Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter birthday cards

Hello and a very Happy Crafty New Year!!      I am so pleased to be back in my craft room again after a busy Christmas time then a horrible cold but I am feeling better and excited about all the new crafty goodies that will come our way this year.     First though a bit of a look back to the Craftwork Cards Winter Forest paper pack available from The Fruit Pixie online shop. Now I have 2 family birthdays in December. So I made these cards for them using the Craftwork Cards Winter Forest paper kit. As you can see there is nothing remotely Christmassy about them and they look beautiful as Winter birthday cards
My first card is using one of the toppers in the kit mounted on some of the paper from the paper pad. 
The card base is covered by another of the papers in the paper pack.
I then used one of my punches ( I have a bit of a thing for snowflakes ) to punch some borders from the same paper as the topper mount.
Then I added a happy birthday to finish!
 
 
Now for the second I used a shape card cut on my Silhouette Cameo 
 
 
I used the beautiful snow paper from the paper pack to cover the sides and bottom pieces.
The owl is printed on the paper in the paper pack so I just cut a piece that included him to fit on the middle piece of the card.
Then I added some die cut snowflakes and another Happy Birthday and it's finished.
      So as you can see just because you have used a kit for Christmas cards they can be used for other cards too.       You can find this kit and many other wonderful things in The Fruit Pixie here -                      http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-frozen-forest-26360-p.asp  

Monday, December 19, 2016

Craftwork Cards Magic of Christmas paper Christmas house


Hello and welcome to my last Christmas post before Christmas. I'm design elf Katrina, I have the amazing job of showing you what you can make and do with the wonderful products the Fruit Pixie sells.    Christmas is just days away now and I thought it would be nice to show you a little house I made using the beautiful Craftwork Cards Magic of Christmas paper kit. I love to make these houses, in fact I have a whole village of little glittery houses that comes out at Christmas and has lights in them to light up their windows. You can buy battery operated LED lights now on the high street that make you houses look magical.     
I cut the base of my house using my Silhouette Cameo but you can find templates to print out free on the internet and you can also buy dies these days to make beautiful little houses.

The way I make my houses is to cut the base in plain card stock then cut the same again in the paper you wish to cover it with. I cut the constitution tabs off of the paper cuts and also cut along the fold lines as it's easier to cover your folds with ink after then get paper to curve neatly around a corner. I always decorate the house flat, then when you are happy with the look construct your house.

 To make the window frames I cut the house again in white card then cut the windows out leaving an even frame around them and  stick them to the house, then fold it up.


Don't forget the door knob, I used a sticky gem.


Also you can decorate the back too, I chose not to for this house.

The roof can be covered with a different paper to the walls. It can also a great place to add lettering or sentiments  too.


Of course no Christmas house could be complete without snow and sparkle. 

All this house needs now is its lights. You can use the battery tea lights but I find they are not strong enough to light my houses up so I use the battery operated fairy LED lights. Of course I don't need to tell you but for safety DO NOT USE A REAL CANDLE OR TEA LIGHT! 

These would be such fun to make with children, I would cut out all the pieces in different colours and paper then let them build up their own Christmas house. Great for a Christmas Eve activity.

Well there we are, my last Christmas post for 2016.

Can I take this opertunity to say a big thank you for reading my posts this year and wish you a very happy Christmas.

Join me after Christmas for more fun with paper, card, paint and ink!

Happy Christmas!
               Love Katrina 


 

Friday, December 09, 2016

Craftwork Cards Frozen Forest Christmas decoration

Well, our tree is up and decorated and it is really looking like Christmas is on its way!    Today I have a lovely Christmas tree decoration I have made using the Craftwork cards Frozen Forest kit. The toppers are perfect to make this decoration with. The plastic baubles are available on the high street, I got mine in Wilkinsons.  
I chose 2 of the toppers, one of the animal ones then for the reverse I have one of the sentiments. I cut them out with one of my dies and then stuck them together.
 
 I then put some of the beautiful Cosmic Shimmer Ice crystals to look like snow onto the flat topper. Then, keeping it flat, I stuck one half of the plastic bauble to the front of the topper using a wet glue and left it to dry.
 
Repeat for the other side, making sure the baubles hanging holes match up.
 
 
I added some wire worked onto a loop, a bow of ribbon and Christmas embellishment.
 
I also made a box using the same papers so I could give it as a gift.
 
Do have a look at this beautiful paper pack. You can find it in the shop here -
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-frozen-forest-26360-p.asp
 
The Cosmic Shimmer ice crystals here -
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-glitter-jewels-iced-crystals-19428-p.asp
 
 

Friday, December 02, 2016

Frozen Forest Christmas card

Another Christmas project. This time I am using the Craftwork cards Frozen forest collection available from The Fruit Pixie. This would work wonderfully well if you want something, like me, that would make seasonal Christmas cards but you also have winter birthdays to make for too.      The kit has the usual contents. A beautifully designed paper pad that is 8x8 and matching toppers. This time round ones with animals and scripted sentiments and some lovely pennant shapes too. Of course it also has the signature Candi, these are a pearl white.     I always find so many things to do with these Craftwork cards kits and this is no exception. So to start with I have a Christmas card to show you.
I have cut the card blank on my Silhouette Cameo but the sweet deer topper and striking black backing paper is from the kit. I just needed to add some snowflakes ( don't ask me how many different snowflakes I own but I have a HUGE amount but I will deny everything 😄 ) And then of course add a Happy Christmas to finish off.

You can find this beautiful kit in the shop here 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-frozen-forest-26360-p.asp


   

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sparkle Christmas card and stamping and embossing help

Here is my beautiful sparkling Wreath card using the lovely stamp by Woodware that I have designed for The Fruit Pixie. The stamp is a clear cling stamp so you will need a clear block to attach it too. These blocks are re usable so you only need to buy them once. You then take the clear stamp and peel it off the packaging and attach it to you block. Place your block on a level surface, stamp side up and apply the ink evenly across the whole stamp using light taps. You should always apply the ink to the stamp, don't push the stamp into your ink pad or you will just end up with an inky mess and you will wast a lot of ink.   Then turn your stamp over and gently press it onto your card. Always keep one hand in the middle of the stamp block at all times to stop it rocking. Gently press over the whole stamp to push the ink onto the card, you don't need huge pressure or you will squash you stamp and the image will be blurred. Small stamps don't need as much pressure as large ones. Each stamp is different so I always try out a stamp on scrap paper to see how much ink and pressure you need to get a good image before I apply it to my project.  If it's the first time you have stamped I would recommend stamping on a separate piece of card to your project and then cutting it out, either as a topper or cut around it, that way if it doesn't quite go to plan you have not spoiled a card you have worked for hours on. The more you stamp the more confident you will get.  The great thing about clear stamps is you can see through them so you can place them exactly where you want them. After stamping wash them in soapy water and leave them to air dry or use a stamp cleaner. Once dry put them back on the packaging and keep them in a cool dark place. If your ink has stained your stamp don't worry this happens, they will still stamp well. Once you have mastered stamping you will want to have a go at heat embossing, which is what I have done on my card.

To heat emboss you will need an embossing ink some embossing powder and a heat gun. For this card I have used a red tinsel embossing powder I have had for about 15 years or more so the powder will never go off!

To heat emboss you ink up your stamp with an embossing ink and stamp onto your card. Then cover your stamped image in your embosssing powder as you used to do glue and glitter as a child. It's a good idea to have a scrap piece of paper under your project so you can pour the excess powder onto it then back into the pot. You will notice just how little you will have used. Give the card a good few taps to get the excess off the card. If you have trouble with  embossing powder sticking to other areas of you card try wiping an anti static bag over your card before you stamp, it really dose help.

You then need your heat gun. Now they may look like a hairdryer but they don't blow like a hairdryer and get much hotter. If you use a hairdryer you will just blow all the powder off your card, nothing else. Now as I said the heat gun dose get hot so if your card is small you might want to hold it using a peg so you don't burn you fingers and of course don't let children do it. 

Turn your heat gun on and let it just run for 10 seconds or so to get hot, every heat gun is different and you will get to know yours. Once it is running hot hold it over a part of your image and wait for it to melt, it won't take long and once it has melted to a smooth surface immediately move on to the next bit. Keep going until it is all melted to a smooth shiny surface. Don't keep it on a melted part or it will melt into the card and don't wave it over the image or it will not melt evenly. Leave to cool before you touch it. If you find places where it hasn't melted then just go back in and melt it down.

This process is mesmerising, no matter how many hundreds of times you see it happen it is still magic!

So perhaps have a go at stamping or embossing if you have never tried it before it dose open up a whole other world. Or if, like me you haven't done it for a few years, get out your embossing powders and play with them. 

You can find all you need for you card in the shop 

The Woodware Berry Wreath stamp -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/woodware-clear-magic-stamp-berry-wreath-26345-p.asp

Acrylic blocks -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/acrylic-block-5-x-3-12-10780-p.asp
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/acrylic-block-6-12-x-5-10776-p.asp

 Embossing Ink for you stamp -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/embossing-inks-407-c.asp

Embossing powders -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-embossing-powders-312-c.asp

An anti static bag wiped over the card before you stamp and add you embossing powders really dose stop the powder from sticking where you don't want it, so only on the ink!
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/woodware-magic-anti-static-pad-23796-p.asp

If you have any questions about stamping and heat embossing please ask me, either by email or here or on The Fruit Pixie face book page and I will do my best to help.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The magic of Christmas card

    The Fruit Pixie, who I design for has a lot of wonderful Christmas dies and I have used one of them from Couture Collections and Spellbinders to make this cute card. The merry Christmas die is one of my own.  
The base for this card was cut on my Silhouette Cameo but you could quite easily use a standard card base and get the same effect.   The background paper is from the Craftwork Cards Festive Chalkboard paper pack.         To give the buildings their glow I cut the die out in grey card then using scraps of yellow and orange card I stuck each piece to each individual building and trimmed the coloured card down. I then used my clear glitter pen to give it some sparkle. For Father Christmas I cut in once for the base colour in red then just covered the specific areas with the corresponding coloured card. So brown for the reindeer, gold for the sleigh runners etc then trimmed the and glued them to the respective places. It sounds a lot of work and I admit you wouldn't want to make 100 of them but it is enjoyable and looks great in the end. You can find the thing I used in the shop here - Sizzling house die - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/spellbinders-die-row-houses-23756-p.asp. Father Christmas die - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/couture-creations-dies-649-c.asp Craftwork cards Festive Chalkboard paper pack - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-festive-chalkboard-25677-p.asp  
     

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Bicycle birthday card

    I know we are rushing towards Christmas at what feels like top speed but I thought I would just stop to take a breath and make some cards using the Craftwork Cards Blackboard set before I start on the Christmas ideas.

   This is another great set from Craftwork Cards this time using a black background throughout. Now I don't use black really in my crafting but they released a Blackboard Christmas kit last year and I must admit I really enjoyed using it and the cards look lovely. So do give this kit or the Christmas one which is available in the shop too, a try they do make beautiful cards and, as all Craftwork cards kits, are so easy to use.

   This kit is the same as the others with a pad of papers, die cut toppers and a bag of their Candis

 For my first card I chose the bicycle paper in the pad. Their papers are designed so well, you can use the image on the paper by itself, as I have done here and there is still plenty of the paper to use in another project.


As you can see there are lots of other pastel colours you can use to compliment your image, I chose the soft duck egg blue from the Core-dinations range.



I chose one of the backing papers and backed it with the same colour Core dinations card.


Another of the papers in the pad has lots of little icons you can cut out and layer.


Then to finish off I used one of the die cut sentiments in the corner.

Add some spots of glitter pen and some shine on the berries using the a glaze pen and you are done.

You can find this kit in the shop here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-chalkboard-25681-p.asp

The Christmas version here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-festive-chalkboard-25677-p.asp

You can find ideas for using the Christmas version of this kit here - 
http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/chalkboard-christmas-cards.html
and 
http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/festive-chalkboard-christmas-countdown.html
and here - 
http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/craftworkcards-festive-chalkboard-from.html

The Core Dinations card here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/coredinations-super-assortment-nostalgia-15491-p.asp

The card bases here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/50-craft-uk-6-x-6-card-blanks-white-14478-p.asp

 Hope you like this card and have a look at the kits, they are something different to play with.