Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas packaging

 Just a few photos today. Here are some packages I made for the pressies I gave to my friend Christine.

This is the front of the larger parcel above.

 These are ones I made for my friend Judy.

And finally packaging for my friend Leanne

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I Love my box maker

I have recently purchased the box maker from We R Memory keepers and it has lived up to expectations. Here are a couple of boxes I have made.
I used SU Festive Flurry stamps and dies and Paper Trey ink tag and Merry Christmas die from Simon Says Stamp.

This one features some old Scenic Route (what happened to them?) paper which I still love. I have used the SU Festive Flurry dies again and Beautiful Bows from MFT.
Border die from Memory Box.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas wrapping

 I have started wrapping the first of the presents I have purchased. The bauble colour theme for our tree this year is silver, white, pink and purple - Holly's choice. So I have followed through with the wrap.

 This one looks lovely in the right light, which unfortunately I failed to capture in this photo!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A new arrival

 This little boy arrived last Friday and has been named Joffrey (Game of Thrones) by Holly. If you have watched the series you will know Joffrey is a nasty piece of work so I don't think it really suits this cutie! Here he is with his Mum.
He is extremely tall. These pictures were taken the day after he was born and it is hard to imagine his Mum was still carrying him yesterday. Mind you she had been spending a lot of time resting in the weeks running up to his birth, but who can blame her!
Settling down for a snooze in the sun.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A parcel for a friend

Here is a belated birthday parcel I made for my daughter to give to one of her friends. This is the second parcel I have wrapped using the hexagonal punch from Stampin Up! It is so useful for using up scraps of paper you have left over.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The scrap room transformation is complete

My wonderful hubby has spend the last few months building and installing custom made units for my scrapbook room and I couldn't be more delighted with the end result. The only thing I need to do to complete the job, is make the labels for the label holders to identify the contents of each drawer.
To see the whole room and the pictures of the transformation click on the "My scrap room" heading at the top of the page.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Gift bags

 I have seen these little gift bags for sale but thought they were a tad expensive. Instead I bought a metre of calico for $3.99, brought my sewing machine out of hibernation and whipped up 12 bags, six each of two sizes.
 The first one I stamped with pine cones and branches
and the second with holly leaves, berries and a flourish. Both of these bags use Waltzing Mouse stamps apart from the flourish which is Inkadinkadoo.
I took apart a small flat bottomed paper bag to make a template for myself and created this cute little gift bag. I should have take a side a side view to give you a better view, never mind I am sure you get the gist.
A close up of the tag, I double stamped the sentiment to give it a shadow.
Sentiment stamp - Waltzing Mouse
Star die - Memory box
Zig Zag edging and die cut for sentiment - Stampin Up 
Paper - Collage Press

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thank you card

Just a short post today with a card I made recently for a friend. My poor old punch is suffering, I now need to stand on it to get a better quality cut. I think it is time to throw it away and buy a new one, unless anyone has a good tip on how to sharpen it. I have tried the tin foil approach and have never found it particularly successful.

Stampin Up cardstock - Soft Suede and Baked Brown Sugar
Stampin Up ribbon - Soft Suede
Thank you stamp - Papertey Ink
Punch - Martha Stewart

Cream card, button and rose -unknown

Friday, August 9, 2013

Birthday packaging

 It was my dear friend Christine's birthday on Wednesday of this week and she wanted Stampin Up! buttons. To start with I was just going to put them in a decorated bag but then decided I would make a purpose made box for them.

The hanging star dies are from Memory Box, they are so cure, aren't they? I plaited the twine (The Twinery) before adhering it to the box because it is thicker it makes it easier to apply the adhesive.

I first cut the holes for the containers by drawing around them but realised when I assembled it that they needed a little more wriggle room in order to go in and out easily, so I had to take it apart and make them bigger. A good tip to remember if you are going to have a go at making it yourself.

