Saturday, 17 February 2018

Over the rainbow

Hello and welcome! 

Don't you think rainbows are just lovely?  Last week a super-bright one appeared outside our office window.   It just seemed to cheer everyone up - it was like magic!   

It inspired to me make a rainbow pop-up card.  I like this kind of pop-up, it's very easy to do.  I made a "thinking of you" card.  Here's the front - 


When you open the card...
The rainbow appears.  

Here's how I made it -


What else could you put in a card like this?

Anybody else got the theme from the children's TV programme going round their head now?  Altogether, then - "Paint-the-whole-world-with-a-RAINBOW!"

Crafty Hugs,

Keren

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

You're one of a kind...

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Today’s card is for that special, one-of-a-kind person in your life, so of course it features a unicorn – and a flying one at that!


I wanted my unicorn to soar above the surface of my card, so I mounted it on a “boinger” – which is paper (or in this case, acetate) folded to make a spring.

You fold two strips of paper over each other at right angles until your spring is long enough.  However, I probably should have made my spring another fold longer, so my unicorn is higher off the card at the front side.  See how that happened in the tutorial-



I rather like it, so I’ve decided to live with it.  There are ready-made springs or “wobblers” available (you may have to hunt for them!) , and if you can get hold of some you might prefer to use them.  

Love the Myths & Magic suite - don't you?  The little characters are rather retro - and I adore the dragon.  I'm sure I'll be making more items with them (in fact, I know I will because I've got a couple of projects lined up...so don't forget to check back from time to time to see what I'm up to!)

Keep Crafting,

Keren


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Saturday, 10 February 2018

In a flap!

Hello and welcome!

Today I've made a little card that has a surprise for you.  It's a belated birthday card.

Pull the flap and

see the rest of the message!





This kind of card is surprisingly easy to make.

Here's how -



I thought that the Bird Banter stamps went very well with this kind of card.  The pull-flap mechanism would work well in a scrapbook, too - you could hide journalling or a picture behind a flap.  (It's been a long time since I did "proper" scrapbooking - these days I mostly do digital scrapbooks.  Perhaps I should give it another go, what do you think?)

Crafty Hugs,

Keren

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tiny Tuck and Close Valentine Gift Box

Hello and welcome!

Today I'm sharing this cute little box with you.  It's only 1 3/4" square and 3/4" deep, so you can get four of them (yes, FOUR) out of one sheet of A4 card.  
I was inspired by a project shared by Sabine Waack in a Facebook group that I'm a member of - but this kind of box has been around for some time.  It uses no adhesive - the box holds itself together by clever engineering. 

I've embellished this one as a Valentine's Day gift and tucked a heart-shaped chocolate inside.  Isn't the Painted With Love paper gorgeous? (By the way, did you spot the "Love You" sentiment in the Party Pandas stamps? Such a useful set - check it out in the Sale-A-Bration brochure!)  
  
Here in the UK we tend to give Valentines only to the special person in our life but this little box would make a great container for a party favour if you used a different colour/pattern of card and paper.


Here's the video tutorial-

And here's the cutting/folding diagram.  I've included measurements for two sizes so if you want to make a slightly bigger version you don't have to do the maths yourself.  
What would you put in yours - or what would you like to find?

Keep crafting!

Keren

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Vintage Valentine



Hello, and welcome!

Today I've been using up some of the card I coloured when I was playing with Brushos.    I wanted to experiment a bit with the fusible webbing technique as well.  I've used this with embossing powder in the past - it adds a wonderful texture and a really rich look with metallic powder.  

I wasn't sure if it would work with glitter - I didn't know if the fusible web would be sticky enough.  I was really happy with the results!


(Here's where I got the fusible webbing)

Keep crafting!

Keren


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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Perfect Gentleman


Hello, and welcome!  

Have you seen the film Kingsman? If not, I can recommend it.  I didn't think it was going to be the sort of film I'd enjoy but I really did.  It's in the 60's secret agent style- think James Bond or the Man from U.N.C.L.E., with a villain bent on world domination and fun (and deadly) technological toys.  

Anyway, one of the hallmarks of a Kingsman is sartorial elegance, understated but immaculately dressed at all times, so of course the True Gentleman suite made me think of the films.  I'm always happy when I find supplies that will work for masculine projects - with a husband, two sons and several nephews and great nephews (and even a couple of great-great nephews) in the family.  

Here's the tutorial for the card I made with some of the supplies from the suite.  (I've got a top tip for using the stamp-ma-jig with a small surface in the video too!)


Thanks for stopping by - please do come again soon!

Keep Crafting,

Keren

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