Monday, October 16, 2017

Christmas Rose

I have a card for CC Designs to share today.
They have released so many cute Christmas stamps this month and Christmas cards are my favourite things to make, so I'm happy :)
This one is called Christmas Rose.

I decided to make a bokeh background with distress inks and white paint.
And I coloured her with copics to coordinate.
I used unconventional Christmas colours I know, but I think it works .
And if not, at least it's unique :)

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :
ABC Christmas challenge : U for unlimited and V for vibrant
Word Art Wednesday : Anything goes with a sentiment

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Santa's Elves

I have a card to share for Anna's Craft Cupboard today.

I was lucky enough to get this MFT stamp called Santa's Elves!
Yippee!!! I was so excited because I have wanted this one for so long.

He was so much fun to colour in and he's absolutely adorable isn't he?!

As well as colouring fun, I also had some "messy" fun with this card :)

I used some Dylusions paints for the first time.
I fell in love with their colours and decided to take a chance and buy a few in the hope that I could create some beautiful backgrounds.

I used London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, Crushed Grape and White Linen.
I love this colour combination and I think it works well for a Christmas card.

I used 2 stencils for the painted background.
A Kaisercraft template called Ornamental
and a Crafter's Workshop one called Confetti for the white elements on top.

I painted onto the smooth side of some watercolour paper.

The panel was then mounted onto a Kaisercraft C6 white card.

And I popped the elf up on some x-press it foam mounting squares for some added dimension.

I decided to use some Doodlebug Designs Candy Shoppe alpha stickers for the sentiment.
It is a bit hard to see in the photo, but this is sparkly and looks so good against the painted background without drawing too much attention away from the elf.
After all, that elf deserves all of it ! :)

Copics used :
BG 0000, 01,02,05,09,10,11, 13, 15, 49
BV 02, 04, 13
E 000, 00, 04, 11, 21

I love making Christmas cards!
I hope you get some crafty time to make some too :)

Thanks for dropping by today


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thankful Lucy

I have a card for CC Designs to share today.
I decided to make a thank you card for a teacher with this gorgeous new stamp called Thankful Lucy.
She's adorable isn't she?!

I also used a new die called Cloudy Days and Waves  to cut an interesting edge for the sentiment.
The sentiment is a retired CC Designs stamp.

Copics used :

E 000, 00, 04, 11, 21
W 1, 3, 5, 7
R 20, 81, 83, 85
BG 10, 11, 72

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Simon Says Stamps - anything goes
Words to Craft By - Logic vs Imagination
DJ Card Creations - Never Before Used Stuff  (Thankful Lucy stamp and Die)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

MFT Blueprints 5 - Tag Builder Die-namics tags

I have another post for Anna's Craft Cupboard today featuring the fabulous Blueprints 5 -  Tag Builder Die-namics by My Favorite Things.

There are so many wonderful elements included in this die that I thought I would make a few tags to showcase some of them.

This Tag Builder Die-namic includes a solid tag with a stitched edge that you could use on it's own but I have used it for the back of all of these tags.
It also includes two other tags.  One has a rectangular window with stitching around that (bunny and hippo tag) and the other has a square window with a smaller rectangular opening below it. (house tag)
They also have an opening for string or ribbon to go through and two different types of reinforcements for this.

One of the greatest things about this tag die, in my opinion, are the different ways you can die-cut your sentiments.  You get the fishtail label (bunny), the banner (hippo), the rectangle piece in the square window die (house) and there is a larger fishtail flag too.  They only fit smaller sentiments but there are usually a couple of these in most MFT stamp sets.

