Saturday, May 23, 2015

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

This is a technique I saw in a magazine and have wanted to try for a while... and this cold, wet and dark Saturday seemed like just the right time to get a bit inky....

This uses lots of inky goodness - Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.  My silhouette stamp is from a set by Sheena Douglas as is the sentiment.

As I child I lived down the south of the South Island and often we saw the Aurora Australis (know as the Southern Lights) and the colours were amazing.  I now live too far north to get a view of these.

I am entering this into the latest challenge at City Crafter Challenge - Inky-nes"S",  I certainly got a little messy with this one!  Need a bit more practise but not bad for the first go.

Hope it's warmer and drier where you live.  This is our first wintery storm so far.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Get Well Soon

Today is my day on A2Z Scrapbooking and the card I'm sharing today is for one of my team mates Lisa Haines.   Lisa is currently starting Chemo for a brain tumor... but is so up beat and positive that she will beat this.

Lisa is a LOVER of purple.  Her blog is The Purple Place.  Do hop over and visit her.

My PP is from Kaisercraft over stamped with Hero Arts Old French Writing (discontinued) The sentiment is from Hero Arts Messages with Flourish 
I embossed the sentiment.  The feather die is by Hot of The Press and came with a magazine.  I die cut from grey card and edged it with Golden Glitz ink and clear embossed. The card base is actually a purple, but looks more blue in my photo.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Add a bow....

Latest challenge is now up at Creative Craft Cottage  and our theme is to use a Bow on your creation.

Our sponsor is Ppinkydolls

I  used a lovely image 

I printed it out and used some pencils to lightly colour.  I used a Spellbinders oval die and the Floral oval die to cut the image.  I edged with a gold pen.  I added a Cheery Lynn bow die cut in bright pink for a pop of colour.  My base card was embossed with Swiss dots folder.

We would love to have you join us this fortnight. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pocket Tags

The May technique challenge at my NZ forum is to make a Pocket Card.  I struggled a little... did some Googling and visiting You Tube and Pinterest.    And then ended up doing something very simple.

I also made one for my friend Suna for her swap as she is away for 6 weeks. 

I started with a tall tag by Prima which I scored and folded.  I then took a Pretty Pink Posh die and another tag and made a little tag.  I stamped the Kaisercraft sentiment and clear embossed it.  I trimmed a rose from one of the tag and added it to the smaller tag on my pink pocket tag and for my brown tag, I die cut a Memory Box butterfly.  I took some heavy weight black card and traced around a stand I have to make a stand for the tags to sit on.    They have been sent off to their recipients. 

On Friday 22nd I will have spend 20 years working at the Inland Revenue office in Takapuna and today my manager, Anna, provided a couple of cakes... one Carrot Cake and one Lemon Maderia, to celebrate.  She made a nice speech and gave me a lovely card.  Tomorrow my current work area and I are going out for lunch.  I can't believe where the last 20 years has gone!  Scary stuff.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

70th birthday card in a box

The card in a box projects I've been making are turning out to be very popular with my work collegaues.  I seem to be getting order after order.

This week's request was for a 70 year old lady.  The request was flowers and butterflies.  As I was OVER making the roses ones, so came up with another idea.  After using Marisa's Petite Petals Stampin' Up! stamps and punch, I went and ordered it.  So that was the basis of my card in a box

I stamped the petals onto watercolour paper using distress inks and used a water brush to paint the ink onto them.   Once I had them punched out, I die cut the Hero Arts Spring Branch.  I added some acetate to the back of the die cut and added the flowers.  I added some Cheery Lynn flourish die cuts. The butterflies are Peelcraft stuck onto spotted vellum and fussy cut.    My sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps and was a freebie with a magazine.  I layered it onto a Spellbinders die.  The PP I used to cover my box is from Kaisercraft.   I used a Mama Elephant alpha and numeric die to make the name and number.

Here's a close up:

Didn't get much crafting done today as we went for a little road trip - a 45 mins north to take a look at a Regional Park bach - bach nice, but the beach wasn't great..not good for swimming so back to the internet to look for somewhere else.  Plus as we want it around Christmas time so a bit harder to find somewhere.  Enjoy the drive though, and ended up at the Puhoi pub for a late lunch of burgers and chips.

I took this photo of the autumnal colours on our way back,

hope your weekend is going well.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Retro Flowers

I got a commission request for a card in a box for an 18 year old.  I have just finished doing five using the Hero Arts roses (similar to this one) - perfect for Mother's Day but maybe not for an 18 year old... so I looked through my stamps and found an awesome Hero Arts/Sizzix set that would be perfect...It's an older set and no longer available but can be found here on Amazon 

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I used a variety of distress inks to stamp.  I used my MISTI which mean I could stamp each one a couple of times to get a good coverage of ink.    I added the girl's name with some die cut letters.   I used some flourish die cuts and a Hero Arts Spring Branch die as well. 

I had fun doing this one.

Entering into the challenge at City Crafter Challenge.  

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Hope all of those of you who are Mums are having a good day.  My day has been delightful.

I started by calling my Mum who lives on the Gold Coast in Australia.  It was good to talk to her and my Dad.  Then we went over to our son's place to share a Mother's Day lunch with him and his fiancĂ©e, her sister and her partner and their parents.

A beautifully set table for 12.  We had roast beef, chicken, roast veggies, a lovely pasta salad, fresh buns.

And this was my contribution to the day.  Pecan pies, Feijoa and Banana cake, and white and milk chocolates that I made.  A big thank you to Kieran and Melissa, Brooke and Dave.  You did good!

Friday, May 8, 2015

April CCC reveal...

my goodness I'd forgotten to share my card from April's CCC... getting the reminder for May made me remember.

My card headed off to La Von.  Silly me forgot to take a photo before sending it off... reason being I'd made this card thinking it was the sketch for had it sitting round waiting for the recipient...but La Von was kind enough to take a photo for me.

I took the easy option and went with Friendship.  I used PP and pre-printed dies - just stamping a Kaisercraft sentiment and adding a butterfly embossed and die cut from PP as well. 

Now the rush for Mother's Day cards is over, I'm going to be spending time just playing with some new stamps - some Hero Arts ones, and some free stamps and dies from several magazines.   Wintery weather expected over the weekend, so good time to stay cozy inside crafting.