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Teachers Presents

10 Dec

Hi again. It has been a few days but as I said previously with the silly season upon us, time just seems to disappear. Tonight I have been to Roberts Kinder Concert. It was very cute. He was very proud to hand to me at the end of the night a hand decorated box with a Christmas tree decoration and cookies made by him. I also love the art folder the kinder has made up for us. It is a shame that Michael was working and he missed out. These are the things that only ever happen once and no matter how hard someone tries to explain it, it is just not the same as being there.


I think (fingers crossed) I finished the Christmas shopping today. YEY!!!!!!!! Now I just have to wrap it all.


So as promised in my last post I am going to show you the presents I have made for the teachers. I made the Goodie Bags (you can find the tutorial here) for them and have filled them up with chocolates. I know it is very unoriginal giving the chocolates but as least I know they will eat them whereas they might put a candle or soap in the back of the cupboard. I also did not decorate these bags up too much as the papers are quite busy and I also thought that as they were probably going to be thrown away (I know it is hard to think that of our work). I do however think they are still effective.

I have used a mixture of patterned papers and ribbons. They are actually really easy to make. I think they only took about 15 minutes each to make.

I hope you all manage to keep your heads above the sand during this crazy season. I will try to be back soon with some more soon.

Until next time xoxo


Sketch Saturday with a twist….

7 Dec

We have woken up this morning to the sound of rain and lots of it. I love the cooler weather so the rain has lifted my spirits today. I just hope that the rain is actually hitting the areas that we need it to.


Michael and I took the kids into the city on Sunday to see the Myer windows and to visit Santa at David Jones. Apart from the lots of queuing, must remember not to visit Santa during lunch hour, the kids had a great day and that is all we could ask for.


So today I am brining you another Christmas Card. I really must sit down tonight and start writing them so I can send out. I have rapt with the way this card actually turned out. I started basing my card on the Sketch Saturday sketch but once again realized that I had used an image that was not suited and did not want to do another square card. The card is very close to the sketch and was inspired by the interpretation of the sketch done by new DT Member Emma Lockley (her card is absolutely gorgeous).


The stamp is part of the Sugar Nellie range and I have used my SU watercolor crayons to colour the image. The patterned paper (which I just love) is from Little Yellow Bicycle (The Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection, Red Herringbone) the ribbon is by Green Tara, flower is a wooden flower which I have colored in with a texta. I think that is about it!


I will be back tomorrow, hopefully, to show you the presents I made for the teachers.

I hope you all have a great day, until next time xoxo

Bright Christmas

3 Dec

Well I have managed to make another card in the space of 24 hours from finishing my last card. This for some reason seems to be difficult to achieve as we approach the silly season. It was however sketch week at Anyone for Anya and this weeks Anya Ink challenge is Christmas. As you know I love my sketch challenges and as need to get my butt moving with making Christmas cards these were good excuses to create.


I have gone out of my comfort zone for this card.



It is very bright for a Christmas card but I decided that I wanted to do something different for a change and challenge myself with the colours. I did enjoy making this card and am reasonably happy with the result.


The hat I got from Deb’s store, she had it made up so that we could use our favorite stamps for Christmas cards too. I loved the idea of that. I have added glitter to the white parts of the hat and also to the presents but as always the camera does not show this. The patterned paper is from kaisercraft, cardstock Stampin up, certainly celery, real red and pink pirouette, ribbon from Stampin Up and bling from kaisercraft. I have coloured the image using my trusty copics, have I mentioned lately how much I love them!!!!


Well it is Kirsty’s birthday tomorrow so tonight we are off to celebrate.

I hope to be back soon with the goodie bags I am making for the kids teachers.


Until next time xoxo

The Sugar Bowl challenge 24

2 Dec

Hello again. I hope you are all having a good week so far. Mine has been pretty uneventful but as they say that is good. Today I am brining you my card for the latest The Sugar Bowl challenge. I actually started this one a few days ago but have only managed to finish it today. Another great sketch and requirement, using zig zags, was provided by Marlene:


Here is my card:



I enjoyed making this card and using the earthy colours. I loved this paper from the kaisercraft so I worked my card around it. I have also used cardstock from Stampin up, red riding hood, chocolate chip and kraft, Santa stamp from theSweet Nellie range and lace and buttons I picked up from spotlight. I have distressed all my edges and inked with my chocolate chip ink pad, done some faux stitching (crossing off my zig zag requirement) and flipped the sketch around. Oh yeah I also used my Stampin up watercolor crayons for coloring the image.

I am pretty tiered as Mick got home from work at 1:00am last night and I stayed up for him so not sure if I will manage to get anything else done today.

Until next time xoxo

Christmas Advent Calander

29 Nov

I know it has been a few days since my last post but there is a very good reason I am having problems with my computer. For some reason it has decided to stop reading my memory card. Until I have this problem fixed I will be taking photos with my phone so I do apologise for the poor quality. My other reason for not posting is that I have been flat out…there just seems to be too many things to do and not enough hours in the day!

I have however over the last few days managed to finish the advent calendar for the kids. I brought a kit from kaisercraft and then came up with my own ideas for decorating as I wanted to make something that would age well and not look out of date in a few years time.


So what do you think? I did enjoy making it and for once having my visions nearly come through. I was going to have some hanging ornaments from the centre but it did not look right. I am happy with the result and most importantly the kids just love it. They cant wait for Tuesday so they can start seeing what I have filled it with!!!!

Here is what I have used, Kaisercraft Advent Calendar kit, Kaisercraft paper, miscellaneous paints, laser cuts Christmas trees, kaisercraft wooden sleigh.

The red paint that I brought was too bright so I added a light coat of brown and white over it and then went over it with some sandpaper lightly.

The paper in the centre I have added a crackling paint and then after it dried I went over it with some brown and rubbed that it off to giver it an aged look.

I think the rest is pretty obvious as to what I have done.

Well off to a birthday party now with the kids. Hope you have all had a great weekend.

Until next time xoxo

Christmas cards..

22 Nov

Well we are definitely having some relief here in Melbourne from the hot weather. Thankfully we have had heavy soaking rain since last night which means hopefully our grass may survive a little longer for the year. I am feeling so much better with the change of weather that I think I will be able to create a bit more this week.


Thursday night I went and saw New Moon and absolutely loved it. I can not wait to go see it again and of course for the next installments to come out. I think I will have to download the soundtrack so can use the music as my muse.


Friday I had to take Robert to my sisters work, an orthodontics, as his bottom jaw is bigger than his top one resulting in a nasty cross bite which has caused his top teeth to be worn down. On the 17th December he will get his plate fitted and a face mask at night. The poor little might was so strong and brave even though stretching his mouth for the moulds was uncomfortable and hurt. The face mask looks very intrusive and we have tried to lighten it up a bit for him by saying wow look how cool it is but he just hid under my arms! As he is only 5 by doing this we will stop his second teeth from been worn down and hopefully prevent jaw surgery later in life.


Today Lizzie is off at a party and Michael has taken Robert to a historical Car Show, which means I have a few hours peace so after posting this I will be trying to make a card for this weeks Anya Ink challenge.


Yesterday I managed to make some Christmas cards, yey! I have done 8 of the same card which now means I have about ½ of what I need done. I wanted to do something quite basic so I picked a Mojo Monday sketch and went off on my merry way.


I have used Miss Clause from the Sugar Nellie range which you can purchase through Funky Kits for this card. I love this stamp and thought it would be good for some of my friends.



So there you have the card, basic but I think effective. I have used Stampin Up cardstock, my copics for colouring of the image, faux stitching, ribbon which I got from Kmart in the Christmas wrapping section, scallop punch from Stampin Up and Nestabilities and cuttlebug.


As I mentioned I am going to make the most of my quite time and the cooler weather and attempt the Anya Ink challenge. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a picture of my creation.

Until next time xoxo

Mojo Monday again

10 Nov

I cant believe how quickly the days just seem to be going past at the moment. We are going through a early heat wave here in Melbourne and I have to admit I am struggling with it. Yesterday I did have the chance to sit down but instead I choose to sit in front of the fan with a book, something I don’t do enough of these days.

After going to see the wonderful Dee’s today and seeing her two creations, which she has been doing at 10:30 at night, I got some inspiration. I am now going to colour some images and get something made hopefully before my favorite show, Packed to the Rafters, starts at 8:30.

Anyhow on the weekend I did manage to get the first batch of Christmas cards made. As much as I would love to give everyone an individually designed card I just don’t have time so I have decided to makes batches of 6 and then for my family and close friends I will make them an individually designed card. In my last post I mentioned that I would like to have another try of the Mojo Monday sketch so I did with these cards. I am very pleased with how they have come out this little bear is soooooo adorable.


You can see that I have used my trusty Stampin Up Cardstock (Red Riding Hood and Kiwi Kiss)  The stamp is designed by Gillian Roberts for Stampavie. I have used my copics for coluring, kindy glitz under the bear and on hat to give a shine feel (although photo does not really show it), kaisercraft rhinestones, sentiment from Stampin Up hostess set, swirls embossing folder with my cuttlebug and faux stitching.

That’s enough talking one has to go off and play!

Until next time xoxo