Thursday, 21 May 2015

Craftmania lessons

If you would like to learn some if the techniques I feature on my blog, as well as many more! Why not attend a Craftmania lesson!
We do Cardmaking, scrapbooking & crochet lessons at our Lowestoft store,
(starting soon in Yarmouth as well!)
For all the latest projects and dates please check out the events section of our facebook page -

Here is a couple of my favourite upcoming lessons -
Scrapbooking lesson £8 - Saturday 27th June 2:00-4:30
Wednesday 1st July 10:00-12:30 

Cardmaking lesson £8 - Tuesday 9th June 6:30-9:00
Wednesday 10th June 2:00-4:30
Saturday 13th June 10:00-12:30

Cardmaking lesson £8 - Tuesday 26th May 6:30-9:00
Wednesday 27th May 2:00-4:30
Saturday May 30th 10:00-12:30

Photo display £15 Saturday 20th June 2:00 - estimated 

For more details, please do check out our facebook page. 
To book our lessons - please call 01502 218281 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Jones Craft Design team Month 2 Project - 4

This month I'm working with the NEW Scrap Yard collection from Kaisercraft on behalf of Jones Crafts. As you may have seen last week I used the papers to cover and decorate a pen carry pot... Well for my next project I thought I would use these for a little scrapbooking! This set is just so versatile!

Recently we went for long weekend to the second largest theme park in Europe - Efteling - currently under construction Is this monster of a new ride - Baron 1898 - and luckily for me the colours of this new coaster matched this wonderful Scrap Yard collection perfectly! 

So to build my page I chose 3 pages from the collection, picked the blue prints style design as my backing and then chose the grey mesh one as layer two - I simply cut 1" off of the top and one side to create my mat then did the same with my next page (script) but upped the removal to 2" - and layered them flat - in the centre. 

Next up I cut mats for both my photos (1 Centura pearl gold - 1 linen terracotta) using black memento and the tic toc clock texture stamp I stamped all over the mats, then attached my photos, and foam padded them on to my page, leaving spaces to pop my cogs under once they were ready. 

On to the cogs and swirls! - and a very stolen technique! I see this and just had to try it! And LOVED IT! 
Using 2 of our new sets of dies - cogs £29.99 (3dies) and swirls £29.99 (2 dies) I cut all of them out of terracotta linen card - then using a black memento pad I stamped all over the top of the cuts - 

For the next stage you take a clear emboss pigment pad and stamp all over the cuts. 

Then take tiny pinches of gold -silver - copper embossing powders and sprinkle them over the cuts randomly -

Tap away the loose bits and pop a clean sheet under your cuts - saving the mixed excess of the metallic mixes for another project ;) 
Now tip clear embossing powder all over the cuts and then heat emboss the lot! 
The metallic powders and the clear will all melt in together to give you a rust effect... And the terracotta and black mixed base coat certainly helps too! 

This one is embossed! And done - the right side just needs to be gone over with the heat gun. 

Now all of your cogs and swirls look a little rusty, you can now foam pad and glue in your swirls and cogs! 

For our next stage we will find the barcode strips we've cut off the 12x12's at the start - I've then trimmed down the black one (you never know when you're making a memory) and foam padded it over my photos. I've then taken the black screw in heads on the silver strip and cut it in to pieces and posted it under my photos, to give the effect the strip goes all the way through.. But this way you get more out of 1 strip ;) 

I've then used 3 journalling pieces from the scrap yard embellishments pack and popped these on the page. Last up I used the circles from the inside of the cogs to foam pad in the corners of the page and the the corners if the photos. 

And that's it! One page completed :) the only thing I haven't explained is the Baron 1898 in the bottom right corner, this is actually a photo of the poster taken off the construction fence surrounding the coaster, and then cut I out instead of leaving it as a full photo - I was rather chuffed with how this looked :) 

As always all you need for this project us available through Craftmania - Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft 

If you're a trade customer looking to stock these products - dies - pages - embellishments - they are all available from Jones Crafts 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Jones Craft - Design Team Month 2 - Project 1 - Scrap yard

So, for this months Design team project I have been given the wonderful NEW collection from Kaisercraft - Scrapyard! Compromising of several 12x12 papers, stack pads & embellishment bags.

I've been very lucky to finally get my hands on one of Jones crafts fantatsic pen carry pots - only £18.99. I've used several of the papers from this collection to cover the pen carry pot, using the strips from the base of the sheets to decorate the panels. On top of these I've used several of the die cuts from the embellishment pack. Cutting up lots of the cogs in to pieces to get more coverage. 

Using black arcylic paint I've then painted the inside of the carry pot and once dried, wrapped chains around the handle and glue gunned them in to postion. 

For my next project using these lovely papers i plan on doing a scrapbook page that will soon be uploaded :) 

Hope you like today's project :) 
If you can't wait to get your hands on one of these pen carry cases they are available from Craftmania Great Yarmouth & Craftmania Lowestoft - IN STOCK NOW! 

If you're a wholesale customer - please contact Jones Crafts for more information on stocking these wonderful Papers and 3d Wooden shapes.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Messy masked card!

For today's blog post I thought we would have a quick run through of one of our recent lesson projects at Craftmania Lowestoft. 
Starting off, we had a standard 3 fold rectangle card blank, I've then cut one piece of card to a5 and two strips for the side panels. Using one of the fabulous Kaisercraft 12x12 butterflies masks (£9.99) I used a black ink pad and a piece of cut and dry foam to ink through the mask to create our black butterfly backround. I've also, on a separate piece of card done a few extra butterfly's to layer! 

Next up we've found a gorgeouse intricate oval stamp set (£5.99) and using the largest one, stamped one in the middle of a a5 piece of parchment, with a knife I've then cut out the middle of the parchment to create a frame. 

Now back to the card blank... Pop it on to a Hougie board (£12.99) and score from the fold line out towards the side panels, every 1cm up to the 7cm line. On both sides. 
You can then accordion fold these score lines. 

Now you have the shelves ready to add in the levels, on the first set of shelves 
(the top edge of the accordion folds) you can stick in the parchment level. 
On the next shelf you can stick your a5 butterfly panel. 

Now for the front... all this leaves is the front side panels, all we do for these is layer the thin strips we inked on earlier on to silver mirror board and black card. 

Now on to the back! 
This time on an a5 piece card I stamped another large oval stamp and cut out the middle. Now glue gun in a piece of ribbon to the back of the oval, then stick a piece of black card over the back of this.

Now to the side panels, again we've layered black card, mirror card and a top level of black card. 
On top of this I've used the smallest oval stamp and printed these on white card, along with 4 butterflies, cut all of these out and layered them. 

The top and bottom swirls are peel offs. 

The wonderful Kaisercraft mask I used is available in store NOW!
Thanks to our wonderful supplier - Jones Crafts