Friday, 30 September 2016

Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

Today I am workshopping and demoing at Daisy Jewels and crafts in Coventry and this is the card We will be making.  Therefore I thought it would make a perfect Christmas Friday.

This is a another card made using the fab pixie Powders this time in midnight blue, Peacock and white pearl.  Im hoping the ladies will be adventurous in their colour choices I can't wait to see them made in lots of different mixes!

The card uses the Poinsettia mini background, poinsettia additions set and the new star merry christmas dies.

I embossed the background in velum using the snow flurry 8x8 embossing folder.

a few more pics as I don't want to give all the instruction for a workshop card lol


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Ginger Corners...

Happy Thursday,

A change of colour scheme for today;s card however it was made using the other 2 dies in the set i used yesterday, theres one for value a soft pastel and a strong masculine card just from the corner and border set from the Indian Ocean collection.

I started this card by cutting the square edged corner die 4 times in ginger foundation card.  I then matted this using the outline die, in Kraft card and mounted them together to form the Art Deco squire in the centre finished with an 8mm black pearl.  There are 2 corners in the set and this one, just like the border dei, makes a different shape when they are mounted together.

For the corners I simply reversed the process and cut the detail in Kraft and the backing in ginger.

to make up the card I used the double pierced square dies ( the original set or Set A as it has been nicknamed)  to take the frames in ginger and Kraft.  I mounted the corners at the edge of the square kraft frame.  I cut the corners off the square so that the detail of the die cut corners comes to the fore!

I made up the card as shown (8"x8") using foundation card in black to offset the kraft and ginger adding a black ribbon bow from my stash!


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

for Julia...

Happy Wednesday,

Another sample from the new dies release designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions and I have to admit this is my favourite card so far.  This card was inspired by the fabulous Julia Watts as `i made it whilst watching her on Hochanda.  Julia was demonstrating how to make a background with a border strip and my only thought was how nice the Indian Ocean border would look as a background!  Therefore this is a tribute to julia and all she has taught me!

I will be demonstrating this technique on Hochanda in November when I bring you the bundles of this realise and Im sure this will be one of the first demo's!

I simply cut the border, without the outline cutting die, down a piece of coconut white foundation card.  I then added this to a piece of Iris foundation card covered with a double sided sticky sheet.  I added diamond snow in the gaps to cover the adhesive with a crystal at each junction.  I love the way that when cut this way an art deco flower appears from nowhere.

I cut each of the dies in the maldives die she in white and backed these with the iris and from moon ted them up finishing with a stamped centre with my Birthday Seasons clear stamp set.  I added diamond snow over the sentiment to balance the background.

To highlight the centrepiece I cut the cape daisies each in iris and white, shaped them with my ball tool and offset these to make the flowers.  With the bold scroll I cut these in white and iris using the letterpress technique, with cornflower archival ink, on the deboss section to add some more texture before mounting these around the main element.

A frame made using the double pierced background dies and layers of iris and white to finish.  I loved making this card and am so thankful to Julia for the technique!


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

More Speedy Cards...

Happy Tuesday,

I hope those of you who managed to watch last night enjoyed the launch show for the One Day Special!  It's nice to have a large bundle of mixed products to work with the possibilities are endless.

Today I will be continuing the ODS with shows throughout the day where I will be demoing Hopefully) all of the card shown here they are all quick cards using the dies, stamps and embossing folders do all the work for you.

I've added some close up of some of these cards tune in or watch on catch up at to see how this, and many more, were made!


Monday, 26 September 2016

Quick Cards Show...

Happy Monday,

I'm back on Hochanda tonight for the launch of the One Day Special which is a fabulous bundle designed to have all the things you need to make your quick batch Christmas Cards.

I have added some pictures of a few of the quick card I will be demoing tonight and through tomorrow!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

A quick and simple card today made using my herb clear stamp set.  I simply stamped the image using pigment ink and used a water brush to pull out the colour.  I cut a window in a DL card shape and tied a tag around the base using twine.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Christmas Sue 2...

Happy Saturday,

I hope some of you managed to catch the fabulous launch show with Sue Wilson last night ion not don't forget you can watch on catchup at  Sue is back today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm.

I promised I would show today the card I made featuring the 2 new dies launched for the shows and this card shows really well how they can be used together too take a fab christmas card.

I simply made the background by embossing a piece of midnight blue pearl foundation card using the nordic quilt 8x8 embossing folder.  Next I added enchanted gold metallic gilding polish over the top the enchanted gold is a fabulously useful shade as it is gold on dark card and white gold / platinum on light card 2 products in one!

Next I cut a frame of gold and midnight pearl card using the double pierced circles set A and B.  I mounted this over a piece of acetate then added the merry christmas and the Happy new year ( which has the and a included in this set)  I cut both again in the gold and midnight using the darker colour as a shadow.

I cut the background into a set of frames and used the double pierced squares to make mats for each layer in gold.

A bright card but if you can't be bright and a little gaudy at Christmas.


Friday, 23 September 2016

Sue's Christmas Shows...

Happy Christmas Friday,

Sue Wilson is launching the One Day Special this evening on Hochanda at 8p with her fabulous Christmas Die range.  Todays card uses 1 of 2 new festive dies that will be available on the show, this card features the Happy New Year die which includes 2 and a dies so you can add this message to the Matching Merry Christmas ( I have a card featuring with tomorrow).

I stared with a pice of velum which I coloured using purple violet and midnight blue pixie powders.  Next I em,bossed it sing the snow flurry 8x8 embossing folder.  I then smoothed Pearl Lustre Metallic gilding wax over the raised area so that the pattern comes to the front.

I cut the new year die twice in midnight and vintage god pearl foundation card.  I added these to a matching set of stitched flags and shadowed them.

I cut a wreath shape with the double pierced circles set B.  I then added a spare of poinsettias cut with more of the coloured velum using the poinsettia additions die set.

I added small silver dazzlers in the centre of the flowers and some thing satin ribbon form my stash.  A couple of matching stick pins and a spare of detail that sets off the sentiment.

A few layers of midnight, Silver and amethyst foundation card to finish the card.

Don't forget Sue will be back on tomorrow at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm.


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Hibiscus Swirl...

Happy Thursday,

Today's card shows another of the stamps to die for that match the new releases of dies by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.

This is a simple card with just the stamp coloured and cut with the matching die ( Madeline Frames and Tags)  I used the new stitched flags for the banner across the front and the quilted flower embossing folder.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Sunlit Daisies...

Happy Wednesday,

I'm running my regular monthly workshop at Breedon Priory today we are making 4 christmas cards today with a variety of techniques!  I thought today I would share another card made using the new stamps to die for designed to match the Sue Wilson new release of dies.

This card uses the new Sunlit daisies stamp which matches the stunning Mauritius die set form the indian ocean collection.  I stamped the image in watering can archival ink and as with yesterdays card coloured it using my alcohol markers.  I then cut this out using the outline die.  I also cut 2 more in taupe and chestnuts foundation card.  I also used the centre die to make the piece into a frame.  I stamped the sentiment and cut this with an oval die form a previous set.

For the main card I cut the new lattice die in chestnut and added a frame of double pierced background rectangles.  A large bow and dazzler in a brass dazzler setting to finish.

I made up the card as shown with, as usual, lots of layers of white, taupe and chestnut!


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Autumn Leaves...

Happy Tuesday,

I noticed a couple of people asked when Sue wilson and the rest of the team will be on Hochanda so I've added the fates at the bottom of this post!

Todays card is the start of the cards I made using Sue Wilsons new release of dies with the matching Stamps to die for.  This is made using the Maple Weave stamp to die for and matching Charlotte die form the frames and tags collection.

I stamped the image using black ink and coloured it using my alcohol markers, I'm still not brilliant at using them but I picked up some tips form Lisa Horton this weekend at Ally Pally!

The background is the kitchen roll technique with mulled wine gilding flakes added into the mix.


scroll down for the Hochanda dates

Fri 23rd
Sue W
Dies By Sue Wilson Christmas Part 1
Sun 25th
Julia W
Justrite Christmas Launch
Mon 26th
John L
Batch card making
Fri 30th
Sue W
Dies By Sue Wilson Christmas Part 2
Mon 3rd
John L
DCWV Light ups
Fri 7th
Sue W
Dies By Sue Wilson Christmas Part 3
Mon 10th
Lisa H
MDF Christmas + DCWV Corrugate
Fri 14th
Phill M
SY Delightful Daisies
Mon 17th
John L
Dies By Sue Wilson Christmas Part 4
Thur 20th
Julia W
DCWV Pop ups

Monday, 19 September 2016

Doodle Flowers...

Happy Monday,

Its my turn to share some of the samples I have made from Sue Wilsons stunning new Die release.  If you didn't catch the blog reveal last week over on Sue's blog you can catch up HERE at Particraft, Sues blog.

I debated which card to show first and so I asked Sue and she suggested the card I am showing today. This uses the new Indian Ocean background die, now as Im sure my blog family know I am partial to a background and this one is a stunner!

The beautiful Art Deco styling on this one is so classic yet different it really is a must!

I used Gloss black, Iris and bright white foundation card to make this and it is in the main a layering of the different dies in the set to make the main card.

For the main element I cut dies 1, 2 and 3 in white together and backed these with iris.  I then cut this down the middle and made this into a square.  I used the double pierced noble dies set A to make a square frame of black gloss card and mounted the white section on this ( this ensured I got a perfect square for the front and didn't have to just judge it)

For the finishing touches I cut the three largest of the new doodle flowers in each of the colours.  I then shaped these in the centre using my ball tool and stamping mat.  I layered these together and placed a pearl in the centre.  By shaping these flowers you really make them pop!  I arranged these around the frame with some ribbon from my stash.

I stamped the sentiment in jet black archival from my fern frames and sentiments set and finished.

This may look a complex layered card but I promise the dies do all the work its really easy to layers and put together!


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Another Demo Day...

Happy Sunday,

I'm demoing again today all day at the Crafting at Ally Pally event I hope some of you caught the show form there yesterday.  I thought you might like to see the second demo from yesterdays show in close up.

If you missed the show remember you can watch on catch up at


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Show, Show Show Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

Im doing a show from a show today ( hence the title) its almost a show within a show within a show! At 3pm i'll be guesting an hour at Ally Pally on Hochanda so if you want to see todays card Demonstrated then tune in to channel 39 on freeview ( or sky 663 online at to see or sit in the audience if you are at the show!

Ive used my Nasturtium range of stamps on this card talking with the watercolour palettes from Cosmic Shimmer and some stunning dies form Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.

I will be showing how to die cut around a stamp image as well as the colouring and the background made from the watercolours!

Hopefully see some of you later!