Sunday, 10 July 2016

Curtain Fold Christmas Card

I love Christmas in July!  It's so hot here in Arizona that being outside for more than a few minutes makes my eyeballs feel like they are melting out of their sockets, so what could be better than staying cool indoors and getting a head start on my Christmas crafting?  Perfect timing!

Today I am sharing a simple but really effective card that I made after watching a video from the very talented MayMay over at MayMay Made It Crafts Click here to watch on MayMay's You Tube channel.

I used some Christmas papers that I had in my stash which were from Stampin' Up, a couple of years ago now I think.  I love the black, gold and white color scheme which I think gives it a very classy and elegant look.  I used a piece of gold glitter card for the tree pot and the star on top.  The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

Hope you like it.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Aye Chihuahua!

Hi Crafters!

Today's project is a card made with the super cute Aye Chihuahua cut file from Kadoodle Bug Designs.  The file contains three different cuties and is currently on sale too for $2.25 ... bargain!

I decided to use the sweet chihuahua in the margarita glass on a card for a new friend and fellow Brit who has just moved to Arizona from Brighton in the UK.  She also has a sweet new chihuahua/westie cross puppy, so I thought it was the perfect image!

This was my first attempt at a Kadoodle Bug Designs svg file, which I imported into Cricut Design space and cut on my Cricut Explore.  I must admit I did find it a little challenging to put together as I am used to having a silhouette layer to use as a base and as this is one of Kadoodle Bug's earlier designs it didn't have one (all the newer patterns do), but after I had completed it, I realized that I could have just imported the .jpeg image included in the file and used that!  Doh!  Never mind, a learn for next time as I will definitely be making this one again.

I inked the edges of each piece of the chihuahua before assembling, which did take a bit of time, but I think gives a better finish.  You could of course skip this bit if you wanted to which would make it quicker.  For the margarita and limes I went around the edges with the broad tip of a corresponding alcohol marker as I didn't have a suitable green ink pad!  I also added a little pink color to his cheeks. Finally,  I added the additional highlights to his face with an opaque white marker pen and a fine black Sharpie, and some dazzling diamonds fine glitter to the top of the margarita glass to give the look of a salt rim.

I made a 'S' fold card by simply folding back the front of an A6 white card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and cut plain black mats for the front (2" x 5 3/8") and the inside (4 1/8" x 5 3/8").  I then repeated this for the patterned paper layer reducing the size by 1/8" (1 7/8" x 5 1/4" on the front and 4" x 5 1/4" on the inside).   I used papers from the Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad from doodlebug designs, which I thin I bought from JoAnn's.

I cut two more mats in white from a shape on the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge (approx 4" high) and then just used the shadow layer for the same shape, cut in black.  Once assembled, I used one on the front secured on just one side to site my cute image on and then lined up the other mat directly underneath it and stuck to the inside of the card to write my message on.  I cut a few extra small limes from the Chihuahua pattern and used those to decorate the inside of my card.  The New Home sentiment was from a Craftwork Cards message pack which I had in my stash.

I was really pleased with how it turned out and will definitely be making the other two cuties in the set, plus a whole heap of other Kadoodle Bug Designs which I have also now purchased ... oops!

Thank for stopping by!
Bev x

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Pansies for Mother's Day!

So sorry I have not posted anything in a while (didn't realise it was quite that long though *coughs*!).  We have had a steady stream of visitors here in Arizona every month since last October and whilst I have made time for a bit of crafting In between, I couldn't seem to get back into Crafting blog mode.  I promise to try harder from now on! 

Anyway, thought I would share with you the lovely 3D pansy box card from that I made recently for my Mum and my mother-in-law for Mother's Day which back in the UK is today.  Sadly though my dear Mum passed away earlier this week and so she never got to see hers :(
This post is dedicated to her, may she rest in peace. 

I cut all the pieces on my Cricut Explore and then used a couple of marker pens to colour the centres of the pansies before assembling and securing with brads.  The paper around the top of the box is from Craftwork Cards Potting shed paper collection.  I completely forgot to take a picture of the back, sorry, but this is stamped with a 'Happy Mother's Day' sentiment from my Stampin Up collection. 

Thanks for stopping by and wish all my readers in the UK a very Happy Mother's Day!

Hugs x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Card Concept Challenge #40

This week's challenge over at the Card Concept is entitled 'Forest Friends'.  I am really loving these challenges and especially like having a specific theme to work with.   I find I can easily get stuck in a creative rut and having a theme or color palette to work with really helps and makes me step outside of that comfort zone!

I thought I would try a different style this time and went with  'Freestyle Collage' to make a cute forest scene.  All images were cut from the Cricut Camping Critters cartridge and I particularly loved the bear and the deer hiding behind the trees so started with those.  I thought they looked like they were playing Hide & Seek and so when I then saw the fox and the owl with binoculars and a spy glass, I knew I had to have those too! I did struggle a bit with the sentiment, but then remembered I had this one from a Stampin' Up stamp set, which I thought continued the 'friends' theme rather well ... phew!

Supplies used:
Cricut Camping Critters cartridge
Bazzil Cardstock (for the characters and trees)
Patterned papers are both from the We R Memory Keepers 'Jet Set' paper pad
Sentiment from 'Sheltering Tree' stamp set by Stampin'  Up
Gems & velvet ribbon both from my stash

Thanks for taking the time to drop by and hope to see you again!

Bev x

Be Thankful!

A quick card today created using the turkey and sentiment from the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge.  

I made a standard A6 size card base (by cutting a piece of A4 in half and then folding down the middle) using plain kraft card and then created a double mat using chocolate brown card and a patterned paper from a 6" x 6"Basic Grey Paper Pad called Life of the Party.  I created a second double mat approx 4.5" x 2", using the same chocolate brown card and another paper from the same Basic Grey stack.  This one has a lovely wood grain effect which I thought was just right for this Autumnal card.  Finally, the turkey was cut at 3.5" and added along with the sentiment using some foam tape to create a little dimension.

I am entering this card into this week's Cardz TV Challenge #3 - Fall Icons.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Bev x

Monday, 21 September 2015

Color Therapy ... !

Hands up those who loved 'colouring in' as a child?  Thought so ... me too!  I remember that sense of utter joy when I received a brand new set of felt tips, all juicy and rich, or some new coloring pencils ...  I can still recall the year I received a big tin of Caran d'Ache pencils in my Christmas stocking (well, actually it was a pillow case).  I can see them now,  all lined up in rainbow formation with pristine points, just begging for a colouring book (which Santa had also thoughtfully included!).

I haven't changed much and to this day am still a sucker for any kind of beautiful stationery ... from colorful pens - markers, watercolors, chalk or even sparkly glitter ones - to pretty notebooks and journals.   The other day I came across an article on the therapeutic qualities of coloring and how it is increasing in popularity amongst adults as a form of relaxation and stress relief, improving motor skills and increasing creativity (see link Health benefits of Coloring In).

I have never really stopped 'coloring in' and often use a hand colored image as the main focal point of a card or scrapbook page or sometimes just like to color for the sheer pleasure of it!  I have noticed that there are many Adult colouring books appearing in shops and online just lately (if you go to Amazon and search for  'adult coloring books', you will find pages of them!).  However, you can also find hundreds of free ones available for you to download and print off yourself, if you search for 'free adult coloring pages' via Google or on Pinterest.  As the football season is upon us once again, and Sunday night football monopolizes the TV, last night I decided to do just that and found this lovely owl.

I downloaded it and printed it off on some smooth white card and then colored it in with my Promarker alcohol ink pens - these are quite expensive (a present from Santa a couple of years ago!) but beautiful to color with and don't leave any 'coloring lines' like traditional markers.  They also have a fine tip at one end and a chisel tip at the other which makes coloring large areas much quicker.

I often get stuck choosing color schemes for my colored images, and so tend to use sites like Design Seeds for inspiration (they are also great for deciding on decorating color schemes!).  I loved the colors used in this one from (which I found on trusty Pinterest) so selected the closest colours from the pens I had, in this case Forest Green, Leaf Green, Pastel Beige, and three pens from the Cool Grey set - 3, 4 & 5.

When I had finished coloring my ow1, I cut her out, matted her onto some plain green card, gave her some googly eyes and a sparkly silver bow and turned her into an easel card using a large white circular card blank I had in my stash.  I used my Cricut explore to print the sentiment and then cut the  label which I mounted on foam tape to act as the 'stopper'.

Why not have a go yourself and rekindle that love of coloring!  Just find yourself a free image,  grab yourself a set of pens/pencils/chalks/pastels ... whatever you like ... and get coloring!

(While you are at it,  type Zentangle into your search engine and have a look at those too ... you will be amazed at how much fun you can have with a piece of paper and a black pen ... plus you can color them in afterwards!  It's addictive!).

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Hubble Bubble Toil & Trouble ...

I've been busy making more Halloween cards this weekend (because I send Halloween cards all the time ... LOL!) so thought I would share this one with you.

Inside of the card

I can't claim any credit for the design of this one I'm afraid, as once again the inspiration came from someone else via Pinterest (don't you just LOVE Pinterest?!).

The card is 5" square and made from plain black cardstock and all the decorative papers used are from the Spooky Delight card stack from DCWV - I got mine from Jo-ann's.  The frame, witches hat and spiders are all cut from the Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge using my Explore (still completely in love with this machine!).

The frame was cut at 4", witches hat at 1.75", the large spider at 1" and the small spiders at 0.5".  The sentiment and the papers used inside were also taken from the Spooky Delight card stack.

Thanks for dropping by!
Bev x