Sunday, March 14, 2021

National Craft Month - March and Simonsaysstamp Challenge

 March is National Craft Month so I decided to do something crafty everyday. I even cleared off my desk this month but only because I couldn’t find my ‘don’t care what I cut with them’ scissors. I later found them in the garage where I used them last to cut up the boxes for recycling that some sneaky crafty orders came in! 

So far this month, I have been working on memory dex cards.  I usually try to make one for every month of the year  and have been doing that for 4-5 years.   Unfortunately I stopped somewhere around Oct 2019 so I had 18 to make.  They don’t always have to have photos, sometimes it’s just playing with new product or techniques.  I keep them in the original rectangle Heidi Swapp memory dex box, it isn’t completely full yet. I may have another Heidi Swapp Rolodex style one on standby when the box is full. I also must remind myself that I do not need the new blush memory dex roller! Right?

Without further ado:

Notice anything different about my photos? Hopefully you have noticed that they have improved! I purchased a WRMK Shotbox as soon as they came online for sale in New Zealand. I absolutely love it. WRMK designs are always clever and easy to use. #shotbox @wermemorykeepers #Wermemorykeepers #WRMK #spotlight @spotlightstores #spotlightstoresas 

As 4 of these card include something green, I am entering them into two Simon Says Stamp  Challenges: Monday challenge which closes soon is use something green. The link is Here. The Wednesday challenge is: a bit o green - the link for that is Here

Materials used:
3x4 journaling cards: Project Life, Heidi Swapp (die and card), unknown
Chipboard alpha: Vicki Boutin. Covid Chipboard : scrapmatts
Alpha Stamps: Heidi Swapp Shoppe. Stickers: Heidi Swapp. Die cuts: Uniti
Inks, Sprays and pens: Tim Holtz, Stampin’ Up. Screen and rose gold medium: : Vicki Boutin

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

2021 so far...and a tip for you

Who was totally ready to end 2020 and ring in the new year? Me. I don’t think I was the only one. Can’t say there’s been much improvement on my end but we live in hope.  January was a right-off for me health wise and I only started to feel more like me around mid February. Who would’ve thought 2021 could be worse than 2020? Sigh. 

Crafting helps though and it’s nice to have had a couple of creative weekends lately. I signed up for the Vicki Boutin Storyteller weekend in November last year and I’m proud to say I recently completed the album and layouts once the missing product was sent in February. I only need to add photos to the album and 3 of the layouts. 

In January 2020, I made another Vicki Boutin album, and true to Vicki style , it is packed even without the photos. The Storyteller album is the same so I split the two abums into three albums. I tried to make the new album similar to the storyteller album by using the stencil. The first attempt did not work, it wiped right off. I switched to archival ink and it worked a little better.  I finished it off by adding some stickers left over from the kit. Gotta use ‘em up!

When I finished one of the sticker sheets I thought to myself: I could use that and stamp in the open spaces.  In the end I backed it with the packaging from some of my Vicki product - it’s too pretty to throw out. The mixed media was already done for me on the background, I just needed to colour the sticker background with Vicki’s water colour pens. Final step was stamping in the blank spaces. I’m just waiting for the right photo, or I will make it into a card. 

 Lastly, I have a tip for you that I worked out.  When I add water to my inks for water colouring, I usually use my spray bottle.  I don’t like to keep a water cup around because of the risk of spilling and I don’t like how dirty the water gets. When I finished a bottle of eye drops I decided to fill it with water and use that instead. I think it works really well.  Let me know if you try it out for yourself  

Friday, October 2, 2020

Spring has Sprung

Online there is lots of fall inspiration, but in New Zealand it is spring. It’s been lovely seeing all the spring blooms and being able to enjoy warmer temperatures. Spring has definitely sprung in NZ - I  have a bird’s nest right outside my window. Recently I noticed that a thrush made her nest on the resident handy man’s ladder; not a very convenient place. The resident handy man set about to build a nesting spot for her and yesterday we wrapped the support post in tinfoil to deter cats. Now I just need to find a solution to keep cats off my window sill as it is a perfect launching spot. 

Seeing as this is a crafting blog, I better get back to sharing some crafting. Father’s Day was last month in NZ so here’s the card I made for my dad. Some vintage Heidi Swapp, a ‘failed’ alcohol ink technique reused as a background, a stamp, a stamp, a paint pen, and colour sprays..

