Friday, 16 November 2018

Quick update to today's update.....PS3 (white textured photoslot cards in 50s) are back in stock at Regal too!  Yay!!!!

CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH SPARKLELIGHT STICKERS

CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH SPARKLELIGHT STICKERS
When time is of the essence, stickers are a really handy addition to your cards.  You can, of course, just put them on the front of a single fold card and use them "as is", but if you have a little extra time you can give your cards a special individualised look.

Marilyn has made these two Christmas cards which illustrate how, with the addition of a few papers, stickers and ribbon, you can make cards that have a little more craftwork in them but no so much that you wouldn't still have time to make several before Christmas arrives!

A good range of Sparklelight stickers and lots of different coloured base cards are all available from Regal Craft Cards.

FRIDAY UPDATE

Good news for everyone who has been waiting for Regal to restock their popular textured white singlefold cards - as of this morning they are back!  The other varieties that ran out whilst we were waiting for a delayed shipment of cardstock  will soon be on the shelves, as soon as they can be manufactured.  In the meantime smooth white is not a problem, and there are lots of other colour choices.  If you haven't already, check out the Regal website.

It's a good job I'm taking another couple of weeks off (yes, again!) because Paper Roses are still bringing out some brilliant new dies, and I am always tempted.  This week I've bought a set of stitched rectangle nesting dies - 11 in all which (and this, for me, is the real selling point) have been sized for Australian A5 cards!  They may not be as complicated as a lot of the recent offerings but I am extremely excited about these as I know already that I will use them regularly. (Note that this is a different set to the one available in the Regal catalogue).   I was also tempted (OK so that's code for I bought this too) by a card creator die that cuts nine windows so that you can treat each area separately as far as decoration goes or use the whole thing as a "window" to tuck some scenery (or maybe Santa peering in) behind.

On the "I'm still thinking about it" list are some new cockatoo, kookaburra and humming bird dies, a deer head, Merry Christmas with a shadow, a really nice large Christmas wreath.  We have topped up our stock of one die that I do have, which is the ever so cute Santa Claus being pulled on his sleigh by kangaroos, and with a cockatoo sitting on his back.  For those of you who are a bit fed up with snowflakes and northern hemisphere themes it's ideal!   Well enough of that.......time to get on with a bit of actual work........before I clock off again.....Marilyn will be doing the updates whilst I'm away.

Friday, 9 November 2018

CHRISTMAS CARDS

JUPITER SHIMMER CHRISTMAS CARDS
If you haven't already made your Christmas cards, here are a couple of pretty examples (made by Tania) for inspiration.

The limited edition Jupiter Red base cards are available from Regal Craft Cards.  The embossing folder and papers are by Kaiser, but you could substitute them for any other papers that  co ordinated with red shimmer card.

Use the dies that are already in your stash for further embellishment, or treat yourself and come into Regal for some new craft supplies!

FRIDAY UPDATE

I was putting off doing this week's update in the hope that the new Paper Roses dies would arrive, and guess what......they have!!!!  If you like sheep and cows that look like real animals and not cartoons, if you want a choice of horse dies, if you like dies with an Australian theme made by an Australian family business, then these are for you!!  They are just gorgeous and in stock now at Regal Craft Cards.  We can always order extras in (as long as our supplier has stock) but if you want to be in on the first release I'd make a visit soon as they will sell quickly!

Friday, 2 November 2018

GUMLEAF STEPPER CARD

3D GUMLEAF STEPPER CARD
Sometimes you don't want to give a formal gift, but would like to give more than just a card.

For those occasions why not whip up a calendar and card in one.  All the ingredients for this example are available from Regal Craft Cards.

You'll need:
CAP 1 a small calendar padX
STE1 a pack of side stepper cards
HA109  Gumleaves stacker sheet
A small piece of decorative paper, foam dots and some adhesive (I use doublesided tape).

You can call into Regal's shop on Wellington Street, Launceston or find them on-line.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Z FOLD OVERLAPPING CARD

SITTING OPEN
TOP VIEW SHOWING FOLD

FOLDED FLAT























This is a very simple variation of Regal's three panel card, which is easier to show in pictures than to try and explain in brief......but as we have the pictures I'll give it my best shot!

Fold each of the side panels in turn over the middle panel, adding an additional fold, half way so that the edge of the panel lines up with the original fold (i.e. the edge of the card). The card edges (see the small picture at t he top) will look like they have a Z shaped fold, and the overall card will appear as a gatefold card.  Add any background papers at this stage.

Next, using a set of nesting dies (any will do, but I've used stitched circleds cut a shape that does not overhang the sides of the card (I've done this out of gloss red).  Using removable tape, centre a smaller die in the middle of the shape and run it through your die cutter so that there is a hole in the middle. Stick this shape half over the edge of the left hand folded panel of your card

Using the same die (or a smaller one) cut another shape.  I've used black gloss this time.  You could use the circle you've just cut out if you want although I think a contrast looks nice.  With your card folded shut, centre the smaller shape so that it sits inside the first shape, and stick it down.  It will be approximately half on and half off the folded edge of the right hand side.

Add whatever decorations take your fancy at this stage.

This card looks fine folded flat (see small picture above), and is easy to post like this, but it sits really nicely with a great three-dimensional effect (see large picture).  It could easily be adapted for any occasion.

Friday, 19 October 2018

A SIMPLE SYMPATHY CARD

A simple sympathy card idea - ink around the edges of nesting dies in various shades of grey (or whatever colour you chose), blending as you go.  Add a die-cut circle, birds and greeting, cut the panel to 10cm x 15cm, and slip it into a photoslot card.

If you prefer to use brighter colours, you could also condsider replacing the birds with butterflies.

Friday, 12 October 2018

STITCHES CARDS - part two

........and here are two more examples of the Stitches cards from Regal Craft Cards!  (See last week's post)

Friday, 5 October 2018

TWO DIFFERENT "STITCHES" CARDS

STITCHED CARDS FROM REGAL CRAFT CARDS
I probably don't need to write too much about how to make these cards because a close look at the photos will tell you how they have been made.

Janet (top card) has collected  a variety of themed items to make a baby card, whilst Maz has fussy cut and shaped some patterned paper for her thankyou card.

Both have used Regal's "Desert Haze Stitches card" (XTH2) as a base.  I think I've probably mentioned before how versatile these cards are.  You can achieve a very effective result  in quite a short time as well as using up a lot of those little bits and pieces kept "just in case."

This is also a great card to make with young crafters or beginners as a great result is almost guaranteed.

Chose a theme and have fun!

Friday, 28 September 2018

SPIRELLII GREETING CARD

SPIRELLI CARD
It's probably obvious that this card makes use of scalloped circle nesting dies.  (You can  experiment with different shapes and scallops).

I've taped the end of  some thin metallic thread to the back of the circle and threaded it between the scallops to another gap, a few spaces away, and then just continued to thread all around the circle until each has been filled.  The closer the first distance the bigger the hole in the middle will be.  This technique is known as Spirelli.

I've  used Kaiser paper for the back (unthreaded) circle, border and greeting, and inked some white gloss cards with a variety of pinks for the light and dark circles.  The smalled one has a heard die-cut from the middle and is mounted on foam tape to add depth. 

You have almost certainly guessed that the base card is from Regal Craft Cards.  If you want to make a more "masculine" version, why not go for cogs instead of scalloped circles and change the colours.

Friday, 21 September 2018

STITCHED CARD

Regal Craft Cards make these nifty "stitched" cards already printed so that you can get straight to the fun part and decorate them.

Tania has selected black and gold as the dominant colour theme, which matches very well with the flax base card. and has put her nesting dies to good use to add the decoration.

These cards are a great way to use up all those little pieces of paper that you just can't bear to throw away, and can be modified to suit the interests of the receiptient of the card.  Someone who enjoyed sewing for instance could have a card with pins, needles, fabric scraps, buttons etc.  Someone who enjoyed woodwork might enjoy nails, washers, die-cut tools etc.

Why not buy a pack and have some fun!

Friday, 14 September 2018

SUSPENDED DIE-CUT CARD TO SUIT ANY OCCASION

DIE-CUT BUTTERFLIES
This will take you a little bit longer than five minutes - but not much.  It's more the technique than the card (which I found in Regal's Bargain Corner) I wanted to show this week.

 Just pick a singlefold card, cover the inside right-hand panel with paper (I used plain lime green but you could use patterned paper). 

Die-cut a hole or two in whatever shape takes your fancy .  (At risk of stating the obvious, I chose two sizes of circle).

Now choose dies, that just fit over the edges of the cut apertures, so that there is enough to glue to the front of the card, but so that most of the die is over the hole,  Cut them out, fix in space. 

The finished card has a lovely 3D effect when it is opened or displayed in this way.  I used butterflies but you could equally well use tools (hammer, saw etc) or flowers, or words or anything really, as long as they fit with the holes that you cut.  As a result, you could make a card like this for any occasion!

Friday, 7 September 2018

DOODLING WITH DIECUTS

ADD SOME PATTERNS TO YOUR DIECUT
I've used a Uniquely Creative die as the feature of this card, but any die with open spaces will do.
Cut out your feature from black cardstock (its often easier to do this after mounting it onto double-sided Jac paper or similar) and stick it onto a smooth plain singlefold card - Regal Craft Cards have a great variety of colours, but I've stuck with traditional and chosen  "white smooth" (PL2).
Grab a pen with a fine tip - I used a Zig Millenium pen (also from Regal) in .03 black, but you could use any colour or even mix it up a bit and use more than one.
After that just doodle a different pattern in each of the sections and your done. 
I wouldn't claim this as "Zentangle" but how about relaxing doodling for all ages?  Its quite fun to do, why not give it a go.

