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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Craft Show - Organised by Alstonville/ Wollongbar Quota Club

Every year, on the last weekend of August our local craft show puts together by a wonderful team of volunteers to give our community something very special. There is so many crafts to come and see and enjoy along with make and takes and more! Thankyou for having us this year and we will be back again for next year for another fun filled event.

Their is so many people to thank I  would really love to begin with Shazz's hubby....Mark Pratten, THANKYOU for putting my computer system together for the show, wow did this work like magic and  worked so so fast so everyone could enjoy their shopping and be in and out really quickly if they wanted to. *mwah*..

Massive Thankyou to all my helpers Shazz Pratten, Lisa Kamphuis, Nicky Amber, Sarah Rickard, Annie Zorzo, June Burtonwood, Di Hasthorpe, My mum (who took the below pics for us), my hubby and Kiddies.

Here is some pics my mother took for us while we were very busy serving and looking after everyone

  All our Design Team  layouts to share with everyone at the show! thanks sue for sending some up to us!

 Here is mark setting up our system!

Mark teaching us how to use the new system....

 Junes make and Takes were a big hit with young and old!


Everyone Shopping, having fun & me accually getting to chat to friends/customers was a real treat! Also got to meet up with the lovely Chelle (Michelle Jamieson) and her gorgeous kiddies!

 Here is my Nanna & Rach (aunty) having a cuppa...

Here is Shazz & Mark putting things right for me for day 2 on the computer system....*mwah*

Thanks to my mum for taking these or I wouldn't have had them to show you all.
 Thankyou for everyone that stoped by and said hi, it was a pleasure to meet you all and hope to see you all at my shop soon!

better be going and get ready for work!
have a great day
luv tanXx

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Birthday Card - by Sue Smith

This week I have once again used Graphic 45 patterned papers in the Botanicabella range, but this time I have created a card suitable for an older person's birthday....

This is a trifold card....

...which opens to reveal the second part of the greeting....

...and then opens up once again with a blank space for a personalised message.

Here is a list of the products I have used...
* Chromatics 'Olive' cardstock
* Graphic 45 patterned papers from the gorgeous Botanicabella range
* A2Z Scraplets Tree 7 (I have used the smaller one of the two in the pack)
* Leaf and small flower stamps (the ones I have used are from Stampin' Up)
* Large flower and butterfly stamps (these ones are from Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps 'Second Nature' by Rhonna Farrer)
* Assorted Versacolor Stamp spots
* Kaisercraft rubons 'Type Alpha' (I really love the grungey look of these)
* Kaisercraft Pearls and Rhinestones
* Birch Pearl Trimming in black
* Coloured dual point markers

To make the card itself, take the olive cardstock and cut to 305mm x 200mm and then score it twice at the 101mm and 203mm mark (measuring along the longer side). Fold to overlap one side over the other.

Next take the green leafy side of the Graphic 45 'Secret Garden' paper and cut 2 pieces 195mm x 97mm (this size gives you a nice little border of cardstock around the edge of the card), ink the edges with a darker colour ink pad (I have used a Versacolor Stamp Spot in the colour 'Bamboo'). Then attach these to the two flaps of the card with double-sided tape.

To make the tree on the front take the A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Tree and glue to back of the Graphic 45 'Love Letters' patterned paper. Make sure that the adhesive covers the chipboard completely before sticking down. I used Pritt Power Gel for mine.

Once the glue has dried carefully cut around the edge of the chipboard with a craft knife.

Sand the edges for a nice smooth finish.

Finally colour the edges with a darker brown marker.

Stamp light brown cardstock with a leaf stamp multiple times in assorted autumn tonings and cut out each image leaving a little border for contrast.

Arrange the elements on the front of the card and be sure to carefully work out the placing of the rubon letters for the wording. When you're happy with the arrangement, do the rubons first, then glue down the tree, and finally the leaves. I have stuck some of the leaves flat onto the paper with double-sided tape and others with 3D foam squares to give it dimension.

As a final touch, the word 'autumn' is outlined with a fine-tip marker.

The inside flap of the card is done in a similar way using flowers of different shapes, sizes and colours. Arrange the flowers around the wording and finish with pearls and rhinestones.

Stamp two butterflies onto transparency with StazOn Ink (normal ink will not dry on transparency) and cut out. Attach a small strip of the beaded trim to the bodies of the butterflies with clear adhesive.

Attach to the flowers by adding a small amount of glue to the underside of the body where it won't be visible.

Finally outline the word 'spring' with a pink fine-tip marker.

I hope you like the card I've created.
Until next time...happy card-making! xxx

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cosmo Cricket papers - 2 layouts by Sarah Rickard

Last week I showed you all a school layout that I had created using "The Boyfriend" range of papers from Cosmo Cricket.

This week I am sharing another 2 school layouts I have created using this range of papers.

Here is my first layout:-
I have used:-

*    Silver mesh fabric
Here is my second layout:-

As you can see from this layout I have used yellow envelopes as my frame around my photo.  The other products I have used on this layout are:-

*   Page out of old dictionary, staples, shipping tag and twine

I am looking forward to sharing some more layouts with you soon with a gorgeous new range of papers!

Happy scrapping,

Sarah xoxoxo

Friday, August 27, 2010

Different ways to make and use inchies (part 3: Inchies & Inchie Stamps) by Ingeborg Dijkstra

Today is part 3 of my 'inchies series'. Two weeks ago I showed a few ways of using handmade inchies on cards and last week I showed different ways of making and using inchies on your scrapbooking layouts. If you missed these blog posts, please click HERE (to read part 1) and HERE (to read part 2).

Today I would like to show you some inchie stamps, which are especially designed to create inchies with. For these cards I have used 'inchie stamps' from Inkadinkado. Tan also sells this wonderful set of of clear stamps. There are 23 clear stamps and they are just gorgeous and so versatile. You find these 'inchie stamps' HERE. Here are the four cards I made:

I made the first card by stamping four of the 'special thoughts' images directly onto the white cardstock. I used Stazon ink, because I wanted to use my water colour pencils to colour the images. If I had used pigment ink, the images would have gotten very blurry.

This is what the images looked like when I coloured them in:

Since I coloured the images with watercolour pencils, I added a bit of water with a tiny brush and 'painted' the images a bit brighter:

It is hard to see, but I also added a bit of glitter here and there too:

I used a border punch to create a decorative edge on the right side:

I doodled around the scallops and the images:

For a final touch I wanted to add some liquid pearls. I LOVE that stuff! It is such an easy and economical way to add 'pearls' to your card or layout!

How quick and easy was this card! And ... I am sure any girlfriend would love to receive it!

I made the card below for my husband. We love going out to have a cup of nice coffee somewhere. I used quite girly images, but by using male colours and Grunge paper, I think he'll still like it! The stamped circles 'coffee?' are part of the same set of inchie stamps. I cut two of the circles and put them on black cardstock. I used foam dots to 'pop them up'.
The following two cards are made with papers and die cuts from KaiserCraft's 'Child's Play' collection. I stamped the same image on different scraps of paper. I cut nine inchies and placed them in a square onto the cardstock. Since that looked a bit 'boring' I placed one inchie out of the square at the top left corner. I punched two butterflies and stuck them on. Done!

I made this card with the same inchie stamps, but didn't make any inchies with them! I just wanted to show you that these stamps can be versatile and you don't need to make inchies with them if you don't want to ... LOL ! I used quite a few die cuts from the Child's Play collection. On the two die cut tabs I stamped 'thinking of you'. I also stamped the word 'believe' a few times, and the birds too. This card can be used for many different occassions!

Now ... after all those weeks of showing inchies it is your turn! I'd love to see you create some cards and/ or layout using inchies! Or ... if inchies aren't your thing, why not try

  • Rinchies (1 inch round)
  • Twinchies (2 x 2 inches)
  • PSI = Plus Size Inchie (1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches) ?

I'd love to see what you made, so please make sure you upload it in our gallery!



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Father's Day card using Fancy Pants 'My Family' range.

With Father's Day soon upon us, I thought I'd make a Father's Day card from the Fancy Pants 'My Family' range.  These papers are great for family themed projects but they are also perfect for masculine projects.

I've made the card to look like a wallet (well hopefully that's what it looks like). 
I have used:
The source of my inspiration came from a quote I found while searching for a nice sentiment to put inside the card...
"A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be."

I have used an 8x 10 inch piece of red cardstock, scored at 3.5inches and folded up from the bottom.
I used scraps of patterned paper to line the inside of the wallet and to make a small pocket.  I used some machine stitching around the edges to help it look like a real wallet.

Don't forget to add a handwritten note for Dad, or the pocket could be used to hold a gift card or voucher.

This is a great way to tell Dad how much you care and to use up your leftover bits and pieces of paper...and don't forget there is still 25% off all papers during the month of August!

Happy creating and have a great day!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Altered Book By our Guest Designer this month Ruby Bisson

Ruby has been a guest Designer and we love her work so much we wanted her to come back and do some more of your amazing creative magie.

We have kits on sale at the moment and why not check out what we have, Today Ruby has used for this project  some of the Lime Rickey CARD KIT designed by Michelle Jamieson...
      It is amazing how different our use for kits can be used... The big advantage is that all the colours all co ordinate for you with no guessing work to be done to do not only the step by step projects if you want to but also create your own unique projects.

“KYCK KIDS’ mini album
As I had already cut up some of the cute designs in the centre of the paper, I adhered the rest of the 12x12 sheet onto a piece of white cardstock...

1.       I then cut the patterned paper backed onto white cardstock into quarters...
2.       Using the same photo technique with paint, I ran some black paint around the edges of each piece.
3.       Using a very simple ‘blanket stitch’ technique, I sewed the pieces together to create a mini album.
4.       I embellished the front, added photos to the left hand side of the pages and journalled in the gaps left by the areas that I left originally and BOB’S YOUR UNCLE!

Thankyou heaps Ruby, love this mini book lots
Thankyou for reading
luv tanXx

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My Minds Eye BOY layout....

I just loved working with these papers - stunning  quality from My Minds Eye and I love the colours in this  Sophie range available here  in store.  So I am going to give you some step by step instructions for this layout

Scrap n Craft with T – My Minds eye layout

Products used:

1. Use Sophie diecut as base

2. Cut the teal mesh to 30 cm – cut on the angle on the left hand side

3. Matt 6 inch x 4 inch portrait photo onto matt – using reverse side of floral paper – I have cut it to measure 5 inches by 6 ½ inches. I have then inked the edges of the matt. When setting the photo onto matt- I have put it more toward the right side of the matt

4. Adhere mesh and photo and matt on an angle

5. Cut scallop edge from label of paper ink edges and adhere to bottom of teal mesh

6. Cut out a variety of florals and flourishes from the patterned paper. I have inked all these edges

7. Adhere this in a cluster at the bottom left of the photo

8. Take some flowers and attach in a small cluster at top and bottom of photo.

9. I have used a Kaiser key and decorated the centre of the key with the coordinating paper.

10. Add title

There are  loads of grogeous papers to  choose from so  go take a look!!