Thursday, February 18, 2016

Charlotte Workshop "My" Way!

The free PDF for Charlotte Workshop Your Way is available on my OBA.
I used it with a Charlotte paper pack and complement pack yesterday because I did't have the whole kit.  I did have to change the background of the layout that used Slate as a background because I didn't have any. I used black paper instead and used a couple of small pieces of black ribbon that was leftover from the Charlotte Workshop Your Way that I made in November.  I am really pleased with the outcome.
I took pictures as I went along, and tomorrow I will add the completed layouts in the album, so you can see how I used flip flaps to include more photos.
Enjoy the changes I made and share with me the changes you make as you
 Make It Your Way! 
Always, Alayne






Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Homesick cure =scrap your loved ones!

Today I had the opportunity to scrap with 4 other ladies in Brisbane.  It felt a little bit like Versailles, Ky. I really enjoyed sitting around a table and scrapping some of my sweet Kentucky family.  Last month I made the La Vie En Rose Workshop on the go.



 Today I used the same paper and last months Stamp of the Month to make and additional two page layout to go with the black and white layouts previously made.
I took pictures from the same day but this time used color photos.
When I made the WOTG I chose not to use the rose paper as recommended, but used the reverse side of the paper. Today I let the rose paper show a bit and made roses for accents.  I was surprised how the roses went with the everyday pictures, including pictures of two of my grandsons.

This paper pack is becoming one of my favorites. It is delightful how the black and white paper pack can go with many photos with careful use of accent colors. Today Pomegranate was my choice while I used smoothie for the WOTG accent color.
Buy this workshop today La Vie En Rose
and capture some of your favorite photo memories on this great workshop!
Always, Alayne

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentines Day ....embossing with a toaster?

American Heat Gun didn't like Australian Electricity!

The first time I crafted in Oz I chose a simple card set that the local Ashgrove scrapbooking group were using at a workshop. I was pleased that I brought my heatgun as one of my packed tools. After I got my ink on the kraft paper pennant pieces I plugged my heater in with an adapter....and lo and behold only a little sound came out of the gun and very little air from the blower. There was not enough power to operate the gun.  What now?????
I remembered the past, before I owned a heat gun how I use to use a toaster to heat the embossing powder. Why not?  It is worth a try. So I held the papers above the toaster an moved them constantly so there wouldn't be a chance for the paper to catch fire.  It worked!  Not easy, but doable.
When I went to the Ashgrove stamp group the leader (Melissa) offered me the use of a heat gun that had Austtralian plugs.  I gladly accepted and my next project embossed much easier.
I think I take my well stocked craftroom for granted!  I am very thankful for Melissa, Donna and Shirley for being very generous and sharing their craft toys and tool with me while I am down under.
Always, Alayne

Cut Above...Blossom Card Kit

Gather all supplies before you begin....

You can stamp image, sprinkle with embossing powder (I used clear detail powder on top of Pomegranate pigment ink)

Stamped images can be embossed much later, just be careful that powder doesn't rub off.

If you use a toaster do not let paper burn, keep in motion.

Do all stamping before assembling the cards, including a signature tag on the back of the cards.

Attach stamped images and diecuts. Use foam tape for dimension if you choose. Add sparkles or other embellishments.

Decorate your envelopes also!

Cut Above kits come with different themes.  My grandkids like the bowtied giraffe!  The stamped image can be different for one or more cards to make this kit very adaptable.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time Flies when you are half way around the world....and cross the International Date Line!

Last week I was speaking with my eldest grandson, NOAH, on Face time and my husband overheard me say I had already lived Friday and it was a great day so his Friday should be fantastic!
Well, I hope it was very special. My Saturday was better, because I got to speak with him and some of his siblings....
But where does the time fly to?
In the past month I have had a brother die and a friend die. It makes me pause, pray and refocus.
God is in charge of everything, but I try so hard to take charge of my schedule. May I ask His advice daily about what is a good use of my time. I thought I would be on the internet more when I moved to Oz, but so far that has not been the case. Life has been happening to us, around us and through us at a rapid pace. Therefore the internet has been used mostly for direct communication with my sweet Ky and MI families.
Now that we are more settled and used to the ways of life here I hope to share some of my experiences, friends, creations and love with you.
Have a wonderful day!
Always, Alayne

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