Friday, 7 July 2017

Love a Creative Life! - Trimcraft DT



Hello, I'm back again with a +The Craft Blog by Trimcraft  catch up post.  Since creating this card I have now framed it in a natural wood shadow box frame for display.

The beautiful FE Wild Flower papers, Creative Life phrase, and flamingo die conspired with my imagination to create this one.  The beautiful paper made me imagine a lush landscape inhabited by Butterfly Flamingos (I'm calling them Fla-Wingos!) with lots of creative messages, ‘creative life = happy life’, ‘LOVE to create’ ‘own style’, the words can be interpreted in different ways.  I’ve used the ‘wink, wink’ ribbon to remind me to never take myself too seriously. My message is always to have fun creating in your own style.


Step by Step:
Cover front of Dovecraft 6x6 Kraft card base (fold across top) with purple pattern Wild Flower paper.  Add a panel of Wild Flower paper inside card to write greeting on.
Cut green canvas effect Wild Flower paper approx. 14cm using Dovecraft decorative edge scissors, mat onto slightly larger square of pink paper (Dovecraft Colours) using d/s tape. Doodle a faux stitch effect around edges using a white pen, when dry add to card front.

Place the ‘Creative Life’ sticker (Kiss & Make Up) to top left on card front. Die cut letters to ‘LOVE’ from text print paper (FE Sweet Nothings) using First Edition alphabet dies and glue to right of chipboard sticker. Add 3 small glitter dots and a heart shaped pearl to decorate.

Using the Dovecraft Flamingo die, cut 3 different colours from Dovecraft Glitter card, purple green & pink, cut 3 butterflies from lilac, white and pink.  Glue flamingos in a row across centre of card front, fold up butterfly wings, apply glue to body part only and glue to flamingos. Add a small gemstone to each butterfly.  Glue a colour matched sequin to each flamingo for the eye and top with a clear adhesive gem.

Take ‘wink,wink’ ribbon (Kiss & Make Up) and adhere across card front just under flamingos feet, allow ribbon to overhang card edges and fish tail ends.
Using black ink stamp letters on to green paper to spell out ‘To’ ‘Create’ ‘Own’ Style’, cut out words and doodle faux stitching around cut edges.  Glue words into place around flamingos.

Die cut a layered flower and leaves from purple Wild Flower paper and white glitter card, assemble flower with 3D foam square and then add to ribbon at right, shape leaves and glue into place around flower, add a glitter dot to the centre of flower.

To finish, add a ‘love’ chipboard sticker (Kiss & Make Up) to first flamingo as if holding in it’s foot. Add 3 enamel hearts under ‘Love’ word, and glue a ‘sea’ of green, purple and pink sequins along the bottom of card.


Products Used:
First Edition Wild Flower 6x6 paper pad
Dovecraft Colours Paper 6x6 pack
First Edition Sweet Nothings Paper (for text pattern)
First Edition Alphabet Dies
Dovecraft Flamingo Die
Dovecraft Layered Flower Die
Dovecraft Butterfly Die
Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Chipboard Stickers
Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Heart Shaped Pearls
Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Ribbon
Simply Creative Alphabet Clear Stamps
Dovecraft Glitter Card
Dovecraft Victorian Edge Scissors
Dovecraft Enamel Stickers
Dovecraft Sequins
Dovecraft Adhesive Gems
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam Pads
White Pen, Black Ink

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Peacock Twisted Easel Birthday Card - Trimcraft DT


Hello, playing catch up blogging my crafty makes, here is a recent DT make for +The Craft Blog by Trimcraft

There is a peacock die in the newest selection of dies from Dovecraft and I thought it would work well with the pretty greens, blues, and purples of the FE Wildflower papers.  I quite like paper folding and it’s been a while since I last made a card with the ‘Dahlia Fold’, this is a really easy fold based on circles and I felt the Scalloped circle dies teamed with the double sided Wildflower papers would echo the shapes of a peacocks feathers.  I made this one a Twisted Easel, it’s a great way to add more to a card but still keep the same 6x6 size for posting, it also makes a great display piece for the recipient.

Step By Step:
Create a 6x6 white card base (or use a sturdy ready-made), score and fold the card front diagonally to give the easel part.  Cut a 6x6 square of white card and adhered to the easel part of the base card, line up the panel and only add adhesive to the bottom triangle.

Add layer panels to card front and inside card, lilac pattern Wildflower paper as the first layer, then cut green panels (I’m using a card base from the Pic n Mix pack as I liked the shade of green).  Round corners of green card panels and add faux stitching using white pen.  Adhere panels to front and inside using d/s tape.


Cut 8 doily circle shapes (about 7cm dia.) from double sided Wildflower paper and fold each one in dahlia fold (google dahlia fold, there are lots of diagrams to help).  When you’ve created your 8 folded pieces, arrange them onto a circle and glue into place.  Add the completed medallion to the card front using d/s tape and glue.

Die cut the peacock from blue and green glitter card, paper piecing the green into the blue. Add adhesive gems to ‘eyes’ of feathers, top of head and peacock’s eye.  Glue peacock onto a doily die cut from white card.


Die cut leaves and flowers from Wildflower papers, shape, arrange and adhere with 3D foam squares to white circle alongside peacock.  Use 3D foam to adhere the peacock panel into the centre of the Dahlia folded medallion.

Inside card, Cut a large doily shape from silky wildflower paper and adhere using d/s tape and glue.  Create a ‘stopper’ for the easel by die-cutting a small doily from white card, die cut a 2nd and glue together to create strength.  Adhere stopper inside card with 3D foam, test position first by opening card into easel before pressing down the stopper to fix in place. Die cut a layered flower from Wildflower paper and blue glitter card, top with adhesive gem and add to centre of stopper.


Die cut Happy Birthday from Wildflower paper and glue to left of stopper.  Add die cut flowers and leaves, topping with adhesive gems.

To finish, add a small die cut white flower to each dahlia fold point using glue, top each with alternate stones in green and purple.  Add a pale blue adhesive gem to each corner of the card front.  Your message greeting can be added to a doily die cut and adhered to the base or the back panel of the card.


Products Used:
First Edition Wildflower 8x8 Paper Pad – FEPAD147
First Edition Wildflower 6x6 Paper Pad – FEPAD148
First Edition Doily Dies – FEDIE164
Dovecraft Peacock Die – DCDIE092
Dovecraft Layering Flowers Dies – DCDIE085
Dovecraft Happy Birthday Dies – DCDIE067
Dovecraft Flowers & Leaves Dies – DCDIE066
Dovecraft Let’s Picnic Cards & Envs – DCCE056
Dovecraft Glitter Card Emerald – DCGC07
Dovecraft Glitter Card Topaz – DCGC16
Simply Creative Adhesive Gems 6mm – SCDOT027
Simply Creative Adhesive Gems 3mm – SCDOT026
White Card, White Pen
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Glue, 3D Foam Squares