Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Where does the time go?

Wow! its been ages since my last post - sorry about that, before you know it it'll be time to start singing carols again.

Speaking of which, have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  I don't think I ever really stop, can't help it, Christmas is my favourite time of year, and Crafters Companion are releasing today a really fabulous and quirky CD from the fabulously talented Abigail Mills with a Christmas theme, it's called Romany Christmas and there are also four stamp sets with some amazing characters.

My make will actually be a tutorial on the website, so if you like the look of this one you should be able to re-create it (I will happily share how to do things if there is ever anything you want to know, just get in touch).

This is a waterfall card using a section from the CD called 'Blended Tags', there are some incredible images, which will make fabulous quick toppers for cards, or like here, you can use them in combination, the backing papers are to die for - oh who am I kidding! the whole CD is just outstanding (as always).

Anyway, hope you can tune in later to Fiona on Create and Craft (4 p.m.) for the One Day Wonder.



Monday, 13 July 2015

How to make a Trinket Box

Ever wondered how to put together one of the trinket boxes on the Crafters Companion CD's?  Well, I've put together a step by step for one of the ones on the new Nordic Christmas CD (they're just gorgeous!).

First, let's show you what you're going to make, here's the finished card:

Okay, so first you need to print all of the pages out (print two of the second page, it does tell you at the top of the page that you need two.

I start by making the drawers (these are labelled 'box base'), so cut these out and the wraps first, then score along all the lines using a scoreboard such as the ultimate pro and burnish all of the creases.

Box wrap
Score on the lines
Score on the lines

 Next, snip along the solid lines on the drawers, and then glue the triangle tabs inside, this will form your drawers.

Sorry that the pictures are all over the place, hopefully you can see what was done....

Now you have your drawers, you need to make the wraps for them, so fold these up and glue along the small end and adhere this inside.  Put a draw inside each, you may want to do this as the glue dries so that you can make sure that the wrap fits well (if you use a wet glue you have a little wiggle time before its set).  You can use brads through the white dots at the front for handles, or punch holes and thread a loop of ribbon, a tassel, button.... you get the picture.

Next you need to cut out the two squares of card on the first page of the trinket box.  Glue your boxes to one of these so that there is a narrow border all the way round the drawers, you might want to dry arrange them before using glue to stick in place.

 Once your four drawers are in place (you can arrange them with one opening on each side if you like), then glue the other square of patterned card on top.

Now cut out the card, which is page 3 of the design, and score and burnish along the dotted lines

I have folded this so that the image is facing up on the base, this forms the easel top of your design.

 Next cut out the topper page of your design and create your easel design, this is very much a personal thing and you can go as mad as you like with this (especially with these stunning Christmas designs!)

Next, glue your easel to the draw base you have made

Once you have your easel on the base, you need to create a stop for the topper so that it stands up - there is a strip on the card page (page 3) of the design which you can use, raised up onto foam or 3D glue gel, or your can create rolled flowers from the last two pages of the design, which is what I've chosen to do.

Once you've created your lovely flowers, glue these into place, I also cut out some holly from the Die'sire Holly die to add an extra detail under the flowers, but again all the embellishments are down to you, there is so much scope with these lovely designs for adding your own personality.

Anyway, I hope this has helped if you were at all unsure of what goes where with these and I hope you all have loads of fun with this.



Wednesday, 10 June 2015

More Flights of Fantasy

Well, looks like you are loving this range as much as I do, there really is so much on these two CDs that every time I look, I find something else I hadn't seen before.

These next two cards are made using the card companions and toppers sections of the CD, with a little bit of backing papers thrown in, the second card even has the backing paper printed onto vellum for the flowers.

In the first card, I added some sakura glitter pen to the topper, unfortunately I don't think you can see it, but it does sparkle beautifully in the light - really think these images lend themselves to being covered in glitter!

Well, just a quick post from me today - hope you have a great Wednesday & see you again soon.



Sunday, 7 June 2015

Flights of Fantasy

Well, as I'm blogging again, it must mean that there is another launch coming up for Crafters Companion and I've managed to un-bury myself from my craft room!

I know we probably all say it, but this really is a HUGE favourite of mine, these images from Morgan Fitzsimons are to die for, and there are so many to choose from on CD1, and then, to top it all off, you get CD2 which has even more images on, this time FOR YOU TO COLOUR YOURSELF!!!!!!  It really is such a stunning collection, but wait, there's more, there is a paper pad too, which has double sided papers and FOILED papers as well.  Excited really does not do my emotions justice, I'm already in love & I hope you will too.

Anyway, to my sneaky peaks.  This first one is from the A4 decoupage section of the CD, where there are some wonderful images, this beautiful little lady being one of them, I decided to turn her into a wall hanging, so had to put the decoupage onto a larger base.  I wanted to have the fold back frame look so used some of the backing papers printed double sided onto lightweight printable paper, cut them into triangles, rolled and glued o the edges, I wasn't happy with how they looked so I then cut out some Ivy in various greens, used some spray & sparkle irridescent to give them an early morning dew look and then weaved them around the frame, simply stunning!  I added a couple of flowers using the Forget me Not die, which I cut out of some offcuts of double sided centura pearl and then coloured up using distress inks, I put gems at the centre and dotted these around the frame as well as a bunch in one corner.  A bit of glitter on her wings and around her headdress and a ribbon for hanging and your done.

This next card is one of the card companions from the CD, these are a real go to favourite when you need to make a quick card (though I seem to make them take ages!) as everything you need is on one sheet and it's guaranteed to coordinate.  I used some core'dinations in complementary colours, the blue in the background I embossed with the Embossalicious folder 'tumbling leaves' and sanded back.  The doily has been coloured with Antique linen distress ink as I thought the white would be too harsh.  A couple of buttons finish the card off nicely! 

Anyway, hope you like these - I know you'll love the CDs and the paper pad which launch tomorrow on Create and Craft as the four day deal with Sara and Fiona!



Friday, 22 May 2015

Do me a favour

Well, I hope you managed to get your hands on the four day deal, in fact for some of you the goodies will have already arrived to play with!

These next makes come from CD2, which has some wonderful 3D goodies on it - these are Favour boxes (well, pyramids), and each of the selections has the designs to make two, hence my makes, which as you can see are the american/broadway ones.  These are sooo easy to put together and you can decorate or not as you see fit (the statue of liberty is one of the stamps, which I coloured with my spectrum noir pens - BGR1,2 & 3).  

They would be great for a few sweeties or for small trinkets from your travels to give as gifts, don't forget there are 12 different designs on the CD (each with two trinket boxes), so plenty of choice depending on your destination! (see what I did there!!!).

Anyway, s'pose I'd better go and get ready for work, have a great day all.



Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Have you got yours yet?

Well, I haven't had a chance to watch any of the shows yet (apart from a little bit yesterday morning & was nearly late for work!), so I hope you've got yours all ordered and can sit back and enjoy the inspiration.

Today's make is from the trinket box section on CD2, together with some embellishments from CD1 and one of the stamps from the set "Spirit of Adventure", which I coloured with my spectrum noir pens and pencils (colours below).  I also used the Die'sire Elegant Stamping Frame to frame the topper.

Pens: FS1 FS3, FS8, TB2, TB4, TB6, TN3, GB1, PP1, HB1, IB1, IG1, Blender
Pencils: 67, 70

Anyway, just a quick post from me today, hope all is well wherever you are.



Monday, 18 May 2015

Time Check

Well it's nearly time for Fiona to bring the totally amazing Destinations CD and stamp sets to our screens (in fact if I don't hurry up and type this, by the time I publish, she already will have).

This next sample from me is from one of the sections on CD2, which is Suitcase templates.  These are incredibly simple to put together, but leave so much scope for decoration, re-sizing, in fact whatever you could possibly imagine - you will see some incredible samples from my teamies on the launch.  However, my more humble affair is purely a decorative piece.  When I printed the Suitcase, I turned the card over and printed one of the backing papers on the other side so that the inside was decorated.  I used a magnetic closure on it (this is on the buckle piece across the middle at the back) and decorated the inside, I used the decorative elements that came with it and some additional embellishments from CD1, one of the stamps from the set, which I coloured with my Spectrum Nor pens, and a few seashells in the bottom.  

I really love how this has turned out and would happily make more of these for my globetrotting friends (when I find them!).

Have a great Monday, and enjoy the shows!