Friday, 30 May 2008

could you be any cuter?

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These layout were examples for a class I ran last weekend. I am loving the 6x6 size for quick layouts. Polka Dots and Petals is such a versatile stamp set it was really useful for adding a bit of background detail and then Short Order Alphabet is a great size and I love that you get both Upper and Lower case!
Colours : Soft Sky, Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Paper: Wintergreen
Accessories: Hodgepodge, On Board Accents chipboard, grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" circle punch, black journaler
Stamps: Polka Dots and Petals, Short Order and Alphabits

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

a definite improvement

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yes it's finally finished!!!! and you can judge for yourself whether you think it's an improvement on my old system - not that you could really call it a system
- it was all just shoved in!!!:)
but it worked for me for a while until my tools out grew it -oops!
I've updated the tutorial that goes with this so click here to see the full process.
Here's what I keep in my easy to reach tool kit - SNAIL, Stamp-a-ma-jig, mist, 2-way glue pen, glue stick, StazOn cleaner, bone scorer, Dimensionals, Matting Pack, Craft & Rubber scissors, snips, white gel pen, black journaler, sanding block, embossing buddy, adhesive eraser, dotto, some ribbon, nail file, stapler, aqua painter, blender pen, biro... and I'm sure the list will grow over time :)

Thursday, 22 May 2008

good enough to eat?

My eldest turns four today and he requested a Buzz Lightyear cake.
Thankfully I wasn't called to work today so I had time to put this together.
I find the fondant icing quite tricky to work with - really should do a class or two - but it's fun! He's looks like he's a relative of Gumby with dentures but he will have to do.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

tutorial - completed!!!!

Hi welcome to my second tutorial
- thankfully it didn't encounter the disaster my first tutorial did - see here to remember!

So this week I've been working on a Scrapbook Organiser from Kasier and thought I'd photograph each step so you can see what the process is. I feel in no way an expert in these things so if you have a different way that you'd like to share please leave a comment or put a link to something you've done.
I'd love to see.

Firstly pull the kit apart, make sure you have every piece. You have to snap some pieces apart. This is easy enough.

I used my trusty Crop-a-dile to take off the excess tags that were holding pieces together. Make sure you don't chop off the tags needed to slot into the holes when you assemble it.

Quickly sand all over to take the rough edges off.

Coat in a sealer. This gives it tooth - something for the paper and glue to hold onto plus generally protects it.
My sealer had a slight gloss to it so it looks shiny.
Then the hardest part - choosing your colour scheme - I chose papers from Berry Bliss and Spring Break.
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Lay the pieces out on the papers chosen and trace around being as accurate as possible - believe me you will be thankful later for the extra time spent being careful here!

Again the crop-a-dile is very useful!

I used the sample picture to help workout what colours go where.

Then I used a glue stick to fully coat the piece, making sure the edges in particular are well covered. I'd hesitate to use a wet glue as it may make the paper wrinkle.

Attach the paper carefully lining up the edges and press firmly all over to ensure a smooth cover.

Glue all the paper on and leave to dry. You don't want the glue to be at all damp when you are sanding.

Now the fun job - sanding!!! Sand using either sanding blocks or for a bigger job like this I use a large nail file or sanding paper. Sanding really gives it that lovely finish where it looks like it always came that way!
So while it can be time consuming it is so worthwhile.
Sand all the edges. I find sanding the same way, down, leaves it with the nicest finish.

The most time consuming and frustrating part - the circles!!! I wish I had taken more time and care when cutting the circle out for this part as I had a small overhang it took quite a bit to get it off.
Firstly I used my scissors fully opened to shave off excess.
Dangerous but effective!
This did an okay job of getting off a large amount but didn't leave the smoothest finish.

So I had to make my own sanding sticks. I wrapped sand paper around the little wooden cuticle sticks that came with the nail files I had.
I have been searching for sanding sticks that I have seen in the past and not been able to find them
- If you know where I can get some please let me know!!!

Then my hubby had fun spray painting the parts I hadn't covered in paper with a white enamel gloss.

I sponged white paint around the edges of every piece which is a good way of hiding any little mistakes (or opportunities for creativity as I prefer to call them) and tying the whole thing together with a common colour.
And finally coated every piece in a varnish to protect the lovely patterned paper. I used Jo Sonja's Satin Varnish.

Then to assembly - in this case a lot of the pieces are reversible so I could rearrange before choosing my preferred option.
Option 1

Option 2

Then glue it all together with a hot glue gun - this can be messy!
I needed an extra pair of hands for this step - thanks hubby again!

FINALLY it is finished!! Fill it with your most useful tools :)

Monday, 19 May 2008

in the meantime

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yes I am still working on my organiser tutorial as I've been preparing for a scrapbooking class I'm running on Saturday and a make and take for my team meeting tonight.
So here is the make and take for my team meeting. I usually scrapbook in 12"x12" but have really taken to 6"x6". I think the smaller size limits the design elements and makes it quicker to complete a page. Also four of these pages can be made into one 12x12 page, so they fit into my regular album.
This page uses paper from the Petals and Paisleys DS Paper set, a stamp from Polka Dots and Petals stamp set and the Short Order Alphabet. The colours are Barely Banana, So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive. I used a small circle from On Board Accents and punched out a piece from the patterned paper with my 1 1/4" punch which matched perfectly. After sanding the edges I attached it with Dimensionals. My round tab punch came in handy for the embellishment on the top left and a piece of HodgePodge and Tempting Turquoise ribbon and a bit of journaling finished it off.

