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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 🙂

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! 🙂

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

Aliessa

 

 

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

Aliessa

 

June Card Class June 26, 2012

Filed under: Cards,Classes,Stampin' Up!,Thank you — aliessa @ 2:39 am

Well, June Card Class has actually been and gone, but I thought I would show you the cards we made.

Card 1 – For this card I used the new SU framelits dies and Apothecary Art stamp set. I fell in love with these as soon as I opened the Autumn Winter Mini catalogue. To colour the flowers I pulled out my pastels. Such soft, pretty tones. The background is stamped in crumb cake with the motif from Always elegant.

Card 2 – very simple, yet effective. Again I have used the framelits (2 sizes) stamped with a PTI thank you stamp (available as a thank you gift). The bottom edge of the card was die cut with SU’s new edgelit die (again from the autumn winter mini) and then embossed with the coordinating embossing folder.

Card 3 – For this card I wanted to continue the simple theme, so I started with the cherry cobbler card base, added a whisper white mat then layered on the pretty blue DSP, which has been die cut with another edgelit die (can you see the cute little scallops on the bigger scallops?). I then stamped the large Thank You (PTI) in basic black and the little always (always elegant) in cherry cobbler. Finished off with some pale blue ribbon and a craft button and twine.

 

Card 4 – This card is a straight case from the SU June promotion. The stamp set we used is called Reason to Smile. Until the end of June it is available for FREE with a $125 order, or you can purchase it for $28.95 (clear) $35.95 (wood mount). The card base is Calypso Coral, then a very vanilla mat. This has been stamped with the flower outline in 3 colours – calypso coral, pool party and tangerine tango (stamped off first). Add the sentiment in the corner (sincere salutations). Run that through the big shot with the lower edge in the polka dots embossing folder. Add a pool party scallop border and loop some twine, done!

I enjoyed this class and it’s simplicity. It gave the ladies an opportunity to have a good play with the Big Shot, which we don’t usually have time for.

What have you made lately? Have you tried something new? My next post will show you something new I’ve tried (and struggled a little with).

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Crafting!

Aliessa

 

 

May Card Class May 16, 2012

Filed under: baby,Cards,Classes — aliessa @ 11:29 am

What beautiful Autumn days we are enjoying! I love this time of year, along with Spring, because the weather is mild and enjoyable. The days have been so crisp and bright.

This month we will be making baby cards, to keep you prepared for any little new arrivals.

card 1 – baby bear

card 2 – welcome little one (card design CASEd from Nichole Heady)

card 3 – little sweet pea

card 4 – little clothes

You’ll have to forgive the poor lighting – the photos just needed to be taken.

Details of the class:

Make 8 cards (2 of each design) for $20

Thursday 24th May, 7.30pm

at My house (address given upon RSVP)

If you’re in the Brisbane area and would like to attend please let me know by emailing freshcutsbylu@gmail.com

 

 

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 freshcutsbylu@gmail.com and I’ll have a kit ready for you!

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Crafting

Aliessa

 

March Card Class March 13, 2012

Filed under: 3D projects,Cards,Classes,Easter,Gift Ideas,Stampin' Up! — aliessa @ 6:27 am

March card class is all about EASTER!

Details are as follows:

**This month I am offering a Day class as well as the usual night class**

Day Class Wednesday 21st March, 10.30 am

Night Class Thursday 22nd March, 7.30 pm

Cost is $20 to make:

1 basket

1 set of 2 pillow boxes (see group photo for front view)

2 handbags

and 4 pocket cards

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to attend, and your preference for class (Day/night). Reply to freshcutsbylu@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting

Aliessa 🙂

 

 

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 🙂

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 freshcutsbylu@gmail.com

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

Happy Crafting

Aliessa

 

 

 

 
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