Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Festive Season!

It is Christmas Eve - how on earth did that happen!

This year has gone incredibly fast. I guess that's what happens when you have a very busy year.

95% of all my craft supplies were boxed up months ago, needless to say I haven't created any cards or layouts in what feels like an eternity! The only supplies I left out were cross stitch (which I like to do for my neice and nephews first birthdays) and also an origami flower ball kit I've had for a year. And I've barely even had time to do those! However I did manage to finish them off on a quiet Sunday afternoon at work.

Here is the origami flower ball I finally finished last week:

I hope you all have a fantastic festive season filled with love and laughter and people who are important to you. I know I certainly will, after moving back to my family this week after three and a half years away! 

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Merry Christmas!
Jessica T

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Monochromatic + Gold

I recently made two paper craft projects for the Artfull Crafts August challenge using their monochromatic and gold colour palette:
Well that's how I see it anyway. Black, dark grey, light grey, off white, white, beige and golds.
My layout is based on my sons first official school photo taken toward the end of last year (hence the 2014 title). His uniform is dark blue with gold, so I thought this colour palette should work out well.
I used a bunch of monochromatic patterned papers from my stash, and my gold glitter alphas, which you would've seen used on many, many projects on this blog, but they're almost finished now :-(
I used a whole bunch of school themed rub-ons which I've had in my stash for a long time (and they still worked, yay!). And finished it off with a splattering of sequins.
Now my card:
I used a white card base, which I had covered in left over white alpha rub-ons.
I also used punched butterflies and hearts, and a splattering of traditional round and heart sequins.
The snow outside meant it was a perfect day for crafting, but made it more challenging to take photos!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Jessica T

UPDATE: My card was chosen as the winning entry for the colour challenge! Exciting :-)

Friday, 24 July 2015

Mid year Christmas layout

A Mid-Winter Christmas!
All dressed up and no where to go!
A Christmas photo from 7.5 years ago that I've just got around to scrap!
I typically only do Christmas photos around Christmas time (I think?? I don't scrap many of them!) - because I'm in the festive mood I guess. And Christmas supplies are more readily available, if you're not just using from your existing stash.
This layout was made using materials from my stash: a few left over bits from Christmas collections from last year, as well as older - much older - bits and pieces from old Christmas cards, printed digital files, and punched patterned paper hearts from a Christmas collection from many years ago.
I really do love using old supplies. Whether on their own or mixed with newer, on trend, collections. And I also enjoy things not designed to be used on a layout (or card) - in this case cutting apart Christmas cards I really liked (the Christmas tree on the left and the dove on the lower right).
In this case the glittered Christmas card pieces added glamour to my layout.
And lots of layers added to the elegant style too.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Go pull out some old favourites from your stash and make something!
Jessica T

The Bright and Cheery Kaisercraft "Say Aloha"

Kaisercrafts "Say Aloha" collection, I have to admit, isn't something I would normally buy. It is very bright and colourful, full of tropical type prints, with lots of tropical colours - nothing that I typically use (other than some pink).
But when I saw it I instantly thought of my trip to Australia some years ago, and the fact that I hadn't scrapped any photos from the trip. I thought those tropical prints and colours would suit my photos, and I was very pleased with the result.
I initially started with one layout, then decided to use my remaining three printed photos for two more layouts - something I should have decided at the start, so I could have spread my supplies more evenly over the three layouts. But I still love them anyway.
I then finished them all off with a title from gold glitter thickers. Perfect!
I love these photos of my sister, my mum and myself, on my sister's apartment balcony in Brisbane. The patterned paper and leaf embellishments match the foliage in the photo backgrounds so well, and just tie the page together perfectly.

Mt. Coot-Tha
This is one of my favourite memories from the trip. The bus to the top of Mt. Coot-Tha leaves again after 10 minutes, with the next one being an hour after that. We knew it would be a fantastic view from the top, but that we wouldn't be able to fill in an hour up there.
Our bus to the top arrived late. We ran to the lookout and took 16 photos, including this one of myself with Brisbane in the background, and were back on the bus which was leaving again. The timestamp from the first photo to the last is a difference of three minutes!
Lots of smiles and laughter from this quick trip and a lifetime of memories.

My one and only trip to a big amusement park. DreamWorld has both rides and lots of Australian wildlife on display, so I though it was a good idea to remember them both on the one layout. 
There are very few pictures of us actually on rides, since you're on them without a camera, but my mum didn't do this one so was able to snap a photo of my sister and myself. And as for the wildlife, I have heaps of fantastic photos of the animals, but chose to include one of myself as this is my one and only overseas trip - I might as well have evidence I was there!
These layouts will be included in the Artfull Crafts June and July Challenge (Anything Goes).

Thanks for stopping by today.
And remember to go outside your comfort box some times. I could have easily done a layout with complimentary blues that matched our outfits, but we were in semi-tropical climates so why not go all out and embrace it!
Jessica T

In Sympathy

Something that is very little spoken about but affects absolutely everyone in life, is the requirement for sympathy cards.
It is great to have some on hand, as when they are needed is often not the best time to be making them.
Initially I had a hard time deciding how to make them. What do you put on them? I didn't want to make them look like I was just making cards for fun, I wanted them to be respectful. I like white as my main colour, with small amounts of another - often green. I like to use birds, feathers, roses and leaves as a base. And I try to keep them simple.
I have also never posted one on my blog. Why not? Because it feels weird. But why, it's something that affects everyone in life? So it's a first for me to show one!
Very easy to make: white, soft colours, simple, punched 1" circles, roses, bird, music notes.
Respectful and elegant.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Jessica T

Friday, 19 June 2015

Wall Hanging & Card

Today I have a wall hanging and matching card to show you that I have made as a baby gift.
I've only made three or four small weavings, but I'm getting faster and better at them (well, I think so anyway!). This one I wanted to be natural colours, and suitable for a baby boy. And I did a bit of experimentation too (I can't seem to do anything lately without trying something I haven't done before). And then of course I needed to make a congratulations card too, so I did it in matching colours. Take a look:
 I know the sides aren't perfectly straight, but it's not too bad! (I am getting better). And it's interesting, and more natural looking.
I like using natural sticks rather than a processed, perfect dowel as the hangar. And I stitched on his initials, to personalise it.
 I also stitched shell type beads in a random pattern on the side. I wanted to do some triangles in the weaving, and after doing the first one it looked like a mountain which was really nice, so I didn't do any more. (Just go with the flow - your project doesn't have to turn out how you had planned at the start, sometimes it turns out better when you make changes!)
 I did a few rows (in two areas of the weaving) where I didn't alternate the stitches, so the colour stood out more.
 I also stitched on a row of clear beads. They're not plainly obvious, so they add interest when you're looking up close or touching it.
 The card base was made using a triangle stamp I carved out of a wine cork. I have never made my own stamp before, but it worked really well. The pattern it produced was a surprise - it's better than I had imagined!
I used the triangle stamp and a congratulations stamp on the inside too.
Gifts don't always have to be purchased. If you have the time or resources to make one, I encourage you to do so. There are so many different types of gifts you can make at home, and they are very meaningful.
Thanks for stopping by,
Jessica T

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A bold Red & Green floral card

Today I have a rather bold coloured card to show you. It's not my usual colour selection, but I think it turned out really nice!
I chose a very brightly coloured red patterned paper, and went from there.
These big paper blooms are really lovely. They're topped with little pieces of what looks like sugar (but is little plastic bits). And I love the metal leaves.
Some decorative stitching in matching red brings is all together nicely, and holds it together too.
I accompanied the card with some handmade muffins and cupcakes.
Thanks for stopping by!
Jessica T

Cardboard Tube & Mist Background Tutorial

This is a quick photo tutorial for how I created a circles misted background for some card bases. 
1: Gather your cardstock, chosen mists, a cardboard tube, and a box to mist in.
2: Mist down inside the tube with your first colour
3: Mist with another colour and repeat
(I did two pieces of cardstock at once so I could overlap the tube on both pieces and not waste the mist)
4: To create the rings ("coffee stain circles") you mist onto the sides of the cardboard tube and let it run down to the bottom. If you didn't mist directly onto the cardstock in the steps above this will happen anyway!

5: Finish off with some mist splatters
 I repeated the process with different colour combinations. The cardstock piece below was used to make the card in my previous post (click here to see it).

My four completed card bases.

I hope this has inspired you to try something different with your own supplies.

Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

An elegant Pink & Yellow Card

I had a lot of fun creating this card for the Artfull Crafts May Challenge.
I utilised both the colour challenge and the toilet paper roll challenge for this card.
The colour challenge used this fantastic palette:
This is what my card front looked like after using the toilet paper roll and mists to colour it:
(you can see my tutorial here)
The finished result:
I used a paint chip palette as the base, the misted piece, a yellow butterfly, and light pink silk ribbon adorned with beautiful beads. I also hand stitched three clusters of mini beads over the card to tie it all together:
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

UPDATE: My card was selected as the Colour Challenge Winner :-)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Playing with Mists

I've had mists in my craft supplies for a couple of years, but don't really do a lot with them. I usually just do a few random splashes. So earlier this month I decided to have a play with some of mine.
I used a big bunch of cotton to make an interesting pattern and four complementary colours of Plain Jane mists that I used randomly to completely cover the 12x12 sheet of white cardstock. I loved the result!
And then I created a layout on top of it. I do need to add a big title, but it is 90% finished (and I thought I would share it now or it may never eventuate!!!)
And a couple of detail shots
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

UPDATE: So I finally got around to adding a title a few months later ...

 And now it actually looks finished!

Thanks for looking.
Jessica T