Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mothers Day

Todays card is for my mum and I also made another one with slightly less on it for a friends birthday which was last month. Foiling is huge at the moment and I am loving it. I am still working out which techniques and types of foils work best for me and there are ways you can craft with it without having to use anything more than a heat gun or glue. From beginning of April I will be showing lots more samples and techniques as we are having a featured product of the month promotion with foils in the shop, so keep an eye out for those.


I used a die set I borrowed for a friend (thanks Mag) its from Crea-Lies and is called Modern Patchwork No.3. I die cut it all the layers in white cardstock. The flowers are foiled using some Tonertex foil, I have had this years and I mean years but I think company is still going. Its a mix of muted colours and was ideal to go with the Shaded Nasturtium stamp I wanted to use from Creative Expression. I have foiled onto vellum, its quite thick and I used Wow Bonding powder and Versamark ink and then run it through a laminator. The foliage is also dies from Creative Expressions and are called Delicate Fronds and Faux Quilled leaves and those were die cut on Toner cardstock. I will do more detailed techniques during April.
 
 
Closer look at foiling, unfortunately its not the easiest to photograph. I used Copper and Gold foil for the leaves and they were a mix of foils from Wow and Deco foil. The sentiment stamp is from Clearly Besotted. Finished off with some Gold Mark Richard pearls in the centres.

 
Here's the birthday versions I did for my friend. The butterfly was a die from Clearly besotted as was this sentiment.
 
 
Wishing all mums in the UK a wonderful day and hope you get the chance to relax and maybe fit a bit of crafting in.
 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

March Christmas card

Today is the 25th so its time for a Christmas card. Its been so cold this week, I had to get my gloves out again to walk the dog. When I got back I had to put the heating back on and make soup to warm up before heading to my craft room to make these cards. I had to remind myself it is almost April and not November !! Anyway, onto the card, I wanted to use something that I had brought and never used...well there's a surprise !! So I found my Memory Box Precious Snowflake die and using the inlaid technique ( well that's what I call it ) and this is what I made.

 
I used the cream shimmer cardstock from Stampin'Up and made my card base to 5" square. I cut another piece of the cream card and die cut the two snowflakes out. This piece was them backed with some double sided adhesive.

 
 I die cut the snowflakes again in Stampin Up soft sky cardstock and laid them back to cream cardstock so they were attached to the double sided sticky. Then I sprinkled glitter all over to cover the rest of the sticky areas. Down the side I masked off an area and stamped with the coordinating soft sky ink a little cluster of snowflakes from the Indigo Blu Seasons Greeting set and then drew a line with a ruler and a black fine liner pen. I stamped the sentiment in black which is from one of my Clearly Besotted sets using my misti. I found some little gems in my stash that match the soft sky perfectly. I love my Itty Bitty bow die from Sue Wilson, so used that for a finishing touch. Lastly,  it was matted onto some soft sky cardstock and mounted onto card base.

 
Managed to make three the same to add to my others from last month


Back on Sunday with my Mothers day card, have a great weekend and hope you get time to squeeze in some crafting.



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Butterfly Circle

Good evening, the last card today from my Stamps by Chloe class. This card uses the Butterfly circle die and matching stamp. This time I stamped and embossed with Wow white embossing powder. The sentiment is from Sweet Dixie and fits in the inner circle perfectly. The glitter background has been made using the new Creative Expressions glitter kisses in silver. I used the sponge applicator to spread the medium on a piece of card slightly bigger than the black. It needs a few coats but can be heat set with a gun, its dries quickly. When the butterfly wings are popped up you can see the glitter behind. Comes in a great range of colours. Finished off with a few gems.



 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Butterfly Arch

Its a new week and weathers looking lovely. Todays card is the second from my class with new stamps and dies from Chloe. This one used the Butterfly Arch stamp and die, together with papers from one of her 8x8 pads from last year. This die follows the same effect as the 3D flower, this time the Butterfly wings cut out the rest stays in place. I used another one of her new embossing powders called Mint Posset. The sentiment is also from Chloe and I cut it up so it would fit on the card. The paper from the pad is matted behind and matches the embossing powder beautifully.


Side view so you can see the Butterfly Wings.


Back again soon with the last card using the Butterfly circle and the lovely new Glitter Kisses from Creative Expressions.

Have a fab day

Saturday, 11 March 2017

3D flower die from Stamps By Chloe

Morning, it the weekend and I hope you have all had a good week. My card today is one I made for class using the January release from Stamps by Chloe. This time she has brought out dies that only partially cut, with some co-ordinating stamps. Very quick and simple design, I stamped the flower first, its called 3D flower. I embossed it with one of her new embossing powders Bilberry Crush then die cut the flower on top. The centres stay in and the petals cut out. The stem was embossed with Crème Brule embossing powder and the sentiment is also from Chloe. Finished off with some ribbon.

 
In this photo you can see in more detail the flower head. I wanted to be able to see through it so behind the flower is a acetate circle that is also in the card base. Impossible to photograph but you get the idea. On my next posts I will show you alternate ways to decorate behind the dies.
 
 
 Back tomorrow with my second card, have a great day and I hope you get to fit a little crafting time in.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Foiling

Good morning, todays post is about foiling. I have been playing about with different foiling techniques for a little while now and love the effect it gives on a card. This card was made for a friends birthday a little while ago. The flowers are called Blushing Rose and from Sue Wilson.You can either die cut your shape onto some double sided sticky paper and thin card and then apply the foil or die cut from sheets that have been printed from a laser printer. I don't have one of those, so I popped to a local printers and they printed me a sheet of solid black toner onto some of my white card. I die cut my flowers and leaves from this, cut out my foil and colour side up laid over the die cuts, black side up and run it through a laminator. The pink foil is from Heidi Swapp Minc collection and the green foil for the leaves is from Wow.


Unfortunately it not the easiest thing for me to photograph especially in bad light, but hopefully you can see  how gorgeous the foiling is. I used one of the mini stencils from Creative Expression's with some Tim Holtz Spun Sugar ink to create a background. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and I added a few sequins to finish.

 
Enjoy what's left of the weekend. Hope you get some time to craft.

Heart Cut File

I recently treated myself to a Cricut Air 2 and I had downloaded this cut file from the Silhouette store to use on a scrapbook page. I decid...