Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gift Ideas and Packaging

Here are some gift ideas and packing I used this Christmas for family and friends.

For the girls who work in the office with Anthony, I brought these Christmas Mugs and filled them with some of my yummy homemade Rocky Road.
Added a handmade tag and wrapped in some clear cello and added a christmas ribbon! Simple and inexpensive if you need to make a few!

And just using some plain white gift bags, I added some pretty christmas papers (most of these were off cuts, a great way to use up leftover papers) a nice sentiment stamped onto some pain cardstock then a few dies. Some of them I also made handmade tags and just added them to the handles with a little ribbon.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas today. Have a lovely day with family!
Jules xx

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Die Namics by My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things: Die Namics
If you have been in store over the past few months, then you have have seen our range of Die Namics. These have been so popular.
The Die Namics will go through many of the cutting machines on the market today.
Below is the correct stacking of plates to be used in either your Cuttlebug or Big Shot.
Material: card stock
Stack (from top to bottom)
A plate, B plate, card stock, die [cutting side down], C plate

Big Shot
Material: heavy weight card stock
Stack (from top to bottom)
cutting plate
card stock
cutting plateplatform (completely closed)

These dies cut as well as emboss. Not only will they cut through paper and cardstock but listed below are other materials in which the Die Namics can be used.
List of materials Die-namics will cut:
* Card stock
* patterned paper
* THIN chipboard
* 1/16" cork
* felt
* bubble wrap
* acetate
* photo magnet sheets
* sticky-back canvas
* fabric
* denim
* sandpaper
* 2 mm craft foam
* Creative Imaginations wood veneer paper
* Gift Bag
* Velvet paper
Below are some of the Die Namics available in store now.


New Instore Update

Score Buddy
The SCOR-BUDDY is a mini portable scoring tool provided by Scor-Pal. It is great for making Folds to make homemade cards. The Scor-Buddy is a mini version of the very popular Scor-Pal. With its smaller size it is a card makers dream. It has grooves every 1/4" across the board, plus 1/8" for the first and last inch of the board. It measures approximately 9 x 7.5".
It is ideal for invitations, cards, small gift boxes and so much more. It comes with a free Scor-Tool in a snap-in holder and its own faux suede storage tote.
It is lightweight and portable, great for taking to your crops.

October Afternoon
The lastest 3 Collections from October Afternoon are in store in 8x8 Paper Pads.
I have the entire 12x12 Paper Collection in Modern Homemaker.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Cards

So I thought I had better make a start on some Christmas Cards (actually I made these a few weeks ago, but haven't gotten around to posting them or actually sending them out to anyone yet!)
I used the same template for the Criss Cross Cards that we were taught a few weeks ago by Sharon in an Advanced Card Class in store at Creations In Paper.
I used some left over scrap Tinsel and Twig Papers that I had laying around and matched them with some Crimson and Spinach Textured Cardstock.
The die is the Faux Crochet Border from Die Namics is from My Favourite Things. I love these!!
I've coloured my Magnolia image, which Sharon lent me and I coloured her with Copic Markers.
The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink Christmas Stamp set from last year (or the year before)which I just love and have used them over and over! Stamped in SU Real Red Ink.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Happy Birthday

Last week was Anthony's 40th! So the card I made him, I wanted it to be a little bit special and I've mentioned numerous times that I struggle with Male Cards.
I recently purchased some stamps from La La Land Crafts but was unsure where to start, so for some ideas I went to La La Land Crafts and searched for ideas using Star Boy Luka Stamps set. There were a few samples here that I got the main idea from for the card.
So using the products I had on hand, I made this cute easel card using the Star Boy Luka stamp, coloured with Copic Markers and the papers are from Basic Grey's Wander 6x6 Paper Pad.
I didn't have a stamp that said what I wanted, so I just used some mini lettering stickers I had.
The 40 is out of Chipboard and I painted with some Smooch. The stars are cut using a Nested Star die from My Favourite Things Die Namics.
I know this card is kinda cute and probably not really suited to a 40 year old, but he really liked it and that's all that matters!!

