Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pure Play

After watching a Heidi Swapp video on My Craft Channel I set about creating a fun, file folder album of my recent trip to Singapore, Italy, Munich and USA. I managed to cram 83 photos in this little beauty!

This album is all about play: sticking photos and stickers down and adding random stamps. Lots of fold-outs and flip-outs for getting as many photos in as possible.  It is at times like these that I love my stash! I have collected lots of travel themed products over the years (as I love to travel).  I didn't spend too much time choosing and getting things just right; it was about getting it completed and playing with my supplies. For this reason I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Rock The Technique - my technique is pure play and just getting things down! (as well as fold-outs)

I started with a couple of Heidi Swapp folders and some patterned papers for added pages. I even got to play with my cinch. I didn't do as good a job as I wanted but I got the job done. Because I used different papers in this album I am entering this in A Blog Named Hero's current challenge - patterned paper.


Grrr - I don't know why the software has loaded the pictures that way as they are in the right orientation on my laptop when I selected them for loading! I can't find a button to rotate them - sigh.

These are the challenges I am entering this in:
A Blog Named Hero - Papers Please (use patterned papers) . The challenge details are here  .
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Rock the Techniques. The challenge details are  .here

File Folders - Heidi Swapp; Patterned Papers - Kaisercraft; Stamps - Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories, Hero Arts; Embossing Folders - Teresa Collins, Ink - Stampin' Up!, Stazon, Versa; Stickers - Heidi Swapp, K&Co; Washi Tape.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Two Little Girls

Two little girls I know are going to Tokyo Disneyland for a day in the near future.  I remember the first time I went; I didn't know the characters would sign their autographs for you. I think I still have the park maps with their signatures on them (some 20+ years later). I didn't want them to be in the same boat as me when I went unprepared to get autographs so I decided to make them autograph books to take with them. 

I whipped these up in record time and used leftovers in my stash.  The cover cardstock is K&Co packaging, the letter stickers are from a design team kit (I didn't have enough a's so I made an extra one from a b), and the patterned paper I used on the left hand edge and the inside cover is from a class I went to a few years ago.  The notebooks I had in my stash. Unfortunately, I was worried about the notebook pages falling apart so I decided to rethink the binding. I cut them apart, separated the notebook pages, added another notebook's worth of pages (doubling the size of the notebook), and bound using my [new] cinch. In fact, I got the cinch in June after wanting one for a year or more. Today, I actually took it out of the box and used it! So easy!

I preferred the notebooks as they were originally but now I know they will stand up to handling by young girls (under age 5) and they also have the added bonus of having more paper.

I am entering these notebooks in 2 challenges as they both have the theme of Anything Goes!
The details for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog is here .
The details for the Inspiration Emporium Challenge blog is here .
Can you tell I am desperate to win a shopping voucher at either of these stores? Tim Holtz has released an alphabet die set I just have to get my hands on!

PS I haven't spelled Ema's name wrong! Ema is the short version of her name and her full name wouldn't fit!

Paper - K&Co, Bo Bunny; Alpha's - Doodlebug; Plastic Coating - Quikutz; Binding - Cinch; Notebooks.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Olaf - Anything Goes

Someone I know had a Frozen themed birthday - a 5th birthday. I thought to myself: I could make a snowman (apologies to anyone who now has that song in their head).  Apparently I can't make a snowman and I am very embarrassed with how my Olaf turned out. What do you think?

This will be the last and only snowman I ever make. It must be love.

The paper started out life as a cream doily print.  The birthday girl's favourite colour is purple so out came my ink applicator and a purple ink pad to re-colour it. I thought the doily pattern represented swirly snow.

Two challenge sites have Anything Goes as their current challenge so I am entering this card in both of them (even though I am embarrassed by it!). I am entering this card in Inspiration Emporium's challenge - the details for the challenge are here . The other challenge site is over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - the details are here .
Materials: Paper - Prima, Glassine - Ranger, Cardstock - Stampin' Up!, Ink - Tim Holtz, Enamel Dots - Ranger, Crystals - Kaisercraft, Number - American Crafts, Journal Pen - Stampin' Up!,  Snowflakes, Punches

Friday, August 8, 2014

Using The Stash - Anything Goes

Last year I had a personal goal of using older items from my stash. Each blog entry would have a mention near the end of older , even never used, items from my stash. You remember that right? Then I seemed to have stopped. Well, I created today's layout using plenty of older items from my stash (some may have been previously unused!). I saw a layout by Geralyn Sy on Studio Calico's blog which had a lot of stamped circles on it. I pulled out my circle stamps. At first I worried I wouldn't have any or enough. Boy, was I mistaken. I ended up with a pile on my floor.  I sorted through choosing the circle designs I wanted to use. Then it was on to choosing ink colour which lead me trying to decide what order I wanted the colours stamped in. Originally I imagined this layout would come together very quickly as I had a design already - 'fraid not! After test stamping first, then switching to markers instead to choose the colours and order, I finally got around to stamping. Next up I had to decide about the corner frame accent. Originally it wasn't going to be added. I recently bought a packet of Heidi Swapp frames (on sale at Spotlight - bonus!) and thought: what about using one of those. Sadly, it was a fraction to small for my photo. Then I thought: what if I cut it in half and used the pieces as photo corners?. Then: 2 photo corners or one? - one. Then: which corner? Agh! Eventually it was done. Today as I went to photograph it I had thrown some tiny clothes pegs on the table and I thought to myself: what if I added one of those? I really need to stop asking myself so many questions and go back to using another goodie I used to pull out for my blog: just glue it down!

Older Items From My Stash: K&Co word, mini clothes peg, and most of the stamps! (one set is by Nic Howard for Crafting Connection in 2004!) 
New Items: Heidi Swapp frame and stamps, Ranger perfect pearls (love them!) and October Afternoon flair
I am entering this layout in the latest challenge at Inspiration Emporium - Anything Goes. It is quite apt as I ordered most of my perfect pearls from them (can't wait for the new colours to be released). The challenge details are here .
Materials: Paper - Glitz Designs;  Washi - MME; Word - K&Co; Frame -Heidi Swapp;  Perfect Pearls - Ranger; Flair - October Afternoon,  Ink - Ranger, Stampin' Up!, Versamagic, Colorbok; Stamps - Heidi Swapp, Kaisercraft, Mama Elephant, Martha Stewart, Little Yellow Bicycle, Autumn Leaves, 3 Bugs in a Rug, The Paper Company Studio, Fiskars; Resin Flowers, Mini Clothes Peg - unknown.

Friday, August 1, 2014


I've been plunged into the world of Instagram by my American niece. Does that make me hip? Probably not, sadly. I started following @society52 which puts up a new challenge every week then puts up a twist in the middle of that week. I decided to load my recent layout to their challenge this week. My Instagram privacy settings are set at private so I don't know if they can see my entry! I'm not very techy but I'm wondering if I load it to my blog with their hashtag it will show up if they searched for it? Here goes:

I hope @society52 get to see my entry! The challenge this week is to use no patterned paper. The background paper is the [folded over] excess paper from a tourist map which I used for the background for the next page. I added Project Life cards to fill the gap in the middle then threw on items from my travel theme stash and some luggage souvenirs then I glued them down. It came together really fast - always a bonus. Their mid week twist is add black and my 4x6" cards have black on them already!
Materials: Film Strips, Post-It, Gold Border Strip - Teresa Collins; Cards - Kaisercraft, Simple Stories; Flair - October Afternoon; Veneers - Studio Calico; Chipboard Stickers - Michels.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sheet Cake

What does Sheet Cake mean? I have no idea but it is the latest challenge at A Blog Named Hero! What they are looking for is a one layer card. This is not my normal style so what a challenge for me. I whipped up a quick card to enter this challenge. I saw Heidi Swapp do a technique this week and I thought I would give it a go. Super Easy. Great Look.

I made this in a hurry (and this blog entry!) and there are a couple of things I will point out. The card was originally a standard size but I must've had black permanent ink on my stamping block as it ended up on the card front. A quick trim and it became more of a square card. I didn't tape down my stencil and this is obvious to me - will do that next time! Lastly, I sprayed Blush as my base colour and Coral through the stencil. Next time I need to have more definition between my colours - like Blush and Navy for example. Great technique though and one that I want to try again when I am not rushing (and have time to tape the stencil).

Challenge details:
A Blog Named Hero #48 Sheet Cake is here.

Materials: Stamp - Hero Arts, Ink - Ranger, Matt Medium - Atelier, Spray and Stencil - Heidi Swapp.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Clearly Spinning Round

Southern Girls Challenge is Spin Me Right Round Baby and the Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is Let's Be Clear which is why my title is Clearly Spinning Round! I have a 2 year olds birthday party tomorrow so I whipped up a special card for the special birthday girl. I nearly did my wrist in adding all the liquid pearl drops but it was worth it. I like this card so much that I am tempted to keep it for myself!

This card is actually A4 size - I should have added a ruler so you could get an idea of the size. I embossed a A4 piece of heavy weight acetate with a Teresa Collins A4 embossing folder, folded a 1/2" panel on the left hand edge and attached a piece of cardstock to it for the card backing. The doilies and stamped front panel were in my cardmaking box from earlier [failed] card making attempts. This card fell together really quickly after that. All I had to do was create a number for the front (sounds wrong if I say what number I created!), stamp the sentiment on the inside doily and add liquid pearl drops to the front.

One last picture showing the card standing up so you can see that the card front is see through:

Here are the challenge details:
Southern Girls Challenge - Spin Me Round Baby is here. I am entering it for this challenge as the doily is round.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Be Clear is here. My card front is made from acetate so is definitely clear.

Materials: Cardstock (Stampin' Up!), Acetate (Stampzone), Patterned Paper (DCWV), Ink (Stampin' Up!, Versafine), Stamps (Stampin' Up!, Hero Arts), Dies (Sizzix, Stampin' Up!), Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Chipboard (Quickutz), Sprays (Glimmermist, Smooches), Doilies.