Saturday, 24 September 2016

Star Fairy Shaker Card – Simply Creative Lavender Dreams

When I saw the new batch of Dovecraft Value Dies from +Trimcraft Ltd I knew I just had to have the Fairy die set.  This little set also includes some stars too and so a theme of stars teamed with my favourite purple colours was the inspiration for this Design Team card.  The Simply Creative Lavender Dreams papers have lots of purple shades and were perfect for this Star Fairy Shaker card.  I have positioned the fairy as if she is watching the top star whilst the other stars are falling from the sky, or perhaps she is just bathing in the starlight.

 Step By Step:
  1. Take a Dovecraft 6x6 White card with fold across top.  Cut Lavender Dreams pattern paper approx. 5.5” square and mat onto slightly larger square of purple paper (Dovecraft Colours pack) using d/s tape.  Adhere to card front.

  2. Die cut Repeat Pattern borders (FEDIE122) from white card and back with striped lavender Dreams paper using clear drying glue’.  Adhere borders across lower section of card.
  3. Create a star shaped shaker using the largest and 2nd largest dies in the nesting star dies set (FEDIE137X16) to create a star shaped frame.  I have cut frame again using Dovecraft Foam to create height (or you can use 3D foam pads). Add Dovecraft acetate on top of foam, trim to size and then adhere the Lavender Dreams paper frame on top.  

    Turn star shaker upside down and fill with silver and purple sequins and white glitter card stars cut using the Dovecraft Fairy die set). Adhere a star shaped backing to the shaker using card covered with Lavender Dreams paper to seal the shaker.  Attach shaker to card, with point to the top, using d/s tape and glue.
  4. Die cut a fairy (Dovecraft Value Dies) from white and purple glitter cards, using the purple to infill the wings. Glue Fairy to bottom left on shaker card.  Glue large star to top point.

    Use Simply Creative Silver alpha stickers to spell out ‘STAR’ and position to top left. 
    To finish decorate card with die cut stars and glitter dots.
Materials List:
Simply Creative FSC Paper Pad 6x6 Lavender Dreams

Friday, 23 September 2016

Mirabelle ‘Waiting’ Bow Card – Santoro Mirabelle collection -Trimcraft

Hello, Sharing a +Trimcraft Ltd  Design Team project with you today.  The characters in the new Santoro Mirabelle collection are simply stunning, I particularly love the stamps and for my first stamped design I chose the ‘Waiting’ character.
For the bow on the front, I created these templates on my Cricut Explore in Design Space (followers of my Blog and Facebook page can message me for the file link) or you can create your own bow shape using loops of double sided Mirabelle paper or use a template if you prefer.

 Step By Step:
  1. Score & fold white card to create a card base measuring approx. 8” x 5 ¾” in landscape position.  From the 12x12 Mirabelle paper pad, cut rose patterned paper to cover the front panel, inking around the edges with a brown ink before attaching with d/s tape.
  2. Cut a smaller rectangle approx. 6 ½” x 4 ¼” of grey patterned paper, ink with brown ink and then adhere to card front using d/s tape (positioning this panel more towards the top of the card).  Tape a length of Mirabelle ribbon to just go over the edges of the card front, fish tail ends, and then glue in place along the bottom of the smaller paper panel.

  3. Cut the Bow parts from double sided Mirabelle papers, pink rose for the top box and brown stripe for the bottom bow.  Again ink all cut edges with brown ink and then bend and glue the loops into place onto the card front.  Add 2 bow tails.
  4. Stamp the ‘waiting’ girl character onto white card using brown ink and colour with First Edition markers.  Add extra highlights with a white gel pen and edge around the image with a light grey marker pen.

    When complete, glue a frame around her (from Decoupage pad) and trim card flush with edges.  Apply a little brown ink coming into the white around the girl from the edges of the frame.  Adhere stamped image to centre of bow on card front using layered 3D foam and a dab of glue.
  5. Cut satin ribbon (from Mirabelle Satin Tags) into 2 different size lengths, fish tail 1 end of each piece and add to card front at each side of card front, coming down from the top.  Add a Glitter glue dot to the end of each.  Add the satin tag ‘Just for you’ across the stamped image and onto the bow at RH side.
  6. Take 2 green leaves (Simply Creative) and a Mirabelle yellow rose, ink the rose with brown ink and assemble with the leaves at bottom RH corner of card.
    To finish add a Pearl Charm to top left of card and 3 glitter dots to bottom left.
 Products Used:

First Edition Twin Markers - Browns

Monday, 19 September 2016

Ballet Shadow Box Birthday Card

Hello, I've had a little break from blogging for a couple of weeks, but I'm back and raring to go, so here's a new project to share with you.

I like to find ways to create interesting cards that display nicely but also fold down to fit into an envelope for posting.  This shadow box style seemed perfect to display the Ballet Dancer character ‘on stage’ from the Whiz Kids collection.  Such a cute collection of co-ordinating papers and embellishments in modern bright colours and patterns, perfect for children’s makes.

Step by Step: 
  1. Create a simple shadow box base as follows: cut 2 pieces of pink card approx. 14.5cm x 24.5cm long.  Place card on a scoring board long ways across and score at 3” and 5”, turn card and score the other end the same.  Do this to both strips of card, scoring and folding a mountain and valley fold at each side.
    Cut Star Pattern Whiz Kids paper to cover the centre panel of 1 strip, cut striped Whiz Kids paper approx. 5 cm high and cover bottom of star paper using d/s tape to adhere.
  2. Take undecorated strip of pink card and carefully cut a circle into the centre panel (use a circle cutter or die approx. 10.5 cm dia. Take pink heart pattern paper and cut a scallop circle into the centre, (FE nesting dies FEDIE071) slightly larger than circle aperture. Adhere paper to card front so the circle aperture is central, trim paper flush with card.

  3. Cut 2 strips of pink ballet & princess pattern paper to cover end panels each side of card front piece.  Use Dovecraft silver glitter glue to edge around paper panels on sides, card front and top of striped paper stage.  Apply dots of Pink 3D enamel effects around the scalloped circle and leave to dry.

  4. Assemble die cut ballet dancer using 3D foam pads and stick to a strip of acetate using clear drying glue.  Glue acetate strip to back of aperture circle ensuring dancer is positioned centrally, trim off excess acetate.
  5. Decorate inside shadow box by using Whiz Kids stickers direct onto the star pattern paper.  Add a decoupage cat onto the ‘stage’ too.

    Assemble Shadow box by simply adding adhesive to the 2 long strips at each side of card (with pattern paper on them) and adhering to their matching back strip at each side.
  6. Finish decorating front of Shadow box by die cutting a ticket (FE Fun Fair dies FEDIE058 ) and layering using Whiz Kids papers, adhere to bottom Left of card front. 

    Apply Happy Birthday sticker across bottom of aperture.  Cut bunting out from pattern paper and glue across top of card front, leaving edges to curl up.
    Thread a length of twine with heart shaped buttons and glue across top right of card, leaving space for bunting to be added.  Use bright yellow bunting and add a heart sticker to each, using 3D foam pads to hold bunting in place.
  7. To finish glue 3 Simply Creative large heart buttons to bottom right and top each with a clear adhesive gem.

    If you press down on card front, it will bring in the sides to enable the card to fit into an envelope.

    Materials List: 

    Whiz Kids Gems


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Autumn Themed Card - Step by Step Tutorial

Hello, another week has gone by so fast, these hot lazy days of summer won't last and soon it will be Autumn.  In preparation this week the Design Team are working on the themes of Autumn or Custom Backgrounds and are working with a Special Offer ‘Gold Sandgrain’ card , the featured stock card this week is ‘Mocha Brown’.  I have chosen the autumn theme using the Gold Sandgrain, Mocha Brown, and White Linen card along with some simple stamping and water colouring to create a Thank You card.
The Sandgrain card is a lovely gold colour and has a beautiful textured effect, it die-cuts perfectly through my Big Shot machine (even with my worn out plates) and doesn’t lose any of its texture.  I have used it here to highlight the leaf panels, adding a touch of luxury to the design and complementing the gold detail embossing.  This is a really great card to have in your stash and will be especially good for Christmas makes as well as autumn and all year round really.
Step by Step:
Take a scrap piece of card (I am using an offcut of PMD White Felt embossed from my stash)  Apply Watercolour inks in autumnal shades swishing over the card randomly, I am using Oak House Studio Bramley Apple Green, Vintage Sepia & Juicy Orange diluted with water.  Use a brush loaded with diluted vintage sepia and flick it onto the card to create extra splashes of interest.  Leave card to dry or speed it up by using a heat gun.

 Using versamark ink, stamp 3 different leaves onto the water coloured card.  Sprinkle with gold detail embossing powder, tip off excess powder and emboss using a heat gun until the powder has melted.
Use Scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut out each leaf leaving a small border all around.  Using nesting dies (I’m using FE torn edge dies) cut 3 larger squares (approx. 2 ¼”) from Papermilldirect Gold Sandgrain and 3 smaller squares (approx. 2”) from PMD Mocha Brown Card.

Layer the smaller squares centrally on top of the gold Sandgrain squares using glue or d/s tape.  Add a leaf to each matted square using 3D foam pads.  Shape the leaves a little so the edges ruffle up to give texture.

Create a card blank by scoring & folding an A4 sheet of Papermilldirect White Linen card and trim to create a 5” x 7” standard card base.
Cut a strip of Papermilldirect Mocha Brown card and cut a fancy edge along the bottom using decorative scissors (I’m used Victorian Edged).  Stamp a Thank You sentiment at RH side using versamark ink and heat emboss with gold detail embossing powder.  Adhere strip across bottom of card using double sided tape.   Arrange the 3 leaf panels on card front overlapping them and the the sentiment strip.  Glue down when happy with placement.

This is a simple card design that could easily be adapted for other occasions, the autumnal colours would work well for a male themed card. 

Materials Used:
Torn Edge Nesting Dies – First Edition
Victorian Edged Creative Scissors – Dovecraft
Plus, D/S Tape, 3D Foam Pads, Glue, Versamark embossing pad

Monday, 1 August 2016

Twist Turn Card - Step By Step Tutorial

Hello, I have a new Step By Step Tutorial to share with you.  This week the Papermilldirect Design Team are working on the theme of ‘Twist Turn’ cards, these are great little cards to make adding an extra fun element to your designs.  There is also a new Special Offer card:  Natural White Matt 260gsm which I am using to make my Twist Turn card this week:

Step By Step:
There are lots of videos and instructions online for Twist Turn cards, (this version is adapted from the June Issue of Quick Cards magazine) Trim an A4 sheet of PMD Natural White Matt (special offer card) to measure approx. 21.5cm x 14cm.  Daw a central line across the sheet, then mark a line down at 7cm and another at 10cm.  Draw the diagonal lines from 7cm to centre line at 10cm and do the same in reverse for the bottom diagonal.  Score and fold all lines: the 7cm line down will be a mountain fold, the 10cm line down will be a valley fold. The small diagonals will be mountain fold. And the centre score will be mountain fold to create the card base.  Crease folds firmly using a crease mouse or flat scoring tool.
Take a pieces of PMD Natural White Matt card and watercolour, I’m using Peacock Green Colour Chemistry inks and a water brush.  Add random spatters of Jubilee Blue and Vintage Sepia inks by flicking them from the end of a brush.  Blot with a paper towel, then leave to dry or use a heat gun for speed.
Stamp text onto 1 piece of the water coloured card using Triple Blue Skies inkpad to give an ombre effect.  I am using the OHS ‘English Garden Words stamp’ as it is a nice size to fit the card panels.  Leave to dry or speed up using a heat gun.
Using versamark ink, stamp a medium sunflower image onto scrap PMD Natural White Matt card and sprinkle with gold detail embossing powder.
Tip off excess embossing powder and pour back into pot for next time.  Use a heat gun to heat emboss the image until all the powder has melted and it has turned a lovely gold colour.  Colour the sunflower with shades of yellow and orange, I’m using the Triple Sunshine Yellows inkpad, along with Citrus Yellow, and Juicy Orange inks.
Continue adding as much detail to the sunflower as you wish with the inks, I have used a reddish brown colour ink to make the centre darker and add more shading to the petals.  Add a colour wash around the outside edges and when dry cut around the sunflower using scissors or craft knife.

Ink around the card base edges and outer folds using orange inks to add definition.  Trim the text stamped panel to approx. 10.5cm x 6.5cm and adhere to card front, add a matching panel (without text) to the back, adhere using d/s tape and /or glue.  Add 6.5cm squares of water-coloured card to the 2 square panels and small triangles to the LH inner folds if desired.

Diecut a ‘Thanks’ sentiment from PMD Black Card and add to text panel using glue to adhere.  Add 3D foam pads to back of sunflower and add to the front square of the twist turn card.
I was really impressed with how the Papermilldirect Natural White Matt card takes the watercolour inks and the heat embossing with no pilling or warping,  it scores and folds beautifully and is a perfect weight for these card styles, so it’s a versatile all round card to have in your stash.
Have you made any Twist Turn cards using papermilldirect cardstocks?, don’t forget to post your makes over on the PMD facebook page, so we can take a peek, Angela x

Materials Used:
Plus: Versmark Inkpad (or embossing inkpad), D/S Tape, Glue, 3D foam pads

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Happy Days 3D Sandcastle Easel Card - Belle and Boo - Trimcraft DT

Hello, Today I'm sharing this DT Project I created for +Trimcraft Ltd .  Living at the seaside, I was very drawn to the gorgeous Belle & Boo II Ice-cream stamp set, cute nostalgic images of characters and shells teamed with fun Ice Cream stamps too.  Immediately I thought of childhood playing on the sand, using Kraft card to inspire a sandcastle theme.  Using an easel card shape allowed me to create a larger than life sandcastle as the backdrop for Belle & Boo.  I thought the striped ribbon reminded me of the sea and the dotty papers of sand. Using acetate to attach the characters gave a more 3D depth to the scene and also they wobble when touched giving an extra interactive element.  I absolutely adore this stamp set and looking at this card reminds me of childhood.

 Step By Step:
  1. Take a 5 x7” Kraft card blank, score & fold the front to create an easel card.  Cover inside base and top half of easel card with blue pattern paper from the 6x6 pack, ink edges with light brown ink before adhering to card base using d/s tape.
  2. Create a stopper for your card by cutting kraft card 14cm x 5cm and add a panel of dotty paper (ink edges).  Add stopper platform to bottom of card base using 3D foam pads to raise it up a little. Add ‘Happy Days’ die-cut sentiment from the decoupage pad using 3D foam pads.
  3. I cut the sandcastle shape on my Cricut Explore (My Design Space link is here: if you wish to cut it exactly as mine).
    However you could easily draw a very simple castle shape onto Kraft card and cut out.  My sandcastle is layered with Belle & Boo paper from the 8x8 pack added with 3D foam pads to give depth.  Inking around all the cut edges of the Kraft card and papers with a light brown ink.  Add sandcastle to easel card using combination of d/s tape and glue.
  4. Stamp a variety of shells and starfish from the Ice-cream stamp set using black ink and colour with First Edition Markers.  Add extra highlights with a white pen.  Edge with lightest grey marker and cut out.

    Stamp, colour, and cut out 3 large ice-creams in the same way.
    Stamp Boo the bunny, colour and cut out but leave a section at the bottom uncut.
    Stamp Belle and colour everything but her dress, stamp her again onto the lilac paper from the 6x6 pack, cut the dress parts only out of the lilac paper and paper piece onto the main Belle image. Add extra highlight with a white pen and then cut out same way as for the bunny, leaving an uncut portion at the bottom.
  5. Cut 2 thin strips of Dovecraft acetate to fit behind the characters and make 2 bends in each strip, the space between the bends will determine how far from the card the character will stand away (just over 1cm worked well for me)  Glue an acetate strip to back of each character and then trim if required.  Cover bottom uncut areas of stamped images with dotty pattern paper to resemble sand, shape with scissors and ink around.  Position characters in front of sandcastle and glue other ends to card front, you may need to trim to size before gluing.
  6. Take 2 lengths of blue & white striped ribbon to fit width of card, fishtail the ends and adhere 1 length just under sandcastle where it will also cover where acetate is fixed to card.  Adhere other ribbon length across base of card below the stopper platform.
  7. Take the stamped & coloured shells & starfish and add along the ribbon ‘sea’ behind belle & boo using 3D foam pads.  Glue a small starfish to top of ‘castle’ and glue some shells and a starfish to the stopper platform.
    Add the 3 stamped and coloured ice-creams at jaunty angles across the base ribbon using 3D foam pads and glue.
  8. To finish add blue & white twine across sandcastle, add a little twine bow to each end, then cut little bunting triangles from different pattern papers in the Belle & Boo 6x6 pack, add along the twine using 3D foam pads to create a bunting effect.

Products Used
Belle and Boo II - Clear Stamp – Ice cream
Belle and Boo II 6 x 6 Paper Pack
Belle and Boo II - 8 x 8 FSC Paper Pack
Belle and Boo II - 8 x 8 FSC Decoupage Pad  
Belle and Boo II Half Ribbon Box  
Dovecraft Kraft 5"x7" Cards & Envelopes  
Dovecraft Back to Basics - Blue Skies Twine
Dovecraft A4 Acetate Sheets
Cricut Explore Machine
First Edition Twin Marker - Blender
First Edition Twin Markers - Greys
First Edition Twin Markers - Skin Tones
First Edition Twin Markers - Purples
First Edition Twin Markers - Pinks
First Edition Twin Markers - Browns
First Edition Twin Markers - Yellows

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

You Colour My World - Guest Blogging with Oak House Studio

Hello, I'm back again to share a simple card design step by step created with Oak House Studio products. I was invited to Guest Blog for OHS and this is my 3rd project.  
As the theme this month is Rainbow Colours I thought I would make use of those fabulous Triple Ink pads, there are enough to cover the whole rainbow.  I started by stamping circles onto white card, using the lightest 2 colours in each of the triple colour ink pads.  (The circle stamp I have used is from the Flowers & Circles stamp set but I notice that a brand new set of Circle College stamps has just appeared in the Oak House Studio Shop, perfect timing!!)  I stamped a butterfly onto each circle using the darkest shade from each of the 5 triple ink pads so that each circle was colour coordinated and when dry I used a circle die to cut out which also left a little white border all around.

 The card base is simply an A4 sheet of Papermilldirect White Linen card, one of my favourite card textures, scored, folded and trimmed to approx. 7” x 5” card base.  I chose the sentiment stamp ‘You Colour my world’ stamping the words in black Memento ink along the bottom of the card base, apart from the word ‘Colour’ which was fun to stamp using the triple inkpads to give a rainbow effect to the word.

To coordinate with the black ink and add definition to the circles I cut an extra panel of white linen card approx. 3” x 7” and matted onto black card to give a small black border top and bottom, adding to card front using d/s tape and trimming edges flush with card.

To create extra interest with a raised effect I added 3D foam pads to the back of each circle.
Position circles onto card front panel with butterflies in different positions and circles overlapping slightly, when happy with positioning remove backing from foam pads and press into place. I found it easier to stick down the first circle and the last one before adding the others.

 I’ve tried to keep this card CAS (clean & simple) with lots of white space and confining the colour to circles, it can easily be adapted using other stamps such as flowers in place of the butterflies or by using some of the other sentiments in the stamp set. 
Products used:
Colour Chemistry Triple Inkpads (fruity reds, sunshine yellows, meadow greens, sky blues, berry purples)
Black memento ink
d/s tape, 3D foam pads