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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fun With My Big Shot: Sweet Friend

I'm SO excited to show you my first card, made with my new Big Shot!

I used one of my new embossing folders to add the polka dot pattern on my paper.
The scalloped edge was made using a Martha Stewart punch.
For the butterfly I used my Bigz Die and the Wafer-Thin die that matches it.
Next I stamped my sentiment with Stazon ink.
The finishing touch was a bit of bling ... you gotta have bling!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hei Matau

A hei matau is a bone or greenstone carving in the shape of a highly stylised fish hook typical of the Māori people of New Zealand. It represents strength, good luck and safe travel across water.
This is a birthday gift I made for someone who is from New Zealand.

The fish hook is made from polymer clay. The book "Making Polymer Clay Beads" by Carol Blackburn has a great tutorial on how to make faux bone. Once the shape was baked and still warm I carved my inner shape. Then I used silver metallic alcohol ink to color the indention. When dry I mixed a batch of resin and slowly added it into the carved space. My last step was to add a bit more color ... I wanted the look of the ocean. So I used some blue pigment ink. And with a toothpick slowly swirled it through the resin till I got the affect I wanted.

I think it looks great. Very natural.
Love Always .... Carla

Friday, January 16, 2015

Chevron Loom Bracelets

These cute little bracelets were fun to make. 

A few years ago my niece received a bead loom for Christmas, it reminded me of the one I had as a child. Not expensive by any means but I remember having a lot fun with it. So off to Michaels I went to see if I could find one.

For my first attempt at these, I used a simple chevron pattern. If you're brave, there are tons of patterns on the web.

I used No. 6 seed beads. DMC pearl cotton to make the tassels, and then added various charms and beads to add the finishing touches.

One tip, if you are as picky as I am, buy quality seed beads. The square beads I purchased were not cut to a consistent size. So as you can see in the picture above, the edges are quite whack a doodle at best. Lesson learned.

So rummage through your closet full of games and puzzles ... you might just find a bead loom you forgot about. Or, just trot down to Michaels, they run about $15.00.

Have fun!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My New Big Shot!

I'm so excited to share my new Big Shot!

This was my gift from my parents for Christmas! Isn't it wonderful? The packaging is so lovely. And luck for me, it matches my craft room colors perfectly. Co..wink..e.dink ... me thinks!

Out of the box it is quite heavy. And it sits well, tiny feet to hold it in place.
It appears to be made very well, I guess time will tell. You have to attach the handle ... a, washer, screw and end cap and wall la.

Included in the box: The Multipurpose Platform
On each cover is, an illustration showing you what pieces, are needed for what purpose. For instance, you use the front cover for Thinlits and Framelits. 

As, you go to cover 1, it's used for Ink-its,  Thinlits with a Impression Pad for embossing and the Texturz with a Impressions Pad.

The last cover is for Embossing Folders and Texturz when using thicker materials such as chipboard.

These are standard size cutting pads and you get a pair.

You get Basics Shapes cutting pad. It's hard to see but it has a large and small heart, a large and small circle and a large butterfly.

These are the Wafer-thin Dies. As you can see the pretty butterfly is the exact size as the Bigz die basic shapes.

You get seven Framelts. The hearts, flowers and circles go hand in hand with the Bigz Basic shapes die and the Wafer-thin dies.

This is a Embossing folder, one included.

And you get a package of card stock. Also included, a tiny piece of sandpaper.

My parents also bought me another pair of Extended Cutting Pads.

A beautiful set of Scallop Circle Dies, left. And Impressions Pad.

This wonderful Texturz Starter Kit, with six lovely designs.

And two more Embossing Folders ... Dots and Flowers.

I am one lucky girl!!

Letc the crafting begin ... be sure and check back to see my first projet with my new Big Shot!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy 2015 Everyone!

Happly New Year everyone!

I've never been one to make New Years resolutions. Seems we all have good intentions for the first few months .... but then, life has a way of getting in the way and those resolutions just seem to go by the wayside.

So for me, it's more about life lessons. Things that I've faced over the last year. What have I learned and how can I take those things, whether good or bad and use them to move my life forward in a positive way.

This year has been a very difficult one for me personally. Choices I've had to make. People I've had to say good bye to, and the loss of Wolf and Peanut. Heart wrenching things.

But I will forever be an optimist. I'm grateful for the lessons I've learned. I'm grateful that I was privileged to have these two sweet creatures in my life for the time I did.

I can't even begin to express how grateful I am for my family! They have stood by my side through it all .... never wavering, always supportive, always loving, steadfast!

But most of all, i'm grateful for Jesus! For without His love and acceptance, my life would be without meaning. God has guided me through some treacherous waters. And there is no doubt in my mind He has orchestrated the steps I've taken this year. My only hope is that I can live the life He expects me to live and be an example of His love for everyone!

Bless my family and friends!
Bless my fur babies!
And bless all my new friends and followers here!

This picture kind of sums things up!

Let's have a fabulous 2015 together!