Friday, 30 June 2017

Classic Blue...

Happy Friday,

Today's card uses the same die as yesterday and thanx to my wonderful Blog family I know the name this die ( used as the centre strip) its called Arched Diamond from the Art Deco collection from Spellbinders

Today I used this, cut in silver, across the front of a panel of embossed lines in blue.  To make the background I simply used my score board and scored at every 1/4 inch across the piece of french navy card.  I then added, with foam tape of course, the silver diamond across the front and added a couple of layers of the silver and blue.

Next I made the centre panel using the Twisted metal tags and accents ( this is the die I said was called iron works earlier this week I forgot this is what I call this die in my head!)  I cut this in sliver and blue and cut the centre panels form the section that falls away from the twisted tag making a frame.  I rotated each die cut in alternate colours and added foam tape between each layer.

I then used the feathers die cut in white and silver and arranged these beneath the cameo embellishment shaping the feathers along the spines that emboss on the die cuts.

I finished with a sentiment tag and a row of stick on crystals and a classic blue, white and silver card is finished.  Perfect for a men's card I thought?!?


Thursday, 29 June 2017


Happy Thursday,

When I was in Washington at the weekend I saw the most beautiful card made by one of the tutors there Norma.  I was lucky enough to be given the card as I wanted to emulate the lacing she had done at the top of the card.  As you can see form today's card I went down the full lacing route!

I stared by cutting the edger die by spellbinders ( Sorry I can't find the package so dont know the name) twivce and cut one down the centre.  I then arranged them as shown with a full die cut in the centre and one half on each edge adhered with foam tape.  I then threaded thin gold satin ribbon between the centre and the two sides ( as shown)

I then cut the largest die in the elegant ovals die using the Creative Expressions pierced ovals to cut an aperture.  I then cut just the oval in gold and mounted this behind.  I added this with foam tape in the centre of the card and used spring foliage and camellia flowers for the main element.

I finished with the flowers and foliage (shaded with vintage photo distress ink)  over a messy bow of white and more of the gold satin ribbon.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Silver Feathers...

Happy Wednesday,

I have updated the Demo days and Workshops page on the blog ( only available on the webpage so click view web version if you are looking on your phone)  Or if you are reading this on the daily email you simply need to click the title on the email to go to the blog and look!

Back to today and a card made with the Feathers and elegant oval dies from spellbinders ( I  really am enjoying playing with some of my older dies and some like the feathers that I bought and never used)  I stared by cutting the ovals in white pearl and silver mirror card alternating each die and foam mounted them as shown.

Next I cut the feathers dies in silver mirror acrd, embossed them and shaped them along the lines in the centre to give some movement.  I then added these in a spray on the bottom left, these locked a little lonely so I added the large bow, metallic linx and pearl embellishment to add some drama.

To make up the card I added a panel of embossed pearl card made using the Ripples embossing folder from spellbinders ( a new one from the end of last year I think)  I added layers of the silver mirror and white pearl along with, of course, some stick on pearls to highlight the details.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Gold Ironworks...

Happy Tuesday,

When I was in Washington at the weekend a lady ( sorry I'm no good with names) Showed me a card she had made with the Spellbinders Ironwork elements die set and we got into a discussion of how nice this die was!  I mentioned how great it looks in mirror card so as soon as I got home i had to make this card to show how well it works.

I stared by cutting the frame in the set twice in gold mirror card.  I rotated these and slipped the edges under each other as shown to make a square.  Next I added a panel in the white pearl card using one of the other dies in the set and topped this with a layer of gold and finally white ( all die cuts from the ironworks die set)  I added some stick on pearls to to highlight the detail.

I added a bow in silk ribbon and thin satin ribbon and tucked this under the bottom edge of the main element.

The background is made with the spellbinders butterfly die cut and mounted in white pearl card.

A few more layers of the mirror and pearl cards to finish a small card (for me anyway!)


Monday, 26 June 2017

It's a Box...

Happy Monday,

I hope you all enjoyed the brief sojourn into Christmas 2017 over the weekend.  Today I'm sharing a box that is the workshop for next Sunday at Craft Locker in Poole.  I am there all weekend with 4 technique workshops on the Saturday and this box as a longer workshop making this box on Sunday Morning.

This is made using the Prism striplet from Creative Expressions and the orange blossom flowers and leaves along with matching stamps!

I love making Hexagon boxes and find them really fun as they only use one sheet of A4 card.

I will share the template next week however there is an earlier version on my Facebook which you can download.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Christmas Weekend Day 3...

Happy Sunday,

Last day of Washington so here's the final selection of 3 Christmas Cards ( for now as with all crafters Christmas will be making an increasing presence over the coming months)


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Christmas Weekend Day 2

 Happy Saturday,

As I mentioned yesterday I am at Essential Crafts in Washington Tyne and Weir on a Christmas theme. I am workshopping today so here are three more demo cards form Yesterday!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Christmas Weekend...

Happy Friday,

Yesterday was the summer Solstice ( Longest Day) and it is terribly warm here in the U.K. so what better way to spend the weekend than in Christmas!  I am demonstrating today at Essential Crafts in Washington Tyne and Weir on a Christmas theme.  I am also there workshopping all weekend so I thought I would share the cards I have made specifically for the demo over this weekend.

I will be simply sharing three cards each day to whet all of our appetites for Christmas!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Yellow and Grey...

Happy Thursday,

Today's card is a real mix of dies with Amy Design, Daisy Jewels and Creative expressions all teaming up for this yellow, white and grey card.

I stared by cutting the circle background in pearl card and backing this with velum.  I then cut the outer circle die in yellow and the inner circle die form white and mounted these over a circle of velum.  I stamped the sentiment onto the centre in grey ink so that it appears to float.

I layered all of this together as shown and added a messy bow of white and silver satin ribbon with a Craft Consortium embellishment in the centre ( the knot was messy!)  I then added layers of the yellow white and steel to make the main square.

For the background I used the CE Trellis die to cut the intricite trellis across the bottom adding pearls at the top and bottom to add some dimension ( and to save me the job of studding each of the trellis dots with a pearl!)

My usual collection of mats and layers completes the card.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Glass Pixies...

Happy Wednesday,

The card I'm sharing today is the workshop Card for the last month and as the last workshop join this card is this weekend at Essential Crafts at Washington ( Im there Friday, Saturday & Sunday with a demo day on the new Christmas Dies pin Friday) Then I thought I would share it.

AS this is a workshop card then Im not detailing the steps however below is an ingredient list.

Over the weekend I will update the demos and workshops so that everyone in the Blog Family can see where I will be for the next couple of months!

Prism Striplet Die
Double Pierced Squares
Samantha Frame
Hibiscus Flowers

Pixie Powders


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Woodland in white...

Happy Tuesday,

Another card using the Press cut woodland scene today this time all in white and made using ( as is my want) using the waste.

I stared by cutting and embossing the frame die in gold dust card I then added this back into the aperture it was cut form giving th raised / embossed edges.

Next IU cut the plain rectangle die in bright white card and added this with foam tape and added crystals around the edge ( these are from another set of three like the pearls used yesterday)

I then cut the woodland scene die leaving the waste in the die I added this to a sheet of double sided adhesive finning the gaps with glitter dust .

To frame the piece I cut the largest die in the spellbinders elegant ovals using one of the Creative Expressions double pierced ovals to make this into a frame.  I then added more of the crystals strips around this and added this over the scene before trimming to size.

I added a messy bow of a new organza ribbon I bought at the show and added a crystal embellishment from my stash.

A glittery card that would be suitable for lots of occasions.


Monday, 19 June 2017

A little more me...

Happy Monday,

I really enjoyed making yesterdays card however after reading the comments I have to agree the front didn't match the inside! but as a few of you said its great to push our limits as crafters!

I thought I would share something a little more me today using some spellbinders dies form Last year that again I never got round to playing with!  This is made using the shells duality which is a similar idea to the Creative Expressions gemini dies and the Savoy decorative elements and labels.

I started by cutting the detail die form the duality range into the 2 edges of a piece of gold vintage card.  Next I cut a panel in the Limetree gold dust iridescent card and 'slotted' this between the 2 cuts using the shells to hold this strip in place.  I then added a strip of pearls along the edge.

Next I cut the elements in the savoy set alternating between the decorative elements and the labels in contrasting gold and gold dust ( this card has a gold shimmer in real life which doesn't show well in pictures)  I added pearls using squares cut form the three row pearl strip i used on the sides ( this is a new find with 3mm pearls in a triple strip meaning you can add a trio or cut into individual strips giving great value)

I finished with layers of the white and gold and whilst I was going to put some flowers on I love the stark decorative look of this card it juts needs a sentiment in the centre which Ive left till the right occasion presents itself!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Shabby Chic?...

Happy Sunday,

I am demoing today at the Telford Create It show for the Art of Craft and this is one of the dies I will be showing.  The card looks quite simple on the front ( very different from my usual style but I like a challenge) However the inside is very different.

I have added a few pictures so you can see what I mean!  This is easy to make as the die does all the work.

Simply cutting the die ( sorry I don't know the name I'll update when I find out) gives you all the cuts and folds to make this pop up /pop out card.
 I used papers from the Gypsy Gypsy 12 x 12 paper pad from Craft Consortium along with a  selection of metal embellishments from my stash.

edited - Here is the link for the die

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Round Box tutorial...

Happy Saturday,

As promised here is the tutorial for the round box from last Saturday!  Its pictorial as I feel this is the best method outside a youtube video!

To make the box cut a strip 4" wide by the diameter of your chosen circle die ( if you are unsure of the diameter get a rough idea using a piece of twine or ribbon.  Score this at 3.5" and cut small slits into the shorter edge up to the score line.

You will also need 2 large circles and three smaller circles ( as shown pin the picture.

Next adhere each of the tabs you created to one of the smaller circles until it is covered.  This is easier if you bend the card round to give some shape.

Seal the 2 edged that meet to make a round box as shown in the next picture.

Next add the larger circle to the base making a neat and finished edge ( this will take some playing with until you are happy with the fit.

Make the decorative element for the lid of your box I used felt roses, ribbon and the Tonic trellis circle die.

on the rear of the lid  add a strip of ribbon to act as the closure and add a smaller circle over the top.  This isn't just for decorative reasons the different in the size creates the edge that sits on the top of the box. ( sorry its really hard to explain)

Finally use the ribbon as a hinge and the box is finished and is (hopefully) pretty inside and out.