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Family Time – Not craft related! September 30, 2010

Filed under: family stuff — aliessa @ 3:15 am

It is school holidays at the moment, which is wonderful! I love not having to worry about the rush in the morning to get the kids ready, lunches made, bags packed and out the door by 8.25am. Sometimes finding things to entertain the kids is a little hard, but we get by.

Last week we went camping with a few friends. It was SO nice. A really lovely spot and so relaxing. We camped at Spring Gully Stays just south of Cunungra in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Our spot was right on a bend in the river.

The kids had a great time playing along the edge of the river, collecting tadpoles, throwing rocks, playing in the mud…

And the big boys (2 of them are the daddys!) decided to build a rock bridge from our camp to the other side of the river so that they could cross over without getting their shoes wet.

They were building for about an hour and they really did a good job. They had a base to start from as there was a small “waterfall” already there (lovely ambiance – but took a little to get used to when sleeping 🙂 ).

Spring Gully Stays has lovely amenites, what with a civilised bathroom (such an improvement on last years camp!) and a  great area for playing cricket, we had a ball and could have spent the whole time right there.

However, we did decide to take a trip one afternoon up into the mountains to visit O’Reilly’s. I had never been up there, but heard it was great. Rob has been, but not for about 15 years. It was a scary drive up, with narrow roads (half marked as “one lane next…km”) accompanied by sheer drop offs and no guardrails. I am a nervous, anxious person at the best of times, so this was an interesting drive 🙂

Having said that, it was totally worth it! At the top we piled out of the cars and walked over to the little shop, where we discovered the bird feeding. For $4 (and a $10 deposit which you get back) you get some seed in a big silver tray. The moment you walk out the door of the shop these gorgeous red and green parrots come swooping in to feed. The sign recommends wearing a hat and long sleeves to protect your body, unfortunately we weren’t really dressed appropriately so some came away a bit scratched up.


There is about a 10 metre walk to the bird feeding area, and you get bombarded the whole way there.

I spent most of the time behind the camera, but when a bird came and landed on me I quickly got my sister to take a photo! Cool experience!

Harrison thought they were pretty cool – although he also thought they were good to chase

Even Hyrum wanted to get a closer look

It took Liv a little while to decide she wanted to get ‘up close and personal’ with the birds, but I know she’s glad she did eventually!

Jackson jumped straight in to have a go

And Daddy? Well…

“Just call me BIRD MAN”. He had birds all over him for the half hour that we were in the feeding area. (And he loved it as much as the kids).

We took a quick walk through the rainforest along the boardwalk – we avoided the treetop climb (prams don’t really do too well in trees), and enjoyed the walk through the tree tops on the suspension bridge.

We really enjoyed our few days away. It was a great camping holiday.

I hope you’re all enjoying your week!




Birthdays anyone?

Filed under: Cards,Stampin' Up! — aliessa @ 1:44 am

Just some more birthday cards…as I said – A never ending story!

Cute? This was made for my 8  year old son’s friend.

And this one was for a slightly older boy 🙂

Both cards are 3.5 inch square. I’ve been using this size a bit lately. I really like it. Only problem is the envelope!

Happy crafting!


Cup cake card: cardstock – cream, SU close to cocoa, SU more mustard; paper – SU DSP Kiwi Kiss, SU DSP Riding Hood Red;  stamps – SU Crazy for Cupcakes, SU Short and Sweet;  ink – Kiwi Kiss, Choc Chip

Celebrate You card: cardstock – SU close to cocoa, SU very vanilla, SU Kiwi Kiss; paper – SU DSP Kiwi Kiss; stamps – SU Party Hearty;  ink – SU close to cocoa; other – scallop circle punch, sponge.



Some quick cards September 7, 2010

Filed under: Cards — aliessa @ 12:32 am

My heavily pregnant sister FINALLY had her baby!! It’s a beautiful little GIRL!! After how sick she has been and all the false starts, we were all relieved that she finally graced us with her presence 🙂 (None more than my sister though!)

Anyway, that was on Sunday, so Sunday night we jumped in the car and went out to visit the newest little addition. She was a week overdue but only weighed 6lb 12 ounces! Amazing!

This is the card I made for her – it was put together quickly because she was born while we were at church, so we barely stopped at home before driving out to visit.

I just love these little birdies from Cheep Talk! They lend themselves to any occasion – and they’re just so darn cute!!

The second card I made 2 of for some young ladies birthday’s at church that are in the class my husband and I teach.

Super simple. I have rediscovered my scallop square, and I like it! The little present is 2/3 of the present from Happy moments (SAB free set). I coloured it in with the blender pen and sponge, then squeezed a drop of crystal effects over each circle on the top present.

Right, I’m off, my little one is desperate to play Nick Jnr and I’m copping quite an earful for taking too long to get off!

Have a great week!




The other baby shower…

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 12:16 am

As promised, some piccies of our friends baby shower… We had a lovely afternoon with friends, less games at this shower and more eating and chatting 🙂

First up, the tags for our glasses, cut with my Cricut. Super simple and easy, but I think they look so pretty

The games prizes…

As I love notebooks, of course there was one. (I always have one in my handbag and beside my bed for when I get a great idea and don’t want to forget!). It co-ordinates with the invitations, the glass tags and everything else! I made the background behind the star by swiping the edge of my ink pad randomly around.

co-ordinating soap

And this cute little box has inside a bath fizzer

And the last thing I have to show you is the cute little Thank you’s!

The idea for these came from Betsy Veldman. You can click here for her tutorial. My little box differs from Betsy’s in that I needed to make it slightly wider to accomodate the contents. I also added a lid so that it wouldn’t slip out. Don’t be fooled by the photo either – this cutie is really small. It’s about 1.5 inches square and only half an inch deep. Rather fiddly work!

Inside is a Dove Promise. These are yummy little chocolates, inside the wrapper is a funny little note – usually something to do with you and your love of chocolate. The little Thank you tag on the front I cut with my Cricut (I’m getting to love it now I know how to use it AND I bought the program Sure Cuts A Lot 2 – which is GREAT!! More about that later)

So that’s the baby shower’s finished for us for a while!

Happy crafting 🙂




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