Thursday, October 29, 2009

When Craf becomes Crap

Hi this is Lynette’s’ Dear Hubby, silly girl managed to guess her password, so much for security :-).
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

Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder

How cute is this!  It is actually a gift card holder and is really easy to whip up.  I can see these hanging in the lounge on Christmas morning with scratchies for all the adults (Blue Tac works a treat) and as the main gift with an appropriate gift card for older nieces and nephews that I wouldn't dare try and buy for LOL.

Claire Brennan has kindly shared her template which can be found here.

Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Basic Brown
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White and Designer Paper from I Wish Simply Scrapping Kit
Accessories: 1/4" Real Red Grossgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch, Sponge Dauber

Monday, October 5, 2009

Playing with making my own trellis

I decided to try out the dahlia fold, a tutorial can be found here.

When I finished the flower I decided it would look great on some
trellis, this is my first attempt, I think the trellis looks a bit
heavy so I am going to have another attempt but I think this card
looks OK to give.

Stamps: Best Yet
Cardstock: Confetti White, Old Olive, Kraft, Bella Rose DP
Ink: Basic Brown
Accessories: Flower Brad

Have a great day :-)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Terracotta Pot Tutorial

Hi everyone, here is the tutorial I promised in my last post for the terracotta pots. The first thing you will need to do is copy this photo to your hard drive.

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:

Use your pot on cards or scrapbooking pages. Here is another sample, scroll down to my previous post to see three others. Have a great day and thanks for looking.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
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

I'm going Potty

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

Friends 24/7

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

Keep it Simple - Album In A Night

Here is my version of a 6x6 album in a night. I have been working on it for a while now but have finally got it the way I want it. It only uses 4 12x12 sheets of cardstock,1 12x12 sheet of designer paper and some gingham ribbon so it is very economical.

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.

Stamps: None!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black and Bella Rose Designer Paper
Ink: None!
Accessories: Tombow Multi Adhesive, Black Gingham Ribbon, Paper Trimmer, Spiral Punch

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Field Traning Swap Card

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

Inspired by Shelli

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

Crazy for Cupcakes

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

And Another Tissue Box Cover!

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

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

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

Tiny Take Out Box

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.

Stamps: None

Cardstock: Old Olive, Haiku Designer Paper, So Saffron Card

Ink: None

Accessories: Cropodile, Rich Regals Brads

Thursday, August 13, 2009

16 to 20 of 20 I Wish Cards

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.

11 to 15 of 20 I Wish Cards

And the next 5 :-)

6 to 10 of 20 I Wish Cards

Here are the next 5, to see the details of what I used please check out this post :-)