My First Assignment

Nicky P Papercrafts is where I will be starting my new job on Monday 23rd January 2017. I will be helping, or aiding the other lady who teaches classes there, and if things go to plan, I may also teach classes. I was given a new range of paper and dies from Couture Creations called Enchanted Tea Party.  A very beautiful range of papers that I will design cards for future classes. I have the samples and here they are.

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Enchanted Tea Party 6″ x 6″ Pad and 12″ x 12″ Pad
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Enchanted Tea Pot Die
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Tea Set Die

Aren’t these Gorgeous? I will put my cards up next week, when I know which ones will be used in the classes.  I have designed 1 which is a shaker card, and about to start another which is using a burnishing glitter technique. Another technique I want to try with embossing powder,  if it turns out I think it will be great. So watch this space for more.

Cards made 2016

wish you were here hedgehog
One of my favourite stamps from Penny Black, which I have owned for about 16 years, always makes the perfect card. I stamped on white card stock with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured with watercolour pencils, fussy cut and shaped then stuck to the card with foam tape. A gold sentiment stickers are then added to finish off.

Love Card Making magazine issue 13

Hibiscus fun white
Card 1.     The magazine has free embossing folders, stamps and dies.
Hibiscus fun Colour
Card 2.    The 2 cards are both made from the bonus sets called Tropical Blooms.

I dry embossed Card 1, with the embossing folder from Tropical Blooms on to white card.  On another piece of white card I coloured it with Tim Holtz distress inks using Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans.  I’ve got a few different stamps of Hibiscus flowers from Stamp It , and stamped them using Pickled Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. I embossed the newly coloured card with the embossing folder and coloured the raised parts with Faber Castell Big White Pen. I had some of the coloured card left over from Card 2, I die cut the flower shapes out of it and stuck them, over the flowers on the embossed white card, with foam tape. The next step was to use some stick on gems from Kaiser Craft Rhinestones in Lime Green. Framed each card with a fresh hint of blue for Card 2. and purple for Card 1. Loved how these cards turned out. Oh yes with Card 1. I coloured over the coloured leaves and flowers with Zig Wink of Stella clear brush pen, adds a slight hint of glitter, pretty!  These cards are made similarly but have 2 completely different looks. Same Same but Different!

I love all the tropical flowers, hibiscus being very high on my list, and this Tropical Blooms pack is a great bonus from the Love Card Making magazine, sold in all good News Agencies.

 

 

 

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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Summer Take a Break

Another insert from Cards made in 2016.

Summer Take a break

I used the Elizabeth Craft stickers in black called Maritime, and put on to glitter foil then on to acetate. I coloured with the Sakura Glace pens. I cut out the glitter foil from around the net and cables of the boat so it remained clear.  I found this lovely page from Kaiser Crafts Sandy Toes collection in the small 61/2″ x 61/2″ pad called Hello Summer.  Perfect for this little boat and helps to make the most serene scene.

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.

Some of the first cards I made in June of 2016, when I started to seriously enjoy this Great Craft.

FishElizabeth Craft Black Stickers ‘Koi fish and Flowers’ stuck onto acetate and coloured with Sakura Glace Pens.  They are then put onto white embossed card with 2mm foam tabs. The white embossed card (Background card) is coloured with a metallic blue rub on.  All layered onto a dark blue card, to frame the finished product.

Fish Happy BirthdayThis card is also made in the same way as the one above but the Blue Fish sticker has been put onto Adhesive Glitter foil first, then applied to the acetate and coloured with the Sakura Glace Pens.  An all occasion sticker is used in the centre for the sentiment.

My first try at colouring with the Sakura Glace Pens on acetate.  I love this technique and you will see more of this on future cards.