Friday 30 December 2016

Crafter's Companion 'Inspirers' Design Team - Baby Box Project

Hi everyone

Well I'm here today (erm tonight!) to share one of my Crafter's Companion Inspirers Design Team project with you. This one I made a little while ago but didn't get chance to blog...and there will be more like this to follow. The end of November and December is always a really busy time for me, as I have 2 special birthday to create for...my hubbie and daughter. So I'm a bit behind with my blogging. So you'll see quite a few Crafter's Companion projects over the next few weeks --- I hope you like them.


So here's a pop-up box I created in November using Sara's Signature Collection - Little Angel. I adore this collection, the dies cut beautifully and are visually pretty. So if you like them, get them while they're still in stock. 💛



 

Here's What I Did
I used an A4 sheet of blue card to create the box and white card for the embossed panels.

To help you make a box I have designed a few templates using different measurements types for you - click the link here to go to my Box Card Templates.  The instructions are a bit lengthy...sorry, but they do have illustrations. You can open, download and/or save it.

FYI, if you want to make the box height and/flaps slightly larger or smaller just increase or decease the measurements I've given you. Any questions just email me...have fun!

After creating my box I made the panels using white card. I cut the panels to size then embossed them using a pretty dotted clouds embossing folder, then edged each one with blue distressing ink. and glued them in place. Using lemon, blue and white card I die cut lots of baby embellishments, stars and clouds, and attached them all to the struts inside the box using strips of acetate.

The sentiment was stamped and die cut into an oval then matted onto a larger oval which I edged with glitter. The sentiment and a few baby die cuts were added to the side panels. To finish off I attached 2 pearls and a butterfly to the sentiment.

Here's What I Used
Crafter's Companion Products - Sara's Signature 'Little Angels' Collection (Baby Carriage, My First Outfit, Baby Accessories, Dotty Clouds Embossing Folder), Diamond Press 'Clouds', Sheena Douglass White Stamping CardDiamond Press Stamp & Die Set 'Love Today' Stamp & Die Set, Crafter's Companion Sentimentals 'Greetings - Baby Stamps',  Crafter's Companion Acetate

Other: Blue & Lemon Card, Buttons, Pearls, Tumbled Glass Distressing Ink, Gold Pen, Manual Die Cutting Machine

Don't forget....if you want to see more Crafter's Companion creations made my lovely teamies why not join our Facebook page - just search for Crafter's Companion UK or USA, and for more magazine inspiration definitely checked out the Crafters' Companion Inspiration Magazine group.

Oh yes...we're also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Pinterest Board, so why not follow us. I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there or if you have any questions about the products - I'd love to hear from you :)

I look forward to seeing you soon. Why not leave me a message so I know who's out there - I'd love to hear from you!!

Challenge Entered:

Hugs & kisses

x Janine x

Saturday 24 December 2016

Sweet Stampin' Design Team Card - Santa Claus

Hello and good morning everyone ---

Wow it's another Saturday is here, were is the time going? On a good note though, it's Christmas Eve and Sweet Stampintime...yay!!

So I'm here to share my latest and my last Design Team Challenge card for Sweet Stampin' with you. I've decided to step down from the team to concentrate on family and on other projects. I have been on the Design Team for over 3 years, and the girls are such a fabulous and supportive lot and I'm going to miss them like mad - but it's time for me to move on. Big hugs girls x

So our fab theme this week is 'Santa Claus' and I'm using a very festive rubber stamp from Crafter's Companion called  'Santa's Helper'. For my last SS card and it being so close to Christmas I wanted to create a simple card that says it all. I used Zig Clean Color pens which I'm still getting to grips with so please excuse my patchy colouring, I'm hoping with a bit more practice I'll be fine.  Thanks for looking - and a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL and a PEACEFUL 2017 




 
Don't forgot to enter our challenge you must include a stamped element on your card/project, follow our theme and link back to the Sweet Stampin' blog for a chance to win a prize! 
 
