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Plane Crazy Birthday Card with Kaisercraft!

Hi Everyone A few weeks ago my kids were invited to a fun birthday party at the local Aero Club. This Kaisercraft “On the Move” range was perfect for creating a card for a plane-mad 5 year old! I have used a combination of the “Take-Off” paper and “Descent” acetate sheet to create the base of the card – which measures 5 inches square. I then used a combination of the Collectables, Stickers and Rubons to decorate the front of the card. The stickers are ideal to both add a little decoration and hide the join between the paper and the acetate I am not usually a big fan of small alphas as they don’t usually line up – but for a small name-tag like this – it doesn’t matter! Please leave a comment with any questions.  Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this post to these websites here.

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Operation Write Home w/ Cosmo Cricket!

Hi Everyone – today I am sharing some cards and they are going to some very special people.. read on for more information! Cosmo Cricket is one of my absolute favorite manufactures, and when they posted a Challenge this week to create a project that “Makes a Difference” it seemed like the perfect time to do something I had wanted to do in a while! I decided to make some cards for Operation Write Home (more about them later) and I have used the Togetherness Collection from Cosmo Cricket.  These cards are so simple, but they are bright and cheery which was important. I love this one above which I thought would be great for a Dad away to send to his daughter I made a total of 15 from this collection and another 9 using Circa 1934 (see below) in about 2 hours – and I am not much of a cardmaker! I hope that the servicemen and women who get to send these to their loved ones smile when they see these! Operation Write Home Simply put – Operation Write Home sends blank, homemade cards to servicemen overseas so they may send them home to their families. They […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day & Cards!

Hi Everyone – Happy Valentine’s Day (it’s almost Feb 14th here in NZ so I think I can get away with that…) Here is the last card I have to share – one I made for my husband. If you are a papercrafter you HAVE to scroll to the end of the post to see the card he gave me!! I made this card using bits and pieces I had leftover from the Yours Truly Collection from Echo Park. I cut the cards out with my Spellbinders Postage Stamp Dies(LOVE THESE!) and used a couple of little Kaisercraft Keys Flourishes to decorate. I don’t think are actually available yet so please treat them as a Sneak Peak! I hope you have enjoyed all my Valentine’s Projects. In case you missed any of the earlier ones – I have put together a little summary below.  52 Reasons I Love You Cards Tutorial Valentine’s Bookmark / Mini Album 12 Valentine’s Dates for the Year Christmas Leftovers into Valentine’s Treats Valentine’s Sweet Treats Woven Ribbon Heart Card Finally, I thought you ladies might like this card from my husband. Funny thing is – it would have been perfect for me to give him […]

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Woven Ribbon Valentine’s Card

Hi Everyone I have the first of my Valentine’s Cards ideas to share today. I have used the older Dear Lizzy Collection from American Crafts as it’s bright and fresh and has some pink in it too. I don’t generally use a lot of pink in my projects, so Valentine’s colors are hard to come by! I took some of the ribbonsand wove them into a piece about 4 inches square, used fabric mod podgeon the back to glue it all together and then when it was dry I cut out the heart shape. These chipboard pieces are not actually letters but I was able to spell out the word “LOVE” with a bit of imagination and creative cutting! To decorate I used some ribbonfrom the Dear Lizzy collection, a couple of striped and plainbuttons and a sparkletand pearlsfrom Kaisercraft. I realize I have not given any directions as to how I did the weaving, but it was quite complicated and I would like to try it another couple of times before I explain how to do it! I am sure there are easier ways that the ones I tried – so hopefully I will come up with a tutorial […]

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Stepper Card Tutorial (Echo Park Blog Hop)

Hi Everyone Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won the Echo Park giveaways on their blog here. You can see who won my giveaway here. Please see below a list of those who participated on the hop – I encourage you to visit their awesome blogs for heaps of fabulous inspiration! Simple Stepper Card I have created this super easy Stepper Card and I have a little tutorial at the end of the post showing exactly how I made it. I have used the fabulous Seasons Greetings Collection and have incorporated the papers, stickers, chipboard pieces and brads into this project. The wooden star(from Kaisercraft) has been sprayed with glimmermist and I placed a tiny chipboard star from the collection in the centre.  The tree has been painted and sprayed with glimmermist again to give a little texture and I used a few of the brads to add some dimension.  I cut the card 5″ wide (see below) and it fits easily into a 5.5″ square envelope Simple Stepper Card Tutorial This easy technique can be applied to make a card any width. The complete card […]

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Echo Park Cards & The Paper Bakery!

Hi Everyone  I am Guest Designing this month for The Paper Bakery Kit Club and I wanted to share some cards and tags I made with their fabulous November Add-On Kit – “Baby it’s Cold Outside”.  Sarah has also just released a “Home for the Holidays” Limited Edition Kit which looks great – so please take a look here. The papers forming the base of the kit were from the Holly Jolly Christmas Collection from Echo Park.  I have used the Postage Stamps Spellbinders to create these cards – making sure that one edge of the card was inside the die – leaving a seam to create a hinge for the card. I then cut paper using the same die to lay over the top as a base and using stickers from the Holly Jolly Christmas Element Stickers Sheet to complete the decoration, I then repeated the same process for the mini-gift tags. These are almost embarrassingly simple but the Echo Park papers are so lovely – they are really all the decoration that is needed! Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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Halloween Tri-Fold Card (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone A few Echo Park projects to share this week following my first post this week as their Fresh Face Designer.  Echo Park releases both paper and digital collections and I have used a combination of the two in a couple of the projects I have created using their Apothecary Collection. Here is the first…  Halloween Countdown Card This square tri-fold card is ideal for showing off these fabulous papers. In order to create this card you first need to cut your base cardstock to size and make the scores/folds as shown below. NOTE: Whenever I attempt a project like this for the first time – I always make it with scrap card, paper or an old cereal box so I can understand, play with the dimensions and mark it without cutting into my lovely papers.  You then simple decorate the panels how you like. For the front cover I have covered this little chipboard owl from Scrapware with patterned papers from the collection and also added a small painted branch (which is a Kaisercraft flourish) and simple organza ribbon tie. The middle panel for the card was created using some digital files from the Apothecary Collection and embellished […]

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Travel Cardset with Echo Park – For the Record

Hi Everyone Another Echo Park project to share today – and it’s one of my favourite projects to make – a card/stationary set.  I thought this set would be fun to give to a friend who was moving house or moving away…. This set was so much fun to make as the papers in the collection are gorgeous – saying that this collection only consists of paper and stickers so it was a little more challenging than some previous sets I have made – but that just makes it more fun! This photo of the inside shows the little cards I made on the right and the notebook and gift-tags on the left. The cards are super simple and use a few really fun bits and pieces from the Elements sticker sheet and Noteworthy paper. I just added a couple of rhinestones and a strip of ribbon down the side for a little bit of extra interest. I LOVE these tags! I just took a pack of tags from the newsagent and added a square of paper and some decorative elements from the Borders and Noteworthy papers. The note book was covered in some Stamp of Approval paper and I […]

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Kitchen Cardset (Kaisercraft – Nan’s Favourites)

Hi Everyone – hope you are having a wonderful Easter. I am pretty excited about my post today! I love to make these fun cardsets, but I had never made one using Kaisercraft products before. When I saw the Nan’s Favourites collection I thought it would work great with the Kraft cardstock I use for the cards and folders. This line is very versatile and with this project I really wanted to bring out the fabulously “Kitschy” 1950’s feel that a few of the papers have. It’s just FUN! The inside of the folder has 2 sections.  On the left are a couple of little notebooks I covered with the glossy paper from the 6.5″x6.5″ pad and a couple of chipboard pieces. On the right you can see the little cards I made using plain Kraft cardstock, some papers and elements from the 6.5×6.5 pad, a few of the die cuts and some chipboard pieces The Wooden Flourishes are some of my favourite embellishments from Kaisercraft and I am always trying to find ways to incorporate them into my projects. Here I have just used them as simple decoration on the spine of my booklet – both inside and out. […]

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Not your Average Valentines Cards!

Hi Everyone. A couple of Valentines Cards today using the wonderful Circa 1934 Collection from Cosmo Cricket. This collection is one of my favourites and is so versatile. Here I have threaded the paper through the chipboard piece for a 3D effect. I saw this done somewhere on a stamped image but I cannot remember where – so sorry if this original idea was yours! Speaking of Valentines – I am definitely NOT a pink person – so finding some “love” elements in this collection was a pleasant surprise.  I am not a big card-maker either, I always try and over complicate things so this time I went completely the opposite direction. These are so simple and were super-quick to make. Typewriter are everywhere at the moment – I have seen heaps of new CHA releases jumping on the bandwagon – which is great as I LOVE the retro look.  Another typewriter image. I love these bold colours – great for making a Valentines Card for a man.. This last one is so simple again – but all the colours just work so well together. Here are a couple of close-ups Remember to tune into to the Artfull Crafts blog […]

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