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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

I won!!!!

The blog candy that Sara was offering to promote the Cardmaking Paradise site and Sara’s wonderful templates plus the great forum, techniques, hints and tips has been drawn and I have won it!

Wow I can’t believe I have won this wonderful prize. Thank you to Sara and to my lovely friends on Cardmaking Paradise ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a picture of the super prize:

Sara's blog candy

Here’s a list of what’s in the box:
Katzelkraft rubber stamp sheet, Tando Creative Butterfly Grab Bag, Floral Grab Bag, Cosmic Acrylic Drawing Ink, Papermania Decorative Metal Shapes (90 pieces), Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set (scallop 3 dot), Distress stains bundled sage and worn lipstick, Brilliance Teardrops in Graphite Black and Pearlescent Crimson, Tube if Beads and Pearls, Kwik-Thread.

Lots of lovely goodies to play with ๐Ÿ™‚

The blog candy was to help promote Cardmaking Paradise where there are great templates, hints, tips and techniques and a host of friendly people from around the world, swaps and challenges.

10% of all membership fees go towards our new charity, Crafty Smiles, bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country.
You can join in wherever you are in the world!

So what are you waiting for? Come and join in the fun:)

Thanks for looking x

Dress form template

Something a little different from my usual crafting and another of Sara’s templates over on Cardmaking Paradise is the Dress Form. Now I would love to get hold of an actual dress form; you know the ones that are sold for ‘altering’? I just love those and would like to have a go at one, I have no idea what I would do to it but ….. I haven’t got a wish list however I do have several Want Lists! Each page is dedicated to a specific area such as inks, dies and embossing folders, etc I’m sure you get the message! All I need to do is win the lottery ๐Ÿ™‚

However I digress, back to the dress form template; I printed the template straight onto 250gsm cardstock, I am very fortunate that my Canon Printer takes most thicknesses of paper/cardstock into its stride, and cut out the various parts of the template. I used the dress part to draw around onto some paper I’ve been hoarding for over a year. This paper is gorgeous, a shiny metallic gold background with red flocked pattern. On the dress form itself I used a touch of Sahara Sand Memento ink to give the ‘skin’ a hint of colouring.

Dress form

This is a lovely free standing card, I adorned it with a few pearl beads strung onto fine twine as a belt and a piece of chain with leaf charm as a necklace.

Sara donates 10% of all membership fees towards her new charity’ Crafty Smiles’ bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country.
You can join in wherever you are in the world.

Thank you for looking x

Card Case

Heading the members page of Cardmaking Paradise is this paragraph:- “Template Heaven.ย  Become a member and make cards that stand out from the crowd whether you are a beginner or expert.

Our projects come with clear step by step instructions, and PDF templates ย for those that cut by hand, and SVG, GSD, MTC and STUDIO files for those with cutting machines.”

There are so many wonderful templates for shaped cards e.g. Wheelbarrow, Wellington Boots, ice-skating Boots, Hearts, Teddy, Mask, Dress Form, Tractor, Briefcase, Wallet, and the list goes on. There is so much to choose from you will never be at a loss for a shaped card and Sara adds to that ever growing list regularly. On the Cardmaking Paradise Forum there is also a regular swap and Sara sets a regular challenge too just to keep us all on our toes ๐Ÿ™‚ If there is a particular shape you would like or have an idea for a template then email Sara and she will come up with something.

Heike over in Germany wanted a mask shape for a particular event and in a short space of time Sara came up with the template and then set a challenge to use it for the rest of the members! I was looking for Arches and very quickly Sara came up with 4 designs – a very generous lady.

Another of Sara’s templates on the Cardmaking Paradise members site was for card cases – either single or double. Finding this template came just at the right time for me as I wanted some Thank You gifts and these make lovely gifts.

These have been shown before on my blog but were buried! This is the single case:

Single card case

I had just received some new stamps so I was able to use them on this project! Love those little birds. Into this card case went 10 postcard sized cards plus envelopes which are quick to make; the case has four small but strong magnets to close the case.

Postcard size cards for single case

Some of the lines on the cards look wavy but in real life they are straight!

The double card case:

Double card case

Making these cases is also a good way of using up some of that hoard of paper, the paper covers card stock. This case uses ribbon as a closure.

inside of double case

For this case I used a mixture of postcard sized cards and some folded cards plus envelopes:

folded cards for double card case

What I find strange is then receiving one of this cards to thank me for the gift!

Thanks for looking x

Another cardmaking paradise template!

Isn’t it typical that I don’t blog for ages…sorry about that but blame the dreaded flu bug that finally went away and took energy and motivation with it ….then I post more than once in one day!

This Trellis card was another one of Sara’s projects for Cardmaking Paradise members :

Trellis card

This is a great way to use those flourish or swirl die cuts; the flourishes are adhered to the card’s margins in whatever way pleases you and the focal image is centred and adhered onto the overlapping die cuts with another square of cs adhered on the inside to sandwich the flourishes. I added an insert of good quality paper that I stamped in two corners and punched a decorative edge down the right hand side.

Now you know you would love to have some of these fantastic templates for yourself so please come and join us at Cardmaking Paradise and know that 10% of your membership fee goes to a good cause.

I will let Sara tell youย  “10% of all membership fees go towards our new charity, Crafty Smiles, bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country. You can join in wherever you are in the world! ”

And we do have members from around the world too ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for looking x

Cardmaking Paradise Templates

Hello everyone!ย  Aren’t we having some glorious weather at the moment? The birds are singing, butterflies flitting around and the spring flowers all make for an uplifting time ๐Ÿ™‚

I am a member of a wonderful community over at Cardmaking Paradise run by the lovely and talented Sara Sandberg; there is a forum with lots of fun people from around the world and they, too, are also talented. The items many of the ladies make range widely across the crafty spectrum, I don’t think there is a craft question that has stumped anyone yet! Sara not only runs the forum and members area but also designs various templates for members use and is a whizz at technical problems.

One of the templates is for a concertina card and box. There is a variation on the concertina card – either plain or designed to carry the words Mum, Mom or Mor for Mother’s Day (or perhaps a special birthday card). This is my take on the concertina card:

Concertina card

The base card is created from pearlescent gold card stock stamped with a Crafter’s Companion flower image in lack Archival Ink. The inner section is a piece of white cs inked with Versamagic then overstamping in black ink and finally coloured with pencils.

Box for concertina card

I love this little box! The template was printed onto gold pearlescent cs, cut out and then stamped with a script stamp before assembling and a butterfly attached for added decoration.

Sara also has a blog where you can see details of a blog candy haul she is offering anyone using her templates – see image on my sidebar.

Come on over and join in the fun at Cardmaking Paradise – click the link in my post or click on the logos on my sidebar.

As Sara explains “Help us to spread the word about Cardmaking Paradise. 10% of all membership fees go towards our new charity, Crafty Smiles, bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country.
You can join in wherever you are in the world!”

You mustย  admit this is a most worthy cause; as a member of Cardmaking Paradise you join in the fun of the forum and have access to lots of great templates, join in swaps and challenges and pick up plenty of hints and tips on a wide raft of craft subjects.

Thanks for looking ๐Ÿ™‚

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