Thursday 29 November 2018

Tonic Studios - Butterfly Tuxedo Card Creator Gate fold Card

 A gatefold card made with the Butterfly Tuxedo Card Creator die. I used the little strips for the floating butterflies/flowers to hold the fronts of the card together. I used Craft Perfect Navy Dazzle Pearlised and Cream Weave Textured card with Bonnie Blue Nuvo Vintage Drops.
This die set is primarily used to make a tuxedo box style card but I have glued the back together and split the fronts to make a gate fold card, then layered up all te little single butterflies in the set.

 I have only die cut the pattern into the top of the inside panels to leave room to write a message.

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Pullout tag card tutorial - Trimcraft "Forever Free" paper

You can follow the steps below to create this pocket style card with a pull out tag, using Trimcraft's "Forever Free" papers and some Dovecraft embellishments. I hope you enjoy making it :)

 You will need:
Trimcraft First Edition "Forever Free" 8x8 paper pad
Trimcraft First Edition Sentiment dies FEDIE269
Dovecraft 5x7 square aperture card
Dovecraft A4 Heat Resistant Acetate
Dovecraft A4 Luxury Heavyweight White Card
Dovecraft "Make a Wish" paper doilies
Dovecraft "Sweet Moments" Accordion Stickers
Dot & Dab double sided tape
Dovecraft Crystal Glitter Glue
Simply Creative Ivory 3mm Pearls
Hole Punch
Die cutting Machine

How to make it:
 1. Cut a piece of orange patterned paper measuring 12cm x 17cm and attach to the card front with double sided tape. Turn inside out and cut out the aperture from the paper with a craft knife, following the lines of the aperture in the card.

 2. Attach a 12cm x 17cm piece of floral patterned paper to the inside right of the card with double sided tape and add another layer of double sided tape around the two sides and the bottom to form a pocket when closed. Mark the centre of the top of the card front and remove a small semi circle of the card and paper together.

 3. Cut a 9cm x 9cm square of acetate and attach behind the aperture with double sided tape.

4. Cut out the Happy Birthday from the paper pad and glue to the inside of the card, using the aperture on the front as a guide to centre it.

 5. Close the front over and adhere to the double sided tape to form a pocket. Cut a 9.5cm x 15cm rectangle of white card and attach a 9cm x 14.5cm of stag patterned paper with double sided tape. Punch a hole at the top. Make a tassel from twine and attach with a loop of twine through the punched hole.

6. Cover the pother side of the insert with  floral paper. Cut out the floral tag from the paper pad and glue to the bottom.

 7.  Cut a 4.5cm x 6cm piece of floral paper and snip out a v at the bottom to form a tail. Glue below the apertureCut a doily in half, fold a tiny piece over at the top to conceal the raw edge and glue over the tail.

8. Die cut the "Celebrate"from white card, glue onto pink paper and cut out. Glue to the top of the aperture. Add a accordion heart to the doily.

9. Add a fine line of glitter glue around the aperture and around the cut out semi circle at the top. Glue a length of twine to each side of the heart and some tiny pearls to the doily.

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Origami dress card - Trimcraft "Forever Free" paper pad

Can you even imagine wearing a summer dress today?? It's got to be the darkest, dreariest day of the year so far and I can't even get good photos , so this is another one I made earlier.
I used Trimcraft's Forever Free paper pad and did some paper folding to maker the dress and also on the inside of the card.

 I also added lots of Simply Creative pearls to the patterned paper.

Monday 26 November 2018

Peace and Joy

 Good morning :) I'm starting the week with some Peace and Joy!
This is a card I made earlier with Trimcraft's "All that Glistens" paper pad and the First Edition "Faith Themed" dies FEDIE248x18
I used A4 card and made it gatefold, then folded the inside paper to add some dimension.

Saturday 24 November 2018

Just to Say - Trimcraft's Forever Free papers

 Just to say - have a lovely weekend!
I used the recent Forever Free paper pad from Trimcraft and enjoyed doing a lot of ripping and distressing. I love the bright pinks and corals of this collection. I also used the sentiment stickers, mini bunting, washi tape stickers, sequins, printed pegs and tiny heart die from the latest V&A collection with paper blossoms from the Make a Wish collection. It's great that so many elements from the different collections can be mixed and matched :) The Jewels are Simply Creative :) As with most of my cards, they are not quite complete until they receive a good dose of Dovecraft glitter glue!

Thursday 22 November 2018

Ringing the Bell!

Last Friday marked a milestone in David's treatment! It was the end of 5 weeks of daily radiotherapy. He's also been having chemo for  the past 6 months and it is almost finished too :). Now it's time to let him relax at home with lots of pampering and TLC. 

Trifold Explosion Card - Trimcraft's Mariposa papers tutorial

I used a Dovecraft 6x6 Trifold card as the base for this explosion card along with Trimcraft First Edition "Mariposa" papers.

You will need:
Trimcraft First Edition 12 x 12 Mariposa paper pad
Dovecraft 6x6 Trifold card
Dovecraft Luxury Heavyweight card (white) 
Trimcraft First Edition Sentiment Dies FEDIE269
Dovecraft Gold Glitter Glue
Simply Creative 3mm and 6mm Gold Gems
Dot & Dab White Glue
Dot & Dab double sided tape
Circle layering dies 

How to Make it:
 1. This is the template for cutting and folding the inside of the card. Transfer these measurements onto a piece of double sided paper measuring 12" x 6" then fold as shown.

 2. Glue the centre diamond shape into the centre of the trifold card and  then glue the two larger triangles on each side to the left and right fronts of the card. leaving the mountain folded triangles free as shown.

 3. Cut 2 pieces of purple patterned paper measuring 7cm x 14.5cm and 2 pieces of bird patterned paper measuring 6.5cm x 14cm. Attach the patterned paper to the purple paper with double sided tape and then attach to the fronts of the card.

4. Cut 2 strips from a sheet of 12 x 12  double sided paper, one measuring 
4.5cm wide and the other 5cm wide.

 5. Fold the wider strip evenly around the card making sure that you do not make it too tight.. 

6. Add glue to the parts shown on the narrower strip and glue on top of the wider strip.

7. Die cut, or draw and cut a 6cm diameter circle of white card and glue to the "belly band" to join it together. Fussy cut 2 butterflies from the paper pad and glue on top . Cut 2 tails of purple paper measuring 2cm x 3cm and glue to the bottom of the circle. Add gold glitter glue details to the tails, flower and patterned paper edge and gems to the flower and butterflies.

8. Die cut  a 7.5cm white circle and glue to the inside of the card. Die cut "With Love" from purple paper and glue to  the white circle with some fussy cut butterflies. Add tails below the white circle. Add gold glitter glue details.

9. Die cut 2 x 5cm diameter purple circles and glue to the left and right insides of the card with fussy cut flowers, butterflies and glitter glue.

Best Wishes - Tonic Studios

 Good morning  I've used some of the newest Tonic Studios dies together on this card - the Butterfly Header set and the Freehand Stitched Rectangle set. The Best Wishes were clipped out of the floral wreath type die of the same name. 
I have also used one of the dies from the Beethoven's Rhythm Flourish set and a butterfly from the Mariposa die set. (1943e)

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Cardmaking and Papercraft issue 190 - December 2018

The December issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine was delivered yesterday - that means it will be on the shelves of your local newsagent very soon 
It's full of fab Christmas projects and has a super free gift of 42 (!) Christmas themed stamps!
My commission for this issue was a set of Quick Makes using Trimcraft's Perfect Christmas papers and Christmas die sets. Everyone needs some Quick Make ideas at this time of the year 

Crepe Paper Flowers (Canson crepe paper)

 I had a delivery yesterday of some beautiful Canson crepe paper to try out with a few flower ideas. I was looking for paper which would be bright, pliable and strong -  this definitely fits the bill!
These are just a few flowers which I made late last night when I really should have been in bed! I'd had a busy day but just couldn't resist ripping open the packets and having a quick play. They are very roughly cut with no real plan in mind but I'm happy with how they turned out :) to practise!