Friday, 27 May 2011

Quick Flower Tutorial

Hi all,
Hope you're all having better weather than we are at the moment. Today I thought I'd do a quick flower tutorial for you. You need some white card, a Gypsy and Cricut (I used my Expression or you could use flower punches), a black pen compatible with your copics or promarkers or any other pens you use and some bling.

First I opened up a new file on my Gypsy. I then looked for flowers on my carts where the petals weren't too small. I sized them according to how big I wanted the flowers to be on a card. They were under 2 inches in size. I kept the chain link in place so the width and height stayed linked.

Here are the flowers all cut out in white card. I know they don't look like much at the moment but that's about to change.

I then got my black pen and doodled on the flowers. I choose different designs and played about with them.

I then coloured them in. I've just got some Trias so I was experimenting with them whilst colouring these in. The beauty of these flowers are that you can do a tonal flower (blue flower), you could do outrageous colours, you can colour them in complimenting your papers.

I then shaped the petals and added some bling. You could layer the flowers up too.

Well I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please have ago it's quite easy and you can really personalize your flowers. I want to say thank you to Sheila at for having me today as a designer.

We have half term starting tomorrow, a week with the children off school. I can't wait to have some time to be creative with my children.

Thanks for reading

Kelly x

Friday, 13 May 2011

A quick card

Hi all,
Happy Friday the 13th lol. Well today I thought I'd share a quick card for you using the Gypsy. It's really easy to do, so if you need a last minute card it's just the thing. I'm guest designing for Pam at Pam has fab tutorials and lots of projects that are inspiring. Go and take a look when you have a minute (or an hour or two).

I use the Mother's day bouquet cartridge. I chose two different flowers and they were two different sizes. I placed them in a pattern in the top left corner of my mat. I made sure they were not outside a 6 x 6 square as we're making a 6x6 card.

As you can see I made sure I placed my card (6inches x 12 inches) on the mat exactly as it is on the screen. The flowers will be cut on the left half of this card. You can if you have it use a pre -scored 6x6 card, but it doesn't matter if you don't. I cut it once, blade on 5, pressure high.

Here it is cut out. You now need to fold it down the middle (at 6 inches). You can use a score board if you're not confident folding it.

I then cut another piece of card but this has patterns all over it. This measures 5 3/4 inches by 11 3/4 inches. I then folded this half. I then put it inside the card so you can see the colour through the flowers. I put a strip of tape between the patterned paper and card at the back, just to hold the patterned paper in place.

This is what it should look like now.

Of course I needed to add some bling, so I put sticky gems in the centre of the flowers.

To finish it off I added a ribbon. I hope you like this quick and easy card. I do this quite a lot. Sometimes I cut my own windows in cards and place stamped images behind. There's lots you could do with this. At Christmas you could put photos of your children on the head of a snowman just another idea I'm going to be trying.

Enjoy the rest of your day.