Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The last few.........

As we are about to head off on a family holiday for a couple of weeks, I have managed to squeeze in a few more cards from the Online card class.
This card was one of the inking techniques from Day 7 cards with reverse stamps, where JJ Bolton encouraged us to think outside the box with our stamps and use the back of a clear stamp for a solid image if we don't have a stamp that will do the trick. Here I have used a Kaisercraft stamp from the pack your bags collection to stamp the bauble colour and then white embossed with the snowflake image from the free HOTP Enchanted Christmas collection that came with the Simply Cards magazine last month. The greeting is and added club member freebie from The Stamps of Life.

This card is from the same day of lessons and an idea from Jennifer McGuire showing us how to do "inner masking" with a background stamp. Now I had to use her second option to create the same effect as the post it note did not work like her eclipse masking paper. I also didn't have a reverse stamp to work with but nonetheless, made this smaller background stamp work for me. The greeting is from Studio G.
Day 6 was cards with inking techniques and the only big background stamp I have is the Hero Arts Woodgrain stamp so that had to do. The technique involved stamping with water on a distress ink background. I must say I do love how water reacts with distress inks and you never know exactly what you will end up with. Baubles are from the Stampin' Up tree trimmings set and the greeting from The Stamps of Life trees4christmas set. I used some fine border peel offs for the bauble string as the stamp in the set was too short and I didn't trust myself at 11pm trying to be tricky with ink and the stamp-a-ma-jig.
Another from Day 6 was a design from Shari Carroll using distress inks for a stained glass window effect. It didn't quite work that way for me  as my "stamp" is actually a Nellie Snellen stencil which I embossed with then went over the top with versamark and white embossing powder. I also used Jennifer McGuire's idea from Day 9 of making cards with sentiments stamps. My trusty Fiskars stamp press got a work out with this one. I should have done a few backgrounds at the time but I wasn't thinking so will have to keep the idea up my sleeve for another day.

See you all again in a few weeks time and enjoy the lead up into the Christmas season. How are you coming along with your Christmas cards? Are you a mass production person or like me and do lots of different designs? Leave me some love and let me know.....

Happy Craftin'.........

Friday, 9 November 2012

Holiday cards on the brain......

Well I feel like I've been dreaming holiday cards lately with all the wonderful ideas from the Online class. Wish I had time to try them all.
This is Day 5 share with a design from Shari Carroll using stamps and die sets but I didn't have any of those so I used a die-cut from the Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge and stamped on it and on the scraps of paper. It still worked.

Bonus day2 saw some ideas from Debby Hughes to use stamps and/or die-cuts that didn't relate to Christmas and use them for holiday cards. Above is a cut from the Beyond Birthdays cartridge that I have cut apart and glittered, then below is a lily stamp from The Stamps of Life froggy2love set. I white embossed on plain vellum and coloured the back with Whispers markers. An old flourish from Accu-cut that I have had for several years and rarely used along with a little bling came up with a nice card I reckon. The greeting is a magazine freebie by HOTP.

Last but not least is a design from Bonus Day 1 which the colours drew me into. The one in the class used the Sampin' Up ornament punch which I do not own but found a very similar shape in a freebie svg file from the svg blog. I cut it using SCAL2 and my original Cricut. The snowflake is from the same freebie HOTP set that I used for the greeting above and the greeting on the card below is from the Stampin' Up Contempo Christmas set. Ornaments are coloured with SU Lavender ink and Spiced Marmalade distress stain. 
Thanks for looking and Happy Craftin'.......

Monday, 5 November 2012

And the holiday cards keep a comin'.....

It's just a couple of shares this time. I am up to day 5 and have duplicated Kristina's card share for the day using perfect pearls. I have taken the word stamp from the Kaisercraft Be Merry collection and used perfect pearls with it and then cut it out using Spellbinders nestablilities Labels 8 that I bought not long ago. As I didn't have any background stamps I used my new embossing folder also - Cuttlebug, Victoria. On the green card I used some versamark over the pattern and then embossed it with a polysparkle embossing powder which is clear with a hint of glitter and I love the way it looks IRL.
The second card is from Day 3 - idea from Julie Ebersole. I used the one and only Christmas word embossing folder I own and distressed  the image with markers, white acrylic paint, distress ink - antique linen and finally sprayed it with perfect pearl spray. I should have stopped before adding the spray because it sprayed really blotchy this time and kind of distracted from the rest of the work. Never mind it will get used anyway.
Now to catch up on the bonus day examples......

Happy Craftin'

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Having fun with the holiday cards.........

