Thursday, 24 April 2014

Use It! with Lucy's Cards - Class 2: Lesson 4

It's Day 4 of my Use It! class 2.
My supplies for this week are:

Lesson 4 - Wiggle Eyes

Have you noticed my unhealthy addiction to wiggle eyes? I love them. Whenever my hubby buys me a card, he always finds me a wiggle eyed one. He agrees… a card just isn't fun unless it is adorned with some fun shaky eyes. :)

Stamp a circle of Lemon Yellow ink on white cardstock.
Stamp an outline circle on top of the yellow circle with Black Ink.
Cut out the circle. 
You could just stamp on yellow card, but I lurrrrrve this Lemon Yellow ink colour and had to use it. :)
Using a Post-It note as a mask, stamp half a tiny outline circle onto the yellow circle. 
Adhere two eyes above the half circle. I always use tiny glue dots for wiggle eyes.
Then, add a drop of Glossy Accents beneath one eye to create a tear drop.
TIP: lean the face against something while the Glossy Accents dries, so that it forms a drip shape rather than drying into a circle.
Stamp the sentiment in black ink onto a white card base.
Adhere the face above the sentiment using foam adhesive.
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Here are some of my wiggle eyed cards from the past (including one from way back in 2010!). Click to see in full.

I Only...    Glittery Bats    Miss You    

I hope you will join me tomorrow for Day 5: Alphabet Stickers.
Bye for now!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Use It! with Lucy's Cards - Class 2: Lesson 3

It's time for Day 3 of my 2nd Use It! class.
Here's a reminder of the supplies I am using this week:

Lesson 3 - Hand Stitching

OK, I admit… I rarely hand stitch on my cards. My sewing machine is my best buddy. :)
But for today's card, I wanted a different look…

Trim XOXO patterned paper to 5 1/2 x 4" and adhere to a folded card cut to the same size.
Trim turquoise paper to 5 1/2 x 3 1/2".
Arrange the sentiment and wood veneer plane on the page until you have the position you like.
Hand draw a heart shaped vapour trail behind your plane. Don't worry if it's not perfect, it does not need to be. :)
Use an unthreaded sewing machine to punch holes along the paper line. If you don't have a sewing machine, just use a needle through the paper onto a cork board or cutting mat.
One completed, erase the pencil line.
Stamp the sentiment in black ink. TIP - it's worth stamping your sentiment BEFORE you complete the time consuming hand stitching, just in case you mess it up and have to start again. :) This is exactly the kind of thing I often do… spend hours on one part of a card only to drop my ink pad onto it whilst trying to stamp a perfect sentiment...
Thread your needle with three strands of metallic thread. The triple thickness works brilliantly and gives a much chunkier stitched effect.
Stitch the trail using backstitch.
Trim the ends at different lengths and adhere the stitching on the reverse.
Adhere the turquoise panel to the card. I use Scotch double sided adhesive and love it.
Finally, press the wood veneer aeroplane into a Silver Shadow Ink pad. Carefully remove and leave to dry.
Adhere the aeroplane to the card and you are done.
A clean and simple masculine card with a touch of glitter and shine. :)
Right - I'll be back tomorrow with Lesson 4 - Wiggle Eyes. :) :) :)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Use It! with Lucy's Cards - Class 2: Lesson 2

Welcome to Day 2 of my 2nd class.
Firstly, let me recap on my supplies for this week's class. They are:

Lesson 2 - One Layer Cards

OK, today's card is SUPER easy. And uses lots of yummy inks.
I adore Hero Arts Shadow Inks, and I especially love them in these little cubes. They are good value, take up less room (essential for me), and work brilliantly every time. What's not to love? So for my card, I chose a rainbow selection of inks from several different cube packs, a range of small polka dot stamps from the Lots of Dots set, and some good quality white card.
I actually stamped my sentiment first so I would have enough room, then just set off, stamping at random with the dots. So easy and fun.
Once I'd finished, I decided that one of my blue dots wasn't perfect. Rather than redoing the card, I decided to add some Star Dust Stickles to all the blue polka dots.
When it's wet, it looks like a gloopy mess… but don't worry, it dries beautifully and leaves an almost sugar like result with lovely glittery sparkle too.
And here's the finished card. I actually had to mount the card onto a new card base as the Stickles caused a little bit of warping that I was not 100% happy with. But once adhered to a new card base, it is perfectly flat.

Want to see a couple more one layer cards? (I don't make many - I am a layers girl)… click on the picture to see the card in full:

Rainbows  Peace
OK - I'll see you tomorrow for Lesson 3 - Hand Stitching.
Bye for now.