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.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Sara's Signature Range Little Angel - Baby Girl Card (Baby Bottle)

You are going to be seeing a few more cards using this gorgeous range. For this card I cut the bottle design out using the Silhouette Cameo and once the base was cut out it was so easy to decorate with all the different elements from the Little Angel range.

When I get a bit of free time I will add this cutting file to my blog for you all to use but I just need to make some adjustments to line a few of the edges up better.

Items used;
Sara's Signature Range - Little Angel (Paper Pad / Die's)
Centura Pearl Card
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry
Pearls & Ribbon

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cards For Men using Die'sire Rectangle Accordion Die with Splendour overlay

When it comes to men's cards I do struggle and occasionally end up buying a card (yes as a crafter I am hanging my head in shame). This was a card I really enjoyed making because I got to try out a technique I hadn't used before and that is the triple emboss.

So here is the card:

The base is made from black card using the Die'sire Rectangle Accordion die and the overlay is the Die'sire Splendour overlay die also cut out of black card.

Before you start ensure you have two or three jars perfect pearls (powder) at the ready and only do one overlay at a time. Now this is quite a messy technique and is a little time consuming so this isn't a card to do if you are in a rush.

Apply Versamark to the overlay and cover with UTE powder (ultra thick embossing). Heat this up and and repeat another two times.

Take the perfect pearls and randomly dust / sprinkle small amounts of all the colours onto the embossed overlay. Don't try and make this neat, it's best if you keep it completely random. Reheat the embossed area's so that the perfect pearls 'take'. If you want to add more perfect pearls you can repeat this as many times as you like.

Decorate the inner panels however you like. I used Distress Inks for the sky background and stamps to create the scene / sentiment. I then covered this with clear embossing powder so that it had a lovely glossy finish.

I loved the metallic look the overlay has and I will be using this technique again, possibly on something larger next time.

Items used:
Die'sire Accordion Rectangle Die
Die'sire Rectangle Overlay - Splendour
Black Card
Perfect Pearl Powders
UTE powder