Sunday, October 31, 2010

Third Day of Christmas

Day Three

Today I want to share with you some handmade ornaments. I love these as you can display photos of your beautiful families or even make as a gift for family or friends to hang on their Christmas tree.

Each ornament has a photo on the front and felt backing. I first made these back in 2007 with Theresa Faranda at our local scrapbook store in Newcastle, I loved them so much I wanted to have a go making them again with more current photos of our family.

I have used the Big Shot and the Top Note die and cut out 1 piece of chipboard, 1 piece of felt and a photo of your choice. I have used my new Simple alphabet Bigz die to cut the word 'JOY' from cream felt and glued it to the back and just finish off with some hand stitching. I have used my Crop-A-Dile to set a Jumbo eyelet in the corner. It can cut a hole through all of these layer with ease. What a fantastic tool!!!!

This one is made from the circles 2# die following the same technique as the Top Note die. I have just punched a Tab using the Tab punch and set the eyelet through that.

Thanks for visiting my 12 Days of Christmas,
xoxo Cassie

Second Day of Christmas

Day Two

Today I have a 12x12 layout to share 'Triming the Tree'

The tree stamp is from a favourate christmas set of mine Snow Swirled (pg 28 IB&C 115868 $45.95). I have made the Large tree using the tree stamp and my stamp-a-ma-jig (101049 $22.95 pg. 148) and keep going until I was happy with the size. I have cut it out and decorated with the tree trimmings ornaments (116893 $24.95 pg. 22) and rhinestomes.

The papers are Jolly Holiday DSP and my title is cut from Brown felt using the Bigz Alphabet die, Simple Letters Alphabet.

Make sure you visit tommorrow the see my Chrstmas ornament.

Thanks for visiting,

xoxo Cassie

Tweleve Days of Christmas 2010

Hello and Welcome to my 12 days of Christmas!
As you can see I have given my blog a makeover. I am delighted to start celebrating the silly season. Are you ready for twelve days of fun. I have twelve beautiful projects to share with you all. Each day I will post a new project with a brief description of how it's made.
On the 12th of November I have something very special and dear to me to share with you all..........keep on visiting as I don't want you to miss this.

I hope to inspire you to start creating and your festive projects. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. I love getting your feed back.

Day One

Mini Milk Carton Box

This is one of the new sizzix bigz dies from our catalogue the Mini Milk Carton Die. It is a bigz large dies which will cut all materials like fabric, thin metal, transparency & chipboard etc. It still fits in the standard cutting pads, no need to buy the extended pads for this die.

I have cut out four Milk Cartons, two in old olive and two in Cherry Cobbler and decorated with the Jolly Holiday designer series paper. I love this cute little holder that the milk cartons fit in. I have finished of with a tag from the Perfect Punches Stamp set. Don't you just love how how our stamps coordinates with our punches, you can find the Perfect punches set on pg. 93 IB&C clear mount 120516 $32.95 & wood mount 121560 $40.95

If you would like to see how I made the Mini milk carton holder and watch how quick and easy it is to whip up one of these check out this great tutorial and video Kathleen Hopperstad has put together.

All products are from Stampin Up and can be purchased from me.

I hope you enjoy my twelve days of Christmas, keep on visiting for more inspiration.

xoxo Cassie

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Girls are Home

Many of you have been following the progress of the Two Timor Girls surgery on my blog. Their story has been covered in our local new papers and TV. If you haven't here are some links to follow and catch up.

I am both delighted and sad to say the girls are now home. After one month here in Newcastle they are back to their home village of Halilulik, West Timor. It was wonderful to meet them, but sad to see them go. Unfortunately due to sudden changes of flight time they had to pack and leave suddenly right in the middle of their farewell party.....I didn't get a chance to say goodbye!!!! They made me this beautiful card which I think I will treasure forever.

While they were still in hospital I went to visit them and we had a card making night. They loved it so much, Lenny their interpreter told me they said..... 'We don't want to sleep tonight, we want to keep doing this' Oh girls after my own heart.......LOL. I was blown away by their talent.

What do you think!!!!!
Here is the inside with a photo!!!!

Here we are at John Hunter Hospital, children's ward having a card making session. One of the girls is standing at the end of the table, in her Australian T shirt we gave her as a good luck gift. She still has has tubes coming out everywhere but wasn't at all fazed. The other one wore out after one hour of solid card making. She had a few more complication after the surgery and as you can see in the picture, is as thin as can be!!!!

This is the photo inside the card taken a few days before they went home. The girls are sitting in the front row and behind them is their sisters (who also loved the card making). In the middle is Lenny their interpreter, who was so much more. She was so supportive and caring with each of them. They still have some swelling at their jaw, which is improving more each day. The dressing at their neck is covering their tracheostomy site. They are both amazing courageous young ladies who I was honored to helped. They endured so much and couldn't stop smiling.

Huge thank you to Kerrie Nichols who has been by their side the entire time. She has devoted so much time taking them to local sites, shoping, visiting them in hospital (almost every day) and just being the caring person she is.

Terima Kasih (thank You)

Thank you for all of your generosity!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you all for your kind donations!
Thank you all for finding a place in your hearts to help!
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Adding Glitter to your Stamped Images

Today I am going to share with you a totorial I have put together on using Heat & Stick powder. It is perfect for adding glitter to your stamped images. I love this technique and have taught it a lot in my workshops. I wanted to put the steps up as it is easy to get them mixed up.

