Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Birthday Blossoms Three Snowdrop Cards to Celebrate January Birthdays

I can't believe we are already thinking about birthdays in the New Year, and the start of our Birthday Blossoms feature.
Each birth month has flowers that are associated with it, the birth flowers for January are snowdrops and carnations. I chose snowdrops for my cards as the flower shape is much more distinctive than carnations and as they only bloom from January to March they seem the most fitting for January birthdays.
The first of the three cards uses just the snowdrop from this Robin and Snowdrop clear stamp.
robin and snowdrop clear stamp
You can either mask off the robin or stamp the whole thing and cut the snowdrop out.

As you can see I have done double layers of white, green and black card on a 12.5cm square blank card. I stamped, colored and cut out the snowdrop to use as the centerpiece. I used 1mm foam pads to stick the snowdrop just to add a bit of dimension. A simple Happy Birthday stamped in white pigment ink and some matching green crystals finished it off. I love this color scheme!

The second card is made very easily using a Hunkydory Winter Wildlife card topper set.  

The die cut card topper that I have used from the set is a picture of a mole popping out of snowy ground next to a snowdrop plant. The set also contains two A4 sheets of printed card, one with the lovely snowdrop border, which looks great down the side of the card. The set contains Christmas greetings so I used a simple gold and white die cut birthday greeting instead. A few gold adhesive metal gems at the corner add a finishing touch.

The third card has a quilled snowdrop plant, set on a mound of snow. 

 I have to be honest and say my daughter Garcia made the quilled snowdrop, she is the quilling expert, I just made the card for it. She used green and white 3mm quilling paper and a variety of quilling tools to create the different elements. I layered dark green card onto a white 12.5cm square card blank and matted that with blue card that I had inked with white ink to give an appearance of sky and add some texture. I die cut the curved shape from white card and added some lines of diamond glitter glue for a snow effect. The silver happy birthday greeting is a peel off.

Three different cards but all featuring snowdrops, perfect for anyone with a January birthday.
Thanks for looking in, I hope you like them, let me know what you think.
Debbie x

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Hand Made Christmas Card with Metallic Poinsettia Peel Offs

Hi Everyone
Here's a great last minute card that takes no time at all to make but still looks good. Because it's so quick to make it's also a good design if you are making large quantities of cards.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Metallic Poinsettia Peel Offs

The card base is a standard A6 white blank card with envelope, I used a large and a small poinsettia from the peel off sheet and added those to either side of the card front. As the poinsettia petals are edged with gold I chose a gold peel off greeting to co-ordinate. The whole thing only took about 5 minutes, but the lovely metallic poinsettias add a real luxury touch to the card.

Thank you for reading, hope you like it!
Debbie x

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Hand Made Christmas Card with Majestix Clear Peg Stamps

Hi There
Here's a card that doesn't take as long to make as it looks, working with these tiny Card-io Majestix stamps is surprisingly quick and easy once you have decided on your color scheme. Even better, they are so forgiving, as the stamps overlap one another and are in a random pattern it's very difficult to mess up as you can just stamp over most mistakes :)

Hand Made Christmas Card with Majestix Clear Peg Stamps

This is a very simple two dimensional card using a 12.5cm sq white card blank for the base. I die cut an oval shape and stuck it in the centre of the blank card using masking tape so that I will be able to remove it later. If your masking tape is very sticky try sticking it to your clothes or skin a few times before you use it so that it doesn't damage the card when you peel it off. The oval shape forms a mask so that the shape stays unstamped.

I used a blending tool to blend Bundled Sage distress ink over the background of the card making it darker at the edges and corners and much lighter towards the centre. I used all five stamps in the Classic Christmas set, starting with the pine branch in Evergreen pigment ink followed by the holly leaf and ivy leaf both stamped in Bundled Sage, the poinsettia in Festive Berries and the berry stems in silver, stamped in that order. I turn the stamps round to have the images in different directions and sometimes stamp more than once before re-inking to give different shades of the same color.

When all the stamping is complete, gently lift off the oval mask and add your greeting to the space that has been created. I chose to stamp a greeting in Festive Berries distress ink, but you could use a peel off or card topper too.

