Friday, 16 June 2017

Sunshine hanging plaque

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project.   First I apologise for the long gap between posts this month but my Mum has been in hospital and what with daily life and hospital visiting it has not left much time to craft.   I have had fun though making this hanging plaque using the wonderful chipboard houses and chipboard trees by Crafty Individuals.
I cut a base for my plaque from some box card and covered it in paper from the Craftwork Card Bohemian Dream paper pack. I cut a strip of more of the paper from the same paper pack to give my house,tree and bush a base to sit on.
 
First I chose a house then a tree and bush from the chipboard sheets and painted them a base colour using the 
Cosmic Simmer chalk paint. I then chose an IndigoBlu stencil and added some contrasting paint through the stencil.
 
Once dry I stuck them together and drew the outline with a black fine liner. Then assembled my plaque using some die cut clouds, sun and a kite. I added the little word and number also from the Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams papers.
 
I then just had to,add some of the Craftwork cards Candi as apples on my tree.
 
The bright yellow word Sunshine was added to finish it all off.
 
I love these chipboard shapes, they are so easy to paint or colour with inks and I love the quirky shaped houses.
 
You can find the chipboard shapes here-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/crafty-individuals-chipboard-399-c.asp
 
Paper pack-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-bohemian-dreams-25673-p.asp
 
Paints -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
Thanks you for joining me today, I will be back again very soon with another project to share with you.
 
Until then, take care, 
         love Katrina
 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Angels are near Art Journal page

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project for the Fruit Pixie.   I have been an Art Journaler for about 10 years now and I think it is one of my favourite ways to craft. What I love so much about it is no one judges, you don't have to show it to anyone if you don't want to. Everyone has their own style so everyones journals will be different, which is a good thing. The best thing though is its all for you, which is very unusual in crafting.     Now if you are a keen crafter, which I am assuming you are, you would of noticed that art journaling has become trendy over the past couple of years. Every craft product producer has jumped on the band wagon and insist you need all the wonderful products to be a good art journaler. The truth is you don't need anything special, as long as you have a journal to work in and something to work with your good to go.        So I thought it would be nice to show you how I go about making my pages. Starting with an easy page aimed at the complete beginner and working my way through lots of different techniques I have learnt along the way.          To start with you need a journal. For these demonstrations I will be using the IndigoBlu Junk and disordley art journal
This is great for a beginner because it is bound together using book rings so you can take the pages out to work on them.
 
So lets start. The key to a beautiful art journal page is layers and layers and layers. Just keep layering until you like the look.
 
The way I like to work is choose a few paint colours to work with, don't choose too many colours, about 5 or 6 at the most and choose some light and dark colours in your set. I used the Cosmic Shimmer chalk paints. Pour out a little of each paint you have selected in front of you, I work on a glass mat but I have also use a glass chopping board you can get at the Pound shop or other high street shops.
 
I then just get some colour onto the page. I use all sorts for different things for this but my favourite is a wet wipe. These are great to paint with and there is no brush to wash at the end!!! If you are a bit nervous about painting with a paint brush then give the wet wipe technique a try, just scrunch it up and dip,it in the paint then wipe it onto your page. It's much quicker and easier than a brush and blends the colours beautifully.
 
Next I turned to some stamps. Visible Image has some great art journaling style stamps. To start with I used Visible Image Orbital stamp but instead of using ink with them I used paint. Just sponge the paint onto your stamp and stamp as usual. You must then wash the paint off straight away with soapy water. This wont hurt your stamp at all, as long as you wash the paint off immediately. I keep an old toothbrush to use for this.
 
I then used the Angels are near stamp set also from Visible image. I used paint again but this time I wanted them to stand out a bit more, so I used a dark pink paint.
 
I felt they were a bit too visible so I added a bit more paint by dry brushing it on top. To dry brush take some paint onto your brush
but then work almost all of it off by painting backwards and forwards on your glass mat. Then use what is left on your page. It gives you a lovely soft finish.
 
To finish off my page I stamped and heat embossed the feather and quote from the Visible image Angels are near set. I used the Cosmic shimmer pastel blue embossing powder for the feather and a black embossing powder of my own for the quote
 
Finishing with some paint splats. For these water down your paint with water and using a toothbrush pick up some paint and aiming at the page quickly stroke the brush part of the toothbrush with your finger. This is a bit hit and miss so if you need to, protect your work area.
 
Congratulations you have a finished are journal page. Of course you can build up the page more if you like but I thought this was enough for a complete beginner. 
 
You can find the IndigoBlu journal here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
 
Cosmic shimmer paint -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
Visible Image stamps -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/visible-image-angels-are-near-25123-p.asp
 
Cosmic shimmer embossing powder-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-embossing-powders-313-c.asp
 
I will be back soon with the next page in my art Journal. If you have any questions, ask below or on our Facebook page and I will be happy to help.
 
until then, take care
     Love Katrina
 
 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Art Deco card

Hello again and welcome to my Art deco card post. My name is Katrina and I am the Fruit Pixies design elf.   This week I have started playing with the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamps. This is my idea of heaven! I love my old films, when films had a story, believable characters, beautiful gowns ( that were called gowns and even had a designer ) handsome leading men and wonderful music scores.  Of course I also know it was all make believe. Film stars lives made up for the sake of the fans and box office takings but what a beautiful lie it was. So you won't be surprised to hear I love this set!!!  For this project I have gone back to basics and made a simple stamped card.
The card base I made in the Silhouette design software but there are lots of shaped cards on the market. You could also do this on a square card too. This was made to fit a 5x5 inch envelope.
 
The backing paper is from the 8x8 paper pad. I mounted that onto gold paper I had in my scraps bag.
 
The image and word Glamour are from the Vintage Hollywood stamp set 3. I stamped them onto gold card and embossed them in black embossing powder.
 
I added 2 die cut stars to finish the card off.
 
You can find the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamps here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
 
Embossing powder-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/embossing-powders--utee-18-c.asp
 
Versamark pad, I find this pad best for embossing with -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/versamark-watermark-pad-14963-p.asp
 
 
I have so many ideas for this paper set so come back again soon to find out what they are!!
 
Until then, take care,
                   Love Katrina
 
 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Graphic 45 Beneath the Sea altered book part 2!

Well hello again, design elf Katrina here to show you the rest of my Beneath the Sea altered book made using the Graphic 45 papers of the same name.                     If you missed part 1 and would like to see the first few pages you can find that post here -      http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/graphic-45-voyage-beneath-sea-altered.html   So back to the altered book.
So the first page we are looking at in this post is the reverse of the folded page
 
 
On the left hand folded page I used one of the lovely mermaid stamps from the Graphic 45 papers Deep blue dreams. The quote is one of the Graphic 45 stamps and then I added some die cuts and highlighted it all using the Ranger distress crayons and a white pen.
 
As it was an Under the sea theme I wanted a port hole in my book. So I glued the pages of the next section together, left them to dry overnight and then drew round the right size circle I wanted, after searching through every cupboard in the house, and then slowly cut it out using a craft knife with a sharp blade in it.
 
I cut the two port holes out of scrap card using two circle dies and used Candies as rivets. I then covered the port hole with the same aluminium tape, you can buy at DIY stores, as I used for the cover. As this stretches I could use a ball tool to go around the Candies to make them look like rivets. I then coloured the porthole using alcohol ink in the same way as I did for the cover.
I glued acetate to the back of both of the portholes. Then I glued the first porthole to the page lining it up with the hole I cut in the book pages. Then I turned the page over and added some watch parts and coloured shell bits (I bought these from the Pound shop, they were in the beauty part as they are to stick to your nails) to the centre of the acetate. I then glued the second porthole to the page lining it up with the first one.
 
Now the difficult part...... wait for it to dry!! If you don't and tip it up it will all stick to the glue and won't be a shaker porthole, believe me I know from experience!
 
I then added a die cut seahorse and one of the stamped quotes finishing it off with distress crayons and white pen.
 
