Monday, May 30, 2011

Helmar Haul

OK so a few of the US girls are doing video's of the awesome stuff they are getting in their boxes.  They are lucky enough to get a heap of products from Helmar's Prefered partners which is super exciting to see what they will be teaming their Helmar up with.

Over here in Oz we get a super box of Helmar products (which suits me fine ;D) and I received my first box today!  I was SOOOO excited when the truck pulled up as I knew it was my box from Helmar that was in there.

The delivery guy took AGES to find my box.  He had come to the door to tell me I had a delivery then went back to the truck to find it.  I was was left standing there... baby in hand (I had just bathed him) and toddler at my side looking at this truck.  Waiting .... waiting .... waiting.....

Then finally he appears with this not too big box... BUT as they say!  Good things come in small packages :D

And when we opened the box, inside was this awesome supply of Helmar Goodies! 

I can't wait to get started on creating some new projects using my now replenished Helmar stash, and well it couldn't have come at a better time seeing I am out of Helmar Acid free glue and Helmar Scrap Dots!  There are even some new products in this box of goodies I am yet to have a go at trying, but I know seeing it is Helmar I will love it!  

Hope you have a nice week ahead... mine has started in a high note :)


Friday, May 27, 2011

Teaching at Scraphaven

On June 18th at 11:00am I will be teaching a class over at Scraphaven in Sunbury Victoria.  I will be teaching a layout that has a heap of different techniques on it as well as an opportunity to use some products you may not have done so before.  The layout is a vintage themed layout that you can use any Black and White photo (or a colour one if you prefer).

Here is a sneak peak of the Layout we will be doing:

If you would like to join me, please contact Di at Scraphaven on 0404 266 296 for an opportunity to come along.  The class will go for 3 hours and costs $15 plus materials.  It is quite an involved class where you will have an opportunity to get your hands dirty.  You will also learn how a layout that sometimes looks difficult is actually not that hard at all to create when you take it one step at a time.  

The class will take place as part of a 12hr mini retreat of which the cost of this class will be additional to attending on the day.  Cost of attending the retreat is $25 and it will go from 9am until 9pm.  You may be able to book in for just half the time from 9am-3pm or 3pm - 9pm for $15 but you will need to discuss this with Di.  Also if you would like to attend the regular 'Scrap and Chat' the night before for $5 you can leave your things and continue on in the morning!

You will need to book in for at least half a day of scrapping (morning) to be able to do my class.  There will be prizes as well as all food fully catered for on the day including lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea.  Spots on the day are limited and are sure to fill quickly (actually I think they are already filling and it has only JUST been announced!).  

I will be attending for the full 12 hours as they are just the loveliest bunch of ladies over there to scrap with so I can't wait.  Would love to see some of you join me.  

You can also e-mail Di if you prefer at

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A new Helmar Post

I have just posted a new project on the Helmar DT blog, so if you would like some new glue inspiration... head over to the Helmar DT blog for my latest post.  Here is what I did!  

This is the finished project:

You can check out my post by clicking on this link - Lighting up with Helmar with all the details on how to create your own little altered lamp.

There is new inspiration up on the Helmar DT Blog daily, so if you are ever looking for some new ideas check it out as there are SO many creative things happening over there!

Have a nice day everyone

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My little boy turns 2!

It has been a bit hard to get a heap of scrapping done lately whilst preparing for my little boy's 2nd Birthday party, so I thought I would share with you some pics from his big day.  I also have a little share with regard to the little gift bags I did for all the kids that came.

This was his birthday cake that I slaved over all Saturday.  He really enjoyed seeing all of the trains being created, even sitting on my lap at times while I iced.

 He just loved everyone singing Happy Birthday to him.

Here is a bit of a close up of each of the cakes.   

For his guests gift bags I pulled out my Helmar 450 Quick Dry to create a set of Alphabet foam stamps.  To do this I first layered two sticky foam letters on top of each other.  I then took my Helmar 450 Quick Dry and glued them to a piece of thick plastic (that I cut out of the box from a toy).

I took my newly made foam stamps and pressed them into some Gesso prior to stamping each letter onto a brown bag.  I love the way the white Gesso comes up against the natural looking brown bags.  I then simply tied some Dark Blue raffia at the top of each bag to match his Thomas and Friends themed party.

They were pretty simple looking, but I think that is what I like most about them as I rarely pull that off :D

Most importantly though - they were filled with heaps of yummy lollies and some other fun stuff too.

I will have another share later this week coming up on the Helmar DT blog that I just finished creating tonight.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

My First blog post for Helmar!

Hi Everyone,
I have the pleasure of doing my first Blog for Helmar so I'd love it if you headed on over there to check it out.  You will need to scroll down for the post.  There is SO much inspiration on there, so be sure to check out more than just my post.

Here is a little bit of a sneak peak for you before you head on over there.

I have also explained how to create the embellishment you can see in this picture in green using Helmar Acid Free Glue.

Also if you would like to see this layout in real life, it was sent over to Tomorrow's Memories to put up on display in the shop - you can have a nice close look at it and see what I have done a little more closely. 

xxx Enjoy your day

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A kitchen for my boys

Over the last few weekends my hubby and I have been busy making a kitchen for our boys to play with.  Austin just LOVES to cook with me and so when we had some rather large boxes left from the swings we bought them, I decided to try and make a stove out of one for him.  This worked well until he decided to tip a cup of water on it.  So I decided to re-think the idea and design it to be made out of wood.  I also thought it would be a lovely family project to do together.  It has really been a family affair with me designing it... Andrew fixing up my measurements so it worked, him also cutting it all out and putting it together and the three of us painting it.  There were obvious stresses with a toddler being covered in paint (that didn't come off too easily), but in the most a great deal of fun.

Here are some photos of the process:
Andrew busy doing the woodworking
The three of us at work
My budding artist
Paint literally from head to toe
Austin and I 

After it was all painted, we removed the lower doors for Austin to paint in some nice colourful colours that match his room (we thought it could become a cupboard in his room if they get sick of it).  We have left the upper cupboards for Toby to paint when he is a little older (I think I might just get him to crawl through some paint and then over the cupboards :D)  Lastly we added some finishing touches (a painted stove) knobs, border around the artwork (not a very good job by me I might add) and a light for inside the oven.

And here is the finished project.

 We have been busy saving things (like empty sauce bottles) for the kitchen just to make it that more real for them including an old oven mitt that I made smaller with the sewing machine to fit his hands.  I never imagined how much fun he would have with it including his friends when they come to visit.  I am sure Toby too will enjoy it when he is older.

These are sure to be scrapped, but in the mean time, I hope you have enjoyed my little share.

Hope you are having an enjoyable and relaxing week.  I am, but soon to get in to 2nd Birthday mode for Austins birthday on the 16th May :D