Monday, 24 February 2014

Metallic Rub-Ons and Anna Griffins Rosa, A Match Made In Heaven!

 So I have an extra post tonight :) I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made this week. This is the sketch. I apologise in advance for the pics. I have tried everything I can think of to take some good ones. I tried my regular camera as well as my phone too :(
I already had the piece I cut up for the panels and that was as far as I had gotten. When I saw this sketch it was an a-ha moment. It was perfect for the images I had coloured last week! Last week I tried out a technique I saw at a craft show. First I took black cardstock and the Anna Griffin Rosa Cuttlebug folder and ran them through my Ebosser. Next I took Metallic Rub-Ons by Craft-T Productions and for my first attempt I did as the guy at the show did and used finger daubers over the raised images. Whilst it looked OK I wasn't happy with just ok!
The above was done with Cameo Pink, Apple Green and Emerald. I got out the cotton tips/cotton buds/ q tips and set to work again. The advantages o this method are a much better control of the application of rub-on and much less product is used. A significant reduction, I used almost half my cameo pink on the above and hardly any Ruby Red for the one I chose for this card. I cut my Panel to 3 3/4" and then into 1 1/4" strips and then cut a plain black strip as well.
I think this is actually the best pic I have of the colouring! Next up I chose some stardream paper in as close a colour to the red flowers as I could get. I trimmed it to fit inside my square card base nicely (roughly 4 1/4 square) and also cut a strip to layer on top of my black strip.
Next I chose my sentiment from Inkadinkados Sending Wishes stamp set. I trimmed "love in bloom," it seemed appropriate, from the bottom of the wedding cake and stamped it with Distress Embossing ink and used Hampton Arts Black embossing powder from the Primary Collection. I then used double sided tape to adhere all my layers.
I can say and honestly mean it today, the photos just don't do this justice it looks so much better in real life but I did the best I could with the equipment I have . . . I love this technique, so much so I want to invest in some Inca Gold so I can shine the flowers up and see how they look :) But for the moment I will continue to play with the sets I have. I have all four sets of the Craf-T rub-ons. I did a purple panel as well, I am thinking maybe I will utilise this sketch again as they are shown off perfectly with it. Anyway enough of my waffling!
Happy Scrappin'

Revisiting My Butterfly Canvas

Ok so last year I did a post Here about a butterfly canvas... What most people didn't know was that I wasn't wholly happy with it and the butterflies and bling weren't stuck down! lol. I had known all along I was going to give it to my friend for her birthday which was last week. So yep, you guessed it, I pulled it back out again and set to work
I added a stencilled border around the outside with Royal Purple Stazon and Tim Holtz' Honeycomb stencil, changed the lighter butterflies bling to a pale pink as well as the antennae and blinged out the background for a more finished look!
Hope you enjoyed the revisit!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Die Versions Big Butterfly with a Little Distress and some MSE

Hi everyone, thought I would try and make a one layer card. I am not to good at the clean and simple look so I try and attempt a few CAS cards every now and then. Not sure if this one qualifies lol. This week it's the purple teams turn at Eclectic Ellapu and if you haven't guessed the theme is BLING or Sequins lol. We all know I love bling :)
For this Card I took the Die Versions Big Butterfly die and cut some scrap cs to make my own stencil/mask. I started with a white card base and some random Distress Ink pads (was at my friends so used a combination of what I'd taken and hers lol). As always all cutting is done with my ebosser :) I used my blending tool and randomly applied colours over the die cut. I had to hold the die cut down firmly to stop it from moving and change where I was holding it as I went so I didn't miss any spots.From top left I used, Festive Berries, Tumbled Glass, Versa Magic Spring Pansy, Evergreen Bough, Brushed Corduroy and Broken China.
I used a pair of tweezers I got from ebay to adhere my bling with Matte Accents. The tweezers are in the nail art section of ebay and only cost $1 for two pairs.
 My daughter chose the colours of rhinestones I used. A beautiful aqua colour and a dark green. Again I got the bling from the nail art section super cheap.
 I then added some stamping in Stazon Blazing Red and Forest Green. I used the MSE stamp set Thinking Of You. I added some more bling to the centre of the flowers in an orange colour. This card was super quick to make and is a good way to utilise your dies in another way! Not sure I like the finished result, I liked it much better before the addition of stamping! lol
Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Belles and Whistles Pen Friend With KaiserCrafts Candy Lane

First off, sorry for the not so good pic, think my lens was a bit smudgy :( all the pics I have for this card are like it, siiiigh . . . Any how this card was for a young lady I knows birthday. I let her pick the stamp and the main colour theme.  The stamp is from Belles and Whistles and is called Pen Friend. I started by stamping the image onto Neenah Solar White cs as well as onto my marker pad so I could get an idea of colours that would work together.
And the I got to colouring with a bunch of Promarkers and Copics. As you can tell my lil friend loves hot pink, so does my daughter lol. I find it a challenge to work with so thank goodness for colour co-ordinated paper pads lol. I used the marker pad to help find a suitable blending family as you can see.
Lucky I did as the marker I used for the ribbon was extra juicy and a lil leaky lol. If I had used it right on my image I would have ruined it! I solved the problem by putting the fine tip on the promarker and using a very light stroke over the ribbons. I was very lucky when I took the tip off as ink went everywhere but on the image! lol
I went around the whole image with nice soft pink copics for a nice halo effect. Just so you can see how many colour I generally use on an image . . . Here ya go lol! Actually this bunch on the small side.
Next up I grabbed  bunch of spellbinders dies and began cutting my layers with my Ebosser. I used Labels Four to cut my image, I used a Timeless Rectangles die on the pink layer and a Floral Ovals die on the teapot layer.
I used foam tape behind my image and the pink layer for dimension as you can see from the shadows in the pic.
I then took a Fiskars stamp and two Tim Holtz Tattered Banners from Sizzix and stamped the sentiment. To do this I carefully inked up the one line at a time so I could put one on each banner. I used a baby wipe very carefully to remove any excess if I got it on the line I wasn't using at the time.
I added foam tape under the banner so it was in line with my 2nd raised layer, cut another co-ordinating piece of pp for my background and stuck it all to my card base :)
 Apologies again for the out of focus pics, hopefully I don't have any more like that! Anyhow time for me to get some shut eye so . . .
Happy Scrappin'

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Sweet Pea Stamps Be My Valentine With More MME State Of The Heart Gatefold Card

Hi again, this is another card I made for Valentines Day. Again I coloured my image after selecting the papers I would use to make them gel together a bit better and to make life easier for myself! I started by stamping Sweet Pea Stamps Be My Valentine by Elisabeth Bell in memento black ink onto Neenah solar white cardstock. Then I selected the papers I would use from My Mind's Eye State of the Heart paper kit and colour matched as best I could.
This is definitely not a  usual colour palette for me so it was good to be outside my comfort zone. I coloured the image with a mix of Copic and Promarkers. The reds are Promarkers, browns and skin Copic. I then saw some prefolded gatefold cards I had bought and decided it would be the perfect time to try one out :)  I grabbed my first two pieces of pp and cut them the same size, then inked around the edges lightly in fired brick distress ink and around the edges of the card base with antique linen.
With the third pp I had chosen I used the largest spellbinders Heart Circles die to cut a matte for my image and inked around it with fired brick. I then used a Lifestyle Crafts Rounded Nesting Squares to cut out my image. I however decided to alter the size a bit with my paper trimmer and tidied uup the corners with a corner rounder . . .
Now is where the fun began. I decided I wanted to mount the heart circle onto some plain brown cs to break up the colour scheme a bit . . . After searching and trialling a few, I even cut quite a few different ones I hated them all. So I took some white cs and die cut it and added some antique linen around the edges. I used foam tape behind the heart circle and image layers to give dimension.
I got to this point and just thought . . . it doesn't look finished! So I had a think about what I could add to the card to finish it off and after playing about with some ideas I decided on Lifestyle Crafts It Kit Corners, the filigree heart one. All die cutting was done using my Ebosser. I swear if I didn't have a best friend already my Ebosser would become my bestie lol.
I then stamped a secret sentiment under the half of the circle that I hadn't adhered to the card using stamps by Our Craft Lounge called Love Notes with Archival Jet Black ink. Finally I stamped a sentiment from Cloud Nines Weddings stamp set.
So that's it another Valentines card posted :) I finished off a couple I had posted last year with some sentiments in the middle so I had a few to offer people. I managed to sell a couple and add some $$ to my new machine fund because my ecraft is out of warranty and doing the same thing all my others did :( cutting through everything on setting 1 like it was butter.
Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Scrapin'