 
Then on the other side of the shaker porthole I added some of the paper parts and for the facing page I used one of the picture quotes from the Graphic 45 beneath the sea wild wild waves paper. I wanted to be able to see the divers helmet through the porthole and it worked too!
 
 
 
The next couple of pages I added some ink through stencils, some more of the beautiful picture quotes from this paper line together with die cuts and some distress crayon smudging. Also some white paint splatters as I did throughout the book.
 
Then we get to the final page!!!
 
It was the reason why I wanted to do the altered book to begin with. The beautiful mermaid picture. I wanted her in a deep frame.
 
 
The way you get this look is to use ruler and pencil to mark out the frame you want. I do that before I do any painting at all, right at the beginning as part of your prep work.
 
Hold all the pages for the depth of your frame together and glue around the outside of the pages, on all four sides. Clamp them together with pegs or clips if you can. If not then put some baking paper between the paper block and the next page to stop it sticking to the rest of the book and put something heavy on top. Let it dry completely over night.
 
Once its dry, using a craft knife with a new blade and a steel ruler, slowly cut around the frame. Cut through a few pages at a time removing the pages as you go, until you get the depth you want. Don't try to do it all in one go. Take this easy as its a lot of cutting, so take breaks and keep a sharp blade in you knife. One of the reasons we stuck the pages together just on the outside edge and didn't glue the complete page to each other was so you can remove the pages easier and you are not having to cut through all that glue as well as paper.
 
Once you have cut out your frame you can glue anything you think needs glueing together and then decorate. Using a paper frame around your cut frame will hide any rough edges. 
 
I used the panel from the Graphic 45 beneath the sea wild wild waves paper but cut the frame off to use as a frame of my cut frame.
 
The left hand page has been stencilled and then a panel and a couple of borders used to decorate the page. I also used a stamped quote and a couple of die cuts as well as my distress crayons and white pen to add some arty touches.
 
Well, thats it the whole book. Thank you for staying with me to the end. I really hope you enjoyed it and will have a go at an altered book yourself, they really are great fun to do. There are no rules just do what you like in your style, believe me you will love it.
 
The Graphic 45 papers can be found in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/voyage-beneath-the-sea-697-c.asp
 
White pen here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/inkssentials-white-opaque-pigment-ink-pen-5352-p.asp
 
Candi as part of a Craftwork Cards paper pack -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-bohemian-dreams-25673-p.asp
 
 
See you next time with another project
              Love Katrina

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Graphic 45 Voyage beneath the sea altered book

Hello and welcome to the Fruit Pixie blog. My name is Katrina Rollings and I design for the Fruit Pixie as her design elf.    Today I have a big project using the beautiful Graphic 45 Voyage beneath the Sea papers and stamps to share with you.   As soon as I opened these papers and stamps I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. An altered book! I love it when inspiration strikes like that, don't you? It turned into quite a project so I decided to show you in too parts.                   Voyage beneath the sea altered book part 1 -    To start with perhaps you don't know what an altered book is? Well it is a wonderful project to do. You take a hard backed book, you want to choose one that has been stitched together, if it is a glued binding they tend to fall apart half way through so I avoid those. Then cut out some of the pages, don't pull them out or you might damage the binding, to compensate for the papers etc you will put into your project. I then like to divide up the book into sections, you won't want to decorate every page in a book so perhaps 5 or 6 pages or sections. Create your pages and then glue the spare pages together to form your altered book. This will all become clear when I walk you through mine.    So, here it is -  
I like to work on the cover last, mainly because I don't want to worry about getting any paint etc over my beautifully decorated cover. For this book I wanted to look like it had come from the bottom of the sea. So I used a very old technique of using alcohol ink on top of silver aluminium tape ( you can get it at DIY shops on now and again at Lidl ) 
 
To make the rivets I used some of the Craftwork cards Candi. I stuck them to the book cover using the small 3D foam before I put the tape over the top. The great thing about the aluminium tape is that is has a lot of give in it and so you can cover the Candi then gently run a ball tool around the Candi and it looks like a rivet.
 
