You wont believe….

You just will not believe how many scrapbook layouts and cards I have completed over the last 6 months that have not seen the light of day on my blog. I confess to you that I am quite ashamed I havent been blogging much (READ – barely at all) this year. No excuses Ive been rubbish at it. I have posted a bit more on my Facebook page and I even had a go at a wee short Facebook LIVE video. Need a much better set up than I have for that but hey who knows what the future holds!

I have been frequenting YouTube a lot more and have started following a few different creators, one of whom, is Dearly Dee. Its always nice to find a Youtuber from your own little country and Dee has inspired me no end. I have discovered Travellers Notebooks through her and have now made a pile of my own and started experimenting with them so watch this space. I love that I can use up lots of wee scraps of paper on them and that it feels much more “free” than a scrapbook page.

Anyway for all your patience I’m going to give you a little gallery of some of my scrapbook layouts. The photos are a bit shocking, really think I need a new camera but at least it gives you something to look at. Please do excuse the blobs and boxes, I’m just trying to protect the innocent!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

The Masked Butterfly

Hi folks just wanted to share the card demo’d at my party on Wednesday. It used a few techniques, Masking, sponging and collaged stamps. I love the effect and the sponging is so simple but looks really effective. You might remember I use it on this card back in January when I first played with my In This World stamp set.

Its a fun wee Z type fold.

Dont forget to place your SAB qualifying orders before the 31st.

     

Last Days of Sale-A-Bration

Hi folks there are only 7 days left to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration 2017 and lucky us Stampin’ Up! have just added 8 more catalogue products to the offering! I had a lovely class last night and we made this card.

Dont miss out! Email me to order moocowgen@ihug.co.nz or Go to my ONLINE SHOP

Happening in March and April

  • Sunday March 26 12.30 – 4.30 – Scrap and Stamp Crop Afternoon – Leeston
  • Friday March 31 – last day for Sale-A-Bration Online orders ( I will be placing my last order for SAB on Thursday)
  • Monday April 10 10 – 11.30 Card Class
  • Saturday April 22 5pm – 8pm Ellesmere Twilight Market in Leeston
  • Sunday April 30 12.30 – 4.30 – Scrap and Stamp Crop Afternoon – Leeston

One with me, using scraps

I loved  Jenifer Hignite’s layout as soon as I saw it and knew it would be a good one to CAS(E) . Her’s was a digital layout so much easier to line up all the strips but I dont think I did too bad a job thanks to my trusty metal ruler. Here is the layout

p1090277

I used some old retired paper that I love but only had strips left ot. All the strips are 1″ wide and most started out as 2″ lengths. Here is how I used my ruler to line up the pieces as I glued them down.

p1090272You can see the narrow even strip on the left of the ruler, I just held the ruler steady and butted up the next column against the edge. Viola!

Butterfly Circles

I saw a similar card recently but cant find it again to credit the maker now. I thought it was such a visually effective card that I had to CASE it too. I do have an original idea now and then in case you are wondering but I am also inspired by the beautiful work other crafters produce. I do like to try an acknowledge where the inspiration came from but sometimes that not possible.

p1090312

I’ve used In this World again and also Timeless Textures and for the Sentiment Love Sparkles.

I coloured the butterflies using Blender Pens and my ink pads. All you have to do is gently squeeze your ink pad when it is closed to transfer some ink to the inside of the lid and then use it like a palette to pick up the ink with the Blender Pen.

 

Beautiful Butterflies Card

This one is definitely going in my favourite cards pile, I love how it came out. The fussy cutting was a bit annoying because I cant find my fabulous Stampin’ Up! Scissors which are awesome for doing this but the effort was worth it.

p1090313

Ive used the In This World stamp Set again and stamped all the images in Memento Tuxedo Black before using Sponges to colour them. The 4 ink colours I chose are Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Elegant Eggplant. As I said the Butterflies are fussy cut and then I mounted them with Dimensionals over the a whole stamped image of the butterfly. Still love using my sponges to add colour. I love how it mixes and changes subtly.

Grandads Medals

I set myself the task of using the In This world Stamp Set to do a scrapbook page and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. Not my usual style so another step outside of my comfort zone too.

p1090308

Im still figuring out this “cluster” business but I think they look alright. Its finding the right way to combine them and have them looked layered and balanced.

p1090311Got a bit heavy handed with the red sprinkles from Gorgeous Grunge but otherwise not a bad layout. Did you notice that the patterned paper is actually from ” This Christmas Specialty DSP” pack? There are some great patterned papers in there that could be used for other occasions too so dont forget about those Christmas papers.

Merry Christmas to me

I finally got around to playing with the stamp set my lovely upline Jacque sent me for Christmas. It is called In This World (Clearmount #142652 $42.00 or Wood Mount #141946 $59.00) and has a great mix of images.

I CAS(E)d a catalogue example from before I started with Stampin’ Up! in 2009. It is a quick card to put together and a useful layout to keep in mind.

p1090314

The original card had a ribbon border but I’m a bit lacking in current ribbon that matched so I substituted the border from the Flourish Thinlits Dies # 141478 $59.00

 

Just 1

That’s all I wanted, Just 1 decent photo of us before my big kids started leaving the nest. After much screaming, begging and whining (most of it mine) We got to the photo session and it was achieved. Of course all that was left then was to immortalise the experience in a scrapbook page!

p1090274

P.S there goes that stencil again….ooooh and do you see that gorgeous new doily sticking out on the left hand side? These are awesome as one side is white and the other Vanilla so no more trying to figure out how to make the doily creamy coloured!

lace-doilies