Abracadabra Chipmunk! 

Good morning! I’m popping in today to share an interactive card using the new ‘Abracadabra‘ set from Clearly Besotted

I thought it would be fun having the magician coming out of the hat rather than the usual magic trick! This little chipmunk has a star act for sure! 

To create it- first stamp and colour and sketch out a hat large enough to fit the chipmunk impresario. 
After I created it, the little guy does stick a little so the next kind I create, I’d cut away the back part of the hat and colour it straight onto the cardstock so there’s nothing to catch. 
Colour in, cut a channel for the little foam pad or as I used, a MFT Slider replenishment 


Draw with pencil the back of the hat so you know where to colour black .

Then just put it all together and add foam pads to the edges of the hat and then glue the back top of the hat straight to the base. 

Then just pop the little guy up! 


I’ve added tiny stars from the set and the frame is a die set from Winnie and Walter.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this slider card. Do go and see what other new releases are in store! 

See you soon with some red carpet flamingoes! 

x

June 5, 2017 at 10:33 am 5 comments

Tonic Oxford Box Book

Tonic have just bought out a really wonderful die set that is so much more than just a box; the potential is enormous! It’s called the Oxford Box and includes a die that has the outer shape and lots of inner decorative dies plus the dies for creating the tabbed inner files too. 

I decided to create a double sided book for holding lists and jottings in

Here’s how I created it. I’ve used mountboard for the outside as because I’ve created removable signatures, I thought I’d make it out of something a bit more sturdy. The dies are not designed for mountboard but are good quality enough that if you’re careful with your die-cut sandwich, you can get a decent partial cut and score.

I’ve cut off the side and tabs so you’re just left with 2 x 3 sectioned pieces. They need decorative papers so I chose the beautiful Live More papers from Pinkfresh Studio

Before adding the paper, however, you need to fold the sections. I embossed the score lines deeply with an embossing tool and arranged the pieces as the photo above and then attached the overlapped parts with strong adhesive tape. 

To add the signatures ( which is book speak for the folded sections of pages that are glued together in the books), I tightly attached some elastic by pulling it really taut and knotting it. This is where the pages are slotted into and means I can add more once I’ve used them up. 

I cut several layers of graph paper, roughly the width of half the book and just under the height. Fold them well with an embossing tool and using a pricking tool, then make 3 equally spaced holes in the fold. Then sew. It’s a case of coming up through the centre ( leaving a tail of thread), down through the left hole, up through the right hand hole and then down through the centre one again and tie the two ends tightly. 

That’s it! 

Next is just decoration and making 3 more signatures that slot over the 4 lots of elastic that I put onto the back of the book.

The ribbon threading die cut piece is from one of the accompanying die sets that go with the Oxford Box and are currently available as a I complete set on Hochanda and will be available separately soon 
The stamped decorative elements are heat embossed in Cool Jade embossing powder with Delicate Details Vine Tag and Flourish & Henna Tag & Flourish stamp sets. The colouring is using Nuvo Aqua Flow pens .

To keep the book closed, I created an elasticated band, sandwiched between a layer of cardstock and patterned paper using the shaped die from the set

When you view the book from the top- this is what the note pages look like

I decorated the back too. I can’t wait to use it- I think you’ll agree that this is a really innovative die set

Hope you’re having a lovely day and I’ll be back soon! x

May 29, 2017 at 6:26 pm 4 comments

Simple Pleated Bag

I had picked up some beautiful Laura Ashley fabric on sale. Some velvet fabric, a contrasting cotton and a main patterned fabric. 

It has sat in a bag for a while and yesterday I had a spare hour ( which ended up being 3 or 4 😂) and I had in mind a pleated bag with a big velvet bow.

Once I’d laid out roughly the design I wanted and added copious layers of interfacing, a bow looked too over the top, so I settled for a tied knot instead. 

I have secured the velvet into the sides of the bag so it’s integral rather than just a sash wrapped around. 

I had also wanted to add wooden circular handles but they ended looking out of proportion. It’s quite satisfying creating a bag in an organic process but a little frustrating as you wish you had more technical knowledge to help! I did take a few shortcuts- I shortened the length of the bag once I’d cut it out so didn’t want to waste the fabric and added it inside as pockets. The pockets are not as deep as I’d have liked but I’ve used the fabric up so that’s positive.

I had to add pockets as having made a few tote styled bags, you end up with a mass of junk at the bottom so these pockets help organise the contents a little. The velvet handles were using up the excess velvet that I’d sewn for the bow. If I’d had the fabric, I’d have added some red handles for contrast, but still love the end result. 

The pleating is underneath a wide top band. You can’t see the contrast on the front due to the knot. I used my Fiskars self healing mat to measure out the inches for pleating so that it was absolutely even.

Having two directions to the fabric really helps with the design, to lead the eye in different directions. 

During the late night sewing, I neglected to add in magnetic clasps. I will add some press studs for a simple closure. 

I love learning through experimentation. This was a case in point. I did have to hand crank a good proportion of the top stitching once I’d pulled the bag through the bottom of the lining. Maybe not using so many layers of interfacing would be a good idea next time- but I do love more structural bags, so this suits me perfectly! 

I have some beautiful floral silk to use next time, but I’ve never really sewn silk bags before. Anyone seen any great ideas or have any ideas? Please shout! 

Have a lovely day!

Keren xx

May 25, 2017 at 9:11 am 15 comments

Growth; An Altered Violin

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great day. 

You’re probably wondering what that title is all about and I’m delighted to be over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing what is probably one of my favourite creations in a very long time! 


I’d love you to take a look and let me know what you think. I’ve actually got two more ( broken) violins waiting in the wings for a similar ( but different) treatment. 

If any of you know of anyone or any place where I could pick up cheap or broken violins then I’m all ears!

I’ve been using the wonderful JoFy PaperArtsy stamps and I hope you enjoy what I’ve created.

Have a super weekend, 

Love, Keren x

May 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm 6 comments

A little more Clearly Besotted!

Hi there! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Here’s another post with some more Clearly Besotted ideas. With not having monthly releases like there used to be, hopefully the pared back schedule will make it easier all round plus you will get to enjoy the sets at a more leisurely pace!

The French and poodle set aptly named ‘Poodle Around’ is gorgeous and great for girls / dog lovers or Francophiles. The poodles are really cute and are in a wealth of poses. I’ve made it into a mini card/gift tag. The Eiffel Tower is stamped onto acetate and trimmed out and adhered onto the tag. I liked the way it straddled two colours. Love this set!

Coffee fans will go beans (ok, nuts) over this set’; Warm Solutions IV. It’s a mini set- but I love how you can add different cup jackets and I’ve hung them like a window dressing display.


See the background? That’s the Scene It I talked about yesterday- it’s supposed to be giving the ideas of looking out into the street. I’m going to get lots of mileage from this useful background set.


I’d love to know which of the sets so far have been your favourite. Next up to create with is the Fluffy Flamingos and Garden Gnomes sets- but you’ll have to keep an eye out for those; coming soon!

Hope you’re having a superb weekend, and I’ll catch you soon!

Keren xx

 

May 7, 2017 at 10:38 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted Release Day 2

Whilst the whole release is already available ( Clearly Besotted is mixing things up a bit), I thought I’d show you another two sets; Cha Cha Cha with Scene It

I will probably shock you when I say that I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing, but know enough about it to mix up two of the most iconic scenes in this card. They’re obviously wearing the dance gear in the famous dance but are doing the ‘water practising’ bit.

Yes, I know that their expensive dancing clothes are now extremely wet and unlikely to dry out in time- but these pigs are living on the edge!!

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The Scene It set is perfect for using with your previous Clearly Besotted sets (and all the ones you’re going to ignore your bank balance over in purchasing). This is probably (well almost) my favourite set. Such a lot of fun!

The dancing pigs are perfect for lots of occasions.


The glitter ball is indeed glittery! Some adhesive glitter paper stamped over with Stazon. The add on images make creating this card really easy. No masking needed- just adhere the lit up part onto your card, add the glitter ball and the pigs and then you’re done!

Do go and visit the Clearly Besotted blog for more inspiration. The way the releases are happening are a little different this time. You’ll find that the Design Team will just release projects and inspiration throughout the days and weeks coming. Do follow us on Instagram or Facebook plus obviously we’ll keep our blogs updated.

I have another post tomorrow, so do pop back to see a little more Clearly Besotted!

See you soon,

(and happy shopping!)

xx

May 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm 4 comments

Clearly Besotted Release! 

They’re back! It’s been a wait- but hopefully after you’ve seen the release, you’ll see it’s been worth the wait!

All sets are available for purchase tonight about 6pm at the Clearly Besotted store plus Simon Says Stamp too.

Today I’m going to just show you one set. This set speaks to my music loving heart. I have had to play in similar situations to this guy, and he looks so at home with the concert performance- obviously a seasoned pro!

It originally didn’t have sequins.

I wasn’t originally eating cake.

You can guess why it ended up needing sequins then 😂

The set has lots of orchestral performers with some great sentiments too. This next card is an inside out one really. Truth be told, I’ve not even designed the front- but when I do, it’ll have a belly band around it, to keep the little performers from popping up too early!


I’ve attached them to the base with acetate hinges. I’ve adhered the hinges to the reverse of the music.

Creating the centre was easy. Firstly I folded a piece of card, drew a curve mimicking an open book on one side and then cut the folded piece so it was cut both sides at once.
Then use this cut off piece as the template for the bottom edge. Trace the template onto the middle to make perfectly curved music paper and trace over with black pen when it’s all done. Stamp out the music so it looks a proper piece and then finish adding the characters and a sentiment.

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog plus check out the other DT’s projects- they’ll have posts at some point today. Michelle has done a release video which is live now. 

Michelle Short

Debby Hughes 

Well, I’m back tomorrow with two fun cards using the cutest of characters!

See you then!

Keren x

May 5, 2017 at 11:55 am 4 comments

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