Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More Monkeying Around

The monkey stamp and die set I won from May Flaum is being put to good use! I needed to make a birthday card for a young girl which just so happened to match two challenges at Simon Says Stamp! The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Happy Birthday and the latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is For A Child . Brilliant timing!

Because I ended up embossing the Hero Arts sentiment on the front of my card I can also enter this card at the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.  Their challenge for August is Embossing With Wow .

Here's my birthday card for a child with embossed sentiment:


I made it so that the little monkey can swing around:


Of course I didn't just stop with the front of the card, I decorated the inside too:


This card is just so cute! (Even if I do say so myself!)

Materials:
Card, Cardstock and Tag: Hero Arts, Stampin' Up!, Ranger
Monkey Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawn
Birthday Stamps: Hero Arts
Inks: Ranger, Versamark
Markers: Tim Holtz, Zig
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Embossing Powder: American Crafts/Zing
Metallic Rub-ons: Craf-T Products
Stapler and Staples: Tim Holtz
Other: Vellum (scrap), Ribbon (from a present)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Monkeying Around

Yesterday, my prize from Scrap Camp offered by @craftwithmay arrived. I won the stamp set and dies that May used on her tag - the stamp and dies are a collaboration between Lawn Fawn and Ellen Hutson.  They are rather cute! May also sent me a few Ranger tags and some of her 28 Lilac Lane sequin mix. I was so pleased to receive the sequin mix as I haven't found a local supplier yet.


I couldn't wait to play with the items and they went straight in to my Memory Planner for August:


It wasn't until I was watermarking the photo that I noticed I glued my monkey in the space for August 31st! Oh dear!

Another monkey was stamped, cut and coloured for the opening of the first weekly spread in August.


There are another couple of monkeys stamped and die cut ready for colouring and using elsewhere in the month.

Thank you, May, you can be assured these will be put to regular use.

You can find May's blog here

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Mini Challenge

Remember when I did the #nospend in March this year? It was a really good activity for me to go through and I learned a few things about my spending habits. But I have to admit, I did not necessarily put into practice new habits from what I learned.

One of the main habits I thought about was checking online craft sites daily for what was new and what was on sale. Yes, every day.  I put myself on a much needed craft #nospend this month but I would still check those sites daily. So yesterday I put myself on a mini three day challenge: don't check the shopping sites until the end of the month. 

It was quite interesting to see how I automatically clicked over to the shopping sites from the blogs I check daily. Scarily automatic. I managed to intercept my natural checking on the first one in time (before the shopping site loaded). It made me cautiously aware for the next sites I checked out.

Yesterday I managed to not check the three sites I check daily. Let's see how tonight and the rest of tomorrow goes.....

Update: I did it! The very next day I did order a stamp set from Altenew but it was my prize from them and I did wait until August.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

She's Done it Again: SSS and TN

Just a warning: I think you are going to see a lot of projects in my travelers notebooks in the next wee while.  They are such a great size and it's quick to whip up a simple layout.

Of course I checked out the Simon Says Stamp challenges to direct my creating.
The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Let's Take a Vacation
The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Use Patterned Paper (I did actually use some Doodlebugs washi on one of my pages seeing as the design team used Doodlebugs products)

Here's my title page documenting a trip I did in New Zealand at the end of May: (have fun pronouncing some of the kiwi place names, especially the second one)


For the title page I pulled out some new zing embossing powders I got on clearance at Spotlight ($5 each plus buy 2, get 1 free!). I may have bought three more today...


Patterned paper for the first pages:


That little dangly charm covering up some identifying details is something I altered.  It was a key fob but I added a faith charm, an apple charm from a very old design team kit, and I added a glass bead to the flower centre (part of the original piece).  The updated fob is now hanging from my green handbag.

The patterned paper journaling mat on this layout is actually the inside piece (scrap) that you cut out when you use the WRMK Frame Punch Board! Waste not, want not!



The 'LoL' and 'Love This' dies were a recent bargain purchase too.  I'm glad I put them to use straight away.

The last pages are a mix of stamps and die-cuts that I'd previously pre-cut.


The 'Love This' dies ended up on the next page.  That's enough photos for one post.

Materials:
Paper: Rosies Studio and scraps
Embossing Powder: Zing
Inks: Ranger
Stamps: Three Bugs in a Rug (Hampton Art), Scrappy Cat, Kelliestamps, Elles Studio, Hero Arts, Citrus Twist Kits, Technique Tuesday, Mama Elephant,
Dies: Kaisercraft, Maggie Holmes, Hero Arts, WRMK, Tim Holtz, Technique Tuesday
Washi: Doodlebug Design, Heidi Swapp, Copic (foil), Mambi
Embellishments: DCWV, Frames (scrap surrounds from some instax photo frames)
Pens: Stampin' Up!, Tim Holtz

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Travelers Notebook: Simon Says Stamp Challenges

It was time to get my craft on. As usual I turned to the Simon Says Stamp challenge sites to direct my creative play. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Touchy Feely and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Emboss It.

