Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Scottish Theme

Today I am here to share some Scottish themed cards with you which I was inspired to make when I saw the *new* Purple Haze Paperz from Bella!

The luxurious purples just reminded me of the hills when they are laden with heather …. so what better than to share a wee bit of Scotland with you.

The little scotty dog is my favourite so I thought I would share with you how I made it.  The technique of how to make a stand up card using dies can be used for many designs.

I used the Sizzix Scotty dog die and die cut one in the Bella Indigo Hearts & Strips Paperz.

I then cut one of the Bella! Purple Haze Segments and placed this on the die in the centre of the dogs back which I then die cut and then cut into the shape of a rug on it's back.  I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn distress ink and faux stitched around the edge.  I added a gold collar and then added the rug with foam pads.

To create the little thistle on the collar I simple cut a few strips in the purple and cut some small slits before rolling it with the colour on the inside.  This way I could push the centre out to create the effect of the thistle.

 Cutting a thin strip from the Lime Bella Hearts and Stripes Paperz I rolled it to create a coil which I then inserted the thistle into before adding it to the collar along with some leaves.

I added a Bling Heart and Alpha Letters to personalise the card.

Next I needed to create the stand up card.  To do this I took one of the Fundamental Black cards and placed the fold on to the centre of the dog on the die making sure it cover the back, as shown :

It then gave the card base which I could attach my decorated Scotty Dog 'Morag' on!

The thistle card was made by using a circular punch and sticking thin strips of purple haze paper to the reverse of them to create the spikes on a thistle.

The Crafter Choice bling rhinestone letters were so perfect for adding a big bold Scotland and of course a wee bit of sparkle!
I also love the Fundamental Alpha Stickers … they are my go to product for cards.

Products Used
Crafters Choice Adhesive Rhinestone Letters
Sizzix Scotty Dog Die

I hope you have enjoyed the wee bit of Scotland I have shared today
Till next time

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!