Category Archives: Cuttlebug

What we are up to in our classes

We have classes at The Scrapbook House every week, and each week it’s something different. We teach Scrapbooking of course, but also cardmaking and off-the-page projects too. Our samples are usually up in the workroom. Here’s a look at this week.

Tuesday we had Scrapbooking class, (there are 3 times for this class to suit everyone). This week we created a flower from Grungeboard and added it to a lovely vintage looking page designed by Nat Perks using 7 Gypsies. It was time-consuming but totally worth it and each and every one looked beautiful.

Our Wednesday class yesterday was learning to make these great little gift bags, boxes and cards using the Crafters Companion and decorated using the Cuttlebug. These were made from 3 sheets of scrapbook paper and a bit of white card for the butterflies. Everyone went home with a set. How sweet.

Next week we are making 3 gorgeous cards using Hero Arts stamps, distress inks, chalk inks and a little bit of cuttlebugging too. There’s a couple of different techniques we want to master with water misting and distress inks to create lovely watercolour images.

The Thursday night class is also using Distress Inks (can you tell they are my absolute favourites?) We are making 4 notecards, each with a different technique.

There’s always more, and each week we come up with something new, come by to see our displays.


Set for Term 2

Classes start this week again and we are busy making our samples and tweaking the instructions sheets for our members.

I have worked on Michele’s layout this weekend… those doing this class will love it. Here’s a sneaky peek.

Josh heads to hospital tomorrow and then on Wednesday he and I will go to Perth for a couple of days. I will be so relieved for him when these casts come off, he is so uncomfortable that I feel like crying everytime I look at him lately. His little face looks up at me, pleading eyes, and I just can’t take it. He has been through so much. I just wish it were all over, and can see now this is going to be on-going for him for a long time. He is voicing his discomfort and having trouble sleeping, most nights it’s been between 2am and 4am when he finally goes quiet, even then he’s not asleep. Therefore the whole house is tired and needing sleep-ins. Wow I got a big one this morning… my beautiful hubby shut the door and kept it dark for me.

Right now I am packing for SIA (trade show in Sydney, leaving Sunday)  making sure I have everything I need, and nothing I don’t. I want to be packed as light at possible, so I can bring as much home as possible. hee hee. One bonus is that my desk will be clear for the next couple of weeks. That is if my girl doesn’t take it over.

Sketch Class

Last weeks Sketch class is a little late to be posted, but I thought you might enjoy them anyhow. The girls enjoyed putting them together.

Sketch class is great because there are all different levels all working at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you a first-timer or if you’re a published scrapbook artist, we all hang out together, old and young (I might get in trouble for that comment) and we all enjoy the company for a couple of hours, and get at least a page for your album. At least one, Rachel however bangs out 2 or 3 just to remind us that she is a confident scrapper.

Mind the quality of these photos, I took them on my phone.. at night.

I love you Mum, by Dani Those cuttlebugged butterflies were cut and embossed with 10 seconds studio metal… ooh la la.

Year 12 Ball by Theresa. HER FIRST SCRAP EVER. Hope we didn’t scare her off and she comes back on Monday night.

Love your World by Rachel. Love that tag! I have a bag just like it.

Sports Carnival by Dani. OMG would you look at that paperdoll! Gotta love the Cricut.

Luke’s 18 18 18 by Dani – she was on a roll this girl!

Dampier Archipelago by Rachel. Love how many photos she got onto this one.

A time to Remember by Michele. Beautiful, the bling doesn’t show up well here on my photo, nor does it look straight and I have cut off your border.. sorry Michele, my photo doesn’t do it justice. It is straight and just lovely.

 First day of Kindy by Squirrel Girl. That apple felt is so cool. Glad you finally used it.

 7th Birthday by Rachel. Wow Rach, you really are going to have all Ricky’s done before his 21st. You go girl.

What a productive night!  More from this class will be posted later! I don’t want to overload you with images.

Aren’t they fabulous? Love the variety.

Cards Class

My desk is chock a block full of cardmaking stuff… it’s overflowed onto the bench behind me and I’ve filled up the trestle table we brought in. I have been under the pump to get these cards designed for the upcoming term and finding creativity difficult when it’s so noisy. I hoped when the kids went back to school and ‘normality’ set back in, I would be a goer again.
I love what I have done so far, but I haven’t finished. I will, I just have to stop procrastinating and DO IT.

Here’s the first card series for this term, Wednesdays, teaching watercolouring along with a whole lot of other basic stuff. I love that we are using the new Hero Arts stamps and the new embossing folders by Cuttlebug. Oh my goodness, I can do a whole term of classes on the new stamps and folders, I have to hold myself back.  If you are interested in a couple of hours of cardmaking fun you can still book. There is room in the morning class for one more, and plenty of places in the afternoon class.

NEW Cuttlebug Folders

They are in – and they are gorgeous!
A few larger ones too. Come by to see and be quick to grab one of the 18 new folders.


Secret Santa

My girl had  “Secret Santa” gift giving in her class today. They were allowed a maximum of $2.50. I just love what she did for her recipient.

She baked. Then she called me at the shop and announced that she NEEDED the “Divine Swirls” Cuttlebug folder.  It was absolutely neccessary. One I was quite pleased that she knew the name of the folder and, two, I was pleased that she was making a gift and not just getting me to get something at the shop.

So she needed the folder for the royal icing she had made. Can you see the swirls on the icing? Smarty bum she is. With the left over she made little hearts then embossed “love” folder, (you know, the one that comes with the machine) and they look beautiful!

Christmas Embossing Folder

I used this beautiful embossing folder on my Christmas Cards this year, sold out of them and didn’t think anymore were coming in till January.


They are!
I just got confirmation that they were sending them today.
They’ll be here next week.


CD Art

Make a beautiful ornament to hang in your home this Christmas with this easy to assemble CD Art Kit. Everything included – ready to go. 



Limited Edition – It’s Pink!

They’re here! They’re here!

They’re pink!

I have limited stocks of these.

and what’s more… there’s 18 new cuttlebug folders due in January too.
Yes, 18.

Layout Share – Geek Alert

My gorgeous boys. How cute are they? I just wanna jump in bed too and watch a movie with them. Pair of dorks. Love ’em to bits!

Layout - Geek Alert

I had looked at this paper so many times and wished I could use it, but it was just too way out there for me… until I saw these photos.  The little chipboard dude is from ScrapFX and is painted the same colour as the random chipboard letters. I used the Cricut to cut the letters, then another layer in Chipboard. Swiss dots was cuttlebugged onto them, then each dot was touched with a blue scrapbook pen.

The blue and red cellophane though… do not overlook this. I did not have cellophane, and wanted it so badly. Badly enough to make my own with Blue and Red Staz On and pieces of plastic packaging. What a pain, just like the halloween eyes. Then the whole thing was raised with magic mount so you could see through it.

Layout - Geek Alert 2

Just love that photo though – it’s so THEM. Makes me wanna rush home to play with them.

Layout – Cute Pooch

Living in a coastal town you’d think we’d go to the beach often. Nope. We do love the beach, and as a teenager both the King and I were beachlovers, the surfie dude and his chick on the sand. I’d go to work sunburned and my boss would tell me off for not using sunscreen (we sold it there) and the makeup lady (Bronwyn) would tsk tsk tsk at what I was doing to my skin. What did I care? I was having fun and far too lazy to cover up.

There was me, lying on the sand, dreaming of my future.

I imagined my children, little brown athletic babies, running in the waves. I thought they’d all know how to surf by the age of three. I thought our Kelpie /Labrador – water loving energetic dog, would be with us forever (R.I.P Zoey) and I thought life was going to be one big long holiday.

Boy I was wrong.

Layout - Cute Pooch

Our first born is no surfer. He doesn’t like the heat, the cold, the sand, the sun. In fact he doesn’t like most things. He burns in 10 minutes, this raises his temperature (on top of everything else he also has a condition called ‘thermoregulatorydysfunction’)and when his temp rises.. well you know what a fever is like.. he cries… then it goes up more… then heat rash… and so on… for hours. Not fun. So, number one rule – do not get burned. How do you do this in our beautiful land? You don’t go outside.. and you certainly don’t go to the beach. That was a hard adjustment for us.

 Occassionally when he is in care we might venture to the beach, so this day we decided to take the 3 little ones and the 2 pooches to the sandy shore.

It was Jaxsons’ first time braving the water. He learned to catch a frisbee! Even better he learned to bring it back. Now this is a huge acheivement, or little fluff ball is not too bright. He didn’t like the water too much, but had a great time running about getting sandy.

Layout - Cute Pooch 2

Just love that wet face. What a fun day.

Cuttlebugs are in

We have had such a run on Cuttlebug machines lately with our cardmaking classes, that they don’t stay on the shelves long. I love my little bug, and have also found the perfect bag for it too. What a find! It perfectly fits two of the Solutions boxes as well, which house your Cuttlebug plates,  folders and dies. (I have 12 of these coming, come in and put your name down for one if you’d like one, cost $39.95)

The delivery man just dropped another load of Cuttlebugs to us, and they will be on the shop floor very soon. If you are thinking of cardmaking classes, or you love a little texture on your papers, then you will definately be wanting one of these babies.


You can go back to my past post to see some of the folders here and do you remember that cuttlebugging done by Sally on those cupcakes here I don’t know how she did it, but it sure caused quite a stir (and they were yummy too).

EDIT 17/9/09  all 12 of these bags now have owners. Now taking names for the next order.

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

Well, yes they do!

We were a little out-of-the-way this year at the Chapman Valley Show, but many ladies still found us, thanks for visiting!


Lauren and I spent the day making free cards with our visitors and demonstrating the Crafters Companion as well as the Cuttlebug Machine. Nat loaned me a bunch of her layouts to hang  so we’ve have new inspiration.


The new Crafters Companion does a whole lot more than envelope making, and I have promised to demonstrate it again in our cardmaking class soon. It’s pretty cool how it does perfect boxes and even box envelopes. There’s also a DVD available with projects that you can copy. I did a couple and found it was good to be able to pause-start-pause-start as I caught up with each step.

At the show we only used it for a couple of plain lines, like shown below on the card we made as our free make-n-take on the day.

ChapmanValleyCard 09

It’s a good day at the Show, with lots of new faces and plenty of familiar ones.

New Cuttlebug Folders

There’s new folders coming.  About time they made some new ones!
There are 17 new designs.
We will be stocking all of these, but in limited quantities.
I have pre-ordered so when they are available they will be sent immediately, but we are unsure as to when that will be – soon I hope.
You may preorder from us to be sure you get the style you like.