Friday, June 12, 2009
PaperArtsy is an online store that sells papercrafting kits. Each month I release three new kits: a Scrapbooking Kit, a Card Making kit and an Off-The-Page kit. Each kit contains heaps of yummy products and a set off detailed instructions on how to create the projects. The idea is that I do all the designing, sourcing, coordinating and instructions and so you just get to create and have fun! How good is that? So please head on over and take a look HERE.
Well that's the good news, so what's the bad? Well as we all know, you can't have your cake and eat it too, which means I've had to resign from Stampin' Up. I know, it's heartbreaking! But having my own online business has been a dream of mine for so so so so long, and thanks to my wonderfully supportive and encouraging hubby Rob and also my fabulous brother Ji, it's become a reality. But for those of you that are desperate to get your hands on SU product - I have contacts ;-) Just email me and I'll put you in touch with someone!
So this will be my last post at blogspot - you can keep up to date with all that is going on at my NEW BLOG HERE. Please drop on in and say hello!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So here's my scrappy cards...
Thanks for stopping by :)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
One of the kids came out to get something out of their bag and found Dora Puss hanging out in Jordyn's Pre-school bag! I suspect she had deliberately sourced a quiet spot away from the kids but it didn't last long for her. She aint called "Dora the Explorer" for nothin'!!
Friday, April 10, 2009
I was asked to teach a little something at our church's Mums & Bubs group, so I put this 6x6 layout together. The mums had the option of either using it as an album page or for those that didn't have 6x6 albums they mounted it onto chipboard and either stuck magnets behind it for the fridge or punched holes in the top and threaded string through to hang as a picture. Gotta love quick & easy!!
Ok, this one's an oldie, but in my opinion a goodie! Just look at how adorable Jordy was when she was little ... she was just so cute!! I absolutely love this photo of her, I've scrapped it so many times in so many ways.
This is a Blessings Book that I made for Mikayla last year. I got quite ill at one stage last year and from that point she became really insecure and started struggling with school and friends and would cry when it was time to go to school and wouldn't want to leave me. It was a horrible time for both of us and absolutely heartbreaking for me. Her lovely teacher suggested that we get her a little book that we could all write positive things in to encourage her. But of course I couldn't just leave it at a plain note book could I???
Unfortunately, these aren't the most brilliant photos, I kept getting reflections in the glass but you get the idea. These were some window frames that I had a play with with the intention of selling at the markets, but I just don't know that I can part with them! I think they'll either find their way onto my walls or become gifts for people who I know will appreciate them. Does anyone else find there are some things you just can't part with?
Thanks for dropping in and have a fabulous easter!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Here's a few more pics from the day. I just love this next one as it really shows the difference between my boys ... Jake up and dressed and ready for school and Ryan still with bed head, sleepy eyes and his new shirt thrown over the top of his PJs.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So here it is, Mikayla's Easter card tutorial:
"Well first I got a white piece of paper and then in dark purple (it was actually black which tells me it's definitely time to re-ink) I stamped six flowers on and then I got some coloured textas and coloured them in. And then I cut it out. And then I got a purple piece of paper and folded it in half. Well, we got a white piece of paper and we stamped in redish purple "Sharing with you the miracle of new hope and new life through the glorious gift of Christ the Lord" (I had to write the whole quote, I asked if I could just write "the stamp with the words", but no, we had to be very clear!!). And then I sticked the white piece onto the blue piece of paper and then I got a red, a light blue, a green and a dark blue beads and then I put it down and stuck four holes in and I put them in. I put the blue and white piece onto the purple piece. I got a white ribbon and tied it on the side and then I stuck the flowers on. And then I wrote inside. And then I put some coloured bits of texta on the purple and white bits. And then I putd it in the envelope!"
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I painted the canvas with a neutral colour and then inked around the edges using my Basic Black ink pad. The Live, Laugh and Love words are Kaiser giant monograms painted around the edges and covered in scrapbboking papers (Basicgrey - Scarlett's Letter). The words fully, often and deeply I cut out with my cricut using the "Opposites Attract" cartridge. The flourishes were also done with the cricut.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I made this little magnetic photo frame as a birthday pressie for one of the little girls I look after (I actually made another one for the other little princess as their birthdays are two days apart).
