Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday Must Haves #6

Ahh, it's been forever!

I have been a busy little bee this last week, getting back into the swing of work (and, subsequently, learning how to cope with all the aches and pain that come with it again) and visiting family while trying to find time to get some crafting in as well as talking to my boy!  I've crammed a lot in this week and am absolutely thrilled to have today and the next two days off of work to recover!

This week's Monday Must Haves are all about crafting and, in particular, one special type kind that I've practised for years and never grow tired of - Parchment Craft.
I was originally taught it by my Nan who generously gave me her time and a lot of supplies so I could really grow and explore my creative side.  Every Christmas and birthday I crack out my parchment and tools and make up a card for her, which she always absolutely loves.  I'm in the middle of a piece now, working on it for S's parents (for being completely awesome while I was in NJ with him) and lusting after a lot of lovely tools and parchments that I've seen online!

♥ I am *always* on the look out for gorgeous vellum (or parchment) and these sheets are beautiful!  I love the variety you're given here, there are so many colour and style combinations I can think of to use these to their full potential.

♥ These are *so* cute and the bright colours would provide an excellent backing to a simple design created with white vellum - I'd use these as tags for gifts or perhaps as some snazzy packaging embellishments.

♥ Backing vellum onto card can be a total nightmare as it's so sheer; most adhesives show through the parchment and ruin the effect you're trying to create.  I *always* use Wacky Tac if I ever need to back my vellum onto card, it doesn't show through and it doesn't dry instantly so you have time to re-position!  Awesome!

This is a little sneak peek of what I've been working on (when I've managed to find the time!) On the left there are some of the tools I use when I'm working with parchment and on the right is the design I've been working on!  I think it's going to turn out really well so I'm excited to finish it and send it to S's parents!  Hope they like it! 

I think I'll spend the next couple of days finishing my parchment card, looking at places to rent online (Yes, the boy is moving over later in the year - will tell you more about it soon!) and taking it super easy with my kit-cats (^_^) What have you all got planned the rest of the week?  Hope it's good!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE making cards! Growing up my mom always had TONS of stuff around because she was always scrapbooking. Recently she gave me a ton of her old stuff since she's moving and doesn't want to lug it around and I'm in heaven! I don't have to much time to scrapbook, but whenever I give someone a card it's always homemade.

    I can't wait to see the finished product of what you're working on. It's looks all cute and fancy.