• A simple pen pot with a leafy die cut border

    Monday, 14 April, 2014

    Last week I shared a little project I did using a lid from a canister. Well, I couldn't just throw away the canister, could I?

    A simple pen pot came to my mind.

    I first covered the canister with a strip of paper, but as the background is pretty I left the top and bottom show. I used magnets from inside and outside to secure the paper in place while the wet glue dried. That allowed me to do other things while it dried.

    I die cut the border using white card and the Leafy Border. Where the ends come together I I trimmed the edges a bit so the joined part is not as obvious. 

     I then die cut thin foam with a Framelit circle. Framelits are not warrantied to die cut foam, but some may do if the foam is really thin and the dies has a simple blade design. This foam is to be placed on the bottom of the pot so that I can place scissors upside down and the blade or the bottom wont get damaged.

     And here you have. A pretty simple but effective pen pot. And free!

  • A big photo magnet with die cut flowers

    Monday, 7 April, 2014

    I love boxes, tins and anything in between. I can't bare to throw away anything, just in case I find a function or a project for it.

    So, it came to no surprise when I could not bare to throw away this canister with metallic top and bottom. It was actually the lid that first capture my imagination to create a big photo magnet. I used the Circle and Circles #2 Framelits dies through out the project to cut the circles.

    The great thing about combining both framelits sets is that you can create really thin frames, like I needed to for the edge of the metal lid. I selected the right two sizes and die cut first the smallest one.

    Then, I placed the larger one on to the die cut paper. Usually you can die cut both at the same time, but this two dies are so close in size that it would be impossible to do so. I secured the Framelit die with a few pieces of low tack tape. As you can see it is a really thin circle frame.

    For the centre, I decided on using this photo of my husband and I at one of our favourite places in Mallorca - where I grew up. Another joy of the framelits is that you can see exactly where you die cut, no cut faces anymore! To create a small metallic frame around, I used the larger circle die cut from the Circle Wrappers die set, which contains two different sized circle dies not included in the other two.

    Finally I added some flowers that I die cut using the Intricate Flowers and the Bunch of Flowers framelits sets. Finally I added a strong magnet to the back, covered it with strong tape and secure it with a piece of round paper. 

    And here it it is finished, used to hold one of my nieces drawings.

    Come back next week to see what I did with the other part of the box.

  • A fabric card using the Big Shot Starter Kit

    Saturday, 22 February, 2014

    Last weekend was a busy one as Stitches, the UK Craft Trade show, took place in Birmingham. I had a blast as usual and I must say that the Sizzix stand was the most impressive one. Pete, Debi and Angela did an outstanding job with all the areas and samples, as well as the rest of the marketing team who made it all come together.

    On thursday I attended a "Love your Sewing Machine" workshop because I really needed to get to grips with my sewing machine. It inspired to use it more, including with some paper projects. I got also some small fabric bundles, perfect for die cutting using the Bigz die that comes in the Starter Kit.

    I die cut the circles using the large and small circle dies on the Bigz die. I then layered them on white card and sew them on the machine making inverted L shapes.

    To create a frame on the card I created a template using the framelits from Rectangles 2 and some heavyweight card. Then I placed it on the card centred and with a 0.3 pen I traced round. 

    I did a dot in each corner. Then I die cut a black circle using the larger Framelit from the Starter Kit. Then I layered on top one of the Craftwork Cards Messages In circles. Finally I added a circle of self adhesive rhinestones.

    I just love the texture of the fabric mixed with the card and the rhinestones. I hope you like it too!

  • Acetate embossed card

    Saturday, 25 January, 2014

    Hello and Happy belated New Year!

    Today I am sharing another technique for texture impressions folders. This one is using acetate and texture paste.

    I used the Sizzix Winter Leaves folder and the acetate of the XL Bigz dies packaging - yes, I am one of those crafters that keep everything!  

