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!!

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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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

 

Who’s got letter stencils?

Come on people, admit it, way in the back of those cupboards are some old letter stencils! I had forgotten all about mine until last night when I was puzzling over what letter dies I was going to use on a layout when I had a thought. Admittedly I was getting pretty tired .. read lazy.. so I couldnt be bothered getting out my Big Shot and cutting numbers and letters so this seemed like an easy solution. In my own defence I had just made my own DSP to use! Another great budget tip – its easy and your colours always match when you stamp your own!

Here is the Project Life card I made using an old stencil and my Project Life No.5 Jornaling Pen. I love these pens and they come in two thicknesses, the No. 1 is really fine for writing and the No. 5 is chunkier but still good for journaling.

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And to see the  whole page. I used two stamp sets for my DIY paper, Flower Patch and Love Sparkles.journaling-pens

            

Flower Patch # 134207                                         Love Sparkles – W #143114  CM #143183                   Photopolymer $54                                                 Wood $61               Clear Mount $44

 

 

CAS(E) This sketch, my manly take

Ive been working on a wee project, which I cant show you yet, so I had a nicely stamped project life card sitting on my desk which in the end I decided not to use. Then when I was flicking through some challenge sites I spotted this one from CAS(E) This sketch

Well I flipped that sucker on its head and here is what I came up with!

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Here is a closer look at the original PL cards (3X4″)

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Can you see the darker shadowing on the screwdriver and hammer handles? I used my Tip Top Taupe Inkpad and a blender pen to add some depth to them. I used the same method to colour all the tools  and added fussy cut handles stamped tone on tone. Not too bad! The stamp set is my new Nailed It one. The colours are Dapper Denim, Real Red and Tip Top Taupe.

New Year, New Opportunities

If you’re anything like me then the budget is very slim at this time of the year and the bills will start mounting as soon as school starts up again. Im sure with the new Occasions catalogue you all have a wishlist a mile long and a great way to make a dent in that is to join Stampin’ Up! as an Independent Demonstrator! You can earn money to not only support your “papercrafting habit” but also to help with the bills and those extras that pop up. The minimum spend for staying current is about $180 (retail) a month or $520 a Quarter. There are a few different ways to achieve that:

Stampin’ Addict – Spend it all yourself – You’re worth it!

Social Butterfly – Throw Stampin’ Parties yourself or for lucky hostesses

Select Friends – Get together with a few like minded friends and place orders together.

Take a look HERE for more or HERE for more detailed info or to sign up.

The bes bit is that during Sale-A-Bration you get EXTRA stamp sets for FREE when you sign up!

Its as easy as 1 2 3 Join

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