Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas Crafters...

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year...

Monday, 29 November 2010

A sneak peek for January...

Our cards in January are going to be courtesy of Lynda.  Here is a sneaky peek at what we are going to be doing...

Our cards this month will be utilising punches and the cuttlebug.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

November 2010

The last class of the year for the cardmakers will be an easel card, with a twist - project by Jackie.  Also included will be a set of Christmas recipe cards, to make this a combined gift/card.  The images are courtesy of Debbie Moore, and the Mince pie recipe is from Cooking for Christmas, by Josceline Dimbleby.

The card has its own box - made from festive red card.

 The recipe cards that sit inside the cunning pocket on the front of the card....

 The card, face on.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

October 2010

This month, our project was courtesy of Brenda, and utilised the Arty Farty Bella Parasol template.  The side of the card was punched using a Martha Stewart punch, and a complementary panel was punched in the same card as used for the parasol.

Paper roses were used to decorate the top of the parasol, and it was edged with lace.

September 2010

This month we were spoilt for choice with projects provided by Debbie Williams.

The first was an easel card, complete with cute snow family and "button" embellishments.

The second was a decoupaged Christmas pudding on a springy base.  This fold is surprisingly easy and effective.  The key point to remember is that the card should be made from heavyweight paper or thin card.  Too thin and it isn't robust enough to stand up, too thick and it isn't malleable enough to successfully fold.

The final card was a decoupaged winter scene with cute little figures. 

Unfortunately, I seem to have lost the photo, so will have to take another one.  To be posted at a later date...!!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Another tip - Paper roses

This time, we are looking at a  rose made from a simple six petal flower paper punch.  All that is needed are three flowers punched out of whatever paper you choose.  Plain paper with the edges coloured in, pre coloured paper, or why not stamp a pattern onto your paper?

This tutorial by In 2 Crafting (another blog well worth a visit, with lots of hints, tips and inspiration) uses a 2" punch, but I have done it with a much smaller one and although fiddly, works out just fine.

This is what you can end up with:

I used plain paper, just adding a touch of colour to the petals using aquamarkers watered down.  The leaves aren't really rose leaves, but this was the only leaf punch I could find!

Additional touches can be added, such as a drop of glaze to simulate raindrops, or some quicky glue pen and glitter to just give it some bling!

Another tip... faux pearls

Sue Wilson demonstrated a really cool way of making your own "faux pearls" on create and craft tv this week.

Basically, you put dots of "dries white" glue onto waxy paper (I tried it with the strips from the back of wide double sided tape and it worked a treat!) and then when they are dry, brush them with mica pearlescent powder. Use the white, or any other colour mica powder you have - the result is amazingly close to the stick on pearls you buy. Sue recommends spritzing the finished "pearls" with water to set the powder.

If anyone is interested in other things she is doing/has done, you should check out her blog - this is a link to the faux pearls tip and there is also a photo of the aforementioned pearls...

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Don't forget - Club starts again in September!

The next card making class will be on 25th September 2010. The project being done will be by Lynda or Brenda - further details to be added later.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Summer school preview... 31st July 2010 part 2

The second part of the programme for the papercraft summer school are two cards which offer the opportunity to try out the cuttlebug, and also some stamping/colouring with foam pads to make a decorative background, topped with "innie" or "outie" decoupage.

Card 1 utilises the Bug, and a stamped image, coloured and cut out in an oval shape using nestabilities.

Card 2 has a choice of backgrounds, or topper. Both "innie" and "outie" images will be available. The background will either be stamped butterflies in complementary colours, or a sponged random effect, topped with a spritz of mica spray to add necessary "bling".

Saturday, 26 June 2010

June 2010

There were two cards on the menu today, courtesy of Jackie...

The first was a bow fronted card, with a stamped and coloured image inside. Oval nestabilities were used to create the aperture, with a contrast colour card used behind the white base card. The image was coloured using promarkers, and there was a choice of five different images - small girl having a picnic, small girl watering flowers, small girl chasing butterflies, small boy collecting apples or a small boy fishing.

The second card was a black and white image, layered onto black and white card and using a black card base. The black layer card was embossed using a cuttlebug folder, to provide some interest.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Summer school preview... 31st July 2010

There will be four projects as part of the card making summer school. Two are shown here - but keep an eye out for the final two, which will be posted shortly.

The first two projects are courtesy of Brenda. The first is an original photograph album, made in the form of a box, and decorated with a butterfly embellishment.

The second project is a card with a penny slider, topped with an embellishment made from paper punches.

May 2010

Today we had a choice of projects, courtesy of Brenda.

The first project was an exploding box with a difference - the vellum inserts which kept the box from opening completely, making it more secure.

The second project was two cards, two colour ways but utilising the same design of a clever rosette.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Summer school advance notice...

We are planning another Summer school in July this year. The hall we use in Lowshoe Lane is big enough to accommodate both the beaders and the cardcrafters, so both events will be combined on 31st July 2010. Look out for more information to follow...!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

April 2010

This month the projects for our craft class were provided by Claire.

The first card was made using a mixture of textures and embellishments. A delicate scalloped edge on the outside of the card was mirrored by the use of fancy edge scissors on the matting and layering card.

The second card showed the versatility of paper punches. The use of a contrast along the side of the card to highlight the delicate border punch made an elegant card which anyone would be pleased to receive. A number of flowers were punched out in the same colour paper as that used for the contrast strip.

And finally, we made a sturdy but attractive gift box, just right for that special occasion. A thick card was used for the box and it was decorated with ribbon and a tag with embellishments.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Blog Candy

Jak Heath has a brilliant offer on her blog right now - if you want to try promarkers (and I really recommend that you try them) this could be your opportunity.

Just go to this post on Jak Heath's blog and

Firstly spread the word about the Blog Candy, that means add the details and a link back to the post on Jak's blog on your website or blog and leave her a comment with a link to where it is, if you dont have either of these contact her via email.

Secondly, leave a comment on every card that she shows on her blog this week.

This is the only way to win.

Good Luck!

March 2010

Among the projects we made this month was a lovely mountain and valley card, courtesy of Laura.
This card featured a clever dress embellishment, made using templates and colour toned paper. Some peeloff edging and corners added that extra "bling".

Sunday, 28 February 2010

A top tip...

Often, when I am matting and layering, I want that tiny strip around the edge to pick out a key colour from the image, and I am frustrated to find that I don't have the right colour backing paper.

Then it occurred to me that what I do have is a huge range of felt tipped markers in all the colours I could want. So what I do now is cut a piece of ordinary copy paper to the size I want, and run the appropriate colour marker along each edge of the paper so that about 5mm is covered. I then matt and layer as normal. Problem sorted! And a top tip...

Monday, 8 February 2010

February 2010

There are two cards being done in February, courtesy of Jackie. Both are A4 folded to A5 and feature Joanna Sheen images.

The first, is a pyramage with a daffodil topper and a chiffon ribbon bow set at a jaunty angle. The background paper and toppers are from the Joanna Sheen cd, Floral Fantasy.

The second is another Joanna Sheen image, this time of a cheeky little dog, but set in a frame. All images and backing paper come from the Joanna Sheen cd The Cardmakers Year.

Both cards can be made using basic skills and equipment.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

January - constructed shoe and cards using peel offs

This month the projects were courtesy of Brenda.

The first was a constructed shoe using templates, which was amazingly lifelike!

The second project was two A5 cards, decorated with punched paper and peeloffs stuck onto decorative paper and cut out. They were then mounted onto the card using foam pads or silicone glue. This picture is one of them.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year, Crafters!!

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year...