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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

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

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

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

Craig x

Monday, 23 March 2015

Love is all around - Wedding Anniversary

 Hope you all had a lovey weekend. Can't believe we are at Monday again not to mention the clocks going forward this weekend. Bring on the spring and summer. 
 As you will see, I have been having fun with my dies lately. Especially the couture dies by create and craft. I really do love them, especially the adoring collection that I have. There's just so much versatility in them. It's one of those collections where you start to make one card and another idea pops in your head. 
 With this one, I done some paper piecing. You will see the Center heart has some black in it. I cut the main heart shape and attached it to the ruby red card. But I cut another heart out in black and the die cut bits that would be waste, I placed some of them back into the main design. It just adds abit more interests and dimention when looked at close up. 
 You really can go all out with these Dies.
 The products I have used to create this card are below;

Ivory linen card 255gsm (+ insert)
Black smooth card 250gsm
Ruby red plain card 240gsm  (+ insert) 
White plain card 250gsm (card blank)

Pop up template Couture dies -
The Adoring Collection - Create & Craft.

12mm double sided tape -FPAL27321250
6mm red liner tape - S57090
19x38x2mm foam pads - S57137
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.
9mm double faced Wine satin ribbon - S57206
A5 cello bag - S57314.

 4mm diamond sparkles bling - HD

Craig x

Monday, 16 March 2015

Say it With Love

Hello there. Oh it's been chilly as of late, I thought we were getting into the spring time not the autumn winter. Hopefully the nice warm wether is on its ways very soon. Can't wait to get back to crafting with my craft room door open wide, looking out into my garden and the music on loud. Not that my garden is much to look out onto. I could do with a ground force make over, It can look like a jungle sometimes in the summer if I don't try keep the grass under control.
 Sometimes it's nice to send a simple but elegant card to who you want to know your thinking of, wishing a happy birthday or just wanting to send them some love. I feel this card really does that. It's made only using 3 colours. Keeping it to 2 or 3 set colours can help make it look simple but elegant. There is plenty of need of cards that are full of colour and embellishments and bling but it's also nice to keep it simple using set colours such as this card. I love using black to great and a small Matt and layer outline. It just draws the eye in and makes each individual element standout. 
 Such a lovely card to be given for many occasions. 
 The products I have used are below;

 Black smooth card - 250gsm
 Pale turquoise plain card - 240gsm
 Plain white card - 250gsm

Stix2 anything;
 12mm double sided tape - FPAL27321250 (50mtrs)
 19mm x 38mm x 2mm foam pads - S57137
 Layer perfect metric - S57182
 Pva glue with metal tip - S56890
 Silicone glue - S57100
 Non stick craft sheet - S57132
 Low tack stencil tape - S56994
 A5 cello bags - S57314
 A4 magnetic sheets - S57264

Additional items;
 "With love" pop up dies - Tonic Studios Hessian embossing folder - Crafters Companion
 3mm black pearls - Hunkydory Crafts
 25mm pale turquoise satin ribbon - Own stash
 19mm black satin ribbon - Own stash.

Craig x


Friday, 13 March 2015

Spring has Sprung.

TJust when you think the spring is starting to come, here comes the rain, wind and snow! Lease the nights are getting lighter for longer. Noticing a big difference, before I would leave my craft room about half 4 for me tea and it would be dark outside. Now, when I come back into my craft room once Iv had my tea at about 6ish, it's still day light. It's nice to be able to look out the window while crafting and still see the day light. 
 With spring hopefully on its way I have made this bright and cheery card using Papermill Directs card stock, Dovecrafts basic paper pad and of course Stix2 anything adhesive. Papermill direct card stock is strong enough to be used as the card base itself as I have done with this card. I have used the whole A4 Mocha brown card as the card base by folding it in half. With the insert I have printed it on to white super smooth card and matted and layered it on to the Daffodil Yellow card that I have used on the front of the card so it ties the whole card in together. Although the Mocha brown can be quite rough, the bright yellow really brings the whole card in together. Really helping to enhance the finished card. 
 It's a great card that can be used as a birthday card, thinking of you card or even a get well soon card. It can basically be used for any occasion you wish.
 The products I have used are below;

