Thursday, October 26, 2017

What would Kelly make inspired card

This week on the blog over at Simon Says Stamp they have a link-up for cards inspired by Kelly's 'what would Kelly make' series.  (The link-up is here) Kelly's cards this week had lovely bright, almost painted backgrounds. I was inspired by the coloured, artistic backgrounds on Kelly's cards. So I set to work using the supplies that I have on hand.

First up, I tried a new technique on this card - one from Jennifer McGuire I think. I inked stripes of distress inks (minis) on an acrylic black, spritzed it with water then laid it on my card front like a stamp.  I wasn't that happy with how it turned out. I did have a few extra tries but they turned out worse than this one 😂. Once it dried, I heat embossed the lovely sentiment (Hero Arts). To try and improve the overall look, I misted the card front with a lovely teal Prima spray. Then I inked the edges of the card base before adding the card front to try to blend the whole look together. Here's my card:

The link for this challenge is here.
I am also entering this card for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamp: Hero Arts
Inks: Ranger Distress Ink, Ranger Embossing ink
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts
Colour Spray: Prima
Card: unknown

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Altenew Sketch Challenge #AltenewSketch

It's another 'Not A Card' day on the blog again. I've been working on getting photos scrapped and documented instead of card making this week. Loving slaying my stash of photos!

Altenew had a Crafting Friends blog hop yesterday. While I was on their site, I checked out the Scrapbooking blog and discovered a sketch challenge. The details are here

Here's the sketch they have as their challenge:

They encourage you to use either elements of the sketch or the whole sketch as your inspiration. I liked the sketch, particularly the use of three photos. My photos of course were the opposite orientation! So I used 3x4" prints and cut a 4x6" down to suit. I also liked the blue/teal colours in the background paper on the sketch example.

This year I have been lucky to win a couple of store credits from Altenew and I was able to get: Marker Set A, Golden Peach Embossing Powder and Painted Inspiration stamp set. Because it is an Altenew challenge, I need to respect the rules and use mostly Altenew products. Boy, this gave me a good challenge given my limited Altenew supplies! Without much further ado, here's my layout:

I started by stamping and heat embossing on vellum with the only Altenew stamps and embossing powder I own and the layout came together after that. I added journaling lines with the peach Altenew marker (R302)  and decorative lines/arrows with the black Altenew marker (S). I also coloured clear bling with the peach marker to help them blend into the layout. You can do a lot with limited supplies. Here's a close up of the embossing and the faint journal lines:

I'm pleased to have three photos scrapped. Thanks Altenew for the challenge #AltenewSketch

Altenew Materials:
Altenew: Painted Inspiration Stamp Set , Golden Peach Embossing Powder, Markers S & R302

Other Materials:
Cardstock: DCWV
Patterned Paper: K&Co
Sparklets: Kaisercraft
Perfect Pearls: Ranger
Decorative Pearls & Blue dots: Retail Girl
Punch: Martha Stewart
Unknown: vellum, decorative bling I coloured

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Another Not A Card

It's a week of non card crafting!  I've been using Memory Planners as my way of capturing a year for a few years now. I still consider myself a #plannernerd. Before I discovered memory planning, I used to do a double page layout using index photos from a year. I also employed a different way of journaling each year - I liked hidden journaling and getting even more pictures on the layout.

This year I am using a Heidi Swapp personal size memory planner (gold stripes). The smaller size has been good for me with the changes in my life this year, and its been much more do-able. (I might change it up for next year though). Each month has an undated, month-at-a-glance double page spread and each month I think of a new theme to document. The theme I chose for October is: what I am reading. (Other themes I had in previous months were: gratitude, what I ate, where I went). One of the reasons I chose this theme is that I have been trying to get into the habit of reading a bible chapter a day (plus footnotes). I'd like to see a record of what I read and when I failed in my plan.

For the layout I pulled out an older packet of ephemera from October Afternoon which had a library/ reading theme.  The diecuts I chose determined the colours for all of October. A package of new inks arrived so I just had to use some of the distress oxides from the second release: lucky clover, antique linen, candied apple, peacock feathers and salty ocean.

Here's my layout:

Because I was traveling on the first and needed to rest when I got home there is no bible reading mentioned for the first two days of October. The other gap was when I went out for the afternoon and ended up staying out until late! Mental note: read in the morning!

I am entering this monthly planner layout over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Not A Card

Ephemera: October Afternoon
Stamps: Kelly Stamps, Studio L2E, Prima
Pens, Sakura, Kikki-K, Ranger
Sticker: Studio Calico

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

World Card Making Day - A Scrapbook Layout

For World Card Making Day (WCMD) on Saturday, I ended up finishing a scrapbook layout on my desk!  I'm so happy to have finally finished it though, which means more to me than whipping up a card on a designated day. I choose scrapbooking over cardmaking any day!

This layout was based on a layout from the DCWV blog (Sept 15,2017).  I don't usually scraplift but I did like the look of this particular layout.  I was also inspired to use some old Hambly Screen Prints after following an online thread about them.  The thread made me realise that I too was a hoarder of printed transparencies and that I was not alone!  This inspired me to pull them out and use one.

Luckily, this week's challenge on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Not a Card Perfect!

As well as in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge mentioned above, I am entering this layout in the Simon Says Stamp Linkup for WCMD projects (I'm hoping that my project being a scrapbooking layout doesn't disqualify me!). The link for this is here

Most of the items are from WRMK  (leftover from my CAD 2015 class with Vicki Bouton)
Cardstock: Bazill
Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints
Floral Trim: Retailgirl
Ink: Ranger
Permanent Marker: Sharpie (for journaling not shown in picture)
Number Stickers: Kiki-K (free gift with purchase ❤️)
Epoxy Circle: Studio112
Other: vellum scrap, metal trim (supplies for a fascinator that I made for a wedding)
Note: Ranger Perfect Pearls were added to an area after photographing)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Anything Goes for Father's Day

Tomorrow is Father's Day here in New Zealand. Of course I made my dad a handmade card!

Here's the inside:

While I don't love this card, I am happy that I got to use some older supplies and some items from prizes that I received. Whenever I get something new, I try to use it on a project straight away. No more unused products in my stash for me!

The weekly challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes so I am entering this card in their challenge.

Card Base: Hero Arts
Stamps: Pink & Main (inside) and Heidi Swapp (back ground)
Tags: Bella Blvd
Acetate: Glitz
Base layer: Rosie's Studio
Embossing Ink & Powder: Ranger and Zing
Markers: Tim Holtz
Other: Twine, Chipboard Embellishment

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More Monkeying Around

The monkey stamp and die set I won from May Flaum is being put to good use! I needed to make a birthday card for a young girl which just so happened to match two challenges at Simon Says Stamp! The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Happy Birthday and the latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is For A Child . Brilliant timing!

Because I ended up embossing the Hero Arts sentiment on the front of my card I can also enter this card at the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.  Their challenge for August is Embossing With Wow .

Here's my birthday card for a child with embossed sentiment:

I made it so that the little monkey can swing around:

Of course I didn't just stop with the front of the card, I decorated the inside too:

This card is just so cute! (Even if I do say so myself!)

Card, Cardstock and Tag: Hero Arts, Stampin' Up!, Ranger
Monkey Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawn
Birthday Stamps: Hero Arts
Inks: Ranger, Versamark
Markers: Tim Holtz, Zig
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Embossing Powder: American Crafts/Zing
Metallic Rub-ons: Craf-T Products
Stapler and Staples: Tim Holtz
Other: Vellum (scrap), Ribbon (from a present)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Monkeying Around

Yesterday, my prize from Scrap Camp offered by @craftwithmay arrived. I won the stamp set and dies that May used on her tag - the stamp and dies are a collaboration between Lawn Fawn and Ellen Hutson.  They are rather cute! May also sent me a few Ranger tags and some of her 28 Lilac Lane sequin mix. I was so pleased to receive the sequin mix as I haven't found a local supplier yet.

I couldn't wait to play with the items and they went straight in to my Memory Planner for August:

It wasn't until I was watermarking the photo that I noticed I glued my monkey in the space for August 31st! Oh dear!

Another monkey was stamped, cut and coloured for the opening of the first weekly spread in August.

There are another couple of monkeys stamped and die cut ready for colouring and using elsewhere in the month.

Thank you, May, you can be assured these will be put to regular use.

You can find May's blog here