Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The only flowers I can grow!

I really am no gardener - my backyard is completely concreted, and my front is well, wild, well, completely livid really!  But I can have an incredible flower garden with my cards, especially when I'm using the gorgeous large edgeable Jardin die from Crafters Companion.  This was one of the cards I made for the recent launch of these fab dies.

I also used the lovely Downton Abbey range for the Rectangle mat inside, English Country Garden dies and papers, together with Core'dinations cardstock.  I had a complete blast playing with this range as it really does do most of the work on your card for you (if you want), just a little bit of paper and a sentiment and you're done.

Anyway, I suppose I'd better go and get ready for work - hope you've got your Edgeable dies and are having fun with them too, let me know if you are.



Sunday, 11 September 2016

It's that C word again!

Sorry but I love Christmas, everything about it, the tinsel, the glitter, the carols, the cozy nights by the fire with the tree twinkling away, people being much nicer to each other than the rest of the year (why do they do that?) and all the lovely food too.  And as a crafter I get to extend the festive season to the rest of the year by making cards - Yay!!!!!!.

I have had a template for a card for aaaaggggess, with every intention (you know the road to hell is paved with good intentions!!!) of having a go as I'd seen so many of my Crafters teamies playing with this and making it look absolutely amazing.  By the way if you want to have a go too, you can find the template here.

I haven't played with this collection for a very long time and with the festive season fast approaching, I thought it was the perfect time to dust of my Snowman and Snowdog collection from Crafters, together with some of the fabulous Christmas Die'sire dies and get cracking.

This card is absolutely HUGE - that's not the small Snowman and Snowdog dies I've used there, they are the full size ones, it's about 18 cm high by 27 cm long and so my next task will be to make a box for it to go in as it's not exactly flat either, probably not one to send in the post!

I had great fun making this, and even more fun looking through the Snowman and Snowdog CD for inspiration, you forget so quickly how much wonderful stuff there is on all the old CD's, think I may have to dig more of them back out and get playing, and if I've inspired you to have a go, either with your old CD's or to maybe get a template and have a play, leave me a message and/or a link and I'll have a look!



Thursday, 1 September 2016

Love isn't just for Valentines

Well, Crafters Companion have done it again, they are bringing some of the most incredible, large format, edgeable dies to us tonight on Hochanda!

Sometimes I cannot believe how lucky I am to get to play with these fabulous products before they go to air, but then they need average people (more like XXL!) to give their products the final test of craftability - and boy do these score high on that!  Wait until you see the rest of the teams samples AMAZING!!!

For myself I saw this gorgeous Rococco design and fell in love with it (pardon the pun), it cuts and embosses beautifully and because of it's size creates the most stunning edge to the card (well, that is what it's designed to do!).  Unfortunately on this card it doesn't show very well, but I have also used Empire Gold gilding wax to highlight the edgeable.  So beautiful, so elegant, with a card like this you really don't want to go saving up all the love just for Valentines.

I've also used Sara's Signature Collections Together Forever and Love and Romance for the dies and embossing, a match made in heaven and so incredibly fun to do.

Anyway, I must away to the day job now, but don't forget to tune in at 8 pm tonight to watch Leann on Hochanda with these fabulous new dies!



Sunday, 28 August 2016

Crackers for Christmas!

I love making cracker gift boxes, they are so easy to do and so effective.

I was watching Fiona on Hochanda yesterday and she was demoing the new Create a Card cut in sentiment dies, which I had the pleasure of playing with prior to the launch, and while I hadn't thought of it while making my samples (doh!), it suddenly came to me that these dies may fit onto the cracker panels, and they do!

So, not only have I made several (they take no time at all to make once you get into the swing of it), I have created a tutorial so that you can all have a go!

One slight problem, I have created the document in both word and pdf format, but stupid blogger will not let me insert this into the post, so I'm going to pass the tutorial on to the powers that be at Crafters Companion to see if they can do it.  

Also if you would like to leave me a message at the bottom of this post, I will see if there is any way I can email the instructions to you.

Hope you're enjoying this lovely bank holiday weekend, the sun is coming out down here in Plymouth so I may even get my washing dry!



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.