gotta love craft

November 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm (Hand made things by me) (, , , , , , , )

Well, I’ve been super slack with blogging lately.  Just too much on and not enough time to spend around here.  I’ve been over at the Little Scrapbooking Shop’s November Cyber Crop.  There are some seriously cool things over there.  So far I’ve made this snazzy lil’ xmas display (the challenge instructions are here)…

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I used some wooden canvas things by Kaisercraft and most of the stuff is from their Christmas Spirit range, plus some rhinestones and paper flowers, also used one of Sandie's Handmade Daisies vinyl Thickers, Carolee Creations tiny letters and a hat pin from a bulk pack by Birch.

I also got cracking on this exceptionally cool challenge using a ring pull can.  Basically, you can fill it up with stuff (I put in Lindt chocolates) and with the clever trick shared on the challenge page, you can still use the ring pull.  I’m making chocolate filled ones for my parent helpers and going to buy amusing t-shirts for my step bro and sis and make cans for their xmas present with the shirt inside.  Definitely very, very cool.

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This can opens with the ring pull to reveal the goodies you stashed inside. I used Basic Grey June Bug papers and button, random ribbon and paper flowers and Carolee Creations Tiny Letters.

I’m about to get cracking on some calendars (for Tara’s challenge) and some photo frames (just for pressies).

Earlier in the week, I did Mel’s Blindfold Scrap, also at the Little Scrapbooking Shop.  This is how my page turned out…

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I used papers and brads from Kaisercraft's Esther's Guestlist range and some of their paper flowers and bling, some random ribbons and a random heart hat pin, Thickers and random journal block stamp (just didn't ink the bit of the stamp with lines on for the one behind the flower).

Hopefully I’ll be able to add another post before the weekend with other cool stuff I’ve made!

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let’s be friends

October 9, 2009 at 11:41 am (Hand made things by me) (, , , )

I really needed to get on and write back to my friend Samantha who wrote me a lovely long letter recently (we try to send a few bits of snail mail each year rather than just emailing).  Anyway, I noticed Sandie had a challenge going on at her blog to make a friendship card, so this morning I wrote a long (5 page) letter and made a card for Sam.  What a surprise too, I used my current addication – Lilac Avenue papers from Kaisercraft.  And like most of my pages using that range, one of Sandie’s flowers made it in too (they just go so well with that range of papers).   Anyway, here’s my card and letter.

My friendship card and letter to my friend Samantha

My friendship card and letter to my friend Samantha

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now you may see…

October 9, 2009 at 7:18 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , , )

My Blind Fold Scraping page layout…as taught/lead by Mel who is a brill BFSer.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash.  Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash. Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

I was hostess for our book club last night (hence I’m a bit tired this morning as we chatted until nearly ten).  I baked like a mad lady yesterday afternoon – monte carlos, coconut jam slice, rock cakes and jam drops were on the menu.  Mr Petit was delighted this morning to find two monte carlos to take to work for smoko.  I love our book club because we have such a variety of people (well, me the youngest at 29, then a couple of ladies who I guess are in their late 60’s and early 70’s), although we only have one man.  So conversations are always interesting as we have such a range of opinions on the books.  We were also talking about other book clubs we had been in in the past, with book club styles ranging from not actually talking about the books (just a gossip session) to being what I refer to a literary nazis where some members’ opinions are king and are imposed on the other members!  I’m looking forward to this month’s book – Saturday by Ian McEwen.  First I have to finish my currently library book – Jackdaws by Ken Follet.

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Got my blind fold on again

October 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , )

It didn’t take long for Blind Fold Scrapping over at the Little Scrapbooking Shop to roll around again.  Last night Mel ran a great BFS and it was even more awesome than usual as she posted all the players out a little packet of goodies to use in our embellishments.  I was feeling a bit brain dead last night and really struggled getting the page to come together, but this afternoon I picked a different photo and a different colour scheme and it fell together much more easily.  I can’t show you the finished product until Friday, but I can give you a sneak peak or two.  I used patterned papers from Kaisercraft’s Lilac Avenue range (can you tell I like it?  Just a few uses of late!), rhinestone brads, vinyl and foam thickers and some Kindyglitz.

Thanks to Mel for the stamped flowers, she rocks

Thanks to Mel for the stamped flowers, she rocks

A peak at the journal block Mel taught us to make.

A peak at the journal block Mel taught us to make.

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useless, but cool

October 6, 2009 at 7:38 am (Hand made things by me) (, , , )

I have no idea what the proper name for these things are, but I’ve been loving what I’ve seen in some Perth scrap shops (especially Scraptivate and Scrapbooking To Di For) and I bought some ‘bits’ to make one myself.  I’ve never made something like this before but I’m quite happy with how it turned out, although not half as good as the stuff I’ve seen in Perth.  Maybe one day I’ll get to go to one of these done in a class.  Here’s dreaming.   Anyway, here are some pix of my latest creation.

I used a sheet of double-sided Creative Imaginations patterned paper for the outside of the boxes, the box linings were some scraps of a plain burgundy sheet of basic grey paper and the plain green side of a Kaiser patterned paper from the Dash It All Away range.

I used a sheet of double-sided Creative Imaginations patterned paper for the outside of the boxes, the box linings were some scraps of a plain burgundy sheet of basic grey paper and the plain green side of a Kaiser patterned paper from the Dash It All Away range. The swirl at the top is a wooden Kaisercraft shape which I inked black and coated in Dimensional Magic.

Lovely and textured - still reckon there is more room for dimension I think.

Lovely and textured - still reckon there is more room for dimension I think. The velvet ribbion about the outside is lovely too.

Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers, random flowers (not sure of the brand) and a little fence I made from chopped up match sticks and some gold coloured wire.

Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers, random flowers (not sure of the brand) and a little fence I made from chopped up match sticks and some gold coloured wire.

Another flower from a no-name bag, little die-cut birdie from Chook Scraps that I inked with copper ink and edged in black ink then added a Kaisercraft Pearl and stuck on using some foam dots.

Another flower from a no-name bag, little die-cut birdie from Chook Scraps that I inked with copper ink and edged in black ink then added a Kaisercraft Pearl and stuck on using some foam dots.

Random ancient chipboard heart covered in some of the paper I lined some of the boxes with, more Kaisercraft Pearls and a little jiggley bubble from I-Kandee (I think that was the name on the packet which went in the bin about 3 or 4 years ago!).

Random ancient chipboard heart covered in some of the paper I lined some of the boxes with, more Kaisercraft Pearls and a little jiggley bubble from I-Kandee (I think that was the name on the packet which went in the bin about 3 or 4 years ago!).

Collections chipboard key, random stash ribbon, Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers.

Collections chipboard key, random stash ribbon, Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers.

Another I-Candee thing with some mesh/sparkly ribbon behind it, Collections bodices one with gold embossing powder and one with some opals embossing powder tied up with some ribbon.

Another I-Candee thing with some mesh/sparkly ribbon behind it, Collections bodices one with gold embossing powder and one with some opals embossing powder tied up with some ribbon.

More random no-name flowers and some Carolee Creations stickers.

More random no-name flowers and some Carolee Creations stickers.

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scrappily, happily, twiddley

October 4, 2009 at 7:21 pm (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , , )

Well, I’ve had a super-busy weekend.  Friday was filled with a hair cut and colour (which looks great, imho), shopping for some new trousers (thanks Esprit for making clothes I love) and generally family stuff.

Saturday was great – I went to a 12-hour scrap at Scrapbooking To Di For with my scrappy friend Rachel.  The scrappy ladies were all very nice and I had a very productive day and made 2 cards and completed 5 pages.  Here are the cards and 3 of the pages which I created…

Card for my friend's biffy who I'm giving the mirror in a previous post to.  Simple card but does the job and matches the pressie.

Card for my friend's biffy who I'm giving the mirror in a previous post to. Simple card but does the job and matches the pressie.

A card for some friends getting married shortly.  I used, amongst other things, patterned paper from Lilac Avenue range from Kaisercraft's Q2 release.

A card for some friends getting married shortly. I used, amongst other things, patterned paper from Lilac Avenue range from Kaisercraft's Q2 release.

This photo is of my dad, one of his older brothers and his aunt.  Must be around 1952-3.

This photo is of my dad, one of his older brothers and his aunt. Must be around 1952-3.

Kaisercraft's Lilac Avenue range from the new Q2 release was great to use on this double layout.

Kaisercraft's Lilac Avenue range from the new Q2 release was great to use on this double layout.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

If you like the flower in the Lilac Avenue papers, you can get them from The Little Scrapbooking Shop -> here.  They are made in Oz by Sandie and they are very cool.

As mentioned the other day, I’ve recently discovered the world of Twiddlebitz (and discovered that something I thought was a Twiddlebit actually wasn’t – must have ended up on the wrong stand at the scrap shop I bought it at!!! – and how embarressment I put it in my gallery at Twiddlebitz’s Ning page, think I’ve rectified by faux pax and deleted it properly!!! Must make sure I do use proper Twiddles in future!!!!) and Di from Scrapbooking To Di For introduced me to their Ning page which you can join and share and check out lots of awesome work featuring Twiddlebitz.  It is very cool and is totally inspirational.

I’ve stocked up on some new goodies while I was in Perth and now we are home I’m looking forward to scrapping up a storm or two, especially some cool new OTP lovies.  Stayed tuned for some pix 🙂

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OTP goodies and life

October 1, 2009 at 9:30 am (Hand made things by me, random things)

I’ve been busy over the long weekend just gone make some goodies for some friends’ upcoming birthdays.  You like?

