Sunday, August 31, 2014

Merry Merry Christmas

Hi guys, I'm back with yet another card. I love weekends, I get so many cards done. 

This is the card I made - I'm already getting into my christmas cards, since I'm guessing I'll be needing quite a few by the end of the year - plus, I love making christmas cards.



Okay so, this card started with me finding the background paper in my stash. It was from the Elegant Holiday 2013 Simon Says Stamp kit. I really loved this paper and all the others included and have honestly never really used any of them, so I broke it out today.

I started with covering the whole base of my card which is 4" x 5.5". I wasn't sure of where I wanted to go with this card at all, so I went through my christmas stash. I found the Very Merry October Afternoon kit I bought myself for christmas last year and again, I never got a chance to use it so I decided to break it out this year and wow, I forgot how much awesome stuff was it in, very pleased. It is designed to be used for December Daily, but I'm gonna use it for cards and perhaps PL as well, if I ever get a chance to finish it.

Anyways, I pulled a doily and the cut ups from the pack. I then found a bits an pieces package from the Elle's Studio - Noel line and pulled the 'merry merry' die cut piece from it. I wanted a piece of patterned paper to ground everything with so I went back to my stash and pulled a white piece out with polka dot gold foil on it - again, it was from the Elegant Holiday kit. I stuck the die cut piece underneath the patterned paper and then popped it up on foam adhesive I then adhered the doily to the card base using normal adhesive and stuck the popped up piece on top. I then grabbed my trimmer and cut out a piece off the cut ups pack from OA that said christmas, cut a banner end on one of the edges and then took my tiny attacher and added a couple of staples on the non-banner edge. I then adhered that piece onto the others with more foam adhesive.

Since it's a christmas card, I took a few of the Wood Veneer Stars from Studio Calico and added 3 to form a visual triangle. I coated them with wink of stella and then the card was basically done.

The last thing I did was corner chomped one corner of the card and it was finished. :)

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for looking!
- Eloise



Congratulations on Your Wedding Day

Hi guys, I'm back with another card today and video.

This is the card I made.



This card started from the colour scheme. I wanted to use that Studio Calico Mint Hint ink with translucent embossing paste. I had that Ori-Kami stamp set out by Altenew which then inspired the image and sentiment used.

It's actually funny, now that I look at the pictures, I've realised I forgot to outline the image like I always do with an black marker, oh well.

I hope you enjoy the video. :)



Thanks for looking!
- Eloise


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Christmas Gifts 2014

Hi, I'm back again with the christmas gifts I'm gonna be giving to my colleagues this year.

Honestly last year, I just gave some chocolates and I thought that that was such a boring gift. So this year I was determined to make a decent gift. So I figured if I start early, I won't run out of time like I did last year.

So this year I decided to make cards for people. Since thats my thing, I thought it would be fun to do that for my colleagues. :)


So this is what I'm giving / doing this year. An Freckled Fawn tin, chocolates in a gift box w/ tag, 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" card w/ envelope and 8 different cards w/ envelopes.

Why I chose the tin and not a bag is because it's re-usuable. All they have to do is peel off the tag + bow from the top and they can use it for storage or something, so it's great. Also, I won't be putting names on any of the tags I use - so they can reuse them for gifts as well - if they wanted too.


I repurposed the tins we used to receive in our Oh Deer Me kits. I actually had to buy a few more - when they were selling them off so I would have enough.


This is the tag and bow on top of the Freckled Fawn tin. For the tag I used the WPlus9 - Pretty Poinsettias stamp set and coordinating dies - I tried to use stamp sets with dies included to easily mass produce the items. I spent a long time making all the cards (I had to make something like 80 cards for the tins) so, easily mass producing the tags and others was important. I then took the die I received in the July 2014 SC Card kit and stamped 'Happy Holidays' on it from the Some Odd Girl - Chris Mouse stamp set - which is perfect, because we have school holidays at christmas time, so it worked well. I took the Medium Tag dies from Simon Says Stamp and die cut a ton of them. I wanted to put one of the tags on the back as well incase ink transferred onto the back. I used the Patterns 3x4 Stencils by Heidi Swapp to ink the tag. 

For the bow and scallop I used pattern paper from the Peppermint Express 6x6 pad from American Crafts and the Styleboard dies by Maggie Holmes to create the bow. I also used an scallop punch by Fiskars for the bottom bit.


