Friday, 28 February 2014

A Little Relief...

Happy Friday,

Today I thought i should soft pedal my use of the new SW dies I bought (especially as I have a large project tomorrow using the Californian background) so todays card is made using a Tonic circle die (an eBay bargain a few weeks ago)

This card is shaped by die cutting half the circle on the edge of the machine and is not just stuck on.  The whole card is made from one sheet of A3 cardstock.

I foam mounted a circle of green card, using the matching simple circle die included with then fancy cut one.  then simple treated each panel differently.  The right hand panel was run through an embossing folder loaded with green distress ink.  The left panel has a panel of green card from which I cut out the half circle so that it showed the full circle (I know but this description makes sense in my head)
Hopefully the pictures will show a little more what I am wittering on about!


Thursday, 27 February 2014

OOh La La...

Happy Thursday,

After the response to the Black and Pink card for Lesley on Monday I was really inspired by the idea, floated by quite a few of my wonderful followers, of a french sophisticated feel.  I decided to have another go with the colour combination and try to add a little french Naughtiness!

I started by imagining a basque laced up the back and thought that Spellbinders Curved border one would match this exactly...  I die cut the pink sides using the scalloped die and punched holes in each scallop.  I foam mounted this onto two matching cuts in black and pink (to try to give an idea of the seems!)

The lacing is made by twisting organza ribbon through the holes I punched in a criss cross pattern and finished it with a bow.

Voila a little bit of french fancy (I hope!)

Today's card is to be sent to Maggie in France to add some colour to the drab days in Northern France ( Its cold here so it must be freezing there!)  So Maggie if you email me your address again, I never keep peoples addresses it comes from being a data controller in the UK, I will post this, post haste.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Scraps of Sue...

Happy Wednesday!

Firstly can I send a call out to Maggie from France, if you are still having a peak could you get in touch I have tried emailing but keep getting them back (Ita has been asking as well)

Back to today,  a simple card made with a few experimental pieces put together.  I started by die cutting the Sue Wilson Californian background die, click HERE to see which one I mean, in parchment.  This was for another project however the parchment slipped in my Big Shot Pro and so it missed one edge.  Therefore I cut this into squares and placed them on top of some gold mirror card squares.  These squares were to be part of another project and have corners from some random die cut stuck on them in white.  I liked the way these looked with the pattern over them as it softened the effect.

Next I placed these behind a scrap piece that I had cut three squares from, thankfully i did this in a row as I like to be able to use everything even the waste.  This panel was cut to size and foam mounted, using tiny foam pads, to give some depth.

I matted this in gold and added another mat of gold and white before adding to a hand cut card blank.  The flower is my first experiment in die cutting felt using Spellbinders Bauble Blossoms which I added alcohol ink to once I had rolled it up.

A strip of ribbon, to balance the large flower, and done.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A Little More Sue...

Happy Tuesday Guys!

I hope you are not too fed up with my Sue-fest as yet, today I am showing the first card I made with the second die I bought.  Remember when I said I could only stretch to 2 dies well that remains true so I am determined to use them as much as possible to justify another spend next month (still lusting after the foliage and striplets!)

As I am sure you guessed by now the other die was also a background as I find these so flexible, especially this one as it can be cut and layered up with foam.  This one is from, what else but, the Spanish Collection Click HERE to see the die.

I started by cutting the die in pearl card and inking the foliage through the handy veins.  Next I cut out the square from the centre panel, coloured it and stamped the sentiment.  This was foam mounted onto another of the full die cuts withe the frame mounted above that.

I layered this onto a sheet of random paper form my stash edged in plain green card.  This was then placed on a larger mat of the same papers with a strip of ribbon running down.  Finally this was all foam mounted onto a hand cut plain cream card made form a half folded sheet of A4 hammered cardstock.

I cut the butterfly form the same backing paper, using Spellbinders Les Papillions 2 die, and added this above the bow with a few pearls.

A simple but effective way to use the backing die which really got my engineering juices flowing so this die may show up on a few Saturday projects.


