Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Cards for Ethan's Teachers

I had yesterday off, and it was the first day I have had off since opening the shop where I did not house work! We spent the day in Melbourne, Imogen and myself went to see Hairspray for her birthday present, she loves the movie (and is watching it now as I type!!)
It was her first production and she just adored it - although she said part where a bit loud.
But more on that later!
These two cards are shaker cards for Ethan's teachers. The little gnome santas have been coloured with copics. I seem to make a lot of these cards since Mandi's class!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 9

I have finished tag 9 today, I have skipped tag 8 for now, I am breaking my rule about not buying anything new, as I really need the seasonal mask Tim has used. The ones I have just are not right for Tim's extreme masking!!

I love the warm colours of this tag, it suits our dry Aussie climate! The warm colours match the vintage theme and I LOVE the rosette, (I NEED the die to make them as the way Tim used them made is so much easier and quicker them by scratch!)

I have used: manila tag, kaiser sheet music stamp, distress inks dried marigold, adirondac ink in rust, caramel and current, Heirloom gold perfect pearls in water, fiskars threading water punch, kaiser papers, tinsel, coredinations, cricut and plaitin school book cartridge, dimension magic, brads, texture hammer, urgan grunge stamp, heart brad, crown charm, tulle, muslin, vintage buttons, pearls, beads and jump rings.

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 7

Day 7 of Tim's 12 tag's of Christmas was heaps of fun! I honestly didn't think I would be able to adapt it enough to make it work, but I LOVE it. I honestly don't know which one is my favorite, I think they all are.
For this tag I have used: a manila tag, distress inks in vintage photo, walnut stain, tea dye, frayed burlap, crushed olive, fired brick, peeled paint and forest moss, glimmermist in peppermint stick, red velvet, forest green and lily pad, craft concepts woodgrain folder, distress stickles rock candy, scratch tool, cricut machine, accent essentials cartridge, canvas, JAC paper, cardboard, grungeboard alphas, vintage button, urban grunge stamp, archival ink jet black, grungeboard flourish, white paint, muslin, fibers, K&Co Jewelery charm, burgundy stickles, kaiser paper scrap, dimension magic, angel charm and a safety pin.

The day 8 tag uses a Santa mask from Tim's seasonal mask set, all my masks don't work so I am going to break my rule and buy it!! So i'll have to skip it for now :(

Are you doing Tim's tags? If you are please leave a comment with a link to your blog, I would love to see what other people are creating!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Daily December Album so far...

I have made my album this year 8x8, which after I cut it I thought what a waste, but I am using alot of scraps as journal spots, pockets or tags as I go, plus I enjoy having the bigger space to work with.
This is my cover this year, I still need to add the year. I am binding my album with my Cinch machine, but not until I finish it, so while I work on it, it is just held together with a couple of rings.
Day 1 is a fold out page and shows Ethan with his wreath he made in art class, plus some ribbons and bling!
This fold out page is my favorite page yet, I love the pastel/vintage colours, the velvet ricrac and bling. I have used my I-rock for the bling and I LOVE it! It has made adding bling so much easier and they don't go in the wrong place!!
Day 2 has some cuttlebug embossing on the coredinations cardstock, a custom brad made on my i-top, lots of stickles and some ribbon.
Day 3 has a pocket to cover the yucky backwards writing from Day 2's embossing! It also holds my journalling about Immy and the kinder washing. I have also added some chipboard stars covered in both stickles and dimensional pearls, some rub ons and ribbon.
Day 4 is fairly basic the back of the star from the last page I have added stickles to and I have used two punches I picked up at a garage sale on the same day! Plus some rub ons's more stickles and bling and a decorative button.
Day 5 is a fold out page with a small acetate page also. This was our day out at Pa's work break up. The acetate page I have stamped and added sparkle and fluff to it, it worked but next time i'll heat from a little further away, as it did warp a little, but it didn't melt!!
I have also added some rub ons a little chipboard Santa I had cut from a bigger word (where I didn't want him!) which I have added sparkle and soft to his hat tip and beard then coloured the rest with gel pens.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Another birthday card!!

Ethan has another birthday party tonight, they are going ten pin bowling and I think we might go as a family afterwards. His card idea for this birthday party was a 'robot guy'
So this is the card we made. I have used lots of paper scraps including the decorative edge of a sassafrass lass paper. Chipboard, the word was painted with twinkling H2O's and then the balloons coated with stickles and the robot was coloured with glitter and metallic gel pens.

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 6

I have finally caught up! Yeah!! Just don't ask about my poor Daily December album, it's still on day 2!
I really enjoyed working on the day 6 tag, although it's bad because that means we are half way through the 12 tags :(
Tim shared lots of techniques which are really cool and included two videos which are well worth watching. I have learnt that a folder like the lace tree doesn't work all that well and it would have worked better with a solid image like the tall pine folder.
I have used: manila tag, seasonal grungeboard reindeer, brown paint, cuttlebug lace christmas tree folder, basic grey stamps, distress ink walnut stain, frayed burlap, broken china, faded jeans, vintage photo, fired brick and peeled paint, gold paint, stampin up stamp, clear embossing powder, inkadinkado stamp, creative imaginations breathless journal page (scrap), brads, texture hammer, tattered angels (mist).a.bles crepe paper ribbon, bow, muslin, star charm, alcohol inks meadow and lettuce, archival ink jet black, making memories metal tag, darkroom door stamp and jump rings.
Hope you are liking these!!

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 5

This is my version of Tim's Tag #5 I enjoyed making this tag, and it is one of my favorites I have made (so far!!)
I have used: manila tag, white and black paint, distress inks barn door, fired brick, vintage photo, forest moss, peeled paint and tea dye, distress stickles peeled paint and fired brick, distress crackle paint pine needles, distress embossing powder walnut stain and peeled paint, bo bunny stamp, kaiser stamps, white pen, sparkle n soft, grungeboard numbers, brads, embossing powder, a kaiser rhinestone, reindeer charm and muslin.
I'm onto day 6 now (then I really need to catch up on my Daily December album!)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our Busy Weekend

Ethan with his mecano set, he has not stopped building things with this set yet!
On Sunday we had Pa's work picnic at the Summit in Trafalgar East, it's a great place where you can canoe, swim, water slide, rock climb, have a go on the flying fox, rope bridge and more. After two years of watching Ethan on the flying fox, Imogen decided this year she would too. So after getting all harnessed and slowly walking up the hill, we were told she was too light and would stop over the lake which would scare her, but she could go on it with her brother. So back down the hill we go, harness Ethan, then back up the hill. I thought she would chicken out, but nope, she did it! Then again later in the day, she would have gone on it more if we had more time too.
So maybe next year she can go by herself.
Getting ready to go, I thought Ethan was going to strangle her, he was gripping her so tight! When they set off the instructor called out on his radio "We got a couple of weenies coming down" I love it!!
I don't think Immy saw anything of the actual flying fox trip, she spend the ride with her head tucked into Ethan! But she was brave enough to do it again, which shocked me and the instructor!
Imogen with her present from Santa (who arrived on the flying fox!!), she got a scrapbook kit. She loves it because now she has her own stuff!!

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 4

Yeah I'm catching up. But now I am behind on other things like my Daily December Album!! Opps.
Again I have changed things up a bit from what Tim has done on his tag, by only using what I have and not making them too winer themed/coloured.
Because I never had enough room to add the Prima bling flourish I have added Kindy Glitz to the sleigh and dots of Liquid pearls to the reindeer bells.
I have used: Kaiser Be Merry Stamp, Tis the Season Paper, pearl strip, rhinestone strip, Kindy Glitz, Ranger Liquid Pearls Platinum, Alcohol Inks lettuce and meadow, Distress Inks Frayed Burlap, Fired Brick and Forest Moss, muslin, safety pin, ticket, bells, jump rings, Inkadinkado stamp, Archival ink jet black.

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 3

Friday was insane and I never got a chance to do Tim's day 3 day.
I love how Tim did his tag, but i'm not too sure I love mine. I didn't want white spatter around the edges to look like snow, as we don't have a white Christmas, but I don't know if I like the effect of the spattered glitter.

I have used: Manila tag, chipboard bird, Tattered Angels (Mist).a.bles crepe ribbon, Alcohol inks cranberry and currant, Distress Stickles rock candy, Distress Inks forest moss, walnut stain, fired brick, barn door, peeled paint and vintage photo, stampin up inks, vintage button, lace, tinsel, clip, Kaiser paper, muslin and tule.

Hopefully I get more time today to catch up on tags 4 and 5!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 2

Today's tag featured a lot of things I don't have, but some cut and dry foam is now on top of my list! I have still used a blue background, but I have darkened it, and it is right about the colour outside my window now!!

I have used: Manila tag, Distress inks barn door, forest moss, chipped sapphire, faded jeans, broken china, vintage photo, pumice stone and frayed burlap, clear embossing powder, bird charm, kasazazz flourish stamp, stampin' up dot stamp, kaiser sheet music stamp, Darkroom Door yuletide Vol 2 stamps, Prima flowers, kaiser brad, heidi grace pins, muslin and star brads.
So you know I am working on my tags when my hands look like this!!
At least I don't have a 'proper' job to go to!!!

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 1

Wow it doesn't feel like a year has passed since I did these tags last year!
As most of you know Tim Holtz is more than just my ultimate Scrapbook Idol, and each year he makes 12 tags on the first 12 days of December.

His first tag was very winter themed, and while I followed the winter colours last year I really haven't done much with the tags as they are wrong for my pages. So this year my challenge to myself is not only to use what I have, but to also try and make them more Summer Christmas!

For this tag I have used a manila tag, craft concepts woodgrain folder, cardboard, JAC paper, cream paint, rickety house die (I roughed the edges with a craft knife so it would look more like a typical beach house!), antique linen, tea dye, walnut stain, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, forest moss and fired brick distress inks, RW grass laser cut, opals embossing powder, iridescent gold and coffee glimmermist, brown paper bag, modge podge, green tara leaf ribbon, shells, kaiser tis the season stamp, stayz on, shrinky dinks, tag, ribbon, star, bow and tree trimming.

I love it!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Another Birthday Card!

I am not a card maker - HONEST! Even though it's all I seem to do now!
I am a scrapbooker, who makes cards using my scraps, but the kid's have had so many birthday parties lately that all I seem to do is make cards for their friends.
This is what Imogen looked like after her friends party on Saturday. Even her hair was multi coloured.
Oh by the way she is a BIRD not a butterfly. (Trust Imogen she has to be different!)
Now I have a boys card to make for a party Ethan is going to next week!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Melbourne Show

Ok I really need to spend some time scrapbooking, but we have been so busy personally and with the shop, so you will have to settle for family updates!
Over the school holidays we spent a day at the Melbourne Show.
Ethan loved getting to pull the steam engine's whistle!
He also loved the haunted house. He probably would have loved to go in if one of us had taken him. Immy - we could not bribe her to even go near the people for photos!!
Imogen loved the dolls
And after a small hissy fit she also enjoyed the baby animals, after she actually stopped to touch one. We could not get her away from the chickens!
Poor chickens, imagine having to spend ten days with kids harassing you!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Birthday Cards!!

This first card I made for my Son Ethan, he was 7 on Monday. Not that he looks 7, he is soo short! I don't know where he gets that from!!! Anyone who knows Ethan, knows that he is obsessed with ghosts. Spiders too, pretty much anything slightly creepy!

Fiona had her birthday late last month, I pinched her stamps to make her this card, I kept it simple as I wanted the rats to be the main focus of the card.
I think these see no evil rats suit us!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Copic Oz Entry

This is my entry for the Copic Oz Blog competition, it's an off the page chocolate and Jelly Belly Box!
Made using a (new) tackle box, and full of yummy chocolates.
I have used Imaginisce Splash Dance papers(Polka Dot Bikini and Bubble Bath, Greeting Farm Rock the Farm Ian, Kaiser Mini Alphas, Green Tara flower and mesh, Sandie's Handmade Daisy, ribbon and ric rac, fish metal charm.

The Greeting Farm Image, ribbon, ric rac, mesh, flowers and the metal charm where coloured with Copic Ciao markers to match the Imaginisce Splash Dance papers.
This is the first full image I have coloured.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mini Books Galore

This is an album I made a while ago for a class at the shop. I've started with a Scrap FX album, Fancy Pants Baby papers, and some extras to create this album.
I love to add extra, smaller pages to chipboard books, this means you can add as many pages as you like to customise your mini books. For this small page, I have used a Heidi Grace frame tag as my page for Imogen's ultrasound image.
The back is covered in the fancy pants paper and a photo (I hated pregnancy photos -but then I hate photos of me all the time!!)
The next page is mainly a journal page, straight from the patterned paper and a few rubon's!
Another smaller page has been added here, this time with the same cardstock I used to cover the chipboard. Can you see Imogen giving us the finger from day 1?
This is a really simple book to make for a gift for a new Mum. Everyone gives clothing, which babies grow out of so fast. So why not make a personal gift?!
More rubons and felt hearts ran through the cuttlebug. Stiff felt will hold the embossed pattern well.
The back page is simply a Fancy Pants Acrylic frame and a rubon and felt flowers made by my friend Samantha.

This mini book was a recent class at the shop, people loved, it's so much fun getting messy!
It's a mixed media album, created on water colour paper. I have used paints, distress inks, distress crackle paints,distress embossing powders, twinkling h2o's, glimmermist, dimensional pearls, lots of different laces and ribbons, stamping, assorted flowers and papers, which are all altered in some way!
I love painting without paintbrushes! For this I have used bubble wrap, tulle, muslin and my hands, I love the textures you get!
Once you have used the tulle to paint with it can be used as an embellishment on the page. Here I have added it under my photo.
I printed lots of quotes on the internet and coloured them with distress ink.
I LOVE dimensional pearls, here I have painted them onto the page with my fingers and on the little heart. The more you add the more dimension/pattern you can get.
I have coloured the cherry blossom with different twinkling h2o's and the small flower was stamped with distress ink, this stops them from looking too flat and lifeless on your work.
The large flower on this was swiped over with ink before painting it with glimmermist, the centre was made using my i-top tool. I love this tool, you can create custom brads to suit anything you are working on.
Thick coats of distress crackle paint.
Sandies Handmade Daisies and a distress inked tag. (I still need to journal this book, which is not like me!)
This flower was thickly coated with distress stickles.
Embossed and distress inked pattern paper.
Hopefully I'll get some time soon to scrap for my self, but not until after the school holidays!!