Thursday 7 February 2013

Die cut Flower Card

Flowers are my all time favourite item. I love making them out of all sorts of things from Fabric, paper, plastic, jewellery...anything.

For this card I made the flowers using a Marianne Craftables Ovel die that comes with 3 concentric flower dies.
After cutting the flowers, I inked the edges slightly and made small cuts towards the centres so that I could shape and bend the petals. On the centre flower I inserted some teent tiny cake stamens which I coloured using the same ink pad as the flower edges.

The rectangle base was cut using Spellbinders Nestibilities NEW Labels 8 and the flourish was cut using Cheery Lynn Fanciful flourish.

Monday 28 January 2013

Scotty Dog Card

I love this card, but wish the die was actually quite a bit bigger. The finished card is only slightly larger than A7 and looks a bit lost in a standard A6 envelope.
It was cut from Black mirri card and mounted onto a die cut card base.

For the card base, I folded white card and cut it with the die, making sure the folded edge was just inside the cutting area. Adding a ribbon bow and giant googly eye finished it off.

If you havnt already worked out which die I used, it was a Sizzix Bigz die, Scotty Dog with bone. I have lots of ideas for this die, so hopefully there will be more coming along soon!

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Frog Card, Army of Frogs

This card is A6 in size and made as a Thank you card for some lovely generous people. Unfortunately due to the snow we currently have, I cant post it yet! But thes tory goes like this:

I love playing board games. I love playing the standard monopoly style games, but also Eurostyle games like Pandemic, Ticket to ride etc.. Recently I joined a local board gaming group so started buying a few games. My most recent one is Army of Frogs by Gen42 Games. (There is also an app for the same game on iphone/ipad and I LOVE IT!)
Back to the story. I bought the game, and its only suitable for up to 4 players. As we are a fmaily of 5, one of us usually has to sit out. I contacted Gen42 and asked if they sell extra sets of frogs. I thought i could get an extra set and maybe alter it somehow with promarkers or nail polish to make them different. Gen42 came back to say unfortunately they dont sell sets of frogs, but they have an old prototype set laying around that im more than welcome to have! YAY. They wouldnt accept anyhing for the frogs, which arrived in no time at all, so I thought Id send them a lovley Froggy thank you card to show my appreciation and a post on here linking to them to show how fab their games are! (I also have Hive another great addictive game they make).

The card was made using Swiss dots embossing folder and Walnut stain distress ink. The Frog is a Medium Sizzlits die which I distressed with green inks and the Reed I hand cut out of textured brown card.
The Little circle topper was handmade by myself and lightly inked with walnut stain to take off the starkness of the white.

Hope this snow goes soon, I want to get back to normal and post my card off!

Sunday 13 January 2013

Beaded Lanyard Teacher Gifts

 Having 3 boys all at the same school, means they have quite a few teachers and TA's between them! Some even teach all 3 boys at some points in the same week! Thus, it meant at Christmas, I had quite a few gifts to make. Usually I make Snowmake soup, and they're always very well recived, but this year I wanted to do something totally different.I saw one of the teachers wearing a Beaded Lanyard quite a few months ago and instantly knew what I was going to do this Christmas. My biggest task was trying to source good quality beads in vast quantities at good prices. As luck would have it, I came across some gorgeous beads that were new in at my local bead store Crystals and ice and so I practically cleared their shelf of them! Well I did have 10 lanyards to make!

I also raided my stash for various beads which also come from Crystals and Ice and set to work!
The boys helped as best as they could, but they lost all will to live after threading a few beads onto the tigertail.

Once finally made, each was wrapped in a Pillow Box using  my Tim Holtz pillow box die and labelled with the teachers name. 
I did have a few days before giving them thinking "oh no! What ive made a terrible mistake and no one willl like them or use them?" But thankfully the couple of teachers that opened them on the day they were received loved them! They said they had seen another teacher wearing a beaded lanyard and wondered where she had got it from. Phew! Sigh of relief!

Friday 11 January 2013

Handmade Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings

I made this matching jewellery set for a good friend for Christmas. She is the only other person I know who loves Jewellery as much as I do so I love making bits for her.
Its all made up with a mixture of pearls, silver plated beads and glass crystals randomly threaded onto 3 strands of tigertail.
The pillow box I also made myself using the Tim Holtz pillow box die and black shiny card, embossed with swiss dots embossing folder.

Wednesday 9 January 2013

Truck shaped Craft Robo card

Another card I created in Silhouette studio and cut on my Craft Robo. This was for a friends litle boys 1st birthday.
I designed the "lorry" part using circles and squares and using the offset tool, I made the card base. Its actually cut in a matt silver card. All the card used here is Papermill card.
Silver liquid pearls were added to make details for hadles and wheel nuts.

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Princess Dress Card using Craft Robo

Here is another card I made using my Craft Robo and Silhouette Studio software. Its based on a picture I came across on the internet which used Cricut cut files.
I made the main dress part then used the offset tool to make the card base. The "frill" patterns on the dress were made by welding circles together and using the freehand tool for the loops.
A few dots of Liquid pearls and a heart pearl which I coloured with the same liquid pearls finished the card.

Saturday 5 January 2013

Hot air balloon card using my Craft Robo

I really enjoyed making this card. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to, which is something that does not happen very often to me!
The recipient was my Step-Dad for his birthday and I started off by making the hotair balloon on my Craft Robo. It did involve some hair pulling when I couldnt get bits to weld, but I eventually figured it out and now its something I will never forget. The clouds were also designed and cut using my craft robo. They are simply lots of different sized circles welded together!
I love making digi stamped greetings in inkscape too. I make a full A4 sheet at a time and punch them all out with a 1 and 3/4" circle punch and stick them on using foam pads.

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