Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Christmas 2012

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Open in Mobile App Happy Christmas for 2012!!! just thought we'd do a quick video for you all , enjoy the snow!! we have spent all week at the beach!
 thank you to all those who have purchased my instructions, subscribed, left lovely comments & emails they have all been so appreciated though the year and helped me more than you realize. Have a blessed holiday season with family or whatever you may be doing.
Jen's blog link to the origami star
Blessings to you

and a last thought
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
 so that they may see your good works 
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Monday, December 17, 2012

Recycling your old christmas cards with ornament dies

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wow its so hot here today...... just got back from the beach and the water was glorious! so this house is crazy busy with everyone home. We enjoyed our local carols by candle light last night with our extended family which is always fun :)
A last minuet Christmas card idea!! I'm probably not the first to do this but hey lets give it a go! Do some card recycling from Christmas's past using your ornament dies. Cut off the front flap of your old card and position the ornament die of your choice over the pattern, run through your machine. Make a new card similar in size from contrasting card stock and glue the old card front onto the new one. Punch a hole at the top of you ornament cutout and thread in a ribbon hanger. Write on the back of your ornament so it can he hung on the Christmas tree. Use a tiny piece of a glue dot to re-stick this back onto your card front. Decorate the pattern using glitter, jewels, holly leaves or whatever would suit your card and then send in on as a new card :)
Hope you can get some use from this idea .... enjoy!
 Blessings to you

and a last thought
For you, the righteous God,
looks deep within the hearts of men 
and examines all their motives and their thoughts
Psalms 7:9

Friday, December 7, 2012

a little birdie told me it's Christmas ;)

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Open in Mobile App Hi all, Beth came home yesterday!...... it is sooooo great to see her home safe from all her traveling. She had a beautiful glow about her and soon spilled out all the amazing things shed seen and done in Bali. We are so proud of the volunteer work she has done to help keep partying school leavers safe in Bali this year....all praise goes to the God of heaven for many answered prayers over that week alone. Such a nice feeling to know we are all under the one roof together for a little while, I'm gonna have fun clucking over all my kids.Thankfully my ear is feeling a little better..... still cant hear much...
Today's card inspiration came from a card id seen on the internet of a bird made with material and stitched on so I though this could work with punches! just some simple quick gift tags that look fun!
 here is my punch list and I hope you enjoy the video :)

Blessings to you

and a last thought
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
 for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, 
which God has promised to those who love him. 
James 1:5

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

heart Christmas pudding card

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Open in Mobile App Hi all, sitting here in humid hot weather :( with an ear ache that dose not help much. Anyway I'm off to the doctor in and hour so I wanted to get this up and survive the heat for the rest of the day. Beth comes home from Bali on Thursday and Ben has been home now for a couple of weeks. Madaleine finishes school for the year next week and plans so far for Christmas is to spend some time with my Mum and Dad. I've also finished a few doily's. You can find all the links to those patterns on my Pinterest board

 I got the inspiration for this tutorial from a little felt Christmas decoration in the shape of a heart but made to look like a Christmas pudding. I think its come up pretty cute as a gift card. See all the supply's needed in the pic below to make a whole bunch for yourself, they were supper quick to put together and you could also try this same concept with different size hearts on a regular shaped card. Enjoy!

 Blessings to you

and a last thought
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light 
and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 
the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
 Psalm 27:1

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ive been published! & a Glittery Santa

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Open in Mobile App Hi all, some exciting news.... my work was featured in the November 2012 editions of Paper and Pixels magazine click here to get your copy  there's a little write up about me and also a special offer on some of my instructions.
thank you also for all the lovely comments from my YouTube Channel
Here are some details for my Glittery Santa made with the 2012 heirloom ornament die.

sit back now and watch the video tutorial. :)
Blessings to you

and a last thought
And God was pleased, for Christ's love for you
was like sweet perfume to Him. 
Ephesians 5:2

Friday, November 9, 2012

Passion flower paper art Instructions

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Open in Mobile App Hi all, I'd like to introduce to you my passion flower punch art. I always thought of the passion flower as odd but mysteriously beautiful. You could choose to make this in a variety of colours just like many of the real flowers to suit your occasion needs. I hope you will enjoy this instruction set that I have for sale. Please remember the current offer is one instruction set free when you have $10.00 or over in your shopping cart then you can add the coupon code orchid  to receive your freebie!

