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Halloween…in Australia?? October 21, 2010

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 3:20 am

As we know, Halloween is not a traditional Australian celebration, which our children think is MOST unfortunate (and as a child I agreed, now it doesn’t really bother me). However, last year our kids decided they wanted to dress up. Our neighbours have 2 little girls who are around the same age as 2 of our kids, they wanted to dress up too. So we went trick or treating to each other’s houses. They had a BLAST! Mum next door is so much fun and loves Halloween too, so their house was decorated with cobwebs and other such things. It was really quite fun.

This year we are planning to do the same thing, so I have prepared for the treat part early!

How cute are these? !!

This cute bon bon is made with a free SVG file from SVG cuts (made especially for Australians apparently – I was not aware that Christmas crackers aka bonbons were not in America – is this true? Surely not!). So easy!! The background of the skull is stamped with a circle of dots randomly to make it look like it’s covered in dots (aah, love stamps!) then inked around the edges with a sponge. The skull and cross bones is from a talented lady who shares free SVG files that she creates (THANK YOU!!). Click here for her blog. Then I added a little strip of CS either side and wrote on Trick or Treat. The ends are just tied with a length of white ribbon. This guy,- along with his twin, will go to my 2 older sons, filled with yummy treats (we even have some American candy at the moment thanks to family recently visiting the states – what a treat!)

Now, this one I’ve made a few of for my daughter & the neighbour girls. I really like it because it’s got all the right elements – it’s a “hand bag”, and therefore girly; the pumpkin and BOO say ‘halloween’, and I think the colour combo with that flourish give it just a touch of elegance. What do you think?

Super easy to make. The bag itself is a die from Papertrey Ink, so cut it out and stick the right parts together. The pumpkin is made from 5 SU large ovals punched from Tangerine tango (retired – but any orange CS would do). I inked the edges with choc chip ink, using a sponge, just to give them that slight 3D effect. Next I used my Cricut to cut out the pumpkin backing. I downloaded a free SVG (again from SVG cuts) of Harold the Jack-o-lantern and cut just the bottom layer in green. I scaled to about 2 inches (not sure on exact measurements) it was still a little long, but that’s ok, that’s what scissors are for. I adhered the ovals in place and used some foam adhesive to stick it the the bag. The flourish is also from SVG cuts. The “BOO” is font Arial Black cut on my cricut – aaah LOVING my cricut now that I have more things to cut with it!

Hmm…getting excited! The kids have seen their goodies and have given approval, so now just waiting for the right day to roll around!

What Halloween goodies are you making? Have a great day and enjoy your craft time!




I call it “The Suitable Collection” October 20, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Items for Sale,Stampin' Up! — aliessa @ 3:12 am

Ha Ha! Just me playing silly imaginations! One day I dream of having my own little store with all things gorgeous and crafty to sell…If that were to EVER happen, I want a range of cards that are called “The Suitable Collection”. In it I would have cards that are suitable for any occasion without the sentiment attached. A set of cards would come with a bunch of sentiments pre-stamped and cut just waiting to be attached, so the person giving the card could choose at the time what sentiment to adhere (if any). I also want to have a Christmas range, a birthday range, a baby range, etc etc….A girl can dream right? 🙂

ANYWAY, last year the kids school P & C ran a Ladies Market night where mum’s (and in some cases dads) could come along to sell their wares, for a small fee, to the community. It was a fun night, and I am hoping they are running it again this year. In anticipation I have started making a few sets of cards to sell

This was the first card I made. Each set has 5 cards, I made 6 so that I would have one to keep and make again if needed. I have used a lot of retired SU products in these cards in hopes of using up all my retired CS and DSP, sell some nice cards and be able to buy some new stuff!

I LOVE this card! That little sheep is just too darn cute! At my last card class one of the ladies showed us all how to make the sheep. She said she had seen it on the internet, but for all the googling I’ve done, I can’t find this exact sheep (there are quite a few very similar though). So, to whoever the credit is due, I apologise. I still love him. I’ve used the SU scallop circle punch, word window punch and large oval punch. The hills are made from (retired) SU Kiwi Kiss DSP. Don’t you just love him? I made a different colour version of this for my husband’s boss, whose wife recently had a baby boy. So adorable as a baby card!

If you frequent adelisa designs blog you may have seen a very similar card to this there. I have borrowed the idea of the monkey (SU fox & friends) swinging from the tree branch (SU cheep talk) from Lisa. She & Adele are so talented! I’ve added my own touches with the rick-a-rack and button.

These 3 are all the same design, I’ve just made the backing CS & the ink for the giraffe different colours to suit baby boy, girl or neutral. What do you think of the background paper? Cute huh? I used a sheet of SU whisper white CS and stamped the giraffe from SU set fox & friends in the 3 colours (kiwi kiss, baja breeze & pink pirouhette), in different directions. I’ve finished it off with the sentiment “a star is born” from SU picture this. In a set of 5 I have included 2 pink, 2 blue & 1 green.

I love these two Christmas cards as well. The first uses the tree from SU season of joy. I’ve embossed the base using SU polka dots impression folder. The second card is a varied CASE of an example in the SU catalogue & ideas book. So sweet. I am enjoying using embossing powders to highlight images and the impressions folders now that I have a Big Shot.

These last 2 are two of the cards we will be making in next months Christmas Card class (Thursday 25th November 7.30 at my house). The third will use SU snow swirled, but is yet to be created 🙂

All these cards are 4″ x 4″, 5 cards in a set. Have a go at making these yourself, if you don’t own some of the retired products just replace them with something similar. If it all seems too hard, I am selling them for $10/set. (plus p/h if required), and am only to happy to take the hard work out of it for you! Just send me an email

I really hope the Ladies Market Night goes ahead, as I am busily making cards, wood blocks and other crafty goodies to sell (which is why I have been absent from blog land for so long). But if it doesn’t, at least I will have plenty of cards and gifts ready to go!

I hope the sun is shining where you are (even if it’s raining here – a nice day to catch up on posting!)




8 Today

Filed under: Cards,Cricut,Sure Cuts A Lot 2 — aliessa @ 1:47 am

In our church children are usually baptised at the age of 8. We believe this is the age of accountability, when they know and can choose right from wrong. On the weekend one of our nieces had her baptism. For her card I wanted to make it special and pretty and feminine. When we are baptised we are dressed in white, which is symbolic of being made clean. So for this card I wanted to work with white, and I added in some pink for the pretty, feminine part.

aah, poor lighting (again!), sorry. I have used an SVG file from SVGcuts to make the pretty flower border, and Comic Sans MS font in SCAL2 to cut out the ‘8 Today’ on my Cricut. So, so simple, but I really think it looks pretty and is exactly as I imagined her card to be.

You’ve got to try it!




Live, Laugh, Love

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 1:32 am


Live well, Laugh often, Love much – this is one of my favourite sayings. It’s a good motto for life I reckon!

This weekend just gone we had a lovely lunch out to celebrate a friends 30th birthday. I’ve been looking a lot at the site “How Does She?”. If you’ve not seen it before click on the link (the site name) to take a look, it is well worth a look. They have posts on craft, cooking, all sorts of wonderful goodies to make! Anyway, what does that have to do with the saying? I was looking at all their wood craft by Alison and I just LOVE what she can do with a 4 x 2 piece of wood! I thought, “hmm…I could have a go at some of those things”, so I did. For our friend I made a block stack of that saying.

I haven’t used 4 x 2 for this project, I’ve used 42 x 42mm pine cut to length. I used SU Haiku paper to cover all the surfaces, then used my cricut to cut out the lettering. Tied a ribbon round it and voila, done! (not quite as quick as that sounds with all the waiting for glue to dry and the endless sanding…but simple)

I whipped up a bag and card to go with it, and I was certainly pleased with the finished result. What do you think? It’s worth having a go yourself! Next I’m going to try this really cute chore “chart” they have! Keep your eyes peeled for it…

Now, a few posts ago I mentioned Sure Cuts A Lot 2, which many of you may have heard of, but I hadn’t until recently. It’s software for your computer that works with the Cricut to cut out ANY true font you want! So you can download free fonts/dingbats (or purchased, whatever) and install them on your computer and use them. Also if you have a picture you want to cut out you can use this software to convert it and cut it out with the Cricut!! I am still a newbie and not quite worked out all the ins and outs, but the more I use it the more I love it! To be honest, if all it did was give me the use of the fonts I’d be quite happy, as cartridges cost SO much. I found a great site, SVG cuts, where you can download free and purchased files to use! I have a couple of projects I’m working on right now using some of their files, I’ll post them soon. The only negative thing I have to say is that I couldn’t get SCAL2 to work with Windows 7. Fortunately we have a second computer in our house that the kids use for school stuff which runs on Windows Vista and it works brilliantly.

Well, feeling chirpy today, I have a couple of cards to post shortly!

🙂 Aliessa

Blocks: 42 x 42mm pine, SU Haiku DSP (retired), wood glue, sand paper, SU choc chip CS, SU choc chip marker, Cricut, SCAL2 – font Pea Laura, SU choc chip ribbon (retired), matt spray finish.

Bag: SU Pink Flamingo DSP (retired), SU old olive ribbon, SU Jumbo pewter eyelets, crop-o-dile


Teacher Gift Class October 4, 2010

Filed under: 3D projects,Cards,Classes,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 2:54 am

Hi Everyone!

 The end of the year is quickly coming upon us. It’s a great time to prepare your gifts for friends and teachers! In This month’s class we will be making a gift set. It is geared toward teachers, however, there will be the option on the night to customise the sentiment so that you can use this set for someone other than a teacher. We will be making a card with a relaxing tea bag included, a covered note pad and a post-it-note holder with pen. Some items we will be heat embossing, and we are using a number of dies cut in the BIG SHOT!

Class Details:

Date: Thursday 28th October

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Preston Home (Address will be supplied if needed upon RSVP)

Cost: $18 for card with tea bag, notebook and post –it-note holder

$23 includes above with post-it-notes and pen

RSVP is required to secure your place. Please contact Aliessa by

Wednesday 20th October on

SMS/mobile 0402 298 903

Or email

Please note, the idea for the post-it-note holder is not mine. I have seen many styles around on blogs, but this particular one came from Kimberly Crawford.

I wanted to tell you just how easy these projects are – My 8 year old son made the tea bag card with minimal help…

This is his card!

I am also offering kits for this set. Prices are as above, plus p/h if required.  You will receive all the materials required to make the gift set (other than double sided tape), including pre-stamped images ready for cutting, and detailed instructions to assemble each item. If you are a little time-starved and are unable to attend the class, but would love to make this cute set, this might be a suitable option! You may order multiple kits.

And finally, next month’s class will be Christmas Cards! Book in the 25th November, 7.30pm to make some beautiful cards to send to your loved ones. Details will be available in a few weeks.

Have a fantastic week – and to all the mums in Australia, happy first day back to school!

Aliessa 🙂

 ***I just thought I should add in here that most of the stamps and dies used for this set are from Papertrey Ink***





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