Friday, March 16, 2018

A White Clock...How boring!!

The child care centre that I work in, has had that same clock since it's opening over 10 years ago...

And it decided to stop working after all this time...

So one of my partners in crime bought this clock so that we could still record the children's sleep, time of pick-up & of course, medication times, if we needed to.

But we couldnt just have  a boring white clock now, could we?  NO - YUCK!!

So using the Mythical Creatures Designer Paper & co-ordinating cardstock, punches & dies, I was able to create something that works sooooo much better & is so much more appealing for the little people in our care!!

 I learnt, by damaging 2 other clocks, that the hands are not supposed to be pulled out & so I had to cut the top layer of the Whisper White cardstock. This allowed the cardstock to sit flat & yet allow the hands to rotate properly, as they should, right??

And of course, the numbers had to be an addition to this clock - it is a learning tool, after-all!!

I do love how this turned out, sooo much better than the white, plain clock, dont you agree?

Thanks for stopping by, come back soon to see what else Ive been working on :)

Monday, March 12, 2018

My brother's Tropical 30th card...

 With my brother's 30th celebration, of course, I had to make a card that matched his tropical theme...

I found this Designer Paper from a few years ago, it was a Sale-a-bration one, I think & blinged it up with the Glimmer Paper & a couple of pearls.
 Then I decided to challenge myself with fussy cutting 30 of the tropical birds, from Bird Banter, a current stamp set - this is exactly what I needed immediately before going out the door to his party, right?
 I cannot, for the life of me, work out how to rotate this photo, before or after loading it, so you will just have to stretch your neck, to count them...but there are 30 of them, trust me!!
 Happy birthday Cameron, thanks for a great night!!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Bro!!

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated my brother, Cameron's 30th birthday - & what a party it was!!

We all had so much fun with the music, the food, the drinks & our extended family!!

There are 5 of us & we all pitched in to help with the food preparation. 2 of my sisters are pastry chefs & produce amazing work, so they did what they know best, making the cake & biscuits in the TROPICAL theme...

How incredible are the handmade biscuits & cake, hey? Just amazing!!

And that 'sand' is crushed biscuits!!

All those shapes are hand made!!

And Adam, Cameron's partner made this 1.5 metre 'Crockenbush' style palm tree!! It was fantastic!

My contribution was what I know, papercraft!! I worked on making the Ferraro Rochers into mini palm trees... Im pretty happy with how they turned out & how everything on the table came together!! And so was Cameron!!

It was such a great night, we absolutely celebrated Cameron's birthday & we are still talking about how great it was!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Saleabration - Now is the time to celebrate!!

This is the most wonderful time of the year.... The Stampin' Up! year, anyway...

Sale.A.Bration is a 12 week of the year, 3 Jan - 31 March 2018 where you can purchase items from the Annual & Occasions catalogue AND RECEIVE FREE ITEMS!!!

For every $90 of products, you can choose any item from the unique Saleabration catalogue!

Better yet, I can demonstrate how to make cards or 3D items, using the SU! products, in your home, with your friends. Then you benefit by being the Host of the gathering...

Contact me for more information :)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

It's hot, hot, hot here!!

Here in Melbourne, Australia, it is super hot today!!

The temperature is 43 degrees or  109.4 Fahrenheit!! *GASP*

So what would you do during these extreme conditions????

On my list of things to do, I will clean my table, prepare my calendar for 2018 & make some cards I think!! My table is in the middle of the house, so if I keep the curtains closed, I just may cope ok while everyone else complains about it!!

And I have a close friend coming over tomorrow, so we need room to play, right?

See you on the cooler side of 43 degrees....

Friday, December 15, 2017

Challenge... 1, 2 & 3...

I don't often take part in challenges, (although they are a great way to get the creative juices flowing!), but I saw one on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator web-site a couple of weeks ago.
(One of the many perks of sighing up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator)

And I decided to commit to it!!

This challenge is what I would call a "3,2,1" challenge.
I needed to make 3 x cards, 2 x 3D items & a scrap page of any sort - my mind immediately exploded...suffered a little...and then, slowly but surely, I began to have ideas forming in my head!!

And I was off....

3 Cards:

While I was attending OnStage 2017 in November, I was lucky enough to receive this stamp set: Bird Banter. So I teamed up Bella the puppy, (from Bella & Friends), for this fun card. Using the masking technique & a couple of Blends, I was able to give Bella a lift to see her friends!!
I then stamped Bella a couple of times so that I could fussy-cut her little limbs, to add a bit more dimension to her

My second card saw me using the Get Well Soup, but I changed it by using the masking technique again. This time I removed the Get Well Soon sentiments & added the So Very Much, so that it seems to be apart of the warm bowl of soup....
Im loving the Blends, can't you tell already :)
They make colouring in an image so quick and easy, I just love the shadowing effect of them!

