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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

52 Card Challenge UK Scrappers - Week 42

This week, Nat set the challenge as autumnal colours - a very different thing is happening here in Queensland in Australia - it is heating up and getting set to fry us in summer. 

As per the previous post, I found some ancient stripey paper that came in a magazine, together with the leaf pattern on the other side.  I try to set myself challenges as to ways to produce an end result that is pleasing - in this case, I really didn't like the original papers. 
I found an old die cut in my stash in matching brown tones and some lovely velvet ribbon.  I turned again to my favourite Curly Cute sentiments from Stampin' Up! and gold embossed around the edge.  Liberal mistings and dollops of gold mist together with faux stitching and distressing add more interest and texture.  The bronze sequins really do sparkle IRL and add lots of interest.  Very reminiscent of a beautiful autumnal day in England with the crunchy and variegated leaves underfoot, turning to mush and mould with dampness and the inevitable rain. 
 I got a couple more cards from the same paper and am now pleased to say that I've used it up - I do still have some leaves left and sometimes I wish I was ruthless enough to throw the remainder away - it would certainly relieve a lot of the clutter! However, I do know that I enjoy these kinds of challenges, and it does kind of justify the stash build-up .... (maybe?)

Stripe and Leaf patterned paper - unknown
Brown die cut
Bronze sequins
Tan velvet ribbon
Curly Cute sentiment stamps - Stampin' Up!
Gold Embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer mist - Antique Gold
CTMH ink - Autumn Terracotta
Project Life journalling pen - brown

I'm not game enough to count how many cards I am down now - we shall have to wait and see how we go, to see if I can complete this years' cards .... thanks for visiting here today. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

52 Card Challenge UKS Scrappers - Week 35

Trying to dip back into the card challenge on UK Scrappers which has sadly again gone off course this year, I will try to catch up with them gradually in the hope of finishing all the challenges in one year - a goal, in any case!

This week. Nat set the challenge to be a "jaunty angle".  I am normally a straight kind of girl, but this is how I interpreted this challenge -

I took some freebie paper that had been kicking around for a looooonnnnngggg time (both the stripes and the leaves) and married it up with the gold felt doily that had come free with a card magazine.  I also delved into a packet of ancient die cuts for the brown paisley tag base. 
Stripe and leaves paper - unknown
Brown paisley tag - unknown
Prima Got Flowers
Bronze sequins
Curly Cute sentiment stamps - Stampin' Up!
Washi Tape - yellow triangles and woodgrain - CTMH
I also did some "faux" stitching around the border with the brown Project Life journalling pen and some gold over the top.  Lots of sanding and distressing and the addition of the twine (also distressed) underneath. 
A bit misty, inky and distressy - a nice change for me again!
Thanks for visiting. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Kinder Musik

This is the first traditional scrapbooking layout I have done in a good few months.  We are through the worst of our move to Hervey Bay and a period of stabilisation and settling in is still ahead of us.  I am gradually sorting out my craft room and opportunities await but details have not been finalised so I cannot share as yet. 

To try and "get back in the groove" I had put the washi tape around the borders and printed out three photos and cropped them - and there I got stuck! The placement of things has always been my biggest issue and so it remains, especially as I am out of practise. 

Once I saw the sketch, things gradually fell into place with the acquisition of a few new supplies and so this layout was created!

After struggling for sometime, I really like it now.  The main technique was to "spray" paint onto the page with a mini mister, and create a faux Flair badge using a stamp, punching a circle with my circle punch, and covering it with Glossy Accents.  A bit more detail, without the bulkiness. 
Patterned Paper:  Heidi Swapp 6 x 6 paper pad “Favourite Things; Becky Higgins Project Life cards Aqua Banner and “Happiness”, MME Cut and Paste Flair "Small Charms" paper, Teresa Collins Memories "Filmstrip" paper
Transparency:  Kaisercraft Velvet Ensemble Collection "Theatre"
Cardstock:  Bazzilll White, Black and scrap of red
Washi Tape, various
Alpha - Black American Crafts Thickers, Jenni Bowlin Studio Playful Hodge Podge Stickers
Paint – Jo Sonja’s Acrylic Paint:  Sunflower and Titanium White
Punches - Small Music Note punch EK Success notebook border punch?, 1 ½ circle punch
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stampendous Odds and Ends 2
Tim Holtz mini mister
Ranger Glossy Accents
3D foam pads
Acrylic block
Messy Mat
Heidi Swapp Stencil Kit “Stencil Minis – Shapes”
Heidi Swapp Favorite Things Puffy Gloss Stickers - Shapes
Hopefully I will maintain this crafting momentum and get back into the groove.  Thanks for visiting here today - stay tuned for more!


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Bob the Builder

Last week, Henry and Lewis got to see Bob the Builder at Pialba Place shopping centre during school holidays.  Their task was to decorate either a tool box or a house. 

Henry naturally chose a tool box whilst Lewis wasn't that bothered, but he would have definitely wanted the same as Henry, so I chose another of the same. 

Left hand page above. 

Right hand page above.  I printed all the bumph of the day from their internet page also onto photo paper so the images were the same kind of brightness. 

Here's the double.

All stamps Close to My Heart
Doodlebug Washi
Kraft cardstock
Pebbles journalling card

Henry was so hesitant to hug Bob, but he did after I went and gave him a big hug.  He saw Bob didn't have a spanner, so he wanted to give him the one out of his tool kit! So sweet. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing ...

This is one of my cards for the upcoming Close To My Heart convention card swap with other consultants. 

Instructor Notes:

This would be a great card to make at a workshop for people to stretch their technical stamping experience at a budget price – only two colours of cardstock and one ink required, with minimal embellishments, yet still with a professional result. 

It is also mostly a flat card apart from the 3D foam, so will only incur the minimal postage.  When you have volumes of cards to post at Christmas, I think this is quite important!

Techniques Learned:  direct to paper, masking  


All Close to My Heart  - Hostess Set “Sing Glory”
New England Ivy ink
Gold Shimmer Tape
Gold self adhesive sequins
White card blank 6 x 4
White Daisy cardstock
New England Ivy cardstock
Other - Small Post It notes
A piece of waste paper
3D foam pads

1.      Cut a card mat 3 3/4 x 5 ½ inches to fit neatly on your card blank. Edge round with your New England Ivy ink pad.

2.      Put your card mat on a waste piece of paper with the stamp set wadding underneath, and your craft mat under that – this way you still get a good stamped image without stamping on your craft mat and you can throw the waste paper away afterwards. 

3.      Take the ivy stamp and starting off the edge, stamp in one direction across the top of the card mat.  For the next row, stamp in the other direction.  You will notice that the stamp does not have a straight edge, so small gaps will appear in your stamping. 

4.      Keep repeating until most of the card mat has been covered.  For any gaps, “mask” off the areas where you have stamped with the small Post It notes, ensuring that there is just white space underneath.  Cover all the areas.  This is a bit time consuming, but worth the effort for the result!

5.      Stamp the message onto a piece of white cardstock, and cut into a rectangle 2 ¾ inches long x 2 inches wide.

6.      Cut a rectangle from white cardstock 2 ¼ inches wide x 2 ¾ inches long for the message mat.  I used the inking “direct to paper” technique whereby I rubbed an ink pad onto white cardstock with New England Ivy with approx ½ inch ink showing each side, then dried off with a heat gun.  This is a great technique for workshop participants if they want a match but don’t have the exact cardstock, but it is probably more economical for workshops to cut the mat from matching New England Ivy cardstock as the contrast. 

7.      Adhere the white message mat to the New England Ivy mat with 3D foam pads. 

8.      Cut two strips of Gold Shimmer tape 3 ¼ inches long and cut triangles into the edges like banners. 

9.      Add your adhesive to the back of the New England Ivy message mat and then take the adhesive off the Gold Shimmer tape strips, making sure that everything is straight.  Then stick onto the card. 

