Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Floral Shaker Card

Hi friends and crafters, I am back today with another project for you. Today I have made a shaker card using dies from 14 Craft Bar along with Foamiran for the floral embellishments. For the base of my shaker I have used dies from Sue Wilson, here the die set is Scattered Leaves background die set.

You will need:
Shaker Content
Oil Pastels Dark Red, Light Pink and Mid Green
Sue Wilson Scattered Leaves
Foam Roll
Hot Glue Gun
Cream and White Card

Step 1: Cut all of the elements you need to create your base card, using the cream and white card stock.

Step 2: Secure the cream card behind the decorative designs using Tacky glue

Step 3: Secure a piece of acetate behind the window, this will be your shaker section.

Step 4: To position the back panel in place, position it face down in the window, then place your backing card over, this will give you the correct position.

Step 5: Add foam tape, approximately 1'' all around your window, making sure there are no gaps. This will also mean that you need to use less for your shaker. Add your chosen elements and secure to the backing card.

Step 6: Add your chosen sentiment to the card, then secure to your base card.

Step 7: Colour your petals using deep red on the very edges. Then use the pale pink on the front and back edges of your petals. Finally add the green to the center of your smallest petals.

Step 8: Fold the leaves together, twist and manipulate them, then leave them twisted.

Step 9: Gently unroll the petals, they should all now have a bowl shape in the center.

Step 10: Layer the petals and secure with hot glue, add matching stamens to your flowers.

Step 11: Position your flower onto the base card and when you are happy secure them in place.

Here is the finished card:

Thank you for joining me today, I do hope you have liked the tutorial and the finished card. I hope you will join me again very soon. For now take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Monday, 9 July 2018

Christmas Dimensionals Launch Preview

Hi Crafters and Friends, Im so excited to share a few of the samples I have made for the One Day Special launching tonight on Hochanda. As you know I thoroughly enjoyed crafting with the last release of this new concept. Well tonight you will see the special launch for Christmas 2018.

The collection, is once again jam packed with extras that finish your scenes off to a treat, but can also be used independently on other projects. This new Christmas range also coordinated perfectly with the previous sets and opens up huge possibilities and opportunities to really go crazy with your designs. I have a full tutorial on the Hochanda Blog today, showing how well they go together to make cards and projects for someone special, I do hope you will take a look.

Many thanks for taking the time to join me today, I know I have been a little quiet but I have so much still to share with you over the coming weeks and months. Please stay tuned, for now Take care and Happy

Thursday, 28 June 2018

A card For A Friend

Hi Crafters and Friends, I am back with a little more inspiration for you with card for a friend using Foamiran from 14 Craft Bar along with some Sue Wilson Dies. I do hope you are enjoying the good weather and it's not to hot for you all.

You will need:
Oil Pastels Deep Red and Purple
Small, Medium and Large Ball Tools
Foam Mat
Glue Gun
Foliage Dies- Here I have used Verdant Vines from Tonic
Sue Wilson Ornate Rectangles (Noble Collection)
Burgundy Cardstock
Ivory Centura Pearl
3D Glue Gel

Step 1: Prepare your chosen layers using the ivory and burgundy cardstock. (See Photo)

Step 2: Layer onto your base card, made with Ivory Centura Pearl.

Step 3: Place the small design in the center using tacky glue. Raise the decorative layer using 3 mm foam tape or foam tabs.

Step 4: For the small accent flowers, cut 2 cm squares, you will need 5 for each flower. Shape by trimming around the 3 edges. See my previous posts for a video showing cutting and shaping.

Step 5: Repeat this for the red roses, using 3 cm squares and 4 cm squares. You will need 9 small and 4 or 5 large petals for each rose.

Step 6: Colour your petals using dark red and purple oil pastels. Don't use the purple on the larger petals.

Step 7: Use your ball tools to form a cupped petal, use the small for the small petal, medium for the medium and large for the large petal.

Step 8: Shape each of the petals at the edges, frilling and rolling the edges. Please ignore the white petal in the photo, I got carried away, the white petals only need to be cupped.

Step 9: Assemble your roses using a hot glue gun. See my previous video for the technique.

Step 10: Arrange your blooms and foliage and secure to you card using 3D glue gel.

Thanks again for joining me today, I do hope you have enjoyed the tutorial today along with the finished card. Would love to have some of your comments and thoughts, for now take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

All Occasion Card

Hi Crafters and Friends, Great to be with you again today with a little more inspiration using Foamiran and accessories from 14 Craft Bar. For the past week I have been busy making Christmas Cards, it looks like the colour schemes for this year are going to suit me down to the ground. My card today is made with a colour combination I adore, I just love all shades and tones of blues and combining them with white really set them off. I have included Poinsettias and my favourite roses, I do hope you will take a look. I have deliberately left the card sentiment free, as this card could quite easily suit any occasion.

