Friday, 31 August 2012

Bits and Pieces

Hi all.  Hope you are all having a good week.

This week, I received a parcel of blog candy I won from Sandy - of Sandy's Crafty Creations.  She supplied all the necessary items to make a specific card using Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens.

This is what I received (Sandy - I hope you don't mind me using the image off your blog - I had forgotten to take a photo before I started using everything) - thank you so much.


Here is a photo of the card I was supposed to make with all the supplies. And a link to a fabulous tutorial that Sandy made, for using the pens as watercolours and for stamping here, to make this card.

This is Sandy's creation.

Unfortunately, I have discovered I'm not very good with water colours:-)  So I decided to make mine in a slightly different way.

I stamped the image three times (using the Faber-Castell Pen Deep Scarlet Red), onto different coloured card stock. I then cut each layer, a little smaller than the first, inked the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.  And layered them up with pop dots to give added depth.

So this is my version of Sandy's amazing creation.

This is mine:-)

And to show you the depth and the ribbon - all sent to me by Sandy!


Thank you so much Sandy - I loved playing with my new things and making this card.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Something Different #10 - The Finale

Today is to be the last post in my folded card series.  As and when I come across more unusual folds, I will endeavour to share them with you.

This card is called the Diamond Gate Fold.  The original dimensions for this card were on UK A4 size paper and the card ended up being 8.5" tall! I did search for other dimensions but in the end had to work it out by myself!

So using the old grey noggin, I resized all the dimensions and came up with a card base that finishes up being 6" by 4", my favourite sized card.  You can make two card bases out of one piece of 12" by 12" card stock.

To start off you will need a piece of card stock measuring 6" by 12".

You will score at the 2", 4", 8" and 10" marks.


Now you need to measure from the top of the 4" score line down, 1.5" and put a small pencil mark.  Next, measure from the bottom of the same score line up 1.5" and put a small pencil mark.  You need to do this again on the 8" score line.

Fold over your card at the 4" score line like this.


You will now make a diagonal score from the top of the 2" score line to the to 1.5" pencil mark and then from the bottom of the 2" score line to the bottom 1.5" mark as below.


Do the same for the other side of the card.  Fold the card at the 8" fold line, mark at 1.5" from top and bottom. Score down from the top of the 10" score line to the top 1.5" mark and then from the bottom of the 10" score line to the bottom 1.5" mark.

Your score lines should now all look like this.


Here comes the fun - the folding.

Your straight score lines are to be folded as follows; mountain, valley, valley and mountain (make sure they are nice and crisp). That makes your gate fold card.

Now we have to fold the diagonal lines.  All the diagonal lines are valley. I used the lines on the 4" and the 8" marks to help here; by pushing down and inwards towards the centre of your card the diagonal lines will start to give.  You need your folds to look like this.


And all four sets of diagonal folds should look like this.


Your card base is finished and should look like this when you stand it up.  Then it just folds like a standard gate fold card to fit in your envelope.


Now its time to decorate your card, however you see fit :-)

Here is mine, out flat.



I used the new cartridge A Quilted Christmas.  The Father Christmas (page 30, Silhouette) was cut at 4".  I used home made glimmer mist on the red card stock for him, as I wanted the deeper red paper.



The holly scrolls were cut at 5" wide (page 73, Silhouette and the Layer 2 for the Holly).  I sprayed the holly and berries with the mist and only glued down the centres to give more depth.


This card is being entered in the following challenges

Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays - # 73 Anything Goes (closes 30 Aug)

Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog - Red and Green should be seen (closes 30 Aug)

Hope you have enjoyed this series of folded cards.  I have a few different ideas for some other series but in the meantime, I will be getting some other projects and things done.

So happy crafting everyone, until next time.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

New Craft room!

Today, my husband helped me move all my craft room round, to try and utilize the space better.

We spent the best part of 4 hours moving stuff into different positions, until I was happy with the layout. I have to admit, he was very patient with me!

So here are some photos - to share my new space with you.

This was back in May this year.



And after the move around today, starting from the left and working my way around to the right.

This is where my home made light box now sits - its at eye level so makes it easier for me to take my photos of my cards.  It sits on top of my paper stack boxes. (The chest of drawers is my kids portion - they have a lot of beads and craft paper in those drawers; although I might have to take that over at some stage!)

My daughter helped me label up all my boxes - so its easier for me to see what I have.  I was starting to loose track of all my bits and pieces.


Here you can see my embellishment centre, pencil storage, the drawer holds my ribbon bits and pieces, my Cuttlebug and then moving along to my desk.  Look at that lovely clear area underneath the picture - might get a notice board for there - or make one, will see.  Also. there is room, above, to make a lovely banner for my craft room - don't you think?!


This is my work area.  The little drawer sets on the top of the desk hold lots of bits and pieces and my daughter helped me label these too - I'll show a close up of these further down.


My Cricuts are easy to get too and to connect to my computer when needed.  The drawer set to the right, holds a lot of my plain coloured papers.  (This is our basement, hence the small windows.  We have lots of really good pot lights and now I can use my lamp more efficiently in this spot.  Also with it being the basement, it means I have a lot more space I could still take over LOL.)

Here's what is in the mini drawers.



I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my new to me craft room.

Happy crafting everyone.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Some crafting time :-)

Hi all my crafty friends.  My girls have gone swimming with friends - so I had some me time in the craft room.

Thought I would make this quick and simple card for some challenges that are running this week.


This card base is 6" by 4".  My layers were cut at 5.75" by 3.75" and 5.5" by 3.5".  I inked the edges of the polka dot paper.  

The daisy is cut using the Bloom cartridge (flower 9 shift, cut at 2"), inked with a vibrant pink.

The leaves are from the Flower Shoppe cartridge, cut at 2" and scored to make them more life like.


A little bit of ribbon and some pearl dots to finish it off.  The stamps are from an InkaDinkaDo set.

This card is being entered into the following challenges

DL ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - use a flower on your project or make one 3D flower (closes Sept 8)

Paper Playtime: Challenge 82 - Polka Dots and a Sentiment (closes Aug 31)

Made Especially for You:  Challenge - use three pearls (closes Aug 26)

Lady Anne's Paper Crafts: 2nd Colour challenge - use two or more of taupe/green/pink/lilac (closes Aug 31)

Bearly-Mine Challenges: #49 - Anything Goes (closes Aug 27)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Something Different #9 - A Blue Birthday

Hi there, today is my turn to post at She's A Sassy Lady Blog - I'm going to be posting a project there every third Tuesday of the month from now on. Thank you Sheila for encouraging and enabling me:-)

Not a "blue" birthday in the true sense of the word, but I haven't made a card all in blue and I wanted to try this out to see what it would look like.

The folded card for today is called a Side Diamond Springfold card. Only one more to go in this series and then its on to something else :-)

Out of one piece of 8.5" by 11" card stock you can make two card bases. Your finished card will measure just under 4" by 5.5" (at the widest point).

To start you will need a piece of card stock measuring 8.5" by 5.5".

You will score along the 5.5" side at the 2.75" mark.  Turn your paper and score, along the 8.5" side, at the 2.75" and 4" marks.  Should look like this so far.


Next fold the long score line so you have a 2.75" by 8.5" card.  Have your open ends at the top (doesn't really matter but its easier as I have labelled the score marks), you are going to score on the diagonal from the top of the 2.75" mark to the bottom of the 4" mark whilst your piece is folded.  Like this.


Now open up your card and you will have two diagonal folds and nicely centred, like this.


Now we need to fold the score lines.  The two short score marks (the 2.75" and 4" marks) you need to make these valley folds.  Your long fold down the middle, and the diagonal folds will be mountain folds.

In the next photo I'm hoping you can see how I have folded the folds LOL.  It will make it easier to finish the last fold if it looks like this.


To finish the folding, start off like this (I used my daughter Shannon again - her hands come in real handy LOL).  


By pushing on the left side of the card you will bring the diamond down, like this.


And this is your finished card base. (The diamond will straddle that mountain fold, so that the diamond is on both front and back - I really hope this makes sense, its at times like these I wish I had a video:-)

Now comes the fun part.  We get to decorate it:-)

So, if you open up you card so the long mountain fold is to the right, you can decorate what is going to be the front of the card. 


My layers were cut at 4.25" by 2.5", 4" by 2.25", 3.75" by 2".  On the last layer I stamped a butterfly from a Recollections stamp set.

Next, flip your card over and decorate the inside and outside diamond (if you are going to use an image that needs to be a certain way up, make sure you have the orientation right, because when you close the card up, the diamond twists.


My layers for the Happy Birthday (inside of the card) were the same as above, I used a stamp from the CTMH stamp set that comes with Art Philosophy package. 

For the diamond, my square layers were cut at 2.5", 2.25" and 2".  I would leave adding any embellishments to this diamond until you have finished your card.

Here is a picture showing the best place to position your glue for closing and securing your card.


To finish off the front of my card I used the Art Philosophy cartridge and the butterfly (page 55) cut at 1.5".


I added some little pearl dots to finish off the butterfly and embossed the base layer, of the butterfly, with my Cuttlebug and the Devine Swirls folder.


I am entering this card in the following challenges

Joyful Stamper: Inspire me Fridays #72 - Anything Goes (closes Aug 23)

Avadares Challenge Blog  : Challenge #2  - Anything for August  (closes Aug 30)

Simon Says Stamp and Show :  Challenge - No Rules (closes Aug 26)

DL ART : Happy Birthday Linky Party and win Pretty Pennants  (closes Aug 31)

Well I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try.

Happy Crafting.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

The Kids and Daddy broke Mummy!

Hi everyone, another quick post.

Yesterday, we were doing one of my bucket list things to do, whale watching, and boy did I need that bucket!!

Andy and the girls had a whale (excuse the pun) of a time!  I unfortunately spent the whole 4 hours of the cruise, attempting not to be sick and lost the battle about 60 minutes before the end :-(

I don't think I have been that ill since I was in my early twenties and had been to an RAF all nighter LOL.

So I did get to see one whale - through the corner of my eye, when I quickly looked up at one time.

Luckily for me, Andy and the girls both took some fabulous photos so I get to see those instead.

Guess I won't be going on any sort of cruise ever again!

Today we are off clothes shopping, for the girls, in Waterloo, NY - time to break Daddy LOL :-)

Get back home late tonight and to our lovely cat Jess - who has been looked after with daily visits by our good friends.

Happy crafting everyone.

PS - you really don't want to see a picture!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

We broke the kids!!

Hi everyone, this is just a quick post from Connecticut.

We broke the kids today!


This is my two girls (Emily and Shannon) within 5 minutes of getting back to the hotel , after a long day at the theme park.

Tomorrow, we are off whale watching in Plymouth - out to sea on a four hour cruise - and no doubt after all the sea air they will be in the same position tomorrow evening :-)

I hope you are all having a good crafting week - I'm sorry if I'm neglecting visiting all your blogs.

See you again when we get back after the weekend.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Back! But I'm not!

Hi there everyone.

I know; I know!  I said I wasn't going to be here, but I was such a good girl yesterday getting all my chores done, that I have had a little me time in my craft room this morning.

I tried a new technique - making my own cloud background paper, with a cloud template and some ink.  I think it came out quite well.  And I also thought I would try and get a card done to enter some challenges.

So without further ado, here is my quick card for today.


For this card I used the A Child's Year cartridge.

The balloons (monogram and shift key) were cut at 1.75" and the little dove (page 59, I cut off the little heart), was cut at 1".

The sentiment is a freebie from When the Scrap Hits the Fun and this I inked with the same blue as the clouds.

A little ribbon and we are finished.


I am entering this card into the following challenges.

DL ART Thankful Thursday challenge - Friends (closes Aug 25)

Creative Cutter Room - Friendship (closes Aug 22)

4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge # 102, Up Up and Away (closes midnight 14 Aug)

Make it Monday - Challenge # 102 linky party (closes 19 Aug)

Paper Pretties Monday Challenge PPMC #52 - Anything Goes (closes 19 Aug)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Gone but not forgotten.

Hi all my blogger friends.  Just so you know I am not being neglectful, I thought I would do a quick post.

I may or may not get much done this week.  We are off on a road trip in a few days, to Connecticut.  Theme parks (hubby and kids), whale watching in Plymouth, clothes shopping in Waterloo (New York state) and I'm insisting on some craft store visits, Joanns, Michaels, any craft store I can find LOL:-)

This is what I'm looking forward to the most; yep, not even the craft shops can beat this one LOL :-)



I hope you all have a fabulous crafting week and see you all again soon.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Shannons First Card Challenge

Hi everyone, my name is Shannon.  I have hijacked Moms blog for this post.

