Friday, 30 December 2011

A Ferrero Rocher Wrapper Rose.

Hi Crafter's,

Well that's it all bar the shouting... the presents have all been given, received and opened  ( Did you get what you wanted?) and we have eaten far too much....... Thank goodness Christmas only comes once a year.

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas, whether it be the hectic visiting of family and friends and the endless round of parties, or a quiet stay at home Christmas with your nearest and dearest. For me it was a stay at home with my nearest and dearest. I got lots of lovely presents and of course as usual I got some Ferrero Rocher's. I don't know why but I have to make something with the wrappers ........ and I happen to like roses so I found my self making another one...........


I made the rose in a similar way you make them when making them out of polymer clay or sugar craft. I modelled each petal from the gold wrappers, (4 petals from one wrapper ) the leaves from the paper cups, I used beading wire and one wrapper to help make the stem.


Well that's it for now so if I don't get time to post tomorrow I would like to wish you a Very Happy 2012. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting my little corner of the crafting world. I have loved reading all your comments and visiting your blogs.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
To Everyone


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Christmas Door Tutorial

Hi Crafter's

I don't know what the weather has been like where you are but it has been pretty foggy here all day. As a result the poor dog didn't get his 6 mile walk today. I did take him for a run in the fields. You couldn't see from one side of the field to the other so at times I couldn't see Dan.

Oh well on a brighter note I have a little tutorial for you. I have had a couple of requests for me to show how the door card was done.
The original post is here
You will need 2 sheets of A4 card 1 for cutting and 1 for your card blank.

A piece of mirri card for the letter box and door knob.

I'm using a Fiskars paper trimmer to cut and emboss all the pieces of this card.

1) From 1 sheet of A4 card cut your panels for the door.

2 pieces @ 4cm X 6cm
2 pieces @ 4cm X 9cm
and
2 pieces @ 4.5cm X 6.5cm
2 pieces @ 4.5cm X 9.5cm

2) With the right side down on the board, Emboss a 0.5cm border around the 4cm X 6cm and 4cm X 6cm pieces.
3) Now turn the pieces over with right side up. Make a bevelled edge by putting the edge of the card piece over the channel  of the cutter and emboss the edge of the card on all four sides.

 In the above pic hopefully you can the 2 pieces that have been embossed


4) On the 4.5cm X 6.5cm and 4.5 X 9.5cm pieces, emboss the bevelled edge only on all 4 sides of each piece.
In the pic above hopefully you can see the bevelled edge pieces on the left hand side of the picture.

5) Now the pieces need to be glued together
Add spots of craft glue to the back of 4cm X 6cm and 4cm X 9cm pieces
and glue them to the 4.5cm X 6.5cm and the 4.5cm X 9.5cm pieces.

In this next  view you can see 2 complete panels. When you have 4 panels glue them to the front of your card blank.
6) Sore and fold the remaining A4 sheet of card in half to make an A5 card.
Arrange the panels on the front of your card blank


Leave a 1cm gap between the top 2 panels and a 1cm gap between the bottom 2 panels.

and leave a 2cm gap between the top 2 panels and the bottom 2 where the letter box sits.

For the letter box cut a piece of mirri card 1cm  X  2.5cm and stick in place with sticky pads.

Punch a 1cm circle and emboss with a large embossing tool to shape in to a door knob and stick in place with sticky pads.

I hope you understand the instructions if any thing is unclear let me know. Enjoy. Let me know how you get on.

Thank you for visiting. I will see you again soon.


Monday, 14 November 2011

A Bead Adventure

Hi Crafter's,

Normally my craft is card making but every now and then I like a change. Well this weekend I have made myself a beaded necklace.



I  used seed beads and stone chips, the chips are of two different colours. Aqua and brown. I'm not a seasoned beader so I used a tried and tested simple spiral rope design . I used the seed bead as the core bead and the stone chips for the spiral part.  Using the stone chips totally changes the look of the the rope.

I think it true what they say a change is as good as a rest. Tomorrow it's back to the card making. Thanks for visiting. I will see you again soon with another creation.

Monday, 7 November 2011

A Clarity Stamp Christmas

Hi Crafter's



I have more cards made with the Noel stamp  from Clarity Stamps.

This is a one layer card. The stamped Noel is masked off and the background is sponged inside the O then I have over stamped with the Camels. I then masked off Noel again but this time I have sponged in the background outside The O. I used torn paper as one of the masks to create the sand dunes.

This next card was made in a similar way.

First mask of a the area where you don't want ink, in this case I cut a hole in a piece of paper the same size of the card.
I then ripped a strip of some more paper and laid that over the hole then cut another circle and cut a part of it away to make a crescent moon and from the sticky part of a post-it-note.
Sponge in the sky.
Over stamp with the Images you have in your stash. In the case I have used more stamps from Clarity Stamps. I just love them.
Then I have taken away the masks and then stamped around the out side with a corner snowflake stamp.
To finish off I stamped the Mice.

For both cards I used Memento ink pads to sponge the backgrounds Summer Sky and Paris Dusk. Also Paris Dusk was used to stamp the images.

Thank you for visiting my little blog. I'll see you again soon with another creation soon.

If you pop along to 1st unique gifts for Handmade Monday  you will see a whole load of other blogs to tempt you with there hand crafted goodies. There are some very talented people out there.

A Fantasy Fibre NOEL

Hi Crafter's,

Well it is a wet and miserable Monday afternoon. I do hope the weather is better where you are.

On to today's card .

Here I have inked up a Clarity Noel stamp with Memento Paris Dusk, laid some of fantasy fibres over the image.then placed a heat proof sheet over the top of the fibres. Then with a hot iron, ironed over the lot.


This was just an experiment but it turned out so well I had to use it....... I love the effect.

It was a quick card to make, it took me longer to lay the fibres into a mat, ready for the stamp than it took me to make the card blank and to fix the finished embellishment to the card.

Well thanks for looking see you again soon.

 

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Just one more character

Hi Crafter's,

Last week I posted a couple of character cards,  I mentioned I could see a cat as a card, so, here it is.


To build the face I used circle and heart punches. I have had so much fun with these.

I know I said I would post the dimensions for these cards in a couple of days. Oh well better late than never...


To make these cards I used a card fold I found on SplitcostStampers and a tutorial can be found there.

I used A4 card stock so had to change the measurements to suit.
Click on the image below to get a closer look.


Let me know if  you find this useful.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you like what you see . See you again soon with another card. 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

A couple of Side Spring Card Characters.

Hi Crafter's

Sorry it's been a couple of weeks since my last post.

I have a feeling you might forgive me though. I have a couple of cute little characters to show you. I got the idea for these from HERE at Splitcoststampers, there is also a great tutorial for the card fold.

 These cards are both made on a side spring card.  As I work with A4 card most of the time I have made these from A4 card, so had to change the measurements to suit. I will put these on the blog in the next couple of days, so watch  this space.
As soon as I saw the card as a blank I knew what I wanted to do.

Well that's all for now I hope you like them, let me know what you think.
Thank you for visiting. See you again soon.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Draw a branch

Hi Crafter's

This card was inspired by Paint Fusion, one stroke painting it's a technique  I couldn't quite master. I had a few practice attempts they were ok-ish I suppose but I wasn't happy with the results . Later I got the idea to have a go with my Art and Graphic pens. After a few more practice runs I was much happier. I was now ready to draw the branch on to my card blank.

 Ready to decorate with a pine cone I made, three peeloff baubles and a ribbon bow.
I did this in the class on Thursday night and the Ladies where surprised how easy the branch was to draw.

Well that's all for now, let me know what you think. I do love hearing from you :)
Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Up Up and away in my beautiful balloon.

Hi Crafter's

This is a quick and excited post to night.  For my birthday last month my DH bought me a ticket for a balloon flight.

Waa Hoooooo .... I went this afternoon and it was fantastic, brilliant, absolutely superb.
I have taken loads of pic's but I won't bore you with them all.

Yes the balloon is in that little bag.

    Unpacked.... now to blow it up....
Later we have to get in there with it lying down like that 
Here we are nearly ready to go....

Here we go, waving good bye to D H.....

We are on our way... Up Up and Away..


Well That's all for now I will post some more pics later this week.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Window stepper card.

Hi Crafter's,

Hope you have had a good weekend.

I have been playing with more Marianne Design Creatables, this time I have been using a Poinsettia cutter. I love these cutters.
I like a classic looking Christmas card.

Here it is again but this time cut out in white.

 The church window is a peeloff and I have cut out the card within the window.
The stamp used on both cards is a Clarity stamp.

Well that's all for now, thank you for visiting and I'll see you again soon.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Holly corner frame

Hi Crafter's

I have another card to show. I used a holly corner stamp from Clarity Stamps to create a frame.
Then stamped a tree ( also from Clarity Stamps ) on a separate piece of card stock, cut it out and mounted it on foam pads to one side of the frame.
Inside the frame I used one of the village die cutters used in my last post.

Well that's all for now. I hope you like it. Thank you for visiting and I'll see you again soon.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Santa's Slaigh

Hi Crafter's

I hope you've had a good weekend.

Here is a card I made a couple of weeks ago.
For this card I used the "Marianne Design Creatables" cutters
I added a sprinkle of glammer dust for a bit of sparkle.






                                                            
            
       










              

                  


Monday, 12 September 2011

Open the door to Christmas....

Hi Crafter's
Here is a little classic card for you. I really like clean and simple looking cards.


