Hexagon Cards Inspired by Laura Bassen

Recently Laura Bassen, card maker extraordinaire created clean and simple cards using the Hex Yeah die set. Totally smitten by the simplicity of this design, I “cased” this card using the supplies I had on hand.

Using the hexagon die set I found as a freebie in a recent craft magazine, I die cut some cardstock that I coloured with various Ranger Distress Oxides. Foam squares allowed for easy dimension and the pattern formed with ease.

I was not feeling stampy today, so I printed a sentiment and popped it up with some foam squares.

Take a look at the two cards I created, both under 30 minutes.

Card one using Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide

Card two using Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide

I can’t wait to try a rainbow hexagon card soon! I love clean and simple cards and I hope you feel inspired to create. Remember little can go a long way.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Best BirthYay Ever! Welcome LA Paper!

There is a new kid on the block and I am so excited! What do you do when you want extra special paper but cannot find it? Read up, crafty friends – this is one cool story!

Ana Matic, a talented scrapbook teacher in South Africa could not find the paper she desired for her scrapbook convention. Speaking to a fellow student, five words changed the game: “Let’s design our own paper!” Within 6 weeks, Ana Matic and Liza de Jesus launched LA Paper with four new collections and many more to come in the new months ahead.

LA Paper is high quality and encapsulates modern trends. The prints appeal to current culture making layouts on cards or scrapbooks captivating. LA Paper creates themed papers, chipboard, buttons and stencils at affordable prices.

Recently, I was generously given the BirthYAY range of papers and was delighted to play.  The high grammage of the paper makes sturdy card toppers while the many sentiments in the pack is perfect for embellishing. I am totally smitten by this range but I cannot wait to get my hands on the Dream in Colour range!

The following cards were created with the BirthYAY range. I am always struggling with cards for guys, so I am so excited that the primary colours in these papers are super accommodating for both genders.

I am a clean and simple card maker. I believe little goes a long way. Take a look at the cards that I made using this range:

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Card one – simple layers with a sentiment topper

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Card two – more layers with ready prepared sentiments 

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Card three – more layers with prepared sentiments, added some vellum and Wink of Stella glitter pen (not included in the pack)

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Card four – simple layers with tiny die cuts and vellum with a prepared sentiment

Go show some love to LA Paper on Facebook, their super talented, super friendly owners are always willing to help you. I hope you get to create with their collections. If you do, let me know. I would love to see what you have created.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Watercolour Fantasy

Thank you ICRAFT for the delightful paper pads, Watercolour Fantasy. Made from high quality 210g paper with bold and magical colours and prints, the pads are available in 12″ and 6″, catering for the scrappers and card makers.

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Watercolour Fantasy Paper Pad

I love bright colours and I just couldn’t wait to start playing with this. If you have been following my blog, you would know that I am a clean and simple card maker and I loved making simple cards with these gorgeous papers. Here the paper speaks for itself.

Card one: Using a small envelope and note card die, running it several times through my machine due to the thickness of the paper, I made four mini sets. My Sincere Sentiments Stamp set came into use with this perfectly coordinating sentiment. I loved the bright colours and how well they compliment each other.

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Card two: Can you see how this paper speaks for its self? The vibrancy of these prints allow you to create simple yet stunning layouts on your cards. Using just simple stacking dies and a feather die, this card came together in no time! I did not trim down the edges of the perforation on the side – I love the raw edge it provides on this card.

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Card three: Paring this card with die cuts again, strips of paper and some word cut outs from a collection in my stash, this all came together so easily. Do not be afraid to add dark colours with bright colours as the contrast adds great dimension. Stamping partly solid images onto patterned paper adds great dimension to your cards and do not be afraid to try this!

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I really enjoyed playing with this collection. ICRAFT ships worldwide and I hope you get to choose this paper pad and create fun paper projects.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Detailed Simplicity

Do you ever watch professional card makers on YouTube and have crafter’s envy? Most times, I do. I love their endless supply of inks, stamps, dies and paper!

