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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

CHALLENGE #9 - NEW BEGINNINGS

A big thank you to all who shared their wonderful Christmas Designs with us.  We thoroughly enjoyed looking at your projects.  The winner of our little gift for challenge #8 is No.10, Tracey Clark, as chosen by Random Org Number Generator.  Congratulations Tracey!  Please email Mandy your address and we'll pop it in the post to you.

It wont be long before we're thinking about the New Year and our New Year's resolutions.  But what else will be new in 2011?  Do you know of any babies that are due, someone moving to a new home, a wedding or do you want to wish loved ones a Happy New Year?  This is your opportunity to think about New Beginnings and why we thought it would be an ideal theme for Challenge #9!

Below are our creations for this challenge, we hope they inspire you and we look forward to seeing all your fab creations.

Eileen



Mandy



Basic Grey: Nook and Pantry Papers.  Making Memories: mini shimmer alpha.  The Ribbon Girl: Natural Jute Button Twine, Natural Lace.  The Pound Shop: Doyleys.

For this challenge we are giving away these fabbie Tim Holtz Idea-ology Journaling Tickets.  These look great on both scrapbook pages and cards.

Please leave a link to your project using Mr Linky or send us an email with a picture attached. This challenge will close midnight Tuesday 4th January New Zealand time.



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Thursday, 16 December 2010

CHRISTMAS CARDS

I have been busy making christmas cards for family and friends.  




We would love to see more of your christmas projects coming in over the next few days. Please scroll down or click here to read all about our latest challenge.


Thursday, 9 December 2010

CHRISTMAS TAGS...

These are some of the tags I will be attaching to the gifts I wrap for family and friends this Christmas.  Once the wrapping is complete I will personalise each one by writing the name on the cute little wooden stocking.



And here's my first present wrapped for the teacher I work with at school.

How will you be wrapping your gifts this year?  We'd love you to share your ideas with us.  Please scroll down or click here to read all about our latest challenge.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

CHALLENGE #8 - IT'S CHRISTMAS !

Yes it's official....Christmas is nearly here!  So, for challenge #8 we'd love to see your Christmas projects. 

But before we share our creations with you, the winner of our little gift for challenge #7 is No.9, Pankti, as chosen by Random Org Number Generator.  Congratulations!  Please email Mandy your address and we'll pop it in the post to you.

Now onto our creations...

Mandy



Don't you just love it when crafters share their ideas and projects.  These snowmen were great fun to make.  Laurie Furnell is the very talented creator of these fab chocolate wrappers, you can find her post here with all the information.  The hats and scarves are made from fleece fabric, Kerry has done a great video tutorial on how to make them.  Check it out here.  Now I just need to make several more!!

Eileen





For these christmas cards I have used Kanban Embossed Baubles - Monotone Paper Craft Toppers.  I've added a few silver rhinestones to decorate.

I will be making more cards over the next few days so will share them with you when they are done.


For this challenge our little gift comprises of an A4 Natural Cork Sheet, 6 large coasters, 6 large lolly sticks (great for altering) and a selection of clips. 



We look forward to seeing all your fab Christmas creations.  Please leave a link to your project using Mr Linky or send us an email with a picture attached. This challenge will close midnight Tuesday 21st December New Zealand time.


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Sunday, 28 November 2010

As our "ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE" continues...

I thought I would share my latest makes with you.  I've used Gerda's very cute images from StampFairy.com together with Papertrey Ink's Tag Sale 2 Die to create some Christmas tags.

The beauty of using digi stamps is you can make them exactly the size you want! 


 
This challenge doesn't close until midnight Tuesday 7th December (NZ time) so there's still plenty of time to share your projects with us.  Please scroll down or click here for challenge information.  Happy Crafting !

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

CHALLENGE #7 - ANYTHING GOES

A big thank you to all you lovely ladies that took part in our One for the Boys challenge, your creations were fabulous.  The lucky person chosen to receive our little gift for this challenge is No.1, Linda.  Congratulations!  Please email Mandy your details and we will pop it in the post to you.

We have an open theme for challenge #7. You can make anything you like! We just ask that they are new projects and are posted on your blogs between today the 24th November and Tuesday 7th December (midnight NZ time). 


Eileen



I love using the cuttlebug butterfly cut and emboss die.  I have used designer paper from Rosie's Serenity, ribbon, rhinestones and the craft concepts scrollwork embossing folder.  I also used little paper roses.
You can click here to see some other cards I have made.

Mandy




I've added texture to my cards with machine stitching, lace and button twine together with layers of gorgeous Material Girl papers from Cosmo Cricket.  I cut flowers from felt and kraft cardstock adding detail with a button and decorative pins.  The butterfly was made using layers of kraft cardstock topped with paper to add dimension.  I was on a bit of a roll with these cards, you can see another one on my blog here.

Papertrey Ink: Kraft Cardstock, It's Official Stamp Set, Butterfly Die. Craftie Charlie: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl Papers, Buttons.  The Ribbon Girl: Natural Jute Button Twine.  Wild Orchid: Natural Lace, Decorative Pins.  Paper and String: Felt


Our little gift for this challenge includes a small selection of Stampin Up Felt Flowers (now retired), Maya Road Sheer Flowers and some Glassine Packets (88mm x 131mm).

   

We look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations.  Please leave a link to your project using Mr Linky or send us an email with a picture attached. This challenge will close midnight Tuesday 7th December New Zealand time.



Georgina sent us a picture of this gorgeous butterfly birthday card she made using a card from Impress and  Anita outlines, the paper is from her stash.



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Thursday, 18 November 2010

IT'S A WEE BOY THING

Hi to all....... 

Today is a lovely sunny hot day here in my part of the world.  I have spent the morning at my youngest daughter's school at Discovery Time, taking craft making .  The children made cards and bookmarks.   The kids just love it.  

Now I'm back home and into making some cards for friends and family who have just had
babies.  








There's still time to take part in our One for the Boys challenge.  Please scroll down or click here for all the challenge information, we would really love to see your creations


Monday, 15 November 2010

IT'S A BOY THING...

Hi everyone...after a chilly start things brightened up and it turned out to be a really nice day in my neck of the woods!

Just perfect for a ride, which brings me on to my latest 'boy' card.  This very cute stamp is from Papertrey's Enjoy the Ride set, and has a matching die which is great!


There is still plenty of time to join in with our One for the Boys challenge as it doesn't end until midnight Tuesday 23rd November New Zealand time.

Please scroll down or click here for all the challenge information, we would really love to see all your creations. 

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

CHALLENGE #6 - ONE FOR THE BOYS

Firstly a big thank you to all those who took part in our Let's Party Challenge.  Your creations were absolutely stunning!

Before we move on to our next challenge, the lucky person to receive our little gift of Maya Road Envelopes, Bakers Twine and Button Jute Twine is No.5, Terrie.  Please email Mandy your details and we'll get them in the post to you.  Congratulations!

Ok, onto our next challenge which is One for the Boys.  We would love to see your male orientated creations, once again these can be for any occasion, including new baby boy, male birthday etc.

Hopefully, our samples will help to inspire you...

Mandy


I made patchwork using papers from Making Memories Just Chillin (boys) papers and cut it out using one of the Spellbinder Label 1 dies.  To give my card a more grunge look I inked the edges using Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink and stamped an ink splodge with Stampin Ups Close to Cocoa.

Papertrey Ink: Kraft Cardstock, Birthday Bash Sentiments Stamp Set. Making Memories: Just Chillin Stamp Set, Just Chillin (boy) Papers.  Stampin Up: Star Punch, Close to Cocoa Ink Pad.  The Ribbon Girl: Natural Jute Button Twine

Eileen

Here are a couple of birthday cards.  One for the man who loves fishing which I've put on a real fishing fly to decorate.  I've used my cuttlebug bubbles embossing folder.




The other I made for a boys birthday.  I used the cuttlebug happy birthday embossing folder and to decorate this I used buttons and cotton. 


For this challenge we are offering you the chance to receive a selection from Cosmo Cricket's fabulous Joy Ride collection.  Eight 6"x6" papers and some Travel adhesive chipboard shapes. 



We look forward to seeing your One for the Boys creations.  Please leave a link to your project using Mr Linky or send us an email with a picture attached. This challenge will close midnight Tuesday 23rd November New Zealand time.

Don't forget to keep popping back as we hope to have more projects to share with you before the end of the challenge. 

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Monday, 1 November 2010

PARTY PARTY PARTY...

Hands up if you watched Sesame Street as a child....do you remember these guys?



Cookie Monster, Elmo and Oscar, perfect friends to have at any party!  I've added them to treat bags, but they would look great on party invites, birthday cards, etc...such a fab party theme.

To see how to make these cute fellas check out Dawn's video here.

Don't forget you still have until midnight Tuesday 9th November (NZ time) to enter our Let's Party Challenge.  Scroll down or click here for details.  We'd love to see all your party creations!

Papertrey Ink: Ticket Die.  Stampin Up:  Chocolate Chip, Black, Real Red, Ballet Blue, Green Galore, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White Cardstock, Various Papers. Making Memories: Mini Shimmer Alpha.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

CHALLENGE #5 - LET'S PARTY

It's great to see that more and more people are finding us and taking part in our challenges, thank you for joining in.

We had some fabulous entries for our Halloween challenge, a big thank you to all who took part.  The winner of our 'Halloween' gift chosen by True Random Number Generator is No.1, Carol.  Congratulations!  Please email Eileen your details and we will get your gift in the post to you. 

Challenge #5 is 'Let's Party'.  This can be anything at all related to any kind of party...Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding.......and so on.


Eileen









I made this card and matching bookmark for my daughter's birthday on Friday.  I used the Spellbinders plain and lacey circles and tags.  The flowers were punched from cardstock using the Stampin Up 5 Petal Flower punch and I've added pearl rhinestones to the centres.   I also made a gift box to match.

Mandy



I was trying really hard not to use Kraft cardstock again, but...failed!  I love it.  My card and gift bag have been embossed using the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Folder.  I used Pink Bakers Twine and Jute Button Twine to crochet the flowers.

If you are interested in a tutorial for crocheted flowers try this video which I found to be one of the easiest to follow.

Papertrey Ink: Kraft Cardstock, Large Scallop Die, Small and Large Ric Rac Dies, Card Button. Ribbon Girl: Pink Bakers Twine, Natural Jute Button Twine, Small Pink Polka Dot Buttons.  Wild Orchid Crafts: Natural Cotton Lace, White Heart Shaped Pin.  Glassine Bag purchased from Ebay



Our 'Let's Party' challenge gift comprises of some gorgeous Maya Road envelopes which you can alter or use as they are, plus some Natural Jute Button Twine and Cherry Red Bakers Twine. A great asset to any project.


We look forward to seeing your 'Let's Party' creations.  Please leave a link to your project using Mr Linky or send us an email with a picture attached. This challenge will close midnight Tuesday 9th November New Zealand time.

Check out the gorgeous creations received via email...

 

Charo made this fantastic bowl using an old vinyl record.  She heated it over a glass bowl in the oven until it melted and then moulded it into shape.  She used it for her daughter's music theme birthday party.  Charo, this is such a fab idea, thank  you for joining in with our challenge.


Denise made this gorgeous birthday card for her friend Christine who lives in Nelson.
She used a stamp from Magnolia, Kaisercraft papers - Tea at Elsies Collection, Prima Flowers and Spellbinders Nesties. The Ribbon and charms came from her stash.


We hope to have some more party projects to share with you before the end of the challenge, so don't forget to keep popping back to see us. 

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

CHALLENGE #4 - HALLOWEEN

Firstly, thank you to all those who  joined in with our think pink challenge, your designs were stunning.

The lucky person who will receive the beautiful handmade mulberry paper roses and lace, as chosen by Random Number Generator, is No.14, Vicky.  Congratulations!  Please email Mandy your details and we will get these sent out to you.

Challenge #4 is Halloween.  You don't need to be into ghosts and ghouls to take part, for example you could use colours associated with Halloween or even a card or gift for that special little monster!

Below are our samples and a little information about them.


Eileen




I've made some bookmarks using large paper clips which will make a cool gift.
The Treat Bag is another great idea for the kids when they call.  You can find the tutorial here for the treat bag.




   
     

Mandy


How cute are these little boxes.  Just big enough to hold a spooktacular treat!  I am a big fan of Angie Juda's (Chic n' Scratch) tutorials and these boxes are no exception. You can watch her video on how to make them here



...and then there's Angie's little treat holders, I find I use this little technique alot as it's a simple but fab way to give a little treat to someone.  Angie's video for these can be found here.

 


...lastly a couple of fun bags.  I ran these little packets through my cuttlebug using the tiny bubbles embossing folder.

Papertrey Ink: Tiny Treat: Halloween Stamp Set.  Stampin Up:  Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon. Basic Grey: Off Beat Papers. Ribbon Girl: Little Packets Size Three




We are very fortunate to have some wonderful Stampin Up goodies to give away for this challenge all thanks to Delys Cram.  Delys is a Stampin Up Demonstrator who lives very close to Whakatane in New Zealand.  You can read more about Delys and see her wonderful creations here.


These yummie goodies consist of a Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamond Glitter, Poppy Parade Classic Stamp Pad and a Pack of Assorted 'In Color' Cardstock, how fabulous is that!

Thank you very much Delys for sponsoring our
 Halloween Challenge.

We can't wait to see your Halloween inspired creations.  Please leave a link to your project using Mr Linky or send us an email with a picture attached. This challenge will close midnight Tuesday 26th October New Zealand time. 


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Sunday, 10 October 2010

A BIT MORE PINK


I thought I'd have a go at making a Baby Diaper card for something a little different.  I'm sure any new mum would love to get a card like this.  If you would like the template for this please click here.  Thanks Alison for the template. 

Don't forget there is still a little time left if you want to enter our think pink challenge, scroll down or click here.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

A DASH OF PINK...



Emma, Devotion to the Dream, creates some fantastic designs and it was this card of hers that inspired my projects today.






I used my trusty sewing machine to sew the pages into the booklet.  To add a little more detail to the inside I popped in a pouch with a library card, these are such fun!




Bookmarks are a great way to use up all the scraps of cardstock


Papertrey Ink: Just the Ticket Stamp Set, Library Card Stamp, Spiral Notebook Die, Library Pocket Die, Bookmark Die, Kraft Cardstock Stampin Up: Creamy Caramel Ink, My Favourite Things: Pure Innocence Make Mine a Double Stamp


Our 'think pink'  challenge is still running, either scroll down or click here to find out the details.



I decided to make a couple of little handbags for something a little different.  They would be great for a small gift or little sweet treats.