Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Just a Little Treat - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders


I've had this sweet little treat box die from Spellbinders sitting on my desk, waiting to be made use of for a few weeks now.  Finally it's turn is here!

I just love it, so couldn't resist making two versions for my latest
 Spellbloggers project
This adorable little box is abut 13cm long, 4cm wide and just less than 2cm deep - so it's quite dinky and just right for filling with a few chocolate treats!  I put some Mint Crisps in mine
The die set comes from Marisa Job's lovely Thoughtful Expressions
range from Spellbinders

I used some digital downloadable paper collections to print on both sides of plain white card. For the 'masculine' version I found a wood-grain effect design, and for the girly one some pretty pastels.
The box is cut all in one piece, just fold along the crease lines, add tape of glue to the tabs and it's done!  You get two sentiment 'toppers' in the die set
 "JUST FOR YOU" and "I YOU" 
There are also a cute little flower and a heart shaped die

I used the flower and heart dies to make a pretty decoration for the pastel box.
In both cases I wrapped the ribbon/string around the box before adhering the topper section ion place.  That way the ribbon doesn't obscure the words, and it stays in place when the box is opened.

I think the message toppers would make great sentiments for a card or a tag too - it's always good to get more mileage from your dies, isn't it 😉

I just used one the Spellbinders die set this time 

Just For You Box Thoughtful Expressions by Marisa Job 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time,
Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Anniversary

You go to the seaside for a couple of days and think "A walk along the prom will be so nice in between doing the various jobs at the flat", but all it does is rain the whole time.  One little venture into town and you are sodden and desperate to get indoors again!
Oh well, at least the flat in Southwold is looking good.  The photographer is booked and soon the lovely people at Suffolk Secrets will be putting it on their website as available to book for your holidays!
Despite the rain there was still a lot of snow piled up along the verges where it had been moved by the snowploughs, and what with melting snow and copious rain there was quite a bit of flooding on the winding country roads, the fields look totally water-logged.  
Hopefully we'll all get some nice dry and sunny weather soon!

My crafting project for this time is a Wedding Anniversary card using the new LO from The Sketch File blog

 Here is the LO I used to make the card
The Sketch File, March 2018
Smooth White card blank
Ruby red Bazzill card
Gold card from Spellbinders
Gold Twine
PC generated sentiment
Punches for medium and tiny hearts
I used the fancy insert and one of the plain rectangles from this beautiful die set 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

First I used only the fancy insert die to cut the panel from the white card Blank
A piece of Ruby red card was adhered inside the card
On the gold card, the fancy insert die was taped inside the plain rectangle to keep them exactly in place, then run through the Platinum machine.

I saved some of the gold 'waste' from cutting the fancy panel and adhered them to the punched hearts to make the hanging hearts.
The gold panel was glued to the front of the card, lining up with the pattern cut in the card blank
The hearts were assembled then attached to gold twine.  A gold twine bow was added at the top
The Sentiment was printed from the pc, matted onto gold card and adhered in place using scraps of chipboard for dimension
Some tiny punched hearts were added to complete

I love these pretty panels that often form part of Spellbinders die sets, they are so beautiful and so versatile.

That's all from me  this time, I hope you like the card, and that you'll feel inspired to use the LO this month, we'd love to see what you come up with

Friday, March 09, 2018

Getting To Know You

Happy Friday!
It's a lovely day here today - feels as though Spring really is just around the corner at last.
I've had a lovely crafting week this week and managed to get a few things ticked off my to-do list. Today it's Daring Cardmakers Day and Dawn really let us have some fun with her challenge!

Here's what Dawn says:  
Getting To Know You
I want to get to know you as a crafter.  What are your favourite techniques and where do you like to craft?
I love to make shaker cards.  I think they are so much fun and I get to add another of my favourite crafting elements, glitter and sequins.  I also love to craft in front on the TV on the living room rug in the evenings when the children have gone to bed.
You can check out the design teams favourite techniques by clicking HERE

Hubby and I share the study, a large part of which is my craft area.  I'm also lucky enough to have two desks, one for crafting the other for my pc.
I do all my crafting in this room, I don't craft in front of the tv and I don't tend to take stuff with me when we go away.  I like everything to be at hand!
For my card I chose a few of my favourite things, some old, some new.
I'm a relatively new convert to stencils and already have 2 folders full of them, plus a few in a box waiting for me to buy another folder.  
I started my card by using a mask to create the peachy-pink panel across the card, then used my absolute favourite stencil and various different inks over most of the card.  There's pink, peach, fawn and several blues in there and I moved the stencil a couple of times to make it less uniform.
I admit to owning a lot of dies.  I've been hooked on die-cutting ever since I acquired my very first die cutter - do you remember the old QuicKutz thing with the handles you squeezed to cut the dies?  It was hard work, but I loved making those little shapes!  It didn't take long to progress to ever bigger machines and of course much bigger dies too.
I just can't resist flower die sets!  I love the way you can shape the petals and use the same die sets for several different flower shapes.  I decided to make some shabby chic flowers for this card - I damped the various sizes of petals with water, scrunched them up and left them to dry. once dry, open them carefully and fix them together to make lovely crumply flowers.  I added a little bit of Glamour Dust glitter to some of the petals and a sparkly gem in the centres
I'd already cut the three heart shapes for a project that didn't work out as planned, so decided to use them on this one as a background element for the matching flowers.  One of my other go-to 'filler' techniques is to use swirls, leaves and flourishes behind my flowers.  So I had to put some of those in too.
Finally, I used this fab swirly, loopy "with love" die cut sentiment to finish off my card.
Materials and Tools
The papers are all from a very old K&Co mini pad 
Stencil is "Mini Spinning Tops" (The Crafters Workshop)
Dies are all from Spellbinders

Happy Grams #4 Collection by Tammy Tutterow Shapeabilities

 Shapeabilities Etched Dies
 Sentiments 3  
Die D-Lites Etched Dies

That's all from me today, I hope you will join in with us this week - it would be so lovely to hear about your crafting habits and favourite techniques!
Happy Crafting

Monday, March 05, 2018

Bird's Nest Basket - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

Happy Monday to you
We didn't have as much snow as other parts of the UK, but thankfully even that has all gone now and things can get back to normal!  
Or what passes for normal, round here!
I had a sudden moment of inspiration a couple of days ago!  I'd used the gorgeous Spellbinders twiggy wreath die to make the card I posted on Friday when the lightbulb switched on, and I thought it would make a perfect project for my next Spellbloggers post

 Once again I'm using dies from Lene Lok's Four Seasons range from Spellbinders. This time I've used two die sets; the Twiggy wreath and the Wreath Elements die sets and made something a bit different, but totally in keeping as our thoughts turn to Spring

I started off with a plain die cut circle of brown card adhered to a stronger chipboard circular base.  Then cut lots of the wreath shapes in different shades of brown card and loads of leaves from the various leaf shapes in the Wreath Elements die set.
Then it was just a case of layering up the wreaht shapes and adding a few leaves in as I went.  I made best use of the brown card by
cutting part-circles from the cut out centres left over when the wreaths were cut.  I just arranged them around  nest shape as I built it up
I used chipboard coloured with brown ink and cut into tiny pieces between the layers.  I glued the chipboard to the underside of the leaves to hide them.  You could use dimensional glue, or dark coloured foam pads instead.
I finished it off with a few real feathers inside the nest and poking through the sides.

Here are the Spellbinders die sets used this time 

Four Seasons Wreath by Lene Lok 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Shapeabilities Etched Dies
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Obviously the real finishing touch is to fill the nest with chocolate eggs - and I promise that I only ate one in the making of this post!
here is the card I made using the same two die sets, you can read
 more about it HERE

That's it for this time,
Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting