Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Using Index Dies to create my card base ...

Another post from me sharing today a card created using the Index Dies, Family Sentiment dies and the Banner dies & stamp sets. I have used the 'Vines & Moments Index Card' set to create my card base using the decorative tab die.

Starting with a piece of card, I decided where I would like my first tab, die cut and then cut away the excess. I then folded the card to create my base. Next using Craft Perfect Peacock Feathers speciality card, I created another layer using the same die. Finally I repeated for a third time using decorative papers. I layered each up to give the 'tabbed' look.

On the final layer, I used the sentiment ' for a special someone' from 'Hooray Banner die & stamp set', stamping over the backing paper with Acorn Brown Nuvo Hybrid ink. Next I added the bird topper ready for embellishing. The 'Sister in law' has been cut from the Craft Perfect Peacock Feather and placed on the topper. The backing panel from the in-law die set has been cut from decorative paper to act/appear like a hinge on the card.

Using the same sentiment, I stamped this on to the die cut 'Hooray' banner with the same ink. I cut a further 2 banners layering these underneath to make the banner wider and also to make the sentiment stand out further, placed at the bottom of my topper. A few crystal drops added and also to the flowers.

The flowers (Apple Blossom dies from Beautiful Blooms collection) have been cut from co-ordinating card and also the matching backing papers. The leaves are from the Bunched Bouquet stamp set and they have also been stamped on to the same card & paper. As a final finishing touch, I have added some Nuvo twine in French Blue.

Have to say that these dies are so versatile and made even more so because of the 'in-law', 'grand' and 'step' dies. Opens up a huge way to personalise your cards, presents, tags etc.

Well that's 2 posts completed and a few more yet to share. However before doing that, I might just have to over ride the heating ...,

x x x

Products & links:

Dimensions - Vines & Moments Index Box Die Set - 1703E-Tonic Studios  

I'd like to enter my card in to the following challenges:
Creates & Makes - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes

Here's looking at you Grand Father ...

Well I am again way behind in sharing my projects from the recent Tonic Studio launches and need to get organised, so today I have decided to share all my projects from the recent Family Sentiments launch ... do not panic, I'll separate the posts otherwise it would be photo overload!

The first project I am going to share is one where I have used the Craft perfect project acetate. If you haven't had the chance to use the acetate before, I can heartily recommend it as the well known phrase goes "it does what is says on the tin" - well packet in this instance 😏

Some acetates are flimsy and you find yourself using copious layers to help your project stay 'afloat' - yep, pun intended - but not the Craft Perfect acetate. It is indeed construction weight and I had to pass it through my machine twice to get a crisp cut. After creating my circles for the base card, I joined them at the top however on the front layer added holes using my cropadile. Using the Nuvo Twine in French Blue, I loosely threaded around to create the look of the rope you use on buoys.

Next using the 'Congrats Banner', (which I cut 4 times), I layered together to create my lifebuoy. In the gaps I have used Nuvo Twine in Chilli Red to create the two colours you often see. I have deliberately kept the folds to add depth. This was then added to my card front. Now the fun part, the decorating ...

I die cut the 'Father' sentiment 3 times, layering on top of each other: covered with Empire Blue  Nuvo Hybrid ink, embossed with Nuvo clear detail powder and then added a subtle white shadow. This was placed on top of one of the stamped images.

The 'Here's to you' sentiment is also from the 'Congrats Banner Die & Stamp set' but I thought it would look great cut out and mounted to a pair of stamped sun glasses.

The 'Grand' is from the Family Sentiments collection and comes with it's own mount. It has been cut in co-ordinating colours. All the stamped images have been stamped using Metro Grey hybrid ink and coloured with my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens.

I have a video coming out shortly showing how to create the lifebuoy using the banner dies, so watch this space. Whilst the videoing bit wasn't tricky, the editing part, not so ...!

Have a great day everyone and wrap up warm as it's freezing out there,

x x x

Products & links:

Craft Perfect Construction Acetate
Craft perfect Construction Acetate

I'd like to enter my sea themed card in to the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Stamps & Fun - anything goes
The Paper Girls - stamping fun
Colour Crazy Challenges - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Polkadoodles - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Star adorned notebook ...

I was really chuffed to bits to be asked to join the Bubbly Funk team which means I get to play with the "Through the Letterbox" kits .... oh yes! Decembers kit, called 'seeing stars' is full of sparkle, metallic colours, glittery stars along with  a fabulous mixtures of embellishments, materials, trims and oodles more. Pop over to the shop to check out the December kit yourself ...

When I opened my box, I was first impressed with the wonderful paper bags that some of the contents are placed inside and also the beautiful metallic gold material. These two 'spoke to me' and that was the starting point for my project ...

After carefully stashing my goodies, I opened up two of the bags ready to use as my background for a notebook. The card is recycled from a board backed envelope. I began by working out how big the spine should be - in this instance 3cm - taking this measurement from the total length, half, creating my front and back covers.

Using Mod Podge, I added my paper bags to the outside, even including the seams as they add further texture. Once dry, I covered the outside with mod podge to act a s a protective layer and again put to one side.

The beautiful gold metallic material was just perfect for the spine and after roughly cutting the material - as not bothered by any fraying -  I added it to the spine again using mod podge. I also ensured that the material was covered on the outside too; again to add protection and durability.

With the star stencil, using Nuvo embellishment mousse in Fresh Copper, I added some extra detail to the background. Next taking the copper/gold/silver ribbon, I added it to the edge where the material spine meets the background. One reason is for extra decoration but another is to secure to the layers together.

Next part is my favourite bit ... the faffing! I add oodles of the glittered stars, which come in a plethora of sizes, layering on to each other. Have to say that now I felt that the design looked flat, so added some embossed card panels (from my scrap box) and the wooden stars, (coloured with gold & copper Nuvo embellishment mousse).

Before adding the notebook pages, I created an acetate outer cover, securing it in place inside bother the front & rear covers. A double bow on the acetate cover brings all the elements together.

Using my cropadile, I made holes top and bottom, threading the elastic through  ready to add my notebook pages. Doing the latter means I can add and remove notebooks by either simply untying the elastic or slipping the used pages out.

I had a fabulous time playing with my goodies and still have lots left to make additional projects - that includes the gold material, ribbon & glittered stars.

A huge thank you to Carolyn from Bubbly Funk and the DT for allowing me to play along with them using the "Through the Letterbox" kit.

Have a wonderful crafty day everyone and hope to catch up with you all in blog land over the weekend.

x x x

Products and links:
Letterbox Craft Box - Seeing Stars   

Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Cute card Thursday - anything goes
TTPH - layers
Brown Sugar - anything but a card
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media goes
Emerald City - anything goes

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Happy birthday Nephew ...

Strangely, I never really thought of personalisation on my cards other than occasionally using the recipients name, so when I was sent the Family Sentiment dies I was not sure where to begin. Suddenly I realised that I could still make the cards I wanted by now I could always add that little bit extra with using the Family Sentiments. It was one of the 'waking up moments' 😁...!

Below is one of my cards that I made for the launch, which also incorporates the Banner Dies ...

I began by stamping the sentiment from the Party Time banner set on to backing paper in Nuvo Hybrid Safari Green ink, matting this layer and adding it to my card blank.

Adding a further decorative panel, I added Henri with 3D foam, placing the die cut stars and banner - stamped with Happy Birthday - behind him. I've added some balloons from Marmalade's World accessory set 3; coloured with Nuvo Creative pens. The blank balloon ties are scraps of card from a previous project and are, in fact, off cuts from where I had been matting and layering. Henri has also been coloured with the Nuvo Creative pens.

I die cut the banner from the Happy Birthday set, adding a piece of designer paper to match in with the other papers, and placed this at the bottom of my topper.

The 'Nephew' was die cut 3 times, layered on top of each other, coloured with blue ink & then embossed with clear powder: this helps create a thick, chipboard effect embellishment. As a finishing touch, I've added additional stamped images, again from Marmalade's World but this time accessory set 1.

Apart from the colouring, this is a relatively quick card to make. If you did not have time to stamp & colour an image, you could always use a photo (of your nephew) or a pre-coloured topper.

Whipping up a storm here in full blog writing and photo editing mode, so better keep plugging away before I distract myself with other things. Have a great day whatever you choose to do,

x x x

Products & links:

Creates & makes - anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Retarte - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes