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Sunday, 21 September 2014

My first cookies

So I'm learning that I have an addictive personality - cause when I love something, I really really really love it and have to have all tools and inspirational photos relating to it!  My new addiction is sugar cookies, and Pinterest is my best friend!

I had bakers day coming up at school for Sophia and wanted to make something special for the kids.  So I bought some new cookie cutters and tried my hand at making cookies.  Yes, this is the first time I've made cookies that didn't come from a box! lol  They turned out great, so I then had a go at making and using royal icing, tips and piping bags.  I made the little yellow cones first - there were 20 in total.  I put them on their trays and laid them on the bench.  This icing takes hours to set between layers, so they just had to sit while I worked on the next set.  Fast forward to the evening when some delightful person set off fireworks.  Of course Zeus had to be bought inside and unbeknownst to me, found them on the bench and ate all but 3!!!  2 days work down the drain.  I needed at least 24 cookies to allow one for each child - it was going to be tight, and I didn't have enough time to make another batch.

So what you see is what I managed to finish and keep away from Zeus.  The kids loved their cookies and yelled it to me on arrival at school in the afternoon.  My second batch were made for fathers day, they didn't go quite to plan, but still looked good. They were supposed to be completely iced, but I'm still getting the hang of consistency.  They ended up looking like wood rounds or fingerprints.  It's a cool pattern anyway, and they tasted great!

My next batch of cookies are for my brother - I'm making him some dump-trucks!  They'll be the first set of cookies that I've posted too (he lives in NSW).  I can't wait to surprise him!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A baby shower

I was so excited to attend a baby shower this week that I went all out on the creating front!  First I made a card using a cute image from Saturated Canary and coloured it with my copics.  I couldn't find a sketch that I wanted so I just created my own.  I went for gender neutral colours because we don't know if mum is having a boy or girl.  The patterned paper you see in the middle is actually the other side of the yellow patterned paper in the background - which is great when you want co-ordinating colours!  I also used some gloss on the cherry and the girl's eyes, some twine around the ribbon and a touch of bling.

Once the card was made I started work on my diaper baby.  These are a personal favourite of mine to make, and are so much more fun than an outfit in a bag.  Here's is how he/she turned out.  I created 3 rolls of nappies for the head and body, and then I made 2 arms and legs.  Everything is held together with rubber bands, so that mum can pull it apart and use when needed.  Then I dressed baby in a onsie and bib, popped on a beanie, sunnies and a dummy.  Lastly I added a cute lovie.  The photo looks a little blue, but the whole outfit is in white/grey/green.
Lastly I created some cookies - I was so worried my new cookie cutters wouldn't arrive in time, but they turned up yesterday and I was able to create these little masterpieces - bottles, bibs & onsies.  This is only the 3rd time I've ever made sugar cookies and I'm' sensing a new addiction!  I hope the mum to be loves them as much as I've loved creating them!

I'm entering the following challenges:

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Baking with a difference

I was invited to a birthday party and had to whip up a quick present.  As usual I like to create something hand made, but I also added a gift card.  Gift cards on their own are typically pretty boring, and they don't really scream "party" in an envelope, so I thought back to a wonderful craftying craze a while ago where you make a cupcake and have the gift card stored inside.

This is what I made.  The cupcake base is simply crimped cardstock.  I made it the same way I do my rosettes.  Then I added a foam ball that I had cut in half and then glued together with a small gap for the card to move in and out of.

To decorate the cupcake I "iced" the cake with purple pleated ribbon sprinkled with tiny star buttons.  On the top of the gift card I've attached a tiny bulldog clip with a small foam ball that I coloured in with my red Copic marker.  I used some brown crimped card for the cherry stalk and then tied on lots of sheer purple organza ribbon.  I'm really happy with how it turned out and the birthday girl loved it also!  I wrote a birthday greeting on the bottom of the cupcake.
Here is what the card looks like when removed from the cupcake.
I'm entering my creation in the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash - Don't Crimp my Style
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything Goes
Anything But a Card - Use 5 (5 layers of ribbon)
Simply Create Too - Show us Something New (Ribbons, Buttons)
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Something Sweet

Monday, 25 August 2014

Blog hop with a difference

Hi and welcome to Papertree - if you've arrived here along the blog hop from Louise's blog - Punknscrap, you've come to the right place!  This is a blog hop with a difference in that I have a couple of different artists' blogs that you can visit after you've finished here.  Louise asked me to be a part of this blog train and I jumped at the chance to meet other crafters and bloggers.  I've only known Louise a short time as I've just joined Southern Girls Challenge but she is just lovely and very creative too!!

So without further ado - you will now learn a little about me and my creating process...

What am I working on at the moment?
I always have several projects on the go at once, first I have a framed piece of art that I have been commissioned to make - it's going to be a beautiful piece of art for someone special, and hopefully cheer them up.

I tend to try my hand at all sorts of crafts, here are some of them:
Digital scrapbooking  (I have traditionally scrapped for years)
Project Life
December Daily
Card Making 
Doll making - This is Patrick my Reborn baby
Paper shoe creating

I also create Recycled art, Mini albums, Off the page, cake decorating and much more - when I'm not being a mum, wife and uni student.

How does my work differ to others?
I'm not sure if there is anything specific cause I like to try lots of different techniques, but I do like to add doodling on all my cards - it just finishes them of I think.
I also like to add flocking and gloss.  I always gloss eyes and things that would normally shine, and on critters I love to add sparkly flocking for that added fuzz feel.
Gloss looks awesome on a super suit!
3D elements are a huge must for me!  I love 3D foam dots to raise things and I love making chunky cards with character - this one has it's own tiny toilet roll.

Why do I craft?
Because I can't remember not crafting!  For as long as I can remember I have loved to create and build things from paper.  I absolutely love the feeling of giving something I have created to someone else and seeing their reaction.  Creating for me is something that I can get lost in.  I go into my scraproom, turn on my 80's music and begin.  I could be in there for 5 minutes or 5 hours just cutting, gluing, constructing, singing, tying, dropping beads, attaching eyelets and glossing up my latest coloured image.  I also scrap so that my kids can see the story of theirs and our lives, so we can remember all those wonderful memories and share them with others.

How does my creative process work?
Generally, and without any warning whatsoever an idea will grow in my mind - just as I'm trying to go to sleep, and then I have to research, and pin ideas and draw pictures of it so that I actually remember it in the morning! I'm very spontaneous, and will just randomly gather supplies and start to create.  I also have boughts of wild  mojo and create with abandon for weeks on end and then ZIP! it's gone.  Right now I'm on a crafting binge and loving it!! 

Two of my favourite creators who have influenced the way I craft and have inspired me so much in my creative adventures are:

Cathy from Scraps of Life
Jennifer from Hydrangea Hippo

I have watched both of these women go from strength to strength with their creations from when we all started out in our online group at Scrapbook.com to the designers, teachers and sellers of their crafts that they are now.  Two truly beautiful woman that I am so blessed to have met online.

No party is complete without party bags!

Thanks so much for visiting with me today - I would love for you to leave a message so that I can return the favour and visit your blog :)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

My heart belongs to the trees

I love trees, my blog is named after a tree and trees help us to breath, purify the air and give us food and shade.  When I was asked to create this project for a friend I jumped at the chance (and now I might just have to make myself one!)
She originally saw this idea on Etsy, but coming from America it was going to take too long to get here, as it was a gift for her mum.

This piece of art is made on burlap-like paper.  This way I could guarantee that it would stay in place and not sag over time.  Then raised on 3D foam dots is the tree, which has the words to "Smiley" by Ronnie Burns.  Each heart has the name of a family member and is attached to a tree branch by black satin ribbon.  I then found the perfect frame in Big W, which fits a 12X12 layout perfectly, and the layers are not squashed because it's a box frame.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out.  Here's a different view:
You can see the layers a little easier here.  The large heart is also raised on 3D foam dots.  The tree was drawn free-hand over the words and then cut out.

I am joining the following challenges:
A girl who crafts challenges - Anything goes
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything goes
The Challenge Blog by Creative Shopping - Anything goes
Tando Creative Challenges - Lovely Layers
Sisters of Craft - Anything goes

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Crabs at your wedding?

The power went out today - twice, and since that means no housework can possibly get done - I got crafty! lol  Thankfully I had this image already printed out, so I just had to colour it with my copics.

I've owned Hermit Crabs - they're a fantastic pet.  I could sit and watch them all day, scooting about the giant thank they lived in, up and down the vines, in and out of their pond and coconut hut and up and over the coconut husk backdrop.  Despite being called Hermits, they actually love friends and prefer the company of others.  If you're lucky you'll get to hear them *click* to each other.  We had 7 Hermit Crabs - all named and all of varying sizes and colours.  They looked like aliens if they went naked and wandered around without their shell!

These two Hermit Crabs are from Meljen's Designs. There's Miss Hermit Crab and Mr Hermit Crab, and together they make Mr & Mrs Crab :)  I used a sketch from Seize the Sketch to create my card. It's their last ever sketch challenge which is sad since I only just discovered them!
I added some perfect pearls, bling and googly eyes to my images to really help them pop.  Don't you just love the Bride's bling ring?!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge Blog - Dig deep and use something old
Love to create Challenge - Polka dots & pearls
The Crazy Challenge - Cute little animals
Totally Gorjuss - For a special occassion
Digichoosday - Pearls and bling
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Gone Fishing!

