Earlier this week we celebrated a big milestone in our family, my eldest daughter Ashleigh turned 21
I cannot believe I am now the mother of a 21 year old ...when did that happen? ..what happened to the last 21 years?
Not only is my Number one child 21, she moved out of home on the 1st of January this year ...so 2 huge milestones for her this year.
Ashleigh didn't want a party just a family dinner with us, her besties and the grandparents, so we went to Ceylon Inn for some delicious Indian for her special birthday ...here are some snaps, unfortunately we were too busy enjoying ourselves and didn't take many photos.
the very quick Birthday Card (which i forgot to write in )
Pressies from the family
the invitation, I printed it out using my Epson PictureMate PM235 (love this printer)... I know it doesn't match the present and cake theme but it matches the venue :)
the birthday girl
Clinton, Ashleigh & Shannen besties since meeting in Y8 (2006)
I created this layout Couture Creations Blog using loads of Couture goodness ...
Lions have always been my favourite animal since I was very young, well actually all cats big and small but while visiting South Africa I fell in love with all their wild animals but especially the Rhino they are so gentle looking and have these huge smiles, how can you not love them. (Although when one is charging towards you after an Elephant decides it doesn't want to share his space, they are not so smiley)
So I cannot begin to understand how poachers can chop off their horns and leave them to die in horrific pain. I am so upset to know that in our lifetime there will come a time when this gorgeous creature will no longer be around if something is not done to stop the poachers. We all need to take a stand and help stop poachers slaying all creatures.
For more information on how you can help save the Rhino's please visit these sites
onto my layout
Firstly I die cut some Retro Flowers and Panama Branches from calico using the Metal Adapted Plate. I doubled the calico to cut 2 at a time and to make sure the dies cut through completely I ran them through the machine 4 times just to get those last bits of thread holding on.
This is how I layered my cutting sandwich; multi platform base, acrylic plate, dies blade side up, 2 layers of calico, metal plate and finally top acrylic plate.
you can see how easily the fabric pops out of the dies
die cut 1 x Mirror Mirror Ornamental Lace Die from Sew Jo patterned paper and cut a wedge out
cut 1 x Lotus Filet Ornamental Lace Die from Core'dinations Black Magic, Hermit Cardstock, sand to reveal core colour and cut in half.
Cut a sheet of Core'dinations Black Magic, Hermit cardstock to 11" x 11" distress the edges using scissors, then using Wire Barbs embossing folder under cardstock sand to let the core colour show through wwhile revealing the Wire Barb embossing folder design.
spray the top right of cardstock with water and scrunch down
tear a small section on the bottom left of cardstock and place section of Mirror Mirror die cut under
Use 1 sheet of Sew Jo patterned paper for your base and adhere cardstock to it
Cut a sheet of Sew Jo Chevron patterned paper to 5.5" x 10" and distress the edges and adhere to cardstock
Die cut 2 x Stella decorative dies from Hermit cardstock and emboss using Small Dots embossing folder so that the B side of cardstock is the side you will be using.
Die cut 1 x Victorian Rectangle die from light coloured Sew Jo patterned paper and cut in half
Spray fabric die cuts,cardstock die cuts, paper flowers and chipboard alphas with Walnut Ink to age
Arrange all pieces and adhere all to base when you are happy with your arrangement.
I used my Save the Rhino bracelet on my layout. I ran a piece of 3mm double sided tape across the die cut and then placed the bracelet on pressing down to make sure beads attached. I then cut the bracelet so only the front was left and then used some of the beads from the bracelet to scatter on my layout, along with some gemstones and small flower die cuts from Stella sprig.
I hope I have encouraged you to create and also to help Save the Rhino's
which i have had since September and have only just taken it out of the box ...I am now kicking myself for leaving it in the box for so long ...it is amazing the clarity of the photos and the quickness of printing photos are fabulous. It is also so user friendly. I will now be getting some photos in albums that is for sure.
the only technique I have used it to sand back the Core'dinations Cardstock to reveal the core colour on the embossed pieces of Core'dinations card.
here is a closer look at the Damiris die from the Sophia collection, I love the fine detail on the die.
The Sophia collection are still available in limited stocks and are worth a revisit.
Stay with me as there are alot of photos and some techniques for you to look at....
All the cards are quite simple and don't take long to create, this is a fabulous way to stock up your card collection so you have a card ready for your next special occasion.
Here is a close up look at some of the techniques I have used on the cards
Embossing, pop all your strips into the embossing folder to save time. When embossing with the Chevron folder make sure you check whether you want your chevron horizontal or vertical on your cardstock and place in the the folder the correct way.
If your cutting plates are a bit worn use a Metal Adapter Plate to help the die cut through, actually even if you palates are new use one as it stops your plates from marking
with just one run through your machine your die will cut through and lift straight off the die
If you only want to die cut one size from the Retro Flowers Die cut your cardstock to fit, save a lot of wastage
Sand the edges of your flowers to add some texture and definition to your petals
don't have glitter cardstock, create your own using our GLitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue, just squeeze it out onto the doily die
and then use your finger to smooch it all over the die giving a thin coating, set aside to dry
To create a paper flower die cut 3 of the Retro Flower Dies
Layer the two larger ones together using a mini glue spot to hold in place. Spritz with water
Pinch and scrunch your petals, until you are happy with how they look. Leave to dry
do the same with your leaves instead of leaving them flat. You can then add some glitter glue to the leaves giving them some sparkle
When you don't need a full 12" border strip just die cut the size of cardstock that you need
Finish off by adding Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue to the edges of flowers to give them a nice sparkle.
TIP; when diecutting Core'dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock place the back side onto the blades, it gives a clean cut.
TIP; Distress the edges of your cardstock and patterned papers using the edge of scissors
and that is the end of my very long photo filled post, I hope I have inspired you to create some fun quick and simple cards.