Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Easter Treat Bags

My daughters invited some friends over on Easter Tuesday for a play date and an Easter Egg hunt.

I made them some treat bags to put their eggs in as they collected them. The idea for the rabbits came from here.  Aren't they cute?

The paper I have used for the bags is only available for a few more days.  Make sure to put your qualifying order in before 31st March to earn this paper for free.
Paper: Perfectly Artistic DSP
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Perfect Plum
Punches: Extra Large Oval, Large Oval, Small Oval, Cupcake Builder Punch, Small Circle, Curvy Trio Corner punch, Ornament punch (retired)
Other: Gift Bag Punch board

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Seniors Workshop

I was very pleased to have been invited by a local seniors group Senior Moments to return and make Easter cards with their Thursday group.

Here are the cards that we made.  You may not be able to see in the photo but we brushed the Wink of Stella pen over the "egg" to make it look more like foil. 

There are quite a few of these "egg" cards around at the moment so I can't credit any one person, but it is not my original idea.  I stamped a retired stamp onto the envelope to add to the Easter feel of the project. 
The oval framelits dies mean these cards are very easy to make and they look very effective.  You could also try this idea with other framelit dies and see what results you get.  Feel free to share your projects with me if you do try it.

I was told beforehand that one member was celebrating a birthday so I took along a small gift.  It turned out she was celebrating her 90th birthday!  So lovely to see someone reach that milestone.

This cute little box uses the Curvy Keepsake die which I have cut from Mint Macaron cardstock.  I then cut some of the It's My Party DSP with part of the die and adhered it on top of the cardstock to give the two-tone look to the box.  It was the perfect wee gift with two Ferrero Rocher chocolates inside.
I will return in a couple of weeks time and make gift bags with the Monday group using our Gift Bag Punch board.
If you belong to a group that would like to partake in a craft event please let me know.  I can discuss the various options and we can plan something that everyone will enjoy. 

Cardstock & Ink: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Rose Red, Perfect Plum
Stamps: Petite Petals, Butterfly Basics, Greetings Eight (retired)
Punches: Bitty Butterfly, Petite Petals, Large Oval, Small Oval,
Other: Oval framelits dies, Wink of Stella, Rhinestones

Cardstock & Ink: Mint Macaroon
Stamp: Party Wishes
Paper: Its My Party DSP
Other: White organza ribbon

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Birthday card and gift bag

It was my best friend's birthday in the weekend.  She totally a cake girl (loves going out for cake for a treat) so I had to use the Party Wishes stamp set for her.  In particular the sentiment that says   "A Party Without Cake is Just a Meeting".

Here is the card I made for her which I changed very slightly from Ellen Woodbridge's that she made. 

I also made a small matching gift bag using the Gift Bag punch board to pop her pressie in.  Instead of using the small, medium or large size on the board, I used the side measurement for all four sides to get a long narrow bag which was the perfect fit for my gift.

There was one other cool thing about this card and that's when you opened it up.  I used the Party Pop-Up Thinlits dies to create a 'wow' inside.  I put silver glimmer paper behind the pop-up "Happy Birthday" piece which created a smart contrast with the black inner. 

You can buy these cool dies along with its matching stamp set as a bundle and save 15%. Or you can get the Party Wishes stamp set with the very cute little balloon, cupcake and candles punches (I used the candle on top of the cake in my card) and also save 15%.  Why wouldn't you when you can present your friends with cards as fabulous as this one.  My friend was very pleased with hers.

For the card:
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Paper: It's My Party DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Stamps: Party Wishes
Other: Circle dies, Party Punch Pack (candles), Party Pop-Up dies,

For the Gift bag:
Paper: It's My Party DSP
Ink: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron
Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things
Other: Gift Bag punch board, Triple Banner punch, Pool Party baker's twine, Whisper White Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Anniversary cards

It was our Wedding Anniversary last week so here is the card I made for Hubby.

It's can be a challenge to make a 'love' card without making it too mushy, feminine or have too much bling.  I think I managed to convey my message but in a masculine way.  The main thing was... he liked it.

And this is a card my Mum made for us.  I know she cased it from somewhere but I'm unaware of whom she cased it from. 

I love that silver tape and Sale-A-Bration ends in 9 days so make sure you don't miss out and place your order today!  Every $110 you spend earns you one FREE sale-a-bration item - including this gorgeous silver tape which actually comes as a pack of 3 in Silver, Gold and White.

Our wedding colour was this blackberry colour.  We had our bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen's waistcoats this colour as well as various accents throughout the wedding.  Sadly this colour will be retiring on 31 May so make sure you get it, and all it's accessories before it goes.

