Monday, 24 February 2014

flying by pop up box

Morning all I have been asked to blog this pop box card I made by a couple of friends so here it is - a bit belated but my blogger fell out with me and I got so fed up and trying to make it play I decided to leave it alone to sulk for a few days - but I think it must have got over whatever was upsetting it cos it seems to be playing to day - long may it continue.
Anyway here's my instructions - now I can't take the credit as I was given a link to a youtube video but this is my version of things - they used a piece of scrapbook so I adapted it to suit myself!

Before I get into the workings I should say that all the stamps are from Clarity and you will see further down that every surface has been covered - a proper labour of love but I did enjoy making it .

I started with an a3 piece of card and used 10cm measurements but you could use a4 or scrapbook and use 7cm measurements ... basically you need to score 4 sides and leave a bit for a flap - hence the A3 4 x 10 leaves 2 cm for a flap to stick.

lay it landscape and score at 10, 20, 30 and 40
turn 90 degrees and score along the first three sections at 10 cm. LEAVE THE SECTION NEXT TO THE FLAP UNSCORED so that it forms the back of the project that doesn't fold over

Cut across at 20 cm and then discard the top bit of the flap, and cut down the score lines at 10, 20 and 30

 the section that you cut off is now used to form the sections inside so cut on the solid lines and discard the scribble out bits.

fold on the score lines and stick as shown

Butt one piece up to the front and one piece up to the back

These sections are used to stick your bits on.

Decorate all sides and be careful about the sticky out bits as you want it to fold flat - hence no bottom to it

Hope you can follow what I have done - give it a go I had great fun .

by the way I made all the panels at 9cm square and the mats and 9.5cm square.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

My world


Hi all how are you all today?  I have  taken hubby out earlier and now we are back the rain has actually stopped for a while today - that makes a change doesn't it.

I have secret project I am going to start this afternoon - well it will stay secret if it works  until it is time to share, so  today I can share this card with you.  It was for a commission and the day after I had made it i saw that Linda Simpson had used this stamp too - what I coincidence that was - we had a little chuckle at that !  Here is a link to the card that Linda did.

So this was my version , the stamp is from Just rite stamps and it has the word Travel written across it.  Now I wanted to cover that bit up - hence the banners.  I did think of doing it in another colour but then the recipient is a Blackburn Rovers supporter so that's why I went with blue , however it didn't sort of look quite right with white as it's more of a vintagy stamp so I went with the cream.  The writing was done on my computer .  I stamped the main image on a square piece so that I had some space at the bottom to add the wheel which comes from a sheet of stamps that came free with creative stamping magazine - the beach set.  I stamped the image again and used a circle die to cut out one of the circle maps and mounted it onto a cog from a set of spellbinder die.  I added some string with a nautical knot .

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

scrap happy

Good morning all its an early wake up for me this morning,  no idea why but still it  gives me time to sit and post this card I made out of a topper I made last week........


So last Tuesday I toddled off to cradts 4 U to do over in St. Helens.  I went to do a workshop with Maria all about dies and embossing folders. We had a lovely play (I went with a friend) and it was a great excuse to escape for a few hours.  
At the end of the day  we were messing with inks and embossing folders when I saw a folder with a random diamond pattern, had there been one for sale I may have been tempted to get it lol.
I had a couple of scraps of cream card left so I inked up the folder with some pink then ran it through.  Mm I likey, did the same with another folder with a flutterby on then cut it out and brought it home.

Yesterday I hadn't much time to play as oh had a follow up hospital appointment ( now discharged yay) so I had a tidying up session finishing bits off, putting in inserts etc etc. Came across the topper, dug out my diamond strip stamp  from Clarity and created a background, added a sentiment, sweet lilac flowers job done.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Mum 65

Good morning I hope you all are managing to stay dry..and none of you are suffering from the terrible floods. Aren't they just awful, they are continuing for so long, I feel so sorry for the people who are suffering and the poor farmers with their flooded fields and of course this will have a knock on effect later this year when all the crops that should be growing now are not there to be harvested so this will lead to shortages and ergo price hikes

 Anyhoo on a lighter note here is 65th birthday card for a Mum .

 Just a simple one using my grand calibur, purple and lilac card stock sweet lilac flowers and a ribbon. 

Apologies for the photo I took it with my tablet and I can't find a flash on it but in the up side I have since found another setting which looks like it adds some light when I am taking the maybe things might be brighter in the future!!!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Love and Romance

Good Morning all - it's the first of the month so time to share my card for the Claritystamp challenge blog
We have had some fantastic entries for our last challenge I do so love seeing everyone else's work and how every single entry is different and how people interpret the theme.
We have no classroom today but our lovely Barbara will be back on the telly tomorrow oo I wonder what loveliness she will be showing and selling!!!!!

The theme for February is love and romance - not surprising really with Valentine's day just around the corner.

I decided to do a scene inside a heart and then cover the edge of the heart with leaves and flowers. Didn't want to do the traditional red either so I chose purples - I do like purples lol and then just a touch of green.

How did I do it  - I had no heart stencil so couldn't use that so then I hit on an idea 

I have Microsoft desk top publisher but you could do it in word   I "drew" a square that  measure 15 x 15 cm I then "drew" a heart in the middle  that looked about the right size.  I made sure that the heart was central to the square and then grouped them together.  I did all this at the top left hand corner of the page - so it was easy to see the size.
After I had grouped them together I moved them to the middle of the page and printed it out on copy paper.
I followed the  lines and cut out the heart .
 Now I am left with a piece of a4 paper with a square in the middle and a cut out heart in the middle of that  I used some re-positionable spray on the side of the paper that had the square on .

Now I could lay my 15 x 15 card on top of the square knowing it will now be central .  Turn it over  and all you have is a mask with a heart shape in it ---hope this all makes sense.
but here is a pic to help you

I then proceeded to build up the scene with my clarity brushes pieces of torn paper and the clarity clouds mask.

I stamped the couple  in black archival, removed the mask and then I started to build up the edge of the heart. I took some of the leaves from the split tree set and the flowers from the long grass flower head set and built up the frame around the heart starting with the leaves using shabby shutters   first and second generation ink then added the flower heads in the same way using dusty concord.

I liked this idea and methinks I will be using it lots even if its only to put an edge around the ledge as if you don't put too much spray on and allow it to dry - it doesn't rip the top layer of your card off like low tack tape sometimes does and so long as the outside square or oblong is the same size as the card you want to use you can position it centrally.  it's just a case of making sure the inny is in the centre of the outy!