Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Arty Divas Challenge 23 DT Project

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 23 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!
This week's sponsor is Lee Holland Art
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The image we were given to work with was a pre-coloured one, and usually these are not the easiest thing for me to work with, but the minute I saw that cute little dragon I knew I wanted a soft ethereal cloud background.  I used some cloud dies by Lawn Fawn which I cut using scrap cardstock so I could do a blended cloud background with Distress Oxide Ink

I used a different cloud die to cut three from vellum which I machine stitched down.  This meant relying on my trusty Glue Dots to make sure the card front stuck securely to the card base.  

I fussy cut the little dragon and the printed sentiment.  The dragon was mounted on foam for some dimension and some clear shiny sequins (stuck with Mini and Micro Glue Dots of course) finished it off.
This will make a great card for a little girl I think!

Dragon Wishes

That's all from me today!  It was nice to make one that was quick to put together for a change!

Love and quick cardmaking!


Monday, 1 June 2020

Quilter's Vibe May Layout

Well hello there Lovelies!

Time for another QV and the inspo quite was chosen by Christy from Christy's Beautiful Life.  I'm sure I don't need to tell you what I think of it, right?  🤣🤣🤣

Daisie probably isn't playing this month.  She's a busy frontline worker for which we are extremely grateful.

Sara, Christy and I all made very different layouts.  This is one thing that's so fun about this series!  I've linked to all their YouTube channels below so please go see what they made too!

As I mentioned in my video, upon seeing this inspiration piece I thought of a beautiful quilt made for me by some online friends and some photos reminded me of Fitzy's predilection for sleeping fully or partly under a blanket.  I've wanted to document this strange habit of his for some time.  While the photo I used is one of the cutest examples, it doesn't totally illustrate the way he crawls under til he's in the middle of the bed.

I'm still trying to get the editing to be the way I want and I'm not fully there yet.  Since much of this layout required repetitive action, more than usual is on fast forward.

I ended up adding gems which I forgot to add in the process video and yes I still forgot to add the date! 🤦  I did show the process of fake "stitching" eleventy billion buttons to the page with Glue Dots!  Watch the video and see how!

YouTube Process Video

The journaling is in 2 spots so here it is if you want to read it:


Some of the embellie clusters and title:



 Little Purrito

Here are the links to the other girls' YouTube Channels:
Sara Scraps
Christy’s Beautiful Life
Daisie’s Scraps

Love and Quilty Vibes!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Aty Divas DT Challenge #22

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 22 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Fred She Said
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The Digis for this challenge were adorable!  Although the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival is passed, the little girl and blossoms were a nod to that.   Unfortunately time contraints meant colouring her wasn't an option, I decided to use the images of the individual sakura flowers. 

This is where several ideas collided at once.

1.  They'd look lovey (and blossom like) all layered up
2.  Instead of printing on paper or cardstock, I could use the Foil Quill in the Silhouette and save some steps (although I grossly underestimate the time it took!)
3.  I remembered Paper 24 in Paige Evans' Pick Me Up Collection featured an arrary of wide stripes going from purple and red to pale pink.  Using that would mean I could just use a single sheet!
4.  I still have some of Basic Grey's Konnichiwa Collection which would made a very cute background.  It did indeed and one 12x12 sheet got me 4 card fronts designed to go on a 6x6 card base.

I went with rose gold foil, but a slightly wrong setting at the beginning meant less than ideal results.  And my non compos mentis state in the morning had me cut apart the paper and put it back togeter in an order that was easier for my undercaffeinated brain to process. Even then I kinda messed up some placement, BUT I felt placing partial blossoms off the edge would look quite nice.

Once I cut them out (I opted to fussy cut rather than have the silhouette do it after running for 2 or 3 hours by that stage) I layered them up with just a tiny dot of repositionable adhesive then dotted them around the card fronts.  After that I machine stitched through them.

I used Permanent Glue Dots to attach the fronts to the bases since the thread on the back requires an adhesive with more oomph than your standard dot roller!
I left little tails of thread as I often do and finished off with some gems which had been languishing in my stash.  They were adhesive, but sitting on thread I wasn't taking any chances and used Micro Glue Dots to keep them secure especially since I wanted to gently tease up the layers of the sakura blossoms to give them the dimension I imagined.

I left the cards without a sentiment since I don't know who will receive them and for what occasion, but I will definitely use them.

The rose gold is so much prettier and shinier than the photos are conveying and I did like the way that I could split the scene in the pattern paper into 4 without making it really obvious.

Sakura Blossom Cards

Love and all the pink things!

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The Paper Girls Challenge #200 - All About Boys

Hi Lovelies!

It's challenge time again over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog and I'm hosting Challenge #200 so I'd really love it if you played along!  The theme is All About Boys!

If you are taking Shimelle's Start with a Sketch class my layout is based on sketch #7.2

The difference with this sketch is that most of the layering was done with things OTHER than pattered paper (although I did manage to sneak in a few more scraps than Shimelle originally intended).

There IS a process video, BUT both the lighting and my editing are not what I hoped they would be.  Time got to the better of me and I forgot about zooming in in the video editor.  I cropped out a lot since much of it was repetitive fiddling and re-sticking.


Process Video 


I do address the issue of how to tell a longer story and splitting it across multiple pages.  In this case I wanted to include three photos that illustrated the shenanigans of remote learning.  Making a separate layout for each one is kinda overkill, but two (or maybe three) layouts documenting the entire ordeal process should just about do it.

Here's the journaling if you want to have a read:

Another trick which I'm nor sure is clearly shown in the video is the doubling up on Glue Dots (like under the grey cat) gives just a bit more dimension than regular adhesive, but not so much as the shallower foam squares.  When you're tucking things under, it's a useful trick to remember.

The Title


The Embellies

The Trials and Tribulations of Remote Learning

And lastly here are a couple of masculine cards.  They were made to go overseas so they have a slight Australian vibe.  I reduced the size of cut files intended as 12x12 backgrounds so the finished cards are a bit smaller than 6" square.  Each was backed with one or more patterened papers and accented with gum leaf gut files and gold mist.  Nice and simple and binge-cutting saves time later.  I'm all about efficiency!

Please visit The Paper Girls Challenge and enter a papercrafty project!  We'd love to see you there!

Love, and prolific papercrafting!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Arty Divas Challenge 20

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 20 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Fred She Said
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 I opted to use the uncoloured version of this image.

I'm less then thrilled with my colouring.  It's absolutely true what they say about practice!  It looks better "in person" than in the photo.  The issues with the light direction on the frog seemed to be magnified once the ink dried so I will have to come back and touch it up.

Once I was done, Shimelle's Head in the Clouds collection provided the perfect backdrop!  I splattered gold mist before adhering "Nolan" using foam squares.

I used tiny letter stickers for the sentiment.  Pretty simple, and once I touch up the direction of the light on the image, I'm sure I'll be happier!

You Are Toadily Awesome


Love and creative colouring!

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

The Paper Girls Challenge #198 Girl Time

Hi Lovelies!

It's challenge time again over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog and Challenge #198 is all about Girl Time. 

This might mean different things to different people, but whatever you enjoy doing with your besties is something to treasure. 

In the current climate of Covid-19, remembering the days we could get physically together with our friends and go out can be bittersweet, but it wont be too much longer I hope.  As someone whose health depends on everyone doing their part to adhere to lockdown restrictions, I'm very thankful to each of you playing your part.

In the meantime, I treasure the moments of the past by documenting them and staying in touch by virtual means.
Pretty much exactly a year ago, my sister and I enjoyed a spa day together, and this is the first of a couple of layouts about this trip to a town famous for its day spas.

If you are taking Shimelle's Start with a Sketch class and think my take on sketch #5.1 looks awfully like Shimelle's example in terms of supplies then you'd be right.

I tried various lines of paper that combined some florals with an autumnal colour palette, but they didn't have the vibrancy and fun I was looking to convey. 

See here's the thing.  Autumn in nature is beautiful, but in craft supplies it often seems to translate to orange and/or brown and of all colours, I rarely use these unless I'm working on a boy page maybe.

