Wednesday, 28 December 2011
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I have been busy getting the samples done for my shows in Germany on Monday. I am doing Spellbinders for the first time so I have been having fun playing. it is going to be a mad day though. I leave home at 5.30am on Monday morning and get home at 5.30am on Tuesday morning with three shows and two flights in between!!!!! Keeps me out of mischief though..... allegedly!
My shows for Bramwells in January are on the 18th and 19th. I will let you know times and product as soon as it is confirmed.
Off now to take Matthew back to the station to get his bus back to Glasgow :(
Monday, 26 December 2011
Penelopes' Secret Garden project.
Cut twelve 5 ¾" squares from the violet cardstock. Now you need to score all the four sides of the squares at just short of 1 ½" in from the outer edge. I want you to be very accurate with these measurements.* Try one piece first and make it up in to the base and then make one of the outers and make sure you are happy with the fit before you go ahead and score the rest of them.*
When you have scored all your squares, lay a square in front of you and I want you to cut up the right hand scoreline from the bottom to where the two sorelines intersect. Then cut from that point to the bottom outer point on the diagonal. I hope that makes sense!!!!! Repeat that on the left side. The two cut sections should mirror each other. Then turn the card 180 degrees so the cut sections are at the top of the square and repeat the whole thing again making sure it mirrors itself.
Next cut twelve strips of card 3" deep by 12" long. Score thes at the following increments: 3", 4 ½", 7 ½", 9". Make sure the remaining section is 3" long. Crease the scorelines really well and then fold them so they create an outer for your box base. So the first 3" section will be the base. The next 1 ½" section will be a side. The next 3" section will be the top. The next 1 ½" section will be the other side and then the last 3" section will be the part that sticks it all together and strengthens your outer slightly. Put each base inside the outers.
Glue three of the drawers on top of each other. Repeat this until you have four sets of three drawers.
Cut two 6" x 6" squares of violet card. Glue your sets of drawers on to one of the squares, making sure you ONE set of drawers that open on each side of the 6" base.
When you have completed that then attach the other 6" square card to the top of the drawers.
Cut four pieces of violet card measuring 3" wide by 4 ½" deep. On each side of your chest of drawers you will have a section that can't be opened. Take one of the pieces of card you have just cut and attach it to each one of those sections. Repeat on each side of the drawers. Then cut four pieces of gold mirri card 2 ¾" wide by 4 ¼" deep. Then cut four pieces of the Garden Girl paper of your choice 2 ½" wide by 4" deep. Glue some ribbon around the paper as seen in the photo. Then using foam pads attach each piece of paper to a piece of the gold mirri card. Using glue attach each of these to your sealed sections of the drawers.
Next, cut twelve pieces of gold mirri card 2 ¾" wide by 1 ¼" deep. Then cut twelve pieces of Garden Girl paper of your choice 2 5/8" wide by 1 1/8" deep. Glue the paper to the gold mirri card and then using foam pads attach each section to the front of each individual drawer.
Using the stamp from the Garden Girl collection stamp twelve of the medallion onto CLEAR shrink plastic using black STAZ ON ink. Allow to dry. Cut each one them out without leaving a border. Punch two holes in the middle of each one to create the holes in your button. I used a cropodile but a hole punch will be just as good. Just make sure that the holes are big, as they will shrink down when you heat them. Place each shrink plastic piece on to a piece of tin foil. Have an acrylic block ready. Hold it down firmly with a pair of tweezers and heat it until it has shrunk right down. Turn of the heat gun and put the acrylic block on top of the shrink plastic button to flatten it. Do this with all twelve. Put a small piece of ribbon through the holes and tie in a knot. Attach one to each of the drawer fronts with pinflair glue.
Stamp and colour the Penelope stamped image and the flower pot image. Cut the flowers pots out as a 3 ½" circle. Cut a gold mirri frame at 3 7/16" and 3 5/8". Cut a flower shape from violet card. I used my Cricut and a flower on the Essentials cartridge that is inside the E2. Just choose a flower you like and use that. I then hand cut the orange flower so that it is slightly bigger than the violet one. Build up the flower as seen in the photo. Cut Penelope down to a rectangular shape and mat on to gold mirri card.
Next cut a piece of the violet card to 6" wide by 12" deep. Score it at 6" and 9" to create an easel. Attach a sheet of the 6" Garden Girl paper to the base of the easel card. Cut two pieces of gold mirri card, 5 3/4" wide by 2 ¾" deep. Cut two pieces of Garden girl patterned paper 5 ½" wide by 2 ½". Stick the paper to the mirri card and then attach these to the front of the easel as seen in the picture.
Attach the flower pot section to the front of the easel as shown. Cut a strip of thick acetate 5" long by 1" wide. Fold it in half. Attach to the back of the Penelope picture and then stick the other piece to the base of the card. This will allow the Penelope picture to fold back and lay flat.
Using a border punch, (I used an EK Success punch) Create a border 2" deep by 6" wide from gold mirri card. Make a slightly narrower border from paper and lay on top of the gold one. Attach this to the bas of your easel to create a stopper.
Stamp the medallion stamp you used for the buttons on to three different garden girl papers. Cut out different sections from each piece and layer up to make an embellishment. Attach to the bottom of your easel card. Add a little extra ribbon as shown in picture.
Sit back and admire your work.
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Just wanted to say a really BIG THANK YOU for all your support and wonderful comments, it really does mean a lot to me.
I am determined to make 2012 the year of the on line tutorial so watch this space.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and crafty new year.
Love to you all
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
As most of you know I got a new puppy this year. He is called PIP or fondly known as the Pipster!
A lot of you have asked for an up to date picture of him. This was captured during a totally out of character quiet moment.
Happy Christmas to you all
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge
Jubiliee Cricut Cartridge
Dark Purple Card
Ashlyn's Alphabet Cricut Cartridge
Garden Girl Papers
Thanks to everybody who took part! I do hope to bring more competitions to my blog as and when I can. Word has it that Bramwells are having a mega prize draw tomorrow (on their facebook page) as it will be their last one of the year. Make sure you have them added as a friend so you don't miss out.
Also keep a look out for the Bramwell Crafts January sale. This is going to be one not to be missed!
Love Melanie xxx
Monday, 19 December 2011
The first way I discovered was to click the 'join this site' button which is under the followers heading and then signing in from Twitter. Once signed in it gives you the option to 'follow'. If you dont have a Twitter account it gives you the options to sign in from yahoo, google account, AIM, Netlog or Open ID. If you don't have any of these accounts click here to open a google account.
We also found this information handy..
'You can follow any blog, even if it isn't hosted on Blogger or doesn't have the Followers gadget. Just go to your Reading List in your Blogger Dashboard, click the “Add” button, and type in the blog’s URL which is http://www.bramwellsblog.blogspot.com/
If any fellow bloggers can share any more hints or tips for those struggling it would be very much appreciated.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Just wanted to let you know that I have been locked in my attic today making samples for my Cricut shows in Germany on Saturday. I am demonstrationg the Cake machine and am vey excited. I have also done some card samples and will get them on my blog when I get back.
Hope you all have a fab weekend.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
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Contents include 6 x 12x12" double sided papers, 2 x 12x12" foiled papers, 1 x 12x12 sticker sheet, 1 x paper pad, 1 x clear stamps set, 1 x coloured rub on sheet, 1 x printed chipboard sheet, 1 x journal tags (24)
Ps. If you haven't bought anything from Bramwell Crafts yet you can get 10% off your first order by entering vouchercode 11115 at the checkout..
Love Melanie xxx
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Ivory Shimmer Cardstock
Dark Blue Shimmer Cardstock
Offshore Paper Collection
Jean Luc Stamp
Bright Pink Shimmer Cardstock
Monday, 12 December 2011
I would like to say a really BIG THANK YOU to all my followers. The level of support has blown me away and I just want you all to know that I am really grateful. we are planning lots of new things for 2012 for both the blog and shows. I can't believe how quickly this year has passed!!! we have some fabulous new product for 2012 and Alison and I are going to CHA trade show in LA in January. You can probably imagine how excited I am about that. Off now to do some prep for my shows in Germany this weekend. I will post the cards from my Cricut class I taught at Inspirations yesterday. I used Ornamental Iron cartridge.
See you soon
I have been asked a lot recently if I will post my class dates for next year! So here is the list as it stands at the moment.
Saturday 7th January Stampavie and Bo Bunny class Portfolio Blackburn 01254 665053
Sunday 8th January Copic Beginners class inspirations Preston 01772 880852
Tuesday 10th January repeat of the 7th class.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Cricut Flower Shoppe class Inspirations Preston
Saturday 21st Scrapbooking Portfolio Blackburn
Sunday 22nd Shades of warm grey Copic class Inspirations Preston
Monday 23rd Scrapbooking Portfolio Blackburn.
Friday, 9 December 2011
Garden Girl Papers
Avocado Dot Paper
Pink Punch Ribbon
Big Squeeze Stamp
Ginger Shimmer Cardstock
Garden Girl Papers
Love Melanie xxx
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Once again thank you for all your lovely comments and for taking part in the competitons. I've just heard Bramwell Crafts will be holding a NEW competition today on their Facebook page! Make sure you have them added as a friend so you don't miss out! If you love BoBunny, you'll LOVE their prize!
Love Melanie xxx
Friday, 2 December 2011
Love Melanie xxx
Congratulations Angie, please send your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will forward this prize on to you.
Thanks to every body who entered. Bramwell Crafts have very kindly donated another prize package (must be getting into the Christmas spirit) so I will be adding another competition to my blog very soon! Watch this space!
Thursday, 1 December 2011
I am sat on my bed typing this and watching Create and Craft at the same time! just taking ten minutes out from colouring in the new Stampavie stamps for my shows next Wednesday. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it!!!!! I am like a pig in mud playing with these new stamps and papers. really looking forward to the shows next week and for all you bloggers that have left comments about my Penelopes secret garden project I am going to make part of it as a demo on air next week so please tape or watch the shows. (Wednesday at 10am till 12pm and 3pm) I will put instructions on my blog by the end of next week though....promise.
Please check out bramwells website to as you can now buy direct! if any body out there uses Copic Markers and would like the pen nimbers to match the paper collections then please let me know and I will post them on my blog.
Well that's my ten minutes up. Back to colouring in and making samples. Have a great weekend and keep crafting.