Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Christmas from our house to yours

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Id like to wish you all a happy Christmas and many blessings for 2011. I have appreciated so much all the lovely emails, prayers, comments and support you have sent my way and many of these were sent at just the right time :) thanks you for listening when Gods speaks, you have all been a blessing to me this year. I also wanted to say i wont be posting on my blog till mid January as we have work outside the home till then and wanted to leave you all a video message from our family. During this Christmas holiday, the season of giving, remember to take time to focus on the greatest gift of all, the gift of eternal, abundant life through Jesus.
Blessings to you
“For God so loved the world
that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have eternal life”

(John 3:16, NIV)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Christmas scene Tent card

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Hi all, while surfing the net i was inspired by this cute Christmas card and straight away knew i could do something similar in punches. I decided to make this into a Christmas scene and wanted to get the feel you were looking out a window. Tent cards are so easy you can find more instructions on how to make them here.

I used clear acetate for the window and embossed it with the window pane folder from cuttlebug. This one Ive just mounted up as a regular card front.
To create my punchart refer to the below pic and watch the video :) hope you enjoy
Blessings to you

and a last thought

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”
(John 14:27, NIV)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Some projects ive enjoyed making/ Awards night

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Hi all, two projects (not my own) to show you that i have really enjoyed doing. The first is the cute little bag from Kim, her blog is called Clearly inspired and you can find the video tutorial for this here. the second is this great pop out star made by Tami, her blog is called Stamp with Tami and she gets really excited about all her paper craft projects. You can find the video tutorial here. The above pic shows it closed and open. Last year i received this petal card

and it had really inspiring words all around each petal..... so that's what I've done with my star, each fold uncovers words to inspire my friends. So pop over and check out these great projects and you too will be inspired :) We also went to our daughters end of year awards night last night and she was awarded..... pursuit of excellence in food technology and an $896 scholarship for 2011! we are so proud of her and all she has achieved this year well done Madaleine! XX

Beth on the left, so good to have her home from Uni, she keeps the fun in our family :) Madaleine in the center a solid rock she is! and Ben on the right a beautiful young man just starting to grab hold on life :) they help keep our hearts happy and are a constant reminder how God abundantly blesses.
Blessings to you

and a last thought

If anyone ministers, let him do it
as with the ability which God supplies.
1 Peter 4:11

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Glittery punch Santa

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Hi all, thanks for you well wishes for my son and his new job, we are all still very excited for him here and were off tonight to our youngest daughters end of year awards night. Well I wanted to get this idea out before everyone is either sick of Christmas card making or already sent out their cards. I love how this glittery Santa came out and he was inspired by this ornament I just bought to add to my Santa collection..... the kids think I'm mad ;)

Ive added some details to this shot as to what punches Ive used which will help.

sit back now and enjoy my video.....
Blessings to you

and a last thought

God will never disown you!

“Yet to all who did receive Him,

to those who believed in His name,

He gave the right to become children of God”

(John 1:12, NIV)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Using and storing Glitter

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Hi all, WOOO HOOO our son got the trainee-ship at Express coaches Bus building and were so proud of him!! congrats Ben it's so good to know where you'll be heading now for next year we know God will bless as you learn a new trade XX,
I'm also having so many problems with my movie making programs that its not funny anymore, one reason why i haven't posted too much lately please let me know if anyone can suggest a good program. Any how Ive been playing a bit with all my new Martha Stuart glitters I bought and love them! I wanted to show you how I use and store my glitters. We went through a phase here in Australia using kindy glitz or some of you would know this as stickles or the wet glitters and they were good but i don't think it leaves you with quite the same effect as using crystal effects with dry glitter. The wet glitters tended to warp and change the colour of the card where as using the crystal effects then applying dry glitter didn't and left the overall project a little raised and nicer looking and you know the nicest people are the ones with glitter on their faces ;) ...ones less messy though.... anyhow I guess it comes down to your needs as well. So this is how i store my dry glitters...

decor has these great little containers which are approx 2-1/2" across x 2" high they come in packs of 6 for a bit less than $1 each container from the grocery store.... Woolworth's here for all the Aussies. I tip my cylinder of glitter in and its so much easier getting the glitter back into a larger container. So then I went looking for some spoons.....and found exactly the right size in these puddings from the cheap shops (crazy Clarks) and now each colour glitter has its own spoon and the lid will close with them stored inside, cool hey! :))

So stamp your image, silhouettes work best and slowly and carefully go over only the image with crystal effects, sprinkle over your glitter and with a fine craft knife you can take little pieces back off where you may have gone over before it drys just to touch it up.

