Saturday, 28 April 2012

Oriental Lantern Peels-Offs On Vellum - Shaz G

1.    Using Peel-Off Oriental Lanterns lift out the peel-off sticker with a pricking tool and place on plain vellum.

3.  Use Gelly Roll pens and colour the top of the vellum, the inside detail of lanterns, using colours to match the papers chosen.

TIP: Shade and blend as you go - remember you may use primary colours to get secondary colours if necessary i.e. red and yellow make orange, add bit of blue to this and you have brown, etc. Test colours on scrap of vellum first.

4.    Use curved scissors to cut closely around the outside edge of the peel-offs.

5. Take the card layer Oriental Garden Bridge, turn it over and use scraps to shade in the spaces at the back (see photo below). For the lotus flower glitter card was used, for the leaf a piece of green plastic, a piece of gold card for the pagoda and corrugated card for the bridge.

6. Adhere the coloured lantern shapes to the decorated card layer with small 3D foam blocks.

7. Use a silver peel-off border straight line to make the ;lanterns look as if they are hanging lanterns.

8. Attach to Oriental Paper - these  sheets are lovely!

9. Add to blue card to match oriental paper, with double-sided tape and attach to a black card base. 


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Window Card
by Jan Rankine

1.      Cut a piece of Papicolor Purple Card and score and fold to make a 12.5cm x 16cm side fold card

2.     Cut a piece of pink card to 10.5cm x 14cm

3.     Using  Marianne Design Designables Folder - Frame DS908 and embossing machine such as Cuttlebug or Big Shot, emboss pink card.

4.     Using a  Craft Knife cut out the centre panel

5.     Using  Removable Tape attach pink card to inside front of folded card and trace around the inside of the cut out panel

6.     Remove the pink card and cut out panel on front of card

7.     Cut a piece of acetate to 10.5cm x 14cm and attach to back of pink card with  Double-Sided Tape 

8.     Attach pink card and acetate to front of folded purple card using double sided tape, lining up the opening previously cut

9.     Cut out the 3D picture (3D Cutting Sheet - Flower Snoesjes 025) and assemble using Foam Squares Finish off by applying a coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer  if desired. When the lacquer is dry attach the 3D to the acetate on the front of the card with double-sided tape. Attach the back view of 3D to acetate panel behind 3D with foam squares, lining up pieces carefully

10.  Apply peel  off Peel-Off Stickers to outside edges of pink card and outside edges of folded card
11.  Apply peel off stickers around edges of cut-out panel on inside front of card

12.  Using Joy! Crafts Cutting & Embossing Stencil - and a die cutting machine eg Cuttlebug or Big Shot, cut three sets of leaves from green card. Attach 3 small roses and 5 leaves to front of card as shown, using glue

13.  Attach peel off sticker greeting to inside of card, lining it up to be visible through acetate panel.

3 Small Paper Roses

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Karin's Creations with Die-Cutting by Sharon Blaxter

1.  Photocopy the original pattern by Karin's Creations KC001 and attach to a piece of white card cut to 12.5cm x 12.5cm using removable tape.
With a  fine pricking needle and a pricking mat, prick out the complete design.
Complete the stitching in stem stitch as indicated on the pattern, using an embroidery needle with your desired thread. Use sticky tape to adhere the thread to the back when starting and finishing.

2.   After completing the stitching add the beads to the design following the illustration on the pattern, again using a fine pricking needle and pricking mat to mark the placement of the beads. Using an embroidery needle and matching thread attach the beads as follows;
 Seed Bead,  Rice Bead, and another Seed Bead, your stitching is now complete.

3.  Using a Cuttlebug or your desired machine cut 2 sets of  leaves in pale green using Marianne Creatable LRO131.  Run through the Cuttlebug once again with a silicon mat to add the embossing.
Lightly stamp in a slightly darker green in a quick up an down motion to add depth.
When you have arranged the leaves to your liking adhere using Zig 2 Way Glue.

