Sunday, 22 January 2012

Mini Matryoshka Notecards

I have been enchanted with matryoshka dolls since I was a child, I remember having a basic set of 5 dolls and would spend hours creating stories and little worlds for them but inevitably over the years they disappeared, never to be found again. My lovely father in law purchased me a set when he visited Russia a number of years ago and after playing with them for a little while they have been stored safely in my keepsake box, but that doesn't stop me from taking them out and having a little play every now and again!

I have had my eye on a set of matryoshka doll stamps for quite a while and decided to take advantage of My Cute Stamps* 50% off sale to snag a set (if you are quick the sale is still on here) I created a mini notecard gift set for my 10 year old niece, I'm sure she'll like writing little notes to her friends on these, I might have to make a set for myself!

I layered Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue papers and added the stamped and coloured matryoshka's. I am still learning to use my promarkers so please don't laugh!

I used my silhouette to cut out a box, stamped the border from the doll stamp set around the front, affixed some acetate to the inside and finished the outside with some matching chipboard shapes. I'm not sure why the top of the box has come out that icky khaki colour in the photo!

Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday!

*I am not affiliated with My Cute Stamps in any way.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

A reasonable start to the year!

Craft-wise, that is! I have been in quite a craft slump for the past couple of months but since the start of this new year I have started to pick up the pace, I have even managed a couple of scrapbook pages which I hope to share!

I have really been enjoying using the Papertrey Ink Daydreamer set after entering MIM. After making this card I decided to use the die cut shape on a second card.

Confession: I am trying the whole '-if I make something, I should use up all the scraps before I can start another project-thing' which, if I know myself well enough, I will do for the next 3 projects, then I'll start saving the aforementioned scraps intending on using them up later but will inevitably end up throwing them in the scrap drawer and forget about them!

It all started well enough, until I got to the very end and had the lightbulb moment where I decided to stamp the sentiment on felt, I tested it on a piece of scrap felt and it all seemed ok so I went ahead and stamped it on the felt on the card. Let's just say that I should have left my test piece to develop a bit longer before stamping, as, this happened......
Yup, I clearly didn't think that one through. I stamped the sentiment on a matching piece of card and stuck over the mess!
Not as nice as when the sentiment was first stamped on the felt, but it rescued it so I am happy! Have you had any crafting mishaps that you have had to rescue recently?

Supplies: Note card-Hero Arts, Patterened paper - Making Memories, Felt - Dainty Paperie, Stampset - Papertrey Ink.

Happy saturday!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Make it Monday Challenge

For the first time I thought I would have a bash at entering Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge. All you have to do it pick a technique that has been featured on a previous MIM and get creating!

For my first card I chose MIM #35 Custom Stamped Washi Tape.

I used the Daydreamer stamp set to make each strip of tape which I then adhered on some white card stock. I embellished it with co-ordinating stamped tags from the Tiny Tags set and matching twine.

For this card I chose MIM #1 Go-To Sentiment Card
Lots of various thank you related sentiment stamps from different PTI sets.

And for this one I chose MIM #2 Vellum Sentiment Strip
For this I chose one of my favourite stamp sets, Year of Flowers Gladiolus and Think Big Favourites #1. I stamped the sentiment on vellum with Fresh Snow ink and embossed with white embossing powder to make sure it stood out.

I think I'm going to take a little nap now :)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Post Holiday Round Up

I hope that this year finds you all happy, healthy and you had a wonderful festive period? I managed a few projects over christmas and I thought I would share a few.

Here is this year's christmas card to our immediate family, this is the final version.
Tim Holtz Reindeer Die cut from silver glitter card stock, Bo Bunny Double Dot cardstock, some simple stamping and frosty coarse cut glitter makes for a snowy scene, you can't forget the red noses! Here is the first one I made..
I like the final one better! The background on the second took quite a bit longer, I used Tim Holtz Stormy Sky distress ink and Ranger Perfect Pearls Turquoise Spray but it just didn't feel quite right.

I dressed up a gift card envelope for gift giving
The envelope and snowman were cut using my silhouette and I just 'gussied' it up a bit! This is the outer envelope, in the next picture you can see the actual gift card holder. I hope the recipient liked it!

I did spend quite a bit of time making 7 magnetic fridge notepads using the lovely Crate Paper Farmhouse papers but plum forgot to take a picture, I am going to try and snaffle a pic of one when I visit my mum next.

That's all for today, see you soon :)


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