Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015

BOO!!!!!

Did I scare you? lol Hello Crafty Bloggers and Happy Halloween if you live in a part of the world that celebrates the holiday.
Today we bring you some great Halloween inspired cards from Team Designer Leanne.


This fabulous card uses Graphic 45's Time to Flourish - October Cut Aparts.......




A few more Graphic 45 inspired cards........ featuring the Rare Oddities collection. .....






 






Such a fabulous collection - why oh why G45 are you discontinuing it already??!!

Thank you Leanne for sharing and inspiring.

Happy Halloween spooky crafters. I hope you enjoyed these cards and maybe picked up a few new tricks, and I hope you found them a treat ;)
Aunty Vera :)




Friday, October 30, 2015

A File Folder Tag Holder with A Touch of Gold

Hi Crafty Bloggers! We have a super treat for you today! Team Designer Amira has been busy creating and today brings us a gorgeous and very classy Tag Holder using Kaisercraft's A Touch of Gold.




 Dear Reader,

I recently joined a holiday swap called File Folder Tag Holder where you had to use a manila file folder to hold 12 tags. 

You can find the tutorial on how to make the file folder here.

I decided to use the "A Touch of Gold" paper collection by Kaisercraft. 

I love how it turned out.



Here is the manila folder creased and folded over and ready to be matted.


 Here is the inside of the tag holder. I love the color scheme of black and gold/yellow.
It looks very classic. There are 2 rows of pockets to hold tags.



Here is the outside of the tag holder. I LOVE the front cover. It is very appropriate for the end of year holiday season if you were looking for an alternative to the standard red and green.

I recorded a quick video to show you the entire project and you can find that here.


Here is the Tag holder FILLED with TAGS!!!


Some had to go in the back too!

And this is the front all decorated.


This was one of those projects that you only make one of and then you have to give away! Such a labour of love! I hope my swap partner likes it. I will be getting one in return. Let me know in the comments below if you wanted me to do a follow-up showing you what I received. 

I hope you found inspiration here,
xxAmiraInOz



Wow! Amira's Swap Partner will love this. Wouldn't a tag holder like this make such a special gift?

Wishing you inspiration and a very crafty weekend
Aunty Vera :)


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bird Crazy Journal with Deb

Hi Crafty Bloggers!

You may remember a few weeks back, our Road Tester Deb tested out Grumbacher Miskit Liquid Friskit and had a whole lot of fun with Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy stamps.


Deb created this awesome journal cover and today we bring you the step-by-step instructions to create your own fabulous journal cover.........




Crazy Bird Journal Cover by Deb Speijers

1. Tear up pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap (Melange) and glue onto cover using Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matte and let it dry.




2. Paint watered down Gesso over the tissue wrap and let it dry.



3. Sponge on some colour using Tim Holtz Distress Inks





4. Stamp Birds using Ranger Archival Ink in Black, also stamp other stamps to add more interest in the background.


5. Add some more texture with Tim Holtz Stencils – Honeycomb and Stars using Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste.
6. Add more colour by sponging again with Distress Inks and spray with some water to get some of the ink running down the book to create a nice effect and let this dry.
7. Paint a layer of Multi-medium Matte to seal the cover.


8. Stamp birds onto white cardstock using Black Archival Ink, add Liquid Frisket to the birds eyes and beaks. Once the Frisket has dried sponge birds in different colours using Distress Inks. Fussy cut the birds out, I trimmed off their feet and finer pieces as when you layer them over the top of the stamped birds on the journal cover these finer pieces will show.



9. Glue on sponged birds using Multi Medium Matte.
10. Add embellishments etc.



Products Used:
Eco Basics Journal, Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Miskit Liquid Frisket, Tim Holtz Stencils ‘stars’, ‘honeycomb’, TH tissue wrap ‘Melange’, TH Ideology, TH Crazy Bird Stamp Set,  Funny Bones ‘Friend Verses’ RWD-032 Stamp. TH Distress Inks Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, Ranger Archival Ink Black.






WOW! I so totally love love LOvE this journal cover! I may just have to plagiarize......errrr ....I mean.... BE INSPIRED.......... by this.

Thank you again Deb for sharing!
Aunty Vera :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

One Collection, Three Designers...... Kaisercraft's Into the Wild continued...

Hello Crafty Friends!

Back in August, we had a special feature on the blog called One Collection, Two Designers.
For this post, I sent the same paper collection (Kaisercraft's Into the Wild) to my three (yes I said three.... I'll explain in a bit) Team Designers and asked them all to create something using that collection, focusing on the type of crafting they enjoy most.

Unfortunately Sarah wasn't able to participate as - poor Sarah, I feel so sorry for her - she was visiting Europe at the time (I know, what a sad and terrible life...lol).

SO - Sarah is back (well, she's been back for a while now but I've been blog-slack) and so today I get to add HER creation to the blog. But first.... a quick recap......

Amira created these fabulous 3-dimensional projects:

A Zoo Diorama.....




A Card in a Box.....



And a Surprise Box Card.......




Leanne made a set of jungle themed cards and tags.....





Sarah is our Project Life / Pocket Page Designer, and she had heaps of fun with the collection. I love that she took on a completely non-zoo theme...... the collection was perfect for her pocket style Man Page..... great outside the box thinking :)





Here is the page sitting nicely in a Project Life album....



A big thank you to my three lovely ladies.

One Collection...... Three Designers.... and three very different takes on the same set of papers. And that's what crafting's all about!!

Aunty Vera :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Triple Easel Card with Kaisercraft Nesting Dies and A Touch of Gold

Hi Crafty Bloggers.... did you see the tumbleweeds blowing through..??.....lol .....sorry, life has a way of getting so busy sometimes doesn't it? And when it does, this poor little blog tends to sit forgotten until things calm down again.
So here we are today - at the end of a terribly hot day in Sydney, Australia. I think we reached that predicted 38 degrees celcius. Oh Winter, how I miss you!! I hope Amira had her air con running when she sat down and took on this amazing task.......a Triple Easel Die-cut Card. Sounds like an Olympic Diving Event doesn't it? Take a look.........




Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing with this versatile Bracket Nesting Die-Set from KaiserCraft.



Originally, I bought this set to make labels and matts for cards but today I took these humble dies and made a Triple Easel Card with them!! I found this amazing card (plus tutorial) on the Kaisercraft Blog.



Before I show you how I went on to decorate this triple decker Big Mac of an Easel Card *lol*, let me show you how I made it.



I used the largest 3 die sizes.

In order to make the base of the card, I used black card stock and cut them at:

1/ 5" x 10" - scored at 5"
2/ 4.5" x 9.5" - scored at 4.5"
3/ 4" x 8" -scored at 4"

Fold the papers in half and place the corresponding die so that the blade of one side juts over the folded paper.


This way, it doesn't cut and you get something that looks like this!!


Score one of these flaps in half, to get this look.



Next, use the corresponding sizes to cut decorative paper to your liking. I used papers from Kaisercraft's new range: A Touch of Gold



Next cut a circle and score it in half adding adhesive to one half.


 Place it as a stopper for the smallest Easel:



 This is what it looks like from the side:



So here is my triple Easel Card fully decorated.



Here is a look at the first and second tier:


This is the second and third tier:





Did you notice the flower embellishment. Isn't it gorgeous??





Here is how I made it.
 I used the rolled flower die by KaiserCraft:





I used a quilling tool to get the rolling started:





I then used hot glue to stick it together: 


To decorate it, I used a spray adhesive, then sprinkled fine glitter on top, and then fixed it with a fixative.


Here is the flower arrangement:



And here is what it looks like on the card:




Now you don't have to make a triple Easel Card. Here are some singles I made:



I picked positive up-beat sentiments for each of these cards.


 I think these would make great cheering up cards!

 
And this one, I thought, would make a great picture frame.

Oh, yeah, I did also make a double easel. 
I just couldn't help myself.
I love the message this gives.
It's one of the strips along the bottom of a 12"x 12" sheet.




 Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found inspiration here. 
Till we meet again..
Happy Crafting..

xxAmiraInOz



Wow, thank you Amira, that's certainly a 10 out of 10!
Aunty Vera :)









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