Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cardabitlities Sketch #109

Today is reveal day over at Cardabilities which means a new sketch for you to play with, and you will also see some of the beautiful cards picked as featured designers.  You can find the new sketch here.


This time I have decided to flip the sketch upside down, and created a card for a colleague at work who is about to start her big OE and venture out into the world.  Im betting Paris will be one of her stops ;)  I've used one of my favourite ranges from Teresa Collins, Memorabilia with some yummy Petaloo flowers.

If you pop on over to Cardabilities there are some beautiful interpretations of the sketch.  While you're there you could check out Sketchabilities too!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Changes, Halloween and Graphic 45.

I have a few funny quirks, don't laugh!  One of them being I hate change, unless of course Im the one making the change ;)  Some change is for the good and thats ok, but some change makes me sad and its come about through a state of progressive evolution I guess would be one of way of putting it.  So I bet you're wondering where Im going with this?!

Well, at the weekend I went down to Timaru with one of my Scrappy BFF's for a day of creativity.  Its a two hour drive to get there and it starts at 10am-10pm, we generally get going about 8am.  It got me thinking about how we got to this point, I mean its a long way to go for a monthly scrapbook crop!, but thats the way scrapping seems to have evolved.  Our dollar became so high against the US that people found it cheaper to buy from overseas, and with that came more variety of product being available.  And Im not saying that its right or wrong but that change, changed things in NZ and shops closed down with the decrease in sales.
For me that means theres only one wee store in Christchurch  www.thepaperteapot.co.nz when we used to have about 5 I think, depending on how far back you go, and that also means those weekly crops that some stores used to have, where you got together with your friends, chatted and created, learnt new tips and made new friends, have gone.  Hence my monthly trip to Timaru, spending the day at Artfull Crafts.  So yes, sometimes I hate change, and you could say its a purely selfish reason but I just find it sad.

Don't get me wrong, I love my days creating in Timaru, its just the journey of how we got to this point, I find sad for scrapbooking.  A group of us try to get together on a Wednesday which doesn't always work - my shift work often interferes :(  and things come up, thats just life.

So what did I create?  A few things, but this was my favourite.


In  NZ we don't really celebrate Halloween, although there is more and more of a Halloween influence here as the years go by, but nothing like Ireland or America.  Graphic 45 produced Steampunk Spells and I fell in love! and I don't even like Halloween!!  But those colours and graphics are just so cool!!


The base of this is two books that I found on sale at Typo, I just covered them and started building my layers and embellishments.


The bats are two layers stuck together, cut on my Cameo and the chipboard oval is Dusty Attic that I have painted and then inked to give it an aged look.


This handsome devil I found in the $2 shop and Ive given him 'wings' of spider webs again cut from my Cameo.


Aren't those flowers beautiful?!  The purple vine is from  Manor House that Ive been holding onto for awhile waiting for that perfect project - guess I found it :)


So considering I don't do halloween I bet you're wondering what Im going to do with it!  I did look at it when it was finished thinking I love it so much do I really want to give it away?  But I think it needs to be shown off and treasured by someone who loves Halloween, so its winging its way to Ireland tomorrow :)

See you next time!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Cardabilities #108

Hi Everyone!
Theres a new sketch over at Cardabilities right now, so go take a look at some of the gorgeousness the DT has created!

Heres the sketch :)

  And heres my take on it. Ive pretty much stuck to sketch this time.


 I've created my background this time, stamping the same stamp (Kaisercraft) three times, and then inking the edges with two distress inks, Walnut Stain and Old Paper.



I've also used some really old Basic Grey rubons to tuck in behind my flower cluster, which is a mixture of Prima and Petaloo.


I made this for a friend for her birthday last month, and made a tag to match.  I LOVE how its all turned out, think it might be one of my favourites yet!



Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Once Upon a Springtime

Hello again :)

This month I plans to apply for Dusty Attic DT but unfortunately life and a new job got in the way of creativity and i only got one of the three requirements completed.  Thats just the way things go sometimes.  So instead I thought I would just enter this layout in the sketch challenge, but it seems to have closed………………………and its still Sept?  Anyway, here it goes!

One of the requirements was to complete a layout using the current sketch.


