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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Stitched Circle window Card

This card has a very simple design to it, but you can change it up depending on your card making ability. I have had quite a few newbies reach out to me through my videos, and comment that they would like something easier to do.  

So I plan to try in most cases if the card design is for more advanced card makers, to have an easier option.  I think this card is quite achievable for most card makers.

So all it is is a stitched circle (it can be any circle or even any shape) and I have raised it up with some craft foam, and stamped some flowers to go behind the panel with the circle cut out of it, which will also be raised on foam, and then you look through that to the sentiment.


Pretty simple concept.  I chose to do some layered stamping for my flowers, but you could go as simple as you liked, or use what ever you might have, colour them in how you choose. 





The second card I used some stamps that are just block colour, that you can stamp on top of each other to make different looking flowers. Also this one I chose to use a patterned paper to put behind my 'window' and stamped the sentiment on top of that.  



So really your choice as to what level of stamping you want to do to make this card, 

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:

Card base and panel 6" x 6"
Marianne Creatables inside out circle die
Altenew Garden Treasure stamp
Altenew Beautiful day stamp
Altenew Birthday greeting stamp
My favourite things modern blooms stamp
Altenew Crisp ink cubes: Pink diamond, pinkalcious, Rubelite, Firefly & Grass fields, buttercream, warm sunshine & paper bag
Catherine Pooler ink pads, Party collection minis
Versafine Onyx black ink
Misti
Craft foam sheet
Foam tape
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Clear droplets
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Lemoncraft House of roses 6 x 6 paper pack
Simon says stamp wishing and sending


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Valentine's Love with eclipse technique

This card I am using the Eclipse technique. I haven't done this before, but see lots of examples on pinterest and you tube.  Jennifer McGuire has just done a video on it, so check that out on her channel.

I am also using a new product to me, the vibrant spray Die cut tape, this is gorgeous, and can make so many varied and beautiful cards with it, so thought I would use it to make this card.  


I couldn't decide to start with if I wanted to have the die strip towards the top or down the bottom, so that the letters were white with just a bit of the floral design, but ended up going with it right through the middle. I will have a go at the other options at some stage.  

I stuck down the strip onto a card panel the same size as my card base, and then cut out the word 'LOVE' with some large alphabet dies.  

Being careful to save the die cuts and the centre of the 'O'.  I then cut out another set with some black craft foam.  You could alternatively cut out 4 or 5 sets out of black or a darker colour (need a contrast) and then glue them stacked on top of each other.  

I glued the die cut letters onto the craft foam ones. I then stuck the card panel down onto the card base making sure I put some strips of tape runner across the section where the letters will be, so that I could stick down my craft foam and die cut letter into the negative spaces of the letters.  



I made a secondary sentiment and stuck that down under the letters with some foam tape.  



It was a really easy card to make and looks gorgeous with the water coloured flower strip!
I think the trick to this technique is to make sure you have a contrasting colour to mount behind your letters, so that it stands out.  The possibilities are endless for these cards, you can do them on a plain background and make a feature of the colours behind the letters, you can do it on a stamped image, a picture of some kind.... lots of possibilities!

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base and card panel 5“ x 7”
Scrap of red card and black craft foam
Altenew Vibrant Spray Die cut tape
Stampin up Large alphabet framelet dies
Simon Says Stamp thoughtful messages stamp set
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Misti
Sizzix big shot
Washi tape
T-square ruler
Foam tape
Gina K dotted tape runner
Nuvo deluxe adhesive




Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Sweetheart Roses Valentine's Card

Well it is 2020 already, I don’t know where my time off went, I seemed to be busy with market,s either doing them or going to them


This card I am using an older stamp of Wplus 9 called freehand florals. I think of it as sweetheart roses, small and sweet. Although it is a layering stamp it is a great one for now having to be very exact. You can be quite varied with how you layer it, to get different looking roses. 

I start off by drawing around a heart die, smaller than the one I am going to cut out for my sentiment, so that I can stamp my roses around the shape to try and get a slightly heart shaped stamped background.

I used the red cosmos stamp set of mini cubes from Altenew and one of the greens from the Green fields set as well.  I stamped a range or roses and sprigs until I was happy with how it looked. 



I then stamped a sentiment (I don’t have many suitable for Valentines cards!) and then cut it out with the larger heart die then mounted it with craft foam so that it looked like it was floating on top of my stamping. 

I felt there was a bit of a gap at the bottom of my card, so I cut out 3 outline hearts out of gold foil card, and put those in a group of 3 underneath my stamping and a couple of the inner die cuts from these around my sentiment.  I think finally I am happy with this.



You could do this card with any floral stamps, it certainly doesn’t need to be the wplus9 stamp set I have used.  I think it would look great with other stamp sets as well. 

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare piece of card cut out with a rectangle die (any)
Wplus9 Freehand Floral die
Paper Xtra sentiment stamp
Heart nesting dies (Darice)
Memory Box mini heart collection die
Altenew crisp ink cube Forest glades, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red & Grapevine
Acrylic block
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Misti
Sizzix big shot
washi tape
Craft foam sheet
Marvey Jewel picker
EK success tweezes
Scrap of gold foil card
Nuvo deluxe adhesive







Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Silver and Pink Poinsettia Card

For the last card in my Christmas series this year, I did a somewhat different card than most of the others this year.  Not so clean and simple.


All the dies I have used other than the poinsettia die which is a Sue Wilson die, are aliexpress dies.  The frame dies and the stacking dies are.  

I used quite a variety to make a layered frame to put my flower arrangement on. I started off by cutting out a stitched square that was to cover my entire card base. Then I cut a scalloped inside square that has a stitched border.  Then I cut a scalloped inside circle and a dotted square into another piece of card that was a few millimetres smaller than than scalloped square, so that it could go in behind it. I then put all my pieces together in my Misti, to work out where I needed to stamp my sentiment on the bottom stitched square.  I went ahead and stamped that with clear sticky ink and then embossed it with silver embossing powder and heat set it. (unfortunately it went a little wrinkled)!  I then cut out a piece of craft foam and mounted that behind the largest stitched square and put that onto my card base.  Then I put thin pieces of foam tape all around the scalloped square and mounted it onto the scalloped circle  piece with the dotted square.  This was mounted onto the stitched background and that is my 'frame' ready.


I then cut out two of the large and 4 of the small poinsettias out of some white glitter paper, and 4 small out of silver mirror card. I inked the centre of the white glitter ones with a sponge dauber and some pink ink. I cut out some holly leaves out of white and a pale green card.  


I shaped all the leaves and individual petals a little with my thumb nails to get a bit of dimension and then glued pairs of the flower dies together with a dob of thick glue and then another dob of glue in the middle of the poinsettias and put a few white glittery beads into them and left them to dry a little.  I could then go ahead and make my arrangement alternating the pink and silver small poinsettias and having the bigger one in the middle. The leaves went in behind the flower.  


I think the card turned out very pretty and the pink and white although not traditional in colour makes a very pretty card!

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 5 3/4“ x 5 3/4“ or 14.5cm x 14.5cm
Spare piece of card for the frame parts 
white glitter paper, silver and green card
Square stitched die set - Aliexpress
Square dotted die set - Aliexpress
Square inside scalloped die set - Aliexpress
inside scalloped round die set - Aliexpress
Sue Wilson Poinsettia additions die set
Marianne creatables holly die
Kaisercraft mistletoe stamp set
Catherine Pooler ink pads, It's a girl 
white beads
small foam dauber
Versamark ink
Ranger silver embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Misti
Sizzix big shots
Foam tape
Craft foam sheet
Ruler
Craft knife
Double sided tape
Scissors
Aleenes Tacky glue
Spellbinder multi tool

Well thank you for coming along with me for my Christmas series this year. 
I want to wish you all a lovely Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.
I am going to take a break now until the new year. It is our busy time with the cottage shop and all the Christmas crafts for that and the markets we do.
See you in the New Year 


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

JOY Card


Again another clean and simple card, this one was really easy to do. 





I started off making a poinsettia in red paper using the Sue Wilson Poinsettia die set.  This is going to by my ‘O’ in JOY.
I then used a ‘J’ and a ‘Y’ from a big alphabet set of dies, and on a card panel, I put the poinsettia flower in the middle then spaced the two other letters out until they looked right in spacing, and then cut those out with my die machine. 



I put some craft foam onto the back of the card panel, and then found a couple of scraps of Christmas paper and put them on the card base, so that you can see it through the ‘J’ and the ‘Y’.  I mounted this all on a red card base. And that was it finished.  Pretty easy one this time.  You could turn this into a shaker card with the two outside letters if you wanted to. 

I’m starting to second guess myself with all these Clean and Simple cards, is it getting a little boring for my watchers.  I will have to try and do at least one that is a bit more fancy!  I think it is a phase I am going through at the moment with my card making, so it has just overflowed into my Christmas Cards.  Usually I do really fancy ones!

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Red Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare piece of card
red card for poinsettia
scrap christmas papers for letters
Sue Wilson Poinsettia addition die
Stampin up Large letter dies
gold beads
Sizzix big shot
Foam tape
Craft foam sheet
Ruler
Craft knife
Washi tape
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Aleene's tacky glue
Nuvo deluxe adhesive




Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Blended Snow Scene with Christmas Star Card

This Christmas Card is a lovely clean and simple one.  When I first started my You Tube channel I did a card, which I thought was quite simple, and to date, it is one of my most watched and commented on cards.  It was quite similar, but instead of using masking and dies like I am with this one, I used some stamps, and I made it into a shaker card bauble.  So I thought why not do something similar but make it simpler still!


So I cut a circle out of a piece of masking paper, and stuck the negative portion on my card front, and used the positive piece to cut out some tree dies. 

I then stuck the tree masks down, with the smaller trees either side and the bigger one in the middle to be in the fore front.
I then used a variety of blue inks to do some blending.  Tim Holtz distress inks Tumbled Glass and Salty ocean, Catherine Pooler’s Something blue, and Altenew Sapphire. 



Once I was happy with the blending, I sprinkled some water on it, waited a few seconds then dabbed it off, this was to resemble stars in the sky, but I wasn’t happy with that, so I ended up using a white and stardust Gelly Roll pen to draw some dots for stars.

I hand drew a Christmas star, because I don’t have a die in my stash.  I then coated it in some gold liquid pearls, several coats and the on the last coat while it was still wet, sprinkled some biodegradable glitter onto it, and left to dry. 



In the meantime, I stamped a sentiment onto the card just under my blended circle and embossed that.  Then I just had to glue by star in the sky and that was the card completed


I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 13cm x 15.5cm or 5 1/8 x 6 1/8"
Inkadinkadoo masking paper
Set of three tree  Ellen Hutson dies
Circle die
Tim Holtz Distress inks salty ocean and tumbled glass 
Catherine Pooler ink pads, something blue
Altenew crisp ink cube Sapphire
Versafine Onyx black ink
Painter tape
water and small paint brush
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Misti
Sizzix big shot
Gelly roll pens white and stardust
Joy Crafts Banner sentiment stamp
Small scrap of white card for star
Liquid pearls gold
biodegradable gold glitter 
Ruler
Craft knife
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Pencil
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Tim Holtz blending tool and sponges

Another simple card and something a little different for a Christmas card


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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Christmas Bauble Shaker Card

Goodness it has been a while since I made a shaker card, I have to remember how to do them!
I got a card panel, that I have cut out with a stitched rectangle die, and cut out 3 circles staggered down the card panel with the snowflake die from the Impression Obsession Christmas die set.


I then stuck plastic strips behind them, and then put some double sided tape all the way around the die cuts, then added a piece of craft foam, that I had cut circles of where the baubles are, to the back of the panel.  I then put double sided tape on the back of the craft foam all around the circles again to make sure it will stick and seal perfectly.  

I then filled the 'baubles' with some red glitter and sequins and then covered those with some pieces of christmas paper that had red stars on it.  This seals off the shaker portions so that the card panel can be flipped over and stuck to the card base.  


I used a larger Christmas sentiment but only wanted to use the 'Merry Christmas' part of it, so I masked off the part I didn't want to use, then inked the stamp, took off the masking and stamped the sentiment onto the top right corner of the card.  

I have used a memory box snowflake die which has a bow to cut 3 bows out of gold foil card.I used some really thin foil tape (usually used in nail art that I had) but you could use thin strips of foil card, ribbon or even thread to do this, to be the strings of each bauble, then stuck the bow down just above each bauble.



You could do this with any bauble dies you have, you would just need to cut out a circle that was slightly smaller than the outside of your die, and mount that onto your card front.

Use what you have got, be creative, you certainly don’t have to use the exact dies I have. 

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Dark red Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare white piece of card cut with rectangle die
Impression obsession Christmas circle cutout die
Versafine Onyx black ink
Misti
Sizzix big shot
Craft foam sheet
Memory box snowflake die for bow
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Nail art foil strip rolls
red sequins and glitter

I hope you enjoyed this card and have got some ideas for your own Christmas cards.