Friday, August 26, 2011

Get To Know....Carin McDonough


Hi Bo Bunny fans!  It is my turn to be spotlighted on the blog today and I have to say I am a little nervous :)  I have been on the Bo Bunny design team for a year now and it has been a wonderful experience that I have enjoyed every minute of!  This really is an amazing team to be on as everyone is so friendly from the staff at the Bo Bunny offices to the design team that is scattered all over the world and I feel my scrapping has grown so much since joining this team of very talented ladies and getting to play with all of the yumminess that is Bo Bunny products!
 
 
Right, a little bit about me...I live in the United Kingdom and have done for the last 9 years but I am originally from South Africa which is where I met my wonderful husband Paul.  Paul is originally from the UK but was living in South Africa and playing in a band.  We used to go and watch his band every weekend and he decided he liked me, introduced himself and we were engaged 3 months later.  Hee hee, he might have won me over with the fact that he used to put on a headset mike and get off the stage and dance with me while he sang ballads sometimes. ;)   We were married a year later and the rest as they say is history and we have now been married 14 years!  This is a photo of him from when I met him, it always makes me giggle because he looks so serious and meanwhile he is such a joker and a big kid even now!

Once we decided we wanted to have kids Paul cut all his hair off and went into IT and I decided to quit my job in accounts to be a stay at home mom not long after our first child was born.   Not that he ever gave up music completely, I think we currently have 12 guitars in the house between him and the kids and an amp in our room that is bigger than my chest of drawers!  But he never complains that I have taken over the whole dinning room with scrapbooking stuff so I am not complaining!


We have two beautiful children who are generally the main focus of my scrapbooking.  The eldest is Kieran and he is 10, soon to be 11.  He is a sweet, caring, bright, determined, active little bookworm who takes part in as many sports and activities as he can wrangle! 


My youngest son who is 8 is Christopher and he is a loving, shy, stubborn, witty, affectionate, cheeky little monkey who is always hungry and never sits still!


I am really, really shy, a serious bookworm and I am also a film and TV addict!  I love food but am not a big fan of cooking which is quite funny as I am always looking through cookery books and watching cookery programmes to find new things to cook!  I have been scrapbooking for about 8 years now ever since a friend showed me some of her wonderful layouts.  I don't think I can define my style as I think it changes all the time.  Having two little boys means that alas I can't really go overboard with flowers very often and I think I have quite a simple style although I do tend to work across most of the page!  I love cutting elements out of my papers, hand and machine stitching on my pages, using foam tape to give dimension and I also tend to distress or ink edges on most pages.  Most of my pages are not too dimensional though to make sure they fit in my albums.  
I am including a photo of my scraproom but I do warn you it is not beautifully matching and organised!  Even though I have loads of plans to do so and even some containers waiting to be used, I just can't seem to get past scrapbooking when I go in there! :)


I received my box just loaded with all the new Bo Bunny gorgeousness a couple of weeks ago right before we went away on holiday!  I must say I was really tempted to cancel the holiday so I could stay home and play!  So I have not had as much time as I would have liked to play but I have done a couple of layouts and  cards from the new ranges :)   I just could not resist using the stunning colours in the Forever Fall range!


Bo Bunny Supplies used :
Patterned paper : Bouquet, Fall Blaze, Cut Outs, Die Cut/ Forever Fall
Stickers: 12x12 Combo Sticker/ Forever Fall
Chipboard :  Layered chipboard/ Forever Fall

The very pretty Garden Girl...


Bo Bunny Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper : Garden Girl, Stripe/ Garden Girl
Cardstock : Coordinating Double Dot in Grape
Stickers : Friendship CS Sticker/ Garden Girl
Chipboard : 12x12 Chipboard/ Garden Girl
Jewels: Garden Girl
Ribbon : Double Dot 3/8" Mint Green Ribbon

This is a card I made for my sons birthday in a few days using ETC.  I have kept is quite flat without many embellishments as it is supposed to look like a book because he loves books so much and I let him choose which paper he wanted me to make his card with and this is what he chose!

It has a small spine and I included some inked pages inside too.
Bo Bunny Supplies Used:
Patterned paper : Extra/ et cetera
Cardstock : Coordinating double dot in Chocolate
Stickers : Just Be You CS Sticker, 12x12 Combo Sticker/ et cetera

And these are a few of my favourite items I have made with Bo Bunny products.




 

 
 



Now for the fun part!  Leave a comment on todays post for a chance to win a gorgeous prize from Bo Bunny which will be drawn at the end of the month!  For another chance to win a little something from me please head over to my blog Life Love and Scrap  and leave a comment on today's post I will also draw a winner next Friday.

I hope I haven't rattled on too much and thanks so much for stopping by the Bo Bunny blog today.  Have a wonderful weekend! :)



105 comments:

  1. Ooh, your hubby is hot, hot, hot:) LOL! I loved getting to know you a bit better, Carin, you're such a beautiful person and you have a beautiful family too. I also really enjoyed browsing through some of your gorgeous work with Bo Bunny, your style of scrapbooking is simply amazing! It's absolutely wonderful to have you on our team:)

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  2. So many great ideas. And I took notes! Love your talent. Thank you.

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  3. Carin - fab projects!!! The layouts are great and I have checked out your blog too. Keep up the great work :)

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  4. YOur work is so wonderful and inspiring!!!! I love all of your projects! Thank you for sharing a little bit about you.

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  5. Amazing work! It's really beautiful!

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  6. Amazing projects! Love your work, espcially love the mini album at the end! And I must say that is a pretty awesome picture of your husband. He looks like he should have been in a '80s rock band. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Aww, I loved this peek into your life :) You have alot to be proud of, including your talent at creating with Bo Bunny! And you have a beautiful family!

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  8. Enjoyed "meeting" you and love your work!!!

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  9. It's very nice to know a bit more about you :) Love all your work , it's just stunning! You've inspired me:)

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  10. Your projects are absolutely adorable!! Enjoy watching them!

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  11. You are wonderfully creative. I really enjoyed seeing your work!

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  12. I love all of the paper crafting projects, Carin. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. You have wonderful projects! Love what you do!

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  14. I love your layouts! But I especially LOVE the butterfly mobile! So adorable! Thank you for sharing!!

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  15. Love your work!

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  16. Beautiful family! Love your layouts.

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  17. WOW! ALL your projects are beautiful! I can not pick a favorite! Your family tree is gorgeous! Some awesome work and great inspiration once again from the Bo Bunny team! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. you do beautiful work!! i love all of your misting!!

    That family tree is oh so fun!

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  20. Oh wow! you make the most gorgeous things! love them all! so much inspiration!
    thanks for sharing it with us!

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  21. Gorgeous projects! I LOVE your Liberty page. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Your creations are gorgeous!!! Really enjoyed getting to read about you and your family!

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  23. I love the layouts you produce Carin. Your photo frame tree is my absolute favorite xx

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  24. I love the "Just another day at the Beach" mini album. The colors are wonderful and the simplistic design makes me feel like I can actually accomplish a mini album.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Hi Carin (waves....)
    I've been waiting for your profile on the blog. Bo Bunny is my absolute fave designer and it's cool that I "know" one of their designers
    I love love love your style. Your kids are gorgeous. I just love that curly hair :)

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  26. Your layouts and work is beautiful. I especially love the butterfly wind chime. Love ti. I would not mind making one for my scraproom.
    Thanks fro sharing.

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  27. Great learning more about you...love your projects!

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  29. Hi Carin! It was fun reading about you and your family. I loved your projects, they are just gorgeous! I love cooking shows too, I can't get enough, lol!

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  30. Adorable kids, adorable hubby and most adorable projects too!

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  31. Hey Karin I really enjoyed reading your post and knowing more from you and your beautiful family.Your work is fabulous girl!!

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  32. Super cute projects! Love, love, love your layouts!!!

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  33. Carin, I love your work and watching you scrap always inspires me, I love the unusual things you've made too, like the mobile and the necklace!! truly out of the box! Great profile you've done of yourself, I wish all the readers of this blog could hear you laugh, talk and giggle and that wicked sense of humour you have too!! we must go shopping for Ice Cream next time we meet;)
    Lisa
    xxxx

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  34. Carin, i love all your work! My fav though has got to be that family tree! what a lovely family too :0) So glad to work with you on the team x

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  35. I just loved that Christmas wreath!! Think I'll have to give it a try this Fall. You have a wonderful talent. Glad to meet you!

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  36. love your scrap room and all your projects are just beautiful

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  37. I Love your scraproom!! So organised, you should see my craft space LOL! I really, really love your lay outs and beautiful projects! The family tree is soooo beautiful! The christmas wreath is stunning too.. and ofcourse; Awesome layouts and cards..
    Hugs! xxMarley

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  38. Really beautiful work! I especially love the butterfly mobile and I hope to recreate some day!

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  39. Carin, i meant to tell you a while ago that i saw your butterfly mobile and loved it. I used my sizzix and cut out a bunch of butterflies and sent them to my daughter who loves butterflies. She made a lovely mobile for her first home, and it hangs in her livingroom. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. Love your work! Great wreath and necklace, so creative!

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  41. Wow! I just love, love, love all of your work.lo's and projects. Your stlye is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing!

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  42. I love your Christmas wreath!!! It's so pretty!!!

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  43. Beautiful layouts, thanks so much for sharing.

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  44. Loved all your projects! So glad I got to see your talent!!

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  45. I loved your "Fairies" page when I first saw it and still do. It's lovely. Also like "BFF". Thanks for sharing.

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  46. wow carin i just LOVE the non scrap book projects! the necklace the wreath and the butterfly mobile ( i think that is how you call it!). you have a lovely family and blessed with great talents! thank you for sharing your creations!
    marie

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  47. WOW! Your fussy cutting is amazing!

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  48. Gorgeous layouts, Carin...love your style....and I see you snuck in PLENTY of flowers---LOL! Beautiful family!

