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Thursday, 10 May 2018

100 Day Project .... Days 27 - 29

Day 27


I used a random numbered 4 x 6 Black and White PL card, a Spellbinders travel set for the "adventure" die, and some Hero Arts stamps for the world.  


Day 28 


I was very kindly sent a load of die-cuts of various shapes, and I covered this dream catcher in glitter.  The base card is PL Heidi Swapp "My Favourite Things".  I like this one! 

Day 29 


Again - I used a PL Heidi Swapp "Sparkle" 3 x 4 card with a bunch of different pinks.  Great for a little girl, or a pink loving person! By taking a photo with the light on, but trying to escape camera flare, I have actually captured some of the sparkle of the glitter ....

100 days is a very long haul and I am determined to finish, but it almost certainly won't be by the original finish date.  Sometimes I am feeling quite creative, but to continually use this rectangular shape is pretty restrictive ... oh well! A slight pile of my cards will be used, with a bit more hope that they will eventually fit into their storage box ....

Thanks for stopping by.

#100 Day Project ... Days 22 - 26

It’s been a busy time between commissions and appointments for children ... finally getting a window to upload cards.

Like a Nong, I forgot to take a photo of my Day 22 Project .... a commission for a seven year old girl, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Day 23 - 25th April ...


Thank you to some very kind crafters on a Facebook group for sending me some supplies when they heard about our family situation.  The pink patterned paper and the die-cut were donations and I die-cut from a pink sparkly card from the Heidi Swapp "Sparkle" kit.   

Day 24 - 26th April - 


Blue glitter cards here and next card also from the Project Life Heidi Swapp designed "Sparkle" range.  I have also used up every last skerrick of paper from the Bo Bunny "Allora" range - it was quite therapeutic to cut all the flowers, leaves and other little bits from the paper.  I love the vibrancy!

Day 25 - 27th April ... 


Quite a busy card and not really my style, but I just used the last bits and pieces of things that I had.  Bright and happy - that's the main thing.  Back soon with more cards - I am having some technical difficulties with updating this blog, due to uploading.  I hope to work it out, eventually!  




Saturday, 28 April 2018

Custom Cards - Mother’s Day

A break from the 100# Day Project - for which I am now behind, but hope to catch up. I have been lucky enough to have some card orders - I am proud to say that card sales this year have propelled me over 2/3 of the way for me to have independently paid for the boys’ paediatric appointments of $600. I really only started in March, so that is a great result.

I had a brief of “wine, or art” for a Mother’s Day card.

I came up with this  ....


I downloaded a palette and easel image from the internet. The background was made by scribbling Gelatos onto a canvas background.  When the boys were born, I bought a cheap gessoed pad and stamped their feet images onto it with blue ink, so I am reusing the other side ... waste not, etc! 

My first time using Gelatos ... a bit tricky, considering I used such a textured background, but I liked the result. I used mostly the bright palette with one colour from the Pastel range. 

Once I cut out the image and stamped on the sentiment, I lay the paper on the background and it really needed softening. The flowers on their own were far too harsh too.  I rummaged around 8n my scraps beads and found some ancient slivers of patterned paper ... K and Co for the butterfly and the ladybird, and Basic Grey “Lily Kate”for the paisley flowers and leaves.  It added a touch of whimsy to the card, which was perfect.  Lashings of glitter glue to lift the colour and make it pop! I thought the gold border might do it, but it was flat and unappealing, so the border also got glitter bombed! The customer is pleased ... and I 2as pushed out of my comfort zone to try something new.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Supplies: 
Canvas Pad
Downloaded easel and palette image 
Bright and Pastel Faber- Castell Gelatos
Gold mist and pen
Crystallina Kindyglitz
Close To My Heart “Say it All Occasions” sentiment stamps, Lagoon dye ink, Mini-gems
Prima flowers
Patterned Paper - K and Co, Basic Grey “Lily Kate” 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

#100 day project - Days 17 -19

At the end of this post, I am officially ahead!  Quite amazing.  I think the secret is to KISS ..... but that is not always easy, either.

Day 17 - 20th April

Loved this bright yellow paper - so teamed it with clouds and sunshine.  The Project Life card has edelweiss and blossoms of snow wording - highly unlikely that I would have ever used it except as background.  I've used up some more Bazzill Basics Just the Edge strips.  Craftwork Cards Sentiments stamps and CTMH Canary Ink.  I love the Daisy! 

Day 18 - 21st April


Broke out a new mini-kit!  Project Life Heidi Swapp designed 'Sparkle'.  A bit girly for my pages, but lovely for a card.  Used some paper from the Hot Off the Press cardmaking book that my friend Jan gave me a white back.  Kept pretty simple.  I've found one of my corner punches nicely emulates the rounded corner of the old Project Life cards - they are square now - so much easier! 

Day 19 - 22nd April 


Using up some of my scraps - Punched the background from various grey and blue scraps.  I used a Project Life Sparkle quotation embellishment.  Flower from stash - the dark blue centre was a scrap on my desk from a previous project.  I opened up a fairly new purchase - a Prima "Zella Teal" beautiful gems - all shades of Aurora Borealis.  Just beautiful and irresistable, when I saw them in my local craft shop.  Adds such a different to the card IRL.  I had previously done the background, so it was very simple to add the rest for today's card.  

