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

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

Sweet ‘n Sassy Hop and Giveaway

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am a part of the Sweet ‘n Sassy Hop with a group of very talented ladies! Please don’t forget to check them out after you watch my video, they are all linked below! I had the opportunity to use some Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi stamps for this hop. They are so adorable I even bought a couple of extra ones and there are loads more I want to buy. There is even a Sweet ‘n Sassy Hop giveaway

Firstly I made some tags for some yummy Caramel Tarts that I made using the Daffodil Block coloured with Copics. I also used my Heidi Swapp Minc to foil one of the sentiments from the Kitchen Sentiments set. I used some math to make the daffodils into tags, one was a little wonky but I fixed it.

Daffodil Block Tags

Next I made a card with the sweetest digi, Peek-a-Boo Sophie. She’s just so adorable! I coloured her with copics too and also used the Minc to foil a sentiment from the Sentiments For Him digi set. Some of the sentiments in that set are unisex so they worked very well here.

Peek-a-boo Sophie Card

Valentinne’s Projects

Turtles Heart Balloons Card

Then I made another card using the Turtles Heart Ballons digi coloured again with Copics. I used some Kaisercraft With Love paper as the background and my Kodamaru corner rounder on selected layers of my image and sentiment which was from Valentine Sentiments.

Top View of Treat Box

Finally I made a treat box to match the previous card using the same With Love paper. Valentine Bunny with Sentiment Digi was used here and I used Copics to colour it before fussy cutting it out. I used the Some Bunny sentiment that came with the rabbit and the For the man I love from the Valentine Sentiments and foiled them red with the Minc. For a little extra pizzazz I ran some sparkly red tape around the base of the box.

Valentine’s Bunny Projects

I really hope you enjoyed the Sweet ‘n Sassy Hop. Watch the video to find out how to enter the giveaway and to hop along with the other ladies. I will also add their links below.

All My Projects

Thanks for hopping by, be sure to hop along, bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Sweet ‘n Sassy Hop participants

Crafting While Caffeinated: https://youtu.be/Nccx12aPD9U
Multiplicity Crafts: https://youtu.be/Vcwqt49Sp0Y
Notable Ink: https://youtu.be/HWDZLE6fJho
The Joyful Soul Creates: https://youtu.be/mKi6vksA-PQ
My Creative Life: https://youtu.be/oMgo8olOBhw
RiCre8s: https://youtu.be/5vRfjm7PZp4
Crafty Pink Pixie: https://youtu.be/Hb0L6EV-Esg
A Card Day’s Work: https://youtu.be/Zkaw4IghBbI
Joanne Herbert: https://youtu.be/Gqns3HhtyFI
Creative Pixie Design: https://youtu.be/aCr8C1085XU
Jeanie Ellis: https://youtu.be/JA7OkenBoJo
You are here ->->-> Arty Crafty Alchemy: https://youtu.be/5n6C9ODUpIs
Faith Dream Create: https://youtu.be/r6bQfM6Tshs
Teris Mailbox: https://youtu.be/Mdr6VKyj0Uk
Debbie J’s Crafting Corner: https://youtu.be/rpL5AzJnvY8
Adrianne Galvin: https://youtu.be/opJT1tdhZp8
Craftivation: https://youtu.be/HTNDiLlIZ4w
Gather and Create: https://youtu.be/36GG4t4s7cA

Kaisercraft Haul With Rose Ave, Fairy Garden & Pen & Ink

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you a haul from Kaisercraft. There are planners, paper packs and lots of wood flourishes. There was one thing missing from my order and Kaisercraft has since sent it out to me. I may now own two seeing as I ordered one in my next order thinking they would just refund it haha…

I bought so much stuff! 50% off sales are dangerous! I got the large and small Seafoam planners. I am really not happy with these as the glossy paper branding strip sticks to them and leaves a mess! When I contacted them nothing was done… They just said we will pass the info along. UGH. A full review will be coming soon most likely on a new planner channel so keep your eye out. The small Lucky planner I bought as it was the only one I could see being used by a man.

I also bought some extras like the sticky notes and Belle sticker book.  I often use sticky notes for extra tasks and preplanning. The wooden shapes are really cute and I could not resist getting them. They match a lot of stuff I already own.

I got three paper packs, Rose Avenue a very pretty floral stack. Fairy Garden which I have wanted for the longest time. They don’t sell the ephemera or 6″ pads online unfortunately. Lastly I got Pen & Ink but it was a toss up between that and the Curiosity stack lol. They are both really nice vintage stacks. Don’t be surprised if Curiosity appears in the future!

What was your favourite thing I bought? I adore the paper stacks, they are just so beautiful. Hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemy yourselves. See you next time.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

Kaisercraft Escape, Island Escape and 17/9/2018 Planner Layout

Hello fellow Alchemists,

For this weeks planner layout I used the Kaisercraft Island Escape paper pad. I originally bought the large Escape and the small Island escape pads for a project but no longer need them for it… Because I wanted to give you a flip through I also  decided why not make a planner layout too. You can see a previous layout here.

If you haven’t noticed I really enjoy using matching elements from a range to do my planner layouts as it makes it nice and quick. I can also use the same range several times and get a completely different look. Quick and easy is my thing these days as I have been super busy with assignments and things I don’t usually do.

There are two downsides to the Island Escape collection for me. Firstly the large amount of woodgrain papers in the Escape 12″ pad. 14 of the 36 sheets are wood grain, overone third. Secondly most of the Island Escape Collectables are quite large so not great for planners and cards. They are more geared towards scrapbooking I think. Hope you are creating your own planner magic, see you all next time.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist.

An Awesome RAK from Kylie

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you a Random Act of Kindness from a lovely lady called Kylie. Her generosity totally blows me away! There are so many wonderful things in here, some that lead me to want to make a canvas with them.

My favourite though is the Whiff of Joy Puff Heart Dragon. Can’t wait to colour him! There were flourishes and butterflies and pretty Prima flowers 🙂 I am a super lucky woman! Also in the package was bling, twine, stamps and lace. Lot’s of things from Stamps of Life too.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the awesome present I received. Best of all it arrived on my birthday 😀 Thanks Kylie! Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist