Beautiful Butterfly

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. July 21 CC

Hope you enjoy them.

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Happy Crafting
Naomi

 

Crafty Creations 23rd June

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.

June Crafty LadiesAs 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!

Paste Flowers

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.

Product List

Big Shot

$159.00
Glue Dots

$8.00
Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

Botanical Builder Framelits Dies
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$56.00

Catalogue launch

Yesterday was a great day as my new Demonstrator Irma Bashford held her first ever class and combined it with a Catalogue Launch.

It was a fun morning, as there were Survival kits, Lucky door prizes,  a make and take using the Daisy Punch and Daisy Delight Stamp Set, (sadly not able to be ordered at the moment) and to get the girls familiar with the catalogue a Bingo Game.  Gail, Naomi and Eunine were the winners here. Thank you Irma for our lovely prizes.

I am sorry I didn’t take pics of the beautiful display that Irma had taken such pride in. A job well done and lots of great card examples for everyone to be encouraged and inspired by.

We rounded it off with yummy food and a great cuppa after all our laughter and chatter to quench our parched throats.

Fixing the glueThis is a shot of Irma in class busy with the heat gun on some embossing.

These are the lovely cards we made under her excellent directions. They are actually all on white CS but the lighting has coloured them a bit.

Irma's launch

Congratulations Irma

Keep crafting Naomi

 

 

Finally the New Catalogue.

As a demonstrator, the month of May often seems very long as I contain my desires and excitement for the new Products from the Annual Catalogue.  Yes we get to have a play with some of them but not everything is available.

And play I have done. Some in preparation for Our Catalogue Launch with Irma Bradford, some for fun and some with my friend and upline Vicky Wright.

This is one of those created with Vicki who came up with the idea to use the Daisy punch for the skirt on this lady from the Beautiful You Stamp Set. 

The petals were punched from the Delightful Daisy DSP. Her Top was colored with Water Coloring pencils but her hat was cut from the DSP and adhered.

The base card is  – one of the new In colors, Tranquil Tide – a delightful soft grey green.

A sprinkling of Rhinstones and the New Glitter Enamel Dots helped to complete the top half of the card.

Again I used the same DSP and added a sentiment from Rose Wonder Stamp Set to complete the bottom.

Daisy Lady

The fold used is called a Dutch Door and is quiet popular at the moment as the top half – where we have our square –  can be any shape and attached to the base card but not all the way across.

Call back as I will add here  a link to a tutorial on Vicky Wrights Blog later.

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by.

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Enjoy!

Just had to have another play with the Watercolor Pencils.

Now I must admit that I have never really been able to get the hang of Stamp’ Write Markers, Blender pens or the Copics to my satisfaction. Mind you I know it’s practice, practice, practice which I confess I don’t do enough of.  (I am not knocking these and yes I do use the Write Markers and Blender Pens now and then).

BUT these little guys, Watercolour pencils,  are pure MAGIC…. a little scribble, a blend with the Aqua painter and you will find the artist in you emerging.

This time I used the Watercolor Paper – super absorbent- and the Birthday Blooms stamp Set. with a background in One Wild Ride.

I found the inspiration in the 2016 Annual Catalogue, just switched it around a bit.

I have even created a  Tutorial for you with a list of supplies and measurements. Just click and download the PDF.

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enjoy

Switch the colours around and lets see what you can make.

If you want to know more about Water Colouring go here.

Happy Stamping!

Naomi

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40th Celebrations

Hope you have all had a good Christmas and are enjoying the lull between now and the New Year. I am in crafting mode as all other work on hold. As promised to self I am busy sorting stamps so stay posted as there will be some bargains coming soon. And that’s not even a New Years Resolution!!

In between time I have been playing – serious play- with the new So in Love Bundle. It is from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue available for order  January 4th. (If you don’t have your copy yet and would like one just contact me)

I had an order for a 40th Birshiny-so-in-lovethday card and knew this delicate set would suit just perfectly.

My card base was  Whisper White, then a layer of Blushing Bride, followed by  Whisper White CS with a layer of Falling in Love DSP across the bottom two thirds. I then ran this through the Big Shot with the new Falling Petals Textured EF – mind you I think they look like hearts, not petals. The little hearts suited my card perfectly.

I cut the flowers from Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, with the So Detailed Thinlit Die making sure I had the glitter side down on my cutting plate with the die on the backing paper. This way the cut works best and I had no trouble with the detailed cutting.

There is a thick border section to the die that I placed on my join and covered with White  Organza ribbon.

