Monday, 16 September 2013

Exploding handbag

Well here it is!  A tutorial for the exploding handbag. 

First cut your A4 piece of card to measure 21cm x28cm. Score at 7cm intervals on both long and short sides. I've also made a score line 1/2cm away from the final score line in the centre section at one end. This is to accommodate the bulk of the card when it is finally folded in.
Remove the two corner pieces as indicated by the blue diagonal lines above. Make sure to remove them from the end where you made that little extra score line in the previous step. 
Make a tick mark on either side, 10.5 cm along the side of the base. The flap was NOT included when measuring this. 

Exploding handbag part 2

Create more score lines as indicated by the black dashed lines.
Mountain fold all the black dashed lines and valley fold the solid red lines. Remember to punch your decorative edge on the flap!
Add some form of closure. Here I've used a little piece of hook and loop fastener but you could also use magnetic snaps. When pushing them in together try to stagger the long flaps on either side and just take care that they don't get caught on the wrong side of the short centre flaps or it will be practically impossible to close. You'll know something is wrong if it doesn't want to push together reasonably easily.
I hope this makes sense. If  you get stuck let me know and I will try to explain more clearly. All that remains is to add a piece of 5mm ribbon as a handle if you wish (I usually put it in the 1/2cm gap at the top) decorate the inside and embellish the outside of your little bag. 

Crossover card

Well I've shared nearly all my Makey Bakey mice samples with you but here is another for today. This is a variation on the crossover card, but this time there's an added flap as you can see. The little greeting is attached at one corner and holds the card closed.
I've used my favourite punch again with toppers and paper from the hunkydory pack. I've teamed it with this gorgeous green Centura pearl card.
Hope you like it. I will be back later today with the tutorial I promised for the exploding handbag! 

Hanging decoration

Today I'm sharing this hanging decoration I made using my Marianne dies. I started out intending to make a hexagonal box, but I then decided to carry on and make a more elaborate construction. I love this kind of paper project where I make 3d items! It's fun to turn a flat shape into something entirely different. This time I scored 12 die cuts with triangle shapes , each having 6 sets of loops on two sides and 4 on the remaining side.  I cut 6 more of the shapes and scored them with a square centre, 4 sets of loops between each score line. 
Then began the lying together and for the centre section two sides of the square have the loops turned round to the inside. I added a hanging loop and a homemade tassel during the construction proceess. next I created a template of the centre triangle and used it to make 12 pieces which I embossed in a contrasting colour and attached to the top and bottom for added interest. I used my Tim Holtz rosette die to create 6 rosettes for the sides of the decoration and then cut 12 of the accompanying Marianne die from some of the romantic journey papers to make the flower centres. I finished them off with card candy.t would love to try something like this again but somehow include a light. Will have to have a think! 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Shaker/waterfall card

I've been having a look down my page of posts and discovered I have quite a few I've sent to blogger but never actually got around to posting! This is one of those. Made for the Snowman and Snowdog hunkydory launch I used a shaped card with some of the gorgeous acetate and snowflake sequins for the shaker portion and some of the little toppers to make a waterfall,  combined on one card.
In order to keep the toppers the correct way up I've orientated the pull mechanism at the top and added a little bell to add to the festive feel! This was a fun card to make. 

Patchwork squares

I love patchwork and have even been known to complete some, quite a few years ago now. I do believe there may even be one or maybe two projects not quite finished. Anyway, I decided to use a patchwork idea in the creation of this card.
I punched  tiny squares from one of the hunkydory borders and some gold Mirri card. I also punched some slightly larger scalloped circles from one of the patterned insert papers. The squares are glued into the circles (the circles are pattern side down at this stage) and the edges of the circles creased around the square, so the pattern side now shows. The edges don't get stuck down so it gives the card some texture and added interest. Next I carefully laid all the squares out on a layer of gold Mirri card so I could get them centred as well as possible. The tricky part is gluing them down into place, but I think it's worth the effort! Some more layers of patterned paper and Mirri card with the addition of tiny gold Mirri dots (the little waste dot from my tonic star die, lol) complete my topper. I put the whole thing onto some Centura pearl card and added some of the remaining border and a topper greeting. The card is A5 in size and it just goes to show how little it can take to make a cute card sometimes. 

Rocking chair mouse

Well I decided to bring out my spectrum noir pens again and have a little play at colouring and I couldn't go past this cute image of the mouse sitting in her (or his) rocking chair knitting! Can I let you into a secret? I hadn't really intended colouring the poppy type flowers this colour at all, but I plopped the pen on there by accident instead of on the small flowers and decided to just go with it and see how it turned out. 
I also decided to try a grey mouse this time instead of brown. It's interesting how different it can make them look. I used a Marianne die to cut a decorative mat from some lilac Centura pearl card and then used a circle die to cut out the centre and treate a frame. I cut the coloured image with the same die so it fits exactly. I punched the corners of the purple card with my new, favourite, tonic, gothic arches punch and put some lilac behind to highlight them. I used the same punch to create the border for the base which acts as the stopper for the easel. The spotty paper is actually lilac too but hasn't photographed too well! It's a piece of a hunkydory insert sheet. 

Here are the colours I used.
Mouse-IG1,2&3, flowers-PL3,4&5, small flowers-PP1&2, OR2, CG1, knitting-CT1-4,  rocking chair -TN2. I coloured the centre of the large flowers with true black and added some purple stickles. I added some tiny glittery gams to the border and corners to finish it off. 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Who ate all the pies?

Just another quick make with the Makey Bakey mice. Those greedy little mice have been stuffing themselves with mince pies! I can't say I blame them, they certainly look pretty scrumptious. This is an image from the CD teamed with some kraft card and core'dinations. I've embossed the Kraft with the 8x8 embossalicious folder, regency swirls. I then used brushes corduroy distress ink to make the raised detail stand out. 

The red panel on the side is embossed with the A4 floral vine folder. I've added some trim Long the edge of the topper for a little embellishment.

A 21st birthday.

I've another card for you today but this time I can take no credit for it. This was made by my very talented daughter as fulfilment of an order for one of her work colleagues.

This has been sitting waiting to be shown for quite a while. I'm pretty sure the recipient will have received it long ago so it's safe to share with everyone. 

Star decorations

Getting ready for Christmas in our house always involves making some new decorations for the tree and this year my job has been made much easier since tonic introduced their new star die. It's just wonderful. I used it, with some of the card and toppers from the hunkydory pack, to make this little box of decorations.
I created the box and included an acetate section in the lid so I could see at a glance what I had stored in there. They would also make a lovely gift. Has anyone given in to temptation and bought the CDs yet? You won't regret it! 

Friday, 13 September 2013

More mice!

I've two different style cards for you this morning. The first one is very simply put together, using toppers from the everyday CD. I've created a dual aspect card and just layered up the image on patterned paper and core'dinations card.  I punched two tiny holes, one either side of the stalks of the flowers, and tied a piece of twine through them. The base layer has a piece of core'dinations which I've embossed with the floral vine folder.The only other addition was the little wooden ladybirds. 
For the second example I created an easel card but this time I used the hunkydory kit. I cut the layers with spellbinders nestabilities, labels 29. For the base I cut a square of Centura pearl card and embossed it with my Chantilly frame folder. A small flower creates the stopper.
I'm really having fun with these images. Come back soon, there're bound to be more! 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Building sandcastles

Since the launch of these little mice is tomorrow I couldn't resist sharing another card with you today! This time I've  used one of the complete card kits from the everyday CD and this card is another biggie, almost A4 in size! 
I've used my tonic verso die, gothic arches, to create the mat for the topper and used silver Mirri card behind on the card base. I embossed one end of the base piece and added two little tags, some lace, ribbon and a greeting. I placed this whole layered piece onto some Centura pearl card for extra strength since it is so large. Finally I added some pearls to enhance the detail of the die cut frame. 

Exploding box.

Well I've done the exploding bag so I thought I'd better give the exploding box an outing too! This is from the exploding box section of the Christmas Makey Bakey Mice CD, (surprise, surprise), printed onto watercolour card to give strenght and texture. This time I left the outside box sides plain so that the embellishment would stand out and the images wouldn't be compromised. 
I added some haberdashery trim I picked up in a sale some time ago and used collall glue gel to attach it. Hot glue would probably have been easier but, of course, I didn't think of it at the time! I added a border punched with a tonic punch to neaten up the edge and added a die cut poinsettia accented with gold stickles. 
I've just kept the inside plain and stuck the mat intended for the top onto the inside of the box lid.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Little box

Well I've dug the Marianne dies out again as I fancied making a little decorative box! Since there are 16 sets of loops on this die cut it was really easy to score evenly and stick together. I've used the Marianne Romantic journey papers,along with centura pearl card, again. 
I used a couple of flowers and the handle is a little"foot" I've had in my stash for a while. This was a quick and easy project! 
And there's plenty of room inside for a treat! What more could you ask?   :)

O come all ye faithful.

I'm back today to share one of my coloured images for the Makey Bakey Mice collection. I just love this little image of the mouse singing. I decided to make him into a shaped easel card using my spellbinders-labels10-nestabilities, some gold Miri card and one of the hunkydory card bases. The sentiment is stamped from the same stamp set as the mouse and coloured with festive berries distress ink.
I do think I'm getting a little better with my colouring. It always goes through a stage where I think it's awful, but, thankfully, it usually comes out all right at the end! I used my spectrum noir pens to colour. Coat - CR8,9 &11, Fur trim - IG1,2 &3 Mouse body -TN1,3,4 &5, Mouse tummy - TN1, IG1,2 &3, Song sheet EB1 & Holly CR8. I dotted on the colour for the fur trim to give it a more fur like feel.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Exploding handbag!!

Isn't this a cute little bag? I've made it with some card from the hunkydory kit which will be available with the Makey Bakey mice on Friday! It's a bit like the tardis, bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. The bag base is made from one sheet of A4 card.
When opened up there is lots of space inside and a little sweet treat fits inside. I've used papers from the hunkydory packs to decorate the inside, but it would work just as well with double sided patterned papers. I used a tonic punch to create a decorative edge and popped some card candy on there along with a little topper. The edge is tinted with distress ink in shaded lilac and seedless preserves.
If anyone is interested I could write a quick tutorial. Let me know if you'd like to have a go at making your own exploding handbag!

Monday, 9 September 2013

It's a hat

I thought I'd share another card with you today, this time using my Marianne  collectables dies again, COL 1322. These ones are designed to be cakes but I looked at them and saw hats instead! I used Centura pearl card and Marianne romantic journey papers. The decorative trims are another Marianne set, creatables, LR 0273. A few sparkly gems and a little ribbon finish it off!

A mouse in the house!!?

Yes! We've got mice!!! Can you believe it! These little critters have caused absolute chaos in our house over the past couple of weeks! The family are threatening to stage a walk out because they say I've forgotten to feed them! (As if I would!)  These are the Makey Bakey mice from the upcoming release by Crafters Companion. They are simply adorable (says she who hates the real thing). This card was made using just one mini kit from the everyday CD and try as I might to use it all, I had loads left over! 
It was great fun (?) cutting out the wee mice. I could quite understand why the farmers wife cut off their tails! Lol. I think I've got another favourite Cd now!! Come back and see what all the excitement is about. There'll be lots more! .... Maybe I did forget to cook dinner....?

Saturday, 7 September 2013


Sometimes when I'm using my crafting things I have some pretty hair brained ideas. I don't know if this could be classed as one of them but I decided to try cutting some felt with my Marianne dies. After all it says they will work and it did! I had this idea to try altering a hairband and this is how it turned out. I used hot glue to adhere the pieces to the bare band, building up the layers and used only flowers and leaves to start. 
It looked not too bad but when I tried the extra yellow layer behind it just made all the difference. Tiny buttons and the little wooden ladybird finished it off. 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Another mirror!

I've been playing with Petra's mirror and flowers  again and come up with something completely different. This one got a bit tricky as I had to cut layers through the front of the card and try to keep them lined up and square. Thank goodness for washi tape! 
As you can see when the card opens there is an aperture . The images on the patterned paper worked beautifully and I'm gaining a little bit more confidence with the flowers! 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Petra's mirror.

Ooh, I have been playing again! Now this is not my usual style at all, and I normally leave any working with flowers to my daughter, but I felt I had to have a go with this design, I used the Petra's mirror die from Marianne to create the focal point on the chest of drawers. I used Marianne romantic journey papers, tinted with distress ink for the drawer fronts. I think it makes them look like old marble? 
The handles are another Marianne die and then I added lace, trim, pearl 'buttons' and the roses, again tinted with ink, to complete my card. This is a biggie! It's almost A4. I've always admired other folks creations in this vintage style but never really tried it. I'm fairly happy with my first attempt! Let me know what you think. :)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Flip down card

Well, are you ready? You can get the Snowman/Father Christmas CD combo today,at 12 noon, on create and craft!!! For my card this time I used the Father Christmas disc and created a flip down card. The little stack is held closed with magnets. It's something a bit different and it's fun to make interactive cards!!
I just recently (last week) got a new printer so I'm able to print directly onto my Centura pearl card! Fabulous! It was so frustrating when the old printer stopped picking up heavy card and towards the end it would only print on paper! It's just great now to watch the card slip through without a hitch! . Anyhow, after all that, my images and background are printed on ... Wait for it... Centura pearl card!!! Not only does it look amazing but it adds to the sturdiness of the finished project!  
Lets hope Father Christmas is catching up on his sleep and dreaming of all the lovely craft supplies he's going to pop in our stockings this Christmas! :) here's hoping!!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Snowman "book" card

Hi everyone, I'm back today with a card I've made using the hunkydory kit which accompanies the snowman CD. Wow, what a fantastic kit it is! There's oodles of stuff in it and the hardest part is deciding what to play with first!
I kept the front of my card fairly plain, just using a piece of one of the cards and some core'dinations card and then embellishing it with some ribbon, punched snowflakes and gems.
On the inside I used one of the 6x6 papers and created a window using concertina'd card with some of the beautiful patterned acetate and then bordered it with some punched strips. The facing side is done with the matching insert paper which I cut to size so the sentiment would fit. I then fussy cut the snowman image and layered it on afterwards. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Snowman exploding box

Grr, I just can't seem to get things to work how I'd like today! I did want my introduction before the photo but the computer was having none of it!!! Lol.

Well I decided to try my hand at making one of the exploding boxes from the Snowman CD. This is a fun project and really fast to put together, although if I were doing it again I would put the image on the inside and the pattern on the outside. 
I used one of the border images, printed twice and joined together, to score and create the snowman rosette for the top of the box. I love how this turned out. I used embellishment images from the CD to decorate the insides. 
Lets hope everything starts going right again before long! I'll be back soon with some more sneak peeks soon so don't forget to pop in and have a look!  :-)

Monday, 19 August 2013

Christmas tree

I know, I know! I've been missing for a long time. I was busy enjoying the company of my eldest child home for a visit! :) It was just great to spend some time with her. 

Anyhow I've not been neglecting my crafting. I've been getting samples ready for a new launch for Crafters Companion. This time it's Father Christmas and the Snowman! I decided to try something a bit different. Ever had a great idea and regretted it? This is one of those! Lol
I thought a couple of pages of patterned paper and half an hour would have it sorted. NO! More like half a day and I lost count of the paper! I was also sticking to everything before I had finished. I used an EK success punch and patterned paper from the CD to create the layers of tree. They're attached, with collall glue gel, to a polystyrene cone base. Once I had (eventually) completed it I sprayed the whole thing, liberally with irridescent spray n sparkle then cut some bauble embellishments and added them on too. The star at the top is cut out of  Centura pearl card and attached to a cocktail stick which I've pushed down into the top. 

Hope you like my wee tree. I'm happy with it and glad I persevered with it. :)

Monday, 15 July 2013

Lets catch up.

It's is my final Barkley make at the moment. I've used the stamped image, coloured with spectrum noir pens of course. It's such a gorgeous wee image and I love how it turned out. I die cut the card and while it was still in the die I tinted it with peacock feathers and mowed grass distress inks. I chose two shades of pink for matting and layering  to bring out the flowers and added some flower embellishments I've had for absolutely ages.
I used some lace trim along the bottom edge of one card layer and the 'lets catch up' sentiment stamp. Hope you all love Barkley as much as I do! I really do think he's my favourite! 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Barkley decorations.

Well it's a late post from me today but we decided to go to the seaside. We had a lovely day although with the breeze coming off the sea it was chilly enough. The sunshine brought everyone out and we had a job even finding somewhere to park.   
Back to my project and I made some modular decorations and used the Barkley Christmas CD to print off my papers and toppers. 
I've added tassels and beads to some of them. I've written a step out for this project which you can find over at club inspire on crafters companion. Have a go at making your own and I'd love to see how you get on.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Telescoping Barkley

It's a bit cooler here this morning but still most pleasant! Yesterday was a scorcher and lots of people got a roasting. Thankfully I just stayed inside and tried to keep cool. 
My card for you today is a telescoping one  using the Barkley everyday CD. I printed out one of the embellishments and when cut out inked around it with black soot distress ink to make it stand out well.
I chose some of the gorgeous doileys and used them to create my layers along with some die cut core'dinations card. The little greeting is from the sentiments section of the CD.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Night light

Ooh, I've had this idea in my head for such a while now, just struggling to get out, but either I didn't have the materials or the subject didn't suit it, well Barkley is just perfect.! 

What did I do? I printed four of the fabric companions onto printable vellum paper using the best print setting. Now I've used the Christmas CD but I could just as easily have used everyday. Next I embossed some card I'd cut,to use as frames, with the floral vine embossing folder.
 Now if I were doing it again I would spray them with my spray 'n' sparkle at this stage. I didn't until I had the frames constructed and I didn't get as good coverage as I would have liked. 

So I made four frames to fit over the images, just as if they were frame cards form previous CDs. I added ribbon to two of them as I made them so I would be able to hang it up. Next I stuck three of the frames together to form 3 sides of a box. Before adding the final side I measured the space that was going to be left in the base and made a shelf which I stuck in to set my tea light on and also to stabilise the construction. I also made a little holder for the tea light so it wouldn't slide about inside the lantern. After attaching the final side I made a little flap to enclose the top of the lantern and added some strung beading and little embellishments.. Now don't worry about that tea light, I've used one of the battery operated variety so it's completely safe. 
Hope you enjoyed today's make and if you want any more info or a step out please let me know!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


I made two sides with polka dot patterned paper! (Hey mum, I used spots!) and two with the fabric companions images which were just the perfect size! The top has a companion paper and I finished the whole thing with some beaded trim and lace from my stash. 

Tissue box cover.

We are still having some fabulous weather here although I must admit it can be difficult getting to sleep. I'm not complaining tho, we get so little good weather we just have to make the best of it when we get sunshine! Maybe that's what inspired today's make.

I constructed a tissue box cover fron thick chipboard and used papers from the Everyday Barkley CD to cover the outside. Just right for the hay fever season!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Crackers about Barkley!

Wow, we're having absolutely scorching weather here at the minute and I'm loving it! I've always said I was born in the wrong continent! Lol. 
Today's make continues the cracker theme, and I made a box of mini crackers to decorate the Christmas tree using some of the papers and embellishments printed from the Barkley Christmas CD. The fact that I had to liberate and then eat six packets of yummy sweets to get the tubes was just a happy coincidence! ;) will there be more Barkley  tomorrow? You bet there will!!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Introducing Barkley!

Well, how cute is this little fellow?  I think he's my favourite character so far and is due to be launched by Crafters Companion on Friday. 
I made a cracker style card and punched the ends with  a Martha Stewart punch. The image is stamped on Neenah card stock and coloured with spectrum noir pens. I used JG1, JG2 &GT2 for his hat and true black for his ears. The background is tinted using stormy sky distress ink. The brim and pompon have polar white flower soft and some ultra fine iridescent glitter added, and the snow is glittery too. Watch out for more Barkley over the next few days.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Centre step card

Yesterday was a busy day for me as I was at the Arches Centre, Randalstown, again, this time to hold a drop in make-and-take day. There were lots of lovely cards created and I met some very enthusiastic new cardmakers. 
I've shared almost all my Brambly Hedge samples with you now, but this is one I made using the Hunkydory kits. I scored the card and made it into a centre step. I've not made many of these so I made a little mistake and scored all the way across my centre fold line. When I folded the steps I realised I had a crease where it shouldn't be but I disguised it with the lace and ribbon. 
For continuity I added the same ribbon to the bottom edge of the centre step then added my toppers. Since the little mice are picking blackberries I added some frosted ones that came from some flowers to fill up theat side.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Back cover

Finally the back cover of my album is just plain but using the same patterned paper as the front. I added lots and lots of ribbon and lace to the book rings for a touch of luxury and tried to choose toning colours with the paper.