Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Quilled flowers; Another Silhouette Cameo Project

Following on from the last post, where I shared the 40th Birthday card I made for my sister, I wanted to show another project which is very similar and also made from the same design papers.

This project was for a friend's 30th Birthday, just a few days after my sisters, so I was mega busy at that time - they take a lot of making - and that means everything takes twice as long for me (or at least it feels that way).

The card was based on the same theme - book style pages on a folded A3 sheet of cardstock which was then trimmed so make it just a bit larger than the book pages - not quite a full A4 card overall.  I used Spellbinders beaded ovals to mount my electronically cut oval and number 30.  All the flowers were quilled flowers from Digital Delights (see previous post).

All flowers and leaves were cut from 240gsm+ cardstock and coloured with distressing inks of various colours.  Stickles glitter glue was used on the beaded ovals and the number 30, as well as on the flowers.  When I want to apply this lightly, I squiggle some on my glass mat, then apply where I want it to be with either my finger, or a cotton bud.

Full on large bling went on this side.  I just had enough to do every other 'bead'.  Any more would have looked dreadful anyway.  A single quilled rose was placed in the top right corner to balance the flowers at the bottom left of the card.

The card stood up as a tent fold card - it wasn't actually the 'book' that stood up, although you get the appearance that it does stand up.  A greeting poem and personal message went inside the tent folded card.

Here is the box:

I made Kelly's two daughters a little decorated box to hold a headband I'd bought them instead of an Easter egg.  I made them individual boxes each with their initial on:

The girls love their boxes.  I then decorated a plain brown bag to put everything in.  It is the first time I've decorated one of these - I bought a couple of packs from a shop called Home Bargains - and they were cheap as chips - sold as lunch bags.

 I know there is so much more I could have done with the bag, but because there had been a lot to the card itself, as well as the box, the bag was very fitting.  The card box, a gift and the both the girls boxes all fitted in the bag so they are quite spacious.  I think I paid in the region of 79p for the pack - I'll have to check because I can't remember how many bags there were in the pack.  I know I felt like a bargain anyway.

Here is a pic of what one of the flowers looks when it has just been cut and taken off the cutting mat

you then get a quilling tool, which is like a pokey tool only the end has a slit in it, and place the outer most petal in the tool then start to wind.  Once wound, the end needs to be secured with a strong glue or a glue dot so that it cannot come undone again.  Here's what it looked like when completed:

Different petals give different overall flowers.  I'd then ink the edge of the petals up with my distress inks, applied with a piece of dry cut foam.

Here are a few I previously made.  Different affect achieved using different coloured card stock to begin with.  Remember to use those colours that are already in your project - pick one of the colours out of your design paper so that it ties all the project together.  The advantages of using white or cream means that you can achieve the look with distress inks - and there are plenty of colours to choose from...

I hope you enjoyed this post about my project and quilled flowers.  The next post will be about the gift and gift box I made to go with this card - all to the same person of course!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post - don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions, I'm more than happy to help out and answer any queries you may have.  If not, please leave a comment telling me you have been to visit.

Crafty Hugs

Paula x x x

Monday, 16 July 2012

Cameo Appearance

As I'd mentioned in previous posts, I seem to have been exceptionally busy in April with several milestone birthdays that I made cards for.  Actually, they were much more than cards; they were gifts/keepsakes.  Each one took hours, even days to make - so a lot of blood sweat and tears, not to mention LOVE was poured into every inch of them.

In this post, I'll just concentrate on the cards that I made using the same kit, and were made very similar to each other.

On 14th April, my sister and brother celebrated their 40th Birthday.  Twins who are miles apart in personality.  Because I hadn't completed my sisters 'special' card, I sent her one I quickly put together in Craft Artist so that she had something to open on the day.  She was going away for the week on her birthday so that gave me time to catch up and finish her proper keepsake card.

Here is the card/keepsake I made my sister, using my Cameo to cut out the pages, sentiments and roses.  I made the box from scratch by hand.  The design papers are from a collection made by a talented designer called Summer Driggs, who has the most beautiful Design papers which are actually digi kits.

