31 August, 2013

50% off SALE at Funky Hand

We thought you might like to know about the HUGE SALE that is available over on the Funky Hand website from now until Monday 2nd September.

But it's a secret.. if you were on the website now you wouldn't know anything about it!  Use the code below and grab anything available on there for HALF PRICE. Don't wait, you might miss out!  This is just between us right?!

29 August, 2013

The tags the thing

Good morning, Tabbatha here again to show off a great Funky Hand creation! Today I'm continuing with my obsession of shaped cards using the various Funky Hand download. This one came about due to the fact that I had some lilac cardstock that needed to be used up. Does anyone else have a hard time with purples? I love purple, but finding the right purple paper is so hard - that is until I met the Winter Wedding Download. Seriously, this little set is packed full of gorgeous purple papers - as we've seen in my pwetty little butterfly card.

The style of this card is actually a tag! I love this card base, from SVGCuts, it really was perfect to go with the lovely Winter Wedding papers, while letting me use the Winter Wedding Alphas as well. :D

The backing paper is paper #11, a great dark purple striped, which looks great with paper #5, the ombre polka dotted paper. I also used paper #10 for the outer petals of the flower. To create the "love" letters, I used the Winter Wedding Alphabet Plus, which is included in the Winter Wedding Papers and Alphas Combined. Since the letters do not have a contrasting border, I was able to line them up touching and print it out. This way it looks like one solid word instead of the individual alphas. This is definitely something that is super easy to do when working digital products. :D

In the last few weeks I really have been combining my love of my Silhouette Cameo and Funky Hand to explore new styles, and new techniques. One thing that I love about having digital papers is that every part of this card that uses a Funky Hand paper was print and cut from the same sheet of cardstock. This means that I didn't have to print out each individual paper and then have all this extra scrap around, although the DT really shows you how to use up your scraps! Haha I'm just a "utilize as much space as possible with little waste" type of gal, so the digital product really helps me out there. :D

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this week's installment of Tabbatha's Shaped Card Adventure. I'll be back soon with some more awesomeness.

28 August, 2013

Using our paper stash

Hi all,

It's Debbie here with a little something using up those left over papers from my cupboard. We all have scraps of paper and they are perfectly fine to use up. Why not every now and again check what you have first in your bit box/folder as they're bound to inspire you. 

We all have a mad printing session when we get a new download or cdrom - cause we can't wait to see them in the flesh.That's the beauty of computer crafting. We've got everything at our fingertips at any hour of the day.That's why Funkyhand rocks and you can get everything you want at the touch of a button.  

Being on the design team has made me look at papers differently. I was always basing my card around an image then I'd choose the papers. Now I'll use an image if I want to but love to choose my papers first and make my own embellishments by cutting out flowers etc from the papers. It's cheaper and gives your papers dimension too.Enough waffling here's my card using Funkyhand - autumn wedding papers, some ribbon, twine, buttons and a printed sentiment from Funkyhand wishes and kisses cdrom.

So what are you waiting for lets see what fab Funkyhand creations you can make.You can pop them on  or on our Facebook page. If you aren't sure how to leave a pic then leave us a comment or email one of the design team and we'll give you a hand.

That's all for now there'll be another post this week from one of the other funkettes.
Thanks for popping by.

Love Debbie x

24 August, 2013

Paper Flowers

Hello Sammylou here on the last bank holiday of the summer.

My summer holiday officially starts today and I've spent the last few weeks looking for ways to entertain my four year old while I get some sneaky crafting in. Fortunately he's already a handmade convert and fairly skilled with a pair of scissors so we have made some simple paper flowers. It's kind of like the snowflakes you made as children but without the holes cut out.

All you need are some squares of paper. I printed mine double sided using papers from the Dreams Come True CD Rom which you can pick up for the fantastic bargain price of £5.99 at the moment. My son chose some from the Just for Jen download (he does have a penchant for pink and a pritt stick!) and here's what we made:


Being the Mummy, mine are slightly smaller and embellished with some buttons and twine from my stash. Folding them in different ways and varying the cut means you can create lots of different sizes and shapes without the need for a die-cutting machine. I've outlined some of the leftover squares with a white gel pen and used a Kraft card for my base.

We're also going to try making some Christmas decorations and if they turn out well, I may just show them next time! Enjoy your weekend and the rest of the Summer holidays. And don't forget we love to see where your imagination takes you with Funky Hand. Pop a link below or join the fun on the Facebook page.

Happy crafting, love Sammylou xXx

22 August, 2013

3D Flower Card

Hello, hello! Tabbatha here again and showing off a super easy and awesome card I made using the pretty Summer Wedding backing papers. That is one amazing thing about any of the Funky Hand papers - they are so versatile!

Today I created a vintage, soft, muted card using 3 of the Summer Wedding backing papers - taking care to pick the more soft pink tones in the paper. The card project was a Silhouette Cameo project, but that is why I love Funky Hand downloadables so much - they are super easy to use with my Silhouette!

To create this card I pulled in each Summer Wedding paper that I wanted to use into my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. With that particular edition, all I needed to do was drag and drop the paper over the shape I was going to cut out! I used the gorgeous and classy Summer Wedding Paper #2 for my packing paper, which is adhered to a muted mauve cardstock. I then used Summer Wedding Paper #3 for the strip on the bottom, which I fancied up by attaching a white lace border strip. I made care to use the more muted pink tones in Paper #3, that way it matched up with the flower. The 3D flower was made using the awesome Summer Wedding Paper #9!

**I should note here that there is variability from printer to printer. While my printer, with next to full ink, printed the Funky Hand patterns in a more muted tone, the set is quite bright, which would also make this look fabulous!

I think my favorite things to do with the Funky Hand papers are to make 3D flowers. They seriously rock for it! That and my Silhouette...hehe. I don't know where I would be without that thing, it really lets me explore what I can do with the Funky Hand papers. :D

21 August, 2013

Negative Images

Hi there, it's Kathy here with the Funky Hand Midweek Inspiration slot and
I've been playing with left-overs again!

It was our wedding anniversary a couple of weeks back and I used papers from the "I Love You Sew" collection to make a card fro my Hubby.  As I'd already planned what I wanted to do, I knew I needed to print a lot of designs - but very small pieces of each.  A bit of resizing and cropping and I was ready to make my card.  I'll pop that on my own blog next week - but as I'm on a mission to use my printed scraps that's what I'm concentrating on today

Do you remember the line from The Feeling's song "Fill My Little World" that goes:

"All I wanted was some evidence that you really loved me"?  
Well OH always changes evidence to elephants, when he sings along, so it's become a sort of tradition that there'll be an elephant or two somewhere on the cards I make for him.  In this case the elephants were on the inside and I cut them on my Craft Robo using  Funky Hand image from the Colour Me Happy CD So anyway,  I was looking at my scraps and trying to figure out how to use them when I realised that among them were two perfect elephant shaped holes among the printed pieces and decided to use these "negatives" for my little cards.

Materials and Tools
All papers:   "I Love You Sew"download from Funky Hand
Elephant Image from  Colour Me Happy CD also Funky Hand
tiny heart punch, Craft Rpbp
Extras card 1: Black gel pen, 2cm circle punch,
Tiny black square gems (Prima) 
Extras card 2: Black Bazzill card. Pink Twine, Black gem

After I'd made these two cards I was a bit disappointed that the other two elephants I'd cut out hadn't left suitable "holes" to make a couple more mini cards!
  This idea would work for lots of punchies as well as die cuts and electronically cut shapes - especially if they are cut from card.  You can vary the papers you put underneath, and add some dimension with decoupage glue or little bits of chipboard.

I thought I'd just show where the actual elephants went before I go - they formed a border for the inside of my card

That's it for this time, thanks for popping by :) 
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Happy Crafting

18 August, 2013

A Funky Hand Tutorial

Hello everyone, Tabbatha here today to show you a cute little card I made using the fabulous Teas Up digital papers. :)

The card is a fabulous tea cup shape that I cut using the Silhouette Cameo. This particular file needed at least 4 different patterned papers, which  was quite fun to pick out, but could be troublesome when you have 100s of wonderful papers to choose from. This made me think of how I actually choose my papers. I use Picasa for all my picture organizational needs so I made a little video talking a little bit about it, and showing how I organize my Funky Hand folders.

So watch the video, try out Picasa and let me know how it goes! :D I will being recording a Part 2 to the video for next month, showing you how to add Tags, Albums and share your finished projects online via Picasa.

14 August, 2013


Well seen it's the time of year for weddings-Allison here with another Wedding Card for you.
I used papers, digi and sentiment all from the Wishes and Kisses  CD and added some faux stitching round the edges and distress ink.
I just love the Wishes and Kisses CD, it's full of beautiful papers for all occasions, great sentiments and quirky fabulous images to suit all those special events throughout the year.
Remember to pop back at the weekend for some more inspiration.


11 August, 2013

Summer Wedding Scraps!

I am not one to throw away any scraps of printed card because I just don't know when I'll need it!  And this bottle is made with such scraps!

I've used an offcut of cardstock for the base which is an X Cut fancy die and then I've used papers from the very fab and versatile Summer Wedding download.  The paper download itself is only £1.99 which is very good value for money! 

I've added some letters from my Girls Are Weird Sizzix alphabet dies and the hearts are also Sizzix die cuts.

The tiny little dots have been added with liquid pearls after the edges were inked with my trusty and faded blank ink pad.  And to finish, I've tied a length of satin ribbon around the main panel.

What you can't see in the photo is the back of the bottle tag which I've cut a circle where the bottle sticks through.

Don't forget to link up your Funky Hand creation with the link below!

07 August, 2013

How to colour Funky Hand Doodlewords digital stamps.

Hello everyone, Anice here this time to share my tips for colouring in Funky Hand Doodlewords digital stamps.  Obviously this is my own idea for matching up the colours. If you have any other tips please add them in the comment section, I'd love to hear more ideas.

Ok, so first off you need to decide which Doodlewords Digital stamp you want to colour, there are quite a few now and very soon there will be Christmas themed ones.  Then, you need to decide on your Funky Hand backing paper collection.  I've chosen the Thank You Doodleword digital stamp and the backing paper is from the Spring Has Sprung download.

When I design all the backing papers for Funky Hand, whether they are on downloadable collections or on the craft CD ROMs, I always use FIVE different colours.  Each backing paper pattern may not have all the colours on but they are all made up of the same five colours.  That's why it is easy to mix and match the backing papers in a collection together.  Anyway, there is pretty much always a striped paper and when colouring your Doodleword digital stamps to match with a collection this is where you will find all the colours in that collection laid out nicely. 

So, print off the striped paper from the collection and the digital stamp. I have printed my digital stamp onto Neenah Classic Crest card which is great for using Promarkers on as they blend well on it. The backing paper I printed onto white card. This is where the fun starts, matching the colours.  I have used Promarkers but the same technique will work for any pens you want to use.

The image above is the striped backing paper on the white card underneath some scrap Neenah Classic Crest card, the same as I have printed my digital stamp onto.  It's important to use the same product that you have printed your stamp on to or the colours wont come out the same when you colour the stamp.  Now start testing the Promarkers you have against the backing paper collection colours.  As you can see it took me a few goes with different pens until I found the match I was happy with.  Something I have learned is that you should allow the ink you have matched to dry for a few seconds as the colour changes and many times I have tried a pen colour, thought it was too dark and put it away only to discover it was perfect and I couldn't remember which one it was!

I decided on my five colours for this digital stamp..

They are, Tropical Orchid (Special Edition), Powder Blue, Pink Carnation, Eggnog and Leaf Green.  I've told you what colours I decided on just for interest.  These ones are possibly not what you would choose using the same backing paper download collection.  The reasons for that are, what paper or card you print your backing papers onto which will have an effect on the colours that you will see.  It also depends on the printer you are using if it's an Inkjet or Laser.  How much ink is in your printer? If even one colour is low that can have an effect on the colours that you get when you print out the digital backing paper. So, don't just follow what I have said, test it out for yourself.

So, Promarker colours are chosen, now you need to think about how you want to colour the letters in the Doodlewords digital stamp. The images are quite whimsical so you can mix all the colours together on one letter like this..

Or perhaps you would prefer to only use two colours like this..

The colouring is completely up to you.  These stamps are great for newer colourers, like me, as they are pretty easy to colour but you can get a really great effect. Which makes the colouring more fun when you start out as you actually want to use what you have coloured on your card creations.

Here is the Thank You Doodlewords digital stamp completed, layered over the striped backing paper...

I think it has matched the backing paper pretty well, what do you think?

Thanks for visiting
Anice xx

03 August, 2013

Mrs Organised

Happy Weekend everyone, Allison here today to share with you

Now I always seem to be losing the bits of paper that my orders are written on so I decided to make a little clip board to keep them all together and first I printed off some lovely pink papers from the  Just For Jen download.

Then I covered a length of chipboard with paper- after distressing the edges, then added a shorter layer and some flowers at the bottom and a small bulldog clip at the top to attach my orders............ah one of these days I will be known as Mrs Organised
Have a great weekend


01 August, 2013

A little hope

Hello, hello. Tabbatha here again on this fine Thursday and I'm here to show you another creation using the fabulous Just For Jen Downloads.

The card is close to my heart, as I'm sure it is for so many out there. The Just For Jen download is the perfect shades of pink for a breast cancer awareness card, so I knew that I just had to use it. Plus, did you know that for every download purchased Funky Hand will donate £1.00 to Cancer Research. So yeah, get yourself the Just For Jen set now! :D

This is one of those super simple cards that you can make, all you need is 2 or 4 coordinating papers and a die or cut file in the shape that you want. In fact, I'll be spelling out two different ways in which to pull off this card. The first way is by using a die and a die machine such as a Big Shot, while the second technique is done an electronic cutter, in this case a Silhouette Cameo.

Technique 1 - Die + Die Machine
2 coordinating papers - printed out
1 square white cardstock (I used a 13.5x13.5 cm square)
Die of your choice

How to put it together:
Since my blank card is 13.5x13.5, I did a little division and figured out that the middle of the card would be 6.75cm, which means that each panel would be 6.75x6.75 cm. With that done (the math is the hardest bit to this!), I cut four panels of the coordinating files.

To get the cutting just right,  flip over the four panels and line them up so they would make the square. Use some low tack tape to tape each panel to each other. Alternatively, the panels could be adhered to some scrap paper. The idea here is that the panels are all properly lined up when you go to cut it out, with the added bonus that the little bits in the middle would be kept together.

The next step is to die cut the ribbon, just make sure to align the die centrally on the four different quadrants.

The last step is to adhere the quadrants to the card base using 3D foamy bits, making sure to support the areas around the ribbon itself.

Technique 2 - Silhouette Print & Cut 
2 coordinating digital papers
1 square white cardstock (13.5x13.5 cm square)
Electronic cutter + sticky mat
Electronic cutter software such as Silhouette Studio, SCAL, ECAL

How to put it together:
To start with, open up your software and make sure your digital papers are available. In the Sihouette Studio, I made sure that my Just For Jen papers were imported to My Patterns Library. 

Next, we need to do that math thing again - four panels for a 13.5x13.5 cm square card would be 6.75x6.75 cm squares. Using this measurement, create four squares of equal size (6.75 cm width x 6.75 cm height). 

Per your software's instructions, fill the squares will your chosen digital paper. In the advanced tab (if applicable) reduce the scale of the pattern, if you want a smaller pattern, like I have. In this step you can easily have 4 different quadrants, it is totally up to you.

When you have your quadrants filled, make sure they are completely lined up so that you get the full 13.5x13.5 cm square.

Next, drag out a cutting file that you would like to cut out, I chose the Cancer Awareness Ribbon, but you can easily do a heart, circle or even a square. Place the image centrally over the quadrants and select all.

In order to get the image cutout, use your "Subract All" function. In the Silhouette Studio software it is under the square icon with an "M" on it. Not wholly sure how the other softwares do it, but I know this is a common feature.

Now it is all about doing your normal "Print & Cut" routine. It should all be perfectly lined up and looking good. :D

And same as the first technique,  adhere the quadrants to the card base using 3D foamy bits, making sure to support the areas around the ribbon itself.

So, there you have it. It really feels like the Silhouette version is more complicated, but really I wanted to detail as much as I could. Once you use this technique, you will always have those tools on demand for other things. :D