Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Let Them Eat Cake: Amira's Shadow Box Card and Frames

Hello Crafty Friends!

Hasn't the month just flown by?
Well you know what they say - time flies when you're having fun..... and drinking tea... and eating cake!
Today we bring you our final May project... Amira's shadow box card and frames. I hope you'll be as inspired as I am and try making one yourselves :)


Dear Crafter,

I have wanted to make my own shadow box for AGES and as soon as I saw the beautiful papers in the May Kit I knew that this is the month to do it in.

I went in search of a good tutorial and I have found one!
Making shadow boxes is NOT hard, but it is a bit fiddly so it took me a few goes to master it perfectly but boy is it worth it once you've found your rhythm.

I will direct you over to this GREAT TUTORIAL that Becky Roberts did for Split Coast Stampers. She has detailed measurements, step by step pictures and also a video for how she did it.
She did such a great job with her tutorial, that I don't think I could do a better job so I will just send you over there.

Her tutorial is for a Shadow Box Card which just produces the cutest card ever.
Here is mine!

When you flip over the cover, you get to see the frame of the shadow box on which I applied BoBunny's Glitter Paste to to give it some sparkle. 

And looking inside the frame, you can see that I paper pieced (refer to my paper piecing video if you haven't seen it already) the stacked tea cup stamp from the High Tea Stamp set with beautiful papers from the High Tea Collection by Kaisercraft from the May Kit.

A paper doily as a background and those adorable epoxy stickers and a cut apart sentiment really add a sweet feel to the card.

Behind the frame, you have a double layout to write a long essay of sentiments if you wish or you could stamp something like the Hallmark people do - I left it blank because I write essays ;)

And I just had to give you a close up of that awesome macaron washi and those adorable macaron epoxy stickers!

They are SO HAPPY!

So once I made the shadow box card, I knew I wanted to make some shadow box frames and that was really easy to adapt from the tutorial.

All I did was used an entire 12" x 12" kraft card stock and then scored at 0.5", 1.0", 1.5", 2.0" all the way round.
Then I chose one side to score @2.5" until the second score line just as Becky did in her tutorial to give the box the ability to tuck within itself (do the tutorial first, then you will know what Im talking about).

From there you get this Shadow Box Frame.

It measures 8.5" x 8.5" with a 7" insert area.

I decorated 3 of these.

Shadow Box Frame #1 - You make life beautiful 

For this one, I used the double sided pattern paper 'Cup and Saucer' from the High Tea Collection.
The paper makes the most gorgeous frame that you hardly need to do any more decorating.

All I did was added a doily, a 5 layer paper pieced stacked tea cup embellishment (which I showed in my previous blog HERE) and die-cut glitter foam using the Layered Cake D-Lites die set to make that yummy cake embellishments. I also added the handmade donuts which you can find in an earlier post from this month HERE.

Here is a close look at the layered stacked tea cups (LOTS of fussy cutting here!).

Shadow Box Frame #2 - Friendship

I adore this sentiment which was a border from the 'ShortCake' patterned paper in High Tea.
I added it to the 'Biscuit' patterned paper and loved how it turned out.

I chose to make the frame out of a pink patterned glitter card stock from my collection and thought the green and pink combination would work well together and I think it does.
A little doily and lace from my stash echoes the doily pattern peeking in the paper and remind me of having tea with my Nanna (miss you so much still!).
From there, I found myself reaching for the feathers from the kit and the prima roses and also for ribbon roses. It was like something inside was taking over.

And finally that GORGOUES tea cup sticker by 7 Gypsies.
I felt it needed to be on there too.

Shadow Box Frame #3 - Be your Own Kind of Beautiful

For this Shadow Box Frame, I wanted to use a picture and found this gorgeous old picture of my mom as a little girl.

Once again, I LOVE this paper 'Tea Time' which adds it's own little cluster of elements to the lower left hand side of the frame. 

To balance it, I added the photo to the top right hand side of the frame and bordered it with a little bit of lace. Underneath, I decided to add a doily which I stencilled with metallic gold Creative Medium and Kaisercraft's 'butterfly skies' stencil.

A few more appropriately placed Prima and ribbon flowers around the frame as well as that lovely peach coloured feather which just went perfectly with the color on the paper.

So here is what my shadow box collection looks like so far.

Really loving this at the moment and have a few more ideas and scenes I want to put together.
Stay tuned for more :)

I did do a quick show and tell video HERE

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Weekend Catch Up - Donna's Big Trip

Hello Crafty Friends!

Who misses Donna? I know we all do here in Aunty Vera Land.... that's why she was given strict instructions to check in with us and keep us updated about her travels around Australia.
So for the Weekend Catch Up...... Donna is here to share some news about her first week on the road. And can you believe it... she's managed to get some crafting done! BRILLIANT!!

 Hi all, how are we on this lovely day??
Well it is our first week away from Tasmania and we have landed in Numurkah..
Friends, Debbie and Rodney, own a motel here and wanted us to visit.
Wow, talk about busy.. Debbie has dragged me to Shepparton, yes you guessed it,
to Lincraft, Spotlight and many other craft shops.. Have only brought a little as my hubby threatened to leave me here if I brought too much lol.. We won't tell him about the bag under the bed in the caravan will we, HAHA HEHE (maniacal evil laughter)..

Here is a picture of the El Toro Motel where we have a very lovely room with showers, ensuite, television and a queen bed. Can you see our van parked outside the room!!

Debbie is a fantastic seamstress, so she showed me how to cover books with material.
Here are my attempts.. As yet to be embellished..

These are plain notebooks that I intend to write things in on the road.. (you notice I say intend lol).
One will be a recipe book as Debbie is showing me how to make interesting curry pastes. Did I mention she is a great cook as well!! So much talent sigh!!! lol.

The book with the cover (Happy is the House), was a brilliant find at the op shop for one whole dollar.. I cut the gorgeous cover off the book and sewed it on the front of the material using a blanket stitch and created a false cover for the book with heavy cardstock..

My five books..

I ask you to not look too close because there are tons of mistakes lol..
Oh by the way I picked up all the ribbon for $1.00 at spotlight (bargain).. 

I just could not help myself, so my hubby said, not even one week in to the trip and I have started crafting already, HeHe.

Its never too late to learn and create new things..
Be safe and wonderful crafting
Donna xx 
Ps.. Miss Aunty Vera and the Creative Team already..

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Weekend Catch Up - Meet Guest Designer Deb Speijers

Hello Crafty Friends!

Our fun weekend catching up with some of our lovely CT ladies continues.
Today I would like to introduce you to Deb who will be sitting in (crafting in? lol) for Amira during the month of June.
Please make her feel welcome.......

Hello Crafty Friends,

I have been invited as a Guest Designer to create some projects for the June Kit which I have to say is quite an honour! But firstly I am going to tell you how my journey of stamping began.

One day 8  years ago a friend of mine invited me to a Stampin’ Up! Workshop, I had never heard of them and didn’t really want to go , but I did to support my friend. Well I was gobsmacked! Not so much by the card we made that day but by the catalogue! I had never seen so many beautiful stamps and products, I became a Demonstrator and have loved stamping ever since. I mainly make cards and 3D projects.  I get so much enjoyment out of making a beautiful card or gift box for someone special in my life. I have also come to love Tim Holtz, Darkroom Door, Graphic 45 to name a few! So my stash over the past 8 years has grown quite considerable and will probably take me the rest of my lifetime to use!

Another part of this amazing journey is the wonderful and talented crafters’ I have come to know. I now have so many friends that love what I love, people from all walks of life that I would never have gotten to know if it wasn’t for online media and stores such as Aunty Vera Scrap &Craft.

Here are few projects I have made recently,  enjoy!

First one is a 'card in a box'

Secondly a fun birthday card to suit the men in our lives!

Next one up is a shaker card!

Inside of card

This next one is a lovely pretty one using a punch for the flowers and leaves, and a die for the lovely intricate lacey part.

This next one is a really fun card to make, it is called a Twist Pop up Panel card, you can find tutorials on You Tube on how to make one.

Hope you enjoyed my projects,  and that it has got you into the crafting mood to make some of your own.

Happy Crafting!
Deb xx

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend Catch Up - Amira's Spiritual Renewal for 2017

Hello Crafty Readers!

I thought we would have a special weekend catching up with some of our lovely CT ladies.
Today Amira tells us why we won't be seeing her on the blog over the next month...

My Dear Readers,

I am always amazed how time flies, but nothing brings it home quite like the month of Ramadan.
For those of you who don't know me, I am a humble crafter who practises the Muslim Faith.
Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar where Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset for those 30 days.

And it starts tomorrow!

