Friday, September 19, 2014

Stencil Revolution

My card for Zuzana's Stencil Revolution on today's new Daring Cardmakers challenge is also shown over on the Quirky Kits blog, where I've gone into more detail about how I made it
I used a stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo to make this tree.  It's a pretty design with the trunk, branches and leaves which are formed by little hearts and dots. here's my "tool kit" for the painting - you'll see it's a bit basic!

I filled in the holes in the stencil by dabbing paint "circles" on with the ends of the cotton buds, then, when the paint was dry I used a sponge with some blue decorating chalks to add some colour around the tree

From my Quirky Kit box:
Acrylic paints
Lawn Fawn stamps
From my stash:
Seam binding, Wired flowers, Wired pearls, flat-backed pearls

There are lots of different ideas on what to use for stencils, and how to use them on your cards this week, so please visit the Daring Cardmakers Blog to see them all

Thanks for looking

Monday, September 15, 2014

City Boy Pinstripes

A couple of weeks ago I made a gift bag to share on the Get Funky and Craft blog using fabulous Funky Hand stash and a wonderful Xcut die.  At the time I said I thought the Winter Wedding papers would work really well to make a more masculine gift bag.
When my nephew's birhday came along I finally got round to trying out the theory - as he's just started working in the City, the pinstripe paper was perfect!

I was quite pleased with the closure for this; I used one of the "waste"pieces left from cutting the inside of the handle - by adhering one end to the back of the bag and punching matching holes in the other end and in the front of the bag a small piece of ribbon or twine can be threaded through to seal the gift bag
The "gift" sentiment piece is made in Paint Shop Pro simply by using the pre-set shapes tool to draw two rectangles filled in (paint can) with colours similar to those on the papers, and then adding the text on top.  I just needed to crop down and resize before printing.  And save to files for future use, of course

The tag comes as part of the Xcut set, I cut it twice in more of the Winter Wedding papers and added a little tab and a chipboard letter to finish it off

To make everything nicely coordinated I printed the spotty design on plain paper to use as gift wrap
Materials and Tools

"Winter Wedding" download from  Funky Hand
White card for printing
Gift Bag and tag; A4 die from Xcut 
Narrow navy blue ribbon, Silver elastic cord
2 gunmetal pearls, Chipboard letter 
Paper for printing gift wrap
Silver crochet thread to tie around

 This is the original feminine version of the gift bag that was on the Get Funky and Craft blog

The finished bag is 12cm wide. 18cm high and  7cm deep - so plenty of room for little gifts in there!

That's all for this time, thanks for visiting

Friday, September 12, 2014

friday Night is......

Another Friday and another challenge from The Daring Cardmakers
This week it's Leo's turn and she says:
I'd like you to to think:
Food Glorious Food
Create a card that features some form of food related design. It can be as simple as a foodie image or you could use some kind of food wrapping in your card or make up a cute and punny food related greeting. So long as there's something food related on your card it's all good!

Well, I did have a cupcake card half-made on my desk for this one, but then I changed my mind because, after all, Friday Night is Pizza Night!
I've used a template I made ages ago - it was good to give the Pizza Chef another airing. The tricky bit for this one was making the chequerboard patterned paper the right size for the apron.  I know I didn't have to make it that pattern, but I wanted to.  I like making extra complications for myself......haha
I found the pattern by using a Google image search, but resizing it so it would work on a tiny shape was the tricky bit and as I don't have much idea what I'm doing tbh, it took longer than it probably should.  Anyway, it's a handy size so I've saved it for future reference!
Materials and Tools
15cm square card folded to make an easel card
Peach, White, Red, Green. Yellow, Brown and Black Bazzill card
Extra white Bazzill to print the check design
Pizza Chef is cut from my template using Silhouette Cameo as are the two background circles, the banner and the "enjoy" lettering
Red border design is cut with an EK Success punch
"Happy Birthday" is pc generated

I hope you'll pay a visit to the DCM Blog to see all the food related cards we've come up with this week - it should be a feast for the eyes if not the tummy!

Thank you for popping by

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Behind the Screen

Here's a card made for Quirky Kits blog, using elements found in the latest box of goodies sent by Leo
You get all sorts of interesting bits and pieces in a Quirky Kit box - there will be card and patterned paper of course, and some gorgeous embellishments, but also some things you won't find in other kits - like the strip of 6 cute pots of acrylic paint and a foam brush that came in in this one. 
I'm no artist, so haven't much of a clue what I'm doing, but you know, it's fun to step out of the comfort zone sometimes and I did enjoy plying with these paints.

The info on how I made this card is all on the Quirky Kits Blog HERE

The sentiment is one of the Lawn Fawn stamp set that is also in the kit. 

Quirky Kit items used:
Acrylic Paints
Foam Brush
Lawn Fawn stamps

You can find out more about the fabulously creative Quirky Kits on the website HERE, and  see loads of ideas and inspiration on ways to use the things you find in them on the blog HERE
Thanks for looking

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sharon's Cup of Tea

We start each new month of Fridays off with a colour combo challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers, and this month's colours are definitely  

Sharon's Cup of Tea 
 - she's used her favourite mug as the inspiration photo to show the colours she'd like us to use!

Pale blue works so well with shades of coffee and chocolate and add in some white and it's a very crisp combo
I thought I'd have another play with making partial die cuts, but this time actually cut off part of the card rather than the "half a hole" technique I used the other day. 

Materials and Tools
White card blank, Bazzill card to match paper colour
Papers: Country Boutique  (Fancy Pants), Bella Bella (My Minds Eye)
Dies: Labels 34, Decorative labels 34, Blooms 1 all from Spellbinders 
Seam Binding, Pearls , Card Candy, pc generated sentiment

It was a good chance to dig out some favourite old papers - sadly, there's not much left in the bag of Bella Bella now.

Here's Sharon's inspiration photo: 

To do the cut, this time I adhered the dark brown paper onto the card front first, then carefully taped the die in place near the edge.  I worked out how much of the shape I wanted to stick out and drew a pencil line on the inside of the card. I placed the card with the attached die onto the ebosser stack, to do a partial cut, this probably means most of the card will be overhanging the plates - you then add the (top) cutting plate with its edge lined up with the pencil line so that only the bit at the edge of the card will be cut.
At this point there's the choice of folding inwards along the pencil line for an unusual card when displayed, or cutting those spare bits off like I did here.

The DCM blog looks so pretty and coordinated this week, so please take a look to see how the rest of the team have used these lovely colours

Thanks for visiting, please pop back soon ;)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Trying Something New

I gave myself a bit of a challenge yesterday - to try and make a card with a partial die cut - difficult to explain what I mean, so hope the photos will do better than words!
I'd seen cards like this around the place but couldn't figure how to do it - especially with an ebosser because you can't just stop the machine part way along and wind it back the way you can with a manual die cutting machine

I wanted to make this card because it would work particularly well with new sketch on The Sketch File blog 
Here's my finished card

and the sketch:
This photo of the card lying down shows a little more clearly how the fold works:
The circle shape is cut in the front of the card, but only half way, so that when the card front is folded back on itself, the circle "pops" through the hole.

Materials and Tools
15cm sq card blank
All papers Bo Bunny "Enchanted Garden"
Spellbinders Circle die set
Main sentiment - pc generated
 Websters pages tiny alpha from Quirky Kit box

The trick to getting the partial cut thing to work is in lining up the edge of your upper cutting plate exactly with the where you want the cutting to stop ie in this case the diameter line of the circle.  If you make the fold in the card and open it out, you can tape the die down make sure its correctly placed, then line up the edge of the cutting plate with the fold line and feed through the machine.

If you have a manual die cutter, I've seen examples where people use some sort of "stopper" to indicate when you should stop cutting and start turning the handle backwards to remove the card.

Anyway, that's it, I hope it makes sense!
Thanks for looking

Monday, September 01, 2014

A Quirky Kits Couple

Well, a couple of things I've made with the most recent Quirky Kits to be more precise.  The card is on the Quirky Kits Blog today, and the box featured last week.

If you scroll back a bit through Lythan's amazing LOs you'll find this little pillow box

From the Kit:
Carta Bella "Seashells" paper
Shimelle AC "Granville" paper
Turquoise card
Websters pages tiny alpha
Wooden star embellishment

Dark Blue paper (Bo Bunny), Raffia,  
Off-White Seam Binding, Stickles Glitter Glue
DoCrafts/Xcut pillow box die
Small tag die from Crafters Companion

"Feeling Nautical" Card 

Kit stash used:
 "Feeling Nautical" paper - Websters Pages
 "Granville" paper - Shimelle AC
Scraps from various other papers in my box for the bunting
The sentiment "badge" is a a detail from the paper, adhered to card then cut and embossed with a Spellbinders circle die, I inked around the edges and added a smaller card circle on the reverse for extra dimension
The bunting is just hand-cut with scissors from whichever bits of paper in the kit matched the colours in the main design.  
You know those strips you get on the bottom of sheets of paper where the maker's info is?  Well.they often have little colour match strips too, which are just perfect for cutting bunting from and mean you don't need to cut in to the main sheet .)
I didn't have the right colours of twine, so I inked some "natural" coloured stuff to match - my tip for doing this in a clean and easy way is over HERE
That's it for Monday, hope you like my card and box

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Little bit Steam "Funk"

The Get Funky and Craft blog is  stuffed full of inspiration for using the fantastic papers, digital images and all the other lovely things produced by Funky Hand.

Every week there are a couple of new things to see there, and once a month a special showcase where the DT all make something using the same collection. This month the lovely, moody
 download  has been chosen as our showcase  collection.

I made this little pillow box
I printed at A5 size on both sides of a sheet of A4 White Bazzill card for the main box, then used the other half of the sheet to print 2 quarter sized designs on the textured side and another A5 sized piece on the back of those smaller sections.  That way I could cut a long enough piece of the text design to go right around the box, and could use the other pieces to decorate. 
I covered a chipboard heart with some of the cogs design paper and matched that up with some inked to match die cut cogs that a friend sent to me a couple of years ago (there were a lot!).
I then just used a leftover scrap from the paper used for the box to make a "ribbon" detail.

If you were wondering why the chipboard heart looks a bit murky it's because there's a fine layer of glitter  on it - an impulse idea that didn't really come off very well.  Although maybe a layer of Glossy Accents would help....

From my one sheet of A4, I still have quite a bit left, so will have to think how to use it up now!

If you head over to the  Get Funky and Craft blog you will see a great range of ideas using this same set of papers - it's always so interesting and inspiring to see the variety of things the team come up with

That's it for this time, thank you for visiting

Friday, August 29, 2014

Clean and Simple?

It may not be obvious, but the CAS style is something I like and try to emulate.  My main problem is that even cards that look fairly clean and simple rarely are.  I think one of the difficulties I have is not with white space, but with white space that is "flat"  - which is why I'll usually end up using an embossing folder to hide that expanse of flatness.
So for Sharon's Daring Cardmakers 
 "Clean and Simple" 
challenge this week, I banned myself from reaching for the embossing folders and made this card.
It was cutting the rectangular frame for the sentiment that was my downfall.  Maybe this really would have been ultra simple to make if all those teeny circles of peach card hadn't dropped from the die on to some white card and caught my eye....."oh, they look pretty all scattered like that, don't they...., I wonder?  No! that's madness, I won't do it"
Materials and Tools
top fold 16cm square card blank, trimmed down at the side to make a fat rectangle
2 shades of peach card, 2 shades and tyes of fibres for bow and strands
Memory Box Butterfly cut in each colour
Crafters Companion "Grace" rectangle frame*
PC generated sentiment

* the die cut frame was deeper than I wanted to use, so I cut across from side to side, then overlapped one of the patterns to make it narrower.  The bow and the butterfly disguise the overlaps

The whole rectangular section is raised on a piece of chipboard

I did finish the card leaving the plain white, smooth background - honestly, I did. 
But it was too hard to resist a bit of extra embellishing so I used a border punch to punch a few tiny dots from each of the peach shades.  I glued them on using a pointy scrap of card as a "sticker-on-er-er" as other tools were too big for the job

You can see how the rest of the team fared with our "pared down" challenge this week by clicking HERE to visit the blog

Thanks for visiting

Friday, August 22, 2014

Xcut September Dies Release

The Daring Cardmakers  design team were recently  asked if we'd like to have some September release Xcut dies to play with and showcase on our blog.  Obviously we said yes...please!  The people at DoCrafts-Xcut have sponsored us several times and they are always generous when they send out goodies  - this time was no different. Each of us were sent a large jiffy bag with one of the new die sets plus a host of other "toys"

Beckie is our hostess this week and came up with a
 "Parties and Festivals"
theme, which we could make to work for the wide variety of dis sets (owl die, garden tools, tea party, gift tags, balloons)  in the release.  I was thrilled to find the Garden Tools set in my bag - but they all look fantastic so I suspect pennies will be spent when they arrive in the shops.

Working them into a "Parties and Festivals" theme wasn't quite as easy as I thought - especially as in this die set there are so many fab shapes and I wanted to use them ALL! 
I have a bit of a problem (to say the least) in situations like this and the resulting "Flower Festival"card proves it - far too busy and stuff-filled, but it was too late to do a pared-down version

Xcut products used:
September Release Garden Tools Die set
Mistletoe Embossing folder
Mini-bow from Christmas pack
I really wanted to use the mistletoe wreath embossing folder - using tiny flowers over the berries to hide it's true identity. As you can see it's actually a full circle, but having embossed and inked the raised areas I thought it would make a lovely flower arch if I cut it out and trim off some of the lower leaves. I think I should have kept it simple with a plain white or background, but I'd spotted a wooden fence background for a garden card - a nice idea, but it really doesn't work here, does it? :(

I like this one better, but I'm still not convinced.  I have a better idea (I think), so maybe I'll have another go!

In the Garden Tools die set you get all of these - I know I'm going to be using this set regularly
As well as sending lovely things to the DT, Docrafts have given us some Roald Dahl goodies to give away to one lucky person who joins in with us this week
 That's if for today, thanks for popping by