October 21, 2014

Die Cutting Tips ...

Hi Everybody,

Over the last few weeks I have had several emails asking me about die cutting

The problem seems to be with the more intricate dies that are on the market and they can be from any company that make dies

Most people want to know how to get their card out of the die without tearing it in the process and  wasting your precious supplies

And  what better way to explain some of my tips than to make  .... a video!!

So this morning my "Film Crew" went back up his ladder with his camera to film what I wanted to share with you about die cutting

The card I use most of the time is the Hammered White  from the  Papermill Direct  and it is really good quality  255 gsm card and ideal for your card base.

It is a UK company ...  which is great if you are in the UK but if you live abroad then  you will need to check if they will ship to your country

It is the one I use in the tutorial and on Create and Craft TV and it cuts really well in the Grand Calibur.

The die  used is  Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops   and the wax paper is a Cornflakes packet !!

The beautiful flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  with the addition of Glitter Magic to add the sparkle

The organza ribbon is from MeiFlower  and it is tied in a double bow  using a bow maker

Give these tips a try if you are having problems with any of your dies but whether you use wax paper or not  then turning the die and shimming only the areas that won't cut are sure to work for you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 20, 2014

Happy Retirement ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is one that has been colored with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils.

This lovely rabbit is from the CD The Next Big Thing by Just Inklined

It is one that I have colored many times and I love this image.

But this card is for all those that have recently retired from going out to work and this is the first day  of a new working week that you don't have to get up and rush to get to work on time.

It  is especially for you  ROS   as I know you have been counting down the weeks to yours.   Even down to the last number of shifts that you had to work before walking off into the sunset.

I hope you all have a happy retirement and I speak from experience when I say it is the best time of your life.   It beats going out to work any day.  Time is now yours to spend it as you please.

If you end up doing some other thing that you love ...  as I did  ... then you will wonder how you ever found the time to go to work in the first place.   Enjoy the freedom and have fun

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 19, 2014

Cream Wedding Card

Hi Everybody,

This is another wedding card and this one is in gold and cream.   I sold this card from my Etsy shop.

Many people  have bought from me in the past but I have not added  any new ones  to Etsy for awhile now as I have been so busy making samples for up coming C&C shows.

This card has the addition of some very pretty gold foiled acetate behind the window and also the Quatrefoil pattern

The embossing is the  Bricks and Bark folder and I love this very useful folder.

The white roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts   as is the centre to the bow.

The lovely cream satin ribbon is from Mei Flower  and it ties
nicely into a big bow.

The pearl flourish is from Want2Scrap  and fills the gap behind the sentiment which is stamped and embossed in gold.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 18, 2014

FF Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Now I seem to have got my schedules all mixed up as the post that went out earlier today which was the  "Tone on Tone" card was not supposed to go out until tomorrow ... so that I could do this post for the winner of the  Friday Freebie card

But such is life and you have it a day earlier than I planned

We have a new winner for the Friday Freebie and this week it is you ....

Cathie Weary

Could you send me your postal address please so that I can get the card in the post to you

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

Tone on Tone ...

Hi Everybody,

This lovely card is one I was asked to make for a special occasion  complete with a matching box and I was very pleased with the finished product.

And I am happy to say so was the buyer.  I have created it all in white and used lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

They have the added sparkle of fine  iridescent glitter from Glitter Magic

The white satin ribbon is from Mei Flower  and it ties into a beautiful bow with a diamant√© and pearl centre

The little butterflies are some that I bought on a roll from a craft show and I don't know who makes them ... and worse still I have run out of them and can't replace them ....

The  embossing folder and the sentiment are from Crafters Companion  and stamped in clear and embossed in silver powder.

And just a little footnote .... Isabella loved here name plaque and asked if I had made and said "Wow" when I said that I had.  Quite a compliment from a three year old .

Then she asked if she could put it in her bedroom at Nanas' house and it now sits by her bed so that she can see it easily whenever she goes to visit.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 17, 2014

Friday Freebie 029

Hi Everybody,

Todays Friday Freebie is a Birthday Card in blue and white.

I have listed the dies used at the end of the post ...  but the birthday tag was a freebie with a magazine I subscribe to.

It is such a useful little die ... especially if your writing is as scruffy as mine

I have layered up several pieces with foam tape between the layers to give height to the card, and the blue ribbon is wrapped around them before adding them to the base

It may not have flowers on it but it is such a pretty card and it could be on its way to you.  

All you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and a name will be drawn from the hat by my "Film Crew" to select a winner.

The new owner will be announced in tomorrows blog post so if you do leave a comment then please come back to check if you are the winner.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 16, 2014

Isabella is 3 years old ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays offering is nothing to do with cards ... it is a little gift that I have made for my
Great Grand-daughter.

Today is Isabellas' birthday and she is three years old

I don't know where those three years have gone but she gets more beautiful every time I see her

This is her name decorated by me with flowers and gemstones, butterflies and ribbon.

I have added it to a little easel to hold it upright and it is going to sit in her bedroom at her Nanna's house (my daughter)

I am very pleased with the end result but at three years old I don't imagine that Isabella will give it a second glance.  Ah such is life !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 15, 2014

Best wishes ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is a million miles away from a Christmas card and is created in a very pretty turquoise and white.

The little splash of yellow just livens it up a little more and it a really lovely combination to use.

The card is made with Grand Labels One and topped with the Decorative labels and is quite a large card

The list of dies is at the bottom of the post so that you can see which they are.

I have used two different ovals to create a frame and add to the top of the card with the sentiment inside.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts with some glitter to make them sparkle and it is from Glitter Magic    I like to use the Iridescent one called Chameleon as it matches with any color that you use for your cards.

The Diamante flourish is from Want2Scrap  and gives that touch of luxury.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 14, 2014

Blue Christmas ...

Hi Everybody,

I am not staying with the Christmas theme for long ... but it is only 10 weeks away and so if you have lots of cards to make then you will have to get your skates on

This one uses the same die sets as yesterday and they are the Alphabets   in both upper and lower case and the Heirloom Ornament from 2010

Yesterday I showed you the versatility of this die and today I am showing you how different it looks again with a change of color.

The addition of the white roses from Wild Orchid Crafts make it even prettier

I have added in some pearl flourish  from Want2Scrap for the finishing touch and I think this is a lovely card that will sit in my stash until I send it to someone for Christmas.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 13, 2014

Flowers ... for me??

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to show you these beautiful flowers that have just been delivered  to my house  ten minutes ago ...  and aren't they gorgeous

They are a mixture of Roses and  Gerber Daisies with Carnations and green foliage and they are all sitting in a cream and white spotty cup.

They are from my friend Kim who very kindly allowed us to stay with her and her husband when I did the workshop in Sutton in Ashfield

I was very surprised when the delivery man asked my name and he said somebody wants to thank you ....

I sent Kim a little gift to say thank you for their company and now I have these lovely flowers from Kim and now I have shown them to you I am going to put them in pride of place in my sitting room

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

Christmas Red ...

Hi Everybody,

Red and green are the traditional colors a lot of us use for Christmas and this one is created with Mirror card behind the frame.

I have created a frame from the Heirloom Ornament 2010 and backed it with the   Quatrefoil Pattern 

It always pays to get out older dies and re use them over and over again and these two cards are showing a variation on a theme.

I have simply turned the die cut up side down to give another  look and it looks just as pretty this way round.

I have used a glue pen in some of the cut outs from the patterned die cut and then filled it with glitter.

The addition of tiny pearls at all the cross sections adds an extra little touch.

The  letters on both cards are from the Spellbinders Alphabets in Upper Case  and the Lower Case  and with these two sets you can produce any name or phrase that you wish

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 12, 2014

Dark and broody ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is a long long way from pink and frilly ... but it does you good to change tack once in while to see what you can come up with.

So this card is using black script paper for the base and over the top I have layered in the Spellbinders Reflective Moments

This is quite a large die and will fit a 5x7 card easily.

I have topped it with a verse from JustRite Stampers which matches the Labels Twenty Nine

There are several lovely verses on this stamp sheet all about Friendship

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have stayed with black and white ... but they are glittered up with Glitter Magic.

Into the corsage I have added in a silver Hat Pin and a small white bow with a silver heart charm attached to it.

Behind the die cut I have added in two silver fans for extra effect.

So OK it's in black but it is still a pretty card and some one is sure to like it somewhere..... I think .... I hope

If you live in Arizona and are near to the Spellbinders warehouse then you are going to love this piece of news

They are having their first ever "Warehouse Sale" in November and you are sure to pick up some fantastic bargains if you pop along and visit

For all the information just click this link ... Warehouse Sale  and be sure to tell us what you buy

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 11, 2014

The Card is Yours ....

Hi Everybody,

Sorry for the late start today but here I am with a winners name.  We had a bit of a lie in and then we drew the name and without any more preamble here it is ....

The winner is ...

Raineys Craft Room

Could you let me have your postal address as soon as you can so that I can get the card in the post to you and I hope you will like it when you get it.

More  later ...

Hugs xx

October 10, 2014

Friday Freebie 028

Hi Everybody,

This weeks card has been shown on the blog before but it is a very pretty card in pink and white.

It has the addition of a hat pin  pushed into the ribbon and pretty butterflies along each side.

It is lined and would be suitable for any occasion all you need to do is change the sentiment if you should be the winner.

To be in with the chance of winning this card all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post

A name will be pulled out of the hat early Saturday morning and the winner will be announced in the blog post.

The die used on this card is Valiant Honor  and I have just added it to a larger card base.

The ribbon is from Mei Flower  and the sparkler in the centre is from Wild Orchid Crafts

The Decorative HatPin is created by me and I use a 3" Silver plated pin that comes complete with end protector.   They are available from the Sparkles Group

More tomorrow 

Hugs xx

October 09, 2014

Busy Card Class ...

Hi Everybody,

Yesterday in the Card Class we tried  another technique of using the waste from the the dies and making them into a card.

Brenda chose pink and we used a diamond pattern and Mary chose gold and went for the Glass effect die from Spellbinders.

To create the look we needed some double sided adhesive sheet and although a bit fiddly it is well worth it in the end.

The words are some of the new Sentiments Collections  and they are so handy to just cut and stick in place

Adding them in black made them pop from the cards.  The addition f some satin ribbon and a little butterfly is all that the cards needed.   Both ladies went away happy again and already looking forward to the next class.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx