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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

5 year old granddaughter learns to use Craft Artist




I have already mentioned that I had the grandchildren over the weekend, and that the 5 year old created a picture for her Dad that I forgot to take a picture of.   Well on Sunday, having seen the card her sister made for a friend she wanted to have another go and make a card for her Mum and fiancé.    With the help of her 8 year old sister this is what she created in Craft Artist.  and I promised to put it on my blog.   (I should add here that they have three cats and a dog - thus the theme).

I love that they want to learn to use all these skills, and will always encourage them.  (Obviously the 5 (nearly 6 year old is just learning to work with computers at school now.

They all also enjoy colouring, so the colouring books, pencils and alcohol pens were all out on the table over the weekend.   All they were too young to do papercutting - we photocopied a couple of the designs, and the youngest two coloured them in instead!

I had intended to introduce them to the messy art of paint pouring - but we didn't get that far ...... so that is saved for another day!

Papercut Cockerel

How beautiful is this - no it's not mine, but I had to share it ........ It is my 11 year old granddaughter's second attempt at papercutting.    What can I say - but WOW.    I had the girls over the weekend and Miss B was well and truly hooked.   She has even started a third one, which will be continued the next time she comes to visit.  I think I shall have to invest in a craft knife of her own for her, particularly as we have discovered a lot of freebie pattern on the internet!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Granddaughter's card for a friend

Today I taught the 5 year old and the 8 year old how to use Craft Artist.   The 5 year old created a picture for her Dad (but I forgot to take a photo, before she gave it to him, and I didn't save it on the computer - bad Nanny!).   The 8 year old made a card for a friend who is going into hospital

The front

The back

The insert

Didn't she do well for a first attempt

Sunday, 7 January 2018

More Papercutting .......

...... but this time from my 11 year old granddaughter.   This is her first attempt.   She seems to be hooked, and is now attempting a cockerel from my paper cutting book.  

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Earlier Paper Cutting

Having posted the picture of some paper cutting yesterday, I realised that I hadn't shared my first attempts so now to put that right!

My first attempt with one of the practice sheets from the Katy Sue book (shown against craft card).

Second attempt from the beginners section - couple of boo boos, but pretty pleased with it, as my eyes these days are not perfect by any means! (shown against black cardstock)

Friday, 5 January 2018

Paper Cutting

I had another play with my paper cutting yesterday.   The flowers in the centre were speaking to me and telling me that they needed to be 3D !    Using a ball tool I cupped them slightly and also ran the ball tall along the underside of the leaves.   I then painted them with a clear overlay sparkle pen (the grey in the photo is where the sparkle has caught the flash).  

I decided that instead of mounting the cutout on black card, I would create a distressed background with Distress Oxides and glycerine, which I then mounted onto black card.

Finally I added a few gems to the centres of the flowers.    I wasn't sure whether the experiment worked, but friends who have seen it seem to think it worked ok, so who am I to argue.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Card for a 7 year old

Topper for a card for a great nephew - rarely see him so don't know what he is really "into".   I know he has been on a climbing wall recently, and know he likes football, so I have used those two as my theme.   Apart from that I have kept it simple - as am of the opinion that boys don't "Do" fussy.

Monday, 1 January 2018

A couple of Birthday Cards

I could have split these up to cover two days, but as they were both for today I thought I would post them together.

They are both for Facebook friends.  One is a crafty friend I have never met, but we play Scrabble everyday on FB.

The second is for a very old work colleague, with whom I have remained friends for too many years to count.  Now that we are on FB we keep in touch more regularly.   She used to breed Arab horses.

Both were created in Craft Artist.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Flower Power Birthday Card

 I have lots of stencils in my stash, and thought it about time I used some of them.   This card is for an old college pal.  The photo isn't great, so I thought I would add some photos of how I did it!

I created the background in CAP, using one of the photos of the poured coasters which I reduced in colour slightly.  (I said these coasters would make great backgrounds in an earlier post)

Then I used this stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide over the printed image, and added Silver Embossing Powder (confess I couldn't find my new clear powder - duh).   When I had done the silver embossing, I replaced the stencil and ran it through y Gemini machine, to give it a bit of depth.

Hope she likes it - hopefully it will remind her of our youth in the 60s.

Friday, 29 December 2017

..... and Matching Card ....

Further to the paint pouring coasters I made.  This is the birthday card I made to go with them.  I used one of the coaster pictures for the back ground, and then three other for the panel. 

As the recipient loves Giraffes, I had to include a couple of those too!

I rather like the background - that might get used again!