Monday, November 19, 2012

Snap, Bang, Crack

goes the Christmas Cracker.... Gosh the kids loved singing this song at Reuben's Daycare.... Made us giggle everytime..
 Tonight over at Crafters Anonymous Kristine taught us how to make cracker... I believe it is one of Delys Cram's creations and she kindly gave Kristine permission to use it tonight. I had seen cracker tutorials before and thought "I couldn't be bothered.." but I am in love with this one. It's easy peasy and I know I will be making more (teachers gifts)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pinterest Tuesday Challenge Update

Here's some pics of my Pinterest Tuesday Challenges.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CA's Monday night class catch up

Here are some pics of the past few weeks of classes over at Crafters Anonymous. 
The mini concertina album was a class taken by Suzanne


This is a diamond fold card taught to us by my friend Julia

 And this is a folding box card taught to us by Kristine.

Over the past two years we have had some fabulous classes.  If you would like to take part in these classes,  go to the side of my blog and you will find a link to join Crafters Anonymous.  We have a few weeks of classes to do before the "silly season" break but I can tell you we will be back early January with some awesome classes.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quick Christmas Gift Bag

Last night was my turn for taking the Crafters Anonymous online class. As Christmas is fast approaching I thought I would do a gift bag. We all have people that we need to give little gifts to and it's always good to package them in a nice bag - seems to make the gift extra special!
This bag is made from a sheet of 12 x 12 DSP, a piece of 4 x 6 DSP, some sticky tape and ribbon... It only takes a few minutes to make (apart from the decorating) so when you need a quick gift bag this is certainly one that I will be using!

I am making these bags for my grand kids end of year gifts to their classmates - it is a great way to use up all of the retired DSP I have...

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas Wreath

A couple of weeks ago I went to a "Stamp Camp" run by my upline Jacque. We didn't stay over - I travelled to Richmond both days. About 10 ladies attended. It was a full on two days. Mind you we started two hours late due to AirNZ plane delays, etc. In saying that we completed everything all of the projects that Jacque had planned for us.
The big project was making a Christmas wreath. I had seen these made and thought "nah I wont be making one of them" but I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed making one. Lots of work on the Big Shot cutting out flowers of varying sizes and colours, glue, buttons, wrapping paper and tulle. Here's my take on Jacque's - I have a few gaps so I might put in a bit more tulle. It sure is going to look good hanging at my door this Christmas. I also found a metal wreath holder at Spotlight that has bells on it so that will save putting drawing pins into my wooden doors.

I will post more pics of what we did over the next few days. 

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Pinterest Tuesday on Wednesday

I haven't been able to take part in Pinterest Tuesday for the past few weeks as I have been in Nelson so no time for crafting. I found this Pin the other day and thought it would be good to do. Easy and quick. Of course I didn't have the burlap/sacking so I decided to shush mine up... with what I had in my stash.

What do you reckon...?

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Sunday, October 7, 2012


This week at CA we had a guest teacher. Tracey Leigh showed us how to make a chatterbox mini album. I have yet to put photos in... Its a good way to use up those "not so good" photos as you can chop them down to fit the pages.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Baby Gift

My niece and her partner had a baby girl in September. I recycled a coffee tin and altered it. I was lucky to find an unopened pack of retired DSP (I know... and it's not the only one I have) that was just right for the job. I also bought a pack of white onsies and  I decided that they were too boring so I cut out some fabric with my Big Shot and used the iron on stuff (name escapes me) to attach them. Man they looked so cute!

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Milk Carton Gift Box

A few weeks ago Suzanne took the class at CA. We made this adorable box. I feel so bad as I had had the Milk Carton Die for a long time and I had never used it.... Naughty, naughty... Thanks Suzanne for making me use it lol.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Neighbour's Birthday Card

I made this card for the elderly lady who lives next door to work. I knew her birthday was in September but I forgot what date until my Dad reminded me... And as she likes getting cards I quickly made this one up in her favourite colour (which is also my favourite colour) - good taste!!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

ATC Swap

Time goes by sooo fast.... Blogging has taken a back seat of late and it's not because I haven't crafted...
I was part of an Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap over at Crafter's Anonymous. ATC's are little pieces of art measuring 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". They are fun to make - the NZ girls had to make 5 each with the theme of Fairies/Angels.
Here are what I received back

Top Row L to R: Antoinette Buckley; mine; Flo Hill Rennie
Bottom Row: Julia Leece; Rhonda Fawcett

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

While hubby is away...

My hubby, his mate, our two sons, our nephew and their mate went on a roadie to the All Black test in Dunedin. They left home on Friday morning at 5.30am and it seemed forever until I had finished work and was able to craft... Not that I got much done Friday night as I was taking the grandys to and from their school disco... Different ages so different times...
Saturday morning I went up to my craft room and off I went... I sorted my retired SU DSP's and I am embarrassed to say that I found quite a few unopened packs... Some of the other DSP's I found go back a few years so I started googling and surfing the net and found a tutorial for a bag that is made from one piece of 12 x 12 paper.. I now have 6 bags made - I thought I would make them for Shyanne's end of year class gift. At least that will get rid of nearly 30 pieces of paper. Other things I did at the weekend was: made up 2 CA class samples; made a mini album (an ufo); found stuff on Pinterest (love that place); and I did a scrapbook page in under a hour!
A very productive weekend for me in the crafting department but not so in the socialising department. The only time I went off the property was to go to the supermarket and get some firelighters.... I have had a visit from my mum today and my next door neighbour has bought me a pizza for tea so at least I have had some human interaction. The family are on their way home but not sure if they will come all the way tonight.. It's a good 10 hour driving time trip without stops...
This is the layout that I did today - must say I am pleased with it. I have used stuff leftover from some kits that I had. Yay, that's some more stash used lol.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Heartfelt Day Make n Takes

These are the Make n Take projects that we made at the SU Heartfelt Day in Christchurch. Well I didn't! I did do the layout page but the other projects I made when I got home as I didn't want them to be squashed in my suitcase...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My turn...

Last night it was my turn to take the online class at Crafters Anonymous. I must admit it was a doddle compared to my very first class. OMG I was so nervous and made mistakes but with the fabulous CA Team and the lovely CA members I got to the end (admittedly relieved).
The ladies last night were taken blind (they don't know what they are making) through my instructions and they did well. It's fun especially when they are trying to guess what it might be! At the end of the night they had made a Box Card. Here are my examples.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Heartfelt Day

I can't believe it is a week since I was in Christchurch attending the SU Heartfelt Day with fellow SU demos and crafty ladies. I was so excited as my friend Julia was coming from Auckland (and she was doing a presentation) and I was meeting fellow Crafters Anonymous ladies who I chat online with. AND it was the launch of SU's new year catalogue AND a holiday catalogue. So much excitement in a day....
Everybody was full of anticipation and we weren't disappointed. There were fabulous presentations from Emma, Sophie, Amanda, Paula and Julia - very talented ladies!! After lunch we went to the Product Playground and played with lots of lovely new stuff which was probably not a good thing as now I want everything!!!! After playing we had make & takes where SU provided everything and we had four projects to make. As it had been a very long day (thanks to my friend Julia arriving at 7-30am and the Karen's getting up at 6am to go and get her) I only did one but I completed them today so I will show you them over the next few days.
It was so good to catch up with everyone especially the ladies that are involved with CA - good to put faces to names irl!! Hi to Julie, Trina, Lisa, Grace. To Cindy thanks for looking after me until the others arrived, Karen L and Karen H it was fab to meet you and to my friend Julia - yep I am sure we are sisters!!! The five of us had such a ball that I cannot wait until the next time we catch up... My tummy muscles were sore from laughing so much. It just goes to show that you can meet amazing people on the net.

CA Ladies: L to R Cindy Backhouse; Julia Leece; Julie Burt; Me; Trina Leeson; Karen Hobbs and Karen Lister

The Three Musketeers: Me; Cindy and Julia

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pinterest Tuesday Challenge

This week Narelle picked a pin from Pinterest and challenged us to make it. I am so pleased she did this as I was unsure of what to do... Pinterest is such a huge place.... so much inspiration and one can spend a LONG time on there... lol
Any who here's the inspiration and here is my version.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sandwich box

Monday night's Crafters Anonymous was taken by our fearless leader Tia.. She showed us how to make this gift box.. It is a style that I have never seen before. It would be a great box to put a cupcake or a few homemade biscuits in for a little thank you gift.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Using my stash...

Here is my take on an album that was featured on Stampin' Fun and Friends. I joined up for the fcurrent round and I am so pleased I did. The ladies are fabulous and they come up with some fab projects.
The original project for this album was a sandcastle/beach theme but I couldn't find a template for a sandcastle so I went to my stash and found a Kaisercraft album and decorated that. I also used retired DSP. I am making a conscious effort to reduce my stash before I buy new stuff - I don't know how long it will last before I succumb to new goodies especially with a new catty coming out on 1 September. But I am pleased to say that I am making a dent in my stash albeit a small one!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Chocolate Covered Suit

I love projects that involve chocolate... and tonight's class at Crafters Anonymous didn't disappoint. Kristine took the class and we made this neat gift box. A very clever way to "hide" a cake of chocolate. I will be giving one of these to my Dad for Father's Day (hopefully the chocolate will survive until Sunday)

And the added bonus with this project is that you can adjust the sizing so that the suit will fit a Whittakers Peanut Slab (yum). I will have to attempt one of those during the week.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Call the fire brigade...

Monday night's class at Crafters Anonymous was a mixture of concentration and laughter. The lovely Anne showed how to make flowers out of fabric. Easy you might think... no, she threw in fire!!! I cut out 3 different types of fabric and set to them with a bbq lighter. OMG the first one caught fire! I was trying to put it out without throwing it onto the floor.. hubby was wondering what on earth was happening.. I didn't bother finishing that one. By the time I got to the third piece of fabric I was under control AND it wasn't as flammable as the first one lol. I ended up by putting my flower onto a card. So many possibilities - wish I had a vintage button and then I could put it onto a scrapbooking layout.

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