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Showing posts with label cards. Show all posts

Sunday, 27 January 2013

"Secret Admirer - Icons" Cards

Sunday already and I finally (almost) finished making the cards with my complimentary stash.

Not the style of toppers I would normally use - so I had to challenge my creativity a bit, but without further ado, here they are:












Off to tidy my craft room a little as it looks as if a train hit it - maybe I will first take a swim and ....

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Cupcakes

Haven't got started on my new cards yet..

Cleaning up one of my memory cards last night I came across some photos of cupcake themed cards I had made ages ago:


Cupcake Themed Card

Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card


Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card


Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card

Cupcake Theme Card

This made me feel like cupcakes - so I baked a batch for our tea later this morning (yum wish it was ten already!)!

Cupcakes

Now for a quick cuppa (I'm not going to have a cupcake with that) - and then to get started on those cards!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Easter Bunny Cards

It's been raining cats and dogs here since yesterday afternoon - the sun peeked out between the clouds about ten minutes ago - but it is still heavily overcast.  Just the weather for a nice lamb stew and a baked pudding (supper sorted!!)

I had bought another sheet of the "Easter" foam and foil stickers from the Crazy Store - made a few quick cards using some leftovers I had on my table.

Vegetable Themed Card

Sweet Themed Card

I added some "googly eyes" to the bunnies.   You can find "googly eyes" at most haberdasheries - even the hardware hypers are stocking them lately (craft section).

Bunny Themed Card

I used some of my paper flowers to embellish the card above.   These are super easy to make.    I used a flower stencil to stencil small flower shapes onto strips of paper with a pencil.    Dip the paper into water and then crumple up.   Leave crumpled until almost dry.    Uncrumple and gently smooth out (don't iron these).   Cut out the flower shapes.   Pierce a hole in the middle of each one (a darning needle works quite well)   Layer up three shapes and secure with a brad.

Bunny Themed Card

Bunny Themed Card

Food starting to smell really yum.   Off to add the next lot of ingredients and then maybe get a bit more crafting done before supper!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Crumpled Paper Flowers Tutorial

Have managed to craft myself into a corner (literally) surrounded by crumpled, distressed, stained and foxed paper - and heaps of paper flowers!

I have made a few of each of six different distressed paper flowers - but I am only going to share one with you for now:

Cut five of the same shape flower (longish petals work best for this bloom).    Layer the five shapes on top of one another with the petals lined up.    Put a staple through the middle of the five layers to secure the bloom.  Now take a knitting needle (or something similar - I have used one of my pewter tools) - start at the tip of the petal and roll it around the needle towards the middle of the flower.    Repeat this with each petal on each layer.  Glue a button over the staple.


As simple as that - and you can make it in a jiffy!

I have been looking for a basket or container of sorts to store some of my pens in (they need to be stored horizontally).   I was not about to drive to the packaging warehouse about 45kms away (a smorgasbord of all things plasticky and storagey) - seemed a waste of time and petrol for just one thing!   Went down to the local mall - little shop called the Crazy Store - they have everything from balloons to baskets, pegs to paper, etc.    Did not find what I was looking for but I did spot some "Easter" looking foam and foil stickers  for a couple of Rands - which I was absolutely compelled to buy!


And they work perfectly with my flowers!     Used the four lager stickers to make 12cm x 12cm cards.   Will use the two smaller ones to make gift tags (possibly).

Easter Egg Themed Card


Easter Card

Easter Card

Well that's enough crafting for me for one day.    Off to make a cuppa for hubby and myself  (which I am going to enjoy with a lovely biscuit or two .... maybe even three)!

Friday, 30 November 2012

Snowman Gift Tag

Still playing around with recycled bits in between making some bead jewellery.

Living in South Africa we will not see a single snowflake over Christmas (unless our weather turns even freakier) - but I have made a few snowflake and snowman cards anyway!

This one is super easy to make.    Cut two small circles (the lid of a large and medium glue stick work quite nicely!) from white card.    Cut a hat shape from black card (I have used darker kraft card) and a carrot shape - for the nose - from orange card.   Cut a wavy strip from turquoise card.  Tie a knot in a short piece of ribbon for the bowtie.

