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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Busy Busy Busy!!

Wow is everyone as crazy busy as me at the mo?  All I seem to be doing is either sewing, making cards or wrapping or trying to keep the house together!!!  What's it like where you live? In the part of the world I live in it is scorching at the mo, 43 degrees celcius (no idea what that is in fahrenheit (sp!?))! And some days it gets up to 47! Today was the last day of school for my daughter so I think a pool trip is in order tomorrow!

Anyhow, here are two of my newest creations, with more being finished off over the next few days!!

Thanks for looking! :)

Mojo Monday Take 2!

I just made a mini Christmas card for a friend, it's about 3 x 3.5 inches.  Thought I'd use the Mojo Monday sketch again.  Here is the sketch:

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Teacher Gifts!

I am so pleased I have finished and given these out.  There were two more clipboards which didn't get photographed.  And I made about 7 of those chocolate boxes.

I'll be back later to let you know what each thing is made of and where I got my ideas. :)

Mojo Monday Sketch 117

OK so today is the first time I've participated in Mojo Monday

I know it was supposed to be circles but I didn't have a circle cutter big enough that could cut this vintage book paper, so after a few failed attempts I gave up and made it a rectangle instead!

Paper: Vintage book; Fancy Pants Christmas; kraft CS & Chocolate CS
Tools: heat gun; sewing machine; Fiskars threading water punch; scallop scissors
Other: Ribbon, clear embossing powder and versamark ink and brown thread

Thanks for looking.  I'll be posting some of my  teacher gifts soon.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Colour Challenge and sketch Challenge all rolled into one!

Hi there, today I have one card to share that I have made for two blog challenges!  Dawn McVey has her regular colour challenge on at the mo and the colours are really cute.  And there is also a new sketch at Get Sketchy. So I combined the two to make my card.  Thanks for the inspiration folks!

I turned the sketch on its side. I embossed snowflakes onto the chocolate brown cardstock. Of course to me no card is complete without stitching and a bit of sanding!  Rudolph and the sentiment are raised up on foam tape to give dimension and rudolph's nose was made from a bit of the rust coloured paper with dimensional magic and a bit of glitter sprinkled on top.  The bonus challenge from Get Sketchy was to make a matching envelope, which I made from scraps.

Here is a close up of Rudolph with his scarf on!  The scarf was a bit of an after thought, but I'm glad I added it now, otherwise he might have looked a bit bare and just floating there.

I decided to actually do the colour challenge when I spotted the Rudolph ribbon in my local craft shop, it was too close a match to the colours to pass up!

Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some cards to share..

I've been sooo busy making Teacher thank you gifts that I seem to have neglected my blog!  So now I have a few cards to share and other projects.

Here is a wedding anniversary card for my Mum and Step Dad.  The little people are embossed in silver, infact there was lots of embossing.  I loved how it turned out, but what I really wanted to do on the black section at the bottom was some dry embossing with swiss dots using a cuttlebug but as I still don't have one I heat embossed some polka dots on instead!

Most of the stamps were Stampin Up, the paper is Kaisercraft.

Next up was a quick card I made for a little boy's birthday, pretty simple, easy and effective.  Normally Jade likes to make them for her friends IF we are organised!  But on this particular day I was not organised at all!

Next up is a gift I made for Jade's dance teacher who is moving on to uni next year.

And a close up of the tag.  Jade wrote it on a regular piece of paper, I scanned it in and printed it onto matching paper.

I have made alot of these clipboards in the past and they are always appreciated by teachers.  Once you get the fiddly bit at the top done then they are actually quite simple to make.

I'll be back with more soon.

Look who's 1! & Bella is on her way.

My darling nephew, who I hardly ever get to see as we live so far away, is turning one this week! Where has the time gone!

To celebrate, I have made him this cute t-shirt!

Here's a close up of the rocket - his nickname is Ronnie Rocket!!!

The rocket design was from here.

Also wanted to let Breanna, the winner of the giveaway, know that her 'Bella' package is on it's way.  Here it is:

It inspired me to get on and make some tags and think about packaging ideas for when I open my Etsy shop.  So many ideas, so little time!

That's all for today, have a good one! :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

And the Winner is....

Breanna S!!! She was comment No.50 and said:

"awsome onsies I would love the girl one with Bella On the front"

I used the random number generator at to choose the winner.

Congratulations Breanna!! I'll be in touch.

I loved all your comments and looking at all your blogs was fun. I would have loved to have given everyone a prize!

Thanks for checking out my blog.  WARNING!! shameful plug coming up....Onesies will be on sale in my etsy shop in February!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Giveaway time on my other blog....

It's Giveaway Day at SewMamaSew today.  They are hosting a giveaway day from other blogs and sites and I'm joining in on my Sewing blog!  You can read about it here.

Giveaway Day is Here!!!

I love the idea of paricipating in Giveaway Day hosted by Sew Mama Sew.  In case you missed it, head over there to see what other goodies are being given away. They will be listing all the blogs and sites with giveaways. 

As for me I'll be giving away a CUSTOM MADE personalised baby short sleeved bodysuit/onesie a little like the ones below. 

The winner will get to choose either a pink or blue one.  The size is size 000 (0-3 months/6kg/62cm). The pink one will have a funky heart emblem and the blue one will have a funky star emblem.  I think I'll be able to get up to 6 letters on this size for the name.  Small names work really well :) !!!

The giveaway is supposed to be closed and drawn on the 6th December, but I'm on vacation until the 8th, so mine will be open until 9pm Western Australian time on the 8th December and the winner will be announced on the 9th in the morning (probably evening of the 8th in the US!)

So what do you have to do to be in with a chance of winning.....
  1. Leave me a comment in this post, telling me what was the best gift you got for your baby or what is the best present you have ever given to celebrate a newborn.
  2. To get another chance at winning, become a follower of my blog and let me know in another comment that you are a follower!
I'll then randomly select one winner.

I'm happy to ship internationally!!  I will contact the winner to see if they want pink or blue and to get the name, so be sure there is some way of contacting you on the link!

What if you don't win, but still want one!! No worries, I'll be opening an Etsy shop in February selling these and others like them.  Why not bookmark me or Follow me using the link in the side bar.  Here is the link to what will be my shop:

Good luck and thanks to SewMamaSew for hosting! What a brilliant idea!

Oh and if you like papercrafts then feel free to check out my Papercrafts blog.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Get Sketchy Challenge 16

Here is my card for the Get Sketchy Challenge 16. I turned it on it's side.  The bonus challenge was Autumn, this was hard for me as I don't really feel very autumnal living in the southern hemisphere!

Here is the sketch.

I also used a technique that I saw on Dawn McVey's blog and she had borrowed it from here, to make the paper flowers. I loved these, they were so easy to make and look really effective.  Here they are bit more up close!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ronnie Rocket Baby Card

Here's a little card I made for the arrival of my gorgeous nephew!  I love these colours together for a little boy!  The rocket and name are lifted up on foam tape to add dimension.

Paper - Kelly Panacci
Cardstock - Bazzill Bling (blue) & regular for the orange
Stamps - baby, sentiment and alphas are Stampin Up, Rocket not sure !
Embellishments - orange ricrac, Kaisercraft gems
Tools - circle and scallop punches from Stampin Up - Pastels - Versamark ink - clear embossing powder - dimensional magic

Thanks for looking!

Giveaway Day at SewMamaSew

I feel a giveaway coming on!  Just to join in with the spirit of Christmas!  SewMamaSew are hosting a giveaway, you can read all about it here.  Anyone with a blog or website can give something away!

Their blog is very inspirational, packed full of tutorials and ideas.  I'm really enjoying their Handmade Holidays Series they have been running for the whole of November.

Now then what to give away!  Hmm thinking thinking......

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Babygro "Onesie" card

I love these 'onesie' baby cards that I have seen on blogs all over the place.  I think I first saw them on Lauren Meader's blog.  Her tutorial can be found here.  Although this one is alot bigger than the one in her tutorial, the theory is the same.  I just had to make it bigger as I was sewing on the fabric letters!  I made it for some friends who just had a baby for whom I had made a top with the baby's name on it can be found on my sewing blog here if you want to see it :).  This card was probably about 6 x 8 inches.

Thanks for looking.

Choo Choo Luke!

I am sooo loving these t-shirts at the mo!! They make such cute special gifts.  I hope the recipient has already got it or they don't look on here yet!!  For this gift I made a matching card that you can see on my papercraft blog here.

Thanks for looking!

Little Coke Can Fishies!

I made the little fishies on this card from a coke can!

First you drink the coke ;)!  Then you wash the can.  Cut the round ends off and iron flat under a tea towel.  BE CAREFUL: it will be very hot and the edges will be very sharp!!!! Once you have it flat you can cut out any shapes you like with some sharp scissors.  I then embossed it using a stylus on the 'coke' side.   Too cute.  The possibilities are endless for what shapes you choose.  And just think you are saving the planet at the same time!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Butterfly Baby!

I have a new baby card to share with you today.  Some old Urban Lily paper I think, a bit of ribbon, a cute rub on, don't know the brand sorry.  And the butterfly was a My Mind's Eye rub on which I applied to some thick acetate/clear plastic and then cut out, bent up the wings and attached the body, to give depth.  And as per usual some stitching!

Inside the sentiment completes the phrase.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


A good friend bought me this stamp and I knew just what card to make with it!! I love the way it turned out.  For anyone with a stamping addiction this is perfect!!

