Thursday, 7 December 2017

Star adorned notebook ...

I was really chuffed to bits to be asked to join the Bubbly Funk team which means I get to play with the "Through the Letterbox" kits .... oh yes! Decembers kit, called 'seeing stars' is full of sparkle, metallic colours, glittery stars along with  a fabulous mixtures of embellishments, materials, trims and oodles more. Pop over to the shop to check out the December kit yourself ...

When I opened my box, I was first impressed with the wonderful paper bags that some of the contents are placed inside and also the beautiful metallic gold material. These two 'spoke to me' and that was the starting point for my project ...

After carefully stashing my goodies, I opened up two of the bags ready to use as my background for a notebook. The card is recycled from a board backed envelope. I began by working out how big the spine should be - in this instance 3cm - taking this measurement from the total length, half, creating my front and back covers.

Using Mod Podge, I added my paper bags to the outside, even including the seams as they add further texture. Once dry, I covered the outside with mod podge to act a s a protective layer and again put to one side.

The beautiful gold metallic material was just perfect for the spine and after roughly cutting the material - as not bothered by any fraying -  I added it to the spine again using mod podge. I also ensured that the material was covered on the outside too; again to add protection and durability.

With the star stencil, using Nuvo embellishment mousse in Fresh Copper, I added some extra detail to the background. Next taking the copper/gold/silver ribbon, I added it to the edge where the material spine meets the background. One reason is for extra decoration but another is to secure to the layers together.

Next part is my favourite bit ... the faffing! I add oodles of the glittered stars, which come in a plethora of sizes, layering on to each other. Have to say that now I felt that the design looked flat, so added some embossed card panels (from my scrap box) and the wooden stars, (coloured with gold & copper Nuvo embellishment mousse).

Before adding the notebook pages, I created an acetate outer cover, securing it in place inside bother the front & rear covers. A double bow on the acetate cover brings all the elements together.

Using my cropadile, I made holes top and bottom, threading the elastic through  ready to add my notebook pages. Doing the latter means I can add and remove notebooks by either simply untying the elastic or slipping the used pages out.

I had a fabulous time playing with my goodies and still have lots left to make additional projects - that includes the gold material, ribbon & glittered stars.

A huge thank you to Carolyn from Bubbly Funk and the DT for allowing me to play along with them using the "Through the Letterbox" kit.

Have a wonderful crafty day everyone and hope to catch up with you all in blog land over the weekend.

x x x

Products and links:
Letterbox Craft Box - Seeing Stars   

Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Cute card Thursday - anything goes
TTPH - layers
Brown Sugar - anything but a card
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media goes
Emerald City - anything goes

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Happy birthday Nephew ...

Strangely, I never really thought of personalisation on my cards other than occasionally using the recipients name, so when I was sent the Family Sentiment dies I was not sure where to begin. Suddenly I realised that I could still make the cards I wanted by now I could always add that little bit extra with using the Family Sentiments. It was one of the 'waking up moments' 😁...!

Below is one of my cards that I made for the launch, which also incorporates the Banner Dies ...

I began by stamping the sentiment from the Party Time banner set on to backing paper in Nuvo Hybrid Safari Green ink, matting this layer and adding it to my card blank.

Adding a further decorative panel, I added Henri with 3D foam, placing the die cut stars and banner - stamped with Happy Birthday - behind him. I've added some balloons from Marmalade's World accessory set 3; coloured with Nuvo Creative pens. The blank balloon ties are scraps of card from a previous project and are, in fact, off cuts from where I had been matting and layering. Henri has also been coloured with the Nuvo Creative pens.

I die cut the banner from the Happy Birthday set, adding a piece of designer paper to match in with the other papers, and placed this at the bottom of my topper.

The 'Nephew' was die cut 3 times, layered on top of each other, coloured with blue ink & then embossed with clear powder: this helps create a thick, chipboard effect embellishment. As a finishing touch, I've added additional stamped images, again from Marmalade's World but this time accessory set 1.

Apart from the colouring, this is a relatively quick card to make. If you did not have time to stamp & colour an image, you could always use a photo (of your nephew) or a pre-coloured topper.

