Wednesday, 19 August 2015

A5 glaze gel pen flower strip stamp card

So again, it's been a while since I have last blogged a full post so thought it was about time i wrote one up. 
 Just under 2 weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited by Hunkydory Crafts to work along side the team at their GBCF - Great British Craft Festival where I was assisting all weekend in the workshops. I had a blast, on the Friday I was working the full day with the truly gorgeous and talented Christine from Pinflair Crafts. In her work shop she was teaching the class how to make a wee fabric fold up pocket where you could store long items such as scissors, bone folders, embossing tools etc. it was interesting to see and of course one I had to get my head round the way it works and assembly I was excited to help and show others how it would come together. I was darting about so much because with Christine being the ledgened she is, I wanted to make sure she had everything she needed and for her to do as little as possible - after all that was what I was there for. 
 On the Saturday morning I was with the equal gorgeous and talented Anne-Marie Cottrell where in her workshop they were making the butterfly note let box. That was fun, not only being in Anne-Marie's companies but I was in my comfort zone - Hunkydory products. We had a laugh and giggle got to chat all Hunkydory talk with the Hubkydory fans. I thought I may of slipped up with information regarding the then up and coming Hunkydory 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft. Thankfully, photos had already been show on fb - phew! 
 On the Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday I was with yeah you guessed it, the gorgeous and talented Ruth where we make the Boutique Chic shop front concept project. This was slightly harder for many to get their heads around but a lot of laughs were had. 
This was one I had to get my head round quick because I hadn't actually made one. Like usual when it comes to concept cards, we're don't usually make them, we on the design team have to come up with something different. I think many had the enjoyment of watching me figure it out. 
 THEN, my 2nd lass class of the day I was very excited about, I was with Francoire Read where she was teaching  colouring with Sakura gell pens. Well I was fascinated to say the least. I had gone all weekend with everyone either shouting my name or saying excusing me to all of a sudden be in the lovely calming room where everyone was all zoned out and concentrating on their colouring. Not only was I fascinated by this but I was full of enjoyment of listening to Francoire explaination and demonstration. So much so after the class I was ready to run out and buy the products used. Francoire was very kind and gifted me a set of the pens she used in the workshop. I had already bought some Woodware stamps the day before but I still went out after the class abought some more aswell as the bauble stamp she used in her workshop. Below you will see my creations using Francoires techniques used in the workshop. 
 Finally the last work shop of the day and the weekend I was with the lovely Sarah McCrossan in her mdf workshop where they were making these lovely 3D Christmas trees. I wasn't assisting much in this class because I had to clear the room from the previous class with Francoire but I did enjoy watching Sarah aswell as everyone come up with these gorgeous creations. 
Now that I'm home I have been having a play with the gel pens aswell as the stamp sets I bought. I used the same techniques that Francoire used in her workshop which was blending the 2 inks together. The blending I only done on the petals and the buds. The background was made by using a yellow brush pen and then going round the edges in a green brush pen. The out line border is simply just a squiggle that Iv drawn free hand using the 0.4 black fine liner pen. It's been matted onto a piece of black card from Papermill Direct. I attached to card base using 3D foam pads, make sure you give a good coverage, if you don't then it will dip in the centre. The patterned paper layer is from DCWV - Die Cut With a View and is layered into white linen card and again onto black card, both from Papermill Direct. The A5 card blank is a piece of white plain card from Papermill Direct, folded in half to create the card blank. I added a sentiment that came with the stamp and matted it on to black card. I added a few pearls to the corner to finish the card off. 

Products used to create this card;

White super smooth card - 300gsm.
White plain card - 255gsm. (Card blank)
White linen card - 255gsm.
Black smooth card - 250gsm.

9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950
19mm x 38mm x 2mm 3D foam pads - S57137.
A5 cello bag - S57314

Daisy panel stamp - Woodware.
76mm x 200mm x 3mm acrylic block - Woodware.
0.4 pigma micron black pen - Sakura.
Yellow green brush pen - Sekura.
Fresh green brush pen - Sekura.
Sekura glaze gel pens - 803,805,817,819,821,824,829,836.
ONYX black ink pad - VersaFine.
5mm white pearls - Mei flower.
Patterned black paper - DCWV. 

Main panel before attaching to card base. 

The back of the panel with a full coverage of foam pads to ensure it has a stable and even balance.

Craig x

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Garden full of flowers 8x8 card.

It's been a while since I sat down with a paper pad and inks and just made a card from these elements. I had a lot of fun last night cutting up my 12x12 paper pad  and cutting elements out to colour with my distress inks and water brush.
 I was in The Range early this week and they had these lovely 12x12 paper pads on sale at £2.99 each. Seeing this was a great deal I bought 2 different ones. They are from a company called - Craft Sensations. They are double sided 12x12 papers with some of them having having 4 6"x6" matts on one page for you to cut out. There are additional elements such as borders and speech bubbles. The pad I used was called Romantic Fine Art and is all based around love, or at least the colours are all based around love. I have kept the card based around Love or Romance and kept the colour theme quite simple. I used a 12x12 page cut down to 8x8 and mat and layered on to Poinsettia red Adorable Scorable card stock by Hunkydory Cards. I then attached to my card blank.
 I cut 2 6x6 squares from one of the pages and distressed the first 6x6 square using Fired Brick distress ink and a distressing tool - the first square being the small rose head and leaves. 
 The 2nd panel was a larger rose head in the bottom right hand corner. I took my non stick craft mat and rubbed some of the Fired Brick distress ink on to the mat and using a water brush, I coloured and gave more detail to the rose head and leaves. I added extra colour/shade where needed to give it dimension. The joy of this image is it has shaded areas already on the rose head/petals so it was easy to just add extra highlights where the shading was already situated. I used Peeled Paint distress ink and a water brush to add extra shading to the leaves of the rose. You can see from the first picture below the difference between the rose that is on the page and the rose once I have added extra colour to it. (Rose on the left is the rose I coloured).

Both the 6x6 squares have been matter onto Poinsettia red Adorable Scorable and the first mat where I distressed the edges has been attached to the card by using 1mm foam pads (or 1mm foam on a roll) this adds slight dimensions and helps detract from the card base. The additional layer with the main rose design has a piece of 16mm double faced satin ribbon by Stix2 wrapped around the left hand side. This mat has been attached to card using the 4mm sheet from the A4 foam pad sheet. This really helps to give dimension and helps separate the 2 6x6 layers, each given them their own reasoning for being on there. 
 I then tied a bow in the same ribbon and attached to the bottom using silicone glue. Then I added 6 pearlised red card candi - 3 on each side. When it comes to card candi, I personally find it so much easier to attach the foam pads to the back of the candi first and then attach it to the card, that's just me. 
 The saying is a saying I read a few years ago, and since then, it has alway stuck in my head, so as a rose is a flower, I thought it was very appropriate to add this typed phrase onto the card. I attached the sentiment using 3mm foam pads but I double decked them so the sentiment stood out the most height wise. 
 I had so much fun and really enjoyed myself making this card by playing with the paper pad and inks. It's something I will make sure I do more often. 
 The products I have used to create this card is below;

 Romantic fine art 12x12 paper pad - Craft Sensations.
 Poinsettia red Adorable Scorable - Hunkydory Crafts. 
 Fire brick distress ink pad - Ranger.
 Peeled paint distress ink pad - Ranger.
 Blending tool - Ranger.
 Medium water brush - Kuretake.

Stix2 anything. 
 9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950.
 Silicone glue - S57100.
 5mm x 5mm x 3mm foam pads for card candi - S57083.
 50mm x 1mm x 50m roll of foam tape - GPAL11035150.
 A4 foam pads sheet - S57182.
 16mm red satin ribbon - S57209.
 Pearlised red card candi - Craftwork Cards.
 8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
 Font - Edwardian Script.

Craig x

Sunday, 28 June 2015

"For you this Christmas" A5 card.