Of course you could use any shape of mask for the centre and any range of colors for your stamping.

Thanks as always for taking the time to read, hope you like what you have seen, either way leave me a comment, it's always nice to hear from you.
Debbie x

Friday, 25 November 2016

Handmade Christmas Card with Stamped Reindeer and Reindeer Ribbon

Hi, here I am again with my Winter Wonderland stamp set, I told you I couldn't resist it! I have stamped it in white ink again but used a different color scheme and added some co-ordinating reindeer patterned ribbon.

Handmade Christmas Card with Stamped Reindeer and Reindeer Ribbon

The card base is a tent fold 10.5 x 14.5cm cut and scored from plain white card. If you prefer you could use a standard A6 white card blank.

I layered this with kraft paper and striped paper followed by a smaller rectangle of red card layered with more kraft paper. The reindeer is stamped in white ink, I chose not to heat emboss it as I preferred the softer slightly fainter look of the unembossed ink. I tied a bow from the reindeer ribbon and attached that above the stamped image and added a white, small text peel off greeting horizontally beside the reindeer. I think the ribbon gives it a bit of a Scandinavian feel which works nicely with the color scheme.
Thanks for reading, hope you like it, looking forward to your comments.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Red and Gold Swirly Stamped Christmas Tree Card

Hello Again
I wanted to share this card with you because it is so easy to do but is very elegant when it is finished. Also there are a number of different ways you can achieve this look depending on which technique you prefer to use.

Hand made stamped and gilded swirly Christmas tree card

The swirly Christmas tree is a quite a large stamp measuring approximately 9 x 10.5cm so I used a 15cm sq white card blank for the base and layered that with red card, then white card and red again (if I made this again I would definitely try it with a gold layer instead of the white). I stamped the Christmas tree in the centre of the red card with Indigoblu Flitterglu and gilded it with gold gilding flake. I put a small gold adhesive crystal in each corner and added a small gold peel off greeting.

If you don't like the gilding technique or don't have the necessary supplies you could stamp the tree with gold ink which will give a flat image like the gilded one or you could stamp the tree in clear ink and emboss it with gold embossing powder to give it a slightly raised appearance.

Thanks for reading, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Stamped Reindeer Hand Made Christmas Card

This lovely reindeer stamp is from a set called Winter Wonderland, which I really like and have used many times for both Christmas and winter birthday cards. I also really like blue/silver/white as a Christmas colour scheme so feeling very happy with this card!

Hand made stamped reindeer Christmas card with peel off greeting

As you can see from the picture it is also a very easy card to make. I started with a white A6 card blank and layered dark blue card with Cracked Ice (free download) paper. I then cut a smaller rectangle of silver card and layered that with dark blue. I stamped the reindeer in white ink and added two adhesive crystals and a silver peel off greeting.
Thanks for looking in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Christmas Pop Up Box Card with Reindeer, Holly and Poinsettia

I made my first pop up box card for Mothers Day earlier this year and whilst I was pleased with the end result, having followed instructions from another blog it turned out quite a bit smaller than I had expected which also made it quite fiddly to work on. As always doing something for the first time there were things that I wished I had done differently so this time I have made the box slightly bigger and changed one or two things. Here is my step by step description of how it was made, but first a look at the finished item.

Hand Made Christmas Pop Up Box Card with Reindeer, Holly and Poinsettia

To Make the Pop Up Box

I started with an A4 sheet of green card which I trimmed to 29.5 x 18cm, I scored this longways at 9cm and across ways at 7, 14, 21 and 28cm. This left a 1.5 cm strip at one end, I cut half of this strip off, cut the corner off the other half and put double sided tape on it to make a tab that will stick the box together. Finally I cut along three of the score lines to the centre.

Scored and cut box base and interior supports.
When you trim the A4 sheet at the beginning you will be left with a strip about 2.5cm wide and 29.5cm long, cut this into three 9cm long strips, score these 1cm in from each end, fold into a Z shape and put double sided tape on the outfacing side of each folded end. These will go inside your box to support the things that pop up. 

The first time I made one of these I finished making the box base before I put any decoration on, I soon realized it would have been much easier to put the patterned paper panels on whilst the box is still flat. I cut eight panels 6.5 x 8.5cm, four each of two different patterned papers and adhered these to the outside of the box and the folding panels. They need to go on opposite sides of the box base to be in the correct position when the box is assembled.

The next step is to fold the box into a square using the tab with the sticky tape to fix it together and fix the Z shaped strips inside the box. Here is the assembled box.

To Make the Decorations for the Box

Now the fun starts as you add the decorations to the box. I used strips of ordinary acetate to position the reindeer and holly, attaching the acetate to the supports inside the box. The very front piece of holly is attached directly to the inside of the box.

For the gold decorations I spread a very thin layer of Flitterglu over a piece of scrap card, put gold gilding flake all over it, smoothed it down and rubbed off the excess to leave a piece of gilded card. Then used it to die cut the reindeer, greeting and holly branches.
The green holly branches are die cut from green card and all the holly berries are self adhesive pearls, ( I used a clear Wink of Stella pen all over the bigger pearls on the gold holly to give them a gold sheen).
Attach three reindeer and three holly branches to strips of acetate and the attach the other endow the acetate to the supports inside the box. Arrange them at different levels and positions so that they are all visible and as much of the acetate as possible is hidden. Attach a fourth holly branch directly to the inside front of the box. Use the smaller gold holly branches to decorate the side panels and attach the greeting and a holly sprig to the back panel.

The poinsettia on the front panel is die cut from book pages that were backed with card, I did this to make them stiff enough to be able to curl them using a bamboo skewer. Before assembling and curling the petals I inked them with red ink. The holly leaves were made the same way and inked with green ink. Curl the petals and assemble the flower, I used a vintage style gem for the centre and then attached the flower and the leaves to the front panel of the box.

The box can be gently collapsed to fit in an envelope.
Thanks for calling in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Gilded Die Cut Reindeer Christmas Card

Hi Everyone
I am back playing with our new leaping reindeer die again, one of my favorites. The card design is inspired by one I saw in Papercrafter Magazine. I have not had the gilding flake out for a while so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it again.

The card base is a standard white A6 card, I matted this with dark blue card and again with white card. I die cut a circle from the white card then positioned it over the blue card and lightly pencil marked the position of the circle on the blue card.

Hand Made Gilded Die Cut Reindeer Christmas Card

Then I got to work with the gilding flake. First I spread a layer of Flitterglu over a piece of scrap card and covered it with gold gilding flake, when I had rubbed off the excess flake I die cut the reindeer from the piece of gold card that I had created. I also edged the white card layer and put some dabs inside the marked circle on the blue card to make the circle look a bit like the moon (or earth as one of my friends said...). From there I assembled the layers of card, stamped the greeting and attached the reindeer using foam pads to give a bit of a 3D effect.
Thanks for calling in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Gingerbread Men Fun Christmas Card

Hi Everyone
I love these little gingerbread men they are so cute! This time I made a much smaller card which would be great for a child or for work colleague.

Using some more of the stamped, colored and fussy cut gingerbread men that I showed you in my previous post I cut a 10 x 10cm card base out of red card, then layered that with our red gingham paper and red card again which i die cut stitch lines around the edge. Two cheery gingerbread men in the middle and a peel off greeting completed the card.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Stamped and Cut Gingerbread Men

I used adhesive foam pads to attach one of the gingerbread men just to add a bit of dimension.  A quick and easy card which would work equally well with a green card base.

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Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card, feel free to leave your comments.
Debbie x

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Gingerbread Men Christmas Stepper Card

Hi Everyone
I liked this Gingerbread Men stamp from Woodware as soon as I saw it. The stamp itself is quite long at almost 18cm and of course you will need a long acrylic block if you want to stamp the image as a whole.

I decided that I would use the gingerbread men as singles so used a smaller block and stamped them onto thin kraft card and cut them out - sounds like a big job but they are quite a simple shape to cut and the thin card made it easier, so it didn't take too long. Stamping them onto Kraft card meant they already had their main color so I only needed to color in the decorative elements. I quickly had a pile of cheerful chaps to work with.

I used Promarker pens to color everything except the white areas and used a Gelly Roll pen for those. I added some glitter glue to the white trim on the hats to give a bit of sparkle.

