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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

The Paper Girls Challenge DT Project #205 Summer Dreams

Hello Lovelies



It's time for Challenge #205 over at The Paper Girls.  The theme is "Summer Dreams" so I thought my July "For the Love of Homemade Kits" kit would be perfect since it definitely had a summery vibe to it. 

If you would like to see what my kit looked like, click here to watch the YouTube video.

The next thing that inspired the page design was the return of Shimelle's "Starting Points" in this Facebook Live video.  It was lots of fun and made the page happen faster than it might otherwise have done.

Scroll down for the process video!

Here are the still pics

Journaling



Embellies




Title



Embossing Paste















Health Food



The lighting is dreadful due to the afternoon sun.  I tried to adjust in the editor, but it's still not great so I'm sorry and I'll see what I can do about it in the future.

Process Video




Love and happy scrapping



Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Looking for MASKS?

You've come to the right place!

I'm not looking to make this some kind of major endeavor, but you've come in contact (either personally or virtually) with one of my masks and here's the lowdown (will be updated as I get more info)

Firstly, I need to point out that I'm not a professional seamstress!  It's one of my crafty hobbies so the mask wont be absolutely perfect, BUT it will be made with love (or at the very least with no cussing!).

Please also keep in mind that my masks are made on a domestic sewing machine.  I try to make them as sturdy as I can, but it's not possible to achieve the same result as commercial equipment

Here's the link to the section on MASKS on the DHHS website



What kind of masks are you selling and how much?

I make two kinds:

Pocket Mask $8

Has an opening to insert an optional "filter".  If you're considering this kind please read the info on filters further down.  It also has a "slot" for an optional and removable nose wire.  I include a wire with each type of mask of this kind, but not a filter.

Regular Mask $5

Has pleats like the one above, but no filter pocket or nose wire slot.  Two layers of fabric stitched closed

You have the choice of elastic ear loops or loose ties with either style.


What about delivery?

You can either have it delivered at your expense by Australia Post (Can be sent as a letter/large letter, tracked letter or express.  Will depend a bit on how many you order)
OR contact free pick up from Sunbury (3429)


Is it one size fits all?

Nope.  I'm still figuring out how many "sizes" I need to have to fit most faces, but I should be able to at least give you some rough dimensions.  If in doubt I'd make the elastic a bit longer so you can tie a knot to make it smaller or use one of the many "ear saving" type devices on the market at the present time.  I may be able to help you in that area too, but not certain as yet.


What's this about filters?

Filters add extra layers and extra protection.  Please please don't cut up vacuum cleaner bags for this purpose.  Not only is it expensive since they should be thrown away after each use, but many vacuum bags are made of glass microfibres.  Definitely not what you want to be breathing in!

I use a dried out baby wipe folded in half.  The material is tightly woven and different to the fabric of the masks as recommended by DHHS.  If a double layer feels like too much, then just cut the wipe in half.  Just remember to discard after each use and wash the mask after each use.

Also remove the nose wire prior to washing mask and sanitize before reinserting!!

I'll have some fabric choices up as I can.  Some fabrics I have in large quantities and other I have enough for just 1-2 masks, but I have a lot of choices and many of similar style.  It'll be first come first served for the moment (unless I get a more elegant technical solution to the sales process) so drop me an email at
alex@pinkcraftymama.com
and if you are after something in particular or even a particular style please ask!  I might well have something that just hasn't been photographed yet.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be updating as soon and often as I can.

Love, and STAY SAFE, MELBOURNE!

 

Monday, 13 July 2020

Stick it Down DT July Layout using FLHK kit

Hello Lovelies

I'm not sure whether I've mentioned here on the blog that I'm joining the crew over at Stick It Down!  I love using scrapbook sketches so I was pretty excited about playing with these girls!




I'm using my July For The Love Of Homemade Kits supplies to put this layout together.  You can find more on that in the description box of my video.

The sketch was a bit different for me as I mention in my process video (scroll down!).  The titles placement and embellies on just one part of the page forced me (most willingly!) out of my comfort zone!

Here's the link to July's Challenge:

This one is packed with dimensional embellies of all sorts and to adhere anything (especially anything requiring some extra strength) to mixed media calls for Permanent Glue Dots! 😍😍😍

If you watch the video and compare the finished layout there to the still photos, you may notice I moved all the tiniest enamel stars and lightning bolts.  🙈🙈🙈

While I am happier with them after the change, this page one one that took on a life of its own and I'm not sure how pleased I am with it. 

It's definitely not what I pictured in my head, but the crazy energy definitely reflects the story of two crazy energetic little girls who would barely stand still long enough to pose for a couple of photos!

Journaling

Close ups for your reading pleasure as always (if you can decipher my writing! 😳)




Embellies




YouTube Process Video


Wonder Woman & Super Girl



Love, and STICK IT DOWN!


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Quilters Vibe June



Hello Lovelies!

Yes I know we're well into July.  But you know I love a good fashionably late entrance, right?  Weeell a combination of dire technical straits (like losing a complete, edited video😭😭😭) and helping a certain TallCraftyDude cram for exams. 😒😒😒
 
He totally sucked me in when he said something along the lines of: "I really should have spend more time in Class and less time on Discord during remote learning, shouldn't I, Mama?"


Mama:⬇⬇⬇
So the inspo chosen for June was this gorgeous chevron made of half square triangles.  I decided to use a cut file for the heart, except you can't tell now that it's all done.  Oh well! 🤷


Those colours, though! 😍😍😍


This quilt reminded me of some Paige Evans does with all her collections, so I printed off a few examples which I show in the video and take some of my inspo from there.  Thank you, Paige!


This design was ideal for using the little 2x2 inch swatch books that are unique to Paige's collections.  It was a good place to start.  Being exam-weary, I didn't have much energy to overthink things so I used mostly supplies from Paige Evans collections.  I think I got a little bit from each of them except Take Me Away and maybe Oh My Heart.


Thank goodness for Glue Dots helping thinks stick to machine stitching, but also after many many pulling up and putting down attempts. (you have no idea how many hours of raw video footage is me doing exactly that! 🤦🤦🤦)
 


Naturally after it was finished I couldn't stop myself fiddling with it, so I added a bunch of rub-ons from the Whimsical rub on sheet.  Mostly faux stitching to go along with the tone-one-tone embellie placement.  And yes, the rub-ons worked just fine!



Here's the video and if you scroll down there are close ups and links to the other girls who vibe along with me each month!


The Title

I don't know what my parents were thinking when they gave her a name with THREE Es!  Didn't they consider one day someone would be trying to spell it with Thickers (and the highly sought after vowels would cause their eldest child much angst??😂)



The Journaling

As always, here's a close up should you wish to read the story:



Awww aren't they the cutest?  Auntie love is the best! 😍😍😍



Helene's Max-in-a-Million




Sara Scraps YouTube Channel
Christy’s Beautiful Life YouTube Channel
Daisie’s Scraps YouTube Channel


Love and Quilty Vibes!


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Arty Divas Challenge 25

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 25 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
Online Shop -  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/leehollandart
Prize:
in a collaboration with Artsy Stamper
 
 
The image we were given to work with was this pre-coloured elephant one, and naturally my printer had to die right when I needed it most.  Uh oh!

We were also asked to use yellow in our project as a nod to Artsy Stamper and an optional project using "summer florals".  
I did what I could by using yellow and summer florals since getting access to a printer during lockdown, without a car and being "high risk" makes it virtually impossible.
I pulled out a floral cut file from the last time I did some binge cutting on the Silhouette.  It was cut to fit on a largish card so I went with 5x7.  I backed the flowers with a single piece of yellow patterned paper each leaving the leaves open as I've seen it done but never tried. 

It reminded me the dandelion paper in Shimelle's current Never Grow Up collection.  I used the paper pad which had silver accents.

Before adhering the floral cut file, I splattered some of he Dina Wakely glossy mist.  As I waited for it to dry I sprayed the cluster with some Shimmerz in Glorious Days. Not quite what I hoped, but not bad!

I added foam to the back of the cut file and stuck it to the paper which was stuck to a 5x7 card base and finished it off with some Spiegelmom Scraps sequins.  Sequins and foam were attached using Glue Dots which are my go to ways of dealing with these items.

Lastly a sentiment from Altenew stamped right on the card kept it subtle, but it seemed to work with the theme of the card.

Thanks for stopping by and please visit the Arty Divas blog and the sponsors for this challenge. 

Wish You The Most Beautiful Day


Love and creative cardmaking!


 

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Crazy Circles Gnome Card

Hi Lovelies!

This challenge is doing double duty for The Paper Girls Challenge 


and 

Arty Divas challenge.



The theme for TPG is circles and the image from sponsor Laurie Furnell was a cute gnome digi.


All I knew was that I wanted to stretch my Copic colouriing muscles again since I was feeling rusty and I felt the vibrancy would be perfect for a child.  Im not sure I like how pale the blue is on the gnome.  It bothers me a bit.  🤷 And let's not even discuss the beard! 🤦

What to do for the background, though?  If I used this project for TPG circles challenge I could pull out THIS bag of cats circles.  Recognize it?


It's from last year's Wonder Woman layout!  This one:


Since I printed the image out bigger than I expected, I went with a 5x7 card base.  The front ended up being 4.5 x 6.5 to allow for a contrasting mat.

I layered up some of the smaller circles and ran them through the sewing machine.  Using Permanent Glue Dots I adhered the back with all the thread to the stripey mat and I love using the same dots when using "fun foam".  I stick the adhesive side to the piece i'm popping up then it's easier to run Glue Dots all over the plain foam side.  They're far more reliable on foam than my dot roller I've discovered.

Lastly I die cut a fairly general sentiment which can be used for several occasions.

And I barely even made a dent in the baggie of circles!  I'm going to be reaching for them a lot, I think!

Hooray


Lastly I do encourage you to enter a paper project at one or both Arty Divas and The Paper Girls!

Love and crazy circles!

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
Online Shop -  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/leehollandart
Prize:
 
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!