Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The beginning of my shopping expedition!

Arrived in Melbourne at 8.30am and by lunchtime, we had travelled out into the countryside and I had found a wee shop that sold all these goodies. They were so cheap - most of them being $2 each. Bought the magazine at a bookshop and it had some lovely freebie papers and a neat owl stamp.

All together, I still got change from $50!

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Location:Victoria, Australia

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday Challenge at CWC

 This week's challenge over at CWC is all about Office Stuff. The office and craft room at my house both have so many pens and pencils around that I am always looking for places to keep them.

So this theme was a perfect opportunity for me to make a pen holder!

 I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 cart with my Cricut. I chose the coffee mug design and used the Cricut Craft Room to do the design.

I didn't want the handles on the mug so I removed the slots in the cutting file by using the Hide Contour feature of the program. To add some stability to the top of the pen holder, I cut a strip of card that measured slightly longer than the circumference of the holder and folded in half before attaching to the inside of the rim.

I cut the letters at 2" tall from different colours of card, then embossed them with the swiss dots folder and my Cuttlebug.

To finish off, I added some fancy ribbon to the top and bottom.

It would be great to see you over at the CWC challenge at My Paper Crafting this week. You have loads of time to get your entry linked for this challenge too.

Monday, April 22, 2013

More 3D projects

 With Mother's Day coming up soon, I was looking for some ideas for crafting gifts. Recently, Mary from SVG Cuts came up with these beautiful roses as part of the Mom's Garden Gifts set. I thought they were just lovely so I had to get my hands on this one!

The roses are cut in several parts then rolled and folded and joined together on a piece of dowel. I used thick bamboo skewers instead of dowel (just because I had them already!) and attached the rose heads to the skewers. I cut the leaves from green Kaisercraft cardstock and attached them when I wound the "stems" with green florist tape.

The bucket in which the roses are sitting is also included as a cutting file in the set.
 Here is a closer view of one of the roses.
I also made up this bottle from the New Years Eve set from SVG Cuts.
It is a neat gift as the bottle actually opens up in the centre and you can fill it with all sorts of goodies.

There is a hole in the top of the bottle and a cork from a wine bottle fits perfectly!

There are small holes covered with vellum all around the bottom part of the bottle and you could put a battery tea-light inside it as a decoration.

Check out  the wonderful cutting files available from SVG Cuts by clicking on the button on the right hand side bar. Every week, Mary and Leo offer a free cutting file that you can use for your projects. This week, there is a gorgeous frame for a 6"x4" photo. The files can be cut with any cutter that can cut svg files using a program such as Sure Cuts a Lot3 or Make The Cut. Other cutters that use their own programs may have the ability to import an svg file, so check your software. The Cricut will not cut svg files unless you have the SCAL2 version.

Creative Chemistry 102 Day 2

Well Day 2 of CC102 and it was all about stencils. Just as well I bought some while I was away!

Really had fun with these today. I had tried one of the techniques before and found it produced really good results.

Here are the tags I did for today's homework:

This is a card I did a couple of weeks ago that used one of the stencil techniques in today's lesson. It was also described in the latest Craft Stamper magazine with a subtle difference, but effective.

I had made a couple of similar cards yesterday using the same technique.

Location:Avonhead, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Back again with another challenge from the CWC Wonderful Wednesday Challenge. The theme for this week is Book!

I wanted to do something about reading as my wee 13 month old grand-daughter loves reading books and will spend ages sitting on the floor with her books or getting Grandma to read to her - usually the same book about 5 times a day!!

This is a door hanger that I found on the My Community Cartridge. I cut the hanger 8.5 inches high and cut three layers to make it stronger.

On the top layer, I added the words using Lyrical Letters and attached the layer onto a pink layer so the words would show through. I added some glitz to make them sparkle.

The book in the centre of the hanger is also on the My Community cartridge and I stamped the pages with a word stamp to make it look like there was something to read!

I finished it off with some little butterflies cut with a die and layered together, adding some glitz to the top layer of each wing.

Please do join us over at CWC Wonderful Wednesday this week and link up your book themed project. You have plenty of time to do it!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rain Rain - please come and water my garden!

Welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday challenge at Craft with Cutters (My Paper Crafting).

The theme this week is Rain - something we are very short of here in New Zealand after a fabulously warm and dry summer and a possibly dry Autumn to look forward to.

To make this card, I used the Paisley Cartridge to make the umbrella, which I layered on the card using foam dots.

The background layer was made by using a scalloped die cut circle as a template and gently rubbing weathered wood distress ink around the edges of the template to create clouds. (Technique from StampTV here)

I then stamped the SMILE on this layer using watermark resist ink and embossed with black embossing powder.

I cut a layer of black card to go under the cloudy layer then attached them to the base card.

We hope you will go over to the challenge and enter this week. It will run for two weeks again.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Card

This is one of the Easter cards I made for the family.

I used another of Mary's files from SVG Cuts - the Collage card from Poplar St Tulips SVG Kit - to make 4 Easter cards, all using different colourways, but the same basic shapes.