Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Vintage Card for a Vintage Man

In class this week we're making the very simple masculine cards I showed you here, but I also wanted to give my ladies something with a 'bit more' to get their teeth into. A perusal of Pinterest gave me some great ideas, so I hauled out some Tim Holtz dies my DH bought me a while ago which had never seen the light of day (*guilty face*) and reached for my texture paste. Here's what I ended up with:



Firstly I coloured my texture paste with 3 drops of re-inker and applied that to my stencil, randomly using a dabbing motion at the end because I wanted a mix of rough and smooth textures. While that dried I cut my cogs, making sure to use the precision mat for delicate dies so they cut sharply and were easy to remove. I stamped the car and coloured it using ink and a blender pen. Some of the cogs have extra layers for dimension and added interest - the ones at the top and side that protrude past the border, plus the bottom right hand one.

Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out and even 'He Who Is Particularly Fussy And Difficult To Please' thinks it's pretty nice.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Guy Greetings
  • card - basic black, very vanilla, baked brown sugar
  • other - stitched oval dies, Big Shot, Tim Holtz cog dies, texture paste, silicone mat, spatula, Dimensionals, stencil, blender pen, precision plate

Hope you get the chance to play creatively today. Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sending You Hugs

If you're a crafter - and let's face it, you probably are if you're reading this - then you may know how it can sometimes happen that you wake up with a project design in your head. I have no idea how it happens that way, just that it's a nice feeling to suddenly have that idea there, rather than have to search for inspiration.

So yes, as you've no doubt already guessed, this morning I woke with the following card floating around inside my grey matter and as soon as I got up out of bed, I went into my craft room to turn it into a reality. For this particular idea, maybe it's because we're big huggers in our family; certainly the wide open arms of the panda made me think of hugs.


Now the panda stamp comes with a party hat on his head, so how did I get rid of that? Well, the answer is that before I stamped him/her I covered the hat with washi tape which was removed after inking, then once stamped merely filled in the missing bits using my black marker. Easy as pie! The border around the 'sending you' sentiment was a lucky happenstance - when I inked up my stamp with Versamark, I obviously pressed way too hard and got ink all around the outside edges of the stamp as well. Of course I didn't know it was there until I applied the embossing powder, when I saw this great border. Pure coincidence, but look how well it turned out! Lastly, to make the 'hugs' part stand out a bit more, I used a Versamark pen to apply ink and clear embossed it. Here's a close up of the shine:


Unfortunately, when I decided I needed to move the position of the sequins, I discovered my mini glue dots had worked too efficiently and they were there for the duration unless I wanted to rip my card. Damn! Ah well, lesson learned, eh?

Materials used:
  • stamps - Party Pandas, Lovely Inside & Out
  • card - basic black, whisper white, melon mambo, retired dsp
  • other - Lovely Words thinlits, Big Shot, white embossing powder, heat tool, Dimensionals, Veramark pen, clear embossing powder, sequins, mini glue dots

I hope you are blessed with some creative inspiration in your day - and a hug or two as well. Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers
Kez

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hamming It Up

It's always a blast to make a card that's cute and funny at the same time, so I was chuffed to play with one of the stamp sets Santa brought me. And I got to do some colouring in, so it's all good! Lol.


Materials:

  • stamps - Hog Heaven (MFT)
  • card - daffodil delight, whisper white, rich razzleberry, Tutti Fruitti dsp
  • other - Stampin' Blends, MFT Hog Heaven dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, simple stripes embossing folder

These little guys are so adorable, they always make me smile. Having made one, I was then inspired to create another, so here tis.


Materials:
  • stamps - Hog Heaven (MFT)
  • card - whisper white, tranquil tide
  • other - Stampin' Blends, MFT Hog Heaven dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Hip Hello die (Poppystamps)

Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I Heart You

I woke up yesterday morning with an idea for a Valentine's Day card in my head, so naturally I had to try it out to see if my vision would work. And while it's by no means a Work of Art, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Take a lookie:



I did the texture paste hearts first then assembled the rest while I waited for it to dry, and because I had it all mapped out in my head, this card took probably no more than 15 minutes to make. Some retired product used - ie the papers and the triple heart punch - along with the gorgeous new Celebrate You thinlit and Amazing You stamps. This is the best option in the SAB offering, in my opinion. So versatile.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Amazing You
  • card - melon mambo, whisper white, basic black, retired DSP
  • other - stitched circle die, Celebrate You die, Big Shot, triple heart punch, Dimensionals, texture paste, distressing tool

There's a little more decoration on the inside too:


That's it! Happy Valentine's Day to you all and thanks for calling in today.

Cheers
Kez

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mellow Yellow

The cards we're making in class this week all feature yellow - and why not? It's summer and, let's face it, daffodil delight and crushed curry are great colours.

Here's some daffodil paired with Pacific point. This was inspired by a Leonie Schroder creation, which I turned into an easel card.




Materials used:
  • stamps - Bird Banter
  • card - Pacific point, basic black, whisper white, watercolour, cucumber crush
  • other - beautiful branches thinlits, Big Shot, aqua painter, Dimensionals, stitched rectangle die

A simple lever card makes an ideal showcase for the Picture Perfect Birthday set, here paired with retired papers.



Materials used:
  • stamps - Picture Perfect Birthday
  • card - basic black, whisper white, crushed curry, It's My Party dsp
  • other - stitched square framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

For our last card we're using a lovely bundle from the second-release SAB catalogue which includes a stamp set and deep embossing folder. Knowing how much I love colouring, it will come as no surprise to you that I pre-ordered this one! I stamped the basket using basic grey ink, then over-stamped with Versamark and added clear embossing powder. Colouring was done with daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, old olive and crumb cake Stampin' Blends.


Materials used:
  • stamps - Blossoming Basket, Tabs for Everything
  • card - daffodil delight, smoky slate, whisper white
  • other - basket weave embossing folder, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends, clear embossing powder, heat tool, jewellery tag punch (retired), linen thread, Dimensionals, paper piercer

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers
Kez

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Classy Gents

Today I really enjoyed making up some masculine cards for my stash, using one of my all-time favourite elegant colour combos of vanilla and black. SU's Truly Tailored stamp set dovetails perfectly with older SU punches and dies, plus some other dies I bought on eBay.




Materials used:

  • stamps - Truly Tailored
  • card - basic black, very vanilla
  • other - masculine dies (brand unknown), tailored tag punch, moustache die, bow builder punch, large black rhinestones (non SU)

The one with the bow tie makes me think how sumptuous men look in a tux - am I right, ladies?


Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Yeast Likely

With two Kiwis and two Aussies in our family, the (mostly) good-natured rivalry between the two countries and their 'inventions' has always been a source of amusement and frustration. Pavlova, of course, is a hotly contended one.

One that hasn't ever been an issue - mainly because DH (in most un-Aussie-like fashion) hates both (in fact he calls them Black Death, lol) - is the argument between Marmite (Kiwi) or Vegemite (Aussie). Growing up in New Zealand, I always had Marmite, which is made from a slightly different recipe to the original UK version. Sources tell me it has been produced in NZ since 1919, whereas Vegemite was not developed in Australia until 1922 (as a result of a post-war shortage of the UK Marmite) and not marketed until the following year.

Yes! Kiwis for the win! They are, of course, very similar products, though I personally find Vegemite much saltier and more bitter.


Anyway, for this year's Waitangi Day card (ie New Zealand Day), DD19 suggested a Marmite card, and I thought that would be a bit of a laugh. I've put my own spin on it, naturally.




Luckily I don't have to mail this, as it stands 18cm tall and is too big for a regular sized envelope!

Materials used:
  • card - basic black, real red, daffodil delight, acetate
  • other - alphabet dies (non SU), Big Shot, large jar die (non SU), corner rounder punch, crimper, computer and printer

This version of Marmite is made solely for the Australasian market in my home town of Christchurch. In November 2011 the factory received some damage from the terrible earthquake that struck Christchurch and production was halted for a few months - causing a nationwide shortage and apparently even a Black Market for Marmite! Luckily, I buy a few jars at a time, so we managed to survive the shortage until my favourite spread was back on the supermarket shelves. Phew!

Hope you're having a happy Marmite Day wherever you are. Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers
Kez

Friday, January 26, 2018

No Place Like Gnome

Every year, as part of the Australia Day celebrations, the Australian Gnome Convention is held just a few kilometres away from us. Now, admittedly, I've never been, but I do love gnomes and so I thought it might be fun to use a gnome on my Australia Day card this year.

This little guy sure looks like he's ready to have some fun, doesn't he, with his jazz hands? LOL. The 'celebrate' die from SU's SAB catalogue was absolutely perfect for my card.





Materials used:
  • stamps - MFT You Gnome Me
  • card - whisper white, real red
  • other - Big Shot, MFT You Gnome Me dies, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends, Copic markers, Celebrate You thinlits, clip art, computer and printer

Happy Australia Day, everyone. Hopeyouhaveagoodone!

Cheers
Kez


Friday, January 19, 2018

Mish-Mash

The last few cards from my crafting frenzy are completely unrelated to each other, but do have some things in common: they all use new products and they all feature bold colours. Other than that? Not so much, but I hope you'll enjoy them anyway.

Here's a very straightforward birthday card using a new stamp set called Birthday Wit. This card is actually kind of perfect for my younger daughter, who is diabetic (sugar free), gluten intolerant (gluten free), vegetarian tending-towards-vegan (dairy free) and watching her weight (fat free). She's definitely not caffeine free though!


Materials used:
  • stamps - Birthday Wit
  • card - daffodil delight, island indigo, dsp (old and retired, no idea what it's called), whisper white
  • inks - old olive, daffodil delight, rose red, basic black
  • other - Dimensionals, MISTI

And I made another from the same set as well.


Materials used:
  • stamps - Birthday Wit
  • card - lemon lime twist, calypso coral, whisper white, Bermuda bay, Bubbles & Fizz DSP
  • other - balloon punch, white gel pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Dimensionals

You've seen a card not long ago with an adorable party panda - here's a bunch of 'em getting ready to party hard. The photo really doesn't do the card justice, I really messed up with this one *sigh*


Materials used:
  • stamps - Party Pandas
  • card - real red, daffodil delight, whisper white, basic black
  • other - Stampin' Blend alcohol markers, large oval and scallop oval punches, Balloon Pop-Up dies, Big Shot, balloon honeycomb embellishments, Dimensionals, Sahara sand marker

And lastly a bridge-fold card that's a mix of old and new. 


Materials used:
  • stamps - Lift Me Up
  • card - soft sky, whisper white
  • inks - soft sky, crushed curry, Bermuda bay, berry burst
  • other - sponge dauber, Up & Away dies, rhinestones, Dimensionals, rainbow builder framelits, fast fuse, banner punch

How perfect are those cloud dies for the 'bridge'? 

Hey, thanks for calling in. 

Cheers
Kez

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bird Banter

If there's one thing we get plenty of here in the Blue Mountains (and believe me, I mean PLENTY), it's birds. On any given morning I can be woken by the cheeky laughter of kookaburras or the strident sqwarking of cockatoos. I have bower birds stealing all my blue clothes pegs to make a nest and fantails and other small birds dive-bombing the pool for water or the insect life to be found just above the surface.

So it'll come as no surprise that I was immediately drawn to a new stamp set in the Occasions catty called Bird Banter. There are a number of bird varieties together with a few different sentiments to pair them with, and they're just so much fun to colour and use on your cards!



Materials used:
  • stamps - Bird Banter
  • card - soft sky, real red, whisper white, old olive, soft sky dsp
  • dies - thoughtful branches, stitched ovals, lacy ovals (non SU)
  • other - Stampin' Blend alcohol markers, Dimensionals, Big Shot, corner rounder punch


Materials used:
  • stamps - Bird Banter
  • card - lemon lime twist, chocolate chip, whisper white, watercolour
  • other - aqua painter, ink pads, circle die, layered leaves embossing folder, branch die from Colourful Seasons set

So cute! Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers
Kez

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Getting Inky

I just adore getting inky!

Sponging and brayering are my favourite methods of ending up with ink all over my fingers and hands, and the card I have for you today is a sponged one. In fact, it's an example of the Bokeh technique (pronounced just like bouquet, I read somewhere). I'm really proud of this card - I'm very, very happy with how it turned out and the colours draw my eyes every time I catch sight of it.



Materials used:
  • stamps - Amazing You
  • card - berry burst, basic black, shimmer white
  • inks - berry burst, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, whisper white, basic black, crushed curry
  • other - Celebrate You thinlits, fine-tip glue, stamp-a-ma-jig, bokeh template, sponges

What do you think? Is that colour combination a hit for you too?

Although the stamp set contains 'amazing' in the same font as the die, I wanted the extra dimension the die gives, so that's why I've used it. You could just as easily simply stamp the word instead. This stamp set/die combo are both in the SAB catalogue.

Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We Mustn't Forget the Blokes

If birthday cards are the most asked for in my classes, masculine cards would definitely have to come in second place, so I was very pleased when I saw a great suite of products tailored to the men in our lives. (Did you see what I did there? That's a great pun. Don't get it? You will in a minute - read on!) There's a stamp set, punch, papers, ribbon, buttons and embossing folder - what more could we need?

So here's some cards made using the Truly Tailored/True Gentleman range from the Occasions catalogue.




Materials used:
  • stamps - Truly Tailored
  • card - night of navy, tranquil tide, very vanilla, crumb cake, True Gentleman DSP
  • other - tailored tag punch, true gentleman buttons, night of navy corduroy ribbon, bow builder punch, mini glue dots, stitched rectangle framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, embroidery thread, natural twine, simple stripes embossing folder, neutrals candy dots, moustache die, moustache embossing folder (non SU)

On the second card, I substituted the comb that appears on the sentiment stamp with a moustache. I covered the comb carefully with washi tape before inking up the stamp (if you cover part of the lines as well, just fix it with your matching marker afterwards), removed the washi tape then stamped on to very vanilla (this leaves a gap where the comb was). I also stamped the 'wishing you a dapper day' stamp that features the moustache and simply cut the mou out and added it to the 'classy kind of guy' one instead.

The corduroy ribbon is very soft and lovely to work with - and doesn't make that terrible 'swish, swish' sound that corduroy pants used to, lol! Boy, does that thought take me back.....!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers
Kez


Monday, January 15, 2018

Out of the Blue

Well hello! It's nice to see you! How have you been?

Yeah, it's me, back from the depths of 'no blog land', lol. I lost my blog mojo for a while there (almost a year, by the looks!) and had all sorts of issues with cameras etc - but you don't really want or need to hear all of that, you just came to look at some cards!

And I have plenty to show, as I've been carding up a storm to show my ladies some examples of what they can do with all the luscious new goodies in the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues. There are some items that caught my attention as soon as I got a sneak peek at them, so it's been tons of fun making cards both simple and more complex. I won't show them to you all at once, but will add a few at a time to whet your appetite and (hopefully!) have you coming back for more.

First up, I've got to say that I really enjoy packs of multi-coloured birthday-themed papers. Last year it was the 'It's My Party' paper pack, this year the Occasions catty has the Picture Perfect Birthday/Party suite with papers, stamps and accessories. The photo-realistic papers make excellent backgrounds for easy card making, great for beginners or those wanting a lovely card without much effort. Here's some samples:




You can't get much simpler than this one. Soft sky and berry burst make a great colour combo, don't they? I'm loving berry burst more and more each time I use it. I cut a double 'celebrate' die and then added glossy accents for some real shine.

Materials used:
  • stamps - none
  • card - soft sky, berry burst, Picture Perfect Party dsp
  • other - Celebrate You thinlits, Big Shot, fine-tip glue, Glossy Accents

The same die has been used on the next card, this time sparkled up and with the added cuteness of a panda, another freebie in the SAB catty.



Materials used:
  • stamps - Party Pandas
  • card - Bermuda bay, basic black, Picture Perfect Party dsp
  • other - balloon punch, black baker's twine, clear Wink of Stella, fine-tip glue, Dimensionals, white gel pen

And my third sample has plenty of my second-favourite 2017-2019 in-colour, Lemon Lime Twist (which I almost always think of as lemon lime splice - for those of you not in Australia, this is the name of a fruity ice block).



