameison Valley ...... one of the 'touristy' spots in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Whose 'Creative Corner' I hear you ask???

Hi, I'm Chris Bennett AKA 'Chris in Oz'. I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (affectionately known as 'Oz' or 'The Land Down-Under'). I'm in my mid-50's, have been married for 30+ years to THE most wonderful man and I'm the PROUDEST MUM of 2 grown children. My DS is into photography and has taken some amazing shots. You can see some of them in 'Simon's Gallery'. My DD is a High School teacher who is committed to educating our youth of today. I was a Teacher/Assistant Principal in the field of Special Education for over 16 years until I retired in June 2004.

I've been involved in art and craft activities for most of my life and I became a 'stampaholic' and 'technique junkie' to 'save my sanity' after an injury in 2003. I began by making cards and slowly, but surely, became addicted to ATCs, hand-made books, altered books, boxes, bottles, tins, jigsaw puzzles and anything else that stands still long enough to be altered. I love texture and colour and I'm gradually stepping outside my comfort zone to experiment and explore other media and styles. Check out 'My Gallery' to see some more of my work.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I also take photos, I don't know how 'good' my photos are, but I just love to take them ...... so every now and then I might just sneak one in ...... I hope you don't mind!!! Well, not too much!!! LOL!!!

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Brisbane Stamping & Scrapping Marathon

I'm baaack!!! LOL!!! WOW, where do I begin. I travelled north to attend a 12 hour marathon organised by a stamp club, Southside Stampers Inc, from Brisbane. I drove to Queensland, stopping to pick up my friends, Rob & Dawn along the way, in my '1 week old' new car. What a great car - I love HER and I've named her LEXXIE!!! Anyway, back to our trip - we've all become good friends through BSL and we stayed in Brissie with other BSL members - Evvie & Bethel. The marathon was a charity event to raise much needed funds for the Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group. The day was just fantastic and the club managed to raise over $10,000. Congratulations Southside Stampers Inc!!! I must admit, I did my 'bit' towards raising funds, but I'm sure I didn't spend quite that much!!! LOL!!! I bought some new stamps and supplies and participated in 2 classes and 2 'make & takes'. I had so much fun and I've come home with some 'kewl' projects. Have a look at these, but just don't get too envious:

Arched Collage Card

Faux Linen Card

Collage Tiles

Tag Booklet - Closed

Tag Booklet - Open

We had an absolute 'ball' with heaps of art & craft and even more 'shopping'. You should have seen the car when we packed up to come home!!! I thought I might have to send one of the girls home on the train to save space at one stage. LOL!!!

Oh, almost forgot .... thanks for the great comments about my blog and my 'art'. I love the way our 'arty community' reaches out to each other and I appreciate your support a great deal.

Until next time......

Chris in Oz

Monday, 2 July 2007

Even more swaps......

I hope you're enjoying some of my work. These are some more of the swaps from CCSwaps.

Until next time......

Chris in Oz