20 January 2013

Simon Says Stamp Vintage Challenge: Lace Love

My last Challenge card is for Simon Says Stamp Lace love. Having been a sewer for mumble..... years, you may be able to imagine (multiply that image by 10) my fabric and trim stash. The piece I have used on the card was found by my mum in an estate sale. So pretty.

To attach the lace to the card I have a technique that secures the lace without glue show through. Using an old credit card, smear a thin layer of Tombo glue on an acrylic block or something similar. (The image below shows the block smeared.) Place the lace on a firm, flat surface, 'Stamp' the back of the lace repeatedly making sure the edges are well glued but not filling the gaps. Reglue the block if necessary. Attach to the card. Wash the glue off the block as soon as you are done.

Here is the card.....
Simon Says Stamp - Lace Love

......................and a close up showing glued lace.

Simon Says Stamp - Use Washi Tape

I have about 15 rolls of Washi tape and have only used it on about three cards so far. So this was a great challenge, I used three on one card.

Here's my pile of goodies used on the card. I forgot to add the circle punch for the black disk under the gem. I haven't included the lovely gem in the center of the flower because I don't know who made it. In future I will remember to keep packaging for a more informative blog.

....and here is the card. I really love these colors and find myself reaching for them often. Click on the image for a larger view.

For Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Use Washi Tape

In keeping with the 'it's my birthday today', I am a year older, and my eyesight is getting worse! :-(
I have to share a discovery, made a while ago. I have increased the size of my screen view by clicking the wee 'Change Zoom view' in the bottom right hand corner of my screen (or select 'View' on the menu bar, change Zoom)  and changing it to 125%.........sooooo much better!
Happy Crafting.

A Blog Named Hero Challenge #18: GOLDEN OLDIE!

I had an enjoyable Friday night making three cards for three challenges.
I think I have to do three separate posts for the linking thing.........terribly technical term!

This challenge was perfect for me because most of my stamps are at least eight years old.
It was a chance to use one that was a favorite of mine, Hero Arts G2811 Gracious Lady.
As it is Valentines day coming up I also used two other old stamps, 'Heart of Love' (black stamped BG hearts) and the sentiment stamp 'Cherish'.

The large red heart (CG426 Four Hearts) is one of the few stamp sets I have purchased in the last few months.......so mostly old with a little new.

Here is the card.....click on the image for a larger view.
A Blog Named Hero Challenge #18: GOLDEN OLDIE!

Thanks for joining me today........it's my birthday!! :-)
I was just wondering!! Why do Shampoo companies print the words SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER in such small print on their bottles.
Honestly, if the arrangement of Shampoo on the left and Conditioner on the right is changed......My hair is softened before it is cleaned.

15 January 2013

The Paper Players - 128 Colour Challenge

This card challenge really was a challenge for me.
I don't gravitate towards these colors at all.
But they grew on me!
I decided on a masculine card approach so started with the gray base.
I used Bazzill, a little Washi, some Papertrey ink Polka dots, a Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder, the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die and a paper clip (which I think mirrors the flowing shape of the HA script sentiment).
The Gingham gear is stamped. See below.
Click on the image for a larger view.


This is an old Hero Arts stamp called Background stripes...so useful.


  I stamped one way with Memento Bahama Blue.

....and the other way with Danube Blue.
I like the fact that I can make gingham to suit the project.

Thanks for looking at my first real post.
Call again soon.
Take care and happy crafting.

My First Post

Welcome to my blog........... A lighthearted documentation of my crafting life (with the occasional spelling mistakes and guaranteed grammatical goofs).
A little about me.
My name is Karen and I live in Auckland, New Zealand.
I have been married to Graham for 19 years. Up until 5 years ago we had a trucking business, but we had to sell it because Graham had both his hips replaced.
For last 4 years he has been the Community Chaplain in our area. He absolutely loves the people contact and being able to change lives.
As with most crafters, we have pets, 3 cats and one rabbit, all worryingly old now. One especially will make frequent appearances on this blog I am sure.
I have been a sewer all my life, including being a dressmaker (fashion and Irish Dancing dresses), and having my own clothing label (still make the odd thing).
14 years ago I took up quilting as a hobby, and 6 years ago I turned that into a wee business. To date I have designed about 45 patterns for softies, bags and quilts. I have a couple of groups and do the odd bit of teaching.
I started paper crafting seriously 8 years ago, but all that was put on hold when I started my quilting business. I made cards for family and friends over the years but have only started joining groups, doing challenges etc. over the last 2 months....... AND BUYING NEW PRODUCTS eeeek! The Papercraft market has supersized itself since I purchased items 8 years ago............very overwhelming, and soooooooooooooooo tempting!!
I have yet to settle on one style as I enjoy most styles...we will see what develops as I play and learn . I just remember to enjoy the process and not do the comparison thing. :-)
So join me as I attempt to master blogging (any advice gladly accepted), and journey further into the wonderful world of paper crafting ......................with some quilting thrown in.
I would love it if you comment and chatter, pin and follow, refer and link, and use other mediums I am yet to discover.
PS I think I have just written a profile......I will condense, copy and paste!