This little piggy went to market…

November 24, 2009

Well Saturday was D-day for me and boy did it come around fast. The lounge was a complete bombsite covered in scraps of paper rubbish and the back of double-sided tape from my midnight runs of creating in the days leading up to the market. I’m still clearing away the debris!

The market went well, it was quieter than I expected but a great result was had nonetheless. Isabella was a gem and the kids absolutely loved making her little penguin card (for free and she even gave out candy canes!). She made a little friend in Paris whose mum was also selling at the market and the two of them hung out for most of the morning.

I was nervous to start not really knowing what to expect and what would sell but the response was somewhat overwhelming. People loved the boxes of fudge and Hershey’s kisses and many were bought as gifts for their children ‘s Teachers. A lot of people commented on the quality of the finish of my cards and boxes and one lady said I should be selling them in Florists or Gift Stores so that was lovely to hear.

Funnily enough I sold more of the most expensive and detailed cards I had made then the simple less expensive ones. The cards with the Ice- Skaters were popular, many people were sending them overseas to countries who celebrate Christmas in winter.

Isabella sold quite a few packets of reindeer food and Santa Cards. The red being the most popular. I will remember that for next time!

There is a good write up and some photos of the day on the Crafternoon Tea blog and I’ve popped a couple of photo’s below.

Here’s a great one of me with my eyes shut but you can see more of what’s on the table in this photo.

Don’t you love Isabella’s sign? It says : Hey Kids! Come make a card with Isabella!

I’ve decided to do the Christmas Market on the 12th December 10am -3pm at Mt Eden Normal Primary School so after a few days off I’ll get stuck into preparing for that one!


Kate xx


Christmas goodies

November 12, 2009

I’ve been busy making some things for the upcoming Crafternoon Tea market. The girls have loved helping with the reindeer food. Great fun!

I’m still unsure as to how much stuff I should make and what to charge for things. This is all new to me =)



Choccy Santa cards. Cute huh!


Reindeer food. We did some with Green bag toppers too.


Gable boxes. Just add fudge or chocs for the teacher?


Rudolf Card. Taught this to a great group of girls Tuesday night, heaps of fun!


mini flip lid boxes just the right size for a few Whittakers choc squares.

Right better keep going, have covered notepads, and candy cane cards to create!

xx Kate



November 7, 2009

Who knows what I have got myself into but a few weeks ago my good friend Jess from Bam Bam Creative convinced me to apply for a spot at a popular new craft market. She loves my cards and thinks others will too (here’s hoping they are willing to part with their $$$ for them!)

So I did…and I just found out I got in and have been featured up first on the Crafternoon Tea blog!

Now I have to come up with lots of stuff to sell in two weeks time! Wish me luck?

Crafternoon Tea is at the Trinity Methodist Church Hall next to Atomic Coffee Roasters (where my Dave works) in Kingsland from 10am till 2 pm Saturday November 21st.

xx Kate

p.s I had a wonderful time at the Stampin’ Up Christmas Extravaganza this afternoon with my buddy Bron, I’ll be back tomorrow for a share of all the bits and bobs I’ve been making lately. I’ve been very busily crafting away in the background.

A little teaser

November 4, 2009

of what we’ll be making at the card afternoon (see details in the previous post). Please email me to register. It’s gonna be great!! xx Kate


Stamp with Me! Christmas Card Afternoon.

October 16, 2009

Hi Girls,

It’s that time of year again! Time to get your cards organised for Christmas and have a great time doing it.

What: Christmas Card Making Afternoon

Where: Highbury Community house, Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead.
We’ll be in the large room on the left as you come in the door.

When: Sunday 22nd November from 2-5 pm

What’s the plan?: My great friend Bron (from Stampin’ Up!) and I will be teaching a couple of projects this time. Mine is a layered card and matching Envelope and Bron’s is a Triangle treat box (perfect for chocolates or mints for a teacher) and a matching Gift Card.

You will also be provided with enough card, envelopes, paper and ribbon to make an additional 4 + cards with access to a wealth of stamps, inks and tools to create whatever your heart desires!

How much?: $25 for 2 classes, all materials and Afternoon Tea. A $10 non refundable deposit to be paid beforehand (payment details provided when booking in).

Please bring: Your own adhesives, a trimmer or cutting mat, knife and ruler plus a bone folder or other scoring tool.

We are limited to 20 places only so please R.S.V.P as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

email me katetobeck (at)

Bella Rose cards

September 29, 2009

I’m really loving this right now! I got all my supplies for these cards and the ones in the last post from Bron Heslop. You can find her blog here, she’s just new to Stampin’ Up! and starting out so I’m sure she’d love to hear from you!!


This is a stair step fold card – so easy but very effective!


Yum, love those colours together!

xx Kate

Head start on Christmas

September 28, 2009

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who commented on my last post, I appreciate the suggestions for getting out of the house in the morning once Sophia is at morning kindy. I’ll get there eventually might have to start practicing in the holidays! Things like getting myself up and showered/dressed before the kids are up would be a great start.

Now onto to something much more fun to think about!

I had an Stampin’ Up! Order arrive late last week with some beautiful Christmas stamps and papers. I am feeling so inspired right now! Michelle came over to pick up her stamps and we couldn’t help ourselves we just had to make something!




I’m thinking about running the Christmas card morning again this year with my friend Bron and we’d be teaching a couple of cards this time. Any expressions of interest in participating would be appreciated.

Have a great week! xx Kate