Saturday, 28 September 2013

Insider Online Card Classes

Well, I booked myself in to see what the online card classes were like. I attended the 3-day "Insider" card class. It was very well organised and I learnt lots of ideas and technique improvements; I have endless access to the videos as well as very organised pdf. downloads. Isn't internet learning accommodation or travel costs, no paper used, wonderful.
The class was without exception very worthwhile...and very reasonably priced at only twelve dollars.

I have several cards in process of completion from the classes, but I am now running out of time to get them posted. Unfortunately I have been a bit busy with other things during the workshop timeframe...As I only have one completed so far, (and it sure isn't the card I'd prefer to post!) I thought I'd better get it on there...
This is a card for my son's birthday, rapidly approaching. It fits the session for envelope cards, day three, (just).

I used a Technique Tuesday stamp called Irony, which I love for it's range of uses. Played with Perfect Pearls with this one to give it a masculine, metallic look...

The inside is very plain, just the little envelope holder and the small envelope with some more Irony stamping, this time black embossed to make it pop on the muted patterned paper envelope.

That's it, I will gradually post the others as I complete them, no rush now...


Well I got this one finished as well, it's a bit heat sealed around the edges as I need to get back upstairs very it is...

I used the HA stamp Tree of Blooms, and I'm pleased with this one, except I wish I hadn't stamped the birthday greeting under the heart, or that I had used the black ink. It would look better without...

Well, I couldn't live with it...came back downstairs to the dungeon and redid the card... much happier with this one...I know I shouldn't fiddle once the card is done, but one does...

Much cleaner, any additional sentiment can be included in the handwritten component!
This was the first time I had tried masking off part of the stamp...this one is from Annabelle stamps and reads "You paint..." I was very surprised that it was so easy to do, even for a clumsy mess-pot like me! I have always avoided it because I didn't think I would be able to avoid getting ink all over...worked like a dream. I will get much better mileage out of my stamps now.
This next card is the Day One card in a card - mini card pop-up from Jennifer.
I really like this process. I have tried the other versions she demonstrated previously but they don't really appeal to me...this one, with the little folded blocks supporting the inside message really did.
I am now altering the prototype, as I want to retain the 2.5 cm sides in order to provide good adherence to the card and insert, but I'm making the "side" panels of the little blocks just 1 cm long...they  will still pop, but not as far. This will also reduce some of the bulk from the device.

The inside of the card, with the insert...

I am about half-way through the tall, 3-paneled card by's great fun to do. I have also started a couple more envelope cards, and want to try both Shari's examples. I have a wedding next weekend, I'm thinking of ways to adapt her "You Make Me Happy Card" for this event...just need to get the sentiment right and all else will fall into place... is the wedding card for my niece, from Shari's card on day 2. It's a bit quirky, but that how we are here in Tasmania...;)

This one follows Shari's card fairly closely, as the clouds, sun etc. all fitted well with the theme.
It would be a fun one to make for a child also, with the potential for little personal surprises behind each flip page...
The tiny knot on the bottom of the clear page is some more of my mothers twine, her grandmother, so fills the "something old" criteria...(and I do hope that's NOT why I was invited), and the sentiment here relates to their invitation, which indicated that they were "Tying the Knot". I used the tiny metal page turners from T Holtz, and I couldn't resist adding the tiny scissors...

I wanted to put a little wooden aeroplane into this page, along with the jet cloud, but I need to locate one first...I only have hearts and animals. Will visit the craft store tomorrow, and keep my fingies crossed that they have some, or even a couple of tiny bikes would be ok as they both ride...

The tartan hills acknowledges her father's Scots heritage...
The interior or the card is very plain, just a tiny envelope (for a donation towards their planned lengthy overseas trip), and a hearty little tension strip to hold the envelope in place.

It fits comfortably inside the A2 envelope I made in coordinating cardstock, despite the bulk of the layers and the embellishments as I will be handing it over. If posting it would need a bulky envelope, or post office box.
A fun card to make and one I'd repeat.
Now I just need to come up with something spiffy and exciting for my dear daughter's birthday, which follows closely on the heels of her brother's birthday at the end of this week. It's a busy time here...
10/10/13 final addition to this post... my card for my daughter's birthday tomorrow. It is a very bright and cheerful 7x5 inch card...I couldn't resist this Graphic 45 paper, (I think it might be from the Mother Goose range, (I have discarded the trimmings and cannot check, sorry!).
I fussy-cut several of the flowers from the scraps and adhered them in place on the card, adding some stickles to the centre and stressing up the petals slightly for added dimension.
I added some MME enamel dots of several of the other flowers, where I had the appropriate colours and sizes. I die cut the SSS "happy" from 3 different colours of cardstock, and gold embossed the PTI Birthday! stamp onto black cardstock, which I cut in a small banner shape. The small banner at the bottom utilises the SSS Tilted Banner stamp and die set.
Sticking to the principles of the Insider workshop I repeated the design theme on the interior of the card, utilising what was left of the printed paper and highlighting the edges with some plain red cardstock. I added fussy cut flowers and enamel dots here also, but left these flowers flat to reduce the bulkiness of the card.
I made the "card in a card pop-up" from workshop day one again, as I wanted to streamline the little internal construction to be less bulky and have less height. I am pleased with the works very well.
I used a SU Framelits Label Collection die to cut the label shape from a remnant of the card base, and as my printer does not choose to acknowledge cardstock weight paper, I printed the sentiment onto vellum, cut it out with the same die and adhered it to the label.
In retrospect I should have made this component larger than it is, but it works OK...
This photograph shows the internal boxy construction which allows the sentiment to fold neatly within the card when closed, and pop when it is opened 

I just hope my daughter doesn't have a squiz at the blog tonight...she will have no surprises left for tomorrow at all if she does!

BTW...the wedding on Sunday was absolutely beautiful and the weather gods were very kind indeed. The wedding was held in St Davids Park and it might have been very nasty indeed, the weather we have had over the past week or two!

Very sad news on my eclips progress...the machine has stopped cutting! mid project! out of the blue! just like that! (snaps fingies).

Just when I have practiced and watched videos and feel confident that I now understand the technology sufficiently to let loose...have searched the internet and purchased several fun little projects to construct using the machine to cut the just stops cutting! Wowsers! However, I have spent a few hours going though everything calmly and sequentially and I now suspect...or hope madly to be truthful...that it is just that the cutting mat has lost all it's stick and is too bumpy and destroyed to allow the machine to proceed...that's my present theory anyway...I have new mats ordered and I refuse to panic until absolutely necessary. I find that's one of the advantages of increasing age, I have less energy to waste on unnecessary conniptions! :)
More news once the parcel arrives from the mainland...needless to say, I have all my fingies crossed.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Scrapbook Boutique September Challenge

The September challenge at SB (Link Here) started some little while back. The challenge photographs are always so delicious that they are very hard to resist.
This morning I thought I'd better think about a card for this challenge as time is passing and as paper piecing is definitely not a favourite pass-time of mine I thought I might just have a go at it.
It also gave me a good excuse to sit quietly while the sail past of the tall ships was on this morning to Government House. It has been a very changeable day, gusty winds, sun and occasional rain showers, but a wonderful spectacle on the river for all that.
Here is my card, a bit earthy looking maybe, but as some others have mentioned during this challenge, yellow is not a colour I have much stock of, either in papers or inks.
Once again, the photography doesn't do justice daughter has fiddled with the camera settings for me, and the lighting, adjusting things so that the white light of the flash will add brightness to the shots. Very sadly I forgot to ask her just how I access the flash...ho time she visits it WILL be sorted...
Product Used:
Papers: Various scraps of Graphic 45, PTI Lemon Yellow, Summer Sunrise & Kraft card stock
Inks: PTI Avocado Green, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Multiliner SP BS
Glues: Glue Arts tape, Zig Glue pen, SU dimensionals
Stamps: PTI Daffodils (Sentiment), Year of Flowers (Small Daffodil).
Others: Annabelle Stamps Sprinkles, Zig Wink of Stella, Brown tiny twine - from my grandmothers sewing box, W & J Knox Ltd. Milton Sewing Thread.
Bye for now,
PS...I completed a second card for this challenge because I thought that I needed to get the whole thing closer to the colouring of the inspiration photograph, but just can't get the photo colouring right... I'm not going to post it in the challenge but here it is anyway...please note...more Annabelle stamps sprinkles...I'm insinuating them into everything lately!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

PTI MIM #133 - Textured Backgrounds

I was interested to see the PTI MIM 133 challenge this morning (Link Here) as I have been eyeing off my several jars of gesso, 3-D Moulding Paste & Multi-Medium for some time now, trying to build up the courage to open the jars and actually apply them to something. Here goes, I thought, get down stairs and just do it.

I used my punches and some circle dies to make a make a stencil from a sheet of overhead projector film (remember those?).

After applying the 3-D moulding paste to some white card stock I had to wait quite a while for it to dry. I wasn't very happy with the very off white (can I call it dingy?) colour of the paste. I thought it might brighten up as it dried, but it didn't. I used that one because it was the thickest paste of the three jars I had available, but will definitely be colouring it if using it again. Thanks Danielle for the info on how to do this in your video.

I then applied some archival black ink to my Hero Arts "Happy" text background stamp and applied it to the circles. I then used Memento Dandelion and Angel Pink and PTI Spring Rain to lightly colour the circles, and used some Glossy Accents to cover several others to highlight some of the text.

I used PTI Sketched Shapes and PTI Star Banner dies and stamps to make the banners, punched out some circles for accents and applied Glossy Accents on those as well. Versamark ink was used on the banners with the appropriate stamps from the set.
The sentiment (also from Sketched Shapes) I embossed with the lovely Annabelle Stamps ebony embossing powder.

That's it! Maybe a card for a young tomboy, pretty but not too over-the-top girly...

Bye for now,

Later in the day...


Just went into the PTI MIM # 133 a while ago to check on some of the lovely cards being posted when my eye fell on the instructions...they included "Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a cover plate die as a stencil. ". Even bolded and italicized my eye had missed it! Just got too excited about using the  3-D Moulding Paste I guess. I had made a dotty stencil instead of using the cover plate, back to the craft room and make another card quickly, before anyone sees and I get blackballed or excommunicated or whatever it is that happens to irresponsible crafters!

Here is my take two...this time using the proper equipment. This time round I used the stencil to mask over the dry moulding paste when stamping the text background. It prevented the text from printing onto the other areas of the card. Also I used gold ink.

Product used:
Stamps: PTI Happiness in Bloom, HA Happy Background stamp
Dies: PTI Hexagon Cover Plate, Beautiful Blooms II #1, Happiness in Bloom Leaves Die
Paper: PTI Summer Sunrise Orange Zest, Kraft, New Leaf, undisclosed scraps (dark green), vellum
Ink: Tsukineko Encore! Gold, PTI Dark Chocolate, SU Peach Parfait
Glue: Scotch Quick-Dry, Glue Arts Glue Glider Permatac, SU Dimensionals
Other: 3-D Moulding Paste, Distress Stickles

That's it for the legitimate entry...

Bye again,

Friday, 20 September 2013

Splash It On - AC 171 - Card 2

I have made a second card for this month's challenge at Annabelle stamps (link here).
I had started to build a background with my few neon inks when (very fortunately) I revisited the blog and saw that another entry had been posted using the spat stamp and neon inks. I quietly put mine away for using on another card as it didn't come up to scratch by comparison!

I was looking at the title of the challenge, thinking of my first card which was very inky indeed, and thought I would make a card that was heavier on emotional aspects rather than visual.

I clear embossed the annabelle stamps splat stamp onto light grey cardstock (despite it looking more like Kraft in this photograph), matted it with Bazzill Liquorice cardstock and attached it to a PTI Enchanted Evening card base.
A sad little sentiment from PTI's Peaceful Garden in Memento Nautical Blue helps to set this sombre scene of unmitigated misery. No ambiguity here!

Really, these enormous crocodile teardrops would make the recipient smile I think! I hope they would entice them into a phone call, text or postcard, at the very least :)

 I must try taking the photograph in natural light, I have my craft space in our very cramped garage and there is no natural light at all...I dream of designing and building a studio that would enable me space and easy access to my spinning wheels, sewing equipment, paper crafting, painting...ho hum! Maybe next time round.

Next morning...

Well, the colouring in this photograph (taken outside on this lovely sunny spring morning here in Hobart) is much more accurate. I've lost the glistening effect of the clear embossing on those big wet tears, and it's a crooked image but one can't have everything in this life.

Now I just need to see if I can rejig the link to the annabelle stamps blog to display this one instead of the too tawny night shot goes...fingies crossed...if their blog goes down it wasn't me!

We are having a festival of sail here at the moment with several tall ships in port. They made a lovely display coming up the Derwent river yesterday, with many local yachts and motor boats accompanying them into the harbour. Although the day was fairly overcast, my daughter managed to capture a few shots when the sun shone around the clouds and lit up the sails.
Here is one of the photographs...

And here is one of our local family of Wattle birds looking for lunch, which she caught on camera while waiting for the sun to break through the clouds onto the ships...

Bye for now,

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Birthday Cards

I was very chuffed recently when my daughter in law emailed me to ask if I would make her a couple of cards for her Gran, who is celebrating a significant birthday soon. How nice to be asked!
However, she was not giving me any help at all, just said Gran liked roses and that she was happy to leave it with me. :(
I found it a bit difficult to get going but I have made four so far with a couple more in mind. (I really want to make one with the BIG numerals on it but maybe I'd better think about that, some folk don't like to have the actual number up front and obvious).
I will need to stop prevaricating and just get finished as I have to post them to her soon if she is to have them in time.

 This first one is definitely rosy, the colour has altered somewhat in the photograph (surprise, surprise!), its a soft pretty pink in reality... (trust me).

This next one is a pretty blue and silver number, this being my DIL's favourite combination.
I followed the design of my previous gold embossed card when making this one, adding some annabelle stamps cornflower blue sprinkles and I used a stylish flowing font sentiment stamp from Waltzing Mouse.

This next one I don't like at all, way too fussy. My daughter however, said I should include it as it is bright and colourful and she likes in it goes.

This is the final one I am sending. It's a larger size than I usually make, 18cm x 13cm, but I like the feel of it. In looking at these cards I realise that I have actually managed to put sprinkles on each of them. Yay! I love sprinkles. They also each have a heart of some sort on the back of the cards, these all being prospective missives to a much loved Gran.

 This last one is for a keen (but now retired) motorcyclist who is getting a tool workbench for her birthday present tomorrow, (thus the sentiment). As she doesn't like "fussy" cards, I kept this one fairly simple...
Well, once again, I'm procrastinating...fiddling with a blog post when I have a mountain of work to get through by Monday morning...(What happened? I thought I was retired!).
Anyhow, have a lovely weekend! Bye now,

Monday, 9 September 2013

Life & Love


The new Annabelle stamp challenge is on (Link here), with the truly reckless title of Splash It On!
What fun, I immediately thought of large sheets of butchers paper, painting smocks, pots of acrylic paint and long handled paint brushes...oh for the carefree abandon of childhood and those lovely kindergarten easels that seems so large back then...OK...back to real time here.

Considering the challenge, I have made a card for a young friend who has just begun to sadly face the hard realities of life as it is lived apropos previously untested romantic and sentimental ideals...

The card doesn't look at all "splashed" and I'm not too happy with that aspect, but I do have the inky fingers to prove that the original piece of white watercolour paper has been well saturated, both before and after the clear embossing. I just may have to have a second crack at splashy abandon before the month is out.

I thought that the annabelle stamp set "Splat Attack" was perfect for this card, and I used several of the images. I also used the very useful line background stamp from BBD5.

Thanks to Annabelle stamps for posting the challenge, always fun.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Gold and Black Embossing

I made a card for my great niece who is celebrating her 18th birthday this weekend, using a card by Kristina Werner (link here) as my inspiration. I have followed Ms Werner's design very closely as I wanted a sophisticated but feminine card and I very much liked her example. I felt that I really couldn't improve on it for this particular occasion. The gold embossing is fabulously glam, and just what a golden girl would expect for such an auspicious occasion, or I hope so anyway.

I just love this WPlus9 Chantilly Trim stamp, it is so detailed and turns out every time just as you would wish, whatever medium you use. The other variously sized border stamps in the set are all very usable as well, a real plus!

I made this next little number for my eldest son's partner who has recently gone bravely forth and achieved her driving licence despite lots of challenges, so I wanted a fun little card to send to her acknowledging her success.
I was very pleased with the black embossing on the banner. I used a ebony embossing powder from Annabelle Stamps (link here). It is so glossy and black and it doesn't have the dimpled appearance of my previous black embossing efforts.

That's about it from me, I didn't intend to add to the blog again this weekend, but this is election night here in Australia so I thought I would seek some light relief downstairs and post these couple of cards.
Bye for now, hope your weekend is going well,

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Busy Times...

Things have been a tad busy here of late so I thought I'd better slip in a post while I can.
Not much has been happening on the card-making front although I have two or three to share.

I have been receiving some lovely parcels of stamps and dies from far flung places over the past few days and I now have an eClips machine! It was Father's Day last Sunday and TT has been known in the past to purchase "useful to him" presents around some of my celebrations, so the eClips is payback time +++
It is amazing! I now have little bitty scraps of paper all over the house...borders of crabs...inlay skeletons...HUGE numerals...I have visitors calling in just to "have a little play"...and even better I am using up all those cheap and uninspiring 12x12 light cardstock pages that seem to accumulate in the paper storage area (because there is nothing you would ever use them for apart from recycled paper or papier mache!)...we have all had lots of fun with it, and the machine is very straightforward to use...I'm thrilled with it! :) So much potential...

On to this post's cards...
This is an engagement card for two dear family members who have recently plighted their whatsit's...I was pleased with the colouring and the superfluity of hearts (which are entirely appropriate for the recipients), but the colouring isn't showing as well as it might due to my photography skills ):

Here is a bright and cheerful card for a bright and cheerful friend who is about to celebrate her birthday...I just hope that the fruit leather stall at Salamanca Market is open for business on Saturday...I need to include as much of these delectable treats in this particular parcel as I can afford and the parcel needs to land on a Sydney doorstep by Tuesday treat time - Oh stress, I really really should have gone to last weeks market!

This card is just a simple negative die cut for a friend recovering from surgery, but I was very pleased with the outcome. I used some (shhhh...sparkle embossing) on the bee. I don't go there very often with glitter, but this one turned out quite nicely, and being embossed it can't go all over the hall carpet when opened.

 I used the positive die cut to finish off the envelope for this card. The label I was very chuffed with...I have never been successful with inking up a die cut label before, they always slip out of the die and get grungy. This one stuck like a charm though and I was able to get a nice graduated ink cover just where I wanted it. I do like it when things work out nicely without a fuss...

This last card is also quite simple, just stamping and a little twine...for a dear brother and sister in law who are going through it at the moment and need all the support we can give can be difficult to know what to do to help while anxious not to be too intrusive. I guess in the end one just does the best one can, as so often in life...

Well that's about it from here in beautifully and very unseasonably sunny Hobart, although I think our cat, Pig, may be starting to dement, just a little. He is certainly behaving very oddly of late...but more of that later.
Bye for now,