Month: July 2018

One in a million

Good morning everyone!

It’s time for my next project for the Crafts-U-Love design team and I decided to do something a bit different for today!

I received some pretty Prima Marketing 12×12 paper and the Marianne Designs Rosettes & Labels Collectables dies. Although I have MOUNTAINS of patterned paper, I rarely use it nowadays as I prefer to make my own backgrounds, but I was determined to include it in my DT card for today!

I decided that an ‘impossible card’ would be a great way to show off that pretty paper.

An impossible card is made from one piece of cardstock which is cut and folded in a couple of places. There are loads of tutorials online, but I thought I’d run through my process today. I haven’t included measurements as you can vary them according to the size of your project.  The size of my card was driven by the rosette die which I knew I wanted to use on the bit that stands up

Step 1 – set up and cut your base card

 (Click to enlarge image)

I started by drawing the cut and fold lines on my base card in pencil and then cut it in the three places as indicated by the unbroken line. The key with this project is to make sure that the three vertical cuts reach the horizontal centre (dotted) line.

 

Step 2 – twist/fold the right side of the card

Firmly hold the left side of the card and then twist the right side of the card up and then back. Fold along the centre – use a bone folder to smooth down the fold/crease.

Step 3 – lift up the centre flap

 

Lift up the centre rectangle and fold backwards. Use the bone folder to ‘sharpen’ the fold.  The centre flap should stand up of its own accord.

Step 4 – decorate the creation!

And there you have it, the impossible card, ready for decoration! I erased the visible pencil lines and adhered patterned paper. I added the rosette which I had made with the Marianne Design dies and a Penny Black stamp.

 

 

 To finish off the card, I added a few die cut stars.

 

This is what the card looks like from the reverse and underneath (obviously I’d erase my pencil marks before using the card!). I still can’t believe how this can be created from one sheet with a couple of cuts and folds! The card can be flattened and popped in a regular envelope.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

Marianne Designs Rosettes & Labels Collectables dies *

Prima Cherry Blossom 12″ x 12″ Paper – Transformation *

Penny Black Clear Stamp Set – Grateful Heart

Core’dinations Silver Mist 12″ x 12″ Glitter Cardstock

Distress Oxide ink 

 

 

Sea you soon

Happy Sunday everyone!

There’s a nautical/beach theme for the current Memory Box challenge which gave me the perfect opportunity to finally open up the Under the Sea Collage die – I’ve had it for a while but for some reason I had never used it!

I started by creating an ocean background with distress oxide inks on glossy paper. I mounted the Under the Sea Collage die on top of the background using funky foam and then added a few seaweed stalks on the background and on the frame. Finally I added a sentiment from a Paper Smooches set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Glittery holly berries

 

Hi everyone!

I’ve been playing with more Christmas supplies that I bought in the January sales. I’ve really enjoyed Christmas in July and plan to continue it into August!

For this card I used a holly die from Penny Black and a Tim Holtz stencil. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

I coloured the leaves and berries using regular distress ink and used distress oxide to create the stencilled panel. To finish off the card, I added some Nuvo red gliiter drops. I really love how these dry in a beautiful dome! I’ve finally found a way of creating dots and easily adding them to my project when dry – I use waxy paper! I had previously used acetate and a clear block but it was so difficult to remove the dried dots! They comeoff the waxy paper very easily indeed!

I’m entering this into the current Color Throwdown challenge (red, green and grey), Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Christmas in July).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

 

Birthday Butterflies

Hi there everyone!

My two new distress oxides inks have arrived and I had to have a very quick play with them straightaway! I did some basic ink blending with them – the Tumbled Glass is gorgeous and l love the Spun Sugar as well! I had been hoping for Dried Marigold, but I won’t have to wait too long for the final release in October and the Spun Sugar is a fabulous ‘consolation’!

I spritzed the blended piece with perfect pearls and then cut it using butterfly dies from Simon Says Stamp and Poppystamps. I decided to play along with the current Case This Sketch Challenge and arranged the butterflies around a Presscut sentiment die.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Poinsettia in a pot

Greetings!

Another day and another Christmas in July card! For today’s card, I worked with a lovely stamp from Magenta Art Stamps which I got five years ago! It’s another large image and I have struggled to use it in many cards… but I love colouring it in!

I heat embossed the image and then used two shades of red from my Twinkling H2O collection to colour the flowers but you can’t really see the two shades in my pictures unfortunately.

After colouring the image, I added lots of gold splatters using some diluted Cosmic Shimmer powder. On reflection, I feel this may make the card a little busy for a CAS card…. or maybe I feel that because I added a blue card frame rather than my ‘safe choice’ of white card…

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment from Penny Black.

I’m entering this into the CAS Christmas challenge – poinsettia.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

Botanical tree

Hi everyone!

I’m fully embracing Christmas in July this year and today I’m playing along with the CAS Christmas challenge which has the theme of ‘poinsettia’.

I decided to use the wonderful Botanical Tree stamp set from Power Poppy. I first saw this stamp on Instagram almost three years ago and bought it after Christmas. Sadly, like most of my Christmas supplies, I don’t use it enough!

The tree is quite large – and I always find it challenging to use a large stamp on a CAS card. So I stamped the image on the left of my card and trimmed off a small part of it. Believe me, I didn’t want to cut anything off that beautiful image, but I think it actually helped to ground the image on the card.

As I wanted to focus attention on the poinsettias within the stamp, I kept the colour scheme very simple and coloured just the poinsettias and leaves at first. However, I felt the image was still unfinished, so I coloured the roses and added some sparkle to the rest of the image using my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. Although this is bit different from my original plan, I still think the poinsettias are very prominent!

The sentiment is also from the same Power Poppy set.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Christmas in July.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.