Sunday, 18 January 2015

The sunshine before the snow!

Here are a couple of projects that I have created in 2015

I treated myself to Sue Wilson's Butterfly dies last week from Sunrise Crafts. They are quite local to me but I decided to order online this time and I got them next day with free p and p which can't be bad. By the way they have 10% off Sue Wilson Dies at the moment.
Anyway I used centura pearl for the card base and stencilled the leaves and flowers using the left behind card from diecutting Sue Wilson leaves and flowers. I coloured with Seedless preserve and peeled paint distress inks with a touch of freyed burlap to add a bit of shading. I added a bit of shadow using a grey polychromos pencil. For the butterfly I coloured some of the card with the same DI and cut out the die, pretty isn't it? Just finished the edges with doodled lines. Words from a JOFY stamp set.

Now the canvas. I coloured it  by mixing some acrylic paints. Stenciled the swirls using a Clarity stencil with broken china and tea die DI. Used gilding flakes around the edges. Layered on some flowers which I had stamped and gold embossed on parchment. Added Sue Wilson leaf diecut from card coloured with the same DI,a punched butterfly and words cut on my Slice.

Oh dear just looked up and it's snowing, was lovely sunshine when I started this post. Hope it doesn't stick!
Have a good week
Thanks for looking
Pat xx

Friday, 9 January 2015

Pop out Box tutorial

Well I decided that I would set up a page for tutorials but unfortunately it doesn't work as I would like so change of plan. I will label the posts as tutorials and add links to the Tutorial page. It's been a while since I "messed about" on blogger and things have changed!

Well here is the Pop out Box
These measurements create a card that will fit a 5" x 7" envelope.
You can change the measurements to suit your project.
Cut a piece of card measuring 26cm x 18cm. Score across the long side at 2cm, 8cm, 14cm, 20cm. Turn card clockwise and score down the  middle (9cm) to the 20cm scoreline.

Cut away the top 2cm panel (shaded) and cut down the lines of the top sections to the middle scoreline (solid lines)

Fold the scorelines to create the box sticking the 2cm panel to the inside of the back  panel

The box will fold flat to go in the envelope

Cut 2 strips of card 8cm (6cm plus 1cm each end to attach to inside of box). Attach flowers and embellishments to these strips to decorate. Cover the panels of the box with papers and decoration of your choice.
Here is  an example

You can create these boxes to various sizes just adjust the sizes of the panels
Here are a couple more using different measurements

I love making these boxes and hope you will too.
Pat xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy 2015!!

Well that's it Christmas is well and truly over and 2015 well underway. I would like to say we had a good Christmas and New Year celebrations but unfortunately both were blighted by ill health. We all came down with the awful cough & cold that's been doing the rounds. Then Christmas Day saw my Son in Law admitted to hospital due to dangerously high blood sugar levels, he's type 1 diabetic. Pleased to say it's  now under control. Then my poor hubby John was admitted to hospital New Years Eve and has pneumonia. Hopefully he will soon be back home once the intravenous antibiotics have done their job.
Anyway in the meantime I'm catching up on a few things inbetween hospital visits. Hence I'm here blogging which has been a rare occurance lately.
Her is a selection on Christmas cards I made.
Pop up box card with parchment flowers using Jayne Nestorenko stamp, Sue Wilson leaves die and Cloe holly leaves die
 Two using Serif Craft Artist
Using Jayne Nestorenko stamps

Anniversary card for my husband
Well that's about it for now, just hoping 2015 does improve.

Pat xxx