Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Few Of My Favourite Things + 12 Tags April

Tim Holtz's tag this month for 12 Tags of 2014 is a real beauty (when aren't they?). I just happened to have one of those gorgeous lattice TH/Sizzix dies - how did that get into my craft room? Unfortunately, when I set up my die stack and pushed the button on my beloved Vagabond machine nothing happened! It was as dead as a dodo! Noooooooooooo! Of course it was out of warranty - Murphy's law. But the supplier was very helpful when I called to ask if they can fix it (nope!) and somehow or another (I confess nothing) a Craftwell Ebosser ended up on my doorstep (*blush*).  Which is very handy as I won a Teresa Collins A4 embossing folder recently which fits only in the Ebosser machine. So eventually I got to create along with Tim and here's my version:

Pretty no? Thanks for the inspiration Tim! Here's the details for the challenge post
I am also entering this tag into Inspiration Emporium's current challenge (A Few of my Favourite Things) as Tim's 12 Tags is one of my favourite inspiration challenges and I got to use some of my favourite items (distress ink & paint, dies, sprays) and a few of my favourite techniques (colouring ribbon with spray inks, inking edges, water spraying). And it just might be one of my favourite creations. The details for the challenge are here.
Materials: Die, Tag, Tissue Tape, Distress Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz), Spray Inks (Heidi Swapp), Frame (Making Memories), Stamp (Kaisercraft), Paper (Bo Bunny, DCWV), Chipboard (Quickutz), Safety Clip, Flowers, Leaves, Seam Binding, Metal Tape.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Going On A Journey

Not much creating going on at the moment due to my big upcoming trip. What I have worked on though is a journal to take with me so that my Mum and I have somewhere to take down our memories. I mentioned the journal in a recent post and now it is finished - quite proud of this one.

It is very, very simple and basic. A little washi here and a little ephemera there and of course some stamping! The pages either had some washi strips or pieces of ephemera from the Kaisercraft 6x6 paper pad.  A few envelopes were scattered throughout for all those bits and pieces of ephemera we will surely collect along the way. I'm so glad I have finished it in time to enter it in the latest Simon Says Stamp Challenge which closes tomorrow!

The little bag contains some journaling pens, some washi and a tiny stapler for attaching items along the journey. Next up are some of the inside pages. You will notice that each page is stamped with Day, Date and Place. Warning - it is about to get photo heavy in here.

When I was sorting through some childhood items recently I came across two journals I had done for trips to Sydney and America in my teenage years. I was going to throw them out (Shock! Horror!) but my Mum wouldn't let me. Then, she sat down to read them and had us in stitches as she read out my teenage reminiscences. I was a teenage girl so you can imagine boys (and food) featured strongly.

I am entering this journal into Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Journey. The details for the challenge are here.

Materials: Book, Mists (Clearsnap, Colour Shine), Ephemera (Kaisercraft), Assorted Washi (1x Tim Holtz), Stamps (Kaisercraft, Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, Mama Elephant, Martha Stewart, Unknown), Stazon, Envelopes, Brads, Twill (Typo)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Going For Gold

This card is all about the gold. I wanted to play with my new Teresa Collins stencils and texture paste so I grabbed a premade card base and played. The stencil pattern turned out really nice - I wanted to do the fan/scallop one but the size was too large for a card. Taking the base card colour as my cue I built the card from there. The card was made based on the March sketch from DCWV so I chose coordinating papers from A Type of Art stack by DCWV for my pennants so I could enter it on their competition. Because it has pennants on it I can also enter in into the latest challenge at Southern Girls Challenge - Swinging in the Breeze.  I also specifically used my new Hero Arts birthday stamps that I chose as part of my prize from them so I could enter it in their birthday challenge. I will also enter it in Inspiration Emporium's A Splash of Colour challenge again too. There's a lot riding on this one little card:

Hero Arts - Metallic Birthday Cards is here
Inspiration Emporium - Splash of Colour is here
Southern Girls Challenge - Swinging in the Breeze is here

Card Base (unknown), Card Stock (Stampin' Up!, unknown), Patterned Paper (DCWV), Stencil (Teresa Collins), Texture Paste (Jo Sonya),  Stamp (Hero Arts), Embossing Ink (Ranger), Embossing Powder (Celebrations of Australia), Die (Couture Creations), Flower (Retail Girl), Gold Paint Pen (Zig)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Splash Of Colour

Well, maybe a splash of colour is a bit too bright a label for this project - how about a subtle hint of colour instead? The current challenge at Inspiration Emporium is A Splash of Colour. I think you only need to use colour on the creation to be eligible. I have been joushing (that word Carlton from Fab 5 made up) up a plain art journal from the cheap dollar shops ($3) for my upcoming trip to Italy (excited much!). It has plain white pages so I opened the wire binding , took out some of the pages and sprayed them. I would've done more but a) I was worried I wouldn't be able to write over the colourshine, b) my blue ink spray got blocked so there aren't as many blue pages and c) it's time consuming! As only a few pages had the colour I decided to add envelopes on those pages to make them a little bit special. Each page got either some washi or travel themed ephemera. Next I added Day, Date and Place on each page with stamps. Now I am going through and decorating the envelopes with stamps. It's pretty cool but the wires are now too small for the expansion of the book! I wonder if my Zutter O Wires are compatible?