I cut an A4 magnetic sheet in half to give me two A5's. I then cut out the centre leaving a 3.5cm frame all around. I cut it all with my Fiskars paper trimmer but put a blunt blade back in so I didn't wreck a good one (I save most of my "blunt" blades for heavy duty things like this, chipboard, transparencies, etc.) The magnetic sheeting already has adhesive on it, so I just peeled back the cover and stuck the paper onto it ... very easy!! Then the fun part was adding all the embellishments and personalising it, all with bits and pieces from my stash - another economical pressie that I think looks really sweet. Of course it's going to look so much better with a photo of the newly turned 2 year old in it - Happy 2nd Birthday Emily & Chloe! xx
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thanks for checking in and have a fabulous day!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
So here is this weeks Inkspirations Colour Challenge...
And here's what I created...
I just love this "Wild Rose" stamp set, and in all honesty I haven't used it for ages so it got a good dusting off and today our passion was reignited!! I found these colours really nice to work with - they are very pretty and elegant colours which worked well with the roses.
I'm just so impressed that I got the housework AND some stamping done today...all whilst having three children at home!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
So here's this weeks sketch...
And now here's my take on it...
This uses the "A Happy Heart" stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalogue, which I borrowed from a friend of mine (thanks Kasey!) I've enjoyed having a play with this set, it's got so many cute and smoochy images. The colour combination I took straight from the Colour Coach - great for when you're having an"I don't know where to start" day. So between the Sketch and the Colour Coach I really didn't have to do much thinking at all :)
So there you have it, a cute little card ready for my hubby for valentines day ... or so I thought ... He just found it and asked if he could have it so that he could give it to me!!! I told him if I'd known that I would have made it in much prettier colours!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I really enjoyed working with sketch and I found that once I had decided on the papers and stamps I wanted to use the whole thing just came together so quickly. I'm definitely a Mojo Monday addict now!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I've had these clipboards sitting on a shelf for ages waiting for me to spruce them up. My idea was to make one for each of the kids to hold their job charts. So, with back-to-school being just around the corner and a serious need for some organisation in our house I set to work making up some job charts as well. I found this fabulous site where you can make personalised job charts for kids. You can take a look at it HERE.
I covered some pencils with matching paper and attatched them to the clipboards so there's always a pencil at the ready and no room for excuses!! So now we're ready to go, only thing is I think it's going to be a shame to cover these up, LOL!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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I felt so good making this one because it used all scraps! I didn't cut into a new sheet of anything for this one - don't you just love those cards!
And yep, you guessed it...I didn't take a photo of the other one before I gave it away!!
I did make a third one which was probably my favourite but promptly gave it away to our neighbour to say thankyou for fixing our leaky toilet!! Note to self - photograph cards before giving away (I am notorious for doing this with everything I make!!)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Our holiday was lovely and it was wonderful to spend time with family and friends and the kids especially enjoyed being able to catch up and play with their cousins. It was so nice to see them play together and amazing to see that although there are many miles between them they can just pick up where they left off last time.
We had a lovely Christmas and a fun filled new year with my sister in law Ang's birthday and Jordyn's 4th birthday thrown in there as well, so the week at the beach was a great way to unwind from the busyness of everything. The kids just loved being able to swim in the pool and if they weren't in the pool they were watching everyone else in there from our balcony! The beaches were lovely (although our very first day at the beach included a blue bottle sting for Jake) and the weather was just perfect.
But after 3 weeks of living out of suitcases it was great to get home. I tell you, there's just something sooo good about sleeping in your own bed. The first couple of days of being home my kids didn't wake before 9am and one of them 10am (yep Jordyn!!) so they too were loving being in their own beds - and I'm sure Noonie is enjoying having her bed back to herself!!
So since being back we've had to buy a new washing machine (so glad I've ordered it as the old one finally died today and being without a washing machine with four kids is not good) and a new kettle as that had decided to give it up while we were away too. We also came home to a leaking toilet, kitten poos in our bedroom and the christmas tree stripped of decorations and smashed on the floor also care of the kittens - NICE!!! All of this after a sixteen hour car trip. Our neighbours welcomed us home with the house taped off like a crime scene and the outline of a body on the driveway - thanks Tim!! But despite all of our dramas it is still so good to be home.
So now I'm absolutely desperate to get back into some stamping and scrapbooking using all of our lovely photos from our time away. Fingers crossed, I might get a bit of "me" time tonight and have something to show you soon.