Enchanted Tea Party Cards

 

Well I have made some cards from The Enchanted Tea Party range for Nicky P Papercrafts. I didn’t think it would take me very long to do this, but designing cards for others to make takes time and you also have to make sure that the card can be made easily.  Once I started, i had so many ideas of what I wanted to do, and unsure where to start. One at a time slowly, slowly and the ideas flowed and all went well.

Enchanted Tea Pot
Enchanted Tea Pot.

This is my First card, a shaker card, with glitter and microbeads as the shaker bits.

This is the Inside of the Enchanted Tea Pot Card.

The second card called The Mad Hatters Hat. The technique is Burnishing Glitter, love this it feels a little like velvet and even looks a bit like it too. The bird in the background is also made using this technique.

This is my third card, called Mad Hatters Tea Party, another shaker card using sequins as the filler.

Time for a cup of tea 1

This is the 4th card,  the layout inspired by my aunts monthly card making kits from Cardmaking.net.  I like this one very much as it’s more about paper piecing and layers.

 

The detail in the teapot and cups I drew over the top of these with some Faber Castell markers, to add dimension and depth.

I have one more work in progress which I will show what I have made so far, but it’s nowhere near finished.

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Hanging keys, with a wonderful medium called texture paste.

This was a great gift to be able to make these cards and have enjoyed making each and every part of them. I hope you like them too.  If you would like to learn how to make these cards, come to my class at Nicky P Papercrafts, on the 10th February, limited places available.

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Joining the Team

I’ve been busy for the past few days, dropping my daughter off at friends places for sleepovers, trying to organise my craft room, dropping my son off to friend get togethers, catching up with my brother and his beautiful partner, while in Perth, having a craft making day with my lovely Aunts, and off to a job interview. Wow what a week, so busy and not being able to stop.

 

I’m in the process of putting my craft room in order.  For the past 6 months I have been using my dining room as my craft room and there has been boxes of crafting supplies around me on the floor next to my chair, and by Christmas my craft supplies were nearly overflowing into the other rooms. Now my craft room has been cleared, and I have bought some storage solutions from Ikea.  I have cleared away everything from my dining room and am in the process of putting things in order in my newly refurbished Craft room.

A post on the “My Favourite Things” Facebook Page by Rebecca Commons asking ” if there is an app to keep inventory records/database, so if I want to make a card and typed in flower or baseball, it would show all the items in my stash”. So I read through all the posts for this subject and found out that the most common app that everyone was happy with is called ‘Evernote’.  I’m now trying this app, so if and when I have worked it all out I will share this with you. If you want to learn more, search the MYT facebook page for Rebecca Commons’ post.

 

I replied to a newsletter sent to me in my email, looking for someone who is creative to help out in her store, to join her team. I went on an interview today, I took some samples of my work along with me, and after me gushing with such happiness about my love for craft and all the techniques I love.  An hour or so later,  I was so happy and excited to be employed,  doing cardmaking as a job, is a dream come true.  I am now part of the Nicky P Papercrafts team. So I will be showing more things to do with my new job, on this blog as well. Sharing the rest of my journey with you. It’s going to be a lovely ride for me and I hope you enjoy it too!

 

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My Crafting Journey

My Blog is for me to share my crafting journey with all of you out there who simply love craft as much or maybe more than I do.  I have been crafting all my life, from crocheting and knitting with Grandma, Aunty, Mum and friends as a child. Moving on to art at school and enjoying drawing and painting as another hobby.  I painted animated characters on  panel board for my Aunt which she got cut up to make jigsaws for homeless children. I was in my early teens creating and really enjoying it at such an early age.  My best friend lived up the road from me and we crocheted big square blankets, to keep us warm in winter, another enjoyable pastime. Drawing and painting came back again as a big part of my life after I finished school, enjoying arts and crafts at TAFE. Printmaking, Etching, Design were some of the skills I learnt whilst there, loving every moment.

Work, Marriage and children take up a big part of my time, but while I was pregnant with my first child, I found my first card shop in a suburb called Subiaco.  It was called Inkquisite, great name, and they had classes to pick up ideas of how to make creative cards with some awesome techniques and tools.  Like printmaking but on a much smaller scale, Stamping oh what fun.  That was back in 1998, dabbled a little bit more when the kids were very young,  yes I have 2 children. This time I found Scrapbooking, and it’s the perfect outlet to label all the special child memories you collect over the years.  I went to crops, friends places, and enjoyed every moment. 2007 was a big crafting year for me, went to the first Scrap It at the Burswood convention centre, loved the whole thing, such fun, a crop that we paid an entry fee, and all monies raised went towards the McClusker Foundation to help out people with Alzeimers Disease.  Fun for all and prizes galore.

2009 finding myself very unwell, depression, but still unsure how to deal with the day-to-day workings of life, craft was still there to help me through each day, if only just a little, it helped.  When in hospital to deal with this problem, the doctors and nurses also promoted craft to help pass time. I found some new outlets, and some great new techniques, craft being a big part of my life in hospital.

Jump forward to 2016 and finding family that I am so Thankful to reconnect with, and finding out that they love the crafting I love, was a dream come true. With my family,  my craft,  and new doctors helping me during the year, I have finally woken out of my deep sleep to find that Craft is my Muse.  So now I would like to show others that Craft is a great weapon in the fight against depression, and a beautiful inspiration for all to enjoy.