Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kaisercraft Saturday Challenge # 3 - August

If I get to continue on with this crafting streak of mine, I'll be punching out a blog post every night! granted the internet connection lasts that is...Truth is, I really hope I get more time to craft, it's a huge stress reliever in my life.

So, the third Kaisercraft Saturday challenge was an anything goes, but using this colour scheme:

Pretty, don't you think? I thought so too!! So much so that this card only took me 20 minutes to produce - pretty quick when you consider I used sit for four hours and come up with only one! lol!

Read more about this challenge here.

Did you ever think that Christmas themed paper could make such pretty non-Christmas colour combination? I didn't either, but desperate times call for desperate measures crafters. I don't really have blue themed paper in my 12x12 Kaisercraft paper stash, so I had to really dig deep with the imagination.

The patterned paper is from the Christmas Collections 6" Paper Pad (which strangely enough does not have a product code on it?), the blue cardstock is a scrap piece that I scrounged from my pile so I don't know what brand it is really. The buttons are chipboard elements from the Up, Up and Away Collection, CB111. I used the Kaisercraft self-adhesive pearls again, SB713; and used a sentiment from the Mini Clear Stamp Set called Friends, CS920. The silver twine is no-name brand and the rose ribbon is Prima.

You'll notice that I used an edge punch on this card as well, it's a Pick it Up punch, but I'm not sure what it's called. Sorry. I used it on the card front, as well as on the inner.

I finished off the envelope with a few more pearls - plain, simple and elegant. It was a fussy yet non-fussy card, and I wish the photographs would do it more justice.

Hope you are having just as much fun with the challenges as I am!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kaisercraft Saturday Challenge #2 - Hello

We had Telkom install an internet line here at the house - the darn thing is off more than it is on and it becomes frustrating when I need to use the internet and can''s taken an hour to post this short recollection of my card for this challenge...sigh* short rant over...

The second Kaisercraft Saturday Challenge this month has a few requirements for entry, your artwork needs to be:

- Sparkly
- Floral
- have at least one three dimensional element

And don't forget the 75% Kaisercraft product rule :)

Read more about this challenge here.

I used a square card blank from the pack of 50 that I told you about in my last post. Kaisercraft products included paper from the Hippy Girl Collection, P551 Sunshine (I used the reverse side for the long banners to the right). The sentiment was put together using letter stickers from the Timeless collection, SS143. The pearl accents were self adhesive pearls, SB713 Pearl. The silver bling is a no-name brand, as is the ribbon (which was actually recycled off of a gift!). the flower was handmade by moi, using a brad and circles cut out of tissue paper.

The sentiment was raised on foam squares to give them a little more prominence. I matched the envelope again, using a scrap piece of ribbon, and some bling.

The inside of my card was finished with die cut elements from the Hey Birdie Collection, DC317 Die Cut Elements. Remember when I made co-ordinating cards from this collection? if you'd like a reminder, have a look at the links below to refresh your memory :) the cards fully utilised Kaisercraft paper and die cuts, and were made into card kits that sold like hot cakes in a local scrapbook store.

- Hello Birdie! Card Kit Collection Card #1
- Hello Birdie! Card Kit Collection Card #2
- Hello Birdie! Card Kit Collection Card #3
- Hello Birdie! Card Kit Collection Card #4
- Hello Birdie! Card Kit Collection Card #5

I can hardly believe that it's been 3 years since I designed that particular card kit! hectic! I'm off to work on an assignment now, hope you feel inspired and get a little crafting in tonight - I sure wish I could! :)


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kaisercraft Saturday Challenge #1 - August

I am a huge fan of Kaisercraft products, I have a variety of clear stamps, paper and embellishments. I can't say that I have any of their colouring mediums, but maybe one day :)

I was browsing the internet for inspiration lately and came across their newly launched Saturday challenges. they are posted weekly and at the end of the month the entries are added into a draw to win one of two prize packages. The bonus here is that it's ok to be an international participant :) This is always a good! Anyway, I have been crafting up a storm, not only because of the chance to win some product, but because the challenges have different themes and requirements. This helps stir up the creative juices and gives some guidance while I am at my table. If you decide to enter these challenges yourself, you need to keep in mind that 75% of your artwork must be made up of Kaisercraft product. This should be easy though, all their stuff is just beautiful :) you could go and buy some if you don't have :)

Before I show my entry for the first Saturday of August's challenge, I want to share some information with my South African crafters. If you love to make cards, and prefer square bases (like me) you can now find packs of 50 envelopes and 50 cards at CNA. I don't know if this is country wide, but here in Johannesburg, at the  Clearwater Mall, I found them. They are R100 for the pack of 50, which works out to R2 per set of card and envelope - this is a real bargain! Way cheaper than cutting a sheet of cardstock that costs R5 into the square card shape, and then you still have to worry about finding or making a square envelope to match. The brand is docrafts, and the pack is called "Anita's Square Quality Cream Cards & Envelopes".

So, the first Saturday Challenge is to make a birthday card, you can see some inspiration and read more about this challenge here.

I used some pretty old generation Kaisercraft that I had hiding in my pile of paper, it's from the Sugar Sugar collection, P370 Chocolate Drops. I also used die cut shapes from the Technologic collection, CT710 Collectables; as well as a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Mini Clear Stamp Set, CS903 Wishes. I also added two rub on's which came off the SB528 All Boy sheet.

I've also really enjoyed finishing off the inside of my cards as well, matching them to the theme on the front. I feel it gives it that added 'extra' and adds a bit more of a personal touch.  I don't think it would be missed if it wasn't done, but it sure would make a difference once seen by the recipient!

To avoid wasting any paper or cut off's, why don't you try using them to finish off the insides of your own cards? you will see that the main gear on the front of the card has two ends cut off of it, I used these cut off's on the inside of my card and it really pops!

Another thing I've recently started doing, is personalising the envelope that the card comes in, here, I've used a few of the die cuts.

I have another three cards that I'll be entering over the next couple of days, for the other challenges that Kaisercraft has set - got to space the blog posts out :)
Have a fantastic week ahead!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Just bag it!

I don't know about you but I often look for last minute gift bags for gifts and I hate buying them from the store. I.e. Scratch around in the gift wrap cupboard looking for a bag previously received to 're-cycle' - I feel bad about it but what can I do?

So I thought I should build a little stock pile of my own hand-made bags, something I don't need to feel bad about giving a gift! And, I won't have to panic about not having anything to place a gift in either! Two birds with one stone...although that imagery is more gory to me than anything else...moving along swiftly.

I've made this before, the bag-a-lope. A wonderful little idea that some genius came up with. I used an A4 UNISA envelope, I have so many of them lying around due to the fact that I submit my university assignments through the electronic medium they have, rather than through the post. You could use any A4 envelope for this project really, I love the brown of my UNISA envelopes though :)

If you are looking to make this for yourself, you can follow the tutorial on
It's really simple, and the most time you will spend on putting the bag together, is decorating the front panel. I had to decorate the back of my bag as well, due to the return address information that UNISA requires on their envelopes - I had to cover this up.

This is literally a 30 minute or less project and I strongly encourage you to try it for yourself. Once you've made a few, the folding becomes second nature and the project an even quicker finish. I've also adapted my score lines to enable the bags to fold flat for storage...tutorial to follow for those interested.

Happy crafting!