Now while I do have an impressive craft stash, I love making cards using minimum supplies. I buy alot of sentiment sheets found in scrapbooking paper collections and for easy storage, I cut those sentiments up and store them in little tin containers.

Method: Using just one sentiment per card and personalised inked backgrounds, I created a few cards. I used a few stencils and coordinating distress inks for my backgrounds. I matted each sentiment with cardstock. Each of the following cards took me about 5 – 7 mins each – so it is a great quick and easy make!

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If you want to start card making, I hope that you do not feel intimidated for not having the latest craft supplies. Simple cards are beautiful too.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

PRODUCT REVIEW: Itsy Bitsy Fish Stamp Set

Whilst in Bangalore this year, I visited the Itsy Bitsy Craft Store again (!) and found some gorgeous stamp sets. I love clean and simple cards, so this stamp set really caught my attention. Word on the streets say that the owners of Itsy Bitsy are humble, generous and kind. From my experience in their stores, I can tell that, even though I have not met them, they are passionate about the crafting industry and the crafters in India, are a lucky bunch!

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Itsy Bitsy

This stamp set has tiny fish and other sea creatures, a cute fish bowl,  a little plant and in delightful fonts, short sentiments, that allows you to build your own scenes.

This stamp set is made from high quality polymer and gives you a clean and crisp imprint from the first attempt. I love the single thin lines that allows for neat stamping.

I also purchased two other sets – Rainbows and Dream-catcher. I plan on playing with these soon!

I made a few very simple cards using some oxide inks, versamark inks, Zig markers and stencils and I highly recommend working with it. All these cards were made under 10 minutes.

I posted these cards to show you that not all cards have to be elaborate. A grave misconception in card making is that you have to have every card making tool under the sun to create beautiful cards. With passion and some imagination, just add some plain cardstock, inks and stamps and you can make a wonderful creation that your recipients will love. Don’t feel pressurised into buying the latest gadgets, start simple.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

 

Product Review: ICraft

On recent trip to India, the land that has captured my soul I visited with the International Relationship Manager of The Craft Studio, Dinesh Shah. He and his beautiful wife Forum Shah, are the owners and creators of ICraft crafting products.

The company stocks the widest range of flower making essentials such as foam [both standard and silk], dies and tools. Forum Shah is a talented designer, who designs her own paper packs. They produce high quality stencils, wooden embellishments, inks, flowers and pollen sticks amongst other popular products.

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Creative Dies 

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Creative Dies 

 

The Mayura Collection Paper Pack was hand drawn by the talented Forum Shah, a professional fine artist. The paper is acid and lignin free, boasting a 210 grammage, it has  24 patterned papers and 6 die cut sheets. Take a look at the pack and some of the work that she has a created here:

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The Mayura Collection by Forum Shah

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Projects made by Forum Shah

I have recently used a stencil that was gifted to me. Made from high quality materials, these stencils allow for a sturdy use. I did not secure the stencil to my work surface, I worked with it by just holding it down and it did not move. It also comes in various interesting patterns. These fun designs will certainly enhance your cards!

 

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Layering Stencils

With just under 5 minutes, I made a clean and simple card using the ink blending technique and a stencil.

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ICraft products are available all over the world. In South Africa. it can be purchased via Shamela from Kanje Krafts and Kreations.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

 

Product Review: Docrafts Papermania Capsule Elements Pigment

Docrafts created a strikingly beautiful collection with bursts of deep and bright colours.

The Docrafts Papermania – Capsule Elements Pigment A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack that I purchased was loaded with 22 papers, 11 designs, boxes, memory pockets, mini envelopes, alphabet sticker sheets, mini journal cards, die cut label holders, borders, tags, bows and bunting flags.

While the grammage of the paper is low, the paper is still sturdy enough to use as card toppers. Layering these papers will make for a sturdier card topper.

The water colour effect allows for fun colourful cards while the alphabet stickers and little die cut sentiments allow for easy finishing, especially if you are not into stamping.

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Personalised cards made simple with coordinating alphabet stickers

If you are looking to add extra fun elements to your cards, the Ranger Distress inks and oxides blend very easily over these papers.

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Using Ranger’s stencil and oxide inks on plain white cardstock, you can add the alphabet stickers to create your own sentiments. 

The elements found in this pack has been die cut with the necessary score lines for you , so all you need to do, is remove it carefully from the page, and fold accordingly. Remember to use your bone folder when folding, to get crisp folds. Since all elements coordinate so beautifully, you can mix and match several sentiments onto your cards, tags, boxes and/or envelopes.

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I had lots of fun creating with this pack and I cannot wait to create more cards with it! Here are two more cards that I made with it. The cards are clean and simple and took me under 5 minutes to put together. I’ve used the Wink of Stella Glitter over the alphabets for some shine.

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I purchased this pack from the local CNA store in my area and it retailed for R199 at my store. A fellow crafter in another City said that she paid cheaper at her local CNA. If these colours and style attract you, I hope you get a pack and enjoy creating as much as I did.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

The Colour of Grief

If grief had a colour, what would it be?

Today, a year ago, we lost my nephew in a tragic car crash. After lighting a candle in his memory, I sat my desk and created.

If the colour of grief is black, then I’d like to throw some colour around it. Despite the tragedy, life is filled with heartwarming memories, beautiful photographs, magical sunrises and glorious sunsets that remind us that the people we love never really die. 

Using Ranger’s Adirondack Brights, a distressed sprayed die cut and an Illustrated Faith sentiment, I created this card. 

This card reminded me that despite grief, love is powerful and families are eternal. 

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being. 

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Reminder: You’re beautiful

Hey, did I tell you how terrified I was of stamping? I was! I could never direct stamp onto any of my projects. I would always mess up and waste a lot of my products! So to play it safe, I’d stamp on a separate piece of cardstock or use printed sentiments.

On my first trip to India in December 2016, I got to shop at Die Cuts and More and the talented Mansi Gupta Sharma who owns it, sold me the Stampoholic tool.

For the first time ever, I got perfectly stamped images and sentiments and I could stamp directly onto my cards! It took my stamping to a whole new level.

Last night, I decided to step out of my safe craft zone and do a one layer card.

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Using my favourite stamps and distress inks I created this beautiful one layer card.

The distress inks helped me to create the water colour background and I found the perfect round brush to create the splatters.

I used a sentiment stamp from Kaisercraft. I stamped a butterfly directly onto the card and on a separate sheet. I fussy cut the second butterfly and adhered it with foam tape over the first butterfly for dimension. (I was feeling very clever.)

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I dried the card using my heat gun and (insert happy dance here) my card was finished. This really was a no fuss card.

Thank you for reading, until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Texture Paste Gone Wrong

I am still mastering the art of working with texture paste and I’m pretty good at messing it up! This is one perfect example! 

I mixed the acrylic texture paste with some Black All Purpose Ink and using a stencil, I lathered some of the paste, wait, no. I lathered all of the paste and off course, scrapped it all off! After a few attempts, I got some texture paste on and gently raised the stencil to avoid smudges. Guess what? It still smudged! 

This card sat on my table for two days and tonight I die cut a cute paper doily, a butterfly, a circle and some pretty flowers. 

Using my Zig Clean Brush Markers I coloured the flowers and the circle. I spent at least 20 minutes looking at four flowers and two leaves! I had no idea how to cluster them but eventually it came together! 

The rest was a pretty simple assembly. Once I was done I looked at it and thought that it could take some splatters of ink and some water colour! 

And after going crazy with colour, I had the finish product.

I’ve learnt that while there are some techniques in card making, a flawed card can still be a beautiful card. 

Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in paper crafting

The Girl With A Tape Runner