Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Happy Halloween (SCF Design Team project)

Here’s my submission for this month’s Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends design team using a stamp by MyGrafico called Little Witch 1. Now I know I’ve said before that I just don’t ‘do’ Halloween, but I couldn’t resist this stamp. It was simply too cute and a great way to wean myself in to Autumn here in the UK!

Now there’s no video today, because I just felt like sitting at my craft desk and making a card without the camcorder whirring away above me…and I had a blast ;-)

The font for the Happy Halloween is called ‘Impact Label’ which I embossed straight out of the printer to get it to look similar to that Dymo Tape I used to label everything with as a kid. My stationary was really anally organised back then. Much like my craft room is organised now…I wish =)

The digi stamp is coloured using a mixture of copic markers and pencil crayons, a technique which I demonstrate in this video post. I then highlighted all the cobwebs with glittery Stickles and made the spider’s and the cat’s nose ‘3d’ with some glossy accents. Great fun!

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Have a spooctacular day =)

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Thanks…so very much

This card is for the lady we stayed with on our recent holiday to Australia. We stayed with her for a week during our time there, so I thought it would be nice to show our appreciation by sending her a thank you card! I also made another one for my in-laws, who were generous enough to take us with them on their holiday. I have the best in-laws ever!!

The artwork on the card was inspired by the Aboriginal art I saw so much of when we were in Oz. Now my card is by no means Aboriginal art, but simply my own take on it from the inspiration I had! I don’t pretend to know anything much about the Aboriginal culture, and this card has no ‘story’ to tell like with many of the Aboriginal drawings. But I had great fun playing around painting in dots and being ‘arty’ for half an hour!! =)

The stamped sentiment at the bottom is from an idea Kristina Werner (similar to her card in this post), which I’ve used recently for this card.

The video below is slightly longer than usual, because I take you through all of the painting process, just in case you wanted to have a dabble with acrylic paints yourself. It’s so much fun!

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Monday, 6 September 2010

Just a note to say…

Just a note to say…whatever you want it to say! Who needs an excuse to send a card, heh? This one would be great just to cheer someone’s day.

I used this stamp set from Hero Arts and challenged myself to use the smallest flower stamp. I have great ideas for the two big flower stamps in this set, but hadn’t thought about what I’d do with the smaller one, so I promised I would do a card with that one first before I broke out the ‘easy’ ones.

This whole set is just made for paper piecing. You’ll be seeing a few more of this sort of card from this set! Love it!

As promised yesterday, the video is below. It’s a little longer than usual. Not sure why…perhaps I’m just on a jet-lagged go-slow following my holiday =)

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Sunday, 5 September 2010

I’m back!

Well I’m now back from 3 weeks in Australia (hence the prolonged absence!), and I have already shot another video, and edited it. So all that’s left to do is the voice over and uploading it to YouTube…so the next tutorial should be live tomorrow evening all being well! I just wanted to let you know what was happening as I’ve been neglecting blog-land for a while because of being on the other side of the world. I suppose that is a good excuse though? Lol!

Here’s some pictures from my holiday for you to see, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the card & video…

Headland/coastal walk along some of Australia’s beautiful coastline.
Uluṟu from a distance in the Red Centre. So magical.
A beach. All to myself. Wow!
A gorgeous little koala at the Billabong Zoo. So cute!

We did so much on this holiday, I need another week off to recover! We climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swam the Great Barrier Reef, went whale watching, did Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa, then a few days in Singapore on the way home. We had an absolutely awesome time. Back to work & reality tomorrow though…

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my holiday snaps. I’ll see you tomorrow with a new card & video! =)