Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Sara's Signature Collection - Rustic Wedding. Card 2

Now this Die creates the most gorgeous borders but I think it also makes a stunning card if you use it to cut the card on both sides. Even though this design is very intricate the Cream Card holds the shape very well.

I used some of the foils for the writing in the centre of the card and the beautiful Bridal Bouquet Die for the flower in the middle.

Hope you like x

Items Used
Sara's Signature Collection - Rustic Wedding:
Cream Card
Kraft Card Pack
Chic Border and Bridal Bouquet Die's
Rub on Transfers (Gold)
12" x 12 Paper Pad (for the flower)

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sara's Signature Collection - Rustic Wedding. Card 1

This new collection by Sara is simply gorgeous, it's called Rustic Wedding but it can be used for so much more than weddings.

Over the next week I will blog a few samples I made for the launch of this collection, hope you like them.

This one is a simple 6" x 6" card with a few layers so it could easily be changed into a little book, maybe to use for messages from the guests.

This particular card doesn't show how gorgeous the paper pad is as I have only used it as a frame on this one but trust me, this is a paper pad that you are going to want to buy a couple of.

Thank you for visiting x

Items used
Sara's Rustic Wedding (all items):
Kraft Card
Cream Card
Just Married, J'Adore and Love Die's
6" x 6" Paper Pad
Elegant Rose Embossing Folder
Wooden Buttons
Jute Twine
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear
Distress Ink - Tea Dye

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Die'sire Easel Card Die's - got to be the easiest, detailed cards you can make in just a few minutes

I love an Easel card, I remember the first one I made with a Crafter's Companion stamp several years before I joined the Design Team. To be honest I loved it that much I never parted with it (I know, that's really bad isn't it). 😁

When Crafter's Companion made these Easel die's I knew these were going to be a must have product for me so I was delighted to get to work with them for the launch which is tomorrow on Hochanda.

There really is no need to give you any instructions on how to make these as the die's do all the work for you. The only decisions you make is which of the detailed inner die's you want to use, if any. These two samples were made using the Swirl Easel and I just wanted to show you the cut out and cut in concept.

This one is the cut out version. The background was made using a Sparkle Pen (Blue Topaz) with the edges inked in Distress Ink (Blueprint Sketch).

And this one is the cut our version using the same die's. I used the Essential Words Die's - Female Words and found that if you cut the word out twice you can sandwich it onto one of the swirls.

I hope this has given you some inspiration on how to use the new die's. Of course, you don't have to use the inner die's at all, you could just cut the base card and decorate it with whatever you have in your crafty stash. Oh, and it doesn't have to be an easel card either, you could just use them to give you fancy edged cards.

Items used:
Die'sire Swirl Easel Die
Sheena Stamping Card
Kraft Card
SN Sparkle Pen - Blue Topaz
Die'sire Essentials - Words of Endearment, Female Words
Distress Ink - Blueprint Sketch
Hessian Ribbon

Monday, 8 January 2018

Essential Words Die's - versatile die cut greetings for many different occasions

First I just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone and thank you so much for visiting my little piece of the web. My poor little blog was very neglected by me in the last few months of 2017 as I had a few personal things going off. But I am back now and I have plans to start posting a few video's on YouTube as well - more news later in the year.

So, I am going to kick my first 2018 post off with a sample I made using the Essentials Words Die's. These die's have been used by me quite often over the last 12 months, using them as they are, cutting into them to change the words and taking sayings from the different sets to match together for special occasions

I think this card shows how well they work when you do match the different sets together.

This is a simple U Fold card and I have used a Create-A-Card die to create the scene which is slightly raised from the base card. The Essential Words really come into their own on this card - there isn't a card shop in the UK where you could purchase a card as specific as this.

I have a few more samples to post later this week.

I hope you all have a lovely week and hope to see you again soon x

Items Used:
Essential Words - Female Words / Words of Endearment / Male Words / Friends & Family Words / Celebration Words
Centura Pearl Card
Sara's Shabby Chic Paper Pad
Create-A-Card - Hallelujah
Ribbon & Pearls

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Die'sire Snow Globe Card

This is my first attempt at a snow globe card and I decided to use layers to build a scene. 

Both the base and the village scene are from the Die'sire Create-A-Card collection. I used Centura Pearl Card for the base and used Spectrum Noir Aqua's to create the background. The village was cut from the different shades of Centura Pearl Metallic Card with white used to give a snowy look.

I love how it turned out but it was quite time consuming cutting fussy cutting all the different elements. 

I now have some foam to make shaker cards so will be attempting this shortly. I think it will make a fabulous shaker ornament for the Christmas tree.

Thank you for visiting x

Items Used
Die'sire Create-A-Card - Snow Globe Base
Centura Pearl Card 
Centura Pearl Metallic
Sheena Stamping Card
Spectrum Noir Aqua's
Die'sire Poinsettia

Friday, 29 September 2017

Die'sire Kinetic Die's - Stairway Card using the Peace on Earth Inlay

These Kinetic die's can be used for any occasion but Crafter's Companion have also brought out sets of inlays to use with them making this card really easy to make and decorate.

The basic base panel gives you three panels but once you start using it you will find it really easy to start changing the design. Take this card, all I did was factor in the size of an additional panel when measuring out the card. This is the longest length you can do with one piece of A4 card, however, there is nothing stopping you from using A3 card or cutting out two lots from A4 card and sticking them together.

I used the inlay die to cut into all four panels, layered metallic red card behind two of the panels and fussy cut the bells out for the other two.

You could stamp out a sentiment but the stepper part of the card gives you the option to use a five letter sentiment.

If you have this die I hope you will give this idea a go and perhaps extend the card further - would love to see photo's if you do.

Thank you for taking the time to visit x

Items Used
Die'sire Create-A-Card Kinetic Die - Stairway Card
Die'sire Create-A-Card Kinetic Die - Alphabet
Die'sire Create-A-Card Kinetic Die - Peace on Earth Inlay
Centura Pearl Card
Luxury Card - Red


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Die'sire Texture Elements Embossing Folder - Waves

My last throw back post for this week and I wanted to show a card made using the Die'sire Texture Elements Embossing Folder - Waves.

I went with an aqua colour scheme for this one but didn't want it to be a 'water' card as such so used one of the stamps from the Textures range (Dandelion) as the focal point.

The base is an 8" x 8" Z Fold card with a 4" x 4" centre piece.

So, tomorrow is Friday and I host a blog hop so I will be showing a card made with newer products.

Hope to see you again then x

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Rectangle Accordian Card with Christmas Overlay

If you visit me Monday through to Thursday then you are seeing my throwback card posts.

This one was made using the Die'sire Accordian Base and overlay. A simple combination of Centura Pearl Card and Red Card.

These posts are short and sweet, purely written to give you a little inspiration on how to use your older dies.

Thank you for visiting x

Monday, 25 September 2017

How to use the Die'sire Edge'ables to make a Gatefold card (Tutorial)

The Die'sire Edge'able dies are so versatile you can use them to decorate a variety of different card folds. I have used them on Gatefold cards several times now and thought it would be good to do a tutorial just in case anyone out there hasn't tried them on this kind of card before.

The full tutorial can be viewed by clicking this link.

I used an A3 piece of Centura Pearl but if you don't have this then two A4 sheets would also work. You would cut each sheet down to 6" x 11" (15.2cm x 28cm), score / cut and emboss as per the tutorial and then glue the two large panels together to create your card.

Decorate it how you like but I added Gems for that extra bit of sparkle. Here is the card open:

And closed:

Such an easy card to make and once you get used to making them, they are relatively quick to do as well.

I hope you will give the tutorial a go, it would be great to see what you use to make yours.

Items used:

Friday, 22 September 2017

Sara's Scandinavian Christmas - Turn the Deer Die into Rudolph - Easel Card

Sara's Scandinavian Christmas collection is a gorgeous set of products which can be used for more than just cards as it includes Mixed Media dies. For this post though I made an easel card and the Deer was just crying out to have a red gem added for the nose.....Rudolph has landed!!

I used a Kraft Card for the Easel base, matting and layered it with Cream card and Red Mirror card.

Hope you have a fab weekend x

Items Used:
Sara's Scandinavian Christmas - Dashing Deer / Merry Christmas / Danish Deer
Grosgrain Ribbon
Kraft Card
Luxury Card - Red
Cream Card
Distress Ink - Festive Berries