Saturday, 13 August 2016

Diamond Press

Well, if you can get to watch Hochanda this afternoon (will make a change from the Olympics, which in our house is driving us all nuts!) at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.  they will be bringing you the Diamond Press and some lovely accessory sets.

 You really can't beat this fabulous little machine for making quick cards to get you out of a last minute hole (and we've all been in those!), and best of all you can take it anywhere it's so tiny!

I had such a blast making samples for the show & these are just two.  The arrows forming the corners for the 'You're Invited' card were done using the stamp set that comes with the Diamond Press starter kit, in fact the only thing that isn't in the starter kit is the words which are from the Block Alpha die set.

This second card is purely using the starter kit with some splodging (technical term!) in the background with my Spectrum Aqua pens (I saw Nicky Hall using this technique and it's so much fun!).

Anyway, I hope you can get a moment to tune in, this is a fabulous tool and sits with me at my table all the time.



Thursday, 14 July 2016

Christmas is on it's way!

Yes, I know I said the C word! but it really is, we are past the longest day of the year and so the days will start to draw in little by little and before you know it you'll be drinking mulled wine and singing carols round the tree!  And so with that stark warning, you are going to need to get going on those Christmas makes, we all know that we make more cards/gifts etc... for Christmas than any other time of the year.

Crafters Companion have outdone themselves this time and are bringing out some brand new Cut In Create a Card Dies, which will allow you to cut out the design as I have here so that it can be used to create the decoration for a card (these are a really good size too!), or you can cut the design into the card, which gives a whole new world of possibilities - ooh and wait till you see all of the incredible designs.

This design is a gorgeous little, okay not so little, tag for your amazing gifts and can be made really quite quickly.  The tag shape is the Stacey Create a Card Base, which I then embossed with one of the snowflake embossing folders from Sara's Signature Collection Festive Wonder and then went over with gold gilding wax.  I cut the 'Ornate Snowflake' from kraft card and then the smaller snowflake (yes you get really good value out of this design) in black and went over that with the gilding wax too, then it was a simple task to just layer them up with some glue gel, bit of ribbon and your done! 

Well, hope you all like this & you'll be able to watch all the shows



Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Special Day

Well, I hope you all love the new Grand Create a Card dies that launched recently.

This next card is a personal favourite of mine - I love shadow box cards, they fold flat for posting but have so much depth and dimension (really simple to create as well).

The design inside the gates was created with the spring/summer range of die'sire classiques which you can get here.  I used a gold card for the actual card which is very similar to Centura Pearl so cuts a dream (these dies cut beautifully and all the little bits just fall out) and then on the sides used Downton Abbey Regency Borders dies cut in the same card to create a lovely extra detail on the sides.  The wording is from the die'sire Only words classiques collection and Sara's Signature English Country Garden collection made an appearance with the flowers.

Well, I hope you all like this (I say all, I may be just rambling to myself - please say hi if you drop in) and I'll try and be back with some more soon.



Monday, 4 July 2016

Gift Box

Hi, well hope you’re all enjoying this brave new world we all find ourselves in since Brexit – feel any different?  No, neither do I.  So lets carry on and craft!

I’m showing today a make using the fabulous new Grand Create a Card dies.  This one uses ‘Grand Candelabra’ and makes the most fabulous gift box, especially when teamed with white and black centura pearl – yes I did say black centura pearl.  I discovered this when I went to the pre-opening of the Crafters Companion store in Newton Ayecliffe (fab place & absolutely on my must visit list if ever I am up that way again).

The box is made using A3 Centura Pearl and I’ve used construction Acetate to back the die to give the whole thing strength.  The detail round the edge was created using Sara’s Together Forever Signature range and the ‘Graceful Swirls’ dies, which I highlighted with silver gilding wax, in the same way I highlighted the main die.

Hope you like how this turned out and will have a go at something similar – these dies really are ideal for box making.

Anyway, hope you all have a great day & see you again soon.



Saturday, 4 June 2016

I love Hybrid Dies!

Well, I hope you've loved Leann's shows with these incredible Hybrid Dies, I've got them recorded as I was working (boo!).

I wanted to show you a couple of cards using the Vine Leaves die, thinking inside and out of the box.  The die cuts into the card, so it's great for creating panels, but the vines can also be cut out so can create their own stunning decoration on a card, box, home decor, or whatever!

 This card was created from an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl cut down to create an A5 Tent fold card base and then I used the Die to create a central panel which I then backed with Printed Vellum from Sara's Together Forever signature range.  I also used the dies Celebrate and Forever In My Heart, Matt Mirror Card and the A4 Luxury Foiled Card from the range for the other elements as well as some bling and a double organza bow (made on my Ultimate Pro's bowmaker)
For this card I used Centura Pearl and cut out the Vine Leaves design, inked through with distress ink (pine needles) and then cut out the central leaves design.

I've used the Kimono CD for the topper and backing papers, Downton Abbey Feather Brooch Die for the feathers (coated liberally with Spray & Sparkle Iridescent).  I used my epiphany 25 (for the first time in aaagggess) to create the button, and finally I used the Die'sire Only Words Classiques - Thinking of You die.

Such an incredible range - I really hope you've managed to get your hands on these dies, they really are so stunning and versatile, but if you get them you can find that out for yourself!

See you soon


Friday, 3 June 2016

More In my Heart

Well as I was saying before, these dies are so incredibly versatile, I thought I would show you the other sample I made with the In my Heart Die.

 I have used the die to create a beautiful and elegant front for a wedding invite, the design for which was an interpretation of one on the Ulti-Cards DVD from Crafters Companion.

I can see this being made in a colour to match the theme for the wedding as Crafters do so many wonderful colours of Centura Pearl there is sure to be one just perfect for it.

If you would like a tutorial for this or any of my other makes, please just leave me a message and I can get that sorted.

Hope you can watch Leann with this fabulous collection (10 a.m. Hochanda today Friday 3rd June), I can highly recommend getting your hands on this early!



Thursday, 2 June 2016

Create a Card

Or something else.... A whole host of lovely Create a Card dies are launching on Hochanda tomorrow at 10 a.m.  And it was my absolute privilege to get to play with some of them to make samples for the show, they are really versatile though and Create a Card really doesn't do them justice!

I have used one of the new designs 'In my Heart' to create the flap for this wonderful handbag gift bag, I inked through with some distress ink which has created the most wonderful delicate hearts and swirls patterning.  I combined Sara's Signature Collections - Love & Romance and Together Forever for the papers and decoration, and used some button magnets for the closure.

I can see this bag filled with some very gorgeous chocolates, jewellery or a well folded scarf.

I always love seeing the different creative interpretations from my fellow teamies and I can tell you you are in for a real treat with this collection, I'm sure when you get your hands on it you too will find so many different ways to use these dies.

Well I'll be back later with more of these fabulous dies - don't forget, Friday 3rd June, 10 a.m.