Yummy cardsketch!!

May 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm (Hand made things by me) (, )

I always like a good challenge and the lovely Helen’s blog, Card and a Half, has a great monthly card sketch challenge.  I thought I’d have a go and here is what I came up with…

Rather than layering the rectangles on top of the backing, I cut out a black frame with 3 rectangluar holes.  I used foam tape to raise up the black frame from the grey pattern background sheet.  I made some gorgeous little roses (see the tutorial by the beautiful Belle here) and punched out some little butterflies with my Martha Stewart punch.  A liberal sprinking of bling was obviously obligatory!!! And the little sentiment is a sticker that I backed with card, trimmed and mounted on the black frame with some more foam tape.  All the paper and the sentiment sticker are from the Stella and Rose range from My Mind’s Eye.  Really like this little card and can see myself using this sketch regularly.

Thanks for the challenge Card and a Half…really enjoyed it!

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scrapping and shooting

March 16, 2010 at 8:16 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , )

Okay, so probably not what your average crafter got up to this weekend…Friday night I joined my DH and two of his friends to go fox shooting, which was quite fun.  I was sooooo tired by about 10pm though I was falling asleep in the passenger seat while we were cutting around the paddocks and jerking awake when a shot gun went off.  I can assure you that waking up, having to get out to open and close a cocky’s gate (passenger gets gate duty) is something of a challenge as you do have to pay attention when you are doing up the windlass!! Luckily I avoided breaking my arm or anything similar doing the gates.  I won’t show you any of the photos of dead stuff as a) it’s a bit gory and b) most of them have our friend’s grandson in and I’m not sure if they’d want them on the internet.

Anyway, after all the gun slinging action, I settled down for a more domestic weekend.  I made some jam drops (featuring some tasty Fig Jam I made earlier in the week) and did some other cooking experiments (including my first attempt at French Onion Soup which tasted delicious but did rather interfer with the intestinal processes!!!).  The Little Scrapbook Shop had it’s ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ cybercrop.  I completed 2 of the challenges…

This challenge you had to document something 'bad' and use green on the layout somewhere.

This was the sketch challenge, you had to make one minor change (I flipped the sketch orientation) and use the words 'good, bad, ugly' in your layout somewhere.

I also got the week’s challenge done for the Seasoned Scrapper

This challenge we had to use some of the lyrics from a song by some old guy (Billy Thorpe?) in our layout.

I also did a couple of other random pages just for fun which I have been slack and not photographed.  Also been busy knitting away for Knit One Save One.

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scrapping MACHINE

February 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm (Hand made things by me) (, , , , , , , )

I’ve been super busy over the weekend and done a heap of pages for my album for our Christmas trip to England.  Here are my layouts from the past few day.  Not much else to post – hope you enjoy looking at the pix.

Chilly?

We don't look toooooo bad seeing as we'd just been off the plane from Australia!

Self-timers on the camera rock

He was very, very excited!

Not totally happy with the title - need to figure out how to make it pop a bit more.

Same problem with this title!

I used the sketch from Scrap Therapy's Cyber Scrap Challenge for this one. Really like this sketch. You had to do some distressing/painting and/or inking for this one too.

Recognise the sketch? Yup, did two pages using it, but they will be quite a few pages apart so don't think anyone would notice.

I used Rachel's Heidi Swapp distresser on these pix - I want one now!

Great scupltures!

I made this last weekend (I think) but forgot to share it with you. It's a set of flatpack drawers from Kaiser and covered with their new prairie lane collection and with a rubon on the top. nice i thought.

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seasoned with sugar

February 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm (Hand made things by me) (, , , , )

Well, two weeks into the Seasoned Scrapper over at Little Scrapbook Shop and I have two nice OTPs to show off.  Week One saw us making covers for a book to record our Seasoned Scrapping work in.  I can’t say I love mine, but it’s alright.

Cover of my note book for Seasonsed Scrapper - used some Krafty Kutz, some patterned papers by My Little Shoebox, letter stickers by Basic Grey (and some ancient TLC ones), some foam Thickers and some DM and Kindyglitz.

This week the challenge was to follow Deanne’s instruction for making a very cool box with cocertina fold slots to hold the cards we make over the year.  We also had to make sure our card what ‘summery’ in feel.  I was pretty pleased with how mine turned out – nothing fancy but it’s neat, accurate and bright.  The instructions on how to make it are here.

Not many materials to make this one, black card, patterned paper from Basic Grey's Lemonade range and foam Thickers.

Anyway, I’m off to continue scrapping some of our holiday photos from our trip to England.  Hopefully I can find some inspiration!!!

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more cropping goodness

November 17, 2009 at 7:20 am (Hand made things by me) (, , , , , )

I kept busy for the remaineder of the weekend.  Here is a quick look at the goodies I made…

Kaisercraft desk calendars - bought these on super special at my local scrap shop as they had 09 calendars - resigned some 2010 calendars themed in colours to match each calendar.  Mostly Kaisercraft stuff to decorate them.

Another calendar on special from LSS.

This challenge was to make a garland (the suggestion was stars, but you could do anything).  I got a whole lot of inspiration from here...http://thesmithgirlsspot.blogspot.com/2008/11/christmas-garlandbanner.html I'm looking forward to being able to go get some extra xmas decs to jazz it up a bit more.

Another 'gift can'.  Really, really love these.

Thanks Little Scrapbooking Shop Design Team for great challenges and all the ladies over there for a great croppy weekend.

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gotta love craft

November 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm (Hand made things by me) (, , , , , , , )

Well, I’ve been super slack with blogging lately.  Just too much on and not enough time to spend around here.  I’ve been over at the Little Scrapbooking Shop’s November Cyber Crop.  There are some seriously cool things over there.  So far I’ve made this snazzy lil’ xmas display (the challenge instructions are here)…

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I used some wooden canvas things by Kaisercraft and most of the stuff is from their Christmas Spirit range, plus some rhinestones and paper flowers, also used one of Sandie's Handmade Daisies vinyl Thickers, Carolee Creations tiny letters and a hat pin from a bulk pack by Birch.

I also got cracking on this exceptionally cool challenge using a ring pull can.  Basically, you can fill it up with stuff (I put in Lindt chocolates) and with the clever trick shared on the challenge page, you can still use the ring pull.  I’m making chocolate filled ones for my parent helpers and going to buy amusing t-shirts for my step bro and sis and make cans for their xmas present with the shirt inside.  Definitely very, very cool.

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This can opens with the ring pull to reveal the goodies you stashed inside. I used Basic Grey June Bug papers and button, random ribbon and paper flowers and Carolee Creations Tiny Letters.

I’m about to get cracking on some calendars (for Tara’s challenge) and some photo frames (just for pressies).

Earlier in the week, I did Mel’s Blindfold Scrap, also at the Little Scrapbooking Shop.  This is how my page turned out…

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I used papers and brads from Kaisercraft's Esther's Guestlist range and some of their paper flowers and bling, some random ribbons and a random heart hat pin, Thickers and random journal block stamp (just didn't ink the bit of the stamp with lines on for the one behind the flower).

Hopefully I’ll be able to add another post before the weekend with other cool stuff I’ve made!

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let’s be friends

October 9, 2009 at 11:41 am (Hand made things by me) (, , , )

I really needed to get on and write back to my friend Samantha who wrote me a lovely long letter recently (we try to send a few bits of snail mail each year rather than just emailing).  Anyway, I noticed Sandie had a challenge going on at her blog to make a friendship card, so this morning I wrote a long (5 page) letter and made a card for Sam.  What a surprise too, I used my current addication – Lilac Avenue papers from Kaisercraft.  And like most of my pages using that range, one of Sandie’s flowers made it in too (they just go so well with that range of papers).   Anyway, here’s my card and letter.

My friendship card and letter to my friend Samantha

My friendship card and letter to my friend Samantha

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now you may see…

October 9, 2009 at 7:18 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , , )

My Blind Fold Scraping page layout…as taught/lead by Mel who is a brill BFSer.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash.  Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash. Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

I was hostess for our book club last night (hence I’m a bit tired this morning as we chatted until nearly ten).  I baked like a mad lady yesterday afternoon – monte carlos, coconut jam slice, rock cakes and jam drops were on the menu.  Mr Petit was delighted this morning to find two monte carlos to take to work for smoko.  I love our book club because we have such a variety of people (well, me the youngest at 29, then a couple of ladies who I guess are in their late 60’s and early 70’s), although we only have one man.  So conversations are always interesting as we have such a range of opinions on the books.  We were also talking about other book clubs we had been in in the past, with book club styles ranging from not actually talking about the books (just a gossip session) to being what I refer to a literary nazis where some members’ opinions are king and are imposed on the other members!  I’m looking forward to this month’s book – Saturday by Ian McEwen.  First I have to finish my currently library book – Jackdaws by Ken Follet.

