Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Congratulations - retirement

I am enjoying the always time for you set from SU, the seat is rather different and handy. The congratulations is a sale-a-bration set form SU....
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Seals - Tug Boat

The seals are another trademe bargin, very cute. I couldn't resist since I had been on Chaddy's Charters over the holidays and took some great photos of the seals.....
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Life definitions

The fence is a bargin from trade me. I love it. The horse is from SU and the definition 'journey' is a fab new set from SU, Life definitions... They will be great for scrapbooking too.
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This cute signpost is another trademe purchase. Very cool, I have simply stamped words onto the sign....
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Street Lamp

Here are a few creations I made tonight, simple, quick and easy. I wanted to try out some new stamps... This lamp post was a recent trademe purchase...
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Glass Jar

The last creation for the day is this preserving jar. I simply added a strip of paper round the base, a circle on the top, and stamped the flower from SU friendship blooms onto the same patterned paper. I added one flower to the top, and lastly a bow. This would look great filled with lollies but then I'd probably eat them!
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Money Box

This is a tin money box, another bargin from the warehouse. Once decorated they don't look half bad. I am thinking I should use this and start putting my gold coins in it and then open it just before Christmas. Knowing me I would soon be shaking it to get the money out sooner, but time will tell.
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Altered Tins

Well the metal tin I made the other day has multiplied, I found this set of tins at the Warehouse but cannot find any more. It's a shame as these are very cute with the tray.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Altered Tin Bucket

After seeing some of Michelle's inspiring projects last night, and with the excitement of playing with my new crop-o-dile big bite II, I rushed out to the warehouse after work to buy some tins.

Although I hadn't considered that buying a bucket shape tin would cause any problems, would you believe I had no idea how to cut the paper to fit, eventually I worked out that I needed to lie tin down on paper and trace the shape while rolling the tin along. I was delighted when I ended up with a curved sheet of paper which actually fit around the tin.

So basically, I used the BB crop-o-dile to cut holes into the tin and inserted eyelets around the top. I cut the paper into two for top and bottom so you would see the nice detail of the brass coloured tin in the middle. Added ribbon and some flowers (Stampin up , *friendship blooms set )and there you have it, a very cute tin bucket. This will be a great gift filled with soaps or treats... the options are endless.

*Michelle has the friendship blooms set for sale on her blog, only $15 and only one so great in fast, you'll love it!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Just got home from another enjoyable card class at Michlelle's home, thanks MH for the nice designs.... We made 4 lovely cards and the company was great, what a nice bunch of ladies..

With no new creations, I thought I'd add a photo of my budgie, Kiwi Jones.

He is such a character, ever so cute. He LOVES eating peaches.

Would you believe he has taken a liking to MY corned silverside too!

Kiwi is very talkative (wonder who he gets that from) and he loves kisses, yep he gives me kisses and i give him lots of kisses too! I have to say as adorable, fluffy, cuddly and warm as he is, a mouth full of feathers isn't much fun!
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Disney Waterfall Card

The last creation of the night, a cute disney waterfall card. It's been so long since I made one of these, I'd almost forgotten how to make it.

I used the circles cuttlebug embossing folder for the background and a new stamp cube with the four disney characters on it, a recent trademe bargin!
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Season of Joy Scrapbook Page

I can hardly believe I managed to make a scrapbook page tonight. This is my first scrapbook page in a long time and the first one using Stampin Up stamps or any stamps infact. I think its okay, what do you think?
I also used my new Big Bite to do the eyelets in the middle, the tree and snowflakes are on 3d dots and covered with dazzling diamonds! Also used SU Season of Joy stampset.
I took the photos recently during the Christmas/Summer Festival of Lights here in Taranaki.

Please let me know what you think and any ideas you may have...

p.s. you can double click on the scrapbook page to see a bigger picture, that goes for all pics on my blog..

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Crop-o-dile Big Bite II

My new gadget just arrived so I had to try it out. Can you believe I have upgraded from the loud banging fiskars eyelets setters to a Crop-o-dile BIG BITE!
I must admit that I was a little shocked when it arrived due to its size. Amazingly though its not very heavy and rather easy to use.

So this was a quick and easy card using the big bite for setting large eyelets.. Also used a frame from SU frames of flourish, words from SU lots of thoughts and a new bear peeker bosskut die.
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Festival of Lights

We are so lucky in Taranaki, it is the best place to live.. Here is a photo I took of the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park. The festival finished tonight. I spent much of the holidays parking up with my events chair, watching the shows. Ardijah was my favourite....
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Always time for you

And finally the last creation for the day... Again this is from SU Always time for you set. The tree is from SU 'Lovely as a Tree' and the grass stamp was a bargin from trademe... and cuttlebug border embosser for top and bottom.
You may be able to see that the 'always time for you' words are sticking out on a little shelf, for this 3D effect I scored a quarter in four lines at bottom of card and then stamped words onto the second line, finally folded into a stick out square, I have also hidden a 3d dot (dimensional in SU talk) inside so it will not squish (i love making up new words) in the post.

For those of you watching my blog (i think there is only one of you so far) have a great week and thanks for looking..
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Always time for you

My very first Easter Card this year, hard to think it's only a month or so away.
The easter eggs in the basket are from Stampin Up -Loads of love Assessories.
The square scallop is handmade from a border punch, thanks Michelle for
teaching me how to do this...
The film strip is a bosscut die which works in the cuttlebug.
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Always time for you

Well the weekend is almost over, so back to another busy week at work. It wouldn't be right not to make some cards before the week ahead, so i decided to make a few cards using a lovely Stampin Up set from the Summer Mini Catelogue, Always Time for you. This is a cute set and includes a bike, garden seat, clock and words 'always time for you'. You can order this set via Michelle if you are interested, only $39.95 +postage, Michelle's link is further down on my very first blog entry.
For this card I also used Stampin Up sets; Loads of Love Assessories and All in the Family and Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Embossing background.
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Friday, February 6, 2009

photo jigsaws

Another creation for xmas are my photo jigsaws, another idea which actually worked out. These were very popular stocking fillers at only $5 each, gimicky but entertaining...
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canvas print miniatures

After buying a new printer, i had an idea and tried printing my photos onto canvas. Surprisingly it worked. I have managed to sell quite a few of these with various Taranaki photos, complete with easels for $10 each. I have received wonderful comments from people who gifted these for xmas to friends overseas. It's cool to know my creations have reached the UK, South Africa, Australia etc.
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Notebook - Wedding 3

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Notebook - Wedding 2

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Notebook - Wedding

This is my second attempt at a notebook, made for a lovely lady at work, Andrea Johns, who is getting married soon. I figured she may want to use it for her family, friends and wedding party to write in on her special day...
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Having recently bought a binding machine off trademe, I was trying to think of things I could use it for... so the thought came to me to make little books which can be used for recipes, birthdays, notes etc.. Well the idea worked and here is my first attempt.
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Welcome to 2009

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Well, 2008 has come to an end and the New Year has begun, Welcome 2009.
2008 was a great year, I managed to buy myself some excellent gadgets including a very cool Cannon EOS 450D Digital Camera, so my photography hobby has become even more exciting.
2008 was also the year of the Cuttlebug!
Another highlight of 2008 was meeting Stampin Up Demonstrator, Michelle Habib.
Michelle has been an inspiration and has shared so many great ideas and techniques that my creations have come a long way since starting cardmaking in 2007.
Check out Michelle's blog
Thanks Michelle
Now Michelle is also the one who has persuaded me to give this blog thing a try...
Let's hope I can find the time to keep on blogging.