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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bag it and Tag it! That's the Dragonflies!

Crafting with Dragonflies are having a Bag and Tag challenge # 31 

Sami stamps are the sponsors, and the prize is a $12 voucher to spend in the shop.

We are making our bags from scratch, and mine is called a Goody Bag, and is made using a template from Papermania given to me for my birthday last year by my friend Glenda. She doesn't understand my attraction to paper but feeds my habit anyway!

I put my template over a sheet of 12 x 12 paper and also over a sheet of 12 x 12 blue bazzil card, and using a pencil, traced the necessary lines to make the Goody Bag. That meant I had the ability to add DP to the front and back of my bag simple by cutting out the correct panels, rather than trying to measure and cut, which I am a bit rubbish at, I must say.  

Once I had the shape and had cut it out, I folded my various fold lines, and cut the ones I needed to cut, and added red tape to the flap to close it up.

The base is a bit tricky, but if you persevere you can get the flaps to fit properly and hold. 

I actually cut and stick a small piece of card to the inside bottom to secure the base further.

Once I had cut out (and trimmed up) my DP I stuck that onto the front and back also.

The sides fold in towards the top, and there is a flap that goes over and is supposed to tuck under a small cut, but it actually doesn't do it very well, so I usually use something else to hold it, depending on what I am using the goodie bag this case, a pair of knitted booties for a friend's new grandson. (No, I didn't knit them - got them from the CWA shop!)

So, I used a sparkly blue peg I had - it just happened to be laying around from some other challenge (lol) - and I also threaded some blue ribbon through the front and back through the flap to tie over the peg in a bow. It looks like the baby is being held up by the peg also. The image was supplied by our Sponsor Sami Stamps, and after printing it off onto the XPress Blending card, I coloured it with my Copic pens.  I actually printed two copies, one slightly larger than the other and coloured them up also at the same time so that they matched!

I then made a small (3.5 x 5.5 inches) gift card to go with the bag - so that is my tag. I mounted the image for the bag onto some matching card and fussy cut around it, but I just fussy cut the second smaller image and then ran a Copic pen around the edges to create the illusion of being mounted. 

The DP is from an old set of 12 x 12 papers bought from Big W about a 100 years ago. 

A bit of ribbon on my tag to tie to the bag!

When I was colouring the image up I realised that the baby was probably meant to be a girl as she had a butterfly clip in her hair,so I turned it into a butterfly, as I had already coloured everything up blue at that stage! I added the antenna and the body to make it more like an insect than a hair clip!!

So, lets all have a go at a bag and matching tag, and if you are looking for inspiration on where to locate your bag template or instructions, go no further than the blogs of the DT, who all have included where they found their bag from and where you can find it too. Mine as I said, is from Papermania, and I think it is not that expensive to purchased the thin plastic template. Your local craft store may have it! If you look on the net, there are millions of free templates too. See you over at Crafting with Dragonflies.

Great prize to be won, and who doesn't need bags and tags for those little gifts - especially heading to the second half of the year and thinking more about Christmas! 

I will enter these at the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes - closes 29th July
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes - closes 30th
Craft My Life: Anything but a card - it's a bag and tag set! Closes -
Marker Pop Blog: Blue - coloured with Copics - closes 3rd August (?)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Danced All Night Challenge at Unstampabelles!

Unstampabelles Challenge Blog has as its July Challenge, the theme of 

I Could Have Danced All Night!


The challenge is being sponsored by 

Flourish with a Bling

who are offering a $15 voucher to spend in the store!

I made two cards for the Midway Post DT Inspiration

My first card was made trying out a new technique - iris folding. 

  1. Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a design. The center of the design forms an iris — a shape reminiscent of the iris diaphragm of a camera lens.
That makes it simple to understand doesn't it! I saw my dancer in a magazine, and swiftly pulled out the pages from Card Making and Papercraft - Masterclass ADVANCED.  Should have realised that word said it all! I didn't check the pages, just put them to one side until I needed them - so I didn't get the actual template they provided which was in the back of the magazine!  BUT I am nothing if not creative so I looked at their dancer on the front of the card; got a sheet of vellum and traced her; scanned this into the computer and enlarged it a bit, and then reprinted it as my template!!

I lay the sheet with the template over some lovely SU Shimmer Card, and used my Fiskar's knife to cut around the image very, very carefully! My cut-out lady will come in useful later, now I had to use the negative image to do the iris folding behind. I could see that there were 8 separate different pieces of Design Paper, so I scrabbled in my scrap basket and got some lovely papers in gold and pink shades.

I followed the instructions - sort of - and used a lot of double-sided tape to create the lady in her dress behind the cut out negative.

You can see the strips of paper, folded in half, laying in the aperture to create the illusion of skin and clothes. 

I printed out my sentiment onto some SU Pink Pirrouette card and cut it up to place around the dancer. I used a Spellbinders edge to create a fancy edge on one side and layered this onto a sheet of DP and then onto a folded card made from SU PP. My shimmer card has wrapped around it two pieces of ribbon -a sheer pink, and another pink and I added some lovely pink pearls from our sponsor down the side.  I was really pleased with how this turned out, especially seeing that this is my first attempt at this technique! Now, I must be advanced (not!) 'cause I completed the masterclass - but you notice that you are not being shown a photo of the back of the aperture!

Luscious pearls

My second card is a decoupage kit from Crafty Bob - if you go there and look, there are lots of images useful for this challenge. This one is printed off onto some shiny white SU card. I cut it up and mounted it onto some gold mirror card.

I added part of a blue pearl swirl from Flourish with a Bling, and some small gold dots from my gold Liquid Pearl. The two sentiments come with the kit.  I cut out the decoupage bits with the Fiskars knife and added them using dimensionals to lift them up a bit. I am sure you can decoupage better than me!

Go over to Unstampabelles, and look at the wonderful DT inspiration that has been provided for the midway posting - be inspired and then have a go yourself at creating something that fits this theme but, remember NO STAMPS are to be used!

I will enter these in the following challenges: all for the iris girl
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with a Party theme twist; my iris girl is certainly partying! Closes 27th July
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes - closes about 3rd August
That Craft Place: Anything Goes - closes about 4th August
Crafting at the Weekend: Anything Goes - closes 26th July

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Time for another Challenge #73 at TSATF!

Yes, they are having challenge #73 - use Ribbon and Lace
My ribbon is white with gold trim and my lace is red!

My frame has a lacy edging too

Sponsor - Robyn's Fetish

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge. Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion. Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award 3 digital stamps of the winner’s choice to the winner of this challenge.

Now, you may have noticed that in my card, princes and frogs are mentioned.  I actually decided to hand write a message around the edge of my frame in gold pen...all about how many frogs one has to kiss before one of them turns into a prince (notice I didn't say handsome...just a prince). There are usually a few frogs and there is usually only one prince......or at least, for most people one at any one time! My sentiment is hand written also and mounted on gold card.

These handsome frogs are waiting to be kissed at the wishing well! This digi image was supplied by our sponsor and as I quite like frogs, I liked being able to colour this in. I added lots of sparkle to everything 'cause this is a fairy story, right?

Several have already puckered up ready for the smacker!

You now, you could be lucky and only have to kiss one - I know several people married to their childhood sweethearts (still!). Most of us are not so fortunate and have to go through a few toads  frogs before we find the one we really like and think we have some chance of molding into the prince making a lovely life. Do I sound a bit cynical?  I just think we need to give our young people fair warning that life is not usually like a fairy tale and if it is, be careful! All relationships if they are to work, are hard work and none more so than marriage. If you just sit back and wait for the significant other to do it all - you might still be waiting!

Enough soliloquizing......commercial card base, a strip of red lace, my image was printed off onto XPress Blending card and eventually coloured with Copics. I masked it first, and used my Copic Spray System to create the sky and ground, before liberally smearing everything in Kiddy Glitz and Wink of Stella.  I die cut the frame (Spellbinders) and mounted it on gold mirror card.  Can you tell I stuffed up my edge around the top of the well?  Started playing around with it and ended up making it have a halo - ignore that! Part of the fantasy element I am going for......blame my strange sense of humour on this card.........

The other DT members have created great cards too - why not go and have a look HERE. Then you can get inspired to enter the challenge and make a card with Ribbons and Lace

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy: It's for the girls - yep, a warning for them! - closes 17th July
Left of Centre: Sparkle - on the roof of the well; my card is about a myth/fairy tale so definitely left of centre!- closes 19th July
4Crafty Girls Challenge: anything goes - closes 23rd July

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge #30: CAS

Crafting with Dragonflies has a new Challenge!

Challenge #30


This challenge requires us to create a CARD in the CAS, what is CAS? I went to the blogspot Addicted to CAS for a definition, as I know this site well and love the work that frequently appears on it - I would love to be as good as they are! According to the experts it is:

CAS is an acronym for "Clean and Simple".
This means that you must create a project with very few embellishments (I know it's hard), clean lines and lots of 'white' space.
White space just means an area of your card with nothing on it at all. It doesn't have to be 'white'. It could be brown, pink or red. Any colour as long as there is lots of SPACE.

Our sponsor for this is 
Pickled Potpourri Designs

 the prize is $7 gift certificate for the winner!

I used one of their images called Beehive.

I coloured it with my Copics after printing it out on XPress Blending card, and then fussy cut it - oh my hands!

As it was meant to not have layers, I used my Copic Spray system to create the background - I masked off the lower half and sprayed B34 for the sky, and reversed it and sprayed G63 for the ground. I tried to be a bit artistic with the grass and 'clump' it for texture. Not sure if that worked but.....

When I purchased this set it came with the very cute bees, a butterfly and the snail - I didn't use the butterfly! Again, they are fussy cut - again, my poor hands! I think I am due for some new scissors!

The bees and the snail are popped-up on dimentionals. If you consider the scene for a moment you will wonder why the hive is sort-of sitting onthe ground rather than swinging from the tree branch - the answer is - it fell out of my hands while I was about the position it and so it had to be exactly where is is - my position is that is why the snail looks a bit amazed!! So he/it/she should! Fancy something like a hive suddenly plopping down beside you from the tree branch where it had been handing carefreely all this time........

So, why not go and see the other CAS work over at Crafting with Dragonflies - lovely work it is too. The DT have done an amazing job of  creating CAS cards for your inspiration.  Looking forward to seeing what you can create too!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Through the Craftroom Door: anything goes - ends 15 July
Card Galore encore: use a rubber or digi stamp - ends 31st July
Lia Stampz: no patterned paper - ends 15th July
Scribble and Scrap: anything goes - ends 19th July

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A New Family Member

We have a new family member - little Freddie! Named for his Great Grandfather, who is a lovely man - if he grows up to be like his Grandfather (my baby brother) or his namesake (maternal side) he will be a fine young man. He is the third Grandson for my brother now - the father of three girls - and he has one Grandaughter - they are all lovely kids (might be a bit biased) but a new baby is always special.

I love this saying and have a wonderful stamp from MFT with it - I have used a few times lately but this one time is my favourite one.

This is one of LOTV's gorgeous stamps - I used my Copics to colour it. Yes, more fussy cutting!

 Everywhere I look on blogland and FB people have been making these new pop-up box cards, so I had a go - I went to SplitcoastStampers for my template and it made up very quickly and easily following their instructions. The card and DP I used come from Stampin' Up (Pacific Point) as did the ink for the stamps. The DP is double sided and so I used that for the inside back.  It was nearly dark outside when I took these photo's and it was posted the next day so I didn't get a chance to take any others, but the stamp at the back is also from LOTV.

I freehand cut the balloon and stuck the string to a strip of acetate before adding it to the box. The hearts (punched out) are also on acetate strips. The sides fold up and the card moves to either the left or right for storage and postage.It all lies flat. When opened the flaps fall down and the box shape is created, with the appearance of the floating bits in the middle - hence to pop-up! Clever eh! The balloon and hearts wiggle about a bit too. 

These are my Copic colours used to colour the image - yes, all of those for one little boy!

I have avoided the obvious - that I have several (all right, quite a few) GREAT nephews and nieces, but that just  makes me a GREAT AUNT!! At least I am not a Great Grandmother yet!

Hopefully the parcel has arrived by now and I am not spoiling the surprise with this post!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unstampabelles Challenge #37 Goes Live this Morning

The new July Challenge - I Could Have Danced All Night at Unstampabelles is live this morning so I can share with you my DT card, made for this challenge.  The TWIST for the current challenge is to use ribbons

It has been sponsored by Flourish with a Bling

who are offering a $15 gift voucher as the prize

My ribbon is this delicate piece of white and gold under the sentiment

Some pearl flourish from FWAB

I used the images from my kit Art Deco by Papermania, and I love this kit and the fact that I have made quite a few things from it and still have lots of stuff. The DP comes from an 8 x 8 pad called the Lake House by Kaiser. The paper here is foiled. Unfortunately, I have had to join sections. Mostly you don't notice until it is pointed out. I mounted it onto gold mirror card. 

It's an unusual fold and takes a whole A4 sheet of Whisper white to construct - saw it in a magazine and copied the fold idea.At one angle it looks like this.....

The next angle, slightly more open

I will add a piece on the inside 4th panel for a place to write a message. It will help hide the join too. Each image is mounted with SU Pink Pirouette card - appropriate.  I thought this would be a good card for a girl to give post her 21st party/engagement/wedding or similar........

No stamps used as per the rules for Unstampabelles Challenges, and the TWIST of ribbon is ticked off too! And the pearl flourish came from the sponsors, Flourish with a Bling - I took advantage of their recent sale and added lots to my stash! I know also that they are having a wonderful special of Retail Only packs of goodies, so why not take a look.

I will enter this into the following challenges:
Scribble and Scrap: anything goes - ends 19th July
Crafting at the Weekend: Anything goes - end July
Brown Sugar: Anything Goes - ends 12th July

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th July to all concerned

...and Happy Canada Day too...
Image stolen off Facebook but it was just sooo darn cute......