Friday, March 23, 2012

Oh Brother!

I have been so inspired by the blogging I have seen lately. I am in love with Helen Tilbury's work to name just one. Of course, I am talking about Scrapbooking here. I see card inspiration all the time but lately it's the scrapbooking that has caught my eye.

I can't say exactly what inspired the LO I am posting today, it's probably a mishmash of different things I have seen. I do know that it speaks to my love of classic paper and embellishments. I can do bright and funky, but somehow classic, shabby, vintage SPEAKS to me.

I printed out a photo of my hubby and his brother from a while back and built my page around it. I did have a list of product I used on the LO but I have very inconveniently lost it. I am going to try and recall it all from memory.

Paper - Bo Bunny
Flowers - Petaloo
Clock face - Enmarc
Clock Hands - Heritage
Rubon phrase - Kaiserkraft
Red letters - Making Memories (thank you Mrs Nate!)

I am sure I am forgetting something, and I cannot remember things like the paper range right now, I will have to vow to update this post tonight.



Have a stunner of a weekend everyone!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Digital crafting

Well, never did I think that I would be utilising my printer for anything other than sentiments and digi images. I was proved wrong!

I purchased a magazine recently that came with a free rubber stamp set as well as a disc. Hmmm, it all looked extremely dubious to me but I put the little fella in my pc and away it spun, loading all it's goodness into the bowels of my hardrive.

I am quite the explorer when it comes to new things like this and of course I have already tried and tested the contents of the disk. But before I go any further let me tell you what it is and where it came from.
The disc is called the 'Black and Gold Collection', it has Forever friends images and papers on it. I got it from the 93rd issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft. Yes, for once I have paid attention to my craft sources. Round of applause!

Anyway, I am still scared of printing whole pages of patterned paper and such when I have so much in my stash so I stayed away from that for the moment. What really interested me was the decoupage sheets available on this disk. I printed one out and used it for one of the commissioned cards I need to make this month.

Wow, what a joy it was to sit and fussy cut the image. Very easy lines to follow and the sheet clearly marked the order of the decoupage layers. My only complaint, if there had to be one was that i noticed that numbers 2 and 3 in the order were mixed up. Not that I'm extremely experienced but someone who knows nothing about decoupage would paste the layers together incorrectly.

The cardstock for the card base came out of my stash and the patterend piece from a small paper pad from Kaisercraft. I am really trying to use up what I have in order to get rid of some of the things I have been holding on to (read stroking lovingly).

The sentiment is a Kaiserkraft rubberstamp which I masked in order to stamp twice and follow the curve of the oval decoupage sheet. I punched the butterflies out with a nifty little mechanism thingy that has no name but I bought real cheap. It's a hand held tool in which you can place miniature dies in. I then inked them off my blue ink pad to give them the right colour.

I really love this card, the decoupage looks so 'real' and I can't wait to hand it over :)


Friday, March 9, 2012

Alcohol markers

I had a wonderful birthday in February, spoilt till I was giddy and could have sworn my smile was reaching past the borders of my face. It was much needed amongst the stress I have been going through at work and was a real pick me up. Work is still stressful, but I am happy to report that my company is in the process of interviewing people in order to add another body to my department. This should aleviate quite a bit of my workload and allow me to delegate those things that take too much of my time.

Hopefully that explains my long absence on here, the need to blog was not very strong after a long day :)

ANyway, back to the birthday spoiling. I received a set of Promarkers from a very special friend. Promarkers. I couldn't believe my eyes. Promarkers. Promarkers. Promarkers!

Yes, I did open the package immediately, and yes I coloured as many images as I possibly could! Sigh* it made me a very happy crafter indeed. They make me feel like my stash is complete and that I can go on to create wonderful things!

I promised my friend I would show her my first coloured image. So, here it is, in all it's Beatrix Potter'ish glory (because really, doesn't it just remind you of the Beatrix Potter character's?)

I mounted him on an all white card, and added brown accents in the form of inking and faux stitch lines along some of the edges. The embossing was, of course, achieved with my cuttlebug and a Provocraft embossing folder. I will have to double check on the artist of the stamp I used, I got him free from one of the crafting mags. The sentiment is a Kaiserkraft stamp, stamped in black :)

I am amazed at the difference having a set of alcohol markers makes to my colouring. I made a few cards this last week with images I had coloured with my sharpies (granted I am not that good of a 'colourer') and the difference is quite clear. I have now combined both the use of Sharpies and Promarkers after a bit of advice and am finding the results quite pleasing, but more on that in another post.

Here is the final product.