Friday, 31 August 2012

Thank You Kindly

Hello my friends. Friday at last and I have an early morning post for you. Before I dash off, there's just enough time to show you a thank you card I made last night. It's for a very special person - my kitty's  vet. Xiara has cancer and as expected things are somewhat complicated for her. We are doing everything we can to make her comfortable but the care and attention given to Xiara by the vet is beyond the call of duty and I am ... no, we are grateful. Despite the not-so-pleasant-happenings, we are very blessed to have really good people - angels - in our lives. My mum never tires of saying: be kind and be thankful. And I think I found the perfect sentiment for my card!

The sketch is from Waltzing Mouse SC #112 and the colours are from the Play Date Café #147. Inspiration also came from Paper Play Challenges #35 "Thank You" and Cute Card Thursday #232 "A Stitch in Time".

Here's my card:

I made a doughnut card. You may know it as a window card. But for me anything with a whole in the middle is a doughnut. Food nourishes the brain and helps me remember.

And before I forget, it's also a tent card. Flying by the seat of my pants today! I'm using papers by Basic Grey "Indian Summer". Love the rich sumptuous colours in that collection.

The stamp is from WMS Fancy Phrases set. I cut the sentiment and the  frame using Spellbinders Oval dies. On the frame I stamped ramdom little flourishes using a stamp from the same WMS set and Memento ink.

To soften the card I added some pine green sheer ribbon.  And because I don't know when to stop, I went ahead and added a couple of leaves and a rose, slightly hanging over the window.  I also stamped an extra sentiment from the Say It Loud set and heat embossed it in white on pine CS. Mounted it on my beloved pop dots.

Here's the inside. I also inked the edges of the oval and placed 3 grey pearls.  I'll stop now.

Papers: Basic Grey "Indian Summer" 6x6 
Stamps: WMS "Fancy Phrases" and "Say It Loud"
Inks: Memento "Rhubarb Stalk" and "Bamboo Leaves"; Versamark; Stampendous White Opaque Embossing Powder; Tim Holtz Distressed Ink "Peeled Paint"
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Oval LG  S4-110; Labels 18  S4-310 

That's all from me today. Thanks for dropping in and I'll see you again soon. In the meantime, have a fabulously fantastic Friday.


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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Birthday Card and a li'l toot

Happy Hump-day, fellow rafters...I mean, crafters. Today I have a birthday card to share. It took me almost 2 days. It's not particularly complicated, just not my usual card.

This card is for a bubbly, bouncy 5-year old with unambiguous tastes and interests. I feel compelled to share with you her thoughts: Boys under 2 are boring and boys over 3 are annoying...until they become grandfathers. All things black, grey, purple and "post-it yellow" are ugly. Pink, green, blue and "sunshine yellow" are pretty . Spinach and broccoli are yummy but fries and ketchup are yucky! A fru-fru card with stamped image of impeccably coloured victorian children ain't gonna work for this little missy.

So I made a bright pop-up card incorporating all the stuff she loves. When making cards for kids, we should really have them in mind. Often we (I am guilty of the same) create elaborate technical pieces which kids just don't understand, when all they want is something fun. I'm hoping this will be fun for little Maria. And for you... I've added a little tute at the end.

The sketch is from Retro Sketches #26 and the colours are from The Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge #22.  Inspiration also came from the following challenges: Top Tip Tuesday #84 "Happy Birthday", Celebrate the Occasion #77 "Child's Birthday", Papelitos Stamp Challenge #9 "Pretty in Pink" and  Use It #38 "Ribbon".

Here is the card. The pix are a wee bit over-exposed. My craft-room / conservatory was unusually sunny today.

All papers for this project are from Doodlebug 12x12 sheets. My sister sent me the cute ribbon about 8  months ago and has remained untouched until now. The sentiment is by Beth Gunnel, coloured with BIC markers and cut out with Spellbinders die. The card front is simple because ...
...  ta-da! The action is on the inside! A pop-up gift box. The tute for making this box await those who have the patience to read my post! No such thing as a free lunch, dearies!
Here's a side view of the box. I made a bow with the cute bumble bee ribbon and plonked it in the middle.
In this and the next couple of  pics you'll see how the card closes. The greeting is  by Forever Friends  stamped in blue.  I also attached 2 brads... just for fun. 

The box is collapsing...
... and is falls flat when closed. Perfect for mailing.
Papers: Doodlebug: Card front - Little Lady from Summertime;  Box - Sew Plaid from Nifty Notions;  Inside - Paper Plus Easter Kit 
Stamp: Beth Gunnel Sweet Treats; Forever Friends Greetings Stamp
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa and Danube Blue 
Die: Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio Two S4-234

And here's a pictorial on how I made the box. It's a tad fiddly but not complicated at all. This is not my original idea. I saw it on YouTube, demo-ed by a Japanese / Korean / Vietnamese crafter. It was quiet difficult to follow what with the language barrier (and strange background music), so I just winged it in the end. If you're familiar with pop-up cards, then attach the box to the card base in a way that works for you.... and please, don't waste 2 days on it!

You will need 6 pieces of patterned paper measuring 2.5" x 2"- Use double sided paper because the inside will be visible. For my box I used Doodlebug Sew Plaid. Next draw a horizontal line at  the 1" mark as shown above. Along the 2.5"side  at the bottom half, make pencil marks at quarter inch, 1.25" and 2.25". The width of each panel is a quarter inch on the edges and an inch on the 2 inner panels - as shown above. Now cut vertically from the bottom to the 1" mark. Be careful not to exceed this mark.
Repeat on all 6 pieces and erase the pencils marks. 
I cut the sides as shown above so that the box will look less geometric, and hopefully more fun.
Now we construct the box. Start by sliding 2 pieces along the centre slits.  
Add one more on the side in exactly the same way, through the centre slits. 
Followed by another on the other side, as shown above. At this stage will have 2 pieces remaining. 
Continue sliding the slits as before, but now you have to align 3 slits and 3 pieces. 
Push it down slowly and one side of the box is complete. Repeat the process with the last piece on the  opposite side...
... and you should end up with a box.
Lay it on the side and gently push the box down (don't squish or smash)  and it will collapse flat.  With the slit interlocking, the box should not come undone. At this stage play with your new toy... its mesmerising! 

So there you have it! As I said before, it's not that complicated but it requires some measure of fiddle-faddle and patience. But once you get the hang of it, it's easy peasy... just like speaking Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese. Ain't that grand?!

I hope this has been useful. It's something different and quite versatile. You can adapt it for all sorts of occasions, especially Christmas. Thanks for stopping by and if you're unclear let me know and I'll send you  more pictures ... 43 to be exact! (Hahah just kidding!) I'll see you at my next post. In the meantime, check out Make It Monday #105 for tons of paper-crafting inspiration.


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Monday, 27 August 2012

Joy to the World

You guessed right! It's a Christmas card!

Good Monday, dear Crafty Cronies. I've got a quick card for you today. I had fun picking bits and bobs from The Shabby Tea Room's Challenge #129 photo inspiration for MojoMonday's last card of the month. For Challenge #256, there's a choice of square or round. I usually go with the square...well, for obvious reasons, but not this time. I'm living on the edge and made a round card.

And for a truly perilous experience I decided to make it a Christmas card! Christmas Stampin' All Year Long has the perfect challenge for dare-devils like me: Non Traditional Colours. With great big beads of cold sweat rolling down, I'm calling it a day with a Eureka Stamps Challenge #3: Anything Goes.

Here it is, my friends:

The papers are from Papermania's Capsule Collection. I've used Spellbinders Tear Drop to cut out the suede CS and matted it on aqua-chamois CS. At the bottom of the teal banner strip I stamped a bird nest - the shape of the table lamps. The choice of the background paper - inspired by the sun-burst mirror on the wall. 
I distressed the papers with a paper file and inked the edges TH's Vintage photo. 
The sentiment is from WMS Say It Loud Winter, stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk - which for me is the Christmas colour. Part of the stamping straddles the horizontal banner. I inked the oval die cut with Tattered Rose. Ok, so you're wondering what's a key doing on a Christmas card.  The Key to Everlasting Life! Or you could use the key to open one of the cupboards in the photo.  LOL. 
In this photo you can see the sentiment straddling the die cut and the banner.  In keeping with tradition, both pieces are sitting on foam tape! 

