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

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!

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