Day 20 - 23rd April 


So - ta da!  Here's tomorrow's card - back to a Project Life Picturesque card that I chose when I went through this kit.  The black shiny background was another page repurposed from that Myer One Catalogue from a few years back. The greeting is embossed with silver.  The grey cardstock matt for the PL card is outlined very finely in silver.  I thought the anchor was a lovely symbol of strength if someone was having a hard time and was cut out of black sparkly thicker paper, so I backed it onto cardstock before cutting out.  Very simple!  

A fifth of the way into the project and I am already pushing the boundary of what I am using.  Maybe I will just broaden the definition to term Project Life supplies .... but that may be cheating.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, 20 April 2018

#100dayproject - Days 15 - 17

I feel like I am doing well with this challenge, but it is a bit difficult trying to keep up.  Even though I am not working at the moment, this week has been full of "life administration" I heard it referred to on the TV.

I am starting a new volunteer role as Treasurer of the boys' school's P and C, so that will be quite a steep learning curve for me as well.  Never mind!  A busy woman always makes time, so they say ....

Day 15 - 17th April 


Using Project Life Tangerine

Of the three, I think this is my favourite - probably because of the colours and the ease with which it came together.  I love bright, zingy colours.

I broke out my Martha Stewart around the Page punches - not sure what this one is called - but I had to add lots of covering twirly bits to cover up my mistakes.  Same with all three cards, in fact!  
Day 16 - 18th April 


Using Project Life Tangerine

Day 17 - 19th April 


Unknown card - pink  

My birthday card client had a stack of old scrapbooking papers and not being at all crafty, she handed them over to me.  This card took forever to come together, as I kept making mistakes.  I am really happy with it in the end, but it took a LONG time.  

Full list of supplies:
American Crafts A4 Tropicals Cardstock - bases for cards 1 and 2 
A6 white card - base 3
Dies - Richard Garay Silver and Gold Marigold (leaves), generic button, Die-namics Leafy Flourish (card 3)
Prima Flowers (Wildflowers) butterfly and flowers
Gems, enamel dots
Sizzix Triplets Flowers ~3 by Stephanie Barnard (card 3)
Martha Stewart Around the Page punches - triple scallop
Close to My Heart  - Pacifica, Goldrush, Slate inks, Junebug Puffies Glitter Stickers
Stamps - Basic Grey (scallop greeting card), Craftwork Cards Sentiments, Stampin' Up!  Curly Cute
Crystallina Kindyglitz

So - if anyone is reading this, and is interested in purchasing some cards, please do let me know .... 
Thanks for dropping by.  :)

Monday, 16 April 2018

#100 day project - Days 11-14

Keeping on track and enjoying the challenge .... to produce a handmade card per day for 100 days, using a Project Life card.
Day 11 - 13th April
Project Life Picturesque

A move away from clean and simple - but that's ok.  Not one of my favourites, but that's ok, too.  I used a Tim Holtz Ticket Journey stamp and decided to stamp in the white background of the PL card.  CTMH Juniper and Slate inks, sequins and jewelled swirls. 

Day 12 - 14th April 
Project Life Picturesque

The background is grey shimmer cardstock.  The star is silver shimmer, with silver Shimmer trim from CTMH.  The ticket stamp is by Paula Pascaul.  I finally used a Puffy Glitter sticker from CTMH.  The grey circle was on my desk.  

Day 13 - 15th April 
Project Life Picturesque


A complete departure - I cut the scene from the Project Life card.  Silver embossing on the black greeting label.  I received a Myer One Reward catalogue in the mail a couple of years ago, and the background images are all lovely - high gloss photography.  Good for something a bit different for card backgrounds.  There is also black silk ribbon along with the silver Shimmer Trim and the grey washi.  I edged the grey journalling shape with black diamond Stickles.  I was imagining a disaster but it turned out quite well.  

Day 14 - 16th April 
Project Life Seafoam 


Today's effort - I decided for a change of colour way and used a 6 x 4 Seafoam card.  I decided to break out my trusty circle punches and stamped the star background using CTMH Juniper ink.  I have had the stamp for quite some years - I was pleased with the result.  

Thanks for stopping by.  :)




Sunday, 15 April 2018

Welcome Tucker - 15th April 2018

A friend just has her fifth baby, a boy named Tucker:  I love the name - it seems especially Australian for some reason.

So I started by setting out my supplies ...

A customer just gave me a bag of papers that she has no use for.  One of them was this blue gingham check, which I always find lovely for babies.

Another thing I particularly wanted to use was this blue baby self adhesive ribbon. So I found some coordinating blue cardstock and went from there.


Supplies:
Blue cardstock (Cricut)
Blue gingham patterned paper
Blue self adhesive ribbon
Bella baby die cuts
Adorn It! Tiny Whoopsy Teal Alphabet
Die-namics flat bottomed Clouds
MFT Puffy Clouds
MFT Stitched Circle Die
Close to My Heart Gold Shimmer Trim


I have made a couple of baby cards recently, and they never gelled.  Today, this one gelled, luckily.  I bought the pack of Bella die-cuts because they were on sale on Spotlight and when opening the pack, some of the die-cuts were really weird - I know they were meant to be vintage, but one of them looked like Chucky from the horror film!  That one was immediately filed in the bin.  I added the very fine strip of gold Glimmer Trim on the bottom and then I realised the golds didn't match - I went over the strip with some Champage Stickles, which matched the other glitter much more closely.

I am very happy with how this card turned out - now to give to the new mother!