Sunday, 31 July 2016

what another reindeer...

Happy Sunday,

Another sample from my shows this week with the Papercuts dies tomorrow will be the Gold and Black card that I have received so many emails about promise!

These dies are so easy to use and make creations from that all the work in this one is in the background!  I simply cut the reindeer die three time one each in black, bright white and rich red and set them against each other as a shadow!  I added them to a piece of card covered in double sided adhesive and added the runs silver mica flakes over the exposed adhesive.

I made the background by embossing a piece of card to which I  had spray glued kitchen foil with the comtempory poinsettia A4 embossing folder.  I then added the new graphite gilding polish to highlight the embossing ( so much easier than using an ink pad!)

A few layers of black white and red along with a border of the mica flakes and the simple card was finished.  It being me I added a large bow made with double sided contrast ribbon ( available from with a black crystal embellishment and a twist of 4mm gold metallic linx.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

Saturday Box...

Happy Saturday,

Today's finds me in Farnborough at the Art of Craft with the wonderful Penny and Jayne doing demos and workshops!  I will be demoing between 12pm and 3pm with workshops before and after.  I don't seem to go southwards often so this is a great chance to pop down and say hi!

Back to today and I thought I would show you the latter / box I made on Hochanda this week with the new paper cuts dies from Creative Expressions.  I made this box on the 12pm show on hochanda click HERE to watch this made on catch up.

the scoring sizes for the box are:

With an A4 sheet of bright white foundation card on your score board landscape score at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm

move card to portrait and score at 3.5cm, 7cm

rotate card to other side portrait and score at 3.5cm

The explanation of making this is too difficult to write however once scored it should be a little clearer.  The best way to make this is to watch on catch up at

however cut the bottom flaps then cut the top flaps so that you have 5 sections just linked along the larger rectangle.  Remove 2 opposing flaps where there are the doubles ( where you scored at 3.5 and 7.  Then the box folds up.

Next simply die cut each of the paper cuts dies in the centre of the side sections.  Adhere acetate ( i use CE heat resistant acetate) soapy the front of the die cuts and sprinkle the rock candy Glitter ( or Diamond snow if you have it) then spray glue the back and adhere these back into the apertures.

Simply then decorate the box in your chosen style!


Friday, 29 July 2016

Floating fire and ice...

Happy Friday,

I thought you might like to see this card today from  yesterdays shows using the baubles paper cuts die.  I demoed this card on the 12pm show click HERE if you want to see how this card was made.

I used the fire and ice technique from Sue Wilson however rather than placing the adhesive around the edge of the die cut I have floated the die cut in a frame within the adhesive.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

More Tin Foil...

Happy Thursday,

I hope some of you managed to tune in last night for the launch of the One Day Special on the stunning new paper cuts dies form Creative Expressions.  It was a really busy show so I've got loads more demos today to get through!

I thought id share this card with you all today which is one of the demo cards planned for later.  It uses the dies and the new masks and hopefully there is a newish technique thrown in there with the mask!

as usual for show days theres just a few pictures of the project. Don't forget that you can watch any of the shows on catch up HERE.


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Show Time...

Happy Wednesday,

Tonight I will be launching the stunning new die range from Creative Expressions with the paper cut style oddly enough called Papercuts!  I will also be showcasing three new Christmas masks from That Special Touch, therefore I thought I would show a demo card form the shows that uses both the new Christmas Quilt mask and the reindeer papercuts die.

To see how this one was made you will need to tune in at 8pm tonight or watch on catch up after 9pm tonight!  Hochanda is on freeview channel 39 or Sky 663 or available on line at

I've added a few pictures of this one as I must admit while its a little over the top it does say hand made Christmas with a bang!!!


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Pixie Feast...

Happy Tuesday,

Another sample from tomorrows papercuts One Day Special todays using the amazing Festive Feast die with its squashy Christmas pudding!  I decided to keep the feast idea going with a feast of pixie powders.

I stared by damping a piece of watercolour paper with water then gently added pixie powders in midnight blue, silver dream and purple violet and then added more water to make the colours and powder explode.  I then cut the frame from this piece keeping the fall away base piece as well as the frame.

I then cut the central die in bright white foundation card and spray glued it onto a piece of heat resistant acetate.  Next I coloured selected sections on the rear of the acetate using the cosmic shimmer glue highlighter ( this is a thinner coat so it dries quicker and is easier to apply)  I then added silver chrome polished silk glitter over the glue.  Next I coloured, again with the glue highlighter, other areas of the back the highlights in then baubles and the pudding its'self, and added violet polished silk glitter.  Once dry the glitter shines through form the reverse as the glue is clear when dry.

Next I cut a frame in white card, mounted the acetate panel behind this and added the pixie powder frame over the cut section of the frame.  I the foam mounted this over the fall away piece from cutting the pixie frame to add dimension and interest.

FinallyI made up the card as shown adding some of the stick pins I made using the stick pin elements set I had on Hochanda last week and a messy bow with thin satin ribbon from my stash.

A few layers of purple and blue to match the powders and an embossed layer made using the A4 let it snow embossing folder and finished.

A different colour theme but I have to admit I love the way these colours came together!

I will be launching these dies on Hochanda tomorrow night at 8pm with shows running through Thursday at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm!


Monday, 25 July 2016


Happy Monday,

I'm introducing the brand new paper cuts dies form Creative Expressions.  The festive range of four dies are simply stunning and are designed to emulate the effects you get with hand paper cutting but without the fuss!

I decided to seat, as I would, with box using all four of the dies cut in ancient copper pearl card and mounted onto an acetate box.

I thought this was a great way to show all four and introduce them before I launch them on Hochanda as the ODS at 8pm on Wednesday night!

The main die shown on the first side is the Christmas tree and to highlight the border I filled the space with silver PVA dimensional glue. this gives the mother of pearl frame that is visible when you look carefully lol

The next side shows the festive baubles die on the right and the reindeer on the left .

The final picture shows the fourth die the festive feast !

Over the next couple of days I will be showing a few more samples as Ive made loads!!


Sunday, 24 July 2016

More Shows...

Happy Sunday,

I'm back on Hochanda today at 11am, 3pm and 6pm showcasing my Christmas Stamps and matching paper pad.  AS the last shows sold most pf the singles I thought it would be good to finish off the demos I had prepared as well as some new ones I have made to match.  This is also an opportunity to have the stamps in the planned sets and smaller bundles!

As I have been busy prepping for this show and only got back from Tyne and Weir late last Night Ive just posted some of the card samples from the shows!


Saturday, 23 July 2016


Happy Saturday,

Today I am demoing at Essentials Crafts in Washington, not america but in Tyne and Weir!  As I am seriously behind with show prep and finalising my Autumn stamps ( Autumn's Child launches on Hochanda on the 25th August) Then I hope you don't mind just a few pictures of todays project!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

 I did promise I would post the Gold and black card I showed on my shows this week today but Im really sorry to say my camera played me up so it will have to wait for next week sorry!

Well its the hottest week of the year so of course its time for me to start Christmas Friday! I thought I would ease it in with a cool blue card that reminds me of the surface of a swimming pool for some reason.

I stared this card by making the background using the same technique as I showed on Hochanda on Monday however this time a different colour of pixie powder.  I spread Glossy Glue, seal and glaze over a piece of glossy card ( plain card works as well but the glue spreads better on the gloss card!  Next I sprinkled on midnight blue and white pearl mixer pixie powders over the glue surface.  I then simply dragged my brush over the surface so that the pixie powders explode and you get the stripes of colour!

Next I stamped the stars bored all around the piece using sticky embossing powder and added silver moon gilding flakes .  I repeated the above on a  strip of white double sided satin ribbon.

Finally I stamped the star tree in the same gilding flakes this time onto acetate and mounted this onto a frame cut with the double pierced squares.

I made up the card as shown to make a modern christmas card.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Beaded Circles...

Happy Thursday,

One of the sample cards I made for this weeks shows using the double pierced circles dies ( a new firm favourite) and the matching dies that were in the bundle on Monday.

I cut the mini striplet three times and backed it with double sided adhesive and added three shades of microbeads one in gold, silver and copper.

I then cut the Gillian frames and tags die and cut to the central circle.  I backed this with adhesive and added copper microbeads.  I cut the centre detail and added gold beads and a black 8mm stick on pearl.

I made a circular frame using the double pierced circles dies and added a thing circular frame cut in adhesive with silver beads added.

finally an embossed layer using the cross stitch A4 pinpoint embossing folder and a thin layer of black.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Plum Circled...

Happy Wednesday,

Another sample form this weeks hows with the Radiant Circle collection from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I thought today I would show you the demo card that, to me at least, typifies the radiance and the circle as it uses the radiance Striplet and the Double pierced Circles die.

This card was a demo on the second show so don't forget you can watch this one bring made on catch up HERE

This is a deceptively simple card to make I stared by cutting the insert die from the Striplet three times in a row into a 7" x 7" square of bright white foundation card.  I then backed this onto a piece of rich plum to make the background pattern.

Next I cut a series of frames in the bright white and the rich plum to make the farmers I used the following formula
Dies 1 and 3 for the rich plum and dies 5 and 7 for the white farmers dies 1 and 2 and 5 and 6 ( I hope this makes sense.  I mounted the thinner white frames over the rich plum ones.  I used die 6 to cut into the background added the resultant circle to the smaller farms and foam mounted this over the background.  I added the larger frame so that it looks like I have cut 2 backgrounds which is far too much work lol.

I added mats and layers of rich plum and white too frame the centre piece and added spare of the requisite poppies and olive branch dies which I shaded with the plum cobbler cosmic shimmer colour cloud blending ink.  I stamped the sentiment, form my Lily of the Valley elements clear stamp set onto a piece of white card and cut it out using the largest die in the Pierced flags set.  I shaded the sentiment, whilst in the die, with the colour cloud and added this form the scary of flowers.

I know this looks complex and multi layered but its really not that complex.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Mother of Pearl?...

Happy Tuesday,

I thought ou might like a closer view of one of the demo cards I made yesterday on my Hochanda shows the Mother or pearl effect background.  Now to me this is a new technique but Im sure someone has done something similar!

I stared by making the background using white gloss card and adding either glossy glue and seal or cosmic Shimmer glue mixed with water.  Next I added some of the mixer shades of the pixie powders along the side and then dragged them across the card using a wide wash brush.  When dry you get this mother of pearl look with different colours splitting from the pixie powders to give a mica induced pearl sheen ( this one really needs to be seen in real life to get the full wow of the finish)

Next I Cut a frame from the pixie powdered background and added it a larger frame cut from white card.

Next I stamped the Juliette circle stamp to die for in detail silver onto the silver pearl card.  I cut  and the centre out using the matching Gillian die and taped the centre circle in place behind the die cut to make a buckle.  I simply threaded the sentiment flag through this and added pearl in the centre.

I then cut the three largest dies form the requisite poppies die in the silver pearl card and shaped them with my ball tool.  I added PVA glue in the centre and sprinkled over the silver shine pixie powder to make them earliest and shiny.  These were added with a spray of olive branch around the frame.

I added a layer of the silver pearl card embossed with the cross stitch A4 embossing folder and a couple of mats and layers to finish.

I demoed this card on my 5pm show on Hochanda click HERE for the catch up if you want to watch how this was made!


Monday, 18 July 2016

Show Day...

Happy Monday,

As I may of mentioned yesterday I am domino 2 hour special this evening at 5pm on Hochanda ( channel 39 sky 663 and online at on the latest ( non festive) range of dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I thought I would show young of the demo cards for this evening.  In fact this will probably be the first demo as I really like how this one has turned out!

To me this has a real retro feel to it like a piece of sixties wallpaper!

I started by stamping the Juliette stamp to die for in jet black archival ink all over an 8x8 square of bright white foundation card.  I ensured that I stamped over the edges and tried to fit the stamped images to cover most of the card.  Next I used the centre circle die form the Gillian farmers and tags sets ( which this stamp is designed to match the die)

Once this was completed I foam mounted this piece over a larger square of black foundation card and added a stick on pearl ( 5mm) in the centre of the black.

For the frontispiece I stamped the sweet leaves stamp twice in jet black and cut this one out using the outline die from the gillian die set.  I folder these into quarters cut these along one of the lines into the centre.  I then attached the two die cuts and placed a pearl in the centre so that it fans out.

For the border strip I cut a long strip of white card and cut the insert die from the atlas triplet.  I fitted the die back into the die cut on the last pattern to extend the filigree section.  I backed this with black and added a mat of what card.  I then added this to the left hand side of the card and placed the stamped fan in the centre.

Finally I added a stamped and pierced fall die cut matted in black and finished.

I hope you can tune in to see what I am doing especially as it is a 2 hour show so I will get more time for demo!