Tuesday 25 October 2011

Just Rite at Jarrolds

This card is also made with Just Rite stamps and Spellbinder dies. Whilst the baubles really have caught my imagination this set will continue to be useful all year round.

Vintage Oval Labels stamp set matches Spellbinders Labels 6 & 13. Each set of Just Rite stamps gives you a list of the dies that it will match. There is quite a selection of stamp sets to choose from covering all occasions.

The main image was stamped in Archival Ink Coffee on a pearl cream card and embossed in Cosmic Shimmer clear. As this stamp needs the largest die to cut it out I used Sue Wilson's trick of drawing round the outside edge of the die on chocolate brown card and cutting it out by hand to get the mat. The corner stamp has also been stamped in Coffee and clear embossed on patterned scrapbook papers with a length of chocolate brown ribbon over the join. The rose is cut from the same cream card as the main image, then the edges are coloured with Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy. I have added a little bow under the rose and a couple of chocolate brown die cut twigs to finish off.

I'm not a bows and frills person but this card really looks better for it, I'm enjoying working outside my usual comfort zone. Let me know if you've tried these gorgeous stamps. I'll be demonstrating the baubles at The Suffolk Papercraft Show on sunday in Bury St.Edmunds so come and see them in action.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Jarrold's preview

This card was made with Just Rite Cling stamps and Spellbinder dies. The dies are great but when used with the gorgeous Just Rite co-ordinating stamps they are amazing.
I would have to say that this combination is my 'Christmas must have' for this year.
I stamped the baubles from the Just Rite 'Merry and Bright' set and embossed them with silver, then I coloured them in with watercolour pencils before cutting out with the Spellbinder Heirloom Ornament 2010. The images do line up perfectly with the dies and as you can see through the die it is quite easy to get it spot on. The larger bauble has a blank centre where you can stamp any one of the greetings from the set, but I chose to cut this out using a Spellbinder circle die and insert a photo of Maple. This is a great way of personalising a card to a friend or family member.
The background has been embossed using a 'That Special Touch Of'' mask - Polka dots. A little ribbon, a small bow on top of the bauble and another backed with Bakers Twine in pastel blue with bells on, mounted on pale blue mirri card and then onto white card finishes it off.
Please come along to Jarrold's on saturday if you are in Norwich and see the other creations made with these amazing stamps and dies. For those of you that can't I'll post some more samples next week. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of them.

Sunday 2 October 2011

Bead This, Craft That visit

Thankyou to staff and customers at Bead This, Craft That in Dereham for a very enjoyable day.
I do appologise for the slow start due to my car trying to behave like a tractor, I did get home with no further assistance from the RAC !
As promised here is a 'How To' for the little triangular boxes. An A4 sheet of card will make three boxes if you cut it into thirds widthways, each piece will measure 21cm x approx 10cm.
Follow the guide given in the photo and score the box along the centre, then score from the centre fold line outer corners to the middle of the outside edge as shown by the dotted lines. These score lines will make the folds reqiured after decoration, it is easier to decorate while the card is still flat. The holes are best punched at the end once all folds are complete so that they match up perfectly ready for the ribbon tie up.
When decorating your box do one side at a time remembering that the picture will need to be grounded along the centre fold, otherwise you may have one side the right way up and one upside down once folded. If using an embossing folder you will find that only one side will fit completely, the same applies with the 6" square masks.

You can make these in different sizes, make 24 little ones for an advent decoration. Party or wedding favours, if you make jewellery they make perfect gift boxes. They can be embellished with as little or as much as you wish.

If you have any queries or comments please let me know, I hope these instructions are useful.

This stamp set is 'Christmas Post' from Creative Expressions. For the lady who was asking about these stamps I have found one sample on the Particraft blog (click the link on 'My Blog List') and I am still looking for more. It may take a while but I'll try and track them down for you.