Saturday 31 December 2016

Birthday Bright Another Sneak Peek!

A few weeks back I promised some more Birthday Bright love - the stamp set that goes with the new kit (the previous post is HERE). It is still super hot here on the Coast - the kids are making the most of being home and doing the new jigsaw puzzles and reading the books they got as Christmas gifts while I have been playing with new stamp sets.

I decided I would challenge myself to 3 colours - made it hard by getting the kids to all pick one colour each! Let me say they did not go together at all but it was a load of fun. Between the 4 of us we tweaked our colours to come up with this combo.
The colours I have set aside for another time - Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight - I just couldn't get them to work for me. There were some disasters on my desk (aka as my dining table) even the kids agreed that those colours wouldn't work.

I am so in love with the Enamel shapes wishing I bought more when they were on special. Envelopes and insides also get the stamping treatment.

My dear sweet supportive husband - really he is went 'that's a basic card do another'! Challenge accepted. and I would have to say this one is my favourite. Note I left the Sweet Sugarplum off this one, added some DSP (left over from a previous project) and a touch of bling with the glimmer paper.

I was on fire by now so looked about the table for all my 'practice' bits did a bit of tweaking and ta-dah this card came to life!

I hope you like them and I would love to see any cards you make with this colour combination.

Birthday Bright 142835 $36.50 AUD is available from the 4th January 2017 with the release of our new Occasions Catalogue.

 Other goodies I used to make these cards from the Annual Catalogue

Friday 30 December 2016

Remebering Nutcote

It was a stinkin' hot 37 degrees here today on the beautiful Central Coast of Australia. I would say in my book it was even to hot to hit the beach so it was a stay at home and scrap kind of day with the AC on full ball.
I am so far behind on my memory keeping albums so today rather than start something new I finished some pages I started a while back. I don't Project Life traditionally, I don't do the week to week thing but what I do do is use Project Life to record special events or outings with my family.
March 2015 (I know almost 2 years ago) we visited Nutcote - the home of May Gibbs. Its found in beautiful Neutral Bay and now owned by North Sydney Council. It's purpose is to cherish May Gibbs’ home, garden and life by offering memorable experiences and rewarding learning opportunities.

Why did we visit Nutcote? Well 2 of my children Eilish and Tara were in a stage production of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie. The Director thought it would be a great team building exercise (insert learning experience here) for the kids and a great family day out for everyone. They were not wrong.
I saw the show twice as any good Mummy does - once to snap photos and the other to sit and enjoy. One of my friends was behind the scenes so she snagged me some great photos from backstage as well. Project Life scrapbooking made this so easy to do as I had so many photos and of course wanted to include as many as possible.

The girls had their main characters - Eilish was Lanky Legs (rather appropriate as she was one of the tallest and oldest kids in the cast) a Bull Frog! She also played a blossom - I loved the little knitted hats with fluff about the edges just like a real gum nut blossom has.
Miss Tara was a Blue Cap Wren - she was chuffed she got to wear a Tutu and I made her a black and brown feather cover with wings - she looked pretty impressive if I do say so myself.

Do you know the story of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie? Part of the story involves an underwater scene with Fish Folk - the play has a Ball so all the cast dressed as fish in their sparkly fine clothing, Eilish a Whiting and Tara a Rainbow fish (glad I had that sparkly rainbow dress already so bonus for me).
I pulled out a favourite retired stamp set of mine to add a little fun to this page - Fishy Friends (2003) its a bit hard to see in the photo but the Wink of Stella was a true asset!

 So what goodies did I use on my pages today to compliment my photos?

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Its a Wrap!

Moving forward with yesterday being the last extended family catch up for Christmas.
I had a bucket load of gifts to wrap for my immediate and extended family. Most were bigger than a DVD but I did have a handful of small gifts that needed some love. I chose to wrap these in or divine DSP - this was difficult as I am more than a wee bit of a DSP hoarder.
These beauties had jewellery in them and I didn't want them lost under the tree.

I pulled out the Gift Bag punch board for them then adjusted the height to suit the box they were already in.

Do you love the little bells on this one - they made up the tags so I could write names on there - added some glimmer card to give it a bit of wow - cute hey? I save any scraps to punch bits from just for this type of thing.
I think next year I might do more small gifts and wrap them with a load of punch as they looked amazeballs - these wrappers even got taken home along with the gifts!


Tuesday 27 December 2016

Merry Christmas Cards

Each year I make a bucket load of cards - never are they an easy make and I never start early!
This year was a little different. I decided what I was doing in early November and then I stopped - December rolled around and I needed to act fast! I didn't want to change my plans either.

Above you have vellum copper embossed - because its pretty then each set of wings was fussy cut out. I cut strips of the velum just wide enough for the wings so I didn't waste much when stamping and tried to only ink up what I needed.

There is 42 Angels in that pile each fussy cut then the sash cut separately and all water coloured - the sash in garden green. The hair well I'm glad I waited as our new watercolour pencils made that super fast and easy. Her face, hands and legs have a little bit of the calypso coral pencil water coloured onto them like a bit of blush - perfect! I also cut strips to stamp the sash again not to waste paper - my Stamp-a-ma-jig was my best friend lining everything up as close together as possible.

The insides needed tizzing up as well, the envelopes got the same treatment with the soft suede stars.

I think the little strip of embossed copper foil made it extra special.

Below is my list of goodies but here is a couple of things missing from that list as they are coming soon items - my favourite is the new Water Colour pencils in some of my favourite SU colours! Yes they are divine and I am having a ball with them.

 Goodies list used to make this card.