Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Child's Card

Hi Everyone,
              This is the other card I made this week. It used Kaszazz's "Adorable Friends Set" of Stamps & also "Birthday Set". I made the branch myself & coloured with pens & lead pencils. I used a very fine tipped black pen to draw the tails back on to the animals as they were too fiddly to try & cut out. Yes, all the animals, cakes, words & gift were cut with a fine pair of scissors.... and yes it did take me quite some time to cut each one out, after stamping & colouring them prior to cutting. I call this my "Jungle Party" card, & am planning on putting in the same challenge as my "Cheeky Monkey" card... if they'll let me put 2 in at "The Stamp Spot" Blog
Happy Creating,

Child's Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,
           I hope the week has been good to you all... or will be as it is only Anyway, Here is a card I have made this week (one of two actually) with the theme being a child's card. Partly because I have been wanting to have more of a play with some of my new editions (Kaszazz Stamps), the other reason, (which I think is just as good) is that it's a Challenge for one of our Aussie Sites. "The Stamp Spot"  Yes, I know what you are thinking, I am doing a stamp, etc. that is Kaszazz & the challenge is for the opposition.... well for one, they are both Australian, and one thing we all have in common.... Nobody can say they ONLY use one make of product in there craftroom. I for one have got soooooooo many different stamps, papers, cardstock, markers, pens, tapes, even cutters.... which I have 4 different cutters and that isn't counting the one's that cut dies/emboss... which amount to 3, 2 manual & one computer based.
        Anyway, back to the card.... Well I used blue cardstock, the stamps were from two sets from Kaszazz being "Adorable Friends Set" (the monkey & the words), the other used was "Birthday Set" (the gift). I had a spare bit of red/white twine so used that to tie to the hand & balloon. I coloured in the balloon in watercolour pencils, & the rest was done with my Stampin' Up! markers. I used dimensionals for the balloon & gift.
        I can't wait to get my hands on the new markers/pens that Kaszazz have just brought out, I will have to save my pennys!! Jess gave me a lesson showing me how to use "Alcohol Markers" her's being Spectrum Noirs, a couple of weeks ago. Now she's hooked me!!!!
Ok, now to go & add the other card I made.
Happy Creating,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Distressing my card....

I thought I'd finally put up my first ever distressed card. I used all Kaszazz products (which can be found in the catalogue. The gold leaf effect is using Design Adhesives (Branches & Blooms) then rubbed on Designer Foils (Goldmine) these are fantastic & so easy to use, you can find the full range Kaszazz has on page 212 of the main catalogue. The flowers were punched ou in white card stock & distressed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw) page 190. I also used the same ink to rub around the card top (Card Basics, Oatmeal, page 185) base is SB Essentials 12x12 Mustard card stock, after dabbing & rubbing off excess of  Adirondack Paint Dabber (Snow Cap) page 199.
If there are any questions you would like to ask, please contact me on my email or comment here.
Thanks for popping by, happy crafting everyone.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


Hi Everyone,
    If you are looking for something a little different in stamps, Kaszazz may have what you are looking for. They are an all Australian company that also stock Tim Holtz/Ranger products as well as their very own designed stamps made in Australia. I have been using their stamps for a few months now & find them to be a very well made product at a reasonable price. I found with some makes of stamps that you might only want 1 or 2 of the stamps but have to buy the whole set (with ones you don't like) to get those 1 or 2. Kaszazz has a high quality product, with quite I few being single stamps. In their 12x12 sheets of card stock, one side has a texture, where the other side is smooth. In their specialty card stock, you don't have to buy a whole set (this also goes for the plain colours), you can order one or more of each, they do have sets with co-ordinating plain card stock as well. All their specialty papers are double sided too.
     I love the sets you can get that have all you need to make that project, which you don't have to stay strictly to their guidelines either, you can place your our twist on your cards/ scrapbook page/ 3D project.
     So if you would like to have a look at what is available, please go to the top of my blog (under the title) click on "Kaszazz" & have a look at the catalogues. Everything is available..... AND... They don't retire stamps every year!!!!
For those that like a bit of "Aussie design" look at the Main Catalogue from page 114 "Earth Elements" pages 126 onwards has the "All Boy" section which has an Australian car, beer mugs, & other male elements. Oh and the 1950's Collection has a "retro car" which I think most of us know what that is..... on page 64.
    The wording (spelling) is Australian too e.g. Mum instead of Mom (the USA version) for one. There are Owls!!! Asian inspired stamps!!! Retro Style!!! Christmas without all the snowmen & northern hemisphere weather for Christmas (only a couple with snowflakes, etc.). So please have a stroll through the pages & let me know if you decide you'd like anything from the catalogues.
Take care,

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge.... new on the block!!

Hi all, I am placing this blog address up to help this new team to get some designers signed up. They found me through another challenge group & asked if I could "try out" for the design team. I'm not holding my breath, but it doesn't hurt to help someone "put the word out there". I have picked the 3 cards I used to go in a competition recently (sorry I didn't win.. sad face.. thousands of entries they said). It's a combination of different styles I have done, I know it looks limited, but I am venturing out into the "Distressed look" & will soon be putting up some cards, etc. to show everyone. Until then, thank you for stopping by & having a look at my humble abode.

Here is the link:- 

 Here are my favourite 3 cards....

& here are my favourite cards....

Friday, March 1, 2013

Merry Christmas.. starting Early!!!!

I made this from a kit that I got when my daughter & I went to a craft show in Newcastle, NSW Australia, just before Christmas. I didn't get a chance to make it up for the Christmas just gone, so at least in is ready for next Christmas (very early, but it seems to come around so I had to assemble the timber chipboard by using a good strong glue... My favorite glue is "Helmar" Premium Craft glue, as it is fast & clear drying. I actually made a much larger template for the house from the original as it got hidden by the fence (completely). I also added the tree shape which I also got from a stall at the craft show. I base coated the entire pieces with white gesso, let it dry & then painted the picket fence in *Tim Holtz DISTRESS Ink STAIN WEATHERED WOOD Ranger .
I used some blending pens to do the holly & ivy, I did the Merry Christmas in *Tim Holtz DISTRESS Ink STAIN TARNISHED BRASS Ranger Metallic TDW35206. 
I found some weathered looking paper scraps I had to cover the walls of the house added windows & door freehand, used green corrigated card with a white wash to give it a distressed, weathered look. The background I brayered(*Ranger Inkssentials INKY ROLLER LARGE Ink Brayer Stamp BRA09894) myself using gloss cardstock & Stampin' Up's ink pads to make the hot evening sunset we have in Australia at Christmas, I also masked a circle behind the "burnt looking" tree (also reminicent of our hot summers here).
The numbers were embossed with the following powders *Tim Holtz DISTRESS EMBOSSING POWDER AGED MAHOGANY Red Ranger.  
 I used Christmas printed paper on the backgounds & behind the numbers.
I have entered this into the "Anything Goes " challenge that the people from Simon Says STAMP! site. The address is as follows. Thank you for reading & having a look at my work & take care,
Until next time, Happy Crafting from Reggie