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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Bonnet re-visited

I've taken a better photo of the bonnet I made for my Easter display. The one I made is really for decoration only. However, if you want to make one that is functional, you can re-cycle empty SU brad or button containers - doesn't matter which as long as they are circular containers with a lid.

I cut my scallop circle for this bonnet with the Sizzix Bigz Circle Scallop #2 die. To use the empty brad/button containers you'll need to cut your hat brim with the Bigz Scallop Circle die. Apply sticky strip to the base of the container, centre container on your scallop circle and adhere. For the lid, trace the shape on DSP, cut out and adhere to top of lid. Measure height of bottom of container, not full height, only up to where the rim of the lid sits, cut a strip of DSP long enough to wrap round container and adhere. You can then decorate it as you wish, put some sweets, or even buttons or brads beautifully gift packaged as a bonnet.

This is what the bonnet looks like underneath.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

WOYW?W #99

You'll espy some new stamps which have yet to see its first drop of ink! All I've managed to do is mount them. I must say that after the Easter w/e I'm finding my mojo engine rather slow to crank up and gather steam! My pink plastic wash baskets are poised and ready to house all the materials and/or accessories needed for Saturday's Owl Punch class, I have 3 more cards to design - there will be 6 cards, three 3-D projects plus an owl gift bag which need to be sorted and "filed" into each project basket for the class. The goodie bags have already been sorted and set aside. In the foreground is a piece of cardstock which I've scored at 1/2" intervals and inked to create a wood panel effect for one of the card designs - will show it in a later post as it's for Saturday's class.

Here is the beginning of a ribbon rose that I'm trying my hand at. Still working on the technique! The darn things are too slippy.

Now on to something unrelated to crafting. My son brought back some chopsticks in this beautifully presented box from Beijing.

My ethnic origin is Chinese, but having been born and bred in Oz (4th generation!), I can neither read nor write the language, although I can muster a smattering of oral Cantonese having lived in the Far East in the 70s!

There are also chopstick rests to go with it and exquisite paintings on the handles and rests which look hand painted. It's almost sacriligeous to use them as I don't think the paintings will stand up to being put through the dishwasher!

Happy WOYW?W - popping back to Julia's to cruise other desks.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Issues with Blog settings

Well, I'm sorry there's no projects or pics as I've taken a break over the easter weekend - instead I'm being driven insane by trying to add new tabs and links to my blog and due to my incompetence, I'm going nowhere fast!

Just hope everyone had a nice easter and I'll be back with something for you to look at later this week!

Hope you all had a good Easter break! The Royal Wedding to look forward to on Friday when all eyes will be on the happy couple and best of all, another long weekend and my Owl Punch Class next Saturday! Then I get to see the other half of the family having seen my son and grandson on Sunday. They had a brill time in Beijing and even learnt some Mandarin while they were away!

I'm hoping my son will take pity on me and help me sort the blog out! It's soooo frustrating not being able to get it to do precisely what I want! Crikey, look at the time - I shall have to give it up as a bad job and get some sleep - need to be up early to take DH to work as his car's going in for a service!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone. This isn't a very good photo - it looks a bit dark. In an earlier post I'd talked about these little individual cupcake stands - well, here they are! They were just perfect for making a little display of the little easter projects I made. Notice I haven't got very many chocolate easter eggs as DH and I are watching our waistlines and I resisted the temptation to go overboard!

This easter card uses the Good Egg stamp set, Top Note die, cardstock Daffodil Yellow, Pumpkin Pie, retired Sweet Pea paper stack, Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon.

I used the extra large Petal Card punch to make the little boxes and embellished with some punch art - bunnies and a chicky! Also used the itty bitty punches to do the tails and added a pearl for a touch of class.

More boxes, the taller one is a "two, four, six, eight" box - named that because the score lines are scored at 2,4,6,8" on the long side from a piece of cardstock measuring 8 1/4" x 6", you rotate 90 degrees and score at 2" on one straight edge for the box base. This box was demonstrated by the lovely Michelle Last who shared it with us at a Regional Training session for SU demonstrators last year. She also showed us how to make that cute little bunny peeking longingly at the easter treats inside. You can find her video tutorial here.

Lastly I made an easter bonnet - I used the No #2 Sizzix Scallop circle for the brim of the hat, and various size circle punches to create the hat itself. You can tell that I'm rushing this post as I'm making do with this photo. It doesn't do that hat justice. The leaves were from the extra large two-step bird punch and the flowers from the boho blossom punch. The hat rim uses the new Springtime Vintage papers from the mini, and co-ordinates with Rose Red cardstock as does the seam binding ribbon. I finished off with a faux pearl for the flower centre.

We've been blessed with glorious sunshine these past few days. I hope you're all enjoying this Easter break with friends, family and loved ones. Thank you for stopping by.

We will be picking our Son and Grandson up from Heathrow tonight on their return from Beijing, so am looking forward to hearing all about their trip and at least spend what's left of Easter Sunday with them.

God Bless! TTFN. Back properly next week. Oooh - PS we finally get to eat those cupcakes! :) smiling!

Saturday, 23 April 2011


I'm so happy, I just had to tell everyone! Sad aren't I? Hehe! My laptop and I are finally re-united! We've been separated for over two weeks! The back light had gone, and I couldn't see a thing on the screen. Not something we could've fixed ourselves with the best will in the world. So, it's been an expensive weekend 'cos the repairs set us back by a hefty sum - we're talking in the hundreds - the spare part alone was £95.00! Then, horror of horrors, my trusty workhorse printer went kaput last Wednesday - I had to switch to using the other printer which we use for photos as an emergency - very heavy on ink AAARgh! - works out at 15 p per sheet! Gasp! So today we had to go get a new printer too!

Back from PC World now, DH has been doing some leg work and homework and even consulted the Argos Catalogue! Imagine his delight when he discovered the bargain from PCW - they were doing an offer, plus he got an extra 10% off on all the ink cartridges and had also been undercharged for the printer(Shhhh) so he's made a huge saving! We were originally going to get a laser printer as they've come down in price so much, but experts advised him against it. Operational costs for lasers are high, cartridges cost mega bucks to replace as you need to do them all at once even if only one colour runs out so we're back to using Hewlett Packard which has served us well. The new printer doesn't just print. It scans, multi pages rather than single ones, photo copies, doubles up as a fax and even does duplex printing as well so am chuffed to bits! One happy bunny, counting the hours, minutes, seconds till we hop on the train to see Torvill and Dean! Yay!

Dancing On Ice Tour

Ooooo!!! I am Sooooo excited! We're going up to London to see the Dancing on Ice Tour with Torvill & Dean tonight. Such a treat. I can't wait! It'll kick off this Easter weekend nicely!

Just a couple more pictures.

They are just so amazing.

I have scheduled some posts, and am taking a break so will be back next week. Enjoy your holiday weekend everyone!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Bigz Scallop Circle Easter Basket

At our team quarterly meeting recently, our Honorary "Inspiring Inkee", Teri, did the most amazing display using the Bigz Scallop Circle Die. I've CASEd this, but that was before Teri put instructions up on her blog on how to do it so I just winged it and used a bit of common sense. However you can find her instructions here.

The baby stamp set in the new mini called Little Additions had the cutest little bunny, so I used that to embellish my basket with as it is really plain. I ran the scallop circle through the Big Shot with the square lattice texture embossing folder before snipping and shaping it into a basket and punched a strip of Soft Suede with the eyelet border punch for the handle and completed the look with Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon.

To pretty up my photo composition I used this mini individual cupcake stand - don't you just love it? There are 3 different designs in different colours so watch this space, it may feature in future posts! tee hee! :-) !!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Easter Bunny - MK II

Two posts today! This second bunny was a bit quicker to make. Slightly different from the Boy Blue one after this post. Just playing.

I had some pink cotton balls so I used it for her tail.

I added a modern label punch pull to make it easier to pull the "trap door" open and shut, it's not very clear in this picture. Which of the bunnies do you prefer?

Easter Bunny Sweet Treat Cup

I'm really late with easter this year and haven't gotten round to creating anything to do with easter till now. This is an adaptation from a video I saw, but I can't remember who and I did it mostly from memory and through trial and error.

I stamped a greeting on the inside which is a slider, trapdoor, whatever it's called so you can get at the treats without destroying the rabbit.

This is it in action.

I've done so many versions of a rabbit with punches, this one is on a much larger scale, using the sizzix bigz dies and other punches in my arsenal.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

WOYW?W #98

Last week I had a naked Punch Art journal. Here it is all dressed. I used the Big Shot on the left of picture to cut out the Fun Flowers from Stampin' Up! and ran it through the Square Lattice embossing folder. The words were cut from the Medium Sizzlets Timeless Junior Alphabet set which are exclusive to SU. I added some buttons to break up the words reading down, otherwise it would have read P-Art!

This is what's on my desk today - prepping for tomorrow's Technique Club. I can't reveal all till next week. It's part of the 3-D project with an easter theme, hence the easter eggs and cello bags in the background!

Still haven't found inspiration yet as to what to do with those Tempting Turquoise blue circles! I expect they'll hang around for awhile and then in a fit of pique I'll probably ditch them when I go on one of my de-cluttering sprees! Happy WOYWW y'all, now off to Julia's to take a peek at other much more interesting desks!

Monday, 18 April 2011


Well, Stampin' Up! you couldn't get more blokier than this! Not excluding lady bikers of course, but no man would mind receiving a card like this!

A minimilist look, stamped in black Stazon ink on watercolour paper, coloured with Real Red, Basic Gray and outlined in Bashful Blue, then colour washed with an aqua painter and some "gravel" using the champagne glass glitter and Crystal Effects applied to red areas to make it pop. Given time, the glass glitter tarnishes and would be great for using on vintage scrapbook layouts. I was told it's all acid and lignin free so perfectly safe for scrapbooking with. I cased it from Regional Training.

