Technology and Lego

Just had to pop back and tell you about our day at the Radu household… I don’t often post personal on here, but I just had to share this with you.  Have your kids ever been on www.lego.com ? It is an amazing website for kids full of games and mini movie clips – just so much for them to browse around (head to the products tab and they can click on whichever kind of Lego they like e.g. Hero Factory and then from there, see all the games etc related to those products).  And what I love about this site as the content is completely safe for my kids!

Now the amazing thing about today is that we discovered that you can browse and download the PDF of just about every Lego instruction manual ont he market. Now this obviously comes in handy if you misplace one – but lets just say you have a Lego whiz for a 7 year old, your 5 year old is pretty great at it too and you have an underbed storage container over flowing with Lego?

First we browsed here  and chose instructions that we thought we had most of the pieces for and if not exactly, we thought we could “improvise” (one of our favourite words in this house).  At first we were going to print them but I was lamenting over all the ink I’d go through when I had a brain storm – I saved the PDF to file, added it to my iTunes library and from there, we transferred onto my iPad – perfect! The kids sat the iPad on the floor next to them and started to find pieces and build to the instructions.

This was at 8:30am.  it’s now nearly 6pm and we have had a small break for lunch, swim and dinner – that’s it!

The even better thing is that most of the instructions to download from this link I’ve given you are small 3 in 1 models – beauty!

Kyan excitedly told me that they “got” new Lego toys today – they just had to use their own pieces – how good is that! And for Laurenz who basically only wants new Lego so that he can conquer the instructions – this is just awesome! New instructions at no cost!

I’ve just had another look around the site and found a link to customer service where you can access 3300  building instructions online – all you need is Adobe Acrobat to view them – Oh My!

So get on over to www.Lego.com sign your kids up to Lego Club if you want to personalise their experience, or just browse the site as a visitor and away they go – you won’t regret it! It can be quite interactive where kids can create and upload to show off their building skills…

Laurenz created this big guy yesterday and we uploaded it to a Create and Share Board today for all to see – he stands about 30cm high!

And Kyan loves the “build your own Hero” in the Hero Factory Section 🙂

Christmas Cards with Stampin’ Up!

Just getting prepared for our Toodyay Stamping Retreat where we focus on getting our christmas cards, teacher gifts and other christmas projects sorted in one fantastic weekend of stamping, friends, food and fun!

Here are a few designs I have been working on to date:

Christmas Bingo with Jolly Bingo Bits and New Glitter Glass

Wisteria Wonder and a Dazzling Diamonds Medallion

Contempo Chrismtas and Letters to Santa DSP

Folded Christmas Tree with Embossed Alfoil

Contact me if you’d like any details about these projects, and thanks for stopping by today!

 

Cupcake Toppers Made Easy

With Adhesive sheets!!! This is my first go at a cupcake topper attempt – and as I had 24 of them to make to send to Laurenz’s class today ahead of his 7th Birthday on Tuesday, I needed a quick easy method for sticking them together… So I turned to my ever so versatile, trusty Bigshot Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets – my goodness is there anything this product can’t do???

I’ve used my much loved retired stamp from SAB Punch Bunch but you could use any stamp that will fit in a punch!

First I attached a sheet of whisper White Cardstock to an adhesive sheet, then stamped 24 times using Tangerine Tango ink.

Then I stamped onto just a Whisper White sheet in Pacific Point (no adhesive on this one), and punch all the images out.

Then it was as simple as peeling off the adhesive backing off the TTango, placing a toothpick onto it (it sticks in place so well!) and then add the PPoint punchy on top, squeezing with fingers.  No Glue, No Mess! Love it!

Here is the finished lot:

Cute eh?

Thanks for stopping by!

T & Z Outdoor Creations

Just stopping in to let you know about my gorgeous friend Kylie and the fabulous wall art business she has created with her husband called T & Z Outdoor Creations

Kylie’s backyard is an amazing sight to see – truly inspiring resort style – and the designs featured on the T & Z website are equally fabulous – check out the variety of styles on offer from this local family business based in Ellenbrook Western Australia

Medallion Crazy

Hi Girls,

Inspired by my mate Michelle over at www.ministamper.com , I am attempting to get back into some kind of blogging routine again! Michelle is blogging every day in January so if you’d like some serious inspiration head over there and be sure to say hi!

I have certainly smashed a few Medallion cards out of my craft room since aquiring this gorgeous stamp and want to share a few with you here:

This card is similar to a make and take from my recent workshop at the lovely Megan’s house, I was left with a few packs of pre-cut cards and have enjoyed playing around with them since… My card base is soft suede, Very Vanilla and Newsprint DSP.  I’ve used the rock and roll technique with the Medallion stamp in Soft Suede and Early Espresso, and then added some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint onto the stamp with a sponge prior to stamping. My sentiment is from the Afterthoughts hostess set, inking only the part that fits nicely in my Scallop Circle.  Can you see the paper piercing around the scallop? I think it adds a nice finishing touch along with the sponging in Soft Suede.

I haven’t quite finished this little baby yet – I love this card so much and plan on adding a sentiment only when I have the perfect recipient/occassion in mind 🙂 SO obviously I have started with the same card base and DSP, but htis time I have versamarked the medallion, inked it with a light press on a Crumb Cake Ink Pad to add a little colour, stamped it, added heat and stick powder, used my heat tool to activate the powder and then liberally applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter to my image – sigh – so pretty! I’ve used my Bow Easy to tie this delightful bow in the Striped Wide Grosgrain – isn’t it beautiful?

Hope I’ve given you a little inspiration to try a few techniques with your medallion that perhaps give you a little more mileage out of  this beautiful stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by girls!