Thursday, 9 March 2017

Card Kits :)

Last month Joanna at The Paper Teapot asked me to Guest Design for her using a  new card kit she was bringing out for the shop.  Cards are my thing so I had to say yes!  Besides, she was using the new - at the time - Kaisercraft collection PS I Love You.  Perfect for Valentines day or anniversaries.

This kit was awesome!!!  I went with two that were a bit arty farty and two that were more traditional.  And did I mention there were flowers?!  Not that I have too many or anything ;)  one can ALWAYS use more ;)
Everything you see on these cards were all from the kit.  The only thing I added were punches and twine a bit of muslin.  Loved those stitched heart dies!

I had still had enough left over to probably make a couple more cards, or tags as well, so great value I thought.

This months kit has just been announced in the newsletter and uses Kaisercrafts Wildflower collection with co-ordinating sequins, dies, twine, cardstock, flowers and stamps.  Heres a wee look at it.  I should also add you get photos for ideas as well, with cards made by Joanna and a guest designer to get you into the groove :)

Happy creating!  Til next time :)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Farewell Mini Album

Happy New Year!

2017 seems to be zipping quickly along, and with that comes all the new releases in time for CHA.  Have you been checking them out?  Any favourites grabbing your attention??

This year Im all about using what I have, heaven knows I have become quite the paper collector! We shall see how I go ;)

With that in mind I was asked at work to make a mini album for a colleague who was retiring after 48yrs of nursing.  I used a chipboard purse mini album from Maya Road that I had in my stash for quite sometime, and an older BoBunny range, Rose Cafe.

The outside and inside covers were layered with BoBunny decoupage paper from the Soiree collection - I was going to paint it but this was so much easier and tied in well with Rose Cafe.

On the top added some trinkets and flowers, - every nurse needs scissors, a watch and the keys to the drug cupboard; well they used to, nowadays we have swipe cards and keypads ;) flowers because they are now banned from hospitals but I remember how they became missiles during the night shift hiding behind curtains ;)

Inside the front cover I kept it simple, using one of the layered chipboard stickers, with some fussy cutting and some Petaloo flowers.
The title page, again simple, chipboard alphas with one of the noteworthy pieces and jewels to embellish.

Some pages are embellished, others left untouched for people to write their messages on.  Heres a selection of a few of them.

Thanks for popping by!
See you next time :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Creative Inspiration

I cannot believe I last blogged in June!!  It sure doesn't feel like that long thats for sure!, so if you're still hanging in there, you've done well or been very patient ;)

Its been quite weird not working for BoBunny - Ive missed those boxes of goodies arriving in the mail, and the girls that made our team.  Its been a bit weird and yet fun trying out new stuff or just things in my stash that I had purchased with an idea in mind but not got around to doing.

This project was one of those things ;)  I found the chipboard word at Warehouse Stationary I think.  At the time I already had one so I thought it would make a good gift, only its taken til now for me to decorate it.

For inspiration I used the colour challenge at Prima, which was shades of purples, and gold - using sprays, and mica powders to give me the colours I wanted.

I started off random stamping through the middle of the word before deciding on where to place embellishments and some of those way cool Prima stones.  I also used gold and bronze micro beads.  The stamps I chose was an old Prima script stamp and the new Rossibelle stamps.

Hopefully the recipient will find some Creative Inspiration from it ;)
See you soon!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Happy Birthday Shirley :) - BoBunny DT

The one thing thats great about winter is sitting scrapping by the fire :)  Todays no exception, its freezing out.  Although sometimes its hard to drag myself out of a good book, as I camp out by the fire!

One of those crafty sessions lately produced this little collection.  I used the Firecracker collection to make my card and decorate my gifts.

So first up the gift bag.  Just an altered paper bag.  Ive dry brushed gesso over the base, and then layered different pieces from the collection together for my cluster.  The best thing I love about the different collections is that I can use buttons from various collections to match any paper theme!  I think I used three different ones for this set of gifts :)

A couple of close ups shows you all the cluster goodness from handmade paper flowers, BoBunny blossoms, jewels and buttons.

Some white gift wrap covered my gift and a paper bow from three different papers created the bow, finished with a blossom and brad in the centre :)

A matching card finished the set off, using a raft of different embellishments :)  more buttons, more brads and more blossoms!

Ive tucked some distressed muslin into my cluster and added extra detail with random stamping and yummy Lemonade glitter paste :)

So Happy Birthday Shirley, I know you had a lovely day and got spoiled rotten :) like any birthday girl deserves! :)  <3

See you next time :)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Butterfly Kisses - BoBunny DT

Sometimes a collection comes around that just grabs your attention, and Buttefly Kisses did that for me, I just love it!

A friend of mine had a birthday coming up and Forbes and I chose a voucher from Hanmer Springs for her to enjoy a little relaxation.  The idea was that I was going to roll up the voucher and tie it with a ribbon,  and pop it in the box.  Course the voucher arrived and it was too wide, argh!!!

 BoBunny have a new crackle paste that is just the bomb!!  This is my second time using it and I  haven't a failed yet.  Really simple to use and doesn't take long to dry and crackle as it goes.  This box was just bare wood, I didn't even have to gesso it first.  The primer went on first, then the crackle paste and I ended up with a lovely white crackled box.  I wanted it to match the paper I was using on the card so I painted it with Island Mist Pearlescents.

I inked all the edges black and then randomly stamped over it with my favourite stamp, It is Written.  The stamp under the metal handle is part of the Romance set.

I wanted to use the Elegant border die as a bow but found that a whole double bow made from the die was too much, so I made a plain white bow first and then looped my dies together for the 'double' layer.

The card was the easy part ;) I just used all the scraps from the same piece of paper as I used for the bow on the box.  Fussy cut some elements from the papers, added some tags and blossoms and a little mixed media in the background using gesso and silver glitter paste.

This week also brings the announcement of the first group of finalists for the new 2016 BoBunny DT on May 26th.  I thought long and hard, and chewed the ear off a lovely friend about whether I should reapply.  In the end I decided not to.  I have had three amazingly special years with BoBunny that I will never forget, they have truly been an amazing team to work for and the team of girls I designed with were a fabulous team of ladies.  We all had our highs and lows in our personal lives and the support from them never wavered.  I will really miss being on this team; I had my dream come true, and now its time for someone else's dream to take shape.  So to those of you that applied, GOOD LUCK :)  for those that don't make it this time, never stop trying, you never know when that dream will come true <3  and for all of you who have been so encouraging over this time, THANKYOU!  it meant a lot! <3

See you soon :)

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Becky Higgins, Page Maps and BoBunny :)

A match made in heaven!  Well thats what I thought when we were asked to volunteer for an extra project :)  Each of us were sent a sketch to play with using which ever new collection we chose.  I chose Toybox :)

This was the sketch I was sent by Becky :)

Ive tried to remain true to the sketch.  Instead of a patchwork look with several photos that the sketch has I used the pocket squares  from the paper, and layered that on to a further piece of paper and then cardstock.  It gives the same impression, while only using one photo.
This little fellow is growing up fast, way too fast :( but this was at 2yrs old and completely unaware I was taking the photo.  As opposed to now when he is quite adamant he doesn't want his photo taken lol

I love this new star die from BoBunny - I have cut it out twice and layered them on top of each other but slightly off centre.  The bonus is all the loose stars from the negatives of the die cut, they make great little embellishments :)

Layering stickers with brads along and the side, and fussy cutting crayons, lifting them up with chipboard gave the whole layout depth and finished it off perfectly.  A little faux stitching along the edge of both squares tied it all together.

Thanks for popping by, see you next time!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Happy Anniversary - BoBunny DT

Easter is tomorrow?!  Where on earth is this year going?  Its flying by!  And as usual Im a bit late, but not for a birthday.  This time its an anniversary, not mine but a friend.  One of those friends you don't get to see often, but when you do its like you just saw them yesterday and just carry on where you left :)  I love those types of friendship :)

February is her wedding anniversary and I swiped this photo of them off Facebook ;)  Love the picture and it tied in perfectly with Beautiful Dreamer.

Most of the work is done for you with this piece of paper, which is a bonus!  Ive added to the background with random stamping with two different stamp sets and a stencil, and the new Rose Gold Glitter Paste - this colour is stunning!!!

The number was fussy cut from one of the papers in this collection and popped up on some chipboard and inked around the edges.

To finish it off I've used stickers and brads - I love how this layout came together!

I also had a play with the scraps from this layout and made a collage using an old wooden frame I had lying round.

Ive used the same stencil in the background, and then adhered one of the layered chipboard pieces.  More fussy cutting and layering of stickers, brads and buttons finished it all off.

The other project I completed this month for BoBunny was a canvas using the lovely bright Believe Collection.  You can see that on the BB Blog here.  In the meantime heres a wee sneak of it ;)

Thanks for popping by :)