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Christmas 2017 Series - Making the Paper Poinsettia

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)


As promised, in today's post we will be making some paper poinsettias that you can use to make the Chipboard Screen Display or use on any other papercraft projects. Again, because I am a nice person, I have added a free template to the Member pages, so check there if you want to make some flowers along with me.



The template includes flowers in three sizes, so you can make two different sized poinsettias. I have cut two of one size and one of a smaller size here but you can add as many layers as you like. I also cut a green one in the larger size to act as leaves but forgot to add it into the photo above. After cutting them out, I have just punched a hole through the middle of each flower.



Now you can start shaping the petals to get the effect that you want, depending on the project. If you are making a card for sending, you may wish to leave the petals flat. I just used a bamboo skewer to fold and shape each petal but if you have a shaping tool, even better. Then just layer them up, offsetting each one so the petals don't overlay each other.



Here is the bit that really gives your paper flower a realistic look. These stamens are super cheap and you can usually pick them up on Ebay. I have some gold ones here but if you have another colour, you can add some Distress Paint or similar to recolour them. I folded them in half to get the stamens all clumped together and then you just feed the string through the hole in the petals.



Here is my finished poinsettia.



I have added some Distress Ink (Festive Berries) to add a little dimension.



Then a final layer of a green flower underneath finishes the flower off nicely.



Really pleased with how these turned out. For the smaller flowers, you could use drops of Liquid Pearls to add the stamens rather than feeding through the beaded stamens, as they can be fiddly. I hope you have enjoyed today's post and you can pick up the template on the Member Pages.

Christmas 2017 Series - Chipboard Screen Template Display Card

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)


At last I have got around to putting up some Christmas decorations! Actually, this year was the first year ever that I really didn't want to get involved in it all. For some reason, maybe age, maybe generally being a humbug, I just didn't want to go in the loft and pull down the Christmas decorations. After much fussing, my dearly beloved husband clambered up there, with very little complaint, which was a surprise, as he generally doesn't like doing anything he is asked to do. I then told my smallest teenager that she would be tasked with decorating the Christmas Tree if she did indeed want one. After much whining, she did agree and in fact she made a fantastic job of it!


So anyway, in the spirit of Christmas decorating, today's project idea is a lovely display piece. I originally intended making this as a sort of card but decided that with the chipboard, you are making something much more permanent, so ended up making something in between.

 

I am using the Chipboard Screen Template, decorated in festive papers with handmade paper poinsettias, a stamped a die cut tree and a stamped greeting.I originally made this with someone in mind but decided I liked it so much on my fireplace that I am going to leave it there for Christmas. Here are a couple more pictures. No project notes as it is really self explanatory.



I got carried away making the paper flowers, which were so simple to make. I will be posting up a free template for those in another blog post but you could use your paper punches or die cutters to make them also.



There are just so many ways you can use this template, to make display screens for all kinds of occasions. This is just one idea! I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Series, as we draw close the end for this year. Please do leave me a comment on the Facebook page or indeed down below this blog post. All comments and questions are gratefully received.

Christmas 2017 Series - Tag Box Template Recipe Box

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)



For today's project we are making another Christmas gift box with the Chipboard Tag Box template. The other day, we posted a project to make an unusual 'grown up'  Advent Calendar but there are so many other ways to use this template.

 



For this project the box has been made and decorated as a recipe box, containing lots of my favourite Christmas recipes. You could make this for a friend or just for yourself!  Each tag is covered with different paper scraps I found in my 'bits and pieces' box. I am always looking for ways to use up these!I have added a ribbon handle for my box because I am looking to demo this in two ways but that is of course up to you.

 



Another idea is to simply use the box as a gift box, filled with chocolates, handmade goodies or other treats. The addition of a handle on the top makes it easy to carry and give to someone. I hope you have enjoyed these projects. Please visit again soon for more in our Christmas Series 2017.

Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Project - Simple Crowns

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Cards or gift tags with the free Member template


For the last card using the free Crown Template listed under the Member's part of the site, here is an idea if you have a lot of cards to make, or have simply run out of time!

 

Using the template in the simplest way possible here, laying it on the fold of a card, so that it opens along the bottom edge and hinges on the top.

 

With mirror card and making good use of those more ornate embossing folders in your stash works a treat with this project. These make great gift tags also, using the smaller size template but embossing them in the same way!


Nice card if you like yours to be noticed!!

Christmas 2017 Series - Simple Tree Template Cards - Template Number 2

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)



These two cards used the second basic tree template, which has the tree sectioned into strips. This is really using the same basic template as the one posted earlier which we used to make Twine Trees and Mini Gift Tags, as well as a couple of Christmas Tree Cards but I have made a separate template for ease here as the tree shape is formed from strips of different papers.


These are very simple but how you mount them really makes the cards pop. A torn paper snow scene with a dotty sky from running paper through my embossing folder and a glittery ribbon, creates more interest.



Choose a colour theme and cut strips in different papers from your scrap box to get the best effect. Try to choose papers with different textures and finishes to get the most interesting result.


Find this template and other free stuff on the Member pages on the left hand sidebar.



Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Cards - Three Foiled Crowns

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Another card idea today, using the smallest size crowns from the free template on the Members pages. This card includes three crowns covered with silver, gold and copper foil flakes mounted on a torn paper piece, edged with gold ink. I just noticed that the silver crown is a little out of place, which happened when setting the card up to photograph but you get the idea! Anyway, if you want to make a similar card, you can find the template on the Member pages, under Christmas 2017!

Christmas 2017 Series - Simple Tree Template Cards - One More Simple Card

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)


One more simple card made with our Free Member Template. Christmas cards need to be quick but beautiful, especially if you are handmaking them from scratch. Today's project fits the bill!  I am using the Template Number 1 here, with one of the smaller sizes and just simply cut from glitter green card, layered on a die cut ornate square and worded paper and dressed with some ribbon and gold cord. Very simple but elegant!

Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Cards - Ribbon Crown

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Another card made with the free Member Template, this time cutting an aperture and using layered ribbons fixed on the reverse to create a simple and elegant card that looks super expensive! We have used this technique on the tree cards also and on lots of other cards posted here in the past. It is simple but very beautiful and lends itself well to simple aperture shapes like this one we have included on the free template.

 

Two more card ideas to come with this template!

Christmas 2017 Series - Paper Strip Ornaments

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello and welcome back!

 

Today, we have another easy project for you as part of our ongoing Christmas 2017 Series.

 

There is a free template for you too, if you are not a member of the site, then just register. using the link on the top right. Here are a few examples of today's papercraft project, made with just some paper strips, some beads, wire and ribbon.







These are easy to make if a little fiddly if you are not dexterous with your hands but definitely the process itself is simple.

 

Cut out your strips, either using the template or you can just cut your papers to make ornaments of any size. Here for this large one I am using scrapbook paper.



Using a paper puncher, just punch some holes through the middle and each end, as shown by the template.



Next, thread a bead onto some wire and secure by bending the wire back and through the bead. This will be the bottom of the ornament.



Next, spread out the strips in preparation for folding them. Ideally you want to work with the top strip first followed by the second and so on down to the strip at the base of your pile. I found this out by mistake, as you can see in some of the photos above, the strips won't lie flat properly if you do them in a random order.



Pass the wire through each strip as shown bringing each side of each strip to the middle in turn



Here you can see how it looks. When you have fed all the pieces onto the wire, you can add beads and to secure it, gently pushing the ornament down to get the shape you want. Make a loop of the wire and secure it by winding it around itself. Then add ribbons and other decorations as you wish.

Christmas 2017 Series - Alcohol Ink Foiled Bauble

Posted on November 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Today I wanted to share a project that I stumbled upon while I was messing about doing something else and in fact it turned out really well, so I was excited to post it up here on the blog.

