BIG WARM HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!
Saturday, 21 November 2009
BIG WARM HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I haven't been making many boxes recently because Mum and I have been busy planning a blog for general paper crafts and cards ranging from basics to advanced things such as three dimensional pop-ups. We'll be posting tutorials, ideas and free downloads/templates. It covers all the other things I'm passionate about as well as boxes.
We've only just added our first post but have lots more to come so hope you have the time to give it a visit. Here's the link: crafticious.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and for being so patient with me - I'll be back soon!
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
I used some new Woodware punches I'd bought recently. The tropical leaves are 2" and 1". When I saw them it was love at first sight!
I wanted a stamped, leafy background so made a stamp from craft foam:
- Take what's left from the punch out of the 1" tropical leaf.
- Using a pen, trace the shape onto a piece of thin craft foam.
- Cut the leaf out.
- Attach to an acrylic block using a glue stick.
- Ink up and stamp (I used VersaColor Fresh Green).
- 1.25" five petal flower punch
- 5/8" five petal flower punch
- Woodware 'grass one' 1.5" punch
- Woodware (tropical leaf) 'Monstera' 1" punch (used to make the stamp)
- Woodware (tropical leaf) 'Monstera' 2" punch
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Outside panels.Closer detail of the butterflies and thistle panels.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
It's similar to my earlier box (in March) but the background is stamped with ferns.
The stamped panels are mounted onto pearlescent green card.
The third and final mount is black card edged with black, holographic, ultra-fine glitter.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
It's being shown again on Wednesday May 13th at 1.00pm UK time 'EAZI Crafting with Phyllis'.
I also made a butterfly magic box and will be posting pics soon.
I weighted the lid with black glass beads from an old, broken necklace I had. One instance where never throwing anything away paid off!
The edges were tinted using the same VersaFine ink and Tim Holtz's (my Hero) blending tool & felt pads. Phyllis demonstrates this technique brilliantly on her show.
I finished off by running a chunky, permanent black marker round the edge.
I wanted a rich, Gothic feel to this box.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
I am aware that Mothers Day is happening in the US, Canada, Australia and many countries this weekend, so am posting this now. I hope the instructions are not too gobble-di-gook!
Despite the long tutorial this box is actually very quick to make, (once you've grasped the principle) so please do have a go.
Instructions in Brief
Make the box first - from a square of good quality paper.
Make the wrap from good quality, heavy weight card.
Wrap length: is the same measurement as the paper used to make the box.
Wrap width: is 20mm (7/8") wider than the finished box width.
Score lines on wrap:
1) Mark the centre of the wrap (lengthwise).
2) Measure the height of the finished box.
3) Mark the box height measurement - half either side of the centre point.
If you want to colour tint, stamp or round corners of the wrap - do this before attaching to the box.
Add panels or 3D embellishments after attaching to the box.
This was a 'New Technique Challenge' on Splitcoaststampers.
Here's the link: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=410418
For more examples of origami boxes check out my January postings and Splitcoaststampers Gallery - (there are some fabulous boxes here!)
Thank you for visiting
Friday, 24 April 2009
Create & Craft TV Thursday 30th April at 5pm UK time.
One of my boxes will be shown - it's a chance to see them 'in action'.
Fairies and dragonflies - I've been wanting to make this box for some time now.
The outside panels each carry a message. You can see the details in the image below.
Here's a closer detail of one of the fairies on the inside panels.
I made the flowers in the same way as I did in the flower tutorial 'Young Love' but I cut a small 'V' in the tip of each petal. The flower centre is made from a piece of acetate cut in the shape of Neptune's fork then glittered.
FLowers:The petals were tinted with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and edged with VersaColor Imperial Blue (more purple than blue).
The stamen were made by cutting a small piece of acetate into the shape of Neptune's fork.
I applied a mix of yellow & crystal glitter to the 'fork' then tipped the ends with turquoise glitter.
The flowers were assembled as in the 'Young Love' flower tutorial.
Fairy Panels:I stamped the fairies & ivy, onto cream card, using VersaColor Smoke Blue.
I then ran the ink pad round the edges and chalked with turquoise and lilac.
The ivy veins were highlighted with crystal glitter and I finished by dotting turquoise glitter to give the impression of berries.
I designed the fairy stamps myself .
Thank you for taking the time to visit.
Friday, 27 March 2009
I'm sorry it's been a while since I posted but the last couple of weeks have been very busy. I have some news to share with you very soon.
Here's what I did for Mother's Day. The photographs are a little 'rainy day' but the colours are so bright that it's maybe a good thing! Mum loves bright colours and one of her favourite flowers is the Gerbera Daisy. I decided to make those two things the theme.
This card is large:- 28cm (about 11 inches) x 13.5cm (about 5.5 inches).
For the background I chalked the sky, and the grass area is green lightweight card embossed on the Eazi Score Board. The outside mount is silver holographic mirror board.
I used Word-Art (on my computer) to make the letters and printed them out - mirrored. I then cut and glued them onto heavy weight card, cut out, tinted with pigment inks, then embossed with holographic embossing powder. They're attached to the card using 3mm 3D foam pads.
The origami box is made from an A4 sheet of paper (squared) and a strip of card, for the wrap around, again inked and embossed with holographic embossing powder.
The message inside the box is an Elusive Images stamp - 'Words of Inspiration' - "Imagine the possibilities". Stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black.
I made an insert by printing a message from my computer, "Happy Mother's Day" and finished by attaching a small bee, made by stamping the EJ Honey Bee onto acetate and card - as in the Buttercups and Daisies exploding box.
The Gerbera were made using a large and a small daisy punch. Three punch-outs of each size, layered together. I dry embossed a line along the centre of the petals before assembling the flowers. The centres were finished off with a small amount of black holographic glitter.
I'm drawing up a tutorial for the origami box using UK A4 squared and will post it very soon.
Click here -Tutorial now posted
Thank you for popping by.