Monday, August 30, 2010

Blooming baby card

This card underwent an interesting evolution- initially I stamped the leaves and masked them off before stamping the dot background, but it just looked not right and off balance. So I ended up stamping more leaves, cutting them out and adding them on. Should have just done that in the first place!

By the way, see that ruffle along the base? I lifted that from Diane's blog hop post here. It is brilliant- it looks like kraft (which I love) but is SO much easier than using thick cardstock. And that my friends, is the perfect example of sharing making the crafty world go round. Thanks Diane :)

Stamps: Papertrey Ink mega mixed messages, polka dot basics, turning a new leaf.
Ink: Papertrey Ink spring moss, Hero Arts soft pool shadow ink, versafine black
Paper: Papertrey Ink spring moss, aqua mist; Echo Park sweet summertime
Tools: Papertrey Ink flower die

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Scrap That Ad round 4

Be in it today, live more of your life. Be. In. It. Yeah!
Words to live by people. Those of you who watched TV in Australia during the 80's can add the jingle music. Here is my layout inspired by it

Paper and stickers Echo Park Sweet Summertime.
Stamp Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.

Hope you have a great day living life :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop: brown bag garland

A big hello to hopping Papertrey Inkers- thanks for visiting :) For anyone else out there, the challenge this month was to get creative with brown paper lunch bags. I have to admit I was quite stumped. But eventually got inspired by the classic kids craft activity of making strings of paper dolls holding hands. Here is what I did:

Trim off the sides and top of the bag, but NOT the bottom. Cut into strips as wide as you need (mine were about 2.5 inches). Flatten out the bottom bag fold so you have one long strip. Stamp the image you want to use at one end of the paper strip. You want to choose an image that is symmetrical and has an outline shape that is easy to recognise.

Accordian fold along the strip, making sure that the edges of your image are very close to the folds.

Cut out your shape, but leave a few points along the folds where you do not cut.

Unfold your strip- you now have a brown paper garland! You can leave it like this for something super quick, or go a bit more fancy and stamp along all the shapes and even add some extra decoration like I did in the middle of this flower garland.

Thanks for visiting, if you have time I'd really appreciate a comment!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Holiday Button Bits, Blooming Button Bits, In Bloom II
Paper: brown paper lunch bags, aqua cardstock
Ink: Papertrey Ink berry sorbet, fresh snow; Colorbox cranberry, chestnut; Hero Arts soft pool shadow ink.
Other: circle punch

Monday, August 23, 2010

Felt baby booties

I love the internet. It allows me to find things like this for free. And then I can make things like this for friends.

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It took me longer than I expected (all that blanket stitch!) and if I had just sewn the bottom with the machine as instructed I'm sure it would have been a lot simpler. I used more Papertrey Ink felt for this- I just love the quality of it for projects like this, no fraying and the wool will be great for little baby feet.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Felt hair clips

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I've been having a great time with the Papertrey Ink wool felt. This time I made some hair clips for Elena and a card to go with them using Tim Holtz tissue tape and hearts cut out from Basic Grey Olivia Ashlyn paper.

The hair clips were based on the instructions from the tutorial at The Purl Bee here. I'm planning to do the rose ones for Christmas presents. Supplies: plain hair clips (barrettes), Papertrey Ink wool felt (chartreuse & cream), Papertrey Ink flower die & cuttlebug machine, pink embroidery floss, pink buttons.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A couple of layouts

*sigh* I've fallen behind with the blogging again. I'll blame life (yet again). This time I have a couple of layouts to share- they have been completed for the competition going on at

Inspired by the "Happy Little Vegemites" famous series of ads. The diamonds in the corner were created by sanding the paper over a cuttlebug embossing folder and then inking the folder and carefully using it as a sort of stamp over the top. It's nice to be able to use them in a layout and not just on cards :)

Inspired by the "Not Happy Jan" Yellow Pages ad. Loved getting a chance to play with the Basic Grey Oliver collection. Great quality rub-ons. My tip when using rub-ons is lots of waxed paper (or baking paper) over everything else to protect the rest of the sheet from accidentally rubbing off onto your photos. It saves you from having the cut the sheet.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Scrap that Ad round 1

My entry for the first round of Scrap That Ad happening over at Can I just say I am very excited about exploring more uses for the Tim Holtz tissue tape!

Paper Basic Grey, My Minds Eye journal block, Pink Paislee die cut.
Alpha unknown- painted black and coated with Doodlebug black glitter
Other: Tim Holtz tissue tape, old postage stamps