August 29, 2012

Label Me!!

Labeled Goodness... hehehe I went a bit crazy in the pantry!

Have a great day!

August 28, 2012

Printed T-Shirts - Take Two!

As promised I got my hands on some Silhouette printable heat transfer material for DARK colored fabric... and WOW I LOVE IT!

Once again read the back of the pack before printing as this time round the image doesn't have to be reversed (good job I checked the pack before  I did change my printer settings to select a different type of paper other than plain but not sure this was necessary.   The only other item I really needed for this project was the Silhouette lifting tool to remove the cut transfer from the backing paper.  The transfer paper is sturdy enough but as I am a little impatient the tool made me slowly peel the image off...hahahaha.

Isn't the image adorable... the words are from Maryfran's (NitWit) Waddles & Whimsy Too kit and the little duck is from her Waddles & Whimsy kit. 

Have a great day!

August 23, 2012

Card Me Thursday - Geared Up!

Hi Folks,

It's that time of the week again... yep it's Thursday!  My card this week is a little something I'm whipping up for my Dad and Dad In-Law for Father's Day in September.  My card is fashioned after a card Shelly Hickox made for the Sizzix Blog ...seriously go check it out, this card is so cool!

How awesome are all those gears and the metal look to the front of the card...

 I just can't get enough of the pop up action when you open the!

Have a great day!

August 21, 2012

Get it Sorted - Mini Magazine Holders!

Hi Folks,

Despite having a cold for the past week and going away for two days on a work conference the week before, I have been really productive... hmmmm I'm sure I don't have to be sick or go away to be!

From my craftroom today are these super cute Mini Magazine Holders...

I saw this post on the Simon Says Stamp blog - Remember Special Occasions and immediately knew I had to make some of these mini holders to hold all the cards I make.  Hey, I just might have the right card... for the right person... for the right occasion... on hand!  No more having to rummage through my card box only to find I don't have a suitable card :) 

I used a template for the holders from Martha Stewart's blog and adapted the template for my Cameo to cut.  As I wanted six holders this sure saved me time and no creative cutting (wonky cuts) was involved...hahahaha

The lower part of the holders are wrapped with various scrapbook papers and two rows of washi tape add around the top.  The Calendar labels were also cut with the Cameo, I then circled the dates of importance with a red pen.  The little pegs in the corner hold two calendar months together and I can also use them to hold notes for a particular month, like the one for September - Father's Day 1st Sunday... well it is here in Australia anyway!

This was the first time I really got to play with my washi tapes, I think they work well with the papers don't you :)
Have a great day!

August 16, 2012

Card Me Thursday - Kaszazz Pizzazz

Hi Folks,

How is your Thursday tracking?  I love Thursday's as it is the last working day of the week for me...yippee!  My card today had me doing a bit of a yippee too... I love the colours, I love the textures and I love the stamping!

The card front was embossed with one of the new embossing folders from Couture Creations - Romantique Collection: Pastorale, which was then inked over with Wild Honey and Bundled Sage Distressed Ink.  I then stitched twin rows of floss inside the embossing, using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Stitcher.  Using Ranger Archival Ink: Coffee, I stamped several images in the center.

Inside is where the Pizzazz happens...

I attended a Make & Take Demo with my local Kaszazz Consultant - Julie, she was demonstrating a couple of Tim Holtz techniques learnt at a workshop in Melbourne when Tim visited Australia recently.   Not only was it a fun night with lots of ladies attending, I came home with four gorgeous tags - thank you Julie!  Only problem was I didn't want the tags to just be thrown in a box as they are soooo nice, so I figured they would make great bookmarks and what better way to give them... include them in a card.  The tag (this one was my favourite) was inspiration for the front of the card.

Perfect Pearls were used to give the awesome Kaszazz stamps a beautiful gold shimmery finish, that you can just see in the photo :)  Again Distressed Inks Wild Honey and Bundled Sage were used on the tag which I then heated to dry the inks.  I used Wild Honey as the ink for the stamps and then Perfect Pearls were applied on top. 

So very happy with the inside and out side of this card!
Have a great day!

August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Old Cars!

LOVE!!! Oh and I have finally got instagram...hehehe...

Have a great day!

August 14, 2012

Distress Ink Pad Storage!

Hi Folks...

You know there are some weeks when I feel like I have achieved nothing in my craft room and others where it all comes together and I get so many projects finished at once... hmmmm maybe I should just work on one project at a time but seriously where's the fun in

Distress Ink Pad Storage -
Criteria: must fit ink pads with blending tool on top neatly and be enough for all 37 ink pads and the seasonal ink pads and fit my desk space so the pads are within easy reach...


I have been looking around a while for a storage solution and finally found it with this Kaiser Craft 3 draw storage unit...

The unit put together sans draws...

and the finished item!
I used Kaiser Craft Olive paint to paint all surfaces and The Lake House papers for the interior and panels down the sides.  All the papers were mod podged into place :)

As you can see each unit holds 12 ink pads with room for 4 more on top and to keep my OCDs happy each pad is labeled and they are lined up according to the Ranger Ink - Distressed Ink Pad Colour

Have a great day!

