Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine (May Issue)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Just popping in with one of the cards I had published in the May issue of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine (US). This card was in the handmade flowers section of this issue. I used lots of Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock on this card which is a perfect weight for making flowers by the way! Here's a screenshot of my card from this issue, alongside a gorgeous card by Kalyn Kepner.

I used Spellbinders Rose Creations Die for the petals of the flower, a Lace flower die from Crafter's Companion for the stamen and I quilled a coil in black for the center. It's supposed to be an anemone, it makes quite a striking flower if you're looking to make a statement! The background is some more Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock that I embossed using an Anna Griffin embossing folder from Cuttlebug and sanded using my Sand-It Gadget.

It's been a little quieter on my blog recently, I've been busy working on a few projects but it's that time of year when I make a little extra time to spend in the garden. Spring is a busy time for gardeners and I've been busy sowing lots of seeds (some veg and of course flowers!), potting on seedlings and there's always lots of weeding to be done! It's worth putting in the effort now and being rewarded later in the season. That's all for now, I hope you're enjoying some spring sunshine wherever you are! Thanks for dropping by today! : )

Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine Issue 130 (May)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I've a Quilling Masterclass in the May issue (130) of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK). In this five page feature there's full step-by-step photo instructions on how to make this peacock card and matching tag. Also included in the back of the magazine is the template you can trace for the peacock body shape and for the feather.

I was sketching for a while before I managed to get the shape of the peacock just right! I also spent a while searching for the right color quilling papers for the feathers! But I'm really happy at how it turned out, it was definitely a labour of love! If you haven't done that much quilling before the single feather tag is a great place to start.

You could also adapt the colors slightly and make a really special wedding card that really would have that 'wow' factor! I used some fabulous Spotted Jillian Dot from Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock and some of their lovely smooth 110lb Premium Cardstock as my base for quilling.

I was so glad I had the Fontiments Birthday stamp set from Uniko Studio because it went perfectly with the peacock design! I just love that swirly font!

So if you'd like to learn how to make this peacock card and tag set, along with lots of hints and tips then pick up a copy of the May issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft. Thanks for dropping by today, have a great week! : )

Faux-Leather Technique Notebook

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I've a fun Faux-Leather Technique Notebook over on the Core'dinations blog today. I used Sheena's fab video tutorial on how to create the faux-leather look using cardstock (which works fabulously using Core'dinations cardstock!). Sheena used fabric on the back of her cardstock but I just used another sheet of cardstock that I had used the faux-leather technique on and it worked really well.

It's such a fun technique to try, the glycerin and water mix really makes the cardstock so flexible! You have to try it to believe it! I used some Kraft Core from the Nostalgic Collection because I just love the colors and I used some Distress Ink to highlight the embossing. To add the soft sheen and add some durability to the surface I used some artist's Satin varnish to the cover.

Sheena has a second tutorial on how to create the page inserts for the notebook too. It's just some basic bookbinding, I used some linen thread for extra strength. The brads I added for some decorative detail.

I wrapped some leather cord around the outside of the notebook just to act as a decorative closure.

Here's a peek at the inside, I used some green Kraft Core from the Nostalgic Collection as a contrast and used a different Anna Griffin embossing folder.

I'll definitely be making more of these notebooks, they would make fabulous little gifts. I can't wait to play around with the design, the possibilities are endless! The finished size is 5x7", just in case you were wondering. For more details visit the Core'dinations blog. Thanks for dropping by today! : )

A spring painting!

Friday, April 4, 2014

I painted! For the first time in seven years and I forgot how much I loved the process! Don't worry I'm still making cards and I love paper-crafts but I felt the time was right to start painting again. So I thought I'd share it here with you! : )

I still had all the art supplies (I used acrylics on a 10x12" canvas) from years ago. I have lots of palettes, a table top easel and lots of other gadgets but I'm still most comfortable using an old plate (one that belonged to my granny), a chipped old glass, a bundle of paper towels and some of my favourite brushes that I've had for years. I used to work from photographs but I felt the urge to paint directly from life. I did take a couple of photos for reference in case my narcissi started to wilt faster than expected.

I managed to finish this in just two days, which is pretty fast for me. I was mindful not to overwork the painting because I really wanted it to be soft and fairly loose. The narcissi came straight from the garden and the little jug belonged to my granny, it was actually quite plain so I added a strip of embroidered floral ribbon from my stash!

The colours were really important for me, I just love a yellow and turquoise colour combo, it's so uplifting. Once I was fairly happy with all the elements I added some washes to add a softer, warmer tone to the painting. I can see the imperfections but I like how it turned out and to be honest I'm never really happy with anything that I've painting but I like the feel of this one. So it will have a permanent home in our kitchen diner after I get it framed.

Oh and I'm starting an art journal (I've been wanting to do one for ages but wasn't sure where to start!) and now that I'm painting again I hope an art journal will keep the momentum going! So I'll be sharing a page or two from that here too. But you'll still be seeing plenty of cards and paper-crafts from me too! Thanks for dropping by today, have a great weekend! : )

Core'dinations Torn Spiral Flower

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just sharing a card I have over on the Core'dinations blog today, there's also a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the torn spiral flower too. They're really easy to make, all you need is some Core'dinations  cardstock, no dies or anything needed, not even a scissors! : )

I hope you'll pop over to the Core'dinations blog and check out my tutorial. Thanks for dropping by, I hope you're having a great day! : )

Mixed-media paper Daffodil mini canvas

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I've a mixed-media canvas on the Core'dinations blog today but I thought I'd share it here too, just in case you missed it! This piece kinda just evolved, I knew I wanted to make a mini-canvas with a spring theme using Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock but I wasn't really sure how to, so this was very much an experiment! Any excuse to play with paper!

The entire canvas is actually covered in a sheet of Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock that I distressed and crumpled with a water and glycerin mix (16:1), it makes the cardstock really malleable, so that made it much easier to cover the canvas with it. Along with some help from some Mod Podge! Once that was dry I painted over it with some acrylic paint. I just love the texture the cardstock added! I painted a few little daffodils in the distance using acrylic paint.

The daffodils are made from more distressed Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock. I cut loads of foliage from more Core and layered it all up. I used some blending chalks in the centres of the daffodils for a touch of extra color. Of course it wouldn't be a spring themed canvas without a touch of gingham! I had this gorgeous green gingham ribbon in my stash.

This really was a breath of fresh air to make. I loved making something completely different for a change and it was fun to experiment with all that Core! The possibilities are endless! I'll be back on Thursday with some more creations! See you then! : )