Friday, December 23, 2011

Scrappy drought

No time to scrap! It's been a drought these past few months but hoping to get back into it at least once a week in 2012. Here's the latest Stuck?! Sketch for you:
and my take:
Head over to the Stuck?! Sketches blogspot and enter before the end of the month for your chance to win!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Big week of running

Well... umm that was a couple of weeks ago now, but it was one huge week of running for me, not so much in "distance" but in "events". On Saturday 3rd December, my husband Anthony and I participated in a 6km Mud Run that was held at the Equestrian Centre in Sydney.... now mud running is so not my thing, but a couple of months ago, my bestie Sar and I were chatting about entering some events to keep up our motivation. Sar found the mud run and convinced us to enter. So we did. Then, not even a few hours later, she realised she had double booked and her daughters dance concert happened to be on the same day. Great.

I thought about pulling out too, but Anthony said he'd stay with me, help me over the obstacles, through the mud and water... Hmmm...

So, on the day I wasn't nervous as I wasn't putting any expectations on myself, just go and have fun... I mean, it would be fun running through mud puddles, crawling under rope nets and climbing over walls...right?! And it was! To my surprise. Most of the run was over grass and I was very comfortable with this. There was an obstacle probably every few hundred metres - most of them to climb over, a few nets to crawl under, a balance beam and a water slide but not as many mud puddles to swim through as I had expected - but those were the BEST!! The first mud puddle, Anthony decides to dive in chest first and mud splatters ALL OVER my face.....

They saved the hardest obstacles for the end, both of them we had to wait in line to have a go at, and both of them I couldn't get over .... but at least I tried! We finished our race in 53 mins. I never thought I would say this but I can't wait till next years mud run :)

Anthony and I after the mud run....

Then.... on Sunday we had a go at the Splash 'n' Dash at Wollongong Harbour. I convinced Sar and her hubby Dan to have a go too. Anthony, Dan and I went in the mini splash 'n' dash which was a 250m swim in the harbour and a 2.5km run. So we get there and it is cold and it starts raining. Nice. I am nervous this time... it's always a matter of facing my fears when I swim in the ocean. They call us up for the start and the women are set to go first... There are a lot of nerves, some girls say they don't even know if they will make the whole swim! More nerves! I tell myself "Ok, aim for the swim is NOT TO PANIC, take it easy and stop if I have to get my bearings." The gun goes... and we are off and swimming. The nerves start and I and I am gulping for air, swallowing water... Ok, stop panicking! So I settle in after getting to the first buoy. There is a girl either side of me which makes me feel comfortable. I feel like everyone has taken off! But I get to the second buoy and I can see the finish so I speed up.... and as I stand up, I can see Anthony wave to me. His race hasn't started yet.

The women swimming in the ocean:

I run up the stairs, passing a couple of girls on the way and get to my shoes, quickly change, although it feels like it takes me forever, then I am running. I see Sar cheering and that makes me feel better but my legs feel so heavy. Despite this I run past 3 more girls within the first km. Then I settle in. I love that feeling.... I get to the turnaround point with less than a km to go. I have only seen 3 girls in front of me.... can that be right?? On the home stretch, all the kids and men are catching up - I see Anth and Dan running together - they look like they are cruising! I can see 2nd and 3rd place in front of me but can't speed up enough to catch them. I cross the finish line and go over to meet Sar. I came 4th!! Very excited :)

Me finishing the "mini" splash n dash:

We watch more people finish, then Anthony runs through and then Dan, not far behind. The boys are pretty happy with their race. Dan was out of the water first then Anth caught up in the run.

Now for the fun run. Yes, I entered both. Idiot! Sarah and I decide to run together. I've never run with Sar before. I asked her before the run if she had a time goal but she said she wasn't feeling the best, not in the mood. I don't say much but I know that many times I have felt that way before a race, I have done really well..... It is so cold! We have a towel wrapped around our shoulders before the start and then pose (jokingly) for the camera at the start line before moving back and letting others to the front! The gun goes. Sarah takes off.... after a few hundred meters I look at my watch and we are running under 5min/km... hmmm... "um, maybe we should slow down a little" I suggest. We do and then settle into a comfortable pace. We pass the km mark, wave to the boys and kids. I check my watch and still think we may be going to fast to maintain the pace but sarah looks comfortable so I don't say anything. At 2km, 11mins... Sarah is still talking... I say "if you can still talk, you're not runnng fast enough" lol.... turnaround point and I see we are going to smash 30mins if we keep up this pace so I tell Sar. She promptly tells me to shut up! Noice...

Us before running...

Me, shut up?.... yeah right. 4km and we are just on 22mins. I try to give encouragement to keep going. I can tell it is starting to hurt.... what do I say?? Ummm.... so I tell her something like, "I'm not letting you stop now. Only a k to go and we are running the whole way, you'll never forgive yourself if you stop!" So we run. The whole way. Sar keeps up the pace so well. We pass the finishline in 27:17mins... smashed it!!! I am so proud. For someone who only started running this year, she ran amazingly!

Sar and me finishing the fun run:

Pretty big weekend, eh? So, the following Tuesday, Kembla Joggers held a women's 3km race and this year I wanted to run a PB. My goal: 13:30mins. I wasn't sure about it because of the big weekend but I was going to try!!!

First km, and my training partner Bridget takes off... we are running under 4min/km. A bit fast and I can really feel it. We slow down slightly and I tuck in behind her. We pass the first km in 4:10min. I can't keep up the pace and watch Bridget slowly get ahead of me, but knowing I just need to keep up 4:30 pace to do my goal time. 2nd km goes by in 4:30 on the dot... and I was really feeling it. I was trying to keep up that pace, continually checking my watch. 500m to go and I was slowing down. Feeling sick. Yuck. No.... keep it up, I tell myself. What would Sarah think if I gave up now knowing how much I pushed her on Sunday? Right. Run hard! So I did, feeling sick until the end.... out of breath, stuffed!! But I did it! I ran through in 13:26mins! Yay, another goal achieved :)

What a week of running... and so much fun too! Next goal is the one that seems to keep eluding me... running 5km in under 23mins. Well, now I am even more determined!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's been a while

between blog posts but I am back!!! Bet you're excited, right?!?! lol

So, since my last post, I have missed a whole month of Stuck?! sketches, travelled to the USA, caught up with my dearest friend after almost 5 years apart, seen how gorgeous snow looks in the Grand Canyon, run across the Golden Gate bridge, tackled obstacles and got very dirty in the 2011 Mud Run and just this weekend, came a respectable 4th place in the mini splash 'n' dash aquathon then backed it up with a 5km fun run with my bestie... so yes, I have been extremely busy!

First thing I need to share though is December 1st Stuck Sketch:

and my take: Handmade croc...

Head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and get your entry in before the end of the month for a chance to win some scrappy prizes :)

And just cos I can, here are the November Stuck?! Sketches and my takes:

November 1st:

My November 1st Layout: Mason learning to walk...

November 15th stuck?! sketch:

My November 15th Layout: High Skool besties...

Better late than never!! For more of my travel details and crazy running adventures, watch this space ;)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Savvy-Delights Retreat fun - Part 2

More layouts from the retreat that I haven't had time to upload for a month!

The first is my handsome boy, Mason:

This one was taken on Mason's 1st birthday - love that smile!

The next layout was Kerryn's class and I just love how it turned out. A halloween theme, but I had the perfect photo of my Jared who is "Spiderman-crazy" showing off his arm painting of a spider.... too cute :)

...And another 1st birthday photo of Mason with "Aunty" Alicia making silly faces. This one was a sketch challenge:

"Perfect just the way you are" is Mason just hanging around at home. This layout was done using a Savvy kit. Love it!

...and that's it!! Until next time ;)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Savvy-Delights Retreat fun...

Ok... so it's been nearly a month since the Savvy-Delights Scrapbooking Retreat and I haven't shared my layouts... slack! But better late than never I guess. Here are a few:

The first one was the colour challenge by Sara - blue, green and red... and is of my son Mason's 1st birthday party. I just love that cheeky face!

Then there is my oldest, Jared showing off his "blue" tongue after drinking a blue slushie :)

and my take of a sketch challenge by Susan Longman; of a "girls night" out spent with my high school besties in Sydney this year:

A "black and white with one" challenge of me with my baby Mason. I just LOVE purple!!

This one I did just because.... Australia Day this year spent at Belmore Basin with the Ransley's has kind of become a tradition. Here is our annual photo of Charlotte and Jared.

I'll be back soon with more.... Keep smiling :)

Stuck?! in October...

A little late but here is the Stuck?! Sketches October 1st sketch:

And my take: "What's life without a little silliness?"

I believe you have to make time to be silly... even if it's just pulling faces at the camera with your friends :)

Get your entries in at the Blog by the end of the month!

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 15th Stuck Sketch

Check out the stuck sketches blog for the September 15th sketch designed by my beautiful friend, Sar Ward... Here is the sketch:

and here is my take of my first born, Jared; "Love to watch you grow".

I used a we're savvy kit and I must say, this one was a lot of fun to put together! You have until the end of the month to get your entries in to win some scrappy goodies :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My marathon story...

Right now as I sit here thinking about how to write about my first ever marathon, it all just seems surreal. All the training, research on eating, tips from other experienced runners, fundraising, and race planning all came to a head last Sunday 18th September 2011. A day I will never forget!

A year ago, I ran the Blackmore’s Half Marathon, my 3rd half marathon with my Kembla Jogger’s friends, Nella and Pia. This is where we first toyed with the idea of running a marathon. As Pia was injured, Nella and I decided to make running a marathon our goal for 2011. We made the Sydney Half Marathon in May our first stepping stone and began training for this race in February. Our goal for the half was 1:45 and we finished it in just over a minute slower than goal time. Recovery took about 3 weeks and we got straight back into training for the big one.

We spent a lot of our weekly training runs discussing our training, our diet, our pre-race diet, other runners marathon stories, research we had done on the web... this all helped us to put together our race plan. We had so many people giving us their advice that sometimes it was hard to figure out what was the right thing to do.

The race plan: We based the plan on something I heard from my old training partner (and running hero) Cath Todd: “Eat before you’re hungry, drink before you’re thirsty and walk before you can’t run”. After months of training and research, our race plan was quite simple. Start out and try to maintain 5:40min/km pace. Take in fuel (energy gels) – one before the run, one after 1 hour of running and then one every half hour after that. Take in fluid at EVERY drink station. Stay together. Don’t be afraid to run slower to finish the run!

How did the race plan go? Well.... a race will rarely go to plan, especially when it is a marathon! That’s what makes it an adventure. I’ll start at the day before the big race.

I was at the Savvy-Delights Scrapbooking Retreat at Tahmoor and had woken up with nerves. Already. I tried to concentrate on the class I was doing but those nerves just hung around, making me lose my appetite. I had my carbo loading diet all planned out, or so I thought. It kind of all went out the window when they served zucchini slice for lunch and I had forgotten to grab some sandwich fillings the day before. Oh well... Waiting for Nella to arrive was torture! I packed up and tried to stay calm but I was full of nerves. I started saying goodbye to all the girls, trying not to get all teary (what’s with that?!)... I thought, “I need to get out of here!”... so, I sat outside just trying to breathe. Then Nella drove around the corner and finally, we were on our way!

We had booked a marathon package at the Vibe Hotel which was right at the start line and included a carb-loading dinner and express breakfast. Having learnt from the half marathon in May, not many places are open for breakfast at 5am.... and we wanted toast! We went over the plan, and the course that starts at Milson Point then over Sydney Harbour Bridge and into the city, to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, through Hyde Park then weaves around Centennial park and then back into the city through Darling Harbour and ending at the Sydney Opera House. The evening seemed to fly and before we knew it, it was time to sleep. I wish I could have slept well. The air conditioning in that room had two settings – hot or cold. But hot was too hot. Cold was too cold. So much for turning the lights out at 9:30pm... I think I finally drifted off at midnight.

5:30am and the alarm goes off. OH MY GOD... today is the day! I jump out of bed... change and we go for breakfast. No banana’s. Crap. I always have a banana before a big run. Did I really expect them to have the most expensive fruit on the market?? What was I thinking? Ok, forget that... just eat!

With breakfast done, we go back upstairs to do our final preparations for the run.... down that Gatorade (check), running belt (check), 7 energy gels (check), chafe cream (check), suncream on (check), sweet potato and chocolate (yes, these were just in case we needed extra energy in that last half hour – check), hat (check), phone (check)... on with the shoes and we are ready to go. We realise our chest bib numbers are one number apart and we are wearing the same thing – blackmores event singlet and black three-quarter tights. Hmmmm.... B1 and B2??!!

I peak out the window and the half marathon has started. Now the excitement is starting to build. Perfect opportunity to get a photo on the balcony with the runners in the background:

The weather is hotter than we expected and the $4 throw away fleece we bought isn’t needed. We head down to the startline, last minute toilet stop (nerves!) and meet up with some friends also running. Quick chat and last minute “good luck” wishes, then we jog over to our start. We spot the 4-hour pacers and follow them as they weave through the crowd to get closer to the startline.
“One minute to go” is announced over the loud speaker. We get our garmin watches ready. The race starts. We walk slowly uphill to the startline. And then we are running. We hit the first kilometre mark before we get to the bridge. 5:36mins. Then we cross the bridge with thousands of other runners. Not a car in sight. So amazing! We continue on through a tunnel and then along the expressway. We chat briefly. Nella tells me she wants to run faster, knowing we shouldn’t. I also try to hold back from picking up the pace and keep reminding myself of the advice I got prior to the race: Stick to your pace even if you feel good. After 37km, if you still feel good, you can pick it up then! Good advice. We are running around 5:35 pace, with a few 5:25 and 5:15 k’s in there. Too fast.

We turn the corner after the 5km mark and see the first drink station. We stop along with what seemed like thousands of other runners trying to get in there for a drink. I grab two. One down the throat, the other goes over the head. Ahhh, much better! We keep running and find that we took way too long at the drink station, our pace has dropped to over 6mins. Mental note: be quicker at drink stations!

We head out towards Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and see all the faster runners heading back towards the city. Such an awesome sight! Next drink station: one down the throat, two over the head! It is getting hot. At this stage we are about 8km in. As we head back towards the city up a hill, we hear someone yell out, “Use those arms!”... oh yeh... we turn into Hyde park and run over the temporary bridge they had built over the road, a spongey feeling under our feet. At the end of Hyde Park we see a runner with a flag on his back pass us... the flag says: 4hr pacer. Oh no. We realise he was the one yelling out all the good advice! We set our eyes on him and stick with him for the next 6km. During that time, Nella tells me she is starting to struggle – it is just so hot. I try to keep up the positive talk. We hit the 10km mark, “2 seconds under!” yells the 4hr pacer. Everyone cheers.

We continue on...into Centennial Park. We run past Superman. We run past Sponge bob.... Then we stop for the “ladies” room at around the 18km mark and slow our pace. We watch as the 4 hour pacers slowly run off into the distance. I can’t help but feel a pang of disappointment.

I think it took me about a kilometre to get over knowing we wouldn’t run it in under 4 hours, but that was never the goal. The goal was to FINISH the race. I say to Nella, “Let’s forget about them and concentrate on our own race”. She agrees and we keep going. We make it to the half way point and I am just trying to maintain positiveness and make small goals for us to achieve. It’s hot. By this stage we are drinking water and Gatorade as well as dumping two cups of water over our heads. I am feeling ok. Just after 25km, a volunteer at the drink station dumps a whole jug of water over Nella’s head... we continue running into the hoses that are spraying water at the drink stations. Nella wants to stop and walk. She apologises. But I know it could have just as easily have been me struggling. I convince her to try and run to each drink station but it’s just sweltering. In my head I think, “just keep running, just keep running” and then realise I have said it out loud!

At 28km, we realise we will be nowhere near finished after 4 hours. The 4hr15 pacers run past us. I text Anthony while I am running to let him know to expect us after 4 hrs 30. We continue to run as often as we can and keep walking to a minimum. At 30km, a familiar face... Pasco cheers us on and our spirits lift. As we turn the corner and head back into the city, the downhills are torture! Our feet hurt from blisters. Our legs hurt, lower back... Nella is starting to cramp up... ok, everything is hurting! We try to make small talk... to take the focus off the pain. It works at times, but it is getting harder to be cheerful.

Passing through Circular Quay there are so many people cheering. The atmosphere is amazing! We continue running hoping to see our families but we must have missed them. By this stage our pace is between 6:20 and 6:40min/km... much slower, but still we are running. Nella says, “When are we supposed to start enjoying ourselves?” I say, “Right now, Nella... start having fun, ok?!”

We run under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and head out towards Darling Harbour. It’s a long, straight, hot stretch of road. We see Geoff, a KJ’s friend up ahead, walking. “Geoff!” Nella calls out... The heat has affected his run and he is struggling. He is distraught. We can see the disappointment in his face but he is still determined to finish, despite having to walk the rest of the way – another 8km. We pass many other distraught runners along the way, a few of them collapsed getting medical attention, others struggling with cramps.

We stick to shade wherever we can and stride out when we have to walk. Nella’s cramps are giving her grief but she pushes on. Then a hill! What?! Who would put at hill in at this stage of a marathon? Right... remembering the previous advice, deep breaths, use your arms! Let’s go! The last 5km was a blur. I remember the heat, the hills (albeit small hills, but they were hills!), passing others whenever we would run, cheers of the crowd. It was frustrating that our Garmin’s were telling us we had run 0.5km more than what the course markers were indicating... so not fair!

We round the corner to run back under the bridge... just over 1km to go. Nella has to stop. She tries to stretch and just cramps up. I freak out... “Let’s just keep going, Nella”, I say. She replies, “You go on ahead, you are full of energy”. “No.” I say, “I’m hurting too. We trained for this together, the plan was always just to finish. I’m not leaving you now! Let’s finish it together.”

We ran from that point all the way to the finish without stopping again. The cheers of the crowd kept us going and another KJ’s friend, Warren, yelled out to us to go! That last few hundred metres seemed to go on forever. Finally I see the finishline. “Come on Nella!!”, I yell.... we run through the finish together. At last! Our time: 4 hours 19 minutes and 48 seconds. I shed a few tears. Nella grabs my arm and points up at our husbands and her daughters who are standing up on the Opera House Steps – waving madly! We are so happy to see them. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

We collect our event goodie bag and medal – that medal I will treasure forever! Our families greet us with smiles and hugs. We are excited to tell them all about the run and celebrate with a lunch out and a nice cold Gatorade!

Now, a few days after the big run, it feels like I am suffering from post-marathon depression. Such an achievement that I am so proud of! I can’t wait to do my next one.... and I know I could not have done this without the support and encouragement of my husband, Anthony who always believed in me. And of course my training buddy, Nella – who put up with my whinging during all those long training runs and made this race an adventure that I will never forget.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who continued to believe in me and supported my charity, The McGrath Foundation for which we raised over $1400!

"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible." -- John Hanc

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Side by side or miles apart...

...true friends are always close to the heart" is the title for the OTP project I created for my school friend Nicole. In February this year, she flew up to Sydney from Adelaide to meet me and two other school buddies, Helen and Lisa... and for the first time in 18 years, the old gang was back together again, if only for a short time.

Nic, Helen and I stayed in the city for the night and then met Lisa for the Michael Buble concert at Acer arena. It was Valentines Day and what better way to spend it than with my school besties....

So, just a little reminder of the fun that was had; the front:

and a few piccies of the inside:

Thanks for looking! Only a week until the Savvy-Delights Retreat, wahoooooooooooo!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

September 1st Stuck?! Sketch

is up over at the blog.... I love multi-photo sketches!

...and here is my take of me with my boys in the swimming pools whilst holidaying in Nambucca Heads late last year.

Plus a close up:

I really enjoyed putting this one together using a mix of old and new stash items. Entries for this one need to be in by the end of the month to be up for some awesome prizes from the stuck?! sketches sponsors!

Until next time ... keep scrapping ;)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Finishing the unfinished...

Quite often I will start a LO and not be able to complete it because of time constraints or because it needs some finishing touches that I just can't put my finger on... here are two of THOSE pages! The first I started a few months ago and finally took it to a scrap day at Sar's last week to finish it off.... and I am happy with the end result: "Twins separated by 3 years" - My boys Jared and Mason looking very similar in matching Thomas the tank engine shirts.

