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.