Monday, February 27, 2012

More fun stuff from SVG Cuts!

Mary and Leo from SVG Cuts released another new set at the weekend. This is is an Easter set and I just had to have it! I just love the Easter Egg boxes in the set - so much that I bought the files on Sunday morning and by the afternoon had made two of them!

They are so cute - the top comes off and you can put goodies into the bottom...

The files were all cut using the Cricut and SCAL2. For the first one, I used plain card for some of the top layers and embossed it with the Swiss Dots folder in the Cuttlebug.

I added a silver coloured brad to the top of the egg to cover the little hole where the segments all join up.

I also made the little pedestal table in the set and this is what the eggs are sitting on.

For this egg, I used different papers for the top layers, alternating them around the egg shape.

I added some narrow ribbon to four of the segments and put a little pale blue pearl on the top of the lid part.

I can see that I will have to make some more of these - they are so easy and so cute!

Thanks Mary for the brilliant designs!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I was inspired by some articles in the last Craft Stamper (March 2012) magazine. One of the articles by Judy Laing, was about using markers and she produced some beautiful cards for the article.

I used her examples to make the two cards on this post. They were so easy to make!

For this card, I used sheet music that I cut with a spellbinders deckled rectangle and layered onto black card. Added some distressink to age it a bit more and layered onto craft card to which I had added a border punched piece. Stamped the butterfly and distressed it then cut it out. The flourish is a die cut from my elegant flourishes die by Tim Holtz. The sentiment is a new stamp I got recently from Gina K.

For this card I stamped the craft layer with 3 different flower stamps then white embossed them. The butterflies were stamps from a Graphics 45 set which I coloured using copic markers then cut out and attached. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp that I use a lot. Attached the sentiment then added some little blue pearl bling.

Waterfall Cards

Last week I bought some new files from SVG Cuts - my favourite cutting file store! The set I bought was for waterfall cards.

How to describe them???

Well, when they are put together, you pull the tag and the lever comes out, causing the card pieces on top to cascade - a bit like a waterfall in reverse!

It took no time to put them together once I had cut the pieces and was quite pleased at the way they turned out.

The first one was a birthday card with flowers on it. I love the way the petals on the flowers pop up from the card too.

I stamped the sentiment on the lever so you can see it when it is pulled down.

This one is a child's birthday card. Instead of a tag at the end of the lever, you pull the tail of the crocodile and the head and mouth lift up.

I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the tail and the head to give a bit more dimension to the effect.

This is a baby card for someone special! I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the elements on the card to give them a lift. Great idea, especially when you are using plain coloured card.

Mary Rudakas designed these card for SVG Cuts. She is so clever with the ideas that she comes up with all the time. Thanks Mary!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Another mixed media canvas

Last year, I gave Carol and Jude (friends from Card Making World forum) some die cuts and stamped images to challange them to create something a little different. This is what I came up with using the same stamps, die cuts and ribbon.

The die cuts were made using a Tim Holtz Alterations Die. I painted the die cuts black then added some gold to the dress form. Wound fancy wool around the thread card and tied a knot in the button with the same thread. I used some fancy knitting netting to make the dress and dabbed alcohol ink onto it to give it some colour. Added a flower to the top. Wound the ribbon around the waistline to make a belt.

The stamped images were from a Toodle Binks set which was a freebie from Craft Stamper last year when I renewed my subscription.

The canvas black was painted black then coloured using alcohol inks and gold paint dabber. Applied a floral paper serviette with Mod Podge to give more colour on the background. The wish word was also die cut and painted with Worn Lipstick Crackle Paint.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My First Pop up Card!

I saw a really good demonstration by Klo Oxford over on a Pazzles forum. She showed how to make a pop up card using the Funtime Software program that I got with my Black Cat. So I had to give it a go - don't I usually when there is something new to figure out???

This is the outside of the card - embossed with the hearts and swiss dots folders using the Cuttlebug. The heart is the freebie from Craft Stamper this month and I added the word Love to the centre of the heart and attached to the front over the ribbon.

The centre of the card shows the pop up that I did in the software program. It worked really well and I only had to do a couple of trial cuts. I have been having a problem with the machine cutting smaller than the dimensions I put into the program, but, thanks to Tracie on another forum, I have got that sorted now!

I stamped another heart and cut it out then attached it to the heart that was cut as part of the cutting file.

Entered this in the Allsorts Challenge and the Craft Room Challenge - just click on the links on the sidebar to go to these blogs!

February already!

Time does fly - already it is the second month of the year!

Time was the theme for the Monthly Challenge over at Card Making World and Carol and I (the DT) each made a couple of items as samples for the challange.

This card was inspired by the sentiment - Great things take Time! The background was stamped with white chalk ink onto the black card using a damask-type background stamp - reminiscent of old fashioned wall coverings and curtains.
The images on the top layer include a da Vinci pencil sketch stamped onto a page from a novel and a leaning tower stamped onto a piece of music - all of these things relating to the fact that it takes time to write a novel, do a painting, write a piece of music or build a famous landmark.
The text was printed onto card, then the label (from Gina K) stamped over the text and cut out using a Nestabilities die. The colour was introduced by smooching Antique Linen Distress Ink onto the card.

Just to be a little different this month, rather than another card, this is a canvas inspired by time!
The clock, gear wheels and wings were all cut using Tim Holtz Alterations Dies. The clock was given a weathered look by colouring with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then given a coating of Rock Candy Crackle paint. A face image was stamped on the inside part of the clock and inserted into the clock face.
The wings were coloured with Fired Brick Distress Stain then sprayed with a red/gold spray. They were then attached to the back of a clock face.
The gears were painted using a copper paint dabber then a gold one to give some texture and depth of colour. The gold was also used to colour the metal corner pieces.
The word was made from clear letter pieces attached to black card using Glossy Accents and edged with gold paint.All were attached to a canvas board which had been painted black and old music paper layered on top.
Entered this in the Tanda Teaser this week and in the Try it on Tuesday challenge!