Saturday, 19 January 2013

Inspired Card #1...and 2

Bonjour peoples!
We are enjoying a lovely cool day here today, after an absolute scorcher yesterday!
After dinner last night we took a drive into town (yes, our "town" is where the beach is...I only just realised how funny that sounds) intending to have a refreshing swim. It was already starting to get dark and stormy (a southerly was on it's way), and we'd only been in the water a few minutes when the wind whipped up, bringing sand with it and ouch - did it sting! Then the rain came, and that - combined with the sand and wind - created a...I don't know what...but we had to run run run to cover! Very bizarre, but quite fun!

Anyway, speaking of fun, I have a card to show you (as promised) that I created using my inspiration folder I discussed in my last post (found here ):

The card that I well, copied, is found in the top left hand corner of the next photo...can you see it?
(NB: all the images in the photo below are from Stampin' Up)

This was my first attempt at bunting (I know, it's everywhere isn't it?) and although it's not my bestest card I've ever made, I was still pretty happy with the end result, and the great part is that it was quick to make.
I was happy to find that I could make this card using product from my stash, all I needed to do was substitute a few things, like the sentiment and the ribbon.
(I would not enter this card into card challenges or submit it to a magazine because I have imitated everything about the card.)

Here's the next card for you to have a look at.
(Notice that it is the card from the top right hand corner of the above photo...)
I was super duper happy with the way this one turned out, even though the photo is not that crash hot :(
Instead of using die cut butterflies, I used my Tim Holtz "Tattered Florals" die, applied Broken China distress ink, then white heat embossed a Kaisercraft stamp (from "Flora and Fauna") onto the flower. The sentiment is a little Hero Arts stamp ( I love Hero Arts) from the "Friends" set stamped with brown ink.

Can you see the pattern behind the green panel?
I partially inked my "Woodgrain" stamp (Hero Arts again), stamped it on the lower half of the card base, and white heat-embossed it - I like the suggestion of texture it gives. 

The card base is kraft cardstock - I'm really into this at the moment, it goes with every colour and it's a nice change from white.

So, what do you think?
I'll be back soon with a couple more cards to show you, and in the meantime how about you go create something? I'd like to see it!

Come back soon,
Rebecca ;)

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Happy 2013!


For my first post of the new year I wanted to share with you an idea I have been implementing with my crafting.
Do you ever feel like you want to create, yet when you sit down at your desk the creative juices just aint flowing? That's so me, so often! It's so frustrating!
Thankfully I have found an answer to this debilitating illness (called "lostmojo-itis").
For me, the remedy for this ailment has been to put together an inspiration folder.

As you can see, all it is is a display folder with clear plastic sleeves. Easy to get from anywhere - the newsagent, supermarket, Kmart...anywhere.
I am in the process of filling the pages with pictures of cards and projects that represent my style, my favourite techniques etc, as well as card styles and techniques that I would like to attempt.

What I like about this idea is that when I sit down to craft, I can get straight into it, producing a stunning card in no time because all the fiddly time-consuming work of planning has been taken care of. I have been super happy with the results, and it is quickly building up my supply of cards.

Now, you could go from page to page, here and there but I have started from page one, and am systematically working my way through, card by card, by card. I don't copy the card examples to the letter, but I'll explain that more in later posts.

Over the next few posts I will be showing you cards that I have made using the card images in my folder as inspiration.
Why don't you try this idea, I bet it will give you the boost you need!

(Full credit for these card images to Jennifer McGuireKristina Werner, Stampin' Up!, Amy Tangerine, and Joy Taylor.)

Hope you can come back soon,
Rebecca ;)

Sunday, 30 December 2012

"Hello Life"


Hello there!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas, celebrating with family and friends. 2013 is just around the corner!

I wanted to share a cute little album I have just finished.
I had a go at Following The Paper Trail's paper bag album project, the YouTube tutorial is found HERE. Very easy to follow, give it a go!

I called mine "Hello Life" and using simple photos and very few words (no journalling) I was able to put this together with a minimum of fuss!

Here are a few pages...


A little while ago I bought the 6x6 paper pad of Amy Tangerine's "Sketchbook" paper range, as well as the die-cut elements and clear stamps. I challenged myself to stick to using only these products, as well as a couple of colours of cardstock (kraft, grey, black).  I found that the bright summery colours co-ordinated beautifully with the yummy new-ish set of "Summer" distress inks (Picked Raspberry = pink; Mowed Lawn = green; and Salty Ocean = blue) and also the happy Squeezed Lemonade yellow from the "Spring" set! So bright and happy.
Thanks for dropping by, I hope you can come back soon!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Love Those Distress Inks!

Hi there!
My mum had the kids for a couple of hours today, so I had the most wonderful time playing with one of my favourite mediums...distress inks!
If you have never tried these before, give them a go - they are so much fun, and the results are outstanding!

I created this card today, using a technique I discovered on Kristina Werner's blog. She is an amazing cardmaker, so talented, and I love that she posts a video for every card tutorial she makes. So helpful for a visual learner like me!

The card I used as the inspiration for my creation today can be found here.

And here is my card. 

For the sentiment I cut a label shape out of the blue "distressed" using a die and my cuttlebug, creating a negative space - or a hole (!). I stamped the sentiment onto the card front so that it peeps through the die-cut hole.

I adhered the blue card to the card front with foam tape.

A simple yet effective result, don't you think?

Check out Kristina's blog and learn some new techniques for yourself. It's a lovely way to spend a few quiet hours.

Hope to see you again soon!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Framed Monogrammes


This pretty idea is something I made for my DDs several months ago - framed monogrammes for their bedroom doors.
They look good, don't they?

So easy.

All you need is a frame (mine were 2 for $5.00 from Big W); paint; and assorted papers.

The frames I got were already white, but because they were only cheapies I gave them a cupla coats of white paint to cover any marks/ scrapes on the wood (happy to do that - after all, they were only $2.50 each!).
You may prefer to use a colour to match the room instead.
You will find the painting easier if you remove the back of the frame as well as the glass.
You won't need the glass if you are planning on attaching dimensional embellishments.

Set aside to dry thoroughly.
While the paint is drying (or in my case 3 weeks later...well, life's busy!) cut your background paper to size and adhere it to the backing of the frame.

I printed the monogrammes on the computer and used them as a template to trace onto the paper I had chosen for the letters. If you're really clever you can draw them freehand.

Adhere letter to background paper, add desired fancies and...voila!

This would suit a boy's room too, using robots or space creatures or monsters, grrr!

I hope you have fun trying this out for yourself.
Have a great day,
X Rebecca

Monday, 22 October 2012

"LORD - do something...please!

Here's something for you to think about.

How many times have you prayed about an issue - either something you are going through, or maybe a friend - and you pray as if it's the first He knows of the situation?

The thing that the Lord revealed to me the other day was this - it is HIM prompting us to pray about the situation in the first place.
With God we don't have to be afraid of what lies ahead

He already knows about it, even more than you do.
He's the one getting the ball rolling by causing us to be aware of the issue in the first place.

He opens our eyes to it, whether it's something in our life that needs dealing with, or it could be a need a friend has, or a social justice issue.

Perhaps when we pray we need to be saying, "Thankyou Lord, for making me aware of this problem/issue, and please heal/deal with it/cause it to work out" instead of "LORD don't You see me/her/them suffering here? Why don't You do something about it??"

Well...He already has.

Thanks for calling in,
a bientot...X Rebecca

Friday, 5 October 2012

Something to Try...

Hi there!
Thanks for calling in.
See the cute little cupcake photo in my new header? Aint it suhweet?
I thought today I would encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to this hobby of papercrafting that we all know and love.
Don't limit yourself - or your supplies - to making cards or scrapbooking.
Let's face it, with the amount of money we spend on our hobby we are obligated to do much more with it than we do!

Take these cupcakes, for example.

I made these for my daughter's 12th birthday - very, very simple cake and icing - but by creating a flower (using the mini rolled rose die from Die-namics and a little leaf die from Stampin' Up) it transformed a plain old cupcake into something quite exquisite.
You don't need a die-cutting machine to do this, you can create a freehand flower and stem instead and get the same result.
What do you think...worth a try?

A bientot mes amis!