Monday, 11 November 2019

Spread A Little Sunshine

     A non Christmas card for Not Just Cards using a new Two Jays stamp, Tree and Bridge.
     I have used a media plate for the background on this card, with a stamp press it's so easy to ink up the plate, spritz with water and stamp it onto the card. I stamped the plate a couple of times but left any white patches in the sky as they could pass for clouds.
     Using the media plate again, after a good wipe over, I added Versamark through a stencil to the plate. As the plate hadn't been moved it went perfectly over the dry background, leaving the sticky sun rays, which I dusted with pearl mica powder.
     To get a matching mat layer I cut a piece of white card and sponged the edges to co-ordinate with the background.
     When it came to stamping the image black looked a little too harsh, so i used Memento Grey Flannel instead.
     I searched through my stash to find some silver paper that had a sheen similar to the mica powder for another mat layer.
     I have chosen not to add a greeting on the outside, I would normally add one inside when it's needed but I no longer have the card as it was a sample for John Next Door and Two Jays stamps.
     Please pop over to Not Just Cards to see all the inspiration from the DT, come and join us with your creations, as the title says it's Not Just Cards.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JLGP004 - Media Plate set of 4
CTJJ114 - Two Jays stamp  Tree & Bridge
Versamark Ink Pad
Distress Inks
Pearl Mica Powder
S57262 - 3D PVA Glue Stix2

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Stamped Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Make Your Own Background
Country View - Hand Stamped

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Chocolate Pop Box

     Another pop box made with John Next Door's new die, this time a 'Thank You' gift. It started as an idea to hold a cup cake but quickly took shape as a chocolate box.
      The box base is cut in watercolour card, it's a nice thick card with a dappled texture and being off white looked better with the brown embellishments.
     Using the notched square I cut a mid brown shape for all four sides and lid, both inside and out. I kept the gold for inside the box so that there would be more of a wow factor upon opening.
      The swirl pattern is stamped on watercolour card in Memento Rich Cocoa, which went quite well with the brown card. The Thank You inside the lid was cut in dark brown card as was the bow on top of the box.
     To decorate the panels inside I used the 'window' die to emboss a piece of dark card and trimmed it to make a chocolate bar, then wrapped it with a little gold foil and chomped a small corner like teeth marks.
     Using the Star Flower I cut several shapes in both shades of brown and gold, layered them up and added a small gold pearl in the centres. They are stuck on the inside panels at random and are different sizes so it doesn't look too uniform.
     The 'chocolate' in the middle is made from gold paper die cut with John's Small Lantern, with a bit of snipping and chopping it came out as an imitation Ferrero Rocher. The little case it sits in is a die cut rosette frill and it's all stuck down on a dark brown notched square.
     I did want the chocolate to open but it became far too complicated so I opted for a sealed one, it would make a great card to go along with a box of chocolates though.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND147 - Advent Pop Box
JNDAD001 - Star Flower
JNDCC001 - Small Lantern
S57262 3D PVA Glue

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything Goes
A Place To Start - #1-Pearls, #2-Sentiment, #3-Die, #4-Solid Paper, #5-Flowers
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesdays - Anything Goes

Friday, 25 October 2019

Deer Forest Pop Box

     This cute little box is a new die from John Next Door called Pop Box, because when you lift the lid it pops open. The finished box is 2.5 inches square and comes with a huge selection of small dies for decorating inside and out.
     The basic box shape can be cut from an A4 sheet of card, it cuts and scores all in one pass.
     I cut this box from a sheet of double sided card, folded it and then used some ink to blend all the outside edges. The window die is also in the set, this is backed with some snowfall acetate.
     There are silver mirri card deer on the outside, as well as a small snowflake, with a larger snowflake on the lid.
     Inside I used the notched squares to cut my glittering forest and the stags base plate.

    To make the deer stand up I used the tip from Tim Holtz, fold the thin card in a small 'v' shape and cut the 'v' just up from the bottom of the die. This little 'v' gives the deer's legs a tiny flat piece of card so he doesn't fall over, just glue his top half together.
     The inside of the lid is finished off with another snowflake because I love snowflakes. You get two of them with this set but I have to confess I have used some other snowflakes from stash, I do have a few!
     These boxes are great for table decorations, treats and advent boxes. They don't have to be just for Christmas either, with the selection of extras that come in the set you can make them for any occasion

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND147 - Advent Pop Box
JND148 - Advent Numbers   (not used this time)
S57262 - Stix2 3D PVA Glue

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything With Patterned Paper

Monday, 21 October 2019

Reach For The Stars

     When is a cracker not a cracker?.....when it's a rocket.  John Next Door's new faceted cracker die just lends itself to adaptation, for me it has a more masculine appeal than the usual style cracker.
     Using an A4 sheet of silver mirri card I cut out the cracker. I also cut two small holes in what ends up as the top section of the body, then covered those holes with a small piece of vellum so you can't see the contents when finished.
     To get the pointed top to the rocket I cut out alternate triangles on one end, making sure to turn them into tabs for sticking the top together. I cut one in rough card as a prototype first so I didn't waste my mirri card.
     While the cracker was flat I also coloured the inside of the base red and removed small triangles from the middle of each section to look like the rocket has fins.
      Putting the rocket together was made easier when I put a dab of the Glue Glaze on top of each piece of redline tape I used, it gives a tiny bit of wiggle room and then holds fast. Tape is great but it does eventually perish so by adding glue it will hold for much longer. I started with the top so that I could get my fingers into the point to adjust it as I went round, usually I start in the centre of a cracker but not this time.
     I have a small globe stamp that I then covered with the sentiment embossed in silver, die cut with a circle and then added it to a die cut scalloped circle. A small hole punched through this disc meant I could then add silver elastic cord and add it to the top of the rocket. To seal the bottom part of the cracker I used some silver peel off strips wrapped around twice, this will make it easy to open to get at the gift inside.
     With the rocket assembled I stuffed it with red tissue paper and left a small end sticking out to look like flames as it takes off. These would be great for a children's party, swap the wording for their name or age.

     I love this die, it has so many possibilities, including Sam's pillow box. It will remain a firm favourite at any time of year, afterall, a cracker is not just for Christmas.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND139 - Faceted Cracker
CAT002 - Glue Glaze
S57085 - Stix2 Ultra Clear Tape 6mm (Redline Tape)  

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts - Gold and/or Silver
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - For A Child
C.R.A.F.T. - Box or Bag
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Anything Goes

Friday, 11 October 2019

Polar Magic Goes Snowglobal

    This card uses the New Mica Magic two different ways, along with the new Polar Scenes die set and the Snowglobe die set. I have to say that I wasn't very interested in the snow globe die set at first, then one of my crafting friends showed me some of her projects and my head started to pop with ideas, so thank you Avril.  This is also my design piece for Not Just Cards which begins a new month today.
     I die cut the scene strips in black and in white card, I wanted to have a highlight type effect. I tried the white on top, then the black on top, the black looked better in a white globe.
    The background was made using the Mica Magic on watercolour card, the card has a texture that gives an almost snowfall look. I worked from the side of the card so the point of origin would be behind the trees, making sure to keep it brighter on the tree side. I added some black to the opposite side to make more of a night sky.
     John showed a technique where he inked the die and then cut the card, so I tried it with an ink called Silver Blue, to me it looks more lilac but as it's metallic it's great for this. I cut the circular frame and the decorative base this way.
     The card is cut with the snowglobe die making sure to leave a hinge at the top, this is covered up with the big circle that the background is on. The base is slightly longer than the full globe so that it stands out in front and looks like a real snowglobe would.
     To get some sparkle on the frame I used the new Craft Artist Glitter Touch clear, having such a small brush it's easy to add little details.
     The flower is made with Craft Artist foam and the Poinsettia die, then coloured with Mica Magic. This creamy mica is gorgeous on foam, it colours beautifully and doesn't rub off like ink does. It's stuck together with Gloss Glaze then finished off with a half pearl coloured with an alcohol marker.
     Please pop over to Not Just Cards and take a look at all the inspiration from both the DT and the challenge entrants, I'm sure you'll find something you'd like to try.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND143 - Polar Scenes die set
JND123 - Snowglobe die set
CAT004 - Mica Magic Autumn Hues
JNDCC017 - Poinsettia Die
CAT006 - Glitter Touch - Basics
CAT002 - Glue Glaze
CT27829-7 - White Flower Moulding Foam

