Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30

Hello everyone.

The month of Christmas organising has come to an end.

I hope that you have all enjoyed the little tips, instructions and what not that I have shared with you this month.

I hope that you find some inspiration in them for Christmas planning this year.

I thought I would finish the month on a traditional.

Here is my favourite Christmas poem of all time.

by Clement Clarke Moore
or Henry Livingston

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 28 and 29

Hello everyone.

One last share with you some instructions for a cute embroidery hoop that I made with my crop class here last year.

Such a cute little thing to create for the person that has everything. Also a great way to use up those paper scraps.

If you want to instructions head over to the Fiskars blog.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 26 and 27

Hello Everyone.

Today I thought I would share with you some table setting and decorating ideas that I have found.

from Martha Stewart

from Modern Interior Design

from Martha Stewart

Happy Crafting.

TFL, M xx

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Best Friends.. (well for now anyway!)

Hello Everyone,

Michelle here.

I have been madly scrapping away over the past few weeks that my poor scrap room looked like a bomb had gone off in it. I have bottles of Helmar adhesive ALL over my desk at the moment.. I don't think I HAVEN'T used any of the products Helmar

AND I had several layouts in various stages of completion all over it (about 7 at one time) and now that the back log of deadlines in coming to an end I have precut the next lot of layouts ready to go (another for next months deadlines. I like to stay on top of things with so much happening at the moment.

Anyway... all these layout required photos.. as some had been scrapped without the photo being printed but with on in mind... so I spent a whole day editing and playing around until I came across a photo of my younger two girls together.

Lately .. all I have heard from the two of them is that they are best friends.. yeah.. I hear you.. How cute hey!!! They putter around playing Mum and Daughter it is so funny to hear them chattering away.

So I just had to scrapbook about their relationship as it is now.. down the track I am sure they will probably want to pull each other hair out and go nuts at each other..

but this is one for now..

and a close up

I had so much fun playing around with an old cardboard box for this one. I have never .. yes.. I said NEVER.. tried that before.. But with a little help from my Helmar products everything is stuck so well.

By pulling some of the box apart it made a surface that was a little unstable to adhere things to.

However Helmar 450 came to the rescue. It meant that the card stock that I had embossed stuck without buckling and created a nice base to work on.

I love my Helmar Tape Runner for adhering layers of paper down. I am a bit of a more is more person when it comes to adhesives.. I tend to put LOTS of adhesive on everything so it will NEVER come off. However with the Helmar Tape Runner this isn't necessary.. once it is one it stays put nicely!

I was also able to create some great dimension using my favourite Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots too for the embellishment cluster. I so want shares in this products for sure.. I am guilty of having 10 of these tubes in my Helmar adhesive trolley... YES you heard me right.. 10.. I would HATE to run out when I need it.

Well.. better get back to the scrapping grind stone... my mojo is flowing Helmar so I had better get sticking.

TFL, M xx

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 24 and 25

Hello everyone.

Today I thought I would give you a few ideas for cards

These are some of my favourite cards from previous years.

I particularly love using paper that isn't Christmas related. Great way to use up all those old paper ranges you have laying around.

What sort of paper do you like using for your cards ?

TFL, Michelle

Friday, June 24, 2011

TSO June Challenges

Looking for a fun challenge this month ??

Why not head over to The Scrappers Outlet.

I managed to get a chance to get the challenges done that were set by my fellow design team members. I must say I had so much fun creating these layouts.

This were the colours chosen for the Chocoholics Challenge.

My take on this challenge

A close up

I promise you in real life it does look like the colours.. just for some reason I can't get the true colours showing up.. no matter where I take the photo.

My next challnge was the June Inspiration challenge.

This was what was chosen to inspire us.

My take on this challenge

A close up

Why not pop over and see what everyone else has created.

TFL, M x

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 22 and 23

Hello everyone.

Now is the perfect time to get planning for all those photos you take at Christmas.

