February 29, 2012

Antique Treasures!!!

I found these little treasures in a local antique store...

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February 28, 2012

Best Wishes!

Project for this week... a Birthday Card for one of my nieces. 

I am sooo loving Tim Holtz Distress Stains, the colours of the card are so vibrant. Starting with a blank white card, I covered the entire surface with a mixutre of Peeled Paint, Broken China, Wild Honey, Barn Door and Brushed Corduroy.  I then stamped the entire front with different stamps in black ink.  Paper flowers are from my stash, inked with Brushed Corduroy then sprayed with Perfect Pearl Mist - Perfect Pearl.  The die-cut label is from Kairsercraft 61/2" pad - Bonjour and the lace is from my stash too.     
Tip: To get the slightly faded look with the stamps, I inked up the
stamp and then stamped on a tissue before stamping on the card.

This was so much fun to make and another card I love!  

Have a great day!

February 27, 2012

Share the memories!!!

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February 23, 2012

Week 4 - Project Life

Right Oh!  As I mentioned last Project Life post, I've changed things up a bit... I am loving the colour background, this definitely helps the photos standout more.  I have also been playing with the photo edges, from now on I will be including a mixture of the following... a slight vignette, a solid brown edge, an inside doodle line in either white or black.  Loving the photo treatments so far but I feel the pages still need more, maybe an embellishment or two... we'll see!

Have a great day!

February 22, 2012

Learning Photography!

Photo from last weekends workshop...

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February 21, 2012

Getting Inky...

Yahoo... I am having sooooo much fun getting inky in my craft room.  Here is my latest creation!!!  I love this little girl so much, I never, ever dreamed being a Grandma would be so wonderful. Isn't her little face adorable...

Yeah, yeah I know I'm bais...hehehe.  Anyway, I was inspired by Tammy Tutterow's - Papillon Tag.  I say inspired because what I came up with looks nothing like Tammy's tag...hahaha. 

I used a piece of art board for the base.  With the assistance of an ink blending tool, frayed burlap and stormy sky distressed ink was added all over the board.  I used a heat gun to dry the inks so I could then swipe white picket fence distress stain diagonally across the whole background. Again this was dried with the help of a heat gun so I could spray Perfect Pearl Mist all over.  The photo doesn't show it but the background has an nice pearly sheen, so pretty.  To finish the background off I inked randomly using different stamps and wild honey distressed stain.  Once the stamp was applied I blotted off the excess wet ink to give the stamped images a faded look.  

The edges of the board and the yellow matt behind the photo were then edged with brushed corduroy.  I added a strip of Symphony tissue tape, a piece of coffee coloured lace, flowers, leaves and bling to the photo to add interest.  The yellow lacy flower was a bit of an experiment, I am quite pleased with the result so I can see myself making more of these cuties.  A memo pin, paper flower, lace and a charm added to the top corner and to finish the whole frame off I added metal photo corners. 

My first EVER truly off the page, page project and I LOVE IT!!!

Have a great day!

February 20, 2012

My Memories Workshops

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Have a great day!

February 17, 2012

Friday Freebie!!!

These are from my project life week 4, yes I know I haven't posted that pages yet...hehehehe! That's no reason to not share the extra's I made, right :)

DOWNLOAD HERE! Enjoy and don't forget to leave me a link to your creation :)
(Downloads available for a short time only)

Have a great day!

February 16, 2012

Happy Valentine's - Part 2!!!

Hello friends!

As promised here is part 2 of Valentine's Day, this is what I whipped up for Hubby's gift.  You might remember I mentioned in this post Love is in the Air I was following Alissa Fast and her 29 Days of Love project which I shortened to 14 days...lol!  I decided to make a flip mini album using tags.

The Gift...
Basically each day's prompt starts with i love... so this was what I used for my front page.  The label shape and words were done with the print to cut feature on my Cameo.

Inside pages under construction...  each tag was embossed with various embossing folders by Tim Holtz and a couple of cuttle bugs, I think.  I then inked each one with Tea Dye Distressed Ink.  The labels were cut with my cameo again the print to cut feature, the font used Anastasia Script.  I then inked all the edges to match the tags. 

The finished pages...  a piece of ribbon or string was threaded through each tag before being stuck on to a 5x3in piece of burgundy card (sorry the photos don't do the colour justice).  The burgundy card pattern was something I designed in photoshop then printed double sided with my Epson printer.  The labels were foam mounted on top and on every second page I added an embellishment.  As you can see in this photo it was a filigree heart cut with my cameo, did I mention I love this machine...hahahaha

To finish off the mini album, I hole punched the top of each card and threaded a couple of D rings through the holes.  More ribbon tied to each ring and the flip mini album was complete.  I was so happy with the finished item and I'm pretty sure hubby was too if the look on his face was anything to go by.  Love that MAN!  

Have a great day!

February 15, 2012

Gorgeous Bow!

My first attempt at a fabric bow...

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February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's!!!

