Tuesday, April 19, 2016


It's a lovely sunny day here today, I hope the sun is shining on you too!  It would be more peaceful though,  if there weren't workmen drilling holes in the road a couple of houses down.  Oh and if the brand new modem, with upgraded broadband actually worked grrrrr

I was browsing Joanna Sheen's web shop last week and her own "Signature" range of dies caught my eye. Loads lot of lovely styles, shapes and themes - and the prices  were really good too, so of course I was tempted, and ended up buying three; a hot air balloon, a set of Leaves and Stamens and the poppy flower one I've used on  today's project (you see, I got to the point in the end) - which is another card using the April LO from The Sketch File Blog
Just in case like me you dither a bit about buying from a new range, and would like to hear from a fellow crafter about their experiences with them, I thought I'd give these a bit of a work out when they arrived and mention here how I got on.
I use an ebosser machine for die-cutting and usually I use Bazzill card or something of a similar weight for die-cutting, but just to see how these dies fared I laid them all out together with the regular set of (A4) cutting plates and a sheet of the heavy 320gsm white card and ran it through the machine.

 Everything first time, all the bits popped straight out without needing to poke with a pointy tool, or craft knife.  What a joy!

Which is, I think, a good result and certainly means I will have no hesitation in buying more.....

Cream card for card base plus extra for die cutting upper sections
2x green Bazzill card, Various pearls and gems

Upper green square and the cream square mat

(Nested Squares die set - Tonic)

Cream circle design uses the fancy circle die and the plain circle die inside, you also get a butterfly with this set 

(Jadene Happy Thoughts die set - Ultimate Crafts)

I "double-cut" the Cream scalloped background border shape to make it shorter

(Tag and Banner die set  - Creative Dies, CraftStashUK)


(from the "Handwritten Celebrate" die set - Tim Holtz)

Poppy flower, die cut from white card and coloured with Cats' eye inks

 (Poppy die set - Joanna Sheen "Signature" dies)

The sketch:
The Sketch File Blog
That's it for this time, thank you for visiting, I hope you'll leave a message :)


Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Kathy, love the beautiful design and poppy.
Linda xxx

Lynda said...

Lovely card Kathy. Thanks for testing the dies too it's good to know which fancy ones work. I have a spellbinders fancy circle die and it never comes out in one piece it's so annoying.
Lynda xxx

Sylvia Ames said...

Lovely card Kathy, gorgeous Spring colours and selection of die cuts. Great interpretation of the sketch too.

Sylv xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

Kathy this is a gorgeous card
Gr Karin

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a gorgeous card I love the poppies. I am a big fan of Signature dies I have many and I have always been very pleased with them. I am pleased that you like yours too. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Kate M said...

Fabulous card Kathy and those colours are gorgeous - great design.

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Love the floral die cut, the color is beautiful for that card

Jan Ltc said...

Gorgeous card xx Jan

Laine said...

Beautiful, fresh and springlike Kathy!

Angelnorth said...

Really pretty poppy die and a great, fresh-looking card with it Kathy. Good to hear an untried range worked well for you, too!

Dianne said...

An absolutely gorgeous card...!