Thursday, 31 May 2012

Dalek Card

Today is my DH's birthday and I thought I would make him a Dalek card since he has been a Doctor Who fan since before we even met (and we have been married 27 years).  The pattern for the Dalek came from so have a look at all the lovely things she creates from punches, she is very inspiring.

The top photo was taken on a dismal afternoon which was also blowing a gale, so is not quite as good as it could have been.  And yes, it does have a couple of moving parts, the sucker arm and the gun thing.  All material from SU.

I'm now feeling I could tackle making a K-9 card, so I'll have to study my DH's remote K-9 for inspiration.

Have a crafty day!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Vintage Tags

I'm back again today to show some more of the Kaisercraft "Vintage" stamps in the collection.  I was really pleased with how the 'Cherish' and 'Believe' tags looked, so yesterday I bought the other 3 stamps - 'Treasure', 'Love' and 'Journey'.  I've been having a lovely morning making the other tags while listening to Kate Miller-Heidke on my I-Pod.  She is really quirky and my DH and I recently went to hear/see her at the Sydney Opera House.  I'm beginning to think music and mojo go hand-in-hand!

I've tried to 'age' all the tags using a distress tool and tearing a little, crumpling up and then inking over the creases.  I think my favourite in this group is the 'Treasure' - the suitcase 3D'd really well.

Next week at Alice's, I'm demonstrating 3D cards, so I think I'll be taking along these tags as samples and perhaps replicating a couple of them to leave in the shop.

The weather in Sydney this week has been gorgeous and our cat Frostie thinks so too.

Have a crafty day!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Acetate Cards #2

I'm back to show you the second of the acetate cards we made in class this morning at Alice in Paperland.  This card was really easy to put together, just as long as you have a grid to line the initial stamped image up.  I find Stampin' Up!'s grid paper so useful in lining up all sorts of things and by the time it needs throwing out, there's not much blank left to see, front or back!

I started with a piece of acetate 11" x 5 1/2"  to make a square card.  Using black StazOn I stamped each of the corners, then put it aside while I stamped up the owl and coloured it with water-colour pencils and a water brush.   This piece is adhered to the centre front of the acetate.  The second mat is adhered to the inside of the acetate, taking care to line it up, which hides the double-sided tape.  Adhere the third mat in the same way.  On the inside back of the acetate, adhere another card the same size as the third mat, lining it up exactly behind the front mats.  You now have somewhere to write your greeting.  Finish with a fourth mat, adhering it to the back of the acetate, again this hides the double-sided tape, and add some ribbon as embellishment.   The idea for this card came from so have a look.

I feel I've repeated myself so many times in the instructions, but it really is easy.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to take a photo of the inside as being acetate, it was very hard to keep open.

Have a crafty day!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Acetate Cards

This week at Alice in Paperland, I am teaching Acetate cards.  There are probably a number of different ways to make cards using acetate and I am demonstrating two of them.  The first uses two A5 cards joined together with the left side cut diagonally across.

Acetate is then fixed onto the back of this panel and then is sandwiched by the cut-off piece being re-attached.  I fussy cut around two images of M'lle Beeson and popped her up to create some dimension.

I added a panel of patterned paper and fussy cut around some more images before turning to the centre of the card.

The centre panel is fairly straightforward, with another image on the right-hand side.  All paper used came from Graphic 45 "le Circque" collection.

I'll be back soon to show you the second of the acetate cards that the class will be making.

Have a crafty day!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Vintage Tags

This afternoon I wanted to create something vintage from a couple of new stamps that Kaisercraft have recently released : "Vintage - Believe" and "Vintage - Cherish".  When I first saw these stamps (and there are a few more in the set [sold separately]) I could see some great 3D images emerging.  I often look for stamps where I can get more out of them then just a flat image and these fit the bill perfectly.

I first stamped the images 4 times each using StazOn and coloured the images using a blending tool and distress inks : vintage photo, stormy sky, peeled paint, mustard seed and fired brick, and then fussy cut around the areas I wanted to pop up.

I've used a distressing tool around all the edges and rolled corners over, as well as distressing the 'believe' and 'cherish' panels.  At the bottom of 'believe' is a piece of cream lace.

Wishing all the mums out there a "Happy Mother's Day".

Have a crafty day!

Monday, 7 May 2012

21st Birthday

A few weeks ago, you may remember I helped my friend and her daughter make 21st birthday invitations.  Well, the 21st Birthday party was on Saturday night, which unfortunately I wasn't able to go to as I was away  for the weekend.  As it was a family invitation my DH, DS#1 and DS#2 joined in the celebrations and a good time was had by all.

This is the card I made for her 21st.  I continued the invitation theme (a masquerade cocktail party) with the same colour card and mask (she had cut tiny masks without the feather which were put onto each invitation) and made an easel card.

Although it is hard to see, next to the key stamped in concord crush is the word 'Congratulations' from SU "Well Scripted".  The mask and dress came pre-made and just needed attaching to the card.

The Mother's Group girls and I had a lovely relaxing weekend away at Terrigal.  The weather was perfect for autumn and we had lunch at the beach, went for a couple of leisurely walks and visited a fruit winery, very different but quite nice.

This was the view overlooking Terrigal from the verandah of the house where we stayed.

Have a crafty day!

Friday, 4 May 2012


I thought I'd have a play with a rather cute stamp "Boofle" who is this months freebie on the Docrafts Creativity magazine.  I quite often look for stamps that you can make a 3D image with and this stamp works really well.  I stamped him 4 times onto hessian patterned paper (also a freebie with another magazine ages ago) and cut out each image.

His nose is coloured using a chocolate chip brush marker with crystal effects added to give it extra shine.  The background is card from my stash run through the cuttlebug using a brick wall folder and mounted on real red, basic black and crumb cake card.  Isn't he cute?

I'm off to Terrigal on the Central Coast this weekend with my Mother's Group so I'd better go and pack.  We all met at the baby clinic with our first borns which means we've known each other for over 22 years.  They are such a great group of girls and we should have a lovely weekend away. 

Have a crafty day!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Telescopic Card

Last weekend I was sitting at my craft table wondering what little project I'd like to start working on, when I thought "I should update my diary/calendar with upcoming classes at Alice in Paperland".  Just as well .... I discovered I was teaching Telescopic cards on Tuesday ..... hmmmm I've never made one before,  I'd better make some samples for the class and pretend I know what I'm doing LOL!

They aren't very hard to make and can be made in a variety of shapes.  The first one I made from squares, easily cut using the paper-trimmer and stamped using some freebies that were on the front of Docrafts Creativity magazine from a few months back that were just the right size.

Each piece joins the next by mini brads, and in this instance (though you can't see it) the second layer is actually upside down.  When you open each layer it all comes together to form the Telescopic card.

My next sample used leftover Graphic 45 papers "Le Circque" and I deliberately off-centred each circle.

The third sample used some leftover Kaisercraft papers and for this one I had a play with my Cuttlebug and some nesting oval scallops.  Nesting shapes work really well with this type of card and this was the card that the ladies in class chose to make.
My apologies for the blurry photo .... oops!  This one also has a fourth layer.

Have a crafty day!