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Despicable Me Minion Party Invitations September 11, 2013

Hello! It has been much, much too long since I have blogged. But I have been enjoying life and haven’t found time to stop and blog I’m afraid!

I wanted to share some invitations I have made for my son’s upcoming birthday party. When I asked him what theme he wanted he quickly replied “Minions!”. So Minions it is! I set about finding a Silhouette Cameo cutting file, but had a bit of trouble. So I found a file that I used as a starting point and made my own.


This is the finished product – aren’t they adorable!! 



Once the file was created it was quite simple to put them all together.

If you would like the file to use with a Silhouette Cameo please contact me by leaving a comment or emailing me at I would post it here, but it doesn’t seem to be a file that I can load 😦 so sorry.

Well, that is all for today. I’ll post some pics of the party foods, decorations, etc if I get adventurous enough to make them cute too!

Happy Crafting!



July Card Class – Little parcels of Love July 14, 2012

Hello everyone! I hope that this post finds you in good health and happy spirits.

This month’s class is focused on pretty packaging, that makes the recipient feel your love with all the time and effort you have put into their gift.

We’ll be making one of each of the following

First up is this cute little basket.

Can you see some delicious home baked goodies in here? Or maybe some soothing bath products? The possibilites will keep coming to you!

Next is this pint-sized luch pail. Isn’t it just darling?

I must add in here that both the basket and lunch pail ideas came from Nichole’s blog. Unfortunately the templates she used are no longer available for purchase, so I have created my own! I was quite pleased with the outcome 🙂

And last is a whimsical mini album.

A look at the inside.

Undo those pretty green bows to reveal the accordian fold pages just waiting for your personal touch!

This too was inspired by the talented Nichole.

Class will be held on Thursday 26th July at my home, 7.30pm

Cost is $20.

If you would like to come along please email me by Tuesday 24th July (

Thanks for stopping in today, have a great week!

Happy Crafting



Reverse Spotlighting June 27, 2012

Filed under: birthdays,Cards,Stampin' Up! — aliessa @ 1:49 am

Aahh, the challenge of a new technique! Recently my cousin, Amy motivated our group of demonstrators to begin a monthly card swap. Sam suggested we use the technique ‘reverse spotlighting’. I looked at the example and thought how lovely it looked. I had an idea in my head to use SU I Dig You stamp set – and try to steer away from flowers and girly things, as that is my usual style. In retrospect I wonder if I should have stuck with what I know…Anyway, this is what my card for the swap ended up looking like.

The idea is to stamp the image in black on the front mat, then punch a shape of some sort (I’ve used a circle) randomly. Take the same image and stamp it in colour (or on another colour card stock), and line it up with the front image. Back it all with another piece of cardstock, add your sentiment and you’re done.

Simple right? It took me a bit of playing around to get it where I was mostly happy with it. I can’t say I am entirely pleased, but it worked. The beautiful cards I received in return were stunning!

I will endeavour to practice this technique and experiment with different stamps, punches and dies. I might hit on something I really like 😉 I’m looking forward to a new challenge next month and seeing everyone else’s take on whatever it may be.

Thanks for stopping by. I will endeavour to post more regularly now. Life got away from me a little lately and blog land was the first thing to go 🙂

Happy Crafting



April Card Class April 10, 2012

Filed under: 3D projects,birthdays,Cards,Classes,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 11:00 am

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and my April Card Class will give you a beautiful gift for mum, or any friend really!

We’ll be making 2 box sets of 4 note cards, $20

Class will be held on Thursday 19th April, 7.30pm at my house.

The gift box – this has a band (the red strip) to hold it closed.

Idea credit to Betsy Veldman, however pattern is my own.


Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

If you would like to join this class, please RSVP by next Tuesday (17th) to and I’ll have a kit ready for you!

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Crafting



January Card Class January 2, 2012

I hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing and peaceful week. Our family have loved Christmas and New Years – family, food, friends, food, fun, and oh did I mention food?? 😉 It was so lovely to enjoy a Sunday Christmas. We attend church each week, but having Christmas day on a church day made it so special.

 So, the next card class will be held on Thursday January 19, 7.30pm at my house (address given on RSVP), $20 to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs)

Here are the cards we’ll be making

Card 1 – The design for this card is a CASE from the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue and Ideas book, with a twist

Card 2

Card 3 – something for the boys 🙂

and card 4.

Looking forward to an exciting and happy year, and wishing all of you the same 🙂

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



A different kind of card May 25, 2011

Filed under: 3D projects,birthdays,Cards — aliessa @ 3:42 am

Hello there! Today I wanted to share with you a card that I’ve been “sitting” on for quite awhile (I made it sometime last year). I originally had the grand idea of submitting it to a magazine, but have since decided that’s a bit out of my league! 🙂 So, here it is…

A little boring you say? But wait…

It pops open to reveal a a great surprise!

A view from the top. This was actually the second version of this card that I made. For this one I stamped a sheet of whisper white cardstock with PTI background basics Polka Dots II, in choc chip ink. Then used my template to cut out the card. Once it was folded and adhered together I decorated it using SU! Party Heart, Crazy for cupcakes and the little cup cake from Short and Sweet. I’ve white embossed the images on the choc chip cardstock. The Happy Birthday sentiment on the top flap is from PTI Just the Ticket stamp set.

The original version used much bolder colours

For this one I used SU! Tangerine tango card stock as the base card and built on that vibrant colour with the retired Washington apple DSP. There’s also a bit of Riding Hood Red cardstock, Tangerine Tango DSP (a retired version), and some (retired) kiwi kiss DSP. I prefer the brightness of this card, but when I was thinking about submission I read that all products used needed to be current, and the DSP papers I was using had just finished, so were no longer current 😦 Hence why I made the second chocolate card.

The thing with this one though, is that it was a guinea pig card, so it has a few “issues”, but that’s ok.

What new cards have you made lately?

Happy crafting!




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