The lovely Mrs JOFY is coming to teach some workshops for us again this year, first one is end of July (ooohh sun and blue skies) but there are others and they are all online to book right now.This is Jo's sample of the piece we did at the NEC Retailer Day, I will show and tell mine I promise!!
Friday, 14 February 2014
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Whoo Hoo...........fantastic news!!!
The one and only UK member of the Graphic 45 Design Team, Clare Charville is coming to teach workshops at The Stamp Attic and I, for one, cannot wait.
I LOVE G45 and Clare's work is just amazing.......you cannot afford to miss this chance.
You can book HERE
and you can see Clare HERE
Sunday, 9 February 2014
My favourite box at the minute is the cracker, as in Christmas Cracker, I made tons for the Season and then thought, why is a Cracker just for Christmas? So, here is my version, for Easter!!
This is the board. Simple, comes with its own internally stored score tool and the punch bit also rounds corners. Complete instructions for both imperial and metric sizes of envelope.
So, Easter Crackers, I have some lovely new pastel shades of dotty 12x12 papers from Echo Park, just perfect for Easter, so I chose three colours.
Cut the cardstock to 8 x 6.5"
Now, fold the first crease over and place under the punch part of the Envelope Board, with the left hand edge at the 2" mark on the board.
Turn the Cracker around and repeat for the other side.
Put it back onto the score board, this time long side across the top, and score down at 1.5", 2" and 2.5" then 5.5",6" and 6.5", which is either side of the punch marks and down the centre.
Tricky bit next, you need to make your creases but you need to make two mountain folds and one valley fold each end so.............
from one end and with the right side of the cracker facing down, fold to the furthest crease away from you, then fold back towards you on the next one and finally away from you on the last one.
Now, with the cracker flat, apply tape to the skinny end, as close to the outer edge as you can...
and stick your cracker together.....carefully. I do each end then the middle, find that easiest.
Push you springy ends in and they should collapse to form your cracker ends.....I tie mine, gently, with a knot of ribbon. Before closing both ends fill your Cracker. I used yummy Cadbury's Mini Eggs for my Easter ones.............
Then decorate your finished Cracker.............I used butterflies, Martha Stewart Punches, just the best butterflies there are (in stock in the shop).............
I crossed the colours around but you do what works for you.............
a double layer looks nice, gives it a bit of depth..............and Voila!!
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Thursday, 23 January 2014
........with Steampunk Spells today, and I made a mini book! I love Graphic 45 papers as they are nice and thick for folded books and being double sided they make a lovely base for every page. I started with the 12x12 pad......
and chose these two papers to use for my book.
I used the floral as my base for the folded book. I found a tutorial on youtube for the book construction itself, here. After is was folded into the book I used a Blending Tool and Gathered Twigs distress ink to ink all the edges.
Once folded it was time to fill the pockets................sorry for the out of focus photo. On the outside of the book I attached two of the cut outs from the second sheet and then used the larger card, 'Something wicked this way comes', folded it in half and placed each half in the two pockets either side of the spine.
I cut the second sheet of paper into some single pieces and some runs of about four, using the book of spells cards as the front of these.
Here is one of my booklets.
This is inside the book, more pockets to fill, a couple of my folded booketts then I fussy cut some of the single cards and used them to decorate the fronts of the pockets.
bits of metallic lace glued to the edges..............
next to fill the two pockets on the edges. I used some of the cards (seriously there are loads of these once you cut the page up), one set I backed onto black card, edged with gold gilding wax, punched the corners and tied with a piece of black ribbon. I also punched a tag shape from black shrink plastic and added it to the bunch.
Here you can see the gilding wax on other cards.....
I found some Ranger Dimensional Paint in my stash while sorting out and the colour, Stream, matched the card perfectly, so I added a few dot accents.
and that was it.......
thanks for watching!
Sunday, 19 January 2014
The amazing Kate Crane, Art Journal Guru, is coming to teach at The Stamp Attic again this year, I have just put the dates online for booking HERE.
If you are new to Art Journaling or you just want to increase your skills and play with new products, then don't miss this opportunity to join Kate here in the South of England.Can't make it? Don't fret, she has an amazing range of fabulous instructional DVD's out which step you through and make you feel like she is actually in your craft room with you. You can order these online HERE and she has just brought out the two new ones as a boxed set so perfect for spending your Christmas pennies on.