Friday, March 9, 2018

[Inter] National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month in USA but I'm turning it into International Craft Month so I can join in!

Recently I was inspired by a box that something my mum purchased came in. The box had a lovely paper-tole look and feel to it. The colours were lovely too.  I just couldn't put it in the recycling!  So I set to the box with my scissors and created a scrapbook layout with it. It came together really quickly as the box was the main design piece:

It is very different for me to use just one tiny photo and a lot of decoration but it's good to step out of your comfort zone every now and then.  Here's a close-up on the photo #someofmysquad and for you to see the paper-tole design on the card.

I am entering this layout over at Simon Says Stamp National Craft Month Giveaway. They are giving away a $100 gift certificate. Can you imagine winning that?!?

Cardstock: Bazill
Stickers: American Crafts (Jen Hadfield)
Bling: K & Co and Ranger liquid pearls (coral)
Punch: EK Success
Distresser: Tim Holtz for Tonic
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Ink: Versamagic
Other: box, gold ribbon

Friday, February 9, 2018

February: Love Is In The Air

It's February, so of course Love is in the Air.  Do you have that song in your head now?

Both of the challenges over at Simon Says Stamp involve Love this week
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Love is in the Air
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is It Must be Love

This gave me the opportunity to pull out my new Kaisercraft die set - yay. It was on clearance down to $7 then they had an extra 30% off craft clearance. Sweet! So it came home with me. I used it in the Travelers Notebook that I am using to document a trip to Australia last year. We went over to celebrate a dear friend's 30th birthday. I have already documented her birthday elsewhere but I still wanted to keep it in the trip notebook as well.

The details will be added later to protect her privacy. I'm using a Pocket Page Notebook from The Stamp Spot. I was excited to turn the pocket page into a shaker page - my first one!  I may have been too keen as I melted/cut the top in some places instead of sealing it. I ended up adding the washi strip on the top to try and keep it all together.

Here's the next page:

I am enjoying using smaller photos to document events. The Travelers Notebook is perfect for both standard and small photos. I'm only 2/3 the way through and my notebook is already FAT! I like big notebooks and I can not lie 😂

Dies: Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Punch: EK Success
Stickers: Kikki-K
Stamps: Pink & Main, Citrus Twist Kits
Ink: Ranger Archival
Washi: Simple Stories
Paper: Scenic Route (grid), Teresa Collins (time flies)
Other: sequins, scrap paper,

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The First SSS Challenge for the Year

This year seems to be humming along creatively. I hope that bodes well for the rest of the year still to come.

This week's theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Add A Sentiment. I needed a birthday card for the bff so I knew I could Add A Sentiment to her card.  It's her birthday today! (NZ Time)  I made the card in the weekend but I didn't want to load it before her special day in case she checked my blog!  Here's what I came up with:

I really don't know what is happening with my heat embossing lately. That's two cards I've made recently that haven't embossed well. It was a new stamp set so maybe I should've 'primed' it? I also did the right thing by using my Misti but it still double stamped a little off, which is one of the reasons the embossing didn't turn out perfectly.

I did learn a lesson though: don't cut your strip for stamping before using the Misti! The stamps left no room for the magnets to hold it in place! My fix-it was to adhere my stamping piece to a bigger piece of scrap paper so that I somewhere to put the magnets. (Another reason the embossing smooshed?).

Stamp: Studio Calico
Inks: Versamark, Studio Calico
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Cream Card: Stampin' Up!
Corner Chomper: WRMK
Other: Sequins, scrap paper, card base

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello 2018!

How's 2018 treating you so far?

Today I'm loading a layout I scraplifted from @meldarcy over at Studio Calico. Scraplifting isn't something I do regularly but the design called to me (instax style photos with washi trims) and the very same kit she used arrived on my doorstep this week. How serendipitous!

The layout has been submitted to the Studio Calico January LOAW #1 challenge. The original blog post is here. The challenge is to document goals. My layout ties in to the theme because it documents one of my goals for this year (#bemoresocial) and I got 5 photos scrapped which fits another goal - craft more (#morecrafttimeplease).

Studio Calico: Silver Lake Lodge Scrapbook kit, Goals stamp set, washi strips, planner stickers, glass slipper pigment ink.
Heidi Swapp Colour Shine (blush)
Ink: Stampin' Up! , Tim Holtz
Glitter Paper: DCWV
Punch: McGill
Word Strips: Cocoa Vanilla

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

There is just enough time to get a post in before the the new year! Actually, it's already 2018 in New Zealand! But at least it will still say 2017 on the blog.

Here's hoping 2018 will be filled with much love, laughter and light for us all

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Anything Goes Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

This week I'm back working on challenges. I needed to make a birthday card for a ten year old for tomorrow. The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes so I am entering this card to that challenge:

I used my new Nuvo embellishment mousse over the embossing, to colour the card base and to colour in the number 10 on the inside:

I had to cut my acrylic stamp in half (#gasp) to stamp the words separately.  I also put a special, NZ designed and made, stamp on the back of the card for this sweet girl. The birthday girl has started to attend church with friends so I thought she would find it a special touch.

Again, this card is being entered at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Stamps: Hero Arts, Rubbadubbadoo
Ink: Ranger
Embossing Powder: Ranger Antiquities
Mousse: Nuvo
Number Stickers: Basic Grey coloured with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
Embossing Folder: Craft Connections
Bling: Kaisercraft
Pen: Stabilo (to write 'th' on the inside and draw lines on the front of the card)
Paper: SImple Stories (for the tiny blue hearts on the front)
Cardstock: Bazill, (base unknown)
Other: Tiny Heart Punch

Sunday, November 26, 2017

You May Not Need That Latest Gadget

That's right, the shopaholic just said: you may not need that latest gadget!

A new gadget was just released by a well known male crafter, and a well known craft manufacturer.  When I saw it, I thought: that looks the same as my sidekick I bought many years ago only in a different colour.  (I choose red over brown any day). I ordered a new, and tiny die recently and I thought that it would be easier if I could cut the die with my old, trusty sidekick rather than pull out my regular die machine (Ebosser).

The first setback was realising that when I purchased my sidekick, thin metal dies were not on the market.  It only cut the steel dies embedded in the plastic frame.  Now is about the time you might point out that the new gadget would cut all of the current die sizes, thus rendering it useful.  I, of course, was not going to be beaten at the first hurdle.  I played around with different, self-made 'shims' to account for the lack of plastic frame on thin metal dies.  The final sandwich involved adding: a piece of chipboard covered on both sides with patterned paper from my scraps stash and a plain embossing folder sized to fit the sidekick.

The plain embossing folder may shear over time but I could cut new plastic shims out of product packaging or some other thick, solid material.

It's always good to look at older supplies and give them some love again.