Sunday, 25 September 2011

A5 tea = light card tutorial

Good afternoon everyone. I promised you guys I would share how I made the tea light card that has been featured a lot lately but in the larger size of A5 card.
This is going to be a long post with mutiple pictures. (Apologies for the pictures being upside down it wasnt when I uploaded it but they are appearing on the screen that way not sure why)

I have managed to make this using 3 peices of A4 card stock rather than the specialist 14*14 card stock you would need otherwise.

Firsty place you A4 card stock onto your boxer board (any other scoring board which has inches on it) butt it up using the shorter side and score at 6 inches and again at 7 inches
see picture below

You will need to do this on 2 peices of your card stock.
Cut your card stock at the 7inch score line so your left with this

Do this on both peices
(do not discard these cut off's as you can use them later on)
Fold and burnish your score line and then stick the two folded flaps together to create your card

Now for your box to hold the tea lights.
You will need to cut your longest side at 10 2/8 inch, heigth stays the same (A4

Now score along the shortest edge (longest edge butted up against the edge) and score at
7/8 then 1 6/8 then then 6 6/8 then 7 5/8
turn your card 90 degrees and score at
7/8 then 1 6/8 flip it and do the same the other side
Fold and burnish all your lines it should look something like this

Then cut your ends so they look like this.

What I do next is ink all the edges

You will need to then attach all your backing papers so that its completley covered for when you start to assemble your box.
Use a nestie or anything you have to create an aperture on the front of your box then attach ascertate to create the window.

This is one I have completed

Once you ascertate is in place you can asemble your box, you will notice there is no back to it. 
ou can either stick this straight down to your card base or use one of your off cuts from earlier and just slide that into the back of your box to create
a full box (remember it is your choice I do this becuase it gives the box a bit more stablity.
You can decorate your card anyway you like I have made these for both xmas gifts and birthdays. I create a pocket on the inside of the card with a tag so that you can write on the tag but it is entirely up to you how you finish off your very own creation, have fun with it.

Here is a finished example

 A trick I learnt after making a mistake with this is you will need to attach ribbon around your box so that it holds the flap at the top closed keeping your candles safely inside. Do this before you stick it down to the card base. It just means the receipent can access the box easily without having to rip it open and ruin the card in the process.

I hope this is helpful any questions please dont hesitate to ask. It seems lot more complicated than it really is and to actually do your cutting and scoring it only takes about 5 mins, its the decotating and the personal touches that takes all the time.


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A5 tea = light card

Afternoon everyone, After having a go at the Tea light card I saw HERE I decided that I wanted to make a bigger version of this so I could make them as gifts for my daughter's teachers for Christmas.
Here is my take on this,

 It is A5 in size, I have used my free humphrey stamp and coloured it with my promarkers.
 I have used backing papers from the Cute Companions Cd Rom. The sentiment stamp is one of the Daisy and Dandelion christmas stamp sets. I have also used my snowflakes CB embossing folder then ran a ink pad over the top just to highlight the details.

 This is the inside view and I have again used the same backing papers from cute companions cd, this raindeer stamp I got in a Do Crafts goody bag last year but I dont know the name of it. The sentiment stamp is another freebie, it came with my Papercraft insiprations mag this month and is a Forever Freinds stamp set. The snowflake has been cut using my robo and I have layered the same snowflake on the front of the card after colouring them with my promarkers so they matched the stamp.

This is the box I created seperately and then glued to this 1/2 of the card. It holds 12 tea lights and I have left the top open and then tied with ribbon so you can get the candles out easily. I used my Xcut nesties to trace the 'window' and have used asertate. 
If anyone is interested in the dimensions etc for this I will try and get a tutorial step up and posted on here over the next few days. I have manged to work out so you dont need specialist sized card to make this it can all be done using just A4 card stock - takes a lil bit more time and may b a lil bit more fiddly for new crafters but the time is totally worth it I think.

Let me know what you guys think too.
Marie xxxx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

50th Birthday card

Afternoon everyong, I made this card yesterday for a order for the same lady as the baby card. I love the colours on this and im really pleased with how its turned out.

 I have used an image out of the Me to You decoupage kit ive had for a while. I have also used some of the papers from the same kit. I love the papers out of this kit there so colourful. I have used a butterfly punch and double layered them to make them 3d with some glaze.

 This is a close up of the decoupage image

I have used my crafters companion number stamps for the numbers and coloured them with my whispers brush markers. I have used some glaze in places on the numbers aswell.

I am entering this into the challenge over and Creative Inspirations - Anything goes

Enjoy the rest of your day
Marie xxx

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Baby girl commission card

Evening all.
Just thought I would share with you this baby girl card I made for a commission card a few days back. I havent shared until now as my internet has been playing up again so fingers crossed I get through this post without losing jy connection again.
I have used my decoupage baby images from Pink Gem Desgins which I just love and have used sooooooooooo many times before along with the baby papers that Janet designed to go with these.

 The lady who ordered it asked me to add a picture on the inside of the new baby when she was born but I finished the card and the baby still had not arrived so I decorated the inside for her and sent some photo corners with the card so she can add in the picture once the baby arrives.

This is the inside view again I have used the 'cutie pie' papers from Pink Gem Designs to decorate the inside.
I also made a box to go with this as she wanted it to be a gift and extra special.

I used tissue paper to wrap the card in once it was inside the box.

 I cut up strips of the patterned paper and used this as borders to go around the edge of the box base and just plain pink card to go around the edges of the box lid.

I used my boxer board from Crafters Companion to create the box, i used 2 sheets of A3 card and cut them down to 10x10 inches as my card is 8x8inches. I have cut the patterned paper up again here to make the embelishments on the front and the circle sentiment is from the decoupage sheet.

I am entering this into the challenge over at Creative Card Crew- Babies

I really like how this has turned out and I know I would love to receive it as a gift so I hope they like it.
As always your views and comments are greatly appreciated.
Marie xxx

Saturday, 10 September 2011

1st attempt with the free Humphrey stamp

Good afternoon, I thought I would just show you the Christmas card I have made this morning using the free Humphrey stamp that came with Papercraft Essentials this month.

I have coloured him in using my promarkers and I am really pleased with it. He is so lovely to colour and it stamps great too.

Here is the finished card. I have used a cuttlebug folder for the embossed snowflakes and then ran a blue ink pad over the top to just pick up the embossed detail a little better. I have used the sentiment that came with the stamp along the bottom. I used my robo to cut out the snowflakes in white card then just coloured them using my promarkers so they matched in perfectly.

Here is a close up of my snowflakes that I coloured I have sprayed them with the spray and shine but the picture hasnt picked up on it so it looks a lot better in person.

Thanks for looking and any comments are greatly appreciated.
Marie xxx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Commissoned cards

Good Morning everyone,
I have been busy over the last few days with a couple of commission cards, Still have another couple to finish but thought I would share the two that I have completed with you.
The first is a football for a man

I have used My Craft Studio to resize the image and then tiled it to make the backing paper for the border strip and the inisde of the card. I also used it to make the decoupage image for the front by just printing out the image 6 times and cutting it up into decoupage myself. 
I used My Craft Studio to create the sentiment too.
The name I cut out on my robo and the '70' are Crafters Companion number stamps which I have coloured with my promarkers.

This one is a 80th birthday card. I have used my 'favourites edition' Cd rom for the image and the backing papers. I have used my Crafters Companion spray and sparkle on my handmade paper roses. I used My Craft Studio to create the sentiment.

Better view of the actual card

This is a close up of the box I made using my new Crafters Companion boxer board. I have cut strips of the backing paper to go around the edges of the box so that it matches the card better.

Enjoy the rest of you Wednesday everyone, let me know what you think
Marie xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

New blog challenge and Candy up for grabs

Good afternoon everyone,
Just thought i would share some exciting news with you all. There is a new challenge starting on 19th Spetemeber, make sure to mark this in your diaries.
It is called the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog.
To celebrate the launch of this fab new blog they are having a candy giveaway which just keeps on growing due to the amount of new followers, so why not pop on over and take a look at this new blog. I know I will be taking part come 19th.

Marie xxx

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Music saves my soul Saturday

This has got to be one of my all time fav songs so this is my choice for this weeks music saves my soul saturday.
No matter what mood im in this always makes me feel brighter.
Hope you guys like it and come and play along with Marcea here

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Marie xx

Friday, 2 September 2011

I WON!!!!!! Look at my lovely Candy.......

Evening all, I just wanted to post a big THANK YOU to Kate over at Downright Crafty as I won her 300 blog follower candy.
I was at my friends house today and checked my blogs etc and I popped on over the Kates blog and I saw that I had won (my internet was down over the last 2 days so I havent been on to check) so you can imagine my suprise when I saw this.
I have never won a candy before so I am super excited and super gratful. Will be waiting for mr postie over the next few days now like its xmas lol.
This is the fabulous candy I have won. Canot wait to get creating with it.
Have a great weekend everyone
Marie xxx