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30 Oct 2012

3D Shoe

 Having made a 3D hat I thought I'd try a 3D shoe tonight.

I was quite pleased with the final result given it is my first attempt. The template is Ellen Hutson witches shoe template  from a few years ago.
 I transferred the template onto my Studio software. I cannot offer you the cutting file as it is against her copyright but you can down load the template from her website linked  above.
 I cut the shoe out  from black card from my stash. It is pretty stiff card.  I then cut the template cut again this time using skin style "Payper" card stock....... I'm not sure if it is card because it has a plastic type coating and is thin, very flexible but  strong.

I folded the black card to form the shape of the shoe, then I adhered the skin  card over the black shoe.

Next, I cut the inside lining of the shoe using  patterned paper from the Portobello Road collection I adhered that to the inside of the shoe. I didn't line it up quite accurately and there were a few gaps along the side of the shoe. I had part of the skin pieces left that I didn't stick to the outside so I used that to cover the sole of the shoe. It did the job of covering my mistakes.

Now it is time to decorate the shoe. I punched  3 holes both side of the front "opening" and inserted gem brads. The bottom brad secured the two sides of the shoe front. Here I inserted some curled wire and a feather. I didn't want to add too much being as its my prototype.

Saying that I felt it needed something else, but what? I finally struck on the idea of using some peel offs to edge the heel and around the edges of the shoe.

I used a chain effect peel off but in retrospect I think simple straight lines would have looked better.
I'm surprised how sturdy it turned out to be, I think it would be lovely with a sprig of flowers or some chocolates wrapped in cellophane  inserted inside the shoe as a small gift.

 I think the shoe would look lovely in the steam punk style too.

 I think Ellen has made other style  shoe templates  so I'm going to see if I can find  some more!!


29 Oct 2012

4 Generations Layout

Another layout has been completed. This time its about the  two grandsons with the  other three generations of the family. They are the babies with great nanny, grandad, and the Dad. Then the same great nanny, grandad and mummy.
The paper is form the graphics 45 Little Darlings collection
I used my Cameo to cut out a border, butterfly floral flourishes I think I got the files from UKscrappers but I've had them o long I can't be totally sure. I also cut some journaling mats.
I matted all the photos with orange card stock. I then placed the border down the centre of the  page and put my children with their babies photo in the centre. I put the other two photos in diagonal corners and adhered the butterflies  around the main photo. I fussy cut some butterflies from a piece of scrap card and layered them on top, to give some dimension I added some glossy accents to some  of the darker orange patterns in the butterfly. I printed the journaling and then edged the square with darker orange distress ink (Rusty Hinge).

There you have it!!


28 Oct 2012

Another Top Hat!

Time for another Top Hat project. I enlarged the template on this hat so it is about twice as large as the original one.
I have remembered who designed this Hat, its Kim Costello and the hat was originally published in the Craft Stamper magazine. You can download the template for the hat from the magazine templates page  HERE.

 I cut out the template from a single sheet of  double sided card stock (12 x12) from my stash. I made it up in the same way as the last one. This basically consist of adhering the sides of the hat and lacing the eyelets to form the cylinder. Cutting out the brim and adhering it to the  hat. I added a row of beads to form the hat ribbon.I added some green Stickles glitter to the leaves to give a bit of bling. Got to have a bit of bling for Christmas!! I  made another stand and painted it with pewter acrylic paint.

 I then decorated it with holly leaves cut from a Fiskars holly leaf punch and some red beads I'd bought from a local cheap shop. I adhered the leaves using a glue gun because it fixed very quickly allowing me to move o to the next section of the stand and hat.
I finished it off by stippling some white acrylic paint over the top of the hat, brim and over some of the leaves.

27 Oct 2012

Double page layout

I seem  to have less and less time for crafting these days and that just isn't good enough! Half term break is upon us so I should have more time to do some crafting.I haven't put almy photos into my 2nd brag book so I must do that by next week because I want to take them to show my friend. I want to start some full page layouts fo the babies and I want to do another top hat too. Oh my !! so much to do and where to start?

