29 May, 2013

Sneak peep at a new digital stamp

Hi Anice here, I had to make a birthday card for Ian's Dad this week and I decided to use one of my yet to be released digital stamps.  The collection is called Doodlewords and you will find them available very soon  on the Funky Hand website.

Right lets get to the card...

You must know by now I'm a pretty simple style card maker but even more so when it a mans card. I used a black 6'' x 6'' card base and cut four different papers from the Colour Me Happy CD ROM  the Jovial Man collection, 2 1/2" by 2 1/2" square and then glued them to the base card leaving just a small edge around them and the base cards edge.  I liked the larger spaces of the black card that were left crossing the card. It made a nice background to add the topper.  I printed the digital stamp on Neenah Classic Crest Card and then layered it with some scrap white card left over from another project. I inked both around the edges so they stood out from each other

Here's a closer look at the new digital stamp..

I know alot of crafters are a little scared of colouring any sort of stamps but I've created these ones to be easy as pie to colour.  I used Promarkers to colour them choosing ones that matched the papers as closely as possible.  If you are interested I used, Moss, Indigo Blue, Sky Blue, Apple and Cool Grey 1 to outline around the edges.  I'm not a great colourer but I think this turned out pretty OK!

Well that's me done for this month, look out for some more inspiration from the Funky Hand Design Team, over here at the weekend.

Oh, and don't forget if you have created anything either using Funky Hand products or the techniques that have been shared with you over the previous posts please share it with us using the linky below.  We would love to see what you have created and visit your blogs.

See you again soon
Anice xx

22 May, 2013

Gorgeous gift boxes!!

Pillowbox Template from Twelve Crafters Crafting.
Papers and digi's from Colour Me Happy.

Morning everyone! its Lou here this morning with a little post for you!!

Its getting that wedding season time of year again and I was twiddling my fingers with what to make for a friend who is getting married to pop their gift in ( pennies and choccies need something a bit exciting to sit in!!) so I decided on the pillowbox template from the tewlve Crafters Crafting cd rom.

Now I love the templates on this cd rom because if you have any of the older ones you can open the template up first and the change edition to go find the papers you want. I wanted something pretty so I went for the contented coffee collection on Colour me happy.

I printed out my pillowbox, scored it and then cut it out. Then I squished on some collal glue and clipped it together with a couple of bulldogs clips to hold it firmly until it dried whilst I got busy with the digi stamps.

First I chose the flowered frame and then I chose the 2 little birds and moved them over the frame until they were fitting where I wanted them. the great thing is you can resize the digi's easlily in the workspace to get them working together tickety boo!!

I coloured them up using my promarkers and added a little blossom to the tree branches too, so cute!! then I cut it all out, fiddly but oodles of fun.

I took my bulldog clips off the pillowbox and popped it out, folding in the ends, and then added some thick brown ribbon and tied it together with a little twine. Then I added a squidge of foam tape to the back of my little birds in a frame and adhered it to the top of the ribbon.

I adore these pillowboxes. If you have made one using the template from Twelve Crafters Crafting, please share it with us using the link below!!

huge hugs Lou xxx

19 May, 2013

Acetate Wedding card

Morning everyone,

It's Debbie here with your next instalment of funkiness. We've all been playing with the soon to be released Wedding paper collections and I have to say I never been so inspired by such a fantastic collection.  Good job Anice

I decided to have a go with a piece of crafting material that I've never really tried - Acetate.  I've had some for a few years now and it's the printable type so I decided to challenge myself - argh scarey. 

What was I worrying about, it is so versatile and it was great to venture out of my comfort zone for a change so here's my card with an acetate bubble:
Here's what I printed out and gathered together:
2 sheets were printed out - 1 sheet of acetate with a backing paper printed onto it and a 2nd sheet of paper.
I cut out a section of acetate and scored it on both sides, enough so that it'll wrap around a pice of card and attach with very strong tape. 

Then put the card together.
I know it's alot of pics but I hoped I've inspired you to try something new.It's good to try a new technique or different materials. Hey if I can do it - anyone can!

I'd love to see what you make with any Funkyhand product so we can pop and leave you a comment. So don't be shy and pop your link in Mr Linky! You can also pop onto our Facebook page and post your pics too.

Have a super day and it won't be long until another funkette pops by and shares what she's been making.

Hugs Debbie x

15 May, 2013

Take One Sketch...

Hello Sammylou here and I am a little late posting this so big apologies. I desperately tried to be organised this month but the new payroll system at work has been invading my work life balance majorly, leaving little time to craft.

Anyway, enough sob story from me. This month I have chosen to make some cards based on a sketch. Sketches are such useful tools, especially when making cards without a particular recipient in mind.

So, armed with the May sketch from Kathy's sketch file and Father's Day in mind, I have produced the following cards:

Here's the sketch:
May's file available at http://kathyswafflesketchfile.blogspot.co.uk/

After you've finished reading why not pop on over for more inspiration?

Now to my cards. I have created two. One using the I Love You Sew download and one using Steam Punk. The I Love you Sew download is turning out to be one of my all-time favourites. The colours are so vibrant and the papers are just adorable.
Dad - using I Love You Sew

Dad - using Steam Punk

Both cards were made using only the downloads and some dies. The cogs on the Steam Punk paper were perfect for creating the cascading circles in the sketch and I modified the sketch slightly and made cascading stars instead for the I Love You Sew card.

So what would you create with the sketch? We would love to see. Please share your creations on the Funky Hand Facebook page and keep your eyes peeled for some fabulous new downloads coming your way. Wedding season is nearly upon us and Anice is going to help you celebrate it in style!

Finally a great big thank you to Kathy for allowing me to use her sketch. Have a wonderful May and I look forward to seeing you all soon, love Sammylou xxx

11 May, 2013

Whetting the Appetite

Hi there, it's Kathy here with a little sneak peek at what's coming 
soon to the Funky Hand shop.

The new "Spring Wedding" collection will be available soon  and is just the freshest, prettiest paper set!  There are some wonderful "chipboard" style letters which match the papers perfectly coming too - so definitely something to watch out for.

I've made a couple of cards to give you a little taste of these gorgeous designs. Don't be misled by the "Spring Wedding" title as these papers will come in handy for all sorts of purposes.  Yes, there are hearts and Yes, there are flowers but all in all this collection has a really wide appeal and will work well withall those ribbons, gems and other stash we all love to use.
Hearts and Flowers Bouquet
All papers from Funky Hand's "Spring Wedding" collection
Flowers are cut from one of the papers and the hearts punched from scraps. 
The green paper is perfect for cutting stems and punching some leafy accents
From my stash I used ribbons, pearls and "diamond" gems - all suitably "wedding-y"!

Simply Said
 All papers from Funky Hand's "Spring Wedding" collection
To make the flower, I cropped, resized and printed the paper in two sizes*, then cut out the shapes and inked the ends of the petals.  I used a quilling ball tool to add shape to the flowers veofre glueing them together.  The flower centre is cut from another of the printed flowers and topped with an inked-to-match card candy circle.
The tiny hearts are the "waste" from a MS border punch!
"Love" is cut from the words patterend paper.
 The  ribbons are from my stash, and there's a tiny touch of White Ice Stickles on the flower centre to give a bit of bling
*check my last post HERE for how I do this

 So there you go - a little sneak peek at Anice's latest beautiful papers.  I'm pretty sure there'll be more glimpses coming along to whet your appetite. I love these colours and the designs so I'll definitely be getting plenty of use from them.

Thanks for popping by today, remember, we'd love to see what you create with Funky Hand products - the InLinkz gadget is there for you to use so don't be shy!

We'll be back with the next Funky Inspiration on Wednesday, so see you then.

Happy Crafting!

Kathy xx

08 May, 2013

Star album

It's me again, Jackie, I can't believe that it is a whole month since I was here last. I hope you are all ok and crafting furiously :) I've got a star album to show you, it's one I made to order last week using left over papers from previous projects and still the paper mountain isn't going down!

Materials used are:
 6 6 x 6" blank cards (you can also use sheets of A4 card and cut it to your own sizes but I like the 6 x 6" size. Don't forget though if you cut your own cards, each layer should be approx. 1/2" (1 cm) smaller than the previous card.)
6 5.5 x 5.5" blank cards
6 5 x 5" blank cards
2 pieces of thick card for the covers
1 metre of ribbon for the closure
an assortment of papers, photos and verses or pieces of your own journalling

I've got a few more photos of the book which I will add to my blog later. Please don't forget to show us your work if you are inspired by my little book. Leave us a link and we will come over and leave you a comment.

Thanks for dropping by and I will be back next month :) x

01 May, 2013

A Book or is it??

It's the middle of the week again and time for a make from me , Allison.
I was looking at this large die and it struck me it was like an open book, so I decided to have a little play and this is what I came up with
I used the lovely papers from the Funky Kraft Stash download along with some kraft card for the base.
Not much use a free standing card so I don't know whether to turn it into a card but it might be too top heavy or whether to make a box for it sit on or to top a box, what do you think...............answers on a postcard please
Remember to pop back at the weekend for some more inspiration.