Monday, June 19, 2017

Challenge #126 - Girls Girls Girls's your friendly reminder post for the Let's Craft and Create challenge #126 which is all about the girls. 

This is Mermaid Miranda - created as a special request.  Quite timely I was asked to make a girls mermaid card.  I decided to use it as an opportunity to try out a few quick techniques.
Check back in over the next day or two as I'll be posting a short tutorial.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pretty Scraps

So I have a confession to make.....I'm a scrapbook hoarder!  I love to make the most of my supplies and hate to see anything go to waste.  As you would imagine then I end up with loads of unmatched pieces, and I continue to think 'ohh but that's pretty I'll keep it just in case I do another layout with similar colours'.  More often than not, if I do another layout with similar colours I end up with more scrap pieces of paper.  I made it my mission the other day to use as many scrap pieces that I did I have a lot of small no wait not small but tiny bits of paper.  But I did manage to make what I think are some pretty cards with mission accomplished!

Fish tail your strips at either end and stick them down, alternating colours.  I added a sentiment onto a circle die cut and then added the odd wooden embelishment that I found floating around.
TIP: A lot of the papers are single sided - My sentiments are stamped onto the blank side of the paper.

I raised the sentiment just slightly by taping a piece of old packaging cardboard behind it.

 And...can't forget about the boys - these would work well for early teen to adult birthday cards.

Happy crafting and thanks for reading!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Create your own background

Lets's Craft and Create Challenge #125 Create your own background

Thanks to all of those who took park in the Easter/April Showers Challenge #124 - I hope that you will also join us for this new challenge!

Team 2's inspirational creations are now available for you to view.

And here is my creation for this challenge.  Mother's day is in May here in New Zealand so I decided to create a lovely warm background using the ombre effect with a stencil and some inks.

Here is how I achieved this look.

 Here I have my Inks, a flat bristle brush stencil and paper. 

I used washi tape to hold my stencil and paper in place, then applying the ink to the brush I started in the bottom left corner with the pink first.  I then moved to the top right hand corner with the yellow, leaving only a small gap of white between the two.  I used the orange in the middle overlapping the pink and the yellow to create that blended look.

Here's a close up look 

I hope that you all give this effect a go, it's a great easy and effective background.

Happy crafting and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Autumn Escape 2017- #Awesome

I don't tend to go to a lot of retreats or scrap camps, and if I do I kinda expect a lot, I really have to be drawn in by the tutors.  So when my scrapping buddy pointed out who the tutors were going to be for Autumn Escape 2017,  it was a quick google search on each of them to check out their styles - they got the tick of approval and hey presto we were all signed up. 

The first completed layout that I have to show you is from Natalie May's class #Awesome - a Layout using 7Dots Studio paper, Imaginarium Designs custom chipboard & Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays.

Love a bit of masculine grunge!

Now glitter and sparkle doesn't normally sound masculine does it, but look how lovely these Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays look.

A closer look at the sparkle

 I love the out going personalities of creative people - and this definitely was the case here.
A wee selfie of me (Right) and Natalie May.

The picture to the right is an awesome hand painted case that I won as a give away in Natalie's class - lovely bright and vibrant just like her.

Thanks for stopping by - I'll be sharing some more of the layouts over the next couple of days - so be sure to drop by again.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Happy Thought

