Monday, 5 October 2015
Monday, 21 September 2015
Monday, 7 September 2015
She wants to see your handmade creations and diecut, and premade flowers, BUT NO FLOWER IMAGES, or rather Flower Images ALONE do not count, there needs to be additional dimensional flowers added to count.
This is right in my comfort zone - I really like making flowers! For my project, I thought I'd show you a 21st birthday gift box I made from a template (Arty Farty, I think).
It's about 6 inches in diameter and is ideal for a small gift (like the earrings and necklace that was going to go inside this one).
I made the box from plain white card, and distressed and stamped all the pieces before putting it together. The request was for pink and purple, so that was the colour distress ink I used.
On the outside of each "flap" a further piece of card is stuck - I embossed these with my butterfly embossing folder and then coloured them to match before sticking them on.
I used some of my Nuvo crystal drops to put the faux "pearls" all around the edges of the layered panels (this took ages!) and then attached the ribbon and charm onto the front of the box using my hot glue gun.
I stamped the name and the 21 in versamark and then heat embossed it in silver. Then it was time for the flowers! I used my Dreamees stitched flower stamps to stamp out a number of varying sizes and cut them out. Then, I used my chameleon pens to colour them in. I was really pleased with the shading effect I got with the pens! Before I made the flowers up, I went over them with my clear wink of stella pen, which gave them a lovely shimmer.
I used my pokey tool end to shape the petals and then layered the different sizes to make a number of flowers, which I stuck (along with the name and number) onto the top of the box with my glue gun.
Monday, 24 August 2015
Monday, 10 August 2015
I chose to make a card focussing on a seaside view this time, again using some scrap card from my stash.
I have lots of squares of watercolour card because my watercolour pad is A4 - inevitably I trim it square, so end up with that long strip over!
The base cards were edged with a punch (sorry - forgot which one!) which had a look of waves about it, and were layered.
For my topper, I used an acrylic block on which I scribbled in random lines using my aqua water colour pens. When I had the colours about right, I spritzed it with water, and then pressed the block itself onto the water colour card.
This left me with some stripes, and I used some hobbyart stamps to make a scene, using black ink. I coloured the stamps in using the aqua pens - it's amazing how you can give definition to random lines just with a few images!
I finished the card off with a stamped seashell, that I coloured with one of the pens.
I haven't put a sentiment on there yet - not sure if I want it to be a birthday or what. I've found myself doing this more often now - it adds a bit of versatility to the cards when I am choosing which occasion to use them for.
Monday, 27 July 2015
My project is a standing Friends word made from MDF.
It came in the standard brown colour, so I painted it with some cream base paint and then applied some crackle glaze. When dry, I overpainted it again with some matt green paint and waited for the crackles to appear. I don't think I had applied enough glaze, as the crackles weren't significant so I enhanced it by adding some pebeo gold gilding wax to the letters as well.
I had bought the small figures earlier because I liked them, with no real idea of what to do with them. But when I was thinking of decoration, I saw the width of the base of the friends stand and I thought they would be perfect to go there! Last September when I went to Ally Pally, I bought some dried flowers and things from the Anna Marie stand and I used those to decorate the base of the stand, along with some red pine cones I had bought in Hobbycraft. All were stuck down with hot glue, around the figures also stuck down with hot glue.
I really like the effect I got with this - the final touch was that I used the Crafters Companion big score board to make an oblong box to put it in and it was ready to be given as a gift.
Monday, 13 July 2015
My card was for my eldest nephew's birthday. He has taken up scuba diving and has just had his first diving holiday.
For my base card, I used a plain white A5 tent folded card and onto that layered some blue card and a stock photograph of a diver. (Maybe next time he goes diving he can take his camera and I can use a real life action shot!)
For my sentiment I stamped out some letters using the Clarity letterbox stamps, and attached them to some bakers twine to make bunting. I attached them to the card using some hot glue and gems to cover the ends of the twine.
Monday, 29 June 2015
It would be lovely if the sentiment were the focal point of your design, as I have done in my sample, but as long as there is one on there, although not so small we can't see it, then it will count.
My card is a 7 x 5 inch textured white card blank. I utilised some matching papers from my scrap box in a peach shade, and used some swirl stamps and distress inks to enhance them. The base layer was coloured more intensely, and then the swirl was stamped in versamark and heat embossed onto it.
The next layer had some swirls stamped onto it using a complementary ink, and also some text was randomly stamped over the top. The edges were distressed so they would pop when layered.
Finally, the sentiment was from a woodware set, and was stamped onto the same cardstock as the base card. I liked the texture on the sentiment plate, but if you didn't like that, it could be stamped onto a smooth card. I layered the sentiment topper onto some scrap gold card, and lay some ribbon scraps across the two sides - when you have a sentiment topper like this, you only need small pieces of ribbon to stick out of the sides!
The flower was punched with the same paper, but you could punch it from the layers that are going to be covered up if you didn't have enough.
Finally, I used some of the new Tonic Nuvo crystal drops in gold to add accents at top and bottom.
Monday, 15 June 2015
For my card, I used a plain cream base card (A4 folded to A5). I chose a piece of A5 brown card as my base layer and then rescued some of my scrap paper – this sun ray pattern is easily achieved with smallish rectangles of paper, cut in half diagonally and then stuck down on the top half of a backing sheet to form the “rays”. When you have created the rays, it is a simple matter to trim it to size at the top and sides.
For the bottom of the card, I used a strip of cream card cut with a border punch that was also layered onto the brown card, and which had the sentiment stamped into the right hand corner.
My topper was a borrowed stamp, so I am now not sure who made it (but it may well have been Woodware) that was stamped onto cream card with brown ink and then distressed with brown around the edge before being layered onto the same brown card as my base layer.
So there you have it – a really nice man’s card with very little outlay.
Monday, 1 June 2015
This week over at Crafty Cardmakers & more Sue is hosting the challenge and she would like to see your projects that include stitching. The stitching can be faux or real, but it would be lovely to see real stitching or even embroidery on your creations
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take part in this challenge, but why not pop over and have a look? You can join in here: http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/140-stitching-faux-or-real.html
Monday, 18 May 2015
Monday, 4 May 2015
She would like to see something that you have created using a background you made yourself. So NO designer papers please.
I like making backgrounds - sometimes I get more pleasure out of doing that than making the topper, to be honest.
I'm not a neat crafter - I like the messy play aspect of it sometimes, and I have been looking at the brusho backgrounds for some time now.
Recently, I discovered a craft shop that specialised in all the arty inks and paints I love (check out That's Crafty, in Harold Wood) and treated myself (among other things) to a starter pack of the brusho paints.
They look like any other powdered paint and come in small drums. However, if you shake a tiny piece of the powder onto a piece of water colour card that has had a plain water wash put over it, each speck EXPLODES into colour spectacularly!
This was a smallish card (A6) and I made it for a friend who recently lost her mum. She was dreading this birthday, the first without her mum, so I didn't want to go over the top with her card.
I used half a sheet of A4 white card folded in half to make my base card. I cut a piece of water colour card from Crafters Companion to make my background layer. First I did my plain water wash, and then using a small brush picked up some of the colour powder from each drum (turquoise, yellow, lemon, orange and emerald green) and flicked it randomly on the wet card. Where bits had dried a bit, I spritzed it and reactivated the powder. When the wash had dried, I stamped onto it an inkylicious flower silhouette stamp inked up with black archival ink. When it was dry I spritzed the whole thing with some docrafts spritzing ink (gold).
When the card was dry again, I layered it onto a piece of black card to make a thin edge that would make the colours pop. I wrapped some black spotty ribbon around the bottom of the mat and layer, and then stuck the whole thing onto the base card.
The last thing I did was to stick a bow made using the same ribbon and a stamped sentiment edged with distress inks onto my ribbon strip using my hot glue gun.
Monday, 20 April 2015
I’ve been trying to use up my crafty stash recently – it’s a small effort to counteract the amount I buy! For my card today, I used a 7 x 5 blank white base, and went through my “bits box” for the other pieces of card.
I used the swiss dots embossing folder to make the silver base layer, and another folder called daisy and swirls for the pink layer. My new cut n boss machine really embossed it deeply – this would have been perfect for sanding the top layer down, but I didn’t want the shabby chic look this time round so I left it alone.
I managed to cut out a postage stamp shape out of my magnetic sheet when I cut the white base for the topper – but I guess that happens to everyone sooner or later! I taped it back in and hope that will hold for a while… *blushes*
I stamped another piece of the scrap pink card with the dotty stamp, and cut out a small butterfly to stick on as an accent, along with a pink gem. The topper was stuck on with foam pads.
I had this grey dotty ribbon in my stash, which I felt went well with the pink and silver, so used that. The ribbon was a bit stiffer than I like for bows, but it tied eventually, and I stuck it on with my hot glue gun.
Finally, I stamped the happy birthday greeting in pink and flanked it with two more gems.
Monday, 6 April 2015
Monday, 23 March 2015
I've gone for the new baby - especially since for the first time in ages I got the opportunity to do a pink card!
I used my favourite Presscut stepper card die, a Sweet Dixie pram and rattle die and some card and embellishments from my stash.
I love this stepper card die - it's just so versatile! Also, it includes the dies to add the decorative layers. I kept this card comparatively simple, just using a plain pink card from my stash (it has a linen texture) as the base layer.
I cut the pram and rattle out of centura pearl card, cut with great ease using my cut n boss machine. It cut very well, with just one pass. I used some candi to highlight the wheels of the pram, and the bar across the bottom of the card, to which I added the baby's name.
I used a small best wishes sentiment from my stash, and finally, added a button and bow, which I stuck on with my hot glue gun.
Monday, 9 March 2015
How fast is this year flying by? I can’t believe it is nearly the middle of March and it’s time for another challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Pamellia is hosting this one, and as Mother's Day is right around the corner she would like to see your creations for a Special Woman. They don't have to be Mother's Day cards though, as long as they are for that special lady.
My card is for one of my friends to give to her mum – sadly, I lost my mum almost 3 years ago, so I don’t make one for myself any more. She asked me to make it a super special one this year, as her mum is battling cancer and has had a really rough time since last Mother’s Day.
So this one is a biggie that needs a box! I made an 8 inch square base card, and layered onto that with some spotty double sided card I had bought some time ago from Crafters Companion. I cut a frame out of the same card (using the other side) and attached it to the card base using some pieces of card 5 x 1.5 inches, scored and folded at 1/2 inch and 1 inch to raise it from the base.
I used an image from a Debbi Moore cd (a freebie given away with a magazine) of butterflies for the centre of the base card, and printed off some extra butterflies which I cut out and along with the butterflies on the base, sparkled using my wink of stella clear brush pen.
I used some flower dies from my stash to cut out some flowers along with a new purchase from Britannia Dies (rose leaves strip) to cut out my leaves, all in thin white card, which I coloured with distress inks. I shaped the flowers with a ball tall, before spritzing them all with a docrafts gold spritzing ink. I used some self adhesive pearls for the centre of the flowers, and arranged them on the corner of my frame, using my spiffy new Bosch cordless glue gun. (love it!)
I put the cut out butterflies on the frame too, and then decided that the small ones needed a bit more bling – so I used stickles to make the glitter more obvious.
Using a scrap of offcut spotty card, I stamped the word MUM with a brown stazon ink. When it was dry, I cut the letters out and stuck them on the card using silicone glue, and then glossed them with glossy accents.
Finally, on a piece of scrap white card, I stamped the greeting in the same brown stazon, before fussy cutting it out, and toning it down with walnut and a pink distress ink. I went round the edge of the greeting with some Pebeo empire gold gilding wax and stuck it onto the frame with silicone glue.
I was really pleased with the flowers – I love the way they look and I think it’s one of my favourite things to do. And of course, I love the butterflies, too…
Thursday, 26 February 2015
While browsing You tube, I found a tutorial on making an antiqued book from scratch – and I also saw some replica book of shadows from the tv series Charmed.
I loved that series! I resolved to have a go at this – albeit on a smaller scale -with the aim of populating it with recipes and remedies handwritten using my calligraphy pens..
So I sent off for the grey board for the covers and began.
These are the materials I used – greyboard for the covers, with some faux leather a la Sheena Douglass for the cover, which I’d coloured green and run through the cut n boss. The spine was made using half of the centre of a kitchen roll inner tube. Because I am a muppet, I didn’t take pics as I went, so pretty much all I have is the finished article. But hey, very pretty!
I used my serif craft artist 2 software to create my triquatra for the front cover, and coloured it with promarkers then backed it onto black card and edged it with gold micron pen, before spraying with varnish spray. I was really pleased with the way it turned out.
The first time I covered the spine, I did it with more faux leather paper and swiftly learnt that it wasn’t going to work, because it split when I tried to close the book. The trainer used fabric in the tutorial, and there was clearly a reason why! I found some fabric, but when I had got it on the spine it was a bit pale for my taste.
I brooded about it for a couple of days and then toned it down using distress ink and gilding wax. Result!!
For the inside, I turned again to my trusty CA2 and printed off some suitable backing paper onto thin card and stuck it into the inside covers.
I ordered my album posts and corner protectors online as I couldn’t source any in my local shops, but while I was waiting for them to be delivered decided it was now time to turn my attention to the papers.
The original tutorial linked to a method of aging paper with tea – so I took some basic copy paper and dyed a batch with some nice Assam tea. When they had dried, I rounded off the corners, and edged all around on both side with gathered twigs distress inks. For the front sheet, I used CA2 and my laser printer to print off the wording Book of Shadows onto one of the dyed sheets. I then ran the sheet through the foiling machine, foiling only the decorative Initial letters in gold. A nice side effect was that the foiling machine melted the laser ink in the remaining letters, leaving them shiny!
So, the finished book, in it’s box, and out of it.
This is a close up of the corner protectors that I bought.
And finally, a view of the inside with the album posts and paper sheets in place.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Our challenge this week has been set by our teamie Leslie – and unfortunately she is moving on to new challenges and is standing down from our DT. It’s been a pleasure to be on the DT with her – I would strongly suggest you go over to her blog and catch up with her new ventures…
Anyway, back to the card. The theme this time round was Stripes, and I looked through my stash for suitable paper and ended up looking at my Serif Digi kits. Like everything else, I keep buying them, and never use them! This year my resolution has been to use the things I buy, so I used craft artist 2 to pull together the basics of my card.
However, because I actually like to physically do it, what I did was to make some layers and then physically cut out some of the other things to embellish the card.
The Digikit that most of the components came from was a Daisytrail kit called Sew in Love. I printed off the stripey paper first, and used that as the base layer on my fave 6 x 6 square card. I used two types of spotty paper for the next layer, and then realised that you could then barely notice the stripes – so I cut the second spotty square out to show the stripes below. The flowers were also part of the digi kit, so I printed off a selection (adjusting the sizes for some of them) and then cut them out. I painted them with some wink of stella pen (clear) to give them some glitz and arranged them on my card, sticking them in place with glossy accents. I used buttons from my stash for the centres.
All that remained was what to put in the stripy square without hiding them – and of course, the answer is butterflies! I cut two memory box butterflies out and coloured them with distress inks (gold Pebeo gilding wax on the body) before going over them with the wink of stella pen too. I attached them with the glossy accents – and was really pleased with the outcome.
One more piece of kit getting dusty in my workroom used!
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
This card was one I needed super quick – and while I was in work, at that!
I realised during the morning that it was my friend’s birthday the following day – so as I always keep a bit of stash in my drawer at work “just in case” I rummaged through it and came up with a pullout of paper and images from Making Cards magazine to make my card during my lunch break. It was limited resources, but I decided to treat it as a challenge.
I used my trusty 6 inch square base card, and used a square of the plain side of one of the sheets as my base layer (don’t you hate it when they double side the paper? I always feel I am losing a sheet, not gaining one!) and then took some strips from the patterned sides to use as decoration and sentiment.
I cut the large butterfly out from one of the sheets, and although you can’t really see it in the pic, coloured over the wings with my wink of stella clear pen.
Finally, I went around the edges in a white gel pen to make faux stitching.
And hey presto! Ultra quick birthday card!