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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Pretty in Pink Stix2 Create your own Crackers.

Good morning, Well this cracker blog is an unexpected blog post. I will be posting part 2 of my Christmas crackers later today but last night i was making a baby girl card and thinking about baby gifts and how it can be presented in a different way (if its small enough). That's when the light bulb went off in my head. I though why do Christmas crackers have to made and used just for Christmas. How nice would it be if you were given a small baby gift in lovely decorated cracker. You could add the babies name and birth details on a little tag and attach it to the cracker. Just something a bit different to present a lovely little pair of socks or baby grow etc. I have not included the snapper in the this cracker as didn't think it was appropriate, but you can do that should you wish. 
The products i have used are as followed;

Stix2 products;
Silver crackers - S57247.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
6mm Red liner tape - S57090.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.

Additional products;
Amelia 8x8 paper pad x2 - Craftwork cards.
smooth white card - Bazzill Basics. 
White spider web.
12mm Baby girl fabric ribbon.
25mm Pink satin ribbon - American Crafts.
9mm White satin ribbon. 


TIP
each panel of the cracker has 3 layers in total - 2 layers of good gsm paper from Craftwork Cards and card from Bazzill Basics so i suggest you should use some kind of object to help roll the cracker. Use something like a kitchen rolling pin as suggested in my previous blog. You will need to be patient if your are rolling the cracker un-aided but to me, the result is worth it. What new mum would appreciate a gift packaged like this?

Craig x

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Stix2 - Create your Calendar. September 2015.

What a busy weekend its been and I haven't been in my weekend work as been on holiday. Busy in my craft room - not that I'm complaining, lots to do for Stix2, Hunkydory, commission cards as well as cards for the cafe and prepping for Christmas, I won't lie the Christmas films and music has been on, in actual fact I was watching Home Alone last night. Who says men can't multitask - please don't comment to that Haha. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I love it. I never take it for granted, I know there's so many people and families out there who arnt as lucky as me. I may have a serious illness but I always thank my lucky stars when I'm keeping well as I am now. 
 The this project I have been doing isn't christmas related, well it is in the fact it will be given as part of a Christmas present, but the main design isn't Christmas. I am ofcourse talking about the next month of my Create your own calendar by stix2. We are now 9 weeks till 2015 and 8 months still to create. I will however need to do the 8 months in 8 weeks if I want to give it as a gift for Christmas. Today I have been creating the month of September. I kept it very simple but tried to use a number of Stix2 products, liked the idea of keeping it 2 toned. I have also kept it quite touchy feeling on parts, the Center square is a piece of double sided sheet (4"x4") and I have rubbed the clear plastic beads over the top. It gives it a glistering look without using glitter. The calendar really is a very special gift to make for someone special or if your a grandparent give it blank to a child to draw on so they can make pictures for their mum and dad and then that can be a great gift for the children to give to their parents at Christmas. There's endless possibilities. Once 2015 is over, cut the top half of your calendar off and   discard the months on the bottom then buy a blank 12x12 scrap book and simply stick each month on to a 12x12 piece of card and insert it into your folder - you now have a scrap book. Just go for it and have fun. The products I have used are as followed;

Stix2 products;
 Make your own calendar - S57309.
 6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
 6mm red liner tape - S57091.
 Silicone glue - S57100.
 Layer perfect metric - S57321.
 Double sided A4 adhesive sheets - S57107.
 A4 die cut release sheets - S57316.
 Clear plastic beads - S57333.
 1mm A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.
 5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083.
 Pick up pencil - S57265.
 Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
 
Additional items used;
 Light tan card stock - Bazzill Basics.
 Ivory card stock - Bazzill Basics.
 Ivory card candi - Craftwork Cards.
 Paw print embossing folder - Darice.
 




