Monday, 18 June 2018

Notelets made using punches

For this months challenge over on Let's Craft & Create the theme is   punch it.
I thought that this month I would keep it simple to create some quick effective little notelets using my punches and some cardstock.

I have used 3 punches for the notelet
  •  Stamping Up scalloped tag topper punch. Perfect for tags and bookmarks.
  • Docrafts perfect cornered punch
  • Tonic large butterfly punch  
  • white embossed cardstock
  • 2 shades of patterned cardstock for the tags
  • coordinating butterfly ribbon and gems

I have cut some Kanban patterned cardstock into 2inch strips so that they will fit into the tag punch and rounding the ends off with the corner punch.
They have then been stuck together like a fan using the same card for the butterflies which have been layered to get the same two-tone effect.

You don't actually need a lot to make a few notelets to keep handy as thank you cards or just to say hi, thinking of you
Or why not make a few, tie them together with the same ribbon and sell them at a school fete.

Pop over to the blog challenge on Let's Craft and Create and see the inspiration that the other DT members have added. There are some lovely entries too for the challenge so far.

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Puppy Shadow Box Card

My DT card for the May blog challenge over on Daisy Chains blog this month is a Puppy shadow box card made for my nephews birthday. The theme for this months challenge is, cards for boys/men.

Another Dreamees project as all the elements just fit into what I wanted to make.
I used the backing papers from their Pretty Pets cd along with their doily die cut from the same hammered base card which I used for the shadow box.

A lot of the Dreamees products along with the hammered card are available from Create & Craft.

I stamped these cute puppies onto some 250gsm stamping cards and coloured them with The Dreamees pearlescent ink pads using a water brush. I used a mix of lightning/masquerade/heavy metal for the grey puppies and russet/ruby for the brown ones.  These inks gave the pups a hint of shimmer without being too sparkly. Patch was the odd one out.

I also used a little bone punch purchased from a charity shop last year.

After layering up the square base card using foam pads to create dimension, I used pinflair glue gel to stick the pups on for a little more shape and added some glossy accent to the pups eyes and noses.

For the shadow box I made a square box to fit the card front that I had made and for that, I used my Ultimate Pro by Crafters Companion.  I have had this for years and score, make envelopes and boxes with it.  The shadow box was an inch deep and due to the way, this scoreboard was designed you don't have to work out any measurements to ensure your box is a perfect fit. I just used the boxboard. 

I cut a window out of the lid and replaced it with a piece of acetate.  Then I glued the card base to the base of the box before sealing the edges of the box lid with a tape pen.

I deliberately didn't put a sentiment on this as I wrote on the back and as it is a shadow box card it will stand nicely on a shelf in a bedroom as a picture frame.

Pop over to  Daisy Chains and have a look at the challenge and the other great DT samples the team have made this month.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Daughter Birthday Card - Butterfly dies

I love this butterfly arch die from Chloes Creative Cards.  In April this year, Chloe brought out her first box set (limited edition).  It's such a pretty die that I decided to use it on my daughters birthday card.

I used the butterfly die on a piece of A5 Crafters Companion white Centura Pearl cardstock in both corners and then used the matching stamp set from the box set to heat emboss with Choe's own mix of Wow embossing powder in Lilac Aurora.

The die cut topper was mounted on to a piece of coordinating lilac satin board from Create & Craft
For the base card, I used Crafters Companion Indulgence double sided card.

I used my verse for the front of the card, framing it with a Crafters Companion frame die in the lilac satin card.

The swirl die in the matching satin card is from Joanna Sheen and finished off with some aurora borealis gems.

Happy Crafting

Entered into the following blog challenges:-

Die Cuttin' Divas - ATC
Simply Papercraft - ATC
4 Crafty Chicks - ATC
Monochrome Magic - ATG Monochrome Magic
The Crafty Addicts  - ATG 

New batch of ATCs

Thought I'd share my latest batch of ATCs that I have been making.

The following sets of ATCs were Vera Lane Studios digi stamps. These are from the Kokeshi Dolls collection.

I think these digi stamps are absolutely adorable and both sets were made for the children in my after school craft group.

This is also a Vera Lane Studios digi stamp called BowBee.  I have used a marbled background on these ATCs from shaving foam and acrylic ink.
This is the Vera Lane Studios Mechanical Flower digi stamp.

Another marble background on these ATC swaps for a group I belong to.  The theme was ribbon and bows and this is how I interpreted it. This is a Singles Vintage Corset stamp available from Creative Expressions.
I have used this stamp a lot as its so versatile.  Its the Shine Bright stamp set from Visible Image.  As the theme for the ATC swap was numbers, that's how I incorporated it. I have also used their main Ripple Effect stamp in the background.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Tattered Lace - Neo Victoriana DT cards from Create & Craft TV

I'm sharing the card made for the Tattered Lace - Neo Victoriana shows on Create & Craft this week.
There is something a little surreal to see your work on live tv.

I was given three of these beautiful dies to work with:-


I used the Tattered Lace Charisma papers, double sided on cardstock and then cut my pocket watch template out for the card. I wanted it to resemble a large pocket watch, so used the distressed gold paper for the outside and one of the lovely steampunk cog papers inside.

For the Mechanical background die I used a richer two tone paper from the collection, which was printed on to glossy cardstock and layered up a few times to give the illusion of a working clock face. I also added the hands of an old travel clock (I have a habit of dismantling things before recycling them).

I stamped a simple sentiment inside to finish it off.

Using the same Mechanical background die I made an exploding box.  This time I used the matching Charisma paper with the die, adding layers to create more dimension and adding some silver gilding wax to the edges of the die to give it a more jagged metal look.

I themed this one on a sort of Alice in Wonderland meets steampunk.

I added some glossy accent to all the bolts.

Inside I made a steampunk hat with the Neo Victoriana papers

I also used the papers to make the embellishments, adding some glossy accent for texture.

I had some gold wired ribbon which just set it off nicely as this stuff stretches to give a great distressed wired look.

 The back view always has to look as good as the front, so added some detail there also.

The quality and detail of these papers are fabulous and have so many possibilities. I really enjoyed making this particular project.  I had an idea in my head as to how I wanted it to look, but you are never quite sure how that idea will actually transpire. I have to say, I'm really pleased with the results.

For my tag card I thought the rust paper would go really well with the Mechanical Dragonfly die which I die cut from gold mirri card. The paper had a bark look to it. I used kraft card as my base card. I also used the little rivet dies from the Mechanical Background die on the tag to add a little interest to it.

These dies cut perfectly and this particular die is so delicate, especially when you layer it up for dimension. For a slightly dewy effect, I added a little clear sparkle with my spectrum noir clear overlay sparkle pen.

I finished this card off with an insert printed from one of the paper (on a watermark setting) with a verse.

Using the same Mechanical Dragonfly die I created an aperture card. I used peach cardstock for the die on the front which was layered onto a fine membrane topper from the Mechanical Background.
I used the same Neo Victoriana paper as another topper on the front as well as inside the card. The little roses are from the Voyage Extraordinaire die.

In the aperture I have used the same fine membrane from the Mechanical Background die.
This time I used the matching Charisma paper for the die which has been layered onto acetate to give the dragonfly more stability. It was then hung from a piece of acetate.

I also added tiny aurora borealis gems to the centre of some of the cogs in the wings.

My next card is the Voyage Extraordinaire die, the steampunk fish. For my monochrome card, I used rainbow mirri card on the die and those fabulous Neo Victoriana papers

I used glossy accent on the studs and love how that mirri card catches an array of colour.

The top layer of the card was made in panels with foam pads to support it. It's difficult to see from the picture but I was trying to capture the idea of metal panels.

Once I started working with this die, I realised that there was a lot more to it than meets the eye. Being mechanical, there are lots you can snip away to change it about.

Using the same Voyage Extraordinaire die, this time I made a stepper card using the matching Charisma paper for the fish, which has been made dimensional in the centre as if you were looking through the skeleton of the mechanical fish. I have used those beautiful Neo Victoriana papers again.

I have also used the chain tail from the Mechanical Dragonfly die along the stopper strip on the stepper card.

You can see the dimension of the Voyage Extraordinaire steampunk fish better from this picture and I have also added the Mechanical Background die to the backing paper to create a little texture, highlighting it my spectrum noir sparkle clear overlay pen.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with these dies and seeing what the rest of the design team have made with their dies too.  

Happy Crafting

Notelets made using punches

For this months challenge over on Let's Craft & Create the theme is    punch it . I thought that this month I would keep it simp...