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