Saturday, 26 April 2014

Sweet Treats Gate Fold Flip Card with A Little Whimsy

This time at Eclectic Ellapu the challenge is Birthday. I made this card for little miss's 10th birthday. I used KaiserCrafts Sweet Treats stack for all the papers. The card is a Gate Fold with a flip panel and a pocket.
 I started with a piece of A4 white cardstock. I used my Martha Stewart Scoreboard to work out where my folds needed to be and then cut the two unneeded portions off with scissors. I inked around all the edges inside and out with picked raspberries distress ink.
 I then chose two coordinating papers and cut panels for the card and inked around them as well.
 I coloured this whimsy stamp with watercolour but I forget which medium lol, it was a freebie from a magazine and is slightly smaller than the rubber mount version. I used my Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles and then from the same paper I used for the inside panels I cut a Spellbinders Butterfly Circle, again inking the edges with picked raspberries.
 Front panels before the image is added.
 I cut some tattered banners and used my blending tool to add some picked raspberries. I then stamped in picked raspberries as well.
 This is the flip panel before you lift it stamped with carious sentiments.
 The open flip panel with a more stamping and a quickly put together pocket for some money.
All finished with the Image and sentiments added with foam tape. I am thinking I used a combination of Derwent Inktense and Watercolour pencils but don't quote me!
Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Copic Cardstcock Test For Aussies

 So I have been doing a little testing with my Copics on different cardstocks easily available in Australia. I did these when I first got my copics so my colouring is a smidge better now I hope lol. These are pretty messy though as I was more focused on blendability.
Quill White 200gsm
 Quill is my least favourite, sucking up a fair amount of ink and having the least smooth blend. I also found if you worked it too much it bled fairly easily.
Neenah Solar White
It's not perfect but Copics do blend on here fairly nicely and it can take a bit of ink. With all my samples I used a Marker Pad or Bleed Proof  Paper Pad underneath.
HP 200gsm
 This was surprising to me, I bought this to try some of the wet techniques from Tim Holtz' range of media. I wanted something other than manilla tags all the time. Anyway the copics blended fairly nicely on here with minimal bleeding. This cardstock is the whitest "white" that I tried as well(X-Press It also being very white), with neenaah being the creamiest.
I have also used Copic Xpress-it. I just don't have a comparison pic as I tend to hoard this for cards as it's the most expensive at $5.50 for 10 sheets($0.55 each).  I did buy the Neenah Solar white from the US, it was $5 for 25 sheets ( $0.20 each). Both Quill and HP can be found at Officeworks in Australia. HP Colour Laser Copy Paper was $25.50 for 250 sheets ( $0.10 each) and Quill was $12.72 for 100 sheets ($0.13 each).

As a side note I also have Promarkers and have used them on all these cs's. I have found surprisingly I like them best on the HP cardstock . . .
Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Reflection Stamping With Inkadinkado Fall Trees and Distress Inks

I just love refection stamping. This is my first proper attempt at it though and it couldn't be easier! All you need is a cool looking scenery stamp, archival ink, blendable ink pads and a post it note if you want a moon.
First up I stamped my image Fall Trees from Inkadinkado normally onto white cs with archival ink. I then grabbed a piece of acetate (you can also use a smooth stamping block or flat plastic packaging), reinked my stamp with the archival and carefully stamped onto the acetate. Be careful because it will slip slide around if you are not . . . I then turned the acetate upside down so the inked side was down and lined the trees up so they would be reflected and gently rubbed over the image to transfer the ink to the cs.
Using my ink blending tool I grabbed some distress colours I had in my stash to form a sunrise/sunset type colour scheme. I placed my post it "moon" where I wanted it and used makeup sponge wedges to add colour. I started with a festive berries, then ripe persimmon, squeezed lemonade and stormy sky. For the water I used Broken china with little bits of stormy sky here and there.
As I stamped the sentiment it smudged the word friendship a little bit. So I restamped it on a small strip of cs and cut out the word friendship and used foam tape to raise it off the card and make it an accent word. I also had another smudge from the edge of the stamp in the moon so I turned it into a bird and added a couple more.

I trimmed my panel down and added a white piece behind to set off the colours, I thought the orange looked so good I added my panel to an orange card base. I want to make a whole bunch of these as they are so easy!
Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, 13 April 2014

More of My First Finished Mini Part 3

So I started posted pics of this mini and never got to the end... What a slacker lol. I had to fit many photos into a small space so you will see many flip out, pull out or and opening pages. I tried to make them all different too :)
A day at the Aquarium in Sydney with some pretty prima papers.
A lifestyle crafts window die to reveal the dugong :)
I made a flip out book and decorated it with a spellbinders butterfly circle and prima flowers

Added lots of pearls to this page with Kaisercraft papers.
A spot for journalling. All edges are inked with either Adirondack white paint or Distress ink or a combo of both lol
Fully opened with my youngest getting touchy feely with the local wildlife. We never know from one trip to the next if she will touch anything or not lol. I will Schedule a post a month to finis showing my Mini :)
Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Kitchen Tea Card With a Teapot SVG by Bird

I was asked to make a kitchen tea card a while back and tossing about ideas I remembered this free SVG set by Bird over at Birds Cards, it's called Vintage Teapot Set. If you have a diecutting machine that takes files in various formats check her out! She truly is amazing and the files are all free and come in a variety of formats. Bird also has digital stamps and sentiments all free as well :)
Basically I cut two plain teapots and one with the flowers  cut out. I added some coloured papers behind the opening in green and blue and then adhered a plain teapot behind to cover up the papers from the back. I used an Autumn Leaves Flower Flourish stamp to add the flowers to the edges with peacock feathers distress ink I think. I stamped off first so the colour wouldn't be too harsh.
I had to resize the teabag tag components several times until I got a size that I thought worked with the teapot as before I resized it it was way too big.  All the writing inside and out was done on my printer.

A close up of the RECIPE FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE. If you Google it there are quite a few different versions and of course you can change it to suit :) Of course my die cutter no longer works so I am saving for a new one. The Brother Scan and Cut looks good but it has a few issues which means I am going to hold off a while nd see if they fix it or if one of the other companies comes up with something similar. I just adore the scan and cut feature! Especially as I hate fussy cutting . . . For now I have expanded my die collection to make my card making easier :)
Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Easter Magic With Lifestyle Crafts Bunny

This week at Eclectic Ellapu the challenges are Easter for Purples and One for the Boys for the Pink team :) I'll add in some more detail tomorrow. It's really late right now lol... So here's my Easter project . . .

I'll be back with all the details tomorrow :) Meanwhile there is a list of what I have used in the tags.
Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Flowers On The Beach With Some Beach Cottage

Ok so I have been a little slack on the blog front for the last couple of weeks. I need to have a day where I just write blogs and have them all nicely scheduled! lol That being said this is just a quick fly by post today of my daughters birthday card from last year.

I used Creative Imaginations Beach Cottage 6" stack.
Connie Fongs Flowers on the Beach by Sweet Pea Stamps with a little tearing for a distressed look.
Archival ink and Distress Stains
Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Tickets by Sizzix and foam tape.
I Am Roses rose coloured with Broken China Distress Stain
Crafty Secrets Bouquets of Joy sentiment stamp
And to finish it off a cute little random fishy charm I had in my stash.

I didn't want to add too much to this card as I wanted the mermaid on the pp to be visible too.
Happy Scrappin'