Friday, 21 December 2012

Xmas Card 2012 for mum

Just sharing the Xmas card that I made for my mum. It is another tri-shutter, as I really like to make this style card.  The papers used is Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet and the embellishments came from my $2 shop. I'm really happy with how this card turned out.  To allow me to keep my Xmas message personal, I made an envelope and put a little card inside that.

 Full View of tri-shutter
 Close up of the Nutcracker
 Close up of Clara
 Full view of the tri-shutter with the envelope removed
Envelope with hidden greeting inside
Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Asian - CCC Challenge #26

Hello fellow crafters.  Time for another challenge.  This fortnight the challenge over at Creative Card Crew is "Chinese New Year OR Asian OR Red & Gold OR Year of the Snake".

This challenge is proudly sponsored by:
 Scrapping Center

For this challenge I decided to play with my Graphic 45 "Bird Song" paper collection. It is a very pretty collection, which you can pick up from our sponsor.  I have paired with wild orchid craft flowers and of course bling. What would a card by me be if it didn't have bling ROFLOL.

  • Cardstock: black
  • Paper: Graphic 45 "Bird Song"
  • Embellishments: Wild Orchid Craft Flowers / Fashion Jewelry "Butterfly" / Paper Xtra "Flourish Silver White"
  • Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink / Inkssentials Glue n'Seal
Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Star - CCC Challenge #25

Hello fellow crafters.  Time for another challenge.  This fortnight the challenge over at Creative Card Crew is "Star".

This challenge is proudly sponsored by:  
Simon Says Stamp
For this challenge I decided to keep it simple and really play with the pattern paper I have. I also interpreted the theme differently than the other DT members, I focused on a Movie Star.  It is a little hard to see, but I do have three bling stars, and a star punch underneath the flower in the top left hand corner, in addition to my movie stars.

  • Cardstock: Paper Accents Toffee & an unidentified company for the Black
  • Paper: G45 Curtain Call
  • Embellishments: Prima Say It In Pearls / Queen & Co Bling (stars) / Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
Cheers FiLoMa

Card: WIP Card Competition - December 2012

I decided again to participate in the Wrapped in Paper (WIP) card challenge for December.  I was fortunate enough to have received the most votes for my August submission and was given a small prize - thanks Gail and WIP staff.

This challenge was a little more difficult for me but I decided to use some of the concepts I have learnt from Kathy Orta at Paper Phenomenon and constructed a card that could include photos.

I was happy with the card in end and as per the challenge requirements used everything that was in the challenge kit. I only have a few bits of pattern paper left over.

The first photo is showing all the product in the challenge kit and the subsequent three photos show the cover, first flap open and then second flap open.  The card is also blank on the inside where you can write you message.  I hope this card will inspire you.

Kit contents:
  • 5"x5" envelope
  • strip of pearls
  • die cut ornament
  • strip of ribbon
  • 12"x12" card stock
  • 6"x6" pattern paper (both A and B sides shown)
  • 12"x12" pattern paper (both A and B sides shown)
 December 2012 Kit Contents
 Front of card
 First flap opened
Second flap opened
Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Anything Goes - CCC Challenge #24

Hello fellow crafters.  Time for another challenge.  This fortnight the challenge over at Creative Card Crew is "Anything Goes".

This challenge is proudly sponsored by:

I had heaps of fun with this challenge. I used many of my favourite products, copics, flowers, glitter, pearls/bling and all things I consider pretty.

 Full View of Card
Close up of Mayzy Art digi Natsuko

  • Digi: Mayzy Art - Natsuko
  • Paper: Bo Bunny 6"x6" Serenity pattern  paper
  • Cardstock: Black Bazzill
  • Copics: E000, E00, E21, BV000 (Skin) / 100, BV29, BV25 (Hair) / G02, G07, R89, R59,R37, Molotow Signal White (Kimono) / R89, R59, R37, BV29 (Umbrella) / R89, R59, R37 (Shoes & Lips) / G02, G07 (Eyes) / R37 (Eyeshadow) / G02, G07 (Socks)
  • Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Evergreen Bough & Fried Brick
  • Miscellaneous: Paper Doilly, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Forest Green, Nestabilities Standard Circle - Large, Tim Holtz Decorative Button, Wild Orchid Craft Flowers & Crown Pin, Lace Ribbon, Prima Say It Wit Pearls "Swirls and Fimo Light Brown", Prima Birds Nest, Kaisercraft Embellishment Pack "Miss Match Collection" Ingo Cards, Kindy Glitz
Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Silver and Blue - CCC Challenge #23

Hello fellow crafters.  Time for another challenge.  This fortnight the challenge over at Creative Card Crew is "Silver and Blue".

This challenge is proudly sponsored by:  

Simon Says Stamp

For this challenge I decided to try something different, that being my take on a male grunge style card.  It was interesting making this card, seeing what was working and needed to change before I was finally happy with the end result.  I used a few products I hadn't touched at all or hadn't touched in a year or so.  It is quite a different card then my usual style, but I still couldn't resist putting flowers and bling on it. LOL.

  • Stamps: The Greeting Farm - Sweet & Toxic
  • Copics: E000, E00, E21, E11 (Skin) / B93, B95, B97 (Jeans) / R81, R85, R89 (Shirt) / 100, BV29, BV25, B97 (Hair) / 100, R89, R85 (Shoes) / C3 (Tie)
  • Dies/Punchs/Embossing: Tim Holtz Gadget Gears / Provocraft cuttlebug embossing Clockworks / Stampin' Up! 1.25" Square punch & Scallop Square punch
  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (blue) / Petaloo (Glitter sheets)
  • Embellishments: Kaisercraft Rhinestone Flourish Classic Island Lagoon / Tim Holtz Metal Wings / buttons / Flowers
  • Other: Glimmer Mist Turquoise blue / Adirondack Brights Acrylic Paint Dabber Sail Boat Blue / Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Silver Pearl /
Cheers FiLoMa

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Card: Tri-Shutter Card - G45 Ladies Diary

A few weeks ago I was commissioned by a work colleague/friend to make a birthday card. The scope I was given was the same style card I had made for a bady shower we had both attended.   Her friend likes girly stuff, flowers and bright colours. Well, I don't really have many bright colours in my craft stash, that's not really the style I make and certainly nothing that would suite the other requirements of girly and flowers. 

I am very happy with how this card has turned out and I know my work colleague/friend will also love the card.  It may not be what she was hoping for and if she doesn't want it, then I get to keep it LOL.

I've taken two photos and a very quick YouTube video. The two photos show one with the hidden message envelope (photo 1) and the second shows the spot where the hidden message envelope is attached to the card with a magnet (photo 2).  The YouTube video just briefly shows the card with and without the hidden envelope and I mention the products I've used. It is quite hard to show case a tri-shutter card to do it justice.

Anyway, here are the photos:

 Photo 1
Tri-shutter with hidden message envelope
Photo 2
Tri-shutter without hidden message envelope

Here is the YouTube video:

  • Cardstock: Paper Accent "Toffee" cardstock; Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla
  • Paper: My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found - Madison Ave "Pretty Dress Shop"; Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
  • Embellishments: Dimensional Magic; Wild Orchid Crafts (flowers & crown pin); Zva Creative self adhesive pearls (pink); Porta Craft pearls (brown); Tim Holtz Fasteners
Cheers FiLoMa

Monday, 29 October 2012

Copic Oz - Think Pink Challenge

I have been determined to participate in the Copic Oz "Think Pink" challenge.  Copic Oz is donating $5 per card participating in the challenge to the McGrath Foundation, however, if they get 100 cards then they will increase their donation to $10 per card.  At the time of writing this post, they had just hit 100, which means they will be donating at least $1000 (Copic Marker Australia Facebook page advises of increase in donation).  This is a fantastic cause and I'm glad to be participating.  I won't ramble any more, here is my card for the "Think Pink" challenge.

Edited:  I confirm that my card is number 101 in the challenge.

 Overview of the whole card.
This is my version of a step card.
Close up of SSD Digi "Support a Cause"
 Close up one of the flowers and crown pin.
  Close up two of the flowers and crown pin.
 Close up of one of the flowers that has been spray with Glimmer Mist
 Close up of the crown pin & washi tape.
 Close up of flowers and an old Pink Ribbon key charm.
 Close up of flowers and button.
Close up of bling and shrink plastic pink ribbon

  • Digi: Sassy Studio Design "Support a Cause"
  • Copics: E000, E00, E21, E11, BV000 (Skin) / R59, R46, R37, R35, R85 (Hair) / RV29, RV14, RV13, RV23 (Ribbon) / B39, B37, B34, B32 (Dress) / R37, R35, R22, 0 Spica (Lips) / E13, E04 (Eyebrows) / 100, 10 Spica (Belt)
  • Ink: Colorbox Chalk "Dark Peony"
  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
  • Pattern Paper: Echo Park "Yours Truely - Newsprint"
  • Embellishments: Kaisercraft pearls, Tim Holtz Button, Zva Crystal, Wild Orchid Crafts Flower and Crown Pin, Washi Tape
  • Miscellaneous: Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist "Cranberry Zing" and "Jack O'Lantern"
Cheers FiLoMa

Sunday, 28 October 2012

A Year in Review - Simple Stories Year-o-graphy

Hi fellow crafters, earlier this year I made the "Year in Review" album and box as designed by Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon.  I  had heaps of fun making this album and absolutely love the Simple Stories Year-o-graphy paper.

Once again this project was just so I can show case the pretty papers. I do not plan on putting any photos into this album, though it is a functional album.  I also love glitter, so the box I made to house the album has lots of glitter on it. Might be a bit much for those of you who watch the video, but I love it :-)  Enjoy the video and thanks for watching.

Cheers FiLoMa

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Build-a-Page - G45 ABC Primer

Hi fellow crafters, earlier this year I made the Build-a-Page album, as designed by Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon.  However, I never took any photos to show case it on my blog (that I remember anywho!).  As soon as I saw Kathy's Graphic 45 ABC Primer version of this album I knew that I wanted to do it.  I love the tutorial and I love G45 papers.  Like with my previous video "Halloween 2011 Scrapbook Album", I made the album to show case the beautiful G45 papers and not to use as a functional album, even though it is.  I would go so far to say that it was this tutorial that gave me the courage to start using my pretty pattern papers.  I would even say since finding Kathy's classes and tutorials I love to use my paper, both in making her albums and in my card making or off the page projects in a way that allows me to show case the prettiness of the papers.  Best of all, I get to be creative in the process.  I hope you enjoy this short video of my completed project.

Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Fancy Folds - CCC Challenge #22

Hello fellow crafters.  Time for another challenge.  This fortnight the challenge over at Creative Card Crew is "Fancy Folds".

This challenge is proudly sponsored by:

For the "fancy folds" challenge, I decided to make a diamond card. I believe there are probably a number of variations out there known as diamond cards, but this is the style I was taught a few years back.

I'm really happy with how this card has turned out. Even though we don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, I decided to go with a halloween image and style card, but with my girly twist to it.

 Front view of card
 Left side view
 Right side view
 Close up of left side view
 Close up of right side view
Close up of washi tape on left side view

  • Digi: Stamp Fairy "Mimi Halloween 1"
  • Copics: E000, E01, E11, E04, BV000 (Skin) / 100, BV29, BV25 & a touch of R89 (Hair) / R59, R29, YR09 (Horns & Jumpsuit) / YR09, YR04, YR02 (Blouse) / C9, C7, C5, C3 (Tridant) - Spica '0' (clear) used on tridant, horns, shoes and tip of tail.
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot
  • Paper: Sandylion "Halloween Words RMSCB348"
  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie
  • Embellishments / Miscellaneouls: Dimensional Magic, Halloween Fancy Sticker, Washi Tape, Insects on Cards (spiders), Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts, Cricut "Happy Hauntings"
Cheers FiLoMa

Monday, 22 October 2012

Halloween 2011 Scrapbook Album

Hi fellow crafters, today I finally got around to doing a video on the Confessions of a Shopaholic, Halloween version, scrapbook album that I made approximately October 2011.

The tutorial for the album was created by Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon. I had fun making this album, and love the halloween papers I used (K & Company).  Please check out my video to see the album.

Cheers FiLoMa

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Birthday Card - Dad

Last week my dad celebrated his birthday. Unfortunately I didn't organise myself well enough and make his card in time. On the weekend I spent time in the craft room and decided to make his card. I had an idea in mind, especially the image I wanted to use.  I think the card came together really well. Tonight my dad rang to say he had received the card and that he really liked it.  My dad has a great sense of humour, so I knew he would appreciate the saying that goes with the image.  Here is the card I made.

 Full view of card
 Close up of 'Stella'
 Close up of saying that goes with 'Stella'
 Close up of flowers to the left of the card
 Close up of flowers to the right of the card
Close up of where birthday greeting goes

  • Digi: Bugaboo "Discount Stella"
  • Copics: E000, E21, E11, BV000 (Skin) / B93, B95, B97, B34, B37, B39, Spica 0 (T-Shirt) /  C9, C7, C5, C3 (Trousers) / B93, B95 (Eye shadow) / C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, B93, 0, Spica 10 (Hair) / E49, E47, E29, E37, E17, 0, E31 (Grocery Bag) / R89, R85, R81 (Handbag & Shoes) / 100, BV29, BV25, 0 (Trolly)
  • Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Faded Jeans
  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (possibly brillant blue)
  • Paper: unknown - no name on it and I've had it for over a year
  • Embellishments: Kaisercraft bling, WOC flowers, Dimensional Magic
Cheers FiLoMa

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Copic Colour Journal

A little while ago I was inspired to start a Copic Colour Journal.  My inspiration came from Emma and you can view her blog "craftymummy2five" HERE and her copic colour journal HERE.

I actually plan to make my own SMASH book and then transfer what I've done in my 'temporary' copic colour journal to that.  In the mean time I keep working with what I've got.

The way I use my copic colour journal is I just pick three markers that appeal to me, usually within the same colour family and occasionally a fourth marker in a different colour family that I like and put them together to see what I come up with.  In essence, I don't follow the copic colour family rules all the time. As I am still learning, I figure the best way to find out what I like and don't like is to just see.

Over the past few months I have been practicing my hair colouring techniques.  I started out on straight hair and for this I purchased the digi Emo Lola from Simpy Betty Stamps (SBS).  As I didn't want to colour the whole image I cropped her head so I only had the hair to work with.  The inspiration for using a SBS came from Aeryn and you can view her blog "Creative Explosion" HERE and her copic colouring tutorial on straight hair HERE.

Recently, in the last month or two, I purchased the Colouring Long hair in fine detail e-book tutorial by Zoe from Make it Crafty (MiC).  The tutorial has a Saturated Canary digi called "Zoe" for practicing the hair colouring.  Well, today I decided to have a go at that tutorial. I'm not very happy with my results, but for my first attempt I can't really complain.  I read the tutorial completely before attempting it, and had it in front of me as I did it, but as I am a visual person I think I'm going to study the images in a bit more detail before having another go.  The tutorial is really easy to follow, so I know that I will improve with practice.

Now I'm going to share with you my progress to-date.

 My cheap $2 Copic Colour Journal
This is only a temporary measure until I make my SMASH book
 Page One
Various hair colour combinations
These were done prior to me getting the MiC tutorial
 Page Two
Various hair colour combinations
These were done prior to me getting the MiC tutorial
 Page Three
Various hair colour combinations
These were done prior to me getting the MiC tutorial
 My 1st attempt at Colouring Long Hair in fine detail
My written notes of what I didn't like and why
 Close up of my colouring and colours used
Close up of my hair attempt

I have found my copic colour journal to be a great source, even in the short time I started it and the limited techniques I have done.  If you haven't started one and you are wondering whether it is worth, I think it is.

I also agree with Zoe from MiC, the whole process should be FUN and at the end of the day, it is only yourself that needs to be happy with the result. It is not a competition, there is no prize at the end but the pleasure in accomplishing something that is visually appealing to you.

Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Bird - CCC Challenge #21

Hello fellow crafters.  Time for another challenge.  This fortnight the challenge over at Creative Card Crew is "Bird".

This challenge is proudly sponsored by:  

Simon Says Stamp

I'm really happy with how my card turned out for this challenge. The card I have made is more the style that I like to make these days as it includes many of my favourite items such as flowers, bling and pretty paper.

I coloured the bird lightly with my copics and the bird cage I cut from the Cricut Serenade collection.  I have also layered the Rhinestone into the buckle.

 Full view of card
I have taken this on a photo stand
 Another full view of card
This one is lying down, and is a little blurry
 Close up of bird and Brass Key with a bit of the bling in the background
 Close up of some of the WOC flowers, the prima nest and the "Travel Ticket" from Kaisercraft's Check-in collection
 Close up of the WOC flowers and crown pin, Prima's nest, butterfly I fussy cut from the Kaisercraft's Bonjour Collection and the Ace of Hearts playing card, which is from Kaisercraft's Sears & Sons collection
Close up of WOC flowers as well as the buckle and Rhinestone I got from one of my local cheap shops such as My Value or Hot Dollar

  • Cardstock: Kaisercraft 12"x12" Weave "Cookie"
  • Paper: Kaisercraft "Bonjour Collection"
  • Cricuit: Serenade Cartridge
  • Embelishments: Flowers, Crown Pin & Pearls(Wild Orchid Craft) / Flourish Pearls (Zva Creative) / Kindy Glitz / Check-in: Travel Tickets & Sears & Sons: Playing Cards (Kaisercraft) / Birdnest (Prima) / Buckle, Rhinestone & Brass Key (My Value &/or Hot Dollar cheap shops)
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
  • Copics: B97, B95, B93, RV10, 0
Cheers FiLoMa