Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sparkly Snowglobe Shaker Card

Todays card is inspired by Justin Kreiger.  I loved his card that turned the Holiday Home scene into a Snowglobe shaker card, so decided to make a version of it - my daughters are obsessed with Snowglobes, so I thought they would enjoy this card.

My cardstock colours are Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler and Lost Lagoon.  The images are stamped onto Whisper White cardstock, which was later coloured with Soft Sky ink with my Aqua Painter.  The two stampsets used are Holiday Home and Bright and Beautiful. 

To make the 'globe' I used the Circles Framelits to cut a negative in the Soft Sky cardfront, which then has a little pocket slipped behind it that contains the stamped image which is covered with a piece of Window Sheet taped down tight with sticky strip, with the sequins from the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot Accessory Kit tucked inside.  As you shake the card around, the sequins and snowflakes move around, but can't escape. 

The base of the Snowglobe is Whisper White, embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  The house is coloured with the Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Markers, to give the impression of darkness since it is nighttime, with Santa and his sleigh overhead.  This stampset is photopolymer, so I was able to bend it to match the curve of my globe.

I hope you've enjoyed this card!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I have had the pleasure of being nominated by Di Barnes, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, to take part in the Creative Blog Hop, where I share some creative insights with you, and then nominate a friend to answer the same questions next week.

What is the Creative Blog Hop? 
It's a continuous blog hop every Monday where crafters answer questions about their crafting & creative process, then tag others to continue on the blog hop the following Monday. I thought this was a fun idea, so have agreed to take part.

1. What am I working on now?

I have recently discovered Project Life scrapbooking - earlier this year, Stampin' Up! paired with Becky Higgins and released PLxSU, which was just the nudge I needed to embrace the Project Life memory-keeping system. 
I have scrapbooked before, and in fact was a scrapbooker before I was a card-maker; but with 3 children and a part-time job, I just find it too time-consuming to keep up to date - there aren't enough crafting hours in a day!!  I also struggle with how to organise the pages in my traditional scrapbook albums - everything is 12x12" but nothing really relates to the page before or after it, and there is no logical order to the subject matter, so scrapbooking kinda fell off my radar for a few years.

I had also heard of Project Life, but 1) didn't have time/energy to commit to completing the photo-a-day or weekly spreads that this system favours, and 2) with only a limited budget to spend on crafting, I made a decision to support my own business and shop "Stampin' Up! only".  But when SU announced they were bringing out some Project Life products, I enthusiastically bought the lot, and then also ventured to Spotlight to boost my supplies - I'd love to stay SU loyal, but I had 3 years worth of photos not in albums, and buying the bulk boxes was really a good option, and also fitted much better with my soft, girly theme than the bold and bright geometrics of most of the SU card kits. 

So to answer the first question - in-between making cards for friends and family as needed, and preparations for my monthly Stamp Club classes, I am also converting all my old photo albums and bits of emphemera to the Project Life albums.  I'm almost finished the album of my wedding and honeymoon (2003), my current "2014" album is up-to-date (I only journal events and everyday photos and life happening, rather than doing a committed week by week, or even month by month layout).  I am also working backwards through all my kids photos and getting them into Project Life albums as well, I think I'm on 2009.  By no means are 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 complete lol, but the photos are in albums, journaling and headings are underway, and my tatty, ripped old albums are in the bin, so its a start!

I've also just made an Engagement Card for my baby sister (so very excited for her!) and a Thank You card for our property manager who has not only successfully found us a short-term tenant to keep within the timeframe of when we start our renovations, but she has also helped greatly with a few teething problems with the new tenants!

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

It's difficult to put a name to my particular style, as it is always evolving.  What I loved a year ago, is different to what I love now, and different again to what I loved 7 years ago when I took up papercrafting as a proper hobby.  This is also a reflection of the supplies that I have in my stash - both what is available to buy these days, and also the growing percentage of it which I own LOL.  I always admire other peoples style, and will take inspiration from other peoples work, but I do try and keep my own style fresh, rather than being a carbon copy of somebody elses.

3.  Why do I create what I do?

I've loved paper and pens and stationery since I was a little girl.  I have memories of going to work with my Dad on the weekends and spending the whole day in his office stationery supply room.  My Mum is a crafter (she sews, knits, quilts, mosaics, you name it) and I guess the need to "make stuff" has been passed on to me.  Even my sister has recently started "making stuff" - she's stared making her own jewellery. 

I've always kept diaries and journals and special keepsakes, you might call me a bit of a hoarder lol.  So right now my focus is on organising my memories in a way that is meaningful, visually appealing and most of all, enjoyable to do.  My children in turn love to be involved with both the creative process, and enjoying the finished product.  My Mum has been researching our Family Tree for many years and recording photos, interviews and interesting bits of heritage.  I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  I want to record memories in a way that my family can enjoy, but more than that, I hope that the tradition gets passed down to another generation.

4. How does my creative process work?

I took up scrapbooking when my oldest daughter was born, and the girls are now 7, 5 1/2 and almost-4.  It started out being something that I could do for ME when the babies were sleeping; as well as documenting their stories, it gave me a creative outlet to just sit and do something I enjoyed.  As well as the practical aspect of getting photos into albums (whatever the method), there is something very soothing and relaxing about crafting.  I love the paper, I love the colours, I love all the tools and supplies - it makes me happy to walk into my craft area and see all my pretty things. 

I don't know that I really have a process - I've got a fairly good eye for colour and balance, and I definitely know what I like and don't like, so I suppose my process is just to set aside some time (usually still while the children are sleeping!) and actually make something!
Now, for nominating a friend.  I am actually going to be bold and do a nomination OUTSIDE of papercrafting - I've looked back through several blogs in the Hop, and whether by design or not, they're all papercrafting.  My friend Sarah has an amazing knitting blog, so I decided that you can all go and check her out!  She will be answering these questions on Monday 13th October.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

ESAD Holiday Catalogue 2014 Blog Hop

I'm excited to take part in another ESAD blog hop.  You might have joined me from Libby's blog or you might be starting here, either way - welcome, and I hope you enjoy the tour today.

I have chosen to work with the Wondrous Wreath bundle and have used it to make several cards and an ornament.  They are all Christmas themed, and I did also make one that wasn't red and green but would you believe it, it has completely disappeared from my desk - I suspect a girl-child of mine has taken a liking to it - and I didn't take a photo of it before it disappeared, so I will have to share that one with you at a later date if and when it turns up!!!

First off, let me tell you about the Wondrous Wreath bundle.  It comes with both the stampset (above) and co-ordinating Framelits which not only cut out your wreath and its accessories, but also gives you a couple of gorgeous greetings as well - Joy and Noel.  I really love it, and I think its the easiest bundle to use that Stampin' Up! has released so far.  The stampset is photopolymer, which is just perfect for this set as it uses two-step stamping to create the different layers of the stamped image, so lining each layer up is easy-peasy with both the stamps and your clear acrylic blocks being easy to see through to your project underneath.  Not only that, but the each stamp, as well as its co-ordinating Framelits dies, has a little tab to help you line up the bottom (or top), so there is no confusion when stamping or cutting.  Great thinking by SU!
Now for my projects!  My first card uses a Cherry Cobbler mat on a Whisper White base.  The "confetti dots" are stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, and were created with the "berries" stamp from the bundle.  I simply stamped it over and over, rotating slightly each time to give some variance.  The wreath is stamped with the first layer in Pear Pizzazz and the second in Old Olive, and the berries are embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The "Joy" is also from the Framelits collection and is done in Gold Foil.  The greeting is gold embossed, also from this same bundle.

I just love the soft bow, tied into a double-bow with our Cherry Cobbler seam-binding ribbon from the Annual Catalogue.

Next I wanted to play with an Easel Card and the Circles Collection Framelits.  The wreath layers beautifully inside the nested circles.  I gold embossed the leaves onto Window Sheet, and skipped the middle layer of leaves and went straight to my Cherry Cobbler embossed berries, and this is popped up on tiny chopped up and hidden Dimensionals, to give it some height. 

I did another double-bow with the new gold ribbon, and added some pretty gold and Cherry Cobbler flowers to hold the card open.  The pearls in the centres are coloured with the darkest Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker.  Peace and Joy comes from the promotional hostess set, Good Greetings, and is also gold embossed.

Next I made a hanging ornament, again using the Circles Collection Framelits, Gold Foil, Gold ribbon and a piece of Window Sheet to hold the floating layer in the centre.  The wreath is again stamped in Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler embossed berries, and I've used another of those seam-binding ribbon bows.

This is going to look amazing hanging on my tree this year.

This one is a wee bit different.  I used the emboss resist technique and clear-embossed the leaves onto Whisper White cardstock, and sponged over the top with Old Olive ink.  I could just as easily have white embossed onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  What I really wanted to show with this one though, was the use of the coloured Pearls instead of using the berries stamp.
And finally, here is a tag made with the Noel framelit as a negative.  I used Typeset DSP - sponged and grunged with Crumb Cake ink - and glued it onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (for strength), and then cut the two pieces together with both the Angled Tag punch and then put it through the Big Shot with the Noel thinlet.   Tied off with another of that beautiful seam-binding ribbon.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this bundle used in a few different ways, and I hope you don't mind that I couldn't find my non-Christmassy example to show you in time for the Blog Hop! 

Your next stop is Debra Speijers.
What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each other.  

