Thursday, 14 December 2017

Better than Half Price...

Happy Thursday,

Im on Hochanda today at 8am, 12pm and 3pm with a Better Than Half price sale show of fabulous Crafts Too products.  There are some brilliant products on the show so I thought I would share a few of the samples and demos I am planning!

The first is using one of the brilliant Pop up card dies.

The next 2 use some amazing punches that cut then emboss the flower Ive never known flower making so professional or speedy!


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Classic pattern Blue...

Happy Wednesday,

Don't forget to join me tomorrow on Hochanda at 8am, 12pm or 3pm for a Crafts Too better than half price sale show.  There are loads of brilliant products I have selected.  I will show some samples form the shows tomorrow and may pout some on Facebook today!

Todays cards once again uses just one of the dies from the Sandwich Box die set and shows one of the elements I designed into this die the reverse.

If you look closely at the next picture you will see how the pattern shows on the top in white and behind in blue.  You should also be able to see that the pattern is offset which usually means extending the die or repeating it to get the different patterns that overlap to create a new pattern.  With this die you don't need to do that!  All you need to do is cut the die once in each colour and simply rotate them when layering  This is possible as the top of the die has a full circle and the bottom has a half circle.  This is really difficult to explain but iff you have this die just cut it in 2 colours and rotate one of the cuts to see what I mean!

To finish the card and show the pattern I added a simple tag made with my everyday sentiment stamps and matching tag dies.  I cut the three smallest dies in my starflowers a few times in the blue and added them over the matching leaves I had coloured with a little mer du sud izink ink!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Pretty in Rosa...

Happy Tuesday,

I really hope the weather is treating you al better today!  Once again I'm sharing a brighter card in softer colours today the soft pink lustre card called Rosa.

This is another easy card made using the dies from the sandwich box die set I replay wanted this die set to have lots of uses especially for those people who don't make boxes!

I stared by cutting the circles corner die into a piece of the silver lustre card then I rotated it cut the other side making a large square of the lattice.  I then added a piece of velum behind this, to soften the colour and to hide the foam tape i used to add this to a layer of the rosa lustre card.

Next I embossed a piece of the Rosa card with the Crafts Too Dotty embossing folder which I sanded down to reveal the white core and make the dots stronger.  I then cut the Gerbera Daisy die, that goes as a bonus in the opera box die set, in the Rosa and Vellum and made this upon into a flower with some of the starflower leaves cut form scrap card coloured with Green and yellow Izink Pigment inks.

As with yesterdays card I added this to the front of a 6x6" card blank so that it fits inside the sandwich box which will match and make sure the flower isn't squashed!


Monday, 11 December 2017

Apple or Honeydew...

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone in the U.K. thats been afflicted with the snow ( Myself included) have kept nine and warm lol  I thought I would share today a card and matching bow that should remind us all of spring as the colour ( Honeydew or apple I can never decide what to call it) is to me at least very spring like!

There may be many more sets of cards and boxes as I love making a matching bow which allows me to make the cards as deep as i like!

I stared with the card and based this on a 6x6" card blank ( the perfect fit for the sandwich box)  I then matted and layered with the honeydew and gold lustre card.  I then added a panel of dots embossed honeydew lustre card that I had sanded to show the white card.

Next I cut a wreath using the press cut stitch dot dies to fit the card.  I then coloured a piece of white card using the izink dye based ink pads in verbena, tea and dawn.  I then cut my starflower leaves from the card which gives the look of shades on foliage.

I cut the starflower dies in gold lustre card and layers these in the different sizes with crafts too iridescent gems.  I arranged these on the foliage adding the smaller flowers around the edges.

Finally I stamped a sentiment from my everyday sentiments set and cut this out with my mini tags die set.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Quilted in pink...

Happy Sunday,

I hope everyone is well wrapped up with the weather being so cold and possibly snowy!

One of my favourite techniques today using the panel die from the sandwich box die set.

I stared by cutting the panel die into two sides of a piece of wild berry lustre print card.  Next I cut 2 larger panels of the rosa pink and quilted them using the die running it through my platinum using the embossing sandwich so that it embosses but doesn't cut.  I placed these behind the cut pieces so that the embossed areas pop through the cut pieces.
I then added a wide stripe of satin edged ribbon in chocolate with a tie from.  I stamped the sentiment, from my everyday sentiments clear stamps set and cut this out with the larger notched tag die in the tags set.  I added a border made in the pink using the largest and smallest notched tags.

My usual set of mats and layers and finished.


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Lilac Daisies...

Happy Saturday,

Weather Permitting I will be at Crafters Companion store in Chesterfield demonstrating all day today so pop along between 10am and 4pm.  I will be demoing my new range of dies so it should be interesting!

I thought today I would share this simple card made with my confetti embossing folder and the herrera daisy die (from the opera box die set)

I embossed a piece of lilac Lustre print card with the confetti frame ( all the square embossing folders were designed to fit within the Sandwich Box.  I then sanded back the raised surface to show the confetti design in white,

I matted a piece of lilac card onto white and added the press cut best wishes die cut in white on top.

I then added the flowers die cut in sanded lilac and white with white micro beads in the centre.  I set these off with lilac seem binding and my starflower leaves cut in white.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Opera Box Video...

Happy Friday,

Im really sorry but the Opera Box youtube tutorial didn't appear I dont know why it kept failing but I finally managed to get this loaded and working last night!

I thought I would share a few pictures of the box that can be made using just the die along with the video.  Just click the video link on the right to see the tutorial.

Here's a few more suggestions that can be made using the die.