What I did yesterday….

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IMG_0083IMG_0085IMG_0086 I had a couple of new products to try out and a free afternoon yesterday so I sat down and just played! Up in the top corner of the first photo there is a jar of Nuvo Glitter paste ( gold) which I brushed through a kaisercraft stencil to make a great background piece which is now sitting on my desk ready to be transformed into a card. I used a paintbrush to spread the paste and it dried super quickly with no heat required. The second experiment was with Liquitex iridescent medium. Firstly I tried applying it through a stencil with my brayer, which worked to a degree but it was a little patchy ( I used that first piece on the card that is in the top photo. I discarded the brayer for a paintbrush and liked that way better.. I had more control over how thickly I applied it, and got a more even spread. I used a heat tool to dry, but could have left it to dry naturally if I had more patience! The bottom two photos show how I used those backgrounds. I am looking forward to more experiments with both these products on my next free afternoon! Til tomorrow…..


My Minds Eye In Bloom.

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_MG_4266 (Medium) A natural progression from yesterdays card where I had used My Minds Eye In Bloom patterned paper as the background layer is today’s card which uses all My Minds Eye In Bloom paper. I die cut a gold foil heart, and added black lace and gold ribbon. Everything else is from the paper collection. Yesterday was very productive day in the craft room. I planned out my march classes, and started to experiment with some irridescent medium and stencils to make my own background layers that have a bit of a sheen.This is a work in progress but will share when i have something to show you! Til tomorrow….

Go Press and foil anna griffin rose

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_MG_4261 (Medium)Todays card is a very simple elegant card made with just a couple of products. The background paper is My Minds Eye In Bloom and I made the rose with my Go Press and foil machine and an Ana Griffin foil stamp, which I then die cut with an oval die. A black lace bow and that is finished!We have a very hot day today, a bit cooler tomorrow though so that will be a craft day for me while I think about some classes for March!

Kaisercraft Romantique 3 …Another Shabby!

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_MG_4257 (Medium)As you can see, the more I worked with this collection ( kaisercraft Romantique) the more I embraced the shabby! I distressed, ripped and rolled and enjoyed it so much …this card is going to be a lesson this month at Paper Flourish where I hope to inspire others to put down their scissors and use their fingers! All my edges are inked with Tea dye distress ink,and the top butterfly is from the collectables pack and the bottom butterfly is from the acetate sheet that kaisercraft brought out with the collection.Most of the flowers are by Prima, and all the leaves are various dies by Sue Wilson creative expressions. I used a flower tool die to encourage some lift and shape before inking them with my tea dye ink. Today is very very hot here and not  good in the craft room.. my glue does not like this extreme heat so it is an ideal day to pack the cruise card classes suitcases and make sure I have everything I need. Finally I  can say next month I am cruising! Til tomorrow…..

Kaisercraft Romantique number 2…

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_MG_4255 (Medium)Kaisercraft Romantique paper collection again today, and this card and tomorrows card were the base beginnings of my class at at paper flourish this month which I have called (Not so) Shabby Chic. I have used a kraft base card, and layered some of the papers from the collection, and used a Uniquely creative rolled flower die,  creative expressions leaf dies, a bought flower and a bow to decorate. the gorgeous acetate butterfly was fussy cut from a whole sheet of lovely butterflies that was brought out with this collection.The sentiment is from the matching 6″ pad. Happy  and safe New Year to all my followers and visitors and I will see you all next year!!

Kaisercraft Romantique…shabby..

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_MG_4253 (Medium) I really haven’t had the time to play with this collection, but I have made a few for you to see. It’s the Kaisercraft Romantique collection and it lends itself beautifully to the whole Shabby Chic style, a style I will embrace once I get over the whole ripping my paper hang up I have!Here, I have layered a few of the 12 x 12 patterned papers, and fussy cut an acetate butterfly – in this collection there is a whole sheet of these butterflies and I love them! The leaves are die cut with creative expressions dies, and I inked around every edge with Tea Dye distress ink. I tied a big bow and on top of that I glued a Prima flower with dangly bits that I have been holding onto for ages! The top layer of patterned paper has a lacey print but at the bottom of it I added my own lace in a taupe colour ( Stampin Up lace). I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break, with family and friends, I can’t believe that’s Christmas over for another year! we still have our son home for another few days before he flys back to Sydney next week so the celebrations continue on here ! Til tomorrow….

Merry Christmas, happy Holidays, and a safe new year…


_MG_0641 (Medium)_MG_0648 (Medium)_MG_0651 (Medium)To all my regular visitors ( thank you!) and all my new friends, I wish you all a very happy holiday break with your loved ones and friends. I will take a short break over the festive season, but in the meantime today I have posted 3 very simple cards made with Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Papers. these cards are all made with 12 x 12 paper from the collection, and I actually designed them for a class I taught at paper Flourish a couple of months ago. The only embellishments on this group was some lace trim. I did ink around all my edges with Tea Dye distress ink. I will be back in a few days, meanwhile in this busy season find some time for yourself and enjoy creating! Love helen xx

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