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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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

Make beautiful backgrounds with Baby Wipes

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)



If you followed the series on Distress Oxide Ink, you will remember I was complaining about wasting the papers used to wipe up excess ink from the mat. An example of one of my heavily used rags is shown above!

 

Depending on what I am doing, I will use kitchen roll paper or baby wipes. The kitchen roll gets thrown away but I do tend to keep the baby wipes in a big pile near my craft table. The wipes pick up all the lovely colours of the inks or paints I am using and I was intending to find a use for them at some point.




Some of the colours you can create without trying are just beautiful and far to nice to throw away, so I was happy to create some lovely projects from something old. Another recycle, reuse project!  So if you are using wipes to clear up your messes then make sure you keep them to use on a future card project.


Tip: If you are having problems cutting the wipes because your scissors are a bit blunt like mine were, try lightly adhering the wipe to a piece of paper or card. This makes it easier to cut. If you don't need a straight edge then of course just cut away!


Tip: If you are still not getting the finish you want, try sticking the wipe to a piece of card and folding it around and stick it underneath, so that you create a panel that you can then glue to your card. This gives a nice neat effect and was what I used for Cards 1 and 2 below.


Card 1 - Waterlily Pond

This one was really pretty, almost like a Monet painting and reminded me right away of a lily pond.



I wanted a neat edge for this one, so gluing the sheet to some card and then folding it over to create a panel, gave me the finish I wanted.



The addition of a waterlily and a stamped sentiment was all that was needed. The sentiment stamped well, I would just suggest holding the stamp there a little longer than you would normally do for ordinary cardstock, just because the surface of the wipe is uneven and more like a fabric than a paper.





Card 2 - Birdcage


This lovely orange paper, suited a silhouette, so I decided on my trusty birdcage and bird for this mini card



Again, for this card, I made a panel, which you can see here on the reverse. One stuck, just cut the corners so you can fold the edges over



Mounting the panel on black makes a nice contrast with the orange paper




The black cage was brushed with a little Metallic Lustre Black Glimmer, to give it a more dimensional metallic effect.




Card 3 - Mini Waterlily Card

Here I was just using up a scrap and just decided to make a smaller version of the waterlily pond with a small sentiment attached. The tiny dragonfly is simply using a Sizzix Paddle Punch (remember those?) with some silver card.




The baby wipes produce a lovely fabric style of finish which can make your card look expensive. The fact that you are just recycling something you might have thrown away, is an added bonus!

All About Distress Oxide Inks (Part 2)

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)



Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 2)

As promised for Part 2 of our series on Distress Oxide Inks, here are some projects made using the backgrounds created last time. None of these were planned in any way, I just made a background and then came up with ideas to use it. I love creating like this!

 

This is just the first three projects, so there will be more but I hope it will give you some ideas and maybe inspiration for things you can do with these lovely new inks from Ranger.

 

Where possible, I have included before and after photos so you can see how something quite nice can result from something that looks like a complete mess to start with!.


Project 1 - A Pastel Delight





Beautiful pastel, chalky background created using all the light colours in the Oxide collection gave the perfect backdrop for a paper rose and flourish arrangement. The fact that the paper shredded a little from too much water actually gave the finished piece a lovely roughed up texture, similar to handmade paper.

 

The chipboard flourish was dabbed with Distress Paint Dabbers to co-ordinate with the matt background from the Distress Oxides. Word stamps also look fantastic over the top of these subtle backgrounds


Project 2 - A Surprise to 'Note'


Ugh! Better throw this away!




A brown mess that when dried and stamped with butterflies formed the cover for a notebook. The chalky Oxide finish gives the paper a really unique and very pleasant quality to handle (it almost seems tougher than the paper had started out), which was perfect for my notebook. It is so nice to handle that I can't stop picking it up just to feel the finish.


Project 3 - Scrunched Silhouette Scene 


No I wasn't getting fed up and throwing my toys out of the pram, I just wanted to see what would happen if I scrunched up my paper first before adding the inks


OMG what a disaster!!!!

All the ink has collected around the creases where it has concentrated. I can't imagine this drying into anything nice.


But wait, turn it over and look at that! Wow!!! The ink has bled through to the reverse to create an effect that is very natural and stunning, the photo doesn't do it justice. I was just about to throw this away...



A really good 'mistake'




This lovely pattern made me think of a sunset scene, so I wanted all my embellishments to be in silhouette. The die cuts are all coloured with Distress Paint Black Soot and the cage is then dabbed with a little bronze to give a worn appearance. The birds are from a Quickutz die, the flourish is from a Tim Holz die and the bird cage is a chipboard embellishment from my stash. The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and brushed with Perfect Pearls.


I just love the atmosphere of this card and quite surprised to salvage it from the throw away pile!


The point of today's post was to demonstrate that these inks are incredibly forgiving. What starts out looking like a disaster is not necessarily going to be once it dries.You will get in a mess playing with them but that is half the fun. Just look at the piece of kitchen roll used to clear up one of the palettes I set up. Even that looks beautiful!




Join me again for some more examples if you are enjoying this short series on Distress Oxides. If you have any questions or comment then please leave them below in the Comment Section beneath this post or if you are shy you can use the Contact Form on the left hand sidebar.


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Teapot Card Template

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)


I've had so much fun with the new Teapot Template that I couldn't stop making demos. Goodness knows what I am going to do with them all - my card box is overflowing with teapots!


You can find this one on the Templates page (Ladies Templates).The template includes two designs, Round and Ornate each in two sizes, with stands if you want to make a display piece as well as traditional fold over cards. There is also a sheet of sentiments and tags but this template also works well with the sentiments included on the Tea and Coffee Time Digitals Collection and of course any stamps you have.


Not too many words, just photos, here are the demos with some brief project notes!


Small Ornate Teapot printed with Willow pattern design on glossy photo paper and finished with Glossy Accents Crackle Medium. Brushed with Tea Dye Distress Ink to show up the cracked effect and to 'age' the pot. Stamped sentiment



Large Round Teapot decorated with Floral paper, with layered flowers on foam pads to give dimension. Sentiment is from the template



Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Japanese print paper, with flower embellishment cut from the same paper with a brass brad and sentiment from the template. Brushed with Distress Ink for dimension



Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Floral papers, paper roses brushed with Distress Inks and a stamped sentiment



Trio of small pots using floral papers and Distress Inks to create a 3D effect



Small round teapot with adhesive pearls to embellish. Get the right colour pearl by brushing them with Distress Paints. Stamped sentiment.



On the left, Chinese papers used to decorate the Large Ornate Teapot, with dimensional embellishment using flowers cut from the paper layered up with foam pads. Stamped Friendship Tag.



Small ornate teapot decorated with floral paper, then stamped with a Crackle effect stamp and distress ink to give the aged/vintage effect.




Edged with distress inks for dimension and a sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Stamp Collection added. Stamped Tag and paper flower brushed with a Distress Marker also.



Large Ornate and Large Round Teapots simply decorated with floral papers. Round Teapot inlcudes sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Collection.



Large Round Teapot with simple spotty paper and stamped sentiment




Thanks for visiting!

Easter 2017 - Super Simple Easter Cards with free Backing Paper

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)




If you need to make some super quick Easter notelets, the easiest way is to simply use a piece of Easter themed paper.



You can find a free Easter backing paper sheet on the Member pages. Mix and match with different mounts to create a lovely pastel set of cards, or use the paper on your boxes and baskets. Happy Easter from Mementoes!


PS There will be a second blog post today to catch up from the one missed yesterday.

Valentines Day 2017 - Words From the Heart Cards

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Here are a few card demos featuring the Digital Stamp Collection 'Words From the Heart'.



Not only for Valentine's Day, these images can lend themselves to many different occasions. Here are just a few ideas!


You Make My Heart Sing

Distressed Inks are the finishing touch for this vintage style card


You Are the Best Thing About Me

Chalks provide some dimension on this contemporary style card


So Glad I Picked You!

Three pretty flowers mounted on free heart backing paper, makes a card perfect for a friend or a loved one


Be My Valentine

A Vintage Card with a three dimensional heart, coated with Glossy Accents and distress inks to provide depth


The Most Beautiful Things in the World

A simple sentiment in pastel blue makes this a perfect card for a special friend


Love Blooms in My Heart

A doodle heart filled with flowers, says it all for a friend or loved one


Love Means the Same in Any Language

Simple in pink with chalks and inks


Two Hearts Entwined

Free backing paper, with a simple sentiment and two polymer clay glitter red hearts, embellished with wire


There are so many ways to use these digital images. Look out for a free sample from this set on the Member pages.





