I didn’t realise how many cards I had made on holiday and since coming home. It was encouraging to see just how many I had made. Some I cannot show as Card Captain because they do not have Michael Strong stamps on them but will show them here on my blog over the coming weeks.
Well, here we are at the end of another week of cards. The instructions for Day 5 card are shown below. I was going to use this as Thursday’s technique but thought it was not really very technical.
As of today I am starting study again so I may not be so productive with cards but I’ll be back later in the year to share another week of cards.
Here are the instructions:
The frame is made with a 6″x 6″ piece of patterned paper. I used a sheet from a 6×6″ pad. You need to have paper that is sturdy but foldable.
I stamped the smaller of Michael’s penguins onto white cardstock to give a “picture” effect and then used some Ranger Distress ink “Stormy Sky” to “distress” the frame, the “picture” and the patterned background as well as the card blank before assembling the card. Only double sided tape was used for assembly, but for the frame I used just a couple of pieces of mounting foam, because it was made as a sample which could be taken apart to see how the fold works.
Now: With the paper face up square in front of you, fold bottom up to meet the top edge, bone score to make the crease sharp, then open up and fold from left to right and crease.
Next fold each side into the centre starting from left into the centre, open and repeat on right, turn paper so you can repeat. You should have folds showing small squares. When you fold the sides to the centre it should look like a little cupboard. Your paper when opened up should look like a sheet of little boxes.
Then open and turn paper face down and fold from bottom left corner to the top right corner – giving a triangle and crease, and repeat the other way.
To save having to read my chaotic explanation which would also take twice as long, I have attached the PDF copy of the original article AccordionBookInABox . There is also a video on YouTube here.
What I have done is simply use one of the six frames in the article, so it is totally up to you whether you make the actual little accordion album and the box it goes into, or simply make one. Another way you can use, is perhaps make 4 and use on a card if you use smaller squares or use the 6″ x 6″ squares and include on your scrapbook page, you can make two or three perhaps for a scrapbook page depending on your photos.
So there you have it, the Framed Penguin card. You also have all the instructions to make your own. Let me know if you make one, or show on my Crafty Things page on Facebook.
Have fun and thank you for visiting. Cheerio until next time.
Today you not only get a card but a video as well.
Being Thursday, that means technique day. I have a slightly more complex card for you. It takes a bit more work, measuring, cutting, stamping, colouring and of course putting it all together. And I’m not ashamed to say I had to watch it several times and even as I was making the card in order to get it right.
But I loved the card when I saw Dawn Griffith’s video, so downloaded the instructions and made it while on holiday, as you do.
The instructions are provided in the video as you watch, so pause it write down the instructions and go again. The written instructions include the paper colours, measurements but not the actual cutting you need to do to get the “flip”. The “ingredients” Dawn used are Stampin’ Up products but I didn’t have any Stampin’ Up papers or stamps so I used Michael Strong Stamps whatever papers and other stamps I had to hand. I have included the cutting measurements here:
You will need 2 pieces of different coloured card stock and 1 sheet of white. You will of course need your adhesives whether double-sided tape or tape runner or glue whichever is your preference.
Card blank – 5 1/2″ x 8 ½”
- cut 2 at 2 1/2″ x 2 ½” and
- cut 1 at 3 3/4” x 5”
The second colour card stock:
- cut 2 at 2 3/4” x 2 3/4” and
- cut 1 at 4” x 5 1/4”
At this point it is best to watch the video – I watched it so many times, I lost count.
When you watch the video have paper and pencil to write down the blank card cutting measurements.
I have attempted to give you the cutting instructions here but it will help you understand better by watching the video.
- Using your scoring board or cutter with scorer place the 8 1/2″ side across the top and score at 4 1/4″;
- Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 2 1/2″ and cut down to 4 7/8″;
- Turn so the 5 1/2″ side is across the top.
- Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 3″ and cut up to the 5/8″ .
Once all the cutting is done fold the blank in half (remember you scored at 4 1/4″). Then take the top right corner (on the opening side) of the square you have just cut and fold down toward the centre, making sure that the fold of the square is even. Using a bone scorer helps to make sure the crease stays in place. Watch the video again if you need to.
Now that all the cutting and folding is done, time to do your stamping and colouring which are up to personal choice. I used the Michael Strong mini flower and large and small tulips. Other stamps I had to hand for leaves etc.
Well, having given you the technique, it is time to show you my card, I have taken 3 photos of it to show all angles of the finished card.
I hope you enjoy the card and video as much as I have making the card. I’m not sure which is more difficult getting the card done or writing all this up! lol. Have fun, I will show you the first three cards for this week later, but as you get 3 photos this time plus a video I think it is enough to keep you going for a while. Enjoy! Till next time.
Well, I didn’t get here last week but I did make some cards, but before I show those I will show a couple I had promised to show you when the recipients had received them. So, here is the first one, which I made for the 15th Anniversary of my teabag folding club. It was cut from one piece of cardstock with other pieces added on where appropriate. This was made using some leftover papers from the Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day event I held in May. The daisies are actually the “negatives” of daisies I used elsewhere. The medallion at the bottom is made from “tiles” cut from CM patterned papers from a different batch with little flowers.
The next one was made for another recipient and it was for a “Mid-Month Fold” which means that midway through the month we are presented with a fold which participants have to follow to make a medallion and then send to the nominated person. Everyone who signs up for the swap receives and sends a card.
This one was made using an embossing folder, I simply sponged some colour over the embossing and attached a medallion with the appropriate fold. I don’t always add sentiments or words for cards made for swaps because that way the person receiving it can use it for birthday or other occasion they wish.
My next post will show my first Card for the Week as it’s my turn again to be Card Captain for the Michael Strong Stamps group. You’ve seen my previous ones so I hope you come back to see what I have this week. Until then (later today). Cheers and thanks for looking.
This time I am posting about the new Rotary Blade 12″ trimmer from Kaszazz, much better than their “ordinary” fixed blade trimmer. I ordered the new rotary blade trimmer because the fixed blade trimmer was just not cutting properly, leaving very rough edges. Even with a new blade the fixed blade trimmer only worked cleanly for a few cuts before, you guessed it, rough edges again. Now, with the new rotary blade trimmer I can be confident that when I cut my paper it will be neat, accurate and usable for my projects.
I love the stamps and papers from Kaszazz which together with CM products gives me a world of choice for my projects. The styles are very different and yet they are both beautiful. The main difference is, that people who don’t want to spend on buying stamps and inks for their scrapbooking but still want to “dress up” their scrapbooking, the CM pre-made flowers, stickers and die cuts, make beautiful, quick and easy pages.
Back to topic – the Rotary Blade Trimmer cuts clean and accurate and you can order by private messaging me on Facebook. The Trimmer has a choice of three cuts – curved, straight and perforated. Also available are replacement blades and cutting rubber mat. Now see the trimmer in action in this video which will explain how to use the different styles of cutting and the replacements available and how to attach them when needed.
Well, that’s really it from me today. Enjoy looking at the product and thanks for reading. Cheers, Lola.
Hello again, earlier today I posted information about all the new items this month with Creative Memories.
This time I’m posting a card made last week, which was part of a weekly challenge with Splitcoaststampers. It didn’t take long to make this card but it took some thinking on how to get things to fit together and what papers/colours I would use.
Single sided patterned paper on the back of which I randomly stamped Michael Strong Flower stamp, cut to size. Left over strips of patterned paper from a 12″Pad from Aldi, some leftover greenish card stock which is double sided darker on one side light on other. The Flower sentiment is Kaszazz stamp no longer available but found it stamped on the white card in Ranger “Aged Mahogany”. I had small punched flowers from a previous projects with the same patterned paper as the larger strip. I thought it appropriate to put these together. Hope you like it. The brand etc. information is as follows:
Stamps: Kaszazz – sentiment and Michael Strong Rubber Stamp – flower
Paper: Kaszazz Cardstock – Bermuda, Oatmeal (216 gsm base) and no-brand cardstock (for circle), patterned
Paper Size: Base card A5 (half A4 – 216gsm) Australian sizes
Ink: Archival Inks – Cobalt, Forget-me-not and Ranger – Aged Mahogany
Accessories: Double sided tape, punch for flowers, stamp, personal trimmer and 12″ trimmer, glossy accents or craft glue for flowers
Techniques: Stamped background paper, and cutting
This wasn’t the only card I made but the only one I can show at present, because the others were for swaps and I don’t want to show them before the recipients receive them. I will show them later in the month.
So, I think that’s it for the moment. Oh, one last thing I will be Card Captain again later this month so keep a look out for what I come up with. Cheers until next time.
Remember I mentioned that some of my projects used some older CM Custom Cutting Systems? Well, we now have a newer version and you can order your own sets here and make your own great layouts. Take a look at the new product fliers below or have a look at our new July catalogue.
I have attached a link to a video showing the lovely projects you can make using the new Gemstones Custom Cutting system. Also a link to the video on the new Mix & Match bundle of patterned papers and their matching embellishments.
What could you do with – 60 sheets of double-sided 12×12 scrapbook paper, including the Mix & Match Paper Packs: Cranberry, Evergreen, Eggplant, Royal Blue and Neutral plus all the matching embellishment packs? Check them out at the website under “Themes: All Occasions – Mix & Match”, and get scrap(book)ing. You know you want to and now you have a bundle of papers, a great custom cutting system, just waiting for you to get started.
I think I’ve given you enough to do for today, so until next time. Cheers, Lola.
This is just a quick post to let you know to “watch this space” because there are some great new items coming in July, but in the meantime check out some of the other goodies. Remember how I said they might bring some new CCS items, well stay tuned for my Tuesday post.
I may have already shown you this flier but because the offer runs out on 4 July 2017, I thought I’d run it by you again, and this is where you can order. So until Tuesday.