Craig x

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Stix2 Create your own cracker - part1

Well i thought i better get my skates on and get blogging again. lots i'm wanting to get blogged for you all to see but iv just carried away creating and kept putting off blogging. 
I will be blogging crackers over 3 blogs posts. I have 5 different styles of crackers (& a blooper) i want to blog as well as some wee hints and tips so ill blog these over 3 posts to keep the posts to a minimum.
These crackers are simply awesome I have made crackers similar to these from different companies. The other were useless. Whats great about these ones is they roll very easily, the quality of the card stock is exceptional. The 2nd great thing is once you have rolled them, inserting the flaps into the other side, well it just slides right in with ease. No need for glue or tape to attach the panels.
I would say to any one who are thinking about making their own crackers then please try these, these are a must. I have kept a silver set for myself and my families Christmas table - which i will blog also when complete. They come in 4 colours - Gold S57246, Silver S57247, Red S57250, White S57249 and Stone S57248. 
Below are 2 different styles of crackers i have made.

CRACKER ONE

With this cracker i have kept it very simple, before rolling it, I have taken one of my verso dies (without the outer edge) and die cut the center. I placed a piece of green card behind the die cut image and attached with red liner tape and placed dots of pva glue beind the small holly leave elements. By doing this it does make the center of the cracker slightly thinker to roll so it just takes a wee bit of patience. 

Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
PVA glue with metal tip - S56890.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
3mm red liner tape - S57089.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue gun sticks - S57235.
A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
Christmas insert keepsake 2 dies (verso) - Tonic Studios.
Dark green text card - Bazzill Basics.
15mm Organza green with Gold stripes ribbon - American Crafts.

TIP
 If you find it difficult to roll your cracker, take a round object such as a kitchen rolling pin and roll your cracker around that. 

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CRACKER TWO

With this cracker, i stepped up a gear. Not everyone is after this style of cracker for their tree or their dinner table but its nice to have a play and use all your own tools and stash and just go mad and have fun, that's what its all about. Crackers can look smart, even leaving them natural but use your border punches or border die to create a fancy edge for your crackers. It just makes them a tad bit more funky for Christmas. 

Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
3mm red liner tape - S57089.
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
Hot melt glue gun - S57234.
Hot melt glue sticks - S57235.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
Border punch - Tonic Studios.
6mm wire edge red & gold organza ribbon - Own stash.
13mm wine satin ribbon - American crafts.
10mm Gross grain polkadots ribbon - American crafts.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic.

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TIP's
These are tips that i personally find makes making the crackers slightly easier.



Using my Ultimate Pro board from Crafters Comapnion, i possition my cracker to left against the butt of the edge ensuring the tab of the cracker is pointing up as you can just seen in the above picture (Top Left). I then score to the left and right of the diamond cut outs at 2 7/8 (two and seven eighths) and then again at 4 7/8 (four and seven eighths).


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Once scored on both sides of your cracker, it will look like this (ABOVE)

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Once you have rolled your cracker and attached it together your cracker should help itself take shape of a cracker. Insert your snapper and then take your ribbon, twine, raffia etc and tie your edges. Remembering to keep one end open until you have placed any gifts etc in, should you wish to do this.


once my cracker is complete and the snapper is inside, I add a dot of hot glue inside the end of the cracker and secure the ends of the snapper. Doing this ensures that the snapper stays attached to your cracker while its being pulled. 
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE YOUR HOT GLUE GUN/HOT GLUE NEAR THE CENTER OF THE SNAPPER AS ITS STILL CLASSED AS AN EXPLOSIVE.                                               Not that an explosion should happen, just a very big bang will. Stay safe and don't chance it.

I will blog part 2 tomorrow. 

Craig x


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Stix2 Create your own cracker - part2

Good morning, so here it is, part 2 of 3 of my create your own crackers by Stix2. If you havent seen my first part then please go back and have a look. i have included some hint and tips on the post blog post that will hopefully help you along the way. just to reiterate, i had so much fun create these crackers. The joy of making your own is that you can include your own gifts, gone are the days of the tacky gifts you used to get in side and never use. Like i said in the previous post you can decorate your own crackers as much or as less as you want. Want to keep them simple, no bother, but if you want to go all dramatic then that too is no bother. Have fun, try to incorperate many of your crafty stash and even tools. Use your Embossing folders, dies, punches, toppers the list is endless. you will see another couple of options below of some of my tools and stash iv used. Below is another 2 different cracker styles iv made. the products i have used are underneath each of the photos;

Three

Stix2 products used;
Gold Crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Got glue sticks - S57235.
Crafts sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
6cm wire edge Red and Gold organza ribbon - Own stash.
10cm Red gross grain polka-dot ribbon - American crafts.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic.


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Four

Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Crafts sheet - S57132.

Additional products used.
4cm satin Red ribbon with gold edging - Own stash.
Musical notes embossing folder - Crafters Companion.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic.

TIP
There is no embossing folder on the market that is big enough to emboss the whole of your cracker, even your A4 folders are to small. Its just the case of having a play with your choosing folder and position it till your happy with the positioning  With mine above, i have positioned my A4 folder in the center of the cracker. As you can see it leaves both end of your cracker plain. To me i like this look, it doesn't look out of place, but you could use ribbons or punches to disguise the ends.


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Craig x

Stix2 Create your own cracker and blooper - part3

We are now at my final Blog post with the Christmas crackers from Stix2. In the pack you receive 6 crackers to make and decorate. Now i have make 6 but the 6th one was a disaster, and i mean disaster. i have decided to include as a blooper because as awful as it is, it gives you the idea of what i was trying to aim for - it just didn't work out the way i wanted. Have a look, have a laugh and who knows, it will maybe give you some inspiration haha.
As well as using your tools and stash, try and incorporate your Christmas toppers and papers. They can work just as well  If you have those bits of papers and odd toppers lying in your collection that you don't know what to do with then use them with your crackers.

FIVE

Stix2 products used:
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
PVA glue with metal tip - S56890.
Layer perfect Metric - S57321.
5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083.
Craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
Victorian Christmas topper and background papers - DoCrafts.
16mm gold textured fabric ribbon - Own stash.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic. 


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TIPS
When adding your strips of paper to your cracker, ensure you don't stick your paper over the insert where the tab slots into (Right hand side of photo). I know it sounds simple but we always forget these things from time to time.


By ensuring you don't stick your paper over the tab slot, once your cracker is rolled up, it will meet quite nicely together. As this is the bottom of your cracker it wont be seen when your cracker it on the Dinner table or the Christmas tree. As in my first post, because the ends of the cracker has extra layers of paper you will need an extra bit of patience when rolling the cracker, but use an object such as a rolling pin or anything round to help. 


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BLOOPER TIME

Well this is the cracker that didn't quite go to plan. "Quite" is putting it mildly. I had lots of excitement as to how this would turn out - and it didn't  It just went wrong wrong wrong. You can see where i was going with the concept. using Stix2 snowflake die cuts i covered them in Versamark and coated them in Gold embossing powder and using my heat gut, i melted the embossing powder. If you are attempting to do this, unlike me, please ensure you do both side. it doesn't quite work the same when its white on the back. adding some die cut snowflakes using my dies, Card Candi and ribbon does not help the look of the cracker. This is a style where i will have to go right back to the drawing board and re-think this style. Should you wish to know what i used, the products are below;


Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Round snowflakes - S57275.
Snowflakes - S57275.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
Craft sheet - s57132.

Additional products used;
Gold Embossing powder - WOW.
Versamark pad - Tsukineko.
Card cardi - Craftwork Cards.
Snowflake die - Tattered Lace.
Matt Gold textured card - Create and Craft.
15mm Red satin ribbon - American crafts.

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Craig x

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Friday, 17 October 2014

"Its all about the men, men, men" A5 Anniversary card.

Good Morning, is it morning? (as i look at the clock) oh so it is. 
lovely morning here this morning, very autumny - if that is a word? sky is bright but the brown, orange and red leaves are on the ground. I love this season, specially at night when your snuggled on the couch with the lights low and candles on (Yankee Candles) of course. Not that i have many nights like that just now s my crafting mojo seems to come to light about 3pm and is there till late at night. Seeing i have the mojo then i just work with it. 
Franco's cafe in Carnoustie who sell my cards - Well a customer of theirs asked for an Anniversary card for their husband. Now alot of crafters say they find it hard to make cards for males, i dont. Maybe its cause i am a male but this card stumped me. How do i make an anniversary card for a man. No lovely dovey stuff, no reds, no pinks, no hearts, no bling non of that. so i scrolled the web for a lovely wee verse that i could use that would be suitable and then built it from there. Using browns, ivories, creams and tans i came up with this. using card candi in place of the gems and used a rosette that is always suitable for men - depending on the colour of course. I came up with this card, which she was very pleased with, so i was told anyway as i never actually seen her. Products i used are as followed;

