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Halloween Party Ideas

Hi Everyone – I am sharing a couple of super simple ideas for Halloween drinks party decoration. These ideas are adaptable to ANY holiday – and all your need is some patterned paper! Custom Platters Remember the coasters I made using the Echo Park “For the Record” Collection? I found heaps of different color and sized tiles in the hardware store – I think the most expensive was $1.79. These make great platters – you could probably make half a dozen for less than $10! Not sure if they would be food safe – but they are great as display tiles and for wrapped items! Glass Toppers Hand cut, punch or die-cut a shape and then, using a small circular object as a template – cut a semi-circle shape with a knife. Decorate and stick atop your festive glass!  Straw Toppers Hand cut, punch or die-cut some symmetrical shapes (they must be symmetrical). Fold in half and glue back to back in a circle as shown. I have used six per topper but you might need to experiment to see how many works best with your shape. I have a few more Halloween projects to share over the next week […]

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Party Decoration Ideas!

Hi Everyone – I have been so busy working on bits and pieces for SENZ (New Zealand’s Scrapbooking Expo) and notwithstanding volcanoes and ashclouds – I will arriving in Auckland first thing on Thursday morning! Here are a couple of the class decorations I have been working on. We have the Kaisercraft In-house design team coming to teach our classes, so most of them are Kaisercraft products… Sour Cream Containers with Bubblegum Hills (See tutorial at end of post) Rosette Flowers with English Rose Rolled Flowers with Pink Gelato Pinwheels with Party Animals Origami Boxes with Up, Up and Away Banner with Bubblegum Hills Crackers with Party Animals Here is the tutorial for the Sour Cream Containers shown in the first picture. Hope you enjoyed these ideas – they would be easy to adapt as party favours or little gifts Lowri 🙂

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Springtime Cupcakes, Flowers and Gratuitous Photographs!

Hi Everyone Some gratuitous photos today – but how can you go wrong with some Springtime Cupcakes and Cosmo Cricket!! I have really been trying to improve on my photography and having seen a few manufacturers request submissions with projects photographed on a white background – I decided to give it a go. I have made the cupcake toppers and flowers using the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety collection. These flowers are super simple to make – why not check out the tutorial on how to make them here! You can see my tutorial on how to make the embossed icing on top of the cupcakes here. I really think these photos are WAY over-edited but I couldn’t figure out how to balance everything right – so now I not ONLY need to work on my photography – but I need to learn more about editing too! I have taken all of these outside but the light this time of year (approaching winter) is SO different to how it was all summer – so now I need to learn about lighting conditions too! These pictures show the same flowers against different backgrounds – it’s amazing how different they look depending on […]

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Acrylic Stamp Cookies Cupcakes and a FAB Blog-Hop!

Hi everyone – and if you are following the Paper Issues bloghop – you should have come from Mandy Kay’s blog here. Don’t forget to read to the end to find out where to hop next and how you can be in to win some great prizes! The theme for the hop is Favorites and one of my favorite things to do scrapbook-wise is to try and use items for a purpose other than that they were intended for!!! Check out my post below to see the following 1) Acryclic Stamp Cookies 2) Acrylic Stamp Cookie Tutorial 3) Cupcake Toppers 4) Cuttlebug Icing Tutorial 1) Acrylic Stamp Cookies  I have been wanting to try this for AGES – so I did! I have used acrylic stamps and food coloring to create some cute critter cookie toppers! 2) Acrylic Stamp Cookies Tutorial Knead a little cornflour into your icing paste until it loses that sticky surface feeling Roll the icing between 2 sheets of non-stick baking parchment. Lightly dust the surface of the icing with cornstarch again to remove any trace of stickiness Spread some gel icing onto an acrylic block (I used Chefmaster) Ink your stamp with the colouring – […]

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Bugs, Blog-Hop, Sneak Peek & Giveaway!

