Monday, 10 December 2018

Life Update - Blog Change

Hello all,

It has been a long time since I've posted and boy has a lot changed during that time. In 16 more sleeps I am catching a plane and flying to England to begin the next phase of my life's journey. I am taking leave from my job here in Australia and going to work in Kent. Due to this big change I have withdrawn from all my scrapbooking commitments and am no longer on any design teams. I haven't actually created a scrapbook page for months! I am not packing any supplies and may not scrapbook whilst away. I have a feeling that I may start painting again, but who actually knows what the future will hold. What I do know is that this blog is going to become a record of my new adventure and I will be posting photos highlighting my daily life on the other side of the world. Hopefully you'll follow along with my new experiences.

Take care,
Helen xx

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Unity Stamp Blog Hop

Hello everyone,

The GIU (Growing in Unity Gals) from July and August are hosting a blog hop this weekend and I'm very excited to be taking part. Well I say I'm excited but when I was making my card my son may have said something else as I wasn't very happy! Everything was going wrong, embossing didn't melt properly, stamping was blurry, watercolour splashed badly but perseverance won out! I finally created a card that I'm happy with.

I used some Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals and Color Bursts to create my watercolour background (I had to do this three times!). Then I stamped and heat embossed the floral heart from the Being Who You Are -KOM February 2018 set. After throwing out the first heart as the embossing started to come off I tried again and then I had to fussy cut it out as I blurred the embossing of the sentiment I used, also from the KOM set. It was not a good crafting day! Interestingly enough, I much prefer my final card than the one I was trying to create in the first place, it's funny how this works out when you are paper crafting. Here is what the card looks like:
 To finish off I stamped 3 little hearts from the same set and cut them out carefully too. Some washi tape, black thread and gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine and the card is finished. I hope you like it.

Please hop on over to the other blogs and leave a comment so that you are in the running for a prize.

1. Jennifer Mitten
2. Jeanie Marie Hays
3. Denise Sayers

4. Sue Nagata
5. Aimee Phillips
6.Helen Smit             THIS IS ME!!
7.Jo Avery
8. Teresa Godines

Thanks for stopping by.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Friday, 5 October 2018

Life Update

Hello all (or my future self when I eventually read this again!),

Wow, I haven't blogged in so long and life has definitely changed a lot. For starters, I am now living back in my childhood home as I have rented my house out. I am in the final planning stages for a big adventure next year and my life will be very different in 2019.

In the crafting world I have stepped down from the Kitaholics Kits design team and during late August and all of September I took a break from all my other commitments. This was mainly due to everything that was going on in my life. I was part of my school's musical production and that was a very hectic but wonderful time (I was the back stage manager, don't worry no one had to hear me sing!). Following this I got sick, only a cold but still it knocks you about and makes it difficult to teach a class. Then I had to start packing, organised a garage sale and sold lots of my belongings and then got ready to move. It was the week before moving day that I noticed some spots on my torso and lucky me, I somehow had caught shingles. Now finally, I'm in good health, I moved and life is getting back to normal. Albeit I now have to drive 46kms to work and back each day.

Having said all that I have still managed to create a few pages and one video during the last few months. Here they are:

This page has a process video for it, so if you're interested, pop on over to my YouTube channel and have a look at it.

Well that's it for now. Even though it's the last day of the school holidays, I'm off to my classroom to do some work.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Growing in Unity Week Winners

Hello everyone,

Unity is such a generous company as they provide a prize to two people each week who leave comments.  To pick mine I used a random number generator and first chose the day then the comment number. The first winner is:

So that is the 19th comment left on Wednesday =  Jan Vint

The second winner is:

So that is the 9th comment left on Friday = Brandi R

Congratulations ladies. After I receive your details you will receive a prize from Unity Stamps.

Thank you to everyone who left comments throughout last week.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Friday, 27 July 2018

Growing in Unity - Day Five

Hello everyone,

It is with great excitement and anticipation that you wait for months for your week as the Growing In Unity Gal and then bam it is all over! It's my last day today, this week has gone so quickly. To finish off I have made a shiny 5 1/2 inch square card for you.

I started with a piece of mixed media cardstock and stamped one of the floral pieces from the Unexpected Places (kom 2/17) set with Archival Ink and then painted it with some Me & Blue Inklingz from Shimmerz Paint. Next I stamped the an older butterfly stamp and fussy cut that out. I mounted the butterfly with fun foam to give it some dimension and gave it a quick coat of Ride the Tide Creameez by Shimmerz. Once dry I fussy cut it and the saying out. I adhered a doily to the background, adhered the stamp and quote and some puffy hearts. I finished off by adding some gloss gel to the butterfly and a few random little butterflies across the background. All in all a very blue card.

A close up to try and show the shimmer.

Well that's it for my week as a GIU Gal. Don't forget to leave a comment to go in the draw as I will be picking the two random winners on Sunday (Australian time!). Thank you so much for leaving the lovely supportive comments all week.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Growing in Unity - Day Four

Hello everyone,

I'm hoping this Thursday is treating you all well. I have a quick card for you today.

To begin with I made my own background using two distress oxide inks and the packaging technique. If you're unsure what the packaging technique is it is when you smoosh some ink onto a piece of plastic, activate it with water and then smoosh it all around the cardstock. Following this I stamped one of the blooms from the Insightful Meadows set and a saying from the { . . . everything resides in hope} set. To finish off I add some gold Heidi Swapp Colour Shine and some patterned paper and then adhered it to a 5 1/2 inch square card.

Well that's it for today. I'll see you tomorrow with my last creation for the week.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Growing in Unity - Day Three

Hello everyone,

Can you believe it, we're halfway through the week already! Time flies when you are having fun or extremely busy.

Today, I'm doing a bit of a comparison as I've made the same card twice but I have chosen different mediums to colour Tess Girl, from the Angiegirl collection, in with.

For the lefthand card I coloured Tess in with Derwent Inktense pencils, which I activated with a water brush as they are watercolour pencils and for the righthand card I coloured her in with normal colouring in pencils. Some patterned paper, gems and an inked wooden word and this simple card is finished.

Which medium did you like the best?

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to leave a comment. See you tomorrow.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx