Friday, 24 February 2012

50th Birthday Card

My goodness, I can't believe that my husband is 50 already. Where has the time gone?
Being the crafty person that I am, I just had to make him a card. I was dying to use the Washi Tapes that I have been given to play with by Sawyers Place. I think they look really cool on this card. Check it out below as well as step by step instructions and a products list.

The picture below shows what I started with.

The first thing I did was cut the white card stock at 6". Then turned it around and trimmed it to 8", and then scored at 4".  You end up with a card like this one below.

Next I made the base of the card. This was as simple as cutting the black card stock first to be slightly smaller than the white card front. Then each layer up from there was cut smaller again until I had the patterned paper on top. The layers from the bottom up are - black card stock, grey shimmer card stock, white card stock, and finally the patterned paper.
Then I cut a strip of white card stock to run the length of the patterned paper. This is where the fun creative bit started. I used the SP Washi Tape - Grey Airmail tape to create a large cross. This tape is so easy to use. It is tacky enough to stick and also not too tacky that you can't move it once it is down. This gave me the opportunity to get my cross just how I wanted it.

Next I added some bakers twine. This is currently my next favourite product at the moment after the SP Washi Tape. I simply taped it to the back and laid it down in the middle of each arm of the cross.
Now that this element of the card was completed I placed it onto the card. I don't stick down the elements straight away until I have it all ready to go. This gives me the flexibility to change anything if things don't look quite right.
 Next I cut another piece of white card stock to run the width of the grey patterned paper. On this I stamped a Happy Birthday sign. I stamped it to the left of the card stock as I wanted to put brads on the right.

Then it was time to put the brads in. Have you ever wondered how some people can get their brads lined up and others look wonky? The secret is measuring. For some people this is a foreign concept as they eye ball everything. And I used to be like that until I did a stint of scrapbook teaching. Suddenly  I needed to give the students the measurements of elements I had used. The pictures below show how easy it is to get straight brads.

Once the brads were in, I placed this onto the card as well. Now the only thing left was to put the 50 on the card. So I got out my Cricut and used the George and Basic Shapes cartridge to cut out the numbers. Then I tied them  to the bakers twine at the top of the cross.

Once I was happy with the design I stuck it all down. And the card was finished.
I hope you have got as much enjoyment from seeing how I made this as I did when making it.

Materials List
Bazzill black card stock
Bazzill white card stock
Bazzill Grey Shim card stock
Basic Grey Black Dress 6"x6" Paper Pad
Versa Colour Black ink pad
Inkadinkadoo Happy Birthday stamp
SP Washi Tape
Black & White Bakers Twine
Grey brads
Cricut & George and Basic Shapes Cartridge

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Where do I start??

Oh me oh my, I can't beleive how much time has got away with me over the last couple of weeks. One of the first things that fell off my To Do list every day was updating my blog. So sorry about that.
This will try to be somewhat of a catch up on all stuff personal and craft wise.

I managed to fit some craft in and have two projects below to show you. My husband turned 50. And I had a very nice chat to my sons teacher, and got some very positive feedback. Well done son!! Lets hope he keeps the good work up. All I ask is that you work to the best of your ability.

Now onto the craft projects. The first one is a scrapbook page that I did for the February Sketch Challenge on The Scrapbooking Haven blog site. Unfortunately I didn't get around to submitting it before the owner decided that her health had to come first, and has closed down her business. Lucky for you I still get to post it here.
The second project I worked on was a card for my dear Aunty who has recently been in hospital. She lives up in Brisbane near my parents. As you may remember, my Mum was recently in hospital. A week after my Mum is out, her sister ends up in there. Aunty Daph has always had a special place in my heart. She is so lovely and caring, like a second mum in a lot of ways. I was very sad to hear she was not well. So I made her this card to help brighten her day.
Tonight I have been making a start on some handmade embellishments that I wish to start selling. I already have a MadeIt shop, and have now decided to also open a Craftumi shop. Craftumi is the little sister to MadeIt. It is the place to go to buy your craft supplies. Here is a sneak peak of what I have been making.

Friday, 10 February 2012

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Well what a week I had. My daughter got sick and only just today returned to school. There was little chance to get any craft done and very little sleep was had.

I will endeavour to play catch up over this weekend of a what I worked on last weekend and the little that was accomplished during the week.

Until then I think it might be time for a nana nap......

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Strut Your Cuts - Week 5

Friday I worked on my Strut Your Cuts entry for week 5. I don't have any of the carts featured this week, so had to use the backup list again. So it was pouring through the George and Basic Shapes book to get some inspiration. This is what I came up with. I love this challenge from Scrappy Go Lucky.
This is also my 365 Photo for today, Friday 3rd Feb.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

52 Week Layout Submission and Other Stuff

It is week 5 of The Scrapbooking Havens weekly challenge. We were given a layout and we could case the entire layout or get inspiration from sections of it. We just have to make a note in the comments what our inspiration from their layout was. My inspiration was the stitched paper and the flag banner. The photo on this layout is of my son at his first birthday party. He is just as handsome now at 11 This is also my 365 Photo for today, Thursday 2nd Feb.

Material used:-
- bone cardstock
- dark blue cardstock
- teal cardstock
- My Minds Eye - Lost & Found - Breeze "Boyish" Handsome Paper
- My Minds Eye - Lost & Found - Breeze "Fun Day" Today Paper
- My Minds Eye - Lost & Found - Breeze "Dream" Stamped Paper
- My Minds Eye - Lost & Found - Breeze "Boyish" Layered Chipboard Stickers
- My Minds Eye - Lost & Found - Breeze "Dream" Layered Stickers
- Blue & White Bakers Twine
- Magic Mount

365 Photo - Feb 1st
Today I spent some time playing around with a new design for Wedding/Engagement Invitations. This is what I came up with. I think I might try them as well using paper instead of ribbon. Might give them a whole different look.

365 Photo - Jan 31st
Today as I was wandering around the rooms in my house, I stopped for some reflection in my formal dining room. I had a long hard look at all the trinkets I have around. I have so many cherubs, it's probably too many, but they were the theme for my wedding. So I can't bear to put any of them away. I undoubtedly will have to if I want to achieve the uncluttered house that I am aiming at this year. One of the cherubs is very special to me. I bought it at a craft fair that I went to with my best friend. I covered it in decoupage with tissue paper and it has sat proudly in my front room now for a few years. This cherub means a lot to me because when ever I look at it I am reminded of that special friend. She had to move interstate around 12 months ago due to family reasons. That was a tough time for me because we had become so close so quickly. She was like the sister I never had. I don't easily let people get close to me as quickly as I did her. It was like we had known each other in a previous life or something. We will always be friends, even though there is a lot of physical distance between us, and we don't talk as often as I would like, I know that she will always be there for me, and I for her.
So todays photo is of that special cherub.