Wednesday, October 10, 2018

For the Love of Play - SSS Anything But a Card


Little things like work really get in the way of crafting, don't they? Unfortunately, we need to work to pay for all the pretties we like to play with. That's what the Bank Manager tells me, anyway.  I've managed to catch up on my memory dex cards for June to August.  June was all about Creative Adventure Downunder and my August card covered the Celine Dion concert in NZ.

Not much happened in July so I had a play with some new products and some older items from my stash:



I put my new Nuvo embellishment mousse through an older stencil then layered on stickers, coloured twine and punches.  Lastly I finished it off with some tiny, matching pearl drops.  I'm really happy how my creative play turned out.

 I am entering this project over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything But A Card
It's definitely not a card - I'm not sending it away. It's gone straight to the memory Dex box. Or 'straight to the pool room' as we say in NZ and Australia.

Materials:
Memory Dex Card - Heidi Swapp (AC)
Stencil - The Crafters Workshop
Embellishment Mousse: Nuvo (Tonic)
Stickers - Simple Stories, Amy Tangerine (AC)
Punch - Stampin' Up!
Perfect Pearls - Ranger
Other - twine coloured with Colour Shine by Heidi Swapp


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Simon Says: Pop It Up

At this time of year I need a few birthday cards. I was planning on using my new Lawn Fawn die from Simon Says Stamp for gift cards as I knew I was giving a gift card to one person.  I was happy to see that the latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Pop It Up .  It works in perfectly with my new die and crafting plans. I love how easy this die is to jazz up the inside of your cards when you give a gift card.

I went a totally different style for my card. I used some new, from Simon Says Stamp, rose gold texture paste from Vicki Boutin through a Prima stencil (which I had never used!). I was inspired by using that Prima stencil from my stash so I pulled out some lovely unopened Prima canvas pieces to use as well. I coloured the canvas pieces and some white string with Heidi Swapp colour shine. Last up was using a new 'birthday' die from Paper Roses (also available from Simon Says Stamp). Here's the front of the card:



Here's the inside pop up piece that holds a gift card:



Materials:
Prima: stencil and canvas pieces
American Crafts: Vicki Boutin rose gold texture paste, Heidi Swapp colour shine,
Paper Roses: birthday die
Lawn Fawn: pop up die
Kikki-K: number stickers
Other: card base, string, green packaging (used to cut birthday)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

SSS Anything Goes Challenge - Father's Day

There's a few crafty projects going on at the moment. I'm busy making cards, catching up in my memory planner and trying to finish past projects - don't we all have a few unfinished projects?!?

It is Father's Day in New Zealand today so of course I made my dad a card:


Here's the inside using new American Crafts sticker books:


I am entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes. The link is here.

Materials:
Card Base: 4x6 pocket style card by Studio Calico folded in half
Dies: unknown
Stamp: Kaisercraft (I cut the phrase to fit my die cut shape)
Ink: Ranger Archival
Gold tape: Kikki-K
Stickers: American Crafts
Other: vellum envelope, scrap paper

Thursday, July 19, 2018

SSS Use a Die and/or a Punch Challenge

It's been a long while since I've been able to participate in a challenge at Simon Says Stamp. It feels good to stretch my creative muscles again. This week the challenge at SSS Wednesday Challenge is use a die and/or punch . I made a birthday card for a 6 year old.

Now this card doesn't look like your average card for a 6 year old but I was feeling inspired by Terhi from our classes at CAD. I decided to go with her style and I could hear her voice saying: more is more! So I layered more and more on it.


The super cool thing about this card is the new Lawn Fawn pop-up pivot die that arrived recently from Simon Says Stamp. I couldn't wait to try it out so I made the inside first and then did the front last. I've never done things in that order before.


As previously mentioned, I am entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: use a die and/or punch here. I used dies on the front and inside of the card.

Materials
Dies: Lawn Fawn, Tim Holtz
Stamp: Her Arts
Ink: Ranger Archival
Spray: Heidi Swapp
Thicker: American Crafts
Washi tape: Heidi Swapp
Green card: Hero Arts
Ephemera: Rosie's Studio, Grace Taylor
Corner Chomper: WRMK
Other: thread

Friday, June 22, 2018

Creative Adventure Downunder 2018

Not much crafting is going on around here, but all that will change next weekend! The BFF and I are off to Creative Adventure Downunder in Auckland. 2.5 days of crafting - it's going to be full on!

Heidi has taught at CAD before and I loved her classes (but they started an addiction to Heidi stuff!). It is Terhi's first time teaching at CAD and I am looking forward to her gorgeous creations which are so different to my plainer style.

I'm off to pack: the craft items, wine and snacks are already sorted #priorities


Friday, May 25, 2018

May Round Up

It was interNational Scrapbooking Day (NSD) earlier this month and I managed to participate in a few challenges.

Over at Big Picture Classes I did a few of the free NSD lessons. One of the lessons was on making and decorating TNs.  Here are two I made after work one day - easy and cute!  I managed to win two gift certificates from my entries - thanks BPC!





For challenges over at Studio Calico I used memory dex cards. It meant I could create quick projects and get up to date at the same time! 

Front 

Back


That's enough crafting for me for now.

Materials:
Enamel Embellishments - My Minds Eye (Memory Dex)
Studio Calico: stamps, documentor kit, labels, washi strips, stickers (Memory Dex)
Simple Stories: Stickers and Dot Paper (TNs)
Heidi Swapp: Memory Dex Punch, Colour Shine (TN), Butterfly (TN)
Other: bakers twine, jewelry piece (TN butterfly)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Simon Says: Sparkle and Shine

The latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Sparkle & Shine . I love a bit of bling and sparkle so this challenge is right up my alley!

For this card I cheated a wee bit. I am giving a gift card for a birthday present this week, the gift cards come in a card - how convenient. I chose one which I could alter easily. With sparkle and shine in mind, I decided to die cut 'happy birthday' from a piece of paper covered in silver washi.  For added shimmer I covered the card front with kaleidoscope embossing powder (covering up the middle portion so it would be plain). Lastly I added a bling drop - mostly because my matching die cut dot for the 'i' in birthday went missing! 🤣


Here's a close up to show the gorgeous shimmer on the background.


Here's the link to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle & Shine

Materials:
Ranger Kaleidoscope embossing powder
Kikki-K silver washi
Sizzix/Tim Holtz word dies
K&Co blue bling
Ranger embossing ink
Peel-Off silver trim stickers