I only have the paper pad and some embellies from Paige Evans' Truly Grateful line, so my choices were slightly more limited, but seeing that beautiful bold floral in the background of Shimelle's page meant everything else paled in comparison.  I was also inspired by two of Shimelle's choices for the angled paper strips and while not identical, they are similar.

I was very pleased to use TWO words/phrases from those Thickers sets we all seem to buy byt struggle to use.  These ones were from Shimelle's Head in the Clouds line supported by some small puffy alphas from PinkFresh Studio.

There are several places where things didn't quite go to plan, but overall I'm fairly satisfied with the way it turned out. 

I was in a hurry to get it finished and cranky with the way the first official day of remote learning for TallCraftyDude was unfolding,

I guess I will have to wait and see how sketch 5.2 turns out!


Rise + Shine For There Are Adventures to Be Had

Love and scrap all the things!

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Arty Divas Challenge 19

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 19 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Jan's Digi Stamps
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This time I decided I would use the shaker element I made last time and tuen it into an actual card. A goft card holder to be precise!

Here's how I went about it:

First I cut a card base (tent folding) just a bit larger than the shaker and cut a piece of patterned paper a quarter of an inch smaller than the card base to leave a small border as shown below

Then I used a loyalty card as a template for a gift card to a certain coffee chain which has a famous seasonal (and limited!)  pumpkin flavoured  coffee drink.

The card measured at 2 1/8 inch so I added to that the width of a strong red tape to either side (a total of 1/2 inch) plus another 1/8 inch either side to allow for the depth of the pocket.  This totals 2 7/8 inch, so I just rounded up to a width of 3 inches.  The length isn't so important since you want plenty of room to be able ti see and remove the card.

Add the strong tape to the back of the pocket to the bottom edge and sides.  Remove the backing and stick in place, 

Double check that the card fits...

 Using a strong adhesive (such as Glue Dots) add the shaker to the front of the card

I wanted to emphasize the pumpkin theme so I cut out one of the squares from this cut-apart sheet and ended up fussy cutting since it was too big otherwise.

I stamped a more appropriate sentiment and cut it into two to make it fit better and covered the wording on the pumpkin then added next to the shaker on the front,








The front of the card:

I also cut out one of the critters to add inside:

That's all from me for today!

Love, and get crafty in quarantine

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

The Paper Girls Challenge #197 Florals

Hello Lovelies!

It's challenge time over at The Paper Girls and Challenge #197 is Florals.  What a lovely theme, isn't it?  My lovely friend and fellow Newbie to PGCB Lori is hosting it!

I was disappointed that I didn't get to make a project in time for challenge #196 which was Babies, so I combined both for this one!

I love to fussy cut and when I see a paper with large florals, my scissors are just itching to get into my hands.  Maggie Holmes papers are perfect for this and my layout has both fussy cut flowers and flowers from the die cut pack.

I also cut apart the floral chevron called L'il Bit Lovely.  I picked the ones I wanted, inked them and lightly tacked them to the page before stitching them down.

This paper along with the chipboard sheet from Maggie Holmes Shine collection were the driving force behind this layout.  

The photo was matted with my usual messy stack from the scrap box (yay! 🎉🎉🎉)

I used the "Bloom & Grow" along with additional thickets for the titles and also added the deer and some hearts from the sheet which to that point remained untouched.  

I was awfully pleased with the dent I made, but as you know, all chipboard made by American Crafts needs extra adhesive and Glue Dots in various sizes are my jam.  I'm not saying it's a bad thing actually, because I do like to move my embellies around a bit before I commit. 

There were other pieces from various collections (mostly Maggie Holmes). a sweet doily, gold mist and gems and enamel dots.  In hindsight perhaps I went too far with the gems, but more is more, right?

My journaling is below and pretty simple, but I liked how it flows into the title as the last line.

 Bloom & Grow Little One

Before I sign off, I thought I'd leave you with a few photos of the infamous photobombing NewCraftyCat!

I hope you visit the link to The Paper Girls and have a go at the challenge yourself!
Love, and fabulous florals