Thankyou For stopping by to visit my little crafting corner. I have just started an online business www.acraftersheaven.com.au to sell my cards and I am also selling craft supplies. I love reading all your comments, and am happy to answer any questions.

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Stay safe,

Friday, November 29, 2013

Saturated Canary's Close to my heart

Good evening, thanks for dropping by.  I have a Saturated Canary image that I bought the other night (along with a few other cuties too).  This image is called close to my heart. I have used paper from Kaiser craft pad called true romance. TOP TIP: instead of buying expensive rhinestone buttons, try flattening out some bead caps with pliers and glue on a bevelled base rhinestone (you know the rhinestones that are not flat back... the point sits in the bead cap hole and secures it better)  I buy sew on rhinestones and remove the claw setting which is much cheaper that way!! The pram charm and ribbon slider are from ebay. flowers are WOC.

Copic colours:
BV 0000, 000, 20, 23, 25
E 000, 00, 04, 11, 21, 23, 25, 29, 41
R 00, 11, 20, 59
RV 34
G 99
YG 03, 63, 67

I would like to enter in to the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday: Use Kraft card (I matted my base and image with it)
Make it Monday: anything goes
Creative Knockouts: Tic Tac Toe- flowers, bling, ribbon.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Penny Black Royal Mail Christmas card

Good evening. Thanks for stopping by.  Tonight I have a Christmas card to show you... inking up my stamps for a change rather than using a digi!  This image is "Royal Mail" by Penny Black. The paper is from a christmas Kaiser Craft pad.  The tree die cut was a freebie on a card magazine.  The reindeer and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts... I have used Stampendous Frantage Glass Glitter on the antlers.  I have used sparkly Fluff for the snow on the mail box.

I would like to enter in to the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Show us sparkly/glittery image
Bearly Mine Challenge: anything goes
Allsorts: Bring on the bling

Copic colours used are:
R 00, 24, 27, 29, 59, 20
B 000, 91, 93, 97
E 000, 00, 11
N 4, 6
Y 38

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Penny Black Furry Embrace

Hi there! today I have a Penny Black card using image Furry Embrace.  This image I have had coloured for sooo long... in fact this is pre-copic!! I used prisma color pencils and think it is such a cute image :-)  DP is from a bo bunny pad called Prairie Chic collection.  lace, flowers and butterfly are all Wild Orchid Crafts.  The corner die is a Susanas Custom Art and Card die. the swirl is a magnolia die.  The inside is decorated to match the outside.

Quick post as I dont have colours to list.
Take care, Stay safe. XOX Tania

Friday, November 22, 2013

Saturated Canary Charming

Good afternoon. Thanks for stopping by. Today I have a card using a Saturated Canary image called Charming.  I have the rubber stamp for this lady, but I do believe you can get her as a digi too!  I have used paper from the Kaiser craft pad called Madame Boutique.  I have used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and die cut a swirl using magnolia die. Usual acetate butterfly and diamontes splashed around for bling. This image was subject in a class I did with Alyce of Kit and Clowder, and I have worked on my folds, but still practicing, I think she has come up well without Alyce guiding me :-)

Copic colours used:
R 11, 20, 59
RV 34
B 91, 93, 95, 97, 99
E 000, 00, 04, 11, 21, 43, 50, 53, 57

Hope you like my card for today.  working on lots more for my xmas markets coming up soon.

Take Care, stay safe. XOX Tania

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Whimsy's Fluffy on Lily criss cross card

Hi There! thanks for stopping by.  Here is another criss cross card, I made a whole stack in one sitting and have been decorating them over the last couple of days.  I have so many wonderful stamps, and some I dont think have seen ink, and this is one of them! I dont know why I haven't ink this one up as he is super cute !! He is a digi image called Fluffy on Lily by Whimsy stamps. I used Kaiser craft pad "Lavender Haze" paper.  Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Butterfly is one of my acetate ones and I made the charm using pearls and beads.  Image is cut with spellbinders circle die and matted with spellbinders Lacey circles die.

Copic colours I used are:
N 0, 1, 4
BV 0000, 000, 00, 02, 04, 08
W 5
R 20
YG 03, 63, 67
G 99

A super quick  post, dont want to bore you with my dribblings hehe!!! Take care, Stay safe
XOX Tania

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Criss Cross Card using Magnolia's Japanese Tilda

Hello! Boy it has been a long time since I've had time to do crafting and blogging, but have been able to get a few of these criss cross cards done.  something a little different than the standard open out card- I got the instructions from the talented Bev Rochester here.  I coloured up Magnolia's Japanese Tilda and have been practicing my colouring with the help of classes from Alyce of Kit and Clowder. Still not the best, but getting there :-)  I glued a big bow for the pull out part of the card.  the beads are threaded on to a piece of tiger wire which I threaded through the bow and secured with a silver crimp. Paper is from Bo Bunny's Serenity pad. The swirl is a magnolia die cut. Flowers and the cute resin butterflies are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 

Copic colours used:
YG 03, 63, 67
G 09, 99
Y 00
R 20, 27, 39, 59
N 1
BV 23, 25, 29
E 000, 00, 11, 21, 34

Thanks for stopping by, hope to get more cards uploaded over the next couple of days.
Stay safe XOX Tania

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

some various swing cards

Hi there! This is a quick post, basically because these cards are quick to make.  There is no colouring involved, but the embellishments make the cards exquisite.  I thought I would post them just purely to give you some ideas on different things that you can put on your cards.  I alter a lot of things, like cutting the ring off charms (as seen with the dinosaur in the pebbles near the fence) or the back notch of buttons and the split pins off brads. I hope you can find some ideas here.  By inking the edge of  straight cuts and using some frantage or different coloured embossing powders you can transform a simple card topper with a saying. 

Thanks for stopping by, Stay safe XOX Tania

Forever Friends Bear with large Present

Good morning. thanks for stopping by.  Today I have another swing card, this time using a Forever friends stamp of bear with large gift.  It came in a set of wood mounted stamps a couple of years ago and is super cute!  I did not write down the colours I used. The DP is from a Kaisercraft pad called True Romance.  The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, the ribbon is from my LSS Arnolds.  I made the acetate butterfly... an update for these.... I have always used dimension magic to mix the glitter in and seal the staz on ink.  My LSS did not have any in stock, so I got some glossy accents thinking it would do the same trick.... It doesn't!!!! it is much thicker and cracks when you cut out the butterfly and fold up the wings. So I am sticking with the dimension magic!  The hearts are cut from a memory box die called precious hearts.  If you look closely among the flowers, I have glued in some diamontes.. the sparkle is gorgeous.  I buy cheap sew-on rhinestone buttons on ebay (the claw set ones) and remove the claw, leaving the bevel rhinestone to glue on.  Adds such a nice touch and if you buy in bulk, they really are a cheap way to add bling!

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe XOX Tania

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

popcorn the Bear Fishing for Dad

Hi There. Its been such a long time since I have posted a card here... I've had my hands all little full :-) I managed to get quiet a few cards done before Amelia was born, so will try and get them uploaded as quick as I can.  Some may not have the colours or DP companies, but I hope they will give you some inspiration and ideas for some of your cards.

This one is one I did for Fathers day.  It is a Popcorn the Bear stamp of a bear and a duck fishing.  It is an adorable image, and you can have fun colouring wood grains and bear fur.  now, you all know how much I struggle with boys cards, but I had so much fun with this one!  I did it as a swing card, and used lots of old stuff I've had for ages from my scrapbooking days!  So, the shells, starfish and glass starfish all are seconhand from a cousins wedding table decorations! Yep, recycling at its best!  The fish are brads are leftovers I used on our honeymoon scrap page (we were married in 2003!) and the metal tiles were in my stash as well.  I used some gold pebble sand that I dont know where it came from years ago, and I have splashed around some dew drops in the water.  

Design Paper from a Prima Pad called Craftsman

copic colors:
YR 12, 15, 16
Y 35, 38
E 15, 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, 34
B 000, 14, 91
G 99
YG 03, 63
R 11, 20
N 1, 4, 6

Thanks for stopping by, Stay Safe XOX Tania

Thursday, September 5, 2013

box tutorial for cards

Hi there. A really quick post today with the tutorial for making boxes for square cards.  I thought I had a tutorial on this, but cant find it, so here it is:

You can adjust measurements to suit your cards.  Basically what you do is measure you card- I make my cards 14.8cm square ....  Add 4mm to this measurement.   This is going to be the base of your box.  I do my boxes 2.5cm or 1 inch deep, so you need to add this to the cardstock measurement X 2.  So in total you should have a 20.2cm piece of cardstock for the base box (that is 15.2cm + 2.5cm + 2.5cm).  Score each edge 2.5cm or 1 inch.  then score each little corner on the box diagonally (the first picture may best describe what I mean).  then it is a matter of gluing the corners in.  I find it helpful to fold up all the score lines before gluing and just hold the corners with a paper clip until the glue takes hold.  Do exactly the same technique for the lid EXCEPT add 0.3mm to the size of the cardstock... so you will have a piece of card 20.5cm square, scoring at 2.5cm or 1 inch around each side.  You need this extra little bit so the top sits over the base.

Take a look at the pictures below, they will be much more helpful in explaining how to make these boxes. If you have any questions, please drop me a message.

Stay safe XOX Tania

Monday, August 26, 2013

Please meet my newest masterpiece.... Baby Amelia

Good morning. Just letting you all know that I have not dropped off the face of the planet.... I have been creating a masterpiece of a different kind :-)

Please meet Amelia, our beautiful daughter we welcomed on the 20 August.  weighing 3130g she is absolutely perfect! The marks on her face are from forceps.  She is the most content wonderful little girl who will hopefully allow me some time to to keep crafting :-) I do have lots of cards done which I haven't uploaded yet, so stay tuned...

Thanks for stopping by. Stay Safe. XOX Tania

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Penny Black Wishes for Kisses Christmas swing card

Good morning! a swing card today, using Penny Black's "wishes for kisses".  DP is by K&Co called Holly Vine Printed embossed. Flowers are from Wild orchid Crafts.  I have scattered some rhinestones around the flowers, added a handmade hat pin.  The ribbon is from my LSS Arnolds, and the adhesive rhinestone is by Queen & Co.  The swing part is cut using spellbinders labels four and the image is cut using spellbinders Gold Labels Four.

copics used:
N 1, 4, 6
E 000, 00, 42
B 000, 14, 91, 95, 97
G 09
YG 03, 97
R 00, 11, 20, 24, 27
YR 12

Flower soft was added to the scarf for added texture.

Thanks for stopping by, Take care XOX Tania

Friday, July 26, 2013

A christmas verse swing card

Hi there (again!)  I have gone with something a little bit different here by just using a sentiment and no image. The beautiful verse is by Verses Rubber stamps called "Magic of holidays" and I have silver embossed it.  I have used no DP here, instead using a cuttlebug embossing folder on white card - swiss dots. I have matted it with  purple glitter cardstock.  Now, one problem I encountered here is that the cuttlebug folders do not emboss a 15cm square card... so what I had to do for the inside was to emboss two pieces of card and hide the join under the ribbon! No one ever knows (unless you're a crafter lol)  I bought a new spellbinders die called elegant labels which I just had to use here... it does overhang the card a little, but still manages to fit in my boxes I make.  I glued the die cut to the glitter paper and handcut around the base... I guess you could use JAC paper in the same way and sprinkle the cut out parts with glitter too!  The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts sprinkled with loads of glitter and I made the angel charm myself.  The little crystal and ribbon is from my LSS Arnolds Scrapbooking at Rothwell.

Here's my tip.... glitter paper is expensive and doesn't tend to glue anything to the top very well.  what I do is cut the matting (glitter) piece, then cut the centre out (so it looks like a frame)  the back of the glitter card glues perfectly to your base card, then you can stick you white  piece directly onto the actual card as well (I usually cut the frame about 1.5cm wide around... my top card goes over the top of the glitter paper to give a clean edge, but you can still stick the top piece directly onto the base card through the window section).  this way you can use the inside of the glitter window for things like snowflakes or butterflies etc. You could even "pop" up the top card onto some foam dots for dimension!

Wild Orchid Crafts is asking to see blue or purple, so would like to enter a second card into their challenge

Thanks for stopping by, Stay Safe XOX Tania

Penny Johnson 'Shhh' christmas card

Hello! Another Christmas card here... this time using a Penny Johnson image called "Shhh". The paper came out of my stash, so I cant tell you the name, and the glitter card I picked up from the craft expo a couple of months ago.  So sorry, but there isnt really much I can tell you about this card... think of it as eye candy LOL!!!!  The flowers are WOC of course.... and I made the hat pin myself.  ribbon is also from my stash.

TIP: I buy a lot of white or cream flowers so I dont have to store so many different coloured flowers and hit them with glimmer mist to suit the colour card.  I usually spray my lighter colour, then I unscrew the bottle and dab my darker colour on the edges...  If you do this while the lighter colour is still wet, your darker colour will be dragged into the lighter part a little and blend nicely.

Copic colours used:
R 27, 29, 89
G 09, 99
YG 03
Y 38
E 000, 00, 21, 29, 34, 42
N 1, 4, 6
B 12, 28, 93, 99

I would like to enter this card into the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge who would like to see spooled items

Thanks for stopping by, Stay Safe XOX Tania

Penny Black Here comes Christmas

Good morning, thanks for stopping by.  Here is another christmas card I have done up this week, and I must admit, it is probably my favourite card I have done in a LONG time!  I think the colours are pretty, and I just love this image... which is of course a Penny Black stamp called Here comes Christmas.  The DP is by Anna Griffin.  Flowers are of course Wild Orchid Crafts, and I have made the hat pin myself and added some dangle snowflakes to the end of it.  I have also scattered around some diamonte buttons amoungst the flowers, which I just love and have been doing to my cards since I saw what a finishing touch it makes.  I left the crystals in the button for this card, but I also have some claw set rhinestone buttons where I pulled the rhinestone out of its claw and glued them on... Let me tell you, the sparkle is divine!!!  The swing part is cut using spellbinders labels four die and the image is cut using spellbinder Gold Labels four die

Copic colours used were:
R 24, 27, 59
RV 95 (cheeks)
N 1, 4, 6
E 21, 25, 30, 34, 50, 53
YR 12 (moon)
B 000, 12, 28, 93

 I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Christmas in July
Ribbon Girls: Blue and White

Thanks for stopping by. Stay Safe XOX Tania

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lili of the Valley Little Trumpet

Hi there thanks for dropping by.  Long time since I have posted a card... I have been making loads, I promise..  I just haven't had time to upload them :-(   I have made a few christmas cards for a lady at the craft market I go to, so be warned... over the next couple of days, you are going to be inundated with all things Christmas!!! 

Its been a long time since I have pulled out my LOTV stamps, so I thought I would ink this cutie up.  Her name is Little Trumpet, and I have done a swing style card.  This style card is super easy to make but is really effective!

I have used Making Memories paper called Je tÁdore... not really a christmas paper, but the music notes fitted well with the trumpeting!  Flowers are of course Wild Orchid Crafts and made the little angel charm myself.  The die is labels one by spellbinders.

Copic colours used:
R 20, 81, 85
RV 95, 99
YG 03
E 000, 00, 01, 25, 30, 34, 53
Y 18, 35, 38
B 000 for shading

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:
Lili's Little Fairies Challenge: Christmas in July
Creative Inspirations Challenge: Bingo (Ribbon, stamped image and flowers)
Bearly Mine Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. Stay Safe XOX Tania

Friday, July 12, 2013

No spooled items for the Southern Girls Challenge... a Christmas card

Good morning! well its challenge time over at the Southern Girls Challenge and this fortnight, the challenge is to not use and spooled items (thats ribbons, twine or cotton) on your projects.  WOW that's a hard ask for me, as I love big bows and gorgeous ribbons .... but I have come up with this Christmas card I hope you like :-).  We have fabulous sponsors this fortnight and I have showcased dies from Marianne design.  I am in envy of the winner of that prize, as I those gorgeous snowflakes would've been perfect for this card LOL!!!!!  Anyway, enough of me sobbing, I have used the following Marianne Design dies:
LR0184 (baubles)
 LR0178 (sleigh) 
and LR0176 (trees)

I dont have the reindeer that matches the sleigh, so have used a Sizzix one, but there is definitely a Marianne Design Reindeer die!
 I also used the snowflake punch outs from a Martha Stewart edger.

It's a shaker box card, and I have stuck thick card from officeworks between two pieces of acetate so the beads, glitter and silver snowflakes don't get caught among the die cuts.  The silver snowflakes are just tiny bead spacers that people use for jewellery... quite cheap, but effective all the same!  The backing DP is a digi paper from Pink Gem designs.  I have cut three baubles, two the right side of glitter paper (which will get folded in half with the glitter side in the centre), one with the glitter paper flipped over to the wrong side.  Take the two baubles folded in half and place them side by side, and then stick the third bauble over them... the baubles will align perfectly!  then you have a three dimensional bauble :-)  For the third bauble (the one on the top) you can back this prior to cutting with some JAC paper or run it through a sticker maker so it sticks down without the mess of glue.

so pop on over to the Southern Girls Challenge, and show us your creations!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Morayfield Handmade Expo

I attend the Morayfield Handmade expo on the first sunday of each month.  Love to see you there.
XOX Tania

Photo: We love Australian Markets and Fairs Magazine.  We have been advertising for many many years - they are amazing to deal with and so supportive of The Handmade Expo :) II 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Saturated canary "Bella"

Hi there! here's a card I did last week using my new rubber Saturated Canary stamps.  This cutie is called Bella.  I had so much fun colouring her up.  I have used papers from my pad by Kaiser called "Lavendar Haze" I LOVE this pad!  The heart die is a Memory Box die called Precious Hearts.  The flowers are WOC (no surprises there LOL!!!!) and the ribbon and rhinestone are from my stash.

Copic Colours I used are:
BV 000, 00, 02, 04, 08
B 000, 12, 28, 93, 97, 99
W 1, 5
RV 95
R 20, 81, 83, 85, 89
E 000, 00, 11, 21, 23, 25, 29

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe XOX Tania

Monday, June 24, 2013

Thankyou by Saturated Canary

Another Saturated Canary image, this one is called Thankyou.  Again,  have used papers from the Prima "Hello Pastel" pad.  The doily die is a Heartfelt Creations die.  I made the pearl and rondelle caharm, and the flowers are WOC.  ribbon and slider is from my stash.

Copis colours I used are:
BV 00, 02
E 000, 00, 13, 59
BG 05, 11, 13
R 20
B 000, 93
N 0, 1.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe XOX Tania

Saturated Canary The Seasons Springtime II

Hello. thanks for dropping by today.  This image the beautiful Seasons Springtime II by Saturated Canary.  I have used paper by Prima from the "Hello Pastel" pad.  Dies I have used are the memory box Precious Hearts die and the corner die is a SCACD.  Flowers are WOC.  I have put a little pearl and rhinestone button on the organza ribbon bow and little flatback pearls on the die cuts.

sorry about the poor photography skills, a little blurry, but the close up is better:-)

Copic colours I have used are:
RV13, 14, 25
R 20, 39, 81
G 99
YG 03
E 000, 00, 01, 21, 25, 29, 30, 34, 53
Y 38

Thanks for stopping by.  Its school holidays here in QLD so I'm not sure if I will get much crafting done so I might be MIA for a while :-(  Stay Safe XOX Tania

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pink Gem Designs Baby Boy

Hello!! Lucky last card for tonight.  A baby card :-)  I don't know about everyone else, but when I buy digi's, I cant just buy one from the store I need to spend at least over $5 to make it worth my while LOL!!!! So I got this cutie from Pink Gem Designs with my other baby images (One more to come) This one is called Baby Boy Bundle.  The papers are from My Mind's Eye called Portobello Road "Buddies" and Forever Friends "Kraft Notes".  The new baby sentiment is a clear stamp from unknown set.  The banner die is a My Favorite Things die.  Flowers are WOC.  The feet brads are sooo old and crying to be used (I'm talking 8 years old when my twins were born!!!) and the lace is from my stash.  I have also glued on some dew drops.  

I would like to enter into the Creative Inspirations Challenge for a baby card.

Copic colours I used were:
BG 0000, 01, 05, 49
B 0000
E 000, 00, 21
Y 00, 11
YR 12, 15
W 1, 5
R 20

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe XOX Tania

Penny Black Uplifting Occasion

A Penny Black image to break it up for you.  This cutie is called "Uplifting Occasion". Using papers from my current favourite pad- Kaiser Crafts Lavendar Haze.  A very simple, yet pretty card.  Flowers are WOC, an acetate butterfly, some ribbon from my stash and a few dew drops :-)

I would like to enter into the following challenge:
Carisma Cardz Challenge: Pink and Green
Bearly Mine Challenges: Flowers Galore

A short and sweet post for a change LOL!!!

Copic colours I used were:
R 20, 81, 83, 85, 89
E 15, 18, 21, 29
YR 0000, 000
B 000
N 0, 1, 4
G 82
YG 03, 63

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe XOX Tania