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Monday, 30 March 2015

Monday Giveaway...

Happy Monday,

As promised here is the version of last Saturdays card this one I made at the demo day at Brykley Garden centre this Saturday.  I wanted to make a slightly different colour and style however the principles are the same!  And in the usual run of Mondays this card is up for grabs by leaving a comment!

I started by die cutting a folded single card using the outside die from the Perseus die form the Gemini Collection.  As I have mentioned before the joy of the Gemini collection is that the 2 edges of the die are separate dies in themselves making this card so easy to make. Next I die cut the filigree section along with the edge die form aqua foundation card.  I cut a piece of coconut white card using just the border die and added the die cut aqua piece directly over the coconut white.

Next I cut all three dies in the set together from aqua card (laying the 3 dies together gives you a full shape however you do have to cut the piece out of the card at the 2 sides )  I then cut the 2 edge dies from coconut white without the filigree centre ( the best way to do this is to leave the edges stuck together with low tack tape tape and gently remove the filigree centre die before cutting)  I then added the aqua detailed cut over the plain white one to make a solid shape.

I then cut a piece of coconut white card with the matching edge die to the other side of the die I had already cut for the bottom.  I then embossed this using the CE A4 embossing folder Large Braided Vines and added gilding wax over it the pearlise the finish.  I then stuck this over the first piece where the edges match (i know this is starting to sound complex but if you play you will get there!)  The full cut piece is foam mounted over this and I added the whole piece to the die cut card base.  Finally I added an insert cut with the same edge die and a piece of ocean thin ribbon tied at the front.

A complex set of instructions to make a simple looking card however Once you have got the hang of it you can replicate this in all colours and Gemini dies.  Can I ask though that if you do copy or are inspired to make a version of my cards that you credit me in your post on your blog or Face book, this will allow others to gain the inspiration you have!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Gemini Collection Perseus
Aqua and Coconut white foundation card
CE embossing folder A4 Large braided Vines
CE ribbon set Ocean

If you would like to own this card just leave me a comment or email one to and I will randomly select one to be posted this card.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Something Different Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

I had a lovely time with the lakes from Brykley Garden Centre yesterday and once again ended demoing far after the time I was supposed to finish!  The ladies asked to see some interesting techniques and demos so there should be a few new bits popping up along with some different colour combinations!

Back to today (not Toady I hope) and something different, as you all know I have been playing with MDF and the stunning new papers from Craft Consortium and this is a scrapbook cover or page I made using some of our MDF pieces mixed with the papers and as much Cosmic Shimmer as I could throw at it.  Now I am not a messy crafter and would like my style to be seen as quite classic however I did really enjoy getting messy and covering a whole page!

I covered the main piece in a couple of torn strips of the Bird Treetop Large paper and stamped around the edges with my Daisy Striplet stamp.  I then added dots of Gold PVA Pearls in the centres of the flowers.  I aged the edges using a smoothie and Dusty Concord distress ink.

Next I covered an MDF heart with golf drop pare, stamped the edge and gilded the whole piece with enchanted gold gilding wax.  I then added a piece of cream crochet ribbon and sealed the whole piece with the new Cosmic Shimmer glue and seal.  This allowed me, when dry, to gild the crochet ribbon and make it match.

I added the MDF cut words Think Craft piping think with Gold PVA and rubbing the gilding wax over the craft.  This gives a similar shade but different textures.

Finally I added some ties of ribbon with teardrop beads from Sue's new stick open elements set on the ends of the ribbon.  A couple of rolled roses cut with Spellbinders set 4 and a coup,e of pearl stick pins.

Hopefully this isn't too bright for a Sunday morning and you will all enjoy this little trip into MDF.  Back tomorrow with a demo card giveaway and instructions on yesterdays card!


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Demoing Toady...

Happy Saturday,

Now I know its short notice but I simply forgot to mention that I am doing another demo day toady!  It's been in my diary for weeks and I have been working on it all week however I forgot to share with my lovely blog family, sorry!  I will be in the Strikes Garden centre in Brykley Park (Burton on Trent) form 10am this morning, click HERE for more details on the venue.

Back to today and I thought would be nice to see one of the actual cards I made during last weeks demo day.  I will make a similar version of this today however I am hoping that we will have a stock of Periwinkle or Aqua (my new favourite)  whichever is in stock there will decided the colour!

This is a deceptively simple card to make as the Gemini die does all the work.  Top find out how this is made pop into the demo today and I'll share with you all how I made it!

Gemini Die Perseus
Vintage White satin ribbon
Lilac & Milk foundation card.

I will post todays version on Monday as the giveaway with detailed instructions then!


Friday, 27 March 2015

Friday is Blue...

