Saturday, 23 July 2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Another musical card


As I mentioned previously I was asked to make some musical cards for a friend of mine's partner.  I made a few as I liked the idea.  Here is one I made using Sheena Douglass' Day of the Dead Danse Macabre stamps.

I started off cutting a 6 x 6 card using the A4 black card from Crafter's Companion.  I die cut a circle in the centre.  Then taking the guitar stamp I heat embossed it in gold onto a piece of black card and cut it out.

The 'stream' of music stamp I heat embossed it in gold straight onto the card.  

For the stars I used Jayne Nestorenko's Cute Companions Wish upon a Star stamps which I also heat embossed straight onto the card.

I put a piece of gold mirri card behind the cut circle and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment directly onto it, positioning it carefully!

I also made the same card using silver instead of gold, but I didn't like it as much.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cup cake K-card


I was flicking through my pictures of cards I have made and came across this one.  I had come across a sample of a K-card, probably from Crafters' Companion!, and decided to have a go.

I had just bought the Create-a-Card cup cake die and thought it would make a brilliant K-card.

So, I used a pink glitter 6 x 6 card from my stash and cut the cup cake die from some pretty paper I also had in my stash.  Luckily the glitter card was pale pink on the inside.  You do need to use double patterned card as the die needs to have a contrast on the inside.  

I liked the way the glitter card showed through the die cut, adding glitter without me having to.

Then I cut another cup cake into the centre of plain A4 white card, which I had folded into a zig-zag shape, and carefully folded the cup cake in half, pointing upwards.  I also embossed the card through the die using pink ink and added some pink glitter to the flowers.

I fixed the die cut at the sides, leaving the cup cake free so it could pop out when the card is opened.

I added some more glittery card which I had in my stash over the ends of the card, hiding the white card.

The 'Happy Birthday' letters were just cut outs I had and I popped them on the card using Collal decoupage glue so they would stand proud.  I must say it was quite difficult fixing the word 'Birthday' down one side, but somehow I think it works!

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Special Baby card


Today I thought I'd show you a Special New Baby card for a baby who was desperately wanted.

This is the end result with the envelope I made as well, using Crafter's Companion Envelobox, as I needed it to have a little bit of depth.  I used Centura Hint of Silver card and  cut a couple of sticky velcro dots to close it.

I had cardboard cutouts of the letters to make 'baby' and thought it would make a lovely card.  I am sorry I can't remember where I got it from as I've had it for quite a few years.  

I cut out the letters using Bazzil card stock as I didn't want it to be too thick and heavy. You can see the letters have an extra length of card so you can punch holes in to fix the card together.   

I then cut out matching papers and used the template again to cut out the letters, attaching the paper on top of the card as I wanted.  

I added a bit of ribbon too to delineate between the end of the paper and where the letter begins.

This is the back of the letter 'B' which I covered too.

I decorated the plain letters with some faux stitching, using a fine marker pen to make them stand out more.

On the back of the card, on the 'Y' template part of the card I stamped the Crafters Companion baby stamp onto white card, coloured it in using my watercolour pencils and matted it with darker card.

I had a few little baby stickers in my stash so added them to the various letters, adding some Glossy Accents onto parts of the paper.

I used matching ribbon to thread through the holes and tied little knots on each one, which you can see on the finished card picture at the top of the blog.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card and I hope the receiver was pleased with it too.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x  

Friday, 17 June 2016

Arty Farty guitar card


I have been asked by my friend to make a special birthday card for her partner, who is celebrating his 70th birthday next month.  He plays the guitar and loves busking.  He does a lot of travelling, busking for charity.  We decided I should look out for a guitar card.

Not long after we had been talking Arty Farty came on the television with this guitar template!  So I sent off for it.  I have used her templates before and she explains things very simply with both written and picture instructions.  (Just what I need!)

The pack comes with templates for two guitars, small and large together with a presentation box and also a guitar stand.  So to start with I decided to make the small guitar first.  You choose the colours of the card you want to use.  All you need is card, peel offs and brads.  Everything is so well explained and I was able to follow very easily.  

The detail is quite incredible.  The 'bits' at the top of the guitar which adjust the tension of the strings (you can tell I know very little about guitars nor technically minded!) are made using brads.

The frets are peel offs and I have threaded silver thread to make up the strings.

The template for the box has a little handle just like a real carrying case.

I attached the guitar to some matching card, matted onto gold card and added some gold peel offs to make it into an actual card.  The case fits the card perfectly.

Apparently the large guitar doesn't fit into the box.  That is what the stand is for.  I'm going to  try and make the larger one with an acetate stand and if it comes out OK I'll show you.  I need to make a few examples of different cards so my friend can choose.  What she doesn't want, I can always use!

Thank you for looking.

Liz x