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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

TRIO OF BLOOMS

Good Morning people of Blogland,back again with another card. Hope you are well, happy and enjoying this fabulous weather we are having.  The last 2 summers have been fantastic really.  With that in mind I thought I'd blog a summery floral corsage card.  It is actually one of my closest friends birthday card.  She was really happy with it, and so am I. This card involves stamping, heat embossing and die cutting.  The finished size is A5.



MATERIALS REQUIRED

LILAC CENTURA PEARL CARD
SILVER HOLOGRAPHIC CARD
DOUBLE SIDED SHEET
CENTURA PEARL SNOW WHITE CARD
PINK SHIMMER PAPER
SUE WILSON LEAVES DIE (CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS)
ORNATE SQUARES DIE (SPELLBINDERS)
GREEN CARD
VINTAGE FLORAL EMBOSSING FOLD (CRAFTER'S COMPANION)
EMBELLISHMENT BLING AND RIBBON
CHLOE'S FLORAL STAMPS LARGE AND SMALL
BRILLIANCE ORCHID INK
IRIDESCENT GLITTER
SAN TROPEZ SANDS EMBOSSING POWDER (WOW)
PERFECT MEDIUM CLEAR INK
SMALL LABEL DIE (CRAFTER'S COMPANION DIE'SIRE)
RANGERS PEARL GLUE


Cut a base for your card from the Lilac Centura Pearl to measure A5. 
Keeping a 1cm border around the lilac card layer with silver holographic card
Emboss the snow white centura pearl using the vintage floral rose folder. Ink around the edge with the Orchid ink and layer leaving a fine holographic border
Die Cut 2 Holographic Ornate Squares, Cover a piece of white card with the double sided sheet and die cut a single square (this may take a few turns through the Grand Calibre due to the added thickness)
Once cut, peel off and cover with iridescent glitter. Burnish the glitter into the square with your fingers
Stamp the pink shimmer paper with both sizes of flower using perfect medium.  As its clear, I find it easy to cover each stamp with embossing powder to enable you to see where you have stamped.  Fill the A4 sheet with the two sizes of flowers. Heat until the powder melts and the bling shows through.
Cut out and curl the flower shapes and build into a larger  full bloom and two small smaller blooms
Attach all the die cuts together layering the white glittered square in the centre of the two holographic die cuts
Die cut 2 sets of the Sue Wilson leaves, 
Arrange the 2 smaller flowers either side of the large bloom, decorate the leaves and ribbon around and secure under the blooms.  Finish the flowers with bling in the centre.  I used hobby house topaz range. 
Attach a small label with the sentiment required.
Finish using Ranger Lilac Pearl glue around the frame to complete a pearl border.

That's all for today folks.  Thank you so much for your time visiting my blog I appreciate your time and energy.  Please feel free to leave any comment, good or bad.  I appreciate all feedback.  So for now, Take Care, Keep Smiling and be happy people.

Lots of love and crafty hugs
Jo
xxx 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Create a box from Create a Card

Hello to Everyone of Blogland,




This is really just a very quick post today.  I am currently trying to improve my computer skills which I've got to say are getting better slowly but there's still along way to go.I am going to admit to you all that, I haven't uploaded as much as I was as I'm finding it hard going making and uploading to my blog.  Having Chiari and Osteoarthritis, I do find it very hard to multi task. I get so tired but I will try to upload regularly so please bare with me.  I'm trying.

 Yesterday I was notified I achieved top 3 placing in the June Challenge which was Boxes, Bags and Tags.  I entered a Box made from the Create a Card die, Centura Pearl, Pink Holographic card, Pink Ribbon.  the floral decoration on the top was made using the desire rose die and decorating using die cut leaves and ribbon. Added some pearls to finish.




Thanks for taking the time to come over for a visit.  Please feel free to leave any comments, good or bad.  Until next time, take care, keep smiling and above all be happy.

Lots of crafty Love and Hugs
Jo
xxx

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

CHRISTMAS DECO DANCE

Hello to the people of Blogland, thanks for popping in to see me.  Hope you are enjoying your day.  Going on the computer used to fill me with absolute horror at one time.  I am still learning and a bit of a technophobe, but I have to admit, I am enjoying sharing my crafty journey with you.  In truth, I nearly gave up cardmaking a few years ago when I was first diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. The reason I didn't was down to a brilliant cognative therapist  who coaxed me into starting to believe in myself.  Not only was it good to keep my brain ticking but also having dexterity problems, its good for my hands too.  I can't craft everyday, I can't always finish a project in one session, but that's the reason I love what I do, cos I can craft when my body lets me.  

As so many people are sharing Christmas ideas, I thought maybe I should share some with you.  The card I'm going to share today and some over the next few days are from Hunkydory's Deco Christmas from last years release.  Very little is needed to complete this card, simple and effective. Uses just an a4 sheet of card acetate and a topper.




MATERIALS REQUIRED

Hunkydory adorablescorable cream cardstock with foiled swirls
A4 Foiled Snowflake Acetate
Couple Dancing Topper
Black Marabou Feathers
Sentiment
Paper trimmer/guillotine
Hougie Board
Double sided tape
Silicon Glue

Measure and cut the card to 6 x 9 inches, Using the hougie board score at 1,2,3.5,5 and 7 inches, fold into a concertina starting and finishing with a mountain fold. This becomes the base.  Also cut a 1 x 6 panel from the remaining card for the front of the card to cover your workings, a 2 x 6 for the roof of the card, and finally if card allows a 2 x 6 to cover the workings on the back of the card
Trim down the acetate to measure 6 inches wide, score in half and burnish the fold.  Attach to the card base by lining up with both edges, front and back.  Using the 2 x 6 piece of card, score in half and burnish, and fix this to the top of the acetate becoming a roof as it were.  With the remaining foiled cardstock, starting with the front 1 x 6 fix this the front of the card at the base, the other 2 x 6 fix to the back again to cover up your workings,
As the Acetate is very busy, I attached the topper to the fight hand side of the front using silicone glue.  The reason for doing so is because I didn't want the image lost inside the acetate attached to the centre step. Finally attach the sentiment again with the silicone glue and adhere the marabou feathers using the silicone to keep them secure.  Allow to dry fully.  The foiling does all the work on this card, with a little embellishment for extra glamour and glitz.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  Hope your time here has been of interest to you,  Thats all for now, until my next post, please take care, and look after yourself, keep smiling, its the best medicine.  Please feel free to leave any comments.  I value time and opinion so by all means leave yours.

Take care
Happy Crafting
Lots of Love
Jo 
xxx

N.B.  - VISIT www.cardcraftplus.co.uk for the Deco Kit, Acetate and much more
                       www.hougiecrafts.com 
                       
 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

LADIES GOLF - REACHED THE 18TH

Hi Everyone in Blogland wherever you are in the world.  Hope the gorgeous warm weather is still with you.  To be fair, for us in Britain, this seems to be the 2nd running good summer we have had.  Bring it on I say.  My Doctor actually says to me, its a shame you can't get nice warm weather on prescription.  I have got to admit, I am not and have never really been into golf, although members of my family have.  My Dad, believe it or not even played in Snow - Mad I know, anyway warm weather and golf introduces my post for today. Its a ladies golf card.  I was told the favourite colour to include but the rest was down to me, I'd like to share it with you.


MATERIALS NEEDED

3 A4 sheets of White Centura Pearl
A5 sheet of purple card
Piece of Silver holographic thin card
A4 Embossilious Polka Dot Folder
Spellbinder Grande Circles
Glitter Girls - Keepsake Men's Board
Brilliance green moss ink
Brilliance Orchid ink
Brilliance - Pearlised Biege
Silver Peel off's 

oDie Cut 3 Grande Circles, Emboss one of them using the Polka Dot Folder, the embossed circle becomes the front of the easel card. Cover the plain (bottom) section of the card with green ink, (brilliance dries very quickly),  Carefully using the purple ink, cover the patterned edge, leaving the whole centre white, dimpled to resemble a golf ball.
Using the Men's board, emboss around the golf bag twice once using purple card, then the white, emboss a further pocket on the golf bag, and finally another pocket in purple to complete the bag.  Using spare with card emboss the golf ball and tee and one more ball, finishing with the tuff of grass.  Ink them up using pink for the ball, green for grass and beige for the tee.
Build up the decoupage bag and use silver peel off to show detail clear.
To build the card and make the easel is simple to put together. Take to plain circle and score at 2 and 4 inches.
Attach this to the base card with the largest 4 inch section at the back, cover the front 2 inch section with double sided tape and adhere the embossed (golf ball) card.
Attach the golf bag, ball and turf to the front of the card. Complete with sentiments.  Make a stopper for the easel using silver holographic thin card and purple card. included  'You have reached the 18th' on the stopper. 


Well thanks all for this post other than to say thank you for your visit and please feel free to come again.  I love sharing my love of papercrafting with you and hope you  get some ideas from me.  I take every comment seriously and if you feel like asking if I have a make you might like me to do, please say so.  I will do my very best.

Take care one and all
Keep smiling, happy crafting
Jo 
xxx

If you would like to buy any of the items I've used to make this golf ball for follow these links:-
For embossing folders and Centura Pearl Cardstock  www.crafterscompanion.co.uk
Grande Circle Dies www.spellbinders.com

The Glitter girls have now retired  but check out ebay for their embossing boards 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Beatles Box Card

Hello people of BlogLand, wherever you are in the World.  If you are American, Happy 4th July. The weather here in Blackpool has taken a horrible turn for the worse, its raining hard, very hard and has been for hours.

  For anyone who has been checking in on me, I am so sorry I haven't been around for a few days.  I've had terrible problems with dexterity and sleep.  When I say sleep, I should say staying awake.  It was nearly impossible at the start of the week.

The card I have chosen to blog today is an up cycle from a battered old book I found in a local secondhand shop.  My friend ask me to make a personalised card for a 9 year old who is mad on the Beatles.  The irony is the little girl was called Lucy.



MATERIALS REQUIRED 

A4 Black Card ( I used Centura Pearl)
A4 Silver Holographic Thin Card
Pictures of the Group, (this started of as a complete picture I cut individually)
Off Cuts of Acetate
Two Star Flourishes by Joanna Sheen's Signature dies
Sentiment Peel off and Die Cut Letters spelling Lucy
Hougie Board
Tonic mini guillotine
Double sided tape
Wet Glue

Using the Hougie Board, lay the long side of the card across the board and score at 7, 14, 21, 28 cm.
Using a paper trimmer cut away a 3 cm strip from this side. Measure out 2 x 9 cm tabs, score at 1 and 8 cm, fold one side back and the other forward, so it resembles a 'z' adhere inside the box part of the card after the following steps  
Turn the card round, short side across the top score through the first three panels at 10.5 cms down to 21cm and then from 28 cm to the edge of the card.
Cut away the small upper section from 28 to the end of the card, the bottom section will become a tag to attach the card together.
Cut the holographic into 6,5 cm strips. Cut one off at 18 cm and adhere to the inside back panel of the box card.
Cut a further 3 holographic mats at 6.5 x 7.5 cms.
Cut the beatles photo into 4 individual pics, measuring 5.5cm x 6.5 cm, layer these onto the holographic thin card and mat into place. I put Ringo at the Back, John at the front, George and Paul on the sides. 
Use another piece of odd Black card and add a Happy Birthday sentiment.  Attached to a strip of Acetate and fix to the first/front bar at a angle within the inside of the box card,
Attach the star flourishes together with glue and attached in front of Ringo Starr, so his face has a clear view

Again attach a small piece of black card to Acetate and adhere to a smaller piece of acetate.
Adhere the name Lucy and decorate with a few hand cut diamonds , Lucy in the sky with diamonds.

Hope you have liked the fun aspect of this card and it does pay to look round for old images that can be made into a unique gift card.  It is one of a kind.
Stay well and smile, its the best medicine, Until next time,

Lots of Love
Happy Crafting
Jo
xxx