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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

More Peonies...

Happy Tuesday,

As the feedback on the stamped peonies was so positive yesterday I thought you might like to see this card where I used the same stamps and embossing powder however this time I used Teal as my base colour.  I mixed the teal with coconut white which, as it is such a soft white, works so well with these strident colours.

I stated by cutting dies 1, 2 and 3 from the Lisbon set (if numbered counting as the largest being no 1) to make this teal detailed frame.  Next I stamped the sentiment, from Phil Martins sentiment range, in Peacock distress in onto coconut white foundation card.  I then centred the stamped image and cut the piece out using die no 1 from the Lisbon set which made a mat for the frame.  I angered the frame on (using scary glue as it is so fine) and added a few 3mm white stick on pearls at the junctions in the filigree frame.

To make the card I embossed a 5x7" piece of coconut white card using the matching 5x7" sparkle star embossing folder.  I covered this in pearl moon gilding wax and polished it with a dry wet wipe.  I then wrapped a piece of teal seem binding around this on the left hand side and added the frame and sentiment piece.

The flowers were made in the same format as yesterdays however this time I used Teal card and the maidenhair fern die as the foliage.  I also tucked in a messy bow using the seam binding.

A few layers of white and teal and finished, hopefully an elegant and classy card!

Creative Expressions craft dies by Sue Wilson
Perfect Peonies complete petals
maidenhair fern
Shaded peonies stamps to die for
Teal Seam binding
Teal & coconut white foundation card
CE Sparkle Star 5x7" embossing folder
cosmic shimmer pearl moon gilding wax


Monday, 6 July 2015

Golden Monday...

Happy Monday,

As we are only in July I thought I would soft peddle the Christmas by dropping in  Christmas cards in every now and again!  I hope this makes sense lol.  Therefore today's card is in gold however it is distinctly not Christmas and is for any occasion although I have made this into a Birthday card (though it would make a great Golden Wedding card)

I stated by die cutting the Lattice Arched Adornment die from the configurations line (I love this range as the individual dies can be used in so many different ways) 4 times in Milk foundation card.

I adhered 2 of these facing each other on a strip of vintage gold card I then clipped the corners to round them.  Next I added 2 of the adornments to another piece of gold card cut slightly larger than the first (this was all done by eye so measurements are difficult!)  This time I added them opposite at the top and bottom and foam mounted the first piece on top.  Next I mounted this onto a piece of the gold and made up the card using a piece of the gold card which I pierced and a few layers of milk and gold to frame the centrepiece.

I then stamped the shaded peonies in cosmic shimmer true white detail embossing powder onto vintage gold card.  I then cut the stamped images out using the matching die and made up three flowers with an 8mm pearl in the centre.  I also stamped and die cut the matching foliage (which also comes in the set) and placed these around the flowers which I arranged on the left of the centrepiece.

Finally I stamped Happy Birthday from my Daisy Corner stamp set, in perfect medium and embossed using the same detail powder.  I cut this out using the medium die in the pierced flags set and mounted it onto a piece of milk card which I had cut to  make a small mat.

I added a few 5mm stick on pearls and finished. I love the variability of the configurations dies and the way you can mix and match them to create your own patterns and style.

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Lattice Arched Adornment
Pierced Flags
Perfect Peonies complete petals
Shaded peonies stamps to die for
Vintage Gold and milk foundation card
Cosmic Shimmer true White detail embossing powder
8mm & 5mm white stick on pearls.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

I had a fab day at the show yesterday It was so nice to meet so many dedicate and fun crafters!  I decided that something simpler and lighter would be right for today's offering as an antidote to yesterdays heavy Christmas!

Today's card is made just using the summer garden cosmic shimmer watercolour palette and my daisy corner clear stamp set.

I stared by stamping the largest daisy from the set in true white detail embossing powder.  I then ran stripes of the mica watercolours over this piece to make the background.

Next I stamped the main element, again in the embossing powder, and coloured it using the same set of watercolours.  I tied a bluebird satin strip on and foam mounted the topper over this.  Finally I added a double bow a dazzler in aqua and a couple of pearl stick pins.

A simpler stamped and painted card but hopefully  nice antidote to the red and gold of yesterday!

Creative Expressions Clear stamps Daisy Corner
Cosmic Shimmer summer garden mica watercolour palette


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Something Different Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

Don't forget I'm at the Newbury craft show today demonstrating for the Art of craft, If you want to see today's project in the flesh or any of the other cards I have made using Sue's new festive dies then pop along Ive packed far too many samples!

As promised today creation is a box that would fit work for Mondays card however to make it the right size for that card, click HERE if you missed it, you would need to increase the measurements and use A3 card as Mondays card was quite large!

I stared with a square of A4 card in rich red (back in stock at Julia's Shop) 21 x 21cm and scored 2cm on each edge.  next I placed the poinsettia mini triplet along one edge of the top section and die cut it.  I then rotated the die, hopefully the picture shows how I did this, and cut this along the next edge.  I continued in this manner to make the frame of mini striplets around the edge.  I then rubbed golden light gilding wax over the raid areas of the die cuts and the edges of the box lid.

Next I cut a piece of vintage gold card to 19x19 cm and glued this behind the die cuts.  Next I cut the Merry Christmas die in rich red and rubbed gilding wax over this which highlights the detailed embossing on this die cut.  I added golden pearl PVA glue dots to the centres of the poinsettias and made a double bow in the same two tone satin ribbon I used for the card on Monday.  I have had a lot of questions about this ribbon it is available in 5m lengths in Julia Watts online shop click HERE to see this.  I then added a gold dazzler to hide the knot and the lid was finished.

To make the base I simply cut a piece of vintage gold card to 21 x21cm however I cut it slightly smaller by cutting off a 3mm sliver of card on each side.  Doing this makes the base slightly smaller and ensures the lid will fit.  To make the base I simply scored at 2cm on each edge and folded the base up.

As you can see form the pictures I made a new card to go in this box simply making an 18.5 x 18.5 card blank in vintage gold.  I added a couple of layers of gold and rich red tying a bow around the left hand side of the top 2 layers.  I then cut one of Sue's word tress (from the new festive release) in the rich red and added the golden light gilding wax to this and polished it off with a dry wet wipe.

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Festive Collection - 
Christmas Tree Greetings
Poinsettia mini striplet
Merry Christmas Expressions
Rich Red and Vintage Gold card
Two tone satin May Arts ribbon
cosmic shimmer golden light gilding wax
gold dazzlers

AS I said above Julia Watts has restocked all the items used to make this card as a few people have said they have struggled to find the rich red and vintage gold card and I believe the ribbon is quite hard to find!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Blue(ish) Friday...

Happy Friday,

I'm not sure if this counts as a Blue Friday, is Aqua in the blue family lol.  I wanted to show one of my favourite colour combinations for Christmas for those who don't like the traditional red, green and golds etc.  I know this is a slightly unusual colour scheme but I just think, to me at least, it works with the beautiful snowflake deboss die form Sue's new collection.

I stared by cutting the largest die in the set from the centre of a piece of coconut white card which I then embossed using the snowflake lattice embossing folder.  Next I cut and embossed dies 2 and 3 from the set which in aqua card which gives this stunning snowflake deboss.  I rubbed pewter gilding wax over the deboss area and polished it off using a dry wet wipe to make it shine.  Next I cut the smallest die in the set form a further piece of coconut white and , after cutting each piece to be slightly larger to give a border, from mounted teach piece together.
I added a few layers of the aqua, white and vintage silver to make the piece up to a 5x7 standard card size and then started to decorate it.

I added 3mm white stick on pearls to each of the snowflakes, then to the centres of the debossed snowflakes and finally added one of the pearl snowflake swirl stick on embellishments form Creative Expressions to the side.

The sentiment, from the new CE Christmas Sentiment set, was stamped and embossed in detail silver embossing powder onto coconut white foundation card.  I cut this out with the smallest die in the pierced flags set and mounted it onto a die cut flag using the medium die in the set.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Snowflake Deboss 
Pierced Flags
CE A4 snowflake lattice embossing folder
Coconut white, vintage Silver & aqua foundation card
3mm White stick on pearls
cosmic shimmer pewter gilding wax
white pearl star burst embellishment


Thursday, 2 July 2015

A Little more seasonal...

Happy Thursday,

I thought It was time I showed something a little more seasonal especially as Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far and I was melting in the studio (Garage)!  I liked the idea of rotating between Christmas and normal so I thought you might like to see this card!  I can't promise I will switch between every day as this tomorrow and Saturday will be Christmas but I will try!

Today's card is simply made by stamping the Floribunda stamp to die for from Sues latest, non festive, release and colouring it using the fabulous Cosmic Shimmer watercolour palettes.  I then cut the image out using the largest die form the Lisbon set and mounted it (without foam for once) on a piece of lilac foundation card.

To make the top piece I simply embossed a sheet of coconut white card with the A4 quilted leaves embossing folder and cut an aperture to one side again using the Lisbon die set.  I then rubbed pewter gilding wax over the raised are and buffed it off with a dry wet wipe.

I foam mounted this over the stamped image and added a strip of ribbon and some of the self adhesive pearl strips ( a double strip cut down the middle ) to alter the look of the ribbon.  For the flower I simply snipped randomly into a strip of the ribbon and rolled it up to make the messy frayed flower you can see in  the close up below. A few layers of lilac and silver to 'frame' the card and finished.

Hopefully you will agree this is an appropriate card for the weather!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Floribunda stamp to die for
Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour palette No 4 Summer Garden
Orchid double sided satin ribbon pack
Lilac, coconut white & vintage silver foundation card.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Christmas Less Bling...

Happy Wednesday,

Its back to Creative Wednesday and my creation for the Creative Expressions Design Team Blog,  Click HERE if you want to see what the rest of the team have made and, if you have time, leave a comment!

This month we are working with a selection of Sue Wilson's Festive dies from last year and this year!  I decided to show a card made with the new Stamps to die for and the beautiful Snowflake Deboss die which is fast becoming a favourite this year.

I stared by stamping the shooting stars background in perfect medium, on vintage gold card, and heat embossing it with cosmic Shimmer true detail white embossing powder.  Next I stamped and embossed the matching shooting stars medallion stamp.  I cut this out using the deboss snowflake die using the largest outline die for the surround and the centre die form the set cut out the merry Christmas sentiment.

I then cut and embossed the snowflake debases, with the centre die in place, to make 2  further frames.

To make up the card I made a series of mats and layers in vintage gold and white however i embossed the 2 smallest pieces of the gold using the Creative Expressions A4 embossing folder holly swirl.  I then matted the card together, suing foam tape for dimension, finishing with the stamped n]background panel at the front.
To make the buckle front I die cut the medium pierced flag from the die set (the medium die does not cut at the end allowing you to rotate the die and make a double flag.  I then cut 2 of the largest pierced flags and matted them behind to double white one.  Then I simply threaded this through the three shapes to make this triple buckle.  this is another Sue Wilson technique, I have included her video tutorial on the buckle technique which I think will make it easier to understand than my cack handed typing!
Finally (I hear you all cry) I foam mounted the sentiment I die cut from the stamped image earlier on the top and added a scary at the side using white Tulle, Natural thread and a Gold dazzler (all from Creative Expressions, it is CE Wednesday of course lol)

This would be a special Christmas card however there are several techniques you can take from here your batch cards I'm sure!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Snowflake deboss
Pierced Flags
Shooting starts background and medallion stamps to die for
CE A4 holly swirls embossing folder
Cosmic Shimmer true detail white embossing powder
Vintage gold and coconut white foundation card


All products used are available in Julia Watts Online craft shop, click the ingredients list link above to see her current christmas range!
let me know if you would like to see Christmas tomorrow or back to something more summery!  Also as requested I have worked today (Tuesday when I am writing this post) on making a box for Mondays card which I am hoping to show on Saturday! (see I do listen lol)