CASE Study #59

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hi! It's the last week at CASE Study with our September muse Julie Lacey, she has been such an inspiration. I love Julie's beautiful blue card, I chose to CASE the layout and clean and simple style this week.

I used Pink Paislee Daily Junque paper for the rosette. The sentiment is from the new Say it Loud - Winter Holiday set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The birthday text is from the original Say it Loud.

The patterned background papers are from Farmhouse by Crate Paper. I also added a little pink bling, crochet lace and some grosgrain ribbon.

Don't forget to check out the amazing creations from the rest of the CASE Study team. I'm heading up to the Great Big Craft Extravaganza in Athlone on Saturday, I'm actually going to meet some crafty people in 'real' life! Super excited that Claire from Waltzingmouse Stamps will be there too! : ) Squeezing in a floral embellishments class, happy to be the student for a change!

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Cristina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams

Cameo and paper ruffle

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hello! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I had a great day Saturday teaching some lovely ladies card making techniques at a workshop at The Crafty Alley Shop in Killarney. I showed them the paper ruffle technique and how to make some flower embellishments. They did a great job! Ok, I thought I'd just share this card with you, it is technically a 'reject'! but that's ok because I had two other cards accepted for that submission! I did like this one though but I guess you never know which one they'll pick! (if any!)

Here I used Ovals - Classic Frames by Waltzingmouse Stamps and Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large. The silhouette from Cameo Creations is stamped in Coffee Archival ink and I distressed the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The background paper and ruffle I stamped using one of the motif stamps from Ovals -Classic Frames in VersaMagic Tea Leaves.

The sentiment is from Frame-it by Waltzingmouse Stamps stamped again in Coffee ink onto a Spellbinders Double Ended Tag. See previous post for paper ruffle tutorial.

The green paper I die-cut with Spellbinders Labels Eighteen is from the Margarita Collection by American Crafts, I embossed it with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The green patterned paper I used to cover the base is from the same collection. Lots to do this week, better make a start! Enjoy your week!


Cardstock: White card
Patterned Paper: American Crafts Margarita (Santo Domingo) and (Pico de Gallo)
Stamps: Ovals - Classic Frames, Cameo Creations, Frame-It from Waltzingmouse Stamps 
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Coffee, VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Distress Ink Antique Linen
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large, Double ended tags, Labels Eighteen
Other: Brown seam binding, Cream crochet lace, green/white Baker's twine, natural twine, foam pads, Swiss dots embossing folder.

Paper Ruffle TUTORIAL (lots of photos!)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

As promised, I've put together a tutorial on how to make these no-sew paper ruffles that look like fabric. I've been using this technique a lot recently because I love the results, they really add fabulous texture and drama to a card. Once you get the hang of the technique you can make them quite quickly. Here I've made a triple ruffle but double and single ruffles look great too. Ok, here we go... I do go into a lot of detail! So maybe get a cup of tea... or coffee! : )

Firstly you'll need a good quality weight of paper, here I've used Prima Botanical papers in strips of 12" by 1.5". You can play around with the widths of paper but I find you'll need at least 12" for the length. You'll also need some water in a spray/mist bottle, I used an old Tattered Angels glimmer mist one and double sided tape.

Spray along the BACK of your strip of paper with water, just a few squirts, don't over wet it or it'll be too soggy!

Using your finger spread the water evenly over the back of the strip. Leave it for a minute or two to absorb in. The water makes the paper much easier to shape.

Flip over your strip and start to gather, pinch along just ONE SIDE of your strip.

Keep hold of as much of the strip as you can, continue gathering, the gathers don't have to be uniform in size. Keep going until you get to the end, it should look a bit like this.

Once you get to the end you can let go. You'll need a tool with a flat rounded end, I used the wrong end of my tweezers. On every other gather use the tool to plump out the pleat by pulling the tool along the back of the pleat in an upwards motion. Do this while holding the pinched side.

