Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rose Bliss Collage Card

I've added a couple of posts to the Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox Blog this week, one a tutorial for making roses and the other a card made using the sample rose and adding in some lovely collage3 pieces from their  "Love Is..."  craft box
I thought I'd add both projects here too, just to highlight how lovely these boxes are, you get so many different things in each box - you're sure to be inspired!
There's more info on this project over on the Bubbly Funk Blog HERE - I  then had some messy fun with Alchemy Wax and Gilding Flakes before gathering together lots of lovely things to arrange on this collage style card
Gorgeous heart border die:   Hearts and Butterflies Borders die set (On the Wings of Love Collection) by Joanne Fink
The large rose is made using a flower punch

"BLISS" ticket
"Remember" word
Patterned wooden button
Gold Star Charm
Red Heart Glitter die-cut to punch tiny hearts from
I've been using this box in my crafting since January and there's still loads left in it!

Other stash: all card and paper, gilding flakes, Alchemy Wax, Ribbon

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Happy Crafting

Friday, July 13, 2018

Rose Tutorial

I love making these roses, they always draw admiring comments as they look so beautiful and effective - the secret is, they are not nearly as difficult to make as people think!
I've added lots of photos to this tutorial, so hopefully you can see clearly how its done. You can click on them if you need a larger view.
I like to use Bazzill-weight card for my roses as it holds its shape really well.  Once you've got the idea you can experiment with other paper, card etc

You'll need to die cut, punch, or hand-cut 4 flower pieces, all the same size. 
 I prefer to use a 6 petal flower for roses, but they can be made with 5 petal ones or ones with a couple more - you may have to adjust the number of shapes you start with and which of the layers you need to make

With scissors cut out the centre of three of the flowers and make other cuts as indicated in the photo below
From the first flower you get the inner "bud" (layer 1) and layer 4
From the second flower you get the outer bud (layer 2) and layer 3
The third flower is layer 5, just make one cut into the centre
Make the two bud pieces
Use a bamboo skewer, Paintbrush or something similar to curl the SINGLE Petal piece.  Curl it into a bit of a cone shape, and quite tightly.  so it holds its shape, then set aside

  Shape the 2-petal bud section by curling the two petals, again in a conical shape. Overlap the edges and add some glue to hold them together. I hold the edges together with tweezers for a minute while the glue is setting
When the glue is dry, gently curl the top of one of the petals over the skewer as if the bud is beginning to open
Here are both the bud sections ready to use.  You can see the curl on one of the petals 
of bud section 2.
You may find you need to trim a little off the lower  ends of these pieces when you come to build your rose
Now you need to trim away a little from the petals which will be used as 'tabs".  It's a case of trimming off the top of one petal next to where you've already removed petals from, or for flower 3, next to the cut you made into the centre.
Whatever you do, don't cut the tops off the wrong petals!  This photo shows how they should look

 Making the other Layers
At this point you can use the skewer, or something slightly thicker to start adding shape to the rest of the petals.  If the card is a bit thick it can help manipulate the fibres a little.  Nit its up to you and you may prefer to curl them later.
To make each layer, add a little glue to the trimmed down petal, then bring the one on the other side of the gap (or cut line) over to cover the 'tab' petal

and hold the layers together till stuck firmly. I use a mini bulldog clip to hold them in place while they dry, Repeat for the other 2 layers
You've now created all the layers and should now have five pieces like on the photo below, plus the extra one you put aside. 
Cut a circle of the same card big enough for the largest flower (with 5 petals) to sit on and apply some glue to it. Press the largest flower into the glue.
 Now add a little more glue to the bottom (where the hole is) of the 4-petal flower and sit it inside the first one,  Be sure to off-set the petals to make it look realistic
Repeat with the 3-petal flower and leave aside to dry while you make the bud.
 Apply glue to the single petal section of the bud, then place it inside the double petal section. Using wet glue means you can move it around until you like the shape of your bud.  Give the petals a bit on shape by curling them over the skewer.   I stood the finished bud in some blutak so that I could get a good photo - obviously, you don't need to do that!!
At this point pop the bud into the rest of the rose to check whether you need to cut a little off it.  I usually find the bud stands a bit too high and need to trim off a few mms.
Once I'm happy with the height I add glue to the centre of the main rose section, and also around the lower part of the bud (about the same amount as in pic 1 above)
Then tuck the bud into the main rose, move it around until you like how it looks and leave it to dry
 When dry, add any more shaping to your petals, remember to move it around to check all angles, then glue it to that last petal die-cut you saved right at the start, it gives some extra fullness to your beautiful rose

 My finished rose measures about 6-7 cms across.  I made a couple of smaller ones then used them on this project, which you can see HERE, using some little extras from the Bubbly Funk "Love Is...." craft box

Thank you so much for looking, I hope you'll give these roses a try, let me know how you get on if you do

Happy Crafting

I've rather neglected my blog this week for some reason - so now I'm going to need to do a bit of a catch up before I forget what I've been making!
I absolutely didn't intend to share a football themed card for this week's 'A Sporting Chance' challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers, but my plans went awry so even though we've probably all had enough of it (I'd be quite happy if I never heard the word ever again) football it is.  
I may still try to do something else because I bought some lovely digital papers and clipart sets on Etsy so it would be good to give them a try.
Anyway, this one is an 'impossible card' so called because the way the sections overlap even though its only one piece of card, seems impossible - it's all in the twist!

The 'impossible' section of my card is the white part - see how the stand up tabs seem to overlap the black base, how can that be when its only one piece of card?  
I decided to add the black base to add some rigidity, as having three stand up tabs instead of the more usual two, it seemed a bit floppy!
Card: Black, White,  Green, Gold, Silver, Red
Dies are very old Quickutz ones!
"Happy Birthday" from Spellbinders
The banner is hand cut
The other good thing about these cards is that the pop-up sections fold flat to slide into an envelope

That's it for this time
 Thank you for popping by, I hope you'll take a look at the other cards from our designers HERE

Friday, July 06, 2018

Summer Succulents

Howe are you this hot and sunny Friday?  As I don't have much to do today other than  keeping an eye on the happenings at Wimbledon (some very unexpected results this time!) while doing a bit of crafting I plan to stay close to my lovely Dyson fan as much as possible!  And drink plenty of Greek-style Nescafe Frappe!
 This week is an Elemental Inspiration challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers and our lovely Enfys chose a wonderfully Summery mood-board to get us crafting with. You need to choose a minimum of 3 'elements' from the picture to use on your card.
Here's the mood-board we're using this time;
I couldn't resist using the colour palette as I love yellow but don't often craft with it. Then  I decided to use the succulents in the flower bouquet and the pattern of circles on the centre left of the picture.


I started by using inks and pens and a Crafter's Workshop Mini Swiss Dots stencil to create the background - my interpretation of the patterned circles.  I used various grey pro-markers, plus a few different yellow inks to colour the dots.  There's a bit of oink on the mood-board in the flowers on the lower left box, so I added in some pinks to the mix
The stencilled panel was matted onto the same green Bazzill card used for the leaves and succulents
The succulents are made with die cuts (info below) and the roses are hand rolled.
The gorgeous leaves and the border design are also die cut
Once I'd decided on the arrangement I glued everything in place and added a bow to the bottom.  Originally I used a pink bow, but at the last minute (about 10 minutes before the challenge went 'live'!) I decided yellow would look better so did a quick change.
Isn't this leaf die cut beautiful?  It's quite big, so I cut off and used only parts of it to back my bouquet. 
 Mini Swiss Dots 6x6 stencil by The Crafter's Workshop

Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Shapeabilities Etched Dies 

That's all for today, I loved making the little succulent plants for this card and I always enjoy making rolled roses - they are so quick and easy!  Thank you for coming by, I hope you'll join in with our challenge this week, I'd love to see what you come up with

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

'Spend Some, Save Some' Gift Wallet

I wanted to make this money gift a bit more interesting than just giving a cheque in an envelope, so there are two parts to this gift for my nephew's 18th birthday.  It's a 'Spend Some, Save Some' wallet containing two pockets, one with a cheque for him to  use to buy Premium Bonds or put away in a savings account, the other with some cash for him to spend on something he wants now.

The wallet is made in two sections, the yellow inner is folded in such a way as to create a spine for attaching one of the pockets, then the inside front is used for the message and the second pocket is adhered to the the inside back.
The yellow section is then glued into the blue cover.
To decorate the pockets, inners and cover I used the papers and some of the card from  the Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox 'Hooked!' craft box.   There are a couple of "You are Beautiful Inside and Out" sun shaped die cuts in the box in matching colours - but I didn't think an 18 year old male would really appreciate that sentiment, so I adapted one to use on the cover.
from the 'Hooked!' box I used
Patterned Papists
Turquoise card
'Beautiful' Sun shaped die cut
From my stash I used; Blue and Yellow card, die cuts
You can get your "Hooked!" box for just £9.95 from HERE

There's more info about this wallet on the BUBBLY BLOG HERE. and loads more ideas from the team and Guest Contributors using this and other of Bubbly Funk's fabulous craft boxes that come straight Through the Letterbox!
Thanks for looking
Happy Crafting

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Swirl Heart - Spellblogger Post for Spellbinders

Thanks for coming by today. 
 For my Spellbloggers post this time I'm using the beautiful new
 "Swirl Heart" 
die from Joanna Fink's
On the Wings of Love Collection for Spellbinders

This is a really stunning die that just used alone would make very beautiful cards and invitations for a wedding or other romantic event.
I think this card is more of an art journal sort of thing, but that's a bit too far out of my comfort zone.  Somehow making it on a card base feels more approachable, but I think this will end up as a page in my junk journal.

First I used the die to make a stencil which was taped to a piece of white card.  I used Distress Oxide ink and a piece of old wet-wipe to swoosh the colour across the card.

Next I used more tape to mask around the heart 'stencil' and added loads of different shades of stencil paint and Sparkle Medium to the areas within the heart shape, before removing and discarding the stencil
I also used a ready made stencil to add some small subtle detailing in a couple of areas
The Swirl Heart was cut again in white card, and then coloured with Silver stencil paint.  Once dry, I wiped over it with the deep pink shade of ink and also a turquoise shade.  The colours don't really show up on the photos, but really shimmer in real life.

Once this die cut was dry it was adhered in place on the card.
I tore around the heart in a rough rectangle and distressed the edges and corners a bit more
The card base is about 5x7 inches, I matted the embossed white panel ('Horsehair' Embossing Folder) onto black card before adhering it to the base.
I added glue to the torn upper piece, leaving a bit of a margin all the way round so I could curl the edges and have room to slide some ribbon and lace under the lower edge;
The quotation was printed on the pc and the strips cut out fairly roughly with scissors.  Once happy with the layout I glued the pieces onto chipboard to add some dimension and then added them to the card 
Three Sweetheart flowers were made using coloured card and the smallest petal size from Cinch and Go Flowers 3
Ready made stamens were added to the flower centres and I used some scraps of silver wrapping paper to create the tassels and the paper curls.
To finish, I used the Swirl Heart die to cut just the tiny heart inset right at the bottom from deep turquoise glister card.  I cut this piece twice, glued them together fixed them into the hole then added a layer of Glossy Accents for a jewel effect. 

 Here are the details of all the Spellbinders products used this time

Swirl Heart  - from On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Cinch and Go Flowers 3  Elegant 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken

 Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 'Horsehair' Embossing Folder Tammy Tutterow Designs

Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Anyway, that's it for this time. Thank you for visiting.
Click on This Link to visit the wonderful Spellbinders store where you will find lots of lovely dies, stamps and other goodies, plus a huge amount of inspiration to get you motivated

Happy Crafting

Friday, June 29, 2018

Wedding Day

Just a quick post today because I'm 'up to my eyes' in things to do today! Still, I'm gradually managing to tick things off my list, and blogging my card for the new Daring Cardmakers challenge is next.
This is not the card I planned to make!  It's our Silver Wedding Anniversary at the end of July and I'd hoped to make my card for OH for this challenge.  But inspiration was not flowing for that so I ended up making a simple Wedding Congratulations card at the last minute instead
It's Ruth here this time and as we are well into the Wedding Season now, let's have a bit of romance this week! 
 I'd like you to make and share cards with a theme of 
Weddings and Anniversaries.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make!
Click HERE to see what the design team have been making this week
Large rectangular white card, extra of the same card fro the embossed panel and the Sentiment panel
Silver paper and Blue card for matting
Ribbed Silver card for die-cuts
Hearts are cut from some inked scraps I already had on my desk, I'd used various Distress Inks and Oxides to colour them
To finish I added silver gems and silver twine
Folders and dies:

by Joanne Fink Shapeabilities Etched Dies  

Shapeabilities Etched Dies 

D-Lites  Etched Dies 

That's all for this time, thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting