Friday, 28 October 2016

Christmas Fishes

A million things to do at the moment but I couldn't help myself with this card. It was quick to whip up and is perfect for 3 challenges .... plus it's a bit of fun to help calm those stress levels!

Challenges are such a great way to get inspiration for your projects. Make sure you check out the other entries to get your creative juices flowing.

Copper embossing powder adds a touch of class to my Christmas fishes. They are so shiny and showoffy in real life - it's a shame that they don't look as pretty in photos!

I love using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. It is great to customise your sentiments - even it they are as corny as mine!

Now back to what I am supposed to be doing!

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Foxy Friends Nail File Pillow Gifts

In my last post I was telling you about the retreat that I helped run last weekend. I was in charge of one of the pillow gifts. I am really happy with how they turned out but by the time I had made 50 I was sick of the sight of my Foxy Friends! Why would you do so many designs and make things difficult??? I used this fabulous tutorial for these by Kerstin Kreis.

I tried to use the Fox Builder Punch for every animal. I even used the tail for the 'For you' sentiment.

Short on words today - I'm having flash back of punching and gluing!

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Surprise Pop-up slider cards for Christmas

Well I am just back from a retreat that I helped run with some of my Stampin' Up! friends over the weekend. We had a really great time and it was great to see everyone being so creative. The workshop that I helped run involved watercolour backgrounds that I showed you here and a fun fold called Surprise Pop-up slider cards. This card fold has been around for a long time (my oringial class notes are from 2010!). It is really great because it folds flat to fit into a standard envelope but stands up to go on display.

I had to show you my trusty assistant. Thankfully there are a few diversions in our garden to stop her continually trying to undo my bows!

I have another version to show you as well. You must think I've been sick because I haven't used Glamper Greetings for a few weeks!

To make these cards you’ll need:

·         Card base – 10.5 x 14.5 cm
·         Card front - 10 x 14 cm
·         Card inside (surprise section under slider) – 8 x 12 cm
·         Slider tag – 5.5 x 12 cm
·         Slider tag mat – 6 x 12 cm
·         Scraps of cardstock for your pop-up image
·         Paper cutter with cutting and scoring blade
·         Strong adhesive
·         Ribbon
·         1” Circle punch
·         Tag topper punch
·         Stamps
·         Ink and colours for your image

1.        Cut and score the card front as per the diagram below. Start by cutting in 2 cm from each long side and one short side. Then do the scoring.

2.        Use a circle punch to punch out a ½ circle on the card front - in the centre of the short side where you have a score on the 2 cm mark, not the cut end.

3.        Punch your slider tag and mat pieces with the tag topper punch and mat. Add ribbon.

4.        Lay your cardstock for the surprise section on the card base with the card front over the top. Lightly mark with pencil the area that will be revealed. Remove and stamp your surprise image.

5.        Adhere this section to the card base.

6.        Use strong tape around the 3 edges of the back of your card front, leaving the top with the semi circle cut out free of tape. Also add a strip on the bottom of the flap.

7.        Line the end of your slider tag slide up with the end of your flap and adhere. Adhere the card front to the card back.

8.        Stamp the image for your front and colour and layer if needed.

9.        Adhere the image to your card front, lining the image up with the bottom (11 cm) score line. Only add tape up to the middle score.

10.     Stamp an image or a saying and write your message on the parts revealed when you pull the slider out.

I hope you give this card fold a go. I'd love to see what you create.

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