Sunday, 22 May 2016

Mr. Smith's Workshop - Tool chest stepper card.

Good morning everyone! As promised last week, here's the tutorial for the tool chest stepper card I made for part of last weeks DoCrafts demo...

Please feel free to print this tutorial off and have a go at making the card up! It's an easy card to decorate once the basic stepper part has been constructed. It's been embellished with pieces from the Mr Smith's Workshop A4 Ultimate Die Cut and  Paper pack and the tools are from a charm pack which is part of that very same range. My one tip is to adhere your little tools with a hot glue gun if you have one. That way you won't have to put the card to one side to dry before sticking that final drawer on!

Of course, if you're feeling very adventurous you could always try making this... Not so much a card, rather a small shed!

This was also a make for my demo last week. Inspired by a tutorial for one featured in the new free Creativity Essentials flyer for May/June - it is a bit more time consuming as there's a bit of construction work going on and glue drying time but well worth the effort if you have an afternoon to spare. This is the flyer you need - the instructions are on the back. It's always worth picking up one of these flyers to supplement the Creativity Magazine as there's extra inspirational makes inside and more detail regarding the latest products...

© DoCrafts 2016

I was a bit surprised at the size the shed was once fully constructed with the roof on. As you can see from this pic, I took mine out into the garden to compare with a real shed...

I just wish my real shed was as well organised and tidy as Mr. Smith's! Lol!
Have a great crafty Sunday everyone!
Lots of love,
CraftyJak x

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hello everyone...'s been such a busy last few weeks here Chez Strachan, mainly because I had a new pile of DoCraft product to sort through and make some pretty projects with. The kit contained beautiful Gorjuss A4 Ultimate Paper Pack, stamps, vellum, watercolour pens, the latest and final Geometric Kraft Ultimate paper pack with various embellishments (saving the best for last with this one - I love it!), and the brand new Mr Smith's Workshop A4 Ultimate Paper Pack with mini tool embellishments and brads. Also included were 2 brand new die sets to play with - Filigree Teatime set complete with the cutest biscuit dies and new Woodland Flourishes featuring a cute squirrel, bird and spotty toadstool.

We are all given some pics of projects we can either copy exactly or use as inspiration for our own samples so the following pics are some of the cards I made for my demonstration...

This last Gorjuss pic is my first ever pop up box card - I was really surprised how quickly it actually came together. Loving those die cut fronds! Really versatile!

Next up is the Geometric Kraft set

I decided to try putting the patterned papers through an embossing folder and loved the result. It made it look a bit fabricy! Check out the first two pics above - one embossed with a Moroccan Squares folder and the other with a honeycomb folder. This really worked well with these busy geometric patterns an it's something I will be trying again although it might not work with all papers.

As always, it was a pleasure to interact with some enthusiastic crafters, to hear their tips and stories.
My table was busy with samples and I'm so annoyed I forgot to take lots more pics of the stuff I made on the day. Here's a look at my samples in situ. Stay tuned for some makes featuring Mr. Smith's Workshop coming up next post, including a tutorial for a cute tool chest card. I'm off to catch up with housework/gardening and grocery shopping to appease my poor neglected family... (joking!!! - they love living like pigs!!)

Thankyou for your visit!
Crafty Jak xxx