Friday, 14 February 2014

Super Quick Card Using MME's State Of The Heart Papers and Die Cuts

Hi everyone, just a quick Valentines Day card tonight. I think it would also make a nice anniversary card. I threw this one together in about 20 minutes one morning before I had to go out. The MME State of the Heart paper pack came with a sheet of die cut elements that helped make this card a super quick one. (I know, I know, there is a pearl missing! It has since been re-attached). I really let the die cuts do the talking :)
I selected two die cuts from the die cut sheet, I added a heart in Fired Brick Distress ink to the top and bottom of the middle layer and then rounded the top right and bottom left corner of each piece. I selected a co-ordinating pp and did the same as we as to the cream card base. I stuck my layers on one at a time starting with the bottom pieces. At this point I thought it looked to plain and I added some bling to give it a lift. Clear rhinestones top and bottom and teeny pearl bling to the hearts on the middle die cut . . . Note to self . . . Add the bling before the foam tape lol, that's why I lost one.
Anyways super late here so I best get some sleep! Expect another post tomorrow of a card I couldn't show until the recipient received it lol. It uses the MME papers again and a color scheme I've not used before!
Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Kissed By an Angel with KaiserCrafts Made With Love

It's the Purple teams turn over on Eclectic Ellapu and this weeks theme is use a die cut heart. Mine ended up getting very hidden so I added some extras lol. I used a whole bunch of die companies on here . . . Hope there is no rule against mixing them up! 
I started with KaiserCrafts Made With Love Collection (I snapped this up on clearance at a LSS), selecting the papers I wanted to use. I then did some colour matching with my Copics and Promarkers and stamped Connie Fongs Kissed By An Angel Sweet Pea stamp with Memento ink onto Neenah Solar White.
I then die cut the image and my first two layers using Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents. Now here is where I go into trouble as you will see in the pic. I hadn't actually crafted at home for a while and didn't realise my craft sheet wasn't totally clean :( As I edged my image with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink I swiped up some blue off my mat :( For the bottom layer I snipped off the long end pieces before I inked the edges as you can see in the pic. I used foam tape on under the image and double sided tape under the matting piece.
 Next I die cut Lifestyle Crafts Heart Insert surrounded by a Nesting Lace Heart die from red foil cs. I saved all the little hearts for other projects as well as adding some to this one. I had to use the metal shim in my Ebosser to get this die to cut through the thick card stock. I glued the heart down with Matte Accents.
Next I used a Sizzix Sizzlit die called Ribbon Insert. My cat loves Sizzlis, if she sees one around she thinks it's fair game and claws it! Good thing they still work with claw marks in them :)Very hard paper to take a pic of! I inked the edges of this piece with Milled Lavender. I used foam tape on this layer as well.
To hide my mess I grabbed some I Am Roses flowers and coloured them with distress stains in Milled Lavender, Wild Honey, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade and Barn door. I then spritzed them with homemade pearl mist (come on a girl's gotta have some sparkle, right?).
Next up I cut a piece of pp for the background and rounded the corners of the pp and the card base as well. I inked the edges of both with Milled Lavender and adhered the background with doublesided tape. I used matte accents to adhere my flowers and twizzles to the card as well as the cute lil hearts I saved from earlier.
Not totally sure how I feel about this one. I do know I think my colouring is coming along nicely :) Practice makes perfect right? Well till I kill it by swiping the wrong colours about the place! Flowers make everything better is becoming my motto I think . . .
Anyhow Happy Scrappin'

Monday, 3 February 2014

Baby Shower Decorations Made with SVG's from SVG Cuts and My Grafico using an Ecraft

Well I posted a couple of the boxes I made the other week for the baby shower and now I am going to share with you some pics of the table and banner :) All coloured plain cs id from Canson and the white is HP printer cs.
Full Banner
Banner Up Close
 I used MyGraficos SVG Favors Gift Box by Sherry K for the Treat Boxes and Baby Boy for the onesie and cake topper backgrounds. I cut everything but the butterflies with my ecraft and the butterflies were cut on my Ebosser using lifestyle crafts dies. The Cheesecakes and Butterfly cakes also have a cupcake wrapper from Lifestyle Crafts around them. I had to re-size them by snipping quite a few bits off the end because they are bigger than our standard muffins lol . . .
Mini Cheesecakes with Butterfly Toppers
It's a Girl! Butterfly Cakes

Gift Boxes all Stacked Up
I used the Bundle of Joy SVG kit from SVG Cuts for the prams and the rocking horses and various papers such as DCWV and K & Co.
SVGCuts Pram
SVGCuts Rocking Horse
I made two of each of the rocking horse and pram, my mum liked them so much she too a pram home with her :) Here is a pic of the whole table.
So that was the baby decorations I made for My cousins Baby Shower. Happy To announce the baby arrived safe and sound in January! Now I know its been a long time between blogs lol, sorry *ducks head and blushes.* Truth is with School holidays and Christmas, a family holiday and a baby being born blogging got left by the way side. DT duties start again next week and I also have a few other projects to post that I've been working on so I am going to at least 1 scheduled post a week lol. That's my goal anyhow!
Happy Scrappin'