Thursday, 31 October 2013

Heartfelt Creations Rose Creations, Stampinstyle Image J2682 - Birthday Card


How's things?  Busy, Busy - like me??  There are so many things happening at the moment - not enough time in a day!

I have a beautiful card to show you - I created this for a friend for her Birthday.  The background image is a Stampinstyle Stamp no. J2682.  I re-stamped just the Dressform part of the stamp with Versamark and embossed with Judikins embossing powder and foam taped it over the background image.  I added a gold ribbon belt with a pearl belt buckle.  She even has a pearl necklace to match!  The ribbon across the bottom of her form is Stampin' Ups Ruffle Stretch Ribbon in Baked Brown Sugar.



The roses are die-cut using Heartfelt Creations Rose Creations Shapeabilities.  I stamped portions of the smaller flowers with the background stamp, gold embossed a swirl image on them all and then spritzed them with Perfect Pearls Gold powder mixed in a mini mister with water.  The Brads are Stampin' Up Glimmer Brads.  The button holding the gold ribbon is a Stampin' Up Very Vintage Designer Button.

The lighter coloured card that I used was a Stampin Up card which is no longer available - I think it was called Confetti...  I mounted the stamped image on a gold glitter paper, double mounted it on more of the Confetti Card and my card base is Stampin Ups Baked Brown Sugar. I added some Pearls in the corners and hasn't it turned out fantastically!!
 Will post again soon - thanks for enjoying our Blog!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Creating with BaRb blog- Stampin'up-Christmas Collectables

Christmas Collectables

A simple but lovely card today, using this years ornament punch and stamp set.

This card uses Cherry cobbler, brushed gold and white card.
The ornaments stamps are from Christmas collectables, and best of Christmas sets,stamped in versamark onto gold foil card, and embossed with cherry cobbler powder.
The card base is cherry cobbler with the front embossed in stylish stripes folder. The brushed gold mat is embossed in tulips frame folder. The white section is also embossed in stripes but is used on the reverse side.
The card spine is wrapped in cherry bakers twine before the insert was added, and tied on the top corner with a couple of small metal gold bells added to the bow.
Cherry brads were placed in the corners of the gold mat, bakers twine to hang the ornaments was taped to the back of the white front, and this was then attached with gold brads. This was all then fixed to the card. The ornaments had a small bow tied to each and were then attached with dimensionals over the twine. A dab of cherry dazzling details finished off the bows.
I hope you enjoy this card. Until next time.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Stampin'up-Christmas Bag of tags

Hi Everyone
Today I am sharing with you, my latest set of Christmas tags.

These tags were all cut with a sizzix die. Most of them are on natural ivory card with a couple in crumb cake and cherry cobbler. White and gumball green card are also used.
All tags were first shaded with distress inks (antique linen, fired brick and forest moss).
The back of them was then stamped with the sentiment from Wishing you.
The papers are all from Season of style paper pad.
Stamp sets used are Warmth and Wonder, Christmas Messages, Christmas collectibles, Best of Christmas, Festive flurry, Joyful Christmas and Wishing you. Matching punches and dies were also used, as was my favourite bird punch.

Silver and black embossing powders are used and various embellishments, ribbons and twine in silver and cherry cobbler. Clear stardust pen adds some highlights.
I hope this gives you some Christmas inspiration and thank you for visiting.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Make It Crafty - Mushroom House - Mini Canvas

Good Morning - another beautiful Sunday morning!!

Don't you just love mushrooms - don't like to eat them (only on pizza of course).  This beautiful mushroom is a Make it Crafty rubber stamp named - Mushroom House.  I needed to make a birthday gift for a person who loves fairies - I have angel stamps, many little girl stamps, princess stamps but surprisingly - no fairy stamps.....   So, when flicking through my catalogue of stamps - (yes every stamp that I own I have stamped into a catalogue i.e. a ring binder - so I know what I have and where to find it in my craft room) - I saw this Mushroom House and knowing I have fairy charms thought it would be perfect!

I stamped and black embossed the mushroom house image and coloured it with Twinkling H2Os.  I used diamond glaze and glitter to 'highlight' white parts of the mushroom.  First I covered the canvas with patterned paper (freebie from a magazine).  Used part of a strip of grass along the bottom from a Sizzix Grass Die.  Added a saying which reads:

Live among the flowers
Dance with the petals
Laugh in the sunshine
Inspiring isn't it! The saying is from Prickley Pears stamp set - Flowers.  I black embossed this on white, mounted it on the same patterned paper and them mounted it again on black to make it stand out.  I then added my Fairy charm with a brad and sat this in behind the corner of the house.  I hadn't originally put the sun on there but felt it was lacking something - my beautiful crafty friend (who I was crafting with at the time) suggested a "sun" to fit in with the saying - so I used the sun from Pollycraft Surf's Up stamp set.  I clear embossed this on yellow card and it goes perfectly - thank you crafty friend - great suggestion!  

Added a red ribbon around the bottom and made a double bow for the corner and ta-da finished!
This was one of those 'secret' birthday presents - so I have no idea of the recipients reaction - hope she loved it!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Shadow Box - using Spellbinders Rose Creations Die...

Hello - it has just started to rain as I am typing this and the smell of the rain is so refreshing!!

I made this Box - (I was unsure exactly what to call it so I went with Shadow box - please let me know if I should have called it something different!!) for a beautiful friend of mine for her Birthday - she loved it of course as I'm sure you will.....

Looks great doesn't it?!?   I found this fantastic box at a cheap warehouse shop - they only had two and I had never seen them before and have not seen them since - so I think it was one of those lucky finds!!  It is a very unusual box in that it has a double layer of Perspex - which is a glass-like material - which is magnetised together in the corners and then magnetised to the top of the box.


This is the base of the box - I created it all outside the box and then put it together.  Now, where do I start.....  The flowers are die cut using Spellbinders Rose Creations die - a few different sizes for each flower, held together with brads and then glittered with KindyGlitz and glitter.  The Birdcage is die cut using Prickley Pears Birdcage Die and glossy black card.  The Owl is a chipboard owl which I painted and glittered and I have used black rhinestones for his eyes.  The leaves for the roses are die cut using Stampin' Up's Sizzlit - Little leaves, run through an embossing folder for detail and then rubbed over with metallic gold.  A few close ups ......

The "friends forever" is a Darkroom Door stamp from their All Occasions set.  I black embossed it to make it shine like the birdcage.  I have also used ribbon, a dragonfly brad, a heart brad, lots of bling - rhinestones and pearls....  Oh - I forgot to mention the paper I used was a patterned paper with a beautiful rose in the bottom corner where I have placed the birdcage etc.
Here is the top...  had you already noticed in the views without the box that there was no butterflies?? You are very observant!!   The butterflies are sandwiched between the two layers of Perspex - very unusual!!!  I used Stampin' Up's Embosslits - Beautiful Wings to cut the butterflies and stuck them in place using glue dots - I had to be careful firstly of where I placed the butterflies so that they sat nicely over the top of the rest of my project and secondly I had to be careful to not make it too thick for the magnets on the two layers to work properly!! Phew .... 

This is just another finished view where you can see the depth of the box a bit better... See the placement of the butterflies.....
I think I covered everything - and as you can imagine I loved creating this!! I would love to hear any comments of what you think of this .....

 Have a great evening,

Monday, 14 October 2013

Creating with BaRb blog-Stampin'up-Christmas Tag Class 001

Christmas Tag Class 001

Stampin'up - Christmas Lodge

I think this is an absolutely beautiful Christmas stamp set.
(Yes I know it is retired, but I am sure many people have it).

I have used traditional colours of Olive, Cherry cobbler and white.
It is an easel card design, so that it can be easily kept on show.

The front and inside panels are in white card embossed with the tulip folder, with the edges distressed and then sponged with cherry cobbler ink.

The tree was stamped and then decorated with cherry cobbler dazzling details, and attached to an olive panel. This was then attached to the folded front section of the card.

The centre panel was stamped with the lodge in black stazon ink, coloured with watercolour pencils and an aquabrush, and highlighted with dazzling details.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is in cherry cobbler.
The olive sentiment is from an older set, City of David.

Glimmer brads were placed for the stop, and the panel was then attached to the card.

Rhinestones were added to the tree top and the top corners of the white panel on the card front.

I hope you enjoy this card and perhaps find some inspirational ideas here.
Happy Christmas crafting
Till next time

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Creating with BaRb blog-Stampin'up-Beautifully Baroque-Christmas

Beautifully Baroque-Christmas
Good morning
Stamps can be used in many ways, and this one just seemed to say- silver, Christmas.

I have used a Real red base card.The image was stamped in versamark and embossed in silver, then fixed to the card front. I then die cut a deco label from real red cordinations card and embossed the negative with the baroque folder and lightly sanded it back. (I will use the label in another design).
The greeting is from Warmth and Wonder and is embossed in silver powder. I placed a mini silver brad in each corner and taped it to the card front. A strip of silver ribbon was placed beneath the greeting, with two rhinestones on either side and a silver ribbon bow to the top.
Simple but elegant.

KaiserCraft - Beyond the Page - Mini Gift Album

Good Morning,

Going through my older photos (my Husband went away camping for a week and had my camera with him - so I was spending time looking at previous projects...) I found a mini album I had made as a gift for my Teacher.  The Kaisercraft  mini album had a few chipboard pages as well - I only used the chipboard for the cover and the back and have saved the other pages for another project.


Front Cover:  The cover had the windows already cut out, I stamped the background with Judikins Daisy Block - which I have used throughout the book... I stamped the back cover and on some of the purchased flowers.  The Dragonfly is a Scrapmatts Chipboard dragonfly which I glued a yellow piece of paper in behind to co-ordinate with the flowers.

 Back Cover.

The inside pages: I stamped a heap of images and took them to school and had the children in our class colour them in and write their names - very cute hey??  The images are:  Left: Hero Arts - Girl Holding Flowers, Middle: Hero Arts - Girl with Gift and Right: High Hopes - Froggy Gift.  I remember the children loved being so secretive and trying to not let our Teacher know we were making her a present... shhhh!!!

I made a matching card to go with the gift.  On the tag I used Semco Crackle Paint over the top of Semco Metallic copper paint - it was very shiny.  Used flowers and stamp same as above.
A treasured memory to keep forever from our Class that Year.
I just about have the next project ready to blog about - see you soon!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Stampin' Up Aviary, Punch Bunch, Owl Together Now, Confetti

Good afternoon,

Owl addicts - have a look at this really cute project I have created....  Owly Bookmarks!!

My Teacher always gives the children in our class books as their End of year / Christmas gift - so I have been making a bookmark each to go with their books - great idea isn't it??  A personalised owl bookmark - what more could you want??
For the Girls I used pink, purple and black.  I have used blue, red and black for the Boys.
The large black owl in the bottom corner is from Stampin' Up's - Punch Bunch.  Flying owl and side peek-a-boo owl are from and old Stampin' Up Set - Owl Together Now and the little owl is from Stampin' Up Set - Aviary.  The itty-bitty alphabet is from Stampin' Up's Set - Confetti.  (Last year I used the little leaves from Confetti but this time I thought I would use the alphabet instead!).  The Children's names are stamped using a PaperCraft set named Italic Alphabet.
I stamped a "handmade by" stamp on the back, then laminated, rounded corners and added ribbons to finish them off. 
A very practical present - don't you think?
 Create a bookmark today!

Creating with BaRb blog-Stampin'up-Christmas Tags Folder

Hello Everyone
These Christmas tags in a folder make an excellent end of year gift.

The folder has an accordian folded spine and a cover and pages in black card. The embossed front and back cover sections are in vanilla card, and then sponged over with cherry cobbler ink. The tags themselves are in sahara sand and natural white card. They have been die cut with the two tags, and another sizzix die. The smaller gift tags have been punched.
Each tag has been stamped using various sets then coloured, sponged and highlighted with stardust pens, shimmer paints and dazzling details glues. On the back of each tag is a Christmas sentiment and a to-from stamp.
The front is embellished with  glitter snowflakes, brads and a Merry Christmas label. A ribbon has been tied around to hold the folder closed
Each page has a pocket on the back to hold the tags, and on the front of the page is a sample of the tag.
I hope you have enjoyed this project and thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Stampin'up - Santa's list

Hello everyone
Summer is certainly here, too hot for Santa's suit, so I had to create a frosty scene for this stamp design.
 I have reversed a canvas and lined the inside with white card. The paper on the outside is from Eastern elegance pack. An aperture was die cut using sizzix rounded tags die. A second piece of white card was die cut and added behind, and the top left corner was then embossed with Northern flurry folder. Some silver snowflakes(from Warmth and wonder) were stamped and the Greetings stamped and then embossed in black powder.
 I stamped Santa in black stazon, onto more white card, masked him, and then stamped Special season tree in olive, and the small snowflake in silver metallic ink. Santa's beard is coloured with white gel pen, his gloves in white craft ink,  his suit and hat in cherry cobbler, and his face with crumb cake. Dazzling details and gold marker highlight the decos on the tree.
The moose is from Walk in the Wild, stamped in suede, cut out and coated in crystal effects.
The two outside trees are from lovely as a tree, stamped in olive and suede marker and cut out. They are sponged with white craft ink to look misty. A strip of basic grey card has been embossed in square lattice folder and added across the bottom, sponged in white ink and painted with frost white shimmer. The sentiment is stamped in black stazon. The die cut leaves are stamped, coated in crystal effects and glittered.
Santa's hat, sleeve cuffs and coat front have been coated with polar white Flower soft, and a small pom pom added to his hat. The pieces were then all assembled, the outside trees and embossing were painted in shimmer white frost, a naturals button tied with twine and a small silver paper star added beneath the leaves. A few rhinestones in the snowflakes, and a frosted embellishment in the top left corner finished off.
This design is great on an easel or can be used as a wall hanging.
Enjoy your week and have fun crafting

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Mini Album

Good Morning, had a bit of a moment there - where I thought I had lost an hour - must be daylight saving or something - some of my clocks / mobile phone / t-hub etc said an hour later than I thought it was... whew I will just change those ones back an hour thanks!  No Daylight saving here!

The Mini Album I have for you today is one I bought on a great special (only $3 or $4 dollars).  Sorry made it about a year ago and cannot remember which brand it was......  It came in a kit with a couple of chipboard shapes - hearts etc and the word Dream in really large chipboard letters and as you will see I did not use the word.


The front cover. The album was designed to be a concertina album to incorporate the word - Dream - but I changed the design to be a book style instead.  As there was holes down both sides of every page I added ribbons in every hole. (Sorry about the not so great photos! who knew I would one day blog this album !?!)
 The inside pages.  My Daughter was invited to the party of her friends little sister - so I added lots of little girly stickers and things.

 In the gift we also included
more  packets of little 
stickers for her to add her own.


 The last page and the back cover.
 I put a large shaker sticker on the back.  Georgina loved the present - who wouldn't I guess...
On the front cover, with a large chipboard heart from the kit -  I added lots of red bling - butterflies, flowers, rhinestones.  They are hard to see but near the tag are some small fairy charms etc.
I think mini albums would be one of my most favourite things to create - this was a very simple one and I can't wait to show you the "travel' mini album I have just finished - will take photos soon....
Don't forget to change those clocks if you need to!!
Enjoy creating today...

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Kaisercraft - Pencil Holder, Stampin' Up - Asian Artistry

Hello Crafty Friends,

This morning I would like to show you a pencil holder I decorated - Kaisercraft Off the Page Pencil Holder.  First I painted the holder with a Mont Marte metallic green paint - it is such a beautiful colour.  I then added a row of thick dark brown ribbon (I guess you could call it ribbon?) around the bottom.

I then stamped the bird from Stampin' Up's set - Asian Artistry and oval die-cut the image.  I coloured  really simply - by basically just line colouring the image.  I then stitched a row of brown and gold ribbon around the oval finishing with a bow off-centre at the top.   The words "Life is a matter of moments" is from the Stampin' Up Set  - Elements of Style.

I added a row of bronze type coloured pearls around the top and added gold corner stickers on every side.  The last thing I did was to put a layer of felt on the inside of the pencil holder to give it a more finished look.

How lovely would a project like this look sitting on your desk!?!
Have a crafty day!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Christmas Beads and Phone Charms

Good Morning,

Wednesday Woo Hoo - another addiction revealed - luckily my addictions are good for me!!  This addiction is...... making phone charms.... not for me to keep (thank goodness) but to give away as gifts.  Most of my friends and relatives would tell you that they have at least 1 phone charm that I have made for them.  I think the first phone charms I made were the Angels I blogged about a few days ago.  The second ones were these beautiful dragonflies....

Every Christmas I try to give Family / Friends a phone charm - here are a few examples of some of the ones I have given - I have also made other Christmas Trees, Snowflakes etc...
Last year I found these kits at Beads Online and had to buy them!  I also purchased more of the domino / wooden tiles /beads thinking they were the same - but they were actually smaller and had holes in the sides as well - so I just wired beads through those holes as well - except for the black ones (the non Christmas ones) - I just left the side holes empty.

The dominoes were blank, I used diamond glaze to adhere the picture and then added another layer of diamond glaze - and it is as easy as that!

 This is a closer view of the Santa ones.

I chose small sections of some of my favourite papers to make these ones.

I have also made many other charms - owls, Australiana etc - your imagination is only limited by your bead choice!!  What charms do you have hanging from your phone or your bag??

I will have to decide which charms I am making this Christmas.....
Have a great day!