Graphic 45 Communique

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I made some cards and a tag for Jones to use as samples at the trade show. All the projects used Communique papers.

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I enjoyed creating a mini album/ address book from one sheet of 12×12 paper and then filling the pages with hidden pockets and tags.

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I hope you like them, please leave me a message, I do appreciate your thoughts
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Wish Upon a Star

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Over at Our Creative Corner we have a new challenge for December.

Trish has set the theme:

“My challenge to you all this month is a very simple one… Stars!
I have a passion for stars, stars are incorporated into my email addresses, internet log ins, business name and even my tattoos 🙂
I would love for you all to share your creations, full of stars! Star stamps, star die cuts, star embellishments, star shaped backgrounds, it’s up to you! Use lots, or just the one, as long as there is a star somewhere, you’re good to go!
I can’t wait to see all your wonderful creations!”

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This year I decided to create hanging decorations rather than cards and put them in fancy envelopes.

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The card is 4″ square with rounded corners. I used a Tim Holtz layering stencil to heat emboss stars using Tarnished Silver powder.

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The sky was DI in shades of blue with a spritz of Picket Fence for snow.

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I die cut a TH Prancing Stag from Kraft card and inked him with Expresso. The edges of the card were glued and then dipped in glitter for a snowy sparkle. I put extra white glitter so he looks as if he is bounding through snow drifts.  He has a tinsel wreath round his neck, I cut a tiny tag and wrote Merry Xmas with a holly leaf and berries. He has a black pearl eye.

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The stars are from a grab bag made by Tando Creative, later cut thick card. I heat embossed two with gold. One was wired to the stags antler with red fine beading wire. The other star is for the envelope.

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I cut a Kraft card square 7 3/4″, then scored a 4″ square in the middle. I used a cup as a template to round the sides. These fold on top of each other and the fourth side tucks in.

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I inked the star layering stencil on top using Expresso then clear heat embossed to give a lovely shine.

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I finished the decoration with some red ribbon to hang, put it inside the envelope, tied it with string and the star.

I hope you join in our challenge and are inspired by the Design Teams take on stars. I am looking forward to seeing what you create.

There is a lovely prize from Tando to be won!

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Tando provide a surprise parcel of goodies for the prize winner.

Hugs
Jan x


Graphic45 A Christmas Carol

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I was so pleased to receive my parcel from Jones and found the new Graphic45 A Christmas Carol papers plus the Patterns and Solids.
I am so excited being on their Design Team!
These are the creations I made……

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I wanted to create the story of Bob Marley going home on Christmas Eve with his small son in the snow. The wall hung house shaped box was from Tiger, painted black and then decorated with papers and fussy cuts.
Here is a side view.

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The Christmas card started as a patchwork arrangement of papers and cutaparts. The card is 8×8 inches square.

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I used TH die cuts to make the film strip and the rosette.

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In side the card a cutapart fitted perfectly.

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This memory box started as a £2 hinged box from The Works. I painted it black and then added the papers. The berries are highlighted with Glossy Accents, the flowers have Stickles and there are hints of Treasure Gold for added sparkle.
Well it is for Christmas!
I made a strap with a magnetic closure using TH label die cut, a fastener from 7 Gypsies and magnetic tape.

hope you like them, more will be added as I go along!

hugs

jan x

 

 

 


Sponsor Spotlight- Designs by Ryn

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I am delighted to highlight our sponsor at Our Creative Corner, Ryn. Her stamps are beautifully detailed and stamp perfectly every time. I chose the bubbles and fish stamps to use.

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I decided to create a diorama card, for the fish to swim amongst sea weed and coral. It was very fiddly because it was my first attempt.

This is how I made the card.

The background was stamped, embossed and inked.

The background was stamped, embossed and inked.

The second layer, using coordinations paper.

The second layer, using coordinations paper.

I stamped the fish on watercolour paper and cut them out.

I stamped the fish on watercolour paper and cut them out.

I coloured them and added fussy cut layer fins and tail to the front fish.

I coloured them and added fussy cut layer to the front fish.

I scored and folded the sides of the card and then added the layers with slots at the side.

I scored and folded the sides of the card and then added the layers with slots at the side.

The three pieces were layered with double sided tape.

The three pieces were layered with double sided tape to the folded sides.

The top layer was die cut with TH thinlets to resemble coral.

The top layer was die cut with TH thinlets to resemble coral.

I stamped some oriental text on the top layer and added Rock Candy Stickles to the coral.

I stamped some oriental text on the top layer and added Rock Candy Stickles to the coral.

I was really pleased with how the card turned out, I hope you will be inspired try Ryn’s stamps, they are beautiful to use.

Hugs
Jan x


Ruby Wedding Card

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I made a card for my lovely friend Carol and her husband Graham to celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversay, Congratulations!

I used lots of Tim dies, thinlets, rosette, frameworks honeycomb and the word play alphabet.
I concentrated on the frameworks because I am entering the latest CC3 challenge from Linda Ledbetter. The challenge is from Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3, page 64. You need to check out this book, Tim has included so many amazing techniques. There are fab prizes for this challenge from Inspiration Emporium!

I decided to try out a drop shadow effect with the frameworks. I cut out the first frame from plumbers tape and used an embossing folder, French Script. The second was cut from a backing paper from my stash.
The thinlets die cut the pattern to reveal the same paper (ruby) underneath and I used it to make the rosette.
The DI was Mahogany, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet plus Vintage Photo. A Paperartsy stamp, embossed with silver then inked to reveal the letters finished the card off. The paper roses were added to give more dimension and happened to be the right colours!
Hugs
Jan x


Mothers Day card and gift box

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It’s March again, the year is flying by! Mothering Sunday is close and I made a card and matching gift box using G 45 Artisan papers and stickers.

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I layered both sides of the Decorative Flourish paper with black to cover a black card. I used the buckle from Chipboard 1 and a Cardstock sticker in the center.

I love this alphabet, it reminds me of Charles Rennie Macintosh style. All the papers and letters were edged in black. The belt is a glossy black card which doesn’t show up in the photo but adds a nice contrast. I put a strip of lace underneath inked with Distress Ink Tea Dye.

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The gift box started life as a tin of travel sweets I picked up at the airport. I cut a strip of paper to cover the side and stuck lace around the middle. Then I added a die cut circle of paper on the lid with a card label.

The rose and the leaf papers are from Artisan Style Patterns and Solids which were die cut with TH Tattered Pinecone. A couple of dots of glossy accents completed the tin.

This was a fun project, the Graphics 45 papers all mixed and matched so well.

This is my second project for Jones Design Team, hope you like it.

Hugs

Jan x


First Project for Jones Crafts

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Birthday Card
I was so excited to receive my first pack of papers from Jones Crafts. Lucky for me that they were pretty, vintage style, double sided Marion Smith Motley collection.
I made a Birthday Card using the gorgeous papers. I started with a kraft card and built up the layers using “Not too shabby” and “Carmie” papers from the Motley collection. The vintage images of dressmaking adverts inspired me to use one of my favourite Tim dies, sewing room and the rosette die for the skirt. I finished it with some lace and ribbon.the sentiment was a Paperartsy stamp. I used DI Vintage Photo for the edges.
This is my first project for Jones Crafts!