Thursday, 31 January 2013

Quick and Easy Patchwork Cards

Are you fed up of the Sycamore Street Designer Series Papers yet or do you love them as much as me?

By mixing and matching four pieces of patterned paper it is easy to create a simple patchwork design which then requires very little in the way of embellishments. Here I used the Pretty Petites stamps, the small curly label punch, free ribbons and buttons and a few rhinestones. Simple! 

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Simple Card Designs - Island Indigo Version

Simple Card Designs

I have been following Connie Stewarts Flash Card Series on You Tube and decided I could interpret her ideas for the European cardstock sizes. Her basic idea is that in addition to card blanks it is possible to create simple card using 2 pieces of (in this case) A4 cardstock. These are cut to create a base and a mat.

The photograph above shows 4 ways of cutting and folding pieces of A4 to create different card bases. One piece of card is cut in half on the long side and the other on the short side. I used Rich Razzleberry.

For the mount cardstock I used Summer Starfruit. This was cut as shown. On the short side the card was cut at 20 cms. The small piece was discarded. The large piece was then cut in half at 10 cms to create two equal  parts. These two pieces were then each cut at 7cms wide increments. This creates 8 pieces each measuring 10x7 cms. These pieces become the mats for the 8 neutral pieces.

Next take a neutral piece of A4 cardstock I used Whisper White.

On the short the short side this was cut at 19 cms. This piece was discarded. The remaining piece is then cut in half along the short side at 9.5 cms and then cut across at 6.5 cm intervals. You should end up with 8 pieces measuring 9.5 x 6.5.

Mount them as shown in the photograph.

These can then be added to the card bases.

Cards in the box

Which is your favourite?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Talking Tools - Week 2 - Simply Scored!

This week I am featuring the Simply Scored tool from Stampin Up!

Simply Scored™ Scoring Tool
Easy and precise scoring. Metal-tipped, ergonomic stylus. Place markers
to mark scoring lines. Storage compartment for stylus and markers.
Scores paper to 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12" x 12"); grooves every 1/8" (3.2 mm)
3 imperial rulers: two along top: one standard, one zero centre; one
standard along left side
For metric scoring, use the Simply Scored Metric Scoring Plate
Includes base, 3 Place Markers, 1 Stylus £25.95 122334

Have you seen the amazing NEW Simply Scored scoreboard from Stampin Up. 

Introducing Stampin' Up!'s original scoring tool-designed exclusively by and for Stampin' Up! With etched grooves every 3.2 mm (1/8"), and the ability to score card stock up to 12" x 12", the Simply Scored scoring tool helps you create perfectly measured score marks.  It's great for creating multiple projects or projects with a variety of score marks!

Features of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool
  • Comes with a high-quality stylus instead of a plastic bone folder.
    • Stylus is ergonomically shaped and features a comfort grip.
    • The high-quality metal tips on each end of the stylus-they come in two sizes-glide smoothly over your paper.
  • Features a unique set of place markers that let you mark your score lines when creating multiple projects with the same score lines.Includes three place markers.
    • Additional place markers can be purchased for flawless scoring.
  • Includes a hidden storage compartment in the back of the base to hold your scoring tools.
  • Accommodates card stock up to 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm).
  • Can order a Metric Scoring Plate for metric measurements.
Product Details
  • Item 122334; 
  • Simply Scored includes
    • 1 scoring board
    • 1 stylus
    • 3 place markers 
  • Dimensions of scoring board: 38.4 x 33.7 x 2.5 cm 
Additional products available:
  • Simply Scored Stylus
    • Item  125624; 
    • Dimensions: 5-7/16" (13,8 cm)
  • Simply Scored Place Markers (pack of 6)
    • Item 125625; 
    • Dimensions: 1/4" x 1" (6,4 x 25,4 mm)
  • Simply Scored Metric Scoring Plate
    • Item 127531; 
    • Slides securely over your Simply Scored
    • Includes five specialty tracks to help you score standard metric card sizes
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There are some optional extras including the Diagonal Scoring Plate - a must for making your own, made to measure envelopes.

new Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
Create envelopes of various sizes or create unique
score designs. Sits securely on scoring tool. 32 x 32 cm.
Instructions included for 3 envelope designs. £10.95 125586

You have seen the product; now watch the video!

Simply Scored Metric Scoring Plate
Score using metric measurements! Slides securely
on scoring tool.
Left side of plate: grooves every 1 cm. Five
specialty grooves to score standard metric card
Right side of plate: grooves every 5 mm. Metric
ruler at top of plate with markings down to 1 cm.
 £10.95 127531

Monday, 28 January 2013

Sycamore Street designer Series Paper - Again!

I made a box with mix and match sentiments from the free Sale-a-bration papers. I embellished it with the free Ciao! stamp and Small Curly Label punch; also available for FREE! with a £45 order.

The inside looks like this:-

I will be back to show you the cards that are inside over the next few days.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Di's Dies - Top Note Die and Box Tutorial

Top Note Bigz
Note: 11.8 x 9.2 cm. Use Standard 
Cutting Pads. Cut single layer.
 £18.95 113463

This was the first die I bought from Stampin Up! and believe me it has had lots and lots of use because it is so versatile. 

It can be a box:


1. Start out with a 9″x 6″ (23 cms x 15 cms) sheet of paper. Score one inch (2.5 cms) in on each side. Then, along the 9″ side, score at 4″ (10 cms)  and 5″(12.5 cms).  Cut the folds 1″ (2.5 cms)  to the score line along the middle score line and on one side.

2. Next, cut away the two scored sides of the opposite box end. This portion will be the box lid.

3. Fold the box into shape, tuck the little tabs that you sniped along the inside, and adhere with sticky strip. You can also round the edges of the box lid to finish it off. You can use whatever you like to keep the box closed.  

4. Now, cut four Top Note die shapes using the Big Shot. Two of the shapes should be with normal card stock because it’s thicker and two should be cut with patterned paper, if you want to decorate the outside of your box. The two layers will give the cover a little more strength. Then, adhere these covers to the top and bottom of the box that you made.

 a bag:

or even a pouch:

I found this one here