Thursday, 27 February 2014

Typography Greetings Cards, batch made.

Greetings all,

Did you ever get to the stage where you were putting inserts in up-side down, dripping glue where it shouldn't be, getting the sticky of the cello bag stuck to your card front, putting the wrong inserts in the wrong cards. Shall I go on? Yeah, I think you may have been there, well, that's where I was ten minutes ago, so I've taken a break and will update my blog while the jinx leaves.

I can see you all wondering what I was up to. Well here's the thing, I have two craft shows coming up in the near future, so I decided to batch make a few cards to boost my stock.

I'm still enjoying making typography cards, which seem to be quite popular this year. What's more, once the initial design is decided, the lettering can be changed for just about any occasion.

So my marathon batch covers Mum, Sis, Daughter, Friend, Dad, Brother, Son, Pal, Thinking of you and Anniversary.

I changed the theme a bit on the male cards, but the principal is the same. All the cards were designed in CAP2 using various digi kits. I just gathered lots of different letters from various alphabets so that I had a nice selection.

I chose a few nice backing papers and some embellishments to match. I like the Kraft paper I used for the male cards, I use this paper a lot. All the toppers were distressed with Tim Holtz and I finished them all with card candy and either bakers twine or raffia and either a heart or star 'Hand Made With Love' charm.   

So, twenty four made.....

...........and sixteen to go.

Phew, I do hope they sell. 

I am entering these cards into the following challenges :- 


Thank you for coming by and do come again. If you could leave a comment to let me know what you think, that would be great.


Jools.   xxxx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Paper piecing and colouring with Craft Artist Professional 2.

Good morning everyone,

Hope you're all well. Been doing something a little different this past few days. About a month ago a free digi stamp was posted on the 'Serif CraftArtist Creative Cappers' Facebook page, with the challenge to have a go at colouring or paper piecing.

Although I consider myself to be quite adept when using CAP2, this was something I'd not attempted. I guess I was the old fashioned, print it or stamp it, then colour it with whichever medium type. Any way, I decided to have a bash and here are the results. This is the naked digi, so to speak. 

Now I love a challenge and colouring OR paper piecing was an even bigger challenge to me. I decided to have a go at both. There are some excellent tutorials on the Creative Cappers group page, written by Catherine Carney. They are easy to follow and accessible if you are a group member. It's an excellent group guys', very supportive, why not pop along and have a look. The link is further up.

Here's the finished image. I'm very proud of this, I used gradient effects and shading to make it look more hand coloured. The shawl and patch are paper pieced. Again, all the instruction, by way of a simple, easy to follow tutorial, are on the group page.

I made the digi into a flat, digital card to celebrate Mothers' Day and here it is. Da Da. Can you tell I'm a bit chuffed.

Now, I enjoyed doing the colouring and paper piecing and shall definitely have another go. I also like making the finished card all within CAP2. I do this often. What I do miss sometimes though, is the actual playing with paper and glue. Don't ya just love it, sticky fingers and mess. I digress.

I decided to break the file down and print off the individual elements, to assemble into a card. I wondered if it would be as effective. Here it is, what do you think?

There were a few things I altered slightly. I decoupaged the bear, to give some dimension. The flower didn't work either, it was too fiddly to cut out and much too flat. Also, the fabric buttons. I used card candy in their place. I used a Spellbinder to cut the sentiment out and added some raffia to the spine to finish off, but I did put the faux stitching around the edges.

I enjoyed this project, I just need to upload it onto the group page now. Now there is a warning I'd like to issue before I go. I found this project to be highly ADDICTIVE. So unless you have loads of time to spare, every day, every week, every month, until you stop crafting........ Don't Do It!!!! Just kidding, but don't say you weren't warned. :)    

I am entering this card into the following challenges -:

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Lovely layers.
Craft-room Challenge - Colour challenge.

Thanks for coming by and reading my ramblings and do come again.


Jools.  xxxx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Mothers' Day Card with Tonic.

Hi blogger buddies,

Well, what a difference a bit of sun makes. Been out for a long walk with my pooch Bella, then to the garden centre, before home and a bit of crafting. Made two cards today, which for me at the moment is good. Can you get crafters block, like writers get writers block. Anyway, think I had it, but not today.

This first card is going to be the one I give to my Mum. As mentioned in another post, her favourite colour is blue, so out came all the blue card and papers. I decided on 'Gemstones' for the cardstock. It has a canvas texture with a beautiful pearlescent finish, just the job when using dies.

The dies are Tonic indulgence affections heart set. I got this set for Christmas and haven't used it much, so thought it would be ideal for this card. I used two shades of blue, white and added a layer of Papermania's silk screened vellum collection. The background text paper is from DCWV, simply called, 'Text Prints Paper Stack', which I mat and layered onto some of the Gemstones card in the palest of the two blues. I punched some detail onto the bottom of the paper before layering, using a Martha Stewart daisy punch.

I used the white Gemstones for the smallest heart, which is also the sentiment. I then made some flowers using the same papers and card and my Spellbinders daisy die.

A bit of card candy in the centre of the flowers, some blue ribbon and a few blue pearls and the card is finished. I love how it's turned out and I'm sure my Mum will.

I am entering this card into the following challenges -:

The ABC Challenge - 'F' is for Flowers.
Polka Doodles - Love/Romance
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Hearts/love.

Thanks for popping by. Do leave a comment, then I know you've been and I can pop by your blog and have a look.

See ya....

Jools.  xx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Happy Birthday in the pink.

Good morning everyone,

Well, dare I say this, it's a beautiful day here in Lincolnshire. I do hope the less fortunate people down in the south of England are enjoying a bit of respite too.

I said I would go away and make some cards with all the Gelli prints I did and post them to show my efforts. What a plonker, the cards I had to make are for friends, who follow both my Facebook page and blog. So can't post those yet.

I can post this one though, because it's not for anyone in particular.

I went a bit mad on this one, couldn't decide what theme to use, so I decided to use dies. I thought the background was a bit too dark and needed breaking up, so the lovely indulgence die from Tonic was ideal. It's so lovely with it's filigree effect. I decided not to use a tag, just the hand mirror and cameo.

The 'Happy Birthday' was stamped with the Clarity letterbox set and I cut around the letters to insert the topper. I've seen Barbara do this often and think it's a great technique, and now I can do it too.

The flowers were made in CAP2. I made a punch, cut out the flower from some material and then used the stamp feature to duplicate it in different sizes. Got a bit carried away though, I've got hundreds now. It's so therapeutic though, cutting out. I do it on my lap tray while I'm watching TV. How many others out there do that?

I finished with white and silver ribbon, a white feather, for a bit of fru fru, and some pink gems.

Hope you like it and thanks for popping by. Do leave a comment so that I know you've been, I can drop by your blog then. That's if you have one of course.

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Claritystamp challenge blog - Love and Romance.
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes.
The ABC Challenge - E is for Embellishment.

Bye for now...

Jools.   xx