Thursday, 23 May 2013

Time Flies By

Hi Crafters, I've not been making cards all that long but from talking to and seeing other peoples work, it seems to me that not many crafters make cards for men. They seem to concentrate on the more feminine type of cards. If you buy a man card from the shops, they all seem to be themed on either golf, football or cars so I thought I would have a go at making something a but different. I love die cutting so it also gave me an excuse for getting out my Grand Calibur. The resulting card is shown below.
Happy Birthday - Cogs Card
It was a bit time consuming making all the cogs and letters, mainly due to having to paint them all black and then wax them. I also made the clock pointers from scratch and was pleased with how they turned out. If I didn't know otherwise, I would think they were real clock pointers.

Happy Crafting

Monday, 20 May 2013

Double-slider card (Flowers)

Hi everyone,

after doing some shopping with my wife on Saturday afternoon, I remembered that there was a Card-making Demonstration at my local Range store between 10am - 4pm.

It was about 3:20pm by the time we got there. I noticed that Gill O'Donnell (docrafts demonstrator) had made some double-slider cards which fascinated me. I asked her if she could show me how to make one but she didn't have time to complete a full card. Gill kindly had enough time though to tell me the measurements and show me how the mechanics of the card worked.

Double-slider card - closed
This is the first time I have made this type of card. I rushed it a bit, as I was trying to get it done while I could still remember how it was made. It's not perfect but I am still pleased with the results and it worked a treat.

Double-slider card - open

I altered the original measurements I had been given, so that I could use a 4" x 4" card. Once you understand how the mechanics of the card work, it is quite easy to alter the measuements to suit your own needs. Using a card blank for the back of the card instead of just a piece of card means that the card could stand up by itself.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my Blog.
Happy Crafting

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Happy New Website card

Hi Fellow Crafter's,

I have recently set up a new Blog for a friend of mine who is fairly new to card-making. Her favourite colour is pink so I used that as the basic colour theme. The Header for the website was designed using bits and pieces that are normally used for making cards. I have tried to keep it pink and girlie for her so hopefully I have achieved that.

Diane was a bit disappointed at being told that I was keeping the original Header myself, so I thought I would make her a 'Happy New Website' card based on her website Header as compensation.

Happy New Website card

Card Materials:
  8" x 8" 300gsm White Card Blank - Papermania (The Range)
  11cm Doily - Free with Crafts Beautiful magazine
  Pink Bouquet - Craft Accessories (The Range)
  Crochet Flower - Craft Shop (The Range)
  Small Butterfly - Marrianne die from LR0261 set (The Craftery)
  Large Butterfly - Cheery Lynn Designs die from DL112 set (Harrogate Show)
  Label - X-Cut die and printed myself (The Range)
  Ribbon - Dovecraft (HobbyCraft)
  Upper Paper - from my stash
  Lower Paper - First Edition Paper, Spring Feast.
  Buttons and other bits - from my stash

Diane's Blog can be viewed at

At the moment Diane is very busy so doesn't have the time to add to its content. I'm sure it will be worthwhile paying it a visit in the future though.

I hope you like the card I have made for her.

Thank You for reading my Blog