Friday, 17 April 2015

"Love is all around" 6x6 wedding invitation.

When it comes to invites, gorgeous detailed elegant cards are lovely and really help to enhance the fact of how special the the day is going to be. Just simple invites can be just as gorgeous but with little time spent on them. Doesn't mean the day will be any less special. 
 With this invite, I simply took the pop up adoring die by Create and Craft and placed in my chosen area of the card stock. The White Linen card measures at 5 3/4" This doesn't have a cutting edge around it so when run through your ebosser, grand calibur etc, the design will be cut in the card stock and will stay situated there. Then I Matt and layer onto Chrismtas Red card - measuring 4mm bigger the White Linen card. 
 Before attaching the matted and layered card to the card black. I wrapped a piece of red satin ribbon round the card and then attached to the card blank. I had an "invitation" stamp in my own stash so stamped in my chosen area. Added a hand tied bow and a few pearls to complete the invitation.  
 For the insert, I printed out my chosen text on to white Supersmooth and matted and layered on to matching red card. 
 The invitation is now complete. 

PMD;
Christmas red plain card -
White card linen - 255gsm. (+insert)
White super smooth card - 300gsm (insert) 

Stix2;
6x6 card blank & envelope (6 pack) - S57339.
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
16mm double faced red satin ribbon - S57209.
9mm double faced red satin ribbon - S57199.
Silicone glue - S57100.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57316.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.

Additional;
Heart Pop up template dies - C&C Couture dies - Adoring collection. 
4mm red pearls - Mei Flower.
"Invitation" clear stash - Own stash.
Tuxedo black ink pad - Memento. 

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Summer Dreaming A5 card.

Hello, thank you for coming across to have alook at my blog post. 
 What gorgeous weather it has been, can't say it's been over the weekend but during the week had been gorgeous. I managed to catch some of the sun while being in the garden and getting the grass cut etc. it doesn't take long though before the crafting itch starts and I need to get in my craft room and get making. 
 This card is using a colour that I wouldn't always initially go for. It's called "Sea Blue" and it's from Papermill direct. Below you will see a link for the Sea Blue card that will take you right to the Sea Blue page on PMD website. It's on offer at the moment at 30 A4 sheets for £2.70. (Don't forget if you stock up on a variety of card stock and spend over £60, you P&P is FREE!!!) 
 The Sea Blue is a gorgeous bright summery day blue. It reminds me of a delicious Blue Berry slush puppy that I really do enjoy on a hot summer day. Being a bright colour, it will mix perfectly with other bright card, but it equally goes well with White and Black. 
The White is used as the base background colour and used my Sue Wilson background die to create the background. So far, with all dies Iv tried, PMD card stock cuts beautifully wirh the dies and iv never had any problem. With the Sea Blue shining through the die cut elements aswell as just slightly popping out the sides with the matting and layering the combination of them both  really draws your eye in. Then create a slight black outline using the black card, really helps to lift the whole design off the page. 
 When it comes to the stamp, which has been stamped onto White Supersmooth card. I havnt coloured it. I stamped the image off the page but ensuring I tried to keep as much of the butterfly design on the card as possible. I then re-stamped the butterfly several times on to additional pieces of Supersmooth and then cut the butterfly out creating a decoupage image. Then I simply drew round the whole of the design with a Grey Chameleon pen and added a few blue and black pearls to finish off the card. You could add a sentiment of you wanted, But I feel there's no need. 
 The products Iv used are;

PMD
sea blue card - 120gsm PMD543
White plain card - 250gsm
Black smooth card - 250gsm 
White card Supersmooth - 300gsm. 

12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
12mm red ultra clear tape - S57091.
5mm x 1mm x 50m roll of foam tape - GPAL11035150. 
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890.
A5 cello bag - S57314.

Sue Wilson Scandinavian die Collection;
 Background - CED4201
 Corner, border & tag - CED4202
 Oslo - CED4205

Additional
"Dream in beauty" red backed stamp HCPC3655 - Heartfelt Creation.
Tuxedo blank ink pad - Memento.
Blue and black 3mm pearls - Mei Flower. 
Grey Chameleon pen.



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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Baby Bundle A5 card.

To create this card, its all about matting and layering. It is a very simple but elegant New Baby card and is also based arounf 3 main colours, Pink, Grey and White. The card that is the main focus is the White Seal card stock. By simply matting and layering your White Seal base onto Baby Pink and Cool Grey. Before adhesing it to your main car base, I have wrapped some 16mm Baby Pink satin ribbon and 9mm White satin ribbon arounf the end of the card. Next I have printed out my chosen sentiment/sentiments and also matted and layered them onto same Pink and Grey card. Before attaching the 2nd sentiment (Date, time and weight) I placed my die cut swirl in my chosen area which will be situated under the sentiment. I repeat this step with the chosen topper image. This image has been printed out measuring 4" x 4".
To finish off, I have added some hand tied bows and added some pearls.

PMD;
White seal embossed card - 230gsm PDM538.
Baby pink plain card - 240gsm.
Grey smooth card - 240gsm
White Supersmooth card - 300gsm.
White plain card - 250gsm (card blank)

Stix2;
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
5mm x 1mm x 50m roll of foam tape - GPAL11035150.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890
Silicone glue - S57100.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57326.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
A5 cello bag - S57314.
16mm double faced baby pink satin ribbon - S57210.
9mm double faced baby pink satin ribbon - S57200.
9mm double faced white satin ribbon - S57202.
3mm double faced white satin ribbon - S57192.

Additional;
Baby foot image - "Only way is words" cd rom - My Craft Studio.
5mm white pearls - Mei flower.
Fanciful Flourish Swirl die - Cheery Lynn.
Font - FREEHAND 591 BT.






Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Butterfly Teal 8x8 card.

I seem to be in this Teal creative mood lately where lots of elements and styles are revolve around Teal colours. I am in love with with PaperMill Directs Teal plain card. At 240gsm, it is a substantial weight that can not only hold its own, but small amounts of the Teal colour can be used. In this card, I have used a Tonic Verso die where the Teal peers through the die cut elements as well as having a Matt and layer surround. Having the card design this way with just the sentiment in the centre on its own would be more than enough, but just to add abit more dimension and layers I have die cut 4 Teal butterflies and placed them round the centre of the die cut circle, then by placing the sentiment on top really brings a different dimension. The bottom of the butterflies hidden under the sentiments with front wings fluttering out from behind it. 
 Unlike many of my cards, I am always using gems or pearls in small quantities but this one I felt didn't need it. All I added was a hand tied bow using Hunters Greens ribbon by Stix2 and even added additional tails. This seems to be my new "thing" that I am doing. I take a length of ribbon roughly 4/5 inches, fold in half and with a bit of glue or glue do adhere it together, slightly over lapping. I then cut 2 triangles in each tail before adhering it to my card, then by placing my hand tied bow on top. 
 I really am pleased with this card. Considering i started not known what the outcome design would be, 
It has finished as a really lovely, elegant but simple card. 
 With this card, I have also included links for all the card Iv used from PaperMill Direct aswell as some of the products I have used by Stix2.
 The products I have used to create this card are below.

PMD 
Natural white card pearlised - 300gsm
White Supersmooth - 300gsm (insert)
Teal plain card - 240gsm. (+insert)
https://www.papermilldirect.co.uk/paper-card/teal-plain-card

Stix2
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
5mm x 1mm x 50m roll of foam tape - GPAL11035150. 
Silicone glue - S57100.
16mm Hunters Green double faced satin ribbon - S57215.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57326.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
8x8 self seal cello bags - K624.

Additional 
"Bow" verso die - Tonic Studios.
Butterfly die - Tonic Studios.
8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
Sentiment topper - Kanban Crafts. 

The front of the card. 

The inside of the card. The verse is printed onto White Supersmooth card and matted and layered on to the Teal card stock. Both by PaperMill Direct.

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Pink delight butterfly 8x8 card.

Good morning. 
 Thank you for popping across to my blog and having a look and read at my new blog post. As I continue to play more with my dies, when going through my folder of dies, I came across the die collection that I was lucky enough to demo live on Create & Create 17 months ago called, Butterfly & Blooms. The die used on this card is called "Purple Empress". I havnt actually used these dies since then until yesterday. I had a lot of fun playing with this die aswell as some of the other dies from the collection. Not to mention the memories that came flooding back. 
 I don't always find it easy to think of card designs using dies that are the main feature element. I'm always happier using dies that are used as background designs ie - verso bow circles etc. Insaying that, I really enjoyed pushing myself to create a card where the die is main image. I have mixed and match primarily using 3 company products - Papermill Direct, Stix2 Anything and Tonic Studios Die. 
 The main focus point of these dies are the fact they are decoupaged dies. There are additional dies that come with each die set that lets you 3D/decoupage certain parts. This die actually has 3 additional dies that come with it to create 3D effect. I have just used 2 of them, I have die cut them in the matching White card stock but then stuck them down using the pva glue with metal tip onto the matching pink card stock and cut around. That way, the pink shows through the die cut elements. The rest of the card is simple basic matting and layering. The white matt and layer  background has been embossed using an A4 butterfly embossing folder by Crafters Companion. Added some Satin Ribbon, a sentiment and some pearls to finish off the card. 
 When it come to the insert, I have printed the verse onto white Supersmooth card and matted and layered onto matching pink card and placed inside. (Picture at bottom)
 Over all I really did enjoy myself when create this card but having the door of my craft room open, with the warm sun beaming in and the music tunes on loud also helped.  
 The products I have used to create this card are below;

PMD
White plain card - 250gsm.
White Supersmooth - 300gsm. (Insert & sentiment) 
Baby pink card (+ insert) - 240gsm.

Stix2
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
5mm x 1mm x 50m roll of foam tape - GPAL11035150. 
Micro dots (twin pack) - S57124.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Pastel Pink small square gingham 250gsm card - A4250PINKSMALLGHIN
16mm white satin double faced ribbon - S57212.
9mm pink satin double faced ribbon - S57200.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57326.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
8x8 self seal cello bags - K608.

Additional items;
 3mm pink & white pearls - Hunkydory Crafts. 
 8x8 card blank - CraftWork Cards
 A4 butterfly Embossalicious embossing folder - Crafters Companion.

Main card front.


Card insert.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Butterfly buff - My Love 8x8 card.

Good Morning. 
 Well easter weekend is here. Hope you all have a lovely long weekend what ever you get up to and if like me you are working, I hope you still manage to have a lovely time. 
 A few months back I bought the Chameleon pendms when they were the pick of week on Create and Craft. With that I added a Heartfelt Creations rubber stamp and its looks gorgeous. I havnt got round to using the stamp so decided the other night to sit and use it. I kept it simple by stamping it just with a Rich Cocoa brown ink. I re stamped the image twice and cut out certain elements to create a decoupage 3D effect. I went round all the edges of the stamped image with a grey pen.nIf your still not confident enough with shading and colouring like I am. Using a grey outline really helps makes the stamped image stand out. It was stamped on White Supersmooth card by PaperMill Direct. With the edges of the White Supersmooth card, i roughly went round them with a quicky glue and when the blue turns to clear and tacky I rubbed some of the gold foil by stix2 to give a rough gold texture edging and then matted and layered onto Mocha brown and Buff coloured card also by PMD. The main 8x8 front is White Hammered card and I also went round the edges with the glue pen and foil. Then matted and layered on the same card stock. I wrapped a piece of acetate over the front, stamped a sentiment in all 4 corners and added a few gold gems. 
 The products I have used to create this card are below; 

PMD 
Mocha brown plain card - 240gsm. (+ insert)
Buff smooth card - 240gsm?
White card Supersmooth - 300gsm. (+ insert)
White card hammered - 255gsm.

12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
12mm red ultra clear tape - S57091.
5mm x 1mm x 50m roll of foam tape - GPAL11035150. 
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
Shiny transfer foul set - S57067(used gold).
Clear project acetate (100 Microns) - S57132.
8x8 cello bags - K608


Quicky glue pen - Sakura.
"Dream in beauty" red rubber stamp - Heartfelt Creations.
"My Love" clear stamp - own stash.
Rich Cocoa ink pad - Memento.
Cool Grey (CG8) - Chameleon pens.
3mm gold gems - Mei Flower. 
8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Turquoise Delight Birthday card.

Hope everyone is well and enjoying their week. Its Friday already isn't it? clocks go forward this weekend so an hour less in bed. I'm in work at 6am Sunday as normal so ill be extra tired with losing an hour, oh well cant be helped. However, for me - a Wrestling fan, its a big weekend as its Wrestlemania weekend with Wrestlemania 31 live on the WWE Network this Sunday night/Monday morning. Plenty of energy juice will be consumed. Anyway, enough of that. 
Here, I have made an 8x8" card using many different companies products and combined them all. Simply sticking to 2 main colours as well as a touch of black really makes the card stand out. I am loving turquoise just now and use it often, it really does create a simple yet elegant card with the White Hammered card. I don't often use micra powder but having a large stash of it, I am trying to use it more and include different elements in my cards and my makes. Its all about fun, have fun with what your using and what your creating, that's what's its all about - FUN.


8x8 White and turquoise card

PMD
White hammered card 255gsm
Pale turquoise plain card 240gsm
White supers smooth 300gsm
Black smooth card 250gsm

STIX2
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250
6mm red liner tape - S57090
19x38x3mm foam pads - S57137
5x5x3mm foam pads - S57083
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Pva glue with metal tip - S57890.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57316.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
Silicone glue - S57100

ADDITIONAL 
Fanciful flourish die - Cheery Lynn
4mm & 3mm pearls - Mei flower 
Antique Green mica powder - Cosmic shimmer. 
Petal pairs box set 3 - Tonic Studios
Ella bella rubber stamp - IndigoBlu
"May your dreams" grey backed stamp - Creative Expressions
Tuxedo black ink pad - Memento
Embossing ink pad - ranger/Tim Holts

Mount n stamp foam - S57244
8x8 cello bag - K608



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