There are many other fun parts to this die too such as little hugs and kisses and hearts.
And even the left over parts from "windows" being cut out have stitching around their edges too, so you get lots of useful extras to use on something else :)

I decided to try making a shaker tag from the two window tag.
I've never made one before and I was really happy with how it turned out :)

This is how I made my shaker tag if you'd like to give it a try :)

  • I used the solid tag to cut an acetate piece for the shaker front and a back from white card.
  • I used the tag with the 2 windows to cut a front from purple card.  I also used it to cut some foam leaving the lower rectangle window in place. Because the sides of the tag are so tiny I thought I would try this instead of using foam mounting tape.  I had never done this before and it was SO much quicker and easier :)  I just used the die to cut it and then glued it to the back tag piece.
  • I used the heart confetti die from this set to cut out some hearts in pink and purple and put them inside the shaker window.
  • I glued the acetate sheet on top of the foam piece and then glued the purple piece on top of this.
  • I cut another of the 2 window tags from white card and stamped the "Be Happy" from the MFT Happy Hippos stamp onto the rectangle window piece. I glued this in place over the foam in the bottom window.
  • I stamped the house and heart banner from the MFT Up In The Air set, coloured them with Copics and cut them out. I used glue and glue dots to adhere to tag.
  • The birds from the MFT Happy Hippos set were coloured with Copics, cut out and adhered.

I think this might make a nice tag for a new home or housewarming gift or maybe even for a wedding or engagement?

Trumpet Bunny Tag 

Ingredients :

Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper
MFT Strike Up The Band  (for bunny and sentiment stamp)
MFT Up In The Air (cloud stamp)
white card

On this tag I tried using paper for the top layer rather than cardstock. 
I used the solid tag die to cut a white cardstock back and the light blue paper from the Watercolor Wishes pad and the rectangle window tag die to cut the dark blue paper from the same pad.
It ended up being a lighter tag, but it is still sturdy enough and the papers look beautiful together.

Hippo Tag

Ingredients :

Doodlebug Spring Things Paper
MFT Happy Hippos ( for hippo, hat and sentiment)
white and pink card

I really love the banner die! I have wanted one for a long time, I think they look fantastic. 
I curved the sentiment stamp slightly and stamped it onto white card and then used the die to cut it out.  Then I folded the banner along fold lines and glued them down so that it was fairly flat. You could leave it though if you wanted to and then the banner would have more height.

Making these tags has been so much fun!!!

They are a great way to use up all those little bits of card and paper you have saved.
And they're a great way to use those extra stamps you've coloured and then done nothing with too.

When I was making my hippo cards last month I had coloured this hippo and the birds I used on the house tag and cut them out but then decided not to use them.  I actually just put them in the plastic sleeve the stamps come in for safe keeping and they were there ready and waiting to be used :)

I LOVE the Blueprints 5 Tag Builder Die-namics.  It's perfect!

I can't wait to make some more for Christmas presents :)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Friday, September 22, 2017

Wild About You

I have a post for Anna's Craft Cupboard and a handmade gift rather than a card to share with you today :)

But firstly I'd like to tell you a little about a new tool I bought a few weeks ago, the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.

I had read quite a bit about it before buying it and it definitely lives up to the hype.
It is absolutely wonderful!
I have only had it a few weeks but I feel like it's an essential tool now.
I will never stamp without it again!
And I wonder how I ever did without it!

There are so many great things about this stamp platform but I thought I would write down in no particular order....

 My Top 10 Reasons Why It's Brilliant  

  1. You can stamp and re-stamp until you're satisfied with your stamped image.  This will save SO much paper.  No more throwing away images and cards because you're not happy with how they've stamped.
  2. You can use it with rubber and clear stamps.  You simply turn the lid over which is really quick and easy. "Rubber" and "clear" is marked on the lid.
  3. The top has an easy to see grid moulded into it which lets you position stamps more easily and allows for perfect placement. This is particularly great with clear stamps if you are using letter stamps, sentiments or are trying to get something in a straight line for example.
  4. It's very sturdy and well made and easy to clean with a baby wipe.
  5. Measurements along the top and side in metric and imperial and these won't rub off.
  6. You can use any size of paper in it!
  7. It's great for hard to ink images like background stamps or other stamps that you have trouble with.
  8. Very easy to use and gives a great image without the need to press down as hard as you do with a block. Fantastic for people with arthritis or other issues with their hands/arms.  Less pressure needed.
  9. Perfect for stamping identical cards, such as invitations or Christmas cards.  
  10. I can finally stamp a sentiment straight onto an almost finished card without ruining the whole thing!!!!! Yay!

If you do any stamping at all, you need one of these!
As you can probably tell, I really, really love mine :)

Anyway, onto the actual project :)

I had the chance to play with a new MFT stamp called Wild About You.
There are 4 different African animals in this fun set and it could be used for so many different types of cards.
But I thought I would use it to make a cute baby gift and instead of buying a gift bag I decided to make my own.
Well, I didn't exactly "make" it to be honest, there was no sewing involved at all.
But I bought this plain calico bag and decorated it :)

I have never stamped on fabric before so I can't speak from experience. But I did some research and found that there are inks specifically for fabric but that you can also use Pigment Inks and heat set them to make them permanent.
I decided to try Brilliance Graphite Black.
I don't think it would matter too much what ink I used though as this is not something that would be washed much anyway.
I could have also coloured the giraffes but I liked the more plain, graphic look.

So here's a little about how I made the bag, if you'd like to give it a try too :)

  • I measured the bag (25x29cm) and cut a piece of paper slightly smaller.  Then I stamped the giraffes in a row as I would on the bag, trying out different spacing until I was happy.  I decided I liked the look of 5 and worked out that I needed to start 1" from the edge and move the piece 1.5" after each stamping.

  • I cut a piece of card smaller than the bag and placed it inside, in case the ink went through onto the other side of the bag.  

  • I wanted the giraffes to be in a line across the bottom of the bag and because of the bag's size it meant I had turn the bag around and have the bottom of it against the top edge of the Stamp Platform.

  • You would also usually put your work into the top left corner of the Platform and hold it in place with the super strong magnets.  But with this bag I had to work from the right hand side instead.  This is because there is a raised edge on the left and top of the Platform whereas the right side and bottom are flat to allow for larger pieces than the platform to be used.

  • I could have kept moving the stamp across the lid instead of moving the bag but then it wouldn't be quite as even and straight along the bottom and you get messy fingers and there's extra cleaning, etc. So it is best to leave the stamp in place and move the bag across.

  • I positioned the stamp where I wanted it on the lid to stamp my first giraffe.  I put the magnets on top and even though they were going through 2 pieces of fabric plus a layer of cardboard, it held it in place easily.  These magnets are very strong and you need to be a little careful with them.  It is best to slide them into place if possible rather than picking them up.

  • I had to stamp, re-ink and repeat to get a good enough image.  This was only because I was stamping onto fabric though. 

  • I took the magnets away and moved the bag across 1.5", replaced the magnets before re-inking and stamping again and repeated until I had my 5 giraffes.

There is no way I would have even thought of attempting this project if it wasn't for my new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.
The first stamping of each giraffe was very light, even though I used a very juicy ink pad and the stamp platform.  So I had to re-ink the stamp and stamp each one at least twice to get a good image.
And without the stamp platform I wouldn't have been able to do this or line the giraffes up and get them straight either :)

After making the bag I made a tag to match using the MFT Die-namics Blueprints 5 Tag Builder Die.
This die is wonderful and makes the most gorgeous tags!
I do have other tag dies but this one is my new favourite.
It is just so cute!!!

I used American Crafts smooth Kraft card for the base,
Lawn Fawn watercolor wishes paper for the background and I cut the grass using the MFT Spring Scene Builder Die-namics.
The giraffe was coloured with Copics and popped up using X-Press It Foam Mounting Squares.
The little wooden sentiment is from  Jillibean Soup Wordfetti - Celebrate.

I could put various little baby goodies inside the bag but what I intend to do is to buy a board book.
Maybe 'Giraffe's Can't Dance'? That is a great book and fits the giraffe theme perfectly.
And perhaps later on the bag could be kept as a library bag?
It would be just the right size for a toddler and their smaller books and I think it would be very cute too!  :)


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Viking Henry

I have used another of CC Designs awesome new Viking stamps on my card.

This one is Viking Henry and he is super fun and just perfect for those, usually tricky, guy cards.

I saw a new challenge at Kraft+ and was very inspired by their graphic :)

I used an embossing folder on Kraft card and rubbed a white craft ink pad lightly over the top to highlight the pattern.
Then I cut out some hexagons from Winter Fun paper by Carta Bella and adhered them to create the background.

I am so glad I found this challenge.
The theme is actually "what's the buzz?" and it's about bees.
So I definitely thought outside the box and changed things up quite a bit :)
I wouldn't have create a background like this without seeing the challenge graphic and I really love the way it has turned out :)

This little viking was so much fun to colour with my Copics!

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Monday, September 11, 2017

Heidi with Headband

I have a card to share using another new release stamp from CC Designs.

This one is Heidi with Headband. She's very sweet isn't she ?!

I coloured her with copics, cut her out and popped her up on some Basic Gray Persimmon papers.
I white embossed the sentiment onto grey card and corner rounded the edges to make a little file tab.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Simon Says Stamp - Stamp
Ribbon Girl - Anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happy Hippos Birthday

I have another card today for Anna's Craft Cupboard featuring those Happy Hippos from MFT :)

This really is an adorable set!
I used a different hippo and bird this time with a birthday cake and I created a little background scene for them too!

I used the MFT Spring Scene Builder Die-namics with papers from Lawn Fawn's Watercolor Wishes pad.  These papers worked so well with this die! They all coordinate beautifully and have light and dark areas of colour, giving them a real watercolour look. Plus there's none of that extra work (and talent) that's needed for painting!  Bonus!

Once I'd created the little background scene I rounded the corners and glued it to a Kaisercraft square white card.
I coloured my images with Copics and cut them out and I used X-Press IT foam mounting squares on the hippo and balloons to make them "pop" and give the card some added dimension.

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Friday, September 8, 2017

Viking Nancy

It's Release Day at CC Designs.  :)

I have made a card with another one of the awesome viking stamps from Roberto's Rascals.
This is a Viking Nancy.
And she really is Fabulous isn't she?!

The sentiment is from an old CC Designs set.
But I just had to use it because I think it is so perfect for her!

It's such a wonderful release this month!
I really am in love with all of the vikings!
And there are some really pretty CC Designs girls too that I will share on my blog soon.

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Viking Kids

It's nearly new release time at CC Designs and I have a sneak peek for you :)

I've used a new stamp set called Viking Kids and it is absolutely brilliant!

All 4 of these gorgeous vikings are in the set and it's definitely a "must have" in my opinion!

They were so much fun to colour and you could be so creative with them.
I really love these little guys :)

Head over to the CC Designs Blog to see some more sneak peeks from the design team.
And if you leave a comment there, you might even be lucky enough to win a prize :)

Thanks for dropping by today


Monday, August 28, 2017

Dragon Hansel

I have a card to share using another of the cuties from this month's CC Designs release.
This is Dragon Hansel and isn't he so adorable?!

I coloured him with Copics and cut him out using the Tag Die.
The sentiment is from an older CC designs set called Smoochie Sentiments.
Papers are Sweet Baby Boy from Bella Blvd.

I'd like to enter my card into the challenge at :
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with a sentiment

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Unicorn Lucy

I have used another adorable stamp from the newest release by CC Designs.
This one is called Unicorn Lucy. Isn't she so sweet?!

I decided to make this a birthday card, rather than a card for Halloween.

And I kept this card very clean and simple (except for a few shiny things) so that it is all about her! :)

Ingredients :

Stamps : Unicorn Lucy, 
Card : x-press it, black, basic grey
Ink : memento black, versafine black, white craft
Other : MAC #14 die, copics

Thanks for dropping by today.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Witch Cinnamon

I have a card for CC Designs to share using the adorable Rustic Sugar stamp called Witch Cinnamon.
She is so gorgeous!
The sentiment is from the new Happy 31st Sentiment Set and it's a great one because you can use it for occasions other than Halloween!

I coloured her with copics and cut her out using the circle and scalloped circle dies.
After cutting out the grey panel I decided to try a little doodling around the edge. It's the first time I've attempted this! It's very basic but I was pretty happy with how it turned out :)
I used white craft ink around the edge and also used it to stencil on a few stars. Then I used a black fineliner to draw around them. The spider is a little stamp from a retired Halloween set.

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happy Hippos

I have a card for Anna's Craft Cupboard  to share today.
I've used the adorable My Favorite Things set called Happy Hippos.
This set is full of  hippos and little birds and birthday themed images to go with them.  Plus there are some wonderful sentiments too!

I thought a colourful but soft Bokeh background might look good with these two cuties.
Here is how I created it if you'd like to give one a try too :)
Ingredients :
I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Dusty Concord and Dried Marigold. You could use any colours, but I always think that 3 different colours works best.
Dylusions White Linen Acrylic Paint.
I used watercolour paper on the smooth side, but other cardstock can also be used.
Tim Holtz/Ranger Mini Foam Blending Tool
Circle Dies
Tombow Mono Multi glue
white embossing powder

Step 1 - Using the Blending Tool, apply distress inks to card in a circular motion. I used the purple first, then the orange and then added  blue to fill in the gaps and blend it together a little.
Use a different foam pad for each colour.

Step 2 -  Make a stencil from a scrap piece of card by using small circle dies or punches.  Don't place the holes too close together or near the edge, so that it's easier to sponge.

Step 3 -  Shake the Dylusions paint a little and then just use the paint that is sitting inside the lid.
Using the blending tool and a new pad, pick up some paint and dab some off onto some plastic or craft mat to remove excess.
Dab paint onto stencil to create 2 sizes of white circles on the card.

Step 4 - The largest circles are applied with just the Blending Tool.
Load paint and dab off as before. Place Blending Tool on card and twist/turn until you have a nice circular shape.

Step 5 - Reload Blending Tool with paint and using stencil again, add more circles and overlap some this time too.
You can realign stencils and go over circles with paint again to make them brighter.  You want to have some softer and some brighter circles to add depth.

Step 6 - Using just the Blending Tool make more of the large circles. Try to make some without applying extra paint but if it's too dry just add a little.  These last circles are meant to be very light.
You are trying to fill in the gaps and card edges to create a very soft filter effect.

Step 7 - Trim the edges so that there is no harsh coloured edge.

I coloured the images with Copics to compliment the colours I used in the background, cut them out and added them to a white panel.
I also white embossed one of the fabulous sentiments from this set onto grey card.

Bokeh backgrounds are fun to create! No two are exactly the same and they work wonderfully with so many of the MFT stamps.

I hope you will give this background technique a try too.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Super Girl

Today is new release day at CC Designs and there are so many awesome stamps to choose from!

I decided to colour this cutie called Super Girl.
Isn't she adorably awesome?!
And I loved colouring her too!

All of these new stamps are available at CC Designs now.
There are so many cute images and many of them can be used for things other than Halloween, which is a plus :)
I can't wait to try out the mirror block too!  I've always wanted one of those :)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Witch Kitty

It's time for a new release from CC Designs!

Today is the second day of sneak peeks from the Design Team and we are featuring designs by Rustic Sugar.
I decided to have a play with Witch Kitty, who is very cute but rather mischievous :)
And the greeting is from a new set called Happy 31st Sentiments

I coloured the stamp with copics and also added pencil  to the fur.
I did a little distressing to the panel, so that it looks as though Witch Kitty has been ripping up paper (like my own cat loves to do) and I added some white ink to it as well.

Thanks for dropping by today and if you visit the CC Designs Blog too and leave a comment there, you may be lucky enough to win a prize!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Hipster Lumberjack Guy

I have another one of CC Designs Lumberjack Guys to share today.
I decided to make him an ordinary (but super-cute) guy rather than a lumberjack :)

I love these word and star papers from Bella Blvd and I decided to colour his shirt to match.
My girls said it made him look more like a "hipster" guy than a "lumberjack" guy. Which was a good thing! :)

I had so much fun colouring him!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
7 Kids Challenge - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Strike Up the Band Thanks

This weekend there is a Cyber Crop happening over on the Anna's Craft Cupboard Facebook Page.
There are lots of different challenges around the theme of "Warm and Cosy".

I decided to challenge everyone to create a Thank You card to warm someone's heart.

Thank You cards are often full of flowers but they don't have to be!
My daughter asked me if I could make her a Thank You card to give to her music teacher so I just had to use the sensational MFT set called Strike Up the Band again :)

I created the background by stamping 3 of the bunnies with versafine black ink onto Kraft card.

I coloured the main bunny with copics and cut him out with the coordinating die.
I white embossed the music notes onto black card and used the grass from the Spring Scene Builder die to cut the key lime card.

The "Thanks" is cut from the Doodlebug Spring Things - Springtime Dots paper.

Please drop by the Anna's Facebook Group and join in this challenge, or just say "Hi".
We'd love to see you there :)


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lumberjack Guy

Today I have a card to share using the new CC Designs Lumberjack Guys stamp set.
There are 4 guys in the set and all of them are fabulous!

I don't actually know any woodcutters but I thought this one would make a great Thank You card when paired with this new sentiment.

There are 2 guys without axes in the set, so it is very versatile and can be used for a lot of different occasions.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Lumberjack Guys, Lumberjack Sentiments
Card : x-press it, kraft, black, saffron, wood paper (Simple Stories)
Ink : memento lack, versafine, pool party, antique linen DI
Other : MAC #13, MAC #16, copics

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :
7 Kids Challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with a sentiment
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Party Like a Pirate Pop-Up Box Card

I have another card and tutorial for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today :)

I have used the fabulous Party Like a Pirate stamp set by My Favorite Things again.
There are just so many cute images in this set that I wanted to make a little scene with them.  A fun way to do this is by making a Pop-Up Box Card.
The MFT stamp sets are all really great for this type of card because there are always a lot of different images in each set.  And you can also incorporate stamps from other sets too as they coordinate so well together.

Here's how I made my Pirate Pop-Up Box Card if you'd like to give it a try :)

American Crafts Smooth Kraft Card
Ruby Rock-It Bella iWood version 1.0
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
MFT Die-namics Die - Spring Scene Builder
Distress Ink - Antique Linen
X-Press it - High tack double sided tape 
MFT Party Like a Pirate stamp set and die

Step 1 :  Cut card 8.5"x 12".  Then score the long side at 2.75", 5.5", 8.25" and 11".
Cut off a 12"x 2" strip (to be used later).

Step 2 : Score along short side of 6.5"x 12" piece at 2.75"
Step 3 : From long side, cut down to this 2.75 score line on each of the 4 score lines.
At 11" score, cut in at a slight angle to create a tab.

Step 4 : Cut the 2"x 12" piece at 4.75" from the end with the 1" score line.
Then cut the strip in half lengthwise to create 2 strips 4.75"x 1".

Step 5 : Fold both tabs back.

Step 6 : Cut patterned paper to fit on each panel and adhere.  Adhere longest pieces to panels next to the tab.
You will need:
1 Inside back panel 2.5"x 6.25". (I used blue card for mine and decorated it with a couple of die cut clouds from the Spring Scene Builder Die and sponged around edge with ink).
3 Lower panels 2.5"x 3.5" (for outside of box)
6 Upper panels 2.5" square (inside and outside)
1 2.5"x 6.25" outside back panel (white card, to write message on).

Step 7 : Put adhesive on tab and fold card to form box and adhere.

Step 8 : Add adhesive to end tabs of 1"x 4.75" strips and adhere to inside of box.  Align them with the top.  Both tabs ends towards outside front or back.

The pop-up box is now built and ready to decorate :)

I coloured all my images with copics and cut them out with the co-ordinating die.  This saves so much time when making something with this many individual stamps!

The images are adhered to the strips of card inside the box but it can be hard to visualise where you want to place them.  I find it best to put dabs of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue near the bottom of the images and leave them for a while to "set".  Then the glue is repositional! You can move them over and over while you're trying to decide on the best placement and this makes me very happy :) 
Once I'd decided where they looked best, I did take them off and add some more glue to the bottom as normal, and stuck them down again, just to make sure they would "stay put".

You can see from the above photo that I glued some images to both strips and added more to the back panel also. 
On the first strip I added some images along the entire front, overlapping them slightly.
On the second strip I stuck the girl pirate to the front but then stuck the island to the back of it, for a little extra dimension. I also cut out the Ahoy Mate sentiment and glued it and the parrot to a thin piece of acetate and stuck it to the back of this strip with  X-Press It tape. From a distance this looks as though it is "floating" in the air (or that the Parrot has flown off with a sign) :)

It would be best to create the very back piece right at the beginning, before you even stick it onto the box.  I had glued on the clouds from the Spring Scene Builder Die and thought that would be enough, but then I decided that I wanted to add the pirate ship. And after that I thought it maybe needed a couple of waves too!  I don't really have a wave die, but I improvised by using the stream also from the Spring Scene Builder Die. 
You don't really see the entire ship, but everything is placed on this card to add extra depth and dimension to the scene.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will try making a Pop-Up Box Card too :)


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Party Like a Pirate

I have some exciting news to share today!  I've been asked to join the Design Team at Anna's Craft Cupboard!!!
Anna's is a wonderful Australian online craft store, with great products and fabulous customer service and I am very happy and honoured to be a part of their team :)

And it also means that I get to play with MFT stamps every month :)  YAY!!!

One of the main reasons why I love MFT stamps, is because they are so super cute!  They always make me smile!
BUT they are also versatile and you can make something a little less adorable when needed :)

MFT's Party Like a Pirate is a pretty cute set but I have "grunged" it up a bit and I think now it would appeal to a guy of any age.

I wanted to make the card dark and distressed looking. I decided to use a black card base and accents with this wonderful paper from Carta Bella's Transatlantic range called Vintage Map .  It worked so perfectly with this pirate!

I coloured him in muted colours and used the matching die to cut him out.  I also white embossed a sentiment from the set onto black card.
Then I distressed the panel he is on.  I cut a piece of white card and tore the bottom of it and then I used Distress Inks on it.  Firstly I sponged on some Antique Linen, then some Walnut Stain and finally some Black Soot.  I have had Distress Inks for years and have only just bought the Black Soot.  I never thought I really needed it, but I was SO wrong!!! The panel looked much better once I added it!  If you don't have it - get it! It's a must have :)   I left the centre of the panel white so that the focus would be on the pirate and then I just splashed some water on top of  the panel.  I did sponge a little black around the edge of the patterned paper too.
I also added a few splodges of Black Tie Enamel Accents to add to the "grunginess" of the card.

Copics used :

E 000, 00, 21, 13, 31, 41, 43, 50, 53
R 23, 27, 29, 30, 39, 59
W 00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
BG 0000, 000
B 02
Y 26, 28

It was so much fun making this card!
I hope you get some time to be crafty this week too :)


Monday, July 10, 2017

Rockabilly Gals Glasses

I made a card with another of the sweet Rockabilly Gals from CC Designs.
These girls are all so adorable and I decided to make this one a "Just Because" card for a change.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Rockabilly Gals
Card : x-press it, black, Free Spirit (Cocoa Vanilla), Life in Colour ephemera (Simple Stories)
Ink : memento black
Other : copics

Copics used :

E000, 00, 21
Y 21, 23, 26
BG 10, 11
W 00, 1
R 20, 22, 24, 30

Thanks for dropping by today :)