Monday 28 December 2015

Stag head Home decor by Paula Pascual

Today I am sharing a very simple project but I think its great for many rooms.
Its a simple embroidery hoop with a die cut element in it.

I used 

I simply Iron the Heat n Bond to the back of the red cotton fabric and let it cool down. Then i die cut the stag head and iron it to the whit cotton.
I then placed it on the embroidery hoop and trim any white excess.

It took little time but makes a lovely all year round decoration!

i hope you like it.

Monday 14 December 2015

The Strolling Bear Christmas decoration by Paula Pascual

Only a few more days till Christmas!

Today I am sharing how to make this simple but perfect for winter decoration using the Strolling Bear Bigs die from craft Assylum.

I have used:

I simply die cut eight bears using white mount board and stuck them all together. Then I attached white cotton fabric to one piece of mount board and then die cut it and attached it to the rest. 

You can see all the layers here.

I then used distress inks to colour the two elements that the die also cuts. And added the black pearl for his eye.
As a base I cut four circles and attached them together. 

Its quick and easy, and makes a lovely winter decor. I hope you like it!

Monday 30 November 2015

Snowflake Christmas Card by Paula Pascual

Christmas is almost upon us, so last minute Christmas cards should be done now!
So here you have a quick idea using a small white square card as a base.

I used :
Sizzix Big Shot 
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3pk Delicate Fall

I first trimmed the patterned paper to be around 1 cm smaller than the card itself. Then I place the Warm Winter Wishes die on the paper, secure it with tape and die cut it using my Big Shot.
Then I die cut the snowflakes and assembled it all together.

I hope you like it!

Monday 16 November 2015

The proud deer die Christmas card by Paula Pascual

Today I am sharing two ideas on how to make Christmas cards using the same die, the Proud deer.

For this card I used:

I first Created the hills by roughly cutting the light brown card freehand. Then I distressed the edges using a medium brown distress ink. I attached them with foam pads to the card and then I added the die cut trees. i trimmed two of them so that there would be some variation on the height.
Then I die cut the deer using Kraft card. Then I stamped the message on a strip of card and attached it to the card. Finally I added the deer.

This second card is quicker to make but slightly more technical. I die cut the front of the card by placing the die in the middle, but making sure that one of my cutting plates wasn't all the way so that the die wouldn't cut the feet of the deer.
Then I stamped the message and added a strip of card at the bottom and on the inside.

The space at the bottom half is plenty of room for a simple Christmas message.

I hope you like this two ideas!


Monday 2 November 2015

Wreath stamped card by Paula Pascual

I love wreath cards. So when I saw this set I decided I wanted to make a wreath card using the circle stamps.

I used:

Plus white card, clear blocks, adhesives and ink pads.

On a white card, I placed a 4" circle and traced around it with a pencil. You can use a cup or any large round object.
Then I stamped three large orange circles in a triangle sort of way. Then I went with the smaller stamps and different colours to randomly fill the areas in between around the penciled line.

(If you would like to see a similar process with step by step photos, you can click here for a previous project.)

Then I added the buttons and brad to fill in any gaps there were.

I stamped the message and then cut in a circle, stapled some ribbon and glued it to the card using foam pads.

I hope you like it!


Monday 19 October 2015

Making quick and easy cards by Paula Pascual

Today I am sharing a simple card that I have made for when loads of cards are required in a short amount of time.

I used:
Inks, Adhesvies, acrylic blocks and glitter glue

I stamped the message in a separate piece of card and then trimmed round it.

Basically I have stamped the tree on the card using Versafine black ink, then over the top I stamp the solid foliage using a dye based ink.

Without cleaning it I stamped in the inside to create this lovely softer effect you get with a second impression. As you can see some of the black ink still was wet so it also transfered the black detail. Then I stamped the message form the same set.

Finally I added a bit of clear glitter glue to the branches to add some sparkle.

Monday 5 October 2015

A scrapbooking style birthday card

Today I am sharing a birthday card that has a distinct scrapbook vibe.

Last time I did a layout using the same items, but this time I wanted to create a card to give that is completely personalise. 
Basically is a 6 x 4 card that has a photo of the receiver, to be a completely personal card. 
Here is what I used to make it:

I die cut the Be happy - from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3pk Happiness Phrases - directly on the white 6 x 8 card. I then added the photo (layered on to a card from the 6 x6 paper pad) and added the die cut flowers and branch.

As the Be was hidden away, I die cut them again with pink paper (from the 6" pad) and attached them to the card.

The die cut on the card becomes almost a shadow.