Simons Says Stamp Challenge has a Childrens Summer Holiday Challenge for 2 to 16 years of age.

Mom is going to link it as I don't know how LOL.

I invaded Moms craft room this morning as I am going on a sleep over today and wanted to take a card for my friend.  So I made this.


Mom is helping type this up for me. 

I used the Cuttlebug to emboss my background and used some decorations from my crafting corner.

I had this stamp True Friend and thought it would look cool :-)

Thanks for looking.  :-)

Shannon



Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Pretty in Pink


Hi everyone, continuing on from my previous post and the Origami card (or Napkin fold card), I actually really enjoyed making this one and hope you haven't found the tutorial (click here) too daunting.

Here is the inside of my card.


After making all your folds, this is what I did.

I cut 6 squares, in blue, 1 7/8 " by 1 7/8".  These squares were then cut in half diagonally so you end up with the 12 triangles.

I cut another 6 squares, in pink, 1 3/4" by 1 3/4", and again into triangles.

I matted the pink and blue layers together and, using my Cuttlebug, embossed them using the folder Baby's Breath.

The centre square, blue was cut at 4" and pink was cut at 3.75".

Now onto the outside.


The belly band was made in two layers with the overall width being 1.5" (in hind site I probably would make the band 2.5" wide next time).  Between the two layers, I secured my long piece of ribbon to tie it closed. Again this was embossed as above.

I secured only the back of the belly band to the back of the card.

The front was decorated using the Flower Shoppe cartridge  (Scallop 1) for the roses, cut at 2" and 3".

The leaves were from the Art Philosophy cartridge, page 56, cut at 1".

Added some little pearls to finish it off.

At the request of one of my followers Lori, her blog is The Singing Shell , I have added some close ups of the roses on my card :-)


And one at a lower angle:-)



The sentiment on the front is from When The Scrap Hits The Fun, its a freebie.

This card is being entered into the following challenges

{PIN}spirational Challenges #19 - the following photo was the inspiration for this week. (closes 13 Aug)


Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Lets play Bingo (I chose Ribbons, free - pearls, blooms) (closes 15 Aug)

DL ART - Happy Birthday Linky Party, win Pretty Pennants - Anything Goes (closes 31 Aug)

Make it Monday - #101 Linky party (closes 12 Aug)

Songbird Challenges - #1 Anything Goes (closes 17 Aug)

Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #71 Anything Goes

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this lovely fold.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Something Different #8

Now then, are you ready for some origami?  Because this is what this card reminds me of.

I found this fold on the internet (I believe its called a Napkin card), however the card was way too big for my liking. So I worked out the measurements so that you end up with a 4.25" by 4.25" and you are able to make this from your standard 8.5" by 11" card stock pieces.

You will need to start off with a 8.5" by 8.5" piece of card stock.

You will score the card at the 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" marks.  Turn you card a quarter turn and score again at the 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" marks.  You card stock should look like this.


You now need to make some small pencil marks (I use my score board) at the 4.25" mark on all four sides.

You are going to score from one 4.25" mark to the next 4.25" mark diagonally, around all four sides, so that you end up like this.


You will now fold all the score marks.  Also fold them the other way and score again, this will make sure you have very crisp folds and makes it easier for your card to fold in on itself at the end.

Once you have folded and creased all your score lines, you are ready to start the next step.

You need to push in from the right on the points of the diamond score lines, like this.


As you are doing this, you will also need to push in on the bottom point and you will see that you first corner square starts to form.  You will need to push this flat and use your bone folder if necessary.


The next photo shows the first square done.


Please excuse my hands in some of these photos, if you could see how I`m taking the pictures you would laugh.

Work your way around the whole square till you end up with something like this.


For each square, you are now going to fold back in a triangle - like this.


When you take you finger away - it should look like this, I hope so anyway :-)


To open and close the card, if you take opposite corners, on the diagonal, and pull to open - push to close.
Hope you can see it in these photos, I had to recruit my daughters hands for this one, as I needed to take the photo LOL.



And that is it.  Looks pretty boring at the moment, doesn't it?  My next post will show you how to decorate and finish it off.

Hope I haven't scared you away with this one - I promise this was the most difficult ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and check out my next post.

Happy crafting.

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