Friday, 31 August 2018

FATHER'S DAY TOOL BOX CARD

Following along from last week's Father's Day card is another example from Sharon.  She has used the same little die cut tools (Two different sets of dies are available in the Regal Craft Cards catalogue) mounted on strips of acetate to make this fun box card which would do equally well for Father's Day or a birthday. 

There are lots of templates on-line for box cards and you can change the size to fit whatever you would like to have popping out of them, and that is limited only by your imagination!

Sharon has covered the box with sticky-backed silver checkerplate paper, leaving gaps and adding split pins to give the impression of drawers.

The greeting sticker at the back is also available from Regal.

Friday, 24 August 2018

FATHER'S DAY CARD

FATHER'S DAY CARD
With Father's Day just around the corner, why not make a card for the occasion, or help your children/grandchildren make one for a special man in their life.  Sharon's card would fit the bill.

She covered a plain Regal singlefold card with decorateive papers.  The piece with the torn edge could be replaced with sandpaper or cork if you want to add more texture.

The die-cut tools are attached with little split pins.  Paper Roses tool dies and the split pins can both be ordered from Regal Craft Cards.  Just add some sticker letters to spell "DAD" and your done!

Friday, 17 August 2018

PIANO CARD

PIANO CARD
This is Sharon's take on the "piano card" format - Kaiser pattened paper, with a fussy cut top to the Regal single fold card and an arrangement of various elements on the top, along with a greeting. 

You could modify this by adding acetate to the front so that the card could sit up for display, or by putting all the decoration on the front panel, if you wanted to.  If you fancied turning this into a more "masculine" card E.g. for Father's Day, just substitute the flowers for leaves,musical notes, cogs or omit all together (Or... if your man loves flowers leave it as is!)

If you can't find piano keyboard paper its a reasonably simple exercise to cut a couple of strips and make the keys.  Ink the edges with black ink for extra definition.

Friday, 10 August 2018

LAYERED HEART CARD

CARD FRONT
Here is a super simple card idea to use up some of those small paper scraps we all accumulate (or at least those of us who hate to throw things in the bin). Simply choose your favourite nesting die (or the one most appropriate to the occasion), and cut out each size with a different co ordinating colour and stack them.  This card has been made with a flat stack, but you could use foam dots to add dimension if you wanted, and/or ink the edges of each shape.

I've embossed the front of a smooth white singlefold card (PL2) from Regal craft cards, and added a greeting sticker, a pre-made bow and three little rhinestones to finish.

It could be a 5 minute make depending on how quickly you can die cut - remember if you're using the same brand of die you can cut more than one piece at a time.

If you add an insert you will have to allow a few minutes more.f  I found a once-loved and now hardly ever used hole punch in the drawer and used it to decorate a plain pale pink insert,which was secured to a slightly larger piece of paper in a darker shade.  Both pinks were the same colours as the plains used on the front of the card.
INSIDE THE CARD

Friday, 3 August 2018

SIMPLE ACCORDIAN CARD

CARD FRONT
This is a fun variation of a flag book.  I've basically scored and folded the central panel of a black three panel Regal craft card into an "accordian", and stuck simple die-cut flowers to either side of each fold.  It's important to remember that flowers on the front of the fold will tilt forward, whilst flowers on the back will tilt backwards so you have to position them so that they swing freely - a little practise run with removable tape is a good idea before you fix them more securely in place.

As there is so much going on inside the card, I've kept the front very simple - just some decorative paper that reflects the shape of the die, a couple of ribbons (the black one secured under the patterned panel to hide the ends) and a silver charm.

I guess you could use this card for a lot of different occasions, or you could just sit it on your shelf for a cheery decoration.
INSIDE THE CARD

Friday, 27 July 2018

FAIRY CARD

CARD FRONT
It's easy to focus on the front of a greeting card and forget that there are at least two panels inside and one on the back as well that all invite decoration.  Janet has gone one step further by using a three panel card and adding a variety of papers and elements from Kaiser;s "Fairy Garden" range to produce a really sweet fairy-themed card.

The largest die on the front is also from Kaiser - the "whimsical circle frame".  Other elements have been fussy cut and mounted with foam tape to add dimension.

This would obviously be a lovely birthday card or maybe a very special greeting from the tooth fairy?
INNER PANELS

Friday, 20 July 2018

3D FLORAL BOUQUET WITH EMBOSSED FRAME

3D FLORAL BOUQUET
Unfortunately, this picture probably doesn't show this card to best effect, however I'll explain the technique so you can get the general idea.

