Monday, 4 September 2017

Graphic 45 City Scapes Travel journal

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest craft project. For this project I have chosen to work with the Graphic 45 City Scapes papers.   For many years now I have made myself a travel journal for each of our holidays. I like to make them individual and somehow connected to the place we are visiting. In the next few days we are off to Vienna in our beloved Austria, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. When I saw the Graphic 45 City Scape papers I knew they were perfect for my Vienna Journal.
 
I made the base of my journal cover from stiff card, folding it so I had a deep spine to sew my pages in to.
 
I then covered the outside with the Streets of Dreams 12x12 paper and the inside with the Map the Past 12x12 paper.
 
I then decorated the cover using the collage pieces from the Global Odyssey 12x12 paper.
 
I like my journals to have something to keep the covers closed. This time I used a strip of double paper with a small magnet inside.
 
I added the place and year of the trip using die cuts.
 
On the inside cover I made a pocket from some contrasting card and then used the Impression Obsessions City Landscape layers die, which goes so well with these papers.
 
I also used the stamp sets to decorate the pocket and decorated the top part of the page with more of the collage pieces.
 
 
The first page of my travel journals are always and itinerary page and this time I decided to decorate all the pages using the wonderful stamps. I made a mask to use on every page that covered the middle part of the page. I could then stamp around the outside and over the mask so when I removed it I had a clear area in the middle to write my diary in.
 
For this page though I cut a frame to frame the itinerary.
 
For each of the pages I chose 2 different stamps to use to stamp around the edges using the mask to mask off the middle part of the page.
 
I love to collect all sorts of tickets and bits and pieces while I am away so I like a place to keep them safe. This time I decided to use CD pockets which I stuck to thin flaps I had sewn in-between each page. To decorate them I used some more of the die cuts I had made using the Impression Obsession Landscape layers die.
Some of the pockets I decorated using the collage borders on the papers.
 
All it needs now is to be filled with my Viennese adventures!
 
These beautiful Graphic 45 City Scapes papers can be found in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/city-scapes-698-c.asp
 
The Impression Obsession City landscape layers die, which are 2 separate dies, here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/impression-obsession-die-city-landscape-layers-26740-p.asp
 
I hope you liked my travel journal and will join me again very soon for another project.
 
Until then, take care, love Katrina x
 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Beach huts

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project.   As it is August bank holiday weekend here in the UK, I thought I would share my beach huts I have made using the MDF tags. Of course your tags don't have to be made of MDF you could easily cut tag shapes from any sturdy card for this project.    
This is such an easy project to make.
 
First I drew around the tag shapes on white card and cut them out.
 
I then placed them on my Hougie board and scored every half inch to give me the look of horizontal boards.
 
I chose nice ice-cream colours from the Cosmic shimmer chalk paint and painted every other board. Then left them to dry.
 
 
For the doors I cut pieces of white card and again scored ever half inch but this time vertically, on my Hougie board. I cut thin strips of the same card which I stuck on to make the door surround. A little sticky pearl made a great door knob.
 
I glued the painted beach hut card pieces onto the tags
 
For the roof I cut strips of the same white card and stuck them on top of the painted tag shapes so they looked like a roof.
 
The roof trim was make the same way as the roof but I used a border punch to cut the patterned edge
 
Attach your door's to the middle of the beach huts.
 
Play around with the arrangement of the huts Until you have something you like and then stick them together.
 
This is the back of my piece. The holes make it easy to hang them up.
 
I then cut the word beach on my electronic cutting machine and stuck them on across the beach huts.
 
So there we have a nice summery home decor piece. I have mine hung on the wall but it can also just be stood up. Of course you can add little shells and bits and pieces you pick up on a beach walk to decorate your huts.
 
I used a Hougie board to do all my scoring. You can find them in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/hougie-board-13054-p.asp
I used the Cosmic shimmer chalk paint here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
I hope you are having a wonderful summer. Join me again very soon for another crafty idea.
Until then, take care
             Love Katrina

Monday, 21 August 2017

Tell the bee's stamped card

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project.   I have been using the Craft Consortium Tell the Bees stamp set to make this sweet card.
I used a white 5x5 card blank for the base.
 
I stamped the bee and the words Queen Bee in black in and mounted onto a piece of card from my scrap bag.
 
I then stamped the hexagon background stamp several times onto the card base using the scattered straw distress ink.
 
I attached the topper onto the card using 3d foam and glued the beautiful sparkley sequins on to finish the card off.
 
 
You can find the 5x5 card blanks, as well as many other sizes in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-5-card-blanks-508-c.asp
 
The Tell the Bees stamp set and sequins here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-713-c.asp
 
I hope you like my little card, See you again next time
Love Katrina x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy papers Toadstool house

Hello, design elf Katrina here again to show you my latest project using the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit.   As soon as I saw these beautiful papers I knew I wanted to make a fairy house. I decide on the SVG Cuts Toadstool house box from their cotton tail village set to cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  
I cut all the pieces in white cardstock to make the box and toadstool more sturdy, then cut the pieces again in the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy papers.
 
For the bottom of the box I used the beautiful gilded paper, which cut extremely well on my machine.
 
For the lid I used the glitter dot paper and then decorated it with one of the rub-ons that come in the paper kit.
 
 
The top of the toadstool I used the deep pink print paper in the kit and then covered the white spots with Glossy Accents crackle.
 
Of course they just had to have a pet ladybird cut from the flower paper.
 
 
The two little fawn fairies who live in the toadstool were from one of my digital kits. You can find lots of free pictures on the internet to use for them. I then used a deer die but just cut off his antlers to stick on their heads.
 
The flowers are all taken from the flower collage paper and I also added some dried moss to make it look like the forest floor.
 
The trick to making them stand up by themselves is very simple. I actually used the waste backing of the rub-ons but you can use acetate or anything see-through you have to hand. I cut it to size then folded in half. I then stuck my fairies on to one side and the bottom of the folded piece to the box so they stood up by themselves. 
I did the same for the flowers too.
 
All it needed then was a dab of glitter pen and a little door knob for the front door and their home was complete!!
 
I really hope you like my Fawn Fairy Toadstool house. It really was such fun to make and I am sure my friends would agree very me!!
 
You can find the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
I will be back very soon with another crafty project,
Until then take care,
   Love Katrina 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy birthday card

Hello and welcome to The Fruit Pixie blog. My name is Katrina and I am The Fruit Pixies design elf!    Today I have a beautiful vintage style card to show you. It looks as if I have spent ages cutting and collaging but thanks to the wonderful papers in the Craft Consortium Gypsy Gypsy paper kit, it is an nice quick card to make.
The bottom right corner is a corner from one of the 12x12 papers in the Craft Consortium kit. So all you need to do is cut that out. I bubble cut mine ( not cutting out all the little details ) and because it is on a plain background it works well.
 
The card behind, where I have placed the greeting, is a glittered card. These come in a sheet of different sized and colour cards in the paper pack too.
 
I used scraps of the other papers in the pack to fill in the gaps. All the papers are double sided so you can use every scrap you have left one way or another.
 
To finish the card I added some flowers, again from scraps from the paper kit I have used to make other projects, in the top left corner and the bottom right and then added my sentiment which is a die cut.
 
You can find these beautiful papers by Craft Consortium in the shop here-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-gypsy-gypsy-26861-p.asp
 
I was working on these 6x6 card bases, which are lovely quality - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/50-craft-uk-6-x-6-card-blanks-kraft-25999-p.asp
 
I hope like my vintage style birthday card, what will you be using your papers to create? I would love to know.
 
Until next time, take care, 
   Love Katrina