Amp it up August 2018 with Heavenly Imaginings, Embellishment Week

Hello fellow Alchemists,

This week was embellishment week for the Amp it up August collab with Heavenly Imaginings. I made some giant paperclips and large poinsettias with danglies.

The poinsettias were made with some flowers I had in my stash. They have a gorgeous velvety feel. To make the danglies I used some chain and beads again from my stash. Sometimes casing your stash is the best thing you can do! 😃

I made two different styles of paper clips. For the first set I used wire edged Christmas ribbons to make bows. During the course of making these I discovered that premaking the bows and using hot glue to add them to the paperclip was best. I then took a piece of the ribbon and wrapped it around the middle of bow and over the paper clip to make everything secure.

The second style of bow I made uses the Tim Holtz Paper Rosette and Mini Rosettes dies. Hot glue is not my friend! I burnt my fingers a lot 😂. I used hot glue to add these to the paperclips and a circle punched from patterned paper to make their backs neat.

The centres of the rosettes and bows are decorated with embellishments I pulled off Christmas wine markers, Dress It Up buttons and a little tree from Kmart. I think they turned out quite cute. What do you think? The papers are from the Kaisercraft Collections, Yuletide and Pear Tree. Don’t forget to check out all the other talented ladies in the collab. Hope you are creating your own arty crafty alchemy. Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Please check out he other Lovely Ladies in the collab:
Heavenly Imaginings
Alexis and Melinda’s Art Space
Blue Raven Art and Craft
Crafty Kylie
Fiona Jane
Joanne Leigh
Wendy Mason

Amp It Up August collab with Heavenly Imaginings Card Week

Hello fellow Alchemists,

This is week two of the Amp It Up August collab with Heavenly Imaginings. It’s card week! This week I stuck with the same them from last week’s gift cards and tags.

Kaisercrafts Twig & Berry, Yuletide,  December 25th and Silent Night papers were used. Some ephemera from these collections helped me pull these cards together.

I also used some glitter tags I got from Kmart on clearance one year after Christmas. Seriously casing my stash for this collab! This collab is proving to be a good way to get all my Christmas items together . 😃There was only time to make three cards this week. They will however fit well with my master plan! Especially seeing as I used black as my base colour for the cards. Ribbons from my stash and pearls from cheapy shops were used to embellish the cards.

Hope you ate enjoying the collab. Be sure to check out the other lovely ladies linked below. They are all super talented 😃 Thanks for joining me.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Please check out he other Lovely Ladies in the collab:
Heavenly Imaginings
Alexis and Melinda’s Art Space
Blue Raven Art and Craft
Crafty Kylie
Fiona Jane
Joanne Leigh
Wendy Mason

 

 

How I Decorated My Planner for August 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing how I decorated my planner for the whole month of August. It was a bit of a marathon! Keep reading to see what I used.

The Reject Shops amazing paper pads and ephemera packs are mostly what I used to decorate, though I did throw in a Kaisercraft at the end. Unfortunately I don’t own many matching Kaisercraft pads and ephemera.

I started with my favourite pad and ephemera from The Reject Shop, the Fanciful collection. Mermaids, unicorns and fairies, swoon! All in pretty pinks and purples. I used one of each along with some other ephemera to accent the papers.

Next I used my Here & Now journal cards and ephemera as I don’t have the paper pad that matched this collection. I trimmed two journal cards down and used pieces as matting, borders and an accent piece. I also used one of the larger pieces as a replacement for paper. The ephemera pack for this collection was huge. 180 pieces! It was hard to choose what to put on the page!

Then I used the Twig & Twine Collection. Opting for the more pale orange pieces instead of the stronger peach colour. This collection even has butterflies, which is another of my favourite things! This collection has a lot of vintagey goodness 🙂 I also stamped some plain washi to match.

This next one I think is my favourite layout for the month. I used the gorgeous Carpe Diem collection.  Beautiful purples, mauves, pinks and blues. Again I cut up a journalling card in place of washi as well as some glitter tape. I had to add the gorgeous rose even though it didn’t leave me much space to write lol.

Lastly I used Golden Grove by Kaisercraft with it’s lovely golden yellows to indicate coming into spring. There was a paper with lot’s of strips I utilised as washi. I used some of the bigger pieces of ephemera for this week so did not need to use many.

Hopefully you enjoyed my month long planning lay outs. Go do some arty crafty alchemy yourselves. Catch you all later.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Amp It Up August Gift Cards and Tags Collab with Heavenly Imaginings

Hello fellow Alchemist,

Welcome to the Amp It Up August blog hop hosted by Heavenly Imaginings. This week is Gift Cards and Tags and a group of us lady’s have put together some lovely projects to share. I will link everyone below.

Today I made five tags and six gift cards. I have an overall theme happening because for the last week I want to tie most things together 😊 The papers and ephemera are all from Kaisercraft and the Mini Vellum Tags are from Making Memories. The paper pads I used were Twig & Berry and December 25th. I used ephemera from the Turtle Dove, Silent Night and Twig & Berry collectibles.

Stamps used came From Studio G, Holiday clear stamps and Hampton Arts Joyous Holiday by Alison Wong. They were stamped with Versamark embossing ink and sprinkled with either Hampton Art gold or Alison Ellis Designs Golden Sparkle embossing powder. After being stamped and embossed on black cardstock they were turned into small word banners.

To all the big tags I cut with the Tom Holtz Tag Collection dies I added ribbons. I also added ribbons and stickers to all the Making Memories Vellum Tags. To finish everything off I added miscellaneous pearls and rhinestones.

Don’t forget to check out the projects of the lovely ladies below 🙂 Hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemy yourselves. Bye for now

The Arty Crafty Alchemist.

Please check out he other Lovely Ladies in the collab:

Heavenly Imaginings
Alexis and Melinda’s Art Space
Blue Raven Art and Craft
Crafty Kylie
Fiona Jane
Joanne Leigh
Wendy Mason

Things My Mum Gives Me

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today’s video is a bunch of stuff my mum gave to me. My mum is helping a lady clear her house out because she has to move into a home for the elderly and needs to cull most of her things. So some stuff has come from that. Some stuff is just mums accumulated stuff from years of making things lol.

There is lot’s of bits of everything! Mont Marte acrylic and watercolour paints, ribbons, laces, lots and lots of laces! Patterned papers from Kaisercraft, Graphic 45, Close To My Heart, My Reflections and Carolee’s Creations. There are bells and flowers too. So many things lol.

There is another bunch of stuff sitting here waiting to be filmed. A whole shopping bag of materials, 5 or 6 times more lace than was in this video and other cool things. It will probably be a while before you see that video though as I have a lot of vids already filmed I need to edit. Editing has become the bane of my existence! It’s used to be house work haha, I think maybe that’s second now lol.

There has been some things going on behind the scenes so I am sorry for my erratic posting. I am trying to get o top of things but it may take a little while so bare with me. Apart from the personal stuff YouTube is hard work! Why does no one tell you this? Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

 

May Reject Shop Haul and Flip Through of their Newest Collection

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am going to keep this post short and sweet and show you a new swoon worthy collection from The Reject Shop called Stillwater. If you love water coloury paper pads these are for you! On a side note this is not today’s scheduled video. My computer keeps eating it!

As you probably know by now I am addicted to The Reject Shop of late, so much prettiness for paper crafters abounds there! The Stillwater stack and ephemera pack is so close second to my favourite which was the Fanciful collection which you can see here.

We all have to get the mundane supplies as well but I am happy I found these envelopes for the competition that is coming up. I am just struggling to find an idea that won’t cost people a tonne of money! Hopefully in the near future! Hope you liked my haul, comment below what your favourite item is or what you would make with one of the items.

Hope you are creating some of your own Arty Crafty Alchemy. Thank you for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

#therejectshop

Kmart and Reject Shop Haul March 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

As you can see by the title I went shopping again lol. It’s an addiction, but when you find bargains like these, what can you do? “Buy them!” By now you may have realised I like shopping haha. On a side note I did purchase these before my last shopping haul video. Due to that haul being Easter themed I decided to show it first.

What can I say about Kmart? While most of the time their prices are great a lot of their craft items can be overpriced for what you get. I miss the days when they had a larger selection of more interesting things. They do still have packs of 25 cards bases with envelopes for $3. This is what I use for most of my card bases. I’ve been managing to get to Kmart a little more frequently than I normally would so got to snag a few bargains 🙂

The envelopes for 50c were a steal! Especially seeing as they were star dream paper and there is 10 in a packet. They can be used as envelopes, cut them up for matting, use them in mini albums or die cut them, they were so cheap and I can use them for many things. The paper bags are awesome, have always wanted to make a paper bag album so that’s definitely on the cards now!

I actually walked out of the reject shop today, well yesterday when this comes out, without buying anything! They have no new stuff yet and I am good with that lol. I did go to the art shop but that’s another story … Apart from the other stuff I got I am super happy I found the Glasshouse papers to go with the other things I have from that range. I got them before I started this channel so when I go to use them I will do a quick share. The glossies I got in this video do match the Glasshouse range.

I am very excited for an arty crafty hack or two I have coming up. Hope you’re creating your own arty crafty alchemy. See you next time 🙂

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

#kmart #rejectshop #glasshouse

Typo and KaiserCraft Outlet Hauls March 2018

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

First an apology, due to technical difficulties the card post I wanted to share has been pushed back a few days, sorry 🙁 But on the upside I can finally show you what I bought at the KaiserCraft outlet and Typo. Beyond excited to have finally gotten to go to the KaiserCraft outlet. Typo was just a bonus lol.

At Typo, which is a stationary store, they had a clearance table where everything was $2 but most were broken or damaged items, some were beyond repair or missing pieces. There was an articulated wooden mannequin to use when drawing figures, he just needs his foot glued back on. The mermaid pencil case had to come home with me, so pretty. If I hadn’t dropped fortune (for me anyway) at the KaiserCraft outlet I may have gotten a couple more. I also got a couple of nerdy calendars and presents for others that I can’t share…

The KaiserCraft Outlet was where it was at though. If you watched the video you’ll see I got a tonne of bargains! There was some confusion and a little disappointment when I first walked in as I couldn’t even see the KaiserCraft products in the shop. They were hidden all the way at the back. At first I only saw full price products too. Imagine my relief when I found the bargains, woo!

A whopping two hours were spent in there :O I got bargains for myself and for my sister too. I was somewhat restrained though and put a lot of the thing’s I wanted back and went for the most useful things. Though I am kicking myself for not buying the new fairy stuff even though it’s full price. I may have even sat on the floor at one point to sort out the must haves for myself and my sister, hey I had just walked all around Ikea too haha.

Do you have any of the products from my haul? What’s your favourite?

Thanks for watching,

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

 

Spotlight and Reject Shop Hauls March 2018

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing my Spotlight and Reject Shop Hauls for this month. Spotlight surprised me by having some things I actually wanted for a change but not what I was actually after. The Reject Shop, while their selection is small,  it is dangerous!

Spotlight has been ho hum for me for a while, prices have become very high and their paper craft  range seems to have shrunk. When I was in there they had no KaiserCraft 6.5″ stacks at all and barely any other Kaiser products. On a side note some of their pricing is out of line with other KaiserCraft retailers. Ranging from a dollar or two more to five or six dollars more for a 12″x12″ paper kit. That being said I still managed to snag a couple of bargains with the Heidi Swapp products and the Zing Embossing powder.

The Reject Shop has also shrunk their art and craft sections but what they do have has been packing a mighty punch. The fanciful collection is divine, all those mermaids fairies and unicorns. Twig & Twine is quite nice with a few random pieces of paper in the paper pad that you have to wonder over like the flag signing one. I wish I had seen the Glasshouse paper pad as the die cuts are so pretty.

Having the co-ordinating packs makes crafting with the papers a lot easier as you have ready made embellishments ready to go. My current website header is a pop up box I made using the Fanciful die cuts and some of the stickers as well. I didn’t have the paper stack at the time so had to use other papers from my stash. If you would like to see more photos of the card head over to the Arty Crafty Alchemy page on Facebook.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I bought, go create some magic!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist