Monday, May 14, 2012

Royal Easter Show Scrap Page

Slowly but surely I am working my way through the photos I've printed for Noah's scrapbook. I started his first book when he was just born and somewhere along the line I've managed to fall oh about 2 years behind. I've given up doing the year but instead now do photos of very special events and memories in the hope that I might actually get finished before he leaves home! lol.. Guilt is also kicking in now that we have Oliver as I've got to at least start his first one soon.

This layout is from the Royal Easter show that we actually went to last year (2011). We went with our wonderful neighbhours from Canberra as they visited us here in Newcastle and then we all travelled to Sydney together.  We had an absolute ball, but no one had as much fun as the three boys as it was their first time at the show.

I must admit that I haven't used many of the Stampin Up designer papers to do layouts as I have so many other pages that I've bought over the years but this Big Top Birthday designer paper is so bright I decided it was perfect.  Pinwheels are all the rage at the moment on cards and pages so I thought I should give them a go. Well how addicted am I to making them now.

If you want to try them yourself they're so easy. You simply cut a piece of double sided paper to a square about 9cm squared. Then I found using a ruler the easist way to make sure I had straight lines. Just lie the ruler over the top of the paper (inside paper side) and using a pencil lightly mark diagonally.  Cut along the lines until you're almost in the centre. Start at any corner and bend in to the centre. A brad is the easist way to secure the centres but try using a paper piercing tool to make the hole before you try and push the brad through or else it it too thick.

If anyone is like me - my DH often thinks I was a bower bird in my previous life - others might simply say hoarder of craft items! - I keep the little bits of ribbon as I always say to myself I am sure I'll be able to use that somewhere. Well here I was right - I used some little left over bits to add some coordinating colour embellishments to the side of the photos.

I always mount my photos onto cardstock before I add them to my final layouts, the same as I always cut me dsp slightly smaller and back it onto a 12x12 sheet of cardstock. I does work out a little more expensive but I don't think you can really put a price on memories.

I am so happy with this layout, it captures Noah in his element loving life as he always does.  Moments that we shared with some very special people.  When I'm finished a layout I know how successful it's been by Noah's reaction to it and well this was a WOW Mum moment. So that's made the time it's taken to put together all work it.

Hugs - Julie

Cardstock and Paper: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise cardstocks, Big Top Birthday dsp
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, grosgrain ribbon, paper piercing kit, brads, felt letters and numbers.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Baby boy's baby bundle!

For some time now I've had a number of friends tell me to make the plunge and start a Facebook Page to sell some of the many cards I make each year. Well finally I decided to start one, and I'm so happy I did. I've been able to make some amazing cards for friends and for other people who appreciate my work even though they don't personally know me.

My friend Jo contacted me and asked me if I could make the card on my profile photo in blues for some special little men she'll be welcoming soon so of course I said I would. I made two slightly differently for her to choose from but she liked them both so much she's taken them both!

I've made a card like these ones before when the beautiful Baby Ella arrived into the world, but of course it was pink. I hadn't made one it blue until now.  I love making my own dsp which I have done here using the various stamps from the Baby Bundle set. 

For the instructions on how I actually made the card have a look here. I love, love, love these cards but must admit they are time consuming!

The colours work so well on these cards and I hope they make some very special little people feel even more loved than they already are.

If you haven't been over to my facebook page N-bellish Handmade pop over and like me. I've got some amazing cards for sale, adding more each week, and I can of course do custom orders for special people!

Hugs - Julie

My little bundle of joy Christening invitation onesies

Talk about a work in progress - Oliver's christening invitations have taken a lot longer to complete that I had first anticipated, but I am pleased to say that finally I have them all done and posted.  I had to hold off posting them for a little while as I couldn't get suitable accommodation in Canberra and thought that it would be just my luck to send them and then not be able to get somewhere to stay!
I made them by hand - no dies for this set (but I did end up finding a similar shaped die!!).  They are quite easy to make once you've done the first 20, which is lucky as I needed more than 40 in the end.

To recreate them you need to fold a piece of cardstock to measure 15cm in length when folded in half and 11cm wide.  Textured cardstock works the best but if you choose to use the smooth stuff I'd suggest running it through your Big Shot as they just look more finished.  Using a circle punch you can make the neck hold and the leg holes as well.  It takes a little practise to get the leg holes right.  With the slighly larger circle pumch or you could use the scallop circle you can make the edging for the neck and leg holes.  Three small brads work well for the little closure snap look at the bottom, though if I'd also had enough coordinating buttons I could have used those.

The little giraffe is from the Bundle of Joy stamp set and was selected as that's the animal we choose for Oliver when he was born. He's now the owner of five giraffes. 

To finish the cards, you just need to snail the stamped image onto a matching piece of cardstock and then snail it to the mail onesie suit.  So cute!  For the invitation part I used vellum which I simply ran through my ink jet printer and then cut out using a template I'd made by cutting down one of the onesie suits so that it fitted within the middle neatly. 

I can't wait for the Christening as we are holding it in Canberra which means that we'll really be able to catch up with many many friends and introduce our little Oliver to everyone for the first time.

Hugs - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Bundle of Joy
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Bashful Blue
Cardstock and Paper: Bermuda Bay, Bashful Blue, various Bazzill Basics
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, paper snips, clear block D,  circle punch, vellum, brads.