Thursday, July 04, 2019

Selfie Queen Mini Album

Hello! New RRBF products are in the house!!
It would have been rude not to get straight to work and create, wouldn't you say?

Having a teenage daughter who is forever taking selfies, it was the Selfie Queen collection that stood out to me.  I decided to make a mini album for her to store all her pictures in.  

I know this is going to be a challenge for her as the photos tend to stay on the phone but being an old school mum I'm encouraging her to print them out!

The bright and vibrant colours of this collection are great for teenagers.  The collection is filled with lots of mini statements which can be cut out and arranged on the pages.

The album I used had lots of premade pockets, if you don't have one like this it is easy to add extra pieces of card to create your own pockets.  

I really challenged myself to use only the papers to create my own embellishments.
The Bella! Fusion papers coordinated so well with this collection and having a range of colours you could really personalise the album for some one.

The Bling and Glitter card stock helped to add some jazz and sparkle to the album, and the fussy cutting, well there is loads of it!  The flowered paper is just the best for it!

I think she loved the book and I'm crossing fingers that the printer will be in action shortly … Probably with the crazy ones of me from Snapchat!

I will close with a list of product used :

Crafters Choice Bling Gem Strips
Tim Holtz mini ink pads - purple
Rusty Pickle Album

I hope you're inspired …. Till next time!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Coffee and Notes

The last time I was here I shared my Café Dream vision board.  To create the board I needed a note book to write down all my ideas, inspirational quotes and somewhere to stock all my cuttings from magazines. 

It began life as a plain note pad but once my Vison Board came to life I decided to make a cover for it using the left over papers and embellishments.

It also makes a great mini layout.  
The quotes are perfect for quick journaling and mounting them on the tags finishes them off nicely.

Big bold chipboard letters add some dimension to the note cover with out it being too bulky.

So I will continue collecting items for my vision board and write my dreams and ideas in my wee note book.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Cafe Dream Vision

Good Morning!  

Today I am here to share something a little different with you.  We were challenged this month to make a vision board and this is what I came up with … 

It seem natural for me to share my dream of one day owning my own coffee shop. 
Here is how my vision board came together.  
First I collected all my pictures, quotes and cuttings from magazines.

I dusted off an old picture frame and arranged the pictures on the frame so that I could see a rough plan of how I wanted it too look. I took a photo of it so and cold place the photos back on once I had made the background.

To make the back ground I cut strips of glitter card and made a frame the size of the backing board.  I repeated this with the pebbles paper from the Bella! Coast range.  I then finished off the centre with a piece of the rope paper.  I choose this paper as my dream place for opening a café would be near the sea, and these papers could not cry out 'sea' any louder!

Next I made some tags as backings for the quotes I had cut out.  I used a few different tag shapes in the fundamentals range to add some variety.  For this tag I inked around the edges and then cut some corrugated card to back the quote on.

On this tag I created a back ground by adding some white dots to the inked edges and scratching the edges of the paper with scissors to create a worn look.

These are a selection of the tags that I made which I have used on the .  It is a good way to use all the little cut offs from the collections.

I then placed all of the pictures on to the backing board and tweaked them to how I wanted the final piece to look.  

So for now I have this on the wall to remind me of my dream and I will look at it daily to remind me of the vision that I have …. now I just need to make it happen!

Products Used
Glitz Card Stock - Powder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Sea

I hope you are inspired to create your own vision board!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Birthday Pop Up Card

Hello, today I have a little tutorial on how to make a pop up card. 
I wanted to create something a little unique for the receiver.

The beauty of this card design is that it can fold neatly in an envelope but with one small step it changes in to a pop up card.

So here is how you make this fun little card :

First of all you need to take a card blank of your choice. Fold it back on itself so that the colour is on the inside.  Then take the top side and fold the outside edge in to the middle.  You card should look like the picture below.

Next cut a piece of the balloon paper to fit on the top left hand side of the fold.  Though the balloons are on their side in the picture you need to make sure that when the card stands up they are in the right direction.  Leave this to one side.


Next to make the top of the card.  
Cut another card blank in half, you will only need one side of it.  
Cut a piece of balloon paper slightly smaller than the base.  Turn it over and cut a window in the centre leaving a 1cm border all around.  The easiest way to do this is mark at 1cm points around each side and join them up before cutting out the square in the centre. 
Glue this to the card blank as shown below.

