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Everyday Eclectic Gift Set & PaperHaus Magazine!

Hi Everyone Please note that the blog-hop and giveaway previously detailed here has now closed. The winner can be seen here. I ABSOLUTELY recommend you take a look at the first Paperhaus Magazine. It’s online, free and FABULOUS! Everyday Eclectic Gift Set This fun little set was made with my Cameo and the fabulous Everyday Eclectic Collection from Echo Park Paper. The hexagon gift bag uses this file from A Little Hut and the card file can be found here. I have used a piece of acetate behind the birds to add a little bit of dimension. I created these tiny tags from some of the stickers from the collection. These little stickers can be tough to use but you can attach them to some paper and group them for great gift tags! Please leave a comment or email me with any questions Lowri 🙂 I am linking this project up to these websites here.

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“M” is for 52 Memories – Mother’s Day Gift

Hi Everyone I have a last minute Mother’s Day idea to share and it is based on my “52 Reasons I Love You” project shown here.  If it’s too late for this year – why not store the idea away for a  birthday gift when you have some more time!  I have used the Bicycle Pink Ribbon Cards as the base for this project, and 10% from the sale of each pack goes to www.bcrfcure.org. Please also visit here for more information on the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.  I have taken a pack of cards and distressed them using a chisel, sandpaper and white paint – in that order! These cards were created using a Bicycle Breast Cancer Research pack of cards, so if you buy a pack you will be contributing to a great cause too.  I added a photograph to each page – the black and white looks great against the pink and I love black and white pictures of the kids. My daughter is 9 weeks old in this one… I used photos I already had edited and cropped for other projects to make it super easy to put together… Now all I have to do […]

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“52 Reasons I Love You” Cards Tutorial

Did you know this project now has its own website – with heaps of additional information. Note: If you would like to link to, feature or re-publish this project – please see here. Tutorial Below you will find the tutorial showing how to make the cards. On the website you can also find a complete supply list and all the information on purchasing a template to create the labels. Find some playing cards! These fabulous cards from Ellusionist shown here are great as they have a pre-aged Vintage look. Scuff them up with some sandpaper to give them a used feel as well as a used look Create a template with one of the spare cards (for example one of the Jokers) Punch two holes in each cards using the template as a guide Create your reasons labels to attach to the cards – detailed information below. Use another Joker card to create the front cover. Using double sided tape and/or glue – attach the inserts to the cards. Using glue will take longer to dry and will stiffen the cards up adding more dimension. Create all 52 of your reasons cards and let the glue dry Thread onto book rings NOTE: I […]

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5th Birthday Mini Album with a Cosmo Combo!

Hi Everyone I have had these FABULOUS oldish Cosmo Cricket Collections sitting in my stash for ages now – but never the right project to justify cutting into them.  Last weekend I finally found it as I created a little birthday album for one of my son’s best friends. This mini album is a mix of the Joy Ride, Boyfriend and Lil Man Collections – and they blended seamlessly together. I cut squares of paper and double sided adhesive chipboard with my Spellbinders and then just stuck the paper onto the chipboard to create some stiff pages. I just went to town on the decoration using all the bits and pieces I had! I alternated decorated pages with blank squares so little pictures could just be printed and glued in to make a completed book by the recipient. The wonderful variety of embellishments I had included chipboard, stickers and an old pack of rubons – which still worked perfectly. I then used my Zutter machine to bind it all together. The rings are a little small – but that doesn’t matter! I have been very fortunate this last year with opportunities that have come my way but I haven’t taken […]

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Neighbor Gift Idea (with Echo Park)

Hi Everyone – an easy neighbor gift to share today. It’s really two gifts in one as the decoration for  the main gift serves as a mini-gift too! First of all I have taken some of the Fa-La-La-La-La paper from the Holly Jolly Christmas Collection and used it to cover the lid of my jar.  You can see a tutorial on how to do that below – all it takes is a pair of scissors and some mod-podge!  I have also used some of the Element Stickers to add some extra detail around the edge.     I filled the jar with my Christmas bark and for decoration I created a few blank tags that could then be used be the recipient to decorate their Christmas gifts.     I used a few of the digital journal tags, printed them onto matte photo paper, and used double sided adhesive chipboard to give them some weight and add a plain paper backing so they can be written on. I secured them round the treat jar with a generous length of bakers twine that can be used to attach the tags to gifts. To make the Christmas Bark – melt some white chocolate, […]

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Pink Paislee Drawers & EP Giveaway Winner

Hi Everyone  Another Pink Paislee project to share today – this time using the Hometown Summer Collection. At the end of this post I have also announced the winner of my Echo Park giveaway. This bright and fun collection was perfect for decorating these Mini Drawers from Kaisercraft. I have used the printed tissue from the Pink Paislee Daily Junque Collection to cover the sides and edges of the project before covering the top and sides with patterned paper from the collection. This was easily done by cutting the tissue to size and using mod-podge to stick it to the mdf project. The baubles make wonderful handles for the drawers and small elements cut from the borders stickers make these great little flags on which to mount them. These gorgeous little girls from the chipboard pops add such a fun feel to the sides of the drawers and even the back of the project gets a fun and funky feel with this alphabet printed paper from the 6×6 paper pack. Hopefully my sister doesn’t see this post before Christmas as I am going to give her these for her little daughter! Please post a comment with any questions. Lowri 🙂 […]

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Bo Bunny “Puzzle Pieces” Mini (Gabrielle Collection)

Hi Everyone I recently created two of these little mini albums using the Bo Bunny Gabrielle Collection – one for my mother and one for my mother-in-law. The puzzle piece pages make it so easy to create an album as they are already covered in the coordinating paper. Each page has a black and white photo and a couple of simple embellishments. All the photos were taken on a walk we did one afternoon earlier in this year – and I think they provide a great snapshot into our lives on that day! I love these quick, easy and small projects. I could e-mail these photos to my family, maybe even print them out and mail them BUT  a little effort put into creating a small album like this really makes a special gift for someone so dig into your scrapbook stash and get making some Christmas pressies! Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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Back to School Mini & Gift Box Tutorial

Hi Everyone I have the last of my Little Yellow Bicycle projects using the Head of the Class Collection to share today. I have had a wonderful time working with Little Yellow Bicycle and I couldn’t have asked for a more positive and enjoyable experience for my first time working directly for a manufacturer. I have two new ideas to share today. Back to School Album Here I have taken a simple generic chipboard album and covered each side of the pages with patterned paper from the collection. I glued the album page to the paper and then using a very sharp craft knife I cut around the edge. I have used a solvent glue as I find it does not warp the paper and clean up of any that spills around the edges is so easy. I then used a piece of very fine grit sandpaper to smooth the edge and add some definition. I have then decorated each page using a variety of embellishments. I was so spoilt for choice here as there is such a wide selection to choose from! With such a collection of embellishments these pages can come together really quickly. I have kept all […]

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Homemade Halloween Bark – 3 ways

Hi Everyone – another candy post today! I mentioned previously it’s pretty hard to get Halloween stuff here in New Zealand, so I made this Halloween Bark using some easily available lollies and white chocolate. Skulls, Tombstones and Bats! In reality this is just some halved orange flavored jelly filled lollies, some white chocolate skulls and some licorice twists cut into slices to look like bats! Help Me – I’m Melting! More skulls here along with some blue and red tic-tacs and black and orange jaffas. Check out my tutorial on how to make Custom Colored Candies here. Free for All!   For these ones I threw on all the little pieces of candy I could find! Chopped up liquorice lace and red liquorice sticks, coloured tic-tacs , crushed barley sugar and then I drizzled a little orange colored chocolate on top. Remember you MUST USE powdered food coloring when you color white chocolate – or you will just have a gooey mess. Very edible but not aesthetically pleasing. For all of these – just melt your white chocolate, spread onto greaseproof paper and throw your toppings on. I melt mine in the microwave. 1 large bar takes 2 blasts […]

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Spring Drawers – Dear Lizzy Collection

Hi Everyone and if you are on the Paper Issues blog-hop – you should be visiting from Sabrina’s fabulous blog. [The contest previously published here has now closed. The randomly chosen winner was Leonie] I have a fun project to share today – it’s a Storage Unit from Kaisercraft and I have used the American Crafts Dear Lizzy range along with a few American Crafts extras to decorate. Like all the Kasiercraft BTP projects I complete I have sanded all the edges and painted with acrylic paint before starting. I then pre-cut paper to fit all the visible sides, glued the drawers together, attached the paper and started to decorate them. All the drawers are fully lined with paper too. This fabulous collection is not new but I only just managed to lay my hands on it here in New Zealand!  It’s so pretty and I actually added the name of a little girl I knew who was having a birthday onto the side and gave it as a gift! Here are a few extra close up pictures of the details Next on the hop is Kim Castillon and I guarantee she has something amazing to show you. Lowri 🙂

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