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

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Bow Card made using Sara's Glamour Collection

Sara's new signature collection 'Glamour' launched last week and if you want a bit of sparkle in your crafting this is definitely the collection to go for.

Before I show you one of the projects I made I just want to tell you about the glitter's the best glitter card I have ever used. It doesn't shed it's glitter at all, not even when you cut it, it scores and fold beautifully with no cracking at all. And the black glitter card...just wow.

Here is the Bow card I made using all three colours that come in the pack of glitter card:

The template for the bow card can be purchased from Sandra's Scrapshop (it's item number 91). It really is a very simple card to put together and you can either cut it on the Cameo or hand cut from a PDF version.

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by x

Items Used:
Luxury Glitter Card
Die's - Sassy Shoe, Congratulations, Venetian Mirror and Flourishing Corner
Gems (also from the collection)
Black Card


Friday, 28 April 2017

Art Deco Flower Edge'able used to frame a card

I was so lucky to get to work on the new Edge'able Die's released a couple of weeks ago and loved the all of the new products.

When I originally started this card I discarded the die cut because I had intended to cut on all sides but due to a measuring error I couldn't cut the fourth side. I left it on the side with the intention of throwing it away but the next day I came up with this idea:

The base card is 6" x 6" inch and is coloured with Distress Inks. The Edge'able panel was cut from an 8" x 8" piece of card and layered onto the base card. Another panel was cut to fit in the centre and Distress inks used to replicate the colours on the base card.

Matching coloured pearls were used on each of the Art Deco Flowers and a die cut flower in the centre to finish the card. I think this card would suit many different occasions and a sentiment would look lovely placed over the stem of the flowers.

So, the moral of this, don't be too hasty when a design goes wrong, try leaving it a few days to see if something jumps out at you!

Thank you for popping over and hope you all have a fab Bank Holiday weekend x

Items Used:
Die'sire Edge'able Art Deco Flower
Centura Pearl Card
Darice Embossing Folder - Script Background
Sara's English Country Garden - Lazy Daisy
Distress Inks - Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron

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: