Starting Over

I am starting over and with some fabulous news.


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The Shabby Tea Room Turns One

The Shabby Tea Room is one of my favourite places to visit. Both for their fabulous challenges and the lovely inspirational cards that can be found there.

This week the Shabby Tea Room turns one and they are celebrating with a birthday bash. Which of course involves a challenge – to include something to do with a birthday.

To me that means a birthday cake, cupcakes, a gift, and of course some love – all wrapped up in that wonderful “shabbiness” we both find irresistible!

The birthday cake which has delicious glitter frosting appropriately includes just one pretty candle. It sits atop a glitz-ed and blinged cupcake that is as scrummy inside as it is outside.

Bite into that delectable cupcake by flipping the top up and you will find the …..

… perfect spot for a birthday gift card or tag. The little heart shining through pops out to the front to give a tiny hint of the love held inside.

Top it all off with some decorative stitching, inking and 3d embellishments and you have the perfect birthday celebration. Lot of luscious sweetness and love all wrapped up in one cute card.

Don’t forget to drop by the Shabby Tea Room birthday bash celebrations and join in on all the fun.

Made with Wish Big Digital Scrapbooking kit which is a collaboration from Sherwood Studio’s and Kimeric Kreations. Cupcake Card Template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff. The sentiment stamp is from Card Sentiment Digital Stamps by Arty Pants Digital Stamps. Card also includes, Making Memories Distressing Ink, Versa Colour Inks, Glitz, twill, Stampin up glitter, 3d Tape and Cotton DMC thread.

Boys Thirteenth Birthday Banner

My youngest son is soon to be a teenager. Thirteen is something special to look forward to. It us also a good reason to celebrate. In my effort to find balance this year I also need to be more organised so I am getting ready early instead of needing to sit up the night before doing this kind of thing.

That should also help find balance in enjoying the time on his special day more instead of being dog tired. I really am enjoying the focus on my one little word this year.

This project is the start to part of some decorations I am planning. Plus it may become the front or title page for a mini album with photo’s from the day.

I have used Industrial Collab from Viva Artistry and Studio Gypsy. They worked perfectly with banner templates from The Cutting Files. Plus some brads and also some metal gears from Tim Holtz. Here’s a close up of some detail for you.

I’ll be back later with a tutorial showing how to make this.

Journal Your Christmas Daily December Album Cover

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and have recovered from all the festivities and celebrating – if you did! 🙂

You know, I was laughing out loud as I wrote that post title, and yet still could not help myself.  My new years resolution dear reader is to not write it again…. At least not till next Christmas. 🙂

By then I might have worked out what it is I am actually doing. One thing for sure it needs to be even simpler than it was this year. That or give up on some of the other things we do during this already busy month for most people, that also holds so many birthdays  and other celebrations for us.

This first few days of the new year have entailed catching up on my December Daily album and getting the cover finished off after cutting the cover shape some weeks ago.

My aim was to keep this year’s album simple and easy. Which in some ways it was to be – by sticking with one (or 3) digital kits and a fairly simple style of page. One side was to be for the journaling and the other a photo. Not thinking about the total of pages that would mean, especially adding overlays to photo’s and changing the journaling pages to match the photo or daily happenings was a bit of a blunder on my part.

See that pile of pages in the back.  All 104, 5 x 7 sized pages!       104!!! did I manage that when I only did 25 days? Imagine if I had done all the days of Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas.

However it is totally finished. All ready to bind. Which brings just one more challenge. I am not sure that Zutter Bind it All Owires will be big enough to hold the album together. The 1 inch is not large enough and they only go up to 1.25 inches. When I get the chance to order some online I will let you know how it goes. For now I have punched it and am using O rings to hold it together.

Now on to the journal cover.

Using papers from the kits in the journal, for continuity, to cover the thick chipboard I had already cut into the bracket shape, was the easy part. Coming up with the rest took a little longer.

Red cardstock from Creative Memories was shaped with a Martha Stewart Punch for the doily edge. Then layered with some red checkered ribbon over a piece of my own design blue paper and all stuck down with doubled sided Scor-Tape.

The tag was created by starting out with a stamped image from Pink Paislee House of 3 Parisian Anthology stamp set onto a white shipping tag. Then a small leftover red scrap of paper from the journal pages was added.  I made the “Christmas” alpha in CS3 with an alpha from Basic Grey’s digital kit “Blitzen” and layered it over little cream squares.  Those were cut out individually and stuck down with the double tape too. The red year 2010 alpha is from Kaiser. A length of butchers twine and some crystal blingage layered over the stamp completed the tag.

The small crystal circle with red checked ribbon through it is actually an old buckle from one of my daughters shoes. I’m know to hang on to pretty things – just because I might want them for something one day. The medallion is made from the same blue paper and is hot glued behind the buckle and the ribbon tucked around behind. Aren’t those little blingy stick pins from Jenni Bowlin just the cutest – and the prefect finishing touch to the medallion? I layered the whole lot on top a small white scrap embossed through the Cuttlebug.

The small metal “believe” plaque from Making Memories was the completing touch to balance the front cover out.

The back cover is done more simply with the layers of paper and checked ribbon. Antique Silver Owires from Bind it All are planned to bind the whole thing together.

So there we have it – my completed 2010 Journal Your Christmas Daily December Album.

Oops – broke my resolution already. 🙄

Been busy so not had the chance to update this last few days. Short and sweet tonight too. Here is today’s Daily December pages.

Will write about our day and evening after it is printed, including the surprise the children got when I pulled out a new bauble this year. As we were not having a “Christmas tree” they assumed we were not having a new bauble which is one of our Christmas eve traditions along with new PJ’s.

No pj’s this year but we still had the new bauble. 🙂 They were most impressed – and worked out where to hang them on the decorations we had put up.

I hope all your gifts are wrapped, your food prep done and you are relaxing with a chance to reflect on the truth of tomorrow. The real reason for the season. May you be blessed with a wonderful day surrounded with loved ones both family and friends.

Love Notes

This is the card I made hubby for our 25th wedding anniversary. I went with a silver and black theme and lots of hearts. Viva Artistry’s new release kit for this week, called Love Notes, was just perfect for the elegant with a touch of grunge anniversary look I was aiming for.

As hubby is not the fussy type I also made it a photo print, added it to some black card then just went over the top with a silver gel pen to highlight different area’s.   Inside the message I wrote is also in silver gel pen.

Daily December #16 and a Party Banner

Been super busy baking and preparing for our wedding anniversary party tomorrow. It’s all coming together nicely and I am thrilled that the munchkins have been trying to be helpful in as many ways as possible. Not that they have been 100% committed, wandering off after doing what they were working on, sometimes leaving it, rather than looking for the next thing to do. However they didn’t seem to mind me calling them back for the next job. I am happy though – after all they are doing something which takes some of the load off me. It’s a great learning time for them in keeping going till things are done. Not to mention work flow and organistion of job’s versus time etc.

Lot’s of cooking was done and they do love to help out with that. The back garden courtyard is semi ready and we have borrowed some tables and an outdoor servery from some friends. It should look good by tomorrow afternoon.

Of course I could not let the occasion pass without doing something creative for it.  The right hand page shows our “25th Anniversary” banner. I made the hybrid paper medallions by printing a Christmas text from Pink Paislee and House of 3. Cutting them into strips and accordion folding them then gluing them to small circles to hold them down finished that part off.

The medallions were then added with 3D pop dots to banner triangle shapes using the same papers, from Paislee Press’s Rue kit, as the party invitations. Painting the chipboard letters with Mr Huey paints made the silver glitter that was glued on look much stronger. Hot glue was used to attach the silver letters to the front of the medallions.  The whole lot were stapled using Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to silver curly ribbon. It will be hung on the wall above the dessert buffet tomorrow.

Right now I need to figure out how to get this fine silver off everything – including myself. Otherwise I could look like one of the silver decorations for my own party. This post was supposed to be the 16th but as it is after midnight I am guessing I should go to bed. Maybe I will awaken to a silver glittery morning. 🙂