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!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

You are so fab!

Today is new challenge day over at the Southern Girl Challenge Blog and the theme is Texture!

I had so much fun with this gorgeous image from The East Wind, and new exactly what I wanted to create with the girl's dress and hair decoration.

I started off by colouring the image with my Copics, then using a selection of sequins in different sizes I hand sewed each piece to her bodice, and her hairl  I love the texture that it gives the image and how the light bounces off each sequin.  I also added some tiny dots of liquid pearls.  Lastly I glossed her eyes and lips and doodled around the border of the image.

I used a sketch for this card from Mojo Monday, added a gold doily and some black webbing.

Here is the whole card, and you can see that I added some sparkly foam letters for the sentiment.

Here you can see the different layers and textures.  I also used embossed Bazzill cardstock for the background, and doodled a border around it in fine point black pen.

I have joined the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - No Patterned Paper
Creative Card Crew - Wet or Dry Embossing
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Sew Charming
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Star Trekkin!

I never thought I would be making a Star Trek Pocket Letter - I know nothing about it.  I'm a Star Wars fan, and technically stay well away from Trekkies rofl  But I had a ton of fun looking for pictures, diagrams and learning about the different coloured jumpers, ships, and of course cast members.

Using the nine pockets, I used each to showcase a photo, that was then added to black cardstock.

And here you have it.  I used the Star Trek font to add a name label up the top, I found a cute furry critter that looks like a Tribble, and I printed a fun game and some badges.  Both sides of the pockets have pictures of Star Trek then and now.
The Tribble is on a chain with a clip so Julia (who is getting the PL) can hang it on her bag.

Star Trek pictures from {here}
Vulcan Script from Fonts2U

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Easter Buns

It's that time of year again, and I'm making cookies for Sophia's classmates.  This year I chose a simple bunny shape - it's actually a peep, and iced it with white royal icing. Then once set, I added a line of icing around the edge and dipped the cookies in 100's & 1000's.

I love the bright colours of the tiny lollies, and they're perfect for Easter.  I bagged each of the cookies up and dropped in some little solid eggs, then tied the top with some string and a bunny tag (which all came as a neat package from Woollies!)

The kids loved their gifts, and couldn't wait to show their waiting parents on the last day of school.

Here's a different view so you can see their tiny little jelly bean tails.  I'm so happy with how they turned out, and they were so easy - especially when there was 30 of them!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

My funny Valentine

I know Valentine's Day has come and gone, but isn't this the cutest digi stamp from Rick St Dennis!?  I love how quirky she is with her flower pot hat, funky hair and pose.

I coloured the image with my Copics, and added some sparkle to her eyes and watch.  I then accented with Perfect Pearls.

To create the card I layered some spotty paper on red Bazzill, wrapped some ribbon around it and then tucked in some tiny Bingo boards that I got in a Pocket Letter.

This card has been created for Southern Girls newest challenge - Anything Goes.  All you need to do is create a new card, come over and link up and then sit back and wait for the love :)

Here are some closeups of my card

Pucker up! lol I glossed up her eyes to make them shiny.

I just love these little Bingo boards, they fit perfectly under the ribbon.

I have included my card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
That Craft Place Blog - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craftroom - Any Holiday

Thursday, 3 March 2016

I love pineapples!

We have another awesome challenge for you over at Southern Girls Challenge, and the theme is "Words".  We want to see words on your projects, and I've chosen some wordy washi tape to use on my card and a stamped die-cut.

The image that I have used on my card is from Julia Spiri on Etsy.  I immediately fell in love with it because of that awesome pineapple.  I have pineapples everywhere in my home, I love to eat them, and I now love to colour them!  I used my Copics to colour this image, then I accented it with some yellow Stickles.  Now the pineapple has some texture, just like a real one!  I glossed Miss Pineapple's eyes too, to add a little sparkle.  The design of the card is pretty simple. I just layered some papers, doodled borders and then wrapped a pretty gold organza ribbon around it.
Here you can see the wordy washi I used as a background for the die-cut speech bubble.  I hand-stamped (I know I'm shocked too!) "time to be awesome" in black ink.
I have joined in with following challenges:
DRS Designs Rubber Stamps - Bling
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Challenge revisit (August '13 - words, words, words)
Ruby's Rainbow - Celebrate Women
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - Something for the Lady
Card Mania Challenges - Dots & Stripes
Coffee, Chocolate & Cards - Anything Goes