Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lolly's March Challenge: Zip It Up - Entries & Winner

Hello Crafty Readers and Happy Weekend!

Our March Challenge: Zip it Up, hosted by Lolly, officially ended last night. The challenge was to use a zipper or part of a zipper in a paper project this month.

A big hooray to everyone who joined in!
This was Lolly's challenge inspiration:




You can find the how-to videos HERE and HERE.

Now to our entries.....

Vanessa's had a hoot creating her zippered Owl Pouch.......



Ann took the zipper theme further to create a sewing inspired project.....


Suzanne went vintage... complete with vintage photograph.....


Michelle incorporated air clay in her project......


Amira showed how much she appreciates her Random Act of Kindness goodies and created 2 traveler's notebook made made from RAK'd items....



Jenni used the Sizzix Owl Die to give us Cutie, Foxie and Flirt.....


And Aunty Vera made a divider for her project life cards box.....



Thank you all for your contributions!
We have an awesome prize to give away to one of our entries.... by random draw.
This gorgeous Selfie Die from BoBunny.....



So we have fired up the Random Number Generator and........

Congratulations to......

ANN!! You have won our Challenge Prize!
Congratulationa.
And thank you again everyone who played along. We hope you had lots of fun and maybe tried something a little different!

With love from Aunty Vera and Team xx


Friday, March 24, 2017

Road Test Friday: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons with Jenni

Hi everyone! 
Welcome to another Friday Road Test! We'll be giving our Road Testers new products to try out and reporting back the results and (hopefully) great experiences.

Today Jenni gets her fingers inky playing with Tim Holtz's Distress Crayons......






Distresscrayons come in a pen like tube which when applied feel like lipstick.
Very soft and creamy

They can be smeared or blended (without contaminating each other if you layer them)



They are available in 61 colours, plus Picket Fence (white) and can be used on most surfaces.

I smeared this with my finger
I am not sure if it is the weather, but it dried very quickly and I found the last ones would not blend


 As they are Distress, they play well with water. So I added some water to see and was very happy with this result...the pigment followed the water

Then i decided to draw some on my desk and lift it with a paint brush to see the result.
How exciting is this!

Instant water color....you can make it as light or as dark as you like.....


 Wow love this!

So then I got very excited and thought..,,I wonder what will happen with a stencil



The first pink one I applied directly with the crayon..... but found it went underneath so not
too successful



So.....
The second green one I drew directly on the the stencil itself and smeared it with my finger.....perfect

Then i used a make up sponge...dabbed it on my desk and picked it up
Voila.......excellent






These crayons also work on a gessoed surface
You can paint it with modge podge.....i would advise very lightly as it can move with water
I found the pen like feature enabled me to be quite precise if i wanted to be
You may use a fair bit of your crayon if u do a large surface as you apply it quite thickly

All in all I love them!
What a terrific addition to the distress range
And all our fave distress colours too

Thank you for inking with me today
xx Jenni







Thursday, March 23, 2017

All the Leaves Are Brown: Lolly's March Project #3: Charms and Tags

Hello Crafty Readers!
Today Lolly is sharing charms, tags and hanging things. 
Oh my goodness! They are all SO cute!!
Enjoy!!.....




My first March project was a set of fall cards I had made.  You can see them HERE.
My second project was an altered cigar box, which can be seen HERE.

Those two projects were designed to go together, and so is this project -- the final complement to the set.   I wanted to make some dangles:  charms, tags, anything that could HANG.  I knew I wanted to make a set of them and then choose a couple to actually put into my cigar box.

For the first charm, I used the two inch cut apart cards in the paper collection, and let me tell you -- these cards are so SWEET!  I'm using them up, and I'm so sad to see them go.  I hope to see more paper collections come up with these!