I'm not big on going fishing - I'm far to impatient to wait for some silly fish to take a worm.  I went fishing once and caught a small fish in the river.  I of course threw it back to live another day (I don't eat seafood, and we have size limits).  I threw my line out again just for laughs (hubby was having a great time!) and low and behold I caught another fish!  When I reeled it in though, it was quickly discovered that I had managed to catch the same fish AGAIN!  I mean seriously how silly do you have to be to take the worm a second time?!  I sent him back into the river after a stern chat about not taking worms from strangers and to swim straight home!

I chose this stamp from Karen's Doodles and immediately loved it cause it reminded me of my hubby and my youngest daughter.  They always go fishing together and Sophia always catches the fish!  I used my Copics to colour this cute image an used colours that my hubby and Sophia would actually wear.  I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and then wrapped the card in gold thread that's anchored with a fishing gizmo and a charm.
I also added a googly eye to the fish, some sparkly aqua embossing to the fish scales and gloss.  I learned something about the gloss - if you use a heat gun on the gloss, it creates really cool bubbles which are perfect on the tail of the fish.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Pile it on Challenge - By the Sea
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Come and Get it Challenges - Fish or Fishing

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

SGC - Texture

It's my first challenge with Southern Girls Challenge and I'm loving it!  The theme this week is Texture and I've added some different elements to my card to create some texture - first the base card has a rough feel, a bit like Bazzill to it.  Then I added some washi tape and yellow twine.  The image has been coloured with copics and then layered for a 3D effect.

The image I have used is from Dilly Beans Digital Stamps, there are some really cute stamps to choose from and I just know that I'm going to have to collect them all now!  I added some spots to her dress and then used Liquid Pearls for some texture too.

I'm really happy with how this card turned out - it's happy and fun and the digi stamp was really easy to work with and customise.  Here's a little close up of the image so you can see the layers.

You can see the head and hearts have been raised on 3D foam dots for dimension.  I used am xacto knife to cut out each element and then lightly sanded the edges for a neat look.

The borders have been doodled with a black pen and the eyes on the image have been glossed up.

I am including this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Meaningful Sentiment
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer Colours
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Add Some Yellow
The Squirrel & The Fox - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - A handmade bow
Love to Scrap - Running in Circles
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Fussy Cutting
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Monday, 11 August 2014

Father's Day Cards

I can't believe Father's Day is just around the corner already!  We celebrate it in September in Australia, so I have started to create my cards so I'm all ready for the big day.

I used this awesome image from Karen's Doodles and printed it out twice.  Then I coloured one image fully and just the burgers and top of the BBW on the other image.  Using 3D foam dots I joined the two for a neat 3D effect.  I also added some white flocking to dad's crown, some stickles to the BBQ so they sparkle and look like coals and some gloss to dad's eyes and teeth.  I used Copics to colour the image and a grey pencil to create the little smoke lines atop the BBQ.  Using lots of layered patterned paper I built my card up, and also added a strip of ribbon.  The green striped paper is actually Christmas paper (there's red trees all over the back) but it worked perfectly.  Here's a close-up to see the dimension on the card.  The second layer actually starts flat at dad's shoulder, and then pops out just like real arms.
My hubby loves the BBQ and usually plants himself of any that he finds - so this is perfect for him for Father's Day.  He does a great job with anything he cooks on the grill and in Summer it's our main cooking appliance.  I added lettuce, tomato and a piece of beetroot to the stack of burgers on the card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - The sights, smells, sounds & tastes of summer
Crazy 4 Challenges - 3 Dimensional
Polkadoodles Challenge - Fun in the sun
Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog - Use lots of layers
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes - Torn Paper

Chosen winner at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Monday, 4 August 2014

Do you wanna build a snowman?

There is one thing that I've never done at Christmas - and that's build a snowman. Firstly, I live in Australia and it's the middle of Summer at Christmas - so the only snow you'll find is in the back of your old freezer!  But that doesn't stop me making snowmen for my cards.  This one was made with an image from Meljen's Designs, and there's a huge 25% off sale on over there at the moment so go grab some digi images!!

To colour my images I used my Copics and sparkly embossing powder as snow.  It gives the perfect effect and subtle shine.  I also added silvery swirls and pearl dots.  I layered lots of vintage style Christmas papers, added some doodled borders and some of my new puffy stars.  I folded and distressed the ledger paper using some fine sand paper.  The edges of the red and green papers are distressed too.

Finally I spritzed glitter spray over the entire card to add a touch of sparkle.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

  1. Sweet Sunday Sketch - Challenge 230
  2. Fitztown Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
  3. Digi Galore - Anything Goes
  4. A Gem of a Challenge - Embossing
  5. Left of Centre Creative Challenge - Christmas in August
  6. Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog - Add some Glitter and Sparkle
  7. My Perfect Life - Any Christmas Card
  8. Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Square or Rectangle Cards
  9. The Squirrel and the Fox - Inspired by a song or movie (Frosty the Snowman)