Friday, February 20, 2015

Vintage Heart "Pulls" OTP

Vintage Heart Pulls
Introducing a special release for Valentines Day – our ‘Vintage Heart Pulls’ range of embellishments. A delightful set of 3 shabby chic beauties – this special little collection is designed around our stunning bonze zipper charm. (Not sold separately) 

Matched with roses, hearts, some bits of muslin and of course our tiny love and heart charm – what layout or card wouldn’t look wonderful graced by one of these pretty embellishments? Grab one now for the special price of $6.50 - available in the new arrivals section here .

To showcase our new Vintage Heart "Pulls" embellishment kit I had to try it out on an OTP. Starting with a $2.00 Eiffel Tower Christmas Tree decoration, I spray painted it black and gold all over, then heat embossed it with Embossing powder to match my DD's bedroom (and her love of Paris).

Once the paint was dry, I wrapped the Eiffel Tower with Black Pearl Garland, Mauve and Purple Roses, plus a pair of our Bronze Angel Wing Charms ...

finishing it all off with one of our Vintage Heart Pulls.  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Scrapping With Shine Bright

Now here's a collection I absolutely love! It's Kaisercraft's new Shine Bright collection, featuring yellow, black, white and grey. My home town's soccer colours! Well, let's not go there. 
Anyway, these papers are perfect for both boys and girls. Black and white photos look especially nice with those striking colours.

"Amazing Lashes"

(Yes, Leah is blessed with amazing lashes that can make Maybelline cry)
I painted some watercolour from Leah's paint box (nothing fancy here) on white cardstock and while that was drying, cut out circles from the Sunbeam paper. Once it was dry, I trimmed it down to 10.5 x 10.5" (26.5cm) and matted it on the Sunflower paper (I always cheat and cut out a hole from the paper behind so I can use it again). Then I drew a 9" (23cm) circle with my compass and stitched it in grey.

Cap it yellow is s cute bottlecap embellishment that is also available in other colours, for both boys and girls. See them all here. I teamed it with a cherry blossom and a star flower

For the those glass buttons I glued some glass cabochons on the Bright Side paper with Glossy Accents (or Dimensional Magic) and cut them out. They look so cute, and whatever picture you glue behind, it will look larger and brighter! You totally need cabochons in all sorts of sizes, but the ones I used are 8mm14mm and 18mm big.

Leah is 9, and the soccer shirt charm had a number 9 on the back, so that had to go on as well.

"There is a boy"
Now to prove to you how well this collection goes with teen boys!

For the background I cut 7" (18cm) including the barcode (!) off the Canary paper, flipped the shorter piece over and glued it under the barcode. Easy as and a great way to do a 3 pattern background in 1 step.
Add a few pieces from the collectables pack (that one is soooo lush), a piece of ric rac (which is half price and such an easy way to add some texture and pattern).

The black felt frame felt a little too strong to me (if you know me, you know that I don't really like framing photos in black, but I do love the felt frames). I added some lemondrop twine and licorice twist sugar beads, stuck on with plenty of Glossy Accents. 

I told you about the bottlecaps, here is one for boys - the Cap it black, teamed up with a ship's steering wheel charm

And up in the corner you'll find a date pin with a giant black rhinestone dot. How can you not love them!

"Cake Monster"
And then there is my cute little nephew on a sugar high...

Here I used the Golden paper (yellow and zebra stripes) with Mango (chevrons) and Bumblebee (grey), plus one barcode strip. The black tag is one of many cool ones on the Buttercup paper.
The rays were done with texture paste and a template, then sprinkled with gold embossing powder and heated. All those cool silver circles are from some fabric I found at Spotlight. 

The journalling is inside a metal tag holder.

So, there you are - 3 layouts done in no time with this absolutely cool, awesome and happy Shine Bright collection!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Love you to Infinity – A Male Valentine’s Card

With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought I would be extra organised this year and get my husband’s card made early.  Here is what I came up with using the Grunge Love you to Infinity Key embellishment.


I made a 14.5 square card base (cream card) as it works well with the CD.
First I grabbed a white faced CD/DVD and stamped the background and embossed with Gold Zig Embossing Powder.  I then inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain. 

Valentines Day Handmade Card

Die cut three cogs using Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die from thick card/chipboard.  Emboss with Stampendous Aged Ivory  Embossing Enamel.  Randomly sprinkle a small amount of Distress Black Soot Embossing Powder and heat emboss.  If you use too much Black Soot embossing powder as I did, just place some more Aged Ivory embossing powder.

Valentines Day Handmade Card

I also used a small amount of Distress Black Soot Embossing Powder and heat embossed the metal Gadget Gear Cog Charms for inside the card.

I matted the front and the inside the card of the card with black and cream card.

Valentines Day Handmade Card
Adhere some black florist mesh (or you could use nylon fly screen or muslin dyed black) to the front of the card.
Valentines Day Handmade Card
Adhere the CD/DVD onto the mesh.

Valentines Day Handmade Card
 Add cogs and the Grunge Love you to Infinity Key embellishment onto the CD/DVD.
Valentines Day Handmade Card
Inside the card adhere the metal Gadget Gear Cog Charms, and write your sentiment
Valentines Day Handmade Card

All finished - I hope your partner loves it.

Valentines Day Handmade Card

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

3 Cards using Kaisercraft Off the Wall

Perfect for cards, Kaiser Off the Wall papers are providing me with lots of options.

I have created three cards, one a little more complicated to make, but lots of fun and very effective, and two very simple to make. 
All three were made with leftover pieces and scraps from four sheets of Off the Wall paper - Loud, Rad, Awesome (I stamped most of the birds on this one) and Tag. I also used some Kaisercraft cardstock in CoconutMarine and Blue Jeans and some scraps of bright green and yellow from my stash.

The first, and most complicated card is a Card in the Box. I saw one of these on Facebook the other day, (shared by Alison xx) and I followed links until I got to this tutorial by Monica Gale. It's a good one - very easy to understand and follow, the measurements given are acurate and the accent is Australian.
You can spend an enormous amount of time clicking from link to link around the web!!

 The large back panel is a great space for writing your message.

What I love most about this card is that it folds down to fit into a standard envelope and is flat and light enough to post at the standard rate!!

I made my own envelope though - just because it looks pretty ;)

My second card is a 21cm x 14cm piece of Coconut cardstock. The toy soldier is from Tim Holtz and he is coloured with the Chameleon pens I got for Christmas. I fear I need a lot more practice to make the blends work better LOL!

The white card behind the frame is embossed using the Sizzix Cracked Texture Fade. The envelope is a standard C6 size.

And finally, the third card is a Twiddleybitz 13cm x 13cm - the black version.
Because I didn't have the silver version in my stash, I coloured my Bronze Compass Charm with
Ice Blue Inca Gold. 

Enough of cards for now....moving on to tags now, and an awesome grungy technique I found while I was clicking around the internet!!