Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cloudy Skies

Hello Blog Friends, I have been busy getting Inky and have something a little different to share with you today.  As much as I love pretty and elegant cards there are times when I love to play with inks and create something 'outside the square' for me.



I have used IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento™ Dye Ink in Summer Sky and Nautical Blue to create the sky, along with Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves for the grass.  The Sun has been inked in Dandelion and Rockmelon, using a circles mask created using Spellbinders Standard Circles LG. The card base has been created using the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A - such a great set to have - you cannot beat the core Dies,  My Dies have been cut using the  Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.




   The Indigo Blue image and Penny Black Inc sentiment have been stamped using Nautical Blue.  The birds are from am Anonymous Stampers set.  I have also used  Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares for dimension ,and E-Z Runner on this card.  



This card is for the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess - Anything Goes
Artbymiran Challenge Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration -Two or more images
WordArt Wednesdays - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes + Optional Twist
Everybody-Art-Challenge Circle on the Card

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Spellbinders - Turning Negatives into Positives

Hello Blog Friends - I am excited about today's Step by Step Tutorial for Spellbinders and hope that you will be too!  What could possibly be negative about Spellbinders - well the answer to that is nothing but I am talking about Negative Dies!! So, what is a Negative Die some of you ask...


A Negative Die is what remains when you have cut your original Die, so often these are pretty enough to use on their own.  I have collected a lot of them and am going to show you one way to use them....there are many different ways - you may have some of your own and I would love to see them.


Spellbinders Products:

Cross Promotional Partner Products:
Other: White Card stock, Seam Binding, Mulberry Rose, Button; Kindy Glitz - Liquid Glitter


 1. Use Negative Die from the Lace Hearts Die.
 2. Cut/emboss three (3) Hearts One using Authentique Paper
 3. Score the hearts through the center vertically
 4. Adhere the hearts on the score ling using liquid glue as shown above

 5. Using DCWV paper cut/emboss one  5x7 Matting Basics A #4  
 6. Using white card stock cut one (1) 5x7 Matting Basics B # 5 (the smallest Die being #1)

 7. Use another larger negative Die as a backing layer
 8. Adhere all layers using E-Z Runner


  9. Sponge around the inner and outer edges of the Negative Die using Rich Cocoa and a Sponge Dauber
10. Adhere embossed Negative Die to the top of layered papers using liquid glue
11. Center heart bling
12. Adhere layered Hearts One using E-Z Runner




13. Attach Seam Binding using double sided tape, pleating the Seam Binding as you go
14. Add Bling Border under pleated Seam Binding
15. Adhere Double Seam Binding Bow using Liquid Glue, followed by the button
16. Add large white pearl to the center of the button and use Kindy Glitz around the button as shown below. 
17. Cut/emboss sentiment from white card stock and adhere to lower portion of the card using liquid glue.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Reflecting - on the Spellbinders Retreat

You would think this post would be easy to write, but it is just the opposite infact - how can you capture the ultimate experience of bonding, inspiration, heartfelt friendships, generosity, teaching, learning, love and laughter in words - not possible - so I will try with photos.




It has to be said - these ladies are amazing - so many countries represented, along with those from the USA, we came from across the globe - Canada, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, England and the Ukraine. We shared some amazing days together, filled with laughter, tears and bonding.  The support and encouragement was amazing and each one appreciating each others styles - no ego or insecurities - just positive stuff happening - love that!



Stacey and the Spellbinders Team spoiled us - the trip to Sedona was amazing, breathtaking and so much more. 




The Desert is an incredible place at the best of times, but to be surrounded by the beautiful red rock formations was just surreal - each of us was taken in by it's beauty!




Yes, there were photo opportunities - and many of these will be seen on scrapbook layouts and canvas' over time I am sure!  For more photos, you can see my facebook Album HERE



Stacey took the time each day to gather us and encourage - bonding is not to be underestimated.  One of the highlights for me was the Class that Stacey taught - going back to her first love - Mixed Media - for some of us it was way out of our comfort zone - but that is what made it inspiring.



Here is a little sneak peek of my canvas - I am putting the final touches on at home and will share it when it is finished.




I don't want to overwhelm you with photos - I will spread them over a few posts - I hope you are okay with that!  We have been so blessed and I am wanting to share that with you and also honour the person who made it possible!! 


Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Artist in Residence - Inking with Elegance Tutorial

I have a tutorial live as an Imagine Crafts Artists in Residence. There is always something to be grateful for and what better way to express it than with the gorgeous Memento Inks - they are divine.




I have also used some of my favourite products including Spellbinders Dies, Want2Scrap bling and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - it doesn't get much better than this!

You can see the whole project and details by clicking HERE.  I would love you to pop over there and leave me a comment letting me know what you think - you know I love to see you!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two Tutorial

Hello and welcome to another Spellbinders Tutorial.  I am excited to be sharing a project using another new Die - these Dies are so pretty they almost make the card themselves.  I love the way the Dies co-ordinate so beautifully with different sets - it makes them so versatile and gives us so many more options.!



Spellbinders Products:
Cross Promotional Partners:
Other:
  • Blue Cardstock; dark pink Seam Binding; Mulberry Rose; liquid glitter/Kindy Glitz; Mulberry Rose; Chameleon Pens; image; patterned paper; KandCompany - McKenna Collection


 1. Cut/emboss two (2) Labels Forty-Two using Grand Calibur and blue card stock.
 2. Score one (1) Labels Forty-Two across the top at 1.5cm and folding forward
 3. Adhere second Labels Forty-Two, ensuring the patterned edge is lined up to form card base
 4. Cut/emboss one (1) Labels Forty-Two Decorative Elements Nestabilities® in patterned paper
 5. Adhere to card base using Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner 



6. Cut one (1)Fleur de Elegance Decorative Accents Nestabilities® using McKenna paper
 7. Adhere to card base using  Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares
 8. Add double Seam Binding bow to the left of the Die Cut using liquid glue
 9. Adhere Mulberry Paper Rose, also using liquid glue
10. Adhere stamped and coloured image using Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares
11. Finish by adding trimmed bling to each corner

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Up Up and Away....

Hello Blog Friends, as you read this I will be on my way to the Spellbinders Retreat in Phoenix Arizona....I will try (I did say 'try') to share photos both here and on facebook during the trip.  It is an amazing experience - I consider myself blessed to be part of the Spellbinders family!


For me, the journey starts at 7am, when I leave for the airport and head to LAX via Melbourne - arriving at 7am on the same day I leave here -  and meet up with one of the Spellbinders Designers to do some serious sightseeing - this will be fabulous - especially as there is a 14 hour stop-over at LAX!! 


The flight to Phoenix arrives at 11:30pm and we will be more than ready for the fun to begin!  Thanks so much for all the travel suggestions and advice - I look forward to sharing this amazing journey! 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Flower for You

Hello Blog Friends - I want to take a moment to welcome my new followers, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and for the comments you all leave - thank you so much - I have discovered, I am a 'Comment Junky!' LOL!


I have something simple and elegant to share with you today - and you know what that means - it is also quick and easy - and we love that occasionally - don't we!!  I love the way that the Spellbinders dies instantly give a card an elegant look - I have used the Fleur de Lis Rectangles Spellbinders® Nestabilities® Decorative Element, this was one of my first decorative Dies - and still a favourite!!



The image is from the Penny Black Inc. Petal Party Transparent Stamp set and has been stamped using  IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento™ Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black.  It has then been coloured usingChameleon Pens - these are fabulous to colour with and so easy to get seamless blending - and did I say totally addictive!?

The image has been cut/embossed using the Classic Rectangles LG Spellbinders® Nestabilities.  All Dies have been cut using the Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.  The sentiment is also from Penny Black Inc. and has been cut/embossed using Back to Basics Tags Spellbinders® Shapeabilities®.  The Nestabling is from Want2Scrap.   I have also used  Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares for dimension ,and E-Z Runner on this card.


This card is for the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess - Anything Goes
A Creative Need - Button Up
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Use 3 Embellishments (button, pearl and Nestabling)
Aud Sentiments Challenge - 2 to 3 Word Sentiment
MilkCoffee Challenge - Hand Color Image
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
WordArt Wednesdays - Anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Bling

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Spellbinders It's a Hoot Tutorial

How are you loving the new Spellbinders Dies - the Card Fronts make it so easy to create a card...and there is no limit to the styles.  I had a lot of fun with this one - it can either be keep CAS (Clean and Simple), or you can add to it - as I have done - you can see how in the Step by Step Tutorial below.



Spellbinders Supplies: 


Cross Promotional Partner Products:

Other Supplies: White card, black card, yellow and kraft scraps, Yellow/White Baker's Twine




 1. Cut/emboss white card using both Dies from the It's a Hoot Decorative Card Fronts
 2. Remove excess pieces of card from the Die
3. Using Die as a Stencil, sponge over all of the white card showing through ie. Wings, using Desert Sand Ink.

















 4. Cut scraps of yellow card and adhere to eyes using liquid glue
 5. Cut Kraft card to fit inside owl shapes, trim to size.
 6. Adhere 'It's a Hoot' to black card base (previously cut using cutting edge Die.
















 7. Stamp sentiment using Tuxedo Black
 8. Cut using small tag from Spellbinders® Shapeabilities®
 9. Use Die as a Stencil and sponge around the inside edges using Electric Yellow
10. Adhere to the card using Bakers Twine, secure using liquid glue
11.  Draw on eyes using Black Sharpie/Marker and White Pen

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Prima Pocket Card

Prima Marketing Flowers are known for it's beautiful flowers and products - I can't get enough of them - but I imagine you are the same! LOL!



I have used Prima papers and flowers to create this Triple Pocket Card - those tags give more room to embellish - and I love that!


Each Tag is unique and can be used as gift tags or added to a card, or kept as a set - for me, I would find it hard to break em up - but I am like that!  Can you see the postage stamp I have used on one of the tags - it is adorable, I just had to use it.


I have used Silhouette Spellbinders® Shapeabilities, along with Wrought Iron Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® Die D-Lites™  on the tags, my Dies have been cut using the Grand Calibur® Machine.  the bling is from Want2Scrap.   I have also used  Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares for dimension ,and E-Z Runner on this card.




This card is for the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams - M Let's Be Girly and Use a Die Cut or Punch
My Besties Norge - Shabby Chic
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
The Vintage Challenge - Use at least 2 different pattern papers
Simply Create Too - Shop In your own craftroom
It's All About the Vintage - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Crafty Creations - Brads, Buttons or bows 
Creative Moments - Anything goes/ Celebration
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Die Cutting and/or Punching

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