Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Happy Halloween! - BoBunny DT

For most New Zealanders Halloween is not something we really celebrate - we have the odd trick or treaters knock at the door but thats about it.  I do have some friends though that love it and really get into it.  So this post is for them and those of you out there that celebrate Halloween.

BoBunny's range this year was pretty cool, even if Halloween does'nt really float my boat I can still appreciate the colours and art behind it.  This range had loads of lime green, purple, orange and black with everything you would associate with Halloween; bats, skulls, skeletons, spiders and tombstones.
I decorated some Kaisercraft wooden letters, firstly BOO! which you can see here on the BoBunny blog.

I then decided to decorate some more letters spelling WICKED! This time I made use of the chipboard embellishments and the decorative elements on the papers - another words  lots of fussy cutting!

I chose to photograph each letter individually because too much detail was missing when photographed as a group - they are left singular to display on the mantle over the fireplace, or they could be strung together like BOO has been.

Some of the layered stickers and chipboard I have altered.  Just because something is presented in whatever way I reckon does'nt mean it has to stay like that, afterall is'nt that what creativity is all about?  On the E the trick or treat tombstone was attached to three chipboard banners, I just removed them and saved them for later use; the dimensional October 31 sticker was actually a tag, I just cut that section off; on the C the skull beware sticker was part of a yellow background, and I cut that off as well, the banners underneath were'nt actually banners they were tags attached to a much larger tag - part of the Noteworthy collection - I cut off the larger tag and made the remaining tags into banners.  Nothing often looks as it seems ;)
Both of these are winging their way to some friends as I type this, I hope you like :)
Happy Halloween everyone!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Scrappin Patch Retreat

Back in September I was teaching a class at Scrappin Patch Retreat.  Its the second time Ive taught a class there - the venue is at Glentui, out the back of Oxford nestled in the hills, its just beautiful with spectacular views and absolutely delicious food :)
Anyway, back to class!  This time people were asking for heritage layouts so I chose to use Kaisercraft 75cents and created two layouts.  Usually layouts of mine have heaps of flowers which makes the cost per page high, but this time I purposely did'nt want to do that.  I really wanted to show how to use the Collections pieces and not just using them as they are.  I got a bit carried away with all the layering lol and one layout had 21 pieces of collections on it!

This layout is the culprit, 21little items layered in there!  The photo is my Grandmother and Great-Grandmother on the train to Kaikoura, the person you can see in the background is my mum :)

The second layout I made for a friend of mine, and Ive attached a tag in behind the photo for him to place his journalling of his Great-Grandfather during WWI.

This was a small class this time, just 9 pupils which was probably just as well separating out all those Collections items and then layering them all!  They all got a wee treat as well thanks to a very generous friend who created cupcakes for all of them - themed just for me, blue icing and little paws - blues my favourite colour and we have two little white fur babies :)

And the little gift bags Francine helped me to get done :) to put them in.  Can I just say the cupcakes were absolutely devine!!

Here at the attendees - great bunch of ladies to teach :)

Ive been asked to teach again at retreat next year in May, which Im thrilled about!  Its a great place to crop with a nice friendly atmosphere.  At the moment Im deciding on whether to do two or one class, mini album or layouts, or one of each - decisions decisions!

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Zip-A-Dee Doodle - BoBunny DT

I love the 70's which is no surprise since I was born during that era.  The fashion style does'nt do anything for me at all! but I love the patterns and the music.  LOVE the music! :)  Bit of a bone of contention when Forbes and I go away, he hates it, he's into the 80's - yick!
The Zip-A-Dee Doodle collection reminded me of that with its doodles and paisley patterns.  It does'nt have  that eclectic mix of colours that you would associate with that era but it does have my all time favourite colour, blue and Forbes's favourite colour, green so its gotta be good right?!  Of course, those of you who know me know Im really not a doodle chick, Im a neat freak, with just a tad of analness :)  yes Im happy to admit Im anal, about somethings!

This week its a card themed week over at BoBunny, with Sunday 29th Sept being international card making day.  This week we are bringing you a whole range of ideas using the different collections - there'll be something there for everyone!

I used the Collage sheet of paper for both my cards - I had spotted this saying on the reverse and thought it was a perfect 'cutesy' saying for Forbes's birthday card.  I might not have the perfect husband but he's always there for me when I need him.  I'ved fussy cut the white rectangle out from the green background paper and layered it onto chipboard, placing it off centre.  The heart and banner are also cut fussy cut from the same piece and layered with foam before adding a jewel, dimensional sticker and bakers twine in a double bow.

The second card I had in mind for a friends birthday - and before some of you get excited I have a few friends celebrating birthdays in the next month or so :)  so that will keep a handful of you guessing lol.   I wanted it to have feminine look to it, so out came the dies to make some flowers.  Ive used Tim Holtz's tattered florals and My Favourite Things and used double dot card stock.  I love this stuff it comes in a huge variety of colours with either a fine polka dot, stripe, flourish or heritage design.  The flatter flowers on the bottom of the cluster are a mixture of old and new BoBunny.

Ive done the same technique here, separating the base of the design from the white bracket, and then distressed the edges before popping it up with chipboard.
Rhonda, Ulrika and Ilene have created some equally fabulous cards, and you can see them here
Thanks for popping by!