Sunday, 8 October 2017

For The Love Of Dogs - CD Sunday

At CD Sunday this time the theme is 'For The Love Of Dogs' which has been chosen by Margaret. When I saw the theme I wasn't too happy with Margaret! Cats I can do - I adore them, but did I have anything dog related? So I started looking through my stash and came across some cat stamp and dies that I'd bought recently and there were dogs as well as cats! Phew - Tim Holtz to the rescue LOL! You're forgiven Margaret!
My most recent sister - in - law runs a dog walking business and it's her birthday on 23rd Deember. She misses out with her birthday being so close to Christmas so I thought I'd go over the top and make her something really special. As well as running her business she owns two gorgeous dogs. Bess has been with her for a few years and Denver is one year old. I talked my brother into emailing me some photos of the dogs so I could personalise my project. So I now had loads of doggie images to use and decided a pop up box card would be the best way to show them off. I've never made one before so turned to YouTube where I found a brilliant video that shows a very simple way to make one. I you want to look it up search for 'pop up box card' and find the one by Sabrina Radeck.
As my SIL's dogs are mainly black I made the box out of black card from Creative Crafting World - Linda's black card. I also needed an element from a CD so printed off a paw print paper from Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities Celebration Cd. Out of the 22 colours I chose a light grey. I found it easier to decorate the sides and flaps of the box while it was flat, before gluing the sides together. You can do it afterwards if you want as the box closes flat for putting into an envelope. The pop up dogs were all added after the box was made in order to have them at different heights and so they could all been seen from the front. They're glued to stripes of acetate of varying lengths.

There's now lots of photos following this and you don't have to read any thing after them if you don't want to. After the photos I've explained how I did all the pop up dogs as I used a clever technique to line up stamps and their matching dies. And also there's a little bit about the real dogs.




This is the box closed ready to go in the envelope. The paw print paper is the one from the Cd. I added more die cuts from the same set as the dogs. The paper clip is only there to hold it closed for the photo. 



The CD Sunday challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamps or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a CD such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is especially important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design Team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your card can't be considered for a prize if you haven't used a CD or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. Now you may think that these instructions are easy enough but in every challenge we have entries that can't be picked as a winner. The Design Team still leave comments on the blogs but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed. 

This theme runs until Saturday 21st October at 13:00 and Margaret will choose her top three favourites from the entries. Her chosen number one will receive a prize so make sure you get your entries in on time and to include something printed from a craft CD - Good Luck!


Aligning stamps with the matching die cuts:

The stamps I used were from Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz and is called Mini Cats and Dogs CMS272.
The matching dies are Sizzix Framelits by Tim Holtz and they are called Mini Crazy Cats and Dogs 661594.

I can't claim this technique as my own, I've read it in several craft magazines and also on Face-book craft groups.
Take a piece of card and cut out your die - keep the 'waste' piece that you would normally throw away. I used the Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamping Platform to do my stamping but you may find other ways of lining things up. I placed a scrap piece of card onto my stamping platform, put my stamp in the middle of the card and closed the lid, which picks the stamp up. Ink the stamp and close the lid to leave an impression on your piece of card. Now take the 'waste' piece with the die cut shape cut out and line it up over your stamped image. Make sure you don't move the stamped image while doing this. Either tape the die cut waste down or use magnets to hold it in place. Now place your die cut shape from earlier back into the piece of card you'd cut it from. Re-ink your stamp and close the lid, when you open the lid again you will have the image stamped centrally onto your die cut! Simples! 
There's no other way I would have been able to stamp and die cut these eyes/noses/tongues etc.




Introducing the stars of the show:


This is Bess, she's a working dog and helps my SIL keep the other dogs under control when they are being walked. She's always waiting to be given instructions on what is expected of her from my SIL. She was ring barer at my brother and SIL's wedding last year and she stole the show and everyone's hearts.
This handsome young man is Denver. He's only one year old and he's grown so big in that time. He's full of energy and loves nothing more than to be splashing around in water. He also likes watching TV especially the sheep dog trials on Country File - I kid you not!

