Monday, 10 July 2017

It's Christmas! Sara's Signature Collection - Scandinavian Christmas

So any crafter will tell you that now is the time to start preparing for Christmas....unless you are me and then you leave it until the last minute.

I was very privileged to get to work on the new collection by Sara - Scandinavian Christmas. It's a fabulous collection and Sara has included so much in it. Don't feel limited to a Scandinavian colour scheme / theme though as this collection is so versatile it will work in any Christmas style you choose.

Here is an 8" x 8" card made using some if the dies and one of the embossing folders.

The baubles die set comes with a couple of stamps too so you can have several different variations of the baubles.

I will be posting a few more Christmas projects now so I hope I help you to feel inspired to start preparing your Christmas crafty goods early. Thanks for popping by x

Items Used:
Stylish Scandi Die
Swedish Snowflake Die
Tradition Folk Embossing Folder
Cream Card
Gold Card
Core'dinations Cardstock
3D Crystal Lacquer
'Tis The Season Stamps

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Create-A-Card Flutterby - Colourful Butterflies

The fabulous new Create-A-Card Die's were released a couple of weeks ago and I had so much fun with this one - Flutterby.

I used Distress Inks in Sheena's Stamping Card to colour the background. Sprinkle water over the card before you die cut and then blot with a piece of kitchen towel and leave it to dry out. Once dry you can die cut it.

I added embossing powder to the butterflies so they sparkle in the light and several pearls and a sentiment cut out from the waste area. The sentiment is glued to the inside of the card.

This is a simple 6" x 6" card and the die does all the work so it's actually a quick and easy one to do.

Well the sunshine is out so hope everyone has a fab weekend x

Items Used:
Create-A-Card - Flutterby
Die'sire Essentials - Celebration Words
Sheena's Stamping Card
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers
Versamark & Embossing Powder

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Die'sire Edge'able 'Renaissance' - Sparkly Silver Congratulations Card

This card is all made using black card, I used Silver Gilding Wax which gives it a metal look and Holographic Embossing Powder which gives it sparkle. I don't think it's shown very well in the photo but it really does sparkle when the light catches it (the second photo shows this better).

I have blogged about a frame card before and this one was made the same way.

Make a base card measuring 5" x 5". Cut another panel out measuring 8" x 8" and die cut three of the edges using the Renaissance Edge'able die. Apply the Gilding Wax and embossing powder (optional). Glue this panel to the base card.

Cut another panel measuring 5" x 5" and glue this to the centre of the die cut panel using Gel glue. Decorate however you like.

Rather than using Gems to decorate this time I used Liquid Pearls...something that has been quite neglected in my stash for years. Quite pleased with the results although you do need a steady hand when applying.

Items Used:
Die'sire Edge'ables Die - Renaissance
Black Card
Gilding Wax - Silver
Catitudes Die - Champagne Glass
Die'sire Essentials - Celebration Words
Liquid Pearls
Embossing Powder - Holographic

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Waves - Textures Elements Embossing Folder & Elements Stamps

Although this embossing folder is called 'Waves' I wanted to use different colours to the ones you may automatically associate with the name. For the colour I used Aquatints with a drop of Glycerine and then dripped water on it to produce the 'bleach effect.

This was a large 8" x 8" Z fold card and because the colours were so bright and vivid I decided to only use a hint of colour on the sentiment tags.

Items Used:
Textures Elements Embossing Folder - Waves
Textures Elements Stamps
Centura Pearl Card
Black Card

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Die'sire Edge'able Victoriana - Engagement

A very quick and very simple Easel card but the Victoriana Edge'able Die gives it that purrfect finish (sorry...couldn't resist) :O)

This is a 6" x 6" Easel card cut out of Kraft card using paper from Sara's Shabby Chic Paper Pad to decorate.

The cats are made using the Catitudes Cat Silhouette Die and I have used a little Distress Ink on one of them to give a slightly darker shade.

Some flowers and a few gems finish off the card.

Well I hope you have all had a good start to the Bank Holiday weekend. I have spent the afternoon making backgrounds with inks and's very messy and I have ink all over my fingers but it's been a productive afternoon. Hopefully be using some of them for cards very soon so will blog about them later.

Take care everyone and thank you for visiting.

Items Used:
Die'sire Edge'able Die - Victoriana
Kraft Card
Sara's Shabby Chic Paper Pad
Die'sire Essentials - Wedding & Baby Words, Celebration Words, Words of Endearment
Catitudes Die - Cat Silhouette
Sara's Floral Delight - Pretty Petals
Sara's Love & Romance - Elongated Hearts

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Die'sire Mixed Media Blossoming Tree - Wall Hanging

It's my mixed media samples again. This was my first time at making a wall hanging from a cardboard box.

To do this you need one of those thicker cardboard boxes, the ones that have corrugated card just under the top layer. Cut out as many panels as you want for the wall hanging at any size...I chose 2 panels and they measure 8" x 8".

Dampen one side of the panel with water and leave for a few minutes to let the water soak in. Then very gentle peel off the top layer of card to reveal the corrugated card beneath but don't peel the entire top layer off, leave some showing in random patterns. Leave to dry and then paint with a light layer of White Gesso (this is optional).

To give you an idea here is a photo of the finished wall hanging.

Take a piece of backing paper and tear sections off to create a base. I have inked the rough edges to highlight them and also curled some of the edges. Stamp on a sentiment (if required) and then glue this to the cardboard.

Cut out your mixed media shapes and decorate the panel.

I used a Cropadile to punch two holes into each panel and attach eyelets (for strength) along with some twine to fasten them together.

I hope you liked this enough to give it a go x

Items Used
Die'sire Mixed Media - Blossoming Tree
Sara's English Country Garden Paper Pad
Textures Elements Stamps
Gesso - White
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Gems and Twine

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Create-A-Card Isabel - Swing Card or Flip Flop Card

Create-A-Card dies do are so versatile, take this one for instance, if you cut it out twice with a slight gap between them you have a large panel which you can use to create an Easel card, a base card or as a topper.

This Create-A-Card die can also be used like an Edge'able to create gorgeous edges on cards. I am amazed at the amount of intricate details Crafter's Companion have put into this die. It is so delicate but it cuts beautifully and the card just slipped off the die so easily.

Teamed with pretty papers from Sara's Floral Delight Paper Pad this card could have the sentiment changed to cover many occasions.

Items Used:
Create-A-Card Isabel
Classiques Only Words - Special Day and Special Friend
Sara's Floral Delight Paper Pad & Leafy Flourish Die
Sara's Autumn Morning - Foliage Memories
Sara's Butterfly Lullaby - Flit & Flutter
Centura Pearl Card
Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick

Monday, 22 May 2017

Die'sire Mixed Media Maple Leaves - Door Hanger

I don't get a lot of time to try new styles of crafts so I was delighted to be involved in the Mixed Media projects when they release new dies last year.

The door hanger was a cheap MDF one bought from Poundland guessed it...a £1! (Actually it was a pack of 2 so 50p each).

A little paint, ink and the gorgeous Maple Leaves and here we go:

I didn't get to keep this one but I really want one for my craft room so it's on my list of things to do (again).

Items Used:
Embossing Powder - Black

Friday, 19 May 2017

Diorama / Box Card using Art Deco Flower Edge'able and Sara's Shabby Chic Paper Pad

My love of the Die'sire Edge'able dies must be obvious by now, I think I use these dies more than any other item in my craft stash.

I decided to make a Diorama card using them on the outer edges and inner panel using the Art Deco Flower Edge'able, teaming it up with the gorgeous Shabby Chic Papers from Sara's signature range.

It's hard to see from the photo but I used glitter on the Edge'able cuts to make the flowers sparkle. Looking at the photo now I think the green foliage is too dark for this card so when I have another go I will pick something a little paler.

Now you are in for a treat next week, Crafter's Companion are releasing a new concept die for swing cards with decorative panels / words to match. I haven't worked on this particular allocation but I love swing cards and these dies are on my wish list - check out the I'm a Crafter's Companion facebook page where the lovely DT team are showing off their gorgeous samples now x

I just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog and I wish you all a fab weekend x

Items used:
Die'sire Edge'able Die - Art Deco Flower
Sara's Shabby Chic Paper Pad
Sara's Autumn Morning - Foliage Memories
Sara's Birthday Party - Sentiment Bunting
Sheena's Create-A-Flower - Floral Burst (CI13 free die)
Centura Pearl Card
Distress Ink - Tattered Rose

Monday, 15 May 2017

Sara's Signature Collection - Birthday Party.....Pretty in Pink

This is the perfect card to make if you are a little short on time or maybe you want to batch make several cards in one go.

I have used Sara's Signature Range 'Birthday Party' to make this simple 5.5" x 5.5" card and although I used cream and pink colours this would look just as good in other colours.

The base card is cream and I used Core'dinations cardstock for the layers, embossing the lighter pink layer using the 'Scattered Dots' folder.

Take a smaller piece of cream card (4" x 4") for the centre piece and place the 'Birthday Wish' sentiment part of the die in the centre taking care to make sure it's straight. Remove the die and ink around the outer edges. Use Gel glue to stick it to the base, this gives the centre panel a little bit of height.

Add a few balloons and gems and the card is finished....quick and simple!

Items Used:
Sara's Signature Range 'Birthday Party':
Scattered Dots Embossing Folder
Birthday Wish (Die)
Balloon Trio (Die)
Cream Linen Card
Core'dinations Cardstock (Pastel)
Distress Ink - Work Lipstick
Collall Gel Glue and All Purpose Glue