Thursday, 20 October 2016

Evergreen Pivot Christmas Tree Pop It Ups Card

I'm not quite over the fact that summer is finished, but I've made my first Christmas cards now, so I must be accepting it!
This is quite a quick card I made using Karen Burniston's Evergreen Pivot Card die set.
I used the decorator dies that come with the set to make the tree layers, a Stampin' Up punch for the glitter stars on the trees, and some snowflakes from Tim Holtz's Mini Paper Snowflakes Thinlits die set.

I added some Pewter Pearl Drops to the snowflakes, and a sentiment using a banner die from Brenda Walton's Sizzix Floral Wreath die set and a stamp from Purple Onion Designs.
The papers are from First Edition's Christmas Wishes 12x12'' Pad.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Hanging Charm Pull Tab Butterfly Card

We got back last week from our family holiday - I just thought I'd share a few pictures, before I show you my latest card.
We visited Dubai, then Hong Kong (here's the family overlooking Hong Kong from Victoria Peak)

 We spent a few days in Bangkok, (big lizards in the park!)

then Cambodia,

then Vietnam for a few days.

The main mode of transport!

I've been pretty ill since getting back - picked up some kind of flu on holiday, but today I felt alright and ready for some crafting again!

I decided to use one of Karen Burniston's recent die sets, the Hanging Charm Pull Tab set.
The set cuts out the pieces for a pull mechanism that makes a frame stand up, from which you can hang charms. You can put the mechanism just on a plain card stock base, but I decided to stick the mechanism to the front of an opening card so that there'd be room for me to write a message inside the card.
Here's the card with the mechanism still folded down flat.

 When you pull the tab, the frame stands up. I used the butterfly charm die that comes with the set, to create a hanging butterfly, and then attached another butterfly with wire. I cut the butterflies from adhesive wood veneer, made them double-sided and glued on sequins.

When you pull the tab it reveals a space, where I stuck some die cut paper Smooches letters. (I used Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided tape on the back, to turn the die cuts into stickers.)

I added an arrow to the pull tab (using a Stampin' Up punch) and I made the word 'pull' from the same Happy Birthday paper Smooches die set.
Finally I added some sequins and stickers.

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Tim Holtz's Sizzix Village Cottage Dwelling/Brownstone Houses with Craft Consortium Tanya Whelan Wild Rose Papers

Well, I had immense fun with this little project! I recently bought some of Tim Holtz's Sizzix Village dies, and got to have a play with them. Here's what I've made so far.

I bought these five dies in a bundle from Cutting Edge Crafts (UK), and they are available here in the US, among other places.

 I used all patterned papers from Craft Consortium's Tanya Whelan 'Wild Rose' 12x12 pad. I love how they co-ordinate!

My first house was made using the Village Dwelling die, decorated with the Village Cottage die (which creates the shuttered windows, dormer windows and fence), and the Village Rooftops die for the roof shingles. I've seen the Village Cottage die called the Village Bungalow die in some places in the UK.
I decorated the house with moss and paper flowers, and made the little wreath above the door with wire stems from the paper flowers, and a bit of moss.
Just a note on adhesive.  I used an ATG gun on the large house flaps and strips of roof shingles. I used Beacon's 3-in-1 glue for the moss and flowers, and I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive in a Fineline glue bottle on the smaller flaps.

I made the house base with die cuts from the Village Dwelling and Village Cottage dies. I cut out multiple fence pieces and glue them together to fit round the base.

For my second house, I used the Village Brownstone die, Village Cottage die for the shuttered windows, and the Village Rooftops die.
I put a mottled pink vellum behind the windows of all three buildings.

My last building I styled into a church. (I thought that this would make a lovely alternative to a wedding card - this with a message on a tag, or something, in a decorated box...)
I used the Village Brownstone die, the Village Bell Tower die and the Village Rooftops die. (Just look at those gorgeous little roof tiles!! They cut out in longer-than-needed strips, which you can stagger how you like and trim off the excess at each side of the roof.

I didn't have any mini bells (in spite of eating plenty of Lindt Reindeer!), so I used a large 'jingle bell', which I hung up with thin craft wire and glued into the apex of the bell tower roof.

Here's the church placed on the base.

 And just to give you an idea of the size of the houses... cute hey?! 

I forgot to mention too - I met Tim Holtz back in February, at the Stitches Show in Birmingham, UK!
I'd gone to the show to meet up with Karen Burniston (of Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts and Elizabeth Craft Designs Pop It Ups fame). Karen and Tim were working from the same stand, so I asked Karen to introduce us.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Reverse Confetti Happy Pretty Panel & Swirlies Card

Here's a card I made a couple of days ago for a friend who had recently moved house and had a birthday. 
I used the Happy Pretty Panel Confetti Cuts from Reverse Confetti, and the Swirlies Confetti Cuts.
The background patterned paper is from Stampin' Up, and I made the flower from a new Sizzix die set - the Mix and Match Flowers Thinlits, with a gingham brad in the centre (an old one from Making Memories).
The 'everything' is a Papertrey Ink stamp from their Wet Paint set, which I stamped in VersaMark ink and used white embossing powder with.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes & Balloons Card

I love this card by My Favorite Things DT member Yoonsun Hur, and seeing as I had the same stamp & die sets (the Birthday Wishes and Balloons sets) made my own version of it. 

For the background I used Elizabeth Craft Designs' Soft Finish Cardstock, which is wonderful for blending Distress Ink onto. I added some white spots with Ranger Enamel Accents, and used more Distress Ink to colour the balloon die cuts. I put white shine on the balloons with Signo Uni-ball pen.

I glued on some clear sequin stars, and layered the panel onto black cardstock, which I put on foam pads onto the turquoise card blank.

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Reverse Confetti Happy Pretty Panel Card

I bought myself some Reverse Confetti products last week, and made this card using the Whole Lotta Happy stamp set, the Happy Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts, and the Big Stripes Cover Panel Confetti Cuts.

For the flower bouquet, I used Stampin' Up punches, Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland Decorative Strip, Martha Stewart Frond Punch and an old unbranded stamen punch.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Sizzix Flip-its & Elizabeth Craft Designs Hydrangea & Hollyhocks Card

Some friends and I drove to the beautiful city of Ely today to meet up with another friend, to celebrate our May birthdays. I made this card for her.

From Elizabeth Craft Design's lovely Soft Finish Cardstock, I cut the card base, using the Sizzix Circle Flip-its Card #4 die set. I cut the patterned card layers with the same die set from a Prima 6x6 pad.
I added a Memory Box Darla Butterfly, cut from a mottled pink vellum, and just stuck down in the centre, so the wings lift up.

For the centre of the card, I made a hydrangea, using Susan's Garden Hydrangea die set, from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I used their wonderful quality metal tool kit and molding pad to shape the flowers and put veins on the leaves. I added some colour to the petals and leaves with Susan's Garden PanPastels from Elizabeth Craft Designs too. (The PanPastels are SO nice to use! Really soft and blendable, but not as dusty as normal pastels.)

I used the same equipment along with Elizabeth Craft Design's Hollyhocks die set, for an additional flower on the card. I love how they turned out!

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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Stampin' Up Flower Patch Sizzix Card in a Box

I spent a bit of time stamping and die cutting these flowers and leaves from Stampin' Up's Flower Patch set the other night, then assembled them onto Sizzix's Card in a Box yesterday, for a friend's birthday.

You can make a bit more sense of the card from this angle - I die cut three partitions for inside the 'box', and stuck various flowers on all the surfaces. For a couple of the flowers, I added clear acetate strips to the front partition, and stuck the flowers to the acetate, so the flowers 'float'.

I used another Stampin' Up set for the sentiment and hand cut a tag, using a Crop-o-dile to make a hole and adding a brad.

Another angle to show the layers.

And finally, just to prove that the card can actually fold down flat, ready to fit in an envelope!
(You can see the acetate strip which the smaller coral and pink flowers on the left-hand side are stuck to, in this picture. I also stuck the sentiment label to the same acetate strip.)
I used adhesive foam pads and ATG tape runner to do all the sticking.

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Friday, 29 April 2016

Playing with Calligraphy

I felt like practicing dip pen calligraphy the other day, so copied some calligraphy quotes from Pinterest. 
I used my trusty 'Blue Pumpkin' nib (the Brause No.361 nib or 'Steno' nib) along with an ink reservoir which I took from a Brause Bandzug nib. This increases the time I can write for without re-dipping, by loads. This nib doesn't create lines quite as fine as the popular Brause 66EF nib, but to me it's a much more reliable, smooth nib.

Love wet ink!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Papertrey Ink Cat & Smooched Distress Ink Birthday Card

The third card I made yesterday features a cat die and stamp from Papertrey Ink.

I made the background panel by 'smooching' Distress Inks. To do this, I put a few dabs of ink from the pad onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed it with water, and then lifted up some of the ink with a clear acetate sheet. I then dabbed the ink down onto my white cardstock.
I liked doing it this way (rather than just rubbing the white cardstock directly into the ink) because it gives you greater control with where you put the ink, and you can see what's going on.
I did this four times with four separate inks: Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.

For the cat, I die cut white card, stamped the cat on it, then stamped the cat two more times on patterned paper, and cut round one for the whole body, and another for just the head which I attached with foam pads.
 For the 'Happy Birthday', I put wide double sided tape from Elizabeth Craft Designs onto black cardstock, and die cut it with a Paper Smooches Birthday Words die, and stuck them down, along with a couple of sequins.
I coloured a piece of white cardstock with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, to create the orange border, then stuck this with foam pads to a pink card base.

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Karen Burniston Cake Pop Up Birthday Card

So I actually managed to make three cards during my crafting session today... (I also made three different curries for dinner - it's been a cards 'n' curry kind of day!) Anyway, for my second card, I used one of Karen Burniston's brilliant die sets, the Cake Pop Up set.

I cut the pop up cake die into some gorgeous My Mind's Eye Jubilee Collection Mint Julep patterned paper with foil hearts, and cut my own shapes for the three cake layers. I used the middle candle support to attach the top cake layer to, and added a larger candle from the Gift Card Accordion die set.

I used the scalloped dies in the set to add icing to the cake layers, and added an extra layer which I had trimmed down, to the top of the cake stand, for dimension.

I used the 'Celebrate' die from the Flourish Gift Frame die set, and one of Karen's older Sizzix dies for the curly borders.
I added sequin trim (from Stampin' Up), and blended on Festive Berries Distress Ink around the edges of the card, which the foil hearts on the patterned paper resisted beautifully.
I then added a string of bunting at the top of the card.

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