Tuesday, July 28, 2009

some other stuff I've made this week

There's several different techneques used on these cards. Chalks where used as well as a cool embossing and ink dripping techneque.

what we did in class this week

We made little books from coasters. I chose the new DSP called 'ski slope' which is in the new mini catalogue being released on the 1st August. Instead of using it as a photo album I decided to put a cute christmas poem in it. I thought I would share it with you. Next week we are making acetate boxes! Contact me if you would like to join us. julia.leece@slingshot.co.nz
A Politically Correct Christmas Story

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves".
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.
And labour conditions at the North Pole
were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!
The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their rooftops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."
And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorised use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,
Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he'd never had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim, Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamoured or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls, or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacifistic.
No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.
No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, dishevelled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.
He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.
A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue, Everyone, everywhere...even you.
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth...
May you and your loved ones, enjoy peace on Earth.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I have a passion for anything cupcake related (and shoes and handbags) esp. if its papercraft! At SENZ I picked up a cool template for making these 3D versions. The first is using Bella Rose DSP and the second is using Walk in the Park DSP.

I also made another 6x6 scrapbook page for my SU album. This is my boy's 13th birthday (over a year ago). I used Ski Slope DSP, On Board So Tweet, SU Brads and Clips, Life Definitions & Defining Alphabet Stamp sets and some Basic Black cardstock. (Inks Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray and Whisper White Craft).

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ive been playing!

Often many of my projects are Stampin' Up! based but occasionally I like to dive into my 'other' stuff and have a play. This stamp was given to me by my lovely friend Mandy at SENZ last weekend. It reminded us of my eldest child who has long shaggy hair and loves playing his guitar.

I have been playing too with some of the new stamp sets that are coming out in our new Stampin' Up! mini catalogue on the 1st August. I wont show these just yet (hehe) I will keep them for my launch party on the 9th August at 2.30pm at my place. If you would like to come send me an email julia.leece@slingshot.co.nz

But I will share these two photos of things I made today. The first is the coolest handbag that I made at Ann's class. It's finshed with a faux crocodile embossed techneque that looks great but is very easy to achieve. The second is the cover of a book that we are putting together at Ann's classes - filling it with cool stamping techneques!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

SENZ - great weekend

Many of you would of gone to SENZ and had a lovely dose of paper craft supplies. I had a great time but I must say I enjoyed spending time catching up with friends from all over the North Island! And if it wasn't them them I wouldn't of been able to go due to my bad back - one lent me her wheelchair and another pushed me around - THANKS guys!!

We got carried away at the Saturday night with the Charity Crop Night. The theme was "off to the ball" so me loving 'themes' whipped up our costumes - here's a pic with Ann, me, Flo and Mandy


Then night before we tried different techneques for stamping when we played at home.

We did resist embossing using the Fresh Cuts Stampin' Up! set. This card I used Baja Breeze & Pink Pirouette inks with White embossing powder. This particular card I gave to my friend Lisa who's mother passed away on Friday. My thoughts are with you and your family Lisa

Thursday, July 16, 2009

CD cards

These cards that we made at class this week are a great way too use up cd's that are 'toast' as my family puts it. The first one was made at the Auckland Extravaganza a few weekends ago. (Keep a look out for the next one - they are fun events where you get to make five cool projects in one afternoon!)
You can use these as mini albums to just by adding extra pages on the inside.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I have always loved brayers - I remember using them as a child at school for rolling out paint or smoothing paper over our vinyl cutouts etc. Well the brayer has moved into the grown ups world and is a awesome product in our Stampin' Up! catalogue. This coming week (20th July) we are using brayers to create wonderful papers to make cards and a sweet cello bag (including evelopes!)

Contact me if you would like to come along and learn this - email julia.leece@slingshot.co.nz