Materials used:
  • stamps - Picture Perfect Birthday
  • card - lemon lime twist, basic black, whisper white, Picture Perfect Party dsp
  • other - stitched square framelits, Big Shot, lots of labels framelits, Dimensionals, mini gift bows, black marker

Aren't those papers gorgeous? Birthday cards are the most requested type of card in my classes, so I'm always pleased to get new products that mix and match with existing stuff too - makes my craft dollars stretch further.

My photo-taking skills have deteriorised over the break, so excuse the photos - hopefully I'll get better soon. 

Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sale-a-brating

At our next class we're using Sale-a-bration freebies.

Occasionally I make a card I love so much I don't want to give it away - not to anyone. Today's first card is such a one; it just makes me feel happy every time I look at it, so why would I want to lose that? Of course, it's a nice feeling to give to someone else, so I can see I'm just going to have make more of these!

Here tis:

I guess some of my enthusiasm is because we have chickens - the puffy-headed type like the lady at the back - so I can relate to these gals. The bright cheerful colours help too. The gals were coloured using SU's new watercolour pencils and I got the colour scheme from casing Juana Ambida. For the grass I did a watercolour wash first using old olive ink, then once it was dry, overstamped using a grass stamp. The chickens were all stamped and coloured on watercolour paper then cut out individually and added afterwards, though you could use the masking technique too. On my daffodil delight base card I sponged sun rays using crushed curry ink and it lifted the plain background so much I was thrilled with the result.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Hey Chick, Thoughtful Branches
  • card - daffodil delight, watercolour, Bermuda bay, basic black
  • other - large oval and scalloped oval punches, Dimensionals, watercolour pencils, aquapainter, MFT stencil, sponge dauber

Ever since I got the Tasty Trucks stamp set I've been dying to make a fun card, so I finally got around to it. My ladies know I love puns (I crack them quite often in class), so I was virtually compelled to use the taco theme for the punny sentiment alone! I basically cased a card by Lyssa Zwolanek, but added a couple of twists of my own - the zig zag embossing and 3D elements (the truck is in three layers). 


Materials used:
  • stamps - Tasty Trucks
  • card - Pacific point, melon mambo, daffodil delight, watercolour
  • other - pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon (retired), watercolour pencils, aquapainter, Dimensionals, chevron embossing folder (retired), Big Shot, mini glue dot, candy dots, foam adhesive strips

And last but by no means least, we'll be making a card using the Inside the Pages designer series paper. When I first saw these in the SAB leaflet I glossed right over them - until I started seeing some beautiful images showing up on Pinterest and wondered where they'd come from! I should have known SU wouldn't fail to amaze me.


Materials used:
  • card - Inside the Pages dsp, basic black, flirty flamingo
  • other - ink pads, aquapainter, Dimensionals, markers, Wink of Stella

Hopefully my ladies will love these as much as I do.

Thanks for calling in.

Cheers
Kez

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Last But Not Least

Phew! There's a whole lotta posts today! But I've been catching up on photographing all the cards I've made in the past two weeks, feeling guilty because people keep asking for them! So here is my final batch - no new stuff, just playing with colour and ideas.


Materials used:

  • stamps - Weather Together
  • card - basic grey, whisper white, daffodil delight, brights patterned paper stack, white glitter
  • other - umbrella dies, Big Shot, dimensionals

The challenge on this one was sticking those sparkly raindrops on individually!


It's fun to have another play with this great bundle and hopefully give my ladies some ideas. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Beautiful You, Thoughtful Branches
  • card - smoky slate, whisper white, neutrals patterned paper
  • other - branches dies, Big Shot, dimensionals

For this last card it's actually been some time since I made it, but as I hadn't gotten around to showing it to you, I'll pop it in. 



Materials used:
  • stamps - Baby Bear
  • card - sweet sugarplum, whisper white, in colour patterned paper, tip top taupe
  • other - stitched framelits, Big Shot, dimensionals

Well, that's it, I'm all caught up. Hope you enjoy wandering through all the posts today and my feast of cards.

Cheers
Kez

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