Papermill Direct;
 Mocha brown plain card - 240gsm
 Daffodils yellow smooth card - 240gsm
 White Supersmooth card - 300Gsm

Stix2 anything;
 9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950
 Pva glue with metal tip - S56890
 Layer perfect metric - S57321
 Silicone glue - S57100
 Pick up pencil - S57265
 Non stick craft sheet - S57132
 Low tack masking tape - S56994
 A5 cello bag - S57314

 Flower die - die'sire/crafters companion.
 8mm yellow checked ribbon - own stash
 4mm black detailed fine liner - Chameleon pens
 Back to basics 12x12 paper pad - Dovecrafts
 Happy birthday clear stamp - Kanban Crafts
 Black tuxedo ink pad - Memento

Craig x

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

All My Love - Dies by Sue Wilson.

Hope everyone is well, have been trying to spend more time using dies to make cards and projects. I seen Sue Wilson with these dies the other month on Create and Craft and I just fell instantly in love with them. Its the first time I have ever bought or used Creative Expression dies. I can see myself being addicted to them, especially Sue Wilson's own range. These are the Scandinavian Collection. What's great is there are 4 sets in the collection and all of them mix and match together, to me this just expends the capability so far and beyond. Its one of those collections when you start to make a card, your mind instantly starts wondering and you think I could do this, change it that way and do it that way. Basically the ideas just keep coming. 
Of course it couldn't of been a card without the help of Stix2 anything and PaperMill Direct. all 3 are a match made in heaven - well I think so anyway.
The products I have used are below;

Sue Wilson Scandinavian die collection;
Copenhagen - CED4204.
Stockholm - CED4203.
Oslo - CED4205.
Background - CED4201.

PaperMill Direct products:
White Supersmooth card 300gsm.
White Hammered card  255gsm.
Maroon plain card 240gsm.

Stix2 Anything adhesives;
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
A4 foam pad sheets - S57182.
PVA glue with metal tip - S56890.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
9mm Double sided tape - FPAL2732950.
16mm double faced Wine satin ribbon - S57216.
A5 cello bags - S57314.

Additional products;
Nuvo pearl white crystal drops - Tonic Studios.
"All my love" rubber stamp - Dawn Bibby.
Tuxedo Black ink pad - Memento.


A little bit of love with Yankee Candle.

Good morning. Hope your all well and keeping warm. It's been very cold hasn't it. Although we have only had a light flutter of snow here in Scotland, well in my town anyway. It doesn't lie long when we do get it as we have the beach so the salty air helps melt it. 
 We all know that a side from crafting, I have a big passion for Yankee Candle, I adore the brand and the range of fragrances that they do. So real to life. When I burn the small votive candles, I keep the labels, I can't throw them out. So had to work out what to make with them. I came up with this idea of an apiture heart with the labels popping through. Ofcourse I couldn't of done this with out the help of Stix2 adhesives and now ofcourse PaperMill Direct card stock. 
 The products I have used are;

 6mm double sided polyester ultra sticky tape - S57947.
 Silicone glue - S57100.
 5x5x3" foam pads (for card candi) - S57041.
 Pick up pencil - S57265.
 A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
 Low tack stencil tape - S56944.
 Non stick craft sheet - S57132.

PaperMill Direct
 White hammered card.
 Cream leather embossed 300gsm - PMD521.
 Grey pearlised 300gsm - PMD545.
 Dark moss green 300gsm - PMD530.

 Flower dies - Crafters Companion.
 Brother ScanNCut.
 Scalloped heart shape - ScanNCut pre-installed software design.
 A4 photo frame - high street store.
 Card candi - Craftwork Cards.
 Swirl die.