Stix2 Products used;
6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.
5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083 (for Card Candi)
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Layer perfect - metric - S57321.
Craft sheet - S57132.
Silicone glue - S5700.
A4 die release sheet - S57316.
 Pick up pencil - S57265.
C5 (A5) Clear cello bags - S57314.
"Handmade by" label - S57261.

Additional Products used;
x2 background sheets from "Love & Marriage" paper pad - Kanban Crafts.
Rosette die - Tim Holtz.
Ivory hammered card - Papermill direct.
Brown textured card - Bazzill Basics.
Silver Mirri card - Anitas.
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards.
Swirl die - Tonic Studios.
Cross hatch embossing folder - Embossolicious Crafters Companion.


As always should you need any help or want a look at all the products                         Stix2 do head across to their website or email;
www.stix2.co.uk
sales@stix2.co.uk

Craig x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Create your Own Calendar - Oct 2015.

Good morning. hope your all well. Well that's us about half way through October already, where has the month gone, i cant believe we will soon be into November and bonfire night. I get excited for Christmas quite early on but i gauge it buy once Halloween is over and the Guy faux night is over then that when the Christmas count down really does start. it full force Christmas madness for sure. im always one who buys Christmas presents as i see them throughout the year. May aswell buy the things someone will like as and when you see them, plus it makes it a lot easier on the bank card. Ever year i put my tree up at the end of November so i have all of December with my tree and decorations up and then once i have all my presents bought or most of them, i spend the day wrapping them with the Christmas music on as well as some film. i do get fed up after a couple of hours. More excited this year as last year in the sales i bought brand new tree and decorations so my flat will be alot more elegant. more so cause i redone my living room. only problem is that its a 7 foot tree in a small living room. oh well, if anyone can make it fit and work, i can haha.
Anyways, back to the Calendars. As from my December calendar blog the other week, i will be making a calendar month each week on the lead up to the new year. 2 weeks ago was a very busy week for me with commission cards and Hunkydory Design team cards so i never gone round to November but fear not, i spend a lovely afternoon the other making both months ready to blog, has so much fun. Although this is a calender and it will be hanging, i do still like an element of hight and dimention so have used 1mm foam pad sheets.                      The products i have used are as followed;

Stix2 products used; (October)

Create your own calendar - S57309.
Blue double sided tape runner - S56986.
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
5mmx5mmx3mm - S57083.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
1mm A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.


Orange textured card - Bazzill Basics.
Black textured card - Bazzill Basics.
"Stack 8" 12x12 paper pad - DCWV - die cut with a view.
Black spider web.
Card candi - Craftwork Cards.
True black Spectrum Noir pen - Crafters Companion.
Orange (OR2) Spectrum Noir pen - Crafters Companion.
Pumpkin & bat die cut elements - Kanban crafts.


Craig

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

"Its the most wonderful time of the year" Tattered Lace Double card.

Afternoon, Well what a sunny afternoon it has turned out to be. Just out from a lovely walk along the beach with the dog. Its a bit chilly at first but once being out in the sun for a while its really lovely. 
Well i'm truly in the middle of christmas card making now, its always strange making christmas cards when the sun is out and its warm in the summer time. its a brill feeling this time of year making christmas cards while the sun is out but there's a chill in the air. just makes it feel even more christmassy. Why not have a bit of christmas music on in the background.....i do haha. 
One that i have made is using this die from Tattered Lace that i bought last week on Create and Craft. It arrived on Monday and i just had to play instantly with it. Its called "The most wonderful time of the year" die. its so detailed and elegant and although this a 8x8 card, im so tempted to make this my own personal card for friends and family, but making it a 7x7 card size. as it says the title of the famous christmas song, i just had to add a couple of versus of the song, it just makes it more fun and compliment it all, i embossed the background card using a music not embossing folder. Used some wine coloured textured card stock and silver mirri card, satin ribbon and bang, the card is complete. 
You know me, my card isn't a card without using my trusted stix2 adhesives and products. The products i have used are as followed;

Stix2 products used;
6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
2mm A4 foam pad sheet - S5718.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Craft sheet - S57132.
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
PVA glue and metal tip - S56890.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57316.
5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
"Handmade by" labels - S57261.

Additional products used;
"The most wonderful time of the year" Die - Tattered Lace.
Silver shimmer Centura pearl card - Crafters Companion.
Music note embossing folder - Embossolicious Crafters Companion.
Wine coloured textured card stock - Bazzill Basics.
Silver mirri card - Anitas.
25mm Wine coloured Satin ribbon - American Crafts.
Ice white card candi - Craftwork Cards.
8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.




This 7x7 card has been made using all the same Stix2 products (as above) except from the glue gun and glue sticks.
the additional products i have used are as followed;

Brown & ivory textured card stock - Bazzill Basics.
Holly leaves & berries 6x6 background paper - Trimcrafts (Dovecrafts) Traditional paper pad.
7x7 card blank - Craftwork Card.
Card candi - Craftwork Cards.
15mm Brown satin ribbon - American Craft.
10mm Red organza ribbon - American Crafts.


PLEASE REMEMBER -                                                                                             If you have any questions or quires regarding any Stix2 products please feel free to contact Stix2 on the details below, the girls will be more than happy to help and guide you with any problems, issues or questions. There is never ever a silly questions. If i can help, i will do my best to help and answer your questions, if i dont have the answers or are unsure, i will forward your question onto the girls for you.

sales@stix2.co.uk
www.stix2.co.uk

Craig xx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Stix2 Create your own Calendar 2015 - November

Morning, We here is my November creation using Stix2 create your own calendar 2015. I just love this idea, its so much fun and not to mention so personal for who ever you intend on giving it to.....if that is what you are going to do instead of keeping it for yourself ha. This will be given as a gift this year, although the person who will receive it will have already seen it as I blog and fb each month, oh well. Although this is a calendar, I still like some depth and dimension so some of the layers have been layered using 1mm foam pads. It doesn't make it bulky in the slightest.
Lots of stix2 products used on this creation. they are as followed;
 
Stix2 Products used;
Blue double sided tape runner - S56986.
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
Layer perfect Metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57316.
low tack stencil tape - S56994.
Create your own calendar 2015 - S57309.
Glitter pens (gold) - S57090.
1mm A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.
 
Additional Products used;
"To my little Star" verso dies - Tonic Studios.
Brown textured card - Bazzill Basics.
Gold mirri card - Anitas.
"Stack 8" 12x12 paper pad - DCWV - Die Cuts With a View.
 
 

Craig  x
 
 
 




Monday, 13 October 2014

Hunkydory "Faberdashery" Craftinator ft Stix2

Well well well what a way to kick start your Monday morning with a gorgeous brand new Hunkydory Craftinator. This collection is like the Duracell bunny, it goes on and on and on. I made this card after my parcel had been collected so added some of my own stash. I shall keep this post short and sweet as have other "things" to make and blog :-)

Hunkydory products used;
 Cute as a button Topper sheet.
 Coordinated background card.
 Dark pink adorable scorable.
 4mm white pearls.
 Mini button and heart accessories.
 Silver mirri card.

Stix2 products used;
 6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
 6mm red liber tape - S57090.
 Silicone glue - S57100.
 2mm A4 foam pad sheet - S57182.
 Later perfect metric - S57321.
 Craft sheet - S57132.
 Pick up pencil - S57265.

Additional products used;
 10mm dark pink satin ribbon - American Crafts.
 7x7 card blank - Craftwork Cards. 


Craig x

Friday, 10 October 2014

"Snow is Falling" A5 Card.

Good Afternoon, Well its Friday already. Where has the week gone? Where has the year gone, already into the 2nd week of October. If you haven't already started thinking about Christmas then you should probably start, i have? but i love Christmas so i start thinking about it about May haha. 
Its been a brill week for me, if you follow me on facebook you will see that i have booked to go to New York. i have wanted to visit New York for near 20 years so this a dream come true. Myself and my mum will be there June next year. What makes it even more special is the i will be there for my 30th birthday. that will be a birthday i will never ever forget for sure. 
Until then, i have Christmas to get sorted. i have made this very simple card by taken 4 of Stix2 snowflakes and actually placed them under centura pearl card stock and ran it through my Ebosser. by doing this, the snowflake design actually embosses the card stock and the snowflakes are still in perfect tacked to use else where. The products i have used and the steps are as followed;

Stix2;
Die Cut snowflake - S57277.
Blue tape runner - S56986.
Craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect Metric - S57321.
Silicone glue - S57100.
low tack stencil tape - S56994.
Die cut release sheet - S57316. 
A5 cello bag - S57314.
"Handmade by" label - S57261.

Additional products;
Centura Pearl - Crafters Companion.
Card Blank - Papermill Direct.
Wine textured card - DCWV - Die cut with a view.
Silver mirri - Anitas.
Silver gems - Hunkydory.
Snowflake dies - Tatterlace.

 1- Take your Centura pearl card stock and turn it over. Place 4 of your snowflakes and position them either randomly or in a specific area on the back and tape it down with your stencil tape and run it through your embossing machine.

2- Mat and layer on to your Wine card stock and again onto your silver mirri card.

3- Using your Stencil tape and die cut release sheets, tape your die down on your wine card stock and again, run it through your embossing machine. 

4- Again, randomly (or specifically) place your diecut snowflake down using your silicone glue, placing a gem in the centre. 

5- Add your chosen sentiment and place your "Handmade by" label on the back and pop it into your Cello bag.





Tuesday, 7 October 2014

"Rudolph the Reindeer" 8x8 card.

Good morning, well it was quite a mental day yesterday weather wise. Only once have I seen the wind and rain that bad. Lease it's settled down now. It was however a perfect day to sit with the heating on, a film on and craft. That's exactly what I done. 
 Many if not all know how to mat and layer and can follow my card layout so there for my steps below are 3 short steps on how to stamp and shadow your image using stix2 stencil sheet. If you are unsure of how to create the rest of card, I will be happy to write out the full step by step instructions. 

1- take your piece of super smooth white card stamp your image on the card in the Center. Stamp the same image again on a piece of your Die cut stencil sheet and cut that out. 

2- Place you cut out stencil sheet over the top of your main stamped image, reink your stamp and stamp your image again to the left, slightly overlapping your image. Repeat this step again but stamp to the right hand side. Remove your stencil sheet. 

3- using your grey pen, go round the whole of your 3 images. This just makes a lovely shadow and your images stand out more.

Stix2 products-
6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
6mm red ultra strong tape - S57090.
2mm A4 foam pads sheets - S57182.
5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot melt glue sticks - S57235.
A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
A4 die cut stencil sheet - S57329.

Additional products used-
 Reindeer stamp - Kanban Crafts.
 12x12 "traditional" page - Dove crafts back to basics.
  6x6 "vintage" page - dove crafts back to basics.
 Brown textured card stock - Bazzill Basics.
 8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
 Card Candi - Craftwork Cards.
 Neehna white stamping card - Crafters Companion.
 Tuxedo black momento stamping ink.
 Black fine liner pen.
 Grey colouring pen - Spectrum Noir IG1.
 Rosette die - Tim Holtz.
 20mm ivory fabric ribbon.


Craig x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Stix2 Create your own calendar. December 2015.

Good morning, well we are roughly 12 weeks away from a new year - 2015. So using Stix2 create your own calendar I will be making a monthly page each week in the lead up to the new year. As Christmas is my most fav time of the year, I have started with December 2015. It will be a calendar all about DJ - the family dog. Each page will have a mix of products and methods by Stix2. 
 On this Callander I have taken 3 of stix2 snowflakes and very roughly gone round the edges with a quicky glue pen and left for the blue glue to go clear and tacky. I have then taken a silver sheet of shiny transfer foil and placed over the snowflakes and rubbed lightly and roughly in different areas of each snowflakes so the foil sticks in heavily in some places and lightly in others, with some areas having non. I have used 2 different shapes of snowflakes. 
 The rest of the calendar is basic matting and layering as well as embossing using an ebossing folder. The products I have used are below;
 
Stix2 products.
Create your own 2015 calendar - S57309.
Die cut snowflake - S57277.
Die cut round snowflake - S57275.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Shiny transfer foil set - 57067.
6mm double sided tape -
6mm ultra strong red liner tape - 57090.
Silicone glue - S5700.
Craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products.
Tis the season 12x12 paper pad - Trimcrafts.
Red textured card - Bazzill Basics.
White textured card - Bazzill Basics.
Centura pearl card - Crafters Companion.
Holly Embossolicious embossing folder - Crafters Companion.
White card candi - Craftworks Cards.


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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

"Smile" photo frame using Stix2 Anything.

Good morning, I can't believe the weather this morning. I keep thinking we are going to end up over the rainbow, the wind is so strong. We are out of summer for sure. It a prefect day to get into my craft room with the heating on and a few films on - perfect for some Christmas films.  
 I had this frame kicking about so put a picture of me and DJ in it and decorated it. If you don't know, DJ is the family dog, he's a black lab and he lives with my mum who's lives 2 mins away. When mums at work or away down south visiting my stepdad who works away, I take DJ, I adore him. We were in the back garden in the summer time, lying down when I took a picture of us both, it was perfect timing as he stuck his tonge out. Makes me laugh every time. 
The products I have used are;

 Stix2 products;
Die cut plain white flower - S57299.
Die release sheets - 57316.
5mm foam pads (for candi) - 57083.
Silicone glue - S57235.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Glue gun sticks - S57235.
Craft sheet - S57132.

 Additional products;
Diecut quilling flowers - Kanban Crafts.
Morning dew drops - Kanban Crafts.
Swirl die - Tonic Studios.
Tonic petal pairs (4 made up) - Tonic Studios.
Dark Aqua textured card - Bazzill Basics. 
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards.
Spray and sparkle - Crafters Companion.
Spun sugar - Tim Holts distress ink pad.
Peacock feathers - Tim Holtz distress ink pad.
Quilling tool. 

PLEASE NOTE - I attach all the element to frame step by step. 

1- I tool 6 die cut flowers and coloured 3 of them on my craft sheet using a ink distress tool and spun sugar ink pad. Then coloured the other 3 using the peacock feathers. Give a quick pray of spray and sparkle.

2- I lay my swirl die down on the ebosser magnetic sheet. Placed a small piece of the die release sheet on top, then placing my card stock on top of that. Running it through your Ebosser or chosen die cutting machine. Have done this 4 times so I have 4 swirls.
 TIP - don't bin the release sheet swirl! One of the sides has a coating, so position it on a piece of white card stock. Lay a tea town on top and then using a very low heat iron, iron on top for a few seconds. Best to do this on your craft sheet ontop of a glass mat. Take the tea towel & swirl off. Then take your distress ink pad and tool and ink over the top. The swirl on the card resists the ink and your left with a lovely design. - imagine doing this with such detailed die, will look gorgeous. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN DOING THIS. 

3- using your hot glue gun, Attach your die cut flowers ontop of the other, do this so that the spun sugar is ontop of the peacock feathers or vice versa. Then possision these and attach them to the frame.

4- Now take your swirls, and position them over the die cut flowers evenly. Once you are happy with the way it looks secure them with your hot glue gun. 

5- Then take your quilling flowers from Kanban Crafts, give them a spray of spray and sparkle and stick in the Center of the die cut flowers, covering up where the swirls have been attached with the hot glue. Place a morning dew drop in the center using silicone glue.

6- Add some card candi in the Center of your Petal Pairs and then attach them evenly over your layout using your glue gun. Add some card candi in the top right had side of your frame.




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