4.  Using a Cuttlebug  and Marianne Creatable LRO131 die-cut the bud of the flower using gold shimmer paper, die-cut 3 of the flowers using  purple shimmer paper.

5.  Turn the inner bud using a metal kitchen skewer  and then gentle roll in the palm of your hand to get the desired look, spray with hair spray to help keep it in place.  Let dry for about 10 minutes.

6.  Snip one of the flower dies in between slightly with small scissors to separate the petals, then place onto the pricking mat and gently roll with a Shaping Tool or the larger end of embossing tool using a circle starting from the snip and working towards the centre.
These are your top petals.
With a metal kitchen skewer, turn the edges upwards on the top petal layer and on the middle flower.
The remaining flower petal is turned under, as these are your bottom petals.  

7. To assemble the flower place the petals in order with the bud in the centre, place on a cutting mat and with a cutting knife make a very small cut through the centre of all the petals.
Place a Pearl Brad in the centre. 
Turn the petals more if needed, adjust to your desired look, making sure there are no gaps.
Adhere the flower amongst the leaves using Helmar Quick Dry Glue
I have added some Glitter Glue to the edges of the petals.

8.  Cut a second piece of card 14cm x 14cm attach the topper to this card using double-sided tape
 To make the main card cut a piece of Bazzil cardstock 29cm x14.5cm, using a bone folder score at 14.4cm, fold in half.
Attach the  completed topper onto the card using double-sided tape.
Your card is now complete.


Bazzil cardstock
Shimmer Paper

Monday, 16 April 2012

Marianne Design Creatables T Ford Birthday Card

To prepare the die-cut car

1.  Using your Cuttlebug V2 Machine and the Marianne Design Creatables Stencil die-cut a front and rear car out of white card and a front and rear car out of a silver metal foil. Whilst the die-cut is still in the die, run the die through the machine again with a tan mat to emboss each of the die-cuts.

2.  Use markers of your choice to colour the white car. I used a Zig Painty FX Marker in Silver to outline the embossed areas then coloured the car using red and pale grey Copic markers for the exterior and a Promarker in light brown for the dashboard and interior.

Photo 1

3. Cut the grill and bumper bars from the metallic car and adhere the bumper bars to the coloured car with Sakura Quickie Glue as shown in photo 1. I used an embossing tool to add extra detail to the front grill and mounted this using foam squares to add dimension.

4.  Punch three tiny circles from the orange card and two small circles from the yellow shimmer card and adhere to the front and back of the car using Sakura Quickie Glue (these represent indicators/blinkers and headlights).

The car is now complete.

To prepare the base card
1.  Sponge the edges of a White C6 size card with black ink.

2.  Cut a piece of black Bazzill card leaving a 5mm border of the base card showing. Sponge the edges of the black card using white chalk ink then dot around the edges using the white paint-like marker. Adhere to base card using double-sided tape.

3.  Using a die-cutting machine and the Nestabilities Label One, 7cm x 7cm die, cut a label in the upper section of the card.

4.  Dot around the edges of the cut-out section on the outside of the card using the white paint-like marker, then dot around the edges of the cut-out section on the inside of the card using a black marker.

4.  Cut a piece of acetate to 73mm x 73mm and carefully slide this in between the black card and the white base card to create a "window".

Photo 2

5.  Affix the front of the car to the acetate on the outside of the card using clear squares, then affix the rear of the car on the inside of the card also using clear squares (position the rear of the car directly behind the front of the car as per photo 2).

6.  Using foam squares mount a greeting of your choice to the bottom of your card. I used a black peel-off "happy birthday" greeting on white card, which I layered onto silver glitter card.

Your card is now complete!


Yellow shimmer card
Bazzill card in black and orange 
Small circle punches
Metal Foil in silver
Copic markers and Promarkers

Clear squares
Versa Color Chalk Ink in white

American Crafts Galaxy Marker in white paint-like ink

Friday, 13 April 2012

Twisted Pyramid Tutorial by Sharon Blaxter

 1.  Cut out the Twisted Pyramid  pieces, 7 in total, using a cutting knife, cutting mat and metal ruler.
Lay them out in front of you from largest to smallest, this is how you will place them together to form the Pyramid.
Pic 1

2. The largest cut-out is the base of the pyramid, it has the frame around it.
The 2nd one is the 1st twist of the pyramid.
Using the 2nd cut-out, turn over and adhere 9 x Le-Suh 1.4mm Foam Squares as displayed below.
You want this to be strong as it has to hold the rest of the pyramid and stop it from sagging
Pic. 2

3. Pick up the 3rd cut-out, turn over and adhere 5 pieces of  the Le-Suh 1.4mm Foam Squares, one in each of the corners and one in the middle.
Match up the picture as you place it on top of the 2nd layer.
Now you will really notice that the twist is starting to take shape.

Pic. 3

4. Repeat step 3 using the remaining 4 cut-outs until the Twisted Pyramid  is complete.
Each layer will twist just that little bit more and give you a lovely effect.
Continue to adhere 5 pieces of the Le-Suh 1.4mm Foam Squares as you want to keep the pyramid strong and you don't want it to sag.

Pic 4

Now the Twisted Pyramid is complete and ready for placing onto your card.

Making the card
Cut a piece of Gold Glitter Card 9cm x 11cm
Attach the Twisted Pyramid to the card stock using Double Sided Tape
Using a lighter colour card emboss using your Cuttlebug Machine or similiar. 
Cut the main card 17cm x 24cm, then using a Bone Folder  score at 12cm.
When your card is assembled add the Birthday Girl cut-out adhered with Zig 2 Way Glue
Attach to Bazzill Cardstock
Along the bottom of the card I have used a gorgeous Lace Ribbon attached with Quick Dry Glue to finish it off.

I hope that you have as much fun making this card as I had creating it.


Monday, 9 April 2012

Roses are Pink by Shaz G

1. UsingStudiolight 3D Die Cut Sheet Rose Frame 2 and separate pieces. As they are pre-cut they make life much easier! This sheet is lovely.

2. Mould and shape the pieces with a shaping tool on a foam mat, as shown below.

3. Use 3D Foam Blocks to build the layers starting from the bottom, making sure the shaping is covering the right areas of layer underneath.

TIP: Use a pricking tool or Awl to place the 3D Foam Blocks on the back of 3D pieces and to remove the waxed paper squares from the foam blocks.

4. Attach the assembled 3D to the rose frame.

5. Apply lacquer with a brush applicator to the flower and leaves of the assembled 3D to give it a glossy sheen.

 6. Attach the assembled frame to a square of pink card and place a Happy Birthday Peel-Off Greeting in the top left corner. Attach the pink card to a square of the very pretty Fuchsia Glitter Card with double-sided tape. Mount onto a square white base card.


Saturday, 7 April 2012

"Thinking of You" Card
by Jan Rankine

Cut a piece of white card to 12cm x 12cm

Using Emelie's Design Card Stitching Pattern - ED025 - centre the pattern on the card, face up and attach to the card with Removable Tape.

Prick all of the dots in the pattern with the exception of the centre design using a pricking tool and pricking mat.

Using thread and an embroidery needle stitch the design in stem stitch as indicated on the pattern adding pearl Rice Beads and  Seed Beads as you stitch

   Use a gold peel-off sticker and attach  the greeting to the centre of the design

Colour Peel-Off sticker Borders and Corners with Peel-Off Markers. Cut the borders to 10.5cm and stick to the edges of the white card

Trim, score and fold some orange card to make a 13cm x 13cm square folded card

Use double-sided tape to attach the white card to the orange base card

Apply a peel-off  border sticker butted up to the outside edges of the white card 

Peel-Off Stickers
Pattern: Emelie's Design Card Stitching Pattern - ED032
Card: Bazzil Cardstock

Friday, 6 April 2012

Tea Bag Lacé Die Card - Tutorial


Shaz G

1. Take eight of the small pretty Peony Teabag Folding Paper and carefully cut out eight squares. Fold the squares in the traditional star pattern. Go here for the folding instructions.

