Thursday, 29 December 2016

CWC Guest Blog

Hi all

I had a lovely surprise recently when Jennifer Kray (Fab  CWC DT member) messaged me asking if I would like to do a Guest Blog for CWC!!!!  Would I like to......I'd LOVE to :-)  So I got my collections out and had  look through, and decided I would do a Quad easel card using the Birds & Bloom kit.  This is one of my faves as I love the colours, and the images - simply stunning!

To make the card you will need

  • ·         Kraft card
  • ·         Birds & Bloom paper pad
  • ·         Birds & Bloom toppers
  • ·         Wet glue & Candi Fix foam pads
  • ·         Paper trimmer & scoring board
  • ·         Bone Folder
  • ·         Scissors

Cut kraft cardstock to the following measurements – 1 piece at 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm, 4 pieces at 15 cm x 7.7 cm and 4 pieces at 7.7 cm x 7.5 cm.




Select your chosen patterned paper from the pad and cut 8 pieces measuring 7.3 cm x 7 cm.


To form the quad easels take the four pieces measuring 15 cm x 7.7 cm and score in half. Next score the top panel diagonally from the top right corner, to the bottom left corner, and crease all folds well with a bone folder (See pic below).


Using a wet glue, stick the first easel base, as in the image above, in the upper left corner of the 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm square. Take the next easel base, rotate 90◦ clockwise and stick this one in the upper right corner. With the third easel base rotate 180◦ clockwise and stick in the lower right corner. For the final easel base rotate 270◦ clockwise and stick this in the lower left corner. I find it helps to try positioning prior to using any glue to ensure all folds point in the correct direction as shown in image below. I always make sure that when folded over they make an image of a rhombus like in the picture below.


 Once you have done this, select your patterned paper squares and stick these to the base of the four quad easels.


Next, glue the patterned paper to the four squares which will form the easel part of your bases, then stick these squares to the easel mechanism with wet glue. Glue should be applied to the easel mechanism rather than the back of the easel as glue is not required over the whole back. The picture below shows where you need to put the glue to allow the easel to open and close.



Using scissors, I cut out elements from four toppers (see pic below), and using Candi fix foam pads I stuck them to each of my four easels. I also selected four sentiment toppers and stuck these to the easel base with foam pads.



  Being a lover of a bit of sparkle I finished off my card with some Star Dust Stickles.


Here are a few photos of the finished card both closed, and open.




I love making Quad easel cards - they're fab cards to give to someone for that special occassion as they really do give that WOW factor.  If you have any questions please do get in touch.

Thanks and crafty hugs
Lorre-Anne x



  


Thursday, 8 December 2016

For The Love Of Stamps DT samples - Out Of This World

I'm back....here are my final DT samples for this launch using the wonderful space set of stamps....this is exactly the type of stamps I was needing in my life, suitable for all the birthday cards I need to make for my 2 wee boys school friends.  The stamps in this set are amazing, and perfect for creating scenes in your cards.  I had so much fun making these cards, and loved getting inky creating the deep space scenes....I hope you enjoy seeing my creations.






To make this card you will need :- a 6"x4" white card blank, black and white card stock, Out Of This World stamp set, Onyx Black Versafine Ink, Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Squeezed Lemonade.  Cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than your card blank, and stamp 4 rows of 4 aliens using Versafine Ink.  Colour each of them using the Distress Inks and a water brush.  Mat this on to a slightly larger piece of black card, and adhere to the front of the card blank using double sided tape.  Stamp the sentiment on to white card , mat this onto black card, and colour in the WORLD with the same DIs.  Adhere the sentiment banner with foam pads.




To make this card you will need :- a 6"x6" white card blank, white card stock, silver mirri card, white die cut circle, Onyx Black Versafine Ink, Out Of This World mask and stamp set, Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean, Candied Apple, and Distress Mica Spray in Brushed Pewter.  Stamp the rocket, aliens, and spaceship using versafine.  Colour in using DIs and Mica spray, then cut out.  Hold circle die cut around the bottom of a square of white card, and blend Chipped Sapphire DI around the whole card.  Remove the circle, and blend Squeezed Lemonade around circle left on card, using the mask to blend further ink through craters.  Sprinkle some water over the blue inked area, and blot with kitchen paper to give the impression of stars.  Also use a paint brush to flick some Brushed Pewter Mica Spray around to give a 'space' feel to the card, adhere this to a square of silver mirri card, and use double sided tape to adhere this to the card blank.  Stamp sentiment onto white card, cut out, and mat on to silver mirri card.  Adhere this to the top right corner of card with foam pads.  Use foam pads to adhere the various space elements to the card.



To make this card you will need :- a 6"x6" white card blank, circle die, white card stock, Out Of This World stamp set, Onyx Black Versafine ink, Distress Mica Spray Brushed Pewter, Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, and Spiced Marmalade.  Die cut a circle from the front of card blank, and blend Chipped Sapphire around the die cut circle.  Randomly stamp stars, moon, Blast Off and 1,2,3 over the front of the card using Chipped Sapphire - making sure to go off the edges.  Stamp out the rocket, astronaut and aliens using Versafine and colour in with DIs, then cut out.  Take the die cut circle and randomly stamp stars over this, also using Chipped Sapphire - adhere this to the inside of the card (in the centre so you can see it through the circle aperture) using glue.  Adhere the rocket, and astronaut to the front of the card at the bottom of the circle, and stick both aliens upside down at the top so it looks like they are peeping out.  Finish off by stamping the sentiment in Chipped Sapphire, blending a little of it around the edges, and sticking to the centre of the circle.


If you have any questions please do get in touch, I'll be back soon with some more of my crafty makes.

Take care
Lorre-Anne
x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

For The Love Of Stamps DT samples - Another Year Taller

Hello again....I'm back with some more For The Love Of Stamps design team samples using the fabulous new stamp sets launched today!  This blog will be focusing on Another Year Taller, and I absolutely adore this wee giraffe...he is perfect for so many cards including birthdays, and also new baby cards.





To make the card above you will need a 6"x4" white card blank, white card stock, Onyx Black Versafine Ink, Vintage Photo & Tea Dye Distress Inks, Another Year Taller stamp set & mask, black pen and silver mirri card.  Take the small ruler markings stamp and create a ruler using Versafine on a piece of cardstock the same length as your card blank.  Use the fabulous new mask to stencil on numbers with black pen.  Mat this onto a piece of silver mirri card.  Stamp the sentiment on to a piece of white card stock, cut out, and mat onto silver mirri card.  Adhere the ruler to the card base with double sided tape, and use foam pads to adhere the sentiment on top of this between the 1" and 3" markings.  Stamp the giraffe onto white card stock using Versafine, I used the standing base, elongated neck and head stamps.  Colour in using Distress Inks and a water brush, cut out and use foam pads to adhere to the front of card blank.






To make the above card you will need a 7"x5" white card blank, brown paper from the Perfectly Natural paper pad, white card stock, Onyx Black Versafine Ink, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo & Tea Dye Distress Inks, Another Year Taller stamp set & mask and some twine.  Trim some white card to slightly smaller than your card blank, and using Shabby Shutters DI, randomly stamp vines around right hand side and along top.  Take the seated giraffe base, elongated neck and head stamps, and stamp onto white card stock using Versafine ink.  Colour this in using Vintage Photo & Tea Dye Distress Inks and a water brush.  Cut out the giraffe and adhere to the card using foam pads.  Wrap some twine around the left hand side of the card, and mat this card onto a piece of brown paper from the pad.  Stamp the sentiment onto a white die cut circle, and adhere to the twine using foam pads.  Adhere the completed panel to the front of the card black with double sided tape.






To make the above card you will need a 6"x6" white card blank, white card stock, white organza ribbon, yellow paper from the Beautifully Brights paper pad, Onyx Black Versafine Ink, Vintage photo & Tea Dye Distress Inks, and the Another Year Taller stamp set and mask.  Use Mustartd Seed and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to randomly blend around a square of white card slightly smaller than your card blank.  Take the mask, and place it at random spots around card, and blend through some Vintage Photo DI.  Mat this onto yellow paper, and adhere to the card blank using double sided tape.  Tie a piece of organza ribbon around the left hand side of the card base.  Take the seated giraffe base, elongated neck & head, and using Versafine stamp onto white card stock.  Colour in using Vintage Photo & Tea Dye DIs and a water brush.  Cut out the giraffe, and using foam pads, adhere it to a rectangle of white card - mat this onto a slightly larger rectangle of yellow paper.  Use foam pads to adhere this to the card, and finish off by stamping out the sentiment, and add this to the card.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I decided to use this fab stamp set, and I have still got some more ideas I want to try so you will more than likely see some more cards featuring this cute little guy - I just love him!

I'll be back shortly featuring another stamp set from For The Love Of Stamps - see you soon!

Crafty Hugs
Lorre-Anne
x

Thursday, 10 November 2016

For The Love Of Stamps DT Samples - Barrow In Bloom

Hi all

This is my last blog for the time being showing my Design Team samples for For The Love Of Stamps - this time I am focusing on the set called Barrow In Bloom.  This set would be perfect for all those avid gardeners in your life.


I made this card in the style of a fence simply by using 3 strips of card (the off cuts from when I trim down a 6 x 6" card blank to a 6 x 4") and sticking them together using strips of card  glued to the back.  I love the effect this gives, and it was just ideal to use with these stamps!  I achieved the wood effect on the panels by lightly dragging Vintage Photo Distress Ink down each one a few times - please make sure you do it lightly as it won't look as effective if you are heavy handed!  I stamped the wheelbarrow, pots, garden sign and watering can in Vintage Photo DI onto white card, and cut out.  Everything was coloured in using Vintage Photo DI, and ProMarkers (Lilac, Buttercup, & Apple).  They were adhered to the front of the card using glue, and foam pads - making sure to avoid the gaps in the fence.  The card was finished off with 2 stamped sentiments.


This is a z-fold card, easily made by cutting a strip off the top of a 6 x 6" card blank, then used to stick to the bottom of the card.  I cut panels of  yellow paper from the Beautifully Bright paper pad, and used Spiced Marmalade DI to randomly stamp watering cans, and  a sentiment over them.  I stamped the plant pot 3 times on white card, along with the bush using Versafine, and coloured in with Spiced Marmalade and Shabby Shutters DI.  To finish off I adhered the 3 plant pots to the z-fold mechanism with glue, and stamped a sentiment.

This is a shadow box card, easily made from 2 sheets of 7 x 7" white card stock and a few scorelines.  I die cut a circle from the front of one panel, and randomly stamped the flowers over it using Versafine before sticking the card base together using a wet glue.  I then stamped the wheel barrow out twice on white card, along with the garden sign and some grass.  Everything was coloured in using ProMarkers (Duck Egg, Lilac, Apple & Caramel), and then cut out - the flowers were cut off from the second wheelbarrow and used to layer up on the first wheelbarrow to give some dimension.  This was adhered to a circle matted onto a silver mirri mat using foam pads.  The card was finished off with a small sentiment, and some Stickles.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing all my Design Team samples, I've had an amazing time creating them, and hopefully I will be back soon to show some more.  

As always if there are any questions, or comments then please do get in touch.

Hugs
Lorre-Anne x 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

For The Love Of Stamps DT Samples - Tons Of Fun

Hello

Time to show another 3 of the DT samples I made - this time using the very cute Tons Of Fun set, these little elephants are just so cute, and perfect for so many different cards from birthdays to new babies.


This is the front of my Twist & Pop card (instructions for this card can be found on YouTube).  I cut a piece of purple paper from the Beautifully Brights paper pad, and used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to randomly stamp the small elephant and present over it.  The band was made from white card stock, covered in plum paper from the paper pad, and I cut out an elephant, some presents and a sentiment.


This is the inside of the card, and I simply stamped various elephants on to white card panels, and cut out stamped sentiments.  I matted these all on to panels of purple and plum paper.  I really like this style of card, and it's very popular at the minute - think you might see me make a few more of these. 

