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Two little love birds June 27, 2011

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas,Sewing — aliessa @ 10:07 pm

I was going back through posts on Amy’s blog one day a few weeks ago looking for something specific (what I can’t remember now), and came across a gorgeous little bird.

It looked so cute and Amy’s pattern and instructions are so easy I just had to have a go! My mum was visiting so we sat down together and made a couple

I’m thinking a couple of these might be good in the school fete art and craft stall…

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting



School Fete art and craft stall June 26, 2011

Filed under: Cards,Classes,Cricut,Gift Ideas,Items for Sale,Sure Cuts A Lot 2 — aliessa @ 10:12 pm

Our kids school fete is coming up in September, and I am helping out with organising the art and craft stall (I’m sooo excited!!)

We’ve had a couple of gatherings and made a few items. I went home all inspired. So I went through my ever growing craft supplies and pulled out a few bits and pieces – left over kits from a card class, some scraps of cardstock I had that I had no immediate plans for and put together a few things to donate.

I had 4 of these cards with note pads left from the teacher gift card class last year. So I popped 1 card and 1 note pad togther into a cellophane bag and made up a topper for each bag. So cute!

And this is what I made with my bits and pieces of cardstock and DSP. I’m not sure how many packs I made up, but in each pack is 4 note cards and 4 matching envelopes. I use a rectangle of white cardstock, folded into a note card. I added the strip of DSP and the white banner with “a note for you” stamped on it. Then I added a stamped and cut out flower from Petal Pizzaz (SU) in a co-ordinating colour. So simple, and it made it really easy to mass produce them.

The envelope was cut on my cricut using an SVG file in SCAL2 from the same DSP that I used on the front of the cards.

I popped them in the cellophane bags and added a stamped topper. Super cute and super easy!

I’ve got heaps more ideas running through my head trying to make their way into reality. After the school holidays we’ll be meeting once a week to craft together and I am lucky enough to be showing everyone how to make a few different things, and then we’ll all make 20 or so and then move on to the next thing, so that we have a great variety of items for sale on the day.

If you enjoy school fetes, Mansfield SS will have theirs on Saturday 10th September from 11am-4pm, on the school oval; Ham Road Mansfield. I’ll post more details closer to the day, I may have more projects we make to show you too!

Thanks for dropping by

Happy Crafting



Birthday circles June 25, 2011

Filed under: birthdays,Cards,Cricut,Sure Cuts A Lot 2 — aliessa @ 4:14 am

Just popped in to share a quick card I made recently for my 9 years old son’s friend.

Papertrey Ink have recently released a number of boy and older male collections. I don’t own any of them yet, but I tried to get a similar effect on this card using a stamp set I already have.

The circles in the right hand corner are the “copy”. I really haven’t done a great job of copying it, but I think it works on the card anyway. The circles, including the red double circle with the star, are from a retired SU! set. The little present inside is from SU Party Hearty. The birthday ticket up the top and the ‘name & date’ on the right are from PTI ‘Just the Ticket’.

The star and circles with ‘ten’ cut out of it were made on my cricut, with SCAL2. I drew on the stitches around the star with a white gel pen (from smiggle). The distressed ink on the background is a really old SU stamp set (I think it was an hostess set). I had it in my pile of “give away or sell if possible”, but pulled it out to try the effect. So it might last a bit longer now ;).

Right-o that’s all for today. Thanks for stopping in, I hope you’ve found some sort of inspiration!

Happy crafting



Some sewing June 24, 2011

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas,Sewing — aliessa @ 1:15 am

Hi there! It’s the last day of school for my big kiddies and I’m sooooo excited! These cold winter mornings have just made it so hard to drag myself out of bed, let alone convince the kids they should get up 😉 2 weeks off, and really looking forward to not having to get up and go, or make lunches! hehe

Anyway! Recently I came across a gorgeous little baby bib on the net. I really liked it for the patchwork and quilting that was used. I have made quite a few applique baby quilts in the last 10 years, but never really mastered “quilting”. So I bought the pattern on line so I could learn. Unfortuantely the pattern didn’t show me how! How disappointed was I? But that was ok, because it did tell me that the form of quilting is called ‘free-motion’. So I googled it and found a bunch of blogs and you tube videos that showed me how, yay!

I rummaged through my fabric box and found some co-ordinating fabrics and made my own patchwork fabric to cut the pattern from, then set about making up these 5 bibs.

I was tickled pink with the result! Free motion quilting is very simple – but I quickly learnt that it’s not really easy. It took quite a bit of practice to figure out how to get that swirly motion right. I used some cheap wadding and calico “sandwiches” to practice on and just kept going over and over and over and over, adding new calico when the lines got too much and I couldn’t really tell if I was doing it right anyway. I eventually decided to have a try on one of the bibs – and had to unpick it! But finally I got the hang of it…

There are a few “pointy” bits, but the more I do, the better they look.

I originally wanted to make these for my niece for her birthday in September (I started early in case I really couldn’t do it), so I wanted to make a few different colours. these were my second batch. I just used a single fabric.

(yet another bad photo)

And my latest batch – I again went through my box of fabrics and pulled out pinks and purples. I really like these ones, not quite finished yet, but they will be soon enough (and I still have a couple of months)

So, what do you think? I don’t know how I’d go on anything bigger than a bib, but it’s a good place to start I think! I might try some shapes next (like flowers and spirals). Wish me luck!

Checkout this hand bag – I think it’s gorgeous. Mine is past it’s used by date and is falling apart, so I thought I might try my hand at making one similar to this. We’ll see how that goes….

Thanks for stopping in today!

Happy Crafting



Thanks Camp Quality June 14, 2011

Filed under: family stuff,Kids activities — aliessa @ 3:14 am

Happy Tuesday to you! Yesterday was a public holiday here and it was so nice to just do nothing for a change! We’ve had so many weekends we’ve had to be somewhere or do something that this weekend was designated as “ours”. And it was great.

 We spent Saturday morning at a mini golf place down the coast thanks to Camp Quality. It looked like rain as we were leaving the house, but it held off and the kids (and mum and dad) had a great time.

 Daddy won the course – there really is no other way it could have ended. Then the kids had a turn on the bungy trampoline! A little apprehensive, they didn’t do any flips, just enoyed bouncing REALLY high. Mum and dad would have loved to have a go – but there was a 50kg weight restriction, bummer :(.

And the generous owner, Darren, provided lunch of Pizza, Sushi, drinks and snacks for all the families who attended.

 I thought, while I’m on the Camp Quality story, I’d post some photos from another family activity we were able attend last month…Footy Fever family fun day! On the Thursday night we all met at Suncorp Stadium for a tour and the opportunity to meet the Bulldogs players

Now, in our household we’re all Broncos supporters, but it was still fun for the kids to line up and get signatures and even a photo or 2!

And then on Friday night we went on a bus into the double header. We only stayed for the Broncos v Manly Sea Eagles game – I didn’t want to keep the kids up too late. Unfortunately the Eagles won, but we still enjoyed watching the game together. I think Harrison’s favourite part of the night though was the bus ride! Hehehehe 🙂

Check out those binoculars!

So, a big thank you to Camp Quality, the Bulldogs and Darren from Mini Golf!

Thanks for listening to my warbling, I’ll be back with a crafty post soon 😉



June Card Class June 5, 2011

Filed under: Cards,Classes — aliessa @ 6:54 am

Hello again! Thought I’d quickly pop in to let you know the details for June’s card class.

As usual we’ll be making 8 cards – 2 each of 4 designs, cost is $20

Thursday 16th June, 7.30pm at my house. If you would like to attend drop me an email at (I’ll give you my address then)

So, the cards we’ll be making are…

card 1

card 2

Card 3 (The design for this card is credited to Amy, she kindly allowed me to use it for this class)

Card 4 (and this one the original concept I saw at this clever lady’s blog)

Obviously we’ll be using Petal Pizazz  and 5th Ave floral, in some gorgeous colours. I’d love to see you there!

My apologies once again for my horrific photography skills. This winter sun just doesn’t stream in through my windows the way it does in summer – I know, excuses, excuses 😉

Happy Crafting



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