Sunday, 9 April 2017

Aquatints make a gorgeous colourful background - Leonie's Everlasting Love Stamp

Hope you are all enjoying the gorgeous weather this weekend.

This is a card I made using Leonie Pujols Everlasting Love Stamp and Aquatints for the background.

I used Aquatints to do the base background and the Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder 'Circles of your Mind' with Distress Inks to create the circles.

I stamped over the top of this and used Spectrum Noirs to colour the flower in. To finish I used 3D crystal lacquer on the petals. And typing this I just realised that this is the first card in a long time where I haven't used gems .

Hope you like it and if you want to have a go here are the items I used:

Centura Pearl Card
Black Card
Watercolour Card
Leonie Pujol Everlasting Love Stamp
Versafine Ink (Black)
Spectrum Noir Pens - DR5 / DR7 / LG5 / GY4
Aquatints - Perfectly Primary
Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder - Circles of Your Mind
Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Tutorial - Cascade Card using Die'sire Edge'able - Floral Dance

This was one of the first tutorials I did for Crafter's Companion back in 2015 but I never published it on my blog. However, I have recently had a request about it so here is the tutorial for a cascade card:

So that you can see the measurements and cuts more clearly I have used a felt tip pen for marking the card. When making your card just use a pencil so that the marks do not show up on your finished card.

Take one piece of double sided Centura Pearl card and trim the card so that the longer length measures 28.5cm. On the left hand side of the card measure 8cm up from the bottom edge. On the right hand side of the card measure 8cm down from the top edge.

With a pencil draw a line between the two measurements and cut the card as indicated here by the black line:

You will now have two pieces of card like this:

Next score both pieces of card at 8.5cm and 19cm as shown here by the dash lines:

The next step is to make the cuts that will join the two cards together. The cuts will go the opposite way on each card. Looking at the picture above we are going to work on the lower piece of card first. From the left hand side of the card the first cut will go from the bottom to the middle.

For the middle of the card the cut will go from the top to the middle and on the right hand side of the card the cut will go from the bottom to the middle again as indicated by the solid black lines in this picture:

To find the middle of each section, from the left hand side at the bottom measure in 4.7cm and mark lightly. Roughly half way up measure in 4.7cm and again mark it lightly. Line up your ruler against the two marks. Draw a line from the bottom upwards measuring 4.5cm.

For the middle, from the top this time measure half way between the score lines and lightly mark at 4.7cm. Roughly half way down mark at 4.7cm again. Place your ruler against the two marks and draw a line from the top down to the middle measuring 5.3cm.

Lastly for the right hand panel, at the bottom of the card measure from the score line to the end of your card and lightly mark at 4.7cm. Roughly half way up measure and mark at 4.7cm. Place your ruler against the two marks and draw a line from the bottom up to the middle measuring 6.2cm.

Cut out these three lines leaving a gap of a couple of millimeters (to allow the card to slot together).

Repeat this process with the top piece of card but the cuts need to go in the opposite direction. So, from the left the first measurement will go from the top to the middel (4.7cm in and 6.2cm high). The second measurement for the middle panel will go from the bottom to the middle (4.7cm in and 5.3cm high). The right hand panel measurement will be from the top to the middle (4.7cm in and 4.5cm high).

Don't worry f the cuts are slightly longer than they need to be, this is a very forgiving fold and you will not be able to see them once you have finished.

Next place your edge'able die against the sloping edge of the card and run it through a cutting machine to cut and then emboss. It will not fit perfectly from edge to edge and it will go over some of the cuts you have made but again don't worry.

Move the die further down the card and cut and emboss again.

Repeat on the other piece of card and you should end up with something that looks like this:

I found it easier at this stage to fit the card together so that I could push out the flowers. The two pieces of card should just slot together matching the cuts you have made.

From the front it will look like this:

All that is left to do is decorate it anyway you like. For this card I simply used stickers on the flowers but you could add inks, chalks etc. 

I hope you liked this tutorial and let me know how you get on making your version x

Items Used:

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Die'sire Twit Twoo Mixed Media Die - The Aliens Are Coming........

When I get a new Die the first thing I do is cut it out on some scrap card and see what it looks like, it helps me think about how it can be used.

So when I was working with the new Twit Twoo Mixed Media Die's from Crafters Companion I noticed that upside down it was the perfect shape for aliens. Not only that the Die can be used to cut out card bases.

They were so much fun to make, here are my Alien critters:

For the card base: Fold the card in half and then place the Twit Twoo Die on the card with the die slightly overhanging the folded side (so that it leaves an area which won't be cut into).

If you turn the card upside down the 'ears' of the Owl become the feet for the Aliens. The Owl 'feet' make perfect antennae and the Owl eyes / eyelids can be used to finish off the card.

All the dies you need are in the Twit Twoo pack so no need to buy anything extra. However, for a bit of texture I did use the 'Scattered Dots' embossing folder from Sara's Birthday Party range (there was also a version of this free with the Crafter's Inspiration Magazine 13).

I hope this will inspire you to look at your die's in a different way and see what you can make with them. Thank you for popping by x

Items Used:
Die'Sire Mixed Media Twit Twoo
Centural Pearl Card
Core'dinations Cardstock
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Dried Margigold, Dusty Concord
Sara's Birthday Party - Scattered Dots embossing folder
Black Card

Friday, 17 March 2017

Sara's Little Angel - Baby Card using the Friendly Elephant

If you didn't see the release of this range it's back on Hochanda today and this is one that you are going to use time and time again.

I have posted several baby cards made using this range but just wanted to show you something that was very quick and easy to make (apologies for the photo, winter does not help with lighting).

This is a 5" x 7" card. I used the Patchwork Quilt embossing folder on Centura Pearl and coloured it with Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry).

Because everything else is die cut it was so quick to make and perfect for a new baby or you can replace the 'Baby' word with a number to celebrate a little ones birthday.

To make this card here are the items used:

Items Used:
Sara's Little Angel - The Friendy Elephant / Beautiful Baby

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Card for a Bird Lover - something a little different

I really want to practice more with my new Spectrum Aqua Pens and managed to fit in a little project last month. I haven't watched the tutorial video that you can buy with the pens yet but I am already loving how easy these pens are to use.

I used the Sheena Douglass Paint Fusion Beautiful Bird stamp with the Aqua Pens. I painted the background first and tried to give it a little sunrise feel to it. I did say I need to practice :O)

At some point this year I will be having a go at free hand painting using these pens, probably a landscape or something simple and I may even show you the results if they are not too disastrous.

If you would like to give this particular card a go here are the items I used:

Items Used:
Sheena's Paint Fusion Beautiful Bird Stamp
Spectrum Aqua Pens - Teal / Gold / Orange / Scarlet / Desert / Fawn / Chestnut
Watercolour Card
Black Card

Monday, 13 March 2017

Fancy Corners using the Die'sire Classiques Die - Floral Dance

Crafter's Companion released a range of die's last year that are perfect for cutting fancy corners into your cards. I think these were my favourite die's because they challenged me to think of different ways to use them.

You get two of the die's and rather than use them to cut the corner edges of a card I used them to create a centre display to go on a card:

If you want to see another design idea I am blogging about this particular die again on the 20th March.

If you would like to try this die out for yourself or you would like to make your version of this card here is a list of the items I used:

Items Used:
Die'sire Classiques - Floral Corner
Centura Pearl Card
Paper from my stash and Distress Inks to match the paper
Die cut flower and gems

Friday, 10 March 2017

Mothers Day Project using Sheena Douglass Create-A-Flower Die - Floral Burst

It's Mothers day on the 26th March so how about making a gift for your mum. I bought this MDF plaque from The Range for £1.00 and decorated it with pretty papers and flowers:

If you make one I would love to see it (just send me a Pinterest link), but if you would like to make this particular one here are the items I used:

Items Used:
Sheena's Create-A-Flower Floral Burst Die (free with Crafter's Inspiration 13)
Sara's English Country Garden Paper Pad
Sara's English Country Garden Lazy Daisy (the leaves)
Die'sire Essentials - Female Words
Distress Ink - Tattered Rose
3D Crystal Lacquer (for the words)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Wedding Bells - Die'sire Edge'ables

I have been neglecting my blog a little bit over the last couple of weeks, all sorts of things have conspired to keep me busy so apologies if you are a regular visitor.

If you have a wedding to attend this year and want to make a card then the Die'sire Edge'able Wedding Bells die is perfect.

It works the same way as other Edge'able die's so can be used on many different cards and card folds but this one comes with the addition of a few small die's that can be used to cut our decorations in the card (I have used them on the corners and the little heart at the top). One of the samples I designed was a shaker card:

I will post a few more wedding card ideas over the next couple of months. If you want to make this card or have a go at designing your own then here are the supplies I used:

Items Used
Die'sire Edge'ables Wedding Bells
Centura Pearl Card
Core'dinations Cardstock - Pastel
Sara's Love & Romance - Elongated Hearts

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Love is in the air - Create-A-Card Sophia

When I started making this card I had in mind a wedding or anniversary type of card but it would also work really well as a valentines card. 

Here is the card open and closed:

I used one of the Die'sire Fancy Gatefold cards and used the Sophie die to cut the side panels. I took a seperate piece of black card, measured it to 6" x 6" and die cut one side. This was glued onto the base card and backing paper covers the join. 

To decorate the card I added a couple of die cut hearts, a ribbon and a few gems. 

Thank you for visiting and hope you pop by again on Tuesday x

Items Used:
Sara's Together Forever - Forever in My Heart 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

DIe'sire Accordion Die (Rectangle) with Woodgrain Overlay

It's February already and I am trying to tick off a few items on my craft to do list so I have several projects on the go at the moment (can't see my desk with all the stuff I have out).

Today's post is another card from last year.  I find Accordion cards really difficult to photograph so apologies for this one:

I used Burgundy and Cream card for the bases, overlays and the Butterflies. Rather than gems I used Perfect Pearls on this one to create the swirl behind the Butterflies.

Hope you will join me again Friday when I hope to show you a card made using the newly released Die'sire Create-A-Card Die's.