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.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Classic Me...

Happy Thursday,

Today I thought I would share another card made using the Sandwich Box dies ( or at least one of the dies in the se) that is very me.  I love making these border cards however with the matching small corner form the sandwich box set I was able to put a matching centre in the card.

I cut the panel die from the sandwich box set around a square of the cocoa bean lustre card matching each die cut on the edge so the pattern goes around the card.

Next I used the small triangular die form the same set and cut this into a square of the same colour card.  I matted this on the gold glaze adding small pearls on each of the junctions.  I then matted this on increasing layers of the gold gaze and the cocoa bean.

I finished with a large starflower cut in the redwood lustre card and a soapy of my starflower leaves cut in the gold lustre.

Simple but very me!


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Royal Auburn...

Happy Wednesday,

Hopefully Im back form visiting Aladine ( who make the Izink Inks) in France as today is the last Breedon workshop of the year and we will be making boxes!

I thought I would share the card and sandwich box we are all making today!  This box is on the tutorial video so Ive added the link below in case anyone missed it!

The card is made using the smaller filigree triangle die in the sandwich box set.  I simply added layers of Auburn and Black for drama.

I used my Starflowers and matching leaves cut in black across the front with the mini tags set ovals making a double frame for the sentiment.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Different Direction...

Happy Tuesday,

The sam die, from the sandwich box die set, today but with a different look.

I stared by cutting the panel die into a long piece of the wild berry lustre print card three times down the length of the card.  I left a panel at the side and added a strip of grosgrain ribbon down this as a base for the flowers and sentiment panel.

I added velum behind the cut panel to soften the edge before layering this onto white and then turquoise lustre card.  I cut the gerbera daisy ( from the opera box set) in 2 layers in the wildberry card with a gem in the middle.  I added a spray of my starflower leaves cut in the turquoise surrounding a circle of gold lustre stamped with my everyday sentiment clear set ( I used three lines as each is separate so I could make the message Congratulations then on your then special day.

A few more mats and layers and finished.


Monday, 4 December 2017

Favourite Favourite...

Happy Monday,

Todays card is another made using my new dies and shows a different look you can achieve with the dies in the sandwich box die set!

I stared by cutting a piece of the rosa lustre card into a square 5 x 5".  I then cut the panel die from my sandwich box die, three times into the card.  I love the look of this especially the stitch detail around the panel.  Next I stuck this to  apiece of vellum using the microdot sheets before from mounting it ( using the foam sheets as I was able to cut these as thin as I needed) to a panel embossed with the fancy lattice i the gold lustre card.

Next I cut a 'wreath' in the gold lustre using the press cut stitch dot circles.  I matted this, again using cut down foam sheets, onto a slightly larger circle in the pink cut with the matching plain circles dies.

I attached this to the front using a strip of satin edged organza ribbon in white finishing with a messy bow at the bottom.  I then added the starflowers in the rosa and the snatching leaves in the gold lustre in opposing corners of the 'wreath'

I finished with a few layers of the rosa and gold lustre and card finished!


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Simpler Version...

Happy Sunday,

Today's card is a lot simpler than yesterdays however it shows the panel in all its glory and I used the same colours to show the different looks you can achieve!

I started by cutting the panel die from the sandwich box set this time in the Honeydew lustre card with a gold lustre backing.  I added 3mm pearls to each of the junctions as these just cry out for a little Pearlage!

I added this too a panel of the honeydew lustre card embossed with the sweet lattice A4 embossing folder.  However this time I sanded back the colour print to show the white card underneath this really makes this embossed section pop!

Next I cut the bonus herrera daisy flower die ( from the opera box die set) in vellum twice ( with 2 layers of vellum in each pass) this gave me 4 of the flowers which I just mounted together and added a green gem in the middle.  I cut the starflower leaves in the olive lustre card and arranged the flower on top.

All this needs to be complete is a tag and sentiment!


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Rambling flowers...

Happy Saturday,

I thought today I would share a card made using the dies in the Sandwich box die set as I know not everyone wants to make boxes so I packed this set with dies that work perfectly for cards and other projects as well!

I made this card well before I received my sentiments stamps however I make most of my cards without sentiments and then add one when required.

I simply cut the panel die from the set into a piece of the gold lustre card and backed this with velum.  I matted and layered this with frames and panels in more of the gold lustre, olive and the Honeydew Lustre print card ( You will be seeing loads off this card as I love it!  I added a layer of embossed card with the fancy lattice A4 embossing folder.

Next I coloured a piece of white card using the Izink pigment ink pads in emerald, verbena, dawn and tea colours.  When I cut this with my Starflower foliage ( the sheet when finished looks really messy) the cut leaves have a far more realistic look to them.

I arranged these across the cut 'trellis' randomly wanting them to look natural.  I then cut all the flowers in my starflower die set in velum using 2 layers of velum so that with one pass i got 16 flowers.  I shaped these and arranged them on the leaves to give the look of flowers crawling over the trellis.

I decided on the sentiment form my everyday sentiments clear stamp set using the matching tags dies to cut this out.  I added it to the left hand side where it fitted, i really feel the sentiment is appropriate.


Friday, 1 December 2017

Opera Gold...

Happy Friday,

Today I am demonstrating my dies for the first time at H&J Crafts in loth.  It is a little nerve wracking to be demonstrating the dies I have designed so I hope everyone will be kind lol

Todays sample is made using a combination of the Opera Box and the panel die from the sandwich box die set as you can see they were designed so they could work together.

I stared by cutting the box lid die form the opera box in Ice Silver lustre print card.  I then used a sheet of the card in A4 and scored along the length at 5cm intervals.  This technique allows you to make a box, as shown, than is taller than the die in the set  I made this one a fully sheet of A4 tall with 2cm scored along the dl;ength for the base.  I then used the circles panel in the sandwich box die set to cut into each of the panels.  As you can hopefully see form the pictures this is designed to fit perfectly ( 5cm is the measurement you need for the box as the lid is made slightly bigger at 5.2cm so that it is a snug fit)

Once cut I glued the box together and added the base cut with the larger base die in the opera box set.

I then folded the lid and added a herrera daisy made with 2 of the die cuts using white micro beads for the centre.

I made another daisy using 3 die cuts and added one of the gems I had on yesterdays shows in the centre making a fuller flower.  I placed this over a bow of satin edged organza and a spray of my Starflower leaves all cut in the ice silver lustre card.