Pen caddy - Mostly Kaisercraft stuff to do this - the container, Lovestruck range of patterned paper, navy blue acrylic paint and some bling, as well as carolee creations tiny letters, a teal paper flower and the cool white string flower made by Sandie - you can by these at the Little Scrapbooking Shop

Pen caddy - Mostly Kaisercraft stuff to do this - the container, Lovestruck range of patterned paper, navy blue acrylic paint and some bling, as well as carolee creations tiny letters, a teal paper flower and the cool white string flower made by Sandie - you can by these at the Little Scrapbooking Shop

I made this mirror frame for my friend Helen's 40th biffy. I used Victoria pattern paper from Kaiser's Elegance range (same piece for background and the little punched scrap under the ribbon), some rubons from the Elegance range as well as a rubon Kaiser phrase. Also used a Twiddlebitz (I think) tree which I inked with lapislazuli before changing my mind and adding some copper ink on top. Also inked a Collections Elements chipboard key just in copper ink. Added some ribbons, flowers, a basic grey brad and a fleur de lis metal charm. I hope she likes it.

I made this mirror frame for my friend Helen's 40th biffy. I used Victoria pattern paper from Kaiser's Elegance range (same piece for background and the little punched scrap under the ribbon), some rubons from the Elegance range as well as a rubon Kaiser phrase. Also used a Twiddlebitz (I think) tree which I inked with lapislazuli before changing my mind and adding some copper ink on top. Also inked a Collections Elements chipboard key just in copper ink. Added some ribbons, flowers, a basic grey brad and a fleur de lis metal charm. I hope she likes it.

On the Monday public holiday we headed down to Tulips with a Difference, near Boyup Brook.  They have over 100,000 bulbs in their garden and it was really spectacular.  The photos don’t really do the gardens justice, they really were excellent.  The devonshire tea was pretty yummy too.  I bought 3 pots of tulips to add to my growing bulb collection.

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This weekend I’m going to my first ‘proper’ scrap (ie not at home or a friend’s house) in over a year, and even better it’s at a proper scrapbooking store, not just a little craft shop!!! Rachel suggested I come along while we were in Perth and I decided to go – it’s 10am to 10pm – can I cut it with the hardcore scrappers and stay up that late?  Hopefully I’ll be able to post some pix of what I got up to when we come home.

Right now I really need to go pack our stuff before heading down to the Telecentre to help out with a School Holiday Craft Session… polymer clay beads, fun stuff.

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Back from Bib Track

September 25, 2009 at 8:11 am (random things) (, , )

Four days on the Bibulmun Track is over!  We walked just under 60km between Dwellingup and the Harvey-Quindanning Road, we had to carry everything and each carried packs around 15kg.  It was pretty amazing – really hard work (especially some really crazy hills) and it felt pretty gross sweating so much and not having a show for 3 nights!  I think I would do it again.

Start of our hike - luckily the drizzling rain went away after a few hours

Start of our hike - luckily the drizzling rain went away after a few hours

Beautiful forest!

Beautiful forest!

Look good for someone who didn't get to wash much :)

Look good for someone who didn't get to wash much 🙂

Cooking dinner in our Swamp Oak Campsite Kitchen

Cooking dinner in our Swamp Oak Campsite Kitchen

Walking on a flat surface rocks.

Walking on a flat surface rocks.

Beautiful morning

Beautiful morning

Follow the woggles so you don't get too lost

Follow the woggles so you don't get too lost

The top of Yarrigal Form.  Really hard walk up and down this - took us about 1.5 hours and was really gruelling.

The top of Yarrigal Form. Really hard walk up and down this - took us about 1.5 hours and was really gruelling.

Never been so glad to get to a landmark - this bridge marked the end of our hike.

Never been so glad to get to a landmark - this bridge marked the end of our hike.

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here it is…

September 11, 2009 at 7:16 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, )

Here is my scrapbooking page from The Little Scrapbooking Shop’s Blindfold Scrap…

Blindfold Scrap Challenge

Blindfold Scrap Challenge

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blindfold scrapping

September 9, 2009 at 7:34 am (Hand made things by me, random things)

Last night I did The Little Scrapbooking Shop‘s Blindfold Scraping Challenge.  Basically, Mel puts up instructions one-by-one to make a scrapbooking layout.  This month was especially cool because all the people who were playing sent each other some things they had to use in the layout (3 buttons, some bling, chipboard swirl, a metre of ribbon and a journalling block).  Layouts get uploaded to the gallery on Friday when everyone has finished.  Sneak peak of mine below.

Blindfold Scrap Stuff

Blindfold Scrap Stuff - yummy stuff that Rachel sent me.

Sneak peak of my finished page - all revealed on Friday (they are secret until then)

Sneak peak of my finished page - all revealed on Friday (they are secret until then)

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