Having been given the instructions for a stepper card at a Woodware Retailer Day during the summer I decided to use this for my first card. I will give you the exact measurements as given to me, but of course you can adapt these to make any size of card that you want.

Red Card
  • Cut 29cm x 14cm, score it at 3.5cm, 6cm, 10.5cm, 14cm and 22.5cm.
  • Cut 14cm x 19cm.
  • Cut 7cm x 2cm, score it at 1.5cm, 3.5cm and 5.5cm.
White Card
  • Cut 13.5cm x 18.5cm.
  • Cut 13.5cm x 3cm.
  • Cut 13.5cm x 4cm.

Patterned Paper
  • Cut 13cm x 2.5cm.
  • Cut 13cm x 3.5cm.
Hand Stamped Gingerbread Men Stepper Christmas Card

back view

So having cut and scored all the card and paper and stamped, colored and cut out your gingerbread men all that remains is to assemble the card and add some finishing touches. You can see from the photos above where all the pieces of card should be fixed, and the small piece of red card that goes on the back to stop the card from collapsing. I used single gingerbread men on the main part of the card so that the middle one could be fixed on foam pads to raise it a little and add extra dimension. I stamped the greetings onto the white card and added dots of glitter glue to look like falling snow. The card is constructed so that it will fold flat for posting. This is the first time I have made a stepper card and thanks to the clear instructions it was a lot easier than I thought it would be :).

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Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card.
Debbie x

Friday, 28 October 2016

Red Die Cut Poinsettia Christmas Card

Hi Everyone
Here's the last in my current series of die cut poinsettia cards, I hope you have enjoyed them. After the white on white and monochrome cards I decided to finish with a cosy Christmas card with a traditional colored poinsettia as it's centre piece.

I cut and scored the card blank myself, the folded card measures 11 x 15cm, I die cut red card and patterned paper using a curved border die to make the background for the flower. The flower is die cut from red card using two of the largest petal sets and one each of the smaller ones, and the leaves are cut from green card using the largest petal set, and small gold adhesive pearls formed the stamens.
I used a bamboo skewer to gently roll and curve the petals to add dimension to the flower, but left the leaves flat. The greeting is a gold peel off.

I love the traditional Christmas colors on this card and hope you do too, thank you for reading.
Debbie x

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Turquoise and Silver Die Cut Poinsettia Christmas Card

Hi everyone, here's another card using a die cut poinsettia, this time I cut it from turquoise card again using two sets of the large petals and one each of the smaller ones, with silver metal gems in the centre. It is mounted on a strip of silver card embossed with a swirls design, and decorated with die cut holly. The greeting is from a sheet of ready made die cut Christmas messages which I mounted on white card and hand trimmed.

I used the same silver metal gems for the holly berries and cut two small holly sprigs off a longer stem to put in the corners. Its an easily assembled card which would work with lots of different colour schemes.
Thank you for looking, I hope you like it.
Debbie  x

All the materials used are available on our website:

Silver and White Die Cut Poinsettia Christmas Card

This is the third card using the die cut poinsettias that I made. The poinsettia for this one is a little more elaborate, made from vellum and edged with silver, so I made the background for the card a little more elaborate too with die cut white and silver layers.

The base for the card is made using the Spellbinders Majestic Labels 8 die cutting set, cutting them in alternating white and silver. The die for the silver layer doesn't actually cut the shape out it just cuts a decorative border into your card so I hand cut around the border to get the same shape as the other layers. The dies for the other two layers cut the shape out so there was no need to trim them. I like to leave the fancy edges of these shapes unglued so that they lift off the card a little and add a bit of dimension. These die cut shapes were mounted on silver card and then onto a white card blank which I made to size.
For the poinsettia I die cut it from white vellum, cutting two sets of the largest petals and one each of the smaller petals. I edged each petal using a Quickie Glue Pen and then heat embossed them with silver glitter embossing powder. It wasn't as time consuming as it looks, I put the glue and embossing powder on petal by petal so that the glue didn't dry out before I got the powder on and when all the petals were done I heated them all. Once the embossing powder was fully set I curled the petals by bending them gently round a bamboo skewer and glued the layers together, adding silver metal gems in the centre.
The greeting for the card is stamped and heat embossed using the same silver glitter embossing powder.
Thanks for calling in, I hope you like it.
Debbie x

All the materials used can be found on our website:

Die Cut Poinsettia with Holly and Gold Decoration Christmas Card

I decided to stay with the white on white theme for this card but add gold decorations instead of the red ones on my previous card. I used the Poinsettia die cutting set to cut two layers of the largest petals and one each of the smaller ones out of white card, I curved the petals slightly by gently rolling them round a bamboo skewer and glued them on top of each other. I used gold adhesive metals for the stamens and the berries on the die cut holly and mounted all this on layers of gold and white card and a die cut square frame. I finished it off with a small peel off Christmas greeting.

Thanks for calling in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Die Cut Poinsettia with Holly Christmas Card Red and White

Hi Everyone, last year I really wanted to get a good poinsettia die cutter in stock but couldn't find one I really liked and that I thought would enable me to create the flowers that I had in mind. This year I have been luckier and found this lovely die set from Poppy Stamps, just what I was looking for!

I couldn't wait to get started and made a whole bunch of flowers in different colors and materials with different decorations.


Then I started making them into Christmas cards!

Here's the first one.
I went for a simple white on white look with a few bits of red (couldn't quite do the whole white on white thing).

I used an embossing folder to add texture to the top half of the card and die cut stitch lines into a strip of card to cover the join between the smooth and the embossed card. For the poinsettia I cut two of the largest petal sets and one each of the smaller ones. I rolled the petals a little with a bamboo skewer to get them to bend a little and give the flower more shape and dimension. Little red pearls make the stamens in the flower and the berries on the holly.
Hope you like it, I will be posting more cards made with poinsettia's so if you like this one why not follow us to see the rest.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Here's a simple but effective stamped Christmas card, the stamp is the full size of the card and also contains the greeting so once that's done all you have to do is colour and embellish. I have used traditional Christmas colors for this but it would look great in blue, turquoise and lilac too.

There are lots of things you can do to add interest to the basic stamped image, color some of the parts with Wink of Stella pens for a subtle glittery finish or color them with a glaze or glue pen and add fine glitter for even more sparkle. Attach a small tag with a message, and tie ribbon around the fold.

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Thanks for visiting, hope you like it.
Debbie x


Friday, 14 October 2016

Woodland Christmas Shaker Card

I love this Hunkydory Crafts Woodland Christmas set, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to use one of the round toppers inside a round shaker dome, it was also a good excuse to try out our new Soft Snowdrift chunky glitter to give a snowy effect inside the shaker dome.
Using a ready made card topper made the card very easy to assemble. The topper was slightly smaller than the dome so I mounted it on a die cut circle of silver mirror card, tipped some Super Snowdrift glitter on top and stuck the shaker dome over it using a few dabs of glue on the rim.

Woodland Christmas Hand Made Shaker Card

The topper set includes two sheets of co-ordinating patterned card stock, I cut one of these slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut a circle from it to go over the shaker dome. The greeting is stamped in black on white card and mounted on the black patterned card and silver mirror card, I used foam pads to adhere this to the card to lift it a little. You can't really see it in the photo but for a finishing touch I put a drop of glitter glue on each of the tiny colored dots on the black card.
Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card.
Debbie x

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Die Cut Reindeer and Stars Christmas Shaker Card

A couple of years ago we stocked some lovely glitter reindeer embellishments, needless to say we sold out quickly and have not been able to get any more. With our new Reindeer die cutter we have the best solution because we can have reindeers in any color we want. The Reindeer die set includes two different sized star dies and I cut all these from gold card. I cut a square of white card and blended blue and purple inks to create a night sky background. I cut enough of the stars to make the shaky bits for the card as well as a couple to adhere to the night sky.

Die Cut Reindeer and Stars Hand Made Christmas Shaker Card

I used lots of peel offs on this card, starting with a plain border peel off which exactly covers the rim . of the shaker dome, this was mounted on dark blue card and a peel off border added around the the blue card. It was finished off with a gold Seasons Greetings peel off.
Thanks for calling in, I look forward to hearing your comments.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Christmas Trees Shaker Card with Sequins

Hi I am excited to be showing the first card that I made with our new own brand shaker domes and also my first Christmas card for this year!
Shaker domes are great for Christmas cards as they give the appearance of snow globes and there are a lot of things that you can use to create a snowy effect inside your dome.
I used a 15cm sq card blank and cut out some triangle shapes from plain and  patterned paper, small ones for inside the dome and larger ones for outside. I used white sequins inside the dome to look like snow and glued a few into position beside the trees so that there would always be snow in the sky.

I die cut a piece of background paper and glued the small trees and some sequins to it then piled the loose sequins on top, I added a few dabs of glue around the rim of the shaker dome and then positioned it over the background and the little pile of sequins.

Hand Made Christmas Trees Shaker Card with Sequins

I used two layers of foam pads under the patterned paper to raise it to the level of the top of the shaker dome, so that the large trees outside the dome can overlap both the dome and the patterned paper and lay flat. I used red sequins for the tops of the trees and to decorate the patterned paper.  The greeting is stamped directly on to the card blank below the patterned paper.

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Thanks for dropping in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Ombre Ink and Vellum Birthday Card

Well it's been a while since I have posted on here and despite my best intentions of keeping everything going over the summer when I was traveling etc. I didn't manage it. In my defense although I didn't post any new cards on the blog I did manage to find a company to manufacture our own brand of Shaker Card Domes which I am very excited about and also bought some great new Christmas stock for the website so I haven't been totally lazy!!!

So this is the last card I made before the summer and it was a chance to try out the Hero Arts Ombre ink pads which were new in stock at that time. I had also wanted to 'do something' with vellum so managed to include that too.

The card is a standard A6 white card blank, I used the Pool to Navy Ombre ink pad with a Damask stamp to create the background. I cut a small section out of the background piece to give some plain white behind the vellum. The 'Happy' is die cut from gold glittery card stock and 'Birthday' is stamped using the Navy part of the Ombre ink pad directly onto the vellum strip.

One of the great things about these ink pads is that they are made up of three strips of color, so you can use them for ombre effect but also use them individually so my Birthday stamp matches perfectly with the dark part of the ombre.

Watch this video from Hero Arts to see how to get the best out of the Ombre Ink Pads
The finishing touch was just to add a few gold self adhesive metal gems. 

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Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card, looking forward to your comments.
Debbie x

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Winner is.....

.....and the winner is.....drumroll.......Carol Edwards!!!!! 

Many congratulations Carol you are the winner of our Six Days Six Dies competition and will soon be the proud owner of a set of Spellbinders Curved Border Dies 2.  

Commiserations to the eight runners up, as a consolation we will be issuing each of you with a 10% discount code to use on your next order on the website. 

Many thanks to all of you for taking part.


Six Dies Six Days - Ready to Draw the Winner

Hi Everyone
We are just about to draw the winner of our Six Days Six Dies competition, here are the names of the nine people who qualified for the draw by commenting on each of the six blog posts in the series.
Good Luck!!! The winner will be announced in a few minutes.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Six Days Six Dies Day 6 Gatefold Birthday Card with Curved Border Dies

Well here is the last of our Six Days Six Dies cards, it's a gatefold card with the split between the 'gates' cut with a curved border die. I have put a Happy Birthday greeting inside but of course you could use the same design for any occasion.
I didn't use a ready made card blank for this I followed instructions from Christina Griffiths on YouTube.
I cut a piece of 14.5 x 14.5cm cream card and another piece 14.5 x 16.5cm the smaller piece is the back of the card and the bigger piece will be the front. I scored the bigger piece about 1cm in from each of the shorter sides. The photo shows the scored and folded edges of the card and the two dies that I am going to use to cut it taped together ready to use.

As with the previous card in this series I wanted to have the inset design but also needed to use one of the edge cutting dies, this time I chose the scalloped edge die to give an interesting edge to the 'gates'.

These two pieces can now be attached to the base card, using the folded edges. I have used slightly different colours so you can see where the join is.

