Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Christmas Tree and Stamped Message

Hi Everyone, after my recent flurry of shaker cards I thought I would do something different today. The Three Trees die cutting set that cuts out the Christmas Tree Shaker Dome shape is a great die set to use without the shaker domes too. I have used it here with one of the decorative  backgrounds, there are two other backgrounds included in the set. So you could make lots of variations on this design.

Hand made Christmas card with die cut Christmas tree and stamped message

I used a green A6 card blank, cut white card slightly smaller, dry embossed it with a dots embossing folder and stuck it to the card front with double sided tape.

I cut a strip of green card the same width as the embossed piece and about 4cm high and a piece of white card the same width but slightly shorter. I fixed the white card on top of the green and then both of them across the middle of the card. I die cut the Christmas tree from green card and a background for it from white card. I used a Quickie glue pen to put glue on the back of the green tree to stick it to the white background then fixed the tree over the green and white strip.

The Merry Christmas greeting is stamped in dark green ink on to the white strip to finish it off.

I like the simple color scheme and design for this card. As I mentioned earlier there are lots of variations that you could make such as a different color scheme, different tree design, different embossing folder and different greeting stamp. In fact I might try some of those myself! Thank you for dropping in, I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Christmas Shaker Card with Die Cut Background and Peel Off Decoration

Hi Everyone, as I have been showing cards made using our new shaker dome shapes with matching die cutters, I wanted to make one using our original round shaker dome for which we also have a matching circle die cutter and now have this lovely Here Comes Santa die that makes a background for your shaker dome.

Christmas Shaker Card with Die Cut Background and Peel Off Decoration

I used a 15cm square white card base for this one as I wanted enough space around the shaker dome to add the snowflakes and greeting.

The Here Comes Santa die set contains two dies one is a plain circle and the other cuts the picture and writing, so if you use them both together you get a circle with the picture inside, I cut that from white card and also used the circle die to cut red card to go behind it. I used a Quickie glue pen to put glue on the intricate die cut design and attach it to the red circle.

I cut a square or red card slightly smaller than the card blank and used a die from our Circle Frames die set to cut out a circle in the centre of it. I used this as a guide to position the red and white centerpiece and used double sided tape to adhere that to the card blank.

I put the round shaker dome over the centerpiece and placed the square of red card over it to again use it as a guide to the position of the shaker dome, I held the shaker dome in place, lifted off the red card and marked the position of the shaker dome with a pencil. I tipped a small pile of Soft Snowdrift Chunky Glitter on to the centerpiece, put glue around the rim of the shaker dome and adhered it to the card.

Whilst I was waiting for the glue on the shaker dome to dry I decorated the red card with peel off snowflakes and used two of the circle frame dies together to cut a frame from red card. Once the shaker dome glue was dry I adhered the red card over the top of it and the red circle frame on top of that.

The final part is the greeting I stamped this in white ink onto a strip of red card and then heat embossed it with opaque white embossing powder to give it the same glossy finish as the peel off snowflakes. I added a couple of tiny peel off snowflakes to it, mounted it on a piece of white card and attached it to the card front using adhesive foam pads.

I am really pleased with this card,  I love the red and white colors and the whole snowy theme! Hope you like it too and would love to hear your comments.
Thanks for visiting.
Debbie x

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Hand Made Birthday Card Using Balloon Shaped Shaker Domes

Hi Everyone, this is the last new shape in our range of shaker domes, which doubles up as either a balloon shape or egg shape, whichever fits the occasion. Here I've used them as balloons for a birthday card, you get 10 each of two sizes of shaker dome in the pack. Again we have a matching die set so you can cut perfect apertures for the domes, I used the dies to cut white balloons to make a faux embossed background too.

Hand made birthday card with balloon shaped shaker domes

I started with a white 5 x 7" blank card and cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than that. I wanted to make the balloon shakers really stand out so opted for an all white background but added interest by die cutting several balloons from the same white card and sticking them all over the piece of white card, this gives the effect of dry embossing to the background piece.

I used the dies to cut two apertures in the background piece where I wanted the two shaker domes to go and then cut two pieces of colored card to go inside the shaker domes. I put the domes in place under the white card then carefully lifted the white card off and marked where both the domes and the colored die cuts should go.

I used double sided tape to attach the colored die cuts, poured a small pile of the Party Fragments on to each then glued the domes into position, I put the white card over the domes again to make sure everything was in the right place before the glue dried so that I could slide the domes into position if necessary.

Once the glue on the domes was dry I taped the back of the white card and stuck that in place and added a die cut birthday greeting mounted on 3mm foam pads,  for the finishing touch.

I am very happy with the card and love the contrast between the white on white background and the brightly colored balloons and filling. Hope you like it too, please leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Oval Shaker Dome

Hi Everyone, here's a third card made using one of our new range of shaker domes. This time I have used the oval dome, we did already stock an oval shaker dome but this one is smaller and shallower so can be used to make a smaller card. I decided to make a Christmas card with a classic red, green and gold color scheme with the greeting stamped inside the shaker dome.

Hand made Christmas card with oval shaped shaker dome and die cut poinsettia

I used a cream A6 blank card for the base, to coordinate with the small cream colored stripe in the tartan paper. I cut a piece of plain green card and a piece of the tartan paper both the same size approximately 14 x 10cm. I used an oval cutting die that matches the size of the shaker dome to cut an oval shape out of the tartan paper. I laid the tartan paper over the green card to create a guide as to where I should stamp the greeting to make sure that it is in the centre of the oval shape. I stamped the greeting in Watermark ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

To make sure that the shaker dome is in the correct position I put the die cut tartan paper over it and positioned it on the card, then carefully lifted the paper off and used a pencil to mark where the shaker dome should be. I poured a pile of the Soft Snowdrift chunky glitter on top of the stamped greeting, glued around the rim of the shaker dome and fixed it to the green card using the marks that I had made.

Once the glue on the shaker dome was dry I used double sided tape to fix the tartan paper over the shaker dome. I used the same size oval die along with the one a size bigger to die cut a frame from matt gold card and glued this over the shaker dome.

To make the poinsettia I used a die cutter to cut petals from red and green card, layered them up and glued them together and used self adhesive gold metal gems in the centre. I colored a page from an old book with Pine Needles distress ink, then die cut two holly branches from it. The poinsettia is fixed using a 3mm adhesive foam pad so that it can spread over the shaker dome and the holly branches are glued in position underneath the poinsettia.

I like the traditional color scheme for this card and you can't beat a bit of tartan for a Christmas card! I hope you like it too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Star Shaped Shaker Birthday Card with Age Peel Off Sticker

Hi Everyone, continuing with our new range of shaker domes I have used the star shaped one for this card. I don't usually make children's cards but the lovely 25mm peel off numbers have been crying out to me to be used ever since we got them in stock so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

We have a giveaway going on - leave a comment on this post to let me know what you think of the card and you could win the Nested Stars die cutting set and a pack of the Star Shaped Shaker Domes.
The winner will be announced on this blog and on our Facebook page on Friday 20th December. Good luck !!

Hand made star shaped shaker card with age 8

I started with a white 12.5cm square blank card and layered that with pink card. I cut a piece of spotted paper to 11.5cm square and die cut a star shape from the middle.

Using the next smaller size of star die I cut one in off-white and stuck a pink number 8 peel off in the centre, I positioned the spotted paper on the card and used the star shape hole to help me position the smaller star with the number on and stuck that in place.

I then die cut different sizes of small stars, from blue, pink and green card that matches the blue, pink and green spots on the paper, I also cut some from silver mirror card to add a bit of shine. I grouped three of the stars near to the peel off number and glued them in place and left the rest loose to be the shaker pieces.

I laid the spotted paper over the star shaped shaker dome and again positioned it on the card, then lifted the paper off and made pencil marks to show where the shaker dome should go. I put glue around the rim of the shaker dome and stuck it down with the small stars inside. Once the glue had dried I used double sided tape to fix the spotted paper in place over the shaker dome.

The last thing was to add a silver peel off Happy Birthday, mounted on a strip of pink card, across the top left corner.

I'm very happy with this card, I love the color scheme and of course the shaker effect of the stars. I hope you like it too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Hand Made Christmas Tree Shaker Card with Soft Snowdrift Chunky Glitter

Hi Everyone - exciting times.... this is the first card that I have made using one of our new range of shaker domes 😁

As Christmas is fast approaching I thought I would use the Christmas Tree shaker dome first, I was planning to make a video so that you can see how I use the cutting die with the shaker dome but I couldn't get it right today, maybe next time! I did take some photos of the steps involved so I hope that helps.

I am a big fan of blue and silver for Christmas so that was my first choice color scheme for this card.

Hand made Christmas shaker card with Christmas tree shaped shaker and snow glitter

I started with an A6 white blank card and added layers of dark blue and silver card. I cut a piece of white card to the size of another layer and positioned the Christmas tree outline die to cut the aperture for the Christmas Tree shaker dome.

Once the Christmas tree outline was cut I used a Swiss Dots embossing folder to add some texture to the layer.

Then I cut a Christmas Tree from blue card using the Baubles centre.

At this point I positioned the white overlay on the card, then put the blue Christmas tree inside it and lifted off the white overlay holding the blue Christmas tree in place so that I could mark it's position.

I then glued the blue Christmas tree onto the silver background using the positions that I had marked and poured some Super Snowdrift Chunky Glitter onto the tree.

You can see in the photo that a few flakes have strayed on to the silver card, carefully brush these away before adding glue to the rim of the Christmas Tree Shaker Dome and positioning it over the die cut tree.

Once the shaker dome was in place I could stick down the die cut and embossed layer (remember to die cut before you emboss otherwise the die cutting will flatten your embossing) over the shaker dome to cover the edges.

The greeting is a silver peel off Christmas message on blue card cut with angled ends to kind of match the angles of the Christmas tree. The Three Trees Die cutting set also includes a die for a small star so I cut one in silver and added it to the top of the tree.

Having written this it sounds a bit complicated but once you try it you will see it is actually very easy 😊

I am so pleased with this card mainly because it's my own design of shaker dome which is exciting! I would love to hear what you think so please leave a comment below to let me know.
Thanks for reading all this.
Debbie x

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Birthday Blossoms Marigold and Cosmos Cards for October Birthdays

Hi Everyone, Marigold and Cosmos are the birth flowers for October, Marigold are usually dark yellow and orange whilst Cosmos range from a very dark maroon through all shades of pink to white, giving you lots of choice where your color scheme is concerned. I found this Sunshine Flowers clear  stamp set which not only contains a Marigold and Cosmos stamp but also Daisy and Pansy and a seed packet which gave me everything I needed for this month's three cards.

Sunshine Flowers clear stamp set

For the first card I used an emboss resist technique with the Marigold stamp and some of the lovely new Distress Oxide ink pads from Tim Holtz, which are a joy to use.

Emboss resist hand made birthday card with distress oxide background and die cut greeting

To start with I trimmed a piece of smooth white card to approximately 9.3 x 13.8cm, I stamped the marigold stamp three times across the left corner of the card with a Watermark ink pad (white pigment ink would have worked too), I then heat embossed this with white opaque embossing powder.

I used three Distress Oxide ink pads to create the graduated color effect, starting in the corner with   Fired brick I used a foam ink blending tool and applied the ink directly to the card over the stamped Marigolds. Using a clean foam pad I added Spiced Marmalade blending it with the Fired Brick and finally, again with a clean foam pad I added Fossilized Amber, making sure all the stamped flowers were covered with ink and the inks were all blended together.

To make the splatter effect I spread some of each color of ink onto my craft mat and added a little bit of water to each. I dipped a small paint brush into one color and then gently flicked the ink over the card and repeated this with the other two colors until I was happy with the effect, then used a heat gun to dry it off. Finally, when I was sure it was all dry I wiped the stamped flowers with a paper towel to remove any ink and make them stand out.

I mounted the panel onto black card and then onto an A6 white card blank. The greeting is made up from the word "Happy" die cut from black card, attached with adhesive foam pads, and the word "birthday" stamped underneath in black ink. 

I really like the way this card turned out and hope you do too.

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The second card uses the Cosmos stamp from the same Sunshine Flowers clear stamp set. This time I have stamped and fussy cut the flowers.

Hand made birthday card with stamped, fussy cut Cosmos flowers and vellum

I started with a 12.5cm square white blank card and layered that with peach card and a peach and white striped paper. I hand cut a piece of white vellum in a pennant shape that fits over the striped paper layer and attached that to the top edge of the striped paper leaving the bottom loose to add some dimension.

I stamped the Cosmos flowers twice in black ink on white card, then colored the flowers and leaves with marker pen, fussy cut them and adhered them to the vellum, using different sizes of foam pads so that they would be raised and would also overlap. I added some green sequins that co-ordinate with the leaf color for decoration.

I hand cut peach and white card into layered penant shapes and stamped the greeting onto the white card with Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink, I used adhesive foam pads for this too and overlapped it onto the vellum.

I really like the color scheme for this card, the vellum adds an extra layer and allows the flowers to stand out better than if they were directly onto the striped background.

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I used the Sunshine Flowers stamp set for the third card as well, this time I went for a more rustic look and used the seed packet stamp as well.

Hand made birthday card with stamped marigolds on a woodgrain and a burlap hessian background

I started by cutting Kraft card into a 13cm square card base, then cut a piece of woodgrain paper to about 12.2cm square, inked the edges with Vintage Sepia ink and used double sided tape to attach it to the card base. I cut a piece of Burlap Hessian ribbon to fit across the centre of the card and attached enamel dots to two of the corners.

I stamped the seed packet image onto white card with black ink and stamped the Marigold flower inside it then colored the whole thing with marker pens and cut it out. I cut a piece of Core'dinations card slightly bigger than the fussy cut image, scruffed the edges, attached the stamped image to it and then adhered the whole thing at an angle on the hessian ribbon in the centre of the card. 

I cut two small rectangles of the woodgrain paper, inked the edges and stamped a word of greeting of each, then used a natural wood mini peg to clip it to the top of the stamped image.

I love the rustic, country feel of this card and the way the enamel dots add a decorative touch without being too glitzy. Hope you like it too. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

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