Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Three Children's Birthday Cards

Good morning

Today's post is about these three children's birthday cards I created

You can see the video here.

I have used a couple of paper pads I have had for some time for these cards. One is Amy Tangerine's Yes Please and the other is Studio Calico's Best of Studio Calico

Because they are for children I have chosen to use bright colours and to make them interactive or tactile

For the first card I have cut a 12" x 12" piece of yellow cardstock to 5.25" x 10.5", this has been folded in half to make a 5.25" square card base.

A piece of white card stock that is 4.75" square has been put through my Big Shot with a Cuttlebug embossing folder to create some texture for the background.

I have wrapped black crochet cotton around this piece of cardstock and tied a knot in it to secure the ends.

Using my Big Shot and my Die-Namic Mix and Match Banners die I have cut 8 banners from the Studio Calico papers. Four were added to the card using glue and the top four were added using foam squares.

The greeting was printed from my computer and then mounted on a piece of the same yellow cardstock that the card base is made with. This was then added to the card using foam squares

To finish the card off I doodled some faux stitching around each of the elements on the card and added a black gem to the centre of each banner.

The second card is a shaker card using the Amy Tangerine papers.

The card base is plain white cardstock that is cut to 8" x 6" and folded in half to make a 6" x 4" card base.

I have cut one piece of patterned paper 5.75" x 3.75" and another 5.25" x 3.25" and a strip that is 0.5" x 5.75". I have cut a pieces of white cardstock  5 3/8" x 3 3/8" and another 5/8" x 5.75". 
I inked the edges of all of these papers and mounted the strip of patterned paper on top of the strip of white cardstock so it had an even border along the long edges and was flush at the narrow ends.

I used my Ultimate Crafts ULTM57570 heart die to cut the heart out of the centre of the previously cut patterned paper, and I also cut it out of another patterned paper so I could have the turquoise heart to lay on top of the acetate for detail.

I assembled my shaker section on the patterned paper with the heart cut out by attaching a piece of acetate to the back of the paper with glue, made a casing all around the outside of the heart with foam tape, added the fine glitter and then attached the piece of white cardstock that I had cut so I had a small border all around the patterned paper. This was then attached to the largest piece of patterned paper and then the whole assembly was attached to the card base.

The matted strip of patterned paper was added using glue.

The greeting was stamped using a Hero Arts stamp and Stayzon ink and then attached to the card using foam squares.

The third card is a tri-fold card with a pop out centre strip.

I have used the Studio Calico papers for this card.

I cut a piece of red cardstock to 10.5" x 5.25", folded it in half then folded the front section back on itself at the halfway point.

I cut another piece of red cardstock the was 10.5" x 3" and folded that in the same manner.

I cut a piece of patterned paper 10.25" x 5" and attached that to the card base and then cut a piece of white cardstock 10.5" x 2.75" and attached that to the other piece of red cardstock.

Using a free die I got with a card making magazine I purchased some time ago I cut 12 balloons in assorted patterned papers.

Using my hot glue gun and some crochet cotton I added "tails" to the kites.

I used foam squares to add the kites to the front section of the panel and hot glue to add the rest of the balloons being careful not to have any balloons on the folds.

The ballon panel was then added to the card using hot glue so that the longer section was attached to the front of the card.

The greeting was cut once from red cardstock and three times from white cardstock and these where layered on top of one another to create a nice sturdy greeting about the thickness of chipboard, The die that I used to cut this greeting was a no brand die from Wish.

The greeting was then attached to the front panel of the card so that about 1/3 of it over hung the front fold.

If you have any questions about these cards please leave it in the comments or you can check out the process video here.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mother Layout using a Cut File

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So I have to say that this layout is inspired by my watching Missy Whidden.
There are a couple of things that she seems to do on most of her layouts. They are, use a cut file, create a mixed media backgrounds and add cotton thread.

I have created a video showing the process I used to create this layout. You can see it here.
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I have a scan N Cut and for some time I have been wanting to create my own cut file so now was my opportunity. I found 3 free flowers on the internet at and imported them into my Scan N Cut, from there I manipulated them and formed a circle of lowers which I cut out of white cardstock

I have used Kaisercraft's Miss Betty paper range and Secret Garden collectables for this layout. All of the papers and the cut file have been inked with black ink.

The background is a piece of white cardstock that I have given a coat of white Gesso because I plan on using watercolours on it and the Gesso helps to move the colour around and make the cardstock more resistant to water.

I applied some Semco Pearlescent watercolour randomly to the cardstock once the Gesso was dry using a brush and a water spray to move the colour around.

While this was drying I backed all of the flowers in the cut file.

I trimmed the background cardstock down to 11.5" x 11.5" and attached it to a piece of blue cardstock so that my page would have a frame.

I then used my hot glue gun to attache the cut file to the background. I like to use hot glue to attach things on top of a gessoed surface because glue or tape will not always stay in place.

Two strips of patterned paper and two strips of the blue paper were distressed along one of their long edges and attached to the left hand edge of the layout

I filed around the edge of the photo then matted it on some of the blue cardstock. I then stuck a piece of cardboard onto the back of the photo mat and attached that to the layout with the hot glue gun lifting the photo up from the page slightly.

I had 4 flowers spare, I cut them from under the strips on the left, so I used them to embellish around the photo. I also selected a few items from the collectables pack to add to the page.
I attached the sewing thread in pink and blue to the layout.

The title is chipboard that I coated with Gesso then painted with "Pinkest Pink" acrylic paint.

To finish the layout off I splattered some Glimmermist in black, pink and blue randomly onto the background.

Don't forget you can watch the video here

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Scrapping Fun Kits May Cards

Good morning paper crafting friends

Today I am sharing 3 cards I made using the May kit from Scrapping Fun Kits.

I have made a layout using this kit already. You can see the video here if you want to check it out.

The video showing the process of making these cards is here.

The two square cards are 5.25" square and were cut from a sheet of 12" x 12" cardstock that was already embossed.

The first card has two strips of patterned paper down the left hand edge, They have both had their right hand edges torn. I have wrapped some ribbon around the top patterned paper before I attached it to the card with foam tape. I made the coloured flower using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I share how to make this in the video.

A white flower and some leaves from my stash finish off the decorative cluster on the bottom left of the card.

A fishtail banner cut in white cardstock and then mounted on some of the patterned paper hold the sentiment that is created using the orange alpha stickers from the kit.

A little bit of bling is created by adding some of the red sequins randomly on the card with glue.

I wanted to use the rest of the sequins and the glass beads from the kit in a shaker card so this next card is how I did it.

I cut a square of the patterned paper and then cut a square of orange cardstock that was slightly bigger.

I used a no brand die to cut the flower out of the middle of the patterned paper. I attached some acetate to the back of the patterned paper with glue and then two layers of foam tape to make a complete circle around the cut out. The sequins and beads were then added and the orange cardstock stuck on top to seal them all in. I used a double layer of foam tape so that there would be plenty of room for the sequins to move around.

I then stuck the flower cut out on top of the acetate to add the flower detail back in.

A red gem was added to the centre of the flower.

I tied a knot in a piece of the ribbon from the kit and used it as a backing for 3 of the paper flowers the bottom left of the shaker panel. I also added two more flowers to the top right hand corner of the panel

The greeting was once again made with the alpha stickers added to some white cardstock and then double matted on patterned paper and orange cardstock.

This final card was created on a 6" x 4" card that I created from plain white cardstock.

I have cut a piece of orange cardstock and a piece of white cardstock each one a quarter of an inch smaller in both directions that the piece beneath it, creating a couple of layers.

