Friday, November 28, 2008

Sweet Tweet Chandelier in a box giveaway...


Have a look at this gorgeous chandelier I discovered via kwerner's design blog! And made using fine chipboard! I often wonder why people don't share my enthusiasm when I discover some creative new idea to make. So, fellow crafty girl, and designer of this great idea- I share your enthusiasm on such a gorgeous chandelier!! Here's the link to this lovely chandelier-enjoy!
Take a look at this blog to enter the Seet Tweet chandelier giveaway

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Cookie Tree





This afternoon, my good friend Cath at (http://davecath.blogspot.com/) came over with her kiddies and made Christmas cookies with us. Here is the result. These pictures don't show the big mouthful of cookie dough that Anna consumed, or the fun had in spreading flour around. Much mess was averted by the Mum's being present-just imagine what your kitchen could look like if left unattended! Here's a great holiday activity (just kidding)-give your kids a bag of flour and take them outside-see how far it goes... Anyway, after dinner, and after littlehands were occupied, I assembled my star tree-although I had a little trouble today as I ran out of icing sugar to make icing to stick the stars together. I had to be creative with finding a better solution for edible "glue". Photos cover up all those foibles. I made a nifty little box using overhead transperancy paper (acetate). I know I could dress it up a little more with lovely Christmassy tags and the like-but I was tired, and ready to "turn in" for the day. oh, and now that I look at the photos, I think I should have cooked them a little less-they should look less brown-Oh deary me!!

Here's the recipe:

Christmas Shortbread Stars
150g butter
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. chopped glace cherries
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tbsp. Corn flour

Directions:
1. Heat the oven to 180*
2.Beat butter and sweetened condensed milk until light and creamy. Stir in cherries, flour, cornflour, and mix to a firm dough. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.
3. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to 5mm thickness. Cut into shapes. Place on greased oven trays and bake at 180* for 10-12 minutes. There is the added option of half-dipping them in melted dark chocolate.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shaker card KWerner challenge #32






I loved the colours this week for the KWerner challenge-problem was that I didn't have papers/inks in all the required colours. Robinhood Red also hasn't yet made it to Australia. I also have really over-used the Christmas stamp set that I do have-so I thought I would try and think of something else. I made the Christmas tree using the scallop punch. I tried to use what I had with similar colours-necessity is after all the mother of invention is it not? It's good to have a challenge and I'm happy with the result. Some of the detail is hard to see because it is white embossed on cream paper.

Fruity Fun









I was able to get my hands on the book with the fruit and vegetable animals in them. The authors are Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. Here are two of the many books authored/illustrated by them.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Choc Pull-treat







Here's another great idea-and surprisingly easy to make. You don't have to use a chocolate bar-gift cards, vouchers, or anything that is fairly flat will work too!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

kwerner colour insiration #31




Here's my first try at Kwerner's colour challenge. I hope you like it!

Christmas bon bons






Here's my attemp at making Christmas bon bons. They even bang when you pull them apart! They are quite easy to make-and you can purchase the "cracker" strip from some craft stores.

Clear Sour Cream containers




Here's a variation on the "sour cream" container. I used acetate (overhead transperancy paper) and stamped an image on using white acrylic paint. I did find, however, that the thinner acetate worked better because the sticky strip held it together well. You could make them for a party bag using a colour theme, or even stamp the name of the recipient on the tag.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

School Holiday fun




As you can see, I have been looking through my archive of creative things to make and do with children. With the school holidays coming up quickly, it's always a good idea to have some fun things "Up your sleeve" to make with the kids. I found a fantastic book at the local library (I'll see if I can get the details of it for you when I'm next at the library) which made animals out of fruit and vegetables-using black-eyed peas for eyes. The peas really bring it to life. I also found the best place to find the black-eyed peas (if your local grocery store doesn't stock them) is an Asian grocery store. These are a few ideas we tried last year-we were actually a bit short on fruit and veggies at the time, but we still managed to come up with these. Sure beats the vegetable creatures we used to make as kids.

Christmas houses to make with the kids


Here's a cute idea to make with the kids in the school holidays-without cooking!

We used Morning coffee biscuits for the house, and simply decorated with lots of lollies and icing. These are some I made with the kiddies last year. Coles has the mini licorice allsorts. Tic-tacs, mini smarties, and cachous were also a suitable sized lolly for these little houses.

Book labels






I was just playing with some SU papers, and thought I'd make a few book labels for Julia's school books-wrong time of year, I know, but they will be ready in planty of time for next year.



Here's some little cupcakes I made today-and here's the little boy doing his very best to be self-controlled at keeping his sicky little fingers out of the lovely sweet icing!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I wonder who this is for?




I made this for my sweet daughter. I tried to personalise it to look like her. What do you think?

Post-it note holder








I copied this idea from Tanya Blewitt's blog-tincanstamps.typepad.com. I loved her layouts and colours-they're gorgeous! I gave it a go with the papers/stamps I had. They also have a matching pen to go with them. Some of the detail is a little hard to see-such as the extra sparkle and shine on parts of the design. Another great gift idea for a teacher-or someone special for Christmas.

Things to make with your scallop punch...





I have discovered many uses for the scallop punch ( you can probably see how much I use it)-here are some more ideas. Yes, I did CASE these from splitcoaststampers.com, but I usually add my own slight modifications. There are many more ideas out there-why don't you check out Splitcoaststampers.com-you'll likely get itchy fingers and great inspiration for card making-and just about any papercraft out there.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tree decoration







I was just playing around with the "Always" stamp set, some vellum, and embossing powder. The front is covered in contact. I'm sure this idea could be tweaked-but here's an idea for a tree decoration. I'll have to play around a little more and see what eventuates...I've just had a better idea..I'll let you know what I come up with.
 
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