Saturday, 6 February 2016

Tutorial for Z ~~Fold Card

I've had some requests for details on how I made the cascading hearts Valentine card I showed earlier this week. I did a tutorial on the Fiskarettes page on Facebook, but I know some of you don't do Facebook, so here it is. There is nothing new under the sun, you can find lots of YouTube videos on this type of card, but I like this one because you get two card bases from one A4 piece of cardstock, and if you use good quality double sided card, you don't have to mess around cutting out panels, so it is quick and easy


Take a piece of A4 double sided cardstock (8 1/2 x 11"). Score into three at 7 cm intervals,  and mark a point 11cms along one long edge




Turn the paper around, now mark 11 cms along the other long edge - I have marked these points with washi tape in the photo so you can see clearly where your marks should be

Now position these marks along the cutting line of your trimmer and cut

 You will have two shapes looking like this......



Now fold the card bases, one mountain and one valley fold like this.....


The two cards will look like this...

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Now punch out various sizes of hearts, or it could be flowers of course. If you use a single sided paper, glue two hearts together so that the card looks pretty from all angles...


Glue some hearts flat to the top side of the card, attach some with foam pads, tuck them behind each other so that you have a pretty waterfall of hearts


I added some sequins for a bit of glitz - my new favourite way of adding a bit of shine to a project, and so much cheaper than gems



So there we go, I hope this answered your questions  Josie, Ann, Brenda and Maureen - thanks for taking the time to email

Friday, 5 February 2016

Glitter Butterflies


I have been playing around with glitter - well, what's better on a cold grey day?
This is the card I ended up with......


I just punched out some butterflies in white.....


Ran them through the xyron to make one side sticky.....


 and just dumped various glitter - use the extra fine stuff - in patches onto the butterfly


Then shake it off, and use a bone folder to burnish the glitter onto the sticky cardstock. Amazingly, it stays put, and you get a pretty two or three tone effect


I have a marathon unpacking session ahead of me today as my box full of new Fiskars products has just arrived - I'll be sharing some of the gorgeousness with you once I have fought with the packaging and emerged victorious from an epic  cardboard battle.....

See you tomorrow x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Locked out

Well that was a bit scary - I have been locked out of my own blog! I think some gremlin decided I was an undesirable person (how did it know?) and poof - I wasn't able to get on here and post at all. 
Then they obviously checked my references, did a thorough background check, and decided I wasn't a danger to the general public after all, and here I am again...

Sharing a couple of Valentine cards I have made, the first one is a Z fold card that I did with a cascade of heart shapes....


and I rather like this next one, the simplicity of the gold and black appeals to me somehow...


So we are already into February - my least favourite month of the year. It's a bit of a nothing sort of month isn't it? Apart from Valentines Day there is really nothing to make it in any way special, (and let's face it, I am not going to get misty eyed at the thought of Valentines Day, however dearly I love my other half!)   The tinsel and glitter of Christmas seems like a distant memory, but the bank balance is still reeling from the shock of it all. The days are still short and cold and Summer seems light years away - but then the unexpected sight of a couple of Spring crocus bravely making an appearance can totally lift the February blues. Maybe Spring is just around the corner after all. Then there is the big trade craft fair at the NEC to look forward to later this month, with my pal Kath coming to stay for a couple of days.....there, February doesn't seem so bad after all....

See you tomorrow if blogger thinks I am a suitable person to be chatting to you x

Monday, 18 January 2016

and the winner is......

Here's a little birdhouse box card I made for Fiskars.......


I took a basic box card base and altered it a bit - I measured 3cms down from the top on the tall back piece, then cut into a point. It was easy to use the shape as a guide to cut out a little roof. I was going to use a brown wood pattern paper but thought that even little birdies can have pretty pink houses.....


These power punches make short work of cutting out the thickest cardstock...



I punched out some flowers using the bloom punches, and attached them to strips of sturdy acetate.....


and punched out a tiny bird (his wing is a little heart punch)....



On to the winner of the tag maker duo punch who is:

KRAFTY KAREN

Congrats Karen, email me and your parcel will be on it's way

Friday, 8 January 2016

Giveaway!

I have an unused, but out of packaging Tag Maker duo to give away today....

This is a great little tool, it punches out tags that are the perfect size for banners or sentiment tags on your cards, leave them blank, or punch the holes and set eyelets all in one tool.....


All you have to do is go HERE to like the Fiskarettes Facebook page, after leaving a comment with your name on this post. I will draw a winner next Wednesday. Good luck

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all - a little belated, so that's my first resolution down the pan before the new year has had time to arrive....

Sharing a video I made for the Fiskarettes page on Facebook today, I can't tell you the problems I had making it. This was the fourth attempt, one of them I filmed the whole thing upside down! My new table camera clamp makes the camera a bit wobbly when I have to do stuff like punching, so I have to figure out something to hold it other than my desk.







I'll be back tomorrow with a giveaway, rather a nice one actually, so pop over and see me then..... x

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas.....

Just checking in to wish you all a very merry Christmas - we will be happy to spend time with family, Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a wonderful time......

Sharing a card I made with an embossing folder, then cut around the edges with a craft knife.........

 and inked lightly with Simon Says Stamp sea glass ink over the embossing.... 



before adding a heat embossed sentiment and a few sequins for sparkle......


Be Merry! See you when it's slightly less frantic.......x


Friday, 18 December 2015

Tree Sympathy

I used a Penny Black stamp - (Slapstick Cling, Regalia) for a quick sympathy card.....


I used my distress ink mini's to selectively ink up just bits of the stamp. I used my MISTI so after I inked up the trunk and branches in Walnut Stain, I was able to go back and dab various ink pads onto the leaves and it stamped in exactly the right spot. Even though it is a sympathy card and I didn't want sparkly, I did add just a few tiny dots of copper stickles here and there, which gave it a bit of dimension. The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp. I seem to be a bit fixated on one layer cards at the moment, but I did like the result I got with this one

Well I did a load of gift wrapping, and as always some people have hit the jackpot with a bunch of presents that I forgot I had bought, and a couple of important people have nothing at all. There is nothing else for it - I need to face the crowds in the shops today. Wish me luck.... 







Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Life never goes according to plan......

Here's a couple of cards made with a simple little snowflake punch - the wreath snowflakes were punched out of navy glitter card, white glitter and silver mirri card, so it's really glittery and pretty in real life.....


and this second one used some stuff I found by Woodware that puffs up when heated - I've tried other brands and they all turn a bit yellow, but this stayed white


We went to a lovely Christening service in a small Worcestershire village, I was so taken with the floral arrangements I had to take photos to show you......



and the reason for the title of this post? Unfortunately our daughter in law's dad has been very ill, and we had to do a totally unplanned dash down to Surrey last week to help out with the children. Normally this wouldn't have been a problem at all, but at the back of my mind was the knowledge that we had invited thirty or so friends round for a Sunday lunchtime housewarming party. Gulp. But all things can be overcome, I did a bit of cooking down there while the boys were at school, and we drove back late on Friday with the car full of food! It all went well, and the food that I cheated with and mixed in with the homemade stuff was fine. So now the party debris is all cleared away, and I am trying to keep on top of things in case we have to help out again. 

A marathon wrapping session is on the cards for today. A job I rather dislike - I get into the swing of it, lose the scissors about twenty times, the pen on hand to write the labels gets buried somewhere, the tape runs out at regular intervals, and why did I think six rolls of wrapping paper would be enough......The first few parcels look quite fancy, with elaborate bows and sprigs of berries artfully tucked into the bows. The last ones look as if they have been wrapped by a three year old - do you think newspaper could become the new wrapping fashion, I do hope so..........

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Fuse Snowflakes...

So I had a little session with my Fiskars Fuse, and the snowflakes die, but instead of letterpressing with ink, I used versamark, then heat embossed with silver....three more cards under my belt.....




The chaps from Amazon continue to beat a path to my door, and the pile of presents is growing nicely. My next job is to spread everything out on the bed and make a list of what I have, and for whom......I usually find that I have a sackful of presents for one person, and none for another. Even though my kids are grown, I still enjoy getting them 'stocking stuffers', and last year my daughter presented me with a sack full of gifts of my own. 'You always do it for us mum' she explained 'I thought I would do it for you'................I haven't been so excited about opening stuff since I was a child!

