Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wedding Invitations

Hi all,

I have been fortunate recently to have a few wedding invitation jobs come my way. I made the silver invitation for the client then decided to make myself a couple of prototypes to show next time I do a wedding expo ... names and dates changed to protect the client.

Yet again the client chose the idea from the Cristina Re Wedding book. It is a very lovely wedding invitation ideas book with lots of very classy examples.

I have one more lot of invitations to do in the next week and then I have a little bit of time on my hands before the next job.
Actual copy of invitation

Variation for show
I am actually very excited about tomorrow's blog entry. As I mentioned before I am going to challenge myself to use all my cricut cartridges in 2012. I have already completed challenge No. 1 and I really think this idea is going to work ... I'll look back at the end of the year and see if I really stuck to it!

See you then,


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Teacher and Student Christmas Presents

Hi all,

Just catching up on my posts .... I've still got a few crafty things to show you from before Christmas. 
For the teachers
I made these boxes for Jessica's teacher and her assistants. I used the Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge for the box and Mr Frosty Imagine cartridge for the pattern. I used stickles for the "snow' on the windows. Even though it is summer here at Christmas time I cannot help but ocassionally do a few winter-ish Christmas things.

I made some white christmas and coconut ice to put in the boxes.... yummm.

For the students

I made 24 of them

I made smaller items for Jessica's friends -- and I used all Stampin' Up! items: 

My Big Shot  
Bigz XL Fancy Favour Die
Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive paper
Delightful Decorations stamp
1/4" grosgrain ribbon - Old Olive and Chocolate Chip
Ornament punch
We filled them with assorted lollies

One of the Mums from the other Kindy class made the teachers a flower pot. Each of the "flowers" had a picture of a child or teacher on it. What a wonderful teacher's gift. Must remember that one for future years.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Toilet Roll Carol Singers

Hi all,

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 

Ours was lovely ... lots of lovely food and lovely people, some nice bubbly and a few swims in the pool ... cannot ask for anything more!

Thought I'd show you something Jessica and I made as a Christmas decoration... 

I normally do not buy Jessica kiddy magazines but I did buy the "Disney Family Fun Christmas Craft magazine" that Jessica saw in a newsagents ... of course she then begged me to help her make everything in the book. We ended up making these toilet roll carol singers (the angel is a cardboard one from Spotlight coloured in by Jess). I love Jessica's interpretation of their singing faces.

Their hats were supposed to be socks (representing wooly hats), but I did not have any spare to use.

It is rather hot today (38C) so I am off for a swim to cool off.

Have a good one,


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Tree

Hi all,

I was lucky enough this year to be part of a three-way Christmas Tree swap. Mandy scored the 9' tree, I got Mandy's 8' tree and Penny got my 6' tree. 
Looks better in real life.
As you can see I love silver and blue --- my life has been a long list of silver and blue events --- 21st birthday, engagement party, wedding ... and so it carries over to my tree.

I have spent probably 12 or so years collecting the baubles and whatnot for my Christmas tree. I have bought a Swarovski crystal snowflake ornament for every year that hubby and I have been married, and I have added a few more crystal ornaments as well.

I am not a fan of tinsel for my tree, though. I just have never been able to make it look nice so I do not bother any more and I have to admit the simple look works for me.

I normally do not wrap presents until basically Christmas Eve but Miss J has been badgering me so we are all up to date with purchasing and wrapping.

The weather this year has been really nice so far (knock on wood) and Christmas Day is predicted to be only 30C ... YAY!!! I hate eating a fully cooked roast when it is 40C+. One day... one day I will experience a cold Christmas.

Have a good one. Cheers,


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012 Craft Resolutions!!!!

Hi all,

I hate to call my plans resolutions as I have never achieved any New Year's resolutions.. and I'm pretty sure I don't know anyone else who has either. In fact I quit smoking on Boxing Day in 1993 instead of New Years since I figured I had a better shot ---- and it worked, thank goodness.

Anyway .... I was chatting to Mandy again the other day about how many cartridges I own (ummm, lots ... let's just say more than 100 and the lovely Mandy enables my addiction, bless her heart). Yes, it seems that my hobby is collecting cartridges! I have used a good many cartridges but not all of them and usually only one or two images from each cartridge.

So I have decided to challenge myself to use THREE cartridges each week in 2012. Either all on one project or on a few projects. My daughter goes to full time school next year so I am hoping to get my act together to do some crafting at least one full day a week. Mandy mentioned that we should put together a Facebook page and invite others to join in the challenge - I will update you in the next week as to whether we manage that part of it.

I am optimistic for next year and so I am also challenging myself to make a number of wedding invitation prototypes and do another wedding expo to get my business "out there" in Perth. 

On the list is also actually making and sending those pesky Christmas cards!

I have also been given a huge amount of partly used craft items by a very, very lovely lady and so my last plan is to use one of the mediums I have never used before (modge podge, sprays, paint, string etc...) each week.

I am going to use some of those gazillion cuttlebug folders I own too.... seriously I am... and all those stamps... and papers .... ad infinitum. 

NOT on my list is - keeping my craft room spotless (ha ha ha, never happen), and doing anything in a vintage style (not trying new styles this year, I've put enough on my plate already).

So, that is my list of plans/dreams .... What 2012 craft resolutions plans have you made? 


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Castle Birthday Card

Hi all,

Gosh, I've been off the grid a while! I found my mojo but have been so busy I've not had five minutes to tell you about it.

I also have to admit that I have not succeeded in sending out any Christmas cards this year. I simply ran out of time. Yikes! Here I am five sleeps until Christmas ---- where the heck did this year go? The last few years I have sent out about 60 or so cards - last year I even went so far as to make them. This year I just lost my plot. New Year's resolution - give up procrastination! I guess there is always next year.

This project is fro November .... I made two of this birthday card - two girl's fifth birthday parties in one weekend. I used the Princess Party cartridge and my imagine machine.They turned out ok, but I would like to make a few more next year and make them better.

I have part-started about 10 blog entries so far, all with pictures of things I have made in the last month or so... plus an idea I have to challenge myself to use all those cartridges that I've got in my cupboard.

Hope you are all having a wonderful December.