Saturday, September 12, 2015

ESAD Holiday Catalogue 2015 Blog Hop

I'm excited to be part of another ESAD Blog Hop, this time celebrating our new Holiday Catalogue.  You might be arriving from Narelle's blog, or you might be starting here, either way, welcome!

For my projects today, I am showing some scrapbooking and Project Life memory keeping, using the Home for Christmas DSP as my main focus. 

I've also purchased the Hello December 2015 Project Life bundle, which includes the card kit, accessory pack and a photopolymer stamp set.  The colours all coordinate beautifully, so today my emphasis is on the accessory pack, and adding to the suite using the Designer Series Paper.   

The very first thing I did with my paper pack was remove 1 sheet of each design, and use my paper trimmer to cut two 6x6" squares and two 3x4" rectangles (the size of the small pockets of our Design 1 Project Life pocket pages).   This gives me a sample from each side of the paper, to use in either my traditional scrapbooking or my Project Life.

For this layout, I have simply layered a few of the 6x6 pieces together to create a fun background for my Santa photo on this 12x12" page.  I've used Kraft cardstock as my background, and matted the 5x7" photo with Real Red, and adhered them with a strip of Washi Tape on each corner, from the accessory pack.

I have a confession to make here - my 2014 album was already completed, and as Christmas 2015 hasn't happened yet, I've temporarily borrowed some photos from 2014 to use in my examples, hence this photo is only loosely stuck down with the Washi Tape.  I will swap out the photo with a new one in December.  This is also why I haven't added a title or any journaling yet.

Here is some of the detail of my page.  I've used a few embellishments from the accessory pack, such as the sequins, gold string and Very Vanilla alphabet stickers.

The little tag was punched from Kraft paper again, with a gorgeous reindeer paperclip slipped on top.  The gold numbers are also from the accessory pack, and that is the Washi tape again too.  I just love those paperclips, they're adorable, and come in a pack of 8.

I had some of my cut up paper leftover, so next I started fussy cutting some of the oh-so-gorgeous vintage reindeer and Santa images.  These I popped onto some of the Hello December cards with snowflakes on them, to cover them up since we have Christmas in Summer.  I added more gold string, and a few enamel dots.  You can see the cute watercolour detail behind Santa still.

The enamel dots are in the same colours as the DSP and the Project Life bundle.

This little guy has a Real Red candy dot for a nose, I did try it with an enamel dot but the candy dot size worked better.

Next I got out my circle punches and started punching up my paper scraps.  From these I made a Project Life card (shown a few photos above) using the 3/4" circle; and with my 1" circle punch I made a cute gift card. 

I haven't bought any stamp sets with Christmas greetings this year (yet) so I've used Happy Wonderful Christmas from Wonderful Wreath in the Annual Catalogue.  This is gold embossed.  I also decided this card looked better when the circles were matted in Kraft, cut with the ever so slightly bigger circle from the Circles Framelits. 

Next I used a card from the Hello December card collection as a background for this PL card.  The gold overlay originally said "Hello Winter" but as we are celebrating in Summer, I removed the Winter banner with a few quick snips with my scissors.  I kept the offcut to use in Winter if I'm scrapping a trip to the snow or something.  I added the Christmas Tree sticker from the sticker sheet in the accessory pack as well.

Lastly I made a delightful little Shaker pocket using some sequins and a reindeer paperclip in a cello bag from the accessory pack, sealed with Washi tape and slid into a pocket.  I added a few star embellishments from the accessory pack too.

That's all I have time for today, but I'm well underway with cute pages for my Christmas album, and I still have more than half a pack of DSP left to use as well.  And of course all of the Hello December cards, which you can see some of them here.

You can visit the next blog here.  Emma Palonek

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Great Craft Room transformation 2015

So, my hiatus is stretching out a little longer than I expected, whoopsie!  Life with three busy children is hectic at the best of times - I work part-time during school hours, and my husband does shift work, so running the house is no mean feat.  Staying on top of washing, housework, groceries and all those mundane tasks is a never-ending job in itself.  Add in winter illnesses, kids swimming and netball, birthdays and helping out at school and kindy - and well, crafting time is at a premium!  On top of this, my father-in-laws house is now on the market, as we prepare to move him into a retirement village, which has dominated the last couple of months.  It means we haven't gotten around to the finishing touches on our home yet either, but that can wait until the dust settles a little.

