Monday, April 24, 2017

Big News from Donna - A Trip For Me...

Hello Crafty Friends

Isn't our Creative Team just the best?! They are all so talented and inspiring and bring so much joy to Aunty Vera Land. So even though I'm really happy for Donna..... I'm also a little sad......



Hi everyone,
Well I have some exciting news for you and also some sad news, which would you like first??? 
The exciting news for me is I am going travelling for a few months and the sad news, I won't be creating with Aunty Vera while I am away; but Aunty Vera does have a surprise in store for you...
My hubby and I decided we would take our caravan and travel around Australia for a bit, while we can..


 I will be taking my crafting kit with me as I couldn't go without something to keep me sane of a night lol.  And I might even go to some classes when I can.. I have packed my inks, copics, watercolour pencils and some stamped images, though I will miss
 the excitement of 'unboxing' my kits from Aunty Vera sighhh!!
Oh why can't I take my studio with me WAH!!
Now to the part where I would like to ask you something, As we go around Australia, I was wondering if anyone from here would like to meet up for a cuppa, an afternoon of crafting or just a yak????
If you would like to, just inbox me your phone number, town and state and if we are passing through that way and staying I would love to meet up with you..
I promise I won't stalk you, I will just need to talk about my passion to someone that understands what I am saying lol..
Oh and you must be prepared to have your photo taken, after all, I will have to scrap you lol..

I will be checking in with Aunty Vera and giving you all updates of my travels
and she has even invited me for cake when I go past her place. YAH CAKE!!!
(hint: I love carrot cake with walnuts)..

Take care and happy crafting all my friends,
I will see you all when I get back..
Hugs,
Donna xx

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On the Bunny Trail: Lolly's Bunny Jar

Hello Crafty Friends!

Ready for another fun prject featuring our April Kit - The Bunny Trail?
Have a look at Lolly's super sweet bunny jar!!




Hello, and welcome to The Bunny Trail again!  This April Kit is loaded with spring colors and bunny sweetness.  I just couldn't help but try and capture some of that in this project.

I found some multicolored Easter "grass" paper at our local craft store, and I knew I had to use it, but I didn't want to make an Easter basket, so I chose a pint canning jar.  If I ever make this project again, I'll be sure to use a quart jar instead.

I used some green floral foam in the bottom of this jar to hold picks which I made from candy sticks and papers from the collection.   I stuffed the "grass" around the foam to hide it, and it became the perfect backdrop for my little bunny and extras.



Some turquoise spray paint was perfect for the lid, and I used the Santoro leaf garland and Prima flowers to accent it.



Dangling from the leaf garland is a bottlecap charm I made, using bunny images from the collection and Diamond Glaze, which is similar to Glossy Accents.


A handmade paper flower tops the lid to finish it off:


I love the way it turned out.  The colors are so perky and delightful -- guaranteed to chase away any gloominess of weather!


Thank you for taking a peek!  If you want to see more, you can find the video HERE.

And this kit is available HERE.

Hopping along,
Lolly
http://www.lollypalooza.net

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oops I Did It Again! .... when craft goes wrong: Lolly's Plan B

Hello Crafty Friends!

Well, our April Kit got to our Creative Team by the skin of our teeth!
Aunty Vera ordered G45 Midnight Masquerade.... TWICE!!
What else can go wrong...??.... 
 'Oops, I Did It Again' ..... or..... Have you ever had a craft project go wrong, or in an unexpected direction? And how did you 'fix' it... or what was your Plan B?
Today Lolly tells us about her Crafting Oops moments....... and oh boy can I totally relate to this!!! 



I'm thinking about projects that didn't go as planned.   I think that about sums up the majority of my projects!  Let's take a look at what a typical project experience for Lolly might look like:

I have a "thing."    I want to use this thing, but I don't know what to make with it.  I get it out and put it on my craft table so that I can think on it for awhile.

Soon, I have another "thing" and another.   My craft table is getting loaded -- OVER-loaded.   Still thinking of what to make with the things.

I start a project, but I need to sleep on it and just make sure that I'm headed in the right direction.  It sits on my craft table.

I start another project ("Look!  A shiny thing!"), and another, and my craft table is becoming a mountain of unstarted and half finished projects.  It's now the Everest of craft tables.


I see a striking resemblance between these breath-taking peaks and my mountains of crafts on the table!

Okay, back to my OOPS:   I have a new project that I have clarity on -- THIS project can practically make itself, because I know exactly where I'm headed with it and what the end goal is.   This will be the Perfect Project. Yay!   Things go smoothly, except that I lost that one "perfect" embellishment because it got buried on Mt. Everest.   I frantically search and search -- is it on the floor?  Is it under a pile?  In my frantic search, I knock more things onto the floor.  I also accidentally drag my Perfect Project into the pile of fresh E6000 glue that's on my craft table.   I try to rub the glue off the Perfect Project, only to realize that I had had distress ink on my fingers, and I just smeared it onto my Perfect Project -- on the WHITE paper and sticky areas.  I now have an area of distress-stained-E6000 rubbed onto my project.




What to do?  EMBELLISH!   Many embellishments are frankly a way to cover up a blemish.  Sometimes it works, and you'd never know that the embellishment was merely an afterthought.  I don't have any photos of the exact examples I'm mentioning, because I don't hang onto my crafts for long.  OOPS on me!

I tell myself I'll be more careful, and as my husband keeps saying, "SLOW down!"

