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

 

 

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you have an amzing Thursday ahead!!

Till Next Time! xx

 

 

Scrap Challenge

Ooops, apologies for being a week late on my Self Imposed Scrap Challenge. My focus has been on re-arranging and re-organising, and it appears it’s paid off!! Yippee!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’ve been more creative than I’ve been for the last couple of weeks…and yet, my Crafty Play Zone is still clean & tidy! Either I’m really sick (no comment…lol) or my plans have worked and this set up is certainly more conducive to my keeping everything tidy. I’ll go with Option 2 this time I think.

So today, after making up some cards, attempting to make a Ladybird Invite (I’ll work on that one some more tomorrow….not quite right yet) I then picked out some photos to do a Page with. The photos I chose are from last year…wow, actually nearly a year ago now…when we first took out the latest go-kart (Victor) to the track with our Housemate and The Man’s cousin. Was nice to have a few of our friends drop by for support and cheering throughout the morning we were trackside too. Great memories. Normally makes for a great Page right?

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I knew I wanted to do some stencilling on this one, so I pulled out the Chevron Stencil and used Manganese Blue and Aquamarine Archival Ink Pads to Ink Blend up the Page. Now that I like!! I then spritzed some water on the Stencil and ‘Ghosted’ the inked up side of the Stencil onto the Page….hmmm, was nervous about doing it…looked ok, but didn’t convince me.

I then tore up strips of Pool SB Essentials from my Scrap Stash and coloured with Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress Paints before spritzing with water. Nup, not right for this project. Hmmm, next idea.

I love the shade of blue with Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint…and The Man’s fave colour is Blue. Which got me to thinking of using the Stencil again with some Distress Paint and…..Texture Paste! I’ve never actually mixed these two mediums before so was a little…nah not at all….very curious to see how this blend would work out. For the most part…WOW!!

While the Texture Paste was still damp I sprinkled some White Embossing Powder over the top in small sections and let it sit like that for 15 minutes before using my Heat Tool to set the Embossing Powder. Yes, the Texture Paste did ‘puff’ a little, but compared to other times I’ve done this technique this remained pretty flat and true to the Stencil.

After mounting the photos on the soon to be retired Denim SB Paper and rounding only two of the corners on the photos and the matting, add a little more Ink Blending on the SB Paper I was ready to pull it altogether and wrap it up.

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I’m quite happy with the end result. Actually I’m really happy with the end result. I found the Scrap Album I did up for The Man’s 30th Birthday pressie (nearly a decade ago now) and wow….I’m not ashamed of those Pages, but I’m sure not about to show them off to the World at large either. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that’s my Self Imposed (Late) Scrap Challenge wrapped up for this round. I’ll kick off the next Page before the weekend. I’ve already picked out a photo of my Great Grandparents I want to use and I’m looking forward to using. It was taken at their 50th Wedding Anniversary I believe. So that’s my next Challenge Page to focus on. ๐Ÿ˜€

Till Next Time!! xx

Techie Tuesday ~ Masking

I know I’ve covered Masking awhile back…but a refresher never hurts. I’m actually planning on doing some more Masking tomorrow now I’ve pretty much re-arranged the furniture and my Crafty Play Zone. Well, until The Man has made up my new storage units…but for this week, that’s pretty much done so now I can Play!! ๐Ÿ˜€

On that note…I hope this refresher helps, inspires you to use this Technique again and create.

 

 

Till Next Time!! xx

 

Even The Man’s getting Crafty…

While I’ve been working out how to rearrange my Crafty Space upstairs The Man has been planning on making up some storage for me…and possibly some furniture for our home. Colour me surprised.

Seeing as I ‘slacked off’ a tad over the weekend, I’ve got to finish off what I started…so I’m a little behind the 8 Ball. So when The Man approached me yesterday saying he’d been thinking…note this is normally the phrase I use before rearranging all the furniture that’s not bolted down…and asking my opinion I was a little bewildered.

It seems that this Crafty Stuff is a little contagious. I’ve now got him thinking on making Christmas pressies when he’s finished making my Craft Storage….and coffee table….and dining table….oh ok the dining table can wait till New Years. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But he is planning on making a number of our presents.

Ok that’s it for me today…really need to focus on at least making sure there’s enough room on the dining table for me to eat tonight…otherwise….oops! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Till Next Time! xx

How To…make your own Gift Card Wallet

One Card I’ve seen a lot of on Pinterest and Instagram lately are Wallet Cards. Yet finding easily understood and usable instructions has been a little trickier, so the other day I decided to just ‘wing it’ and see how I went.

Then I got to thinking while my Online Event was happening the other night “I can’t be the only person out there looking for instructions…” and the rest…well, not quite History yet, but I’m working on it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ For now, I’ll just share my notes on making these pretty awesome, snazzy Gift Card wrapping option with you…then we can all take over the World.

Gift Card Wallet

To make this up you’ll need;

1 Sheet of SB Essentials 12″ x 12″ Card

Paper Trimmer

Bone Scorer

Fine Liner Pen or Gel Pen

Ruler

Corner Rounder Punch

Glossy Accents

6mm Super Tape Double Sided Tape

Scissors

How To:

  1. Trim your Card pieces first. Cut one piece to measure 28cm x 10cm (Score at 14cm), one piece to measure 30cm x 9cm (Score at 13.8cm), one piece to measure 12cm x 9cm, one piece to measure 10cm x 2ยฝcm and the final piece to measure 6cm x 1cm.
  2. Round the Corners on the 28cm x 10cm piece of Card. Fold and Burnish your Score Line. This is the Main Body of your Wallet.
  3. Score the 30cm x 9cm and the 12cm x 9cm pieces on both sides and on the bottom 1ยฝcm from the edge of the Card. Fold and Burnish all Score Lines. This creates the Flaps to attach these sections to your Main Body. On both pieces you’ll have a little square on the bottom corner; remove and mitre your corners to sit nicer when the little flaps are folded in.
  4. Attach your larger Card piece to the Main Body using either Super Tape or Glossy Accents. This piece should sit in a smidge from the edge of your Main Body. IMG_6639 (2)
  5. Repeat Step 4 to Attach the Gift Card Pocket on the Right Hand Side of your Inner Wallet. *Tip – I actually positioned my credit card in the pocket to ensure I had a Pocket at the end of the day.*
  6. Flip your Wallet over so the outside is facing up towards you. Now the fun part of positioning where you’d like your ‘tongue’ to go. This will depend on how you wish the Wallet to open. I’ve positioned my ‘tongue’ on the Left Side with the Hoop on the Right. The choice, as always, is yours.
    1. Curl your ‘tongue’ with your Bone Scorer so it’s easier to work with. Hold your ‘tongue’ where you would like to position and gently bend over the open edge of your Wallet. When you’re happy with the positioning, Attach to the back of your Wallet with Super Tape.
    2. Curl your smallest piece of Card (6cm x 1cm) and gently fold the ends under. Position so your ‘tongue’ is sitting inside the Hoop. I attached mine 2cm from the edge. Once you’re satisfied with the position, attach with Super Tape.
  7. Now to decorate! You can add a photo on the inside of your Wallet along with the Gift Card of choice and any little notes inside. Using either a Fine Liner or Gel Pen, draw small dashes around the edges as ‘seams’ or ‘stitches’ on the inside and around the edges of your ‘tongue’ and Hoop on the outside.
  8. Close and gift!ย 

This really is a quick and easy Project. I’m thinking of adding some Dry Embossing on one using a Stencil and my Ezy Press to see how that goes. I’ll also be doing some Ink Blending around the edges and folds for the next one to add some ‘age’ to the overall look and feel. You can also Heat Emboss the initials on the Front or on the Inside Pockets. The options are nearly endless. And it pretty much goes without saying all Products used are Kaszazz.

If you do make this up, please brag and show us how awesome you and your Wallet are! Would love to see what you come up with. ๐Ÿ™‚

Till Next Time….Happy Crafting!! xx

 

PS….Bling Gift Tags

I worked it out today!! I’ve used one the new Winter Wonderland SB Papers to make up a little Envelope/Pouch to hold these little Tags in!!!

Easy enough to make up….follow the instructions on the Envelope Punch Board for the smallest Envelope (I think it’s 12.7cm x 12.7cm; punch & score at 5.1cm) and after punching and scoring, trim off one of the narrow end flaps.

Close up your sides, loosely. You still want to be able to slide all 4 Tags into the same envelope after all.

To decorate I’ve used a length of the Metallic Tape Silver Glitter around the middle of the closed Pouch (The Man calls these Glam Bands….not Belly Bands), then I cut a 4cm x 4cm piece of Pool SB Essentials and a piece of White Basics Card (scraps) punched out with our Large Square Punch. I’ve stamped the ‘Sparkle and Shine’ Stamp in Archival Aquamarine Ink on the White Square before Mounting both Squares using our Magic Mount Double Sided Foam.

Pop the Gift Tags inside and step back to pat yourself on the back. ๐Ÿ™‚ I certainly did a Happy Shuffle when I’d finished today.

On that note, seeing as it’s nearly midnight local time I better grab some zzzzz’s.

Till Next Time….Happy Crafting!! xx

How To: Bling Gift Tags

I’ve done it!!! I’m no fan of writing up instructions for projects…it’s a big speed bump for me, yet I have no idea why. So when I can successfully sit down and type up instructions with very little effort I’m over the moon! Either that or I’m instantly suspicious that I’ve left something out or something else isn’t adding up. Hence my excitement to kick off today’s Post.

I really enjoyed making up these Gift Tags. These are actually the Prize for playing Alphabet Soup during my Online Event last night. Once I finished making them though I just kept going. They are THAT fun to make!ย 

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All Products I’ve used for these Tags is from the Winter Wonderland Collection recently released by Kaszazz. Contact me directly if you’d like further information on the Winter Wonderland Stamps or SB Papers.

Bling Gift Tags

To make these up you’ll need;

  • 4 pieces of White Card measuring 9cm x 5cm
  • Winter Wonderland Word Montage Stamp Set
  • Alice Uncut Stamp Set
  • Wonderland Deer Uncut Stamp Set
  • Archival Ink Pads
    • Viridian, Aquamarine and Rose Madder
  • Alcohol Ink Art Markers
    • Blush and Powder
  • Metallic Tape, Silver Glitter 2 lengths approx 10cm each
  • Corner Rounder Punch or Envelope Punch Board
  • Single Hole Punch
  • 4 lengths of Seam Binding Ribbon measuring approx 15cms each

How To;

  1. Using the Chisel Point of the Alcohol Ink Art Markers colour one length of Metallic Tape, Silver Glitter with Blush and the other with the Powder AIAMs. Set aside.
  2. Stamping your Tags
    1. Tag 1) Stamp your Celebrate along the Right Edge in Rose Madder Archival Ink. Imagine you’ve already attached your Glitter Tape to position your Oval Shape Hanging Baubles on the Upper Left Side of your Tag. Use the Rose Madder Archival Ink to stamp. Set aside.
    2. Tag 2) Again using the Rose Madder Archival Ink, stamp your Eat, Drink & Be Happy close to the centre of your Tag. To stamp the little Pine Tree from the Alice Uncut Stamp Set, use Viridian Archival Ink Pad and position in the Lower Left corner of your Tag. Set aside.
    3. Tag 3) Use your Sparkle & Shine Stamp in Aquamarine Archival Ink closer to the bottom of your Tag and slightly off centre. Using the same Aquamarine, stamp the Round Hanging Baubles on the Upper Left Side (same as for Tag 1). Set aside.
    4. Tag 4) Stamp your Hugs & Kisses stamp in Aquamarine Archival Ink in the Bottom Left Corner of your Tag. In the opposite Upper Right Corner (position as Tags 1 & 3) stamp the Birds Hanging Baubles also in Aquamarine Archival Ink. Set aside.
  3. Trim your Metallic Tape Glitter lengths to measure approx 5cm each. Position and attach each Powder coloured piece on Tags 3 & 4 along the Top Edge. Repeat with the Blush pieces for Tags 1 & 2.
  4. Using either the Envelope Punch Board or a Corner Rounder Punch, punch the corners on each Tag so all four Tags have nicely rounded corners and no sharp edges. There should be virtually no resistance from your Punch when using it on the Metallic Tape sections.
  5. Punch a single hole in the Glitter area at the top of each Tag so you are able to thread your Ribbon through and complete your Tags. Again, there should be virtually no resistance while you’re punching through the Glitter. Thread a Pre Cut Ribbon length through each Tag one at a time. Tie off with either a knot or bow, whichever you prefer.

