Monday, February 20, 2017

Baby tag toy

We met our new Great Nephew Alexander last week and very cute he is too. Of course as a complacently addicted crafter I saw it as an excuse to make something just for him.

 I decided to design and make him a tag toy. As a trained Nanny and with lots of Nephews, Nieces as well as Great Nephews I know how much babies and toddlers love labels and tags so this would be just the right gift to make.

   I knew it was going to be a boy, so I decided on a rocket shape. I designed the pattern, bought the material, teether and crackle plastic and got to work.

The fins or wings as well as the rocket flames have the crackle plastic inside. The star teether has a pocket to live in with a felt star on it.

The tags are made with ribbon and on the back it is a soft fleece with embossed spots on. So lots of textures for Alexander to feel and explore. All of it was baby safe and machine washable.

It was great fun to design and make and I am really pleased with how well it turned out.

Before we met him in person his Dad sent us some photos. My Mother in law is in her 80's and doesn't do digital so I made her a little photo book cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, so she could see the photos and keep it as a keepsake. She was really pleased with it.

Of course I also had to make a baby card and a gift bag for his present too.

This was made on my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and can be found in the design store.

The gift tag was made using the ship from the card and just enlarged and a mat cut for it. The strip across the gift bag is also cut on the Cameo too.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Steampunk kit by Kyrsty Scrapbook Design

The new digital kit by Kyrsty Scrapbook Design is a Steampunk style kit. I loved letting my imagination go mad with this first page I made using this kit, great fun!!

 The second page I made had a complacently different feel. I don't even think you would knew it came from a steampunk themed kit. That's the beauty with digital kits, the more oyu play with them the more ideas you have because they never run out and you can have everything in what ever size you want.

You can find this kit at Mischief Circus here -

School kit from Kyrsty Scrapbook Design

I have manage to miss the past two kit launches for Kyrsty Scrapbook Design, due to holidays and timing, so I am catching up with them today.
   The first digital kit is a School themed kit. Lots of great elements for school pages here. This is my finished digital page.

don't be put off by it being a digital kit. If you don't do digital art then you can always print them off and use them in your paper crafting.

You can find this kit at Mischief Circus here -

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Craftwork Cards Scrumptious kit swing card

  This is a card project using the Craft Work Cards Scrumptious paper pack I made for The Fruit Pixie who I design for. I started playing with this paper kit before Christmas and I must admit I loved it. Now that spring is starting to bloom here in the UK it is a nice bright paper pack to play with.

 I cut this card shape, a swing card, on my Silhouette Cameo but there are lots of different card blanks out there and of course you could do the same style on a plain card blank too.

          I used one of the papers for the front pannels and then one of the die cut sentiment for the front swing part of the card.

With every Craftwork Cards paper kit you always get some of their Candis. I used 4 of them on the four corners of my card. I used the small square 3D foam to lift them from the card.

Then just a small bow to add to finish off the card.

You can find the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit in the Fruit Pixie shop shop here -

the small 3D foam pads -

MDF Collaged heart

  This year for my design work for The Fruit Pixie, I am aiming to do a mixed media piece each month to show you and as it was valentines day last week I decided to use one of the MDF hearts from Creative Expressions and create a mixed media collage dedicated to love.

For me the key to mixed media is to layer and layer and layer. 
So, to begin, I took one of the MDF hearts from the pack (you get 6 in each pack) and covered it with some of the paper from the IndigoBlu Memory lane stack.

I then added one of the Bo Bunny doilies to the right hand part of the heart.

I chose an image from the IndigoBlu Lost Families stack and cut her out. Then glued her down.

I then chose a stencil, this one is the rose stencil from IndigoBlu and using the Fired Brick Distress ink on some of the blending foam, worked it through the stencil to cover most of the heart except her face.

I stamped the sentiment, a stamp is from the Visible Images never grow up set, and cut it apart. Then glued it down.

To colour the edges of the MDF heart and give a slight border to my collage, I used the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax in Decadent wine. I applied it with a cloth and then buffed it up to a shine. I find dried out baby wipes are good for this!

To finish it off I add some stick pearls and used some of my chalk crayons to give it a grungy feel.

So as you can see lots and lots of layers!

You can find everything I used in the Fruit Pixies shop -

MDF Hearts -

All the IndigoBlu products here -

Distress Ink here -

Bo Bunny dollies -

Stamp Sentiment -

Cosmic Shimmer guiding wax -

So there we are, I think I got all the products I used!!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Rose love stamped card

  Now I have been crafting for many, many years and it was stamping that made my eyes light up and switch from needle work to paper crafting. That was until I discovered what we used to call altered art back in the day but now you would know it as mixed media and stamps lost their attraction.

   One of my new years arty goals for this year is to get back into stamping. So once a month, one of my weekly posts for the Fruit Pixie's blog and Facebook page will be a stamped project and here is the first one!

  It was my parents 56th wedding anniversary a few days ago and this is the card I made for them. Of course Valentines day is just around the corner so this would be a lovely card for that too or even for a summer wedding card.

  The stamp kit I was working with was the Visible Image Immortal Love set ( link below ).

To begin with the background. I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller then my 5x7 card blank. 
 I took the damask stamp from the set and stamped it may times to make the background using the Distress ink milled lavender.

For the roses arrangement I stamped the large rose once and the smaller rose 3 times onto a patterned paper using distress ink pumice stone. 
I then cut them out.
I made the card by first using a border punch from Mather Stewart and then layered the roses up using some 3D foam.
I cut some heart shaped leaves using a die and poked them into the rose arrangement.

I then stamped the "love" and "is forever" stamps onto the background using more of the Distress ink pumice stone.
I added a little stickles glitter to the centre of the roses and inked around the edges of the card front with both the milled lavender and the pumice stone.
I then mounted my card front onto my card blank to finish.

I hope you enjoyed my stamped project. If you have been inspired and would like to purchase the things I used, you can find them in the Fruit Pixie's shop using the links below.

5x7 card blanks -

Visible Image stamp set -

Distress ink -

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Craftwork cards Scrumptious paper flower box card

I have been having fun with the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious card kit available from The Fruit Pixie online shop who I very proudly design for.

   If you know Craftwork cards you will know that in each kit you will get a beautiful pad of 8x8 paper, stacks of die cuts and a bag of their matching Candies. The die cuts differ in each themed kit and with this kit you get some really cute flowers and some different sentiments.

  Now I'm not a big user of flowers but for some reason these really caught my eye. They are all different shapes and stack together to make wonderfully cute modern looking flowers. They have also included some cut into a spiral, which can be rolled up to become the centre of your flower.

  So, because of these lovely flowers. I decided to make a flower box card.

This card folds flat to post and is fairly simple to make, there are lots of free templates for this shape card and videos to help you put them together online. Mine was cut out using my Sillhouette Cameo.

I cut the box out in blue card and covered it with one of the papers in the pad.

I made up 4 flowers and cut some leaves out of green card.

I added them to the dividers in the card and added a large sentiment from the kit to the front and a small banner sentiment from the kit to the back wall of the box.

Of course these flowers could be used on all sorts of projects, they are so much fun.

You can find the kit in the Fruit Pixie shop here -

Friday, January 20, 2017

Perpetual calendar

   I always find that after Christmas I want to work with some bright colours and this kit from Craftwork Cards and available from The Fruit Pixie online shop, is just the ticket for that. The kit has the usual beautifully designed 8x8 papers in a pad plus die cut toppers. With each of their kits they like to chop and change about with the die cuts and  this time there are die cut flowers. Then of course you get the pack of their Candies, which if you have not come across them before they describe them as brads with out the prongs. So basically a  small 3d domed circle.

 Now I have to confess I am terrible with numbers, especially remembering then. I never know what the date is, never have been able to remember it and I am also almost as bad on the day too, ever since Hubby has taken early retirement. So when I saw this perpetual calendar in the Silhouette design store I thought it might solve the problem so I had to make one.

The calendar was cut on my Silhouette Cameo, an electronic cutting machine which I love.
I made it up in white card then covered it with the beautiful Craftwork Cards Scrumptious papers.

As you can see they all work very beautifully together, as we have come to expect from Craftwork Cards.

Not a very exciting photo I know but I wanted to show there are plainer papers too in the kit.

This is a lovely bright kit. Even though it has quite a lot of pink in it I wouldn't say it was too girly as the browns and blues give you different options for colour combinations.

You can find the kit in the Fruit Pixie shop here -


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 -