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.


Monday, 15 January 2018

Golden Gerbera...

Happy Monday,

A little change of pace today from the folders last week, don't worry there are more samples coming with them, with a card using the bonus die from the Operas Box die set.

I started by cutting the panel die from the sandwich box die set three times into a pice of vintage gold card.  I backed this with velum to soften the look and added a border made with the stitch dot dies and gloss black card.

I then cut a circular frame again using the stitch dot circle die set in the black and used a plain circle die set to cut a matching gold frame.

For the flowers I added gold leaf to a sheet of my double sided adhesive sheet and cut the bonus Gerbera die out from this 6 times.  I added 2 die cuts together to make the flowers adding white micro beads in the centre of each flower.

I added  tag and sentiment and set the whole piece in the middle of the card.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday...

I thought It was time I reintroduced the idea of simple Sunday where I post a simple card or project that can be made in minutes!

This card was made in less than 10 minutes honestly just using the round media plate and the Cubis cut and emboss folder from Crafts Too.

I simply made a background using the media plate, skeleton leaves and the Izink Pigment inks ( which I demoed on the show) There are videos on this on my you tube channel.

Next I cut a small 4 x 6 card blank using the Cubes cut and emboss folder however I used the folder after I had used it to make a letterpress background using blue Izink pigment ink ( see earlier this week) This means that I transferred a little of the colour left on the folder giving a light dusting of blue which just emphasises the pattern and mirrors the colours inside!

Simple cad quick,