Monday, 22 June 2009

Just William

William is a very cute, patched donkey from Design House Papercraft.
Here at Kay Dees Crafts we have William in two designs - By the Pond and Over the Stile.
Sue turned her hand to William Over the Stile in this gorgeous waterfall card, using a square blank card with the smaller of the two waterfall designs.
  1. Cover blank card with a sheet of paper from the Dovecraft Designer Retro Floral paper pack. Sue is a big fan of the Dovecraft adhesive gemstones and has added these onto the backing paper as the flower centres.
  2. Sue used two sheets of paper from the handmade paper stacks in red and also green as contrasting mounts on this card. (The beauty of using these packs as mounts is that they are already cut into handy sizes - Sue simply trimmed the green paper with edging scissors.)
  3. Wrap and tie co-ordinating cardmaking ribbon around the front of the card. Sue chose the light blue for this William card.
  4. Cut out and 'assemble' the waterfall design* following the instructions on each sheet. Mount the completed waterfall design onto the card using green brads from the Dovecraft neutral pack. * You may want to stamp the underside of the waterfall tabs with a pale design as they can look out of place being plain white.
  5. Add your insert and sign the back of the card.
These beautiful cards cascade from one picture into another with a gentle pull on the bottom tab.

Highly addictive to make and beautiful to receive.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 19 June 2009

The Butterfly Effect

Following on with our summer theme Sue has made a beautiful card using butterflies as inspiration.

Laura Ashley Butterfly Card
  1. Take a square card blank and cover it with soft butterfly paper from the Laura Ashley Contemporary pack. Round off the card corners.
  2. Wrap around the back edge of the card with ribbon from Laura Ashley ribbon kit - Sonnet Sue used the brick coloured one but to be honest any one would do nicely.
  3. Using papers from the Dovecraft designer colour pack make 2 mats using the light peach and the slightly darker tone. One 2 ½" x 3" the other 3 2/8" x 2 ¾" Round the edges on these too.
  4. Cut a piece of cream card 2 ¼" x 2 ¾". Stamp the butterfly from the Laura Ashley contemporary stamp set using brown Ink it up pad. Emboss with clear powder, rounding off the corners. Rub the ink pad around the edges and mount on to the peach paper.
  5. Mount on to card using Impex hi-tack foam pads.
  6. Take a piece of cream card and either stamp your sentiment or use a peel off and run the brown ink pad around it. Take the same two colours of paper and mat the card on to it, place on card front using tape in the bottom right hand side.
  7. Add 3 jewels from the Dovecraft adhesive gemstones pack to top right corner.
  8. Add your insert and sign the back of the card.

We have several butterfly related items at Kay Dees Crafts including charms, craft buttons, wire edged ribbon:

and stencil books

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Gone Fishing

Another Fathers Day card idea!
There is still time to make your Fathers Day cards, although this card can be used for birthdays too.
Sue made this fishing themed card using a 5 x 7 blue blank card.
  1. Using our masculine designer paper pack cut two strips of words 2 ½" x 4 ½" and 1 7/8" x 1 7/8". Mount both onto cream paper from our designer colours pack and trim leaving only the smallest of borders.
  2. Cut a strip of spotty brown (all in the masculine pack) 4 ½" x 1 7/8" and mount the same way. Around the bottom wrap some funky fibres and stick down on the back side.
  3. Cut a 1 ½" circle of the same colour as the card blank you used . Cut a slightly smaller circle in cream and stamp with your sentiment. (Kay Dees Crafts have a great range of mini clear stamps in stock.)
  4. Cut a piece of brown spotty paper 2 ½" x 2" and mount onto that a piece of 1 5/8" x 2" blue spotty paper. Stick all four down onto your card front.
  5. Take the gone fishing sign from our fishing themed button pack and remove the shank. *Hint: Split apart the button and pop a dab of silicone glue onto one piece and reaffix. This will stop the button falling apart in transit. Affix the sign along with a fish button onto the card again using silicone glue.
  6. Add an insert with verse remembering to sign the back of your card.

Remember, 'Good things come to those who wade'

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Make a statement....

...with Dovecrafts new papercraft range

Wild Blossoms

The sun is shining and this new range from Dovecraft is perfect for summer cardmaking and scrapbooking.

This fresh new paper craft collection uses a unique fusion of dramatic and delicate designs. Uplifting greens, vivacious pinks and citrus orange colours blend with warm shades of cream and chocolate brown to create a true contemporary collection with elegant style and modern charm.

Sue has made 2 cards with this new range showing just how versatile it really is.

Square Wild Blossom Card:

  1. Use a blank 5" square card and cover with orange flower paper from Dovecraft designer 8 x 8 Wild Blossom paper pack.
  2. Take the cerise pink and black flowers from the same pack and cut around the selection you require.
  3. Mount on left side of card
  4. Take soft green and black paper from Dovecraft Designer 6 x 6 colour paper pack make small rectangular mat and add sentiment.
  5. Choose another sheet from the Wild Blossom pack and cut out flowers to match your design.
  6. Mount using foam pads or silicone glue

Sue used similar techniques for the tall skinny card too but also added some adhesive gemstones.

If you do not want to cut out the flowers we have 2 co-ordinating die cut decoupage kits:

Summer Breeze

Sun Blushed

To complete the look we also have matching Funky Brads and adhesive ribbon stickers too.


Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Fathers Day

Another fab card created by Sue Crease, this time for Fathers Day.

Kay Dees Crafts have a range of products suitable for Fathers Day some used in the card pictured here. Sue chose Dovecraft Masculine designer papers for this card, along with a few craft buttons from the Dress it Up Colour me Natural pack.

Dovecraft always have great co-ordinating themes, and the masculine range is no different - with designer chipboards, eyelets, brads, ribbon stickers and funky brads.

New at Kay Dees Crafts are Hot Off the Press Embellish Abilities

These packs have co-ordinated brads, buttons, ribbons and silk flowers. The masculine pack comes in shades of black, rust, blue, cranberry and teal and has:

12 embossed brads
10 jumbo round brads
50 regular brads
80 mini brads
24 buttons in 3 sizes
5 grosgrain and sheer ribbons - 36" each
6 silk flowers - 3 large, 3 small

187 pieces in total!

Remember peeps any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad.

So to all you special dads out there - Happy Fathers Day!

For my Dad -
Too big to sit upon your knee,
Too old to have you read to me,
Too far from you, too many miles
Too many days without your smiles.
So much to do, but had to say,
I love you Dad, Happy Father's Day!

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Love - Laura Ashley

We have all been incredibly busy here at Kay Dees Crafts - Sue has also been very busy too!

Laura Ashley papercraft items are always popular and Sue has put her own ideas and designs together with the new ranges and made some stunning cards for us to share with you.

Black Love Card

1. Use a black 5 inch Square card blank. Cover it with Laura Ashley Blossom paper but leave a small border of card showing.

2. Take a sheet of lavender paper from Dovecraft colour paperpack and stamp chrysanthemum flower from the Laura Ashley Contemporary stamp set on to it. Emboss using clear embossing powder.

3. Mount this onto the left over blossom paper leaving a 1/8 inch border then mount on to the charcoal paper also from Dovecraft colour paperpack again leaving 1/8inch.

4. Using double sided tape attach to upper part of card.

5. Add 4 jewels to corners of embossed stamped image.

6. Take letter chips from Laura Ashley chipboards pack and make up your sentiment (I just used LOVE) Attach to card using foam pads

7. Using funky ribbon from Laura Ashley bundle tie twice around card. Attach 2 charms from Creative Charms - Crazy Daisies pack.

8. Create insert and add. Then sign the back.

Takes about 40 minutes.

* Sue uses products available from us here at Kay Dees Crafts - but as the website is still being stocked not all items show as being available. If you are looking for products Sue has used but cannot find them on our website, please email us.

Happy Crafting!