Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop Day 1

I've started another class at Online Card Classes and this one is called Holiday Card Workshop.  The delightful and talented duo of Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire have prepared what looks to be another fantastic class and it looks like a lot of my classmates from previous classes have enrolled again.  Day 1 went live last night (Perth time) and Kristina featured a 3x3 inch gift card and she demonstrated colouring with both coloured pencils and with Copics.  I was inspired to make my own little gift card and coloured my gingerbread man with coloured pencils.  I blended my shades with baby oil- many stampers use Gamsol- and masked off the hat before stamping my little man.  Just wish I'd stamped him a little higher to give the hat a better fit!

Jennifer shared some terrific ideas for creating a cheat-sheet when mass producing stamped backgrounds and she also did some clever masking on her card.  The result was a lovely card that looked way more complicated than it was.  I hope to try this out soon.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

CFC 76

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays this week is to use Kraft.  I love using Kraft in both my scrapbooking and cardmaking, but I don't usually stamp straight onto it- crazy huh?  I wanted to use the "Bright Days" stamp set from Avery Elle and was inspired by a card by Heather Campbell where she used lots of bright colours for the rays of her sun.  I've used the same layout as Heather but narrowed my colours down to the five new 2012-2013 In Colours from Stampin' Up.

The cloud is stamped with a border stamp from Avery Elle's "Fanfare" set and die-cut with a cloud die from MFT.  A little scrap piece of twine I found on my desk finished off the card.  I love the bright colours against the neutral of the Kraft and I think I'll try it again soon :-)

Just Add Ink #141

It's a colour challenge this week at Just Add Ink. 

I usually reach for  brighter colours so these soft hues were certainly a challenge for me.  The Woodgrain embossing folder and Papillon Potpourri stamp set made another appearance- they keep popping up in my cards lately :-)

Here's a closer look at the Butterfly.  I stamped it first on the Vanilla circle, then punched it out of patterned paper, then stamped and punched it again from Wisteria Wonder cardstock before layering them together and gently separating their wings.  I love this simple way to add dimension.

Despite the challenges I faced with these colours, I really enjoyed trying something new!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CFC 75

The challenge this week over at CAS-ual Fridays is to "Create a Clean And Simple card or tag with an element that goes over the edge."  I immediately thought of a banner hanging off the right-hand edge and set to work.  I grabbed some kraft cardstock, cut it narrower than usual since the banner was going to overhang, and some gorgeous patterned papers from Crate Paper and put together this clean and simple card in about 10minutes, which is very quick for me.  A stamped sentiment from Avery Elle and some Kaisercraft pearls finished the card off nicely.

I hope to play along at CAS-ual Fridays again soon :-)

Just Add Ink #140

The challenge this week over at Just Add Ink is all about chevrons.  Chevrons are everywhere right now- home decor, advertising and of course in the papercraft world.  I used this stamp from Hero Arts/Studio Calico and some Stampin Up inks for my chevron backgrounds.  The other elements were stamped with some older Hero Arts sets and coloured with Faber Castell big brush markers. 


It's a glorious spring day here in Perth and I'm hoping to get the boys outside this afternoon.  Then I'll be getting photos organised and edited for Project Life and making lists for the busy week ahead.  I hope you're having a lovely day, wherever you are!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sweet Baby Girl Card

One of the Mums from school asked me to make a Baby Girl card for a soon-to-deliver friend and  as a Mum of little boys myself, I jumped at the chance to pull out the pink paper and make something pretty and girly.  The stamps are from Stampin' Up's Little Additions set which has so many little stamps in it- great for making your own scenes.

The base cardstock is Confetti White cut to 5" square with Regal Rose and Blushing Bride DSP and cardstock.  The main panel is Whisper White and the stamping was done with Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Regal Rose inks.  The ribbon was from a random roll in my stash.

After a busy day I'm off to relax on the couch, catch up on some recorded tv and blog-surf on my iPad :-)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Just Add Ink #139

The challenge over at Just Add Ink this week is to use something new and at the moment I'm loving my new stamp set from Stampin' Up called Papillon Potpourri and their Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I couldn't resist buying the co-ordinating punch as well, so I was able to quickly punch the butterflies out after stamping and pop them up on foam dots for dimension.  I also used Stampin' Up inks in Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze and So Saffron and I really like this colour combination against the Kraft cardstock.

It was back to school for Master 6 today and although I love the school holidays and not having to rush in the mornings, I crave the routine the school term brings.  The return to school also meant it was back to craft group for Master 2 and me, and since I am in the Needlework group I played around with some embroidery on cardstock.  The image I used was a bit too detailed for a good result so next time I will try something simpler and if successful, I will share the result with you. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Project Life Week 41

I'm a "Project Lifer" and if you're unfamiliar with what Project Life is all about you can check it out here.  It's my favourite way of recording our everyday stories and the routine of daily life.  Yes, I'm a traditional scrapbooker as well, but this weekly snapshot of life includes stories that will never get their own scrapbook layout. 

We're at Week 41 and I am proud of the fact that I have kept up to date with it.  My routine is to collate and edit the photos on Sunday afternoon and print them Monday morning. Then the layout comes together during Master 2's nap either Monday or Tuesday. 

You can purchase everything you need in kit form or you can do what I do and use whatever supplies you have on hand.  There's never a shortage of stuff to use around here! 

Anyway, here is Week 41....

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happy First Birthday!

Made at Number 27 has just had it's First Birthday!  My goal when I started M@#27 was to generate enough income to pay for my crafty hobbies, and although it's not quite there yet, I've been really encouraged by the support from my family and friends.  So now is the time to take stock, re-evaluate and set some new goals.  My crafty life is so much richer than what you've all seen through the Facebook Page and I want to start sharing all of it with you.  The recent changes to Facebook and the way they manage Pages has given me the boot up the bottom I needed to make some changes and take some risks.

I will be slowly moving all my stock from the FB page to my new Madeit Store where hopefully many more handmade-lovers will see what I do.  I'll still be taking orders for custom items- just drop me a line! 

Starting this blog will allow me to showcase my work in a way that is more effective in reaching the crafty communities I love to work with, and to hopefully provide a more interesting way for all of my current followers to stay engaged.

So I hope you will all join me on the next leg of the journey.  Please leave comments, feedback or any advice you might have :-)

{Image credit: justfindit4u.com}

Friday, October 12, 2012


Hi everyone and welcome to Made at Number 27's first ever blog post!  Many of you will know me from the Made at Number 27 Facebook Page but for those of you who don't, I'm a WAHM who loves scrapbooking, stamping, sewing and many other crafts.  You can purchase  my handmade goodies via the Facebook Page or via my Madeit Store .  Be sure to stop by and say Hi!
This is my first attempt at blogging so please be patient with me as I learn the mechanics of blogger.  I hope to have the blog looking pretty very soon :-)