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?"

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
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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 


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!


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
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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!