Friday, 22 May 2015

Grey Linen 8x8 Birthday

Afternoon. thank you for popping across and having a read of my blog. its been a white since iv blogged so its time to get back on track 
 Across at PaperMill Direct, they have lovely Pale Grey Linen card stock on offer. Its a hefty 300gsm. For £4.40 you get 60 - 65 sheets. Why not do what I done and order 2 lots. Grey is one of those in-between colours where you don't want something to bright, but you don't want something to dark so Grey is that perfect colour to meet in the middle. That is why I tend to use it often. 
 Certain colours, such as Grey can tend to be used for matting and layering all the time. Use it for more than this, use it for the focus or part of the focus on your card. With my card below, you can see that the middle square has been reduced so the outer Pale Grey Linen is seen. This works well and should be done more often. Its a good way to make 8x8 cards if you struggle with then but like to make them. Make a 6x6 card and then chose a coordinated colour that goes well with your design (like i have done with the Pale Grey Linen) and matt and layer it onto an 8x8 card.    
 With this Grey Linen card being 300gsm in weight, it means you can use it as a full card base in itself. If you are making an A5 card, then simply score this card in half and there you will have your full card base in one matching colouring. If you are making a special card for a special someone then it can be extra lovely to have the whole card, front & back coordinate together. 
 The linen look and feel gives it that extra touch of luxury and if you charge for your cards, you can add an extra few pennies onto the cost because of the top quality card stock your using by Papermill direct. 
 Now,die cutting! Sometimes, when die cutting 300gsm card, it can be tricky. Maybe tricky isn't the right word but you need a good few passes through your die cutting machine for the die cut to cut perfectly. You have no trouble with this Pale Grey Linen card. I die cut 2 rosette dies and they both die cut first attempt with no problem. The rosette looks lovely, but with the linen effect, it makes the rosette that bit more luxurious. 

PMD;
Grey linen card - 300gsm -PMD558.
Black smooth card - 250gsm.
White plain card - 250gsm.
White Supersmooth card - 300gsm. (Insert & sentiment)

Stix2; 
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250. (50 meters)
19mm x 38mm x 2&3mm foam pads - S57137
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890. (Additional support to card candi foam pad as its on top of glittered elements)
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994
Pick up pencil - S57265.
8x8 cello bag - K624.

Additional;
8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
Silver and White Card Candi - Craftwork Card.
Desert Bloom 8x8 paper pad - First Edition. 
Rosette Die - Tim Holtz.



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Friday, 8 May 2015

Say "Hello" A5 card.

I have been having a few difficulties lately on my card creations FB page uploading descriptions etc. the follow card and tag I have writen a description twice and I'm not doing it again lol, the description below is the description I gave PaperMill Direct on our Design Team Facebook page. 
 I have given links where I could. So there is a link for every PaperMill Direct product Iv used and a link for every Stix2 Anything product Iv used. I have even included a link to the Hunkydory page with the "With Love" clear stamp Iv used. 

I love to see cards and tags for gifts coordinate, whether it's birthday cards and gifts or wedding cards and gifts. It's lovely to hand over your gift and card and it all ties in together. 

 First off I have this A5 card using PMD promotion card for this week - bright pink but it is a sort of 2 in one. It is a card but the main focal point on the front of the card is actually a tag that can be removed. So when they open their gift, the tag could be attached to the gift with your message on the back then once opened, they can take the tag and place it inside the front pocket of the card once they have opened their card. I personally like the idea that the card is part of the gift and the gift is part of the tag, it's like a little round circle when it comes to gift giving. I have used 3 main core colours - the new promotional Bright pink card, plain Black card and White hammered card. The main tag is able to stay in place using bookmark plastic holder by Stix2. The main card design has been made using 
Sue Wilsons die collection, 2 of them infact. The background die cut design is from her Scandinavian collection and the sentiment Hello die is a stand alone die. The card has been made as a birthday card but it's a lovely way to just send someone a card to say hello and that your thinking of them. 
 The products I have used are below;

PMD;
Bright Pink card - 160gsm - PMD565.
Grey smooth card - 240gsm (+ insert)
White Hammered card - 255gsm.
White supersmooth card 300gsm - (insert) 
Plain white card - 250gsm - card blank. 