I cut a strip of the images off, scored along the image borders, and folded in an accordion fashion, starting with a valley fold.  I also cut a strip of card stock in 2 1/8 x 4 1/4" size.  I scored that half way on the long side, making two squares each 2 1/8".  This is a cover for a little book.  I glued the accordion strip into pages, and glued those into the cover, along with a jute loop for hanging.  Here is the video on that whole process:   https://youtu.be/Sct1t0O58Uc   These are so adorable.  I'm loving them!





I also made a tag -- simple but stunning. I used two layers of card stock sandwiched  between two layers of patterned paper from the collection (for sturdiness).  Then I used a hole punch to  create an indentation on both sides of the tag so that the jute would not slide up and down on the tag.  I wrapped the jute several times around the card and hung the Fairy Wish Door on the jute before tying it off.  This door is such a cute addition to any project!  I had originally put it on the cigar box, but I felt that the magnetic closure on the two were in opposition, so I switched the door to this tag.  I wrote out the words on the tag and glued them on -- I'm loving this!  I found a nice antique brass hook in my stash that I want to use as a hanger for it.  I will need to scope out some antique brass split rings now, to attach it.   I like the antique brass look, because it complements the fairy door.



My next charm was a project using a plastic jelly jar lid.  It was very shallow, and I thought I'd like to see that as a hanging charm.  I cut out a circle from the paper collection (aren't those animals so cute?!) To see the whole process, I have a tutorial here:  https://youtu.be/Oqm7XKVyXR8


Lastly, I found some of those old plastic snap-apart key chains at the craft store, and they were on sale, so I picked some up.   The one on the left shows how they look when purchased.  One side pops open easily so that decorative paper (or a photo) can be inserted. I used some of the kit paper to put inside the disc, and you can see the front and back here:




I chose two of these charms to my cigar box project.  Look how perfectly they complement the project:


I'm very thankful you took the time to check out my last addition to this project.
Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft's March kit is super special.  The elements worked so well together and just BEG to be crafted!   Be sure to check out that kit HERE.

~Lolly
http://www.LollyPalooza.net

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

With Which Colours Do You Play? .... Amira's Favourite Crafting Colours

Hello Crafty Readers!

It's been dark and grey all day here in Sydney, and we have just had the BIGGEST BANG CRACK YEOW thunderstorm! I need a bit of colour after a day like that.

So let's get Amira singing..... and splashing her favourite colours around.......



Hello everyone,
Did someone say play?
Oh I love to play and with colors I especially love to play!

I love all colors - no discrimination of colors here!
My favourite tool is my handy color wheel.




I took a class on color and they had me making my own color wheel.


And mixing our own colors out of the 3 primary colors: red, yellow and blue.

But one of my most favourite things to do on a day when I don't really have much in mind is to make colourful backgrounds.

There are a few rules to this game:
Choose 3 colors,
Any application method,
stencils are allowed,
neutral colors like white or black are also allowed
and a 1 minute timer.

WATCH ME HAVE FUN HERE 

Oh the fun to be had!
But first!!!


Yes... use protection! That's all I have to say :)

Now on to play fun!

First background : yellow, orange and red 





This is my favourite part of the whole background :)


Here is another attempt ...



Love that dry scrubbing!!



I also love the black through the punchinello sequin waste trim.




Next colors : yellow, green and aqua


How beautiful is this :)


This part makes me SO happy


Negative space is very pleasing here.
The less brush strokes the better.


Next color combination: violet, burgundy and red



YUM!






Next color combinations the mint, blue and green.

Just gorgeous!!










The next fun thing to do is to play with complimentary colors!!

First up : Orange and blue!!


I love this section right here ...





Next up: Red and green !!
(and the challenge is NOT to make is look like Christmas)



Just so inspirational!!!







Next up: yellow and purple :)


There was a slight contamination but happy mistakes are allowed :)




And one of my favourite combinations: hot pink and teal :)


How amazing did this turn out!


Love it SO MUCH!!



So as you can see, you can't just ask me what my favourite color is!!
I love them all!!

The link for this play of shenanigans is HERE
They are all truly beautiful!!
xxAmira 



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