22 December 2011

JAI99 - Just Add Fancy Packaging

The timing couldn't be more perfect for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, with all of that Christmas wrapping we have to do in the next few days! And because it is such a busy time for everyone, we are extending this week's challenge and leaving it open for TWO weeks. Yay :)

For my project this week, I made gift card holders for all of my nieces and nephews. And the new gift card die from Papertrey Ink made putting these together so easy!
I also wanted to share with you some other fancy packaging projects that I made this week. For the small people in my life I made some Magic Reindeer Food and placed it in little cups and cellophane bags before embellishing with some little tags adorned with reindeer made from various punches.
Supplies - Gift Card Holders
Stamps: All Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White, various DSP
Other: Bells, glitter, PTI alphabet dies

Supplies: Magic Reindeer Food
Cardstock: Kraft, early espresso, red glitter cardstock
Other: Owl punch, leaf punch (both SU!), tag punch by Papertrey Ink, cellophane bags/paper, tinsel, silver twine, small xmas coffee mugs from the discount store, rolled and oats and glitter (for the magic reindeer food), googly eyes.

And in case you would like to make some reindeer food, here is the little poem.

Sprinkle on the lawn at night,
the moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
this will guide them to your home.

And before I sign off my last challenge for 2011
I would like to take this opportunity to
wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

15 December 2011

JAI98 - Just Add Sparkle

Well if there was ever a time for sparkle, it is Christmas time right? This week over at Just Add Ink, we are challenging you to add a little sparkle to your project. Which can be whatever you want it to be!

If you haven't' already seen the projects over on the JAI Challenge Blog, be sure to check them out because the DT have some gorgeous things to share with you this week.

For my project I created a Christmas card and some gift wrapping for a special friend :) For my 'Merry' letters and the tag on the package, I used some very sparkly white glitter cards stock which is a bit hard to capture in a photo.

10 December 2011

Freshly Made Sketches #14

Just a quick share this morning before I have to start getting my daughter ready for her dance concert today. This weekend is shaping up to be pretty crazy, just like the last few! But now school has finished and soon things will start to become a little more relaxed as we settle into the holidays.

I downloaded the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week and made this card using an adorable snow penguin digi image from Dilly Beans.

Here is the sketch I used:
And here is my card.

08 December 2011

JAI#97 Inspiration Challenge

It feels like ages since we've had an inspiration photo over at Just Add Ink! And I must say, I love this one! The colours are gorgeous and the little bags are just adorable.

I got the idea for my card from one that I saw on a PTI blog hop made by Debbie Olson. I love the idea of the front & centre die cut down to make a pocket card!

07 December 2011

A simple Christmas card

Just a quick share this morning, as I'm sure just like it is at your place, things around here have been pretty crazy! I guess they don't call it the silly season for nothing.

I saw this card idea on the PTI blog hop and just loved it, but now for the life of me can't find it to post the link! It came together so quickly and easily that I think I will make several more of these to send out this year.
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: black, white, kraft
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Copics, rhinestones, linen impressions folder, real red ribbon

04 December 2011

SSSC #146 and Dilly Beans Snow Family Challenge

First I must apologise for the bad lighting in this pic. I normally take my photos during the day but I know I won't get a chance for the next couple of days as I will be so busy so I thought I had better post this now while I could :)

Here is this week's sketch from Karen over at the Sweet Sunday Sketch blog.
And here is my card, I have flipped the sketch on it's side:

The *NEW* Dilly Beans Challenge Blog is also running a little challenge to use this image and they are even giving it away for free!! I already had this image in my digi stash so I missed out on the freebie, but you should definitely go and grab it while you can and play along. It is just too cute! And I don't know why, but even though we don't have white Christmases here in Australia I just adore snowmen and am getting quite a collection of them :)

Stamps: digi image by Dilly Beans
Cardstock: Basic grey, whisper white, bashful blue. DSP by SU!
Other: Punches by Martha Stewart, copics, glitter, stitching, ribbon

Freshly Made Sketches #13

I had these three little gingerbread men from Papertrey Ink coloured up and sitting on my desk for the past couple of weeks and when I saw this week's sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog I knew they would be perfect!

Here is this week's sketch.

And here is my card.
Stamps: Papertyrey Ink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Versamark, Memento black
Other: Copic markers, cherry cobbler seam binding and button, white emobossing powder, stitching, linen impressions plate by Papertrey Ink.

A little bedroom makeover

Just in case I didn't have enough to do in between end of year dance concerts, school stuff, working (of the paid and unpaid variety), and Christmas parties, all while hubby is overseas, I thought I would repaint my daughter Madi's bedroom. We have been going to do it during the last 2 school holiday breaks and we never got to it for one reason or another so I thought we would just bite the bullet and get it done, since I was feeling a little better and almost recovered from being sick. And she was harassing me! lol

In the end it was only two days work and a tin of paint but the results are fantastic and she LOVES it, which is the main thing. She picked the colour herself and we moved the furniture around which gives her a lot more space in the middle of her room. It is quite a small room so we have to make the most of every bit of space!

I then spent the third day cleaning the rest of the house because everything seemed to be covered in a layer of sanding dust and mess. And Claudia, my other dd, has now chosen her paint colour and we are going to do her room ... YAY! (can you sense the sarcasm?).

Here are the BEFORE pics. I forgot to get them before we started so she had already started pulling the stuff out of her storage cubes and dumping it on the floor by this stage!
Once we had everything out I moved the bigger stuff into the middle of the room and started filling some holes on the wall which I then sanded back before painting.

And this is the AFTER photo. The colour is Dulux Seafoam (half strength) and is a beautiful aqua colour. It has made the room look so fresh! I also painted the window sill to match the door frames.

I also painted the frame on her notice board so it fitted in better with her new colour scheme.

Not bad for a couple of days work, and the total cost was just under $100. Gotta love that!

02 December 2011

JAI96 - Just Add Tania Gould

I know that sounds strange right? But don't worry it's not really anything weird, we just want you to CASE Tania as part of this week's Just Add Ink Challenge :)
The problem is, there are so many gorgeous cards to choose from! Just pop over to Tania's Blog and I'm sure you will not be short of inspiration.

This is the card that I chose.

And here is my recreation of it. I just don't do justice to that gorgeous vintage style that Tania does so well! I think I am just more of a clean lines kind of girl and I never feel like I get the balance right or the tearing looking random enough if that makes sense? LOL

I didn't want to change too much about Tania's card because I thought it was perfect as it was, so I just switched the orientation and the colours and added a brad.

Stamps: Elements of Style, French Foliage, Vintage Vogue
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Antique brad, distress ink