I will be taking June off from my Design Team Adventures but don't you worry for trusty Aunty Vera has a nice surprise for you as always :)

To found out more about Ramadan in a nutshell, check out THIS 2 min video.

Ramadan is a special time of the year for me and is really a chance for me to let go of all the balls that I have up in the air and focus on my ultimate purpose in life. What I am doing here on God's earth and where am I going when I die?

Tough issues, right?

Ramadan is broken down into thirds.

The first 10 days are known as the 10 days of Mercy

We reflect and pray a lot for mercy from God in all aspects of our life. We also try to instill mercy in our lives when we deal with others. Mercy is best felt and appreciated when you don't have a single thing in your belly. We all need food and drink to survive and it is only the truly faithful who deny themselves this, at the request of God, to feel just how much we are blessed and truly fed by God.

The middle 10 days is the time for Forgiveness 

Nobody likes to be told that they have done anything wrong, yet we make mistakes all the time. Making mistakes is a part of learning and life but asking forgiveness takes courage and makes you a better person. When God's Mercy is upon us, the best time to ask for forgiveness is now!

The Prophet of God is reported to have said:

“Do repent in this month to God for your sins, and supplicate with raised hands at the time of prayer as these are the best times, during which the Al-Mighty looks at his servants with mercy. He answers if they supplicate, responds if they call, grants if He is asked, and accepts if they entreat. 
The last 10 days is salvation from Hellfire

These are the most blessed days of Ramadan. Which ever faith you practise, there is always a good place you want to go to and a place you certainly don't want to end up in. Have I done enough to earn a place in Paradise? Am I being too selfish in my needs? Am I not praying enough? Giving in charity enough? Serving my community enough? Cheated someone out of something that was not rightfully mine? It is the time for soul searching and drawing even more closer to God and who you are and how you want to live your life from here on out.

And before I know it the month is over and, as if waking up from a beautiful dream, I slide right back into the hustle and bustle of my very blessed and fortunate life.

So, I'll see y'all after Ramadan?
Peace and Love to you and your families.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Let Them Eat Cake: Suzanne's Altered Gift Bags

Hello Crafty Friends

Our Let Them Eat Cake theme continues but.......... I think we need something to put all our cakes and biscuits in.
Queue Suzanne and her gorgeous altered gift bags!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm going to be showing you my third design team project using the May kit from Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft and I have to say what an absolute pleasure it was to use this kit.  The beautiful Kaisercraft High Tea collection was definitely enhanced by Vera's choices of embellishments and die.

Do you ever get left with a stack of different sized pieces of paper from a collection and are not sure what to do with them.  You can't just toss them out,  (if you're like me and can't throw out pretty paper no matter how tiny) and you can't just keep filling up the scrap drawer.  Today I'm going to share with you what I like to do. 

My Altered Gift Bags

I purchased a 4 pack of small, white gift bags from a local discount store.  They measure about 12 x 14cm.  Follow along as I show you how I alter these gift bags.

small gift bags 12 x 14cm
I first gathered up all the bits and pieces of the papers and the embellishments that were left over after finalising the first two projects.

The leftover paper and embellishments

some of the embellishments that I had left over

I then chose the paper that I wanted to use to cover the front of the bags.  I decided to use two layers of paper for each bag because I had quite a few offcuts to choose from.

For this bag I decided I would add some lace
I layered the green paper on top of the white paper before adding some lace from my stash.  I also used a corner die cut to embellish the corner of this bag.  I inked all the edges of the papers before adding them to the bag.

For this bag a used part of a doily die cut
For the next bag, again I layered the green paper on top of the white paper before adding part of a doily die cut to embellish this bag.  I didn't want to hide any of that beautiful paper.

For this bag I used the doodlebug pop (coffee cup) and some washi tape from the kit
For this bag I decided to use some washi tape to frame the coffee cup

Framing the paper with the washi tape
I used the washi tape to frame the paper before adding the coffee cup which I popped up on foam tape to give it more dimension. I did the same with the coffee beans.
Coffee cup popped up on foam tape
I added a 'Bliss' stamp up the top of the page before placing the coffee cup and beans.
I also made little tags for each bag from some of the smaller pieces of paper and some small embellishments.

The small tags I made for each bag
Here are the finished bags.  I hope you like them.

The finished bags

Thanks for taking a look. 

You can find a video showing how I altered these bags HERE.

You can purchase the kit HERE.

Suzanne xx
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