YAY…you’re now the proud owner of some rather snazzy Bling Gift Tags!!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed making these Gift Tags…as I said, super easy and a lot of fun. I haven’t added the small Envelope in this tutorial as the SB Paper I used (Elegance Collection) is heading to ‘Tahiti’ when the current Catalogue expires in mid September. I’ll work out an alternative in the near future and let you know the details. ๐Ÿ™‚

Please drop me a line and share a pic of your completed Tags either here in the Comments or on my Facebook Page. Would love to see your creations!

Till Next Time!! xx Happy Crafting!!

 

 

 

Taking a moment…

Every August Brisbane has the Royal Agricultural Show on in town…we call it The Ekka…beats me as to why, it’s a Queensland thing I’m thinking. I may live here, and have for more than a decade now, but I’m still a New South Wales born Victorian. ๐Ÿ™‚ Confused?? Trust me, it explains oh so much. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyhoo, traditionally when it’s Ekka time, we get some fierce Westerly Winds sweeping through the region…Ekka starts this coming Friday, winds started last night. So today literally is a whirlwind of pretty much everything.

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What a start to August it’s been too. The Kaszazz World is buzzing with new special offers, as per usual….rightio, got that, to be expected….but as we say Adiรณs mid September to the current Catalogue and Project Book there’s the trepidation/excitement attached with the upcoming new Catalogue. Yesterday saw the List of Tahiti Bound Retirees from the 2015 Catalogue and Project Book….not that Kaszazz called it that, but I think that sounds more snazzy than List of Retiring Products.

Not a huge List, I think last year’s List was nearly 17 pages. Only five pages this year though we are having over 80 New Products heading our way come September 16th. WOW!!! That really does soften the blow of losing some loved and precious stamps…and SB Papers. I’m actually quite shocked at some of the Retirees, but wait….there’s more!!

Sorry, now I sound like an Infomercial….and it’s not even two in the morning! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Today saw the early release (again) of our August New Products!! OMG….Super Cuteness Alert!! All nerves for tonight’s Online Event have diminished due to Super Cuteness and Awwwwwww. Can understand now why Kaszazz has set some of the SB Papers bound for, well I’ll say Tahiti; sounds nicer than retirement doesn’t it?

I’m super glad now I popped my top up order in this afternoon instead of this morning. See, the Universe knew there was something around the corner for me to fall in love with…that and it was too dang windy for my Naughty Knees to work this morning. I’m just hoping now my order will arrive before our Public Holiday next Wednesday. Should be here Tuesday, but Brisbane being Brisbane, and The Ekka being The Ekka, every surrounding local council has a different Public Holiday during next week. So hoping our Mail Centre isn’t due for theirs till after my delivery! Oooh super selfish, sorry…..but then I can share with you first hand the new SB Papers!!! See, I’m looking out for you, honest. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You believe me right?

Time to go and prep myself some dinner, then get cozy and ready to work tonight while celebrating the awesome and amazing men in our lives. Kinda wish we did Father’s Day twice a year…don’t think we celebrate these men enough. Ok, shoot me if you like. I’ll understand…hehehe

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Tomorrow I’ll do up the Tutorial for my cute Prize that’s heading to a new home tonight. It’s the cause of The Man going to work last night with Glitter through his hair…oops, me bad? He wants a head massage as he wakes up that’s cool….I’m not responsible for how much Glitter has stuck to me no matter how many times I’ve washed and dried my hands…it’s Glitter, it’s more temperamental than an old alley cat!

On that note…HAPPY CRAFTING!!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Till Next Time!! xx