You will need:
Blue Foamiran 015 Navy  (Also in the Winter Set)
White Foamiran 001 White (Also in the Winter Set)
Dark Green Foamiran 021 (Also in the Irish Set)
Glue Gun
PVA Glue
Sue Wilson Lavish Accented Octagon
Sue Wilson Double Stitched Octagon
Sprigs/Twigs dies or similar
Blue Card
White Card

Step 1: Cut a selection of rose petals from 2.5'' x 2.5'' & 3'' x 3'' Squares.

Step 2: Shape you petals, cupping them and frilling the edges as shown in my last video. (Here is the link)

Step 3: Cut a selection of Poinsettias  in blue and white foamiran.

Step 4: Roll and twist them and leave for 10-15 mins.

Step 5: Unfold and straighten very slightly.

Step 6: Assemble your flowers, edge them with PVA and add some clear or AB glitter to give a frosty look.

Step 7: Cut and Mount your chosen card layers.

Step 8: Layer your card pieces onto an 8 x 8 card base. Here I have used Silver white Centura Pearl.

Step 9: Arrange your flowers and secure them in place. Your card is now finished and ready to add your chosen sentiment.
And a close up of the blooms:

Thank you ever so much for joining me today, I have really enjoyed making this card to show you so I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial. Would love to hear from you and any comments or questions. For now Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Monday, 4 June 2018

A Ladies Lounge

Morning Friends and Crafters, Hopefully you all had a super weekend. Today, I am sharing a Ladies Lounge with you, made with the amazing Dimensional Die collection from Crafters Companion. I really hope you are having as mush fun as I have had with these. I've not shared making the base card again, but if you would like to see the full process, please take a look at the Gentleman's Front room.

For this you will need:
Calico Fabric
Sara's Signature Range Lace
Glossy Accents
Wool or Yarn
Cocktail Sticks
Family Photos
Optional Extras

Prepare your base card (any size you like), position and cut your chair. Here the same paper is used for the whole wall, adding a strip from the collection for the chair rail and dado rail. Use the chair die to get the perfect fit for your wallpaper and flooring (as for the Gentleman's Room).

Step 1: Take a sheet from the plain 12 x 12 pack, run through the Warm Blanket embossing folder. Cut to size after embossing to ensure a nice clean line. Then add velvet ribbon from the embellishment pack, it gives a lovely trim to the rug.

Step 2: For the curtains and the lampshade, I covered the card with Calico before cutting to add texture.

Step 3: Next stamp and colour flowers from the accompanying stamp set. Finally over stamp with the curtain stamp. This adds more texture and detail.

Step 4: Cut the mirror frame from the brown card, add a little gilding wax here and there for texture. The mirror itself was made with Pebeo Silver Metal Film, but it could also be cut with Mirror Card. Lace from Sara's Signature collection was used to add a table cloth. I used my Nan and Granddads wedding photo in the frame. The vase was then cut, coloured and coated with Glossy Accents, finally filled with blooms, created with the matching dies and stamps, secured with Collall 3D Glue gel.

Step 5: The second side table was cut down slightly to add more interest to the room. There is a photo of my Grand Father added to the frame die and coated with Glossy Accents. The wool or yarn was wound to for a ball of yarn, then a cocktail sticks added as knitting needles.

Step 6: A photo of a cushion was resized, cut out and shaped for the chair. The same for the glasses on the arm of the chair, with added Glossy Accents on the lenses. A few magazines and knitting patterns were resized and cut out to place at the side of the chair.

Step 7: The window, which I wanted left open for this Spring/Summer card was cut from the brown card,then over stamped with the wood grain. Some of the lace was used to trim the lampshade. The clock was coated with Glossy Accents. Outside the window you can see the tree die, cut from brown card and flowers cut with the flower dies, using paper from the plains paper pad. Finally to finish the card I added some slippers and a cat at the side of the chair, again from photos that were resized.

I know I keep saying it, but this collection has been such an inspiration. It's easy to see why it's so popular. It's very easy to personalize each and every scene for the person it's for by adding personal effects and things that mean a lot to that person. They're so exciting to use and seeing peoples faces light up when they receive them is a real joy. They are definitely much more than cards and I am sure that they will be treasured by the person you make them for.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial today and maybe the inspiration I have shared with you, I do hope you will be making these for years to come can wait to see what you make, For now take care and Happy Crafting.xx