Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taggies for Oliver and Gracee.

For those who know me well they know I'm not a sewer, but I can sew a straight line which came in handy this week. 

Oliver who is now 4 months old and putting everything possible into his mouth is in love with his taggie that someone gave him on his arrival into the world.  Of course we learnt from Noah that one of something just does not work and especially as it's constantly covered in slobber I decided Oliver needed a couple more.  Well search I did and there was not one I really like or if I did they were over $25 and then postage.  Nuts.  So you know me I'm up for a challenge and can at least do those straight lines so decided to embark on a little project and made my own.

The household now has 6 taggies as of course Noah needed to have two as well.  I'm really pleased with how them turned out especially as I was able to use up a whole lot of ribbon bits and pieces that otherwise would be going to garbage heaven shortly.

As always I did end up with left over material which I thought I'd put away for another project to which DH said make some more and either give them away or sell them - don't store more stuff!  So alas I remembered that tomorrow is the start of a wonderful auction for little Gracee who was born way too early and is still in America where her emergency delivery into the world was. Due to a bungle in insurance the family are up for the costs of all the medical treatment she's had which is hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The taggies are made out of either flannelette or 100% poly cotton fabrics and are backed with minky fleece - which is so soft.  The ribbon tags have been sewn on three times to ensure they don't fall off and then the blankets are again stitched twice - so they're strong - but aren't meant to be bitten into - most little people just like rubbing the ribbons as they like the different textures.

So people get over to the Gracee's Appeal Facebook page and put some bids on my taggies to help bring Gracee home.

For those popping over from the auction I had hoped to get a couple others done as well and if I can get them done tonight or tomorrow I'll add them. If you would rather a girly one or like the cars I would be happy to have you bid on one of the ones on the page and then let me know out of the fabrics below which you'd rather.  The minky backings for these will be either red for the cars or a soft pale green for the other two. If I can track down the pale pink it too would be an option but please email me before you bid if this is what interests you as I would want to make sure I have the materials you're after. 

Enjoy - Julie

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Congratulations Penman's - Neighbour Wheel - SUO challenge #42

Our lovely friends the Penman's whom we meet in Canberra some years ago recently posted to Queensland.  They had to move into a DHA house, but a few weeks ago they found their own house to buy and make their own actual home. 

Their girls can now paint the walls in their rooms and hang whatever wherever! It does sound strange to those who've not lived like we have for some time but even the event of wanting to hang a picture comes with the added thought of 'oh no, we might end up having to fill and paint that one."  Let me tell you it's not a way to choose to live for too long.

We've seen some photos but just can't wait to plan a trip to visit them so we can see their new home.

I wanted to make a card to celebrate this fantastic event and it just happened to fit perfectly into the SUO challenge which was to make a congratulations card. The problem was I couldn't decide which style of card I wanted to make the most. A DL size or a smaller square one.  So here's both.
The house images come from one roll of the jumbo wheel - neighbourhood - and I did this in Basic Black ink on the cardboard that backs onto the dsp packs. It's a really thick cardboard and is glossy which gave the final card a nice finish.  I used the 2011-2012 In Colours - Island Indigo, Coral Calypso, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder - markers to colour in the houses, cardstock for the base and a mount and dsp as well. The ribbon is white grosgrain which I attached around the mount for adding it to the card base and then tied a bow which I attached with a glue dot.

To give a little more of a 3D effect I rolled another house which I coloured and then cut out by hand.  It's attached with two dimensionals.  The scallop edge is made using one of the circle punches and then cutting them in half before attaching them.  Lastly on the outside the sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments and stamped in Island Indigo before being pucnhed with the word window. It's also attached with dimensionals. 

For something a little different I cut out two more houses that I'd also coloured and added them to the inside of the card.

The second card - the square one was made the same way as the first, wheel rolled in Basic Black and coloured in the In Colour range.  Then using the 1" square punch I punched the strip in random spots. I needed nine in total so choose the most colourul ones to use.  After laying them all out I attached them to a piece of Pool Party cardstock with my snail which is then stuck onto the Island Indigo card base.  Using a black felt tip marker I freehand drew squares to outline each little picture square.  The sentiment is the same as in the first card only before attaching it with dimensionals I mounted it onto a little piece of Coral Calypso.


I really enjoyed making these cards as I know whichever one I end up choosing it will be well received and treasured for some time to come. 

