Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Flower Box and Butterflies

To start today's card I die cut a piece of white card using the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Elegant Labels Four die set. I stamped two of the butterflies from the Elegant Butterfly clear stamp set in the top half of the die cut card. I then stamped the same images again on another piece of white card and then cut them out. These were layered up onto the corresponding stamped images.

The Spellbinders Die D-Lites Flower Box die was used with black card and this was glued on the lower half of the white card.

I cut a mat from Teal card and embossed this using the Couture Creations Crazy Daisy embossing folder. 

The final mats were cut from black and white card.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Floral Border with Butterflies

A dramatic red and black card today, using the Spellbinders Floral Border Die D-Lites die.

The background was stamped using the small butterfly and a flower from the Elegant Butterfly Clear Stamp Set. The small butterfly, together with the large butterfly from the set, were then stamped again on another piece of red card and this time embossed with clear embossing powder, before being cut out. The two butterflies were then shaped slightly and glued onto the stamped background. The butterflies' trails were added by trimming one of the self-adhesive black pearl swirls. 

The flower border was die cut from a piece of black card. 3mm self-adhesive black pearls were then added to the flower centres.

The card was finished by adding alternating mats of black, red and black card.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Floral Corner One with Daffodil

I have used quite a few Spellbinders dies on this card, mixing things up a bit.

The daffodil stamp and the message come from one of the new Creative Expressions "Singles" stamps, which come pre-cut and mounted onto cushion cling. A lot, like this one, also come with a free sentiment. They retail at £4.99. I stamped the image and sentiment using Jet Black Archival ink, onto milk coloured card. I then embossed this with the Cosmic Shimmer detail clear embossing powder from Creative Expressions. I coloured the flower with Distress Markers and a water brush.

I die cut the daffodil using the beautiful Spellbinders Opulent Ovals die set. The sentiment was die cut using one of the dies from the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Elegant Labels Four set. I also used the new Floral Corner One Die D-Lites die set to decorate two corners of the mat under the daffodil image. You get a flower die separate to the corner die, and I used this to decorate the sentiment tag. The ribbon threaded through the tag is Champagne Sheer Wrinkled Edge ribbon.

The metal corners I have used are the Creative Expressions Art Deco Metal Corner Embellishments.

The mat under the daffodil image was cut from a piece of Vintage Gold card. This was then embossed using the Moroccan Mask from That Special Touch.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 8 April 2013

And the winners are . . . .

The Creative Expressions blog hop prize draw winners have now been announced. Click here to find out if you were one of the lucky ones and to claim your prize!

Vines of Passion

Here is another sample from the recent Pick of the Week shows on Create and Craft.

This is a really pretty set (Spellbinders Die D-Lite Vines of Passion) which could be used in so many combinations.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Bonsai Tree

If you saw my previous post, this shows the Bonsai Tree in the conventional way.

Happy crafting!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Can you see what it is yet?

This was another sample made for the recent Pick of the Week shows on Create and Craft.

It is actually using the Spellbinders Bonsai Tree Die D-Lite shape. I cut it four times from some red card and placed them in the four corners of a white square of card, to make the topper.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Creative Expressions Sheer Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome to everyone taking part in the Sheer Inspiration Blog Hop, if you've come here from Gillian Simson's blog you're in the right place. 

My project, using a selection from the Creative Expressions 5-yard ribbon reels, is a Ribbon Wreath.

The base is a polystyrene ring which I bought at my local craft shop for about £3. You also need some dressmakers pins and your ribbon. I chose to use Silky Crush Ribbon in cream, champagne and brown, plus the Sheer Wrinkled Edge Ribbon in champagne and Grosgrain Stripe Ribbon in brown and ivory stripe.

The first thing I did was tie a hanging loop around the ring using some of the ribbon. The remaining ribbon needs to be cut into lengths of approximately 4-5", so this would be an ideal way of using up your off-cuts and ribbon scraps. 

Curl each piece of ribbon into a circle shape, as shown, and then pin through the overlapping part and into the polystyrene ring. Continue until the polystyrene can no longer be seen.

This colourway was used to make a Decoration celebrating a Golden Anniversary, but you could easily pull out some of the colours and replace with say red and green to recycle your ribbon wreath for Christmas, or use multicolours for a Birthday decoration.

Don't forget to check DT Member Kim Dellow's blog on Friday for a special surprise.

Your next blog in the hop is Shary Nettleship.

Here is a list of everyone involved in the hop:

1. Tracy Evans
2. Trish Latimer
3. Jean Gursoy
6. Tracey Laughton

9. Kim Dellow   (don't forget to check Kim's blog for a special surprise from 10am on Friday 5 April 2013).

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Large Birdcage

If any of you were lucky enough to get some of the Spellbinders Die D-Lites, from the recent Pick of the Week shows on Create and Craft, you may recognise this card. I was delighted to be asked to make some of the samples for the shows and this was one of them. 

The Die D-Lite is called Bird Cage 2 (S3-203) and I cut this from the Vintage Gold card from Creative Expressions. The bird and the branch stamps come from the Creative Expressions "Birds" stamp plate. The decorative frame was cut using the new Spellbinders 5 x 7 set Elegant Labels Four.  

Keep an eye out tomorrow for the Creative Expressions blog hop, for the chance to win some great prizes.

Happy crafting!