Monday, November 24, 2014

What's On My Desk?

The blog has been quiet but that doesn't mean I have been. Some of the ladies in the scrapbook industry have been snapping pictures of their work desk lately and loading them to Instagram. I thought I would snap a picture to show you I have actually been busy - honest!

The layout (held down by twine spools and stamps) is one I am putting together of some pictures from Raffles. I won a Rose Café prize pack from Bo Bunny and the prize they sent me was amazing! I have never had almost an entire collection to play with before. My winning comment was that I would use the fountain paper to scrapbook a layout of my photos of me and the fountain at Raffles. I decided to sit down and do just that - to be honest I was on the floor with all the prize goodies spilled around me.

There may also be the goodies I ordered from SSS on that table - they arrived this morning! I am impatiently waiting for this month's Ali Edward's stamps from my subscription to arrive :(

Something else I have been doing this month is: 30 Days of Gratitude. I am not following a class or kit. I just decided to do this (even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in NZ) and use items in my stash. I used two 4x6 printed cards to make the booklet and the inside pages are 3x4 cards, hole punched, stamped and with hand journaling about what I am grateful for that day.

Do you remember me showing you a book I made for my niece a long time ago? Possibly a couple of years ago. My niece is 15, almost 16, now so I have decided it is time to give it to her. As well as the handwritten stories in the book I decided to add various positive sayings and life notes. I pulled out my positive saying stamp sets and set to work on some 3x4 project life cards I had.

The next photo is the back of some of the cards. The others have either a saying on the back or a heavy pattern that can't be easily stamped over.

This is a stack that is ready to stamp - I just need to find the time to do it.

Tonight I am visiting the BFF and I will look through her stash to see is she has any stamps I could use.

That's about it for me.  Now you know what I've been working on while the blog has been quiet. No time to add a materials list. See you in the next post.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another 3Fer

This project is another 3fer - fits 3 current challenges!

In the weekend I found a whole lot of photos (of various sizes) I had printed from Creative Adventure Downunder 2013 (CAD). I also had a Teresa Collins flip book I bought last year. Time to put that baby to good use! The thing I enjoyed about this project was that I used only leftover items from the class kits from CAD and pieces of memorabilia and, believe it or not, my official lanyard (the thing you wear around you neck to show that you belong somewhere). Pretty chuffed with that. Please remember that I only used leftovers and such so it is a very simple mini - I like the photos to be the centre of attention anyway.

Please excuse the piece of tissue covering my full name! The frame was from a Heidi Swapp class, the paua is from a Maggie Armstrong class and the flowers are leftovers from a class from SENZ 2013. Inside the frame is the plastic holder from my lanyard with my name tag from CAD13. If you look closely you will see pink ribbon peeking out the sides of the frame - this was the ribbon from my lanyard! You will see it more clearly on the next picture.

That's me and the BFF. I missed CAD this year as I went to Italy instead (tough call!). I plan on being there next year though. In this photo you can see the ribbon from my lanyard and the decorated (teal) piece is from a badge swap from one of the ladies at CAD13 (I can't take credit for that). The ribbon on that covers her location.

Here's the list of challenges and why this project fits:
A Blog Named Hero - #54 Recycle It. The details are here .  This project definitely uses recycled items - leftovers from my classes at SENZ and CAD as well as my lanyard.
Inspiration Emporium - In Disguise. The details are here .  My interpretation of this theme is that my lanyard is in disguise. It is not a lanyard anymore - it is used as decorative elements instead now.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - # Anything Goes. The details are here .  This one needs no explanation.

Heidi Swapp - Frame, Banners, Stickers, Letters; Bazill - Stickers; Ranger - Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Other - Bling, Lanyard, Flowers, Paua.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

O is for...

O is for Oh So Cute! O is also for Orange and in the words of Inga the Winga: O is for Orsum (only the kiwis will get that!). Why am I going on about O? O is for is the latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday.  I made this layout recently and I am entering it in their O is for challenge:

Oh aren't they cute? These little ladies are miss 2 and miss 5 (almost 5 at the time). They belong to the BFF and these photos were taken at miss 5's kindy. The photographer captured them beautifully - or should I say beYOUtifully? As soon as I saw these pics I requested copies to scrapbook - luckily their mum complied.

I never would've thought I would scrapbook the photos on an orange background but of all the papers I tested the photos on, this was the one that worked the best. I also die cut the word beyoutiful from felt. Awesome! Why have I never done this before???? I suspect you will be seeing this technique in the future.

Challenges I am entering this layout in:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: O is for here.
Artfull Crafts: Anything Goes here.
Southern Girl's Challenge: Getting Wordy On It here. (I really have only used words and phrases on this layout)

Paper (DCWV, HOTP, Stampin' Up!), Dies (Kaisercraft, MFT), Stapler (Tim Holtz), Trims (Bella, Retail Girl, Other), Other (Mini Heart Punch, Felt), Pen (stampin' Up! Journalling added down the sides after photo was taken).

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.