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Last night my husband and I went to an 80s themed costume party. What a fantastic night! Everyone looked fabulous with their teased hair, chunky jewellery and fluourescent colours…and that was just the men…

I must admit, I was born in the 80s (much to the horror of some of the older folk present), so I don’t have firm memories of wearing shoulder pads or Madonna-inspired get-ups. That didn’t stop me from getting into the spirit of the decade though. I still own the crimper my mum used to use to make my hair birthday-party fabulous; add a can of hairspray, blue eyeshadow, some fabulous plastic jewellery and a shoulder-padded, ruffly op shop dress and I was ready to go. My dress was well-received, except people kept patting my shoulders all evening because they enjoyed the feel of my shoulder pads! My husband decided to go the character route for the night, and dressed up as The Rebel in The Breakfast Club. He was a pretty close match to Judd Nelson, I have to say.    

Anyway, I was asked by the organisers to make some envelopes to house gift certificates awarded to the best dressed man and woman on the night. I could have stuck with simple, but decided I wanted to make the envelopes look like wallets and purses from the 80s. I used our entry tickets to the party as inspiration and this was the end result.

(Apologies for the crap photo above, the afternoon was unrelenting in its greyness when I took the photos)

For the men, we have an awesome 80s-style ripper wallet, with Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise card stock as the envelope base, and stripes of Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi. That description doesn’t make the combination sound very manly, but I think you would agree the end result is pretty gnarly (as they liked to say in the 80s).

The ladies’ purse was a little bit more complex:

To make this cute little clutch purse, I made an envelope with Rich Razzleberry, then punched out squares of Basic Black using the 1 1/4 inch square punch and stuck them on the envelope to make a checker board pattern. For the heart, I punched out a heart from Real Red card stock using the Full Heart punch. I then drew on the white “reflection” and covered the whole thing in Crystal Effects to give it a glossy, patent-rubber shine. It looked pretty amazing in real life, like a badge you’d buy to pin on your acid-wash denim jacket (I think that’s what people did anyway!). I added some of Stampin’ Up’s new stick-on rhinestones to add some glam, because a piece of 80s apparel would not be complete without rhinestones.

(And oddly enough, it was Mr B who suggested I add the rhinestones for the very reason stated above. That man comes up with some crazy, though great, ideas. And I trusted his judgement because he remembers more of the 80s than I do, being older and all.)

What do you think of the end results? They look pretty authentically 80s, right? Let me know what you think. After all, my age was still in single digits by the end of that decade…


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A few weeks ago I shared with you some punch art collages I made for the babies of two friends of mine. At the time I had a third waiting in the wings to show you but I was waiting to find out if my friends have received it. They have, and now I can share this collage with you.

It’s a completely different colour scheme to the other two, but I love the rich vibrant colours. This collage was for friends who have three beautiful daughters who all love PINK! I’ve mixed in some orange and lime green too for a fresh combination of colours.

This was the very first one I made and in hindsight, I would have centred Layla’s name and put butterflies either side. Oh well, they say hindsight is 20/20…I added a little heart in this one to fill up some dead space, which was a nice touch.

I definitely see myself making more of these…there’s Layla’s two sisters to start with 😛

I must admit, I briefly contemplated making these collages to sell, be it online or elsewhere, but decided it would be too much of a pain negotiating with people about colours, patterns, etc.

By the way, I’m still working on the collage for our home. Once I get off my butt and get it framed, I’ll show you that too.

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A few weeks ago I told you I’d post the results of some recent “creating”; since the recipients have now received the fruits of my labour I can now show you! I’m really happy with the end results.

The inspiration for this was a punch collage made by the incredibly talented Ali Edwards. I have plans to make a collage similar to Ali’s for our own home decor, but first I made these ones as presents for some recently birthed babies. I feel these are pieces that can grow with the child, rather than dating quickly as being “babyish”.

 These were very simple to make and are an excellent way to use up scraps of patterned paper…or any paper, really. I used sheets from magazines as well as scrapbooking paper to create unique patterns on the butterflies.

I measured out a piece of white cardstock to 8 inches by 10 inches (I used inches as that is the measurements on my paper cutter) then placed the punched stars and butterflies on the paper to create a grid pattern around the name. Once I had a feel for how many shapes would fit on a line and the page, I marked out a rough guide in pencil for where to place the pieces (believe me, this does help), and stuck them down with some adhesive. You could also use raised dimensional foam tape to give the punch pieces some lift. I then mounted the finished product on some Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper and put it in the frame (some simple, but classic frames from a Malaysian department store)

I cut out the letters with my Timeless Type Sizzlits in my Big Shot, and matched the letter colour with the background for a unified look. Abigail’s room is blue, so I went with the SU colour Baja Breeze as a base colour and mixed in other blues and greens. Marcus’ room I wasn’t so sure about, but again went with Baja Breeze and a mix of blues, browns and red.

Oh, and the most important detail…the recipients loved them (aside from the fact both the frames broke in the post – very frustrating!).

Hope you’ve enjoyed this burst of inspiration!

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Haven’t blogged for a few days (oops) as I’ve been busy…creating!

I’ve been tackling a few items on my list of “gunna do’s”, and it’s been really satisfying to finish some projects. I wish I could show you them as I’m so happy with the end results…but they’re presents and they have to make their way to the recipients first so I can’t show you just yet (on the off chance they might like to read this humble blog).

But the above photo shows a project that’s been on the list of “gunna do’s” – I finally framed a piece of wall art I made for a little bub that was born a few months back. Hopefully I can give it to the parents soon (here’s the part where I hang my head in shame that it took so long…)

I used SU’s Big Shot Timeless Type Sizzlits die cuts to make the letters, and stamped and cut out some Fox and Friends animals to go above the name. All of this was stuck to a piece of Certainly Celery Patterns Designer Series Paper (it’s sadly retired now, luckily I have a BIG stash!)

Add a frame (I got this one from Ikea) and you’re done! A cute, crafty, personalised touch to a nursery or child’s room. 

Really, this sounds so simple when I write it out… why did it take me so long to finish this wee project? Oh, and that’s a rhetorical question, don’t answer that. I already know why…

Hope to bring you some more creative goodness in coming days!

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