Better late than never! Been a busy week with thelast weeks of Plastic free July. Don’t think I came close really. It’s amazing when you stop to really watch how much plastic there is in your life. Cerainly no more supermarket bags for this girl!
What have I been busy with. One adventure is sewing bags for Boomerang bags, where we re use donated materials and create free bags for anyone.
If you don’t know about them head to their facebook page and see for yourself. Each bag makes a difference.
My other activities have centered around a general craft room tidy and a bedroom paint out – not quiet finished yet.
So last week the the Crafty Creations made these lovely cards using the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set.
Hope you enjoy them.
This card was a request, by the group, to try a reflection technique. Immediatley the “Lovely as a Tree’ stamp set came to mind.
One of the things with community groups is that there are always new members and others moving on so whilst some had used this technique for half it was new and the others happy to have a refresher.
We used Dapper Denim ink and card stock for the predominant colour, and created the image on Very Vanilla CS. After using the window sheet to transfer the image below the trees we then over stamped the top trees in Crushed Curry, to create Autumn tones and shadows. . Whilst waiting for the ink to be perfectly dry the greeting on a torn piece of vellum was stamped with Stazon.
The accents I created for the ladies before hand by punching out tiny dots from Dapper Denim then filling them with our retired Glossy Accents – called liquid glass in other products.
Then the sponging began. We used Old Olive, Dapper Denim, Soft Sky and Smokey Slate. The water was completed with the waves from High Tide and the sky with the birds from the same set. Add the sentiment, a touch of Wink of Stella on the water and all done. For a first attempt I think they have all turned out rather well.
Sometimes a play with ink, paper and water can result in completely different out come to the one intended.
That’s exactly what happened with the background to this card. I was spritzing some Whisper White card stock with a mix of Tranquil Tide and Pool Party but wasn’t happy with the result till I turned it over and loved the effect. I called it Reverse Water Wash!
So happily I copied this card in the catalogue as did the Crafty Creators on Friday.
You may notice that the group image has a different yellow umbrella. That’s because the demonstrator – me – left the Daffodil Delight CS at home. We improvised by using our Blender Pens with the Daffodil Ink.
Of course using water and ink means the original can never be copied so we have a great variety of rainy backgrounds in our cards. First we spritzed the Whisper White with water, just in the center, then Spritzed the combined Tranquil Tide and Pool Party,
wiping sides of paper to keep colours in the middle.
The amount of saturation with ink determined the depth of colour on the under side. We helped the drying process along with the Heat Gun. We also dyed the twine with the Daffodil ink to match.
The group is planning to play at home during the week so am excited to see what they create using the same technique. I must do one with the Colorful Seasons stamp set soon, I can see the background now with leaves scattered around and all those lovely autumn colors.
Till next time
Happy crafting Naomi
We certainly had some fun playing with the Embossing paste on Friday. As you can see quiet an assembly line happening. Two Big Shots, 1 Cuttle bug, 1 Embossing station and a water bath for cleaning. Thank goodness we had the big room.
As usual not a full crew but just as well with all the cutting and drying needed. In Whisper White:- 1 large Flower, 3 Branches, 3 Small flowers, 3 Medium flowers, 2 Autumn leaves. In Basic Black:- 2 Autumn Leaves, all from the Seasonal layers Thinlit Dies. The largest flower is from the retired Botanical Builder but I will still be using it for a long time, that’s for sure.
We didn’t experiment with colours but just practiced with the embossing paste for today. Colouring later!
Irma added a sentiment, the original didn’t have a sentiment, and used some coloured diamenties to highlight her card. The largest flower is from the retired Botanical Builder but I will still be using it for sure.
Every one managed to create a finished card despite dealing with a new technique!
Well done ladies.
The days have been a bit cold here. Down to 21 Degrees. I know for people in really cold places, Canada, some of USA, Europe that is laughable but for us it’s nippy, jumper time for the locals.
What better way to add to our warmth than by creating a card that says just that. At this point I have no idea who came up with the first jumper/cardigan using the Cable Knit Dynamic EF as there are lots of images on Pinterest etc. Enough to say thanks to all those who have created with this folder.
Now my girls were spoilt as they had a choice, a male or female and surprise surprise more males chosen than females.
Relatively simple card but very effective. We used Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Fresh Fig CS for the jumper and Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Fresh Florals DSP for the Cardigan.
The Pink Piroutte was embossed then marked at the center and a V taken out of the neck and lined with a Delicate White Doily cut to fit. Unfortunately the crimping tool is no longer available but that’s what was used for the band in Very Vanilla. Happy birthday from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous SS was stamped onto Very Vanilla then cut using the the Sweet and Sassy framelits. A circle was cut at the neck of the folded base card before the Embossed front was adhered. The flowers were in Fresh fig using the flowers from The Bloomin Heart Thinlits. Some pretty pearls completed the jumper.
The cardigan was a little more fiddly as the DSP was adhered to the center of the base card WW before cutting a neck circle. After embossing the Crumb Cake it was cut in half, pieces put together back to back , then a large triangle from the bottom and a smaller triangle taken out of the top. When opened out this formed the front of the cardigan. This was adhered to the DSP and again using the paper crimper, bands were added.
A small pocket was made with a tiny handkerchief popping out. Using the Badges and Banners SS, the sentiment was stamped on WW and punched with the Duet Banner punch. The final addition of a button completed the card. It was threaded with some twine or in a very small sliver of paper.
Enjoy till next time
Crafty creations was three days ago and it only seems like yesterday that I was posting the card for the week before and now here are another set, well two really.
This week we finally finished off the Pop boxes that were started 4 weeks ago. We would never have been able to make these without the great video from Gemma Clarke .
There are others for POP up Box on YouTube but this is the one I used and credit where credit is due.
We used the Carousel Birthday Stamp Set and the matching Cupcakes and Carousel DSP and lots of Very Vanilla CS. Whilst these four ladies were working on these the other two were happily making cards they had missed out on previously. Thank goodness I had a couple of kits left over.
The box folds into the tray at the front then when you draw on the ribbon, the recipient gets a surprise as the box pops out.
The other card for the 3rd march 2017 I have also CASED from Pinterest and it belonged to Connie Barbara and again there are several versions using the Owl Builder Punch. Some have the owl ears up some have them down both look good, depends on the manufacturer of the guitar!!
Ours look pretty cool great for teenager or avid music fan. The sentiments were from Crazy about You Stamp Set and the stippled background One Wild Ride. We also colored them with Wink of Stella to get that bit of Rock sparkle.
OK that’s it off to create this Friday’s card.
We were lucky enough to have the BIG ROOM at the Caloundra Community Center for our Crafty Creation again this week. So much better to be able to spread yourselves out! That’s right ladies!
As a result there was some fast and furious stamping going on. At the end of the session the ladies were well able to say “We Nailed it”
That is the stamp set they used the Nailed It Bundle with the matching dies. The sentiments they chose were Happy Birthday from Rose’s stamps – thanks Rose- Sorry I screwed up! I knew I liked you the first time I saw you! with some Happy Smiles, from the stamp set.
Not having silver sheets of paper we glued Aluminum foil – the kind you use in the oven – onto card stock and used that for the ruler and screws. Works a dream.
The DSP was from Pop of Pink. We used the fantastic Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impression Folder on Basic Grey CS. The effect was achieved by brushing the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad across the side of the folder that doesn’t carry the Sissex name then running through the Big Shot.
Some coloring and assembly of card finished the product.
Oh! the card in the center is waiting for the ideal sentiment that’s at home!!
That sums up another delightful day.
Hope you like them
Today we had a mixed class where three ladies made a card and 4 brave ladies attempted to create this POP Box card set.
Back of the box container.
Front of Box.
The Square box with the Tents and the Merry Go Round Horse folds up and pops into the tray at the front which then goes inside the Birthday Cup Cake Carousel cover. (The under side says Enjoy) When you open it the box pops out and SURPRISE!! You can fit some money, a Gift Card or scratchie inside as a gift.
As we are half way through the project you will need to wait till next week to see just what they have made.
The other 3 ladies made a card similar to this one but I couldn’t take pictures as some had to leave before all were finished. Will have more next week.
The last few days have been all out of wack, to the point where I was about to create a new blog and remembered I hadn’t posted my lovely class ladies wonderful achievements for Friday.
We made a card with a difference and tapped into the current craze for colouring. Stampin ‘ Up! as usual are right on trend and have offered this paper free with any order over $90 AUD. They aptly called it Inside the Lines.
Whilst it may look a simple card, Side Easel Card, we had some fun precisely lining up the little squares.
Whilst it is hard to see in the image there is a trail of Olive Green under the butterflies (Now retired) taken from One Wild Ride. Most of the sentiments were courtesy of Rose from Teeny Tiny Sentiments. The original card was an Easter card with sentiment from Suite sentiment.
On the inside we made a space for some words. I plan on something like “Now the Easter Holidays are here just grab yourself some Watercolour pencils and just relax!! ” and a piece for more colouring.
Measurements and tutorial can be found here.
We missed some of our ladies this week as they are still in holiday mode. It’s Australia Day weekend down here and lots of families take a 4 day break as it’s their last holiday chance before the Easter break.
We still managed to fill our time with shares from the Occasions catalogue, Sale-A-Bration items and the excitement of Irma becoming a new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.
Congratulations Irma !
I will have to be on my toes now!!
We made the card I posted on January the 11th with a Tutorial here.
Everyone enjoyed the stamp set, as it seems does so many people on Pinterest. So much you can do with it really, it’s surprising just look here.
I love looking at the little differences to see each persons personal touch.
Well done for 1st day back.
Till next blog