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Got my blind fold on again

October 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , )

It didn’t take long for Blind Fold Scrapping over at the Little Scrapbooking Shop to roll around again.  Last night Mel ran a great BFS and it was even more awesome than usual as she posted all the players out a little packet of goodies to use in our embellishments.  I was feeling a bit brain dead last night and really struggled getting the page to come together, but this afternoon I picked a different photo and a different colour scheme and it fell together much more easily.  I can’t show you the finished product until Friday, but I can give you a sneak peak or two.  I used patterned papers from Kaisercraft’s Lilac Avenue range (can you tell I like it?  Just a few uses of late!), rhinestone brads, vinyl and foam thickers and some Kindyglitz.

Thanks to Mel for the stamped flowers, she rocks

Thanks to Mel for the stamped flowers, she rocks

A peak at the journal block Mel taught us to make.

A peak at the journal block Mel taught us to make.

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useless, but cool

October 6, 2009 at 7:38 am (Hand made things by me) (, , , )

I have no idea what the proper name for these things are, but I’ve been loving what I’ve seen in some Perth scrap shops (especially Scraptivate and Scrapbooking To Di For) and I bought some ‘bits’ to make one myself.  I’ve never made something like this before but I’m quite happy with how it turned out, although not half as good as the stuff I’ve seen in Perth.  Maybe one day I’ll get to go to one of these done in a class.  Here’s dreaming.   Anyway, here are some pix of my latest creation.

I used a sheet of double-sided Creative Imaginations patterned paper for the outside of the boxes, the box linings were some scraps of a plain burgundy sheet of basic grey paper and the plain green side of a Kaiser patterned paper from the Dash It All Away range.

I used a sheet of double-sided Creative Imaginations patterned paper for the outside of the boxes, the box linings were some scraps of a plain burgundy sheet of basic grey paper and the plain green side of a Kaiser patterned paper from the Dash It All Away range. The swirl at the top is a wooden Kaisercraft shape which I inked black and coated in Dimensional Magic.

Lovely and textured - still reckon there is more room for dimension I think.

Lovely and textured - still reckon there is more room for dimension I think. The velvet ribbion about the outside is lovely too.

Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers, random flowers (not sure of the brand) and a little fence I made from chopped up match sticks and some gold coloured wire.

Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers, random flowers (not sure of the brand) and a little fence I made from chopped up match sticks and some gold coloured wire.

Another flower from a no-name bag, little die-cut birdie from Chook Scraps that I inked with copper ink and edged in black ink then added a Kaisercraft Pearl and stuck on using some foam dots.

Another flower from a no-name bag, little die-cut birdie from Chook Scraps that I inked with copper ink and edged in black ink then added a Kaisercraft Pearl and stuck on using some foam dots.

Random ancient chipboard heart covered in some of the paper I lined some of the boxes with, more Kaisercraft Pearls and a little jiggley bubble from I-Kandee (I think that was the name on the packet which went in the bin about 3 or 4 years ago!).

Random ancient chipboard heart covered in some of the paper I lined some of the boxes with, more Kaisercraft Pearls and a little jiggley bubble from I-Kandee (I think that was the name on the packet which went in the bin about 3 or 4 years ago!).

Collections chipboard key, random stash ribbon, Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers.

Collections chipboard key, random stash ribbon, Carolee Creations Tiny Chocolate letter stickers.

Another I-Candee thing with some mesh/sparkly ribbon behind it, Collections bodices one with gold embossing powder and one with some opals embossing powder tied up with some ribbon.

Another I-Candee thing with some mesh/sparkly ribbon behind it, Collections bodices one with gold embossing powder and one with some opals embossing powder tied up with some ribbon.

More random no-name flowers and some Carolee Creations stickers.

More random no-name flowers and some Carolee Creations stickers.

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