Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Father's Day Card and Manly Sea Eagles Bookmark - CraftOnline Creative Team

This year due to circumstances beyond our control we had to celebrate Father's Day with my Father In-law a couple of weeks late, so today I am sharing with you the projects I created for him for Father's Day.

I always struggle with ideas for my Father In-law so when creating a project for him gathering together a sort of kit that could work for something that suits his interests really helps me create something for him.  So keeping in mind what his career was and his love of the Manly Sea Eagles I decided I would need some products that could work with a grungy sort of travel theme or some sort of Sea Eagles project.

Check out my video to see how I created a bookmark and card for the person in my life that I struggle the most for gift ideas.

Items used.
Poppy Crafts Stitched Labels die set
Poppy Crafts Gear Set 3 die set
Poppy Crafts Gear Set 2 die set
49 and Market Captured Adventure 6x6 paper pad
Poppy Crafts A6 Cards and Envelopes Kraft
Poppy Crafts A4 Kraft Cardstock
Poppy Crafts A4 White Cardstock
The Stickmaster Heat Resistant Double Sided Tape
X-Press It Double Sided Foam Tape
Universal Crafts Blending Tool
Tim Holt Distress Mini Ink Pad Storage Tin
Mini Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Mini Distress Ink Aged Mahogany
Mini Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Mini Distress Ink Hickory Smoke
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Varnish
Universal Crafts Embossing Tool
Dorland's Wax Medium

The X-Press It Double Sided Foam Tape and Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots really helped give my card dimension.
The Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Varnish sealed the distress inks so they won't run if the bookmark or card were to get wet.

The Dorland's Wax Medium sealed my alphas beautifully, they aren't coming up now.

I love how the card and bookmark turned out.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Sweet Bubbles - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

When I saw the gorgeous Blush Floral paper in the new Bella papers I felt I had found the perfect paper to start a little kit for scrapping some photos taken of my granddaughter at a wedding earlier this year.  So I pulled together a kit to suit creating a few layouts that consisted of the Blush range, PL197 Pink Lady Montage, Francheville Cards & Envelopes in Pastel, Francheville Mini White Doilies, Distress Mini Ink in Vintage Violet and as I hadn't decided which photos to use I also included Distress Mini Ink in Salty Ocean to work with the photo that includes my daughter as she had blue hair at the time.

I decided to prepare everything first.
I cut what cards I wanted from THE654 Blush Quarters and PL197 Pink Lady Montage, so I would know what I would have left over from Blush Quarters.
Then I used my Silhouette Curio to cut the floral frame from the card that is second from the right on the middle row of Blush Quarters, the champagne bottle & glasses and some bits from the Botanicals range.  I then fussy cut flowers from THE Blush Floral.

I then went through my embellishment stash and grabbed out some lace, chipboard, flowers and a Charms Creations Heart along with a pack of Francheville Mini White Doilies.

Using my Curio I cut the word Bubbles and some other items from some Francheville Cards & Envelopes in Pastel.
I matted all my photos that I was trying to decide between so they would be ready to grab and go.
I then punched out some lacey borders from the card scraps and made some flowers from the card scraps.

To make my flowers I punch out a assortment of flowers from the cardstock scraps with some old flower punches I have in my stash and I inked the edges, the pink flowers I inked with Vintage Violet and the Blue with Salty Ocean.


I shaped them with a ball tool and a scrap of foam.

For my flower centres I grabbed out my Just Beat It SB15 Glass Seed Beads in Rose and JBX84 Round Brass Beads in Silver as I love using glass and metal beads for flower centres, they are a more archival option and they give you a gorgeous result.

I simply put a drop of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive into the centre of each flower and then placed my beads into the glue, if they needed adjusting I just used my pokey tool to move them.

I was now ready to scrap.
I worked out my photo positions and glued them together.
I split 2 of the 3x4 cards from THE654 Blush Quarters in half to create layers that extended both sides of my photo stack and then glued them to my photos.
And then I trimmed a section of Blush Quarters that I had decided not to use the cards from and glued it along the bottom.
This is how my stack looks from the back, so you can see how I trimmed out the middle of my matts and cut the cards.

This square photo is popped up with 4 layers of cardstock scraps to give it some lift.

This 3x4 card was perfect for representing the bubbly fun my granddaughter was having.

I also cut up a doily to poke in around my layout to add some lacey texture.

And I stamped my white cardstock with a bubble stamp from my stash in Distress Ink Vintage Violet.

Here you can see the other 3x4 card that I chose for this layout.  I felt this card also added to the bubbly fun of the page.

For these big gorgeous florals I put layers of cardstock scraps behind them, the main one has 4 layers and the on near the page edge has 2 layers.
I then used some Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots on the smaller parts to give them lift to.

I added some leaves from the Botanicals paper to the bottom right corner to sort of pull the florals into the corner and added some of them throughout the main section of the layout.

For my title I decided to use this Sweet chipboard from Memorymaze combined with the Bubbles that I had die cut from a pink card from Francheville Cards & Envelopes in Pastel.
I base coated it with Gesso and then coloured it with Distress Ink in Vintage Violet.

I love how this project turned out.  The floral colours in THE Blush Floral were perfect for these photos of my Granddaughter as they matches her dress so well.
Now to scrap my next layout with this little kit I have put together.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

4 Farewell Cards

My husband and I were attending a party for 4 of his colleagues who were leaving after many years at his workplace, 3 of them I had worked with when I worked there 15 years ago.  Hubby wanted to give them a card each with a personal message from himself so I decided to make a set of 4 cards for him.

I had no idea what I was going to do so I started by designing a cut file for the word Farewell to use on my cards and cutting it from white cardstock 4 times.
You can download a copy of my cut file here.  Please if sharing the file or a project using the file link back to this post rather than just giving someone a copy of it.

I grabbed out 4 white card bases and initially I grabbed out a assortment of scraps, flowers, ribbons, lace and die cuts but the variety was making things harder than it had to be so instead I got out my December 2018 kit from Scrapping Fun Kits that was a pink with hints of black and white kit, having everything coordinating really helped get these cards done quickly.  I added some white flowers and a scrap of cream paper to this and set to work.

I cut my papers too size and then just built each card individually, first adding a piece of ribbon or lace and then adhering my die cut onto these with Helmar Acid Free Glue.

Once my word was down I added my flowers with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

Once the card fronts were dry I adhered them to my card bases with Helmar Acid Free Glue.

I love how they turned out and they were so quick and simple to make once I reduced down my options so I wasn't overwhelmed with choice while creating.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Aunty - Helmar Creative Team

I had a beautiful photo of my daughter with my granddaughter has been needing to be scrapped for some time now so I decided to create a Aunt themed kit for myself start with grabbing out the chipboard alphas I used on my 3 2 1 Crawl layout and sorted through them to see if I could make the word Aunty, as I was out of A's I used a V upside down as my A. 
I then pulled together papers, paper scraps and embellishments that coordinated with the colours I was using from the alphas but keeping it mostly pink as they are both wearing pink in the photo.
My papers were a old Dear Lizzy paper called Serendiity, papers from Pink Paislee Summer Lights 6x6 paper pad, Dear Lizzy Happy Place 6x6 paper pad and papers from the June 2018 and December 2018 kits from Scrapping Fun Kits.
My flowers came from the June 2018 and December 2018 kit from Scrapping Fun Kits, left over flowers from my Happy Days Diner layouts and a few from a destash bundle I bought that I think are from D-lish Scraps.  I also grabbed out a cool metal flower I got at a destash market, some chipboard butterflies, a chipboard bird and a cute arrow from Charm's Creations.

The first thing I had to do was fix these cute concertina flowers that had lost their centres so I grabbed out my Helmar 450 Quick Dry and some metal buttons from my button stash and put new centres on them so they were ready to use.
Now it was time to play with my papers. I salvaged what I could from where papers would be behind other layers so I would have scraps for elsewhere and adhered all my layers together with Helmar Acid Free Glue.
Here is how my layers look from behind and look how much paper I saved, I will wind up using a few bits from this elsewhere on the layout.
I adhered my layers down to some white cardstock with Helmar Acid Free Glue and started playing with my embellishments to work out a embellishment cluster.

Once I had my cluster worked out I started adhering things down with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, this was perfect for the variety of embellishments I had including a big chunky metal flower charm, Charms Creations arrow and various paper flowers.
I decided to use Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to adhere my little tag that said Smile and to fussy cut out some cameras from the camera scrap paper, Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots were perfect for the cameras going into my big cluster as they needed that bit of lift to help them pop.

To adhere my alphas and a cute little heart from the set which I attache to the Smile tag I used Helmar Acid Free Glue.

I decided to add this cute chipboard butterfly to my layout.  After I painted it with some Vicki Boutin pink paint I added water to the paint and splattered it around my layout.
For my top and bottom corner I cut some strips from my scrap papers and adhered them down with Helmar Acid Free Glue and then added one of my fussy cut cameras to each of these corners.

I finished off with a doodley border with a old pink pen, added the You Make Me Happy card which I trimmed to fit and tucked in some paper scraps and scraps from trimming the You Make Me Happy card to create more layers.

I am really happy with how this layout turned out.
And look how many alphas I still have left.  I posted a pic on my Intagram and Facebook page and asked what words people could make from these.  What words can you make from these?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

4 Super Projects - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

I was so excited about the new Superhero range from Bella, I had so many ideas in my head for projects to do with it, I got to a short list of 4 projects and decided to challenge myself to get all 4 projects out of the 3 sheets I had plus some Francehville Cards from the Primary & Basics packs and a sheet of Red Gallery R1998 Crinkles.
To get as much out of these papers as I could I had to do a fair bit of selective cutting, but it was so worth it.

The first thing I did was cut out this awesome section from THE623 Superhero Collage paper


Next I cut out the 3 items I definitely wanted from THE647 Superhero Jigsaw paper.

I then matted my photos with cards from Franceville Cards and Envelopes boxes in Basics and Primar and then cut out some cityscapes and comic splats and title card from these also using my Silhouette Curio to do the die cutting.

I created a starter stack for 4 projects.  I have the start of 2 12x12 projects, a Father's Day card and a 5x8 journal tip in for my A5 journal.


I then worked out placement for the 2 12x12 layouts on the papers that would be their background, flipped it back over the the wrong side and recreated the placement so I could trace around it with pencil and cut away inside my pencil line to ensure I got as much of  each paper to cut pieces from as possible.  

I got a nice big piece from the THE630 Superhero Splat paper, so there will be lots of cute heros to decorate with.  :)

Now that I had my lines on THE647 Superhero Jigsaw paper I was able to go through it and get as many bits as I possibly could from it.

Time to use my Pixscan mat with my Silhouette Curio to die cut all those superheros.

I decided to work on my favourite little Bat Girl's layout.
I adhered the big fussy cut piece from THE623 Superhero Collage and her matted photos down, just gluing things where they touched.
Filling in gaps with comic sections cut from THE647 Superhero Jigsaw paper and from splat style words from THE623 Superhero Collage paper.

I loved this Yeah for my Bat Girl layout but it was missing part of it due to how I had to fussy cut it, so I cut another cloud bit from another partial of it and adhered them together to complete it.

I added a little word from THE647 Superhero Jigsaw paper to hide the seam in my Yeah and it is perfect.

I cut my layout down to 11 and 13/16 inches and mounted it on some white cardstock which I had cut away the middle leaving a 1.5 inch frame and called this layout done.

The second project I worked on was my Free Comic Book Day layout, I used the comic strip sections I had cut from THE647 Superhero Jigsaw paper to give it a comic feel.

I used my cityscape to hide the narrow bit I cut away at the bottom earlier to get the tiny words I needed for my other projects.  I love how this little scene sits at the bottom.

I then cut it down 3/16 of a inch and gave it a boarder by mounting it on a 1.5 inch white cardstock frame and running a black marker around my decorative paper.
And finished it off by adding part of one of my heroes flying to the city with a boom to hide that part of his head is missing as he was from the edge of the paper.

Now it was time to do my third project.  I decided my Father's Day card would be next as my journal tip in can just be made with minimal supplies but I wanted to have more items to work with for the card.
I cut a piece from my left over piece of THE623 Superhero Collage paper to fit my card base with a slight edge of the card base showing.

I then used the Super Dad card from THE647 Superhero Jigsaw paper, my left over cityscape die cut, some extra splats I cut from left over bits from the Franceville Cards I had been using and a hero and arrows from THE630 Superhero Splat paper. to cover my missing section and build a card that looks finished.

Now it's time to do my fourth project, a tip in for my journal.  I am using a A5 journal this year so that means I can make a bit bigger tip in this time.  I went with a 5x8 base.
When doing this I realised I had forgotten to use Red Gallery R1998 Crinkles paper which I had included as it reminded me of a superhero cape so I was really glad to have a full sheet to play with as I couldn't get a 5x8 base piece from any of the other papers.

I trimmed a 1 1/4 x 8 inch piece from the last of the THE647 Superhero Jigsaw paper and adhered it down the right side.

I then adhered my photo down and tucked in the partial comic strip card I had remaining above my photo.

Added a zap, the small word that I selected specifically for this photo and then chose 2 heroes that remind me of my sons to create a cluster down the bottom left.

This is now ready to add my journaling to the back of it and tape it into my journal.

And this is all I have left.  I actually think I could squeeze one more card out of this but I will save that for later.
This range really is amazing value given how much you can create with just 3 papers.