Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Is my eye twitching?

Hey there Blogmeisters!  Just  a quick one before I run off again ;)  I've been very 'head down bum up' this last week or so, (not a great image ;) frantically getting my mag stuff completed by deadline, as well as the stuff for the store.  I have a couple of classes this week.  First up is my cuttlebug class, which is on tomorrow.  Then Saturday I have my gift tags and bags class in the morning then my Vintage double layout in the afternoon.  Then Sunday it's the gift tags and bags again!
Here's what they look like.

The first one is a wine bag (hint hint ;) that's super easy to make, the Santa tag is actually an adaptation of a card by Cindy Lawrence. The 2nd bag is also made from scratch, and the tag has a v cute flocked Santa on it, the 3rd bag is actually made from an envelope, very quick and easy to do - created the same way as my Halloween treat bag I made.
Anyhoo, back to the paper trimmer ;)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Too Much Cute Stuff

Hey there bloggers, today started with Hamish (4) crawling into my bed at 5am and then proceeding to vomit everywhere (just as well I have a strong-ish stomach or I'd have joined in in sympathy).  So needless to say it's a stay at home and play catch the vomit day today (fun)  But now he's asleep and I'm blog-hopping when I should be working (deadlines, what deadlines?) and I keep finding sites with the cutest handmade embellishments (I'm such a sucker) check it out
If you click on the pic it'll take you to the site and you can have a go at winning it, cool, huh?  Makes me want to crack out the crochet cotton and go all granny-like...except I need to go back to work....Although a handmade embellishment would put the finishing touch on the layout I'm working on ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Just a Quickie ;)

Hey there Blogsters,
I survived, just, after a couple of Nanna naps, highly under-rated, the Nanna nap, good for what ails you, I say.  Anyway enough rambling, I have a quick share. It's my best friend's Mum's birthday this week and I was informed that I was not to make a card with chickens or frogs on it, I was to make something tasteful - as befitting the recipients advancing years (all of 60, a veritable spring chicken! )
So, luckily I had been ruminating on an idea for a class for the schedule in the new year, called Vintage Ladies, and this is what I came up with.

I hope it passes muster ;)
Have a great night!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Classes, classes and more classes!

I suspect Fiona is secretly trying to kill me off by putting all of my classes on at once! ;) I have the new vintage double layout on this Friday, (then the shop xmas party in the evening), then Saturday we start with the Interactive Xmas class then have the cuttlebug cards in the afternoon.  Then Sunday we have the off the page frenzy - where people bring along their UFO's or new ones and we get cracking!
So if you don't hear from me after Sunday I've gone into a crafting coma ;) I love a good whinge, it's the English blood in me.

Betty and Jack were my Grandparents, my Dad's parents.  I get my craftiness from Grandma (and my messiness) and my whingey-ness from my Grandad (the Pom).  Isn't it creepy how much I look like my Grandma ;)
I used all Graphic 45 papers and pretty much all Graphic 45 embellishments, not that I'm obsessed or anything ;)

Poor Fiona, she accused me of giving her wrinkles and putting her in an early grave (hmmm, might explain the classes marathon ;).  I can be very 11th hour in handing in my examples, but I must say that the flowery card (the stress-making culprit) turned out to be my favourite, obviously I work best under pressure....
I also got to play with the new Tim Holtz machine on Monday, the Vagabond.  I'm in love (sigh) I can't justify getting one as I already have my beloved Cuttlebug...but if something were to ever happen to it....well it is super-cute, and comes with stickers to customise it ;)
the sides open out like a cuttlebug, the clasp-looking bits are the on/off and direction switches and it has a hidden compartment to stash the electric cord.  I just love it.  And on that note, I'm off to finish writing my class notes ;)
Have fun bloggers, B

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Issue 3 is Here!

I'm so excited because Krischelle's layout is on the cover!  Yay! You go girl! I did off the page for this issue - 12 days of Christmas advent houses, a star wreath and my Christmas Control Journal (really gotta get that back so I know what I'm supposed to be buying and making ;)

The daggy, giddy delight still hasn't worn off - although the stress of trying to get everything completed in time is certainly not fun ;)
I did another full day class with Jane Tregenza yesterday, gimme a day or so to complete the stuff and I'll post some pics from that.
Anyway, I need more coffee, have a great Tuesday, B

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Have Yourself an Interactive Xmas

Well, as per usual I have come up with a class that will most likely drive me mad to teach!  I seem to have some sort of sad addiction to complex cards.  The new class schedule starts this week, along with my interactive xmas cards class on Friday.
My gal pal Val (I'm such the poet) gave me the inspiration for the exploding xmas card/decoration.  (She's the Bill to my Ted on our excellent craft shop adventures).

My 11 year old son Connor actually gave me the idea for the pop-up Santa card.  Last year he created a hilarious interactive card all by himself that featured Santa Claus going up and down the chimney, with his legs sticking out and a speech bubble coming out the side saying 'Help! Help! I'm stuck!!' Freakin' hilarious.  When I showed him my card he looked at me in outrage and yelled at me that I'd stolen his idea!  So I promised to put in a disclaimer ;)

The shaker card uses the Penny Black snow globe stamp and the Stampendous elf - sooo cute.  Secretly I just did it to justify my buying the stamps ;)  Maybe I'll use it again soon to do a layout about my snowglobe collection.....

Well, I don't have anything else exciting to add, except that I fell in love with a cat named Jingles yesterday, and daren't go back into the pet store for awhile in case I come out with an adorable furball stuffed down my jumper (hey, and I'm not a cat person per se - but this guy was hilarious, a total goof-ball, he'd fit right in around here.) Sigh.  I'll have to send Connor in for the crickets for a while until I come to my senses...no wait he'd be as bad as me, it'll have to be Dion ;)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Vintage Cards Class Today

Hey Bloggers,
I had my Hero Arts/Simply stamped class yesterday - the ladies were a hoot, I think we may have scared poor Una though ;)  I can't remember if I'd posted photos of it the last time it ran...hmmm...don't think so, here's what they looked like anyway - I LOVE the little owl peeking out of the present, too cute.

The 3 trees one was a hit, because it looks impressive but is really quite easy (just the way I like it ;)

 I love the cherubs stamp - I think because it reminds me of the Golden Books I used to read.  
Anyway, I don't have time for these shenanigans!  I'd better get ready for work ;)
Have a great Saturday!  We're off to the Wynnum foreshore tomorrow with the kids - a last Sunday Hurrah for me since I'll be starting taking over Jolene's Sundays from next week since it's her last day tomorrow :(  Good luck with the move Jolene!