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bright and Beautiful

I realised this morning while looking at another demonstrators projects, that I didn't blog my Bright and Beautiful projects last month during the promotion where you could buy the stampset and star framelits together as a bundle - how remiss of me!  So without further ado, here they are now!
The first is a 3D ornament, made by layering several stars of different sizes and cut from a selection of Champagne Glimmer cardstock, Cherry Cobbler and gold foil (with white embossing),  Some of the pieces are scored and creased to give dimension.   I used gold sequin ribbon to make the hanger, doesn't it look great!
The next is my own creation, with Crushed Curry cardstock, DSP and ribbon, and some dazzling diamonds for a lovely glittery finish.
Last but not least is a CASE from the Holiday Catalogue, and adapted slightly to use a ribbon and DSP that I had on hand, so mine is Baked Brown Sugar instead of Basic Black.  I'm in love with this card, and my Stamp Club ladies enjoyed making it last month too.
This month I will be showing them the Blendabilities markers with the Christmas Bauble stamp, so stay tuned for that project in the next few days (to be followed on Saturday with another ESAD blog hop - exciting!)

Have a great day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

More Holiday Catalogue sneak peeks

I am loving these Blendabilities alcohol markers!  This card is a Cherry Cobbler cardbase and Crushed Curry cardfront, with a gold foil layer in between.  The Merry Christmas greeting comes from Greetings of the Season which is on the carryover list, so can still be ordered from last years Holiday Catalogue.  Brand new out of this years Holiday Catalogue is the Christmas Bauble, which is a single stamp and it looks spectacular embossed in gold.  It is coloured with Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities markers. 
There is a smattering of Crushed Curry ink splotches in the background from Gorgeous Grunge.  I think it provides interest in the the background, without being distracting.

Next up is the Holiday Homes stampset again, as seen in the pop-up card in my previous post.  This time I have used Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight to colour the houses and create a neighbourhood effect for my girlfriend who has just purchased a new house.
I haven't used the Thinlets flip card in a while, so it was nice to bring it out again with some new toys.  I made it extra long with a flap on the inside to write my message. 
The Holiday Catalogue is only 2 weeks away, so not long to wait now!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Holiday Home Card-in-a-box

Well my stamping friends, the next Holiday Catalogue is coming soon, and we are in our Demonstrator pre-order period so I thought you might enjoy my first Sneak Peek project.

This card uses a new bundle called Holiday Home, which has both stamps and Framelits (note, I've handcut these as I didn't want the white background showing in my nighttime scene).
   It is a photopolymer stampset and you can do lots of fun things with it, like adding spiderwebs, bats and pumpkins for a spooky Halloween house, or bare Autumn trees and piles of fallen leaves, and snowmen and falling snowflakes for Winter.  There is also a wreath and some Christmas lights, and I'm kicking myself right now for not adding a wreath to that house on the front flap (will definitely be going to add that, right after this!)

The houses are all coloured with my Night of Navy Blendabilities markers, and the windows are lit up with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities as well.  The cardstock is in the co-ordinating colours.  I even used one of the Daffodil Delight markers to colour my white embossing powder on the "merry christmas"greeting and the cluster of stars.  Do you like that sentiment?  Keep your eyes open for an upcoming promotion featuring a new set called "Good Greetings".  The stars come from the new Project Life set, Point & Click.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

ESAD Annual Catalogue 2014-15 Blog Hop

Thanks for taking part in the latest ESAD Blog Hop.  You may have arrived here from Tracy Speight, or, as I am stop #1, you might be starting with me.  Enjoy the Hop!!
Today I am taking a close look at our new Project Life by Stampin' Up! range.  We took a family holiday during the May school holidays to Rotorua and Ohope Beach / Whakatane, so I have put together some pages from our trip.  My daughters are 3, 5 and 6, and they all wanted to be involved, so they helped me to collect brochures from the Visitor Information Centres and cut out interesting pictures of the places we were visiting, and I have incorporated these into my Project Life pages.
I have used the Everyday Adventure Card Collection and co-ordinating Accessory Pack, and filled the pockets of the Variety Pack of 12x12" Photo Pocket Pages.  The Stampin' Up! black faux leather 12x12" Album was not available during our pre-order period so I haven't had a chance to purchase it yet, so the album I am using is from the Becky Higgins Project Life range at Spotlight.  I used cardstock in the co-ordinating colours of Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie to make extra filler cards, and I also added some pieces of Soft Sky and Pacific Point as these tied in with my photos.  I have used a couple of our embossing folders for texture on some of these, including Ampersand and Polka Dot, and on others I have stamped or used pieces of Washi Tape or buttons to decorate.
The first couple of pages look at the 'travelling' part of our adventure and explaining where we went and where we stayed.  The dates are stamped onto a journaling card with the Epic Day Remember This Rotary Stamp, and corners have been rounded with the Project Life Corner Punch.
The map is from one of the Tourist brochures we collected, I simply cut it down to fit on a 6x4" mat and used my paper piercing tool to poke holes along our travel route and handstitched it with embroidery thread - I got this idea from Pinterest and really love how it turned out.  I used two stars from the new Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to highlight the two towns that were our destinations, and taped it down onto a Strawberry Slush mat with the grey Epic Day Washi Tape.  Finally I stamped a few different images from Around The Word stampset, onto both my journaling cards and as embellishments on my cards.
The 'adventure bound' comes from the photopolymer Project Life Remember This set, and the others are all from Around the World again.  I wanted to repeat the hexagons from the Everyday Adventure card, so I inked some Crumb Cake ink directly onto my embossing folder and used it as a stamp onto the cardstock for a subtle background image.
The next few pages look at our activities and things we saw and did on our holiday.  Rotorua has two lakes side-by-side, that due to the different depths and types of sediment on the bottom, appear to be different colours, so are called the Green and Blue Lakes.  You can stand at a viewing platform and see both lakes -  I used blue (Bermuda bay) and green (Pear Pizzazz) cardstock to represent the two different lakes, and I cut labels from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits and I used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp to stamp their names onto the respective photos.
This was my first page using the 4x4" pockets and cards.  I really like Design 3 and 4, for being able to use a mix of portrait and landscape photographs on the same page with a bit of creative cropping.
Finally, for the page documenting our drive home, I added a few pictures of things we saw on our trip back (as we took a different route home).  We stopped at the giant L&P bottle (a type of fizzy drink that is made here in Paeroa) and as this a tall photo to fit the whole bottle in, but the other photos were all horizontal, I used 2 of the 3x4" pockets and a 4x6" landscape pocket as a backdrop for a portrait photo.  I cut out the whole pocket (including seams) from a damaged Photo Pocket Page (don't ask!!!) and popped my photo inside and attached it to the front of the page with Washi Tape down the left-hand side, and put another piece of Washi Tape on the right-hand side to close the pocket and create a tab to pull on to turn the pocket over, revealing another photo on the other side.
Yes, they are being cheeky and pretending to show their bottoms!  For the word "Paeroa" I used the alphabet stickers from the Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack. 
This last page was only a couple of weeks ago, and it shows how I made a 6x4" cardfront and used it as a Project Life Card.  I decorated a plain piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Flower Patch stampset and Flower Fair Framelits and used a couple of stamped images from the Project Life Point & Click and Remember This stampsets on two of my filler cards.  Again the girls are being cheeky and the journaling says that I asked them to pose for a picture and they all started pulling silly faces.  I made a "picture perfect" banner for the really silly snap, and put a little star from the Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack, and used love hearts (the Crisp Cantaloupe heart is cut from the Hamburger Box die) to show that I {heart} their cheeky characters - these fun shots tell a bigger story and show more of their personalities, than a simple staged photo of them all posing nicely and smiling does. 
I hope this has given you some ideas on how you can use Project Life by Stampin' Up!.  Please do leave me a comment if you have found this helpful.  It really is such a lovely way of capturing your memories, and you can spend as much or as little time embellishing and decorating as you like.
Your next stop is Kelli Gordon.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each other.  

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Life In The Forest Card-in-a-box

My big girl turns 7 this weekend, so as well as being allowed to get her ears pierced a few days early (due to the chemist being closed on the weekend), she has requested a card using her favourite stampset, Life In The Forest.   I decided to go for a Box Card, and of course, this stampset is just calling out to be used with the Blendabilities Markers.

Here is the other view, you can see a couple of the little critters a bit better here.
I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the base and the grass (cut with my Fringe Scissors) and the Smoky Slate DSP on the panels is from the Moonlight Paper Stack.  On the base is Pear Pizzazz arrow pattern from the Subtles Paper Stack.  Her name is cut out with the new Little Letters Thinlets, and I actually placed each letter onto a piece of Window Sheet with glue dots and then popped the whole thing up with tiny strips on Dimensional foam from the outside of the sheet.
You might have noticed that one of the foxes is facing the 'other' way.  I stamped onto a piece of baking paper with my black Memento ink, and then rubbed the image from the baking paper onto a piece of Whisper White.  It didn't work out quite as nicely as when its done with StazOn ink, but of course it had to be Memento Ink to use with the alcohol markers, so to disguise the un-clean outline I used a darker colour and the darkest shade marker (Cherry Cobbler) for the bulk of the colouring, and then fussy cut right up to the line instead of leaving a white outline.  I think it looks "okay" LOL.  The other Mr Fox is coloured with the Pumpkin Pie markers.
And here is my lovely birthday girl showing off her new earrings, I'm looking forward to spending a nice day with her on Sunday, and have got a cake baking in the oven as we speak.