July 3, 2012

LEGO biscuits.

Posted in Family, General Chit Chat tagged , , , , at 4:43 pm by bejewelledcreations


Here’s a photo of the LEGO biscuits I made for Ronan’s birthday last week – they’re a bit odd-shaped (and the icing is a bit dodgy), but hey, he’s nine and thinks anything topped with M&M’s is totally awesome!! Tee Hee. I think we can all agree that I won’t be going into the biscuit-making business. LOL.

*laughs* At least they tasted alright.

All I can say is; thank goodness the children are so forgiving!

(Let’s not even think about the food colourings!!) ><

They went nicely with his LEGO themed birthday card (and YES, he got LEGO – STAR WARS – for his birthday!!)


July 2, 2012

Ronan’s 9th Birthday LEGO card!

Posted in Cards, Family, Inspired by... tagged , , , , , , at 1:22 pm by bejewelledcreations


Crikey! Our little boy turned nine last week!!!

He’s shot up recently too – but he still has his little boy cute cheeks. (I think we’re all cursed blessed with chubby cheeks – theirs look cuter than mine though – LOL.)

This is the card I made for him.


Poor Ronan has been sick recently – he’s had a bad run of tonsilitis, then a week later he had an upper respiratory chest infection and then just before he finished the antibiotics for the infection (and two days before his birthday), he suddenly came out in Hives!! All over. Litterally as I was watching, they were appearing. And so, hubby had to put our Pizza (Friday night Pizza and Movie Night!!)  back in the oven so we could rush off to the local late night GP clinic. After a dose of Phenergan and Predmix, we came home, but within an hour he was asleep and missed the movie. He still had quite bad hives on his birthday and just wasn’t quite himself, but he was such a trooper about it and did the best he could. We had Gran and Nan over for lunch and cake during the afternoon and it was nice to spend the time together. He still came out in Hives yesterday quite badly but Phenergan works well.

Because of how much he’s been unwell, I’d totally forgotten left it to the last minute to make his card. His birthday crept up on us!! He’s had two weeks off school due to illness and I just didn’t plan. SO…. at the last minute, and because he LOVES LEGO so much, I did a quick search for Lego card ideas… the inspiration for my card comes from Marelle Taylor‘s wonderful Lego card.

Ronan just LOVED his LEGO card, he thought it was super cool. (Thanks Marelle! – you saved me!)

To make up for his not-feeling-so-great-birthday, we took him and two friends to see Ice Age 4 yesterday which was good fun!

Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess only)

Inks: Black Staz-On

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Real Red,

Others: Brights DSP paper pack, Crimper, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Sponge Daubers, retired Sticky Cuts (number 9), Fine Supernova Glitter (Aqua)

~ Thanks for visiting ~

XX Julia.

June 26, 2012

An Oak for a Bloke.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , at 9:11 am by bejewelledcreations

This is a card I made after a school-mum friend asked if I had any masculine birthday cards in my “stash” that she could buy to give to her husband… I really don’t make many masculine cards – I tend to make them as I need them. I don’t know about you but I struggle with masculine cards. Lovely as a Tree is a set that I don’t pull out that often but I enjoyed having a play around with it to create this card.

Anyway, I didn’t have anything suitable and although she said not to make one especially, I just *had* to. LOL. And besides, it was a good challenge.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

This isn’t her exact card (I didn’t get to photograph it in time), but it’s similar to this – on hers I used some retired Earth Elements buttons in More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive to tie in with the inks used on the tree, and I also used a retired Rub-on sentiment, but otherwise this card has the same colours, general design, stamp image (the Oak tree) and technique to colour the image. This one has the ribbon and bow whereas on her card I used the buttons instead of the ribbon as en embellishment.

You’ll notice that I haven’t put a sentiment on this card – I didn’t forget it; I left it off on purpose – now it can be used for almost anything masculine-y. (Is that even a word???) It could be a thankyou card for a bloke, a birthday card, or thinking of you card. See, I’m not totally useless – now I’m “prepared for anything!!” If I really wanted, I could stamp a sentiment and use the Modern Label or Word Window punches to cut out the sentiment and the adhere it in the bottom right corner.

Ta Da! -instant card; ready for anything.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Markers/Inks: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

Other:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Sahara Sand sheet), Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Designer Buttons Neutrals collection, Linen Thread, Stamping Sponges

Thanks for visiting.

Have you stamped today?

X Julia

June 14, 2012

Shabby Chic card with scroll.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , , , at 10:00 am by bejewelledcreations

I sat up late last night as my husband was out at a  fire-call and I made this card – which is unusual for me to make anything at night! Normally I prefer to do my making during the day when the wee ones are at school, and even when hubby is at his training Wednesday nights I still don’t feel in the mood for creativity. I just don’t feel the Mojo at night for card-making! However, this is what I created and I was quite pleased with the result. I really love the scroll sentiment; it just works, you know?!

I cheated a little bit last night as I’d already stamped and watercoloured the flowers a few days ago – it was just sitting there waiting to be made into something wonderful (we all have thoughts of grandeur, don’t we?)

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

I don’t normally go for girly-girl cards, but I rather do like this one. I stamped the floral image from Apothecary Art with black Staz-On and watercoloured it with my Aqua painter and ink from Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose ink pads. If you like the embossed background, I used the Brayer to cover the embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink before embossing the cardstock. It gives it that little bit more depth.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

Stamps: Apothecary Art

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Confetti Cream, Watercolour Paper

Inks: Staz-On (black), Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Crumb Cake

Other: Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, Brayer, Framelits labels collection, First Edition Specialty Paper, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels Pearls, Aqua Painter,  Stampin’ Dimensionals,  Sponges.

June 7, 2012

Simple Robot.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , at 9:35 am by bejewelledcreations

This is a card I made for a friends little boy recently. The stamp set is retired, but I just love this set and so I *HAD* to use it.

The photo is a bit blury – sorry for that. I blame the poor photography on being an Uber busy mum (see section below for further details).

I wanted it to be clean and simple so I chose to emboss a piece of cardstock covered with basic kitchen foil – fancy that!! So easy.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

Another reason why I love this card is that it was super quick to make. I was very pressed for time (translates to: “I left it to the last minute!” *rollseyes*) so it was the perfect design for a time-challenged-mum.

Stamp Set: Lots of Bots (retired)

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White.

Ink: Not Quite Navy.

Others: kitchen foil (awesome product!! LOL), Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Anywhere Gluestick.

Thanks for visiting.

XX Julia

March 31, 2010

Male Birthday Card

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:45 am by bejewelledcreations

It was my brother’s and nephew’s birthdays last week, so I thought I’d share with you the cards I made. This is the card for my brother:

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

I started with the patterned paper (Windsor Knot DSP) and pulled the colours from that to use for the cardstock and inks (Sage Shadow, Old Olive, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip).

The stamp is from the Sale-a-Bration set Happy Moments – which is very cute. This stack of birthday presents has come in very handy for masculine birthdays. I stamped the image a couple of times on co-ordinating patterned paper and cut out the presents I wanted, and glued them over the stamped image – this saved colouring in all the presents!

You can just about see the Polka Dots embossed cardstock – that’s made with the Sizzix Big Shot which is available as from tomorrow!!! WooHoo!!

This next card is a fun boy’s card. My nephew turned 12 during the week (gosh, getting so grown up!!), but I thought he’d still appreciate the fun of robots. Twelve is a tricky age – not quite old enough for being “really cool”, but too old for really childish cards. I’ve used a NEW stamp set here, Lots of Bots from the Autumn-Winter mini. Here’s my effort anyway.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

Here’s a closer look.  I used the Polka Dots embossing folder and also die- cut the numbers with my Stampin’ Up! Medium Sizzlits “Timeless Type Junior Alphabet” die and my Big Shot. A quick turn of the handle and I had these PERFECT numbers! It couldn’t have been easier.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

I stamped the inside too. The paperclip is to hold some money!

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

I think the Lots of Bots stamp set will get a fair bit of use…. it’s great for boy cards and also ‘fun’ cards. The colours for the robot card are; Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss (both current In-Colors), and Tempting Turquoise (with a splash of Tangerine Tango for some of the robot detail.)


May 1, 2009

Birthday Invites

Posted in Invites tagged , , at 12:32 pm by bejewelledcreations

It’s our daugther’s 8th birthday on Monday (Can’t believe it!!!) and so we’re having a small at-home-movie-day for her and four of her friends on Saturday. Of course, I *had* to make the invites and I had so much fun with these!!!

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

The set used to create the little girls is called All In The Family, and it’s SO MUCH FUN!!! As you can see, the little girls are all slightly different in some way – this is because the set comes with separate stamps for each body part (sounds horrific!! LOL).  This makes it super easy to customise the look of each little person. I’ve customised these invites so my daughter is the little girl in bunches in the purple dress and the other little girls look like each of her friends. So cool!

 I’ve also used the cup-cake stamp from the set called Short and Sweet – which is a perfect size for the girls to be holding! It took me a couple of hours to stamp and colour the little people and it was very enjoyable and relaxing.

When you’re using the All In The Family set, you absolutely cannot do without the Stamp-a-ma-jig (stamp positioner) which is worth every cent of the $22.95! The beauty of using the Stamp-a-ma-jig is that you can vary each person even if you’re using the same body parts – you can put an arm up higher on one, or tilt a head – very sweet!

I coloured the images with Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to be able to create shadowns on the balloons and dresses although the glitter covers most of the shading. LOL.

Stamps: All In The Family, Short and Sweet (cupcake), Family Favourites (party hat and balloon), Family Phrases (saying).

Cardstock & Papers: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kis Designer Series Paper

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss (sponging the edges of DSP)

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig,  Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Watercolor Pencils,  buttons from own stock, dimensionals.


November 1, 2008

Overdue Update…

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 2:51 pm by bejewelledcreations

Woah, it’s been a long time since my last update (my bad), so I thought I’d get back into it. Of course it doesn’t help when the computer disk space is nearly full and it won’t download my photos from the camera! GRR.

What have I been up to lately? Well, going to the gym more regularly again (YAY me!) and that easily can take up the morning by the time I get home. I’m planning on going earlier in the morning right after the school drop-off but that all depends on how organised I’ve been in getting everyone ready in the first place. Why is it so difficult to get the children up and ready? You’d think it would be easier with them both off to school now – but no… every morning I feel like I’m chasing my tail and fighting a losing battle just to get out the door on time. *sigh*

I’ve made costumes for the school play (Peter Pan) and have a couple of costumes for my daughter’s ballet troupe to make within the next few weeks.

It doesn’t sound like much, but with working from home for our business too, it hasn’t left a great deal of time for posting on my blog *pets pretty blog*.

I’d like to share some cards that I’ve made over the last month or so:

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


This is the card I made for my dear friend, Kim *waves to Kim*  “Happy Birthday!” I’m so lucky to have Kim in my life and she’s always there if I need her. LOL she won’t take ‘no’ for an answer when it comes to the gym! And I love her for it!

For those of you who don’t know it, this stamp set is a Level 3 Hostess set and it’s GORGEOUS!!! I’ve had so much fun with this set, making similar cards using the butterflies and sayings. It’s a beautiful set – really!


Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


This card’s inspiration was from the Start Simply “Sending Happy Thoughts” Kit. I LOVE Kits!!! I got this kit during the 20% discount Promotion and after I made the first cards, I fell in love with the Kits! It was really nice to sit at the coffee table and make three or four cards quickly and not have to sit at the dining table with all my supplies. I thoroughly enjoyed making these cards and this particular card uses the flower and butterfly stamps from the Perfect Princess set. I gently coloured the flower with Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens and added Glitter to the butterflies and centre of the flower. This design was very adaptable and I could see the same layout being used with multiple stamp sets.


Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


My Brother-in-Law had his birthday  last month, and I struggled with a card. I don’t have many images that could be used for masculine cards (and I know many of us find it tricky to get that perfect look), but I figured I’d try my Classic Stars Jumbo wheel. I used VersaMark ink on the Chocolate Chip and then used the wheel on Creamy Caramel with Close to Cocoa ink. I cut out a star image on Very Vanilla and adhered it with Dimensionals to the upper area of the card. Adding the Real Red as matting on the star and the saying finished the card off. What do you think? Does it pass for an adult male birthday card? I think this card would better suit a younger male, but it’s all I could do at the time. LOL.

I can see that I’ll have to make more male cards so that I get the hang of masculine cards. They can certainly be tricky. I don’t think I have a problem with little boy cards, just the grown up variety!