Happy Noel Sentiments

Continuing with Christmas : ) I've just added a new set of Christmas sentiments to the Boutique - 'Happy Noel'.

'Happy Noel' is a set of 24 sentiments, in a mixed-typeface style.
They print as 4 sentiments to an individual A4 sheet, so they're easy to cut around or punch out. Like this ...


'Happy Noel' Sentiments








You can find 'Happy Noel'*here* in the Boutique, along with the other new designs for Christmas 2017.
And individually *here*.

And I hope you like them!


Love Liz xx
Card Credits 5"x7" White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Simple Spruce' from the Christmas French Country Collection, in 'French Chateua' printed onto Laid White Paper. From Paperchase.
Wooden Stags Head Topper: from the Heritage Christmas range at Hobbycraft
Kraft Twine: By Hemptique
Silver Glitter Card, Mini Silver Bells & a selection of small sequins & crystals.

Wand Cards Part 3: Let's Make Them Sparkly!

The final post of my mini-series on making Wands for your Cards.

The series covers three different stages ...
1. How to make a basic wand.
2. How to adapt this quickly & simply to add to a greetings card, and make it interactive too, so that the wand can be taken off and played with.
3. Share some ideas for making them even prettier and more sparkly.

Today then, as Part Three, I'm going to share a few ideas for trimming them up!

I decorated all my Wands in the following order ...
1. Decorate the stick.
2. Secure it to the Topper.
3. Tie on the Charms & Ribbons.


Stick: Inked lighted with White Ink
Star: Cream Glitter card decorated with cream Sequins
Charms: Ivory Cotton Crochet Thread, threaded with Mini White Glitter Pom Poms
Pale Pink 5mm Satin Ribbon

To make the Pom Pom Charms ...
1. Cut three lengths (approx 10cm, 12cm & 14cm) of cotton & thread one Pom Pom onto each of the ends with a needle. 
2. Tie a knot beneath each one to keep it in place.
3. Place the 3 lengths together, wrap around your stick & tie firmly in place.


Stick: Left as is
Star: Cream Glitter card decorated with pink/cream holographic Sequins
Charms: Lengths of silver & gold metallic thread (between 10 - 12 cm)
The charms are taped, at the same time as the stick, to the reverse of the front Star Topper.
When the back Star Topper is applied, they are then very neatly sandwiched between the two.


Stick: Silver Glitter Border Sticker
Add PVA Adhesive down the length of your stick. Wrap the sticker around. And add a little more adhesive to secure each end.

Star: Silver Glitter Card
Charms: Silver Metallic Crochet Thread, with Mini Silver Stars

To make the Charms ...
1. Cut three lengths (approx 12cm, 14cm & 16cm) of thread.
2. Using PVA Adhesive, sandwich the each of the ends of the threads between 2 stars.
3. Place the 3 lengths together, wrap around your stick & tie firmly in place.


Stick: Silver Craft Foil
Add PVA Adhesive down the length of your stick. Wrap the foil around. And add a little more adhesive to secure each end.
Glitter Border Sticker
There are 2, stuck together, wrapped loosely around the Stick & secured using PVA Adhesive at each end.

Star: Silver Glitter Card
Charms: Silver Mini Bell, threaded onto Silver Metallic Cord & lengths of Metallic Thread
The Charms are both taped, at the same time as the stick, to the reverse of the front Star Topper., so sandwiched between the front & back stars.


Stick: Chunky Glitter at the Top only
Add some PVA Adhesive around the top of the stick, & roll it in your Glitter.

Star: White Card covered in Chunky Silver Glitter
Charms: Metallic Thread & Mini Silver Bells

To make the Little Bell Charm ...
1. Cut a 16cm length of cotton & thread 2 little bells onto one end. 
2. Tie a knot beneath them to keep them in place.
3. Wrap around your stick & tie firmly in place.


If you haven't yet seen the new 'Star Wand' & 'Snowflake Wand' Sentiments, you can find them individually *here* and *here* in the Boutique.

If you'd like both, you need the Special Introductory offer on this page *here*. And the offer ends today.


Love Liz xx

Credits
Star Die: Papertrey Ink.

Wand Cards Part 2: Fastening Wands To Cards

Day Two of my mini-series on making Wands for your Cards.

The series covers three different stages ...
1. How to make a basic wand (which I covered in my post yesterday)
2. How to adapt this quickly & simply to add to a greetings card, and make it interactive too, so that the wand can be taken off and played with.
3. Share some ideas for making them even prettier and more sparkly.

Today then, as Part Two, I'm going to show you how to adapt the basic Wand to fit your greetings cards. And a pretty way to fasten them to your Cards too.


Step 1: Measure

And this is simply cutting the stick to size and an appropriate-sized Topper for the Card you want to make.

So loosely lay out your card, choose a suitable size of Topper, measure the length you want your stick to be & cut it to size.
As an example, my Card is 5" x 7" (approx 13cm x 18cm), my Star Topper is 6cm across and I have cut my stick down to 6" (15cm).
For a larger- or smaller-sized card, you could choose a larger- or smaller-sized Topper and cut the stick to a different length.

Once you are happy with the size of both, put it together in the same way as the full-size Wand I showed you yesterday, and decorate it. And I'll be sharing some ideas for that tomorrow : )

Then we're ready to fasten it to your Card Base.


Step 2: Fasten

I have 2 methods I like to use to do this.

Both require you to be mounting your wand onto card, for strength. You're going to be tying a bow. And if you try to do that with paper, it will just tear. So you need to be mounting onto either your actual card base if you're making a single-layer card or a Card Mat if you're layering. And if you're fastening it to a Card Mat, it's better to do it before mounting your Mat to your Card base.

The first method then is to use a pretty cord or covered elastic to tie them on. Like this ...

1. Place your finished wand where you'd like it to be on your Card (or Card Mat) and working from the front, pierce two small holes either side of the stick, just underneath the Topper & any trimmings you have tied on.

2. From the back, thread your cord through both holes so both ends of the cord are sitting loosely at the front of your card.

3. Pop your Wand into position & tie securely into a pretty bow.

The bow can easily be untied & your Wand simply lifted off to play. And tied back on if you like!

This is my favourite method. It makes the fastening into a feature. And untying the bow to release the Wand adds another layer of loveliness to the whole Card experience.

As an alternative, if you like this tie-on method, but don't want to add a bow to your Card, perhaps because you've already added a pretty bow to your Wand and don't want anything to detract from it, then it's easy to reverse this method putting the tie at the back. Like this ...

It produces a very simple, neat finish on the front of your Card, won't detract from your trimmings & it secures your Wand equally as well as tying it to the front.

Both of these will hold your Wand nice and securely to the front of your Card. But if you want to add a little more security, just add a glue dot towards the bottom of the stick. They're a very discreet fastening. I've added one to my Card in the image above. Can you see it?

Which moves me on rather nicely to the second method I like to use to secure my Wands. And that's simply to use a couple of Glue Dots. Very quick & super simple!

Any clear, non-permanent Glue Dot will work. I've found that Lo-Tack Dots are not quite strong enough to hold my Wands securely. But any normal or Hi-Tack Dots have been just fine.
And size, well the wooden skewers are about 3mm wide, & a 3 - 4mm Glue Dot sits very nicely, and hidden behind them.

Just add one close to the Topper and another about 2/3rds off the way down & your Wand will sit very securely. And it can still easily be taken off your Card to play & popped back on too!

Just be certain to place them where they will adhere to the stick and not a decoration!

Tomorrow, I'll be sharing some pretty & sparkly ideas for decorating your Wands.

And if you have any questions about fastening your Wands to your Cards, please just ask : )
Or if you have a different method you like to use for securing Wands to Cards, please share it in the comments below. All ideas are very welcome!



If you haven't yet seen the new 'Star Wand' & 'Snowflake Wand' Sentiments, you can find them individually *here* and *here* in the Boutique.

And if you'd like both, you need the Special Introductory offer on this page *here*.

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
5 x 7 White Card Blank
Sentiment: 'Star Wand' Sentiments in Pure Silver & printed onto 100gsm Laid White paper (Paperworks #4). From Paperchase.
Star Die: Papertrey Ink.

Wand Cards Part 1: How To Make A Star Wand

So, as promised in my last post, today I want to show you how to make a Wand to add to your Wand Cards.

I had three things I wanted to talk about in this post ...
1. How to make a basic wand
2. How to adapt this quickly & simply to add to a greetings card, and make it interactive too, so that the wand can be taken off and played with.
3. Share some ideas for making them even prettier and more sparkly.

But the post was far too long & photo-heavy!

So I'm going to split it up into 3 posts over the next 3 days. And today, I'm going to show you how to make a basic Wand.

I'm going to be making a Star Wand. The method is exactly the same if you want to make one with a different Topper, such as a snowflake. Just replace the Topper!


How To Make A Basic Star Wand

You will need ...
Wooden Skewer
2 identical Star Shapes, one for the front of your Wand, and another for the back
(I'm using Glitter card for the front & thin White Card for the back)
Ribbon or Twine
Double-Sided Tape (not shown)
& PVA Adhesive (not shown)

1. Select the star you want to use as the front of your wand. And using tape, secure your wand stick to the back of it. If you are using Double-Sided Tape, remove the wax / silicone backing before you proceed to the next step.

2. Still working on the reverse side of your wand, apply PVA Adhesive to the surface of your star ...

3. ... and carefully lining up the edges, secure your second star over the first. You may find using some tiny craft pegs useful to hold it all in place whilst it dries.

4. Tie a ribbon around it. And your Star Wand is finished!

Simple? Very!

Tomorrow, I'll be showing you how you can adapt this quickly & simply to add to a greetings card, and make it interactive too, so that the wand can be taken off and played with. And the following day, I'll be share some ideas for making them even prettier and more sparkly.

If you haven't yet seen the new 'Star Wand' & 'Snowflake Wand' Sentiments, you can find them individually *here* and *here* in the Boutique.

And if you'd like both, you need the Special Introductory offer on this page *here*.


Love Liz xx

Credits
Star Die. By Papertrey Ink
Silk Ribbon. By May Arts.
Scrap of White Card, & gold thread.

'Tis The Season To Sparkle!

Hello: ) How are you?

I've designed a few new little somethings for Christmas this year. And I added the first of them to the Boutique this weekend - 'Star Wand' Sentiments & 'Snowflake Wand' Sentiments.

Bold in size and bold in style, each set is a set of 4 Christmas-themed sentiments, in a handwritten-style typeface and in 2 different layouts, one of which is designed to sit to the side of your card with room for a cute little Wand.

They print as 4 sentiments to an individual A4 sheet, so they're easy to cut around or punch out. Like this ...


Star Wand Sentiments




Snowflake Wand Sentiments



And they come in all the 38 colours of The Colour Collection Colour Palette and Positive & Negative printing choices too!






I've set up a page in the Boutique where you'll be able to find all my new Christmas designs for this year quickly & easily, and all in one place.
And the 'Star Wand' & 'Snowflake Wand' Sentiments are my first designs on it. Along with a Special Offer too if you'd like both : )

Or you can find them individually *here* and *here*.

I do hope you like them!
And in my next post, I'll show you how I made my wands : )

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
5x7 White Card Blanks.
Sentiments: 'Star Wand' & 'Snowflake Wand' Sentiments in Pure Silver & Pebble Lagoon printed onto 100gsm Laid White paper (Paperworks #4). From Paperchase.
Star Die: Papertrey Ink.
Snowflake Die: X Cut Mini Die.
Holly Die: Simply Creative.
A selection of small sequins & crystals.

The Pink Petticoat Portfolio : Stage 3

Hello. It's been a while hasn't it? I hope you've all been enjoying some lovely crafting time.

I've been looking through the retired designs from The Pink Petticoat Portfolio and making some decisions about which ones I'm going to add to the Boutique. (Stage 3 of the rebuild process!)

And I'm happy to tell you that I have made a start - there are now 10 new additions in The Colour Collection : )

One is a design which I've brought out of retirement. That's Daisy Daisies.

Whilst I was looking through everything, I also discovered some designs from elsewhere in the Portfolio which had never been added to The Colour Collection. And which make lovely papers in all the colours. So I've added some of those today too ...
Autumn Blooms
Painterly Dots in two sizes
(which you can see from my cards had both been part of The French Country Collection, but not The Colour Collection.)
Simple Hearts
Tiny Tulips
Flourish
Crosses and
Flourishes

And there's also Chrysanthemums, which I missed when I was adding designs earlier in the year!

I've made a few little tweaks to the Web Site in the hope that it will make everything easier to find as I rebuild. There are a lot of designs to add! And if you could take a minute to let me know how you find it, I'd really appreciate that!


And you can find all the new additions in *this section* of the Boutique.

Love Liz xx

Just For 24 Hours ...

You can get all the items from 'Molly Rose' and 'Sweet Succulents' from The Lovely Studio for £1.50. Just for the next 24 hours : )

Today is also your last chance to get everything in The Pink Petticoat Portfolio for £1.50 too. Have you got everything you want?


Love Liz xx