Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Clutter card stairs max!

Extreme clutter card! 
Today's project is a rather over the top clutter card using one of my very favourite paper collections! 

I would love to give you a step by step of what I've done, but truthfully it's a very simple technique.., I've used two 12x12 sheets... 

... And just snipped and glued my way through them, attaching as many pieces as I possibly could... Mixed in with a couple of layers of black & blue card... It really is easy to cover every label with something... Then maybe, just maybe... Add a little more ;) 
This project is coming up shortly at a Craftmania Lowestoft (Suffolk) lesson and will be repeated at Craftmania Great Yarmouth roughly 6 weeks later. To purchase any of the pieces used in today's project or to see the upcoming lesson dates & times, please check out our Facebook page... 

Equally if you're a trade customer and you can't live without this gorgeous collection of papers, please contact Jones cafts. 

A little bit of Christmas....

Recently we've been bombarded with new Christmas papers arriving in store... Mostly from them naughty people at Jones crafts who just keep importing amazing papers from around the world just so we can hoard hundreds of them... Never actually wanting to sell even a single sheet... Just in case we one day need it ;) you know what I mean... Papers can be more important than air sometimes.

I just fell for this paper the moment I see it... It was just screaming out to be glittered! 
Using a mix of irridescent & gold glitter I added as much sparkle as I thought I could get away with! 
And once I thought I could do no more.... Along come the pearls! 
Once I felt I had done as much blinging as would be accepted, I moved on to the rest of the page... 

Given the hanging nature of the baubles I really wanted to add to this theme, I used my very favourite embossing folder on acetate and cut out the middle and around the edge. 
I then used a technique that I think I may have come up with :/ I've not seen it done before but give it ago and liked the results... I used a brayer and a fast drying pva glue, I brayered over the back of the embossed acetate and sprinkled gold glitter over it, within about 20 minutes the glue dries and all you see is the glitter shine through the acetate! With these style embossing folders it sort of gives the look of intricate die cuts (without the cost!) 

I then attached the photos to the back of the frames and glue gunned on some chain to "hang" them down the front of my page.  

To cover this up I added a gold bow to the top of the frame.

On top of the frames I cut and layered some poinsettia dies, cut from parchment and added a pearl in the centre. 

This is just one of the pages that's coming up at the Craftmania Lowestoft (Suffolk) store in the next few weeks, for all the details check out the events section of the Craftmania Facebook page -
Www.facebook.com/CraftmaniaCrafts - all of the products used today are purchasable through the same page, or available in both Craftmania stores - Lowestoft, Suffolk & Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

If you're in the trade and want to get your hands on all of these lovely products I've used to make today's project, get in contact with the lovely people at Jones crafts for more details. 

Box framed aperture card...

So I love aperture cards, simply because they have just so many options! 
So for today's card I've used a standard circle aperture card, down the right side of the card I've stamped the Royal Windsor butterfly border (£3.99) and cut down the edge of it, around the details.

I've then distressed the edge and the card with Scattered straw & Aged mahogany, on the circle panel I've worked from the inside of the circle outwards, beginning with the scattered straw and then working over it (not as far outwards) with the aged mahogany. Over the top I've mounted black die cut corners (die set contains 3 corner style dies for £9.99) 

Next up is the inside panel, distressed and layered papers with a stamped birthday sentiment. 

Moving on to the front of the card... 
Once again I've distressed the card & the layering papers with the same shades... For the main panel I've stamped the butterfly border (£3.99) across the base of the panel and used the waste from the cut off panel (the one we removed from the edge inside) to stamp the same border stamp again, and the outside stamp image again so we can cut out just the butterflies to decoupage on top of our original stamped pieces... Don't forget to distress them to match! 

On the front panel I've also stamped "imagine" & the cross hatch hot air balloon (both come in the same set with many more stamps for only £5.99). On top of this I've layered the small hot air balloon die & small cloud die.. We will chat about these more in a minute... 

So then the box behind the aperture... I've just cut a square of card - 20.5 X 20.5cm 
I've then scored all 4 sides at 1-1/2cm & 3cm 
Cut out the corner tabs and glue together to create a box with a top flap, this flap (the 1-1/2cm) line is the part that folds over to be glued to the back of the aperture card... But before we can glue it on we need to fill it! 

So inside the box I've used script backing paper and layered over the top lots of dies from one set of hot air balloon dies with matching clouds! 
So from this set I've used 1 large hot air balloon, I've cut the basket off the bottom of it and attached this inside the top of the circle, to create the idea of a sky filled with balloons, I've added a small balloon die cut and 3 clouds, the clouds have also been distressed. 

I've wrapped a ribbon around the box so that you can fold in the butterfly edge and tie a bow together to hold it all together. 

Hopefully this idea will help you come up with a few ideas, I'm wondering if a Christmas version with maybe a winter scene inside the box or maybe a low flying Santa & sleigh :) 

All of the stamps, dies & papers used in today's projects are available from Craftmania - www.facebook.com/CraftmaniaCrafts 

If you're in the trade and would like to stock these products, please contact - Jones crafts