July Class Project

I have been stuck in a creative rut again. Between ‘real’ work and kids after school activities we are so busy at the moment that I really don’t have as much time as I would like to devote to my crafting. The little time I do have I’ve been spending CASEing to help me feel like I’m achieving something when I have time to hit my craft room. How do you manage your time vs your creative needs??

Today I hosted my monthly class for 5 ladies who so graciously gave up their time to create with me. This was this months project. It was a mix of a few different things I had seen on Pinterest put together with my own spin added.

Featuring the Colourful Seasons Bundle, watercolouring and a 3D envelope to store the cards in, all of the ladies loved the project and the colours. You can view the list of products used below.

To create the 3D envelope I used my Envelope Punch Board. The cardstock was sized 8 1/4 x 8 1/4. The first punch and score was lined up at 3 1/8 then moved to 4 1/8 where it was punched and scored again. The paper was turned as per the instructions and punched and scored on both score lines. This was then repeated for the remaining 2 sides. Snip out the pieces as shown below and glue together! Super easy, right?! Just needs a cute belly band with some layers and texture!

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I was a Supermum…

‘You were Supermum and then you lost all of your superpowers. Now you need coffee.’ Ava, 10.

Rewind 10 years from today and I am ashamed to admit it but… I hated coffee. The smell, the taste, I hated it all. I am sure this hatred came from either a) tasting my mum and dads instant Nescafé coffee that they drank when we were growing up or b) from the dentist who would lean over me when she was changing the bands on my braces, her breath always smelt of coffee.

When I think back to this time 10 years ago it is completely mind boggling to me that I hadn’t discovered ‘real’ coffee. I had two kids 21 months apart with my eldest being barely two years old. I went back to work full time when my youngest was 8 months old. Apart from daycare, we didn’t hire any help. I did most of it on my own. Can I just ask ‘How did I possibly function??’

About 5 years ago I discovered Gloria Jeans White Chocolate Mochas. With literally a truckload of sugar in them they tasted gooood! They definitely didn’t taste like coffee. Unfortunately they did contribute to me putting on about 10kgs though.

After maybe 2 years I decided to lose weight (that’s a story for another day!) and started to drink Skim Lattes. I still drink them. Every day. Sorry, but I’m not sorry. I’m a self confessed coffee snob. I don’t make my own coffee, it’s so much nicer when someone else makes it. I love a coffee date with friends or a stroll with a coffee at the beach or around the lake. It’s totally ‘my time’.

There is a point to me telling you this! When I saw Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Cafe Bundle in the new Annual Catalogue I had to have it!! When I did get it though, I was completely overwhelmed with the colours of the Designer Series Paper. They were just so far out of my comfort zone. And then even creating a coffee cup with the Stamps and Framelits I really had trouble matching colours. 

This is eventually what I came up with for my June class. This would be a super cute gift to give my favourite coffee date friend. There are three simple note cards that all fit into the little box that holds envelopes too. 

I hope you love them as much as my class ladies did! Xx

Sweet, Sweet Baby Cards

As promised in my last post here are some of my favourite, favourite baby cards that I have created. These were made in February  2017 as part of a special order.

A few things about these cards I love (apart from the overall look). a) The ribbon I used is amazing, it is Stampin Up!’s Stitched Satin Ribbon and is just so beautiful to work with. b) The Designer Series Paper I used is from the Foxy Collection that sadly retired at the end of May 2017. It was one of my favourites and just so cute for baby cards. c) I used my favourite bundle ‘Sunshine Wishes’ to create the sentiment. 

To make the die cut word ‘pop’ I covered it using my fine tip glue pen to give it a glossy look. It is super easy to do and comes up with a really effective and complete look. The only advice I would give is leave it overnight to dry because it does take a while and if you are clumsy like me, that is a bad combination!

These cards are so simple and so cute once done, I hope you love them!

I have just received another order for more baby cards…. best I get started on those!

Happy crafting! X

Sweet Air Balloons

A few times each year I am blessed to be asked by a very talented baby photographer to create some New Born and First Birthday cards for her clients. 

These cards I created some time ago and totally forgot to share them with you before sending them off (oops!). I used one of my favourite current sets, the Lift Me Up Bundle to create them and simply changed out the colours to create different looks.

Aren’t they just super cute?!

Stay tuned for some more that I totally forgot to share…. (sorry!) PLUS another set that I am working on!! 

Colour Theory Suite

Welcome to Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue! All of my regular customers should have received their catalogues by now and are busy making or have already ordered their wish lists! 

Upon seeing the catalogue for the first time I was drawn most to the Colour Theory Suite on pages 145 & 146. I recreated three of the four cards to send out with the new catalogues to show my customers how easy it was to recreate samples in the catalogue and to thank them for allowing me to share the new catalogue with them.

I was then asked to do a class for two of my regular online customers who love nearby,  one of who I had never met before. With the class being held on 2nd June I wanted to use new and current products from the catalogue so decided to use this suite again matched with my favourite Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. These are the three cards I created for the class.

I’m off now to make my 8th list of things I ‘must’ have! 

Happy Sunday and happy crafting x

Puppy Love

For about 4 years Joe and the girls begged and begged me to get a dog.  I would always say ‘No’ because I just wasn’t really an animal kind of person and I knew I would be the one to feed it, walk it, bath it, pick up its poo… the list goes on and on.  In about 2014 we saw ‘Moe’ advertised through a rescue shelter my sister in law was involved with.  Immediately she took me to meet him and boy did I fall in love with that little guy right there and then!  We brought him home within a week, named him Harry Gallen and he hasn’t left my side since.

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Then, last year Joe and I had a complete brain snap and went and met a little girl puppy through the same rescue shelter because we were thinking of getting Harry a little friend to play with.  We fell in love with her so quickly that we actually brought her home with us right away!  We named her Luci ‘Skittles’ and it suits her perfect, she is crazy!!

They are so so spoilt.  They live inside and sleep on (or in) our bed and I can’t imagine my life without them even though, yep you guessed it, I feed them, walk them, bath them….

The unconditional love that these two dogs show us is unlike any I could ever imagine.  They are always happy to see all of us which is such a blessing in a world full of chaos and drama.  So what happens though when our furry friends are sick or they die?  I can’t even begin to imagine the loss that is felt.  Recently two friends lost their companions.  They had both been with them for over 10 years.  These are the cards I made my friends to let them know I was thinking of them.

RIP Bella and Jessie x 

Umbrellas full of retiring flowers

I always seem to be inspired by products that are retiring. The ‘ex-corporate banker’ in me knows that this is ridiculous because how am I meant to see the sets to all of you if they are no longer available BUT the ‘real’ me just loves to create and share!

For this project I used the retiring Botanical Builder Framelits, the retiring Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper plus one of the colours is Watermelon Wonder – my favourite retiring colour.

Before you get upset, you do still have another 15 days to get these… and paired with the Weather Together Bundle you can create these super cute cards! You can view and purchase the products used at the end of this post. Please remember that the list below is to create all six cards!  Who wouldn’t love an umbrella full of flowers?!

Happy crafting! x

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