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Neighbourhood - jumbo wheel
Inks: Basic Black, Island Indigo, Coral Calypso, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder
Cardstock and Paper: DSP backing card in glossy white, Island Indigo, Coral Calypso, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade dsp
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, clear block D, word window punch, circle punch, square punch, basic black marker, grosgrain ribbon.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Mini Milk Cartons for School

Noah started Kindy this year and I can not believe that it was 10 weeks ago. Tomorrow sees us begin the first of three weeks of holidays. Easter is wrapped into the holidays in NSW this year so he really wanted to give something special to his teachers to say not only Happy Easter but thank you for teaching me this term.

These cuties also fit perfectly into the Just Add Ink - just add Easter Challenge #111.

Normally I'd grab a few eggs and wrap them in some cellophane but as I've got those extra hours at home when Oliver's sleeping during the day I decided to experiment with my lastest SU die - the Mini Milk Carton.  It truly is as cute as I thought it was going to be!

In no time at all using the die and my Big Shot machine I had 10 little milk cartons in Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight cut out. Assembling them was another story - this took a while longer than I had thought it might mostly due to not going with my gut feeling that using the Sticky Strip tape would be best and using the snail instead. DON'T do it - go straight with the Sticky Strip as in the end I had to go back and re do some of them as the snail just isn't strong enough to hold them.

For the decoration I added strips of the designer papers from the Brights Stack - Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I cut them to 15.5cm strips, wrapped them around and stuck them on before forming the cartons as I found this easier than after. The edging strips are just off cuts of 5cm again stuck on with Sticky Strip.

 As I wanted something to go on the tops to close off the taped side of the carton and couldn't get my order through SU before I needed them I used some office clips which work just as well.  Baby bull clips would be super too as you can decorate them with paper and ribbon.

The bunnies were a bit of an after thought as I needed to make them look like Easter gifts. They're made using two circle punches and the large flower punch is used for the ears.  The buttons are randoms that I had lying around. They're obviously the backs of the bunnies!

The Happy Easter sentiment is a part of the Teent Tiny Sentiment set, which for those of you who follow my blog know I use a lot. It's stamped in Pumpkin Pie, punched using the word window and then mounted onto the label punch.  I used a glue dot to attach it.

I can see that I'm going to get so much use out of this particular die - lolly bags in particular for parties for my boys.  I'm now wondering how I can used them and will I have enough time to make 60 of them to give out to all the children who'll be attending Oliver's Christening... I'll let you know what happens with that.

Enjoy - Julie

Hoppy Easter

I'm so disappointed this was an ala carte stamp in the just retired Summer Mini Catalogue as I am  sure there's going to be a lot of disappointed SU stampers out there when they realise they've missed this bunny. I hope that he makes it into the nxt Idea Book & Catalogue.
He's so cute and was so much fun to do and he fits into the make an Easter card challenge over at Card Crafter's Circle.

I used the SU markers Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Pacific Point to colour the individual parts of the Easter eggs and the bunny clothing and used the Early Espresso for the bunny himself.

The image was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock, then cut and mounted onto a square of Old Olive, and then a large scallop square in Close to Cocoa (which is retired but I had some left over. The Early Espresso would be the alternative as this was actually the ink used). To add some highlights I added the strips of cardstock to the top and bottom of the image.

This was then all attached to a base card of Pacific Point which I had already added a strip of the Daffodil Delight designer paper to as well as a featured strip of Old Olive grosgrain ribbon.

It was a fast card to make and one we made for Noah's Nanny and Poppy. He was so and as he started Kindy this year was keen to write the card himself. For someone who wasn't able to write much at the beginning of this year I'm thrilled.

I rarely do just one card at a time as I figure I've got all the bits and bobs out so here's the second one, very similar expect it's got some twine and a scallop edge on it as well.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Hoppy Easter (ala carte)
Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Early Espresso
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Close to Cocoa
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, scallop border punch, ribbon, twine, paper piercing kit.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Autumn-Winter Mini begins.

It's that time again for a new mini so here it is.

The new Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue has been released and there are some new and exciting products.

My favourite item is definitely the new Simply Scored. It allows you to score cards, make scoring designs and 3D projects fast and easy.  It comes with place markers so you can easily remember your favourite score places, and egonomic stylus and a hidden compartment for storing your makers, stylus and even your scoring tool.

There's a range of new dies including a new framelits set, new stamp sets as always and some amazing designer papers. 

Last but not least in my I had to have list was the scented embossing powders.  They smell so real it's hard not to lick or eat them!

Anyhow they're some of the amazing items available but make sure you have a look for yourself.