Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday Night Fun

Here's what I taught at Crafters Anonymous Monday night class. Super easy but lots of possibilities. My class one is sort of traditional and my second card is a fun one that I think kids would like to make.

Happy crafting

Monday, October 24, 2011


What an awesome day it is today - we are the winners of the 2011 RWC. Its taken such a long time for us to win the Webb Ellis Trophy again - 24 years. OMG it was such a great night but I did not like watching the game... It was nail biting but at the end of the day we won!!! A win is a win and we will take it.
I went with a group to the Motueka Recreation Centre where they had an official fanzone area. What an awsome atmosphere... They had a guy playing music for a couple of hours before the game and then we watched the game on the big screen. Lots of cheering and shouting when we won ( and a big sigh of relief too!!) then alot of us went in the big impromptu haka. A big thanks to the team at the Rec (Ria, Brent, Jody and their staff) it was a great place to be if you couldn't be at the game (like my hubby)

Can you see the gorgeous cupcakes? Aren't they just so cute with the little rugby balls and rugby boots. My neighbour got them from a fabulous shop (Chocolate Velvet) in Richmond and gave me and my grandys one each. They were yummy too!

I hope everyone has had a great long weekend (in NZ) whether you watched the rugby or not. Now our lives can get back to normal but I think we will enjoy the win for a few more days...

Happy crafting

Friday, October 21, 2011

Butterfly Notes

If you ever want a simple, quick gift here is the ideal thing. A mini notepad made with the Stampin Up Beautiful Butterflies die.
I covered two coasters with dsp and then using the die I cut two butterfly shapes from the coasters. I found a notepad that was in my stash and cut (in bundles of 20/30) approximately 100 pages with the same die. Using your cropodile or hole punch make a hole at the tip of a wing on every butterfly making sure the hole is in the same place. It is a good idea to use your first set of holes as your template. Attach all pieces onto a ring, add some ribbon and "voila" you are done.

How cute is that???

I will be away until Sunday so I wont blog again until Monday. Its a long weekend in NZ and best of all its the final of the RWC and the All Blacks are going to win!!!! Fingers crossed!! Power of positivity......

Happy crafting

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Look what I got...

I was a part of a UStamp swap this last round and this is what my Swapper Cara sent me. A fabulous spinner card made in my fav colour, purple. I must admit I tried to make one of these a few years ago and it was a disaster, Cara's one spins (unlike mine). She also sent me a Twashi scrubbie. It is a hand knitted dish/body scrubber.
I really enjoy doing swaps as you get to see what other people create. Bring on the next round....

Happy crafting.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cheap trick...

Our son has got engaged and this past weekend him and his fiance had their engagement party. We got them stuff for their house including coffee cups. Have you ever tried to wrap them??? The shop where I bought them wrapped them in tissue paper and I thought why bother re-wrapping them so I just grabbed a heart stamp set and a reddish ink pad and stamped the tissue paper. I wrapped their other presents with plain white paper (well it was originally) that I had stamped all over with the same stamp set. Easy huh!!

Its cheap and easy enough to do and you can coordinate the paper, card and gifts.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's not that hard, after all....

Rebekah took Crafters Anonymous Monday night class last night.

This is the first Tri-Shutter card that I have ever made. I have always admired them but have been too afraid to cut into dsp just in case I mucked up! With Beks great tutorial there was no fear of mucking up and this is my semi finished card. I decided I would not put any sentiments on the card and put it into my stash for when I need a card NOW!!

I have used one of my fav dsp's (sadly retired). I love pink and orange together... This style of card is a great way to use up some of your scraps... I know I will be making some more of this style of card.

Happy crafting.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Who's my Secret Sister???

I have been involved in a Secret Sister Swap at Crafters Anonymous. On the 14th we had to reveal our gifts that we received and here are mine. I just love them as she has used my fav colours and also the butterfly die. Inside the petal cone were yummy Bounty bars and the best thing was that the grand kids didn't like the coconut so I had to eat them all... lol. The covered book will come in so handy (Shyanne has her eye on it too!)
I have no idea who my Secret Sister is - I am not a good detective - but thank you for being her and thank you for the lovely gifts.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Why don't you join in the fun???