It's kind of hard to describe, I hope you can see what I'm doing in the photos. Do this for a few of the gathers.

Once you get to the end, put your ruffle aside to DRY for at least 15 mins. Pinch the gathered side tight before leaving to dry. You need to leave it to dry because the double sided tape won't stick to the damp paper and you'll have a bit of a mess. (Trust me I know!)

You can make your other ruffles while this one is drying! Once dry gently lie the ruffle flat on the wrong side (Trust me!)

Then add a strip of double sided tape to the top of your ruffle (at the back), press down firmly. Remove backing.

Flip over your ruffle. TAKE YOUR TIME doing this next bit. Start to regather your ruffle! Sticking the pleats as you go along, the double sided tape is pretty sticky so don't panic. Just focus on a section at at time.

Work your way along to the end of the strip. Once it's all gathered and secured use your tool to fluff out some of the gathers.

Then repeat for your other strips. You shouldn't need to add any more tape to the back of your ruffles, you should be able to stick them directly onto your card. Just don't forget they're sticky when you put them down somewhere!

I'll just show you how I do the triple ruffle. Stick down your bottom ruffle, gently press the middle down first, make any adjustments so that it's straight. Once you're sure it's straight press the top of the ruffle down firmly.

It's best to trim the ends of each ruffle before you add the next. I cut them flush with the edge. (You'll see why in a minute!)

Add your next ruffle, following the steps as before. It's up to you how much space you want between the ruffles.

Add your final ruffle. (Don't worry, we're nearly at the end!)

Trim the ends with a sharp scissors flush with the edge of your card.

Now tease out the edges of the ends, they should fan out nicely. I do this for each ruffle.

So that's it, your ruffles are complete. It should look a bit like this. Now finish off your card however you like. It's fun to play with the depth of the ruffles as well as the fullness, use shorter strips for less full ruffles. There's so many possibilities!!

I hope you followed all that ok!! I hope you'll give it a try, it's very addictive once you get the hang of it!! Have fun!! : ) Oh yea, the ruffles are also really handy for hiding the sharp ends of trinket pins behind too! 


Card/Paper: White card, Prima Botanical papers
Stamps: Big Day - Additions from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Black Archival ink, Distress Ink Antique Linen
Other: Seam binding, trinket pins, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, twine, sewing machine, die-cutting machine.

CASE Study #58

It's time for us to CASE another of fabulous Julie Lacey's cards this week at CASE Study. I loved the layout of Julie's card, the black on white stamping of the butterflies and sentiment, the pop of color with the polka dot paper and of course the sweet bow. So I CASEd these elements, here's Julie's card.

I used Dainty Doilies - Large Set from Waltzingmouse Stamps to stamp my focal image and Say it Loud for the sentiment, also from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The pretty lace is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Papers are from Crate Paper Farmhouse and Pink Paislee Daily Junque. I decided to keep this card pretty clean and simple, staying true to Julie's design.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT creations at CASE Study. These ladies never cease to amaze me with their talent! Enjoy the rest of the week! I must go and prepare for a card making workshop I'm teaching on Saturday in Killarney at The Crafty Alley Shop. We're going to be making handmade paper flower embellishments and paper ruffles for our cards. I haven't forgotten about the paper ruffle tutorial for my blog, I'm working on it!

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Cristina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams

Cardmaking & Papercraft Mag (UK) Issue 96

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hi, I'm just popping in with a few cards I have in the current issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine (UK). Some bonus papers came with the magazine so I had to create some cards using these papers. I love the autumnal feel to the papers. Here's the cards before I sent them off to the mag.

I also had some projects in the Questions and Answers section. Some quilled earrings. My first time making these but I really enjoyed it! These are my favorites!

Here's another pair I made. I sprayed them with a matte spray varnish to seal them.

Here they are in the magazine Q&A section.

I also had to design a quick and easy 40th birthday party invitation. So I went with a back and white color scheme and I kept the design very simple. Details of the party are inside. Stamps are from The Craft's Meow.

