Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday to a very dear Friend

My first time making a pop up slider card.  Again, a surprisingly easy interactive card and worth a go.  I am sure I will do more of these over time.  I used Beate Johns's tutorial here.  I was lucky enough that another wonderful friend Ruth let me have a play with her new Stampin Up Succulents framelits, she even had all the right colour inks there for me.  So spent a night of inking up all the petals and I really like the effect.  

I found some Kaiser Craft paper in my stash that I think teamed well with the front of the card for the tag.

The only thing that bothered me with the succulents was finishing off the centre.  One succulent I have a glossy dot the other is a screwed up piece of matching card stock.

Thanks for passing on by. :-)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Craftmad Finish A Card Swap

Hi everyone, hope life is treating you all well.  'Tis good this end, as you may have noticed from my lack of posts and visiting I am back at work.  Busy but fun, interesting.  We finally have a wet season, missed out last year, so dealing with all the side effects from that.  Grass and weeds that grow overnight.  Worms that seek refuge on our verandah and get stuck there, I mean hundreds, it just makes me wonder how many are actually wiggling around in the ground.  Our dog snacks on them every time he is outside.

Now on to the card.  We have started a new swap over at Craftmad.  One of the ladies had a number of unfinished cards which she has sent out to us and we are finishing them off.  The card above is what I received. Pinterest album here for Craftmad Finish a Card Swap.

I added a Blue Edge die cut owl which is layered. Finished with my wonderful new label die Craft Concepts - Harry.  Sentiment computer generated. 

The worms and our dog showing how's yummy he finds them.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Did you know………Pinterest?

I discovered yesterday that when I have been pinning my cards to my Pinterest albums they just link to the entire blog.  So when a person clicks on the link in Pinterest they are sent to my blog and then have to scroll to find the card.  If the everyone is like me, I can't be bothered and will go back to Pinterest to find a similar card with a direct link to the card.

What I have been doing is the day the my card is posted I hover on the card until the Pinterest save button comes up and save it via that.  Purple arrow.

What I should be doing and will be doing from now on is actually clicking on the post title (pink arrow) so that post is all I see on my screen then click on the Pinterest save button as then it saves to that post only.

I am now going through my boards and seeing where the link takes me if it is just to my blog I find the post I want and right click on the post title (pink arrow) and copy link then go back to my Pinterest board and edit the website on the saved card with the copied link.  

With any changes I do to Pinterest I find that I have to log off the internet and then when I go back online and visit Pinterest the changes are done.

Hope this helps someone else. Have a good day.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Craftmad December 2016 Sketch Challenge

This is me catching up on the Craftmad sketch challenges for 2016.  I have decided to work backwards.  This sketch was for December.

My take on the sketch, I ended up turning the topper sideways as it was to large for the card the other way round.  I plan on giving this to a male friend for his birthday, so that is where the colour combo came from.  I found the die cut stars/flowers in my stash and went from there finding papers to add to it.  The panel behind the stars is a piece of copper coloured embossed foil.  The background paper is Graphic 45.  Finished with the lovely glossy gel dots.  Not sure if I will add a sentiment or not, I will wait till the day I mail it.

Take care and hope it is a terrific day for you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crafted January Card Sketch Challenge

I think I have six months of 2016 Craftmad sketch challenges to catch up on but I will get there.  Hoping to keep on track during 2017, so here is the Craftmad January sketch challenge. (Pinterest Board here to see everyone else's take on the sketch)

This is what I came up with.  The patterned paper came from a magazine giveaway years ago, the embossed flap and die cut banner from an earlier Craftmad swap.  I used my die cut for the Happy Birthday and attached this lovely flower bling which I bought with my birthday money two years ago.  I do find that using sketches gets me digging deep into my stash which I just love.

Thanks for dropping on by.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thank You

I made a couple of Thank You cards recently.  I wanted to keep them simple so used the Hydrangea stamp from Stampin Up Both Way Blossoms.  A little layering and Thank You stamp finished with some glossy spots.

Thank you for visiting. :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Craftmad January Card Swap - Theme - Trees

Love it when I finish a swap during the month it is on and not on the final days. :-)  This month over at Craftmad (Facebook page here) we are swapping two cards with the theme of Trees.  At first I thought this would be tricky but I had fun creating both cards.  I tore out a page from one of the kids school dictionaries, not just any page but the one that describes a tree.  Midway on the left.  I then hand cut shapes to form a tree and machine stitched them to the card front.  Finished with a simple 'Just to Say' sticker sentiment (Sticker Store), I figure the recipient can choose the occasion by what is written on the inside.  

