Thursday, September 29, 2011

Romance Brag Tag ...

Hi there everyone,

Well you wouldn't believe it by looking below, but I have been busy getting ready for the end of my uni semester.

A few weeks ago my hubby and I had the pleasure in attending a very very special wedding for a beautiful couple who have been engaged for 10 years but had experienced so many health issues that they couldn't get married till now! Amazing huh!

It was a real small wedding and I'd noticed that there weren't heaps of photos being taken so I decided that the newlyweds needed a special gift to remember this massive day.

I rang my craft dealer, miss Tanya, who hooked me up with one of Kaszazz's Brag tag books (Romance) and I whipped up this little book.

Now it's not dominated by Distress Inks like I would normally do, but Aged Mahogany did get to shine it's light. I must also say that I added to the kit, I thought it needed some deep red, hence Aged Mahogany, however I also added some deep red Bazzill card stock and ribbon (all Kaszazz) the brushed heart stamp (Kaszazz) and a non Kaszazz lips stamp, which I can't remember where I picked it up from.

My only tip would be to reduce the size of your photos before you print them as I couldn't use many of my photos simply cos they were too big!

Anyway here are a few shots, I really enjoyed making this book....


Friday, September 16, 2011

Enchanted Flip Card

I wanted to make an unusual card this week for a friend who was moving house. I had a lovely picture in my mind, but no idea how to get the mental picture out of my head and onto my card! After a bit of online searching, I found a tutorial for a swing or flip card, and it was perfect! It took me a couple of goes, but eventually I got the card working the way I wanted it to.

After making the first card, I wanted to try it again, but in a different size. I got the proportions a bit muddled up, so my card is much bigger than I anticipated, but I wanted to share it with you all the same.

I used some of the papers from the 'Enchanted' range, and then used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to edge all the peices.

For instructions on how to make a swing (flip) card, take a look here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

My craft room

Over the weekend, I did a big clean up of the craft room. Got rid of all those little scraps I have lying around 'just in case', but never use! Changed some of my storage around, and basically got rid of a lot of junk!

So, since the craft room was unusually tidy, and you can see both the desk and the floor, I thought I'd do a quick video of my workspace and upload it here for you!

I got a very excited response from Facebook after mentioning that I was going to share photos of the craft room, and decided that a video would be better for explaining things, so here it is!

This is the first video I've ever done, but hopefully won't be the last! I hope you enjoy sharing my space with me!

To watch this over on my YouTube Channel, take a look here.

Leave me a comment: What's your workspace look like? Have any improvements or ideas you want to share? Let me know!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wish, Believe, Happy Happy Birthday

Well, Kristina Werner has posted another wonderful folded card that I just love, and had to make! Please check out her blog for some wonderful cardmaking inspiration!

This week's card has four places for a sentiment (last week's had three). It didn't turn out quite how I pictured it in my mind, but I am looking forward to creating similar cards in the future!

How I punched out the circles...

First, I punched the circle out of some scrap cardstock.
Then, I attached it to my peice of paper with some non-permanent adhesive in the place where I wanted the half circle.

Then, re-align the punch and the cardstock circle, and punch!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Another post from Distress-D!

Hey hey bloggers,

Distress-D here again!

I have been busy playing with my distress inks today and was delighted with some of my results.

I wanted to use up my scraps of paper so, first of all, I went crazy cutting 1 inch and 1.5 inch circles (I used my slice machine cos it's what I had, but Tanya would be able to hook you with some circle punches if my project inspires you. Punches are heaps cheaper than a slice machine).

With this first card, I was making it for my step-father, a passionate St Kilda fan. I used an ivory card (got it from Tanya, my Kaszazz dealer), stamped 'Happy Birthday' with Black Soot (Distress Ink). Then I used removable adhesive and put a few circles randomly on my card. Then I used my foam applicator and Fired Brick (yep, you guessed it -Distress Ink) and covered my card, working from off the page and blending across the page in a circular motion.

Then I put some more circles over the page and repeated the process, this time using the Black Soot again!

Here is the result!

And here is another card I made using more of my circles!

I used tumbled glass for the stamp and broken china for the edges which made my  background. Next I inked the edge of each circle in a corresponding distress ink colour (Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Dusty Concord).

I stamped the bow on separate card stock (using dusty concord) then put some extra ink on an acrylic block, added a little water and coloured in the bow with a fine brush (I love to colour with my distress inks, will show you more of this one day). Once I had cut the bow, I also inked the edges of the bow to make sure there were no white edges.

The strings of the balloon, I used my 'Sew Easy' tool but you could just as easily draw them on, use a sewing machine or even just poke some holes through and sew it up.
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my work. This is the first time my work has been on the net some I'm a little excited.

Most of the materials I used were from my lovely Tanya, so please chat to her if you want to try something you've seen here.

That's all for me for now! Please feel free to ask any questions you like and if you have a Distress specific request for any future Distress-D posts, please let me/Tanya know.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

A bit of a nautical theme to this year's cards. Not sure why, but that's just what took my fancy!
The last card is one I created for my August at home workshop. It's a masculine card suitable for any occasion and uses Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Folded Card

I am a big fan of Kristina Werner and she's just started a new video series on a Friday. This weeks project was a very cool folded card, and I just love what she's done with it! I loved it so much, I had to try it! My card didn't turn out quite like hers did, but I guess that's the beauty of being creative - everyone has their own spin on a project!

So, these are the photos of the card I made today. I'm glad to be nearly back to my old self again!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ask Tanya...

Well, I can hardly believe it, but September is here, and with it, Spring, warm weather, birds chirping and the promise of Summer on the way! All these things make for light hearted days and balmy nights with friends! How wonderful it all sounds! Makes me want to create some lovely and bright, bold cards!

But, alas, I have somehow managed to get some sort of virus, which is keeping me indoors and on the couch! It's been over a week since I first got sick, and I can assure you that I'm not very impressed!

I've only managed to get a little bit of creative time in, if it involves being able to sit on the couch (mainly colouring) or by proxy through YouTube!

But, I've just had a great idea! I do have access to the laptop (it's one of the few things I am able to do while stuck at home on the couch), and I thought it might be a fun idea to have an 'Ask Tanya' day! So, I invite you to post any papercraft related questions for me either as a comment here, or on the Kaszazz with Tanya Facebook wall, and I will bravely attempt to answer your questions as best I can!