Saturday, June 11, 2011


So I have JUST finished this little project of mine in time for Church tomorrow, and its night time and my night time photo's suck, but I just HAD to jump on here and share a photo or two with you...

So why am I so excited you ask??? Its just a stamped candle? We've all seen these before right? Well - you probably can't read the words on these candles because the photo's are (pretty) bad, but they don't come from a stamp. They are a scripture that goes with the lesson I am teaching tomorrow and I just had to figure out a way of getting it on to that candle.

So how did I do it you say? You may be clever enough to have already thought of my method, but for me it was a lightbulb moment.

I typed up my words on the computer, and then got an OHT sheet and printed it on that. As soon as it came out of the printer I whipped it on to a waiting piece of tissue paper and used my bone folder to moosh the ink onto the tissue paper. It comes out backwards (do you get me - looking at it from the printer the words are the right way round, but when you place it on the tissue paper you want the inked side to go down, so when the words are 'stamped' they're backwards). Then I proceeded with the normal method of decorating a candle. You can find an awesome tutorial here from Splitcoast Stampers.

Fun hey. I'm really really happy with how they've turned out and think they make really cute hand outs. Best part yet - they were on sale at Target so I got them for next to nothing. Got to love a bargain.

Now that I've done it I will DEF be doing these again. Wouldn't they make gorgeous gifts? And now I know I'm not limited to the stamp sets I own - I can type out anything I'd like!!!!! YAY!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Adele xxx

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Name Blocks

Another set of name blocks - these ones for an ADORABLE little boy named Hugo! I've taken far too long to make these ones - little Hugo is almost 3 weeks old - doesn't time fly! Anyway - these are 7cm x 7cm, covered in Baja Breeze DSP from the last catalogue and I've also covered the Chipboard letters this time which is a first - normally I just paint them white or vanilla, but I felt this time I needed to do something more, and I really like the effect. Hugo has the most gorgeous (!!!!) retro knit blanket and it kind of inspired me with the blue and brown together.

If you have any questions just shoot me an email and I'll answer asap.

Thanks so much for stopping by - come again soon!


Adele xxx

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Picture Blocks

So this is my newest wood-working craze - photo blocks!!!! I saw the idea for these on a site I used to prepare my lessons for a class of young girls I teach at church and adapted it a little to suit my need for pretty flowers and accessories! :) We ended up doing this as an activity and all the girls got to make their own.

So I'm planning on adapting these to use a photo of Ystyn and I, or the kids or whatever photo I might like and do the same thing. I'll be back soon with new photo's later in the week...but I have to say, I love the things you can do to a boring lump of wood!

Smile smile smile,

Adele xxx

Cards for June Class

Just popping back to show you 2 of the cards we'll be making at my card class coming up on Tuesday 28th June...

This is the Faux Silk card we'll be doing - I've changed the colours from the brown version I did here - I really like these soft colours - I've used Naturals Ivory as the base and the retired Pale Plum (???) and Crumb Cake.

Next up is a card I've CASEd from the front cover of the catalogue - I've been wanting to make this card for forever and I have to say I LOVE it - of course these papers are my absolute favourite (Greenhouse Gala) and the Top Note of course looks fabulous any which way its used...

 So there you have it. I'll hopefully post the last two cards we'll be making later in the week.

If you'd like to come along and make these cards for yourself email me to reserve you place.

Tuesday 28th June
7.30pm start
$20 to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs)

RSVP - as soon as possible! :) :) :)

Thanks for stopping by,


Adele xxx

So its my Dad's 60th birthday in a couple of weeks and my older sister and her family (5 daughters and husband) are all driving up from NSW for the celebrations. We have some fun things planned between the 3 of us (my older & younger sister) and one of these is a party! Of course - who can celebrate turning 60 without a party!!!!

We're really excited about what we've chosen to do - we're basing it all on a fav story of ours from our dad's childhood - Dad used to love playing cowboys and indians and one day they decided to actually tie someone to the stake!!!! So - they got a victim all tied up and proceeded to light a fire to burn the baddie - to cut a long story short, the baddie got away but the garage didn't survive?? Dad burnt down grandad's shed!!!!!

We loved Dad telling us this story - its always been a family favourite. And since I actually currently live in my grandparents house where said shed used to exist we'll be holding the party here in the existing shed/garage! And we're having a Western theme - complete with a cardboard cowboy city and a teepee and stake all set up. We're going to have lots of fun games for the gazillions of grandkids that will be running around and some yummy yummy food.

Anyway - so invitations needed to go out to the friends we're inviting - and this is what I came up with. I was looking for the old 'Wanted' stamp set or anything 'Western' I could get my hands on, but in the end decided to just use what I had on hand - the Medallion stamp, the Sanded background stamp and the lovely Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I think it kind of all worked together fairly well - looks a bit like a pirate map to me, but hopefully its suggestive enough of old world roughness....

I've stuck a magnet on the back so they can be popped onto the fridge if wanted, and of course decorated the envelopes which you can just see in the background.

Love love love how versatile our stamps and inks and embossing folders are....just awesome!

Thanks for bearing with me through such a long post...


Adele xxx

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait
Stamps: Medallion, Sanded,
Other: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Twine, Sponging,

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Class Dates for June/July

Well, I think its high time I set some dates for a class or two - its been FOREVER and I miss seeing all of my crafting buddies!!! :)

So, with school holiday's upon us I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to set some dates...

Tuesday 28th June


$20 to make 8 cards (4 designs, 2 of each)
We will be doing a few new techniques at this class - Faux Silk and Faux Mother of Pearl - see photo at end of post...

7.30pm start

My house - address given on reciept of RSVP.


FRIDAY 8th July

Wood Blocks Class

$15 to create your very own vintage wood photo block. We made these for a craft class at church recently and they turned out beautifully so I'm really excited to do this as a class. I forgot to take a photo before giving my example block away, but I'll make another one before the end of the week and post it on here so you can see.

Here is a shot of a Faux Silk card - not sure if we'll do these colours of something a little different, again - I'll decide before the end of the week and post photo's on here so you can see.

Really really hope LOTS of you are available to come - I miss you!!!! :) :) :) hehehhe

Have a fantabulous week and I'll be back SOON with more photo's!



Another Baby Card...

I have a couple of really bad photo's to share with you today - I really need to improve where I take photo's - I need something much quicker and easier then I have been doing in the past - it just takes way to much energy to 'set up' a little studio every time I want to take a photo?????

Anyway, here's a few of a baby card I made for a lovely lovely friend who just had the cutest little baby boy a week or so ago (seriously - ADORABLE!!!!)...

I love Crumb Cake for baby's cards - it goes so well with the nice soft blues and pinks. I've used the Nursery Necessities set for this one (an old retired set) and Fox and Friends from the current catalogue. Not extremely original but I thought it turned out really cute.

And one more close up...

I have made some matching name blocks to go to this little fellow - I'll take some pictures later on today and post them up so you can have a gander - I do so LOVE blocks!!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Come again soon,


Adele xxx