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On The Right Train – For Another Special Birthday

This card was made as the recipients ‘gift’ which was to tell him he’d been booked on to the Orient Express bound for Venice. I have seen these double slider cards on Pinterest and Youtube but not made one until now. I figured the shape of the card lent itself perfectly to creating a replica of the Orient Express train, complete with pictures of the recipient and his wife in the windows of the train. A novel way of celebrating a special birthday that could easily be adapted for all kinds of card giving occasions. I have posted a video of the card in action on my Facebook page (click here to view). For full sized pictures and detail of dies used (although not needed for the base card), just click on the pictures below.

  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
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  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Orient Express Double slider card made using various dies including;, Quickutz and Tattered Lace nesting squares dies for windos, Tattered Lace Sentiments dies, Britannia dies numbers, Spellbinders Sapphire alphabet 1, Tattered lace Eltham ovals set, smallest die for train logo, All occasions motorbike die for train wheels and Jus-cutz label die for train sign. Card stands made using the stand die included in the Tonic Shadow Box Creation set, cut x 2 from extra thick card(2x 300gsm stuck together) then glued together to make each stand. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

A Card With A View For A Special Birthday

With some careful measuring and some creative cutting I managed to make a double sized shadow box card using the Tonic Shadow Box Creation Set. I Then added 2 standard sized Shadow boxes to create the effect of an opening window. Having done this, I might have a go at using acetate in another card so the window effect will be more realistic. I love creating different shaped/sized cards, especially when I’m asked to create an extra special card. This is definitely one I will be doing again. A word of warning however, unless you have a Big Shot Pro, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to recreate this without joining 2 pieces of card as I made the large centre section from a piece of A3 card stock. As far as I know, the big shot pro is only machine that can accomodate that size.

  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed Shadow Box Window Card made using a number of dies including; Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E, Tattered Lace sentiments dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs dies, Spellbinders golf die for flag and gold ball, Memory Box Dies, Mini Golf Carts, Memory Box Golf cart, Memory Box Golf landscape die, Clouds from Xcut Build a scene All aboard die set, Grass border from Xcut English Countryside Borders die set and Tattered Lace Panorama Trees (D634), The base card is plain brown which I have inked with distress inks in various shades of brown through a wood grain effect stencil. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

Four Cards, One Wedding & City Fans United – In Matrimony

Do any of my fellow crafters out there have the same problems as I do when asked to make more than one card for the same recipient on the same occasion. I recently had a commission for 4 wedding cards for the same couple who are both avid Manchester City supporters. On this occasion I was given a list of requirements for each of the cards. In some ways this made my task a little easier, given that the requests were very different. I just had to come up with 4 different card formats incorporating the requested elements. And here they are. The couple were, I’m glad to say, highly delighted.

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  • Pop up Wedding card made using a number of dies including; Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery lynn flowers dies, Anna griffin flourish scroll die, spellbinders lacey circles dies, Crea Nest lies no 33 dies, leabilities frame square curve die set (for small flourishes). Joy cut & emboss wedding die set, Nellies nesting stitched squares dies, Background embossed with distress ink applied to folder using embossaliscious a4 folder. die cuts inked whilst in die in matching distress ink (Broken China). - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Flipping Great Card For A Flipping Great Friend

Do you, like, have dies in your stash that you’ve never used. I have quite a few. I can’t resist a bargain and so when great offers come my way, I like to indulge. As a result, I have quite a lot I’ve not use yet. So when my friend’s birthday came along, in my efforts to always try to send her something different, I used a die from my so far unused stash. I even did some stamping too. Thanks to one of my favourite new acquisitions, namely the Tim Holtz stamping platform. I used some double sided papers from my stash which then dictated the colour scheme. The main die is a flip card die from Sizzix, but I cut it out twice and reversed one to create a double flip card. For details of dies and materials used, just click on one of the images.

  • Double flip Birthday Card made using Sizzix Movers & Shapers Flip-It Die - Majestic Card (658702) cut twice and joined in the centre, Sizzix - Framelits Die Set - by Stephanie Barnard - 6 Pack - Labels, Majestic #2, Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches Collection - Exquisite Poppy, Memory Box Grosgrain Ribbons Die, Spellbinders Shapeabilities: Romantic Vines (S4-531) dies, reetings stamped using Anna Marie Special her stamp set and KaiserCraft Best Friends stamp set, Double sided card stock from 12 x 12 pad from The Works. Verse printed. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double flip Birthday Card made using Sizzix Movers & Shapers Flip-It Die - Majestic Card (658702) cut twice and joined in the centre, Sizzix - Framelits Die Set - by Stephanie Barnard - 6 Pack - Labels, Majestic #2, Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches Collection - Exquisite Poppy, Memory Box Grosgrain Ribbons Die, Spellbinders Shapeabilities: Romantic Vines (S4-531) dies, reetings stamped using Anna Marie Special her stamp set and KaiserCraft Best Friends stamp set, Double sided card stock from 12 x 12 pad from The Works. Verse printed. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double flip Birthday Card made using Sizzix Movers & Shapers Flip-It Die - Majestic Card (658702) cut twice and joined in the centre, Sizzix - Framelits Die Set - by Stephanie Barnard - 6 Pack - Labels, Majestic #2, Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches Collection - Exquisite Poppy, Memory Box Grosgrain Ribbons Die, Spellbinders Shapeabilities: Romantic Vines (S4-531) dies, reetings stamped using Anna Marie Special her stamp set and KaiserCraft Best Friends stamp set, Double sided card stock from 12 x 12 pad from The Works. Verse printed. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double flip Birthday Card made using Sizzix Movers & Shapers Flip-It Die - Majestic Card (658702) cut twice and joined in the centre, Sizzix - Framelits Die Set - by Stephanie Barnard - 6 Pack - Labels, Majestic #2, Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches Collection - Exquisite Poppy, Memory Box Grosgrain Ribbons Die, Spellbinders Shapeabilities: Romantic Vines (S4-531) dies, reetings stamped using Anna Marie Special her stamp set and KaiserCraft Best Friends stamp set, Double sided card stock from 12 x 12 pad from The Works. Verse printed. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double flip Birthday Card made using Sizzix Movers & Shapers Flip-It Die - Majestic Card (658702) cut twice and joined in the centre, Sizzix - Framelits Die Set - by Stephanie Barnard - 6 Pack - Labels, Majestic #2, Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches Collection - Exquisite Poppy, Memory Box Grosgrain Ribbons Die, Spellbinders Shapeabilities: Romantic Vines (S4-531) dies, reetings stamped using Anna Marie Special her stamp set and KaiserCraft Best Friends stamp set, Double sided card stock from 12 x 12 pad from The Works. Verse printed. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Number 1 Birthday Card For A Number 1 Grandson

A child’s first birthday is one of, if not the, most important ones they will celebrate. What better way to mark their special day than by sending a specially handmade card to treasure. This card was inspired by one of my craft magazines. Love the interest that the added dimension gives this and the subtle pastel shades. The left overs die cuts from the card made a perfectly co-ordinating gift tag.

  • 1st Birthday Card and matching gift tag made using the following dies; Sizzix Bigz Sassy Serif Numbers, Crealies Nest-Lies Double stitch circles No 33, set of 4 Cuttlebug 2x2 Zoo animals dies, sentiment from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets and Britannia dies Grand son sentiment dies used on tag. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • 1st Birthday Card and matching gift tag made using the following dies; Sizzix Bigz Sassy Serif Numbers, Crealies Nest-Lies Double stitch circles No 33, set of 4 Cuttlebug 2x2 Zoo animals dies, sentiment from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets and Britannia dies Grand son sentiment dies used on tag. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • 1st Birthday Card and matching gift tag made using the following dies; Sizzix Bigz Sassy Serif Numbers, Crealies Nest-Lies Double stitch circles No 33, set of 4 Cuttlebug 2x2 Zoo animals dies, sentiment from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets and Britannia dies Grand son sentiment dies used on tag. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • 1st Birthday Card and matching gift tag made using the following dies; Sizzix Bigz Sassy Serif Numbers, Crealies Nest-Lies Double stitch circles No 33, set of 4 Cuttlebug 2x2 Zoo animals dies, sentiment from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets and Britannia dies Grand son sentiment dies used on tag. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • 1st Birthday Card and matching gift tag made using the following dies; Sizzix Bigz Sassy Serif Numbers, Crealies Nest-Lies Double stitch circles No 33, set of 4 Cuttlebug 2x2 Zoo animals dies, sentiment from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets and Britannia dies Grand son sentiment dies used on tag. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Something To Cluck About – Hen Party Memories

There are lots of special, memorable things about getting married, not least of which, is the Hen party. What better way for special friends, to give the Bride-to-be a special keepsake of their special night together and the special times and bonds that brought, and will keep them together, than a special album in which to put photos of past and present times, to cherish and keep forever.

  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Hen Party Keepsake Album made using Blank book from Paperchase, patterned papers and the following dies; Nellie Snellen Cutting Embossing Stencil Multi Frame 9 Dies Wavy Heart MFD072, Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD022 Heart, Tattered Lace Kiss die set, Tattered Lace Pocket wrap die set. Sentiments printed and rectangular mats and layers cut using guillotine. Bunting and front wooden embellishment shop bought with matching papers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

‘Knock Out’ Cards For A Special Teenager’s Birthday

Turning 13 is a milestone worthy of celebrating in style. These two cards were made to celebrate a special young man becoming a teenager, themed around his favourite things and with a bit of tongue in cheek fun. The waterfall card easel card is always a favourite as it’s interactive. The Double ‘Z’ fold card is A4 in overall size, made by joining 2 sheets of A4. I used the same principles as for a pop up box card to make the pop up elements inside the card. I used acetate and gross grain ribbon to create the effect of a wrestling ring and Craftartist Professional 2 to edit photographs of the recipient so he looked like his favourite wrestlers.

  • Waterfall Easel card made using photographs of the recipient and photographs of his favourite computer games, Dies used include; Sizzix Sizzlits Fruit smoothie alphabet and numbers dies, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations, nesting circles dies and Tattered Lace sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Waterfall Easel card made using photographs of the recipient and photographs of his favourite computer games, Dies used include; Sizzix Sizzlits Fruit smoothie alphabet and numbers dies, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations, nesting circles dies and Tattered Lace sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Waterfall Easel card made using photographs of the recipient and photographs of his favourite computer games, Dies used include; Sizzix Sizzlits Fruit smoothie alphabet and numbers dies, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations, nesting circles dies and Tattered Lace sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Waterfall Easel card made using photographs of the recipient and photographs of his favourite computer games, Dies used include; Sizzix Sizzlits Fruit smoothie alphabet and numbers dies, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations, nesting circles dies and Tattered Lace sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Waterfall Easel card made using photographs of the recipient and photographs of his favourite computer games, Dies used include; Sizzix Sizzlits Fruit smoothie alphabet and numbers dies, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations, nesting circles dies and Tattered Lace sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • XL A4 WWE Double Z card with 3D pop up section made using photographs of the recipient and his actual computer games and CraftArtist Professional2 software to make him look like his favourite wrestlers. Dies used include Sizzix Originals Shadow Box alphabet and number dies, Sentiments from various Tattered Lace 3Die-mensions sets, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations and Diamond metal plate embossing folder by Hot Off The Press Paper Artist. 3mm gross grain ribbon and acetate used to create the wrestling ring - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • XL A4 WWE Double Z card with 3D pop up section made using photographs of the recipient and his actual computer games and CraftArtist Professional2 software to make him look like his favourite wrestlers. Dies used include Sizzix Originals Shadow Box alphabet and number dies, Sentiments from various Tattered Lace 3Die-mensions sets, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations and Diamond metal plate embossing folder by Hot Off The Press Paper Artist. 3mm gross grain ribbon and acetate used to create the wrestling ring. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • XL A4 WWE Double Z card with 3D pop up section made using photographs of the recipient and his actual computer games and CraftArtist Professional2 software to make him look like his favourite wrestlers. Dies used include Sizzix Originals Shadow Box alphabet and number dies, Sentiments from various Tattered Lace 3Die-mensions sets, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations and Diamond metal plate embossing folder by Hot Off The Press Paper Artist. 3mm gross grain ribbon and acetate used to create the wrestling ring. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • XL A4 WWE Double Z card with 3D pop up section made using photographs of the recipient and his actual computer games and CraftArtist Professional2 software to make him look like his favourite wrestlers. Dies used include Sizzix Originals Shadow Box alphabet and number dies, Sentiments from various Tattered Lace 3Die-mensions sets, Game controller die from Yvonne Creations and Diamond metal plate embossing folder by Hot Off The Press Paper Artist. 3mm gross grain ribbon and acetate used to create the wrestling ring. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Dare2Create Coventry 2017 – # Thank you Hochanda

Well, I promised to tell you how things went on my Crafty weekend away with Dare2Create. I was lucky enough to win 2 free tickets courtesy of Hochanda. As my regular visitors will know, mixed media is not an area I’ve ventured into until now, and neither has my crafty sister Sue who came with me. We had the most wonderful time. We painted, stamped, gesso’d, crackled and varnished from morning till night (11.20pm on the saturday night) for the whole weekend. The hotel (The Holiday Inn Coventry), food, snacks and drinks were fabulous and in plentiful supply. As for the crafting, it was absolutely amazing. Apart from the fab celebrity artists Tracy Weinzapfel Stratton and Andy Skinner, there was an amazing team of wonderful talented people who ensured we were, supplied, amazed and inspired throughout the weekend, selflessly offering guidance, advice and encouragement. I could not believe how quickly the time passed. I came home with 2 large projects and 3 smaller ones. I’ll admit, I did add one or two finishing touches after I got home as I found myself taking longer than my fellow crafters, many of whom were seasoned multimedia buffs. And here they are:

Day 1 – Full day workshop, we were in two groups, my workshop was with Tracy Weinzapfel Stratton. We made a 2 layer MDF picture using various paints, Gesso, crackle medium and matt varnish. The flowers were stamped onto old book pages, cut out, glued in place and then painted. The crackle effect was amazing to watch, I was fascinated how we all got different results. We finished off by painting fine black outlines and swirls. Tracy was really supportive through all of the various stages and especially patient with my constant questions.

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Day 1 – Evening class. After our evening meal, many of us signed up for extra work shops. There were lots of different demonstrations to watch while we waited for our class to start. I chose Clare Charvill’s class where we made a gorgeous note book. The outer cover is MDF, bound with special black tape and covered with card which we coloured with distress oxides. We folded our pages and stitched them to the spine of the book and then cut out stamped poppy images to embellish the front. I added the glossy accents and tiny beads when I got home as it was getting late.

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Day 2 – Morning. Half day workshop with Andy Skinner. We made 2 grey board tags. Each one using different media and techniques, ably guided and supported by Andy and the team throughout until we created our own versions of 2 very different tags having used an array of different paints, stamps, antiquing cream, crackle glazes and varnish, not to mention, fab chipboard embellishments and even a piece of rusty wire.

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Day 2 – Afternoon The dividing wall between the two groups was pulled aside after lunch and we had 1 big workshop with both Andy and Tracy guiding us through the steps to make our own mixed media ‘Houses’ canvas. We spread Gesso through stencils to create texture in the background which we painted when dry. We used old book pages to make primitive house shapes which we then painted, stencilled and glued into place. Masking tape was painted and stamped to add more interest and then finally the houses were outlined with black.

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The weekend started with a meet and greet session on the Friday evening and ended around 5.30pm on the Sunday evening. I can honestly say I had the best weekend ever. I met so many wonderful people and got to try out lots of new and different techniques and used a whole array of new art materials. Needless to say, I did lots of shopping in the on site shop, and though would not commit to full time mixed media, have enough supplies to put some of the skills I’ve learned into practise. I cannot thank everyone who was involved in organising and running the weekend enough, they were all amazing but the last and biggest ‘thank you’ must go to Hochanda, this has to be the best prize I’ve ever won, absolutely fabulous.

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Popping Up For Summer – New Subscriber Only Tutorial

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Happy Summer fellow crafters. Hope you’ve all been enjoying the weather, or have you, like me, been beavering away in your craft room or craft space. I am lucky that my room is the coolest room in the house although it get a bit nippy in winter, it’s been great when the temperature has gotten really high. Well, if you’re one of my lovely loyal subscribers, you’ll have already had the newsletter with the password for my latest tutorial. If you’ve not signed up yet, you’ll only be able to access this tutorial by signing up.

I’ve had a number of requests for a ‘Pop Up Box’ tutorial. There are a number already out there on the net and some companies have even made dies to make these. They are deceptively easy to make if you follow a few basic principles and I wouldn’t consider buying a die to make these. All you need is a scoreboard, ruler and craft knife. The beauty of making them yourself is that you change the size and proportions to meet your needs, which you can’t do with a die.

I appreciate that this is quite a wacky card design. It was specifically requested to include items relevant to the recipient, but the main part of this tutorial explains in detail how to make the base card which can be decorated and embellished for numerous different occasions (see the female version below). This is my own personal take on a pop up box card which gives you internal sections at different levels allowing you to create scenic cards and/or add more dimension to your finished project. I have included detailed templates, lots of step by step photographs together with comprehensive instructions and tips to ensure your completed card folds flat and opens up with ease.

After the main tutorial for the card base I have also explained in detail how all the various elements on this card were created. While you probably won’t want to use them all, they are great embellishments for cards for teenagers and young adults, not to mention immense fun to make.

I am planning a tutorial for the Panorama Wedding card which has been in the gallery for some time now. This was by request. I used some specific dies to make this but am hoping to provide instructions as to how you might make this without the dies. If you have any requests for tutorials in the future, why not drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.

I’m off to Dare2Create in Coventry this weekend for a much anticipated and very exciting weekend of mixed media crafting, as you can probably tell from my galleries, this is way out of my comfort zone but I can’t wait. I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on.

Till next time, Happy Crafting, Babs xxx

Pop Up Box 30th Birthday card made to co-ordinate with invitation, using a variety of dies including Altenew rose stamp & die set free in issue 149 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Altenew Christmas rose stamp & die set free with issue 57 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Sizzix 'Girls Are Wierd' Sizzlits alphabet dies, Sizzix Framelits stars Primitive die set, Sizzix Originals Shadow Box Numbers dies, Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Celebration Words - Script dies and floral sprig dies from The Works. Card use for Matting and layering was printed with background from KanBan Female background papers CD Rom. Nail Caviar applied to centres of Christmas rose flowers and all flowers embossed with ball tools to add dimension. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukPop Up Box 30th Birthday card made to co-ordinate with invitation, using a variety of dies including Altenew rose stamp & die set free in issue 149 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Altenew Christmas rose stamp & die set free with issue 57 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Sizzix 'Girls Are Wierd' Sizzlits alphabet dies, Sizzix Framelits stars Primitive die set, Sizzix Originals Shadow Box Numbers dies, Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Celebration Words - Script dies and floral sprig dies from The Works. Card use for Matting and layering was printed with background from KanBan Female background papers CD Rom. Nail Caviar applied to centres of Christmas rose flowers and all flowers embossed with ball tools to add dimension. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Getting ‘Shirty’ For The Guys

Male birthday card made using Clearly Besotted 'Super Dad' stamp set to stamp shirts which were then fussy cut. Letters stamped using Docrafts Papermania Madame Payraud's Typewriter upper case alphabet urban stamps. Background masked and inked with distress ink. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukI have tons of stamp sets, many of which I’ve yet to use. Here are some quick easy cards I made using the Clearly Besotted ‘Super Dad’ stamp set. This includes outline, and background stamps for the shirt and elements. I also used some patterned background stamps to add further details to some of the shirts.Male birthday card made using Clearly Besotted 'Super Dad' stamp set to stamp shirts which were then fussy cut. Letters stamped using Docrafts Papermania Madame Payraud's Typewriter upper case alphabet urban stamps. Background masked and inked with distress ink. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk I masked off the card bases and used distress inks to create a coloured stripe rather than matting and layering as I most often do, then stamped the ‘Birthday’ greeting in the bottom corner. I stamped the shirts in different shades of blue distress ink and the outlines in black archival ink. Male birthday card made using Clearly Besotted 'Super Dad' stamp set to stamp shirts which were then fussy cut. Letters stamped using Docrafts Papermania Madame Payraud's Typewriter upper case alphabet urban stamps. Background masked and inked with distress ink. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukThe stamped shirts were then fussy cut and mounted onto the card base with foam pads. Letters for the word ‘Happy’  were stamped using Docrafts Papermania Madame Payraud’s Typewriter upper case alphabet urban stamps and then heat embossed with clear embossing ink. I used foam pads to create dimension but, with a bit of advanced planning and masking, this card could be created as a single layer card which would be economical and easier to post.