August 04, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Victorian Fan

Hi Everybody,

Todays Tutorial uses the Victorian Fan from Spellbinders and is part of their Victorian 2.0 Collection.

It is a free cutting die that removes the shape from your card and of course there is nothing to stop you cutting it to add more to the fan size.

I have used lots of foam tape to add dimension and that allows you to see through the fan and gives shadows to the card itself

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Please remember that die #1 (Number One) is always the smallest
With die #7 from 5x7 Matting Basics A cut two in white and hinge together to create your base card
With die #7 from 5x7 Matting Basics B cut one in blue
With die #6 from 5x7 Matting Basics A cut another panel in white and this is the layer we are going to emboss
Using the embossing sandwich for the Grand Calibur carefully emboss the card twice with the Victorian Fan die.  This will leave a matching pattern in your card and add interest to the background
Cut the fan shape out twice in blue and ink the card through the die to accentuate the pattern.
Add foam pads to the back of the solid areas so that they cannot be seen from the front
 Add both shapes to the embossed panel so that they just touch in the centre. Then add this to the blue layer we cut earlier.

Wrap ribbon and lace around these layers to hide the join and then add this to the base card

 Cut your sentiment in blue and add it to the card.  Adhere the bow onto the lace and ribbon and add in a lovely sparkly centre to hide the knot.

Designers Tip:

Vary the color for a lighter look and add pearls to the fan for extra effect.

Use some flowers to dress it up more or leave off the ribbon and lace for a more masculine fell to the card.

The choices are all yours to create this really pretty card

 More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 03, 2015

Stockholm ...

Hi Everybody,

A little note to let you all know where I am.   We have found a little spot in Stockholm with FREE WiFi and so this is the ideal opportunity to write a quick blog post.

The cruise is going really well and so far we have visited Norway, Denmark and today we are in Sweden.  All the cities we have visited so far have been really beautiful and I have taken photos of many things.  

We sail again at 4.30 pm heading for Estonia. But the highlight for me is Russia when we have two days in St Petersburg.  I will be sure to take many more photos to show you.

But I cannot add them to the blog yet .... that will happen when I get home.  Thanks for all you messages. I am adding them when I can but as you can imagine WiFi  on the ship is expensive. So until we find another free spot that's it for now.
                Hugs xx

August 01, 2015

Water colored Card ...

Hi Everybody,

So this little card is for all of  YOU to say many many Thanks for all your support.

From the cards that I make and the tutorials that I do you all seem to enjoy them and write to tell me often that you do

And also when ever I am on Create and Craft I know that many of you are there for me too.

I have really enjoyed setting up Tuesday Tutorials  and this is something else that you seem to enjoy. I have lots more to show you over the coming months

Many people are asking me for specific tutorials and I am happy to oblige.

But they may take me a little time to complete so I ask for your patience as I work my way through the list.

So please keep visiting and thanks again for all your good wishes.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 30, 2015

"YOU" card .....

Hi Everybody,

One of the dies that I use a lot from Spellbinders is the word YOU

This simple die can be teamed up with so many stamps to say just about anything that you like

I like to cut the word from Craft foam and then add it to the word cut again in card that matches my design.

It really makes a statement piece on your creations and is very tactile for the recipient.

Here I have just used a matt black card and black craft foam

The background to my card is created with the  Criss Cross  pattern

I have added in raised panels at the top and bottom using the Curved Borders One 

My beautiful flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  and are a mixture of Gysophillia, Roses, Camellia, small buds and some Cherry blossoms

I have also added in some long curly stems to the display and used both blue and white flowers

The steel Gray pearls are from Want2Scrap  and the butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch called Monarch

The stamp set I have used is  Simply Said - You   from Avery Elle and there are lots of sentiments on the sheet making it a very useful addition to my "Stash"

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 28, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Using the waste

Hi Everybody,

This is the Grate Effect die that I have used many times and it you can create some lovely cards with the whole pattern

Way back in March I showed you  Embossing with dies  using this same die to push the pattern into your card without cutting it.

But for todays tutorial I am going to show you how to use the bits that would normally been thrown away and we will create a really sparkly card with some glitter

It is going to be photo heavy so my apologies for that before I start.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

With the outside edge to this die cut two panels in white card and hinge them together to form your base 

Then with a piece of double sided adhesive sheet cut another one and leave it to one side for now.

With both parts to the die and another piece of white card cut out the whole die and emboss.

Then very carefully you are going to remove the card from the die so that all the waste pieces remain in the slots
Keep the full piece for another project and make sure that all the small waste bits are seated into the die.

Peel the backing off one side of the double sided adhesive sheet and place it on to the waste pieces

Make sure to press it down onto them so that they are all caught onto the adhesive.

Then again being very careful ... lift the adhesive sheet with all of these pieces stuck to it away from the die.

With the glitter of your choice you can now spread it over the top of the panel and press it in to the glue with your fingers.

Make sure that it is all covered and then dust off the excess glitter and return it to its container.

Once the glitter is on the panel I like to remove the backing off the other side of the adhesive sheet and layer the glittered panel on to some white card.

Then I can trim it down to the size I want for the base card I made earlier.

I also layer it again onto some gold card leaving a small border around the edge

Wrap these panels with some white ribbon and stamp and emboss your sentiment
Cut it out with the Circle die that fits your chosen sentiment and layer it with the Scalloped Circle. Scatter with a few pearls

Add in the flowers of your choice and there you have a lovely card and no waste at all from your die

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 25, 2015

Card winner is ...

Hi Everybody,

Up bright and early this morning and have lots to do before the holiday. We are going on a cruise to the Baltics and because my "Film Crew" has been so good ... I am taking him along too.  I am really looking forward to this cruise and it is a fantastic way to take a holiday.

Once you have unpacked everything is with you,  in one place and each day you wake up in a different country. With new tastes, sounds, smells  and sights to experience.  We will visit nine countries as we sail and get the chance to visit them if only for a short time

We will be taking lots of photos and I will share them all as soon as I can.  So the blog posts will be a little sporadic over the next few weeks.  I have set up some to go out automatically and I have scheduled the Tuesday Tutorials ... just to keep you busy while I am away.

But the draw has been done and the name pulled from the hat today to win the pretty pink card is ...

E Michaels ...

Can you send me your postal address please to
so that I can post the card to you before we leave.

You have 48 hours to claim the card and I hope you will like it. Please let me know when it arrives with you.

The next post will be the Tuesday Tutorial and I think you will like it

Hugs xx

July 24, 2015

Friday Freebie - 070

Hi Everybody,

So here we are with FF card 70 and it has gone so quickly.

For this weeks card I have gone back to one that was featured in a Tuesday Tutorial

I used Labels Thirty Four  along with the matching Decorative Labels  and the embossing folder

The flowers, centre pieces and the Dove are all from Wild Orchid Crafts  and are things I love to add to my designs.

The ribbon is from Mei Flower  It is a soft satin that ties so easily into a pretty bow

If this is a card that you would like to have then join the group of followers and leave me a comment.

From those comment a name will be chosen at random and the winner announced in tomorrow Blog post.   You will have 48 hours to claim the card so please pop back to check that it is you.

Please Note ...

There won't be a Friday Freebie for the next three weeks as I am going on holiday and won't be here to post them  off to you. But I will have a treat when I return back home

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 23, 2015

Card Class ...

Hi Everybody,

The ladies in my card class have been coming to me now for  over a year  now and they have both come so far.  We get on very well and I think we all look forward to our Wednesday sessions.

I try to do something a little different each time they are here and this is one of the weeks when we tried some water coloring.

We had to do some preparation in advance so that everything was ready to start

We stayed with the same colors for both ladies but they chose different dies to create the layers

These are Marys' Cards and on one of them she chose to accentuate the green with some pretty ribbon

 These are Brendas' card and she has chosen the blue ribbon for hers

All are A2 sized cards and although similar you can see some of the changes that they have both made.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 22, 2015

Craft Foam Hearts

Hi Everybody,

This is a card that is part of my commitment to Craft Stash and  is using their own brand of Apple Blossom dies. This one is the Ornate Heart

To create this I have have cut the heart twice with peach colored Craft foam that I bought from Hobbycraft

Once the detailed hearts have been cut I have cut the solid die in white card and layered the two together

These I have added with foam tape to raise them up and they have then been layered onto an embossed panel

The layers have been wrapped with lace and ribbon and a floral centre added to the knot.

Craft foam is nothing new and it is not expensive but it can give you some really pretty results for your cards

If you managed to join me on Create & Craft I would like to say thank you .... And I am back on again at 4 pm and 7pm with the One Day Wonder and some pretty Sapphire dies

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 21, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Cutting Felt

Hi Everybody,

We all cut card and paper with our dies to get some really pretty effects for our designs but there are so many more materials that they can be used on.

I have used Craft Foam on many occasions and I know that some of you have written to tell me that you too like the result from that.

But you can also cut felt and get a look that is different. The machine that I use is the Grand Calibur but the cutting sandwich is just the same as for card.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

With die #7 from 5x7 Matting Basics A cut two in white and hinge together to create the base card.

(Please remember that  #1 is always the smallest die)

With #7 from 5x7 Matting Basics B cut a colored panel

With #6 from Matting Basics A cut another white panel and emboss to add some texture
Using the Petite Monarch I have cut the border twice in purple felt.

If you sandwich the die and felt between copier paper that can help you get a clean cut from the felt

Stamp and emboss your sentiment and then cut it out with the largest die from the Fancy tags

Add foam tape to the back of this to give dimension

Cut several flowers from Pretty Petals A and I have used two different shades of purple

Add the open work petals on top of the solid base and I have mixed up the colors  and pinched the edge of each point

Two of the completed flowers have been tucked under the Label and a third one added to the edge of it and a little sweetheart Blossom added to the centre.

The felt border has been glued in place to the top and bottom of my layers.

Onto each point of the felt I have glued on a tiny pearl heart just as a finishing touch

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 20, 2015

Chocolate Brown and Teal

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is a million miles away from pink and is quite a dramatic effect

For this card I have used the Medallions Three   and it is quite a large die.

But there is a smaller piece #1 that can often be overlooked and yet is such a useful addition to be used on its own.

So here I have created a card just using that die and I have cut it six times and layered it on to the embossed  teal card

These have been wrapped with chocolate brown ribbon and then added with foam tape to the another brown layer

I added them all to another teal layer before being adding them to the card

The sentiment is from Crafters Companion and it has been stamped and embossed

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 19, 2015

Coming Soon ...

Hi Everybody,

Here is a little taster of the Brand New Platinum from Spellbinders that is coming soon.... And I for one can't wait. The video will show you just some of the things that this machine can do and I will tell you more as I find out

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 18, 2015

Another Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all having a good weekend and have lots of nice things planned to do.  I will be heading off back down the motorway on Sunday as I am with you on Create and Craft at 9am Monday  20th July

There are two shows that day but the other one is later in the day.  I will be featuring the Spellbinders Victorian Garden Collection and some very pretty dies. So please join me if you can as it is always nice to know that you are there.

The winner of the red card has been selected and the name drawn from the hat is you ...

You have 48 hours in which to claim the card so please email me
with your full postal address and the card will be on its way to you straight away.

Enjoy your weekend and if you have the time please take a look at the new video I have added in Inspirations. Just click the photo to go to the page.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 17, 2015

Friday Freebie - 069

Hi Everybody,

Red and Cream are the color scheme of this weeks give away card and it certainly makes a change from ... Pink 

This one has lovely red Roses attached from Wild orchid Crafts  

I have used three different sizes and some flower buds and all have been sparkled with glitter.

 The centre to the bow is also from WOC and the organza ribbon is from my "Stash"

The background is embossed  using two deep 3-D folders from Spellbinders called Shady Allure and  Need A Rope the impression  they leave in your card is lovely.

The centre price is layered using Labels Forty Three  and Oval Majesty    and the layers separated with foam tape

Would you like to win this card ??  Then all you have to do is join the group of followers and leave me a comment

From the comments one name will be chosen at random and the winners name will be announced in tomorrows blog post.

If you add your name then you will need to come back and check because you only have 48 hours in which to claim it.  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 16, 2015

Majestic Labels Eight

Hi Everybody,

Today I am adding another tutorial for you but this one was requested by a lady who has these dies and is not getting the best out of them.

Here I am using the very detailed  Majestic Labels Eight 

I have tried to show you the difference in these dies as some have a complete cutting edge and some of them don't.

In the tutorial I have made three cards that all look different but using the same set of dies for all

With Majestic Labels Eight  I am  also using  the plain Labels Eight  and that way I can create even more patterns for my designs.   I have always advised  to buy the matching sets that go with any plain label.

Also in the video I tell you that you can use the dies to simply emboss the card without cutting but it doesn't show up very well.

So this photo will give you a better idea of the effect.

There is another set that matches this Label and that is Decorative Labels Eight 

This will really extend your use of all of them.

 Using any of the detailed dies with the plain ones will enable you to make frames of different sizes and for a fun way to use these Labels Eight dies please take a look at the video tutorial ... Elf Shoes .

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx