Thursday, 23 June 2016

I wish it were Spring

I love working with All Dressed Up images, and this week they are our sponsor over at Southern Girls Challenge Blog!  I have used the image Little Flower Fairy and coloured her with my Copics.  I used some bling on the flowers and the wreath on the fairy's head to add dimension.  This image was the perfect addition to my Spring pocket letter that I'm sending to my pal!  It's not Spring here in Australia, so I loved looking for all the beautiful flower pictures. Spring colours are just gorgeous.  I backed the pictures with green cardstock, doodled around the edge and added some matching coloured gems.

In addition to the pocket letter, I made a paper clip with tea-pot charm and a wooden jar tag with 2 sentiments and a ribbon.

This is the back of the pocket letter, with more gorgeous pictures of bright blooms.

Here's a close-up of the image.  I adhered it to the front as it was slightly larger than the pocket.  I also added a little flag with sentiment.

And here is the paperclip with bright ribbons and charm.  The sentiments will be able to be taken off the jar and used by my pal.

I am joining the following challenges:

Penny's Challenges - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girls - Any Image
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes + a tag
Allsorts Challenge - How Does Your Garden Grow?
ABC Challenges - Just as You Like

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Since beginning my addiction with Pocket Letters I have not made a Star Wars themed PL! So I thought it was about time.  I collected photos from my favourite scenes and matted them on black Bazzill cardstock.  I wanted to do something really fun and different with this PL, so under the middle pocket is a door that opens and music is played!  Yep that's right, one of the Star Wars theme songs is played.  See below for more details:
So first up I'll go through the goodies.  I made 2 paperclips - one with ribbon and the other with Darth Vader.  Then I printed some fun cards - a wanted poster and a diagram on how to look after your light saber.  I fussy cut a gun, badge and Chewie.  Chewie is a paper doll with moving arms and legs. You can see him movie on my pinboard. I also found some really neat buttons at my local EB Games and added them too.  Inside the pockets I added some Star Wars themed sprinkles.  I got these in the party section at Big W.
You might be able to see the sprinkles a little easier now.
This is the back of the pocket letter - you can see some of the shapes in the middle pocket.

Now for the fun part.  Open this door (which I created by cutting out another pocket and using my ATG gun to adhere to the page.  What you can't see is under the Pew Pew Pew & Ewok pictures is the musical mechanism that I removed from a card bought at my local newsagency.  Then when you open the door, music plays!  Check it out below:
Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Oleg the cutest meerkat baby

Oleg is the cutest baby Meerkat that we see regularly on TV through the Compare the Market Insurance adds.  Sophia absolutely loves him and came home one day to find him in a tiny cradle on the front step with his favourite toy Grub by his side.  I couldn't help but make a pocket letter for her - it has lots of family pictures, as there's quite a back story to little Oleg and his adventures are numerous!  I also made certificates, shakers, paper clips and bug filled stationery.


Here's the whole kit and kaboodle.  Sophia now has it all folded up and it sits in Oleg's cradle.
A closer view of the paperclips
A shaker pocket full of bugs and insects and all the things Oleg likes to chase and eat.

Friday, 27 May 2016

That's Nice

There is nothing I love more than sitting down to an episode of Mrs Brown's Boys!  Oh I love that woman and wish Mammie was in my family.

I had the wonderful opportunity to swap with a previous swap pal, and we both love Mrs Brown, so I got to hunt through the internet for some hilarious quotes and pictures to add to this double sided pocket letter.

I backed all my pictures on pink Bazzill, then doodled a black border around each.  I also added a picture of Mammie and some pink ribbon.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Get tangled up in layers

I never did get on the colouring bandwagon, but after making this card I may just have to make the jump!
This image is actually a colouring page from Fairy Tangle Art who is one of our sponsors over at Southern Girls Challenge this week!  Our theme is "Layers" and when I saw this gorgeous image I new there were many layers that I could colour and create!  I used 2 images to create the pleats on the dress, and coloured them with Copics. I added a little gloss here and there, and some liquid pears to the necklace and little dots on the dress.
The card itself was made using embossed Bazzill and a piece of die-cut paper.  Then I added some shimmery blue cardstock and a wide ribbon.  I normally matt my images, but this one was bold enough to stand alone.  I doodled some lines around the borders too.
Here is a close-up so you can see the layers in the dress and bodice.
Normally I use 3D foam dots to lift my layers but I couldn't find them, so I just used hot glue.  It worked perfectly, and I could shape the layers so that they sat flat at the waist and flared at the bottom which is tricky with foam dots.

Come and join in the fun - you might even win!

I have entered the following challenges:
Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges - Doodled Details
Fairytale Challenge Blog - For the girls only
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

I need a bit of Summer in my life

It's almost Winter here in Australia - not that you'd know it, we're still in the high 20's for temperature, I'm still wearing shorts and shirts and you can still sweat in the shade!

I love summer though, the beach, sand, shell collecting, warm nights and BBQ's so I'm so happy that I get to make my second Summer themed Pocket letter.

I made the middle pocket a shaker pocket - putting ocean themed sprinkles inside, plus these really neat tiny beads. I found them at the dollar shop in tiny bottles - I think you can put them on your nails and in craft.  I thought it looked perfect as sand!  I used yellow Bazzill to matt my pictures on, and then filled the back of the pockets with everything from lace, buttons, stickers, washi and paperclips.  I also got to use some items that I've collected while making and sharing Pocket Letters (the watermelon banner).

I sure hope my PL pal loves it!
Pinterest is fantastic for finding pictures, and I wanted to use bright colourful pictures to create a cheerful Pocket Letter.
Here's a close-up of the shaker pocket.  I filled the pocket with sea horses, octopus', star fish, hybiscus flowers, dots, shells and gold beads.  Then I simply sealed up the pocket with my Fuse Tool.
Hurry back summer!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Happy St Patrick's Day

I totally forgot to post my pocket letter to my pal Elizabeth.  We chose a St Patrick's Day theme, and I went with vintage pictures.  There are so many to chose from on Pinterest, and I loved the little quotes, poems and sentiments that were on them.  Using these images I was also able to add pops of other colours, and not just have an all green pocket letter.


Here is my packet pocket letter.  It's hard to tell in the photo but the big shamrock is bright green and very sparkly.  I made a St Patrick's cootie catcher, and decorated a wooden jar with gold doilie and letter to Elizabeth.  I also tucked in a cute mustache and lots of goodies in the back of the pockets.

The cootie catcher

The wooden jar shaped decoration.  You need a jar to catch a Leprechaun right?!

Pride & Prejudice

Having never watched Pride & Prejudice I wasn't too sure where to start - I also learned that there are two different movies to choose from.  I have heard a lot about Colin Firth and Mr Darcy so I went with the 1995 version, and hope that my swap pal loves it.  It's a bit of a surprise for her :) I chose lots of photos, art and quotes to fill the 18 pockets (front and back), then included some goodies in the same theme.


I included a map, music and quotes, and then doodled around each picture to create a frame.

Shopkins - the cute way to shop!

This was such a fun pocket letter to make, Sophia had previously bought a book that had a fold-out shop, and punch out characters in it.  I knew straight away that they would be perfect to put in a pocket letter!  They are not only bright, but double sided too.  There were these big characters to the left as well tiny food items that I decided to make a shaker pocket with.

The collector cards can be bought separately to go in a collectors album, but I bought them because they fit perfectly into the pockets of the plastic sleeve.

I also had some Shopkins ribbon that I bought on ebay, that I made into a paperclip.




Here is the completed pocket letter, the shaker pockets are on either side of the cupcake in the middle. I added some extra cards and created a special shaker paperclip with my Fuse tool.  I used one of the Shopkins pictures, then encased it in plastic and added some sequins and a paperclip.  I've also added a little bling to each pocket.


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Monsters in my planner

I was so excited when I spotted this planner layout at Hipster's World - so I watched the movie and set up my planner.

I comes as a download, that you just have to print out on sticker paper and then cut out.  I don't have a fancy cutting machine so i just used an old fashioned pair of scissors lol

There were cut-outs for every area of my planner, plus the left side column.  They printed out out beautifully, true to the colours on the blog and the perfect fit.

This was my layout before the pen - I can't wait to use Nemo next week!