Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hey Dude!

I'm back again with a new challenge post ....a little earlier than usual this time.  This month I join team 1 for Challenge #128 at Let's Craft and Create.  The theme for this months challenge is 'Hey Dude' - so I looked to my 10yr old dude at home for a bit of inspiration.  Here's what I came up with.
Hey Dude


So Mr 10 is very much into his playstation games at the moment, and I hadn't really connected this before but he is a red head too or as he says 'It's not Red it's Orange!'......I have a feeling that may have even inspired the colour scheme a little bit.

I have used an old Kaisercraft collection called Rewind for the bulk of these cards, which includes papers, rub ons and the stamp set.  The controller embellishment however is from a Simple Stories sticker sheet.  I have stuck the sticker to a scrap piece of cardstock and then cut around it and mounted it to give a bit of depth.

I hope I've helped to inspire you a little bit too - join in the fun and accept the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Red, White and Blue........

Red, White and Blue is what it's all about for me in this months Challenge Reminder post!
Yes you read that right this is the reminder post - which is letting you know that you are running out of time to enter the Let's Craft and Create Challenge #127.

The theme for this months challenge is 'Just Beachey' &/or Red, White and Blue......as I'd done Miss Mermaid Miranda for the previous challenge I decided to stick with the Red, White and Blue theme.  And here is what I came up with........


I created some depth by using a die cut in the center of my card and mounting that onto some thin chipboard. I then layered red patterned paper behind it and added a further blue star using foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to seeing what you create!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Die effects - Mermaid Miranda

Hey Everyone!
I'm back today with a wee tutorial.  Every now and again I get asked to make specific themed cards and you guessed it...this time I was asked to create a Mermaid card for a little girls birthday.  I created a few different kinds but this one was by far my favourite.
Introducing Mermaid Miranda!

I created the background effect by die cutting one bubble set from standard white cardstock and a second from the background paper.  I then mounted these onto a card base.

From here we start adding the layers.  Using some tacky glue I've added a bit of muslin cloth, scrunching it up for some texture.
I thought it needed something else to lift it a bit so added some bling dots around and slightly underneath the cloth too.

Now add you mermaid and sentiment and you're done!

Wishing you a fabulous day!






Monday, June 19, 2017

Challenge #126 - Girls Girls Girls

And...here'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 could......wow 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 them...so 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.

#Awesome!

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
  • Décor stamp (I’ve used a dragonfly)
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Heat tool
  • Paint brush
  • Bone Folder
  • Die Cutting machine (Cuttlebug etc)
Instructions
  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
                flower.
        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
                dry.
        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 :) 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Challenge #123 enTWINED

Welcome to the reminder post for challenge #123 entwined for Let's Craft and Create!
As the challenge title suggests this months theme is the use of twine in a project.  When I thought of twine I automatically thought of a males birthday card for some reason.  I had some nautical themed prima paper that I thought would work quite well with some stamped rustic images.  Here's what I managed to come up with.......







To complete this project I have used:
Prima - French Riviera
Archival Ink Black
Vintage Photo Distress ink
Pearl enamel dots
Stamp set

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge # 122 - Love is in the Air

Time for the follow up reminder post just in case you forgot!  Get along to Let's Craft and Create and take a look at challenge #122 - Love is in the Air.  It's February people.....Valentines month so ofcourse it's all about love.  To help you with a bit of inspiration, here is one of my creations......
It's all about the x's and o's........and cupids arrow!
Join in the fun and share the love.
Thanks for visiting, I'd love to hear what you think.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The end is here........

So this will be my last post as being a member of the Design Team for Let's Scrap Sketches.  I've come to the realisation that life is a bit busy at the moment and as the year has only just started it's looking like it will only get busier as the year goes on.  Thank you to the team at Let's Scrap it has been a pleasure and a wonderful experience.  For those who would like to try being on a design team pop along to the blog for the details on how to apply.


So cracking on with it then.....being February the month of love the inspiration sketch keeps within this theme too.

And my take on the sketch....
 

This was hard to pick up on the camera but there are stencilled hearts - I used Gloss Gel as I wanted them to be subtle


I hope that you have enjoyed what you have seen here.
Thanks for stopping by, please continue to stop by again as I will still be posting.  I hope to work on doing some tutorials in the future.


Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stay Wild My Child

The first of the month = a new sketch challenge by Let's Scrap which = inspiration sharing time!!!



So here's the sketch to help kick off your inspiration.......


And here is my take on it.....well my take on the right hand side of it .....



I love the fact that my girl has a mind of her own, she is personality plus....to the point at times where she resembles a wild child.  But I don't think that I ever want that to change about her.  I hope that she continues to maintain a level of wild and independence about her as she grows.
Anyway here I have really used a little bit of everything to create this page.  I delved deep into the dark depths of my stash, so unfortunately I can't tell you the exact name of things that I used but more so the range lol.  So the base is a Bella page, The title is a mixture of thickers and the 'Wild Child' is a Dear Lizzy die cut phrase.  The embelishments including the trees and mushrooms were actually fussy cut and given to me by a friend.  The hedgehog are from a studio calico kit.

 
 












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