Sunday, August 26, 2012

My beautiful pillow box die

When the retiring list is released each August at midnight, I carefully go through it - yes at midnight, and check out all the things I wont be able to use again in my classes. The biggest shock for me this year was the pillow box is retiring. Wow, my beloved pillow box, which I have loved since I first laid eyes on it, is retiring. You can do so much with this, and it makes a wonderful quick easy gift with a few chocolates in it. I know I won't be parting with my die anytime soon.

Anyway, I managed to make up a few samples with it last week, amongst the chaos of the house while preparing for the fundraiser.

I love handbags!!! And the pillow box makes quick easy one if you just add a simple handle. And the paper - retiring moccha speciality paper. Always loved this. Just had trouble cutting into the beautiful flocked pieces till now, because they are soooo nice.

I think this was my favourite one.

These little mummies don't take long to make at all. Just wrap pieces of torn white paper around the pillow box and then add some eyes. Even kids can do this one, and best of all, they would be great for boys. It is always hard finding things for boys, there is just not that much around for them! I must add I did case this from the internet, tons of them around so not sure who the original inventor was.

Last year at our regional Stampin' Up day, they demonstrated how easy it was to put material through the bigshot to make boxes. It is simply adhered to cardstock with adhesive sheets first and then cut. It makes a lovely strong and tactile box. And see that beautiful satin ribbon, retiring too - I know madness!

This one does not need much explaining. I simply cut out the box with gold cardstock and then run it through the bigshot again with the embossing folder. Simple, quick, but effective.

And lastly, you may have noticed these in the photos from the last post. Pillow boxes, made flat for the silverware on Xmas day.

I hope you have enjoyed this post on the pillow box, and are inspired to get out your pillow box and start creating. If you don't own one, you only have a few days to purchase one, so contact me quickly so I can order you one. And that goes for the beautiful moccha morning speciality paper too - thats 25% off. My email is

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

A wonderful day

Wow, what a day Saturday turned out to be. We were lucky enough to have perfect weather, a lovely location and 80 very happy ladies attend our Cancer Council Fundraiser. We managed to make over $2,000 to donate. Isn't that terrfic! I have quite a few photos of the day to share with you, hopefully I will have some time tomorrow to download them.
I would like to thank each and every one of you that attended and to those that could not make it, but donated anyway. Thankyou. Every bit counts, and its lovely to know I am surrounded by so many generous and giving people. I hope you all enjoyed the day and took home a prize or too, or even lots of inspiration for your own crafting.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Super simple class on this Saturday the 11th and Wednesday the 15th

Have you checked out the retirement list yet?? There were a few surprises and a few old favourites that appeared on it.
This class is centred around using those old favourites one last time. So sad, to see them go. But I am excited to get some new friends into the cupboard!!!
All the cards are super easy, and because the pillow box die is retiring (gasp, shock, horror!) I decided I had best make this cute little owl with you. I have cased this from various sites around the net, so not sure who was the original creator.
The class is $20 and is all inclusive, and would be a fabulous class for beginners.
Email me if you would like to attend, so I can prepare a kit for you.
Cheers all, and stay out of the wind.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Still some spaces left

Just a quick post to you some boxes I made recently. You may not be able to tell from the photos, but the boxes are covered in fabric, making them lovely to touch, and a bit more hardwearing too. You simply adhere the fabric to cardstock with an adhesive sheet, then run it through the bigshot and then assemble as usual. So easy!

We still have a handfull of places left for the fundraiser, so if you would like to attend email me, so i can reserve a spot for you. All welcome, great for beginners!