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A baby keepsake

Today I'm sharing a keepsake box that I made using a template from My Scrap Chick.  It was really easy to assemble, with clear guidelines that I printed and then traced onto cardstock.  I cut it all out with my scissors and then constructed using my hot glue gun.  There is a lid and a base.  The lid has a little tie and vest, which I cut from patterned paper.  I doddled stitching around the edges and inked.  I added glittery star "buttons".  The tie is raised on 3D foam squares, and the vest is raised also to give dimension.

In the bottom of the box I added a blue stripy straw with bow.  This is then pushed into the middle of the diaper cake.  The diaper cake is made up of newborn nappies, rolled up and held together with a strip of tape.  All rolls are held together with a strip of patterned paper.

On top of the diaper cake is tufts of crete paper, and the wrap around the nappies has a die-cut from a baby themed pack from Spotlight.  There are 7 nappies total in the "cake" and the gift box above is still fully functional.

Inside the box you can fit a little hat, socks and a pacifier.  Or you could leave it empty and add the new baby's ankle band, mum's wristband and the belly button clamp for safe keeping.

I made many ruffles of crete paper to create the "frosting" on the top of the little "cake"

The little paper shoes in the photo were made from Bazzill cardstock and twill.  The edges were inked and faux white stitching drawn on.  I added a glittery star from the baby pack, and some tiny black gems.

If you would like to make this special gift box, visit My Scrap Chick to get your template.

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All you need to do is relax

Look at Gloria there in her gorgeous pink polka-dot bikini, floating around on her tube.  Don't you just wish you were relaxing, drinking your favourite drink and just floating the day away?  They have this awesome area at Wet 'n' Wild on the Gold Coast called Calipso Bay, and all you do is jump on a tube and float around this big island, under waterfalls, and through gorgeous tropical trees and plants.  You don't even have to paddle, the current takes you.  It's so wonderfully relaxing.

Gloria is a digi image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I coloured her with my Copics and added some liquid pearls, gloss and Stickles.  She's accompanied by embellies from Tanya Leigh Designz.

First up I created some mattes using Bazzill cardstock. Then I added a wave diecut from a Doodlebug Designs pack. I slotted Gloria behind the waves and lifted the top of the image slightly.  I separated her fingers so that she could hold the sign/sentiment. 

I tucked some acetate film strips and a word ring behind Gloria.

Lastly I did some googling, added the little Doodlebug Designs sun and cloud and the silver stretchy string that I tied in a bow.

Hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend this Mother's Day weekend!

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Beautiful pink orchids

Mother's Day is coming up and that means that the orchids around my house have started to flower!  Two years ago I received an orchid from my mother-in-law and it has the most glorious fuschia pink flowers.  This year hubby has given me another, and it's just as beautiful.

I created this card with a beautiful orchid digi image from A Passion For Stamps. I printed it twice and then coloured specific parts to create a 3D effect.  I then glittered and glossed it to look like the waxy surface of real orchids.  The top of the pot has artificial moss and the air roots are visible on top.

I used an embossing folder that I got free on a magazine and created a matte with it.  I doodled around the edges to separate the colours.  I used Tanya Leigh Designz Project Life Pastel Set Cards to create a ribbon look across the card.  I also tucked in a little tab that says "beautiful" and adhered a little wooden bunny with a black gem eye.

From this angle, you can see the 3D elements.  I added petals, buds and leaves which I coloured with my Copics and then glossed and glittered.

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May the 4th be with you

I'm running a bit late posting, but I created this card and a teacher present for May the 4th.

Sophia's teacher is a huge Star Wars fan, so we bought her choccies and decorated a bag to surprise her for Star Wars day.

I found this awesome image at Mayzy Art Blog and coloured it up using my Copics.  This was my first time attempting to colour white, and I discovered I need a few more shades of grey to pull it off.

I have added gloss to eyes and guns, silver pen to the belts and some black gems.

I heated 2 Tanya Leigh Designs acetate clocks to create the flower, and then tucked a bow underneath. The background papers were digital prints that I printed onto cardstock. I bought them off Etsy but they're no longer available to purchase.

Don't you just love Yoda? He plugs into any USB slot and movement turns his lightsaber on and he talks lol  Yep we're big Star Wars fans in my house, so May the 4th was all kinds of fun!

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A Daisy a Day Keeps the Blues Away

Daisies are so pretty, they bring sunshine into any day, garden or bouquet.  This little fellow has picked his own bunch, to give someone special.  They've got a touch of sparkle to them too!

This image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and I coloured it with my Copics, adding a little dirt to the knees and some enamel dots to the buttons.

I fussy cut the image and added it to Solid Colour Cardstock that I embossed in my Cuttlebug.  I doodled around the edges in Zig Artist Sketch Pen.  I also added an orange organza ribbon and balloon.

I bought some glittered foam eggs on sticks at Easter - when you turn the egg upside down it looks like a balloon! So I created this little balloon with bow, and then added the sentiment as a flag to the stick.  At the top where the stick originally came from, I added a little orange Stickles to cover the hole.

I love creating with Mo's images, each drawing has such character and playfulness.

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