Wednesday 6 December 2023

The Paper Funday's 5th Birthday

     The Paper Funday is celebrating it's 5th birthday with a separate challenge to the usual, please join us in our celebrations, you might even win a prize.
     For my birthday card I have used a flower die to cut out the centre of a white layer, then mounted it on foam tape above a piece of patterned paper.
     The greeting has been heat embossed in gold across the centre bar which does not cut the card.
     To add a tiny bit of interest and to tie the whole thing together I have added some small pearls in each corner of the top layer.
     The card is still thin enough to go standard post and by facing the pearls to the back when in the envelope, it should run through their machinery without causing to much fuss.
     Come along and join in the celebration at The Paper Funday. Follow the link to join in the fun.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafter's Cafe - #303 Feminine
Creative Fingers - #267 Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #2248 Anything Goes
Beautiful Blossoms - #11 Anything Goes or Mood Board
Die Cut Divas - Flower(s)

Paper Funday Christmas Has Landed


     December is upon us already, where did the year go?!  This month's challenge at The Paper Funday has begun, it's an Anything Goes challenge with an optional twist this month of Snowmen or Birds, but that's not all........there is also a chance to win a prize if you join us in our 5th Birthday challenge which is being run alongside the usual one.

     This is a small Christmas Journal made with greyboard covered with Christmas papers. I have made one very much like this before and it was such a hit I had to make it again.
     There is a small pocket on the back flap to hold the cover of a note book, this way the note book can be removed when full and a new one added. The note book was made with some copy paper covered with a patterned card overlay and stitched together.
     Inside the front cover is a small pocket to hold a tag, next time I think I should add a larger pocket to hold receipts. Double sided papers are perfect for this type of project and I do happen to have just a few!!!
     This project was for our monthly challenge at The Paper Funday which you are welcome to come and join. 
     If you have the time then take a look at our 5th Birthday challenge which is running alongside the usual one, this one is for Birthday or Anniversary projects and there are prizes to be won, so come and join our celebrations.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie - Anything But A Card
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Creative Crafting Uncles - Foliage and Leaves

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Thank You


     A new month means a new challenge at The Paper Funday, an Anything goes challenge with an optional twist and this months it's Thank You.
     In the UK November is a month of remembrance for all our armed forces and others who were lost fighting for freedom, their symbol is the poppy.
     I already had this image stamped and embossed after borrowing the stamp from a friend, all I had to do was mount it on a red mat layer and add a die cut poppy. I felt that no words were necessary, none would have been enough.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Festive Friday - #FF0146 Remembrance Day
Use Your Stuff - #496 Anything Goes

Wednesday 4 October 2023

Cats and Bats

     Another month, another project for The Paper Funday. This is an Anything Goes papercraft challenge with an optional twist, for October the twist is use yellow, orange and green. 
     This card is a CASE of a card by Shelly Matteson, her card is a bit more orangey than mine but in my defence I was using up some gorgeous papers I inherited from my mum.
     The background paper already had a sun/moon type look to it so I cut a moon in vellum and stuck it over the lightest area of the background.
     The colourise pumpkins were cut from some Clarity papers mum had in her stash, I chose a greeny purple one to fit the twist. The leaves come from another sheet of Clarity paper that had amazing Autumn colours on it. Shaped leaves give a bit more texture and depth to the overall picture with bats and cats in black card being set off by a black mat layer. To make the whole thing a little more magical I mounted the picture on some pearlescent orange card. 
      I won't be giving this one away for two reasons, one being I really like it and the second is we don't tend to celebrate Halloween even though the colour are amazing. It will grace the walls of my work area until next year at least.
     Please come and join us at The Paper Funday, it doesn't have to be Halloween and it doesn't have to be a card, as long as it's made with paper or card that's fine with us.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Two Old Bats Halloween - Anything Halloween
Inspiration Station - #54 Halloween colours
Get Creative - #126 Purple, green black and orange
Unicorn - #92 Autumn/Halloween

Friday 8 September 2023

Snowflake The Winter Dragon


     When is tree shaped treat box not a tree shaped treat box?......When it's a dragon of course!
   The new Charles Treat Box from John Next Door makes a great gift box, but when I started to make one it fell over on my desk and looked just like a dragon's head with perfect spikey teeth. Not very Christmassy?  it is if you like dragons....a dragon is for all seasons......a table decoration with a difference. Make in another colour scheme for Halloween, a special gift or just for fun.
     I made a dragon in plain card as a prototype, no point in wasting the good stuff to start with, it meant I could fold and chop it around until it looked right without a worry.
     The body is made from the main part of last years Hexacracker with two hexagons for end caps.

     For the tail I made the treat box into a triangular shaped tree and glued it to the hexabody, making sure that the spines of one edge were pointing upwards and lined up with the peak of one edge on the body.
     With the remaining tree from making the tail I folded it in half and glued the spinney edge. Cutting the tree in half I discarded the folded part and glued the spine along the ridge of the body in line with the tail spines.
     For the head I made the box as a tree but left one side open, the inside of this flap was lined with some marbled effect wallpaper and the spinney edges were folded inward to form the lower row of teeth. To stop the jaw flapping about I glue the largest tooth at the back of the mouth to the corresponding tooth on the upper jaw, the mouth stays open but doesn't drop too low.

     The head was glued onto the body to be higher than the tail, then a spine was added to the head, made in the same way as the main body spine but shorter and glued in the middle to line up with the rest of the spines.
     Wings were made from one tree shape each, the bottom edge was cut with the box die to get a spikey edge, then scored and pleated to give folds. These were glued onto the body at an angle to give a nice sweeping wing that stands up. Wing tips can be glued together so it can be hung up, but you will need to find the centre of balance for your own dragon as it will vary depending on card and embellishments added.

     All that remained were the legs, what better way to stand firm than using four trees. Three tree tops for each leg were cut, I only cut the top part that I would need rather than wasting card. The little trees were cut with an angle to the base so that Snowflake would stand level, having the slightly shorter edge on the inside as well as a flat side to glue to the body.
     Once the dragon was built it was time to cover it in snowflakes and gems for added sparkle and some large blue pearls for eyes. Using a patterned pearl card made it much easier to incorporate sparkle and shine, embossing would have made it harder to assemble and painting might have made it soggy.
     It may sound complicated but it's not really, pick up some inexpensive card and have a play. Dies should be versatile giving value for money, it's NOT just what it says on the packet, it can be so much more.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Anything BUT A Card
Peace On Earth - #47 Photo (Snowflakes)
Christmas With The Cuties - #73 Something Snowy
Die Cutting Divas - Anything Goes
The Holly & Ivy - #147 Anything Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky - #579 Wings or Scales

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Wild Flower Gnome in the Spotlight

     A new month means a new challenge at The Paper Funday, an Anything Goes papercraft challenge with an optional twist.
     For this card I have used a SheepSki design called Wild Flower Gnome. I chose to make a simple card with the spotlight method.
     Two copies of the image were printed at the same time, making sure they were the exactly the same size. One image was kept for the base layer and one was cut with a circle die to give two spotlights.
     Using alcohol markers I coloured the two discs and added a little gold pen to the flower centres. For the mat layer I used the same marker as the disc background on a piece of white card, only the outer edge was coloured which gave me the perfect colour match.
     I mounted the discs onto the background before layering up, just incase it went wrong I would only need another background layer. To give wiggle room to the discs I added a little PVA glue to the foam tape when I was lining them up, you get a few seconds to move them around.
     Once the discs were added I layered up the card, I felt it was a little too bare so I added a small greeting to the bottom corner. Inside is still blank so it can be made to suit the occasion when it's needed.
     If you haven't visited The Paper Funday yet then please do, there's lots of inspiration over there from my creative team mates.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Di's Digi Designs - Die Cuts/Punches
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #2335 Anything Goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - #213 Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Garden Delights

Wednesday 2 August 2023

The Paper Funday Maiko


     Welcome to this month's project for The Paper Funday, a digi stamp from StarStampz called Maiko In Spring
     I printed the stamp twice on smooth card, I should have payed more attention to the size as the finished card ended up being A5, so that's by hand delivery on that one!
     I cut out one Maiko ans set her aside while I coloured the background piece. Using a sponge and some Distress Inks I added blue and greens to the card, a colour wash would have buckled the card so it had to be something dryer.
    As the edges of the Maiko might be visible I coloured her with the same alcohol pen I was going to use on the top image, but only arouns the outside edges. I coloured the cutout Maiko and added a few touches of silver to her kimono, which sadly don't show up in the photograph.
  To add some texture and make the tree more interesting I dug out my stash of Flowersoft. Using tiny dabs of PVA i aimed for where I thought the flowers might be.
     Once the glue was dry I tapped off any excess Flowersoft and mounted the background on to some dusky mauve card, then on to a thin layer of dark blue. I was going to put this on to a white card blank but the white blank took away from the image so I chose to use a piece of dusky blue card to make a card blank.
     The Maiko cutout was then mounted on foam before going onto the background, like this she now stood out from the blossom on the tree.
     The card looked a little empty around the edges so I added a knot made with Mizuhiki cord to lift it slightly.