For the table settings for the tables, I wanted to do something a litle different, so I approached Donna the Clown who does Balloon Art. Asked if she had any car designs that could be done and this is what she had. So in the middle of the tables were some balloon cars. They were a huge hit not only with the little boys!!

It was all about having fun!!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Advanced Card Class Cards

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to sit in on one of Sharon's Advanced Card Classes in store.
It was a lot of fun to actually sit and make cards for myself and have someone else telling me what to do!!
Below are the cards we made in the class but I haven't got my coloured images on these. I thought I had taken photos of these completed cards but clearly not! so I will post them when I photograph them.

Anyway, the two cards we made, one was a Criss Cross Card and the other was a Easel Shaker Card. The papers we used were from Echo Park and The Girls Paperie

These were stunning. And I was happy with the final result.

This was Sharon's last Advanced Card Class for this year in store but she will be back in January with a Valentine's Day Class!!



During December call in store to receive:




Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December Creative Card Kit

The Creative Card Kit is a monthly kit dedicated to bringing you the latest products on the market and to take you out of your comfort zone of purchasing the same style and colours of products all the time.
Creative Card Kits are $20.00 (if purchased in store) or $23.50 (mailed out)

December’s Kit includes:
•12 sheets of A5 textured Zsa Zsa cardstock: Colours Include
Vanilla, Denim, Lake, Chartreuse, Milk Chocolate and Algae
•12 sheets of 6” x 6” Double sided Pattern Papers from Basic Grey's Marjolaine Collection
•4 meters of coordinating Grosgrain Ribbons and Prima Pom Pom Trim
•Assorted colours and sizes of flowers
•Pk of Chocolate Pearls
•Sheet of Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alpha’s

Each Creative Card Kit includes enough coordinating Cardstock, Pattern Papers and Embellishments to make at least 12 beautiful hand made cards or projects.
By purchasing the Creative Card Kit all the hard work has been done for you!!

When you get your Creative Card Kit home, you can start making gorgeous handmade cards and/or projects just by using your Stamps and Inks that you already have.

These kits are available in store or through the PayPal button on my blog at
the bottom of this post.

Also included with each Creative Card Kit is a photo of the Sample cards I have made using this kit.
To view these samples in more details, during the month I will post the sample cards here on my blog.

December Creative Card Kit


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Bon Bon's and Boxes Advanced Class

You are invited to spend a day of fun and creativity with like minded people, whilst using gorgeous papers from Basic Grey's Jovial Collection.

Sunday 5th December 2010
from 10am
Cost is $35.00 per person

Cost includes materials to make these stunning projects which include a Christmas Bon Bon and 3 Boxes.

In this Advanced Class you will learn some great new techniques and each person will get a photographed instruction sheet to take home so they can reproduce these boxes for many other occasions.

There is quite a bit of measuring and scoring in this class, but is suitable for Beginners right through to the Experienced Crafter.

Each customer is required to provide their own Basic Tool Kit which should include: strong double sided tape, glues, pencil, rubber, ruler (with inch measurements), paper trimmer, craft knife, bone folder, foam dots.
If you have a Score Pal or Scoring Blade for your Paper Trimmer, please bring that.

Seats are Limited so bookings are essential.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Stamps in store...

This week I received another range of new stamps in store from Cats Life Press Stamps
I have had a few of these stamps for about 5 or 6 years now and I use my Handmade Card Stamp almost every day.
So many people commented on these stamps so now they are available in store. Again, something a bit different to everyone else!!
Already some have sold out, (gee, gotta be quick!) but don't worry I will be getting more in and also I have a hardcopy of their Catalogue, so you are more than welcome to browse this and order what you want!!

Anyway, below are the stamps that are now in store (minus the ones already sold). Mainly word or sentiment stamps as these are becoming very hard to come across, especially simple or straight to the point! Plus I love all the Seal Stamps.

I will be back with some samples of Gift Tags I have made with these Seal Stamps that have been selling really well in store (probably why the stamps sold out in the first 2 days!)

Have a great Sunday... Thanks...


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