Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Elegant Floral

Hello blog friends!

I have decided to use more of my old stash rather than keep buying new stuff (how long that will last I don't know).

Even though I've had the items used for this card for some time, I still have listed what they are and the brand, as some of you may have them or you might be able to track them down through the power of the internet.

I usually do fun and quirky, but this time I felt like doing something more feminine and elegant.

What you need...

Patterned paper: Expressions 12" x 12" Paper Pad - Kaisercraft
Dies: Tim Holtz Plaque & Postage On The Edge Die (656628) - Sizzix; Craft Asylum Thinlits Layering Daisy (660485) - Sizzix
Stamps: Life Sentiments (CS763) - Kaisercraft
Ink pad: Extreme Black - My Favorite Things
Punch: corner rounder
Twine: white
Button: aqua

What you do...

1 Die cut the plaque from bold floral paper and adhere to the top of a 10.5cm x 14.5cm top fold white blank.

2 Cut a rectangle of coordinating paper 5cm x 8cm and fix to the top of the blank on the right hand side.

3 Die cut the layering daisy in another coordinating paper and fix to the bottom of the rectangular panel.

4 Stamp the sentiment under the rectangular panel.

5 Wrap and tie three lengths of twine around the top of the blank.

6 Thread and tie twine through the button and stick to the centre of the flower. Round the corners of the bottom of the blank.

I got the inspiration for the layout of this blank from Retrosketches. Sadly this blog hasn't updated since 2016, but there are over two hundred sketches/layouts for you cards to choose from with some inspirational makes.

I hope you like this little make. Don't forget you can use any stamps, papers and dies from your stash.
Thank you for popping by - TTFN!

Friday, 31 January 2020

Free Animal Pun Digi Stamps

Hello blog friends!

In a recent issue of PaperCrafter I designed some adorable digi stamps themed around cute animals. There is a cat, llama, sheep, toad and a cow. Along with the images there are also some pun sentiments included such as 'You're the cat's pyjamas!', 'No prob-llama!' and 'Love ewe!'.

I also created five cards to highlight the images and some of the puns. 
Image copyright PaperCrafter
You can download the digi stamps for free by clicking here. This will take you to the free animal pun digi stamp page on the PaperCrafter website. You will need to sign up, but it is free, quick and easy.

The website is jam packed with projects and ideas plus there are lots of other free downloads such as templates and patterned papers.

Why not pop on over to PaperCrafter for a look? There are lots more digi stamps available including some more that I have previously designed for past issues such as birdies and houses.

Thank you for popping by and I hope to be back soon!

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Deck the Halls

Hello blog friends!

I want to share with you a card that I made way back in 2018 for the Crafts Beautiful Christmas Special. I still have it and thought it would be nice to show it.

It uses an ingenious stencil by Clarity Stamp. The circular stencil is made up of two layers, the lower one has the images cut out and the top one has an aperture. You place the aperture over the image you wish to stencil and the rest of the disc masks any ink or medium from marking your work.

The stencil I used is the 7" Wheelie Bauble Stencil and I teamed it up with bright, zingy colours to create a fun background.

What you need...

Stencil: Wheelie Bauble Stencil 7" - ClarityStamp
Card stock: Teal; Stencil Card 7" x 7" (50 Sheets) - ClarityStamp; 
Paint: Fresh Lime, Bubblegum Pink, Post Box Red, Calypso Teal - Dylusions
Stencil brush
Christmas phrase stamp
Ink pad: Extreme Black - My Favorite Things
Ribbon; lime green

What you do...

1 Cut a piece of the stencil card to 11cm x 15cm and stencil baubles randomly over the surface using different colours and bauble shapes. Leave the centre of the bauble paler to give the illusion of light reflecting off the bauble.

2 Cover a 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank with teal card.

3 Trim the bauble card to 10cm x 14cm and mat centrally onto the blank.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto white card, trim and mat onto a slightly larger piece of teal card. Attach to the blank and finish with a lime green bow.

The sentiment I used is from the Festive Greetings stamp set by WPlus9, but any large font word(s) will work.

This card uses bright, modern colours, but you could use more traditional colours if you wish.

At the time of writing this blog the stencil is £5.99 and the stencil card is £7.98. Click here to take you to the ClarityStamp website.

I know most of you will now have finished your Christmas makes, but it never too early to start for next year.

I hope to be back soon with another couple of Christmas makes so watch this space.

Thank you for stopping by! x

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Christmas Snow Globe - Crafts Beautiful

Hello Blog friends!

I'd like to show you another card I did for my Masterclass tutorial in the Christmas Special of Crafts Beautiful.

I did a lovely snow globe shaker card featuring the iconic truck and tree, this was created with the Silhouette using a gorgeous image file by Lori Whitlock.

What you need...

Die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo
Design Store image: A2 Snow Globe Shaker Card Christmas Pick-Up (#154936) - Lori Whitlock
Card stock: white, lime, aqua, red, grey, black, brown, glitter

What you do...

1 Purchase the image and add to the Design Page. Ungroup the images, separate and cut out in the relevant colours.

2 Crease and fold the blank. Attach the back panel, globe panel, dotty circle and the hill.

3 Assemble the truck and attach to the blank.

4 Stick the globe apertures together and attach the sentiment.

5 Glue the acetate to the red circle and stick to the front of the globe aperture.

6 Place the snowflakes around the truck. Glue the globe aperture in place making sure there are no snowflakes trapped. Add a large snowflake to decorate.

I used a thin chipboard so had to cut several of the apertures. Depending on the thickness of the chipboard you will need to experiment on how many to cut. Just make sure the snowflakes can move around easy.

This complete file cost £1.31 which is great value. You could also cut the basic snow globe aperture and add your own image and shaker parts.

I hope you like this fun little card. The file also includes the envelope. I cut another little truck and stuck it to the front of the envelope.

Just before I go, I would like to mention a fantastic online card company called Paperless Post. I did do a post previously on this fab company (click here to read the post). 

I recently sent six thank you cards, I chose a gorgeous little card featuring Paddington Bear. As the thank you message was the same to all six recipients all I had to do was add their email addresses and they all were sent at the same time. 

There are hundreds of cards to choose from and all occasions, you can customise your greeting if you choose and most cards cost around six coins. You can purchase coins which are held in your account and these will not expire. Some features are free, others may cost one or two coins. Recipient response cards are also included so the recipient can acknowledge receipt of the card.

If you would like to have a look at Paperless Post then feel free to click here to take you to their website. Paperless Post is great if you need to send that last minute greeting.

Thank you so much for popping by. TTFN!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Christmas Pud Wobble Card

Hello blog friends!

As you may know I have a monthly masterclass in Crafts Beautiful where I show a card using a particular technique or product. I came across some Wobble Springs by Hampton Art and thought they would be fun to use on a Christmas card.

The Wobble Spring is basically a plastic spring element where you attach one side to you card and the other side to the back of the motif you want to wobble around.

I decided a Christmas pud would be really effective, so I searched through the Silhouette Design Store and came across the perfect pud.

What you need...

Mini Wobble Springs: Hampton Art
Digital image: Christmas Pudding (35849) Sarah Hurley - Silhouette
Digital font: Christmas Carol (237838) Carina Gardner - Silhouette
Card stock: browns, cream, green, red
Patterned paper: green dotty

What you do...

1 Cut the out the pudding and the lettering using your Silhouette. Assemble the pudding using red gems for the berries.

2 Cover the top 9.5cm of a 10.5cm x 14.5cm white blank with green dotty paper and add a 0.5cm strip of red card underneath.

3 Stick the lettering at the bottom of the blank, use a red gem above the 'i'.

4 Attach the Wobble Spring to the back of the pudding and then to the top of the blank. 

Ta da! A fun card made in minutes. These Wobble Springs would work really well with cute characters such as a Santa, Rudolph or an angel. A bauble would look good too.

I have another couple of makes from my masterclasses to show you, so I'll post them soon. Thank you for popping by. TTFN!

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Halloween Bags - Cricut®

Happy Halloween!

I recently made a couple of Halloween bags for the children of our friends. I purchased a batch of white cotton bags a while ago and they are perfect for using the Cricut® Iron-On.

For Harry I chose a cute cartoon skull and for Martha a cute cartoon pumpkin. The font is called 'A Frightful Affair' and is perfect for a bold Halloween look.

What you need...

Cricut® images: Skull #M8944B9A (from the All Hallows Eve cartridge); Jack-O-Lantern with Leaf on Vine #MFA97F5F (from the DJ Inkers - Celebrate All Year Long cartridge)
Cricut® font: A Frightful Affair
Cricut® Iron On: Glitter Black
Bags: white cotton

What you do...

1 Add the image to your Design Space and re-size to suit. 

2 Add a text box to the Design Space, type out the name and change the font.

3 Send the images to cut, making sure you select the Iron-On cut and mirror the images, especially the wording.

4 Weed the waste Iron-On from the around the images. Following the Iron-On instructions, position and fix the image to the bag.

5 Fill the bag with goodies and enjoy!

Hope you like these spooky makes. I'll be back soon with some Christmas makes I did for my Masterclass in Crafts Beautiful.