The Paper Funday is an Anything Goes with paper challenge, it also has an optional twist, so please pop along and join us with your papercraft project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness - #145 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #259 Anything Goes
Gem Of A Challenge - Wk15 Anything Goes

Wednesday 5 July 2023

Summer Rain


     This month at The Paper Funday we have two sponsors, this design is from Sheeski Designs - Shopping In Yorkshire.
     I saw a sample on Sheepski's Etsy page that caught my eye, the simplicity appealed to my level of colouring skills, I chose to use blue instead of black but the basic idea is similar. This was done with a mix of alcohol marker brands, it doesn't seem to matter how many pens you have, finding the right shade is a task in itself.
     A simple mat layer cut with nesting dies helped give the card some curves and finding a fabulous piece of patterned paper from Clarity really finished it off. There is no greeting at present, this will be added when it's needed, although I quite like it without.
    Please pop over to The Paper Funday to see all the inspiration from the team and have a look at some of the great images from our sponsors.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes
Love To Craft - Anything Goes

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Bowled Over By Paper

      The Paper Funday's challenge this month is as usual Anything Goes, but the twist is to make something that is neither square nor rectangular. A 3D project seemed the way to go for me, so I broke out the Spellbinder die set Vintage Hexagon Bowl. There is a really good video tutorial on You Tube to walk you through assembly which I found very useful, especially when it came to the stitched edges.
      To start with I cut out all the panels using two 12x12 sheets of double sided thick paper. At this point I began to think about durability, after all the work I was going to put into this bowl I wanted it to last.
      To make my bowl stronger I used project acetate on both sides of each panel. As this acetate is thin I was able to cut two sheets at a time but the holes didn't punch out cleanly so I had to use my Crop-A-Dile. A bit tedious but well worth it and it did punch through four layers at a time.

     With the paper sandwiched between two sheets of acetate I started to crochet around the edge of each panel, it didn't take as long as I thought it would. I used a #20 crochet cotton on this one as that's what I had to hand, I would say if you are using a larger thread number you may need to make sure you have plenty. 
     Sadly I don't think the tutorial tells you just how much thread you will need as it may vary, just make sure it's a full ball or several matching skeins.
     To make up the bowl I set it out on the worktop and moved the side panels around until I was happy, then took a picture to refer to.
     Sewing up was very quick and easy as I had left long tales as advised in the tutorial
     This bowl came out around 4inches tall, 5inches at the bottom and 8inches at the top, perfect for sweets, pot pourri or as a small hamper.
     The Paper Funday is a papercraft challenge, not just cards, so please pop along and join us with your papercraft projects.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
A Place To Start - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes NO Cards
Crafting Happiness - #143 Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #256 Anything Goes     (Top 3)

Wednesday 3 May 2023

Embossing With The Paper Funday


     Welcome to my contribution to this month's The Paper Funday Challenge, this month our twist is Embossing - Hot or Dry, or both if you wish.
     I chose to dry emboss with a Tim Holtz embossing folder - Elegant. I have inherited a large craft stash for my mum so it seemed right to use some of it on this project, Clarity papers caught my eye but I can't tell you which set it comes from, sorry.
     There were a few areas of damage on the piece I chose, so I cut it down to a 4inch square and ran it through the embossing folder. I have a Bigshot so for my machine I used the base plate, the folder and one clear plate, the 3D folders are much thicker than the ordinary ones so you'll need to adjust your sandwich according to your machine.
     Once embossed I used a little silver Pebeo gilding wax on a hard foam pad to add highlight to the raised areas. I left it for a few minutes then gave it a gentle buff with a soft cloth to get a nice shine.
     I wanted to have a coloured mat layer under my patterned paper but nothing in my stash was the right shade, so I made my own. I cut a square of white card and used an alcohol marker to colour the edges, no need to do the whole card as only the edge will be seen.
     After sticking the embossed topper to the mat layer I then cut another mat layer in silver paper and mounted that underneath on foam tape.
     Once stuck onto the white card blank I went in search of a suitable greeting. My card stash needs lots more birthday cards so after a little rummage I found some greeting toppers, the birthday one wasn't quite right so I used a Best Wishes instead. Mounted on foam tape and tucked in the top corner finished this card off and with the colour scheme it could be for a man or a woman.
     If you haven't been to The Paper Funday then please pop over and take a look at all the lovely inspiration you'll find there, then come and join us with your project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Paper Players - PP638 Tic-Tac-Toe  (last row down)
Can You Handle The Pressure - Anything Goes Embossing     (Top Winner)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #2317 Anything Goes     (Honourable mention)
Love To Craft - #74 Anything Goes

Friday 10 February 2023

Taking A Break

      I'm taking a little break at the moment, sadly crafting has to take a back seat for a few weeks but I shall return soon.