Saturday, 29 November 2014

The Crafting Cafe November Challenge - Not a card

The challenge over at the Crafting Cafe this month is to create something other than a card.  I've used an elf image from one of the sponsors, Artbymiran to alter a notebook, although to be honest, the result could easily be a card if I just changed the words.  Oops!  The elf in the picture is sitting on a present, so I've created a present list book, to keep both my gift ideas, and a record of presents received, to help with the thank you notes.

I hope you like it.

What I used:

Image: Elf Colouring Page by Artbymiran
Papers: snowy wrapping paper, dark green mulberry paper, Anita's Classic Christmas Black 6x6 papers (for the present)
Tools & Colour: Whispers brush markers, See D's Christmas Alphabet stamps, Marianne Designs Creatables die "Pine Tree Branch", iridescent glitter glue

Crafting notes:

  • Instead of colouring the present, I used a scrap of Christmas paper and cut it to the same shape as the present.  I then added scraps of red card for the 'ribbon'.
  • To create the tree, I used a pine branch die to cut lots of sprigs, some of which I cut up for variety.  The particular shape of the die meant that I was able to use the spoil in places too, where I'd cut two sprigs close together.
  • I added glitter glue to the 'snow' at the bottom of the picture, and the tree.
  • I kept most of the design flat so that the notebook will last (I want it to be in use for ideas most of the year), but I did add a little thin foam tape under the elf's legs to give some depth.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Layout 15: Bump Buddies

I don't think I've ever been this happy to see a project finished before.  I suffered a quite debilitating case of crafting block over this project, which was 'almost there' way back in, wait for it, *August*!  The first 80% was done so fast, then I ground to a halt as I changed my mind about the title and struggled with matching colours for the baby names and the flowers by the photo.  I wanted those pieces to match each child's clothes and ended up having to paint flowers and lettering to get even close. *Sigh*  Anyway, it's done now, and I hope you like it!

What I used:
Papers: Boofle Designstax, Forever Friends Kraft Designstax
Tools: Boofle buttons embossing folder, XCut trimmer, Whispers brush markers, Chalk queue 'blues', Forever Friends number stamps.
Embellishments: Papermania buttons, Papermania cardstock alphabet stickers, various silk and paper flowers, Craftime mini mulberry paper tags
Sketch: From Dec 2012

Crafting Notes:
  • Whenever I have layers overlapping, I always gut the lower layers (i.e. cut out sections of card/paper that would otherwise be covered up).  I'm not being stingy, it just seems good practice to me, as I rarely get round to using products before they're no longer available, and you never know when that saved rectangle might be just what you need!  This layout has a lot of large overlapping layers, so it's an ideal candidate for gutting.  Using a trimmer makes this a lot quicker and easier than messing about with a knife and ruler.  Here are a couple of tips for making sure your gutting doesn't show:
    • Allow about 1cm overlap all the way round.  Use this and only this for sticking, otherwise the step will be visible.
    • Mount your photo (or whatever you have at the top) onto plain card so it's well supported.  I generally do this anyway.
  • When sticking down buttons, I prefer silicone glue to a glue gun, as it dries with some give and so is less brittle.
  • I spent a loooooong time shuffling buttons around the page to tie in with the buttons in the image, but I couldn't see it as anything other than a messy distraction from the photo.  Once I gave up, I felt the page was a little blank.  Finally I found a solution!  The very last thing I did to the page was to emboss buttons onto two corners.  This had the added benefit of stopping all the detail being on a diagonal on the page!
  • I embossed the buttons by hand using a section of an embossing folder.  To choose what to add, I embossed onto scrap card first.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Tinkerbell's present

Bob has two best friends his age and luckily one of them is a girl, so I get a break from diggers, rockets, trains and tractors :-)  She turned 3 at the start of October, and she loves Tinkerbell.  I had a lovely image of Tinkerbell waving her wand in a decoupage book, so I made an easel card, mounted Tinkerbell on a spring and used a present as the prop, so it would look like Tinkerbell had magically made the gift appear.  I don't think Bob really wanted to give it away - while it was in progress, he kept asking to go into my room to "see the fairy" :-)

Here it is, I hope you like it!

Crafting notes
  • The paper is the matching paper from the decoupage book and has a glossy finish that marks really easily.  It was the only piece I had and inevitably got marked, so I covered it in clear pigment ink and sprinkled over holographic clear embossing powder to turn it into a smooth glittered paper.  I added glitter glue to the present's bow to match.
  • The fairy decoupage is a bit delicate for the attentions of a 3 year old, so I stuck the bottom layer onto acetate and added only one more layer.
  • When heating embossing powder containing tinsel it's best to heat from the reverse, so you don't blow away any of your sparkles.  I also use the low speed on my heat gun.
What I used:
Images and paper: Papermania gift die cut, StudioLight Disney Classics mini decoupage book, Craft Planet star stickers
Tools: Me To You "Primrose" embossing folder, Heat It Up 2 speed heat gun
Other: Glitz It holographic glitter glue, Heat It Up holographic embossing powder, clear pigment ink, Papermania spring mounts.