UPDATE: please note, Stampin up no longer sells the bolssom petals punch used for this project so to get around this problem and continue for you to enjoy my projects I have designed some replacement petals which are very similar and will allow you to make the same projects. This will be included with your purchase download.... the up side is you don't need to buy an expensive punch! You can refer to my instruction video as to how to use my template, thank you for your ongoing support. Valita

Passion Flower punch art Instructions $5.95 

Blessings to you

and a last thought 
So So take a new grip with your tired hands,
stand firm on your shaky legs, 
and mark out a straight smooth path for your feet, 
so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, 
will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong. 
Hebrews 12 :12 & 13

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Poppy punch art Instructions

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Open in Mobile App Hi all Ive had a request to make up some instructions for a Poppy and here is my version. This delicate flower has become a symbol of remembrance, not only for our fallen WW1 soldiers but our loved ones everywhere. You will love the simplicity of this punch art flower using just circles and find that you will quickly make a whole bunch of these in no time at all to use for any project. My leaf pattern is included. Don't forget if you are purchasing $10.00 or more of my pattern instructions and enter in the code orchid you get a a free pattern of your choice..... only till Dec 20.
Poppy Punch art $5.95

 Blessings to you

and a last thought 
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,
 always being prepared to make a defense to anyone 
who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 
yet do it with gentleness and respect
1 Peter 3:15

Monday, November 5, 2012

Introducing my Christmas Orchid

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 Hi all, I'm excited it introduce my Christmas Orchid punch art instructions! I really enjoyed creating this stunning Orchid which could be changed up by using different colour combinations for any occasion not just Christmas. This flower uses just one punch ( blossom petals punch from stampin up) and is a must in your collection of punch art projects.

UPDATE: please note, Stampin up no longer sells the bolssom petals punch used for this project so to get around this problem and continue for you to enjoy my projects I have designed some replacement petals which are very similar and will allow you to make the same projects. This will be included with your purchase download.... the up side is you don't need to buy an expensive punch! You can refer to my instruction video as to how to use my template, thank you for your ongoing support. Valita

Christmas Orchid $5.95
Don't forget to check out my corner folding patterns too!
Check out four more of my Orchids all made with just one punch!
 Blessings to you

and a last thought
Today when you hear Him calling 
do not harden your hearts against him.
Hebrews 4:7

Friday, October 26, 2012

simple flower pot die cards

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Open in Mobile App Hi all, we have been flat out working to get our front garden finished and its finally there !
 we did it all ourselves to keeps costs down and are pretty happy how its come up.... here's a before and after pic :) we also got heaps of gardening done in the back yard so its all looking great now for summer. I love working on projects like this with Dave, we make a good team.

Anyway in between I've been working on some cards using the flower pots die set from spellbinders

I've made one into a pocket card and the other I've tipped the pot upside down and turned it into a bell. For both cards I used the largest pot die and placed the die just over the fold of the card so it wont cut. Two circles for the ringer and Martha Stuart punches to decorate. Quick easy gift cards! The poinsettia card was made a little different, I glued the edges closed to create the pocket, cut the next size die down for an insert and glued my flower to the top of it. The poinsettia flower was made the same way as the giant one in my last post just using smaller petals.
If you can't afford to buy the dies there are lots of template on the net for pot shaped cards

So sit back and enjoy my video tutorials.
Blessings to you

and a last thought
For every child of God can obey Him,
defeating sin and evil pleasure by trusting
Christ to help him. 1 John 5:4

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012 Heiloom ornament die Giant Poinsettia flowers

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Open in Mobile App Hi all, Christmas is just around the corner again! wow where has the year gone... Beth has booked her flights to Bali, she is doing Red frogs over there this year and is really excited.
Mad is well into her first term of year 12 and Ben is busy getting hands on with his Uni course... all full steam ahead for the kids :)  we have almost finished or front garden, just need to get the rocks now! looking great! Ill post some pics when its all finished. To the papercrafting.... I purchased the 2012 heirloom ornaments dies from spellbinders as I loved how they had a flower petal shape to them and wondered how some giant flowers would go..... so here is what i made with the two largest dies from the set, Giant Poinsettia flowers! these would be great Christmas decorations. Table centers, attached to a candle stands, door wreath etc.

I used red and green card stock, inks to match for sponging, gold coloured diamonds for the center, glue, a piercing tool and soft pad for shaping. The two largest dies were used to make this flower.

Really easy to make!!! so sit back and enjoy the video :)
Blessings to you

and a last thought
And I am sure that God who began the good work within you
will keep right on helping you grow into His grace
 until that task within you is finally finished
on that day when Jesus Christ returns.
Philippians 1:6

Thursday, October 11, 2012

another pace..... Crochet Loops round

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Open in Mobile App  Hi all, I tiny change of pace.....Ive been having a play with a crochet pic I found on the internet.... here is the link.
It didn't have a pattern I could find and I don't know the name of this technique so I had a go at working it out. I don't claim to be any crocheting expert just someone who loves to have a go so if some of this dose not look or sound quite right  then you will know why LOL...... Ive drawn up a very simple crochet diagram as I seem to learn easier this way and you might also.

I have also done these video tutorials (part 1 & 2) for you to follow...... you will need to have some basic crochet skills.  I know I hold my wool a little weird, that's just me :) I hope you will enjoy this, I will be continuing on with mine to make a small blankie. If anyone knows what this is called pop me an email and let me know..... I'll update you all later when it has grown bigger.
Blessings to you

and a last thought
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, 
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
Psalm 139:15