Sunday, 30 October 2011

Tutorial - Quick Paper Piecing

  • In this tutorial you will be learning how to create a professional looking  image within a minimum amount of time and without wasting a scrap of paper.
  • The papers I have used here are my current addiction; BasicGrey Picaddilly 6x6*
  • The owls are digital downloads from Charmed Cards and Crafts designed be me, Louise Brigden.*
* To view or purchase these items please click on the shop at the top of the page

Paper Piecing is my fave technique and if you use a simple, large enough image it is very quick and simple to achieve fabulous results.......
  1. Open MS Word. In the settings alter your paper size to; custom/ 15 X15 cm
  2. Now insert your desired picture and re size if desired.
  3. Insert 4 6x6 (15cmx15cm) papers of your choice into your printer. NOTE two of these pieces will be the background papers for two cards so I would advise you to keep two of the papers fairly neutral.
  4. Print out.
  5. Now take your two patterned pieces of paper and cut the elements of the image you wish to adhere to your background image. All the little bits will now be pieced together like a jigsaw onto your neutral background image.
Please Note; On completion of the two owls I decided  I wanted the eyes to be white so I printed the eyes another two times onto white paper. If you have the 'know-how' it would be good to crop the eyes and duplicate them to save on paper and ink.
Now you can create your cards and use up all the little bits that are left over. Here I have made two easel cards. Making these torn crumpled flowers and leaves is a great way of using your scraps and it's cheap too!
Have a go It's easy!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

New Bo Bunny and Tim Holtz District Market

I really must stop buying new stuff in for the shop - SOMEBODY STOP ME!!! There are so many gorgeous collections out there that it's too difficult to resist - it's impossible, that's what it is. So what have we got for you this time. Well, take a look:

Amazing right? How could a girl possibly say no???

New Digi Collection

Louise has already shown you some wonderful examples using her new creations: the Owls. The collections of images is ready worldwide for download right now, and comprises a large variety of digies. You get all the owl images in both JPG and PNG format, and all are in black & white AND coloured in! So whether you want to colour in yourself, or just need a quick card, we have it covered.

Talking of quick cards, we have included a set of ready made toppers for you in this collection. Just print and stick, then embellish as you like. As always the bundle contains a variety of great sentiments.

Just take a look at what you get in this amazing bundle:

Happy Playing!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Another Owl Card

Hello there I'm back again, I've been playing with our digi owls again (on sale shortly) to give you a taster of what we have to offer at Charmed Cards and Crafts.

I decided to have a go with something new, it's a kind of pop up card thingy ( I think it's meant to be a place setting) its one of the designs I downloaded for my Silhouette digital cutter and I think it's rather fab don't you?
Here we have a rather glam owl coloured with my Copics in green and pink. I like to use glossy accents on the eyes, it really makes them pop. The papers are from my BG Marjolaine 6x6 pad.
I love how this style of card lays flat and then just pops up and I also love to try things that are a bit different. If you would like to pop over to the shop and see more of our digi designs - not to mention the thousands of other scrummy craft products please click the shop button at the top of the page.

Louise xx

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Toot Toot!

Hands up if you love digi downloads!.....Ok ok....hands up if you LOVE owls...!!!!! Twit-twoo that's a lot of hands! Today is your lucky day owl lovers because I have news of a brand new 'owly' collection swooping to the digi shelves of Charmed Cards and crafts any day now! I know what you're all like, impatient in anticipation right? Then I shall give you not one but Two sneaky peeks!
Do you likey? Well stay tuned because our owly collection is simply packed with delights for you!
Louise xxx

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Facebook Give-away

Hope you have all had a lovely relaxing weekend :-)

A little give-away for you: pop over to our Facebook page and leave a comment to get one of the new Melissa Frances Deck the Halls paper pads and some Christmas embellishments xxx

Saturday, 22 October 2011

New Products...

Lots of new goodies have arrived:

Pre-order the new Bo Bunny for delivery when in stock - EXPECTED SOON:

Snowfall and Enchanted are enhancedwith glitter accents - just stunning!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Just a little Birthday tag.

It`s been a while since I posted something. I been on a small vacation, so I been away for some days. And days just pas away before you know it.
It been so much new products added here lately, that I thought I should share a tag I made for my nephew for his birthday earlier this month.
I used some of the Pink Paisly Halloween paper- it is really great, I just love it. I got the 6x6 pack. And for my image I used this one.

He kind of walked right into this paper. Marcus just loved his birthday tag with a 20euro bill into it.
So sometimes new is great, but old is fun. You can find this little fellow in the digi section at shop here at Charmed Cards and Crafts.