Wednesday, 9 November 2016

When is a flower die not a flower die?

When you decide to turn it into a pine cone of course! Yep these lovely looking cones started life as paper flower die cuts.


These are super quick and easy to make as you will see from the mini tutorials below. That's right tutorials as in there's more than one!! I made a whole bunch of these in different sizes to keep in my stash.


Tutorial 1


The first cone has been made using the Flowers 2 Die from Polkadoodles

1. To make a basic cone as shown you will need to cut several of each flower in 300 gsm card.

2. Cut each flower into quarters.

3. Fold each petal in half.

4. Pinch the base of the petal and using tweezers, manipulate the top edge back and over (it will look something like a mouse's ear).

5. Repeat steps 2 - 4 until you have several petals in each size.

6. Take a cotton bud and using a hot glue gun, attach the largest petals to the top of the bud pushing them very slightly upwards.

7. Continue to add the petals to the cotton part of the bud until it is completely covered. Snip the stick of the bud off as close to the base of the cone as possible.

Tip if you want a smaller or larger cone then play around with your start point on the cotton bud and also the size of the petals. For example if you want a larger cone use more of the large petals.


Tutorial 2



The second cone has been made using the Flowers 1 Die from Polkadoodles. There are several ways to make these cones and your final finish will depend upon the way you cut the die cut and how tightly/loosely you wind it.

1. Cut one of each flower from 300 gsm card.

2. Carefully snip into each petal as shown.

Note: The first three pictures show how you can cut the flower to achieve various sized cones. Picture 1 is good for making the base of mid-sized cones or looser style cones. Picture 2 makes tiny, tightly curled cones which are also used as the centres of looser cones. Picture 3 (petals snipped into) is the most versatile as it can be used to make very loose base cones or small tight cones, but requires more manipulation to achieve the desired effect.

3. Take a pair of long nose craft tweezers and grip the widest part of the strip. Wrap around the tweezers and then release. Carefully unfurl and run glue around the base of the strip. Working quickly rewind the strip around the tweezers. If you are making a cone from picture one start at the narrowest part of the strip and apply glue to the centre circle.

4. Allow the petals to unfurl slightly, trying to ensure that they are offset from each other. Hold for a few moments until the glue has time to grab. Set aside to dry.

5. Once dry, use the tweezers to curl and fold the petals as desired.

6. The size of the cone will depend on how tightly or loosely you wind the strip. I created different sized cones by winding some strips very loosely and then stacking strips that had been wound tighter into the centre of the lose cone.

I hope you feel inspired by my tutorials. I'll be popping back later this week with a project made using the cones.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Monday, 3 October 2016

Docrafts Pop Up Box Christmas Parcel Card

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend? I had a really quiet weekend and managed to sneak in a bit of crafty me time. I can't show you what I've been making yet, so thought I'd share one of my recent Docrafts Demo pieces.


This was a really quick and easy card using a Goody Bag, decorative tape, die cut felt shapes and some acetate.


To make, I simply trimmed approximately 1cm off of the edge of a glitter card blank. I then scored the card on the opposite by an equal amount. Keeping the scored edge folded, the edges were then folded to the centre before cutting the card in half on the long edge. Finally I added some staging upon which to mount the embellishments.


I think this makes a really quick and easy show stopper of a card. The best bit is you can make three of these from one goody bag and still have loads of stash left to create with.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Mad as a hatter?

I hope you've had a good weekend so far? I'm just popping in today to share my final commission for Papercraft Essentials Magazine using the fantastic Winnie in Wonderland Collection from Polkadoodles. It is of course a shaped belated birthday card.


I hope you've liked my Winnie in Wonderland Projects?

I'll hopefully be back tomorrow to share another project that I've recently created.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Friday, 30 September 2016

Winnie in Wonderland is not as it seems.....

As promised I'm back today to share another of my makes from issue 137 of Papercraft Essentials Magazine. It's a really quick and easy card using the Flamingo and backing papers from Polkadoodles Winnie in Wonderland collection (full details can be found in the magazine).


I'll be back on Sunday with my final project that I created for the magazine. I do hope you can stop by and take a peek.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Now you see me, now you don't!!!


No I'm not referring to my sporadic appearances on my blog! I am of course talking about this little card I made for Papercraft Essentials Magazine (issue 137) using the awesome Winnie in Wonderland collection from Polkadoodles.


As soon as I saw the Cheshire Cat I knew instantly that he'd look fabulous as a magic slider card.


Full instructions on making the card can be found in the magazine. To give you an idea of how it panned out I've attached a video.

video

I hope you like my take on a magic slider card and will pop back on Friday when I'll have another project from the magazine to share.

Claire x



Friday, 5 August 2016

Life's a beach when you're 18!!!


My baby girl is finally 18!!! I say finally, because it been really hard for her as she's the baby of her social group and has waited for what seems to be forever to be able to go out to the pubs and clubs with her friends.


We're taking her on holiday as part of her birthday celebrations, so hopefully she'll get to enjoy a few cocktails on the beach with us. In view of this I thought this card would be very fitting.


I'm not sure that my photos do this card justice but hopefully you'll be able to see all the dimension and glittery bits. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me either by email, Facebook or Instagram. I always respond and promise that I don't bite!


I inked a simple background with Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks before cutting a strip of vellum and and heat embossing the Happy Birthday sentiment. Next, I drew a cocktail glass body and traced it onto acetate. Prior to cutting it out I added some "flaps" to the sides of the glass (these are folded and tucked into slits in the inked background to make the glass 3D). Next I cut a simple stem and die cut a circle for the base. I then cut matching vellum shapes.


The vellum was coloured using Distress Inks and secured with strategically placed glue dots. Next I lightly marked where the glass was to be placed on the inked background and cut slits about 1/2cm  in towards the centre of the glass from the edges. I ran double sided tape down the acetate flaps and slotted the glass body into place. I cut a piece of vellum to create the back of the glass and then carefully ran silicone glue around the entire rim of the glass before coating generously with diamond dust. I then assembled the remaining parts of the glass and added a straw that I had cut in half.


I stamped and heat embossed the glasses from the Susan K Weckesser  and added vellum and acetate "glass" to them. Next I stamped, coloured and cut out several flowers, leaves and shells from the stamp sets listed below. and attached them to the card with silicone glue. To finish I added lots of glitter and some 3D gloss glue.

I hope you like my little creation but more importantly I hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Stamp Sets used:

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Polkadoodles Stamp Soup - Habourside Hanger

I'm just sharing a little make I made using PolkaDoodles Stamp Soup Little Kingdom set


To create the hanger I stamped out lots of houses onto shrink plastic, coloured them with my Prismacolor Pencils, shrunk them and then attached them to the piece of driftwood. To finish I added some hooks which had been given a faux rust effect and a strip of Command Hanging Tape to the reverse.

I hope you like my little project.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:


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