Aussie Christmas 2020 The Reject Shop

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

This week I am looking at this years Aussie Christmas 2020 collection from The Reject Shop. There is a 36 sheet paper pack, a 4 sheet sticker pack and a 30 pack of die cuts. Each packet was $3. Some of the pictures are different from the video as when I was recreating them I cut the paper the wrong way and had to work out alternative cards. You can see a previous Christmas post here.

These first few cards showcase Koalas and Kookaburras. There were many Koala die cuts, more than any of the other animals. I used loads of gold foil strips to add some elegance to the cards without it costing too much money. The stitched circles and ovals are from Paper Rose as is the yellow Merry Christmas..

Koalas and Kookaburras

In the next pic you get to see some of the other Aussie animals, Tasmanian Devil, Wombat and a Platypus. The large Merry Christmas die is from Pretty Pink Posh and the smaller one is one I got when I was in the UK from The Works. I will list all stamp brands at the end.

Lot’s of Aussie Goodness!

For the first card in the next set of cards I used the Sizzix die set Pretty Wreath. I liked it because I can use any flowers or add ons with it, not just the ones that came in the set. I had to use the BBQing Santa and I thought Nice until proven naughty was a great sentiment to pair it with! The card in the top middle is a bunch of left over strips used to create another diagonal panel with some extra gold ones for good measure.

In this next set I used the gorgeous Aqua Koala paper, it didn’t super fit in with the rest of the papers but I liked it so created cards around it. It gave me the opportunity to use some more of the sticker pack too. The background stamp is from Little Bluebird. The darker backgrounds are first generation and the lighter one is second generation stamping. Maybe the red cards could do with a nice white border.

And Finally!

The last set are possibly my favourite cards. I don’t like the mustard colour in the surfing Santa cards but I love how they turned out! HO HO HO die cuts are from a Little B Christmas set. For the die cut background I apologise but I am unsure of what it is called. I bought it off a craft second hand buy and sell group.

In these cards I used a multitude of different stamp sets so if there is one you want to know about in particular leave a comment and I will let you know. The brands used were Inkadinkado, Kaisercraft, Rosie’s Studio and Recollections. I hope you enjoyed some of the many Aussie Christmas 2020 Cards, let me know your favourite below. Go create some arty crafty alchemy yourself. Thanks for dropping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Mixed Media Canvases

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you four canvases that I made a couple of months ago. There is an elephant, a butterfly one, a mermaid one and a steam punk cogs and gears one. The elephant was super quick but the others to ages as my indecisiveness got in the way, lol.

For the butterfly MDF circle I used a Kaisercraft butterfly stencil with Liquetex modelling paste. I gessoed with Aldi Primer and then misted various pink and purple Distress Sprays and Dylusions. I used a Kaisercraft stamp in the background with archival ink. Then I cut letters with a Kaisercraft alphabet and layered them up 3 or 4 times and rubbed over them with Hydrangea Inka Gold. Finishing up with a few pearls. The big butterfly is from a Tim Holtz die set.

Butterfly Canvas

The next canvas is 5″ x 7″ and was nice and quick to do. I used a Kmart Stencil in the background and some Jo Sonja Black Gesso to cover the canvas. The elephant chipboard is from Scrapbookingncraft. In the background and on the elephant is Prima Antique Brilliance. I then added a couple of black rhinestones to add dimension to the eyes.

Elephant Canvas

The next two canvases have multiple layers and are more complicated. The Mermaid again uses chipboard from Scrapbookingncraft, the mermaid and the bubbles. Distress and Dylusions sprays have been used over a spotty stencil and the chipboard was painted with Prima Opal Magic. The little bubbly balls are Prima art stones coated in distress spray then coated with Inka Gold in colours as closely matching as possible to give them a little shine. I used some random bits I had in my stash to decorate, a metal turtle charm, a starfish, a real shell and a piece of coral from a Kaisercraft wood embellishments pack and they have been gessoed and painted with opal magic.

The ones that took the longest!

And finally the most ambitious one. A steampunk industrial fiesta lol. Again I used various cogs and pipes chipboard pieces from Scarpbookingncraft. I also used the Tim Holtz bigz cogs die, Ideaology metal cogs and Kaisercraft Wooden Flourishes cogs. To this I also added an Ideaology key, sentiment banner and accoutrement button. The large circle pieces are repurposed earrings and everything has been coated with white gesso then misted with Dylusions and Distress sprays. Both the pipes and cogs background stencils are from Kaisercraft.

Industrial Steampunk Canvas

Sorry for the really long post lol, it was a lot to fit in! I can’t pick a favourite between the Mermaid and the Industrial Steampunk Canvas. Let me know in the comments which of the four you like best. If I’ve missed an item or you have a question comment bellow. Hope you’re doing some arty crafty alchemy yourself, thanks for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Kaisercraft Lady Like Cards

Today I will be sharing with you cards made with the Kaisercraft Lady Like collection. In the video below I make around 10 cards and share another 10 or so I’d made previously in a live you can watch here.

I made some paper flowers using Kaisercrafts Flora Daisy and Flora Peony dies and I also used Congrats, Thinking of You and the Posy Circle dies as well. Other dies used on the cards include Stitched Circles from Poppy Crafts and Stitched Rectangles from Paper Roses.

Posy Circle and Congrats used here

As my mojo had run away so I ended up using Google and typing in card sketches though I didn’t end up using the sketches as they were just the paper shape, an angled cut here, using some scraps up there. Two sketches unlocked my brain to make 3 or 4 other cards not based on sketches to get this video done after 3 months!

Using a wooden flourish and Nuvo Dream Drops

I tried to use some of every item that came in the collection kit. As the curios are quite heavy I only added one to the centre of a flower and I think they may be better suited to off the page projects. I painted the wooden flourishes with gesso/primer from Aldi.

More flowers made using Flora Daisy and Flora Peony

Not all the cards got photographed, 🤣 Oops! I hope you enjoyed this look at the Kaisercraft Lady Like Collection. Here is a link to cards made in a previous blog from The Reject Shop collections. Hope you’re creating your own arty crafty alchemy. Thanks for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Aldi Watercolour Brush Ink Markers and Paint Set

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you the Aldi Watercolour Paint Set and Brush Ink markers. They were quite affordable as most Aldi art products are and worked surprisingly well. To see how they work and what I think of them watch the video below. You can also see how I painted these flowers in this live stream.

I used the Jumbo Amaryllis and Jumbo Peony to paint with the paint set and brush markers respectively. These gorgeous large flowers look absolutely wonderful watercoloured and who doesn’t love a rainbow? Behind the Amaryllis is some Nuvo gold glimmer paste and the stamp is from Lawn Fawn’s Mom + Me. Behind the peony is Inka Gold through a brick stencil.

Aldi Watercolour
Jumbo Amaryllis using the Aldi Watercolour Set

This time I wanted to see how a proper rainbow would go with the brush markers. It turned out great and over the top I added the Hedgehog Hollows To The Moon and Back stamp with Nuvo black embossing powder. The stencils used are Tile Pattern from Kaisercraft and a Brick pattern from MFT.

Paints and Projects

Let me know below if you have tried the Aldi Watercolour set or Brush Markers. I hope you enjoyed this post and are staying safe creating your own arty crafty alchemy. Thanks for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

The Reject Shop Oh Happy Day 3

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Oh Happy Day 3 is my final installment in the Reject Shops Oh Happy Day Saga. This one is extremely travel themed so was a challenge to make cards that were just for about travel!

The first four cards are definitely travel themed, though most could be used for other purposes, especially the New York and London ones. Two of the cards have my trusty money saving gold strips on them. I find it a cheap and easy way to add some elegance. The London birthday card also has a Poppy Crafts Double Stitched Circle die from the same gold cardstock. The gold cardstock is actually from file folders I snagged cheap from Kmart and the birthday stamp is from the Rosie’s Studio Bring Joy set.

Two travel cards two that can be generic

Three of the next set of cards again use the gold strips and again although travel items have been used I tried to make them a bit more generic. The enjoy the journey stamp is from Going Somewhere by Tim Holtz. OK a travel card lol! Nothing like a Mother’s Love is from Altenews Wild Hibiscus. The one die I used in this set is from Lawn Fawns Large Stitched rectangles and the Just Saying Hello is from their Simply Sentiments set.

Added in some different stamps to these

Less Travel Related Cards

In this next set of cards I used even more gold strips 😉. The card with the bird uses the Splendid stamp and Die set from Rosie’s Studio. I used one of the 3D butterflies with a stamp from Rosie’s Birthday Mix. The you are so from the You are so Awesome card is from Crafti Potential and the banner from MFT.

Love the bird and the 3D butterfly!

In the last set of cards I used another double stitched circle and stitched rectangle. With Comfort and Love is from Rosie’s Comfort Mix and Be Bright is from their Happy and Bright set. The birthday sentiment is again from their Bring Joy set. Again I used some more gold strips…

A little bit of a tropical theme here

I hope you enjoyed this look at Oh Happy Day 3 from The Reject Shop. You can see collection one here and collection two here. Make sure to watch the video all the way through for a surprise! Hope you’re creating your own arty crafty alchemy, thanks for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Daiso Fluently Illustration Alcohol Markers

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

This is a very quick post today sharing the Daiso Fluently Illustration Alcohol Markers. Also don’t forget to check out my last video as it’s a giveaway!

I picked these up from the Sydney Daiso accross from the UTS building in George St. They were $2.80 a packet or $1.40 each. My cat also decided it was a good day to be on film 😂

The Markers and the Cat

If you have the Aldi Alcohol Markers the Daiso Fluently Illustration Alcohol Markers would be a good way to supplement them, especially with some of the lighter colours. I hope you enjoyed this look at the markers. See ya later.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Oh Happy Day 2 The Reject Shop

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I shook things up a little last night and did a live unboxing of my new scan n cut and Tonight I am sharing with you the next round of Oh Happy Day Cards. I have no idea what this collection was called when it first came out but I managed to make a bunch of cards. Here is Oh Happy Day 1 if you want to refresh your memory.

I’ve grouped the cards to make it easier reading. Three of the first group first group have gold strips. Rather than using a mat of gold cardstock I use strips to make it go further. It’s also less bulky on cards! The third card uses a frame that I don’t know the brand of because I bought it used and it didn’t come with packaging. I get a lot second had to save pennies for other things… Like the Scan n Cut! The first two cards have stickers and three use lots of die cuts.

For the next four cards I used three more of those frames, any frame dies would work, and then I turned an off cut from another panel into a frame for the other one. That one uses the Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangles. The Happy Birthday is from Rosie’s Studio Bring Joy stamp set. Loads of die cuts again with the third card using one of the 3D butterflies on a Poppy Crafts double stitched circle. The third and fourth both have a sticker from the sticker pack..

Oh Happy Day Set 2

In this next set I used my least favourite piece of paper with with some more gold strips and more die cuts and stickers to make two cards. I had to use the bunny and hedgehog die cuts so made cards around those. This time instead of cutting frames I left the middles in.

This last grouping of three cards uses more bunnies because Bunnies! lol… One uses a leftover strip of patterned paper and more gold strips, another Poppy Crafts Circle with our rabbit sticker, finished off with a big bow. The next has a clover background with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle panel. Our bunny is surrounded by clover in a St Patrick’s day feel. Lastly I had some leftover pieces that needed to be used so I teamed them up on the cute little squirrel card. The background was again cut with the Tonic dies.

Helpful Hint

Anytime I cut pieces for cards out of basic coloured cardstock I have taken to cutting extras. Basic colours like white, black, gold silver or cream. Whatever you reach for most! I then try and keep them all together in the one basket so they are easily accessible. Gold strips I will cut a bunch in various widths at once and add them to the basket.

There is a card that didn’t make the photo’s here as it’s unfinished. If you want to see it when I find the missing piece be sure to follow me on Instagram! I hope you enjoyed these cards using Oh Happy Day 2. Let me know below your faves. Hope you’re creating your own Arty Crafty Alchemy. See you next time!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Jazza’s Jazzy Art Box

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Today I am sharing with you Jazza’s Jazzy Art Box. It’s taken a good while to get this puppy opened due to well, life! Yesterday ended up being the perfect opportunity when I wasn’t able to live stream on YouTube. Still not happening 😒

There are lot’s of goodies inside the box. My favourites are the pencil case and the sketchbook. Both feel like nice high quality items. I was even able to add some light watercolour to the sketchbook.

Contents of the box

I hope you enjoyed this look at Jazza’s Jazzy Art Box. It was fun to get a look at some of Jazza’s favourite art supplies, even though we all know he prefers Copics 😉. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re creating your own Arty Crafty Alchemy!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

DIY Specialty Cardstock

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today I wanted to share how I used contact to make my own specialty papers super cheaply. There is a cost breakdown at the end of the video below. I used many dies and stamps sets to make my cards so if you’re interested in cross brand card making this is the video for you!

For the first two cards I used two different Altenew sets for the sentiments and the die is from the Kaisercraft Rose stamp and die set used without stamping. Using a similar style I also made a card using the Tiger Lily Spellbinders D-Lite die. Last in this batch is a card using a Lifestyle Crafts die that I paired with some Gansai Tambi Starry Colours watercolor.

4 CAS Cards in a similar style

The next two cards use Kaisercraft dies again. The first is using the Circle Posy with a sentiment from the Inkadinkado Expressions set. My favourite card uses the Bouquet die with a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Mom + Me set.

The rainbow card is my fave

The next two cards have an ocean feel. One uses the mermaid from Kaisercraft and a spellbinders label die, the other uses a Fish from find it trading and sentiments from Kelly creates and Your Next stamp. Lastly I made a card with a balloon vellum background and sentiment dies from Crafti Potential.

I hope you enjoyed these cards using the DIY Specialty Paper, let me know your favourite below. I hope you’re creating your own arty crafty alchemy. Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Valentine’s and Love Cards

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you the Hedgehog Hollow December 2020 Box that has a strong Valentine’s/love theme. I ended up making two cards in the video and showed a bunch more I made at the end. You can see a previous box here and get your own box here.

For the first card I used Catherine Wheel and Storm Cloud Nuvo Shimmer Powders to make a background and then stamped the background stamp with the Clear Mark embossing pad. I then used Stampendous’ detail gold embossing powder to emboss the background and the sentiment strip with the little birdy and Love You.

Valentine’s and Love Cards

Bonus Cards

The next 3 cards are only shown in the video, I used the stencil from the box with some Distress Oxide and a blender brush. I layered a watercoloured floral heart over one, and added Altenew Build Rose flowers to the other two with sentiment strips. For the other card not made in the video I used the background I did make and layered 3 sets of the LOVE die I got from the range in England.

I made a mess…

This next card was messy! I started by stamping the heart ornaments across the top and colouring them with Nuvo Coral Alcohol Markers. I then embossed My Love with black Nuvo embossing powder and the hearts with Stampendous detail gold. Here’s where things went bad… I used the Nuvo Midas Touch pen to add gold shimmer and it went everywhere! To cover the mess I used some DoCrafts Clear Dimensional Glaze to the hearts and cut an extra one to add over the mess in the corner.

I hope you enjoyed these cards using the Hedgehog Hollow December 2020 box. In the end I had fun making some of them even if I did get frustrated at my constant mistakes! Let me know your fave Below. Thanks for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist