Monday, October 25, 2010

Ready to be Spooked?

It's almost time! Break out the candy (or as we say here in Australia - lollies) and put in your best vampire teeth!
Halloween has never been a very big celebration here in Australia but it is getting larger every year. I'm excited by that - there's no better excuse to dress up, take photos and scrap a page about it! lol.
Using the new UDD "Home Sweet Home" paper line, I have created this page called "Dress Ups". My boys went "Safari" this year for their costumes. I painted scars on their faces and they are taking along their fave soft toy animals as their "prey". Soooo cute!

Another little project I have been busy doing for you this month is a little "How To" on making your own Halloween themed flowers.
For these flowers, you need to go to a fabric store and buy yourself some fringed trim - a yard would make at least 10 flowers.
Step One:
Assemble all of your supplies - you need some scraps of card, double sided tape, scissors and your trim.
Step Two:
Place a "cross" of double sided tape on your scrap card and stick down one end of your trim with the fringed part facing OUT.
Step Three:
Place your trim in a circle measuring approximately one inch on the inside. You need to do two circles - one inside the other. Just keep winding your trim around until you have almost closed in the circle.

Step Four:
Make a few flowers - you don't need to use them all on one project - put some aside for later.

Adhere them to your LO or project using some UDD brads - the corduroy covered ones look fantastic.

And here is the finished page.....

I hope you all like these little flowers - they remind me of little spiders. In fact, you could trim off some of the trim, leaving only little spiders legs! How about you give it a try?

Have a great week, everyone and take care.
Happy Halloween!
Sares x

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ice Cream Tutorial

Hello everyone and happy Monday. Today I would like to share with you how I made my easy peezy but cute Ice cream embellishment that I used in this page....

this was the page I made using Kim's October sketch. Make sure you check it out here and if so incline play along. We always look forward to seeing what people do with Kim's great sketches.

Ok so onto the tutorial. Here's what you'll need...
1" circle punch
bone folder or popsicle stick
sand block/paper
paper trimmer

*I adhered my ice cream with pop up adhesive so that it'll add dimension to the page.
*Papers are from the Circle of friends line and brads are from the "New Day" collection.

and I can't leave without sharing another easy peezy project that is Halloween inspired.

Halloween cupcake toppers

I used some dingbats to create my "spooky and silly" faces. I printed them off and colored them in with color pencils.

I then used some papers from the Enchanted line for the backs of each topper. I love the dark purple hues of that line. I think it totally coordinates with any Halloween project. After that, I added some orange glitter and ribbon, then placed them all on a popsicle stick and added to my cupcakes. Now how easy can that get?!

So there you have it. Hope you were inspired to make something fun today.

Till next time,

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Project!

HI everyone!

I decided to do a fall project with Upsy Daisy Designs products and it was so much fun!  The neat thing about this project is that it could be used as a gift, a centerpiece, or a candle holder.  I decided to make a cute centerpiece....

I used my curvy blade on my paper trimmer to cut strips from a piece of the "A Walk in the Park - Beautiful" paper.  I left the strips attached at the top about 1/2 inch and then hot-glued them around the top of the container and the bottom, making them "bulge" out in a pumpkin shape. 

I  then added white ovals and the Upsy Daisy Designs black brads for eyes, an orange button for the nose, and Upsy Daisy Designs thick rick rack ribbon for the mouth. 

I wanted my pumpkin to be a girl, so I made thin strips with the "Splendid" paper from the same paper line, and spiral wrapped them around a thin pencil to create curls.  I added the green Upsy Daisy ribbon around the top of the container, and also added an orange UDD bow for her hair. 

Then I went to work on the scarecrow!

For the scarecrow, I just cut out two sides of a shirt and used strips of Upsy Daisy Designs paper to make his clothes...(yes, I really sewed them together with the sewing machine!)  Then I stuffed raffia into the doll and glued him together and attached him to a dowel rod.  I added some ribbon for a bow and hat, a scalloped edge on his shirt with a little glitter glue... and that was it!

I also used the wonderful Helmar Adhesives for this project!

I think it turned out really cute!  The Upsy Daisy Designs papers are so versatile for any season... which is one of the reasons I love them so much!  Hope you like it too!

Monday, October 4, 2010


Monthly Sketch - October 2010

Happy Fall ya'll :)

Are you all excited about Halloween already? In the UK we don't really celebrate it as much as our friends in the U.S. and Canada but that doesn't stop me from getting antsy about it and enjoy all the wonderful blog posts and pictures popping up everywhere across the net, showing fabulous Halloween projects and costumes.

During October, we would like to show you a few Halloween projects on the {{ Daisy Diaries }} and prove that you do not have to buy Halloween themed papers to go for the "boo" or "cute pumpkin" factor. But first off, let me show you this months' sketch, which I used to create a layout totally unrelated to Halloween....

** click on any of the images to enlarge their view **

More often than not, when I look at a sketch my layout will turn out completely different to the blueprint. Mainly because I pick one element off the sketch and put my own twist on it. In this instance, I took my inspiration from the layered circles - only on my layout they are
layered flowers :).

UDD Products used: #HSH011. Alma, #HSH012. Beach, #HSH015. Midland Ave (all from the Home Sweet Home Line) ** #VO012. Chic (from the Vogue Line)

JANIS used the wonderful BLOSSOM collection for her wonderful layout. Adorable how she incorporated the two different sizes doilies to emphasise the girly factor.
UDD Products used: 
Papers - #BLO016. Spring is in the Air, #BLO013. Orchard, #BLO011. Awakening ** Brads - #BRD311. Blossom

TRACEY made wonderful use of her favourite, the VOGUE line and created this stunning masterpiece. I adore how she used the lovely crochet ribbon.
UDD Products used:
Papers - #VO013. Diva, #VO016. Strike a Pose, #VO012. Chic, #VO015. Runway, #VO011. Catwalk ** Ribbon - #RIB403. Vogue Ribbon ** Stamps - #UDD209. Girl friends

SANDI used the HOME SWEET HOME line to create this fun layout about last years corn maze. Isn't it great how she included some bits of corn and also the maze print?
UDD Products used:
Papers - #HSH011. Alma, #HSH012. Beach, #HSH014. Maddison St ** Brads #BRD312. See You Later Alligator, #BRD311. Blossom ** Ribbons - #RIB403. Vogue Ribbon ** Stamps - #UDD0110. Make A Bloom

GRACE made use of one of our all-time favourite paper lines CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. I love how she used the fabric covered brads as the "cherry on top" of the ice cream cones.

UDD products used:
Papers - 
#UDD0172. Princess Abbie, #UDD173. Sophie Love, #UDD0171. Miss Brin, #UDD0170. Lily Lou ** Brads - #EMB006. New Day ** Rub Ons - #UDD0082. Oodles of Doodles - Alphas

We would love to see how you use our sketch for inspiration, so please link us up in the comments section if you are playing along with us this month. We look forward to see what you create.