Choose your alcohol ink colours, I use 3 at a time, apply to your felt applicator tool and then dab all over the tape.
 
Once the ink is dry I used a couple of the toppers from the 12x12 Voyage beneath the Sea and a stamp from the 12x12 deep blue sea.
 
I also highlighted the rivets using the Ranger distress stain in gold.
 
 
 
For the first page I wanted to make some pockets and tags. So I used some scrap card and cut it to size I needed, then stuck it to the books pages to form pockets.
 
I then painted and stencils and stamped to my hearts content, adding images from the papers and die cut cogs.
 
For this seahorse tag I cut a tag out of Kraft card and then covered it with the 12x12 Ocean quest paper. I then painted over the paper in the middle part of the tag and used a steampunk stencil over the top.
 
I cut the sea horse out of the 12x12 Voyage beneath the sea paper and collaged him onto the tag.
 
 
For the mermaid tag I made the tag in the same way as the seahorse but used a shell stencil instead of a steampunk one.
 
I stamped the mermaid from the stamp set. The mermaid quote is also a stamp stamped onto a piece of book paper and coloured using Ranger distress crayons.
 
I then added some white paint splats to the tags and book page too.
 
 
A great technique when altering a book is cutting or folding the pages into all sorts of shapes so you can revel or cover up parts of the book which adds interest and surprises for the reader.
 
For the left hand page I simply used one of the quotes from the 12x12 Wild wild waves paper. Then I have folded part of the right hand page up so you can see part of the next page and the giant octopus peeping out.
 
I have used paint and stencils for the background of the right hand page then stamped the man riding his fish using one of the stamps and added some colour to him.
 
He needed something to ride through so I used some seaweed die cuts and cogs which I highlighted with distress crayons and white pen.
 
 
 
This is the page you had a glimpse of before. I also folded the right hand page too so, again you can see on into the book.
 
I used the mermaid stamp again and the giant octopus is a die cut as are the bubbles.
 
Then background is made up using paint and stencils and highlighted using distress crayons and white pen.
 
Again you can see on into the book but that will have to wait.
 
 
Now a secret.......sometimes your book begins to fall apart as you work with it, as mine did, so if you look very closely you can see some washi tape down the middle of the page. If this happens to, you don't worry. You can either use any paper tape like masking tape or washi tape and either cover it up or let it add to the design. It all adds to the feel of your book at the end.
 
So that is almost half way through my Voyage under the sea altered book. 
 
I will return next week with part two!
 
If you have any questions or need some help I am only too happy to help. You can ask them here or over on the Fruit Pixie face book page.
 
You can find the beautiful papers in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/voyage-beneath-the-sea-697-c.asp
 
White pens here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/white-pens-415-c.asp
 
 Candi for the rivets here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-time-flies-25760-p.asp
 
So, until next week when I return to show you part 2 of my book,
 
                              Take care, love Katrina 
 
 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Paperartsy spring tulips

Hello, design elf Katrina here again with another spring project to show you.    We have had some beautiful spring weather here in the southwest of England and all the spring flowers look beautiful in the sunshine. They have inspired me to make my own spring tulips using the Paperartsy Tulip die set and matching Paperartsy stamps.  
 
I made a pot for my tulips on my Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine but a real pot would be even better. My hubby is a very keen gardener so all pots were taken!!
 
The tulips are very easy to make! First I chose my coloured cardstock and found two different shades of each colour. 
 
The stamp set has two different styles of Tulip and each Tulip has three sections. I chose the style that has a outside line to the design. I stamped each stamp in that set three times and then die cut them all out using the corresponding die. You will find it easier if you stamp first and the use a piece of low tack tape (or tape you have de tacked by sticking it to your cloths a couple of times ) to hold the die in the right place before you run it through your machine.  If you don't own a die cutting machine then you can just cut them out by hand but with the dies you get the same shape each time.
 
Fold each layer of Tulip in half from left to right. The tulips are not symmetrical so they won't meet up perfectly but this doesn't really show when the Tulip is finished.
 
Then stick the two layers of each flower on top of each other so the folds are in the same place. For the third layer I only stuck the bottom half down so I could curl it over when my Tulip was finished.
 
You now need to make the stem. This needs to support the Tulip so I used a bamboo skewers. I used some green Washi  tape to cover the skewer and make them more stem like.
 
Now take one of your tulips and stick its petal to the second Tulips petal. Take your stem and stick it on the inside of the Tulip along the line of the petals you glued together. 
 
Then stick the third petal over the top and stick all the petals together giving you a 3d Tulip as in the photo. You might need to use a couple of pegs to hold the petals together while they stick. I used a normal PVA white glue and had not trouble getting them to stick. Once they are dry curl the top petal over as shown on the photo.
 
 
For the leaves I used the same stamp and die as the last layer of the flower but stamped it onto green card. I then stuck it together with the stem in between.
 
The little flag was simply made by cutting a strip of paper into a long thin rectangle, folding it around the wooden support (that came from a pot of hyacinths we bought, it held the variety and price attached to it. It was just the job so I saved it as I liked the shape) I wrote spring in green pen and then stuck it around the little post and tied some garden string to the top. You could use another bamboo skewer for this.
 
To get them all to stand up was a bit of a battle. In the end I used Blutack at the bottom of the pot and pushed the end of my skewers into it. I then scrunched up some old tissue paper to support the skewers and fill the pot. I then could just cover top of the pot with dried moss it give it a realistic look.
 
This is such a nice bright cheerful project which would make a lovely gift or as I have done with mine, something for your own home. They need no light or water so can go anywhere. Mine are in the hall to welcome you home. They are also perfect for anyone who is in hospital too.
 
If you would like to make your own tulips you will need-
 
Paperartsy Tulip stamps 50% off at the mo!
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/eclectica3-collection-lin-brown-elb08-23263-p.asp
 
Paperartsy matching die set also 50% off
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/paperartsy-die-tulip-1-23274-p.asp
 
Cardstock - 
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/coredinations-core-essentials-brights-15533-p.asp
 
Washi tape -
 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/washi-tape-625-c.asp
 
Have fun making your Tulips and have a very happy Easter
 
             Love Katrina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Easter Carrot treat boxes

Hello, welcome to The Fruit Pixies blog. I am Design Elf Katrina and today I have a really cute fun Easter treat box idea that will put a smile on anyone's face.


   I made these using the Graphic 45 Bohemain Bazzar papers but any orange paper or card will do as well.

  All you need to do is cut a rectangle of your carrot paper, mine was 5.5" x 6",  roll them into a tube and stick the seam down using red line tape. I then sealed one end horizontally.

   Cut a rectangle of green paper and feather cut it to make it look like carrot tops. I also put mine through a paper ribber as I found mine the other day at the back of a drawer. I then folder my carrot tops in half to make them look thicker.

  Fill your carrot with Easter treats and seal the other end encasing the carrot tops, this time vertically.

                       So there you are a cut fun way to give your loved ones a sweet treat this Easter.

                                              Have a great time this Easter
                                                                           Love Katrina x

Monday, 27 March 2017

Craftwork Cards mothers day card

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you the Mother's Day card I made using the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious kit.  
The Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit is such a pretty set. I have found so many different thinks to do with it.
 
This card was made using just two sheets of the 8x8 inch paper pad and a few Candies . I began with the blue background paper that has some lovely pink and brown swirls. I covered my 5x7 white card blank with that paper, sticking the card blank in place on the back of the paper where I wanted it before cutting it out.
 
 I then cut out the doodled flowers from another of the background paper. I stuck one of the main designs onto the top left of the card and cut the second one apart. I placed the little flower on the bottom right and a second flower coming in from the top right.
 
With all of the Craftwork Cards kits you get a bag of their Candi. The doodle flower designs have circles within the design which are the same size as the Candi. So I used them to add more height and colour. I stuck the Candi on to the card using small 3d foam squares, which helps support them.
 
I then used my blue glitter pen to colour in parts of the doodle flower design which added a little sparkle. 
 
The lettering I cut out of the remainder of the doodle flower paper using some alphabet dies. I traced around the letters with my blue glitter pen to help them pop from the card.
All the products I used here are available in the shop, except the alphabet dies and blue glitter pen.
 
You can find the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-scrumptious-25687-p.asp
 
The card blanks here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-7-card-blanks-511-c.asp
 
3D foam to attach your Candi to the card -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/3d-foam-pads-assorted-258-p.asp
 
I hope you like my Mothers Day card and will join me again for more crafty inspiration.
Until then, take care
         Love Katrina 
     

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Graphic 45 City Scapes papers mini travel case and album

Hello, welcome, I am Katrina, the Fruit Pixies design elf. I have a fun little project to show you today that I made using one of the Graphic 45 City Scapes papers and the wonderful matching stamp sets.


It was difficult to chose which paper to use as they are all so lovely. I finally decided on the 12x12 crossroads paper.



I made the little suitcase using a design on my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine but you could find a template online or use one of the  paper mache shapes you can buy. It would also be nice to cover a little gift box too.


I used all 3 sets of the stamp sets, which I stamped onto kraft card using black ink and cut out, to collage the front of the case. I also stamped a little tag too.


To go inside the little case I made a small accordion book.

I cut 2 covers from the same card as the case then cut a another piece of card the same height as the cover but 4 times the width.

 I scored it into 4 pages and then folded it into a concertina and stuck the covers to each end.


Again using the stamps I stamped, cutout and collaged the inside of the book
  
I also used some of the scraps left from cutting out the case, to decorate the ends.

To keep the little book closed I made a wrap from the scraps of the paper.


               I added a little colour to some of the stamped images to give some contrast.


I also stamped a border top and bottom just to give a bit more interest.

Of course you could leave the book plain and use it as a a travel journal or planner.


I stamped and image for the cover and added one of the sentiments too.

The inside of the case was also decorated with the Graphic 45 paper City Scapes. It is a double sided paper, so lots of ways you can used it.

I also used some of the Cosmic Shimmer PVA to add detail.

Well, I hope you liked my project. Everything I used, except the cardstock which was from my own collection, can be found in the shop.

The Graphic 45 City Scapes paper collection and stamps - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/city-scapes-698-c.asp

The Kraft card and plenty of other cardstock - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cardstock-57-c.asp

inks - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/ink-pads-84-c.asp

Cosmic Shimmer PVA - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-pastel-pva-ivory-22781-p.asp

There are so many wonderful papers in this collection, I have a cunning plan for the rest, so come back very soon to find out what I have planned, along with lots of other crafty projects.

Until then, take care,
                            love Katrina 






Saturday, 18 February 2017

Craftwork Cards Scrumptious papers swing card.

Hello! Design Elf Katrina here again to show you what I have been up to in my craft nook!!

    This time it is a card project using the Craft Work Cards Scrumptious paper pack. I started playing with this paper kit before Christmas and I must admit I loved it. Now that spring is starting to bloom here in the UK it is a nice bright paper pack to play with.



 I cut this card shape, a swing card, on my Silhouette Cameo but there are lots of different card blanks out there and of course you could do the same style on a plain card blank too.

          I used one of the papers for the front pannels and then one of the die cut sentiment for the front swing part of the card.

With every Craftwork Cards paper kit you always get some of their Candis. I used 4 of them on the four corners of my card. I used the small square 3D foam to lift them from the card.

Then just a small bow to add to finish off the card.

You can find the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit in the shop here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-scrumptious-25687-p.asp

the small 3D foam pads - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftime-3d-foam-squares-2mm-20106-p.asp

Thank you for popping in to look at my card project, I hope you will pop over again to see my next project.
Until then, take care,
                     love Katrina

MDF Rose heart

Hi there, design elf Katrina here again to show you a valentines inspired mixed media project.

  This year I am aiming to do a mixed media piece each month to show you and as it was valentines day last week I decided to use one of the MDF hearts from Creative Expressions and create a mixed media collage dedicated to love.


For me the key to mixed media is to layer and layer and layer. 
So, to begin, I took one of the MDF hearts from the pack (you get 6 in each pack) and covered it with some of the paper from the IndigoBlu Memory lane stack.

I then added one of the Bo Bunny doilies to the right hand part of the heart.

I chose an image from the IndigoBlu Lost Families stack and cut her out. Then glued her down.

I then chose a stencil, this one is the rose stencil from IndigoBlu and using the Fired Brick Distress ink on some of the blending foam, worked it through the stencil to cover most of the heart except her face.

I stamped the sentiment, a stamp is from the Visible Images never grow up set, and cut it apart. Then glued it down.

To colour the edges of the MDF heart and give a slight border to my collage, I used the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax in Decadent wine. I applied it with a cloth and then buffed it up to a shine. I find dried out baby wipes are good for this!

To finish it off I add some stick pearls and used some of my chalk crayons to give it a grungy feel.

So as you can see lots and lots of layers!

You can find everything I used in the shop -

MDF Hearts - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/creative-expressions-mdf-hearts-6-pack-25697-p.asp

All the IndigoBlu products here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-accessories-534-c.asp

Distress Ink here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/tim-holtz-distress-inks-83-c.asp

Bo Bunny dollies - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/bo-bunny-doilies-small-4-25967-p.asp

Stamp Sentiment - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/visible-image-never-grow-up-set-25228-p.asp

Cosmic Shimmer guiding wax -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-gilding-wax-677-c.asp

So there we are, I think I got all the products I used!!

Thank you so much for popping in, I hoped you liked my project and will join me again for another project very soon.

Until then, take care,
                Love Katrina 



Friday, 3 February 2017

Rose stamped card

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you another of my crafty projects.

  Now I have been crafting for many, many years and it was stamping that made my eyes light up and switch from needle work to paper crafting. That was until I discovered what we used to call altered art back in the day but now you would know it as mixed media and stamps lost their attraction.

   One of my new years arty goals for this year is to get back into stamping. So, once a month, one of my weekly posts will be a stamped project and here is the first one!

  It was my parents 56th wedding anniversary a few days ago and this is the card I made for them. Of course Valentines day is just around the corner so this would be a lovely card for that too or even for a summer wedding card.

  The stamp kit I was working with was the Visible Image Immortal Love set ( link below ).
 

To begin with the background. I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller then my 5x7 card blank. 
 I took the damask stamp from the set and stamped it may times to make the background using the Distress ink milled lavender.



For the roses arrangement I stamped the large rose once and the smaller rose 3 times onto a patterned paper using distress ink pumice stone. 
I then cut them out.
I made the card by first using a border punch from Mather Stewart and then layered the roses up using some 3D foam.
I cut some heart shaped leaves using a die and poked them into the rose arrangement.


I then stamped the "love" and "is forever" stamps onto the background using more of the Distress ink pumice stone.
I added a little stickles glitter to the centre of the roses and inked around the edges of the card front with both the milled lavender and the pumice stone.
I then mounted my card front onto my card blank to finish.


I hope you enjoyed my stamped project. If you have been inspired and would like to purchase the things I used, you can find them in the shop using the links below.

5x7 card blanks - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-7-card-blanks-511-c.asp

Visible Image stamp set -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/5-x-7-card-blanks-511-c.asp

Distress ink - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/ink-pads-84-c.asp

Join me again very soon for another crafty project,
Until then take care
                                  Love Katrina.







Sunday, 29 January 2017

Craftwork cards Scrumptious flower box card

Hello, design elf Katrina here to welcome you to the blog and show you a really cute card I have made using the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper kit.

   If you know Craftwork cards you will know that in each kit you will get a beautiful pad of 8x8 paper, stacks of die cuts and a bag of their matching Candies. The die cuts differ in each themed kit and with this kit you get some really cute flowers and some different sentiments.

  Now I'm not a big user of flowers but for some reason these really caught my eye. They are all different shapes and stack together to make wonderfully cute modern looking flowers. They have also included some cut into a spiral, which can be rolled up to become the centre of your flower.

  So, because of these lovely flowers. I decided to make a flower box card.


This card folds flat to post and is fairly simple to make, there are lots of free templates for this shape card and videos to help you put them together online. Mine was cut out using my Sillhouette Cameo.

I cut the box out in blue card and covered it with one of the papers in the pad.

I made up 4 flowers and cut some leaves out of green card.

I added them to the dividers in the card and added a large sentiment from the kit to the front and a small banner sentiment from the kit to the back wall of the box.


Of course these flowers could be used on all sorts of projects, they are so much fun.

You can find the kit in the Fruit Pixie shop here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-scrumptious-25687-p.asp

Thank you for popping in today. I would love to know what you think of this kit.

Join me again next week for another project,
Until then take care,
                                            Love Katrina 


Friday, 20 January 2017

Craftwork Cards Scrumptious perpetual calendar

Hello, design elf Katrina here to welcome you to my craft nook and to show you a craft project I have made with the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious paper set.

   I always find that after Christmas I want to work with some bright colours and this kit from Craftwork Cards is just the ticket for that. The kit has the usual beautifully designed 8x8 papers in a pad plus die cut toppers. With each of their kits they like to chop and change about with the die cuts and  this time there are die cut flowers. Then of course you get the pack of their Candies, which if you have not come across them before they describe them as brads with out the prongs. So basically a  small 3d domed circle.

 Now I have to confess I am terrible with numbers, especially remembering then. I never know what the date is, never have been able to remember it and I am also almost as bad on the day too, ever since Hubby has taken early retirement. So when I saw this perpetual calendar in the Silhouette design store I thought it might solve the problem so I had to make one.


The calendar was cut on my Silhouette Cameo, an electronic cutting machine which I love.
I made it up in white card then covered it with the beautiful Craftwork Cards Scrumptious papers.


As you can see they all work very beautifully together, as we have come to expect from Craftwork Cards.



Not a very exciting photo I know but I wanted to show there are plainer papers too in the kit.

This is a lovely bright kit. Even though it has quite a lot of pink in it I wouldn't say it was too girly as the browns and blues give you different options for colour combinations.

You can find the kit in the shop here - 
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-scrumptious-25687-p.asp

                     Next time I have some cards to show you that use the cute flowers from this kit.
                       
                                                    So until then take care of yourself
                                                                                     
                                                                                    Love Katrina
                                                                   

Friday, 13 January 2017

Winter birthday cards with Craftwork Cards Winter Forest

Hello and a very Happy Crafty New Year form me The Fruit Pixies design elf and the Fruit Pixie herself.      I am so pleased to be back in my craft room again after a busy Christmas time then a horrible cold but I am feeling better and excited about all the new crafty goodies that will come our way this year.     First though a bit of a look back to the Craftwork Cards Winter Forest paper pack. Now I have 2 family birthdays in December. So I made these cards for them using the Craftwork Cards Winter Forest paper kit. As you can see there is nothing remotely Christmassy about them and they look beautiful as Winter birthday cards
My first card is using one of the toppers in the kit mounted on some of the paper from the paper pad. 
The card base is covered by another of the papers in the paper pack.
I then used one of my punches ( I have a bit of a thing for snowflakes ) to punch some borders from the same paper as the topper mount.
Then I added a happy birthday to finish!
 
 
Now for the second I used a shape card cut on my Silhouette Cameo 
 
 
I used the beautiful snow paper from the paper pack to cover the sides and bottom pieces.
The owl is printed on the paper in the paper pack so I just cut a piece that included him to fit on the middle piece of the card.
Then I added some die cut snowflakes and another Happy Birthday and it's finished.
      So as you can see just because you have used a kit for Christmas cards they can be used for other cards too.       You can find this kit in the shop here - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-frozen-forest-26360-p.asp         Well, I hope you have enjoyed looking at my first project of the year and will join me again and through out the year for some more crafty inspiration and fun.                        Until then look after yourself, love Katrina x