2018 – FIRST PROJECT FOR THE YEAR

I created this Sweet little album a few days ago.  The instructions were downloaded from here

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You will need to go to the April Archive to find the tutorial for the book, it’s called “Cherry Blossoms Folded Pocket Book” – Cherry Blossoms is the paper Kay has used to make her album.  Any paper would do.  I used “Hearts Ease” 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad from Couture Creations. You will need 6 sheets of 12 x 12 paper to create the album.

I’m so pleased with how it turned out.  Although there are only 5 pages, there are 20 pockets to embellish.

 

I completed the belly band which holds the book together, You will need a closure as the book has a tendency to splay open.  I think once I have put some embellishments inside, I may need to make a new Belly band as this one will no longer fit.  It might be a good idea to wait until you have finished the embellishing before making the closure.  Alternatively, before putting the inside finish to the cover of the book, you could substitute a ribbon closure instead.  The finished size of the album is 5.25″ x 3.25′ so it is quite a small album.

There is some simple bookbinding (the stitch used is called Pamphlet stitch).  I used a fairly fine black waxed thread which was all I had that would thread through my needle.  I must invest in some proper book binding needles.

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I used a Stampin’ UP! Piercing tool and mat to make the holes in the spine.

This is a great little album to try out Book Binding for the first time.  Why not make one for yourself.  It would also be a  lovely gift.

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A closer look at the belly band closure.  The medallion is shown as an idea for finishing.

Happy Crafting in 2018.

Barbara

Twinkling Christmas – for Meg’s Garden Design Team

These simple cards have been created using the new Meg’s Garden  Christmas Collection called Twinkling Christmas.  They are truly pretty and quite different with a vintage feel.

When you have such pretty papers to work with, it is easy to create gorgeous cards with just a little layering. This collection also includes pages of ephemera to cut out and use in different ways too, so lots of options.

 

Card No 1. using the 6″ x 6″ card pack papers, trimmed down to size.  My finished card is 5 1/4″ x 5 7/8″.  I  layered  the trimmed piece onto kraft cardstock before attaching it to the card base. I trimmed one of the cut outs from the embellishment sheet and also layered it onto kraft card stock and then red to match the base of the card.  I used dimensional foam and a 1/8″ red ribbon tied in a double knot before attaching it to the front of the card.

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Card No. 2  I think this is my favourite –  Another piece trimmed out from the embellishment sheet of these fine ladies, shopping, trimming the tree and generally looking absolutely fabulous.  I decided to leave the image together and not to separate it into three individual pieces, as they seemed so right together. I took the dimensions of the trimmed piece to decide on the size and orientation of the card. The base of the card is black card stock to which I adhered the cut out piece onto.   I placed the design towards the top of the card leaving room for the greeting, which is silver embossed.  A simple red ribbon bow on the side finishes this card.  How simple is that?

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Card No. 3  Again a very simple card.  This card measures 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.  I thought the background paper was too pretty to cut, but I did trim it down slightly.  Again two images trimmed from the ephemera/embellishment sheets are the decorative features.  I have used a blue card base and layered the two smaller elements onto the same colour blue. The larger piece is adhered directly to the base while the smaller one has dimensional foam attached.

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These are the first of this years Christmas cards, and I know, as the next few months get underway, there will be many more.  I hope you find a moment to pop across to Meg’s Garden and to check out the lovely “Twinkling Christmas” Paper collections, there are several options to consider. Meg also has some lovely embellishments and ribbons to choose from.  And if you are not ready to do Christmas yet, there are loads of other options for getting your creativity going.

 

Until next time, happy crafting everyone.

Barbara

“Less is More” Butterfly cards

Sometimes I forget to use the gorgeous designer papers that I have. I get caught up in the stamping and matching dies, and it is only when I am finished that I realise my huge stash of gorgeous paper is still intact.  This weekend I set about changing that, so I set a personal challenge to make some cards using pretty papers and very little else.  For my focal images I selected some of the new Card Papers from Meg’s Garden which depict butterflies.  I chose matching cardstock to offset the designs and to add some interest.

To enhance my cards I used Stitched square and rectangular Dies.  All of my cards are similar in design, but each is also unique in its own way.

Card  No.1 – Shown next to original 6″ x 6″ paper.   I didn’t want to waste anything, so I also cut the lower butterfly to use inside my card.

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Card No. 2 – Shown with original paper.  I added a 1/4″scored border around the outside of the layered pieces.  The feather was fussy cut from the same piece of paper.

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Card No. 3 – I added more scored lines around the outside of the card. Card 3 Meg's Card Paclks Butterflies - Copy

All three cards together:

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The hardest part of making these cards was deciding on the shape and orientation in order make the most of the papers.  Butterflies are favourites for card makers and I think you will agree these are lovely with their soft pastel shades.

I hope you enjoyed this idea of ‘less is more.’

Items used:

  • “In the Watercolour Garden” S137 and S137-2 Paper packs
  • Stitched Dies
  • Cardstock: White, grey, taupe and tangerine

Happy Monday and Happy Crafting Everyone.

Some fun(ny) cards

I’ve had in my stash for some time a Stampotique stamp  that my husband picked up on one of our trips to a large craft store.  I liked it too,  but it wasn’t really my thing at the time, or so I thought.  Also in my stash was a collection of Dyan Reaveley sayings that I thought were amusing and not too nasty as some of these can be.  So I decided to combine the characters with the sayings.  Here is my first card with the stamp my husband chose.

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I really like this little stamp and I think the words are perfect for her don’t you?

Having now added a few more Stampotique’s to my collection I decided to make a series of cards using the same techniques and matching the sayings to the image.

The next card I made:

Dinner is poured

Another cute Stampotique character.  I extended her skirt and gave her a glass of pink champagne too.  The floor is an Art Deco panel die, from Ultimate Crafts.

I’ll share another of the cards in this series in a day or two.

Products used:

  • Versafine black ink
  • Faber Castell colouring pencils
  • Stampin’ UP! Designer paper
  • Stampotique stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley (Ranger Dylusions) sayings
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Washi Tape
  • Ultimate Crafts Die
  • White paint pen
  • Micron Archival Ink Pens

 

Happy Crafting.

 

 

 

Easter gifts – Juggling Chooks

So my plan this year is to become more comfortable with my new sewing machine,  I really haven’t come to grips with it at all since I bought it last year to replace my tired Janome.  I went for a limited edition Bernina – and while it looks really pretty I have barely used it.

So when I saw these fun Juggling Chooks I decided they were the perfect project to get me going. Lots of repetition and no need to change the cotton!

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I have three grandsons, so I had to make 9 of these little pillows. Each one is an individual as you can see (no two are alike).

 

And finally all nine juggling chooks.  I think to save arguments the boys will get one of each colour.

All the chooks

To make your own juggling chooks, I have added the link below.  I found all the bits for my chooks in my craftroom and kitchen.  I filled the chooks with a little piece of polyester stuffing and then added about quarter of a cup of rice (brown of course).   They require only a piece of cotton fabric and some felt for the beak, comb and wattle.

You’ll have a lot of fun making these. Even my husband has been practising his juggling to no avail), and I’m not much better myself.  I hope the boys enjoy them.

a great little craft project from – Red Ted Art –

Have a great day

Barbara

Another Wedding Project

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This was originally posted a few years ago (wordpress is being difficult today and I can’t scroll through my posts past a certain point so I am not able to link to the original post).

One of the ladies who regularly comes to classes asked if we could make something special for a family wedding she was attending. The above is the ‘explosion’ box that we made. As you can imagine this box was fairly high in labour  and took several days to complete, with ideas being shared and decorations purchased.

I have since learned that the lady for whom the box was made has never commented on it at all – personally I think that is a little odd.  But once a project, be it a card or something more exotic, is given to the recipient should we still hold some sort of hold over it?  Should we expect a comment on how clever we are, or how beautiful or grateful the recipient is?

When you love to create pretty things, perhaps that is where it ends.  You create, you give that is the joy of it.

I’m sorry my friend’s family member wasn’t impressed with her gift, but we were so proud of our achievement and perhaps that should be enough.

Let me know your thoughts.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Happy creating.

 

Parisian Gardens – Altered Box with Ornament

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I want to share with you a small altered box that I made over the Christmas break using Meg’s Garden latest paper collection called Parisian Gardens.

I like to ‘repurpose’ items as often as I can, and this little box was much too gorgeous to throw away after the fragrant candle it had contained was long melted and enjoyed.

Because the box was in very good condition, I didn’t have to do anything much to it. It was a neutral craft colour and very sturdy and well made. I covered the top of the lid with a circle punched from one of the papers to hide some wording that was stamped there and using the same paper for all parts I covered the box.

I fashioned the handle from one of Meg’s metal filigree embellishments, the birdsnest and eggs are from my own collection/stash. You may be able to make out the cutest little bird just arriving to keep the eggs warm, to the right of the nest. I didn’t think to get a closer photo

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I wasn’t sure whether to have this as the back or the front of the box.  As I have left most of the main box free of embellishment, I suppose, it can be either.  I have added another few metal filligrees ( all are attached with Glossy Accents). These are easy to curve to the shape that you want. You can also cut them if you desire (but don’t use your favourite fussy cutting scissors for this.

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I initially had a pretty green bead in the shape of a heart dangling from the lid of the box. I removed it because it interferred with the handle on the top of the bauble.

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Shows bauble (on it’s side and interior of box. I finished all the edges of the original box using a gold Sharpie. I also sponged the edges of all paper pieces before adding them. The elements inside the bauble are fussy cut from the Parisian Gardens paper collection Cut and Create sheets. The pink flower is from Green Tara.  I created a stand for the bauble using two of the filligree flowers which you can see better in the photo of the box with Buddha.

A few more photo’s show the other side of the bauble, the bauble on top of the upturned box with the ever helpful Buddha assisting me with the shot. And finally one of my hand holding the box in front of our gorgeous bougainvillea.

I hope you enjoyed this look at what you can do with the lovely Parisian Gardens paper collection and some of the pretty embellishments from Meg’s Garden.

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Barbara