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

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

 

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

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.

 

 

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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

Catching rainbows

It is said that life is about using the whole box of crayons, I’d like my life to be about using all my Ranger Distress Inks! I had no idea where I was going with this card, all I knew was that I needed to use this beautiful bubble stencil and these gorgeous bright inks. 

I love distress inks and with practise I have mastered the art of blending. 

After blending a few brights, I stamped a cute image with a sentiment. 

Lesson Learnt: At my next attempt, I should add a card topper to enhance my background. Perhaps for this colourful background, direct stamping is not the best choice. 

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

 

Love, because it fixes everything …

Hello,

I love making wall art and I love making it for my friends who want to gift it to their loved ones. Recently, a colleague commissioned some craft from me. His brief was quite charming, “make anything pretty”. So I rose to the occasion and created a three piece mini canvas.

I painted my canvas and used some embossing folders to create a textured background. Most of my embellishments came from the Kaiser Kraft Cottage Rose Collection, those cute mini frames were a super find at Hobbycraft on my last holiday to England and I finished off the project with cute pearls.

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

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

I am not a fan of Vintage but,

Hello,

I am not a fan of making vintage or shabby chic cards but, every once in a while duty calls for it and  I take on the challenge. Recently, a friend wanted a card for a friend and the brief was simple: Typewriter and Vintage.

I went to my paper collection and found the most beautiful paper from Prima Marketing. I used several cuts from the paper pad and pieced together this beauty.

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I even used lace! I stamped the type writer [from the Sizzix Framelits Noted Die Set] with Stazon Black Ink. I was surprised at the end result, because it all worked together! The card giver was very impressed and I hope the receiver was happy.

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

Yours in papercrafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner