Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sketch 52 day 6

Sketches always give inspiration and can be tweaked to change the original design.  I must admit thats what I have done -rather than making a centre panel I decided to make 2 smaller side panels, even so it still looks similar.  I think that everyone at some time has tweaked a design for it to be suitable for purpose.

The decoration on the card blank was done by using small pieces of scrap card and paper, needless to say my bit box is slightly smaller.

So here is the card

This is what I used

A4 sheet cream card
Scraps of cream, gold mirri, kraft, 3 different patterned  cards and papers
Stampendous Penpattern butterflies
Self adhesive lace
Small buttons
Happy retirement sentiment stamp
Leaf die
Sepia versafine ink pad
Glossy accents
Adhesives of your choice

This is how the Card was made

1  Take an A4 sheet of cream card and fold in half.

2  Take one of the scraps of patterned card and trim so that there is a 5mm border all around the front of card. This piece is attached to the front of the base card.

3  Cut a gold mirri oval, 2 rectangles for the sides and a smaller rectangle for the sentiment.  Next cut cream of the same shapes but ensure the cream have a 5mm border round them The exception to this is the sentiment panel which needs to be cut 3cm longer.

4  Take the cream side panels and attach the self adhesive lace to these, overlap edges to the reverse of the panel.  Place these panels in the centre of the gold mirri panels using a strong glue.  I used glossy accents.

5 The gold and cream ovals are attached together (put the glue only towards the centre)

6 To get the layer out of your card to your liking place all the panels and place in position. and attach once the design is done..

7  Take the sentiment piece of card and stamp your required sentiment in the centre.  Mark 1cm up from the short edge and the centre of the piece.  Cut from the edge to the dot and then cut from the corner to the centre dot on each side and at both ends to get the bow ends.

7  Take a leaf die and cut 4 or 5 leaves in the kraft card.

8  Take the silhouette flower punch and in one of the decorative papers cut 8 to 10 flowers.  Some of these are worked in pairs and some are single..

9 Use one of the flowers and gently  curve the petals gently with your fingers, stick 2 of the flowers together.  Leave 2 or 3 single.  In the centre of each flower stick a small button.

10  Use a small scrap of patterned paper and stamp the butterfly in sepia versafine, fussy cut the butterfly and then cover the .whole butterfly with glossy accents and leave to dry. Let this COMPLETELY dry.

11  When the floral pieces are complete arrange the flowers where you want them to be.  The leaves are tucked under the edge of the cream oval.

12  The sentiment panel stuck at one end and allowed to dry and then repeat with the other and and stick in place.

13  Take the butterfly and place this on the card.

14  Finally tie a piece of ribbon around the spine and tie a bow.

............and there you have the card completed..  This card does take a little longer as there are quite a few pieces.

Hope you like.  Thanks for stopping by.  For more inspiration take a look at Woodware blog
Bye for now


Monday, 18 April 2016

1, 2, 3 Day 1

Hope everyone is OK and enjoying the odd days of sunshine we seem to be getting. This week Woodware are sponsoring Crafty Cardmakers... 
Crafty Cardmakers

I have to admit I found this theme a bit of a challenge.  If no one had specified that we were limited to numbers of embellishments, paper, etc. I don't think I would have thought too much about it.  My thought process was...........1 image that's absolutely fine, 2 papers don't have a problem with this 3 embellishments oh dear I have to restrict myself to 3 embellishments., which embellishments shall I use.  Then suddenly it seemed to come together.

So here is my card

These are the products I used:-

Scrap of white card
Single fold tag shaped card
2 scraps of coordinating patterned paper
Oriental Ladies stamp set
Heart strings
Gold pearly stuff
Olive green white dot organza ribbon
Black Stazon ink pad
Sakura water colour pencils

This is the way I made it

1  Fold the Tag base card in half

2  Cut 1 strip of each of the 2 patterned papers, the base layer in cut 1/4 inch wide top and bottom

3  Place the 2 layers on the base card using double sided tape about 1'' from the bottom of the card

4  Take the piece of white card and one of the oriental ladies and stamp using Stazon ink pad.

5  Colour the image in using the colouring medium of your choice.  I used the Sakura aquarelle pencils

6  Cut the 2 matts for behind the image, use the same papers as the band across the card (Step 3), I highlighted the edge of the matts with Stazon.  Layer the 3 layers together with double sided tape and then put 3D foam on to the back and attach to the card

7  Take a length of the heart  decoration and cut the length 2 hearts longer than required.  The top heart is removed leaving the thread and the same with the bottom heart.  This makes it easier to attach the embellishment  to the card. The excess thread is folded over to back of the card and attached either with glue or double sided tape.  BUT before attaching the hearts take the oriental ladies Love stamp and stamp into the centre of the largest heart.

8  Once attached take the pearly stuff and apply dots over the hearts randomly and also on the ends of the hair decoration

9 Finally the triple bow was added to the top with hot glue.

So here is your card. 

Hope you like it.  Bye for now, thanks for stopping by. You can get more inspiration from the rest of the team by visiting the Woodware blog, or why not join in the challenge on Crafty Cardmakers?


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Vintage and Lace Day 2

Well Easter has come and gone,and I think that we are all waiting and anticipating some sunshine.  This will be really welcome.

This week the theme Vintage and lace and covers almost all occasions.  I seem to have numerous 50th Wedding Anniversaries over the coming months, and the vintage  and lace seem to fit the bill for a card.

So here is this weeks card:-

and this is what I used:-

Cream card
Gold mirri card
Black card
Gold ink pad
Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Gold Organza ribbon
Stampendous Frame Dies
Various Peel offs from stash
Lace Hearts ADS108

This  was how I completed the card

1  Take a piece of cream card and fold in half.

2  The Stampendous Frame dies are the next step. Take the largest, next size down and then 2 sizes smaller die and cut  the largest in gold mirri card, for the middle layer cut from black and the top layer in cream card.

3  The cream cut panel is now decorated.  First stamp one of the smaller hearts in the lower right hand corner using the gold ink pad and cover this with detail clear embossing, heat with a heat gun.  Next stamp the heart on to a post it note to form a matt.

4  Cover the stamped image on the cream card with the post it mask.  The image is then stamped again BUT before stamping on to the cream card stamp on to a scrap of paper and using the  second generation ink on the stamp.  Cover this image with the embossing powder and heat.

5  Take and cream, the gold, cream and black panels and attach to the base card .  I used double side adhesive to attach the layers together, however you could used 3D foam or silicone glue to give some dimension.

6 Take one of the sentiment stamps and using the gold ink stamp in each corner area.

7  The last 2 stages are to tie the organza ribbon around the spine of the card and to place peel offs in the corners and a 50 peel off sentiment

There is your card. Hope you like it.

Bye for now, thanks for stopping by. You can get more inspiration from the rest of the team by visiting the Woodware blog


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

House Mouse / Dreamweaver - Stampendous Week 2

We have a very exciting blog hop for you over the next two weeks we are going around the world with our friends at Stampendous.
For almost 3 years now Stampendous have had the license to distribute the stamps of House-Mouse Designs® there are now over 200 high quality  rubber stamps in the range, not only the mice, but also HappyHoppers and Gruffies. To celebrate this The House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog is happy to be hosting a unique challenge for everyone for the next two weeks. The HMFMCB Design Team is teaming up with the Stampendous Design Team, The Stencil Specialists (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in Australia) plus us Woodware Craft Collection Blog Design Team (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in the UK) for a huge Blog Challenge
To make it extra special we will be using not only the cuddly creatures but combining them with the wonderful Dreamweaver Stencils which are also part of the Stampendous stable. 
We have prizes so would love you to join in with us as we hop around the world for 2 whole weeks, REMEMBER the hosts are House-Mouse and Friends and they are a challenge blog so to play along please add you link on their blog we are really looking forward to seeing your creation there, full instructions and links are at the bottom of this post.

So another week gone and we are still concentrating on House Mouse and Dreamweaver Stencils.  This week though I have decided to use additional Stampendous products -Dies. House Mouse stamps great designs, Dreamweaver Stencils loads of techniques and Stampendous dies clean cuts, ideal for my card this week - 

and here it is

This is what I used:-

DCP1006 Stampendous dies
House Mouse stamp
Sakura Watercolour pencils
Coordinations - green card stock
Smooth white card
Scrap of patterned paperpad
Dreamweaver stencil LG909 
Versafine Black ink pad
Versamark  pad
Sanding pad 

This is how I constructed the design:-

1  Take piece of white smooth card and stamp the House Mouse image using Black Versafine ink pad.   Make sure this image is dry before colouring.  You can choose any medium you like , I used Sakura water colour pencils.

2  From the die set that the stamped piece of white and using the next to largest pair of dies cut the white card using the smallest die of the 2.

3 Using the patterned paper cut the lager of this pair of dies.

4  The base card is done using the largest of the dies.  Take a piece of co-ordinations card stock, and fold in half. To make the base using the largest die place on top of the folded card and move this so that one of the short ends of the die is outside the folded edge.  Run this through the die cutting machine will be a plain folded edge and the other 3 side will have the contoured edge.  Photo below shows the folded edge.

  5 The next step is the emboss the stencil on to the front of the card.I usually attach the stencil to the card with low tack tape and run the card / stencil through the machine and check to see how the embossing looks and if necessary pass the embossed card through the machine again before removing the stencil.  Only the front of the card is embossed.  Remove the stencil and with a fine sanding tool sand the front of the card, this will give texture and emphasise the embossed pattern.

6  Attach the white panel to the patterned paper and them adhere to the centre of the embossed card. 

There you have it the card completed.
We’re celebrating stencils, and using them with our House-Mouse Designs® images. We’re going to bring you tons of inspiration over the next two weeks, and we can’t wait to see what you enter into the challenge! You may use ANY House-Mouse Designs® images or characters on your project, and any stencils and stenciling techniques that you like. There is never any purchase necessary to enter. And, of course, as always on the HMFMCB, “anything goes” is always an entry option.  Link your entry to the linky tool by the end of Friday, April 8, 2016.
There are prizes!! Three entries, chosen at random, will win 1-HMD Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste.  This contest is open to everyone!!
Even though you will be entering to win by linking up a challenge piece, we sure hope that you’ll hop around to each designer’s blog and leave a sweet “eek” of delight at their inspiration! They’ve worked hard to create something you’ll love! Please give them some love right back! Here are the links to the Sponsor’s blogs and our designers playing today: (If a blog isn’t live when you visit, they might still be sleeping! Please, check back in a few hours!)
  1. Create something fun and a little bit wonderful. It’s not a talent show, winners are randomly selected. Use an HMD image plus a stencil on your work (or choose “anything goes”). It doesn’t have to be a card, it can be any kind of project. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
  2. Post your creation online. You can post it anywhere that will give it a unique URL (internet address). Most folks have a blog, but you can post on Flickr, or PhotoBucket, or even on your Google+ account. (ps…creating a blog is free! What are you waiting for?)
  3. Get the URL for the specific post that contains your project – click on the title of your post, copy the URL from your browser’s title bar, click on the inLinkz picture on the HMFMCB post, paste your URL into the tool. Add your name and email address and voila, you’re entered!

Bye for now, thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to hop around with us and play along!