Wednesday, 31 March 2010

You've got to accentuate the positive..

But don't forget the negative! Hi everyone..In our lessons this week we have been getting the most out of our product by using both the positive and negative created when using Nestabilities.Quite often when using these shapes we tend to throw away all the excess,but here we have made another card using the waste.I started off with Six 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" pieces of White card stockand coloured Three of them with Onyx Black Versafine Ink.I embossed all Six pieces of card through the Cuttlebug with a Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, (I know it's difficult to see it in the photo).I then went over the coloured images with the Black Ink to really pick up the detail of the Embossing, alot clearer eh!I used the Labels Eight Nestabilitie Set to cut out my shapes. Starting with the largest die.Next, use your previous cut as a template and line up the next cut,and so on until you have cut Five of your pieces of card,some as frames (negatives)and some as shapes (positives)..Stick each layer together..I punched a border into some Slate Grey Mirror card using the Two Dot Scallop Martha Stewart Border Punch. Mounting it onto some Black and White Backing Paper from the Papermania Monochromatic Capsule Collection.Then added my negative image to complete the card.For the positive image, I punched 2 borders using the Martha Stewart Embossed Zig Zag Border Punch and edged them against the excess paper used in the last cardand mounted my positive image across the card..
There you have it, 2 cards or the effort of one.. Cool eh..
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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Happy Birthday Lyn..

Hi Blogland, Today is a very special friends (cough, cough)'th Birthday.. She loves her crafting so I thought I would make her a Craft Room card..
As is sometimes the case, my project head thinks faster than my practical head.. and the card ended up a tad bigger than I first thought.. Any hoo this is it!Firstly the outside..And when you open it up... viola!!
I'm pleased with how it turned out, but I've never seen any craft room like it! Certainly not mine.. No way would mine be this tidy!!! I enjoy making nice, neat and tidy cards, but to be honest the process of getting them there is anything but!! Hands up who agrees??So, I started off by cutting out a desk from the Sentimentals cartridges @ 7". This also included the draws.I then used my Gypsy to cut out Two more desks. I wanted the desk the same height as the first desk, but not as wide as they were going on the side of the card and needed to be narrower to fit..This is something I knew the Gypsy would come in handy for as I was able to make them narrower without loosing the height, something the Cricut machine is unable to do on it's own.I took an A3 piece of card and covered the top half in Patterned paper and the bottom half in stripped paper. As I was using 12" x 12" paper this was too short to cover the A3 card stock in one go so I had to use 2 pieces. I have even managed to line up the patters so you can bearly see the join, a bit like wall paper..My Dad would be so proud!!!Next step was to cut out the chair, a crafter has to have somewhere to set for all those long crafting hours after all.This again was cut from Sentimentals at 7"
Lyn is as fanatical about her Cricut machine as much as I am about mine! So what is the ultimate Cricut machine??That's right a Gold one, oh and while I'm at it what about a Gold Cuttlebug to match!! These were cut from Store Front..And what would a Cricut be without cartridges? I cut a small piece of card 3" x 3 3/4" and masked off a line at the bottom and a larger line at the top and rubbed blue chalk in these areas to create the branding on a Cricut cartridge box. I also cut out little Cricut heads using Store front. Finally adding the name of a few cartridges with Black Peel Offs..Lyn is also a big CDROM crafter.. So I cut out a computer from Cursive 101and printed off my homepage from Pinnacle Crafts as a screen saver..Do crafters really care what time it is? I suspect not. If you are anything like me then you can loose literally hours when you are crafting. Remembering to eat when your tummy starts rumbling, not because it is dinner time!! How many cups of tea have you let go cold, because you are in the flow?? I cut this clock from Designer's Calendar Cartridge.
So all the prep work done it's time to move in I guess..First the heavy furniture.. Tables & Chair..The Cricut & Cartridges.And the Cuttlebug.. I also added a few scraps of Ribbon and paper to make it a more lived in craft room.
Last but not least the cover of the card.
Sentimentals has quite a few crafty items on it, such as a sewing Machine, Ink, Quill and also the most amazing ornate Scissors.These were cut out at 7" in shadow and the basic imageand then stuck together.I covered the front of the card with some foiled paper and tied a ribbon around the whole card finally placing the Scissors on the front.And once the bow is un done, in you go..
Happy Birthday Lyn.. Have a great day from all of us at
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Thursday, 25 March 2010

"Flippin Eke"

Hi Blogland. How's it going? For a moment there I thought Spring had sprung.. The sun is coming up earlier in the mornings and staying just that little bit longer in the afternoons.. And then wooossshhh, back to the rain today...Joy!! Still, life goes on..
I got the chance to play with some new stamps today..
La Pashe have developed their range of products featuring the "Flippin" characters to now included 8 of their best selling characters in both "Flippin Men" & "Flippin Women" as clear stamps.... Pro Markers & Copics at the ready for a colouring frenzy..The weather today is pretty apt for this card I think.. wet, wet, wet!!!Firstly I stamped the Bath time image onto White card stock using Tuxedo Black Momento Ink and then coloured the image in using a selection of Copic pens, sorry I didn't note down which colours I used... tut, tut.. I Know..Then using the large classic scalloped circle Nestabilitie I cut around the image and also cut a piece from some Silver card, layering them together, but slightly off setting them.I love this sentiment which comes with the set. Rub a dub dub, I'm off to the pub! Couldn't be more apt for me if it tried.. Again this was stamped onto some White card and matted with some of the Silver card..I had some bubble effect paper I have had my eye of for a while and thought that this would work pretty well with the Bath time image.. The problem was taking a picture of it, the whole sheets actually looks like the bubbles at the top right (White), not Grey like the ones in the bottom left...Must get myself onto a photography course!!!
So, on a roll I started a few more images:Flippin Cheers...Flippin Peace... This is a play on the Flippin Peace Christmas card I did last year..And finally Flippin D.I.YI used the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called Wen's Window, although I'm going to change the name to Wen's Door because that's what I used it as..I applied some Peel Off Crosses as Hinges and a small Peel Off circle as a door knob.This was mounted onto some complementary Green card stock and the D.I.Y'er in turn was mounted onto that..So, now just have to get the rest of the set of Flippin Men done and then start on the Flippin Women...
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