Thursday, October 29, 2009
The reason for hijacking her blog is to tell you the story of the craft repressed hubby, when Craft become’s Crap.
Having been with her for over 25 years there’s some things you get beaten to accepting.
Her craft room is a mess and is full of stuff you don’t touch, that I accept.
The dining table is going to be covered with project in various stages of completion, that’s ok.
The design that she has just come up with for the pending workshop is going to be the topic of conversation until the completion of said workshop. Yes dear that looks great, I like the way you have used that thingy, normally get you by.
The endless paper packing material that has more flame retardant than paper (it doesn’t burn well) and the boxes filling the craft room and lounge I can tolerate, however after a particularly busy week recently my story starts.
Guests coming round for a workshop, That’s OK I’m at work. Order arrives, That’s OK I’m at work. Get home late (tuff day), no dinner, she has been designing for the next workshop, that’s normal, Manage to get by cooking the meat on the BBQ while Lyn does the vegies, that’s OK. Listen to how hard it has been to come up with the new design for the next workshop, standard replies from above seam to be working, that’s OK. By this stage it’s getting late and I decide to head off to bed, as I said tuff day, get into the bedroom turn on the light and there’s an order on my side of the bed, suitable ruffled to ensure that the contents is what was ordered.
Now here’s the sad part, I pick it up and place it lovingly on her side of the bed and tuck myself in. That’s when you know the craft component in your life has become Crap and it’s time to get grumpy.
So all of you guys out there who think you have it tough with craft crap I’m more than happy to swap, seriously.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Once the photo is on your hard drive, print it on 6x4 photo paper - 9 copies to a page. Now I have some software that came with my camera that allows me to do this easily. Unfortunately, you will have to work this bit out yourself using your software. Once you have worked this out though you can make awesome pots too using these instructions:
scrapbooking pages. Here is another sample, scroll down to my previous post to see three others. Have a great day and thanks for looking.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Basic Brown, Really Rust, Old Olive
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Marker, Sanding Block
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Well not really, but on Tuesday I was at a friends house (Hi Dawne) and she had hanging terracotta pots that caught my eye. I took some photos and started to play with them. I came up with these awesome pots, they look so much better than a punch but they don't look like a photo either because after I cut out the pots I altered them with a sanding block and some ink. I will write a tutorial after this post so you can see what I did.
I did it, the tutorial is here.
Stamps: Friends 24/7
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Ink: Basic Brown, Really Rust, Old olive
Accessories: Sanding Block, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, chocolate Chip marker
Stamps: Friends 24/7
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Ink: Basic Brown, Really Rust, Old Olive, So Saffron
Accessories: Sanding Block, Stampin' Dimensionals, So Saffron 5/8" Ribbon
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Basic Brown, Really Rust, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Sanding Block, Sponge, Bella Rose DP (for the handcut butterfly), Chocolate Chip Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals
Friday, September 18, 2009
I love this stamp set - it is so easy to make a gorgeous card with.
Stamps: Friends 24/7
Card: Not Quite Navy, Kraft, Bella Bleau DP
Ink: Basic Brown, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White
Accessories: Aqua Painter to paint with Whisper White off the lid for the branch and the birds breast, Sponge Dauber, My fingernail to distess the card.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Spring has really sprung in our neck of the woods so I decided to base the album on all the spring flower photos I have taken in the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately the photos don't really do this album justice, the pages are much brighter and clearer in real life.
If you live in or near Levin feel free to contact me about this workshop. The cost is $30.00 and you will leave with full instructions and a completed album! Just bring yourself and a minimum of 15 photos.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black and Bella Rose Designer Paper
Accessories: Tombow Multi Adhesive, Black Gingham Ribbon, Paper Trimmer, Spiral Punch
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I am off to Wellington tonight for Field Training with Stampin' Up!. It is so much fun getting together with other demos and one of my favourite activites is swapping cards. This is the card I have made to swap tonight, well, one of a pile LOL.
This is a lot simpler than it looks. The centres of the flowers have been stitched with a thin strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock, I left one end of the 'thread' long and it is the stem. The stitching holes were easy to put in using the mat pack.
