30 July 2009
29 July 2009
Sizzix is coming out with a 12 x 12 embossing machine. Are they going to have 12 x12 embossing folders too? They've also got some smaller embossing folders coming out as well (the Cuttlebug type ones).
New punches from Fiskars. They do have four Christmassy type punches coming too.
Martha Stewart and EK punches.
All Martha Stewart punches.
I like this one. Loopy! And here's a little how-to video about it.
New Cuttlebug embossing folders. Nice!
I love Christmas papers. Here's My Mind's Eye Colourful Christmas and Merry Days of Christmas.
And Cosmo Cricket's Jolly By Golly (I like the vintage bits on the elements).
That's all for now. Hope all the links work for you!
28 July 2009
- Subtle use of glitter
- No staples!
27 July 2009
I scrap pretty simply. I've been scrapping for over 8 years now, and know what works for me, and what I want to accomplish with my scrapbooking. This is what my layouts looked like when I first started - ie. on white with just photos and a bit of colour. And I've come full circle. I've done the masterpiece pages (masterpiece according to me, not according to publishing in a magazine masterpiece), I've done the mini-albums, I've done 12 x 12 theme albums and I've done gift albums. I've done a lot of different types of scrapping.
25 July 2009
24 July 2009
And the last of the book today. Hope you're liking it as much as I'm enjoying sharing it.
Love the bow tie on the bear. He looks good. And the bees, fiddily diddily, but very worth it.
Cutie frog and clown. I really do like the fact that you only have to use cardstock, punches and glue to make something fun. Of course I use a lot of other tools too, but really, you don't need much to make some cute punch art.
And the inside back cover with punch art punches. So fun. Just traced around the actual punch shape to make them. Very easy.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the book and feel ready to go and punch something. I do!
Talk again soon.
23 July 2009
Here's some more pages of the little punch art book.
That chicken is my favourite - my very favourite. And the bow on the baby - fiddily, diddily!
22 July 2009
Beware that you might have to scrape some cheese off it because it's a bit cheesy, but hey, at least it's not stinky cheese.
So here's the cover. Simple. Simple is good.
I love punch art because it's simple. Did I put that in the book? Probably not. It can be the 48 967th reason why I love punch art.
I made the book itself by folding some cream card for the inside pages and blue for the front. I should've scored each page, but I didn't. Unfortunately there's some pretty major cracks on the folds in the book. That cream card is thick and the pages are small. Makes for a bit of cracking, especially when folding against the grain. Live and learn.
I punched holes in each of the pages to thread the ribbon through at the end and each page was decorated before the whole book was put together.
The final book is quarter of an A5. Is there a code for quarter of an A5? Basically it's a little book.
Inside front cover. There's quite a few swirls throughout the book too. Quite a few actually...
First double page. Have loved doing flowers with smiley faces for years now. They're always a good option for a card. And the kids are cute with their sunglasses.
Now that I've just started showing you the book I'll have to leave you hanging because I've got to start dinner and I've already typed this three times! Rats, I know...
See you soon :o)
21 July 2009
Hi, I hope you had a good weekend! I realise it's Tuesday and people don't usually refer to the previous weekend on a Tuesday, but I still hope you had a good weekend! Do anything exciting? We went to the Samford show and had a really nice time actually. It's small and it's country, but it's good.
My favourite thing was the woodchop - love the woodchop and haven't seen it for years. The guy who won chopped through that thing in 21 secs I think it was! Amazing. That was the underhand event where they stand on the block. We also saw the standing block event and the tree climb one. I mean, I've seen these events many times before, but to see them up close is to see how hard they're working. And those axes are sharp!
The back marker (the guy with the biggest time handicap) is always the guy to watch because he's expected to win (in my humble, I'm-just-a-spectator, opinion). In the tree climb final the first guy started on 5, the second on 17, the rest of them on 60 and 70ish, the second last guy on about 117 and the back marker on 121! They were standing there having a chat while the first guy started and then they got themselves ready. And man, they work hard in that tree climb. Chop, chop and up goes the first plank. Chop, chop and up goes the second plank. Chop, chop and the third plank goes up. Then they chop one side of the top bit. Then down they go and do it all again up the other side. They were amazing to watch really. And when they're on the top plank going for it to break through the log, the plank they're standing on is at such a bend! I'm like, don't fall!
And yep, the back marker won. He blitzed them all and won the final. Good for him, I thought, he deserved it. He's chopping for Queensland at the Ekka soon too.
You know when you go to the cricket, there's cheering? And when you go to the tennis, there's cheering? And when you go to the footy, there's yelling and cheering? Well, at the woodchop there's no cheering. What is up with that really? I love cheering and let out a woo hoo when they finished. Thought they deserved it!
Okay, so I love the woodchop! There you go.
I'm working on a croc and a lion card to go with the others that I posted last week. Will put them up when they're done.
Oh PS. Father-in-law liked elephant with bomb-diving monkey card on Sunday. Knew he would.
18 July 2009
17 July 2009
16 July 2009
15 July 2009
Hi, remember this card? The one with the trim using the Fiskars scallop scissors? I've been wanting to show you the trim we were cutting originally to compare it with the ric rac looking one. Below is a photo of both of them (from my sample book). The red trim is the original where the scallops of the scissors get lined up to make a row of what looks like little balls I guess. And the orange trim is the ric rac one where the scallops get cut into so to speak. Hard to explain, but hopefully the picture helps!
Also wanted to show you some pages of my sample book so you have more of an idea of what's in it. Basically it's just bits and pieces stuck in there. It's not really meant to be organised or anything - I just put the sample where it fits in the book.
This is the inside front cover. Punching on the fold of your card (if your punch can handle it) makes a tab. They're the ones at the top glued over the page.
Here's the circle flowers that I like a lot and use a lot. I'm a big non-reinventer of the wheel. Use again and again, I say. Good use for ribbon scraps too. Should do that.
Stitching and paper piercing holes. You can use any shaped template, punch or die to prick holes around for a nice look. Leave just the holes, stitch through with thread or draw stitches with a matching pen. Lots of possibilities there. And a swing card. The white bit swings to the side to reveal a message underneath. Cute. And the green tab out the side is an actual tab punch. I like how it sticks out the side there. Could do that on a card too.
Thought I'd share this card using my favourite shape...circles. Actually it's not a card, it's just a design, but it could be a card. It would be a big one because the background is 6 x 12" so the bears are pretty big too. I used a circle cutter for the faces and my bigger punches for the other bits including the mouth. To make that I punched a smaller circle first then a bigger one around the negative of that circle to make a ring. I then cut a section of the ring to use as the mouth. There's Dimensional Magic on the noses and the heart to finish them off (makes them shiny).
Hope your week is going well. Loved seeing the sun out today, so nice.
14 July 2009
Hi, how are you this week?
Just remembered that I haven't told you where I was in the photo I put up on Saturday. I was on Prince Edward Island in Canada at Cape Tyron and above is Green Gables in Cavendish. It was a dream come true for me to go to PEI because I'd wanted to go ever since I saw Anne of Green Gables in the mid-eighties. And yes, it's my favourite movie!
"Oh, Marilla! I feel like I've been given the moon and I don't quite know what to do with it..."
"I'm in the depths of despair!"
And the apology to Rachel for calling her fat. SO funny. "All the things I said about you were true too, but I shouldn't have said them..."
Still makes me laugh after all this time. Should watch it again soon :o)
Have a wonderful day!
11 July 2009
Hi, how's your weekend going? Today Andrew and I decided to venture out to the beach for some sun and ended up getting stuck in a lot of traffic (I'm talking for at least an hour) on the highway and then windblown on the beach. Phew, breeezzzyy! Saw a little sun in the end, but not enough. Is it just me, or has the sun been hiding this winter?
Bye for now!
PS. In the photo above I'm not in Australia. Can you guess where? Want a hint? Here it is.... AoGG.
PPS. In the photo above I am wearing the same jumper that I took today. How ironic.
PPPS. In the photo above I was freezing, like I was today. I was more freezing in the photo if that means anything. It doesn't.
PPPPS. The photo above is four years old. That makes my jumper four years old. I don't throw things out easily...
PPPPPSSSSSS. What is it about this blog that makes me want to rave on about completely inconsequential things? :o)
Bye now. I promise.
08 July 2009
You know you've got a lot going on when you have to go to the kitchen to cut something! Look at my desk - a mess! And the other table I use for extra space - full! And the computer desk? I've been making cards there today because all the other space was used up! And then I had to cut something and I found myself here...
I'll Cuttlebug and make tea at the same time since it's about time for that too. Just better watch I don't get any food on the cardstock cause that wouldn't be good. :o) It's all about the multi-tasking sometimes, isn't it?
That trimmer is a very good trimmer. It's from Tonic and I've had it a while now. So great because it's got both cms and inches (I use both) and it's solid.
Well, have a good night :o)
PS. Would you believe me if I said I'm a neat person? I am!
06 July 2009
Well, hello cutie! You might think I'm talking the little birdy on the card, but I'm not. I'm talking to the recipient of the card and that would be my husband, Andrew. Hello darling. Does he read this you ask? Actually, no, but he'll be asked (ie. brought into the office and shown it on the computer) to have a look at it so we can smile at each other and hug and then go about our business. Ah, married life...
Okay, back to the card. It made it for him on the occasion (I like saying on the occasion) of our 14th wedding anniversary, which was a couple of weeks ago.
Thank you, Cherry Hill! (the paper and die cuts)
Thank you, Ducks in a Row! (the "I love you" bit)
Thank you, scallop punch from Fiskars!
Thanks for coming, thanks for being here and thanks for being invented!
Bye! (that's to you, and not the products by the way)
04 July 2009
Just a quick card for today. An easy way to use up all the scraps you have. Beware though, easy to punch, hard to line up! Adhere with foam tape and add glitter to finish. There you have it, a card for any occasion. Or any occasion you want to make up!
Have a great weekend!
02 July 2009
The second card is a small Cuttlebug embossing folder that I ran through the machine three times in cream, orange and brown. Then I did a cut and paste of the relevant shapes and stuck them together. There's a bit of stickles on the dots on the background. Cute card that. And I like how the edges of the embossed pieces are raised a bit to give it some definition. Nice.
Thought of yet another scrapbooking quirk.
Ready? It's quite weird actually.
I don't like buying embellishments. Nup, I just don't.
Actually, I don't buy embellishments much at all. Mostly I'm okay with it because I don't need them, but sometimes I wish I had a few kicking around so I could actually put something interesting on my layouts or cards... I think it's because they're too expensive mostly. Ever seen something nice, turned it over to see the price and then had to pick yourself up off the floor? I got so tired of picking myself up off the floor of scrapping shops that I stopped looking at them altogether! Hey, we live on an island, and the shipping's expensive to get stuff here, but I'm not paying $9.50 for that.
Embellishments - ignore, ignore, ignore.
Buttons - buy red and yellow. I suppose they're embellishments, but in my brain they're just buttons and are listed separate.
Ribbon - buy because it's always good. Plain, polkas and stripes.
Patterned paper - look, look, look. Buy some.
October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket - buy, buy, buy (not the whole line of course. And the extras I don't like from the 8 x 8 pad get used somehow, even if it's just for note paper. Shocker I know, but I've got a bit of my grandma in me and can't throw it out).
Punches - look, look, look then buy, buy, buy. Or it starts with stalk, stalk, stalk then buy, buy, buy. But not all of them of course, because that would be ridiculous.
Tools - look, look, look. Buy some. Gotta love those tools.
Ah, the shopping habits of a crafter, gotta love it! :o)
Got any quirky habits of your own? You could do a page about it. You could. I can't because I don't scrapbook, remember?
01 July 2009
It's quite shocking actually.
Here it is....
I don't scrapbook a lot.
There, I've said it. I don't scrapbook a lot. Actually the last time was in February. And it was the beginning of February, no less. I did 30 or so pages while on holidays with Andrew. I had a great time! I scrapped for hours each day! I loved it! And I haven't done it since... :o(
Am I worried about that? Nup.
Am I concerned about that? Hmm, sort of. Want to do those photos, you know.
Have I missed it? Yes and no.
What have I been doing instead? Avoiding Harvey Norman because I dislike the photo printing part of scrapping. I like HN, I just don't like having to go there.
What else have I been doing instead? Blogging, making cards, making up more cards, making a lot of cards, making up classes and making up cards. Oh, and I've been making cards.
Will I be scrapping soon? Actually, yes, thanks for asking. I have two specific scrapping events planned in the coming weeks. We shall see if I get to HN in the meantime. I mean, I will get to HN in the meantime.
Will I be making cards soon? Well, of course!
Do you like making cards? Yes
More than scrapbooking? Yes (how can you tell?)
Will things always be this way? No, probably not. But I'm just going with it because creativeness ebbs and flows and you've gotta go with both!
And that's all I'm going to say about that.
Well, it's morning, morning, but that sounds funny.
Morning, morning (see? Told you).