PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – STAEDTLER FIMO SOFT CLAY AND MOULDS

The FIMO range of craft products from Staedtler is so fantastic we couldn’t wait to share it with you all. The FIMO soft clays are essentially clays that can be kneaded, rolled and even squashed to create any shape you like. The FIMO soft clay is made of plastic powder, plasticisers and additives that are able to be baked in the oven to form a solid matter. It is as simple as moulding your clay to whatever shape you like and sticking it in the oven to harden, too easy!

FIMO is stronger than any regular modelling material and is great for creating shapes that are delicate or small. If you are constantly struggling to find that special embellishment to finish off your masterpiece, using a modelling clay like FIMO means you can create your own embellishments in whatever colour and shape you like. The clay has up to 24 vibrant and rich colours, and because it is so easy to use even the little ones can have a try and add their own unique creations to your layout. There are even FIMO soft kits for kids which is a great way for children to be creative and have a little fun of their own!

Not only are the FIMO soft clays fun to play with but we are also loving these FIMO moulds too! Aren’t they just adorable? What a great way to get yourself started and the tips and ideas on not only how to create them but also how to decorate them will inspire and motivate even the most unartistic of people. The moulds can also be filled with chocolate, candle wax, casting powder, soap, ice cream and anything else you can think of, definitely a handy product to have on hand. There are moulds available for sea creatures, sea shells, funny animals, spring and butterflies, all of which can be customized to suit the theme of your layout.

For more information on these fantastic products and for some incredible tips and tricks, visit Staedtler.

Guest post: Creating a photo advent calendar by Sue Madex

I’m always on the lookout for ways to get my scrapbooking out of my albums and up around the house.  Here’s a great way to relive lots of fun, past Christmas moments during the month of December, by making your own Advent calendar.  I’ll show you a few different display options too.

I’ve used MDS™, intuitive digital design software, featuring Stampin’ Up!®’s exclusive artwork, colours and templates to make a photo-sized Advent calendar. You can download MDS software for a 30-day free trial, or purchase it for just $24.95, by clicking here.

Each 6in x 4in page for this project features photos of the kids, Christmas feasts, our decorations and lots of other festive highlights that will help build anticipation for Christmas Day. Some hints and tips for this project:

- First step: have a look through your Christmas photo files and select some favourites to work with.  This bit always takes me the longest – decisions, decisions.

- Use the custom size option in MDS and create a blank canvas 6in x 4in (or larger if you’d prefer.)

- I’ve used the 12 Days Of Christmas Swatchbook template (on offer during November- 30% off selected digital downloads!), along with lots of other festive themed digital downloads. You can use the template as is and just drop photos into the spaces, or do as I’ve done here and use the papers, digital stamp brushes and other elements that come with the download to make your own individual one of a kind project.

- For many of my 25 little Advent projects, I’ve started with a digital punch – circle, oval or even an ornament – then used the photo fill option to insert my photo into the shape.  You can easily add a mat and drop shadow to highlight your photo.

- Some pattered paper, a number stamp and a few finishing touches and you’re all set.  This was a fun project to get creative with.  Working with photo-sized projects made it quick and easy too.

-  The last step was to save and print on my little photo printer. Then there are a few different options for displaying this Advent calendar. I found this lovely slip in photo frame – perfect for displaying one a day during December.

Here’s another clear slip in frame option I picked up at the supermarket – a very affordable option.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to pop them on the fridge using one of the magnetic frames.

When Christmas arrives, you can slip them all into a pocket-page album.  It makes a great set of pages highlighting some of your favourite Christmas moments from years past.

If you’re looking for an Advent calendar idea that’s a little individual – perhaps you’d like to give this one a try.  Have fun!

Ask your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator about MDS and the My Digital Studio™ Seasonal Sale - hurry, sale ends 30 November! If you don’t have a demonstrator you can search for one here.

Sue Madex

www.madexcreations.com

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – CARLACRAFT MEGA PUNCH AID AND MEGA CRAFT PUNCHES

The CarlaCraft Mega Punch Aid and Mega Craft Punches have been designed to work together to give you an easy, beautiful punch. Not only is the Mega Punch Aid fantastic and durable it will also make punching your pages a breeze and you can use it with any CarlaCraft punch you have.

There are three interchangeable plates for different sized punches and you can find full instructions on how to use each on the box. If you would like to use a punch besides the Mega Craft Punches there is a slot guide available and, depending on their size, other punches can be used.The best part about the Mega Punch Aid is that generally it takes a force of 15-25kg to apply a craft punch to your layouts, however with the help of the Mega Punch aid children will be able to assist you with your creations too as only a force of 1-3kg is required.

These fantastic Square and Sakura Mega punches are only two of the 16 delightful punches available. Each Mega Craft Punch comes with a Mega Punch Aid Applicator making it ready to use with the Mega Punch Aid. These punches work best with thicker paper, however thin paper will work just as well if there is a thick sheet used as a backing. Use these gorgeous punches on your scrapbooking, cardmaking or any other general papercraft.

For more information on these fantastic products visit www.rossdale.com.au

Tying the knot

Hi all!

As promised, I’ve put up some pics from my wedding as requested. It’s taken me a while, but I’m happy to share these photos with you of our very special day. Everybody warns you of just how fast the your wedding will fly by but I was still unprepared for everything happening at hyperspeed!

It was a beautiful day though and I could not be happier with how it all went. My husband Alex and I were just overwhelmed with how just how perfect everything was and we were so lucky to share it with our family and friends.

Thank you all so much for your well wishes, they were very lovely indeed. We’re so excited to start this new phase of our lives together.

Have a sticky beak below!

And our Blog Hop starts….NOW!

Hi all,

Welcome to our blog hop! We’ve asked some of our current Masters and Creative Team to create projects based around a secret theme and we want you to guess it! There will be some pretty amazing layouts for you to pore over while you’re trying to guess just what ties these projects together. Make sure you head back here to guess by leaving a comment on our blog!

So without further ado let’s start the fun! Head on over to Leonie Neal-Dawson’s blog to check out her project based on our secret theme! Good luck everyone!

Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Specials

Our Daily Bread Designs has a great range of new releases available just in time for Christmas! Check out their great range of products below and visit their website at www.ourdailybreaddesigns.com

Candy Cane Stamp Set

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Christmas Chalkboard Bundle set of 3 stamps

Designer Christmas Scrapbooking Paper

Poinsettia Wreath Stamp Set

Poinsettia Wreath Dies

Poinsettia Wreath Sample Card

 

Bargain hunting at The Collectionary

Are you the type of person that will search continuously for your favourite collections that have been discontinued? If so, we have found another place you can look for all of your treasured goodies, The Collectionary. It is an online marketplace for scrapbookers, where you can snap up some real bargains on things as varied as storage, letter stickers and Copic markers. You can also sell any of your unwanted stash, giving you the money to spend on the products you want. It’s a win-win!

So check out The Collectionary today. It’s a virtual treasure trove!

CRAFTY DIVAS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Get in the Christmas cheer! Why not stock up on products to make or complete the perfect Christmas project to put the cheer into the Christmas season or make that special gift for a loved one. Crafty Divas is offering 10% off all Christmas stock. Log into the Diva website www.craftydivas.com.au, Click on the Christmas category to view products. Enter the Coupon code Christmas at the end of the checkout process and your discount will be applied.

Crafty Divas is renowned for excellent customer service, please feel free to forward any queries to enquiries@craftydivas.com.au

Offer excludes gift vouchers.

Guest post – Jo White introduces the “My Crush™ Book” from Close to My Heart

With the My Crush™ Book you have a fast simple, back to basic way of scrapbooking your photos and mementos. The My Crush™ Books come in two designs, Bluebird and Modville. Both books feature pre-designed pages and come with coordinating assortments packs.

I just love how quickly and easy the My Crush™ Book makes scrapbooking. As you can see from my photos, I decided to use the Bluebird My Crush™ Book to record all the events of this year (and finished a quarter of the book in just a day).

And with Christmas around the corner the My Crush™ Book is the perfect gift for the ladies in your life that are time poor but would like to start scrapbooking, for ladies who love to travel, for tween girls and, of course, for yourself!

Now get out all those photos, tickets and other memorabilia that you have in your draw, grab a My Crush™ Book for $20.00 and an assortment pack for only $6.50 and start scrapping.

Head to www.whiteheartcrafts.ctmh.com.au to purchase your pack today.