Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happiness is Homemade

Happy Thursday,

I know today is Halloween and so my post should be spooky however I did that a couple of weeks ago, click HERE to see my Halloween offering.

Slightly different card for me simple stamping and die cutting...

This is a change of pace from the rest of this week with a very simple Hand Tied bow.

The card starts with hand cutting a card blank by folding a sheet of A4 PMD red cardstock in half, then making it into a square (don't worry the scrap is used for a tag!)

The background is a crackle stamp from creative expressions which I stamped with versamark then embossed with clear powder.  This panel is then swirled with different colours of distress ink and mounted onto a matching red card.

Next a simple double layer of Kraft and red card and a simple stripe of spotty ribbon.

The main element is a heart cut with a spellbinders die in fabric (which I used with iron on interfacing to stop it fraying) a felt rose and a banner tag cut in cream Core'dinations cardstock.  The sentiment you may have seen before as it's a favourite of mine from Waltzing mouse.

Simple but, hopefully, effective!


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Laura Ashley...

Happy Wednesday,

Todays card really reminds me of a Laura Ashley dress from the seventies ( No I've not lied about my age I've been watching too many documentaries!)

The background paper is the culprit I think and it is from Do'crafts Victoria and Albert museum collection.  This is a collection of papers from quilts and fabrics from the museum so it could be where Laura got the print fabric idea from!

I started this card with the paper and mounted it onto a sheet of gold mirror card then a piece of PMD chocolate brown card.  I foam mounted this onto a cream card frame on a card base made from the same, brown, cardstock.

The focal element is made from the largest three die cuts from Spellbinders Decorative Labels twenty-two.  These were cut in the same cream card however I inked them in the dies using Antique Linen distress ink as well as dusting the edges with the same ink.

The sentiment is a waltzing Mouse stamp which is stamped in the same colour ink.

Finally I added a double bow and a strip of ribbon on the chocolate die cut which helpfully has sections at each side which the ribbon threads through beautifully!

The bow is made with the technique I use for my messy bow, see the video tutorial HERE, however I only wrapped the ribbon round the pegs twice.



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Especially for Jen

Happy Tuesday Everyone...

Last Thursday I received an email from Jen asking for a tutorial on my candle box, Click HERE to see the original post.  I promised to do a tutorial so here it is.  Unfortunately as a lot of you know when I make a tutorial I always make a different version of the original so here it is...

This one is made with Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circles to which I have added a strip of ribbon going through the die cuts.

Here is a close up...

Here's the tutorial

Firstly take 2 sheets of a thick A4 cardstock and score the first sheet at the following measurements:-

1cm, 11cm, 21cm, 22cm and cut the first sheet at this measurement.  Next turn this one and score at 1cm from the bottom and at 17cm.

Take the next sheet and score at 10cm and 20cm and cut this sheet at this measurement.  Then score 1cm from the bottom and again at 17cm.

Next take a third sheet and cut 2 10 x 10cm squares.  This will leave you with four pieces of cardstock one at 22cm one at 20 cm and two at 10cm.  Fold in all the scored lines and cut out the squares at the corners and cut up to the score lines in the middle (difficult to explain however the picture, Left, should help)

Simply lay your chosen die on the card in the middle of the larger centre panels.  I have used a die that cuts elements out rather than a full shape.

This picture shows how I laid on the die, the next picture shows one cut with the next ready to cut.  I cut these using a magnetic sheet (cheap pound shop one) and ran it through a few times at different places and angles.

Next step is to stick the two larger pieces together using the flap on one sheet.  Then use the other flap to seal the two edges to create a box shape.  Fold in the four bottom flaps and stick one of the squares on the bottom.

I really hope the pictures help to describe the steps, next time I will do this as a video tutorial I promise!

I die cut the 10cm lid and then stick this to one of the flaps to create a fold over lid.

This creates the lid and then all you have to do is decorate your candle box as you like.  Please remember to use a battery powered candle and not a real one lol!

 I hope you can all follow this tutorial,


Monday, 28 October 2013

For Patricia...

Happy Monday!

Todays card is inspired by the beautiful creations to be found on Summerhouse Crafts created by the lovely Patricia. 

