Sunday, November 4, 2012

Legend of the Christmas Star

Wow can you believe it is only 51 days until Christmas...
I better get cracking on all my christmas goodies!
I have been playing around with Stampin up's
Holiday Ornament stamps and dies
 I just love the holiday ornaments that were
featured their latest mini catalogue, so ofcourse
I had a go at doing some myself.
I am going to attach "The Legend of the Christmas Star"
to these and give them to my kids teachers.
here is the poem...
A diamond shines no brighter
then a lonely christmas star.
It shines in all its brilliance:
it's seen from near or far.
A symbol of the Christ child
as he lay upon the hay.
It tells to all the waiting world
a King was born that day!
O Bethlehem star keep shining-
give us faith and hope and love.
Keep our thoughts forever turning
to the Saviour up above.
Give us strength and hope and courage
to do our best by far
and never falter in our faith
as we watch that Christmas star.
Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!
Peta xoxo

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cars Lolly box

Now that Halloween is done and dusted, it's time
to start planning my children's birthday parties...
They are both december babies, with birthday 2 days apart.
I have entertained the idea of shared parties, but I have my
daughter turning 8 (although I think she likes to think
she's a teenager lol) and my boy will be 4.
So that would never work (sigh).
So we have agreed on 2 seperate parties. My daughter wants
the movies and My boy wants "Disney Cars"
So at the moment we are working on the Cars one :o)
I was lucky to find that a relatively local play centre
has a great deal and a cars themed room...Yay!
So I am thinking of getting all the Cars themed plates etc
(even though I don't really have to provide those, its just
that I thought it would make it that bit more special)
So then I started thinking about Lolly/fabour boxes.
I looked at commercial boxes and bags, but couldnt find
quite what I wanted.
So I thought hang on, I can make something I am sure!
After lots of trial and error in the planning
I came up with something I was happy with.
So without further Ado, I present to you all

...his cap comes off and can be fill with lollies and favours.

I think next time his wheel rims will be silver.
But I think not bad for my first attempt anyway haha

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo


Happy Halloween (well a little late)

My kids just love Halloween. We don't go out trick
or treating ourselves, but my kids love to dress up and
hand out candy to all the trick or treaters that know on
the door. Unfortunately, this year, the weather put them
all off and we didn't even have one knock on the door.
My daughter was devestated!
Mind you she doesn't mind picking at the huge witches cauldron
that is still full of halloween goodies hehehe.
All was not lost though, she asked me if I could make a little
treat that she could hand out to all the kids in her class.
So she handed them out at school on Halloween.
I made the girls a little Bat purse filled with lollies.
The handbag is a Stampin up die "Petite Purse"
and I used some punches to make the eyes and wings
ans some scraps to make the teeth and ears
they were a huge hit, the boys even wanted them!
I wasn't quite so creative with the boys ones, as I was
quickly running out of time. But they were just as happy anyway.
I used Stampin up's "Mini Milk Carton" die and the
new "Goulish Gouls"stamps and designer kit.
Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!
Peta xoxo

Fat Quarter swap

I celebrated my umteenth birthday this month
uuurrrggghhh dont you hate birthdays when they are your own
...I know I do... lol!
I joined Cheryll's Fat Quarter swap earlier this year
and we each send a Fat Quarter to each lady in the
swap when her birthday comes around. We all end up with
12 fat quarters on our birthday :oD
So first of all I would like to send a big thanks to everyone
for their birthday greetings and goodies
and now I have a piccy to share too

Thanks again to everyone and Thanks Cheryll for hosting
another fab swap!
Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!
Peta xoxo

Halloween swap update

Hi everyone
I know that I promised to come back and show what I sent to
Lisa in that Halloween swap that we did together, but I have
been busy over that last few weeks, so I have come back today to
quickly share what I sent to her
I made the halloween wreath and crackers using my own set
of the stampin up Goulish Gouls and designer kit.
I sent Lisa a set of these stamps and kit, as I knew she'd
enjoy using them with her kids.
Here is a close up of the wreath.
I also made a book that Lisa can use to record her
favourite halloween recipes and ideas.
She LOVES Alice in Wonderland, so I used that as
my theme using some of the Graphic 45
Halloween in Wonderland papers that I also sent Lisa
Thanks again Lisa, I had a great time with this swap.
Thanks for stopping by
Happy crafting!
Peta xoxo

