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

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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 

#BlogHop: Chasing Rainbows #1

Hey everyone,

I’m so excited to participate in my first ever blog hop, Chasing Rainbows.  

Inspired by my love for paper crafting, I call this card, The colour of love. 

Mixing texture paste with black ink, I stenciled the background of my card. While drying, I used Ranger Distress Inks to water colour my card topper, with Stazon Black Ink I stamped the word love, then using the coordinating dies, I cut out the letters. With foam circles, I propped up the letters onto the water coloured card topper.

I used matching rhinestones to finish off the card topper before matting the piece onto silver glitter paper. Using thick foam tape to create some dimension, I adhered the card topper onto the dried textured background.

Here’s the colour of love: 

Eight talented ladies and I are participating and I invite you to hop along to each blog, linked below and share some love. You could win awesome craft treats along the way. Be sure to come back to my blog and tell me what you loved about each card and you could win an awesome prize from me!

Blog Hop Participants:

The Girl with a Tape Runner https://thegirlwithataperunner.wordpress.com/   [you are here]

Helen Duffett http://firenzecards.blogspot.co.za/   

Marika Schuman http://dingetjies-en-datjies.blogspot.co.za/?m=1

Margaret Kieser http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com/ 

Ansu Badenhorst http://theivytreestudio.blogspot.co.za   

Sharon Keanly http://sharonskardzkorner.blogspot.co.za/

Valerie Ann Thorpe http://valbellesramblings.blogspot.co.za/

Wilna Cremer   http://scrappinpreciousmoments.blogspot.co.za

Marie Smith  https://www.purplemagnolia.co.za/blogs/news

Enjoy the blog hop! Come back and tell me what you think of each card! I’d like to make you a winner for joining in the fun!

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

#BlogHop: We’re Chasing Rainbows

Together with a group of amazing South African card makers, I am beaming with excitement to introduce our first ever craft blog hop!

When I first challenged the ladies to a blog hop, I only went in armed with passion. I had zero knowledge! Thankfully the wonderful ladies in the SA Cardmaking and Papercraft in SA Facebook group came to my rescue and offered the best advice ever! Thank you sweethearts!

So here goes!

We’re chasing Rainbows this July and the blog hop starts on 10 July 2017 and will close on 20 July 2017. That’s TEN full days of catching rainbows across our blogs!

Each lady will design and showcase their card along with a quick tutorial on the making of their masterpiece. Some blogs will offer a surprise crafty gift too! This blog hop is going to be full of surprises and oh so much fun!

Here’s what you can do, visit their blogs, click follow and leave a comment then come back to my blog and tell me what you loved about each blog and you could win a load of craft treats from me: The Girl with a Tape Runner.

Since this is not a sponsored Blog Hop, ladies will be using products from a range of suppliers, join in the fun and learn new techniques while making new friends!

Here are the July 2017 participants:

  1. The Girl with a Tape Runner https://thegirlwithataperunner.wordpress.com/
  2. Helen Duffett http://firenzecards.blogspot.co.za/
  3. Marika Schuman http://dingetjies-en-datjies.blogspot.co.za/?m=1
  4. Margaret Kieser http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com/
  5. Ansu Badenhorst http://theivytreestudio.blogspot.co.za
  6. Sharon Keanly http://sharonskardzkorner.blogspot.co.za/
  7. Valerie Ann Thorpe http://valbellesramblings.blogspot.co.za/
  8. Wilna Cremer http://scrappinpreciousmoments.blogspot.co.za
  9. Marie Smith https://www.purplemagnolia.co.za/blogs/news

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything in this world, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting ,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Laugh, alot!

It’s becoming colder in Durban. So on most nights, I find myself wrapped up all snug, sitting at my craft desk, trying to create some magic.

I bought some Julie Nutting stamps for a tag swap that I participated in and never used it again. After finding Julie Nutting on Instagram, I decided that I want to make a card with her stamps.

Here’s a quick description of this card’s process:

  • Using a brick wall stencil and Ranger distress inks, I blended a wall background onto plain white cardstock.
  • I die cut a small picket fence,  a small paper doily, a doily topper and some leaves.
  • I stamped the doll several times on different sheets of patterned paper and using the paper piecing method, I created the doll image for the card.

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Once all the elements for this card was prepared, putting this card together was seamless. To add dimension to the card, I used a raised wooden word embellishment. I finished the card off with some splatters of inks, pearls and diamantes.

Laugh, it’s an instant vacation, said Milton Berl – so I hope that my card made you take an instant vacation.

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything in this world, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting ,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Summer Loving by Penelope Dee

I belong to a family of water babies, much to my Mother’s disagreement, my Father encouraged us to get into the ocean as often as possible, we love the beach, we love swimming in the ocean and waves are our best friends!

So I was delighted when Glenda Viljoen and her wonderful team from Penelope Dee sent me a complete collection kit. The Summer Loving kit, was bursting with the most gorgeous paper, ribbons, embellishments, stencils and stamps! Really, the only thing they did not send me, was the double-sided tape and scissors! In this collection, once again, the paper was of the highest quality, the prints were so detailed, you’d swear it was five-dimensional. Ribbons and embellishments were of the highest standard too and it featured the mother city, Cape Town! I really love Penelope Dee’s embellishment range because the metal allows you to use your art mediums to change its colours. The stencil range is sturdy, which allows for a great grip when applying texture paste, gesso or even using your distress inks.

Did you know that Glenda coordinates all her papers with the Tim Holtz ink range – this is a genius idea, it allows you to mix and match and create the project you like with minimal supplies.  

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The Penelope Dee Summer Loving Blog Drop

This blog post is months overdue. I was having the time of my live in India on a beautiful month long escapade. However, as soon as I returned home, I was ready to start creating.

I made two cards, and a mixed media mock-canvas with these supplies, with a dozen more projects to create.

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Happiness is homemade

Penelope Dee designs always come with a sheet full of quotes – a cardmaker’s dream. The barcoded strip at the bottom of each patterned paper, also has a thoughtful quote. You will never waste an inch of these papers. For this card, I used two quotes for the card topper, I distressed the edges of the pieces of paper to create a layered look and what’s a card without bling and ribbon flowers? The finished product was desirable.

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Let’s celebrate something today … 

What can you celebrate today? I am not sure what I was celebrating on the day I made this card, perhaps it was just life and finding joy in creativity. Using freehand, I cut strips of paper, effortlessly ensuring that the paper was not straight – I love distressed frayed and obscure edges. I tried to create the XOXO game effect on the card but realized that it would be covered by the card topper, so I continued to add more strips of paper. Every sheet in this range coordinates so beautifully with each other – the collage is seamless – vibrant yet so simple. Once the card topper was secured to the card, I used some ribbon, sequins and a wooden star to add a mixed media effect. The Ranger Distress Spritzer Gun worked its magic here, dispersing bursts of colours to the page creating a sun-kissed card.

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Get into your flip flops, now. 

This mixed media wooden block boasts the beautiful pattern papers, quotes, and embellishments from the collection. The sides of the block has a stenciled textured edge, created by mixing bronze acrylic paint with texture paste. The stencil was a part of the Summer Loving range. Glossy Accents gave an excellent shine to the stake post of sayings and a wooden embellishment saved the open space on the project. The papers are double sided, and rolling pieces of paper, allows the underneath to show the other side of its beauty. When I am ready to gift this, I will add metal hooks to the bottom of the project to hold photos.

The quality of the products in this collection is far above superior. The possibilities of mixing the range with solid colours are endless. Once again,  Glenda has outdone herself and I am very proud to be in association with her.

You can find her supplies at your local craft store or contact her via Trocraft or via Penelope Dee.

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything in this world, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

 

Making Cards using Illustrated Faith

I love the Illustrated Faith paper collection with all my heart!

These cards were made in one sitting! Can you believe that?

I embossed the background card tops with several different embossing folders then used Ranger Inks to water colour the backgrounds. I used spray mists to do a few splatters too!

The sentiments were from the Illustrated Faith paper collection.

To finish it off, I used flowers and stones.

Thank you for visiting. Until then, learn new things and be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

 

Celebrate Life. Today

On February 17, 2014 my dad’s soul went home to the God who gave us life. Dad was an artisan. He was a perfectionist in his trade and this year on his second death anniversary while going through a range of emotions, I decided that to honour his life, I will do what I know best. Create.

I created these cute little cards as a reminder to celebrate today. Light those candles. Don’t save that dress. Use those embellishments and foam tape. Tomorrow is never promised.

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These cards are so simple and super easy to make. The supplies used for these cards are shown in the image above.

Want to give this a try?

Using Ranger’s Distress Inks, carefully blend the cardstock from dark to light.

Stamp your sentiment towards the bottom of the card. In this card, I stamped the Paper Smooches Celebrate stamp using Docrafts Artiste Black Dye Ink.

Use strips of patterned paper to add a fun twist to the card. You can also use washi tape. Here I have used both patterned paper and washi tape.

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Life is precious. Take each day and relish it! Love the people in your life and make every moment count. Celebrate, Today and everyday.

Thank you for visiting. Until then, learn new things and be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

 

I’ve never met a calorie I didn’t like!

I am a Docrafts stalker! I refresh their Twitter feed a few many times a day.  I recently saw a tweet about their Let’s Bake Free Paper Downloads and lost my mind! Firstly, I couldn’t believe that I missed that download on their website. Secondly, I was going insane thinking about all the cards and tags and printer trays that I can make with it!

So needless to say as soon as I left my day job [which I will one day quit so that I can craft all day] I went home to my craft corner and put some ideas I had [for now] into two cards. I absolutely love the outcome!

These are the first two [of so many to come] cards:

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You can visit the Docraft website here and download these delicious papers.

If you have downloaded these papers, show some love to the Docrafts Team via social media or on their website.

Tips and Tricks

  • Mix and match these papers with plain coordinating cardstock to get trendy combinations.
  • Create dimension, these papers are graphic heavy [Yay!] so use lots of foam tape to create dimension.
  • Look for images that you can fussy cut to use as single elements/embellishments for your cards.
  • Add other coordinating elements to your cards like paper dollies and/or sequins.
  • Most of all remember that this is not a race, but a beautiful journey, don’t ever be afraid to try new things and explore the possibilities.
  • Make some cards with these papers and give them as thank you tokens to the person who bakes for you and/or your local bakery. It will knock the whisks off their hands!

I am so happy with the outcome of these cards. I will surely create more of these cards. So go on, download these papers and create something beautiful today.

A very special woman Faeema Sader who is the blogger owner of Fay in the Maze was on my mind when I made these cards. She celebrates her birthday today! Happy Birthday sweet woman!

Thank you for visiting. Until then, learn new things and be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner