Wednesday, 28 September 2016

"Eat Me" notebook and holder

I was recently asked to make some projects for Papercraft Essentials  magazine using the wonderful Winnie Wonderland Collection from Polka Doodles. For one of my projects I made a tri-fold notebook and holder using 2 backing papers, 4 playing cards and Design Sheet 7. Here is what it looks like when completed ...

I created a 'wrap around folder' which is tied together with gold thread. I have used elements from the design sheet to decorate my front cover and of course Queen Winnie as the Red Queen takes centre stage.

As you open up the holder, you can see a photo frame on the right and a pocket on the left. Again the playing card is the focal point, along with several of the digi embellishments.

As you open the folder you can see all three sides. The left hand side has a pocket, the middle section holds a notebook and the right section has a selection of sticky notes ... (or post-its to you and I). I cut the sticky notes down to the size I wanted with a very sharp craft knife.

A closer look at the notebook with Queen Winnie(Red Queen digi image), again being in the 'limelight'. The back cover of the notebook slips in to the pocket, (on the middle section), keeping it in place. I even made the notebook!

This shows the outside of the notebook holder, (when open), clearly showing how the gold thread is kept in place/threaded using eyelets.

I have also filmed a video of the completed piece as was finding I didn't know when to stop with the photos ... hee, hee, hee! You can find it here: When I made this video I didn't have my tripod so it is a little shaky ... however will redo the video again and upload shortly. Loved making this project and have since made quite a few of these notebook holders and am squirrelling them away as emergency presents. I also made 2 other projects in the magazine and will blog these shortly.

Thank for popping by and each visit and comment are wonderful to receive. I'm off to catch up with my weekly wonder in blogland to see what you have all been up to.

Take care,

x x x

Products and links:

Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Crafty Addicts - anything goes/use patterned paper
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Sunny Day Crafting - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - anything goes

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Find your own paradise ...

Another new challenge over at The Pencil Case and I have decided to use the wonderful Tropical Flowers Flamingo clear stamp set from Polka Doodles to create my card. Autumn is fast approaching and love the rich colours of this season and this was my colour choice inspiration.

I created a frame using the stamps and a bit of masking and joined up the stamping, cutting both the inside and outside away to create a frame. Behind my frame I have layered acetate and a leaf die cut screen (from Tonic). I though this added to the tropical feel. In the top corner I have stamped and layered the flowers for added depth.

Do love that Flamingo and the lily stamp. Don't they work beautifully together?

Colours used:
Open flower: cream, Indian red, light carmine & hookers green
Lilies: canary yellow, gold ochre & light carmine
Shadow: silver grey & medium grey 
Flamingo: pink madder lake, medium flesh & rose madder lake
Palm leaves: emerald green, apple green & olive green
Lilies: Canary yellow, gold ochre, burnt carmine, light green & olive green

I even decorated the inside of my card to keep the tropical theme using the same colours/flowers.

Today I am busily moving my youngest son in to his Uni digs and feel it's going to be a long day! Let's say we were still packing at midnight .....! Catch up with everyone over the weekend as I intend to have a mega blogging session on Sunday.

x x x

Products & links:

Fantasy Stampers - Watch the birdie
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Colour Crazy - anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

Sunday, 18 September 2016

It's a blue, blue Christmas .....

I'm not sure if my tag card is inspired by the song "It's blue, blue Christmas" by Elvis or just that I fancied making something with blue as the focal point ... who knows?!?!? I've used the new Festive Christmas soup stamp kit from Polka Doodles to make my tag card. The kit comes with 2 stamp sets, (O Christmas Tree and Red, Red Robin) and a CD (full of papers, images & sentiments). As you can tell, I've had great fun with the stamp sets.

I have used the small script stamp to create one of the backgrounds using Broken China distress inks and the other was with Walnut Stain. The latter has tiny snowflakes stamped over it too.

The poinsettias were made using the same distress inks and the different sized petal/leaf stamps, finished with a blue gem.

The centre banner was created with the 25 Dec stamp and then over stamped with the same script stamp. I mounted it on to a piece of card with the edging made using one of the elements that make a snowflake. I then cut a metal snowflake in half and placed either side. Finally I added an MDF dove, ribbon and blue gems.

Even if I say so myself, do love how it turned out and think I might make some more but in different colourways ... thinking purples to begin with ...

Many thanks for popping over and I'm hoping to spend this evening catching up on my blogging, if I'm not needed for taxi duties!

x x x

Products and links:

Come & get it challenges - lots of layers
Glitter & Sparkle - anything goes
Great Impression Stamps - anything goes
Just keep on creating - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's - anything goes Christmas
Creatalious - anything goes (twist of "pick a tune")

Friday, 16 September 2016

Christmas is family time ...

Here is my 2nd post sharing another of my projects for the new Polka Doodles stamp soup release  and this time I have mixed some of the elements from the CD with stamping. When I saw the tags, I just had to use them ...

I printed off the sentiment tags making sure they were different sizes so that I could make a zig zag card ... but with tags! I inked around the edge to age them a little. Once the tags were in place, I began decorating them.

Front page: I have used the poinsettia petals to create my flower with the small embellie stamp to create the centre flower. The floral tendrils are another stamp from the set coloured with distress ink and then cut out.

For the middle panel, I printed out the stocking and decorated it with stamped flowers and leaves. Again I have tried to give the sentiment "centre stage".

The last panel has been kept very simple as this is where you would write your message, with another stamped flower. The red dots you see on each panel, are made using glue plus ultra fine red glitter. The card came together quite quickly and for once I didn't faff whilst decorating it!

Nikky is on twice today, 2pm and 7pm, so do make sure you tune in to C&C. However if you can't, you can watch the shows on line on the C&C site for up to 7 days.

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting with friends - anything goes
PDE Link Party - all tags
Winter Wonderland - add some sparkle
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Crafts and me - anything goes
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - shaped card

O Christmas Tree

Today's the day when Nikky Hall launches a new collection of stamps (on Create & Craft @ 2pm and 7pm) to join the ever so popular stamp soup family .. Festive Christmas! There are 2 sets in the collection - O Christmas Tree and Red, Red Robin. I was very lucky and was allowed to "play" with the stamps prior to their launch.

Here is one of my samples...

I have used the tree stamp from the O Christmas Tree set to create a considerably larger Christmas tree shaped card measuring 22cm tall and 16cm wide ...! I stamped the tree image 11 times and then cut each one out leaving a small border. I then began building up my "new" tree making sure they over lapped, trying to make them look bushy.

Next using some beads and some lights (that were found hiding in my Christmas box), I draped them across the front of the tree. I stamped a selection of holly leaves and coloured them with peeled paint distress ink. I have deliberately made one leaf darker that the other, so that the leaves stood out against the tree. I placed a pair of leaves about each light. I have a rather soft spot for the robin image, so stamped him and nestled him amongst the holly leaves.

To hide the join where all my embellishments met, I stamped one of the small embellishment stamps twice on to vellum, embossed with gold embossing  powder and then created a small flower-like embellishment.

Apologies for the poor photos as they do not really show all the layers and bushy-i-ness of my card.

I hope you're enjoying all of Nikky's demos and me personally, so envious of her painting style. Will be back again really soon, sharing another of my projects,

x x x

Products and links:

Crafty Hazelnut - anything goes as long as it's Christmas
Creative Corner - no patterned paper
QKR Stampede - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
That's Crafty - Christmas
Cards for galz - anything but square