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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 7 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Crafty Cardmakers & More - Challenge #137 - Dots

Afternoon!! Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More. This fortnight, our lovely host, Sally, would like to see 'Dots' on your project!! Couldn't really be simpler!! Just include something that has obvious dots on it!!

Well, I decided it was an opportunity to go totally dotty and have fun with a card that would be suitable for any little boy or girl!! I chose this cute Rachelle Anne Miller image from the Animal Adventure CD from Crafter's Companion. I used the matching paper from the same CD and printed it onto Centura Pearl Hint of Gold, to create the A5 tent fold card.
I picked up the blue and orange colours from the topper, along with the green - and used them for the background. The three dotty papers are from the Rachelle Anne Miller Kids At Play CD, and I backed each one onto a piece of coloured card. The orange and blue card was embossed with Embossalicious A4 Dottie folder. I used Wild Honey DI on the orange, and Salty Ocean on the blue. I edged the green with Mowed Lawn.

I found lengths of orange dotty ribbon, blue grosgrain and green dotty ribbon in my stash, and added buttons as embellishments to complete the dotty theme!!

Overall, a really bright and cheerful child's card - that is totally dotty!!

I would like to enter this into:
Creative Corner Challenges - For A Child
DLART Thankful Thursday Challenge #154 - Use Orange
Scrap Craft Inspiration #7 - Use Ribbon or Twine

Will be back soon!!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Box Frame Decoupage.

Today's share is a framed decoupage from the Kimono collection. I bought a black box frame which allowed me to place the decoupage behind the glass, and the decoration in front of it. 
To bring out the gold highlights on the decoupage image, I applied Pebeo Empire Gold gilding wax using cut and dry foam. I cut the aperture frame in a piece of 12x12 black card. I then embossed two strips of black with the Embossalicious A4 Delicate Floral Embossing Folder.  I then applied more Pebeo Empire Gold gilding wax.
For the decoration, I used Die'sire Essentials Lace Corner 1 in red, and then cut lots of flowers using Essentials Flowers for All Occasions 1, 2 and 3 in red and black. The black ones were embossed and gilded. These were then layered up to fill the corner. 

This is a really simple thing to make - but makes a great home decor piece!! 

Take care,

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Beautiful A4 Presentation Box!!

Today's share is an A4 presentation box decorated with one of the A4 decoupage designs. I used A3 Centura Pearl Hint of Gold and my Big Score.
For the box lid and base, I cut two pieces of the card to 10 3/4" x 14 1/4". I then scored one sheet on the Box Lid edge at 1 1/4", and the other on the Box Base edge - also at 1 1/4".
I cut another piece of card to 10 1/2" x 14". This was for the frame insert in the box base. I scored each side at 1/4", 1 1/4", 2 1/8", 3 1/8", 3 3/8". 
Next, I cut out the centre rectangle, using a craft knife.
At each corner, I made a diagonal cut to the where the third score lines from the outside meet. I also made cuts to form the tabs - as shown on the above photo.
I then folded and burnished the score lines, starting from the aperture in the middle and working to the outside.
Using some of the scraps, I cut four pieces of card 2 1/2" x 7/8". I scored each of these at 1 1/4". These are to fill in and strengthen the corners. Add glue as shown above.
Then stick the corner pieces to the frame.
Finally stick the corners (sorry - I seem to have put the watermark right over the relevant bit!!).
I stuck a sheet of the paper on the inside of the base of the box, then stuck the frame on top, using the box base to secure it.
I filled the box with notecards made from printing A6 notepaper from the Design Set onto card. I then added a shaped topper to each. The envelopes, notepaper, pillow box and tags are also from the Design Set.
After making the box lid, I stuck a piece of the pink/purple paper as a base, then added the A4 decoupage over the top.
I added a few fabric flowers and pearls for decoration.
And this is the completed presentation box. Don't forget to tune in to see Fiona with the Kimono Collection on Create and Craft. She's on at 9, 4 and 7 - providing the stock lasts!!
Take care,

Monday, 13 April 2015

Kimono Gatefold!!

Morning!! It's time - Sara is on Create and Craft right now with the launch of the fabulous Crafter's Companion Kimono range!!
This is a gatefold card made from a complete sheet of A4 Matt Black card and one of the Card Companions from the CD. I used a bow and 'epoxy' circle, along with a few pearls for decoration.

I decorated the inside too, using one of the very striking patterned papers, more of the 'epoxy' circles and one of the smaller toppers from the Card Companion sheet. I stamped the sentiment from the Lotus Flower stamp plate. To fasten the card, I attached a piece of ribbon underneath the topper on the front of the card, and another to the back of the card. 

I hope you enjoy the show with Sara!! I'll be back tomorrow with another Kimono sample.

Take care,

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Kimono Screen Card

Morning!! Today's share is one of the gorgeous screen cards from the Crafter's Companion Kimono CD.
I printed the Screen Card directly from the CD onto Sheena Stamping Card. I also printed a co-ordinating paper onto the back of the card. I printed the screen card a second time so that I could layer up the inner screen sections for some dimension. The image is from the Toppers section, and the butterflies and 'epoxy' circles are from the Embellishment sections. I combined this with one of sentiments from the Porcelain stamp set.
I used one of the Design papers to matt and layer on the back. And if you're thinking - why doesn't one section of the back have an embellishment ....  that's where I have to put my list of materials so that Fiona and Sara know which parts of the CD I've used! 

Anyway, I'll be back tomorrow with another share - and will be watching the launch on Create and Craft!!
Take care!!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Napkin Fold Kimono Card

Morning! I am back today with another card made using the fab new Kimono CD from Crafter's Companion. I decided to make a Napkin fold card as it reminded me of oriental style origami!! There are lots of tutorials for these out there on the Internets, but I used the measurements from Beccy's Place as these were ideal for what I wanted to achieve.
I cut a 12x12 piece of red card down to 11x11. I then scored it at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4", turned the card a quarter turn and repeated. I then marked the centre of each side (5 1/2") and scored between these four points to make the diagonal scores. And finally I scored the diagonals on the four corner squares (not shown on this photo). The vertical and horizontal  lines need to be folded one way. Then turn the card over to fold the diagonals.
For the large triangles, start by cutting a 5"x5" square - then cut it in half! It's that easy. The smaller triangles need a 4 3/4" square, cut into four. I edged them all with Black Soot Distress Ink.
It's just a case of choosing which papers you want where! All the papers are from the CD, printed onto Satin Finish Paper - the bright blue one was created using the colouriser! I stuck the triangles on both sides of the card, so that it would look good from all angles.
I printed the Topper Companion out at A5 size, and mounted it onto some of the paper. The fans and the circles are from the Embellishment sections. 
To make the band, I cut a strip of red card 3 3/8" wide, and used more of the papers and the smaller topper from the Topper Companion sheet to decorate it. 
There are lots of beautiful pastel colours on the CD - but there are also lots of opportunities to make things a little bolder and brighter like this!! 

There are lots of sneak peeks coming from the Design Teams over the weekend, in the run up to the launch on Monday! And if you're on Pinterest, there's a new board just for Kimono on the Crafter's Companion Pinterest page.

Be back tomorrow with another share!!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Kimono Sneak Peek!!

Morning!! It's that time again - sneak peeks are starting today for a fabulous new range from Crafter's Companion. It's called Kimono - and consists of a CD, stamps, embossing folders and dies.
So, my first sneak peek is an S Fold Card. I printed the yellow dotty paper from the Coordinating Paper section of the CD onto Sheena Stamping Card, with another blue paper on the back. I scored the card in half, and then one of the halves I scored in half again to make the S Fold. The image is Card Companion 1, teamed up with one of the Design Set papers, and a bow from the Embellishment Section.
On the inside of the card, I used a fan and "Epoxy' circle from the Embellishment section, along with a stamped sentiment from the 'Lotus Flower' stamp sheet. I edged the layers with Shaded Lilac and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.

Sara and Fiona will be on Create and Craft from Monday with the 4-day deal - be sure to tune in to see all the great samples from the teams!!