For a finishing touch, I added a length of Real Red 1 1/4" striped grosgrain cut into a fish tail and the square rhinestone fire brads. Hope you likey!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Tiananmen Square

This is so exciting! My son sent me these pictures this morning, hot off the press - I'm green with envy. He's in Beijing at the moment with my grandson who at the ripe old age of 10, is on his first trip abroad. What an "exotic" location for a first timer!

My grandson looks like the cat's whiskers here! My children were born in Hong Kong, and we were based there for several years, before China opened up but we never visited whilst it was on our doorstep. Now it's going to cost an arm and a leg to travel there! I'm excited for them, so just had to share! Needless to say, we're house-sitting! Mum and Dad still have their uses long after the kids have flown the coup! lol

Baby Blossoms

This is the Baby Blossoms set which uses the two-step stamping method. It means you have to stamp the image twice with two different stamps to complete the picture. The first stamp is in a lighter colour for the petals, and the second corresponding image stamp adds depth and is stamped in a darker colour. I just eyeballed mine, so it's slightly skewiff if you look closely but I think that just adds to its charm because it's hand crafted.

Also featured is the Square Lattice embossing folder. I used it to create a background textured strip behind the main feature. I stamped the Baby Blossom images first on Whisper White card stock, then centred it over the Large Oval punch, raised it on dimensionals and adhered to the Decorative Label in Old Olive. BTW, I discovered that you need to shorten the width of your card by 1/4" if you want the textured strip to extend all the way across the card. If you look closely at my sample above, part of the texture is missing because I'd cut my card to my standard size of 8" x 5 3/4". I realised too late, and couldn't adjust it as I'd already stuck the layers down.

The colours I used here are Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive. The Old Olive seam binding ribbon got the no sew ruched treatment which is all the rage at the moment and in the top right corner I added a Big Designer Button in Old Olive (from my personal collection) using a sliver of Rich Razzleberry as faux thread. The Big Designer buttons are in the new mini in Springtime Vintage colours. They were featured in an earlier post here.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Manhattan Flower Embossing folder

This is the embossing folder I should have used. I took the bold step of inking the folder on the "flat" side, placed my card stock face down and ran it through the Big Shot to create this effect. The Cherry Cobbler ink transferred to the card stock it came into contact with, but not the embossed floral outline and this is the end result. Quick and easy to do, the flowers were then cut out and adhered to a Cherry Cobbler card base. I ran a two-way glue pen inside the petals and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds to add some bling. The sentiment and cupcake set is from my personal collection. I made this for a friend's birthday last week so I think I can safely post now.

Here are the cupcakes inside - they're good enough to eat, almost! {smiles}

Friday, 15 April 2011

Oops - a faux pas!

I must have grabbed the wrong embossing folder - when I had another look at the mini, this one wasn't in it! Ooops - I meant to use the Manhattan Rose, but as I've already made it, I might as well share! Silly me. No wonder some of the ladies looked puzzled! It all becomes clear now!

It show cases the Fun Flowers Bigz L die though and the Big Designer Buttons Sweet Stitches. To add texture, I scrunched up the flowers and unravelled them then layered before adhering. I folded a piece of scrap Old Olive card stock, sent it through the crimper at an angle and cut out the leaves free hand to embellish with.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Clearly for You - round 2 Stamp Index card

I stamped all the images on a scrap piece of Whisper white, used the 1 1/4" square punch to centre and punch out all the images, inked the edges in River Rock and adhered them on to a 5 3/4" x 8" card base folded in half. I die cut the medium size flower in Cherry Cobbler and the smaller flower in River Rock with the Fun Flowers Bigz L die for layering with. Then I cut a strip of River Rock, and one in Cherry Cobbler for faux ribbon tails and adhered the flowers as shown to add a splash of colour.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

WOYW?W #97

Goodness, I can't believe this is my third WOWWW! A frantic effort to at least tidy a little, notice this is a close up shot so you don't see the chaos surrounding it!

On the left is a half used pack of Stampin' Up!'s Love Letter DSP which I'm going to cover my naked 5"x 5" journal in the top right of picture. In the middle is a set of "Jumble Alphabet" stamps for me to stamp the title on the journal when it's been covered.

In the middle, I've got a whole bunch of Tempting Turquoise 1 1/4" circles left over from the swaps I made for the team quarterly meeting last Saturday - need to find a use for them.

This is a sneak peek at what's inside the journal - it's a Punch Art album mostly using the two-step owl punch in other ways and part of my class planner so I can't show it all just yet.

In the previous WOWWW#96 found here (the same sized journal as the one I'm doing today) I said I had to add in some new punches so here is what it looks like inside.

The latest ones have now been added.

It's a great business tool - as customers can use it as a size guide for various images in the catalogue to see if the punch will fit the image. That's me done for today. Off back to Julia's for a whistle tour. Thanks for stopping by.

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