Please excuse any untidiness while I makeover my blog among other projects and endeavours.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

WOW Blog Hop!!!!! Cards & Quick Tutorial!

Hi there! I hope you have all had a fabulous, love-filled week so far! I am here today to share with you some fabulous WOW Embossing Powders used in ways that will simply WOW you PLUS I have a mini tutorial that I know a lot of you have been waiting for! 

First up I need to let you know that you are in the middle of the WOW Embossing Powder Blog Hop and you can win some fabulous prizes!!!! Be sure to click here and visit the WOW Blog to become a follower and leave a comment. Then click along and visit all of the Design Team blogs for more chances to win TOO EASY! Also be sure to checkout the WOW Facebook Fan Page and become a follower because there is always a chance to win some fabulous Powdery goodness there too!

And now let's get onto the Crafty Inspiration! Today I have a  Thank You Card I have created using mainly the colours Red, Pink & White in honour of this Magical LOVE week. 

The technique I have used on the background of this card is a very very simple one however I have had dozens of people ask me about it so I thought I would do a very quick tutorial for you all.

Simply grab some cardstock and place your favourite template/screen/mask over the top. 

Next up simply grab your Embossing Ink Pad or a Versamark Pad etc and carefully cover all areas of the template without it moving or being bumped. 

Lift off your template and place to the side to clean later. Quickly grab the coloured powders you would like to use and then carefully sprinkle small amounts over the stamped image. Try to avoid using too much as the powder will not be able to be saved in individual shades. I do however keep the mixed colour in a seperate jar as I love mixing the colours together LOL. A handy tip is to have your powders chosen and in front of you ready with their lids off before you start stamping the template. 

Gently shake and tap any excess off into your spare jar and  voila! you have a beautiful pattern on your cardstock. Simply heat with your heat tool and you can then use the cardstock for a layout, card or even to make your own cut out embellishments. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks so much for joining in the blog hop and I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration for today! Be sure to  come back regularly as we will be holding regular challenges soon here on the blog as well as having a mini store and other things available so stay tuned!

Amy P xxx

Friday, February 3, 2012

A2Z Scraplets Sketch Challenge

What a gorgeous sketch there is this month designed by the always lovely Liz Webber. Click here to check it out and enter to win some A2Z Scraplet chippies woo hoo!

Here is the sketch...

And here is my example....

And some closeups of course! I have used the gorgeous Echo Park Collection Springtime which you can purchase here. Of course I have also used some A2Z Scraplets and I have covered these gorgeous flourishes in Ranger Liquid Pearls which are available to purchase here.

Checkout the cute banner I have made using the Echo Park Springtime Elements Stickers. Flat stickers seem to be fading out in this industry as dimension becomes more and more important to scrappers worldwide however I beg to differ. I think Stickers can have just as much dimension as you want them to have. For instance checkout the sticker sheet I have used these stickers from... as you can see, the banner sticker I have used is straight and yet the "You are my sunshine title"  wavy. To create the effect below, I have simply cut out each triangle from the banner seperately and then adhered how I wanted it to sit on the title. To cover up any overlapping corners I have used a Kaisercraft Pearl Strip and voila a gorgeous title! To add dimension I have mounted this title using Helmar Scrap Dots which is a clear liquid adhesive that dries the thickness you make it! WOO HOO has there ever been a better 3D adhesive? I am yet to find one LOL 

As you can see I have also mounted this title over the top of a divine Boutique Creations Handmade Doiley (click here to purchase) and of course this meant that I needed one side to have thicker glue than the other side. Scrap Dots made this task too easy and I am loving the results!

Last but not least I have used a tonne of Manor House Creations Flowers which can be found here as well as some Prima flowers and Kaisercraft.

Most mentioned products are links to purchase them at the cheapest prices in Australia Guaranteed!

Thanks so much for looking! Until Next time....happy scrapping!!!

Amy xxxx

Scrap Cake, Echo Park & we have a WINNER!

Ok so this will be a super quick post as it is 1am here at the moment but I just had to share some fabulous cards I have made recently. People often ask me if my cards ever fit into the envelopes and the answer is YES! I never use flowers etc that I know won't "bounce" back if squashed a little in an envelope and great glue is always the key! Scrap Dots by Helmar are my fave!

Ok so onto the first card, I have a dear friends wedding coming up and although I had planned on making her a card that would match her theme, I ended up the complete opposite as I just fell in love with these Scrap Cake Papers! The Collection is "The Bright Side of Life Collection"and you can purchase these papers here on my website.

As you can see, I have used these gorgeous papers to also make some flowers using the My Favorite Things Die Namics here. There are also some amazing Manor House Creations flowers in this cluster as well as Prima & Kaisercraft! 

Checkout the gorgeous detail in the machine stitching and I am in love with this metal frame from the Girls Paperie and we sell the set of 2 frames here for only $5.99! The stamp I have used is a Stampin Up stamp I am pretty sure and the little birdie is a Wooden Flourish from Kaisercraft that I have simply painted and then Glimmer Misted. You can see our range of Glimmer Mist products on the website here.

Next up is this gorgeous Valentines Day Card that  I have created using the new Yours Truly Collection from Echo Park. I have had these love heart doilies in my stash for a while now and was unsure how to use them so when creating this card I knew exactly what I wanted to do! 

We do not have this collection in the shop yet but please feel free to leave a comment here if you would like me to order this collection in. I really wanted to add black to this card without too much grunge so I have lightly inked all the edges as well as machine sewn. The Scalloped ribbon used was actually 1 thick piece of Scalloped Velvet Ribbon from a Websters Trim Pack that I have cut down the centre and then left only the scallops showing. The small amount of contrast I feel has definately gone a long way.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my cards as much as I enjoyed making them! Before I go I have to announce the winner of our $50 voucher giveaway!!!!!

Drum Roll Please.......................

And the winner is.........................................


Julene Matthews!!!!! 

Congratulations hunnie please email so I can send you your voucher WOO HOO!!!!!

Thanks for reading everyone and until next time....

....happy scrapping!

Amy xxx