Our recent launch day!

The new Stampin’ Up! catalogue has been released and we had an awesome day with a bunch of lovely ladies to welcome some fabulous new products into our crafty lives.

As always Food Fx Catering were there to nourish us with their phenomenal treats.

I was responsible for four of the cards we made, they were a collection of ideas I had copied from others and my own designs….

And then these were Steph’s

Thank you so much to all those who joined us, we couldn’t have a business without you.  If you missed out then I hope you can join us next time (hopefully we will be able to hold them more often as the hall are in the process of installing air conditioning!)

 

A tip for tracking your framelits!

Here’s another tip for keeping track of framelits (or as I like to say…the lego of the craft world!).

Each packet has a code, for example our Large Number Framelits are 140622.

Check out your individual framelits, it may not be easy to see at first but they will be etched with this code too…

If you would like some more tips on storing these pesky little critters you can check out this post here.

Too much fudge is never enough…

One of my daughter’s friends was just about to celebrate a milestone birthday.  Sally is allergic to cocoa butter and so can not have a lot of the chocolate that is available in the shops.  We have worked out the cooking chocolate that we can use in my fudge recipe that you can find here.  I worked out a gift that I could make for her with some special touches from my daughter.

We started with this split ring…

And then I made a series of numbered tags, one for each year, each tag had a punch on the back with sweet sentiments about their friendship.

As you can see they are a collection of different themes and ideas, current and retired products.

This cute little cat was made with the Fox Builder Punch.

Once all the tags were made I added them to 18 bags of fudge…

The idea is that once the fudge is all gone the tags can be threaded onto the split ring as a book of love.

Here’s the card that Tegan had to go along with the gift…

And yes…Sally loved it.

 

 

Desk Calendars

Here’s a perfect little something for someone!  I’m sure most people would find a little calendar and some post-it notes handy.  I love giving these to teachers and to friends who have jobs that tie them to a desk.

 

The little calendars can be found at scrapbooking shops or online.

These little free standing calendar/post-it notes combinations are easy to put together and do not use very many supplies.

Start with a sheet of A4 cardstock, cut it down the length at 10.5 cm.  With one of these pieces score at the centre (approximately 14.8cm) and then score again 7.4cm.

Cut the other strip at 14.8cm, I know the score lines are difficult to see, this is what you’ll have.

Adhesive only goes on the longer piece, on that first section to the score line.

This is how it will fold up once assembled….

You can decorate the top layer to your tastes.  I’ve used a sentiment from “Layering Love” and some paper from a retired pack that is very similar to “Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper”.

Line up the smaller piece over the top matching the bottom and sides.

Now you should be able to use your fold lines to get it to stand up, when you have it as you like it adhere a stack of post it notes (this will act as an anchor too).

Viola!

Another design….

Please let me know if you have any questions!
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I’ll be back soon with a tutorial on how to do my background!

 

Framelits….like lego only smaller!

When I was blessed with our son I quickly realised that my skills as a mother were no match for the superiority of Lego.  I do adore Lego, building it with my little boy are some of my most cherished memories (especially when he saves me steps for me to do so I “don’t feel left out”).  In saying that I’m guilty of not providing great places to store it and more than once I’ve heard it clatter around in my vacuum cleaner.

Once Stampin’ Up! introduced framelits, thinlits and photopolymer stamps I knew I had to grow up and get more responsible.  It is still a work in progress and many times I have delayed emptying my craft studio rubbish bins until I’m sure everything has been packed away properly.  Even when my framelits are in packets it can be tricky to know if you’ve got the right ones in the right packets and they can tend to rattle around a lot.

To help with keeping my framelits sorted correctly I have collected some great ideas from other crafters.

First step is to collect as many magnetic sheets as you can.  You’ll be surprised about where these can be found, some ideas are:

  • magnets from local businesses/health professionals.  My kids know to always grab one wherever they see them.
  • promotional material in your letterbox.  Politicians and real estate agents love to send calendars and note books to stick on your fridge.
  • sporting groups – when my son did Auskick through our Primary School there was a heap of magnetic stuff in his welcome pack
  • discount stores sell magnetic sheets, they also sell magnetic “L” and “P” plates which may be better value than the sheets in the craft aisle.
  • Office supply stores sell various magnetic products too.

I keep a lot of the packaging material our Stampin’ Up! supplies come in.  I really love the thick sheet of cardboard that comes in our Designer Series Paper packs.  It is fantastic for making boxes, templates and the like.  To store my framelits more successfully I’ve cut some down to slide into the framelit packets, I’ve then adhered magnetic sheets to one side.  I used Fast Fuse to attach the magnets, quicker than wet glue and stronger than SNAIL.  The magnets I used varied on each set depending on the sizes of each of the images.

I then used old catalogues to cut out the photo of the set to stick into the packet for an easy reference when packing up, it’s the easiest way to make sure you have all the correct pieces.

If you don’t have catalogues that you’d be happy to cut up you can place all the framelit pieces on a scanner, they will print out beautifully, then slide this reference in your packet.

I hope this helps!

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