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy Boo from me to you!

well Hello everyone...
I know, I know its been AGES since I have been seen or heard
anywhere around here!
It's just that I have been so busy with lots of things going on :o)
So what have I been up to??? EVERYTHING!
but today I have to share for you........ a swap :oD
My niece Lisa Lee and myself thought it would be a great idea
to swap all things Halloween...well Ok it was Lisa's
idea, but I loved it anyway and jumped at the opportunity
...and I am so glad that I did!
We had to send 4 things associated with Halloween
and these are the gorgeous gifts that I recieved...
Drool if you will hehehe, because they are all mine :oD
firstly a handmade Halloween Prim doll
isn't she divine! I love that full of halloween
cheekiness..still thinking of the right name for her!
Lisa tells me the fabric charges up under light and glows in the
dark, so I better try this very soon ;o)
and did you know that Lisa is absolutely amazing
at making canvases...blows me away every time!!!!
well, I was lucky enough to get these 3 stunning creations...
I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw these
aren't they just so stinking cute!
I think my fave is the Bat boy at the end there, but I really
love them all, and they are absolutely amazing in real
life, so full of texture and colour and just so WOW!!!!
Lisa also sent some cute spider web fabric and some authentic
American Pumpkin seeds too , I will have to get the kids to help
plant them soon :oD
here is another pic of the entire package, I still keep looking :o)
Thanks so much Lisa I love each and every piece.
Hope you like what I send you...eeek lol!
I will be back in a few days to show what I sent to Lisa
but I just need to wait for her to recieve hers first ;o)
Thanks for stopping by
Happy crafting!
Peta xoxox

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Santa swap...August

Hi peeps
as you know I am in a fantastic Santa sack swap with Lauren
in Cheryll's santa sack swap 2012

Well...August came at  us at an alarming rate and before we knew it,
it was time to send our second installments for the swap...

Here is the awesome package that Lauren sent to me

I was delighted to see fantales overflowing the package
(one of my all time faves  lol), and a yummy twirl too, the kids
were fighting over that one hehehe.

and a closer pic to show the 2 gifts...

and the gorgeous handmade card....I love how she has made
the card to match the wrapping...and I am kicking'myself that I
never brought that Dasher stamp lol!
The gifts have been added to my santa sack, that Lauren made
just for me and stowed away to avoid temptation til christmas :o)

and here is what I sent to Lauren...

I have sent these gifts for August and September to avoid
late postage (hope thats ok Lauren) and added a cute santa ornament
filled with mints that I was able to get at my local shop.
The card looks a little pale in the pic but I used stampin up
products to create it.

Thanks for stopping by
til next time...
Happy crafting!

Peta xoxo

Monday, July 9, 2012

Christmas boxes/bags

I recently joined Stampin Up and have been playing
around with papercrafts again.
With all of the Christmas in July projects happening,
it got me in the mood to start planning treat boxes/bags.
I have taken lots of inspiration from this wonderful website
Chicnscratch this lady has some of those most awesome
papercraft tutorials you will ever see...

Here is what I have come up with

I have added beads and sequins to the treat cup to make it
a snow globe (and yes there is a tutorial HERE)
Then ofcourse I had to try it in another colour and see
if the treat cup would hold water. So as you can see,
they are in fact great for making real snow globes!

next time. I will add that little bit more water, as
I thought it was more full than it was lol.

I laso made this one

and this one

the tutorial for this one is HERE
if you are looking for any of the dies or other products
that I have used in making any of these, you can get them
from you local Stampin Up demonstrator or you can contact me.

Thanks for stopping by
Happy crafting!

