Crafting my own Papers

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Today’s Post has been my Black Hole all week, until last night when I had a lightbulb moment and thought to myself “Why not do it on making your own papers for cards and scrapping? ” Ta da!! ๐Ÿ˜€

And with the School Holidays currently driving many of my Mummy Friends a little nutty, I thought this might be a great indoor/cold weather activity, which is why I’ve been sharing a few ideas on this very subject on my Facebook Page. I’m still not sure if they’re being genuine or sarcastic when they comment “Thanks for that”…I’ll go with the genuine; though I can imagine the sarcasm is in there too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The entertaining part for me is how many of the younger nieces & nephews are telling us adults they’ve been doing these, or variations, in Kindy or School…just like we all did. Somewhere along the line we got ‘old’ and forgot to let our Creative Angels out to Play. And that’s the part I’ve found many of my Crafty Ladies have enjoyed, rediscovering the fun of making mess!

I’ll go into the Techniques involved in an upcoming Techie Tuesday, but today I’ll just show you some of the ones I’ve been making up this week. It all started with the Samples for my upcoming Class. I needed to make up some Dylusions Ink Spray Backgrounds for the three Cards and embellishments. Then yesterday, one of my friends shared a video I’d posted earlier in the week involving Colour Powder & Shaving Creme.

I’ve done Shaving Creme with Ink Refills and Dylusions…not with Powder. I have a fair amount left over from colouring our Babies Breath for our Wedding last year a cousin donated to the cause. I only used a smidge of a teeny tiny pinch and wow!!! I got 8 Backgrounds from that little blend…for the last 3 I added some Polished Jade Dylusions Ink Spray to break up the Crime Scene Photo look…lol…well, that’s what some of them looked like to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then last night, with my Creative Angel really inspired I had a play with some more Dylusions and Ghosting. For that one I used Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orang with my Circles Stencil. Perfect for the Card I had in mind. Gotta love it when a plan comes together. I’m finishing the Card today, but you’ll notice it in tomorrow’s Post when I do the Weeklyย  Review of everything. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now over to you! What method of making your own Papers do you enjoy the most? Stamping? Marbling? Smooshing? There’s plenty to choose from, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. It’ll help me to stretch that Comfort Zone again before I start going stale. ๐Ÿ˜€

Till Next Time!!

 

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K.I.S.S. in action

I’ve been catching up on my YouTube viewing list over the weekend, and fall in love with a number of simple, quick yet effective Cards that I wanted to attempt myself at home in my Play Time Area. Problem is I sometimes forget to stick to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly)

So taking my notes and keeping my laptop handy to refer to, I braved the chilly temps (oh ok, I succumbed and popped the smaller heater on to take the chill out of the air…I’ll admit it!) and got stuck into a few simple, quick Cards in next to no time. A few were finished before the kettle had a chance to boil, so super dooper quick!

Credit where it’s certainly more than due…most of these are certainly inspired by a very talented lady, Sam from Pootles Papercraft. I’m in awe of the ideas this lady comes up with, and I love watching her tutorials on boxes and gift wrapping ideas.Check out her YouTube Channel if you haven’t already stopped by.

 

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Anyhoo, back to my K.I.S.S. Principle in action. These two Cards feature a soon to be retiring Stamp Adorable Friends (4380KJ) in Manganese Blue Archival Ink and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink Pads. I won’t go into the Technique used too much right now, I’ll save that for next week’s Techie Tuesday me thinks. Unless you twist my rubber arm to share it sooner. I’ll just say, it was a way of using Archival Inks to Heat Emboss that I had no clue of till the recent viewing marathon!

 

I then matted both images on Kaszazz SB Essentials Cardstock; Marine (1077) & Peony (1042) before mounting on our Pre Cut SB Card Basic Pack (9127) . These are brilliant for a quick and easy Go To Card Base I must add. I go through quite a few of them each month, which is way I buy the 100 pack every time.

I’m thinking these would be great for New Baby Congratulations Cards, Baby Shower Invites, 1st Birthday Party Invites or Cards or Naming/Christening Day Invites…what do you think?

