Thursday, 29 December 2016

Aloha, thinking of you.

Hi there.... hope your Christmas was fabulous and you got all the crafting goodies you asked Santa for... I did.  I got a set of 48 Prismacolor Pencils... very happy girl for sure.

Anyway it's my day to share over at Die Cut Divas.

I've used some dies and an embossing folder that come with a magazine.  I used a Spellbinders die cut oval as well.  The sentiment came with the dies and folder.  Bonus when you get great freebies with your magazines.

Entering into the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp 

I've scheduled this as we will be away for a few days between Christmas and New Year, hopefully enjoying some nice weather.

Happy New Year...

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Bells and ornaments....

I was luckily enough to be online when Meetu at Krafters Cart (a NZ based online shop) put up that she had managed to get two Sunny Studio Holiday Style stamp sets and quickly purchased it...several of the overseas sites I'd been looking at it from were sold out...

Holiday Style Stamps 

After some Pinterest searching to gets some ideas I came up with two cards that I did some production line stamping.... 

I made  8 of this one using MISTI to help me.   My bell is stamped with Altnew inks, Memento ink and Versafine black ink.   It really went quickly making these.  

My second set of cards used the ornament stamp

I used Catherine Pooler inks with this one.  I used the red, blue and orange in various combinations for my ornaments.    And the green ink did an amazing job of the tree with both first and second generation stamping. 

So now I finally have my NZ family and friend's cards done and dusted and in the post.. a tad close to Christmas but done!    And this set will be a definite one for next year!
thanks for stopping by.  

Friday, 16 December 2016

Lavender Bath Salts gift

For my final guest design spot at StampNation our challenge was Anything but a card.... so I decided to make a gift for a friend... I love making bath salts as a gift... it so easy and fun to do and a very practical gift.

I used a Hero Arts Digital kit to make my label.   I printed and then fussy cut and glued to the jar.  Added a bow and decorated the top of the lid

I used red and green card and a Spellbinders die to make the poinsettia on the top 

I'm entering this into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp as well... the theme is Gift it.

and here is the recipe
1 cup sea salt flakes  (I used Himalayan sea salt)
1 cup Epsom salt
1Tbsp Baking Soda
few drops of your favourite essential oil... I used Lavender oil.
You can also add a few drops of food colouring if you want to add some colour. 

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Gold and Black Layering

It's my day over at Die Cut Divas.   Our theme this month is all about layers or layering. 
Our sponsor this month  is Die's R Us

This awesome online store has HUNDREDS of dies from lots of fabulous manufacturers.    Including dies from Sue Wilson Designs.

I have used a Sue Wilson Designs die to make my elegant black and gold card

The corners are die cut with a La La Land Die.  I layered the black and gold die cuts for the centre focal piece.  I'll add my sentiment inside once I decided what I'm going to use it for.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Deck the Halls

For my guest spot at StampNation this week, our challenge is called Deck the Halls - add a little decoration to them in the spirit of this season.  Need ideas? Ornaments, tinsel, lights, banners, tags, wreath, garland, bows, glitter etc. They don't have to be 3-D, but this would be a great place to use those Christmas items with extra dimension.

I decided I needed to make a really 3-D card and I had bought some mini bells recently - just in case I might need to use them - so here's what I came up with...

I started by making my background.   I used a soft grey card and embossed with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix folder.  I made my base card out of a darker grey and used some of the scraps to embossed the sentiment in white.  It's a sentiment from Hero Arts Color Layering Wreath.  I made a wreath using some green Altenew inks and the layers in the set.  I die cut with the matching die and fussy cut out the centre.  I wound the tinsel around the wreath and then using some thread and a needle sewed the bells onto the wreath.  I used some dimensional tape to add it to the card. 

I must admit to really liking this card.  It turned out exactly as I envisioned it would.

I'm going to be busy for the next few days as I got an order to make some cards.... the lady went through my Flickr page and chose a few she want to to make with a few modifications.  2 down - 8 to go!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend all. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hero Arts Poinsettia gift box

Hi there.  It's my day to share over at A2Z Scrapbooking.  Our challenge is Anything but a Card....

I was lucky to get give a pile of pre-cut gift boxes.  I'm going to be using some to package up mini Pecan Pies for Christmas gifts.   Here's my design

Box #1

I stamped the Vintage Poinsettia in black directly onto the kraft box and also onto extra kraft card.  I used Faber Castell pencils to colour the additional image and then die cut with the matching die.

Box #2

Hero Arts Antique Poinsettia stamp
Hero Arts Antique Poinsettia Die
Own gift box

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Summer flowers...

Summer has arrived here in Auckland (at last).  The weekend has been really lovely and this afternoon Hubby and I walked down to the beach and I lay on my towel and read my book.

 This was my view laying on my back looking up at the wonderful blue sky. 

And this is the new wharf at Murrays Bay.  Hubby went for a swim but way too cold for me yet. 

So got home and decided I'd had enough sun for the day - time to participate in the Hero Arts Flickr group 90 min scramble.  It's a 24hr version, so you just take 90 mins any time in the 24hrs and make your card.  Cindy set the challenge - to use ALL the stamps in a set or use a background stamp.  I took the easy route with my set and used a layering flower Hibiscus set.

After a few false starts - not lining up my stamps well....(and still not 100% lined up) here is what I did

I used all the stamps together with some Hero Arts and Altenew inks and lots of masking.  
Here is the set I used

I managed to get it made and photographed in 75 mins.   Nice to do a non Christmas card .... even though I still have heaps to make to get in the post in the next few days.  I'll be choosing a simple design to make multipes of for my NZ family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 2 December 2016

Layered Christmas Wishes

It's a new month so a new challenge at Die Cut Divas.   Our challenge theme is Layers or Layer it....and our sponsor is Die R Us

I used an embossing folder, Patterned Paper and stamp that was with a magazine I got this week.  I layered my embossed piece and my PP with some red card.  The stamp was die cut with a stitched circle die (Simon Says Stamp) and layered onto a red Spellbinders scalloped die  (Spellbinders are sold by Die's R Us)

Had a lovely lunch out and then ended up going out for dinner as well... needless to say for dinner, I had an entree as my main as I was still fill from lunch.    Now don't feel like doing anything but going to sleep!  An early night me thinks.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Guest spot at StampNation... critter challenge/chalkboard technique

Over at StampNation today the latest challenge is up.  It's an Either or Both challenge.

Option 1: Critter Challenge- Use some sort of bird, animal, creature or critter on your card.
Ideas: Deer, Mouse, Cardinal, Fox, etc.

Option 2: Chalkboard Technique: Use a piece of black cardstock with white or colored ink for a chalkboard technique.

This first card is for the Option 1:  I used a bird

 I pulled out my Birdcage and Bird die from Tim Holtz and die cut it with a some white card.  I used red Distress inks to sponge the bird.  The PP is from Rosie's Studio "Home for the Holidays" I trimmed around the holly with my craft knife and slid the cage and bird underneath.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is white embossed.  I stamped and die cut the holly leaves and berries (SOA Candy Cane Lane) and added a bow die from Impression Obsession.

And just because I could... I made another card using Option  - Chalkboard technique.

A real CAS card.  I took a piece of some black cardstock and white embossed the Hero Arts Vintage Poinsettia and matched it with a sentiment from SOA Candy Cane Lane.  I used a Faber Castell white pen to smudge around the flower and the sentiment.   I added some white enamel liquid dots.

Hope you week is doing well.  Tomorrow is my work Christmas lunch...we are heading about 45 minutes away at a pub out in the country.  Should be a fun afternoon.