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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Scrapology January 2013 card challenge

Linda spun the colour wheel for us this month, and came up with the scheme of lime, purple and silver! I've used this colour combination before, and very zesty it is too.  Makes me think of new shoots of spring! 

Lots of lovely examples on our Scrapology blog with everyone demonstrating their different styles.  My cards these days tend to the more simpler, graphic design and this is no exception:

I backed the freebie label with a file folder, cut down to make a mat.  A lovely friend sent me two packs of handmade paper quite some years ago - one in purples, and the other in limes and aquas.  I came across these a couple of days ago, when digging through my stash ... it is amazing what you unearth when you have a good look!
The leafy florishes don't show up very well - I would have preferred them in plain silver, but because I cut one white side up, the silver side of the card reflected the scratches in the cutting plate, so I had to cover it up with something!  So the thick Ice Stickles from Ranger did the trick.  I didn't think I would use them as much as the much finer Stickles, but the coarse glitter really does have its place and provides even more punchier bling than the normal Stickles.  Particularly effective on festive cards. 
I customised the metal flower embellishments by changing them from pink to purple with a Promarker, and added a gem to each centre.  And the greeting is pretty special, considering it is from a freebie mag set - it is a bit bigger than normal, so provides some extra impact.  All good! 
5 x 7 card blank
Lime cardstock "Cricut"
Purple "Innovations" Handmade Craft paper 
Silver Card
Dienamics "Leafy Flourish" die
K & Co green patterned file folder
Purple freebie label from The Scrapbook Magazine
Lime flowers - "Prima Essentials 5"
Freebie stamps from card magazine - Stamp Doodles "Special Wishes"
Papermania Metal accessories - flower centres
Tim Holtz distress ink - "Seedless Preserves"
Ranger Ice Stickles "Silver Ice"
So, what I think is a nice card made from mostly old stash and bits and pieces and ready to make someone's day.  Why don't you have a go with our challenge and see what you come up with?  Happy January.  :)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Use Your Stash - First Birthday Cards!

I realise that I do many craft projects that I never upload to my blog, but sometimes I do take photos of them with the best of intentions. 

So it's about time to convert those intentions into actions and share ....

Last year, about the time when my twin sons turned one, I had a group of friends whose children also turned one - so it was time to get the creativity going and produce some cards for the youngest members of our population. 

Using American Crafts patterned paper, Spellbinders nestabilities and some very old stickers ...

Heather kindly donated some Daisy D's "Lullaby" range to me, and I had created a couple of layouts with it.  This was using some of the left over papers and alpha stickers ... I also used a balloon and script stamp that I've had for years - just some Glossy Accents over the top to give it some emphasis!

I used some left over Autumn Leaves "Mod" range of papers and some ribbon - and used an "I" instead of a 1, which I don't think you can tell ...

Some First Editions paper here - a new paper pad for me, together with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4 die, and the Waltzing Mouse labels stamps.  Some ancient rub-ons, and a Thickers "1" .... The stamps were freebies from a card magazine lent to me by Tara - I loved the stamp set so much I had to go and buy it on Ebay.  Very unusual for me, as it is very cutesy, but things change beyond all recognition when you have children, I have found!

Some freebie mag paper here and some washi tape!  I backed the washi tape with white card, and then used it like ribbon ... I love the combination of aqua, red and white! That stamp will come in especially useful for children's birthday cards in the future, I think. 

Some ancient blue paper in my blue scraps bag and a cutesy stamped image with a Bazzill Just the Edge strip.  I love blue and gold together - cheerful and bright!

A good record for me of some of the past projects I have done, and it might provide some good ideas for others who might struggle.  I'll be back soon with more in the series of "Using your stash .... "

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the New Year - another year of  big changes afoot and some crafting journeys ... starting with new challenges with Scrapology.  Many of you will know Elaine from Scrap 365 magazine, Paper Arts Shop and her blog The Distressed Scrapper.
This month, we are scraplifting this layout, which appeared on a cover of Scrap 365:-

So the challenge this month was to use tags. 

Being December, I had no chance to start this layout until Christmas was finished, and managed to grab an hour and a bit yesterday to get this layout done, albeit a very simplified version:

I was very pleased to pull this layout out of the bag with limited time.  Its always a bonus to use up more very old stash, too!  This time, some of the original Basic Grey, which I do still love.  I have just one tag left from the Tags and Labels sheet, so that will have to be used up on a card at some point - so to scraplift this layout was a perfect challenge with these supplies.  A friend had given me a Christmas kit some years ago, so the embellishments were also just simply pulled out of a bag. 
Happy New Year to everyone - hopefully you now have some spare time to take part in our challenge.  Hope it brings health and happiness for everyone. 

Basic Grey Aged&Confused "Sublime" Collection - Cinnamon, plus Tags and Labels sheet
MM Tiny Alphas - Black on White
Sandylion & Kelly Panacci Inc - Chipboard Medly Holiday Collection
sei Cocoa chalk ink
Plastic letters - unknown