Valentines Day 2017 - Paper Scraps Notelets

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Not strictly a Valentines Day card for this post but I had some scraps left over from decorating my polystyrene hearts and I just love the effect you get from using beautiful handmade papers to create a mini fantasy type scene. Each time you do this the result is different and you often see little landscapes or scenes even though it is just glued paper.

 

Simply tear up your paper pieces and glue together with a slightly watered down white glue and finish with a final coat, so that the paper is wet enough to adhere together completely. You don’t have to worry getting anything straight at this stage, just glue and let dry.

 



When your piece is dry you can then cut smaller squares or rectangles and simply mount. I love these cards and we have featured them before way back on the blog, so if you want to see more examples have a look in the Photo Gallery under the ‘Other Cards’ Album.

Valentines Day 2017 - Pop Up Heart Card

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)



So we are just trying to post all the projects we had lined up but have been unable to post due to problems with Webs.com, our website provider.Here is another card project, which is so simple but just so effective. If you use glitter card for your hearts, it is stunning. The photo doesn't do it justice.


Anyway, I am sure you already know how to make these cards and have made them before, so there are no project notes but you get the idea from the photo. The outside of the card is just simply covered with plain paper, as I want the inside to be the surprise!


There are some heart templates on the Member pages but if you would like me to put together a template for the rest of this card showing where the cuts go to create the pop-ups then please leave me a comment and I will put one together.


Valentines Day 2017 - Ribbon Heart Card

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)



So here goes with a test post. This was not the project that was intended to be first in the series but never mind, the rest will follow!

 

So we’ve made this style of card on the blog before for Easter and Christmas and they are so simple to do that I wanted to do a heart card version. Simply using strips of beautiful ribbon behind a die cut heart shape, or a hand cut heart like I have used here.




This is easy and very effective, especially if the light shines through transparent ribbons. This type of card is simple but looks expensive if you use your best quality ribbon scraps.Simply use some double-sided tape around the edges on the reverse side of the heart and stick the ribbons across the aperture, overlapping the slightly. Keep checking how it looks by flipping it over and readjust if necessary. This is the beauty of using the double-sided tape. When you have finished, cover the back with another piece of paper for neatness and simply mount onto the front of your card.

 

If you don’t have a heart template you can find one with different sized hearts on the Member pages which was posted for another project a few years back and I may get around to posting one for the exact size heart I used here, if we can get back on track with the Valentine's Day projects. They will be coming thick and fast to catch up!


Here an Easter project using this method with a photo instruction, to create beautiful and unique cards to keep!

Easter Cards


And here is a Christmas Card, featuring the same technique

Christmas Card


Christmas '16' Sweater Cards with Festive Knit Backing Papers

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Our last card for this year, before leaving for a well earned rest features the Scandinavian Knit themed papers, this time combining them with the Sweater/Jumper Template. Again, these are simple and quick to make with a fun result that you can personalise to the recipient. I have decided to use the smaller ones with the smaller sized print for gift tags to use on my gifts this year.



 You could add a festive greeting but I think they look quite cute on their own. As these are fun to do, they make a good project for the children to get involved with and can be made for any occasion really, not just Christmas!

 

There is a sample page of the backing papers added to the Member pages so check there to try it out.




Christmas '16' Notelets using the Scandinavian Knit Backing Papers

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Well, we are very close to Christmas now, so probably if you are a card maker, you have finished your projects or maybe even moved onto some Christmas decor items instead.



Alternatively, if you haven't got around to making anything yet and would like to still make something rather than buy your cards, then here is a simple idea to do so.



These notelets use our  Scandinavian Knit themed backing papers on a square card and a stamped greeting to finish. You can turn out heaps of these very easily.



I am so pleased with how these little notelets turned out that they will definitely be going in the box for use next year, as I have made most of my main cards for family and friends already.



You can find these backing papers on the sidebar menu under the Printables tab and look for a sample page from the set on the Member's pages soon.


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