Monday, 30 August 2010

Bank Holiday Blog Hop.

Hi Crafters,

Just a short post to day. I don't have a card for you  but I do have some useful stuff for you.

I do a lot of surfing the net for inspiration especially when I get a mental block.
On one of my journeys around the blogging world, I found this very useful tutorial called "Run for the Border" on Crafting With Sue's blog,  using Martha Stewart's punch around the page border and corner punches.
Sue has done a fantastic tutorial showing  a way of always getting the perfect four-sided border from these  punches.
If you have any of these punch  sets you will find this tutorial very useful. It's so simple I wished I had thought of it myself :) . I have put a link in the side bar for this tutorial .  under the heading of Useful stuff.

Well that's all for now thank you for stopping by to take a look. See you again soon.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Krafty turquoise

Hi Crafters ,

I love making these ribbon flowers they are soooooo easy to make. After making the cards in the last post I saw the Splitcoast Stampers clean and simple challenge  krafty turquoise, so thought I would make this card.
I love this colour combination. I couldn't think of another design so I used the same as in the last post.

I'm not sure if I like it now though. Oh well we all make cards we are not sure of from time to time.

Any way thanks for looking see you again soon.

Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon

Hi Crafters,

I have two cards to show you today, I hope you like them.

I have been making ribbon flowers.  For this card I have used a cream crocheted ribbon to make the flower, teamed  with cream satin ribbon and kraft card, all mounted on  white card.

For this one I used a silver coloured satin edged chiffon ribbon with a white and silver snowflake centre. The embossed background is Polker dots from Cuttlebug I like these new 5 X 7 folders means you can emboss more card in one go :) This looks so pretty, well I think it does anyway lol.

Well that's all for today. Hope you like them, thanks for looking see you again soon with another card.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Frosty The Snowman Background Tutorial.

Hi Crafters,
As promised in yesterdays post. Here is a little picture tutorial to show you how I did the embossed background to this card.
For this you will need the Cuttlebug Lace Tree embossing folder.
Click on the photo's for a closer look.

This is how the background will look when finished ready to put on card.

1)  I have cut a piece of card 11.5cm X 11.5cm.
Place the card into the Lace Tree folder as shown in the picture. Aline the holly leaves to the edge of the card with the curly swirly part of the tree towards the center of the card.

2)  Place between B plates.
The corners of the card will jut out a bit but don't worry about that.

3) Wind the sandwich through  until the corners of the card touch the side of your die cutter and stop. Then wind it back out towards you again. ( I am using a Bigshot but you can do this with a Cuttlebug as well)

4) So this is what it should look like. Now all you have to do is the same on the other three corners. You will find as you emboss the other corners the pattern overlaps a bit  , this is ok.

5) Here it is again  finished ready to put on the card.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Frosty the Snowman

Hi Crafters,

Sorry I can't stop making these Christmas cards and it's still only August LOL.

Here is a card I made last week. I used Winter Wonderland set of clear stamps from Kanban.
For the embossed background I used the lace tree from Cuttlebug. I will be making a little tutorial to show you how I did this, when I get chance in the next couple of days, so please bare with me.

I kept the water colouring simple for this card, simple seems to work best for

I stamped the snowman three times coloured him and then layered him to give more dimension which works well for this card.

Sorry  my photography skills are not very good  but I think you can just see the layers  in this photo.

Well that's all for today. Thank you for stopping by to take a look. See you again soon.

Friday, 20 August 2010

We three Kings

Hi Crafters,

I have been playing again, this time with Martha Stewart punch around the page set Crown.

I was playing around with these punches to see if I could come up with something a little different.

Here is a little idea for a Christmas card.

I used the corner punch for two of the crowns and the middle crown is what is left behind when you use the border I did need to add a piece of card to this to make it a bit longer. I then applied some glitter and some gems.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Clean and simple lace Tree

Hi Crafters,

Christmas is now on it's way... sorry... Well it\s at least time to start thinking about making our cards.
I have a clean and simple card to show you.

For this card I used the Cuttlebug Lace Tree. I have cut it down because I wanted a small tree and also it is a good way to use up scraps of card stock. I cut a pot for the tree from another scrap of paper.
I used my trusty Swiss Dots for the background.
Kraft card was used for the tree with clear glitter added to give a bit of glitz.

 Greeting and the star were clear stamps from the Kanban clear stamp set used in the last post.

Last year I used the tree whole. Follow the link to see what I did .

Well that's all till next time. Thank you for dropping by. Please leave a comment, I love to hear what you think.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Wooly Santa Bear

Hi Crafters,

I know... it's not Christmas yet but we have to start making the cards some time. And I couldn't resist when these stamps came into the shop this week

Aren't they just adorable.
They are Kanban Clear Stamps
This set is called Wooly Bears Santa Bear.

Here is the card I made with the set.

I used Nestabilities labels two
I stamped the lying down bear on light brown Bazzle card , white card and red paper cut them out and then layered the pieces up. I used a brown liquid chalk to colour the bear a little for the shading.
I stamped the Santa Bear onto clear shrink plastic, coloured  him,  cut him out and then shrunk him with my heat gun to make a charm for the bear to hold.
The greeting and the twinkles are also in the set.

I used my trusty swiss dots to emboss the card.

Hope you like him. Thank you for stopping to take a look. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think. I do love to read your comments. Also any questions you may have about the card I will do my best to answer.
See you again soon with another card.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Step card variation

Hi crafters,
Just a quick post today
As promised in my last post I have a diagram for you for the card I showed you

Card size is 21cm X 29cm
Cut red solid line
Score and fold black dotted lines.

Click on pic for a closer look

Thank you for dropping by.  See again you soon.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Bird Cage

Hi Crafters,

I have another card for you made with the clear stamps from Kanban. I have to say they are a joy to work with.

I used a basic white card cut and folded into a variation of a stepper card.

I stamped in black for a dramatic mono chrome look.

I saw a card shaped like this some where on the internet ( can't remember where sorry ) there was no dimensions with it so I worked out my own. I will post these later. so please bare with me.

Thank you for visiting my little world I hope you like it. See you again soon.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Peacock Blue

Hi Crafters,

This is my third post today. I have to keep myself  busy :)
I have just had in the shop a range of clear stamps from Kanban.

As soon as I saw the stamp set with the peacock in I new I had to have a play with it.

Now I am not very good at colouring in so I stamped up the image up onto patterned paper  then cut it out. I then hi-lighted the stamped peacock with a white gel pen  I used my trusty Cuttlebug Swiss Dots to emboss my card. I stamped a sentiment on a spare piece of card then mounted it and the peacock on the card.then just applied three little gems to finish.

I hope you like it. Thank you for visiting see you again soon.

Using Peeloffs

Hi Crafters,

The next two cards have been made using peeloffs.

The first card is a 3D bauble peeloff sticker which is clear and silver. I applied it to silver card and then cut it out and built up. I used Cuttlebug polka dots embossing folder to emboss part part of the card. A Martha Stewart  punch was used to create a ribbon affect and trimmed with a straight edge peeloff, greeting is also a peeloff.

The next  card is very diffarent.
I first sponged a background using Inkadinks inks on a glossy card stock. I dragged the inked up sponge across the card working my way down the card towards the middle. To get the effect of dunes I used torn paper as a mask and kept moving it as I applied the next layer of ink. Now I have my background I put down the peeloffs onto the card. Hi-light the dunes with glitter and then finished off with a peeloff  greeting.
I then cut the created image down to fit and mount on to a folded card.

I am not a big fan of peeloffs my self but I do think they have a place in card making. Also a beginner  to card making can't always afford stamps, so a peeloff is a good alternative. That is why I produced these to show what can be done with them.
I hope I have given you a couple of ideas.

Thank you for visiting.

The middile is good

Hi Crafters,

Here is what I did with the middles out of the last card.           
I used papers from Dovecraft's Eastern Promise pack.

I couldn't resist using the Cuttlebug Butterfly.
I highlighted the embossing on the punched out circles with a chalk pad. 

I'm not really sure about this card. I think maybe there are too many colours  for me.

I thought you might like to see it anyway. Thank you for stopping by to take a look.