For my second Tree card I used this fun digital stamp from PixieARTish - Catastictorments.  I have had this image a long time, actually since 2010 and when I googled I could not find a link for the owner so if you know where they are could you please share a link.  I coloured the image with my Copics which was hard to start with as everything is normally brown, brown tree, brown dog, brown cat.  So had to look outside of my square - grey to black dog, ginger cat.  It took me a little while to think of a sentiment for this card but I think 'Happy Days'  is very apt.

You can see all the other Craftmad Tree Swap cards here on our Pinterest Board.  Keep checking back as they get added as the partners receive the cards.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy 13th to my niece

Another interactive card - Peek-a-Book card.  This one was meant to be for our daughter but the more I worked with it the younger it became. :-)  Luckily my niece turned 13 a week ago and she loved it.  I have used a Mo Manning 'Birthday Girl' image coloured with Copics.  I followed the tutorial by Norma here.  The placement of the 13 oval was a bit tricky, next time I would try to have a smaller cut out to fill giving me more room for placement of that oval.  It is another interactive card that I will do again as it was fun to make and so much fun to play with. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy 21st to our amazing daughter

Unbelievably our daughter turns 21 today.  Unbelievable to me as the time has gone so quick as they tell you it will when you have your baby.  Melissa is a beautiful, caring and very independent young lady discovering where her life will lead her. Melissa starts her Bachelor of Graphic Design at the end of February so she will be busy with that and hopefully it leads to an exciting job.

The card is a Gatefold Shutter Card, I followed this tutorial by Sandi.  Normally, I like to follow tutorials with photos but I could find none for this style of card.  The video was helpful as I could see the card action was meant to happen.  Lately, Melissa has been telling me how she is into greys and black and not much colour so that is where I headed to find some paper for the card.  Came across this daisy paper which I have always loved and waited for the right card.  Thought a splash of pink was perfect so dragged out my Stampin Up card stock which I know always blends so well. Followed the tutorial for this surprisingly easy and very fun card. Die cut the flowers and numbers.

A video to show how the card opens.  

Thought I would revisit the birthday cards I have posted over the years for our daughter.
20th - 2016
19th - 2015
18th - 2014

Don't know what happen at 17 :-)  16th - 2013

15th - 2012

Missed 14 somewhere - 13th - 2010

Thanks for passing on bye.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Craftmad December Swap - Theme - Stencils

Stencils are not something I normally use in card making which showed when I went to find some in my stash.  All I found was the Spellbinder Impressionabilities that I used above. I daubed it with Stampin Up River Rock ink, added the Thank You sticker sentiment. Finished with this wonderful collection of paper flowers from stash and a pretty pin given to me by Kaye

The second card I had to get inventive and created my own stencil from a used section of stickers.  I cut out the backing paper for the large butterfly then used it as a stencil daubing on a variety of blues and yellows.

  I then used the stencil as a mask when I stamped it with a flourish and some words. 

This card is so full of mistakes but I do like the end result.

#1. When I stamped the flourish it did not stamp to the edge of the butterfly, hence the words.
#2. The first lot of words I stamped upside down so put another layer above to hopefully cover up this mistake.
#3. I did not plan on a frame for this butterfly but the frame nicely covers the parts that I daubed past the stencil in my excitement. :-) lol  If I had known I was adding the frame I would have set the butterfly a little lower on the card.

Thanks for passing by.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy 50th Birthday Brother

I think turning 50 should involve sparkle and gold so this is the last card I made using the inspiration for Pinterest.  Simply a change of words from the New Years cards I made.

Wishing my brother a Happy 50th however he spends the day.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy Birthday to two wonderful friends

These are two of the three birthday cards I made using the same inspiration from Pinterest as I did for my New Years Cards.  Just added some diecut stars with dim antes in the centre of each.

Happy birthday Jan

This time I used couple of my leftover circles from my Christmas cards and a single die cut star with a dimante centre.

Happy Birthday Anita

Thanks for visiting, I am off to see what this day will bring.  Breakfast first.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy Birthday to my husband

Well the first birthday for the year - my husband's - 1st January.
Sticking to my resolution the first interactive card I hope of many. This is a Twist and Pivot card which was fun to put together, not that difficult. I used this tutorial by Nicky.

The papers I have used are Kaisercraft, years old, nice to put them to use.  My husband loves his cars, he owns two and we have four replica models in the house that is where I took the theme for this card.  I found this fun image through Pinterest here - just scroll to the bottom coloured it with my Copics.

This is the card on the inside.  I have used car stickers (Sticker Store) which I also coloured with my Copics and a touch of silver Wink by Ella pen. 

My first time adding a video to a blog post.  Not the best but I wanted to show the card in action.

What to get for my husband who couldn't offer any suggestions? Scratchies and Gift Cards presented in a beautiful frame.  😀 

Thanks for passing by.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone I hope 2017 treats you well.

I ran out of time this year making Christmas cards, so I stopped and decided the last few people will receive New Year Cards, not something I have sent before. I had fun creating this card from inspiration on Pinterest which was a poster I liked.  I have a couple of family and friends celebrating birthdays very early in the new year so I adapted the card above for birthdays too.  I will share them as each date rolls around.

Take care and thanks for visiting.
Oh two resolutions from me this year which I know are achievable.  No sorrys for not blog posting or blog visiting, I will get there but I know real life will get in the way.  No 2. Make more interactive cards because they are fun to make and give.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Card Making on Comedy Cruise (Photo heavy)

Back in October my husband and I went on a Comedy Cruise which left Cairns it was only three nights but fantastic as it left from Cairns.  No flying anywhere, a novelty for our part of the world. Before the cruise I was lucky enough to receive a few stickers from Sticker Store so I put them aside with some card blanks as thought this will fill a moment on the cruise when we want time to ourselves in the cabin.  I also was given some card kits which were made up for the annual Craftmad get together held in Brisbane in October.  I quickly put them aside and tried hard not to look at photos from the events so that I could make the cards my way.  

First card made with mandala stickers and borders. It was very relaxing sitting and creating my own design from the array of borders and shape stickers I was given.

This is one of the card kits I received and my take on the card.  I took very basic card making essentials with me.  Double sided tape, one pair of small scissors and that was it. ;-0.  Thats why the ribbon is frayed on the ends, no decent scissors to trim or lighter to burn the ends.

This was not a kit from the Craftmad get together but a pack that was also given to me with rub-ons, stickers and ribbon.  I was also lucky enough to receive a Graphic 45 pad of papers which was handy for the background papers on this card.

Another kit from the Craftmad get together event.  If you look close I have woven black ribbon to the edge of the oval.  With limited crafting items I was becoming very resourceful.  The ribbon I cut from inside the shoulder section of a new shirt I had brought on the cruise.

The rub-ons from the party girl kit came in handy here to add a little more detail to the sentiment.

Another Craftmad get together kit card using stickers from the Sticker Store and such cute background paper.

Again, I had to be resourceful as I didn't bring any 3D foam tape with me and I wanted the die cut with the sentiment on to be raised.  So I grabbed the cardboard from the back of the Graphic 45 paper pad and cut it into strips.  Then using the double sided tape stuck these strips together until it was thick enough for me.  Cut these into small sections and ta dah! I have a raised die cut.

Last Craftmad get together kit.  I really like the end result of this card.  The hat and glove images are pre-cut die cut shapes (available at Blue Edge Crafts) and all you have to do is layer them up.  My homemade 3D foam came in handy again for this. :-)

In this photo you will find all the cards as they should appear if I had attended the Craftmad get together. :-)  I really didn't go to far off course with mine.

I left all the cards I had made on the ship as a thank you to the cabin crew.  I hope they were able to put them to good use.

I did share some cruise photos back in October but thought I would add some more here since I have mentioned it in the post.  We are still anchored here and this is the view from the swimming pool deck out over Trinity Inlet towards Second Beach.

As we left from Cairns so no flight fares and only a 3 night cruise we used the extra money to upgrade and try a bit of luxury.  It was very nice and didn't feel like we were at sea at all. 

View from our balcony as we left Cairns behind.

Willis Island the half way point of our cruise where we anchored for half an hour and viewed the weather station.  No-one left the ship.

Although I can't always take part in the Craftmad Annual get togethers - there have been four and I have attended two.  I like to send a little something.  This year I was looking for quick, easy and light.  I came across Gratitude Stones on my old friend Pinterest.  I dug out my pack of Stampin Up Air Dry Clay and put that to use.  I rolled out sections to hopefully look like pebbles, then stamped each one with a different small image.

I then put the stones into small paper bags I had made with the following verse.

That brings me to the end of my very long post.  Hope you enjoyed the trip from top to bottom.  Wishing you a wonderful Saturday, last day of 2016.



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