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Nativity Glass Blocks November 23, 2012

Filed under: 3D projects,Christmas,Gift Ideas,Items for Sale,Markets,Specials — aliessa @ 10:46 am

I’m so excited to introduce 3 beautiful glass blocks that I will have for sale at the Ruffled Bazaar Christmas Festival Markets.

Nativity Silhouette Glass Blocks!

These beautiful Nativity Blocks measure 190 x190 x 80.

Each block is lit by battery operated fairy lights, ideal for decorating your book shelves this Christmas!

You can purchase the blocks individually for $30 each or as a set of 3 for $75.

Here are some individual piccies…

The Holy Family

The Wise Men

and the Shepherds.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these gorgeous blocks, feel free to email me at or come along to the markets next Saturday (1st Dec) at the Mount Gravatt Show grounds 3-8pm. (Yes I’m giving it a huge plug tonight!)

Hope to see you there ūüôā

Happy Crafting



Ruffled Bazaar Markets

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share with you details of the upcoming Ruffled Bazaar Markets – which I will be at as a a boutique!! (Happy dance)

I will have all my tiles, glass blocks and wood blocks/signs on display and for sale. I will also b running a card making activity! You can choose from 4 different cards (2 are $5, 2 are $3)

Little penguin – $5/kit

Rudolph – $3/kit

Snow Swirled Christmas Tree – $3/kit

Pretty Poinsettia Look-a-like – $5/kit

So, if you are looking for a great place to shop for your Christmas gifts, come along to the Mount Gravatt Show grounds on Saturday 1 December from 3-8pm. There will be over 70 boutiques, activities and fun for the whole family, AND Santa will be stopping by!

Super excited to see you there!

Happy Crafting



November Card Class November 5, 2012

Filed under: 3D projects,Christmas,Classes,Gift Ideas,Items for Sale — aliessa @ 4:36 am

Hello all! No cards this month – but we will be making some gorgeous Christmas Count down blocks!!

Papers for covering the blocks will be different, but there will be a number to choose from on the night.

Cost is $12 for 1 set


$20 for 2

Thrusday 15th November, 7.30pm

Please let me know upon RSVP if you would like to make 1 or 2 sets, by Friday 9th November

Looking forward to a fun night!

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 ūüôā

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



Cake Stall Fundraiser June 28, 2012

Filed under: family stuff,food,Items for Sale — aliessa @ 3:47 am
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So, one of the reasons I have had less time for crafting and blogging is that I volunteered to take on the role of Secretary for our school P&C. It has been a wonderful learning experience, and kept me quite busy for the last 3 months. I’m hoping that the next 6 months won’t be quite as full on, as I think I’m getting a handle on it now ūüôā

Anyway, earlier in the year with our local and state elections our school had the opportunity to hold a fundraising BBQ and Cake stall. I took a few piccies on the day of our little cake stall…

Our tables were set up in a U shape. This is my lovely sister who was one of the many volunteers on the day to help run the stall.

The other side

The school has an environmental club and one of the things they grow is lovely fresh herbs. We were able to have some of these delicious herbs for sale at the stall.

These are the mini banana breads I made. I had fun stamping the little cards and packaging the cakes. On the back of the monkey card are the ingredients for the bread.

I also decided to try my hand at cake pops! What an adventure! So simple to make and I think they looked pretty good – they sold out pretty quick!¬†ūüôā

All in all the day was a great success. We were all but sold out by about 2pm. Thanks to all the wonderful parents who contributed the delicious baked goodies to be sold, and all the helpers on the day.

Have you run a cake stall? Do you have one coming up in the future? I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for stopping in today.

Happy Crafting




Family Home Evening Blocks February 23, 2012

Recently I helped to run a Relief Society Activity (read women’s activity if you are not LDS)¬†at church. I was able to design a set of Family Home Evening Blocks.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Family Home Evening is,¬†it is a program¬†instigated by our church where¬†we set aside one night a week (the same night usually each week) to spend time together as a family. We have a lesson, an activity, sing some songs, and always it must end with a treat (why else would our kiddies sit still long enough to get through the lesson??).¬†Ususally¬†each family member is assigned to take responsibility for something, hence the assignment blocks

This is what I came up with

Six assignment blocks reading Op Prayer, Scripture, Music, Lesson, Cl Prayer and Treat. These sit on a base block, and each block has a heart stick which will have the name of the family member responsible for that assignment on it.

The night required quite a bit of preparation as we were catering for 30 women! Thankfully I didn’t have to prepare everything on my own. Our Relief Society President and another couple of friends were awesome in helping out. And my loving husband took control of the saw while I held the pine (good thing I trust him – I still have all my fingers). I think we all had fun, and despite some wet paper making the vinyl a little hard to apply, everyone went home happy!

