Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Anyone for Jelly Beans?

I had great fun at the launch of the new mini catalogue for Stampin Up and we made the card below for the make and take.
All materials used for this card are Stampin Up with the exception of the actual Jelly Beans! The stamps used are from the Something Sweet set and are featured in the new mini catalogue as are the wonderful Sweet Treat Cups that have been used to hold the Jelly Beans.

I think the Treat Cups are wonderful and I can see us all thinking of many uses for them.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

I WON I WON I WON!!!!!!!!!

A group of the ladies from the MSE forum were going down to the NEC to the craft show and for those of us unfortunately unable to go we had a virtual cake fest day with some wonderful cakes that were all good for the waistline.

Dawnteabag also set us a challenge for a cake card and below is my entry which I enjoyed far more than the boy card. I was thrilled as well to win the challenge and happily bopped up and down on my chair when finding out.
The card stock, ribbon, sentiment and flower were supplied by the lovely ladies off MSE. The backing paper was in the reduced pile at craft shop and the muffin case was paper out of a magazine and I put it through the paper crimper. The muffin top I cut out of pastel pink paper and the stickers were some bubble ones I bought from Paperchase.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Don't think I do Boy cards!

I needed to make a card for my son's friend but was really stuck for inspiration. I had bought a new paper stack called All About Boys by DCWV. One of the pages was printed with crash, pow, bang etc so I wanted to sort of make a kerpow like you get in comics. The letters I cut out by hand from holographic card and then stuck on plain card stock before cutting out again, I'm just relieved his name wasn't Christopher! I wasn't very keen on then end result but Connor was happy with it so that's what counts.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Thank You Cards

I realised late on Sunday night that I needed Erin's thank you cards for her friends at school. I cut down some card blanks to make smaller cards and used a crown topper/die cut that I had bought a pack of from Mad About Cards. To this I added a thank you peel off.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

The Birthday Girl (& Brother)

I wanted to Princessify the Scout Hut where we were having Erin's party and found these wonderful scene setters. You could get all sorts of add on's but I just got the Happy Birthday Princess one with all the princesses around it (hidden by table in picture). You wouldn't know it from the picture but Erin was thrilled with it.

Here she is enjoying her lunch. The plates were from the pound shop and I decorated them with stick on gems. The water bottles were just the disposable sports bottles that I took the labels off and made my own for them to fit in with the theme. Only problem is Erin now wants Princess water as opposed to normal water!

And just to prove big brother didn't get left out here is Connor with his party bag. He was good as gold throughout the party quietly colouring in the corner and helping when I needed him to. He obviously would not have liked the goody bags the rest of the guests were having and so we got him the new Lego Indiana Jones game for the Wii as a treat. I'd wrapped it in fairy paper to make sure he didn't work out earlier on that it was for him.


After this I have learnt not to let Erin look at pictures of birthday cakes with me, trust her to go for the most complicated. I must admit I was very pleased with how it turned out, but it is not something I will be repeating in a hurry.

The only cake she really likes is chocolate cake so that made it even more complicated as it showed through more. She was thrilled with the end result especially as I managed to get the candle that had been in the picture (which incidentally was on an American site).

Friday, 19 March 2010

Princess Party Goody Bags

Erin decided she wanted a Princess Party for her 4th birthday and I was more than happy to oblige with it being pink, girly and free from little boys. I had great fun making the party bags, the contents of which are pictured here.

They included:-

Princess colouring sheets printed off the internet.

Easter crackers that were reduced last Easter in Asda from £3 for a box of 6 to 75p a box.

The personalised chocolate bars are Nestle Animal Bars with the wrappers taken off and then personalised ones done on the computer.

The bookmark (picture shows front and back) was made with gorgeous ribbon from Costco stuck onto pink paper, and then the princess picture and writing printed off the computer and stuck on the other side, there were then laminated.

The little purple boxes were plain ones I picked up years ago and new I would have a use for someday. I covered them in holographic wrapping paper and they had little jewellery sets in (reduced in Matalan).

The flannel cupcakes were made with Wilkinson's flannels, held together with pink hair elastic and a small foil covered egg was placed in the middle. As I had no Cupcake wrappers I made some using card covered in recycled Christmas wrapping paper and then cut with the children's fancy scissors.
The crown cookies were in lieu of cake. Erin wanted a very complicated castle cake and as the family party is in the afternoon I wasn't making two cakes. I love the edible glitter on them as it really sparkled. I got very funny looks in Wilkinson's picking out the pink chocolate smarties in the pick and mix.

I originally wanted to get some lovely organza totes I had seen for all the goodies at 50p each. However due to them only seeling them in packs of 10 I decided against the additional cost. I got brown lunch bags from Quality Save which are a bargain. I added pink pull bows to these that I got off the internet (seemed to smell of petrol rather to start with!). I must admit I was rather pleased with the simplicity of the bags and each one had a pink balloon on a stick stuck in them.

Monday, 8 March 2010

My first attempts, be kind!

I have only just created this blog but as I want it to be a record of my hand crafted items I will be doing some backdating.

The only reason this blog and the items photographed within exist are due to the wonderful ladies over on the MSE card making thread and to all of them I say a very big thank you.

The first three cards I am listing are ones I made using items sent to me by the wonderful Anne (aka Thriftyscotslass) and Jennie (aka The-Wife).

I love the Tilda in the first one but I must admit the middle one is my favourite, there again I do have a soft spot for pink and butterflies.