The wreath on this card was made with ribbon and the greeting is hand written.
Here is a link of a tutorial  by Sue Wilson.
To make my wreath I used  1.5 mtr  of  3mm ribbon. I worked the ribbon until it was about 11cm.

The only tools used in making this was my trusty Fiskars trimmer, Hougie embossing board and a black fine liner pen.

Thank you for visiting I hope you enjoyed your visit. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. I do love reading your comments.  See you again soon.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Kanban Music

Hi Crafter's

Just a quick little post tonight before I go to bed.

Here is something different for the music lover I hope. I was playing with a set of stamps from Kanban and the T H Tatty flower.....

and this is what I came up with. Sometimes when I start playing I don't know what I'm going to end up with but I was quite happy with the end result.

 

I hope you like it and thank you for visiting. I will see you again soon with another card. 

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Inking "Less is More" Challenge week 28

Hi Crafter's

I have joined in this week with the challenge over at "Less is More" the brief this week is a one layer card using ink. It's been a while since I have joined in with a challenge.

This appealed to me and thought I would have a go. I have not messed about with ink in this way before.
Using distress refill inks.

For my first attempt I dropped a few spots of colour onto a glass cutting mat. I then masked off the area of my card blank where I didn't want any colour and I then pressed my card onto the ink, then blotted away the excess ink with a scrap piece of paper.
 The inking looked a bit like a stormy sky so I stamped the grass and the birds and the sentiment.














I enjoyed this so much I had to have another go but when I tried doing it the same way all I got was a muddy mess. The first was a fluke.
So for my next card I used the ink refills again but this time I used just two colours this time I spread them on to an acrylic block and then stamped that onto my card blank.


This looked a bit brighter so I used a poppy stamp from Clarity Stamps coloured using Zig Art and Graphic twin tip pens.








I felt I had more control this way so had another go with the same method.



I wasn't sure whether or not I liked this one and was unsure if I should finish it or chuck it in the bin..........









I decided to stamp it with balloon stamps from Clarity Stamps. and a sentiment from Hobby Art sentiment set.
I'm still not  sure about this but thought I would show it to you anyway.

I enjoyed making these cards with this method cos you never know what you are going to get and that was half the fun.  Thanks Chrissie and Mandi for the challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and paying my little blog a visit. Let me know what you think I do love reading your comments.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Another envelope formula

Hi Crafter's

As promised in my last post my formula for working out paper size for rectangle envelopes.

So here goes..........
This tut is for a rectangle card

1) Cut a piece of scrap paper or card to the size of the card you need to make the envelope for.
Click on images to get a better view.

 2) Draw lines from corner to corner as shown in the above diagram.

3) Measure the distance between point "A" and point "B" add 1cm then times by 2, now measure the distance between points "C" and "D" and add this to your first figure,  this will then give you the size of the paper square that needs to be cut for your envelope.

So for instance if your card is 14cm X 24cm the measurement between point "A" and point "B" would be 10cm + 1cm = 11cm x 2 = 22cm. Add to the measurement between point "C" and "D" 7.2cm round this up to the nearest half cm 7.5cm = 22cm = 29.5cm
I find it better to round up the second measurement to the nearest half cm.

To make the envelope for the size shown above cut the paper 29.5cm square.


 As with the square card
Place card on your paper as shown in diagram above.
Score paper about 3mm from the card on all four sides as shown in blue.
Then fold your envelope on the score lines.
Trim the long sides of the envelope  if necessary.

I hope this is clear and that you find it useful.
Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Making Envelopes

Hi Crafter's,

What a beautiful day it has been today. The sun is shining here on little old Heanor.

 Well I don't have a card for you but I do have a little tutorial.
From time to time we need to make an envelope for a card that dose not fit a regular sized, ready made envelope.  Unless you are good at guessing what size paper you need to make the envelope it can be a bit of a hit and miss affair and a waste of paper if you get it wrong. So I have come up with a formula to work out the size of paper needed for the card.

 So here goes..........
This tut is for a square card

1) Cut a piece of scrap paper or card to the size of the card you need to make the envelope for.


2) Draw lines from corner to corner as shown in the above diagram.

3) Measure the distance between point "A" and point "B" add 1cm then times by 2, this figure will then give you the size of the paper square that needs to be cut for your envelope.

So for instance if your card is 12cm square the measurement between point "A" and point "B" would be 8.5cm + 1cm = 9.5cm x 2 = 19cm.
This formula works for any size square.

To make the envelope for the size shown above cut the paper 19cm square.


Place card on your paper as shown in diagram above.
Score paper about 3mm from the card on all four sides as shown in blue.
Then fold your envelope on the score lines.

I hope you understand this tut and is of use to you.
I will in my next post show how to work out an envelope for a rectangle card.

Thank you for visiting and I will see you again very soon.