Wednesday 8 August 2018

Julie Nutting and Gorjuss Girl swap group

Hi everyone

I have created a swap group for anyone who wants to create swaps with these beautiful stamps.

New Zealand and International

atcs and tags at this stage so if you are looking for a fun swap group this is it

Requirements are to answer the 3 questions please to join the group

just click on this link

here are a few of the ones I have  created for swaps and myself...…..

Saturday 21 April 2018

Beautiful stationary station

Hi everyone and welcome back to my happy place

I hope you are all happily crafting 😊
In New Zealand we are having school holidays and In between having loads of fun with my beautiful granddaughter craftiness has been full on .....just as I like it! 

So I wanted to share this lovely stationary station with you
Items used
Graphic 45 Natures Sketchbook
Helmar professional acid free glue
Score board
Bone folder
Black card stock 
Stick it notes
Note pad
Cutting tools....I use Tim Holtz Trimmer


Room to hold cards and envelopes, note pad, sticky notes, stamps, pen......

This pretty now sits beside my computer ....handy!

Thank you for stopping by....

Tuesday 17 April 2018

A cute box and easel card

Hi everyone and welcome back to my happy place 

I have been busy with classes and creating Mother's Day projects
I wanted to share this cute creation with you....not my idea! Pinterest has loads of them 

Using the beautiful Graphic 45 Gilded Lily
Perfect to hold jewellery or small chocolates 

Thank you for stopping by......happy crafting

Friday 6 April 2018

A cute box to hold cards and envelopes using Graphic 45 Gilded Lily

Hi everyone and welcome back to my happy place....

Today I am sharing a tutorial for this lovely box filled with cards
this will make a great gift for your grandmother, mother, daughter or any of the ladies in your life

The box measures 6" x 4" 

To start off cut one piece of card stock at 10" x 10" for the base
And one piece at 9 1/16" x 5 1/16" for the lid

Take the base piece and score at 2" and 8" turn and score at 4" and 6" it should look like this

Now take lid and score at 1 1/2" on all sides so it looks like this

Now cut tabs on each piece to look like this


Now fold up all score lines and burnish to get a crisp edge on all pieces

I have cut to fit my papers and glued them on before building the box and lid.....they will look like this

Add tape or/and glue then fold and attach to form a box shape on both bottom and top

You will see how to glue and/or tape the box and lid together this

I have kept the embellishments simple but elegance is easy with Graphic 45 Gilded Lily

Next I have cut card stock at 7" x 3 1/2" and folded in half to create a card...
Embellish with matching collection 

I used my envelope punch board to create the envelopes 

A pretty box of cards for any occasion 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this project......

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Beautiful mini album

Hi everyone and welcome to my Happy Place.....
Today I will be showing you how to create this pretty mini album using Mon Amour
it is a rather long tutorial to create from start to finish stay with me!

To start with we will build the cover....
cut your chipboard to 2 pieces at 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" and spine at 6 1/2" x 1 3/4"
then glue down to your chosen cardstock leaving about 1" edge all around (see pictures for a visual description)
Make sure you leave a gap between each piece ...TIP...I leave double the thickness of the cardstock!
Trim away corners as shown leaving around an 1/8" for turning under, add your score tape as shown..

Next score around the outside of cardstock and ease to fold around your cover.....add wet glue to cardstock just to make sure everything is secure (not too much..or it may tear if too wet) and fold over these flaps....
use your score tool or finger nail ;) to press and fold the wee corner in

Your cover will look like gently using your score tool make a crease where your cover folds....gently...did I gently fold to stretch the fibres for opening and closing your album

Now cut 2 at 6" x 6" and 1 at 6" x 4" cardstock in same colour as cover...
take the 6" x 4" glue down with score tape and wet glue over the spine area (line up top and bottom then sides so it fits nice)

Next glue down the two cover pieces...line up with spine give this a few minutes to settle then again gently mark spine groves as shown and fold gently to stretch fibers

Next its time to create the "Stack the deck" binding.....cut these pieces measuring 
6 x 2 3/4"....6 x 2 1/4".....6 x 1 3/4"
score all three on both long sides at 3/4" to look like below 

using your score tape completely cover the outside middle section of all three and attach to each other by stacking to look like this....there is a 1/4" gap on both sides of each piece!

Next you need to line this up and attach to your spine section on the cover piece....ANOTHER TIP is to cover score tape with wet glue to give you some wiggle room to get things straight....
Congratulations your cover and binding system are complete!

Now onto the pages will need to cut 
For pages        2 at 6" x 5" and 4 at 6" x 6"
For page flaps 2 at 6" x 4 1/4" and 4 at 6' x 5"

You can take the 2 6" x 5" pieces and attach them to first and last binding sections using any type of glue you like to use....then the last four pieces measuring 6" x 6" attach to the remaining centre binding sections... remember to leave a smidge by binding hinge or your pages wont move freely....

For the fold out sections I have used a decorative die to give them a pretty edge then on the straight edge score at 1/2" 

you are still with me :)

Next attach the two smaller sections to the two small pages using score tape or wet glue on that 1/2" section....then the four other sections to the four pages in the same way.....

Your beautiful album will now look like this......great job!

Now to move onto adding the pretty papers and embellishments.......
Just a wee tip, I only have the 8" x 8" paper pads so you can still create a gorgeous album using just them!

Select the papers you want to use to cover your pages and cut
4 at 5 3/4" x 4 3/3" and 8 at 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" ....if you have used a decorative edge make sure you match it up on the fold out pieces  

Work your way through adding the papers to each page.....Next lets create two pockets to add to the front and back inside of the covers to hold the pretty extras like photo mats or journaling cutouts
Cut two at 6 1/4" x 3" from same coloured cardstock and add a decorative edge if you like....

This is how my inside front cover looks, the tag I created and the measurements are 5" x 5"

and this is the back inside cover....the little metal pieces I cut to fit an image from the collection for an added embellishment......

Here are the final photos so you can see how I have put the final touches together....I have used another decorative die to create photo mats and a small banner for documenting the memory, laying them in offset places on the page for added interest.....

The cover is created by covering with a 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" base paper, then I used the back cover from the paper pad cut into a circle added some pretty pom pom trim creating a  base to work from....

Next I selected and fussy cut the flowers and couple, added them and a spray of flowers I had rescued from my daughters bin.....bad bad girl lol!
I also added the Mon Amour cut out and butterflies with stickles for some sparkle effect finally I added some ribbon to match for the closure....

Here are the inside flap pages showing how I decorated them using cut outs, bling and die cuts.
I have left the inside larger  pages undecorated so I can use up the space with photos....

We have come to the end of my tutorial I do hope you have as much creative fun as I did putting this beautiful album together....

This is my second entry showcasing my love of altering and repurposing items to give them a new life..... This beautiful decor piece started its life as a pin cushion and cotton holder I found at a secondhand shop and a wee wooden birdhouse........

Using the beautiful Graphic 45 Mon Amour collection......

I have painted a vintage cream colour on the base and bird house then glued them together......

Using my favourite embellishments Pearls, Bling, Dangle bead trim, flowers .......

I just love the little birdies

thank you for stopping by 

where you can find more of my creations