Monday, 19 June 2017

Gift Box of 5x5 Cards

In the previous post I shared a box I created in Brother Scan n Cut canvas

Here is a finished project. I have managed to fit 7 cards and envelopes into it without straining the box.
I have kept the cards pretty simple to enable me to fit more in and for quick makes to either gift or to make more of to sell for a charity event.

Basic cards

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Scan N Cut Box for 5x5 inch cards

I like to gift cards to friends and family but always seem to end up buying boxes from the likes of The Works. The problem with that is, they aren't the correct size, shape, pattern and they add to the cost of a Random Act of Kindness. I'd prefer to spend that on other crafty goodies or crafting essentials.
I decided 5x5 inch cards were a good size as the larger cards are more expensive for people to post.
I know Pootles does some fab tutorials and I thought possibly I could make a boxed envelope from my envelope punch board that would accommodate 5 or more cards and envelopes. However this wasn't practical.
I noticed Tonic had released a box template for index cards but this wasn't big enough for my requirements and with a £34 price tag, I couldn't justify that kind of spend. I love Tonic products but my house is creaking at the seams with the amount of dies I have.
Months ago i bought the Scan n Cut and decided that i needed to get it out and play.
So with a bit of measuring and an wee quality check and another pair of eyes my engineer husband gave it a look over.

I am more than happy with the results. I put this together in brother Canvas. It's pretty simple and not too fancy but it is ideal for what I wanted it for.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Tim Holtz Crazy Cats

I must admit to actually ADORING the Tim Holtz Crazy range. I have the Dogs, Cats and Birds sets.
So I had stamped an A4 sheet with the Cats a while back and coloured them using pro-markers.
They have been sitting patiently waiting to be made into cards.
I keep saying I'll make cards to donate to The Cats Protection charity but then I don't want to part with them when they are made. (how sad eh)

So here are the cards all made up. Papers used are from Tonic paper pads.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Woodware - Left Hanging

A bit of a Woodware theme going on here. That's what happens when you look for one stamp set, you always see more that you need.
Stamped this cute stamp and coloured it with pro-markers.
Matted it onto black die-cut to make it stand out
The backing papers used for matting and layering were from a Tonic paper pad.
Again I stamped the sentiment onto the square the image was on using the Tim Holtz Stamping platform. I love how it gives you the confidence to line up the stamp and also know if you ever under ink then stamping again will mean it is perfectly lined up. So no ruined projects.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Golf Shoe Card

Having a Golfer husband. I just had to get this Woodware Stamp set. Great value at £6
As with most mens cards. I tried to make this as plain as possible. I don't think the men folk like our need to put ribbon and pearls onto everything.
So with my un-fussy head on.

  • Stamped image with Memento ink pad
  • Coloured it with Pro-Markers
  • Matted onto black card
  • Matted more white card onto black card and stuck onto main card
  • Stamped the ball and wording on using my Tim Holtz stamping platform (really beginning to love it) what did I do without it?
I hope you like it. i think I will make more just like this in various colours. hand to have for any of his friends.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Woodware Sneakers Card

Was asked to make a card for a Gala Maid
The little girl was 12 so had to be something (not too cute) or babyish
I thought the Woodware Sneakers stamp would do the trick (we call them Trainers) in the UK
Stamped onto a white die cut square and used my Tim Holtz stamping platform to position the stamp. This came in super handy when stamping the star on the shoe.
I coloured it with Promarkers.
The backing paper is from a Tonic Studios paper pad
Circle dies for sentiment are Tonic
Black squiggle shapes ar Tatter Lace Tuck-ins dies
Sentiment was printed off.

Hope you like it.

Happy Crafting 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Tonic Buildables Hippo

Hi Crafters

I seem to be going through a 6x6 phase. I am trying to take into account the cost of postage as sending out an 8x8 comes under large letter so nearly £1 to send!!

So this Hippo is so super cute,  I love it!!

I made it using grey pearlised card. To add a bit more dimension I inked the edges with black ink and assembled the hippo with foam pads.
The added Nuvo drops to the eyes to add a bit more dimension.
The Baby balloons are a Tonic die too. I cut 2 out and offset the grey with white underneath, then I placed the white letters in the balloons to make them pop.
The blue  paper is from a paper pad from the pound shop.
To add a bit of interest and make the hippo stick out I matted 2 scalloped circles onto the card and put the hippo onto them.
A few pearils in the corners were added to finish it off.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Creative Stamping Mag Number 41

Hi Crafters

Another 6x6 card today

This is one of those cards that we never like to make. I usually have a few Sympathy cards or Thinking of You cards in my card box ready for those times they are needed.

This is very simple and plain but that was what I wanted.

I matted and layered cream pearilised card onto black card.
Then stamped the feather and sentiment onto a smaller piece of cream card and matted this onto black card. The placement of the stamps were made so much easier using my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.
I then mounted it onto the center of the card with foam pads just to give it a bit of dimension.

Both stamps were from the Creative Stamping Magazine issue 41

Friday, 5 May 2017

Creative Stamping Magazine 42

Hi Crafters

Today I am sharing with you a 6x6 card.

I made this with the fabulous free stamps in the Creative Stamping Magazine number 42.
I don't do many princess cards but I had to have the magazine as the stamp set included a unicorn, playing cards etc and loads of super inspiration inside the magazine.
The backing paper is from a Tonic paperpad. I added faux stitching to add a bit of interest.

Please feel free to leave a comment even just to say hi.

Thanks for dropping by

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Tonic Buildables Owl

Hi crafters.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Today I am sharing with you a 6x6 card I made using the super cute Tonic Buildables Owl.

This was such a hoot to craft with (sorry couldn't resist)
So easy to craft with, I can see the various colours and textures to use with this being endless and suitable for so many occasions.
The sentiment is one of my stamps that I designed when I had my little craft business and its so apt for this character and card.
The paper is surprisingly from the pound shop. I got a 6x6 paper pad and for £1 how could I resist.
Hope you like.
Feel free to leave a comment even if it's just to let me know there are crafters out there who drop by.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Stay Wild Visible Image Card

Another Visible Image Stamps card.
Used Stay Wild set.
Using Distress inks I swooshed the colours onto them concentrating on trying to keep the blue to the center of the card.
Added a mask and spritzed some water to lift some of the colour then dried and stamped the Image, sentiment and smaller horses.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Stand Out Visible Image Card

By now you will probably have seen a pattern emerging. I am having a a bit of a love affair with Visible Image stamps.
On this one I was on the verge of putting it in the bin as I really thought it was a bit over the top as I usually don't do really grungy
When my hubby & my 14 year old son clapped eyes on it their reaction was. That's really cool!
I shared it on Visible Image facebook page and I got really positive feedback.
So what can I say? Typical crafter...forever critical of my makes

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Win & Tonic DT April Challenge

Another blog challenge going on over at the Win & Tonic blog.
Winners are chosen at random. So anyone has a chance of winning.
Up for grabs this month to the luck winner is a set of Nuvo brush markers. I'm sooooo jealous. I don't own these myself but they look fab.
Here is my Easter make to inspire you.

Visible Image - Music Speaks & Distress Oxides

So my distress oxides arrived Yay!!!
So it became apparent that I need an Ink blending tool as the make up sponges weren't fit for the job.
They are now on order but like a true crafter, I'd waited long enough for the Ink pads to arrive and had to play.
So I chose 3 colours out of the 12 and layed down colour on the card.
This was my second attempt at this card as the first one I had stamped the image in Memento
but once the ink was put down it dulled the image with it's chalky style finish.
So start again!!
So colour layed down and blended rather clumsily with my (not fit for purpose) make-up sponges
I splashed with water to get the colours to react.
Pretty happy with just the effect of the colours I then set about stamping
For this I used another new toy 
The Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
It made positioning the sound waves etc super easy and adding the sentiment straight
Love it!
Once done I didn't want to overdo it or over grunge as I loved the colours.
So, matted onto black then put onto a white 8x8 card

Friday, 14 April 2017

Another Visible Image Face It card

As with my previous post I have used the Visible Image face It stamp set
Starting with a 7x7 inch piece of white card
Stamped and embossed the image and sentiment
I used a Big and Juicy stamp pad and just layed down bands of colour, with no plan
I then splashed some colour on it to lift some colour and add effect.
Using a cracked glass mask I then added some colour to add some interest.
Using the same mask I then added some Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss around the edge to lift it and give a bit of sparkle.
Really happy with how this one turned out.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Visible Image Mr Bone Jangles

I wanted a card deemed fit and cool for the likes of a teenager to like.
Started with a 7x7 inch piece of white card
Stamped and embossed all images in black
using distress inks I layed down some colour
I then used a cracked window and brick wall mask to add some random pattern
Darkened the edges with black ink to draw your eye to the centre.
Then matted onto white then black card and mounted onto a white 8x8 card

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Visible Image Face It card

Going through a wee love affair with Visible Image stamps.
My first taste of crafting was stamping then I got into other things (as you do)!
So to create this one I cut a 7x7 inch piece of white card stock.
I stamped and embossed all of the black images and sentiment
I did a colour wash in Faded Jeans Distress Ink (if I remember right)
Then layed more colour down.
I used a mask to add some texture then to add a bit more texture I used Creative Expression Mousse

Hope you like

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

First Play with Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Ok! I have stamped for more years than I'll admit to.
It is what first got me into paper-crafting many moons ago.
When people complained that stamping was hard, I never quite understood.
Yeh I'd botched a card putting the sentiment on squint or hadn't stamped it perfectly 
(engage swear words)
I'd even ruined a piece of card with not getting the image completely perfect, lined it up wrong or put a lovely dirty ink mark where it wasn't wanted. And sometimes even for a crafter you don't want a butterfly on every project
Heck, looking at all of the above, stamping can be a blooming right hit and miss.
So when my favourite company Tonic teamed up with Tim Holtz (all stand for Sir Tim)
to create the Stamping platform I sat up like a Meercat and paid attention.
Well! it arrived on Saturday.
So I'm impressed with the build of it, very well made, a good weight.
One gripe. It only comes with 2 magnets. I knew this when I ordered it. There was an option to buy more but I did think this would be for people losing them and 2 would do the job. However most of the cards I have been testing this on were 7 inches square so a few more magnets are needed to secure the card down especial after you've stamped the image and open the lid back up. You don't want the card to move. (more now ordered from ebay)

On the card below I stamped the image, which stamped great but I did think (I wish that was a bit blacker) think my ink pad is needing replaced.
I re-inked the stamp and stamped again and because everything is in the exact same position the image stamps perfectly on top of the first.
Placement of the sentiment is also much easier. You can line up and get right and no need for a steady hand.
All in all I really like it.
I have one stamp which is a Polymer Silhouette stamp giving me a bit of a hard time. I have used various stamps. At this point all polymer. I have yet to try out unmounted rubber like the Sheena Douglass ones so will report on how those perform.
Below is the simple card I made on the first trial of the platform.
Stamps used are Visible Image Face It set & sentiments are also from a pack from Visible image

Monday, 27 March 2017

Little Gift Box

So I made this little box. 
The finished result didn't turn out as I hoped. I must be hones. I do always struggle when using Mousses, waxes etc as I always feel the effect is too messy and a bit Homemade.
But hey ho trying things out of my comfort zone so a bit of messy crafting it was.
The box I have made these loads of times. It's all in one and i got the original idea from a Pootles video.
Made the box using black card stock, cut a Tonic Die and coloured it with Creative Expressions Mouse. Punched out some flowers from Tonic Petal Pairs coloured again with the mousse and did a double colour of centre using Nuvo drops. Added some washi tap around the side of the box and topped with a Mother die cut (again) Tonic.
Then added a touch of mousse to the edges to finish off.
So here is the finished box. As I say a bit grungy for my liking.

Thanks for dropping by.
Happy Crafting

Monday, 20 March 2017

My first Brother Scan n Cut project

After umming and ahhing over the Brother Scan n Cut.
Not needing, not wanting. I finally caved in and bought the Scan n Cut CM700 limited edition when it was on offer on Create and Craft.
I have a few other cutting machines but the lure of the deal, great demonstrations by John Bloodworth and the final nail in the coffin FLEXI-PAY. How could I resist?

So I took it out of the box, linked it to my wi-fi, updated the firmware and then put it back in the box.
I had an idea of a project I wanted to create.
A work colleague had just had a baby and I wanted to do a 3D  frame with the baby's name, weight etc on it.
So using Brother Scan n Cut Canvas I designed what i wanted in there, sent it over wireless to the machine and cut.

Here is the finished project.

Hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Elvis Gone but Never forgotten

A member of our team was leaving and I was tasked with his card. Or the truth be told I volunteered to do the honours.  Couldn't have him leaving us with an awful Funky Pigeon card now could we? 
I shouldn't say that now. I've now offended all the Funky Pigeon card lovers. yeh like my blog has that many viewers 
What I should say is, he wouldn't have felt much effort had gone into it if we'd given him a normal card!!
Mind you he is a bloke so probably opened and though...hmm no money. What a waste of time.
Anyway here is the card and I'll shut up now.

Hope you like. Thanks for dropping by

Friday, 17 March 2017

Visible Image Stay Curious Cats

Oh! I saw this stamp set and some of the amazing samples kicking about Facebook and I had to have them.
I am of course a cat person, given half the chance I'd have a house full of fur babies.
I'm also going through a stage of trying to make some cat themed cat cards after adopting a gorgeous cat from Cat Protection. I also want to make sure that any cards I make stick out so they can sell them to add to their funds.
This stamp set fits the bill perfectly. It's been a wee while. I must admit since I got inky so was a bit apprehensive. Would it be messy crafting or just making a right old mess?
So out with the inks and guess what? I still have some Big and Juicy inkpads (really) and they are still rather juicy.
Here are the 3 cards I came up with. I must admit. I am happy with them all. Well..... like every other crafter on the planet, if pushed I would pick faults with them all but is that not what we do?

So the stamp set is by Visible Image a UK company and the set is called Stay Curious

Hope you like and thanks for dropping by

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Win & Tonic DT Challenge March

Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog. It's that time of the month again...don't panic. Not THAT time phew!!!
It's time to share with you my make for the Win & Tonic DT .
Absolutely stonking prizes to be had, the adorable Tonic Buildables set. 
They are super cute and very versatile
To be in with a chance to win the super prize, pop along to the blog and enter your Tonic creation and never fear, your crafting skills aren't judged. The winner is drawn at Random so!!
 If you are in it, you may win it.
Here is the link to the Win & Tonic blog

My make for this month is a box
sorry there isn't some goodies inside but I had a fight with the first box I made and due to being on a diet I didn't have any goodies to hand,
I made the base box with a pearlised card
Then using the Tonic Dies set which came free in a magazine I 8 of the larger die
This was to double up to make the sides a bit thicker and stronger
I used some embellishment mousse (naughty me not Tonic)
Finished off with some ribbon
Now just to find something to pop in for a gift and Bob's your Uncle

Good Luck everyone

Thanks for dropping by

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Win & Tonic February DT Challenge

Morning! Not sure where the time is going but I can't believe it is February already.
I must admit, I haven't been organised this month so this make was a bit of a quick last minute attempt. Work always gets in the way of crafting. 
Anyway this is my DT make for the Win & Tonic Challenge blog. As usual there are some fabulous Tonic goodies to be won and the super thing is, the winners are draw at random. 
To be in with a chance of winning please pop over to the link above and enter your make.
My make this month is a Happy Birthday Plaque
  • Cut 4 bases out of Kraft card
  • Stick together in 2 pairs, one for front and one set for back
  • Stick ribbon in between the sandwich for hanging then stick front and back together
  • cut another 2 layers from the die set and stick down, on the top layer use foam pads to raise it up slightly
  • Stick happy birthday sentiment 
  • Add a bow for decoration.
  • I coloured perils with Nuvo pens to get the colour I wanted to finish the project off

Die set used Tonic Large Layering Die Set - Ornate Frame and the sentiment is Tonic Happy Birthday die.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

January Win & Tonic DT

Today sees the launch of yet another challenge blog - Win & Tonic.It's sponsored by Tonic Studios, so as usual there's great prize is up for grabs.The purpose of the monthly challenge is to inspire you with lots of lovely ideas and maybe different ways to use your Tonic dies and Nuvo products.To see the fab makes and to enter please pop over to  Win & Tonic blog.Prizes are picked at random so any level of crafter is in with a great chance of winning a super prize.Here is my DT make.How it was made
  • Base 8x8 inch card
  • Mat and layered black, cerise pink and white card stock
  • Cut Cerise heart from Tonic Affections Heart die set
  • Cut another from black and cut detail in it too
  • Cut out 6 cerice hearts and score down the middle
  • stick them back to back and mount onto black and cerise heart
  • Put the full assembled heart onto the card using 3D foam
  • Cut sentiment in cerise and black then stick together to give drop shadow look
  • finish of with black peril drops or gems