Tuesday, 27 October 2009

30 Today to a special friend

<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
I spent quite a lot of time on this card as it was for a very special friend. I specifically didn’t video it, as I wanted to play about with my new distress inks and not have a camera above me watching every move I made. I quite enjoyed not having the distraction – it was nice to just go to my craft room and craft! Total enjoyment…
<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
And I really did have loads of fun making this card. It’s one of my most favourite cards that I’ve made of late! The background started out as a plain sheet of white card and I just built up the pattern with clear e.p and distress inks. Same with the ‘30’ topper.

The flower I made from scratch from a 6” strip of patterned paper. The pink strip was a pattered piece of paper I added to using distress inks and white gen pen doodling.
We had a great day celebrating Liz’s birthday with her – loadsa love to you Liz!! xx

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Good Old Grandad!

<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
I had done a video for this card…but it’s never made it to the editing stage. But I figured I can’t make a video for every card I create – there’s just not enough time! So I will just talk you through what I did instead.

<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
This area of the card has been embossed with a cuttlebug folder, but I added a twist. Before placing the patterned paper into the folder, I rubbed one side of the folder with some versamark ink. This ensured that all of the none embossed bits (i.e. not the raised stuff) got inked, meaning that when I took it out of the cuttlebug I could hit it with some clear e.p and heat emboss it. The overall effect was that the depressed bits looked almost wet where the e.p had ‘pooled’. You could increase this effect by using UTEE.

I then cut this to size, added another contrasting piece of patterned paper from the same paper stack and stuck to the base card, inking in orange around the top patterned paper. I tied a thick piece of ribbon around the join and tied it off the edge of the card using string.
The sentiment was a combination of chipboard letters and white gel pen handwriting on card cut using the Labels1 Nestibilities dies, adhered to another slightly larger label from the same set and mounted onto the card using 3d foam stickers. The addition of 3 green eyelets to balance the card and the card is complete.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Quick Triangle Box tutorial

<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
These boxes are so popular at the moment, and I can totally see why – they are so ridiculously simple and easy to make! You don’t even need a template to cut around, just a rectangle of your favourite patterned cardstock and a few score lines as shown below:Box template (any size)
Dead easy! I've used papers from MyGrafico - (Tyka Patterns & Chocolate Mint Papers) they also have a great selection of Halloween and Christmas papers, making this project a great way to wrap a simple gift like sweeties or even something more personal, like jewellery. Digi papers are great because you can print them out on exactly the right weight cardstock/paper for the project you're doing. This was perfect for this box as the rigidity is necessary to protect the gift. Most patterned paper just wouldn’t cut the mustard for this ;0)

You could also be more adventurous and cut out a window and cover with acetate on the inside before assembling. This would give a great ‘peep-hole’ if you were filling with sweets. You could also print on both sides of the cardstock if you were doing this, so that the colour would show through the window.
The tutorial video is below. If you enjoyed this tutorial, I’d love if you could leave a comment or a link to a project that this has inspired you to make – it would be great to see what you’ve made! Please hop over to my YT channel to rate & subscribe. Thanks for watching! ;0)

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Monochrome Wedding Card

<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
Wedding card are such lovely cards to make! I just love all the romance and happy tears at the ceremony ;0)
<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>Today’s card is for a wedding I went to a while back. I’ve just been a little slow in getting the video edited and published!! Mainly cos I went to the wedding as part of my holiday to Gibraltar and I’ve been a little busy catching up ever since I got back…

This is a super simple card. It really did not take long at all! And I’m loving the monochrome feel (quite popular at weddings these days – but not this one, they had a purple theme). I didn’t know the colour scheme at the time, so I went for safety colours of black and white. This could be altered to say “two hearts” or “I *heart* U” to make it less formal. But for a wedding card, I chose “love” as the sentiment.

  <Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
Here’s a picture of the happy couple on their big day…

Below is the video. As usual, please click on the HQ button in the right hand corner after pressing play to see it in its highest quality. If you enjoy the video, it would be great if you can hop over to YT to rate and subscribe to my channel!
Thanks for watching! ;0)

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Metallic Masculine Card

<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630>
Today's card is a VERY masculine card. It's for my brother who celebrated his 32nd birthday this week. He's really into all things metal - he's always tinkering with cars in the garage and he likes everything to be 'just so' - hence the card I've created for him is very balanced/symmetrical, very metallic and no-frills. It's not necessarily my kind of card (if I'm truly honest, it's really not my thing!) but it just know he'll love it. I hope you will like it too, but I understand if you don't as this is not everyone's cup of tea ;0)

<Digimax S600 / Kenox S600 / Digimax Cyber 630> The card incorporates real metal, from a Pepsi can I (very carefully!) cut up, flattened, punched out several squares and cuttlebugged using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I've used thin chipboard squares to create a chess board effect alongside the metal squares. I stapled the chipboard squares in a cross just to add to the metal theme. I then had to run these through the Cuttlebug to flatten the staples to allow me to adhere them down to the project. I did this by stacking my A plate, an embossing folder (with nothing inside it - this is just to pad out the stack), then a B plate (embossing plate), a piece of card to cushion the staples and a final B plate (cutting plate).

Sounds complicated, but essentially all I've done is create a stack thick enough to compress the staples, without causing damage to my machine ;0) You may need to vary this stack as each machine may differ. DON'T FORCE your machine, just remove a layer of c.s. if it's too difficult to turn the handle.

The sentiment part of the card uses a Fun Doodle Tags stamp set from MyGrafico.com (no longer available from MG, the link to the designer's website, Pixels&IceCream, can be found here). I just *HEART* this stamp set! It has so many uses! I'm always flapping around trying to find something suitable to stamp my sentiment onto, so this a great stamp set that's a must-have for everyone's crafting stash. And don't forget, as it's digital, you can resize any of the 8 tags to fit any width of sentiment, and therefore to suit any project - so that makes it great for scrapbooking too.

So, the video is below. I hope you enjoy watching me make this card - if you do, please hop over to YT to rate and subscribe. Your comments are always appreciated and I hope it inspires you to be ever more creative with those pesky masculine cards!! ;0)

Friday, 2 October 2009

Join the fun at MyGrafico!


Don’t forget to visit the MyGrafico shop to claim your 40% discount tomorrow! NB: they’re 4 hours behind us in the UK, so the sale won’t start here until 11pm…a little late, but well worth the wait ;0)

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Seriously Amazing Blog Candy!!

Wow – this has got to be the most generous blog candy ever!!!

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What a ridiculous question. Of course you do!!!! So go to this post and follow the instructions…this is a UK only blog candy (hurrah for us!) but even if you’re not signing up for this scrumptious candy, Jak’s blog is definitely worth a look around.

I am now back from my wonderful holiday and have finally caught up with myself, so I’ll be back tomorrow with a new project and tutorial, so watch this space…;0)