Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Day of the Dead

You know this year is zipping by that fast that Day of the Dead will be here before you know it - so I've started to create!

This week is all about flowers at Southern Girls Challenge, so I thought I would start with a small mask for Day of the Dead.  Normally I would use a paper mache mask, but the Halloween things haven't come out in stores here yet, so I used a small plastic mask.  I didn't like the shine on it at all, and it's extremely flimsy.  The bonus was I didn't have to paint it!

I used Sharpies to decorate the mask, adding details around the eyes in pink, and then outlining in black.  There's also a spider web under the flowers but it's a little hard to see.  I added some pink and mauve bling on the flowers and pearls on the mask.  The Sharpie worked surprisingly well, dried quickly and didn't rub or smudge, so I was really impressed with that.  I used my hot glue gun to attach the flowers, leaves and organza ribbon.

I snipped off some sparkly sticks from an arrangement I have, and tucked some black tulle in the top of the flowers.
Here is the full mask with flowing organza ribbons, sparkly spider and blinged up flowers :)
Thanks for coming to see my creation, I have included them in the following challenges:
Avenue 613 Create - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Mexico Moods
We Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media
Hiding in my Craftroom - Any Holiday
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A few of my favourite things

I joined in with Spiegelmom's Pocket Letter Swap, and the theme was "Favourite Embellies".  I also added the theme "Travel" as my letter is travelling to New Zealand.

My favourite embellies are:

  • miniatures
  • die cuts
  • paperclips
  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • wooden shapes
  • my camera
  • acetate
  • pockets
  • my Fuse Tool
I absolutely love my Fuse Tool, so I made a tab and filled it with sparkly stars.

Each of the cards in the background are bordered with black pen doodling.

You can see the tiny stars better in this closeup - they're not flat, so they move around the tag nicely.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

You've got some 'splain'n to do!

I've loved Lucy since I was a little girl and got so excited when I saw a Lucy event over at Pocket Letter Pals.  I had this pocket letter created before I even had a pal to swap  with!  I found all of the pictures online, including recipes, music sheets and even a floor plan of their house.
Lucy & Desi
Lucy cooking
Lucy behind dress
I Love Lucy
Lucy and Ethel
Lucy portrait
The cast of I Love Lucy
Lucy's chocolate factory
The label for the Vitameatavegamin bottle

I also made a cute little dress with apron, using a guide I found Youtube.  They are really easy to make.  I used some digi papers, then created my own apron, colar and sleeve cuffs.  I added a little bling for buttons.  Using my Fuse tool, I made a little bottle of Vitameatavegamin.  I printed a label, popped it inside and added some green sequins and white star buttons.  I drew and cut out a "lid" to add before sealing the plastic.  Using some pearl-like beads I created Lucy's necklace.  There are embellies in the back of this pocket letter too.

I have included this Pocket Letter in the following challenges:
Craft My Life - Anything but a card
Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Crafty Card Markers - Anything but a card
Not Just Card Challenges - Anything goes
Use Your Stuff - Anything Goes

Circus in a box

There's a new challenge happening at Southern Girls Challenge and it's Anything Goes!!  That means any papercraft you can think of, you can enter it!  We would love to see your creation!

I have made a circus themed pop up box card using a cute image from Ppinkydolls.  I used a sheet of circus themed paper from Kaiser Craft and fussy cut the animals.  I used the same paper to cover the bottom of the box.  The digi image sits on a high wire made of red and white twine and is surrounded in cute circus animals and bright colours.

Amazingly this card folds completely flat for postage!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Build it up
Card Mania Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
House of Cards Challenge - Colour Inspiration

Monday, 27 July 2015

A little goth

I was so excited to be able to make this Pocket Letter! I love all things Gothic and Halloween, so this was so much fun to find images, and make embellies.

I started with finding images for each pocket:
Spooky Trees
Gothic Lady
Spooky Building

Then I created some embellies.  I bought a crocheted flower, and glued on a cameo.  I filled some tiny glass bottles with fibres and red stickles and I created a cute voodoo doll with my Fuse.  It's filled with purple fibres with added pins.  I also printed a gothic looking tag, and added some string to the top.  The metal key has black tulle tied to the top.  I also found a great skull bracelet, and quartz stone pendant.

This closeup shows a lot more detail - the crocheted flower has extra tulle, a paperclip on the back and a gold chain.  The little bottles have tiny poison labels which I added hot glue around to make them look aged.  The pins in the voodoo doll have black balls on their ends, and one has a heart.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Crazy Cat Lady

I am loving creating Pocket Letters!  I haven't had many in return, but I'm enjoying making them!  This one was for a lovely lady who loves cats.  Quite frankly I'd probably become a crazy cat lady if I didn't have hubby saying no every time a stray came past my door!  There's something comforting about a warm furry body sleeping next to you, and my Tabitha likes to sleep at my head at night, and next to me on the sofa when I'm at my laptop.

So this layout was all kinds of fun.  I built a paper cat, paper pieced a musical kitty, and built a really cute sticky note cat in a box.

I found my images from here:
Cat Lady Bingo
Soft Kitty
Grumpy Cat
Why I Love Cats
Home is Where my Cats Are
Lazy Costume Ideas
Pile of Cats
Cat with Snowcone
Cat Breeds

On the back of this page, I filled all the pockets with fun embellies, and I added a wooden cat clip.  I doodled borders around the pictures too.
Here's the little cat with articulated limbs.  You can find her at Surfing Sloth on Etsy.  The 3D paper cat can also be found at 3 Eyed Bear.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Twistie Turbee

My cheeky monkey looked so cute after her bath, wearing her Twistie Turbee.  It's a neat little towel that wraps around her head and speed dries her hair, which is perfect now that it's winter.  They're perfect to use after swimming too, so we keep one in her swim bag.
Template by Tracy Reed & Elements by Kristen Aagard

Stickers and Tape

It's that time again - DT reveal at Southern Girls Challenge, and the theme is Stickers and Tape.

I decided to try something a little different with my card this week, and did a decorative cut.  It gives the card a really neat 3D look when standing.  I used a igi image from All Dressed Up Stamps - there are so many wonderful images to choose from!  I coloured the image with my Copics, and then added some stick on jewels to the flower on her hat and the bow on her basket.  I also used some washi tape on my card with a printed paper look.

In addition I doodled borders and added a paper flower, wooden gem and cloth leaf.

You can see the bottom of the 3D card in this photo, and the pretty image. She's such a cutie isn't she?!

I have joined the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Blog - How does your garden grow
Digitally Sweet Challenges - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Fancy Folds
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
V's Sweet Ideas - Celebrate

Thursday, 2 July 2015

A new party!

It's going to be so much fun!! ‪#‎SCRAPPARTY15‬

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi

My latest pocket letter is Aussie themed! Of course I had a heap of fun with this layout, and I felt like half a travel agent and half tourism campaigner lol I created these pocket layouts with specific pictures of each state of Australia, something that is iconic to our beautiful country - animals, land, food, destinations all wrapped up and beautifully presented on black Bazzill cardstock.  I then added some neat little QR codes.  These codes can be found at a website called QR Stuff and all you have to is input the web address you want the QR code to link to.  Then download and print.  You can even choose different colours.  I printed them small so they didn't take up the entire picture.  To read the QR Codes, just download a free app onto your device.  Both Android & Apple have them.  I also made some cute little road signs as paperclips, and a hang tag which you find on our clothing and other products that are Australian Made.  The final addition to the layout is of course a personal tub of vegemite - cause everyone needs to experience it at least once in their lifetime! I honestly can only have the thinest scraping on my sandwiches, but now they've made a milder verson which I don't mind a little more of.  Okay, here are some more photos of my PLP. 
For all the photos that I used in my pockets, just visit my pin board on Pinterest.

Go ahead, scan the code above and enjoy a little vegemite fun!