Thursday, April 20, 2017

Penny slider congrats on passing your driving test card

My youngest nephew passed his driving test first time a couple of days ago and so, of course I had to make him a card to congratulate him! 
 
I had the card and topper from a Hunkedory card set called Milestones but I wanted something a bit more dinamic than that. When I noticed the little car die cut on the topper sheet I knew what I wanted to do. A penny slider card so the little car rolls and spins around the road.
  The penny slider part of the card and base can be found in the Silhouette design store to be cut out on my Sillhouette cameo.    These cards are such fun to make and everybody loves them!  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter tree time

Each year I like to,have an Easter tree. Hubby cuts me some blossom branches and I decorate them. Some of the decorations I have made other bought, usually in sales.      Here is this years, the branches are from the apple tree as the cherry is in full flower at the moment so not good to cut.
 
 I made some new decorations this year. The bunnies, carrots and eggs which I cut on my Silhouette Cameo.
 
 
We went out to lunch today with hubbies family and so I gave the ladies the Easter baskets with a little egg and for the gentlemen I made these little treat holders for their eggs.
 
 
Our great nephew is too small for chocolate but I couldn't leave him out so I made him a soc bunny
 
 
 
Have a wonderful Easter x
 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring 3d tulips

  We have had some beautiful spring weather here in the southwest of England and all the spring flowers look beautiful in the sunshine. They have inspired me to make my own spring tulips using the Paperartsy Tulip die set and matching Paperartsy stamps which are available at The Fruit Pixie online shop and are a bargain at the moment as they are half price!  
 
I made a pot for my tulips on my Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine but a real pot would be even better. My hubby is a very keen gardener so all pots were taken!!
 
The tulips are very easy to make! First I chose my coloured cardstock and found two different shades of each colour. 
 
The stamp set has two different styles of Tulip and each Tulip has three sections. I chose the style that has a outside line to the design. I stamped each stamp in that set three times and then die cut them all out using the corresponding die. You will find it easier if you stamp first and the use a piece of low tack tape (or tape you have de tacked by sticking it to your cloths a couple of times ) to hold the die in the right place before you run it through your machine.  If you don't own a die cutting machine then you can just cut them out by hand but with the dies you get the same shape each time.
 
Fold each layer of Tulip in half from left to right. The tulips are not symmetrical so they won't meet up perfectly but this doesn't really show when the Tulip is finished.
 
Then stick the two layers of each flower on top of each other so the folds are in the same place. For the third layer I only stuck the bottom half down so I could curl it over when my Tulip was finished.
 
You now need to make the stem. This needs to support the Tulip so I used a bamboo skewers. I used some green Washi  tape to cover the skewer and make them more stem like.
 
Now take one of your tulips and stick its petal to the second Tulips petal. Take your stem and stick it on the inside of the Tulip along the line of the petals you glued together. 
 
Then stick the third petal over the top and stick all the petals together giving you a 3d Tulip as in the photo. You might need to use a couple of pegs to hold the petals together while they stick. I used a normal PVA white glue and had not trouble getting them to stick. Once they are dry curl the top petal over as shown on the photo.
 
 
For the leaves I used the same stamp and die as the last layer of the flower but stamped it onto green card. I then stuck it together with the stem in between.
 
The little flag was simply made by cutting a strip of paper into a long thin rectangle, folding it around the wooden support (that came from a pot of hyacinths we bought, it held the variety and price attached to it. It was just the job so I saved it as I liked the shape) I wrote spring in green pen and then stuck it around the little post and tied some garden string to the top. You could use another bamboo skewer for this.
 
To get them all to stand up was a bit of a battle. In the end I used Blutack at the bottom of the pot and pushed the end of my skewers into it. I then scrunched up some old tissue paper to support the skewers and fill the pot. I then could just cover top of the pot with dried moss it give it a realistic look.
 
This is such a nice bright cheerful project which would make a lovely gift or as I have done with mine, something for your own home. They need no light or water so can go anywhere. Mine are in the hall to welcome you home. They are also perfect for anyone who is in hospital too.
 
If you would like to make your own tulips you will need-
 
Paperartsy Tulip stamps 50% off at the mo!
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/eclectica3-collection-lin-brown-elb08-23263-p.asp
 
Paperartsy matching die set also 50% off
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/paperartsy-die-tulip-1-23274-p.asp
 
Cardstock - 
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/coredinations-core-essentials-brights-15533-p.asp
 
Washi tape -
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/washi-tape-625-c.asp
 
Have fun making your Tulips and have a very happy Easter!
 
             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Collage sheet Easter baskets

I thought I would show you the Easter baskets I made for Tangie Baxter and Co. I am part of their creative crew and made these for an Easter blog post. They were made using 3 of her digital collage sheets that I printed out onto printable card and then made up into these baskets large enough for a Cadbury cream egg, my favourite!  
 
If you would like to see my post with full photo instructions on how to make these cute baskets then visit the Tangi Baxter and Co blog - https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news.
 

Saturday, April 08, 2017

 I have a really cute fun Easter treat box idea that will put a smile on anyone's face, that I made for The Fruit Pixie


   I made these using the Graphic 45 Bohemain Bazzar papers but any orange paper or card will do as well.

  All you need to do is cut a rectangle of your carrot paper, mine was 5.5" x 6",  roll them into a tube and stick the seam down using red line tape. I then sealed one end horizontally.

   Cut a rectangle of green paper and feather cut it to make it look like carrot tops. I also put mine through a paper ribber as I found mine the other day at the back of a drawer. I then folder my carrot tops in half to make them look thicker.

  Fill your carrot with Easter treats and seal the other end encasing the carrot tops, this time vertically.

                       So there you are a cut fun way to give your loved ones a sweet treat this Easter.

                                           

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nephew birthday card and fun gift

The end of March beginning of April is a busy crafting time for me. Last weekend was my Nephews birthday and Mother's Day. Then this weekend it is my brother- in-law's birthday and mine too. So as you can imagin I had lots of things to make.     My nephew was 20 (I can't begin to tell you how old that makes me feel!!) and has a job with a desk. He had mentioned to my sister, his Mum, that he would like a plant to go on it, trouble was a) it would get hardly any light and b) he would never remember to water it. So a cactus was decided upon.       I hate shopping because I always want something that is never in any of the shops available to me as a non driver. So of course there was not a cactus to be had. Luckily though I'm a Crafter! So I just made one!!  
 
 These are such fun. I made 2 because I couldn't decide which one to make. They were perfect and looked so real with the moss around the top. He absolutely loved them too.
 
You can buy the file for them in the Silhouette design store.
 
 I also made him his birthday card. He is quite a keen photographer so I made him this retro camera card.
 
 
For my brother-in -Law, who is a very keen cyclists I made this card.
 
 
Thank goodness it wasn't Easter as well!!

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.