This is a quad easel card I made, and I simply stamped elephants, gifts etc on to the 4 various white panels, coloured them in using Pumice Stone Distress Ink and ProMarkers (Pastel Pink, Blue, Yellow & Green) then matted onto yellow and orange paper from the Pretty Pastel paper pad.

This is a view of the quad easel from above.


This is a 5 x 5" card, and I am loving the simple monochrome look with just a hint of gold.  I used Black Onyx Versafine ink to randomly stamp the sentiment stamp over the entire card blank, going off the edges of the card.  I then stamped the 3 elephants in the larger of the oval die cuts, and the sentiment in the smaller die cut.  Both were matted onto the corresponding gold mirri mats, and adhered to the front of the card with foam pads.  A strip of white organza ribbon was tied around the top of the card to finish it off.


Hope you liked seeing my samples, and if you have any questions or comments then please get in touch.

Thanks for looking, and happy crafting!

Hugs
Lorre-Anne x


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

For The Love Of Stamps DT Samples - Ahoy Matey

Hi all

As promised here are the next 3 cards I created using stamps from the recent For The Love Of Stamps launch.

http://www.hunkydorycrafts.co.uk/

I have focused this time on the Ahoy Matey set, and have got to say this is ideal for any males you need to create cards for.


This card is made using a 6 x 6" card blank, trimmed down to 6 x 4".  I have used strips of paper from the Beautifully Brights paper pad, stamped images using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and matted onto black card - I adhered these to the card blank with ds tape.  I stamped the boat onto white card, and coloured in using Walnut Stain, Candied Apple and Salty Ocean Distress Inks, this was matted onto black card, then adhered to the card blank with foam pads.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in Versafine directly onto the bottom right hand corner of the card.

I have used a 6 x 6" card blank, and white cardstock measuring 5.5 x 5.5" and 5 x 5".  I used a heart template to lightly draw a heart in pencil onto the smaller of the 2 card squares, I then took the small anchor and stamped this in Salty Ocean Distress Ink following the pencil line.  I found it best to start at the top of the heart, and follow round doing 1 anchor at each side until finished.  I then stamped the larger anchor, and the sentiment in Salty Ocean, and cut both out - I also added Glossy Accent to the large anchor.  To get the perfect colour match mat layer for my card, I blended Salty Ocean around the edge of the larger piece of white card, and matted the smaller piece to this with ds tape.  I finished off by adhering both the large anchor and sentiment to the centre of the heart with foam pads.



Again this is a  6 x 6" card blank.  I cut a piece of white card to 5.5 x 5.5" and randomly blended Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks over the entire card.  I then took a bubbles stencil, and randomly blended Peacock Feathers through this. I tied a strip of teal organza ribbon around the left side of this base before adhering to a square of silver mirri card.  This was stuck to the card blank with ds tape.  I used 2 die cut circles and their corresponding silver mirri mats, I stamped the large anchor onto the larger circle in Salty Ocean, and used a water brush to blend the colour.  The sentiment was stamped onto the smaller circle.  I blended Salty Ocean around the edges of both before adhering to mirri mats with ds tape.  I finished off the card by adhering both to the front using foam pads to give some dimension.


I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made my cards, and if there are any questions or comments then please get in touch.

Happy Crafting!
Hugs
Lorre-Anne x


Saturday, 5 November 2016

For The Love Of Stamps DT samples - Flowering Hydrangea

Hi All

Here are a few cards I have made using the brand new Flowering Hydrangea stamp set from For The Love Of Stamps. These are my first ever samples as part of the Design Team, and I hope I have done them justice and that you like them.  The stamps are fabulous to work with, and give a lovely crisp image every time you stamp.

First up is the card below....


I took a 6x4" card blank and cut a circle aperture in the right hand upper corner.  I used the small individual petals to randomly stamp the front of the card in Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, then tied a white organza ribbon around the front of the card.  I then stamped the large hydrangea flower head in the inside of the card, ensuring it could be seen through the aperture, and added the stem - both stamped using Black Onyx Versafine Ink.  The image was coloured in using Spiced Marmalade and Shabby Shutters DI.  I chose the 'Live life in full bloom' sentiment and stamped this onto a scrap piece of white cardstock, and cut it out using a small circle die.  I finished off by blending Spiced Marmalade DI around the edges of the sentiment, and adhered to the side of the aperture.


I opted for a white 7x5" card blank this time.  I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the card blank, and using Candied Apple & Mustard Seed DI, I randomly stamped the large hydrangea flower head  - always ensuring I stamped off edge to give a balanced look!  I adhered this to the card blank using ds tape.  I then cut a smaller piece of white card measuring 1.5"x5", and stamped the sentiment in the middle using Black Onyx Versafine Ink.  Using Candied Apple DI, I stamped 3 small petals to either side of the sentiment using the fill in stamp, then I stamped the outline petal stamp in Versafine over the top - I used foam pads to stick this to the front of the card.


My final card using this lovely stamp set was created using some gilding flakes,  I took a 6x6" card blank, and cut a strip off the front to make a 6x4" blank, I then cut white card measuring 3.75"x5.75", and black card measuring 3.62"x5.62" & 1.3"x1.25".  I stamped the large Hydrangea head and stem onto black card using FlitterGlu, then added gilding flakes.  I tied black organza ribbon around the front of the card, and positioned the stamped sentiment on top of this.  I then used FlitterGlu to stamp around the edges of the white card, and added gilding flakes to this, matting the hydrangea stamped card onto this.  I adhered this to the front of the card blank using ds tape.

And that's it...my first ever samples complete, please get in touch if you have any questions about the above cards, or just to let me know  what you think.

Thanks for looking.

Hugs
Lorre-Anne x

Friday, 4 November 2016

For The Love Of Stamps DT Application cards

Hi Everyone

I've been a busy little bee recently and not had much chance to blog - the reason being I have been lucky enough to have been selected by Hunkydory For The Love Of Stamps Design Team!!!  I am beyond excited, and am so thankful for this fabulous opportunity.

I seen their DT call out on Facebook, and thought 'Why not?' so I made some cards and emailed them off, never believing I would be chosen.  I just want to say if you see opportunities like this and feel like having a go but don't think your work is good enough...stop those thoughts and have a go - you never know, you might be just what they are looking for!  I have decided to blog today showing the cards I made, and give a wee description as to how I made them.  


This is a 7x5" white card blank, the matts and layers are prepared from white and black card stock using dies from the Tonic Ornate Frame die set, I stamped the main image using Versafine, and coloured in using Promarkers.  

I made this card using the Tonic Pinhole Square Layering Die Set, and a 6x6" white card blank.  I stamped the image onto a piece of white card, used the square die to give the pinhole effect, then cut out the square using my cutting board - I tied  a strip of black organza ribbon around this.  I then cut a larger square from black card, and matted the white square onto this.  I coloured in my image using Promarkers.  I finished off by adding some Tonic Nuvo Drops.

This is another 6x6" card blank.  I cut a square of white card slightly smaller than my card blank, and used a stamp from Forever Poppies to create a background using Candied Apple Distress Ink, I distressed around the edge using Black Soot Distress Ink, tied a piece of black organza ribbon around it and adhered this to my card blank.  I then cut a strip of white card to fit in the right hand side of the background card, I stamped my poppy image onto this using Versafine and coloured in using Candied Apple & Shabby Shutters Distress Inks.  I also distressed around the edge of this using Candied Apple, and Black Soot DI.  I finished off adding a small sentiment.



The above card is a shadow box card, made from two pieces of 7x7" cardstock, I die cut a circle aperture from one of the pieces, and stamped poppies along the bottom before assembling the card.  I stamped the main image, and cut out using a smaller circle die, and matted this onto a black circle die cut.  I coloured in using Promarkers, and finished off by tying some black organza ribbon around the top of the card, and adding a stamped sentiment.



Well time to go and make some more cards, I hoped you liked seeing how I have made my DT card samples, and if you have any questions please just ask.

Happy Crafting

Hugs
Lorre-Anne
x






Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Some fun with Visable Image

Hi all

Sorry for such a long delay between blogs but it has been so busy here what with the school holidays then trying to get the kids organised for going back to school - but back to school they are and I am free to blog as much as I like :-)

This time around I am going to be having some fun with some fab stamps from Visable Image.....I decided to use the one stamp and one sentiment stamp as I wanted to we how many different looks I could get solely using two stamps.

I decided to use different techniques including stamping, blending with distress inks, heat embossing, gilding flakes and glossy accents.


These are the 2 stamp sets I have decided to use - aren't they fab!



The above cards were made using various colours of Brushos to create the backgrounds.  I sprinkled various colours of Brushos onto white card stock then sprayed with water - if you haven't tried Brushos yet I'd definitely recommend you give them a go - you can get sooooo many different looks! plus it's kinda cool watching the magic happen.  I then simply stamped the images using black ink and done a little matting and layering.


I love this card....so simple to make too!  I used some IndigoBlu flitter glue to stamp the image onto black card, and then added some gilding flakes.  I dabbed some flitter glue around the edge of the black card to make it look as if I had matted and layered onto corresponding card.


Some cards made using Distress Inks...I love how you can get such varying looks from one stamp just by changing the colours you use....fabulous!



For this card I used Distress Inks to create the background, then used the stem of the flower stamp to create the splodgy marks - a little bit of Stickles in the middle of the stamped flower finished it off.


Stamped image in Black  Distress Ink on Kraft card, and covered with Glossy Accents...matted and layered..done!


Again Distress Inks used to create the backgrounds and to stamp the images.

I hope you liked my crafty creations, please do leave me a comment to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions ask away.  Go on, pick up some ink and get stamping, it's great fun!!

Hugs
xx

Monday, 13 June 2016

Bee Crafty Stamps - How to make it!

Hi everyone

Sorry I've not posted for ages but my eldest son wasn't feeling too good....the dreaded sickness bug struck!!!  So I didn't get a chance to make any cards or blog, but thankfully he is feeling much better (yay!) and I can now blog again.

Decided to do a little 'how to make' this time around, and it will involve using my fave stamps from the fabulous Bee Crafty.

Have to apologise for the quality of a few of my photos, the sun was actually shining up here in Scotland again, and even with my blinds closed it was still sneaking in.

So let's get started....

What you will need:
  • White linen cardstock
  • Blending tool
  • Distress Inks - Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean and Black Soot
  • Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
  • Bee Crafty WORDage stamp Life & Rain (Large)
  • Bee Crafty Style Wire Borders Set
  • Inkable Circle template
  • Adhesive
  • 7x7" white card blank

Take a square of white linen card stock, Dusty Concord and Salty Ocean Distress Inks and a couple of blending tools.
Start by blending some Salty Ocean randomly around the white card stock, I tend to start at the outer edges and then do a little in the middle.
Next, repeat this with the Dusty Concord  Ink, again starting at the outer edges and moving in towards the centre.  I go back over all the card stock with the Salty Ocean blending tool to get an even looking blend.
Once happy with your blended colours, take the Inkable circle template and place centrally on your card.
I used Black Soot Distress Ink around the outer edge of the template to get this type of 'bubble' image.
Stamp the WORDage stamp into the centre of the 'bubble' using Versafine Ink.
Take the Dotty Wire Border from the set and ink up with Dusty Concord, and  stamp 2 lines across the top of the card stock, and 2 lines across the bottom.
To get the perfect colour for your matting layer, ink around the edges of a slighly larger piece of white card stock with Salty Ocean DI, this is a great tip to always ensure your colours will match perfectly (Thanks to Bev from Bee Crafty for this fab tip).

Matt your stamped card onto a piece of black card (this will make the stamped sentiment 'pop'), and matt both of these onto the Salty Ocean card.
To finish your card, simply stick it all down with some adhesive and add to a 7x7" card blank.
I hope you enjoyed my 'how to make', and will give it a go yourself....as always if you have any questions or comments please do let me know as I'd love to hear from you.

Hugs, Lorre-Anne x