Here's What I Did
First I matted an A5 card with red card. Next I stamped my Santa and sentiment onto a piece of watercolour card and cut it to size then rounded the bottom corners. Using Zig Color pens I coloured the Santa and reindeer in full strength colours, however in certain areas I used water to lighten the pigment as they're water based pens. 

When everything was dry I added glitter to the Santa's beard, fur and some of the ground, then using a white pen I added dots to the baubles and the reindeers blanket.

To complete the card I added the topper to the card front, along with a few glitter gloss drops. 

Here's What I Used
Stamp: 'Santa's Helper ' from Crafter's Companion
Paper & Cardstock (CS): A5 Scallop Card Blank, Red CS, Crafter's Companion Watercolour Card
Zig Clean Color Pens: Flesh Color, Light Pink, Carmine Red, Bright Yellow, Yellow, Brown, Dark Brown, Beige, Gray, Blue Gray, Light Gray, Light Green, Green
Other: Glitter, Glitter Gloss Drops, Black Fineliner Pen
 
So why not drop by the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog and check out what my fab Design Team girlies have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card/project into our 'Santa Claus' challenge we'd love to see your entries. 

This week's prize is from Funkykits

Thank you so much for dropping by and why not leave me a message to say hi :)

Challenges entered: 

Hugs
x Janine x

Saturday 10 December 2016

Sweet Stamping Design Team Card - Animals

Hello and good morning everyone ---

Well it's Saturday and Sweet Stampintime and it's only 2 weeks to Crimbo......whoopeee!!

So I'm here to share my latest Design Team Challenge card with you. Our fab theme this week is 'Animals' and I'm using a very cute digi stamp from All Dressed Up called  'Christmas Reindeer'. I decided on a CAS card we could be easily recreated for batch making especially for this time of year. I used alcohol pens to colour in the image and Colour Cloud inks for the background ...these are my new toy and I love them. Merry Christmas and thanks for looking




 
Don't forgot to enter our challenge you must include a stamped element on your card/project, follow our theme and link back to the Sweet Stampin' blog for a chance to win a prize! 
 
Here's What I Did
I covered a 6" x 6" card blank front with lilac patterned paper with I edged with distressing ink. Next I printed the reindeer onto colouring card and die cut it into an oval. I coloured the reindeer with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.

I printed the reindeer again onto copier paper and fussy cut out to create a mask, using removable tape this was placed over the image along with an paper oval to mask out a snowy base for the reindeer to stand on. The sky and the ground was inked using Colour Clouds in pink and blue shades.

I added glitter and glitter pens to the ground, baubles and snowflakes.

To complete the card I added a few punched out stars and added the topper to the card front using foam tape, and pearls were added at the top and bottom.

Here's What I Used
Digi Stamp: ADU Christmas Reindeer can be found here 
Dies: Tonic 'Layer Squares,' 'Pinhole Squares' and 'Home Sweet Home' 
Paper & Cardstock (CS): 6" x 6" Card Blank, LOTV 'Bonnets & Bowties', Joanna Sheen Satin Colouring CS, Lilac CS, White Glitter Paper
Spectrum Noir Illustrator Pens: GB2, GB4, GB7, LY1
Leonie Pujol Sparkle Pens: Iris, Lavender
Other: Lilac Pearls, Glitter, Dusty Concord Distressing Ink, Glitter, Colour Cloud - Rose Pink, Summer Sky
 
So why not drop by the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog and check out what my fab Design Team girlies have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card/project into our 'Animals' challenge we'd love to see your entries. 

This week's prize is 'All Dressed Up' digi stamp

Thank you so much for dropping by and why not leave me a message to say hi :)

Challenges entered: 

Hugs
x Janine x

Monday 5 December 2016

Mind Crafternoon Blog Hop

Good Crafternoon Everyone

Welcome to our fun Blog Hop in aid of the fabulous charity Mind. We aim to help a raise awareness of mental health issues and of money. If you would like a prize for joining in the blog Hop read on.

The blog hop starts on 12pm on 5th December and finishes on 9th December at 5pm,
https://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/blog/2016/12/05/mindcrafternoon/
  Each of the Crafter's Companion designers have created a project along with some tutorials to get people into craft and show what you can create with a little knowhow. As part of the Blog Hop event each of the Designers will have an individual prize to win - it will be a stamp/die or elements that has been used in their project. If for any reason the item is out of stock you will receive a voucher code instead).

To be in with a chance to win a prize you must leave me a comment and your email address, otherwise I will not be able to contact you. Winners of the blog prizes will be announced on my blog and on the Crafter's Companion UK Facebook page. Good Luck!

HERE ARE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
  • Join in on our online fundraiser..get crafting!
  • Buy a Crafter's Companion raffle ticket (100% proceeds go the Mind charity donate here!)
  • Download your materials each day to be able to craft along with our videos (100% of proceeds go to the Mind Charity donate here!)
  • Follow our Mind blog hop for inspiration
  • Join in and 'Name the Crafter's Bear' (100% of proceeds go to the Mind Charity - donate here)...if you guess the name correctly you can win the bear, plusthe entire Sheena Douglass 60's Collection launching on the 8th December!
So Spread the word!

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 Right back to the Blog hop - you should
have arrived from Soraya
 
Soooo, to get you in the blog hopping mood I've created a sparkly Christmas card for the occasion. I've designed it so it's mainly mats and layers which can be easily replicated and a gorgeous glitter die cut star on top. If you wish to save time for batch making purposes or to reduce your postage costs (if posting it out) simply exclude some of the layers.

 
 I Used:
Crafter’s Companion Supplies: Crafter's Companion Silver Luxury Card Pack, Die'sire 'Shine Bright' Die, Die'sire Essential Only Words 'Merry Christmas' Die, Sheena Douglass White Stamping Card, Gemini Machine

 Other Supplies: 6" X 6" Card blank, Gems, Foam pads, Collall Glue

Here's the tutorial to recreate my card -
Step 1: Use white card, silver matt mirror and a piece of silver glitter card and a 6” x 6” card blank. 
Step 2: From the silver glitter card die cut a large star. Then cut 3 square mats from the matt silver card in the following sizes – 5½” x 5½”, 5” x 5” and 4½” x 4½”. Next cut 3 square mats from the white card in the following sizes – 5¼” x 5¼”, 4¾” x 4¾” and 4¼” x 4¼”.

TIP – To avoid confusion write the size of the mats in pencil on the back of each of them.
 
Step 3: On your card base glue the 5½” x 5½” silver mat directly onto the front, then on top of it add the white 5¼” x 5¼” mat, then the silver 5” x 5” mat, and finally the 4¾” x 4¾” white mat.

Next glue the white 4¼” x 4¼” mat on top of the silver 4½” x 4½” mat and add them both to the card base using foam pads to give it a little height. 
Step 4: Using glue carefully add the glitter star onto the topmost mat.

Step 5: From a piece of white card create a fishtail banner – approx 4” x ½” and cut 2 inverted ‘v’s’ at each end. Glue a die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment in the centre. Lightly run the banner through your fingers to give it a slight curve, add glue just at the tail ends and attach it across the star.
 
Step 6: To finish off add a gem in each corner and a few around the die cut star.

I used:
Crafter's Companion Products: Silver Luxury Card Pack, Die'sire 'Shine Bright' Die, Die'sire Essential Only Words 'Merry Christmas' Die, Sheena Douglass White Stamping Card, Gemini Machine

Other: 6" X 6" Card blank, Gems, Foam pads, Collall Glue

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 Your next hop is to the wonderful Laney
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Just in case you get along along the way - this is your Blog Hop journey:


Have a wonderful time and enjoy!
 
Hugs
x Janine x