Thursday, 21 February 2019

Easter Card Made with Freebie Downloads

I recently shared this freebie download as an example of how we can papercraft for less and I thought it was high time that I used it and made up a card with it in the spirit of #usewhatyouhave.

This video shows you how easy it is to make a gorgeous card for virtually no outlay.  I used a free kit download from Tattered Lace mounted onto Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock.


Thanks for dropping in.

Andrea x

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saleabration Second Release In Action

Hi and welcome!

It's middle of February so the second release of Saleabration is avaiable now and what gorgeous things there are!  I thought I'd make a little chatty video showing some of the projects I'd put together using more or less just freebies and at the end I work through making a cute little box.

Pop to my You Tube channel to see it by clicking here or just stay and enjoy the still images I managed to grab to share with you here.





The papers, stamps and embossing folder are all fabulous in this new release and work well with the earlier items and are going to work well with Saleabration Coordinations coming in March 2019.

Thanks for dropping in, have a great weekend.

Andrea x



Monday, 11 February 2019

Gift Box Inspired By A Card Sketch

It seems that the card making world either loves a sketch or doesn't. A card making sketch is a kind of plan or blueprint for a card, it shows various elements, mats and layers, suggests embellishments and positioning of all of those various components of a card. You also find sketches for scrapbook pages.
The sketch which inspired my design

Sketches are intended to act as a guide to designing a card or page and can be interpreted exactly or they can be used to get the creative matter working and then be interpreted very loosely. You can turn a sketch on its head, use a different orientation, switch out a circle for a heart, add embellishments and layers or whatever you wish to do. 


Some new comers to card making find sketches very useful in helping them with the design process or to try things they've never tried before and they appreciate the prescriptive nature of a sketch. Other card makers loath sketches, they find them limiting in terms of creativity or they really struggle to adapt the concept from sketch to reality for whatever reason. Some find them too restrictive and feel compelled to interpret them exactly rather than use them as a foundation for a design. 

Personally I love sketches. I find that they help me to try new approaches and just give me a starting point. I'm quite a newcomer to card making and so I interpret sketches more literally than some but I am starting to branch out and to be a little more daring.  When I take part in a sketch challenge I do love to see how others interpreted it and the diversity of cards which invariably appears in a sketch challenge album. 

Today I thought about using the sketch design above to also influence 3D project making and used this sketch to influence the design of a gift box for a tube of handcream. I wanted to box to match a card I'd made using the sketch and so going back to the sketch for inspiration was the obvious thing to do. 

This box uses extra thick whisper white cardstock, silver mirror card and All My Love DSP and is so simple to make. There is a video tutorial which rushes through how to make this and does give full sizes for all of the components required.



There are tons of sketches available out there on the internet for you to try or you will find lots of Facebook groups and even blogs which have sketch challenges for you to join in with. Give it a try, you may like it.

Thanks for dropping in, have a great week. 

Andrea x