A close up and some examples

Now check the video :)
Blessings to you
and a last thought

We have to remember that each day is a gift.
If we choose to focus on what’s wrong,
we’ll miss the beauty that each day has to offer.
“Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalms 90:12

Saturday, December 4, 2010

christmas spinner card

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Hi all sorry Ive not posted here for a while, crazy busy stuff goes on at this time of the year including our sons year 12 formal which was a great night to end his schooling and he scrubbed up pretty good too :) so proud of you Ben! we pray now that he will find direction for his future plans.

this is the card I made for him :) some of my corner folding techniques

ive been playing with my ornament dies from nestabilities and have this video tutorial for you to check out.... i feel like im just popping in and out but ill be back soon
Blessings to you

and a last thought

For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pillow box die Slippers

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Hi all, I was laying in bed the other night and this idea popped into my head, pillow box die slippers! and I love how they turned out ....everyone loves a favorite pair of slippers. These you could pop inside some money, a chocolate, gift card, or something small and the decorating ideas are endless! Ive made just a few.... Christmas slippers, Mothers & Fathers day slippers. You could make funny kids slippers, wedding slippers, new mum slippers, retirement slippers etc etc :) How you decorate them is only limited by your imagination!

These instructions are in pdf format that are delivered via download. After completing payment, you will receive an email from Fast Wagon with a link to download your purchase. If you don't receive the email, check your spam box. Contact me with any questions or issues Non Australian buyers Please Pay Pal ONLY. If you are within Australia and don't have pay pal please email or phone me for bank details.If you are interested in these for workshops purposes please contact me for group rates! I know you will enjoy making these.
Thank you for your purchase.

Blessings to you

Pillow box die Slipper instructions $5.95

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Elf shoe box

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Hi all, here is the video instructions for the elf shoe box ( sorry the resolution is not as good as other videos my son and I have been fiddling with all that ), here is the original post back in 2007...and you can get the pattern here....gotta fly been busy getting things ready for our son's year 12 formal tomorrow night, will post some pics later. enjoy! :)
Blessings to you

and a last thought

Give a warn welcome to any brother who
wants to join you, even though his faith is weak.
Don't criticize him for having different ideas
from yours about what is right and wrong.
Romans 14:1

Elf Shoe Box

Friday, November 12, 2010

Top note die Elf Shoes

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Hi all just a quick post today showing you how i made those supper cute little elf shoes. This is not my original idea i have seen this a bit on other blogs, i thank Stanping with Jan where i first seen this done. You will need the top note die from stampin up or you may be able to use the labels eight set of nestabilites it would give you a slightly different shape though. punches are a 3/4" or 1" circle depending on how wide you want the legs to be and the large oval. Cilck here for an instruction sheet. Now sit back and enjoy a quick video tutorial :) enjoy
Blessings to you

and a last thought

How beautiful are the feet of those
who preach the gospel of peace with God
and bring glad tidings of good things.
Romans 10:15

Top Note Die Elf Shoes

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

making a simple box card

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Hi all, Ive had another workshop since i posted last and thought id share some more chrissy cards with you all. Plus i wanted to show you this neat box card. i first seen the instructions on stampingvideos and she had done this in a more origami style, still a great idea if you want to use those designer papers so pop over and check out her original version of this idea. Here's a pic of it open. I put some tags inside made with the Delightful Decorations stamp set from Stampin up. cool hey! :) you can download my version of the pattern here
Please note there has been some confusion of the dimensions of this card. I used a regular A4 card from stampin up to make this I then trimmed only a small amount off the length to make the over all size 11"x 8-3/8" or 21cm x 27.9cm. please also note i have had to learn inches to give these projects to you. I you are nedding these mesurements in centimeters the overall card size is 29cmx21cm on the landscape score at 6 1/2cm , 10 1/2cm , 18 1/2cm and 22 1/2cm flip it to portrait and score at 4cm and 17cm to make the V shape in the center you will place marks at 14 1/2cm on the landscape on either side .
so here are a few more cards ive been making....enjoy
Blessings to you

