Friday, 16 June 2017

Quick & Easy Card for Dad

I've made this quick and easy card using the A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack from the Capsule Elements Metallics.



1. Trim a piece of the patterned to paper to fit a 5" x 7" Anita's card blank, leaving a narrow border. Adhere the paper to the card using a Stick It Glue Stick.

2. Take one of the paper ribbons from the kit and trim to measure 5.5". Mark the centre of the strip and fold the edges to the centre, the top corners should be about 1/2" from the top. Fold the top corners back to create the collar wing tips.

3. Trim a narrow border from patterned paper to create a decorative edge for the shirt collar, glue into position.

4. Assemble a bow from the paper kit, secure with a brad before gluing into position.

5. Snip the heads from two more brads and adhere to the card using silicone glue.

6. To finish add a sentiment and the word DAD.

If you want to see me re-creating this card and others, then please feel free to pop along to Clarkes The Stationers, Bond Street, Brighton between 10am and 4pm.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Quick & Easy Birthday or Father's Day Card

Just thought I'd pop on to share a really quick and easy card that I made recently.


1. Cut a Papermania 8 x 8'' kraft card blank to 17 x 14cm. Cut a black 16.5 x 13cm rectangle panel and then a 13.5 x 11cm panel from Papermania Kraftstax. Place all pieces of cardstock so they are landscape and round off the top and bottom corners on the right-hand side with an Xcut Corner Punch.2. Apply a thin line of Anita’s Tacky Glue to the black panel and fix to the front of the kraft card blank. Ensure there is an even border of kraft showing around the edges. 
3. Create fishtail tags using three varied lengths of Papermania Capsule Elements Wood Craft Tape, simply snip a 'V' into the end before sticking to the left-hand side of the card. Once you are happy with the placement, adhere the Kraftstax panel to the black card, making sure that the other end of the fishtail tags are covered.
4. Die cut the text from black cardstock. Use the Xcut Wedding Alphabet & Numbers for ‘Dad’, Xcut Mini Serif Alpha Dies for the rest of the text and finally the Xcut Dad Mini Sentiment Die for the moustache. Organise your text and adhere, enhancing the design by adding Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to the moustache and word ‘Dad’.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

I'm back!!!

Well I'm kind of back. I thought I'd pop my head in, blow off the dust and see who's about! I'm not sure if people still blog or if other social media platforms have taken over? Whilst I love the ease and speed of sharing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I really miss the details that blog posts give. So with that in mind, I'm thinking I might give blogging another whirl. I can't promise to post on regular basis at the moment, but I'm going to do my best.

Whilst I've been away from here, I've been super busy and believe it or not a lot of it has involved crafting. As many of you know I demonstrate for docrafts and also design for Polkadoodles. That hasn't changed, but I'm pleased to be able to tell you that I'm now a member of the 2017 docrafts Professional Design Team. My term with them is about to start, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to bring you lots of inspiration for using the new goodies that they will be releasing in the coming months.

Whilst I'm here I thought I'd give you a little glimpse of some of my recent docrafts demonstration pieces. If you've not been to one of our events, I can highly recommend that you pop along as there are some super talented demonstrators and they all seem to have a never ending supply of hints and tips as well as inspiration.

I'll start with some easy makes using the new Mr & Mrs Xcut die, Vintage Border dies and Dinky Flower and Leaf dies. You'll have to excuse the fact some of the colours schemes and layouts aren't quite perfect, but these projects were made during a demo and with the products that I had to hand.

This was a simple little anniversary card. I've added Bare Basics large wooden numbers painted with Artiste Silver Paint and a sentiment from Papermania All Occasions Sentiments.


Another easy make using the above dies, Coloured Vellum, Mirror Board and of course some ribbon. (All of the flowers on the top of the project have been made using one die).


Finally, a little gift bag.


Hopefully you can see just versatile the dies I've used are? I'll be back soon with some more makes and maybe a tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and apologies again for the lack of consistency in blogging. I will be trying harder to blog regularly!

Claire x


Thursday, 19 January 2017

French Bulldog Bag

This is another bag that I did for my friend to give as a gift to a little girl who loves French Bulldogs.


The dog has been painted with acrylic paint and embellished with grosgrain ribbon and wooden stars.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It's a show stopper.....

I was asked to make this bag as a gift for a friend's niece. The only restrictions were to use the ballerina image and the colours hot pink and black. So this is what I came up with.



I printed the image onto transfer paper and ironed it onto the bag prior to painting with acrylic paint. I then created curtains from tulle fabric and stitched them into place. To finish I added some gold chipboard stars and gold and black polka-dot ribbon. The cork heart was painted with black acrylic paint and then the name stamped and heat embossed with Docrafts Gold Embossing Powder.

The picture above doesn't show the glitter and sparkle, so I took another picture inside in an attempt to show the sparkly bits. Hopefully you can see them.



Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Have you seen this?

Firstly Happy new year to you all. A little late I know but better late than never huh?


Anyway, I just thought I'd pop on to let you all know that I've two projects in this month's Craft Stamper Magazine! Excited?... muchly :) My good friend and team mate Louise Sims has also got a couple of projects in there too! Sadly, I can't show the full projects, so you'll have to make do with a few sneaky peeks.


If you buy the magazine and spot my projects please let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Old turns to new.....

Well that's another year virtually done and dusted! I hope 2016 has been kind to you, I know for many it has been a really tough and testing year. For me personally, I thought it hadn't been a great year, but upon reviewing my blog, social media and a few other things I've come to the conclusion that despite a few trials and set backs, it's actually been a pretty good year. I'm grateful for the all the positive moments that 2016 has delivered.

I've decided that no matter what the incoming year holds for me I will try and focus on the good things. The stuff that makes me and those around me happy. I've also decided to focus upon a word for 2017 that will be my inspiration and motivator - that word is KINDNESS. 


Kindness costs nothing, makes both the giver and receiver of it happy and if there was more of it, the world would be a far better place. I'm determined to do something kind every single day, whether it be simply paying someone a compliment after all, who doesn't like to be told they look nice or that you love their sweater/dress/hair? To donating to a deserving cause or leaving random gift somewhere to brighten a persons day. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting my blog and taking the time read, comment and share in my creativity. I hope 2017 brings you all good health and happiness.

Claire x
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