Monday, 27 October 2014

Crafty Christmas Countdown

With Christmas fast approaching it is time to get busy crafting those Christmas cards and projects!
 
I love making Christmas crafts. One reason I love Christmas things so much is because I love change, I love re-organising my home (very frequently) - and Christmas décor is only up for a month and then away again for another year. And I love deer, and Christmas involves many reindeer. I don't particularly love the traditional Christmas colours though, but I can handle them for a short time!
 
It is a good thing I love Christmas décor and Christmas crafts, because I made it onto the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown Design Team starting next month! So I'll be posting Christmas Crafts I've made each week over on their blog.
 
I put up my Christmas decorations on the 1st of December, and I also like to post my Christmas cards then too. Which means I need to start making them early to ensure they'll all made by the end of November. I started a couple of weeks ago (before even applying for the Artfull Crafts DT), and here is my favourite of the bunch so far:
 
 
It is clean, and simple. I stamped an earth image in blue ink on a blue background, and then used a Peace on Earth stamp in charcoal on top. Topped off with a white bow.  No traditional colours here!
 
 
 The Peace on Earth stamp is an absolute gem I found at our local second hand shop last month. It came as a set of three, with an original 'Ideas booklet', all for $5, and all made in 1988. I love it (the other two not so much!)
 
This card is being entered into the Artfull Crafts October Challenge (Anything Goes theme).
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

Trendy Triangles Part 2

In my last post I talked about how we see triangles everywhere now, including in paper crafts, and I thought I'd give it a go myself. Well I did a second layout (a couple of weeks ago - I just didn't do a blog post until now, oops) involving triangles, completely different from the first. And using another current trend - gold. Here it is:
 
 
This layout is about a fury, three-legged, one-eyed kitty that we had living with us for 10 months or so, and some of the antics he got up to. I used layered triangles throughout.
 
 
I used these gold glitter Thickers, along with some brackets and asterisks that came in the package.
 
 
I used some paper that had gold flakes on it throughout my layout to, to carry the gold theme (it was an old wedding invitation envelope that I was given to craft with, I don't buy anything that fancy!)
 
This layout is also being entered into the Artfull Crafts October Challenge - with the Anything Goes theme.
 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Jessica T

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Trendy Triangles

If you follow any crafting or home décor blogs you would have heard the term "Trendy Triangles"! Currently you see triangles every where - paper crafts, linen, art, clothing. Paper crafting blogs often show inspiration pieces, sketches and examples. I have seen so many of them, and was inspired by them all so I gave it a go myself.


I used the Kaisercraft "Sweet Pea" 6x6 paper pad and collectables to make the entire layout with the exception of the number 9 which is from my stash.




Artfull Crafts challenge for the month of October is "Anything Goes" so this layout will be entered into that challenge.

Thanks for looking.
Jessica T

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

September Challenges (photo heavy!)

I had the most fun I've had crafting in a long time participating in this months Artfull Crafts challenge. They offered up a theme, and a sketch, but the bit I used (repeatedly) was the most amazing colour palette I've seen in a long time, and I used it for all three of my entries and more!
 
This was the colour palette:
 
I pulled out some supplies and got started. I used the same pieces of patterned paper for each project. It looked great for the first project I used, so I just kept going, and why not? I added in extra bits when needed, and finished everything off with matching sequins.
 
First up, my cards:
 
And this is the one I am entering into the challenge:
 
And the detail shots:
 
 
 
 
 
My first layout:
 
So you'll notice this layout looks a bit unfinished. Well, it is. A title for starters. But I cannot put that on until after I have printed all her personal birth details on the yellow panel first, as otherwise it won't go through the printer! But that's where it will be when it's done!
 
And the details shots:
 
 
 
And my final layout:
 
And the detail shots:
 
 
 
If you are having trouble with ideas for your next project, give this colour palette a go. It's fabulous for so many different themes and projects. Doing one for a boy? Remove the pink and just use the other colours like I did in two of my cards.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
UPDATE:
I jointly won the colour challenge! Winning myself a selection of Kaisercraft's new Base Coat Christmas collection and matching embellishments :-)

Friday, 29 August 2014

August Challenge - colours

This months challenge at Artfull Crafts was colours, costumes and a sketch.
 