    I trimmed the acetate to measure 5" x  10" and folded in half. Then I embossed it placing the folder in the middle.

    Using a palette knife I put the paste - I used Decoart's Modelling Paste because it is very lightweight, something to consider for this technique. Cover the whole area and using the same palette knife remove as much excess as possible.

    To create the insert, I cut two pieces of paper - I used Carte Postale by Basic Grey - one to measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and the darker one 4" x 4" . I glue the lighter one from the inside and then the darker one from the back. this way it hides away the adhesive.

    Finally I added a sticker and button. I just love the shabby chic look! I hope you do too.

  • Fridge Magnets

    Saturday, 28 December, 2013

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Some of us (looking at you mr super talented Pete Hughes - happy belated birthday!) also celebrate our birthdays on Christmas Day, so it is even more special. I have spent these days with the family and I must admit they have been rather eventful in a good way, except for a tooth issue. A tale for another day!

    Anyway, today I am sharing one project I have done as a Christmas present for my nephew Laith, who is 18 months old. I wanted him to have number magnets on his fridge Nd instead of buying them I made them myself using the Numbers Bigz die from the serif essentials collection.

    I first die cut them three times using mount board (the stuff to frame pictures, but any really thick card will do too). Then I used strong magnetic sheet.

    I glue all three die cuts of the same number together and peel off the back and attached to the mount board numbers.

    Then I proceed to paint them using good acrylic paints like Paperarsty Fresco.

    Once dry I clean the excess acrylic paint on the magnetic back, coat them with a clear non toxic child friendly varnish, and voila, they were done!

    PS Laith loves them!

  • Christmas Leftovers (Part 2)

    Wednesday, 18 December, 2013

    Here we are again, the gift that keeps on giving! more bits and bobs from the box marked 'I don't know what to do with that scrap of paper (button, ribbon scrap, trinket, die cut etc) right now but I'm sure it will come in handy someday!'

    I do love the freestyle collage style which I must admit I find quite difficult but it does get easier once you start to get your head around it. I had so much fun last week that I made 3 cards at once so I hope you don't mind if I spread them out a bit?

    This card again features a die from Paula's Winter Moments range, namely the Winter Elements decorative strip which is another one of those super-useful dies which you will be reaching for time and time again. The sheet music comes from Tim Holtz' 8 x 8 seasonal paper stash pad.

    I started by scrunching up scraps of black and white card before using them to die cut the two snowflakes. The white snowflake was distressed using pale blue paint applied with my fingertip and the black snowflake was gently rubbed with silver gilding wax.

    I trimmed the music score and scrunched the edges before lightly distressing with a sanding pad I also cut out the' peace definition' which I created using my PC and printed onto graph paper. I attached both to a white base card alongside a strip of blue patterned card.

    I picked out a scrap of  pink ribbon and threaded it through a jewelled buckle before attaching the snowflakes with assorted brads. Finally, a few tiny 2mm pearls around the grey snowflake and I'm all done.

    Next week (Christmas Day) Part 3!

  • Christmas Leftover's

    Thursday, 12 December, 2013

    Don't worry! we're not making cards smeared with sprouts and cranberry sauce. The leftovers that I refer too are those bits and pieces that we all keep in nooks and crannies stashed around our craft room. Little bits of decorative paper that are just too good to throw away, odd buttons, trinkets and of course die cuts.

    The great thing about the freestyle collage style of card making is that anything goes, there's no right or wrong and a s long as you are happy with the visual balance then who's to tell you it aint perfect?

    This is one of my favourite styles of card making although it is a bit hit and miss and you will spend forever moving the various elements around the blank space but it's so rewarding when it all clicks into place.

    I used dies by one of my favourite designers of all time, the wonderful Ms Paula Pascual. I chose the wonderful Christmas Tree Framelits and the super-useful Doilies set.

    Before I go on, I should tell you that I'm not going to itemize every thing I use simply because I have no idea either what it is called or where I got it from, Its STASH!!!

