Sunday, August 16, 2015

Spellbinders Plumb Blossom die cards

I have been playing with the Plumb Blossom die by Spellbinders for the Fruit Pixie and mixed it with a piece of the lovely Far and away papers, this one is called Navy Blossom, they also sell to make this card.

I covered the card with the Far and Away paper and cut an oval aperture and then placed a piece of acetate behind. I then built up the bird on the branch and stuck that to the front of the card. I cut extra branches and built up the flowers on them to frame the aperture.

It dose take a bit of time this card but I was happy sat watching Arrietty, a Japanese Animation film by the fantastic Studio Ghibli. I love all their films, this one is the story of the borrowers and the animation is just breathtaking. If you haven't seen one of their films then try one, you won't regret it. I prefer the Japanese folk tales they do but Arrietty is still a beautiful film. Not all animation is aimed at children.

If you would like to try this die then you can find it here -

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Funny Farm Pages

Kristy Scrapbook Designs, who I design for, has a new kit out as part of the Mischief Circus Designer collaboration. While the other designers on the team make digital pages I am much more a paper and scissors gal. So here are my pages

You can find the kit here -

Friday, August 07, 2015

Musical cards

We have a lot of music players in the family at the moment. My youngest nephew plays the guitar and then his cousin plays the drums and another cousin plays the flute. So when it comes to birthday cards for teenagers its nice to give them something they are interested in.

My nephew was 16 and loves his guitars, so this shaped electric guitar card, I made on my Silhouette Cameo from the Silhouette store, went down really well.

This one for our drum player was also made up from elements from the Silhouette store. The background was drawn by the machine and then the die cut applied on top. The sentiment is a die from Spellbinders

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Adventures down a rabbit hole book

    This is quite a project I made for The Fruit Pixie using the Visible Images stamps. It did take me a while to complete, so grab a cup of tea, check for door mice asleep in the tea pot and come with me for an Adventure down a rabbit hole!

I wanted to make a peek through book using the story of Alice. The cover is very simple, I used the largest of my circle dies to make the first hole and chose the paper from Ruby Rocket to cover the front and some of the lovely washi tape to add some definition.

The title for the book was printed out from the computer. I tried to get a font that was as close to the font in the stamp sets and this was the closest match. The font is from Lettering Delights called, rather appropriately Red Hatters Hand. 

So the first page had to be Alice, the hole is the same size as the covers, I then just chose the next size down to cut the page after and continued like that until I had finished my book pages. All the holes have acetate sandwiched between the embossed card and the backing paper on the reverse side. I coloured all the pages using watercolour paint first then chose an embossing folder that I thought would match the character on the page. Once embossed I used an ink pad to bring out the highlights of the emboss. 

I then stamped, coloured and cut out Alice along with the other small stamps in the set.

It was fun to find and cut die cuts to build a little scene around each character to help tell the story. Of course my Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine helped a great deal!

On each page I cut up the quote for each character and stuck it over the window.

Page 2 is the white rabbit of course! He has a Tim Holtz clock embossing folder for his background and as well as the character of the white rabbit I also used a clock die and of course that wonderful quote and the tic tock stamp that comes in the set too.

Now page 3 is a character I haven't used up until now but I loved this page, the Cheshire cat! I added a branch for him to sit up in and grin down on us. He has a swirly background and I just love that quote too! He also comes with just his grin as a stamp too.

Page 4 is another character I haven't shown you yet, Twiddle dum and Twiddle dee. You only get 1 stamp but by stamping them twice and colouring them in differently they become the twins. They have a number embossed background and I used a piece of Washi tape to give them somewhere to stand and kept the page simple with just their quote. Sometimes if you have lots of busy pages its nice to let your eyes rest on a simple page.

Then onto page 4 with our very glamorous Queen of hearts. I used the small Tim Holtz card embossing folders for her background and the just cut some hearts that I used as wings for the Jar of hearts and her quote that comes in her set.

Then at the last page we come to the Mad Hatter and his tea party. Funny I wasn't sure of him at first but as I have used these stamps he has become my favourite, he really is quite Bonkers!! So this page has a crazy background and of course it had to have tea cups and a tea pot all grounded by a strip of washi tape. Then these wonderful Ha Ha's floating about around his quote, which I just love!

Well there we are a trip down the rabbit hole. I had a great time making this book, OK its not a quick project but it is sometimes nice to pull all your craft items together and make something fun. This would make a great gift for someone who is a fan of Lewis Carroll's wonderful book.

 Happy 150th Birthday Lewis Carroll!!