Monday, 1 September 2014

hybrid hotness | balloon mobile

I have a little niece due in just a few weeks, and I wanted to make something for her arrival.
It ended up being the cutest thing I think I have made. It was a good deal of work; cutting and gluing paper, but it was so well worth it.

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So the thing is a mobile with 3D balloons and clouds. I created it with digital papers from the Happy Life Mini Kit by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels and Company, some string, and an embroidery hoop.

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Making the mobile is technically easy, but takes a good deal of time, energy, and patience. This is especially true if you don't have a cutting machine like Silhouette. I don't have one and it took me about 10-12 hours to make it from start to finish.

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The steps to making the mobile include:
- Creating the shapes in Photoshop
- Printing 5 balloon baskets (one on each strand),10 mini clouds (making five 2D clouds, one on each strand), 40 balloons (making five 3D balloons, one on each strand), and 40 large clouds (making five 3D clouds, one on each strand)
- Folding all balloons and large clouds in half
- Assembling the 3D balloons and clouds with doublesided tape (a lot of it)
- Creating the baskets
- Assembling each strand of the mobile on an emroidery hoop with a glue gun
- Finishing up with ribbon and rings for hanging

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I am very happy with the finished results. I hope the little girl will enjoy it for many years to come!

The supplies I used, in addition to the digital papers:Epson Archival Matte Paper, A3 sizeScrapbook Adhesives Crafty Power double sided tape
Glue gun and glue
White string
Large emroidery hoop

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

diaper cake + monkey card

A co-worker of mine recently had a little baby boy and I was put in charge of getting some gifts for her and the boy. Along with some cute clothes and shoes I took the opportunity to make another diaper cake. I made one for my little nephew when he was born a year and a half ago and really loved the result.

The best thing of it all, apart from it being really pretty, is that it's 100% usable. This is a really useful gift for new parents. The diapers will obviously be a welcome item, and the blankets are soft and practical. Also, there is a nice treat for mum and dad in the middle as well in the shape of a bottle of bubbly!

The cake is super easy to make! Here is a quick rundown for those who are interested:

1. Get a round tray of any kind. I chose metal because I like the sophisticated touch it gives.
2. Put a bottle of drink of your choice in the middle of the tray. I chose bubbly because I know the new mother shares my love for the stuff.
3. Roll small diapers tightly and wrap a small rubber band around each diaper. I chose Pampers New Baby #2 (for 3-6 kg) as I figured those would be more useful for a longer period of time than the newborn tiny tiny ones. Also, they are great becuase they aren't covered in lots of ugly prints.
4. Stack the diapers, standing up, around the bottle. Once you have one row, wrap the whole first row with a rubber band.
5. Continue stacking and wrapping with rubber bands. For the bottom layer I did three rows.That gave me a bit space to the edge of the tray.
6. When it's time for the second layer just put the diapers on top of the first layer. I wrapped the bottle with a few unrolled diapers before I started stacking. This meant that I could get away with only one row. So that makes one row and a bit for the second layer. Repeat the steps you just did for the first layer; stacking and wrapping with rubber bands.
7. For the top layer don't wrap the bottle neck with unrolled diapers. You want the top layer to be smaller than the second one. You know the drill by now; stacking and wrapping.
8. Now it's time for the pretty stuff. Wrap each layer with folded baby blankets. Wrap the blanket with a rubber band to keep the blanket in place. Don't worry, it won't show!
9. Get some pretty ribbon and tie it around each layer right where the rubber band is.
10. As a last step crown the cake with a topper of your choice. And hey presto, you're done!

My supplies:
Tray - Groggy from IKEA
Bottle - Champagne
Diapers - Pampers New Baby #2 (I used 1,5 packs of 62 diapers)
Rubber bands - Generic pack of varied sizes from the supermarket's office supply department
Blankets - Torva from IKEA
Ribbon - White and red ribbon from my stash
Toy - Torva from IKEA

I also made a cute card to go with the presents in the shape of a monkey face!

The card opened like a book and held a greeting and all the contributors' names.
I used the Hometown Proud Paper Pack by Design by Dani for the elements of the monkey's face.

I think it came together really well.