    I die cut the tree from Kraft board and randomly applied some pale green acrylic paint with my fingertip. Next, I went to my online dictionary and typed in the word 'Joy' (the other two are for the coming weeks) I typed up the definition in a typewriter font and printed it onto graph paper before triming it to size and lightly inking with 'Old Paper' Distress ink.

    I die cut a doily from Core'dinations card stock and lightly sanded around the edges,Next I mounted it onto a base card with a piece of green patterned card stock, before adding a strip of news type paper and my printed phrase. I then added an ornate button alongside a threaded wooden button.

    Finally, added assorted pearls and gems to the tree and news type strip along with a couple of staples and there we have it. 

  • Christmas Card mix and match

    Saturday, 30 November, 2013

    Christmas is coming so it is time for a quick Christmas card.

    I always leave it to the last minute, if the last day for Christmas post is the 20th, I will make them franticly on the 19th. Seriously. Never learn.

    For thise one I thought it would be a good idea to use elements from different sets from The Winter Moments collection:

    I just then layered on a white card (6 x 6 inches) and one I was happy with the position I glue the bits to the front of the card.

    Well, now, I really should make a start on those Christmas cards...

  • Hexagonal Birthday

    Tuesday, 12 November, 2013

    This week I am sharing with you a really simple Birthday card idea using hexagons, this shape seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment and the different sized hexagons in the Framelits set are great for the smallest cards or large 12x12" scrapbook formats.

    The card is for my niece's 22nd Birthday, she loves cycling so I based the colour scheme around a gorgeous retro cycle brad.

    The dies that I used are...

    The flower is from the Big Shot Starter Kit but any small die-cut flower would work equally well.
    I have embossed some of the hexagons using...

    Draw around the third largest hexagon in the set of Framelits and then tape the hexagon a size larger over this drawing and cut out.

    Die-cut the smaller hexagon from a rectangle of yellow card the same size as your card blank.

    Stick the yellow card rectangle to the card front using PVA. Emboss a grey rectangle of card and then stick this into position along side the hexagon aperture.

     Stick other die-cut rectangles to the card front and then trim away the excess. Print the sentiment using a PC & Printer and then die-cut this with the smaller rectangle.

    Stick acetate to the inside of your card, covering the aperture and securing with double-sided tape. Use the same tape to stick the printed hexagon to the front as shown.

    Complete the card with additional strips of card, small embossed rectangle and a die-cut flower decorated with a brad and stuck down with a small foam pad.

    I would never normally chose this colour scheme but I'm really pleased with the result...all down to one cute brad! Have a great week :)

  • Snowflakes on Acetate Card

    Saturday, 26 October, 2013

    I love floating snowflakes, the best way to achieve that look on a card is by using acetate. However acetate is tricky. Here you have a simple idea on how to do it properly.

    First problem is how to attach things on to acetate. The best way is to use dry adhesives - double side tape, sticky dots...

    The second problem is the lack of white card to write the message on. Solution, a die cut - I used the Fancy Banners Framelit set - in the inside and outside of the back. This will offer you a white card on the back of the card to write your message. By putting another die cut on the inside, it means that the adhesive is completely covered as well.

    To create the snowflakes I first stamped five using the Snowflakes 2. I used ultra smooth card and Versafine Deep Lagoon ink.

     Once I die cut them with the matching Framelit die, I joined them with a tiny drop of white glue. Then on the back, I attached a glue dot.

    Once attached to the acetate card front, of course the glue dot shows from the inside. Not to worry, I just die cut the centers  - this set comes with dies for each snowflake center - and attached them with glue dots to the inside of the card to cover them up perfectly.

    To add the message, I stamped it using some of my personal clear stamps and then die cut it using one of the Tags for Sentiments Framelit set.

    Simple, but I think it is rather effective!
    I hope you like it too.

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