Saturday, August 12, 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper Fawn Fairy Toadstool house

As soon as I saw these beautiful Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy papers, available from The Fruit Pixie, I knew I wanted to make a fairy house. I decide on the SVG Cuts Toadstool house box from their cotton tail village set to cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  
I cut all the pieces in white cardstock to make the box and toadstool more sturdy, then cut the pieces again in the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy papers.
 
For the bottom of the box I used the beautiful gilded paper, which cut extremely well on my machine.
 
For the lid I used the glitter dot paper and then decorated it with one of the rub-ons that come in the paper kit.
 
 
 
The top of the toadstool I used the deep pink print paper in the kit and then covered the white spots with Glossy Accents crackle.
 
Of course they just had to have a pet ladybird cut from the flower paper.
 
 
The two little fawn fairies who live in the toadstool were from one of my digital kits. You can find lots of free pictures on the internet to use for them. I then used a deer die but just cut off his antlers to stick on their heads.
 
The flowers are all taken from the flower collage paper and I also added some dried moss to make it look like the forest floor.
 
The trick to making them stand up by themselves is very simple. I actually used the waste backing of the rub-ons but you can use acetate or anything see-through you have to hand. I cut it to size then folded in half. I then stuck my fairies on to one side and the bottom of the folded piece to the box so they stood up by themselves. 
I did the same for the flowers too.
 
All it needed then was a dab of glitter pen and a little door knob for the front door and their home was complete!!
 
I really hope you like my Fawn Fairy Toadstool house. It really was such fun to make and I am sure my friends would agree very me!!
 
You can find the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
 

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Teenage boys birthday cards

I think the hardest cards to make for a crafter have to be teenage boy's cards. Last month I had two to make, one being my nephews 18th and the other a family friend a couple of days after.    Luckly my nephew is a keen Star Wars fan so I came up with this card for his birthday, not your usual 18th birthday card but one he would like 
 
The second card was this one 
 
I am lucky that I have my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine that I just couldn't do without now.

KSD The Big Game digital kit

Monday, August 07, 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper Birthday card

  Today I have a beautiful vintage style card to show you that I have made for The Fruit Pixie. It looks as if I have spent ages cutting and collaging but thanks to the wonderful papers in the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit, it is a nice quick card to make.
The bottom right corner is a corner from one of the 12x12 papers in the Craft Consortium kit. So all you need to do is cut that out. I bubble cut mine ( not cutting out all the little details ) and because this corner was on a plain background it works well.
 
The card behind, where I have placed the greeting, is a glittered card. These come in a sheet of cards in the paper pack too.
 
I used scraps of the blue glitter dot papers to fill in the gaps on my card front. All the papers are double sided so you can use every scrap you have left.
 
To finish the card I added some flowers, again from scraps of the papers I have used to make other projects, in the top left corner and the bottom right and then added my sentiment which is a die cut.
 
You can find these beautiful papers by Craft Consortium in the shop here-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
I was working on these 6x6 card bases, which are lovely quality - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/50-craft-uk-6-x-6-card-blanks-kraft-25999-p.asp
 
I hope like my vintage style birthday card, what will you be using your papers for? I would love to know.
 
Until next time, take care, 
 
   Love Katrina

Monday, July 31, 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy paper art journal page

 I was very excited the other day when the Fruit Pixie, who I design for sent me the new Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit.   The first thing that has to be said about this paper kit is just how beautifully presented it is. I have never seen a paper kit like this before and I have seen hundreds over the years. They have packaged it in a way that you can use every single piece of the packaging. The kit is a set of completely different type of papers, all 12x12 but some are partly glazed, some embossed and glittered and some with the most beautiful pearl finish to them I have ever seen. All are double sided and you get 4 of each design so you don't have to decide between the designs, you can use both. They all have a vintage flower, nature theme running through then but also have some plains in there too to compliment the floral. As well as the papers you also get a full 12x12 sheet of rub-ons and some collage pieces you can cut out yourself to add to your projects. If you like vintage florals you wont be disappointed with this kit I promise you. The only problem is making yourself take it apart and use it!   So after a lot of looking at it and stroking it I did make myself tear out one of the papers and use it. Here is an art journal page I created using the IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal.
To create the page I used one of the brown sheets in the journal as I was going to use paper for the backing.
 
The backing paper is the duck egg blue embossed glitter dot from the Craft Consortium Gypsy pad.
 
I searched through all my digital kits to find a suitable face to use and sized it to the size I wanted and printed it out. There are lots of free images available on the internet for you to print out or of course you could use an image from a magazine or even a family photo. You just need a face you like looking sideways. Of course she has hair under the flowers, I just collaged over the top.
 
In the set of papers you get a sheet with postcards on one side and glittered cards on the other. I cut out some of the postcards and collaged them down the left hand side of the page.
 
Then I made myself a cup of tea, grabbed my scissors and a sheet of the flower collage paper and sat in front of an old film and cut them all out. I used half of the sheet and still had a fair few flowers over.
 
Once I had a nice pile of flowers I arranged them to cover her hair. Then I had the tricky job of sticking them down without moving them too much! 
 
I used one of the lace rub-ons along the bottom. These are easy to apply if you do it slowly. I find it easier to cut the design out of the sheet of rub-ons, then measure and cut the length you need. The problem with rub-ons is they react to the heat of your hand. So if you try to use them straight from the sheet you will get bits of rub-ons all over the place which can ruin your work and also waste these lovely rub-ons.
 So cut your piece, then lay them gently in place without handling them too much. I then rub my finger over the whole rub-on to help stick them in place. Then using something hard but smooth, a bone folder or just the back of a spoon is good, rub over the rub-on firmly but not too hard. These are very detailed rub-ons and you need to make sure you rub down every single tiny piece down. No matter how well you have rubbed it you won't of get ever single bit so whilst still holding the covering sheet in place, start at one end and slowly and gently lift the covering sheet up. As soon as you get to a spot you have missed stop and lay the covering sheet back down again and rub the missed piece. Then gently lift it up again and carry on. That way you will end up with a beautiful rub-on on your project.
 
To finish the page I added a bit of my Wink of Stella glitter pen.
 
You can find the Craft Consortium Gypsy, Gypsy paper kit in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
The IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly art journal here-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
 
 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood clock

I have needed a new clock in my craft room for months now and I decided it was time to make a new one. I ordered a cheap clock mechanism from the internet and when it came I was ready to go. I have already decided I would use the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers available from The Fruit Pixie shop and knew I wanted a Art Deco style clock. Here is my finished clock
I cut the base shape on my Silhouette Cameo three times so it would make a sturdy base once they were all glued together. I then cut it again from one of the papers from the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood 8x8 paper pad and glued it on the front.
 
Using the collage sheets included in the pad, 2 strips from the film papers and some of the words from the word collage paper I collaged the front of my clock.
 
I cut the film frame, numbers, clapperboard and camera on my Silhouette Cameo from black card. I backed the clapperboard with some of the Vintage Hollywood paper so it filled in the gaps in the shape. I then stuck them on to the clock face.
 
The hardest part was getting the clock mechanism through a hole in the middle of the clock face which I cut using a craft knife. It took a bit of trial and error but I got there in the end.
 
After I had worked out how to put this clock together, it didn't come with any instructions, I realised I could mend my old clock. I was so pleased because it was my Wallace and Gromit clock which I love! 
 
So now I have 2 clocks!!
 
           You can find this beautiful paper pad, as well as lots of,other wonderful things are available in the Fruit Pixie shop here -                                                    http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
                                                                                                                                                    

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Back to School Planner from scratch

As part of my Tangie Baxter Creative Crew duties for her Art Journal Emporium I write a Mixed Media blog post each month. This month I created a Back to School Planner from scratch, using some of Tangie Baxter's digital papers kits.    I made this planner for a young person going up to Senior School but I designed it so you can make it however you want it. It has a cover with pockets and a deep spine so you can attach individual books to it using elastic cord.
Inside is full of wonderful colour due to Tangie Baxter's lovely papers you can print off at home as many times as you want to.
 
The planner has pockets on the inside cover
 
Room for plenty of books so the planner works for you. I show you how to make the books too.
 
The back cover has another pocket and then a place for your favourite pen too.
 
I have written a very detailed tutorial, it is a long one so get yourself a cuppa! You can find my tutorial on the Tangie Baxter and Co blog here -
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news
 
While you are there, have a look in her shop too. All her kits are digital but that dosen't mean you have to use them in a digital format only, as you can see by my planner. Everything I used in my project was from a digital kit. I could re-size, alter, add to and then print out. A big advantage for me is they take up no space in my craft room, just a USB stick!
 
Tangie also runs a subscription Art Journal Emporium. You will receive art journal prompt, ideas and digital content for your art journal each month. You also have access to a classroom full of hundreds of ideas and inspiration as well as a weekly Vlog from Tangie. You can find information for that here-
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/collections/frontpage/products/tb-co-subscription-center

Friday, July 14, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Shine card

 This is my card I made for The Fruit Pixie using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamp set that can be found in the shop.
There are so many things you can do with this beautiful paper pad. I used the 8x8 paper pad, they reduce the whole paper down so you have a smaller sized image, perfect for this 6x6 card blank.
 
I used one of the papers for the blue background that I mounted onto some black card. I then cut the stars out from one of the other papers and collaged them onto the background.
 
Using a black Steblo pencil I drew around the stars to darken the edges.
 
The two postcards are from the ephemera pack. Lots of beautiful cards that have a different design on each side so lots to choose from.
 
Using the Stamp set 2 I stamped some of the images onto Kraft card and cut them out. Then added them to my card as you can see.
 
I completed the card by cutting a part of one of the borders from the border paper and threading it through a diamante ribbon slide.
 
You can find the Graphic 45 Hollywood paper pad, stamps and ephemera pack in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
 
 
Diamante ribbon slide -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/gatsby-chic-ribbon-sliders-18875-p.asp
 
6x6 card blanks -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/50-craft-uk-6-x-6-card-blanks-white-14478-p.asp
 
I thought this would make a lovely card for someone who has passed their exams perhaps.