Hello, thank you for having a read of my blog post today. It's been a while since my last blog post. It's been a very busy few weeks where I have been chasing my tail. I left to go to New York on the 18th June so I was desperate to ensure that everything I needed to do was done before I left. My list was grown from my PapermillDirect design team work, addition work to help Hunkydory Crafts, commission card orders all to name a few. 
 I got there in the end. I even managed to have it all done and completed 2 nights before I left. I got back last week and straight back into working. 
 This week PMD have a 315gsm Navy Leather embossed card stock on offer at a cracking price. For £3.96, you get a small box of A4 Navy Leather card. That's a whopping 55% off the original price. 
 If you head across to PMD blog, where it is my week, you will see what I have created using dies as well as batch making theme. 
 The theme for all other additional card stock by PMD was early Christmas cards so after I made my blog post cards using the Navy Leather Embossed card (which isn't Christmas) I decided to make another card using the Navy Leather card stock but this time making a Christmas card and combining it with Hunkydory crafts little book of Feative poetry. 
 Below is the products Iv used as well as a step by step instructions. 

The products Iv used to create this card are; 
Navy leather embossed card - 315gsm - PMD564.
White plain card 250gsm. (Plus card base)
White Supersmooth card 300gsm (insert) 

12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
19mm x 38mm x 2mm foam pads - S57137.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890
Silicone glue - S57100.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57326.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
16mm white satin ribbon - S57212
9mm white satin ribbon - S57202.

"For you this Christmas" topper "Little book of festive poetry" - Hunkydory.
3mm grey pearl gems - Hunkydory.
Broken China Distress ink - Ranger.
Holly flourish die - Cheery Lynn. 
9mm Blue satin ribbon - American Crafts.
A4 Snowflake embossing folder - Crafters Companion. 

1 - Cut a piece of White plain card to 8" x 5 1/2".

2 - Place inside your chosen embossing folder, in this case it's a snowflake embossing folder and run it through your embossing machine.

3 - Using a blending tool and Broken China distress ink pad, ink the edges of the snowflake embossed card. By distressing after you have embossed the card, you will see that the colour attracts more to the raised embossed area of the card/snowflakes.
4 - Mat and layer onto a piece of Navy Leather Embossed card stock that has a 3mm border all the way around.
5 - Wrap a piece of White and Navy ribbon round the layered card before placing onto the card blank. 

6 - Take your chosen Festive topper and mat and layer onto a piece of white card stock and Navy Leather card stock. Each layer having a 3mm border all around. 

7 - Attach the layered festive topper to the embossed card blank using 3D foam pads. Add a "blob" of silicone glue to the back of the 3D foam pads as this will ensure there's a permanent bond as sometimes the distress ink can resist the adhesive foam pad bond. 

8 - Die cut a holly flourish design onto white plain card stock and attach to your card. 

9 - Add 2 hand tied bows from White Satin ribbon and Blue satin ribbon and attach to ribbon border using silicone glue. 

10 - Add a few pearls to the corner.

Craig x

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Box full of votive love & Emerald Green!

Hello, its blog time again. How could I make a projects and not incorporate Yankee Candles. It just wouldn't seem right, would it lol. Every so often I like to give little votives as gifts and when I do, I pop them in a clear cello bag and tie with nice ribbon, but I wanted to do something different and come up with a wee box that holds votive candles just snuggly. I also wanted to have a wee apature that enables you too see exactly what the scent inside is but still give the box a touch of elegance. That's why I use a die in the centre of the top box.
 I am a massive fan of colours such Teal and Duck Egg so I decided to incorporate these 2 colours in with my boxes, both of which are by Papermill Direct, although the colour around the box is Sky Blue, it still has a look of Dug Egg. I used White plain card for the base of the boxes also from Papermill Direct. 
 I create the box by measuring the votive candles and my score board. Before assembling the boxes, I took a Tonic Studio die that is actually the centre of one of the large bow dies and ran it through my die cutting machine. I then back the apature with a piece of acetate. I then took a strip of the Sky Blue card and using a Tonic border punch I punched the stripped of card and using Stix2 PVA glue with metal tip, I adhered the strip all around the wee boxes. 
 I have kept the boxes "simple" and didn't use any gems or bows but of course you can add as many embellishments as you like. 

For lots more inspiration and ideas from the design team, head across to the Papermill Direct blog; 

While you are across at the Papermill Direct blog, check out their special offers as well as this weeks currents promotion - Emerald green. This is available WHILE STOCKS LAST, so get in quick. 
 Here is a card I have made using the Emebrald green card stock. When I seen the name Emerald green, for some reason I instantly thought of the Wizard of Oz! 

