Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Pretty in Pink Stix2 Create your own Crackers.

Good morning, Well this cracker blog is an unexpected blog post. I will be posting part 2 of my Christmas crackers later today but last night i was making a baby girl card and thinking about baby gifts and how it can be presented in a different way (if its small enough). That's when the light bulb went off in my head. I though why do Christmas crackers have to made and used just for Christmas. How nice would it be if you were given a small baby gift in lovely decorated cracker. You could add the babies name and birth details on a little tag and attach it to the cracker. Just something a bit different to present a lovely little pair of socks or baby grow etc. I have not included the snapper in the this cracker as didn't think it was appropriate, but you can do that should you wish. 
The products i have used are as followed;

Stix2 products;
Silver crackers - S57247.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
6mm Red liner tape - S57090.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.

Additional products;
Amelia 8x8 paper pad x2 - Craftwork cards.
smooth white card - Bazzill Basics. 
White spider web.
12mm Baby girl fabric ribbon.
25mm Pink satin ribbon - American Crafts.
9mm White satin ribbon. 


TIP
each panel of the cracker has 3 layers in total - 2 layers of good gsm paper from Craftwork Cards and card from Bazzill Basics so i suggest you should use some kind of object to help roll the cracker. Use something like a kitchen rolling pin as suggested in my previous blog. You will need to be patient if your are rolling the cracker un-aided but to me, the result is worth it. What new mum would appreciate a gift packaged like this?

Craig x

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Stix2 - Create your Calendar. September 2015.

What a busy weekend its been and I haven't been in my weekend work as been on holiday. Busy in my craft room - not that I'm complaining, lots to do for Stix2, Hunkydory, commission cards as well as cards for the cafe and prepping for Christmas, I won't lie the Christmas films and music has been on, in actual fact I was watching Home Alone last night. Who says men can't multitask - please don't comment to that Haha. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I love it. I never take it for granted, I know there's so many people and families out there who arnt as lucky as me. I may have a serious illness but I always thank my lucky stars when I'm keeping well as I am now. 
 The this project I have been doing isn't christmas related, well it is in the fact it will be given as part of a Christmas present, but the main design isn't Christmas. I am ofcourse talking about the next month of my Create your own calendar by stix2. We are now 9 weeks till 2015 and 8 months still to create. I will however need to do the 8 months in 8 weeks if I want to give it as a gift for Christmas. Today I have been creating the month of September. I kept it very simple but tried to use a number of Stix2 products, liked the idea of keeping it 2 toned. I have also kept it quite touchy feeling on parts, the Center square is a piece of double sided sheet (4"x4") and I have rubbed the clear plastic beads over the top. It gives it a glistering look without using glitter. The calendar really is a very special gift to make for someone special or if your a grandparent give it blank to a child to draw on so they can make pictures for their mum and dad and then that can be a great gift for the children to give to their parents at Christmas. There's endless possibilities. Once 2015 is over, cut the top half of your calendar off and   discard the months on the bottom then buy a blank 12x12 scrap book and simply stick each month on to a 12x12 piece of card and insert it into your folder - you now have a scrap book. Just go for it and have fun. The products I have used are as followed;

Stix2 products;
 Make your own calendar - S57309.
 6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
 6mm red liner tape - S57091.
 Silicone glue - S57100.
 Layer perfect metric - S57321.
 Double sided A4 adhesive sheets - S57107.
 A4 die cut release sheets - S57316.
 Clear plastic beads - S57333.
 1mm A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.
 5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083.
 Pick up pencil - S57265.
 Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
 
Additional items used;
 Light tan card stock - Bazzill Basics.
 Ivory card stock - Bazzill Basics.
 Ivory card candi - Craftwork Cards.
 Paw print embossing folder - Darice.
 




