Saturday, 28 March 2015

Just add ink challenge

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It's the weekend, so it must be time to do the just add ink challenge!
This weeks sketch featured a doily. I don't Love doilies. Not really a fan. At first, as you can see, I added lace to replace the doily... But Then I felt it wasn't staying true to the sketch....
I dug out a doily die I had (that I keep for such occasions, I know I'm never going to have a packet on hand when I need one .lol) and created a vellum "doily". 

I layered this with the lace, and a tag I created with the scalop tag topper punch. 

The stamp sets I used were stamin ups "postage due" and "world map". And the inks were baked brown sugar, soft suede, and choclate chip. 

To finish off I white embossed "miss you" -a sentiment from  the "sweet stuff" stamp set on a strip of vellum. I folder the banner of vellum over so it sort of jumps out at you..... I think it really highlights the sentiment. 
Then finished it with some very vanilla seam binder ribbon and pearls. 
Very vintagy! 

Enjoy your day, and create, create, create! 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Stampin'Up! Washi tape

What is it? Is it just pretty tape, Or something more? These are questions that have plagued me (that's probebly too strong a word. Lol) for a while now. 
What's with the big hoo-har? Really? 
Ok. So I'm a bit slow on the uptake of some things. This month for my product club members, I'm sending out a pack of 3 washi tapes as a "care package" to them. (Don't we all just love getting something other than bills in the mail? the care package features different Washi tape, but the idea is the same.) and I thought, I haven't really highlighted washi tape to them too much, so Id better have at least one sample up my sleeve! 

 Here are some benifits of Washi Tape-

*You can stamp on it. If I hadn't have had the curvy keep sake thinlit dies for the tag, I could have stamped a sentiment on the lightest of the washi's. This would have highlighted the sentiment.
*it has a texture similar to paperso you can tear and die cut with it- even intricate dies like our butterfly thinlit dies (just remember the wax paper!)
*Washi tape is REMOVABLE- if it's not where you want it- no sweat- just (carefully) remove it! Great for masking (but, it's too pretty to ONLY use it for masking!) 
*Stampin Up Washi tape colour COORDINATES -YAY! One of th things I love MOST about Stampin' Up is the colour coordination. And the washi tape is no different. It made making this card so simple. Pick the washi (the colours featured in this particular wash bundle are- pool party, crushed curry and real red), pick the card stock, die cut, stamp, "BOOM" card done. 

 So. I hope I've converted you to Stampin Ups range of Washi tape- get your Washi on ladies!!
 Enjoy some creative therapy today!
Petra x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Mojo Monday 390

I loved this weeks mojo sketch- it looks stunningly simple, doesn't it?
I wanted to use the irrestably yours DSP (only 1 week left to get some FREE with your next order peoples!!)- in addition to this I played around with banners, DSP, ribbon to get those 2 strips for 90 degree angle.... But it was all too much against that luscious paper.... So I took it away, and let the old olive underneath layer peek through! (It took me ages to get there though!!!l I must be a bit slow today!)
I think old olive and gold looks lovely and rich, but on their own, a little dull. I added the calypso coral for that little extra "pop". 
I hope you like my take on this mojo Monday's sketch-(Id love the hear from you if you do,) and if you would like some more inspiration and ideas of how to use this sketch yourself, click onthe sketch below, it will take you to the mojo Monday blog! 

Have a wonderful week, and- squeeze in some therapy— creative of course- if you can!! 
for more ideas on how to use this sketch, click here!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Slider reveal card

Pulling up the the hassle at the top reveals a hidden message- cool huh? (the pistachio pudding in the card is really intense- the lighting was bad... sorry!)

these are the colours I used- they are great for baby cards (especially when you wont know the sex of the baby yet!!) they are all Stampin' Up in colours- mostly from the 2014-2015 colour range- if you like them- get in quick they are retiring in June this year!! (and when in colours retire, the colours get sold out notoriously quickly!!!)

How to make a slider reveal card-
you need these sized pieces of card stock and DSP
make 2 slits 1" from the  sides of the DSP leaving a gap of 1" at the top and bottom.
 Make 2 cuts from one edge of the whisper white piece. Leave 1.5 cm uncut at the top.
 It doesn't matter how wide the strip is.
mine is 5.5 cm wide.
layer and glue these pieces together.
emboss if wished.
glue layered pieces to DSP
Weave the whisper white over the layered yardstick and DSP. It will look like this at the front.
...and this at the back!
stick the open edges of whisper white together with sticky tape
put dimensionals to the edge of the DSP to create a "track" for the whisper white to run against.
make a "pull"
glue layers together.

pull the whisper white piece up- you can stamp on it if you wish- or add another greeting.
all decorated! 
I used the "something for baby stamp set, with the matching frame lit dies that are bundled in the annual catalog.
theres some super sweet images in that set- AND- joy of joys- no fussy cutting!!!
how cute are these baby socks??
gorgeous pram!!
sweet little ducks. 

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial! any questions- please feel free to comment! I love hearing from you!
 I hope you are able to squeeze in some creative therapy!! have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mojo Monday and Just add ink.

I love challenges! 
Mojo Monday and Just add ink are 2 challenges that I love! Here is my take on these 2 challenges this week! 
If you want to check out these challenges, to have a go yourself, or just for inspiration- just click on the pictures below (just add ink pic will take you to "just add ink" blog, and the pic of the mojo monday sketch will take you to mojo monday)

I really loved working on this card- its been so much fun! and I got to use some brilliant products- I LOVE the sheer perfection designer vellum stack, and the irresisitably yours designer series paper, the combo of them both together is fantastic- (and remember they are free with every $90 purchase)

I spotlighted one of the butterflies with whisper white, and created a gold foil circle frame for it.


I love the Melon Mambo, gold and black combo. its such a striking combination.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks cards!
try and squeeze in some creativity in your day!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Crazy crafters blog hop

Welcome to the crazy crafters blog hop! If you have started here, make sure you go and visit the other crazy crafters, and check out the very talented ladies on our team! They all have amazing ideas for what to do with the BRAND NEW specialty Saleabration items on offer from the 1st- 31st of march.

I've used the amazing printed vellum from the sheer perfection specialty designer series paper. It's just gorgeous to work with. 
Did you have a careful look? Can you see I've used a technique called  Dry embossing on the vellum? 

See the raised "bumps" in the vellum?

When I was a brand new card maker, my gorgeous husband made me a light box so I could play with this technique- its been a LOOOOng time since I've done this- but the minute I saw the printed vellum, I thought it would be great to emboss on- NO light box needed!

when you push (lightly- a firm hand is not needed) into the vellum, it turns opaque. and when you turn the vellum over, its slightly raised. ( see pic below)

Once I embossed my vellum, I adhered it to the inside of my card, (I had die cut a section of the card out from the apothecary accents framelits set.) and need to cover the exposed vellum, so thought I would add a liner.


1-attach sticky strip to the side of the card you want the liner to cover. 
2-remove sticky strip red tape.

3-fold liner in half (as it would be when closed) and place as close to the fold line of the card as possible.
4-shut card. 
5-open card! liner is perfectly attached!!

To finish the card I then added some layers to the front of the card.

A massive thanks to SALLY (one of my massage clients) for the handmade paper from INDIA that she brought back as a gift to me!!! its stunning! xxxx)

To add to the rustic feel, I purposely frayed the ribbon ends. Just adds the extra touch!
I also added a heat embossed piece of vellum for the sentiment- and did a little "doodling" on the vellum with the dry embossing tool-

I want to thank you for coming to visit our bog hop!
Enjoy the next Crazy crafters use of the new saleabration products- Tamie Holt is next up!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Stampin up berry basket.... Berries!

The minute I got my berry basket die from the new occasions catalog, I knew I had to find a way to make berries to go in it, using current products. The basket is just screaming for them. I played around with the floral framelits, but couldn't get them right- I til I found Bev Adams blog. (Find it HERE) she's solved a couple of sticky problems I was having. I felt (you may prefer bevs way) there needed a little more "green" so instead of the petite petals I used the pansy punch.

Here are my ingredients-

And here are the steps-
1- cut out the largest floral framelit (I used cherry cobbler) and a pansy flower(I used old olive) 
2-stamp with the fine "splatter" droplets out of the gorgeous grunge set.
3- fold across all the petals of the floral FRAMELITS die cut. (4 folds)
4. Cut away 2 'petals'
5. Punch out the holes. This will enable you to close your strawberry 
6- fold over the first petal. Cut a notch from the Middle of the fold to the edge of the die cut. continue with all the petals.
When opened it will look like this-
7-glue the last petals together 
It should look like this-

8- curl the petals with a bone folder- nows a good time to add a treat!

9- cut a piece of ribbon. (Long enough to thread through and tie a bow) this is where Bevs and my strawberries differ. I found that the "leaves" tilted to the side the other way. 
10- starting from the center thread the ribbon through each hole. Each time you thread a petal, make sure the ribbon goes from the inside to the outside.
11- punch 2 holes in the punched flower.
12-Thread the ribbon through the 2 holes.
13- optional - this keeps the leaves right on top- punch another hole, directly opposite to where you started to thread the ribbon. 
thread the ribbon through, and THEN through the final leaf hole.

there you have it! a berry basket WITH berries! using only current products!!! 
I hope you can squeeze in some creative therapy today!!