Thursday, 24 December 2009

the out takes - our Christmas photo shoot

Every year we attempt to get a family shot in front of our tree with the boys dressed up in Christmas gear and the cats in hand. This year has proved to be hardest yet. The end result was not the picture perfect image I had in my mind when thinking about how I wanted it to look but it sure was fun trying. Here are a couple of shots that didn't make the final cut but they are probably the best two of the lot! Previous to this the cats had been placed a little too close together and while they get on quite well fur to fur contact is rarely tolerated. One had started to bat the other with it's paw and hiss. Time to drop and regroup! but Jakey thought it was hilarious!
Wishing you and your family a blessed Merry Christmas!

Monday, 21 December 2009

more stamping on bags - with Circle circus

One thing my mother in law can always use is new glasses. I found these funky ones at IKEA and there were matching serviettes - how cool is that? I reckon however the serviettes may actually last longer than the glasses! I think it's because they hand wash and don't have a dishwasher so things get broken more easily as they are handled more frequently while slippery - who knows! It wasn't hard to think of Circle Circus to decorate the bag with and it was easy enough to pick colours that matched. Purely Pomegranate would have been perfect however I'm hoping for a new In Color coming in April from the current US Stampin' Up! catalogue called Rich Razzleberry - it's gorgeous! In the meantime I used Pure Plum, Mellow Moss, Garden Green and Basic Black Unlike the last gift which was difficult to wrap these being rectangular would have been so easy however it's just so easy using a bag!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

santas little helper

Nan told the boys that Santa's elves come watching through windows to see if you've been good or not and they may leave lollies under the bushes so you know they've been - thanks for that Nan!
So after looking in the back garden to no avail the front garden produce 4 little packets of lollies. Wow the elves had really been to our house!!! Tobes was wondering if the neighbours might have some in their gardens but as they are older folk I said that the elves probably only visit the houses of children. Tobes didn't think that was fair so he donned his Santa's Little Helper outfit, found some lollies in the cupboard and went on a secret mission. He then changed back to his normal clothes before yelling over the back fence at our neighbour who was mowing the lawn what he might find in his front yard. I had to go out and explain a little more so Ross, our dear neighbour, knew he should go out the front where the boys were waiting for him. They of course helped him find them although one was missing!!! We discovered that while Tobes had been out the back telling Ross another little elf had decide they looked too good to pass up and we found the empty wrapper in our garden - what a cheeky little elf or should I say imp!

Friday, 18 December 2009

difficult to wrap gifts?

I hosted a Salt City Candle party a while ago and fell in love with their beautiful candles. As part of my hosting I was able to get quite a lot for not a big spend. One thing I got was my MIL's Christmas gift. This massive Christmas Tree shaped candle and it smells so Christmassy! But how do you wrap something like that? I go to my trusty bag stash - I had to buy in bulk {200 Kraft and 250 White that is} but they hold awkward gifts beautifully. Then I get out my stamps and Stampin' Up! Ink which works so well on just about any paper surface. This bag got the Season of Joy treatment - I really love that set- so versatile. I take inspiration for the Designer Series Paper Stampin' Up! sell for the colour combos so Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip went together here. Sorry about the dodgey photo - it was just before I gave it to her as they were leaving to head home to Bathurst and a bit rushed. Come back again to see what I did with my MIL'S birthday present.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Discounted Stamps and Accessories

Until 24 January, 2010 you’ll get amazing discounts on select, high-quality Stampin’ Up! products* with no minimum purchase, and no limits to how many you buy! Some alphabet sets are at half price! Email me to place your order now before supplies run out! Below is the Code Page Number Item Name Regular Price and Discounted Price 115918 26 Happy Christmas Mate stamp set $37.95 $28.46 115934 30 Occasionally stamp set $69.95 $34.98 115944 40 Voilà a la Carte stamp set $29.95 $22.46 116432 40 Voilà stamp set $45.95 $34.46 116368 56 Great Grads stamp set $45.95 $22.98 115916 62 Family Favourites stamp set $33.95 $25.46 116380 64 Life’s a Breeze stamp set $56.95 $42.71 115924 68 Just Netball stamp set $24.95 $18.71 115926 68 Just Rugby stamp set $24.95 $18.71 115922 68 Just Cricket stamp set $24.95 $18.71 116442 68 Just Riding stamp set $24.95 $18.71 116418 92 Sprinkles stamp set $24.95 $18.71 116420 96 Stem Sayings stamp set $39.95 $19.98 111255 97 Daisy Dash jumbo Stampin’ Around wheel $15.95 $11.96 116408 100 Seeing Spots stamp set $29.95 $22.46 115920 106 It’s Maori, Mate stamp set $45.95 $22.98 116434 107 Wanted stamp set $43.95 $32.96 116346 107 Boho Backgrounds stamp set $29.95 $22.46 116436 114 Warm Words stamp set $39.95 $29.96 115946 115 Wonderful Favourites stamp set $39.95 $29.96 116382 120 A Little Birthday Cheer stamp set $26.95 $20.21 116344 121 Big Deal Alphabet stamp set $77.95 $38.98 116376 121 Jumbo Outline Alphabet stamp set $77.95 $38.98 116440 122 Wild West Alphabet stamp set $77.95 $38.98 115928 123 Life Definitions stamp set $90.95 $68.21 113976 132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper $16.95 $12.71 111376 144 Blooms die cuts $16.50 $12.38 111343 145 Chunky Sprinkles Stampin’ Glitter $31.95 $23.96 111325 149 Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware® $57.95 $43.46 111846 150 Rose Red 1" (2.5 cm) Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon $19.95 $14.96 111849 150 Chocolate Chip 1" (2.5 cm) Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon $19.95 $14.96 *Discounted products available only while supplies last.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Gingerbread House

