Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pamper packs for teachers

I mentioned previously that I was making 'pamper packs' for the teachers. Well, I did! In the decorated noodle boxes that I have previously shown, I popped a face cream, lip balm and rollon oil blend - all made by me. I then made 3 beeswax candles and tied them together with raffia and leather and attached a donut crystal onto each. I also included a rolled up decorated paper that had the ingredients of all the items and how to use the rollons. I hope the teachers like them. I had lots of fun putting them together.
Apologies, I thought I"d posted this one! Oh, well, it's never too late.....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mini Santa Bags

At the end of the school year, all the kids give each other cards, usually with candy canes, or choccies on them. I decided to make use of the nestabilities that my sister gave me, and make little flaps at the top over a small plastic bag. I just stamped the topper with white frost "merry christmas" and used the white gel pen for the stitching and "from..." I then stapled it over the bag which contained the choccie. The kids were really excited to take them to share. The snowflake is just a confetti shape that I was given.

Christmas treat boxes

I made these after being inspired by Maria from Stampininspirations (check out the link ). I gave these to customers who took part in a workshop in December. I popped a lindt ball in each one as a small gift. These ones are made using the merry christmas range and white mini rick rack. I also made them using the same range of paper, but the green swirl one. Both looked so cute (even if I may say so myself!). Maria has the template on her blog - I think they are called: Mini gift boxes... Anyway, give them a go because they are great for having on hand to give a little something to someone, to say "thank you" or a small "happy birthday" gesture.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Kathy's birthday card

On Sunday it's my dearest friend's birthday. We went to school together so it is a long standing friendship. I had great fun making this card. I used the cuttlebug for the daisy border and rick rack along . Now, I know I always bag rick rack, but I felt it had it's place here!! Then, I just punched out some daisies and stamped out the words in olive pastel chalk ink and stuck it all together. Simple, but I think it's quite stylish. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Paul's Birthday card

I'm finally here again!! Paul's birthday was last week and so I decided to make use of my cuttlebug and nestabilities. I used ivory card, java bazzill and our christmas paper(stripes). I used the vines embossing folder and the large deckle rectangle in the nestabilites. I stamped the cherish heart from the "love and cherish " stamp set onto ivory card with olive pastel fluid chalk. I also didn't have olive green grosgrain ribbon so I used the fluid chalk to ink it. Works a treat! I mounted the heart in the centre and used glossy accents on it and when it was dry, I popped on some icestickles. Add a bit of bling and tie a ribbon and the card is done!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ann-Maree's Flourish layout!

Here is another of the layouts from the scrapbook challenge workshop. Isn't it beautiful? I just love the colour combos. Here, Ann-Maree has used the Merry Christmas flourish paper and oatmeal for the base. She has used olive pastel fluid chalk for the flourish stamps. She has also stamped the scallop along the edge of the paper using ancient page chocolate. She then used a border rub on to create the row of butterflies - just beautiful. She chose some chipboard daisies and smooched them with gold to add some dimension as well as a few other additions using punches, flowers and I think , stickers? A very classic, clean line look. Well done Ann- Maree! Next I'll upload something of my own again!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nicole's layout....Bella beautiful!

I've been away for a while, so wasn't able to post the other girls' layouts. This beautiful pack was adapted and made beautiful by Nicole. Simply stunning!! Of course the pretty little one does make it too! In this layout, Nicole used Bella papers, rubons, daisy and retro daisy punches and ribbon. You may be wondering where the ribbon is, well, she created a striped effect on the pink bazzill by using black stitch ribbon, white grosgrain and white mini rick rack. It's a great idea, especially when you want striped paper as Nicole did and needed to then improvise to create the striped look. Very clever! She also used Ancient page chocolate and a sponge to create an aged look around the papers. Well done for rising to the challenge, Nicole and create a beautiful layout.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gelati Scrapbook Challenge...By Karen Ryan

Isn't this lovely? Today I had a workshop with my lovely loyal customer/friends. They wanted to do something a little different sooooo, we came up with the idea of having a scrapbook challenge. Each person got a pack with different papers/cardstock/rubons/cutouts etc and had an assortment of inks/stamps/punches etc to work with. Their challenge was to put something together with what they had!! They all did such a great job that I asked if they could finish them by adding photos and sending them through so I could blog them. This one was done by Karen. She had the Gelati range of papers, fussy bazzill, and the large and small dragonfly. These were stamped in the inks that co-ordinated--Fluid chalk pink pastel, olive pastel, tangerine and yellow cadium. She used dotty words behind the dragonfly strip and edged the white pieces in tangerine and orchid pastel. She raised some dragonflies and put icestickles on them to give them a beautiful sparkle. A great job Karen.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

E for Erin scrapbook page.