Welll....... Ive done a double page layout of my two new grandsons and their parents and here they are!!
 I've used Docradtfs "Animal Antics" papers fr both pages. I love the butterflies and Giraffe already on the paper. It means I don;t have to put to much in the line of embellishments to complete the page
I used my Cameo to cut out the mat, lettering and butterflies.

I matted the photos onto polka dot paper from the same collection. I left some room to add the names of the boys. As you can see Jaxon's name is on the side while Dylan's is on top of the photos.

I layered the titles onto the same paper as the butterfly. I added some sheep to Dylan's page simply because he's still sleeping all the time!

Next I wrote some journaling onto the blank butterflies ... I find journaling on pages a challenge, I usually struggle to put my thoughts onto paper but it was easy this time. I finished the journaling page by glittering the antenae and then adhered them to the pages with the rest of the elements.

Looking at the pages they look so simple yet it took me all afternoon to complete them.

21 Oct 2012

Pumpkin boxes cutting file

 Halloween is almost with us so I thought I ought to get a few boxes ready for the  grandkid's treats
I made three small ones and three slightly bigger.
 As you can see the larger ones were cut out of orange patterned paper. The smaller ones I used simple plain orange cards stock. All of them were coloured in using my TH distress pens. I cut the templates using my Cameo and simply folded them and adhered the sides to the inner box to make them stand properly.

I made and cut out the pumpkin faces in Studio and cut them from black cardstock. The other shapes ( witch, bat and Boo) were Tim Holtz dies.

They are ideal for holding fun size bags of sweets.

You are welcome to download the box cutting file HERE


16 Oct 2012

October Tag - Spider and web cutting file

Gosh, hasn't halloween come around quickly this year? I thought I ought to get  into the spooky mood and start doing something for halloween. What better way than to do Tim Holtz's October tag? I haven't been particularly creative. I just follwed his tutorial on his blog. As usual I didn't have all the products he wanted to use so I improvised with what ever I had to hand. The crinkled background is a page from an old book.

 I used Dried Marigold and Shaded lilac to colour the background. I just covreed the Boo and spider with black embossing powder and sprinkled black glitter over it and set it with the heat gun.
I cut the spider web with my Cameo and adhered it to the background with little spots of glue. Next I simply printed the word spooky in Word using a typewriter font.

You can download the spider web (with a spider) from HERE


13 Oct 2012

Welcome new baby! Top Hat

What a long week!! Monday to Thursday spent at the hospital waiting for baby to arrive. Finally he decided to make an appearance on Thursday. Daughter was brilliant  and  delivered baby Dylan in about  8 hours front stat to finish. He is a whopping 9lb 12 oz with a thick mop of black hair... and absolutely gorgeous!! He's so much bigger than my 1st grandson who was born 5 weeks ago and is still only 6lb 6oz!!  I can't wait to see the two of them together!!

Needless to say he is the reason I haven't had time to craft this week but he was worth it!
 Now Mum and baby are out of hospital I managed to spend a few hours at Chepstow Pink Scrappers crop this afternoon. I put a few pictures into my granny brag book, then I joined the mini class to make this lovey top hat.

It was made from a design by .... errr .....I've forgotten. The instructions are upstairs and I'm too tired to go fetch them. I'll acknowledge the designer tomorrow. I used double sided card stock from my stash. As you can see in the photos eyelets were added tot he front of the hat and thread with some very narrow ribbon. I adhered some dark red ribbon to form the hat band. I cut out some holly leaves and adhered them to the side of the hat to add some embellishments.

I've started making a little stand to put it on but the paint is drying so I can't use it at the moment.

There were a few fiddly bits that needed some patience like fixing the top of the hat to the main body but  I'm pleased with it as a first attempt at it. I'll have another try and see if I can improve it.

What to do next??? hmmm I think a couple of  full page layouts to commemorate my two new grandsons


8 Oct 2012

No crafting today

Sorry folks,
 I haven't posted any thing because I've spent the day at the hospital with my daughter who was being induced. Baby decided not to show so its  attempt  2 tomorrow. It's been a long day and I couldn't concentrate on crafting  tonight. 


5 Oct 2012

 It's been a great afternoon crafting with my Crafty Friends group. My daughter came too, I think she enjoyed  making her cards. It gave her something to do to take her mind of  the imminent birth of her son....... baby is due in two days!!!

I made this card . It's another Tina Fitch file that I cut out on my Cameo and assembled at the crop. I just love her intricate designs and they are always a huge hit when you give the cards to friends.

I personalised the by altering the sentiment in the centre to give the recipient's name and ..... her age!!
I'm not sure she'll appreciate her age being plastered over the card but  she'll love the rest of it lol.

I uesed pink Bazzil cardstock for most of the card and cream pearlised card for the matting of the centre pieces. The mats were adhered with foam pads to give some dimension.

I used Promarkers to colour the flowers in the corners to give the card some depth. I finished it off by adding a few pearls and  gems to tie in all the colours.

I think Tina's designs really highlights what the Silhouette/ Craft Robo machines can cut. There is no way would I be able to cut something like this with a craft knife.

Now I have to make a box to put it in.

 Much as I look forward to these babies coming  my last few months seems to have dominated my crafting.lol. I have to say that its been lovely to make something that is not baby related.

4 Oct 2012

Baby box revamp - Baby cutting file

I'm going to have two babies of the same age visiting me so I thought it would be a good idea to keep a few things like spare nappies, wet wipes, baby 'stuff' here to save my son and daughter from having to bring things with themm everytime they visit.

I still have the boby box from when I first had my own children. I'm surprised its lasted this long. Nooooo! I haven't had baby things in it all this time. It ended up as a first aid box so I've found another box for the first aid things. The baby box is over 30 years old and looks dated so I thought I'd tart it up a bit..... out came my vynil..... out came my studio software and this is what I managed to create........ this is the lid.
 The baby and pram are made from layered pieces of  Oracal 650 vynil. You might recognise the baby's head from earlier albums I made when doing my own baby albums. The handle is ordinary glitter vynil I got from Wilkinsons (UK store). 
The wording is just  a font called Coaster 

You are welcome to download the file from HERE


3 Oct 2012

Blooper week.

Hello Friends!
Its been a manic week to say the least. I have been crafting but couldn't find the lead to upload my pictures from my camera, then I found the lead and mislayed the camera!!!  Well I have finally found both and here I am.
What have I been doing this week? well, I did make a gorgeous card from a Tina Fitch file but I gave it the person  then I realised I'd forgetten to take a photo of it!! GRRRRRR as you can see its been a real blooper week!!
Ahh well, I've got to make another birthday card soon so I'll try to remember to take a photo of that one!!
I have managed to take  photos of the otrher things I've been making. Needless to say with two grand children likely to be born a month apart I've been preoccupied with baby things. My 1st grandson is now  a motnh old and grandson 2 is due any time this week!!

Here are some of the photos of brag book 2.

I won't bore you with all the pictures because they are similar to the previous book. The frames are different and so are the tags but there isn't a huge differenece that would be worth posting.

  Its a relief to get it finished in time for the new baby's arrival. All I have to do now  is wait for him to make an appearance so I can take masses of photos to fill the album!!

Next I made a congratualtions card for my daughter and partner. This is a design by Amanda Davis. You can see her designs on Facebook. I did alter the petals slightly. I cut out the easel card flower base then cut the topper with the footprints cut out. I put sticky tape behind the footprints and wording then covered them with glitter in the same way as I did the teddy bear spine to my albums. I backed the topper to hide the tape then adhered it tot he card. I edged the card with blue distress ink but it doesn't show up very well in the photo. A simple greeting  adhered with foam pads finsihed the card off. The topper isn't lined up perfectly but the state I've been in I thought it best to leave it as it was lol.