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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Easel Calendar and Post-it Note Holder Instructions

I never knew when I posted my Easel Calendar and Post-it Holder yesterday it would result in so many private/public messages asking for dimensions on how to make it.

This is what they can look like when finished:
  
 
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Well for those that wanted to know here are some instructions.  If you have any problems just let me know and I will help you:
For my calendar/post-it note holder I have used 280gsm-300gsm weight card as it has to be able to withstand being on show for a year as it is a calendar.

The actual calendar I have measured across at 10cm and used the full length of the A4 card which is 29.5cm.
With one of the pieces of card score in from the left at 7cms and 14cms.

Then score in 14cms from the right hands side edge.  This will leave a gap in the middle which you don't normally have with an easel card but you need it this time as you need space to clear the height of the post-it note holder.
You then need to cut a piece of matching card which is 10cms across and 14cms in length.  This is for your easel mount ie so you can put your topper on.
You need to crease the lines very well with something like a bone folder.  All the bends in the card then need to come forward and it will look like this above (obviously without all the writing on it!!)
Then you need to use a piece of matching card and the size of this has to be 8cms wide and 16.3cms in length (the length dimensions can obviously be tweaked a bit if you have a fatter post-it note pad or a thinner post-it note pad)
Then with this piece of card (if you are using my dimensions) you need to measure in 7.6cms in from the left and 7.6cms in the right and score down these two lines.  I have drawn the marks for scoring in with a pen just so you can see it easily.  The gap in the middle is for the depth of the post-it note pad.
This is then what the three pieces of card will look like.  I have changed to the actual card I am using for the calendar/post-it note holder.
You then need to choose some backing paper and cut it to 9.5cms across by 13cms high.
Then cut two pieces of backing paper to go on the top and inside of the post-it note holder.  These I have cut to 7cms across and 7cms high.
You then need to stick some double-sided tape to the bottom of the post-it note pad and some red super sticky tape to the fold on the post-it note holder.
Stick in the post-it pad.  Make sure the glued end of the pad sits right next to the folder in the holder (I nearly made the mistake of not doing this on my first try!!).  I tend to add a bit of wet tacky glue on top of the tape to make sure it stays put.  Remove the cover of the red tape, add some tacky glue and then push this up against the edge post-it pad and leave to dry.  It doesn't take too long.
Now you need to stick in the backing paper to the base of the holder and also the mount for an image to go on.
Make sure when you stick the piece onto the easel mount you put glue on the bottom half of the fold and put the bottom half of the mount on top of this.

You need to stick the calendar onto the top of the post-it note holder (I got my calendar tabs (as they are known in the crafting world) from here).

Then the final step is to decorate as you wish.  I'll have to leave mine for another day.

I hope you can make sense of my instructions.  It is very easy once you have done 1-2 of them.  I prepared 4 in one go and it didn't take too long.  Decorating them is another thing!!

Once completed they are a unique piece of artwork that the recipient can have on show at work or at home for the whole of 2015.

Please let me know if you use my template as I'd love to see what you come up with.

The black and white backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs "Black and White Essentials".

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Debbi Moore Scene Card

 Here is a card and matching envelope that I have made using the Debbi Moore Cards for Men Silhouettes CD which came with the recent Inspiration Magazine.  I know a lot of us crafters struggle with cards for men so this CD is perfect.  I have made one of Debbi's Scene Cards and made a matching envelope for the card to go in.  As you can see from the deliberate angle of the photograph instead of normal foam pads raising the decoupage the Scene Card uses hinges.
This is a perfect card for a male golfer.  All the items that have been added came from the design sheets for the Scene Card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - For the men in our lives
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
A Creative Romance - Anything goes
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything goes
Little Claire's Challenge - A birthday card
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Ooh-la-la-Creations - Birthday boy
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/add some bling
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

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Bearly Mine Challenge - September 2014 - Reminder

Just a quick reminder to say that you have two weeks left to enter the current Bearly Mine Challenge.

You will no doubt be aware that the Bearly Mine Challenge has moved from a fortnightly challenge to a monthly challenge.  

From February 2014 every two days you will get an inspiration card/project from one of the Design Team members.  

If you fancy taking part in this months' challenge the topic is "Autumnal colour challenge" using inspiration from the picture below:
Here is the card that I made for the current challenge:
My full blog post can be found here:  

http://kyms-crafty-cards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/bearly-mine-challenge-september-2014_1.html

Pop on over to the Challenge Blog to have a look at the other Design Team creations.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Easel Calendar and Post-it Note Holder

Christmas time can be expensive.  You might want to give lots of people presents but can't afford it.  I think then these calendar and post-it note holders are the perfect idea.  I've seen various ideas across Blogland but I had a go at devising my own.  If anyone wants to know the measurements etc/how to make it just let me know.
 For my first calendar/post-it note holder I have used this gorgeous image by Ching-Chou Kuik called "Little Sparkles".  I have coloured the image in with my Graph'it pens and made the background of the image with a pink and purple Pan Pastel.
 The backing papers I have used are from Creative Crafting World "Perfect Papercrafting Companions" CD.
 I have taken the picture above so you can see where the post-it note lives ie under the calendar.

This calendar/post-it note holder has been finished off with some die-cut leaves, raffia ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, bought flowers, faux stitching, white gems, die-cut flowers and a Prima butterfly (which was originally a peach colour but I coloured it with my Graph'it pen).
 The image I have used for this second calendar/post-it note holder is by The Stamping Chef and is called "Stacey "Spec"tacular".  Again I have coloured with my Graph'it pens.

The backing papers I have used are from the Creative Crafting World "Mix and Match" Cd which I think was maybe an exclusive CD for Create and Craft.
The picture shows again where the post-it notes live.

I have finished this calendar/post-it note holder off with some dew drops, tissue paper flower (made with 10 layers of turquoise blue, 10 layers of white, alternated and scrunched up and held together with a brad), gingham ribbon bow and a handbag charm.

I am entering these two projects into the following challenges:

Oldie but a Goodie - Stitching (old item is the paper flowers on the first project.  I've had these for about 2-3 years and not used them!!)
Scrap-Creations - Favourite embellishment (Ribbon)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
The Stamping Chef - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Stitching - real or faux
Moving Along with the Times - Texture
4 Crafty Chicks - Fancy folds
Alphabet Challenge - P for pretty petals
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
A Creative Romance - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Favourite colour combo (I only used to use purple shades with white but I have now started to use it with kraft card and I love the combination)
Fussy and Fancy Friday - More than one fold
Sweet Pea Stampers - All creatures great and small (first project)
QKR Stampede - Things with wings (first project)
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything goes
Di's Digi Designs - Add stripes or checks (first project)
Allsorts - Sugar and Spice
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Fitztown Challenge No 51 - Fantasy (first project)
Fitztown Challenge No 52 - Anything goes (both projects)
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/add some bling
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything goes

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Delicious Doodles Challenge - Friday 12 September 2014 - Fancy and Frills

 It is Friday and therefore time for another challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  The topic this week is "fancy and frills".
For my card I have used the Delicious Doodles image called "Blossom".  Isn't she a beauty?  I have coloured my image in with Graph'it pens and highlighted the middle of the flowers with my Graph'it gold sparkle pen.
  
The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Gingham and Plain and Simple.  The blue scroll card is a piece of card recycled from the packaging from an Embossalicious embossing folder - well it was too nice to throw out!!

I have finished the card off with some frilly lace, flowers (which were too tall on my card so I squashed them down in the Grand Calibur!!), gems, leaf die-cut and a gorgeous Prima butterfly which a friend bought me last year.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar - Leaves and lace
Sweet Stampin - The Great Outdoors
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes and the option to make your own colour challenge
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes with a die
Glitter n Sparkle - Use a digi
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Lace
Incy Wincy - All things girly
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/fall colours
Moving Along with the Times - Texture
Milk Coffee Challenge - Colours of autumn
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - P for pretty petals
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
A Creative Romance - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes

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Buckwell Craft Supplies - Opening Discount Code

You know I told you the other day that a very good friend of mine Lozzy is "living the dream" in respect of crafting as she has just opened her on-line craft store called Buckwell Craft Supplies - well to celebrate the opening and her own birthday (Happy Birthday Lozzy) she is giving a 10% off orders.  Isn't that fantastic??

At the moment she has items from Creative Expressions, Spellbinders, Couture Creations, Rangers and Tim Holtz.  She also has ribbon supplies and the ones I've seen thus far are gorgeous.  As I said the other day the organza ribbon is the best quality I've ever used!!!

P&P for items under £20 is £2.95.  When you spend £20 it is free P&P.

The shop can be found at:  http://buckwellcraftsupplies.co.uk/

Lozzy can be contacted for any questions at:  buckwellcrafts@yahoo.co.uk

Why not pop on over and take a look at Buckwell Craft Supplies and grab yourself a bargain.  Make sure you use the 10% offer code to get your 10% off.


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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine

Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs will be on "cloud nine" at the moment.  Why you ask?  Well in this months' Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine the freebie that you will get is 8 fabulous papers from Bearly Mine Designs.
What a wonderful achievement for Donna to get her gorgeous papers in a magazine.

Congratulations Donna!!!!!

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Christmas Cards

Here are two Christmas cards I have made. 
Here is an image that I had coloured before my surgery but never made into a card.  The image is called "Winterberry" and is drawn by Ching-Chou Kuik and can be found as a rubber stamp and as a digital stamp at Sweet Pea Stamps.

I coloured this image in with my Graph'it pens and inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire distress ink.

For the background of this card I used a snowflake embossing folder and then coloured over the outside of the card with Pan Pastels (Turquoise and Phthalo Blue) and I also coloured a snowflake die-cut with the same colours.

I have finished this card off with some grosgrain ribbon, lace (this stunning lace is available at Buckwell Craft Supplies - a newly opened craft store on-line - be warned though one metre won't be enough as it's gorgeous!!), Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment some Stickles glitter glue.
  At the week-end, as I was still struggling to get pen lids off, I had a go at watercolouring using my watercolour pencils.  I used to do this a lot but I struggled with my hands and haven't done it for a long time.  I used some Crafter's Companion 300gsm watercolour card and this stunning image from Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store.  The images is called "Gentleness".  It's an image that could be used all year round.  Although I used the not so bobbly side of the watercolour card I struggled with it to get a smooth coverage.  When I used rubber stamps I used a completely smooth watercolour card but it was 350gsm and therefore too thick to go through my printer.  I need to keep a look-out for some 200-250gsm smooth watercolour paper that will go through my printer so I can try again.

For the background of this card I used a snowflake embossing folder and then coloured over the outside of the card with Pan Pastels (Turquoise and Phthalo Blue) and I also coloured a snowflake die-cut with the same colours.

I have finished this card off with some twine, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment, Flowersoft Polar White and some Stickles glitter glue.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Southern Girls - We've got the winter blues 
Graph'it - Amazing hair (1st card - green/red hair)
Brown Sugar Challenge - Use some lace (1st card)
The Stamping Boutique - Glitter it up! 
Completely Christmas - Anything goes 
Sweet Stampin - The Great Outdoors
We Do Doobadoo - Something feminine
Di's Digi Designs - All about animals
Pile it On - Pencils (2nd card)
Glitter and Sparkle - Use a digi
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Lace (1st card)
Fitztown - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - All things girly
Christmas Sweet Stampin - Christmas critters
The Paper Shelter - Embossing of any kind
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/fall colours
The Stamping Chef - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - Texture
CRAFT - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes

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Delicious Doodles and Delicious Darkness

Just a reminder
Delicious Doodles Shop
Delicious Doodles images can be found in the Delicious Doodles Store.  There is a vast array of wonderful images there.
Delicious Darkness
If you prefer images that are on the darker side these can be found at the Delicious Darkness Store.
Delicious Doodles Challenges
There is also a weekly Delicious Doodles challenge.  Pop on over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog EVERY FRIDAY to see what the new what the new challenge is and to see the Design Team inspiration.  You don't have to use a Delicious Doodles image to enter but you get an extra entry to win the weekly prize if you do so that is a good incentive!!
Delicious Darkness Challenges
If you fancy a challenge on the darker side you could enter the Delicious Darkness Monthly Challenge.  Pop on over to the blog for the rules and the topic for the month.
If you use Facebook then there is both a Delicious Doodles Facebook Group and a Delicious Darkness Facebook Group where you can add the creations you make using Delicious Doodles images and there is sometimes competitions as well.

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