Sorry, this photo is pretty shoddy!! I used Azure paper and fawn bazzill as the base. I stamped a flower from the treasured memories set using prussian blue ink onto the background. It obviously has punched daisies which have been edged with brown chalk ink and finished off with either a rhinestone or some gold smooch. The Large E has been coloured using paint dabber - expresso and backed with ivory card. I think that's all!!

Oh, by the way, I'm trialling a different kind of workshop next Monday at a friend/customer's home. It's called Scrapbook challenge. No photos are required but you come along and get products to be able to make a double page layout , you get suggested page layouts and if you're really stuck, I'll actually help you a little by giving you some inspiration!! It's kind of like Masterchef, but we'll call it "Mastercrafter"!!! I"ll see if they'll let me take photos of their finished work so I can publish it right here!! More later.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Spellbinders experiment.

During the week, I received some nestabilities as a gift from my sister,Di. I was so excited and so decided to experiment! Granted, it's a very simple card, but I'm just getting warmed up!! I used gloss card for the base and used the spotty cuttlebug die, as well as 2 different sizes of nestabilities and a spellbinders die for the flower. I inked the flower and gave it a bit of shape and then inked the plain organdy ribbon to create pink ribbon and layered some purple organdy ribbon on top. Add a bit of bling and voila! Done.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Scrapbook layout on Steve

On the weekend, I had such a great time scrapbooking! I have this book, 601 scrapbooking ideas, so I decided to post-it note pages that I liked and then set myself the challenge of making them all with Kaszazz products. It was great fun. I hadn't done a page on my brother in law Steve, so hence the page!! This also happened as I was looking for photos, these two just fell out and matched perfectly, so obviously meant to be!! The swirl cardstock is java bazzill with a white swirl stamp inked onto it. The paper used is enchanted , and the ribbon on the bottom of the page is stapled into position. The letters were inked with fluid chalk, chestnut roan and the photomats were edged with this as well. Such a fun page.
If you're up for a challenge, I'd love it if you would like to copy this layout and share your designs with me. They don't have to be Kaszazz products. I'll post them here for all to see!! Just send them to my email and I'll see what I can do.. Have fun!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

More Christmas Creations!!

Promise, I'll put something other than Christmas up again soon!! The top card was inspired by a fellow consultant who's name escapes me. The squares are from the ebony and ivory stamps set. The squares were embossed using the "wine" embossing powder and the ink used was once again Aged mahogany distress ink.
The second card has a white layered look. The cuttlebug was obviously used here for the white background as well as the baubles. The baubles have been coloured using the Fired brick distress ink and the blending tool (love that tool!). The sticky bling flourish has been used for the sparkly string and the "merry Christmas" words are from our mini messages Christmas set. The mini messages are fantastic as they have about 8 different sayings (sets are birthdays or Christmas) and they only cost $15 !! Bargin. Right, I"m off to make something that is NOT Christmas, although, I've just made a 5 projects quick workshop - Christmas cards that's actually quite nice. I might have to post that- it's a current Kaszazz workshop. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Christmas pamper box.

This year, I'm making the teachers a pamper pack! It will contain aromatherapy products - destress roll on, lip balm, choccies, soap and a beeswax essential oil candle- all made by me!! I decided to decorate a noodle box to house all the goodies, so this is my idea. I just traced around the box to get the size of paper and stuck it down. I punched the large and medium circles out of embossed card to create baubles. These are mounted. I also wrapped the ribbon around the wire handle - a little time consuming, but, all fun!!! The paper is once again from the "merry christmas" range.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christmas cards

I ran a Christmas workshop today, so made up some cards for some loyal customers. I used our 'Merry Christmas' range of papers, as well as sticky bling flourish, ribbon, daisy punch and stamps. The ink that I used here that goes really well with a maroon coloured paper is -aged mahogany. I had a great time using the cuttlebug today, even though we don't sell it, it's a great asset to creating.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wonderful Waterfall album.

