Saturday, 29 November 2008

another ornament

These are my "cute-sters" from over a year ago. Every year I make a tree ornament with a photo of them on it. It's a tradition I started when my four year old had his first Christmas. It's hilarious already looking back and it's going to be fantastic when they are 18! Usually we use the Christmas photo from the year which I take myself at home in front of our tree with the cat - this year it will be "cats" plural as our kitten Nala joined us in January so that will be twice as much fun getting everyone to look at the camera at once! I thought we would have a fairly neat Christmas this year in terms of the tree not being destroyed by little fingers until I realised it will be Nala's first Christmas with us so it will be destroyed by little black paws.
Check out this link to see what may be instore for us. Make sure you scroll down to see the before and after shots another cat Christmas treee.
These ornaments are available in the Spring mini which finishes on November 30 - get in quick to order yours and begin a family tradtion.


One of my favourite things in the Spring mini is the chipboard ornaments. What a great way to make coordinating personalised decorations not just for your tree but that can be gifts in themselves. You could add a photo, make card, use it in a layout or as a tag on a bottle of wine or a gift that's difficult to wrap. On Board Trimmings are $38.95 and you can create up to 40 ornaments with so many gorgeous shapes. This one I've covered in chipboard {Holiday Harmony from the Spring Mini} but you can ink them, paint them, emboss them and of course "bling" them as I've done here with a 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds. Available until Nov 30 so email you order if you don't want to miss out!

Friday, 28 November 2008

the joy love peace tree

This tree wall hanger is from Kaisercraft who do great wooden products. I've covered it in the Holiday harmony DS paper (Spring mini) and used letters from Lots of Letters On Board chipboard embossed with gold ink and powder. It's held together with Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon the wide Satin ribbon and Always Artichoke grosgrain. I'll be showing close ups of the ornaments soon :)

stars and swirls?

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 Well it's about time for a bit more Christmas! Here's a Christmas version using Season of Joy. Isn't it great to be able to get so many looks from the one set! Colours: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate

Thursday, 27 November 2008

another triangle pouch

I seem to make millions of these but they are so easy!! Little pouches can be so useful at this time of year to make thankyou gifts so here is a Triangle pouch decorated with the Season of Joy flower and swirl. Colours: Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi.

joy flowers

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 Here's another non Christmas card using Season of Joy. I've gone back to pretty for this one and made my own background paper using the swirl in a tone on tone effect with Almost Amethyst and using my Whisper White craft pad on some Elegant Eggplant cardstock - I really like that effect. A bit of paper piercing and 8 layers later...well I like my layers! I'd use this for a birthday or a 'you bring me joy' card or good news or for someone whose name is Joy.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

joyful stars

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 So here's a brighter bolder card. I used the star from Season of Joy and a greeting from Short and Sweet again to make a simple birthday card. The background is also stamped with the canvas background stamp which gives extra texture to the look. I decided to get out the Rich Regals to get this look. Colours: Ballet Blue, Night of Navy, Rose Red, So Saffron

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

"season of joy"-fest!

So just in case you've not been tempted to buy "Season of Joy" yet (and it's only available til November 30th) or especially if you have been tempted then I want to show a few other ideas I've put together using the set in both Christmassy abut also non Christmassy ways. So the next few days will be a "Season of Joy"-fest. The first is using just the flowers and swirls which lend themselves to non Christmassy very nicely.
Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008
I pulled out my Soft Subtle markers and got colouring on the rubber directly to get this effect.
I'm not usually drawn to soft colours schemes (or pink in particular) but this is pretty!
I added a sentiment from Short and Sweet - such a great greetings set! And of course you could do this as a nice Christmas card with red flowers on green background. Tomorrow back to the bolder colours!

Monday, 24 November 2008


This candle was quick to decorate with some wide Pomegranate ribbon, Artichoke Grosgrain and Rub-Ons from A Perfect Day which generally matched the Tart n Tangy set but also has gorgeous flowers like these ones. Rub-Ons are on special this month at 20% off with any $20 purchase and they go on so many things wax included! Makes great gifts. The tag was made using the Tag punch, Holiday Harmony Paper, Whisper White and Always artichoke cardstock. Many of the things used to make this are only available until the end of the month so email to place your order.

Friday, 21 November 2008

tag time

As the Spring Mini is about to bid us farewell I thought I'd really better show some of the things I've created using things from it! I love little tags and this set has a great variety in it I love it. Another great way of using it would be with markers adding different colours to the image. Stamp: Tags for All. Ink: Blue Bayou, Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, Black StazOn Paper: Wintergreen DS paper, Blue Bayou, Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate and a smidegeon of Wild Wasabi

Thursday, 20 November 2008


I'm sorry I've just joined Facebook - very bad move! - it's completely addictive and you can waste hour after hour so I'm being strong and pulling myself away to show you this.
Not very inspiring I know but that was what my parent's table looked like the whole week we stayed there on holidays last month. I pretty much crafted every moment we weren't out at the beach or bowling or shopping.. SO I have much to show just haven't got organised to show it! So hoepfully (if I can keep off Face book) I will over the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

gift pouch

Our friend Tim turned forty the other day and we had a Medieval party which was hilarious. This is what I did for his gift. A double pouched bag (Man Bag of course!) into one side went the card and the other side a gift certificate. Yes He is one of the rare guys who enjoys scrapbooking or should I say he is one of the rare guys who is 'man enough' to say he likes scrapbooking. I know a few others who aren't :) If you'd love to get a gift voucher for someone else (to give to you:) email me and I can organise one in a range of colour schemes. Bag: Recollections DS paper (retired), Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip card stock, Originals District Ribbon, Round Tab punch, Scallop Circle punch Card: Outlaw DS paper, Creamy Caramel grosgrain (retired), Chocolate Chip, Short & Sweet stamp, Word window punch, Star punches, mat pack, Paper piercer Gift Certificate: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow cardstock, Outlaw DS paper, Creamy Caramel grosgrain (retired), Round Tab punch

Thursday, 6 November 2008

more everydays

Here are some more "Celebrate Everyday" note cards. I used StazOn black ink to prevent any bleeding and ensure a crisp image I used watercolour paper which helps with blending the colours especially on this little birdy and I mounted the main image on Dimensionals to just give it that little lift off the page. Hope you like them! Stamps: Celebrate Everyday, Short & Sweet Ink : StazOn Accessories: Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painter, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

drum roll please!....

Sam and I had fun on Friday night at the Girls Night In event. There was a fashion parade, belly dancing performance, lots of stalls, pink and even a bit of Karaoke!! and of course money was raised for research into Women's cancer. Not sure how much in total yet but I will let you know when I do! SU! donated a heap of retired goodies see here to help raise money and I am pleased to announce that the winners are Naomi Smidt Sue Clifton-Smith and Karen Pidding I'll be contacting you girls soon to organise getting your prize to you!

Monday, 3 November 2008

celebrate everyday

I've grown quite fond of the little note card size cards you can make three out of one sheet of A4. I wanted to make up some simple, quick and easy to make cards for display so using the Celebrate Everyday set and some Bold Brights cardstock (which I rarely use) I've made a stack of cards! Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 I've used the little images from "Short and Sweet" to make background patterns on some cards. I love that set - such great value! And the Word Window punch fits the sentiments perfectly. Sorry this one's a bit blurry - not its not your eyes! And finally some paper piercing -a favourite technique of mine. I really enjoyed sitting down with my Watercolour crayons and Aqua Painter to colour them in. Great therapy! Don't forget that this set is in the Spring Mini which finishes at the end of this month so make sure you to place your order before the end of the month so you don't miss it if you love it!


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