Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Free Business Cards to Download and Print

I know many of you crafters out there are selling at markets and fairs so business cards are a great way to get your name out there. They can be expensive to have made for you and when you only need a few so why not try making them yourself?

I create my own business cards using microsoft publisher, but then I found these sites where you can make your own then save and print off so I wanted to share them with you.

Business Card Star Prints 8 or 10 per page, lots of designs and colours to choose from. Easy and quick to do. Allows you to move text and change colours and even lets you print on the back of the cards if you want to. Here is a sample of what you can do.

Business Card Land A sister site to the above link that also prints 8/10 per page

Free pdf cards Plain cards with a picture or logo you can upload

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Friday, 24 September 2010

New Arrival - in the Pink!

We have added a new baby girl to our family recently, hence the lack of blog posts. As you can imagine life has been very hectic but I am looking forward to getting back to blogging as things settle down and we get into more of a routine.
Naturally you can expect to see a few baby related creations. I managed to find some time while waiting for bub to arrive to get some sewing and even knitting done. So once I get them photographed I can share them with you. Until next time, bye for now.

* Clip art above from
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Friday, 14 May 2010

Chocolate Lace Butterfly Cake

Make Chocolate Lace Buterfly Cake Nutella Icing Swirls

Here is the cake I made for my friend’s 40th birthday recently. You may remember the tri-shutter card I made for her that I posted previously.

The cake is 14” square, weighs over 5 kilos and took me several hours to assemble!

Inside the cake comprises of 1 layer of vanilla sponge topped with 1kg of nutella chocolate spread, 1” thickness of fresh whipped cream followed by another layer of vanilla sponge. That was then covered with lashings of my nutella and chocolate icing and decorated with chocolate lace swirls, chocolate lace flowers and chocolate lace butterflies! The butterflies were the most difficult to make with the wings and body of the butterfly made as one piece. They were very fragile and needed to be supported until the chocolate had set completely.

Make Chocolate Lace Buterfly Cake Nutella Icing Swirls

My friend was speechless when she arrived to pick the cake up. I thought she was going to cry! A number of guests at the party ended up taking heaps of photos of it for her as she didn’t want to cut into it! I would love to hear what you think.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

40th Birthday Tri-shutter Card

tri shutter card cricut expression make design studio tri-shutter birthday

I have been wanting to make one of these tri-shutter cards for so long and finally did. My friend really likes blue and butterflies and is not very girlie so I knew it would be a challenge to make without being too flowery. It took me over a week to finally put it all together as I really was not sure about the papers being right (not my usual choice) and In the end I just left them and they have grown on me.
tri shutter card cricut expression make design studio tri-shutter  birthday
I gave it to my friend on her birthday recently and she loved it. She is only very new to papercrafting and was honoured to receive my first tri-shutter card.

There is a tutorial here for making one of these cards, but if you are fortunate enough to own a cricut expression cutting machine and design studio, Okielady has a cut file and step by step instructions you can use to save time measuring and cutting.

tri shutter card cricut expression make design studio tri-shutter  birthday

For decorating this card I used Teal Embossing powder, cuttlebug corner swirls, a peel off butterfly sticker, quickutz scalloped ovals, stamps, prima flowers and of course some bling!

tri shutter card cricut expression make design studio tri-shutter  birthday
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Cup Cake Stand Doilies on My Cricut

Cupcake doilies on stand accent essentials cricut expression

It was my friend's birthday recently and I managed to find some time to create.

I cut huge scalloped doilies on my cricut to use on a cupcake stand. There was not enough sections on the stand for all the individual cupcakes(over 50) so I made the doilies to make room for them all.

Cupcake doilies on stand accent essentials cricut expression  chocolate cupcakes

I designed them on the Design Studio software program for the cricut and used the accent essentials cartridge. The doilies have a small hole in the centre for the stand and a slit so they can be removed and replaced without tearing the paper. I needed them to be fairly plain and not too fussy as they were for my friend’s 40th and she does not like pretty girlie things.

I also made the nutella filled chocolate cupcakes to go on the stand. They were bite sized cupcakes only 1" tall and really rich and delicious!
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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Sympathy Card Inspired by 2 Cricut Cards

sympathy card Rhonda Farrer Christmas Swirls stamps set Bird stamp with Retro Flower Punch

When I first saw the sympathy cards posted on this cricut thread by Pinklady and Dj, I knew that was the style card I needed to make for a couple that we know. I used portions of both of the cards.

I don't have the cricut cartridges needed to make the cards above and even considered buying one or two but time was a factor. So I needed to rethink things a little. I remembered that I have a Christmas stamp by Rhonda Farrer that I could use if I masked out some of the design. Then for the background I could use the stylized flowers cuttlebug folder. The flowers are the retro flower punch by ek success.

Here is my version of the sympathy cards in the link above. I also added a subtle sparkle effect to the bird with midnight black glitter. I didn't have a sympathy stamp that I liked so I used a suitable font on my computer and printed it out on some card.
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Friday, 2 April 2010

Flowersoft 3D Scenic Summer Window Birthday Card

Flowersoft Birthday Scenic Summer Window Card with Pearls

This is a card I made recently for my Mum's birthday. She loves English gardens so I thought this flowersoft scenic 3d window card would be perfect. I have not seen these around before now so I am presuming they are new releases, not bad to find them here in Australia already.

I really love how the flowersoft looks on this card and I even made a few of my own colour combinations to get the mixes exactly the way I wanted them.

Flowersoft Birthday Scenic summer Window Card with Pearls

I added the sentiment to the inside of the card instead of the front in case Mum decides to frame the card later on.

Flowersoft Birthday Scenic summer Pink Window Card with Pearls

There 4 style windows in each pack with 2 copies of each. They are not die cut but they don't take long to cut by hand. I sat in front of the TV and cut this one out! Then when I had a few minutes here and there I added foam dots and layered them before adding the flowersoft.
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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Papermania Honey and Hugs Owl Birthday Card

Papermania Honey and hugs owl birthday card Sewdelish

This was a fun quick card to make. I used the owl from the Honey and Hugs collection designed by Stephanie Dyment. I just love this range and ended up driving to 3 different scrapbook shops in search of it. Thankfully I found a new shop that is more like a crafters cave than shop.

The owl and happy birthday sentiment are adhered to patterned paper using foam dots to add a little dimension. I then added some stickles to the card but unfortunately it is not showing up in the photo.

I originally intended to give this card to my niece who will by turning 13 soon, but I am wondering if it may be a little too cute looking for her. I may just make another card in case I change my mind at the last minute. I would love to hear what you think.
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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Valentine's Day Baking - Double Chocolate Heart Cupcakes

Sewdelish Valentine's Day Baking Chocolate Heart Cupcakes

Here are some yummy double chocolate heart cupcakes dd and I made and then decorated with delicious pink icing.

We cheated and used a chocolate cake packet mix for the cakes and added a good handful of chopped chocolate pieces and choc chips before spooning the mix into the heart shaped baking mould.

Sewdelish Valentine's Day Baking Chocolate Heart Cupcakes

The icing is made from butter, icing sugar with a tiny splash of milk and a few drops of food colouring. The cupcakes were then sprinkled with some heart shaped cake decorations.

I don't think these will be making it to Valentine's Day, LOL so thankfully they are quick and easy to make.
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Friday, 5 February 2010

Back from my unexpected Blogging Break

First I would like to thank those of you that have emailed me. It has been lovely to hear from you and read your messages. My sincere apologies if I have not replied to you. I have been unwell for a few months and only now just getting back to a normal routine. As things settle down I am hoping to share a few projects with you. So be sure to check back or subscribe(button on the right) to keep up to date.
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