Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gift Wrapping for a BEAD!!

Me again!!

We decided to get Zoe a Pandora bracelet for Christmas!! She is very hard to buy for and this way we can keep adding to it for her!! Never a worry about what to buy again!! YAY!! So she got the bracelet with a 'Z' charm, heart charm and little handbag charm from us and then Jayden and Owen each gave her an 'O' and an 'E' (The O being from Owen!! - of course!! lol) So now she has her whole name!! I wanted to package the beads from the boys in a nice way, instead of just the bag that they give at the shop. These are also from Timeless Templates and are 'Cash or Charge' they are little Gift Card holders!! So Cute!! and Zoe loved them too!

I also ended up with a Pandora bracelet for Christmas, from Wendy!! Zoe and I are now creating our 'wishlists' for future charms!! lol!!

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Some Chrissy Gifts

Hello to you all!! I am running a bit late with these couple of posts, so will pop them up quickly now! I have not had the best of years this year, with rotten migraines!! and have had a bit of time off work, I don't like it when other people are having to cover my shifts. I made these little gifts up for Julie and Cathie, just to say 'Thanks". They are little bottles of Shower Gel and Body Lotion from The Body Shop, with an exfoliating pad. I have based the boxes on the 3 x 3 Notecard Box at SCS and just changed the measurements to suit.

Then for Wendy, my boss, I have made up a little box from Timeless Templates, popped in some (yummy) flavoured Lindt Chocolates (the box holds 10 nicely) and a Breast Cancer Ribbon Bead for her Pandora Bracelet.

I was so happy with how the little gifts turned out, and the recipients loved them! Job Done!! Now to make sure I get on top of the headaches!! (We are putting a plan in action for that so we will see how it goes!!)

Most product Stampin Up!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

2009 Teacher Gifts

Well as we all know, I haven't had a very creative year this year!! I have been struggling by to get made what NEEDS to be made!! Normally I would go a bit more lavish with the old Teacher Gifts but this year I just went with the treat boxes! Which they loved anyway!! Mini ones for the Teachers and a large one for the Staff Room (I bet the chockies only lasted till morning tea!! lol).

But for Mr Fuller I wanted to make something special, he has been a fantastic teacher and influence to Jayden and Owen, the last 3 years he has had at least one of my boys in his class and last year had both!! So as this was his last year with a Cassidy in his class I made him a special gift, which as Owen took it out of the box to give to him, he tipped it and everything fell out!! lol! but we put it all together again, and he loved it! I came across this project on someones blog, (I have no idea where) but thought it was a good idea. I have actually used coffee containers instead of tins (the Jarrah coffee Blends - they are a cardboard container). I know that Owen would be a culprit for always forgetting or 'not having' a pencil, or losing his ruler etc, so I thought I would give Mr Fuller a supply of 'Spares'. So that's my Teacher Gifts for 2009.

Here is a pic of all the gifts together!

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Gift Cards

Hi All!! I know I haven't posted for a while, apologies! I'm here now though!

I have just finished up making Gift Card Holders for the gift-cards I am sending to my nieces and nephews for Christmas! I like to kinda match the holder to the card, and this year these cute green ones caught my attention, and so the holder was inspired by them! Thank goodness I have just recently purchased the Snow Swirled stamp set!! I have made them 'matchbook style' where the card actually tucks in to the little flap at the bottom. They are a bit 'stiff' because of the layering on the front, but I will tweak it a little and make it better for next time!!

Here is a close up of the front

Materials Used - All Stampin Up! - Cardstock - Garden Green, Brushed Gold, Confetti White. Stamp Sets - Punches Three & Snow Swirled. Ink - Garden Green. Accessories - Designer Label Punch, Gold EP.

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Friday, November 27, 2009


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Will hopefully be back over the weekend with some cards.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Finally!! Finished the One Sheet Wonder!

Hi there! The other weekend I was getting together with a group of my craft ladies to do a Christmas Card Frenzy!! We were going to do this One Sheet Wonder (found here). Firstly I thought I'd make up a set of the cards as samples for the ladies, but they took me forever!! lol. I kept changing a bit here and a bit there!! Adding a layer here and a layer there!! In the end I decided it was a bit difficult to attempt on the day so were learnt the Polished Stone Technique instead. Well today I finally finished Card 16!! Yay!! So here is a pic of all of them and slideshow of all 16 Cards individually. (Please excuse the quality of the photos, I am exhausted!! Not from making the cards (hee hee) but in general. The flash has glared them a bit!)

Till Next Time...

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette. Stamp Sets - Best Yet, Season of Joy, Many Merry Messages, Punches Three. Accessories - Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Mat Pack.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

A 'case' of Polished Stone

Hi Everyone! On Saturday I taught a group of ladies the Polished Stone Technique. I haven't been too well lately, so wanted some cards that were easy enough to prepare, and easy for them to create. I came across this set in one of the latest issues of Cardmaking stamping & Papercraft, designed by Jayne Mercer. So we gave them a go. They have been cased completely! I have just made them all standard card size instead of the two little ones.

I don't have many re-inkers, just the In Colours, so I took this as an opportunity to use up a bit of my left over n Colour Cardstock. We all made the blue ones, then I had cut up an extra couple kits in Wasabi and Pomegranate. The Pomegranate ones are gorgeous!! The Re-Inkers I have used are Soft Sky and Blue Bayou, River Rock and Wild Wasabi & Pink Pirouette and Purely Pomegranate. The technique has turned out beautifully.

Thanks Jayne, for the lovely inspiration and for getting me to give it a go!! Now to buy some more Re-Inkers!! lol

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

In Memory of Grandpa

Back in May when we did Unconvention, this was my project for our first Scrapbook Challenge.
I have been searching for a frame to put it in, But haven't been able to find anything. This is an 8" x 8" page, and the frame is 23 x 23cm from IKEA, so I have added and extra border of Baja Breeze behind it. I have sent this over to Nan, it is 5 years today since we said goodbye to Grandpa. Nan has this photo on her dresser, but I thought I'd dress it up a little for her.

R.I.P Grandpa 7.10.1923 ~ 7.11.2004
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Class of 2009

Hi again! I have been trying to finish this up for weeks!! Yep Weeks! I just haven't had any energy or drive to go sit down and get it done!! I saw the idea on a blog ages ago, and liked it (I can't remember where, but if it is yours please let me know and I will link) I have recently acquired several sets of Nestabilities! (Finally) and I loved the way they cut out the photos! and the edges are embossed too. This is also the second project I have made using the Bind It All, I still seem to be squashing my wires :-( if anyone knows how NOT to do this, some advice would be appreciated - I know I probably just need a bit more practice. So for now the ribbons hide the squished bits!! I was a bit worried about the ribbons, seeing its pictures of the boys...but Owen reckons its AWESOME!! So I suppose that's ok! Now I have to make another for my MIL, This one is for Nan.

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock and Inks - Night of Navy, Real Red, Bashful Blue. Stamp Sets - Headline Alphabet (Retired), Tidy Alphabet (Retired), In the Stars. Accessories - Real Red, Black & Night of Navy - 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Bashful Blue Gingham Ribbon. Other - Nestabilities & Bind it All

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Finally... The Faux Wood Class!!

Yay! We finally got there!! I have been attempting to do this class with my friends since August!! and yesterday we actually got to do it! I love the technique from SCS. Each month I give the ladies a Mojo Monday Sketch to challenge them, and a few commented that they had a hard time with Mojo Sketch 76, so I decided to design these two cards around this sketch. Plus it was requested to do Male Oriented Cards. So I have accomplished this with these!! The ladies picked up the technique just fine!! It's so easy!!

Materials Used
Stampin Up - Cardstock - Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Soft Sky (Retired), Blue Bayou (Retired), Whisper White. Inks - Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Choclate Chip, Soft Sky (Retired), Blue Bayou (Retired), Not Quite Navy, Stazon Black, Markers. Stamp Sets - Just Beachy, Sanded BG, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Retired), Beyound the Basics (Retired), Sweet Litlle Sentiments, On Your Birthday. Accessories - Linen Thread, Daubers, Dimensionals. Other - Screw Brads from my stash.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!!

Just popping in to wish my lovely husband a

Very Happy 14th Wedding Anniversary!!

I have been pretty 'brain dead' on the crafting front at the moment, so will try to be back soon with some creations.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jaydens Harry Potter Birthday...2004

Ok well here are some pics from Jaydens Harry Potter Birthday Party in 2004!!

As I mentioned in the previous post, we made up all his Harry Potter Lego and put it on display! That took several weeks!! We had a Sorting Hat Pinata! and I made up little Spell Books/Colouring Books for all the kids, with special 'magic' colour change pens!!. I can't remember what I did for the lolly bags!! I always did BIG Production parties and NEVER took pics of my lolly bags - which were always very time consuming to put together. Silly me!! But they were always themed in with the party!

Here we have 'The Two Harry's'
(Jayden with Black Cape - Owen with Blue Cape)

The Cake!!
(I love this pic of Jayden)

The Sorting Hat Pinata

(Thanks Angie!!)

Angie and I spent the whole day covering the walls of the games room - Inside and Out - with cardboard and then each individual brick was sponged with a homemade 'brick stamp' made from a yoghurt container and a kitchen sponge!! I had already put the cardboard in place, then Angie came back with me after taking the kids to school and we spent from about 9am till 3pm sponging!!! and even then it wasn't finished!! we came back after school and continued, then Anthony and I continued later on also!! It was a BIG job! but worth it!

And Finally.....

This is what can be done with a smashed Sorting Hat Pinata
when all the lollies have fallen out!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos!!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Let's Play Lego!!

Or should I say "Mum is sick of the Lego getting messed up and left all over the place!! So we are going to make it all up, see what's missing and pack it away in neatly labelled bags and boxes that I am going to go to IKEA to get on Friday!! any excuse - lol - and while I am there I might pick up my new Alex Drawers!! The smaller ones that go under my craft desk!!! Get that Allen Key ready Anthony!!!! )"

So that is what we are doing!! Slowly but surely we are going to make up all of the Lego!! We have heaps as you can see from the pics. Jayden collected heaps of Harry Potter Lego and I would like for it to be kept intact! (In my dreams! we are probably missing heaps) We are keeping a list of what we can't find, and hopefully as the contents of the box dwindles, we will find some of the smaller pieces, then the next step is to see if I can get replacement pieces from the Lego site or online! (could be a big ask!)

So I figured seeing we are going to all this effort to make up the Lego, I may as well share it!! Jayden had a Harry Potter Birthday Party a few years back and we made up all of Jayden's HP Lego then and put it on display, so I will dig out that pic and share it too....stay tuned for that one!

Here is all the Ferrari Lego made up (see you can't even notice the 10-15 missing pieces!!)

A close up of the Scuderia Ferrari Truck!!

and the F1 Pit Set

Next challenge ...... The Hogwarts Express

(Found the pics of Jaydens HP Party, will share in a post tomorow!!)

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

More Eastern Elegance!

That's right!! I didn't move on! haha. Using the same Inspiration as the previous post I have created another NoteCard & Box Set and a Mojo Monday Sketch!! I still have a couple more projects to finish up then I will move on!! Honest!!

The front of the box! using one of my new Nestabilities!!

Here we have the inside of the box. I was going to make a Pizza Box - which I have! But then I saw Lee-Annes post, and thought I would adapt my Pizza box to having a folder around it!! I ended up with some 'issues' but now know for next time what to do to help it open easier!! Next time I will separate the top from the Pizza box and attach it separately, as I had to trim the edge and it ended up a little messy. This Pizza box fits 5 cards and envelopes nicely I could possibly fit another in to make it an even six!! The Notecards are all the 'Pillow Case Design' from the inspiration picture (previous post) and they alternate with the white strip on opposite edges.

Here we have a Mojo Monday Sketch! Mojo Turns 100 - Day 6. This is the sketch I have given my ladies for their challenge for our next class. So I thought I had better get one made up!! I did make Kristen's birthday card using the sketch, but have already given it away!!

Wow I am really loving this colour scheme!! Absolutely Loving it!!! I will be back later in the week (hopefully) with my last couple of projects for you!!

Materials Used
Stampin Up! - Cardstock and Inks - Basic Gray, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Rose Red, Regal Rose. Stamp Sets - Eastern Blooms, Think Happy Thoughts, Sweet Little Sentiments, Small Sayings. Accessories - Stampin Write Markers, Scallop Edge, Circle & Scallop Punches, Large Oval Punch, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Gray Ribbon from Ribbon Originals - District. Basic Gray DP - Level 1 Hostess Set. Other - Nestabilities Labels Eight and Labels 1 Dies. Kaiser Pearls

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Eastern Elegance!!

Hi All!!

I have had a bit of Inspiration!!! Yep!! Finally!! lol. I saw this on the front of the Big W Catalogue this week and really liked it! Then it hit me that the flowers looked a bit like the branch from the Eastern Blooms stamp set, then the old brain started ticking over!! So here are my Inspired Creations!!!

First up we have the Quilt Cover.....

.....and now The Pillow Cases

After making these, I told Anthony that I think I might make up a set of Notecards and Envelopes in a Giftbox (there are 4 cards and 4 envelopes), then I will pack it away and move on! So here are the Notecards and Giftbox!!! BUT!!! I didn't move on! haha, I will show the other creations later in the week!! Then I will move on!! (I promise)

Materials Used
Stampin Up! - Cardstock and Inks - Basic Gray, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White. Stamp Sets - Eastern Blooms, Fresh Cuts. Accessories - Elegant Eggplant 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Mat Pack, White Gel Pen, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Write Markers, Three for You Punch, Ribbon Originals - District, Other Accessories - Various RubOns, Nestabilities - Labels One!!! (yep I finally have some!!)

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