10.  Add three gold sequins in various sizes to the message mat, making sure that they are in the visual triangle. 

11.  Stand back and admire the finished product!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Dad's 80th birthday

My Dad's 80th birthday party is in a couple of weeks, so I wanted to avoid the last minute panic and make his card well in advance when I had a few minutes. 

Ever mindful of the massive amount of things I have to use up, I turned to the CTMH "Free to be Me" paper pack, which was received in the previous year's catalogue, so time to use up, if possible. 


I took a 5 3/4 square card and cut the base 5 1/2 square inches out of the embossed blue card, and also cut a 5 3/4 wide x 5 1/2 long rectangle from the vellum.  I turned the extra 1/4 inch over on the left and ran a length of extra strong tape over on the back, which adhered the vellum to the blue base.  I then adhered the blue base to the card base. 

I used Glacier cardstock to cut the third sized Spellbinders Labels One die, and then cut the larger square out of the blue cardstock from the "Free to be Me" paper pack.  Adhere the Glacier cardstock die cut on top with 3D foam tape.  Place the numbers on top and then draw a border around the darker blue edge with white pen.  Don't worry if it is not perfect - the stickles will cover.  Once dry, place the Stardust Stickles over the white border to add the glitter.  Set aside some hours to dry. 

Cut the tip of the washi tape into a banner peack and adhere about an inch from the bottom. 

Adhere the die cut journaling block on to the top.  Now stamp two of the feathers - one with Lagoon, one with Twilight ink.  I added some ink to a craft sheet and spritzed water on top and then stamped for a watercolour look.   I outlined the lighter feather with watercolour pencil for a more defined edge.  I then added some pen strokes to both feathers and embossed them with silver.  I added some finer strokes in silver pen for a more realistic effect. 

Cut out the feathers and adhere to the side of the journalling block with 3D foam dots, curling up some of the edges a bit with your paintbrush.  I stamped the swirling banner out of Glacier ink and cut out.  I stamped "Happy Birthday" in Lagoon and then cut out.  I adhered the banner on top of the feathers with 3D glue and once secure, added the two separate words on top with more 3D glue for another layer.

You can also add more glue dots underneath the tip of the feather and one of the sequins to further anchor the vellum to the cardstock.

Add the finishing touch of the silver sequins and you're done! 

Close to My Heart Free to be Me paper pack - blue cardstock, feathers vellum
CTMH Silver Geometric washi tape
CTMH Silver sequins
CTMH Stamp Sets:  Feathers, Give a Lift, Holiday Tags
CTMH Glacier, Lagoon, Twilight inks
Derwent Inktense water colour pencils
White pen, silver pen
Silver embossing powder
Stardust Stickles
American Crafts Thickers
3D Foam Pads
Helmar Three Dimensional glue
Glue Dots

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Men's cards - Crate Paper Brook

Last Sunday was Father's Day here in Australia, so I made a card for Paul from the boys, and one for my Dad. 

I NEVER usually go mad and buy a whole paper range, but I certainly did for this one - I still just love it.  Great earthy colours yet still vibrant and bright, and really suitable for lots of different subjects. 

I usually just make cards with my left overs, but I just grabbed this container and started to go for it. 

The above one was for my Dad.  The mini chevron punch, gems and stamps are all CTMH. 
Happy birthday Michael!  I used one of the embellishment stickers and some punched leaves.  Ribbon and mini ricrac stuck down with Glue Lines - amazing stuff. 
Some of the different patterned papers, cut into strips and inked around the edges.  One of the chipboard stickers and then edged with aqua stickles for some bling!
Crate Paper Brook patterned paper, stickers and chipboard
Close To My Heart Holiday Tags stamps, gems, chevron punch
Stone coloured mini ricrac, white ribbon
Aqua Stickles
Simon Says Stamp! Dark Chocolate ink
I have a feeling that this range will be used up to the entire centimetre .... but it should be adorning some Project Life pages soon, I suppose!
Thanks for stopping by.  :)