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

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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: 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

Fabulous FabScraps Friday

On Friday, 7 July 2017, South Africa’s largest scrapbooking and quilting craft company, FabScraps launched their brand spanking new craft room and two of their latest collections.

 

Joined by a handful of local retailers, Andrea, FabScraps Digital Manager and Caitlin, FabScraps International Business and Logistics Manager introduced the Wild Beauty and Jingle All The Way collections.

The Wild Beauty collection is playful with a mix of beautiful sentiments and breathtaking water effects, while the Jingle All The Way collection is a contemporary Christmas collection like never seen before.

 

 

Wild Beauty 

 

Jingle All The Way 

FabScraps’ high quality paper is archival ink safe, acid and lignin free. The chipboard embellishments used to be cut from grey board, however, the team will now cut embellishments from a new type of board called beer board. This board will hold true colour so much easier. Each collection is flanked by high quality stencils, chipboard embellishments, a chipboard album and my favourite: a Carders Pack.  The Carders Pack consists of 24 6×6 double sided paper and die cut embellishments. Thank you FabScraps for thinking of the card makers too!

 

Be on the look out for the Lazy 8 cards, a collection of mini cards and envelopes, for that gift card on the go with gorgeous patterned envelopes and plain cardstock. While you are on gift cards, stock up on the coordinating gift tags and ribbon!

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Lazy 8 Cards

The introduction of cupcake holders with cupcake topper stencils left retailers in amazement! Those mini stencils are so versatile, you can use them for paper crafts and/or in the kitchen!

The FabScraps Craft Room is a beautiful spacious area, with decorative walls hand-painted by Brigitte Wimbush, the FabScraps CEO and shelves of jaw dropping, heart racing, blood pumping craft goodies from craft heaven.

 

Most of the projects displayed in their craft room were designed by the talented Tanya Cloete, a design team member. Trisha Naicker and Brigitte Wimbush are the head designers over at FabScraps. Trisha Naicker, who was employed as a textile designer has already designed two paper collections, which has sold out both locally and internationally. Check out her collections, Woodland’s Friends and Study Buddies, here.

If you are hosting a craft event why don’t you get in touch with the team over at FabScraps and book the prettiest craft room in town – they are situated out in Hillcrest, but it is definitely worth the drive.

Thank you FabScraps for a lovely morning with delicious sweet treats.

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