Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Clean and simple Hero Arts Valentine's Day cards

I used the sketch on the Less is More blog challenge as a starter for these Valentine cards, one for a boy and one for a girl. I used Hero Arts F3084 Row of Jubilee Dots from the set LL935 Jubilee Dots.

I made a Sizzix heart beaded embellishment for the girl's card, and kept it very simple and unadorned for the boy's card. Both have a hand written QuicKutz tag.


I am entering these cards in to the following challenge:

Addicted to CAS blog: heart


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Hero Arts clean and simple birthday card

I rummaged through my collection of older rubber stamps and picked out a couple of sets to use for the new Less is More sketch challenge.

The lower half of the 15cm square tent fold card was embossed with a dots embossing folder, then I stamped a border using one of the stamps in the Hero Arts LL935 Jubilee Dots set (E3083 Big 'n' Little Jubilee dots) with a Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze ink pad. I then added a couple of embossed lines to contain the stamping, and added a sentiment from Hero Arts LL899 Birthday Wishes Fancy Notes. I bought some gorgeous Dewdrop embellishments from Ribbon Girl, which I attached over the stamped circles of the same diameter using Pinflair.

I am entering this card in to the following challenge:

Less is More Challenge blog: sketch 8


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Burns Day wine bottle and beer gift tag

We have been invited to a Burns supper tonight and I have made these tags to decorate the wine and beer that we are taking along. Each tag has a poem penned by Robert Burns which is fitting to the drink to which it is attached.

You can listen to the words being read here and here.

On the wine bottle, I've made a tag with the bard's poem in praise of wine, Here's a Bottle and an Honest Friend. I've used a red rose along with the thistle, to symbolise the friendship between ourselves and the English neighbours who are hosting the Burns supper. Both tags were computer printed on to hammered cream card, then distressed with Antique Linen and Walnut Distress ink. The computer ink smudged a bit when I was distressing the tags, but I decided the effect added to the overall look of the tags so I deliberately smudged the ink some more and just went with it!

On the bottles of beer, there is his poem extolling the virtues of ale, O Gude Ale Comes and Gude Ale Goes


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Clean and simple thistle thank you card

As it is almost Burns Day and my thoughts have turned to our nations's favourite bard, Robert Burns, I have made this Scottish themed thank you card. After making another project ( which I'll post about soon) I had the tiniest couple of scraps of this tartan ribbon left, and fitting with my heritage, I cannae stand waste, so made this card to use them up!

I've based the card on a sketch over on the Clean and Simple Stamping blog sketch challenge.

Having the Grand Calibur enabled me to emboss the bottom half of the card with a Cuttlebug folder, which I wasn't able to get through the Big Kick without folding the card blank behind the folder which I don't like to do as I usually end up creasing it. The sandwich required for the GC is the cutting plate, the Cuttlebug folder with the card inside then the raspberry plate. Note - the base plate is not used. This is same sandwich you use for Sizzlet dies. The sandwich glides through the GC with such little resistance you think it can't possibly be doing anything, but it embosses perfectly.

The thistle stamp is by the Heritage Rubber Stamp Company, and the sentiment is from an Anna Griffin set.

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

Clean and Simple Stamping blog: sketch

My Mum's Craft Shop: anything goes

Addicted to CAS: embossing





Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Computer die cut lettering placement tutorial

It occurred to me as I was adding letters cut with my Craft Robo to a LO, that there may be some folk who haven't figured out this method of perfectly placing computer die cut letters, as I know I didn't think of it until I had a card to make with loads of lettering that really needed to be neatly placed, and thought there must be an easier way to do it, so after fiddling about with a ruler for ages without great success, I suddenly had a 'smack the head' moment and did it this way with great success. I'm sure for many, this will fall in to category of Tutorials on How to State the Blinking Obvious, but if it helps someone I'm happy!

  • Firstly, electronically die cut your letters, cutting them exactly as you want them to appear on your page. I usually run my letters through my Xyron 150 to adhere them. Trim closely around the negative space that is left from the die cutting then put a little repositionable adhesive eg, Herma, to the back of the negative space, and position it on your card or layout where you want the letters to be.
  • Now start putting the die cut letters in to their negative space, pressing them down well.
  • Once all the letters are in place,carefully pull back the negative.
  • Sit back and enjoy your handiwork!


Monday, 21 January 2013

A 'D-lite'ful birthday card

Please excuse the dreadful pun, but I made this card with two of the four new Spellbinders D'lites dies I bought recently. I loved the Poppy Patch die as soon as I saw it, and thought this fancy square, 'Grate Works', would be useful. I didn't have any trouble cutting them, as I know some have, but I used a piece of baking parchment between the die and the card stock. They both needed a little gentle teasing out but both dies cut first time in the GC. The card background has been created with four of the Grate Works die cuts.



Sunday, 20 January 2013

Memory Box Prim Poppy die sympathy card

I like to have a sympathy card ready to send, as I inevitably find I have a complete blank when needing to make one and spend too much time thinking about the card instead of the message that I want to write inside. Hopefully I'll not need to use this one for a while.

I used my new Memory Box Prim Poppy die, very simply mounted on a part-embossed A6 card blank. The poppy is coloured with Promarkers. The inspiration for this card was found here.


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Quirky Kit Lite Halloween layout

I made this page with the September/October Quirky Kits Lite. My DD sent me some photos of her and her pals before the uni Halloween party. Goodness knows where, but she managed to get hold of a black tutu, and bought some black feathers to sew on to it, then completed the outfit with the creepy contact lenses.



Thursday, 17 January 2013

Boys2Men fishing card

This is the second fishing card I've made with Ella's Designs Boys2Men CD. I decoupaged the fish and rod handle and added a K&Co paper as a mount, but it is pretty quick and straightforward to make using this great CD.




Saturday, 12 January 2013

Papermania Happy Days 60th birthday card

I've made this large 8x8” card for a few of us to give to our young at heart and youthful to look at friend who turned sixty just before Christmas. When we met her for coffee the other day she said she had found her sixtieth birthday quite difficult and was mortified when she went out with other pals who had brought along big 60th balloons etc. That gave me the idea to go for a very low key 60th card, with only little numbers that you'd need to be up close to see!

I used the Papermania Happy Days paper pack to make it. My favourite paper is this cheerful flowery one, with the lovely yellow spot on the reverse. The tiny little stamp came free with a magazine and is the perfect size for stamping on the miniature tag, cut with an old QK wafer die.