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Tuesday, 28 September 2010


We had some fabulous entries for our cute challenge, a big thank you to all who took part.  The winner of our 'cute' gift chosen by True Random Number Generator is No.2, Denise.  Congratulations!  Please email Mandy your details and we will get your little gift in the post to you.

For our third challenge we would like you to 'think pink' and use a little or a lot of pink on your design.


This is why I had so many pink smarties on my desk!  This cute little paint can came from Hobbycraft and stands at 3" tall.

Papertrey Ink: Just the Ticket Stamp Set, Library Card Stamp, Spiral Notebook Die, Library Pocket Die, Large Scalloped Border Die, Kraft Cardstock, Rustic Jute Button Twine, Buttons. Stampin Up:  Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon. Wild Orchid Crafts: Natural Cotton Lace. Paper from stash.


For this challenge I have made a Stair Step card.  I have used the Martha Stewart butterfly punch and flower paper from Rosie's, Spellbinder scalloped and plain circles and the EZ Cut butterfly die. You can see a tutorial on how to make this card by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing all your 'think pink' designs. For this challenge we are offering you the chance to receive these beautiful handmade mulberry paper roses together with two different types of natural lace.

You have two weeks from today to join in with our 'think pink' challenge. Please add a link to your design using Mr Linky or email us with a picture attached.

Charo has made this beautiful centre piece using  garden foam.  She put leaves around the outside then pink flowers from her garden into the centre.

How lovely are those flowers!

Georgina has used lovely buttons and flowers from Stampin Up on her gorgeous girly pink card.
We look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.
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Friday, 24 September 2010


I have had some treat cups from Stampin Up for sometime and have been on the look out for ideas of what to use them for.

I came across this fabulous idea by Michele Reynolds at Inspiration Ink, aren't they cute!!

Below is my version, I had quite a lot of pink smarties to hand (more about those will be revealed soon !!), so added them.  These are great fun to make and would be cute gifts to give at children's parties.

Edited to add:

Taking inspiration from Deann Oliver's spider card I made the treat cup one below and have added pictures and instructions on how I made it.  Please click on the Treat Cup Spider page.

Don't forget there is still time to join n with our CUTE challenge. Scroll down or click here for all the details

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Patchwork and teapots, two of my favourite things. So when I saw these cute patchwork teapots Geny Cassady had made I just had to try some myself!

I made this cute card for my daughters class to give to their student teacher as she is leaving at the end of term.  I used magnolia tilda stamps and spellbinders rectangles and tags.

There is still almost a week left to join in with our CUTE challenge. Scroll down or click here for all the details.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Challenge #2 - CUTE

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in with our first challenge. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at your fabulous designs and hope you had fun taking part.

Now, onto the lucky winner of our little 'gift', drum roll please! As picked by True Random Number Generator.... No.2, which is you Charo, congratulations! Please email Mandy your details and we will get your little gift in the post to you.

And now it's time for another challenge here on Let's Craft and Create. Cute is the theme, as before, this can be interpreted as you wish, as long as it has that cute factor! A cute image, a cute size/shaped card, a cute gift, cute embellishments etc etc. I think you get the picture! Speaking of pictures, below are piccies of our cute creations.


This is a Baby Teepee card. It has three sides and you can open it to write your message inside. I have taken photos of each side view so you can see what it looks like. I have used Spellbinders plain and scalloped circles and punched flowers with rhinestones in the centre of them.


As you can probably tell I am a little addicted to these very cute Jar images at the moment. After making the tags I just had to carry on and make a matching card....and some yummie cookies!

Papertrey Ink: Friendship Jar Die, Friendship Jar Stamp Set, Kraft Cardstock, Hodge Podge Papers, Ribbon, Rustic Jute Button Twine. Hero Arts: What's Cooking Stampset

We look forward to seeing all your fabulous projects and one lucky person will receive these cute Anita's Glitter Fairy Wings along with these beautiful Aqua Boutique Ribbons from Papermania for taking part in our second challenge.

Charo has cut the bottom off a pair of her 2 month old son's jeans to create this very cute little bag. Ideal for keys, cell phone and purse...what a fab idea!

Don't forget you have two weeks from today to join in. Please add a link to your design using Mr Linky or email us with a picture attached.

Friday, 10 September 2010


Mandy your gift tags look amazing...........

I thought I would show you my latest creation using the Crafters Companion Top Score Multiboard which I have just bought.

I have used blue cardstock and decorated with the Spellbinders plain and scalloped heart dies. They would be the perfect gift with lollies in them.

Don't forget there is still time to join in with our 'gift' challenge, just scroll down or go here to leave a link to your creation.

Thursday, 9 September 2010


You still have until midnight Tuesday 14th September to take part in our 'gift' challenge. Please scroll down to the post below or click here.

In the meantime, I'd like to share my latest project with you. I love making homemade gifts, especially freshly baked cookies. Below are three tags to go with my homemade goodies. These were made using Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar stamp set and dies.....aren't they cute!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010


....with our first challenge here on Let's Craft and Create.

The challenge is 'Gift', this can be interpreted in many ways. You may like to make a gift or gift packaging or even a gift tag or card....the choice is yours, as long as your creation is gift related.

For all those taking part in our first challenge we have a little 'gift' for one lucky winner, who will be chosen at random. Below are our samples with a little information on how they were made and supplies used.

We look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations, don't forget you can add a link to your design using Mr Linky or by emailing us with a photo attached.

I had fun altering a notebook which I bought from our local supermarket and making a matching bookmark using Papertrey Ink's bookmark die. These make great gifts for teachers for end of year presents and can be packaged in a cellophane bag with matching tag.

PAPERTREY INK: Take Note Stampset, Kraft Cardstock, Hodge Podge Papers, Rustic Jute Button Twine, Button.
STAMPIN UP: Creamy Caramel and Pumpkin Pie Ink, Felt Flower

I enjoyed making this matching card and pillow box set, for that persons special day. I used the Cuttlebug Flower Flourish embossing folder and little pearl rhinestones along with the Spellbinders labels 3.

.....and here's our little gift to one lucky winner for taking part in our first challenge.

Charo has painted this wonderful design onto a Kete Basket using Acrylic Paint, sealing it with Varnish.
As Charo says in her email, this would be a fabulous gift holder to give to family or friends overseas to represent NZ.
It really is a beautiful project Charo, thank you for joining in with our challenge.