Did you know, if you sign up to Papermill Directs newsletter, you get a lovely 10% off your first order! No? Well follow this link to sign up;

The products I have used to create the votive boxes are as followed; -
Teal smooth card - 240gsm
Sky Blue smooth card - 240gsm
White plain card - 250gsm -
PVA glue with metal tip - S56890
6mm red liner tape - S57090
Acetate - S57131

Additional products-
Now centre die - Tonic Studios.
Dotty lace border punch - Tonic Studios. 

 *I will come back with measurements, I wrote them down with all the details........and now I can't find them. I wanted to get this blog post up and ready for you all to see.

Craig x

Friday, 29 May 2015

8x8 PMD frame rose box

Across at Papermilldirect they have gorgeous 120gsm Ivory pearlised paper on offer this week. There is an ever more gorgeous 40% off. There are 2 options for you while there's stock. You can get an A4 small box of Ivory Pearlised paper for £13.20 OR you can get an midi box of Ivory Pearlised paper for £30.00
If you follow the link below, it will take you straight to PMD blog post where not only will you get a full product list of what you need to create this 8x8 box frame, it also has a step by step guild that I have tried my best to make as easy and as simple as possible. Out off the stamps I have, the rose stamp I have used to create this box frame is by Kanban crafts. when ever I want to attempt to create something stunning using stamps, I always get drawn back to this stamp. Its so pretty and detailed but the amount it can be used in many different ways is quite impressive. I feel this stamp is suited perfectly for 3D decoupage. As you will read in my PMD blog post, you will see I have stamped several times and cut out different elements to create a very striking and detailed 3D decoupage effect.
As iv stated in the blog in more detail, some people find it card to incorporate paper into the crafting, or more their projects. Paper is create as it is less heavy but can be used to create the same effect as card would. The only difference is its not suitable for things such as box making. However there is nothing stopping you from making boxes with PMD Plain White card and then use paper to matt and layer onto the top and panels.
Some can be scared to incorporate paper - more specifically pearlised paper with their dies and electric cutting machine. A wee bit more care should be taken but there is no reason why you cant use paper into all your projects. More specifically PMD paper in all your projects - I have tested all PMD card and paper I have and it does work in all my dies, punches and ScanNcut (using my low tack cutting matt)
So to get your crafty hands on this gorgeous Ivory Pearlised paper, follow the ink below where it will direct you straight to my tutorial blog post for PMD. with in the blog post, it will have a link that takes you to the Ivory pearlised paper page.

However, if you would like to go straight to the Ivory pearlised paper now, follow the link below;

The products i have used are as followed;
Papermill Direct;
Buff smooth card - 260gsm.
Ivory Pearlised paper - 120gsm.
Teal plain card - 240gsm.
Ivory smooth card - 250gsm - 250gsm. (front verse)

Additional items;9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Pva glue with metal tip (attach butterflies) - S56890.
Layer perfect (metric) - S57321.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.

Rich Cocoa memento ink pad.
Rose stamp - Kanban Crafts.
Grey Squirrel Promarker pen.
Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart.
8x8 box frame - The RANGE

Craig x

Friday, 22 May 2015

Wedding wishes with a spark of sparkle.

