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! 



That's enough crafting for me for now.

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

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Simon Says: Anything Goes 2

Another entry in  the latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

The next Memory Dex card I made is for my One Little Word (OLW) for 2018 which is: Light

Love the simplicity of this card:

The background just reminds me of the Bokeh effect - perfect for the theme!

There are a few details on the back just to remind me what to focus on.

Memory Dex: Heidi Swapp
3x4 Card: Heidi Swapp
Stickers: Simple Stories
Alphas: American Crafts
Ephemera: Pinkfresh, Heidi Swapp
Gold Pen: Sharpie
Corner Rounder: WRMK
Memory Dex Punch: Heidi Swapp

Simon Says: Anything Goes 1

Crafty things have been going on but I can't share all the projects just yet!  At the beginning of March I attended Pretty Rustic which was creating 20 layouts over 2 days. I only completed 5 layouts on Day 1 and 6 layouts on Day 2. I am slowly completing the remaining 9 layouts! As this event is being run throughout the country, I can't share the projects until all venues have completed the creative weekend.

A project, or two, that I can share is my 2018 title page for my Heidi Swapp Memory Dex box.  Last year, I decided to complete a card for every month of the year. It could involve photos or freestyle crafting. I am going to continue with this project until my box is full!

This is the title page I created for the front of the Memory Dex box (until next year):

FYI: Light is my One Little Word for this year which is why I stamped the phrase on the title page.

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes so I am entering this memory dex card in the challenge.

Memory Dex: Heidi Swapp
3x4 Card: Kaisercraft
Stamp: Heidi Swapp
Ink: Ranger Embossing
Stickers: The Craft Stall, Peelcraft (numbers)
Embossing Powder: unknown
Memory Dex Punch: Heidi Swapp

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,