I began with a piece of paper featuring lots of flowers (some in repeat) - this one's from Kaiser- and fussy cut several elements from it.

I used two square dies, one placed inside the other, in conjunction with a rubber mat to emboss a frame on the front of a square white singlefold card from Regal (SPL1).

After that I arranged the cut-out flowers, leaves and butterflies on the card, and before sticking them down, shaped them (you can use a tool and a mat but I just used the palm of my hand and my fingers).  I added further dimension by positioning one cut flower over another of the same type and using various combinations of flat double sided tape and foam dots to achieve different levels.

As I mentioned, the card looks a lot better in reality.  The actual construction of the card is quite speedy, but arranging the "bits" can take some time if you're that way inclined!

Friday, 13 July 2018

HEART CUT-OUT CARD WITH FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES

DOUBLE HEART CARD
Spring is in the air (or am I just being overly optomistic).  In any case here's a pretty card by Marilyn to get you into the spirit.

She has taken a textured white heart cut-out card (HE1) from Regal Craft Cards, and used both the aperture and the heart.  Decoration is added with lots of hole-punched flowers in various sizes and some butterflies fluttering around. Kindyglitz, glitter glue has been used around the outside of the large hearts to finish off.

Since die-cutting machines have become the go, a lot of us have a drawer (or two) of neglected hole punches.  Why not get them out and play and remember why we all thought they were so good in the first place!

Friday, 6 July 2018

DOUBLE LAYERED TEABAG FOLDING CARD

SIMPLE TEABAG FOLDED MOTIF
This card is a lot simpler than it looks to make.  Start with a singlefold white craft card (PL1 or PL2) from Regal Craft Cards.

Assemble the motif by selecting 8 plain paper squares for the back, and eight double-sided squares for the front.  The actual size doesn't matter too much as long as it fits onto the card base you have selected.  (1 1/2 inches and 1 1/4 inches could be a size to try)

Fold and unfold each square along the diagonal, then fold the sides to the crease to make a kite shape.  Take your time with this bit as accuracy here makes a bit difference to how easy the next bit proves to be.

Assemble the eight plain "kite shapes"so that the edges lie next to each other and they make a "circular" motif.  After you've arranged them so that they are fairly evenly positioned (i.e. so you don't end up with either a big gap or not enough space at the end), stick each down with a piece of double sided tape.  Repeat with the smaller squares, and position one motif on top of the other, and stick down.  The split pin in the middle is optional but it does help to hold all the shapes together and hide and slightly dodgy bits where they are supposed to join in the middle!

Arrange a greeting and some patterned backing paper (perhaps, as in this case, the same paper used for the smaller squares), and there you are!  I've just talked about this with a fellow crafter and agreed that there are a lot of words here for something that is very easy to do and would take only a minute to demonstrate, so if you'd like the "in person" demo, pop into Regal and I'd be happy to show you!

Friday, 29 June 2018

NESTING CIRCLE CARDS

I've used the "Lots of Circles" die from Paper Roses and square singlefold card bases from Regal Craft Cards to make two different very quick cards.

Use two contrasting colours - in this case, metallic gold, and gloss blue.  You can save time by sticking your paper to double sided Jac before cutting, and running the dies through whilst they are nested inside one another. (i.e.only one pass for each colour is required) .

Then its just a matter of peel and stick, following the examples shown or making up your own.

I've added an embossed gold heart and a greeting sticker to the first example, and added rounded corners to the second, just for a bit of variety.

The gold hearts are available from Regal.  I should mention that they are quite thick, so if you are embossing them it might be necessary to adjust the stack that you use so that it will fit happily through your machine.  If the A plate with the two B plates are too thick then try A plate, embossing folder with heart inside, B plate and some cardboard shims to make up the right thickness.  Experiment by adding one shim at a time, then note down your stack so you'll know for next time!



Friday, 22 June 2018

GATEFOLD CARD WITH CIRCULAR OPENING

CIRCLE GATEFOLD - FRONT

CIRCLE GATEFOLD OPEN
Here's another idea for something to do with a three panel card.  You can play  with the shape of die that you use and where you actually place it on the card.

In this example I've horizontally centred a circle die, and placed int towards the top of one of the outer panels of my Regal craft card, then run it through my die cutting machine.  Next I've just cut off half the panel.

By folding the cut panel over the other (so far uncut) outer panel, I can place the circle die so that it will match exactly when the card is closed.  Use a bit of removable tape if you want to be sure that it won't move, then run it through your machine, cut this panel in half too.

Add a few decorations and off you go!

FRIDAY UPDATE

Regal Craft Cards are having a MASSIVE PAPER CRAFTS SALE today between 10 and 2 in the hall behind the Baptist Church in Wellington Street Launceston!  Be there if you can - there are some amazing bargains!!!

Friday, 15 June 2018

ELEPHANT COLLAGE CARD

ELEPHANT CARD
Marilyn has made a quick but effective card featuring an image cut from a piece of paper from the "Threatened" series by Fabscraps.

You don't need a lot of supplies to make this card, just a selection of co ordinated papers, some adhesive pearls, double-sided tape and some scissors.

We sometimes get a big fixated on die-cutting, special inks and suchlike, and its a good reminder that design is the major factor in any card!  Why not sit around and play with some scrap paper, and come up with some new ideas.

Oh, and of course, I should have mentioned that underneath the layers is a Regal Craft base card!

FRIDAY UPDATE

It's all happening at Regal at the moment as we prepare for the massive paper crafts sale that we'll be holding in the hall behind the Baptist Church in Wellington Street Launceston next Friday (June 22nd) between 10 and 2.  If you've been before you'll know what to expect from the giant sale although there are better bargains than ever this year, if you haven't then you're in for a treat! Regal is one of the last (if not indeed the only remaining) manufacturers of craft cards in Australia, and this is your opportunity to get some amazing cards at factory prices.  There are even some further discounts on previously discounted stocks so come and grab a bargain and show your support for a local business!

Friday, 8 June 2018

FRIDAY UPDATE

I'm very excited about the new Paper Roses dies that I've just unpacked, as I'm really pleased to see some Australian designs.  There's a stockman and horse, a farmer and child, a campfire, three different gum leaf sets etc!  For the super organized there's even a silhouette Santa with a cockatoo on his shoulder on a sleigh pulled by kangaroos (this is the only cutesy one, the others are realistic).  I consider my craft budget for this week officially blown!  Regal is closed tomorrow (Saturday - winter trading) and Monday for the Queen's Birthday holiday so today or Tuesday on is your opportunity.  We have limited stock of each but hopefully should be able to order more if necessary.

If shells are your thing, you'll love the "Seaside and me" collection from Couture Creations - lots of lovely papers, small pads and a couple of really nice dies - shells and a lighthouse.

If you haven't already marked Friday the 22nd down in your diary for Regal's giant sale -  the once a year mega-sale that is held in the hall behind the church next door to the retail shop.

LIVE LAUGH LOVE HEART CUT OUT CARD

HEART CUT OUT CARD WITH EMBOSSED BACKGROUND
Another one of Janet's pretty cards this week.  This example uses an ivory heart cut-out three panel card as a base.

It may be a little hard to see in the picture, but one of the stand-out features of the card is the background patterned paper, which has been embossed using a folder featuring fern leaves.  Die cut leaves in three different shades are on the left of the card and other embellishments are paper flowers, a printed greeting and enamel dots.

Janet has inked around the heart cut-out that surrounds a striped, unembossed  green background, with white ink, and around the greeting with a bright green, which she has also added to the flower centres

All the techniques used in the card are straightforward, but used in combination and with attention to detail has resulted in a very striking card, that attracted a lot of positive comment when it was on display.  You can make it, or a similar version too.

Friday, 1 June 2018

FRIDAY UPDATE

Hello and happy winter!  Kaiser's June ranges are now in at Regal.  We're equally divided over which one is nicer - "Anthology" which has a vintage natural history theme (I'm over-thinking the description - it's feathers, butterflies, cabinets and suchlike) and "Full bloom" which is, as the name suggests a modern take on the floral theme.

My favourite of the dies are the perfume bottles which, with a bit of scissor-"surgery" will double as vases, apothecary jars and more - not to mention that the fattest one turned upside down would make a great hot air balloon!  The stamp set that goes with the Full Bloom collection is great for stamping with individual elements coloured with Tombows or Distress Pens for a watercolour effect.  Do come and check out the selection.

NESTING CIRCLE DIES LION

LION CARD MADE WITH NESTING CIRCLE DIES
A few years ago "Punch Art" was all the go.  Now that we have access to relatively low-cost nesting dies, its fun to revisit the craft and scale it up to card size.

This lion has been made with twelve circles of various sizes (see if you can find them all, if you're keen), a large scallop circle and a heart for the nose.

All you need, apart from dies, is a base card from Regal Craft Cards, some paper (around the 140gsm weight works well), adhesive, and a white pen if you want to add some highlights to the eyes.  i pencilled in some spots and whiskers too.

This card is not exactly the same as others I've seen on-line, but I certainly acknowledge inspiration from a number of lovely lions constructed by others as punchart.  There are lots of designs that can be adapted so have a browse and perhaps you might be inspired too!  Little people would probably love this bold style of card but there's scope to use it (or other animals) as a sporting mascot card for a team supporter or as a card suited to a particular person e.g. assemble different shapes to make a specific type of dog etc.

Friday, 25 May 2018

FRIDAY UPDATE

Regal now has all their calendars for 2019 in stock!  That means calendar pads in small, medium and large sizes, all with a month to a pull-off page.  There are so many different ways to use them.  If you are going to make  handmade cards for Christmas, why not make them last for all the year by adding a small calendar pad.  Add a page to your scrapbooking to highlight special dates, or just throw them into your bag for when you need to check a date.  If you want some examples use this blog's side menu and you'll find quite a few examples.

I probably should also mention that Regal will be going into their winter operating hours from June 01 - that means that we're open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 5.00 but will be closing on the weekends.  With the days still getting shorter and the weather getting colder, gathering supplies during the week and staying indoors in the warm making lots of cards at the weekend, sounds like a plan!

(Don't forget that Regal posts to Tassie, as well as mainland Australia and the rest of the world, and using the mail order alternative saves on petrol, parking and actually having to go out!   We love to see you, of course, but its not your only option).

We have also made a couple of other changes - the demonstrations that were to be held in the second half of the year are no longer going ahead but our Giant Sale will be back bigger and better than ever on June 22nd, so mark it on your calendar now.  There will be lots of really amazing bargains to be had.  More details closer to the day.

LAYERED SILHOUETTE CARD

FRONT VIEW

SIDE VIEW
This card takes a little while to construct, but is not as hard as it perhaps looks to make.

Start with a three panel card from Regal craft cards, and choose three dies, each smaller than the other (nesting dies are fine but they do not have to be the same shape to work).

Position the largest die on the front panel and cut.  Next position the second largest die on the middle panel.  (The card is folded as an accordion), so that it is within the window on the front panel.  Fix it with removable tape if you want to be sure that it won't move, then run the (open) card through your machine.  Repeat the process, using the smallest die for the back panel.

Now decorate each panel with die cuts, so that some of each sits over the edge of the cut out (so you will have to use fairlys tiff card)  When the card is open a great deal of dimension is added to the design.  In this example I've kept it really simple, fixing  some rainbow parchment to the back panel for a "sunset/sunrise" and used black "silhoette" shapes - grass in the foreground, a branch and leaves in the middle and a tree at the back.  You can however, join two or more three panel cards together and add as much detail as you like to the picture, including coloured images so make a really complicated card or, just a cool design to sit on a shelf at home.

This example is a made as a sympathy card with handwritten text.  I hate my writing as much (if not more) than most people seem to, but it's perhaps the occasion when  a personal touch is most needed and  feeling self-conscious about it is nearly as important as conveying the message you want to send.

Friday, 18 May 2018

FRIDAY UPDATE

Just a quick note to let you know that new stock arriving at Regal this week included Scoreboards in two sizes, quilling boards, bow makers, and craft mats.  Not as "glamorous" but still worth a mention is that we finally have precision tweezers back in stock too! Don't forget that Indian Window cards remain on special for the rest of the month and there are always lots of treasures to be uncovered in the Bargain corner.

REGAL THREE PANEL HEART CARD

Regal Craft Cards make three panel cards in a variety of colours with a heart cut-out (supplied with the card)

Tania has used a Forest Green base card (XHE11), and plain papers to construct a sweet card "Just for You."

Friday, 11 May 2018

FRIDAY UPDATE

It was lovely to catch up with such a lot of people at Regal's 20% off sale yesterday - thanks to everyone who made it such a successful day.  Congratulations to Bev Colgrave who won the weekend for two at Platypus Park Country Retreat.

Its a bit damp and bleak outside in Launnie - in other words the perfect weather for crafting so why not duck out and grab some supplies!

In the south of the state I know how much worse it is than here and that at the moment its just a matter of getting through the weather event you're experiencing.  Our thoughts are with you.  Stay safe!

VINTAGE POSTCARD PYRAMAGE

PYRAMAGE USING VINTAGE POSTCARDS
Regal craft cards have lots of vintage postcards, and photoslot card bases too, so this takes a lot of the work out of making these cards.  Both examples use sets of nesting dies. 

Choose the focus of your cutting - in this example the baby's face, and the man and two children, and make sure that the smallest die (placed cutting side down) frames this area nicely.  Position the rest of the dies evenly around the smallest.  You can use as many dies as you like (and will fit) but three is about right for this size of postcard.

Use removable tape (or magnet) to keep the dies in place and run though your cutting machine with whatever stack you usually use for die-cutting.  Carefully remove the pieces.

Replace the pieces, using double sided foam tape or silicone glue to add increasing or decreasing height. The baby shows the pieces stacked up so that the face is the highest point, so the first (larges) die-cut went in with one piece of foam tape, the next was stuck in using two, and the third using three.  The man and children, was stacked the opposite way so that the design was inverted with the people in the centre at the lowest point, and the border dies getting progressively highter, so that you end up looking into the picture. 

Its hard to see the three dimensional characteristics of these cards from the picture, but have a play, you'll be pleased with the results, which are always quite effective (with not nearly as much work involves as there appears to be!)

Friday, 4 May 2018

FRIDAY UPDATE

A quick note today to let you know that the May Kaiser release is in at Regal.(I love the Stargazer collection especially).  Also that Regal will be having a 20% off day in the shop on Thursday (May 10th) so it's a great chance to gather your winter crafting supplies.

 In the meantim, if you're in Launceston for Agfest (or any other reason) do drop by and say hello, we'd love to see you.

COLLAGE CARD WITH ELEPHANTS

ELEPHANT COLLAGE CARD
Marilyn has chosen a "natural" theme for this collage card, featuring a picture cut from Fab Scraps paper, matted on red and then black card

She has selected brown and white buttons, woven cord, decorative ribbon,paper leaves and a real skeleton leaf, and then assembled them on a Regal Craft card base.

This card would be suitable for all sorts of occasions - everything from birthday to fathers day to bon voyage!

You may not have the specific materials used for this example (although most of them are available from Regal Craft Cards), but the general idea can be used more widely.  Find a picture you like from scrapbooking paper, or a sticker, a stamp, a diecut or whatever, and then rummage through your craft supplies and assemble a pile of products that suit the theme.  After that its just a matter of playing with all the elements until they come together on a way that makes you smile!

Friday, 27 April 2018

ROCKING BABY CARD

SCALLOP CIRCLE BABY CARD
This is another really simple card that looks a lot harder to construct than it actually is.

I've started with a square base - a singlefold card from Regal Craft Cards.  By overlapping the fold just a little bit with a scallop edged circle die, and then running it through the Go Cut and Emboss machine, I've created a Scalloped Circle card.

Its then just a matter of decoration.  I've used a leftover motif die-cut from a Sparklelight sheet and various other nesting scallop circle shapes, and added a little assembly of a silk flower, twine and lace at the top.

I like that the card will still stand but will rock gently (it seems appropriate for a baby card) but if you prefer your cards to be well- grounded you can always remove a small section at the bottom to create a flat base.

Friday, 20 April 2018

FOLD OVER CIRCLES

FOLD OVER CIRCLES
Not all that long ago, we used to make this type of card using a metal template, taped to paper and cut with a craft knife.  For people like me who are, at best "OK on a good day" with a knife it was best avoided.

Nowadays however, its easy - just arrange your nesting dies one inside the other at approximately equal distances apart - (use a magnetic sheet or a bit of removable tape to keep them in order if you want), on top of your A and C plates (in most die-cutting machines)

Next, line up the top cutting plate (the B plate in a Cuttlebug or Go Cut and Emboss) with a point half way along the nested dies, and run it through your machine.  Only the part of the circles covered with the top plate will cut, then just fold over every second semi-circle cut and that's it!

Double sided paper with a different paper underneath works well.  You can stick the circles down, although I prefer to leave them unattached to add dimension.  Of coursse,you don'e need to use circles at all - any nesting dies will work.  Mount the whole design on a Regal base card and there you are!  What used to take hours can be happily finished in under 10 minutes - the most time-consuming part is chosing the paper.

Friday, 13 April 2018

GREETING CARDS WITH A TASMANIAN THEME

POSTCARDS PLUS
Regal Craft cards sell stepper cards and cards with Tasmania cut-outs as well as a large range of postcards.

Marilyn has combined all three to produce these cards which are great for sending to the mainland or overseas, or even for those who just love Tassie!

Friday, 6 April 2018

FRIDAY UPDATE

There are \some lovely new Fabscraps papers that have recently arrived at Regal craft Cards. One set features the cutest little creatures ever (tiny rabbits with balloons, flying piglets, mice with drums etc) and are ideal for baby cards and albums for boys or girls (and for grown-ups who love cute things too!) 

The other set of paper is interesting - two of us both love one side and not the other - the only thing being that each likes a different side.  This is good if you're buyin the paper - a little something for everyone.  One side of the paper has a shabby chic theme with flowers, whitewashed furniture, peeling wallpaper etc. whilst the other is neutral geometrics featuring woven textures.  No prizes for guessing which one I like!

We're spoilt for choice at the moment, as Regal also has the two April releases of dies, stencils, papers, pads, collectibles, stamps etc from Kaiser.  You can look at them on line on the Kaiser site, or come into the shop.  One is a traditional vintage set in neutral grey/ivory colours, the other is "on trend" in both design and in it's green, peach and mustard/gold colourway.

BIRTHDAY CARDS WITH MOTORBIKE STICKERS

StickerCollage
Marilyn (top card) and I have used different approaches but similar products to make these two cards, which each feature Sprarklelight motorbike stickers (available from Regal,

Marilyn has mounted the stickers on blue card backing, the words come from one of the Kaiser pads, and black adhesive pearls, silver sequin waste and a greeting sticker (coloured blue to Match) complete the card.

The second card uses a piece of lapis lazuli shimmer card from which stars in various sizes have been cut.  The panel has been mounted over silver glitter card, using foam tape to add dimension, and the stars have been outlined with a silver paint pen.  A small orange ribbon has been added to the corner (the complimentary colour to blue)to pick up the colour in the bike rider's hat.

Both card bases are, of course, from Regal Craft Cards
Die cut background

Friday, 30 March 2018

ZIG ZAG FOLD FOR GIFT CARDS

ZIG ZAG CARD FRONT

ZIG ZAG CARD INSIDE VIEW
Sharon has folded one of Regal's zig zag cards (ZDL) in a slightly different way to make a DL sized card with an internal pocket just the right size to conceal a present such as a gift card or money.

By simply folding the front panel in, and securing the side and base with double-sided tape, the pocket is created, then all that is left to do is decorate the card.

Regal make the ZigZag cards in white, dk green, red and ivory, and the Sparklelight 3-D sheet from which the little girl was taken is also available from them.

Friday, 23 March 2018

AUSTRALIANA DIES

SIMPLE CARDS WITH AUSTRALIAN DIES
Two very simple cards feature this week.  The first, with the die positioned on the inner panelbehind the oval cut-out has been made with the Ultimate Crafts "Small Grass Tree Tag" set which includes not only the grass but two oval nesting dies as well.

The second is also from the Australiana range and shows an example of how the Old Farm Card tag set can be used.  In this instance the set includes the wagon, a separate wheel, and two nesting tag dies.

At the time of writing, both die sets were available from Regal Craft Cards, which is where both the base cards were purchased.

Friday, 16 March 2018

A WORK OF ART

RECESSED FRONT OF ARTWORK
I've titled this post "A work of Art" which it is.  Janet has created the most lovely example of how a shaker card can be adapted to be so much more than the name suggests.

I am not even going to begin to describe all the different layers and techniques that she has incorporated into this card (which is really suited to display all year round, rather than just a quick single occasion appearance).  Take the time to look carefully and see what ideas you could incorporate into your own projects.

I haven't included a picture of the back panel, which is just as extensively decorated so better still, if you are able, come into Regal Craft Cards, where we have it on display and have a look for yourself! 
INSIDE VIEW

Friday, 9 March 2018

BOX CARD USING REGAL ZIG ZAG CARDS

FRIENDSHIP BOX CARD
Every month at Regal, we chose a card and each of us makes an example.  It's always interesting to see how different ideas can be, using a single card base and fun to pick who made each card.

This is one of mine, and it was for the Zigzag card (DLZ) challenge.  I used two ivory cards, and overlapped the back and front panels to make a box card.  I then added some "rungs" by cutting strips of card to fit inside, with ends bent down to make tabs, which were taped to the sides.

As I was using a thin acetate to make the strips to support the heards (to give the impression of floating), I didn't make them very high above the sides of the card (also so that the card would fit into an available envelope), but if you like a higher look, just use thicker co ordinating card to make the supporting strips.

I've used some Kaiser paper for the decorations, and by careful die-cutting have (I think) managed to give the impression of lots of different patterns, even although it was a single sheet.

This is the sort of card to give to someone who loves cards not the person who displays them for a day and throws them in the recycling (unless of course you enjoy crafting so much that you don't card). but its a fun make, plus its a design that could easily be adapted to show off photos e.g. of the family, and remain on semi-permanent display.

Friday, 2 March 2018

ZFOLD CARD FOR GENTLEMEN

FRONT OF Z FOLD CARD

THE OPEN CARD
When I'm at work, I often get told that we "don't do enough men's cards." 

All I can say is we do our best - if you use the side menu on the blog you'll find quite a few examples that will hopefully give you some inspiration.

This card, by Janet, is a work of art in its own right but if you look closely there are lots of little elements within it that could be used to make a great "man's card".  Fussy cut elements, mixed colour coordinated patters, inked edges and matching ribbon trim just for starters.  Masculine cards don't need to be brown and they don't need to be simple (of course, they can be, and there's nothing wrong with that), so if you want to put in a little extra time and effort you might find some ideas here!

Z fold cards can be brought from Regal Craft Cards, so all you have to do is get started with the fun bit!