Cut a piece of pink glitter card 3cm x 10.5cm and glue a piece of numbers paper measuring 2.5cm x 10.5cm on top.  Adhere this to the bottom section on the card and trim off any excess.

Cut a 'happy birthday' from the Birthday Wish paper and glue to the top.  You can ink the edges by running one of the ink pads lightly down the side if desired.

Decorate along the number paper with birthday cakes and candles.  The ones I used are from an older release from Ruby Rock-it.  It's always good to have a rummage and see what can be found!!

Next we need to create the 'stopper' for the card which allows it to stand up, a bit like a little easel.

First take one of the mini doilies and cut it in half.  Repeat this with another one.

Glue these to the back of a piece of card stock measuring 3cm x 10.5cm.  These can be showing as much or little as you'd like.  Once that is dry to the centre of the base card using foam pads.

Decorate with more birthday paper and some gems to give it a wee sparkle.

Next take you top piece and add glue on the side opposite the balloon paper, lay the decorated card on the top.  This is a cleaner way of making sure that nothing goes on the back of the card where it shouldn't be!

When you have done that test out your pop up card!

 Products Used
Fundamentals Basic Cardstock - there are SO many colours!
Crafter's Choice Bling - Pink 3mm

I hope you are inspired to give this a try!!  
There are so many ways that this basic card can be adapted to suit any occasion.  
May be try a circular version …. now they are fun!

Friday, May 03, 2019

Baby Cards

There are lots of wonderful coloured card blanks available in the Ruby Rock-it Fundamental range and they are a perfect base for some quick little baby cards which I am here to share with you today.

I had some off cuts from the Bella Baby and Hearts and Strips papers and combined them with cards. 

After cutting an adorable little bear and birdie from the Baby Boy Little Teddies paper, I arranged them on top of a Francheville mini doily which I decorated with teeny little gems.  The nice thing about these are that they are on a wee sticky string which allows them to be placed in position easily.

For this baby girl card I wanted to make a mini clothes line with the pegs with the cute baby grow on the papers.  I choose the silver pegs but they come in a range of colours.  On this one I inked the edges of the doily to soften them.

You may have noticed the sentiments on all of these cards.  The ones on the boy and girl card have a clear background which can be added to create a clean look as if you have just stamped on to the card.  The brown backed stickers are little sentiments that can be mixed on used on their own.

With a wonderful array of colours in gloss and matt these cards should be in your basic cardmaking kit. 

Products Used

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spring Garland with RRBF

Hello, today I have a little Spring garland to share with you that I made to put in my dining room for the Easter weekend.  
I was inspired to make daffodils as they are all in bloom at the moment.

I love making flowers up and have quite a few dies which I switch between using.  
The little tutorial here can be adapted with any of your flower dies which you may have.

First I cut some petals in a range of yellow papers from RRBF.  The Fusion collection is brilliant for this.  I also used the Foiled Hearts and Strips collection.

Next I inked the edges of each of the petals with Tim Holtz Burnt Marmalade and the blending tool to create a subtle edge.  To achieve this start on your mat in circular movements before coming in and catching the edge of your paper.

Next I cut some circles out and then cut to the centre in a spiral.  I then spun them around starting from the out side until I came to the middle where I secured them with a glue gun.

Once all my pieces where ready I put them all together to create the flowers.  Paper is so pliable so I was able to move the petals in to the way I wanted them to look.

Next came the finishing touches … the gorgeous little gold rain drops were perfect to add 'stigma' to the flower.  
My leaves were die cut out of the Greenery papers.  The different patterns on the paper give some dimension to the leaves.

I took large length/amount of raffia and added a bow in the centre and glued the flowers to it.  I had some 3D butterflies which were in my DT kit from when I was on the team a few years back which I added too.  It's always good to see what wee gems may be hidden in your crafting stash!

This garland can be adapted to anytime of the year using different coloured flowers.  How amazing would it look at a wedding or made into a corsage?

RRBF Products Used
Crafters Choice Raindrops Gold
RRBF Decoupage Butterfly (this is an older product!)

Other Products
Flower Die Xcut Flower
Tim Holtz Burnt Marmalade 

I hope I have inspired you to be creative today!