Masculine card:
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer paper
Stamps: Going Global, Hardwood, Happy Birthday Everyone (my darling stamp)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo black, Pacific Point, Old Olive
Other: Circles dies, Little Number dies, Aqua painter, blender pen or marker

Blackberry card:
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding (retired)
Ink: Blackberry Bliss 
Other: Metallics glitter tape, Botanical Builder Framelits dies, rhinestones,

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Thank You

Our neighbour had tickets to the Kumeu Show last week and was unable to use them.  She kindly offered them to us and as we were free that day we gratefully accepted them.

We had a great time at the show.  The kids enjoyed the rides (some of them anyway), had their face painted and we watched some wood chopping competitions.  It was amazing how fast some of those guys could chop those logs.

To say thank you to our lovely neighbour for her thoughtfulness I made her a simple card.  You may not be able to see in the photo, but I brushed some Wink of Stella over the rose to give it a bit of sparkle.

Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Rose Wonder
Other: Wink of Stella Brush, Blendabilities (retired), Copic markers

Monday, 7 March 2016

What to put inside your Curvy Keepsake box - Part 2

Well I've seen a few people asking recently about the size of the curvy keepsake box and what can fit in it so I'm revamping a post I did here from a while back. 

I've had a few more ideas on what can go in them and how many fit.  Since Easter is coming up, I'm starting there:

Easter Eggs

  • Caramel Cuties (6)
  • Crème Egg (1)
  • Marshmallow foil (1)  Those large ones you can buy singly won't fit but the small ones you buy in a tray should
  • Ferrero Eggs (5)
This one is a Humpty Dumpty egg 


Sweet Treats
  • Chocolate Coins
  • Mini Candy Canes (3)
  • Jelly Beans
  • Smarties (2 boxes)
  • Mini Muffin
    This would have to depend on the size of your mini muffin tin.  They would fit ones from my tin.

Stampin' Up!
  • Metallics Glitter Tape (1)
  • The ones you can earn free with Sale-A-Bration until 31st March.  You won't fit all 3 rolls but you will fit one - pick your favourite colour.
  • Washi Tape (2-3)
  • Embellishments
  • An assortment of punched shapes, die cut pieces etc would make a fantastic gift.  Bundle in one of these boxes and you've got a ready made gift any crafter would love.
If your kids are into Sylvanian Families I'm sure you'll know
what I mean by these size.  The family packs often have
2 adults & 2 kids and you can get babies separately as well. 
  • Shopkins - if you have young girls you'll know all about this craze.  You'll fit 2 of the green rubber baskets in the box but you won't fit the pink baskets.
  • Sylvanian Families
    - babies (4)
    - kids (1)
    - adults (0)
    You'll fit 4 of the baby ones or 1 of the child size but the adult ones are too big.
  • Hot Wheels Car
    If you're going to put one of these in you'll have to
    take care.  Only the small short ones will fit, like
    this one.  My kids have quite a few and the usual
    length ones won't fit.
  • Blind bag Care Bears (2)
  • Mini Puzzle
  • Barbie Doll clothes
  • Marbles
  • Badges
  • Miniature toys
  • Shaped Erasers


A small bottle of perfume like this
Elizabeth Arden bottle I had
  • Ring box
  • Watch
  • Broach
  • Earrings
  • Bracelet
Other ideas:
  • Packet of plant seeds
  • Small ornament
  • Lotto ticket
  • Fridge Magnet
  • Small bottle of perfume/fragrance
  • Flash drive
  • Crystal
  • Hair ties/hair clips
  • Cookie Cutters
    If you want to put cookie cutters in I suggest you check the size first.  A lot of mine didn't fit but a few did.  I fitted two of those tall ones (at the back in the photo) in the box although they came in a set of 3.  My little baby onesie cutter fitted so well - it would make the sweetest baby shower gift.

I hope these ideas have been helpful.  The paper I've used to make the two-toned box is the It's My Party DSP stack and I've made the box from Crushed Curry cardstock to co-ordinate. 

The Easter chick I made using the Playful Pals thinlit dies and stamp set though I have used it in conjunction with Curvy keepsake die to make the box itself.

Please leave me a comment or two - if you have any other suggestions please let me know. 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

I know I haven't done a blog post in a while.  One of the things I've been busy with is making new covers for the squabs in our bay window.  The old fabric was very dated and we've been intending to replace it for a while.

I couldn't find a full before shot but I found a photo of Teddy sitting on the couch which shows the fabric that was there, complete with piping edge.

Now, thanks to some new fabric and a few days sewing we have this:

Its a big improvement on what was there.  We also recovered our foot stools in the same fabric and repainted the legs to tie everything in together. 

Now back to the stamping. I'll be preparing guest gifts and project kits for Extravaganza for the next week or two but I'll be sure to share them with you when they're done.