I feel really guilty as due to a lack of time I always visit a list of blogs every morning however I very rarely have time to comment.  Therefore whilst I was making this card I couldn't help but be reminded of the stunning roses Patricia makes for her box's.  Hopefully this will go some way to explaining why I don't comment as often as I'd like!

I started this one with a sheet of First Edition Pare from the Floral Pavilion pad with a beautiful old rose print.  I cut several layers matted with pink and white cardstock.  Next I added a die cut from Spellbinders Filigree Delight die with the centre panel also curt out.

Next I added a 'frame' made with a thin border of the First Edition paper layered on white and then pink.  I added a few pearls on the filigree die cut peeping through the frame.

Finally I added the roses cut with Spellbinders Spiral Blossom one and two smaller roses cut with a Marianne die.

I hope you like my version of Patricia's roses.


Sunday, 27 October 2013

No Mojo!

Happy Sunday,

Now today should be the Sunday Mojo however Wendy is currently chugging along the ocean on a cruise ( we were meant to be going again but weren't able to arrange the time off!)  Therefore there is no Mojo Challenge this week.

Instead I thought I would Show another version of the candle box I made a few weeks ago.  More on this on Tuesday!

This is the new one made with Spellbinders Gold majesty Circles.  The original is below made using Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Something Very Different Saturday

Happy Saturday,

Todays is not a box, nor Christmas, Yeah!  A very quick post though I was asked to make a card for a 18 year old girl.  Now even I admit that my style is not really fun and young so I was a little stumped however at 11pm the night before it was due I came up with the idea of a quilted handbag Card and here it is!

I have added a few more pictures so that you can see the card stands on its own and when you open the clasp it fold flat with the 18 in the middle.

Different for me but I am reliably informed that the birthday girl loved it, it did look better in real life!


Friday, 25 October 2013

Over The Top!!!

Happy Christmas Friday!

I have to admit I have been holding off on this card for a few weeks, even I have to admit this is too OTT even for me!  After weeks of looking at this on the shelf in my craft room I finally had to do something with it so I took it all apart and started again.

Amazingly I got enough die cuts and embellishments off this card to create two others.  This is the first one...
This one uses elements from the card above but, to me anyway, looks a great deal cleaner and simpler.

The next card is made using the leftover pieces and the base card from The OTT version.

The dies used were Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circles and Basic Grey Sizzix Reindeer die.

I prefer the white background card to the others, what do you think?


Thursday, 24 October 2013

A Little Late

Morning Friends,

Todays post is the promised, and late, video tutorial from Tuesday and is the follow on from last weeks messy bow tutorial, Click HERE if you missed it or want another view!

Todays tutorial is made to show you how, using the same simple bow maker, you can make the flat double bow I have used on this card...

here is a detail of the bow...

The video tutorial is below, please let me know what you think!

This card is made in simple PMD cardstock in Navy and cream using Spellbinders Curved Borders one, Nesting Circles small and Gold circles one.  The stamp is from waltzing Mouse...


John x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Filigree Silver...

Happy Wednesday!

Another card made using the borders dies however this is form Spellbinders Bracket Borders one set and instead of using it as a border I've used it as a simple filigree section to highlight the centre panel.

This card is a DL size, one I rarely make, in navy PMD cardstock and white Linen card.  I started by making the centre element using Spellbinders filigree delight die however I left the centre section whole and cut a navy oval to fit.  Next I covered a sheet of card with a double sided adhesive sheet from Scrapbook adhesives ( purchased from Christine Hope and Chances blog) next I used the inside of the oval die as a template and hand cut it out adding chariots of fire gilding flakes (Indigoblu) and foam mounted them all together.

The whole piece is added to the white panel which has the borders cut out and threw in a few gems for good measure.

The decorative element is a laser cut from Hobbycutz with a white rose and a banner.  The banner is made in scarp from the adhesive sheet added to navy card and stamped with the word forever (really hard to see in the picture)


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Rain stops Play!

Happy Tuesday,

Well today was supposed to be my second video tutorial however due to circumstances beyond Wendy and my control this wont go live until Thursday!  Hence rain stopped play...

Instead today I thought I would show this card instead.  This is a simple top fold hinged card made with a cardstock from My Minds Eye with plain cardstock cut with my new Spellbinders Scalloped Borders one die I bought from the local craft shop.

I started by cutting the border first then inked whilst in the die using dusty concord distress ink.   This was teamed up with the paper  cut in two layers and edged in cream.

The bow on top is made witrh last weeks video tutorial and is finished with a pearl button and two hatpins courtesy of Wendy

The centre element is made using a double layer of labels four stamped with Brilliance ink in twilight which is a lovely opalescent ink in three colours.  The stamps are from waltzing mouse country labels four stamped in the ink and coloured in the die.

The flourishes are cut using the main element from Spellbinders Iron tags and accents which again I inked in the die this time using the brilliance apd so that the colours mix. 

A simple styled card, with a simp,le message,


Monday, 21 October 2013

House of Cards October

Happy Monday Afternoon,

I Can't believe its been a month already since my last design team card for House of Cards but I guess it has been !  This months challenge is a sketch, cards must follow this sketch or layout. 

Above is my Classic and Elegant take on this, I created this card using the spellbinders gold elements one corner die (I did say this would pop up again!). The design is slightly different from the sketch in that I made it into a square.  Firstly I cut the corner die four times in cream cardstock to create the cross section however before cutting I inked the die to give the letterpress technique.  Doing this really makes the die cut pop and balances out the starkness of the cream card.  This was then mounted behind a hand cut, and layered, square aperture in navy and cream.  At the back I added a sheet of simple striped paper to give balance.  The sentiment is a set of frames cut using labels four which I inked, using the same navy pad, whilst in the die.

To join in the challenge or to see what my fellow DT members have made to inspire you click HERE.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Hobbycutz Sunday

Happy Sunday all!

Firstly I want to say how grateful I am for the response to my first video tutorial!  So many of you seemed to enjoy it Hopefully it will be the first of many! 

I perhaps should explain the time delay in thanking you all, the issue at the moment is that due to the pressures of work (the summer season here hasn´t ended yet and so far there's little sign of it calming down before Christmas)  The remainder of my time I seem to spend crafting, therefore I write all my blog posts for a week in 2 batches, one set on Sunday, one on Saturday night.  Therefore I have a few days in hand ready to go.  This is why, sometimes, I don´t reply immediately on my blog!  I read every comment posted and genuinely value all comments of every contributor where I can I reply however any questions please use the email me button at the top of my page!  Thanx to the magic of Ipads and I phone Email usually reaches me, including your comments, instantly.

That said todays creation is for my DT spot on Hobbycutz, this weeks challenge is Home D├ęcor (not a card) and can be anything you wish.  Once again the challenge carries an extra prize for anyone using Hobbycutz products.  I have made a wall hanging / clock using some of their wooden laser cut cogs along with some form my Sizzix Cogs Die.

All of these have been embellished in different  ways with alcohol inks, embossing powders and even a few gilding flakes here and there.  I wanted to show how you can really go to town on the laser cut shapes, as they are made of wood they are very sturdy.

This big cog (see picture) has had several layers of embossing powder added to give the distressed verdigris look.  The cog above has been treated in the same way however I added micro fine clear glitter to the last firing!  I thought this technique would be good for Christmas (note to self must try this)

The clock face is another Sizzix die and is weathered clock by Tim Hotz, one of the first dies I bought a couple of years ago, well before I got into the spellbinders filigree delight route I seem to be on at the moment.

I know this really isn't to everyone's taste but I certainly enjoyed creating it!

To join in the challenge or see what the other design team members have created, click HERE or to see the marvellous range of laser cuts click HERE.


Saturday, 19 October 2013

A Trip to the Duck Pond...

Happy Different Saturday,

I'm beginning to think I should call this feature Happy Box Day as that seems to be what I keep making, however there is something different from a box tomorrow for my Hobbycutz Design Team inspiration.  I have titled todays post a trip to the duck pond as I was inspired to make this box from Mrs Ducks beautiful creation, click HERE to be transferred to the Duck Pond.

My version is a candle box, the second photo shows the card with a battery powered candle in situ which is how this gift will be given.

The box is made in two pieces using PMD white Hammered cardstock (I use so much of this I should have shares in the company!)  The die used is Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles I used the largest inset and the oval inset.

The top of the box is made using all the dies form Spellbinders Adorning Squares die which are all foam mounted and layered on top of each other.

The front piece is decorated with paper roses made with a Marianne die, leaves from the same set and a small pink bow.  I've left this very simple as I feel apertures and the hammered card looks simply good.

I've added a few more pics to give the general idea.


Friday, 18 October 2013

Stamped Christmas

Happy Friday,

Can you believe its Friday, its a Christmas card, and yet its in traditional colours and uses, hardly any, die cutting.  That's right not a spellbinders in sight, not strictly true as the background is an impressibilitiy!

I wanted to make something in more of a traditional hue however I couldn't resist adding black which is not strictly traditional but does, IMHO, make the card 'pop'

I started this card by dabbing distress ink on the impressibilitiy die which I have to admit I have hardly used and find hard to use and running it through my BSP.   Next I simply created a set of layers using red and black before mounting, with foam, on a white PMD hand cut card blank.  The stamp, which lets face it is the main Christmassy bit, was stamped in black archival ink and cut with Spellbinders labels 2 and matted with black.  Some ribbon and a couple of the ever present at the moment pearls and complete.

To offset the card I also made a tag in the same manner, however the bottom is cut with a Joanna Sheen Signature die.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Something New, Something Blue...

Happy Thursday!

Last week I went to my local craft shop with Wendy and Val (in Spain) and I promised I would show something made with whatever I bought.  Well here it is, Wendy managed to grab a couple of dies I fancied so I was left with Spellbinders Scalloped borders one.  Once I got home I had buyers remorse as at €28.50 it was more expensive than buying the die online however as soon as I started cutting with it I loved it and made about 5 cards in a couple of hours.

This is a deceptively simple looking card that took a lot longer, and looks better in real life, than you would think.

I started by cutting three strips of cream card with different combinations of the borders, I added pearls to one strip then layered them up to give the frill at the bottom.

Next I cut a strip of the patterned paper, from stash so no idea where from sorry, with the same curved die and added this on top before a simple stripe of blue silk ribbon.  This was placed at the bottom of the card which was made with the same paper and layers of cream and navy PMD card. 
Finally I added the sentiment Happiness is homemade because I really believe it is.  This is on a simple circle layered onto the same paper and cards used in the card with a scalloped circle at the end.  One of my bows and finished, was it value for money?

Another good thing that came from the visit to the craft shop was that Ollie, the owner, agreed to me doing a class there I have 4 people who want to attend so far just 4 more to go!


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

In The Pink.......

Happy Wednesday,

I am writing this on Sunday as most of you know by now I work on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 2pm then from 4pm to 1am.  This means that, at this point, I have no idea how yesterdays tutorial went down I hope it was positive, if you liked it great, if not sorry!!!! 

If you missed the video tutorial click HERE to be linked.

Todays card is a follow on from yesterday and the bow, along with one to be shown later in the week, will be the subject of my next video!

I made this card using the same materials as yesterday, pink PMD card, fabric paper from First Edition and Spellbinders Ornate Squares die.  I also used a new eBay bargain Spellbinders matting basics B to cut the layers.

Here is a close up of the bow, its made from a 2.5cm satin cream ribbon with a pearl in the centre.


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Please be kind!

Happy Tuesday,

I have titled this post please be kind as this is my first video tutorial!  Over the past few months I've had loads of questions about how I make my bow's, especially Elaine!, so I promised I would do a tutorial.  After taking loads of pictures I came to the conclusion that a video was the only way.  Therefore today's Tuesday Tutorial is a video on how to make a bow, the bow on this card!

This card is simply made to show the bow it is made with plain cardstock and a sheet of fabric paper from First Edition.  It is simply layered with a tag made with a spellbinders ornate squares die borrowed from Wendy.

Please feel free to watch the video and give me your honest opinion, however please be kind lol.

If you like this Wendy (my new film crew) and I have a video planned for next week...

Here is a close up of the bow, click to the video if you want showing how I made it, if not hopefully just enjoy the card!

John x