Wednesday, 15 November 2017

UK Scrappers Christmas Countdown Day 15

Today I am taking part in the UKS Christmas Countdown :-)  Some lovely projects posted so far!

This gingerbread men screen card is not very complicated to make and looks very effective.  It can be customised to fit your own border punch, or done to standard measurements - this one is customised. A sheet of 12 x 12 will make two blanks. All measurements in inches :-)

Customised measurements and method:

  • Cut a 12 x 12 sheets of cardstock into two 6 x 12 strips
  • Punch along the top edge with your chosen border punch
  • Count the pattern repeats on the border
  • Work out the nearest number divisible by four - this punch made 34 repeats, so the number needed is 32
  • Cut off the extra repeats and score three times at equal distances along the card - so in this case that's every eight repeats
  • Use a bracket-type punch to make the 'legs' by using the top half only to punch at the base of the card, centrally in each section
  • Cut four panels of patterned paper to fit
  • Die cut letters and gingerbread men and assemble
Standard measurements and method:
  • Cut the strips to 11 x 6
  • Punch along the top
  • Score at 2.75, 5.5 and 8.25
  • Continue as above
The standard method is obviously quicker, it's just that I like my pattern repeats to line up with the score lines ..... LOL.
The paper is from Craft Creations, the letters are from Die-namics (stitched alpha), the gingerbread man is from Tonic and the punch is from Stampin' Up.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

50th birthday card

I made this for a work colleague, we presented it yesterday so now I can share :-)

The blank card was cut on the Silhouette, I used this file from Craftsuprint.  It has the card base, a mat and the numbers, all can be cut from a sheet of A4 - I cut the base twice in purple and the mat and numbers in white.
I cut one base in half and embossed it with a folder - I could have just embossed half the main base, but a lot of people had to sign the inside, which would have been difficult on a debossed surface!  Then the embossed half-base was attached to the main one.
The numbers were also embossed and then inked with distress inks in purple, teal and pink.  I attached them to the white mat and then the whole topper to the card.
Then I was a bit stuck - part of the brief was butterflies, but I couldn't find a butterfly die which looked right, perched on the 50.  But whilst looking through the box, I came across the champagne glass and pearly trail, which were perfect.  They were die cut in Bazzill Diamond Bling and the small butterflies were punched to match.  A few pearls and it was done.
I am very pleased with this - she couldn't open all her cards at the party so I hope she is pleased too .... I'll find out tomorrow :-)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Out of the Drawer: Grungy pink butterfly birthday card

Another stamp christened .......

I stamped, coloured and masked the Stampendous butterfly/music stamp, then used various splatty stamps over the mask.  The sentiment is from Stamping all Day.
A narrow black mat to finish it off ........ I am actually not too sure whether I like this one or not, maybe it'll grow on me :-)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Teal butterfly circle birthday card

I was having a play around with some unbranded dies, testing them on cardstock from the scraps box.  This teal butterfly circle looked so nice, I found papers to match and made this card :-)

The backing paper is Kaisercraft Lilac Whispers, I used a sheet from the 6.5" pad.  I was just going to put the die-cut on top of the paper, but decided it looks better on a white circle, which I cut using a Crealies die, the sentiments strip is the same make.  It's a little difficult to get a sense of scale from the photo, the card blank is 4".
Next time I use this die, I think I will cut an extra butterfly to add dimension, but I am very pleased with the way it looks when flat :-)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Out of the Drawer: Vintage Christmas card

I have had this poinsettia stamp from Hero Arts for over a year, having bought it in a sale well before last Christmas.  It's actually been in my crop bag for most of that time, but I just haven't got around to inking it, until now!

I  made a smooshy distress ink background, then over-stamped the image and a sentiment (SU) in brown.  This was then matted onto a bronze-y cardstock.  I cut a square from Bazzill Swiss Dot Kraft, adhered to a kraft card blank, then added the topper.
I love this vintage look.  But next time I will try colouring the image, though I am not sure which bracts should be red and which green!!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Out of the Drawer - embossed pink birthday card

I have an large number of embossing folders - time to do something with them!
I made a lot of different embossed backgrounds and inked them up with various distress inks.  They were cut to fit, adhered to the card blank .... but then what?  I do always have trouble covering up backgrounds LOL.

So this is what I came up with.
I stamped the flower (SU) three times, coloured and punched out.  Then they were layered onto the card, the first flat to the background, the second with 1 mm foam tape and the third on 2 mm tape.  I die-cut the banner and stamped the sentiment onto it.  The original embossing folder was (I think) from Taylored Expressions.
It is a bit pink for me ..... but a perfect addition to The Box :-)

Friday, 13 October 2017

Venice layout

Another layout done at the Merly retreat.  The kit was supposed to be used for a triple photo frame, but the papers fit a photo I had brought with me so well, I went with that instead and the frame awaits another day .... :-)

The Kaisercraft paper collection is Indigo Skies.  The title is cut with SU dies, I also used a KC harlequin die for some detail, it doesn't show very well in the photo.  The punched edge is a PATP set from Martha Stewart.  To finish I scattered a few pearls in blue and yellow to match the costumes in the photo.