Thursday, 15 November 2012

Getting Crafty

I've been getting all crafty again, and loving my new Papertrey Ink stamps. Far out, I am in love with their stamps. Such gorgeous clear crisp stamps, with matching dies, so easy to use! Their sentiments are also divine. Just perfect for every card. I can hardly wait for the November release, which is today!!! If you love stamping, cooking, sewing, knitting or even just card making, you will just ADORE these stamps.

and a close up for those who appreciate the detail.



Here are some other cards I made in the same session

Papertrey Ink products used:
Happy Day and Rosie Posie stamp and die sets
(+ a friend's border die cut-out)

Spellbinders die, Martha Steward doily border punch, paper scraps

{ edited to add, the November release blog post }
My fav's have to be the thread cards. What a genius idea!

'til next time,

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

DIY Blackboard

I've been checking out some gorgeous DIY projects online lately, and found some really cute little  blackboards made out of secondhand frames. Nothing gets me in like a cheap project, so cue the blackboard paint and look out Vinnies!

I found the perfect frame for, would you believe it, $1! No joke. Wishing I'd taken a pic of it 'before' its transformation, but to give you an idea, it looked a little like this...

I grabbed a spray can of undercoat & white gloss we had in the shed, and the blackboard paint I'd purchased many moons ago, while waiting for the inspiration for this project, a few fine grade sandpaper sheets, and off I went.

First, I took out the glass, and E even helped sand back the old varnish on the frame. After painting a few coats of white, I realised the stain that we couldn't sand back in the grooves was bleeding through, so I raced off to the hardware to see if I could find something to cover it. Thankfully, there was a product just for this situation, Stain No More (AND it was in a can - definitely my kind of product). So, instead of undercoat, next time I'll be using that direct over the frame.

For the glass, I sanded it back with fine (220) grade sandpaper, and I think it would have turned out fine if I had of sprayed the blackboard paint directly over that, but the good salesman at the hardware also managed to sell me some kind of etch stuff for smooth surfaces like glass, mirrors etc. So I'm not sure if it was that, or the sanding that gave it such a good finish, but the surface was fabulous. I think one coat of the blackboard paint would have been enough, but to be on the safe side, I did two.

Now comes the fun part! After letting it dry for 24 hours, I ran a chalk over it sideways, rubbed it off, and let the kids go wild.

What do you think?

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Our baby's growing up!

I can't believe our baby is 5! For her party, Erin and her friends were lucky enough to try out the Lots a Scents candle making party kit. I was very impressed with the quality of the supplies in the box. The girls loved mixing in the colours and fragrance themselves.

I would definitely recommend this type of party for a group of girls 5+. It's so much fun, and the girls get to take their creation home too!

The girls mixing the colour and scent into the molten wax

Here's a photo of the finished product. They mixed their own colours too!

Her cute little cupcakes, Martha Stewart Choc Brownie Cupcakes with her famous vanilla bean frosting. Always a hit!

The sweets table - totally inspired from Pinterest.

Strawberry yoghurt in tiny glasses
TimTam truffle pops
Marshmallows on a stick with white choc & freckles
Layered jelly (very cute and yum!)
Fruit sticks (thanks to Dana!)
Martha Stewart brownie cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting (coloured pink)
and of course, what is a party without lollies.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Snag a Canon or Nikon Camera Giveaway

Everyone loves a freebie, so I thought I'd share my latest find.

I've been using MCP Actions for quite a while to edit my photos, making the time spent getting them just right was reduced nearly by half. I am especially loving the vintage style actions.

So, here's their latest competition to win a Canon or Nikon Camera!

So who's in?

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Card and a half sketch...

I made this cute little card for a gorgeous friend of mine who's been helping us out a lot lately.

I based this card on one of the gorgeous sketches from Card and a Half, and am loving the muted tones in these OA papers and the simplicity. I would've added a bow, but the style didn't really suit.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

My bad

I've been so busy with life, that my poor little blog has been badly neglected yet again.

Lots has been happening of late, but something kinda scrappy and something cute coming up. A card for my gorgeous niece's 1st Birthday and Christening, and a cute photo of her at her little lady bug party.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Dedicated to Helen & the boys

This card was going to be for the Sketch Challenge over at Card and a Half, however I didn't get it finished in time. Then came some terrible news from the owner of the blog (a gorgeous friend), so I have dedicated it to her family xx

Forever Friends card

This card is for a friend who hasn't been well. I got the gorgeous Forever friends stamps with a magazine my MIL gave me. I hand cut the window so you could see him from the front, because he was too cute to hide!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tooth Pillows

I've had my eye on this cute tooth pillow pattern from mmmcrafts for about 6 months, and since Aiden's first loose tooth was getting wigglier by the day, I thought I'd better hurry up! I ended up making it just in time, and also made one for his little girl friend's birthday as well. I used the basic pattern and dressed them up pretty similar to the examples, so I didn't have too much guess work.

Erin suggested we make the wings out of pink tulle (which turned out awesome), and she also chose the sequin ribbon for the ballet shoes. Lucky we have some left to make one for her soon!

Aren't they adorable!

Thanks to Larissa from mmmcrafts for sharing her awesome pattern for free! Make sure you check out the rest of her cute little sewing patterns in her etsy shop.

And here is toothless Aiden with his tooth officer waiting for the tooth fairy. He was so excited, and even more so because he helped me make this gorgeous little officer.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

It's that time of year!

It's that time of year when everyone seems to be having babies! My niece just had a beautiful little girl, giving me an excuse to create a cute little girly card using these gorgeous Echo Park papers. I've also just heard through the grapevine that my cousin has just had a little boy, so off to the craft table again! xx