Thursday, 23 March 2017

Little Cuties-In the Global design project.

This weeks Global design project is a doozy!! 
I was REALLY challenged to think out of the box this week. Stampin up has an excellent stamp set for this challenge, (Cupcakes and Carousels) but I don't  have it, (oh, of course its on my wish list!!) But I do have another stamp set that I thought could fit the bill.... 
Click here to be inspired by the designers of this challenge,
 and the other entries!

This is the stamp set-I bought it to make a baby celebration card for my Long time Facebook follower and Friend Di. Her Daughter is about to have a baby, and, unfortunately,  I cant make it to her baby shower. but I wanted to make a card and send a gift along, as they are gorgeous, gorgeous people. 
If you ever get a chance to come watch a live class that I do on Facebook, you will undoubtably see Di comment, because she hasn't missed one of my Live classes, and has just joined my Live class group.
Little Cuties stamp set

Here is my entry-

Little cuties, and Celebrate today stamp sets.

I thought that the Playful Palette Designer series paper paired nicely with the theme, and a baby card (to which we have no idea of the gender of the baby!)
Once I had turned my horse into a carousel horse (I added the pole) I thought that the pole was a little stark there, by itself, and softened it with some Banners from the Celebrate today stamp set, and matching dies. (thank goodness I didn't have to fussy cut those banners!!) 

Tips and Tricks:

  • To make this card you will need:Playful Palette Designer series paper, Little cuties and Celebrate today stamp sets, Balloon framelits dies Basic rhinestones, watercolour pencils. Card stock: Very vanilla Silver foil Ink: Archival basic black, peek boo peach, sweet sugarplum, flirty flamingo. ( I used the 2016/17 in colour markers) Adhesives: Tombo Liquid adhesive, Dimensionals.
  • If you haven't got quite the colour you need in the water colour pencils, try experimenting with the colour but scribbling 2 or 3 colours on some scrap paper and lifting it with a blender pen and mixing it on the card stock. The melon mambo on the horses saddle I felt was too bright,  so I mixed it with a little calypso coral. 

If you wonder how I made this card, check out the video tutorial above. While it IS sped up, you see  You see my indecisiveness, and how I designed the card. I had already chosen the Playful palettes DSP already (it said "Amusement park" to me) and I had chosen the Little cuties stamp set, but every thing else was " on the go." 

I hope you enjoy todays posts and are inspired to have a go- challenging yourself creatively is so rewarding!
thanks for popping by!
Petra x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Aim for Alaska Blog hop

When you join Stampin up as a demonstrator, You have the amazing opportunity to reach out for incentive trips. I haven't ever really considered going on one of these trips, because I always thought it would be too hard-out of my reach-as someone who already has a full time job.

Late last year, as I'm getting close to finishing up my diploma of remedial therapies course, I thought I might take back on a more consistent role with Stampin' up! (I'm making cards any how, so......why not?) because of this decision, I joined a group my up-line, Kylie Bertucci started, to teach us all how to see the incentive trips as a definite possibility.... and I'm starting to see that this is the case-even for me! The group is an amazing amalgamation of people from all walks of life-some demonstrators who work their demonstrator ship full time-but others, like me, who have other jobs, and responsibilities. I can see that it IS possible to achieve the trips-all the while enjoying the journey along the way!

 The Blog hop today is a celebration of everyone TRYing to achieve more-whether it be in their working life or otherwise. Growth is So important in life. 

The blog hop theme today is ALASKA, the current incentive trip Stampin up is offering.
I didn't know much about Alaska-so (of course) I googled it. Here are some photos that inspired me...

Holy Moly-what a beautiful Place!!!!!!!

The Always an adventure stamp and die bundle has so many of the elements in these pics at first I thought that the blog hop today would pretty much ALL be using the same stamp set! (on reflection, I did think of a couple of others that would really work well-But the outdoor adventure set was the first thing I thought of, so I went with it!)

Here is the card i made to fit todays theme-

Always an Adventure slider card
Always an Adventure stamp set, Outdoor adventure framelit dies

Heres the card I rejected (with the die cut snow tops)
and the mechanism for the floating feature technique 

Tips and tricks:

  • My Chalk marker is pretty old now, and is running out. I was bummed because I had tried the die cut snow tops for the mountains, and it looked a bit too harsh, and a bit too busy. I wanted a softer look. I had the brain wave to use the chalk marker as a blender pen, and dip the end into the craft ink pad and transfer the ink that way. IT WORKED A TREAT! 
  • The slider is hidden beneath that garden green panel at the bottom. I "extended" my bear on a strip of garden green that is then attached to the pull tab, and that enables him to move when it is pulled.
  • You cant see it in the photo, but I applied Winkastella to the clouds...they now shine brightly. It's such a shame Winkastella doesn't photograph well.......

Like the idea of an incentive trip?
Thinking about Joining Stampin Up? 
NOW IS THE BEST TIME!!! during Sale-a-bration you get to choose 2 FREE STAMP SETS, on TOP of the $235 worth of other goodies, for only $169
 I would LOVE to have you on my team!
If you have questions, I would love to answer them for you!

Click here to join my team!

I hope you enjoyed my post today-I LOVED researching Alaska. I hope to definitely to go there one day!

There are some AMAZING demonstrators that are participating in todays Hop, and I hope you take the time to visit them-they would love to her your comments-as would I!
I hope that YOU are able to squeeze in something creative into your day as well! 
Petra x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Crazy crafters Blog hop-THEME: CASING Rachel Tessman

Rachel Tessman is an amazing artist-She is particularly amazing using project life layouts-but sweet and stunning cards are her specialty. In todays CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) I loved her take on using the cute new Basket bunch stamp and die bundle.
 I used one of the flowers in an earlier card this week (see it HERE) but hadn't really had an opportunity to explore his sets versatility until today.  I particularly like the sets cute cartoon-y style. My CASE of Rachel's card shows how much I fell in love with her cards-I copied the layout almost exactly, used similar colours, and stamp set. I had a BLAST today playing with this set!! I hope you feel inspired too!

 Click here to visit Rachels amazing blog for ideas and inspiration
Click Here to go to Rachel blog for ideas and inspiration

Here is my version:

My case of Rachel's card.

Basket Bunch and the Basket builder die bundle!

Tips and tricks:

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  1. Thick Whisper white card base-14.9 x 21 cm (half an A4)
  2. Whisper white (for embossing)-9.5 x x13.9cm
  3. Wisteria wonder/soft sky/Daffodil delight matt-6.5 x 10 cm 
  4. Gold/silver foil card stock-7 x 10cm
  • Using the sponge method for applying glue (see it HERE) Its amazing on Vellum, and intricate die cuts, but will stop any oozing of glue between grass/flowers and ensuring a professional, non "sticky" result.
  • If you use the thicker whisper white to run through the embossing folder with your big shot- spritzer with a little water will ensure no "cracking" of the card stock. I prefer to use the thinner whisper white for embossing 
  • Running multiple dies through the big shot saves time. use washi tape to ensure no movement of the die to get a lovely even cut.
  • When using the water colour pencils, if you wet the pencil, or pre wet the card stock, before laying down colour, you will get a much denser colour layer on your card stock. See the 14 min tutorial of me water colouring in the video below- I AM NOT ANYTHING CLOSE TO BEING GREAT AT WATER COLOURING.  I want to stress this point. But, I am very actively learning currently. I LOVE water colouring , and have learned lots, but there is still so much to learn. Why not learn with me, and watch my video?

I hope you enjoyed today Post, I had a great deal of fun Making these cards-I'd love to hear your thoughts on the video tutorial of how I made them, and the process I went through to design them. 

Of course, It was helped by the fact we were CASING Rachel and the layout and stamp/die set was already chosen-but I HADNT pre-made these cards when I filmed this, and you see me indecisively  deciding on the layout of the cards, particularly the carrot one. (not something I feature a lot-or ever- in any of my cards!) 
If you arrived to my blog via pinterest, of another social media site, please feel freee to check out all the crazy crafters blogs- you are sure to be inspired by them all- I am, daily!
Have a great week ahead, and pop by for more creative therapy soon!
Petra x

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

International highlights- Using the All things thanks stamp set!

THEME: Use the All Things Thanks Stamp Set (Occasions Catalogue)

Welcome to my blog this morning! 
We have had the fun job this morning to create for you some samples using the gorgeous new stamp set in the occasions catalog-All things thanks. It has some beautifully written sentiments-I just love the fonts-and is a great addition to anyone's stash of stamps. 
We all love to give thankyou cards right? theres SO many occasions where we have the opportunity to give a shout out to someone in our life- shop clerks who are particularly nice. Teachers who obviously love their job, and are looking our for our children. Someone who takes the time to look in on you when you are unwell. A hairdresser/beautitian who goes that extra mile for their clients. There are just so many occasions where its nice to say-"Job well done. THANK YOU!!"

Here is this great stamp set-
All things Thanks stamp set.

 Here is my sample-

All things thanks- flowers from basket bunch.

The 'thanks for joining us' sentiment
 is the highlight of the card!

I had the lovely news this week that one of my down lines now has 2 downlines of her own! I wanted to give a shout out to them, and say-Thanks for joining us!

I decided to have a go at a technique I hadn't tried before, but had seen on Kylie's blog in January. (She has posted a tutorial see it HERE)
Ive wanted to have a go at this technique for a while, in fact I did have a go, but I used stays-on white instead of craft white refill.
I cant stress this enough.

Tips and Tricks-

If you're in Australia, you are most welcome to buy any of the highlighted products in the description below! (if you use a hostess code you will receive a gift from me!)

both calypso coral samples!

Whisper white craft ink takes a long time to dry.
Make sure you have  the time  (or hit it with a heat gun!)

Vote for me here!

Thanks for visiting my blog today-make sure you head over to Kylie's blog to vote for my project, I would LOVE to be chosen to do an international blog hop in April!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Every day hero- Global design project

Welcome to Tailored craftiness this morning!
Everyone has every day hero's in their lives-I've blogged about some earlier this year, people who have been their for you when you needed their support. I Love to give those people the recognition they deserve-its always very much appreciated to have people like that in our lives isn't it?

Todays Global design project challenge is a sketch-I'm a huge lover of sketch challenges as you know, and todays is no different.
Make sure you pop on over to the Global design project
 blog to check out all the
amazing designers samples of this sketch

 Here is my version based on the sketch-I was inspired by that faint heart background in the sketch to use Stampin' Ups "Hearts and stars" decorative masks-How cute and easy is it to create a fun back ground with them?
Everyday hero stamp set

The star back ground was achieved by using Stampin up stencils!

 Tips and tricks:

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Create with Carl-

Carl had had an idea to create this slider card as soon as he saw the every day hero stamp set-all super heros fly don't they? When he came to make the card, he went to Pinterest for inspiration, and saw Kylie's card, using the everyday hero set- and he loved it-so he decided to CASE (copy and selectively edit) it, adjusting the design so that he could make a slider card. He had never made a slider card before, (he had seen mine from a few months ago-HERE) and, as I was working on my blog post for yesterday, it caused a bit of frustration on my part, as to the help required-LOL-but we got their in the end. It made for a funny LIVE Facebook broadcast to the crazy crafters, anyway. lol.

I LOVE what he ended up creating, and his vision of a flying hero is just amazing. 

Carls creation using the Everyday hero stamp set

A slider card-Created by Carl

Remember the last days of Sale-a-bration are upon us-The Everyday Heros stamp set is only available until the end of march... So get it while you can! I can't believe we are already this close to the end!!! The Occasions catalog has some amazing things in it- don't be disappointed  by missing out- and remember if you use this months host code not only will you get a great saleabration gift- you will receive a gift form me!

Click here to go to my store- and use the host code for a gift from me!

 March - R6SZTGVX

I hope you are inspired by todays post- and are able to squeeze in some creative therapy!
Petra x

Monday, 13 March 2017

Make a medallion and Cool treats- RAK cards.

