30 November 2009

My first tutorial

This is the first tutorial I have done for FairyLandDreams.

How to make a Digi Stamp border like this one. For the full tutorial go HERE.

My finished layout. I don't really like this so I will be doing another one with bigger Gingerbread people.

Voila! The photograph is of my jandels, and the journalling reads:
"I can't wait for to begin enjoying my second Kiwi Christmas.
Spending all day in jandels and shorts.
The door wide open and strong gust of Welly Wind."

What do you think?

Please join me and the rest of the EART team in the Virtual Labs over at Etsy for our Holiday Trunk Show.

29 November 2009

Keep an eye out on the Etsy Virtual Labs for the
Trunk Show.

My special offer
will be
(you need the code)

26 November 2009

I don't really know what to write here. It is very hot right now (even though it's 4.22pm) and for some reason I can't find the energy or motivation to do anything creative. There are only four days left to post Christmas presents to the UK and I can't even get on with that.

I have a paper digi doll to scan in too. I listed this little Anna doll earlier. Not sure how well these will do, but very fun to draw. The one that is waiting to be scanned in is based on Marilyn (Monroe for those that don't know about my semi-obsession).

Really hoping to get everything packaged up and posted tomorrow! I have some secret santa things to do too. Those need to be finished etc (Any ideas what else I could include? Has to be made by me.)

Over a year ago I got a Bamboo Fun (pen tablet) so should scan in this movie super star and start getting her ready for sale.

Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate (and have a day off work) it.

23 November 2009

Origami Earrings


I loved making these origami earrings. (Jewelry is so fun to make!) They look amazing! I can't wait until I sell the first ones and get some unbiased feedback on how they were are.

What a cute little swan, to swing beneath your ear.

These are the latest ones that I just finished making. They are an amazing deep blue color! And all the little beads just look amazing.

What do you think of these?

22 November 2009

Sundays Showcase of the EART Team

Please click on the shop names below to find even more great festive items in these Eclectic Artisans stores.

19 November 2009

EART Blog Ring

This weeks blog ring question is "How did you get started doing your art/craft?"

I've added some photographs so it isn't just lots of words.

In 2006 I spent 10 months planning our Summer Holiday to WDW and found out about scrapbooking from one of the forums I visited daily.

Walking around ASMu

I am wearing that sweater right now!

Eating lunch at Crystal Palace


Then we went on our "Once In A Lifetime Holiday" to Egypt, in 2007. I knew that I wanted to scrapbook this holiday.

At this time we were still living in Guernsey (small island between England and France). So I ordered the supplies (album, paper etc) from America.

I had to wait for all this, so I started digital scrapbooking.

I wish I had brought that tiny sweater with me!
It would be perfect in Summer. I also left my SLR camera in the container.

About this time, we decided to move to New Zealand, so I decided to do a general scrapbook of our home/life.

Birthday pages. Now (me at 23)

And then (me a few days old).

Since we were moving 22,000 miles all our stuff had to get packed up into a 40' container (where it still is) but by this time I was addicted to paper crafting! I started making cards.

The first dozen were really bad. Thankfully they are so much better now! I am limited with space, but manage to keep a (semi) tidy craft area.

Origami santa

I am learning a lot of new paper folding techniques and trying to challenge myself to make better cards.

Origami swan

Phew! Continue the blog ring at HairbowsWonderWorld

17 November 2009

A Few More Sleeps...And A Special Offer

Can you believe that is it almost Christmas?! It is almost December 25 2009!! It seems like only a few months ago it was February, and now we are all rushing around getting presents ready and planning what we will be doing on the day.

Make sure you notice the special offer at the bottom of this post.

I have a bunch of great Christmas Cards still sitting in my store.

I can't pick a favorite. I love all the cards in my store! The newest technique I have finally learnt is the Never Ending Card.

The Special offer on Christmas Cards only is an amazing BUY TWO GET ONE FREE!!!
Add three items to your Etsy Basket, then wait patiently for a revised invoice or for a refund via PayPal.
Make sure you use the code: XMAS09
This offer ends: Dec 1st 2009

16 November 2009

A New Venture

I've been working on these cards. They've been in my head for a while and I finally decided to try them out. Check them out in my store.

15 November 2009

Counting Down...

Have you seen all the wonderful Christmas goodies in my store?

Can you believe that Christmas day will be here in 38 days!!

13 November 2009

Eart Scavenger Hunt

The Eclectic Artisans Team has a new team shop. Check it out! To celebrate our new shop and the beginning of the holiday season, we're having a scavenger hunt, and everyone is invited to participate!

12 November 2009


This weeks EART TEAM Blog Ring is all about "Do you have any good sales/deals coming up for holiday shoppers?"

Yes, and here it is!

What a great offer!
And possibly another one after the 16th?

Continue the ring at HairbowsWonderWorld

10 November 2009

And The Winner Is....

#15 Ave!
I will be sending you an email shortly.

Thanks for everyone that entered.

8 November 2009

How to make your own Christmas Wrapping Paper?

Last year I used tissue paper and brown bags to wrap up my Christmas gifts. This year I am turning the plain tissue paper into Christmas themed wrapping paper.

What you need?
Paper (I used tissue paper. If you use tissue paper then you need more than one layer to hide the gift).
Stamp/Acrylic Block
I used Brilliance ink as it won't bleed on tissue paper. Some Christmas stamps and a acrylic stamp block (that thing with black on the edges - I'm really bad with not cleaning).

Inked stamps.

Half done.

Finished, just needs somewhere to dry for a few minutes. I think it took as long as writing this blog post.

One I did earlier, with different snow flake stamps. I love how it looks, and you can see the stamped images from the layers beneath the top one.

Wow, how easy is that to make your own Christmas Wrapping Paper!

5 November 2009

EART Blog Ring

I'm getting this up early so I don't forget. I will be back to put my answer in. This weeks EART Team Blog ring's question is: "How far ahead do you start creating for holiday items (Christmas, Halloween, etc.)"

I started planning my Christmas items in July when we were going to a huge craft fair in Auckland. And started to list them in my shop in September. I don't want to make many more items - if they don't sell them I am stuck with them!

I am already planning Valentines and Easter items.

Continue the blog ring at Hairbows Wonderworld

4 November 2009

Three Treasuries!!!

I am in three treasuries! at the same time.

Eart Team Holidays has
this set of four Christmas cards.

Clear Skies has these gorgeous embossed
Snowflake gift tags.

And this treasury "Brilliant Blue" has the same
embossed Snowflake gift tags.

3 November 2009

title.... title....hmmm...

I just realized that I haven't taken a photograph of my new light box. I got this about a month ago and pretty much use it everyday to photograph my cards. It folds flat too!

Isn't this a cute little puppy???

And the second "Your Photo Here" card that has just been listed in my store.