Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Shaker Card

With this shaker card I used a ready made shaker box. Just love those shaker cards. 

Follow Your Dreams

Another card using part of an old hand fan.The fan was cut into pieces. It was surprisingly easy to do as it is a light plastic and those Tim Holtz scissors are so good. I coloured the fan with a Kaiserfusion alcohol ink pen then added some gold paste. Then some ribbon and ribbon glowers, a little bit of bling and a computer generated sentiment that was coloured with distress ink.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Thinking of You

I found a beautiful hand fan at a charity shop. I took it apart so i could use each rib separately It was a cream fan so I coloured it with a purple Kaiserfusion alcohol ink pen. I then rubbed some gold paste to highlight the filigree design. The sentiment shape was cut out on my cricut with a rub on sentiment added. I used ribbon to make adhere it to the card.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Prima Card - Love

The background is texture paste through a mask with a little Ranger distress ink. I then fussy cut the flower and raised it up. I inked the Prima word with Ranger distress ink and put it over the flower.

Prima Card - Smile

I used another Prima wooden word, coloured with Ranger distress ink. I used Prima flowers with a brad in the centre. Two leaves and a buterfly to make an embellishment cluster. I used texture paste and a mask on the background with a little distress ink to give it an aged look.

Prima Card - Live

With this card I used a mask that was a free gift in a magazine. I used texture paste and Prima flowers and butterflys. I inked the Live with ranger distress ink and then gave it a sparkle with kindy glitz. I then mounted it on a page from an old book that was inked and distressed.

Butterfly Card.

The card I made with a free gift from SENZ. I loved the colour palette and it was nice to have it chosen for me already.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Male Cards

Male Cards

Last year I did easy card classes. Here is a small selection of the male cards I made for those classes.
The class was put together to show people that you can make simple but effective cards from the scraps that we have left over from other projects. You don't have to only start with 12 x 12 papers and sometimes the more simple cards are the most effective. You will notice that a lot of my cards don't have sentiments on them. I never put a sentiments on a card until I'm writing it to send. Otherwise I can guarantee I will have to either make a new card or remove a sentiment and replace it with one I want.

This card is using peel off scraps and a couple of stripes of paper.

This card is one I made in a class, designed by Jackie. Its using embossing folder and die cuts using sticky backed canvas.


This card uses twine, a couple of stars cut on the cricut. It would be ideal for a cinema gift card and you can pop a number (age) on one of the stars.

A wired edge piece of ribbon on a tooth pick to put your sentiments on.

A cute little stamp and some matching papers.

Ford papers and a car stamp, such an easy male card.

This card is again using twine, a button and a couple of matching papers. All it needs is a sentiment or a stamped image on the front.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Cards with dresses

In this post I'm going to show you some cards I made for the card class that I teach. These are all either wedding cards or dress cards. I usually get an idea and then the first thing I do is make a template. Then I think of what I can use for the skirt and how to make it look special. So I have used netting, flowers. embossing folders and even feathers. Using bling and shiny card always makes things look more special too.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Double Page Layouts

Here we have a selection of double page Layouts that are from my travel album.
This first one has bling, feathers, flowers and fussy cutting and yet looks quite simple and doesn't overwhelm the photographs.
In this LO I have mixed a family of Kaisercraft papers across the two pages. The photo's on the left page are real life whereas the photo's on the right are the same buildings made out of Lego!.

In this LO I have used Imaginese papers, I love the way they have sheen on them and the colours enhance the photos beautifully.

A little fussy cutting in this layout. The butterfly's were cut from the background paper and the photo's placed to hide the holes.

A very simple LO using just a couple of papers and a punched border.

This layout was inspired by the banners that are in vogue at the moment. I have used a Kaisercraft paper range and used some washi tape as embellishments.

This layout was bought from Nic Howard, It came as a kit and I have adjusted it slightly so that from one kit I got two double layouts instead of just the one. I gave my craft buddy the spare one, she may put it on here when its finished, No pressure Sue.

This next Lo is using spare Graphic 45 Papers that I had left over after doing a book on line from Jane Tragenza. The chipboard is Imaginarium.

This page is using My Minds Eye paper. I love the texture of it, The layout was inspired by one I found on the web but I have changed a few things as I didn't have exactly the same papers.

This next layout is using Carta Bella Papers and again I upscrapped the basic layout from the internet. There is nothing wrong with doing this, and don't worry if you don't have the same papers etc, I just imagine the layout as a black and white sketch and then us papers and embellishments that I have in my stash 

This layout is one from Sue. She gave me a day crafting in her craft room as my birthday present last year, all I had to take was my basic kit. I finally found some photos to add to it so here it is complete.

This next LO is one from Jackies for Scrapbooking, My local scrapbooking shop in Inglewood. It is also where I work part time. Jackie designed this layout last year and I have finally added some photos to it. Its using Kaisercraft papers.

Monday, 9 September 2013

holiday layouts

Today I'm going to show some of the layouts that I have been doing for my holiday scrapbook. The holiday was in Apr 2011 and my family went to England for 6 weeks, we spent time with family, friends and visited Rome, Copenhagen, London and Lisbon whilst we were on that side of the world.
As you can imagine I came back with far too many photos but I have managed to sort them out and scrapbooked nearly everything we got up to. Quite a task, hence here I am in Sept 2013, 3 scrapbooks nearly full and I still have a few pages to go. I should say I have done other things crafty too and have completed an 8 x 8 album for my sister also on our time spent together. As I have had so many pages to do, each layout is quite simple, as I said I'm already up to my 3rd scrapbook and I find that using too many bulky layouts, not only fill them up quicker but also the embellishments push into the others pages near them and can spoil them.

So here are some of my pages:-

This first one is a really easy LO, I fell in love with the paper as it reminds me of the tiles you see all over Portugal. I didn't want to cover too much of it up and so have just added the ribbon to embellish the page.

 Another example of a LO using just one page, this one I have cut along the flowers with a craft knife to insert the photo behind them a little. I've added a doily for a textured embellishment.
 This example is a double page that I did in my sisters 8 X 8 album. I created a frame and used double sided foam tape. then cut out embellishments from the rest of the paper.
 When organising pages I quite often print lots of photos, then put them in a zipped lock bags with relevant card and papers. This way I always have something ready to do when I go crafting either at weekend retreats or 12hr crop days. Quite often though I will find a piece of paper that I love but have nothing to match it with, so I have to put my thinking cap on and come up with a way to do a double page LO with one piece of paper and cardstock. This one I have used a punch to create a border using card stock and then used both sides of the paper.

 I used some plastic slices as templates for this next LO.

 Another layout using one piece of paper, I've used hessian that I'm spritzed with glimmer mist as my mounting and I fussy cut the butterfly's for embellishments.

For this next page I have used an EK punch for the side borders and raised them up in front of the blue card stripes to look like the wooden carving in the photo. 

This next LO has only one piece of paper but by using different cardstocks it looks more complicated. I used the photos of my family as the main focal point but added the other view photos to get as much information on one LO. 

Another paper that jumped out and shouted Portugal to me. I have used 2 pieces and cut them along the squares in the pattern, added darker card stock behind it to make it stand out more. The cuts off were then used to make the exact same layout but in 8 x 8.

This LO has come from a sketch given to me by Lyn Buxton. Lyn runs a craft retreat twice a year here in New Plymouth. The LO is very effective, using very little but scraps.

This next page is made using a Kaisercraft paper, I felt it fitted the theme of Tudor times for the Tower of London photos. The pattern on the left has been embellished using glossy accents and the I have just added the lace and the velvet ribbon and flower.

This next LO was done from one single piece of paper. I liked both sides but didn't have anything to match it, So I carefully cut out some flowers from one side, cut the strip to go down the left side and then covered any gaps using the flowers.


In this LO I have been careful not to cover too much of the pattern around the edges and have just added a few pieces of card and stickers.

This LO of my son is inspired by a layout that I saw at the Brisbane Craft show in 2012, the original was done by Cathy Cafun. In mine I have used washi tape and the title is the actual label from the paper.

I love this next layout. It has NO paper. I wanted to create a layout of the Palatino with the photos in the correct places so you can get a feel of what it would be like if you were stood in the middle.

This next layout has beautiful paper and so I didn't want to cover it up. I have just rotated one piece to give an illusion.

This LO is done using scraps left over from another LO.

Another double LO using 2 card stock and one piece of paper.

For this next LO I have used some vellum to cover up people in the photos that are not relevant. (Strangers not people I don't like!). The ride was at Alton Towers and my family met up with Sues (Blog partner) family for a day and night during our holidays. This was amazing because we were both in England on holiday at the same time. The ride is called 13 and in the brochure its depicted as scary, spooky and has brambles everywhere. I tried to give the page that feel by fussy cutting the leaves and intertwine with black twine.

This page is ultra simple, again I didn't want to cover the main feature of the paper up,

I have used Viva stone and a mask to make the spots on this next LO. The cardstock I have used is beach which has a fleck in it.

This next double LO started life as a single, the right hand page was done in a class with Lyn Buxton and then I have made a second page to match using the leftovers in the pack.

This LO was inspired by a card that I did at Lyn's craft retreat, below it I have put the card so you can see.

2 LO's using a single sheet.


A simple LO using a punched border as the embellishments.

Another example of a frugal LO.

This LO is the same as one earlier in this blog. I have just used 4 photos and used scraps to embellish.

A photo bought at Alton Towers, in the front you can see my son and husband but in the background the photo shows the whole carriage and Sue and her family are also on the ride.

A very simple LO that I have done with a torn piece along the bottom to give the feel of age.