Good morning! I hope you are having a Fantastic morning!
Giving RAK cards.....
"What is a RAK card?" I hear you ask. 
That is a very good question! There was a time I didn't know either! 
RAK stands for: Random Act of Kindness.
Isn't that a nice thought? You may have been following my blog for a while, and seen the hash tag I promoted last year #frommetoyouwhenyourefeelingblue and I think the RAK card idea goes hand in hand with that thought-looking out for one another-even people we may not know personally.  

Ever seen a shop clerk, not acting like he or she normally acts? Ever met a bank teller that is a bit stressed?  What about a mum thats rushing her kids to school and looks more stressed than normal? What a lovely thing it would be to receive a card to say - "I SEE you-I hope your day gets better. x"

Kylie Bertucci, my Upline,  has started a RAK group on Facebook, designed so that we can send cards to people who we DON'T know necessarily, but who LOVE Stampin up, and also enjoy making, giving and receiving cards like we do. We receive SO many negative things in our mail boxes-its nice to receive something positive! 

Cool treats suite card
This card Uses: 
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Make a medallion stamp set
This card uses:
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Very vanilla card stock, early espresso card stock, layering circles framelits, early espresso ink, crumb cake ink, Gorgeous grunge, make a medallion (a sale-a-bration stamp set-free with any $90 order ) stamp set, Copper foil cardstock, Copper metallic thread, vanilla seam binding ribbon, (retired- but this would work- very vanilla lace trim) and a "something borrowed" embellishment (retired-but this would work-metal rimmed pearls)

What to write inside-

Once you have made a card it can be difficult to figure out what to write. (that actually stresses me more than making the card!) Last year, I sent cards to past costumers, and I googled some positive happy quotes to include in the cards. I found that that really helped me to write something positive-(sometimes humorous!)and uplifting, and stopped me from having to agonise too much about what to write. It really helped heaps. 

In one of these cards I wrote- 

I hope that you are having a fabulous day-Heres a quote that brightens my day-I hope it does yours- 
 "Think of the beauty still left around you and be happy"-Anne Frank.

Would you like to be a part of the RAK group? You DONT have to be a Demo to be a part of it! All you need is to be on Face book-click HERE to join the group. Kylie has made a little instructional video, so you don't have to stress about what to do. Its heaps of fun, and a really positive thing to do!

I hope you enjoyed my post for the day, and can squeeze in a little creativity into this glorious day!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Highlights- Top ten winners blog hop.

Todays Post is such a huge thing for me. I love Card making. Everyone who knows me, knows this fact. But I'm totally unsure of myself, and when it got announced that I made the top 10 in Kylie's international highlights, I was floored. Totally shocked. I feel so honoured to be able to hop with ladies from all around the world today, to create and hopefully inspire you today!
The Ladies I'm Blogging with today are SO talented. (Make sure to visit all of their blogs-it will be an inspirational hop!)
My entry into Kylie's International Blog
highlights click HERE to see my blog post
The theme of todays Blog hop is "Get well soon" (to tie in with the highlights!) These are cards we really should have on hand, to give to our loved ones, (along with a pot of soup!)when they are feeling under the weather. 
 Do you remember when you were a kid, and Mum came in and felt your forehead, because you felt ill, and she was worried. When it was established you were sick, She made a fuss over you-Mum's are so awesome-It doesn't happen too often when we are adults though, does it? Bummer, because it's so nice when people remember us, and make a bit of a fuss, isn't it? Thats why we need to keep a few cards on hand to pop in the letterbox of someone who isn't well. #letslookafteroneanother

Here in Australia we Have just had the last days of summer and as the days get cooler, we will hit the time of year notorious for colds and Flu's. That being the case, it will be handy to have a few Get well  soon cards on hand. I thought Of using the jar of love stamp set to create a jar of pain killers, along side a glass.  The pain of a killer headache, and a stuffed up nose totally will ruin your week. Lets hope a shaker card from a dearly loved friend will ease the pain a bit!

Jar of love, meets Banners for you.

Jar of love stamp set

Shaker cards are such fun!

Tips and Tricks for creating this card-

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  • To create this card you will need-Jar of love and Banners for you stamp sets, Everyday Jars and Bunch of Banners Framelits (both of these sets can be bought as bundles-Jar of love bundle- and Banners for you bundle) washi tape, embossing buddy, silver glimmer paper, Aqua painter, and the owl builder punch. The sentiment "better get better" comes from a retired set, called "a dozen thoughts"  If you don't have that I think the set "Here for you" would be a great replacement, especially the sentiment "So sorry you are hurting" I haven't got this set yet, but its on my wish list. the Words "pain relief" on the Jar were hand written in a fine tipped sharpie pen. Paper-Pool party card stock, Regals pack designer series paper, and whisper white card stock. Inks- Archival black ink, Pool party ink, Night of navy ink, crumb cake ink. Adhesives- Tombo liquid adhesive, foam adhesive strips.
  • To create the glass I inked up the larger of the jars in archival black ink, and placed a piece of washi tape over the top of the jar just below where the neck of the jar curves inwards. I then stamped down on whisper white card stock, leaving an open topped image. I then used the second smallest ovals stitched framelits-it went beyond the jar top-as my guide for the opening for my glass- I traced around the out side edge of one side of the framelit, and then moved the framelit and traced around the under side of the framelit, to create the other side of the rim of the glass. You could use any oval shape as your guide, as long as the oval went beyond the edges of the jar image.
  • To create my glimmer paper "pills" I used the second largest eye circles out of the oval punch. 
  • To stop the glimmer paper pills from sticking to the foam strips on the inside of the shaker, I ran my embossing buddy over the inside of the shaker cavity before adding my shaker bits. This is an essential step, so that things don't get jammed or stuck insider your shaker card.
  • The sentiment "better get better" was a straight sentiment. I CUT (GASP!!!!) my sentiment after the first "better" so I could achieve a curve in my red rubber stamp. In most cases though (especially photopolymer) you can get a slight bend without such drastic action. (but, that having been said- as long as you don't lose a bit-theres no harm done, and you can align them together in the future for a straight look! lol.

I hope you enjoyed todays post-Make sure you go and see the entire hop-ladies from all around the world have created cards along the same theme, so have a look, and be inspired to make a bunch of get well soon cards for all you loved ones this next Flu season! 
I hope you are able to get inky today and create!
Petra x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Crazy Crafters blog hop-with Janneke de Jong

When we do a Crazy crafters blog hop, I usually stalk our guest designer a few days before the hop, pick one or two designs that I think I could have a go at-make a couple of cards , pick the one I like the best, and blog about it-But with Janneke-Ive been stalking her for years, and there are literally hundreds of designs of hers Ive pinned, and wanted to case, So today is THE perfect opportunity to have a go at a couple of them! She is SO talented, and I KNOW you have seen some of these-some have had 1000s of pins.

Isn't She So talented? 
If I would have had the time, I would have CASE-ed (copy and selectively edit-ed) all of these cards- They are all amazing!

I've (finally-it was so hard to choose) CASE-ed 2 of these cards can you guess which ones?

I decided to challenge my self a bit with the first one and try a technique that I shy away from, because Im not very confident with it.That technique is collaging-a layering of different stamped (or otherwise) elements. After I stamped the speckles over the hexagon images I almost threw it away right there, it looked so odd to me. But, I persisted, and I am glad I did. I LOVE this card now.    

Dragonfly dreams and Happy celebrations stamp sets 

I love the colour combo of Delightful Dijon, cajun craze and
Old olive-with a splash of  soft suede, and Gold.

Tips and Tricks:

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  • To make this card you need: Hexagons textured impressions embossing folder, Detailed Dragon fly thinlits, Dragonfly dreams and Happy celebrations stamp sets. (bundle the dragonfly dreams stamp set with the thinlits and you get 10% off!) Gold foil, Gold Glimmer paper, Gold embossing powder, and thick gold thread (retired, you could use current metallic thread) For the card stock I used-Old Olive, Whisper white, and Cajun craze. Inks-Soft suede, Delightful dijon, and versa mark ink. Adhesives used-I used Tombo liquid adhesive, dimensionals and tear and tape adhesives.
  • Ink up the Hexagons textured impressions embossing folder randomly (raised side only) but DON'T roll it through the big shot, Press your whisper white card stock evenly (use a brayer if needed) over the entire inked embossing folder. I did this step twice because I was'nt happy with the "pattern " the random inking made on the first press. Ink it up with the ink pad directly, and then with a sponge, soften the square shape the ink pad makes, until you are happy with the "pattern".
  • Ink up the Bee image from the Dragonfly dreams stamp set, then cut out the image using the matching framelit. once the bee has been cut out, Place the bee face down on the BACK of the glimmer paper, and using a pencil, race around your stamped and cut out bee, then cut in out using the traced image as a guide. glue the die cut image over the glimmer paper (face up, lol) so that the glitter peeks through!
  • In Janneke's design, (if you haven't guessed already, it's a CASE of the one at the top right in my pics of Janneke's cards above) her card is longer and thinner than normal. the dimensions for my card are: 3 1/4" x 6 1/4"

My second card-
I loved Janneke's simple understated elegant design. (can you look above and guess which one I cased?) I LOVE the cool treats suite, and haven't had a huge amount of chance to play with it, so took todays challenge to use some of the stamps and dies- the criss cross pattern on the cone is a die cut, not a stamped image! I actually broke out the DSP for the FIRST TIME! (I'm embarrassed. Im not very good at Kylie's #loveitchopit challenge!!!)

Cool treats suite! (stamps, framelits dies, DSP and sprinkles embellishments)

I love the summery feel of the Tasty treats specialty Designer series paper!

Tips and tricks :

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  • To make this card you need-Cool treats stamp set, Frozen treats Framelit dies, (buy as a bundle and save 10%) Tasty treats specialty Designer Series Paper, sprinkles embellishments, fine tipped glue pen, Bakers twine, stitched shape framelits,  and the squares layering framelits. I also added a piece of (retired) white glitter washi. Card stock used-Whisper white, Watermelon wonder, and scraps of early espresso, and crumb cake. Ink used- Pear Pizzaz, watermelon wonder, and crumb cake (1/2 strength, stamped off) Adhesives used- I used Tombo liquid adhesive, dimensionals.
  • To achieved added depth in the sentiment stamp once in the chosen colour. after cleaning the stamp, re-ink it with a subtler colour-I used crumb cake. I stamped off once. I then lined the stamp up again over the top BUT DIDN'T PRESS DOWN. I then very slightly moved the stamp very slightly up and to the left. I had to practise this about 3 times before I got an image I was happy with. Its worth having a practise!
  • To achieve a smaller rectangle out of the stitched shapes framelits, I ran through the die with card stock once, and then a second time , with the framelit covering only the portion I wanted to keep. I did the same with the squares layering dies.
  • To get a lovely glossy chocolate covered top to my ice cream (vanilla is my fave!) I used the fine tipped glue pen to cover the dripping chocolate topping die cut card stock (early espresso) and when almost set (it takes a while) drop some sprinkles embellishments on top. YUM!
  • One BIG difference between my card and Janneke's card (have you guessed which one I cased yet?) is that she used Washi tape, but I didn't have any (totally spewing I didn't get them now- they are so cute!) so I used strips of DSP to achieve a similar look- It's great to case a card, even if you don't have all the elements, and use what things you DO have! (if you haven't guessed- this card is a CASE of Janneke's card- bottom right of the pictures above!)

I do hope you have enjoyed my post today-I had SO much fun choosing, and making these cards. The crazy crafters see it as an amazing privilege to be able to CASE such brilliant designers every fortnight- Make sure you go to all the blogs in the hop, and check out everyones CASE-ed cards. You are sure to be inspired by all the amazing creations that Janneke inspired tonight.