Did you know that Bunnings – Australia’s favourite hardware store – sells block building kits to create some iconic designs. You can build your own playground, cafe, forklift, truck, warehouse and mini trolley!
We visited the Bunnings warehouse & cafe yesterday, played on the playground and pushed around a mini trolley. Check out my cute coffee cup – this design would make a fantastic DSP!!!
The block sets make great gifts for little tradies who aren’t big enough to build with real bricks yet. A great gift needs a fun card to go with it – so this is what I created using a range of my supplies including a few retired favourites.
The bricks are from a set I have kept for many years and used over & over – the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set. The “3” is from the Large Numbers Dies (always a keeper) and the circle is the Starburst Punch.
In the catalogue, you’ll find the happy birthday in the “A Grand Kid” stamp set, the bricks using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and the star from the Stitched Stars Dies. The colours for the card are classic Bunnings – Real Red and Garden Green with some Crumb Cake & Basic White in the mix.
I love the range of Bunnings blocks but I’m sure the regulars are all asking the same question as me – where’s the sausage sizzle???
I love buying birthday presents but I hate buying things for people that they don’t want. More toys when they have enough, bath bombs when they don’t own a bath or chocolate when they’ve decided to stop eating sugar! And in this day and age of mass consumerism, it’s so hard to know what people already have. So… my go-to strategies for gifts are experiences, vouchers that can be turned into the perfect gift or asking for gift ideas.
If it doesn’t ruin the surprise I will use the ‘ask and you shall receive’ strategy. When I asked one of my gorgeous friends what her little Mr 5 would like for his upcoming birthday she suggested a board game he had played with family but didn’t own. We love games at our house and have an overflowing cupboard of board, game and other types of family games.
The request was a classic – Monopoly Junior. We have this game – ours is a classic version with the old school car tokens and primary coloured houses. When I went shopping, I found a new version with awesome tokens – a dinosaur, a duck, a penguin and dog.
Always on the lookout for an option to make a card personalised, the layout of the box provided great inspiration for a coordinating card.
We are currently in the final days of the Last Chance Retirement List for the Annual Catalogue . You have until tomorrow (Monday) evening to buy any favourites. This DSP on this card – for the background and birthday boy name – is from the Artistry Blooms DSP pack. It’s on sale at just $16.
The letters are from the Playful Alphabet Dies, which I am happy to see carryover to the new Annual Catalogue. This starts on Tuesday (4th May) and is filled with so many amazing new products to fall in love with.
The dinosaur is from a retired DSP pack – Dinoroar. I have an extensive collection of DSP which comes in handy for custom themes.
Happy birthday to the birthday boy! We hope enjoy Monopoly Jnr all year long!
On an unseasonally wet weekend in March 2020, our Paper Adventures team headed to Perth for our annual Paper Adventures Team Retreat hosted by Siobhan Fitzsimmons of Hightrees House of Cards. We all reflected that the last team day we had it rained too!!! Rainy days do make for great crafty days!
I always look forward to getting together with the team. And a whole day – yee har! We were lucky that 9 of the team were able to make it on the selected day. Siobhan put on a lovely venue for us as always and we had a great time. We even had a whole table of Big Shots – what a sight!
The format of our retreat days has stayed the same since we started – it’s all about the time stamping with regular opportunities to eat, and lots of chat and plenty of laugher. We each bring along a make & take project with all materials and kits for the team to recreate the design. There are usually less kits than people, so you don’t get to make all of the projects but you do come away with a bag full of completed cards with pretty designs, often using stamps you don’t own.
This is the card I made. I wanted a masculine card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.
Stamp sets: For the Win, Lined Alphabet
DSP: Country Club
Colours: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Embossing Folder: Subtle
Dies: Stitched Shapes
The card needed to be simple enough for the team to put together in 20 mins, but interesting enough to be fun for an avid crafter. My card had several added elements to take it from simple to simple + including an embossed layer, a little but of fussy cutting, some colouring and heat embossing.
I also added the option to stamp the envelope for anyone who finished early.
Lego is back in fashion again thanks to a new LEGO movie. Having two young girls, Lego is not yet on our radar, so I haven’t seen the movie – but I hear it’s good.
The request for this card was something ‘Lego’. Lego is a lovely punch art theme – all circles & squares. In my big new catalogue order, I purchased Hello Honeycomb specifically for the little sentiments. I got a chance to break it open for this card because they fit beautifully into the 3/4″ “Lego” circles. Rather than a standard C6 card, the dimensions are 6″ x 4″ to fit the straightforward maths needed for the blocks [my Lego blocks are 1″ x 2″, 1″ x 2″ or 1″ x 3″].
If punch art isn’t your style, but you know a Lego fan, then take a looksee at the new Boys Will Be Boys stamp set – it has a great Lego blocks stamp. Good for the little ones and the big kids at heart! Kelly x