Friday, 12 January 2018

TNT's wedding

This project was over a year in the making.  Although I have to say  much of that time was  spent  hunting for suitable materials in the colours of the wedding.
Somethings I had to buy from the USA and China as I couldn't find them here in the UK or they were ridiculously over priced here.
The frame I used on the cover of this album  was from the USA.  I couldn't find anything the right size, thickness and weight for this project in the uk.
It's a Designs by Shellie  frame. When it arrived it was plain white plastic, I painted it black and applied gold wax lightly over the raised areas.
 I cut a piece of acetate slightly larger than the aperture
 and glued it to the back of the frame. Then cut the photo to fit the frame and glued into position behind the acetate.

The flowers I made using selection of flower dies by Heartfelt Creations , Delicate Asters, Classic Rose, Ariana Blooms and the few mini rose were made by cutting a circle into a spiral inking the edges and rolling it up to form a rose.

I am not going to do a tutorial on this project, firstly because there are some fantastic videos on Youtube on making these books from scratch. Secondly it would take far too long to describe every step and product used.

The spine of the book is covered  in a gorgeous glossy green crocodile skin card.
I used a Tim Holtz frame on the spine of this scrapbook.

The next photo is of the inside cover of the book.  Open the  magnetic strap by lifting the tassel upwards and fold out  two half pages.

One of which is a pocket page which holds  the lists of guests. The second  half page has photos of the invitations and flowers.
The first full page are all the details of the wedding, which I hot foiled in gold.

The second full page is a pocket page and  contains  two photo boards with photos of the bride and her father.

The Grooms page I kept quite simple, just a title and  some captions.

The die cut flap opens to reveal a full page pocket that contains more photo boards  with photos of the Grooms family.

I used Rare Earth magnets  in the flap  to keep this from flapping around when the pages are turned.

When we gave this book to the couple we didn't show them any of the hidden pockets.
We just let them go through the book and when they'd finished we went through it again pointing out all the hidden places they had missed.

The next page  holds the first of two  flip up books.

The pages on this book  are held down with a magnetic strap.

Each  book holds approximately ten to twelve photos. 

Because this page is quite bulky the facing page had to be quite flat.

So I created a flip up page to provide a little more space.
The top photo flips up to reveal a beautiful portrait of the bride on the page underneath, with the title "Simply Stunning."

There is so a poem on love and marriage, which I hot foiled in gold.

The second of the flip up books has cotton twill tied in a bow to keep the pages from flapping around.

This book holds another 11 photos.

The decorative belly band page holds three photo boards in varying sizes.

I didn't think the belly band would hold the photo boards securely when making this page.
 It was a pleasant surprise to find it did the job well. 

The next page holds a waterfall book.

 Pull the orange tassel and the pages roll up revealing a photo or  a quote on each page.

Any books added to a page creates bulk so the following page has to be quite flat in the middle.

 However the  bulk in the centre does create a void around the edges of the page,  which means bulky embellishments like the large 3D flower can be placed in the voids and they don't get crushed when the book is closed.

 I love the heart border punch by Martha Stewart so I had to include it somewhere in this book.

 I made a lace border and wove some ribbon through the centre and trimmed with faux diamante.
A very simple page.

 Just  a few layers and two strips or cotton ribbon threaded through a diamante heart slider.  I needed this page to be flat  as the facing page was quite bulky.

 Another pocket page with photo boards.
Decorated with faux diamante and a handmade rose.

 The little envelopes on this half page  were filled with messages from parents and step parents of the  happy couple.
I made the envelopes using  Stampin' up's envelope punch board.

In the photo  below the half page opens out revealing another pocket page and a flip up page or two.  By creating these half pages  I am also creating a void between the pages where I can place the bulky 3D embellishments.

Technically this is a 6 page scrapbook, but as you can see with all the flip ups,  flip outs and pockets this scrapbook holds a hell of a lot of photos quotes and embellishments.

Now I promised you a link to  a video on making these scrap books.  Well here are the links for the step by step tutorial.  They are long  video so make sure you have lots of time to watch them, Shelley makes the most amazing books and her instructions are so easy to follow. She tends to decorate most of her  books using heartfelt creations paper stacks. Which have pretty much everything you need.
Unlike mine that was made from a variety of papers and card from wherever  I could find paper in the right colours.
I want to make another using a a heartfelt creation paper stack now.

Shelley Geigle is the name of this very talented lady.

 Part  1

Part 2

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Diet /allergy card

When I saw this in the new  S.U. spring/summer catalogue,  I just had to have it.
This almost sums up our new diet.
 Since  I was diagnosed as being pre diabetic three months ago, we have made some major changes to our diet to avoid me becoming diabetic and needing medication.
I have to say the Keto diet does actually work.  The result of my last blood test proved this.
I've also managed to lose some weight, not as much as Hubby who has lost 2 stone,  but every lost pound is a bonus.

It's not an easy diet  to follow when you' ve been  a carb junkie for many years.
Checking the carb content on everything we buy, making every meal from scratch and finding keto recipes that we will all like is a bit of a bind, but worth it for the end results.

Sorry for your loss.

I always find this type of card difficult to do.
I used the Birthday Blooms Stamp set with Night of Navy ink pad to stamp the image.   Using an aqua painter brush filled with water and  brushed over the stamped image to pull some of the colour from the outline onto the petals to give the petals some colour.
I embossed a piece of Night of Navy card to give this card some texture.
I was happy with the way this turned out.

New Years Card.

 This was an idea for a New Years card, but I wasn't too sure about it, so it never got sent.  I used the large number dies  by S.U.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Snow Scene Cards.

 I bought some stamps from a craft show last year and finally got round to use them just before Christmas.

As you can see,  I experimented with colours.
Blue , pink and lilac.

I have to say the pink one is not as vibrant as it appears here.

 The following cards were inked using  lilac ink after I had stamped the images using Memento Tuxedo Black

After the inks were dry I used a white gel pen to add some snow flakes.

The mirrored snow flake  I purchased from  Hobbycraft 10 for £1.
I don't usually  add embellishment  to  my Christmas cards, as most of the people I send cards to thrown them away, so I try to keep the costs down,  but these  snowflakes were so cheap  and they added a little more interest, so why not.                                                                                                                       

8th Anniversary with Stampin' up

I received this Card from my upline Amanda  last week to mark my 8th anniversary with S.U. 
The rose stamp Amanda has
 used for this card is from  a new stamp set called Petal Palette.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Feeling of Christmas.

A simple card using a new stamp set from S.U for this Christmas called  
 Feeling of Christmas.

Tom's card.

The recipient of this card loves sausage dogs, so when I saw this image  I thought of him and purchased this image as a digital stamp from  lili of the valley.

Eclipse card.

Stippled Blossoms stamp set used to create the decorative paper before die cutting out the letters for this eclipse card.
I wasn't sure about the colours on the first card I made, so I did it again in pink and Purple.

This Little Piggy.

A quick little card using the Burlap background stamp and this cute little piggy from the current S.U catalogue.
This little piggy.

Here I have put Baked Brown Sugar ink  and Blackberry Bliss  Card stock together.

For the flower,  I punched out two layers of petals shaped them and added a tiny gem stone.


Nothing outstanding about this card, but I wanted to share how I did the snowflakes on this dark blue background.
Using a white gell pen can give  irregular and disappointing results.
Time to try something different....
Using a Japanese screw punch/book binders punch with a tiny hole attachment, I randomly punched tiny holes all over the background, then mounted the image onto white card stock and Hey Presto!!!  Regular shape, white snowflakes showing through the blue background and no blue ink bleeding into the white gell pen.  I also added  a little glue and glitter into each holes for sparkle.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Stippled Blossoms.

 My all time favourite  floral stamp set came out for these two cards. 
The retired  set.. Stippled Blossoms  retired some years ago, but I still love it and use it whenever I can.

 I have used Flirty Flamingo and  Cajun Craze ink  pads for this card.
You won't find many cards made by me in orange as it it is my least favourite colour, followed very closely by


For the  second card  I used Almost Amethyst and Concorde Crush.

For the leaves I used,  Mellow Moss and Always Artichokes ink pads.
I heat embossed the sentiment on the second card in gold.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Pet Bereavement Card.

 I saw a CASE'd version of this card on FB done in red. As I own the cat punch from S.U. and some heart dies I decided to try this out for myself.  I don't know who the original creator was, but it certainly inspired me to try  it.

My first card attempt was done completely in black and white, then in red and black and finally I did it in red to give you an idea of the card that inspired me.

Although, I do think the original had  different smaller wording on the front and the sorry was on the inside of the card.

I think my favourite is the last black one.

To create this cat in the heart design.
 Cut a piece of card stock large enough for the heart die.
Punch out the cat from one side of the card.
Then lay your heart  shaped die over the  negative/ cut out of the cat and then die cut the heart shape.
The tiny heart is one of the shapes on the owl punch.

Merry Patterns Stamp Set

I used the stamp set  Merry Patterns  to create this card.  
This set should offer lots of  variety.
I have kept this card really simple and I only use four of the stamps in the set. I chose to colour the candles with markers rather than using the candle infill  stamps.

The back ground was created using a wheel stamp and white ink.

On my second card I used the candle infill stamps to add a pattern to the candles.
I stamped some pine needles around the base of the candles and added a few berries of red glitter or with  white gel pen.
I haven't got round to using the deer stamps yet.Image result for stampin up merry patterns

Another Acetate Card

Another acetate card. This time I used the  retired Serene  Snowflakes stamp set and White Stazon ink.  A little tip here; when stamping on acetate don't use a brand new ink pad or one that you have recently re inked.  The juicier the ink pad is the more chance of the stamp slipping on the acetate, leaving you with blurry images instead of nice crisp images.
The candle image is from a set that was free from S.U  with a qualifying order.
I coloured the images with Copic markers.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Small square aperture card

I have been making a couple of embroidered cards this week so die cutting the fabric and sticking the onto a card was not an option.  
                                          For a professional look,   all the raw fabric edges need to be concealed within the card.

So I thought I 'd share how I make my small  square aperture cards for embroidered pieces. Although I will be using an image on card stock rather than a piece of embroidery. 

Taking an  A4 sheet of card stock place it in your paper trimmer length ways and cut off a strip  3  7/8" ths  wide by the whole length of the card.

Then turn it sideways and score at  3 7/8ths fold on the score line and score again at 3 7/8ths.  You should have 3 panels all measuring 3 7/8 square. 

Place a die in the centre of the central panel and run it through your die cutting machine.

Remove the die and the cut out piece.


If desired you can now stamp the front middle panel.
Here I used the Serene Snowflakes stamp set and white craft ink.

Once the ink is dry adhere the embroidered piece to the inside of the middle panel. I recommend using a dry glue like fast fuse to adhere the fabric as you will be able to re position the fabric to get the framing of your work perfect.

Apply a  thin line wet glue like Tom Bow around the edges of the middle panel and along the edges of the fabric, then fold the right side panel  (Looking  at it from the front) over to conceal the back of the fabric.