The next I started when my friend Kindra and I were scrapping together one night... at our "scrap" nights, more gossiping than scrapping usually gets done LOL... this LO was also completed on said scrap day at Sar's and is a Savvy sketch that was never entered!

"You and me - so happy together": Well, I like to think that's what it's like most of the time... lol

Until next time ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stuck?! Sketches blog hop

If you have arrived here because you are hopping along with the Stuck?! Sketches blog hop, welcome! One lucky winner from those hopping will receive a We’re Savvy kit from Scrapbook Savvy! Who wouldn’t want to win this gorgeous kit?

For your chance to win, leave a comment and collect the words from each blog on the hop. The words are just a list, they do not form a sentence, so no being tricky and skipping any of the blogs. Once you have finished, email the list of words to along with your name and location by midnight Sunday August 28th.

If you've just discovered the hop, you can get started HERE.

And, here is the full list just in case you get lost...






Linda <<< you are here






So, your next stop on the hop is Melinda

Don't forget to write down your word, before you go – CELEBRATE

Friday, August 19, 2011

Marathon journey - 4 weeks to go!

It has been a hard but enjoyable journey leading up to the Blackmores Marathon in September. My training started in February this year and needless to say there have been some ups and downs. I have managed to accomplish a few goals, learn more about training techniques and my own limits, make some great friends as well as endure a couple of bouts of sickness along the way.

As part of my marathon adventure, I am raising money for the McGrath Foundation. I did this last year when I ran the Blackmores half marathon and raised over $1300. I chose this charity because of it's link to the great Kerryn McCann, a brilliant runner whom I have admired for many years. I hope to raise more money this year and just wanted to remind everyone that it's not just the 42.2km I will be running on the day that I will be doing for this cause, but all the training leading up to the event....

I was lucky enough to receive a garmin GPS watch for my birthday from Anthony back in May and I have been keeping track of my mileage since then. On average, I run between 45 to 70 km per week.

In May, Nella and I ran the SMH Half Marathon in a time of 1:46:10. Our aim was 1:45:00 - so close but we were still thrilled with the result. On Sunday, I ran the City2Surf in a PB of 68:22mins. Very stoked. My aim was under 70mins and my time was 5 minutes faster than I ran last year! Our aim for the marathon is simply to complete it and I am quietly confident we can achieve this.

I am also so happy that my marathon journey has inspired my friends to run as well. I don't know how, but I managed to encourage my besties Sarah, Alicia and Helen to run the city to surf!! I am so proud of them for completing the difficult 14km course. Here are Alicia, me and Sarah after the run:

So, with just over 4 weeks to go, I am feeling prepared but nervous at the same time. So glad to have had some great running partners to train with - Nella, Bridget, Janet, Helen.... thanks girls. I also would not have been able to do this without the support of my husband, Anthony. Having two kids under 5 always makes time for training a struggle, but we have managed somehow! Thanks babe x

Oh and if you would like to sponsor me by donating to the McGrath Foundation, click here!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Not much scrapbooking has been accomplished by me this month... but I had my besties Sar and Leesh over for a bit of crafty-girlie time last week and managed to create two off-the-page projects for a "pay it forward" challenge on facebook. Thought I would turn a girls weekend away in Sydney into something to remember for a few of my high school besties :)

Both of these girls are such awesome friends of mine... this first one is for Lisa. I love this range, I took from one of my scrapbook savvy kits:

This one is for Helen. I thought better than to use pink for Helen!!

I still have one more OTP project to complete for Nicole who lives in South Australia and couldn't come out to dinner with us.... it's coming soon, Nic - I promise!

Check back later in the month to see. Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More Birthday Stuck?! Sketches

The August 15th sketch is up over at the Stuck?! Sketches blog. This one is by the creative Karen Wilson:

and here is my take of me with my beautiful friend Janet:

Check out what the rest of the CT have created over at the blog.... oh and I am very excited to be back on the Stuck CT for another term!! Yay!

Bye for now :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It's birthday month over at Stuck Sketches...

and there will be not 2 but 4 sketches this month to get your creative juices flowing. Double the inspiration!

Here is the first bonus sketch:

and my take:

So, head on over to the Stuck Sketches blog and check it out. There is loads of fun to be had :)