and a last thought

Jesus died under God's judgment against
our sins, so that He could rescue us from
constant falling into sin and make us His
very own people, with cleansed hearts and
real enthusiasm for doing kind things for others.
Titus 2:14

Box Card Pattern

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas card workshops

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Hi all sorry for not posting in a while i have been down at my parents place helping Mum while Dad has been in hospital. He had blood poisoning and they were concerned the streptococcus germ would attach itself to his pace maker wires. Fortunately it hasn't and he should be home today after a week in hospital.
A quick post today..... these are the cards I did for a workshop just before I went to Mums, the first one is a cute way of making a Christmas tree card but we added buttons on the front, the second is a fun set of elf shoes made with the top note die and some punches, the third is a side step card. The ladies had a great day and I'm book this Sunday for another class. any one in my local area who would like a fun few hours let me know.... enjoy :)
Blessings to you

and a last thought

you have been given freedom;
not freedom to do wrong,
but freedom to love and serve each other.
Galatians 5:13

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Making christmas holly berries/ Puppies/ and a JOB!!

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Hi all, First i want to thank you all so very much for your thoughts and prayers, Dave has a job!! we are all really excited for him and thank God for answering so many prayers. He is working with the traffic control and is really enjoying the fact he gets to do something different each day, is out in the fresh air and sunshine and so far has met some really great blokes who just want to work. He just finished all the courses you need for this kind of work a week or so ago and this means he will get half the money back for the 4 courses and his shoes and pants paid for. We also had a generous offer form the school principal to pay our fees if Dave hadn't found work, God is so good. We have been reading the book "It's your time" by Joel Osteen and have found this so encouraging when pushing through doubtful thoughts. He really felt God had something for him this week and he had 3 phone calls from employees on the one day wanting him to work. God works in amazing ways and at a time that He knows is best. This whole experience has shown me also that we are not in control, God is. So thank you all again for all your support you have sent our way in emails prayers and thoughts i can really say they were felt and appreciated! :)
So now to the card. My aim was to make a Christmas card using the least Christmas type supplies eg stamps, punches and colours. Lets face it we only use those Christmas supplies once a year! so for that very reason I try not to buy too many Christmas supplies. So the colours for my card (from Stampin up) are Peach Parfait for the base with So Saffron and Old Olive borders. Inks used were Peach Parfait, Old Olive and Black. Stamps were the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral and sincere salutations punched with the scallop oval. The flower was made by Chat, from "Me my stamps and I" you can pop over to her blog and check out how she did these gorgeous flowers with the Fancy Flower punch. Ok so whats left is to show you is how i made the Holly berries .... and Christmas accents.

Using the 2 step bird punch from Stampin up I punch just the branch and trimmed away parts of the leaves so I was left with a bare branch look. Using a regular hole punch, punch 5 circles and glue to the branches. Cover the berries with a small amount of crystal effects and dip in some red glitter. last squirt a large blob of the crystal effects on each berry and let stand to dry. You can then use these in your flower sprays along with the holly leaf punch from Martha Stuart.

This is the glitter I used to create my fury tinsel border. Please don't ask where I got it was ages ago but i would appreciate if anyone knows where i could get some more and maybe in different colours and shapes (small circles). I ran a generous line of tombo glue along the border and covered it with the glitter.... cute hey! :)

So i hope you have enjoyed this idea and can use it in your Christmas card making. For now Ive added some pics of those gorgeous puppies at 4 weeks old then sit back and enjoy the video.
Blessings to you
and a last thought

You are controlled by your
new nature if you have the
spirit of God living in you.
Romans 8:9

see more pics of the puppies here