I really adore this Christmas pudding die, I think it's going to feature on a lot of my Christmas cards this year. It's from Tonic Studios. The greeting on this card is from an older Papertrey Ink set called Signature Christmas.
I seem to be buying a lot of wreath style dies and stamps, I've got quite a few now, but I couldn't resist this die set from Spellbinders as it's got lots of little individual dies that you can add to the wreath, it's really pretty. I used some Tonic Nuvo Crystals to add some berries.
This is another new stamp set, it's from Woodware and it's really lovely to colour. I've still got quite a few more cards to share for my November class, but I just realised that I can't share all of them just yet as some of them feature stamp sets that aren't released yet. But I'll be back with more soon!
I really love this Woodland scene - it's another of the new dies from Pretty Quick dies at www.craftstash.co.uk.
I recently bought these Torn Edge square dies from Tattered Lace when they were on sale at Create and Craft - I bought squares, circles and rectangles and I really like the effect. The bauble die is an old one, i think actually it might have been a magazine gift and I used a stamp from the Apple Blossom Merry & Bright stamp set for the greeting.
Even though it's now a few years old, the Papertrey Snow Globe stamp sets is still one of my favourites. The greeting on this card is from a new set from Woodware, and I just love the design.
Well that's three more cards from my next class, I'll be back tomorrow with a few more.
I'm still very much in Christmas mode at the moment. I've really been making Christmas cards for months now, with all my magazine commissions, and the TV shows I've done so far have been mostly Christmas products too. Strangely though, I'm not yet fed up with Christmas and am really enjoying putting together some ideas for my next class. I think my motivation has been helped by the fact that I've bought lots of new stamps and dies - nothing gives me inspiration more than new things!
Here's the first card for my next class - using some of the gorgeous new Pretty Quick dies from www.craftstash.co.uk. I really love the designs, and the way you get large layering dies to match the main image means you get great versatile dies that you can use all year round and mix and match with lots of other dies. Very clever.
This is another of the new Pretty Quick dies, isn't it fabulous?
This cute penguin is from an older stamp set by My Cute Stamps who are no longer in business. I teamed him with a lovely new snowy background embossing folder from Creative Expressions.
I'm running two dates for my November class because the first date got fully booked really quickly. The first class is on 12 November, then I'm doing a second one on the 26th. I've still got a few places left on the 26th so if you'd like to come along please email me for more details.
Well I'm so sorry for my extremely poor attempt at updating my blog lately. The main reason for this is that I've recently started working on Create & Craft as a Guest Presenter. I've been demonstrating C&C's own range of products and it's been great fun. I'm still working full-time at Vodafone, so getting the balance right and finding a little bit of time for myself has been tricky. It's actually been just a little bit crazy - to the point where I've woken up on more than one morning and had to think 'where am I?'
I've been doing shows for both Create & Craft UK and USA so I've been back and forth between home in Bromsgrove, Vodafone in London, C&C UK in Peterborough and C&C USA in Feltham. Exhausting but great fun and I'm really enjoying doing the TV shows - there's been quite a lot to learn, and it's pretty daunting at first, but I really do love it.
I've had the weekend at home this week, and have been busily creating cards for my next class, as well as making a start on my own Christmas cards, so hopefully I'll get a bit more blogging done over the coming weeks! Thank you all for being so patient with me :)
My lovely friend Kim Dellow recently designed a beautiful stamp set for PaperArtsy. Kim is so talented, it's a fabulous set.
My other friend Michelle Short and I had been chatting with Kim about doing some sort of collaboration between us. We thought it would be fun because the three of us have such different styles - Kim has more of an 'arty' style I would say, she loves creating with paints and different mediums, I'm kind of contemporary, and although I like a clean and simple style, my style isn't as CAS as Michelle - she is the queen of single layer and CAS style cards! Since Kim's stamp set had literally just been released when we were chatting, of course it was the obvious thing for us all to use.
Dawn has chosen a lovely theme for this week's challenge at the Daring Cardmakers. She wants to see a Room with a View, so incorporate a window or aperture with a picturesque view.
I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to make a start on my Christmas cards, since I have a couple of landscape type dies that would make a perfect scene. I added some neon post it notes behind the windows to give a glow to them. I also added some Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture paste in Aurora Sparkle to add some snow to my scene.
The rest of the team have come up with some really beautiful cards this week, so please pop and have a look, and even better, join in with the challenge.
Oh I'm so happy with how this turned out. It was definitely a labour of love because it took some time to die cut all those flowers, but it was so worth it. It looks great on my craft studio wall and goes with all my other rainbow themed bits and bobs.
It was actually pretty easy to make (if a little time-consuming!)
I bought an inexpensive polystyrene ring from Hobbycraft, then used a pencil and ruler to divide it into equal sections.
Then I painted each section in a similar colour to the card colours I intended to use (because I knew the flowers might not totally cover the ring, and I didn't want any white showing through.
Then I just worked a colour at a time, die-cutting lots of flowers and then using a hot glue gun to attach them to the ring. I used the Apple Blossom Mini Flowers die set from www.craftstash.co.uk, which you can find here.
Once I'd added all the flowers I then added some flat-back pearls to the centre of the flowers, matching the colours as close as I could with the pearl colours I had.
And now it has pride of place in my craft studio - and my obsession with rainbow colour schemes continues :)
I think everyone is going to love this Thank You die from Pretty Quick. It really does make a quick and easy card (but you can layer it up or add whatever you like in the background too).
and another card using the lovely Handwritten Floral stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. This time I coloured the flowers with Promarkers.
This final card for today is a variation of a card I made last week using the adorable Build a Bike stamp and die set that is the free gift with this month's Simply Card & Papercraft magazine. It's a gorgeous die. This time I also added the little cat to the basket.
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