Tuesday, 24 August 2010

1000 sheets blog candy - EDITED thanks Kate

 I found a super cute cardmaker while blog hopping - Sandi di Falco http://oneofakindcreations-bysandi.blogspot.com/2010/08/1000-sheets-blog-candy.html - she's one prolific cardmaker and talented lady - I'd love to digi colour like that.
Anyhow she is giving away a 1000 sheets of paper blog candy - so go have a look and if you win, please share!!! I want the top sheet at least .... good luck
Actually she isn't - she was linking the candy, I just didn't realise ....

Here's the real link candy and it's more than paper - there's stamps as well. Woo hooo.
Thanks Kate for letting me know.

Monday, 23 August 2010

New Stuff

It's the countdown to the GBCE Athlone - woo hooo. Want info - SEE HERE
I am there Saturday and teaching Sunday. I have 2 classes - for the guys using the Houghie board first thing Sunday and then a Sizzix masterclass at 2pm, but I'll be demoing and mooching around all day Saturday - so say hello if you drop by my table.
I'll have yummy bits n bobs, some made by me printables, new Plush Pals ideas and the WORLD PREVIEW of the next design dvd rom from Ella's Designs - BOYS to MEN. Lots of fab cards for those non flowery types in our lives. And lots of spotty ribbon - I got tired of looking for it, so I'm bringing enough for everyone at knockdown prices!
I also updated my class tabs - with new design classes for anyone wanting to learn how to make your own design files for cardmaking using either Microsoft Publisher or the free Open Office software. Please contact me for more details.
Need a peek?

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Folded frame - see previous post for tutorial

So here's my finished frame - not totally yet, I'll tweek the embellishing a bit more but you could be waiting a week for me to get there! The finished frame is approx 17cm by 16cm and I made a single lid covering from a sheet of cardstock 212mm by 202mm scored at 2cm on all sides.
I cut an aperture from the lid using my X Cut circle cutter template and shape cutter and I will layer some acetate inside but it makes for terrible glare in photos, so I left it out for your viewing pleasure!
thanks for looking and hope you try it too.

folded frame on the Houghie board - as promised....

Here's a quick how to tutorial to for the folded frame made on the Houghie board. I promised to do it afteret my demo at An Siopa Bui, hope it makes  sense - this is one of those things that is easier than it seems - you just have to make one and you'll soon get the idea. Once you get the hang of them it is easy to alter the frame size with different card and different sized "slats" ( the basic idea to remember is 8 equal slats and additional for turnovers).
But first -
Place an A4 sheet on the Houghie board landscape. Score at 1cm and then make 4 more scorelines every 2cm.
So we score at 1 cm, 3cm, 5cm, 7cm and 9cm.
Turn  the sheet 180 degrees and repeat these scorelines on the other side.

Next turn the sheet 90 degrees so that is in the portrait position and score at 2cm, 4cm all the way down  the sheet top to bottom.
Score at 6cm, 8cm and 9cm but this time only score through the centre portion of the card - not through the existing scorelines (see photo)
Turn sheet 180 degrees and repeat on other side.

Next using the guide below cut along the 2 green lines as shown using a craft knife and cut away the solid green areas (I'd recommend printing this picture to fit an A4 sheet, it will make a handy reference guide and a to scale visual for when you are making your frames)

Fold all the scorelines and fold in tabs.

To construct your frame - fold and stick the 2 short sides first using double sided tape along the edges. I then use redline tape on the flaps - carefully tuck in and then stick the 2 longer sides of the frame.

Cut a sheet of cardstock to make a back for your frame and add a hanging loop if required then adhere to frame back.
Decorate frame as you wish!
I'll be back later with pics of my decorated frame .... (I've not finished yet!)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

summer baby decor and sassafrass make it count

My latest work in progress is this cute window dangly for a new baby, The centre is a removable fridge magnet frame, which I'll put a photo of the baby into and there's another photo and birth details on the reverse. The box has a Papermania acetate lid and big pink bow to secure.
So I have been waiting for the catalyst to  get me scrapping again and I think I might have found it.
I've just bought DD1's school books - we are going uniform shopping tomorrow, my baby is so grown up - and just in time Sassafrass has released a fab range called "Count Me In" - so many school themed papers are very staid and traditional, I love the fresh colours and I love orange and green shades for scrapping and the flag style stickers are just simply divine - I can see me doing a mock first day photo shoot so that I can get these early!