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

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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: 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

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

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