Last night I got together with a few friends and we built and decorated Gingerbread houses. It's something I've done for quite a few years now. It's always lots of fun, good therapy my friend said, plus working with lollies you can't go wrong! Here's the front door. Note the mosaic tiled entrance made from liquorice all sorts sliced into their colours squares and quartered.
This is the flower garden before the snow fell.
I always attempt a snowman and they always look like they have melted which I guess is okay considering we are in Australia. Check out my snowman from last year!
Always love a good tree - this also is a bit more Aussie than I usually do - and who can beat a licorice all sort present? I actually have an extra kit available including everything you see here plus cellophane and ribbon to wrap. If you are in the Parramatta/Hills area and would like to buy it it's $27 dollars but you need to tell me before Saturday.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Summer Mini Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampers Anonymous Stampin Up blog tour! You may have just come from Noreen's blog, but if you are starting here, don’t worry … you can make the complete circuit just by following the links at the end of each post. There are 14 stops along the way and we hope you will visit each one to see the gorgeous creations we have to show you!

For our first tour we decided to showcase the beautiful new products in the Summer Mini, available to you from December 1st! At the end of each post there will be a link to take you to the next stop on the tour. Feel free to “share the love” and leave a comment! So sit back, relax and enjoy!

When I first saw the Summer Mini Catalogue the layout on p7 immediately caught my eye and I knew I had to CASE it. Having just had my little Josh, and getting these gorgeous first photos of him smiling, it was very easy to adapt the layout for him.

The hearts on the left of the photos were not my idea or CASEd. I had left this on my workspace and I came back to find my 5 year old with the SNAIL adhesive in hand. Job done.

I absolutely love the new buttons. I've never been a big button user but this idea just appealed to me. I have adhered them with SNAIL first and poked holes through the cardstock with my paper piercer then using a needle and Linen Thread I sewed them on and used a little bit of Crystal Effects to make sure the bow won't come undone.

The Chit Chat Rub Ons have some very cute sentiments suitable for either scrapbooking or cardmaking.

The stamp set is I {Heart} Hearts and how cute is this idea with the little heart stamp. Some of them are raised up on Dimensionals and they are all cut out as I didn't have my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig when I was stamping them so my efforts at lining them up by eye failed miserably so the paper snips got a work out.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise and Real Red.

Accessories: Playground and Sherbet Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch

Well, that’s all from me. Now you’re off to enjoy the wonderful creations of Juliette. Thanks for stopping by!

Retired Stamps for Sale

I have several Stampin Up stamp sets for sale in various conditions. If you are keen on any please email me with which one/s and your postcode so I can work out postage.

Lots Of Thoughts BRAND NEW Unmounted - $20
Congrats BRAND NEW Unmounted - $20
Yummy BRAND NEW Unmounted - $20
Cause for Celebration BRAND NEW Unmounted - $45
Labelicious Lightly used - $30 SOLD
So Very Lightly used - $15 SOLD
Headline Alphabet USED some staining $40 SOLD

Wheels
Cool - Jumbo $11 SOLD
Lots of Dots Jumbo $11 SOLD
Boho Friend regular $9 SOLD

I've linked each one to a gallery of ideas using the stamps set on SplitCoast Stampers so clink on them to see what they look like. Happy browsing!

Saturday, 28 November 2009

baby mail

I forgot to post these earlier but these are some of the cards I received when Josh was born. They are all gorgeous. This one is from my dear friend and upline Karen - love it! This is from another dear friend Naomi. Such a great boy design. Marelle, my team leader, decorated the envelope with some punch art - cute! And the card inside is really sweet. And how cute is this card by the very clever Liam. Sadly I think the rain got to the sentiment {sorry Liam} but it's still gorgeous. If you've enjoyed seeing others creations don't forget the blog hop starting on the 30th Nov at 8pm. If you've never done a blog hop before basically you just click on the link at the end of my post and it will take you to another blog with samples from the new Summer Mini shown. At the end of that post click on the link to take you to the next one. You will eventually end up back at my blog {hopefully!} so it's like a guided tour. Should be fun!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

clear & classy

I recently taught a class on coordinating cards with gift packaging. This was part of the class. The white Stazon looks gorgeous on acetate. I stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs, combined it with the butterfly image from Great Friend on the card and wrapping paper and used a strip of DS paper from the Urban Garden collection with Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain to finish it off. Plain white wrapping paper is a fantastic thing to have in your stash as you can coordinate a gift so easily. As long as it's not too shiny it can stamp up beautifully. I got a huge 60m roll so it should last me some time!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Blog Hop

I wanted to let you all know that our Stampin' Up! team - Stampers Anonymous - will be holding our first ever Blog Hop starting at 8.00 pm on Monday 30th November (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time). Fourteen of us will be showing you some totally AWESOME projects using products from the new Summer Mini Catalogue, including cards, scrapbook layouts and 3D items. It's going to be tons of fun and I hope you will be able to join us! You can join the fun from my blog and 'hop' on over to the other team members. You'll be able to get lots of inspiration and ideas.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Introducing

When the Stampin Up Spring Mini came out I saw this set and the sample alongside it in the catalogue and immediately knew that was what I was going to do for our baby thank you's. So here is my effort. Yes he's a fairly serious fellow - in fact this was his most common expression for the first four weeks. Now we are getting lots of lovely smiles. His eldest brother was the same - very serious. I changed a few things around and took advantage of the ribbon bundle offer from September and used the Celery Grosgrain. I started out tying a bow and then realised it was going to be too thick to post so I did this faux bow. You open the flap to find the thank you inside. I also used the other stamp from the set for the invitations for the family to Josh's baptism. This is the first batch to go out. It will take me quite a while to get through all the thank yous - we have been showered with gifts, which is lovely. I intended to attach the little bunny from the Forest Friend stamp set punched and mounted on circles over the bottom right hand corner of the photo but totally forgot. So to add the baby touch I stamped the envelopes with the giraffe from Wild About You. Stampin Up! envelopes are so smooth, white and crisp I feel I'm wasting using them if I don't stamp on them. If you've never tried SU! envelopes I highly recommend them.

Friday, 20 November 2009

tonights class

These gorgeous wallets are what we are making at tonight's class. You can fit a set of cards or 8 wrapped chocolates in - Yum! There are still a few spaces so email me if you'd like to come. These wallets can be adapted to suit any occasion. I love the cute paper from the Good Morning Sunshine DS Paper set. So I used it to make this wallet. And inside.... I didn't realise it's been so long between posts - this may be the reason..... cute isn't he!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

butterfly note pad

I am so sad about the Spring mini catalogue going at the end of the month as I love so many of the stamps in there - thankfully I have all the ones I love so that's okay but don't miss out if you haven't! One I've used so many times is this one Great Friend. At another team meeting Ruth showed us how to make this cute little note holder. You'll have to imagine it full - a very cute gift to someone that would last them a while. I thought I loved cutting but now I know Ruth must really love cutting as this little embellishment involved a lot of cutting - but it is beautiful isn't it?

Friday, 6 November 2009

scallop square punch

This is a card we made at our latest team mini meeting. I love these meetings - they are a great time of chatting, crafting and eating! My friend Karen had this as a make and take for us all. Isn't it gorgeous! It uses the Scallop Square Punch which you can get free until Dec 14th with an order of $85 from the Christmas Gift Giving Guide (scroll down for details), the Parisian Breeze DS paper which is only available until the end of the month, a Felt Fusion flower and brad. If you'd like to come to these meetings to see what being a demo is about email me.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

a good day to craft

Considering it is supposed to get to 37C today and it is already showing 38.4C on my outside thermometer (in the shade) it is a good day for crafting - too hot to iron, too hot to hang washing, what else is there to do? These are a couple of cards using things I had stamped a while ago so they are retired now but before Josh was born I think my nesting came out in the form of cleaning up my bag of unfinished projects. Hope if it's hot where you are you can be inside in the air con too!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Christmas Promo

Stampin' Up! have released a Gift Giving Guide with great suggestions for the Neighbours, Card makers, Stocking Stuffers, Scrapbookers and Kids and Teens. The promotion that goes with this is with every $85 spent on items from the guide and you can choose either the Scallop Square Punch OR the Boho Blossoms Punch FREE! (value$30.95) Things on the Guide include Simply Scrappin Kits $36.95 each I Wish Petal party Rock-A-Bye Girl Rock-A-Bye Boy Sweet Nothings Hoppy Memories Cardstock Real red 12"1x 12" $14.50 Kiwi kiss A4 $10.50 Whisper White A4 $13.50 Bold Brights A4 Assorted $14.50 Ribbon Old Olive 5/8" $14.95 Riding Hood Red 5/8" Striped $19.50 Dress Up Originals $24.95 Valet Ribbon Originals $24.95 Pigtails Originals $24.95 Punches Curly Label Punch Bundle $65.95 Spiral Punch $20.95 Stamps From the Kitchen of $52.95 Just Jawing $45.95 Accessories Small Flat cellophane bags $7.50 Cutter Kit $33.95 Button latte $15.50 Button Bouquet $15.50 On Board Art Journal $13.50 Kits p142 - 143 Thanks x 2 Simply Sent Card Elements & More $48.95 More Thoughts $83.95 2U Simply Sent Card Elements & More $48.95 No One Like You $83.95 Markers Real Red Marker $5.75 Brilliant Blue Marker $5.75 Glorious Green $5.75
Email me to place an order!

Friday, 30 October 2009

another Christmas birdy

Keeping with the bird theme from two posts ago here is another version of the bird from the stamp set "Always" as a red robin. I've used the scallop edge punch to make the matt for the birdy and the scallop oval punch around the sentiment which is only available while the Spring mini last - til the end of November. Hopefully we'll get it again in the big catalogue next year! I've done a bit of sponging on this card and used Baroque Motifs for the background. I think this little birdy wouldn't attack anyone - even for a prawn cutlet! Colours: Garden Green, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

4 weeks old today

I can't believe that four weeks has passed already! It has gone so quickly and in one way I think "excellent we have made it through the first four weeks already and it hasn't been too hard" and then another part of me thinks "wow that went so fast he'll be big before I know it!" Thankfully I have been able to really enjoy looking after him - today was our first full day at home with all three boys. Thankfully good friends came over for the afternoon and I actually managed to have a sleep - how awesome - thanks TnTnC! And then my gorgeous 5 year old took all the washing (three loads!) off the line all by himself (while standing on a chair) while I was dealing with two other unhappy fellows - what a champion!

Monday, 26 October 2009

little holiday and bird attack!

My hubby had last week off to help us settle in with the baby but we also decided to treat it as a mini holiday too so on Friday with the gorgeous weather we were having we decided to go to the beach. We had fish and chips for lunch at Dee Why. As you can see the water was such a beautiful colour. It was Josh's first visit to the beach, not that he saw anything, he slept through whole thing except for feeding. The boys loved playing at the waters edge which was a bit chilly for my liking but okay up to the ankles. The only eventful things was as I turned my head to tell Toby (for the 100th time) "get out of Josh's face" a seagull pecked my thumb as it tried to take off with the prawn cutlet I was holding - cheeky thing! Sorry no action shot of that though - just a photo of the boys and me - usually I'm behind the camera but this time it was hubby's turn.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

spring wattle

Some very simple and clean designs using the Soft Summer stamp set from the Spring Mini. I think these lend themselves to the more masculine receiver :)

Josh update

Life's very busy here at the moment but thankfully I have my husband home for the week - actually I think that's part of why it's very busy! He doesn't like to sit still!
My mum went home on Sunday after three weeks of washing, ironing and keeping the home running basically. She was wonderful and we are missing her! And I know she is missing this little guy who is changing already!
Isn't he cute? (rhetorical question there :)

Monday, 12 October 2009

pun fun

This is such a cute set I love it! I had fun with my niece creating these little note cards to sell at the Idea of North concert we had at church a while ago. We were raising money for Allowah Childrens Hospital.
The other set I used is the Short and Sweet set which has 6 fabulous sayings but also 6 cute little images that match and make the perfect background images that go with so many other stamp sets like this one.
This is star is from the Christmas Set Season of Joy.
This flower from Short and Sweet almost matches the skunks flower perfectly!
And finally the swirly image is from Trendy Trees another cute little set.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

perfect timing

You may remember we planted a garden in memory of my Dad after he passed away at the beginning of July. Well his favourite rose the Peace rose, has bloomed so beautifully in time for my mum being here to help with Joshua Ted's arrival.
For such a little bush to bloom ten flowers is quite a show!
The rest of the garden is growing well too and the rain we got this week has made things fresh.
Perfect timing!

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