Happy ANZAC Day everyone ūüôā

Forgot to include this card with my last post. ¬†It was one I made very quickly at the end of my group crafting day. ¬†My friend had bought an old Japanese book from an op-shop, with the thought of using the text on cards and other projects. ¬†She shared the pages with us, and I created this card with some other Japenese-y papers I had luckily brought with me. ¬†Actually, they were from years ago when I was on the Design Team for a scrapbooking store. ¬†I hadn’t used these papers since then, but they went well with the text as a backing paper. ¬†I liked the addition of the vintage bird too (when do I NOT like adding a bird?). ¬†As I didn’t have all my supplies with me, it’s not finished as well as I would like, but it’s ok and a quick and simple little design that ended my day on a satisfied note.

Hope you are having a productive day ūüôā

PS I am dedicating this to the late, great Prince, who we tragically lost this week.  RIP x


Quick and Cute

Quick and Cute

Spent the afternoon making some cute little cards. ¬†I wanted to make some super quick and easily – these fit the bill. ¬†I used the Yuki range of papers (actually, just the one sheet was used for most of the “frame” cards – the “Hall of Frame” sheet) from Prima Marketing¬†and the Kokeshi range, designed by Samantha Walker from Creative Imaginations¬†(who have now changed their name to “Splash of Colour” by the time I post this, just to confuse you!). ¬†The “Hall of Frame” sheet I actually got for Christmas (thanks, Mum!) and loved the sweet little cartoony girls and the intricate frames. ¬†I like a bit of fussy-cutting so didn’t mind cutting the frames out by hand, but apparently you can get pre-cut chipboard ones from Prima here. ¬†The purple/white polka dot side of the sheet was gorgeous but I didn’t like to waste the front of the sheet so I only used a tiny bit on a couple of the cards (and then bought myself another sheet…) and then used other co-ordinating papers and stamps from my own stash.
















I kept the cards simple with only a bit of embellishment here and there. ¬†I didn’t feel like mucking about with edging or distressing or anything (it’s too darn hot!). I just bought myself a bottle of Liquid Pearls¬†today and boy, why didn’t I have this stuff before?! ¬†It looks awesome and it easier and less fiddly than using adhesive pearls or jewels. ¬†Nice!


So I am happy to have made some cards today after the less-than-creative-or-happy week I had last week. ¬†Now it’s the start of the working week and I won’t have any time to make any more for days (gasp!) and that makes me sad ūüė¶ ¬† ¬†But such is life. ¬†No workies, no monies for buying paper-craft stuff!

A Geisha and a Nutcracker…

A Geisha and a Nutcracker…

So, I am working on lots of things for this month’s Design Team requirements. ¬†I have been able to make a few cards – the Simple Stories paper and stickers are great to use, especially on those days you’re not feeling particularly inspired and just want to make something easy. ¬†I don’t generally use stickers on my cards – I don’t like the one-dimensional look of them. ¬†They’re so flat and¬†look like stickers, if you know what I mean. ¬†So for these projects I stuck them on to card and¬†painstakingly cut them out again so I could use padded tape on the back of them and give them more “oomph” and definition. ¬†I like the little snowman – he’s kinda cute. ¬†The “Handmade Holidays” sticker sheet is really good value – it has loads on it and you could make a bundle of cards with it (and just a couple of sheets of co-ordinating cardstock or papers). I’m still working on some more cards from those papers so stay tuned…

I’m also using a couple of pieces from the Graphic 45 “Birdsong” range. ¬†So pretty! ¬† All those cherry blossoms and gorgeous vintage-y Japanese ladies.

I attempted to make an ornate picture frame with a geisha hair pin as decoration. ¬†The frame was an ugly little plastic IKEA one I had stored away. ¬†It came with it’s own little stand too. ¬†I spray painted them both with a high gloss enamel (black) and they came up pretty nice. I also rubbed a little bit of red metallic buffing creme to the edges and details, just to add a bit of contrast and definition.

I agonised over the hair pin – I did have one that a friend brought me back from Japan but I didn’t want to glue that on, I wanted to make my own. ¬†So I tried a few different things – chopsticks, skewers, nylon wire and string. ¬†In the end I used a cut-down chopstick that I painted a rich crimson colour, added a bead to the end and wound some string (painted black) around it and added some other black and red beads for the “dangly bit”. ¬†It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted…but hopefully it gives people some ideas (that they can then execute better than I have!). ¬†Anyway, it makes a change from cards and it shows a different way of using scrapbooking paper.

Now I am starting another project using the Graphic 45’s “Nutcracker Sweet” range – lots of purple and green and sugar plum fairies! ¬†But before I attempt anything with those lovely papers, I had better clear up my mess, rediscover my table and plan what I am going to do. ¬†Or I could just push everything to one side and work in a little tiny corner of the table like I usually do…that sounds more like me!