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Artistic Flair Crafts – coupon code for YOU!

I got a lovely email from a new UK company called Artistic Flair Crafts.  They offered me a coupon code to try out a few products.  It was the perfect excuse to drag out my Gelli plate, as some of their main products are stencils!  I do love a good stencil.

I selected a range of them – 4×4 inch ones

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6×6 inch ones – and yes, either by me clicking wrong or by a glitch in the ordering (combined with me not double-checking) I ended up with two of the same design!  DOH!

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and A4 sized ones. And something they call TABS.  Loving them and wish I had more time to perfect the use of them.

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I tried scraping the pain thru the stencil, but was a bit careless cause I was rushing.  And scraping thru, without a bit of light adhesive to keep the stencil in place, was a bit silly.    I know they will be fab with sprays or sponging thru them, for art journal pages or layouts.

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Another unique item is the cake topper stencil.  I got small cupcake ones but they have a nice range of bigger ones (8 inches) too. And cake SIDE stencils are Coming Soon.

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So cute.  Obviously I don’t make cakes, but with a little surgery I converted one of these for Gelli plate use:

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I think they would work nicely with the round plate  – I like the fact that the stencil is designed as a circle, radiating out from the centre, so the effect is not just a regular stencil in a circle. IYKWIM.

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I only had a few minutes to play, so my samples are not hugely inspiring but everything is still all out all over my desk so I may try to find a bit more time and carry on.  It was fun!

They also have a range of cute little wooden shapes, if stencils aren’t your thing. Aren’t these adorable?

Most importantly, here is a code you can use at checkout to get 20% off for yourselves!

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Let me know what you buy!


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Zodiac signs for book folding

I always wish I could track it when I get multiple requests for the same thing.  It doesn’t happen very often, outside of Can I get LOVE in time for Valentine’s day? but when it does I wonder why?

I’ve had both comments and emails recently asking about star signs.  I have to admit other than knowing my sign (cause who doesn’t at least know THAT?) I am pretty clueless about horoscope and star signs.  When I got the first request, I thought they were asking about the more pictographic images.

which I thought was probably a bit ambitious unless done as a cut&fold. Maybe even ambitious in that form!

But I had another look and found the simple star signs, so I made a set of those:

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There are alternating folds for virtually all of them, but nothing that would be overwhelming.  Folding them, then adding a ribbon to hold the book at the right degree of open-ness, and maybe adding the star sign name in cut letters might make a nice gift.  Something a bit like the way I did the photos on this:

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That is a cut&fold, obviously, but the idea is the same.

The PDF is 12 pages and has all the star signs. You can download it here.  Just select the page to print.

I have a cut&fold I am dying to make for a friend – can you tell who it is?

bernie


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Question Marks for book folding

<sigh>  I feel terrible.  A commenter, Alister, asked before Christmas, for question marks.  I was super busy that week and was so sure I had added these that I told him there were ??s in the top menu.

DOH! That was it a alternate fact.

I am adding them now, and updating the top menu.  I’ve done a number of interesting ?s that I think will work out Two to a page so the counting lines won’t be helpful, but they are not going to be hard (most won’t anyway) to count even so.

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Not sure about the last one.  I think I might cut it, then lop off the top of the paper, so it looks upright.   It’s the font, as it comes.  What do you think?

You can download the PDF here


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Half-sheet calendar

This should have made it up last month, but we’ve been busy.

I loved the quote and have been looking for just the right thing and I think this technological sort of graphic is just right.

The front and back cover.

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and the monthly sheets:

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Print all the pages then slice them down the middle.  The individual sheets are cropped to the edge of the image – that way, not matter what size sheet of paper you tell your printer to print on, the image will be placed in the middle, and can be cut in half easily.

You can grab that download here.

 

And here is a smaller size to download, printing at just about 5 3/4 x 4 inches

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Enjoy.


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Hearts, hearts, and more hearts!

In antici………PATION of Valentines Day, I am adding a handful of hearts.  Well, nearly.  Four. Three are slightly more stylish than the plain one, but all should be pretty easy to fold.

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All but the plain heart have alternating folds, but not tricky ones, so a good first fold, I think, if you are feeling confident.

As ever, if you do fold them I would love to see them, and if the photo is clear, possibly share them so others can see what a finished fold looks like.

So grab the PDFs that appeal:

Odd heart

Heart Balloon

Heartbeat

Plain, simple Heart

All of these should be foldable in a day.  I wonder if any would fit in a copy of The Notebook, or any of the other top 10 romantic novels?


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Android Wear is just too much fun.

So we got Android Wear watches last year.  I have a Huawei, but only because I left my Moto 360 at my parents house when we went home for Christmas and had to get a replacement.  I love it.  And fortunately DS wanted the Moto and he stayed longer than we did on the East Coast, so he ended up taking mine back to Cali with him – and he might be able to use it once I send him the charger LOL!

I do love my Apple computer but the design possibilities for Android Wear is so much more fun.  I sat down with the Facer app (the browser version) and took some images from my Art Journal and turned them into watch faces.

In a few minutes, I was able to make four faces – all these came from Art Journal pages I have previously done.

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The bug us a stamp.  You’ll recognize it from the new header on my blog. The AJ page:

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This is the only one I did with watch hands.  I like the fact I can upload my own fonts to use, and the digital time looks better, to my eye.  The next one used a snippet from the same page, but from an in-process photo:

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The date is actually easier to read than it looks here.

Then I did another AJ page snippet:

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One of my favourite pages.  The watch face looks like this:

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The bit at the bottom is called the “flat tire” and is what allows you to swipe up to access another screen.

On the last one I used a couple of fonts I like a lot:

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Might be a bit too much my style, but of course I love it. And the AJ page:

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I have 100s of ideas using bits and pieces – Gelli prints, stamps, ATCs….I think this is going to be fun.

Now I just have to sort out getting the faces onto the actual WATCH.  DD and I are sharing an Android phone, for the purposes of watch face design, but I hope to get these added to my actual watch very soon.


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Birthday Book foldings

I am always trying to think of way that people can do their own folds.  While many people ask about the program I use, not many of them will follow thru and buy it (Intaglio – cheap, a bit on the bug-y side, and Mac only, with no PC equivalent that I know of, if you want to have a look.) So, I try to create things that can be used in may different ways.

I had a recent request by a commenter, Sandra, who wanted some generic birthday images.  While looking for appropriate ones, I had the idea to make numbers (with a candle atop) that could be used for different birthday years. So I did.

There is a set of 0-9 numbers, in a nice but fairly simple font

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as well as the ordinals

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and a few birthday images

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I think a number (maybe 2, depending on the size of the book) could fit beside the balloons

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You could even use the number and omit the candle-top for anniversary folds or retirement folds.

PLEASE be sure to download the pdf HERE and don’t just try to use the .jpg images.

Have fun!

 


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What?! 2018??

Yep.  I always forget that one of my commenters loves to both get a head start on her Christmas gifts AND to make mid-year gifts of 18-month calendars, so I have already made a 2018 calendar.  Not the only one, remember?  I have the Pretty CD version for 2017 and 2018 here.

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You can download that here if you are also a forward-thinker. And the 2017 version of the colouring-in calendar is here!


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Another Calendar request

I had forgotten requests in past years for calendar circles that can be punched using a 2″ punch.  It is an easy one to make so here it is – for Michele, who asked, and anyone else who finds it useful!

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Do be sure to download the actual PDF and not just grab the image! The .jpg will not be great quality and not the right size.


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Silly me – but maybe good for you? Full sheet calendars and a One-Sheet version

I had a request in the comments for the Pretty CD calendar on one sheet.  In my head, that translated to one month per sheet.

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This makes a big calendar – you could easily decorate the outer edges after masking off the centre month block for a unique calendar in your own style. Ideas I’ve used are inky stamping:

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and Gelli printing:

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But you could also just cut our the circle and add it to patterned paper or card – use double-sided card and you can make one with a month on one side and another on the other, for a flipable version!  You can download that 12-sheet version here.

But I had a moment of doubt (after I had made the 12 sheet version) and got back in touch with the commenter to verify that was what she wanted, rather than the 12 months on one sheet.  Yep. She wanted the 12 months on one sheet. So I made THAT one too.

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The PDF is cropped to the edge of the image, so it will print centred on whatever paper size you select for your printer. And you can download the one-sheet here.

But because I had taken the time to do the 12 sheet version, I was ALSO able to easily create a 4-months-per-sheet version (download here)

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and a 6-months-per-sheet version (although only sideways for this one (download here)

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They can be used as full sheets or cut apart in various sizes for various uses.  Any could work with projects like this:

 

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and the smaller ones can be used to make tear-off calendars to add to other projects.

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I always loved the cut-top circle version:

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So if you find these helpful, say thanks to Elizabeth for asking!