This is the two dogs together - Denver certainly knows that Bess is the boss!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Mellow yellow - CD Sunday

The CD Sunday challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamps or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a CD such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is especially important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design Team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your card can't be in considered for a prize if you haven't used a CD or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. Now you may think that these instructions are easy enough but in every challenge we have entries that can't be picked as a winner. The Design Team still leave comments on the blogs but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed. OK enough of that onto my card for this theme.
Mellow Yellow is the new theme for the CD Sunday Challenge picked by Wynn. 
Mellow Yellow brought to my mind an image of a sun with the rays branching out from the centre. So I was quite pleased when I opened Papercraft Inspirations magazine, issue 167, and found a guide on how to make Starburst cards. 
I had to use yellow in the design, as per Wynn's theme, and knew that Kraft card went well with yellow so I set about looking through my craft CDs for backing papers that went together.
This is my finished card, which includes a few 'firsts' for me:
                                                    


I started with a cream card blank and covered it with Kraft card which was then covered with the first of the backing papers - that was the easy, quick bit done LOL!
For the starburst/sunray effect I chose 3 further backing papers which were cut into 11 cm lengths but different widths. Here comes one of the firsts! Each piece had to have the edges inked and I always shy away from this as I make a right mess. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and I'm pleased with how it turned out although it's not very noticeable in the photos. These rectangles were then cut in half to make triangles which were glued onto Kraft card. 
A second, smaller rectangular mat of Kraft card was covered with the spotty backing paper and the triangles were then arranged to form the sunburst. I used foam tape to raise them up from the spotty paper. The triangles are made to be too long for the mat so you then cut off the overhanging edges.
Time for the another first! A faux stitch effect was added to the papers with a black fine liner. I made a right mess of this with different sized stitches and wonky lines. I've since read somewhere to use a piece of card in order to keep the lines straight. If you use a plastic ruler the ink can stay wet on it and then smudge your paper.

                                                       

I then added my own take on the design by making a faux bow and sticking the bow and a length of ribbon to a piece of Kraft card and placing it along the lower half of the design. The ribbon was taken around the back of the mat and glued in place. The whole layer was then glued to the prepared card blank. To cover the area where the 'rays' join together I die cut a scalloped circle from Kraft card and a plain circle from yellow card. A sentiment was then stamped onto the yellow card.
I finished the card by glueing yellow dew drops onto the centre of the ribbon and the centre of the sentiment. Finally I added some really tiny dew drops to the top right and bottom left of the second layer of Kraft card - again they're difficult to see in the photos.


The challenge runs until Saturday 7th October at 13:00. Please don't forget to include something from a Cd!

The CDs I used are all from Creative Crafting World - Perfect Essential Companions, Perfect Forever Companions and Perfect Floral Companions.



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Clean and Simple - CD Sunday

Thanks to everyone who entered my challenge 'Let's Hear It For The Boys'. I'll be picking a Top Three and the winner will receive the prize that I have ready and waiting to go in the post. Sadly a few people either didn't use something from a CD or didn't name the Cd in their blog post so can't be considered for the prize.
This time it's Meg who has chosen the CD Sunday theme and she has picked 'Clean And Simple'. A perfect theme if you need to make a card in a hurry as there's no need to use loads of mats and layers or embellishments.
I decided to add to my Christmas card supply and I knew where to head for some lovely papers and images - DoCrafts Digital Designer. Sadly this isn't available anymore which is a shame as it has some really lovely designs. 
I chose Henbury Lane - Poinsetta.



I put the design together on screen using an image of some presents layered onto a very pale green paper,a sentiment in a darker shade of green and a pale green mistletoe design backing paper. I was going to print it out as one layer but decided the image surrounded by the pale green paper wasn't standing out and that it needed a white mat between it and the mistletoe paper.
After I'd printed it I cut the image out using a Tonic Studio Essentials Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basic die (could they have made the name any longer?). I thought I'd used the right size oval die but it was a little to big and left a very small white edge. When I tried the topper on the backing paper I decided I liked the look so I then cut the BP slightly smaller than the card front leaving a small border of the white card to match.
I only added holly corner peel offs to finish the card and my Clean And Simple card was complete!




Meg's theme runs until Saturday 23rd September at 1 pm. Don't forget to follow the 2 rules - you must use something from a craft Cd and you must name that Cd in your blog post. You can use a download on your card as long as you also use something from a Cd. So you could use a downloaded image with a backing paper from a Cd for example. Meg will pick her Top Three cards/projects and has a prize for the winner - good luck!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Let's Hear It For The Boys - CD Sunday

It's my turn to choose the theme for the next 2 weeks at CD Sunday. I know we all find male cards difficult to make but do we find it easier to make cards for little boys? So I chose 'Let's Hear It For The Boys' as my theme but your make doesn't have to be for a young child it could be for a teenager or a grown man.
I knew I had a project Cd that had several makes that would fit the theme - I just had to pick which one I wanted to do.
So meet Metal Mickey!