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Cute N' Crafty Christmas - Anything Christmas

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Seeing Stars

     Well it's getting closer to Christmas, so if you haven't started making your cards pop over to Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for some inspiration. I chose to go with the optional theme of Stars for my card.
     I started with a 6.75 inch white card blank, then I cut a 5.75 inch gold mirri mat. I wanted the stars to shine through from the mat layer so I cut a dark blue mat and die cut Tim Holtz Swirling Stars into it.
     The scene is John Next Door O Little Town die set cut from Kraft card, I thought this looked a bit like a sandy desert. To add a little light to the scene I inked the edges with white. The beauty of these dies is they are open ended so I could have the scene as wide and as deep as I wanted.
      I stuck the buildings section on to the dark blue and then trimmed it to make sure it was right to the edge. I thought about putting the camel section on foam pads but changed my mind and kept it flat, better for postage I think.
     A gold mirri die cut greeting was all that was needed to finish this one off, inside will be stamped later when I decide who to send it to.
      Christmas At Sweet Stampin' has lots of inspiration for you, whether it's to get started or to keep you going it's worth a look. Come and join us, we'd love to see your creations.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Angels or Nativity
The 12 Months Of Christmas - Anything Christmas/optional Sensational Santa
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas/optional Focal Sentiment 
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas

Monday, 7 October 2019

Pink Magic

     This is a sample for tonight's show on Hochanda featuring Mica Magic from Craft Artist. John Lockwood will be demonstrating how versatile this colouring medium is for all manner of substrates, not just card.
     For this card I have teamed the new Mica Magic with a new stamp by Two Jays called Spring, as you would imagine there are three more stamps in the set but they can be bought individually.
     I stamped the image twice in grey on white card, I thought black looked a little harsh. Using the Autumn mica set I coloured one image with pinks, I wanted a little green so I used Distress Ink Peeled Paint.
     I cut out the flowers from the second image and coloured them with pink mica, making sure they were a little darker than those on the image panel.
     After colouring the flowers I shaped them with a ball tool and added a small pearl that was coloured with an alcohol marker.
     I found a nice green piece of pearl paper in my stash that went well with the green ink, so that was my first mat layer.
     For the second mat layer I wanted pink but non of the papers I have were a good match, why not use the mica?  I cut a thin white card mat and then edged it with the same pink mica as the image panel, as it was only around the edge it didn't use too much mica and it gave a perfect match.
     Once all the layers were stuck together I added it to a white card blank and glued the cutout flowers in place, it's much easier to mat and layer before adding embellishments.
     All that was left was to add a die cut greeting, I chose silver so it wasn't too bold and kept it flush to the card.
     These mica's are a creamy based medium so they behave a little like a gilding wax, because of that cream base they don't need a fixative like mica powders do.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
CAT004 - Mica Magic set AUTUMN
CTJJ108 - Two Jays stamp  SPRING

Stix2 3D PVA glue
Finger Daubers
Distress Ink Peeled Paint

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - For A Lady/Girl
Penny Black and More - Pretty In Pink  For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Colour Crazy - Anything Colouring Goes
Craft Rocket - Pink
Time Out - Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Cornflower Wreath

     A wreath isn't just for Christmas and with these gorgeous cornflowers and a couple of poppies it's perfect for Autumn. All the flowers and foliage are die cut with John Next Door dies, you can find a full list at the end.

     I  cut two rings out of a cereal packet and stuck them together, print side in, but I wanted something more substantial to hang up.
     I cut my plaque from mount board using an MDF one I found in the bottom of my stash box.
     It was coloured with Distress Ink Weathered Wood, scored to give a grain effect and then coloured again with the same ink.
    A small length of cord was added to the back to make hanging easy.
     The cardboard ring was coloured green with an alcohol marker, then I set about cutting out lots and lots of foliage in various shades of green using thin card.
     All of the foliage was also coloured with Distress Inks to give it shading before working it all with a ball tool.

     I started working my way around the ring adding foliage as I went, working in one direction only and making sure not to make it look symmetrical.
     The Elderflower leaves become a cross between flower and foliage if you colour the tips of the fronds, a bit like Gypsophelia.
     Once all the foliage was stuck down, and there was a lot of it, I left the wreath to dry off completely while I die cut the flowers.
     The Cornflowers are cut in three different shades of blue card, two of them are pearl card. I also cut some extra centres in thin black card to add that extra oomph to them. The poppies are stamped in red on red card, then die cut and coloured around the edge with black ink to tone them down a bit.
     I placed flowers around the ring before I stuck anything down, just to see if it looked alright. Spending a few minutes doing this was well worth it as I moved them around a few times before I was happy. I made sure they weren't uniform in size and position and with such pretty foliage a few gaps looked just fine. The last thing was to stick the ring to the plaque, again making sure the flower positions looked random and off line.
     With a big die cut Thank You in the centre it would make a very nice remembrance wreath, though sadly being card it's not weather proof.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND115 - Cornflower Die     (Cornflower Stamp JND116 - not used on this project)
JND053 - Blousy Poppy Die
JND054 - Blousy Poppy Stamp
JNDAD016 - Elderflower Dies
JNDAD015 - Rose Leaves Die set
JNDAD002 - Starflower Leaves Die
JND129 - Mini Ivy Leaves Dies
Stix2 3D PVA Glue

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
World Wide Open DT - Anything Goes   (JND Design Team for Hochanda)
Classic Design Team Open - Anything Goes   (JND Design Team for Hochanda)
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Lavender Box

     Another project using John Next Door's new dies, this time a lavender box to hang with your clothes.
     I started by die cutting the centre lattice from the Avonmore set in a piece of blue card, then I worked around it to measure enough card to make a small, shallow box before cutting anything else.
     Once happy with all the measurements I cut the shape out using a knife and cutting mat, with scissors to trim the tabs, next I used a ball tool to score along all the fold lines.
     It was much easier to stick the silver pearls on to the lattice while the box was flat.
     The lavender would fall out through the lattice if it was loose, so I kept it in the little organza bag it came in but I did have to flatten it to fit, this meant folding the top over and stapling it closed. The bag is fixed to the card inside with redline tape.
     I had planned to leave the lid free to open but that didn't work too well, so once the base was built I glued the lid shut.
    The front looked nice but the corners needed a little something, too late to stamp so a quick rummage in the peel off stash and out came some tiny silver corners.
    The flower is made using some dark blue pearl thin card and the new Cornflower die. A small silver pearl in the centre to tie in with the lattice decoration over a black stamen cluster and it was ready to go on the box.
     Using the Elderflower die I cut some light green foliage, this leaf is lovely but it really pops when you colour the tips of the fronds, I chose white this time. A small rose leaf tucked under the flower as well finished off the front decoration.
     To be able to hang the box I added a small length of blue ribbon to the back, fixing it in place with red line tape and then covering the tape with a die cut panel, this panel was cut using the frame die for the lattice panel.   
     This reminds me of my Grandmother, she grew lavender and used it in her wardrobe to keep things fresh, it was in little muslin bags. So this is a paper craft version of an old tradition, vintage with a twist.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND108 - Avonmore Die
JND115 - Cornflower Die     (Cornflower Stamp JND116 - not used on this project)
JNDAD016 - Elderflower Dies
JNDAD015 - Rose Leaves Die set

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Box It Up
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Vellum Cornflowers

