Saturday, 25 August 2012

Elegant Box

My BFF and I, love spending time together to craft.  She has a lovely big table and we spread ourselves over it and come up with all sorts of projects.   If I can stay with her for a few days (my home away from home), then even better as we can leave what we're working on overnight and come back to it the next day. 

A while ago I found a pattern for a box using foam board and so we both found some papers and set to work.

The papers used on this are all from Kaisercraft and I can't be sure but think the flowers are too.  I don't remember where the ribbon came from, possibly from a stash that Bev had in the cupboard.

The pearl flourish added some interest to an otherwise blank space and the lace(?) ...... well, I just thought it added a touch of elegance.

 The inside is lined with co-ordinating paper from the range and can be used to store whatever you fancy .....  mine has some ribbons in it.

Hope you have an enjoyable weekend and as always ......

Have a crafty day!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Stamp Camp

Last week was unexpectedly busy with no crafting in sight, until Friday which was the first day of Stamp Camp.  A whole weekend of having fun with 40 others in the lovely Hunter Valley.  This is the 4th year I've been invited along and if you ever get the chance to do something similar, it is soooo much fun!

My BFF and I firstly headed up to Newcastle where there was a craft show on over the weekend, a great way of spending Friday morning and surprisingly, I didn't spend very much.  Back home to pick up Bev's gear and then off to Camp.  Our usual table was waiting for us and it didn't take long to be sitting making the first of 10 shoebox swaps.    These are always a good way of getting the mojo flowing.

Over the weekend there were different challenges, the first was to make a name tag using one colour.  I used the bird from Nature Walk and inked him in soft suede with just a touch of blue on his front.  The other challenges had a bit of a theme, the Olympics.  There was 'Inspiration' using the olympic rings as inspiration, 'Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi' using green and gold, 'Gold, Silver & Bronze' using any combination of those colours and a 'Christmas' challenge just for something different.

So, I thought I'd show you a few things I came up with:

This was my 'Inspiration' challenge.  The butterflies came from the Embosslits Beautiful Wings using Whisper White and sponged in the colours of the rings.  The embossing folder is Butterfly Kisses and is a Universal embossing folder,  bought at the craft show on Friday.

This is my 'Gold, Silver & Bronze' entry.  Each pack had an A5 piece of gold and silver cardstock and a pack of antique brads for the bronze component.  This was a hard one and the grey cells had to work overtime!

Our pack for Aussie Aussie Aussie had various A5 green and yellow cardstock along with lots of green and yellow ribbons.  I decided to make Mini Meander Album instead of a card this time.  I was reasonably happy with the way it turned out especially as I had to remember how to make it.

We all had a great weekend having lots of fun, laughter and yummy food, really relaxing.  Hope we can do it all again next year.  Many thanks, Marelle!

Have a crafty day!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Happy Hauntings Tab Book

Gee, it feels likes an age since I last posted (it is, you say) but I'm back with a little tab book from Twiddleybitz.   Twiddleybitz have all sorts of interesting chipboard to create lots of projects with and if you've ever seen their stand at a craft show, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

For this project I decided to use the "Happy Hauntings" collection from Graphic 45 (yes, I think I'm well and truly hooked on their gorgeous papers).  Now, I don't usually do anything associated with halloween, but this is whimsical and fun and this time around I also bought a set of stamps which has some owls, spiderweb, broomstick, cat, witches hat and a spider.  While I was looking at the spider stamp thinking about where I could put him, much to my horror, I moved a piece of paper on my table and there was a real spider looking at me - a not nice black one, who was dealt with fairly quickly!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings - on with some pics :

  I decided to use ribbons down the spine instead of rings just to give it a bit more zing, and on the red wrap the witch is wearing, is some green glitter, tiny long bits instead of normal glitter. 

Each page has been gone around with distress ink to take away any white edges and some images have been fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals.

These papers have been printed with all sorts of interesting images and each time I look, I find something I missed at first glance.

I have to admit, I think these two pages together are just a bit busy, what with flowers and hats.  The cat and the witches hat are both from the stamp set.

Do you like the three eerie owls sitting on their branch in the middle of the sky?

And the back cover, wishing us all a 'Jolly Halloween'.  This was quite a fun project to put together, even though halloween is still a few months off. 

I'll be back again soon (I promise ....) so thanks for visiting.

Have a crafty day!