Tuesday, 15 April 2014

How to Make The Latest Craze - The Exploding Box

I keep seeing these amazing cards on the web using a foldable exploding box design. I have a full step by step photo tutorial for this card available on the Penny Black Blog today here.
Here is the card closed so it fits flat in an envelope - you can decorate the outside but my sense of humour makes me want the recipient to think my what a boring card....

Floral Exploding Box closed

And then whoosh as it opens....

Floral exploding Box open

Supplies used:

Penny Black: Madison Paper Pad 80-001, Fern Green and Storm Mix and Match Card, Cupcake day 40-308 and Belle Fleurs 30-217, Special Wishes 30-229, Love Assortment 30-090 Stamps, Leaves 51-002 die.  Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Pistachio and Tuxedo Black ink, Versafine Spanish Moss and Olympia Green inks, Chameleon Alcohol Art pens Blue, Yellow Orange, Violet, Olive, Sienna, Red Orange and Purple, Kraft card and strong double sided tape.

Thanks for joining me today and don't forget there is a full step by step photo tutorial on the Penny Black Blog here.
Hugs Cathy

Monday, 14 April 2014

It is always hard to make a Sympathy card

Today I want to share a Sympathy card, these are always so hard to do because it is invariably for a very sad time for someone.

Flower Sympathy

I have used Penny Black's Delightful 40-322 cling, Belle Fleurs 30-217 (butterfly) and Eloquence 30-162 transparent stamp sets. Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Clear Pico Embellisher, Versafine Onyx Black ink and New Sprout and London Fog Memento Dye ink. Chameleon Alcohol Art Pens Yellow Green,  Sky Blue, Blue, Yellow and Purple.

Hope you have enjoyed today's inspiration, hugs

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Blooming With Inspiration

Have you visited the Penny Black blog yet this week?  If not I promise it is worth a visit to see all the amazing inspiration from the design team.

Today Peet Roeven and I are hosting the blog, I am so honoured to be sharing the post with such a talented artist.  I am sharing this floral design......

Spring Blues

Supplies used in this project:
Penny Black Softly 40-319 stamp and Special Wishes 30-229 Transparent Stamp set, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Versafine Onyx Back ink Summer Sky IrRESISTible spray (I used a syringe but a pico embellisher would work better), Pear Tart Pico Embellisher and Wedding Dress IrRESISTible spray. Chameleon alcohol art pens Blue Violet and Olive, Blue silk ribbon, Deco Art, Glitter, Katy Sue Designs Elegant Hearts mould (a special thanks to Margot and Steve at Tulip Crafts in Ringwood for finding these for me), Ice Resin, blue thread, white green and blue card and Beacon Fabritac Adhesive.

Step 1: Stamp flower with memento ink onto white card, colour and add glitter to petals. Stamp sentiment with Versafine Ink and  add dots using Pear Tart Pico Embellisher, when dry mount onto card and stitch around edge.

Step 2: Gently place Pico Embellisher needle into the mould detail depressions and colour dots, leaves and flowers; then leave to dry (see below for detail of the heart).  Once dry mix and pour Ice resin into the mould and leave to cure, when cured add white IrResistible to back again leave to dry before popping out of mould.

Step 3: Tie a double bow with the silk ribbon and attach to the card using Beacon Fabritac Adhesive.

Closeup of Ice Resin heart

Thank you for visiting me today don't forget to hop on over and see Peet's project here, I will be back next week with more inspiration and a step by step photo tutorial on an exploding box card.
Have a great weekend
Hugs Cathy

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Just a Few Pens.....

I know I promised you a video today but due to a schedule mix up that will now be shared later in the month. I do however have a bonus project with a video technique tutorial using Kaleidacolor inks on the Imagine Craft/Tsukineko blog Here.

Today's replacement card was coloured using only 5 pens how cool is that!!!!
All thanks to the new Chameleon Alcohol pens that via an ingenious mixing chamber can go through light to dark tones with just one pen...they will be available in the near future so look out for them they are great.

Yellow Orange blooms

Supplies used: Penny Black Jubilant 40- 286 Cling Stamp, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink and Clear Embossing Powder, Chameleon Alcohol art pens, Yellow Orange, Olive, Brown, Sky Blue and Violet, Spellbinders  Majestic Labels Twenty Five S5-189, white and green pearl card.

Well I can't believe we are already in the middle of another week, time flies when you are crafting. Enjoy what is left of the week, hugs

Monday, 7 April 2014

Lemons to Lemonade

Hello and happy Monday, I wonder what life has in store for us this week, I do know that later this week I will be sharing a video one day and a card using lovely Penny Black stamps on the other; but lets not get ahead of myself and concentrate on today!

Last week I was asked to try out some new pen nibs and the only way I could do it properly was to colour in some of my beloved Penny Black Stamps, here is one such example of Penny Black cuteness.......

Lemons to Lemonade

Don't those lemons look positively mouthwatering? Can you believe that the skin of the lemon was coloured using just one pen!!!!

Materials used in this project:-
Penny Black's Homemade 30-119 transparent stamp set, Madison Designer Paper Pad 80-001,
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon Electric Yellow Ink (applied using a sponge dauber), Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Clear Embossing Powder and Clear Pico Embellisher.
Chameleon Art Pens, Yellow Orange, Yellow, Grey, Brown, Sand and Grey.
Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B S5-172.
Other White card, orange thread, Glue and a corner rounder punch.

Thanks for visiting me today, I will back on Wednesday with details of my latest video tutorial.

Hugs Cathy