Thursday, April 30, 2015

NSU - For The Kids

While browsing in a scrapbook store recently I came across some totally adorable Doodlebug Designs kids papers and couldn't resist buying a few for some fun-filled birthday cards.

Here's the girls version - these papers are called Sweet Shoppe:

Materials used:
  • card - Bermuda bay, melon mambo, whisper white, smoky slate
  • papers - Doodlebug Designs Sweet Shoppe
  • other - Cottage Cutz tiered cupcake die, Big Shot, circle framelits, lacey circles die (Spellbinders), Dimensionals, computer and printer

And the boys version using Hip Hip Hooray papers:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Perfect Pennants
  • card - pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, crushed curry, whisper white
  • papers - Doodlebug Designs Hip Hip Hooray
  • other - balloon framelits, Big Shot, Nestabilities label two die (Spellbinders), Dimensionals, tangelo twist thick bakers twine

Aren't they adorable? Makes me almost wish my kids were little again. (OK, nah, not really!!! LOL)

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler - The Potting Shed

In the Northern Hemisphere they are celebrating Spring and the season of growth and rejuvenation. It's time for getting down in the dirt to weed the gardens and plant fresh petaled pretties.  

This month the Paper Crafters Sampler celebrates the flowering season with 'The Potting Shed".  In this issue you'll find beautiful paper floral creations.

Here are some sneak peeks at the projects in The Potting Shed:

If you are interested in joining us for the April issue, head over to the blog HERE to sign up - you get full instructions with plenty of photos to help you recreate these seasonal beauties, as well as access to the template of the month, which for April is a garden trowel.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NSU - Berry Sweet

A fun bit of colouring today as I got out my (now defunct) Blendabilities pens to play with one of my new PTI stamp sets (birthday pressie from hubby). It's the first time I've used the melon mambo markers - you know how much I usually avoid brights - but I am very happy with how the strawberries turned out. Almost good enough to eat!

I stamped a second jar on a piece of acetate and placed it over the top to give that genuine glass look and used some extra thick bakers twine around the cover and tag for added authenticity. The faux stitching on the background paper and the cute button help give a homely touch, don't ya think?

Materials used:
  • stamps - Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers (Papertrey Ink)
  • card - naturals ivory, whisper white, soft sky and wild wasabi patterned papers
  • other - paper doily, Dimensionals, Blendabilities (melon mambo, wild wasabi, soft sky), extra thick bakers twine (white and strawberry slush), very vintage button, mini glue dots, acetate, black marker, ruler

I was lucky enough to get a number of stamps and dies for my birthday, so no doubt I will be playing with more of them very soon!]

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy New Home

My dear friend and downline lost her home and all her possessions in the devastating firestorm we had here in October 2013 and finally - after 18 months living in a small tin hut - she has moved into her brand new home.

Tonight she has invited the craft "gang" to a celebration dinner and tour around the new abode, including - of course - her brand new craft room! I wanted to take her a small gift so I sat down this afternoon and made her this:

I stamped the bird silhouette in basic black craft ink and embossed with clear, added my moon mask and then brayered with so saffron, hello honey, cajun craze and cherry cobbler. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - World of Dreams, Letter It, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
  • card - whisper white, basic black, so saffron, cajun craze
  • inks - basic black, so saffron, hello honey, cajun craze, cherry cobbler, black StazOn
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, 1 3/8" circle punch, brayer, Dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, basic black marker, purchased wooden frame

I know she has neutral tones in the new house, so I'm hoping these colours will fit in perfectly!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It's DD's birthday today - a grand old 23 - and if you follow my blog you will know that her card had to involve some red and white spotty somewhere!

I used a Stamping Bella stamp and SU everything else.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Uptown Girls Victoria and Juliette's night out (Stamping Bella)
  • card - cherry cobbler, whisper white, soft sky, retired Xmas DSP
  • Blendabilities - skin tones, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight, soft sky, smoky slate, wild wasabi, pink pirouette
  • other - Dimensionals, Sahara sand marker, two-way glue pen, basic grey marker

I am rather pleased with my first effort at shading folds in the red dress - bet I won't be able to do that as well next time I try! And you may be able to tell that I did actually fussy-cut the stamped image out - I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do for my main panel - but in the end I just stuck it back on some more white! Duh! Never mind, it does give it a tiny wee bit of dimension! (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) It's still wet and grey here, so once again my photo is a bit darker than I would like - gotta get me a light source for photography!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Egg Boxes

It's a wet and overcast day today for Good Friday (so excuse my photos being a bit on the dark and dingy side, won't you?) and I've been finishing off some quick and easy Easter boxes for holding chocolate eggs to give to the family.

As luck would have it, our elder daughter's and my birthday often fall at Easter and that is the case this year. I am the 4th (tomorrow) and DD is the 6th (Monday), so that means she is able to be here with us for our birthdays, which is not always the case. She brought her boyfriend with her this year, so we are a happy bunch here in the mountains and enjoying the time together.

I used some of SU's gift boxes to house a variety of chocolate eggs and decorated them simply with papers, adding flowers and ribbon for the girls and keeping them plain and simple for the guys. Here they are:

I haven't made DD's birthday card yet (nothing like leaving it till the last minute!) so I'll be back in a couple of days to show you that.

Meanwhile, we are having a joint celebration on Sunday and Matt (DD22's fella) is cooking us a birthday dinner! Won't we be spoiled?! Can't wait!

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