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
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