Monday, April 29, 2013

Mother's Day gift Idea {bird with nest on vintage jar} and SUO #69

There are soooo many amazing, clever people out there that make amazing, gorgeous things!! Last year I saw this idea at Shelli's blog HERE and knew that one day I'd have to give it a try......

Of course the hunt for old jars here in Aussie doesn't seem as easy as our USA friends but my Mum is super great at garage sales and markets and found me some old Fowler's jars!! YAY!! So with this weeks challenge over at SUO being anything Sizzix, I jumped in to show you this project!!
It took me a few goes to work out how to make the bird (Elegant bird Bigz) and stuff it so it looked full and more "life-like" but in the end I think it turned out quite well! I made the nest out of canary breeding material and glued that to a Scallop circle (Scallop circle Bigz)


I love this saying from the set From the Heart, it speaks to me greatly in this busy world we live in and thought it would be a perfect addition to the jar. (added to the fact that I've used the Apothecary accents, another Sizzix die to cut it out!)
I've left it empty so as the lovely recipient can put inside whatever she likes..... perhaps a photo, some chocolates, assorted nature pieces, ribbon..... it's up to her!
I'm certainly making one for me this Mother's Day, I can't wait to see it on my desk and fill it with..... ummmm something wonderful!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mother's Day gift ideas {fabric flowers}

This gift idea can be used on just about ANYTHING!!!! A brooch, hair clip, attach to a headband, dress up a necklace, decorate a box.... the list is endless!
It's soft and feminine and a perfect little Mother's day gift! I found all the step by step instructions HERE.
I'm looking forward to making some larger ones for home decor!! Happy creating! :)

The fabric used in these gorgeous flowers is Tea for Two and Twitterpated.
and i used the Big Shot circle die to make my circles!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Ideas {DIY Votives}

With the celebration of our dear Mother's coming up next week I took to the wonderful web and sort me out some fabbo gift ideas!!
I wanted some that the children could make and some a little more advanced. All in all I've had some fun creating lovely gifts!!
The first one I made with the girls was these....

SOOO PRETTY and a perfect addition to the beautifully set dining table on Mother's Day! I've used a mix of the Tea for Two Designer Fabric and the Twitterpated DF. Easy to make and totally a child friendly craft!
You can find the wonderful step by step instructions HERE!
What about you? Have you sorted out your Mother's day gift? What do you like to give to your Mum/Nan, special Mother figure in your life??
I'll have some more show and tell in the next few days so be sure to pop back in!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tea for Two scrapbooking page {and two challenges}

You know when you take a photo and you think to yourself...."I can't wait to scrap that PICTURE!!" Well this one of Ezekiel and Sophia was totally one of those photo's. We've been studying Nursery Rhymes this first term (see HERE) and as a field trip we went out and acted out the rhyme. I asked for a picture of Ezekiel and Sophia and was sooo touched as a mum to see the love that is shared between them in this moment. The way they are hugging makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, these guys don't tend to get along as well as say Hannah and Zeke so it's awesome to see.
For the month of April in my Paper Dolls stamp club I'm focusing on the Tea for Two DSP. I also saw that the Creative Scrappers have a fabbo layout at the moment so decided to combine the layout with the theme that Just Add Ink has also for this month being "siblings"
Here is the layout sketch and here is my take on it......
A close up of "Jack and Jill" rolling down the hill.
I used the circles in the sketch to add more pictures 
and the embellishments are from the lovely Artisan kit.
 I chose the Crumb Cake DSP pack with the music on it 
and then wrote out the nursery rhyme along the top and bottom.
Sponging the edges and Spritzing is always a fav on my projects too.
I can't wait to see what great challenge JAI will have next and awesome layout Creative Scrappers will have too, it certainly is a wonderful kick start to making a page come together!
Thanks for popping by, be sure to say HI!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Joining the Stampin' Up! Family

It is nearly 6 years ago when I first signed the demonstrator forms to become a Stampin' Up! Lady! Ohhh what joy it was and still is to do what I LOVE and share it with you (and many others.) To have an outlet from my busy home-life and find Amazing, Treasured, close friends too!!!

Have you ever thought.....
I'd love to get my crafting goodies at a discount? 
It would be sooo nice to get out of the house and make some money?
I'd love to have some girlie friends who love stamping too??

Without sounding strange, Stampin Up has TOTALLY done that for ME, 
it's done it for hundred's of women and it can most certainly 

Until the 30th May there is a new promo where you can sign up to join the SU family for only $169 (that's an extra $60 worth of FREE product and a total dollar worth of $295!!!)
And don't worry if you already LOVE stampin up and have LOADS of goodies in your collection cause you can make up your kit however you like!!! EASY!!! Think about might be the time for YOU to join and become part of my awesome group of lovely ladies!!
If you just want an excuse to have your girlfriends over, enjoy some cookies and make a gorgeous card then now is the time to have a party!!!!
If your workshop goes over $400 then you will receive another $60 of FREE Product on top of the already amazing hostess rewards!! That's $120 in spending money on your (long) wish list! YIPPEE!!!!
If I was you I'd be checking out your diary and seeing about a date to have a fun and fabbo night of stamping, laughing and making friends!!! Contact me today!!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Fun and Fantastic New Storage for Wood mount stamps!

As we draw closer to the end of a stampin up catty year we can look forward to many NEW and EXCITING things to come!! One of them, this coming July is the New Storage containers for Wood mount stamps! You can pop them in your shelf right next to the clear mounts and they'll look very much at home! Want to put your old sets into the new boxes but don't have the groovy "what's inside sticker?" Well you can even down load that so they'll all look uniform and perfectly organized!
WOW you've gotta be happy about that!! Check it out and tell me what you think?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Chalkboard Technique {yes one more!}

As you might well have guessed I've had a ball with this ON TREND new Chalkboard Technique. It really is sooo much fun and totally fits the rustic theme I love sooo much! To not have to worry about little embossing flecks on my card front cause it just adds to the effect really makes me smile and the sponging the card stock is always a fav thing for me to do as well!
So here is the card that actually started it all off for me, I made this for my very lovely friend KIM for her birthday last month. Kim always takes note of backgrounds (went with the Woodgrain embossing folder) and does like to have greetings "just so," so for her I pulled out my stamp-a-ma-jig!!!

Before doing a larger word board like this one it's best to stamp it on some scrap to see if you're happy with the layout and the spacing. Once you've done that then take it to your black card stock.
I'm really loving this sweet little rose trim (from the Seasonal mini) and the vintage buttons, adding them to the side I think finished it all off nicely!
Tell me have you played with this technique yet???
Hope your week is starting off to be a wonderful one,