Thursday, 20 April 2017

Sketch Challenge

Hi all,

I came across a challenge blog called Stick It Down from a post on Facebook I think, love the wonders of social media and decided to play along with this month's single page sketch challenge. this is the sketch:

After cleaning and reorganising my craft room I'm on a kick to use anything that is still sitting unopened or never having been across my desk in the whole time it's been in my craft room (might I add this amounts to quite a large pile of stash!). Anyway, this is my take on the sketch:
I used a stamp set that hadn't seen ink before, star brads that are years old but still in an unopened packet, plus an old Amy Tangerine rub on that I coloured in with Distress Crayon and used as my title. 

Well that's it for now.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Winners

Hi all,


I have selected my winners from all the visitors last week during my Growing in Unity posts. Well actually I used a random generator, first I selected the day and then the post number so without further ado the winners are:
    = Colleen Hinesley

  = Barbara Kingston

Ladies, could you please either contact me in the next week that would be great, my email is hjmazengarb@hotmail.com   Thanks

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Challenge Your Stash YouTube Hop

Hi all,

It's that time of the month again - YouTube hop time! This month we decided to have a tic tac toe challenge, this is the first time ever that I have completed a tic tac toe challenge. I know you are supposed to complete a row/column or diagonal and I completed the right hand column but I almost completed one of the diagonals as well.


This is the layout I created:

Here is the link to my video:

These are the other ladies playing along:

Grace Islander - https://youtu.be/4VqWFLZGRTo
PinkGlitterScrapper Lisa- https://youtu.be/035BdpXmx10

Also this weekend I have reorganised and rearranged my craftroom. I don't think it has ever looked so neat and tidy. One of the things I did to help me scrap more was to make sure everything can be reached from my chair as basically I'm a lazy crafter and don't enjoy getting up and going through my supplies, I like to be able to roll my chair and reach it otherwise I won't use it. I also bagged my papers and embellishments together to make it easier to find things - well that's the plan but we'll just have to see how it all pans out. Here are some photos from different angles.

Well that's it for now. Have a wonderful Easter and an enjoyable long weekend.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 5

Hi all,

Wow the week is almost over! It's been a great week sharing my projects and reading all the lovely comments about my cards. Thank you very much for all the positive comments. To finish off this week I recorded making my fifth card and have made a video for you, if you're interested.

So, here is today's card:

I used the April 2014 SMAK Kit Wildflowers & Wings. I coloured the flowers with Twinkling H2Os - Raspberry Wine and Ice.

Here is the video, if you're interested.


Well that's it for me. I hope you've enjoyed my sharing this week and found a little spark of inspiration.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 4

Hello all,

Here is today's project:

I had so much fun making this card. I used the flowers from the Canvas Wishes set and the used my Ken Oliver Crafts Color Bursts - Lemon Yellow and Orange to create the watercolour. I also added some of the Liquid Metals over the top. When it was dry I sewed around the border and stamped a quote from the Delightful Little Things set. I used a vellum heart from my stash and cut it into a butterfly shape and stuck it on. Then using a black Dylusions paint pen I went over the flowers and added some dots.

Well that's all for today folks! I have to drive back to Perth with my family as our holiday has come to an end, luckily tomorrow is the start of the Easter long weekend plus I have another week of school holidays. So more crafting time for me.

Please remember to leave a comment below and I'll see you tomorrow for my last day as a GIU Gal!

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 3

Hello all,

Here is today's project:

This beautiful stamp was part of my prize pack that I gratefully won a few weeks ago. I stamped it up using Close to My Heart's Sea Glass ink and created the background. I adhered the matching Sea Glass glitter paper and then stamped another heart, it's from the Your Beautiful Heart set. I then stamped a quote from the Heart Strings set over the Sea Glass heart and then fussy cut it out. I mounted it on foam and added some cotton underneath.

Well that's it for today, I hope you like it. Don't forget to leave a comment below as you just never know you too may win some cool stamps.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 2

Hi all,

Welcome back and I hope you had a wonderful Monday. I'm not sure about everyone else but I'm having a lovely time, not only am I enjoying bringing my stamping goodness to you but I am currently on holiday in the gorgeous seaside town of Dunsborough in the south west of Western Australia.

Today's project:

I started out with a white piece of card and inked around the edges with 3 different pink colours from Tim Holtz's Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick. I used the little heart from the March 2016 Kit of the Month: A Chance to Change and stamped it randomly in the inked area, just for some added interest. In the centre I stamped this cute owl and the quote from the January 2013 Kit of the Month: All Hearts & Love (not sure if you can get this KOTM anymore but they sell these stamps as a set and that is what I've linked you to). I coloured them in with some markers and then used some Glossy Accents over the 'Be Mine'. A simple but effective one layer card.

Well that's it for today, I'm off to get Simmo's - the best ice cream around!
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx