29 March 2012

Waste Not - Want Not

What does this mean exactly?

It means that I never ever have to throw anything away.  Never again do I have to apologise for hanging onto every scrap of leftover paper from every project ever undertaken.  A veritable symphony to the ears of an incurable hoarder.

At least that's my take on it.

Rewind to Project/Blog "Butterflies Flutter By".  Many many butterflies were cut out but not all used.  Two of the beauties that were remaining are now here:

Happy birthday Kaye - hope your day was as free and easy as they are.

27 March 2012

Beautiful Angels

I work alongside many special and wonderful people.  

"Every now and then
Beautiful Angels appear
cleverly disguised
as ordinary human beings."
Adele Basheer

Some of these Angels I am privileged to work beside.
Happy Birthday beautiful lady xxx

Hope that you know who you are.

24 March 2012

If You Build It - He Will Come

. . . and if you say it, it will happen.

The very same day, yes the very same day I wrote the previous post (Butterflies Flutter By), I received in the mail a beautiful card from a beautiful lady.  She had been perusing my blog (at my beseeching) and then sent me a card (we both of us still love the real stuff) telling me how much she enjoyed reading it.

Have a look at the card!!

Yes, that's right - a dragonfly.

Thank you Kym for your kind thoughts and words aaaaaaand for reading my blog.

Miss Papier xxx

the return card
As I mentioned, we both love "real stuff" and so I have sent back to her via snail mail - as if we could ever imagine life without it - the above card.  You can't tell from my fledgling photographic skills, but the dragonflies have been coated with Glossy Accent.  This adds dimension and (obviously) gloss to the final impression - taking away the papier finish (oh - did I say that?) and transforming it into a ceramic/glass/shiny appearance.

Clouds of insects danced and buzzed in the golden autumn light, and the air was full of the piping of the song-birds.  Long glinting dragonflies shot across the path, or hung tremulous with gauzy wings and gleaming bodies.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The White Company

22 March 2012

Butterflies Flutter By

You may have noticed that I have this "thing" for butterflies.  Undoubtedly Sherlock.

These gorgeous creatures were cut out using the Bosskut Gazelle.
A selection was cut out on three different kinds of scrapbooking paper (note the use of odd numbers).  They were then arranged onto a painted canvas.

obligatory closeup

Got a favourite creature?
Mine would be a three way tie between
the butterfly, the dragonfly and the ladybird.

19 March 2012

Pyramid of Pillows

Am I organised?  "No!" comes the collective reply (from the Papier and Cakes household).  But I try so hard to give the illusion that I am very prepared and in control.
a stack of "Thirty" pillow boxes

Last Christmas I was really caught out.  I spent the night before the last day of work, working late - until 1.00am - wrapping, cooking and preparing presents.  Lucky for me my job does not entail a great deal of concentration so that I can "chill" on those days when I don't run on all cylinders.
some of the favours going into the pillow boxes
I will wrap them in tissue paper first

This year I will be hosting Christmas Day, for my family (30 in all - count them - 30!!).
templates cut out using
giant sizzix machine
at Scrappy Hollow

On previous Christmas Eve occasions I have hosted Mr Cakes' family.  The total members combined only add up to 11, a much more manageable number.

So I'm getting in early.  Am I a freak?  You bet!!

held together with double-sided
tape - very easy to assemble

This year I have taken out a membership at Scrappy Hollow which gives me free use of their in-store Sizzix Die Cutting Machines and of course any dies that they have available.  Thank you ladies.

These pillows were cut out of a complete A4 card and so were cut out on the Big Shot Pro Machine.

all the boxes will be wrapped in the same paper
I cut wrapping paper into rectangles, roughly measuring 25 x 10 cm, to use as a sash across the centre of the boxes.  I then folded down and trimmed each piece so that it measured exactly 23 x 6 cm.

I added double-sided tape to one short end on the underside
 I stuck down the paper just past the centre of the front side of the box
to allow for some overlap when the other end was stuck down
The other end, overlapping slightly, was stuck down using
common sticky tape
mission accomplished
Now that the grunt work is completed, the fun begins, embellishing each one.  This is where they will take on a personality of their very own.  Overall there will be a similarity, so that they all look related to each other, but not identical.

I've placed photos of the individual boxes down the side of my blog.

13 March 2012

I'm Bananas For You

Monkey see, monkey do.

This idea came from the very addictive Pinterest site (see the side bar on my blog) which then took me to the Fiskars website.  It was made in just one evening so that Sally Cakes could give it to a special person on Valentines' Day.  Although you've got to wonder just how special he is if it was a last minute thing?

 These are the "bits" I cut out on The Bosskut Gazelle which I then used to build the monkey.

Don't you just love Pinterest Mrs Pegs?

08 March 2012

Farewell Frenchie

Emilie has returned to the land of frogs, croissants, vines and impossibly tall towers.

She has been an absolute delight to have as a house guest and we sincerely hope that she returns one day.

Au revoir Emilie.

05 March 2012

Happy Birthday +1 Dad

And here's the accompanying card.

Idea blatantly plagerised from Pinterest.
Check out my board under Cards.

Now the candles are lit.  Here I have used yellow Stickles glitter glue.

Kindy Glitz for grown ups.

 Hope you had a lovely day.

04 March 2012

Opa's Cappuccino Mix

Many happy returns of the day Dad.

Just add water!!

Horizontal layers of "sand" have been added to a jar to create the overall effect.  The contents of this jar need to be stirred together before use - I'll leave that to the recipient.  The recipe is as follows:
  • 1 cup - instant chocolate drink powder
  • 1/2 cup - powdered coffee whitener (I'd never heard of this before)
  • 1/2 cup - instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup - milk powder
  • 1 tsp - ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp - ground nutmeg
  • Shake and bake!!  Or rather, add 1 cup boiling water to 30ml of mixture.
Layer No #1 going into the jar - Hazelnut Drinking Chocolate

This recipe hails from a wonderful book called Gifts from the Kitchen by Jean Pare.

Hope you enjoy it Dad. xxx

02 March 2012

To A Mouse

It was our intention to present Emilie with a gift on each day of her short stay here in Australia.

Alas "the best laid schemes o' mice an' men" etcetera, etcetera.  Whilst not meaning to be so melodramatic as the eloquent Robert Burns, I am often guilty of overdoing things, and then hoping to end somewhere slightly above the middle ground.

So although we did not quite manage "a gift a day" we did gather and present a none-too-shabby collection of "Australiana" (some a little bit tacky).