Book Week Costumes

Oh- I just found these shots of my kids from Book Week 2013.  The kids dressed up as the Fantastic Four.  I enjoy dress ups for the kids- but I love it even more when it is EASY to prepare their costumes.  The number 4s on the kids chests were cut out in a matter of minutes using felt and my Bigshot.  I just love it when I can use my Stampin’ Up! supplies for a number of different projects…not just cards, scrapbook pages and gift giving!

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Teacher gifts- Decorated tins

As part of the gifts for my children’s teachers, I decorated some tins of biscuits.  I loved the old style map on the tins.   I thought the biscuit tins would be great for storing pencils or other stationery supplies once the sweet treats were eaten.

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I simply covered the existing tag on each tin with my own little tag.  The stamped greeting is from “Chalk Talk” (available through my online store- click on image)  I just love the matching framelits for this set!

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The paper bows were so simple to make using my Gift Bow Bigz L Die and my bigshot

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Erin’s Cake and Icecream Birthday Party

In my last blog entry- I shared Adam’s Angry Birds Birthday Party . The day after Adam’s party we had a party for his twin, Erin.  This was a GIRL ONLY EVENT!  Even her 3 brothers had to spend some time outside with Dad while the girls enjoyed some crafty entertainment….much to their disgust! (Having said that all the boys- including Dad were allowed into the craft classroom after the party and were allowed to get creative too!)

Erin enjoyed the afternoon with a group of really lovely young ladies.  They were beautifully behaved the entire time! What a gorgeous bunch!

Here is the invitation that went out to her guests (Created in “My Digital Studio”)

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GETTING SPOILED ROTTEN!

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A SNAPSHOT OF SOME OF THE DECORATIONS (Luke asked me why Dad and I hung up ‘lots of those things you use to wash yourself in the shower’….Hmmm I guess some of them looked a little like a ‘shower puff’)

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The girls were invited into my ‘craft classroom’ (that I use for adult classes) for a bit of creative ‘girly time’.

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Each guest made a bracelet, a little purse to carry the bracelet and an ice cream card.

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They cut out the purses using a die and my Bigshot. Aren’t they cute!?  The ice cream on the front of the card was cut out of the shapes on the petal cone die.

I’m pretty sure they all enjoyed themselves and they all did such a wonderful job! :-)

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We got so distracted that we ‘almost’ ran out of time for the party food.  I had just enough time to throw the party food on the table before the parents arrived to collect their children.  Please excuse the photos….it was my intention to make it look ‘pretty’ but in the end it was just placed on the table randomly and the sun was in an awkward position to take decent photos.

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The main food was of course- Ice Cream! All the girls were able to make their own ice cream Sundaes.  (I think a few were so ‘creative’ that they went home with a belly ache!) There were a variety of toppings to create their own ultimate Icecream Sundae! The other party food included cupcakes, sherbet cones, purple butterfly shaped biscuits, fairy floss, ice cream ‘cake pops’, marshmallows, popcorn, lolly teeth and other tasty treats!

THE CAKE

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I must admit that I wasn’t entirely happy with how the cake turned out! I’m not one to make too much of a fuss of a birthday cake.  I am normally one to just  throw on some icing and lollies and hope for the best…..but I’m not sure I pulled it off this time! I just didn’t get the balance of colour right! I was hoping the chocolate on the icecream would be a deeper turquoise, the purple icing darkened over time and the pink wasn’t ‘pink enough’ (I used most of the food colouring on the red part of Adam’s cake the day before oops! )   At about 11pm I wasso disappointed that I was very close to starting up the oven to bake another cake and Jason convinced me that it would be crazt- reminding me that it only takes a moment to sing “Happy Birthday” and then the cake is cut into pieces!  No-one seemed to mind that I didn’t bake another cake.

ERIN BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES ( I can’t believe she is NINE!)

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THE AFTERMATH

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Each guest took home the items they had made, a bag of lollies (decorated by Erin using retire Stampin’ Up! papers that matched her theme perfectly) plus a small wrapped gift containing a journal and shower gel, lotion etc all wrapped up with gorgeous Stampin’ Up! ribbon.

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It is our final family birthday this month (All 6 birthdays are within a 6 week period) – I must give some serious thought to what I’m going to do for Jared’s birthday in about 9 days time!

Adam’s Angry Birds/ Gamer Birthday Party

Sincere apologies for my lack of blog entries lately.  As always, it can be tricky balancing blogging with living life.  April is a busy time in our household with lots of birthdays including  our twins who turned 9 years old on Sunday 28th April.  They each had a party with their friends and also a family BBQ.  As their birthday fell in the WA school holidays they got to celebrate with friends a little early.  Here are some snapshots of Adam’s Angry Birds/ Gamer Birthday party.

Firstly the invitation.  I created Adam’s invitation using MY DIGITAL STUDIO which is a Stampin’ Up! product for creating digital projects.

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If you would like to try out this product- You can download a free trial from my online store.  Just click on the button that says ‘shop now’.  The full version is only $24.95 and includes lots of great content.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Anyway- back to the birthday party.  I didn’t use a lot of Stampin’ Up! products for Adam’s decorations but I can assure you that my Stampin’ Up! PAPER SNIPS got a good workout (It is great that my kids are now at an age where they are lots of help with the party preparations! Thanks for your help with all of the cutting!)

THE DECORATIONS

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OPENING THE GIFTS….with a little bit of ‘assistance’.   Thanks so much to the party guests for all of the lovely gifts for Adam!

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ENTERTAINMENT

The entertainment included an ‘off screen Angry Birds Game”- complete with a slingshot.  Erin blew up and tied lots of green balloons and Jared drew bad piggies faces faces on them

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We also had a game where we popped “Goomba” balloons”, a  Mario pinata and “Pin the moustache on Mario” Game

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TIME to “PIG OUT!”

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(The labels for the food items were cut out using my Bigshot using the Petal cone die and Apothecary Accents Framelits)

TIME FOR CAKE

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and finally……the PARTY FAVOURS

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Call me crazy but I love all of the birthday party preparation.  I was even crazy enough to hold a party for Erin the following day.  Stay tuned for pictures!

Bigshot love- Fabric Flowers

I love love love my Bigshot Die-Cutting machine!

Yes! I know I go on and on about it but it has been such a versatile tool.  I love it for cutting out lettering and shapes on my cards and scrapbook pages and I’ve also been able to use it for so many other projects (including signs/ posters/ fabric projects and even dress-ups/costumes)  Here I’ve used it to make a fabric flower.

I used the Flower Folds Bigz XL Die (page 193 of the Annual Catalogue)

Once I secured my fabric flower together I attached a felt circle and pin to the back so it can be used as a brooch or attached to a headband for a hair piece.

I have a special offer for the month of October that is related to the Bigshot.  The offer is available to my customers/ newsletters subscribers for the month of October only.  If you don’t receive my newsletter and want to know more please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me so that I can share the “Bigshot love” with you too!

Book week dress ups!

My kids love Book Week dress ups but with 4 kids to get organised I like simple, easy ideas! This year I think I nailed simple and easy!

Adam suggested the following idea…… Thing 1 and Thing 2 from “Cat in the Hat” (by Dr Seuss)

Here is a close up of the panels on their shirts.  I cut the felt circles by hand and simply pinned them to their shirts.

The letters and numbers were cut out using my trusty Bigshot.  I used the Simple Letters Alphabet Bigz Dies which retire in the catalogue on the 31st of August.  They are being offered at a 25% discount and are now only $119.96.  Please let me know soon if you’d like to order a set of these alphas to cut out unlimited letters out of an assortment of materials.  As you can see here I have cut out felt.  They’d also look great cut out  of fabric and to make a personalised library bag.   Of course, I’ve used them heaps of times for my scrapbook pages.  They would also be great in a classroom for sight words, posters, practising spelling words, etc.

With the simple and easy idea in mind- I just secured them with a few dots of liquid glue from the catalogue.  It doesn’t look like the letters will be coming off the felt circles in a hurry!

Jared wanted to dress up as Greg Heffley from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. His outfit was simple- A white top and black shorts and a backpack.

I was also able to use my Bigshot to complete the finishing touches for Jared’s super simple costume.  I used the same lettering for the felt word on the diary.  I also ran a piece of yellow foam through the Bighshot with my circles die to create a piece of swiss cheese.  For those who have read the book (or seen the movie) you’ll understand what I mean when I mention the words “Watch out for the Cheese touch!”

As the saying goes “There’s no show without Punch” so here is Luke dressed up too.  His Kindergarten didn’t have a dress up day for “Book Week”, however they had a special theme day called “Wacky Wednesday” and they had to dress up in a crazy outfit. I didn’t use any Stampin’ Up! supplies for his outfit but I had to include him too!

Here are my four lovely people all dressed ready for dress up day at school this morning. Don’t they look fab? :-)

Oh and when we arrived at school it was a lovely surprise to see that Erin and Adam’s costumes complemented their Teacher’s costume perfectly!

Scallop Square bag

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am someone who does not sew. I love handmade items (that goes without saying- right?) and I admire those who can sew! I just lack the ‘know-how’ and the talent to achieve that gorgeous end product.

I did some sewing in home economics at high school and the only thing I remember making was a mint green camisole complete with slippery fabric, fine detailed lace, ‘spaghetti straps’ and french seams.  That in itself is enough to turn a beginner right off sewing for life…… I am reluctant to sew buttons back on as I’m too concerned they won’t stay put and I would rather have my pants too long than attempt to hem them myself.  Even the whir of the sewing machine gives me flashbacks to that mint green fabric……  So you can imagine just how excited I was that I actually made something with fabric using a sewing machine!

I made use of the fabric from page 140 of the main catalogue.  We currently have 6 different fabrics available (5 in the main catalogue and one on the mini catalogue) I used “Deck the Halls” (121716).  The pack includes three pieces of co-ordinating fabric in an extra wide fat quarter for only $19.95

Are you ready to see the little fabric project  I made !?……………………. Here you go!

Again- thanks to Stampin’ Up! products I managed to make something that doesn’t look like a complete ‘dog’s breakfast’.  It may not be much- but I made it with my own two hands and a real sewing machine!

Using the Scallop square die and the bigshot I cut out a total of 28 squares to make my project.  You can easily cut through at least 8 layers of fabric in one pass using the bigshot and the scallop square die.

I then made use of the smaller scallop square die to cut out 14 smaller scallop squares out of cotton wadding.  I placed the cotton wadding between two pieces of SU fabric and used the sewing machine to sew a cross in the centre of each piece.  It was simply a matter of attaching the pieces together.  The beauty of this type of project is that it is supposed to look shaggy so it disguises my crooked sewing!

You could obviously use more squares and make this bag larger and add pockets, a flap, buttons or clasps or any of those other things that people who actually know how to sew can do!  I wasn’t worried about making mine all fancy- I’m just glad that mine didn’t fall apart when I put it in the washing machine!

If I can interest you in any of the fabric from Stampin’ Up! or you’d like to order a scallop square die to make a bag similar to this OR perhaps even a shaggy quilt then please do not hesitate to contact me to place your order!  miriamthomas@westnet.com.au 0419 947 047

Dinosaur Extravaganza

My youngest turned 4 at the end of March.  It is so hard to believe that it was 4 years ago this little delight made his great entrance to the world.  The poor kid will forever be known as “the baby who arrived at home on the bathroom floor because Mum and Dad didn’t make it to the hospital in time”  He’s pretty cute though- isn’t he?

Prior to his birthday he told me that he wanted a birthday with “Dinosaurs, Dragons and Unicorns”.  I told him that might be a bit tricky and he should think about perhaps just picking one…..so we settled on DINOSAURS

First came the birthday invitations (featuring the stamp set called “Dinoroar” and also “Party this way

Then came the special day!

We had decorations to suit the theme and the birthday boy, “Luke-a-saurus”

…….and lots of Yummy Party food that fitted the Dinosaur theme (complete with labels I made using my Top Note Die in the bigshot and also stamped images from “Dinoroar”)

(It is hard to see in the photo but the pasta is shaped like dinosaurs)

(Just for the record no baby pterodactyls were harmed in the making of this party food)

(I’m probably not the most talented “Watermelon carver” but the kids knew what I was trying to achieve)


(The ‘brontosaurus bread” had little dinosaur shaped sprinkles on top- which you may have been able to see if I’d thought to take the plastic wrap off before I took a photo…..but I was more concerned about snapping a few shots before the hungry 4 year olds descended upon the food table)

A dinosaur party would not be complete without a volcano cake.  When it was time for the birthday boy to blow out his candles we added sparklers to the top.

Here is the birthday boy after blowing out his candles!

Luke had a lovely time handing out the ‘lolly bags’ at the end of the party

Luke even helped to cut out the “Fancy Favour Box” using the bigshot.  We made the handles using the strip from the “Tasteful Trim” Die

…..and of course the loot which included the traditional chocolate bars, sherbet sticks, candy rolls, party blowers, balloons and lollipops as well as dinosaur foam shapes, dinosaur stickers, dinosaur tattoos, dinosaur lollies and little dinosaur toys.

He had a lovely day and was spoilt with lots of lovely gifts.  There were even a few kids who went to the trouble of making lovely handmade cards for Luke.  One very talented Mum made the following gift for Luke

She’s very clever isn’t she?  She should accept some orders from people- don’t you agree.  (If you’re interested please get in touch with me and I can pass your details on to her ;-)

I think I had as much fun as the kids did at the party just getting everything organised.  If there is anything you would like to know more about then please let me know!

Do you want a half price bigshot?

The BIGSHOT makes life ‘oh so easy’ sometimes!

I wanted to make some ‘party favours’ for my youngest’s birthday!  His birthday was less then 2 weeks before we moved house and with so much happening at that time I simply didn’t have time for lolly bags that were too fussy to make! I wanted them to look nice though!   So out came the bigshot and the milkcarton die! 

I just whizzed the cardstock through the bigshot and not only did it cut out the template for the milkcarton- it also added the score lines as well! This obviously makes assembly super simple!  All that was needed was some STICKY STRIP to hold the base closed, a stamped image to decorate the sides- I used the very fitting “Make a monster” stamp set- and a mini library clip for the top of the carton!

The Bigshot is definitely one of those ‘must have tools’.  Book a workshop with me and I can show you and your friends how to use it.  With the release of the catalogue there is a NEW “hostess reward system” where depending on sales you can use your hostess spending money to go towards something like a bigshot or even receive it at HALF price!   Please be sure to get in touch to book a workshop OR find out more about the new hostess rewards system!   miriamthomas@westnet.com.au   0419 947 047

Notepad Cover

Here’s a little notepad cover I made using the “Playdate” Designer Series Papers (retiring at the end of this month) and the gorgeous little owl punch!  The letters were created using my BIGSHOT Due cutting machine and the “Timeless Type Junior alphabet”

and the inside……

Have you taken a look at the list of “retiring items” yet? http://204.228.150.61/docs/lastchance/en-AU/Availability_en-AU.pdf    These items won’t be available after the 31st of August (or sooner if they sell out beforehand)  There are already a number of items that have sold out including the following:

- Sanded Background Stamp

- Full calendar stamp set

- Garden Whimsy Stamp set

- Choo Choo Stamp set

- Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets

- Pewter Jumbo Eyelet

- Metallic Eyelets

- Spiral punch

- photo corners punch

- star punch

- oval punch

- 12x 12 cardstock packs ( a selection of colours have already sold out)

Don’t miss out on your favourites! Please contact me to place your orders miriamthomas@westnet.com.au  0419 947 047