Sunday, 14 May 2017

Something Gorjuss for Sunday...

...Hi, how have you all been? This week I've been trying out folded cards which I'll be blogging about shortly - they are something I'm not particularly familiar with but I like to have a wee challenge from time to time ... Today I'm dedicating my Sunday post to cards made with Santoro's Gorjuss range from DoCrafts. I know she's not everyone's "cup of tea" – some people feel she's a bit dark/gothic looking but she doesn't have to be, especially when you can stamp her and colour her up any way you like. Why not give her pink hair and bright clothes (Ooooh, I want to try this now I've mentioned it!!!!)?
So lets have a look at these cards...

#notgothic!   This card looks like there is a lot of work in it but to be honest, the most time consuming aspect of it is the decoupaged focal point. There's quite a few sheets of this kind of stuff in the A4 Ultimate paper pack but if you like your cards quick and simple then there's this selfie card...

Pretty straight forward - most time being spent on colouring up the stamped image on the photo frame.

Here she is in less gothic colours:-

The marble effect background has been hand painted and I've used an embossing folder to add a bit of texture to a piece of vellum from the Gorjuss 6x6 paper pack.

 A really quick gift bag!

 Ok so this one is a bit gothic, even with blue hair and dress...

This pop up card was the first one I'd ever made and yep, it took quite a while to do but the finished result has the wow factor don't you think?
 So, if you have come across my little blog before and seen a few of these makes in the past, apologies if you're disappointed to see them again but I wanted a post where all my Gorjuss makes could all come together. My next DoCrafts demonstration is on May 27th at The Range, Dundee - where I'll be making cards and projects with new DoCrafts products - one of which is a new version of Gorjuss. This time she's all ready for summer which means a brighter, less gothic palette and also the new stamps mean again you can colour her any way you like...
Stay tuned for all that soon!
Happy crafting everyone,
Jak x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Latest scrapbook layout... here for your perusal! I wanted to try a more muted version of my usual style but still have everything going on with embellishments and texture. This was quite a difficult one for me as I had to reign myself in a bit, resulting in the LO kind of lying about on the craft table whilst I tried to feel where I was going with it. I used pale acrylics in the background and spritzed with a gold/black Artiste Spritz Ink by DoCrafts. I cut a panel of square windows on my Silhouette and backfilled some of the spaces with papers and vellums from the DoCrafts Geometric Mocha range. I glittered the "Lovely" wooden sentiment and gave it a thick layer of Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish to seal the glitter. I've stamped and heat embossed some Geometric stamps with copper embossing powder then raised these elements with foam pads for a bit of dimension. There's a bit of stamping in corners and finally a sprinkle of pewter coloured sequins to catch the eye. I'm pleased with the finished page although it did take a bit longer for me to complete than anticipated. Oh and BTW - copper embossing powder is My Favourite Thing at the moment!

Thanks for coming by for a look,
Happy crafting!
Jak xxx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

More cluster cards...

So easy and quick to assemble! Because the cluster is the focal point, make them first and your card's 75% done! #getclustering

A pile of clusters, ready to embellish some cards!!!

Have fun with your leftovers!!!
Love Jak x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Using those embellishment clusters....

Hello, this beautiful sunny Sunday!
    Thanks for popping by! Here are some cards I've made with my home-made embellishment clusters.  I really love doing this and find it seems to cut down on time I spend faffing about with my cards. It's great because the focal point is already made and usually with a sentiment built in too. All I need to do is pick a size and some background papers and I'm off. So, without further ado, here's some I made earlier...

A wee bit of stitching, a few sequins and a sentiment of wooden letters from DoCrafts bare basics.

My favourite little cloud stamp and more red graph paper added on this card

Hello Sunshine stamp coloured with Pan Pastels as an extra sentiment

    Truthfully, the only extras that weren't kicking about the leftover stash I used here were some extra bits of graph paper I designed (so simple!) and printed out, and two separate tiny bits of stamping. They were really quick to put together. 
    Now, these are really bright and colourful, cheerful cards and possibly not to everyone's taste. My choice to go with this colourway was because I had a really old kit gathering dust on the shelves of Crafty Mission Control and it was easier to start this project with patterns and colours that I knew would work together, just as a starting point as I'd never tried this out before. I love the results and have moved on to a more freestyle approach with all sorts of leftovers - but that's for another post! One tip I will mention tho is - when die cutting for specific projects, use up your smaller scraps by die cutting out lots of smaller shapes in various sizes and designs. Store them in clear bags or mini clear boxes/tubs. You'll be surprised how quickly you accumulate these pieces and they are handy and ready to roll next time you want to make some clusters. Stay tuned for another post this week. I'm making a couple of Gorjuss cards...
Have a lovely weekend all,
CraftyJak xxx

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