How much time would you be able to save if you already had the layout all ready to go for this years photos if you had already scrapped the layout. I quite often scrap without the photo printed off with my layouts. This can be because I may have a certain paper range that I have to work with or that I haven't quite decide which photos to use. I then go ahead and scrapbook the layout I want to do and then add the photo later (I make up a photo size template and place where photo is to go with a little tape in the centre till I am ready to add the photo). That way too I can scrapbook using the paper I love and edit the photo to match.

Here's a few ideas for you for Christmas layouts

Why not get organised this year and get your Christmas layouts all planned out in advance!

TFL, M x

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

** Crop Reminder **

Just thought I would send out a reminder of the crops for this year to everyone.

If you wish to book in please let me know by email.
Remember also that cancellations MUST be made two weeks in advance

All kits come with full instructions and all that is needed to complete what we are making on the day. (except adhesives and ink if doing it at home).
Each kits contains either 1 Off The Page item or 3 Layouts.
Places are limited and book out fast, so you need to book early to avoid disappointment.

The details are:

June 25th
August 27th
September 24th
November 5th

Venue: Sheidow Park
Time : 10:30 - 4pm

Cake, Biscuits, Tea, and Coffee provided.

Please bring a small plate of food to share for lunch (can heat food if needed).

Reminders and emails detailing tool lists for the day will be emailed out one week prior to each crop.

Wallace Paper Art Designs
0414 271 083

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Cheers, M xxx

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 20 and 21

Hello everyone.

This year we are looking at hosting Christmas at out house this year.

So I have started to look around for ideas for my Christmas table for this year.

While hunting around on the Fiskars website these are some great great table ideas I have come across.

Christmas Name Holders

Christmas Menu

These Fiskars tools were used to make the above projects.

For how to make them head to the Fiskars Blog to find out more.

TFL, M x

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 18 and 19

Hi everyone.

I have been hunting around for a few quick and easy recipes of goodies to make and thought I would share a few I have found:

Choc Cherry Lolly Pop Biscuits

Confetti Cookies

Gingerbread Bells

Don't know about you... but this makes me want to get baking.

TFL, M x

Friday, June 17, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 16 and 17

Hi everyone.

Quick one today.

Looking for a quick and easy way to give gift cards as a gift??

Why not snazz them up like this

Head to the Fiskars blog for the instructions.

TFL, M x

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 14 and 15

Hi everyone.

Looking for some great decorations for christmas this year.

Check these out from Fiskars

TFL, M x

Monday, June 13, 2011

Getting Organised for Christmas - June 12 and 13

Hello Everyone.

Today I have started going through some of the photos of the gifts I gave away over the past few years. (Yes.. I like to take photos of them as then in future years I know what works etc)

While looking through the photos I found these cute little baskets that I made a few years ago. They were quite simple, but looked great. My children gave them to their teachers as a little gift to say thankyou witha jar of homemade passionfruit butter.

Thought that we might make these again this year as my eldest daughter is a bit older and capable of making them herself.

If you would like the instructions, head over to the Fiskars blog.

3 x 3 Notecards and Basket

Remember Christmas gifts don't always have to feature just Christmas paper. They can be a great way of using up your scraps!

Happy organising.

TFL, M xx

Sunday, June 12, 2011

With a little bit of Fiskars and Bella Loving...

Hello Everyone,

I have been extremely busy lately scrapping my heart out.

Recently as part of being on board with Fiskars I received some tools and Bella products to play around with.

OMG!!!! how excited do you think I was when I received some of the Bella/Fynmark Wedded Range



You don't know how much fun I had playing with these babies

Here's what I managed to create using these amazing tools and products.

Card 1

Close up

Card 2

Close up

Card 3

Close up

Getting dimension on these cards was made so easy with a little help from my favourite Helmar products too!

AND ..

I am excited to say that they ARE all avaliable in SPOTLIGHT NOW!!!!


I am also double excited as TWO of the three cards I submitted have been chosen by Spotlight to be used for instore education.

Will be spreading the Helmar love NATIONALLY around Australia soon with my projects instore.

Keep your eyes open for them!

Love being able to share my passion with others. Along with sharing how amazing Helmar and Fiskars tools/products are!

Off to play some more as they are VERY addictive!!

TFL, M x