Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – October …

This month’s Kaisercraft collection is the Mint Wishes collection – “a medley of minty-fresh teal and natural textures makes Mint Wishes a truly Scandinavian Christmas affair. Snowy Spruce trees, geometric baubles, pine cones and birch mixed with a minimal colour pallet will have you dreaming of a mint Christmas wonderland!”

With the Creative Kit Club’s October Kit I was able to create 4 layouts. Instructions for the first 2 layouts are in the full colour step by step magazine that comes with the kit.

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Absolutely loved using the Festive Circle die (which is the add on die).

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You can order the October Mint Wishes Kit now! There is also another October kit that you can order – Rose Avenue. It will be shipped from the 5th of October. Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

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Happy 30th birthday …

Yesterday the family had a birthday lunch for my sister-in-law Rebecca who turned 30 last Saturday.

She spent her birthday last week on the Gold Coast with her husband (my brother), my niece and nephew, her twin sister, brother-in-law, their 2 kids, her mum & dad, her other sister, brother-in-law, their 4 kids, her brother and sister-in-law and their daughter. I have to say that they did very well to organise such a large family trip with all 19 of them! Of course it was chaotic and manic but they had a great time and it was a fantastic bonding session for the little ones!

Anyways, I made a birthday card for Rebecca.

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The pink background paper which was cut using Kaisercraft’s ‘nesting rectangles’ using the largest rectangle in the set.

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The paper was then embossed using a Craft Concepts Universal Embossing Folder called ‘Solid Stars’. I used sand paper to highlight the stars.

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A Paper Rose die (Mesh Large) and Kaisercraft’s ‘Texture Stained Glass’ decorative die was used to layer the die cuts on top of the embossed paper. FYI, I adhered the mesh die cut with staples.

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The balloons were created with Kaisercraft’s ‘Balloons’ decorative die.

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I had a ‘base’ die cut of balloons in black and then used the die on 5 different patterned papers to make the different coloured balloons. The ’30’ came from American Crafts’ Kitten In Black collection.

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The final layer on the card is the greeting using a Hero Arts stamp called ‘Happy Birthday’.

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Finally the card was outlined with a black marker.

Happy 30th birthday Rebecca! :) x

By the way, my mum and I made Rebecca’s birthday cake. Gluten free and dairy free! The inspiration came from Pinterest . The cake was based on the Oreo drip cake. It was delicious!

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“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” ~ Ausonius

Happy Mother’s Day …

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day so this special day called for a card for my mum :)

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I started with a Kaisercraft square card as the base.

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The Couture Creations Intricutz die background ‘Fans of Fantasia’ is perfect for a square card – even better framed. The die cut was 9.5cm x 9.5cm so the frame I cut was 11.5cm x 11.5xm with a 1cm border.

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Under the framed die cut I went for a pink coloured paper (to match the fussy cut flowers) – American Crafts – Pebbles – Happy Go Lucky Collection – Delight.

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On top of the framed die cut I added another die cut – a frame from Kaisercraft’s Ornate Pack 1.

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I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Roses’ paper from Kaisercraft’s Secret Garden Collection and added them on the card with foam squares.

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To complete the look, I created the greeting using Carolee’s Creations – Adornit Tiny Black alphabet stickers and stuck them with foam squares.

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Tip: To have your letters/words appearing straight, adhere the letters to acetate (which is placed on top of a self healing mat that has lines) and then cut around the letter/words.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.”

 

 

 

Tissue paper flowers …

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I have a birthday party coming up this weekend and was searching online for DIY party decoration ideas. Nothing too fancy. Tissue paper flowers! Why did I not think of that? They are simple and inexpensive to make. I watched an online tutorial – OMG, you can make them in no time at all!

All you need is tissue paper, flexible wire (I used embroidery thread) and scissors.

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With a pink-purple-white theme I bought 3 packets of tissue paper. To make the flowers, I had 5 sheets of tissue paper stacked on top of each other (each sheet of paper was cut – they measured roughly 12cm x 25cm). Folded them, accordion/fan style, as per the tutorial, and tied them in the middle. I rounded the edges, opened the sheets individually and fluffed them. Easy!

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“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ~ Gerard De Nerval

 

 

Mixed media …

Mixed media. It’s everywhere. What is it?

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The ‘mixed media’ used refers to papers, paints, pencils, inks, photos, metal, plastic fabrics, fibres, etc.

It’s an assemblage of all things 2D and 3D.

Last year the Adelaide Royal Show introduced, for the first time, a category called ‘Mixed Media Layout, any subject‘ in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section. I’ve not done much mixed media so I thought I would give this a go. With a family photo.

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I started with a 12″ x 12″ white cardstock. I machine stitched black scrapbooking paper onto the cardstock.

The fun stuff came with paint, ink, texture paste and spray mists for the background. Messy hands stuff! I used different stencils and stamps with texture paste and with embossing powder, bubble wrap with black paint and a script stamp with black ink..

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Finnabair art basics Mixed Media Essentials

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Heidi Swapp mini stencils kit.

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Tim Holtz layering stencils – Bubble and Stars

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Kaisercraft texture edge clear stamp

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Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Grid

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Kaisermists – orange, red and yellow.

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Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Gold.

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Adding a photo was the next step. I had initially started with a black and white family photo. I assumed it would be easier to choose papers and embellishments. I got all my papers and embellishments and started assembling. The layout looked okay. I then swapped the black and white photo with the colour photo. I have to say the colour photo looked so much better. I was worried about the colours of the clothing clashing – I needn’t have worried.

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To lift the photo off the background paper, I matted the photo on yellow patterned paper, scribbled a frame around the photo and then added an additional mat of red corrugated cardboard to the photo.

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The embellishments were next. What better way to add a quote than to use a dymo label – it’s old school and quick and easy. It was important to date the photo so I stuck a date label sticker to a banner tag. The eyelet on the tag gave me the idea to add a heart pin. A bulldog clip completed the cluster.

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In the opposite corner, I needed black and white embellishments. I stamped the word ‘celebrate’ and used chipboard thickers for the main title. To balance out the red colour from the Kaisermist spray under the dymo label I attached a Becky Higgins flair to a fussy cut sun. (The sun is from one of my favourite patterned papers – Kaisercraft’s Sunshine from the Fun In The Sun collection.)

Kaisercraft – Save the Date clear stamp – Celebrate.

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American Crafts thickers – My Girl collection – Kitten – Black.

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Kaisercraft – Fun In The Sun – Sunshine.

Becky Higgins’ Project Life – Currently edition – so very happy flair.

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In the other 2 corners I went for colour and texture. I fussy cut some flowers from 2 different patterned papers, added arrow wooden veneers and die cut embellishments.

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The coloured flowers – Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes 12″ x 12″ ‘Shine’ paper pad.

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The black and white flowers – KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet.

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The wood veneers – Ruby Rock-It Fundamentals – Cardmaking for Connoisseurs.

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The die cuts – Crate Paper – Hello Love.

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Other products used:
White cardboard, black scrapbooking paper, red corrugated cardboard, foam mounting tape, black paint, bubble wrap, black ink, mini bulldog clip, Dymo organiser xpress embosser, script clear stamp, ‘Solid Cosmos’ clear stamp, kraft tag with eyelet, sharpie pen, date sticker label, Heidi Grace Design heart pin, ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder, ‘Hologram’ embossing powder, VersaMark clear embossing  ink and machine stitching.

“Every family has a story to tell. Welcome to ours.”