Have you finished off your entries for the Monthly Challenge for August yet?
I've had a few health issues and lost my crafty mojo for a while there, so I am really pleased to get my sketch entry completed tonight.
Here is a close up so that you can see the printed design on the vellum ... it is quite pretty. The vellum is secured in place using brads, with a dob of glue at the back behind the flowers to hold it down flat against the card base.
How many Fiskars tools do you think I used?
The answer is EIGHT - including my trusty green Self Healing Craft Mat and Fingertip Craft Knife (both currently on sale at Spotlight), 1/8" Circle Plier Punch (for the brads in each corner), XL Tag You're It Squeeze Punch (for the sentiment) Scalloped Sentiment Border Punch (for the flower stems) and last but defintely not least, a combination of large Round 'n Round, medium Seal of Approval & medium Round 'n Round Squeeze Punches (for the flowers). Fiskars punches are currently on sale at Spotlight, a real bargain with 30% off!!!
The card base is from Fundamentals, yes, another purchase from Spotlight. I really wanted the colours of my punched embellishments to match the card base, so I have to confess that I actually used a gold and a white cardbase to make the flowers and sentiment tag. Don't worry though, the rest of the "punched" card bases will be used to make some more cards soon.
If you're interested in making ric rak with your Scalloped Sentiment Border Punch, here is how I made mine. I started with a 3/4 strip of cardstock and punched along one side, then turned the strip around, offset the strip by one square on the punch, then punched along to complete the paper ric rak.
Thank you for visiting Grandpa's card - hope you enjoyed how I made it :)
Hello everyone! sorry i have been M.I.A. for a little while, our family has had a few changes over the past month with my hubby working away and boy has it taken a lot of getting use too!
But i am back and have a great quick little card holder to share ready for Fathers Day this weekend.
It is so hard sometimes to buy for Dad's,especially as they get older and my Dad...well he is 67 now and seems to have EVERYTHING! so this year i have got him a gift card. I know it is a little boring but at least he can buy himself some books and get what he wants.
But those little holders they come with are....well YUCK! so i quickly made up my own for the gift card.
I love the Fiskars Upper Crest border punch. it is not as girly as most and suits well for a male gift. Along with the Fiskars Framed everywhere punch, they make a great match.
so i took a piece of card and folded to an envelope and then punched my border and centre window.
inside the card i cut some card stock to fit inside with my Fiskars trimmer, then on the back of the card placed the gift card,drew around it so i knew where i wanted it to go. then with my Fiskars shape express circle template and cutter i cut semi-circles on either side of the drawn lines so i could have little flaps to hold my gift card in. i glued the cardstock to my little hard holder and that was it! A sentiment on the front and a it of velcro to hold the card shut and it was done.
A quick little gift card holder for well...... any occasion!
Today's project share has been sent through by Fiskars Demonstrator Melissa Docking from Western Australia..........................she has used some products from the Bella Fusion Range along with three of her favourite Fiskars Tools................................
Fiskars Border Punches - Threading Water and Scallop Border Punch
Lots of fun ink distressing on this card and how cute is all that sewing!
Not long now until Father's Day......hope you have been inspired by some of the project shares on here by the FISKARS CRAFT TEAM!
Melissa tells me that she has been scrapping too...here is her latest share.....
Hope you too can find some crafting time this week!
Difficulty rating: Beginner
If you flip through my family’s photo albums, in nearly every one of my father’s boyhood pictures, someone is holding a string of fish. They spent many weekends and holidays outdoors - mostly by the lakes and rivers of the Midwest- and fishing was an activity loved by all members of the family. They were proud of the fish they caught, enjoyed the time they spent together as a family, and it showed in these photographs.
So, when I think of my father and Father’s Day, fish naturally come to mind.
I don’t think I’m alone. I think in the lives of many children, bonds were built with their dads while baiting hooks or casting lines. I suppose this is why it’s such a popular theme in Father’s Day cards.
I created these fish projects for the family to make together. Each member can make a fish or two and add it to the string for the garland, on a line for the fishing pole centerpiece, or on a gift or card.
To begin, gather a selection of coordinating decorative papers and card stock in colors and patterns that Dad may enjoy. This is a great project to use up those little scraps.
Now, gather the family around, and start making your fish.
To make the garland, start by printing out your FISH TEMPLATE. You can reduce and enlarge your template to create different sized fish. Cut out the fish template, trace around it using a marker or pencil on your cardstock or decorative paper, and cut out your fish.
Break out all your favorite Fiskars squeeze punches, border punches and paper Edgers to decorate your fish.
Grab a few stickers, a couple rolls of Washi tape, some embellishments too.
Be creative and have fun with your fish! Border punches work great to create rows of scales on your fish. Bands of washi tape make great stripes. Use your paper shapers to cut out some fish fins.
When you’re all done with the front of the fish, flip it over and decorate the backside too. They’ll spin when they hang, so it’s important to decorate both sides.
Once you’re done decorating the bodies of your fish, add an eyelet for the eye. There’s a great tutorial on attaching eyelets HERE.
Punch a small hole in the nose of the fish, and run a fishing swivel or a lanyard hook through the hole.
Cut a length of string or bakery twine - you’ll need 7 inches for each fish you’ve made. Every five inches or so, make a loop and tie a knot.
String your fish by hanging one from each loop on the line.
Fishing Pole Centerpiece
To make this simple fishing pole centerpiece, begin using the first steps of the instructions above to create one fish for each pole in the arrangement. Cut a length of baker’s twine roughly twelve inches long. Run one end of the twin through the nose of the fish and knot. Tie the other end of the twine to the end of the fishing pole. Punch a few circles of varied sizes and colors out and glue them back-to-back on the fishing line.
Create bands along the end of the pole using coordinating Washi tapes. Use the same colors of tape to make bands along the top of the vase. Arrange your poles in the vase and display.
Fish Gift Wrap
You can continue the fish theme by wrapping Dad’s Father’s Day gift with more strings and fish!
Wrap your gift using a solid-colored wrapping paper. Take a spool of baker’s twine or string and wrap around your package several times. Create a few tiny fish and string them to your twine. Punch out several circles and glue them to the string and add a “Dad” to the package using adhesive letters.
Fishy Father's Day Card
Of course you’ll need a card to accompany your gift. This is an easy one to make – just punch a couple of holes in a card and string a string through. Add a few fish, and a little text. A bubbly border makes a nice detail on the card.
Creating all these details in honor of Dad will surely make him feel special. They’ll add color to the celebration, and surely brighten his day! And working on these projects as a family, can bring everyone together. I think Dad will like that too!
I found this article and project whilst surfing the net over at
Lots of fun Father's Day and other Projects being shared over there....and this one is a great project for the kids to be involved with.....it's nice to let the kids create something like this for Dad.
Don't forget that Father's Day is only about 11 days away here in Aus and NZ.....September 2nd
So make sure you check out all the other fun and funky crafty projects that are being shared by the Fiskars Team over at http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Crafting/Project-Gallery
Now is a good time to craft with the weather being a bit colder in Australia and New Zealand....get those UFO's done and dusted.....and those tools off the shelves and out of the drawers.....it's
TIME TO CRAFT !!!!
Father's Day is just around the corner, so I hope you have started making some cards to help celebrate their special Sunday on the 2nd of September.
Instead of having the contrast butterfly you could put "DAD" or a sentiment. Instead of butterflies you might have a shape that would be perfect for your special someone. I am going to try stamping some clock faces on circles for my next one. The black and grey may not be your style, so you could use bright and cheery colours instead.
Do you recognise all the Fiskars squeeze punches? There are lots of Flit On By butterflies, a Seal of Approval (extra large scalloped circle) and Round 'n Round (large circle). Of course my trusty FingerTip craft knife and Self Healing craft mat got a workout here too.
This card was inspired by Fiskateer Maya #351. There are so many talented crafters over at Fiskateers, an international community of crafters, all who share our love of Fiskars tools. Not a Fiskateer yet? It is FREE and FUN, quick and easy to join too - here is the link - I look forward to seeing you there.
Hope you come share your Father's Day projects with us - Happy Crafting :)
Difficulty rating: Beginner
I love the fun photobooth trend that is so popular right now so I decided to make my own version with handmade props, my two willing children and some basic photo editing skills. We decided on a Father’s Day theme for the photos, so that we could make a unique and simple Father’s Day card that is sure to put a huge smile on my husband’s face.
I started by sketching a beard and sunglasses onto tracing paper. I have poor drawing skills but after several attempts, I was eventually able to get the shapes I wanted. If I can do it, you can too!
I also printed out a simple sign for the kids to hold saying ‘We heart dad’.I have always thought that one of the brackets on the brackets template looked like a mustache, so I used that to draw around and create my mustache shape.
I then placed the tracing paper on top of some black cardstock face down, and by retracing over the pencil lines I was able to transfer the sketch lines onto the cardstock. Next, I cut out the shapes. I found my swivel tip craft knife especially helpful when cutting out the beard and its curvy lines.
I decided to laminate my props (who knows, they may get plenty more use aside from this Father’s Day card!) so I took them to my local teacher supplies store who has a laminating machine that costs just a few cents per foot, to use.
Back at home, I cut around the shapes and adhered some wooden skewers to the sides with a glue gun.
With the props complete, I moved on to creating my photobooth backdrop. I did this simply by hanging a piece of ironed fabric to the wall with tape and draped a felted heart bunting (made for us by a friend) across it. I knew my photos were going to be black and white so I kept my backdrop simple and subtle.
Next came the fun bit - the photoshoot. I was surprised how enthusiastic my children were about participating in this shoot, but there’s nothing like a couple of funny props and silly faces (as well as the occasional bribe) to help things along. I snapped away for about 20 minutes trying to let them try out their own poses and allow their different personalities to shine through.I used Picasa to edit my photos into a photobooth style. First I changed the images to black and white and adjusted the contrast between the highlights and shadows to get a sharp look. I also cropped the photos to a square. As an example, here is the unedited photo as well as the photobooth clip it became:
I then selected four of my favorite photos (this was hard to do because I loved so many of them, so I ended up making two different strips - one portrait and one landscape) and arranged them into a collage in Picasa. I had them printed at the store and on getting them home, cropped them at the sides with my paper trimmer to create the long photobooth strip we all know and love.
We are going to want to keep these photo strips forever, so I mounted them on cardstock cut slightly larger than the photos. I cut 4 diagonal lines so that I could feed the four corners of the photos through the slots, thus making them completely removable from the card after Father’s Day. I’m thinking we’ll frame them eventually.
I finished the card with a simple handwritten greeting and, of course, little messages and notes from the kids to their amazing dad, in the inside.
I found this fabulous,fun kids project over at http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Crafting/Project-Gallery/Holidays-and-Seasonal/Photobooth-Fathers-Day-card ......and thought it would be great to share here.......to view more fun crafty projects....pop on over to http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Crafting
Father's Day is just around the corner, so is my Dad's birthday and a couple of other birthdays too, so masculine cards are in demand at our house this month.
Dad loves his garden and I love making punchy flowers, so I thought I would combine our loves and ended up with this card.
The Core Amour cardstock from Core'dinations has a lovely texture and the grey-on-grey colour combo looks nice and masculine too. I used my Mini-ShapeBoss to emboss "Dad", rounded the corners with my 1/4 Round Squeeze Punch, then lightly sanded off the top of the embossed letters and edges for added contrast.
To make the flower I start with a medium Round 'n Round squeeze punch circle for the base. Next comes 4x large That's Amour squeeze punch hearts, curling them for dimension using a wooden skewer, attaching them to the circle base with some adhesive (I use Helmar 450 Quick Dry). Then layer an XL & L Oopsie Daisy squeeze punch flower on top, finishing off with 2x mediume May Flower squeeze punch flowers. Before attaching them all together I curl the ends of each petal then pierce a hole in the middle, so that they can be secured in place with a brad. The "Dad" block is mounted on foam dots to match the dimension of the flower.
A quick change of colours or background pattern would make this card work for any occasion.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this card and I look forward to having you share some of your cards with us soon :)
My Dad's birthday and Father's Day are just around the corner, so here is one of the cards I have made to help him celebrate.
Do you know all the Fiskars tools I used?
Started off with my Mini-ShapeBoss and Embossing Stylus to emboss the letters, then took my large Seal of Approval squeeze punch to punch each one out. As I used Core'dinations cardstock, I sanded off the embossing and outer edges to highlight them. The XL Seal of Approval is behind the metal clock face (a lucky bargain on sale at Spotlight yesterday).
Next came the banner bits - I used the Jenni Bowlin Blue Ribbon squeeze punch (thanks heaps Lyn, that was the punch I won from you earlier this year) but only punched along a strip using the top section of the punch.
Last, but definitely not least came my Scalloped Sentiment border punch for the pretty edge along the striped paper. The dots are embossed dots on Core'dinations cardstock that have been sanded back for contrast.
I had heaps of fun making this card and hope that my Dad likes it too.
Thank You for looking,
FYI - I have entered this card in one of the challenges of the Core'dinations Hard Core online crop, so please wish me luck!
in New Zealand today is Fathers Day. Yipee!!!! to all fathers!!!!
This card was made using Fiskars Fiskateer Scissors and limit edition leaf boarder punch and the XL circle squeeze punch. Want to learn how to make this type of greeting card with a pocket?
Here is the video: (its and old one of mine)
over at Fiskateers there is a RWC challenge.
I have posted challenge 1 and 2 here a couple of days ago.... click here
Here are challenges 3 and 4
The Web Ellis Cup has arrived in New Zealand! This is the trophy of RWC (rugby world cup) Here is what it looks like....Web Ellis Cup
Your misson is to make a project, card, layout to do with an award of some kind.
The international teams flow into NZ international airports this week. Choose a logo from one of the teams and use it as a design for your next project, card or layout. It could be the colour, logo design or some aspect of it. The team logos are on the Rugby world cup page. www.rugbyworldcup.com/
To enter go to Fiskateers and post your entries into the Fiskateers galleries. The first four challenges now have prizes!!! offered by Tami (fiskateer lead) cool aye!!!
I have 3 more challenges for the RWC (rugby world cup) to go up soon. Keep posted. Happy Crafting.