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Friday, 31 August 2012

Grand Calibur cards

Hi everyone,
I had a lovely birthday and nice weekend break on the Isle of Wight.  For my birthday I had some fabulous presents, including some gorgeous Liz Earle cosmetics and a Grand Calibur.  I have been playing with my new toy and so far I am very impressed with its embossing and the ease with which it cuts out the more intricate dies that my Cuttlebug used to struggle with.

The first card is made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder on my scalloped card blank, floral oval, classic oval and scalloped circle nestabilities (for the flowers), and some Marianne flourishes. A little glitter and some Kort & Godt pearls to complete the card.  I lined the card with the same lilac card to show off the scalloped edges.

The second card is one my Mum has asked me to make, it is made from Coredinations white card cut to A5 size.  I then used an XCut doorplate die to make the fancy edge at the top.  It took a bit of fiddling around and taping but I think it worked out ok in the end.  I cut an aperture in the front using the same die and used a Creative Expressions lattice embossing folder inside the card.  The colour is not really as pink as it looks in the photo, it is more of a taupe colour.  Other dies used are Marianne corners and fancy rectangle, and floral oval and classic oval nesties.  Finishing touches are a pearl heart ribbon slider, white ribbon and silver peel-off borders and a few pearls.

Thank you for looking and hope you have a great weekend,

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Just because


Thought I would try out a couple of things yesterday that I had been meaning to have a go at after doing a little surfing and blog hopping.  The first one is from a tutorial on Sue Wilson's blog http://particraft.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/fancy-nesty-tutorial.html.  I have done this before but not with a fancy spellbinders die and needed a little reminder of how to do it.

The image is a LOTV freebie that came with a magazine, I coloured it with promarkers and then chalked around the edge to give the cut out oval some definition.  The glittered patterned backing card is from First Edition Summer Breeze paper stack.  A little ribbon bow and some gems in some of the flowers just to finish it off.  I intended to leave the card without a sentiment for now as it would make a get well, birthday or thank you card.  The same applies to the next simple card:

The tutorial for this one came from: http://ricas-designs.blogspot.de/ although mine is very plain compared to the lovely one displayed on Heather's blog.  I measured mine out a little differently and ended up with a rectangular frame which I thought the Tim Holtz tattered floral flower I made fitted nicely.  It is just four layers treated differently - one embossed with swiss dots, one stamped and one with a pearl centre.  Each flower started out an off white and I inked them with vintage photo distress ink (my only colour at the moment).

Off  to spend the bank holiday weekend on the Isle of Wight with my sons and family, so getting up at silly o'clock in the morning, (which happens to be my birthday too).  Have fun whatever you are doing this weekend!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A Few Christmas Cards

From a Milton & Co paper stack from last year (I think it was a freebie with a magazine
but can't remember which one). Added the cut out image to a die-cut (Nellie's multi frame square), inked the edges with Versamagic wheat ink.  Stitched the topper and the backing papers to the card blank.  Finished with some stickles, a computer generated sentiment and a tiny red bow from stash.

Decoupage sheet from Kars Design House called Singing Snowmen (another golden oldie from my stash), enhanced with a little frosted lace stickles for the snow.  Die-cut nestie snowflakes and embossed Cuttlebug snowflake background with some icicle stickles for added sparkle.  Computer generated sentiment and some silver marker pen to edge the background and the sentiment.

Very simple card made using Cuttlebug tree embossing folder on Core'dinations white card, mounted on gold foil paper, added Memory Box gold tree die-cut as decoration, a small knot of gold ribbon and two ribbon borders.  I may make more like this (nice and flat for postage).

Freebie embossing folder (from last year's Docraft magazine) used on gold foil paper embellished with tiny Anita's green gems set in a Floral Oval Nestie frame.  Background spotted paper from Papermania pack (old stash) stitched on to dark green and mounted on card blank

Well I am fairly pleased with the start of the Christmas cards and the fact that I am managing to use some old stash towards making some of them.  Hope you like!

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Red and White

On Monday it will be my dear Mum's 77th birthday, so I felt I wanted a really special card.
Why is it when you need to make a special card for someone in particular the mind goes blank?  It is so much easier to make a card "just because".

Any way I eventually came up with this, not 100% happy with it but it is embellished in her favourite colour red, so I hope she likes it.  It is an 8" x 8" card, (made by fixing two sheets of A4 together).  I wanted to try out my new Cuttlebug embossing folder (similar to the elusive Tied Together Couture one I have been unable to get).   The spotty ribbon, the butterfly and some of the diecut flowers are from a Craftwork Cards kit.  The remainder of the flowers are Sizzix Bigz and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, with some small Prima flowers dotted in and around.  A few Anita's gems and Kort and Godt pearls just to add a bit of bling and its done.

I am entering this card into the challenge at: http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/try-something-new.html

Off to try and start the Christmas cards, lol, maybe!