     This card was made using the new John Next Door Cornflower and Avonmore dies, along with a few of his other dies.
      The cornflower is quite delicate but still strong enough to shape whether you cut it in foam, card or vellum.
     I used an A5 piece of plain vellum and coloured it with Izink dye ink 'Nuit', it's a gorgeous blue that looks just perfect for a cornflower. The ink was dabbed all over the vellum and left to dry.
     I folded the vellum in half and die cut it as a double thickness, it seems to work better this way if the product you're cutting is thin.
     The die will cut out two petals of three different sizes, I have used two petals per flower. The die also cuts three stamens, one for each size, the stamens are coloured with a black alcohol marker.
     Each petal set was worked gently with a ball tool to give it some shape. I stuck the stamens in each flower, then added a small pearl that has been coloured with the new black Glitter Touch.
     Once all the flowers were made I die cut some black foliage using the  Elderflower die and some dark blue Rose Leaves, the rose leaves are coloured around the edge with black ink and then shaped with a ball tool.
     To make the card I cut a piece of Mouse Grey card large enough to give me a mat layer and then die cut the Avonmore lattice in the middle. I then used the lattice edge to cut a hole in a piece of white card that would be large enough to form another mat layer, this was white card which I then coloured with the same ink pad as the flowers so it would match perfectly.
     The final layer was just a wide white frame to go on top. The white showing through the lattice was alright but I wanted something a little more outstanding so I used the lattice part of the die to 'quilt' some silver mirri card. Quilting is when you use a die to emboss card rather than cut it, for this you will need some kind of embossing mat to go through your machine, it takes the place of the plate that you would normally cut onto.
     With a much better centre I began to assemble the card, it looks like it has many more layers than it does but by doing it this way it will weigh less and be a bit thinner, perfect for posting.
     Base card assembled meant all that was left were the flowers. I placed several on the card and kept moving them around until happy with their position. Then I started to play with the foliage, tucking it under the flowers until happy with it all. I have found in the past that it's best to take a photo of the layout before taking it all off to stick it down with glue, just in case you get distracted and forget where they were.
     Once finished I decided it didn't need a greeting on the outside, that could be added later when required. Using vellum for the flowers gave them a more realistic look and being able to colour plain vellum with dye inks means a wide range of colours is readily available.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND108 - Avonmore Die
JND115 - Cornflower Die     (Cornflower Stamp JND116 - not used on this project)
JNDAD016 - Elderflower Dies
JNDAD015 - Rose Leaves Die set
CAT005 -Glitter Touch Basics  (Black, Clear, Green)
I-zink Dye Ink - Nuit

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Colour Throwdown - colours #562
Everybody Art - Use Dies
Craft Rocket - Monochrome

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

It's In The Bag & On The Card

     We all spend time making great cards for Christmas but what about gift packaging? Why not make a gift bag to match the card for that special friend, then pop over to Not Just Cards and show us.The waste from making this bag was used to make a card, it doesn't match the bag but it has made use of bits that may have been thrown out.
     Using both the Poinsettia and the Swirl Poinsettia dies I cut in gold and white, I kept the offcuts for the card.
     Assembling the flowers white over gold and shaping them slightly didn't take long but I wanted something special for the centres. Using a hot glue gun I added a large blob of glue to the flower centres and covered them with seed beads, gently pressing them down a little and leaving them until set.

     For foliage I used the new small ivy spray die and cut several in thin white card, I also cut a white greeting.
     The layers were all cut and matted before I put the flowers on, it's much easier to do when everything is flat. I have also learnt that if you wish to stamp on the top layer this should be done before it gets stuck on the bag, when folded up these bags can be a bit 'lumpy'.
     I love the Kraft and white combination, it's clean and simple and works well for any gender.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - S-Sparkle & T-Texture
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas/option Patterned Paper
The Holly and Ivy Christmas - Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas
My Time To Craft - Anything BUT A Card

     Now what to do with the off cuts?  To start with I put the white over the gold layer but off set it slightly and stuck them together.
     Using the Poinsettia stamp set I put a large piece of red card in my stamp press and stamped it using a Crimson ink pad, I though black would look a little too harsh.
     I put the white and gold layer over the red and lined up the petals, there is a little overlay as the gold and white are offset, then carefully stuck them together making sure there was a red border all the way around the top layer. I put a tiny amount of glue on my finger nail so I could stick down the little bits without making a mess.
     There is a small difference between the Swirl Poinsettia die and the Poinsettia stamp, the smallest stamped flower does not have a corresponding swirl because it's too small so their are two of the next size up. This meant that the smallest flower was missing on the top white layer so I stuck one on top of the white and there was one flower hole with the wrong size stamped image, so I covered this one up with a red die cut flower dropped in the hole.
     The red layer was trimmed to give me a nice even border around my image panel, this was then stuck on to a white card blank. All that remained was to add some gold pearls to the flowers.
     Making a card with what I would usually have discarded made me very happy, after all no crafter wants to throw anything away do they!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers - Anything With Dies
Winter Wonderland - Favourite Embellishments

Materials List - for both projects
JND132 - Swirl Pionsettia Die
JNDCC017 - Poinsettia Die
JND50013 - Elegant Poinsettia Stamp
JND129 Mini Ivy Die