2. Cut Lacé Classic Rozette Die using white cardstock by running through a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, and then run the cut-out through the machine again to emboss, this time using a tan embossing mat. Fold back the cut scallops to make a spiral around the outside.

3. Mount the folded teabag in the centre of this spiral with 1mm mounting tape.

4. Cut an A6 size pink paper from the Papermania Henbury Lane A4 Paper Pack ( a delicious pack of 24 papers, some are tastefully glittery). Emboss with the Trendy Braid embossing folder and slightly distress the surface to make the pattern pop.

5. Add the embossed paper to the white cardstock and then add  the spiral lace die with the teabag on top. Attach lace from Kaisercraft white lace pack to the bottom of the card as shown above.

6. Using Peel-Off  Happy Birthday #300 sticker  and flower - these were silver but I wanted to highlight the purple tones in the teabag, so I coloured them with permanent markers - it must be a permanent marker on peel-offs and bling, as most others dont work. Take a red and blue permanent marker- red and blue make purple - and colour the greeting while still on the sticker sheet first in red and then over the top of the red with blue. Peel off the outline of the flower (the positive) and position it on the card. Colour the remaining petals (the negatives) on the sticker sheet red and blue as above. The colour looks a very shimmery purple with highlights of red and blue and it is very pretty.

TIP: Use the pricking tool to handle the peel-offs by laying the peel-off up the stem of the tool to support it while placing it on the card.

7. Lift and place the bling - I used three clear ones - onto the waxed backing sheet of the peel-off to colour and colour them red and blue in the same way as the sticker above.

8. Pick up each coloured petal with a pricking tool or tweezers and place inside the flower outline on the card. Pick up the greeting with a pricking tool and position it on the card.

9. Add the coloured bling to the bottom of the lace strip.

Congratulations your card is completed.

Peel-Off Sticker: Happy Birthday 300
Adhesives: Joy 1mm Mounting tape; Double-sided tape
 Big Shot Machine
Card: White card
Markers: Red and blue permanent markers.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Karins Creations Card Stitching Card by Sharon Blaxter

 Use a piece of white cardstock cut to 13cm x 13cm

Photocopy the original stitching pattern by Karin's Creations KC031 and attach to the cardstock face up with removable tape

With an ultra fine pricking tool and a pricking mat prick out the entire pattern

Complete the stitching in stem stitch as indicated on the pattern using an embroidery needle with your thread of choice.

Adhere the thread to the back of the card with sticky tape when starting and finishing off.

Using a Cuttlebug or other die-cutting machine cut and emboss two Marianne Creatables Die LRO131 leaves in white cardstock and then lightly stamp to add colour.

Hint.....I use a gentle up and down with the stamp pad a few times to give the effect I have used.

                  I cut off one of the leaves to fit into the area.

Arrange the leaves onto the design and when you are happy with the placement apply Zig 2 Way Glue to the leaves and adhere to the card.

Using the Marianne Designs Flower Ribbon cut 3 of the flowers from the strip, then cut away the tulle as you don’t want it to show.

Adhere the flowers using Helmar Quick Dry Glue and then add a pearl inside each flower.

Attach the completed topper to Gold Glitter Card cut to 14cm x 14cm using double sided tape

Cut the base card to 15cm x 30cm and score at 15cm with a Bone Folder. Attach the Gold Glitter Card onto the purple card using double sided tape

When completed add Kars Purple Jewells to finish off.


Double Sided Tape
Bone Folder
 Joy Pearls
Bazzil Card stock

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Le Suh 3D Wedding Card - Vicky Pedlow


1. Assemble the 3D die-cut floral centre piece using Joy! foam squares and round the corners using the Fiskars corner punch as shown in photo 1.

Photo 1

2.  Cut a piece of white/silver swirl paper to 160mmx140mm and round the corners using the corner punch. Cut a piece of KARS sliver glitter card to 100mm x 115mm and round the corners. Cut a piece of shiny pink card to 140mm x 55mm and emboss using the cArt-Us embossing folder and your die-cutting machine. Adhere all three pieces to a white base card (150mm x 170mm) using double-sided tape as shown in photo 2.

Photo 2

3.  Adhere the Le Suh 'bride and groom' 3D decoupage centre piece to lilac Bazzill card leaving a 2mm border and round the corners as shown in photo 3.

Photo 3
4. Emboss two flowers using lilac and pink Bazzill card and the Sizzix embossing folder. Fussy cut the entire flower out of the lilac card and the inside of the flower out of the pink card. Colour the petals using lilac and pink markers and decorate with Stickles, Glossy Accents and add a purple adhesive jewel to the centre of the pink flower as shown in photo 4.

Photo 4

5. Die-cut four leaves in the bright and dark green Bazzill card (two leaves in each shade of green) using the leaves die from the Marianne Design Creatables Stencil frames/leaves set. Emboss the leaves using clear Zing Embossing Powder as shown in photo 5, then adorn the leaves with KARS green adhesive jewels.

Photo 5

6. Die-cut four flowers from the grey vellum and pink/silver felt using the two smallest dies from the Marianne Design Creatables Die flower set. Secure the flowers in the centre with a white brad. Cut two pink roses from the Marianne Design Flower Ribbon and assemble all the flowers and leaves together with the white satin hearts as shown in photo 6.
*** I used double-sided tape to adhere the flowers and hearts and Sakura Quickie Glue pin point roller to adhere the leaves***

Photo 6

Your beautiful wedding card is now complete!


Card & paper: White card, Kars Glitter Card - silver, Mirri Card - pink mica, Bazzill card - lilac, pink, bright green and dark green, white/silver swirl paper, grey vellum and pink/silver felt
Sizzix Embossing Folder - Spring Flowers
KARS Adhesive Jewels - light green
Satin love hearts - white
Palette Stamp & Stick gluepad - clear
Stickles - star dust
Brads - white (or you could use Kaisercraft Pearl Brad Pack - pearl)
Copic markers - purple and pink

Monday, 2 April 2012

Card Stitching Tutorial by Jan Rankine

 Card Stitching is performed by using card, an embroidery needle, thread, a pricking tool, scissors, perforating mat and sticky tape. Many kinds of threads are available and a single strand is used when stitching so as to produce the very delicate look this kind of stitching creates.

  1. Cut the card to the size of the pattern outline and attach the pattern, (or stencil) pattern side up to the card with removable tape. Prick all the dots in the pattern or holes in the stencil and remove the pattern or stencil from the card.
Stem Stitch
 Stem stitch is the main stitch used when stitching a card and is most often used when stitching around an outline. Card stitching or card embroidery as it is sometimes called, shows pattern instructions for Stem Stitch with only two numbers with a dash between them, e.g., 1-4, 1-5, 1-6 or 1-7 (being the most common) these numbers refer to the holes perforated in the pattern and the number of holes left between each stitch. See the guide below for stitching 1-4 stitch length. For patterns with a longer stitch length change the number of holes left between each needle entry.

  1. Starting on the back of the card and securing an arm’s length of thread in place with a small piece of permanent sticky tape, pull the thread:
Up through 1
Down through 4
Up through 5
Down through 2
Up through 3
Down through 6
Up through 7
Down through 4

Repeat the pattern until your outline is completed. When ending and beginning thread, attach the thread to the back of the card with tiny pieces of sticky tape.

 Ray Stitch

The second stitch used in this design is Ray Stitch which is used to fill in the half circles.  It can also be used to stitch leaves.

 Instructions for Ray Stitch
 Pull your thread:

Up through 1
Down through 2
Up through 1
Down through 3
Up through 1
Down through 4

Maintain this sequence until the pattern is completed.
 Attach this stitched card to another folded base card and embellish as desired.