Thursday, 23 March 2017

Embellishment clusters...

Hello there!
In-between doing my demos for DoCrafts, I like to spend my crafty time trying out new techniques and generally having a crafty potter around my stash, and recently it occurred to me that my clustering skills were definitely lacking. Not being one to let that go, I decided I should maybe try and master this. It's something I've admired amongst my crafty colleagues work for a long time and I've often wondered what kind of witchcraft they use when putting these beautiful eye-catching elements together and thankfully when grilled about how it all happens, they were really helpful and forthcoming with lots of tips. Naturally, everyone does it differently and has various ways of putting these together but the best tip I picked up was a visual one from a Youtube video - I am a visual learner after all. I watched lots of vids and what I got from that was that a lot of paper shuffling goes on and the ones I like look a bit well, messy! So taking the bull by the horns I started easy with an old kit from years ago that I still had tons of (do these kits ever end?). I felt it would make life simpler as all the elements are designed to compliment and coordinate with each other. I really had fun doing this and it all just seemed to click once I stopped overanalysing everything. I did print off a few extra bits and pieces to help out - a couple of graph paper backgrounds and I also did a bit of diecutting so I could use different shapes of patterned papers too. Here are some of my results...






These were made from an ages old Colorbok kit from QVC and although I wouldn't use them for scrapbooking now as my kids are a bit old for this kind of design now I still love the bright happy colours. The clusters all finished up a really decent size too so next post is about the cards I made with them!


Stay tuned for some bright and bold cards
Thanks for looking,
Jak xxx

Friday, 17 March 2017

Cards from March at The Range...

Hello all. Here are some pics of some of the cards I made last week at The Range in Dundee. If you managed to make it along, thankyou, I hope I managed to inspire you try out some new goodies. Ok here we go...







All of the above are cards made with some of the new Xcut dies. I'll not deny, they are very intricate but if you use my tip from my previous post, you'll be cutting them out completely hassle free - even more so if you remember to give them a wipe over first with a tumble drier sheet, that way all the waste just falls out with a few taps!

Next up are 3 cards from the Paws For Thought range. These are cute beyond belief and really appeal to me because they are so colourful. They're a great start for a newbie crafter as they can be made quickly and without too much embellishing. However, if you should so wish to go completely over the top and go all out kitsch (who, me? - never!!!!) you can really go for it as you can see in the pop up box card below!




Never one to overdo anything...




See what I mean - beautifully bonkers! 
And so on to Wood Elements Capsule range. I used the A4 paper and die cuts pack which is stuffed full of alphas, vellums, bows etc...



These two cards are BIG 8x8s - a size I don't normally indulge in but big cards do give you a bit more scope for embellishing. This colours in this pack are very muted so I added some pale pink and blue to the Best Wishes card to liven things up a bit.

Here's a new card format - for me anyway - which I tried out for the first time too. It's a slider card which when you pull the tag out, reveals the message inside. Kind of simple but effective.





Ok, so that's us done for today. I hope you like something in this selection of samples.
Thanks for popping by.
Have a crafty weekend everyone,
Jak xxx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Die cutting hack!!! – A tip that works and is cheap as chips!!!!

Hey everyone, happy Sunday morning to you!
I've been busy beavering away, making samples for my next demo which involved using some really intricate dies. To tell the truth, my die cutting machine was really struggling and although it did eventually manage to cut them it was only after lots of rotating of the die and positioning on different parts of the base plate. The whole process was beginning to be a real chore. That was until I tried this amazingly simple tip. Now, I can't take credit for this because it was actually shared by a demonstrating colleague, Lyn Marlow, who made the suggestion in the first place but it does work a treat and means that tricky ornate dies will cut a whole lot easier with only one or two passes. So drum roll please....
   Ok, the secret weapon I have been using is – poly pockets or punch pockets as some call them! Wow! Yep, that's it! Simply, place your die and card stock inside the poly pocket (I always tape intricate dies down on to the card stock to prevent them from sliding about), sandwich between your cutting plates and roll that baby through your machine. You can check without taking the die and card stock out of the pocket whether one pass through has done the job  – I have needed two passes at the most! If you don't have poly pockets in your home somewhere, Lyn suggested using freezer bags in the same way. I'm sticking with the poly pockets though as I have tons of those - the kids are always using them to display pieces of school work etc but they are so cheap anyway - you can buy 100 for a couple of quid and you will get multiple uses from each one. Don't think that because they look all cut up they won't work as they do!

A poly pocket waiting to be utilised for die cutting...
Poly pocket results!



I have taken the die cut out of the bag to show it's all done but if you give the whole thing a shake while still in the bag you'll find most of the bits fall out of the die and into the bag which is great for keeping things clean and tidy and is a bonus of using this method. Boom! Double whammy!!! Lol!


If environmental issues with these are on your conscience, which obviously they should be, dispose of thoughtfully and in an environmentally friendly manner. I'm lucky to have various different recycling methods that we adhere to when it comes to refuse collection and my used plastics all go in a separate crate for collection by our local council who take it away for recycling. Please use them responsibly is all!
So there's your top crafty tip for a Sunday morning. Enjoy!!!!
Stay tuned for cards using the latest products from DoCrafts and the results of those die cuts...
Thanks for popping by!!!!
Love Jak x

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Cards, cards, cards...

Good Sunday morning to you all!
As previously mentioned, here are a few cards from my most recent DoCrafts demo from Jan 17th at The Range Dundee.



My Sample display

That flamingo is really cute - Xcut min die!
Floral diecut panel over inked backgrounnd


Inked background with diecut butterflies
One of the products I was using was a lovely floral panel die, ideal for using as a background on an A6 card. Firstly, I used the diecut piece as a straight forward back ground panel over an inked and blended background panel, then I thought I would try using the diecut piece as a stencil to ink through which was really effective.

Next up - a couple of cards using an Xcut Cut and emboss folder...


Heat embossed sentiment in window

Gorjuss Girl inside window
These cards us the Xcut Cut and Emboss Window folder. As with the other Cut and Emboss folders, this combines diecut elements into your embossing which is a great idea. This one is a window this time. The first card I inked and heat embossed a sentiment which is revealed when the window is opened up. I also made another which I thought would look cute to have the Gorjusss Girl on the inside looking out of the window.

Talking of Gorjuss - here she is adorning a kraft lunchbag!

CAS card - Happy Birthday

CAS card - Hello

 I also demonstrated some clean and simple styled cards sticking to a colour palette of 4 colours. The Hello card has the sentiment die cut in to the stripy panel which is layered on top of a self adhesive paper wood-veneer panel. I love making CAS cards...


Family Tree die
This shadow box I've used here as a deep picture frame. The Family Tree die is lovely and actually versatile enough to use as a stand alone element for other projects...

Family tree card


Cute Gorjuss card

Detail of Gorjuss card
Family Tree on kraft

Bare Basics drawers
Lastly a decorating project - a set of Bare Basics drawers. I decorated the drawer fronts, added pegs which have two uses - to open the drawers and to hold a label which tells you what is in each drawer. I painted a different colour that coordinates with the stripy paper, inside each drawer.


Thanks for having a look at my DoCrafts projects! For those of you that come along to my appearances armed with DoCrafts goodies at The Range in Dundee - a big thankyou - it's always a pleasure to meet you all and have a crafty blether. I'm back there again on March 11th, so see you all soon!

   So, have a lovely crafty weekend everyone and please pop by again soon!
Love, Jak
xxx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Paper houses!

Hello stranger,
Welcome back to paperymash! Today I'm going to show you these cute paper houses - there are two different ways to achieve these 93 if you're anything like me!); one is a decoupage method, the other is from a die set, both by DoCrafts. Or, you can mix them up and do a hybrid and use everything!!!
Here's the two different sets...
DoCrafts Deco Design kit. ©DoCrafts

Xcut Houses die set. © DoCrafts

   The pack is a straightforward decoupage kit which includes two templates that make up the actual house and an inner box which the house sits over/on top of. This means it's ideal for filling with goodies or a battery operated candle.
This one is decorated to look like a pretty Parisienne patisserie

So cute!
   The next one I wanted to freestyle a bit so I used the die set to make a house that I could pop a battery candle in. I made curtains for the windows and "glazed" the windows with vellum to cast a soft glow while lit up. I'd love to do a row of these all different heights and coloured windows, decorated with spooky stuff for Halloween. These would make great christmas decorations too!!!


Cute spooky house!
If 3d houses aren't your thing you could always convert your houses into cards instead. The paper kit would definitely make quite a few of these as there is an extra sheet of windows for this very purpose. Worth a mention too is the pack contains some patterned papers which would make a great background for the cards although I would stick them on to card stock before using the template or die cutting the actual house shape base - you want your houses to be sturdy after all!!


House card.


Whichever way you want to go these are great fun to make up and a bit different!!!
Thanks for popping by!
XXX

Sunday, 12 February 2017

OMG! Scrapbook layout!

Good morning!
Here's another scrapbook page which was spontaneously put together this week. I came across this photo while I was looking for some other family pics - I'll never find them at this rate!! It's really nice to come across daft pics from the past - sometimes you forget about the person you were before family comes along. This was a bit of a revelation as I'm wearing quite a short skirt - it was definitely summer and I think I was getting ready to go to work... Anyhoo, it was the colours in the photo that made me go with the papers and cardstock I used (yes, my bedroom was painted bright sunny yellow!). A bit of a change for me as I tend to start neutral and build from there. I've actually used some bits and pieces that are ancient too - see the two tiny tags by the cluster - they're probably about 11 years old now. The reason I remember this was they came from a kit that was one of my very first crafting splurges, a K & Co embellishment kit bought from QVC when I was first starting out. Thank goodness I still hoard stash!!!!




Sunday, 5 February 2017

Boom! A scrapbook page!!!!

Hello! Are you all having a crafty weekend? I thought I'd kick of the first post of 2017 with a scrapbook page! I found a cute photo of Millie when she was about 2 and a half, it wasn't a great photo composition wise so I had to do a bit of cropping, result being I was left with quite a small pic. That's ok tho as I thought I could do the layout as an 8x8 instead of having her lost on a 12x12 page. At first I was sure I was going to do a minimalist design but that didn't happen!!!! Whoops! So as usual, this one kind of developed as I went along. I had a few stop start moments with it - I cut a title for it with my Silhouette but, as I'd not used it in months, the software needed updating and the machine really started playing up. About an hour later I eventually got it to cut the title and guess what? I didn't even like it on the layout!!! So it was back to the drawing board for the title. I think what happened was it just kind of overwhelmed the layout  - I was forgetting it was just an 8x8. I decided to go with a die cut title instead - "millie doll" which was die cut with some xcut mini alpha dies which worked great and left room for a bit of journaling too. Yay!




Come back soon for some cards and paper houses!!!
Thanks for popping by,
Jak  xxx