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  49. Carin, it was so much fun reading about you and your family...what a sweet romantic story on how you met your man! ...and WOW!!! LOVE what you did with the new collections...the cutwork on the fall leaf page is amazing! Such a fan of your work! xx

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  50. Carin, your work is beautiful! I love the thank you card using So Sophie and the beach 6x6 album is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  51. Hi Carin, I love to meet you, your family and your love story.
    His works are beautiful, congratulations.

    kiss

    Taty

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  52. Beautiful projects, Carin! Love your family tree and Christmas wreath, especially, but all of your work is rich with detail and just gorgeous!

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  53. You are one of my favorite artists! Love your work! What a beautiful family.

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  54. WOW!!! from me too! I love your layouts and it really is cool to get to know a little about the designers...You did well picking out these talented women BoBunny!

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  55. I love your work. Great layers and all the elements are so fun. Wonderful family photos. I really loved the butterfly mobile. Totally cool work.

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  56. There's my TWILIGHT fanatic TWIN!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Carin!! And I loveeeeeeeeeeee her creations! She amazes me with everything she makes! :):):):):):):):):):):)

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  57. I really loved your projects. The Christmas wreath is gorgeous and so is the butterfly hanging.....so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  58. que de jolies choses!!!j'aime la couronne de noel

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  59. Such beautiful projects! Thanks for letting us get to know you better!

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  60. Such lovely work! You family is gorgeous and you are extremely talented! Love every single thing you showed us. Thank you so very much for sharing... you are awesome!

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  61. Loved learning all about you...and LOVE the fact that you are a bookworm! Your sons are just so beautiful and I can see why you use them as subjects of your layouts often.

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  62. Beautiful layouts Carin. I also took notes. Loved your son's card and the fact he is a bookworm!

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  63. Hi Carin so nice to read more about you. I really liked looking at your projects you rock girl. It was amazing. Have a nice day Jolanda

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  64. Beautiful work. I love the way you embellish your layouts....just the right amount.

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  65. I really like your work. It really enhances the photos.

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  66. You, your pictures, and BB mesh really well. Love the pages.

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  67. Wow - absolutly stunning projects and layouts...
    Thanks for all the inspiration.

    Hugs,
    Lynda

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  68. Great projects. My fave is the butterfly "mobile"! Love it. TFS

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  69. Fabulous creations and nice to get to know you!

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  70. I really love your work. It is beautiful!

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  71. Love your layouts and projects. It was nice to get know about you and your family.

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  72. Carin, your work is lovely! Thank you for sharing some of it with us and also telling us about yourself and your family.

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  73. Carin, your projects are beautiful!! Enjoyed reading your post, and getting to know you. Thanks for sharing!

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  74. Oh my! Your layouts and projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Beautiful projects and family!

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  76. Carin, love your layouts and projects. It's so great to get to know all the designers better! You scrapbook room looks great. Much more organized than my own.

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  77. Carin, Thank you for sharing! You said your style is simple. but your pages are a work of art! The way you cut and add and embellish makes for beautiful pages. And your writing is wonderful, too. Enjoyed meeting your family!

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  78. I love your projects, you have a beautiful style!

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  79. You have some gorgeous layouts. I'm ready to pop over to your blog and see some more!

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  80. Beautiful work! Lots of wonderful ideas. Can't wait to get some bobuny paper and start playing.

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  81. Gorgeous LO's and I really love the Christmas wreath and the beach mini album! Thanks for sharing something about your life. It was great getting to "know" you!

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  82. Love all of your work! Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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  83. You have such a beautiful style - I love everything you've shared!

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  84. Beautiful projects!

    Allison M.

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  85. Beautiful designs ! Love the mini album :)

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  86. WOW! Such talent! I love your fussy cutting on most of your layouts and i just ADORE your beach mini album! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  87. Your projects are beautiful to look at! Thank you for sharing them & letting us get to know you :)

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  88. I am enjoying getting to know your designers. Carin is very talented. I like all the projects of her.

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  89. You are a talented wellman and proud of your family. Congratulations. I am a working mother just starting out wi th h my hand me down cricut. I hope someday I can create projects from the soul like yours.

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  90. Love the card for your son! The mini is great too!

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  91. You make beautiful layouts and projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  92. Oh dear....I always love going through the posts and looking at the lo's...then I saw the fairy lo which is my ALL - TIME FAVOURITE lo for inspiration....I also like:
    The wreath, the thank you card, your camera hog lo, and the moments lo...TFS

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  93. Loved your layouts! My very, very favorite? Your Christmas wreath! So awesome! TFS! Loved getting to "know" you through your scrapping style!

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  94. Carin...it's been a fabulous year working with you and getting to know you better! Looking forward to the next year!

    Love your beautiful work!!

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  95. I love so many of your projects, way cool. I especially love the card for your son. It is such a clever idea, and I believe I shall be borrowing it in the near future. Your work is brilliant!

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  96. I so love your style. It is all so cool! I can not wait to see more.
    -Cher

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  97. Love everything about your projects! Very talented!

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  98. You have two of the cutest boys!
    Very photogenic, which in turn make beautiful scrapbook pages I love your room, wish mine was that organized.
    You have a beautiful family!!
    Also you have some great ideas on here....thanks

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  99. I so love the fall colors, and the fall layout is just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

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  100. Perfect...perfect...beautiful Your layouts and projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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