Thursday, 30 May 2019

TUTORIAL - Gate Fold #3 Unequal size "gates"

A Gate Fold Card is any card where 2 flaps fold in from either side to cover the writing on the inside panel of the card.
The size of the card base determines the finished size of the card but the flaps can many different sized
- they can be equal width and meet in the middle
- they can be one wide and one narrow and fold over each other
- they can also be different heights - ie one tall and one short - like this version.

I posted a few Pink versions yesterday, 
(you can see that post here

but here are some more masculine samples.




We made this card at a workshop earlier this year but I never had time to write up the dimensions which I promised to do so now that I am finishing up making the kits I am recording the dimensions and instructions for you.
This is CASEd from a beautiful card which I received last year.

DIMENSIONS:
Cardstock
Card base and Left flap                  17.5cm x 14.7cm      SCORE at 6.5cm
Right Flap                                       9cm  x 9cm               SCORE at 1.5cm
Inside panel for writing on             10cm x 14.2

DSP for front of Left Flap              6cm x 14.2cm


ASSEMBLY


  • If you are going to emboss the right flap you need to do that first keeping the 1.5cm tab unembossed
  • place adhesive on the 1.5cm tab of the small square
  • position the small square 3.1cm from the top of the right card edge and adhere the tab to the card base so that the score line matches up with the right edge of the card base ( ie the right flap will sit in the middle of the height of the card.
  • adhere the inside writing panel over the tab
  • adhere the DSP to the left flap
  • decorate as desired.
  • if you need a "keeper" to hold the card closed use a small circle of Cardstock (3/4" is ideal)
  • fold the card closed and place one dimensional to the left of the small flap
  • place the keeper onto the adhesive surface of the dimensional
  •                                
    Very easy and very effective, I hope you give it a try.

    I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
    "don't just post online,
     post something pretty!"

    cheers, Liz

    Sunday, 26 May 2019

    CTC#230 Favourite BigShot Project

    Choosing your favourite Big Shot project is definitely tricky, it's one of my most used tools and I can't imagine crafting without it, so to choose a favourite project is a big call. I love framelits but I think embossing folders are just so effective at adding a wow factor.
    So my project today is not a specific case but uses both folders and framelits and a fancy fold. We made this style in a fancy fold class a while ago but it has taken me some time to write up the tutorial.


    A Gate Fold Card is any card where 2 flaps fold in from either side to cover the writing on the inside panel of the card.

    The size of the card base determines the finished size of the card but the flaps can many different sizes
    - they can be equal width and meet in the middle
    - they can be one wide and one narrow and fold over each other
    - they can also be different heights - ie one tall and one short- like this version

    This is CASEd from a beautiful card which I received last year.

    DIMENSIONS:
    Cardstock
    Card base and Left flap            17.5cm x 14.7cm      SCORE at 6.5cm
    Right Flap                                 9cm  x 9cm               SCORE at 1.5cm
    Inside Panel for writing            10cm x 14.2
    DSP for Left Flap                      6cm x 14.2cm

    ASSEMBLY

  • If you are going to emboss the right flap you need to do that first keeping the 1.5cm tab unembossed
  • place adhesive on the 1.5cm tab of the small square
  • position the small square about 3cm from the top of the right card edge and adhere the tab to the card base so that the score line matches up with the right edge of the card base ( ie the right flap will sit in the middle of the height of the card.
  • adhere the inside writing panel over the tab
  • adhere the DSP to the front of the left flap
  • decorate as desired.
  • if you need a "keeper" to hold the card closed use a small circle of Cardstock (3/4" is ideal)
  • fold the card closed and place one dimensional to the left of the small flap
  • place the keeper onto the adhesive surface of the dimensional
  •                                
    Very easy and very effective


    The only catch with these cards is that you have to be mindful of where you are writing and avoid the top right corner and the bottom right corner so that your handwriting is not visible when the card is closed. So stamping in the corner can help to prevent that.
    You can decorate with as much or as little as you like. I have a few more samples I will post later this week. This one is similar but has fewer embellishments. I really love those doily thinlits, but I only use them with the adhesive sheets as backing - it also helps remove all those tiny inner scraps when you peel it from the sheet.