We took a couple of photos of the finished products

A different colour

And this is a larger set (8 blocks, instead of the standard 6), because not everyone has the same amount of kids ūüôā

I was asked if this is an item I am selling…the answer is YES! I’m taking a plunge and hoping to start my own little hobby business of vinyl signs and crafts. So if you are interested in anything you see on my blog, please ask if there is no mention of price. Family Home Evening Block sets will be priced at $19 for a standard 6 block set. Add $1 per extra block if you are after a larger set. Sets can easily be customised for your family with assignments that are more applicable to you. For orders contact me via email

Well that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting





More from the school fete September 5, 2011

The School fete is this weekend! Come along and see all the exciting stalls and rides. All the classes will be performing a dance, then there is the orchestra and bands, the choir and other arts. It’s sure to be a fun day!


 11am Р4pm, Mansfield State Primary School

Ham Road, Mansfield

On the school ovals.

So we’ve been busy making plenty of craft items for the arts and crafts stall. I have had a few serious health problems in the last 2 months (which is why I haven’t blogged in so long). As a result I’ve had a lot of time at home without being able to do much. Sitting for too long hasn’t been very comfortable, so I’ve had a bit of time to make some items for donation, but not as many as I had planned. Oh well! Here are some piccies of what I did get through…(I’ll give you warning, it’s a rather longish post)

flower peg magnets (18 sets of 4 of these)

Some Christmas tags in not-so-traditional colours of cream and chocolate brown. Each pack contains 4 tags…


To make these I¬†started with 4 cream tags cut with my cricut, stamped some swirls/stars/snowflakes¬†directly on to the tag. I added a bit of glitter to the swirls.¬†I then¬†added a 1/4 of a parisian lace doily (die cut with PTI die and big shot), and topped it with one of three things – a stamped christmas tree or flower from SU Season of Joy, or a snowflake cut with my cricut. Add a pretty bow and they’re done. The fourth tag was the same, just without one of those three things.

Some home baked goods tags. Each pack contains 4 tags for different home made treats. This design I CASED from Besty Veldman

So, for these tags I again used¬†a cream tag cut on my cricut. I stamped the background image with the beautiful motif in the SU SAB (retired) Bliss set. The middle layer is PTI mat stack 1 stamp¬† (hand cut – I don’t own their die), and the top layer is a 1 3/4 ” circle stamped with an image from PTI Everyday treats set. I used a few different images, and mixed them up in the bags.

Some more traditional coloured Christmas tags. Again, 4 in each pack, I made these sets in 3 different colours

To make these I die cut the cream tag base with PTI Mat stack 4 die. I then stamped a Mat Stack 4 background image in one of three colours, SU Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake or Pear Pizazz. Next I added a length of ribbon looped at the top and cut into tails at the bottom. I topped that with a circle of coloured cardstock (RH red or Old olive green), then another circle in cream stamped with a snowflake from SU Snow Swirled (in the co ordinating colour). Just for a little extra sparkle I adhered a small diamonte in the centre.

Baby tags – 4 in a pack. I love these, so, so cute!!

Again I started with a cream tag cut with my cricut. I used PTI Baby Button Bits stamp set to stamp and embellish. I stamped the tag with the swirl and the sentiment, then I stamped the pea pod, rattle and cup cake/pie on another piece of cream and cut them out. I used foam adhesive to stick them on the tag. Lastly I added some buttons in the right places, adds that extra bit of something! Each pack has 2 pea pod tags and 1 of each of the other 2.

And lastly some notebooks

The background is the lovely swirl from SU Baroque Motifs, the little butterfly is from PTI Postmarks, and the flower embellishment I made by die cutting 3 flowers in 3 sizes then layered them, holding them together with a brad.

The background for this one¬†is PTI Background basics:¬†Sheet Music. The sentiment is PTI Postmarks and the embelishment is a scallop¬†circle topped with a cream circle stamped with SU Cheep Talk’s birdy¬†.

Same as above, only the embellishment is 2 die cut butterflies.

For this notebook I used PTI Button Boutique stamp set. I made a button card by stamping button images and the price stripe on the left. Then I adhered it to the cover and stamped above it the Quality buttons.

¬†For this one I’ve made the background with PTI Background Basics: Newsprint. Then I stamped a few different images from PTI Postmarks to make the smaller rectangle.

And the last notebook! I’ve used PTI Mendhi Medallion to stamp the background then used the faux silk technique. I saw this on a card that Betsy made and couldn’t wait to try it myself! The “sentiment” is from PTI Button Boutique. I think this one is my favourite ūüėČ

So that’s all that I have to show today. I did make a number of packs of embellishments (butterflies, birds, scallop circles, etc), but I neglected to take photos. I do apologise, as always, for the horrible quality of the photos. Today’s excuse? I was forced to take the photos on a rainy day.

I hope you can see them ok anyway. Real Life is much nicer, but that’s the way it goes ūüôā

The craft stall at the fete will have a great variety of goodies on sale, not just paper craft. The talented mum’s, grandma’s, Aunties and friends of the school have been busy making hair clips, head bands, scarves, hair clip holders, crocheted top hand towels, embroidered tea towels, hand made jewellery (earrings, bracelets, necklaces), washers that look like handbags, christmas decorations, kitchen scourers that look like houses, beaded book marks, and so much more!

Thanks for stopping in, happy crafting!



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