Thursday, 26 July 2012

Just a quick share......

I did manage to finish the other stitched cards that I worked on at Margaret River so here they are.
Love the metallic thread used with metallic peel offs to create a simple easy design. This pattern is a simpler pattern to stitch so the kids had a go starting on these and got easily bored so Mum took over and finished it off.
A little trim of an edge and add a border to it with the Fiskars Scalloped edge border punch and some more peel offs and it works again.
This has to be my favourite though. It took forever to decide what to do in the centre of this stitched pattern and when I stumbled across this blog of free cutting SVG files it quickly made itself clear to me. I cut the doily file with my Ecraft and added some fine peel off dots and a little bling to the centre. A peel off greeting and some paper lace trim completed it.

Happy craftin' all......

Saturday, 21 July 2012

A question to ponder........

The other day I was reading a blog of a fellow card maker and she mentioned that a "friend" of hers had once sent her some money in an envelope after Christmas one year so she was able to afford to buy Christmas cards for the following year. I was surprised to learn that someone would consider doing that however it got me thinking - do my friends think the same way?
So, if you are a non crafter I would love for you to leave me a comment and tell me if you think it is "cheap" of someone to send you a handmade card?
I'm not easily offended so don't be afraid to comment.
If you are a crafting friend I would love to hear from you if you have experienced anything similar to the above experience.
Anyway..... back to my crafting endeavours.....
I have been working on some more Christmas cards for my stash and playing with a new (second-hand) stamp. I bought it thinking it was a background stamp as there was no stamped image with it and when I stamped it I quickly realised it was a full on Christmas stamp. I decided to do some layering with it and it worked nicely.
I did however come to realise that Stazon Timber Brown ink on Very Vanilla Stampin' up cardstock does not in fact stay on as well as I would like.The tinges of red on some of the image are actually where the ink has smudged into the cardstock as I was handling it for cutting. If I try this again I will certainly use a different cardstock and maybe add some colour to the surrounds.
Have you ever seen a design and gone out and bought materials to make that card design to only have them sit in your stash for years?

Well, that is what I did with the beaded card. I bought the beads about 4 years ago along with some narrow ribbon and each year I look at them and think about that card I was going to make with them. Surprise, surprise, I actually got off my butt and used them. Having made one, I have several more beads to use up and decided I was ridiculously stupid for deciding to do it in the first place as those beads are mighty difficult to thread on ribbon. Thank heavens the Lord blessed me with patience. Now I just have to wait until my patience is about again to do some more.

Earlier in the year whilst at Margaret River I sat and stitched some more Form A Line cards. It's only taken me a couple of months to finally finish them off with peel offs and beads etc. Love this bell design but it takes a while to stitch. The result is truly worth it.

To this one I added an old sticker of Santa in the centre and more peel offs to complete the border and greeting.

Now over to some scrapping from my Crop the other night.
This is Heather's challenge over at Home and Scrapped this month to use up some tags. She is on a stash busting month which I need several off to put a dent in my stash. These are some old papers from a couple of years ago with all the matching tags and chippie etc. The woodgrain tag is the only one I altered the rest are from the Colorbok kit I had.
Next Heather was on to using our ribbons. She gave us a sketch to play with and I have a heap of old American Crafts ribbons that I am yet to use up . I would never normally put these colours together but I played with the colours on the cow in the photos and it all worked well - or so I thought. The candy is a stamp set from The Stamps of Life - candy2share.

Heather was also cracking the whip on using up scraps of paper so offered another sketch that would give us layers of bits of paper. I found some stickers at the Craft Stand that just happened to be military ones that worked really well with the theme.

Last Friday night was the step by step - also by Heather and she had us using up more strips of paper and playing with paint to create a background. By fluke the paint continually splashed up the page and looked like splashes of water to match the water coming from the fountain in the photo.

My last share is a Mid week sketch from Heather's Scrappy Sketches - 16-12. It was Mitchell's page of him holding the big bird. I even used the funky flower that I made at the last Home and Scrapped Cybercrop.

Well that's it for tonight, have a good weekend and Happy Craftin'

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The cyber crop last weekend

Last weekend was the cybercrop at Home and Scrapped and lucky for me there was a Pizza and papercrafting night on so I got to work on some challenges. Thanks Ann for the great timing.
Heather started the weekend with another Step-by step and I got to use up some scraps on this one. A Cricut cut title with the font from the Cricut Craft room which I haven't used before. I actually don't mind it.

The theme of the CC was autumn so most of the layouts involved using autumn colours. this was Karen's challenge to use brown, orange, maroon, green and yellow and lift a layout that she had done. I wanted to keep it playful and found some cute stickers in my stash that worked. Some lovely Heather flowers from her shop and a little stamping made for a nice layout in the end.

Jewels 1st challenge was to use a PDF of some autumn leaves by Rebecca Ludens from and cut them in at least 5 papers and use them on a layout. I actually converted the PDF to a JPEG, imported it into SCAL and created a cut file to use on the ecraft to save myself some hand cutting. Oh so lazy but it gave me lots of leaves to use. I was actually quite challenged by this as the leaves were quite large but I was happy with how the layout worked out. I even used one of the negative strips that I cut leaves from for her flower tutorial to create the border along the bottom of the page.

Jewels second challenge of the CC was to lift a layout of hers and tell a story about something you do in autumn. Well, being here in Aussie in a place where native gardens don't really present that autumn feel, I found photos of the flowers I took in the native garden at Amaze 'n' Margaret River back in April and used those to display an autumn native garden. I loved all the different types of banksia's they had there and was lucky to get some lovely photos of them.

Jewels also gave us a flower tutorial to have a go at using 25 punched leaves in three different colours. I did not have the Martha Stewart punch that was used in the example but found this leaf from the Home Accents Cricut Cartridge and along with the Cricut Craft Room managed to cut plenty out of different colours to make these four flowers. I plan to use them on a layout soon but haven't quite got to that layout yet. The centres are made with bronze microbeads and look really effective. They do take a while to put together I must admit is it not something I would do often but then again how often do I really make my own hand-made flowers? That answer would be almost never..... I leave that up to Heather and then just buy them from her at her Made it store.

Happy craftin' all.....