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Friday, December 7, 2018

Just for You Step Card

Hello friends, thanks so much for stopping by.  Today I have a 'fancy fold' card to share with you -  very easy one but it always has an impact - you can keep it as simple as you want - or go all out - or anywhere in between!


The card base has been formed using a piece of card stock 30cm x 10cm.  Score at 10cm, 20cm, 23cm, 26cm and 28cm.  Score in Mountain and Valley folds as shown above - it is that easy - and you can get 3 of this style card from a 30cm x 30cm (12" x !2") sheet of card stock.


The image comes from some embossed card stock from my stash.  I have sponged over it using Imagine Memento Ink in Bamboo Leaves, using a Sponge Dauber.  Next I have added Angel Pink ink over the end of the petals, followed by some white dots and finishing with a large Want2Scrap Pink Pearl - Self Adhesive.  The image has been popped up onto a negative die from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Seth Apter Robo Square Etched Dies using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares.  This has in turn been adhered to Anna Griffin Inc. patterned paper measuring 9.75cm x 9.75cm, followed by a slightly larger piece of music sheet - finishing with adhering the layered image to the top of of  the largest portion of the card base.  The sentiment is from the Kaisercraft Simply Betty Collectibles and has been adhered using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares on the right end.


A row of flowers from the Penny Black Inc. Rose Edging clear stamp set has been coloured using Chameleon Pens, then fussy cut/Hand cut using scissors (so therapeutic at times) and popped under the layered image using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares.


The beautiful pink roses are also from the Kaisercraft Simply Betty Collectibles and have also been adhered using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares on the left end of the second step, along with a bird I have had in my stash for what seems like 'forever!'  The butterfly is from some patterned paper and only half of it was usable - but I am happy with the side on look achieved - some liquid glitter has been lightly added to the wings.  Want2Scrap 75 Count - Pink Pearls have been adhered to the top of the frame, along with lace and pink lace flowers along the front of the bottom step.


This card is linked to the following challenges:
Creative Moments - Always Anything Goes 
Aud Sentiments Challenge- Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Word Art Wednesdays Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes
CropStop Challenge - ANYTHING GOES - OPTIONAL TWIST CREATE A CHRISTMAS CARD WITH TRADITIONAL COLORS (RED & GREEN) 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - B IS FOR? (Bird)
The Paper Girls - DIE-CUTS 
Cardz 4 Galz - Flutterby 
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Always Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Washi Tape
Crafter's Cafe - Use Lace and/or Christmas

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
    {{{hugs}}} and happy crafting

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Little Birdie Crafts - LOVE

Hello friends, thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I have a card to share with you using Little Birdie Crafts stamps, stencils and chipboard and Spellbinders Dies - a great combination - and I have to add - so quick and easy!


The card base has been cut/embossed using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Art Deco Fairmont Labels Etched Dies and the  Platinum 6 Die cutting and Embossing Machine.


The card front has been sponged using the Little Birdie Crafts Stencil - Dots 10cm x 18cm and Imagine Memento Ink in Summer Sky.  The Clear Stamps - Floral Greetings has been stamped using Imagine Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured using Chameleon Pens.  Next it has been fussy cut/hand cut using scissors and popped up onto the lower portion of the card front using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam squares.


The Little Birdie Crafts chipboard sentiment has been given a coat of opaque white paint - sing a paint pen and glued onto the top of the card front.  Nice and easy, I chose a large sentiment as a statement but it also brings a balance o the floral image.

This card is linked to the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Always Anything Goes 
Creative Moments - Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - ANYTHING GOES 
Whoopsi Daisy - Anything Goes (opt snow)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - B IS FOR? Blooms
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Create Your Own Background

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
    {{{hugs}}} and happy crafting

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Dangling Ornaments

Hello friends, thanks so much for stopping by.  I am sharing a card using  Spellbinders Dangling Ornaments Stamps Zenspired Holidays by Joanne Fink The sentiment is as beautiful as the angel and definitely makes a very elegant card.


'Zenspired Holidays Collection by Joanne Fink brings her signature creative drawing techniques into the holiday spirit. For fans of Zenspirations, it is an inspiring to a fun-loving array of designs' - Spellbinders


Stamp the three ornaments from the Dangling Ornaments Stamps Zenspired Holidays by Joanne Fink onto white card stock using black ink and then fussy cut/hand cut using scissors.  Next colour using Chameleon Pens. 


The card front has been stamped using the Penny Black Inc. Christmas Story cling stamp and Imagine Delicata Ink in Shimmering silver.  The lower edge of the card front has been cut/embossed using the Spellbinder Bracket Border Dies, both the cutting edge and the patterned Insert.  Place along he lower edge of the card and hold on place using low tack tape - run through the  Platinum 6 Die cutting and Embossing Machine.  Adhere a strip of gold card stock behind the die cut border and pop onto a slightly larger pre-cut red card base using  Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares.


Stamp three decorative chains at varying lengths onto the card front using Imagine Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.  Adhere the Dangling Ornaments using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner Ultra.  Add any extra details to the ornaments using Gold and Silver Gel Pens.  Adhere Red Sequins to the card front, along with a few red starts.


This card is linked to the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes 
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Crazy Egg/Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle Anything Goes with option: Christmas Ornament
Crafty Calendar It's Christmas Time
Love To Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Anything Christmas Goes - optional theme: Use a Sticker (or Stickers)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes + optional: Winter or Christmas
QKR Stampede - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafting By Designs - Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday  - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Jo's Stamp Shack - Anything Goes

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
    {{{hugs}}} and happy crafting

Monday, December 3, 2018

Spellbinders Sunflowers Tutorial

Hello friends, thanks so much for stopping by.  I have a tutorial for Spellbinders to share with you, using the one of the new Spellbinders Great ,Big, Wonderful New World by Sharyn Sowell.  I have used the Die D-Lites Love & Flowers Etched Dies Great, Big, Wonderful World by Sharyn Sowell  - such a delightful die with such beautiful details.


'Die D-Lites Love & Flowers Etched Dies Great, Big, Wonderful World Collection by Sharyn Sowell is a sweet silhouette of a girl and boy holding a sunflower in the center.  Great, Big, Wonderful World Collection by Sharyn Sowell reflects everyday moments and nature through her amazing hand cut silhouette motifs. With a bit of whimsy mixed in, these designs just make you smile!' - Spellbinders

1. Cut/emboss one Love and Flowers die using white card sock and the Platinum Machine.
2. Lightly sponge the sunflower using yellow ink and the foliage using green ink.
3. Add a strip of brown card stock across the back of the sunflower centre.

4.Cut/emboss the light patterned paper using the second largest die cut from the Fancy Edged Rectangles Etched Dies.
5. Lightly sand the embossed edges using a sanding block.
6. Pop up the Love & Flowers Etched Dies onto the sanded rectangle using 3D Foam Squares.
7. Cut/emboss the card front using patterned paper using the outer frame from the Card Creator Floral Panel Card Etched Dies.
8. Pop up the layered dies onto a slightly larger terracotta pre-cut card base using 3D Foam Squares.
9. Adhere a computer generated sentiment across the sunflower stems using double sided tape.
10. Glue a narrow double bow onto the lower left hand corner of the card front.

Spellbinders Products:
    Other: Terracotta and white card stock; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: E-Z Adhesive Runner, 3D Foam Squares; liquid glue; Imagine: Memento Ink in Dandelion and Bamboo Leaves; Sanding Block, computer generated sentiment; narrow yellow ribbon, Kaisercraft: patterned paper.

    Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

      {{{hugs}}} and happy crafting

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Teacups Scallops and Roses

Hello friends, thanks so much for stopping by and happy Saturday!!  I have another card to share with you using the one of the new Spellbinders Cuppa Coffee Cuppa Tea Collection by Sharyn Sowell I have used the Shapeabilities Tea Pots Etched Dies Cuppa Coffee, Cuppa Tea Collection by Sharyn Sowell - so adorable don't you think?!  You can find the first card HERE.


'Shapeabilities Tea Pots Etched Dies Cuppa Coffee, Cuppa Tea Collection by Sharyn Sowell is a set of four dies that includes four different intricate tea pot designs.  Cuppa Coffee, Cuppa Tea Collection by Sharyn Sowell creates fun motifs from our favorite drinks that warms the heart and adds a little whimsy. Perk up some one's day with a creation made from this collection.' - Spellbinders


The Teapot has been run through the Platinum Die Cutting Machine using white card stock.  The die has been used as a stencil, sponging the exposed areas using Imagine Memento Ink in Teal Zeal.  The flowers on the teapot have been sponged using Imagine Memento Luxe ink in Rose Bud and a sponge dauber leaving the main part of the teapot white.  This has been popped up onto layered Shapeabilities Seth Apter Robo Square Etched Dies using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares.


The sentiment has been stamped onto white card stock using Imagine Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and cut/embossed using the tag from the Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Elegance Becca Feeken Giving Occasions Stamp and Die Set.  The die has been used as a stencil, sponging the exposed areas using Imagine Memento Luxe Ink in Rose Bud and a sponge dauber. This has been popped up under the teapot using using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares.


A strip of teal card stock has been adhered 2cm above the Kaisercraft patterned card front, followed by pink floral lace and a strip of beautiful scalloped card stock from my stash added below.  Pop up the layered teapot onto the top portion of the card front.  Glue a flower to the left of  the sentiment.  Pop up the layered card front onto a slightly larger white pre-cut card base using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares.

This card is linked to the following challenges:
Creative Moments - Always Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Use Craft Leftovers
Digi Chooseday Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes/Optional Girly
Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes 
The House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Time out Challenge - Black, White and one other colour

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
    {{{hugs}}} and happy crafting

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Paper Bag Album - Destination Phoenix USA

Hello friends,  thanks so much for stopping by.  A little warning that this is a lengthy Post - I am sharing a whole album here, rather than over two posts! I don't know about you but I always seem to be working on so many things at once and it is always such a great feeling when you manage to complete one - especially when it is something I have wanted to do for a few years.  A Paper Bag Album of my trips to Phoenix for Spellbinders as one of their Designers/International Ambassadors.  I have been very blessed and feel it is important to have these memories recorded - it has been so much a part of what I do and who I am creatively - and I am so grateful - I hope you enjoy reminiscing with me.


I used soft colours for the Album - I believe they were Melissa Frances along with bits and pieces from my stash,these have been attached using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner Ultra, to make use they don't lift.  I have also used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Victorian Medallion One Etched Dies as the centre piece and added some metal embellishments around it - I love the look that has been achieved. 


The flower is from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Laced Flowers Etched Dies Special Moments Collection by Marisa Job and has been sponged using Imagine Memento Ink in Teal Zeal and glued to the centre of the die cut. The sentiment has been trimmed from one of the photos and layered into slightly larger teal card stock and then glued to either side of the flower.

As you can see from the photos above , layers and embellishments, along with tags in the top pockets certainly add to the 'bulk' of the Paper Bag Album - and I love that - so many beautiful things hidden within!


I have die cut photos and lightly sanded the edges - a favourite technique with the Spellbinders Dies. I have tried to keep the photos in chronological order.  I have also added pockets on three of the pages and placed more photos, tickets etc from my trip that I hope to add to tags, but if I don't, they are still part of the album and add to the general look (and bulk).


I have used chipboard embellishments from varying companies, including Quick Quotes Scrapbooking Company, Cosmo Cricket and Kaisercraft...some of thee have been in my stash for longer than I like to say wink:wink!  I have also added flowers from Little Birdie Crafts, some cut from patterned lace and hand made embellishments.  The lace is from a bag of vintage lace I purchased - the bag ended up being three bags with some gorgeous vintage lace among it - one happy designer here!!

The above photos were taken in Los Angeles - we had a 14 hours layover and one of the local designers, Teresa Horner took us on a guided tour around the amazing sites of LA - including homes of the rich and famous - yes we got to see the back of their houses and their rubbish bins LOL!  We did many of the tourist sites, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Pizza on Venice Beach.  We even got to walk the red carpet and were offered to be 'sneaked in' to watch the Premier of the 'Hungerford Games 3' as exciting as that would have been - we had to get back to the airport to catch our flight to Phoenix.


Again I have used Spellbinders Dies to cut the photos and added embellishments from Little Birdie Crafts - how perfect are those Cacti.  The above photos are taken with Designers Judy Hayes, Christine Emberson (my roomie), Karen East Haas and Christy Farneth-kerr.  Karen was the receptionist and Customer Service at Spellbinders and it was a pleasure to meet her - as we all know it is not always the obvious people who keep the company running - and I will say no more on that! LOL!  Christy and her family had re-located to Phoenix to support Stacey and her business - I just might happened to mention - I got lost in the desert with Christy - one main road across the whole thing and we made a wring turn - we may or may not have been talking and not concentrating!  Ursula from Germany was in the back and asked 'do you think we will be back in time for breakfast tomorrow' LOL!  It was hilarious!


The next photos are embellished using vintage lace, Little Birdie Crafts Flowers, Kaisercraft Collectibles and sticker sentiments. I have also used stamps and patterned paper.  The first photo is of Cindy Farneth Alexander - who quickly and affectionately became known as 'Mrs Fix-It' to me.  After chasing lost luggage for three days- all it took was one phone call from Cindy to have it turn up right to my hotel room at 4m in the morning....and then there is Yana Smakula- it was wonderful to meet Yana and get to spend some time with her - I love this photo - captures this talented and somewhat sassy Ukrainian Designer perfectly.  Another pocket holds my Star Bucks memorabilia - John Creighton Peterson would have a Star Bucks coffee waiting for me in the dining room in the morning - love that man!!


Then there was the trip to Sedona - a beautiful surprise from Stacey for her 'girls' and it was amazing - from the minute we left the hotel til we got back - we were treated to beauty of every sort.  Sedona itself is amazing - we all loved the fountain area and the Mexican tiles - everyone got photos - these ones are of Tina McDonald and myself - what a gorgeous lady she is - and so funny.  We were treated to lunch at the very bottom of Sedona - the view was amazing - how could it be anything but!!  I am proud to say I had 'grits and scampi' for lunch - had to have something I don't get at home - loved the grits...it is hard to pick the best moment of the day between the people, the food, the place....a tough job but someone has to do it! LOL!

The final pages have a number of hidden pockets - the first being under the photo, which I popped up on three sides using Foam Tape, leaving the left as the pocket opening - the perfect place to hold more photos - as you can see in the top right hand photo.  The last pocket holds more photos - one of my favourite moments - when Stacey taught a Workshop with the Designers - it was the most inspiring moment for me - so much inspiration and passion - it is life changing.

I am so grateful for the opportunities I have been given and and even happier that I have finally managed to get them documented.  I am sure I will add more bits and pieces to this album but the majority of it is completed - I hope you enjoyed the process.  Now to start on the Australian Mixed Media Roadshow Album.....


This project has been linked to the following challenges:
House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs  -  Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Use Craft Leftovers
Die Cuttin' Divas - must include a Die-cut - Tags
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread  - Always Anything Goes 
Sisterhood of Crafters 2nd/4th Wed, 3E - Use Stitched Dies  (on photos)
Unicorn Challenge - Use a Sentiment
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes/Optional Girly
Artistic Inspirations - ANYTHING GOES
Word Art Wednesdays Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges ANYTHING BUT A CARD
Always Fun Challenges - ANYTHING GOES
The Corrosive Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Allsorts - Inspired by a Song (Leaving on a Jet Plane)
A Vintage Journey PAPER STASH

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
    {{{hugs}}} and happy crafting