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Merry Monday #84

Hi there

I've just managed to scrape into this week's Merry Monday #84 challenge of Trees with Bling. I definitely have the trees covered and I've added a touch of bling to the inside.

I've made this card for friends in Germany who will be having a snowy Christmas.  They live in an area that backs onto a large park where the deer wander free, so  I thought this was very appropriate.


I've kept the inside very simple with some more trees and a strip of silver glimmer paper to represent the snow. 


 This card is a custom size to fit my design, so I have taken the opportunity to make a custom envelope for it with the Envelope Punch Board and some retired 'Winterfrost' DSP that has Always Artichoke as one of the main colours.  It is not a colour we have seen recently in DSP. I love how quick and easy this is now, with this tool.



Project Details
Stamps  Lovely as a Tree, Four the Holidays  
Card stock & Papers     Kraft (textured, retired), Bashful Blue (retired), Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke. Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Winterfrost DSP (retired)
 Ink  Versamark, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Accessories  Basic Rhinestones, Mini Silver brads, Always Artichoke Seam Binding ribbon.
Tools     Deer Trio die (not SU),  Snowburst Embossing Folder (retired), Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Dimensionals, sponge dauber, Envelope Punch Board

Thanks for looking!

A Flock (?) of Santas

Hi there

I'm not sure what a group of Santas is actually called, but I've been making a large number of these treats using the Christmas coloured M & Ms for my upcoming Christmas craft market. These are great as stock stuffers or for kids to give to their friends or teachers.

The Santa topper is made using various Stampin' Up! punches and I've added him to a tag  cut with one of the Chalk Talk framelits and the sentiment is from the 'Oh, Goodie!' stamp set.

I will be offering these as a kit (excluding the M & Ms). Click here to purchase the tutorial or a kit for the Santa Topper. 


Here is a close-up of the Santa topper.


Project Details
Stamps  Oh, Goodie!
Card stock & Papers     Cherry Cobbler, Kraft, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Shimmer Card
 Ink  Blushing Bride, Gumball Green
Accessories  Tiny Googly eyes (not SU)
Tools      Full Heart punch, Large Oval punch, Small Oval punch (retired), Bird Builder punch, Ornament punch (retired), Itty Bitty Punch pack, 1/4" hand punch (not SU), Square Lattice embossing folder, D'Vine Swirls embossing folder (not SU), Chalk Talk Framelits, Big Shot, Cellophane bags, Tombow glue, Dimensionals, sponge dauber

Thanks for looking!

Covered Memo Block

Hi there

I'm still busy making items for my craft market.  I've been making covered notebooks and post-it note holders, which are fun to make and decorate.  Last week I found some larger memo blocks that are great to have on your desk or near the telephone for quick notes.

Because these blocks are 4cm thick, I have adapted the design I used on the standard post-it note holders to have the pen holder at the front, so it is easy to see and get to.  It has a double thickness of card stock for sturdiness and is refillable. I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  

I have been playing around with metal shim, so I have decorated the top of the memo block with an embossed flower from the Floral Frames Framelits that I had left over. I've added the next smallest flower from Floral Frames in Core'dinations card stock, also embossed and sanded and a flattened soda pop top layered on that. The images are from the retired 'Collage Curios' stamp set.


 I think this is a gift that could be easily adapted for a male version, although my husband thought it was already suitable for a male. What do you think?

Project Details
Stamps Collage Curios
Card stock & Papers     Cherry Cobbler (Textured, retired), Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations, Basic Black, Whisper White
 Ink Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories Soda Pop Top (retired), Basic Pearls, Metal Shim (not SU)
Tools     Floral Frame Framelits, Lacy Brocade embossing folder (retired), Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, 1" Circle punch, Hot glue gun

I'll be back shortly to show you what I have doing with the metal shim!

Thanks for looking!

CAS Kids Birthday Card

Hi there

I got caught on the hop last week, needing to (literally) whip up a 7th birthday card for my husband's niece, before heading to work.  Her Dad was visiting and there was the opportunity for him take her birthday parcel home,  instead of posting it.

No time to agonise, so I kept the layout very simple  and let the 'Birthday Basics' DSP do the heavy ifting on this card. It is a fabulous paper for birthday cards.  Just as I was albout to adhere a very 'blingy' number 8 onto the card, he said she was only 7 this birthday!  Oops, a very bad Aunty faux pas that would have been.  Silver Glitter paper and the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die to the rescue to cut out the number 7.  Thankfully, there is always next year for the number 8! After all that, here it is.



Project Details
Stamps Sassy Salutations (inside)
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White, Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Ripple, Birthday Basics DSP, Glitter Paper
 Ink Basic Black (inside)
Accessories Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim, Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Handmade Gifts

Hi there

I have been busy making items for my first craft market.  I will have a table at the Canterbury Primary School (in Melbourne) Christmas Craft Market on 1 December.  If you are in the area, please come and say hello.  It would have been nice to have some more time to prepare, but being away for 8 weeks meant that wasn't possible (I'm not that organised!).

Anyway, I have a couple of photos of some of the completed items.  The first photo is of the covered notepads.  These have been made to be refillable with any 6" x 4" notepad, available at the newsagency.  The inside cover also has a tearoff 2014 calendar.


The next photo is of Post-It Note holders, which I have also made to be refillable and they include a cute little pencil or gel pen (found for me by a lovely friend).  This is a great design, simple to make and fun to decorate. I've used up some of my bits and pieces that I have had sitting around waiting to be made into something. I've used a combination of plain and decorative adhesive pads (not actually Post-It brand, as they are getting quite expensive) and coordinated the external colours and decorations to match. 


If you have any questions about the above, please contact me.


I'm hoping to start classes shortly, so if you are within cooee of the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne and maybe interested, I would appreciate hearing from you.  I'm also planning a more casual option where you can bring your own projects and have fun stamping with other like minded people.  Email me if you are interested in either of these options.

Thanks for stopping by.