So anyways, as I promised, here is my new craft room transformation.  First, here is the "before" picture of my space. This was our downstairs flat that we had tenanted out for 7 years prior to moving in ourselves as part of our home renovations.  This room was a nasty old kitchenette with a wonky floor and broken cabinets, and the bench was on a lean.  It stunk, the door handles were broken and shelves were falling apart.  

We ripped out the whole lot, including the flooring, and stripped it back to a blank slate:

We got the concrete slab levelled and waterproofed, and put in nice new carpet.  The splash back tiles were cemented onto the wall, so we literally had to cut half the wall out and patch up the plaster work.  Then we painted, and moved the plumbing and electrics.  

The new cabinetry arriving was like a dream!  We kept it pretty much in the same position, and kept the sink so that in future, the downstairs area could still be used as a granny flat.  For now though, it is full of crafty goodies and I am LOVING the space - no more squishing into the back of the lounge!

Pretty cool huh?  It is a lot messier now that all my boxes are unpacked and I have 3 WIP scrapbook albums spread out lol, perhaps I will get a chance to have a wee tidy up this week and share an updated pic!

And to finish on a personal note as well, we just recently had a few days holiday with friends, so these are the latest photos making their way into my Project Life albums.

I'm about to start on a wedding album for my sister as well - this is my wee fam back in March.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

2015-16 Annual Catalogue

Oh boy, that's embarrassing - I haven't posted in 7 months!  In my defense, it has been a really busy time, with home renovations, my sisters wedding and some stuff going on healthwise for my father-in-law, so things have been a bit topsy-turvy for the last little while.  HOWEVER, things are returning to a semblance of order at home, and I plan to do a post about my brand new crafting space very soon.

First order of business though is the new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue for Stampin' Up!  The new catalogue has begun this week, and I kicked it off with a reveal party yesterday in my craftroom.  So much fun!  We started by browsing the new catalogue for the first little while, whilst nibbling on delicious snacks and sipping some wine, then we did a Scavenger Hunt through the catalogue (I asked questions, and my guests had to find the answers in the catalogue) and then we had a play with some new products, including the new 2015-17 In-Colours (Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush and Delightful Dijon) and of course some new stampsets as well, mixed with a few carryover items too - I like to show versatility with the products I demonstrate, as well as how new products can combine with old to bring a whole new lease of life.

Here are the highlights from the cards I showed, some were samples and some were Make & Take items.

You've Got This.  Like many people, I'm trying to recreate the look of the (sadly) recalled Blendabilities line, by pulling out my aqua painters and watercolour paper.  Loving the look of this flower when its blended with all the depth of colour, and OMG, droooool, the new in-colour lace ribbon is so lush.  I only have it in Mint Macaron so far, but rest assured, the other colours won't be far away from joining my stash.  The flower image is stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with White embossing Powder.  It is coloured with Watermwelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush ink, and I used Lost Lagoon for the background colouring and the stripe up the side.  I used Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White cardstock and the greeting is in Watermelon Wonder as well.  To pleat the ribbon, I laid a couple of strips of Fast Fuse across the cardbase and then loosely spread the ribbon across it in a pleated pattern, pressing it firmly down at the end to secure it all in place, and folding the ends onto the back of the card and securing it with a glue dot at the back.

A catalogue CASE - butterflies and hexagons, with a bit of Gorgeous Grunge and some basic pearls.  I showed how to use waxed paper with your Thinlits dies to help pop those intricate pieces out so much easier.  This one is Watermelon Wonder and Early Espresso.

Neopolitan anyone?  Tree Builder punch and Sprinkles of Lift stampset, in Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

Punch-art watermelons made with Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  DSP from the Cherry on Top paper stack.  Love that the papers come in 6x6" now.

Sheltering Tree, and more butterflies!  Love the versatility of this set.  This card uses only the new in-colour range.

Alright, well I am still recovering from the shock of not blogging for so long, so I will leave it there for today while I work on loading up the links to the new Catalogue, and I will be back with some photos of my amazing craft room soon!