Monday, 5 December 2016

Happy December!

Hi there!

Well December has come around very quickly. A year ago we were in the throws of moving long distance. I cannot believe that was a year already! This year, I'm in the throws of decorating for Christmas. Due to us moving last year, I never did any Christmas decorating, so un-boxing everything is very interesting - learning what I have, what I got rid of, what new things I had bought or received when I boxed everything up 2 years ago! It's nice to be able to decorate again, and feel somewhat settled. I will get some photos of my Christmas decor up soon (after I've finished decorating!)

Today, however, I have a quick birthday card I made for my nephew who turned 2 recently.





He loves vehicles and farm things so I thought a tractor would be very appropriate.

Back in 2012 I was a guest designer for Scrappin' Patch here in New Zealand, and I was sent some of the Kaisercraft Little Toot collection. I made three layouts, then with the scraps I made two cards and two note cards. This was a note card that I made way back then, but never used - I've discovered I never use note cards. So I cut the front from the note card and mounted it on a card base, which I had added a black piece of paper onto (which has track marks on it). I then simply added a chipboard number which I coloured to match the card base. Voila! A quick and simple card.

I have done this with a handful of other note cards, and I have plenty more that I will do this to! There is no point in them sitting unused, when they can be used as a pre-made embellishment for a regular sized card!

See you soon,
Jessica T

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Jazzing up a boring handbag

Howdy Folks! I hope you're having a brilliant day today, and if not I hope you can find some inspiration today to make it a great one!

I've been MIA for a while. Sorry about that. My last post was scheduled for the school holidays, and I was going to get plenty of crafting done amongst other school holiday activities and have a whole lot more blog posts done. But I got sick. First a tummy bug, then a cold, then the flu followed by sinus and ear infections. I didn't go anywhere near my craft desk for a month. I have since returned in a small manner, but I am still spending many hours catching up on a months worth of neglected household chores. I will get some new crafts up soon though, I'm sure!

Today I have a little something different to show you. Not a paper craft, but a little crafty.
 
Have you ever been given a gift that just really wasn't you, but you didn't want to get rid of it? Well, I have. This particular one was sentimental in the fact that I was given it for my 21st birthday so I really wanted to keep it, but I just didn't like it so wasn't going to use it. A black leather, patchwork, handbag. Here it is:
 
 
My current handbag is starting to show it's age. It's starting to break down. And I'm completely over carrying the damn heavy thing around everywhere. It is time for a new handbag. But I've got a perfectly good handbag sitting in the wardrobe, brand new, collecting dust. I just don't like it. What to do? Make it something I would like to use.
 
This is something you could do completely DIY, with any range of products - all coming down to your style and taste.
 
I did a DIY approach with purchased products. A couple of shiny key rings/ bag charms and a bracelet from the craft store. The end result: cute and funky.
 
 
Easy to replicate. Easy to change. Just plain easy. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.
 
I need to make a little purse to hold all my bits and pieces that would otherwise be floating around in the bottom, and then I'm set to start using my new bag!
 
How about doing some simple DIY to jazz up something you already own to give it a new purpose - or it's intended purpose - or simply so you like it better? This DIY cost a total of $5 (NZD), a new bag would've cost me at least $50. I think it's a win!
 
Until next time,
Jessica T

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Little Boy layout

Hi there, thanks for stopping by!
 
Today I have a sweet little boy layout. No grab 5. No set scrap your stash. Just simply picking out a cute photo, finding some supplies to go with it and scrapping! The old fashioned way.
 
 
I loved the colours in the photo and chose all my supplies in the same colours and I love it. You really can't go wrong with blue and brown for little boys. All the supplies are just from my stash - nothing fancy or new here.
 
 
 
 
A splattering of blue and brown mist on the diagonal, some blue punched stars along the same line, an embellishment cluster at both ends of that line and around the photo. The photo of course has many layers behind it of blue, brown and cream patterned papers.
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Jessica T

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Packaging Technique

Hi everyone! So if you've been following me a wee while you'll know I've recently discovered the crafting YouTube channel Inkie Quill and that I love it. She has inspired me to try so many new things using supplies I already have. One such thing is creating an inkie background using 'the packaging technique'.
 
What you'll need:
~ some white or light cardstock,
~ something to cover it - gesso, modelling paste, etc (so the ink doesn't soak straight in to your paper - apparently Bazzil Marshmallow doesn't need coating first)
~ ink, spray mist or markers
~ water in a sprayer bottle
~ soft plastic packaging
 
 
What you do is after you have coated and dried your cardstock, you dab your ink pad or spray some mist onto the plastic packaging, then add some water, squish it together in your hands, flip the plastic over and spread it onto the page. Sound confusing? Watch this video for help (jump to 1:45min for the packaging technique bit).
 
You'll end up with something like this:
 
 
It has raw edges, it has variations in colour. This particular one is also very in your face - but most of it will get covered with the actual layout so it's ok.
 
And the layout:
 
 
I cut 1/4 inch off each side of the cardstock background to remove the rough edges and adhered it onto a piece of coloured paper. It is a colour I never thought I would use, but having a 1/4 inch border is cute.
 
 
I used the Kaisercraft Sweet Pea collection - 6x6 paper pad, 12x12 cut apart sheet and ephemera pack. And lots of foam dots.
 
 
I used some really old alphas that I have no idea what they are other than iridescent plastic, and they match the ink and the page so well. I also used a doily and some washi tape from my stash.
 
 
This was a totally new technique for me and I really liked it. It is nice and easy, and pretty quick. Next time I'll have to try it with another colour combo.
 
I hope you're inspired to give the packaging technique a try!
Jessica T

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Repeating a shape - circles

Gidday folks, thanks for stopping by again today.
 
I'm on this mission to use up my stash. I mention it every other week. But as crafters we tend to gather stuff. And our supply stash gets bigger and bigger. We buy it, we're given it, we find it/ re-use it/ re-purpose it. And it accumulates. And then it starts to get old and we don't love it as much anymore, but the only thing wrong with it is our opinion of it. I'm sick of what I've got, but I don't want to add to it with new product, I want to use it all up and then get new product. Ok so that might be a lofty goal, and isn't likely to happen - but my stash will get much smaller, and is getting much smaller, it just won't get down to nothing - and I'm ok with that.
 
So I have another scrap your stash layout today. For this one I used a pale patterned paper as a base which is outside my comfort zone - I used to do it, but now I typically use white cardstock. Other people still used patterned paper, not just pale colours, and they look great so I thought why not? I love to change it up. Not everything looks amazing, but it's still memory keeping so it doesn't bother me. If every page looked the same your album would be pretty boring, so I'm ok with having some favourites and some that aren't favourites. Oh and I did something else a bit different, I repeated circles over my layout. The small ones are 1 inch punched and the larger ones are traced from the inside of a roll of double sided tape or something - hand cut anyway.
 
My layout:
 
 
The photo is layered on multiple pieces of patterned paper, and some journaling cards I wasn't going to use and then adhered to the page on foam tape.
 
 
 I used a pen to draw a messy border around the page, and around the circles and hearts - some on the shape and some around the edge.
 
 
 I splattered some mist, I added some pearls. All little circles.
 
 
And I did a little cluster on the side too. I felt the page just needed a little more balancing.
 
Remember to have fun doing it, and that it is getting the memories recorded that is the most important.
 
Until next time,
Jessica T