Friday, September 15, 2017

More Cards and New techniques

I've been experimenting!

I need some more practice....

So, this wasn't really a new technique.  It's just another card I made.  
That baker's twine is such a pain! 

I tried this technique using my small square and small circle punches and it worked okay.
I tried out some shadow stamping using my Stamp Master after watching a 
Catherine Pooler video that you can watch here.  I am loving this
shadow stamping technique and I will definitely be using it more! 
I need heaps more practice on this one!! 
I created this card after watching this Catherine Pooler
video where she created a background using a sentiment stamp.  

That's that for today! :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

August Card Collection

I have been making LOTS of cards.

There was a Fathers' Day Stall at a friend's church activity, so I contributed some cards for that.  I had lots of fun making these mini cards.  Although, I would have preferred to have some pre-cut mini cards on hand.  I found some at the local bargain store AFTER I had finished all these cards.  Talk about kicking myself. Check these out.
Excuse my finger... inspired by this pin and a tutorial for partial embossing here

Inspired by this

If you are a regular around here, you will know
that I love this basic card layout and technique.  
It works for any occasion and this one was no exception! 

 Now for the birthdays.  I'm trying to get ahead of the curve again so there are a quite a few of these.
This was just a simple layering card. 
I used my new rough squares die set. :) 
I made this one for my grandmother. 

I had fun making this card.  Inspired by this pin


More layering with my rounded rectangle die set and my Happy Birthday die. 
I had heaps of these textured papers from the Go Wild Decorative Papers from Kaiser Craft.
So, I decided to use them.  


I recreated one of  Catherine Pooler's KISS cards
As Catherine suggests, I used the stamps I had on hand,
as I didn't have the stamps she used. 


I whipped up this card in under half an hour! 
Some washi tape, and a new Happy Birthday stamp 
added to some decorative paper I had left over
from another card went together nicely. 
I'm really proud of it! 
Last one for now... a Fathers' Day Card for my grandfather.  He loves fishing and passed on that love to my Dad and uncles.  Many memories were forged on the end of a pier or in a boat with a fishing line in our hands.
My aunty sent me a bunch of stickers and die cuts when I asked for anything
I could use for a fishing themed card for Fathers' Day. 
There are more that I have added to my stash now.  

Next Week: more cards that I made recently, including some new techniques I tried out - with mixed levels of success!


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fathers' Day Gift and Card DIY

A few weeks ago Mum received a message from an old family friend.  Why was this significant? The message was a reminder about a question the friend had asked several weeks before.  She asked Mum if we could go to a kids group and 'do' the Fathers' Day craft with the kids.  Mum had forgotten to tell me.  So, we had exactly a week to find a craft, make one, buy materials and put together craft packs so the kids would have all their supplies ready to go.  We also needed to choose a card and do the same thing with that.  Thankfully there were less than 10 kids in the group.

We chose a craft that cost a bit to pull together, but it was easy enough for little kids and big kids.  The card we chose was fun and simple to make. We had all the materials for the cards in or craft stash so it didn't cost us anything.  Although, if you had to purchase the materials, you only need coloured card, goggle eyes, scissors and glue.

Here is the gift we made... inspired by this Pin.





The card we made was inspired by several cards I had seen on Pinterest.  It's so cute.  :)



Next Week: some of my latest cards!

Happy Fathers' Day!  Enjoy your Dad's while they are still here.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Flashback Post: Even then...

Apparently, I wrote this in 2012 and it was first published on 9 June 2012.  It might not be the best poem I've ever written but It's good enough.  It's quite reassuring actually.  

Even When... Even Then...

Even when the day is long,
When you can't remember the name of the song.
Even when your tired and sleepy,
When the kids make you feel so crawly and creepy.
Even when the weather is cold,
When you feel as though you're a hundred years old.

Even then, you can get out of bed,
You can face the world and hold high your head.
You can stand in the midst of the chaos and know,
That there is better than this, when with God you go.

So, wake up and go out
Take the day as it comes.
There is no reason to doubt
That God has done all the sums.

He is watching and working
In ways you can't know.
He will get you home
If with Him you will go. 

Have you bought your Father's Day gifts yet.  Next week you will see a card and a homemade gift I made. 
Keep going with God, it's worth it.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Jurassic World Party Part Two


Last week, I told you all about the decorations we had at the Jurassic World party.  This week I will show you the activities and tell you about the food we had at the party.  Check out my party Pinterest Board to see where I got a lot of inspiration, tips, tricks, instructions and printables. 

A quick note about the Birthday Boy: this was a tenth birthday party, so I spent a bit of time with the birthday boy before the party.  We talked about the movie, his favourite parts of the movie and activities he would like to do.   I also asked him what type of party he wanted, organised games where everyone does each activity at the same time or stations for each person to move to as they liked.  We ended up with a combination of the two.  

Activities


The activities were supposed to be spread out through the backyard.  We had to move a few activities at the last minute due to rain.  The kids didn't care.  Kids were checked in when they arrived, receiving a name badge and dinosaur temporary tattoo (This was their VID- Very Important Dinosaur- pass, like in the movie)

Pin the Horn on the Triceratops: my very talented Mum took a printed image of a triceratops, and used a grid overlay to draw a huge triceratops. She made some black horns and used yellow stickers to write a number on each.


Guess Jar: I filled an old coffee jar (that had been thoroughly cleaned) with some small plastic Dinosaur figurines. The BFF drew up a name and guess chart for guests to record their guess.  Hint: don’t forget to count the dinosaurs as you put them in the jar and write it down somewhere safe! Lol. About half way through the party I took the guess chart away and worked out which three guesses were closest to the exact amount and awarded prizes from a lucky dip box.  The Birthday Boy wanted to keep the jar of dinosaurs. 


Squad Training: we used some dinosaur figures (about 20-30 cm high) and lined them up along a shelf.  Guests had a six shooter Nerf gun (so six shots) to hit up to 5 dinosaurs.  The one who shot the most dinosaurs in the one turn got a prize from the lucky dip.


Footprint Match: I made up some cards using images from the internet and a print of labelled dinosaur footprints.  Only a few guests participated in this.

Fossil and Bone Digs: I made fossils using salt dough and some skeleton figurines (click here for instructions).  I also made some dino-sized teeth and a hybrid dinosaur skull for the kids to dig up.  My mum, (go Grandma) bought some sand from our local garden nursery for us to bury the fossils and “bones” before the party. I laid out small spades, spoons and paint brushes as tools.


DNA sequencing: I made a couple of big batches of yellow/ orange jelly and pushed some plastic bugs into the jelly.  The kids were supposed to use eye droppers to ‘suck the DNA out of the bugs’ and drop it in a test tube before putting it in the DNA sequencing machine (a box).  When they did this, they were given an ‘egg’ and went to the Hatchery.  Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a photo of this.  Sorry. 
Hatchery: I made about 25 fizzing eggs (directions here) with dinosaur figurines in them.  The kids sprayed the eggs with vinegar and broke the eggs to hatch their very own dinosaur to take home.

Creation Centre: Dinosaur colouring, word searches, dinosaur cut outs and some coloured pens made this an easy centre! Check out my Pinterest board to get all the links I used to find these.  No picture of this either.  I was so busy that day! 

Photobooth: I threw together a bunch of props that we purchased from discount stores and the Big W party shop.  I also made a fire torch using cellophane and a large piece of brown cardboard.  The backdrop was created using a plastic table cloth, brown crepe paper, green crepe paper and leaves cut out of green paper.  A camp chair, a ladder, caution tape and an old pallet made it even better.  I created some "Warning: Dinosaur Area Keep Out" signs using a Google Image search.  

 I'm sure you're all very excited about the next part... THE FOOD! 

Food

For the Herbivores: carrot sticks, celery sticks, assorted fruit,
For the carnivores: party pies and sausage rolls (dipped in tomato sauce/ blood)
Dinosaur Cookies: I planned to make footprint cookies (check out the inspiration here), but I used my own cookie recipe which was a bit too soft for the footprint.  I added milo to my cookie mix to make it look like dirt, spread some Nutella on the top of each cookie and stuck dinosaur lollies (from the Natural Confectionery Company) on top.  They were really yummy!
Cake: was made by the Birthday Boy’s mum and dad. It was inspired by a few of the cakes on my party Pinterest board.   I pinned about 20 different cakes for my nephew to choose from.  As it was created by family, the cake wasn't as perfect as the ones that inspired it, but it was still cool.  Easy way out: check out these cake toppers!  (I'm not affiliated with the site linked).  

Jurassic Juice: a mix of pine-lime cordial, lemonade and water.  We poured this into jugs for serving.  Guests all got a cup with a Jurassic World Logo on it. 

I had lots more ideas for food, but as the party was mid-afternoon, we didn't go all out on a big range of food.  I pinned lots of ideas on the Pinterest Board, link above, so you can get inspired.  If you want to do something easy, you could order pizza:  Meatlovers for the carnivores, Vegetarian for the herbivores and Supreme or Hawaiian for the Omnivores.  You don't get much easier than that! 
That's that then. 
Enjoy the party planning!