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Saturday, 3 January 2015

CTMH - Yuletide Carol Christmas cards

Close to My Heart released two Christmas ranges in this year's Annual Inspirations - one called Snowhaven, and the other Yuletide Carol. 
I vowed when moving back to Australia to stay away from snowy images as that wasn't representative of our Christmas, so that only left me with the only choice of Yuletide Carol, a much more traditional range, reminiscent of Victoriana. 
I had no time to blog before Christmas, so I am trying to be in catch-up mode and post them here, just to record them. 

I quite liked the first one, but wasn't crazy about the washi underneath the "Noel". 

I preferred the ivy wreath embossed onto white, and felt that the black glitter trim was a bit stark. 
I much preferred this third one - much more simplified and less cluttered. 
All CTMH supplies, except for the addition of "Layered Poinsettia" die by Spellbinders, and "Labels Four" - an old staple I constantly use.  I was pleased to have almost completely finished using my first ever jar of embossing powder, bought some 10+ years ago.  That gives me a real sense of satisfaction!
This is the card I made for Paul.  It was more difficult to resolve and the background is too busy for me.  But it was a paper in the pack that I wanted to try and use comprehensively.  

I loved the little ribbon sitting on top of the pile of presents and shall probably use that stamp set more thoroughly for next Christmas.  I used my Tim Holtz die "" here and covered the New England Ivy diecut with Stardust Stickles and then outlined in black for a bit more emphasis. 
I discovered that you can punch through the shimmer tape quite well, so I have used my EK Success scallop border punch on all the cards. 

Close to My Heart "Yuletide Carol" Workshop on the Go
CTMH Red, Black Shimmer Trim; Sequins Assortment:  Gold, Bling Gems Assortment:  Gold, Shinhan Marker:  Carmine, Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder
CTMH Exclusive Inks:  Cranberry, Black, New England Ivy
CTMH stamps:  Make It Merry, Noel
Tim Holtz Alterations die Stacked Words: Christmas
Spellbinders die:  Layered Pointsettias
Spellbinders die:  Labels Four
Francheville washi tape
Ranger Stickles Stardust

I will have other Christmas cards to share, when next I get a chance to blog them!  Thanks for your visit.  :)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 Project Life album - Title Page

Well, it's the New Year, so best to start as I mean to continue! Less procraftination, more action ...

Not a brilliant photo, but taken at night so the page is now done and blogged, whilst very fresh.  It's not necessarily the crafting that is difficult to fit in, it's usually the blogging, so want to start on a different note ....
A very simple page which seems to represent me fairly well, I think.  A real combination of elements from a number of different sources, which hopefully gel together. 
Yellow Chevron Paper - Echo Park: Paradise Beach "Flip Flops"
Heidi Swapp: Favourite Things
CTMH: Chalk It Up
CTMH:  Brushed
Gold Foil Elements: CTMH: Year >>Noted
Black Cardstock
Heidi Swapp Sheer Stickers
Papermania Vinyls: Butterflies 2
American Crafts Thickers: Black Glitter Letter Stickers
The CTMH "Year >>Noted" mini collection is a bonus for January 2015 during National Papercrafting Month.  When a qualifying purchase is made of $75, then this $37 value kit can be purchased for only $10.  How immediate of me to use something so hot off the press!
I wouldn't have normally chosen this 4 pocket 6 x 6 layout design for the title page, but it was the Australian Project Life Forum on Facebook raving about the Heidi Swapp card which decided for me.  A good focus point, as it seems to embody the hopes and ambitions for this year ... I wondered how I was going to use it. Wonder no more and as an added bonus, I've sold the other one!   Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Kreative Koncepts January 2015 Sketch Challenge


American Crafts Black cardstock
Heidi Swapp Citron Colour Shine
Studio Calico mask
Pebbles Accent and Phrase Stickers
Green sequins
Doodlebug Expressions Medium Limeade Alphabet rub-ons
Patterned papers: MME Bloom and Grow "Bloom", October Afternoon "Detours": Walk in the Park, Daisy D's "Railway Journal", Crate Paper "Farmhouse Collection": Apple Pie, Heidi Swapp "No Limits": Traditional, Doodlebug

Here's my layout - of Henry and Lewis in Chinchilla at their daycare centre, Charley's Place.  I can safely say that it is the best daycare centre that the boys have ever been to - well, out of a choice of three, but still! Very professional, well run and so well organised.  I particularly loved seeing their own educators, no matter what time of the day, and getting their email reports entailing the days' activities. 
Sadly, the journaling can't be read (I don't understand why?) but it says:
"On this day in June 2013, Charley's Place took part in the World's Biggest Breakfast where the children came dressed for the morning in their pyjamas.  You both had great fun. 
You were helping yourselves to lots of snacks and juice in between playing.  We had to stop you both, as you kept coming back for ever more juice! More importantly, lots of money was raised for a great cause". 
 I fundamentally stuck to the four photo idea but turned the sketch around, so that the semi circular element was underneath.  I used a banner mask instead, and some citron colour shine all over the background. 
Most of the patterned papers are aeons old and came from my scraps bag - great when you just want snippets of colour or a small area of interest dotted around the page.  I also unearthed My Doodlebug Expressions rub-on letters - I think they are all reaching close to the end of their natural lives, as they just fly off the plastic with the least resistance.  I shall make it my mission to try and use them up more! I just coat them with Glossy Accents so that they don't rub off the page. 
All in all, I am pleased with my interpretation and that I have used up more scraps! Thanks for stopping by and hope 2015 is the year for all of us.  :)

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Project Life - Playdate November 2014

Hello friends - after a lengthy absence, here to share my most recent page from November. 