Craig x

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Stix2 Create your own cracker - part1

Well i thought i better get my skates on and get blogging again. lots i'm wanting to get blogged for you all to see but iv just carried away creating and kept putting off blogging. 
I will be blogging crackers over 3 blogs posts. I have 5 different styles of crackers (& a blooper) i want to blog as well as some wee hints and tips so ill blog these over 3 posts to keep the posts to a minimum.
These crackers are simply awesome I have made crackers similar to these from different companies. The other were useless. Whats great about these ones is they roll very easily, the quality of the card stock is exceptional. The 2nd great thing is once you have rolled them, inserting the flaps into the other side, well it just slides right in with ease. No need for glue or tape to attach the panels.
I would say to any one who are thinking about making their own crackers then please try these, these are a must. I have kept a silver set for myself and my families Christmas table - which i will blog also when complete. They come in 4 colours - Gold S57246, Silver S57247, Red S57250, White S57249 and Stone S57248. 
Below are 2 different styles of crackers i have made.

CRACKER ONE

With this cracker i have kept it very simple, before rolling it, I have taken one of my verso dies (without the outer edge) and die cut the center. I placed a piece of green card behind the die cut image and attached with red liner tape and placed dots of pva glue beind the small holly leave elements. By doing this it does make the center of the cracker slightly thinker to roll so it just takes a wee bit of patience. 

Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
PVA glue with metal tip - S56890.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
3mm red liner tape - S57089.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue gun sticks - S57235.
A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
Christmas insert keepsake 2 dies (verso) - Tonic Studios.
Dark green text card - Bazzill Basics.
15mm Organza green with Gold stripes ribbon - American Crafts.

TIP
 If you find it difficult to roll your cracker, take a round object such as a kitchen rolling pin and roll your cracker around that. 

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CRACKER TWO

With this cracker, i stepped up a gear. Not everyone is after this style of cracker for their tree or their dinner table but its nice to have a play and use all your own tools and stash and just go mad and have fun, that's what its all about. Crackers can look smart, even leaving them natural but use your border punches or border die to create a fancy edge for your crackers. It just makes them a tad bit more funky for Christmas. 

Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
3mm red liner tape - S57089.
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
Hot melt glue gun - S57234.
Hot melt glue sticks - S57235.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
Border punch - Tonic Studios.
6mm wire edge red & gold organza ribbon - Own stash.
13mm wine satin ribbon - American crafts.
10mm Gross grain polkadots ribbon - American crafts.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic.

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TIP's
These are tips that i personally find makes making the crackers slightly easier.



Using my Ultimate Pro board from Crafters Comapnion, i possition my cracker to left against the butt of the edge ensuring the tab of the cracker is pointing up as you can just seen in the above picture (Top Left). I then score to the left and right of the diamond cut outs at 2 7/8 (two and seven eighths) and then again at 4 7/8 (four and seven eighths).


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Once scored on both sides of your cracker, it will look like this (ABOVE)

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Once you have rolled your cracker and attached it together your cracker should help itself take shape of a cracker. Insert your snapper and then take your ribbon, twine, raffia etc and tie your edges. Remembering to keep one end open until you have placed any gifts etc in, should you wish to do this.


once my cracker is complete and the snapper is inside, I add a dot of hot glue inside the end of the cracker and secure the ends of the snapper. Doing this ensures that the snapper stays attached to your cracker while its being pulled. 
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE YOUR HOT GLUE GUN/HOT GLUE NEAR THE CENTER OF THE SNAPPER AS ITS STILL CLASSED AS AN EXPLOSIVE.                                               Not that an explosion should happen, just a very big bang will. Stay safe and don't chance it.

I will blog part 2 tomorrow. 

Craig x


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Stix2 Create your own cracker - part2

Good morning, so here it is, part 2 of 3 of my create your own crackers by Stix2. If you havent seen my first part then please go back and have a look. i have included some hint and tips on the post blog post that will hopefully help you along the way. just to reiterate, i had so much fun create these crackers. The joy of making your own is that you can include your own gifts, gone are the days of the tacky gifts you used to get in side and never use. Like i said in the previous post you can decorate your own crackers as much or as less as you want. Want to keep them simple, no bother, but if you want to go all dramatic then that too is no bother. Have fun, try to incorperate many of your crafty stash and even tools. Use your Embossing folders, dies, punches, toppers the list is endless. you will see another couple of options below of some of my tools and stash iv used. Below is another 2 different cracker styles iv made. the products i have used are underneath each of the photos;

Three

Stix2 products used;
Gold Crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Got glue sticks - S57235.
Crafts sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
6cm wire edge Red and Gold organza ribbon - Own stash.
10cm Red gross grain polka-dot ribbon - American crafts.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic.


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Four

Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Crafts sheet - S57132.

Additional products used.
4cm satin Red ribbon with gold edging - Own stash.
Musical notes embossing folder - Crafters Companion.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic.

TIP
There is no embossing folder on the market that is big enough to emboss the whole of your cracker, even your A4 folders are to small. Its just the case of having a play with your choosing folder and position it till your happy with the positioning  With mine above, i have positioned my A4 folder in the center of the cracker. As you can see it leaves both end of your cracker plain. To me i like this look, it doesn't look out of place, but you could use ribbons or punches to disguise the ends.


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Craig x

Stix2 Create your own cracker and blooper - part3

We are now at my final Blog post with the Christmas crackers from Stix2. In the pack you receive 6 crackers to make and decorate. Now i have make 6 but the 6th one was a disaster, and i mean disaster. i have decided to include as a blooper because as awful as it is, it gives you the idea of what i was trying to aim for - it just didn't work out the way i wanted. Have a look, have a laugh and who knows, it will maybe give you some inspiration haha.
As well as using your tools and stash, try and incorporate your Christmas toppers and papers. They can work just as well  If you have those bits of papers and odd toppers lying in your collection that you don't know what to do with then use them with your crackers.

FIVE

Stix2 products used:
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
PVA glue with metal tip - S56890.
Layer perfect Metric - S57321.
5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083.
Craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
Victorian Christmas topper and background papers - DoCrafts.
16mm gold textured fabric ribbon - Own stash.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic. 


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TIPS
When adding your strips of paper to your cracker, ensure you don't stick your paper over the insert where the tab slots into (Right hand side of photo). I know it sounds simple but we always forget these things from time to time.


By ensuring you don't stick your paper over the tab slot, once your cracker is rolled up, it will meet quite nicely together. As this is the bottom of your cracker it wont be seen when your cracker it on the Dinner table or the Christmas tree. As in my first post, because the ends of the cracker has extra layers of paper you will need an extra bit of patience when rolling the cracker, but use an object such as a rolling pin or anything round to help. 


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BLOOPER TIME

Well this is the cracker that didn't quite go to plan. "Quite" is putting it mildly. I had lots of excitement as to how this would turn out - and it didn't  It just went wrong wrong wrong. You can see where i was going with the concept. using Stix2 snowflake die cuts i covered them in Versamark and coated them in Gold embossing powder and using my heat gut, i melted the embossing powder. If you are attempting to do this, unlike me, please ensure you do both side. it doesn't quite work the same when its white on the back. adding some die cut snowflakes using my dies, Card Candi and ribbon does not help the look of the cracker. This is a style where i will have to go right back to the drawing board and re-think this style. Should you wish to know what i used, the products are below;


Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Round snowflakes - S57275.
Snowflakes - S57275.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
Craft sheet - s57132.

Additional products used;
Gold Embossing powder - WOW.
Versamark pad - Tsukineko.
Card cardi - Craftwork Cards.
Snowflake die - Tattered Lace.
Matt Gold textured card - Create and Craft.
15mm Red satin ribbon - American crafts.

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Craig x

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Friday, 17 October 2014

"Its all about the men, men, men" A5 Anniversary card.

Good Morning, is it morning? (as i look at the clock) oh so it is. 
lovely morning here this morning, very autumny - if that is a word? sky is bright but the brown, orange and red leaves are on the ground. I love this season, specially at night when your snuggled on the couch with the lights low and candles on (Yankee Candles) of course. Not that i have many nights like that just now s my crafting mojo seems to come to light about 3pm and is there till late at night. Seeing i have the mojo then i just work with it. 
Franco's cafe in Carnoustie who sell my cards - Well a customer of theirs asked for an Anniversary card for their husband. Now alot of crafters say they find it hard to make cards for males, i dont. Maybe its cause i am a male but this card stumped me. How do i make an anniversary card for a man. No lovely dovey stuff, no reds, no pinks, no hearts, no bling non of that. so i scrolled the web for a lovely wee verse that i could use that would be suitable and then built it from there. Using browns, ivories, creams and tans i came up with this. using card candi in place of the gems and used a rosette that is always suitable for men - depending on the colour of course. I came up with this card, which she was very pleased with, so i was told anyway as i never actually seen her. Products i used are as followed;

Stix2 Products used;
6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.
5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083 (for Card Candi)
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Layer perfect - metric - S57321.
Craft sheet - S57132.
Silicone glue - S5700.
A4 die release sheet - S57316.
 Pick up pencil - S57265.
C5 (A5) Clear cello bags - S57314.
"Handmade by" label - S57261.

Additional Products used;
x2 background sheets from "Love & Marriage" paper pad - Kanban Crafts.
Rosette die - Tim Holtz.
Ivory hammered card - Papermill direct.
Brown textured card - Bazzill Basics.
Silver Mirri card - Anitas.
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards.
Swirl die - Tonic Studios.
Cross hatch embossing folder - Embossolicious Crafters Companion.


As always should you need any help or want a look at all the products                         Stix2 do head across to their website or email;
www.stix2.co.uk
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Craig x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Create your Own Calendar - Oct 2015.

Good morning. hope your all well. Well that's us about half way through October already, where has the month gone, i cant believe we will soon be into November and bonfire night. I get excited for Christmas quite early on but i gauge it buy once Halloween is over and the Guy faux night is over then that when the Christmas count down really does start. it full force Christmas madness for sure. im always one who buys Christmas presents as i see them throughout the year. May aswell buy the things someone will like as and when you see them, plus it makes it a lot easier on the bank card. Ever year i put my tree up at the end of November so i have all of December with my tree and decorations up and then once i have all my presents bought or most of them, i spend the day wrapping them with the Christmas music on as well as some film. i do get fed up after a couple of hours. More excited this year as last year in the sales i bought brand new tree and decorations so my flat will be alot more elegant. more so cause i redone my living room. only problem is that its a 7 foot tree in a small living room. oh well, if anyone can make it fit and work, i can haha.
Anyways, back to the Calendars. As from my December calendar blog the other week, i will be making a calendar month each week on the lead up to the new year. 2 weeks ago was a very busy week for me with commission cards and Hunkydory Design team cards so i never gone round to November but fear not, i spend a lovely afternoon the other making both months ready to blog, has so much fun. Although this is a calender and it will be hanging, i do still like an element of hight and dimention so have used 1mm foam pad sheets.                      The products i have used are as followed;

Stix2 products used; (October)

Create your own calendar - S57309.
Blue double sided tape runner - S56986.
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
5mmx5mmx3mm - S57083.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
1mm A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.


Orange textured card - Bazzill Basics.
Black textured card - Bazzill Basics.
"Stack 8" 12x12 paper pad - DCWV - die cut with a view.
Black spider web.
Card candi - Craftwork Cards.
True black Spectrum Noir pen - Crafters Companion.
Orange (OR2) Spectrum Noir pen - Crafters Companion.
Pumpkin & bat die cut elements - Kanban crafts.


Craig