Stampin Up Santas Workshop

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_MG_8319 (Medium)_MG_8320 (Medium)I had great fun creating with this collection of papers and matching card fronts from stampin Up ( Santas Workshop)..It was a change from the vintage and traditional papers that I have been working with. There were lots of images  to fussy cut so I had fun  building layers of the same image for a bit of dimension,  and I really only had to add a little ribbon for texture as some of the papers were already embossed and glittered. tomorrow I will show you the other three cards I made before I had to pack up to create classes. I will get back to it though, I am going to be much more organised next year for Christmas – I think I will just keep creating all year ! Til tomorrow….

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Stamperia letters and flowers paper…

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_MG_1754 (Medium)Todays card showcases a new range of papers to paper Flourish which I just couldnt resist,and something else I have been doing – making my own embellishments! First the paper…it is by a company called Stamperia and this range is called letters and flowers. I fussy cut the dragon from a piece of the paper, and the tag was printed on the paper so just had to fussy cut that out too. I added a little gorgeous lace,, but the main item on this card is the window.. I made it!! I know! I have a few silicone molds,and this is one of them , I used No More Gaps… you know those long tubes of gap filler from the hardware shop – one of those –  and filled my mold, smoothed it with an old credit card and left it to dry for two days. It came out of the mold as you see it here although I have had good fun painting some of my frames with Prima sparks paint . It is a really cheap way of making frames and It is great fun. I didnt buy the most expensive brand, my tube cost just $2-25, and I have made so many with that one tube. I am off now to paint a few more ready for cards so you will see more as i use them… Til tomorrow….

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue double zig zag..

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_MG_2973 (Medium)I love this range of kaisercraft – it’s called Rose Avenue, and I have used it quite a lot, ( still have some left so it’s not the last time you will see it!), and for these two cards I made them in the double zig zag fold. On the card above I added a little strip of pearls,a die cut leafy flourish, some flowers , a ribbon bow,and a chipboard bird which I foiled with the go press and foil machine. For the lower card  I just added ribbon and lace, and some matching collectables. I worked most of the weekend, but did find some time to make 7 cards for an order, I have some classes to prepare this week but I also want to find some time to play with my new 3D embossing folders..and I also have some more zig watercolours so I am off now to stamp out an image or two and just sit and relax with some colouring! Ah, life is good! Til tomorrow….._MG_2976 (Medium)

Stash Tags!!

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IMG_0721IMG_0722I know I said we would see the second shabby lesson card today, but I wanted to show you all something else I have been working on..something new!(We will get to the other shabby card tomorrow) . My workmate Lydell , who is a true artist, is running a class in August called Use your stash, and her ideas and samples are truly amazing and inspired me to grab all the bits and pieces ( die cuts, odds and ends of ribbon,buttons, flowers and papers) that were piled on my desk and turn them into what I am calling Stash Tags. These are made ready to pop on cards and scrapbook layouts and can be stored in one tidy box ready for when I need to make a quick card. Each time I finish creating I will whip up a couple of these to clear up my desk ( that’s the theory anyway!). These ones are actually going to America as a thankyou to a very lovely lady who sent me some beautiful things. I have a few more to make for her and a folder to file them in. I hope this inspires you all to use your stash! Til tomorrow….

Kaisercraft Limelight 5

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_MG_2984 (Medium)_MG_2985 (Medium)There are two photos of the same card today to show more closely the effect I achieved by die cutting a rectangle from the front of my card to create a window to the inside, so the top image is the open card and the lower image is the same card when closed. A lot of the bits and pieces on this card came from the collectables from the kaisercraft limelight collection, but I added a gorgeous pre- made carnation, some punched leaves,rhinestones and a cute little ladybird. Til tomorrow….

Not so Shabby Chic…

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_MG_2986 (Medium) I have been experimenting with Shabby Chic, and although I really still haven’t mastered the whole “rip the paper” technique ( too fond of paper to willfully rip it!)I have been teaching my experiments every month at Paper Flourish.This card is one of two we did a couple of months ago. I will pop up its partner next post.For this one we took a white sheet of cardstock and coloured it with Antique Linen distress oxide ink and stamped over it with a Darkroom Door French script background stamp, distressed the edges and inked with tea dye ink. Cut diagonally and roll those inner edges in and ink again.Add lace, string of pearls,flowers and die cut leaves. Some of the leaves and flowers are coloured with a spray we made with Tumbled glass re-inker ( just a drop in a spray bottle topped up with water) and a small scoop ( just a smidgeon!) of gold mica powder .Give it a good shake before use. Today is going to be a crafty day… I am working on a technique to teach in september and continuing on with cruise card ideas, and of course my mind is starting to drift towards Christmas card ideas! Til tomorrow…..

Mums Birthday card..

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_MG_4594 (Medium)It is my mums birthday, and this is the card I have made for her, although to be completely open and honest, once this photo was taken I added a couple more flowers ( in white) in the left hand bottom corner!It is all done with my Go Press and Foil machine,including the foiled embossed background. The butterfly is foiled on acetate, and I foiled the sentiment as well. a bit of layering and lace, ribbon and flowers and this one is ready for giving to Mum today. Yesterday was spent  ( after a two hour trip to Bunnings to purchase various garden items for Nathan and house paint for me) in the craft room preparing all of June lessons. Glad they are organised because I really have to concentrate on the craft fair in June now. I am looking forward to an enjoyable afternoon at Paper Flourish ( where our on line shop goes live on Tuesday!) with my craft and chat group. til tomorrow…..

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