I loved this range from Graphic 45!!, Once Upon a Springtime, and its still one of my favs - still have wee bit left ;)  I used these photos of me taken at my Christening - for some reason there were doubles taken, so I had lots to play with!


Ive used DA Chicken Wire, the inner part of the middle size clock and Foliage on my layout.  The chicken wire I left naked, the circle has been covered in ink and for the foliage I have covered it with gesso, randomly stamped over it and then inked.


Ive added a combination of Manor House blooms, with Petaloo flowers and Prima toadstools, with a lot of fussy cutting!


Hope you enjoy :)


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Wild Card - BoBunny DT

Hi Everyone,

One of the new collections BoBunny has produced this season is Wild Card, and its become one of favourites and I really didn't think it would!  I often find male projects hard to do but these two cards Ive made came together pretty quickly, I think because the range has so much scope to work with.

When I showed Forbes the range I was told there some papers there that I was not allowed to cut up - apparently he thought some of them should be framed as was!


Fathers Day is in September in New Zealand so Wild Card arrived at the right time!  Ive used a mixture of product, clear stamps, wooden cogs, and brads.


To create the base of the card Ive taken one of the cut outs from the Zoom paper and cut the oval out, inked the edge and mounted on foam to give the card more dimension, before adding the rest of the layers.  The arrows have been stamped onto cardstock and mounted onto foam as well.


Forbes's birthday is this weekend and those of you that know him, know that he is mad about FORD cars, particularly classic cars!  This time I used more of the cogs and brads and the Garage sign is from the Noteworthy range.  Theres lots of old car/garage memorabilia in the Noteworthy range perfect for the car mad man in your life :)


Hopefully thats given you some inspiration for male cards as well as using Wild Card :)
Thanks for popping by!

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Zoom / Wild Card
Noteworthy: Wild Card
Brads: Wild Card
6x6 Paper Pad: Wild Card
Kraft: Wood Gears
Stamps: Inline Alpha, To the Point, Distressed Textures, It is Written

Monday, 22 September 2014

BoBunny DT - Candy Lane Mixed Media Canvas

Hi Everyone :)

Christmas is fast approaching!!  Each year a group of my friends have a tradition that we send each other a gift at Christmas time.  It has to be a Christmas decoration and we have set a money limit of $20.  Over the years I have received some beautiful gifts and its turned into a really fun tradition!


When I saw Candy Lane I knew it was going to be perfect for one of my friends who is mad about the colour pink :)  Some of the papers in the collection are quite bright, but others are more of a muted pastel, so theres huge variety to choose from.  I chose to use the muted pink tones in the collection, with a little fussy cutting and some of the Noteworthy collection.



This season BoBunny also released some new items - stencils, pearlescents, ink pads and glitter paste.  Ive used  two of the stencils to make my background.  From the Brocade set Ive used the dots, and from the Bliss set Ive used the small damask mask.
Theres a couple of things I love about the new stencils.  They are stickable to your chosen surface, so the mask won't move around on you - perfect! - and there are more than one stencil in a kit, so for example the Bliss collection has 20 separate stencils in it that you can use individually!  Great value for money :)



To create my background I have painted my canvas with gesso and used texture paste with my stencils, and randomly stamped my background.  The title I have cut from my silhouette and used the Pink Punch ink pad to give it that subtle pink colour by using my fingers to mush it in - to tone the colour down a bit Ive used my fingers again to blend in some Sugar Pearlescents and finally gone around the edge of my letters with black pen that Ive blended with a baby wipe.


Thanks for popping by today and if you want to see what the BoBunny stencils are like you can see them here.




Monday, 15 September 2014

Cardabilities Sketch #107

Hi Everyone!

Today is reveal day again over at Cardabilities, with another awesome sketch from Karan :)


This time I went a wee bit different for me with not a flower insight lol, and went for more of a bright grungy look.  Ive used BoBunny Lemonade Stand as well as BB clear stamps.


There are some utterly beautiful examples of interpretations of the sketch today, and you can find those here.  You can also check out the lucky people who won some Heartfelt Creations goodies from the Rafflecopter from the last sketch :)

Thanks for popping by!