I made the card to look like a book (2 layers) on an A4 landscape card - an additional greeting/poem inside along with space to write. The book layers/pages were cut using my precious Cameo machine.


The number was cut using the Cameo, but you may recognise that the shape is a Spellbinders Beaded Oval.  The oval that sits on top of that was cut using the Cameo too, as none of the other Spellbinders Ovals (that I have anyway), sits perfectly inside the beaded oval.  To cut the perfect size on the Cameo, just measure the width and height of the oval and it cuts it out to perfection.  This is how I managed to do the print and cut sentiment for the other page.  First of all I typed out my sentiment/poem in craft artist using the font and size needed to fit inside the oval I had drawn.  I then saved this as a .jpeg and imported into Silhouette Studio.  I drew my oval to the required size and placed it over the poem ensuring that the poem was centred.  When cut, it fitted perfectly inside the beaded oval I'd used.

All the flowers and leaves seen here (apart from the white lilies) have been cut by me using the Cameo.  I've had them cut in different sizes by resizing the file.  When cut out, I've used my quilling tool to wind them round then glue the bottom.  Afterwards, I've coloured using my distress inks. 

There are several different patterns of quilled flowers for $4 which was a bargain - especially when you only get one for $.99 from the Silhouette Store.  It's well worth checking out sites that do bundles - because I've saved the equivalent of $8 by purchasing from Lettering Delights (LD) and not Silhouette.  I'm happy when I can say that I got a bargain - especially when I can pass this on to you too.  Go HERE to the Lettering Delights page to purchase the quilled flowers selection.

Just above the right hand side beaded oval and sentiment, I placed 3 roses with leaves.  All cut on the Cameo and inked up with Distress Inks.  To get the veins in the leaves, I simply folded where I wanted them to appear - once inked over, the fold marks seem to hold the ink more making them look darker - and more natural.  The odd number of three seems to offset the roses in the bottom left corner perfectly.  Odd numbers seem to work perfectly at doing this - it is more pleasing to the eye than an even number.  Try it yourself some time and you will see how much more natural to us an odd number looks.  Same in gardening or home decor.  You would think an even number would be more pleasing but the eye and brain just don't seem to appreciate order.

Here is a view of the box lid.  I adhered satin ribbon around the edge of the box lid then made the flat style bow using loops of ribbon in 3 different sizes.  Glue each of these in order of size (biggest at the bottom), then join them together by looping a length of ribbon around the three layers (as in the picture).  Add a gem for detail in the centre of the ribbon - or make a statement and add something larger.

All the butterfly detail and the name and shadow layer were cut using the Cameo.

I will post the other cards I did around this time, using the same design papers, in separate blog posts.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it gives you an insight as to what I've been up to recently.  I'd love to hear what you think so please drop me a comment.

big crafty hugs

Paula x x x 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

WOYWW 163 (11/07/12)

Each and every week othere is a phenomenon that happens in blogland... It always happens on a Wednesday, and starts somewhere in the county of Wiltshire, England.  It's known by the acronym WOYWW.  I first joined in with WOYWW in January 2010 just after I first set up my blog (04.01.10).  Only a few days after that, I was posting about something which was life changing - although I didn't quite appreciate that at the time.  Actually, blogging itself was a life changing event - certainly one for the better anyway because I've 'met' some of the most fabulously friendly and supportive ladies I've met in my life, and hope will be in my life for a very long time to come.

Each and every Wednesday, I attempt to join in with WOYWW but because of said life-changing event, by the time i've got myself together and sorted out then done what I need to do, it usually gets a bit late or I'm caught up in something else and the moment passes by.  If you are unfamiliar with the WOYWW concept - then you need to go HERE in order to find out how you may join in yourself.  Put it this way, it's like a link-party/blog hop where you collect friends along the way, along with views of desks or workspaces that are in a varying state of order or disarray.  In the early days, I was renowned for my rather long posts, but I've always been one to talk a lot, write a lot, comment a lot or even text a lot... 

Recently, I've also attempted on several occasions to post regular stuff on to my blog; I start the post, then something happens to distract me and I end up with several posts in draft form on my blog post list...

However, you're not here to hear all about that - you want to see what's on my desk don't you?  Well, I've just taken these pictures this morning and its NOT A PRETTY SIGHT!!!

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This first pic is a head on view of the desk.  In my defence, I was tidying the floor of the craft room where things have been getting out of hand recently due to the amount of stuff I have hanging about.  The desk became a bit of a dumping area while I sorted out the copious amounts of A4 storage boxes that had got only bits and bobs in from little jobs either not started, or finished... I put them in their proper places.

There is a pile of CD Roms - the top one is the shabby vintage something or other from Debbie Moore - I also have the Haberdashery one - they were on offer together and are really pretty... On the pile is also the first Nigel May CD that I bought for my Mum - but have borrowed it back for a while seeing as she keeps pleading ignorance on how to use it (the whole reason I bought it for her is because it's easy to use).  Also on the pile are some Docrafts Digital Designer CD Roms - The Forever Friends 'Best of British', Papermania 'Portobello Road', Boofle and Papermania 'Capsule Collection' - the free one that came with the Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine - this was to add to the full version I already have.  Come to think of it, there is only one of the Digital Designer CD Roms I don't have, and that's the Me to You Spring collection... which I missed for some reason - but I'm not paying the 'pretend full price' for it...

There is a hair colour on there which I need to do the patch test for, a treasure chest I'm decorating for my sister - so far I've got all the painting on it done - it's silvery purple (several layers of acrylic paint)... I just need to finish it off.  Some unread magazines on there, a couple of small canvases that I've painted - the rest is simply stuff I need to put away in their rightful places (not that the aforementioned things should rightfully be on the desk or anything)!!!  Everything has a rightful home - I'll be putting things away over the course of the day, in between cooking, pegging washing out, cleaning and playing)!!!

Here is a second picture which is just another aspect of the messy desk:

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Just a view from the right... you can see that there is a large degree of pile-up on the printer too which is to the far-left of the desk (so camouflaged by the mess, I bet you can't spot it)!!!
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Above is a view of the tools (punches) etc. above my desk... I am going to sell the Martha Stewart Punches because I simply don't use them - one or two have been used more than a couple of times, but the majority might only have been 'tried' one or two times...  If anyone is interested in any of them, get in touch as soon as possible.  All are in perfect working order - I just don't use them and feel that I could use the money for things that I would use.  I have loads of craft tools that fit that category, and will be listing them in the coming days.

I haven't been very good at blogging at all just recently - and that goes for visiting desks and blogs in addition to the lack of posts from me.  I have been working on quite a few projects in the last 2-3 months because there has been some rather big birthdays and events going on - some milestone birthdays etc etc... each time I embark on making a 'special' card, like everyone, I pour my heart and soul into it, but the effort I have to make just to get the same result, feels like double any effort I would have had to make in the past.  Everything feels harder than it used to feel and that's not only because of my condition and how I feel daily, but down to the side effects of the medication too.  That said, I am a million miles better mentally than I was a couple of years ago - even up to before the New Year - it's a matter of the mind being willing - the body aint so co-operative at times.

To add to everything else, I currently have a gazillion e-mails to tend to and feel like I spend my days wading through the stuff that I don't need to read right now but don't want to unsubscribe from in case I miss something... it's like treading swamp water. I've got some emails from very dear 'e-friends' that I have to even read yet - and all added together feels epic at times.  So, if you are reading this but still waiting for a response to an email... apologies - it's on its way :O)

So, my friends, this blog post comes with a caveat / a friendly 'heads-up' / an apology in advance.... because I may not be able to get round everyone - for each or some of the reasons that I mention above - but one that I forgot to mention... If I don't fall to sleep after being on the laptop for around ten minutes.... then I'm doing well.

If you can forgive me that, I will promise to get round to as many as I can over the coming week...  If I don't pay you a visit, please believe me that it wasn't / isn't personal.  It's me!!!

Biggest hugs and happy WOYWW

Paula xxx

p.s. Don't forget to leave a comment... please :O) xx


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