On the Cd he's called Robot Ralph which I didn't think was very roboty so as I've used craft metal to decorate him I changed his name to Metal Mickey. The Cd is from PolkaDoodles and is called Paper Boutique. It's from 2011 so quite old but the projects are still useable. The Cd gives you a template to print and cut out to make the card base plus another sheet with all the parts of the robot to cut out and stick to the template. From this printed sheet I only used the face, with the teeth included, as the other parts I used as template and cut them from funky foam and craft metal.
The blue craft metal has been embossed with a hessian embossing folder and the green with a dotted matrix folder. I didn't run the folders through a machine as I thought the pressure would make holes in the metal as it's quite thin. Instead I put the metal in the folder and then just rubbed over with an embossing tool which worked really well.
For the eye area I cut out the printed rectangle and layered a smaller craft metal layer on top. I then pushed 2 green jewel brads through the 2 layers for eyes. This was then put on foam tape to lift it up from the face. The teeth were already printed onto the face so I just used glossy accents on them. 
Are the things sticking out of the side of his head aerials? I wanted them to look 3D so firstly I glued a black button on and then a small circle of silver card on the top..
I drew an 'M' onto a piece of holographic plastic and cut it out then glued it to the top of his head. Now everyone knows his name begins with the letter M LOL!



The arms and legs were cut from red funky foam with the hands, knees and feet cut from black funky foam with metal brads added just for effect. At this point he started to look like Father Christmas which is why I then did the rest of him in different coloured metals.
My favourite part is his belly! On the Cd he just has lights, buttons and Happy Birthday but I wanted to add cogs to make it look like the workings inside him. These were also cut from craft metal using a Sheena Douglass die set - Perfect Partners Time Traveller Geared Up. I then used the printed lights as a template to make the yellow and orange lights, layered them up and coated the top layer with glossy accents. I glued all this to the embossed green craft metal but it all looked too flat. So then I set about trying to find a square plastic 'bubble' to fit over it all. I like to recycle items - ask anyone who has received an ATC from me when the theme has been 'recycle' LOL! So I had lots of plastic bubbles cut from old packaging but none of them fitted or were too deep. So I decided to make my own. Using a piece of thick plastic packaging I scored around it and bent the edges to form the bubble - perfect fit! I had to use red liner tape to get it to stick to the craft metal as no other glue would hold it. To finish it I glued a green 'go' button and a larger red 'stop' one to the outside.



For the inside I printed off 2 sheets of backing paper from the Cd that has rockets, stars and planets on it. I also used the printed 'Happy Birthday' from the sheet that should have been on his belly but layered it up on the inside of the card.



My theme runs until Saturday 9th September at 1 pm. To be considered for the prize I have you must use something from a craft Cd. It doesn't matter how small the element is, it could be a sentiment, a tag, a bow etc. but it must be from a Cd. You can use a download on your card as long as you also use something from a Cd. So you could use a downloaded image with a backing paper from a Cd for example. You must also state the name of the Cd in your blog post. The design team may visit your blog and leave comments but if you haven't followed these 2 rules then your entry won't be considered for the prize.
I hope the new school term (in England and Wales) doesn't stop you from crafting and entering my challenge - I look forward to seeing your entries.





Sunday, 13 August 2017

Past Times - CD Sunday

The challenge at CD Sunday this time has been chosen by Jane and she has picked 'Past Times'. I knew I had a Cd that was perfect for this theme - I'd won it in a prize draw from a now defunct craft magazine. It's called 'Summer of 59' and is from Krafty Hands(who also appear to no longer exist!).
I wanted to use several of the images from the Cd and decided the best way to do that was to make an accordion card. I have a couple of Die'sire Create-A-Card Accordion dies that I bought from eBay fairly recently and chose the circle version of the accordion die for this card.



I copy and pasted the images into Word and resized them so they would fit the central circular section. I then cut 4 pages using the main die and decorated each of the pages using a Die'sire Create-A-Card Filigree Circle Overlay die cut out of Tonic Craft Perfect card in toning colours to match each of the Cd images. I made a small string of bunting using a Tonic Jubilant Jubilee Bunting die and used Promarkers to colour it to match the rest of the card. And basically that's all that I did - the accordion dies did most of the work I just had to assemble it!

This is the front of the card:



The first 2 pages:      




The middle 2 pages:      

 The last 2 pages:          



I also decorated the back of each section using the same colour as the front but different images of the women.


The first 2 pages:       
                                   

 The back of the last 2 pages:    



And finally the back of the card:



The challenge ends at 13:00 on Saturday 26th August. To qualify for the prize you must use something from a craft Cd (not a download) and you must name that CD in your post.