Sunday, May 30, 2010

Final Secret Sister Gift Revealed.....

Well finally here it is - this months gift for Jane and the final gift for the current Secret Sister Round. You may recognise some of the projects which I showcased earlier. I have included 3 cards, a decorated pencil tin, a scallop envelope box with a pack of build-a-brads and some Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain ribbon inside cos don't forget Jane LOVES embellishments. I also made a cupcake box and a tea light candle box. As you can see I stuck with the Cottage Wall DSP theme throughout. I also included a copy of Masterchef winnner Julie Goodwin's cookbook as Jane loves cooking too. I have to say that delivering this last gift in person was awesome as was the opportunity to meet Jane face-to-face. She was so over the moon with everything I sent her and kept saying how she felt so spoilt this round and how she signed up thinking this would be her last - but not now, she wants to do another one :)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Second Secret Sister Gift....

Here is what I sent to my Secret Sister for April. I was continuing to give her some clues about who I was and I made this to hint how much I love PINK!!! Jane's profile said she loved chocolate with nuts so I made her a chocolate block cover for a block of Cadbury's with Hazelnuts, I hope she liked it. The DSP in the background with the blue flowers on it is from the Washington Apple pack and the big blue flower is from the Blooms Die Cuts set. Continuing on with the embellishments she likes, this time a decorated a pack of vintage brads and also included some clips etc.. Finally all this had to have a matching card so continuing on featuring products from the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue, I used the gorgeous new Medallion stamp with some pearls from the pretties kit (love this kit, it's just got sooooo much cute stuff in it) finished off with some ribbon and a button. The little butterfly is one of the new 'a la carte' stamps in the new mini. I was really happy with the colour combination of the Melon Mambo and Bashful Blue when I completed this collection. Thanks for looking again. The final months gift will be revealed tomorrow :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

First Secret Sister Gift...

I thought I had better take some time to explain a little for those that may be unaware how this Secret Sister thing works. Basically I was allocated another Australian Demonstrator who is a member on our ESAD (Extremely Special Aussie Demos) site. She didnt know who I was and it was up to me to keep it that way until the last month. I was allocated to a different demo and she would do the same for me. The swap goes for 3 months. Each month we send out two cards plus a gift at the end of each month, usually things we have made and perhpas incorporating things on their profile. When we start we are given a profile of our secret sister so we know her likes and dislikes, hobbies, interests etc... so we can structure our cards and gifts to their tastes or requests. As this was my first time I was very nervous and did not know what to do or what to expect. Here is what I sent to Jane at the end of the first month. In her profile she said she likes Sudoku puzzles (me too) chocolate and cooking so I made these things a feature over the 3 months. In the first month I wanted to make things using the new items in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. I just love the autumn papers and colours. I recreated a top note box (click here for the tutorial) that I made for the earlier ESAD Blog Hop and placed some chocies (for Easter), and some embellishments (Jane likes these too) inside such as buttons, grommets and brads. I made a matching card with the new stamp set Autumn Days and covered a Sudoku book and decorated it with some rub-ons and a pen. I believe she really enjoyed it. You can check out her blog post from when she received it here. I will post what I sent the next month tomorrow :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Secret Sister Revealed...

Ok now that my Secret Sister has received her final gift, I can now show you some of the cards that I made her along the way. I will post some pics of the gifts I sent her over the coming days.

The first card uses the top note die cut once then put through a second time after turning 90 degrees to get this cute little square frame, so luv my BIG SHOT!!! The stamp set is Asian Artistry, a new hostess set from the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. I did case this card from somewhere I think but cant remember where, sorry.

The next card is one I made for ther birthday as it fell (lucky Jane) in the first month of the round. This card uses the same stamp set but a differnt image. I also decorated the inside of this card - a first for me!

The last one uses the Two-step bird punch, cant remember where I found this idea either sorry as I made these so long ago. I have used one of the new Soho Designer Hardware grommets in the centre.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Secret Sister gift almost finalised...

Here is some of the items I am sending off to my secret sister for her final package. I can show you some of it as I will be revealed very soon. This is a 'Build-a-Brad' Box with a belly band and matching card. I have used the Cottage Wall DSP (yes AGAIN!!!) and the Vintage Vogue stamp set with some Whisper White taffeta ribbon and a flower designer brad wrapped around the ribbon. You see my secret sister loves embellishments so I thought this was a great idea, this way she can make her own creative brads. I have included many other items already seen on here for her final box of goodies, cant wait to send it off on its long journey up north. I will post all the pictures next week when she receives her exciting mail.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My first Blogger Award!!!

I received an email from fellow demonstrator Rhonda Statham, letting me know she had passed on a "Beautiful Blogger Award" - how awesome, this is my first one! Thanks so much Rhonda and right back at you.

The conditions of accepting this award are that I need to tell you 10 things about myself and also nominate another 10 blogs to be the recipient of the Beautiful Blogger Award. Let's start with 10 things about me:

  1. I love being an SU! Demonstrator and have been for nearly 3 years now

  2. I am a secondary school teacher by day, crafter my nights and weekends (when do I sleep you ask???? Still trying to figure that one out!)

  3. I live in Melbourne with my husband, married 18 months

  4. We have no children but hope to one day and we have a kitty called Hanger

  5. I love to travel, I have two trips planned this year, one to Singapore with hubby and one to the States to visit my brother (does convention count? make that 3 trips then)

  6. My favourite city in the whole world to visit would have to be Sydney - loving that Convention is there this year, but love living in Melbourne

  7. I have identical twin brothers

  8. I am very organised and like organising others (Miss Bossy Boots here, well someone's gotta do it!)

  9. I love to shop, go to the movies and eat out at restaurants (seafood is my fav)

  10. I love making 3D items the most and spending hours and hours in my craft room creating anything and everything papercraft - there is just sooooooo much to create and sooooooo little time

And now for 10 more beautiful blogs! These are in completely random order

Check these blogs out for heaps and heaps of inspiration and awesome creativity!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Double Act....

I purchased the tutorial for this awesome little tote a while ago but havent got around to making it. Well, once I sat down to make one, I loved it so much I had to make another. The Riding Hood Red and Bella Bleu DSP was the first one I made then the second one I made using the new Simply Scrappin Kit in the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. I love these kits so much, they enable putting projects together to be just so simple. I first saw these cute little totes on lovely Leonie's Blog during the Blog Hop last month. I then followed the link to Adela's blog for the tutorial. It is super easy to make, you just print the templates out onto your chosen paper, cut out and assemble - done! All I have to do now is make something to go inside them. I have the blue one on display at the Stitches and Craft show this weekend at Caulfield. Our group of demonstrators have a stand at the show so get along and see the Big Shot in action and lots of other fabulous products.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's Party Time!!!

You may remember in an earlier post I put together a version of Becky's Cupcake box for a birthday party I was planning for one of my friend's daughters. Well today was the BIG day and Emily was soooooo excited. These are the party favours I made with lollipops inside. Emily and her friends had a great time and they worked so well and were very productive. I have included some pics of what they made, working hard on the projects, and the bithday girl with her cake (cup cake theme of course). Emily had her friends choose a DSP they liked then I pre-cut all the pieces for their boxes so all they had to do was put it all together. Emily also liked the pig I made earlier so we made one of them too. And of course we made a matching card.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Good enough to eat....

I had so much fun making these gorgeous little treats - yes I know they look like something you could eat but they are really made from paper. I found the idea on Patti's blog - she is amazing!!! I punched a heap of flowers from the trio flower punch and stuck them into little polystyrene balls with tiny pins. I then cut the bottoms off them so they would sit flat in the box oh and so the lid would fit on :) The other chocolates are tiny little boxes that I put through the Big Shot (a must have tool) using some of my embosssing folders - soooooo cute :) I cut the swirls freehand, cant you tell??? LOL The best part of this project is it's in my fav colour combo ever - Pink and Choc Chip. Patti has awesome instructions so get on over there and have a go yourself.

And the winners are....

Congratulations to Jo and Donna on winning the Big Shot UStamp passes. has just generated your lucky numbers. I will forward your email addresses to Dawn over the weekend so she can invite you to the group. Please let me know which email address you prefer as the contact, please email me at Well Done Girls!!!
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