I’m certainly going to be making a few more of these up in other colours as well. I’ve got a few scraps of the gorgeous Butter (1059) and Cricket (1082) SB Essentials I could use for matting. Hmmm, might do those up today come to think of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Till Next Time!! xx

 

Faux Tile Technique ~ Techie Tuesday

ย This week I thought I’d give Faux Tiling a go and see how I went. I made one up last week for the 5 Day Orange Card Challenge and I’m still not 100% sold on it.

Over the weekend I thought I’d try some of the other Techniques in the below Tutorials to see how they grab me. Sooo much better. ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t had a chance to attempt the first one as I don’t have a Brayer at home…I left it at a friend’s house and keep forgetting it when I’m over there. Ooops! Otherwise, I’m quite impressed with the Thinking of You Card and the Tiled Background Card. Effective and super easy. The Thinking of You Card is a little tricky/time consuming I will admit. I’ve used the Technique to make up my Gran’s Birthday Card.

Word to the wise: make sure your Glossy Accents is as close to new as possible and probably don’t do your ’tiles’ only 1ยฝcm square. By the time I’d made it to the last row my hand was having a whinge at holding the bottle with a little pressure and my patience, which is infamously close to non existent, was close to zip. I’ve noticed a few little boo boos on it; The Man and one of the Housemates couldn’t pick them though, so perhaps I’m just being too pedantic yet again?

 

Which ones are you interested in trying out? Or…which ones do you enjoy making?

ย Till Next Time!! xx

One year on…

One year ago today The Man made an honest woman outta me. ๐Ÿ™‚ It certainly doesn’t seem a year has passed already…we’ve managed to continue as usual, no real change other than my running around changing my name, attempting to learn a new autograph (still no real luck on the surname.) and remembering to answer to Mrs N when being called into an appointment.

Yep, business as usual.

I honestly have no words to do justice of the feelings of honour and love I have for not just The Man, but for our Bridal Party, family who travelled across country to join us and to our friends who celebrated with us…and since.

Now all that’s left is to eat our way through the defrosted Top Tier of our Wedding Cake without adding too many kilos on the scales. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmmmm am I up to the challenge? hahahaha.

 

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Till Next Time!! xx

DIY Chevron Backgrounds

There’s a number of sites I have as ‘Go To’ places of inspiration, and on one of them I was scrolling through on the weekend I came across a Tutorial by Debbie’s Designs on making your own Chevron Backgrounds using Scraps. “Great idea,” I thought to myself…especially as I have umpteen bags of scraps to work through one of these days.

So out I pulled a few of my scraps and between scratching my head a few times whilst having ‘d’oh’ moments and realising I really should’ve used a larger backing piece of card than I had (as in Top Picture) I kinda got the hang of what I was meant to be doing. I think the cooler weather that’s hit the East of Australia has frozen what was left of my brain cells…I just couldn’t get my head around the simplest tasks over the weekend.

On my second attempt I used Super Tape (6mm) on one of the backing cards and Glossy Accents on the other to see which would be the better adhesive under the circumstances of cutting on the diagonal. Glossy Accents won hands down I have to add. ๐Ÿ™‚ Dried as quick as it took to make a cuppa, so pretty quick to my way of thinking.

I cut all the Scraps to measure 1″ x 4″ with the backing card being 3ยพ” x 4″. I don’t mind the width being that little bit smaller, as long as my length was covered. Which it was. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now if I was being really pedantic I could’ve angled all my chevron SB Paper to connect, but seriously, without putting a heater on I wasn’t too keen on spending longer in the Play Time Zone than necessary. I have mentioned we’re experiencing a Cold Snap yeah? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also came close to forgetting to grab the camera and take a breather plus photos while I was Playing. I think I covered all the steps though. Making sure I’d worked out the correct angles was the real fun part. I ended up marking 1″ on all sides and trimming them that way. The smaller ends I used my scissors as it was easier than wrestling with my Paper Trimmer in all honesty. To cut there wasn’t any difference in the Super Tape vs. Glossy Accents. I think I’d used more than enough Super Tape to keep everything together, but it was a lot that I used, hence the idea of using Glossy Accents on the second one.

Next, the fun began. Putting it altogether. I used Glossy Accents to line the strips all up. This afforded me the opportunity to line everything up if needed without having to lift up and do again. IMG_5024

Once I’d finished that step, it was just a matter making up the Base Card, do a little Ink Blending using Archival Ink Pad in Viridian around the edges of the Chevron as well as the Paper Flowers and stamping the Sentiment. Fini!!

Am I sold on it? Hmmm, jury is still out on that one. I’m thinking I’ll need to make one or two more to decide.

Have you tried this before? What do you think?

Till Next Time!! xx

Monday Mash Up – DIY Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad Storage

Great DIY Tutorial on making your own Distress Ink pad Storage Rack. Will need to pick up some supplies and get stuck into it. ๐Ÿ™‚ With copious amounts of coffee just for fun.

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My collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads has grown a fair bit over the last 12 months and until recently they have been stored in a plastic box which I have to wrench out from under other boxes in order to get to them.

After a recent craft stash avalanche, whilst trying to get to the inkpads, I thought that I would have a try atย making some storage for these so that I can access them at anytime without causing a disaster each time.

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5 Day Card Challenge ~ Orange

This week I’ve been able to participate in a 5 Day Card Challenge with one of the Crafting Groups I’m involved with on Facebook. Every month they have a Challenge on, this month they added the extra challenge of keeping to a colour theme. Nice touch I thought.

Now I know as a colour many aren’t keen on orange…it can be overwhelming/overpowering or come off looking like a Halloween wanna-be that’s either too early or too late to the party. I’m not one of those people!! I love it!! As a close relative to my favourite colour, orange to me is bright, fun and cheerful, so this Challenge has been rather enjoyable!ย 

Doing the Colour Wheel for Techie Tuesday this week was a huge help to be perfectly honest. Much needed Refresher Course.ย 

It’s also been fantastic to see what the other ladies in the Group came up with each day. All very talented and all inspiring.

I just thought, before I go off to enjoy the coming weekend with my Mum while she’s here visiting us, I’d share with you the creations I made for this Challenge this week. As far as Card Folds go, nothing too fancy this time. I thought I’d leave the talking to the decorations instead for a change. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Which colour do you love to Play with? Which one would you prefer to leave alone and avoid at all costs?

Till Next Time!! xx

10 DIY Christmas Crafts

I love Christmas. I love decorating the Tree, the house, cooking the traditional feast regardless of the (normally) 30+ degrees outside and I love the time with our family & friends. This year will be even more special as it’ll be the first time my Big Brother & I will be together on Christmas Day.

For the past few years I’ve been getting more creative in my decorating and gifting. I loved making up the Painted Glitter Vases a few years ago…who knew coffee jars could come in so handy? Today I thought I’d share some of the projects I’m hoping to be able to create this year. Here’s 10 of them which I probably should get started on sooner than later. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

http://theprincessandthetot.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/library-pocket-advent-calendar.html

http://www.1dogwoof.com/2014/11/triangle-box-advent-calendar.html#triangle_pdf

Epsom Salt Luminaries

http://www.blog.birdsparty.com/2010/11/tutorial-diy-cupcake-stand.html

http://etcetorize.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/whose-glass-is-that.html

http://www.allfreechristmascrafts.com/Christmas-Garlands/Punched-Paper-DIY-Garland

http://www.1dogwoof.com/2014/12/washi-tape-paper-chain-garland.html

Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial

http://www.mitzismiscellany.com/2010/11/welcome-to-my-world-vintage-paper-wreath-tutorial-2.html

http://www.mitzismiscellany.com/2010/11/welcome-to-my-world-vintage-paper-wreath-tutorial-2.html

Hope you find some inspiration from these links. I’ll keep you in the loop as I attempt these, and possibly others in the coming months.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

5 New Kaszazz Workshops

This week has seen the release of a few new Kaszazz Workshops and Make & Take Projects which I’m liking…. a lot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The colours that are being used, especially with the Dylusions Paints is wow. And I love the new Mixed Media Layouts too.

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Which ones do you like the most?

Till Next Time!! xx