Monday, 20 October 2014

Poinsettias Galore! from RUTH

 Good morning! I've a card full of Poinsettias to share with you this morning. 
I have die cut two Tonic Studios Poinsettia Wreaths, coloured parts of them with Promarkers and glued them to the centre of the card. The die at the side is one from the Celebration Seasons Header die set and I've added a Gothic punched border down the edge of the "fold back".
All the paper and gems used are from the Trimcraft Back to Basics Christmas Traditional collection and the white linen card is from Papermill.


You can see more of my creations on my blog  -  A Passion for Cards.

Ruth :)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Gallant Gate elegant card - a post from Edna


Goodmorning ! I've another card to show you from the latest launch of Idyllic and Strip dies that was going down a storm on Create and Craft this week.
It's another easy to make one but I think it has a lot of potential for many occasions.

Tonic - Gallant Gate Strip die
Rococo Bow
Antique gold card stock and matching paper - Anna Marie Designs
Pearls from my stash



I've made the insert to match the card - I think this colour way just says wedding invitation! :) A change of colour would make it a birthday/anniversary/thinking of you card and it's quick to make too. 

I die cut the bow several times to give it depth and dimension. 

I cut this one across the machine rather than lengthways because of the width of the open card. It did take a couple of goes to get it all cut out but I think it was worth it.
I cut the edge of the insert and matched it up to the edge of the card then folded it so that it would match exactly.
The narrow decorative strip is from the Gallant Gate die set. This one is so very versatile with five dies in the set and any number of ways of combining them. You will be spoilt for choice!

Hope you enjoy the shows today.

Have a super weekend !

Friday, 17 October 2014

Winter Wishes Baubles - a card from Karen


Today's card is made using the Rococo Bauble die and The Winter Wishes from the Christmas Wishes header fold die set.  I wanted to use pearlescent card for this so I had to cut my own 8" x 8" card blank again but this time after cutting an A4 sheet down to 8" in width I only made a pencil line there the 8" length score line would be as I didn't want a score line spoiling the centre of my header die cut.  I also cut a separate 8" x 8" piece for the back of my card which obviously doesn't get stuck on until the header has been cut out.

To cut the header die, I lined up the little notches in the bottom of the shape die centrally on my 8" pencil line, I taped this down and ran it through the cutting machine.  Next was the pattern part of the die, I lined this up, taped it down well and because its cutting in pretty much the centre of the board then it does take a few passes and possibly a few shims to get a nice clean cut but persevere because it really is worth it.  Once I was happy with my header die cut, I placed the card back on my score board and scored the two sides.  I covered the small back flap with double sided tape and stuck my card back in place.

I cut a layer of silver glitter card and a layer of white pearlescent card for the top layer which I stuck in place with silicone glue as I was sticking to glitter card.  I die cut three white baubles and three silver glitter circles and glued these together, added three strips of thin ribbon to my card where I wanted the baubles to hang and stuck them in place with 3d foam.  I hand tied three bows out of wide ribbon and glued these to the tops of the baubles.

I hope you like it,
Karen x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

With love - a post from Edna


Good morning. 
It's Thursday already, this week is flying by. I have the great joy of looking after my little granddaughter this morning and I can't wait for her to arrive.
She's a bouncing 12lbs 12ozs now - my how they grow. She has the sweetest smile that ever was created - it lights up her whole face and she's making little 'talking' sounds that just crack me up. :)

Right oh onto today's card.
I've used the gorgeous Delicate Drape embossing folder and die set for this card.
I've simply embossed the open edge of the card and applied the strap die cut with brown card stock and backed with gold to the side.
I have also used the Keepsake Dragonfly Delight die as my focal image.


The gorgeous debossed sentiment is part of the set and this one is 'Friends Forever'


The gold ribbon is from a local shop and I've coloured clear gems with gold Promarker to embellish the corner


I think these sets are so beautiful that they don't need a lot more embellishing. They are a wonderful addition to any collection but also ideal for a beginner to die cutting.

Thank you for joining me today. Have a good one!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wedding Card with Gallant gate Strip die - a card from Karen



Just in case the larger cards are not to your taste, today's card is a standard A5 folded card.  I've layered with gold mirri and with cream pearlescent on a matching cream pearlescent card blank.  I cut all elements of the Gallant Gate Strip die together to make the biggest panel I could out of it which I stuck on the prepared card blank. 

I cut the Indulgence Affections Base Die in gold and cream and patterned the cream layer, then the Mr & Mrs Heart Die outer edge in gold then again in matching cream and again die cut the pattern into this cream layer, glue the layers together.  Using 3d foam pads, layer the hearts together centrally on your card front.

Die cut the two sizes of layers and the tails of the Small Lacy Bow die set, patterning them with the same pattern.  Assemble the bow as per the instructions on the pack and stick to the front of the card just below the heart.

Much more simple than usual but an actual quick 'required' card, for a wedding this weekend.

Hope you like it,

Karen x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Gold and Burgundy - a card from Edna


Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

I've a very richly coloured card for you today.
I've teemed burgundy with gold card stock and kept it very simple to show the beautiful embossing and intricate detail of the dies. 8 x 8" square card


Tonic - Garland Fancy embossing and die set; Large and small lacy bows die sets

When curling the bow I used the handle of an old make up brush which is perfectly round and smooth. I placed the bow onto the palm of my hand and gently stroked the card and paper with the brush handle to help curl the bow and not get any crumples on the surface. As you cup your hand the bow curls even more and so is easier to glue together and keep it's shape. :)

Thank you for calling in today. Don't forget the Idyllics and Strip die programmes on Create and Craft today:




Thinking of you card with the beautiful new strip dies - a post from Doda

Tonic Studios new strip dies are a gorgeous way of making a very fancy looking card without too much effort. You have so many different option on how you can use them that makes them so very versatile. I know you're going to love playing with them. Have you ordered yours yet?