Tuesday, 5 August 2014

I have just discovered Creative expression dies by Sue Wilson and was lucky enough to get one to try.  I got one of the Californian collection called San Francisco, so have done a few cards for Fat Cats Card Corner.

The first one I kept quite simple, using the outside frame to make a aperture embossed it with the Ecstasy craft delicate hearts embossing folder, and raised it out with foam tape, and then set the die into the aperture. I lightly inked the edge of the die cut before taking it out of the die.  

I made a banner with a sentiment that I made on the computer, with a turquoise gem on each end.  I then cut a strip of white card and embossed it with the same folder, put a tiered bow on to it with a diamante centre to finish it off.  I wanted it to be very simple and elegant.  

Another card I did was a very simple but elegant card that I could use for an Engagement, Wedding or Wedding Anniversary, so I kept the insert blank but cut a lovely border down the edge with the Martha Stewart heart border.

For the front I cut out the fancy filigree die from the set, into a piece of white card stock and embossed it, and matted it onto some cream pearlised card and then raised it with some foam tape onto another piece of white card mounted on the cream pearlised card.  I cut the centre part of the die set, and glued this onto some cream pealised card and then cut around the edge and mounted that into the centre of my filigree frame with some foam tape.  
Lastly I dotted some tiny pearls onto both die pieces and tied a double bow with some cream satin edged organza ribbon and a pearl brad in the centre .  I just love this card, and I am sure I will make more of them, with different colour combinations, I think it is such a lovely die.

This next one I embossed a piece of mauve card with the ecstasy delicate hearts embossing folder and cut a slightly curved piece off the bottom.  I put some designer paper behind it and trimmed it to fit onto the card I wanted to use.  I then put tiny pearls into each junction on the embossing folder.  This was then matted onto white card, mauve card and then raised with some foam tape and put onto my card base.  The sentiment is the outside cutting die with the filigree die cut and embossed and then sponge around the outside edge and the inside part where the sentiment is.  The sentiment was done on the computer.

I then made some rose which I cut the petals out with the Spellbinder rose creation dies, using the second to smallest die in the set.  I love love love this die, it makes such lovely roses.  Before I put them together I sponged the outside edges of all the die cuts with the Tim Holtz dusty concord inkpad.  I glued them along the join of the embossed card and the designer paper and put some white leaves which are from the Marianne creatables Anja leaves 1 die.  

The last one I have done, I got the inspiration by one of Sue Wilson's you tube videos where she made a background using the centre die, and had put the crystal snow behind it with double sided adhesive strips which looked really gorgeous.  I decided to have a go at using it as a background but decided to see if I could make it more masculine looking.

So how I made this, was to cut out two strips of card about 5mm wide and stuck the first on the top of a card I had done a sentiment on the computer and printed out.  It is about 7cm down from the top.  I cut out 4 of the centre dies and embossed them.  I glued two of them below the strip, centering them horizontally.  I then cut up the other two up, and glued them around the other two, continuing the pattern and to fill in the gaps.  Finally the second strip was glued under the die cuts.  Three pearls that I coloured with an alcohol pen which matched the burgandy card.  It was so simple, and think very striking.  It would be great in blue or green as well for a man.  

I love this die set, and hope to get more of her dies in the future.  They are really gorgeous and have been really well thought out, so that they are very versatile.  I think we fail to use our dies to their full potential, as they can be used for so much more than just one way.  Think about using them for backgrounds, or in a different way for the focal point!  And that is something Sue Wilson does well on her Creative Expression you tube channel.  She shows other ways of using her border, frames and has some great stamps to use with the dies.  Watch this space, I am sure you will see more ways to use this and any others I might buy in the future.  

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Book Easel card

I wanted to show you the cards I finished last night. it was for a lady at work, who has belonged to a book group for about 11 years, and one of their ladies is moving away, so she wanted a 'book type' card to give her with a present. She came up with the words for it,  I modified the idea of the 'bookatrix' type ones, as I don't have one of those, but looked up quite a few shape options on google images, and then drew one freehand, then made it into a easel card. I then used flowers from my stash, which is with all sorts of punches and dies and silhouette cameo cutting files, so I will just tell you about the ones that I remember how I had made and the other components of the card, They are as follows:

The dies that I have used for the sentiments is the MFT(Die-namics) Oval Decorative Duo dies. The silver mirror board to represent the pages of the book, I have scored slightly with my score board for the straight ones down the sides and freehand for the ones at the bottom and top.  You can't quite see it in the photograph.

The little blue roses in the top right corner and the top of the bottom left hand grouping of this photo are made with the spellbinder rose creation dies (the smallest and second to smallest size)

The leaves are punched with a punch I have had for years and years called the 'Ash family leaves' it has 3 different sizes in one big punch. 
The butterfly was cut out on the silhouette cameo.

The big daisy on the bottom spray (and also on the bottom of the photo above, was made with the silhouette cameo, cutting out quite a few layers of a simple daisy cutting file, and then curling each petal slightly and gluing them on top of each other, I think there was about six or seven on each daisy. The centre is a big roll of quilled yellow paper, it is a long strip that has been cut all the way along it, very finely, and then rolled up and then fluffed out.

There are some pink roses and rose buds, done with a six petal flower punch, and the two white flowers with the yellow centres, were done with the retro flower punch and a sun punch for the centre.  The four white bell flowers (two at each end, and the blue ones tucked in by the centre daisy were made with a a lilium punch.

Underneath the flowers on the bottom part is one of the Spellbinder tag 2 dies that was cut in half and the put at each end of the centre die from the spellbinder radiant rectangles die which looks like this. 

Two more tiny butterflies from the Cameo and then finally the back panel I put in, so the ladies could put their names on it, was just punched with one of the fiskars border punches that embosses and cuts, not sure what it is called.

The box I made by hand by measuring the length and width of the card, and then adding 2.5cm (1 inch) to each side and then made the lid 2mm wider at the base.  I cut the window into the lid with the outside die of the spellbinder radiant rectangles die.  
It has taken me most of the week and a bit of last weekend to make it, but she loved it, so that's what counts.  

21st Birthday Card

I have just made a card for my Daughter for her 21st.

I made the card with some flourish designer paper, and then used the Anja's border Marianne Creatables Die LR0300 which is the white part top and bottom, with a strip of card between. On top of that is a white oval with the sentiment and matted with a purple oval.  The 21st is a cake decorating plastic numbers I had lying around. The wee doily at the bottom with her name on it is the centre of the round passe-partout Marianne Craftables die.

The largest flower is a spellbinder rose creation rose. All the rest of the flowers are roses all made with a six petal marianne creatables die, but you can get punches and dies of various different brands just like it too.  You can also make this rose with a 5 petal punch or die, and they turn out well as well.  They look like either of these;

All the roses are just made a slightly different way or different sizes.  The mauve and white ones next to the Spellbinder rose is made like you see various different you tube videos, just do a search for paper roses with a punch.  There is a lady called Sandy Risi that does a great tutorial and another lady called Patty Gorka who also does one which shows you how to cut the petals for each layer, mold them and glue them together.  The little pink ones I have not molded at all, and the white ones with the purple stamens were done molding the petals then then turned them upside down, and left the middle out and put stamens in instead.  The buds are just one petal, but I have snipped the parts between each petal into the centre a little, and then folded 3 of the petals into the centre and glued them, and then the last two petals around the centre ones.  Then added a calyx punch and threaded them onto florist wire.  

Finally some flat pearls, and a diamante key embellishment that I had bought years ago to finish it off.  I made a box for it, like some of the other boxes I have made, but I made this quite plain, as I didn't want her to see the card until she had opened it.  She loved it!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Two Tattered Lace Fairy Cards

I have made a couple of cards using the Tattered Lace die 'Fairy Tinks' for the Fat Cats Card Corner.  It is a very cute die, and I think it lends itself very well to girls cards.

This one I cut it out from some pale blue card and then embossed it with versamark ink and some crystal sparkle embossing powder.  I also did the same with the two matting pieces behind the designer paper and the embossed white piece that the fairy is on.  The Embossing folder is the Kingston 'leaves and butterflies'.  The designer paper in the panel behind the flourish is a very pale blue with some glitzy leaves and flourishes on it, sorry you can't see it very well in the photograph.  The flourish is the Fanciful Flourish by Cheery Lynn and the sentiment is done with the centre doily from the Marianne dies Passe part-out round die set.  The flowers are a selection of bought flowers from my stash.

This second card I cut out the fairy die in three different colours, an pale apricot for the skin. Mauve for the dress, and a gold hologram card for the wings.

The papers are downloaded papers that I have printed out, the doily is the Marianne Creatables Doily frame LR0130.  The flowers are the Cheery Lynn Sweet Christine strip die and leaves are the Ash family Punch I have had for years.  The Sentiment is a Memory box pastry label set.  I have just drawn on the word 'Wish' freehand with a fine black pen.  

The Tattered Lace dies are such intricate and pretty dies, I love them, and hope to own more of them! 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Zinnia Garden

Another card done for Fat Cats Card corner, but this one I decided to something a little different for me, and decided to when I had made the flowers, and put the buttons in the centre, they looked a little like faces!  So I decided to make a fun wee garden setting with a gate and a fence, (not that you can see it very well).  

The flowers are made with the Cheery Lynn Sweet Christine Die strip, the grass was cut out on the Silhouette Cameo.  The gate is a Poppy Stamp die called Garden Trellis.  The cloud, leaves and stalks I just cut out feehand.  The butterflies were some I had cut out also on the Cameo ages ago, and cut out more than I needed to use again in other projects.  I think they really do look like little faces 

Mothers Day Card in Pink

Another card I have done in a Mother's day theme, this one using a background paper that had roses and music, so I cut out the centre with the Passe-partout die from Marianne Craftables.
This one was done for Fat Cats Card Corner 

Then the flowers including the buds were done with the Cheery Lynn Small Gardenia strip die set.  It makes such a pretty flower.  I used only the first few parts to make the buds.   The leaves were cut out with the Ash punch set I have had for years.  

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Red & White Mother's Day Card

This weekend it is Mother's Day, so I thought I had better make a card for my Mum.  I didn't think I was going to get it finished, and was running out of time, but I got it made, and thought I would share it with you.

I have used two of the Vintage Decoration Marianne Creatables die for the LR0269 leaving a gap in the middle, and then making a liner in red by freehand cutting it. The Embossing folder is the K.Kingston 'Leaves and Butterflies' which I have had for ages, and love.  It is a great one for doing multiple times on a piece of card, and being able to do it from different sides without looking upside down.  The flowers are done with the new Cheery Lynn strip dies, the shaded flowers in the middle are the small Gardenia strip and the red ones are the Small sweet Christine strip with a brad in the middle.  Hopefully she will like it!