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!

Friday, April 05, 2019

Mother's Day Frame

Time really does fly and it is the beginning of Spring here in the UK.  The weekend bought the celebration of Mother's Day and amongst all the afternoon teas we served in the cafĂ© I found some time to create this little frame.

I love the pink hues that are on the Bella! Greenery Flax paper which, when mixed with RRBF Faded Empire, really popped!  I layered different papers on to of the cardboard mount inside the boxed photo frame, cutting out the aperture with each layer.

I some times like to add some sparkle to my layouts and creations but the painfully slow and fiddly process of adding them drives me insane!  But not anymore … look at this string of metallic gold bling, just stick and go. The also set off the glitter hearts in the Bella! Glitzy Gold Heart paper.

Once I had added the back ground and photo I took some letters to the frame from the Faded Empire collection.

To finish I created some 3D flowers from the Faded Empire papers using a die and die cut some leaves from the Bella! Greenery Grass paper.  Just perfect for foliage.

Products Used
RRBF New Bling Metallic Gold 3mm Strip
Spellbinders Calla Lily Die

There are so many delightful additions to the NEW Bella Bling range that you need to keep an eye out when they hit stores as they are gonna be popular! 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Getting Hitched with Cosmo

Hello, today I am here to share a few cards that I made with the Bella! Cosmos Mini Themes.

The mini themes from Bella! are brilliant a range for quick makes, each paper is double sided allowing more choice for your projects.

To break up the purple I used the Bella! Getting Hitched collection which coordinated really well.

For this Happy Birthday card I used one of the toppers cut from the Manifest paper.  Not being into yoga, I decided to cover the centre with a tag.  I really love the wee gold dots around the edge.

The next card I created was Celebrate Happiness.  Again I used the toppers and cut some of the symbols from them before adding to the card.  I made use of the words from the Mantras paper and cut one to become part of my greeting.  

The Fundamental A6 Card Serenity Blue card blank matches perfectly with this collection.

Finally came some fussy cutting with the feathers and butterflies from the papers to create this card.  I used a die to create the background.  I cut one in the Mantras paper and the other with the gold glitz paper and cut each one to make some of it sparkle.  Using the cut outs these were really good for making a glitzy solid edge.

The rich purple colours lend themselves to the yellow of the Getting Hitched papers but of course there are many other colours that can be used. 

Oh and the little bodies on the butterflies are cut from the Bella! Bling.  Choose the one you like and stick them in the centre of the wings!  This is also a good way to use up little bits that you may have trimmed off for other projects.

Products Used
Sentiment Stickers

Have a great day!

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Letting Off Some Steam

Good morning … 
I am super excited to share with you my first DT creation since being back on the team. 

After delving into my box of goodies it was the Bella Mini Theme Steamworks collection that jumped out at me and this is what I created with it.  

The steamworks papers has some amazing inspirational quotes perfect for a climber which drew me to this collection.  

To start with I ripped a piece off the Steamworks Invention paper and inked it before sticking it to the bottom of some grey card stock.  Next I cut out a hot air balloon and the gentleman on his flying machine and inked them and left them to one side.  From the Steamworks Odds & Ends paper I cut some quotes, pictures and a strip of paper from the reverse of the paper as shown as in the picture on the right.

I can't resist a bit of fussy cutting, so the cogs on the Clockwork paper where just crying out to be snipped in to!

I also cut a line from the Glitzy Gold Paper Fish Chevron paper following the glittered chevron as a guide.  Then I built up the back ground of the layout tucking the cogs behind the papers.  I attached a line of twine along the centre.

I sandwiched one of the quotes between two different sheets of card stock before adding the photo.

To create the feel of the climbing wall I cut some climbing hold shapes out of corrugated card and inked them before attaching them randomly up one side of the layout.

To finish the layout I did some more fussy cutting of the clock and add some of the wood veneer shapes, letters and arrows.

RRBF Products
Wood Veneer Shapes and Alphabets

I hope I have inspired you to get creating today!  
Thanks for stopping by