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Friday, 1 August 2014

'Pink Grapefruit' Butterfly Notecards

Friday, 1 August 2014

A little set of Butterfly Notecards I made with my new 'Pink Grapefruit' Papers.


They are, very simply, a large die-cut Butterfly, embellished with pretty sequins, stitched, in a single line down the centre of the Butterfly, to a White 115mm Square Blank, and finished with a hand stamped sentiment.



Simple. But pretty : )

Love Liz xx

  • Card Bases: 115mm White Square Card Blanks
  • Patterned Papers: 'Strawberry Blooms' Pattern Pack
  • Sentiment: DCVW0050 Alphabet Stamps by Dovecraft
  • Butterfly Die: Delia Butterfly by Memory Box.
  • Selection of Sequins.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Pink Grapefruit

Thursday, 31 July 2014

So if you haven't already seen them, these are my new paper designs which I added them to the Boutique earlier this week : )

I've called them 'Pink Grapefruit'. And they are a pretty set of 12 patterned paper designs of hand-painted watercolour florals, and patterns on watercolour-effect backgrounds. Softly-coloured, the papers are light & pretty & fresh and perfect for all your summer projects.

Here they are in more detail, and full colour : )



'Pink Grapefruit' Pattern Paper Pack

This set includes ...
- 12 patterned Paper Designs.
- They print as individual A4 papers, as shown below,
- Their retail price is £1.99.

These are the designs ...







If you'd like to take a closer look, you can find 'Pink Grapefruit' *here* in the Boutique. They're £1.99.

And I hope you like them!


Love Liz xx

  • Card Bases: 135mm White Square Card Blanks
  • Patterned Papers: 'Pink Grapefruit Pattern Pack
  • Sentiment: 'Tiny {Heartfelt} Sentiments'
  • Natural Button Twine

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

One Sheet Wonder 'Thank You' Cards - Part Two {and New Papers Too!}

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

One of the problems with working for yourself, and by yourself, is that if you fall ill and can't work there's no-one else to stand in and keep things moving. So everything just stops.

That's what happened to me a couple of weeks ago. And it's the reason I haven't been posting as I had hoped recently.
And I'm ever so sorry.



I have been working really hard trying to catch up since I returned to work towards the end of last week. And I have managed to put a new Collection of Watercolour Papers in the Boutique : ) They're called 'Pink Grapefruit'. They're very summery, and very pretty and if you'd like to see them, you can find the *here*.

I'll be telling you a little more about them and sharing some ideas for pretty things you can make with them next : )

But first, I wanted to pick up where I had left off and share the next two cards from the 'Strawberry Blooms' One Sheet Wonder, which we started in my last post.

So, here are the next two cards : )

First, a reminder how we printed and cut our paper ...

STEP ONE - PRINT YOUR CARD
1. Choose a patterned paper and print it onto a sheet of White Card.
I've used hand cut card bases, cut from 300gsm smooth White Card for my cards. And I've printed my paper design onto it too. And I've chosen the 'Pretty Triangulaire' from 'Strawberry Blooms' for my design.
2. Layer your printing by popping it back into the printer and printing the sheet of sentiments from 'Thank You' Sentiments over the top of it.

You should now have a sheet of card that looks something like the one in the image below, without the cutting lines : )



STEP TWO - CUT IT
Following the cutting lines in the image above, we're going to cut the horizontal line first, and then the vertical. Like this ...
1. Cut your card from top to bottom, straight down the middle. This will give you two lengths, each A6 size wide, 10.5cm. The same width as your card bases.
2. Taking the first side {the one with the copyright notice at the bottom}, cut off the copyright notice. as close as you can to the print.
3. Then, from the bottom of the remainder, cut at 12.5cm from the bottom edge. And at 13cm from the top edge.
4. Taking the remaining side, cut at 9.5cm from the bottom edge. And again at 7cm down from the top edge.

Discarding the piece with the copyright notice on, you should now have the 6 pieces you will use to make your cards.

And here are the next two cards we're going to make ...


… a pretty Pennant Card and one with a moving, swing sentiment.


TUTORIAL {Card 3}

A card with movement … the sentiment tag swings!


1. Cut a mat from patterned card the same width as your card base, A6, and 13cm in length.


2. Taking your cut out sentiment, align your sentiment in the middle by trimming approx 1cm from the right-hand edge. And cut out your butterfly.


3. Lay your sentiment over the top of your card mat, and without sticking it down, line it up centrally and punch a small hole through both layers, in the middle, at the top. Thread through a length of Button Twine ...


4. … tie it into a bow and trim the ends. This can be a little tricky! See the note below : )


5. The sentiment on this card is meant to have movement. It should swing as you pick up the finished card. You are aiming to tie your twine tight enough so the sentiment stays in place when the card is standing. But loose enough so that it swings slightly when you pick it up.


6. Using dimensional sticky pads, stick the mat to the centre of your card base ...


7. … and embellish with a selection of sequins to finish.



TUTORIAL {Card 4}

A pretty pennant card.


1. Cut out some small triangular-shaped pennants from patterned card or paper. They need to be approx. 2cm wide at the top. And about 4-4.5cm in length.


2. Applying adhesive to the top edge only, stick them to your sentiment layer.


3. Wrap a length of button twine twice around your card ...


4. … tie it into a bow and trim the ends.


5. Trim along the very bottom edge with Pinking Shears. You should cut off no more than 1/2cm. You want your finished mat to be between 12.5cm and 13cm in length.


6. Apply 3d adhesive foam pads to the reverse side ...


7. … turn it around and fasten it securely, and centrally, to the front of your card.


8. Decorate it with a selection of small sequins to finish.

And there you have it … two more cards!




Pretty, aren't they?
We'll create the final 2 cards next week : )

Love Liz xx


  • Patterned Papers: 'Strawberry Blooms' Pattern Paper Pack
  • Adhesives: 'Stick-It Permanent Adhesive Roller. By DoCrafts. Quickie Glue Pen and 3D Adhesive Foam Pads
  • Hole Punch: Crop-A-Dile by WRMK
  • Butterfly Die: Isabella Butterfly by Memory Box
  • Pinking Shears, Kraft Button Twine and a selection of small sequins.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

One Sheet Wonder 'Thank You' Cards - Part One

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

One Sheet Wonders. They're great aren't they? They've been around a long time and are still as popular as they've ever been.

If it is new to you, a One Sheet Wonder (OSW) is a paper crafting technique for using a single sheet of patterned paper or card, cut into multiple pieces, to make a set of co-ordinated cards with either no, or very little waste left over.

We already know how much fun it is to transform a sheet of pretty paper into a pretty card. As paper crafters we do it all the time. But it is absolutely the best value if we can use every little piece of it into something lovely, rather than use a little, store a little? I know I'd much rather have a stash of ready made cards on hand than an increasing pile of scraps of paper!

So I have created a template for a One Sheet Wonder which makes a set of 6 pretty Thank You cards using one of the sheets of sentiments from the 'Thank You' Sentiments set.

In a simple 3 step process, I'm going to show you how to print the sheet of card you need to make them, exactly how you need to cut it and in a series of step-by-step photo tutorials over the next 2 weeks, show you how to make 6 pretty Thank You cards with it. Starting with 2 of them today. And it's all very, very easy to do : )

So let's get started : )

STEP ONE - PRINT YOUR CARD
1. Choose a patterned paper and print it onto a sheet of White Card.
I've used hand cut card bases, cut from 300gsm smooth White Card for my cards. And I've printed my paper design onto it too. And I've chosen the 'Pretty Triangulaire' from 'Strawberry Blooms' for my design.
2. Layer your printing by popping it back into the printer and printing the sheet of sentiments from 'Thank You' Sentiments over the top of it.

You should now have a sheet of card that looks something like the one in the image below, without the cutting lines : )



STEP TWO - CUT IT
Following the cutting lines in the image above, we're going to cut the horizontal line first, and then the vertical. Like this ...
1. Cut your card from top to bottom, straight down the middle. This will give you two lengths, each A6 size wide, 10.5cm. The same width as your card bases.
2. Taking the first side {the one with the copyright notice at the bottom}, cut off the copyright notice. as close as you can to the print.
3. Then, from the bottom of the remainder, cut at 12.5cm from the bottom edge. And at 13cm from the top edge.
4. Taking the remaining side, cut at 9.5cm from the bottom edge. And again at 7cm down from the top edge.

Discarding the piece with the copyright notice on, you should now have the 6 pieces you will use to make your cards.

Now you're ready to make your cards! And these are the 2 cards we're going to make first : )





In addition to the card mats you've just printed and cut to make both cards you will need ...
2 x A6 White Card Bases
Large Butterfly
Adhesive and 3D Dimensional Adhesive Pads
Pinking Shears
Hole Punch
Natural Button Twine
Small Sequins and Crystals

TUTORIAL {Card 1}



1. Punch a small hole at the top of your printed card mat, in the centre. Thread your Kraft Twine through ...


2. … and tie it into a bow. Trim along the very bottom edge with Pinking Shears. You should cut off no more than 1/2cm. You want your finished mat to be approx 12.5cm in length.


3. Applying your adhesive to the top edge only, stick your mat to the card base ...


4. … and embellish with a selection of sequins to finish.





TUTORIAL {Card 2}

1. Trim along the very bottom edge with Pinking Shears. You should cut off no more than 1/2cm. You want your finished mat to be approx 12.5cm in length.


2. Applying your adhesive to the top edge only, stick your mat to the card base, pressing it down firmly.


3. Create the antennae by wrapping a length of Button twine around the butterfly ...


4. … tie it into a knot, and trim it to size.


5. Apply 3d adhesive foam pads to the reverse side of the butterfly ...


6. … turn it around and fasten it securely to the front of your card.


7. Decorate it with a selection of small sequins to finish.

And there you have it … your first two cards are done!





Pretty, aren't they?
We'll create 2 more next week : )

Love Liz xx


  • Patterned Papers: 'Strawberry Blooms' Pattern Paper Pack
  • Adhesives: 'Stick-It Permanent Adhesive Roller. By DoCrafts. Quickie Glue Pen and 3D Adhesive Foam Pads
  • Hole Punch: Crop-A-Dile by WRMK
  • Butterfly Die: Delia Butterfly by Memory Box
  • Pinking Shears, Kraft Button Twine and a selection of small sequins.