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My Clever Husband! February 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — aliessa @ 7:02 am

In a 3 bedroom home with 4 kids and all my craft stuff, sometimes it seems a bit tight. Our oldest son has got to an age where he needs a bit of privacy so we moved him into the “study” which really means the junk room. It was the room where all my craft stuff lives, the computer was living and anything we didn’t know where to put it went. To get a bed in there we cleaned it up quite nicely. However, the closet in his room is quite useless (really it should go, but is currently stuffed with, well stuff). So we had all his clothes stored under the bed in some boxes as drawers (sounds horrble, but was quite functional until the boxes started to deteriorate). Enter “My Clever Husband”. We know you can buy under bed drawers, but I really wanted to make some. So, my husband took up the challenge and this is what we got…

I may be bias, but I think he did a fantastic job! And it matches our son’s bed perfectly!



Stepping box and card

Filed under: 3D projects,Cards,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 6:43 am

This little combo I’ve been holding on to for a while. We were going to use it for a class, but have since decided on other options.

For the stepping box I found a tutorial on the web by Terri Digness – click here to check it out.

I have used Washington Apple DS paper and pumpkin pie card stock – what a striking combination. I thought it was a cute way to present a small gift you may want to give, like earrings or other jewellery items. Or you could fill it with lollies (I’d love it filled with mm’s!)

The card is one that I have admired on a few blogs. It was quite simple to make and makes the card just a little more exciting!

If you would like to make it but have trouble figuring it out leave a comment I’m happy to help with instructions (just not sure I’m clever enough to make a tutorial!)

For both the box and card embellishments I have used a scallop circle punched from pumpkin pie, layered with a 1 3/8″ circle of whisper white. I have used the level 1 hostess gift set “Best Yet” for the sentiment.



Gift Voucher Card

Filed under: Uncategorized — aliessa @ 4:16 am

This card and voucher I made for a friend’s birthday. The idea came from Nichole Heady – she has posted a super easy tutorial.

The base card is very vanilla, layered with some random pinkish red paper I had in my stash of never ending paper. I have stamped the butterfly (from Great Friend set) in white craft ink. I’ve cut one out and used foamies to make it pop. I have also stamped the sentiment “Wish Big” from short & sweet on the voucher with chocolate chip ink.

 I’ve used the slit punch to make the half circle along one open edge of the case. And the horizontal slot punch to thread the very vanilla ribbon through.



Easel card

Filed under: Cards — aliessa @ 3:40 am

I have seen this gorgeous little card on a number of blogs and really wanted to have a go. So I made this one for my mother in law for her birthday.

The layout I cased from my beautiful friend Adele – she is so incredibly creative. I found a really simple tutorial on line from Andrea Hayes. For the base card I have used Riding Hood Red cardstock. The DS Paper is also RHR. 

I’ve punched a scallop circle in pink pirouhette, layered it with a choc chip circle (hand cut – but only because I don’t have the right sized circle yet!) And then I’ve stamped the cup cake from the Party Hearty stamp set in Ruby Red & choc chip, then I used the 1 1/4″ circle punch to crop it for the top layer.

The sentiment is from Short & Sweet, stamped in choc chip on very vanilla card, edges inked in choc chip. The lacy bottom edge is also very vanilla punched using the eyelet border.

For the inside I have wrapped a length of hemp twine around a pink pirouhette square to fit (edges inked in RHR then with Choc chip – gives a nice effect!), tied with a small knot. This is to rest the front of the card on to keep it upright. My message is on the top half of the square hidden behind the “easel”. This way the card can be displayed without everyone and anyone reading your personal message.


Valentines Day

Filed under: 3D projects — aliessa @ 3:09 am

I’m a bit slow on the uptake these days, hence, today I am catching up on a few things! I’m not big on the commercialisation of Valentines day, but I do love so many people and I like to tell them so. On Sundays we go to church, so before we left this week just gone, I sat down and made my family members each a place card and love note…

It was super simple. I originally wanted to make each of them a small easel card, but when I messed that up twice I adapted it into these little name cards. It is just a 4″ x 2″ piece of cardstock with a valley/mountain fold just off centre, joined at the ends to form the peak with a narrow fold and double sided tape.

I used the Simply Said stamp set with ruby red and chocolate chip ink on pink pirouhette cardstock to make the heart on the front

On the back I stamped “love you” from the short & sweet set in choc chip ink. I also used my choc chip marker to write their name (although this one says My one true love – gotta be my husband).

Then I wrote each of my children and my husband a little note on a square of printer paper telling them something I love about them, rolled it up and slipped it inside. I was so pleased with their reaction. My daughter was so excited she wasn’t willing to wait until dinner after church to read it (although that was just too bad – she waited). In response my husband got me to make one extra and he wrote a little note for me too.

So, although it is belated Happy Valentines Day!



Sale-A-Bration! February 1, 2010

Filed under: Specials,Stampin' Up! — aliessa @ 10:26 am

How remiss of me to not post something for this exciting event! My apologies, I have been busy sending little ones back to school and tending to the remaining 2 at home 🙂

Click here to view the catalogue!

Sale-A-Bration runs from January 25 to March 31, 2010. During this time for every $100 you spend you earn a free stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue! Simple as that. You may also like to host a workshop to recieve even more free sets. When you host a workshop with $600 in sales you receive another set free! What a great way to quickly collect all 4 sets! And if you happen to earn duplicates of the 4, what a great gift to give someone special!

And that’s not all! If you have ever thought you might like to be a SU! demonstrator – now is the time to join! Just for signing up you can choose any stamp set you like up to the value of $79.95 from the current Idea book & Catalogue (excluding hostess sets) – that’s on top of all the savings you receive on you starter kit!  How great is that?!

If you are in the Mount Gravatt area or nearby and are interested in hosting a workshop, placing a Sale-A-Bration order or taking that next step to become a demonstrator, email me at :

In the next month my sisters and I will be holding another class, details to come soon. In the mean time, HAPPY STAMPIN’!





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