Monday, 25 March 2013

Secret Garden Collection


Just a quick share today,

I am in love with anything Graphic 45 (but really who isn't?) 
And the new Secret Garden Collection is no exception. 



 So here is a couple of cards I created using the May Flowers and Springtime 12 x 12 pages.

I love this image - didn't want to add too much to it as its so lovely

Lovely little saying and thought the image suited it perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by for a look.



Sunday, 24 March 2013

D.I.Y - Texture Paste

Hope everyone is having a great weekend,

Wanted to have a play with some texture paste this weekend but, after seeing the price of it in the shops I decided maybe not.  Until I came across a couple of youtube videos of how to make your own.  I am sorry I can not remember which one this is from, but they are all very similar.

You will need:


* Acrylic paint (I used white)
* Baby powder 

* Liquid Glue
* Empty Jar + lid
* Ice-block stick (for mixing)

(I don't think the brands you use matter, I had what was in the house already)


In the jar mix together 1 part paint, plus 1 part baby powder mix until just combined. Add in 1/2 part Liquid Glue and mix well (about 1 minute).

This made a slightly runnier consistency but spread really well over a stencil, if you want a thicker mixture (maybe for adding texture to a canvas - not with a stencil) you can add in more baby powder - 1 part paint, 1 - 1/2 parts powder and 1/2 part glue.

Here is a picture of what it looks like in the jar.





This is a sample using the paste with a circle stencil


I am also experimenting with adding colours, glitter and shimmer to the paste - I will post some more photos later when I have had a bit more of a play.










Sunday, 17 March 2013

Easter

Good evening,

With Easter creeping up on me far to quickly I think it's time to start on some cards and I have a cute little card to share tonight, using an image from La La Land Crafts - Easter Bunny Luka.





Created with:
Cardstock & Paper:
Stampin’ Up! – Elegant Eggplant card stock
Creativ – Mini Stack’s 6x6” papers
 Xpress-it white paper
Tools:
Copic Markers: B24, B23, B21, R32, V17, G02, Y11, E77, E74, E71, E53, E51 & E50
Accessories:
Stampin’ Up! – Basic Jewels /Rhinestone
3D Border Sticker - Easter
Stamp:
LaLa Land Craft – Easter Bunny Luka

I have entered this card into:

Mad For Markers March Challenge - EASTER

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Up and Running

Good morning,

We have finally come out of our wet weather with 2 days without rain woohoo! and ...

The blog is finally updated with all the new pages and information.  (there are still a few more adjustments to make - but they are a little way off yet).

I am sharing a Easter layout I created last night using some of the new goodies I received last week. This fits perfectly with the challenge over at Scrapbook Boutique




I got one of the Easy Sew tools last week and decided to have a play with it on this project - think it  gave the page a little extra something.  The Echo Park Theme Kit come with a 6 x 12" sticker pack as well - so I mounted these onto chipboard and cut them out to give some extra dimension.

Created with:
Cardstock & Paper:
Echo Park – Happy Easter Mini Theme Kit
Stampin’ Up! – Rich Razzleberry  & Pool Party Cardstock
12 12 Plain chip board
Tools:
Sew Easy tool and wheel punch (Random)
Green and yellow embroidery floss
Craft Knife
Accessories:
Stampin’ Up! Bakers Twine (red)
Brads (Subtle colours)
Adhesives

I have entered this card into the following challenges:


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Surprise ONE

Ok, so I mentioned this morning that I was planning a bit of a surprise for the blog in the next few weeks.  Well it's taking a great leap forward today.  I got my first delivery of products yesterday (doing my happy dance) I didn't think I would get them until the end of the week or next week, but they are here and I'm ready to share.

I am in the process of setting up an online shopping cart to integrate into the blog or as an external website.  BUT in the meantime I have got a store of handcrafted items at Madeit.com.au and crafting supplies at craftumi.com.au  Brands include Prima marketing, Websters Pages, and Graphic 45 to name a few.  So stop by I'm sure you'll find a bargain!

As you can see the blog is starting to look a little different and some of the pages are unavailable at the present time while I update everything.  It should be up at running to full capacity by next week!

Have a crafty day

Monday, 11 March 2013

One Fine Day


I think we finally have our first day this month with no rain.  It's 7am here now and the sun is out and shining brightly, so fingers crossed the rest of the day will stay that way!

I have been a bit absent from the blog in the last week, with lots of things on and a teething toddler unfortunately blogging had to take a back seat - still managed to get in a bit of crafting time here and there so I will have some new projects to share with you over the next few days.

A reminder that I am still holding classes every week here in Brisbane (North side).  Classes vary each week from cards, scrap-booking to technique and everything in-between.  If you would like to come along, hop over to my calender page and check out whats on. (It will be updated with April's class schedule by the end of the week).  If you have a group of friends that want to get together  for a class/workshop or would like a one on one lesson I am more than happy to accommodate your requirements.   

I have a big surprise to be launched next week, details to come, so keep and eye out on the blog for more information. There may even be some giveaways!

That's about all for now, I will leave you with a couple of new card creations.

French inspired masculine card


New Baby Girl Card

Monday, 4 March 2013

Spotlight On...


MOD PODGE


Firstly I know i'm a little behind the times in discovering this fabulous product, but now I love it and can't imagine my crafting life without it.  I now find myself saying "I could have used this for that project I did a year ago, grr" ah well I have it now and it's staying!

Mod Podge is a very versatile product, so many uses including;


A glue -  use it on like any other glue and it dries clear, perfect for those of use with a heavy hand.
A sealer - you can brush it on to a finished project to seal it from moisture, I find this most helpful here is summer when its super humid and you can't escape the moisture.
A finish - Mod Podge comes in 2 different finishes matte and gloss, a great finish to your project.

Mod Podge is available is many varieties including formulas specific for; paper and fabric, as well as a glitter, satin and shimmer finishes, so there is a project for every occasion.

You can check out the the Plaid website for more information.

Formula Guide:


Here are a couple of example of use:


Matte       

Gloss        

Side by side


If you are a business that would like me to review one of your products please contact me  for more information or if you have an idea for a product I should review please comment below.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Little Darlings Card - Step by step

Hi everyone,

Another wet week here again, which of course means more time for crafting YAY!




Today I have a step by step tutorial for you of how I made these New Baby Cards, using Graphic 45's Little Darlings paper.  

Materials you will need: (to make 1 of each card)
Graphic 45 - 
Little Darlings set:1 sheet 12 x 12 "New Arrival" (#4500448)
                          1 sheet 12 x 12 "Baby Borders" (#4500453)
                          1 sheet 12 x 12 "Rock-a-Bye" (#4500447)
Stampin' Up! - 
3 x A4 sheets of Crumb Cake Card-stock
                    - Crumb Cake ink pad 
Twiddleybitz - 3 x square card bases 13 x 13 cm - Cream (or make your own)
3 x 13 cm lengths of ruffled ribbon (1 x pink & 2 x blue)

Tools needed:
Hot glue gun
Tape runner, glue or your favourite adhesive
Bone folder
Paper trimmer or equivalent 
Mcgill circle hand punch 3mm (optional)

Step 1.
Cut out all your design pieces in the following sizes: (quantities are for 1 card only if you are going to make all 3 cards you will need to cut 3 of each) 


Paper
Size (in cm)

New Arrival
- 7.5 x 10.8 (use reverse side)

- 1 large picture  8.4 x 7.6

- 1 small stamp 3.8 x 2.8
Baby Borders
- Little Darlings tag 7.3 x 1.9

- Blue Baby Border 10.8 x 2.5
Rock-a-Bye
12.2 x 12.2 cm

Step 2:
Cut out all your card stock pieces

Paper
Size (in cm)
Crumb 
(1)12.6 x 12.6    
Cake 
(2)11 x 7.7      

(3)13 x 2.7      

(4)8.2 x 7.4       

(5)4 x 3            

(6)7.5 x 2.1

I numbered all of the pieces so I knew what order to place them on the card.
I used the following template to make the most of my card stock:


Step 3:
Ink up all the edges of your cut pieces with crumb cake ink pad. I just ran the side of the paper over the ink pad it's self. At this stage you can use the hand punch to punch the edges of your small stamp piece.

Step 4:
Attach all of your Graphic 45 pieces to your card stock

First piece:

 You should end up with all of these:

Step 5:Layering all the pieces onto the card.

a) Start with number 1 (large spotted piece) straight onto the card front:


b) Add the blue patterned piece - place approximately 1 cm down from the top and 1 cm in from the left.

c) Glue down the ribbon using the hot glue placed about 4 cm down from the top of the card.


d) Add the blue baby banner


e) Place the large image approximately 2 cm from the edge a overlapping the banner.

f) Add in the postage stamp image to the bottom corner of the large image on a slight angle.

 g) Lastly add the Little Darlings sentiment to the bottom right corner of the card.



You should now have completed 1 card - follow the steps again to create the others.

Here are a couple of close ups




Hope you all enjoyed my first step by step tutorial, please leave a comment to let me know how I went, Thank you.