Cutting without dies

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Our dining table is slowly emerging again after being covered with cardmaking material for a week. I don't have a crafty space, but then again I have only a small stash which is stored in our wardrobe until Friday evening comes and I get everything out again for my crafty weekend.

I bought some new papers yesterday and made a birthday box with them. It's always a little tricky to work out what goes into the box when you don't have many dies etc. So I will show you what you can make with your PC and printer if you don't have alphabet or number dies. You will also need a craft knife which is much more precise for cutting than fine tip scissors.

For this card, I printed "45" in font Algerian (font size 250), cut it out and traced the numbers on patterned paper, then cut them out with a kraft knife. Easy! Just add a few stars die cuts, a sentiment and bow. I am now sticking with heat resistant acetate as it is much sturdier and easier to work with. To hold everything in this box in place, I attached two 1.5 cm wide strips to each star and number. You will find that if you only use one strip, the whole thing doesn't stand up straight. As shown on this card, add glue to the bottom inside of the strips and slide them over the two supports inside the box.

So that's all cards wrapped up until Valentine's Day. Phew!

Wedding Dance

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I'm back with very special card featuring one of KennyK's wonderfully crazy digis. After finishing my Valentine's Bow card in a box, I went back on their website to look for more inspiration.

Our friends are getting married later this month and I was looking for something to do with music as he is a DJ. Traditional wedding cards tend to have a feminine touch, and I didn't see myself making one with hearts and lace and the whole shebang. Well, I did add my handcut hearts to this design to fill the background and also went for elegant papers from Wild Rose Studio, but the digi stamp definitely mixes things up a little.

I drew and cut out some music notes from black cardstock and stamped a fun sentiment on a circle before mounting it on the box with foam pads. I could have added so many more details but it would draw the attention away from the dancing couple.

Flower Box

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My hubby and I were more excited than usual for the weekend to come. We drive to the nearby village every Saturday to visit our favourite café to eat and relax there, do the weekly shopping and pop into the magazine shop which has got all my favourite papercraft mags. I picked up a few copies of the latest Papercraft Essentials issue today to send to our family as my first feature was published.

We made a detour to Long Crendon for a stop at my local craft shop where a crafting class was in full swing. I could spend hours there, browsing the little shop and watching other crafters make cards, if only my hubby wasn't waiting so patiently in the car. It is such a contrast to my busy work week in London. I like to think that escaping into my crafty little world every weekend helps me keep sane.

It was our neighbour's birthday last week and she has just returned from holidays with her husband, so I made her this card yesterday from whatever I could find in my stash. I usually don't make flowers, but Jackie had such beautiful ones growing in their garden last summer that I thought she might like it. I die cut scalloped circles, then inked the edges and cut into them. Et voilà...

You can create a 3D effect with the flowers if you bend the cut sections of the scalloped circles:

I like adding bows and using a bow maker is the easiest way. There are lots of youtube videos on how to make a bow like this. I added a button before making a knot in the back:

It's time to get crafting again, still two boxes to make for January celebrations.

Happy crafting!

Valentine's Box - Bow

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Here is what happens if you spend your time on other crafters' blogs... You get funny ideas! I was checking a few blogs that had entered Debby's Favourite Christmas cards to see what other crafters are making. I came across this unusual Christmas design made by Nikki C. I just had to have that stamp and I knew straight away who the card will be going to.

I'm still busy making Valentine's cards and this one is my favourite out of the bunch. It's for a good friend who I'm sure will take it with humour.

This was a little out of my comfort zone as I'm not a colouring pro. Again lots of hand cut hearts which are attached to two acetate strips. Quite eye-chatching, isn't she?

Next on my list is a wedding card but I haven't decided on any design yet.

Valentine's Box - Teddy

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Sometimes, I find papers in my stash which I bought because I thought they looked pretty... only I can't find any use for them! It probably happened when I ordered Kaisercraft's Remember Me. The colours were great for male birthday cards but other than that, they have been left untouched.

That all changes with Valentine's Day, of course, as I have no other red papers. I found a cute image of a teddy which belongs to a découpage set that was a free gift from a magazine. I'm glad that I kept it! I made this card in a box for someone who likes cute images. The smaller hearts were drawn and cut out by hand and the bigger ones with a cutting die. I découpaged the heart balloon which you can't see on this image and used two 1.5 cm wide strips of acetate to hold the teddy firmly in place, using the same technique as done on this Christmas card.

Isn't this one just cute? I wasn't sure how it would turn out as I'm not too fond of the colours, but the papers are great for classic Valentine's makes.

Next, I will share my favourite Valentine's Box which is something rather unusual!

Valentine's Box - Panda

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One of my crafty New Year's resolutions for this year is to send more cards to family and friends just because. I'm still undecided on the other resolutions!

I had the idea of making Valentine's cards for a few chosen friends and family this year. I'm not big into Valentine's Day and I can't think of anyone who would send us a card that day, so I will do exactly this for a change.

So here is my first Valentine's card in a box. I like this technique, these boxes are real quick makes and they fold flat which means I don't need to worry in what state they arrive in the mail! I bought the cute panda digi stamp for design work. I found it in the "male" section of the Digi Stamp Boutique and thought there must be more occasions that I can use it for. Here it is:

I drew and cut out the heart balloons and liked them so much that I used them on another Valentine's design. The panda is supposed to be flying although it looks more like he is barely lifting off because of his weight! I decided to fill the box with grass this time. I have just bought a die for that which I need for another special project. A few punched out hearts are hidden in the grass. I made this box for a couple so had to keep the colours neutral and not go mad with the traditional red (and pink).

Honestly, I was thrilled when this card was finished until I made the next one... which is even cuter, I think. I'll post it here tomorrow.

New idea with acetate

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Okay, I have to give credit for this idea to designer Sue Hughes who made some colourful New Year cards for Papercraft Essentials Issue 114 including this design with acetate (minus the shaker):

I wanted to use the cute Bentley Bear stamps that came free with Cardmaking & Papercraft Issue 139 and figured they were the perfect size for making shakers. Both base cards measure 14.5x11.5 cm and I simply removed a 3 cm strip at the bottom of the card and replaced it with a piece of acetate that measures about 6x11.5 cm. On second thought, it might be better to place a much bigger acetate sheet behind  so it covers the whole area which makes the card less wobbly. Because my cards turned out a little wobbly and I added extra weight with the shakers, I glued a scored piece of cardstock inside the card as also shown on my Christmas Penguin card.

I'm not a colouring pro with alcohol markers, so I used coloured pencils and then paper pieced the rest of the image.

I'm working on some cute Valentines boxes now. It's the first time I make cards for this occasion. How lovely would it be to receive a card this Valentines from someone dear saying that he or she thinks about you?

Heart shaker

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It's time to celebrate again! There are so many birthdays over the next couple of months, including 40th, 50th and 60th, a winter wedding at the end of this month (still need to think of a fitting theme for the couple) and a 15th wedding anniversary. All happening before June. Phew! I don't know about you, but I'm doing everything last minute, so this year one of my few crafty resolutions will be to get more organised and keep a birthday calendar.

I was busy with a special project this weekend and I came up with lots of new Birthday card ideas which I will share on my blog in March/April. After all the hard work, it was time to make a special card for my hubby who is turning 36 today. Gelukkige verjaardag!

He was asking for a shaker card and he also liked the font of the Paper Smooches sentiment stamps and this is what I came up with:

I'm not too fussed about embellishments on men's birthday cards and I rather keep them neat and simple. This card is all about the shaker, so I decided not to add a Happy Birthday sentiment to draw the attention away from it. The elephant and hearts came with a die set for baby cards which was a gift from my crafty friend Diane. It's something else, isn't it?

Hope your weekend was filled with creativity!

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