Monday, 7 February 2011

A French Delight

To make this lilac square gatefold card:
·         Cut from a sheet of dark lilac A4 card, a 15cm x 29.7cm card and fold into a gatefold.
·         From silver card, cut two 6.5cm x 14cm strips.
·         From pale lilac card, cut two 6cm x 13.5 strips and one 14cm square.
·         Onto the pale lilac strips, use the ‘Paris’ and ‘Tower’ stamps, with dark purple ink, to create a background.
·         Onto the pale lilac square, around the edge, stamp the swirls from the ‘Tower’ stamp, in silver ink.
This should be attached to the inside of your card for you to write your message.
·         To finish the inside of the card, using purple ink, stamp the ‘Tower’ of the insides of the gatefold.
Make sure that you cover the centre section, with a scrap piece of paper, otherwise you’re stamping will overlap onto the pale lilac insert you have added to the centre.
·         Mount the pale lilac strips onto the two silver strips of card and attached these to the front of the gatefolds.
·         To create the card topper, cut two different sized shapes; the larger of the two should be cut from dark lilac and the smaller from pale lilac.
·         Stamp the ‘Tower’ onto the smaller shape in purple ink.
·         Mount the pale lilac shape onto the dark lilac one. Centre the shapes on your card and attach to one side of the gatefold.

I also created a similar card in browns and creams, but using an uneven gatefold idea. This has become a fond favourite of mine! To do this, you cut out the same sized card as above and create a 4cm fold from one of the short edges. To create the other side of the gatefold, tuck the 4cm side in, and using a scoring board, score a half A4 line from the folded edge.

Ooh La Acetate!

I just love the effects you can get from using acetate!

To make this one I cut an A5 piece of black card and acetate. I then stamped Happy Birthday in the bottom right hand corner and 2.5 cm in from the top left corner. I used clear ink and embossing powder.

On some pink card I stamped the Eiffel Tower and two sets of the hearts in black ink and clear embossed them. I then cut out the hearts and the Eiffel Tower. Using the Eiffel Tower cut out as a template cut another piece (to attach to the back of the acetate to hide your fixings!) Stamp the Eiffel tower onto this cut out piece.

I cut a 4cm strip of black card and fold in half length ways, I then glued the black card into the folded strip. Next I glued the acetate on the left hand side to the black card . Finally I folded over the rest of the black strip and fixed it in place. I then attached the two sets of hearts to  this folded card.

To finish the card I glued the embossed Eiffel tower to the outside of the acetate opened up the acetate and stick the other Eiffel tower to the inside.

Happy Birthday

This card was made by stamping most of the small stamps in the set onto the pink card in brown ink. I mounted the pink card onto some brown. I added a ribbon from corner to corner with a bow in the top left. This was then added to a cream A5 base card.

I stamped the Eiffel Tower and Happy Birthday onto cream card in brown ink. These were then cut out and backed onto brown card.

I used the three heart stamp on pink card and a chocolate chunk on brown card cut these out and glossed them.

I then glued to Eiffel Tower and Happy Birthday along with the hearts and choc chunk to card.

Ummm all this chocolate is making me hungry!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Daughter's Designs

Hello, my name is Nic and I’m Sue’s youngest daughter.  When I joined in with the paper crafting hobby, my mum, sister and I decided that we were buying too many stamps; some of which we would only use once or not at all. We soon adopted the thinking that unless we could come up with at least 3 card designs to use a stamp with, we wouldn’t buy it.

Although my mum has come up with several designs for Februarys project club stamps, she has asked my sister and I to design cards too, as we each have different styles and it shows more ways with which to use the stamps.

The initial inspiration for my card was simply the colour scheme: red, white and blue. Very patriotic! Originally I thought of having the mounted chocolate chunk and the ribbon on one side of a gatefold card and the ‘j adore chocolat’ on the other.
However as mum has used gatefold cards, I wanted to do something different, so I adapted the idea for a Delong card.

I also wanted to include the Eiffel tower stamp, but didn’t want it to be the focal point of the card, so using a pale grey ink; I stamped it into the bottom corner of my card so that the ribbons would come down over it.

As I was creating this card, I thought it would look nice in just black and white. As these two colours can be quite stark when used alone, I added some finishing touches; such as corner punches and gems, to soften the look of the card.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Paris Scrapbook Pages

A close friend has been planning to make a scrapbook of her travels for a long time and never got around to it so when I saw this months stamps I couldn’t resist giving her a kick start.

To make these pages I took two pale pink 12 x 12 inch papers and stamped Paris all over them randomly in a bright pink ink. Using the same ink I distressed around the pages using a Tim Holtz blending  tool.

I then cut a 4inch strip of white card, punched the edge using a Martha Stewart edge punch and distressed it using the same ink as before.

A black strip 3inches was cut. Using the Eiffel tower stamp and clear ink and holographic embossing powder,  I randomly stamped down the strip. I stuck the black card to the white added some ribbon and attached it to the 12x12 paper.

I stamped Paris (Lowercase alphabet stamp set ) and over stamped them with the swirls from the Happy Birthday stamp. I cut these out , glued them to the black strip and added 3d gloss. Whilst it was wet I added some jewels.

The four photo’s were mounted on black card and stuck to the papers . Using the “J Adore Chocolat” stamp I masked of the wording and stamped it four times, added the names of the landmarks and cut them out.

I then stamped the lady sat having a coffee (Feb ’09 project club stamp) coloured it in, distressed it, added three brads and attached to page.

Finally I added the name tags to the pictures and added some gems and stickles for a bit of extra ooh la la!

Zig Zag Journey

This card was made by marking 9cm down on the short side on the right hand side of the card. Cut off the card from the top left corner of the card to the mark on the right hand side and then scored the card using the trifold or zig zag fold lines on my scoreboard.

For the backing paper I scrunched up a piece of paper, flattened it out and photocopied it twice.

I stamped the Eiffel Tower three times on white pearl card with a black memento ink, Paris and Journey (from the “Mr Sophisticated’” stamp set)

I scored the based card and cut the backing paper to fit the sides you see, leaving a slight border (0.5cm).

I roughly cut out one of the Eiffel Towers and backed it onto black card. I then cut out the other two Eiffel Towers minus the swirls, along with the words Journey and Paris, I backed them all on black card and cut out leaving a small border.

On the front of the card (smallest bit) I stamped Journey twice and glued the Eiffel Tower including the swirls.

On the middle panel I stamped Paris twice and glued on the Eiffel Tower. On this panel I glued Journey on it so it can be seen when the card is closed.

On the final panel I stamped a postcard twice and glued the word Paris where it can be seen when the card is closed. Finally I glued on the remaining Eiffel Tower.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Who’s for a Choc?

For this one I stuck to more masculine tones.

To make it I used a 14cm square base card. I cut a gold card 1cm smaller,  and then 4cm squares of a brown/orange striped backing paper. I made up 3 of the choc chunks or if you watched Aly’s show on the 13th of Jan and bought the chocolate set why not use them, they work just so well with this months project.

I finished it off with a die cut buckle with Happy Birthday stamped on it. I popped some gold ribbon through and attached it to the card.

Valentines ATC

To make the ATC I cut a piece of white card double the length of an ATC plus 1cm by 2.5 wide. To fold the ATC measure 3.5 inches from one edge score a fold line, from the fold line measure 0.5 cm and score another fold line. Repeat on other side.

Inside I added a red card, two chocolate chunks in wrappers.

On the outside I glued black ribbon to the back of the ATC and attached it on one side on the front with 3d pads and  a heart and on the other side fix it flat.

A Valentines Treat

Well it wouldn’t be February without a valentine’s inspired card. And here is one using the Dimensions Fourths February Project club stamp set.

To make this card I stamped the two chocolate chunks on brown card and covered them in 3D gloss. I made two chocolate wrappers for the chocs by scrunching up some cream paper, flattening it out and wiped inks over it.

For the base card I used a white 14cm square card, and stamped the happy birthday flourish in the top left and bottom right corner.

On a scrap of white card I stamped ‘J Adore Chocolat’ cut it out, added a hole and attached a red ribbon.

 I then created the small black card (18cm x 6cm – Fold in half) I attached the ‘J Adore Chocolat’ tag. Added a red brad to the front of the card and some fine white cord to the back to make the fastening.

I then attached the small black card to the front of the white base card covered the Happy Birthday with two red die cut hearts and added card candy to add some bling.