Papercraft classes in 2013

I’m very much looking forward to offering more classes in 2013.  I’m still trying to work out my schedule as I have to factor in my part-time work as a Teacher as well as my Kids’ activities and other commitments.  At this time of the year I am still trying to work out which days will fit in best with family life.    To help guide me in my decison-making- please feel free to complete my survey  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5XDGC38

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the fun projects class participants completed in some classes prior to Christmas last year.

In one class we focussed on making Christmas tags.  Many of the tags could be used just as they are OR could have been attached to cardstock bases and turned into traditional sized Christmas cards

We also had another fun class where participants got to make a collection of “Reindeer Poop” and/or “Rudolph’s Spare Noses”.  By all accounts those who received these fun gifts at Christmas time really loved them.

As you can see, the class participants had a lot of options to chose from (Some may say I offered too many options ;-)  ) but I really do get a ‘buzz’ from class participants going home happy with what they have made! Here’s hoping YOU can make it along to come classes this year!

Some Christmas projects to share with you!

Sincere apologies for my lack of blog posts lately- I’ve been doing what one does during the school holiday break-Enjoying Christmas and the new year and spending quality time with my family and friends.  We’ve just returned from a lovely relaxing getaway.  It was so nice to get away but I despise how a little holiday always results in lots to unpack and mountains of washing when you get home…..  Don’t you agree!?  I thought I’d take a break from unpacking to share some projects with you.  I’ve been itching to share some of my Christmas projects with you….I simply haven’t had the time to sit at my computer before now- I’m sorry if you are a bit ‘over’ Christmas but I’ve had these photos waiting for my computer for ages!  As the saying goes, better late than never….or perhaps I’m getting in early with some ideas for you for Christmas 2013

Here are some delightful little characters that I made with the kids in the lead-up to Christmas….even my husband joined in on the fun and helped with the punching and adding M&sMs to the lolly tubes.  He was the strict one- not allowing any M&Ms to go anywhere near anyone’s mouths.  Thank goodness there were a few leftovers after all of our hard work.

Yes- it took us quite a while- but we really enjoyed ourselves and the kids really enjoyed sharing these with friends at school, kindy and playgroup.  We even had enough to adorn the table on Christmas day!

The little characters have been made using punches from the catalogue.  You’ll find the selection of punches on page 182-185 of the main catalogue

Here are a few close-ups…..

SANTA-

HAPPY CHRISTMAS ELF

…and THE GRINCH

The lolly tubes we used are FABULOUS!  You can find these little beauties on page 161  of the main catalogue (with our other cellophane bags)  They are 2.5cm wide and 20cm long and a pack of 50 is only $4.50.  If you’d like to order some of these to decorate with your own little toppers, please be sure to get in touch with me!

As well as making the little gifts for the kids, I enjoyed making some gifts for my Kids’ Teachers and Education assistants.

I just love making these Chocolate block holders

Pulling on the ribbon box reveals this chocolately surprise

….and for those who know me well, I couldn’t stop at one!

I made use of a few goodies from the Holiday Catalogue which retires at the end of January.   Please don’t forget to contact me to order items from this catalogue just in case they retire with the catalogue.  I used the”Ornament Keepsakes stamp set” and matching dies (pg 3() for the ornament on the front of the chocolate boxes.   I also used the “Snowflake Soiree” stamp set (page 5) on the background piece of garden green cardstock.  Of course- out came the bigshot- I used the “Window Frames Framelits” (page 30) and “Apothecary accents Framelits” (page 191 Annual catalogue) to create the bases for the ornaments.

Some people were lucky enough to receive the gift of Stampin’ Up! products- finished off with “Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags”. These tags on page 12 of the Holiday catalogue could be used as they are or even converted into cards.  With 25 tags in a pack that’s really good value.  (Why not buy some now and put them aside ready for Christmas 2012!?)

I still have more Christmas projects…..and other non-Christmas projects to share- but the next load of washing is ready to be hung on the line.  Back soon!

Thank goodness for Stampin’ Up Cellophane bags

The title of this post is worth repeating….. “Thank goodness for Stampin’ Up! Cellophane bags!”.  These little bags were an absolute godsend when I was trying to organise last minute lolly bags for the kids birthday party.  Initially I had planned to make some little boxes or something a little more creative, however I opted to wait until I received a more RSVPs before I started making anything.    Well whaddya know I clean ran out of time and had to whip up lots of lollybags at the last minute.  On the morning of the party I even had my 8 year old AND my husband shoving lollies into bags and tying bows! (But shh don’t tell anyone!)   Can you see now why I am so grateful for the cellophane bags?

Yes the box was FULL!

Each party guest also took home another little home baked party favour…..and again Stampin’ Up! cellophane bags came to the rescue!

As I’m sure you can imagine I had to order more cellophane bags after the party.  Do you think you would find these useful?  You can find them on page 130 of the catalogue.  There are 50 bags in each pack and they come in three sizes

SMALL- 7.6 x 12.7cm $7.50

MEDIUM- 10.2x 15.2cm $8.50

LARGE- 15.2 x 20.3cm $9.50

Please be sure to let me know if you would like to have some of these cellophane bags in your next order.  I can have them delivered to anywhere within Australia

Ph:   (08) 90917655   Mobile:   0419 947 047  E-mail: miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

Stamped cellophane bags

When I saw the White Staz-on ink the SPRING Mini Catalogue I added it to my MUST HAVE list as it is the perfect kind of ink to stamp on the Stampin’ Up! cellophane bags. I could just imagine stamping gorgeous snow flakes all over the bags at Christmas time. I got the opportunity to show a few customers this neat ink however the Spring Mini catalogue ended before I knew it and I was really hoping to show more people. Can you imagine how thrilled I was when we received an update from Stampin’ Up! to say that this particular product would be appearing in the next main catalogue and we are able to continue to sell this item even though the Spring Mini has finished. There are a few other items that are still available too!

ITEMS STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE SPRING MINI

112534 Jumbo brads 5/16″ Neutrals Assortment $15.50
112533 Jumbo brads 5/8″ Neutrals Assortment $13.50
114889 Scallop Oval punch $30.95
106960 StazOn ink pad (White pad and refill) $22.95
109196 StazOn Cleaner $9.95

Anyway- back to the the white STAZ-ON Ink…..

Here are some cute little bags I made that were inspired by a project Bonnie demonstrated at Perth Regionals. I have stamped all over the LARGE cellophane bags using the snowflake stamp from WINTER POST

The little box inside is separated into 4 little compartments as shown

I then made an assortment of tags using various Christmas stamp sets which were placed inside the compartments before sliding into the cellophane bag and tying with ribbon.

A hostess received this cute little box in a cellophane bag as her little thank-you gift for hosting a demonstration at her place. Of course she was also able to select Stampin’ Up! merchandise of her choice and also able to select from a range of stamp sets only available to hostesses. Does this sound good to you? Please be sure to get in touch as I would be more than happy to conduct a workshop for YOU and your friends.

Christmas fun with Stampin’ Up! cellophane bags

Here’s a bit of fun with Stampin’ Up! Cellophane bags.    I just love creating with these little bags- lots of fun things you can make.    Create your own packaging for cards and other handmade items, sweet treat containers, lolly bags for kids paties- Add a topper for the bag, tie with ribbon…..the possibilities are endless.

 Due to the fact that they are clear- they don’t jump off the pages of the catalogue and unfortunately many people miss them. You will find them on page 130 of the catalogue.

They come in three sizes.  The small size is 7.6cm x 12.7cm ($7.50), the medium size is 10.2cm x 15.2cm ($8.50) and the large size is 15.2cm x 20.3cm ($9.50).  Are you interested in ordering some cellophane bags from me?  Please be sure to get in touch if you are.  Please read on for the Christmas bags I made.  If you are not tempted now- you might just be soon!

MAGIC REINDEER FOOD- To be sprinkled on the lawn on Christmas Eve

Just Sprinkle on the lawn at night

The moon will make it sparkle bright

As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam

This treat will guide them to your home

 

 

Rudolf has a job to do on Christmas Eve- it’s true

His nose will always light the way for Santa and his little sleigh

But if his nose should ever go out don’t cry or whine or yell or shout

 Take out this bag and use a bit from Rudolph’s red nose repair kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and last but not least

Santa checked his list not once but twice

and found you’ve been naughty and not very nice

Since coal is expensive, here’s the scoop

He’s filling your stocking with reindeer poop

 

 

 

STAMP SET: Winter Post

PATTERNED PAPER: Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper,

CARDSTOCK: Old Olive Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Whisper White cardstock,

INK: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

PUNCHES: 1 3/8 Circle punch, Scallop circle Punch,

OTHER: Heat and stick powder, versamark dazzling Diamonds,  Rhinestones

Magic reindeer food contains glitter and porridge oats