By the way, the ribbon poking out at the side is not part of the card, that was something inside!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Post it note holders

I saw one of these about a year ago somewhere and decided to have a go at making one too.  The one I saw was made with fabric paper (like the Love Elsie stuff).  I have made two using that, one is the loving couple above, but I find it to be really thick and quite difficult to work with.  So instead I decided to use some fabric (pink stripes) I had and apply fusible webbing (I think they call it wonder under in the US).  It worked even better than the fabric paper. 

These little post it note holders are great for popping in your bag, as because they are made of fabric they don't get all dog-eared bumping around at the bottom of your bag.

This is what they look like inside.

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge 19

I love Dawn McVey's Blog: Raspberry Suite. She posts colour challenges on there, but I have never done one of hers before.  These were the colours this week.

And here is my card.

I used Merry Bella from StampingBella, Bazzill cardstock, a scrap of an old Daisy Bucket Christmas Paper, some flowers and the sentiment  and the snowflake stamp on the pink card is Stampin Up.  I love stitching on my cards, it gives them more depth and definition.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Crayon Roll

Don't you just love the Crayon Rolls. I've been seeing them everywhere.  They are sooo cute, I had to have a go at making one.  I used the tutorial here.  They are so handy for little ones when you are on the go, doing things that you just know they will find dull: waiting with you at an appointment; waiting for dinner to arrive at a restaurent; car journey etc, you get the picture!  Here is mine.

And all rolled up:

See Pigs CAN Fly!!!

I just loved this card  by Lexi Daly when I saw it in Stamp It!

I am shocking at remembering birthdays and then getting organised enough to get the card there on time.  I am full of good intentions, but.....  Anyway when I saw this card I knew I had to case it! 

Here is my version.

The sentiment inside was also 'cased', it reads:

I loved this card so much that I made three! So if I have forgotton your birthday then I am truly sorry for my ineptitude and hopefully one of these will be on its way to you!

You should check out Lexi's blog it is very inspirational.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Eli's bodysuit

I made this cute little bodysuit for my friend who just had a little boy.  Just love those fabrics together!

A few people are asking me if I will be selling these.  The answer is yes, I'll be opening an Etsy shop in the new year to sell these.  It will be here.

Whooo needs coffee???

I made this little set for a friend whooo just loves nescafe vanilla coffee.  So inside the gift bag is a pack of vanilla coffee.  I used the 'On a Whimsy' range from Fancy Pants for the bag: patterned paper and stamp set.  I just used my computer to print the speech bubbles.  For the little box of goodies I recycled a plastic container that had previously contained strawberries :), added maltesers and chocolate raisins, Yum!  I used the same paper range and the stamps were Chocolate Therapy by Inkadinkado.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More T-shirts

Here are some of my other appliqued t-shirts.  I love making these. They are fairly easy and the kids love them because they are so unique to them. 

This one was for my daughter to wear on her sixth birthday.

These two spiderman t-shirts were for two of her school friends.

Thanks for looking!

Tinkerbell Birthday....

My daughter turned 6 this week, we were having a tinkerbell themed party, so I wanted to get her a Tinkerbell card but I wanted it to say daughter.  After searching I didn't find one so realised I would have to make one but as I definately do not own a TinkerBell stamp I wondered where to start....then I remembered the front cover of the invitations pack was still lurking around. So here is what I came up with.

I cut her out raised her up on foam tape, added some patterned paper, a few fairy stamp accessories and personalised and there we go, better than a shop bought one I reckon!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

On a Christmas Theme!

Just thought I'd post a few Christmas projects from last year.  I'm trying to get myself in the mood for making Christmasssy things for this year!

Here are some little packets of reindeer food for little ones to sprinkle on the garden for Rudolph and friends.  Inside is a mix of oats and sprinkles!

You gotta love the Reindeer Poo idea!!! Inside are chocolate raisins but it would work just as well with chocolate covered peanuts.  Perfect stocking filler for those who have not been nice! Have you been naughty or nice?!!!!

A Christmas card.  What was a I thinking when I started to make this!? Threading all those beads on the wire and then stitching it on took forever!  I like the look though.

I think I got the idea for this from Splitcoaster stampers in this gallery somewhere.

A Kaisercraft wooden tree table decoration.

I taught this as a class a couple of years ago.  It is also Kaisercraft wooden hanging ornament.  Somewhere to place your Christmas wishlist, preserve your family traditions and keep last years Christmas photo on view!

I made these from a step by step tutorial on LSBS.  I love these as you can change the photo every year as they get older or just make a new one every year.  Great gifts to send out with the Christmas cards to grand parents or other relatives who live far away. And they are really quick to make too.

Once I get my butt into gear I'll put some of this years Christmas creations on here too!