I was soooo busy on the weekend finishing up a couple of projects for Valentine's and now the day is here...YAY! I have given Hubby his card and gift so now I can share what I was doing...lol! I'll just show you the card today and tomorrow the gift :)

The Card...

The card base and insert were cut on my Silhouette Cameo (my Birthday present to me :grin:).  The bingo card is one of my freebies you can pick up here inked with Spun Sugar Distressed Ink.  The rosette was cut with a Tim Holtz die, the three hearts were cut with my Cameo. The embossed hearts on the card base were made with Tim Holtz - Love Texture Fades embossing folder, then inked with Walnut Stain Distressed Ink.  I also added a stamp then embossed with a clear embossing powder, a bit of ribbon and ta da...

 The pop up was also cut with my Cameo, can I just say I am soooooo in love with this machine, I waited so long to get one and it was definitely worth the wait!!  How awesome is that pop up :D, again I stamped the 'i love you' and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I probably don't need to say that Hubby loved it...YAY! 

Have a great day!

February 10, 2012

Valentine Bingo Card Freebie

I made these up the other day, planning on using them for cards... which I hope to be able to show you next week :)

The files are 6x4" jpgs

DOWNLOAD HERE! Enjoy and don't forget to leave me a link to your creation :)
(Downloads available for a short time only)

Have a great day!

February 08, 2012

February 07, 2012

Love is in the Air and Freebie

Love is in the Air, everywhere I look around because it's February...lol.  Come join me as I follow along the 29 days of love project on Alissa Fast's blog.  Each day Alissa gives a prompt along the lines of "today I love..." for you to do something with.  I am going to make a 3x3 mini book (no photos) and only 14 days as it will be a Valentine's Day present for my honey... hope he doesn't read this post, eek!!!

So the freebie is of course the little pages I'm going to use for each day.  I have included in the download a left and right page with background text and then a left and right page with a plain background.  The files are 3x3" jpgs, you just need to add your own text and photos if you wish ^.^

DOWNLOAD HERE!   Enjoy and don't forget I would love to see your creations :)
(Downloads available for a short time only)

Have a great day!

February 06, 2012

Week 3 - Project Life

Boy I really struggled with week 3, I don't know if that was because I left it so long to complete or what the go was...

While I am enjoying seeing our weeks come together I am not sure I like the look of the pages...lol.  I think I need to change the background colour to give the pages more pop, will definitely have a play with the next week's pages...hehehe.

Have a great day!

February 05, 2012

Tim Time!!

So I had me a bit of Tim Holtz time yesterday, not the man himself of course but I did play with lots of his products. I love, love, love the vintage, distressed, grunge look but my efforts to-date were a bit sad to say the least so imagine my joy and delight at finding Tim Holtz products... heaven. 

I put together this card for my Daddy who will be 79 this year... O_O.  There are not a lot of Vintage male themed cards out there in cyberspace, or didn't appear to be by the Google search results returned so I had to wing it a bit...

I used a manila coloured 61/4" x 41/2" card for the base and inked around the edges with Burlap Distressed Ink.  Paper is from - Vintage Timeless 61/2" Paper Pad, I ran this through my printer to add the Telegram message.  Again I inked the edges with the Burlap Distressed Ink and used a pair of tiny scissors to distress the edges.  Three different coloured Distressed Stains were used on the chipboard cogs, then edged with Burlap Distressed Ink.   The charm was something I found in my stash and the clock was cut from a transparency, these I then attached to the card with a Trinket Pin.  

Once I had the basic idea of what I was going to do it didn't take long to put the card together at all.  I love the result, so I am going to mark that as a WIN for my first vintage male card.

Oh and word of warning if you decide to Google search Vintage Male Cards, the results may not be what you are expecting.  I felt my eyes open a little wide at some of the images and I think I am pretty broad minded...lol!

Have a great day!

February 01, 2012

Where did it go?

January that is, no really WHERE DID IT GO! I have managed to sort of keep on track with my crafting goals...scrap project finished, cards made and Project Life mostly done...hehehe. 

So today I'll share a couple of cards I've made, I just love the cutout effect and embossing =)

I am so in love with this card... starting with the mustard coloured card as a base, I embossed a piece of white card using a cuttle bug folder and lightly inked the surface with Tim Holtz - Antique Linen Distressed Ink.  The rose paper is from a 6x6 Glitz Pack - Laced with Grace.  The little cluster is made up of a paper flower I had on hand, a ribbon bow and a MFT die-namics rolled flower.  The little sentiment I printed out on Epson Matt heavy-weight paper and cut into a banner shape.

I love this card just as much I think...hahahahaha.  The striped paper is again from the Glitz Paper - Laced with Grace.  The butterflies and flourish are MFT die-namics too and again a flower from my stash.  Add a bit of lace, a banner with sentiment and some sticklers to the little butterfly and middle flower (not that you can see in the photo) and card number 2 is complete.

These cards were realitively quick and easy to make, I am really happy with the finished item =)

Have a great day!