Saturday, 22 September 2018

Hand Made Christmas Shaker Card with Die Cut Reindeer and Holly

Hi Everyone, here's my first Christmas card of 2018, I can't believe it's that time already, where has the year gone?? We have several new Christmas paper pads in stock so I decided to use one of them for this card. The paper pad is all black, white and gold with lots of lovely gold foil designs. Although a whole pad of that colour range might seem like a lot for Christmas many of the designs are just stripes or patterns that could be used all year round. We have both the 12 x 12 inch and 6 x 6 inch pads in stock, follow the link below.

All that Glistens 12 x 12 paper pad

I decided to go the whole hog and make a shaker card, they are so popular for Christmas designs.


I thought this would be a great card for a male recipient. 

Start with a 5 x 7 inch white blank card, layer that with black card and cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the black card.

Die cut an oval aperture in the patterned paper, put the empty oval shaker dome inside the aperture and position the paper on the card. Holding the shaker dome in place, carefully remove the patterned paper and mark the position of the shaker dome with a pencil. 

Die cut an oval piece of patterned paper with a star design the same size as the shaker dome, using the dome as a guide position and adhere this to the black card. Die cut a reindeer from gold card, adhere to the oval patterned paper and add a small pile of gold stars. Glue round the rim of the shaker dome and using the patterned paper as a guide, position the shaker dome and adhere the patterned paper over it. Once the card is finished place a book or something similar on top of the shaker dome for and hour or two to make sure that it sticks perfectly.

To finish the card die cut holly and berries from black and gold card and a greeting from black card, glue the holly to the top right hand corner and the greeting underneath the shaker dome.

I always like shaker cards so this is a winner for me straight away, and the colour scheme is just a little bit different. Thank you for reading, I hope you like it and would appreciate hearing your comments if you have time.
Debbie x

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Friday, 31 August 2018

Hand Made Emboss Resist Birthday Butterflies Card

Hi everyone, butterflies are so popular and can be used for so many occasions that I couldn't resist adding this lovely background stamp to our range, and of course I had to try it for myself. I love the way the card turned out particularly the colour scheme, which could easily be changed to suit different occasions.


Hand Made Emboss Resist Birthday Butterflies Card

Cut and fold a piece of white card to make a tent fold base 10.5cm x 15.7cm. Cut another piece of white card 10.5cm x 15.7cm, stamp and heat emboss this with white ink and embossing powder using the Butterfly background stamp.

Use a foam ink blending tool to blend Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide inks all over the butterfly background, other colours will develop as the inks blend together. When you have covered the whole background take a dry cloth and rub all over to remove ink from the embossed areas.

Cut a piece of white card to 10.5cm wide and 5.5cm tall, die cut the bottom edge to create an offset V shape with a stitched edge. Stamp the message in black ink and add co-ordinating enamel dots, use adhesive foam pads to fix this to the top of the card.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you like the card.
Debbie x

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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Hand Made Birthday Card with Die Cut Regal Striplet and Ivy

Hi Everyone, here's a birthday card that I made for my Mum a couple of months ago. We had the Regal Striplet die in stock for a while but this was my first chance to try it out. I thought the dark
blue and silver colour scheme would be a bit different too. My Mum liked it although sadly for reasons best known to the Spanish postal service it took 2 months to get to her in Spain so the moment had passed really.

Hand Made Birthday Card with Die Cut Regal Striplet and Ivy

The Regal Striplet die is 16cm long and 6.7cm wide so doesn't really fit on to any standard sized card blank, cut and fold a piece of white card to make a 20 x 12cm card.
Layer that with dark blue card and cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the dark blue. Die cut the white card with the Regal Striplet die towards the bottom left corner of the card, leaving a margin for the die cut ivy. Adhere the white die cut card over the dark blue card.

Die cut the ivy from silver mirror card and adhere to the bottom left corner of the card, slightly overlapping the Regal Striplet. Add a group of blue and white paper roses to the corner of the die cut ivy.

Cut a small strip of dark blue card just big enough for the peel off sentiment. Add the peel off Happy Birthday and adhere this with adhesive foam pads about two thirds of the way up the card across the Regal Striplet die cut.

Finish off the card with a row of silver adhesive metal gems in the top right hand corner.

It's quite a quick and easy card to make and could be made in any number of different colour schemes. I hope you like it.
Thank you for reading.
Debbie x

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Handmade Birthday Card with Birch Press Layered Dies

Hi everyone, as soon as I saw a demo of these layering dies I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! Here is my first card using the Adi set. Although the die sets are fairly expensive I think the results are well worth it, the detailed designs mean that you need little else to complete a card, the colour combinations are endless and the designs could be used for any occasion.

Hand made birthday card using birch press layering dies


The Adi set contains three circular dies cut each one in a different shade of purple and layer them on a white A6 card base, use some of the cut out pieces to make decorations for the corners of the card.

Cut a strip of lilac card the same width as the card, stamp and emboss the happy birthday message in white. Attach this to the card using foam pads to raise it up.

This has got to be the shortest explanation of how to make a card I have ever done! The dies do all the work creating a beautiful focal point for the card, as well as some decorative elements. I am delighted with these new dies and looking forward to trying more of them out - watch this space!
Thank you for reading, I hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Boxing Clever with Tonic Studios Kaleidoscope Box Dies

Hi Everyone, as a change to card making, I have been dying to give these new dies a test run ever since they arrived in stock. My daughter Garcia beat me to it though and I'm very glad she did as she has produced some stunning boxes!!

For the most part the boxes are made simply by die cutting the various shapes and gluing them together, however, I felt it was worth a little bit of explanation as to how the dies work and what you actually need to have to make a complete box.

Start with a lid and base set, we have the Cutesy Blooms Square Box Lid and Base set, this contains all the dies you need to make and decorate the lid and base for your box. You will also need at least one set of dies to cut and decorate the sides of the box. These come in three different heights, with different designs of decorative panels, all three heights fit the same square lid and base.

Tonic Studios Kaleidoscope boxes and die sets
Here are the three sizes of box along with the die sets.
The shortest box is 10.75cm tall, and requires these two die sets. The decorative panel has been cut in yellow card and then again in orange card, the pieces from the orange card have been inlaid into the front panel of the box, with adhesive pearls for decoration.

Small square Tonic Studios Kaleidoscope Box with die sets

The medium height box is 17cm tall, and requires the two die sets pictured below. The die sets also contain the dies to cut the flowers, a tag and a decorative design for the lid.

Medium square tonic studios kaleidoscope box with die sets

This close up of the lid shows the two layer die cut design which has been coloured with comic markers.


The tallest box is 25.5cm in height, and requires the two die sets pictured below. The mirror card adds a fabulous finish with the lattice die.

Tall square Tonic Studios Kaleidoscope box with mirror card

Here's the full set so far....


The lids can be hinged or lift off, the tassels are a lovely touch.

This short video shows the different lids and the tall box panels.




What a gorgeous way to present a gift, and with the variety of dies, decorations and colours the combinations are endless and can be made to suit any occasion.
Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed seeing Garcia's creations, I certainly have :)
Debbie x

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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Sea View Port Hole Birthday Shaker Card

Hi Everyone, here's another card with a seaside theme. I had a lot of fun with this card and it turned out just the way I wanted which is a bonus! It takes a bit of time to make but only because you have to wait for the texture paste and ink to dry before you can complete it.

Hand made sea view porthole birthday shaker card


Start with an A6 kraft card blank and layer with wood plank paper. Using circle die cutters cut a piece of white card 7.7cm diameter, using a palette knife, spread white texture paste all over the circle leaving just a thin layer on one half but a thicker layer on the other. Use the palette knife to shape the thicker texture paste to look like waves and breakers. Leave to dry - 2 or 3 hours although overnight is best if you are not in a hurry.

Once the texture paste is dry take Tumbled Glass distress ink and Cracked Pistachio and Broken China distress oxide inks, spread some of each onto your craft mat and spritz with water. Dip and ordinary paint brush into the Tumbled Glass and paint the sky area, this should be quite dilute to give a pale wash of blue over the texture paste. Paint the sea with the Cracked Pistachio and Broken China, using them alternately and allowing them to blend in places. Leave some of the rough edges of the sea unpainted to look like foam on top of the waves. Again set this aside to dry.

Using two circle dies together (7.7 and 8.9cm) cut a frame from brown card, take a length of natural paper cord and split it into the two strands, pull one of the strands between your fingers to flatten and straighten it then wrap it around the circle frame in three evenly spaced areas, securing it at the back with double sided tape. Keep a little bit of the paper cord to tie to the greeting.

Die cut two seabirds from white card, use marker pens or pencils to colour the wings grey and the beaks and feet yellow and glue to the sky area of the background.

Glue the background to the top centre of the card and pour some glass micro beads onto it. Glue around the rim of the shaker dome and position over the background. Use something like a book on top of the shaker dome to weigh it down and leave until the glue is dry. Use 3mm foam pads to adhere the porthole over the shaker dome.

Finally pop out a die cut birthday greeting, gently sand the edges to remove any notches and ink with Broken China distress oxide ink. Pierce a small hole at one end and cut a V shape at the other to make it look like a flag, tie a small piece of the natural paper cord through the pierced hole and adhere to the bottom of the card with 1mm foam pads.

There you have it, an interactive, 3D card with a beautiful sea view! I am particularly pleased with the way the sea turned out, I love the colour and the texture. I hope you like it too, thanks for visiting.
Debbie x

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Friday, 20 July 2018

Hand Made Nautical Themed Birthday Card

Hi Everyone, I liked this Woodware Bon Voyage stamp set as soon as I saw it, it's great for masculine cards and really lends itself to a vintage style. There aren't many ingredients for the card as the same stamps and colours were used throughout.

Hand made vintage style nautical themed birthday card

Start with a cream A6 blank card, cut a piece of brown card slightly smaller and a piece of parchment paper smaller still. Use the old map stamp from the Bon Voyage set and stamp all over the parchment paper with Crafters Sand ink to create a background, turn the stamp around and let some of the stamping overlap as you do it. Ink lightly around the edges and adhere to the brown card.

Cut another piece of parchment paper slightly bigger than the vintage map stamp and a piece of brown card slightly bigger again. Stamp the map in sepia ink onto the parchment, ink around the edges quite heavily with Walnut Stain distress oxide ink. Layer this on to the brown card, and adhere it to the background piece towards the top left hand corner.

Die cut an anchor from card, press it into an embossing ink pad, sprinkle all over with gold embossing powder and heat until the powder is melted and has covered the anchor. Cut a length of Natural paper cord approx 45 cms, split the two strands that make up the cord, run one of them tightly through your fingers to smooth it out and flatten it, then wrap this around the the background panel from top to bottom, thread the anchor on to it and tie in a small bow. Use a high bond double sided tape to attach the whole panel to the front of the card.

Stamp the sailing ship in sepia ink on parchment paper and trim to size approx 7.3 x 4.5 cms, ink the edges with Walnut Stain distress oxide ink and layer onto brown card. Attach this to the bottom portion of the map panel.

Finally stamp the Happy Birthday greeting, again in sepia ink on parchment paper, ink the edges with Walnut Stain and layer onto brown card. Add two 3mm adhesive pearls coloured with a gold Sharpie and adhere to the bottom of the card with 1mm adhesive foam pads.

I like the finished look of this card, the anchor and the coloured pearls add just enough decoration. It would look good in other colours such as navy blue or a very dark maroon/burgundy too. I hope you like it too. Thanks for visiting.
Debbie x

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