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Archive for the month “July, 2011”

Virtual Crafting Challenge

Billie,  over on her blog , sets a monthly virtual crafting challenge. June’s challenge was to use paper and card and yes, I know, we are now in July and Billie has set another challenge! I actually had most of these items made before the deadline but hadn’t photographed them and it has taken me a while to get them uploaded – where does the time go?

Our daughter has a small but growing craft business aimed at crafting for children and she had a stall at her daughter’s school fete. I had been hoarding these jumbo sized paperclips and thought they would make ideal bookmarks to sell on our daughter’s stall for a few pence.

paperclip bookmarks

I punched out small circles of cardstock (using up cs out of my scrap box), stamped fun images onto the circles and coloured in with Twnkling H2Os – does this count for July’s challenge too Billie????
I sponged ink around the edges and then glued two circles back to back on either side of the paperclip with Glossy Accents – love that stuff!
The little ones liked them and so did many of the Grandmas who bought them to give to their grandkiddies.

The stamps I used on these were some cheap children’s foam stamps that have been kicking around for years; think they belonged to our girls when they were preschoolers, they will be 25 next week 🙂

This next paper & card project is a birthday card for our little granddaughter. For the first time I actually used an image from a CD-Rom; the CD is  called “What A Hoot” by Crafty Catz , a UK-based lady who has created some lovely images on and all her CDs can be seen by clicking on the link to her website.

Kim's birthday card

 The image (front and back) was printed out onto good quality printer paper, the images cut out and the adhered onto folded cardstock and cut away the excess cs. As the Twinkling H2Os were still out I used these to paint the hearts, add a touch of ‘eye shadow’ and nail polish,a small rhinestone for the ‘ring’ on the owl’s toe and a couple of small flowers with rhinestones.

As I mentioned earlier it is our daughters birthday (or should that be birthdays?) next week. Normally I make two very different cards for them but when I found this card that is also a box I just had to make two of them! I came across this card at a great blog site and if you click on this link you can find the instructions on how to make this box card.

Peacock feathers

 The stamp is from a set by Graphicus. I spritzed some white semi glossy cardstock with home-made ‘shimmer’ mists and stamped the peacock feather five times with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
When I had a mad spritzing session recently I not only coloured several pieces of cardstock to have for future backgrounds but also mopped up with kitchen towel which were dried and kept for backgrounds too. The centre of the middle feather is a piece of kitchen towel! The feather image was stamped onto the towel with Stazon black ink, cut out and adhered to the image on the cs.
The white panel was adhered to black cs and then the whole adhered to the front of the box card. he outside cover of the box card is a shimmery, pearlescent cs punched at the outside edge with a Fiskars border punch.

inside of box card

 The top edge of the folds was punched with the same Fiskars border punch and the butterflies were a free stamp by Chocolate Baroque in Royal Blue Whispers ink.

showing the folds

This photo shows the folds, I made these from felted paper purchased from Jayne Nestorenko, it is a good heavy weight paper (approximately 230gsm) and is almost like watercolour paper and is excellent for painting on! I have a good stock of this paper in A4 size and it was excellent for this project.

Peacock Box Card 2

 Box card number two using another stamp from the Graphicus set and stamped on pearlescent cardstock with Stazon ink and coloured metallic pencils but the peacock’s tail is another piece of kitchen towel!

The border is punched with another Fiskars border punch.

The inside has the same butterflies as the first box card.

Hope you have enjoyed these projects and I’d love to see everyone’s take on the box card.

Many thanks for stopping by x


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