In August I was lucky enough to win a free entry to Stampin Fun & Friends round of projects. It was so much fun, the projects were great and the people were fantastic that I didn't hesitate to sign up for the second one.

They have their Christmas Dreams round coming up in November and of course I have signed up for it, and I think you should too!!! lol Stampin Fun and Friends is run by the lovely CherylAnn. Click on her name and it will take you to her blog where you can get some more info.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sparkly Medallion

Tonight we are celebrating the engagement of our eldest son and his fiance (and watching the semi final RWC game between France and Wales.) Here is the card I have made for them. The photo doesn't do it justice. I stamped the medallion stamp with versamark, then sprinkled dazzling diamonds onto the stamped area and clear embossed it. It is very sparkly IRL. Thanks to Gill for the inspiration.

Congratulations Brad and Jacqui - bring on the champagne!!!!

Happy crafting.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Xavier's First Birthday Card

My son and his partner have custody of a little boy called Xavier. When I say little I mean little - he was a prem baby born at 24 weeks, weighing in at 740g. He was four months old when he came into their care and he was so tiny and fragile. Today he turns ONE and to look at him now it is hard to believe that he was so little. In fact we now call him "Buddha" lol.
This is the card I have made him - isn't it cute. Now I am going to be a bit philisophical so bear with me. The lion represents how brave Xavier has been, the giraffe represents how big he has grown and the monkey represents how cheeky Xavier is - he has the most beautiful smile. I have CASED this card from Lisa.

Here's the Birthday boy when was 4 months old about to start his new life with Jacqui and Brad.

And look at him now at 11 months. (Playing with the paper from my SU parcels)

Happy Birthday Big Boy. It will be a sad day too as he was one of a twin but his brother died a week after birth.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

CAS Baby Card

My computer tecky's daughter had a baby girl last month and since I have met her a few times over the years I thought I would get her a little gift and a card. As she is young mum, I didn't want to make a card that was too frilly and fussy so I went with Clean and Simple and I also decided not to make it in a "baby pastel" colour.

I am happy with how it turned out. Enjoy being a mum to Ruby, Skye.

Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

70th Birthday

This is the card I made for my Aunty who turned 70 yesterday (she doesn't look a day over 60). Her favourite colour is yellow and she is a dab hand at sewing - she made my wedding dress 31 years ago when she was training to be a nurse. I immediately thought of the stamp set "Sew Suite" (for the sewing side) and I had seen these dresses on blogs and thought I would make it in yellow (for the favourite colour) and "voila" this is what I came up with. I got my inspiration from Connie Collins.
The dress was a bit fiddly but the end result is pretty neat I think. I added pearls as she also liked to get glammed up every now and then.

Happy Birthday Aunty Cyn - I hope your day was awesome!!

Happy crafting.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

You need balls....

"What" I hear you say. Yes, we had to find balls for this project - about 14 were required. It was a bit of a mission finding them in my town but find them I did!
Last night at Crafters Anonymous the very talented Julia had a doosy of a class. We made a necklace out of fabric and balls. It was so much fun to do. I love the idea so much that I will make another one out of better fabric.

Happy crafting


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mini Meander Book

Last night Tia took the Monday night class at Crafters Anonymous. All I can say is "Wow" what a fab project. As soon as I saw what she was going to do (I have sneak peeks due to being on the Team) I knew that I wanted to do a favourite photo from my son's wedding. (Gosh it is nearly a year since that wonderful day).
The photo was in black and white so I have kept it fairly plain. The belly band I made for the outside has a scrap of the photo and some netting that was used for the wedding decorations. I also added a heart and a diamante and I think its made it into a "WOW" gift. I gave it to Alesha's mum and she thought it was gorgeous.

I will be making more of these I am sure.

Happy crafting.