Stix2; 
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250. (50 meters)
3mm red liner ultra sticky tape - S57084.
A4 3mm foam pad sheet - S57182
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890.
Clear bookmark sleeve - S57317. 
9mm white satin ribbon - S57202.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994
A5 cello bag - S57314.

Sue Wilson ;
Hello, expressions die - CED5401.
Background die, Scandinavian collection - CED4201.

Additional items;
"With Love" clear stamp - Hunkydory Crafts.
8mm Bright Pink satin ribbon - American Crafts.













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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Turquoise Delight - 8x8 16th birthday card.

Well it's the start of the week again! Where is the time going. Not only the start of a new week but we are into another month already. May time nearly half way through 2015. Scary thinking about it, even more scary for me as next month I'll be turning 30! Eek. I say eek but it actually doesn't phase me atol. Saying that, I won't be here to think about it. I'll be spending the week of my birthday in NYC! I place I have always wanted to go and seeing it's a big year for me, we booked New York last year. The count down is on.
 Another special age to turn is 16 ( I remember that) so with PaperMill Direct new promotional card stock - Turqoiuse at 250gsm where you get a small box for £4.50, I have made not only an 8x8 card for a girl using the PMD card but I have also made a keepsake box which is all made using the same die collection (see below for details) even the box has been made using white card stock from PMD. 
 It's not a typical colour scheme you would think for a girls16th birthday card, but I think it works the combination of White, Black and Turquoise really helps to make this card stand out from the rest on the mantelpiece.
 This card has a lot of die cutting involved and a lot of handling due to it constantly being placed inbetween the die cutting plates. The White die cut background has been run through my Grand Calibur 16 times. It has been die cut 8 times to create the background but I have also embossed it after each run through of the Grand Calibur. What makes this even more spectacular is that I have White Seal Embossed card stock by PMD and the whole texture and embossed look has stayed perfectly in tacked, even after 16 run throughs. You will be able to see in the photos that there isn't any wear and tear, cracks or creases, disfigurement of the card stock - it is perfect and that's the quality of the card that PaperMill Direct produce. You can be rest assured that when ever you purchase PMD card stock whether your regular buyer or a new buyer you will be guaranteed a perfect finished fro. The first die cut to the last die cut.
 The die collection I have used is Sue Wilsons die collection and it is part of her Scandinavian die collection. I am relatively new to Sues collection, infact this collection is the first die collection I have purchased. I have recently purchased others that you will see on previously blog posts. I am in love with them, they are so easy to use and the cut is simply perfect, no wax paper needed and if using the junior spellbinder plates like I do, they nearly cut first time. With the exception of a few occasions. Also when buying a full collection like the Scandinavian collection, they all mix and match with each other. Many of the shapes are the same maybe just abit larger or smaller but the full design is different which means you can mix and match from each collection and mat and layer together to give multiple different looks. 
  To create the box I have used the same colour card stock with the exception of the White Seal card. For the box base, I have used PMD plain white card. For the main lid I have used the Black card stock. Both of which construct perfect. When scoring and bending the card stock, there is no cracks showing, there's no firbers showing there's just perfect creased and scored lines. This shows that PMD card stock works so well when it comes to construction. 
 I genuinely believe and feel that the combination of PMD card stock and Sue Wilsons die collection really do work perfectly together. If you could see the many card samples I have made using these two together, you will see that this is a genuine beliefe I have. 
  The products I have used to create the card and box are as followed; 

PMD;
Turquoise card - 250gsm - PMD542
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
6mm double sided polyester ultra sticky tape - S56947.
19mm x 38mm x 2mm foam pads - S57137.

Pva glue with  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.
16mm white satin ribbon - S57212
8x8 cello bag - K624.

Additional items;
Sue Wilson Scandinavian die collection - 
16th die from pop up set - Tonic Studios.
13mm black satin ribbon - American Crafts.
6mm turquoise satin ribbon - American Crafts.
5mm blue tint pearls - Mei Flower.
8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
Font - Freehand591 BT.



Box.
PMD;
Turquoise card - 250gsm - PMD542
White Seal Embossed card - 230gsm.
Black smooth card - 250gsm.
White Plain card (box base) - 

Stix2;
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250.
6mm double sided polyester ultra sticky tape - S56947.
19mm x 38mm x 2mm foam pads - S57137.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890
Silicone glue - S57100.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57326.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
16mm white satin ribbon - S57212

Additional items;
She Wilson Scandinavia die collection - background die,
13mm black satin ribbon - American Crafts.
6mm turquoise satin ribbon - American Crafts.
5mm blue tint pearls 
Large score board - Crafters companion.








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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hello with a touch of Pink Sparkle

Did you spot something on this card that I very rarely use? Glitter! Yip, i have used glitter and it's not just a little sprinkling either. It's a whole panel on the background of the Hello Die. I don't like the stuff, in fact I hate the stuff. It's not the feel I dislike, it's the fact it covers you and goes everywhere no matter how care you are. That being said, I am going to try and use it more - he says. I cut a Matt and later panel for the background and placed a piece of double sided sheet on top and trimmed the excess. I then removed the backing sheet and rubbed Hunkydory's Butterfly Trails glitter in the adhesive panel before dusting off the excess. The Butterfly Trails work perfectly with this card as it has some pinks and reds in the glitter so matches the colour theme perfectly.  
 The majority of this card is made by products from Stix2. The Hammered White card and the Pink Gingham card is by Stix2, aswell as the satin ribbons and of course all the adhesives. The Hammered White card stock gives it an extra but of dimension in addition to the bows. 
 What always help to give extra height and dimension is the 3D foam pads used. With this card I have used the 3mm A4 foam pad sheets. I love the A4 sheets as you can cut your own foam pads to the size you wish. Wether it's small or extra large coverage, it's up to you. If you have a large area to cover and get frustrated peeling off all the backings then you just cut one large pad to the size you want and the jobs done - that easy. 
 The Pink card stock is by Bazzill Basics and is also a texture card stock. It has been used in the insert too. The White card used for the sentiment and the insert has been printed on to White Smooth card also by Bazzill Basics. Adding a few White and Pink pearls just ties all the colours together.  

The products I have used are below;

Bazzill Basics;
Deep pink textured card - 12x12. (+insert)
White smooth card - 12x12 (sentiment and insert)

Stix2; 
A4 White hammered card - A4300WHITEHAMMER
A4 pink gingham card - A4250PINKSMALLGHIN
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250. (50 meters)
A4 3mm foam pad sheet - S57182
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
A4 double sided adhesive tape sheets - S57107.
16mm pink satin double faced ribbon - S57210.
9mm white satin double faced ribbon - S57202.
9mm pink satin double faced ribbon - S57200.
3mm white satin double faced ribbon - S57192.
8x8 clear cello bag - K624.

Sue Wilson ;
Hello, expressions die - CED5401.

Additional;
Butterfly trails Diamond Sparkles glitter - Hunkydory crafts.
8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
5mm, 3mm & 2mm pink and white pearls - Mei Flower.
FREEHAND 591 BT - Font. 




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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Linen and Love, Anniversary Wishes 8x8 card.

A Wedding can possible be one of the most special events in a couples life. Whether it's you getting married, or a loving couple that you know. It's the start of many many years of happiness (hopefully) and with each year that passes, anniversaries are such a perfect way to acknowledge their love for one and other. It's one of the few occasions where you really want the card you will be given to be exceptionally special, after their wedding or birth of their first child or any child. 
 The base core of the card really is relativity simple, just some basic matting and layering. The 2nd base is measuring 6"x6" and has been embossed using an embossing folder, this is one step that doesn't have to be. The 1st base is measuring the card size of 8"x"8. 
 The die cut heart has had the outer outline shape die cut first and then before adhering the inticuit die cut elements, I have run the outline shape through am embossing folder first, this time being differnt from the 2nd base embossing folder. 
 Then making up 6 flowers using petal pair punches from Tonic Studio in coordinating colours - Ivory Linen and Gold mirri. I Added a couple of die cut swirls, ribbon, Gold card candi round the edge and a sentiment all to complete your card. As you can see, you can run the Ivory Linen card through your printer with no problem.
 This would be a gorgeous card for a wedding, Valentine's or even a birthday card. Hearts really can be suitable for all different celebratory occasions.

The products I have used are below;

PMD;
Ivory linen card 255gsm

Stix2 Anything;
12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250
6mm red liner tape - S57090
19x38x2mm foam pads - S57137
5mm x5mm x3mm foam pads - S57083 (for card Candi)
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
Micro dots (twin pack) - S57124
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
A4 die cut release sheets - S57316.
Low tack stencil tape - S56994.
9mm double faced Gold satin ribbon - S57198
9mm double faced Ivory satin ribbon - S57203
A4 magnetic storage sheets (1 pack)- S57264.
8x8 cello bag - k608

Additional items;

Reflection template, Adoring collection - Coutour Dies by Create & Craft
Gold Mirri - Anita's
Elegant embossing folder - free with version 1 of Ebosser
Small Dotty embossing folder - Sizzix
Gold card Candi - Craftwork Cards
8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards
Century Gothic - sentiment font
Swirl die - Cheery Lynne 
Petal pairs box set 3 - tonic studios 
4mm gold gems - Mei flower. 


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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Magnetic storage sheets.

Storage for crafting can be a pain sometimes. Depending on the shape and bulk of the packaging. Dies are not always that bad to store because most of them a relatively thin but again it's the packaging that can cause a problem. Another product that can be troublesome to store are rubber cling stamps. They come in so many differnt shapes and sizes and don't always sit well in boxes of drawers. The packaging can rip and tear and the stamps fall out and can get lost. 
This is where Stix2 A4 magnetic sheets come in great. Not only are they perfect to store your dies on but on the reverse, the store you rubber cling stamps. They are such a great way to keep all your dies/stamps together, have them all organised in themes or brands but also they are a great way to clear space of all the packaging from the dies and stamps. All you need is enough room to store 1 A4 ring binder or more if you have hundreds of dies. 
 I have sorted and organised 1 folders worth of dies, yet I still have many many more to sort. I have a few brands of dies, Spellbinders, Tattered Lace, Cherry Lynn Tonic Studios all to name a few. Having worked for Tonic Studios for a short period of time, my main die collection consists of Tonic Studios dies. So my first folder I organised have most of my Tonic Studios dies. As you can see from the photos, the A4 magnetic sheets are perfect for holding your small or even your large dies. The die set I have on my first storage sheet is the box die which is a large die. The storage sheets not only hold the main outline die, It comfortably holds all the additional dies that come with the set. The mangnet in the sheets are very strong so my tip is that if you aren't storing rubber stamps on the back, place a piece of card Inbetween each magnetic sheet. If you don't, then the sheets can stick together. It's not a strong hold but it can happen. By placing the sheet of card Inbetween, it just enables each magnetic sheet to lift with ease without being stuck to the sheet beneath. 
 I personally don't keep the outer packaging of the die with the coordinated  die, I just store the packaging in a drawer.
 I would recommend storing the folders on their back as this stops any tension and weight pulling at the ring binder rings themself. If there is weight pulling at the rings, then as you can imagine, over a short period of time, the ring binder will buckle and pull the rings off the folder spine. 
 The A4 Magnetic sheets really are the perfect way to store your die collection. The following pictures are just the first few of my magnetic sheets and how I use them. 

The sheets come single in a pack and cost £2.99. 
Here are a link to the magnetic sheets -


The front of my folder and I have kept the front information sheets that you get in your pack of magnetic sheets and attached to the front. 


As writen above, my front magnetic sheet holds a large die including all the additional does that come with it.



The photo shows the reverse of the magnetic sheet (left side) and how it holds your stamps. On the left it is holding 2 kinds of stamps - Hunkydory clear stamps and Tim Holts Grey backed stamps. Each of them has a great grip to hold the stamps. The right hand photo again shows more die storage. 



As the previous photo is shows how it holds both Hunkydory and Dawn Bibby clear stamps aswell as Tim Holtz Grey backed stamps. With dies on the reverse side. 



In this photo, it only shows the dies on the right hand side. The left hand side is actually a piece of white a4 card that has been punched and insert. As I have said at the top, if you don't store stamps on the reverse then the sheets can stick together slightly as the magnetic sheets such high quality. 


You can also turn your sheets around so that dies are facing each other as in the photo below and have the rubber stamps facing each other. It's personal preference. How ever, if you do do this, ,are sure you do place a piece of card inbetween each layer as it will stop the front of the dies from grinding on each other and wearing them down. 

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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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