Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Design your own Snap Card Game

Trying to think of an original and unique present for the gamer in your life?! Look no further than this fun and personalised game of Snap.

Now when I say gamer - I mean they must be interested in your old fashioned board games and card games otherwise this may not go down so well!!
 For my boyfriend's recent birthday I decided to design him a game of Snap with pictures of us. Not only is the game fun to play but it also reminds us of different vacations and events we have been to during our time together.

Each card features a photo plus a small caption and the date it was taken. Think of all those fun selfies and holiday snaps you have taken on your phone. Why not turn them into something fun and interactive. This would also make a great present idea for children with fun family holiday photos or pictures of them growing up.

In total I designed 25 cards and then printed another set to make it into a game of Snap. I used a combination of 5 different background designs rather than making all the backgrounds different which helps make the game a little bit more tricky if several cards have the same background!

To make the cards I used a software program called Craft Artist and used elements from my digital kits to create each card. If you have any design software you can easily create these cards and just search online for fun digital-kits you can download. American Crafts have some fantastic kits.

I printed the cards on photo paper to help give them a glossy finish and the card is just the right thickness so that it's sturdy enough to use in a card game.

To cut the cards out I used the 1788e Tonic Studios Sweet Nothings: An Artists Gift die set which not only provided a die to cut out my cards but also a box to store them in.

I designed a cover for the box to give the game a title and used images of some of the cards I had designed as part of the game to provide a brief preview of what was inside. The box was able to accommodate 50 cards easily and it made for a very good game!

A great personal gift to make year after year and makes looking at photos much more enjoyable!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Resizing Photos for the Journal Album Workshop

So this post is mainly for those of you attending our next craft workshop - 'Journal Album'. On many occasions I've been asked about how to resize photos quickly and easily so you can print them out at home. We like to use photos in quite a lot of our projects so this post will definitely come in handy. 

I have created two videos to show you how to resize and crop photos in Mac Pages and also Microsoft Word.

For those of you coming on the class please watch both videos as I do cover some handy tips about portrait and landscape photos in both so might be worth a watch even if you don't have one or the other.

I apologise for the creaky chair in the background and the slight wobble to the camera every now and then, this video lark is new to me :)

1. Resizing and cropping photos in Mac Pages

2. Resizing and cropping photos in Microsoft Word

I hope you have found these videos useful and can come to the workshop prepared with your photos.

Any questions please do not hesitate to email me :)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

To the One I Love Birthday Card

My crafting mojo is back and I have definitely been working on a variety of projects over the past few weeks. There is no better way to get me going then when a birthday rolls around, especially when it's the closest person to you!

As a crafter I always feel shameful when I run out of time and have to give a shop bought card rather than making something unique and personal. And when cards are so cheap these days (thanks to the likes of one particular card retailer) it can be so tempting to pick one out. I was very close last week when on the hunt for a card for my boyfriends birthday and was browsing the boyfriend section when a sudden shot of inspiration hit me.

After recently using the Tim Holtz Pocket Frame die set in my Journal Album workshop (spaces still available) I decided to use that as the focus of my card. 

I edited the photo using the "Bling black and white" setting on my LG Pocket Photo app which helped transform an ordinary photo into something more special.

The papers I used were from the First Edition Beyond the Shore paper pad which I then decorated with some punch out stars.

The Happy Birthday sentiment added a beautiful hand script element to the card and is from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set. I used my beloved Dymo Junior label maker to create the "To the One I" tag line. The "Love" part of the sentiment has been created using a Sizzix die (I apologise I can't remember the name of the set but I think it is a retired die set).

I have recently rediscovered a love for making cards again so I hope to share a few more card designs in the near future. I hope this card provides you with a little inspiration and I think this design is a fantastic way to share photos with loved ones and make your cards more personal.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

New Workshop: Journal Album

Hello bloggers........

So for those of you who attend our workshops regularly, this post may come as a bit of a surprise?! Workshops??? I thought you said you were taking a break in 2018?

Well... that was very much the plan until a change in circumstances recently which has suddenly left me with a lot of time on my hands. So I couldn't think of anything better than designing a new workshop for you to enjoy.

This project has been a long time coming as it uses the popular Eileen Hull Journal die from Sizzix. After a lot of deliberation I decided to put one of these dies to the test to see what all the fuss was about and now I can see why, this die does all the work for you! Literally die cut two sides from chipboard and you have an album cover ready to decorate and assemble.

My next decision was what I actually wanted to put in it. I have dabbled in journaling a few times but find I'm not one for dedicating my time to it to fill it with the wonders of my day etc. Then I thought.... what about a photo album? 

Perfect :)
and with a 5 month old niece in tow I had the perfect subject for my project!

The journal allows for three booklets to be inserted inside and splitting the year into three meant that each booklet could represent four months of the year (Jan - April, May -August and September - December).

So without further ado I'll stop my blabbering and let you view the project.....

Now as you can see I still need to fill in some of the tabs and dates for the pictures I've included but it gives you a good idea about the project you will be making. The project also features the Stitched Slots and Pocket Frame die sets from Tim Holtz which are great for adding photos and ephemera to.

So if these pictures have got you excited then head over to our Workshops page for further details about the day and how you can book a space.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Vintage Canvas Collage Workshop

It's been a long time coming but our next workshop has finally arrived. This burlap panel makes a wonderful home decor to display photos and memories. Collate photos and ephemera from a day or a holiday and display it on one canvas to capture those memories in one place.

There are two configurations to choose from, which is either one full canvas that measures 6" x 8" or choose to make two mini canvases that measure 4" x 6" each. The two mini canvases can either be displayed together or split them up across a shelf or display unit. Furthermore you could create two separate projects with the mini canvases - ideal opportunities to make gifts for friends or loved ones!

Configuration 1: Full Canvas (6" X 8")

Configuration 2: Two Mini Canvases (4" x 6" each)

See our Workshops page for more information about the project and booking information.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Spring Houses Workshop

Hi bloggers, our Spring workshop has finally been announced and the places have been filling up fast with only 1 place available now so if you think this is the workshop for you make sure you email us asap!

I think this has to be one of my favourite workshops as the houses are so cute and the decoration is perfect for Spring. The houses are miniature in size with the largest measuring approx. 2.75 x 5 inches. On the workshop you will make a set of 3 which look great on the end of a book shelf or display area. 

All the details can be found on our workshop page and I have included a few extra pictures below so you can get up close to the detail and get an idea of the depth of the houses. 

The houses have been made using the Tim Holtz Tiny Houses Bigz L die, decorated with the Tim Holtz Wildflowers die set.

Of course I will share all the finished houses from the workshop so you can see everyone's wonderful creations! Roll on May 6th, can't wait to get crafting with great friends again!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

organise me! workshop recap

finally the long awaited workshop was on it's way today. our crafty friends had waited long enough and they definitely weren't disappointed. we pulled out all the stops as usual with a fabulous project, great food and of course a bit of february sunshine!

the long crafting table was dusted off and all ready to go, all they needed to do was pick a pack from the many different background papers to choose from. *note to self: don't make them choose between papers when all the papers are lovely!

our crafty day was made extra special by one cutie attendee, Tigerlily...who was as good as gold all day long.

as usual the results were fantastic and it wouldn't be a workshop recap without posting a picture of everyone's final creations, even though everyone had the same kits (except background paper) it always fascinates us how everyone puts their own style on it...








Zoe - using her calendar already!


Jen - marking out the most important day in February!

it's days like today that reassure us to keep doing what we are doing. we love seeing everyone find that creativeness inside of them and making something that they can display and use in their home.

thanks again to everyone who attended and watch this space for the next workshop...