A couple of fishtail banners were cut from the patterned papers and because they were very short I have cut them in half and stretched them out behind the patterned paper circle. The circle was cut using a Lifestyles Nesting Doily Circles die.

To create the backing for the greeting I cut a piece of orange cardstock and added a layer of the ribbon from the kit then the greeting which was created by adding the alpha stickers to some white cardstock and trimmed to fit the ribbon panel.

The paper roses were attached using my hot glue gun.
All of the papers on this card have inked edges.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these cards.

Don't forget you can see them being assembled here

You can check out Scrapping Fun Kits here.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

8" x 8" Layout Friends

Good morning

At last I have come to the final page of the 8" x 8" album I am doing for my grand-daughter which covers the year of 2018. I must admit I have dragged the chain with this album I usually create a mini book for her to showcase each year but decided last year to use an 8" album. I let it get too far behind and felt it was a chore to get it finished. This year I am going back to making an album and just adding the photos as the events happen.

I created a video showing the process of making this page. You can see it here.

The papers are Kaisercraft's Party paper range. I have also seen this range referred to as Partytime.

The background for the photos is created using 6 squares that are 2.25". A couple of the papers were quite plain so I used a Swiss Dots embossing folder to add some interest to them.

For the embellishments on this page I cut a couple of strips of patterned paper and punched the edge of one of them using an American Crafts punch. I used a die to cut the pink "Good Times" circle from one of the patterned papers and a slightly large die to cut the black cardstock mat. The strips were attached using d/s tape and the circle was attached using foam tape.

The pennant banner was cut on my Scan N Cut. I cut the original pennant using Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants and then scanned that into my Scan N Cut, this enabled me to resize it. I used two sizes so I could create a mat for the patterned paper pennants.

Some black crochet cotton was glued to the page and attached at each end with a brad before the pennants were glued on so they butted up to the crochet cotton.

The photos had the edges filed with an emery board to give them a white border before attaching them to black mats. The larger photo is attached with d/s tape and the other one is attached with foam tape.

That completed this very simple page.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Family 2013 Layout

Good morning

Today's share is the first layout I have created using the May 2019 Scrapping Fun Kits kit.

I have done an unboxing video to show you what you get in the kit. You can view it here

I have also videoed the process of creating this layout. You can check that out here.

The kit is full of brightly coloured red and orange items and papers so I chose this photo that is mostly black except for the red cardigan I am wearing and the orange shirt my sister is wearing.

The background has three layers, the orange cardstock the black cardstock and then the white cardstock that I have applied Modelling Paste through a Kaisercraft stencil called Demask. Once that was dry I dribbled some Ranger Spray Ink in Squeezed Orange down the page and helped it to run by spraying with water. To finish the background off I stitched around it with black thread and my sewing machine.

I cut one of the patterned papers from the kit so I could have some showing above and some below the photo, which I had double matted on black and red cardstocks.
I used the baker's twine from the kit to wrap around the bottom of the photo.
A strip of yellow/lime patterned paper from my stash was used to create a fishtail banner to go horizontally behind the photo and a piece of the orange cardstock that I used as the bottom layer of the background was punched along one edge using a Martha Stewart punch and layered on top of the yellow/lime paper. I also added a piece of red cardstock behind the patterned paper from the kit that is behind the photo.

I used my hot glue gun to attach some cardboard behind the photo to give it some height and then used the hot glue again to attach the photo to the layout. I also used hot glue to attach the felt heart and paper roses from the kit.

I cut the title on my Scan N Cut using black cardstock for the shadow and the plain orange cardstock for the letters.

To finish the layout off I added some gems to the felt heart.

You can see all of the detail in the video here on my YouTube channel

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scrapping Fun Kits May kit unboxing video

Good morning everyone

This morning I have an unboxing video for you. You can check out all the goodies here

Just love the bright colours of this kit and the fact that red is my favourite colour makes this one of my favourite kits so far.

Check out the video

You can order your kit here

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