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Anything Goes and Beautiful Botanicals

 Back in 2013, I went to the inaugural Creative Adventure Downunder and fell in love with the new way of memory keeping taught by Heidi Swapp - memory files. You could pack a lot of photos in one memory file album. My love for them was rekindled recently when an Australian memory file artist shared some of her memory files online. I got hooked all over again and pulled out some supplies to make one after many years.  Because the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Beautiful Boutanicals I made sure to pull out some lovely botanical prints to use. Once it was completed I came across some photos of my dog so I decided to dedicate it to him. Once the theme was set, I changed some of the circles on the front of the file into paw prints. You’ll have to look really hard to see them. 

The Kaisercraft paper pad I had was single-sided which doesn’t really work as well for the hand made photo flip, so I turned the pages over and sprayed the plain white side with some coordiating Heidi Swapp colourshine. 

I am entering this project in two challenges at Simon Says Stamp:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Beautiful Botanicals

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


Paper - Kaisercraft

Colourshine - Heidi Swap

Banner - Heidi Swapp

Corner Punch - WRMK and unknown 

Other - file, twine

Thursday, July 30, 2020

It’s that time again - Anything Goes

It’s time to enter another challenge.  It’s certainly been a while - nearly four months to be exact. Lots going on in my life impacting on my crafty time. However, I did manage to make a card for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge because it is Anything Goes - a very easy challenge to fill.

Today’s card is made for a child’s birthday. I got some coloured card packs recently so I chose the pink one and I love that it has a matching colour envelope in the pack (not bad for $3 on clearance for a pack of 5 cards and envelopes). 

This design turned out quite lovely that I think I will make some more following the same pattern. 

As a reminder I am entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Card: Grace Taylor
Embossing Folder: Craft Concepts
Pink Metalic Guilding Polish: Creative Expressions
Silver Acrylic Paint: Maries 
Butterfly: Heidi Swapp
Colour Spray: Heidi Swapp
Sticker: Pretty Little Studio
Number: American Crafts
Silver Paint Pen: Zig
Other: sewing thread, flower

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lockdown Life

The world as we know it is forever changed by Covid-19. Little did we know as we celebrated the new year, just how 2020 would play out. Here in New Zealand, we have been on full lockdown apart from essential services. As the company I work for is considered an essential service, I am working from home. It sure gets in the way of my crafting!

My self isolation has actually been in place for a month as I had a week off work sick. Then when our PM shifted the alert level to level 2 it meant that I needed to remain at home as I fall in one of the recommended groups to stay home to stay safe. From March 23 the whole country went in to lockdown. I’ve just realised today that when we go out of level 4 we will still go down to level 3 then level 2 which means I will still need to work from home and restrict movement.  Sigh. All is well however. We have enough supplies and a family member to get supermarket supplies for us.

During March I participated in #31minutesfor31days which is simply crafting for at least 31 minutes every day in March. I got all 20 layouts done from Pretty Rustic #3 which was held in early March. No photos on them yet.  Here’s a small sample:

Last weekend, Scrapping clearly held a 3 day online virtual crop with lots of inspirational videos. I decided to give image transfer go after watching a video by Leanne Jago. My design was also scraplifted from Leanne’s video:

This weekend is a long weekend so I am hoping to get some crafting time in - wish me luck

Saturday, February 29, 2020

My First Challenge For 2020

It's finally time for me to enter a challenge, my first one for 2020.  This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes.  Recently I sat down with leftovers from putting together the Vicky Boutin album with her Wildflower & Honey collection.  I loved  the cover sheet from the 6x8" paper pad.  The album used the entire paper pad so I didn't want the pretty printed piece to go to waste.  So I pulled out the leftovers from the album and sat down to create (and maybe I also had some more replacement Wildflower & Honey pieces I may have also bought because it is just such a lovely collection #dontjudgeme).

I then did a similar design on the back using just leftovers again.  I think this kind of crafting works because I had the whole collection so I knew it would work well together.  Usually I only buy limited items from a collection that I think I can use.  It is a luxury to craft with a whole collection.

I think I really enjoy the challenge of using leftovers and stretching my creative muscles by limiting my supplies.  It's amazing what you can do with just a little. That doesn't mean that I am emptying my craft room of the excess though! I love my stash.

I am entering these layouts at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes

American Crafts Wildflower & Honey Collection by Vicki Boutin

Apologies for the photos being the wrong way! I am using my iPad and it won’t let me rotate them even though they are the right way originally. Plus I held off posting this until today so the date would show Leap Day.