Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Who Turned Up The Heat?


It's only the beginning of Spring and temps today and yesterday have been 33 degrees C. Gimme a break! Hottest Spring days in umpteen years apparently.

Anyways, it was good to have an excuse to stay out of the hot air because I have been busy crafting on behalf of DD22, who finishes up her year-long school placement next week and wanted a little something to give to all her Year 3/4 kiddies. She forgot, however, to give me sufficient warning of the deadline coming up, so I've only had 36 hours to get them all made and in the post down to Melbourne!

So, over the last day and a half and with the very invaluable assistance of DD16, I made up 54 bookmarks with some punch art characters.

Here they is:

The TMNT ones are for the boys (yeah, you probably figured that out already, right?) and the yellow M and M ones are for the girls.

As she was helping me with the M and Ms, DD16 gave firm instructions that there is to be NO punch art next time! I think she was gaining a meaningful appreciation of how many fiddly little steps are involved!!! LOL. Apparently if it hadn't been so cute, she would have told me to make them all on my own!

With that important job out of the way and all my stamp camp projects finished, I now have a few days in hand to do some card making just for fun - and with new stamps that arrived yesterday just begging to be inked up, I think I may just do that!

Punches used:
TMNT - 38mm circle (non SU), large oval, itty bitty circle, 1/4" circle
Yellow - 1 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, itty bitty circle, small oval, boho blossom, horizontal slot and Timeless Type alphabet die

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Elegant Christmas

For this month's Christmas stamp-a-stack cards I have tried for simple and elegant. Both cards were inspired by the two gorgeous embossing folders I picked up at a craft market last week.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Merry Little Christmas
  • card - night of navy, whisper white
  • other - white embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones, Big Shot, dimensionals, chalk talk framelits
  • non SU - snowflake embossing folder

Materials used:
  • stamps - Good Greetings, Christmas Bauble
  • card - crumb cake, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, watercolour
  • other - aqua painter, markers, dimensionals, pennant punch, pearls, white gel pen
  • non SU - holly embossing folder

A bit more work in the second card with the colouring and cutting, but worth it I think for that gorgeous bauble.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Birthday Text

I am absolutely LOVING being on holiday. I have finally had time to sit and read a book I bought in June - and finished it's 814 pages yesterday - and have loved being back in my craft room making cards. My tally so far is 4 shoebox cards for Stamp Camp, 2 Christmas cards for this week's stamp-a-stack, another shoebox card for my class next month (that is super organised for me!) plus today's offering.

This was was originally intended as a shoebox card for Stamp Camp, but I realised as I was making it that it is WAY too fiddly for a shoebox card! So it's going in to my general pile of cards on hand to give away as the occasion arises. Being a birthday card, that won't take long.

Here tis:

Materials used:
  • stamps - So Social
  • card - basic black, pink pirouette, whisper white
  • other - large polka dot embossing folder, Big Shot, rhinestone, basic black ribbon
  • non SU - mobile phone die set

Would it surprise you to hear this was inspired by a card on Pinterest? No? I wonder why! lol - back soon with this month's Christmas cards.

Thanks for dropping in.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Can't Resist You

This month's class cards use emboss resist techniques and I must admit my fingers were very inky after I had finished playing! Such a lot of fun and a wonderful stress release ....

So, here are the cards we are making. This first one was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest (I seem to say that a lot lately!) made by Melanie Muenchinger.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Summer Silhouettes, Best Yet (retired)
  • card - basic black, very vanilla, calypso coral patterned paper
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, sponges

Ingrid Kristina's creation (also on Pinterest) inspired my second card, this time in tones of blue and brown with a homespun/distressed feel.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Summer Silhouettes, Good Greetings (hostess), En Francais (retired)
  • card - crumb cake, watercolour
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge dauber, aqua painter, button, pennant punch, burlap ribbon

And the last of our cards is a bright and cheerful offering that is NOT inspired by anything on Pinterest, lol! I used ink refills for added intensity of colour in my background.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Fabulous Florets
  • card - rich razzleberry, whisper white, watercolour
  • other - clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, heat tool, re-inkers, dimensionals, water spritzer

Only one more week of work until the holidays, and I am soooooooo looking forward to much more time in my craft room. I have projects for our upcoming Stamp Camp to prepare and am running out of time to do it!

See you again soon, I hope. Thanks for calling in.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Silver, Silver Everywhere

Last week my DH and I celebrated our 25th (Silver) wedding anniversary.

We commemorated the occasion with a family dinner and also going away for the weekend to Melbourne, so we got to catch up with DD22 as well. As Sunday was Father's Day, it made it specially nice. Melbourne turned on the warmth and sunshine for us and we had a really lovely weekend - such a shame to have to fly back to reality again!

On the handcrafted side, we received a beautiful star book made by my lovely SIL with photos from our wedding, the arrival of our two gorgeous daughters and some family shots over the years. A very special gift for us to enjoy and treasure.

We also received a gorgeous card-in-a-box from DD22, who knows how much I love cherry cobbler.

As a crafter it is so much more special to receive handmade items, as I appreciate how much thought and effort goes into the creating of them, so we are really grateful to all involved in the making of our "silver" treasures.

You may have guessed from my long absences here on my blog that I am absolutely snowed under with work - and you would be right. But I have a card class coming up this weekend, so I will finally get to sit down and CREATE! and how wonderful that will be. So pop back later in the week for a sneakie at our class cards which will feature the emboss resist technique.

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