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

Friday, 27 January 2017

Sara's Signature Range 'Little Angel' - Baby Boy Card

I think I will be using this range for a very long time, just love all the different little die's that make up this range.

This card is a shutter fold card and it's one I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo. The little die's that come with this range are the perfect size for the panels of this card. After cutting and embossing I used Distress Ink to ink through the die's onto the card.

Love this little elephant! The backing papers are from the Little Angel paper pad and the only extra items I added were a few pearls.

I have a couple more Baby cards to show you soon but for now, thank you for visiting x

Items Used:
Centura Pearl Card
Little Angel Paper Pad
Little Angel 'Baby Accessories'
Little Angel 'Beautiful Baby '
Little Angel 'The Friendly Elephant'
Little Angel 'My First Outfit'
Distress Ink - Faded Jeans

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Create-A-Card Love Birds and Congratulations

After seeing some gorgeous cards on Pinterest I wanted to have a go at using several Distress Inks to create a colourful background.

It was simple enough to do, just pick three or four different colours, take the first one and apply random circles of colour onto different parts of your card. Take your second colour and do the same and keep going with each colour. You may need to go back over any white area's or, if you are using pastel colours like I have, you may want to go over them again to make them stand out a little more. I used Centura Pearl card which gives it a lovely shimmer.

Once I had my card base I decided to use a Create-A-Card die 'Love Birds' for the main topper and 'Congratulations' as the stopper part of the easel card.

I used Kraft card for the base of the Easel card and Cream Linen card for matting and layering. I think this would be perfect for a New Home, Wedding or Engagement.

I loved this technique so will be trying this with more bold colours.

Items Used:
Create-A-Card Dies - Love Birds and Congratulations
Centura Pearl Card
Cream Linen Card
Kraft Card
Sara's Autumn Morning - Foliage Memories
Sara's Floral Delight - Leafy Flourish
Distress Inks - Crushed Olive, Mermaid Lagoon, Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord

Friday, 20 January 2017

My Favourite Product - Aquatints

Crafter's Companion asked me to pick a favourite product and make something with it. "Easy" I said.... and then I actually realised I had lots of 'favourites' and how on earth was I going to narrow it down to just one.

The product I use daily is my Big Score, the die I use the most is Sara's Floral Delights - Pretty Petals Die, the card I love using is Centura Pearl (it's sparkly!), and my favourite range it Catitudes oh and Birthday Party and Little Angela and, and, and..... hahaha, well you try naming your favourite product!

So after taking some time to think about it I eventually decided on Aquatints. Why, well because my first love is painting and my second love is painting with materials that make you look good. And that's what you get with Aquatints, you really cannot go wrong. 

There are many different techniques so whether you use salt, clingfilm, shaving foam, floor wax, glycerin or just use them as a colour wash, you get a unique background every time.

This is one made using Glycerin which gives a lovely silky finish:

And this one was just a colour wash and then I used the paintbrush to speckle different colours onto the card:

So two different techniques using Aquatints to get two completely different looking cards:

Not that I usually make a mess (not all the time) but while doing the speckle technique I managed to cover my glasses in little specks as well!

So what is your favourite product?

Thanks for popping by and hope to see you again soon x

Items Used:
Pearls & Gems

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

I was challenged to try something new.....

The Inspirers team were all challenged to try something new and boy did I go outside of my comfort zone for this one.

I opted to try some hand sewing. Now technically this is not something entirely new for me but the last time I sewed anything was a very long time ago and I usually stuck to easy things like hems using a sewing machine.

I am the first to admit that this isn't one of my finer pieces of work but I wanted to show you all anyway as I want to to keep practicing and it will be a good record to see how my work improves. I have already purchase the Purse Kit by Debbie Shore

So this little cutie is a scented owl: 

I didn't have any stuffing for this so used cotton wool. I soaked a little bit of the cotton wool in some vanilla scented oils and placed this in the middle. At the moment it smells lovely!

So why don't you try something new for 2017, go way outside your comfort zone and show off your results.

Thanks for popping by x

Items Used:
Die'sire Mixed Media Die - Twit Twoo
Fat Quarters - Pastel Patchwork

Friday, 13 January 2017

Catitudes - Happy 50th Birthday

I love the Catitudes range, not just because I love cats but because it is so versatile. This card was made for a work colleagues 50th Birthday and being a cat lover too the CD was the first thing I thought of using.

The papers, main image and the ribbons are all printed from the CD:

Forhe die cuts (balloons and numbers) I used Holographic Glitter which I overheated to give it a green / orange / brown look. (Black sparkle glitter is just as effective).

I printed out a smaller version of the main image and cut out two more balloons which I used to make a matching envelope:

And here they are together:

Thank you for popping by x

Items Used:

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Sara's Signature Range 'Little Angel' - A Baby Card for a Boy or Girl

I thought it would be nice to make a Baby card with neutral colours and opted to make one in creams and browns. 

I used Sara's Signature Range 'Little Angel' to make this card which measures 5" x 7."

I used the Patchwork Quilt embossing folder for the background and a light cover of Distress Ink in Antique Linen to pick up the pattern. 

The circle, star, Baby and Giraffe are all cut out using the die's that make up this fabulous range. I again used a light cover of the Distress Ink on the Giraffe to pick up the embossed areas and a couple of cream pearls to finish off.

Really quick and really simple card to make and one you could easily batch make in different colours.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you again on Friday when I will be showing a card and envelope I designed using the Catitudes range x

Items Used:
Sara's Little Angel Die's (Beautiful Baby, Baby Accessories, The Gentle Giraffe)
Sara's Little Angel Embossing Folder (Patchwork Quilt)
Distress Ink - Antique Linen