Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Simon Says Stamp Plushies

Hello everyone! It's been terribly hot here in Sydney and I am so thankful for air conditioning! I have been working on something a little bit different and I can say that I am hooked....plushies! I ordered two sets from Simon Says Stamp last year and I have been busy making different owl and sun plushies. I have decided that this year, I will offer this as a co-curricular class for students when I return to school as I know that they will love making them as well.

To create the owls you need two main colours for the body and scraps for the rest. I started using hot glue to attach my pieces but found that a wet glue worked best for me.

I plan to display these owls in my classroom...great home decor pieces.

The Happy Sunshine is the actual plushie that I will make with the students. I suggest that if you plan to make this with children to use a wool needle as it has a blunt point and also a large eye.

Below is a video tutorial on how to create make this plushie. It is a beginner level and it is very back to basics.


wool needle, embroidery floss, felt, cotton balls, Simon Says Stamp Plush Little Owl wafer die, and Happy Sunshine wafer die

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Creative Chemistry Tags

Hello everyone! I have been watching the Tim Holtz sneak peaks for Creativation and boy are there some amazing products coming our way! It also motivated me to continue with my CC101 tag making, so today I am sharing my creations for Day 3 and 4.

The above tag was my completed tag for day 3. I was unable to complete the other two tags as I don't own alcohol inks, however I enjoyed the reflections stamping no the less.

The next tag is watercolouring with reinkers....

layered misting....

and finally custom stamp pad technique.

I am really enjoying creating these tags and I am certainly glad that I have signed up to do it. I have more tags to share very soon!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

On Top of the World

Happy New Year! This is my first post of the year and I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. I have been busy updating my study...five days of constructing IKEA furniture and sorting out my teaching resources and finally it was complete. So now that is done I can start up some crafting again!

Today I am sharing a card that I have made using a stamp that has been in my stash for a while. I haven't done any type of colouring and felt that it was time. I used distress markers and really enjoyed the process. I am playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where you are invited to be square.


Paper: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basic, Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper

Ink: Distress Ink Old Paper and Walnut Stain

Stamp: Gorjuss Top of the World

Distress Markers:
Hair - wild honey, brushed corduroy and gathered twigs
Skin- tattered rose. spun sugar and tea dye
Dress- shabby shutters and bundled sage
Apron- antique linen and old paper
Stocking/shoes- pumice stone and black soot

Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima 577544

Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder, clear vellum, paper doily and hemp

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Vintage Card ~ Prima

Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. I am taking advantage of my holidays and enjoying the time to create. I have joined in another Prima challenge and created a card using the December cards and tags sketch.

I used a Shabby Chic resin treasure to frame this beautiful vintage image cut out from one of the papers from the paper pad.

 I used a combination of seam binding and hemp double bows to accent the coordinating flowers of the collection.


Paper: Tales of You and Me 6x6 Collection Kit

Flowers Tales of You and Me #586317

Die: Parisian Lace Metal Die Cut 1

Other: Shabby Chic Treasures #892111, Resin Icon #573324

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Vacation ~ Prima BAP

Hello everyone! I hope that you have enjoyed Christmas with your families and friends. It's hard to believe that the year is nearly over. Today I am sharing a layout that I have created following the Prima BAP sketch for December. I had a chance to use my Prima oil pastels and I can say that they are wonderful to use. I used clear gesso on my paper to prime before applying them and then I used a waterbrush and blended away! They also work well with the color bloom sprays.


Paper:  French Riviera and chipboard pieces

Flowers: Vintage Emporium #586539, French Riviera #586164, French Riviera #586188 and Aquamarine #582616

Stamps: Textures memories 11, 5x7 cling stamps texture

Dies: Metal Die Cut Forest Leaves

Other: Art Basics 3D matte gel and Clear Gesso, Say It In Crystals #586126, Color Bloom Worn Leather

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Creative Chemistry 101 ~ Day Two ~

Hello everyone! A little while ago, I purchased the Creative Chemistry 101 class and enjoyed watching all of the tutorials and learning all of the properties of distress etc. Last night I decided that I would make a start and commence the class...and boy did I have fun! I had placed an order of some materials earlier in the term as I had planned to complete the course in the school holidays.

Day Two has three techniques using distress inks. The longest part for me was locating a stamp in my stash that was a solid image! I managed to find a Stampin' Up! stamp that I had in my stash- crisis averted and creating continued.

To create my tags, I used Ranger cardstock and die cut them using ranger manilla cardstock. I already had some #8 kraft tags in my stash.

As the class is full of techniques, you receive printouts that you can add to the back of your tags for reference. I also added the colours of my distress inks as well.


Paper: Ranger manilla cardstock, Ranger Kraft Tag size #8, Distress watercolor paper

Dies:  Tim Holtz Tag Collection

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Upsy Daisy, Tim Holtz Urban Chic

Ink: Distress twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, ground espresso, wilted violet (tag 1)
victorian velvet, milled lavender, bundled sage, frayed burlap, gathered twigs, tumbled glass (tag 2)
mustard seed, cracked pistachio, ground espresso, mermaid lagoon, seedless preserves (tag 3)

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Merry Christmas ~ inked inlay cards ~

Hello everyone! I am sharing the last on my Christmas cards with you. The cards that I have made were designed specifically for mailing. I needed to create cards that were flat and of a standard size...out of my usual design scope as my cards usually measure 6 x 6 inches or 5 x 7 inches in size. I also needed to be able to mass produce cards as well so they needed to have easy details to replicate. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuires inked inlay techique and decided that this would be perfect for my card.

As I haven't created one layered cards for a long time, I added an embossed background and also two die cut borders to add some extra details. Once my first card was created, I die cut all of the required pieces and then the construction was just an assembly line.


Stamp: (freebie with a magazine)

Ink: Distress ink Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch, Zing Metallic Finish Silver Embossing Powder

Paper: American Crafts Glitter paper pad,

Dies: Precious Marike Snowflake Border, Creative Dies Woodland Scene Set, Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Holiday Magic

Other: Ranger - Diamond Stickles, Crea8tive A5 double sided sticky sheets

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