Tuesday 28 August 2012

Docrafts Creativity Club

Earlier this month we put out a Design Team Call for docrafts Creativity Club. The opportunity was for crafters to have fun on our design team for 6 months. We were looking for a small team of AMAZING designers who have 1, A love for paper crafting, 2, A style that stands out when using docrafts products and 3, a clear understanding and passion for using social media (Facebook/Twitter/Blogging). We had so many people apply, and making the final decision has been really difficult. We are pleased to announce the Creativity Club Design Team... 1. Becky James - http://www.facebook.com/CraftyBeckyJames 2. Naomi Frosdick - http://nispapercraftingplace.blogspot.co.uk 3. Doreen O’Brien - http://www.doreensdream.blogspot.co.uk/ 4. Sharon Curtis - www.glitterangel.typepad.com 5. Cheremane Smith - Http://www.docrafts.com/cheremane 6. Debbie Powell - http://cards--galore.blogspot.co.uk/ 7. Becky Vickers - http://shabby-treasures.blogspot.co.uk/ 8. Sarah Carrington - http://smellyblog-slcarrington.blogspot.co.uk/
9. Katie Baylis - http://katiebaylisdesign.blogspot.co.uk/ 10. Nicola Saul - http://pinkdelightcraft.blogspot.com Well that was an unexpected surprise. I only applied on the off chance after seeing Geraldine and Becky's calls. TFL Sarah

Monday 27 August 2012

Crafty bloggers network

Today on CBN its DT inspiration monday and i have created a card. This was a prototype for a upcoming class but it didnt turn out how i imagines it. Still pleased with it though. And dont forget there is a DT call for CBN and this month's challenge is still going on, just a few more days left to enter both. Be in it too win it as they say. TFL Sarah

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Chipboard Box Tutorial

So i have made a couple of these cute boxes now so i thought i'd show you how to make one.
Chipboard (Mountboard)cut at the following size
Lid 1 1/2 x 4 1/8 (4 pieces) 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 (4 pieces)
Base 4 x 2 (1 pieces) 4 x 4 (1 pieces)
Take the set for the lid and place them on your chosen patterned paper or card stock, (This will be the inside pattern), with the square piece in the middle and the sides butted up to the middle square. Cut around them leaving a slight edge.
Using a good quality wet glue, cover the patterned paper. Lay out your pieces again, making sure they are touching and that you have smoothed out all the air bubbles. Set aside to dry.
Repeat the same process with the base pieces. Set aside to dry. Once both pieces are dry, trim off the excess paper right, up to the edges of the chipboard. You should be able to bend into a rough box shape, pattern facing in.
Now for the outside.
Lay down your covered piece onto a piece of patterned paper. Leave at least a ½” gap around the edge. Use the covered piece as a template and trace around with a pencil onto the patterned paper. Next take a ruler and add a ½” to the top of all the side pieces. Leave a ½” on either side of just one set of sides. Cut out
Cover the paper with glue. Holding the box formed, add it to the middle square of the glued paper. Push the side paper with the extra ½” top and side onto the chipboard. You will see why the need for the extra side piece now, as it wraps onto the chipboard either side. Do the same on the opposite side.
Now you can add the remaining side pieces to hide the overlaps. Clip the corners and fold in the top over hanging pieces to finish. Use clamps or bull dog clips to secure until completely dry.
Repeat the exact same process with the lid (TOP TIP) if using very thick chipboard, increse the size of the lid dimensions by a couple of mm or the lid wont fit the base and you will split the sides, Lesson learnt the hard way).
Once dry, take a bone folder and carefully run around all the edges to give a nice embossed edge look. Distress and ink the edges when dry. And here is the finished box complete with a gift tag and matching card. The papers are Docraft Capsule collection.
And Head on over to my other blog, Stampin Gal Sarah to see part 2 which is a variation on this chipboard box.

Friday 10 August 2012

Another baby card

A few weeks back i showed you a baby card that i made for a friend. Well here is another one i have been playing around with.
Take a A4 piece of card and trim to 8 x 8". Score in half and fold to give you a long 4 x 8" card base. Take a piece of patterned paper and trim slightly smaller than your base. Glue to the base. Add a ribbon and bow and another smaller piece of ribbon
Next choose your images to decorate the card. I went for cute teddies. Trim them ready.
Cut pieces of chipboard slightly bigger than your images. Cover with patterned paper. Ink and distress the edges. Add to the card base with foam pads.
Add the images to the chipboard tiles, again using foam pads. Add a flower to the bow and a welcome baby sentiment to finish.
And my little helper for the day.

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Sweet goodbye's

I am sad to say that i am leaving Bubbly Scrumptious. It's been a fab journey and can you believe its been almost 3 years since Caroline asked me to join the team. The challenge of creating beautiful projects with Caroline's wonderful products has kept my sane thru the university years and exam nightmares and gave me plenty of non baby time when our surprise bundle popped along. But there is no longer a happy balance between health, family and craft time, so i am taking a break. I wish Caroline all the best for the future and what ever new ventures are on the horizon. And pop along to the bubbly funk site as there is currently a 50% off sale going on so take advantage. And i will leave you with a little medly of some of this years projects. TFL Sarah

Monday 6 August 2012

A crafty round up

So not alot going on craft wise really as ill health, having the boys home for the school holidays and having a toddler who now refuses to have a day time nap, makes my crafting time very limited. And having a craftroom that is a tip with the floor having stepping space only wasnt good for the creative juices to flow. So me and DH got out a tape measure, paced a few floors, scratched a head or two and set to work reorganising a tiny space. And this is the result. I am pleased with it. It may not look like something out of a ikea catalogue but we made use of what we had and a budget of zero pounds! DH put new shelves up for storing my little boxes. We shifted an old Welsh dresser in which now houses all my fabric, S & C stuff, embellishments, stamps etc. There is work space for crafting and i will do all my gluing, heating and messing with tools etc here. My Knick knacks on the window sill and my beautiful clean empty desk space. And the view out of the window. Perfect for secret photo's or ones like Daniel is doing as he knew there was a camera out. And i think the our lady statue across the field may just scare the begebers out of my when crafting at night. And i will leave you with a new layout for the crafty Bloggers Network as its a new month so its time for a new challenge. Head on over to HERE and see everybodies projects. There is a prize from Cullen Crafts and Sassy studio designs this month. TFL Sarah