Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Triple Lattice Striplet Birthday Card in Cream and White

Hello how are you today?

I won't beat about the bush. Todays' card is an outright copy of one that I saw Sue Wilson make on YouTube recently. I loved it so I thought I'd give it a go!
Here is her video link to YouTube as she does show how to cut up Emma, one of her dies from the Frames and Tags Collection, to make a background.

Here it is, recognise it much????

I used American crafts White and Cream (AC calls it Vanilla) cardstock for the base and the rest of the card. Cream and white looks lovely together.

Just showing a close up of the lovely Lattice Window Striplet die - it cuts beautifully.

Here's the centre panel - check out the video to see how Sue "Chops up" the Emma - Frames and Tags die.

I used a Phill Martin stamp in the middle stamped using a Jet Black Stazon ink pad.  I find with the clear stamps they make a better impression, be sure to clean your stamps afterwards!

... and here's inside the card. I used a Fiskars sentiment stamp set again with the Jet Black Stazon ink pad.

This sentiment is from a Fiskars stamp set I purchased when I was in the states.

Here are the main ingredients that I used to make this card - Sue introduces them in her video as well.

...... and there you have it. So easy to follow someone's design - no thinking about colour schemes and what will go with what especially when the Mojo is a bit dodgy!!!

Monday, 21 March 2016

A Birthday Card made from Clare's desk scraps

Hello! How are you?
I promised to show you the card I made at my Sisters place in the UK, on the weekend when I was there briefly in February for work.

If you recall I mentioned that we had decided to make cards and she asked if I could help her by using the scraps she had on her crafting table (there were some good scraps!!!).

Here's the card:

I'm not sure where all the pieces came from.

I know I used a Sue Wilson Portuguese collection die for the centre of the card.

I think the silver frame is from a Spellbinders die that Clare had.

The card base was an A4 lilac cardstock that was smooth and matt. Clare had a pack of different colours. This suited the lilac piece of card that I used to cut the centre out with.

These bits and bobs were from a UK company that Clare uses a lot for her cards.

They do sell the most amazing card kits and specialty papers that all go together with these little CANDI buttons as well.
This kit was called Velvet Plum. Not sure they make it any longer  - they do have others sets that are really nice.

This is the company have a look at their website:

If you know someone in the UK they may be able to get things for you as Christmas  Pressies.

I was very lucky as Clare gave, me some super papers and kits. Postage may not be too prohibitive if you order a few things??!

This is the central panel. Which I cut out using Sue Wilson's Portuguese dies. I'll show in the ingredients section which dies they are as I cannot remember off the top of my head.

The little sentiment in the middle is also from Craftworks UK

Here are the main ingredients that I remember using to make this card:

Not too many ingredients this time. As I said most were what was on Clare's crafting table.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Amazing what you can make from your stash/scraps - A Birthday Card

Hello, How are you today?

I was inspired when I went to visit with my sister Clare, when I was recently (February 2016) working in the UK. We were up in her crafting space over the weekend I was there with her and we each decided to make a quick card. Her comment was "Sally-Ann, it would really help me if you could use some of what is sitting in this pile in the middle of my desk". It was quite a pile! So we both used what was there. I'll show you my card tomorrow.

This lead me to thinking. I wonder if you, like me, have a little pile somewhere on your crafting table; perhaps it is a little box, for me it is a series of envelopes. In these places are all the bits and bobs you place there that may be useful "ONE DAY"!

On my"ONE" day, last weekend, I had lost my crafting Mojo and I wanted to do/create something.
I originally started by clearing up my desk. Frankly it was a shambles! This is where it all began.
I thought I might tidy up said envelopes. There were bits and  things I'd dropped in there that I had forgotten I had and today's card was the output. It took me about 15 minutes to make this card - mostly from scraps.

Here it is:

The only thing I had to go and get was the Black and Red paper - which was from a very old Creative Memories paper pack. Everything else was on my desk!!!! I used 2 sheets of 5"x 7" American Crafts card stock, adhering them with a 1" strip which I then scored down the centre, added Double Sided Tape to and then placed the 2 sheets of AC card stock on top - essentially creating a separate hinge along the top long edge.

I'd been making some flowers with my new Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy dies. I still have a little pile to be used. They will appear in forthcoming cards.

The leaves, well  I made a batch of these. also a few I'd cut from the Arianna lace background die. It's such a pretty die to use.

I added some Glossy Accents to the flowers with a pearl at their centre.

Same goes for the right hand bottom corner of the card.

In fact I cut up one of the leaves into smaller parts and re-glued the pieces together under the flower.

Isn't the little flower a darling? All shaped with my shaping tools.

The white central panel is from the Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - The Granada die. I remember cutting several and this one was left over. The little sentiment you see here was in one of my envelopes - no idea where I got it from. I added a piece of black card to both the white Granada main piece as a mat and also to the little sentiment adding 4 red pearls left over from my Christmas card making.

So you might guess at my next question.
What, I wonder, is sitting on your crafting table right now, that you can use to make a card or a scrapbook page .... or look at the piece you have kept and ask yourself  "Really, I kept you, why did I do that?"

I know we crafters never throw anything away - so my new motto (at least for the coming week is -Use it or lose it [or put it in a place with other things like it, so you lay your hands on it immediately and not have it just sit collecting dust in your box or envelope!!!]).

Here are the main ingredients that I sued to  make today's card:

Perhaps your next piece of crafting will use up some of those "Scraps" that alone look like nothing; yet when you put them together - like me - you'll be amazed!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

All in Blue and White - with a bit of Sparkle

Hello my blogging family and friends I hope I find you happy, healthy and hearty. Gosh that's an old English word - "Hearty" you don't often hear tat used much in general conversation. It fitted my alliteration today though!

I have a birthday card to show you that I made using blue and white, here it is:

I used American Craft white card stock for the base, then I used the Sue Wilson Cathedral background die with some Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow and Iced Snow. The ribbon was from Really Reasonable Ribbon (February 2014 subscription) and the flowers and leaves are a mixture of Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies, Arianna Blooms lace die, Sue Wilson's Curled Vines and there is a Spellbinders Sprigs die - I'll make sure it's in the ingredients list below.

The sentiment was from my stash, I am showing this picture so you can see the Iced Snow a little better, in real life the card positively glistens.

The flowers were so easy to make. I used my shaping tools on them once I had added white embossing powder after stamping with a versamark ink pad, then heat set them. 

I then coloured them with a Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud blending ink - Frosty Sky.

I cut out the Heartfelt Creations Arianna lace die in white which I added to the back of the flower with other leaves also cut out in white.

The same treatment was given to create the flowers at the bottom right corner of the card. With pearls added to their centres too!

Here are the main ingredients that I used to make this card: NOTE LIST UPDATED 18-03-16

I hope you like the card - the dies really do all the work (as usual) I think it looks super in real life - I hope the photos do it justice!
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