Inkspirations Challenge #59

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For this weeks Inkspiration Challenge I was tossing up between a card or a scrap page because of the square nature of the sketch. But I had great visions for the Easter Blossoms set and had to make it!

Here is this weeks sketch~

See, that would make a nice scrapbook LO don’t you think? Oh well next time……. I promise when there is another square-shaped sketch I will do a LO…..here’s hoping I can do it now! LOL!

I discovered another cool trick with tissue paper too. Other people have already probably done it, but I haven’t seen it so I thought I would share it with you all. Do you notice my BG that looks like patterned paper? Well it’s not…..it is a base of Rich Razzleberry and I scrunched up a piece of tissue paper, spread it back out and then used the Anywhere Glue Stick to stick it down on the RR. Screwing it up gives it a bit of texture. I then stamped the blossom branch from the Easter Blossoms SS all over the tissue paper in Early Espresso. It all started because I didn’t like how strong the RR was coming across. I know you cannot see it as much but I love the effect, perfect for vintage cards. It is a bit like the Faux Silk Technique but in reverse…LOL! What about you….do you think you will have a go at it? If you do let me know so I can see what you come up with!

Also you may have noticed the little girls basket. I decided against the eggs and stamped the blossom again and you may notice up the top the rather large bunch of blossoms I coloured them and cut them out and put them on the basket. I am rather pleased with how this turned out….might just be my new favourite.

Make sure you have a play and submit your entry over at the Inkspirations Challenge Blog

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the DT too

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

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Easter Blossom Silk!

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I have workshops this week and I decided I would teach my class the Faux Silk technique and combine it with an Easter theme. I’m not an Easter card maker and sender, but I do love creating gift boxes for the chocolatey goodness. This time though I made a matching card for the box.

The box design is very similar to the one on page 8 of the Summer mini catalogue but with a few of my own touches added to it.

The card and some closeups of the box’s finer details

Oohh I am liking these closeups!! I might have to do that more often! LOL! The brown paper is the packing from SU deliveries. I just passed it through a shredder. The eggs are Cadbury Mini Eggs and resemble Smarties, M&M’s and the like, they are crisp shell with chocolate inside…..MMMmmmmm…YUMMY!!! I made this project with these eggs in mind. I bought them last year and just loved them. I made this project before I bought them and was hoping that they would make a comeback this year so I could use them specifically for this project. I used colours Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Perfect Plum.

Well I best get packing for my workshop!

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How did I do it?? ~ Oval trim

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Every now and again people ask me “How did you do that?” Well I have decided to start a new addition to my blog called “How did I do it??” to answer these questions. I still haven’t mastered doing videos, so it will be step by step photos until then. I am not sure how often I will do these, I suppose it will depend on when people ask me “How did you do that?” LOL! 

Lately I have received comments and emails from a lot of people who were curious about what I used for my oval shape and how I got the scallop trim around that oval on this card~

Well my friends, it is very simple and I am sure you will be doing it in no time.

However, for this to work you do need a good-sized oval to place your trim around the edge…..you will see why in a minute.

I do not yet own the Original Die Ovals for the Big Shot (I’m also not sure if the oval would be big enough either, but give it a go), so every time a sketch calls for an oval shape I improvise and I usually use this~

I purchased these little mini baskets in a set of three from Coles quite a while ago (I hear they were also at Crazy Clarks and the like). I use them as bins for the table during workshops. Very cute and they came in three colours too. All I do is place the bin on my CS, trace around it and then cut it out.

Now for the trim. I start with an A4 length of CS approx 2cm wide and scallop trim the whole length. Then at every scallop I make a snip~

Of course you don’t cut all the way through, but just about level with the base of the scallop.

Then run adhesive along the edge of your oval~

Then start adhering the trim. Start from the front so you can see how the trim will sit. You will alternate sides when adhering to help it go round evenly~

When you have adhered it all the way round, you will notice little bubbles of CS at the joins, lay it down flat and use the reverse side of your paper piercer to flatten them. This is why you wouldn’t use a smaller oval, your bubbles of CS would be more like road bumps….and it will distort your scallop a little also. But don’t let me stop you, you might find a way to get it around nicely, if you do let me know!

