Sunday, 28 August 2016

Father's Day newsflash for Pals Paper Arts#315, Z fold tutorial

There are lots of double Z-fold cards around at the moment and I particularly like this one because it's small and you can get two cards from one sheet of A4 cardstock.

These instructions are for :
One envelope and one card from one sheet of DSP and half a sheet of A4 card.
It's also a great size because you can make the envelope from a square 17.5cm x 17.5 cm (6 7/8" ), 
Punch and Score at 9cm
and you can use the balance of the sheet of 12x12 to decorate the card front and inside. 
Cut 2 pieces of  DSP from the remaining piece 10 x 10cm and 10 x 5cm. (if you cut a 10cm strip then just trim your 2 pieces from this)
The finished card size is 10.5 x 10.5cm 

Essentially you take a piece of A4 cardstock, place portrait and score at
5.25 cm and 10.5cm -- it's very handy that these measurements are already there on your metric scoring plate
Rotate to Landscape and cut 2 pieces at 10.5cm,  and 2 strips at 2.5cm.
Voila- 2 card bases and a leftover strip.

I used the tutorial from Amanda Bates here

I do love all the colours so it wasn't too hard to put them together.

To get the extra gloss on the camera I have heat embossed with clear powder over the coloured image. And to get the glitz on the flash I have added gold wink of stella on then sun ray image from Kinda Eclectic.

I do love the bright and fun sentiments in the Pun Intended set.
Thanks for looking, I will have some more samples of this design coming up.
EDITED, you can see more samples here and here


CTC#93 Expressing yourself for Father's Day

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday night bloghop where we use a section of the Catalogue to inspire this weeks projects. Designers can take a layout, a colour combination, or any element as the starting point to create something new. We invite you to tour around the hop and to join in -after all the Catalogue has so many beautiful samples to inspire us all. If you get lost you'll find the full crew here

This week we are revisiting the samples from the huge section -ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS from pages 92-157 . You're sure to find something here that inspires you.
Since it is Father's day next week I have been busy making masculine cards .I wanted  a simple layout to CASE so I have chosen the sweet square card on page 104.  It's a great way to use some DSP the Moroccan DSP is great for bright fresh masculine cards.
Sprinkles of Life hasn't seen much action this year since the amazing Thoughtful Branches set has been on the scene. However, I used the sentiment from Sprinkle of Life and a pen marker for the separate lines to stamp "I'm so lucky" " to call you my" and then "Dad' from the Guy Greetings set.

I have used the Fabulous Swirly Bird set for a sweet little sailboat, and also the kites.  . I had a bit of fun trying some knots with the bakers's twine - but rather than nautical it felt a bit more like macrame!!!

the knot/ macrame details!
For a bit of gloss I stamped the shoes in Delightful Dijon first,then stamped in versamark over the top and heat embossed with clear powder. Not sure if you can see it properly here.

I tied the thin baker's twine in a few colours around the thick Whisper White Baker's twine for the flags on the the kite tails.

I also wanted to show off a little sneak peak of the some great new DSP -this mint page with he leaves is from Petals and Paisleys which will be available this week - from September 1.

Next on the hop is Joanna- our guest designer this week

Don't forget we love to see what you create too, and we hold a monthly challenge where you can share with us too. It's from these entries that we choose the guest designer, so jump in and join us!

Thanks so much for looking,


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Copper embossing for floral sparkle

I was inspired by the card on page 84 of the catalogue where they have stamped and heat embossed quite a solid image multiple times to create a background panel.  Then put the sentiment on a banner over the top of the panel. This would have been my post for CASEing the Catty#92 if I'd had time to get organised!!

This was my take using a line image instead. The gorgeous flower is from Penned and Painted.

I stamped onto Kraft and painted the flowers using sponge dauber and White Craft Ink., and painted the leaves with an aqua painter and Emerald Envy.

This is the catalogue sample.
Then I tried the same idea with a more solid stamped image. I do love the leaf from Kinda Eclectic.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 22 August 2016

GDP #049 colour challenge with a Sneak Peak - Frosted Medallions

Just a brief post today to catch the GDP deadline.This week's colour challenge is a pretty one, and I made  a few cards with this combo. This one is with a new stamp coming Sept 1 in the Holiday Catalogue. It has a beautiful font as well as some lovely images.

The twine is a single thread from the white jute  ribbon which I ran over the Flamingo inked. I love the texture of this thread- it ties so nicely.
It's hard to pick up the wink of Stella on the central medallion, but it does sparkle! The inside says - the best is yet to come! Lovely for a wedding don't you think?

Thanks for looking today,

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches wedding card

 I was asked to make a wedding card in pink tones and I was keen to use the Thoughtful Branches tree die for this because it is so stunning.