How are your preparations going? I can ask this now we are in December! x

Sunday, 29 November 2015

More quick cards....

So I found this little Christmas pudding stamp by Clearly Besotted (love their stamps) and had a bit of a batch bake - you can't get much more clean and simple than this! I stamped the image onto the base card first, and coloured just the leaves, then again onto a scrap of white card, and punched it out - my 1 1/2" circle punch was perfect. A bit of foam tape, a bit of glitter, and bingo, job done.........



No I didn't venture out into the shops on Friday, but I did snuggle up all cozy and warm to do a bit of internet shopping. The children's presents are all done now, so I am feeling virtuous. I am a huge fan of Amazon, it always astonishes me how you can order something one evening, and the next morning a guy turns up at your door with your order. How do they do that? They must have a lot of elves in their workshop. Maybe the head honcho at Amazon should be put in charge of running the country.................just a thought!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Happy Black Friday!

This post was supposed to go out yesterday, to wish all my friends in the USA a very happy Thanksgiving, but for some reason MR Blogger decided to play games and it vanished. So belated turkey day wishes to you all

And a few Autumn makes made with the Fiskars intricate shape leaf punch - I punched the leaves in white then used distress inks to add the Autumn hues





I feel a great sense of longing to be in the USA today - how I loved Black Friday. I made lists, got up at the crack of dawn, and battled the crowds to do my Christmas shopping. I once bought a large cardboard box without knowing what was inside it! Two women were practically fighting over a box, when I spotted another one lying on the floor underneath a 'door buster sign', so I picked it up and paid (about $20) without knowing what was in the box. I figured if it was worth fighting over, it must be worth 20 bucks. Incidentally, inside was a saute pan reduced from $90. Did I need it? No. Was I delighted with it? Yes! Such is the madness power of the Black Friday sales frenzy....it has hit the shores of the UK now, and lots of stores have Black Friday sales, but having experienced the real thing, it just isn't the same, and I won't be turning out of my warm bed early today....but for those of you that do, happy hunting, and if you see a forlorn cardboard box on the floor, buy it, it may be your biggest bargain ever!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

At the double......

So I couldn't resist this little stamp set by Woodware at the NEC (although I had made a vow only to buy essentials - but this was essential, right?)



I started off embossing the holly tree in white, then sponged the background with distress inks. The berries were done with ruby liquid pearls.....by the way, I know American friends find the expression 'Happy Christmas' a bit odd, I think you always say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, but we do wish each other a Happy Christmas over here in the UK 


Then because I have the attention span of a mosquito, I stamped again in Versamark ink and brushed on Perfect Pearls gold powder. This time I added a few gems and sequins.....



you get such a pretty sheen with the pearly powder....


Then one heat embossed with WOW platinum embossing powder.....


and finally, and possibly my favourite, heat embossed in white again, with a sponged background then I added 'snow' with a new product from Woodware that puffs up when it is heated. I have had stuff like this before but it always turns yellow on heating, this stays a nice bright white. I can't tell you the name, as the little bottle doesn't have a label and I threw the packaging away!



Which one do you like best? Now that I have experimented a bit, I can have a session making a batch of these, they were all quite quick to make. At least I now have four cards made, out of the total needed of about 80 that's pretty pathetic. I need to get them out early this year as well as I have new address labels to put on them. I can see a visit to Hallmark in my immediate future...........

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Le Shoe...........

Have you tried the new craze for colouring books for adults? I was sent this book by Katy Sue Designs and had a lot of fun colouring.....



They have the most gorgeous shoe designs (they also do a similar book with a nautical theme)


I chose to use this fabulous shoe, and because I used very subtle colours, it looks even better in real life....



but popped into an Ikea frame, it is just perfect for my bedroom........



The plus points are that the designs are printed on very good quality paper, which can easily be removed from the book. I did find that using alcohol markers led to some bleeding around the image, but as I was cutting the image out this didn't matter. I will probably do the next one in Prismacolor pencils, another medium I enjoy using

You can find the books on Amazon HERE

It was certainly a stress buster, and I have already earmarked my next project....but until then, I am busy working on some Christmas cards. More about that tomorrow....see you then x