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.
Thanks
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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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Shaker Dome with Paper Flowers Birthday Card

Hi Everyone, here's my third card using shaker domes but not for a shaker card. This time I have used the shaker dome to protect paper flowers, creating the same effect as a glass display dome.

Hand made vintage style birthday card with paper flowers under a shaker dome

I started with a square white card blank and added a layer of pale pink card that coordinates with the paper flowers.

I cut a square of cream card slightly smaller than the pink layer and stamped it with the Vive La Plume stamp, then blended ink over the surface, scruffed the edges of the card and inked those too.

I arranged the Mulberry paper flowers and leaves and added a gold die cut butterfly, then glued the rim of the shaker dome and placed it over the flower arrangement holding it in place until it was set. I die cut a gold circle frame to go over the rim of the shaker dome creating a neat finish.

I used a gold Sharpie pen to color some natural self adhesive pearls and arranged these in one corner, saving one pearl for the body of another die cut butterfly, this time in pink which sits above the die cut pop out greeting.

I really like the vintage feel of this card and the way the shaker dome makes the paper flowers 'pop'. I hope you like it too, please leave a comment below to let me know.
Thanks for reading
Debbie x

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Monday, 4 September 2017

New Baby Ornament with Shaker Dome

Hi Everyone, continuing with my theme of using our shaker domes for things other than shaker cards, I have made a hanging ornament to congratulate the birth of a baby. Of course you could make something similar for any occasion, I have plans to make Christmas decorations too.

Hand made new baby gift with shaker dome and embroidery hoop


I die cut a circle of the pink striped paper, die cut a pram from pink card and glued this in the centre. I used a silver congratulations peel off and curved it slightly as I stuck it down to follow the curve of the circle and used peel off numbers to put the date at the bottom and peel off letters for the full stops.

I then glued a round shaker some over the top. I removed the inner ring from the embroidery hoop and glued the outer ring over the shaker dome.

I tied a pink gingham bow and glued it to the top of the embroidery hoop and used the same ribbon to make a hanging loop.

I think this would look lovely hanging in a baby's bedroom, using the shaker dome inside the embroidery hoop gives it structure and keeps the dust off the picture. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out specially as it was pretty quick to put together. Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Birthday Card with Quilled Design under Square Shaker Dome

Hi Everyone, since we launched our own range of shaker domes almost a year ago (I can't believe it's a year already!), I have used them to make several different shaker cards for birthdays and Christmas. I wanted to try out different ways to use the shaker domes so for my first card I have used a square dome to protect and shape a quilled design.


I started  by cutting a piece of white card 12cm square and marked out and cut a square aperture in the middle just a little larger than the square shaker dome. I positioned this over a 12.5cm square, white card blank and drew round the square aperture lightly with a pencil to create a guide for the quilled design.

The quilling is all done using 3mm paper strips which for perfectly under our 4mm domes, I marked the centre of the square and positioned the yellow flower centre there, adding 7 marquise shaped white petals evenly around it. Once the flower was glued firmly in place I used different shades of green paper to make various shapes, spirals and coils to fill the remaining spaces.

I glued the square shaker dome in position over the quilled design, then fixed the white card over the shaker dome to give a neat finish.

I felt a simple black peel off greeting was all that was necessary to complete the card. You could use any shape of shaker dome and any kind of quilled design under it to fit the purpose of your card. I don't do a lot of quilling, my daughter is the expert in that department so I am very pleased with the way it turned out. Hope you like it too.
Thanks for reading
Debbie x

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Birthday Blossoms Aster Cards for September Birthdays

Hi Everyone, the birth flowers for the month of September are Aster and Morning Glory, when I looked for Morning Glory craft supplies I drew a blank, so have made three Aster cards,  I used different supplies and techniques for the cards to create some variety, I hope you like what I have come up with.

For my first card I used an Aster print which comes from a sheet of 6, that you can cut out however you want. The color and style of the print has a bit of an antique or vintage feel to it so I used that as the basis for the design.


I started with a piece of white card cut slightly smaller than A6, scruffed up the edges, inked them with Tea Dye distress ink and layered this on to an A6 blank card. 

Also from white card I die cut the largest shape from the Majestic Labels 2 die set and inked the edges of this with Tea Dye distress ink too.

I die cut one of the Aster pictures from the sheet using a Decorative Rectangle die, inked the edges with Violet pigment ink and stuck this on top of the die cut label. Then I tied a length of purple organza ribbon around the two die cut layers, tied it in a bow and stuck the whole thing on top of the card layers.

I used a copper colored Sharpie pen to color some 5mm adhesive pearls and stuck them around the die cut layer as shown.

Finally for the birthday greeting I die cut two tiny tags, inked the edges and stamped the greeting with Tea Dye distress ink and tucked them up under the bow and glued them in place.

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For my second card I used some of the Mulberry Paper flowers that we recently added to our stock and a couple of sheets from the new Sweet Nothings paper pad. I love the peach and turquoise color combination and I think the gold foil sets it all off perfectly.


I trimmed a piece of turquoise card from the Sweet Nothings pad to be slightly smaller than the square blank card, then cut a corner piece from the peach colored card using a border die to create the shaped, decorative edge and attached this to the bottom left hand corner of the card.

I die cut flourishes from gold mirror card and attached these and the paper flowers in the bottom left corner too. 

The greeting is from a sheet of gold foiled greetings on white card which are die cut and pop out of the sheet. Sometimes when you pop them out little notches of card remain on the shape, you can smooth these out with a fine sanding block. I inked the whole greeting with Tattered Rose distress ink to soften the white background and added a small turquoise bow.

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The third card uses an Aster stamp and cut set and some fussy cut plant pots from our collection of free downloads.




The brick wall background was stamped onto cream card using Tea Dye distress ink and trimmed to fit onto a square white card blank.

The flower and butterfly were stamped onto white card, die cut and colored with marker pens. The two plant pots were fussy cut from a download sheet, the bigger pot was attached using foam pads to raise it up from the card and positioned over the bottom part of the Aster plant. The second, smaller pot was also attached with foam pads and positioned on it's side and slightly overlapping the larger pot.

The greeting was stamped with Violet pigment ink.

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Thank you for visiting, I hope you like the cards, please leave your comments and let me know what you think.
Debbie x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

2 Ways to Make Cards with a Gifts Peel Off Stickers

Hi Everyone, here are two ways to use the Gifts peel off stickers to make eye catching cards. The first card couldn't be simpler and is a great way to whip up a card in a hurry. The design would work well for male birthday card or with a different color scheme and greeting would make a fab Christmas card.


Obviously the instructions for this card are brief! The white card blank is a tent fold A6 card, layered with black card with the peel offs applied directly to the black card. I have overlapped the parcel peel offs slightly to add a bit of interest but otherwise that's it 😊😊.

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My second card uses the same Gift peel off but in a different way to achieve a completely different effect. 


For this card I stuck the gifts peel offs onto colored card and fussy cut them to create the centre piece for the card. (Sorry about the photo quality, I can't find the original so this is all I have at the moment).
Again I have overlapped the two peel offs to add extra interest, they are mounted onto colored card. A strip of gold satin ribbon and a bow, coordinate with the gold peel off design and the greeting.

The greeting is also made using peel offs, this time the peel off Lower Case Alphabet to spell out happy birthday. Again with a different color scheme and message this would make a lovely Christmas card.

Hope this has given you some ideas for your own cards, please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
Debbie x

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Tulip Vase Peel Off You're The Best Card

Hi Everyone, here's a lovely bright card using a peel off to create a unique card topper. The Tulip Vase peel off in silver was stuck to white card, colored using marker pens, and fussy cut leaving a tiny margin all round to create the card topper.




The cut out card topper was mounted on white and green card using foam pads. The card base is a white A6 card blank with a layer of red card on top. The red card has been dry embossed using a leafy embossing folder which is now discontinued, the Spellbinders Flowers and Leaves embossing folder would be a perfect replacement. 

The greeting is stamped in black on white card and heat embossed in silver to coordinate with the silver peel off. The white card has been edged with silver ink and mounted on green card to match the layers under the card topper.

This design could be used for all sorts of cards, it would be ideal for birthdays and Mothers Day.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Birthday Blossoms Poppy Cards to Celebrate August Birthdays

Hi Everyone, the birth flowers for August are poppies, such a beautiful distinctive flower, it is easy to make colorful attractive cards with them. As a well known flower it is not too difficult to find poppy related supplies, giving you a wealth of options for your poppy cards.

The first card uses a poppy clear stamp and the traditional black and red poppy colors.



I used a 15 x 15cm white card blank, cut red and white card into layers, then die cut circular apertures in the centre of the red and white card.

I stamped the poppies in the centre of the die cut apertures directly onto the card blank using black ink and colored the poppies with a red marker pen.

Again using black ink, I stamped parts of the poppies around the bottom of the white layer of card.

The greeting is a small black peel off Happy Birthday inside the circular aperture.

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For the second card I used a die cut card topper from the Hunkydory Pretty Poppies set. I mounted the circular topper on two larger circles of gold mirror card then trimmed off one side to give a straight edge. 


I layered dark red textured card and gold card onto an A6 white card blank and positioned the card topper at the right hand edge of the card. 

The card topper sheet comes with another printed sheet which you can fold to use as a card blank, however I decided to cut a strip from this instead to make the greeting co-ordinate perfectly with the background of the poppies. The message itself is a black peel off.

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For my third card I used the same Swirly Poppies stamp as for the first card but chose a different color combination this time. 


I cut a strip of white card and blended distress inks to create the background using Fired Brick and Scattered Straw. Then I stamped the poppies repeatedly across the panel in black ink. The panel is mounted on black card and then on a white A6 card blank with a black peel off message below. A simple but striking card.

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I hope you like these three poppy cards, I certainly enjoyed making them and am pleased with the way they turned out.
Thank you for visiting, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hand Made Card with Distress Oxide Stenciled Background and Stamped Flowers

Hi Everyone, found another new technique for this card but still using the fab Distress Oxide ink pads, the background color has been applied using the same method as described here, I won't repeat all that here as I want to explain how the stenciling was done and don't want to bore you with a massive post. The distress oxide ink colors for the background are Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.

Hand made friendship card with distress oxide stenciled background with stamped and heat embossed flowers

Having created the colored background I sprayed water all over a flourish stencil, then placed it wet side down on the inked background, I used a paper towel to quickly dry up excess water that was pushed out from under the stencil, then lifted the stencil off and used a paper towel to immediately dry off the stenciled area. The water from the stencil starts to lift the ink color from the background drying it prevents it from going too far and blurring the outline of the stenciled design.

Once the background piece was completely dry I trimmed it to size and  inked around the edges with Wilted Violet using a foam ink blending tool. I stamped the Agapanthus flowers in watermark ink and heat embossed with gold. I mounted the completed panel on gold card and then onto an A6 cream card blank using adhesive foam pads to lift it.

The greeting is also stamped with watermark ink and heat embossed with gold onto a piece of colored background that I had trimmed off the main panel. This in turn is mounted on gold card and attached with foam pads at one end and double sided tape at the other.

I really like the subtle stenciled image in the background and will be experimenting further with stencils and distress oxides. Hope you like it, would love to hear your thoughts.
Debbie x

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Hand Made Birthday Card with Blended Distress Oxide Ink and Emboss Resist Stamping

Hi Everyone, I used a different technique for this card, the distress oxide ink is blended with a foam ink blending tool directly from the ink pad without adding any water. Before I used the ink I stamped the flower with a watermark ink pad and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then used three colors of ink starting at the edge with Fired Brick, followed by Spiced Marmalade and finishing with Fossilized Amber to create an ombre effect. These inks blend beautifully together, they are creamier than the original distress inks which seems to make them softer and easier to blend. In fact if  you accidentally get a hard edge of color just keep blending away and it will smooth out and disappear. Using the undiluted ink makes the colors stronger too.

Hand made birthday card with blended ink background emboss resist flowers and die cut and stamped greeting

For the rest of the card I smeared a little bit of each color of ink on my craft mat and added a small amount of water then dipped a paintbrush into each color separately and flicked the ink over the card.

I die cut 'Happy' from black card, glued this in positions as shown then stamped 'birthday' in black pigment ink underneath. This was all then mounted on black card and then onto a white A6 card blank.

I'm really pleased with this card and with the way the distress inks blended so well. I hope you like it too, leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Thanks Debbie x

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Hand MadeThinking of You Card with Distress Oxide Background

Hi Everyone, here's my second go with the Distress Oxide ink pads, after my first go I wanted to be a bit bolder, go for stronger colors and play with the inks a little bit more.

Four colors this time, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet, I did the same as last time, smeared some of each ink onto my craft mat but this time I put down more ink and added less water so the colors have come out much stronger. I followed the same process of dragging the card through the wet ink and dipping and 'paddling' it into the individual colors and drying between each application with a heat gun. Before I dried each layer I put some water in the palm of my hand and used my fingers to flick it onto the card, this creates the lighter 'spots', dabbing them with an absorbent cloth makes them appear lighter still.

Hand made thinking of you card with distress oxide ink background and stamped fairies and dragonflies

Once the final drying was finished I trimmed the background down to 11.5 cm square and stamped the grass border, fairies, dragonflies and greeting with black ink. The whole thing is mounted on a 12cm square piece of black card and then a 12.5cm square white card blank. 

These are almost the same color inks as the last card but adding the Wilted Violet and keeping them more concentrated has created a completely different look. I'm very happy with the results and looking forward to my next experiment :) Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it too feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think or ask any questions you might have.
Debbie x

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Distress Oxide Ink Pads First Try

Hi Everyone, Well after a long wait to get stock of these new Distress Oxide ink pads I couldn't wait to try them out and see what all the excitement is about. I decided to start with a simple blended/layered background. One of the main properties of these new stamp pads is the ability to blend or layer them without ending up with a muddy mess! Basically if your colors are wet they will blend together just like the original distress inks, but if you add wet ink to dry ink it will create layers  instead.

Hand made friendship card with distress oxide inked background, stamped grass stem and greeting.

A bit of a timid start I just used three colors, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I smeared some of each onto the craft mat and sprayed a little water on to them, when you first put the ink down on the mat the colors look quite dull but when you add the water they become much more vibrant. I had pre-cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than an A6 white card blank and dragged this through all three colors of wet ink, then dried it with a heat gun and repeated the process two or three more times. By drying the ink in between it makes the colors form layers rather than just continually mixing, you can carry on doing this until you are happy with your background. Before the final drying I, again rather timidly, dripped some water onto part of it (above and to the left of the flower head) you can see some marks where the water has oxidized the color out of the ink, if you dab with an absorbent cloth it will exaggerate this effect.

Once the whole background was dry I used a foam ink blending tool to add extra color here and there using the ink directly from the ink pad this time and went around the edges of the piece of card with Broken China to finish it off.

The background has a lovely creamy, matt finish that looks as though it would rub off if you touched it but....it doesn't. :)

I stamped the leaf stem and greeting directly onto the background in black pigment ink.

I was very happy with the way the inks performed and reacted with the water to create the lovely effects. I will be a bit bolder next time!

Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Birthday Blossoms Larkspur and Waterlily to Celebrate July Birthdays

Hi Everyone,
The two birth flowers for July are both relatively unusual, certainly in crafting terms, meaning that there is not an abundance of larkspur and waterlily craft supplies available, however,  I found a lovely waterlily die cutting set from Heartfelt Creations which I used for the first card and a larkspur stamp and die set which I used for the other two cards.

I have been meaning to have a go at making an easel card for a while and this card seemed like the perfect opportunity, using the die cut waterlily as the 'prop' for the upright part of the card.

Hand made easel birthday card with die cut waterlilies and dragonflies

There are three main elements to this card so I have split them up so you don't have to read the whole thing if you are only interested in part of it.


Card Base
I cut two pieces of blue card for the base, one measuring 12 x 24cm and another 12 x 12cm. I scored the longer piece at 12 and 18cm and folded the card on both these score lines to form the base.  I forgot to photograph the base at this stage to show you how it is folded, so I have borrowed this photo from Pinterest. This shows the base with the smaller piece of card attached, but I didn't attach mine straight away as it was easier to make most of it first. You can make the card any size you want the main principle is that the longer piece of card is scored at the half way and three quarters marks and folded to make the support for the upright part of the card.

How to make and easel card

I cut two pieces of white card 11.5 x 11.5cm sq and used Broken China and Old Paper distress ink pads to color them. I wanted the card to look like a lily pond with sky above so I used Broken China all over the card and added Old Paper to the area that would be the pond to give it a greenish hue.

Waterlily Flowers and Lily Pads
The gorgeous lilies and lily pads are all die cut using the Heartfelt Creations Waterlily and Frog die cutting set. Waterlilies can be both white and pink so I chose pink card for mine. Once cut, I inked the edges of the petals with pink ink, then pinched them to almost fold them in half and curled the ends over. There are two sizes of flowers in the die set so I cut one of the bigger ones and a few of the smaller ones, each one has self adhesive pearls on the center for the stamen. The lily pads (or leaves) are cut from green card and the edges inked with a slightly darker shade of green.
The dies cut a range of sizes of petals which you can combine in any way you like.

Dragonflies
I have been wanting to use this lovely dragonfly die cutter for a while, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

Die cut dragonfly close up


The die set cuts a whole dragonfly as well as a separate set of wings and a separate body. I wanted to make the dragonflies look as realistic as possible so I cut a whole body from green mirror card, and two further sets of wings one from blue card and one from acetate. I covered the acetate ones with clear Wink of Stella to give them a bit of sparkle. I glued the blue wings underneath the green body so that they show through the green wings and the acetate wings over the green body to give the iridescent shimmer. I bent the green and acetate wings up slightly so that they were raised from the background. I am very pleased with the way they worked out.

The final step was to make the greeting and assemble the card. For the greeting, I inked a small piece of card to match the colors of the pond area of the background, stamped the message in Stormy Sky distress ink and also used that to ink the edges. 

hand made waterlily and dragonfly gift tag


I had a couple of lilies left over so I used them to make a matching gift tag. I thought the die cut dragonfly would be a bit big for the tag so I stamped one using the dragonfly stamp from the Cardio Dragonfly Garden stamp set. I stamped it in Broken China distress ink and heat embossed it with clear crystal powder so that it had a little bit of sparkle. 

I'm pleased with the results! The easel part was very easy and the card looks just the way I wanted it to. 

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Hand made birthday card with stamped and die cut larkspur flower

For my second card I used the Larkspur stamp and die cut set. I stamped the flower in black ink, colored it using marker pens, die cut it and mounted it on a die cut oval of white card and then on an oval of purple card to match the color of the flowers. 

I used a 12.5cm square white card blank, layered that with more of the purple card and then cut a piece of white card to make the stamped background layer. I used the Scratches background stamp stamping first with Tea Dye distress ink, then rotating the card 90 degrees and stamping again with Tea Dye, then rotating again and stamping a third time but this time with Old Paper. Once all the stamped layers were dry I inked over everything with Bundled Sage. I attached the purple and stamped layers to the card front using our new Glue Dots Tape Runner which made it very quick and easy. The Oval was attached with adhesive foam pads to raise it a little.

The greeting comes from a sheet of gold and white die cut greetings which I inked around the edges with a Violet pigment ink and attached with foam pads at one end and a dab of glue at the other. The last thing was to add some adhesive gold metal dots to the corner.

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Hand made birthday card with water color background and emboss resist larkspur

I wanted to do something different with the larkspur stamp this time so chose to emboss resist on a watercolour style background.

I stamped the larkspur flowers onto watercolor paper with watermark ink and heat embossed with opaque white embossing powder.

Working on a craft mat I spread some Dusty Concord distress ink and spritzed it with a tiny bit of water, using a 1.5cm wide paint brush I painted a strip of purple across the top of the stamped image. I then added a bit more water to the ink to lighten the color and painted a second strip and repeated this until the flowers part of the stamp was covered. I repeated the process with Old Paper distress ink over the leafy area at the bottom of the flower. Once the 'paint' was dry I wiped over the stamped image with a cloth to remove any ink from the embossed areas.

I trimmed the watercolor paper to 8.8cm and scruffed the edges, then mounted this on a 9.2cm square piece of lilac card and in turn mounted this in the centre of a 12.5cm sq white card blank.

The greeting is stamped in black at the bottom right corner of the card blank.

It was nice to do something different, I love the watercolor effect of the background.

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Thank you for visiting, I have thoroughly enjoyed making all these cards, I hope you like them too, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think or if you have a question to ask.
Debbie x