Monday, October 19, 2009


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Friday, October 16, 2009

Awesome giveaway from The Oz Material Girls

To celebrate their 5th birthday The Oz Material Girls are doing heaps of AWESOME giveaways!

This one would have to be my favourite so far!

Beginners sewing kit valued at over $100


The kit contains...
A Craft bag to hold your Goodies
An Amazing Selection of Fabrics... with novelty prints, blenders, funky retro and more
A Sewing Kit & Tape Measure
A Collectable tin of pins
A Melly & Me Soft Toy Pattern - Easy Sew

Total Value Over $100.00

To win all you have to do is join The Oz Material Girls fan page and comment here.

To receive extra entries:

Visit The Oz Material Girls store and sign up for their newsletter then add a comment on their fan page that you have signed up.

Post about this giveaway on your blog, and return to here and leave an extra comment letting them know the link to your post.

Mention on your Facebook Page and leave a separate comment on The Oz Material Girls Wall , along with the link.

Retweet on Twitter and leave a seperate comment on their facebook wall , please copy and paste the following - RT @OzMaterialGirls - Win a #craft pack- #fabric, #pattern valued at over $100

Winner will be drawn Saturday 31st October at 10.00pm by an online random number generator so every individual comment, link or tweet will gain additional entries.

Be sure to check out our blog- also for more great prizes and giveaways

Good luck!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baptism invitation.

My Niece is being baptised in November and I have the honour not only of being one of her God mothers but also Kate has entrusted the creation of the invitations to me :D

Here are some designs I’m playing with.


AL bap invite2

AL bap invite3

AL bap invite


Each has a subtle difference but I like them all for different reasons.

Craft expo disappointment….

Well Noah and I took ourselves of to the Royal exhibition buildings in Melbourne on what was one of Melbourne's most beautiful days!

And TBH the glorious weather was the highlight of the trip!

I was underwhelmed at the expo. Granted it was smaller and more intimate than the bigger quilt and craft expo’s but it still left me flat.

If you were a scrapbooker/paper crafter, older generation occupant (LOL) more into the traditional sewing/quilting etc it was perfect. But for the more contemporary sewer I was left wanting more.

I did how ever purchase a melly & me pattern “petunia” for $16 petuniafrom In stitches of Williamstown, check out their blog here. In stitches was the only booth with contemporary funky patterns and fabrics such as Amy butler and melly & me to name but a few.

After we have been around the expo a couple of times (in hopes something new would miraculously pop up ) we went outside in the sun for some food and a stretch of the legs.



Here was a community mural, of which after the expo the canvas and money raise will be donated to the Humor Foundation. People were offered the chance (for a small monetary donation) to contribute to the mural. The people in blue were professional art teachers to help the budding artist with their input.





“The artwork, designed by leading decorative artist, Pam Jones, is titled ‘Carousels’. It depicts “the journey from ill heath in the darkest depths of the forest, to good heath full of family and sunshine – travelling along the River or Life looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead.”

Taken from the craft expo magazine.

Some photo’s from the afternoon…








Sponsor news IHC has welcomed 4 new sponsors to the blog

The Oz Material Girls


Nattyjane Designs

baby laila

They all took up 1 months free sponsorship, welcome guys!

Keep checking back with IHC as I’m currently working out sponsorship opportunities for your business on both the blog and the IHC forum.

Gem xx

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sorry I’ve been absent blogland…

But I’ve been busy being creative YAY!!!!!

I have been creating digital delights!

This is my first attempt at illustrating anything on photoshop and I don’t think I did that bad of a job!

I created the little creatures for a little man’s first birthday party, its farmyard theme.

Here are the animals on their own…

Chick having a nibble..

chick 2



Chick standing


Sheep eating some grass..


The barn they all live in..


and the final designs..

Option 1

tristen 1st  bday invite 2

Option 2

Tristen 1st  bday invite 1


The client went with the first option (which quietly is my favourite!)

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Blogtoctober post 2 - Craft kiddy style!

Today I thought I would blog about my little man Noah.

Noah is almost 2.5 and loves to keep his mummy on his toes!

He has shown a interest in drawing and is always drawing something, be it on paper or the wall!

This morning I thought would be a great time to crack open the craft supplies for him.

He loved it! His little 2 year old brow was furrowed as he painted the clag (glue) on the paper, the concentration on his face was awesome!

Here are some pics from his craft session :D

And this one is a tribute to Uncle Sam ;)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

BLOGTOBERFEST 2009 has begun!

What is BLOGTOBERFEST I hear you ask???

TinnieGirl has started a post everyday for the month of October challange, sooooooo I thought I would give it a go, considering how lackadaisical I am about blogging, it would be a great opportunity for me to stretch my blogging legs and see what this baby can do.

If you want to participate in blogtoberfest click on the links above and sign up!

I thought I would start the festivities and show off some of my latest creations...

First we have a plywood draws from Ikea...



I sanded, primed and painted with white spray paint. for the fronts of the draws I used scrapbooking paper and mod podge to both stick it down and as a protective coat, to prevent damage to the paper.

The other project was a MDF serving tray I picked up from spotlight for $16. Initally I wanted to paint it using a crackle medium but that failed, then I thought I would paint it silver to give that faux metallic look which also failed. So after letting it sit around the office for who knows how long I and after trawling the many awesome craft blogs out there I came across a few with some really nifty ideas on decorating items such as trays, cupboards, plates etc. The two blogs that come to mind are Infarrantly Creative and That's so cugly so I decided I was going to spray it with a gloss back paint and then mod podge (can you tell mod podge is my lastest favourite craft thing!) some pattern onto the inside botton, but I can't think of what to put on there. So if you have any ideas don't hesitate and let me know!!!!

So that is my first blogtoberfest post is done and dusted, I wonder what I will chat about tomorrow????

Till next time (tomorrow) TTFN.