Friday, 26 August 2016

Woodware and Crafty Cardmakers - By The Sea

What a mixed summer.... sunshine, windy, rainy - its all happened. I just imagine a sunny warm day, sitting under an umbrella near the beach and ocean.  I hope that my card reflects my dream...
Woodware are again sponsoring Crafty Cardmakers this week the theme is 
                                     By or Under the Sea the theme runs for two weeks.
Don't forget to check out the Crafty Cardmakers blog and play along with us all, we have a prize!

So here is this weeks card:-

This are the products I used:-

8 x 8 white card base
Sheet of white card
1 sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper
7 x 7 piece of white pearl paper
6 x 6 piece of patterned paper
Small scrap of sand patterned paper
Black micron pen
Dreamweaver stencil LL329
Stickles crystal glitter glue
Stampendous Sailboat Jumbo Cling Rubber stamp CRS5089
Selection of Sakura Gelly Roll pens - metallic and glaze
Mark Richards pearl white clusters
Mark Richards 5mm Mint gems
Circle die or compass cutter.

This is how the card was made:-

1  Take the card base and fold in half to give the 8 x 8 card blank

2  The 12 x 12 sheet is cut into 2 pieces of the right size.  1 piece is 7.5'' x 7.5''  and the other is 5 1/8'' x 5 1/8''.  Put the smaller piece of paper to the side for later.  Stick the larger piece of paper centrally to the front of the base card.

3  The pearl paper is cut to 7 x 7  and this piece can then be attached centrally to the base card.

4  The 6 x 6 patterned paper is also attached to the base card.

5  Cut a piece of white card 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and attach centrally to the base card.

6  The next step is the slightly tricky one use one of the left over pieces of the 12 x 12 patterned paper and cut a piece of this 5 1/4'' x 2 5/8''

7  Cut a piece exactly the same size from the sand patterned.

8  The blue patterned paper is the stamped with the wave stamp and a blue ink pad.  It doesn't matter if some of the images overlap - after all they are waves.

9  Once step 8 is completely dry match the sand and the wave pieces together and use low tack tape to join them together.  This is only needed until the aperture is cut.

10  Once the pieces are matched cut a 3 1/4 circle from the centre of the piece.  Put this piece to one side  for later.

11  The next step is to cut a piece of white card  and using low tack tape and the stencil attach to the white card,  this is done only until the design has been drawn on the card with the micron pen.

12  Remove the stencil once drawn and colour in the design with the  Gelly roll pens.  The colouring medium can be your own choice of course.

13  Use 2 ink pads on the background to blend the design in to the image panel.   The lower portion was done in a light/medium colour and the top portion was done in a blue colour

14 The stamped panel is then attached to the base card BUT before it is permanently attached check its position as the aperture. and when all are the right place attach them to the base card.

15  The next step is to faux stitch around the white pearl edge, the white card, and round the circle.

16  With the self adhesive pearls they are attached to the white pearl  layer and are placed 3 along and done on each corner.  The next ones are placed on the corners of the 6 x 6 layer and are placed 2 along and down and the next ones are place in the corners of the apertures.   Also a strip  of the gems is placed on the joins of the aperture panel.

17  Next to give a little sparkle and texture to the front of the card I used the crystal stickles glitter glue randomly on the stamped waves.  I added the white pearl clusters to the top, bottom and side as I thought of the sea foam reaching the shore.

18 Finally I added a bow to the spine side of the card.

So there is this weeks card, I hope you like it.  For inspiration  and to get more ideas and inspiration go to the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by



Tuesday, 16 August 2016

You can never get enough gems Day 2

Hello - lots of bling this week - bling, bling, bling all the way.  When I'm making cards they usually has some element of bling on them. That glint of sparkle turns plain into something a little more striking.

So this week I thought what could I used to give the required effect of lots of bling and 'many gems'.  First of all I thought of the Dutch Doobadoo stencil - wavy strips.  This would be ideal.  Next it was a trip to my craft room and looking for crystal gems.  As the design has different sized circles, different sized gems.  The perfect gems would be  the Mark Richards Crystal Sticker clusters.  Once these were found all that was required was the card.

So here is my card

This is what I used
Different Mark Richards crystal sticker clusters
5mm gold nail heads
Dutch doobadoo wavy stripes stencils
0.1 Black Pigma Micron  pen
Grey texture card
A4 sheet patterned card Base Card
Silver mirri card
Stampendous frame dies
Numbers or sentiment stamp
Black Stickles Glitter glue

This is the method for the card:-

1 Cut a panel of the grey texture card 2.5 inches by 8 inches.

2  Attach the stencil to the grey textured card using stencil tape or low tack tape.  Still tap this tape on to some fabric to lift some of the sticky from the tape.

3  Use the black pen and drawn round all the designs.  At this point you can decide of the size of the design.  I used 3 of the stripes but you can decide on the depth and length at this point.  Ensure that when drawing round the circles you hold the pen upright, this will avoid damaging the pen point.

4  Now the fun starts adding all the gems and nail heads.  The crystal clusters are ideal for this card as there are varying sizes of the gems and these are needed for this design.  I found the easiest way to use these was to cut small pieces of the clusters and then to cut out the largest gems and leave the largest stone on the backing acetate. Peel the clusters off the backing and snip the gems apart single and apply the gems in a very random order, the larger drawn circles on the panel.  The really tiny circles were coloured in with the black pen.

5  Matt this panel on to the matt of black card, leaving a border top and bottom of about 1/4 inch.

6 At this stage again I had a choice either to put a sentiment on the card or to put numbers- this would be ideal for those special birthdays  If stamping a sentiment then I would stamp in Black on to white and then cut one of the Stampendous frame dies and a matt of black.  Whilst with the numbers I cut the numbers in black, a matt in silver for the numbers to go on and then a larger matt in black.

7 The end of the construction is almost here and we now need to put all the matts and layers together, add a few dots of black stickles glitter glue.

8 The final step is tie a ribbon round the folded edge of the card.

There you have the card, it is a little more time consuming  but well worth the effort.  I hope you enjoy the card and to get more ideas and inspiration go to the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by


#4  The fun starts now, using whatever gems you have and nail heads start to attach them to the design.  I found the cluster crystals very useful as there are different .

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Black and White Day 3

Classic, elegant, clean and crisp - that is what black and whit designs mean to me.  The technique of doodling and zentangling  are mostly completed in black and white.  My card this weekI have gone back to one of what in the past was an all time favourite .........Peel offs.  Instead of the card just being plain  I have added to the focal point  by doodling in all the areas of the peel off.

So here is my card for this week

 This is what I used

2 sheets of white floral peel offs 4088W
2 sheets of black floral peel offs
8 x 8 black base card
6 x 6 white card
33/4 x 33/4 black card
3 x 3 white card
0.01 Black micron pigma pen
3D foam
Double sided tape

This is how the card was completed

1  Take pieces of white and black card and cut to the sizes given in the requirements

2  Using the black  base card and the white peel offs, and place one of the flowers in each corner and in between place groups of 3 leaves. Put this piece to one side.

3  With the larger of the white card pieces place one of the black flower peel offs into each corner. Put this piece and the smaller black to one side.

4  On the smallest white card piece place one of the black flower peel off in the centre.
Continue with this piece and doodle in each area of the peel off using the black micron pigma.

5  The next step is to put the layers together.  The large white piece is attached to the base card with double sided tape.  The rest of the layers are attached using 3D foam.  Instead of putting the last 2 layers on to the card straight I put them on the diagonal to give texture and dimension.

There you have this weeks card very quick to make.  I hope you like it and for more ideas and inspiration have a look at the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, 4 August 2016

Sketch 53 Day 5

This week we are using Sketch 53 which can be used for Christmas, Birthday, Hello, Just a Note........the list goes on.  As quite a few people (including myself) are getting our thinking caps on for Christmas I figured Christmas might be an idea.  The card comprises of folding, using the Edging punch, some of the new Stampendous dies.  Also as usual I have used pieces of patterned paper from the 'scrapbox'.

Here is the sketch:-

So here is my card:-

  This is what I used

Hougie board and scoring tool
Circle die or compass cutter
Deluxe Crafty Edger
Scraps of 2 patterned papers
Sheet of White card
Small scrap of card (colour doesn't matter as it will be hidden behind the rosette)
Stampendous  Fitted Frames Dies
Sheet silver mirri card
Ink pad colour of your choice for sentiment
Christmas Sentiments
Holly die from the Tweets Die set

This how the card was made:-

1  First make the rosette.  Cut 2 strips of one of the patterned papers 1 1/2'' wide.

2  Take the Hougie board and using the cm side score both strips every 1cm.  Take time when scoring and score cleanly.  Once both pieces have been scored concertina the strips. the next step is to join the 2 pieces together and then join the other 2 ends together. This piece is then stuck to the small scrap of card.  It is important to us a strong adhesive.  I use a hot glue gun and apply the rosette to the glue on the scrap of card.  Keep your hand on the rosette until the glue has the circle held in place.

3  Cut a circle of plain card 11/4'' in diameter. This will go on the top of the rosette for the decoration to go on.  In this case the Holly die from the Stampendous Tweets dies.  The holly can be cut as many times as you want, and the berries can be either done with red stickles glitter glue or self adhesive' or even with small buttons.  This is where the design becomes your own.  Add shape and dimension to the leaves by shaping with an embossing tool.  As you shape and manipulate the leaves start to place them as you want on the top circle of the rosette.  Once all the work has been done with the rosette place to one side ready  for a later  section.

4  Then next stage of the card is the border that goes across the card.   For this part I used  the remainder of the patterned paper used for the rosette, and the Deluxe Crafty Edger.  I cut 1 border along the full width of the A4 patterned (this was plenty for the card.) Once this strip has been punched cut a strip of Silver mirri card that is about 3mm wider than the border both top and bottom.  These 2 pieces are glued together , a strong PVA glue was used for the sample card.  As this piece is completed again put it to one side so that it can completely dry.

5  The sentiment panel is next.  I chose the sentiment I wanted to used and stamped this on to white card, and using one of the Stampendous die frames.  These dies come in pairs and using the smaller of the 2 dies it is placed over the stamped sentiment and cut.  The larger of the pair is cut in silver mirri.  As before these 2 pieces are layered together.  Mine were attached together with double sided tape.

6  Put the step above to the side and now cut the 2 main matts,  the bottom one is silver mirri and is smaller by 5mm on each side to the base card.  The matt on the top of this is a patterned paper which is cut to 5mm smaller on all sides to the silver mirri layer.

7  Time to put the card together, start with the 2 matts cut in step 6.  The next step is to attach the mounted punched strip and mirri card across the middle of the card.  The rosette with the holly decoration  is placed to the top edge of the strip and fractionally over the edge of the based card.  Finally the sentiment is applied on  to the border strip.

There you have it. It is a fairly quick to make, the time is taken in making, but its worth it. 

Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by and for more ideas and inspiration have a look at the Woodware blog.

Thanks for stopping by.