Barmaid Box Card

A month or so ago, I posted a pub in a box card, featuring a hunky barman, mixing some drinks!  Well, today I have a variation on the theme to share with you – today, there’s an attractive barmaid pulling pints!!

I was asked to replicate the barman card, with a busty barmaid instead, for a friend’s uncle who will be turning 50 later this month.  After having a look around, I discovered Nancy Brew by The Stamping Chef – she was perfect for the job!!

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I coloured her with ProMarkers, building shadows by layering the colours.  As my friend’s uncle is Irish, I thought it might be nice to stick to emerald for the barmaid’s uniform, with lovely red hair!!  The main box card was cut by the Silhouette; I welded Nancy’s outline to the centre layer and cut the shape from cardstock, and stuck the coloured image over the top.  All of the barmats were created and personalised in the Silhouette software.  The edges of the mats were distressed with various colours of Distress Ink.

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As before, the tasteful pub wallpaper was from a freebie file from the StarSunflower Studio – available in several colourways, but the brown and cream just screamed pub to me!!

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Whizz!! Pop!! Bang!!

I have a science themed box card to share with you today!!  I have to admit, I had a LOT of fun making this card up 🙂

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The flask, beaker, test tubes and bubbles are all from the Miss Kate Cuttables Mad Scientist set – using the Silhouette, I simply cut the shapes from coloured cardstock, popped them together and coated them in Glossy Accents.

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The fun part really started when I made the slime….!  I was lucky enough to get one of the Ranger Melt Pots for my birthday recently, but a it was the summer holidays, I haven’t had time to play yet!  Well, with my eldest back at school yesterday and my youngest happily cutting and sticking, it was my time to experiment!  The slime shape is part of a dripping blood (!) shape I found lurking in the Hallowe’en section of the Silhouette Store.  I simply cut it from a bright lime green cardstock, rather than blood red!!  I attached a little handle made from scrap card to the back of the shape and then dunked it in the melted UTEE!!  I had to melt and re-dip a couple of times to get the UTEE where I wanted it and to get rid of a couple of bubbles that had crept in, but other than that, it was very quick and easy to do!  Best of all, it looks so glossy and slimy!!

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Think I’ll be melting again very soon…..!!
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Fancy A Swift Half?

It’s time for our new challenge over at Crafting At The Weekend!  As usual our theme is Anything Goes and our sponsors, Crafty Ribbons and All Dressed Up, are offering you some great prizes!

I’ve been having a lot of fun with a box card…  I was recently challenged to make a bar themed box card for a lady who loves pubs in general and brandy in particular!  I’m the first to admit I didn’t think I’d pull it off, but I’m proud to share the end result with you today 🙂

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I hunted high and low for a digital stamp of a barman, but came up with nothing.  Finally I stumbled across this great barman image at CanStockPhoto – and it’s available pre-coloured, so no agonising over the perfect colour uniform for a barman!

I used the Silhouette software to weld him onto the interior panel of the box card, then created his bar counter on another panel in front of him.  The shelves behind him have all his bottles of spirits, within easy reach – and the back is even mirrored, just as it is in most pubs!

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I wanted to find a damask wallpaper to use on the panels, as the decor in most English pubs is quite dark and traditional.  The paper I’ve used on this card was a freebie from the Star Sunflower Studio and it was perfect!  Although it came in several colourways, the brown and cream combo was just the ticket.

My favourite part of the whole card has to be the beer mats on the side flaps!  I made each one from scratch, using some felt-marked paper as it had the right feel to it.  I created two beer mats that are personalised to the lady who will be receiving the card – her name is Barbara, hence “Barb’s Brew” and she was born in 1952!  To create some depth to the beer mats on the flaps I have actually mounted all the layers individually, and then popped the beer mats up on staggered 3D pads so they sit on the flap at an angle.

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What have you made recently?  Pop over to Crafting At The Weekend and show us!

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes

My Time To Craft – Food and Drink

Up, Up and Away!

I’m back with another box card for you today!  I have had a minor hot air balloon obsession recently, but I struggle to colour them well.  So, when it dawned on me that I could “make” my hot air balloon instead, I had to give it a go!

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This box card is based on my original template from the Silhouette store, but as always, I have snipped bits here and there, and added on some extras!  I am delighted with the hot air balloons – they were a file from the Silhouette store; the way the balloon shape is built up in layers really allows curve of the balloon to show!

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Posh Frock Box Card

Just a quick post today, lots to get done today!

Box cards are proving very popular around here!!  Today’s card was a custom order – I have used a template from the Silhouette store, but have altered it to feature a fabulous dress, some gorgeous shoes and the perfect handbag!

I’ve kept to a simple, classic black and white colour scheme, with a few touches of silver and lots of gems for extra sparkle!  The dress, shoes and bag were all cut by the Silhouette; I added a black belt to the dress, lots of Glossy Accents to the shoes and lots of gems all round!  The papers are all from the Dovecraft Back II Basics paper stack.

The sentiment was printed directly onto cardstock, backed with a black mat and edged in silver by lightly smudging Dew Drop Brilliance Ink in Starlight Silver with a dauber.

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Lexi’s Creations – For A Friend

Die Cuttin Divas – Black + One

Footie Themed Box Card

For today’s new challenge over at Crafting At The Weekend, I’ve made a footie themed box card.  This particular card is destined to arrive on a Spurs fan’s doormat, but it would be very simple to adapt this to most football teams (I imagine anyway – not a big fan myself!).

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I started out with the Lori Whitlock box card template which I found on the Silhouette Online Store – and that’s pretty much the last time I saw the template in its original form!  I decided to make the card a little bigger, so increased the size by 10% so that it would still fit into the envelope.  Then I adapted the internal pieces – removing numbers and stars and adding in a football, a Tottenham Hotspurs team logo and yellow and red cards! I simply added these to the panel from the template and welded them together….simple!  I also added a panel to the reverse of the card, watermarked with scattered footballs, for a message to be written – better than trying to write on black card!

The yellow and red cards, the football and the papers are all from the K Aagard Sporty Soccer collection – I’ve used them over and over, they come in so handy for sports cards!

Anyway, enough about my project!  Make sure you pop over to Crafting At The Weekend and look at what the rest of the DT have made for our second challenge!


GDT At Paper Crafting Magic

I do love having the chance of being a Guest Designer with a team – it’s always lovely to meet other crafters and see how things work on different teams!  I was very lucky recently to be asked to guest over at Paper Crafting Magic – where the theme for this challenge is “My Favourites”.  To be honest, my list of favourites is ever-growing and I wasn’t sure that I could narrow it down to a point where it didn’t look like I had thrown my craft room at the card!  On the other hand, it makes it a really simple challenge to play along with!

Around the same time, I was asked to make a card for a friend who has a family Communion this month; no theme or extra details were given.  And so, my project for my GDT began!  I narrowed down some of My Favourites (I’ve included styles, techniques and tools too); the list included: dry embossing, banners, CAS, Silhouette, glitter and sparkle, and altering templates to create something new!

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I have made a few box cards recently – I love the “wow!” factor and they really are simple to make!  I have a template from the Silhouette Online store, but this card doesn’t really bear much resemblance to Lori Whitlock’s original design anymore!  To begin with, I increased the size of the final card, as the original was too small for me.  I then altered the inside panels to add a cross and a banner for the sentiment.  The decorative side panels were cut from a Papermania glitter vellum (the photos struggle to show the sparkle, I’m afraid!) – in order to make the panel stick without the glue showing through, I simply added little dots of Mod Podge to the back of the glitter flowers, rather than sticking the whole panel.  I also personalised the card, to make it a little more than just a card, maybe a keepsake.  Overall, I think I managed to include quite a few of My Favourites 🙂

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I’d like to thank Justin and the team at Paper Crafting Magic for inviting me to join them as GDT for this challenge – make sure you pop by with your favourites!