Thursday, December 29, 2011

Post Christmas Geekery!

Helloooo! I hope everyone had a lovely and restful Christmas, I know I didn't :) It was complete chaos at our house, as usual. The lead up to Christmas was pretty full on, with lots of gatherings to attend, and then our two oldest boys woke up sick on Christmas Eve! Bastian was scaring me a little, because his temperature was so high he was hallucinating, absolutely terrified of things only he could see. But we managed to get the temp under control eventually, and he woke up on Christmas Day a little worn out, but much improved.

As happens almost every year, the boys got Lego for Christmas!! Boxing Day has been renamed "Official Lego Construction Day" in our house :) The boys love putting the minifigs together, but they're not really patient enough to see the larger parts through to completion, so that means Daddy and I get to unleash our inner children and play with Lego! We are not afraid to admit we love it.. so much so, that the last few years we have given each other Lego as presents too :) Look at what I got this year!!

It's pretty cool... eventhough he looks a little drunk when he's walking :)

I did promise you geekery, remember. So here is some more! Bastian's best friend is having his 7th birthday party today, and Bas requested this card for him:

He's a bit of a Dr Who fan (well, really, who isn't? David Tennant... mmmmmmmm), so the TARDIS was totes apropos. I found the basic design on Valita's blog, and I tweaked it a bit so instead of being a styandard card, the message was hidden under the opening doors. I was quite happy with how it turned out in the end.

We also had another birthday just before Christmas, so I thought I'd add this one to the blog too. I haven't used this set as much as I thought I would, but it works really well for the younger, male slot.

And just to finish off, a few pics of the delights of my life (well, most, some, every second day).

I know it's a day early, but HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I would come back and post at the appropriate time, but I have two buckets of frozen cocktails in the freezer with my name on them, so I fear I may not be able to :) See you next year!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Christmas cards!

Just a quick one today... must dash off for school pick up!

I was very excited yesterday when the postman left a parcel for me... NEW STAMPS!!! I've been lusting after the Welcome Christmas set for a while and scored it 50% with the awesome December Frenzy sale. I had two more teacher cards to make, so I trotted out my supplies last night and made these. The first one I have seen so many versions of around the interwebs that I don't know who to credit for inspiring me, so I may just have to send out a general "Thank You" to everyone in the world, just in case ;)
The second card I can credit.. I was flicking through the galleries on Stampin Connection and saw a gorgeous creation by Bridgette Gray (it's not on her blog that I can find, but have linked so you can see her other lovely creations).

On to some non stamping crafts! A friend at school asked me if I would make some of my felt hair clip hangers for her to give as Christmas presents, so voila, here they are!

And one last photo.. my gorgeous boy Wil. He was happily sitting there clapping along to the songs in the car until, of course, I got the phone out to take a photo (while sensibly pulled over, not driving :P), then he pulled the grumpy face. Still cute though :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Golden Dasher

Well paint me pink and call me Captain Slacky McSlackpants... it's been far too long since I last graced the interwebs with my awesomeness! I blame it on the pre Christmas chaos fest, though some may argue that I'm just lazy :) I actually have been really busy though, honest. Last week was mostly taken up with organising things for the kids workshop I had booked and helping friends get their cards, gift tags and assorted other goodies made. The kids workshop actually ended up being a success... I was a little apprehensive beforehand as I hadn't done a workshop specifically for kids before, and I was told there were going to be about 16 kids, with the youngest being 5! I had three very simple projects set up at different stations, all using only one stamp/set and one ink colour and that seemed to be quite a good way to go. No one had to wait too long to do anything, none of the inks got mixed up, and the older kids were great with helping the younger ones! Now if only I had remembered to take some photos on the day...I'll have to come back and add some photos of the projects instead :)

I do have one photo to add for this post, cos it'd be a bit boring without one. I made some gift bags for the boys' teachers a couple of days ago, full of chocolatey goodness, of course :) Here is the card I made to go with them. Nothing too flashy, but I do think Dasher looks quite lovely with the gold embossing. My friends will think it very unlike me, but I must admit to loving my new Very Vintage jumbo wheel - it's going on just about everything because it makes such a good background!

I decided to stick with fairly Christmassy colours a) because I like them and I think they look good, and 2) so I could enter some challenges!! That's right, I'm aaaaall about the challenges ;) This time I've used the Paper Players colour combo of cherry cobbler, very vanilla & gold, and I've decided that the sparkly gold embossing just qualifies for my fave challenge blog, Just Add Ink!

Card: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Dasher, Short & Sweet, Very Vintage Wheel
Other: gold embossing powder, oval punch, modern label punch, real red ribbon

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lovely as a tree

A friend (Hello Michelle!) came over last night to make a few christmas gift boxes, but once she saw the card I was planning to make, she decided she *HAD* to make one too! I needed to make a pretty spesh christmas card for my oldest son's teacher to go with the gift the class has made for her. I didn't have much in the way of original inspiration floating around in my head  (I think it was drowning in cider and peach Omni!), but after a bit of a blog surf, I found a gorgeous card on Becky Jensen's blog.  I have kept it pretty much the same as Becky's creation but decided to try out a new technique.  Michelle had some tissue paper with her, which led to our first attempt at the faux silk technique... and I think they turned out really well! I used Always Artichoke for my background, but I also love the Rich Razzleberry too. I'm debating about whether or not to add a sentiment to the front.. I don't want to take away from the reasonably clean and simple design with too much frou - any thoughts?

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree
Inks: Crumb Cake, Bravo Burgundy
Card: Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Other: Vintage Wallpaper ef, Scallop Trim Border punch, Dotted Scallop Border punch, tissue paper, Chantilly Crochet Trim

I've been a bit slack with the posts, mostly because of my poor little/old man. My Stoli had to go to the vet to have his ears removed and cryosurgery on his nose :( He's home now and feeling very sore and sorry for himself, and I don't blame him. I feel really horrible about it, even though I know it was the right thing to do.. the cancer was getting worse and I didn't want it to spread and cause him more problems. Hopefully in a couple of weeks the stitches will be out, his fur will be growing back and he'll feel a bit like his old self. He's a gorgeous old man (14 years!) and I love him to bits!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Frenzy Stance!

Frenzy, Frenzy, Frenzy!!
I guess that will only be funny to people who like The Big Bang Theory as much as I do.. remember the episode where Penny gets really into a MMO? No? Ok, just me then :)

But enough about BBT... it's time for Stampin' Up!'s December Frenzy Sale, and the release of the Summer Mini Catalogue!! Very exciting times indeed, and perfect for some last minute Chrissy presents :)

Here are the specials included in the December Frenzy sale...but hurry, because at this price these sets are sure to sell out fast!
Item Page Description Discount Retail  Price Sale Price
120597 22 Welcome Christmas Clear-Mount Set 50% $39.95 $19.98
121584 22 Welcome Christmas Wood-Mount Set 50% $49.95 $24.98
117715 28 I {Heart} Hearts Wood-Mount Set 40% $42.95 $25.77
121528 35 Got Treats Wood-Mount Set 40% $40.95 $24.57
117699 42 Something Sweet Wood-Mount Set 40% $44.95 $26.97
116686 46 For Everything Wood-Mount Set 40% $47.95 $28.77
119163 67 Cottage Garden Wood-Mount Set 50% $32.95 $16.48
121508 72 Every Moment Wood-Mount Set 40% $31.95 $19.17
121480 74 Awash with Flowers Wood-Mount Set 40% $71.95 $43.17
121522 75 Friends Never Fade Wood-Mount Set 50% $31.95 $15.98
120618 75 Friends Never Fade Clear-Mount Set 40% $25.95 $15.57
121600 75 Ornate Blossom Wood-Mount Set 40% $19.95 $11.97
123551 88 Clearly For You Wood-Mount Set 40% $47.95 $28.77
123848 96 Chloe Stampin Around Builder Wheel 40% $9.95 $5.97
116911 126 Padded Envelopes (3) 40% $6.50 $3.90
119263 138 Poppy Parade 1/2'' Stitched-Poly Ribbon 30% $16.95 $11.87
119267 138 Blushing Bride 1/2'' Stitched-Poly Ribbon 30% $16.95 $11.87
119731 143 Regals Flower Brads 30% $16.95 $11.87
119730 143 Neutrals Flower Brads 30% $16.95 $11.87
118762 146 Distressing Essentials 30% $37.95 $26.57
103179 149 Craft & Rubber Scissors 30% $37.95 $26.57
112531 149 Circle Scissor Plus Glass Mat 30% $37.95 $26.57

Monday, November 28, 2011

Party bags!

I'm a bit of a spanner sometimes, I really am. I've had a very busy week, making lots and lots of cards, tags and other cool stuff.. and I forget to take photos!! Thankfully, I did remember (well, I did get reminded) to take some pics of these totes gorge party bags I helped my friend Bron (Hi Bron!!) make for her daughter's 2nd birthday party!

We had a lovely morning of crafty goodness making these babies.. once I got the measurements for the base right ;) It's a box-in-a-bag, super simple to make (heaps of video tutes around) but they look pretty special. We used my SU tools on Bron's paper and I think we did a good job... you too Simon :) I hope all the kiddies at the party will like them... but I reckon they'll be more interested in the goodies inside :)

SU Tools: Round tab punch, 5 petal flower punch, boho blossoms punch, fancy flower punch, scallop trim border punch, timeless type junior alphabet, big shot, sticky strip, snail

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pop Up Owl with Balloons!

Get ready for another installment of "My Obsession with Pop Up Owl cards" dunh dunh duuuuuuunh!

My 5yo is going to a friend's birthday party tomorrow, and I must admit that making cards for 5yo boys is certainly not my strong suit. So I decided to do my own version of a card I found on Tami White's blog. I pretty much followed her closely for the front, but decided that the inside needed a bit more pop...hahahaha, get it, POP! Ooh I crack myself up sometimes :) So a couple of circle punches and some owl feet later, a nice, bright bunch of balloons that jump out at you when you open the card!

Stamp Sets: Short & Sweet, Create a Cupcake, Woodgrain

Card: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Real Red DSP, Under the Big Top DSP, Tangerine Tango

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Black marker, white gel pen

Other: Owl Punch, 3/4" Circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, scallop circle punch, oval punch, modern label punch, Bird punch, silver cord.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

JAI #93

Time for another Just Add Ink challenge!! This time the lovely DT ladies have come up with a gorgeous colour combo that features some of my fave hues:

I must admit to going slightly off the SU reservation today. My darling friend Jo (Hi Jo! *waves*) got an awesome new toy a few days ago - A Silhouette! It is very cool, and can do some amazing stuff. I went for a visit today and made her push a few buttons and cut out this very cute box template, which I then faahhbulously decorated ;)

An added bonus was that the postie came this afternoon with my pre order from the new summer mini catalogue!! So if you look closely (or scroll down to the close up ;)) you'll be able to see one of the new products available from December 1st - Iridescent Ice embossing powder!! SU have saved us all the bother of having to mix our Dazzling Diamonds with clear ep or heat & stick powder by bring out the pretties! I love adding sparkle and I know I'll be using this heaps.

I really do think I need to employ my husband to be my official photographer.. because I totally suck! It doesn't help that most of the time I'm trying to take pics at 10pm, but even in the day I can't take a good one. He's tried to explain how to do it properly lots of times, but it's a bit like when he starts talking computer stuff to me.. my eyes start to roll back in my head and I start to drool a little. I love you sweetie, but I DON'T CARE about the details, just take the damn photo! ;) Of course, the not caring part pretty much means I don't get to do the whining about not taking a good photo, and whining is something I'm very good at :)

Anyway... back to the topic. Head over to JAI and check out all the other gorgeous creations or enter your own! I'm off to play with my lush new Spice Cake dsp!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Kindergarten love

My 5 year old has made a very cute new friend this year. At his school there are two kinder classes run on Monday/Tuesday, and he was lucky enough to be in a class with his best friend and quite a few other kids he knows pretty well. But quite early in the year he made friends with a little girl in the other classroom, named Sophie, and she is soooo cute! They draw pictures or make box-work for each other in class then swap them at the end of the day. Sophie made a pretty cool box-work clock and gave it to Ollie yesterday, so last night he asked me to make something special that he could give to her today. It had to have her name on it, and it *had* to be pink and purple, cos those are her favourite colours... so here it is!

I guess I'll hear after school whether she liked it or not :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmassy goodness!

Wowzers trousers! Two posts in one day.. what the heck is going on? Well, the twins are asleep, the big boys are at school, and I'm ignoring all the housework that needs doing... so a typical monday really :)

It's actually a bit of therapy for me today... I'm feeling really *blargh* about everything, so I decided the best thing to do about it would be to vent to the world. Does anyone else ever feel like they're swimming underwater with a rock on their head stopping them from getting to the surface? That's were I am at the moment. I love my kids, and I wouldn't swap any of them for anything, but everything is just so overwhelming at the moment! Our house is a mess (well, nothing new there), the twins are actively destroying anything not nailed down, the older two have attitude coming out their ears, and it's getting to that time of year when everything just goes crazy and there are an additional sebentybajillion things to organise! I keep threatening to go stay in a hotel for a week just to get some peace and quiet, but I know my darling husband would never cope with all 4 kids on his own for anything more than a few hours.
So needless to say, once the kids are in bed and the nightly jobs are done, I feel the need to crack open a bottle of wine and viciously stamp things ;) Has anyone ever seen the cool lassie who does the My Drunk Kitchen videos? I think she's awesomely funny! I totally had the idea to do the same thing, but it would be Adventures of the Drunken Stamper. I can just imagine the wonderful, lopsided, smudged projects that would come forth at the end of each episode ;) Unfortunately I sound absolutely rubbish on video (even though I'm absolutely stunning in every other way ;)), and I have a feeling that Stampin Up demo support wouldn't approve of the idea :) Aahh well... maybe one day some other brave soul will throw their empty wine bottle out there and do it.

Ok, rant over now. A few deep breaths, "have a cup of concrete, princess", and we're back to the stamping! Kathy from StampingStill posted an awesome card the other day where she used the Stiched Stockings stamps and punch to make this card. I though it was a great idea, so I CASEd it for some of my christmas cards. Then at my christmas workshop a friend was playing with the Jolly Bingo Bits set, and we figured out you could use some of them as letters too.... so I did!

I think it looks really cute! Maybe with a bit more thought I could have come up with a better idea for the red panel - maybe some clear or gold embossing, or a nice, stripey DSP - but I  thought it wasn't a bad effort.

So that's it for today, I promise. No more ranting! I know I said I was going to post some pics of the projects from the christmas workshop, and I will, but I have a few ladies who couldn't make it on the day who are going to come round in a couple of weeks, so I don't want to ruin the surprise for them :) Once everyone has finished, I'll post pics :)

One final thing.. after having a good old rant about how difficult it is to have twins (parents of triplets or more may slap me here), I have to share this gorgeous photo I took at playgroup this morning. Max was pushing Wil around the playground in the car, and they were having a lovely time! If only they were always this cute :)