Peta xoxo

Santa sack swap

Hi everyone
Yesterday I recieved my Santa sack and first 2 gifts from
Lauren in Cheryll's Santa sack swap
I was so happy when I opened my parcel, to see the sack that
I was eyeing on the santa sack blog...yay me :oD

Lauren saw that I am a big fan of Tone Finnanger
and this is the gorgeous santa sack that she made just for me.
Thankyou so much Lauren, I absolutely Love it!!!!

and here are the gorgeous card and gifts that were inside

I have been very good and have packed them away
without squeezing them at all ;o)
Out of sight out of mind hehe, you'll (I'll) have to wait
til Christmas to see whats inside!

Here is what I sent to Lauren

the stitchery patterns are from Natalie Bird's
"Tis the Season".
Hope you like them Lauren :oD

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Santa sack swap 2012

Hi swappers
you do not want to miss this!
Cheryll is again hosting her annual Santa Sack/Stocking Swap
It is a 6 month commitment where you make and send your
assigned partner a sack or stocking and fill it with 2 gifts every
month from June til December...
Sound awesome? Then quickly head on over HERE
Cheryll is taking a limited number of people this year, and places are
filling fast...Good Luck!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I made a bangle :oD

A friend convinced me to join her at a jewellery making workshop.
I have never attempted to make any jewellery before, so I thought
it would be lots of fun to try something new.
We had the choice of a few different kits and the lady showed some
different techniques and types of jewellery kits that she also makes.
I think this could get quite addictive!
Today's class was very simply, we made a stretchy bracelet using
metal beads and "Stretch Magic"which is just a super stretchy cord
and a little dab of jewellery glue to keep the knot secure.

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo

PS... Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Just some quick cards

My daughter's school were putting together some mother's day hampers to raffle off, they asked for donations to add to them. Everyone seemed to be adding cosmetics and cremes, so I thought I'd make a pack of 10 quick and simple cards that someone could use, mainly birthday cards, as I figured everyone needs to buy birthday cards, especially mums, with all the parties their children get invited to...
Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!
Peta xoxo

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Anzac Day

Thankyou to all the Men, Women and Horses who have
served our country!

They shall not grow old
as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them
nor years condemn them

At the going down of the sun
and in the morning


Thursday, April 12, 2012

There is a new Colour swap over at Lydias Treasures


You have to send you partner SIX gifts (as colour has six letters) of their favourite colour. At least ONE of the gifts have to be handmade. You can give six handmade gifts if you would like to.

It is only optional to send gifts in the letters of COLOUR. It is NOT a must for this swap.

for more info and to sign up, pop on over HERE 
and HERE

Peta xoxo

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter!

I made this bunny and bag based on Tilda designs.
They were going to be included in my OASS Autumn, but when I read
the rules properly, I realised that we couldn't use Easter related
items to fill the requirements of the swap.
Not to worry, I did come up with some other alternatives
and my little girl will happily accept them as part of her easter
goodies, so everything turned out just fine!

Thanks for stopping by
Hope you all have a fantastic and safe Easter!

Happy Crafting
Peta xoxo

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

OASS swap received

Yay I just recieved my OASS Autumn themed swap parcel!

I just found a nice parcel on my doorstep that came all the way
from New Zealand :oD
My secret swap partner was Michell and you can check out her
 awesome blog HERE
I absolutely love this bag (I did borrow the pics from Michell's
blog, I hope she doesnt mind, my batteries went flat in my camera)

and I also recieved some gorgeous souveniers from New Zealand
too, a book mark, Tiki keyring, pen and postcard
and also a cute little Moda fabric sampler in autumn colours.

Thankyou Michell, I really love my gifts and thanks again
to Cheryll for hosting another awesome swap :oD

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Once a season swap...Autumn

I joined in Cheryll's  "Once a season swap"  and the theme
this season is AUTUMN
I must admit, I did find this one rather challenging,
as the colours of Autumn are usually the colours
that I avoid crafting with. It's not that I don't like
these colours, its just that I've never thought to try them.

My first thoughts were of Easter, as Easter falls in Autumn
here in Australia, but a closer look at Cheryll's
rules made me realise that I couldn't hide behind
the Easter bunny and had to come up with something
more related to Autumn itself.
I was lost for ideas, but finally came up with
some bits and pieces, and I do hope that
they reflect Autumn for my secret swap partner Fiona

I have just heard that the gifts have been recieved so I can now
share them with you :o)

I took the pattern for this bag from Janelle Wind's
Pieces of Me...

and here is the rest of the package I have sent...

...4 tea towels in autumn tones
2 scented candles (also autumn tones)
some Orange truffles
a fat quater of fabric
and a butterfly

Fiona is also in Cheryll's birthday fat quater club
and I know that she has recently celebrated her
birthday, so why not pop on over HERE and
wish her a fantastic day and also check out all
of her amazing creations too  :oD

Hope you like your gifts Fiona
and thanks again to Cheryll for hosting another
amazing swap!

Thanks for stopping by
Happy crafting!

Peta xoxo

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

heart swap

Hi everyone
do you remember this sneak peek?

well it was for Cheryll's Initial heart swap. I had to send to
Barb from Barbs Creations
I started tp worry that Barb hadn't recieved it in time but found
that she has posted about it on her blog, so now I can share the
rest of the image with you :oD

I also sent a heart notebook
a 3 pack of Ferrero Rocher
a 3 pack of Raffaello
and a fat quarter of love heart fabric.

Hope you like your gifts Barb :o)
Thanks so much to Cheryll too for hosting another
awesome swap!

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxox

Friday, February 3, 2012

Check this out!

Hi everyone

I know you're all well and truly over Christmas,
but I really had to share this, I was so excited lol!

where did I get this cool idea?
Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 13

I love it, it's just one of those plastic wine glasses,
turned upsidedown filled with momentos and the bottom
glued on to finish it off. The book used an oversized
bottletop, but I just used the base of the glass, it fits perfectly!

The reindeer is a wine bottle stopper, I cut the cork down
to fit better inside and added a poinsettier flower and
some text, a bits of gold cord and glitter and a ornament
topper from an old bauble.

I can see myself making loads of these, you can add
anything your imagination desires, even photos :o)

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Initial heart swap

Hi everyone
I recently joined Cheryll's Initial Heart swap
and we were assigned secret partners, ie, we send to someone
and recieve from another swapper, but do not know who will
be sending to us until it arrives.
I have recieved my lovely gifts from Lyn

The swap was for a heart of some kind with our partner's initial
and some chocolate or sweets.

Lyn has sent me 7 gifts (how lucky am I?)

and inside...lots of yummy goodness...

firstly, the Initial heart...sorry Lyn, my photo does not do this any
 justice, it is absolutely gorgeous in real life

and there is a little letter P up the top :o)

and the rest of the gifts...

some heart shaped notepads, a journal, a gorgeous smelly soap,
a mugrug/potholder ( I love the colours ) a nice red fold up
shopping bag and some very yummy lindt chocolates.
Thankyou so much Lyn, I love each and everyone one of my gifts!
You can see more of Lyn's gorgeous work HERE

A big thanks also to Cheryll of Gone stitchin' for hosting this
awesome swap :o)

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It's Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day everyone!!!!!

Hope your day is great wherever you are :o)

Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cracker Swap

I recently took part in Lisa's New Year Cracker swap.
The idea was to make a cracker and fill with fabric and
and other haberdashery items.
I have been paired up with Cat from Catalina's Cottage
and here is the cracker that I have put together for her.


and then...

inside the crackers are
8 embroidery threads
7 ribbons
small pack of shabby buttons

Cat love's red, pink and aqua so I have tried to work on those
colours, hope you like them Cat :o)

Thankyou Lisa for hosting this swap, it has been loads of fun!

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sneak peak

This is a sippet of my Valentine, Initial Heart swap
This will be soon heading to my secret swap partner?????
Oops, can't say anymore at this stage  ;o)

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Peta xoxo