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Monday, 10 September 2012

Hand Stamped Notecard Sets

Hey everyone!
 
I've been keeping myself busy lately making sets of hand stamped flat notecards, which I hope to sell in my online shop on Etsy.com. So far I've made three sets featuring different stamped images with matching envelopes.
 







I won't be too upset if they don't sell as they'll make great stocking filler gifts for my friends and given many of my friends are back home in England these will be nice and easy to mail!
 
Well thanks for stopping by.
 
Please feel free to leave me a comment as I do love to receive them :)
 


Monday, 3 September 2012

Whooos Watching You...

Hello!

This is another piece of "art" (and I use the term loosely) that I have recently created, this time for a girl. It features two stamped images from the Tiny Woods acrylic stamp set by Kaisercraft.


 
 
The stamped owl and tree were embossed then coloured using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a water pen. They were then fussy cut and adhered onto matching paper from the Tiny Woods range. I went a bit crazy with the owl and gave her bright green eyes! 
 
 


I've been experimenting with my Tombow pens - they're so versatile, especially when blended with water. Even a novice like me can make a wide range of shades from just a few primary colours. If you haven't done so already I highly recommend you give them a try!

This piece is also available to purchase via my online Etsy shop.

Well, once again thanks so much for looking - please feel free to leave me a comment :)

Vicky



Friday, 31 August 2012

Ee-i-ee-i-oh!

Here's cheery piece of framed art I've made suitable for a little boy.
 
 
 
 
 
I created the background using Tim Holtz Distress Stains and the stamped images are from the gorgeous Cock-a-doodle-doo! acrylic stamp set by Kaisercraft. Each image was hand coloured using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a water pen then hand cut and adhered to the background.
 
This art is framed in a lovely crisp white frame and is available for purchase via my online shop on Etsy.com (http://www.etsy.com/shop/VickyPedlowDesigns?ref=pr_shop_more).
 
Thanks so much for stopping by :) 

Monday, 20 August 2012

Marianne Design Flower Card - Cardmaking Online



Hey everyone, this pretty 'Thinking Of You' card is my last project on behalf of Cardmaking Online. I'll be leaving the design team at the end of August.

This card features the Marianne Design Creatables Stencil Flower die set LR0129, which I just love.
  



I've used white shimmer card for the base and leaves and the largest and smallest rose petals are die-cut out of pink ColorCore chalk card, which I've sanded on the surface to reveal the pretty pink colour underneath.



The rose is mounted onto gorgeous Kanban mint green opalescent card imprinted with 'Thinking of You'.



The greeting is also mounted onto mint green ColorCore chalk card, which again has been sanded slightly and the edges distressed to reveal more of the mint green colour.





A die-cut fancy flourish was adhered to the bottom right corner of the card and a few pink pearls complete the card.



Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
 
Have a great day, Vicky
 
 
 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Exciting News - my new shop on Etsy.com

I am SO VERY HAPPY to announce that I have FINALLY got my act together and set up an online shop on Etsy.com to sell my handmade papercrafts. Bear with me as it is a "work in progress" but I'm up and running if anyone wants to buy anything (right now I'm selling greeting cards and a few bookmarks with more items to come). I even have a logo! Woo-hoo!

My shop name is VickyPedlowDesigns. Here is a link to my shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/VickyPedlowDesigns?ref=search_shop_redirect

As you may know payments can be made via PayPal (by credit card or direct bank transfer). It's very easy to set up a PayPal account if you haven't already got one and it makes purchasing online safer.

Here is a link to the PayPal website:

https://www.paypal-australia.com.au/personal?kw=s1r5W1z9j;10356823793;875h0z6319&mpch=ads&mplx=3484-121379-2056-0

Thanks and have a great day, or night, depending where you are :)

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Marianne Design Creatables Flower Doily card - Cardmaking Online


Hi everyone! I just wanted to share with you this card, which I have made on behalf of Cardmaking Online. It features the gorgeous Marianne Design Creatables Stencil flower doily.

 


This die set can be used in a number of ways but I chose to incorporate it into an apeture card.

First I die-cut the doily and flower out of white metallic shimmer card and added a black adhesive gem to the centre of the flower.

I then trimmed some white shimmer card and back and white floral paper and punched the corners of each before layering them on the front of the black card.

I die-cut a circle in the centre of the doily and also in the centre of the card then foam mounted the doily on the front of the card so that it fit exactly over the die-cut "window".

The flower was foam mounted inside the card so when you open up the card it looks like this:




As you can see I also placed decorative peel-off corner stickers inside the card.

I'll have to adhere a piece of white paper on the back of the card to write my message, or maybe I'll just use a white paint-like marker?

A supplies list for this card can be found on the Cardmaking Online blog.

Well thanks for stopping by my blog. Please be sure to check back again.

Have a great day,

Vicky



Monday, 23 July 2012

3D decoupage card - Cardmaking Online




Hi everyone!

I have created this lovely thank you card on behalf of Cardmaking Online. 

It features a Craft UK 3D flower, which has been assembled using small foam pads. The lilac card was embossed using the Crafts-Too happy valentine embossing folder. I cut out the rectangular centre of the card to create a 'frame' and adhered transparent glitter line peel-off stickers to the inside the frame. Some of the floral embossed detail has been highlighted with Tombow dual tip pens and a little crystalina Glitzin' Glamour to add a touch of sparkle. The leaves were die-cut using the Marianne Design Creatables Stencil frame/leaves die LR0117. I added a little glue to the leaves and a fair sprinkle of Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter to add yet more sparkle. A peel-off sentiment completes the card, which will shortly be winging it's way to my lovely mum and dad in England.

All supplies used to create this card are available from the Cardmaking Online website and full instructions and a supplies list are available on the Cardmaking Online blog.

Thanks so much for dropping by, I'd love to hear from you so please feel free to leave me a comment.

Until next time,  Vicky
 


Friday, 13 July 2012

Luxury Card Layer Cards - Cardmaking Online

Hello fellow bloggers!

Here are a couple of cards I have made on behalf of Cardmaking Online. I have made two cards both of which feature the Luxury Card Layer Ivory Circle Frame. These frames are so versatile and they are available in a wide range of styles so they lend themselves to a variety of projects. They are ivory in colour - I chose to use them in their original colour, however you could easily colour-coordinate them to match your project using glimmer mist, perfect pearls or perhaps blending ink around the edges. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some instructions and photos for the cards I have made...All the products I used are available on the Cardmaking Online website. Please click on each link to take you to the relevant item.

Butterfly Card


 1.  Cut a piece of cerise Papicolor card to 135 mm square then emboss it using your Cuttlebug Machine (or other die cutting machine) and the Craft Concepts spring flowers embossing folder.

2.  Round the edges of each corner with a corner rounder.

3.  Die-cut a circle out of the same card using using a Nestabilities large circle die (I used the 60 mm diameter die). With the die-cut  still in the die run it through your die-cutting machine again this time with an embossing mat. This will emboss the edges of the circle.

4.  Remove the die-cut from the die then emboss the die-cut again using the spring flowers embossing folder as per step one.

5.  Use a gold metallic gel pen to dab a spot of colour to the centre of each flower on both pieces of embossed card then wipe the edges with metallic gold ink as shown in photograph one. Set aside to dry.
 
 
6.  Carefully lift off 14 holographic butterfly stickers from their backing sheet and stick them onto a piece of acetate. I used the two largest butterflies and a selection of medium and small butterflies in my design. TIP: Use a craft knife to carefully lift off the stickers from their backing sheet and place them onto the acetate as it's a lot less fiddly than using your fingers!

7.  Carefully trim around the edges of each butterfly using decoupage scissors.

8.  The next step is to mount all your pieces onto the white base card. Start by using double-sided tape to adhere the square cerise card to the white base card and then adhere the Luxury Card Layer ivory circle frame to the centre of the cerise card. Refer photograph one for placement.

 Photograph Two

9.  Use foam squares to mount your embossed circle to the right-hand side of the frame. Use a craft knife to carefully lift off your sentiment from its backing sheet and position this onto the embossed circle as per photograph two.

 Photograph Three

 10.  Finally, arrange your butterflies onto your card and once you are happy with your arrangement apply a small amount of Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots glue underneath the body of each butterfly to adhere them to your card. Once the glue is dry gently fold back the wings of your buttierflies to creat a 3D effect, as per photograph three. 

Your card is now complete.


 And here is my second card featuring the same card layer frame... This time I have die cut the centre of the card layer to showcase the pretty floral frame.  Again instructions on how I made this card can be found below.

Doodle Hearts Card

 Photograph One

1.  Use double-sided tape to adhere a piece of 135 mm square purple Papicolor card to a 140 mm square linen card.

2. Use your Cuttlebug Machine (or other die cutting machine) and a Nestabilities large circle die to die-cut the entire centre of the luxury card layer frame (I used and 85mm diameter die). TIP: Be sure to position your die exactly in the centre of the frame and secure the die to the card with low tac removable tape to prevent it from slipping as you run it through your die-cutting machine.

3. Apply glue to the reverse of the frame using a glue pen then adhere the frame to the centre of the purple card as shown in photograph one. TIP: Use the glue sparingly to avoid it from seeping through the die-cut pattern.

 Photograph Two

4.  Carefully lift off four gold doodle hearts peel-off stickers from their backing sheet (two large and two small) and position them inside the frame as shown in photograph two.

Photograph Three

5.  Lift off four gold mini ornament peel-off stickers from their backing sheet and position one inside each corner of the card as shown in photograph three.

6.  Position a gold holographic line peel-off sticker to all four eges of the purple card as shown below.

Your card is now complete.



Well thanks so much for looking. Please be sure to check back here soon for my next project :)

Friday, 29 June 2012

Cardmaking Online - Distress Ink Tutorial



On behalf of Cardmaking Online I have created this tutorial to showcase Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Distress Inks are a collection of 36 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They’re perfect for creating new vintage, stained or aged effects on altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects. These inks produce a realistic, weathered look on paper, photos and decorative fibers. The colorful Distress Inks afford added versatility when photo tinting and color layering and the 2" x 2" pads are made with a higher raised felt for easier use with direct to paper techniques. And when the ink pads become a little dry you can replenish them with Distress Reinkers.

In this tutorial I have used five different Distress Inks to decorate a tag. I have used a few different application techniques to create different textures and effects.

To achieve a great result with these inks I recommend using medium to heavy weight card, especially if layering a few inks as the ink stays wet longer than other inks. I also recommend usig a non-stick craft sheet to protect your work surface.

Please read all instructions before commencing

Photograph 1

Blending

1.  To apply Distress Ink to card using the blending technique, as I did to the above tag, dab your sponging block (or blending tool) onto a Distress Ink pad then working in a circular motion apply the ink to all the edges of the tag. Start working on your non-stick craft sheet  then gradually circle the sponge over the edges of your project and work your way in. 

This is a great way to give an 'aged' appearance to your project, including photographs and patterned paper.

In this first step I used antique linen ink to sponge the edges (photograph 1) then blended brushed corduroy ink over the top and towards the centre of the tag (photograph 2).  I recommend applying your lightest ink first then bring in touches of darker ink, as I did in photographs 2 and 3 below.


Photograph 2

Photograph 3

 2.  In photograph 3 I very lightly blended aged mahogony ink across the whole tag, again using a sponging block, paying particular attention to the edges. You can see where the ink has intensified where it has touched a slight crease on the tag.

Distressing

Photograph 4

3.  To add a more of a 'distressed' look to my tag I wiped fired brick ink directly onto my non-stick craft sheet then placed the tag in the ink before carefully lifting it off (photograph 4). I had a couple of un-inked areas on the tag so I simply placed those areas back onto any left over ink on the sheet.

Photograph 5

Weathering

4.  Whilst the fired brick ink was still wet I used my Mini mister bottle to give the tag a light spray with water, which intensified the colour, then I flicked a few drops of water onto the tag to create a weathered effect. What I especially love about these inks is that they were made to be used with water - the inks will "wick" and travel across the surface of your project when spritzed with water creating several tone on tones; however the colors will not break down when wet.

Direct to Paper

5.  As a final touch I wiped vintage photo ink over the very edges of the tag using the ink pad (photograph 5).

So you can see in just a couple of minutes a plain tag can be brought to life with lots of colour and a couple of quick and simple techniques. You can use as many inks as you like, I chose to layer eathy colours but there are many pretty colours available including hues of blue, green, pink and yellow.
Distress Ink can also be applied to a number of mediums including Distress Crackle Paint, ribbon and many fibers. It can be used to great effect on satin flowers too. On this occasion I used it to hand-dye a flower I had die-cut out of white tissue paper using my Cuttlebug machine and a Marianne Design Creatable rose die. I double-distressed the flower by scrunching it up first before sponging on a small quantity of antique linen ink. I then sponged on a little fired brick ink and assembled the flower by securing it in the middle with a small brad then glued it to the tag along with a hand cut stem and leaf.

And here is the finished tag...


SUPPLIES
Sponging block / Blending tool
Tissue paper

Monday, 18 June 2012

Cardmaking Online - Male 'Just For You' card

Photo One

Here's a card I have made on behalf of Cardmaking Online. As you can see I made this one with my father in mind. It features a screw driver Luxury Card Layer which I have sprayed with silver Glimmer Mist to enhance the screw driver cut outs and basically make it more masculine (it was cream in its original form). I also used a cArt-Us brick embossing folder on the raspberry ColorCore card and sanded the black ColorCore card to give it a worn appearance. This is all layered onto iron plate patterned paper.

Luxury Card Layers are so versatile and come many different styles. Check them out here.

Here's some instructions  and a supplies list for this card:

1. Place the screw driver Luxury Card Layer onto a non-stick craft sheet and spray with silver Glimmer Mist and allow to dry.

2.  Trim your Iron Plate paper to 130 mm x 130 mm; raspberry ColorCore card to 65 mm x 95 mm; and nightfall ColorCore card to 40 mm x  55 mm.

3.  Distress the edges of your paper and card using a paper distresser then adhere the Iron Plate paper to your white base card using double-sided tape.

4.  Use your Cuttlebug machine or other die-cutting machine and the brick wall embossing folder to emboss the raspberry card. I chose to emboss the 'bricks' rather than the 'cement'.


Photo Two

5.  Use a Sand It Gadget or other sanding tool to sand the top of the bricks on the raspberry card and over the entire surface of the nightfall card to reveal the lighter colour underneath. This gives the pieces a 'worn' appearance.

6.  Once the mist has dried on your luxury card layer use foam squares to mount the nightfall card onto the raspberry card and double-sided tape to mount the raspberry card onto the luxury card layer as shown in photo two.

7.  Use a craft knife to carefully lift your peel-off sentiment off its backing sheet and place it onto the nightfall card. I chose 'Just For You' and 'Father'. Then carefully peel off individual wavy lines from the Mini Ornaments peel-off sheet and place various lengths onto the raspberry card and Luxury Card Layer as shown in photo two.


 Photo Three

8.  Cut two pieces of raspberry card to fit within the die-cut screw driver handle as shown in photo three. TIP: I placed the card underneath the handle area then traced around the edges of the handle to get an approximate size. I then trimmed the pieces to the exact size using decoupage scissors

9.  Adhere the two pieces of cut card to the reverse side of the luxury card layer using glue and tiny strips of tape as shown in photo three. You could also use glue dots for this as it can be a bit tricky to use tape without it showing.

10.  Wipe the edges of the luxury card layer with barn door Distress Ink

11.  Use double-sided tape to adhere the main section of the luxury card layer to the base card and use glue or glue dots to adhere the die-cut sections.

12.  Place the front of the card onto a perforating mat and use a pokey tool to punch a small hole in each corner of the Iron Plate paper. Secure a brad of your choice in each hole.

Your card is now complete.

SUPPLIES
Perforating Mat
Brads
Sakura Quickie Glue
Scotch Tape
Distress Ink - Barn Door
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in silver - or you could use Perfect Pearls Mist
Paper Distresser

Well, thanks for stopping by my blog.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Vicky

Monday, 4 June 2012

Floral Glitter Card



Here's my latest project on behalf of Cardmaking Online, a pretty floral-themed card featuring handmade white glitter card. Making your own glitter card couldn't be easier. Here's how...

1.  To make the white glitter flowers use your Cuttlebug Machine and Marianne Design Creatables Die LR0145 to die-cut a selection of flowers from white card (I used the largest four dies in the set).

TIP: you can make your own glitter card using any colour of glitter - to achieve the best result use the same colour card.

 
Photograph 1

2.  Squeeze a blob of Glossy Accents onto your craft sheet, about the size of a 10 cent coin, then sprinkle Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter onto the Glossy Accents. Mix the two together using a paint brush (photograph 1).

Photograph 2

3. Paint each of your white flowers with the glitter mixture and allow to dry for 15 minutes. TIP: It helps to use a positioning tool to hold your flowers steady whilst you paint them (photograph 2).

 4.  Repeat step 1 this time using silver glitter card.

Photograph 3

5.  Assemble five flowers as shown in photograph 3. Use a mix of white and silver die-cuts. Curl the edges of the largest and smallest die-cuts upwards and the edges of the middle die-cut downwards. Place a small foam square in the centre of the largest die-cut and a short piece of double-sided tape in the centre of the middle die-cut. 

6. Using the Zig 2 Way Glue wipe around the edges of the white base card and sprinkle Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter over the top. Flick the back for the card to remove any excess glitter onto a clean sheet of paper and return the excess glitter to the container.

7. Place one completed flower in each 'petal' of the white base card.

8. Use your Cuttlebug Machine and a Spellbinders Small Circle die to cut a circle out of white card. With the die-cut still in the die run it through the machine again this time with an embossing mat to emboss the circle.

9. Repeat step 8 with the Spellbinders Small Scalloped Circle die and silver glitter card.

10. Use double-sided tape to adhere the white circle to the glitter scalloped circle. Foam mount the glitter scalloped circle to the centre of the card and add your greeting.

Your card is now complete.


SUPPLIES
Spellbinders Die - Small Circles
Spellbinders Die - Small Scalloped Circles
 
Thanks for checking out my blog :)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Roses are red...


 
Gosh, I have been busy crafting this last couple of weeks!

Above is a cute card I made featuring the Marianne Design Creatables LR00145 flower set die. Would you believe it took AGES to make as I found the roses a little fiddly to put together (I'm all fingers and thumbs some days) but I am really happy with the result. I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 nesting dies to create the frame border.

I also made the following couple of cards on behalf of my good friend, Debbie. I stamped the flowers onto white card then coloured them with pink Copics and fussy cut them. The flower vase I created on the computer after yet more fiddling around. I rolled my 'script' stamp across part of the card first with pale green Versa Color Chalk Ink then added a strip of white and hot pink ribbon and foam mounted the flowers and vase. A rather simple card, but a pretty one I think.


My next card features one of my favourite dies, the Lacé Dots Rosette. When used with double-sided paper this die creates a wonderful intricate pattern and it's great for mounting onto coodrinating papers. I used my Cottage Cutz butterfly die, which again is rather fiddly as all the pieces are die-cut individually then glued together. Still, it's a pretty butterfly that sits quite nicely in the centre of the rosette.


Well thanks for looking.
Please check back soon as I'll have my next project for Cardmaking Online uploaded on 4 June :)


Friday, 18 May 2012

Stamp Layering Tutorial


  


In this tutorial I will share with you a simple yet effective stamp layering technique, which can be used to create depth of field in a design incorporating more than one stamp. As you can see from the example above I have used three stamps in my design:

Stamp one: an owl
Stamp two: a tree
Stamp three: moss

I have positioned the tree behind the owl and have stamped moss around the base of the tree without stamping over the base itself. This has been achieved by masking the first image before stamping the next image partially over it, and so on.

This stamping technique is versatile to use with many different stamps, although it is easier to see where you are positioning your stamp if you use a clear stamp mounted onto a clear block.  I used black ink in my deisgn, however you could use any colour of ink. I also created my stamp 'masks' using sticky notes, as they are easily removable and do not leave any residue on your project.

Before commencing, choose which stamps you would like to use in your design and decide which stamp you would like to appear at the 'front' of your stamped design, for example I chose the owl stamp. This is the stamp which you will use first.

*** INSTRUCTIONS ***

1.  Create a 'mask' for each of your stamps: take a sticky note and place it with the sticky side down on your craft mat. Ink your stamp and stamp the image one onto the sticky note, ensuring as much of the image is over the area which is sticky underneath. Repeat this process for each of your stamps using a new sticky note for each stamp.
2. Trim around the image/s leaving a 1 mm border and set aside.

3. Stamp the owl onto white card. Place the owl mask over the stamped image ensuring it is positioned exactly over the image as shown below.

 

4. Stamp the tree partially over the masked owl then remove the mask to reveal your image.

 

5. Now repeat the above step but this time apply a mask to the base of the tree then stamp moss as shown below.

  

Your image is now complete and is ready to incorporate into a project.

I used my image in a card, as shown below, along with a couple other cards featuring this technique.


SUPPLIES

White card
Black ink
Clear stamps: owl, tree and moss
Clear stamp block
Sticky notes

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Cardmaking Online - Lacé Dots Rosette Card


My latest project on behalf of Cardmaking Online features the Lacé Dots Rosette cut and emboss template which when used with double-sided paper, creates a beautiful topper suitable for any project. There are a number of Lacé dies which offer a slightly different result to the one I've used but what I love about them is that they are so easy to use and yet the end result looks like it was a bit tricky to achieve!


The Lacé dies can be used with any die-cutting machine, I used my Cuttlebug and plates A, C & B. I then embossed the die-cut rosette by processing it through the machine again with an embossing tan mat. You can just about see the embossed dots on the black spotted paper - I'm sure the dots would be more visible on a lighter paper, but I liked the contrast of the black and white in my design.

To complete the rosette I simply folded back each '<' shape to the right (to expose the reverse side of the paper) then hooked it under the next piece, and so on. I mounted my rosette onto red card so that it would be easy to see the reverse side of the paper. I embossed the red card with my dots embossing folder to continue the spotted theme.


 

In the centre of the rosette I foam-mounted a die-cut butterfly decorated with stardust Stickles. Some silver peel-off mini ornament stickers and a silver peel-off greeting complete the card.

SUPPLIES
Cottage Cutz Die - Butterflies
Provo Craft Die - Small Circles (3.8 mm diameter)
Ranger Stickles - Stardust
American Crafts Galaxy Marker - White Paint-Like Ink
Black/White Dotted Paper - 130 mm x 130 mm
Red Card - 115 mm x 115 mm