The Week that Was

Wow, Friday already! Where on earth did this week go? Actually, where did July go? I’m sure I didn’t sleep through a few days on end anywhere in there…would’ve loved to, but pretty confident I didn’t.

How was your week? Did you tick everything off your To Do List that you’d planned, or did Life throw you a curveball along the way?

I planned on having a lot more done this week, I just can’t seem to figure out what happened to throw that all in the air. Oh well, onward and upward. 🙂 No use crying over spilt milk….do cry over spilt Glossy Accents! Not that I’ve spilt any…or cried over it yet.

I have managed to make up some more Samples this week, setting aside all the Cards at least for the Online Market I’m hosting on Wednesday night (Aussie Time) and arranged a revolving door Event for friends to join in making Christmas Cards for our Troops to send home to their loved ones this Festive Season. So I’ve managed to pop a few ticks on that To Do List…I just can’t seem to shake the feeling it just doesn’t feel enough.

Hope you enjoy the slides of this week’s creations and misadventures…actually not too sure on adding the misadventures only as I’m not sure any of the photos survived. 😉

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Have an awesome Weekend full of smiles and peace. Happy Crafting!!

Till Next Time!! xx

 

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Flourish Bonbonniere

One of the reasons I love being an independent consultant with Kaszazz is how easy and versatile so many of the Projects are. Between that and the right tools, my crafting looks pretty good. 🙂

The Flourish Bonbonniere (MT326) is one of the free Make & Take projects Kaszazz has on offer. This was designed originally by another independent consultant, Meredith Lane.I love how simple, easy, quick and wow this looks when completed. Quick? You bet it is. I whipped 3 up in less than 15 minutes. 🙂

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For one of these little triangle boxes I’ve used the Fancy Flourish Stamp (4222KK) as instructed in Wilted Violet Distress Ink. For the other two I’ve used the Snowflake Stamp from the new Snowy & Friends Set (4943Q) as part of the Winter Wonderland Collection recently released. I must admit, I am in love with the Snowflake Stamp after using it today. I hadn’t thought of using it on two of the boxes, but after stamping the first one in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink I just knew I had to do a second one with it. So I used Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and repeated stamping the background.

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For the Sentiments I’ve used our large Circle Hole Punch (4857) to punch out the phrases from both the Mini Messages Winter Wonderland (4934K) and Word Montage Winter Wonderland (4935M) Sets. I’m now thinking how adorable these are going to look on my table on Christmas Day with little goodies inside for the family to enjoy. Especially with the Silver Edge Ribbon (5528) which I can colour to suit the decor. (haven’t decided on our colour scheme for this year yet)

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Measurements are 13cm x 15cm x 7cm, so a decent size for some little treats. The idea behind this Bonbonniere is for traditional wedding setting through to birthday parties, Christmas Day dinners, small gifts for Teachers, Co-Workers, Neighbours or Secret Santa.

Well, that’s another of the Samples done up before I go to the Markets at the end of August. I’ll have to tally up how many more I have to recreate, but I can assure you, this one will be making an appearance before much longer around our home. IMG_6262 (2)

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the Flourish Bonbonniere. Drop me a line if you want to know more about any of the Kaszazz free Make & Takes, Workshops, Classes or products. Or even to find out more about these cute boxes.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

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Here’s to being back on your feet…

I love quirky Cards, and when it comes to Get Well Soon ones, the quirkier the better. Not that I have anything against the flowers and ribbons everyone seems to give, or the ‘Naughty Dr/Nurse’ humour that sells by the truckloads. They’re all pretty awesome, but I love something that’s a little more personal, individual and quirky.

And when I saw today’s Card Inspiration on Pinterest (again…lol) I knew I had to make one using Kaszazz products. I needed to “Kaszazzify” it! 😀 And considering yesterday I was playing around with my Jungle Friends Turtle Stamp and my AIAMs, unintentionally or subconsciously, I was setting myself up for today.

I’ve used SB Essentials Keylime for the ‘grass’ (p. 188 in the online catalogue) and trimmed down to my 1cm score line so I had a) a cutting to point and b) somewhere to adhere my 6mm Super Tape to. I then used my Bone Scorer to add some curl to some of the blades. I’ve also used our Magic Mount to the back of the fussy cut Turtle so he had some dimension and height to him over the blades of grass.

My background (which I’ve been sitting on for nearly a month!) was created using our Clouds & Waves Stencil with Manganese Blue & Aquamarine Archival Ink Pads with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad ink blended to create some interest.

All in all, this Card fits the bill….quirky, fun and bright. For a Get Well Soon Card, I think this ticks all the boxes. If you’d like to make this Card yourself, or purchase any of the products I’ve used, please drop me a line. Would love to hear from you.

Till Next Time!! xx

Techie Tuesday ~ Paper Piecing Technique

I’ve been racking my brains all day yesterday to work out what to do this week’s Techie Tuesday Post about. It finally clicked late last night, so here goes nothing.

Last October I did a fundraiser Afternoon Tea to raise funds towards women’s cancers and prior to the Event I ran a Card Class making up some gorgeous 10x10cm cards which featured Paper Piecing. The ladies all made me promise to never, ever do a Class like this again…though every Card that was made looked amazing, it was fiddly and a bit daunting with the amount of blade work included.

Which brings me to today’s Post. Paper Piecing.

I don’t really do enough of it, and certainly nothing too fiddly pretty much since last October. So I thought for today I’d refresh my own memory whilst covering the Technique for you.

Basically Paper Piecing can be one of two Techniques; one is for quilting (so not my area of knowledge trust me!) and the other is for Scrapbooking and Cards, which is where we’re going to be focusing.

It involves ‘layering’ an image to add a more visually interesting component to your work.

A person working on a scrapbook may use several different types, colours, and styles of paper to create a paper pieced design….The primary tool a person needs to paper piece is a pair of scissors. She may also use a die cut machine, which stamps out shapes in paper using pre-made forms similar to cookie cutters. Some scrapbookers, especially those who are more experienced, prefer to design and cut their own patterns for piecing.  ~ via wiseGeek.com

Wow, wasn’t aware my diecut butterflies for my Butterfly Bling Card are pretty much, by technicality Paper Piecing…what do ya know!?!

For me, I’m still working on it being cutting up the same stamped image on different papers prior to layering and attaching with Multi Medium Matte Paste (as we did in the Kaszazz Workshop 2H1396 Pieces of Cake) to create a layered, 3D stamped image. That’s my simple explanation.:)

Either way you do it, the end result is stunning and certainly appealing for a variety of Cards and Scrap Pages. Plus the added bonus for those who may have a vision impairment, they can feel the multi layers. I like to keep that in mind when I make cards for my Gran. She is legally blind, though depending on the light she is able to ‘see’ more than we remember she can…but I love making her cards as I add a lot of texture elements so she gets as much enjoyment from feeling them as she would from seeing them.

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Would love to see any Paper Piecing that you’ve enjoyed making up, and as always, love to hear from you.

Till Next Time!! xx

“3 Star Guy” Card

What a gorgeous start to the week it’s been so far. 🙂 I’m quite happy to be plowing through the Father’s Day Cards I need for the Markets, and really happy with the variety I’ve created thus far. This has got to be one of my favourites, the 3 Star Guy card, coz every guy should be treated like a 3 Star VIP in my opinion. Well, let’s be honest, we all should be treated like a 3 Star VIP shouldn’t we.

There’s a few things you will need to make this Card yourself, but it is super easy and quick! I love quick projects, especially if I can make them while I’m cooking dinner or waiting for the kettle to boil for  a cuppa. And if this disorganised clutz can do it, rest assured you’ll be more than able to as well.

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Follow these simple Instructions to make your own 3 Star Guy card.

You’ll need;

  • Kaszazz SB Essentials 12×12 Card; I’ve used both Butter and Chocolate Card in my Samples, cut to measure 21cm x 15cm. Score at 10½cms, fold & burnish for a crisp fold line.
  • Kaszazz SB Ebony & Ivory Spots/Definitions 12×12 Paper. Cut to measure 14.7cm x 5cm. You can make it 15cm even so it sits flush with the Card edge if you prefer.
  • Ezy Press Die-cut & Embossing Machine (or similar machine if you have one)
  • Star shape Dies. I’ve used the smallest Star from the Star Die Set by Kaszazz.
  • Stamps or the Father definition from the SB Paper.
  • Small piece of Card to mount your Sentiment on
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad
  • Ink Blending Tool and Replacement Foam
  • Ruler
  • Paper Trimmer
  • 3mm & 6mm Super Tape
  • 1cm of Magic Mount Foam Tape
  • Glossy Accents

How To;

  • Place your Ebony & Ivory SB Paper on your Die-Cut plate. For the Ezy Press you’ll require the Pink & Blue Plates for this project. Ensure your Shape Die is in the correct position to cut through your SB Paper. I’ve used the smallest Star Die from the Stars Thick Paper Cutting Die Set. Crank through your Machine. Reposition your chosen Shape and repeat till you have 3 Die-cut Shapes for your Card.
  • Using your Super Tape, attach your Die-cut Panel on the Right hand edge of your Card Front. I use the 3mm on the areas where the Star is close to the edge and 6mm for the remaining sides.
  • Using a small drip or two of Glossy Accents attach two of your Die-cut Shapes to the Left hand side of your Card. I usually do these two Stars showing the same design as my Panel opposite.
  • Using the Magic Mount on the back of your third Star, attach so your Star/Shape is sitting in the middle of your Card, slightly overlapping the middle join. Be mindful of not covering up any of your Die-cut shapes.
  • If you’re using one of the phrases from the Definitions on the SB Paper, trim to size with your Paper Trimmer. For Stamping, trim your spare Card to fit your Stamped Sentiment. This should be no wider than 10cm otherwise it will hang off your Card. Stamp your Sentiment with Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad.
  • Use Super Tape to attach your Sentiment or Phrase to the front of your Card, carefully avoiding any of the other Stars.
  • Fini!

Super easy right? If you’d like to make this Card up for a child or for a lady, simply swap around which colours you use for both your SB Essentials 12×12 Card and/or SB 12×12 Paper.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this quick and fun Card. Would love to see your version when you make them up.

Till Next Time!! xx

Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star

A quick and easy Card to kick off this week me thinks. I’m still in recovery mode after a rather enjoyable weekend and having just wrapped up another video tutorial so, quick and easy is working for me. 😉

You may remember me saying a few weeks ago now (mind you the way this year is flying, it could’ve been months ago!) how I was browsing through Pinterest in search of some Christmas Card inspiration? Over the weekend I did manage to wrangle a few odds and ends together to recreate one of them, as well as a slight variation of the same card. Once I saw the new Metallic Tapes Kaszazz released only a few weeks ago, I knew I had to make this Card up.

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The Inspiration via Pinterest

Very simple, very quick and rather fun all rolled into one. Start with your Basic Cardstock and score at 10½cms to create your fold. Burnish for the crisp edge we all love. Trim another piece of Basic Cardstock so it measures 14.7cm x 9.7cm. Now you can choose to either Die-cut the Top Layer of Cardstock so you’re looking down onto your Star, or you can leave it and mount your Star on top of your Top Layer for some added dimension. (and that’s the variation right there)

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I’ve used some of our awesome Magic Mount Double Sided Foam Tape to mount my Silver Glitter Star and the Top Layer on the Gold Star Card. I’ve also used the Rouge Alcohol Ink Art Marker to colour my 1/8″ Organza Ribbon for my Silver Star Card before trimming and building a small bow. The ribbon is attached on both with 3mm Super Tape and a little spot of Glossy Accents to hold the bows in place just above my Stars.

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My Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star Card

Super easy and simple right? One point, when stamping the Sentiment (I’ve used Merry Christmas from the Winter Wonderland Mini Messages Set) Stamp BEFORE attaching the Magic Mount to the back of your Top Layer!!! Just makes it a world easier trust me. 😉 Coffee hadn’t quite kicked in by that stage of yesterday morning I’m thinking.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this one. I certainly have.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

 

Scrapbooking – Pet Pages

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     Scrapbooking has been on my list of things to start for a while now but the thing is, I never really know what to scrapbook. When I go places, I don’t take pictures of me and whoever I’m with, I tend to take pictures of flowers and trees and they’re not really worth scrapbooking – you want to look back in years to come and remember what happened, not that just that there was a flower there!

     While I don’t have pictures of me and my family though, I do have plenty of pictures of my pets. I started doing some scrapbooking last month as it had been a month since my dog died (now been two months), so I thought I’d show you the pages I did.

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     I decided to do a page for every year that we had him so that’s 13…

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How To ~ Distress Paints

 

Hi ya! Wow I really am outta the swing of things this week…hehehe. Keeping us all on our toes though, which is never a really bad thing. Or is it?

This isn’t even close to the draft I made up yesterday…I’m winging it! This Post has come about though as I was trying to come up with some ideas last night and kept coming up empty. Well, for what I was attempting to focus on I was empty…ideas a plenty for everything else I wasn’t meant to be considering! Typical. But I got to thinking; “How am I meant to make the most out of my (limited) Distress Paints?”

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Thursday night’s uninspired Play while I was trying to work this Distress Paint out.

I’ve got some here, and apart from the very basic dab here, dab there stuff, I’ve never really seen much on how to use these to their fullest. And considering Kaszazz has just released another 12 Colours…I gotta get the hang of these! Well, until I did a Google search this morning! I even wrote myself a note last night to look up this How To this morning in case I forgot about it while I was sleeping.

Again I love Google for finding stuff out super quick and with minimal effort. And of course the YouTube listings started with The ‘Distress’ Man himself, Tim Holtz. Ok, who else would be able to ‘instruct’ me as well as Mr Holtz? Hmmm….I’ll get back to ya on that one. 😉 And after watching only two of his clips, I’m super excited!! Enough at least to go and play while making a cuppa and forgetting to make my cuppa!!

The fact that his CHA Clip includes the Glitter Rock Candy is almost perfect, as during last night’s play I actually used some on the Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint I’d applied to my Plastic Alice Stamp (I’d stamped her on a plastic sheet first.) Which had me thinking, this really was meant to be today’s Post instead of the draft I’d done up yesterday.

Without further ado, here’s the links that have inspired me to now go out and create some awesome, outta this world Father’s Day cards!!

Have an awesome, Crafty Friday ahead!! And an inspired Weekend too.

Till Next Time!! xx

5 Days of Pink

Four down, one to go but thankfully knowing how crazy this week was going to be (it’s lived up to it!) I actually made all my Pink Cards up on Monday for the 5 Day Card Challenge on Facebook. 🙂

Yep, butterflies feature heavily on these Cards…everyone in The Clan is not in the least bit surprised either….oooh butterfly. 😉

It’s been great to see so many unique ideas coming through on the Group for Pink Cards, though there are a lot focusing on New Baby, which is a little boring for me. Not that I don’t enjoy Baby Cards, but it’s ‘safe’ in a way. Or am I being too pedantic yet again?

These have all been a heap of fun to make up, and I love them all for different reasons. I’ve used some of the Moment by Moment Card Decks for most of these, used my own Card Map Design for one (YAY me!!) and even did a YouTube tutorial for one of the backgrounds! Wow, it has been a crazy week!! Is this what the World is in for when I get a few nights good sleeping in? 😀 😀

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Which do you like?

Till Next Time!! xx