Jared’s 11th Birthday Party

So….a quick flick through some photos on my computer and I’ve realised a whole month has passed since we celebrated Jared’s 11th birthday and I still haven’t added some photos from his party.  Time just seems to move at lightning speed these days!

In fact it is  hard to believe how fast the past 11 years have flown by

My ELEVEN year old

my 11 year old

 

before party

 

(picking out some music while he waited for guests to arrive)

I created his invitations using My Digital Studio.  (You can download a free trial of this super program here)

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The evening consisted of lots of music, lots of loud laughing and chatter, silly photos, dancing and happy faces!

I kept the “guest gifts” pretty simple.  It was mainly 11 and 12 year old boys who attended and I wasn’t sure how well “lolly bags” would go down with that age group.    Instead I covered chocolate bars in wrappers that I created in My Digital Studio and matched the design to the invitation.

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I also purchased some large lolly-pops and kept the ‘decoration’ super simple.

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My scallop circle punch is one of my ‘go to’ items especially for creating simple tags like thise above.   Please check out this punch and other punches in my online store here

I would loved to have made some ‘novelty’ party food but instead kept things pretty simple to appeal to the pre-teen age group.    The guests had savoury finger food, BBQ sausages in bread, pizza, soft drink, lollies and other nibblies.  I couldn’t resist making one small tray of ninjabread men just for a bit of  laugh.

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The kids basically entertained themselves for the evening.  It was nice to sit back and just watch the kids enjoy themselves.  Most of the evening seemed to look like this….

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The guests also had a bit of fun with our homemade “Photobooth”.  I snapped lots of crazy shots.  Here’s a small selection of shots…..

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CAKE TIME!!!!

 

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I purchased some novelty candles that kept lighting up again over and over that got quite a few laughs!  Jared tells me his party was “Seriously epic”

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Phew- and that’s our household’s birthdays over for another year! :-)

Wine Bottle Tags

A super simple idea for a gift! Add a wine bottle tag!  Imagine popping around to dinner with a friend and taking a bottle of wine.  Adding a wine tag adds a personal touch.    It makes it oh so easy to crack open that bottle of wine….AND you can sit and enjoy the tag while you finish the bottle together!

I used the “Two Tags die”  (page 159) with  my bigshot to cut out the tag.  I then used a circle punch so I could fit the tag over the neck of the wine bottle.  It is probably difficult to see the actual tag in the following photo- largely because I took the photo on my iphone (and I was in a hurry) but also because the colours blend so nicely into the colours on the wine bottle- but that’s the idea, right?

The tag could be decorated in any number of ways but I wanted to add a flower.  I simply punched out several shapes from a piece of blushing bride cardstock using my scallop circle punch.  I scrunched and distressed the pieces to break down the fibres.  The ‘blushing bride‘ colour is a lovely dusty pink but it is not quite the colour of the pink on this bottle of “Vintage Bella” so I spritzed the cardstock with Silver Foil Smooth Spritz (page 147)  Not only did this bring the colour closer to the pink colour in the label and add a touch of sparkle- but it also made the cardstock moist enough to scrunch and shape into a flower.  The smooth spritz didn’t take long to dry and helped to keep the shape of the flower.  A lovely vintage brad was all that was needed to hold the pieces together

Fun with the Big Shot- Tope Note Die Box

I’m really enjoying my BIG SHOT and you can tell just by looking at the wear and tear on my cutting plates.  One of my favourite dies is the “Top Note Die”  This die is EXCLUSIVE to Stampin’ Up! so the only place you are able to purchase it is through demonstators like myself.  I used the Top Note Die to create  a cute little box.  This box has been made using the GREENHOUSE GALA designer series paper.  I can definitely see myself making more of these and it will be possible to ‘change the look’ using different types of designer series paper

 

The “scallop circle punch” and “Build a brad” were used to make the flower on the front of the box.  The leaves have been punched using the “Two step bird punch”

 

Welcome Christmas

One of the “Christmas bundles” you can order to receive your FREE roll of ribbon is the “Welcome Christmas bundle”  You have the choice of ordering the clear mount set OR the wood mount stamp set.   This bundle includes the lovely “Welcome Christmas” stamp set as well as the “Christmas Cocoa Speciality Designer series paper” (which is only available during this promotion and is not in the Idea Book and Catalogue) 

 I have not seen the paper in real life yet but I have been told it is just beautiful with  gorgeous flocked designs.

I have used the “Welcome Christmas” stamp set to create the following Christmas card.  I used the  markers directly on the wreath stamp so that I could use several different colours in the one stamped image.  I later stamped out the word ‘joy’ and then cut the letters out using paper snips so that I could place them on top of the wreath.

 

I just LOVE the beautiful embossed image in the bottom right hand corner.  It reminds me of our little family tradition of the youngest child placing the Christmas Angel on top of the Christmas tree. 

Stamp Sets: Welcome Christmas, En Francais, Perfect punches

Colours: Garden green, Real Red, More Mustard, Whisper white

OTHER: Big shot and top note die, scallop circle punch, circle punch, real red grograin ribbon, clear embossing powder.

Party Hearty

Party Hearty is such a fun versatile set for Birthday cards.  Here is a fun birthday card I made using the PARTY HEARTY stamp set and a variety of punches (scallop circle, scallop edge, tag punch, circle punches, word window)  The colours were inspired by the “Pink Flamingo” designer series paper. 

This is what comes in the set- If you would like to add it to your collection- then please be sure to get in touch with me

 

Sweet Baby Cards

I know a few people who have had babies recently so I was inspired to make some more baby cards. 

 I have made baby cards before using this romper-style but wanted one to be perfect for a baby girl and the other ideal for a little boy.

For the little boy card- I used the 3.5cm circle punch to create a neck hole and holes for the leg.  I then used the 3.5cm circle punch and the scallop circle punch to add the trims around the neck and leg holes.

The little sheep on the front was made using the scallop circle punch and the five petal flower punch.  The punched flower shape has simply been cut in half.  The 3 petals forming the head of the sheep and the side with the 2 petals form the legs of the sheep. It is difficult to make it out in the image as the legs are partially covered by the sentiment saying “welcome baby”.

 

The girl card was made using the same general design, however instead of using the 3.5cm circle punch to create leg holes I simply made the edges drop to form a dress.  The eyelet border punch was used to create the trims on the bottom of the dress and on the arms

 

It never ceases to amaze how versatile some punches can be! If you would like to add the 3.5cm circle punch and scallop circle punch to your stash- please let me know.  I would be only to happy to have an order shipped to you anywhere in Australia as soon as possible!

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

Build-a-brad and make your own paper flowers

As promised here is the card I made that features the Build a Brad.  I just love how the “Build a brad” makes a great centre for a flower.  I love that you get to decide what the top of the brad looks like and the best thing is that you can make the centre match the rest of the card or layout.

In this case I used the 1/2 inch circle punch to punch out a circle from the “Sweet Always” patterned paper.  In this example you can see that the patterned paper is an exact match for the stamp from the “Always” stamp set I used on the Chocolate chip background.   (However, I could have just as easily used a stamped image for the build a brad instead)

This card opens up to reveal a pocket where you could slide a gift card or little note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flower itself was made using the scallop circle punch.  I love a punch that is versatile- don’t you? I have made my own paper flowers like this before using different templates but haven’t made any in a while and was reminded of the technique after seeing it on Gayatri (one of my downlines) blog recently and thought I would give it a go on this card.  The scallop punch is great to use to create a flower.  You simply……

1. Punch out the scallop circle using the scallop circle punch (page 153 of the catalogue)

2. Cut slits into the scallop circle using your paper snips.

3. “Dry emboss” on the back of the scallop circle by pressing the cardstock using a bone folder on a stampin up push pad (from the mat pack)

I can see myself using these paper flowers a lot more.  How convenient to be able to use the scraps from a scrapbook layout and then turn them into paper flowers that are perfect match for your layout. 

Are you interested in ordering the materials to make these paper flowers?  You can order a scallop circle punch for only $30.95.  The build a brad is great for the centre of flowers and is only $18.95.  They come in antique brass pewter and include 24 brads and adhesive acrylic bubbles.    Please don’t forget that all orders over $100 made before the end of July go into the draw to win a scallop square punch.