Tuesday, 17 November 2015

#sharehandmadekindness - Week Three

Week Three of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge
has been posted HERE on the SUPER KIND Jennifer McGuire's blog.

kindness 3

THIS week we have been challenged to

"MAKE something WITH a child
GIVE something TO a child"

This week's challenge has only just been posted, so I haven't made anything yet.
I will add pics with details when I've created something.

=> I'm posting today because I want to help spread the word and
encourage you to take up the challenge to #sharehandmadekindness

Not sure what the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge is all about?
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~~~ update 19th November ~~~
Here is the fun starry 5th birthday card I have created and entered in this week's challenge, perfect birthday timing for the kids theme.

This CAS card was LOTS of FUN to make because included several FIRSTS.

This card started as an A4 sheet of 280gsm cardstock, scored in half using my Martha Stewart Scoreboard (first time scoring with this AWESOME new-to-me tool).  I trimmed the folded card down so that it stands 7 1/2" tall and have half an inch of matted layers around the patterned paper panel.  The starry patterned paper is from the Kaisercraft Blast Off 6 1/2" paper pad.  The cardstock is Kaisercraft Weave Navy, Moss & Papaya and American Crafts White textured (from a bulk 60 sheet pack).

Check out those narrow borders on the layers
... it is SO COOL to see 1/16" borders and everything so straight isn't it?
Another FIRST was using my Perfect Layers Rulers.  Usually I measure and cut all my layers, using the grid on my craft mat to make sure everything stays square & straight.  I have to confess that it was pretty exciting to start with my patterned paper panel and just cut.  I adhered it to some white cardstock, lined up the 1/16" Perfect Layers ruler edge, cut with my craft knife, repeated three more times and - WOW - PERFECT 1/16" border all round ... another AWESOME FIRST.  All my layers were adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry - I find this liquid adhesive to be one of my two GO-TO glues.  Apart from making it easy to make any adjustments to align layers perfectly, it is great for attaching ribbons & embellishments, drying clear and fast, just like a hot glue gun without the hot.

The dies are all from Lil' Inker Designs and include the
Balloon Dies, Balloon String Die and Mixed & Stitched Alphabet Die Set.
The balloon strings got their FIRST workout and I think they're AWESOME too.  It's so much easier to anchor the balloons with these die cuts than it is to tie each one and knot together.  The die has 3 strings, so I cut another one and trimmed off two extra strings to make up the five I needed.  I adhered the balloons and alphas in place using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (my other GO-TO glue).  At first I applied a tiny amount to the back of each piece, allowing it to dry, then fiddled around with the placement ... the best thing about this is that the Tombow becomes repositionable when used this way, so once I adjusted the placement, I went back and applied some Tombow and put each piece in place as I went, so when it dried, they were all securely in place.  I popped the small balloons and the large green balloon using foam dots for extra dimension, with the balloon strings adhered to the base of each balloon.

QUESTION - do you think I should take my white gel pen and mark a little white line across the "knot" on each balloon to make it look like they're attached to the balloon strings?

I really enjoyed creating these easy matted layers and using this colour combo,
looking forward to trying my hand at matting different shapes real soon,
you never know, I might even get to put some card, tag or bookmark kits together for kids to make.  We have lots of kids in our street and I was thinking that they might come in handy for a too-hot or too-wet weather activity.

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  1. What a sweet card! The balloons and colors are so cute! Hmm...I never thought about adding white for the strings around the balloon. You may want to try it out on a scrap piece of the patterned paper first (in case the gel marking does not come out like you hope). Either way, the card is great!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the comments! Good luck on the draw!
    BTW, I am happily your newest follower. :)

    1. Thank You Kathy Jo :)
      I appreciate your suggestion about trying a scrap of paper on the balloon knots - going to try it tonight!!!


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