Thursday, 30 June 2022

Fussy cutting


Hello and welcome. I didn't feel like doing much stamping today, so instead I did a bit of fussy cutting. I know fussy cutting is one of those things that you either love or you hate. There seems to be no in between with it. I am well and truly in the love fussy cutting camp. This is the card I ended up making with the fussy cutting I did.







One of the reasons I didn't want to stamp much today is because the pansies on this paper are pretty awesome, and I doubt I could stamp them so well. So why recreate what is already awesome. Plus these are quite a simple shape to cut around, so creating the card didn't take long at all.

So how do you feel about fussy cutting? Do you love it or hate it?

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Cheers,
Narelle



Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Playing with backgrounds


Hello and welcome. Today I wanted to play with creating a background for some embossed images. The idea was to create a multi coloured background using stamps but with it looking like the background had been sponged or was created using alcohol inks. It didn't quite turn out like I saw it in my head, but it still is effective.





So how did I create that green background? I used just the one stamp and used three different shades of green ink. The stamp is actually from the Painted Poppies stamp set. And the greens I used were Garden Green, Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green.

I then stamped the flower stems  and single flowers in Versamark and heat embossed in white. 

Even though the green background didn't quite work out as I intended it to, it still makes an effective background for the embossing.

Do you play like this, with just an idea in your head? Do your creations often turn out like you envision them? Sometimes we get happy mistakes, others we end up with opportunities to cover and embellish......hehehe

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Narelle



Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Watercolour hydrangeas

Hello and welcome. Today I had a play with a different watercolour technique and a hydrangea stamp. I'll show you the card then talk about the technique.




I wanted to play with the technique of colouring a stamp then spritzing it with water. But when I pulled out this stamp and saw it was photopolymer, I wasn't sure it would work. I wanted to use markers to colour the stamp and wasn't sure they would colour onto the photopolymer like they do the red rubber stamps. To my surprise they coloured perfectly. I then spritzed the stamp lightly with water and stamped onto a piece of water colour paper. I stamped two more times with out recolouring or spritzing. I love how each time the stamp came out of little less whole and slightly paler. 

Once it had dried I created a mask of the stamp and then placed it on top on each flower so I could sponge around them in blue ink.

I love how this card came out and will definitely be using this technique more often.

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Narelle



Monday, 27 June 2022

Super simple and modern inspired from a pot

Hello and welcome. Todays card for my 100 Days Project needed to be a quick and simple one as I have been out most of the day and have just sat down to create at nearly 8pm. So I took inspiration for the design of this card from some of the pots I looked at before I went to a pot painting party last week. The colours were inspired by the yellow card I had sitting on my desk. This is the pot I took my inspiration from.


This is the card I made.






As I said, this card needed to be super quick, and that it was. It took me literally 5 minutes from start to finish. Making cards doesn't have to be time consuming. And inspiration can come from anywhere.

What has inspired you recently?

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Narelle



Sunday, 26 June 2022

I had another idea


Hello and welcome. So yesterday I shared a few ideas on what you can use to make Christmas cards when you have limited supplies. Well, I had another idea. What about punches and dies! I ran with that idea and came up with this card where I created a bauble.





This card was super simple to make. I just punched out a circle, decorated it and mounted it on the card. The background layer was splattered to give it some detail, a ribbon added to represent the bauble hanging, and some bling added.

Why am I making Christmas cards in June? Read why here.


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Narelle



Saturday, 25 June 2022

Vintage scrap page


Hello and welcome. Today I have another scrap page to share with you. This time I was creating using the Vintage prompt from my Layout A Day Scrap Group








I came across these old photos of my late Dad when he was a baby in 1933. One photo has his Dad in it too which is a rare thing. His Dad was in the Navy so wasn't home  a lot and was actually lost at sea in 1941 when the HMAS Sydney was lost in battle off the West Australian coast. My Dad was only 8 when he lost his father, so he never had many photos of his Dad.

You may have noticed a few nautical references in my embellishments. Not the normal baby themed things you find, but I did that to reflect the Navy connection.

The papers I used are quite a few years old now. They are Graphic 45 from 2012. You can buy all your new card making and scrapbooking supplies in my online shop below.




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Narelle



What to do when you don't have any Christmas stamps


Hello and welcome. Today I wanted to make a Christmas card with limited Christmas supplies. I actually don't have any Christmas themed stamps in my current stash of stamps. So I created this card below. Down below you will find how I got around my lack of supplies.





So how did I get around my lack of Christmas stamps to make this card. Well obviously I had a sentiment but I had no themed stamps at all. So I thought of foliage and berries like holly and berries. Any foliage stamp will do as long as you stamp it green. And I could of made the hollies from red rhinestones, but instead opted for a small flower. Even though it definitely doesn't look like holly, it still evokes that feel so looks festive. 

You could also use landscape stamps to make a winter scene, and even though we don't get snow in Australia at Christmas, the winter scene is still synonymous with Christmas. 

If you have any stamps of presents or bows, they can also be made to represent Christmas. And of course any trees and light garlands will also invoke a Chrismas feeling. 

I hope I have given you some ideas of what you can use to make Christmas cards when you have no Christmas supplies.

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Cheers,
Narelle



Friday, 24 June 2022

You Rock My World Scrap Page


Hello and welcome. Today I have a scrap page to share with you. Since I have been doing my 100 Days of card making, I haven't made any scrap layouts. So I decided to change that. This one was really quite simple and very quick to put together.






I created this layout for my facebook group - Layout A Day Scrap Group. In this group I post a prompt everyday that people can use as inspiration to create a layout. You don't have to actually do a layout every day or do the prompts in order. You just need to tell us what prompt you used when you share your layout in the group. 

When I first started the group I had great intentions to actually create a layout every day, but quickly realised how unrealistic that was....

If you think you would love to join the group, then find us here and ask to join.


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Narelle



The quickest cards to make


Hello and welcome. When you are time poor, you need to be able to make quick cards. The last thing you want to be do is drag out a heap of supplies. So today I bring you a quick and easy card. Read below why exactly it is so quick to make.





The reason this card is so quick to make is because it uses everything that is pre made and ready to go. The elements on the card are all from one pack of die cuts. The patterned paper was pre cut to size, and the card base was already cut and folded. So all I literally had to do was glue the patterned paper to the card front. Choose the die cut pieces I wanted to use and glue it all down. So quick and easy.

So if you love making cards but tremble at the thought of getting everything out and all that cutting, measuring, stamping etc, then do yourself a favour. Sit for an hour or so one day and just cut and fold card bases. Use a variety of white and colours. Pop them in a storage box. Another day, cut some patterned papers to card front size, and pop them in with the cards. Gather all those packs of die cuts you have scattered through out your supplies and pop them in the box as well. 

Then when you need to make a card, grab that box and match some patterned paper to a card, then add some die cut elements. 


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Narelle



Thursday, 23 June 2022

Still playing with wreaths


Hello and welcome. I did say a few days ago when I made the colourful wreath card that I had several ideas running around in my head, so you were likely to see a few wreath cards coming up. And I have done just that with my last few cards, but today sees the last one. I think I am done with wreath cards for now.




Even though this is not a full wreath, I still call it a wreath card. I had in my mind to do a half wreath. All but the yellow flowers are stamped onto the card front. The yellow ones are strategically placed to cover where all the mess of the stamped stems are.

If you have ever stamped a wreath and it has ended up an odd shaped circle, then here are a few tips for you. Wreaths always look better on square cards. Always use a pencil to draw a circle to follow. If you don't have anything the right size, then try this. Draw lines from each corner to find the centre. Then use a protractor to draw circle. The pencil rubs out easily once your stamping is dry.



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Narelle