Making some time to play and get a card a day made is actually quite a challenge for me considering I am working from my stash and have to work around ways to create a card with things I don't own.
This first card is a design from Jennifer McQuire where she showed us how to make a window card and stamp with a background stamp over all the layers. I didn't have a background stamp but I played with the Kaisercraft music background just stamping several times. The bauble is from the Gingerbread Cricut cartridge which I have not long ago bought and the card, and front are cut using the Cricut Craft Room to design and then the edges of the card base are carefully done with my Fiskars Scalloped edge border punch. Greeting from the Stampin' Up Contempo Christmas set.

 This second card Kristina had us playing on Day three with making our own backgrounds using a scoreboard. I don't own one so I used my trusty Fiskars trimmer and embossing stylus to create my background on white cardstock and then used Distress ink - Peeled paint to cover over it to bring out the pattern. I really love the effect but need lots of practise to not get hard lines with my distress ink. Haven't quite got that technique down pat yet. Bauble is from the Stamps of Life - holly4Christmas set and the greeting from Stampin' Up Contempo Christmas set. 

This last card is from Shari Carroll's design from Day 4 of the class. It encouraged us to use an acetate overlay and I love how this turned out IRL. Papers are scraps from Australian Scrapbook ideas freebie papers the tree is a stamp from The Stamps of Life - trees4christmas set and the greeting from Studio G.
Keep smiling and Happy Craftin'

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Started my holiday card class........

As I mentioned in my previous post I signed up for the Online Holiday Card Workshop with  Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner which you will see the result starting  towards the bottom of my post. I thought, "no worries", a card a day, I can handle that...... LOL! Well we get a few more than a card a day of ideas and I'm already not keeping up. It's a good thing it will be accessible for a long time to come as I could still be working on them post Christmas for next year and beyond.
Last weekend I went to a Friday night crop and spent the weekend doing a Cybercrop over at Home and Scrapped. It was the last for the year and I really enjoyed taking some time out for myself.
 Suzanne challenged us to make a background that had to emphasize the theme of our photos so I have some great stamps from Stephanie Barnard that looked similar in design to the paper flowers that were at King's Park so I played along with those and coloured them with Whispers markers to make my background. I kept the rest of the layout simple as I found adding embellishments to it made it look too busy.

 Suzannes other challenge was to Use our stash:
  1. Use 5 or more patterned papers; dig into those scraps.
  2. Choose 2 categories of embellishments (ribbons, flowers, buttons, die cuts, brads, stickers, whatever) and use 3 or more from each of your chosen categories; for example, 3 flowers, 3 pieces of chipboard.
  3. Use readymade or pre-made journal boxes, letters and embellishments wherever you can.
  4. And finally, tell us what you’ve used!
I think I covered the criteria okay with buttons, stickers, 5 pp's and the pre-made journal box.
 Heather kicked off the CC with a Step-By-Step layout which I got around to on Sunday and really enjoyed as a way to use up little scraps of paper. It seems to be a common theme with Heather at the moment, making us use all our little scraps ..... so it actually comes in handy.
 Kerri challenged us to make a layout with a food theme and to use our photos and pp's at an angle. The angle part of it was definitely my challenge as I am such a straight lined person and symmetrical.... that it is not funny..... LOL!
 Our October challenge from Josie was to take inspiration from a couple of layouts she found on Pinterest. One used lots of hearts so I pulled out all my die-cut and punched hearts and played.
 Kerri's October challenge was to keep up with the scrapbook trends and use chevrons.  I'm not a big trend follower so it got me out of my comfort zone and I had the girls at the crop night very intrigued by what I was doing with my stripey paper. I'm really pleased how it turned out and found a good way to use up some of those really old stripey and gingham papers I have lying in my stash. Might use this idea again sometime.
 Heather's Mid-week sketch number 30-12 was another scraps using venture and I had some of the Granola Basic Grey range left in the packet that worked well with my photos. That koala is a die-cut freebie from here. I cut it with my ecraft along with the eucalypt leaves and the tree branch that I altered too. The leaves and branch were created from photos I had taken a few years ago that I converted to cut files.
 Here are some cards from the 2011 Holiday Card Bootcamp. The top one is a design that was planned for a photo card but as I don't do photo cards, I found some vintage Christmas images that I used instead which I bought a couple of years ago.
 This one was from Day one last year and uses a die-cut that I received in a swap just recently.
 This was day two last year and a newsletter card that I just made without the newsletter pocket.
 I have to say that I am a little challenged at times altering my cards to look similar but using totally different items to what they use in the class as I am working purely from my stash. I have lots of Christmas stamps but not many long greetings or picture stamps and I only own one Christmas embossing folder so have been using the Tim Holtz Sizzix, Damask and regal flourish folders instead.

