Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Recipe for Love

So I recently started participating in the monthly challenges set by the Scrapbook and Things store over at the Full of Scrap blog. Every month they put together a kit, filled with paper, embellies and instructions for that month's challenge. You have to create a scrapbook LO, and no cards are allowed.

Month before last, the challenge kit was filled with cooking paper and embellishments. 'Oh no', I thought. I don't have cooking photo's, neither do I have kids to take cute cooking photo's of. Eish.

But, I have a wonderful husband and he is my recipe for love <3, So off I went to my craft desk to create! The results for the challenge have been released, I didn't place anywhere but boy do I love my LO, and I can't wait to fetch it back from the store to put it in my album :)

I cut the banners using my silhouette and a file I created all on my lonesome, clever me! And the pretty sparkles are just dots of cheap glitter glue.

A lot of the paper was raised on Foam sheets, the left hand side of the page especially. It really makes for added dimension when viewing the page in person.

Don't I just have the most handsome husband ever? Yes, I understand I may be biased here, but really, he is quite a good looking Lad.

I've already put together the challenge for this month that I will be submitting over the weekend, and since May was all about mother's day, I made a page for my mom* I hope it will do her proud, and I cannot wait to showcase it on here once the voting process is over!

Until my next post!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Gigantasaurus cuttlebug embossing tutorial

Although I didn't post this on Friday evening, here it is as promised. An embossing tutorial for a large area, using a cuttlebug embossing folder.

First off, let me start by showing you a little paper saving tip that I have been utilising since Lara Hanna taught it to me many, many, many moons ago.

I started the layout by choosing my paper, and layering in such a way that I knew how much space I would need as a border on my Pink cardstock. I marked each corner, so I could see where to cut my lines.

I use a Stanley/carpet knife when I craft, it is so much cheaper than the gimmicky craft knives out there, and I find the blades are sturdier. I have never liked a paper trimmer much, but by all means use it if that's what you are more comfortable with.

I cut along all the lines and my sheet looked like this:

Logically, the next step is to remove the inner square that has been cut out.

The outer square is the part that i embossed using a cuttelbug folder. Bear in mind that this is a full 12x12 inch sheet and would never fit in my cuttlebug. So, using the cuttlebug was out of the question.

I desperately wanted to add some embossing to the pink sheet, because I felt it needed some depth. Amazing what you think of when your eyes roam your craft space. I picked up my hammer, that has a rounded ball on the back of the head and an embossing folder and went on a mad embossing challenge.

I am sure your hammer looks the same, I got mine in a setter kit so it's a pretty standard crafting hammer. I placed the paper between the folds of the embossing folder in stages and 'rolled', quite hard, with the back of the hammer down onto the embossing folder. This left the embossed impression quite nicely. See below for a picturesque explanation :)

The finished product is on my last post, but here a close up of the finished product:

I hope this helps you in your own crafty quest for scrapbooking and card making greatness, I would love to see your finished products!

Until my next post*


Friday, May 25, 2012

In the eye of the beholder

I am back, after a long sabbatical from this blog. It really has been way too long. Why is it that this like some sort of illness for most bloggers, to disappear from their blogs and return months later. I don't blame the followers who stop following...

I recently took a photo of the right side of my own face...yes, not very interesting, but man was it hard to do. I was practising different photo's in different light positions outside of our house, in one of what I call my practise photo shoots. I can't really say what I was going for here, but I like the light distribution and the detail captured in the photo, you can even see the outline of my contact lens if you know what you're looking for.

On a side note: I sure am happy I decided to pluck my eyebrows that day!
Until my next post, happy snapping*


T is for Teen

I am finding that my scrapbook style is continuously evolving, and I sort of feel bad that I don't conform to any specific way of doing things - as most scrappers do. You get the shabby chic crowd, the mixed media crowd, the old style crowd, the digital crowd, and heck, I think the list of crowds could just go on and on and on...

I pick ideas up here and there and everywhere (I am sounding like a Dr Seuss book here) and generally like to experiment with just about anything. One major change I can point out in my scrapbooking of late is the fact that I am no longer partial to only using the romantic, old fashioned wallpaper looking paper out there. I still love it, very much, but the bright colours don't look so garish anymore.

Excuse me if I am boring you with my little self examination :)

You are here for some crafty goodness after all. I hope I have delivered. I made this page quite a few weeks ago actually. I've used a photo of one of my sisters from when she came to visit the big city last year June, still a teenager (though she doesn't like to think so), I thought that the title was perfect for her.

I used a mish mash of flourishes, ribbon/lace, some self made tissue paper roses and old embellies in my stash.

The background paper is cardstock, that I modified using ink and a circle template. The pink base was, believe it or not, embossed with a cuttlebug folder. I actually have a tutorial I'd like to post a bit later on showing you how I did it. Aren't you lucky I'm so generous with my tips? LOL! whatever :)

I used a chipboard buckle here, thread a blue dotted ribbon through it and stuck it under a tear in the background sheet.  The butterfly below is off a chipboard sheet I got from Darly*

AND, yes, I used scrap paper on this page! All of the scraps in the centre of the LO are scraps from the never ending pile.

I'll be back later with my tutorial on the very large area covered by the cuttlebug embossing folder.


Friday, May 18, 2012

My Liebster Blog List

Well, I am rather late in accepting my blog award, and rather late in posting about it... Please forgive me Anne!

Liebster is a German word that translates to; dearest, beloved or in this case favorite. The idea of the Liebster Award is to give it to an up and coming blog with fewer than 200 followers. – in order to create new connections, and bring attention to their wonderful blogs.

Here are the conditions that go along with accepting the award;
1.Thank the Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2.Link back to the blogger who presented you the award.
3.Copy and paste the Liebster Blog Award on your blog.
4.Present the award to 5 bloggers who have a following 200 or less, who you feel deserve it.
5.Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, Anne, thank you for my award :) I feel honoured and grateful that you think so highly of my little ole blog here :)
I have a variety of blogs that I follow, many are craft related, some are random, and some I read because of the pure joy I get from relating to people.
Without further ado, here are my awardees:
1. Anne - I first 'met' Anne when we served on the same design team for a digital art designer. Wonderful talent, and a dedicated blogger.
2. Cole - The fearless leader of our little online papercrafting group. What a kind-hearted soul.
3. Genevieve - Gen was one of my best friends in high school. I am in love with the concept of her new blog, I just wish she would update it more often....hint* hint*
4. Wendy - a fellow South African craft blogger, with a flare for things that are pretty.
5. Natasha - An acquaintance from my school days and an awesome mommy blogger, and though I am not a mommy, I love the humour in the way she writes... I often find myself laughing out loud :)
There you have it; my list, my regular read blogs, my cyber past time. Give them all a look, you won't be sorry*

Booming Great Crafting

I am in love with my silhouette Cameo, it really is a magic little medium sized machine. Paired with a little creativity and smashing paper, the world really is your paper oyster. I am sounding like an endorser for Silhouette, but I truly just love it.

Granted, I made today's feature quite a few weeks back, but I think I should be forgiven based on the fact life has been busy and I am in the middle of exams fr the first semester. I have crafted quite a lot lately however and I am building a nice little stockpile of goodies to show on the blog. My aim is to eventually be back to posting a project a day, and injecting some much needed crafty goodness into my everyday life. That being said, I need to catch up with many old friends as well.

I created the boombox of the card from a black cardstock and patterned paper from my scrap paper pile (yes, it still mocks me with it's thin edged grin). The cut file came with the original bunch of files stored in the SIlhouette program so that was a bargain. The ever so fancy buttons were a priceless find in my mish mash of a button collection :)
The silhouette has a marvellous function called 'weld', this allows you to weld items together after overlaping them somewhat. I used this function for my card sentiment. Being a little cheeky and clever with the line came surprisingly easily...
Of course, the beloved cuttlebug had to make an appearance and I used a more masculine looking embossing folder for the base of the card. The tiny music notes are punched with a mini punch.
Until my next post.... Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

All that glitters

is not gold. I saw this on one of my friend's status's in a social media application. I don't want to delve into the depth of the meaning, but let's just say it inspired the title for the blog post. Because that which glitters here is not gold, it's silver!

I have been asked to put together a sample wedding invite once again and I was absolutely in love with the brides choice of options I told her I could make. The wedding colour theme is Turquoise, and what a lovely colour it doth make when paired with white.

I designed the shape of the card with my Silhouette, and used an existing cut file that I purchased off the Silhouette site for the petal folded envelope (yes, that $10 gift card is still coming in handy).

I think the colours are pure deliciousness (new word people!) and I can't wait to hear what the bride to be thinks.