Tuesday, 29 July 2014

School Fete Fun!

Whew!  I've spent the last two weeks frantically finishing off the projects I was making to sell at my children's primary school Fete.  It was a lot of work, but worth it, I think.  We only have the Fete every two years - thankfully!

Here's the stall I worked on, with other talented and crafty Mums from school !

I found that My Digital Studio and my Silhouette Cameo were invaluable, as I was mass-producing things to sell.  Saved me many hours!

I made mainly box frames, and I used Stampin' Up! card stock, DSP (mainly from my retired stash), and either the Big Shot (with the star framelit or now retired whale clearlit), glue dots and dimensionals.  Some of the shapes were imported from MDS into my Silhouette Library and cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.

I also used the star stencil, a dauber and Hello Honey ink to make these:

I also turned my hand to a few canvas creations:  

I painted the canvas with black Gesso and then used the Silhouette to cut out the words in white vinyl.

LOL, the following two were not sold at the Fete because my daughters decided they'd look better hanging in their rooms!

I painted the canvas with Modge Podge and applied the (retired SU!) DSP, then another coast of Modge Prdge and dabbed white Gesso on the edges.  The words were cut from vinyl with my Silhouette.

As above - Modge Podge, white Gesso, retired DSP and Vinyl.

I also made up some packs of cards and gift tags, and made some cute "Tooth Fairy" bags with my Silhouette and iron-on transfer paper onto little muslin bags.

I love how my crafty products do double-duty and make such cute and easy gifts and decor!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Blended Hexagons

Here's the last of the hexagon cards to show you - I hope you can see how you can use something you have in different ways to create totally different looks.
This time I used a plain black biro I had lying around to trace the hexagons, and used my new Blendabilities to colour each hexagon.  I need to practice so I improve my technique, but I still love the way this card turned out.  I love the pop of colour against the Blackberry Bliss layer, which I've embossed with a new embossing folder too.  I've used the Project Life corner rounder - and the Project Life framelits here as well.  Again, they are not just for scrapbooking!  
Here's what I used this time:
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Hexagon Hive Again

Told you it would be the product of the week!  Here's another creation using this amazingly versatile product:

Like yesterday's card, I used the hexagon framelit as a stencil.  This time I used my new Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Marker to trace the designs, and I stamped the cute little star from Something To Say in the middle.  Then I cut out the two big stars using the new Star Framelits, and stamped the cheerful sentiment using new photopolymer stamps from the Age Awareness set.  Fun!  And quick.  I think this would make a great kids or masculine card.  Or a masculine kid's card.  

Have a lovely day!

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Product of the Week - Hexagon Hive

I'll admit I'm a little bit obsessed with hexagons recently.  When I was designing a project for our recent Launch, I couldn't get the idea for this simple, one-layer card out of my head:

To make it, I cut out a stencil with the Hexagon Hive framelit and some scrap card stock, then sponged ink in the hexagon spaces using a sponge dauber.  It was a little time consuming, but I found it quite therapeutic and I was watching a movie while I was going.  I wanted an ombre look, so I graduated colours from Lost Lagoon to Smoky Slate.  Some of the hexagons I outlined with my Basic Black Stampin' Marker too.  

The Happy Birthday was stamped in Strawberry Slush ink and cut out with the cute Word Bubbles frame lit, and popped up on Dimensionals.  It wasn't until after I had prepped this card for the Launch and showed it to Steph (my Stampin' Sista) that  realised that there was nothing new (apart from the colour Lost Lagoon) on the card!  I hadn't realised that the Remembering Your Birthday set was in last year's catalogue too.  Hey, it was new to me!  LOL.  As we try to make our projects for Launch using new products, I ended up doing the stars/hearts stencil card instead which borrowed the same layout and colours.  

I still really like the simplicity of this card.  And now I have a few on hand !

Here's what I used to make this card - as usual, you can purchase them from my online store:
I'll post another project using hexagons tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Launch Recap Part 3 - Bec's Creations

Do you know my Stampin' Sista Bec O'Gorman?  She makes cool stuff like these cards:
Stamps:  Amazing Birthday
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tempting Tourquoise
Ink:  Early Espresso,  coastal cabana, crumb cake
Other:  Banner framelit, Large Polka Dot embossing folder,  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, twine, ribbon.

Talk about "Ridiculously Amazing!"  Isn't this card gorgeous?  I'm loving the pop of turquoise against Early Espresso, and the texture,  and the way she made the words jump out by stamping them different colours and cutting them out.  Genious.

Stamps:  Amazing Birthday
Paper:  Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate
Other:  Zig Zag Embossing folder, circle punches, Spiral Edge Punch

Sorry this is blurry, but you get the (sort of soft-focus) idea.  A fun card with plenty of interesting details.  And did you notice the spiral border punch?  It's back!  Can you believe these stamps are from the same set as the one above?  It's called "Amazing Birthday."  I love that Bec has made two totally different cards using the same set!

Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic, Hello There, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink:  Strawberry Sluxh, Basic Gray
Other:  Circle Punches, Big Shot, Baker's Twine, Butterfly Punches

This card uses the set "Kinda Eclectic" and I kinda love it.  A lot.  Again, I'm loving the use of white space here, and the basic grey/strawberry slush combination makes my heart sing.  Adore the grungy details in this card!

Which were your favourite cards from our Launch Day?  

As usual you can order these products from me on my Online Store: