Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My first flower box pop up card–Using printed papers from Chocolate Baroque

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I has so much fun making this one. I created my own template for the pop up box and was careful with the placement of shaped flowers – so that the card folded down ok for placing in an envelope.

I am just loving making paper flowers – Testing out my new dies from Sissix Susan’s Garden and Spellbinders.


I was lucky enough to get some bargains on some used dies that I have been eyeing up for a while. I also got myself a foam mat and a decent set of flower shaping tools – great stuff – now I am flying. All were created from white card and coloured using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I love the way the ink sinks through and colours both sides of the card at once.


I used Sissix Susan's Garden Dogwood Die to cut the shapes. Really pleased with the leaves – they look so real.


Sissix Susan's Garden Flowering Quince Die to cut the shapes with a bit of Flower Soft on the stamens.


Sissix Susan's Garden Mini Lily Die to cut the shapes.


Sissix Susan's Garden Forsythia Die to cut the shapes. A bit OTT on the Flower Soft here but fairly pleased with the results.


Created from Spellbinders ‘Create a Sunflower’ die. Like the way these emboss and cut. Centre could do with a little more texture and perhaps a bit more shading on the petals.


Created from Spellbinders ‘Create an Aster’ die.


Created from Spellbinders ‘Create a Daisy’ die. Oooooh – my favourite!


Created from Spellbinders ‘Create an Iris’ die. Really pleased with the colouring.


I think that creating flowers could be another addiction!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Exploding Travel Box created with Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Paper Collection

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The Idea:

This exploding gift box was created to give to someone special going on a journey. I wanted to make a box where 3 sides drop down and the back remains upright. I also wanted to include a place where a gift card or money could be inserted (very useful for an extended trip). In keeping with this theme I created the suitcase, made a little travel guide and map for the journey.


Products from Heartfelt Creations:

  • Arianna Blooms Collection 12 X 12 inch Pad.
  • Luggage Die set with Tags (HCD 745)
  • Arianna Lace Die set (HCD 747).
  • Arianna Blooms Die set (HCD 748)
  • Arianna Blooms Stamp set (HCPC 3608)
  • Sun Kissed Fleur Die set – (HCD 734).
  • Cut Mat Create Die sets 1A, 1B  and 2A (HCD 749, 750 and 751).

Other Materials:

  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA for flower construction, Collall all purpose for gluing flat card layers, hot melt glue for fast grab and 3D elements.
  • Heavy plain manila card for box construction.
  • Flower shaping tools and foam mat from Creata.
  • Craft knife, metal edged ruler, glass work mat.
  • Memento dye ink pad (Tuxedo Black) for stamping the flower elements, Distress inks (Antique Linen and Tea Dye), Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens (DR7 dark red, LG5 green, GB3 golden yellow).
  • Dovecraft glitter glue (crystal) and Cosmic Shimmer PVA (Vintage Pink) for decoration.
  • Computer printed sentiments.
  • Recycled old French dictionary and Atlas page, lace fragment, small piece pink raffia, glass pearls and chain.


The suitcase was constructed following directions on the Heartfelt Creations YouTube Channel; cut from craft card, lined with patterned paper, handles and straps coloured with DR7 alcohol ink. I wanted the case to sit opened upright at right angles to hold the back of the box up when opened – so I constructed a block with card and glued (piece 7 x 4cm scored and glued to make block).

Travel Box 1

Travel Box 2

The suitcase now will form part of the box construction holding up the back panel.

Cut patterned card for book cover using Cut Mat Create A oblong, and book pages with B die – created mini travel guide.

Cut old Atlas page with medium A oblong die. Scrunched and distressed to create old map.

Cut box sections from manila card – two 11cm squares for sides, two 15 X 11cm for outer base and front flap, one 15 X 22cm for back and inside base (scored at 11cm and folded up).

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Cut one 19.5 x 15.5cm and scored 2cm in around each edge, snipped into corners, folded and glued to create the box lid.

Then covered all panels with decorative papers adding sentiments etc. Hinges for the box were created by cutting the decorative papers longer at the base of each side panel and wrapping them under the base panel. A second base panel was then glued to the outside base, covering the workings. The map, book, suitcase goodies etc. where then glued in place with hot melt glue. A die cut tag was included on the lid so that the sender could write a message.

Flowers were stamped and cut out, coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and shaped (see Heartfelt Creations YouTube Channel). Decoration was completed with Lace die cuts and sprigs from the Cut Mat Create Die sets, finished with PVA pearl dots and glitter glue.


Scrapbook Memory Page using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Papers

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Products from Heartfelt Creations:

  • Arianna Blooms Collection 12 X 12 inch Pad.
  • Arianna Lace Die set (HCD 747).
  • Vintage Floret Die set (HCD 727).
  • Mini Vintage Floret Stamps – (HCPC 3502).
  • Cut Mat Create Die sets 1A, 1B to create photo mats and layers, and leafy sprig from set 2A (HCD 749, 750 and 751).

    Other Materials:

  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA, craft knife, metal edged ruler, glass work mat, Dovecraft glitter glue (Crystal) for decorating and Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (DR7 red) for defining card edges.

  • Memento dye ink pad (Tuxedo Black) and Memories dye ink pad (Soft Rose) for stamping the flower elements. Distress inks (Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet).

  • Photos and sentiments prepared and printed using pigment inks on home computer.


I joined 2 pages from the Arianna Blooms layout design sheets to get a larger page (approx 40 X 30cm) so it could be framed when finished.

I scanned, edited and resized my favourite pictures to fit approx 9 X 7 cm mats and the larger picture to fit page space. I printed these, along with sentiments and text using archival pigment inks. I cut mats and photos using the dies. Text prints were torn into strips and distress inked for a vintage look and to fuse them more into the background.

Flowers were stamped and cut out with dies, along with lace doilies and leafy sprigs for decorating. Extra strips of paper from the pad were also added to balance the design where needed. Glitter glue added a little sparkle to flower centres and the main image.

Greetings Card Created Using Arianna Blooms Papers from Heartfelt Creations

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Products from Heartfelt Creations:

  • Arianna Blooms Collection 12 X 12 inch Pad.
  • Arianna Blooms Die set for flower stamens (HCD 748).
  • Vintage Floret Die set for the 3D flower (HCD 727).
  • Vintage Floret Stamps – Bold and Open sets (HCPC 3500 and 3501).

Other Materials:

  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA for flower construction, Collall all purpose for gluing card front to blank card, 3mm double sided foam tape and extra strong double sided tape for creating the acetate enclosure,  Pinflair glue gel for attaching the 3D flower.
  • Plain white 6 X 6 inch card blank.
  • Flower shaping tools and foam mat from Creata.
  • Craft knife, metal edged ruler, glass work mat.
  • Memento dye ink pad (Tuxedo Black) and Memories dye ink pad (Soft Rose) for stamping the flower elements.
  • Gold chunky glitter for inside the shaker.
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (LG5 - green) for defining card edges.
  • Heavy acetate for the shaker window.


I cut out a 6 x 6 inch design mat from the paper pad, plus a frame from another design, the ‘Just a Note’ sentiment and a small butterfly from another sheet.

The shaker window was created by attaching the acetate sheet to the back of the second frame using the strong tape, then attaching this to the card with shaker tape, enclosing glitter before sticking.

The flower was created by stamping the 1 large, 1 medium and 2 small florets from the bold stamps using rose ink. The largest was over stamped with the black open design. These were cut out using the matching dies, plus some stamens from the Arianna Blooms die set. The flower was then layered and shaped (FAB instructions for this on Heartfelt Creations Youtube Channel).

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Clarity Blog Challenge–March 2014–Floral Theme

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1. Sprayed through Clarity Stencil with diluted green water based paint to create main background – onto hand made paper.

2. Picked up wet colours from glass mat to produce a background for flowers – using smooth watercolour card.

3. Repeat stamped Edelweiss flower with pigment ink – made images pop from background using a white gel pen. Used versamark ink and clear embossing powder all over the image to seal it and give added texture an shine. Only used one layer of embossing as I quite liked the dimpled finish.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Crafters Companion CAS Challenge Blog

Frou Frou

So Quick & Easy – Clean and Simple Project:

1. Printed Frou Frou Vanity Digikit Image onto white paper (Crafters Companion UK).

2. Lightly inked raised area of Darice Chandelier Embossing folder (Crafters Companion UK) and debossed left hand side of image. Opened out folder, turned and debossed again on right hand edge – extending the swirls.

3. Used black spectrum noir pen (Crafters Companion UK) to draw light lines at base of ladies feet (so she wasn’t floating in mid air), and to edge the paper and give it a frame. Simply mounted onto white card.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Clarity Stamp – Feb Challenge – Love & Romance Theme


Love the new Feb Club Member stamp – thought I would create a sixties flower power theme that was not too girly. Perhaps this will be someone's valentine card this year?

1. On white card sprayed alcohol inks through floral stencils (Spritzer tool with Promarkers).

2. Cut flowers from recycled corrugated brown card (Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers Bigz die) and coloured with acrylic paints. Overstamped randomly with Staz-on and edged with black marker.

3. Stamped Clarity Stamp heart with Staz-on and coloured letters with promarker – carefully so as not to cause stamped ink to bleed. Outlined the design with white gel pen to make image pop from background.

4. Repeat stamped with distress ink over the background – light coloured ink to blend the design together.

5. Applied versamark through a heart stencil around the stamped image. Embossed with clear embossing powder. Repeated until achieved nice glassy finish.

6. Edged card with promarker then blended distress ink in from card edges and around the embossed heart to make it pop from the busy background.

7. Pierced the card border and used a fine marker to create faux stitching.

8. Mat & layered onto card front with black card and finished with a little distress ink blending around the scalloped card.