Sunday, March 25, 2012

My first ever ATC cards...

Our theme is "so sweet", through Scrapbook Sinners in Traralgon. There are several groups due to the amount of interest in these swaps.
Many of us are first times so dont be deterred!

Anyway mine are quite simple but still took quite a while....fiddly for me!

Used Hello Kitty greetings cart for the cherries, my xyron printer for the wording and I jsut love the ginham paper which Leonie has in stock in a wide variety of colours at Scrapbook Sinners.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Strut your cuts Challenge 9

Just in the nick of is my entry
Again lots of fun but it took forever and same again I did not know when enough was enough!
Also I showed my boys and both of them clearly did not like it but were very polite about how they told me!!
However, I do and thats all that matters!!
The cone (tie the knot) is cut at 7 inches and the trim (elegant cakes) at 1 inch. The butterflies are spellbinders - two layers and embossed then brilliance gold edged and beneath, flowers altered with Tims distress ink and buttons added.
The print is from a vintage print site and relates to the Easter theme as is the butterflies and the little note. I have learnty that butterflies are symbolic of Easter and enjoyed reading more of this in the form of poems etc. It was interesting.

 Couldn't decide if the ribbon on the base was too much so I took it off...then put it back!
I love the trim and the colours.
Thanks for looking

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Op shop buys...great day out!

Hubby and I have had a lovely day out cruising the Gippsland Hills around Yarragon, Kurrumburra, Drouin & Poowong today.

Its been so relaxing...well for me atleast...I think Garry thought hard about how to disconnect me from my wallet!!

Here are some photos of my op shop buys....the prices were very reasonable, the glass dishes with lids were $2 each, the little dessert dishes 50 cents and the bag of gorgeous pieces of lace etc $5.
Check out the cotton reels both full of old twine and only $1 each.
The picture frame was 50 cents and the larger cut glass dishes $4 and $5. The chinese cannister is so nice I could not resist it. Was $8 and the little ceramic woven basket with flowers 50cents....

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

lessology challenge

Here is my entry for this challenge. I am not sure if it is really a photoblock but I used a birch lace card which I recently emptied, it had some old lace on it.
The photo is my Nana and great aunt in 1918 at the end fo the war and it is printed onto my home made paper. The buttons are all from Nana's cigar box she gave me years ago with these treasures inside.
The frame is cut from cricut fancy frames cartridge at 7 inches. I went out into the shed and found a sewing pattern I had not used for years so tore it up for the frill.
The metal trims are all from my stash but have been coloured with some stayzon brown.
Oh and the cream net bows are from new balls of wool....loving this wool!

Enjoy...I have enjoyed making it! I feel like I am learning more now but need to gain confidence and learn more techniques.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hi Everyone.....playing in the craftroom...

I have a few things going on today...I am making paper for the first time in about 10 years or so. Just about to start blending!

Also I had a day out yesterday with two girlfriends who have the same interets as me. We visited a number of local outlets eg opshops, old book shop and came home with lots of goodies!
Here is the old music book I bought and also bits and pieces from my stash which might divulge what I am currently working on!
The old photo is very very special to me...its my Nanna on the right and great aunt on the left in the black and white photo and my great grandparents on the left in the sepia one.
I have an old lace card as a base and the photos have printed quite well onto my handmade paper...

 Back to work...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Making a bow with Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge...

I love these bows so thought I would post how I make them.
It is so simple and they are so cute!!

 1. This is the bow post cut at 5 inches. The measurement is from tip to tip of the main bow piece
 2. I inked the edges and ran the pieces through the cuttlebug for some dimension and texture
 Then I placed a piece of double sided tape in the centre at the back of the main piece
 3. I folded the side pieces to the back and stuck them onto the tape with the tips meeting in the centre, for extra stick I placed another small piece of tape on top..glue if fine though, what ever you prefer.
 4. I stuck some dimensional tape on (I find depending on the use for the bow it does look nice being raised a little from the bow ends.
5. I then stick the bow end piece on the back in the centre and just below the top of the bow.    Then I puff it up a bit by pushing the edges of the bowinwards evenly on both sides. I also curled the bow ends a little on this one.

Now for the biggest decision of all......which button to use??? They all looked my solution will be......make more bows!! 
I hope this was helpfull, please provide feedback either way.



Altered shabby frame ....another one

I am enjoying these projects so much, it encourages experimentation and also digging into the depths of my stash!
This time I found the remains of my handmade paper which I made heaps of about 7 - 10 years ago. Now I want to make more!

I must admit I am dissappointed with the birdcage, I did not do it justice and also should have raised it from the time!
However I just love the bow cut from Sweet Tooth Cart, they are divine, I have used them a lot and am cutting more to make a bit of a stash. The embossing and gem really make it stand out. There are three invarious sizes on the frame.
The "Love" tag base paper is from the backing paper in a hooked on craft pack and the stamped layer is my own handmade paper.

My button and lace collection came in handy again as did the ball of wool I could not resist recently!!


I will do a brief tutorial on how I put the bows together.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Strut Your Cuts Week 8 entry.....Scrappy go lucky
Here is my entry for this week -
I only used heritage and not many cuts although there are five layers in each cut. Loved playing with this frame.
I printed a "bunch" of individual vintage rose pictures from the web, cut it out and backed with cardstock, shabbied the edges and decorated.
The shabby look is enhanced with some of Nannas broken old jewelery and button.
I need to get myself a couple more stamps of nice words for this type of project.