Friday, September 22, 2017

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees hanging decoration

For this weeks project for The Fruit Pixie, who I design for,  I have made a hexagonal hanging decoration using the beautiful Craft Consortium's Tell the Bees paper kit.
The decoration itself is a file I cut using my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine but there are all kinds of decorations available to decorate.
 
I used the script paper from the paper pad to make the actual decoration.
 
I used a tiny part of one of the papers to collage the bee hives into the centre of the decoration. 
 
I then used a few of the wonderful sequins to add a little shine to the collage.
 
The little bees around the outside are also from one of the papers, you get a huge amount of bees on one sheet of paper!
 
On the other side of the decoration I stamped the hexagonal stamp a couple of times on the background. This is very easy to do as the stamps are clear, so you can see where you are stamping. I stamped this using the Distress ink Tea Dye.
 
I added some of the little bees that I had cut from the paper. I raised them up on 3d foam. Of course I had to use some of the sequins to add a bit of sparkle.
 
I also added a sequin or two around the outside of the decoration to catch the light.
 
This is such a cute little decoration. You can find all that I used in the shop
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/
 
I hope you liked my little decoration x
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Monday, September 04, 2017

Graphic 45 City Scapes Travel journal

  For many years now I have made myself a travel journal for each of our holidays. I like to make them individual and somehow connected to the place we are visiting. In the next few days we are off to Vienna in our beloved Austria, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. When I saw the Graphic 45 City Scape papers, available from The Fruit Pixie shop I knew they were perfect for my Vienna Journal.
 
I made the base of my journal cover from stiff card, folding it so I had a deep spine to sew my pages in to.
 
I then covered the outside with the Streets of Dreams 12x12 paper and the inside with the Map the Past 12x12 paper.
 
I then decorated the cover using the collage pieces from the Global Odyssey 12x12 paper.
 
I like my journals to have something to keep the covers closed. This time I used a strip of double paper with a small magnet inside.
 
I added the place and year of the trip using die cuts.
 
On the inside cover I made a pocket from some contrasting card and then used the Impression Obsessions City Landscape layers die, which goes so well with these papers.
 
I also used the stamp sets to decorate the pocket and decorated the top part of the page with more of the collage pieces.
 
 
The first page of my travel journals are always and itinerary page and this time I decided to decorate all the pages using the wonderful stamps. I made a mask to use on every page that covered the middle part of the page. I could then stamp around the outside and over the mask so when I removed it I had a clear area in the middle to write my diary in.
 
For this page though I cut a frame to frame the itinerary.
 
For each of the pages I chose 2 different stamps to use to stamp around the edges using the mask to mask off the middle part of the page.
 
I love to collect all sorts of tickets and bits and pieces while I am away so I like a place to keep them safe. This time I decided to use CD pockets which I stuck to thin flaps I had sewn in-between each page. To decorate them I used some more of the die cuts I had made using the Impression Obsession Landscape layers die.
Some of the pockets I decorated using the collage borders on the papers.
 
All it needs now is to be filled with my Viennese adventures!
 
These beautiful Graphic 45 City Scapes papers can be found in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/city-scapes-698-c.asp
 
The Impression Obsession City landscape layers die, which are 2 separate dies, here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/impression-obsession-die-city-landscape-layers-26740-p.asp
 
 
 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Jam recipe book

Over the past couple of years I have really enjoyed jam making. It was something I always had problems with, my jam would set solid!! Buying a jam thermometer has solved that problem, so now there is no stopping me!!   I love the internet for searching out jam recipes but I find I can never find the same recipe the following year. This has now happened a few times so I decided it was time to make a jam recipe book to keep them all in.
Of course with my Silhouette Cameo anything is possible, so I adapted a 3d card that had a mason jar as its base and turned it in to my book cover. 
 
All I had to do is create a label, which is easy using the basic shapes.
 
You can cut any font you have on your computer on my Cameo so I found a font I liked and cut the letters out.
 
The strawberries I had in another 3d card file so I cut a few of those and embossed them in a dotty embossing folder.
 
All I needed to do then is stick it all together, cut some 5x5 pages to go inside and bind it all together using my Bind-it-all machine.
 
 
Now I have a place to keep all my jam recipes. No more endless searching the internet to find them again. As well as a nice afternoons crafting too!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

MDF Tag beach huts

  As it is August bank holiday weekend here in the UK, I thought I would share my beach huts I have made for The Fruit Pixie online shop using the MDF tags. Of course your tags don't have to be made of MDF you could easily cut tag shapes from any sturdy card for this project.    
This is such an easy project to make.
 
First I drew around the tag shapes on white card and cut them out.
 
I then placed them on my Hougie board and scored every half inch to give me the look of horizontal boards.
 
I chose nice ice-cream colours from the Cosmic shimmer chalk paint and painted every other board. Then left them to dry.
 
 
For the doors I cut pieces of white card and again scored ever half inch but this time vertically, on my Hougie board. I cut thin strips of the same card which I stuck on to make the door surround. A little sticky pearl made a great door knob.
 
I glued the painted beach hut card pieces onto the tags
 
For the roof I cut strips of the same white card and stuck them on top of the painted tag shapes so they looked like a roof.
 
The roof trim was make the same way as the roof but I used a border punch to cut the patterned edge
 
Attach your door's to the middle of the beach huts.
 
Play around with the arrangement of the huts Until you have something you like and then stick them together.
 
This is the back of my piece. The holes make it easy to hang them up.
 
I then cut the word beach on my electronic cutting machine and stuck them on across the beach huts.
 
So there we have a nice summery home decor piece. I have mine hung on the wall but it can also just be stood up. Of course you can add little shells and bits and pieces you pick up on a beach walk to decorate your huts.
 
I used a Hougie board to do all my scoring. You can find them in the Fruit Pixie online shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/hougie-board-13054-p.asp
 
I used the Cosmic shimmer chalk paint here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tell the Bees stamped card

  I have been using the Craft Consortium Tell the Bees stamp set, available from The Fruit Pixie, to make this sweet card.
I used a white 5x5 card blank for the base.
 
I stamped the bee and the words Queen Bee in black in and mounted onto a piece of card from my scrap bag.
 
I then stamped the hexagon background stamp several times onto the card base using the scattered straw distress ink.
 
I attached the topper onto the card using 3d foam and glued the beautiful sparkley sequins on to finish the card off.
 
 
You can find the 5x5 card blanks, as well as many other sizes in the Fruit Pixie shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-5-card-blanks-508-c.asp
 
The Tell the Bees stamp set and sequins here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-713-c.asp
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mountain side of dreams Art Journal page

Each month I write a mixed media post as part of my creative crew duties for Tangie Baxter and Co.    This month I wanted to do a page with the July collage sheets. As part of the Art Journal emporium we receive a weekly work sheet as well as a collection of collage sheets. This month they really captured my imagination as you can see.
I am such a mountain girl, so I loved both the images and the poetry.
 
You can find information on joining the Art Journal Emporium here -
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/pages/art-journal-emporium
 
My blog post plus a short tutorial can be found here -
https://shoptangiebaxter.com/blogs/news
 
 

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