Sunday 23 March 2014

Reptile Fun Starring Zoo Babies

We had a huge birthday party here last week.  My youngest turned 6 & wanted a celebration of all things reptile to entertain his whole class of preps.   We invited the wonderful Tracy from Roaming Reptiles to entertain 22 kids & indeed she did!  I needed to make invites, party bags, cupcake toppers & of course a cake all with the reptile theme.  I have had Zoo Babies sitting unused on my shelf for ages & thought that crocodile (or Alligator) looked like he would do the job nicely.  And he did!

Here are the cupcake toppers - I used Gumball Green & Pacific Point.

I made the banner from the Celebration Basics Kit in the Occasions Catalogue & added my own Deco label background.  My big 6 year old wanted a snake birthday card so I whipped one up at the last minute based on one I saw on Pinterest.  I used the FREE Sale-A-Bration embossing folder Decorative Dots for his scaly skin.   After meeting quite a few snakes in person this week I can see I got his eyes all wrong!

Banner, Cupcakes, Snake Card & Party Bags! 
 The reptiles were pretty awesome.  The kids all got to touch lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles, snakes & a crocodile.  They were so well behaved & sat still with absolute amazement.  Tracy was so good with the kids & managed them like an expert.
Birthday Boy with Tracy & the python
 Yes, even I had a hold of the snake.  In fact, all the kids held her. She was so silky soft, nothing like I had expected.
A Crocodile friend 

A crocodile cupcake birthday cake! 
My mum made the cake & helped with feeding all the party people on the day.  Thanks Mum!  Ughh lots of preparation for such a short time, but the birthday boy enjoyed every second so that is all that counts!

Wednesday 19 March 2014

MDS - Beach Adventures

I am going to try to post an MDS project once a month to make myself use it more.  I am always pleased with the projects I make, but I tend to avoid it, as I am just not that confident with MDS.  When I am avoiding something I find the answer is to make myself do it more & more….So from now on I will share MDS projects here too.    I am a complete beginner with this type of crafting so please go easy on me :)   I hope to look back in time & laugh, but for now it is about getting in & trying to do it.

We have just started to do a team challenge with MDS and yes, I have avoided it until now.  The time has come for me to get out of my comfort zone & join in, so here is my 12 x 12 page created for our team sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch:

 I forgot where the hexagons went on the page so just put them in a flower shape.  

MDS Products Used: 

Background:  Sweet Details - 4.  
Punches:   Hexagon, Baner & Square.
Stamps:   Travel Log, Family Reunion, Splatter. 
Embellishments:  Staples.  

Thanks For Looking,


Thursday 13 March 2014

Sale-A-Bration 2014 Card Box & Card Set

Here is one of the other projects we made at my Sale-A-Bration day recently.  We made a card box using the Envelope Punch Board & then 4 matching cards in a set.

Here is the box.  I started with 12 x 12 card stock as the box needs to be 9" x 9" to start off.

SAB Card Box with Belly Band

SAB 2014 Card 1

SAB 2014 Card 2

SAB 2014 Card 3

SAB 2014 Card 4

SAB Cards in the box

Stamp Sets:  You're Lovely (133575 SAB), Petal Parade (133599 SAB), Express Yourself (130339 AC Hostess set), A Dozen Thoughts (131059 AC), Chalk Talk ( 1130631), Petite Petals (133155 OC).
Paper:  Whisper White (106549), Crisp Cantaloupe (131303), Crumb Cake (124274), Pool Party (1124391), Pistachio Pudding (1312990,  Sweet Sorbet DSP (133521 SAB).
Ink:  Pool Party (126982), Crisp Cantaloupe (131176), Pistachio Pudding (131177), Crumb Cake ( 126975).
Cool Tools: Big Shot (113439), Big Shot Magnetic Platform (130658),  Envelope Punch Board (133774), Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102), Bitty Banner Framelits (129267), 1 3/4"  Circle Punch (119850), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Itty Bitty Punch Pack (118309), Bird Builder Punch (117191),  Petite Petals Punch (133322 OC),  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (133520 SAB), Dimensionals (104430), Pearls (119247), Rhinestones (119246).

Thanks For Looking,


Tuesday 11 March 2014

Sale-A-Bration 2014 Easel Calendar With A Twist

I recently held a special Sale-A-Bration day & it was so much fun!   So, for the next few posts I will be sharing a few of the projects.  There were 3 projects in total (the 4th was optional).  Today's post is all about my twisted easel calendar project.

I had seen lots of easel calendars & lots of twisted easel cards, but never the two together.  While browsing the Sale-A-Bration(SAB) catalogue I had a little spark of an idea..why not combine the two.  The stamps & DSP lend themselves well to it.

Here is the calendar.  It folds flat so it can be mailed in a custom made envelope.

SAB 2014 Twisted Easel Card

There were quite a lot of SAB items used to make this card, including Petal Parade stamp set, Banner Blast stamp set & matching Banner punch & the Sweet Sorbet DSP & Accessory pack. 

Another angle - lots of layers here! 

Stamp Sets:  Banner Blast (133551), Petal Parade (133599) ( Both Sale-A-Bration)
Paper:  Whisper White (106549), Crisp Cantaloupe (131303), Sahara Sand (121695), Pool Party (1124391), Summer Starfruit ( 127542),  Sweet Sorbet DSP (133521 SAB).
Ink:  Pool Party (126982), Crisp Cantaloupe (131176), Pistachio Pudding (131177), Summer Starfruit (126991), Sahara Sand ( 126976).
Cool Tools: Banner Punch (133519 SAB), Paper Snips (103579), Circles Collection Framelits (130911), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch (127811), 1" Circle Punch (119868),  Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack ( 133522 SAB), Itty Bitty Punch Pack (118309), Dimensionals (104430), Pearls (119247), Non SU mini calendar. 

Thanks For Looking,


Sunday 2 March 2014

Spiral Flower Die - Framed Art & Burlap Wreath

Over the next few posts I will be sharing a few of my projects I presented at our team day in February.
I presented projects using the Spiral Flower Die from the Occasions Catalogue.  It was love at first sight for me with this die.  I could see so many projects before I even got my hands on it.  Today I am showing two more projects, my framed art & my burlap wreath.

I found the frame at a second hand shop & it had broken glass.  I had no use for the glass anyway.  I went to the local hardware store & got them to match a sample pot of paint to Pool Party card stock.  I think they did a terrific job on the colour match don't you?  I have used the Spiral Flower Die with the Gold Foil Sheets, Vellum & Cardstock.  I also used the new Banner framelits & Sale-A-Bration Twine for this project.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a new stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue called Another Great Year.

I have used the same roses on the wreath as I used on the frame, except this time I sponged them in Gold Encore Ink.  I cut out some Gold foil leaves with the Secret Garden Framleits & used the 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon to cover a styrofoam wreath.

Stamp Sets:  Another Great Year (Occasions 133041), Sketched Birthday (130426), Create A Cupcake (121982)
Paper:   Whisper White (106549), Crisp Cantaloupe (131303), Pool Party (124391), Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (Occasions 133363), Gold Foil Sheets (Occasions 132622).
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Gold Encore Ink (Occasions 132141)
Cool Tools: Bigshot (113439), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Banner Framelits (Occasions 132173), Spiral Flower Die (Occasions 129379), CupCake Builder Punch (121807), Secret Garden Framelits (129372), 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon ( Occasions 132140), Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon (125582), Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (SAB 133522), 3/4 " Circle Punch (119873), Non SU Styrofoam Wreath & Hot Glue Gun. 

Thanks For Looking,