Stamps all Close to My Heart, and Project Life Cards mainly from the Baby Boy mini kit, and one new one (blue stripey) from the Maggie Holmes edition of a part kit that I bought - who wants the same card umpteen times - just boring!
Other bits from Kaisercraft "Capture This" and so pleased to have used up some of my oldest stash - the Making Memories aqua sticker labels. 
A fairly quick page which documents our new friendship with Riley and Cooper and their family.  So lovely to see four small boys all playing well together.  Hopefully the start of many more similar playdates!
American Crafts Thickers "Dear Lizzy" foam
Kaisercraft Capture This
Becky Higgins Project Life
Doodlebug Tangerine dotty washi

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

52 Card Challenge UK Scrappers - Week 42

This week, Nat set the challenge as autumnal colours - a very different thing is happening here in Queensland in Australia - it is heating up and getting set to fry us in summer. 

As per the previous post, I found some ancient stripey paper that came in a magazine, together with the leaf pattern on the other side.  I try to set myself challenges as to ways to produce an end result that is pleasing - in this case, I really didn't like the original papers. 
I found an old die cut in my stash in matching brown tones and some lovely velvet ribbon.  I turned again to my favourite Curly Cute sentiments from Stampin' Up! and gold embossed around the edge.  Liberal mistings and dollops of gold mist together with faux stitching and distressing add more interest and texture.  The bronze sequins really do sparkle IRL and add lots of interest.  Very reminiscent of a beautiful autumnal day in England with the crunchy and variegated leaves underfoot, turning to mush and mould with dampness and the inevitable rain. 
 I got a couple more cards from the same paper and am now pleased to say that I've used it up - I do still have some leaves left and sometimes I wish I was ruthless enough to throw the remainder away - it would certainly relieve a lot of the clutter! However, I do know that I enjoy these kinds of challenges, and it does kind of justify the stash build-up .... (maybe?)

Stripe and Leaf patterned paper - unknown
Brown die cut
Bronze sequins
Tan velvet ribbon
Curly Cute sentiment stamps - Stampin' Up!
Gold Embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer mist - Antique Gold
CTMH ink - Autumn Terracotta
Project Life journalling pen - brown

I'm not game enough to count how many cards I am down now - we shall have to wait and see how we go, to see if I can complete this years' cards .... thanks for visiting here today. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

52 Card Challenge UKS Scrappers - Week 35

Trying to dip back into the card challenge on UK Scrappers which has sadly again gone off course this year, I will try to catch up with them gradually in the hope of finishing all the challenges in one year - a goal, in any case!

This week. Nat set the challenge to be a "jaunty angle".  I am normally a straight kind of girl, but this is how I interpreted this challenge -

I took some freebie paper that had been kicking around for a looooonnnnngggg time (both the stripes and the leaves) and married it up with the gold felt doily that had come free with a card magazine.  I also delved into a packet of ancient die cuts for the brown paisley tag base. 
Stripe and leaves paper - unknown
Brown paisley tag - unknown
Prima Got Flowers
Bronze sequins
Curly Cute sentiment stamps - Stampin' Up!
Washi Tape - yellow triangles and woodgrain - CTMH
I also did some "faux" stitching around the border with the brown Project Life journalling pen and some gold over the top.  Lots of sanding and distressing and the addition of the twine (also distressed) underneath. 
A bit misty, inky and distressy - a nice change for me again!
Thanks for visiting. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Kinder Musik

This is the first traditional scrapbooking layout I have done in a good few months.  We are through the worst of our move to Hervey Bay and a period of stabilisation and settling in is still ahead of us.  I am gradually sorting out my craft room and opportunities await but details have not been finalised so I cannot share as yet. 

To try and "get back in the groove" I had put the washi tape around the borders and printed out three photos and cropped them - and there I got stuck! The placement of things has always been my biggest issue and so it remains, especially as I am out of practise. 

Once I saw the sketch, things gradually fell into place with the acquisition of a few new supplies and so this layout was created!

After struggling for sometime, I really like it now.  The main technique was to "spray" paint onto the page with a mini mister, and create a faux Flair badge using a stamp, punching a circle with my circle punch, and covering it with Glossy Accents.  A bit more detail, without the bulkiness. 
Patterned Paper:  Heidi Swapp 6 x 6 paper pad “Favourite Things; Becky Higgins Project Life cards Aqua Banner and “Happiness”, MME Cut and Paste Flair "Small Charms" paper, Teresa Collins Memories "Filmstrip" paper
Transparency:  Kaisercraft Velvet Ensemble Collection "Theatre"
Cardstock:  Bazzilll White, Black and scrap of red
Washi Tape, various
Alpha - Black American Crafts Thickers, Jenni Bowlin Studio Playful Hodge Podge Stickers
Paint – Jo Sonja’s Acrylic Paint:  Sunflower and Titanium White
Punches - Small Music Note punch EK Success notebook border punch?, 1 ½ circle punch
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stampendous Odds and Ends 2
Tim Holtz mini mister
Ranger Glossy Accents
3D foam pads
Acrylic block
Messy Mat
Heidi Swapp Stencil Kit “Stencil Minis – Shapes”
Heidi Swapp Favorite Things Puffy Gloss Stickers - Shapes
Hopefully I will maintain this crafting momentum and get back into the groove.  Thanks for visiting here today - stay tuned for more!