Monday, 14 November 2011

baby alphabet poster

A year ago I created alphabet posters for our godson and for our friends' daughter, and I knew I wanted to make one for my nephew as well. His first birthday (celebrated this weekend) was the perfect opportunity. I really like this idea. It's a custom version of a great tradition for nursery or playroom, and I just know it will be cherished forever. I also really like the combination of fonts. :)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Swoon material

I just have to share, this little boy melts my heart with those chubby cheeks, and those big brown eyes. Do you think his mama (my sister) would mind much if I stole him for a while?

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Cutiepie and I

Little cutiepie came over for a visit this week with his parents and of course he charmed our pants off. We had a lovely little interaction mostly consisting of me talking and making funny noices and cutiepie wanting to grab my glasses. It was awesome! I am so glad it was captured in pictures (even if I do wish I had bothered to do my hair, lol).

I also got a great shot of cutiepie with his daddy

Sunday, 23 January 2011

My little nephew Wilmer's christening is coming up and my sister asked me to help out with the invitations. The game plan was to use a photo that I took at the hospital when he was just two days old, and to go with a sweet design in green hues.

This is the front. The photo part is printed on Ilford satin photo paper which is attached to the two layered card.

And the inside which has a full bleed pattern and a dooted outlined text area. The card is printed on heavy textured white cardstock.

What a little darling he is. I love that photo!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Tiny toes - allow me to swoon

Seeing these tiny little feet my heart swells and I am filled with awe and pride for my little sister and her baby boy.

I created this layout with the Thankful Template and a brand new kit called Moments which is coming real soon! I also used stitches by Anna Aspnes and staples by Vinnie Pearce.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Diaper cake yumminess

I made a diaper cake for my sister and BIL and brought it to the hospital when we went to see little Wilmer. Gosh it was heavy to log around, lol!

It was surprisingly easy to make, just a little time consuming rolling all those diapers. I really like how it turned out. Now I kind of just want more kidlets to come along so I can do more of them! Hee!

For those of you who don't know, a diaper cake is made of rolled up diapers and is covered by baby blankets. I used fleece ones that were so soft and had cute little animals printed on them. I also wrapped each tier in a ribbon; for prettiness and for holding the blankets in place.

The great thing about the diaper cake is that it's 100% usable. The diapers are obvious, lol, and the blankets can be used for both naptimes and playtime for the baby. There is also a small treat for the parents in the middle once all the diapers are gone!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Alphabet posters

For the christening of our nephew, and our friends' little girl - they were both christened at the same time in the same church - I created two posters inspired by this post in general and this creation in particular.

I am so happy with the outcome. I love the fonts I used and that they are personalized for each baby. I really do hope they will bring joy for years to come for these two kids.



I used my Glassy alpha and my pearl buttons from the Make a Splash Elements set as well as an onslaught of fonts and brushes. If you have questions about a certain one, please contact me.

I had them printed with and was so pleased their service and prices as well as the quality of the print. The upload process was really user friendly and they offered a lot of "extras" for those without an editing software. They had lots of different size options to choose from. I had both posters delivered in two days (ordered them at different times). Everything is printed on Fuji Chrystal Archive Supreme paper. I will defenitely use their services again.

Baby party planning

In the past couple of days I have been working hard to finish all the preparations for the christening party of our nephew. The event took place yesterday and it was a lovely ceremony and an equally lovely party afterwards.

I designed the invites, which I have shared before

The invites got to set the theme for the party decorations. We went with baby blue, navy blue, and green as the main colours.

I made flag garlands in the theme colours that we strung all across the ceiling and along the railing of the staircase.

and smaller flags that were placed in flowers and vases around the house.

We also decorated with hydrangeas in glass vases.

On the table we went with white on white with the decorations adding the colour.

I chose green napkins and made belly bands with the little kidlet's name to tie around them. The pattern of the belly band is taken from the invite, as well as the shape and fonts of the tag.

Hydrangea flowers in small cake stands added some height to the decorations on the table without being too tall to interrupt any discussions between the guests.

Paper Es were covered with matching papers and placed in the middle of each table.

A small buffé was served and I hung two tissue paper pom poms above the buffé table.

Dessert was served on the same table and of course the cake matched the theme.

We had cookies on a tiered stand individually wrapped with matching ribbon and a tag again with the baby's name.

The kid himself hung out in his grandmother's arms while dad and big brother opened presents.

I also have to share these two pictures that we took in the morning before it all started, just because they are such lovely kids.

All in all, a very lovely day!