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.