Sunday, 19 January 2014

Birthday Card

I made this birthday card from some Kanban card I have, it was a really easy and very quick to make.  I used my Swiss Dots embossing folder on the black card at the top.  While have a rummage through my word drawer I found the border, tag, and the background tag.  The background tag was attached with double sided tape, I used some black and white Bakers Twine on the front tag and wrapped it around the border, securing in place with a little bit of PVA.  Then attaching the border and the tag with foam tape.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Project Club - January 2014 ~Main Project~

This month's project club at Dimension Stamps is a really big bumper issue.  The stamps in the set can be used all year round and for all occasions.  The set has circle month stamps, solid numbers, outline numbers and four sentiments that fit in the middle of the month stamps.  I hope you like them as much as I do.

In this month's project club we will be making a birthday organizer.  We will be making tags, pockets and I will also show you how to make the front and back covers.  I have kept the organizer quite plain giving you the opportunity to decorate it however you like, some of your past project club stamps will come in very handy.  I have added lots of photographs this month hope they help.

All the project club members have one month's exclusivity on the current set of stamps but if you would like to have a look at past project club sets then please visit the Dimension Stamps website.  You can also join the project club for just £10 a month, details can be found on the website.

This is the birthday organizer project for this month.
Materials Required
Project Club Stamps and Card Kit
Stamp and Stash set
Memento – Tuxedo Black
Rounded Corner Punch 
Hole Punch
Double Sided Tape
Hi Tac Tape (red)
Bone Folder

Tags - Use the strips of card that measure approx. 9.9cm x 21cm.  Cut them in half so they measure 9.9cm x 10.5cm.  Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the middle of the 9.9cm edge.  Using a rounded corner punch, punch both corners either side of the hole to form the tag shape.  Using black ink and the round month stamps, stamp a month on each of the 12 tags half on and half off the tag around the hole.
Cut each of the ribbon strips into quarters, use one piece of ribbon for each of the tags.  Fold the ribbon piece in half and thread the looped middle of the ribbon through the front of the hole, feed the two ends of the ribbon through the loop at the back of the tag and pull gently.
Pockets - Use the four pieces of white A5 white card.  Cut each card so it measures 14.8cm x 7cm, you will end up with three pieces from each A5 card, making twelve in all.
Use two of these pieces of card and stick together using some double sided tape on one of the longest edges, then down the two shorter edges, leaving the other longest edge without tape to form the pocket top.  Repeat until all six pockets are made.
Cut out each of the month grids from the A4 sheet.  Use the four A6 coloured pieces of card, cut out twelve pieces so they measure 6.5cm x 5cm each.  I used three of each colour.  Using double sided tape, matt the months centrally to the coloured pieces of cut card.  
Using double sided tape attach January centrally to the front of the first white pocket, making sure the opening is at the top.  Using a hole punch make two holes on the left hand side of the pocket.  These holes will be used as a template for all the other pockets and the organizer covers.  Turn the pocket over and attach February centrally.
Repeat the above using the month of March on the second pocket.  Stack the first pocket on top of the second and using a pencil mark through the holes before punching them.  Repeat the above until all the pockets are finished and in month order.
Covers - Stack both pieces of grey board on top of each other, with the longest edges top and bottom.  Using your pencil write 'front' on the board, also mark the top.  Open the grey board (book like) and write 'inside' on both boards.  Close the grey boards and write 'back' on the last face.
Cut the two A5 white pieces of 160gsm paper to measure 14.8cm x 17cm.  Cut the two coloured pieces of A5 card so they measure 14.5cm x 12.5cm.  Onto the back face of the grey board attach some red hi tac tape around all the edges and a piece across the middle.
Remove the red plastic backing and place it centrally onto the white paper.  Attach some red hi tac tape to the edges of the inside grey board, adding a piece across the middle, then fold over all the edges.
Remove the plastic backing in each corner and fold the white paper over, then with your finger press down the edges.
Remove any red plastic backing and carefully fold over each of the four edges.  You may need to use a bone folder to smooth down the mitred corners.
Attach some red hi tac tape to the edges of one of the coloured 14.5cm x 12.5cm pieces of card.
Remove the plastic backing then attach it to the inside of the grey board.  
Front Cover - Using the circle stamps and the black ink, randomly stamps all over the other white piece of paper, adding some special dates in two or three of the circles.  Follow instructions above to cover this front face, making sure the stamped paper is the right way up.
To make the holes in the covers, have the front cover facing you and use the January pocket to draw the holes on the left before punched them.  Place the front and back covers on top of each other with the insides together and draw the holes before punching them.
Finishing off - thread the two treasury tags through the covers, adding the pockets in month order.  
Finally place all of the tags in their pockets.
Hope you enjoy your stamps, happy crafting

Jackie J

Friday, 17 January 2014

Project Club - January 2014 ~Birthday Organizer~

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

For all the stamps used to make this organizer please visit the Dimension Stamps website.

I made up this organizer in just the same way as the main project, I wanted to show what it would look like when decorated so for this one I used all my past years worth of project club stamps.  To start off with I covered both the front and back faces of the organizer with a plain white thin card and used the circle stamps and numbers on just a topper then added a coloured matt.  I did the same for the back face but added a piece of ribbon before attaching the matted circle topper (you will be able to see from the pictures below).  
This kind of project is really useful for using all your bits of left over card, you can use any colour, texture or thickness. it really doesn't matter.  I used a verity of different corner punches, I have a four corner Fiskars punch/emboss punch, so used that as well as the inverted corner rounder.  Instead of using a hole punch for the tags I used a stapler.  Above each of the pictures below I will give you some details for each stamps set I used.
Inside the front and back covers - sentiment from the 'Grand Word Perfect 2' stamp set ref: 1803069a
January - Project Club stamps used 'A Teaspoon of Ginger and a Sprinkle of Love' ref: 2300061a on the pocket and all the tags have been stamped using second generation ink from the Memento - Gray Flannel ink pad.  The cupcake is from the 'Cupcake Delight' mini set ref: NC017.
February - Pocket image from the 'Floral Bunny' project club set ref: 2300033a and the tag 'Baby Rabbit' ref: 0801085a.
March - Pocket image from the 'Country Vintage Project' ref: 2300032a, tag 'A Piece of Cake' ref: NC029.
April - Pocket image from 'Dad's Shed' ref: 2300040a, tag 'Sunflower' ref: NCP02.
May - Pocket image from 'Bee Happy' ref: 2300039a, tag 'flowered Picket Fence' ref: NCP01.
June - Pocket image from 'Royal Baby' ref: 2300041a, tag 'Rocking Horse' ref: NCP04.
July - Pocket image from 'Carnival Time' ref: 2300042a, tag 'Toucan' ref: NCP03.
August - Pocket image from 'Japanese Blossom Project' ref: 2300044a, tag 'Lotus and Butterfly' ref: NCP05.
September - Pocket image from 'Casino Project' ref: 2300062a, tag 'Joker Class Stamp' ref: NCP06.
October - Pocket image from 'Christmas Door Project' ref: 2300063a, tag 'Candle Wreath Class Stamp' ref: NCP07.
November - Pocket image from ' Christmas Friends Project' ref: 2300064a, tag 'Stocking Class Stamp' ref: NCP08.
December - Pocket image from the December Project club set, this set will be available on the website soon, all our members have one month exclusivity on the new stamps
If you would like to become a member of our project club then please visit our website for more details.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Project Club - January 2014 ~Brown Organizer~

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

For stamps used in this project please visit the Dimension Stamps website.

I thought it would be an idea to turn the organizer on its side, so that's what I did with this one.  It was made up in the same way as the main project but this time I used cream card and paper, adding a little bit of textured card I got from Roy.  I used a 1½" circle punch to cut out the holes in the textured card and once attached to the cream card pocket I then stamped the relevant month using Memento - Rich Cocoa ink.  For the tags I just stamps the month in the corner section three times.  This organizer would be a good gift for the fella's.



Project Club - January 2014 ~Paper Owl~

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

For the stamps used on this card please visit the Dimension Stamps website.

Starting with the background I used some paper that had been left at one of the classes, they were free to a good home and I picked the pink teatime one.  So once cut to size I inked around the edges using some Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, then added the stitched edge using a white gell pen from Sakura.  The two background papers behind the owl are from the Papermania Capsule Collection - Red Hot Paper Pack, I also used these papers to paper piece the owl.  The owl is the 'Wise Owl' ref: NC049 and the rose background stamp I used on the pale pink background paper will be available on the website soon.  Before attaching the background I again did the stitched edges.  I used my EK Success circle cutter to do both the white card for the owl and the pink matt.  I used the Spellbinders Scalloped circle for the matt in the owls tummy adding the circle stamps of July and best wishes onto some white card, I attached these to his tummy with foam pads.  To finish I used two different sizes of white pearls to all the corners.  

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Project Club - January 2014 ~Dad's Fox~

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

For the stamps used please visit the Dimension Stamps website

I had some of the textured card left over from the Brown Birthday Organizer so I used it to paper piece this fox, I'm really rather pleased with the outcome, and just gave it a little highlight using a ProMarker, adding some Glossy Accents to the eyes and nose.  The stripped background is a piece I had left over from another card, but I didn't quite have enough to cover all of the cream card front and make the rosette as well, so trimmed it into a triangle and added it to one corner.  I cut the paper at 1½" wide and used two strips of 12" wide paper, scored at ½" intervals.  I used the month of March circle stamp and this time used the happy birthday stamp that is also from the set of project club stamps.  I used the 'Plain Lowercase Alphabet' for the dad ref: 1801014a, stamped using Memento - Rich Cocoa and cut them out and added the ProMarker to highlight the edges, I also used my Memento - Rich Cocoa pen to add the extra colour on the raw edges of the letters.  The fox is on one of the Spellbinders - Labels Seventeen shapes and I used some of the textured card for the matt.  To finish I used some dark brown gems.

Project Club - January 2014 ~Leafy Owl~

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

For the stamps used please visit Dimension Stamps

I used the stamp circle month of October for this card, using a scalloped Spellbinders circle die with my punched out circle and added the red ribbon bow to the top.  The background was stamped with a new leave set that will be available soon, I just used the masking technique to cover the whole piece of card as I went along.  I used my ProMarkers to colour everything in and coloured the leaves on the owl to match the background.  I also have a very small leaf stamp from an old set that I used for the sentiment.  I stamped a piece of white card using the masking technique again, cutting the strip out so you can see the sentiment through it, adding a single cut out leaf to the corner.  I used some foam tape on the back of the leafy sentiment and perched the owl on top.  I cut around the owl leaving a little border, so you can see the background fully, it took me ages to do that background and I didn't want to cover it up completely lol.  To finish I used some red gems in each of the corners.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Project Club - January 2014 ~Silverstone~

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

For the stamps used please visit Dimension Stamps 

The main Christmas gift to my daughter and her boyfriend this year from David (hubby) and I were tickets to the races, well actually the tickets won't be arriving until later in the year but you get the idea.  I needed something for them to open so made a couple of cards with a little bit of information on them.  I did a Google search and found the Silverstone map of the circuit, I always try and find copyright free images to use for the odd card.  Because the image wasn't wide enough I also found the little Silverstone logo that I just repeated down the left-hand side.  I made a little 'you are here' text box with an arrow pointing to where they will be sat.  I used the circle stamp for July to show the date they will be going, I stamped this using some VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed using some detailed clear embossing powder.  I then stamped the solid number six using some Memento - Lady Bug, dusted the circle with an anti-static bag then stamped the outline number six using the VersaFine and detail clear embossing powder.  The red matt was cut out of some textured foil card using a Spellbinders circle die.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Class Card - January 2014

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

This is the card we did in class this month over at Dimension Stamps.
This month I didn't actually use the project club stamps but did use the lovely rose heart stamp that compliments the project club.  This will be available on the website soon.  I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Heart and Heart dies, this stamp fits lovely.  The background paper I got from Roy at Dimension Stamps.  The lovely flower is from the 'Petal Passion' set reference number 2400065a available on their website, more information about this set soon, I'm going to do a collection of the different flower patterns to show you.  We changed the colour of the brad in class and to finish the card I used large gems in the corners.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Back to Work

Well that's it for another year the tree and all the decorations are back in the loft, everything dusted and put back in it's place.  We've had a really good Christmas and New Year break, thank you to all my family and friends for all the lovely gifts and for sharing your time with us, we've had a lovely time with you all.

I wanted to share with you some of the lovely cards my crafty friends had sent this year.
Shirley
Carol
Ann
Sue
Cheryl
Aileen
Shirley - sent to my daughter Hanni because Shirley is her Grandma
Jenny

Happy crafting J