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Ladies Market Night November 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — aliessa @ 6:41 am

Two weeks ago my children’s school P & C hosted a “Ladies Market Night” fundraiser. Basically the ladies of the school community were offered (for a small fee) the opportunity to set up a stand to advertise their business & sell their products. So my two sisters and I went along with Stampin’ Up! It was a fun night. We got to sit around stampin’ for 2 hours and tell other people about the gorgeous products. We also thought we might try to sell some of our cards, so in the week leading up to it we spent a few days card making. I wanted to share these cards before the remaining few disappeared!

This is my favourite! I sat down late the night before market night because I really wanted to add some Christmas cards to our selection. This one was a fluke. I really wanted to use this stamp from the ‘Season of Joy’ set – I have seen it on a few cards around the blogs. So I decided on Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss as the main colour theme (what better than red and green for Christmas) then threw in a splash of white when the Kiwi Kiss DS paper didn’t quite stand out. I used RH Red 5/8 ” striped grosgrain ribbon and that was it. So very simple, but I love the way the colours burst from the card.

This card is pretty much straight from Amy. I’ve used this layout a couple of times with different stamp sets. But her original, using the ‘Great Friend’ set was so effective I wanted to use it too. I used different colours and left out the masking, (due to time). But I was still pleased with the overall look. I have used: cardstock – chocolate chip, whisper white, kiwi kiss (and an orange one from somewhere else that needed using up!); ink: kiwi kiss, riding hood red, chocolate chip; punches – scallop circle, 1 3/8″ circle


The layout for both of these cards came from mojo monday. I have used the ‘live like you mean it’ level 1 hostess gift set with pacific point DS paper and ink, and the scallop edge punch. And the second I have used the ‘party hearty’ stamp set with Tangerine Tango DS paper, chocolate chip card stock and ink, with the scallop cirlce and scallop edge punches.  Both cards are on a very vanilla base.

For the night we were also required to provide a raffle prize. I saw Amy’s gorgeous lucky door prize she made and thankfully she was willing to share information! So this is my version. 


Inside the gorgeous little folder are 18 handmade die cuts ready for use with any card or scrapbooking project!

I don’t know about anyone else, but coming up with card layouts that I’m happy with is not one of my strong suits. So I am very grateful to all those wonderful people who allow me to CASE their work! I’m hoping one day I will come up with some FABULOUS project and be able to return the favour…


Card Gift Box November 18, 2009

Filed under: 3D projects,Cards,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 10:59 am

This card box caught my attention and I had to try it for myself. A really big thank you to Louise(handmade by lou) who posted a tutorial to make it.  Her instructions were so perfect!

So this is what I chose to occupy myself with this afternoon. I have used a number of retired 2008 papers (I had to use them up somewhere!), add in some ribbon, chocolate chip cardstock & ink; and the “Great Friend” stamp set from the Spring Mini, and viola! One card gift box. I made this with my 6 month old son sitting on my lap. And even with him constantly reaching for everything, it was simple enough to construct.  I think he enjoyed himself as much as I did! Now all I have to do is make some cards to go in it…


Jeans Bag November 17, 2009

Filed under: Sewing — aliessa @ 3:41 am

Not long after I had our first child, and I had a few extra kilos, I bought a pair of jeans that were incredibly comfortable. They weren’t expensive, they were a colour I liked, and they fit really well. The best pair of jeans I have ever owned. But, as that was almost 8 years ago, my favourite pair of jeans deteriorated. One knee developed a rip, which I patched, but there are only so many times you can patch a hole. After the fifth time it ripped I decided they need to be retired. But I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them out. So instead I cut them up and made them into a handy bag!

From the waist band to mid thigh made the right size for the bag. I just cut along the seams of the inner leg, opened them out and overlapped them to sew it up. The remaining length of the legs  cut into strips and joined together to give double thickness was just enough to make into hadles. It was really simple, the waistband meant no sewing at the top. The buttons and pockets give the bag it’s own unique look and there are plenty of belt loops to hang my keys on! I love to use it when we go out as a family as I have so many things to take with me aside from the ususal stuff that goes in a nappy bag (which comes too!)


Baby bouquets

Filed under: Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 3:17 am

 I absolutely LOVE the idea of baby boquets. I am a very “Practical” person. I love getting practical gifts. So, in turn I also love to give practical gifts (which may be unfortunate for some of my friends who prefer other things!) But I think baby bouquets are so beautiful and they are practical. I also don’t like to spend more money than I have to and purchasing baby bouquets can be a little pricey, so I decided to have a go at making my own! All I needed was a few pairs of socks, bibs, a couple of onesies, a muslin wrap, some plastic leaves and some string and ribbon to hold it all together! Wrapping each peice of clothing individually and tying them with some thin string works best. Then arrange them in a bouquet, fold and wrap the muslin around the lot and make it look pretty with the ribbon. I also added a couple of hand made tags. One to give details of what was in the bouquet and another as the card.

I also had a go at adding in some disposable nappies, which was easy enough. It made for a rather white bouqet though! And I couldn’t stop at that, I had to try a nappy cake too. I didn’t get to creative with this one. Because it took so long to roll all the nappies, making sure they were tight enough and then put the layers together, I was all out of energy. 


So, needless to say, I haven’t made a nappy cake since this one from my sister’s baby shower. But the bouquets I like to make. I collect bits and pieces to go in them as I see them on special, and this way I can get good quality items too!


Baby Bear

Filed under: Gift Ideas,Sewing — aliessa @ 2:53 am


As each of my babies were born, my mum whipped up a “baby” signature bear so that we could remember everyone who visited our little bundle of joy. My mum has passed her desire for sentimental collectables on to me, so I would make my friends their very own baby bear when they gave birth to their children. This one was for a little girl, I like to embroid their name and birth date on the back.


I also like to embriod something “pretty” on the front, depending on the gender. I may be bias, but I think they are much nicer than the cheap ones you can buy in the shops. Yes it takes a little more effort, but I think it’s worth it! 


Angelic cushions

Filed under: Sewing — aliessa @ 2:37 am


Once upon a time I so very much loved making cushion covers. I know exactly when that period ended, when my little boy was diagnosed with cancer and life was put on hold. But since he has been basically “all better” for a little while now I am slowly regaining time to do these sorts of things. I was at my mum’s on the weekend and she was asking me questions about a couple of cushions I had made for her. Just looking at them awakened a desire to make some! These cushions are both from a while ago, but I love them! I want to make some more. I really don’t know what I did with these – I guess they were presents for someone. So all I have to do now is find some fabric that I really like (as much as the fabric used for these!)

*The embroidery images for these cushions are NOT my design – some one else is much more talented than me! “Angel Blessings” is an original design by Buzzy Bee Buttons. The “Angels of Love” pattern I borrowed and so I don’t remember who it’s creator was – my apologies.


Christmas Card making Class November 13, 2009

Filed under: Cards,Classes — aliessa @ 9:04 pm

My Sisters and I will be hosting a Christmas Card Making Class!

You will get to make 9 beautiful cards (3 each of 3 designs).

27th November, 7.30pm.

Cost: $20 if you use our adhesive or $15 if you use your own

The class will be held at my house in Mount Gravatt

RSVP is essential  as numbers are limited – so get in quick to secure your place! You can do this by emailing me at

These are the cards we will be making

Christmas Baroque Motif

The layout for this card is from one of my favourite blogs – Mojo Monday ( For this card we will use the Baroque Motifs Stamp set, and learn to emboss with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!

Christmas flower

This gorgeous layout I have cased from my wonderfully creative cousin Amy ( We will be using 3 stamp sets for this and learning to “mask”.

Christmas Tree card

And the final card. I have also cased this design from Amy. A beautifully simply card, we will use the Season of Joy stamp set. Get those fingers ready to learn to tie the perfect knot!

So if you would love to make these yourself to give away this Christmas email me asap!



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