 

I had some plain baubles left over from the sales last year that I picked up really cheaply. Last year we made some lovely alcohol ink ornaments and this project just is another version of that really.



So here are the baubles, there is a mixture of pearlised and shiny in the pack and you can really use either of them. I decided to go for the shiny ones as I felt that any missed areas wouldn't show up so badly.



After covering the bauble with glue, I am pressing some silver foil flakes all over the top. This took several goes, with extra glue to get the whole bauble covered. You will get in a mess and you will get silver flakes on your clothes, hair and carpets, so check make sure you check yourself if you are going out!



When the foil has dried, you can add your alcohol inks, mixing colours as you like. I happen to love blues and purples, so I have gone with those. The ink dries lighter than it goes on, so you will probably need to add more to get a depth of colour.



Here is the finished bauble. I love this!

I added a coat of laquer varnish to seal the foil on the bauble and stop it flaking off.

Thanks for joining us today and drop by again for another project in our Christmas 2017 series on the next post.

Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Cards - Three Crown In a Row

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

One cut from glitter card, one from mirror card run through an embossing folder and one covered with gold foil flakes


Use glue or cut the crown from sticky card and press the gold foil on


Three gorgeous crown cards, each crown covered in a different way and using the free Member Template that you can get if you register with the site and visit the Member pages on the left hand sidebar!

Christmas 2017 Series - Snow Scene Screen Card

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)
 

I haven't seen snow for quite a few years to be honest but that doesn't stop me loving it. I do recall buying a couple of sleds a few years back and since then, there has been no snow whatsoever!

 
Today's card project is an idea for using one of our older templates, to make a three panel screen card. It looks complicated but really it isn't and that is the beauty of using a panel design, as you can pack a lot onto it, which looks like you have made a real effort but in fact you can often repeat the design on each panel with a few tweaks.

 
You can find this file on the Template Category for Ladies Cards on the left hand sidebar but of course you can cut your own or use a purchased card blank. I just love the idea that the larger size of this card, allows you to create a scene, something that lends itself especially well to Christmas.
 

The tiny houses and trees come from a Stampin Up Stamp set and the snow itself is cut from glitter card that I had in my 'Need to Use Up' drawer. I love the way you can get dimension with layering the snow also. There are so many other ways to use this simple card template, which you can cut for yourself or pick up the Screen Card Template we have on the site. Every penny made goes back into keeping the website running!

Thanks for joining me today and drop by again soon.


Christmas 2017 Series - Simple Tree Cards 1

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (1)


If you downloaded the free Tree Template from the Member Pages (the one used to make the Twine Trees and the mini Gift Tags), then today's post just demonstrates that you can use that simple template in different ways to create different things. You don't need a template of course but we have made it a bit easier by designing one.



So here are a couple of cards, made by using the template to cut a simple tree or triangle aperture from your card, then placing some double sided tape around the tree on the reverse and layering different ribbons across the aperture. Work from the reverse and check the pattern every now and again on the front. Work from the bottom of the tree to the top, overlaying each ribbon a little over the last to get this nice layered effect. Finish off with a hand cut pot on the bottom and then go to town with your other decorative bits and pieces.



You can use paper instead of ribbons of course but by using ribbons, this gives your card a beautiful and luxurious finish that you would have to pay a fortune for in the shops. All made with some ribbon scraps and super easy too!

Christmas 2017 Series - Tag Box Template

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)


If you have got the Tag Box Template, featured in an earlier post, here is another project using this file. This time, I wanted to use some of the gorgeous Distress Oxide Snowflake backing paper I made here, together with some wrapping paper that I bought last year and absolutely love. It has turned up all over the place in different Christmas projects and today is no exception!



This is a simple box of tags for use, which I have made for a friend. The use of luxurious ribbons and a festive greeting on the box, make this a nice hand crafted but useful gift. If you prefer to make a gift box then you can!



Here I have taken out the tags, added a ribbon handle and created a lovely gift box with this same project.


You can get his saleable template listed on the left hand sidebar under Chipboard Templates. Thanks for joining me again and see you soon for another post in the Christmas 2017 series!

Christmas 2017 Series - Tissue Baubles or Ornaments 2

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (1)


Gotta love these upcycle projects! I'm back to my tree decorations again today. That same box or baubles/ornaments bought last year in the sales is getting some use this year. I am so pleased with the twig tree covered in all these creations and if you like doing these kind of projects then this one is a must do! All you need is some pretty tissue papers, the printed kind is the best.

 

So I had some gold printed tissue paper I bought about 14 years ago, that I found in a drawer under my bed. Honesty, this tissue paper has been all round the world and back and I finally thought, enough is enough, it has to get used. I had used it a bit here and there but do you know when you have something that you buy and you just don't think you should use it because it looks too nice, was too expensive, or you think you make have a use for it in the future but in the end you don't....well this was on of those items!Turns out that it looked great on my plain old Christmas baubles.


 


The process for making these upcycled baubles or ornaments is exactly the same as we featured on an earlier post with our Distress Oxide Tissue Papers but a whole lot easier as we are using ready printed tissue that we don't have to make first and we don't have to seal to prevent the inks running. So read this post first to see the basic method which just involves using a watered down PVA/white glue to layer up pieces of torn tissue paper, letting it dry and then using some laquer to seal and add a little shine.




I just love how these turned out, taking basic boring and cheap baubles and making them super pretty. One pack bought in the sales last year, has allowed me to make three different types of home crafted ornament to keep, what a bargain!!

Christmas 2017 Series - Tag Gift Box Advent Calendar

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (1)


With December rapidly advancing, today's project is a lovely little Advent Calendar idea, using the new Tag Box Template, one of our saleable templates you can find under Chipboard Templates on the left hand sidebar.

 

All the saleable templates are super cheap, this one is only $1, but they do help to support the site, pay for the site fees etc, so do consider having a browse there. We have heaps and heaps of free stuff too on the Member pages, so register with the site to get acess to those.

 

The idea is that sometimes it is nice to make an advent that is not focussed on chocolate, or maybe you want to make a more adult themed advent for someone special in your life, as I have done here. Each tag has a message on the reverse but you could add a non-edible treat idea, like 'a trip out to the movies' etc.



I had such fun making this one and it didn't take too long to do at all. To complete the whole project including the 24 tags took about a day to do but not solidly working.



This project is simplicity itself, once the box has been constructed, you can just use co-ordinating festive papers to decorate both the box and each tag. I have used some die cut numbers on a punched scallop circle and lots of Distress Inks to add some depth.

 

Alternatively, you can use this as a lovely gift box for a treat for a special someone and there will be a couple more ideas along this theme posted here on the blog over the next few days, so come back to visit if you would like to see those.

In the meantime, thanks for joining me here and Happy Crafting!.


Christmas 2017 Series - Distress Oxide Background Snowflakes

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)


Todays card uses a well known technique to create a lovely snowflake themed background. I have used the paper to make a few projects, not just this card and they will be featured on a future post, so once you have made a sheet of it will be good value for money!



Start off stamping a snowflake pattern over a sheet of card with a Versamark or similar ink pad.



Add some white embossing powder and heat set it. Go back in and fill in any places you have missed, so that there are no obvious gaps in your pattern.



Next, pick out your Distress Oxide Inks. I have gone for all the blues here with a bit of violet/purple colour. Gradually building up colour, dip and wipe your card into puddles of ink on your craft mat. If you need to see more on how this is done, then you can read our series on Distress Oxide Inks.



If you want a bit of shimmer on your background, wait until it is dry and then brush over some iridescent acrylic medium and let that dry.




I was super pleased how this turned out and managed to create a few projects from just this one piece of card. If you want to see what, then stop by the blog again to find out!

Christmas 2017 Series - Beaded Paper Strip Tree Ornaments

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)


This is a project based upon one that you can find all over the web but I wanted to make my own version and to make it easy for you, there is a template on the Member's pages that you can pick up if you register with the site.

 

I haven't done any photo instructions for this one as it is relatively straightforward. Bend the paper strips back and forth according to the dotted lines, working from the largest fold to the smallest, shaping the paper at the top or bottom. Punch a hole through the middle and feed through some beading wire and beads to decorate on each layer, the top and the bottom, or as you wish. Loop the wire at the top so that you can hang your ornament.



This is a great way to use up old scraps in your craft box or to make coordinating decorations for a gift to match the wrapping paper.



I will post up some photo instructions if anyone is sruggling with this but it is pretty easy to do. Have fun with the template and of course drop a line to the site using the contact form or add a comment below this post if you have any comments or questions.


Christmas 2017 Series - Distress Oxide Tissue Baubles

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (1)


As promised, we are continuing with the Distress Oxide Crumpled Tissue Technique, this time using it to decorate some cheap, nasty Christmas baubles/ornaments.

 

I love upcycling things to make something really handmade and unique. The thing about crafting is that you can do the same thing twice, use the same materials and tools and finish up with things that are different in colour, tone or finish. Everything you make is truly unique and today's project is a good example of that.



I've got my plain old, cheap baubles out again!



And my good old Distress Oxide Inks. I've gathered all the colours together as I wasn't sure what I was going to create.



I created a whole heap of papers using the same Crumpled Tissue Paper Distress Oxide technique I used in a previous post.

Simply gorgeous colours!!

 

I have added some spray inks over the top, silver, gold and copper depending on the base colours.

 

Tip: Through trial and error I discovered that the Distress Oxides and spray inks will run a bit when we get to the pasting stage, so you will want to seal them if you can. I used some hairspray to just try and fix the colours a bit. There will still be a bit of run but not nearly as much.



I started off by covering my bauble with a coat of gesso, simply to give me a base to work on and hopefully make it easier for things to stick to it.



Then I tore up my paper sheet into little pieces, trying to make sure that I picked the best bits and glued them onto the bauble, making sure to cover the whole thing and working the paper down as much as possible with a wet brush. I found that using a mixture of PVA or white glue mixed with a little water to thin it out was the best option.


Here are the results, with some more spray inks added before adding a coat of laquer to seal the ornament.


Green and yellows with gold spray


Pinks with silver spray


Blues and purples with silver spray


I just love the rough finish on these tissue baubles, where some of the tissue didn't lay flat. I thought this would be a problem but I am actually really happy that it worked out that way! These will be added to my growing collection of hand finished baubles that I create each year.

 

Thanks for reading and join me again tomorrow for another fun project with a free Member template!

Christmas 2017 Series - Distress Oxide Background Cards

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (1)



Following on from an earlier post where we created some gorgeous Distress Oxide Tissue Paper backgrounds, as promised here are a couple of cards made using them.




This beautiful red and orange background with copper sprays worked perfectly with this old faithful Stamp It Stamp, embossed with black embossing powder. Actually, I made the mistake of using Distress Embossing Powder which of course rubs off, so I had to seal it with some laquer.




The blue background with silver spray worked nicely with another Stamp It stamp and this time with white embossing powder and a greeting




The green background with gold spray inks was a challenge to use and I messed the stamping up twice, to I decided to work with the small piece that I had left and simply added a die cut ornament and some ribbon which I was much happier with. One of the messed up ones is shown below.




I just wasn't happy with this one at all. Not a great photo but I tried to stamp the tree and emboss in black but the result was too harsh, so I decided to add a bit of white embossing powder on the top to give a snow effect. Yuck! Straight in the bin with that one and a waste of a beautiful green and gold tissue background which was super annoying!

 

Verdict: The stamps did seem to work quite well on this background overall but you do need to be careful choosing which one and which ink to use, to avoid overpowering the background. Join me again soon for another post in our Christmas Series, where we will be making some lovely decorated baubles.


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