To finish this card, I dusted off my container of Silver Embossing Powder, the spoon was screaming to be that colour, right??

Here's an insight into my childhood: I was always around the kitchen, trying Mum's cooking & especially available when the spoon needed to be licked after a batch of biscuits or a cake was happening!!
So making my third card made me think of mum & all the skills she taught us, in life in general, but especially in the kitchen.
I particularly loved how the mixer is relative to the size of the bowl, so of course they had to be together!! This DSP is Domestic Godess & just reminds me of a table cloth!!

I think would make a great card for someone's partner or even a close friend...

2 3D items:

For those of you who have been visiting my blog, you may have noticed that I JUST LOVE 3D ITEMS!!

I had been talking with a close friend about the wooden type kits I have that I just havent had the time to put together somehow...and then this challenge jumped at me!!

So, given that it was only a month or so away from Christmas, (back then...), I decided to find one of wreaths I had been meaning to work on and actually do it!!

Ive used a current & gorgeous DSP called Christmas Around The World (Candy Cane paper in this image) & a retired DSP called Be of Good Cheer. Ive now got this hanging on the front door at the Child Care Centre that I work at...
 Using the Glimmer Paper from a previous kit, I used the mini Dimensionals to give them some height. I strung a peice of Window Sheet across from one side of wreath to the other & hunted out the Alphabet dies for Merry Christmas, also.
 And can you see my holly? These wooden circles, initially, were sponged with Cherry Cobbler and then left to dry overnight with a big blob of wet adhesive from my Fine Tip Glue Pen - dont you love the effect??
 To keep up with the 3D Christmas theme, I was asked to make boxes for 2 of these Glitter Baubles, by a customer. What struck me was how similar the colours of the bauble & our stunning Glimmer Paper is - just beautiful!
 I have made boxes for the customer previously, so I knew that she wanted to fill the bauble with the children's name of the finishing year & present this to each of her children's teacher.

I started with the first box here & was feeling pretty chuffed with myself & then maybe either got a bit tired or a little lazy, causing me to get glue on the front of the box...

As we know, this is simply an opportunity for embellishing, right? So then I made a 'belly' type band to go around the lid of the box, punched a bow & ta-day, I've saved the box!!

2 different boxes for 2 different teachers!!

When each teacher opened their gift, the lid picked up the bauble, presenting her with everyone's name over the year.
During the time that I was making these boxes, I was also going to work during the day. The children in the centre that I work at, thought I was very Chrismassy with the amount of sparkle I had all over me, it just added to the festiveness!!

1 Scrap Page...

Before I was a card or 3D item maker, I was a scrapbooker!! I must admit that I havent spent a lot of time recently 'scrappin' at all, so it was lovely to be 'forced' to create a page!!

My 16 year old daughter, Rachelle recently completed her Year 10 year & they celebrated by having a formal. Rach was originally not going to go, deeming it 'too over the top' &being a basketball couch & player, she didnt think it would be something she would enjoy.

Roll on a couple of weeks & her friends talked her into wanting to go - and boy are we all glad she did!! She had a great leadup with shopping for 'the dress', shoes & a little bit of make-up & was blessed with a couple of her friends helping her to prepare on the day...

 Rachelle's dress was a 'nude' colour, so this posed a bit of a colour challenge for me, so I decided to go with 'Blushing Bride' - working the any type of pink is hard for me, but I think it works!!

The latest craze in the Stampin' world is this 'Eclipse' technique, so after stamping Versamark & heating the white Embossing Powder, I used my Big Shot to spell out the heading, (& an additional 3 layers of each letter, *gasp*) & then adhered them together.
 The Bloomin' Love set lent itself nicely to lace on Rachelle's dress, Im so pleased with how it all came together! And combining this with the dies, sponging it slighty & adding a splash of class with our Pearls, it finished off the page!

This had certainly been a long post of many creations & I thank you for sticking with me!!

Im incredibly grateful to be able to be able to make various items that I can share with loved ones & possibly even inspire someone else to get creative too!!

Im super glad that I followed through with achieving this challenge - I may even go looking for another 3, 2, 1 Challenge, perhaps?

I'd love for you to leave a comment on any of the projects that you like...

See you next time :)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

No Postage??? How Fantastic!!

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At the moment, there is a great mark down on stamp sets and other products, with up to a huge 40 % off!!

 30 - 40 % OFF!!

20 % off!!

10 % OFF!!

AND tomorrow, to celebrate America's 'Cyber Monday' sale, after Thanksgiving, SU!, is waiving all postage cost!!

Yes, you read that right - free postage!!

So place an Stampin' Up! order with me now, you will be sad if you miss out...

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Keep Stampin'...