Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Baby Girl...

Since I have recently laid new carpet in the studio (bargain of the century - but that's another blogpost!!) I just had to Christen it - you know how hard it is to resist things like that!!

A friend is expecting her first grandchild any day now - she's actually overdue - and Lily is taking her sweet time!! So I made this little frame with her in mind....

Twiddleybitz winged heart frame
Pink crackle paint - Tim Holtz Distress
Milled Lavender Distress ink
Twiddleybitz Butterfly
Opals Embossing Enamels by Pipe Dreamink
Old lace
Alison Ellis Design Glitter - Pink Sherbert
Heart buckle from My 2 Angels
Flowers from Green Tara
Bead chain from Green Tara
Rose Buds from Lynda's Craft Haven
Beaded ribbon (pink) from Lynda's Craft Haven
Kindy Glitz
Bazzil Cardstock
Random rub on quote
My favourite tool - my Hot Glue Gun!!!

I hope you like it - thanks for stopping by....

Monday, November 21, 2011

Joy (card)

I don't think I have shared this card with you yet!! how slack!

I made this card a little while ago and look at it a number of times every day as it's displayed in the hallway.  It's getting me into the Christmas Spirit!

Twiddleybitz single letters and a Christmas Bauble, some Flourish with a Bling, some ribbon and distress stains....

I hope you're just a little bit more "Spirited" now too :-)
Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing Well...

Here she is in all her glory - love her to bits.  Pink and girly and not usually me, but I think I'm getting used to it :-)

It was a great class.  I had a ball teaching again!  thank you so much to Lynda for having me, and to Penny and Ann-Marie for coming along.
All products were from Lynda's Craft haven - the new shop on the Gold Coast at Merrimac.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A wishing well and a class!

Hello Everyone!

I am very pleased to announce my first class teaching at Lynda's Craft Haven at Merrimac on the Gold Coast will be this coming Saturday - 20/11/2011 at 10am-12pm!!!

A Magic Wishing Well, for you or for a gift!
Using many of the gorgeous new products in store we will paint, cover, and decorate a Twiddleybitz Chipboard Wishing Well.  Pink and Girly with beads, glitter ribbon, lace, flowers, and butterflies, you will love your finished product so much you may not be able to part with it!  Sunday 20/11/11 10-2pm.  Bring your basic tools and supplies - class kit provided.
** Please call to book your place now by phoning 07 5559 1017. Lynda's Craft Haven -
Here's a little sneak peak...

Thank you so much for stopping by - I hope to see you at the class!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

At the Hop...

Hello and welcome to my leg of the Twiddleybitz Blog Hop.  Thank you so much for joining us - if you happened upon this hop by mistake, stick around, you’ll be blown away by the fantastic work the Design Team Angels have been creating, I certainly have been!  You can find the schedule here, and then first up with the wonderful Mel Forbes :-)
Thanks to Nic and Andy from Twiddleybitz for having such fabulous CHIPBOARD  products to work with and for developing new products constantly - it’s a pleasure and privilege to work with you and for you.
Throughout the hop you should have been collecting the secret words - usually highlighted (not exactly subtle in the process either!) or bolded...  When you have them all, you need to head back to the NING to send the phrase to the lovely Sandra Wallace by private message.  You will go into the draw to win a Fantastic Twiddleybitz CHIPBOARD prize pack of your very own!!
Each of the Design Team Angels have also been offering Twiddleybitz CHIPBOARD RAKs for people who comment on their blog hop posts - some with conditions - like you have to use their secret word in your comments - I must say we have some very creative people joining us in the blog hop!!
I have been addicted lately to creating the gorgeous ATC Cupboards that were released a little while ago.  I have now made four!!  This last one I made, I experimented and have created a technique I have been playing with for a while now.  

I am a wood girl - The furniture in my home is wood and I love the natural tones of nature... After making 2 black and 1 white cupboards I was “champing at the bit” to create this one.  I  will go through it step by step for you,  I am so excited to share this!!

step 1 - use a eyelet punch to form the 'knots' in the wood - you need to do this to both sides of each piece as you will see front and back of most of them.  Don't do too many!
step 2 - Use a brown marvy marker or similar to create the grain - work in one direction - the direction you think the wood would be cut in - on a real piece of furniture.
Step 3 - create shadows and depth by using black soot distress ink and an empty squash pen(you could use a fine paint brush as an alternative).
Step 4 - blend and colour using vintage photo distress ink and a sponge.

Step 5 - re-define any areas where the grain is unclear.
Step 6 - coat every surface with an even layer of mod podge or similar - allow to dry and repeat for 3 coats for best results.  When applying - use  a thin brush and the brush strokes to emphasise the grain of the wood.
step 7 - use the instructions enclosed with the cupboard for assembly - don't worry, it's easier than the IKEA flat packs!
step 8 - attach the inside paneling of the doors (I have used a printed transparency from Kaiser, making sure the pattern is the right way up and the clocks on either side meet up correctly), and then repeat for the inside panels for the sides of the cupboards (I have used the Kaiser transparency again).  I used dimensional magic to adhere the transparency as it dries clear.
Step 9 - Use a hot glue gun to add the beads as door knobs.
Step 10 - Fill your cupboard with ephemera or Twiddleybitz CHIPBOARD of your choice, attach bling and decorations on the outside if you wish.
Step 11 - use the hot glue gun again to attach the music box mechanism to the lower back of the cupboard.  (Mine plays “Happy Birthday”)
Step 12 - Counter weights will be needed as the mechanism is heavy.  Use 2 size 6 sinkers - underneath in the front corners, adhere them using the hot glue gun again.
I do so hope I have inspired you today.  Please share your creations with us in the NING gallery and join us shortly in the forum for the closing of the Twiddleybitz Hop.  I will be ‘hopping’ over there shortly because I have a surprise for you all!
I have a number of questions for you - all related to the Hop.  Find the answers and send them to me via a private message in the NING forum and you will go into the draw for a Twiddleybitz RAK from me!!!  Also - in case you didn't know, you can chat to us via the heading "Twiddley Chat" on the Ning whenever we're online!!  hint hint - NOW!!!!!

Please be sure to leave me a comment and use that secret word!  All those who do and are 'followers' of my blog will go into the draw to win another secret RAK from me!!!!
Thank you so very much for stopping by - it’s been fantastic!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

For the Twiddleybitz Shoppers...

(To the tune of Jingle Bells") 
Adapted by Jennifer Hodge
from Paul Johnson’s “Rubber Stamp”

Dashing to the Show,
grab my girlfriends on the way
To Twiddleybitz I go.
I must get there today!
So, things will have to wait,
Like washing & dishes.
I'm driving through such traffic now
To purchase Twiddley pieces!

Twiddleybitz, Twiddleybitz,
You are so good to me!
Jump into my basket now!
The specials I must see!
Twiddleybitz, Twiddleybitz,
Your designs they are the bomb!
Chipboard accents, off the page
Fun for everyone!

So now, with money spent,
And bagfulls in my hand
I must go home to scrap them now
You’ve got to understand!
Ink them nice & bright,
Add Mod Podge here & there
Add some more with colourspray
I’m glued but I don’t care!

Twiddleybitz, Twiddleybitz,
You are so good to me!
Jump into my basket now!
The specials I must see!
Twiddleybitz, Twiddleybitz,
Your designs they are the bomb!
Chipboard accents, off the page
Fun for everyone!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Scratch n Sniff Tutorial...

It's over at Twiddleybitz in the Tutorial Section now!!! Or go straight to it HERE!!

I am so excited about this tutorial - pardon the pun but it's been "on the cards" since the September Papercraft Festival in Brisbane!!  Just for you Nic and Louise, it's amazing what can come about when you laugh and muck around!!

here's a sneak peak...

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!  Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Twiddleybitz, blog hops, competitions, inspiration, RAKs, the list goes on!


Something super exciting is happening next weekend!!

Starting on Friday the 4th of November the Twiddleybitz DT are having a bloghop.And not just any ol' run of the mill bloghop.....
oh no...
uh uh!!
We are having a  RAKAMANIA BLOG HOP!!
Each  of the DT members are putting up a RAK  for   you to win and also showing you some gorgeous work on their blogs in the process.
It all starts on Friday November the 4th  at 5pm (AEST)
So keep an eye out on the Ning for more details and the schedule, because that is where the
RAKamania Blog Hop will start!!
And not only will there be prizes from the DT members on the actual Hop,  but there will also be prizes to be won on the Ning during the weekend and also on Facebook.
Like our page  on Facebook to keep up to date with what is happening on the hop!!
Twiddleybitz on FaceBook
We also have prizes on offer for those of you going to the Paper Crafts Festival in Penrith on Sunday of  that same weekend. Make sure to pop into the NIng to see how you can win some Twiddleybitz  just for  stopping by the Twiddleybitz booth at the Show and saying hello. :-)

We do hope you will join us for what we are sure will be a fun and inspiring and prize packed RAKamania Blog Hop...!

More details on the Ning soon!!

A Wedding Card

For Rochelle's Sifu (My colleague's Kung Fu Instructor) whom is getting married soon.  In order for everyone at Kung Fu to sign it - it's a 12x 12 inch piece of cardstock folded in half :-)

I've used more Alison Ellis Design Papers from the Eastern Elements range; Dienamics dies - rosette and open scalloped doily; Twiddleybitz "Love", Heart, and Long Flourish - no tail; and a random stamp I found on my desk!!

I do hope you like it - thanks for stopping by!!