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Monday, July 17, 2017

Party Like a Pirate Pop-Up Box Card


I have another card and tutorial for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today :)

I have used the fabulous Party Like a Pirate stamp set by My Favorite Things again.
There are just so many cute images in this set that I wanted to make a little scene with them.  A fun way to do this is by making a Pop-Up Box Card.
The MFT stamp sets are all really great for this type of card because there are always a lot of different images in each set.  And you can also incorporate stamps from other sets too as they coordinate so well together.




Here's how I made my Pirate Pop-Up Box Card if you'd like to give it a try :)

Ingredients:
American Crafts Smooth Kraft Card
Ruby Rock-It Bella iWood version 1.0
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
MFT Die-namics Die - Spring Scene Builder
Distress Ink - Antique Linen
X-Press it - High tack double sided tape 
MFT Party Like a Pirate stamp set and die

Step 1 :  Cut card 8.5"x 12".  Then score the long side at 2.75", 5.5", 8.25" and 11".
Cut off a 12"x 2" strip (to be used later).



Step 2 : Score along short side of 6.5"x 12" piece at 2.75"
Step 3 : From long side, cut down to this 2.75 score line on each of the 4 score lines.
At 11" score, cut in at a slight angle to create a tab.



Step 4 : Cut the 2"x 12" piece at 4.75" from the end with the 1" score line.
Then cut the strip in half lengthwise to create 2 strips 4.75"x 1".

Step 5 : Fold both tabs back.




Step 6 : Cut patterned paper to fit on each panel and adhere.  Adhere longest pieces to panels next to the tab.
You will need:
1 Inside back panel 2.5"x 6.25". (I used blue card for mine and decorated it with a couple of die cut clouds from the Spring Scene Builder Die and sponged around edge with ink).
3 Lower panels 2.5"x 3.5" (for outside of box)
6 Upper panels 2.5" square (inside and outside)
1 2.5"x 6.25" outside back panel (white card, to write message on).



Step 7 : Put adhesive on tab and fold card to form box and adhere.



Step 8 : Add adhesive to end tabs of 1"x 4.75" strips and adhere to inside of box.  Align them with the top.  Both tabs ends towards outside front or back.



The pop-up box is now built and ready to decorate :)




I coloured all my images with copics and cut them out with the co-ordinating die.  This saves so much time when making something with this many individual stamps!

The images are adhered to the strips of card inside the box but it can be hard to visualise where you want to place them.  I find it best to put dabs of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue near the bottom of the images and leave them for a while to "set".  Then the glue is repositional! You can move them over and over while you're trying to decide on the best placement and this makes me very happy :) 
Once I'd decided where they looked best, I did take them off and add some more glue to the bottom as normal, and stuck them down again, just to make sure they would "stay put".

You can see from the above photo that I glued some images to both strips and added more to the back panel also. 
On the first strip I added some images along the entire front, overlapping them slightly.
On the second strip I stuck the girl pirate to the front but then stuck the island to the back of it, for a little extra dimension. I also cut out the Ahoy Mate sentiment and glued it and the parrot to a thin piece of acetate and stuck it to the back of this strip with  X-Press It tape. From a distance this looks as though it is "floating" in the air (or that the Parrot has flown off with a sign) :)

It would be best to create the very back piece right at the beginning, before you even stick it onto the box.  I had glued on the clouds from the Spring Scene Builder Die and thought that would be enough, but then I decided that I wanted to add the pirate ship. And after that I thought it maybe needed a couple of waves too!  I don't really have a wave die, but I improvised by using the stream also from the Spring Scene Builder Die. 
You don't really see the entire ship, but everything is placed on this card to add extra depth and dimension to the scene.





I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will try making a Pop-Up Box Card too :)

Kathy












Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Party Like a Pirate


I have some exciting news to share today!  I've been asked to join the Design Team at Anna's Craft Cupboard!!!
Anna's is a wonderful Australian online craft store, with great products and fabulous customer service and I am very happy and honoured to be a part of their team :)

And it also means that I get to play with MFT stamps every month :)  YAY!!!

One of the main reasons why I love MFT stamps, is because they are so super cute!  They always make me smile!
BUT they are also versatile and you can make something a little less adorable when needed :)

MFT's Party Like a Pirate is a pretty cute set but I have "grunged" it up a bit and I think now it would appeal to a guy of any age.


I wanted to make the card dark and distressed looking. I decided to use a black card base and accents with this wonderful paper from Carta Bella's Transatlantic range called Vintage Map .  It worked so perfectly with this pirate!

I coloured him in muted colours and used the matching die to cut him out.  I also white embossed a sentiment from the set onto black card.
Then I distressed the panel he is on.  I cut a piece of white card and tore the bottom of it and then I used Distress Inks on it.  Firstly I sponged on some Antique Linen, then some Walnut Stain and finally some Black Soot.  I have had Distress Inks for years and have only just bought the Black Soot.  I never thought I really needed it, but I was SO wrong!!! The panel looked much better once I added it!  If you don't have it - get it! It's a must have :)   I left the centre of the panel white so that the focus would be on the pirate and then I just splashed some water on top of  the panel.  I did sponge a little black around the edge of the patterned paper too.
I also added a few splodges of Black Tie Enamel Accents to add to the "grunginess" of the card.

Copics used :

E 000, 00, 21, 13, 31, 41, 43, 50, 53
R 23, 27, 29, 30, 39, 59
W 00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
BG 0000, 000
B 02
Y 26, 28


It was so much fun making this card!
I hope you get some time to be crafty this week too :)

Kathy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rockabilly Gals Glasses

I made a card with another of the sweet Rockabilly Gals from CC Designs.
These girls are all so adorable and I decided to make this one a "Just Because" card for a change.





Ingredients :

Stamps : Rockabilly Gals
Card : x-press it, black, Free Spirit (Cocoa Vanilla), Life in Colour ephemera (Simple Stories)
Ink : memento black
Other : copics

Copics used :

E000, 00, 21
Y 21, 23, 26
BG 10, 11
W 00, 1
R 20, 22, 24, 30



Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rockabilly Gals

I'm back with another of the super cute Rockabilly Gals from CC Designs today :)

This one is just so adorable!

I took inspiration from this camera paper.
I coloured her to match and imagined she was having her photo taken :)



Ingredients :

Stamps : Rockabilly Gals, Rockabilly Sentiments
Card : x-press it, slate, sky, totally rad (cocoa vanilla)
Ink : memento black, versafine black, pool party
Other : MAC #4, MAC #14, copics

Copics used :

E 000, 00, 21, 53
BG 09, 10, 11, 72
YG 0000, 01, 03
Y 15
W 00, 1
YR 14, 16, 18
R 30

Thanks for dropping by today :)
Kathy

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rockabilly Gals Record

I have a card for CC Designs to share with you today.
This cutie is from a new set by Roberto's Rascals called Rockabilly Gals.
There are 4 gals in the set and they are all gorgeous :)





I wanted to create a record for the card and I did this simply by using some circle dies.
And I decided to use a sentiment from the new Rockabilly Sentiments set for the "song title".  It is actually a long sentiment but I cut it into these three segments to make stamping on the record label easier.

I coloured her with Copics and added some pencil colouring to it also.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Rockabilly Gals, Rockabilly Sentiments, Aphrodite Twila (heart notes)
Card : x-press it, black, grey, red, slate
Ink : memento black, white, versamark, versafine black
Other : Circle Dies #1, MAC #4 die, white ep, copics, pencils

If you head over to the CC Designs Blog you will see some beautiful cards by the Design Team.
And if you leave a comment, you may even be lucky enough to win this set!


Thanks for dropping by today :)
Kathy




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Birgitta Rings a Bell

I have another Christmas card using CC Designs products to share today.

This one is using Birgitta Rings a Bell.  She's such a sweetie isn't she?!



I cut her out using the Dotted rectangles die and the sentiment is from an old CC Designs set.

So I have 2 Christmas cards done now, I'm not too sure how many I'll get done this year though.
Maybe I should set myself a target?

Simon Says Stamp - Use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy













Sunday, June 25, 2017

Up in the Air Dog


I’m back to share another MFT card for Anna's Craft Cupboard

I’ve used the Up In The Air set again but this time I have the dog in the balloon J
And I have used the same sunrays (AKA Sunburst or Starburst) technique as I used on my last card but with a few differences.






This time I chose a focal point that’s towards the centre of the card and the rays radiate all around it.

So I cut the paper into 4”x 1” rectangles this time and then cut them into triangles. So they are smaller, but I needed more of them.
There are 24 triangles on my card.

I inked around the edges of them with Antique Linen Distress Ink and glued the triangles onto a brown cardstock this time.  This was cut to 4 1/8” x 6” and I used a Kaisercraft C6 White Card for the base.

All papers are from the Bloom and Grow collection by Simple Stories.  And they are SO beautiful!

I decided to put the balloon and dog on a tag in the centre of the rays.

I stamped onto white card and coloured just the basket and cut the entire image out.  Then I stamped the balloon part of the stamp again onto patterned paper and cut it out and glued it on top. 

Paper piecing the balloon like this made it much quicker and easier than colouring it.  I could have also cut out each balloon segment in a different colour but I just thought that might be a bit too much on this card. 

I glued it to the tag and then adhered the dog on top. And because I was putting this onto a white base, I didn’t have to bother with the trickier cutting of the balloon that I did on my previous card.

I lightly sponged around the tag with the distress ink and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment which is also from the Up In The Air set.

I hope you’ve liked seeing this technique and that you’ll give it a try too.

Kathy