I didn’t do this example perfectly but I am sure you get the idea! What I did to hide the join was add ribbon, this helps hide it especially if the join doesn’t marry up exactly. I punched the slot on the main image and threaded the ribbon through and tied a bow.

Well I hope that answers everyone’s questions. If, of course, you don’t own a pretty mini basket (everyone should have one of these…LOL!), look around you, especially the kitchen for oval shapes you can trace. I will one day purchase a set of oval Nesties so I don’t have to trace my mini basket anymore.

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Inkspiration Challenge #58

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I love this weeks funky colours! Absolutely awesome for a boy card. As soon as I saw the colours I automatically reached for my Extreme Elements set. I don’t play with it nearly enough…LOL!

I actually managed to keep this card fairly simple. I surprised myself actually! I won’t tell you how I debated over it for two days whether to add more layers or not……LOL!

If you look closely enough at the skateboarder you may notice he is smudged a little. I wanted to give the impression of movement. It was quite easy. All I did was when I stamped him and before you lift the stamp off the page I “dragged” him to the left (the direction the skateboarder is coming from) just a cm or two. Very simple! I like this card a lot….what do you think?

Make sure you go to Inkspirations Challenge Blog and submit your creation so we can check it out!

Don’t forget to have a look at the rest of the DT, they all have something fabulous to share!

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

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Love Defined as- Sparkly!

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Well, I just couldn’t do it…..I couldn’t …….I tried, but alas I failed…….miserably! I put it off  for 2 1/2 months. That’s a record for me, I have to admit! I tried to be good and not buy too many Stamp Sets out of the new Mini. I congratulated myself on doing so well and saving all those pennies! I nearly even printed out an award on the computer so I could frame it……LOL! But I have seen so many fabulous cards made with this set I just had to get it. That’s right people you have had REVENGE!!! All those times I “made” you buy a stamp set because I have created something with it…..I now know what that feels like!! LOL!! I bought Love Defined, and here is what I made with it

After photographing it I thought it could have used some spritzing to make it that extra SPESH! But eh! I like it! What do you think?

Here is a closeup of my cute little hearts!

Alright people I have been given the hurry on to post this card, by my extra SPECIAL friend Karen! Love ya!! So I best go!!

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Aren’t they just the cutest??!

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I have nothing crafty to show you right now but I just wanted to share with you all the new additions to our family. They are not puppies or kittens or even guinea pigs, these ones produce eggs! Yep that’s right we have chickens. They are the cutest things and the kids love them. The kids have all chosen their favourites and named them. We have a Pecker (a little of his top beak is missing), a Fluffins (there had to be one…LOL!), a Tucker (short for Kentucky), a Red (short for…you guessed it Red Rooster plus she is a very rich red colour), and last but not least Twisty ( this ones beak is a little twisted and she is also quite orange like Twisties).

Here are some pics-

We have had them for about two weeks now and Red is already laying. Three eggs from her so far. What a good girl! LOL!

Oh well that’s it!!!! I just wanted to show you these cute little guys! My job is done!

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Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #57

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It’s Inkspiration time and I have to say I fell in love with this sketch instantly. So many possibilities……I love having lots of options LOL! This time though I wanted to play with a colour I don’t often reach for. I have a few of them you know!! Like Poppy Parade and Bravo Burgundy. Peach Parfait is on this list too and well it ended up being the colour of choice. The verdict~ I love it and will be using it more often.

This weeks sketch~

 

and my submission~

Don’t you just love this colour combo? So fresh and striking. Of course I would try to turn them into a vintage feel, LOL! I also found a new technique (well I don’t think it’s necessarily new but it’s the first time I did it). I could not find my sponges (have I told you lately I am losing the plot?) so instead of pulling my hair out looking for them I decided to use tissues to sponge the ink on the edges of the CS. It seems to give it a more mottled effect and I love it. If you haven’t done it before have a go!

