Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hidden Sentiment.

Hi there.  I've got a fun technique to share today.  It's a hidden sentiment.  Basically you die cut a sentiment from a patterned piece, even if it's a stamped piece, then added it back in with a little dimension

I stamped my Floral pattern with Altenew's Flower Arrangement. Lots of masking!  Despite completely messing up one of my flowers, the arrangement is quite forgiving.  I used a die from Catherine Pooler Designs to cut out the sentiment.  I cut the die several times from white card and layered for the dimension. 

This was for my NZ Crafty group swap and it is now with Suna.  

And today I spend some time working on my pencil colouring by starting a class from Kit and Clowder. 

I'm now working on the flowers.  I've used some watercolour card which has a bit too much tooth but my normal card stock is a bit smooth.  I'm enjoying the process but need LOTS of practice. 

thanks for stopping by

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Something New at Die Cut Divas

Our January challenge at Die Cut Divas is all about NEW.

I have a really sweet image from Sasyaki Glitter and added it to a background I made with a NEW stamp from Concord & 9th

 The plaid background was I stamp I got with a voucher I won.  I stamped in a red ink from Catherine Pooler Designs and then I used black ink to stamp the lines.     I cut the image with an oval stitched die and added a little punched oval with the Sentiment. 

With the change in our financial circumstances.... there won't be too many NEW supplies for me.  I'll be using all the stamps, dies and papers I have on hand.  

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 First challenge at Southern Girls Challenge Blog

The first challenge for 2018 is underway at Southern Girls Challenge Blog.  Our sponsors this time around are

A Day For Daisies 

Our theme is Stitching.... either real or faux

I got to work with Aloha Bloom from A Day for Daises

I paired the image with a sentiment from an older Hero Arts set.  I had printed the image onto some very light water colour paper and used my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers to colour it in.  Added some faux stitching lines around the edge.  

Do come and join us with your stitching projects 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch # 253 and Altenew Inspiration Jan 2018

I have finally set up my new ScanNCut machine... and am starting to play.

Today I saw a sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch that looked so nice and easy to do. 

Just love the simplicity of the sketch.  Right up my alley for sure.   I decided I wanted to do a sort of wallpaper look to the top portion.   So out came some Altenew flowers (Amazing You set) and some masking tape.... 

I also stamped one flower and two leaves onto some card and coloured in with Prismacolor pencils.  My new machine got a try out, cutting them out.  Made the border a tad too large, but that was okay.  All in all - awesome! I popped the cut out flower and leaves on some mounting tape.   I really like how this turned out. 

The colours are taken from the Altenew Inspiration for Jan 2018


As this is an encouragement card I am also adding it to the challenge at CASology - cue word Encouragement 


And also the "Something New" Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  - using my new ScanNCut is my something new!

 Off to try some more stamping, colouring and cutting...

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year.... I know it's the 4th... but it's been a busy time since Christmas. 

We went off camping on the 26th.  It was awesome.  Apart from me getting sick on the first day - right as we got there.... not sure if it was something I ate for lunch or the windy roads getting there.   Whatever, I ended up watching the others putting up the tent.  Then as soon as the lilo bed was pumped up, the went to sleep.   Next day better and then all good.  It was a lovely spot.  A new camping ground for us.  It was based next to the an estuary which was great for the little one.  When the tide was in it was not too deep and he had a ball splashing around.   We stayed for 5 nights, coming home on Sunday afternoon.  It was getting a bit noisy at nights and we had trouble getting him to sleep. 

The family is still here till Sunday afternoon, so I've been spending as much time with them as I can.  Archie is at such a fun age.  So impressionable.  He is a little parrot - tries to say everything he hears.
I have managed to get a few cards made.

First up is a card my daughter asked me to make for her friend's little girl who is one towards the end of the month.

I used patterned paper from Craft Creations for my card.  It is just adorable.  I used a Kaisercraft number die with some freebie sentiments.  I added some of the paper onto the envelope.

I've also done a couple of cards as an order - birthday cards using a Tim Holtz Poinsettia die and my Heartfelt Creations 3D flower mold.

 Just changed up the colours on the Catherine Pooler plaid stamp and the Elizabeth Crafts birthday die.

Today is a bit of a sad day for us.... it is Mum's Birthday.  All these firsts are hard.... had a good talk with Dad this morning.  As he said.... the Memories are still there.

So I'll finish with a few Archie photos

Wishing you all a very prosperous new year and lots of crafting time in 2018

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas one and all...

Just popping in to say Merry Christmas to all my friends and followers.... Hope your day is as awesome as ours has been.  

Having this little person and his Mum and Dad here made it very special.  Breakfast was with all the family after present opening.  A quick trip to the beach for some of the family followed by a nap for the little one, while we prepared lunch then of to the beach we went - adventuring for the small one and his parents...  He walked the pipeline (nearly 1/2 a kilometre  or more along and back!)   He should sleep well tonight! 

I'll be AWOL for the next week or so... tomorrow morning we head off to a Camping Ground and are tenting for the next week.  First time in nearly 8 years since we've camped... going to be great fun.  Giving Archie is first taste of camping.   

Blessed Christmas one and all,

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Who doesn't love freebies.....

I do.... And I often get freebie stamps, dies and embossing folders when I buy a magazine.    Today I am sharing the card I made for my team to sign and give to our team leader.  This will be the last Christmas we are all together as a Team as there are changes a foot in our office.  A huge restructure is underway and it seems that our teams (currently 3) will be combined into two and have some newbies as well.  

Anyhoo.... here is what I made using two different freebies from different magazines

The embossing folder was a freebie last Christmas and the holly vine die from last month.  I cut three of the vines and made a bit of a circle wreath   I embossed the background on the cream card and again on a scrap of red so I could fussy cut out the bow.   The sentiment banner was embossed with some Rose Gold powder from Altenew.  The stamp was one I picked up for $4 when I was in Australia in October.   I popped it up with some foam tape.   The main panel is also popped up on foam tape with some washi tape underneath.

I'm entering this into the Pop It Up challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well.  I'm counting down the days till Friday, when my little grandson arrives with his parents.  They are getting in at 6.00am so hubby will go collect them, while I prepare the breakfast.   Friday is also my hubby's last day at work.  He has resigned and is taking a couple of months off before he looks for something else to do.    No more corporate world for him.  Things will be tight for a while, so I've been getting as many supplies as I can while I can afford it.   

Have a great Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Southern Girls - all that glitters

It's Team Trace's time to share at Southern Girls Challenge and our challenge is to use Glitter on your project.   Our sponsors are

I chose to use an Altenew stamp and die set - Build a Flower Rose.... that I purchased from Krafters Cart.   Meetu has an amazing array of stamps and dies in stock and I love  buying from a NZ site

 I stamped the flower in a number of pink inks from Altenew (also purchased from Krafters Cart)  I added lots of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  The leaves from the set were die cut from green glitter paper from DCWV.  I added some green pencil for dimension.  The birthday sentiment was die cut from some glitter foam.    Bugger of a stuff to use... but in real life, really glittery.

Do come and join us with your glittery projects.