Happy Friday,

Well its Friday which means its blue and I'm really pleased to say that Periwinkle foundation card is back in stock!!  I had to show this card which was a joint effort between me and Mr ND as he added all the twinkles to the card when finished!

I stared by embossing a square of milk card with the new Creative Expressions 8x8 embossing folder Scored lines.  I the  repeated the procedure with a piece of Periwinkle foundation card I then cut the opposite triangles out of the blue and glued them over corresponding areas of the milk embossed piece.  Mr ND then added Aurora Twinkles to the blue and Decadent Denim to the milk.

This was mounted onto a layer of milk and cobalt foundation card to give a crisp line to the edges of the card.

I then cut the largest square from the Herald Square die set in periwinkle and added a thin mat of the cobalt to make it stand out.  I then cut the filigree die from the same set in milk to which Mr ND added some more of the twinkles.

Finally I cut a plain square using the smallest square die in the set and added another square cut in milk however with this one I added the centre filigree section to the mix.

A few more applications of Twinkles, a seam binding bow, stick pins, pearl embellishment and a couple of stick pins made from the new elements set and finished.

Hopefully you will like our joint effort!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
New Your Herald Square
CE 8x8 embossing folder scored (not blurred) lines lol
Periwinkle, Milk & cobalt foundation card
Decadent Denim & Aurora Twinkles


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Another Box?...

Happy Thursday,

I thought after the positive comments I received on Monday and Tuesdays post it would be nice to show you the box I made in the demo last saturday that uses the fire and Ice technique.  I have to admit I love how the fire and Ice (Sue Wilson's technique) shines and sometimes hate to cover it and use it as just a background therefore I showed on this project how to make this into a simple box that packs a punch (IMHO that is!)

I ran through the technique for this on Monday and I know Sue has a video on this on her you tube channel, click on Sue blog link on the right panel of this page to have a look!

Coconut White foundation card
Harvest Moon Gilding Flakes
Iced Snow
CE Double sided adhesive sheets
CE Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Caribbean collection background


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Creative Wednesday...its couture all the way

Happy Wednesday,

What could be better than a couture Wedding?  Well today's creation for the CE Design Team is a couture Creations themed project using singles stamps from Creative Expressions.  These are designed to alert wedding guests of the date of the approaching nuptials.  The tradition of Save the Date is American and is designed to give people a good years notice of an appending wedding prefect if its in the summer as we know how quickly summer weekends are all booked up.

Today's project would make the perfect gift for a bride to be, a set of save the date cards and a Couture Creations die cut box to hold them in.  I stated by making the card banks at 10 x 10cm and stamping the Heart and Roses single stamp and colouring the flowers in distress markers (you could colour these to match any wedding theme or simply change the colour of the card to match.  Next I stamped the Save The Date legend from the Bold Flourish wedding stationary stamp set, this set is remounted and cut and contains all the sentiments you need for any wedding stationary even a order of service!

Next I made the box by making a simple 11 x 11cm box and die cutting the Couture Creations Love Abounds die.  I then added a piece of coconut white foundation card behind the die cut aperture onto which I had added a piece of Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheet.  I then replaced the die cut into the aperture and added a sprinkling of Iced Snow for the Glitter Jewels collection into the spaces.

Finally I added a seam binding tie and bow and the gift is made.  Click HERE to see what the rest of the team have come up with or the enter the CE Blog challenge it would be great to see some of you enter and display your work to us all!

Couture Creations Love abounds die
CE Bold Flourish Wedding stamp set
CE Heart and roses single stamp
Coconut White Foundation card
Iced Snow
White Seam Binding.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Technique Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday,

Today's technique is a mica dusted box.  yesterday I mentioned that one of the demo pieces I usually do is to show the mica dusting technique so I thought it was best to explain what I mean by the term!

This is a really easy way to adapt the look of a die cut and to quickly add some drama to your work.  I started by die cutting the background die from a piece of coconut white foundation card into the centre of a piece I have scored as a box lid using the Scandinavian collection background die.  Next I added another piece of coconut white card to which I had added a piece of Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheet to to the back of the die cut so that the sticky is visible through the filigree of the die.

To create the background I simply brushed different colours of cosmic shimmer mica in stripes over the die cut so that it sticks to the sticky parts.  I then polished off the excess using my mums old blusher brush.  This makes the Mica simply shine and depending on which colours you use and the manner of application the possible effects are endless!

To finish I stamped the centre with black archival ink using a sentiment form my daisy Corner set and made the piece into the box lid.  I added a large white seam binding bow and a small pearl embellishment to finish.

Creative Expressions Craft Dies Scandinavian background
Cosmic Shimmer Garden Floral Mica set
Coconut White foundation Card
White seam binding
CE Clear stamps daisy corner elements set
CE double sided adhesive sheet