I cut a piece of patterned paper to the same size as the base card and adhered that to the inside which covers up the joins between the front and back parts of the card. Another spellbinders die and a stamp  create the greeting which is also inside the card.

The rest of the card is decoration on the outside of the card. I used the plain edge die to cut the patterned paper for the front of the card and added adhesive pearl flourishes and Mulberry paper flowers, with a ribbon to tie the two halves closed. (The ends of the ribbon are hidden under the flowers on the right side and the centre part of the pearl flourish on the left.)

I am very pleased with the result!

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Thank you all for joining in and leaving your comments, I hope you will continue to visit and comment occasionally.
I will be announcing the winner of the die set both here and on Facebook on Friday 13th May, I hope you are lucky!
Debbie x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Six Days Six Dies Day 5 Curved Border Wedding Card

For the fifth card in this series I wanted to use the second inset die from the set, when I looked at it closely I noticed that part of the design looks like heart shapes so thought a wedding card would be appropriate.

I started with a 15cm square white card blank for the base. As the inset dies don't cut an edge I used some masking tape to stick two of the dies together so that I could have the inset design and cut the cream card in half at the same time. Then I had to run half the cream card through again with the inset die positioned close to the edge to give me the inset design on both halves of the card.

The two halves of cream card were trimmed to fit the card blank with a gap between them and a piece of gold card was put behind the cream card so that it shows through the cut out design and the gap between the two pieces of cream card.
I used foam pads to stick the large hearts to give a little dimension, the greeting and small hearts are all peel offs. I like this greeting as it could also be used for an engagement or anniversary card.

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Cream and gold is a favourite colour combination of mine so this card was always a winner for me! Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it too. I look forward to reading your comments.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Six Days Six Dies Day 4 Butterfly Friendship Card

Well here we are at Day 4 already, I hope you are enjoying seeing my ideas for the Spellbinders Curved Border dies. For today's card I have used one of the dies that cuts an inset rather than an edge, there are two of these in the set.

I started with a white DL card blank and trimmed the height to 17cm, I cut peach card stock slightly smaller than the card base and white card slightly smaller again. I used the inset die to cut a curved design out of the white card so that the peach card shows through from underneath. 

The butterflies are die cut from a paint colour sample card which gives the slight graduation to the colour, they are decorated on the body with adhesive pearls. The greeting is stamped directly onto the white card.

Another simple card but I love the effect of the inset die.

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Six Days Six Dies Day 3 Flower Girl Birthday Card

For Day 3 I have used one of the more elaborate dies in the set which cuts a scalloped edge with a pin pricked line beside it, which you can just about make out in the photograph.
Teamed with another card topper from the Hunkydory Flower Girl Sheet and some lilac card it makes a very pretty birthday card.

I used a white card blank, trimmed the lilac card to the same width and about two thirds the height then cut the bottom edge with the scalloped border die. I wrapped the gingham ribbon around the purple card before attaching to the card base and tied it in a simple knot.
I inked the edges of the card topper with a violet ink pad, positioned that over the ribbon and fixed it with adhesive foam pads to add a little dimension. I finished it all off with some lilac flowers and a stamped happy birthday greeting using the same violet ink pad.

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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Six Days Six Dies Day 2 Stamped and Die Cut New Home Card

For Day 2 of our Six Days Six Dies feature I used the cut and stitch die to cut the rolling hills behind the house to match the stitching detail on the lovely Woodware Bless This House Stamp.
Once again it's a very simple card, I started with a 15 x 15cm white card blank and blended blue distress ink across the top portion for the sky. I used the stitch and cut die from the Spellbinders Curved Borders 2 set to cut two pieces of green card for the background hills and overlapped them for the bottom portion of the card.

I stamped the house in black on white card and fussy cut it. I coloured it with water colour pencils leaving some of it in the original white, and used the smallest size of purple adhesive candies to add a bit of shine and glitter to the centres of the flowers. The clumps of flowers on the hills and the flying birds are hand drawn and the sentiment is stamped in white ink.

You could use any kind of marker to colour the house and add a variety of different embellishments to the background area.

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A great stamp with loads of possibilities for colours etc. 
Hope you like it, leave your comments to let me know.
Debbie Wild