A customer booked in the waterfall workshop but wanted some other techniques encorporated. So, in this workshop, I've used the blending tools, distress inks and jeweltone chalks to create a background as well as the dragonflies. If you've not seen this waterfall album before, it is a fantastic one to make for family or friends as it is really quite quick and easy, once you know how! When you do the workshop, you get full instructions and also instructions on how to make a smaller version for a card. I've done one for the other 2 children so thought I'd better complete it and do a 3rd one, so no-one would feel left out!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunshine Fun...Layout.

Yay, I'm back!! I finally sourced another camera from one of the kids and now I can retrieve photos. These layouts are actually a Kaszazz workshop that I'm going to be running next week. The original has never been chosen by my customers and I suspect it's because it's in red, blue and yellow. I thought these colours were more peaceful. The single photo on the left page actually opens out to reveal more photos, so it's a great one to do when you've got quite a few photos that you want to put in a layout. The thong image along the bottom is actually a stamp - really fun and versatile for beachy photos or cards. The words are from one of our sheets of vellum. The vellum is so versatile and useful. Check out our vellum as there are so many quotes and words that can be used in layouts! Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Concertina Card carrier...

Today I've been having a bit of fun making this card carrier. It was originally called Accordion File purse. I found it on this blog: . Maria has the tutorial for it, just bear in mind, I altered it to fit cards. The dimensions of it were smaller, but I wanted to make is so that you can store cards in. I made it so it's width is 9.5" and height 5". I did take other photos, but am having a little trouble with uploading them to my computer. I'll post more when I've sorted the problem. I also need to grab some velco dots to secure it properly! Once you work it out, it's actually quite quick to make.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New product challenge!!

I've been away for a while, sorry to my loyal followers! I'm back. I set myself a challenge today. I wanted to use some of the newer products that we have. In the card above, I used the design adhesive called Daisy daze. It is the large central daisy. I love the design adhesives, they can be used as a row, like the rollagraph or as singles. They can be embossed onto or glittered. I also used sticky bling flourish and double sided sticker paper on this card. The striped paper is from the "my girl" range. If you'd like to check out the design adhesives, go to and click on the products. They can be found in the July and Sept flyers, as well as some great new glitters. Just a tip, when using glitters onto cardstock, to prevent glitter from sticking everywhere, dust over the area with your puff static pillow first. This will minimize the spread of glitter!!
On the weekend, I had a great chat to my sister, Di. I had a layout in mind, but no photo, so I naturally decided to dedicate it to my sister. In this layout, I used paper from the Merry Christmas range as well as the Ebony and Ivory range. I, in keeping with my challenge, used rubons (relatively new) and chipboard popouts. I also used a product called 'smooch' that we sell. I just love the gold one in particular. I also stamped the scallop edge around the paper. Now, I know I sell Kaszazz stuff, but I've got to say, the rub ons from Kaszazz are really good. I've used many different ones and you get some really inferior products, however, the Kaszazz rub ons are top quality and easy to apply.
There, I hope I made up to my loyal followers. I shall try to remain inspirational throughout the week!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Birthday card and tag album

It was my friend Jude's birthday today! Happy Birthday loyal follower. I made her a tag album. The tags are from Kaszazz and I used my zutter bindall to create the hinges. The paper isn't from Kaszazz. When making a tag album, it is important to use simple ideas and not to make it too complicated with embellishments, otherwise it is physically too difficult to look at!!

This was the birthday card. I used Lyra watercolour crayons to create a green tone background as green is one of her favourite colours. Obviously blending with an aquabrush. I used the crayons to "ink" up the flourish stamp, then re-wet it to create a distressed stamped image
I used our new mini messages for the greetings, the small daisy punch and used the white gel pen to highlight various bits!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happiness page layout.....

Another one of my ebay sales! I didn't actually make this, my friend and fellow consultant, Kristen did. I just love that you can take a seemingly ordinary piece of white paper and turn it into something beautiful. The ink used was fluid chalk ink - which is great because it dries instantly.The glitter dots are made by punching out double sided sticker paper (Jac), sticking them down and then covering them with glitter. I think the title is quite apt. You can't look at that page and not feel "happy".

Monday, September 28, 2009

Little Lady Scrapbook page...

I went through a stage of making up pages and selling them via ebay. This was one of the pages made. I used the swirl from " Treasured Memories' stamp set, punched some flowers out of patterned paper, added some ribbon and then inked up the lettering. We sell chipboard letters which are really reasonable. I inked them, stuck them down and then glossy accented them! Add a bit of extra fun by placing some small punched out daisies on them. The word "little" was handwritten in. It sold, so someone must have liked it!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cool Canvas hangings

I got this idea from a friend of mine who saw someone selling something similar at a market! I took the concept and ran with it. It is so easy, yet makes a great gift for a grandparent. The size of the canvas is 12 x 12" . The letters were done with our Alpastickers which are very popular as they are see through so give the illusion of someone having written the title. Wrap 2 ribbons around and secure with a thumb tack. Purchase some small pegs for the photos and decorate the bottom of the canvas with some flowers - also from Kaszazz. The centre of the flowers has a fastner so it can help with keeping the flowers on the canvas! Hope you like it.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dotty thinking of you...

I recently had the misfortune of having to make a sympathy card as my friend passed away. I always have a dilemma when making a sympathy card. You don't want to look like you've enjoyed making it too much, it just doesn't seem appropriate. I was also in a fairly emotional state, so this card is quite ordinary. I created the background using our dotty background stamp and then added a blob of glossy accents over each dot. The rest is easy to work out. In the centre of the retro daisies is a clear rhinestone. The paper used here is from our Bella range. More exciting stuff tomorrow!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

All Boy Kids Birthday card

I made this card for a boy turning 8. I used the All Boy range of papers which are quite versatile. My challenge for myself was to incorporate some gold embellishments, so I added turn mounts . I also used glossy accents on the star to give it a raised gloss look. When making male cards , I tend to under do rather than over, as most males I know, don't like too much fuss!!! The base of the card is oatmeal card stock.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Christmas Photo Card

On the weekend, we participated in the Picture to Page show at the East Burwood reserve. It is a really great show- packed with local suppliers and loads of ideas. The next one is in May next year- Be sure to watch out for it. At the show, this was the Free make and take we made. It went down really well. We used distress ink, the blending tool and punches. Hope you like it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bella Satchel and bling card..

I found this fantastic template and thought I'd whip up a gift satchel and card using Bella paper, eyelets, bling flourish, and of course some perfect stamps for the design. I free handed the cutting of the paper to create a swirl, which is placed over the pink paper. The satchel has 2 openings, a larger top one for maybe soap or lollies etc and a small front opening for a gift card or maybe money?? Anyway, another workshop, yet to be submitted!! I must get myself into gear I think. Do you know that as Kaszazz consultants, if we submit our ideas, we get Kaszazz dollars to spend? Pretty cool. Now if I can just get myself organized it would be great!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Butterfly Flower cards...

This is a workshop that I've designed and hasn't been submitted yet! There is a fair bit of layering, but it is fun. For this workshop, you need the corner rounder, butterfly punch, frost white colorbox ink, jeweltone chalks,bling and ribbon. It's really fun and pretty.(even if I may say so myself!)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Magic stamping fun...

In these pages, I used a plain base page and then used magic stamps to create different backgrounds. The magic stamps are a rectangle shape. You heat them up and then push them onto different textures. It's a lot of fun. In this layout, I used bubble wrap, cellophane and kebab sticks. I also used the adaptor tip of the stylus handle and impressed that onto a rollawheel design I liked. I used distress inks to change the background. This was a while ago, but I think I used vintage photo and faded jeans. The foam letters that I stamped "family fun" with are discontinued foam stamps. We now have 2 new sets of alphabet stamps , a solid and an outline. They are really great. Send me a note if you need any more info!