Saturday, 14 October 2017

Pastel Rainbow - Nuvo Style!

Today I woke up super early only to discover that I had somehow managed to fall asleep with a bottle of glue beside me and the cap was off. Seriously, how the heck do you do that?! Needless to say, I woke up in a crusty mess. D'oh!

After having a mild tantrum and cleaning myself up, I am happy to say that this week is all about Pastel Rainbows over on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge Blog you can find here. There are some really lovely cards this week from the ladies so hop on over for gorgeous inspiration. 

My card turned into three...

Materials Used
Candu Fix Foam Pads
Tonic Studios Patterned Panels
Tonic Studios Will's Hand sentiments
A4 White Cardstock (to make the card blanks)
and accidentally Nuvo Glow Drops

Die cut the panel, mat and layer with Mauve Purple, add pastel Nuvo Drops and complete with Will's Hand 'inspire' sentiment. 

Die cut the panel, mat and layer with Cornflower Blue Craft Perfect Card, add pastel Nuvo Drops and Will's Hand 'birthday' sentiment. 

Die cut the panel, mat and layer with Blossom Pink Craft Perfect Card, add pastel Nuvo Drops and Will's Hand 'enjoy' sentiment. 

I wish I had realised I was using the pink Glow drops as this is what happens when you turn the lights off! I can see lots of fun to be had with these Nuvo Glow Drops! 
And the trio...
Thanks for stopping by, it really does mean a lot to me. Have a great weekend and see you soon! 
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Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christmas Past - Batch Making Christmas Cards

Where has the year gone! Life is moving at high speed so best get cracking with my Christmas cards. I've made this style of card before and always love them so this year I shall be batch making my Christmas cards with it.

I don't think I've ever said this before, but they really are QUICK and Easy to make and you can make A LOT as the paper required is minimal.

I've used Craftwork Cards Christmas Past Collection Kit and you can easily make 50+ cards from it without compromising design. Here is the link to all the collection packs - there is a sale on some, including this one and it's only £10! 

Materials you will need:
  • Craftwork Cards Christmas Past Collection Pack (or any kit)
  • Craftwork Cards Red/Cream A4 caardstock (or any A4 cardstock to make the card bases).
  • Adhesive – I’ve used wet glue and Candi Fix
  • Scoreboard
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Pokey Tool
  • Paper Trimmer or Guillotine
  • Embellishments of your choice
There are two variations today but both fold flat and fit into a standard A2 Envelope. The awesome thing is that the cards are quite effective yet use minimal paper!
Card Style with the Bridge 
Card style without the bridge 
To make the card bases: 
  • 4 1/4″ by 8″ piece of card stock (you can make two card bases from one sheet of 8 1/2″ by 11″ card stock! How cool is that?!
  • Score on the 8″ side at: 1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 6 3/4
To Decorate: 
  • 1 or 1 1/4"″ by 5 1/2″ for the bridge piece (if you want to add it, I have done this on 2 of the 4 cards). Some cards look better with a smaller one and other can take the additional 1/4". If you mat and layer it, just take it down by 1/4". 
  • 1″ by 4″ for the side panel strips (you can either cut 4 like I have or you can just add 2, the outside panels)
  • 2 3/4″ by 4″ for the base, I used both plain cardstock or the Father Christmas postcards cut down. If you use cardstock first then next layer is 2 1/2" by 3 3/4" (1/4" increments each layer). 
How they look folded 
  • You are practically done! Now just add the centre mat and layers (cardstock/father Christmas postcards), sentiments and any other pieces from the collection. It really is that quick and easy. 
  • Add your bridge piece last - this will ensure your card is quick, easy and fiddle free. 
  • Cut out white (writing) panels 2 3/4" x 4" and write them out ready to adhere to the back of your card - you all the space available. 
Card 1 - without Bridge Fold
Card 2  - with Bridge Fold
 Card 3 - without Bridge Fold
 Card 4 - with Bridge Fold
This is a dimensional card and although it folds flat for posting, don't be afraid to use as much or as little as you want to on these cards, they will all be amazing!
Aren't the postcards perfect for this style of card?! 
All four together really do look like a matching collection and once you get on a roll you won't believe how many you can make in one sitting. 
I would make up each step first - the card bases, the cut out the strips and adhere - once you've done that, you're home free and can add the panels and sentiments, embellishments and bows of your choosing. 
I hope that you've enjoyed this post today and if you do make up some batch cards, I'd love to see them! 
If you love Craftwork Cards then you can join our Facebook Community which has nearly 2,500 members! This is a closed group but is packed full of tutorials (every Tuesday), giveaways, and heaps of inspiration. I'd love you to join us there :) 

Thanks so much for popping by and see you Friday! 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Hello and phew! What a few months it has been for me! I won't bore you all with the gory details but I'm so happy to be blogging again. As always, we're playing catch up - haha.
This week over on Daring Cardmakers there is a new challenge and it's so awesome! Simply choose three elements from below. Aren't the colours gorgeous?!
I've only started joining in challenge blogs. It's so good for me to step out of my comfort zone and make something other than prep or samples - I don't have to worry about using specific products. However, I usually reach for my beloved Tonic Studios and/or Craftwork Cards. ;) 
The elements I've selected are flowers, pastel colours, colour strips, and carton. 

Tonic Studios Cathedral Die
Aqua Flow Glitter Gloss Pen
Craftwork Cards - Julie Loves Sweet Petite Paper Pad
Craftwork Cards A4 Turquoise Cardstock
Craftwork Cards A4 Cream Cardstock
Craftwork Cards Candi
Craftwork Cards USB Sentiment
Kuretake Clean Colour Pens
Now the paper I used was a little bright so I slapped some gesso on both the cardstock and patterned paper for softer shabby look! It's a standing joke in our house and whenever something goes wrong my husband says, "just slap some gesso on it". haha
I'd like to mention this Craftwork Cards A4 cardstock - it's absolutely AMAZING! I love it and even used it on my die cut flowers. The paper is so perfect for your boxes and doesn't crease or rip and takes to my pens beautifully. It really is stunning thick card and you can definitely use it for all those 3D boxes and projects no problem. 

There is tons of inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog and the challenge runs until next Thursday so you have oodles of time to take part!
Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow :) 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Friday, 15 September 2017

A spooktacular four of a kind

Hi everyone and happy Friday! 

I have another week guest designing for Daring Cardmakers and the theme is the number four of a kind.

I immediately thought about ATC's and the brand new Tonic Studios Halloween Collection. 
ATC Sent with Love
ATC Smile
An Artists Gift
Witchy Bits Set
Haunted House Insert Die
Spooky Sentiment
Spooktacular Sentiment
Coffin Treat Box
Deluxe Adhesive
Aqua Flow Pens
Glimmer Paste - Amethyst
Mixed Media Paper
Watercolour Paper
Patterned Paper for your ATC Box (I used G45)
Various distress inks

To make: 
Cut out some watercolour card rectangles an lay down colour from your Aqua Flow pens direct to the card for bold colour. 
Make backgrounds on mixed media card with distress inks. Some of these I've used and some just didn't work out in the end. I've put them away for another project. 
Cut out 8 of the haunted house inserts (2 for each ATC). 
Cut out cardboard for all the backs of the ATC's for sturdiness and interest. 
Use Tonic ATC dies as well as simply cutting out 2.5" x 3.5" pieces.
Select your colourway, die cut and assemble. 
Even with the cardboard backs all 4 ATC's fit easily into the Box. 
And the finished 4 of a kind with the ATC Box to house them all in. Aren't they fun? Hope you like them as much as I do! 

It would be fab if you popped over and saw my friends at Daring Cardmakers challenge blog here. The Design Team are wicked awesome and they have a new challenge every Friday. This weeks inspiration is fantastic! 

Lots of love and hugs. 
Jennifer x 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

It's an elemental card

I have not been on much lately - life has a habit of needing attention sometimes. 

My friends over at Daring Cardmakers Challenge Blog asked me to guest design for them and this was my first card, although I hadn't blogged it. 

The challenge WAS 'Elemental - any three from the below collage'. My choice was colour, feathers, Herringbone. 

I have a habit of making smaller sized cards and this A2 is my favourite size. 

The colourway is lush and knew straight away what I wanted to make. 

I covered everything in gesso and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse for a pretty, delicate and textured feel. 

 The Julie Loves Sweet Petite Collection was used - Gingham Paper and 'Thank you for being wonderful sentiment' which really sets the whole card off.
I added die cuts, MDF laser pieces and a fab embossing folder.
The card is finished off with more Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse around the edges, some White Gloss Nuvo Drops, and twine. 

Short and sweet from me today - and hope you like it :)
My second challenge card is here and is a really cool bookshelf card and bookmark to celebrate International Literacy Day. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you soon. 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer x

Friday, 8 September 2017

International Literacy Day - Book Card

Hello there! Gosh, it's been a while but I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. Let's kick off Friday with an awesome card and a couple bookmarks to celebrate International Literacy Day.

I'm a guest designer over at Daring Cardmakers Challenge Blog - and this week is, you guessed it, International Literacy Day!
My card has used a heap of mediums and there are lots of pictures to show you some of the detail. 
Hopefully my card resembles a shelf of books! There are lots of images you can cobble together to get your book, it just takes time to find them and to create each spine. I definitely think it was worth it and had such a fun time making these projects this week. 
Initially, I started off making 2 large bookmarks which measure approx 5"x 2.75" and 4" x 2.75". I punched a hole for the ribbon and then went to town with my Nuvo products, Gold and Copper Embellishment Mousse, and Gold Crystal Drops. 
After these were made, I had an even better idea so got to work on a book shelf card with a detachable bookmark. Although it took a few hours to complete, it looks amazing. 
My first book spine I used my Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils and Gathered Twigs Distress Paint. 
My second spine incorporated Nuvo Mousse - Indian Gold, Fresh Copper and Cosmic Brown, as well as Dark Walnut Crystal Drops and my white watercolour pencil. 
The third spine was embossed and sanded very lightly. I then used Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse, Gold Crystal Drops, Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and Mustard Seed Distress Paint. 
My final spine is a piece of mixed media card that I stamped using the Tonic Mandala stamp in Nuvo Hybrid ink - Acorn Brown and Spiced Marmalade Oxide Ink. 
Once dry I began layering up Indian Gold and Cosmic Brown Nuvo Mousse along with some of my Nuvo Alcohol pens (Black, 463, 465)and more oxide stamping. I then added Black Aqua Flow ink around the edge and brushed inwards. 
Using my printer I simply typed out International Literacy Day a few times and adhered. 
I used more Mousse before finishing off with a black watercolour pencil, a Copic fineliner and Black Crystal Drops. 
Once dry I popped some hessian cord through the loop and stuck onto the card with a small piece of velcro (which you can peel off gently). 
I didn't want the spines to lie flat so concertina'd a few strips of card on each one to give it a 3D look and gently rolled the spine over my distress paint bottle. 
I finished with a really cool 'trust the magic' stamp at the bottom of the bookmark - and yes, I am a Harry Potter fan. ;) 
Voila! It may have taken a while but I really think it's such a lovely effective project. I've said it time and time again, but the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse is absolutely amazing and you can use it on practically anything. 

I hope you've enjoyed my blog post and projects today. If you want to join in the challenge, you can head over to the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE

Until next time
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer x 

Pastel Rainbow - Nuvo Style!