I am an independent craft demonstrator and have been crafting for over 12 years (card making, jewellery making, candle decorating), and have regularly demoed card making at various craft stores for many years. Crafting is my passion, not just a hobby.
I make and sell hand made cards, jewellery, wedding / party invites etc, please contact me if you are interested.
Our next crafting workshop is Sunday 5th July at 10am at Lench's Trust, Ridgeacre Rd, Quinton, Birmingham, B32. Come along and join the fun. We will be making the following projects, the theme is babies:
Me again, The second card I made this weekend is a step card.
I started with centura pearl card in ivory and scored along the width 3 cm in and 3 cm wide from the bottom, I did his on both sides, and again at 6 cm up till 3 cm wide, I then folded these score lines in for mountain and valley folds, I put the front and back corners together which showed me where the rest of the folds fall naturally, I then scored and folded this lines.
I matt and layered gold and ivory card stock on to all panels, and added printed sentiments to the side panels along with pearls.
For the main image, I created a rosette, I cut a piece of gold card stock 3 cm x 30 cm and score along it at 1 cm intervals, and mountain and valley folded these. I joined both ends together and stuck die cut scalloped circle to front and back in gold to secure, I then printed "Pearl" on centura pearl ivory card stock and die cut in a slightly smaller scalloped circle and put in the centre of the rosette, again I added pearls to this, finally I cut two tails for the rosette and stuck to the back of the rosette and stuck the rosette to the front of the card, I printed and die cut a sentiment and added to the inside of the card - and this is the finished result.
Well, I have had a lovely crafting weekend, and have made some fun cards, which a lovely lady asked me for. The first card is a wiper card - without the wiper element.
I took 2 pieces of centura pearl white card and scored at 5 cm and at 9 cm from both long ends. I trimmed the width to 16 cm. I die cut two edge-ability sentiments at each end of the front piece of card. On the back piece of card, I cut out two dark purple pieces of card 16 cm x 5 cm and stuck them to the two ends of the back piece of card, I then stuck the two ends of the front and back pieces of cards together, and opened the 2nd score lines into mountain folds, which then causes a box like effect for the card.
Using Robert Addams shoes and bags dies, I die cut various colours of bags and shoes, and using the backing paper from Robert Addams website for the shoes (a display stand effect) I cut this to size and layered on to the dark purple card and put on the front of my card, I added bags and shoes.
To finish I printed a verse and die cut this and stuck to the back of the card.
I am loving the designs from The Printable Craft Shop, there is so much to choose from and the images and papers are beautifully designed and print perfectly. I have attached the link to their website below.
I used the Spring Curly Mouse designs from The Printable Craft Shop:
Backing paper 3
Backing paper 4
Small Topper Sheet
Curly the mouse spring image
2 x sentiments (If friends were flowers I'd pick you and Wishing you the happiest of birthday's)
I decided to make a box card, I started with an A4 piece of card stock and score down the width at 7 cm, 14 cm, 21 cm and 28 cm, I then turned 90 degrees and scored at 12 cm.
I then cut down the 4 score lines to the 12 cm horizontal, and trimmed off the extra bit (top section only - keep the bottom section to form a tab to stick the box together).
Fold each score as a mountain fold and attach the tab at the end behind the first panel to form a box shape.
Using spare card cut two strips of card 1 cm by 9 cm and score 1 cm from each end. These are glued inside the top of the box part of the card as they form frames to glue your characters/toppers to.
Using backing paper 4 as the matt and backing paper 3 as the layer, I created matt and layered on the bottom sections of the box, and on the fold down section at the top of the box.
I made up 4 bows and added a gem to each one, I cut out the spring Curly the mouse image and glittered the flowers.
I die cut the sentiments with pretty frames and inked round the edges with a soft pink distress ink - spun sugar.
From the small topper sheet I cut out the two border strips.
I trimmed the border strips down to size and glued to the front of the box and to each of the inside tabs. I then stuck the main image to the back tab, and the sentiments to the back /top of the box and the front panel, I added the finished bows to the box to finish.
The good thing about this card is that it folds virtually flat and fits into an A5 envelope. It is one of my favourite card types, its so versatile and can you can see from the card pictures below, you do not need to add too much to it to make a stunning card.
I have had such a fun evening crafting with items from The Printable Craft Shop, I have put the link to their website below. They have such wonderful papers, toppers, decoupage, bows and so much more, some lovely cute characters as well.
I have made the following card using the following items from The Printable Craft Shop.
Daffodil Bunny Selection:
Thank you circle sentiment
Daffodil Bunny tag
Backing paper 3
Backing paper 4
Backing paper 6
Backing paper 7
Backing paper 8
Coloured Daffodil Bunny - printed twice
I started with am 8x8 card blank and used backing paper 3 as my base layer and matted backing paper 8 over this. I then made a border strip with backing paper 4 and layered backing paper 6 on to this, I added the border strip to the bottom of the card about 1 cm up, I created a pocket with this border and only sealed the two side edges and the bottom, so I could tuck the tag in the pocket at an angle to the right.
Using backing paper 7, I cut out 7 individual flowers to use as embellishments to my card, I added glitter to these flowers and added a pearl to the centre of each flower and put aside to use at the end.
I cut out the sentiment and added glitter around the edges to make a lovely topper/sentiment and stuck this on to the tag, I added a bow to this and attached one of the flowers to the bow.
I cut out both Daffodil Bunny images and cut the butterfly off one image to use on the tag next to the sentiment, I then layered both Daffodil bunnies together creating a bit of height between them so there was dimension to the card. I glittered the butterflies and the Daffodils.
I finished the card by adding three flowers to the top left and bottom right.
Such a summery card, lovely and fresh and bright. I love these colours.
What can I say about the last couple of months - its had some very high highs and some very low lows.
I celebrated my 45th birthday last Tuesday at work, my very first ever worked birthday, and can I say a special thank you to Sabina and Tasmin, you made it so special for me, thank you so much, it meant such a lot to me.
So, I thought it was time I got back to blogging again and have made 4 graduation cards for a lovely lady at work who's daughter and 3 best friends who are graduating.....
Therein lies the the dilemma.... how do you make 4 different graduation cards for 4 friends so they do not all look the same - hopefully I did.
What do you think...
I made 4 different folds cards.
I made a zigzag card, an acetate step card, a stair card and a box card. I was really pleases with the result.
I used Robert Addams graduation dies for the graduation words and pictures on all 4 cards and started with A4 card for each card.
Zigzag card - I used a polka dot embossing folder on white card for the layer (to make the base card - score 10 cm from each end, mark centre of first and third panels and score down to 5 cm at the top and bottom, then cut between these two score lines down the length of the card again at top and bottom, then fold each score as mountain and valley folds), I used gold miri card as the base card, then added die cuts.
Acetate Step Card - score at 1 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, 6 inch and 6 inch and mountain and valley fold these score lines, turn card round and score at 1 inch and fold over. Matt add layer in papers of your choice (I used white card with gold embossed lines on it), I stuck acetate to the front of the card (measuring from the bottom of the first score to the top and cut to size) and added die cuts.
Box card - score down the width at 7 cm, 14 cm, 21 cm and 28 cm, then down the length at 12 cm. fold into a box shape, the remainder (from 28 cm to 29 3/4 cm) use as a tab to stick the one end of the card to the other to form the box element. Trim down each score line from top to middle, this creates the flaps at the top half of the card. Stick tabs of card inside the box to use as anchors to attach your die cuts to.
Stair card ...... to be explained at a later date, this is for the next workshop.