Whipping up a storm here in full blog writing and photo editing mode, so better keep plugging away before I distract myself with other things. Have a great day whatever you choose to do,

x x x

Products & links:

Creates & makes - anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Retarte - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Love 2 Create ... a mini album

Oh my, been a bit neglectful of my blog and crafty endeavours recently but am back to normal ... well as normal as I can be ... with another new "Anything Mixed media/Creative" challenge over at Love 2 Create Challenges and this time I've decided to make a mini album from scratch using mount board to create my structure.

The album has been designed to hold pages for photos or memorabilia, pockets to squirrel away special items and in the centre a notebook - which can be replaced once used ...! I have over stamped pages, added extra colour with inks and pan pastels plus several die cut frames.

All the papers, embellishments and stamps used are from Polkadoodles Belle Papillion collection. The papers are simply sublime and I struggled to want to cover them but did pull the 'old big knickers' up in the end.

This is a mini album but still quite substantial in size measuring 14cm (5 3/8") in width, 18cm (7") in height and 8cm (8 1/4") in depth. As you can see I have extra tabs and have made these in to a useful feature, which I will share with you on another post otherwise this would end up being ubber long and way too photo heavy.

As a finishing touch, I even used the left overs to create some note cards. Did say I tried to make this album, come notebook, come storage have multi uses to appeal to lots of different people. Will be back with another post shortly sharing some of the pages and inserts.

Right better get going as want to beat the crowds to the parking spaces, as today is the day I am finishing off the last bits of my Christmas shopping. Determined to be a wee bit more organised this year. How's your festive planning going?

x x x

Products & links:

A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Creatalicious - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper - anything goes
Love to craft - anything goes
Not just cards - anything goes
WWODT - anything goes

Friday, 1 December 2017

A little bit of Bubbly Funk ...

A little while back I was approached and asked if I would like to play with a Bubbly Funk "Through the letterbox" kit and curiosity got the better of me and I simply had to say "yes". Just like magic ... well posted through my letter box ... the new December kit sent for me to rummage through and see what inspired me.

As the kit does not go officially on sale until today (1st December), I can only share a sneak peak of my project but will be back next week with the full 'blow by blow account' ...

Why not pop over to the Bubbly Funk shop or blog to get loads more information of the December 2017 "Through the Letter Box" kit. I'm rather looking forward to this afternoon as have a Christmas crafty session with the children and so far, fingers crossed, they have thoroughly enjoyed their previous arty/crafty/DT-eey Friday afternoons.

Have a great day whatever you plan to do,


Friday, 10 November 2017

Dashing through the snow ...

Still in full blown Christmas mode and am starting to worry that I might, for once, be a wee bit more organised for this Christmas than first anticipated ... this does worry me a little as am now thinking about all the things I might forget ... lol However do love a 'to do' list and after recently making a notebook, think I might jot down my ideas, for that 'just in case' senior moment appears ...!

When I originally received these 3D shading stamps from Spellbinders, was a little worried that they might just be 'one trick ponies' but am glad to say that is definitely not the case. I have had great fun playing with them and they produce the most wonderful Christmas scenes ...

I began by stamping the trees on to three separate pieces of card, cutting around the tree part only and then adding glitter. Where the tree images finished, I carefully tore the remainder of the card away, adding glitter to the torn edges. I have layered the trees up to create a forest theme and added further depth by using 3D foam.

Santa and the sleigh have been stamped in grey but I went over the image several times to make the grey darker. Didn't really want to use black ink but didn't want the grey too light either ... gosh I sound fussy. I have lightly coloured the image and then cut it out mounting it on to my snowy background with 3D foam.

Now I have to 'fess up' as the ribbon along the bottom has only been added as when I stamped my sentiment, it went a little wonky and looked dreadful. If I had used my stamp platform it wouldn't have happened - clearly demonstrated by the 'crystal clear' sentiment at the top - valuable lesson learnt.

I've been stashing away my Christmas cards in a box but I really do need to check I have enough of the correct sized envelopes otherwise it will have to be either a quick purchase or even make a few. Must remember to add that to my 'to do' list ...!


Products & links:

I'm entering my Santa dashing through the snow in the following challenges:
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Crafty Catz - no patterned papers
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Emerald City Crafts - anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - anything goes