Using the Larinside-sio-in-lovege Number Framelits I glued a Pretty In Pink CS one over a Whisper White CS One, setting just off center, to give a shadow effect then coloured them in Wink of Stella Clear.  These were popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, as was the retired sentiment.

To complete the front of the card card I added a tiny heart from the Owl Builder to the front of the bow.

Inside I again used the So Detailed Thinlit Die  as an embossing folder this time,(Technique Treats #11) .

To finish the card I highlighted the embossing with Wink of Stella,  added my verse and card complete.

Hope you enjoy it.  Just one of the may delights that are in the new catalogue. Stay tuned for more ideas coming soon.

Stay Safe Naomi.

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Wedding Bliss

I was asked to make a Wedding Card for a friend and with so many beautiful choices in the current catalogue my hardest task was deciding what to do.

I was eager to use the delightful Copper Foil Sheets  as I had been  a playing  with the Copper embossing powder and loved it. It makes such a refreshing change from the silver and gold.

Next I sought out the Botanical Builder framelits as I haven’t used them enough yet! Having fallen in love with all the Pinterest images for cards made from them I have been sadly remiss in using them enough myself.

Finally I chose the the perfect sentiment … Wedding Wishes… from Rose Wonder Stamp Set which was one of the other choices for the card. wedding-wishes

Having cut the flowers all out, it was just a quick assembly with some Stampin’ Dimensionals and Glue dots, adding the Copper Embossed sentiment and the insert  and card complete.

For what looks like a detailed card it was really quicker then some of the technique cards I make.

I just love the copper Sheets. Make sure that you punch your flowers from the base sheet that is behind the card front. No one sees behind the card and it saves a lot of foil!!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. Love the shine!

Swirly Baptism

We don’t have any Crafty Creations this week so I’m sharing a card I made a couple of weeks ago. A friend asked me to make a Baptism card for their young granddaughter, no longer a baby.christening

I did look at Pinterest for inspiration  and came across a similar item.

So I have taken the liberty to CASE her design with a couple of differences. I chose Pink Pirouette  and Whisper White as my main CS.

I used the Banner Framelits and placed over them some Vellum from Retired Sheer perfection Stack. 

The cross was from the retired Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio, Crosses of Hope.  Sad we don’t have it but I can still use all the images.

I embossed the circle with Happy Heart EF.  You  can see the Swirly Scribbles behind the flowers, such a versatile little thinlit. . My leaves are from the Retired Bird Punch and the flowers The Botanical Builder Framelits. 

Finished off with Wink of Stella on the cross and oval and Candy Dots in the heart of the flowers.

I did include her name across the bottom of the card but have left it out for privacy reasons.

Below you will find both the current and retired items.  They are included in the showcase in case you need to identify them for your own use, from your stash.  Sadly they are not able to be purchased from my store.

I was very happy with this card as were the parents and grandparents.

Enjoy, Naomi.

Crafty Creations Rubber Bands

Hi Crafters,

Just as well we had an easy but effective card on Friday. There was a good roll up with one lady passing bye and two along for the entertainment. That’s the group, always a joke or two or a comment or three to keep the gloomy days away. Certainly crafting is one way to dispel the “dreary me”, getting out with others and taking life with all it’s knocks with a grin.

Crafty creations Rubber bands

The background for the card was created by placing rubber bands, of varying width, around a block or handle. Once all stamps were rubber and mounted on wooden blocks, now we have acrylic, rubber and photopolymer all of which can be mounted on separate ‘blocks’.

. The flower is from Gift of Love and is one of the stamps you can purchase when you host a workshop.

To create the effect, mask off the left and right hand sides of your card front and leave a third of the card exposed in the middle. Stamp randomly in this space.

Rubber band tThe stamp set is a two step stamp but we chose to colour ours in with a variety of methods and a happy selection  of colours. This was popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and two little butterflys from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set

Stamp a greeting, add a bow and card all done.

Bye for now.

Take Care.

Alteration

Do you make a card and know that while it’s pretty it’s a bit lifeless?  This was one of those that I shared in May on a post on Inlaying DSP.

Yellow Rose

Sure it was OK but look what I have done to it now!!

We have been working on our Techniques Pages and this month we featured the  Bokeh Technique and Ghosting.

So I was delighted when I purchased the very pretty Serene Scenery DSP pack and found some sheets with the technique already thereAltered rose 2.

 

 

I gently removed the Rose and Sentiment. Gave the leafs and sentiment a bit of colour with the Aqua pen and some Old Olive, mounted the DSP on to an Old Olive Card Base and replaced the elements.  Voila a new more vibrant  card.

See how effectively this Technique can be used! You can make your own backgrounds now and look as professional as this image, or just purchase the DSP.

 

Have fun.