Who doesn't love a wedding, more so when it's a special loved one. You always want to get the be the present you can and a gorgeous card to match. Wedding cards are lovely to make as you can make it all about love and have embellishments such as ribbon, gems, swirls, acetate etc. However, as much as 2 people want to show the world their love, not all couples are into all the big love and embellished cards that you would "normally" gave. So because of this, I decided to try and come up with a different style of wedding card. A card that was simple, easy and revolves around simply matting and layering. The only exception being the die cut panel in the centre. What gives this card the stand out factor is not only the gorgeous die cut panel but the bright sparkly red glitter back ground. This surrounded by a complete black and white theme card ready makes the die cut panel be the main focus the eye catches not only instantly but at a distance. 
 I matted some PMD White Seal embossed card on to PMD Black smooth card. 
The centre layer is also PMD White Seal Embossed and is 1" smaller than the base layer and has also been matted onto PMD Black smooth card. Before doing this, I have ran it through an embossing folder.
 I have die cut the panel from Sue Wilson and taken a piece of PMD White plain card that is 1/2 cm bigger all the way round. Iv covered it with Stix2 double sided ultra clear sheets and cut off the excess. I then coated it with the gorgeous Festive Red Diamond Sparkles glitter from Hunkydory Crafts.
 I matted and layered the glitter panel on PMD Black smooth card which is 3mm bigger. Then using Stix2 pva glue with metal tip, I placed the die cut onto the glittered panel. 
 I printed a sentiment onto PMD White Super smooth card and matted onto PMD Black smooth card. Added that onto another small matted panel. 
 To finish off, iv added some red gems and onto the card and then some white beads onto the die cut. 
 It's such lovely but different way to create a gorgeous and luxurious wedding card. 

*My cardhas been made using a previous White Seal Embossed card that's no longer available. So I included the line for White Linen card stock. 

The products I have used are as followed;
*White Linen card - 255gsm.
Black smooth card - 250gsm.
White super smooth card - 300gsm (sentiment)
White plain card - 250gsm (card blank) 

12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250. (50 meters)
19mm x 38mm x 2&3mm foam pads - S57137.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890. 
Silicone Glue - S57100.
Double sided polyester ultra clear sheets (105mm x 152mm) - S56971.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
Pick up pencil - S57265.

Striplet Regal die - Sue Wilson.
Festive Red Diamond Sparkles Glitter - Hunkydory Crafts.
A4 embossing folder - Free with Ebosser version 1.
3mm red gems - Mei Flower.
White beads - Own Stash.
Sentiment - FREEHAND591 BT.

Grey Linen 8x8 Birthday

Afternoon. thank you for popping across and having a read of my blog. its been a white since iv blogged so its time to get back on track 
 Across at PaperMill Direct, they have lovely Pale Grey Linen card stock on offer. Its a hefty 300gsm. For £4.40 you get 60 - 65 sheets. Why not do what I done and order 2 lots. Grey is one of those in-between colours where you don't want something to bright, but you don't want something to dark so Grey is that perfect colour to meet in the middle. That is why I tend to use it often. 
 Certain colours, such as Grey can tend to be used for matting and layering all the time. Use it for more than this, use it for the focus or part of the focus on your card. With my card below, you can see that the middle square has been reduced so the outer Pale Grey Linen is seen. This works well and should be done more often. Its a good way to make 8x8 cards if you struggle with then but like to make them. Make a 6x6 card and then chose a coordinated colour that goes well with your design (like i have done with the Pale Grey Linen) and matt and layer it onto an 8x8 card.    
 With this Grey Linen card being 300gsm in weight, it means you can use it as a full card base in itself. If you are making an A5 card, then simply score this card in half and there you will have your full card base in one matching colouring. If you are making a special card for a special someone then it can be extra lovely to have the whole card, front & back coordinate together. 
 The linen look and feel gives it that extra touch of luxury and if you charge for your cards, you can add an extra few pennies onto the cost because of the top quality card stock your using by Papermill direct. 
 Now,die cutting! Sometimes, when die cutting 300gsm card, it can be tricky. Maybe tricky isn't the right word but you need a good few passes through your die cutting machine for the die cut to cut perfectly. You have no trouble with this Pale Grey Linen card. I die cut 2 rosette dies and they both die cut first attempt with no problem. The rosette looks lovely, but with the linen effect, it makes the rosette that bit more luxurious. 

Grey linen card - 300gsm -PMD558.
Black smooth card - 250gsm.
White plain card - 250gsm.
White Supersmooth card - 300gsm. (Insert & sentiment)

12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250. (50 meters)
19mm x 38mm x 2&3mm foam pads - S57137
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890. (Additional support to card candi foam pad as its on top of glittered elements)
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994
Pick up pencil - S57265.
8x8 cello bag - K624.

8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
Silver and White Card Candi - Craftwork Card.
Desert Bloom 8x8 paper pad - First Edition. 
Rosette Die - Tim Holtz.

Craig x