Saturday, December 26, 2015

Step Up and Sail Away in 2016

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Boxing Day! Since today is the start of the great Sydney to Hobart yacht race, I thought it was fitting that Team Designer Amira join us with her nautical themed cards. Hop aboard and check them out.......

Sailing, sailing,
Over the bounding main,
For many a stormy wind shall blow
Ere Jack comes home again,

Hi crafty readers!

I am in total nautical LaLa-Land as I bring you Kaiercraft's new collection "Sail Away". 

I live 800m by the beach and I love everything about the beach: the sand, the salt, the sun, the ocean.

So channeling my inner beach soul, I sat down to create a step card using this gorgeous colour scheme and came up with this card:

Along with Kaisercraft's new Sail Away Collection, I also used Julie Nutting's Boy Doll Stamp Aidan to make this step card.

What is a step card you ask?

Well this is what it looks like in skeletal form:

You can find the tutorial I used on how to make it here.

Here are some close-ups for you to admire. I used a combination of the 6x6 paper pad as well as the collectables.

I had SO MUCH fun making these I wanted to continue with the nautical theme and what better than Julie Nutting's very own Sea Sallie Mermaid.

Here is the Mermaid Step Card in all it's glory

Here she is getting "ready for the party".
I used Liquid pearls on her tail to produce a shiny scaly appearance and I coloured her skin and hair with Kaiser Fusion markers.

She is so pretty. Im so happy to have her in my collection. 

I also used Liquid Pearls for her bikini top. Is that a heart shaped ni**le??

Love how her fins turned out against the star fish and the sea horse.

Here is a side-view of the step card

LOVE! the light house. Will have to go back and get the lighthouse die I think.

Kind of loving the ship setting sail in the back too!! Does the ship come in a die too??

I left the tag blank. A perfect place to personalise the card once it's ready to send.

That seahorse is adorable!!

And here are both cards side by side:

This was my first time ever making step cards and I must say it was EASY and very addictive.
I hope you get a chance to give it a try.
And please tag me when you do, or join our Facebook group and show us your craftiness.
Until my next post, I hope you set sail towards a fantastic journey in 2016.
All my love,

Thank you Amira! I have to say I love love LOvE the Sail Away collection. Teaming it up with Julie Nutting's Doll Stamps is absolute genius! Your cards are both just gorgeous!!
Aunty Vera :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas Crafty Friends!

*sshhhh*... we'll ignore the fact that my 25 Days of Christmas kind of fizzled out. My apologies - I had a whole lot of personal stuff come up, and the blog was pushed to the bottom of the list (once again).

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a safe and crafty 2016.

Here is a little something that I have been working on the past week. I found the instructions on the Kaisercraft blog and just fell in love with it, knowing that my Aunt would just love it........

It's a Wall Art project, covered with Kaisercraft's Holy Night paper and embellished with Collectables and stickers, and a touch of gold paint.....

Wishing you all the best at Christmas
Aunty Vera xx

Sunday, December 20, 2015

25 Days of Christmas 2015 - Day 20 - A Prima Doll Christmas

Hello Crafty Bloggers and OH MY GOODNESS IT'S THE 20TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

{can you tell that I'm not coping very well with the way time is flying by? lol}

We have a special treat today from Team Designer Sarah who used her Prima Doll Stamp to create these lovely Christmas tags.........

Aren't they adorable?
Thank you Sarah for sharing. I especially love Tartan Dress girl. And great to see that 12 Days of Christmas paper being put to good use (lol... that's a bit of an inside joke dear Readers)

I hope you all had a lovely crafty weekend.
Aunty Vera :)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

25 Days of Christmas 2015 - Day 19 - Wrapping Paper Cards and Tags

Hello Crafty Bloggers!

I'm melting!!!!! It's been such a hot day here in Sydney, Australia. I am SO dreaming of a White Christmas!!!!! I'm sure the soaring temperatures have something to do with all the tech problems I am currently experiencing. So we'll pretend that we didn't notice yesterday's lack of a blog post, ok? I won't tell if you don't ;)

Today we have some really clever cards and tags from Team Designer Leanne.
Leanne found some adorable wrapping paper and thought 'wouldn't these images make the BEST cards!'
Take a look at what she created........

"I found this delightful wrapping paper and LOVED the owls and fox.  So I thought I would make it into some cards. 
I simply cut a piece out a little smaller than the card, then cut out and glued some of the characters to white card stock and then mounted them in place and finished with some dots of stickles"

Aren't they just fabulous!?

You don't need to spend a fortune on specialized papers and other goodies (even though it's fun to do beautiful cards and tags can be achieved with such simple supplies as blank cards, simple sentiments and a roll of lovely wrapping paper.

Thank you Leanne, I just adore these!!

Aunty Vera :)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

25 Days of Christmas 2015 - Day 17 - A Christmas Carol Gift Card Holders

Hello again Crafty Bloggers...... and welcome to Day 17 of our Christmas countdown. It's now a week till Christmas Eve. A WEEK!!!!! Is panic setting in?

If you're like me, you might have friends or relatives on your gift list who are either really hard to buy for or who are saving towards a special something.... and that's when gift cards come in really handy.
You can pop one of these into an envelope with their Christmas card, or purchase the little cardboard envelopes that the shops sell for them.......... or you can do something really special and give the cards a personal touch by making your own gift card holders.

Team Designer Fiona did just that...... using Graphic 45's A Christmas Carol papers.
Feast your eyes...........

Wow! How special is that!? I'll never just pop a gift card into a plain envelope again!!!
Thank you Fiona!

Aunty Vera :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

25 Days of Christmas 2015 - Day 16 - Christmas Scrapping

Hi Crafty Bloggers!

Have you ever noticed that I call myself Aunty Vera SCRAP and craft. Yes... SCRAP... and craft. Hmmm.... there's been a sad lack of scrapping on the blog of late! So today we're fixing that by showcasing a couple of scrapbook pages....... Christmas ones of course.

Team Designer Sarah has pulled out a Christmas album she scrapped as a gift back in 2013/2014. The pages are 8x8" - and isn't it good to see pages that are about the photos? I can't judge, as I am a huge fan of Christmas papers and embellies and all thinks sparkly, but sometimes keeping the pages about the people in the pictures, and the occasion celebrated (especially if the album is a gift) means more than showing the world the entire contents of your scrap stash on one page (come on - we've all been guilty of that one!)

Here are some of Sarah's Christmas pages....

I love the hanging baubles on that second layout!
Thank you Sarah!

Have you ever made an album as a gift? We'd love to hear about it!
Aunty Vera :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

25 Days of Christmas - Day 15 - Jingle All the Way

Hi Crafty Bloggers

Christmas is just around the corner and if you're anything like me, your Christmas Card Making is in full swing as you squeeze in those last few cards that you can make before you put away the Christmas papers...... oh, who am I kidding? The Christmas papers are ALWAYS out in Aunty Vera Land! (lol)

I saw this fabulous card on pinterest that I just HAD to scraplift... especially since I had purchased the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies from my favourite Stampin' Up Demonstrator.... the lovely Deb from A Time to Stamp. The card is from Carolina Evans' blog and it's just GORGEOUS!

I had some sheets of white vellum with silver stars printed on it, and thought it would be perfect for a card like this.
So here is my take on it.......

Oops - did you notice the ink smudge? Can I pretend it's part of the design? ;)
I cut the village layer from white glitter card.... I love that sparkly look (and feel!).....

I just adore the tree layer..... it can be used for so many occasions. Really cute!

And a little sparkle from another Stampin' Up product - Winter Wonderland Embellishments. I love them so much I'm sticking them on EVERYTHING!.........

...... I even used a few to embellish my phone case!

One card down...... now, how many more to make?

Thank you for joining us today.
Aunty Vera :)

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