Tuesday, October 30, 2018

That's A Wrap

DD20 finished her Bachelor's degree last week.

I know, right? 😲

Where the heck those three years disappeared to, I just don't know.

Anyway, she went off to visit DD26 in Melbourne for a long weekend, which gave me the perfect opportunity to make a card without her seeing. Although her graduation ceremony won't be until next year, I thought the completion of all her hard work was what deserved recognition. As luck would have it, Nitwit Collections recently put out Silver Screen themed digital papers and elements, most of which are just right for my budding director/scriptwriter/producer. (I guess I should mention here that she did a Bachelor of Media, majoring in Sound and Screen Production, and plans to go on to a Masters in Directing or Producing)

Here's the twist and pop card I had a ton of fun putting together for her. The back cover has the same gold paper as the front.

Materials used:

  • card - basic black, whisper white, Silver Screen digital papers (Nitwit)
  • other - On Film thinlits (retired), Big Shot, computer and printer, poppy parade Stampin' Blends, black ribbon (stash), mounting tape, strong adhesive, mini glue dots

The black and gold colour combo is perfect because when her graduation does come around, the hood colour for her degree is gold. Serendipitous, don't you agree? 

If you haven't yet tried a twist and pop card, I encourage you to give it a go. Great fun and a huge wow for the recipient. For a link to the excellent tutorial I use click HERE.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Totes Adorbs

Is that still a thing? LOL. Well, anyway...

Something you may not know about me is that I love, love, love tartans. I don't wear them or use them terribly often, but I have always loved them and if you show me some DSP with a nice tartan, I have got to have it. Especially if you're gonna chuck some kerry cherry cobbler and very vanilla in there too!

So, when I saw a tartan bag on Pinterest, my immediate thought (after how gorgeous it is) was 'Ooo! I could make a paper tartan purse!' And today, I did. Let's call it a belated Happy World Card Making Day celebration (and bypass the fact it's not a card). Here tis,

Now, is that totes adorbs or what? (Nodding smugly, happy in the knowledge that it is, indeed, totally adorable and completely ignoring the pun because a bag is a tote, hehe.) Plus, it's the perfect size to hold a couple of choccies of the yummy variety, so...bonus!

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PS Oops! My bad! I forgot to put the list of materials. Hope that helps Linda K (and thanks for your comment love).

Materials used:
  • card - basic black, Festive Farmhouse DSP
  • other - petite purse die (retired), satin ribbon bow (purchased, brand unknown), 3mm strong adhesive, bone folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Monday, October 1, 2018

Does It Feel Like a Decade?

Today I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for ten years.

A decade.

And you know how it goes - it feels like it went by really quickly yet very slowly at the same time. It's kind of hard to imagine there was a time when I wasn't involved with SU, though I can clearly recall my early forays into card making and certainly rubber stamping.

The best part of the last ten years is most definitely, for me, the making of friendships. It's a testament to human nature how easily we bond over common interests and it is a constant joy to me to get together with a group of people and enjoy the pleasure of creating. I'm lucky enough to have in my life my crafty demo friends, the amazing group of women who have been coming to my card classes for a huge portion of those ten years, the wonderful ladies who attend my stamp camps year after year, and of course, you. Yes you, especially if you didn't just pop in here by chance, but are a regular visitor. Sure, I like creating on my own, but I gain much more enjoyment when sharing it with others, and I am very grateful to Stampin' Up! for having brought that fulfilment to my life.

So thanks, SU, for the last ten years, and thanks also to all the crafty people in my life who have shared those ten years with me. Here's to many more.

And, well - naturally - I made a card. An anniversary card to myself, I suppose. When I thought about the kind of card I wanted to make I immediately decided on one of my all time favourite techniques, so I wiped the dust motes off my brayers and got to work. Here's what happened:

Materials used:

  • stamps - Enjoy Life
  • card - whisper white, basic black, mango melody
  • inks - daffodil delight, crushed curry, mango melody, calypso coral, balmy blue, Versamark
  • other - Stamparatus, brayer, 1 3/8" circle punch, post it note, white embossing powder, heat tool, black embossing powder

A message we should all take note of, isn't it? To enjoy life. We only get one, after all. So get out there today and do something that brings you pleasure, whatever that may be, and kick some metaphorical butt!

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