August 13, 2012

Fun and Easy T-Shirt Iron-Ons

Hi Folks

Hands up who has ever tried doing their own T-Shirt Iron-ons?  Yep... I have tried several times, with several different products, with limited success.  Most of the time I find the iron-on itself is very thick, a bit stiff with a very plastic feel :(  

I saw Silhouette had bought out a Printable Iron-on Heat Transfer paper and as I have been feeling like a very slack Grandma having not made anything for my little granddaughters,  I thought hey this could be a fun, quick and easy project.  Made even quicker as my Cameo can cut out the images too.

So off to the shops I went and picked up these cute little tops for the girls for Summer (it's Winter here at the moment).  Nothing flash, nothing fancy, just plain, inexpensive play tops.

Then the fun began... I figured I could use graphic images to make up some cute iron-ons from the numerous digital kits I have just sitting on my hard drive. 

Now all my layout designing was done in the Silhouette Studio but you could just as easily do this in photoshop.  Things to note if you are using the Cameo: 1. don't forget to mirror the image so it's backwards.  As I actually wanted a border around all my images, I found it easier to do the border and then group everything together before mirroring the image.  2. Make sure you have the correct page settings in Silhouette Studio, I didn't and printed my images then realized I had the Cutting Mat set to 12x12 instead of none :(  This made a difference to the position of registration marks and the images on the cutting mat. 3. Read the instructions on the back of the pack several times...nuf said!

I printed out the design on my Epson, the only sticking point here was what paper type setting to use.  I went with plain paper but next time I may try a setting that will put more ink on the page, I like a nice, dark, crisp image.  I cut the images with the Cameo and then following the instructions I removed the part of the transfer not needed.  Don't have a Cameo, don't worry just cut the images freehand. I must say I was very surprised by how thin the transfer paper was, hurrah no more thick plastic transfers! 

Next I ironed the images on...

I used the Printable Iron-on for light fabric, and yeah it really is for light fabric!  As white is not a colour anything white on your image will take on the colour of the shirt.   I didn't end up doing the pink shirt as I had a cute little white duck image for the iron-on... pink ducks really don't do it for me, lol!

I did find I had to iron the printables several times in some spots to get a good transfer, but that may just have been my lame ironing skills...hahaha.

The shirts cost me $4.00ea (AU) and the printed transfer worked out to 75c ea, howz that for a cheap personalized gift :)  I love how the shirts turned out and will definately do more of these.  Next time I will try the Heat Transfer Paper for Dark Fabrics and see how we go with that.

Have a great day!

August 09, 2012

Card Me Thursday - 50th

Hi folks,

thought I would let you in on the three things I am loving in my craftroom right now...
1. My stampamajig... how did I ever line up stamps before now. No really... for me stamping was always a bit of hit and miss, with the invention of unmounted stamps it was really more miss then hit...hehehe. Not anymore thanks to this very ingenious tool that will line up your stamp placement perfectly.
2. My Xyron... I often feel like I have man hands when trying to apply glue to small or fiddly little embellishments. Not anymore thanks to my 1.5' xyron, you put the fiddly embelly in the top and pull the thing at the bottom and ta da... a sticky embellishment ready to put on your project.
3. My Cameo *mega love*... cut any design at the size you need! Oh and the print and cut feature...AWESOME! I couldn't have made this card without it...

I took a white card and ran it through my big shot with the M-Bossabilities 'Garden Delight' embossing folder. Using the Silhouette software and print and cut feature, I printed three cherry blossom branches (two slightly small than the other) and the coloured no.50 on my Epson printer. I then cut both of those and the happy birthday circle and a slightly larger no.50 with the Cameo.
I ran the coloured no.50 through my xyron and stuck this to the larger no.50. Using foam squares I then stuck the no.50 to the circle and the circle to the front of the card. The cherry blossoms have foam squares under the buds at one end and just glue at the branch end.

I used the stampamajig and a Kaszazz stamp for the sentiment and attached a second small cherry blossom branch to the top of the inside.  Again I ran the branch through the xyron, peel and stick = done.
A very simple but sweet card I made for my Sister-in-Laws 50th!

Have a great day!

August 02, 2012

Card Me Thursday - Hexagons

Hi crafting peeps,

Everybody's doing it so I though I would too... hexagons that is hehehe!  Awhile back I saw this post by Nichole Heady who shared a 'hexagon color planner'.  OH MY WORD... this thing is awesome, I don't think I would have attempted to do different coloured hexagons otherwise.  A card by Debbie (Thinking Inking) was what I based my card on...

I used a top fold yellow card for my base.  Then using my Silhouette I cut the hexagons and frame. This was where Nichole's planner was invaluable for placing the coloured hexagons.  I glued everything down and added a ribbon - card complete!

Have a great day!