Friday, 31 July 2015

Diamonds - Rachel Snook

Morning all,

Hope you are all well.

I heard on the radio the other day that we are 
apparently going to have the hottest August ever!!
Average of 32 degrees every we 
believe that??  Hmmm well it is going back to
winter at the moment so who knows?

Ok, Today we have a creation from
Rachel.  She has made a beautiful project
for a 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Obviously this could be adapted to fit any

Cut a piece of white linen cardstock 11" in length
and 6" wide.  
Score the card at 4, 6 and 7 1/2" across 
the long side.

Make a small pencil mark at 2" top and bottom, 
then lining up this mark at the top of a scoreline, follow
the line down using a ruler to ensure you stay straight.
Score until you reach the bottom of the 6" scoreline.

Turn the card around and repeat from the other pencil
line to the top of the 6" scoreline.  This will then give you 
two diagonal scorelines.

Go back to the start of the card at the 4" scoreline and 
mark the edge of the 6" side at 3, line the 2" mark
 on your trimmer and cut diagonally to the 3"mark, 
turn over and repeat.  You should now have a 
diamond shape.

Take the card and starting with the 7 1/2" scoreline, fold
and score making a valley fold, burnish with a bone folder.
The one the 6" scoreline, mountain fold and burnish.
The one the 4" score Valley fold and burnish.

You are then left with the diagonal folds which 
are folded as mountain folds, thus enabling the 
diamond shape to be formed as the scoring enables the
cross sections to fold in.

To decorate cut a piece of the patterned paper
5 3/4" by 3 3/4".  Using a pencil and one back 
of the paper, on the short side mark 1 7/8".  Mark 
on all four sides.  As before line the marks up and cut off
all the four corner points and this will leave you a 
diamond shape for the card front, place this and
the four pieces to one side and repeat this again.

This time put the corner pieces to one side and cut the 
diamond shape in half.  Then cut a piece of paper 
3 1/2" wide by 6" in length and trim slightly
smaller to cover the flat section of the card.
Also cut 2 rectangles 6 long 1 1/2 wide to cover
the small part of the card.  Using double sided 
tape adhere the paper to the card as shown.

You have enough cut pieces to cover the whole of the front 
of the card and rear of the folds.
Burnish folds and put to one side.

Using a Memory Box leaf die and  the Sue Wilson Camelia
 Open and Complete dies,  die cut a selection of flowers
 and leaves .  
Arrange as desired.

Die cut numbers 6 and 0, cut twice from Mirri
Card and glued on top of each other to give depth.  
Arrange on the front of the diamond card.
Add dotty peel offs and small glitter domes to finish.'ll need to get your head around all
the measuring but it is definitely worth it in the end!
This is what Rachel used -

White Linen Cardstock
Craft Creations 12 x 12 Paper - 
White with holographic Pattern
Sue Wilson Dies - Camellia - Complete
Sue Wilson Dies - Camellia - Open
Mirri Card
Memory Box Dies - Numbers
Memory Box Die - Blushing Bouquet
Memory Box Die - Fresh Foliage
Glitter Domes

From stash - Dotty Peel offs

Ok, tomorrow is Inspiration Day at The Craft Barn.
Demos for 10.00am to 4.00pm, do pop in 
and see us!

Kay Carley, Carol Cockbain, Heidi Green
and me!!

The other thing not to forget is that the link will
close tonight for the July Calendar Challenge.
Don't forget to enter if you haven't already.
Tomorrow is August and there will be two new words...
wonder what they will be??????

Jane x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Diamonds - Dawn Heald


It's a new week here on The Craft Barn Blog and time
for a new project.  what is it to be this week....
well we gave the DT one word - Diamonds
and this is what they came up with.....

Today we are starting with Dawn

Dawn says -

Hi there, when given the topic of diamonds I knew 
straight away I was going to use my favourite stencil.
 Having a diamonds shape stencil is so useful, it goes 
with any theme, vintage, modern, it always works. 
The sparkle aspect of diamonds comes from
 the sparkle gels. Any of the Imagination Crafts stamps are
 great for cutting into.
To make my project I recycled a piece of corrugated
 card board and made a wall hanging.

Here's what I did..... 

Cut the board to size, I tore off some parts of the top
 layers and glued some torn book page pieces on to
 the board. I then painted it
 with a range of PaperArtsy paints in yellows, oranges
 and browns, using the translucent paints made a
difference to the finished effect.
When dry I've used Bronze and then Pastel Yellow
 Sparkle Medium through the Diamonds stencil
 onto areas of the painted board.

Whilst this was drying I stamped, coloured and cut
 out three sets of flowers. Snipped into the
 flowers and shaped them.

I added glossy accents to the flower centres and sprinkled the 
fine beads over.

Top Tip - Don't knock the tube over onto your carpet.
 Guess who did?
(Jane says.....yup I have done that too haha!!)

To match the blue beads I created some diamond shape 
 embellishments. Using chipboard,  die cut the Tim Holtz
 Frameworks Die and the diamond bits that pop out are
 what I used. Painted with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint,
 sprinkled with same beads as above and added glossy
 accents over the top.

Attach an eyelet at the top corners of board and thread with
 ribbon to make a hanger.

Glue your flowers and blue diamonds to the board. 
Job done.

Glue your flowers and blue diamonds to the board. 

Job done.

Hope you like this and see you again soon. X

Well what a beautiful project, thank you Dawn,
if you want to have a go, this is what you'll need -

Products used -

From stash - Book pages, Corrugated cardboard

Ok, that's me done for today, 
I'll be back tomorrow with a project from Rachel.

See you then,

Jane x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

It's Tuesday which means it is 
Weekly challenge Winner day......yay!!

You really are a fantastic group of followers,
every week have lots of superb entries and this week
was no different 18 beautiful projects!
I hope you all enjoy seeing them as much as I do.
A huge thank you to all who take the time to means a lot to us here at The Barn!!

So, let's get to the exciting bit.....
who will it be today.....

Mr Random Generator has picked ...... 7.....

Christine  Smith

Congratulations Christine.....please contact me at

Ok, that,s it for today, don't forget to get
your entries in for the July Calendar Challenge,
August starts on Saturday.

And don't forget it is inspiration day on Saturday
at The Craft Barn....
Come and see Kay Carley, Heidi Green
Carol Cockbain and myself.

Lots of inspiration for you, I'll let you know in the week 
what we will all be doing!

See you soon,

Jane x