Layer up as shown, draw the snowman a face and stick arms, doodle some snowflakes and a border at the bottom of the tag to finish:

Snowman Gift Tag

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Gift Tags - Upcycled Materials

One of the things I love most about crafting is that one never runs out of materials that can be upcycled.    There is always something that can be salvaged from packaging, gift wrapping, floral arrangements, etc.
 
My hubby bought a few new shirts and they were folded around some very nice brown card.  My daughter was given a lovely arrangement of miniature sunflowers in a pretty cardboard box.   The ribbon handles were salvaged for the bow on the Christmas wreath I made for my mom.   I also salvaged the raffia tied around the box, and decided to use the cardboard and raffia to make some gift tags.    I punched some flowers in two different sizes, cut out two sizes of tags (one large and one much smaller) as well as as hearts and scalloped squares.   There were some punched buttons left over from a bulk make of Christmas cards.

Gift Tags
 
I layered all of these materials up and this is the result!

Gift Tags
gift tags

You could use the tag as is, or use it as a topper for a card.

Cut a 10cm x 20cm rectangle from the shirt packaging, fold this in half to make a 10cm x 10cm card blank.   Add another layer and some extra leaves and finish with a handwritten sentiment:

Recycled Packaging Cards

Cut a 14cm x 20cm rectangle from the shirt packaging.   Fold in half to form a 10cm x 14cm card blank.    Cut a 14cm x 12cm piece of gift wrap or any patterned paper.    Cover the card blank, overlapping 2cm over the fold.  Add a few more blooms and a handwritten sentiment.

Gift Tags

Happy upcycling!!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fairy Cards - Bright Fairies

I  have finally finished making the fairy cards with the fairy stickers I bought......
 
Fairy Themed Cards

Just a quick tidy up of the craft room (again!) and then I will be making up a bunch of gift tags!   

Will post some quick makes to get you started on making your Christmas tags!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Fairy Cards

What a hectic day!

Between spending time with the family and packaging all my makes, I only managed to make two fairy cards from the stickers I bought!   

Fairy Themed Card

Paper Flowers
Hand cut flowers


Fairy Themed Card

Paper Flowers

By the way - for those of you intending to sell your makes - if you refold the gift bags they fit very nicely into the 150cm x 250cm cello bag.     I packaged all of mine (keeps them nice and clean from all the handling).

Fairy Stickers

Sunday Morning!    It is at least a bit cooler today and there is a lovely breeze.  I have thrown open all the windows and the sliding door in my craft room (papers blown all over the place etc!) to make the most of it!

I cheated a little yesterday - had to zoom over to the food hyper late afternoon as we were completely out of soft drinks and glue (soft drinks very NB for the family, glue very NB  for me!).    I can never hurry past anything in the stationery aisle - I pick up this and look at that!    Found the cutest little fairy stickers with the kiddies stationery - really inexpensive too!!


Thought I would be able to make a few nice cards if I mixed and matched them with some of the scraps I still have left (which I just don't seem to be able to finish).    We have brunch around 11h30 so I am going to see how many I can make before then!  

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Handmade Cards: Quick and Easy

Another scorching hot day in Johannesburg!

Dad and son were playing Guild Wars last night - we all only went to bed at around two.   The gaming bug never got me - so I sat and made cards and chatted online with friends.

I have posted a bunch of easy card makes (still all from the bits and pieces I have left).

Leave me a comment if you would like help making any of them - but I think most of them are really easy to copy from sight.

Have a super crafty weekend!

Cupcake Themed Card
Pink and Yellow Cupcake Birthday Card

Cupcake Themed Card
Sprinkles Cupcake Birthday Card

Cupcake Themed Card
Multi-layerd Cupcake Birthday Card

Flower Themed  Card
Decoupage Flower with Side Bow

Envelope Style Card
Bright "Envelope" Card

Butterfly Card
Jewelled Butterfly

Flower Themed Card
Bright Woven Card

Christmas Tree Card
Diamond Christmas Tree Card

Crumpled Paper Flower Card
Crumpled Paper Flower Card

Fashion Card
Fancy Shoe Card
 
Purse Card
Handbag  Birthday Card

Fashion Card
Hat Card