Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Invisible Snowman....Well Almost

   A new challenge at Christmas At Sweet Stampin' brings another snowman, the challenge is for Christmas projects and this months theme of snow people is purely optional.
     I started with a nice white card blank and a die cut paper bow, I discovered that with a small snip and a tiny fold I could get that bow to look like a scarf.
     Some tiny clear gems coloured with a black alcohol pen for his mouth and three small buttons from the tin for his body left me hunting for some wobbly eyes.
      As most crafters do I keep small bits of card for the odd tiny die or snippet needed, so a rummage through the draw and I came out with some pearlescent orange card for a carrot nose.
      Then there was the debate over whether he should be wearing a hat or not, I decided not. One very easy card made from stash bits and bobs, a good one to make with or for a child.
      Please pop over and join us with your Christmas projects, it doesn't have to be a snowman, we'd like to see whatever you make.

I would like to enter Ducky in the following challenges:
Sparkles Christmas - Snowtime
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas/ optional-no stamp
      The Holly & Ivy - Anything Christmas

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Polar Bear Place Card

     A new project for Not Just Cards today, place cards for Christmas Dinner, I have a friend who loves bears so this will be perfect for her.
     Both the tree and the bear were cut using a Sizzix Bigz die, these are steel rule dies that will cut through mountboard and leather so a piece of folded card is no problem at all. You can't do this with thin dies, it will not cut and may ruin your die.
      The card needed to be just over twice the height of the shape I wanted to cut, I then folded it in half, right sides together and creased it. From this centre fold I measured 3/8 of an inch out and scored, doing this on both sides. Once scored I folded the card back to show the right side again, this forms a 'W' shape at the bottom of your card.
     When placing the card on the die I had to make sure that the 'W' was just above the base of the cut area so it wasn't chopped off, this made the bears feet a little shallower but at least he will now stand up by himself.
      Before sticking the sided together I die cut the name in the bears body and then backed it with some blue Stardust card, I have kept the cut out letters for another project.
      I have only glued the very top of the bears head and ears together and a tiny spot of glue on his tail too. This leaves a slot in his body that could house a tag listing the menu.

      Hopefully you can see in this picture the 'W' in action, it makes your Bigz dies even more useful. They do fold flat for storage until required.
      Both bear and tree have been cut from Stix2 Stardust card as it adds that little sparkle to your table dressing.
     Please pop over to Not Just Cards and take a look at all the inspiration on offer, then come and join us with your creation.

I would like to enter this bear in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
The 12 Months Of Christmas - Sparkle, Glitter & Bling
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas / optional no stamp or digi

Monday, 5 August 2019

Deer Forest

      Wow, I never thought I'd be able to say 'As Seen On TV' but his one was this morning. I'm so happy it made the grade and so grateful for the opportunity to work with John.
      I started by stamping Woodland Deer on a piece of white card using Versafine black. I stamped the image twice, which is easy when using a stamp platform and a clear stamp.
     For this card I needed a 5 1/4 inch square which meant the deer appeared twice, I didn't want that so I covered the second deer with a die cut pine tree before cutting out my square. The only colouring on this was the deer, I tried one fully coloured but it was too busy for a background.
      My box card started as two pieces of white card 5.5 x 10.5 inches long, both scored at 1.5, 2.5, 8 & 9 inches. The front piece has a square window cut in it ready for decoration.
      I stuck the stamped background in the centre of the back panel and creased the panel ready for the die cut trees. Using the Woodland Tree die I cut a panel two cuts wide so it would fit across the centre of the box with spare to glue down. At this point I added a grazing deer from Deer Scenes 2019, coloured dark brown behind the trees.
      The centre tree panel is what holds the card as a square when finished so I had to measure, mark and then glue in place across my creased card.
     The two outer edges of the front card were embossed with a snowflake strip folder, it would look nice if the snowflakes had a little sparkle but I didn't manage it for this one.   
     Before sticking the front panel to the back I glued another tree die cut to the inside of the window and a stag from the Deer Scenes set, again coloured dark brown.
     I then glued front to back making sure to keep the box shape, this card will fold flat for posting but you have to be mindful of any decoration that sticks out beyond the edges, like the snowflake on this one. I used a corner chomper to round off the outer corners.
      There is a small die cut 'Peace' in silver glitter on the bottom left corner and a snowflake on the upper right. This snowflake was made using various die cuts in silver glitter card, white card and white shimmer card, all topped off with a small silver gem.
      There is ample room on the back to add any greeting or message you wish. As there is no mention of Christmas on the front this could be used as a winter decoration year after year.

Materials list 
  JNDC  C021 - Deer Scenes                                
  JND 141 - Woodland Trees      
  CTJJ106 - Woodland Deer

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas, optional Deer
              My Time To Craft - Christmas In July 
 Crafty Animals - Anything Goes With An Animal
Cute 'N' Crafty Christmas - Anything Christmas/Winter

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Light Up Your Christmas

     This project has been so much fun to make for two reasons, one-I love making Christmas items and two-I finally get to spill the beans on why things have been so quiet on here.........I can't tell you how pleased I am to have been asked to make some samples for John Nextdoor. These die sets were released on TV Thursday and the tree die proved to be a firm favourite.
      This die has no end cut so you can make a continuous line of trees, just by cutting and moving it along you can create a whole forest the full length of your cardstock.
      The bottle I used came from a shop called Flying Tiger, it is plastic which makes it safer for use around little people, and the bottom comes off for you to decorate inside.
       A full sheet of A4 card was slightly short of a perfect fit inside, not being sure of the exact depth I wanted I cut my forest across the middle of the card so it gave me room to play with.
      Using the deer set of dies I cut all three strips and coloured my deer brown. I left a tab on the bottom of each animal so I could glue them to the base of the forest, leaving them white means they hardly show when the light is on.
      Some of the deer are facing the opposite way to the way they were cut, as long as both sides are coloured this gives you double the possible poses of your animals.
      So the LED tealight I used inside could not be seen and the glow would be even I used a sheet of thick vellum and stuck it behind my trees.
      I also wanted falling snow so I used a sheet of acetate sprayed with Stix2 White Fabric Spray and stuck that, once dry, behind the vellum.
      Three layers were a bit harder to curve when putting them in the bottle but as long as you are very careful with the branches it's pretty easy to slide it all in. I didn't glue the forest scene inside the bottle as it sits quite happily against the plastic.
     The top of the bottle looked a little empty so I cut John's Ivy Corner die in green card, coloured it with a darker green and a touch of brown, then worked it with a ball tool. The resulting garland had dimension and a slightly mote natural colouring.
     The garland sits quite happily at the top of the bottle, as it's inside some of the leaves tuck over the vellum and this helps hold it in place, so no ugly glue marks to cover.
     All that remained was to cover the neck of the bottle. I'm not big on bows and frills but this was crying out for a bow. I had some hessian in my stash in various widths, you know how it is, you but several types just in case you might need them, well I did need them.
     I wrapped some wide hessian round the neck, then made a bow from the narrower one. I have an old artificial Christmas tree in my greenhouse that comes out each year on the front porch, this now has one small needle set missing!
    The berries were bought a couple of years ago but the cones are real, they are the result of a visit to a country house with lots of different varieties of pine tree and a carrier bag. All items were added to the bottle with hot glue.
     The LED tealight is held to the base with stickytac, I couldn't glue it in place as the switch is on the bottom.

Materials list - dies
  JNDC  C021 - Deer Scenes                               
  JND 141 - Woodland Trees                               
  JND 124 - Ivy Corner                                         

I would like to enter this decoration in the following challenges:
Sparkles Christmas - It's Snowtime
The Holly and Ivy Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Christmas Goes
Cut It Up - Die Cut Critter

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Floral Door Hanger

     This is my first project for Not Just Cards, a great challenge blog for showcasing your creative makes. No theme, no prizes, just a wealth of inspiration.
     I got to play with some new stash for this project. The MDF door hangers are a new product coming to Stix2 later this month and this is my first time using flower foam.
     I painted my hanger with a dark blue acrylic paint, on both sides, and let it dry.
     To get the crackle I painted the tag with Stix2 PVA glue, keeping the brush strokes all in the same direction. While the glue was still wet I painted over it with a light blue acrylic paint, again keeping all brush strokes in the same direction. As it all dries the cracks start to appear, the more glue you put on the bigger the cracks will be.
     While I waited for the glue to dry I die cut my flower foam. Then using a dauber I added colour to the edges of all the petals, on both sides.
     Once coloured and dried off I twisted all the petals to give them some dimension, I didn't use any heat on these ones. I left them all for a while, then went back and opened them out gently and used a large ball tool to stretch each petal and shape it.

     The die I used had a hole in the middle so I didn't need to poke on to get a small bunch of stamens through the centre of each flower, each flower being two sets of petals. The hole was a little large for a small flower but with the help of some hot glue I managed to get them to stay put.
     The leaves are also foam, coloured with two shades of green and a little brown.
      I put all the flowers on the hanger to see how it looked, took a picture just in case I was distracted, then used hot glue to add them permanently. The Hello was die cut and coloured with the same ink I used on the petals and then stuck on with a strong PVA.
      There are all manner of projects over at Not Just Cards so please take a look, then come and join us with your creations.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Christmas In The Sun...... clearly not good for a snowman.  Our new challenge at Christmas At Sweet Stampin' is Christmas In The Sun. Half the world has a Summer Christmas and I'm ashamed to say I've never really noticed what their cards are like, this is my effort at making a sunny Christmas card.
      On a plain white card I masked the top left corner and used a stencil to add the suns rays in yellow Distress Ink.
      At the bottom I stamped a cloud, which just happens to look like a pool of melting snow. This was also in Distress Ink so I used a water brush to move the ink around a little.
      I stamped a snowman's head on black card and cut out his hat, then cut out a small carrot. These were added to the cloud, along with two googly eyes at a jaunty angle.
      It actually took longer to go through my Christmas stash to find the greeting stamp than it did to make the card, I knew I had a 'warm wishes' somewhere.
      And there you have it, a CAS, lightweight sunny Christmas card with a little humour.
      You don't have to follow our theme at Christmas At Sweet Stampin' but we would love it if you did.

I would like to enter this poor little snowman in the following challenges:
The 12 Months of Christmas - Anything Seasonal / optional - Plaid
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Seasonal / optional - For man or Boy
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes

Monday, 1 July 2019

Simple Wrapped Journal

     This is based around the Eileen Hull Sizzix die for a Wrapped Journal, with a few adjustments to suit my stash. As this project is built from scratch it makes an ideal item for Altered Eclectics, where all things altered, recycled and mixed media are welcome, anything but cards and ATC's really.
     The base was cut from greyboard using the die, it's a Bigz die so it will cut through most materials.
     For the papers I found an A4 booklet of double sided papers in my stash. Using PVA I covered both sides of the greyboard, but when I folded the board the paper split. Now this I think was partly the papers are not all that thick and partly I was too impatient to let the glue dry completely so the paper was still damp, a silly mistake. I did not want to start again so out came the washi tape, a strip of this over all the joins and all was well.

     A little ink along the edges to add to the distressed look made quite a difference too.
     To close the book I chose to use a ribbon tie but it needed to be fixed to the journal, I didn't want a hole in the spine to pass it through so I die cut a label to go over it.
     The ribbon was stuck to the cover with red line tape, then the label was stuck over it also with red line tape, this is the strongest thing I could think of to hold the ribbon firmly in place.
     The cover die cuts holes for you to thread cord through to hold booklets, but this one wasn't having those so I had to make a spine to stick my pages to. I planned for four pages in this book, two flat and two with pockets.
     The spine was glued in place with a very strong PVA and left to dry thoroughly.
     I cut and folded my pages using the same paper pack, for the flat pages I also cut labels to stick on for somewhere to write. These labels were inked around the edges to soften them, allowing them to blend into the page.   
     A panel added to the front cover matted on a die cut label finished off the outside. Another panel added to the inside front cover and a die cut ticket slot pouch on the inside back cover, complete with tags finished off the inside.
     There were topper panels in the pack so I cut some of these out and added them to tags, these also have inked edges and a tiny organza ribbon coloured pink with an alcohol marker.
     The pages are alternated pouch, flat, pouch, flat and there is enough space between pages to stick a few items on and still be able to close the journal.
     These would make ideal little keepsake gifts you could theme to special events. This has been a learning experience so hopefully as I make more of these they will continue to improve.
     Don't forget to come over to Altered Eclectics and show us your creations, we would love to see them.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes optional More Than One Fold