And the most common OOPS I have, which you will soon see first hand, is that when I make loose-cover albums, I tend to punch the holes in the wrong side of the back cover.   Every time I approach the new album, I remind myself to "SLOW down!" but to no avail.  You will catch me at it again soon.  Very soon.  Because, well, I just did it again!

Hoping you have less hassle in your crafting today!
Lolly

Find me at:  http://www.lollypalooza.net

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

On the Bunny Trail: Amira's Happy Egg Hunt

Hello Crafty Readers!

Even though Easter has come and gone, do you ever need an excuse for Easter Crafting? I know I don't! And our April Kit - The Bunny Trail - will keep you hoppily busy right through April.
Today.... join Amira on a happy Easter Egg Hunt!........






Dear Crafters,

Easter is my favourite time!!


I allow myself certain luxuries!
Ferrero Rochers....
Hot Cross Buns from Brumbies with Nutella in them...
Nutella on white bread....

Drool!!

Now back to crafting *lol*

I have ALWAYS wanted to make myself an egg carton project and this year was the year to do it!

For this project you will need:




*said egg carton (preferably empty)
*crackle medium (which I've had in my cupboard for AGES)
* 2 colors - one light, one dark
I chose colony blue and although the picture here shows gold, I decided against it and went with a flesh tone instead

Step 1: Add the dark color first


Be prepared to spend ages here!
The material that cartons are made of is highly absorbent and it just sucked the paint right up so if you wanted to use up a lot of paint, here is your chance.
There are also many crevices which cover a large surface area so I'm just saying- make sure you have plenty of paint and time.

Step 2: When this has dried, add crackle paint.


Yes, I made 2 (you know me so well).
Leave to dry (preferably over night).

Step 3: Add the lighter color


As soon as you apply the color and it starts to dry, you will know if your crackle application was successful. 

I love this stage.

Step 4: Add one layer of pleasing tissue paper


I umm'ed and arrived as to whether to leave the crackle nude or not but in the end, adding this texture felt right for me so I went with it.
I also love the design.


Make sure you peel those under layers off (there are usually 3).


I applied it with Mod Podge.
PVA glue would be too thick.



I love how the crackle shows through the tissue paper pattern.

I then grabbed the leaf ribbon by Santoro which also came in the April kit and wrapped it around the egg carton and I just LOVE how it turned out!


Because it was an egg carton after all, I did use the embellishment from the Echo Park pack that says "Eggs".



I grabbed another embellishment that said "happy" and that is how the title of this project came about! 



I love how this story unfolds. 


I live for these moments.


Happy Egg Hunt :)

Yes! 
I know! 
Total geek and book nerd!
Thank you :)



Step 5: Preparing the eggs


Don't throw away those other layers of tissue paper, I stamped on them using the Sizzix stamp set from the April Kit!
I coloured them in using my little Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I picked up some foam easter eggs from the dollar store.


And experimented with painting them.





Not sure that I like them painted with the stamped tissue paper.
They do look better without.


 Have a play.
See what YOU like.



Step 6: Decorating the inside of the egg carton

I didn't have paper shredding so I shredded up some of my own with a personal office shredder.


Yes- it did hurt to shred pretty Echo Paper paper. But that spotty paper looks GOOD here!
I rolled them up to fit each spot snugly.

Now for more pretty Echo Park Paper!


Seriously, this paper SCREAMS to be fussy cut!
You must hear it too?

 I played around with configuration ...


Until I felt it was right!



 Step 7: Decorating the inner lid

After all this fancy decorating on the outside and the inside of the egg carton, I felt the inner lid was lacking. I struggled as to which of the papers to use but ultimately decided on this adorable one with bunnies. The Easter Bunny does after all bring the eggs right ?




I wrapped more of the leaf ribbon along the inside.
Added tulle and more shreddings...


Hmmmmm still wasn't pleased with it!
I thought of what a REAL bird's next looked like?
Those things are jam packed with anything and everything!
I needed to add more.
So I did!

I added lace, feathers 


... and flowers :)


Now I was content!

Now for the props :) 







And here is the BIG REVEAL!!


Hoppy Easter everyone :)

If you want to watch the whole process of how I made this, find the tutorial here.

Until next time, hoppy crafting ;)
xxAmira

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Aunty Vera's Kitchen.... Lindt Bunny Easter Cake 2017

Hello again Crafty Friends...... I hope you are all having a lovely Easter Weekend, however you may be spending it. And being the weekend, it's time for a special Easter edition of......



Let me firstly apologize for the quality of today's images....... the pics were taken during Crazy Busy Time and I had to resort to using my phone camera.

This year's Easter Cake is from the Lindt Chocolate website....... a gorgeous semolina and almond meal cake with chopped up Lindt chocolate mixed through it and drizzled with orange syrup and chocolate ganache and decorated with mini Lindt bunnies.....


 Problem number 1 .... oops! (that's our word of the month!).... I forgot to buy the Lindt Orange Intense chocolate block needed for the cake. Lucky I still had this chocolate in my stash that our good friend Tour Guide Ted sent to Bill (sshhhh... don't tell Bill that I used it all).....



Problem number 2....... having purchased 2 bags of Lindt mini bunnies you'd think I'd have plenty to decorate the cake right? WHAT THE...!!!!??!!!



Seems I purchased 2 bags of smashed bunnies!!!! Luckily there were 5 survivors (out of TWO WHOLE BAGS!) to decorate the cake!!

The pics don't show it well, but the cake has orange syrup poured over it before being decorated with the ganache and bunnies.....




Totally YUM despite the OOPS moments!


Happy Easter (again lol) from Aunty Vera and Team xx

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