I decided I would make a card using the gorgeous colours:
 
 
 
 
I used a strip of Simple Stories patterned paper down the left hand side, a half circle of October Afternoon blue patterned paper, and a half circle of some very old K I Memories red patterned paper. The embellishments are a huge mix, with Green Tara red flowers, punched stars from all three patterned papers, a dress form fussy cut from some Pink Paislee patterned paper, a Prima hexagon brad, Franchville brads, and other old bits from my stash.

Lots of layers and dimension.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Jessica T

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Baby Card #2

I got the baby boy card finished as I had hoped, so it too will be added to this months Artfull Crafts Challenge. As with the layout and baby girl card, I used the sketch rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise.

I thought my baby girl card turned out really well, so I went with the same design, just in blues.


For this card I used a sheer blue ribbon, printed ribbon, and lace trim stitched with gold thread. A button stitched with the same gold thread on the left, and on the right are white heart and round gold brads, and two stitched 'x's in the same gold thread. Card front is attached to the card with foam dots for dimension.

And the detail shots:




The two cards together:


Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Babies!

So I'm due to be an Aunty again in the next couple of weeks, and again by Christmas. I though it was about time I made some cards! Neither of them know what the baby's gender is so first up I made a baby girl card (wishful thinking perhaps?)

I made it to the Artful Crafts June/ July sketch:

(as with my layout I rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise)

And here is my card:

The card is made from white ribbon, printed ribbon, and a tear drop trim that is stitched to the base card with gold thread. A button stitched with the same gold trim is on the left, with pink heart and round gold brads down the right hand side with a stitched 'x' in the same gold trim. The card front is attached to the card with foam squares for dimension.

And all the detail shots:




Next I will tackle a baby boy card. If I get it done by tomorrow I'll  link it up too!

Thanks for looking :-)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

2 months since my last post ... hmm, I guess I've been busy!

I can barely believe it is July already! Where has this year gone? This year has gone incredibly fast, and been incredibly busy. I just haven't had much time to do crafts for myself. By that I mean I have done some (more Thank You cards than I can possibly count) but very few layouts or cards because I feel like making one. The only thing that makes me try to find time to craft is a looming deadline for an Artfull crafts challenge! They are the only challenge I do these days.

Speaking of which ... this months sketch:
 
I turned it anti-clockwise, and here is my take on it:
Made using the Kaisercraft Sweet Pea collection, a plain kraft base, and two sizes of star punch (to represent falling hail).
 
 
My 5-month-olds reaction to his first hail storm - he didn't exactly love it! I love that little worried expression, too cute.
 
And that little boy started school this term! Like I said before, where has the time gone??!!

Thanks for stopping b, Jessica T

Thursday, 29 May 2014

May Challenge Part 3

My third layout for the Artfull Crafts May challenge is a layout i created using Fancy Pants 'Etcetera'.
 
 
  
I layered, and layered, and layered. And punched lots of butterflies - some from the Etcetera 6x6 paper pad, and some from the Etcetera packaging itself. With a splattering of pearls for some added glamour - it is a wedding layout after all!
 
 
Some word stickers, alphas and hand writing finish it off.
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

DIY Painted Background

I love searching through Pinterest and getting inspiration from so many different people and places all over the world. And because of this obsession interest I find myself trying new techniques quite often.
 
Something that has taken my interest of late is painting - for layouts, smash books, art/ mixed media journals etc. I've seen so many different inspirational photos, I finally decided to give it a go.
 
 
I started with a piece of white 12x12 cardstock, a paper tube and black paint. Then I used a paint brush with watered down acrylic paints (pink, purple, aqua, yellow).
 
 
I then found a photo I thought would match the brightness of the background and created a layout.
 
 
I finished it off with a few simple embellishments in black and white, as it really didn't need a lot and too much would make it look cluttered.

This layout is my second entry for the Artfull Crafts May challenge.
 
Thanks for looking.
Jessica T