Monday, 24 February 2014

Your Card Lesley...

Happy Monday, I hope you all had a fab weekend with lots of crafty time!

Today it's back to your card and the randomly selected commentor is Lesley Thomas.  Now I know that Lesley loved the card I made for Jen a couple of weeks back so I am hoping I have got this one right!

I have to admit that there is a nagging doubt in the back of my mind (possibly because of the black card)  so Lesley if this is not your style let me know and I will remake it in different colours.

I wanted to add pink ribbon and a bow as these were part of the main focus of Jens card, I also thought it must be pink so i started out OK by die cutting my new Sue Wilson background die in pink.  Why I then foam mounted this onto Black I have no idea, although I do thin k it looks striking!  Now Lesley was the prize winner on Sue's Blog and is a lady in waiting for her set of dies so hopefully this will give you an idea what to do when the dies arrive!

As usual Lesley if you email me your address on (anyone else please feel free to email me on this address for questions etc) I will post this card out to you,  Or If the black is a little stark I will remake it and post that out, can't say fairer!


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Hobbycutz Sunday

HI All,

Today its my turn to create a card for the design team inspiration for the hobbycutz challenge.  This week its a photo inspiration using the below picture....

and this is what I came up with.....

This card is made using a sircle die from Tonic which I got as another Ebay Bargain (I love it after christmas as people have craft room clearouts!)  I started by handcutting a 18 x 18 cm card blank then die cutting a circle from the centre.  Next I cut a sheet of My Minds Eye paper, in the appropriate colours 1cm smaller round each edge and with a larger circle in the centre.  This was mounted onto a piece of the violet card and foam mounted onto the card ( before adding a little lilac chalk ink to distress the edges)

I then added the topper which is the die cut circle,again, distressed in the chalk ink and dressed with roses and distressed butterflies (spellbinders Les Papilions 2) with a few hobbycutz laser cut foliage pieces tucked in to give contrast.

The laser cuts have been embellished with pearled embossing powder, these were made using the triple embossing technique which, in real life and not photo's, gives them a depth and beautiful shine.

The sentiment is a simple hand-cut banner in the same papers stamped with DREAM again from Crafters Companion Sentimentals my current must haves!

Back to the challenge, to enter click HERE or to simply see what the rest of the design team have come up with to inspire....


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Something Different and Softer (hopefully)

Happy Saturday!

As fellow crafters I am sure most of you have felt about your creations the way I feel about this post.  I am almost reluctant to post this as it is one of those that although I thoroughly enjoyed the day it took to make, I feel that others could view this as an easy quick project!  (there again how many times do I make something that I say is quick and it takes others a while! lol)

however whilst I love it I'm not sure it looks as complex as it was.  So i throw this one over to you!

Today's something different is a Thank you Card set with a box that could be used for holding any kind of stationary.

I started by making this square box in really thick cardstock (what the Americans call chipboard which I find strange as chipboard is what my dad used for shelves when I was a kid!)  The box is a perfect square with a square fitting flip / hinged lid.

I have covered this in 2 matching patterns from First Edition Neroli (see once something is on my desk it can hang around for ages like the floral pavilion pack last year!)  the pieces were cut in panels, distressed in Fired brick distress ink and stuck on.

The contents were based on my mums want for a set of thank you cards and the simple card I made on Monday, click HERE to be reminded.  I wanted some simple cards that could be made in batch´s and this style was so easy to replicate using just one die and one sentiment stamp.

 The cards are made from plain cream card at 13.5 x 13.5 cm square (handcut) as I have an old Sizzix Bigz XL die that cuts an envelope at 14 x 14 cm however this is pretty much a standard envelope size so you don't need the die.

I used the two matching papers from the outside of the box, the pattern behind the die cut bird and the stripe down the front.  The sentiment is, again, from the Crafters Companion Sentimentals range.

As you can see from this picture I lined the envelopes using the stripe and made the flaps using the pattern so that everything ties in.

There are a couple of other ´bits´ inside this et however I am saving those for another day, don't want to overload everyone.

A nice gift that I may save for mothers day!


Friday, 21 February 2014

I Resisted...

Happy Friday,

As I'm sure you all know Sue Wilson has launched her own range of dies now when I saw these I wanted the lot however Finances (and an imaginary wagging finger from OH) stopped me.  Therefore I showed unusual fortitude and only bought 2!  todays card is using the first die.

hopefully over the next few months I will add to my collection I really fancy the strriplets and foliage!  However this background seemed so versatile and had to be my first purchase.

The card is made by repeating the pattern however I measured the long edge and measured out so that the second cut made an exact square.  The thing I love is that the repeating pattern means you can extend this to any size on either side.

The flowers are a random flower die I have with, once again, another Crafters Companion sentiment.


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Something Fancier...

Happy Thursday,

I thought today it was time for something a little fancier and bright.

Yesterday I used Spellbinders scalloped borders one to create the clean and simple lines however whilst it was on my craft desk I wanted to try cutting it in some new red mirror card I bought last week.  I was looking for gold and silver and picked up the wrong pack so thought I had better use it!  so this card started with the band across the centre.

The background is a sheet from my new 'Neroli' paper pack from First Edition ( I've since heard from Mrs Duck that this has been discontinued so if you want it get it now! lol)

The sentiment is from a set of three I recently ordered from Crafters Companion form their Sentimentals range, Click HERE to be connected.  All of the sentiments I have been using lately have come from these three ranges (hope that's enough information Anne O)

I die cut 2 ovals form Spellbinders classic ovals small and framed the sentiment with the twist cut form Spellbinders metal tags and accents.

A strip of ribbon is added to bring out the pale blue and soften the card a little with a bow and some of Wendy's hat pins.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Keeping it Simple...

Happy Wednesday,

On Monday I posted a very CAS card and got some really great reviews and comments, my favourite was from Wendy who said she liked it but it was very not my style.  Now whilst I love to spend hours arranging and twisting die cuts into elaborate toppers I also love a clean, simple and balanced lines.

I went into the craft room on Monday night with the intention to make an antidote to the simple card however everything looked very OTT so I made this simple effort instead!

This is made with Kraft cardstock and PMD cream pearl cardstock.  This is a small card as it is based on Spellbinders Matting Basics A2 and Scalloped borders 2.

The flowers / leaves are wooden lasercuts form Hobbycutz


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Heart Box Tutorial

Happy Tutorial Tuesday,

I'm sorry but this isn't a video tutorial I am hoping to follow this one with a video on how to turn this into a pin cushion box

Now I used a Sizzix die, called simply Heart Box, click HERE to see which die I mean.  However this can be cut by hand or using a heart die.

First either Cut your pieces using the Sizzix die 2 pieces of each heart and 4 of the sides are required.

To cut by hand measure all way around the edge of the hearts and split the measurement in two.  Cut 2 pieces this length and as deep as you want the box to be, the die is at 2.5 cm add 1cm score across at this measurement and cut tabs (use the picture above as a guide.

Next to create the lid fold over the tabs, glue and adhere to teach side of the heart right on the edge.  Do both sides and you will have a lid that looks like the next photo

Decorate the side of the lid using a strip of paper the width of your side all the way around, this secures the 2 side pieces and makes the lid look smooth.

This next pictures shows the side all finished, as you can see I have made sure that a fold goes into the point of the heart .

Finally add your decorative top piece which finishes the lid ready for decorating.  In this example I have used distress ink to give some depth.

To neaten the inside cut a further heart using decorative paper however cut off a thin edge so that it fits inside!

To make the base use the same pieces however fold and glue the sides but place them inside your lid. Next you simply place the last heart shape over the top, lining it up with the sides, and remove the base.

Secure the sides to the bottom and follow the same routine of using a strip of paper to secure.

I have added loads of pictures to try and show what I am talking about!

This will result in a base and lid that can be decorated in any way you want!


Monday, 17 February 2014

Calm and Serene

Happy Monday Everyone,

After experiencing the weather in the UK last week our plain had to be rerouted due to the bad winds to a different airport I can now understand what everyone has been going through.  I hope the weather is calmer where you are and that things are  starting to calm a little.

Today's card was made to be calm and serene and a perfect antidote to the red fest of last week.  This is a very simple card made with a new First Edition Paper Pack 'Neroli' and plains navy & White cardstock.

I promise that Your Card will return next week as I haven't had time since my return from the U.K.


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Wendy's Hat Pin Box Revisited...

Happy Sunday...

Here is the box I remade for Wendy to say thank-you for the wonderful hatpins she makes me Click HERE to go to her Etsy shop for the pins.

This box is the same as the one I mistakenly published last Sunday, click HERE to see that post.  However as all of this week has been a red and white love fest I thought I really should calm the colour palette down a little so this one is made with beige Laura Ashley type fabric.

The box, as before, has a padded domed lid and makes a perfect pincushion.  With this version I have lined the inside of the box with the same fabric and highlighted the colours with lace and ribbon.

Tutorial for this one, with pictures, is written and will be out next week, however now I am back from the U.K. I will try to make a video tutorial for this one!


Saturday, 15 February 2014

Lets Replace Saturday

Happy Saturday Guys!

Due to my being an idiot and not scheduling properly todays project and post went live last Sunday!  Therefore I have had to remake and re-post one for today.  Now The reason I had to schedule so far in advance is that we have had a bereavement in the family and I have had to fly back to the U.K. for the funeral.  Therefore I am writing this on Monday morning when I really should be getting ready for work.  That said here is the replacement project, what I have done is throw together some valentines (or mothers day would be an idea as valentines day was yesterday) sweet box's.

The box is cut from an A3 sheet of cardstock using the same Sizzix box die that I used for my Christmas boxes to make the advent calendar / ornaments.  Click HERE to see what I'm talking about.

This first box is decorated using more of the Home for Christmas papers this time with hearts on.  I simply inked the edges of the paper with red distress ink and the edges of the box with white chalk ink.  The tag is two scalloped hearts punched holes to make it look like a button and ribbon threaded through.

This box is decorated with felt cut hearts in pink and the tag is two of these blanket stitched in red.  A few buttons and thread and finished.

As you can see the box folds open and you can get a lot of sweets inside (or maybe even a ring!?!)

These box's are cut from a Sizzix die as I said and I am planning to have some box's precut for Christmas as they proved very popular when I made a decoration with them for the mantelpiece I have also used these box blanks for some wedding favours and place cards but more of that when the Bride has seen the samples and chosen!

  Hopefully I will be working with Wendy to add some products and projects to her Etsy shop.


Friday, 14 February 2014

Hanging Hearts...

Happy Valentines Day!

We are getting close to the end of the red madness I promise guys, I am working as you read this on some nice, simple pastel stuff!  Today's creation is on the picture on Monday however the group photo is deceptive as this box isn´t hanging.

I thought this would make a great container for sweets, flowers and all manner of gifts, also made in white or cream it would make a nice wedding favour or flower holder for the bridesmaids.

This is based on the same Sizzix die from earlier in the week however It can be hand made and cut without the die. 

For this one I die cut 2 of the hearts and 4 of the side pieces however I cut off the folds from the side pieces and stuck 2 together.  Next I embossed the hearts and rubbed white chalk ink over before making up the box.  Once the 2 hearts are stuck to the sides it leaves the top open, the hanger is made simply by sticking ribbon to each side.  This I did by punching holes in the sides and threading the ribbon through.

Finally I decorated this with the Marianne ivy die I featured last week however this time I inked the die with green distress ink for the veins. This was finished with a simple paper rose and the banner with TRUE LOVE sentiment.

In this final picture I have loaded some of the die cut and padded hearts (more to follow as these will be used for Mothers Day)  You could fill it with flowers, sweets, chocolates whatever you heart desires.