Friday, December 31, 2010

{a quick share..}

..of some decos that are about to be packed away soon...This angel was given to me by my childhood art teacher! Very special. As it says on her dress, I hope "twenty-eleven" brings you joy. I hope this blog continues to bring you a little joy as well ;)
This is a hand crafted wooden piece, brought back for me, from Germany. You can see in the second pic down, the teeny tiny Santa at the bottom. Awwww!

Here he is.
Last but not least, a cross-stich worked by my sister, with the name of one of my children at the top. You wouldn't know it, but it is actually worked on...erm..plastic. No Zweigart Belfast linen for us. Apparently, plastic would be very faux pas in the world of cross-stitchers, but it came in handy for trimming down to the stocking shape! We are actually on the lookout for more, as there as been a third child for a while now, and he doesn't yet have one ;) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas cards *with sound* !

blue board shorts for a boy
both cards together
green bikini for a girl
inside the card. it's not as lumpy as it looks!
You may have seen Christmas cards in the shops, that play messages. The thought occured to me that you may be able to purchase the sound modules...it turns out you can! I got mine here. They are 10 second recordable sound modules - quite inexpensive too! I've made cards for a special niece and nephew, who will receive them Christmas day, complete with a message from their cousins! :)
Yes..it's a bit late to be making Christmas cards, but you can adapt this idea for other greeting cards.
Instructions:
1. First, complete the front of your card. You don't want to be unhappy with the front, having already attached the sound module to the inside!

I used a background that I made in Word. As time permits I might put a link to the file on this blog. I also used a Carl Teddy punch, and small ume flower punches. The Christmas hats were hand cut. The teddies were stuck down with foam mounting tape.

2. Attach the sound module to the inside of your card. I positioned the play button, microphone, and record button, left to right across the top.

The middle piece has the circuit and batteries, the bottom circle is the speaker. I attached these pieces with double sided tape mostly. Carefully stick down the wires so they're out of the way. There is a red pilot light too, I covered that up.

3. Cut holes in another piece of card, so the top three pieces can be accessed. The speaker is mostly concealed, but there is a gap in the middle, plus vibration on the card, to help the sound be heard. I used a 3/8" circle punch for the microphone. I stuck this piece of card down with staples, and then concealed those with strips of white paper on double sided sticky paper.

And that's about it.

Hope you like it. I would put extra packaging on these before putting in the post :) Keep out of reach of children under 3.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

{A Friday Funny for you}

Here in Australia we have a dip called "Skinny Dip" - it has less fat content, as you can see on the label. I couldn't resist taking this pic.... Skinny Dipping in the Skinny Dip!! ...:)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Card for a new baby...:)



Bought a little bit of gorgeous ribbon from Etsy. (..must stop looking at etsy, must stop looking at etsy...anyways). It arrived! From everythingribbons, thanks girls! They call it preppy stripe ribbon, 7/8". Sorry about my pic, the top ribbon is actually hot pink! and black. Have made a new baby card with it already :) A different colour scheme - it's for a boy baby. You don't need to go to the expense of investing in die cutting tools and dies! The very cute tractor is a Quickutz die cut, it was ordered online from Scrap and Die .

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas card

Even if you have no "Christmassy" type bits in your craft stash, it's no excuse you know. ;) Just do the red and green thing. This is what I came up with. The little pink stencil from Kmart, was a *great* find at just $2.99! There are three sizes. I have to say everything else Kmart have in their craft section seemed a bit sad. :(
Ingredients:
  • Paper is Kaisercraft, Trapeze - Circus (yes, it has patterned ball shapes on the reverse)
  • Olive green satin ribbon from the "cheapie" shop
  • White Keaycolour colour for the card
  • Paper shapers large flower punch
  • Uniball Signo pen in Angelic
  • Jute twine