Simple yet obvious statement on the inside.
Papers: Papermania Capsule Collection by Jesse Edwards "Parkstone Pink" and "Lincoln Linen"; Papermania Capsule Collection by Tina Higgins "Aqua"
Dies: Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles S4-344; Classic Ovals LG  S4-100; Standard Circles LG S4-114
Stamps: WMS Say It Loud Winter Holiday
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose

That's all form me today. Thanks for dropping in on me. Have a great Monday and see you soon!


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Scottie's Noel

It's late...very late,  but there's just enough time to show you something before I hit the sack.

Hello, my fellow crafters. I made this card over the weekend. It's based on an origami fold called the 5-point Star and was all the rage last year. But, as usual, I'm a little slow with fads.

It was my friend Sandie's instigation that brought my card into being. Sandie is a CAS-pert who suggested that I do something for Sassy Studio Design's Dare to be Sassy Thursdays Challenge #139. So Sandie, this one's for you! If you're into CAS cards, swing by Sandie's place for some prime examples.

My starlet is also partying over at Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #122 "Try a Different Fold". The colours are from Winter Wonderland "Red and Green" and, just for fun we're going to A.musing Challenges "Anything Goes" and Make It Monday #104.

So here it is folks, my take on the Star Fold card:

The card measures 6" point to point. With a red eyelet in place at the top of the card, I've threaded some green gingham ribbon so it can be used as a festive deco piece too. The papers on the outside are from "Cosy Christmas" collection.
The embellishments are cut-outs from HOTP's "Forever Christmas" collection. On the tag, I stamped "Joy" and placed a golden brad. 
Open up the card and this is what it looks like on the inside.  I've used papers from HOTP's "Forever Christmas" .
Recognise the little doggie?
 Here he is up close. Adam Pescott's "Scottie" with red antlers! For the matts, I used Spellbinder dies.
A Christmas Blessings label from the same HOTP collection fits nicely at the bottom.
After the show, it flip-folds back in place. Yes, yes, you spy plenty of foam tape. Are you surprised? LOL.  I also inked the cut-outs to soften the edges.
Papers: "Cosy Christmas"; "Forever Christmas"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
SN Colours: Scottie - IG1, IG2;  Bell - GB5, CT4;  Antlers & Bauble - CR11, CR9, CR7;  Shadow - EB1
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 13  S4-248; Classic Ovals LG S4-110 

Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to bed now. It's been one long hot day. In a few hours Monday madness will begin. And on that heartening note, I bid thee good night.

Tutorial Update:

1. Start with a 12"x12" piece of card stock.

2. On the top edge, mark the 6" point and draw a straight line down approximately 2". This is just to serve as a guide, so mark and draw with a pencil so you can erase it later.

3. Start your 12" ruler at the bottom corner and slide the top until the 12" mark touches the pencil line drawn in step #2 above.  Basically, you are constructing a triangle with equal sides - equilateral triangle - measuring 12".

4. Draw a line from the pencil mark to the bottom corner of of the CS.  The line will be a tad higher along the 2" pencil mark drawn earlier.

5. Repeat step 3 on the other side. At the top both the lines should inter-sect at the same point. 

6. Cut away the excess CS and you should be left with a 12" equilateral traingle as above.
7. Now you want to make a few marks along the sides of the triangle.  I've turned my triangle around with one side running along the inch-marks of my cutting mat. You can easily use your ruler for this. With a pencil, mark the centre point: 6". Then 2 more marks 2" to the right (at the 8") and 2" to the left (at the 4").  
8. Repeat this on the other 2 sides. You should have pencil marks on 4", 6" and 8" points along the  the sides  of your triangle.

9. Connect the points by scoring along the dotted lines shown above. 

10. Next, you want to fold along your score lines. On the inner score lines (marked "V") you have valley folds and on the outer score lines (marked "M") you'll make mountain folds.

11. Your triangle will now look like this.

12. Finally, fold in and tuck one flap over another so that it locks in place. And you're done with the base card. All that 'sleft to do is to layer, embellish and decorate as you please.  

This really is a fun little card. I hope you'll give it a go. Thanks for dropping by!


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