The main card is a normal A5 sheet of cardstock folded the opposite the 'wrong' way, the square tent topper makes this card the perfect size to fit in a DLE envelope.
Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Sahara Sand, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Old Olive Brad, Mat Pack
Friday, August 28, 2009
Shelli who? Shelli Gardner of course, Stampin' Up's Cofounder and CEO. Now, I have never had the pleasure of meeting Shelli but I enjoy reading her blog and I am so inspired by what she has achieved.
Shelli has a creative challenge on her blog each month and this month she has come to my rescue with her challenge. I am helping at Foxolicious (a stamping and scrapping fun day) on the 17th of October, this is a fundraiser for our local Cancer House, a cause that is very close to my heart. My contribution is a make and take, now I have to admit to feeling challenged by the thought of preparing 100 makes and takes!
Stampin' Up! has very generously agreed to supply over $500.00 worth of retired product for us to auction - how awesome is that! Now I need to step up to the plate with my contribution.
I want people to take home something they like but I need to keep the project simple, after all there will be 100 people wanting to do this and I only have one of most things! This is where Shelli's challenge comes in, it is to make something using only stamps, ink and paper. I have taken this one step further - the dreaded single layer card LOL. I had to remind myself that every layer I added was 100 more items to cut - the thought of a multi layered card scared the living daylights out of me and gave me the boost I needed to get creative.
People need to learn something though, a quick stamp on a piece of cardstock is hardly enlightning in any way. The card I have come up with uses minimal supplies, however I am hoping everyone will leave with a greater understanding of the basic elements we use in cardmaking.
This card uses the fabulous Friends 24/7 set, I have incorporated second generation stamping, sponging, colouring with a blender pen using the lid of a pad and partial stamping of an image.
This is where you, my readers come in. Please tell me that this is suitable, I feel stingy using only 1 sheet of cardstock! (Feel free to let me know if it does appear stingy though).
Stamps: Friends 24/7
Cardstock: Sahara Sand
Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Brown
Accessories: Blender Pen, Sponge Dauber
Thursday, August 27, 2009
You must be thinking I have forgotten how to make a card with all the 3D items I have been posting lately so here is a card to prove I can still make them.
I have used Regal Rose and Apricot Appeal Designer Paper form the Level 1 Hostess 6x6 Designer Paper Pad, I just love how bright and cheerful this card is.
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Basic Black, Brilliant Blue, More Mustard and Real Red
Cardstock: Whisper white, Brilliant Blue, Designer Paper Regal Rose and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Blender Pen
I am so hooked on making these! I really should try using another stamp set though LOL. Want to make one too? Click HERE for a tutorial.
Stamps: Forest Friends
Cardstock: Bella Rose Designer Paper, Old Olive, Basic Grey
Ink: Old Olive and Basic Grey
Accessories 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well I promised a tutorial on my Tissue Box Cover and here it is! I have designed this so that you can just print directly onto cardstock, to get the PDF file click HERE
Just make sure that your printer is set to print at 100%. I use Sorbent purse pack tissues, the pack measures 10.5cm x 5.5cm x 2.5cm.
Ta Dah - Simple isn't it?
Stamps: Forest Friends
Ink: Really Rust, More Mustard
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Whisper White
Accessories: Old Olive Marker, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip
Monday, August 17, 2009
My husband downloaded some awesome free drawing software that works the way my brain thinks! (It is called SketchUp if you want to try it). I have been having a blast making printable templates for myself.
I have wanted to make an easy Take Out box from a single sheet of cardstock for a while and Sketchup made it so easy to do!
So what do you think? It holds 12 Hershey's kisses and measures about 5cm (2 inches) square not including the top - I think it looks like a fortune cookie when it is twisted up this way.
If enough people are interested I will post a tutorial and a printable template in PDF format for you - hows that for motivation to leave me a comment LOL.
Cardstock: Old Olive, Haiku Designer Paper, So Saffron Card
Accessories: Cropodile, Rich Regals Brads
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Whew, these are the last of this lot. I haven't even started making the next 20 and it may take me a while. I feel the need to do something else at the moment LOL, I hope you enjoy all these pictures and you don't feel flooded by Christmas . Have a great day and I promise I will post non Christmas stuff soon.