I do love the effect of embossing in black and then watercolouring on Crumb Cake CS. I especially love doing it with the Elements of Style SS. What do you think? I might have a play later on with other colours. Make some suggestions and I might just make it for you!

Anyway check out the rest of the DT and don’t forget to go to the Inkspirations Challenge Blog to submit your creation!

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

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Grunge Rock!

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I thought I would share with you all one of the projects from my Mini catalogue Launch. I liked this one quite a lot actually and it was super quick and easy to put together and to top it off it is a male birthday card! It’s not very often I make one of those for this here blog! I already have the perfect recipient. I just have to make sure I don’t lose it! You are probably thinking how can she lose it? Trust me….I do it a lot….unless of course I have a fairy card thief. I might just see if I can catch one and send it on over to Karen Thomas’s house to steal some cards for me. LOL! Sorry I couldn’t help it! I just love Karen’s cards so much that I would stoop to thievery!

Anyway here is my card-

See I told you it was super easy. Well I hope I have inspired you to pull out Grunge Rock and have a play because as I have just realised card making is super fun and calming. Actually, I think it has a lot to do with the fact my son just started Kindy this week and that might explain the high volume of card making and blog posts this week! LOL!

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Faux Silk!

I am having lots of fun with the Elements of Style set lately and the other day I thought I would revive an old fave technique. It is so super easy and also a crowd pleaser….how can you go wrong?! LOL! I will be holding workshops in the coming weeks using this technique on a few different projects. This card I am about to show you was quickly whipped up for a workshop party as show and share and they loved it.

For those who don’t know the faux silk technique this is what you do- Stamp your image as normal on your white CS, crumple up a piece of tissue paper into a very small ball (make sure this piece is bigger than your white CS base), unfold it and pull it back to the original shape, cover your stamped image with the Anywhere Glue Stick (this stuff is perfect for the job), then stick the tissue paper over the top of your stamped image and trim off excess tissue paper. There DONE!!!! See super easy.

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Some Workshop Goodies!…oh and some candy!

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I am slowly getting back into the swing of things after a few months of….well how to explain…..it’s been a mixture of things, it started with a very stressful period of home life. Things just build up and up and before you know it you don’t handle things too well and you don’t seem to be in control of anything!! Things were staring to settle when we had a few weeks of flooding (See previous POST), and then the major flooding that wiped out a local town, Grantham. Things are still not good there. People are still missing with a huge possibility of not being found at all, the clean up is still happening and it is absolutely amazing how far spread the debris is. It is still lying all over farmers crops and paddocks, roads, railway and well just everywhere, not to mention the damage to the roads, rail and properties. Things that will take at least 6 months to fix or replace. Grantham is still a “no go zone” for the general public except trucks, heavy equipment, SES, Police, Army, Volunteers and of course traffic control ( hi Theresa). 

I want to thank all of my long time followers for sticking by me and sending me words of love and encouragement through the rough times. Even when my crafting time nearly turned non-existent people joined as followers to my blog. I now have 142 subscribers in the short time I added the subscription tab right down on the bottom right. Two of them joined today! WOW! Now I just have to get back on top of my blogging…LOL!! No I promise I will!! I’m being serious….just ignore previous claims of more regular blogging….which didn’t happen….I know, I know, but I am feeling good about this one! Just to prove it I think I will send one of my cards to the 150th person who subscribes to this here blog! LOL! I’m not sure if that proves it but it’s a good start. I will even let the 150th person choose the one card from a selection of three…how does that sound?! Now your probably just wishin’ those three cards were as good as Karen Thomas’s !!!!! ROFLOL!!! I will keep you all updated on how this turns out!

So onto my creation

I’m not sure if you recognise this but on the front of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue there is this gorgeous card. I simply fell in love with it. I didn’t have the appropriate stamps so I improvised. This card will be the project at tomorrows party. {Waving at you Deeann} I am sure they will love it!

I even have some table candy for them, full of chocolate eclairs, of course-

Well I best be going. I still have much to do!

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