2018 – FIRST PROJECT FOR THE YEAR

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

Hearts Ease Album 4

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.

Hearts Ease Album 5

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.

Hearts Ease Album 6

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

Happy Crafting in 2018.

Barbara

We’re doing something different in class this week

PAPER DOLL MAKING CLASS

 

Some time ago, I came across the fantastic Julie Nutting Doll Stamps.  These stamps stand around 8″, so quite a substantial stamp. I don’t know how many of them there are, but lots from what I can make out on social media. There is quite a following for these stamps and people’s ingenuity in creating their individual doll characters is quite amazing.

So I got myself a Julie Nutting doll stamp (which I now know come in different sizes and styles).  All of mine are the largest size dolls – yes I’ve added to my collection in the past few weeks and I expect I will continue to do so.

Julie Nutting herself uses large acrylic blocks with handles for the largest stamps but I have used my large MISTI stamping platform to stamp my doll.

Doll stamped in Misti

This doll is called Abby. She is from the ‘girls’ collection (as opposed to women dolls). The differences are that the girl dolls have larger heads while the women/ladies have a more normal sized head (although some pretty amazing waist measurements)! The dresses are a younger style for the girls too. I expect there are a few more differences but this is a new hobby for me, so I’m not sure.

 

Linda Cutout

As you can see I have cut through some of the dress portion of the stamped doll.  This is a personal choice, you can leave the dress intact as you will be covering it.  I added some features to the face and coloured the hair using Copic markers.  I have noticed that most people don’t add features, sometimes I do, sometimes not. As you can see I have added a bodice with some detail around the top, I also found it easier to cut out the tie bows at the shoulder when I cut out just the bodice piece.

I do spend some time adding some strength to the dolls I make.  I don’t like flimsy things and, as these are made out of  designer paper, they would not stand up to much pulling around.

Back of Abby doll

I used some 3mm card which I cut into lengths and pieces and laid at the back of my cutout. This also serves to create some dimension when it comes to adding the doll to my project.

It was then time to re-stamp just the dress portion of the stamp.  I chose some papers that I thought had designs that would work. Small designs are the best.

dresses linda

The middle dress (which is a reject, was stamped in black ink, I thought it was too dark, so I re-stamped the dresses in a die ink that was much lighter).  I will do some work on them with coloured pencils.  I also added some shaping to the dresses – you may be able to see this in the middle dress above. I use a Susan’s Garden flower making kit to do this.

There are many ways you can add layers and enhance the dresses for these dolls.  This craft takes me back to my childhood, when my sister and I would make our own doll models. We spent hours making clothes for our dolls and colouring them in. When I showed these to the ladies in my card making classes they all remembered doing the same. The also said they would like to give it a try, so this week we are making dolls.

Here is a small lineup of some of the dolls I have created so far.

Dolls for class Thursday31st Aug

These are – from the left, Linda, Abby (my first doll) and the gorgeous Audrey.

There are so many ways to change your dolls to make them individual. Would love to know what you think, and whether this is something you would enjoy doing.

I will post a picture of the doll I am in the process of making at another time.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

 

 

“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.

Card I Megs card pack - Copy

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.

Card 2 Megs Card packs Butterflies - Copy

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:

card 4 butterflies

 

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.

Cards using Meg’s Garden “Rose Quartz” and “Watercolour in Blues” Card Packs

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I really enjoyed these paper packs from Meg’s Garden, which are specifically designed for Card Makers.  They come in packs of 12 (2 of each design) 6″ x 6″ papers. Each one is truly pretty.

This is a card from the Rose Quartz collection: Finished card is shown next to the card pack.

Card 1

To begin I cut the 6″ x 6″ paper into three sections and glued them to a co-ordinating piece of cardstock. The design on the paper is a cherry blossom twig, so I punched out some small flowers from the left over pieces of paper and following the design on the paper,  placed the flowers along the twigs. I laid some ribbon trim down the vertical length of the card and trimmed off tiny flowers from the same ribbon to place in the centre of each punched flower.

My next card is from the “Watercolour in Blues” paper pack.

card 2

 

This is a really simple card to make as I used the beautiful design on the paper as the focus of the card. I matted it onto a piece of pale grey cardstock.  I stamped a verse and heat embossed it, then added a few tiny diamonté to finish the card.

The front of my next card is also from the “Watercolour in Blues” Paper Pack:

card 3

Again quite a simple card to create allowing the design of the paper to be the focal point. I cut a small framed rectangle to one  side of my square card so that the selected portion inside the card would be exposed.

card 4

The paper used on the inside of the card comes from “In the Watercolour Garden” paper pack. So with the addition of the greeting and a few sequins and diamontes, my card is finished. I love the music notes on this paper collection.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and were inspired to have a go at making your own cards using pretty paper as your inspiration.

I have another two packs of these lovely papers to play with, and will do another post when I have more cards to show you.

If you have a moment drop into Meg’s Garden and see more of the gorgeous papers and other collections.

Products Used for these Cards:

From Meg’s Garden

  • Rose Quartz Card Pack S129
  • Watercolour in Blues Card Pack  S130
  • In The Watercolour Garden Card Pack S137-2
  • Daisy ribbon

From Barbara’s stash

  • MFT Peekaboo Window Die
  • Keep Your Faith Sentiment Stamp
  • Small Flower Punch
  • Cardstock and embellishments

 

Happy Crafting Everyone.

 

 

Another Fun Card with stamp from Stampotique

I couldn’t resist using this sentiment and stamp together.

Bag of idiots card

 

I created the look of a bag by joining some of the lines on the outside of the stamp with a micron pen.

Then using a fairly hefty CTMH twine and my 1/16″ hole punch I threaded a ‘make believe’ closure to the top.  I coloured the bag and critters with colouring pencils and used some Washi Tape to create the background.  Black Cardstock base and designer paper (retired) is from Stampin’ UP!  I also added two small metal heart and lock embellishments to the ends of the twine.

Hope you enjoy this one.

Happy Crafting.

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.

Rainbow sprinkle card

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.

 

 

 

Questionnaire winner and compiled findings of small survey

 

Hi All, for those who are interested in the results of my little survey into your favourite, and go to items for card making.  Here are the results.  It was a fairly small sample but the results were really interesting and I thank everyone for taking some time to send their answers to the 10 questions.

I acknowledge that some people requested not to be included in the draw.

 

Q. 1 With the exception of Cardstock and Designer paper what are your 5 favourite card making products?

Top 5 answers in order of preference were: Stamps, Dies, Ink pads, Scoring board, and good quality Scissors.

Q.2 Do you prefer to make one layer cards or many layers?

Top answer was: Matting and lots of layers although for posting, one layer cards were preferred.

Q.3 How important are stamps and stamping to your card making?

Answer: They were a high priority for everyone –

Q. 4 and 5  Are Dies and die cutting a major feature of your cards?

Everyone agreed that they were a high priority for their cards. Die cutting machines used were:

Scan n Cut, Silhouette, Big Shot, Big Kick and Ebosser

Q.6 Favourite Embellishments?

There were quite a lot of these, but the top two were: Pearls/gems and ribbon.

Others were: grommets, brads, Ephemera, buttons, lace, twine, sequins, and tiny dots.

Q7. Glue or Double sided tape?

Most  used double sided tape,  but other favourites were wet glue, glue dots and tape runners.

Q.8  Do you Fussy Cut?

‘Yes’ was the most popular answer, though some people said they don’t like to fussy cut  if they can avoid it.

Q.9 Most popular Card Size? AND  Do you make your own envelopes?

A6 was the most popular size but most suggested they chose other sizes  such as various squares from 6″ x 6″ to 8″ x 8″, DL and 7″ x 5.  Many have an Envelope Punch board which makes up to 66 envelope sizes.  Some purchase pre-scored card and envelope packs.

Q.10 Which Ink Pads do you prefer?  (I realised this was a loaded question as there are so many to choose from), permanent, dye, archival etc etc.  This is a selection of the answers.

Distress Inks (most popular in this small survey), Rare Earth Inks, Stazon, Stampin’ UP!,  Versa magic, Memento, Embossing inks, Brilliance Inks for metallics and Versafine.

I found all this information really interesting, I hope you did too.  And now to the draw, which I conducted with Mr B this morning.

DRUM ROOOOOOOOLL  !

The Winner of the pretty paper packs and pre-scored cards is:

fibee 5

CONGRATULATIONS Prize package 1 (1)

I hope you enjoy your prize and thank you again for taking part in the questionnaire.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Barbara