And on and on......
Last weeks blog was entitled 'My Heart Will go on' I had a lot of fun creating animals from simple Framelits heart dies, so much fun that I couldn't help myself and set about creating a few more ideas to share with you.I again used the Framelits Hearts die set 657561 for all the projects, this consists of 5 identical heart shapes in a range of sizes.For all you font fans the font I used on this and last weeks post is free (and easy) to download. It's called 'no color' and is available at dafont.com and many other free font sites.The first card features a cute piggy, I die cut the 3 hearts and cut one down the centre using a craft knife. I folded the two halves as shown and attached them to the head forming the ears, the nostrils are simply circles cut using a standard office hole punch, the eyes are adhesive pearl gems.I created the phrase using my PC, trimmed it to size and matted it onto a rectangle of magenta card, the piggy's hands and bottom where die cut from pink card and the tail was simply a strip of pink card which was wound around a dowel in a spiral.Next up a panda card. As you can see I cut a variety of black and white hearts, four of which I strategically snipped the edges with my scissors to give the illusion of fur.before mounting them together as shown below.Next, I attached two black hearts to which I added adhesive pearls for the eyes. Finally, I die cut one small white and one pink heart and overlapped them as shown.I attached the overlapped hearts beneath the panda's chin using 3D foam pads and mounted the finished panda to my base card together with the phrase 'Thank You'Here is one of my personal favourites from this collection, it turned it so much better than I hoped it would and I love the cheese idea too! I started by die cutting a selection of grey, pink and yellow hearts. The large heart I cut down the centre, one half for the face and the other for the body. Next, I assembled and mounted the ears.To create the cheese, I die cut two small hearts in slightly different shades of yellow card, the lighter of the two I attacked with my Crop-A-Dile punching a random pattern of holes before mounting onto the other heart using 3D foam pads. Next, I trimmed a small grey heart in half to use for the hands/arms and attached them to the cheese/body together with the assembled head, I also used two adhesive pearls for eyes and a black pearl at the tip of the nose.The base card was printed with the legend 'Miss You' the assembled mouse was attached with 3D foam pads before adding a curly tail made from a thin strip of the grey card wound in a spiral around a dowel.Last but not least, the chicken. This was one of those ideas which popped into my head after reading a story book to my 3 year old daughter. I came into work the next day and had the card fully formed in my head. I wish it always happened like that!I die cut two hearts from different shades of yellow before using a smaller heart die to trim the deep yellow heart as shown before attaching it to the pale yellow heart, this forms the main body/head of the bird.Next, I die cut a selection of sizes/shades of hearts and trimmed some in half with a craft knife before adding to the body of the chicken as shown. I then wound a strip of the deep yellow card around a dowel in a spiral as shown.I printed the greeting onto my card using my PC and attached the main body of the chicken using 3D foam pads before adding the feet and the spiral or 'spring' as the title suggests.I do hope you have all enjoyed these cards, my intention was to only make a couple but I was on a roll so I couldn't allow a good idea to wither on the vine could I?
My Heart will go on....
It seems like a good time to use all those heart dies left over from the Valentines frenzy so I dug out my favourite, and ever popular Framelits die set set namely Hearts 657561 and got to work.
For the Lion I started by die cutting all the separate hearts, before cutting little nicks in the edges at strategic points. Next I assembled the face before attaching to the mane using 3D foam pads, the eyes are black adhesive pearl gems, how easy is that?
I attached the assembled lion to a square card measuring 13 x 13cm withe the legend 'You're Grrrrrrreat' printed on the base using my PC ( the font is called 'no color' and you can download it for free at dafont.com)
I couldn't stop at one (I'm up to 6 so far!) so here's another animal using the same Hearts die set. This time a bunny rabbit.
I die cut all the parts to make the head and cut two of the hearts down the centre to form the ears.
Next, I attached the nose and teeth with 3D foam pads before attaching the ears. the eyes are black pearl gems.
I die cut all the parts of the body and cut all but the small white heart in half using a craft knife. Next I started to assemble the body using 3D foam pads to add depth.
Finally, to make the carrot, I used half an orange heart with some trimmed green card attached to the top before attaching to the body together with the paws.
I assembled the bunny on the front of a 15 x 15cm base card onto which is printed the legend '24 Carat Birthday Wishes'.
I hope you like these ideas as I have more to share next week?
If you are both British and of a certain age you will no doubt remember the show from the title, featuring jovial zoo keeper Jonny Morris. Cute animals are everywhere at the moment in surface design, cards, gift wrapping, fabrics and yes, you guessed it, in Sizzix dies too (this is where the magic comes in!)
When I saw these designs I was so excited because of their simplistic beauty. they lend themselves perfectly to children's projects and rather than create one card I thought I'd make 4. They are designed by Eileen Hull, a very smart lady who always comes up with the goods! Thanks Eileen for making my job a whole lot easier.
There is nothing clever to see here today, no fancy techniques or patterned papers just great dies doing what great dies should! The dies featured are in two sets, Thinlits Die Set 7PK Elephant & Giraffe 658976 and Thinlits Die Set 8PK Lion & Monkey 658973.
To create the base card (each measuring 8 x 12cm) I started by printing the greetings using my computer using my Publisher software. If you have ever used Word then this is really easy to use. All the fonts are free to download (Try the website dafont.com, its really easy to find what you need).
printing your own greeting is a great way of making a handmade card even more personal and you can adjust the sizes to accommodate your design elements too. For those font obsessives amongst you, here are the fonts that I used:
Here are the cards that I printed off onto heavy weight white card trimmed to size and ready to go.I deliberately used simple bold colour combinations for each of the animals in question and cut them out before sticking the pieces together using PVA glue.Next I added some tiny 2mm pearls for eyes and attached to the card using 3D foam pads.Same again for the giraffe.......The Lion..........And of course, the elephant who also features a length of string tied around his trunk.I think I can afford to say without sounding too boastful that these are pretty cool cards because all the magic comes from the great dies. Sometimes all you have to do is just cut and stick!
- Bebas Neue
- BigNoodle Titling
In Living Colour
Last week I used an old idea from about twelve months ago and this week I am using the same idea, but in a different way. The idea struck me when I was writing my blog last week; it doesn't always work that easily..... I wish!
Valentines is only a couple of days away so this could be a great quick make idea if you are stuck for inspiration. Failing that, you could resurrect it for Father's day or any other occasion where a masculine themed card is required.
I used one die set to make this card namely the Tags, Rounded Framelits set, one of my personal favourites and it's on sale as we speak so don't delay! I also used striped paper from the Lovebirds collection by Doodlebug Design.
Those of you who read last weeks blog will be familiar with the first three steps, I started by cutting a rectangle of striped card measuring about 9 x 6cm before using my craft knife to trim between each stripe along half the length of the rectangle. Next, I used my tweezers to grip the end of each stripe before curling them into different lengths.I chose two of the rounded tag Framelits dies and cut shapes with the larger one from wood effect card, corrugated card and silver card ( all of which came from the good folks at Inspire Me Papers. Click on the link, the wood effect card in particular is stunning!). with the smaller of the two dies I cut only the wood effect card.I took the large wood effect and silver die cuts and trimmed each to size, attached them together and secured with eyelets. With the smaller wood effect die cut, I punched a hole near the end and added a large eyelet. Next, I attached them all together using my trusty glue gun and a large 3D foam pad to attach the corrugated card (bristles!). Finally, I laced a length of cord through the handle.My base card is cut from Kraft card and measures 17 x 10.5cm, onto which I printed the legend 'You bring colour to my life' before adding the striped paper at a jaunty angle. You will notice I have trimmed away one corner where I'm attaching the assembled brush.And here it is, the finished card with the brush attached using 3D foam pads. All this leaves is for me to wish you a happy Valentines Day! I'm off to the Stitches trade show in Birmingham with the rest of the gang on Saturday, I'll let you know how we got on next week.
...... has a silver lining or so the saying goes. I want to share an idea with you which I used last year around this time, it made me smile back then and I has been trying to think of an excuse to resurrect it.
Love is in the air, which must mean that Valentines Day is on the horizon, I made a card for my wife while demonstrating at the recent Creativeworld trade show in Frankfurt,as I have done for the last three years, I'm sure that you will forgive me if I don't share it on my blog (although hundreds of people from all over the globe have watched it being made!).
I have used the Framelits die set Circles, Scallop (657552) for this card and you know how I like messing around with basic Framelits dies. apart from that I also used stiff white card and stripped paper from the Lovebirds Collection by Doodlebug Design.
I started by cutting a rectangle of the striped paper (11 x 6cm approximately) and I used my craft knife to trim between each line about half way down the rectangle. Next, I used my tweezers to grip the end of each strip before curling them to different lengths.I cut a thin strip of silver mirror card and attached it down the centre for reasons which will become apparent at the end! Next I die cut two scalloped circles (the die is about 5cm wide) one of which I cut in two before attaching them together using 3D foam pads and I attached the third at the rear again using the foam pads to add dimension.
My card is now ready to assemble, I printed the legend 'You are my silver lining' on the base of a card measuring 18 x 10.5cm before attaching the stripped paper and finally my cloud was attached once more using 3D foam pads. I hope you like it, because I have just had an even better idea for next week!!!
Such An Exhibitionist!
I have spent the last week in Frankfurt attending the Creativeworld trade exhibition and today is the first day in the office for over a week and I am a little tired to say the least!Creativeworld is such an inspiring exhibition with so many companies getting together to showcase the newest and the best of what the craft industry has to offer. Our stand at the exhibition received so many compliments not only because of how amazing it looked but also because everyone loved the new products for 2014.We spent three days building the stand and although it was hard work it was really worth the effort. As you can see, Pete even swapped his craft tools for joinery tools to help Steve the carpenter although I think the craft world can relax, he soon switched back to his trusty glue gun and glitter as soon as he was able!As you can see the chaos soon became a thing of beauty! Each of the cabinets contained projects made by Pete, Angela and I using the new 2014 collections, I really love how each area looks completely different despite the fact that they were created by only three people. There was also an area displaying projects made using the new Nel Whatmore applique dies which will be available in the summer.This is where I lived...well after four long days it felt that way! This was first thing in the morning but it was rare to have so few people around. There was so much excitement around the stand and it was exhilarating to be in the middle of it all.
And here we are! From the left we have our amazing quilting specialist Angela, Key Account Manager Hellen, the very talented Italian designer and blogger, Loredana Bucaria who was demonstrating the Sizzix products on the stand of one of our Italian wholesalers, Stamperia. Next we have our very own Pete Hughes, myself and on the end (in a very unusual pose!) we have Will Rees, Customer Service Team Leader. All such lovely people and great company which made being away from home so much easier.I can not believe that in less than two weeks time we will be doing it all over again in the UK trade exhibition, Craft, Hobby and Stitch at the NEC!I hope to be sharing some of the projects with you in the upcoming weeks :)Have a great week!
Do not adjust your sets!
What a strange title for a blog post I hear you all cry! Truth is, I have spent the last week in the fair city of Frankfurt attending the Creativeworld trade fair where I took some pictures of a project that I was creating on the Craft Emotions stand for whom I was demonstrating. My phone doesn't have the best camera I'm afraid so don't go rubbing your eyes because the chances are most of the photo's are slightly blurred!
Creativeworld is a visual smorgasbord bringing together the brightest and best crafting talent from all over Europe.It was a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make a few new ones along the way. We packed away the Sizzix stand at around Midnight last night and flew home this morning.
While at the Craft Emotions stand I had the opportunity to work with some wicked products which compliment die cutting perfectly, the team will be in Birmingham at the Stiches show in about three weeks so if you're lucky enough to be about it will be worth your while to check out some of their unique and innovative products (click on the link to check out their website).
The die that I used is the Susan's Garden Poinsettia which is a Thinlits set comprising 7 dies which we have looked at before. I also used my trusty Susan's Garden tool kit which goes everywhere with me.
I love using mulberry or silk paper because it has such a lovely texture but it is hard to shape as one would with card. I was handed rolls of adhesive silk paper on my first day at the show and this is a great solution to my problem, it allowed me to attach it to medium weight card to make my flowers.Next I die cut all the elements to make my flower which is far fewer than need to make a poinsettia, I just wanted a generic 'pretty flower', I then delicately inked the inner part of the petals.
Next I used my tools to shape the individual petals using my tool kit and some techniques you can see by following this link.
After shaping the flower centre, again using my tools, I ponched a hole through the centre to receive the pearl flower stamen ( see the Craft Emotions website), before attaching the individual petals. When the glue was dry I inserted the stamen.
I die cut a pillow box from printed Kraft card (Craft Emotions again!) and cut a strip of pink paper which I scrunched and distressed with inks before lightly sanding. I then wrapped the strip around the box,Craft Emotions do a fab range of wooden embellishments ( I'm trying to think of a cool way to use the boxes too!) I selected 3 and inked them as shown using silver gilt wax for the butterfly, the centre of which I decorated with adhesive pearls before attaching them behind the assembled flower.Here is the finished box in all its 'out of focus' glory. I guess I'll never win any photography prizes?
Here are a couple of other cards created during the show. top left features the poinsettia with some added foliage courtesy of the new Spring Greenery Decorative Strip die by Tim Holtz. the card top left again features the poinsettia but with pink ink replacing the green and finally, the complete poinsettia in all its glory.
The Victoria in the title was named by our very own Becky Wiseman (who is a pretty handy crafter herself!) I used this bust for an exhibition a couple of years ago and I've been looking for an excuse to use it again.
Last year at our trade show in Birmingham I bumped into Brit Wellens, an old friend who is now the UK distributor for Powertex which, amongst other things, manufacture fabric hardener for the craft industry to create beautiful statues and other such mini masterpieces( click on the link to see all the cool ideas!). She very kindly showed me around her stand and I was immediately smitten with the products and their potential.
When I was trying to come up with a design concept for the Tim Holtz display areas at our winter trade shows there was a metaphorical alignment of the stars and I found my excuse to use Victoria, Powertex and Tim's dies together.
The dies used are the Bigz XL Jumbo Tattered Florals which is already proving very popular on both sides of the Atlantic and the Bigz Die - Garden Greens also By Tim Holtz. I started by painting the bust before soaking the Stockinette fabric using the Terracotta Powertex for both steps. After draping the fabric I left it to dry until it was rock solid. Next I attached the various flowers and leaves die cut from stiff kraft card which had also been painted with Powertex. To find out more about creating the 3D flowers check out my last two 'New Blooms' blog posts.
Finally, I dry brushed the whole creation using acrylic paint and Hey Presto!!
It is on it's way to Frankfurt as we speak, I will be away for a week doing my demonstration thing! see you all when I return, so until then auf wiedersehen!
New Blooms! (Part 2)
The suspense has been killing me, so as promised last week here is part two of my Picture frame decorated with two fabulous dies from the new Tim Holtz range namely, Bigz XL Jumbo Tattered Florals and the Bigz Garden Greens.
Now if you remember, in last weeks thrilling instalment we die cut our flowers and foliage from Kraft card and attached them to an old frame and I was waiting for my Stone effect spray from PlastiKote (or Rust-oleum works just as well) to arrive. This gives a fabulous stone texture to your chosen projects which can then be painted over. As you can see below, I sprayed it on liberally, allowed it to dry and then mixed some very dark grey acrylic before painting the whole project taking care to get in all the nooks and crannies.I mixed a mid grey acrylic and dry brushed it across the surface very delicately to pick out the detail. Next, I mixed a pale grey acrylic and dry brushed the project once again. Finally I applied some silver wax gilt ( the stuff that smells like boot polish Mmmmm....) with my finger tip, randomly picking out bits of detail.Last but not least, a picture of my Beloved Granddad, not bad from an old recovered frame and a couple of pieces of Kraft card? I think I'll go and make some more!
New Blooms! (Part 1)
New Year, new dies new inspiration, and where better to start than with some brand new dies from Mr Tim Holtz. Today I am using the Sizzix Bigz XL Jumbo Tattered Florals and the Sizzix Bigz Die Garden Greens which are perfect bed fellows. These dies were supposed to be launched in March but they created such a buzz we felt it wouldn't be fair to keep you waiting.
I'm going to spread this project over two blogs because I was hoping to have some special spray to complete it, hopefully it will arrive soon.
I started by Die cutting three of the flower shapes and two leaves and the garden greens from Kraft card. I then took my large ball end stylus from the Susan's Garden Tool Kit and softened and creased the flower shapes against the thick foam mat. Next, I cut the flower into 3 parts as shown (1,2 and 3 petals).I took the single and double petals and twisted them into cones. Next I used tweezers to fold over the edges of the petals and placed one inside the other. I repeated the same process with the three petals and wrapped them around the first two cones before building outward with larger flowers (4,5 petals etc).Keep building from the centre until you are happy with your bloom.Next, soften the two leaves with the stylus and use the leaf tool to add a crease down the centre. Die cut the foliage, then soften and crease each leafFinally, Attach to and old picture frame using your glue gun, This frame was recovered from an old project which I had lying around. Next week we will sprinkle on some magic dust and if all goes well we should have something pretty cool!I'm excited now because I have a vision of how this will look but I have no idea if it will work as well as I expect, Tune in next week, or as they say on Sherlock.......to be Continued!
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