Saturday, 23 May 2009

A Flight of Butterflies...

I love the elegance of butterflies. I love to see them dance across the sky and that was the inspiration for a card I designed and made using my craft robo. Now I have had the craft robo for about 2 years now, but I haven't really seriously used it ot make anything. I have played about cutting the odd shape, but not produced a complete project using it.

I don't have a dedicated crafting space: the kitchen table is where I craft and that means that I constantly have to clear stuff away for meals and such. So I don't get my laptop and craft robo and paraphenalia out very often, but I was determined to do so for this idea I had.

I used paintshop pro to create my design and then created the cut file in the robomaster software that came with the cutter. Then I started the cutter and waited for the image to finish being cut.

I used Almost Amethyst cardstock for the base card which measure 41/4 x 41/4 ins and then I cut the same butterflies out with Barely Banana cardstock. A little light chalking around the edges with some pearlescent chalks and I layered the butterflies over the background card, leaving the wings slightly raised on some.

I then used my stamp a ma jig to position the sentiment on the background in the space between the butterflies.

I love the elegant simplicity of this card.

: ) Estazia

Friday, 8 May 2009

A gift from a challenge

My Stampers Ten group was sent a package of A6 size cardstock and designer paper pieces and challenged to make something with it.

I took a small square of the Tea Party DP and stuck it in a small frame from a K&Co bracelet kit. I added a small glittered Gelly Butterfly sticker and covered the lot in diamond glaze to seal it. When it was dry I fitted it to the bracelet chain from the kit with a jump ring.
Fortuitously my niece's name is Katie and K&Co have stamped a K on the findings (presumably for K&Co!) so I decided to make this for her upcoming birthday.

Next I broke apart the small box of matches I found in my kitchen drawer and made a template of the box which I transferred to the card stock. I made up the box and wrapped some of the DP around it and lined the inside with some more. A band of white paper that was punched with a fiskars punch wrapped over that and I stuck three small flowers 2 yellow 1 pink on the top. Finally some gems in the flower middles finished of the box.

Believe it or not I still had some paper and card left over and so I used strips to create a postcard with the final complete piece of A6 cardstock I had left. There was just enough cardstock to create a pocket for a gift card on the back of the postcard. Some more punched white paper and flowers tied it to the matchbox.
A little tip: I got the small flowers from a bunch a artificial flowers that my mum had bought and no longer wanted. I just pulled the fabric blooms off the plastic stalks and they yielded about 200-300 blooms of each colour. Flowers like this can be found in discount stores and might be worth a look.
: ) Estazia

Pretty Playful Petal card

Card making time has been a sparse around here this month, but I did get to go to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show at Alexandra Palace a couple of weekends ago. I bought a bucket load of dies for my bigshot (yay! Labels dies no more wonky cutouts!), some great stamps, inkpads and a couple of Basic Grey collections that were half price!
I also saw a few demonstrations of copics (something I had been looking at with envy on many different blogs). These were the Ciao's and they had loads at the show, but were only selling them individually. I couldn't think what colours to get let alone stand there and pick out each one, so I waited until I got home and looked for the best price for the sets that are sold. I managed to get some from graphics direct. I got 72 for about £115 which would have cost me about £143 at the show. I've only messed about trying them out so far but I love them and I hope to have some stuff I've made with them up soon.

Anyway I did get a card made using the kit that Joanne provided for the Stampers Ten meeting in April. It uses the Playful Petals stamps and Tea Party Designer Paper.

Here's the card I came up with.
You can see the card that was made at the meeting here.
: ) Estazia