Techie Tuesday – Perfect Pearls in Colour

This week for Techie Tuesday I wanted to have some fun…some very messy, get down and dirty kinda fun. With a touch of glam thrown in for good measure. And this is where you now find me. 🙂

I saw a few clips last week while I was laid up that featured so many of the different colour palettes for Perfect Pearls by Ranger. And I love them!! Which got me to thinking about adding my own colour to suit whatever it is I want them to suit.

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Previously on other Projects I’ve applied Perfect Pearls directly to freshly stamped images to create a softer, shimmery tint to my image, blended in with watercolour pencils for the same effect and the oldie but goodie, mixed in my Mini Mister Bottle with water to create a very shimmery spray.

 Until today, I’ve never tried to colour Perfect Pearls with re-inkers, so this was my challenge for this Techie Tuesday Post. Goals were to see a) Can it be done? & b) How effective is the end result?  I can safely say….NAILED IT!!

 I’ve used only a smidge of Perfect Pearls on the end of a spatula, added a smidge of a smidge to a tiny plastic container (for my Archival Re-Inker) and separated the rest of the smidge into two hills. One for the beautiful and rich, Fired Brick; the other for my all time fave Distress Colour, Squeezed Lemonade.

For each smidge I’ve only added one teeny drop from the dropper. Archival’s Manganese Blue is in the container to save cleaning up later. A fair bit easier than working on cleaning it all off my Craft Mat I can assure you. If you want it darker, simply add more colour; lighter, add more Perfect Pearls.

To colour my stamped image (done earlier on watercolour card with Stayz On Jet Black) I’ve used a slightly damp, fine paintbrush to pick up some of the Manganese Blue Pearls and colour. Because the Archival Inks don’t react with water as the Distress Inks do, I’m doing this one first and foremost. It did appear to dry rather quickly too, which helps.

I’ve then spritzed water over the entire watercolour card prior to using another fine paintbrush (this time rather wet) to swirl the remaining colours around on their own. I’ve then spritzed some water onto my Craft Mat and ‘combined’ (loosely used) my two Distress Colours together.

 Because of the added moisture, when I applied my Squeezed Lemonade and Fired Brick PP’s to my card, there is a fair amount of….hmmm seepage sounds ugh, bleeding? It ran pretty much, which is fine as I was planning on Fussy Cutting the image at the end. If you’re not into Fussy Cutting, I advise you skip the spritzing of the card and just keep your brush damp, not wet.

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 With a very wet brush, I was able to blend all my colours on the image once I’d finished adding my Pearly Inks…the end result has honestly won me over in a big way.

 **When cleaning up afterwards, I’ve found using some Stamp Cleaner works a treat on the tips of my brush that’s been dipped and swirled in the Archival Blends. I kind of ‘massage’ it through the bristles, being gentle and mindful of the brush itself. After the massage, then I swirl in around in a glass of water to rinse and spin so to speak….ooh sounds more like a session at the Day Spa! J Lucky Brush! 😉

As always, if there’s any of the Kaszazz Products you’d like to Order for your own Crafty Play Time, please send me a Private Message, or email and I’ll be in touch. Oooh and I will ask for your forgiveness with the quality of the video. I’m not brilliant at painting while standing up, but was the only way I could manage it today.

Now over to  you…have you tried this? Are you now thinking of trying it? Any other hints or tips you’d love to share with me about Perfect Pearls? I’d love to hear from you and certainly learn some more great techniques for my next Crafty Play Time!

Till Next Time!! xx

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Welcome to the Leaning Tower of What Went Wrong!!

Yep, so far, Epic Fail on my part. Sometimes I just can’t get my head around it all…and this Ink Pad Storage Unit is (currently) beating me. :/ I can, for now, accept that. For now.

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I’ve decided to walk away from it for a day or two (plus the Naughty Knees are flaring up so gotta go along with their current union action…lol) and regroup. Then……*insert manical laugh* The World Is Mine.…bahahahahahaha!!!!!

Hmm, ok maybe not the World, but I promise I’ll be showing this Unit who’s Boss. 🙂

You game to share an Epic Fail or two so I don’t feel so lonely out here? lol…we’ve all done them, which currently is my only solace. 😀

Till Next Time!! xx

Stamp School: Pretty Pop-Up Cards-No Dies Needed!

I personally love @TheFrugalCrafter’s tutorials…super easy to understand and the results are amazing.

Just some inspiration for this lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Howdy friends! OK, I want to see a show of hands, who avoids making pop up cards because they think they are too hard or because you thought you needed an expensive die? OK, now put your hands down, grab your cardstock and scissors and let’s get to work!

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I want to point out in the first card I show in the video I had inked the pop-up portion to look like a wrapper around the flowers, I did that by placing a post-it note on each side of the fold and swiping it with a color duster. Also I had stamped ut some individual roses and added them to the bouquet with pop-dots (foam tape.)  I guess I had a brain cramp when I was filming the real one and forgot LOL! Also gluing the foil to the outside of the pop up or adding a scrap of patterned paper…

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Branching out #2 Jam Making

I’m reblogging this awesome Post from Craft and Other Crazy Plans as Mrs Craft has given me a treasured trip down memory lane today with her Jam Making. And a serious case of the Watering Mouth Drools at the thought of the delicious aromas that have been wafting through her home.

As a Little Girl way, waaaaay back in the day…ok, not quite that far back thank you…I used to watch my Great Aunts make up Strawberry Jam, Apricot Jam, Apple and Rhubarb Jam, Chutney with my Nanna. I remember the heat in the kitchen, the noise and especially the smells.

Does this mean I’m about to resume the tradition? It’s not on the cards, but you never know.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

Welcome to the second part of my ‘branching out’ series, where I explore crafts I’ve not tried before. Regular followers might be surprised to read about my exploits with boiling …

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Stamp School: How to Stamp Plaid

Great tips on buying Stamps and how to make the most of them….and love the plaid look!! Something I haven’t been brave enough to attempt…yet. 😉

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Hi friends! First up I want to announce the stamp winner from the fabric stamping tutorial last week: Rosana! I have sent the winner an email on how she can get her prise so if it is you check your email:)

The other day I shared a cute stamped teachers notepad gift and many of you asked me to show you how I stamped the plaid background. It is easy and you can use any stripe or ribbon stamp you have if you don’t have the plaid stamp I am using.

Watch the video to see how!

I used this stamp from DRS designs, I recommend if you are thinking about buying it you get the unmounted or cling mounted option because if you get the wood mounted one you can’t cut it apart and it will not be as useful plus it will be more expensive.

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How To Create It Yourself ~ Exploding Gift Box Tutorial

I’m sure this Tutorial didn’t want to be done today…that or the Universe was telling me to leave it today and try again tomorrow, but tomorrow I’m focusing on other things, so today it is. My frustration at the constant interruptions, phone calls, Google Docs dictation translations (some of them just make me laugh) and then not saving over 3/4 of my dictation..I think I’ve managed to pull it altogether pretty well. Fingers crossed…after all, you’re the Judge on this one. 😉

The original clip I saw for this Box/Card was from Pootles Papercraft, and I loved it enough to Kaszazz it and share the results with you. Time to buckle in and enjoy the ride. Would love to see what you create yourself, so please share your photos on my Facebook Page. 🙂

You’ll Need:

15.2cm X 15.2cm of SB Essentials Card for your Base. (6” x 6”)

10.1cm x 101cm of SB Essentials Card for your Lid. (4” x 4”)

20cm x 4cm SB Paper trimmed to 5 Square pieces each measuring 4cm x 4cm. (7 7/8” x 1 5/8”)

20 ½ cm x 4 ½ cm Co-ordinating SB Essentials Card for Matting trimmed to 5 Square pieces each measuring 4 ½ cm x 4 ½ cm (8 1/8 “ x 1 7/8”)

Super Tape 6mm

Glossy Accents

Paper Trimmer

Envelope Punch Board or Corner Rounder Punch

Scissors

Bone Folder or other Scoring Tool

Supplies for Exploding Gift Box

How To:

Creating the Base & Lid

For your Base, Score one side at 5cm (2”). Turn your Card 90° and repeat until all four sides have been Scored. For your Lid, Score each side at 2 ½ cm (1”) Fold & Burnish your Score Lines to create crisp, sharp lines.

For your Base: Cut away the four outside corner Squares on the Score Lines to create a Cross Shape.

For your Lid: Create Wedged Tabs on the four outside Corners. I find the wedge shape makes for a neater finished product and is easier to ‘line up’ your edges.

I’ve used Glossy Accents to attach my Tabs to the create the Lid, though you are able to achieve the same result by using the Super Tape as an alternative. I find when I’m adhering Card to Card, Glossy Accents shows me some ‘wiggle room’ and allows me to make the necessary adjustments so everything is square and just right.

Line up each Tab with the edge of the piece it will be adhered to and ‘wriggle’ around till everything is lined up perfectly. This is possible with Glossy Accents. With Super Tape, line your corners up prior to adhering together.

