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Hoppy Easter! My interactive card.

My friend (Rustyblue85 – check out her blog she makes some really cool stuff) put me on to the idea of doing challenges. As a relative newbie to the crafty world I didn’t even know this was a thing, but after some research it looked like fun  She suggested the new challenge by Lawn Fawnatics – Interactive Cards! So I thought why not, I would give it a go. I’m quite an indecisive person so couldn’t make my mind up which interactive element I should make the focus of my card. So in the end I decided not to choose just one. Instead I made a pull tab slider card with shaker and raised elements.

hoppy easterI chose to theme this card for Easter as I’ve been disorganised this year and haven’t made any yet. I have just bought the Hoppy Easter stamp and die set and have been itching to make something cute with them.

I began  stamping out my  elements for the card using memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah solar white card stock. so I could colour them in using my trusty Nuvo alcohol markers. I took taking inspiration from the rabbits I had as pets as a child to decide on their markings, and to add extra interest I added touches of Wink of Stella clear to the noses ears, ears and the bunny’s accessories.

bunny 1Out of blue and green card stock I cut out rectangles using my stitched rectangle die. From the  green rectangle I cut different lengths of grass keeping the stitched effect on the edges. Allowing me to layer them up to look like a grassy field.

I lined up the longest grass section with the blue rectangle (which I used as sky)  and then die cut out a notch for my slider (this would have been much easier if I had the slide on over die set). I made a channel out of doubled up 3D foam for my tab to sit in  and attached my sentiment banner to the top of the tab so that only the tail is visible until its pulled. To the front using more foam I added my Bunny holding an Easter egg.

cloud shakerTo make the shaker part of the card  I cut small clouds out of clear acetate and white card which I added Wink of Stella to (you cant go wrong with sparkle). I  put the acetate cloud on top and carefully sealed 3/4  the cloud together, adding white holographic sequins before sealing it up completely. I added them to the card using more 3D foam to make them pop up from the base.

I’m super happy with the end result! I think I’m going to make another one so I can give them to my aunties  that I haven’t seen in a while. Are you making Easter cards this year? Have you entered challenges before and if not would you be tempted?

Till next time make something with love


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Father in laws football card

My father in law lives and breathes football! He’s mad about it and his favourite club is Fulham he even used to work for them so when I had the idea for this card I thought it would be perfect for him.

Farther in laws cardI made the background  by firstly  stamping footballs in versa mark clear ink and heat embossing them using clear embossing powder. Then blending over it a combination of lucky cover, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio distress ink.

I die cut the footballer and football from the tattered lace footballer set out of Neenah white card and coloured them in using my Nuvo alcohol markers. When I do cards containing people or animals I try to base them on people I know so the cards are a bit more personal. This one is made to look like my father in law and I decorated the kit to match the current Fulham strip.

I die cut the grass strip using the lawn fawn grassy border die and then die cut 2 large stitched rectangles. I lined up the grass border with the stitched rectangle die in order to get a continuation of the pattern along the side and border edges. I heat embossed the sentiment using NUVO embossing powder in jet black to get a nice dark glossy image.

I was pleased with how it turned out and it definitely put me in the in laws good books. what do you think? Don’t forget to check out my other birthday cards including the 3D effect balloon card I made recently.

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3D Effect Balloon Card

I love the idea of this card, I made it for my boss at work . The card  took inspiration from a card I saw Jennifer McGuire make. It uses a  technique which incorporates both layering die cuts and also the negative space they leave to make an interesting 3D effect.

Boss cardTo start, I covered some plain white card stock with different coloured Washi tape. Then die cut two of each size of the three balloons. Next I arranged the different sizes and colours into a bunch that I was happy with and took a photo for reference. Then using the photo I chose which of the balloons I would like to be set back into the card and die cut those balloons out of Blue Card stock  trimmed to fit the base card. Lining the die cut negative space up with the card I traced the balloons onto it and covered the area with Washi tape so that it would show through the negative space. I attached the Blue card stock to the base card with 3D foam tape to create the recessed look and layered other balloons over the top using the  foam tape to complete the look.

Using the Lawn Fawn year five stamp and matching die set I stamped and diecut  presents onto Neenah white card stock  which I coloured in with my Nuvo markers. I hand tied each of the balloons to the presents using white sparkly wool I had left over from another project and secured them with a drop of  liquid adhesive. I attached the presents to a strip of green card that I attached bottom to look like grass.

The  banner  was made by stamping the  happy birthday sentiment using Versamark clear ink  and heat embossed with Stampendous Stamp N Bond heat activated adhesive. Then while the adhesive was still warm it was covered in Nuvo sparkle dust in cinnamon spice to give nice glittery lettering on the black card. Once the lettering was in place I cut V shapes into each side of the trip to make the banner tails and added this below the presents.

This was quite an easy card to make, but the results look really striking, I think that this is quite a versatile technique which depending on the colour scheme used can be uses to make a variety of distinct looking cards for a people of all genders and ages.

Till next time make something with love.


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Nuvo Review

I came across these pens at  Make it 2017 and I just had to try them out. I’ve been looking for a Copic marker alternative that wont break the bank or overwhelm a beginner with every shade of colour imaginable and I thought these pens could be it.

The Alcohol markers come in packs of three easily blend-able colour sets in sets of primary and DSC_1108.JPGsecondary colours, skin tones and monochromatic colours (including a colourless blending pen).  For a beginner this is perfect as each pack contains a light mid tone and a darker shade. However, if you are n artist or love colouring it may be more prudent to start building a larger collection such as Copic Sketch pens which come in 358 shades.

The pens have a oval shaped smooth barrel which gives them a stylish look and ergonomic design. I sometimes have problems with my hands cramping up and dexterity but found that even using these pens for a prolonged period of time didn’t cause a problem. The other positive with the shape is that unlike other brands such as the Copic Ciao pens stay were they are on the desk and don’t roll around.

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The pens are duel ended including a chisel tip for broad colouring and a bullet nib for more detailed work.  Ideally  I would have preferred a pen which has the brush tip for increased control and the ability to colour finer more complex images, such as the Copic Sketch (or at least had the ability to convert to one like the Spectrum Noir). However,  after using these pens I was pleasantly surprised at their ability to get into the harder to reach parts of my delicate stamps without bleeding the colour everywhere.

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Like most other pens the caps are colour coded and match the true colour of the pens quite well. Although, the colour code written on the lids can be quite difficult to read on some of the pens especially compared to that of the Copic Sketch.

One of the major down falls of these pens is the fact that like Pro-markers they are disposable. So far  replacement nibs and brushes are not available and they can not be refilled unlike both Copic and Spectrum Noirs. Although this is not such a problem when comparing the price points of these markers compared to the competition; for a set of 3 pens at the craft show I paid £3.25. Compare this to the price of  individual Copic Sketch at £4/50, Pro-markers at £2.75 each, or Spectrum Noirs which have to be bought as a pack of 6 for £8.00;  it works out much cheaper at just over £1.08. Allowing you to quickly and cheaply build a useful working collection.

Below is an image stamped with memento  ink onto non-coated generic white card stock which I have coloured using the pens.

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What are your favourite ways to colour your stamps and images?

 


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Make it Farnborough 2017

This weekend I went to my first craft fair; I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was very excited to be going. As it turned out I was lucky enough to get two for the price for one as Make it the paper crafting show ran along side Knit & Stich it which catered for all my sewing, crochet and knitting needs. The Show was based at Farnborough airfield and housed over 100 exhibitors which meant I was spoilt for choice (great for me but not so great for my wallet!). As someone who is relatively new to card making it meant I could pick up lots of the everyday basic tools I need but have so far been borrowing off friends.

I was excited to see so many different stamp designs and particularly loved those by Little Claire and Stamposaurus craft supplies, both of which produce good quality stamps handmade in the UK . Something else which caught my eye were the NUVO alcohol markers. I have been looking for a less expensive Copic alternative for a while so I  just had to get them to try.

There was also a lovely range of wool and fabric on offer but my favourite stall was Toft shop who had a collection of animal amigurumi crochet projects including an Afghan Hound which I definitely should have now regret not buying (however they have an online store so I can always fix my mistake).

Overall it was a really good day out and will definitely be going back next year.  I think I was really quite restrained in my purchases as the choice available was quite overwhelming. Here are some of the exciting things I bought:

I think my next big purchase will be a stamp positioner like the Tim Holtz Stamping platform, MISTI or the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect once my stamp collection has expanded a little. Does anyone already own one of these and if so would you recommend it?

Do you enjoy going to craft fairs, or do you prefer to shop online?

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The unexpected Christmas gift

Christmas can become a bit of a commercial holiday with mass produced gifts which are available everywhere you go. It can start to lose its meaning a bit. Which is why we started a thing a couples of years ago that has fast become one of our favourite Christmas rituals. As well as the store bought presents we try to set each other a present challenge. Last year we decided we each had a day to make a gift that we thought represented the other person. My hubby made me a spice rack as I love to cook. It was both pretty and practical and capable of holding together a multitude of things (which I thought was quite sweet). I decided to go with something a little less practical and made this…..

IMG-20151224-WA0001When deciding what I though would sum my beloved up perfectly and what he needed most in the world I knew it could only be one thing… a crochet festive Lobster bedecked in a tinsel scarf and a tiny Santa hat. After all who doesn’t need one of these little critters in their life!

I remembered the episode of friends where phoebe was talking about how lobsters mate for life and my husband is definitely my sole mate so I went for it and I’m so glad I did! Just like him my project turned out to be cheeky, full of joy and completely adorable.

I used A free Crochet lobster pattern from red heart which was actually part of a set including a mermaid. I adapted the pattern slightly in order to make it longer in the head and body. I used a 4mm hook instead of the recommended 3.75 and Marriner DK acrylic wool in claret to give him a deeper red colour. For stuffing I used an old pillow although any soft toy filling would work well. I gave him brown safety eyes used for soft toys and I sewed on a nice cheeky smile. This was a really cute little project which took on a personality all of its own. As you can see below it has definitely evolved from the original patterns picture but it is still just as cute.

 

Do you like to make gifts for loved ones?

I hope you had a very merry Christmas and have a happy 2017!

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