These are the cards I made. I did 3x Birthday, 1x Thanks, 1x Congratulations, 1x Thinking of You, 1x Christmas and 1x Hello card. With these cards, I've just been working on them all throughout the year. As soon as I made a card and I liked it - I added it to the pile and put it away for these gifts.


I then made a 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" card, I didn't feel the need to make a normal sized card for colleagues, since I just need to write a simple message inside. I used the WPlus9 - Pretty Poinsettias stamp set + coordinating dies. I LOVE this set, the building sets just make the image so much better - looks fantastic. The colours of ink I used are all by Hero Arts and they are listed below. I then used the banner die I received in my July 2014 SC kit and stamped a simple 'Merry Christmas' on top using the HA - Banners and Messages stamp set - the sentiment was curved, but I just made the straight so I could use it with this banner die. Perfect size for a small card. To do the background, I wanted something simple that I could easily replicate. So I pulled the Heidi Swapp 3x4 Patterns Stencils and used an Mini Ink Blending Tool by Tim Holtz with some Lime Green ink by Hero Arts. Worked out great and was quick to do. For the envelope I just used pattern paper from the American Crafts - Peppermint Express 6x6 pad and used the Simon Says Stamp - 3x3 Envelope Die - another quick and easy way. I then punched some Scallops from Neenah Solar White CS using a Fiskars punch and adhered that on top.


I then made a gift box - using the WRMK Gift Box Punch Board, I'm going to be using this to add a few chocolates in. I then made a tag, using some Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant supplies. The Mama Elephant sentiment was absolutely perfect for the chocolates idea. I finished the tag off with some Divine Twine. I have huge spools of this stuff, I gotta use some of it up.

I'm so happy that all my christmas gifts are done for colleagues by August. Gonna be easy at the end of the year to just give them all out - no hassles now and no rush to get them all finished. :)

Well I hope I gave you some ideas for your christmas gift ideas this year.

This was a very time consuming gift, but if you start early enough it doesn't really take up that much time.

Thanks for looking and all the supplies used that are pictured are listed below.
I didn't list all supplies used for the big cards I made - because that would take forever to list and find products I used.

- Eloise



Friday, August 29, 2014

Craft Space Picture Tour

Hi all.

Today I thought I'd share my craft space tour. I would have done a video, but I don't often get a chance to do one without being interrupted and honestly I don't really have much time to film a long video, so I thought I'd do a picture tour instead. :)

I will do a list at the end of the post of all the products I use for storage etc and where I've purchased them so you guys know.



Okay so this is my craft space. It's the corner of our lounge room in our extremely small house. Before I used to have my space in my own bedroom and then we moved and I was lucky enough to have a space in the lounge room, it's a tight fit and it's not as organised as I would like, but its organised the best it can be and it works for me. My space is approx 2.5m x 2.5m I would assume. Basically everything I use is here, except for spare card stock & my silhouette, which is kept in my room.


Okay so this is my desk. It's by IKEA. So on my desk I have my big shot, a container by IKEA for my recently made cards & pre made card bases. I then have 3 ink carousels. They are made by All Ready Memories - they are honestly amazing. They're located in America and they cost a bundle to send to Australia - but they're so worth it. I love them. Okay, so on top I have a basket, that has pre made items that I've done and never used on a card so I keep them there. Then on the next one I have the big scotch roll of foam tape - I got mine at Simon Says Stamp. I then have my tripod made by YellowStone. On top of my third ink carousel I have a box by IKEA which holds all my enamel dots and an ink blending tool and the lid that goes with that container with my powder bag & sticky notes inside. Next to that I have my Zap! Heat Tool by American Crafts and my Brother sewing machine - that I barely know how to use so I'm determined to learn how to use it, thats why it's out on my desk.


Here is a close up of my ink carousels. Honestly they are amazing. When I bought them, I had my doubts.. I wasn't sure if they would spin well enough or how well they would hold my inks, but really I would recommend them to anyone - the only problem for me is that they don't hold the Mama Elephant Pigment Inks, but oh well. They are still fantastic.


aaand here is a close up of my sewing machine. Which one day I will learn to properly use. :p


Okay so these pieces are on top of my IKEA Alex Drawer Unit. This Copic unit, my dad made for me - it's amazing and holds my Copics well and I still have room to grow.  This unit also holds my Copic Reinkers, Fiskars Scissors Sharpener, Scotch Sticky Tape, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Inkadinkado Stamp Positioner. Also on top here I have both my Fiskars Trimmers, power plugs and on top of the copic unit I have my buttons and a light.


These are my buttons, sorted into colours - sort of and the jars are by IKEA.


This is one of my IKEA Alex drawer unit draws. This top draw holds adhesive, pens and scissors. They are all divided by containers I bought at Coles -Australian supermarket and Red dot.

In the others draws I have my dimentional adhesive, acrylic blocks and baby wipes in one draw. The next I have embellishments, in my little containers I bought from Rave and other bigger embellishments. In the next I have other inks - like my few Stampin' Up ones and Mama Elephant ones - that don't fit in my carousels and also my embossing powders. In the last drawer I have spare adhesives, blades, tape etc.


Okay so this is the top of my 2x4 Expedit by IKEA. On top I keep mostly Wood Block Stamps.


Okay, so this is half of my Expedit. On the left, I keep all my card stock - will explain in a close up photo below. Next to that I have my ink swatch book - the same as Jennifer McGuire came up with. I then have a cane basket I bought at Target, it came in a set of 3 - this holds my 6" x 12" stickers, October Afternoon buttons and pouches from Freckled Fawn kits. Then next to that I have a tray from IKEA - that I sometimes use for Project Life stuff or projects I'm working on and I want all the supplies stayed together.

Then on the next two shelves I have containers I bought from IKEA that store my stamps and dies. I have the same system as Jennifer McGuire - she's like the organisational queen. Her tips and ways of storage are super helpful. Anyway, so I use Avery Elle Storage pockets - I get them from Simon Says Stamp and I use plastic folders from Officeworks and just cut them up for dividers.


Okay next half. On the left hand side I have 6x6 paper pads - stored in 7x7 clear bags I bought at Simon Says Stamp. I also store my embossing folders in here too, since they fit well. Next to that I have more stamps, stored the same way I mentioned before. Down the bottom of my Expedit I have stamps again stored the same way and in the last slot I just keep lots random things, that don't really have they're own storage spot. Here I have sequins stored in the CraftMates containers, a PL album with spare pages in it, American Crafts punches, 12x12 collection packs, my 12x12 sticker sheets, etc.


Here is a close up of my storage for stamps. I use Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets, put a piece of white card stock inside and slip my stamp inside. I ditch the packaging, because otherwise I personally think it looks messy I then label the pocket with the company / stamp set name. I use an Epson LW-400 label maker. I really really like this system, I honestly believe I use my stamps SO much more now, I also like the more 'uniform' look this storage way gives.


Okay and like I mentioned before I would show how I store my card stock. I buy the 9" x 12" clear bags from Simon Says Stamp, I chop off the zip lock part at the top of the bag & then its all good to go. I again use my Epson LW-400 label maker to mark the company / colour of car stock and store all them in magazine files I bought from Smiggle - an stationary store here in Australia. I picked them up on sale for cheap and they're white which is what I wanted - I also lay them down for easier access.


Okay so this unit sits behind me when I'm at my desk. The unit is from Kmart here in Australia. Basically two of the draws are just storage right now I suppose when I get a bigger stash - I'll use them. As for the other two draws, one holds all my punches and the other holds pre made cards by Hero Arts and my spare pockets for my stamp storage and for my stencils storage. Also in that drawer has my envelopes.

As for the top of my unit I have another 2 carousels. Once holds more inks and the other holds my distress inks w/ my ink blending tools. All I did was use a 0.5" circle punch to punch the velcro to make the circles (If anyone is gonna do this - don't. I broke my punch doing this, wasn't the best idea. Next time I'll just be paitent and go out and buy the small velcro dots instead..) Anyway, so I put the rough piece on back of the carousel and the soft bit on the top of my ink blending tool. It works and holds pretty well and I like having a blending tool for almost each colour - one day I'll get more so that I have one for every colour.


On top of my carousels I have bowls from Woolworths - an Australian Supermarket and the glass candle holder is from IKEA. This is where I store my flair, resin flowers and die cuts. Same with the bowls on the other carousel.


Ah, my RASKOG cart by IKEA. Honestly love this thing. Bought when I first started crafting and loved it so much, I had to buy a 2nd. Okay, so this one basically holds all sorta mixed media items.. um I basically have jars, that I've just taken the lids off and it stores my memento markers, distress markers, paint brushes, palette knives, gamsol + tools, water jar and then another tub from IKEA with my stencils and embossing paste. I store my stencils in 7x7 clear bags from Simon Says Stamp, I chop off the zip lock part, back the pocket with white card stock, add an label and I'm good to go.

