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Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh Dear!

I set a stack of posts to automatically post and for some reason, blogger ate them! 

Anyways... back in the saddle... :)
I'm just going to do a big gallery here of a stack of photos of my cards rather than organising posts to be auto posted. 

hope that got your creative juices flowing!
Happy Scrappin!

Monday, November 21, 2011

34 sleeps until Christmas!

We put our tree up last night - we're a bit of a big fan of Christmas, so it's so nice to see the pretty lights twinkling away! 
I'm going to show you two cards today that have a bit more of a traditional slant than the doodlebug ones, these cards are using papers from Bo Bunny's Blitzen collection!
 For this card I used a white cardstock base, and using the Intrinsic embossing folder, embossed a rectangle of Core'dinations Cardstock in Broken China.  I added a strip of Bo Bunny Blitzen Stripe. I tied a strip of silver metallic ribbon around the strip to add a bit of bling.A little rectangle of  the reverse of the Blitzen Stripe was perfect to mount my diecut reindeer.  Isn't he beautiful!?!   He is made using the Cottage Cutz Deer die which is just to die for!  We only have one of these beauties left in stock, though, so if you love him as much as I do, you'll need to be quick! 

This ard was made using a lot of the same product - the blitzen stripe paper, broken china cardstock, and the cottage cutz die.  I used the Lovingly Baroque embossing folder as the background of this card, and topped it off using an offcut of cardstock, and a kaisercraft rubon sentiment!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

35 Sleeps until Christmas!

Two more cards for today, again, using the Doodlebug Designs Santa's Workshop Collection!
My style for Christmas is definitely the bright, candy colours - with two little girls, how could I not :)
 The first one is oneof my favourites - the "Santa claus is coming to town" block is cut from the Assorted Cut Outs sheet - these are great value when you're making cards!  The colourful stripe is Candy Cane Lane, and the green and white polka dot is the of the assorted cut out sheet. I used a Bazzill Basics LemonLime cardstock base for the base of this card, and accented with glossy accents and kindyglitz.
This card is very modern - from the turquoise stripe to the shape of the diecut topper!  I used a die cut from the cute cuts sheet, and applied a Merry Christmas rubon as a sentiment.  I used some kindyglitz and glossy accents to bling up the tree, and applied a thin bead of kindyglitz all the way around the edge of the diecut shape. 
This card was seriously done in 2 minutes!  When you're making bulk cards, the time factor, as well as being as economical as possible is always a big consideration.  Keep it simple!
See you tomorrow for another two cards! 
Happy Scrappin!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

36 sleeps till Christmas!

Wow... where did the year go?
Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing a card or two every day - be sure to check back regularly so you can see what goodies I've been creating! 
These cards will all be from my personal Christmas list (which is a big one!) - Normally I choose 3 or 4 designs and batch my cards, but this year, I have challenged myself to make each card a one- off. 
(crazy hey!).  This year I need to make around 60 cards, so we'll kick things off today - here's the first to cards - using papers from the Doodlebug Designs "Santa's Workshop" collection!
 This first card uses a die cut from the cute cuts page, and then a strip from each side of the "pretty poinsettia" paper.  I added a red rhinestone to the centre of each poinsettia for a little extra bling, and glossied up Santa with some Glossy Accents.  
 For the second card, I used  a thick strip of Teeny Toys paper, and two thin strips of the reverse side of Little Helpers.  I like to use paper as sparingly as I can, so instead of using a full 10x15cm block of the green, I used two strips that I cut to the right size.  
I wrapped a little piece of hot pink organza ribbon around the card, and tied a cute bow, and finished off the card with a topper from the cute cuts page, raised on foam tape squares.  The rubon is from kaisercraft's Christmas Card set of rubons

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?
Happy Scrappin!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Our Christmas Stock!!!

I thought I'd put a post up with a gallery of all the Christmas papers that we have in stock at the moment.  
Sometimes I think it's a bit more fun to see them all together, so you can get a feel for the whole collection rather than just looking at one page at a time.  
Without further ado... I present:
 Crate Paper - Snow Day
 Kaisercraft - Silly Season
 Kaisercraft - Merry Medley
 Doodlebug Designs - Santa's Workshop
 Simple Stories - 25 Days of Christmas
 Fancy Pants Designs - Traditions
 Imaginisce - Cottage Christmas
 Fancy Pants Designs - Saint Nick
 Three Bugs In A Rug - Deck the Halls
 Kaisercraft - December 25th

Please don't mind the higgledypiggledy photos - for some reason blogger isn't letting me rotate them at the moment!  
I hope that seeing all these great collections gets your creative juices flowing!
To purchase any of these, pop on over to our store
Happy Scrappin! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fantastic ideas!

I just happened across this fabulous idea if you're a collector of glitter glues or other products that would benefit from being stored upside down - there's a few different ideas, so here they are!
 This idea uses a menu holder or freestanding perspex picture frame, and velcro dots.  I love the portability of this idea!
And this genius idea involves mounting a baking sheet on the underside of your shelf, and attaching a magnet to the base of each tube - absolute genius - no more air bubbles or waiting for the last little bit of kindyglitz to trickle to the tip of the tube! 
Happy Scrappin!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gift Wrapping with a twist!

It's that time of year again... Christmas is all through the shops, and the organised part of me desperately wants to rush out and buy Christmas presents for all the lucky people on my gift list.  However, having two little ones means that short of conjuring up some impermeable hiding place for presents, I have to wrap them as soon as I buy them! 
I think half of giving a gift is in the presentation of it.  There's something about carefully wrapping a present, and tying some pretty ribbon around it that just makes it that little bit more special and exciting. 
Enter the Twinery's colourful baker's twine! 
I really love this product, it's just so versatile, and cheap to boot.  You can pick up 5 metres of it for $1 in our store.  ONE DOLLAR! and use it for loads of different projects - gift wrapping is only the tip of the iceberg!
The Twinery's blog (here) has incredible ideas for getting the most out of your twine. 
Anyways, back to my gift wrapping experience!
I decided to wrap these gifts in a very simple paper (I was hoping to use brown paper, but I couldn't find any yesterday!), and then finished them with a little bit of twine.  The green and red twisted together looks so Christmassy, but I also really love the turquoise - As my husband is a "shaker", I added two little bells to the twine bow tails to throw off his guessing :). 
I created the tag using an Imaginisce stamp (they'll be on the online store very soon!), which I coloured in and raised parts of the image up on foam squares.  I stamped "To Dad" using Kaisercraft's "Typewriter Font" clear stamps for a fun whimsical look. 
For a few cents extra, how sweet do these gifts look! :)
 Happy Scrappin'!