Isabelle was very excited to be featured in the Kids Corner section, I designed a simple card for her to make with a little bit of help.

Here's the card we made at home before we sent it off. It was a very simple crepe paper flower with a few extra details.

Here's Isabelle with her card. She was very good at following instructions, I was surprised how patient she was!! This is her second time doing the kids corner feature! 

Ok, I'll be back tomorrow with my CASE Study card! Have a great day!

Waltzingmouse Stamps Release Day Blog Waltz!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Yay!! It's Waltzingmouse Stamps release day!! I hope you're enjoying the blog waltz!! Today we're previewing one of my favorite sets A Cottage Christmas, nope that's not it on the outside of my card that's the fabulous Say It Loud - Winter Holiday also being released today! The magic is all inside my card this time!! The fab paper I used on the outside of my card is Jovial from Basic Grey. So shall we have a look inside! Say hello to a friendly snowman! He's definitely part of A Cottage Christmas!

Yes, I made a pop-up card! This scene was inside my head the moment I saw A Cottage Christmas, so I had to find a way to make it real! Yep, that's a Christmas Cottage there behind him, just follow the path to the warm glowing cottage.

I LOVE this cottage, the details are amazing, it really was a joy to color! I used acrylic paints to bring it to life and a teeny tiny brush!! I add some dimension I stamped and colored it twice, cut out the centre piece and layered it with foam tape.

The stars from Midnight Feast I stamped and embossed in white and then applied a wash of acrylic paint to create the night sky. The trees in the distance from A Cottage Christmas I stamped and colored in a grey/black, I stamped some more on some separate card and drew a little line across to make the snow tops, then painted with acrylics. I also painted a little path.

I stamped this lovely sentiment also from A Cottage Christmas in the bottom left hand corner. It just fit nicely. So I hope you enjoyed my snowy winter scene! It all folds flat too!

You should have arrived here from the lovely Becca's blog and you should be hopping on to Kelly's! If you missed the start just hop back to Claire's blog! Have fun!! Oh and I hope you have been working your way along the Blog Waltz and leaving comments along the way. You have until September 22 to comment on as many of the Design Team blogs as possible because a winner will be selected at that time from one of the Design Team members’ blogs to win a Waltzingmouse Stamp set of choice. The winner will be announced on the 23rd on Claire’s blog.

Just to recap the sets being released today are A Cottage Home, Say it Loud - Winter Holiday, Hocus Pocus and A Christmas Cottage.

The Ribbon Reel - Challenge #11 (Happy Birthday)

Thanks to everyone who has left comments on my blog, I truly appreciate each and every one! I love to get round and visit your blogs but I've been so tight on time recently I just haven't had much of a chance. I will as soon as I can! SO on to another card! It's time for a new challenge at The Ribbon Reel, this week it's the theme of birthdays, to use ribbon/lace/twine. Here's the inspiration photo but you don't have to use the colors.

I chose the lovely soft turquoise color from the photo to use in my card. I layered lots of elements here, Very Vintage Labels No.18 from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I used Spellbinders Labels 18 for both and embossed some swiss dots but I used the reverse for a change. I used some gorgeous Turquoise Sheer Ruffle (can't get enough of this!! love it!) and some Guipure Lace drops in white.

The sentiment is from Say it Loud from Waltzingmouse Stamps and I just inked the edges with Distress Ink. Papers are from Melissa Frances.

I layered some Cameo Beige Seam Binding over some Cream Scallop lace and on top of that I added some gorgeous Lace and Pearls all from The Ribbon Reel.

This pretty Hybrid Tea Rose is also from The Ribbon Reel. Don't forget to visit The Ribbon Reel Challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with and play along to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous goodies from The Ribbon Reel store. I'll be back later on today for the Waltzingmouse Stamps Release Blog Waltz!! Do join me then! : )