Saturday, 30 June 2012

Tri-Shutter Album

The sun has been shining the last couple of days, much better for photographs, so here is the third project we made at the Brisbane Papercraft Convention, the Tri-Shutter Album.  The talented Kim Gavarra, a SU Demonstrator from Brisbane showed us how to make this gorgeous album using the lovely SU Twitterpated DSP collection.

The bellyband is made using the Twitterpated designer fabic, with seam-binding ribbon wrapped around and topped with Apothecary Art and SU's new framelets.

This is the inside (partly open) decorated with co-ordinating papers from the collection.  On both the front and back inside covers, we have used pleated satin ribbon in Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze for embellishment.

This shows the inside opened out, which is made from two tri-shutter cards adhered symmetrically to a centre panel.  The middle blue panel lifts up to allow a couple more photographs to be added.  The ribbon around the top is the seam-binding ribbon again. 

This album would make an ideal gift to display some treasured special occasion photos.

It's been rather topsy-turvy in our household the last few days, but I'll be back soon to show the last of the Brisbane projects, the "Busy Book for a Busy Life", just a few bits'n pieces and it will be finished.

Have a crafty day!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Vintage Tags

My apologies for not showing the other two projects we made at the Brisbane Papercraft Convention, however this afternoon I have put the finishing touches on the Tri-Fold Shutter Album which should be ready to photograph as soon as the sun decides to come out again.  Unfortunately our weather today has been overcast and cold and not conducive to taking good photos.  I'm still working on finishing A Busy Book for a Busy Life and hope that it too will be ready to show off in the next few days.

So instead I thought I'd show the final tag in the Kaisercraft Vintage collection.  This stamp had sold out at the time I bought the others, but it is now back in stock so I was able to create another 3D tag.

In the first layer I've popped up the Imagine bingo card, the teacup and gramophone, the second layer is the teacup and gramophone and finally the gramophone by itself.  The fob watch is coloured, fussy cut and then glued flat over the original image.  The little bluebird is also fussy cut and glued flat over the original image.

Thanks for coming to have a look at my blog, I'd love you to leave a comment, so as always ........

Have a crafty day!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Card Caddy

At Alice in Paperland tomorrow, my class will be making a Card Caddy, also known as a Stationery Box.  I made my first one in a class last year at the Brisbane Papercraft Convention and thought it quite an interesting project to pass on to other like-minded crafters. 

This is the outside of the box using cordination cardstock for both the base and the lid.  The box is decorated with Kaisercraft "English Rose" collection DSP.

The box contains four A5 cards, four 3" x 3" cards, tags in two sizes, as well as a small address/notebook and a pen holder, all decorated with "English Rose" DSP.

This little box would make a lovely gift for a special someone and instructions for the box can be found at

Have a crafty day!

Friday, 22 June 2012

"Under the Big Top" Interactive Cards

This class was presented by Jane Clark who is Technical Editor of Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft magazine, and was sponsored by Stampin' Up!.  We were each given a pack of  Big Top Birthday DSP, wood mount Under the Big Top stamp set, a couple of sheets of A4 cardstock, templates to cut out the shapes for the 'stage' part of the cards, clearly written instruction sheets,  AND we got to keep everything we didn't use (which was most of it) and the stamp set (which I didn't own). Whoohoo, I love having left over goodies to take home!!!

The first card we made was "Leaping Lion" who is attached to a small piece of acetate and moves across the stage.  The mechanism is at the top, two punched circles with acetate sandwiched between and attached with a brad which is hidden by the star paper.

The second card was "Dancing Ballerinas", the mechansim is exactly the same as the first except it comes in from the side and is hidden by the 'curtains'.

The 'big top'  is cut from the DSP in the pack, and to keep the flags from bending, there is a small piece of acetate behind them, cut to shape.

Both these cards were lots of fun to create and would be perfect to give to children (even us big kids have had lots of fun playing with them LOL).

I'll be back again soon to show some more of what we made in our Brisbane classes.

Have a crafty day!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Graphic 45 "Olde Curiosity Shoppe"

Sorry I've taken a few days to start showing off the projects from my weekend in Brisbane but I didn't realise how much I missed the internet until we lost it for a few days, technology is wonderful until it doesn't work!

When the list of classes on offer first appeared, I jumped at the opportunity to be able to make a project using Graphic 45 "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" papers with Jane Tregenza, who is on the design team for the 3rd year, as I knew we'd be in for a treat, and I wasn't wrong, it was really fun.

This class was "Patchwork Pieces", each square its own little work of art, and then they are all  put together on a black frame (about 8"x 8") to form a lovely sort of mosaic.  All that is left to do is add some photos (mine are still to come) and then display it for everyone to enjoy.  

I'll be back soon to show off more creations.

Have a crafty day!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Papercraft Convention, Brisbane 2012

I have just had a terrific time in Brisbane attending the Scrapbooking & Papercraft Convention which runs over 3 days of the Queen's Birthday weekend.  Bev and I flew to Brisbane early on Saturday morning and arrived at the convention around 10am.  There were lots of people, so many that we decided just to see what stalls were there, but didn't really look too hard, there would be plenty of time for that later as we each had a 3 day pass.

While we were sitting having lunch, Bev spotted some SU friends who we haven't seen for ages, really lovely to catch up (and they'll be at Stamp Camp in August) and I thought I saw another girl but wasn't really sure until I saw her this morning at a stamp-a-stack, and yes she was there too.  It can be a small world sometimes!  After lunch we had our first class, a Tri-Fold Shutter Album, which used the lovely SU Twitterpated papers.    Our Sunday morning class was Patchwork Pieces using Graphic 45 "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" papers, really fun, just need some photos to finish it off; and our afternoon class was A Busy Book for a Busy Life using "simple stories" collection of papers,  Jan - July pages are done but I still need to finish the rest of the year.  Monday morning was our last class, Interactive Cards, once again using SU Big Top Birthday DSP and included Under the Big Top stamp set to keep, woohoo!!  We flew home Monday evening having had a really enjoyable weekend away, but feeling rather tired.

And just to prove that I really did meet Tim Holtz, who is currently in Australia promoting his various products, Bev very kindly took a couple of photos.  I had been watching one of his demos on Sunday using Distress Markers and was quite impressed with what you could do with them, but I wanted to ask what kind of paper he was using, and he was more than happy to have photos taken.

I'll be back soon to show you what we made in our classes, but they need to be finished first.

Have a crafty day!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Vintage Tags

After demonstrating 3D tags at Alice's last week, I came home with the two demos and realised that I'd forgotten a layer on both, not noticeable to the people who came to watch, but noticeable to me, nonetheless.  So, what to do?  Easy, make cards out of them to add to my stash that I go to whenever a greeting card is needed. 

I've used some DSP from SU's "Newsprint" collection, which has been lightly sponged with 'Vintage Photo' distress ink on the edges to blend in with the tag.  I wrapped some SU hemp twine around the newsprint and tied with a knot on one side, then adhered it to some crumbcake cardstock, also lightly sponged.

This 'cherish' card has been made the same way as 'believe'  except I popped in a piece of lace to replace the twine - sorry the lace is a little hard to see.

I think they looked quite good, and made just in time, as one went in tonight's mail, and the other will probably be used in the next few days, as this coming week has 5 birthdays in 4 days, and everyone will receive a card.

This weekend (Queen's Birthday) I'm heading to Brisbane with my BFF Bev, to have lots of fun at the Scrapbooking & Papercraft Convention which is held over 3 days.  We are flying first thing on Saturday morning, with lots of time to look around before we join our first class at 2pm.  We have 4 classes booked over the 3 days and we're both really looking forward to our weekend away.  Only 2 sleeps to go!!!!

Have a crafty day!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Floral Watercolour

A few days ago I was having a play with some watercolour card to use as a background, but as I'm not very familiar with using this technique, it was a bit of a mishmash and didn't turn out as I had imagined.  However, as I looked at it, I decided I would put it through the cuttlebug using the Tattered Florals die from Tim Holz, and create a flower to add to a card.

The flower was layered and finished with a pearl brad, and the lace is from Green Tara and is self adhesive.  The idea for the watercolour background came from Vicky at and is something I will play with some more as the thought of creating a background is quite appealing.

Have a crafty day!