Hi Everyone This weekend I am participating in my first blog-hop. Here is a sneak-peek of what I am posting. You will not want to miss this if you are a fan of – hmm – stamping, eating or patterned paper! I have TWO new tutorials to go with the post and I am using one of my favorite Kaisercraft lines from last year 🙂 Once the hop starts – if you comment on MY post – you can be in to win this RAK (apparently that means Random Act of Kindness)… I will of course mail it to you wherever you live Here’s the low-down! All the participants will be from the Paper Issues Creative Team (some of them are on Design Teams for some really great manufacturers) You can win the prize on my blog (shown above) simply by leaving a comment on my blogpost(I have tried to make them Australian items in case an overseas persons wins!) Many of the blogs participating have giveaways Blog starts at March 19th 9:00am EST (which is 3:00am here in New Zealand) You can win a fantastic Crate Paper Paper Issues Kit by leaving a comment on the Paper Issues blog […]

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Wine Glass Charms 3 ways & Placecards

Hi Everyone. First off a big hello and thank-you to Liz and all her fantastic staff and customers who made me so welcome at the shop last weekend. I had so much fun and it was really great to meet so many of you. I have a couple of ideas this week – SO easy to do and heaps of fun for a party Wine Glass Markers Baubles Here I have used a cuttlebug die to cut paper, chipboard and acrylic and sandwiched them all together! I have used the Christmas Carnival Collection from Kaisercraft for both the paper and the buttons. Liz has these at a fantastic price at the moment too. A printed name label and a couple of rhinestones and these are completed in under an hour! Holly These really could not be simpler! This time I have used the Kaisercraft Tis the Season Chipboard Holly Leaves and added some red rhinestones and a painted chipboard letter. Circles I have used the packaging from the Imaginisce Cottage Christmas Stickers and cut 2 scalloped circles, used one of the Stickers to decorate the front and decorated with an eyelet for a neat finish.  A few beads on the […]

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Paper “Sour Cream” Containers – with Tutorial

Hi Everyone In North America they have these wonderful stripy mints at Christmas time. As soon as I saw this paper from the Kaisercraft Be Merry Collection I knew what I wanted to do with it!. I have made a bucket of mints using a really simple technique which you can see below! I used 3×4 inch rectangles meaning you can get 12 of these out of a single sheet of 12×12 paper.  They would make great simple but elegant wrapping parcels for little presents. I have used another ruffle flower to decorate the front (you can see how these are made here) I have made some chipboard buttons to decorate the “mints” and just tied them with organza ribbon. I have filled these with mints and I think I will bring them down to Liz and the wonderful ladies in her shop over the weekend! Tutorial These are so simple – here’s how I did it! Stay tuned for heaps more Christmas Ideas over the weekend! Linking to : http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/07/pretty-packages-party-11.html

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Folded Paper Flowers – with Tutorial!

Hi Everyone I made these flowers this afternoon. It’s actually surprising how quick they are to make – to give you an idea – I made these in the time it takes for 2 “Dora the Explorers” to play on DVD.. You can also see these flowers made with maps here For those with no kids or kids over the age 8 – that’s about 50 minutes! It’s also the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month too – so a big HELLO and THANK-YOU to anyone who has donated in any way or helped fundraise for this very worthy cause. I have also attempted a tutorial for the first time!  I have seen a few on-line for these flowers but I think this summarises the steps pretty easily. Would love some feedback! I have used the Cosmo Cricket “Jolly by Golly” collection from last year and I am going to put something similar together for the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown next month using one of the Kaisercraft collections.   I used leftover papers I was not too keen on for these flowers – I can’t wait to make some using papers I really like!   Having experimented with different numbers […]

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Pool Party Paraphernalia!

I created these specifically for my Artfull Crafts Design Team application. They were heaps of fun to do using one of my other all time favourite lines – Cosmo Cricket’s “Snorkel” which I think has now been discontinued 🙁  If anyone has any ribbon or rubons they can sell me I would be soooooo happy! Party Invitation – Waterfall Card I took a class at SENZ instructed by the ladies from Kaisercraft and one of the cards they taught was this one. It looks complicated but when broken down into steps it is quite simple. When you pull down on the bottom all the pieces flip over like a waterfall. I simply placed all the info you would normally find on an invitation onto the flaps of the card, and then mounted the whole piece onto double thickness cardstock. Gently pull on the tag to see cards flip over from the top I printed the invite information onto clear labels and stuck them over the card pieces I used ribbon and chipboard pieces from the Snorkel collection to add dimension Party Favour In the US there are known as Sour Cream containers! They are really simple to make but you […]

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