The leaves behind are stamped with Pink Pirouette using the tree leaves from the  Sheltering Tree set which is just a little softer than the leaves from the Thoughtful Branches set. The real truth however is that I was in a hurry and it was the easiest set to grab!!! The heart is punched out from White Glimmer Paper and because I was in haste I used some cute little resin birds which were in my stash. The thoughtful branches set has 2 adorable birds that also face each other but I was pushed for time.

The sentiments are from Confetti Celebration and on the inside from Gut Greetings.
This set is only available until the end of August so get in quick to add it to your collection. It really is stunning.

Thanks so much for looking,



Sunday, 14 August 2016

CTC#91 Back to Birthdays

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday night blogshop where we use a section of the Catalogue to inspire this weeks projects. Designers can take a layout, a colour combination, or any element as the starting point to create something new. We invite you to tour around the hop and to join in -after all the Catalogue has so many beautiful samples to inspire us all. If you get lost you'll find the full crew here.

This week you will have come form our guest designer Mel Pagano. Welcome to you and welcome to Meg. So nice to have you popping in.
Remember you could be asked to be a guest designer simply by joining in with out monthly link up. 

This week we are again using the samples from the BIRTHDAYS section from pages 10-25. Because you can never have too many birthday cards!

I have had some fun with the Fiesta set and the gorgeous bright paper and have made a magic window card.I have done several of these in the past in the 6x6 size (you can find links in the archives of May 2013 here), but wanted something smaller. There are lots of tutorials out there and I think the easiest video to follow is Teri Pocock
My preferred card size is 41/2 x41/2 but despite lots of experimenting I was unable to work an easy solution so I ended up with a 4x4 card which is fine because you can get the envelope and all the trimming paper from one sheet of 12 x 12 and one sheet of A4 cardstock.

This shows you how to get all your card pieces from one A4 sheet.
The most complex part is cutting the banner pieces for your shutter mechanism. Measure 11/8" along the centre line and make a mark. cut to this point from both corners. Cut both flags the same. (SEE photo below)  I did try using the banner punch with narrow flags but then your window for the birthday message is too tiny,
The banners need to have the tips overlapping when they are glued down to the side flaps.

The DSP measures 71/2 square for the envelope. (Punch and score at 3 1/2") then cut from the remainder a strip that is 3 7/8" wide and use this to cut your mat pieces for all the flaps
3 7/8" square for  background of centre panel of card base
3 7/8 x 4 for centre panel with window
17/8 x 3 7/8 x four panels to go on the side flaps inside and out

 The easiest way to line up the side flags is to glue them down facing outwards with the edge of the card lined up with your DSP edge.
 The Centre panel is simply lying on top at this point. You need to mark the centre on the reverse and cut your window using the circle framelits.

 The window partly open..... and ta da.....

Fully open.

The sentiment is frim Confetti Celebration but I did have some fun inking around it with the elements from the Fiesta stamp set.

I hope you give this a try, it is a bit of fun. You can see another sample posted yesterday for the Pals Paper arts Colour challenge,
may 29 2013

Next on the hop is my good friend and very talented card maker Krissy

Don't forget we love to see what you create too, and we hold a monthly challenge where you can share with us too.

Thanks so much for looking,


Just Add ink#325 the places You'll go with GDP#049 colours

Well once I got started I had to complete more than one card!

this stamp set is not new, but new to my collection. I love the delicate wreath and stamped it onto some shimmery white which had a yellow watercolour wash. I did use the colour challenge from Global Design Project #049 but my photos don't really do the colours justice.

I love the marbled watercolour paper that was part of the Sale-a-bration promo earlier this year, and while it is difficult for me to cut into it I took the plunge !!  The daffodil strip across the centre is some cotton paper scrunched up, and since I didn't have any pear pizazz twine I took a single strand from the White jute ribbon and ran it over the pear stamp pad. You have to let it dry befor trying to work with it but it doesn't take long.  The perfect white accents have had their white backing paper removed so they take on the colour of the background panel. My looping pear thread needed some anchors to hold it in place as glue dots were just too big- so bling seemed essential - doesn't it always?

thanks for looking today,

Friday, 19 August 2016

Playing with some new paper for FMS#250

It has been ages since I could find some time to be creative but I managed to sneak in a few quick cards today, and when you are short for time what better way to work than to start with a sketch. I have been lucky enough to preorder some of the new stock which is coming in the new Christmas catalogue and have been itching to play with it. 
this came together quickly -partly because the watercolour panel has been sitting on my desk for ages.

The card front features 2 new patterns from the Paisley and Petals DSP. It is nice to have some razzle berry back in the mix.I cut the flower and the leaves from the White Glimmer Paper and I coloured the leaves with the Pear Pizazz stamp pad. Not sure which pack the floral embellishment is from but it sits nicely over a small stamped circle of Sweet Sugarplum. As always I have a little touch of stamping on the inside and a handmade envelope to match ( not sure where this paper is from either) but the envelope punch board makes it so easy.

thanks for looking, Liz