I added one of the die cut card from the 12" pad inside.

Saturday 3 October 2015

Traditional Christmas Card

Hello ...

Today I am back to sharing a Christmas project with you.  This card has been made using some of the Craft Asylum dies and embellishments.  It has a different look to many of my projects but these dies are so versatile they suit too many styles to just stick to one!

Circle Framelits 
Kraft Card
White Card
Distress Ink 
Glitter glue

1. Die-cut 3 circles from kraft, pattered paper and white cardstock.  Ink the white panel with blue distress ink and distress the edges of all of them.
2.  stamp the tree in brown and green.  Die cut the Proud Deer and add some glitter.
3.  To the base of the circle add some tulle and cover lightly in Gesso and glitter glue.  Leave to dry.
4.  Die cut the snowflakes and leaves.  Wrap ribbon around the square card blank and when dry adhere the circle.
5.  Adhere the snowflakes and leaves and add a brad to the centre.  Add the word 'Joy'

I think this card as a lovely traditional feel to it and of course the beauty of these dies are they can be adapted to suit so many styles.

Have you started on your Christmas crafting yet?


Saturday 26 September 2015

Meadow Sweet Card

Hello ...

Today I would like to share a card made using the Meadow Sweet Collection.  The patterns in this collection work really well with this design.  Here I have used the 6 x 6" Patterned Papers as the smaller print doesn't over power the design of the card.

6 x 6" Card Blank
Framelits Dies - Square 
Corner Punch 

1.  Layer the wooden effect paper onto the card blank.
2.  Die cut 4 larger squares from various papers and 4 smaller squares from the same papers.
3.  Punch opposite corners to round them.  Layer the large and small squares together.
4.  Place a corner of each square into the centre of the card and repeat with all our squares.
5.  Add an embellishment to the centre.

This is a perfect card for using up those left over papers in your pad.  If required you could add another layer.  This would also work well with all of our collections.

Until next week ...


Monday 21 September 2015

A Candy Layout with flowers

Today I am sharing a 6 x 8" layout, my current favourite size.

I used the Candy 6 x 6" paper pad to trim the strips of paper at the bottom and then the plain paper included.

Using my Sizzix Big Shot I die cut the Be happy - from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3pk Happiness Phrases - directly on the white 6 x 8 card. One of the reason i love this size of pages is because at the narrow side is only 6" so I can die cut in using just the standard Big Shot.
Then I glued from the back the plain paper.

The heart border is from another die set  660472 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Decorative Trim.

I hope you like it!


Saturday 12 September 2015

The Handmade Fair - Make & Take

Hello ...

So with the Handmade Fair only days away there has been a lot of preparation going on for Craft Asylum.

This year I will be holding the makes & takes giving people an opportunity to come see and feel all of the gorgeous Craft Asylum products.

For those of you lucky enough to be attending we would love to see you.  Come and stop by, say hello and participate in our wonderful make and take where you can make this cute pinwheel made from the Home Sweet Home Collection.

The project has been designed so that you can take away the skills you learn and use them in home decor, party decoration and all your papercrafting  projects.

It really would be wonderful to see you there and if you can't make it I will be back next week with some photographs to share.


Monday 7 September 2015

An autumm card

Today I am sharing this card which I think is good for the end of summer and beginning of autumn.

I used the following Craft Asylum products: 

 First I die cut several times out of different greens the Do What You Love die. I trimmed the elements to create individual branches.

I layered them and glue them to the card. Then I die cut the flower and layer it on the card.
I then stamped the message using black ink.

Finally I sprayed yellow and green plain colour inks.

I hope you like it!

Saturday 29 August 2015

Papercraft Embroidery Hoop

Today I am sharing something a little different with you.  As with many crafting prodcucts they can be mixed and matched and so this project I have used a standard embroidery hoop to create a wall hanging.  The natural look of the hessian is a perfect combination with the Into The Woods Collection.

Embroidery Hoop
Mount Board
Distress Ink 

1.  Take the embroidery hoop and open it up.  Place the hessian material inside and pull tight.

2.  Die cut the Sizzix Bigz Die - Wonderland Bird from mount board and again from felt.  Adhere the layers together.

3. Trim 2 layers of patterned papers from the 6 x 6" Into The woods Paper Pad.  Cut one into a banner.  Attach to the hessian.  Adhere a 1" strip along the base of the banner and add the ribbon.

3.  Die cut the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Woodland Flower and Woodland leaves.  Ink the edges an adhere.

4.  Finally adhere the bird to the hessian.

A great project to give as a gift or add a little colour to your home decor.

Have a great weekend.