Fathers Knows Best Card

Hi Everyone,

I have made a Fathers Day card using the Kaisercraft Sears and Son papers based on the  Deconstructed Sketch 67.  I had made the tag awhile ago when I was just using up some mist after I had made a journal cover, but I wanted to give it a little more texture so used the Tim Holtz cogs embossing folder the ‘wrong’ way up so I could use the ‘debossed’ side.  I stayed pretty true to the sketch (You can see it here) and so the card was relatively quick to make.  The thing that took the longest was probably piercing the holes to do the faux stitching (gotta love this if you don’t have or can be bothered with a sewing machine!) I love my sewing machine but if it is away in the cupboard sometimes I just do faux stitching instead.

Hope you have a great weekend (It is Father’s day this weekend in Australia so we are planning a picnic if the weather is good)

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy.

Supplies: Kraft Cardstock, Kaisercraft Sears and Son 61/2 x6 1/2 paper pad, Tim Holtz Design Ruler, Paper Piercer, Black Distress Marker, Mini Paper Clip, Tag, Tim Holtz Cogs Embossing Folder

Magic Happens Love Notes Envelope Book

Hi Everyone,

I was going to post a card today but remembered I wanted to show you this Love Notes envelope book that I made for my daughter just before I went to Melbourne in June.  I only decided to do it about 2 days before I left and also made one for my older son as well so the designs are pretty simple (as I didn’t have heaps for time!) but you could definitely do more embellishing or even add photos if you wanted to.  I saw a book like this a few years ago using Kaisercraft products – I think someone had made one for a valentines project, so the basic idea isn’t my original idea and I am not entirely sure where I saw it otherwise I would provide the link.  The design of this book though is my work.

I remember reading The Hungry Caterpillar book as a kid and we also read it to our kids.  If you are familiar with the book you will know it starts out with On Sunday  . . . .  and then On Monday the little caterpillar ate  . . . . and then On Tuesday  the little caterpillar ate . . . . etc so I decided to make it with a page for each day of the week and I wrote the kids a note for each of the days that I would be away so that they could open it and read something from me.  They loved it and the the plan is to continue to write them little notes every so often to put in their book.  I made an extra pocket for them to keep notes from daddy or their friends or each other or other family. Since it is an envelope book I can still add more envelopes if I want to.

My daughter’s book was made out of the Magic Happens Collection (it is an older collection but Kaisercraft have released paper pads so you can still get the papers).  Each page was also spritzed  lightly with a bit of Calico Shine (one of my favourite products!).  I stamped Hero Arts envelope pattern stamp on the envelopes and inked the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink so to dress them up a little.  The butterfly on the front is a Prima Canvas Resist Shape (love these!)

So here are some pics (I won’t show every page as I don’t want to overload you with photos but these should give you the general idea if you want to have a go at one yourself – Let me know if you do by leaving a comment as I would love to see).

 

 

 

I am planning to make one for my husband for Fathers Day out of the Classic Calico Papers and the kids can put notes in it.

Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Kristy

Everything is better with a friend

Hi everyone,

Life has been a bit chaotic this week and so I haven’t had much time for crafting this week (and when I have I just haven’t been able to get things to work how I would like).  I have also been busy preparing some projects for Stef.  My husband broke his finger and has had surgery this week so there has been a bit of running around to appointments and waiting for doctors and our kids haven’t slept that well this week either!  I wanted to post this card that I made quite a long time ago.  It still makes me smile because of that cute paper doll paper.  The rose was made by hand made (I have shown these on  few cards in the past) and then painted with glimmer glam.

Hope you have had a good week and that you are enjoying your weekend.  Will be back tommorrow with a new card.

Kristy

Christmas Card with Alcohol Ink Background

Hi everyone,

I know it is only August but I thought I would show a Christmas card in this little series of alcohol ink cards.  Once I had made the background I then used the pocket watches embossing folder to give it texture.  I added a little bit of distress inks to the edges but you could just ink all of the raised areas to give it a different look.  I die cut the pine tree out of cardboard and then sprayed with Cut Grass Dylusions Spray Ink.  When it had dried I rubbed a little bit of gold Perfect Pearls over the tree.  The fence was die cut using the Memory Box Die – Estate Fence and the stickers are from one of last years Christmas collections by Kaisercraft.  If you want to see more of my alcohol ink cards, just click on the category on the sidebar.  There is another Christmas card here and a flower card that features alcohol ink on sticky back canvas here.

Hope you had a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Supplies: Bazzill – Java and Kraft, Kasisercraft Sticker Sheet – December 25th, Tim Holtz PineTree Die, Dylusions Spray Ink – Cut Grass, Kaisercraft pearl strip, Memory Box Die – Estate Fence,  Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades – Pocket Watches Embossing Folder, Foam Adhesive, Alcohol inks, Glossy Cardstock, Gold mixative, Blending solution, Distress ink – Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain.

 

Alcohol Ink Bird Cage Card

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday – I love Fridays still, even though I am currently a stay at home – it means it is almost the weekend.  Here is another card using a background I made with alcohol inks. I cut up the background to make the tab and the background of the birdcage.  I modified the chipboard birdcage by colouring the cage part with my black distress marker and then put some platinum liquid pearls over the top, smearing it around with my finger. It gives it a kind of metallic look.  The beak and legs of the bird were also coloured with a wild honey distress marker, but I painted the bird with Twinkling H20s which gives it a nice shimmer.  I made the tab by using a circle punch to cut the corners.  The black die cut is another one from Memory Box called Delicate Vine (I am loving these dies) and the patterned papers are from Glitz Designs. I got out my sewing machine to stitch on this card and it reminded me that whenever I make the effort to sew on my cards or layouts I am always pleased that I did.

I’ll be back on Monday with another new project to share – Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Kristy

 

Supplies: Bazzill card, Kaisercraft letter stickers, pearls, patterned papers – Glitz Designs, Twinkling H20s, Distress markers – Black and Wild Honey, Memory Maze Chipboard, ribbon, Tim Holtz tiny paper clip, Alcohol inks – Stream, Aqua, Silver Mixative, Memory Box Die – Delicate Vine.

A Couple of Alcohol Ink Cards

Hi everyone,

I have been playing with my alcohol inks again as I got a couple of new colours (and also learnt a few more things to do with them when I went to Technique Overload with Tim Holtz – scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of some of the tips to get the best results when using alcohol inks) so I am planning to show a few cards over the next couple of weeks.  I made these two backgrounds using pinks and purples and a similar design but the vibrancy of the colours is different and so the cards end up looking quite different.  I wanted to show that if you want to, you can incorporate alcohol inks no matter what your style is.

First up is the brighter of the two cards but I still kept it fairly clean looking with the bright white cardstock and just a little black ink.  The alcohol ink background was made by using 3 colours and the snowcap mixative and then using blending solution and then twisting and dabbing over the glossy card.  I did a couple of layers of ink and then just dropped some blending solution directly onto the card.  That is what has given the white drops on the background.  The die cut is the Catalina Wreath by Memory Box and the flower is a white prima flower that was sprayed with Dylusions ink spray – Crushed Grape (I love these sprays! and Stef has just restocked so I now have all 12 so look out for some more projects with these).  The glitter is Star Dust Stickles.  To draw the black stitching lines I used a marker that is for writing on cds – a waterbased marker will not work on the glossy surface and you need to be careful with other markers so it is worth doing a test before you draw on your background.

The second card is a much softer look and is a baby card (I have had a few friends lately have babies so needed a baby card or 3!).  This card uses some lovely pale purples and pinks.  I made the stripey background using the alcohol ink and just swiped them along the glossy card stock (It is better to use glossy cardstock than photo paper, they have a different coating) and then just made a fairly clean and simple looking card.  Alcohol inks are a lot of fun to play with and you can make some gorgeous background really quickly (great for Christmas card time!).

Some Tips that Tim Holtz gave Technique Overload:

  • NEVER SPRAY ALCOHOL INKS – they are toxic if inhaled!
  • When using alcohol inks, don’t add the same colour twice on the same felt pad (You actually just end up doubling the amount of that colour on the pad and therefore on your project).
  • One drop of the metallic mixatives is enough for a 12×12 sheet of card, so basically just be careful and only add a little of the metallic mixatives otherwise your metallic ‘overtakes’ the rest of the colours. If you use too much of the metallic mixatives even if you stamp over it you will still see the metallic colour.
  • You can add new colours over your first layer of colours , just make sure to use some blending solution too to make sure the colours blend together.
  • If you stamp Stazon on alcohol ink it will react.
  • When making a new background you need to use a new felt pad.

Remember you can check out Tim’s website, his blog, or the Ranger website (see the sidebar for the links) for further information.

If you have questions just leave me a comment.  I’ll be back tommorrow with another alcohol ink card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Kristy

Saturday Sketch #1 August and Save the Date

Hi everyone,

I had some time to play with the Save the Date Collection over the weekend and decided to participate in Kaisercraft’s Saturday Sketch (You can check out the specific post about it out on the Kaisercraft blog here).  I had some photos of my daughters birthday and so wanted to scrapbook those and this collection fitted really well.  I think I will do another layout to sit next to it in my daughters album that will include a lot of printed journalling so that I can tell the story more, ie who were the guests etc but don’t think I will post that on the blog though as I think I would rather keep those details private.  I changed the sketch a bit and added two photos rather than one as I couldn’t pick which photo to use!  I like the bright colours of this collection and can see it would be easy to make a bunch of birthday cards using it so you will probably be seeing them soon :). Oh and if you like pinwheels the Kaisercraft Blog has a tutorial for making your own (the one I used on my layout already came pre-cut).

Hope you had time for some playing with paper over the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Kristy

Supplies: Kaisercraft Save the Date Collection – 12×12 Patterned papers, Collectables, Sticker Sheet, pinwheels, Tim Holtz Tiny paperclip