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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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

crafting goodies for sale

I am cleaning up my craft room. That means I have to declutter and sell some stuff! I will be listing on ebay shortly, but thought I would give my local folk (Dakabin QLD Australia) the opportunity to come over and see what I have. Loads of stamps (wood mounted and clear sets), ink pads, a few packets of brand new dies, stickers, embellishments etc.  Please comment below and I will PM you my number/address. There are loads of bargains... House mouse stamps, impression Obsession, Penny Black clear sets, disney... larger stamps $6 - $7.50, but most are around $3 - $4. $10 die sets. I have too many at the moment to upload pictures,but as I sell them and list on ebay I will upload pics then. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Whimsy's Bird Swing by Sylvia Zet

A friend wanted a card for her Nan's 80th birthday.  She loves bluebirds and I've had this Whimsy image for ages! By Sylvia Zet you can get it here.  Perfect!!! I coloured it up with copics and used my favorite DP by Pion (Blue baby blanket).  Lots of different die cuts here (I have done a bit of shopping since I was last blogging hehe :-) So... the border is Memory Box called DeLacie Border, Doily is a Joy Crafts die called Circle Doily, Spellbinders heart key (from set Decorative elements- Labels 28) the birdcage is Crafty Individuals called Guilded Cage and the Swirl is Magnolia.  The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and the cute little bluebird charm is from Nini's Things here in Qld :-) 

Copic Colours I used:
YR 0000, 000, 01, 12, 18
B 000, 00, 91, 95
BG 0000, 000
E 21, 25, 31
YG 03, 63
R 00, 81, 83, 89
C 0, 1, 3

Thanks for stopping by. Stay Safe. XOX Tania

Magnolia Oops

Thought I would put this one up for eye candy as I have lost all the details to this card.  The image is Magnolia "oops" stamped with memento Desert Sand for a lines technique.  Dies are memory box, Susana's Custom Art and Card, and Magnolia. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Paper is also Magnolia.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay Safe. XOX Tania

Phindy's Place image Never Forget I Love You

Good morning- sorry its been such a long time between posts.  I have managed to get cards done whilst Amelia has been nappping, but run out of time to blog :-(  here is a card I did for a friend who was off to a wedding.  The recipient loved elephants and this Phindy's Place image was perfect for the occassion.  It is called Never Forget I Love You and I have coloured it up with copics.  Beautiful Pion DP called Sweet Baby- blue baby blanket. Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. Asst dies from Magnolia, Cheery Lynn, LaLa Lands and Whimsy.  the butterfly I hand made by stamping and fussy cutting out a butterfly image, then adding some bicone crystal and a dangle pearl drop.

colours I used were very simple-
W 0, 1, 3, 5
C 0, 1, 3, 5
R 00, 20, 81, 83
RV 95
B 000, 00, 97

Thanks for stopping by. Stay Safe. XOX Tania

Thursday, February 6, 2014

a little tutorial on making butterflies using corner dies

Good morning. Here's a little tutorial by request on how to make a beautiful butterfly using your corner dies.  When choosing the die to use, you need to make sure that it forms a nice "V" shape- that is- there is no flourishes etc coming from the centre of the die OR that the die doesn't go straight across (If you only have dies that flourish out, simply cut off the florish into a nice V shape).  The die I have used here is the La La Lands corner die- it is the perfect shape and size.  There are two ways you can cut your "wings". The first is to fold your paper (I like to use vellum and mulberry paper) like I have in the picture, overlaping the corner section over the fold- this way you cut TWO die cuts.  The other way is to cut FOUR die cuts and glue two together ONLY AT THE CORNER SECTION (you want to be able to separate your wings so they look like they are flying) - you would use this technique if you are using something with a print on it.

whichever technique you use, you will end up with two wings that look like this:

then it is a matter of gluing the two wings together.  I like to twist my wings down, giving the look that one wing is larger than the other.  You may need to trim excess corner from the centre.

There are numerous ways to decorate the centre body.  You can use adhesive pearls or rhinestones, use liquid pearls or similar and use little flower stamens for the antellas... Or you can get fancy and add real beads! Heres how:

the wire you want to use is 22 or 24 gauge.  24 is thinner and you would use this for beads with smaller hole in the centre like a bicone crystal. You need to thread two pieces of wire through your bead so I suggest buying the thinner wire and you can use it for all your beads unless you are going to make tons! Here I have used a purple 22 gauge wire.  Thread wire through your beads, and then thread it back through the same beads. Using a round nose plier hold the loop while you pull the ends tight with another set of normal pliers.  It is easier to pull only one wire at a time.

trim the antellas and curl them around your round pliers

The it is a matter of gluing your body to your wings.  I use and recommend Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue, but you could use a jewellers cement or even hot glue.  I wrap my top wings around the beads a little not only to give a more adhesive hold, but it makes the wings stay in flight.  Viola! a beautiful butterfly!

I hope you have found this little tutorial helpful... let your imagination run wild!

Thanks for stopping by, Stay safe XOX Tania

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tiddly Inks You and Me Wedding Card

Good afternoon. My best friend asked me to do a special wedding card for her brother who was married in January.  She wanted a card that was not too girly, no flowers, and girl in colour.  Her words were make it simple, but elegant.  The brides favourite colour is green and my friend wanted that incorporated.  She did not not a big wedding dress image or anything over the top.  My creativity and brain was pushed to the limits! This is what I came up with.  It is a Tiddly Inks digital image called You and Me.  I have used the Lili of the Valley round stamp from the Happy Circular Sentiments set. Corner die is by Cheery Lynn called Deco Lace Corner. Swirl is magnolia die. Top Tip: make your own butterflies by cutting four corner dies ( I used Spellbinders Lace Hearts set (awesome set- comes with the hearts, a key and a corner die) and gluing them together at the corner part.  The little wings are also from a spellbinders set called Mixd Media Elements (get them here from Simon Says Stamp).  The lace, ribbon, diamonte slider and rhinestones all from my stash.  The adhesive heart bling I got from Arnolds.. my LSS. the paper is glitter paper from Best creation.  I have distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz Distresser.

I would like to enter in to the following challenges:
Make it Monday: Anything goes
Creative Knockouts: Tic Tac Toe (distressing, sentiment, ribbon)

Copic Colours used: 
Skin: YR 0000, E30, 31, 33
Groom shirt: G99, YG03, 63, 67, 69
Suit: W1, 5
shoes: E34, 40, W1
Dress: G00, YG03, W1
Male hair: 100, N1, 4, 6
Bride hair: E29, 50, 57, 59

Thansk for stopping by. Stay safe XOX Tania

Saturated Canary Hula Hoop Love for Valentines day

Hi there thanks for stopping by :-) today I would like to share a card I did a while ago, I can not find the copic colours, but when I do, I will edit them in.  This is the beautiful Hula Hoop Love by Saturated Canary, coloured using the no lines technique.
The sentiment is a Flourishes Inc stamp from a set called Heart Lines SS183.  Paper is by Pion.  I have used the magnolia swirl die, spellbinders "Decorative Elements- Labels 28", Memory Box die "Woven Circle", Tim Holtz "Tattered Florals" die for the shimmer material flower. Flowers and resin butterfly are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I have inked and distressed the edges for a shabby look.

I would like to enter into the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles: Die Cuts or punches
Bizzy Becs: Love / Friendship

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe XOX Tania

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