Thank goodness for digital art files!

Seriously, sometimes it’s just so hard to find a specific paper or design or Lil critter in the shops. Or you have to drive around and hunt through stacks of boxes and shelves for that perfect chevron in just that shape of taupe. Also doesn’t help that I live in a tiny rural town and retail is WYSIWYG. And if you DO find a paper you like…that’s just it: you buy 1, you get 1. You use up that one paper – so you tend to use it sparingly to make it last. The whole idea of crafty if to share the pretty! This makes digital art files soooo awesome. Buy it once, print as many as you like. For good karma sake stick to the creator’s terms of use,but for the casual crafter this means you can use that Asian inspired creamy blossom paper for ALL your Christmas cards this year.

I’ve been a fan of digital printables for years now. I’ve bought calendars, and vintage mermaids, and stamps, and papers. Etsy is a fabulous ecommerce source for digital art. One of my new favorite shops is MaishopDigitalArt. You want pastel colored linen textured paper? How about some cutesy folded ribbon banners is a plethora of colours? And mini itty bitty hearts on kraftMaishopDigitalArt has you covered.

Best of all, these images are instant download. As soon as your payment goes through, click click, you have the files. No need to wait for shipment. You can get your craft on the moment inspiration hits. Perfect for international crafters! Perfect for me 😉

End of May haul – stamps and stencil and paper, oh my!

Gaaah! What a crazy week. I just need a few minutes of normality. Where I am fully in charge of something and not dependent on anyone that will inevitably either screw up, or let me down.

At least the keyboard follows my commands. Well this one does…for now. I press a key – presto – a letter forms.

So let me share a haul with you. I am in love with our local craft shop. I’ve said it before, but it truly stocks ANYTHING crafty you can think of. You just have to be willing to dig a little deeper. Veronica shares her crafty passion with her patrons; and I still don’t know how she manages to have better prices than some leading online distributors or even big craft suppliers in the city. I wouldn’t blame small businesses in rural areas jacking up their profits for sake of convenience – but Le Mar does not. Or not in a way that I notice.

Back to the haul!

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Don’t you just love this stencil! That’s a full size distress inkpad next to it for scale. (Not the new little pads, the old big ones). I haven’t used it yet though, but I SOO want to. I just have to make time..but ja; like I said, it’s been a crazy week.

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In January I put my name down for #PostCircle. (Who’s taking bets when hashtags will be enabled in blog posts) And honestly, I kinda forgot about it when I didn’t get a reply. Then suddenly – SURPRISE! I’m in a group and we’re mailing shtuff and it’s so exciting and all my team peeps are in UK. {More of #PostCircle in another post} But I saw the cutest pen pal paper at the craft shop! It’s from PinkPaislee’s pen pals collection Had had HAD to get it.

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This stamp set from KaiserCraft’s Captured Moments collection is very ProjectLife. I fell in love with it, had to have IT, and asked the shop to keep it aside for me. Now…I’m not so sure that I want it anymore. It’s cute, yes, but will I use it? I took it anyway – I felt too bad for asking them to keep it for me, only to put it back on the shelf.

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The sheep was a complete impulse buy. I saw them, thought how cure they will look on an envelope, and I can colour them with my spectrum noir markers. See, my in-laws have a sheep farm.

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Ah, the cardmaker’s staple punch: 1” scalloped circle. Or so I’ve heard. I love scalloped edges – and my free hand cutting looks more like blindfolded cutting.

Retail therapy at it’s best. Now someone just lend me a time-turner so I can get my craft on more often.

Miss you card – Mojo Monday #341 prompt

I loved making this card so much!

And I really like following card sketches. I’m already so overwhelmed by the paper options and stamps and embellishments;  then still to fiddle with a layout eeeeep! But these sketches make it SO much easier.

I got a request for a masculine card (I like Guy Card more tho); the young man is moving out of Mom’s house, and she wanted to write him letter of love and wisdom – just needed a card to put it into.

I was a but flustered because I have girly frilly shabby chic papers and haven’t made a specifically guy card yet. Soppy Valentine’s to my hubby doesn’t count.

Imagine my relief when I saw this week’s Mojo Monday sketch!

I could definitely make this a masculine card. Scalloped strip and all.

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I used Kraft card for the base. The papers are from Bo Bunny Prairie Chic 6×6 Paper pad. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches  Sentiment sampler.

 

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Birthday Card for Vinette

 

 

What better way to practice colouring with Spectrum Noir and OTT card-making than with cutesy cards for little friends. I decided to follow the prompt on Mojo Monday #340 for one of Lili’s friends’ birthday cards.

I used the Cupcake Anya digifile from The Greeting Farm. Simply LOVED how the hair came out. Think it’s cause I limited myself to only using 3 colours instead my usual 5.

I embossed the lilac panel with a small polkadot folder from Cricut that will sit diagonally to add some texture.

I couldn’t figure out how to use glitter with embossing powder – in hindsight I should have probably just googled how to, but I played around a bit: mixed 1 part clear embossing powder, 2 parts black embossing powder and 3 parts glitter. Experimenting with which ink to use – Versafine Onyx Black worked best. I used that concoction to heat emboss her name stamped with Alphadot stamp set by Paper Smooches.

 

And since I was feeling all experimenty it felt appropriate to try machine stitching the background papers. I forget the name of the paperset – It isn’t all gummed in a neat booklet. It was all bound in a plastic wrapper – which I threw away. The papers have this Fairy Tale theme going. Very cute.

Of course when I finally assembled the card, most of the stitching got covered up. Just about 1 cm is showing, but it’s totally worth it. Also added a rose brad and lots n lots of sequins.

2014-04-09 21.06.52For me, photographing cards is particularly tricky. Since I have a day job, and winter is approaching here in the Southern Hemisphere, my daylight window is very narrow. Below is a “behind the scenes” shot of the setup. It kinda worked!

2014-04-10 10.30.49 I absolutely adore this card! The prompt really helped to keep me focused on the general design. Will definitely refer to previous sketches for inspiration.

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Linking up to: Mojo Monday #340

 

 

A cup of thanks – Card

It’s School holidays… or at least it was. School starts again tomorrow. Lili is still visiting on the farm; she’s only returning around Tuesday’ish.

Point is, this has left my evenings relatively monkey free – Roo hits the sack early and stays down till midnight. So I had a few spare hours to actually fit in some decent craft time. Albeit Netflix being a constant companion too – I have 3 seasons of Grey’s to catch up on. Still don’t know why I stopped watching in the first place!

Remember a previous post about my stamp haul of Paper Smooches stamps? I checked out their SPARKS Challenges blog. They have a weekly challenge! So this post is especially for that – since the theme is: Anything Goes, as long as you use at least 1 of their products in the project.

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The cup stamp, saucer/plate, teabag-tag and sentiment are all from their Cyber Cafe stamp set. The brown front is regular brown paper from a roll, ironed flat. The blue chevron background and all the other papers used are from  echo park’s  Everyday eclectic 6×6 paper pad. The card base I have no clue. In the shop I thought it was regular white… later at home I saw it was all shiny and wedding invite looking. They were laying in a stack in a cubby-hole display.

I love how it turned out! (in Afrikaans we have a saying that directly translates to: The fox praises his own tail) It looks completely different to any I’ve made so far…like… EVER. Hope you like it too.

 

Linking this post up to:SPARKS BADGE

 

 

Stamps – Mini Haul!

Sometimes I feel that I’ve just got waaaay too many hobbies. And then sometimes not enough.

I’ve really gotten into card making lately – I’ll share a few of my cards in a later post. First I *HAVE* to share my latest stamping haul! The reason why it’s so awesome? It’s cause it’s stamps by Paper Smooches. I’ve been marathon’ing through a crap load of card tutorials and mixed medium tutorials and stamping in all its shapes and forms tutorials; so a few trade names have stuck in my noggin. Then I got a newsletter from Scrap-a-Doodles that they have Paper Smooches cling stamps in stock. I squeeed like a fangirl!

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From left to right, I got: Sentiment sampler,  alphadot, and cyber café .

Some of the stamps look a bit bold; blame my ink. Silly Tracy tested the stamps with Archival ink instead of pigment or dye or whatever – anything else except archival! Point is now some of my stamps look bolder even though they are thoroughly babywiped/clean.

I’m stoked for the alphadot set. My handwriting is atrocious. Also finding Afrikaans sentiments in a font I like is a herculean task. Of course I had to get the coffee themes stamp. There’s even a mini macaroon (bonus!!) and a plate to stack them on. Can you see the pastel shaded cookies already. And of course there’s a coffee stain. The sentiments stamp set was practically a no-brainer. I needed some sentiments, and this set just about covers everything.

Can’t wait to start making some cards with these!