I pulled out my new WRMK Frame punch board and when I opened the packaging it had a double chipboard frame in it. Waste not, want not. I cut the image out of the filled frame and looked through my small photos to fill the places. I chose an instax print of a resetgirl instagram post and a photo of me after a Clinique Makeover. I decided to put it in my Travelers Notebook which had my creations for interNational Scrapbook Day from May in it.


Here's the close up:


For the embossed stamp on vellum, I used a brand new peach embossing powder from Altenew that I got as part of my prize I won from them. It is really lovely, almost like rose gold.  I also put down some new washi I bought at K Mart recently.  I didn't know they had a good range of cheap scrapbooking supplies (and the marble contact cover I've been looking for).

Here's the challenge details again:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely (the frame, heat embossing and sequins)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Emboss It (heat embossed stamp on vellum)

Materials:
Travelers Notebook and Cover: Crate Paper
Washi: K Mart
Stamps: Technique Tuesday, Citrus twist Kits,
Ink: Ranger
Colour Spray: Heidi Swapp Colour Shine
Frame: packaging from WRMK Frame Punch Board
Paper Embellishments: Citrus twist kits (my NSD prize from them)
Alcohol Marker: Altenew (black)
Other: Sequins

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday: It's A Frame Up Challenge

This week I needed to make a Mother's Day card. The latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to use a frame. I decided to inset my frame for this challenge - just to be different.  This is what I came up with:


Yes, I did adhere the patterned paper upside down! Grrr! I'd already adhered the stamped background to the patterned paper so I couldn't just take it off and stick it back on the correct way. There seems to always be something wrong with my creations lately!

Here's the inside. I changed up my design by putting my sentiment on the top part, leaving the bottom space free for writing to my precious mum.


The challenge post at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is here

Materials
Paper: Echo Park
Card: Bazzill & unknown
Stamp & matching die: Wplus9
Other Stamps: Hero Arts (and many more), Kaisercraft (happy Mothers Day)
Ink: Momento, Ranger distress oxide, Stampin' Up!
Frame die and stitching template: Stampin' Up!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is celebrating 8 years! Congrats on 8 years of inspiration and challenges.  Thanks too to Heidi at Simon Says Stamp for sending vouchers for the store to the winners.

This week they are giving away 8, yes 8, vouchers away to 8 lucky challenge entries.  Boy, oh boy, do I want one of those vouchers to help with my massive wishlist at Simon Says Stamp! Unfortunately, I have only been able to create 2 entries for this challenge; sometimes life just gets in the way of craft time!

This entry is a birthday card for my niece.  Her birthday isn't for another couple of weeks so I hope she doesn't read my blog! When I set out to make this card I thought it would come together very easily.  Once again it felt like a struggle trying to put this together! I persevered with it and I am so glad I did!



To get the two-toned colour for the background stamp I actually stamped it first in Archival Black on another project, cleaned the stamp with baby wipes, then stamped the card base with the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp hybrid coral ink.  Actually, I discovered this 'technique' by accident, not realising the black residue would still stamp after cleaning!

I just love the Coral Reef hybrid ink by Simon Says Stamp and I felt like I needed to do another card with this pretty colour.  For this challenge I added just a pop of mint to the mix as I love the two colours together with black as an accent (the paper looks pale blue in the picture but in real life it is mint). Hence, I am adding this card to the Southern Girls Challenge: Show us you Favourite Colour Combo challenge.

The frame for this card was actually white which was too stark for the overall card.  I toned down the white by adding some Zig fawn colour ink with a waterbrush to grunge it up a bit.

A lot of older items from my stash were used on my card! Yay for using up my stash.  After making this card I have popped the background stamp in my 'For Sale' pile for a de-stash event I am attending in a few weeks.  Hopefully I will make a little money to buy new supplies with!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday
A Blog Named Hero: Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge: Show us your Favourite Colour Combo I'm having trouble linking this project to this challenge today.  I will try again later.

Materials:
Stamp: Hero Arts, Stampin' Up! (background)
Ink,  Simon Says Stamp hybrid Coral Reef, Ranger Archival Ink Black (for edging), Zig (on frame)
Numbers: American Craft Thickers
Frame: Maggie Holmes
Markers:   (for watercolouring the white frame to match)
Papers: Webster pages (journal card), La-De-Dah (paper used inside the frame), Grace Taylor (tag behind the frame),
Other: card