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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop O is for Orange

Hi Everyone! I am creating this post on the road to a show so it will be short and simple this time! It is nice to be back from overseas and playing with my craft! abc bloghop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter O. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their O element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc)  If you came from Darlys Recker – Craftyhappy –  then you’re on the right track!


 

O is for Orange!

For my O post I have decided to focus on the colour orange in our product range and with the release of some awesome new products I hope you will be delighted with what I have come up with and to be honest it was a quick card completed in my hotel room as I prepare to do the Craft Alive show in a town three hours from home!

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Autumn Terracotta and Goldrush and are well known colours in our range of paper, inks and markers. We have some orange in our watercolour pencil sets. However, coming August 1 we also have new markers such as the Marigold in ShinHan Touch Twin marker. We also have new Washi tape – Sunset Chevron Washi Tape but I have not used that for this project.

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Be your own kind of Wonderful!

 

I  have created a cute little card using a new stamp set called Your Own Kind of Wonderful D1627. I love this set and hope you can see some possibilities for it in your art work. I have deepened the colours at the body of each butterfly by applying a partial layer of extra colour. You can see art work for it on page 105 of the New Annual Inspirations book when it goes live August 1, PST…don’t look now – you won’t see it!

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Your Own Kind of Wonderful D1627

To create this project I have stamped three butterflies in a row on a piece of white cardstock and adhered this to a piec of 6 x 9 inch Goldrush. I decided to Z fold the card – score at 2 /14 and 4 /12 inches using the new score board! Z1937 (PS link won’t work till Aug 1st!

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From the stamp set I stamped a sentiment inside the card and used the little butterfly and some Bronze Shimmer Trim Z1849 to finish it off.

Supplies used in this project are available for order online. 

From August 1 only

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is  Anita Autore . I wonder what she did for O?

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop N is for Northern Lights

 

 

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter N. This may be the name  of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their N element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from “Ren’ee Musgrave~ReneesCreativeQueens ” then you’re on the right track!


 

N is for Northern Lights technique. 

Hello readers! I have landed back in Australia safe and sound after my awesome adventures overseas and I am looking forward to sharing more of that adventure with you in coming weeks. For now I am back on board with the everything ABC’s Blog hop and I hope you enjoy my N project, northern lights which I took with me to Convention in Anaheim for the Consultant Showcase. There are number of videos about this technique and I watched a few before trying it myself. I hope you enjoy my instructional video in and will have a go at replicating the technique of scrubbing and rubbing just with your $2 sponge!

Let’s get started by looking at some samples! Bring on the eye candy!

Always Grateful C1559

Always Grateful C1559

 

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint or the Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint (NLA) or use the  Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

 

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!)  This is one of the pieces I had on show at Convention 2014.

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!) I had this one on show at Consultant Showcase at the Convention.

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420 – (NLA. It appears to already have been retired!)

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

So how is it done?

You start with your inks all lined up – Honey, Topiary. Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock, Outdoor Denim and Black. You will need the sponge to apply the ink and you simply rub the sponge on your inkpad and rub the ink onto your paper. You are rouging it scrubbing the ink into your White cardstock. Rub and buff!!!  It is easier to show you how so here it is!

 

Tips!

  • Work on scratch paper so you can work well over the edges
  • Do a bigger piece than what you need
  • Work one colour then the next
  • Begin with a kind of diagonal line
  • smudge colours into each other to create more colours including purple! This works especially well if you are quick
  • don’t fuss too much with placement – every time you do this it will be different to the last
  • Change it up – make it lighter and brighter, leaving out the dark colours, adding more of one colour than another and more.
  • It is recomended to use sihouette type stamps for this technique hence the trees and the city scape. But I challenge you to try other stamp sets such as Hello Tweety, Fast and Furious and Born to Ride!
change it up - leave out the dark colours!

Change it up – leave out the dark colours! This was an experiment – it is currently a UFO! I am in temp accommodation with a temp craft room so it is unfinished as yet!

Here is a picture of the finished artwork I was working on in the video featuring Born to Ride C1483. It is finished off with the Durable Studs Z1836

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Shopping List

You have reached the end of the blog hop but you can start over or continue at your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop – Linda Norman of Scrappy Therapy

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

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Lost in LA!!! The tail end of the adventure!

Grab a cuppa! I have a story for you!

Hi readers. I know it has been some time since I posted but I have been preoccupied with my Mexican Adventure, Close To My Heart Convention USA in Disneyland (more on these in future posts) and of course discovering something of LA in my last few days before heading home.

The end of Route 66

Santa Monica Pier – The end of Route 66

I have discovered today the beauty of Santa Monica Beach and city, and the eccentric,  eclectic Venice Beach. I saw something of these yesterday on tour but we were given just 20 minutes in Venice Beach and drove right by Santa Monica pier. From that experience I would say don’t choose this tour by VIP tours! However it helped to get my bearings on this enourmous city.  

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Today I ventured out on LA public transport, specifically the Big Blue Bus. It started well with friendly drivers telling me where to hop off in Santa Monica. I wandered down to the pier and enjoyed the ocean breeze and the atmosphere.

I have a video here

Then I could not quite decide what to do. Pay big bucks for the hop on hop off bus or just get the BBB to Venice Beach. I decided given the time of day it had to be Venice, that was around 1 pm.  Not enough time for hop on hop off back up to Sunset Strip. (Unfortunately, and I doubt now I have time to get bck there.) But the BBB had a route through to Venice so off I went. 

Anyhow, I loved my time at Venice Beach. There was a lot of quirky artwork, skaters, cyclists, entertainment and another awesome red hat. Here is a video of one of the musicians. I can{t quite work out the embed code yet. 

I had a big late lunch and decided it was time to find my way from Venice to Route 3 on the BBB.  I had two possible directions to head. I started right, looked at the map and the envisioned potential walk ahead and decided left was perhaps better. Who should I run into but three awesome Aussies from Convention just arriving at Venice Beach!

Back on  track,  an officer of the  LAPD advised me the main road I was looking for was a mile and a half away. I have no concept of that so I started walking….and walking…and walking. Three miles may have been closer to the mark!  

On the upside of this part of the journey I saw some nice homes in the streets of Venice Beach, and quickly changed blocks when I realised I was in ‘cool’ ( aka dangerous) territory.

Suddenly I found myself back in the city of Santa Monica! Not only was it signed, the whole look of the place with its smoke free streets, good pavement and quality of shops and homes dictated I had crossed some sort of border. I felt safe but the walking I knew was going to be a problem. I had to turn right on Pacific Boulevard. I did and there in front of me were hills….I can walk bumpy flat ground (and I had in the streets of Venice Beach where in some place poles and fences were so close my walker would not fit through) but hills are a problem.  

Big Blue Bus Routes....there are lots of them!

Big Blue Bus Routes….there are lots of them!

By now I regretted the decision to go left. I regretted not having a decent map or any concept of how big the distance was between key roads marked on the map. I thought about getting a taxi and then realised I was on the wrong side of the street to hail one…They do drive on the wrong side of the road here!  

By now I was pretty cross with myself, and a little anxious. Then I saw it!  A BIG BLUE BUS! It was route 8 and bound to get me to route 3 according to the map I had which I needed to get home. After 30 minutes wait, and dodging fruit dropping from the tree overhead, I began to get anxious. Not one BBB had come through, but I had seen 3 go the other way. Surely one would come or had they stopped for the DAY? How could I Check?  

In the burbs oi Santa Monica around 6 pm getting anxious about the next Big Blue Bus not arriving!

In the burbs oi Santa Monica around 6 pm getting anxious about the next Big Blue Bus not arriving!

Then I remembered Santa Monica City has free wifi…. it worked in the burbs where I was…My BBB arrived just as I downloaded the time Table!  The reason for such a wait….city Traffic!  Duh!!!  Lol. Of course. I am just a country bumpkin afterall and have no idea about such things in a city of millions. 

So as I write the draft of this post I am safely on route 3, discovering all the while I did not need to walk miles to key stops Afterall! !! Every major intersection I crossed over following my map intersected with this one!!!! If I’d only had a map or thought it through before embarking on my homeward journey. One final challenge awaits…a working public phone at the bus transfer station to call upon my hotel shuttle. I had not seen a phone there in the morning…I am worried.  (If not I will be offering so one some money to use their mobile phone!)Enjoy these photos.

Today was and adventure and I can’t wait to scrapbook it. This rapid bus is making lots of stops. Yep….I am a dill. So could have thought this through better. There was a shorter quicker way…to my right where I was headed in the first place! 


 

Postscript: I found phones and had just 3 quarters left to make a call. No change machine in sight and 2 are needed for the call.  The girl at the hotel could not hear me so she hung up. It is after 7 pm…getting late. I needed one more quarter…asked a guy if he had change. Nope. He suggested putting a fiiver in the coke machine to get change. The machines rejected my fiver. 7.25 pm… I emptied my handbag and luckily found another quarter and a better phone. Made the call, got connected. A 15 minute wait. 8 pm…collected and taken round the airport twice (another story) while another client was dropped off for a flight. 8.30 by the time I walked into the hotel! But…I made it! And through talking with the driver I now know exactly how to get to Michaels for their Independence day sale tomorrow!

PPS..Americans are already celebrating July 4 with fireworks and some are turning it into a 4 day weekend. Just like us…any reason to party or go camping!

 

Cheers

Jen