Wednesday, 31 January 2018

More Gold...

Happy Wednesday,

Another card made using the Go Press filing machine today I wanted to share another technique today using your existing dies to fold with I have to say I was really happy with the results.

I used the same die as yesterday the panel die from the sandwich box however this time I didn't cut it I gilded it.  To do this all you need to die is add the die facing up onto the heat plate of the GoPress Then add the foliage, card, a shim and close the lid.  Simply run the whole plate through your die cutting machine ( i used my platinum as you need a large aperture machine)  This transfers the fold only to the cut lines on the die and slightly embosses the card.

I repeated this three times and cut the panels out before mounting with gold mirror card .

I wrapped a piece of cream ribbon arround the three panels adding a hot foiled sentiment cut with an oval die with a mat of gold mirror card.

I love that fact that the GoPress gives me a whole new technique to do with my existing, and ever growing, collection of dies.


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

You are Gold...

Happy Monday,

Sorry for the delay in todays blog post dot was quite an eventful return form Frankfurt which resulted in getting back home at 4:30am this morning!  Trust today to be the day I hadn't got a scheduled post ready!

I really wanted to start to share some of the samples I have made using the Go Press filing machine from Couture Creations.  I managed to get one of these fab machines for My Birthday and have spent quite a few hours just playing to get to grips with the filing process and Like most Crafters I lovet he new edge this gives to my crafting arsenal!

Today's card is made using just a simple sentiment hot foil stamp for the main  centre panel.  I simply started by making up a card base using the panel die form my sandwich box die set in a repeating pattern around the outside.  I set a panel in the centre using the press cut notched corner squares and plain square sin a mix of white and gold mirror card ( A great excuse to use mirror card again!)

For the centre panel I simply used the easiest technique on the machine by hot filing the Thank You sentiment and placed this in the centre.  I wanted to add  little extra so I folded my Starflower leaves and added these, after die cutting, on the bottom left.
The great thing is about using one of your standards dies is that any deboss lines get foiled and you get a hint of the fooling around the edge.

This was the first Card I made and is a little basic but I thought i would share more with the foiling technique over the coming weeks I thought It best to show the start of the journey.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Jelly baby...

Happy Monday,

Still here in Germany so another quick post ( I cant even access the pictures of the projects I had planned for this week)

I noticed I hadn't posted the pictures using the Sam Jelly Baby Die set ( Sam is here with me in Frankfurt!) so I thought I would share pictures of the cards I made.


Sunday, 28 January 2018

simple in Honeydew...

Happy Sunday,

As mentioned yesterday I want able to schedule posts before leaving home for the Paperworld show so I am writing this in the hotel!

Therefore here are a few pics of another card made just using the panel die form the sandwich die set!


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Simple Panel...

Happy Saturday,

This is a simple card though it may not look it!

due to internet problems at home I am writing this in the hotel in Frankfurt whilst at the Paperwordl trade show.  so apologies for no description I thought it might be ok to go for just pictures for the next couple of days!


Friday, 26 January 2018

Paperworld Gift...

Happy Friday,

Today I will be flying off the Paperworld in Frankfurt!  Im there for 3 days looking at all the new products available for 2018 ads well as having meetings with existing and new suppliers there should be some exciting thing to come this year...

Back to todays card and I made this card and box as a sample for the EU distributor of the John Next Door and Crafts Too ranges so I thought today was the perfect day to share it.  The card uses the smallest panel from the sandwich box die set  along with the stitch dot squares dies from Press Cut.  I cut the corner die on each corner of a 5" square piece of lustre card.  I then used the right sized square die form the stitch dot set and cut an aperture in the centre.

Next I added a piece of White cut with a smaller plain square die and finally a piece of black again cut with a smaller plain square die.

I cut the small panel twice into the pice that cuts from the centre of the top piece ( I hope this makes sense) and added this behind with the white square behind it.

Finally I added a spray of Starflowers cut in ice silver card along the join in the centre panel.

I made a matching sandwich box for the card using the other dies in the set so that the card is protected for the journey and makes a nice gift!


Thursday, 25 January 2018

Cocoa Bean Lustre Card...

Happy Thursday,

Another card using the Sandwich box die set today.  I think you will all of guessed how much I love this set I find it so Flexible!

Im busy working with samples of the next Die release so don't worry there are new dies coming soon!
I simply cut the 2 larger panels form the set into a piece of cocoa bean lustre card.  I then embossed a piece of the gold lustre card using the die in my machine with the embossing sandwich only ( so It quilts and doesn't cut)  I then added the cut peice over the top.

Next I made the centre panel using the smaller corner die which is exactly half the size of the larger panel.  I repeated the process was the same as the back piece and matted and layers this on top.
Finally I added a circle cut form the same card adding a spray of my starflower leaves around this.  I made one large starflower for the base and adding matts and layers to finish the card.


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

All About the Bow...

Happy Wednesday,

I posted a card last week where the bow was, ion my opinion, far too big for the card and in the wrong place.  Therefore I thought I would make a card that was all about the bow with that made first and the card designed too show off the large bow making it the focal point.  Today's card is the result of the experiment and I have to say I really like the way this one has come out.

As stated I stared by making the large bow with some old May Arts ribbon from my stash.

I made a double bow using my bow maker adding a couple of stick pins and placing the bow diagonally on a large stitched flag.

I made the background using g the large corner die form my sandwich bow die set and foam mounted this over the white for contrast.

A few of my usual mats and layers and done.


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Pink Valentine...

Happy Tuesday,

Today's card stared as a demo on Hochanda when I launched the dies in November last year. However I wasn't happy with the finished result, especially as as usual I made it wonky, so I took the card apart and remade it!

I simply cut the panel die from the sandwich box die set into a piece of rosa lustre card.  I then cut the  aperture in the other side. I placed another cut using the panel die this time in the auburn lustre card behind this aperture.

Next I foam mounted the opposing colour behind each panel and added pearl strips around the outside and individual pearls on the detail of the panels.  I added a Valentines sentiment from my everyday sentiments clear stamp set cut with the matching tag dies.

Finally I added this to a layer of the rosa which I embossed with the Crafts Too Dots embossing folder and sanded back the raised area with a few layers of the Rosa and auburn.


Monday, 22 January 2018

Black and Bronze...

Happy Monday,

Todays card uses the die from the Opera Box which I haven't really featured.  I've made quite a few samples with this but seems to have missed posting them!

I stared this card by cutting the lattice panel three times across a piece of gloss black card.  I added my double sided adhesive behind this then  added gilding flakes ( a mixed box from my stash) which really makes the detail show!

Next I added few layers of a bronze pearl and more off the black card cut with the Press Cut stitch dot rectangles.

I made the centrepiece using a wreath cut form black gloss card using the matching stitch dot circles.  I then added  a spray of my starflower leaves and starflowers on one side with a gold thin satin ribbon bow underneath.
Finally I added a couple of stick pins and A stitched flag with the press cut sentiment cut in more of the bronze.


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Silver Gilt...

Happy Sunday,

A really quick post today showing the Oval cut and emboss folder used as an aperture with a media plate centre piece.  However I think the bow is a little large for the card TBH...


Saturday, 20 January 2018

All that Glitters...

Happy Saturday,

Its the first Demo and show of the year so If you are around the Newbury paper show then why not pop in and say Hi.  I am on the Art Of Craft stand and will be demonstrating my Dies, stamps and media plates all day!

I thought I would share this card that didn't work How I wanted it to but I like the look of it anyway!

I thought of trying the cut and emboss folders on a piece of glitter card and whilst the pattern show, and the aperture cut, the pattern can only be seen when you look closely.

However not one to waste I made this up into a card!


Friday, 19 January 2018

Silver Glazed...

Happy Friday,

Todays card uses the Oval cut and emboss folder from press cut and the letterpress technique.

I started by adding the Izink silver pigment ink to the flat side ( the one with the die attached to it) of the cut and emboss folder until I had a good coating.  It is very Important to use a Pigment ink for this as a dye based ink will dry on the folder.  I then simply ran the folder through my die cutting machine which cut the aperture and press the ink onto the back as it embosses the card.

Next I added Izink Clear embossing powder over the embossed image and heat set it.  This sets the pigment ink and adds a glaze over the back.

I threaded a strip of grosgrain ribbon through the aperture and added the sentiment, cut with the mini tags set, to one side.

I finished the card with a bow and embellishment adding a flower cut with the starflowers dies in velum.

A few layers of silver mirror card and more of the white finishes the card.


Thursday, 18 January 2018


Happy Thursday,

Another card made using the press cut cut and emboss folders today and one of my favourite techniques that I haven't used in a long time ribbon weaving!

This is a simple card however the weaving is a little time consuming but great for relaxing!  I cut the Corazon cut and emboss folder in Rosa lustre print card.  Next I added a strip of ribbon, from my stash, at the top of the cut piece.  I threaded this through the aperture and taped it at the back.  Next Step is to add a piece of ribbon form the bottom making sure it is slightly over form the first piece.  I repeated this alternating top and bottom until I have 4 pieces of ribbon 2 from the top going into the aperture and 2 form the bottom again going into the aperture.

The next step is to add ribbon form the right hand side I threaded this between the 4 pieces in the centre taping the piece under the aperture on the left.  I then repeat the process this time from the left threading in and out taping the end under the aperture on the right.  I repeated this twice more, again alternating sides, until I have four pieces going across the aperture making the woven piece show at the side of the heart.

I finished the card using layers of white, rosa and Royal Auburn with a few stick on pearls to highlight the design.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Honeydew sanding...

Happy Wednesday,

Todays card was going to be a demo on Hochanda last Tuesday however I never got around to demoing any cards as the folders sold out so fast!  The folders will be returning as soon as possible.

I started by cutting and embossing a pice of Honeydew lustre print card using the Mariposa Cut and emboss folder form Presscut.  I reserved the middle for the top ( the thing I love about these folders is that the cut piece in the middle is a die cut shape in itself!)

Next I sanded back the top embossed layer to reveal the white core underneath the colour.  I foam mounted this onto a piece of ribbed white card ( from my stash) and matted it with yellow.

Next I cut a few sets ( minus the smallest die which I lost at a workshop!) of the starflowers and shaped these so that the petals cup upwards.  I mounted these together to make the flower shown adding a stick on pearl in the centre.

I arranged the flowers to the side of the die cut shape which I had sanded around the edge of with a messy bow and my starflower leaves.

Finally I added the sentiment net made with my Anniversary clear stamp set and cut this with the mini tags making mats and layers using the oval dies in the mini tags die set.

A few layers of honeydew, white and yellow to finish the card Now who do I know with a birthday in March??


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cardboard Cake...

Happy Tuesday,

I've been meaning to post this for a while however I keep forgetting!  I made this sample to show how you can use the Opera box die set to make larger boxes ( the PDF template for the lids and bases is below just print it out at size A4.

The top box, smallest, is made using the classic box cut down to 4" tall.

The second box is made using one main die cut and three panels from another die cut ( I class this as a one and a half box) I used the smaller template to cut a base and a lid ( use the larger outer ,line for the lid and the inner line for the base)

For the final largest box I used 2 of each die cut for the base and the lid.  I used the largest template for the lid and base ( again outer line for the lid and inner line for the base.

I added strips of stick on pearls around the edges which neatens up any cut lines that aren't neat.

Finally I decorated the boxes with the Bonus Gerbera die ribbon and pearls.

Heres the Template for the lid and base.