Friday, November 30, 2012

A few quick Chtistmas cards

I have been making a few quick Christmas cards using the Craft UK Die Cut Collage Sheets available from The Fruit Pixie. These sets are such good quality with a sheet of foiled toppers and a sheet of matching card in each pack. They are ideal for quick cards and, as you have seen, lots of other projects too.


Instructions for this stepper card come with the Hougie board and I used the Craft UK Die Cut Collage Sheet Frost & Feathers to make it

This is such a simple card but so Christmasy. I used Craft UK Die Cut Collage Sheet Snowfall which has the most delightful images in the collection of toppers.

For this card and sweet little box below I used Craft UK Die Cut Collage Sheet Robin on a Perch The card in these kits is such good quality it makes boxes easily. I chose to put the robin design inside the box and inked the outside with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Fired Brick. The card took it beautifully.

Of course all Christmas things have to have glitter and the best glitter glue I have ever used is Imagination Crafts Magi Glitz Gel - Arctic Frost which I have used on all the projects above. If you have never tried it then give it a go, I don't think you will be disappointed!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas tag

This tag is very much a happy accident. I needed to make a very quick tag and meant to reach for my  Alterations tag die but instead I had pulled out my Alterations labels die, I was about to put it back when I thought " actually, why not" and put it through my Cuttlebug with some of the Coredinations card and then an embossing strip. I sanded it off and used the Dust Buddy for the first time ( feels very, very odd but dose a brilliant job, if you haven't tried one yet give it a go) You can get all these products at The Fruit Pixie.  I must admit I loved the result!

So, next time you want to reach for your favourite die, think again and try something new. Accidents don't always work but is such fun when they do!!

Art Deco Birthday card

Here is the card I have made for my Uncle for his Birthday this weekend. He loves anything made on my Cricut machine, my Uncle and my Grandad were always making or mending things in their day, so a machine that cuts by itself amazes him, as it dose me!   So I have used my Art Deco cartridge to make this scene card, the road part of the card opens so you can write inside and stand it up.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Altered Christmas window book

Here is my new Christmas kit available now from Altered Pages. You will get my full instructions with photos, collage sheets, German scrap, glitter glue and embellishments in the kit. All you need to add is your book to alter and I also talk you through choosing that.

Just a sneaky peek inside to give you a taste of whats inside. This will be my last kit for Altered Pages as I have decided to stand down from their design team, after over 3 years and move on to new adventures, what ever they many be.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas lanterns

I have been working again with Craft UK Collage topper sheets, I used Joy this time.

   This little lantern to use with a tea light but please be careful, is really easy to make and only uses 1 sheet of card for the lantern itself.
So take the backing card and cut it down to 51/2 x 10 3/8. The place it on the Hougie board and score at 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10. Then turn the card around and score a line at 1.5, this will be the bottom of the lantern so if you are using a pattern with a top and bottom this needs to be at the bottom. You then need to cut the scored lines up to the 1.5 line you have just scored.
Now to cut the apertures, use any shaped die that will fit in the panel and cut them out. Place velum on the back of each aperture. Choose the images you like from the toppers and cut them out. I used a little snowflake punch to punch out snowflakes from the waste twinkly card. Fold up your lantern and glue together. Add your images and embellishments and you are done.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas heart box

 I have been playing with the Craft UK collage sheets from The Fruit Pixie for this idea.
         They come with diecut toppers and a sheet of extremely good quality cardstock that matches the toppers. I have so many ideas for what you can make with these I must remember to make some cards too.

  This little hanging heart box is easy to make. I drew a heart shape and cut it out twice. Then to make the box sides I cut a strip of card about 2 inches wide and then score 2 lines down the length of your card then fold in half horizontally to fit in the bottom of your heart. To make the point cut along the half fold to the long fold lines, fold it up and stick to one side of the heart then stick the other heart on top, add your topper and embellish. Add something to hang it up and fill it with goodies.

              Hope you like it, please visit the Fruit Pixie for lots of Christmas joy!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas tags

I was thinking, why not give everyone a little piece of you with their Christmas pressie this year by making them their own individual tag. They don't have to be elaborate creations that takes you days to create but just a little piece of your own style art in the form of a tag like these ones I have made here using scraps of last years papers and the wonderful Altered Pages collage sheet called Betty Bonnet Christmas.

Its a sheet of paper dolls with Christmas outfits, which I have dressed them in. Great fun that really took me back to my childhood as I used to love paper dolls, and still do. I made 4 tags with this sheet but you could make a few more if you wanted to.

   Why not pop over to Altered Pages and take a look at the huge amount of collage sheets they have for every occasion!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

 Thought I would do one more normal project for The Fruit Pixie before I got in to full Christmas mode.
 As soon as I saw the new 7Gypsies papers The Fruit Pixie has I just couldn't wait for them to arrive, this one is the Trousseau collection. The trouble is they are just too nice to use really but I took 2 pieces of the double sided paper (I used Dearest and True ) and the lovely stamp set to make this collage piece.

It is made using grey board as the base, I then collaged using the papers, painted the sides and added some colour with paint. I added a few buttons from The fruit Pixie Button Assortment Vintage to finish it off. Family was written using die cut letters but you could use stamps or stickers instead.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Phone charms are not just for phones

I have been itching to use these cute Oriental Porcelain God Beads ever since they came from The Fruit Pixie, who I am very, very proud to design for!  I love to use the phone charm clips, also available from the Fruit Pixie, to identify which memory stick is which. I have several with different thing on and it is so annoying when I want a certain digi kit to load up the stick with my collage sheets on! So they all now have their own charm.

The Inspire one was made using one of the word tiles and a couple of beads

 The 2 God bead ones made using paper beads form the scraps of the last Ruby Rocket kit which went so well with them. Andrew has claimed the red one for his stick.

 Then lastly the blue disc one which I made from the Ultra thick melt pot session a couple of months age.
 Everything to make these are available from the Fruit Pixie, they are such fun to make and have endless possibilities and places to hang then, not just on your phone!