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.

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)

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

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.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Quadruple Whammy

Instead of a double whammy, today's card is a quadruple whammy as it covers 4 challenges!

Before I created my card I checked out my favourite challenge sites. Once I had chosen my challenges, my theme and colour scheme was already chosen for me. You'd think this would make my card quick and easy to make. No such luck! From the get-go I struggled with this card. I chose my favourite colours and combos and I knew I wanted to make a birthday card but the technical skills to bring my ideas together were lacking.

It started with my poor attempt at watercolouring over a clear embossed image. Watercolouring is something I really struggle with. I thought I'd improved but when I was working on the colouring I realised my improvements were nonexistent! Sigh. I decided to continue with the watercoloured base card any way.

My next great idea failed in its execution. I wanted to emboss the Happy Birthday in Versacolour Celadon to match the edging of my card. First attempt I inked the sentiment with embossing ink and stamped it. Then I realised I actually wanted to stamp it in Celadon ink then heat emboss it with clear powder! A quick scrub off and dry then I had to turn the vellum over to use the other side. Would it lay flat? Absolutely not! Cue handy washi strips to beat it into submission, I mean, tie it down flat. Then I realised the ink was too pale after all that.

Time for a break! Or so I thought. As I got up to leave I decided to chose some liquid pearls to add matching drops in part of the background image to help distract from my attempt at blending my watercoloured background. I ended up sitting down again and adding the liquid pearls drops. Of course some got on to the vellum. Sigh. After other small annoyances I am glad to say my card is done. And I quite like the finished product, certainly more than I was expecting too.

This card is being submitted in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday  This set my theme: birthday
A Blog Named Hero: Anything Goes   Had to use a Hero Arts birthday stamp Submit & Win    I was inspired to use their April colour inspiration in a recent newsletter. I love this colour combo as it uses some of my favourite colours: Coral, Mint, Dark Teal, Grey and Pale Grey. They go so beautifully together.
Southern Girls Challenge: Show Us Your Favourite Colour Combo  Used a combination of my favourite colours: Coral, Mint, Dark Teal, and Grey.

Watercolour Card: Bockingford
Ink: Simon Says Stamp (Coral Reef, Audrey Blue), Versacolour (Celadon, Cement), Ranger Distress (Hickory Smoke)
Stamp: Hero Arts
Liquid Pearls: Ranger
Washi Tape: 7Gypsies
Other: Vellum, Flower, Paper Scrap (behind the sentiment to help it stand out)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Final Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

3 blog posts in one day!

This is the final one for today - I promise

This final project is a 4x6 pocket scrapbooking card I made.  I really like the "Laugh Out Loud" chipboard with the inked doily (Ranger Distress Oxides again) but I didn't really think it was a good sentiment for a card. So, I decided to make a pocket scrapbooking card instead - I'm sure there are many photos that can be used with "LOL".  I'm not 100% sure about the 4x6 size of this card but I centered the doily so that I can cut it down and use it as a 4x4 pocket page if I want.

Excuse the watermark on the top of the paper. My guess would be it touched a wet baby wipe on my desk when I was setting up my photo - grrr

This is my final entry in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Ink: Ranger Distress Oxides - Broken China, Cracked Pistachio
Paper, Doily, Chipboard - brands unknown

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

More creative play with distress oxide inks for me in this blog post. And seeing that the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is Anything Goes I got to create cards/projects without any limitations.

For this card I stamped an older Heidi Swapp background stamp on Kraft again but not spritzing it with water like my previous card. I like the fact that the colour shows up on Kraft card and gives a smooth, chalky finish. From there I inked a doily to match, chose patterned paper, stamped/embossed my sentiment on Kraft card and added silver glitter numbers. Done!

For some reason the silver glitter numbers don't stand out in the photo as much as they do in person.

Kraft Card: Ormolu
Inks: Ranger Distress Oxides, Ranger Embossing Ink
Stamps: Heidi Swapp, Studio G
Numbers: American Crafts
Papers: from my scraps bin
Embossing Powder: Celebrations of Australia
Other: Fiskars Circle Cutter, Doily