Saturday, 19 October 2019

Halloween/Spring with a Sketch YouTube Hop

Wow it is time for our October Hop already, this year has gone so fast.
I am super excited about this Hop as I am participating in it.

We have a Sketch to work with for this hop and the ladies have done a awesome job interpreting it in a variety of ways.

Here is the Hop List.

Raelene (Me)

Here is the Playlist I have created so you can easily find all the videos.

In addition to my October Daily Journal this year I am doing a October Daily Mini inside a Personal sized Filofax Domino in Aqua as Aqua/Teal are part of our Halloween as we participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project, so working in this size made this sketch challenging for me.

Head to my video to see my process for making the sketch work in a 41/4 x 7 inch format.

Here is my video, make sure you hop on to Wendy

October Daily 2019 Preparation & Day 1 - CraftOnline Creative Team

Last year I did my first October Daily project, I decided to do it the way I found success with December Daily and combine it with my journal keeping.  I loved how it turned out and wanted to do the project again this year but I am torn, I love doing my October Daily and December Daily combined with my journal keeping but I also really want to do a cute Halloween mini that is focused on doing Halloween prompts so I decided to prepare for both.

As I couldn't find my small Halloween stash so I needed to start from scratch this year and ordered some great goodies from CraftOnline.

Items used in this project
Poppy Crafts Candelabra Die
Poppy Crafts Cute Cat Die
Poppy Crafts Blooming 6x6 Paper Pad
Poppy Crafts 6x6 Textured Cardstock Pad
Poppy Crafts Christmas Glitter 6x6 Cardstock Pad
Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection
Doodlebug Planner Insert Daily Dots Daily Doodles Calendar
Tim Holtz Ideaology Countdown Brads
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Chrystal Kote Matt Varnish
Dorland's Wax Medium
Universal Crafts Embossing Tool
Stickmaster Heat Resistant Double Sided Tape 
Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves
Distress Oxide Carved Pumpkin
Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
Distress Ink Wild Honey
Distress Ink Black Soot
Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine
I used the older Universal Crafts Fine Line Applicators but here is a link to the new ones that I can't wait to try.

I adapted Serena Bee's October Daily Prompt List to a list that better suited a Halloween specific project as the Fall prompts don't suit me since I live in the Southern Hemisphere and I wanted to save Spring Prompts for a November project or maybe for September next year.  You can download a copy of my Prompt List here, I also added a October Awareness & Cultural Day List to the document, some Awareness & Cultural Days change each year so some may be incorrect for 2020.

I printed my prompt list on to vellum and distressed it with Distress Oxide in Carved Pumpkin and Seedless Preserves and added some Distress Ink in Black Soot and Peacock Feathers to give it a grungy Halloween look. 
I glued some adorable pumpkin paper from Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection to my page and adhered my list to it with Helmar Acid Free Glue,  washi and stickers from the Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection.

 I cut out the Poppy Crafts Candelabra Die from white cardstock and black glitter cardstock and then coloured the flames with Distress Ink in Wild Honey and Carved Pumpkin.
I cut the candles from the black glitter cardstock die cut and glued it to the white cardstock die cut.
I think it turned out super cute.

Click on this photo or the video below to watch my Process Video and see how I created my cover, a pocket inside the pocket, added my lists and completed my Day 1.

October Daily is a lot of fun no matter what format you choose to do it in so why no join in the fun and give it a go, it doesn't matter that it is a few weeks in you can still join in the fun.
Serena has a great Facebook Group that are full of inspiration.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Quick Wallet Repair - Helmar Creative Team

I have a really quick post of how I did a quick repair of my son's wallet with Helmar Fabric Glue as my son loves his Undertale wallet and wants to be able to keep using it and repairing things to reduce what goes to the tip is really important for the planet.

I emptied the wallet and simply ran a line of Helmar Fabric Glue along the fabric that has to adhere under the zip section.

I then held the 2 pieces together until the glue felt touch dry.

I then stood the wallet up with the coin part open and let it dry longer to ensure a strong hold.

My son is so happy that he can keep using his wallet.

I Love Dance - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

When I saw the gorgeous new Bella Mini Theme called Dance Queen I just had to scrap photos of my Granddaughter's first dance lesson so I decided to make a a TN kit from DQN69 Fusion and DQN83 On Pointe adding some lace from my stash. 
I decided to keep DQN76 Pose as a full sheet so I can use it with the left overs from this project to do a 12x12 layout for Miss E's album later.

I selectively cut words and cards from DQN69 Fusion to start my little travel kit and then I cut DQN83 On Pointe down to 2 pieces measuring 4 1/4 x 8 1/4 as I thought I might want to do a double page in my TN with the adorable photos I have.
I also added the 8 1/4 long scrap from doing this and a piece of Fusion that I didn't want the cards from to use the back side of both of these as layers as they are just gorgeous.

Now that I had everything ready to go I worked out photo placement on my 2 pages and trimmed the photos as needed.

On what would be the left page I decided to carefully adhere the photo to my matte piece and then create a pocket with them using Xpress It Double Sided Tape, so I could tuck the adorable tags from   behind them to give more layers but I would also be able to get my daughter to journal about this memory or I could journal about our Facetime chat about it at a later date.

I then added my piece of lace and selected one of the words that I had trimmed from  and adhered them down with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

Now to move onto the right hand page.
I worked out my layers and I knew I wanted to add a ballerina to this side so I fussy cut her out and tried to save as much as the card as I could so I could tuck it in to the layers on both pages to give more texture.

On the left page I tucked a section from the card under the lace.

I tucked a piece of the card behind the Ballerina I fussy cut from the card and slightly under the photo.

When adhering the Ballerina I just put some glue down the middle of her so she would still have some dimension.

She really is perfect for these photos of my Granddaughter, isn't she?

Finally I adhered my 2 pages into my Traveler's Notebook.
I love how the double page spread turned out.

Friday, 27 September 2019

DIY Dice Tray - Helmar Creative Team

Today I have a quick DIY gift idea for the Board Game lover in your life, or you could just make it for yourself.   A cool Dice Tray, the boys made these Dice Trays for their Dad for Father's Day and I thought I would share how they created them so those of you needing gift ideas for the Board Game loving people in your life can get started creating gifts for Christmas if you wish.

The purpose of a Dice Tray is to not lose you dice under the couch and to reduce problematic rolls like the dice being cocked, etc.  Keeping this in mind I kept my eye out for some nice deep frames that weren't too big so they didn't occupy too much table space.  I would have loved to upcycle a old frame but after 15 months of scouring op-shops I had no luck so bought the frames from The Reject Shop and I am trying to come up with something to use the glass for or find a artist who will use it and give it to them.
So here is what you need.
Helmar Fabric Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Felt in your preferred colour
2mm and/or 3mm Craft Foam
Deep Photo Frames
Pen or Pencil.

Remove the back piece from the frame, this is the part you will be working with. 
You won't need the glass or hanging hardware so save them for something else if you wish.
Place the back piece down on your foam and trace around it.  
Cut on the line. 
Do the same with your felt.

Run some Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive around the outer edge of your back piece and a squiggle in the middle and adhere your foam down.

Once your Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive is dry run some Helmar Fabric Glue around the edge of your foam and adhere down your felt.
Put your frame back together without the glass or hanging hardware and you are ready to role.
E made a mini Dice Tray with Green felt so our awesome DM has something a bit more compact when needed.    He had to test it out with his favourite D20 and he was pretty happy with his role.

Why not make a Dice Tray as a gift for the board game loving person in your life?  They will love it.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

A Stranger Birthday Afternoon

My daughter loves Stranger Things so when it came to a Birthday Card for her I decided to make her a Eggos themed card.

I started by designing a cut file for it that would enable it to look like 2 eggos were overlapping.
I cut 1 base, 3 of the full waffles and 2 of the waffles with a section missing.

I then coloured the base and top layers randomly with Distress Ink in Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber to give it a more toasted look.

I then started gluing my layers together with Helmar Acid Free Glue.

I then added my eggos to my card base.

My next step was adding the red lettering for Eggo, I grabbed out some really old Creative Memories alphas and added them to my card.

I then sealed my card with Dorlands Wax Sealant to ensure the alphas wouldn't peal off.

As the boys and I were traveling down on the train for a week long stay with my daughters the week before my daughter's birthday I decided to just pack the card and instead organise everything else once down there.  I arranged some awesome Stranger Things and Spiderman cupcakes to be made by her housemate who has her own cake decorating business in Brisbane (My Sweet Addiction)
I also got my eldest to pick up Christmas lights and I used her scrapping stash to make a box to fit a pack of waffles for a mini themed afternoon tea with just us and her housemates as she prefers small events.

Here is a quick how to of how I made the box.

I glued 2 sheets of yellow cardstock together with a line of Helmar Acid Free Glue.

I then measured my waffle pack and cut my cardstock to size and then scored it which was difficult as my daughter's scoring tool was missing so I had to use the back of a knife and her trimmer.  I did slip and cut through one section so I just taped it back together with washi tape.
I then cut down the sections that would form the ends.

I then used my Helmar Acid Free Glue to glue my box closed around my waffles.

The card turned out so cute.

At the afternoon tea I sat the card on top of the box so it looked like a box of Eggos.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Darling Girl - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

Before I got around to doing my next layout with my kit I created for scrapping photos of my Granddaughter at a wedding earlier this year I received a lovely box full of new Bella Mini Themes from Ruby Rock-It so I decided to add the gorgeous PFF06 Fancy Florals Blossom and PFF90 Fancy Florals Bouquet to my left overs from creating my Sweet Bubbles layout as I loved the little hints of blue in the flowers of both papers, I thought it would be a good way to help pull in the blue from my daughter's hair.

So I could use the gorgeous florals in PFF06 Fancy Florals Blossom and PFF90 Fancy Florals Bouquet I cut away a section of the papers and used my Silhouette with the Pixscan mat to cut as much as possible and then fussy cut the pale flowers as it had trouble detecting them when I used the tracing tool.

I decided to create a background on my white cardstock using the packaging technique with Distress Inks in Vintage Violet and .
The packaging technique is a really easy way to get a lovely background.  You dab your ink or watercolour paint or watered down paint onto a nonstick surface, spritz with water, place some plastic packaging and then dab the packaging onto your cardstock.

I used Victorian Velvet first, dried it with my heatgun and then added Broken China.
I love the results you get with this technique.

I was having trouble deciding which way I wanted the embellishments to be so I started with adding my heart die cut white I cut from a lilac coloured card from the Francheville Cards & Envleopes Pastel Pack to my photos and gluing them down.
I selectively cut my heart die cut to spread it as much as possible, even cutting a single heart out that would have wound up behind a photo, which I added to my florals later.

I had 2 layout options I loved and couldn't decide which was my favourite so I shared them with my fellow team members to see what they thought, I love that I can bounce creative ideas off other team members.  I also left it sitting on my desk in each design for a day and walked past it regularly to see what I liked the most.

When building my clusters I added in some of blue flowers I made when I created my kit in my previous post as I wanted to include some more blue into the project.  Instructions for these flowers are in my Sweet Bubbles layout post.

My title was going to be created with a darling wood veneer I got from a destash I bought years ago and some chipboard alphas from Ruby Rock-It to spell out GIRL.
To colour my chipboard I gave them a rough base coat of gesso and then experiemented with colouring them with Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet, Faded Lilac and Broken China.
I dabbed my ink onto my alphas, spritzed with water, dried and then used another colour and repeated until I had something I liked.

Now I was ready to stick down my embellishments, I decided I wanted to add some dimension to the layout so I glued together some scrap cardstock and adhered it to the big sections of my florals.

I tucked that single heart I cut away from my die cut into the big floral section on my layout.  I helped pull those hearts further into the layout.

I love the flowers from PFF06 Fancy Florals Blossom, they were perfect for these photos of my Granddaughter and I think if I had some of the Blush floral left they would work beautifully together so if you have some photos that need gorgeous florals then check out Blush and Fancy Florals from Bella, they are just gorgeous.