Sunday, 25 November 2012

Old meets new...........

Hi there,

Inbetween doing the weekly wash, I have been sneaking up to my craft room to make a card.

As the title says I decided to mix some old products with a couple of new products. Yesterday when I met up with my crafting group, I was given my Birthday present.

Now anybody who knows me well, will know that I love Martha Stewart PATP sets, she has recently brought out a few new designs and I am now the owner of a set called "Flourish Lace". Oh my I love this set I can see me using it a lot!

Here is the card I made this morning and I am hoping to get another one in today as well LOL

Old meets new.

Yes Martine that is a bit of Mirri card, I am getting there LOL.

When I say old product, I mean that I have had them in my Creative Chaos that I call my Craftroom for a long time.

So the "old" products are as follows:

Memory Box Snow Globe Die 
Memory Box Snow Globe Stamp
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6 x 6

The "New" products are as follows

Martha Stewart "Flourish Lace" PATP
MFT Dainty Bows Die set
Rhinestone Clusters by Chloe
Geometric Ring Embossing Folder by ProvoCraft

All the items that are Highlighted in pink are available from Oysterstamps 
I know that they do sell some MFT Dies, I am unsure if they have this one in at the moment. You can always contact them and ask if they will get it in for you.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 24 November 2012

A play day for me.............

Hi there,

Today was a play day for me. Once a month a small group of us get together and have a good old crafting session and natter.

I managed to make two cards today.................. here they are.

This card I have made with a Memory Box Die called " Grand Madison Door", " Breezy Wreath" and a Tim Holtz folder. The door actually opens, so you can stamp a message inside :)

The Breezy Wreath die is a bit bigger than what you see on the door, I just cut a chunk out of it and rejoined the ends. As you can see I embossed the folder on another sheet of card and cut around the embossing and adhered it onto the front of a card blank.

With the exception of the Embossing Folder all products can be purchased at Oysterstamps  

CAS Door Card.

This Second card, has been made with a Marianne die, Memory Box die "Whimsical Flourish" and "Scalloped Posy" also by Memory Box. The sentiment is by Clarity Stamps.

Sublime in Ivory.

With the Exception of the Marianne Die, everything is available at Oysterstamps

Happy Crafting


Sunday, 18 November 2012

A Tutorial for you................

Hey there,

Recently I ran a workshop at some paper craft shows across the country for Oysterstamps. In these workshops the attendees would learn how to make this card using the Martha Stewart Score Board and Memory Box Dies.

Box Frame card.

Please be gentle with me, as this is the first time I have written a Tutorial for my Blog; I do hope you enjoy it.

 So if you did not get to attend this particular workshop, or indeed would like to  know how to create this card , scroll on down................

OK here goes, take an 8x 8 square of card stock, I used white for my example here, but you can use patterned card if you wish.

Now you need to score on all four sides of your square on the following measurements, I used a Martha Stewart Score Board.

3/8" inch, 3/4" inch 1 5/8" and 2" inches

Score Lines

Once you have scored on all four sides, remove the four outer corners ( marked with pink dashes) then cut along the centre cross ( Marked with pink dashes)

This is what you should have now.

If you wish to add colour or stamped images to the frame, now is the time to do this.

Time to Assemble!

Fold along the scored lines. As per the picture below.

Now staple the four corners together, this forms a lip in which you will be able to adhere the frame to a card blank later on. I used the Tim Holtz tiny attacher to staple mine together as it fits into the folds really nicely.

Stapled corner

This is what you should have now.

Staple or DST the triangles to the lip.

Now turn the frame over so the remaining corners are flat on a cutting surface, and trim these off.

In order to finish this card off, you can cut a piece of card just slightly smaller than the frame and adhere this to the back and make a stand for it. Alternatively you can adhere the frame to a card blank. 

Here are a couple more examples for you.

This frame has had some die cuts glued onto of the frame after scoring, then Metal tape was applied over the top. I then burnished around the Die Cuts to make them look embossed. 

Once I had completed the burnishing, I applied some Acrylic Paint, and wiped some of it off before it dried completely and sprayed it with some Ranger Perfect pearls spray and left to dry.

I then assembled the frame, stamped and inked the back panel and adhered this to a card blank. I added some die cut rolled roses, these were cut with Ten Second Studio metal sheets and some Branches (Martha Stewart Branch punch was used here)

Rolled Roses and Scroll

This card I used a sturdy patterned Cardstock, I made my frame and adhered a stamped, coloured image on to the back panel (whimsy). I then made a  Poinsettia with the Spellbinders Die and cut a couple of Holly Flourishes ( Cheery Lynn) in Gold Mirri Card.

Poinsettia and Holly Flourish.
I do hope you can follow this tutorial, If you have any questions, you can e-mail me using the button at the top of my blog.

Happy crafting

Barbara xx                                           

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Marathon Workshop session.

Hey there,

This past weekend I have been at the NEC taking workshops for oysterstamps and I have loved every minute of it.

I have taught a workshop  to approx 230 eager crafters. 99% of these are women, but I have had a couple of male crafters on my workshops and they both enjoyed making the Box Card very much.

Here is Simon, proudly showing off his creation.

Simon and completed card.
 I would like to thank Oysterstamps for letting me run these workshops for them, also the crafters that attended them!

Happy Crafting

Barbara xx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Shimmer Sheetz a review.........

Hi there,

I hope you all enjoyed yesterdays tags.

Today I have a card to show you that I made using a product called Shimmer Sheetz, these are sheets of Mylar which is coated with a layer of colour. These sheets are embossable, Sandable, heat mouldable and you can colour them with Stazon ink, Alcohol inks and Vintage patina.

On the card below, I embossed the sheet using the Allora embossing folder by Couture Creations. I then took a sanding block and in one direction only I gently sanded the surface, this revealed the base colour unnderneath which is white.

I cut a couple of Chloes stem (memory box) and a scalloped posie (memory Box) I also cut out a border from spellbinders Venetian Accents and I also used my Martha Stewart score board to create a pleated strip.

Shimmer Sheetzs