Thursday, September 27, 2012

Christmas cards for the Troops 2012

WOW! I had the most amzing day yesterday at the RAAF Base Williamtown, were I again this year meet up with some wonderful women who helped make some more Christmas cards to be send overseas to our serving personnel.

I loaded the car with lots and lots of goodies at 9am and off I went.

We made 800 cards in just over 4 hours which was a few 100 up on last year.  There will be a lot of happy families this year. 
For those who don't know much about the Cards for Troops, it is an initiative that began in the USA many years ago now. Up until five years ago there was no such cause in Australia.  Then Tracey decided it was something she was interested in beginning to made some calls and began making cards with her Mother and daughter Ellie. She even paid for the shipping of the cards to go overseas for the first few years.  It obviously began as a smaller cause but over the past five years with a lot of work Tracey has managed to spread the word and now has cards donated from people not only in Australia but also from overseas.
I become involved last year when there was a call out at the base to come and make cards for the day.  Being a military wife and the growing up with a parent in the RAAF I couldn't wait to help. As a Stampin Up demonstrator I was also asked by Tracey to assist with co-ordinating the day - which I loved. 
Since then Tracey and I have become good friends and I look forward to helping with all the Cards for Troops events. 
I was so excited this year that I was able to rope in a few friends from the area I live in and it not only was a very productive day but also a get time to catch up - child free!! My first child free day since my littlest man arrived in January. 
Yesterday we tallied the cards to date which is 1108, and we know there were about 50 more waiting to dry which were yet to be packaged. We are hoping to make over 7000 this year.
I - and believe me, my husband - was hoping that I'd be home sans all the card making stuff I took - which I might add was the case, but instead brought home all the cards packaged and ready to be sent.  As we now have a different sending system we can't actually post them until mid October so my lucky husband will keep them at his office on base until then!
Cards for Troops is not only a Christmas card event, we also do Mother's Day cards.  So basically as soon as Christmas cards are made, we get onto the Mother's Day ones and vice versa!
If you have some spare time and are able to assist in making some cards, we do need the Christmas ones before the 28th October, you can post them to me or to Tracey
Cards for the Troops                                                  
11 Bullecourt Cct                                         
Adamstown NSW 2289
Cards for Diggers
C/- 6 B Coraki Place
Hugs and a big thank you to everyone who has made cards already.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Recyled wrapping with some Itty Bitty Shapes tags

Brown paper, brown paper and some more brown paper! Each time we get a delivery from SU they use loads and loads of brown paper as the packing material. Being the crafter I am I never ever throw it out, but never think of what I'll need it all for at the same time. Well finally I decided on what to do with some of it!

A few friends of mine either ordered some products from me or needed a little gift to lift their spirits so I decided instead of just sending the items I'd use that brown paper to wrap them. Very environmentally good - my five year old told me! I think they look good with just a little twine wrapped around them.

Of course I then decided I needed a tag to add to each of them to pulled out the Itty Bitty Punch set and some odd bits of cardstock I had and set to stamping, punching and attaching.  The little buttons add some dimensional but did give me a little grief attaching as the twine I was using was a little to thick to push through. In the end I pulled the three bits of twine apart and got it to work. 

The tag itself is a sizzix die which makes it super fast to cut out and means I don't have to have the finished products lying around the house. These ones honestly took me about 5 minutes each to put together. Though I guess they don't take up much space if you want a few ready to go. 

The tag is cut out of cake crumb cardstock, while the little bits are left over ballet blue, pixie pink and very vanilla.  You could though use any colour. I just had those little bits from left over projects and as you know I hate throwing things out! The buttons are made to specifically use with the Itty Bitty stamp and punch sets and are called Bitty Buttons. You get 64 buttons for only $8.95 which is super value. I like that they're clear as you can use them as an accent on any project then.

So all done, a quick and fast project for the day. If you'd like to order the items for to make these or any of the other projects be sure to send me an email and we can organise it!
Hugs - Julie

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lego - Lego - Lego

Noah was invited to his friend Kai's 6th birthday party and said that he would like to buy him Lego for his present. What else does one buy boys!! It's either all about Lego or Trashies at the moment.
This is oh so time comsuming but you'd be surprised how many people at the party though it was actual Lego blocks!
To make it you need to use the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch set and punch, punch and punch as many circles as you can out of as many different colours of cardstock as you like!
One you've got the circles, I roll the edges on the coordinating ink pad to give them some depth. This is pretty messy but does make a difference.
The blocks are the following approximate measurements, in centimeters:
8 piece block - 4.5 x 2.5
4 piece block - 2.5 x 2.5
5 piece long block - 5.7 x 1.3
2 piece long block - 2.5 x 1.3
It is a little expensive to do but I used mini glue dots on the back of each circle to raise them like they are on the actual Lego blocks. You could just use a dab of a Tombow glue or similar but I don't think it works as well.
The backing piece of cardstock is Garden Green which is to resemble one of those square Lego boards.  Once it's altogether just adhere it to the final card blank - in this case Whisper White.

The sentiment is from an very old set but the one I would use now that I've finally bought the set would be either Bring on the Cake or the new hostess set Wacky Wishes. I have made another card but a square one which I will show you tomorrow.
Hugs - Julie

Monday, September 17, 2012

Welcome baby bundle.

I've made some cards like this before and it is definitely one of my favourite end products - but wow does it take a while to hand cut all those little pieces out.  The pieces are all from the Baby Bundle stamp set and all stamped onto coloured cardstock using the coordinating ink colour.  I then hand cut each piece out before glueing them onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. 
After I have them all stuck on - I try and make a number of multiples of these cards at once - I then run the piece through an embossing folder - in this case the square lattice one.
Next it's mounting the embossed piece onto two different pieces of cardstock cut slightly larger than the first, a little strip of ribbon and then I attach it to the card base.
The little onesie romper suit is cut from images stamped using the Jumbo wheel called Baby Tees.  It's another item I've owned for a while and yet not used very often!  I stamped onto some of the designer series papers and the hand cut them out.  All the tees are attached using dimensionals as this helps raise them off the page.
The sentiment belongs to the Friendly Phrases set and I used markers to ink this as I wanted to do the two parts in different colours. 
Again, while these take some time to do I so love them and hope that the special people who I gave them too loved them as well. I think next time I'll try some Christmas cards - so make sure to pop back and have a look.
Hugs - Julie 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

St Phillips Hope on A Boat teacher survival kits

Every two years at Noah's school, St Phillips Christian College, the junior school students put on a theatrical event. This year four very talented teachers - including Noah's teacher Mr Scott, wrote not only the script but all the music to go with the production.
There were a few full on weeks of rehearsals, costume making and I can imagine a number of very long days and some nights for the teachers. After all coordinating 292 students from Kindy to Year 4 is no small feat - believe me I've tried!!
In the week of performances - there were two matinees and three night performances - by the Thursday the teachers were beginning to look a weary not to mention just plain exhausted so Noah and I decided what better way to help them get through the last few days than with a coffee and chocolate hit.
So with some of the clear card bags, the labels framelits die, and the morning cup stamp set we created these.

 They are super easy to out together, just cut out the top part using the framelit and the Big Shot machine and fold it in half. Pop your treats in the bag and stample the paper part on.  Using the morning up stamp set I stamped the sentiment and cut onto some Whisper White cardstock before using the label punch. The cup I just cut out freehand and Noah asked to colour in the hearts.  These bits were just stuck on with the snail adhesive.
The following day each of the teachers told me that they enjoyed their little bag of goodies and that they hadn't lasted long!
I was lucky enough to go and see the performance on the Thursday evening and was BLOWN away by the production. The set looked like it was a part of a major theatre companies collection, the costumes were fantastic and WOW the children were out of this world. 

I so can not wait until the next performance!
Enjoy - Julie

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Baby Button Buddies Rattles

Oh my how cute are these! I have to admit I spend a whole lot of time searching through the SU catalogue looking at stamp sets and trying to decide whether I should get one or not. Well I gave in and I am so glad that I did.

It's called Button Buddies and consists of eight various stamps and the idea is that you use buttons to embellish the stamped images.  They're so cute and it's made so that the SU range of buttons fit perfectly onto the images. Here's a picture of the other images the set contains.  I so want to do the little piggy next! 
These two cards were also for the auction - which was over at Bella Grace Gifts of Hope on Facebook and run to help the lovely Beck and Jen get to the Little Angel Memory Boxes Ball. 
A great thing about these cards was that you don't need to own every colour on ink or ribbon under the sun. The first card is made using Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White and the second is Melon Mambo and Whisper White. 

I scored and folded to make the card base and then using the Big Shot machine and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder ran a smaller piece of cardstock through.  The next thing was stamping the rattles and attaching the buttons which I did using some of the baker's twine.  This is pretty easy to do, just place the button over the top of the area you need it to cover and using the paper piercing tool or a long pin poke a whole through. The just push the twine through and tie the bow.

Each card is put together by attaching ribbon to the embossed piece, mounting the stamped image onto a slightly smaller plain piece and the attaching this to the embossed piece. I did this using dimensionals to add a little more depth.  The final thing to do is to stamp a sentiment. I used the same one - hello baby - which is from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

I think these are beautiful and I really like the fact that they're made using only two colours which makes them look a little more classic.
Don't forget that I have a Facebook Page - N-bellish Handmade - where you can buy some premade cards or I can custom make one for you. I've also recently added some goodies to help you to create you own cards of scrap pages.
Enjoy - Julie

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cute bubs using Baby Firsts

Baby firsts is a retired stamp set that I have wanted for many years now. I finally found a friend who was selling some of her older sets and grabbed this one. I absolutely love the little bubs in this set and they lead themselves to so many different cards and scrap layouts. 
I needed to make some more cards for another charity auction so took advantage of this and used the set.  I did a boy and a girl themed card.  I stamped the blue one in Night of Navy which is a colour I don't use very often and used the Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Bashful Blue markers to colour in the various parts and the Blush Blossom for the faces and other body parts. 

Both lots of the images are stamped on Whisper White cardstock and the blue paper is from the Regals Paper Stack.  The sentiment is also a retired one, stamped in Certainly Celery and So Saffron. All of these parts were punched using various circle punches and placed together using dimensionals.

This girl themed card is stamped using one of my favourite colours Rose Red. It's a beautiful colour. The paper is a retired set but you could use the designer paper stack available.  I used another retired sentiment - SORRY!! - and punched it out with a circle puncn before attaching it to a scallop circle punch and then attaching it to the card using again dimentionals.  The little pieces are coloured in using the same markers as the boy card but instead of the Night of Navy I used the Rose Red.
Enjoy - Julie

New Annual and Holiday Catalgues

Both the new annual catalogue and the holiday mini are now available.

To view and downloard these online you can click HERE.

Additionally if you'd like a hard copy for bedtime reading, simply send me an email and I can arrange to get one to you.