The 2nd shelf holds my We R Memory Keepers punch boards, another tub by IKEA which holds distress paints, stains, glitters, gelatos etc.

On the bottom shelf, which I didn't photograph just holds twine and baby wipes in more IKEA containers.


So this is my 2nd cart, basically just holds all PL stuff.  On top there are small embellishments and PL cards in containers by IKEA and then my last freckled fawn kit is in another bowl - which I got with a gift.

Second shelf has my washi tape in yet another container by IKEA, date stamps, thin washi etc.


 Okay last shelf. This basically holds all my bigger embellishments packs for project life. In the other container I have a big stamp from pebbles, 4x6 cards and some PL stamps.

So this is my craft space. There are a few places I'm missing, but thats because I couldn't get good enough photos of the places, but basically this is 90% of my craft space. I hope you enjoyed looking and got some ideas. One day I may do a video.

Supplies will be listed below. Items may not be exactly what I own - but I'm trying to find close matches.

Thanks for looking!
- Eloise



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wishing You The Happiest of Birthdays

Hi all. Once again I'm back with another project with also a video.

Here is the card I made.





I bought that pouch from Typo - thats an stationary.. actually not just stationary, they have all types of stuff store. It honestly drew my attention to the water coloured chevron pattern, I love it.

I feel like the distress ink colours I had were very similar to the colours on the bag, which made the card come out even better imo.

Anyways, enjoy the video.


Thanks for looking!
- Eloise




Thanks So Very Much

Hi all. I'm back with another card.. and this time with an video also. I managed to /finally/ get it uploaded to youtube after days of trying.

This is the card I made.



So, I knew when I started making this card I wanted to use the new Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks Die and honestly my favourite way to to use die cuts at the moment is to layer them up with white card stock & add whatever on top, whether it is patterned paper, cardstock etc - I believe I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire. Also another way I love to use die cuts is to add them to water coloured pieces. Then add a secondary sentiment stamped on white card stock & add on top of the die cuts. I'm really loving watercolour right now - as is everyone else.

Anyway this is my first video, so I apologise if anything is out of focus / out of screen - I'm still getting used to my camera set up.

Hope you enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by!
- Eloise




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy Birthday To You


Hi! Today I'm here with a card I made a couple of weeks back. I recently bought a brand new camera and decided to start recording some videos.. and give my blog some love and hope to get it more up and running.

Here is the card I made.



I was following an inspiration piece I found on Pinterest for the background. Except it was cork and white, not gold and white, but I still love how this came out.

Here is the inspiration piece.


Link : http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/make-a-herringbone-bulletin-board

It obviously didn't turn out exactly like that, but I like the end result anyways.

So to start the card I used the Mama Elephant - Femme Frames Die to cut a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock. I then used the Simon Says Stamp - Chevron Pattern Stencil masked off certain parts with painters tape and applied the Wendy Vecchi - White Embossing Paste to the non-masked areas. I then removed that painters tape, let the embossing paste completely dry and then repeated the same step for the Gold Embossing Paste.

I then wasn't really sure where I wanted to do for the card at this point and so I decided to use a piece of Doodlebug Vellum that I had from a previous SSS Card Kit. I liked the polka dots on the vellum, instead of just using a plain piece and I didn't want to cover up much of the background and wanted somewhere to ground my image. I then used some patterned paper from the MME - Mildred Now and Then 6x6 Pad to use a little on top of the vellum and then decided to stamp the elephant image from the Altenew - Ori Kami stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black on a sheet from the pad too. I got some random white thread from my sewing machine (inspired by Laura Bassen) and placed that on top of the patterned paper and then used foam adhesive to adhere the elephant image on top.

I decided to use the 'happy birthday to you' sentiment I had from a past Studio Calico kit stamp set and then used the banner die included in the July 2014 SC kit to cut the sentiment out. I adhered the sentiment to the vellum. I then grabbed some SC Wood Veener Stars sprinkled 3 around the elephant and stuck them down with Studio Multi Medium Matte and coated them and the elephant with Clear Wink of Stella. I then grabbed some Neenah Desert Storm 80# CS cut it in half and made a top folding card. I adhered the panel with some thick double sided tape I found at Red Dot (here in Australia) and then used my white gel pen to put dash lines around the panel and the card was finished.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by today! 
- Eloise