I made a card like this a little while ago for a friends 50th and had a number of compliments on it so thought I would write up a wee tutorial for anyone that would like to try it.
Supplies Used
  • 15cm x 30cm light coloured cardstock (Card Base)
  • 14.5cm x 14.5cm dark brown cardstock
  • 14cm x 14cm Kraft card
  • Coloured patterned scrap paper approx. 10cm x 9cm
  • 3 craft match sticks
  • Tim Holtz Alterations thinlit dies
  • 7 Flowers (1 large, 1 med, 5 small)
  • Foliage die cut x 2
  • Glass beads
  • Gel Medium (Transparent)
  • Black and/or brown ink
  • Heidi Swapp White colour shine
  • Adhesive tape
  • D├ęcor stamp (I’ve used a dragonfly)
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Heat tool
  • Paint brush
  • Bone Folder
  • Die Cutting machine (Cuttlebug etc)
  1. Begin by forming your card base.  Measure 15cm in from the left hand side and score  and then fold.  Use your bone folder to give a crisp edge. This should give you a 15cm x 15cm card base.
  2. Adhere the 14.5cm x 14.5cm dark brown cardstock to the card base, ensure that this is placed in the centre leaving a light boarder around it.
  3. Ink the edges of the Kraft card with the black or brown ink.
  4. Place the die in the bottom left hand corner and run through your die cut machine.
  5. Take a scrap piece of paper and place this on the wrong side of the Kraft card so that you can see it through the die cut section.  Adhere in place.                                        Tip: If using adhesive tape, apply this to the back of the Kraft card now - do not remove the backing paper though.
       6.   Use the gel medium to adhere the match sticks.  Starting in the top left hand corner, evenly space them on a downward angle.
          7.   Using the Colour Shine - spray 2-3 times focusing around the area of the match sticks. Dry with heat tool.
        8.    Adhere the Kraft card to the card base, again ensuring that this is placed in the
               centre.  Stamp your Image to the right and below the lowest matchstick.
        9.    Adhere one of the foliage die cuts to the left of the top matchstick, and the second
               to the right hand side of the same matchstick.
        10.   Using the gel medium adhere the large flower so that it overlaps the first and
                second matchstick. 
                Ensure that you place it low enough that you can still see the foliage above the
        11.   Now adhere the medium flower between the second and third matchstick and the
                small flowers.
        12.   Stamp your sentiment and cut this out .  (I have used a label style stamp, if you
                don't have one you can heat emboss your sentiment with white embossing
                powder onto black paper).  Back your sentiment with foam tape and adhere
                toward the bottom right hand side of the card.
        13.   With some gel medium on a paint brush randomly swipe this over the embellished
                area, including the flowers.  Drop your glass beads over these areas and allow to
        14.   Once dry lightly shake off any excess beads that did not adhere.
Now you are done!

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Challenge #124 -- EASTER &/or APRIL SHOWERS

Wow we are half way through April already who would have thought!  Must be time for another Challenge reminder for Lets Craft and Create.  So April for me is all about Easter and special birthdays - it's a month where I pray that the rain stays away!  My inspiration piece for this months challenge then is all about easter.
 I've created a side step card for the extra depth and spring feel.

Thanks for stopping by - happy crafting!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Busy fun times......

It's been a while since I last posted so thought I would share some of what I've been up to lately.  For a long time I've wanted to sell some of the items that I make, but had been afraid to.....what was holding me back was the thought of 'What if no-one likes it'. Gasp and tears would follow.

 I was having a conversation with my 9yr old son late last year about him giving things a go and not being afraid to jump in and try because you just don't know what will happen until you do.  The old saying of 'Feel the fear and do it anyway' sprang to my mind. Sometimes and only sometimes he can really surprise me.  He paused for a second and turned me and in a quiet thoughtful voice said 'You know mum, you should sell some of your craft things that you make, I think you'd do really well.'

At that point I realised I had to live by example.  I thanked him for his kind words and told him that even though I was afraid that no-one else would like what I had created I would give it a go.

So here we are in 2017.....Martinborough Fair.  Don't be fooled by the photo though this is not all mine.  Thanks to the great support and kindness of a friend we have shared a space at three fairs/Markets since February.  I can honestly say that I have felt the fear and done it anyway.

This was taken at the first Martinborough Fair in February.  It was a slightly windy day which made it quite interesting.  My friend makes the tutu's and capes and I make the fairy lights, paintings and cards.

 An example of some of the items that were for sale on the day.

I spent a fair amount of time propping up paintings after breezes but it was well worth it in the end. 
The second market was even more successful than the first and the third thankfully was inside.

I believe we are never too old to learn and change and I am finding that I am learning more about myself these days through my teachings to my children.

I am starting to be more adventurous and am enjoying the challenges that come with that.  
Come and visit me again for more updates!  I'd love to hear about your market experiences too.

Take care out there :)