At this stage I will only show you the cover title page (man, that feels like a primary school project!). When I have more time and all the envelopes are completed I will show you some more pages. So for now this is my cover:

The picture looks quite white but it is sprayed green and the map stamp is stamped in green also. I used my new TH spritzer tool that arrived from Inspiration Emporium this week (so cool) and added spritzes of blue and rust that I had used throughout the book. I love the soft look it gave. A few stickers, TH film strip, a paperclip and a piece of travel ephemera and it's done! I can staple tickets and things on there as I travel. BTW the travel ephemera ended up there because I didn't like how an ampersand inked up when I stamped it after the title so I covered it up. 

Here's the link to the challenge: Inspiration Emporium - A Splash of Color Challenge

Materials: Film Strip, Spritzer, Markers, Staples (Tim Holtz), Stamp, Ink, Markers (Stampin' Up!, Stickers (Glitz & unknown),Ephemera (Kaisercraft), Paperclip, Journal.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Use Your Words

No, I'm not at preschool! Sorry, those words remind me of when my niece was at daycare and we were encouraged to say that when she would cry or get frustrated etc.  The reason for my title is that the current challenge at Inspiration Emporium is: Show it with Words.  Instead of a card, which I don't like making, I made a layout. Layouts take longer but I much prefer this kind of creating over card making. This layout features my Dad and the lyrics to the Emeli Sande song: Next to Me. As soon as I heard the song, and its lyrics, I thought of my Dad.  He is always beside me as my champion. This layout is a special celebration of how wonderful a dad, and man, he is.

The layout lifts up to reveal both the lyrics and journaling about my special dad.

Not sure if I will give him the layout to read or not - I'm shy about sharing my feelings.

I used Stazon ink with a woodgrain stamp on the foam letters to give them a wood look.
I coloured the Kaisercraft bling word with an alcohol pen (copic).

The details for the challenge are here.

Materials: Paper (Kaisercraft, Hot Off The Press), Stamps (Mama Elephant, Maya Rd, 7 Gypsies, A.Muse Studio), Letters ( American Crafts, Kaisercraft), ink (Versamark, Stazon),  Border punch (Stampin' Up!), Pearls (Retail Girl), Colour Spray (Heidi Swapp), Perfect Pearls (Ranger), Corner Rounder (We Are Memory Keepers), Bling Word (Kaisercraft), Washi Tape, Sequins

Blinging it Up

The current challenge at Southern Girls' Challenge is: Bling It, Bling, Bling.  I know I won the last time and it's a bit cheeky entering again but I created this layout and unintentionally ended up using a lot of sparkly butterflies and sequins.  The fact I used butterflies and mauve is really weird as it is an intimate layout as it reveals some of my most played songs and why I love them and I am not a mauve or butterflies kinda girl!  Before you check out my photo let me just explain that I have added a piece of printed vellum over my face as I don't really want my picture out there in cyber world!

Those girly butterflies combined with a picture of me still crack me up. The next picture shows you that the little iPods are actually mini accordion albums for me to write my journaling (namely the songs and why I love them). - cool no?

The challenge details are here.

Materials: Paper (unknown), Ink (Stampin' Up!), Stamps (Unknown), Letters (American Crafts), Pearl (Retail Girl), Journaling Pen (Stampin' Up!, Whitcouls),Sequins, Butterflies, Bakers Twine, Jeans pocket (from my old favourite jeans when they died)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thank You to Southern Girls Challenge and Retail Girl

Imagine my surprise when the BFF fwd an email from Southern Girls Challenge that said I had won the "It's All New" challenge.  My entry was my layout I did of my lovely [furry] boy in my gratitude journal.  It is even more rewarding when the prize is based on a creation rather than just on blog comments, even though it is still by random draw.  The sponsor of my prize was Retail Girl and the prize the owner sent me was amazing!!!! Check it out:

Aren't they just gorgeous? The items are truly delicious in real life. Louise, the owner, was so kind as to ask me what my favourite colours were and chose the items accordingly.  As I opened the parcel and saw every item I kept thinking: this would go well on a layout of XYZ.
I wanted to say thank you to Southern Girls Challenge blog for providing the challenges and to the sponsors. In particular, I would like to say a huge thank you to Louise at Retail Girl. Retail Girl sells through Facebook.  Please check out her site as the items are really lovely.  Here is the link: