Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Just a bit of crafting.

Today I thought I would just do a bit of crafting for fun :-)  I thought I might have a little go at some heat embossing (its probably been about 8 years since my heat gun has seen the light of day).  So I made a little card to enter a few challenges.  There's no Cricut!

I am entering this card at Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch #70.

sketch #70

Here is my take on the above sketch.


I inked up and heat embossed the snowman.  I used my Cuttllebug to emboss the one layer with my Snow Flakes folder.

Here is a side view, my card measures 6" by 4".


Added some ribbon and a little tag to finish him off.

Here is the inside of the card, stamped with some Recollection stamps.


I am also entering this card in to the following challenges

Paper Pretties Monday Challenge PPMC50 - Seeing Double use two or more designer papers (closes Aug 5)

Love to Create Challenge #26 - Add a Tag (closes Aug 5)

Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge 83 - Tie a Ribbon (closes Aug 3)

2 Sisters Challenge Blog: Challenge #102 - Christmas in July Week 4 (closes Aug 3)

Bearly-Mine Challenges #46 - Anything Goes (closes Aug 6)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Something Different #6

Hello there.  I'm going to take one step back and give you a relatively easy one this time.  Its called a Squash fold card.

Now this can be made any size you would like, as long as you start off with a square.

My finished card base is going to end up being 5" by 5", and therefore I need to start with a piece of card stock that is 10" by 10".  So basically what ever your card stock is to start with, your final card will be half the size. An 8" by 8" card stock will give you a 4" by 4" card and so on.

You could just do the folds for this card by folding the paper on its own, I like to use my score board because I want nice crisp folds.  Honestly - I'm rubbish at just folding the paper and can never get it exactly in half, or the edges meeting nicely :-)

So you score as follows; or fold, if your brave :-) Fold in half, turn, fold in half again and the fold diagonally in half.


Now time to fold, make nice crisp folds with your bone folder.

Now you need to push the triangle folds inwards - they will start to give and as you do that you will see how the card folds closed.


And as you pull the points of the triangles together, your card closes.


Your card closed.


I hope you can see how this came together, now its time to decorate a Squash fold card.

Here is the card I made today.  First the inside, which I stamped with a snowflake and Merry Christmas, they are both from a Recollections Stamp set.  (I thought that perhaps you could actually put a nice family photo on one of the inside squares).


And here is my finished card.



There isn't much Cricut, but I did use the Art Philosophy cartridge for the first layers on the front of the card.  Square 5, page 63 and they were cut at 4.5" and 4".

The layer with the elf is cut at 3.5" and I used my corner punch to finish it off (now I'm looking at it and I could have inked the edges.  Oh well next time).  I placed a little bit of Christmas wool on his hat to finish him off.

The image of the elf is from Angelique's blog Sliekje digi Stamps.  Angelique has the most awesome blog and all her digi images are free.

This is my first time I have ventured into the colouring of digi images and actually use it on a card.  I don't own Copics (and probably never will, as they are so expensive), so this was coloured using just standard colouring pencils and using the Gamsol method - I actually used odourless paint thinner from Michaels and it works just as well.

My friend Pamela from Loving My Crafts, gave me some advice on how to colour images and for that I really am thankful - please check out her blog, its fab.  Thanks Pamela.

Another friend, Jessica, from Created by Rosie, also put her first coloured digi on a card today and that gave me the inspiration to try - please check out her blog , its another fab one.  Thanks Jess.

So there you go another Christmas card to add to the stash.

This card is being entered into the following challenges

Winter Wonderland : Elves (closes Aug 2)

Simon Says Stamp Challenge : Anything Goes (closes Aug 1)

Clear It Out Challenge : Christmas in July (closes Aug 6)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Oh No! Another Christmas Card!

Hi everyone, following along from my previous post, here is my version of the Double Squashed Diamond fold card (DSDF for short LOL) all made up.  (Click here for the tutorial)

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge for the snow flake (page 22) cut at 2 inches.  There are two layers, then the third (underneath the snow flake) is a die cut from my stash.


The sentiment is layered on a cut shape, Art Philosophy page 46, cut at 3".  I stamped some little snow flakes in the background.


The right side has two layers, then the third layer is a die cut from my old Christmas stash.


A little bit of ribbon to finish it off.


I hope you enjoyed this one and that the tutorial works for you.

This card is being entered in the following challenges

Lexi's Creations #70 - Christmas in July (closes Aug 4)

Bitten by the Bug 2 - Christmas in July (closes Aug 5)

My Craft Spot - Monday Challenge # 63 - Christmas in July (closes Jul 29)

Pixie Dust Studios - Christmas themed (closes Aug 1)

Cardz TV - DT Challenge #12 - Anything Goes (closes midnight Aug 2)

Joyful Stamper - Inspire me Fridays #69 - Anything Goes (closes Aug 2)

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Something Different #5

Hi everyone, finally we get to move on to the next fold technique.  Sorry, I got side tracked with the spring fold cards and really enjoyed experimenting.

I have seen many different names for this card, but I'm going to call it the Double Squashed Diamond card - you will see why later:-)

So to start off with, I made my example using white card stock, it is a little thick, so I would recommend maybe using designers papers, which are a little thinner and will allow you to add layers to your final card.  See what you think. You do not have to use double sided papers as you will only see the one side of whatever paper you use.

First off you will need a piece of card stock (paper) cut to 11" by 11".  You are going to fold this diagonally. Make sure to fold it, if you are using pretty papers, so that the the side you want to see is on the outside of your folded triangle.


Next you are going to score this at the 3" mark, 5.5" and 10" and then flip it over just to get the other end and score at 3".  So it should be scored like this:


Now turn your triangle so that the longside is to the right and the point of the triangle to the left.  You need to score a line 3.5" in from the point.


Lets do some more folding.  Fold along all your score marks, make sure they are nice and crisp.  Now comes the part where the card got its name.  You need to take the small end triangle (please excuse my finger in the next few photos).


This is where I could probably use a video camera, to show you more clearly, hope you can see what I am doing in the photos.  Next, you are going to squash the triangle and it forms a diamond (hence the name).


Squash it so its nice and flat, I went over mine with the bone folder.


Just do the same again on the other side.  It should look like this:


You now need your scissors as you are going to cut out the tiny triangles at the top.


We are nearly there.  The next step is to stick the main folded triangle together so that it doesn't split open when you are closing it at the end, it makes it look more finished.

So I have marked, in the photo below, where you need to run your tape, notice you do not tape the left triangle at all, this is the pocket at the front to hold down the upper flap.  Remember when you fold it, to squash you diamond on the right, otherwise it will end up be a flat corner.


So once stuck together,  you need to flip your diamonds to the front of the card, it will look like this now.


And we start to fold. First the right side:


Then the left, over the right. (Are you still with me?!)


This is where your top flap goes:


And this is what you basic card will look like, hopefully :-)


If like me you didn't get your triangle exactly in half (did you notice? I bet you did)), don't worry about it, you can just trim these little bits so that they don't show.

So there you have it, phew!  That is the Double Squashed Diamond fold card.  Now all you need to do is decorate it :-)  Fun eh!

I am going to do a separate post, to show the card made up as this was a very long post - hope you made it this far.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Spring Fold Wedding Card

Hi, so, this is the last of my Spring Fold cards using the templates I created in Cricut Craft room.  Click here if you want to check out the details.

This is a Wedding card, although could be changed for an Anniversary card or even a Valentines card.


Once again I like to include the side view to show the depth of the card.


The hearts are all from George and basic shapes.  The first layered heart was cut the same size as the base, it is pearlescent cardstock and has been embossed using my Cuttlebug and one of the folders from the Paper Lace 2 companion set.

The next two heart layers were cut at 2" and 1.5".  The initials were cut using the Quarter Note cartridge and they were cut at 0.75".

I also had another idea, what would happen if I halved the size of the card - wow I could use it as a table place card, say for a wedding - so I thought I would make one of those too. 

Your dimensions would need to be changed and make sure that your overall card base is 5" tall.  I just copied and pasted one of my templates and resized it up top by changing the height to 5".  Make sure that the proportion button is on so that it resizes it proportionally.  Here is the screen shot for this new little one.


To do your folds for this one, just half the previous ones.  So score at 1.25", 2.5" and then the corner of your rectangle (is at 3.75) is where you start the diagonal score marks.

Here is my idea for a table place card.  I have shown it along side the wedding card to show the difference in the sizes. I haven't put any names on it but you can see how it could be used.


I hope you have enjoyed these past few days and the Spring fold card.  I hope that you will give it a try.

The next fold is coming soon - so stay tuned.

This card is being entered in the following challenges

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - Challenge me Monday #121, Wedding Bliss (closes Sun 29/7)

Make it Monday #99 - linky party (Sun 29/7)

Bearly-Mine Challenges #45 - Shaped cards (closes Mon 30/7)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Spring Fold Thank You Card

Hi everyone, so following along from yesterday.  Here is a Thank You card I made using the scalloped template spring fold.  You really can use these templates for any type of card you desire.


And the side view, to show the layers.


The scallops were cut at 5" (as the original base - from Cricut Craft room basics), 4" and 3".  I inked all the edges.

The triangles on the stand were embossed with my Cuttlebug and the Divine Swirls folder.

For the flowers I used the Flower Shoppe cartridge, they were cut at 2.5" and 2".  The leaves are from the Art Philosophy cart.

Tomorrow I will show you the heart shaped spring fold and a little something!  And then I need to do the next in the folded card series "Something Different".

This card is being entered in the following challenges

DL ART - Thankful Thursday Challenge - Thank You Anything (closes Sat 4/8)

Creative Inspiration Paints - Inspired by Favourite colour (mine is purple) (closes Sat 28/7)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Spring Fold Christmas card

In my previous post I showed you how you could make different Spring Fold cards using Cricut Craft room.

Here is a Christmas card using the star - for this one I did have to trim the base a little, to accentuate the star.  Have to admit, since starting to make my cards again, this is the first time I have used pre cut die cuts.  I have quite a large stock to use up.


And a side view to show the depth.


There are actually three stars cut (from the George and basic shapes), one at 5" (the same as the original base) and then one at 4" and one at 3".  I embossed the green layers with my Cuttlebug and the folder Snow flakes.

This card is being entered in the following challenges

Paper Play Challenges  - week 29 Christmas in July (closes Wed 25/7)

Little Scrap Pieces - Fun Friday Christmas in July (closes Thurs 26/7)

Over the next couple of days I will show you an example of the scalloped and the heart shaped ones.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Spring Fold cards with a twist.

Hi my crafty friends.  Today I am revisiting the Spring Fold card, the reason for this, is that I had a few ideas running around in my head over the past few days, and I wanted to see if they would work, and they do!

I used Cricut Craft Room to make the following templates.  This first one shows the shapes before I welded, I wanted to show this so you could see how I put them together.


This next picture shows how the templates should look once welded.  You have to make sure to weld otherwise the shapes will cut out separately.


I have used George and basic shapes for the first two templates and Cricut Craft Room Basics for the third.

All you have to do to get you dimensions correct is to make sure you have a 5" (wide) by 7.5" (height) rectangle.  The shape that you decide to add could really be unlimited - I just made sure mine were 5" wide.   Ideally, if you want to finish with a 5" by 5" card when flat, you need to weld you image to the top and lower it until the full height is 10".  (I kept checking my measurements until it was almost to 10").

You will then score the shapes as per my tutorial at the 2.5" and 5" marks and then score down from the corner of your rectangle (this is the 7.5" mark in the tutorial).  Hope this makes sense.

My next post will show the star template being used.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Life taking over!

Hi all my bloggie friends.  So life is taking over at the moment - I suppose with it being the school holidays everyone finds this.

Today we decided to go to Brockville and take a cruise along the St Lawrence Seawway, Thousand Islands.  It was a lovely relaxing day and we all enjoyed it.

I am hoping to put a post, of cards, in the next day or so, I have started a draft but need to finish the cards :-).

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Something Different #4

Hi everyone, sorry its been a few days since my last posting.  My children  are keeping me busy as Mom's taxi :-)  Today Shannon and I did some crafting - I'll show you what she made later :-)

Mean while our cat, Jess, has adopted my home-made light box for her new chill out pad.

"Who me?!"

Today we are stepping it up a bit with a Spring Fold card.

You will need a 10" by 5" piece of card stock, you will firstly score it at the 2.5" and 5" marks.


Put a small pencil mark at the 7.5" mark (top and bottom) and at the right hand side of the card at the 2.5" mark.

You are going to score from the top 7.5" mark to the bottom of the scored 2.5" mark, and then from the top of the scored 2.5" mark to the bottom 7.5" mark.


Now you are going to cut off both corners on the right side of the card.  From the 7.5" marks to the 2.5" mark on the right, as below:


Next you need to crisply fold all your score lines. Once all your fold lines are nice and crisp - if you pull in the edges of the 5" fold line it should start to give and squash into a triangle - I hope the photo below lets you see how this is done.



Now fold the 2.5" score line to the front of the card and secure as shown.


And that is it, this is hopefully how your card looks:



Folded flat for sending, the cards finished size is 5" by 5".


Now all you need to do is decorate.

Here is the one that I made today.

For the first layers you will need one 3.25" square and one 2.25" square.  The 2.25" square you will cut in half diagonally for the triangles on the base.


The second (green) layer was cut at 2.75" square, I embossed this layer with the Cuttlebug and the Snow Flakes folder.

The Winter Woodland cartridge was used for the snowflake (page 35) it was cut at 2".

The little tag was cut from the Art Philosphy cartridge (page 70) also cut at 2".

A little bit of ribbon to finish the tag and there you go, all done, and I have another Christmas card to add to the stash of one LOL.



I hope you enjoy having a go at making this card.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

Die Cuttin Divas : Challenge #74 - Christmas in July (closes Mon 23/7)

Exploring Cricut : Christmas in July (closes Sat 21/7)

Cardz TV : Challenge #112 - Tag, You're It

Oh yes, Shannon wanted to show you what she made for her sister Emily today. 


She painted the base with two layers of acrylic paint (isn't it great that it dries quick), then stamped the images and painted them with 3D paints.  Then added some lovely bling.  Her sister loved it :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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