Hawaii birthday…

I have been a little slack posting but have been busy crafting (made 50 pairs of earrings this weeknd using my new 1 step looper) and going to a craft show. I have also had a couple of craft days with lovely friends, instead of crafting together we have changed the format so one teaches the other a new project. Such fun. Mine is going to be for mothers day so will post later.

My parents LOOOOOVE Hawaii.  Dad has also acquired many ukes and we now have some lovely Hawaiian friends from the uke circut. Dad’s birthday is coming up next week and I suspect uke 7 (I think) will be acquired from a special friend, and talented uke maker, Joe, owner (with the lovely Kristen) of Kanilea Ukulele.

I have made mini ukes (for the uke no. 2 that did not arrive in time for xmas), uke themed stepper cards and cards with every hawaiian islands sticker I can find in Brisbane.  All I could find this time was a 4 Hawaiian dancers.  But after the recent craft show doing stencilling I was inspired.

I cut the palm trees layers using my baby cricut and the stretch your imagination Cartridge, assembled.  I used the negative to stencil trees, using two shades of green for the leaves and two brown for the trunk so it looked like it had rings.  Layered on the cricut palm trees and coloured the palm leaves with copics to match.  Used some distress ink to create the sand,  added the hawaiin dances and voila!




Everywhere I see christmas trees

So the family christmas card has been handmade by us for over 20 years.  Each year we must come up with  something a little better and a little different.  Yes there are expectations from those that receive them but it is also fun.  Sometimes I get an idea, sometimes mum likes bits and pieces she has seen in my cardmaking magazines.  Sometimes I need to do two designs as Dad decrees they are a bit cutesy for business use.  After quite a bit of playing around test designs were provided to the family for approval. Yes its serious business!

This year I was inspired by this tutorial on making a folded xmas tree from a half circle.  Great I though, I can use the cricut to cut the circles.   I was also keen to destash particularly brads.  I did have to buy some xmas paper with smaller designs but I did economise by choosing a pad which worked for these and our gingerbreads plus the 12 days of xmas tags I still need to make. 

Usually I split up the construction tasks between myself and mum but as I am not working and she is, its all me.  I have completed 1/4, 1/4 need some stamping, bases are 90% made for the balance of our 120 odd xmas cards.  A bit of stamping, colouring and attach our handmade stickers to the back and I will be done. Hope you like them.  I am quietly in love with every one.  


Happy crafting


Electronic die cutting tip

OK I am currently cutting 85 sets of clothes for gingerbread decorations.  Took a little fiddling but have managed to get it right with my cricut so I do not have to cut by hand (phew!).

As I am not working at the moment but still wanting to get ahead with my Christmas crafts I am trying to be extra thrifty.  My big discovery… wait for it, 3m edge lock tape.   I might be behind the game but I have not seen this tip anywhere.

Use a 2 inch piece top and bottom of your paper (I have 6×12 inch matter so if you have a bigger one perhaps each corner) and if using chipboard each corner to hold in place.  Much better than glue sticking the mats and no more discarding once have been cut up badly.

Well back to it… only 65 sets to go..

Happy crafting



I have not understood what all the fuss has been about Copics. I have always just bought what is on special not even bothering to pay attention to colour. So when I needed to replace green and brown markers I decided to buy a few to see how they went.

I headed off to my local store with a colour card – showing each colour, brand and number so I did not double up should in my excitement I want to buy more! Do make yourself a colour card not only is it useful when you go to the store it is also great to remember what colour is which when colouring. Mine is a long off cut of white card slightly longer than a bookmark.


Well I was restrained ending up with two green (one shade difference), one brown and one purple. So when my mum requested a happy retirement card in 2 days for one of her staff I thought it would be good to try out the copics. She asked for a an A5 sized when folded card so it could be sent around work for signing, the recipient loves flowers and it should say happy retirement.

I stamped with some of my “free” stamps and set to colouring. It has been at least 2 years since I have coloured anything, technique needs work but they are vibrant, blend beautifully and a dream to use.


This card came together in an hour thanks to some pre-assembled flowers, sticky pearls, coordinating paper and an essential sentiments pad from Hunkydory.


Happy crafting


Making a Tardis

Ok well it’s not a real one but I had a request for assistance from my brother to decorate a card board box which he had already painted blue as a Tardis to hold a whizz bang laser point thingy and USB stick that looks very Dr Who.

Well he arrived with a few sheets of colored card, a picture and some pre printed police box signs and we set to work. He was keen to get cutting by hand but I really wanted to try to use the cricut to do the hard lifting of cutting so many panels and windows. He really didn’t understand at the time but he certainly understood the benefits by the time we were done.

I found a black and white jpg image which was finally (after several attempts) approved as suitable and I used the fantastic svgcuts software to trace the image. After some playing removing unwanted cutting lines and the resizing and stretching for the actual box it was time to cut a few test pieces. This process need to be repeated as the top was of course a different size to the rest of the panels.

I added acetate (from old packaging) to imitate windows and star dream opal card to provide the effect of lights. Bro then added the decals which i had reinforced using the xyron on some black card, attached a zillion bits of foam tape to give the raised effect and presto, four hours later one Tardis. Pics of the box and the fancy thingy are below.



We added a false card board bottom with tissue paper underneath, cut some felt and then rolled the two sides (no glue require) to make it appear as a custom holder. Apparently it was a big hit.


Aloha! How to make a dress card

This is a little Hawaiian dress card that I made whilst playing around with making shaped cards. I had an idea that if I could cut a dress shape from a folded 4×6″ card and cut a dress from some pretty patterned 6×6″ paper it would look pretty neat. So I set to work, after a few attempts I have come up with a design I am happy with.


Below is the card flattened out in case you want to make one for yourself. It’s just a matter of cutting the neck, the dress sides and the sleeves. I have deliberately made these cuts a straight line to make it easy to cut out by hand. I always have trouble cutting a perfect curves by hand.

hawaiin girls dress card

You can of course embellish the dress with ribbon, pearls and buttons. That was my original intention but when I saw the way this gorgeous patterned paper sat on the card once cut out it really didn’t need much other than a little yellow highlighting on each flower.

Happy crafting.


How to make a triangle gift box – perfect for treats!

A love little gift boxes particularly those which can be made quickly easily and without too much measuring and pfaffing about. So it is no surprise that I love triangle gift boxes. You start with a rectangle, A5 or 5×7″ card is perfect and then score as shown below.

triangle gift box - 1

Then fold all sides towards the centre line (running length wise e.g. short side to short side). See below.

triangle gift box - 2

Then the tricky bit with all sides folded in, fold short side to short side and hole punch the two left pieces and then the two right pieces. See the photo below.



Thread a ribbon (I’ve used black so it is easier to see) through the holes on both sides and tie a box. Presto! A cute triangle gift box ready for decorating and filling with goodies.


I think I will make and decorate a few of these for easter in pastel colours and maybe some in orange, yellow and blue!  Whilst I am happy for you to use the designs to raise funds for charities and not-for-profit organisations please do not use these commercially. Till next time.