Friday, 16 May 2008

This is why I haven't posted much this week. It's a KaiserCraft Scrapbooking Organiser Kit - something I desperately need! (excuse the crumpled look)
I'm working on my own version and doing a tutorial of it so you can see the steps that go into making something like this.
Amid all the other normal weekly things it is taking quite a while so I thought I'd better give you a sneak peek of my colour scheme.Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008

I'm using a combination from SU!'s Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss and Spring Break.
I hope it is worth the wait (and the effort!)!
Hopefully I post it tomorrow!

Monday, 12 May 2008

with this many superheroes in the house you'd think one of them could have done the washing for me!

Happy Day

Happy Mothers Day for yesterday to all you mums reading this! We had a happy day. We spent the day with Mum and Dad who is recovering well from his op - in fact he was feeling much better than he thought he would so that's a blessing and answer to prayer. Thanks so much to all those who did send up a prayer for my Dad I really appreciate it. In fact the great news today is that he is home at my sister's place having a cup of tea. How wonderful! I'm working on a tutorial and it's a big one! Hopefully I'll be able to post it sometime later this week - hopefully! Keep an eye out!

Thursday, 8 May 2008


Edited To Add: Hi all those visiting from Kristina Werner's blog! - what a thrill to be chose for top ten - I was just excited about getting one done in time!
Hope you enjoy looking at my blog - thanks for visiting:)
Also thanks to those who prayed for my dad, I'll post more info in a separate post.

I finally have had a chance to do a Kristina Werner Colour Challenge this week using Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. I've just been given the gorgeous set Labelicious and so had to use it. The inspiration had me thinking all nautical, I think it was the stripes with blue, so this stamp sprung to mind.
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Half way through I was thinking I'd really like to make a card for my dad who's having an op to remove cancer tomorrow so that's where the praying for you came into it (from the Hostess Set So Many Sayings) - not quite the usual praying for you card but my Dad is quite a star and he lives near the sea so I guess it fits better than I had planned it to!
If you're a praying person I'd love you to send a prayer up for my dad! Thanks :)


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How cute is this! I'd never really taken much notice of this set until my niece ordered it earlier in the year but it is such a versatile set. Sweet Shapes has really simples cute shapes that can do male or female cards for any age. When my niece was visiting a few weeks ago we had fun "making things" and I borrowed her set to make this cute little note card.
It's very small 10.5cm x 7.5cm but I love making little cards with my off cuts. I'm a true devotee of the reduce, reuse, recycle motto - well at least that's my excuse for never throwing anything out!
oh dear... I'm it the process of reorganising my craft space as I'm a bit overwhelmed with stuff at the moment. If I ever get there I'll post a piccy of what it looks like.

The colours came out a little strange in the photo but for this card I used Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Very Vanilla.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Swirly Stamp-A-Stacks

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These are two more of the Stamp-A-Stack cards we are making this month.
If you'd like to book into next Thursday night's (15th) class email me.

Monday, 5 May 2008

It's All in the Polka Dots

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I just love these sets! All in the Family is so cute and Polka Dots and Petals is so versatile. Great for male or female cards as shown above! These cards are inspired by a design Marelle did see here to see the original card. I used Polka Dots & Petals instead of Big and Little Pieces and I used sentiments from the Level 1 Hostess Set So Many Sayings instead of Cheery Chat.
The Baby card is on Very Vanilla and the boy card is on Whisper White.
The trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig is a must for using the All in the Family set with ease! I really love the simple clean design of these cards. Quick to make too (once you've chosen your colour combos!)
This is the other design Stamp-a-Stack cards we are doing at classes this month. Email me to book in.

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Friday, 2 May 2008


How excitement! I've been tagged

Thanks for the compliment Leah!

The rules are... 1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog . SO 7 random and weird facts.....

1. I am the youngest of 5 children and love both the number and position.

2. My teacher training included a teacher-librarian degree (only because it was less TER points than regular teaching and exactly what my TER was) but when I finished training I found a book I'd had when I was little and remembered that at the age of 8 I made my book collection into a borrowing library with little borrower cards and everything so I guess it was meant to be!! (I don't think anything was actually ever taken out)

3. You may think this means I'm an organised person but I'm more of a frustrated disorganised person.

4. I've had a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy and have 2 spunky chunky boys aged 2 and almost 4 years old.

5. I love cats - particularly black and would like to own a Maine Coon one day. My kitten is sitting in front of me now purring so loudly and trying to sit on the keyboard.

6. One of my 'life dreams' is to see a space shuttle launch.

7. I use exclamations far too much!!!!

Now to tag 'on'

Two of my 'team friends'

Sam (my downline who's just started her blog)

Ruth (who just had a beautiful baby girl) and someone I've never met, but would like to one day... Chantelle And one of my non stamping friends ( I have many) Bec my friend in Canada ...well maybe I should have said "I like to break rules" as one of my random bits but I really don't as it's taken me days to work out who to tag and that's it! So 4 will have to be the new 7!

Thursday, 1 May 2008


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These is one of my stamp-a-stack cards for this month.
You can do them in a couple of colour choices.
For the above I wheeled the gorgeous So Swirly wheel in Purely Pomegranate on Purely Pomegranate card stock. I wanted to keep it fairy monochromatic which is a change for me! So I stamped one of the flowers from Polka Dots and Petals all over a strip of Rose Red in Rose Red ink. Then using a sentiment from For a Friend a Level 1 Hostess Set that I just love I stamped onto Very Vanilla in Rose Red and coloured in the heart Regal Rose.
Finally i decide to get my Crop-a-dile out and put two eyelets in the corner for an embellishment. A very simple card - I hope you like it!
I've just recently got the Short Order Numbers stamp set and was so excited to get it. The other card is using that set. I'll try post tomorrow with that!

Sorry for the lack of posting - it's been a crazy week.


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