 This is an acetate card created with Rhonna Farrer flourish stamps and the Kaisercraft tree from the "Merry Christmas" set from a few years ago now. It's the first time I have stamped and embossed it with white powder and I have used it many, many times. Looks very cute.
 This was another photo card that I converted to the vintage image card and had to hunt down the snowflakes from the Christmas Cheer Cartridge. I don't usually use snow flakes a lot on my cards as the whole white christmas concept is so foreign to us here in Australia.
 This card was a challenge from the CC where we had to use scraps from our food layout to make a card. Of course I chose to do a Christmas card again with a card topper and peel offs.
 Day 1 of the holiday card workshop - a set of 3" x 3" cards. I didn't make the envelopes to go with them as I don't have the scoring board they used to get the easy sizing so have to remember to ask the question of how far the scoring lines are from each point so I can make some little envelopes to go with them. They are all the same design so you can use them a a gift card set or use them on your own gifts.
Still on Day 1 - Jennifer showed us a technique for using the Fiskars stamp press and a cheat sheet to do a series of mass produced cards. I played along although mass producing cards is never something I do if you look through my blog for the last few years. I glimmermisted my stamping as I didn't have any distress inks that would go with the colours I was working with so the old Patina came out of hiding yet again.

If I can keep up with the class and pack to go away in a couple of weeks at the same time then you might see some more Chrissy card shares before I'm off......

Enjoy and happy craftin'

Sunday, 14 October 2012

A creative go slow.....

In recent weeks I have been busy with life.... My eldest sister visited with our family from Adelaide and we spent a lot of our spare time showing her around Perth.
The boys have been on school holidays and whilst I have been working 3 mornings a week, Dad has stayed home to look after the boys and take a well earned holiday break.

Mojo has been absent so I have done very little of interest in the crafting arena for the month. I did get a new stamp set out that I bought earlier in the year and actually put it to use. I just stamped a number of images without any plans on how to use them and then decided to put them to use when I had time to play. This is the Contempo Christmas set from Stampin' Up which I have teamed with some other greetings from The Stamps of Life - several sets and some rub-ons and sticker greetings also. The top left is a lift of a card by Darleen Adamo and the rest are just playing around with old scraps and magazine freebies.

On Friday night over at Home and Scrapped, Heather did another of her monthly SBS challenges which I joined in on and you can see the result below in the Underwater Observatory layout. Whilst we were chatting on the night, Kerri decided to challenge us to use our scraps and make a card so I did just that and made a non-traditional Christmas card with a really old sticker on it. It's wierd to note how differently the orange cardstock photographed under different lighting situations.  At least it added an extra Chrissy card to my growing pile.
I have actually signed up with an online card class for later in the month with cards by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner along with some Guest designers also. I'm looking forward to playing along with some different designs and styles. I even bought last years Holiday Card Boot camp 2011 which I am about to start on and see what I can come up with. That will probably make a start on next years cards as I am sure the cards I have done so far this year will suffice for what I need. Maybe some will head off to the Combat Cards group for overseas troops if I have heaps. I love making Chrissy cards and could keep going with them for ages.
Happy Craftin' everyone........

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sorry..... word verification has gone back on.

Hi all, I have had to turn back on my word verification for comments as I am having too many issues with  Spam comments. I hate it myself and I don't like to have it on but unfortunately I need to bring it back. I hope it won't put you off of leaving me some love.

Back to share when I have done some more crafting.... been busy with my big Sister here visiting me. It's been fun sharing some of Perth with her.

Catch you all soon.....

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Just a couple of cards.....

Just a couple of shares playing with my new Hero Arts Wildflowers stamp. The first if done with Whispers markers and of course uses some Fiskars border punches: Apron Lace and Starburst.
The second card is white embossed and uses the resist technique with tempting turquoise Stampin' Up ink. The label is a Criut cut from the Storybook cartridge and the butterfly is a really old stamp from Paper Pleasure Plus who are no longer in business. The butterfly is coloured with twinkling H2O's  and looks really pretty IRL.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Craftin'

Monday, 17 September 2012

Back so soon......

Just a few more shares from the last couple of weeks.
I have been trying to catch up with a few more of Heather's sketches but it is a long slow process now that X Factor is back on. I truly should not be roped into watching so much TV but alas I do need to just sit and do nothing sometimes when the brain becomes foggy.
This is MWS 28-12 with photos of the boys at Scitech. We took Masaki there when he was visiting and the boys loved it. They always enjoy interactive science shows.

Next is MWS 29-12 with photos of the boys as Piney Lakes where we went for a wander during the last school holidays. This is not too far from home and a nice walk on a pleasant day.

At Home and Scrapped during September Kerri has challenged us to create a layout using paint and layers. This is a Colorbok paper with some brown paint stamping and a little extra cream spread about with a credit card edge. This is based on a Pagemaps sketch from April 2012, I think. A great way to use up tags and scraps of paper.

Last Friday night was the monthly SBS at Home and Scrapped and Heather had us making inchies again. Have I mentioned how I hate inchies......? I am so challenged by making something decent on a 1" piece of cardstock. Still, after three hours on the inchies alone..... lots of procrastination included, this is what I ended up with.
Another challenge for the month from Home and Scrapped, this one is Vicki's. Something old - lots of really old scraps of paper, Something new - recently purchased spellbinder foliage dies, something borrowed - a lift of a layout by Tracey at traceelementz.blogspot.com.au from about March 2012 and something blue - or any monochromatic colour choice you made..... in my case is was green.
These last two you may recognise from the Fiskars blog in a recent share. Fiskars sent me a lovely batch of Bella paper ranges to play with to make some things for the blog and here a just a couple so far. 


A big thank you to my niece-in-law who kindly sent me some lovely photos of her girls to use on some girly layouts. If you have a chance to visit Images by Jade, then please leave her some love on her photography. She has just started her own business and is going well so far. If you are in the Kadina area in South Australia and looking for some wedding, kids or family photos please contact Jade and tell her I sent you.
Happy craftin' all.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

The monthly update.......

In my last  post I told you to join us at Home and Scrapped for the Cybercrop in August. Here are the layouts that I completed.

I sent everyone to this link: http://holykaw.alltop.com/30-dr-seuss-quotes-that-can-change-your-life
I asked everyone to choose a quote from the list and make a layout using it as the title or in the journaling. I kept my example very simple and chose a quote that I really like and suits Keelan down to the ground.

Next I gave them a magazine cover that was very busy and asked all to gain inspiration for a layout from it.  Above is my example using lots of paint splashes and designs from the inspiration.

Angie wanted us to create a layout using fabric in our background and include at least three handmade embellishments. The butterfly using the Fiskars funky heart punch, the two grey based flowers and the hat pin were my handmades and apart from the background cardstock therest is pretty much fabric.

The last challenge from Angie was a colour challenge using a cereal box as the colour inspiration. There are plenty of Fiskars tools used on this one so I sent it through to Lyn to use on the Fiskars blog. The flower is made from the funky heart, mayflower and medium round & round squeeze punches. The strip has and edge cut with the majestic edge on the Fiskars cutting template and the border punches are the rope, heart and scalloped edge ones. You might need to look carefully to see some of them.

Lyn also asked if I had anything for Father's day so I made this quick card for the blog also. The funky heart squeeze punch, scalloped edge and threading water border punches also got a work out, so did my sewing machine.

Thanks for looking and happy scrappin' all.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Come Play at a Cybercrop.......

If you get a chance to scrap this weekend, come drop by Home and Scrapped for a Cybercrop to get your creative juices flowing. Angie and I are running it this weeked and we have a couple of interesting challenges for you to play along with.

I've been continuing to make my Christmas cards and bought a kit the other week from Scrapbooks from the Heart in Canning Vale with some lovely Graphic 45 papers in it and some designs by a team member. I started with the cards from the kit and with the little bits left over made a couple of extras of my own. There was lots of fussy cutting to be done so was glad when I finally finished them. The end results are lovely though even if I do have to admit to it after all the cussing. The two cards at the bottom row of the first photo are my own design and the other 6 were the kit design.

Managed to get to the Craft shed last Saturday for a crop night and completed Josie's colour challenge from Home and Scrapped for August. She even gave us a sketch to play with too, so not much thinking on this one.
This one above is MWS 25-12 from the Scrappy sketches blog by Heather.
 This one was MWS 31-12.
 This one MWS 21-12.
 And this one MWS 26-12.
I even managed to get the Step-by-step completed on Friday night which was again designed by Heather. She is such a busy lady and I like to play with others designs from time to time, especially when you don't know how it is going to turn out.

Well, enough from me.... off to create some more and then turn in for an early night as the boys have their last footy game for the season tomorrow and as always it is the first match of the day so we are up at the crack of dawn.

Happy craftin' all and have a good weekend.