Thursday, March 29, 2012

Distressed Tag

I took some time this week to be creative and try something different.  I had a play with the distress ink pads from Tim Holtz, Stazon in and embossing.  It was great fun and I am really pleased with the results.

For this tag I used Bazzill Straw cardstock and cut it to the shape I wanted.
Using Stazon black ink and a script stamp I stamped the background for this tag.  Even this was a great look.

I chose a swirl like stamp and stamped with a clear embossing ink and added clear embossing powder, then heating.

Next I used the Walnut distress ink pad and blender tool to give the tag a cool distressed look.

It was then fun to decorate the tags with hand made flowers, border punch and mini tag.  Lastly I added a nice big copper eyelet.

Really pleased with this and now want to make something else using these techniques.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Flat Tire

This week has been dreadful weather wise.  The rain has been just unbelievable this year.  So much for a summer, now it looks like so much for a settled Autumn.  We had three days of solid rain earlier this week.

My daughter Miss G and I like to go do Zumba normally twice a week.  Well on Monday I couldn't go as I had some paper work that just had to get done.  So when Wednesday came round, even though the rain just wouldn't quite Miss G and I decided we just had to go to Zumba.  We got ourselves ready and headed out.  We jumped into our Nissan Mistral 4x4 - also known to us as the 'truck'.  But when we got in, it didn't feel right.  I asked Miss G to jump out and check her tire.  Sure enough it was as flat as a pancake.  So much so that the rim of the wheel was touching the ground.

We realised at this moment that we would not be going to Zumba.  We went back in the house and I told Brad.  Now he had managed to get home from work earlier in the evening travelling on his scooter (in the rain) and was able to stay dry with all his wet weather gear.  Now that he was home and changed I needed him to change the tire.  So all that effort in staying dry went out the window.

For the next hour Brad and I worked on changing the tire.  We found a tarp and draped it over part of the truck so Brad could work and I held the umbrella.  He did get the tire changed and the spare pumped up too.  What an effort.  Finally once all changed he took the truck to the gas station to check the tire pressures and fill where needed.  We were both drenched.

The following day - which as it happened the rain stopped - and I went down to Firestone Kelston to have the tires check and he found no punctures.  So he checked the pressures and re-changed the tires around so the spare went back on the back of the truck.  He was great and didn't charge me.

But I can tell you changing a tire in the rain was no fun, as I look back on it, it is kind of funny.  Just glad we were at home when we discovered the flat tire.

I am now looking forward to scrapbooking this story and photo.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Coloured Hearts Flower Card

I was on Skype with my friend Kerri in Christchurch this morning when I challenged us both to do some crafting this afternoon and then share what we create on the Better Scrapbooking Online Gallery.  I thought I would also share my creation here so you can see it too.
I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  This card was made using 12 hearts cut from varying shades of yellow, green, blue and pink cardstocks.  Each heart was then folded in half and adhered in place.
This was a fun and quick project.  I hope you can give it a go too.

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mother Daughter Craft Afternoon

You are Invited to .....

Our Mother Daughter Craft Afternoon.
March 18th
$20 (for Mother and Daughter or $10 each)

We are having a special afternoon where you and your Mum, or you and your daughter can come and do some beautiful paper crafts.  Grandmothers and Aunties are welcome too.
We will be making three lovely, girlie projects; a star card, a paper mug gift container and a lovely tea bag dispenser.
We will also have an afternoon tea with some tasty home made treats.
This fun afternoon will be held at the Better Scrapbooking Ltd workshop, this is going to be a fun afternoon so be sure to book.  You can do this by emailing me at:

I look forward to sharing a fun afternoon with you.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Online Challenges

It is March already and we have some fun challenges for you this month on our online gallery.  Be sure to give them a go and upload them to the online gallery.  Each entries goes into the draw at the end of the month for a prize from Better Scrapbooking Ltd.

This months challenges are:
Layout Challenge:  (Thank you to Tracy for coming up with this great challenge)
Create a layout with the following:

  • Pastel Shades
  • Hearts
  • Twill or sewing
  • One photo
  • Your own home made embellishments
This looks really fun and you can really let your creativity take flight with this one.  I am looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge at the online gallery.

Photo Challenge:  I thought is would be run this month with it being St Patrick's day coming up to take photos of something 'Green'.  Have fun with this and see what you can find that is Green.

Colour Challenges:  Create a layout, card, or other paper crafting piece using colours from this colour palette.  You may like to use a couple of the colours or all the colours.
You can visit our online gallery at any time, just click here.