New Class in March and April 2016 Pyramid Box

By on 24/02/2016

Pyramid box with small pyramid (1)

This unique box stand 5″x 5″ not including base and legs. My box has been decorated using different G45 papers but any good quality paper would do.  The basic box is constructed using a heavy bookboard.

I will be running classes in March and April for anyone interested in making one for themselves. Kits for the basic box will be provided.

Pyramid Box with buddha (1)

Photo above shows box open with small buddha (not included in kit) inside. The box is large enough to hold any small ornament that you choose.

For more information please leave a comment with contact details.


#imbringingbirthdaysback – A Snail Mail Incentive

By on 10/02/2016


Imbringingbirthdaysback

Where does the time go? Afternoon already, and I started this post this morning.  Of course now the washing is out and the cats are happily sleeping at my feet, the sun has finally shown it’s face, it was dull in Melbourne this morning.

I don’t think I have ever met anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving a card or letter from a friend. And although recently Australia Post increased their postage costs quite significantly, I decided to increase my snail mail efforts by joining an incentive started by the lovely Shannon West from the Stampin’ UP! Head Offices in Utah called “I’m Bringing birthdays back.”

By joining, I have agreed to send MORE birthday cards than ever before, I really like this challenge.  In fact I like it so much that I am not only sending cards for birthdays I am sending cards for any old reason at all, sometimes for no reason at all.

I have been collecting ideas for decorating envelopes on a board I call ‘Snail Mail’ on https://www.pinterest.com/createwithbarb/ who knew there were so many fabulous ideas out there. I fully intend to use some of these ideas in the future.  Just imagine receiving something gorgeous in your mailbox, I think I would swoon.

So can I encourage you to send more birthday cards? Think of the pleasure it brings to the recipient. And decorate your envelope too, I sometimes use Washi Tape to decorate mine, simple, quick and easy.

Washi tape envelope1

Baby Card ready to go this week.

Have a joyful and creative day people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distressing your papers for more dimension and texture

By on 09/02/2016

Distressing paper is one of the easiest ways of adding interest and dimension to your cards and scrapbook pages.  Some of my card making group are quite sceptical about taking a piece of perfectly good cardstock and ripping up the edges and tearing pieces off, scraping a blade along the edge or even adding some ink.  But, let me tell you it makes a huge difference to a card.

Card inspired by birgit detail1 (1)

I encourage you to give it a try.  Even simply running your markers carefully along the edge of your paper can add so much to a simple card.  If you look closely at the yellow paper on the above photo, you will see a hint of colour just on the edge. The same affect can be achieved with a sponge dauber, lightly inked or a piece of sponge, choose a colour that enhances or matches your card design.
Inspired by Birgit 2 (1)

There are five layers in total, each one has been distressed by scraping the edges with a distressing tool (available from scrapbooking shops), then inked with Stampin’ UP! Soft Suede ink and a sponge dauber, I curled some of the edges round a pencil to create more dimension, and stamped some random script to add interest to my layers. I also added some extra sponging to the paper with Soft suede to take off the brightness of the ‘very vanilla’ cardstock.  Inspired by Birgit inside of card

I finished the inside of the card to match the front. I think you will agree that small things make a huge difference.  Again I have randomly stamped some script and layered in So Saffron paper.

 Flowers were purchased on Etsy from Thai Flowers.

  • All cardstock is Stampin’ UP! Soft suede, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Tulle ribbon (retired) Stampin’ UP!
  • button from Stampin’ UP!
  • twine Stampin’ UP!

If you enjoyed this post please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you.

 


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