Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Clean and simple(ish)...

Happy Wedneady,

Another sample from this weeks shows today however a little bit off a departure with something Clean and simple looking.  I used the centres from the Pacific island collection to make this hexagonal design on the front.

I cut the largest hexagon form the Fiji shape into the ribbed white card ( an old Foundations card in white)  I then placed a panel of cobalt blue behind it.  I then cut the hexagon form the Bora Bora die into the blue card.  I then  placed a piece of the white ribbed card behind this and cut the centre die form the Tahiti die in the centre finishing with a final layer of the cobalt.

With the waste pieces from the first cuts I use the smaller hexagon die to cut a frame and mounted this onto the card fitting it with the original cart as shown.

I repeated these steps wit the other dude cut pieces adding more layers to the top and centres making each hexagon design different.  I trimmed off thyme excess form the edges and mounted the piece on a couple of layers of the cobalt and white.

A simple looking card with layers of depth made simply by the dies and pieces cut.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Pixie Flowers...

Happy Tuesday,

I hope everyone that managed to catch yesterdays shows enjoyed them as much as I did!  I tried to get in as many demos as I could but still came home with a pile of them undone!

Back to today and another idea what to do with your new Pacific Ocean collection dies.  I know I always say this but a relatively simple card today just using the striped nasturtiums and the Tahiti die.

I stared by cutting a panel of cobalt card using the noble double pierced background dies and added cosmic pearl PVA one every other pierced hole around the outside.  I cut the outline for the Tahiti in this and added a panel behind with the detail suite cut in white.  I then added apiece of acetate and a scrunched up piece of kitchen roll coated in pixie powders behind this.

For the flowers I simply cut the nasturtium dies in velum again coloured with pixie powders attaching a set of each size of flowers with a silver brad in the centre.


Monday, 28 November 2016

Pacific in Blue...

Happy Monday,

I'm back on Hochanda today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm with the stunning Pacific Ocean collection from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  Today I thought I would share another sample from today's shows.  This is a demo card for today so tune in to see how this was / is made!

This card is made simply using the linear elegance edger die and the Bora Bora die set form the pacific ocean collection along with the starflowers.  I cut the detail form the edger die four times across a piece of vanilla pearl card and backed this with periwinkle.  Next I edged a piece of periwinkle with one of the edges that come with the die.  Next I matted this onto more of the vanilla this time the edges were cut with the other edge in the set.  a few layers of vanilla and periwinkle and the main card was finished.

The main element is cut with the Bora Bora die using dies 1, 2 and 3 for the blue and dies 1 and 3 for the vanilla background.  I then cut the punched circles die along with the edges in vanilla and backed it in blue rotating it to adhere this to the front.

Finally I cut the starflower in blue and vanilla in all four sizes, added vanilla PVA glue dots and made up the flowers as shown.  I added these with a bow around the main element and finished.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Showtime in the Pacific...

Happy Sunday,

I will be demonstrating the fabulous new collection of dies by Sue Wilson in Hochanda this evening at8pm featuring the brand new Pacific Ocean collection as well as finishing touches and the just launched Shaded Nasturtium stamps.

I thought I would hare one of my favourite cards for tomorrow shows ( shows are o at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm)

I know this looks like a complicated card card however all the layers are made using the new edger die on the show along wont the Molly Frame and the nasturtium stamps and dies.

this is a planned demo so to see how this card is made simply tune in tonight or tomorrow!


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Less simple Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

Today I am doing one of my last workshops of the year One left to go on the 12th December, I just wanted to mention that if you want me to demo or workshop near to you you need to get your local craft shop or group to email.

Back to today and this card features a colour of Pearl Foundations card and a couple of shades of Metallic Gilding Polish I haven't used nor taken on a show before ( early warning there is a new set of 3  colours on the show, Blossom, Silver Hessian and Silver)

I stared bu making a card blank with the Vanilla pearl card ( This will be demoed on the show) and then cut the detail dies numbers 1,3 and 5 from the Pacific Ocean background into the card front.

Next I cut a border strip using the Pacific Ocean border die to run across the front and used one of the tag dos set for the medallion at the front.

I then made a piece of shaded card that in my opinion looks a little like marble or granite using all three colours of the gilding polish.  I cut this to size and placed it on the back of the card blank who it shows through the filigree detail on the front.

I also used this card for the back go the Pacific Ocean tag on the front of the card.  I showed the border and the tag using the silver hessian which against the vanilla looks a coffee colour this is another gilding polish that has different colours depending on the base colour its like magic!

I covered a piece of white card with the blossom polish and cut the complete petals from the striped Nasturtium set in all three sizes.  I shaped these, ran silver hessian around the edges for shading and added a heart pearl in the centre before arranging them around the tag.

A simple coloured card that hopefully has a lot of effect!


Friday, 25 November 2016

Double Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

Its back to Christmas Friday as its getting close the sign ion my local supermarket said there were only 30 sleeps left so not much time left!

Today's first card is one I made quite a while ago but forgot to photograph so Im afraid it got marked while waiting sorry.

I started by cutting the frame die from the poinsettia mini background into a piece of white foundation card.  I backed this with double sided adhesive sheet then cut the centre out using one of the double pierced oval dies.  I then removed the carrier sheet and added gold microbeads into the patterned frame.

Next I cut the country cottage dies in white ( making sure to emboss the dies as well) I mounted these behind the opening using mounting cushion.  Next I added cosmic shimmer dries clear glue over the snowy areas of the cottage scenes and added diamond snow to make the snow area shine.  I cut the starry night background from white card and mounted this over black card.

I finished the card, and this is an actual card, with layers of black and bright gold pearl foundation card.  A simple looking card but the depth really works and would make a great card for those who celebrate the holiday but not christmas.

I thought it might be nice to see the opposite version using black and silver.
Back tomorrow with another sample for my Hochanda shows!


Thursday, 24 November 2016

In the pink...

Happy Wednesday,

well after all the lovely comments on yesterdays post and card I really am feeling in the Pink so why not share a Pink card.

This is another sample from Sunday and Mondays shows this time highlighting one of my favourite innovations from Sue Wilson the striplet collection.  My blog family, especially Mrs Duck, will know my weakness for a striplet this one is the brand new timeless die used here to create this bright background.

I started by cutting the insert panel form the striplet into an piece of bright white foundation card three times to for a square.  Next I used the centre strip ands the outline that matches it and cut this in white and backed it with pink foam mounting these in the centres of the background.  I mounted the whole piece onto more of the Sherbet point card ( I'm not a pink person but this shade of Sherbet really shouts to me!

I then cut the Molly frame and take dies in sherbet twice, backed each one with white and cut one in half to give a shadow frame effect at the back.  I stamped the sentiment, in watering can archival of course) onto a scrap of white and cut it with the centre oval form the molly set, mounting it in the centre.

Next I cut a series of the new Starflower die set in the pink and white, mounted the same size together offset and added pastel pink PVA in the centre ( there is a set of 4 pastel colours of the PVA dimensional on this weeks shows)

I finished the piece with vanilla PVA pearls this collection has so many places to put pearls its amazing.

This card will be a demo on Mondays shows so tune in to see how it was made.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Shaded nasturtiums...

Happy Wednesday,

Another sample from my upcoming shows and a sneak peak of the brand new stamp to die for designed to match the Striped nasturtium dies perfectly!

I started this by cutting the lattice edger around a square of vanilla pearl foundation card cut with the double pierced noble squares.  I mounted this onto a peach foundation card and added an embossed layer.

For the main centre element I used the Tahiti die cut in vanilla pearl card backed in peach.  I repeated this with peach backed in vanilla rotated them and mounted them in the centre.

I cut the centre panel form the die in peach and vanilla and foam mounted these, after threading raw silk satin ribbon through the slots.

The flowers are stamped with the new shaded nasturtium stamp to die for in detail white embossing powder and cut out with the matching die set.  I added the stamens in the centre and shaped the petals before adding these above the curls and metallic linx.

This will be the first demo on Sundays show (I think as plans change) so tune in to see how this is made in real time ( with a few here's one I made erasers of course lol)


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Be Eccentric now...

Happy Tuesday,

I promised my first sneak peak from the new range off Craft dies by Sue Wilson for Creative expressions today.  These will be featured in my One Day Special which starts this Sunday this card is the very first I made when I received my dies it just seemed to leap into my mind as soon as I saw the edger and the Tahiti die.

I started by cutting the lattice edger across the top and bottom of a piece of wisteria foundation card.  Next I added one of the edges that comes with the set and cut this on each end. I studded the lattice and the points on the edge with cosmic pearl PVA dimensional glue.

Next I cut the outline die ( number1) form the Tahiti die set.  I then cut dies 2 and 3 from white and dies 4 and 5 from another layer of wisteria.  I stamped the sentiment in the centre of a further layer of the white and foam mounted each layer above the next.

For the striped nasturtiums I cut the complete petal die in pixie powdered paper ( made using Purple Violet and Midnight Blue pixie powders) I then cut the open striped petals ( both styles come in the set so perfect value).  I used some of the Creative Expressions stamens for the centres colouring the ends with indigo mist colour cloud blending ink).  I made up the flowers as shown using just one of each die cut for each separate flower and shaped these to make them look 3D and more realistic.  I arranged them on sprays of the Sue Wilson Ivy die cut in more of the white.

I added layers of the wisteria, white and added periwinkle blue for contrast and to balance the pixie powder flowers.  A few more pearl PVA dots and some white pearl corners and finished.

I have loads more samples and demo cards to show you every day until Sunday including a sneak peak tomorrow of the brand new Shaded nasturtium stamp designed to match the nasturtium die!


Monday, 21 November 2016

A Little Plum...

Happy Monday,

I'm back on Hochanda next Sunday evening at 8pm with the launch of the One Day Special showcasing the new dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative expressions.  I will start the sneak peaks tomorrow however for today I really enacted to give this card its day on the blog.  This was the last demo I made on the last set of shows.

I just Loved this combination of Rich Plum and coconut white and the way that the Madeline die works so well in many different ways!

I started by cutting just the detail dies ( dies 2 and 4)  in the Madeline set into a piece of rich plum foundation card.  I lined these 2 cuts up carefully so that they met in the centre, this means I get the totally new pattern that shows in the centre of the card.

Hopefully this picture shows what I mean in the centre is the diamond and surrounding pattern this is not anywhere on the die it is created by the meeting of the 2 edges its like magic!

Next I cut the Madeline die again this time using the outside dies as well in the plum and backed it with coconut white.  I foam mounted this piece over the centre to shows the detail.  I then cut 4 different of the stitched flags which fit perfectly together and from the sides of the main die.  This was designed to allow us to thread ribbon through the die cut bit it works as well with the flags.

I then cut the cape daisies in both plum and white, shaped them and made the contrasting flowers as shown.  I cut centres ( included in the die set) in plum and white, shaped these, and added these to the centre of the daisies along with white microbeads.  A white bow and a few of the pine sprig dies in white and finished.

I really love the elegant look of this card I hop you will agree!

All cards from the latest giveaways will be posted out today so make sure you sent your address in  I'm sorry these have been delayed however this is my first day off for 3 weeks!


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

A simple pair of cards today in the cute vein I've been making this week.  I simply love the cards that can be made using the new arrivals onsie die.

I simply made the card banks using the die and decorated them, as shown, using a selection of the dies in the set and the new arrivals collection.

If you want to see the principal of making these cards watch the 9am hour on rewind at


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Gold and white bright...

Happy Saturday,

A little over the top for some I'm sure but i do like the gold and white on today's card and its a little less bright in real life ( not a good set of pics I'm afraid!)

I simply used the Greek collection with a box of Portugal for this card in simple antique gold pearl and bright white.

The Greek collection border cut in the gold is used down each side with a simple ribbon and microbead strip across the middle.  The centre panel is the Portugal syntra die cut in gold and backed with are of the white microbeads I stamped my Christmas rose sentiment in gold brilliant sparkle embossing powder and cut t with the centre die from the syntra.

I stamped my Christmas rose clear stamps ( using the solid roses rather than the outlines) in more of the brilliant sparkle onto velum.  I cut the roses out using the matching Christmas rose die and shipped them.

I cut the holly foliage die from the rose set and covered these with more white microbeads and arranged the foliage, a gold bow and the roses across the centre of the panel.  I added centres to the roses using the centre dies that come in the rose die set covered again in the microbeads.

A little ott for some but I like it!