    Quite a number of embossing folders are retiring and there will be a smaller selection of folders to choose from. I love the tin tile Embossing Folder and I think it works really well with the Dear Doily flower, thankfully it will carry over.  Sadly though the Dear Doily bundle is retiring. It's such a pretty flower. ! 

    Don't forget we love to see what you create. Pop a photo of your favourite Big Shot project on our Facebook page.

    Next on the hop this week is Peta

    I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
    "don't just post online,
     post something pretty!"

    cheers, Liz

    Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    CI#56 Farewell Beautiful Berry

    Oh My Goodness what a stunning photo for our inspiration this week. And it was a sad reminder to me that I haven't used Berry Burst as much as I should have. I will be sad to see it go, but then I'm sure I will fall in love with all the new colours instead.

    In the meantime I've got stained fingers from playing with the ink for this card.

    I was inspired by a card I saw on pinterest.
    The technique involves 
    • placing drops of ink in the chosen on a piece of gladwrap. I used Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss and the Wow factor with Copper Shimmer Paint.
    • spritz the watercolour paper on both sides
    • use the gladwrap to smoosh the ink around the wet watercolour paper for some amazing effects.
    I had enough ink leftover on the gladwrap to colour a few panels and now I have a big stash of coloured bases. Each piece got a little less intense and it was lots of fun.

    I used some of the leftover ink to colour a large piece of Shimmery White. Then I could use this to stamp the flowers and cut them out for the accent pieces.



    I'm sad that both Floral Frames and Swirly Bird are retiring so it was great to use them for this card. Both sets haven't had enough use but I love them.


    While I had the inks out and was experimenting with this technique I tried a second batch using the White Shimmer Paint in place of the Copper. I like them both but thought the flowers worked better embossed in white on this panel.



    I hope you get a chance to play with these beautiful colours and can join us in our Facebook group with episode #56.

    Next this week is the gorgeous and talented Denita


    I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
    "don't just post online,
     post something pretty!"

    cheers, Liz
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    Sunday, 19 May 2019

    CTC#229 Sad Farewell to a great RETIRING PUNCH

    Welcome back for your Sunday night craft inspiration. Time to look at retiring punches and what the team has made with them this week.
    I rarely sell off my retired punches and this season will be the same.
    I am sad to see quite a few of them retire but I do have a soft spot for the mini punches so I've created a little flower birthday card using the punches that form part of the bold bright Happiness Blooms suite, although my card incorporates the soft new gorgeous colour Seaside Spray.

    I have to confess I haven't used these as much as I should have but they really are sweet.

    I've used the tiny daisy punch from the set and punched out a whole pile of these- it's a great way to use up scraps. There's 3 different flower shapes in this set and one which punches both a leaf and a flower centre.


    I have used something old- the punch, 
    something new - the beautiful Sea Spry ink and cardstock,
    something borrowed - time
    and something blue- the beautiful new ribbon.

    I love the little blue enamel dots, I will miss them too.

    The background is Call Me Clover and Shimmer paint with alcohol in a spritzer using the brickwork stencil. I had planned to use white embossing paste but turns out dehydrated paste won't work!! -Guess I'll just have to place another order!!
    I also spritzed another scrap of Whisper white and used this to punch out the leaves.I also added some Seaside Spray dots from the fabulous Butterfly Beauty Abounds set- I'm glad this is not retiring.


    I have 2 other samples from earlier this week using some more of the tiny daisies. You can see those projects in previous posts.

    Don't forget we love to see what new project you create using the same guidelines that we have. Pop a photo on our Facebook page and if your design is chosen you may end up as a guest designer with the team. Have fun!


    There's so much inspiration on this bloghop, and it's a sad farewell but cruise around all the designers for more ideas, Next this week is Kathyrn


    I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
    "don't just post online,
     post something pretty!"
    cheers, Liz



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