Tuesday, 31 August 2010

60 little boxes

Burnice has been a busy bee these last few weeks.   
A work colleague was looking on a website for little favour boxes and commented on how expensive they were.   Burn butted in with "make them yourself Alisa - it's easy!"
After a few "how do I do that" and "where do I get the stuff from" Burn had talked herself into making them!!!
Fortunately for Burn she had seen some not two days before made by the wonderful Clair at Valentines.   Great idea she (Burn that is not Clair) thinks.   Just one great big gynormous humungous problem.  Burn doesn't have a big shot let alone the die.    She emails the wonderful Clair, grovels slightly and borrows said big shot and die.   I got to keep it for a whole week................
Alisa's mum loves freshias (so what I hear you cry!).  Alisa is doing a surprise 75th birthday party for her mum and that's what the boxes are for.  
Now for the next problem - I don't have enough coloured card but I do have tons of white card so I cut them all out of that.  When I stuck the patterned card on it looked awful.   Now this is the point where I thunked "should have used coloured card!".   Guess what I went and done......  I got out my distress inks and coloured all the white card.    It took forever and I got very very inky fingers!   A little tip for any other plonkers out there like me - use a stencil brush and not the blending tool - it's bloomin' quicker and doesn't use so much ink!!!!   
The paper used was from the "Pocket of Posies" 12x12 pad.

I layered the inside with some tissue which will be folded over when Alisa fills them with choccies.

Drum roll and VOILA ......
Must apologise for the quality of the pics.
The top right is Burn's favourite
The bottom right is a special one for Alisa's mum.

I have to say Burn thoroughly enjoyed herself making them.   Some have wooden butterflies on the front, some have sticky on butterflies and some have punched flowers with a tiny flower centre and a gem - in fact kinda wish they were all done using the punched and embossed flower.  But hey too late now!

Oh, and by the way, guess what I bought.........................

Had to be done didn't it.   It was Ron's idea - no honest it was.    I had been saving 20p pieces for ages.  In fact they were initially saved to spend at the Ardingly Quilt Show.   Forgot to count them up and pay in to my bank.   Then I thought that's fine I'll use them to go to the Sandown Quilt Festival - yep you got it, forgot again.   So they were sitting there in their bag and we sat and counted them one Sunday evening and I had £97 odd.   Cool eh!   So I went and bought one with the extender plates etc etc and an embossing folder kit thingy - the lot came to £102.  

Right that's enough from me now.

Thanks for stopping by.

Burnice xx

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Ava's word book

Ava's Book.   Ava is Milla's mummy's cousin's new baby.  Ava Rose is her name and she is being christened this weekend in Blackburn so Milla and I set about making her this book.   

 This is the first page.    I haven't put on the reverse pages because for some reason they came out blurred!!   Thanks to Tasha for the die cut swirl...

This is the "V".   I had to put the butterfly on the other side to steady up the arm of the V.  It was a bit wobbly.  The butterflies are from a necklace I bought yesterday from superdrug and pulled it apart!!!  Die cut Tim's flowers from Tash again.

This is the last "A" .

A close up of the front page.

The finished article !   I think they make fab christening pressies.    In fact I am doing one for a little boy - will show that when it's done!

Materials used:  
Zutter's corrugated cardbord
Kaiser paints - pink and white
glaze paint - pink
viva precious metal paint - silver red
the heart and die cut flowers were covered with Terra, heat gunned and then glazed. also rubbed silver red VPM paint on them.
The gems and pearls are all from my Sarah's Cards kits
The stamp is Crafty Secrets - Journeling
The ribbons and fibres and from my stash.
In amongst the ribbons there is a tiny baby's bottle and bib bought from the Button Lady (I think!)

Right I think that's it, I think, cos I am struggling with this new blogger thing.  Just when I was getting used to the other one!!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by
Burnice x
I would just like to add that this is not all my idea!   I took my inspiration (okay I lifted it!) from the wonderful Linda Elbourne.   AKA T!ms's stalker!!!!!!  

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Ron's Birthday BBQ

We had a BBQ on Saturday for Ron's birthday.    It rained.     The sun shone.  When it rained it bloody well rained and when the sun shot it was bloody hot !!!!  Still, undetered we sat out in the garden in the marquee which we put up "just in case it rained"!!!!!!    We had a laugh though which is all that mattered really.   Milla was a star - she was a waitress, drinks person, tea/coffee maker (we had a 10 ltr urn in the kitchen to save boiling kettles all day!) cabin tour guide and photographer.  She did very well but unfortunately failed in the photography stakes on the day.  Never mind - she did have a lot to do!!!!!!

Here are the invites I sent out.   I coloured "Ron" in all different combinations with my copics.  
The  night before Milla and I made some Garden Cup Cakes for Ron.    We decided to do these rather than have a cake for him.   The recipe is from a book Milla bought in The Works.  It's a cool cake cook book.  Am going to invest in one myself.
The first pic is of Milla with my new colourful sillicone cupcake cases.  Aren't they fab colours.  The next one is the mix.  It was supposed to be green (for the garden!) but it wouldn't go green.  Then a pic of them baked with the decorations and the last one is with the sillicone cases with "Happy Birthday" candles in them.

A grand time was had by all.

Thanks for stopping by.

Burnice x