1. Gather you supplies

Heat tool, versamark ink pad, coloured ink pad, embossing buddy, heat & stick powder, dazziling diamonds, a powder pal and stamp. I am using Dasher (121592) $14.95.

2. Shadow stamping

To add a shadow to you stamped image first stamp in Sahara Sand ink, then using the stamp-a-ma-jig line up slightly off centre to leave a shadowed effect on one side. It is hard to see in my photos because of the glitter, but it dose give a nice 3D effect.

3. Embossing Buddy

Rub across the cardstock to reduce static before embossing or applying glitter.

4. Sticky>Colour>Stamp
First ink you stamp with versamark then the colour of you choice (I used cherry cobbler). This makes your stamp sticky and coloured in the one step. Now stamp the image. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up with the Shadow.

5. Heat & Stick Powder

Now cover with heat and stick powder and heat with you heat gun. Be careful to heat for to long. This step adds the adhesive so if you over heat, you dry it out. Just heat until you see the powder change.

6. Adding Glitter
Cover with dazziling diamonds, straight away before the glue drys. Shake off the excess and heat again with the heat tool to set.
For a different effect you can use coloured glitters for this step, no need to add the coloured ink after the versamark though.

Now you have a sparkly reindeer. I adore this effect, especially on Christmas cards.

Sorry about the bad photo, it looks much nicer in person. Its very gloomy weather today.

This is my completed card. I have used some of our new Christmas papers, Jolly Holiday (117159) $16.95 on Early Espresso Card.

Thanks for visiting. I can't wait to see all your sparkly creations.

xoxo Cassie

Kimono Kids Layout

I have had a lovely break over the school holidays with the kids, it is so nice to slow down for a while and just spend time together. DH was on leave as well so we all took it easy. Visiting parks, beaches, making camp fires (the first toasting marshmallow experience for the boys) and watching movies. Now the boys are back into term 4, DH has returned to work after 7 months medical leave........Oh our crazy,busy life is back!!!!!!
I got some time to play with some New Catalogue items as well. Oh there is so much I love. Can't wait to share it all with you.
This 8.5x11 layout using the Kimono Kids set. It is so sweet and girly with is a nice chance for me. My sweet little nieces make the page even more beautiful. Aren't they adorable.
Thanks for visiting.
oxox Cassie
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Soccor Card

Just a quick post today as I have had a terrible week!!!!!
I made this soccor card for the twins for their 7th Birthday. I am a little late sharing it with you all as their birthday was back in August.
Products Used
Circle Scissors Plus 112530 $54.95
Glass Mat 112531 $37.95
1 3/4 Extra Large Circle Punch 119850 $33.95
Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen White 105021 $7.50
Stampin Write Journaler 105394 $5.75
Whisper White & Basic Black Card Stock

Cheeky Monster


If you have been visiting my blog you may have seen some cards made from the Two Step Owl Punch. They are over here.

This page was inspired by one of my boys T-shirts. It has these cute monsters all over it. I just layed the shirt out on my craft desk and went crazy with my punches. The ghost is a upside down owl with the feet cut off. Two different sizes eyes from the owl punch and the teeth are the horizontal slot punch.

The other monster is made from a 1 3/8inch circle punch. Eyes from the owl punch (white & blue). The black eye is the 1/2 inch circle punch. Legs are the horizontal slot punch.

It's antennae (not sure of monsters even have these......LOL) is made with the 1 3/8 circle punch, once you have punched the circle punch a thin crescent shape on the edge of the negative piece.

This is the 12x 12 version. I made this one first and the 8.5x11 is a smaller version for a make & take.
If you have a group of friends who might like to make this page, the you can contact me to book a class at
The kit class & kit is $20 and you would receive all the hostess benefits from sales on the night.
Thanks for visiting
xoxo Cassie

Two step Owl Punch


I wanted to share with you some cards I have made with the two step owl punch. It is sooooo adorable. If you are an owl lover you will get a lot of use with this.

This card uses notably ornate as the background and a piece of the our new ribbon 1 1/4 inch striped grosgrain in early espresso. The owl is punch from soft suede, kraft, whisperwhite and bashful blue.

Some of you may recognise this gift card holder from my fundraiser. It opens out to hold a gift card in the middle and a separate section for writing in as well.

He looks so cute peeking out of the hole!!!!!!!!!!!!

I always love finding new inventive ways to use a punch. It is more versatile when you have more than one use. I have to say this penguin is very cute!!!! It is the owl with his ears cut off.

I have embossed the water with the perfect polka dot folder.

Posted by PicasaThe Two step Owl punch is found on pg. 146 in the Idea Book & Catalogue

item number 118074 and is $33.95

Be sure to visit again soon two see it used in my Monster 12x12 scrapbook layout.

xoxo Cassie

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hi all just a quick post to let you all know what one of my friends Marion Werren is up to.

She is very scrapbooker, teacher and friend and is running a Christmas Charisma Workshop.

Details are:-
Sunday 21st November
10am to 5pm
cost $50 for kit & full day class.

You can find more details (and her beautiful work) on her blog

Some sneak peeks at what you will be making!!!!!!

xoxox Cassie