Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ring binder transformation

I am one of the Creative crew for Tangi Baxter's Art Journal Emporium. https://shoptangiebaxter.com/  This year the way we work has changed slightly, each week Tangie Baxter creates worksheets for us to work on or think about, so gaining inspiration for our Art Journaling pages.  One of the challenges was to create a cover for our books or folders, depending on how we had chosen to store them. I had decided to use a ring binder and my dear hubby had found an old one for me to store them in. Trouble was it was a boring black plastic covered folder with a plastic pocket on the front, you know,the ones.  At first I though I would just make an A4 art piece to put in the pocket on the front, I didn't want to do too much to it. Later I changed my mind and thought I would just remove the pocket and just leave the black plastic, after all I didn't want to take too much time on it.  In the end I decided to take it all apart. I took the black plastic off compleatly, which then left separate bits of folder. I then had to put it all back together again using just the grey board pieces which were inside the black plastic. So much for not taking too much time on it!!!  I was then left with a blank binder. First I covered it with cheap watercolour paper so I had a nice surface to paint on.   Next I then got my Geli plate out and used it to paint the first few layers, building up the pattern using texture sheets I had made to imprint a pattern. Then I used lots of stencils to build up a finished look for my covers. Here is how it turned out.
For the front I used a Crafters Workshop small stencils for the flowers which I sponged through orange and pink acrylic paint. Later I added white paint pen circles and details
 
I used blue and orange on the background and was not too worried about the white paper showing through. This happened because of the texture on the paper.
 
The back I just left with the Geli prints, just filling in any spots I thought needed with some more paint.
 
For the spine of the folder I used another Crafters workshop stencil and once dry I used an orange paint pen to outline the arrows. I also added some lines and smudges using a credit card dipped in paint.
 

For the inside I began by painting it all orange. I then used a 12x12 stencil by Crafters Workshop for my stars. I love this stencil, it always looks stunning. This time I sponged through a lilac blue paint and then drew around the stars with a white paint pen. It looked a bit too clean and crisp so I added some smudges and lines to dirty it up.

 

 
 
 

To decorate the inside of the spine I used part of another Crafters Workshop stencil. I then used a paint pen to out line it and added smudges and lines to dirty it up.

 

Then finally the back inside cover. I used another of my favourite Crafter Workshop stencil. Outlined in white paint pen and lots of smudges and lines to dirty it up again.

 

 
I really enjoyed doing this and I am so glad I did take some time over it. I sealed it once it was dry to protect it as it will get a lot of use.

I must admit I am really pleased with the finished look, not colours I would normally choose but I love then together. Hope you like them too.

 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mother's Day card

Here is a Mother's Day card I made using the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious kit I have made for the Fruit Pixie.  
The Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit is such a pretty set. I have found so many different thinks to do with it.
 
This card was made using just two sheets of the 8x8 inch paper pad and a few Candies . I began with the blue background paper that has some lovely pink and brown swirls. I covered my 5x7 white card blank with that paper, sticking the card blank in place on the back of the paper where I wanted it before cutting it out.
 
 I then cut out the doodled flowers from another of the background paper. I stuck one of the main designs onto the top left of the card and cut the second one apart. I placed the little flower on the bottom right and a second flower coming in from the top right.
 
With all of the Craftwork Cards kits you get a bag of their Candi. The doodle flower designs have circles within the design which are the same size as the Candi. So I used them to add more height and colour. I stuck the Candi on to the card using small 3d foam squares, which helps support them.
 
I then used my blue glitter pen to colour in parts of the doodle flower design which added a little sparkle. 
 
The lettering I cut out of the remainder of the doodle flower paper using some alphabet dies. I traced around the letters with my blue glitter pen to help them pop from the card.
 
You can find all the products I used here in the Fruit Pixie online shop, except the alphabet dies and blue glitter pen.
 
You can find the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-scrumptious-25687-p.asp
 
The card blanks here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-7-card-blanks-511-c.asp
 
3D foam to attach your Candi to the card -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/3d-foam-pads-assorted-258-p.asp
 
 
   

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Graphic 45 City Scapes travel case

 I have a fun little project to show you today that I made using one of the Graphic 45 City Scapes papers and the wonderful matching stamp sets for the Fruit Pixie.


It was difficult to chose which paper to use as they are all so lovely. I finally decided on the 12x12 crossroads paper.



I made the little suitcase using a design on my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine but you could find a template online or use one of the  paper mache shapes you can buy. It would also be nice to cover a little gift box too.


I used all 3 sets of the stamp sets, which I stamped onto kraft card using black ink and cut out, to collage the front of the case. I also stamped a little tag too.


To go inside the little case I made a small accordion book.

I cut 2 covers from the same card as the case then cut a another piece of card the same height as the cover but 4 times the width.

 I scored it into 4 pages and then folded it into a concertina and stuck the covers to each end.


Again using the stamps I stamped, cutout and collaged the inside of the book
  
I also used some of the scraps left from cutting out the case, to decorate the ends.

To keep the little book closed I made a wrap from the scraps of the paper.


               I added a little colour to some of the stamped images to give some contrast.


I also stamped a border top and bottom just to give a bit more interest.

Of course you could leave the book plain and use it as a a travel journal or planner.


I stamped and image for the cover and added one of the sentiments too.

The inside of the case was also decorated with the Graphic 45 paper City Scapes. It is a double sided paper, so lots of ways you can used it.

I also used some of the Cosmic Shimmer PVA to add detail.

Well, I hope you liked my project. Everything I used, except the cardstock which was from my own collection, can be found in the shop.

The Graphic 45 City Scapes paper collection and stamps - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/city-scapes-698-c.asp

The Kraft card and plenty of other cardstock - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cardstock-57-c.asp

inks - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/ink-pads-84-c.asp

Cosmic Shimmer PVA - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-pastel-pva-ivory-22781-p.asp

There are so many wonderful papers in this collection, I have a cunning plan for the rest.






Monday, February 20, 2017

Baby tag toy

We met our new Great Nephew Alexander last week and very cute he is too. Of course as a complacently addicted crafter I saw it as an excuse to make something just for him.

 I decided to design and make him a tag toy. As a trained Nanny and with lots of Nephews, Nieces as well as Great Nephews I know how much babies and toddlers love labels and tags so this would be just the right gift to make.

   I knew it was going to be a boy, so I decided on a rocket shape. I designed the pattern, bought the material, teether and crackle plastic and got to work.





The fins or wings as well as the rocket flames have the crackle plastic inside. The star teether has a pocket to live in with a felt star on it.

The tags are made with ribbon and on the back it is a soft fleece with embossed spots on. So lots of textures for Alexander to feel and explore. All of it was baby safe and machine washable.

It was great fun to design and make and I am really pleased with how well it turned out.

Before we met him in person his Dad sent us some photos. My Mother in law is in her 80's and doesn't do digital so I made her a little photo book cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, so she could see the photos and keep it as a keepsake. She was really pleased with it.



Of course I also had to make a baby card and a gift bag for his present too.


This was made on my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and can be found in the design store.


The gift tag was made using the ship from the card and just enlarged and a mat cut for it. The strip across the gift bag is also cut on the Cameo too.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Steampunk kit by Kyrsty Scrapbook Design

The new digital kit by Kyrsty Scrapbook Design is a Steampunk style kit. I loved letting my imagination go mad with this first page I made using this kit, great fun!!



 The second page I made had a complacently different feel. I don't even think you would knew it came from a steampunk themed kit. That's the beauty with digital kits, the more oyu play with them the more ideas you have because they never run out and you can have everything in what ever size you want.


You can find this kit at Mischief Circus here - 
https://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=24284&cat=0&page=1

School kit from Kyrsty Scrapbook Design

I have manage to miss the past two kit launches for Kyrsty Scrapbook Design, due to holidays and timing, so I am catching up with them today.
   The first digital kit is a School themed kit. Lots of great elements for school pages here. This is my finished digital page.


don't be put off by it being a digital kit. If you don't do digital art then you can always print them off and use them in your paper crafting.

You can find this kit at Mischief Circus here - 
https://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23938&cat=0&page=1

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Craftwork Cards Scrumptious kit swing card

  This is a card project using the Craft Work Cards Scrumptious paper pack I made for The Fruit Pixie who I design for. I started playing with this paper kit before Christmas and I must admit I loved it. Now that spring is starting to bloom here in the UK it is a nice bright paper pack to play with.



 I cut this card shape, a swing card, on my Silhouette Cameo but there are lots of different card blanks out there and of course you could do the same style on a plain card blank too.

          I used one of the papers for the front pannels and then one of the die cut sentiment for the front swing part of the card.

With every Craftwork Cards paper kit you always get some of their Candis. I used 4 of them on the four corners of my card. I used the small square 3D foam to lift them from the card.

Then just a small bow to add to finish off the card.

You can find the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit in the Fruit Pixie shop shop here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-scrumptious-25687-p.asp

the small 3D foam pads - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftime-3d-foam-squares-2mm-20106-p.asp

MDF Collaged heart

  This year for my design work for The Fruit Pixie, I am aiming to do a mixed media piece each month to show you and as it was valentines day last week I decided to use one of the MDF hearts from Creative Expressions and create a mixed media collage dedicated to love.


For me the key to mixed media is to layer and layer and layer. 
So, to begin, I took one of the MDF hearts from the pack (you get 6 in each pack) and covered it with some of the paper from the IndigoBlu Memory lane stack.

I then added one of the Bo Bunny doilies to the right hand part of the heart.

I chose an image from the IndigoBlu Lost Families stack and cut her out. Then glued her down.

I then chose a stencil, this one is the rose stencil from IndigoBlu and using the Fired Brick Distress ink on some of the blending foam, worked it through the stencil to cover most of the heart except her face.

I stamped the sentiment, a stamp is from the Visible Images never grow up set, and cut it apart. Then glued it down.

To colour the edges of the MDF heart and give a slight border to my collage, I used the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax in Decadent wine. I applied it with a cloth and then buffed it up to a shine. I find dried out baby wipes are good for this!

To finish it off I add some stick pearls and used some of my chalk crayons to give it a grungy feel.

So as you can see lots and lots of layers!

You can find everything I used in the Fruit Pixies shop -

MDF Hearts - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/creative-expressions-mdf-hearts-6-pack-25697-p.asp

All the IndigoBlu products here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-accessories-534-c.asp

Distress Ink here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/tim-holtz-distress-inks-83-c.asp

Bo Bunny dollies - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/bo-bunny-doilies-small-4-25967-p.asp

Stamp Sentiment - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/visible-image-never-grow-up-set-25228-p.asp

Cosmic Shimmer guiding wax -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-gilding-wax-677-c.asp

So there we are, I think I got all the products I used!!



Friday, February 03, 2017

Rose love stamped card

  Now I have been crafting for many, many years and it was stamping that made my eyes light up and switch from needle work to paper crafting. That was until I discovered what we used to call altered art back in the day but now you would know it as mixed media and stamps lost their attraction.

   One of my new years arty goals for this year is to get back into stamping. So once a month, one of my weekly posts for the Fruit Pixie's blog and Facebook page will be a stamped project and here is the first one!

  It was my parents 56th wedding anniversary a few days ago and this is the card I made for them. Of course Valentines day is just around the corner so this would be a lovely card for that too or even for a summer wedding card.

  The stamp kit I was working with was the Visible Image Immortal Love set ( link below ).
 

To begin with the background. I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller then my 5x7 card blank. 
 I took the damask stamp from the set and stamped it may times to make the background using the Distress ink milled lavender.



For the roses arrangement I stamped the large rose once and the smaller rose 3 times onto a patterned paper using distress ink pumice stone. 
I then cut them out.
I made the card by first using a border punch from Mather Stewart and then layered the roses up using some 3D foam.
I cut some heart shaped leaves using a die and poked them into the rose arrangement.


I then stamped the "love" and "is forever" stamps onto the background using more of the Distress ink pumice stone.
I added a little stickles glitter to the centre of the roses and inked around the edges of the card front with both the milled lavender and the pumice stone.
I then mounted my card front onto my card blank to finish.


I hope you enjoyed my stamped project. If you have been inspired and would like to purchase the things I used, you can find them in the Fruit Pixie's shop using the links below.

5x7 card blanks - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-7-card-blanks-511-c.asp

Visible Image stamp set -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-7-card-blanks-511-c.asp

Distress ink - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/ink-pads-84-c.asp