 My photo of them does make them seem wonky but they do look better in the flesh.
Here is the card I made for Christine. Somehow I have failed to edit this correctly and the colours look a little dull, they are actually quite bright and cheery.

All products used were Stampin Up! other than those I have mentioned separately in the post.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


I have been a bit quiet on the old blog of late, life just seems to keep getting in the way. Today I have aside some time to get my photos off the camera and onto the computer and then the blog. It was a toss up between that and housework, so you can see what won. Here are some packaging examples I have made recently to hold items purchased by friends from my website, any excuse to create, right!

This bag uses the Harvest berries stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink, with the addition of a flower punch. I originally just stamped it on the bag but the bag was slightly glossy and the ink wasn't drying properly despite using a heat gun so I gave up and used the dies cuts instead.

This bas uses the Fabulous Flourishes stamp set from Papertrey Ink, MFT flourish die, Stampin Up framelits, butterfly stamp and punch. The antenna on the butterfly is from a butterfly die by Memory Box. The sentiment is from a set by Flourishes. Flourish seems to be a recurring theme on this one!

Third and final example for today creating a Papertrey Ink clean sweep, because this item was stamped with their Rosie Posie set. The small white flourish is from their Fabulous Flourishes set. The leaves and wreath are Memory box dies.The Crumb Cake base for the wreath has been cut with a Stampin Up framelit. Last but not least, a fab stamping set just for paper crafters from Woodware.

Memory box dies available here 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thank you card

Here is a thank you card I created with a birthday gift from my good friend Judy. It is a Sizzix/Hero Arts stamps and die combo that I had had my eye on for some time. It stamps beautifully and layers up very easily. I finished the card off with some Stampin Up paper and card.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pressie packaging

 Went out with my good friend Leanne for lunch at Warren Glen in Warrandyte on Friday 15th to celebrate her birthday. This is the wrapping for her presents. On this I have used a Cherry Lynn doily die and Stampin up Stamp and label die. The leaves are Fresh foliage by Memory box available here
This package is layers of tissue paper with the top layer stamped with Daydream medallions by Stampin Up. The large doily is Martha Stewart and the small one MFT. I have used the fresh foliage die again.

Happy Birthday Leanne

 I loved creating this bag for my good friend Leanne to give to her on her birthday. I found different ways to use the same doilies to create different patterns by leaving certain pieces in rather than picking them out after die cutting, also laying them to create more effects.
I couldn't resist adding to the doilies with flowers and bling.

 The silver embossed Happy Birthday is from Craftwork Cards.
 Here is Leanne's card, it doesn't show up well in the photo but the cream card is embossed and the lace addition is very pretty. I happened upon it in a haberdashery store, loved it so much that Leanne's card was designed with it in mind.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

More Baby cards

Loved this scrummy paper from Echo Park (Sweet Girl) and couldn't wait to find a reason to use it. The banners were cut using an MFT die set and the little buttons are from DO Crafts. The pretty doilies were a freebee from the front of a magazine but tone in perfectly with these papers. And of course the cards wouldn't be complete without.....yes, a felt jacket. The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


 I had some products to deliver to a friend and created this packaging to hold them. I stamped all over a plain craft bag (buy from Coles in packs of 100) with doily stamps from several sets (mostly Paper TreyIink with a little Stampin Up)
 I closed the bag with a large doily and staple and then made a tag to cover the staple. The tag was cut from a Stampin Up die and the stamps used were Paper Trey Ink. The Kraft doily was cut using an MFT die, topped with an SU punch and a bit of bling.
Close up of one of the stamps.

Monday, March 11, 2013

More baby cards

Baby boy this time and another felt jacket. Papers - Simple Stories. Ticket tags - Paper Trey ink
Yet another felt jacket for a baby girl. Paper - Simple Stories. Heart and Ticket tag - Stampin Up! This card is ready to send off to congratulate new parents (friends of Lauren) who have recently had a beautiful daughter Valentina Jade, a sister for Savannah ( see earlier scrapbook page post).