You can now set your Lid aside and move onto Punching and creating your decorations.

Punching & Decorating:

Using either your Envelope Punch Board or Corner Rounder Punch, Punch the top two corners on each side of your Base to create a curved finish.

Repeat this Step with each of the 4cm x 4cm pieces of SB Paper for the inside, plus the 4 ½ cm x 4 ½ cm SB Essentials Card you’ll be using for Matting. For the piece of SB Paper and SB Essentials Card for the Lid, punch and round all four corners.

Using Super Tape, adhere an SB Paper Square with a piece of SB Essentials Card, ensuring your rounded corners are at the top. Repeat till all your individual pieces are “paired up”. Attach each Mat to an inside ‘wall’ of your Box using Super Tape. You should now have an elegant looking border around your SB Paper on the inside of your Box Base.

Adhere the remaining Mat (with all four corners rounded) to the middle of the top of your Lid.

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Fold up each side of your Box Base and slip the Lid over the top till it sits flush. You’ve now finished your own Exploding Gift Box. Decorate as you desire to suit the purpose required. This makes a great little gift for Teachers, Co workers, Hostess Gifts and will be perfect for little Christmas Presents.

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I’ve adapted this Tutorial to suit Kaszazz Products. The inspiration has come from Pootles Papercraft originally.

If you’d like a PDF version of this Tutorial please send me a message with your email address. 🙂

Adapted by Cari Neill, CraftyCAN, Independent Kaszazz Consultant #109477

 

A little perspective goes a long way.

Y’all probably wondering why I’ve been on the quiet side of life for a few days now. It’s really weird truth be told, but the safer option right now. Last week saw some issues pop up with my Naughty Knees…and this week, they’re back to bite in a big way. :/ But we are under control…as much as anything I’m involved in can be at least. 😉

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I’ve been reminding myself daily, after my 2 minute Pity Party, that somewhere in the World today a family’s going to be told a loved one is no longer with them; or they have a terminal illness; or they’ve lost the complete use of a limb or two; or they’ve lost their job/house/partner. And that is plenty to snap me out of my own little Pity Party BIG TIME!!

I will allow myself a little Pity Party each day…I think to keep things in perspective I need to roll with the pain and let it win out for a stretch…at the same time, I’ll time that stretch so I don’t wallow and go back to the dark days of depression and social phobias….*shudder*. And this way, The Man actually has a wife who is, for the most part, far more happy to see him and be around him and appreciative of the many little things he does for me and for us each day.

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Saturday is a perfect example…his treat for me to get my mop of a hairstyle and my caterpillar eyebrows tamed and under a semblance of control again. Why? Because he knows it may help me to feel better within myself…and it seriously needed a disguise for the grey hair that was making a comeback!! 😀

I promise, I’ll be back to annoy and or bore you sooner than you can imagine!! In the meantime I’m endeavouring to keep up with my own personal Blog reading and hopefully sharing them with you! 😀 😀 😀

Have an awesome day, Happy Crafting!!!

Till Next Time!! xx

 

 

Techie Tuesday ~ Scoring

I was originally going to do a Post today about Easel Fold Cards and the variety of styles there are for one of my favourite Folding Styles.

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And then I was thinking, well that’s more of a Style than a Technique, but to make them you really need to have the Techniques right with measuring and scoring. So….today I’m covering one of the Basic Techniques you’ll use for either Cardmaking or Scrapping.

Now there are different ways you can Score your Cards & Papers. I use the Paper Trimmer from Kaszazz for trimming and scoring, and that works well for me. I’ve never used a Scoring Board, though I can see the appeal. Personally, I love using my Paper Trimmer. But that’s me. 😉

Scoring is important, especially for the Easel Cards. Scored Lines over just folding looks far more professional and ‘finished’. This is true for Cards, Gift Boxes, Embellishments…anything that requires a crisp, sharp fold.

A bone folder, bonefolder, or folding bone is a dull-edged hand tool used to fold and crease material in crafts such as bookbinding,[1][2] cardmaking,[3] origami,[4] and other paper crafts that require a sharp crease or fold.

To Score, you can use a blunt knife if you are just starting out..but a Bone Folder is certainly a Tool you’ll want to be investing in sooner than later. It just makes life so much easier as well as giving your work the finished, professional look setting your Craft into the ‘Handmade’ over ‘Homemade’ category.

Jim, from The Gentleman Crafter has a few quick videos showing different Bone Folders and Scoring that I thought I’d share with you today. 🙂 Great Tip on how to not ‘break’ your Card or Paper when you fold from a Score too. 🙂

Hope these help you with your Techniques, especially if you’re just starting out in Papercraft. I can honestly say, the right Tools and Techniques makes my Crafting Life soooo much easier and enjoyable. 🙂

Till Next Time!! xx

Father’s Day Cards ~ How to create the ‘Perfect’ Card

Not long now till Father’s Day and time to really knuckle down and work out how to create the perfect Card for Dad.

And that’s where a lot of us get stuck isn’t it.

So how to overcome it?

I’ve actually been going through my stash of Cardmaking magazines to help out with this one….great tip if you’ve got a few around the home. There’s some wonderful suggestions and great layouts to use for inspiration.

Start with thinking about Dad…do you want to include some of the elements of his life in the Card? His job, interests and hobbies? Does he like fishing? Golf? With his job, are there elements you can use to decorate the front of his Card? Is he a Tech Wiz?

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Does Dad have a favourite quote or saying he uses regularly you could emboss or stamp?

Is he a frustrated traveller? Into camping or caravaning? Does he have a ‘thing’ for planes, trains or (without sounding like a movie title!) cars? Loves his books and history?

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Then start thinking about the colours Dad likes. Is he a more nautical style of guy, or naturals and woodsy colours?

Started coming up with ideas yet?

In our Clan we have such a variety of interests where the menfolk are concerned. For my Brother and a Nephew or three, AFL is a big thing, and they have a Team they are passionate supporters of which makes it pretty easy to come up with ideas for their Cards.

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My Father-In-Law (the awesome-est on the Planet I might add) he’s very ‘handy’ and enjoys the horse racing side of life. So for him, it’s pretty simple to come up with an idea or ten as well. It’s more a case of culling the ideas until the right one is left.

Of course these elements can be used all year round for any occasion. Simply hange the sentiment you stamp on the front for a Birthday, Congratulations, Retirement or Get Well Soon style Card.

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I’ve just finished off a Retirement Card for my FIL as he’s official ‘First Day of the Rest of Your Life’ is tomorrow.

Hopefully this has helped to inspire you to go out and create the Perfect Card for your Dad before Father’s Day. Or inspire you to create some amazing Birthday Cards for the guys in your World.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

 

What makes for a great Pin?

Another awesome Blogger on here (PaperPuff) recently posted about one of her most popular, Pinned cards and her wonderment at the reaction people have had to it.

Which raises the question…what makes for a great Pin?

When you’re on Pinterest what appeals to you? Do you search for a particular subject or just browse and see what catches your eye?

I’m honestly a mixture of both. More times than not I’m actually using the search function to find Pins relating to my current interests. An example of this is over the weekend when The Man asked me to find some ideas for him to create for me re: Craft Storage. He’d kept coming across images that had the little “Pin It” button and wanted to know what the heck was going on in with ‘The Net’ and what on earth is this Pin stuff? Shows how much he hasn’t listened over the years when I’ve been yapping on about Pinterest this and that….lol. Honestly, can’t blame him…hehehehe.

So I showed him just how amazing Pinterest really is for finding inspiration and getting ideas on prices at the same time. One of the searches we undertook was for DIY Craft Storage and the amount of information that opened up on the laptop before our very eyes had him looking like Aladdin the first time he entered the Cave. 🙂

But it made me think again on what makes for a great Pin? What is it about certain Pins that get them re-pinned so many more times than others? Is it the keywords, tags and phrases used in the description? You’d think that would have a fair bit to do with it. But then you have to have a decent image as well to back it all up right?

With cardmaking, what makes it so popular for repins? Is this the measure we should be considering when making cards for markets and events to sell to the public? Does it really give us a temperature gauge of public needs/desires?

My little ‘experiment’ are these two cards I made up for Christmas. I know how popular the Christmas hashtag is….unless you want to loose yourself in Pinterest for an entire afternoon you’ll need to add more in your Search Bar than just Christmas….unless the plan is to loose an afternoon in Pinterest in which case….Christmas it is! 😀

I’ve used the same basic design and the same SB Paper by Kaszazz. I have changed the embellishments I’ve used this time. I am thinking of making up another two cards with everything the mirror image except changing the SB Paper I use. :/ Hmmm, worth considering.

I’ve used the same Tags for both Pins, popped them in the same Board and done them at the same time as much as you possibly can with Pinterest. 🙂 Now to sit back and wait….and wait….and lose an afternoon in Pinterest while I’m at it. All in the name of research of course. 😉

Hope you have an amzing Thursday ahead!!

Till Next Time! xx